2 Dec
2019

Hurry Up And Wait: Indian Foreign Nationals Facing Immigration Backlogs

first_imgImmigration paths for many foreign nationals are being methodically deterred by the current administration in Washington, but citizens from India seem to have a multitude of barriers to continue living and working in the United States after completing their college education.Read it at Law Related Itemslast_img

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2 Dec
2019

Kerala Targets at Doubling Foreign Tourists in Next Five Years

first_imgIn the next five years, the Kerala government is seeking to double its international tourist footfall. In 2017, the Indian state saw an increase of 11.39 per cent in domestic tourists and 5.15 per cent rise in foreign tourists compared to 2016.Total foreign exchange earned from the tourism sector in 2017 increased by 8.29 per cent to Rs 8,392.11 crores, as compared to 2016. Kerala also expects to increase domestic tourism by 50 per cent in the next five years, PTI reported.According to the government, every year, a growth of around 9 per cent is required for domestic tourists and 15 per cent for foreign tourists to increase the tourist footfall in the state. “To ensure the accomplishment of an ambitious target of a 100 per cent increase in arrival of foreign tourists and 50 percent in domestic tourists in five years, a tourism regulatory authority has been formed,” said K Rajkumar, Kerala Tourism Deputy Director, reported PTI.Rajkumar added that this will help guarantee better intervention by the Tourism Department through scrutiny and licensing system. Kerala has introduced Fort Kochi and the Kochi Muziris Biennale, an international exhibition of contemporary art that has helped make Kochi an art hub, he added.The total revenue from tourism grew from Rs 29,658.56 crore in 2016 to Rs 33,383.68 crore in 2017. “This growth comes at a time when the tourism industry is suffering from adverse factors like enhanced GST rates and other issues. The growth figures point to the immense popularity Kerala Tourism enjoys beyond the borders,” the State Minister of Tourism Kadakampally Surendran had said earlier in February, IANS reported.Domestic travelers to Kerala arrived mainly from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Maximum number of tourists came from Tamil Nadu, with 12.72 lakh visitors, followed by Karnataka with 9.33 lakh tourists, and Maharashtra with 5.47 lakh tourists.Globally, the maximum foreign tourists came from the United Kingdom and there was an increase of 16.35 per cent in 2017 with 1,80,975 visitors. As many as 92,951 travelers came from the United States and 28,676 visitors arrived from Canada. Related Itemskerala international tourismkerala tourismkerala touristtravel keralalast_img read more

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2 Dec
2019

Indra Nooyi, One of The Few Minority Women CEOs in America, is Stepping Down as Head of Pepsi

first_imgIndra Nooyi, PepsiCo’s first female chief executive, is stepping down after 12 years at the helm of the food and beverage behemoth.Nooyi will stay on as chairman until early 2019 after 24 years with the company. When Nooyi took the reins, she was Pepsi’s first foreign-born chief executive. She is also one of the few minority women to lead major corporations, and her departure sheds new light on the absence of women — and particularly women of color — in some of America’s most high-profile corporate roles.Nooyi will be succeeded on Oct. 3 by Ramon Laguarta, who has served as Pepsi’s president since last year. Nooyi became CEO in 2006.“Leading PepsiCo has truly been the honor of my lifetime, and I’m incredibly proud of all we have done over the past 12 years to advance the interests not only of shareholders, but all our stakeholders in the communities we serve,” said Nooyi. “Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary company.”(c) 2018, The Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

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26 Nov
2019

Renomination unlikely for Azad, Varun to financial committees

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) Kirti Azad, who has been suspended from BJP after his attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Varun Gandhi and Vinod Khanna are unlikely to be renominated to prestigious financial committees including the PAC.The ruling party is unlikely to renominate at least 10 of its members to these committees in view of their “poor attendance”, party sources said.While refusing to give details, Parliamentary Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said members are nominated to Parliamentary Committees based on the time they are able to give to such panels.He said it is a routine exercise to nominate members to parliamentary panels.The one-year term of the three financial committees — Public Accounts Committee, Estimates Committee and Committee on Public Undertakings is coming to an end on April 30 before which either new members will be elected or nominated to them.Parliamentary sources said actor-turned politician Khanna and former cricketer Azad (Jha) are unlikely to be nominated by the BJP to the Estimates Committee headed by party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi.Similarly, Dushyant Singh may not be renominated to the Public Accounts Committee headed by Congress leader K V Thomas, the sources said.Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan and Varun Gandhi may not find a place in the Committee of Public Undertakings headed by BJP senior Shanta Kumar.”Every member (from Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha), be it nominated or Independent, is a member of at least two Parliamentary committees,” explained a government functionary to underline the fact that a member dropped from one committee will find a place in other panel.advertisementWhile the Estimates Committee has 30 Lok Sabha members, the PAC has 22 members — 15 from Lok Sabha and seven from Rajya Sabha. The Committee on Public Undertakings too has 22 members — 15 from the lower house and seven from the upper house. PTI NAB VSC ZMNlast_img read more

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22 Nov
2019

Test cricket teaches you how to control sessions, says virat Kohli

first_imgTest skipper Virat Kohli today said controlling sessions which don’t exactly go the team’s way is among the most crucial lessons he has learnt so far in his brief tenure at the helm.”One thing that stands out in the learning process is how to control a session which is not going your way,” Kohli said on the eve of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Indore. (Gautam Gambhir will play third Test, confirms captain Virat Kohli)”How to stop the runs and keep the pressure (on the opposition) when you are not taking wickets? That’s very important and something which I have experienced as captain. It’s a very important time in a Test match, not to go too negative while (at the same time) controlling the runs (of the opposition). It’s a thin line, and it’s important not to go one-dimensional when things are not going your way,” he said.India are 2-0 up in the series but Kohli said the team was not going to experiment with a makeshift opener and instead give Gautam Gambhir a chance to resurrect his career after two years.”That’s a natural change because of injury to Shikhar Dhawan, natural because he is the third opener in the team,” said Kohli on the chances of Gambhir opening the innings with Murali Vijay after being in the reserves in the second Test in Kolkata. (Virat Kohli’s India look to extend unbeaten run at home)Dhawan, also a left-handed opener from Delhi, got hit on his finger in the second innings of the second Test while batting and was subsequently ruled out of the final Test here. Kohli said that all those who have come in to fill in for the injured players have done well.advertisement”What happened to Shikhar was not a fitness issue, but a blow on the thumb. We have had injuries, but the good thing is we were able to recognise them early and given them rest. It’s a long season ahead and the good thing is others have stepped in and taking it as an opportunity (to do well).” (India recall Raina for first three ODIs vs NZ, Ashwin and Jadeja rested)Praising Mohammed Shami for his hard work after returning to the team following a long injury-induced rest, Kohli said the Bengal pacer was a very important cog in the Indian bowling attack.”Shami has come on well. He’s worked very hard on his fitness as well. In the five-six overs (spell) he runs in, gets bit of momentum. He can take wickets on any wicket.” (Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir’s return evokes nostalgia)”That’s the sort of skills he has. He is a strike bowler and whenever he comes on to bowl he makes something happen. As a captain he is a very important bowler for us,” insisted Kohli.”It’s very important to manage the work load, especially for the fast bowlers. For ODI matches, they have been given rest. It is a long Test season ahead and it gives opportunity to others to prove themselves,” added the Delhi batsman.Speaking about his own batting form, the skipper said he had stopped worrying about such things. “It’s not a concern. I don’t think over such things, focus on going on to field, make runs and help the team. I have stopped worrying about such things.”He described the track prepared for the game, the first ever Test at the Holkar Stadium, as a good wicket. “It’s the first Test in Indore. It’s a good stadium and the pitch looks good, it’s a normal Indore pitch. We can plan well.” (Captaining India helped me play even better, says Virat Kohli)”The weather is a bit doubtful (threats of rain), but we cannot control it. There will be good carry for bowlers and if they bowl well they will get wickets and batsmen can play strokes too. It’s a good Test match wicket,” he said.Asked about the mantra for the team’s successful run, Kohli said it had committed less number of mistakes.”We have made less number of mistakes and that’s why we have been winning matches. The weaknesses are discussed in house and it’s not fair to make them public. But we keep discussing them within the team on a regular basis,” Kohli added.last_img read more

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18 Nov
2019

2nd Test, Day 2: How India’s agressive lower order set up a crucial declaration

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Day 2 of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India being played at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo. (Live Scorecard)Sri Lanka 1st Innings:17.03 IST: Sri Lanka 50/2 at stumps, trail India (622/9d) by 572 runs. Kusal Mendis 16*, Chandimal 8*, Ashwin 2/38So, India are in a commanding position heading into Day 3. Sri Lankahave lost both their openers with only 40 on the board and they stilltrail by another 572 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin is spinning a web aroundthe Lankan batsmen and he already has two scalps to his name. DineshChandimal and Kusal Mendis have taken the attacking approach and bothwill have to stitch a big partnership if the home side are to get closeto the visitors total.The pitch is providing a lot of assistance to the spinners and it willonly get tougher for the batsmen. The spinners of India will do themajority of the bowling tomorrow. whereas, Sri Lanka will bank on theirexperienced batsmen to get them out of this mess.(Reuters Photo)16.43 IST: Ashwin to Chandimal, SIX! BANG! What a shot. Flighted ball on off, Chandimal gets down on one knee and sweeps it over the square leg fence for a biggie. That is one wayto counter the spin. SL 39/2 in 14 ovs, trail by 583 2nd Test. 13.6: R Ashwin to D Chandimal (6), 6 runs, 39/2 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201716.40 IST: Ashwin to Karunaratne, OUT! Ashwin strikes again! The ball finally takes the outside edge. Karunaratne’s struggle comes to an end. Ashwin tosses it up on off, the ball turns away and takes the outside edge to first slip where Rahane takes it comfortably. Sri Lanka are in deep trouble here. They have lost their second. SL 33/2 in 13.4 ovs advertisement13.4: WICKET! D Karunaratne (25) is out, c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravichandran Ashwin, 33/2- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201716.33 IST: Jadeja to Mendis, NOT OUT! Such a waste of a review! Landed outside off, spinning away, Mendis prods forward to defend but is late in bringing his bat down and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire stays put. After a huge discussion, Kohli goes for the review. The Hawk Eye shows that the impact was outside off and going on to miss the stumps by a long way. India lose their first review.16.28 IST: Both Karunaratne and Mendis are finding it hard to even make contact with the ball against Jadeja and Ashwin. SL 24/1 in 10 overs, trail by 598 runs vs India.16.11 IST: Shami to Karunaratne, FOUR! Just a push! Full outside off, Karunaratne just leans into the shot and drives it through mid off for the first boundary of the innings. Beautiful to watch this!15.59 IST: Ashwin to Tharanga, OUT! Rahul holds on to a stunner! Slanting into the batsman, Tharanga stays back and works it on the leg side. Rahul at short leg hops to get out of harm’s way. But, the ball hits him on the shoulders and deflects into his stomach region. SL 0/1 in 2 ovs, trail by 6221.6: WICKET! WU Tharanga (0) is out, c Lokesh Rahul b Ravichandran Ashwin, 0/1- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201715.56 IST: Excellent first over from Shami, starts off with a maiden. SL 0/0 in 1 over, trail India by 622 runs15.51 IST: Dimuth Karunaratne will take the first strike for Sri Lanka against Mohammed Shami. India 1st Innings:15.40 IST: India declare first innings at 622/9 vs Sri Lanka. Pujara 133, Rahane 132, Jadeja 70*That’s it…There comes the declaration. #TeamIndia declare at 622/9 #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/vOHlAyAqpY- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 2017Kohli calls the last Indian batting pair back to the dressing room. The visitors have piled up a massive 622 runs. Four batsmen scored 50-plus scores while there were two centurions in Pujara and Rahane. The hosts were dismal with their bowling. They were all around with their pitching and were taken apart by the opposition batsmen.Totals of 600 or more in Tests in last 7 months:India – 6All others combined- 1#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 4, 2017They now have 20 overs to have a go at the Lankan batting and will look for an early break. The pitch has also started to take turn and this might just go against the home side. The first step for the Islanders would be to see off the day safely.15.33 IST: Herath to Jadeja, SIX! That was hit hard! Jadeja dances down the track and tonks it over long off for a maximum.2nd Test. 156.3: R Herath to R Jadeja (66), 6 runs, 613/9 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201715.24 IST: Herath to Shami, OUT! Shami holes out! The 9th one down for India. Shami departs after doing his job. Herath drags his length back on middle, Shami tries to pull but gets a top edge towards Tharanga at deep mid-wicket who pouches it safely. IND 598/9 in 154.5 ovs advertisement154.5: WICKET! M Shami (19) is out, c Upul Tharanga b Rangana Herath, 598/9- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201715.24 IST: Herath to Shami, SIX! That is going, going and gone. Another biggie for Shami. Dances down the wicket and hits it over long off this time for a huge maximum. He is striking it well here.15.23 IST: Herath to Shami, SIX! BOOM! You dare call Shami a tailender. Uses his feet and hits it over the long on fence for a biggie.15.16 IST: FOUR! Shorter outside off, Jadeja cuts it through point. Runs are coming thick and fast here. That’s Jadeja’s 8th Test fifty.15.12 IST: OUT! Saha departs after playing a good knock. That turned and bounced of the wicket. Tosses it on off stump, the ball turns sharply. Saha tries to push it but gets beaten by the away turn and in the process drags his back leg out of the crease. Dickwella collects the ball and whips the bails off in a flash. Saha walks back to a standing ovation from his coach. Herath gets Saha for 67. India 568/8 (152.1 overs) 15.05 IST: SIX! There was a fielder positioned there but it does not make a difference to Saha. He comes down the track and hits it with the spin over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. We might see a lot more of this attacking approach from India now.15.01 IST: We are underway for the third and final session. The players and the umpires are out in the middle. Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha will continue their innings. Dhananjaya de Silva will bwol the first over after the break. 14.42 IST: India 553/7 (150 overs) at tea vs Sri Lanka. Saha 59*, Jadeja 37*, Ashwin 5414.36 IST: Fifty-run partnership comes up between Saha (57*) and Jadeja (33*). IND 547/7 in 148.5 ovs14.13 IST: Pushpakumara to Jadeja, SIX! Into the stands! Tossed up around off, spinning in, Jadeja dances down the track and goes after it. Clubs it over long on for a biggie. He is down waiting.2nd Test. 142.5: M Pushpakumara to R Jadeja (18), 6 runs, 525/7 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201714.13 IST: Pushpakumara to Saha, dances down and pushes through mid off for a single to bring up his fifth Test fifty. IND 519/7 in 142.4 overs4th time five batsmen have scored 50 or more in same inns vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.All 4 have come at the SSC!3 of 4 from India!!#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 4, 201713.57 IST: Pushpakumara to Saha, FOUR! Poor ball, punished! Short delivery, sliding in, Saha camps back and hammers his pull through mid-wicket for a boundary. He has been solid and has put the bad balls away all day long.2nd Test. 138.4: M Pushpakumara to W Saha (48), 4 runs, 512/7 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201713.39 IST: India cross 500 in the 135th over with Saha batting on 42* and Jadeja on 2*advertisement500+ Test totals most times141 Aus105 Eng80 Ind#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 4, 201713.30 IST: Pushpakumara to Pandya, OUT! c Angelo Mathews. Pandyas cameo comes to an end. Malinda gives it air on off, Pandya comes down the track and tries to go big but holes out to Mathews at long off. Pushpakumara gets his second and he is happy about it.132.4: WICKET! H Pandya (20) is out, c Angelo Mathews b Malinda Pushpakumara, 496/7- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201713.30 IST: Pushpakumara to Pandya, FOUR! He is taking the attack to Pushpakumara now. Pandya plays the slog sweep through mid-wicket for a boundary. He is on the charge now.13.30 IST:  Pushpakumara to Pandya, FOUR! EASY PEASY! Shorter on the stumps, Pandya rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.13.23 IST: Pushpakumara to Pandya, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Comes down the track and samshes it striaght back past the bowler for a boundary. That almost took the umpire along, he did well to get oout of the way.2nd Test. 130.2: M Pushpakumara to H Pandya (10), 4 runs, 484/6 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201713.17 IST: Sri Lanka lose their second and final review. IND 472/6 in 128.4 ovs12.57 IST: Herath to Saha, FOUR! Good intent from Saha. Sees a tossed up ball and lofts it over the mid off fielder for a boundary.2nd Test. 123.4: R Herath to W Saha (25), 4 runs, 458/6 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201712.51 IST: OUT! Herath gets his revenge! Lovely bowling from the wily veteran. Flatter on off stump, Ashwin makes room to cut it but gets beaten and the ball takes the off stump. He gets to his fifty and departs the next ball. A nothing shot from Ashwin. Rangana gets his second.Fewest Tests to reach 2000 runs and 275 wkts51 R Ashwin58 R Hadlee#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 4, 20172nd Test. 121.5: WICKET! R Ashwin (54) is out, b Rangana Herath, 451/6 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201712.49 IST: Herath to Ashwin, SIX! BANG! Comes down the track and lofts it over the long on fence for a maximum. He brings up his fifty in style. That was a classic hit. Ashwin also goes past 2000 runs in the process. IND 451/5 in 121.5 ovs12.45 IST: Decent over to start off with, just two runs came off it. India 444/5 in 121 overs. Ashwin 48*, Saha 17*. Partnership – 31 off 61 balls12.43 IST: Pushpakumara will open the attack after lunch with Ashwin on strike.12.03 IST: Good session this for both sides! India 442/5 in 120 overs at lunch vs Sri Lanka. Ashwin 47*, Saha 16*, Rahane 132How much more can #TeamIndia pile on the runs? @Wriddhipops and @ashwinravi99 to start the post Lunch session #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/ppfxia9hC3- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 2017Sri Lanka will be happy with the session but India are still in firm control here. The Lankans started the day well when Karunaratne provided an early breakthrough by removing Pujara. Rahane and Ashwin built a partnership but a lapse of concentration from Rahane cost him his wicket. The home side have opted for a defensive approach. The pitch has started to show some wear and tear which are not good signs for the home side. The visitors would look to add some quick run after the break and hope that the wicket deteriorates even more. Join us in a while for the second seesion.The pitch has started to show some wear and tear which are not good signs for the home side. The visitors would look to add some quick run after the break and hope that the wicket deteriorates even more. Join us in a while for the second session.11.24 IST: OUT! MAIDEN INTERNATIONAL WICKET FOR PUSHPAKUMARA! Once again Rahane dances down the track. Malinda anticipates it and drops his length short, gets it to spin away as well. Ajinkya goes through with his heave but misses this time around. The ball sneaks past him and Dickwella behind the stumps stays composed, collects the ball and takes off the bails. Rahane stepped down the track one time too many and it did him in. Pushpakumara is delighted and why won’t he be. It’s his first wicket after getting such a hammering. The centurion departs. Can Sri Lanka trigger a collapse here or will we see another partnership build? IND 413/5 in 110.5 ovs2nd Test. 111.4: MDK Perera to W Saha (6), 4 runs, 420/5 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201711.16 IST: Pushpakumara to Ashwin, FOUR! BOLDSTARTS Square driven! BOLDENDS Sprayed full but wide outside off, Ashwin extends his arms and smashes it through point. There’s a big gap there and a boundary is collected.2nd Test. 108.5: M Pushpakumara to R Ashwin (34), 4 runs, 412/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201711.05 IST: Perera to Rahane, takes a single which brings up India’s 400 and that’s also the 50-run stand between Rahane and Ashwin!10.54 IST: Herath to Ashwin, FOUR!10.35 IST: Karunaratne to Ashwin, FOUR! Poor line! Sprays on the pads, Ashwin flicks it to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Easy pickings at his pace.2nd Test. 99.2: D Karunaratne to R Ashwin (16), 4 runs, 374/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201710.18 IST: Herath to Rahane, FOUR! Comes down the track and hits it straight over the bowler’s head for a boundary.2nd Test. 94.2: R Herath to A Rahane (110), 4 runs, 364/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201710.16 IST: Karunaratne to Ashwin, FOUR! LOVELY TIMING! Full on off, Ashwin leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.2nd Test. 93.5: D Karunaratne to R Ashwin (8), 4 runs, 360/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201710.09 IST: OUT! A successful review by Sri Lanka and it is the perfect start to the day for them. Karunaratne strikes. Lands it on a length on off, jags back in. Pujara tries to defend it but misses and is struck on the pads. An appeal goes up and the umpire gives it not out. Dickwella straight away asks the captain to review and Chandimal obliges. They go upstairs. The replays show there is no insde edge and Hawkeye shows there are three reds. The decision has to be over turned. Pujara has to depart after playing a fine, fine knock. The 217-run partnership has been broken. Karunaratne gets his first Test wicket. Can Sri Lanka now build on this wicket. IND 350/4 in 92 ovs91.6: WICKET! C Pujara (133) is out, lbw Dimuth Karunaratne, 350/4 https://t.co/cexxqpaqo9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 4, 201710.07 IST: Karunaratne to Pujara, huge appeal for LBW but umpire says Not Out. Sri Lanka take the review. Looks very close. Height might be a factor.10.00 IST: Sri Lanka have started the proceedings with Perera and Karunaratne.Day 1 summary:India rode on undefeated centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane to post 344/3 at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club here on Thursday.At stumps, Pujara, who was nominated for this year’s Arjuna Award, was batting on 128 while Rahane was unbeaten on 103 as the right-handed duo guided India to a strong position, adding 211 runs for the fourth wicket.Pujara, who is appearing in his 50th Test, continued from where he left off in the opening match at Galle, securing his 4,000th run and his 13th century, three in a row against the islanders.Putting behind him the mix-up that led to opener Lokesh Rahul’s run-out for 57, Pujara shouldered the responsibility of carrying the Indian innings to safety after skipper Virat Kohli’s (13) soft dismissal.Joining forces with Rahane at the fall of Kohli, Pujara nearly edged to slip when on 1 and only just avoided short-leg’s hands in the last over before lunch. In the second session, the Saurashtra right-hander switched gears to reach 89 off 140 deliveries at tea and finished unbeaten on 128 at stumps.Rahane, on the other hand, played the perfect second fiddle to Pujara to end his 10-match wait for what was his 9th Test hundred, and sixth outside India.He got to his ton, second against the islanders, off 151 deliveries when he pushed Rangana Herath for a single on the off.last_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Let’s Talk About Points Per Drive and Where Oklahoma State Actually Ranks

first_imgGlenn Spencer is very, very serious about the points per drive statistic as OSU’s defensive coordinator. I mean, VERY serious. So where exactly does Oklahoma State rank nationally as a defense?In non-garbage time drives, Oklahoma State allows 1.68 points per drive to its opponents. This ranks No. 32 in the country. Good, not great. It is better than Baylor, better than Stanford, better than LSU and better than Notre Dame.That is, if Oklahoma State and LSU both had to defend, say, OU for 20 possessions, Oklahoma State would give up fewer points according to the statistics we have. Now, OSU and LSU have obviously played different opponents, but this is the best we can do.And other than the Texas and Kansas State games, OSU has succeeded in holding opponents below their offensive points per drive average in every game.The OSU defense is holding opponents well below their points/drive average: pic.twitter.com/03GENd0ShY— Oklahoma State Stats (@OSUStats) November 8, 2015 Mike Gundy thinks this #Math is confusing.Mike Gundy on interpreting defensive statistics: “It’s all getting too confusing for me.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) November 9, 2015But #Math might be what helps his team get into the College Football Playoff. Look at this stunning stat.Blown minds #CFBPlayoff #TCUvsOKST had 38 Poss. 78 points (2.05pts/poss.)#BamavsLSU had 22 poss. 46 points (2.09pts/poss.)Same game.— Austin Chadwick (@AustinChadwick) November 8, 2015So when Jeff Long and the College Football Playoff committee get on their little call tonight with ESPN, watch carefully what he says. Because you can talk all you want about how many points teams score per game, but that’s flat out silliness.“Some teams will play 55 snaps today,” Spencer said. “I think we defended 17 possessions, 110 (snaps), so we just played two ball games compared to what some people do. That’s why the yardage thing is so irrelevant. People of influence have got to figure this out how to evaluate defense.”“People of influence” won’t matter much if OSU wins three more.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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7 Nov
2019

WA reclaim Barbarians Cup

first_imgWestern Australia dominated the 2008 Barbarians Cup in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, scoring an 8-1 series win to reclaim the touch football title they lost to the Northern Territory in Darwin last year.With the Western Tigers claiming a win in each of the three divisions on the opening night, the teams went into Saturday’s round of games full of confidence that the title would be returned to WA.Both the Mixed and Women’s divisions saw WA take a clean sweep, but once again it was the Men’s Open division that went down to the wire after both WA and the NT came into the final game of the tournament with one win each.After losing the second game to a NT team inspired by former Youth World Cup star Kelvin Caspani, the Tigers came out running hard in the final match, lead by another World Cup player in Andrew Knox.At half time WA held a 5-1 advantage, and went on with the job to take the game 7-3 and the series win. Caspani and Knox – both former Australian players – have been National Touch League team-mates for a number of years and are no doubt likely to be re-united in the Barbarians Men’s Open team for the NTL in March in NSW.TouchWest State Manager Matt Bamford has hinted that after the success of the tournament in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this year, there is every chance the competition could return to the gold capital at some stage in the future.The two day series had never been staged outside the metropolitan area before.“There’s been a great response from the local community to the Barbarians Cup this year, and we’re thrilled that the Department of Sport and Recreation were able to bring this event to Kalgoorlie”, Bamford said.“The support of the Goldfields Touch Association and from BHP and Norilsk also meant the kids and staff from Lakeland Senior High School in Perth could come along and get involved in the community programs. It’s certainly the kind of program we’d love to take to the country again.”Thanks to Jarrod Lucas from The Kalgoorlie Miner for providing the article content.Results:Mixed OpenGame 1: WA def NT 8-6Game 2: WA def NT 14-9Game 3: WA def NT 5-1Women’s OpenGame 1: WA def NT 8-1Game 2: WA def NT 6-3Game 3: WA def NT 8-1Men’s OpenGame 1: WA def NT 7-4Game 2: NT def WA 8-6Game 3: WA def NT 7-3last_img read more

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24 Oct
2019

This ‘Mad Men’ Auction is Your Chance to Own A Piece of TV History

first_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 1. Reception desk from SC&P (0) 2. Pete Campbell’s peculiar blue painting (,100) 3. Peggy Olson’s office couch (,200) Last week, over 200 props, costumes, and decorations from Mad Men were launched on ScreenBid, an online auction marketplace for movie buffs.  Even if you weren’t a ride-or-die fan of the series, Mad Men’s tasteful eye for aesthetics, style, and overall mise-en-scène were indubitably brilliant.We here at The Manual dug through the auction list to find the best bid-worthy items so you can live your best Don Draper lifestyle … or simply spruce up your home or office space with some unique, mid-century pizzazz. Just as the show took some of us on a remarkable, retro exploration through ‘60s, you can now pass this feeling on to your friends, family, and loved ones with these blasts from the past.Most of the items featured in the auction are furniture, such as this beautiful cherry wood side table ($125), the Peggy Olson’s office couch ($1,200), the reception desk from SC&P ($700), and Pete Campbell’s peculiar blue painting ($1,100). These pieces will give your home or office that “American Dream” look that. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations John Mathis’ tie clip ($175) The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Mad Men auction will close lots at 4 p.m. PST on Friday, April 6. This means you still have plenty of time to outlast other bidders on Mr. Draper’s rare and fancied cherry red 1964 Chrysler Imperial Crown convertible — which is currently priced at $37,500. You can check out the full range of offerings here.Note: Prices listed reflect the current bid amount at time of publication, and are expected to increase. Side Hutch ($150) center_img Next Some of our favorites include a sleek pair of wall speakers ($125), John Mathis’ tie clip ($175), this stunning vintage side hutch ($150), and, of course, Don’s gold hamper ($300). There are some cheaper, less sought-after items for true fans that are just looking to have piece of TV.history, like Don and Megan’s placemat set ($50), Harry Crane’s wardrobe goody bag ($50), and this old-school baking dish ($50). 1 of 3 Previous Wall speakers ($125) 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

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18 Oct
2019

Power gencos outstanding on discoms up 30 in June

first_imgNew Delhi: The outstanding dues of power producers from distribution utilities have risen by more than 30 per cent to Rs 46,412 crore in June 2019 compared to the same month of the last year, showing stress in the sector. According to PRAAPTI portal, distribution companies owed a total of Rs 34,465 crore to power generation companies in June 2018. The portal was launched in May 2018 to bring in transparency in power purchase transactions between generators and discoms. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn June this year, total overdue amount, which was not cleared even after 60 days of grace period offered by generators, stood at Rs 30,552 crore against Rs 21,739 crore in the same month in 2018. Power producers give 60 days time to discoms for paying bills for the supply of electricity. After that, the outstanding becomes overdue and generators charge penal interest on that in most of the cases. In order to give relief to power generation companies, the Centre has enforced a payment security mechanism from August 1, 2019. Under this mechanism, the discoms are required to open letters of credit for getting power supplies. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe data on the portal indicates that the outstanding, as well as overdue amount, have increased over the preceding month. In May 2019, the total outstanding on discoms was Rs 43,814 crore while the total overdue amount was Rs 25,660 crore. Discoms in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir account for the major portion of dues to power generating companies, taking a longer duration of up to 839 days to make payments, the portal showed. Madhya Pradesh tops the list with 839 days to make payments, followed by Bihar (789 days), Andhra Pradesh (787 days), Haryana (787 days), Telangana (767 days) Karnataka (761 days), Tamil Nadu (760 days), Punjab (757 day) and Jammu & Kashmir (756 days) in that order. Overdues of independent power producers amount to over 62.27 per cent of the total overdue of Rs 30,552 crore on discoms. Among the public sector power generators, NTPC alone has an overdue amount of Rs 6,342.94 crore on discoms followed by NLC India at Rs 4,604 crore, THDC India at Rs 1,971.73, NHPC at Rs 1,963.71 crore and Damodar Valley Corporation at Rs 843.79 crore. Discoms owe the highest overdue of Rs 3,201.68 crore to Adani Power followed by Bajaj Group-owned Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd at Rs 1,980.26 crore and GMR at Rs 1,733.18 crore among private generators.last_img read more

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14 Oct
2019

Troubled teen shoplifter government mooch … Look again

first_imgAPTN National NewsDisparaging remarks is nothing new to Indigenous people in Canada – be it to their face or behind their backs.But a new photo series called “Perceptions” in Winnipeg is challenging people to look again.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.last_img

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14 Oct
2019

White Bear First Nation has a new water system supplying community with

first_imgLarissa Burnouf APTN National NewsIn September, APTN National News brought you the story of the water crisis in the small southern Saskatchewan community of White Bear First Nation.The water in the community has been undrinkable for more than a decade.Since APTN’s report, things have changed.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img

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12 Oct
2019

UN Goodwill Ambassador Julia Ormond spotlights problem of human trafficking

A Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Ms. Ormond told a press briefing on Thursday that the problem is not widely understood. Although trafficking is chronic in South East Asia, much of Africa and the Indo-European areas, human trafficking is “something that is in all countries and in most trades [and] is the largest growing global crime,” said Ms. Ormond.“The problem is bigger, is more widely spread and is more violent than commonly thought,” echoed Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of UNODC.In response, legislation needs to be carried out not only by developing countries from where victims originate, but also by developed countries from where a majority of demand stems, he said.Ms. Ormond urged UN Member States to devote more resources to addressing the scourge, which she said is linked to the problem of terrorism.Because “it’s enormously profitable… terrorists are using trafficking as a financial resource…the same people who do trafficking in drugs and weapons do trafficking in people,” she said.Pointing out that human trafficking “undermines States and transcends national situations,” British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said countries have a “moral imperative” to fight it.All three participants at the briefing called for measures improving education, fighting poverty, and striving to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to deal with the root causes of trafficking.There must be solidarity and avoidance of shaming particular countries, Ms. Ormond emphasized. “None of us have done enough.”Although more and more governments are acknowledging the reality of the situation in their own countries, Dr. Costa added that “we can all do more.” 20 July 2007United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and renowned actress Julia Ormond has called for global efforts to combat human trafficking, highlighting the need to address the root causes that drive the problem. read more

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12 Oct
2019

Assembly President terms Doha call for aid to developing countries remarkable

“It was also agreed that the United Nations is the uniquely representative forum where major changes in the international financial and monetary architecture can be discussed to make the system more stable and equitable,” Mr. D´Escoto said in a statement issued by his spokesman.He stressed that the declaration issued at the end of the meeting in Doha, Qatar, called for the convening of an inclusive international conference under the General Assembly President to review the international financial and monetary architecture.“This key meeting should take place in the first half of 2009,” he said. “Doha marks the last rites of the so-called Washington Consensus and represents a call to greatly expand the narrow representation of institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” he added, referring to the 10-point reform agenda for international financial institutions adopted in 1989.“It is now very clear that the confluence of crises affects all countries and the G-192 [the total UN membership] must be involved in finding the global solutions that meet every country’s needs and concerns, not just the traditionally dominant interests of groups like the [industrialized] G-8 or, more recently, the G-20 [that includes both industrialized countries and emerging economies].”The four-day Doha meeting ended on 2 December with a declaration in which nations affirmed that the commitment made at the 2002 global partnership agreement for development in Monterrey, Mexico, for developed countries to devote 0.7 per cent of their gross national product (GNP) to official development aid (ODA) must be maintained, despite the current financial crisis.“The Doha consensus sets the basis for an inclusive, democratic and transparent process to rebuild trust of all nations in the international financial, monetary and trade institutions,” Mr. D’Escoto said. “Only with the participation of all nations can we ensure that these policies truly benefit all people, especially the most vulnerable and poorest among us.” 5 December 2008United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D´Escoto today hailed the outcome of the recent Doha global finance meeting as “remarkable,” noting that it urged donor States to maintain their aid commitments to developing countries despite the global economic crisis. read more

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6 Oct
2019

Tanzania Annan deeply saddened at news of tragic train crash

The Secretary-General was deeply saddened by news of the crash, which “profoundly touched all of us at the United Nations,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said at a press briefing in New York.The Secretary-General expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the people and Government of Tanzania, according to spokesman Fred Eckhard.”He wishes the people of Tanzania the strength to bear and overcome the heavy burden that the tragedy has placed on the country as a whole,” Mr. Eckhard added.

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2 Oct
2019

UN seeks common European strategy on health care for refugee and migrant

“Health systems in the European Region, including those of countries that receive refugees and migrants, are well equipped to diagnose and treat common infectious and non-communicable diseases,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, which includes Turkey and has received nearly three million refugees and migrants this year alone.“But we, as a region, must seek to ensure that all countries are adequately prepared and organized to withstand the added pressures of supporting a mass influx of people, while at the same time protecting the health of their resident populations,” she told health ministers and high-level representatives from Europe and other WHO regions at the start of the two-day meeting.The aim is to agree on a common approach and joint action as large-scale migration places immense and often unexpected pressure on the health systems of host countries, testing both their capacity and preparedness.In 2015, nearly two million refugees and migrants have taken shelter in Turkey, and more than 700,000 in other countries of the region. Up to five per cent of these need medical assistance for accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, cardiovascular events, pregnancy- and delivery-related complications, diabetes and hypertension.Mass population movements, water shortage and inadequate shelter and sanitation increase the risk of catching communicable diseases.“A good response to the challenges of people on the move requires health system preparedness and capacity, including robust epidemiological data and migration intelligence, careful planning, training and, above all, adherence to the principles of equity, solidarity and human rights,”Dr. Jakab said. “A common framework for joint action on refugee and migrant health in the WHO European Region is of urgent importance,” she added, stressing the need for collective actions.Due to increased risk of communicable diseases, vaccination is high on the agenda, with UN agencies recommending immunization without delay according to the national schedules of any country where they may reside for more than a week. In view of recent measles outbreaks, countries should prioritize vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and polio, but vaccination is not recommended at border crossings unless there is an outbreak in the host or transit country. Many countries, particularly those on the front line, have already undertaken vaccination campaigns for new arrivals, but these groups still face many complex challenges, including limited access to health services, due to high cost, lack of information and administrative, cultural or language barriers. read more

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25 Sep
2019

Sir Rod Stewart donates £10000 to vandalised model railway club

A crowdfunding page to raise money for the Market Deeping Railway Club was set up after its annual exhibition was destroyed by vandals who overturned stands at a school in Stamford, Lincolnshire on Saturday.Market Deeping Railway Club said months of planning goes into the exhibition and that a number of the models on display were “irreplaceable”. The vandals caused £8,500 in damage. He said the club had been overwhelmed with offers of support and thanked well-wishers for their help.Lincolnshire Police were originally alerted to the incident by a local resident who heard noises coming from Queen Eleanor School shortly before 4am.Four youths were arrested in connection with the incident but have since been released on conditional police bail pending further inquiries. Stands which were overturned at the Market Deeping Model Railway Club annual showCredit:PA Stands which were overturned at the Market Deeping Model Railway Club annual show The original target for the fundraiser was £500, but the club has far exceeded that and has brought in thousands of individual donations.Chairman Peter Davies told the BBC: “Models that were made over years were trodden on and thrown around. It’s a total wanton destruction of the highest order.”I’ve never experienced anything like it. A hurricane would have done less damage.” Market Deeping Model Railway Club was holding its annual show when it was vandalisedCredit:PA Market Deeping Model Railway Club was holding its annual show when it was vandalised Sir Rod Stewart has pledged £10,000 to a British model railway club which was attacked by vanadals at the weekend and urged Jools Holland and Roger Daltrey to join him.The rocker, who like Holland and Daltrey, has his own model railway, said he was “devastated” to hear about the Market Deeping Railway club’s exhibition being trashed by vandals and wanted to compensate those affected.”I was absolutely devastated to hear that vandals had destroyed what was to be a lovely show by the Market Deeping Model Railway Club over the weekend,” he told Press Association.”The collection was priceless and I am donating £10,000 to help compensate those affected and asking fellow enthusiasts Jools Holland, Roger Daltrey and others to do the same.”It took me 23 years to build my model railway so I feel their pain.”The railway club, which was attacked by vandals on Saturday morning, has also received over £50,000 in public donations from around the world. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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21 Sep
2019

Five officials sought coolingoff period waivers before taking up lobbying jobs

first_img Jun 28th 2018, 2:03 PM 11,998 Views https://jrnl.ie/4096689 Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 2:03 PM By Christina Finn Share17 Tweet Email Short URL FIVE WORKERS WHO worked in government departments, as civil servants and as ministerial special advisers sought to have their ‘cooling-off’ period either reduced or waived last year, according to the Standards in Public Office Commission’s (Sipo) annual report.The purpose of a ‘cooling-off’ period is generally to prevent the use of insider information and ensure that a person does not gain unfair advantage in terms of their knowledge and connections in their new job.In four of the five cases, the commission granted waivers. In the fifth case, permission for a reduction or waiver of the period was refused.Under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015, those involved in lobbying the government must sign-up to a register in order to facilitate transparency in the system.The commission oversees the register in which individuals, organisations, companies and PR agencies must file returns to about their lobbying activities each year.‘Cooling-off period’ Section 22 of the Act provides that ministers, ministers of state, special advisers and senior public officials are subject to a one-year “cooling-off” period before they engage in lobbying activities in a new job.However, a person subject to the cooling-off period may apply to the commission for a reduction or waiver in the time period.Last year, one senior civil servant, three special advisers, and one department official applied to have the cooling-off period waived.One special adviser sought to waive the final ten months of the cooling-off period before taking up employment with two separate organisations.The person had been a special adviser in a government department, and both organisations the employee would be working for had carried out lobbying activities with the person’s former department.In the case of one of the organisations, it had recently communicated directly with the applicant.‘Not in the public interest’The commission considered that to consent to the application for a waiver would not be in keeping with the objectives set out by the Act and would not be in the public interest.It also took into account that the person was seeking to take up employment within a very short period of having ceased to be an adviser and with an organisation that had recently and directly lobbied the person and the department with which they were connected.Moreover, the person had been offered the position without a competitive process, stated the annual report.The special adviser’s application was refused, and later appealed. The appeal officer upheld the commission’s decision.New job in consultancy servicesOne civil servant, who was seeking to provide consultancy services to a company on the register that had previously carried out lobbying activities with that department, had six months reduced from the cooling-off period.The report states that the applicant, and the company the applicant was seeking to provide services to, had each confirmed that he or she would not be expected to participate in or advise on any prohibited lobbying activities during the relevant period.A department official who sought a ten-month waiver was also successful in their application, and had it granted under similar circumstances.Another special adviser who worked in two government departments sought to have nine months removed from the cooling-off period, while another special adviser sought a ten-month reduction.The commission took into account that the company in which both applicants were seeking to take up employment had not previously carried out lobbying activities with the applicants or with either of the departments they worked for. The waivers were granted.Lobbying activities In 2017, the commission issued 198 notices to people informing them of its intent to prosecute if the person did not submit a return of lobbying activities.While prosecution proceedings were initiated in six cases, compliance was achieved in all cases and there were no convictions during 2017 for failure to submit a return of lobbying activities.It total, almost 10,000 returns of lobbying activities were submitted. Health continued to be the policy area most lobbied about, followed by economic development and industry, agriculture, justice and equality, and housing.Sipo now plans to develop a code of conduct for lobbying, which is due to be completed by the end of 2018. 15 Comments Five officials sought ‘cooling-off period’ waivers before taking up lobbying jobs The purpose of a ‘cooling-off’ period is to prevent the use of insider information. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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17 Sep
2019

Shearer thinks Rashford should play as a centreforward

first_imgEngland legend Alan Shearer believes that Manchester United winger, Marcus Rashford, should start playing as a center-forward from now on.In English football amongst the game’s biggest legends like Alan Shearer, there is a major belief that youngster Marcus Rashford is not living up to the full extent of his real abilities.Months ago there was a strong debate about his development as a young player and many pundits who are also former players, demanded Jose Mourinho utilize him more in the Red Devils’ starting eleven.This Sunday, the Portuguese manager decided to use him as a center-forward in detriment of the poor form that Romelu Lukaku is having and this opened the eyes of Alan Shearer who had some sort of epiphany.“Rashford turns 21 on Wednesday, and he is still learning. I definitely see him as a central striker, eventually, but at the moment he does not have a voice to go and complain that this is where he should be playing,” said the Newcastle legend on BBC Sport. “He is at one of the biggest clubs in the world, under a manager who has paid £75m for a center-forward, and who does not play with two up front. Put all of that together and he is in a difficult situation as he tries to establish himself.Alan also took the opportunity to compare Marcus’ career beginnings to his own from back in the day.“Rashford was initially thrown in aged 18 by Louis van Gaal in February 2016 because United had so many injuries and, although he hit the ground running, he might not have been ready.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I made a splash on my first start when I scored a hat-trick for Saints against Arsenal but then reality bites and you have to establish yourself properly, and that involved patience.”“As much as you want to play every week, it is all part of the learning curve. For me, there was a period when I was around 19-and-a-half when I started to become more prolific in front of goal.”“The more minutes and games I played, the more belief I had – then the goals really started to flow. In all competitions, I scored 21 in 60 games for Southampton in 1991-92 to earn an England call-up, and my move to Blackburn followed,” he added.”It has been a difficult environment for him.”Alan Shearer explains what needs to happen for Marcus Rashford to truly shine: https://t.co/LcTsqTnrrt pic.twitter.com/iW3ZsGvBxa— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 29, 2018last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Merkel Hollande push for Ukraine peace

first_imgMerkel, Hollande push for Ukraine peace3.4K viewsMerkel, Hollande push for Ukraine peace3.4K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Merkel, Hollande push for Ukraine peace3.4K viewsBusinessA ceasefire, and the chance to get out. Some residents of eastern Ukraine evacuate their war-torn region, ravaged by a conflict between separatist rebels and government forces – which has seen moreVentuno Web Player 4.50A ceasefire, and the chance to get out. Some residents of eastern Ukraine evacuate their war-torn region, ravaged by a conflict between separatist rebels and government forces – which has seen morelast_img

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