Facing allegations of rape from one of his followers, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who succeeded Shah Satnam as Dera head in September 1990, is not new to the controversies. Besides the rape case in which the verdict is to be pronounced on Friday, Mr. Singh, 50, also faces allegations of two murders, including that of a journalist, and had also courted controversy for dressing up as Guru Gobind Singh in 2007 leading to widespread protests in Punjab.Mr. Singh, who has directed, produced and acted in five movies over the past two years and composed several albums, first courted controversy in May 2002 when one of his followers levelled allegations of rape against him in an anonymous letter to the then Prime Minister and also sent a copy of the letter to Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Less than two months later, Ranjit Kumar, a former Dera Sacha Sauda management committee member, was murdered on July 10, with the needle of suspicion pointing at the Dera. As Ranjit’s sister was a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda and stayed at its premises, the Dera managers reportedly suspected Ranjit to have prompted his sister to write the anonymous letter.Exactly a month after a CBI investigation was ordered into the allegations made in the anonymous letter on September 24, 2002, Ramchander Chhatrapati, the editor of evening newspaper “Poora Sach”, was shot five times outside his house. The incident led to large-scale protests by media persons across the State and protests were held against Dera Sacha Sauda.Not satisfied with the police investigation, the family of Mr. Chhatrapati and Ranjit’s father moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a CBI investigation into the two cases and accused the Dera chief of murders. The court clubbed the hearing in the two murder cases and ordered the CBI to register FIRs on November 10, 2003.Violent clashesMr. Singh, who has Z+ security cover, again courted controversy when he dressed himself up as Guru Gobind Singh at a dera in Bhatinda in Punjab in May 2007, leading to violent clashes between his followers and members of the Sikh community across North India.In 2010, former Dera worker Sadhu Ram Kumar Bishnoi moved the High Court seeking CBI probe into mysterious disappearance of Dera’s former manager Fakir Chand. It led to violent protests and arson by Dera followers. The CBI later filed a closure report in the case, but Mr. Bishnoi later challenged the closure report in the court.Hansraj Chauhan, a resident of Tohana, also filed a petition in High Court on July 17, 2012 accusing the Dera chief of castration of 400 sadhus in the Dera and also produced a list of 166 such sadhus.
MOST READ Ace right-hander Corey Kluber pitched poorly. All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez didn’t hit, and the Indians committed seven errors in the final two games when they didn’t look anything like a team thatwon 102 games or was favored to take home the championship coming into October.“It actually stinks,” closer Cody Allen said in a subdued clubhouse. “They just flat-out played better than us the last three days.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnable to finish off a young Yankees team fighting for its manager, the Indians became the first team in history to blow a two-game series lead in consecutive postseasons.It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary After getting to Game 7 of the World Series a year ago, the Indians set out to win it all in 2017. This was supposed to be their year.Instead, it’s just another heartbreaker for a Cleveland team that appeared unstoppable and had Kluber on the mound at home for the biggest game this season.“It’s disappointing,” manager Terry Francona said. “We felt good about ourselves. We came down the stretch playing very good baseball, and we did some things in this series that I don’t think were characteristic of our team. We made some errors, kicked the ball around a little bit.“Sometimes you don’t swing the bat. That’s part of it. But we made it harder to win in some cases, especially the last two games.”But the presumptive Cy Young Award winner wasn’t himself in two starts, posting a 12.79 ERA and looking ordinary. Following Game 5, Francona hinted that Kluber may have been bothered by a back injury — and other health issues — that put him on the disabled list earlier this season.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis throws his bat after striking out against New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman during the eighth inning of Game 5 of a baseball American League Division Series, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — The end came quickly, painfully and with little warning.When the final out was made, and Cleveland’s season crashed way before it ever imagined with a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees, the Indians retreated to their clubhouse to try to figure out what went wrong.The list was long.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president ESPN, TV5 join forces for rebranded ‘ESPN 5’ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “I don’t think we need to get into details of that,” Kluber said when asked about the injury. “I was healthy enough to go out there and try to pitch. I don’t think anybody is 100 percent at this point of the year, but good enough to go out there and try to compete.”Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius homered twice off Kluber in the first three innings, staking the Yankees to a 3-0 lead.“I made two mistakes to Didi,” Kluber said. “He’s a good hitter and he hit two home runs. I felt like I threw the ball better than I did the other day, but ultimately it wasn’t good enough.”When they left for New York on Friday with a 2-0 lead, the Indians seemed to be in the driver’s seat.But a team that won 22 straight games — the longest streak in AL history — couldn’t prevent its first three-game losing streak since July 30 to Aug. 1.Outfielder Jay Bruce, who was so clutch after coming over in an August trade from the New York Mets, was stunned by the Indians’ unexpected slide.“It’s a missed opportunity for us,” said Bruce, eligible for free agency this winter. “I’m still very proud of the way we played this year, but obviously it doesn’t mean much when you get to the postseason and can’t do the job.“I don’t have any explanation for it. I don’t know if there’s an exact science for closing out a series. We couldn’t get it done. We got beat. They played better. That’s the bottom line.”Jason Kipnis, who moved from second base to center field late in the season, was having trouble accepting Cleveland’s fate.“They deserved to win, but I’m not going to tell you the better team is going on,” he said. “I still think we’re the better team, but they played better than we did the last three games.“When you have that good of a season, over 100 wins, it makes it that more disheartening when you don’t finish the job. Everyone in here knows we had higher hopes than this, but that’s baseball. This game is tough. It just didn’t work out.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments
Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsEmotions poured into the court as the fierce rivals engaged in a highly-physical affair that even saw Matt Nieto incur a cut above his left eye after receiving an inadvertent elbow from Ben Mbala late in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben MbalaThe numbers also showed just how intense the game was as both teams were called for a combined 47 fouls. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Castro maps out key plays for Gilas in win over Japan QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I thought our fight, our tenacity, and our character were evident today and I think those are big factors,” he said. “But I don’t expect we’ll have to think any differently [of La Salle] going to Wednesday’s game. It’s the second battle of a long war.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Baldwin admitted the fouls affected Blue Eagles’ offensive rhythm.“We had a hard time. I don’t think we played fluid at all. I thought it was kind of a scrappy game and I guess in the cauldron of this whole atmosphere, that can be expected from young players, but generally, we don’t perform that well when it’s a scrappy kind of game,” he said.Ateneo, though, also benefitted from the foul-plagued game with La Salle’s Ben Mbala saddled by foul trouble and was limited to a season-low eight points.“I thought it was telling that Mbala and (Abu) Tratter played 57 minutes in this game and had eight fouls. (Chibueze) Ikeh and George (Go) played 38 minutes and had nine fouls, and we consider that a victory somehow. That’s crazy to think of that as some kind of victory, but when you play La Salle, it is,” he said.Baldwin liked what saw in terms of his players’ resolve is concerned but he made it clear that Ateneo shouldn’t rest on its laurels, especially with a chance to win the title on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter steering Ateneo to a rousing 76-70 win over La Salle in a rough-and-tumble Game 1 in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals on Saturday, Blue Eagles coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t expect the physicality to get any less intense in Game 2.“We anticipated that. You get that all the time with La Salle. La Salle won’t be any different on Wednesday. It would be silly to think otherwise because that’s their M.O. and they’re good at it. They push the rules to the limit and they push the referees to the limit,” Baldwin said.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will watch the ICC World Cup final match between the island nation and hosts India in Mumbai on April 2.Rajapaksa would be the second leader from the neighbouring countries to visit India to watch a World Cup 2011 match after Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who enjoyed his team’s semi-final match against India in Mohali on Wednesday on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.Confirming Rajapaksa’s visit to India his spokesman Bandula Jayasekera said the president wanted Sri Lanka to win the World Cup as a tribute to spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, who retires from international cricket after the event.Rajapaksa had enjoyed Lankan team’s semi-final match against New Zealand in Colombo on Tuesday along with his three sons. He had even visited the Caribbean when Sri Lanka reached the finals of the 2007 World Cup with Australia.
India’s ace shuttler and former World No.1 Saina Nehwal held her nerve to see off a strong challenge from Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po and win her first-round women’s singles tie at the $9,00,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier badminton tournament on Tuesday.The three-time champion came back after losing the second game to register a 21-11, 19-21, 21-15 win over World No.23 Yu Po in a contest which lasted for an hour and three minutes.Right from the outset, Saina played some delightful shots but Yu Po just would not give up easily. She fought till it was 5-5 and then made it 14-11 in the first game but then Saina surged ahead, grabbing seven back-to-back points and with it the opening match.Saina continued her momentum in the second game and moved to a 10-5 lead but Yu Po refused to surrender and rallied back to 12-10. She then showed steely determination to collect the remaining points with Saina breathing down her neck and levelled the scoreline at 1-1.In the decider, the present World No.8 flew past Yu Po in the first half bagging a lead of 11-5. The 25-year-old from Taiwan once again caught up with the Indian at 13-13. But then Saina stepped up her game and managed to ensure there were no further setbacks as she sealed the deal at 21-15.Saina will next lock horns against Indonesian Fitriani on Wednesday.
Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated his 200th Formula One race by retaking the championship lead from Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton after a pole to flag win in Singapore on Sunday.After a chaotic start that brought out a safety car on the opening lap, Rosberg stayed clear of Red Bull’s late charging Australian Daniel Ricciardo at the floodlit Marina Bay Street Circuit.Triple world champion Hamilton completed the podium in third place.The German’s third victory in a row, and 22nd of his career, lifted Rosberg on to 273 points, eight clear of Hamilton, with six rounds remaining and Ricciardo a distant third on 179 in the title race.Rosberg’s win was his eighth of the season and first in Singapore, a grand prix that has only been won by world champions until now.The German had started two points behind Hamilton and, despite leading comfortably halfway though the race, crossed the line just 0.488 seconds ahead of Ricciardo after having to complete the last 28 laps on the same soft tyres. (Also read: Nico Rosberg takes Singapore GP pole ahead of Daniel Ricciardo)Red Bull opted for a bold tyre strategy to put pressure on Rosberg late on and Ricciardo was closing at roughly three seconds a lap in the closing stages but ran out of road before the chequered flag.Hamilton had his own private battle with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen behind the leading duo, the Briton losing third place to the Finn after a mistake on lap 34 but reclaiming the position with a timely pit stop to hold on to the finish.advertisementLast year’s race winner Sebastian Vettel drove brilliantly from last place on the starting grid to claim fifth place in the other Ferrari, the German coming home ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso in a McLaren.The safety car was deployed immediately after the start when Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, eighth on the grid, suffered a heavy crash after making contact with Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso.Rosberg got away cleanly to lead from Ricciardo, with Hamilton in third and Raikkonen behind him after Verstappen suffered a woeful start to slip back to eighth from fourth on the grid.The race restarted and Rosberg would have been startled to see a marshal at the end of the start-finish straight picking up debris, the man just managing to get off the circuit before the Mercedes reached him.There were no more safety cars, throughout a 61-lap race that has yet to be completed without one, but the different tyre strategies of the leading cars made for a tactical and exciting race on a circuit that offers very few overtaking opportunities.
Panaji, Sep 26 (PTI) Conclusive scientific testing carried out on the players competing at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship India 2016 has confirmed that there was no age-cheating at the tournament. The AFC carries out age-testing using MRI scan technology and it takes place both during qualifying and at the final tournament, an official release said here today. AFC Medical Committee Chairman Dr Gurcharan Singh said, “The AFC takes age-cheating very seriously and has a comprehensive strategy in place to combat it through close monitoring, on-site screening, sanctions, and importantly, education. “The AFC protocol for MRI scanning was devised by a panel of international experts and is also used by FIFA for the FIFA U-17 tournaments. And thanks to our consistent strategy we are seeing great progress, as witnessed at the ongoing AFC U-16 Championship,” he said. A total of 98 players from 11 qualifying groups were tested during the U-16 Championship qualification round in 2015. As a result of a failed MRI scan, Nepal was excluded from the championship. Nepals matches in the qualifying competition were forfeited and All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) was fined. At the final competition in India, 20 players who had not taken part in the qualifying round were tested. The MRI tests found no age-cheating. The AFC approach to age-cheating and its adoption of medical testing in 2007 has placed it at the forefront on the issue in sport globally. The AFCs strategy to combat age fraud is based on medical tests, extensive document verification and educating players and officials on the issue.advertisementThe number of over-age players in AFC competitions has significantly decreased since MRI scanning was started as a means of age-verification by the AFC.The established method of medical age testing in sport is the use of MRI scans in order to determine the state of fusion of the radial (wrist) bone, the release said. According to medical scientists, the radial bone is usually completely fused by the age of 16. The AFC regulations stipulate that a player with a completely fused radial bone is not eligible to participate in the AFC U-16 Championship. In much the same way as doping controls, the AFC conducts checks on players prior and during tournaments. The AFC regulations on player eligibility provide strong sanctions for age fraud and the AFC disciplinary bodies are consistent in delivering them when cases havebeen discovered. PTI MCS DK CM CM SDM
Lionel Messi, who scored Argentina’s first goal in their 2-1 victory over Nigeria, said his side were always confident of victory.Messi scored his first goal of the tournament in the 14th minute with an expertly taken shot. However, Nigeria were level six minutes after the restart, when Javier Mascherano fouled Leon Balogun in the area and Victor Moses stepped up to slot the resulting penalty past Franco Armani.With the game ebbing away from Argentina, Gabriel Mercado crossed from the right in the 86th minute and Rojo turned the ball into the goal with a first time strike to spark wild celebrations from the Argentines.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTThere was relief on every Argentine face at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium when the final whistle was sounded. Diego Maradona, who cheered from the stands, led the celebrations as the two-time world champions brought out their A game in their match in Group D.Messi, who looked off-colour against Iceland and Croatia, said his men were confident God was on their side.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE “We already knew we were going to win, we were confident that God would help us, that all would turn out well,” Messi said. “But we didn’t expect the complication of the draw, of suffering so much. What’s important is that we went through.”WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEArgentina face France in the last 16 after finishing second in the group, while Croatia take on Group C runners-up Denmark. Nigeria and Iceland are out after finishing third and fourth, respectively.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)
Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Lt General Ravi Thogde has said the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which has been handed the responsibility of conducting interviews for appointing the head coach of India cricket team, is an independent body and that it will be under no pressure during the selection process.Ravi Thodge’s comments come days after CAC member Anshuman Gaekwad said the 3-member committee will approach the new head coach selection process with an open mind. The CAC is being led by Kapil Dev and it has features Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.The CAC will interview 6 shortlisted candidates for the role of India cricket team’s head coach likely on August 16. Along with incumbent Ravi Shastri, the 6 candidates are former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, ex-Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, former West Indies all-rounder and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, ex-India team manager Lalchand Rajput, former India fielding coach Robin Singh.Speaking after a CoA meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday, Ravi Thodge said the CAC will follow the process prescribed in the rulebooks of the BCCI.”There is no pressure on anybody (with regard to coach selection). The CAC is an independent body which will select the coach. That is the normal process as per the Constitution,” he said.Notably, India captain Virat Kohli, who has a good equation with Ravi Shastri, said the team would be happy if the former captain continues as the head coach. Notably, Shastri’s contract was extended by 45 days after the World Cup 2019 and he was given a direct entry into the selection process.advertisement”The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted,” Kohli had said before Team India left to the US for their tour of West Indies.Kapil Dev, who heads the CAC, had said that the committee will respect Virat Kohli’s opinion while Anushman Gaekwad said only the board has to take note of the captain’s views and not the 3-member committee.”We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things,” Gaekwad had said.Nonetheless, former captain Ganguly had said Virat Kohli, as the team’s captain, has the right to voice out his opinion.Despite a lot of hype surrounding the selection process, India are likely to persist with Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the India cricket team as the CAC is reportedly not keen on bringing in a foreiegn coach.Also Read | Ravi Shastri all but through as CAC not keen on foreign coach for Team IndiaAlso Read | Kapil Dev on rumours of Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma rift: They look fine on the fieldAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s comments on Ravi Shastri will not influence CAC: Anshuman GaekwadAlso See:
Borussia Dortmund 2 Freiburg 2: Aubameyang jeered as Toljan rescues a point Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 00:33 1/28/18 Bongarts Jeremy Toljan rescued a last-gasp draw on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s return to the Borussia Dortmund fold against Freiburg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was jeered on his return to the Borussia Dortmund team as Jeremy Toljan rescued a point for Peter Stoger’s men in a 2-2 Bundesliga draw with Freiburg.Nils Petersen’s double – including a superb 40-yard second – looked to have secured an away win for Freiburg at Signal Iduna Park as Arsenal target Aubameyang toiled.Yet Toljan netted in the third minute of stoppage time to at least ensure Dortmund did not suffer a costly defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aubameyang had not featured since before the league’s mid-season break, but the forward was recalled after impressing coach Stoger with his application in training.That was not enough to appease some home supporters, however, as Aubameyang emerged as the villain of the piece and remained on the periphery of the game – sporting director Michael Zorc having earlier confirmed that a transfer could happen if Arsenal up their bid.A sour atmosphere was not improved when Dortmund headed into half-time all square after Petersen cancelled out Shinji Kagawa’s opener.The home side never recovered their momentum and a brilliant Petersen effort from distance appeared set to prove the winner before Toljan’s dramatic late leveller.This result leaves Dortmund fifth – still outside the Champions League places – and they must now contemplate the very real possibility of a future without top scorer Aubameyang, as Wednesday’s transfer deadline draws near.Jeremy Toljan mit dem Last-Minute-Treffer! Gleichzeitig der Endstand. #bvbscf 2-2 FT pic.twitter.com/W12cd42SSI— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 27, 2018″No player is bigger than the club,” read a banner held aloft before kick-off by a section of Dortmund fans who then heckled Aubameyang’s early touches, but their mood was momentarily lifted by a ninth-minute goal.The Freiburg defence failed to cut out a pass into the area and they were left scrambling as Lukasz Piszczek’s blocked low strike popped up kindly for Kagawa to acrobatically slam a volley into the bottom-left corner.Dortmund kept the pressure on and Rafal Gikiewicz turned away Jadon Sancho’s curler, but the visitors soon levelled against the run of play.Janik Haberer reached a pass on the right flank just in time to keep the ball in play and centre for Petersen to finish high past Roman Burki from close range at the near post.Aubameyang belatedly got involved and drew light applause as he rose to meet Gonzalo Castro’s cross, directing a header just over.But Dortmund almost went into the break a goal down when Burki fumbled Lukas Kubler’s volley and had to be alert to dive back and retrieve the spinning ball from the goal line.The hosts lacked rhythm after the restart and Kagawa found only the side netting when he looked to beat Gikiewicz at his near right-hand post.Then, with just over 20 minutes remaining, Petersen struck again, stealing possession from Nuri Sahin in the midfield before executing a stunning lob that caught Burki off guard and picked out the top-left corner.WHAT. A. GOAL.Nils #Petersen has just entered the race for goal of the season. #BVBSCF 1-2 pic.twitter.com/0r9GB45sfr— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) January 27, 2018Dortmund found an urgency in the final stages that had previously been lacking, but it took them until the final seconds of stoppage time to restore parity.The last of a series of long balls launched into the Freiburg area dropped for Toljan and he hammered a finish hard and low past Gikiewicz to ease some of the pressure on his misfiring team-mates. Key Opta stats: – Dortmund remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga under Peter Stoger (2 wins, 3 draws). Former manager Peter Bosz had not won any of his last eight BL games with the club (3 draws, 5 losses).- Dortmund have conceded 16 goals at home this season (in 10 games). Only last-place Cologne have conceded more goals at home (17).- Jeremy Toljan scored his 1st Bundesliga goal for Dortmund, in his 11th league game for the club. read more
Juventus confirm they want Arsenal midfielder Ramsey: But we’re not the only team…by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have admitted they are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Welshman is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.And reports had suggested that top teams like Juve, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and PSG were interested.Fabio Paratici, Juventus’ sporting director, is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “He’s a great player, we really like him and he plays for a great team. His contract is expiring and we’re always alerted to situations that the market offers, so we’ve also been alerted to Ramsey.”I repeat, for now he’s an Arsenal player and we’re not the only team who want him.”Juventus do have a history of nabbing players on free transfers. Emre Can joined last summer after his contract at Liverpool expired.Ramsey has 2 goals and six assists in 8 Premier League starts and 10 substitute appearances. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.Kotb, 53, will continue to co-host the show’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.It will be the first all-female team headlining “Today” in the show’s 65-year history. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts blazed that path for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the 2000s, but morning shows have traditionally paired a man and a woman as host. With an audience dominated by women in an era where news of badly behaving men is frequent, the Guthrie-Kotb pairing may be particularly timely.“Today” won’t be an all-female zone in its first half, however, with longtime weather forecaster Al Roker and correspondent Carson Daly as regulars. Megyn Kelly hosts the show’s third hour.“This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made and I am so thrilled,” Guthrie said on Tuesday, announcing the appointment on the air.“I am pinching myself,” said a beaming Kotb, sitting beside her. “I think we should send some medics to Alexandria, Virginia, where my mom has likely fainted.”Lauer’s eventual replacement had long been the subject of internal angst but with a sudden decision forced upon the network, Kotb’s performance made it easier. She’s subbed for Lauer since the day he was fired and “Today” has won four straight weeks in the ratings, after having spent much of the past few years in second behind ABC.“Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running,” NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in a memo to staff on Tuesday. “They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of ‘Today.’”Lack said Kotb “has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most difficult news circumstances. It’s a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity.”It’s common for television shows with job openings to hold informal tryouts of potential hosts. With Kotb’s immediate success, potential replacements like Willie Geist or Craig Melvin didn’t get that chance.Lauer had been a fixture at “Today” since the mid-1990s before his abrupt firing for what NBC called “inappropriate sexual behaviour” with a colleague. Other complaints and reports of crude behaviour followed.He was the second television morning host fired in a week, after CBS News axed Charlie Rose just before Thanksgiving on sexual misconduct charges. Rose was one of three “CBS This Morning” hosts with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, and CBS has yet to name his replacement. Substitutes have included Vladimir Duthiers, Bianna Golodryga, Dana Jacobsen, John Dickerson and Anthony Mason.Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 as a “Dateline NBC” correspondent, after working in local news in New Orleans. Her public profile increased with her wine-soaked pairing with Gifford on the show’s informal fourth hour.She was born in Norman, Oklahoma, to parents of Egyptian descent, and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia.Ben Bogardus, a journalism professor at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University, said Kotb’s selection was a good one “because it reinforces the sense of a family coming together after a shared trauma.” The timing is important for NBC, because “Today” will get a burst of attention next month with the Winter Olympics.
Jan Eliasson met with Sudanese presidential adviser and chief negotiator Nafie Ali Nafie in the capital, Khartoum, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.The negotiations, which are scheduled to take place in Libya on 27 October, are designed to find a solution to the conflict between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia groups. Mr. Eliasson and his African Union counterpart Salim Ahmed Salim will convene those talks.Ms. Montas said Mr. Eliasson also chaired a high-level meeting today with representatives of the regional partners to the talks, including Ali Triki, Libya’s Minister for African Affairs.During his current visit to the region Mr. Eliasson has also met the leaders of some Darfurian Arab tribes to brief them on the preparations. Earlier this week in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Mr. Salim and Mr. Eliasson co-chaired a two-day meeting with the Joint AU-UN Mediation Support Team.More than 200,000 people have been killed and another 2.2 million forced to flee their homes across Darfur, an arid and impoverished region, because of fighting that has raged since 2003. Some 4 million Darfurians now depend on humanitarian aid.Earlier this year the Security Council authorized the creation of a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force (known as UNAMID) to try to quell the violence. The operation is scheduled to take over from the existing AU mission by the start of next year.Mr. Eliasson’s meetings this week are taking place amid mounting concern from senior UN officials about the recent spike in violence in Darfur, particularly in South Darfur state.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported that on Monday about 6,000 villagers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in and around the South Darfur town of Muhajariya fled to the north of the settlement to seek refuge at an AU mission site after an attack between a faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and tribal militia.Other residents fled to neighbouring villages and countryside, leaving Muhajariya – which had an estimated population of 20,000 – deserted. A large number of homes and several shops in the local market were burned to the ground.The mission said reports indicate that tens of civilians were killed or wounded or have gone missing. The UN has relocated 29 staff members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the state capital of Nyala. 10 October 2007The United Nations Special Envoy for Darfur held talks today with senior officials from the Sudanese Government and neighbouring countries to finalize preparations for major peace negotiations later this month that will try to end the conflict that has ravaged the region in western Sudan since 2003.
“We must not let 2017 repeat the tragedies of 2016 for Syria,” said a joint statement signed by World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.The statement was issued in the Swiss town of Davos, ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from 17 to 20 January 2017, which is expected to be attended by top leaders from the business and political circles. According to the statement, in Syria today, there are 15 besieged areas where up to 700,000 people, including an estimated 300,000 children, still remain trapped, and nearly five million people, including more than two million children, live in areas that are extremely difficult to reach with humanitarian assistance due to fighting, insecurity and restricted access. “All over Syria, people continue to suffer because they lack the most basic elements to sustain their lives – and because of the continued risk of violence. We – indeed, the world – must not stand silent while parties to the conflict continue to use denial of food, water, medical supplies, and other forms of aid as weapons of war,” the statement stressed. The statement also noted that children are at heightened risk of malnutrition, dehydration, diarrhoea, infectious diseases, and injury. Many need support after being exposed to traumatic events, violence and other violations. “Tragically, far too many children have known little but conflict and loss in their young lives,” it warned.“The horrors of the siege of the eastern districts of Aleppo have disappeared from the public consciousness – but we must not let the needs, the lives and the futures of Syria’s people fade from the world’s conscience,” the statement added.
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE Alan Shatter has said there are no indications that anti-government elements in Syria see Irish troops based there as a target.Last month, troops stationed in the Golan Heights region, as part of a UN peacekeeping mission, were caught in the crossfire of a gun battle between warring pro and anti-government factions. More recently, a convoy was fired upon and a vehicle in which Irish troops were travelling struck a landmine, though no one was seriously injured.In response to parliamentary questions from a number of TDs about troops being targeted, Shatter said there are “no indications at this time to suggest that the anti-government armed elements see Irish troops as a target”.Shatter told TDs that “it was never the case that deployment was going to be easy” and that it was known at the time the Dáil considered sending troops that the region was unstable.Both the political and the security situation in the region is volatile; that is why we are there. Clearly, when we deploy troops to these types of operations, we must also understand and accept that we are putting them in harm’s way and that situations, such as the recent attack, can and will happen.He said personnel of the Irish Defence Forces are fully trained and equipped with appropriate force protection assets to undertake their duties.“The performance of the equipment and personnel in this most recent incident is testament to the standard and quality of the equipment which the Defence Forces have at their disposal and of the commitment and professionalism of our personnel,” Shatter commented.In a recent visit to the Middle East, the minister said troops in Syria, who are there to assist in operations in the ‘Area of Responsibility’ between Syria and Israel, are “fully committed to their task”.Related: Irish troops’ vehicle in Syria blast ‘struck a mine’ while reversing>More: Irish troops ‘fully committed to Golan Heights task’ – Shatter>Explainer: What are Irish troops doing in Syria?>
Découvertes de fossiles de crustacés Ostracode vieux de 425maPubliant leurs travaux dans Proceedings of the Royal Society B, des chercheurs britanniques et américains ont décrit une nouvelle espèce de crustacé datant du Silurien, dont les fossiles – intacts ! – ont été découverts dans le sud du Royaume-Uni. Petits par leur taille mais grands par leur importance, les fossiles de ces petits arthropodes d’un cm ont été découverts par des scientifiques des universités de Leicester, d’Oxford (Royaume-Uni) et Yale (États-Unis). Ils appartiennent au groupe des ostracodes (de petits crustacés à la carapace bivalve), dont ils représentent un nouveau genre et une nouvelle espèce. Mais ces fossiles sont des pièces rares : exceptionnellement bien conservés, ils comprennent l’enveloppe, mais aussi les parties molles – corps, membres, yeux, branchies et système digestif – de chaque spécimen.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?S’ils sont été aussi bien conservés, c’est qu’ils ont été préservés sous la cendre volcanique d’une formation géologique (alors maritime) vieille de 425 Ma du Herefordshire, près du Pays de Galles. Grâce à cela, les fossiles ont été reconstruits ‘virtuellement’, en utilisant une technique qui consiste à ‘débiter’ chaque spécimen couche par couche, et à le photographier à chaque étape. Dix millimètres, c’est court, et les ‘tranches’, au nombre de 500, ne devaient pas excéder 20 micromètres. Reconstituées dans un ordinateur, elles ont alors fourni une image en 3D de chaque spécimen.”Les ostracodes sont les arthropodes fossiles les plus abondants, apparaissant [partout] sous la forme de coquilles bivalves dans les roches des 490 derniers millions d’années, et sont communs dans la plupart des environnements aquatiques, aujourd’hui”, a expliqué le Pr David Siveter, de l’Université de Leicester avant d’ajouter : “[Mais] la découverte est importante car elle est l’une des seules, parmi une poignée d’autres, à conserver les tissus mous fossilisés d’ostracodes”.”Les spécimens découverts représentent (…) une espèce nouvelle pour la science, nommée P. avibella, qui signifie ‘magnifique oiseau’, (…) à cause de la ressemblance (…) [d’une partie] de la coquille avec une aile d’oiseau”, a t-il encore précisé.Le 16 décembre 2012 à 13:58 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas Information Services By Matt MauraNASSAU, The Bahamas – February 19, 2018 – Officials of the Government of The Bahamas and Oban Energies on Monday signed the Heads of Agreement for a $4 billion project planned for East Grand Bahama.The signing took place less than five days after Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis announced in the House of Assembly that the Cabinet of the Bahamas had given Oban Energies the go-ahead to commence the process that will lead to construction of an oil refinery and oil storage facility in Grand Bahama.The project is expected to create 600 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs during the construction phase.Monday’s signing of the Heads of Agreement (HOA) between the two sides paves the way for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.The EIA, which is already underway, will ensure that the project advances in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner.Prime Minister Minnis said the signing was “an important step in the approval process for Oban Energies.”“In December of 2016, the Government of The Bahamas approved Oban Energies to proceed with the construction of an oil refinery and oil storage facility in Grand Bahama.“My Government is pleased to have moved this project forward and has successfully completed negotiating the Heads of Agreement, which paves the way for the commencement of this important project,” Prime Minister Minnis said.Phase One of the project will comprise four million barrels of crude storage, a harbour and deep-sea loading docks to service large vessels, and the construction of a 50,000-barrel-per day refinery.Additionally, Oban will construct a 20 million-barrel liquid bulk storage facility and a 250,000-barrel-per day refinery.Oban has committed to employing hundreds of Bahamians during the construction phase and will create “a significant number of well-paying permanent jobs” for Bahamians once construction is completed.“Grand Bahama has seen significant indirect jobs as a result of the existing storage facilities, and we expect the same for Oban,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “This is a very significant development for Grand Bahama.” PHOTO CAPTION – Signing the Bahamas Government/Oban Energies Heads of Agreement – Camille Johnson, Secretary to the Cabinet, on behalf of the Bahamas Government, and Peter Krieger (right) of Oban Energies at the Office of the Prime Minister, February 19, 2018. Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis is pictured, centre; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest, second left; and Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, left. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)
75 Photos Tags Preview • Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: Driving this concept gets us smiling There is no specific formula to convert WLTP economy estimates to US-friendly EPA numbers. Carscoops, which first reported on Stackmann’s tweet, believes that the I.D. hatchback’s range will be closer to 290 miles when measured by EPA standards. That’s still plenty, considering Stackmann’s tweet also claims the I.D. will cost about as much as a current diesel Golf.The diesel Golf is available in a variety of trims, so the cost can vary — between $27,000 and $39,000, by Carscoops’ estimates (converted from euros, since they’re not available in the US anymore). Even nearing the higher end of those estimates, that would pit the I.D. hatchback directly against the Tesla Model 3 in the US, which has similar range estimates. By the time the I.D. makes it to the US, though, it’ll have additional competition by way of the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV, both of which also promise similar range figures for about the same cost. While the I.D. hatchback will be the first EV in VW’s new I.D. lineup to land in Europe, things are different in the US. Since we can’t get enough crossovers at the moment, our first I.D. will be the I.D. Crozz, followed by others like the Buzz microbus and the aforementioned hatchback. Patience is a virtue.(Hat tip to Jalopnik!) More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value The #VWID offers a #range of up to 550 km for the price of a modern Golf Diesel, and will come on the market as a 100% #emissionneutral #eCar. /JS pic.twitter.com/EUkefmTYGP— Jürgen Stackmann (@jstackmann) December 6, 2018 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 3 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More about 2022 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Share your voice Volkswagen’s ID concept is the start of VW’s electric revolution Sometimes, news doesn’t make its way to the surface through traditional channels — sometimes, it’s discovered almost a week later, buried in an automaker’s board member’s tweets.Jürgen Stackmann, VW’s board member in charge of sales and marketing, tweeted on Dec. 6 that the electric I.D. hatchback will tout a VW-estimated 342-mile range on the WLTP cycle, which is the new standard Europe uses to measure economy. This is VW’s internal estimate, so it’s possible that the actual WLTP figure could be a bit higher or lower, but it should be pretty close. Comments Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks Volkswagen Kia
BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Zoo is happy to announce that two male cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), have arrived from the San Diego Wildlife Safari Park to take up residence in the African Journey section of the Zoo. Refu (Ray-fu) and Wgasa (Wa-gasa) were born at the San Diego Safari Park in July 2014, and are named for historical locations within that park. “We are very happy to welcome these two cheetah to the Zoo,” said Mike McClure, general curator at the Zoo. “They are young and healthy, and definitely have a good bond with one another.”The cheetah have recently finished their mandatory quarantine and are now being introduced to their exhibit and night quarters. “As standard protocol, we quarantine animals at the Zoo hospital for the first 30 days after their arrival,” continued McClure. “They passed all their veterinary exams with flying colors, so we are excited to have them outside exploring and meeting our guests.”Refu and Wgasa moved to The Maryland Zoo at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Cheetah Species Survival Plan (SSP). The Cheetah SSP is a committee of individuals who work in accredited zoos and are experts in cheetah husbandry, training and conservation.Cheetah, the world’s fastest land mammal, are also the most endangered cat in Africa. Historically native to Africa and Asia from South Africa to India, cheetah can now only be found in parts of eastern, central and southwestern Africa, as well as a small portion of Iran. Cheetah are facing extinction due to habitat loss, the illegal wildlife trade and human-wildlife conflict. “North American zoos that have cheetah work cooperatively on research and conservation on behalf of these cats,” said McClure. “Educating people is critical, not only here but also in Africa. If local people in Africa come to see the cheetah as an asset in terms of promoting ecotourism, they will move forward into the next generation eager to save this magnificent cat and safeguard its future.” The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has partnered with Cheetah Conservation Fund (www.cheetah.org) for many years to support conservation efforts in the wild.
By Martha Quilin, The Associated Press via The News & Observer Kamal Bell launched Sankofa Farms on 12 acres of rock-hard Alamance County red clay in 2016 as a place where kids could grow.Bell was a middle school earth and environmental sciences teacher then in the Durham Public Schools, where one of his goals was to help African-American boys develop life skills that eventually could help them support themselves and their communities.“There was too much noise in the classroom,” Bell said, from the chatter of disinterested classmates but also from the distractions of sports, status symbols and social pressures. Some of his students didn’t learn well in that setting.The school where he was teaching had a garden, and Bell asked if he could work with students on the plot through summer, get them outside where they could do the cleansing, physical work of digging, pulling and planting. When the principal said no, Bell went looking for another way.Historically, federal farm lending programs have been biased against African Americans, and Blacks remain under-represented in farm ownership in North Carolina and across the country. Eventually, Bell borrowed money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy the land in Efland. He applies for grants from nonprofits to pay for its operation and gets advice from crop specialists and from his former professors at N.C. A&T State University, where he got his bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s in agriculture education.Kamoni King, 16, was one of the first students who showed an interest in working at the farm, where Bell can work with up to six young men at a time, bringing them to the site up to four times a month during the school year and three to five days a week during summer.“I wanted to try something different,” from the way his classmates were spending their time, King said.Bell and the students spent most of the first two years carving three fields out of the property, which was overgrown and had been used as a trash dump.“They have had to develop a lot of patience,” King said of the boys, who didn’t get to plant anything until 2018. “Patience is something a lot of people don’t have.”Bell, who grew up in Durham, not on a farm, researched crops that could connect the students to their African roots. The name of the farm, Sankofa, is used in West African languages to refer to going back and getting what might have been lost.The students plant enough radishes, cow peas, squash, watermelon, peppers, kale and navy beans to take home to family members and neighbors. Some live in places where it’s difficult to get fresh fruits and vegetables even when they’re in season.Bell hopes to open the farm as a U-Pick operation, so that nearby residents also can have access to fresh foods, and he and the students hope to grow enough to be able to donate some to the poor. Ultimately, Bell would like to build a school on the property because he believes, “You can teach everything through agriculture.”King, along with Mikal Ali, 14, and his brother, Jamil, 12, have been learning to work with one of Sankofa’s new enterprises: honey bees. On a spring morning, they came to the farm with Bell to split one of the hives, a skill they’ll need to become certified beekeepers.The boys were afraid of the bees at first, but that morning, they put on protective gear and approached the brightly colored wooden hives and calmly, deliberately opened the boxes. As he lifted a rack covered with humming bees, Mikal hesitated a few seconds, until Bell, standing close by, reminded him, “You know how to do this. Figure it out.”Taking his time, Mikal completed the task and closed the hives.In the public schools, King said, “I don’t see much hope. But out here, they light up.”