Rafale deal: Rahul Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “corruption in the Rafale deal”, saying the NDA government had agreed to pay ₹1,600 crore an aircraft against the ₹540 crore in the now-abrogated deal with Dassault of France reached by the UPA regime.Addressing a meeting of Congress workers here, Mr. Gandhi said Mr. Modi had taken “his friend” — Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani — with him to France despite the latter having no experience in the defence sector. “Mr. Ambani’s company was formed just a week before the deal, while the price of the Rafale aircraft was increased by three times,” he said.“Mr. Modi has clearly indulged in corruption and theft. The entire country will see this in the near future,” Mr. Gandhi said. AICC general secretaries Ashok Gehlot and Avinash Pande, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot and thousands of party workers were present. Mr. Gandhi said that when he raised the issue of Rafale deal and corruption in Parliament, Mr. Modi did not spare even a minute to answer the questions in his long speech. On jobs for youthWhile the original plan to let the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. assemble 108 aircraft would have got jobs for the youth, Mr. Modi had snatched the opportunity from them through the renewed deal, he said.He launched the Congress campaign for the Assembly election by staging a 12-km roadshow from the Sanganer airport to the Ramlila Maidan to address party workers. From the meeting, he went to the famous Govind Dev temple in the Walled City here.Mr. Gandhi travelled in a modified bus and greeted the people, as rose petals were showered on him. RoadshowHe alighted from the bus several times to meet party workers, while cars, buses, SUVs and even elephants followed him on his way to the meeting venue. Outside the airport, a group of Kalbeliya folk dancers welcomed him.In his address, Mr. Gandhi said the Prime Minister, who had promised 2 crore jobs, ₹15 lakh in every bank account and measures for women’s safety, had failed on all fronts. “Why were the debts of ₹2,30,000 crore of 15 to 20 rich industrialists written off as as bad loans? On the other hand, the government cannot help the debt-ridden farmers who are committing suicide,” he said.Mr. Gandhi accused Mr. Modi of remaining silent on the atrocities against Dalits, minorities and tribal people, and asserted that his party would form the government in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh going to the polls this year.last_img read more

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Bipartisan Combat

first_imgAt long last, the Democrats have passed the health care reform bill after a tortuous journey during which the Republicans tried to gummy up the works at every turn. For months Pres. Barack Obama and the Congressional Democrats attempted unsuccessfully to forge a bipartisan consensus with Republicans on health care reform. In the end, the Democrats used their huge majorities in the House and Senate to muscle through the most far-reaching social legislation in four decades.The Democratic attempt at bipartisanship is laudable and it was part of Pres. Obama’s appeal during the presidential elections. But the obdurate obstructionism of the Republican Party renders it foolhardy. Bipartisanship has a chance when both parties have a genuine interest in achieving a desired goal. The Republicans have plainly calculated that their political fortunes and, to a lesser degree, ideological belief in limited government, are best served by tying up the government in knots.Whipped up by angry Tea Party mobs and right wing provocateurs, like Glen Beck and Sean Hannity posturing as talk show hosts on Fox News, as well as polemical radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, spewing all manners of half truths and canards, Republicans have chanced upon a political lifeline just a year after being cast into the political wilderness following eight disastrous years of the George W. Bush presidency. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden react as the House passes the health care reform bill, March 21, 2010 Now that the Republican posturing on bipartisanship has been exposed as a sham and a trick, it’s time for Pres. Obama and the Democrats to wise up and call the Republican bluff by getting on with the business of the country with or without their support. To be sure, it is advantageous if political goals and legislative solutions are broadly shared, but bipartisanship for its own sake has no intrinsic value. Political compromise can even be downrightly harmful if it undermines public policy, or worse, simply guts it, which appears to be the opposition’s agenda. Republicans have a fundamentally different view of the role of government and an individual’s relationship with the state than Democrats. If they had their druthers, some of them would love to see the government eviscerated, which the more extremist Tea Party fanatics seem prepared to accomplish violently. The reductionist view of government is a valid — even if naive — political philosophy and Republicans have had their opportunity to exercise that worldview, both during Bush’s eight catastrophic years and earlier, more successfully, with their guiding light, Pres. Ronald Reagan. Under Obama though, Republicans have stoked public anger to intimidate opponents and deployed every possible parliamentary trick, such as the filibuster and legislative holds in the Senate, to ground government to a halt. Regrettably, they have been aided in their quest by Pres. Obama’s misplaced propensity to cultivate bipartisanship, even as they perversely denounce the Democrats for using parliamentary tricks to advance legislation to counter their reckless and politically calculated obstructionism.It is time the Democrats abandoned the hand-to-hand combat of bipartisanship with the Republicans, reported back to their desks and left the opponents to their preferred task of baying at the moon and the endless apocalyptic nightmares the most fanatical extremists among them constantly conjure up.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Global Economy Cools, Still Short of a Full Recovery for Millions

first_imgOnly a few months ago, the world’s fortunes appeared increasingly robust. For the first time since the wealth-destroying agony of the global financial crisis, every major economy was growing in unison.So much for all that.The global economy is now palpably weakening, even as most countries are still grappling with the damage from that last downturn. Many nations are mired in stagnation or sliding that way. Oil prices are falling and factory orders are diminishing, reflecting slackening demand for goods. Companies are warning of disappointing profits, sending stock markets into a frenetic bout of selling that reinforces the slowdown.Germany and Japan have both contracted in recent months. China is slowing more than experts anticipated. Even the United States, the world’s largest economy, and oft-trumpeted standout performer, is expected to decelerate next year as the stimulative effects of President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut wear off, leaving huge public debts.The reasons for this turn run from rising interest rates delivered by the Federal Reserve and other central banks to the unfolding trade war unleashed by the Trump administration. The likelihood that Britain’s torturous exit from the European Union will damage trade across the English Channel has discouraged investment.None of this amounts to a screaming emergency, or even a pronounced drop in commercial activity. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — a think tank run by the world’s most advanced nations — recently concluded that the global economy would expand by 3.5 percent next year, down from 3.7 percent this year.Yet in declaring that “the global expansion has peaked,” the brains at the OECD effectively concluded that the current situation is as good as it gets before the next pause or downturn. If this is indeed the high-water mark of global prosperity, that is likely to come as a shock to the tens of millions of people who have yet to recover from the devastation of the Great Recession.Though the slowdown appears mild, it also holds the potential to intensify the widespread sense of grievance roiling many societies, contributing to the embrace of populists with autocratic impulses. In an age of lamentation over economic injustice, and with political movements on the march decrying immigrants as threats, weaker growth is likely to spur more conflict. Slower growth is not going to make anyone feel more secure about the prospect of robots replacing human hands, or jobs shifting to lower-wage lands.“It’s just going to exacerbate the tensions that have led to the socioeconomic and political problems we have seen in the United States and parts of Europe,” said Thomas A. Bernes, an economist at the Center for International Governance Innovation, a Canadian research institution. “Inequality is going to become even more pronounced.”In Greece, Spain and Italy, the youth unemployment rate is stuck above 30 percent. In Britain, the typical worker has not seen a pay raise in more than a decade, after accounting for inflation. South Africa’s economy is smaller today than it was in 2010, and now the country is ensnared in recession.In the United States, the unemployment rate has plunged to 3.7 percent, its lowest level since 1969. Yet so many people have given up looking for work that less than two-thirds of the working age population was employed as of October, according to the Labor Department. That was a lower share than before the 2008 financial crisis.“We see a lost generation,” said Swati Dhingra, an economist at the London School of Economics. “There was already wage stagnation and productivity stagnation. The trade war has exacerbated all of that.”The biggest risk to global growth appears to be that the trade war is, at least in part, working as designed.Trump has excoriated China as a mortal threat to American livelihoods, accusing Beijing of subsidizing exports and stealing intellectual property. He has affixed tariffs on some $250 billion in Chinese exports in an effort to pressure Beijing to change its ways.This has produced little change in China’s economic practices. It has actually increased the U.S. trade deficit with China, contrary to Trump’s stated aim.But it has thrown sand in the gears of China’s industrial juggernaut. As of September, China’s rail freight usage, bank lending and electrical consumption had increased about 9 percent compared with the previous year, down from a pace of more than 11 percent in January.China’s growth was already slowing as its leaders seek to transition from an economy powered by prodigious exports, in enterprises that have spewed pollution, toward a cleaner future propelled by domestic consumption. But the U.S. tariffs have prompted multinational companies to shift orders from Chinese factories to plants in other lands, from Vietnam to Mexico. Uncertainty over the future has postponed some business.“There’s now potential for bad news on the trade front to trigger shifts in equity markets and a pullback on investment,” said Steven J. Davis, an international business expert at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.Given that China is the world’s second largest economy, the consequences of its slowing ripple out widely, helping explain a pronounced drop in factory orders in Germany. American farmers have suffered lost sales as China has responded to tariffs by slapping duties on imports from the United States, not least on soybeans. Stock markets and oil prices have plunged in part on fears that China will buy fewer goods.Much of the dip in U.S. share prices reflects the increasingly embattled state of major technology companies like Facebook, which has drawn public ire for failing to prevent its platform from serving as a primary conduit for hate speech and misinformation. But technology shares have also plunged because many companies, Apple among them, now depend on China for enormous volumes of sales — sales now at risk in the face of the trade war.A glance at Trump’s Twitter feed reveals that share prices are one of the data points he cares about deeply. As the markets recoil, the Trump administration has flashed signals that it may be prepared to entertain a cease-fire with China to limit economic damage.But the conflict goes far beyond trade, with hawks inside the Trump administration seeking to inflict harm on China to impede its continued ascent as a global superpower. If that is the mission, Trump may be willing to absorb economic costs as the price of containment.That take appears consistent with Trump’s growing fixation on the Federal Reserve, which the president just branded “a much bigger problem than China,” in an interview with The Washington Post.In lifting interest rates, the U.S. central bank has been acting under the accepted wisdom that too much easy money sloshing around for too long tends to produce trouble, from higher prices to financial mischief. Yet the effect of raising rates is to limit U.S. economic growth, hence Trump’s unhappiness.The Fed’s action has also visited distress on emerging markets. Higher U.S. interest rates have prompted investors to abandon developing economies in favor of safer, more-rewarding opportunities in the United States. The changing of the tide has contributed to crises in Turkey and Argentina, while denting the value of currencies and slowing growth prospects from India to South Africa.The European Central Bank has also been withdrawing the cheap money it unleashed to attack the crisis, phasing out purchases of bonds. This has made credit more expensive across the continent, depriving businesses of capital needed to finance expansions. And that has muted once-hopeful talk that Europe had finally transcended the torpor of the last decade.A populist government in Italy is engaged in a standoff with European authorities over its spending plans, which breach the union’s limits on deficit spending. That has prompted investors to demand higher returns for Italian debt, further squeezing credit. Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum also appear to be cooling growth in Europe. Ditto, Britain’s exit.Only last year, Spain had emerged from a veritable depression to become a leading example of Europe regaining vigor. But Spain is expected to expand by only 2.2 percent next year, down from nearly 2.6 percent in 2018, according to the OECD. The rest of the 19 countries that share the euro currency are expected to dip from an already weak 1.9 percent rate of expansion to 1.8 percent.“It’s a bit like watching a heavily overweight bird try to take off,” said Peter Dixon, a global financial economist at Commerzbank AG in London. “It staggers to the end of the runway and starts to take off but never really soars.”The global economy is clearly far removed from the terrifying days of the financial crisis. Yet it never really got its groove back enough to generate impressive numbers of jobs, or put meaningful pay increases in the pockets of ordinary people.And now, despite all that, leaner times are unfolding.c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

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UST, Ateneo team up to bring parents of Rondina, Bicar, Pacres to Manila

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess UST professor Faye Martel shared on Facebook that both the Thomasian and Atenean communities are raising funds to help get the parents of Golden Tigresses Cherry Rondina, Dimdim Pacres, and Alina Bicar to Manila to be in attendance for the rest of the series.“Part of our drive is also to give the parents the pocket money they will need to make sure their visit would be memorable,” posted Martel in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Volleyball has done great things! Wherever we are, let’s help each other for the sake of these who will eventually become the faces of Philippine volleyball.”Rondina and Pacres’ parents are in Cebu while Bicar’s are in Samar and all can still watch their children for the remainder of series after UST won Game 1, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, Saturday. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Sports really does bring people together.University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo are playing in the finals series of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament but supporters of both schools are working together for a kind gesture.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Willing sponsors can deposit the funds through Adrian Gabriel Chan Babista in both BPI and BDO.The bank details are as follows:BPI CommercialAdrian Gabriel Chan BabistaSavings Account No. 4179463224Banco De OroAdrian Gabriel Chan BabistaSavings Account No. 010860028763“Kami po ay buong pusong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng mga tumutulong!” posted Martel.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Rondina-Laure duo remind UST icon Balse of herself and Bernal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Cricket Australia slaps bans on three players for betting

first_imgAustralia’s cricket board has banned two players for betting on matches and given a suspended ban to a third as part of its “zero tolerance” approach to gambling-related corruption.Hayley Jensen and Corinne Hall, who play in the national women’s league and women’s domestic Twenty20 tournament, were both given two-year bans with 18 months suspended, Cricket Australia said in a media release on Wednesday.Jensen had admitted placing one bet on the result of the men’s Test match between Australia and New Zealand in Brisbane last November.Hall had made two bets relating to two matches in the men’s domestic one-day competition in 2015-16.”Jensen and Hall are prohibited from participating in any form of cricket or cricket-related event for a period of six months until 21 October 2016,” CA said.Joel Logan, who plays for South Australia in the men’s domestic competition, was sanctioned for placing two bets on the winner of the World T20 tournament.Logan was also given a two-year ban but it was wholly suspended due to “circumstances relating to his match contracts and the specific timing” of his bets.All three players were required to participate in anti-corruption education programs, the board said.ZERO TOLERANCE”We take a proactive, zero-tolerance approach to maintaining the integrity of our sport and this includes any form of betting on cricket globally,” CA’s integrity boss Iain Roy said.”These players have accepted the seriousness of their errors and have voluntarily accepted their sanctions.”CA in February banned 19-year-old women’s cricketer Piepa Cleary for six months, with another 18 months suspended, for placing six bets totalling A$15.50 ($11.50) on a men’s Test match between Australia and New Zealand in November.advertisementThat followed a two-year suspended sentence given to Sydney-based women’s cricketer Angela Reakes in December for placing five bets worth a total of A$9 on the man-of-the-match for last year’s cricket World Cup final.World cricket has been rocked by a number of gambling-related scandals in recent years.Three Pakistan players were banned from cricket and jailed in 2011 after they were convicted of criminal charges related to spot-fixing in a Test match during their tour of England the previous year.last_img read more

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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 goes on first sale in India: Price, specs and all you need to know

first_imgAfter making it official a few days ago, Asus will be going live with their first sale for the ZenFone Max Pro M2. The sale will commence from 12 pm on Flipkart and will be offered alongside a slew of offers with various partners. All the three variants – the one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the middle variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and the top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, will go on sale today.Consumers can avail a host of special discounts on the ZenFone Max Pro M2 in today’s sale. HDFC Bank customers can get a discount of Rs 1,000 on both HDFC debit and credit cards. The discount also applies to HDFC customers who opt for EMI transactions. Apart from that, Flipkart is also offering a no-cost EMI on all bank cards for the period of 3 or 6 months. Additionally, Flipkart will also offer the Complete Mobile Protection for Rs 99 with the ZenFone Max Pro M2.Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 specificationsThe ZenFone Max Pro M2 sports a big 6.28-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display sports a notch on top that houses the front camera, an earpiece and an LED flash. The smartphone ditches the metal body from its predecessor and adopts a new glossy plastic rear panel that resembles the glass finish from Asus’ flagship ZenFone 5z. The smartphone still offers a micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack as its predecessor.The ZenFone Max Pro M2 is underpinned by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC paired with an Adreno 512 GPU. Users can spec their ZenFone Max Pro M2 with a choice of 3GB, 4GB or 6GB RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. The smartphone runs on a stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo and Asus will roll out the Android 9 Pie update to the handset in January 2019. The stock Android interface only comes preloaded with the Facebook, Instagram and a few Asus apps.advertisementAs for the optics, The ZenFone Max Pro M2 offers a 12-megapixel primary sensor paired with an F1.8 lens. The second camera uses a 5-megapixel sensor for capturing depth information. For the front, there’s a 13-megapixel camera with an F2.0 lens. The front camera is accompanied by an LED flash for assisting with selfies in low light scenarios.The Zenfone Max Pro M2 is kept alive by a big 5000mAh battery that also supports up to 10W fast charging via the micro USB port. The micro USB port also supports USB OTG functionality. Additionally, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 also comes built in with Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS and support for FM radio.As for the prices, the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage costs Rs 12,999 while the middle variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage goes for Rs 14,999. The top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will go on sale today for Rs 16,999.ALSO READ | Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 review: Fast hardware, crazy good battery helps it compete with Redmi Note 6 ProALSO READ | ZenFone Max Pro M2 vs Redmi Note 6 Pro: Asus-Xiaomi battle continues in under Rs 15,000 marketALSO READ | Mi A2 is the first Android One phone from Xiaomi to get Android 9 Pie’s sweetness, global rollout begins todaylast_img read more

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WATCH: City & Utd in 2-horse race?

first_imgArsenal v West Bromwich Albion WATCH: Manchester City and United in two-horse Premier League title race? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 16:17 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Jose Mourinho Manchester United Pep Guardiola Manchester City. Getty Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion Southampton v Manchester United Manchester City v Crystal Palace Stoke City v Chelsea Leicester City v Liverpool Arsenal Premier League West Bromwich Albion Leicester City Manchester United Southampton Manchester City Crystal Palace Stoke City Chelsea Liverpool Videos After five games of the Premier League season there is only alphabetical order between the two sides desperate to keep up the pace this weekend Five games in and there’s nothing between them. Not a point, not even a single goal – scored or conceded.Manchester is leading from the front, City and United setting the pace and already suggesting we may well be looking at a two-horse race for the Premier League title.It’s Pep Guardiola versus Jose Mourinho, though this time it’s been considerably more pleasant than their rivalry in Spain. At least so far, but the pressure is building. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing City appear set to continue their fine start, with a home tie against a hapless, rock-bottom Crystal Palace outfit looking like a banker – particularly with City having won nine of their last 10 versus Palace, who are yet to earn a single Premier League point or score a goal.Mourinho’s men, then, will hope they can continue the good form that has seen them grab 14 of a possible 18 points away to Southampton when they arrive at St. Mary’s on Saturday.Reigning champions Chelsea, meanwhile, will be out to remind people that they are intent on defending their title when they travel to Stoke on the back of a run of 21 points from a possible 24 in their last eight away games.Elsewhere, Liverpool will hope to end a run of two straight defeats at Leicester and Arsenal will be out to make it seven straight home victories over West Brom.Who will handle the pressure?The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Southampton FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure.last_img read more

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Uruguay and Portugal cross swords in fascinating reboot of el clásico

first_img Quaresma chooses liberation over conformity with outside of his boot Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share via Email The Madrid derby and the clásico recreated. Pepe v Suárez, Godín v Ronaldo. There is plenty of previous. There’s Ronaldo and Godín battling in the area, Ronaldo punching Godín in the back of the head. There’s Suárez catching Pepe with a hand across the face one time and a boot across the shin another, the defender rolling round the turf with hand in the air, calling for the priest to deliver his last rites after both of them.And then there is that Camp Nou meeting where Suárez pushes the centre-back, who bumps into the back of him, treading on his foot. Suárez turns and shouts something about his “mother’s shell”, which probably doesn’t really require a proper translation, to which the defender responds: “You pushed me first.” At which point Suárez swears at him again and warns him that he’s “saving one” for him.But here’s the thing: the defender he clashed with on that occasion was not an opponent on Saturday, it was a teammate, José María Giménez. Just as the defender he gave a black eye was not Pepe, it was Godín. “Fifa talk about fair play but that was there before. People talk about Maracanã, the “best in the world”, and that’s a weight. The idea that being second is no good. All those things that are said as if Uruguay was a country of 50m, like Colombia or Argentina, and that’s not the way it is,” he said. “That can create a feeling of impotence and the first reaction to that is the culture on the pitch. We always wanted to see beyond that.”“When Uruguay lost in 1954, when they lost their status as an unbeaten team, they were defeated 4-2 in extra time by Hungary. An Italian journalist wrote an article afterwards quoting the Hungary player who said: ‘I had to mark the best player in the world. Schiaffino was clearly better than me but because of those things that happen in football, we won the game.’ And the Uruguay captain said: ‘We have been beaten by the best team in the world.’ We have to recover that. These players have shown that they have that, and those values have been transmitted to the next generation.”Win or lose. “We have prepared well,” Tabárez said. “But football teams are made of glass. It can break. A player can’t sleep because the baby cried. Another is fighting with his girlfriend. It breaks. The World Cup is always special but we don’t know what will happen until the game starts.”There was a suggestion that the answer to that question might be: not very much. That this game would be boring, bar the battle. “I don’t know,” Tabárez said, “but, if it’s boring and we win, we’ll celebrate.” Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Luis Suárez leads way for Uruguay to spoil 10-man Russia’s party Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Luis Suárez Read more Still, the anticipation is that this will be tough indeed, a confrontation between some of the best, most competitive, most uncompromising strikers and defenders there are. Yet that version of events was challenged here; there was something deeper. Uruguay have collected only one yellow card at this tournament; while their central defenders are tough there is a nobility about them; and, when it came to their final group game, they were in a similar situation to England but there was no doubt: they defeated Russia. “We don’t play with the results: our objective is to win every game, that’s our mentality,” Suárez said. It has also, Tabárez suggested, too often been their obligation, a “heavy load to carry in your backpack” – one that conditioned their characteristics.It was then that Tabárez talked about myth and reality; then too that he told the story of the 1954 World Cup. He had mentioned that this team has been together with him for 12 years. And, asked about the continuity within the team, the thread that runs through it as seen through the central defenders and leaders, from Diego Lugano to Diego Godín and Diego Godín to José María Giménez, he traced a line further back. As he told the tale – slowly, quietly, at length, so out of keeping with his surroundings yet so like him – it took you. They call him Maestro for a reason. Facebook center_img Go on, admit it: one of the first things you thought of when the draw put Portugal and Uruguay together was the kind of thing nobody wants to see but everybody wants to see really. OK, maybe not everybody, and maybe you didn’t. Plenty, though, did. Just try typing Portugal, Uruguay and “shithousery” into Google.On Friday though, Uruguay’s manager, Óscar Tabárez preferred to recall a different story and a whole different set of values, going back to the 1954 World Cup to tell a parable and question the “myths”, as he put it. Alongside, Luis Suárez sat captivated, silently gazing at him.“There is not so much history between us so far, so history will be marked by tomorrow’s game,” Suárez had said. What awaits in Sochi is spectacular. European champions in 2016 v South American champions in 2011; three of the world’s great strikers, men who scored 344 league goals over the last four years; the winner of four of the last five Ballon d’Ors, and probably a fifth this year too, voted the planet’s best player again – “not just a great player, their leader,” as Tabárez said; and the defender Diego Maradona calls a “superstar”. Then there is the other stuff this clash brings – and clash is the word. That, at least, is the assumption. Share on WhatsApp All of which says something about the competitiveness that has helped make Uruguay football’s great overachievers; it certainly says something about Suárez – a superb footballer who plays as if he was no good at all, who talks about a nation who may not have the talent that others do but who will not be beaten for courage, fight, that garra charua of legend. As Godín puts it: “Luis has got where he is because of the way he is: you see he gets angry, wound up, he fights, he protests.”He might not for much longer. There was a moment here on the eve of meeting Portugal when the Uruguay striker was asked about the impact of VAR: yellow cards are down, red cards are down and penalties are up. “The players talk about it,” Suárez said. “Players are protesting less.” And with that he grinned and raised his hand: players like me. He also said that, having worked with a fitness coach before the tournament, he felt better now than in the opening game, adding with a smile: “Which isn’t hard.” Portugal Uruguay Topics World Cup 2018 World Cup Twitter Read more Share on Messenger features Cristiano Ronaldo of Real and Diego Godin of Atlético clash during a Madrid derby. Photograph: Jan Kruger – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Groningen’s Veldwijk in trouble after exposing genitals

first_imgEredivisie Groningen’s Veldwijk in trouble after exposing genitals on camera 21:57 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lars Veldwijk Getty Eredivisie Groningen The South Africa international is in further hot water with the club after his name hit the headlines for the wrong reasons Groningen’s Lars Veldwijk is in trouble with his club after footage emerged online of the striker exposing his genitals.Veldwijk’s girlfriend Monica Geuze, an avid vlogger with a following of over 400,000 subscribers, had been filming for her YouTube channel when the 26-year-old ‘pranked’ his partner, with the footage having been accidentally released before being deleted.In terms of punishment, Veldwijk had already been relegated to the club’s youth team due to refusing to be substituted back in February, meaning a fine looks like the most likely course of action. 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 Groningen director Hans Nijland spoke to Dagblad van het Noorden about the incident: “I can be very clear about this, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous how Lars ended up in the newspapers this week.“It’s so annoying and unnecessary that this happens.”In November, Veldwijk and Geuze had already made headlines after escaping an armed robbery at a casino in Amsterdam.“Especially around that guy, you just want everything to be quiet,” Nijland added.“Professional players should be an example for other people, so this really doesn’t help. Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned, but I don’t understand anything about vlogging.“It’s very unwise of him to show himself like that in those vlogs.“We already spoke to him about it and we told him how irritating this is to us. And, even though we understand that he did this in his private time, we still want our players to be professionals off the pitch.”last_img read more

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Alves wins 40th trophy

first_imgDani Alves has become the first footballer to win 40 trophies after his Brazil side won the Copa America – the right-back’s second Copa trophy.The 36-year-old, who captained the side, also won the Best Player of the Tournament award in a star-studded field.The Selecao saw off Peru 3-1 in the final at the Maracana on Sunday, to seal their first Copa triumph since 2007. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare They took the lead through Everton after a wonderful cross from Gabriel Jesus.The Manchester City forward scored their second in first-half injury time, restoring the lead after Peru had equalized through a Paolo Guerrero penalty just four minutes earlier.Jesus was sent off in the 71st minute after two yellow cards, but Brazil held on and sealed the game through a Richarlison spot-kick in the final minute.They were inspired throughout the tournament by the ageless Alves, easing the pain of a disappointing home World Cup in 2014.It was Alves’ fourth international trophy, with a pair of Confederations Cups added to his Copa victories.🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆@DaniAlvesD2 is the first player in history to win 40 trophies.#CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/XJWM3Tuk6E— Coral (@Coral) July 7, 2019He won five trophies with Sevilla before making the move to Barcelona in 2008.It was at the Camp Nou he got his hands on the majority of his trophies, winning an incredible 23 tournaments with the Blaugrana in eight years in Catalonia.He moved from Barca to Juventus in 2016 and scooped up the Italian double in one season in Turin, before switching to Paris Saint-Germain two seasons ago.He collected six trophies in France, including the double in both seasons, and is now a free agent.His former international team-mate Kleberson, who saw out his playing days in the United States, has said he would like to have seen Alves make the move to America, but sees him as a good option for European Champions Liverpool.“I feel maybe he could fit in well at Liverpool,” the former Manchester United man said ahead of Sunday’s final.Alves has also been linked with a dream return to Barcelona, where he won three Champions League titles, after he said he would not return to PSG next season.Wherever he ends up next season, Alves will bring an unprecedented trophy haul with him.last_img read more

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Here Is Iowa’s 2019 Preseason Depth Chart

first_img Mekhi Sargent will lead the rushing attack for his junior year after leading the team in yards from scrimmage.Here is the full depth chart:Offense:QB: Nate Stanley, Peyton MansellRB: Mekhi Sargent, Toren YoungFB: Brady Ross, Joe LudwigWR1: Brandon Smith, Calvin LockettWR2: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Tyrone Tracy Jr.WR3: Nico Ragaini, Tyrone Tracy Jr.TE: Nate Wieting, Shaun BeyerLT: Alaric Jackson, Mark KallenbergerLG: Landan Paulsen, Cody InceC: Tyler Linderbaum, Jeff JenkinsRG: Cole Banwart, Levi PaulsenRT: Tristan Wirfs, Jack PlumbDefense:LDE: Chauncey Golston, John WaggonerLDT: Cedrick Lattimore, Daviyon Nixon *or* Austin SchulteRDT: Brady Reiff, Noah Shannon RDE: A.J. Epenesa, Amani JonesOLB/Cash: Barrington Wade *or* D.J. JohnsonMLB: Kristian Welch, Dillon DoyleWLB: Djimon Colbert, Nick NiemannLCB: Michael Ojemudia, Julius BrentsSS: Geno Stone, Devonte YoungFS: Kaevon Merriweather, Jack KoernerRCB: Matt Hankins, Riley MossSpecial Teams:PK: Caleb Shudak or Keith DuncanP: Colten Rastetter *or* Ryan GersondeLS: Jackson Subbert, Nate VejvodaIowa went 8-4 in the regular season, and finished the year with an Outback Bowl win over Mississippi State to finish 9-4. Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley winds up to throw.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 01: Nate Stanley #4 of the Iowa Hawkeyes passes during the 2019 Outback Bowl against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)There’s just over one month remaining before the start of the 2019 college football season. With plenty of teams deep into preparation, the Iowa Hawkeyes have taken a big step towards getting back onto the field.The team released its 2019 preseason depth chart this week, and it had very few surprises. One of the few things that show up is the limited depth at the tight end position.Iowa tended to utilize two tight ends – Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson – on most plays last year, but are only listing two on the entire chart this year: Nate Wieting and Shaun Beyer.There’s no change at quarterback with Nate Stanley set to continue running the offense for his senior year.last_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Australia PM blasts English fans for booing injured Steve Smith

first_imgAshes 2019: Australia PM blasts English fans for booing injured Steve SmithSteve Smith returned to the crease 40 minutes later, before being dismissed for 92. While many fans offered him a standing ovation, an audible contingent booed at and jeered Smith both times, when he was withdrawn and when he returned.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service LondonAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 12:37 IST Steve Smith was booed at when he returned to bat after retiring hurt in Ashes Test, (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the harsh treatment meted out to batsman Steve SmithAn audible contingent booed at and jeered Smith both times, when he was withdrawn and when he returnedSmith had to leave the field on Saturday after he was struck on the neck by a 92.4 mph Jofra Archer deliveryAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday condemned the harsh treatment meted out to batsman Steve Smith, who was subjected to booing by the Lord’s crowd during the second Ashes Test which ended in a tense draw.Smith had to leave the field on Saturday after he was struck on the neck by a 92.4 mph delivery from England pacer Jofra Archer, which knocked him to the ground.Smith returned to the crease 40 minutes later, before being dismissed for 92. While many fans offered him a standing ovation, an audible contingent booed at and jeered Smith both times, when he was withdrawn and when he returned.”A draw for the second Test but it was a total Ashes foul for the crowd at Lords to boo Steve Smith,” Morrison posted on Facebook.”His performance on the pitch during his return to Test Match cricket in the UK demands nothing other than respect,” he added.The Australian PM further termed Smith “a champion” and said he is expecting the 30-year-old to answer his “hecklers” with bat and ball in hand to bring home the Ashes.”He’s a champion and has handled the events of the past year with a real humility. I’m extremely proud of Steve Smith, and it’s not just because he comes from the Shire.”The crowd could learn a thing or two from Steve Smith and I look forward to him answering his hecklers with bat and ball in hand to bring home the Ashes,” said Morrison.Earlier, former Australian cricketers also condemned the behaviour of the Lord’s crowd.advertisementThe Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), in a one of its kind penalty, also ejected one of its members after he sledged Smith in the famed Long Room of the pavilion while he was walking off the field after he got out scoring 92 in the first innings. According to a report in news.com.au, the unidentified member called the former Australian skipper a “cheat and a disgrace” as he made his way back to the dressing room.Barmy Army, England’s supporting group, however, issued a statement saying they were not involved in the booing at Lord’s.”We are not at Lord’s and we are not booing Steve Smith. He took a horrible blow to the head, and we wish him the best in his recovery,” they tweeted.Also Read | I want to be 100 percent fit: Steve Smith on availability for 3rd Ashes TestAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Scott MorrisonFollow Australia Prime Ministerlast_img read more

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Nordic American Tankers Abandons Bond Offering

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-incorporated Suezmax owner Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has decided to abandon its previously planned bond offering.The company informed that the decision was made as the offering is not in the best interest of NAT shareholders.NAT explained that its financial position “changed much to the better” in the course of the last nine months.“It is worth noting that the expected improvement in the tanker market is becoming clearer.”The company said it has financial flexibility through a large suezmax fleet and a long standing cooperation with its customers; oil and energy companies, including oil traders.“Our lending and investment banks in the US and Europe play key roles in NAT. The debt per ship of NAT is low – below the scrap value of each ship,” the shipowner added.“Over time expansion is the objective. However, sales and acquisitions of vessels do not necessarily take place at the same time. It can be expected that NAT will immediately reap the benefits of an upswing in the tanker market,” NAT concluded.last_img read more

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Iggy Azalea to release new album on July 19

first_imgLos Angeles: Rapper Iggy Azalea has announced that she would be releasing her new album on July 19. The LP would mark Azalea’s first since her debut record ‘The New Classic’, which released back in 2014. ”In My Defense: July 19th Pre Order: June 28,” Azalea posted on Instagram along side the album art. She also shared the inspiration behind her album art. ”It’s a statement about women not having the ability to defend themselves under public gaze, not rebirth. I guess I don’t feel women are really given a fair chance to be ‘heard out’ so how could anyone survive that amount of judgement. ”I wore a ‘going out’ dress and clutch because I wanted it to feel like I had been out somewhere and was clearly unprepared for a fight,” Azalea tweeted.last_img read more

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After membership drive TRS focus now on strengthening party organisation in Tgana

first_imgHyderabad: The ruling TRS in Telangana, which has enrolled 60 lakh members during its recently-concluded membership drive, is now focused on strengthening its party organisation in the state.TRS working president K T Rama Rao, who held a meeting with the party’s general secretaries on Wednesday, told them to complete the process of constitution of party committees by August 31 and submit a report by September 1, sources said. He was told that the constitution of party committees had almost been completed, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He suggested that constituency-level (party) meetings be organised, as membership drive and constitution of party committees have come to an end. Rama Rao, son of TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, also reviewed the construction of party offices in districts, the sources said. The construction of party offices is going on at a brisk pace in all the districts, the sources added. TRShas enrolled about 60 lakh members during its membership drive which began in the last week of June and concluded recently. The last date for submission of membership books was August 25, party sources had said earlier. The party has got over Rs 20 crore through membership fee. It offers insurance facility to its members. TRShad returned to power in the Assembly polls held in December last with a massive majority, winning 88 of the total of 119 seats. Though the party expected to bag at least 13-14 of the total of 17 seats in Lok Sabha polls, it won nine. The loss of sitting MP and Chief Minister Rao’s daughter K Kavitha, in particular, came as a setback to the party.last_img read more

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Workload management of Pandya Bumrah in focus as MI take on Delhi

first_imgMumbai: Workload management of pacer Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be the main focus when Mumbai Indians take on a rechristened Delhi Capitals in their first match of the 12th Indian Premier League here Sunday.Pandya has had two breakdowns in the last six months. A recurring back-injury first ruled him out of the Asia Cup in last September before missing the home series against Australia. Even former India pacer Zaheer Khan, who is Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket, felt Pandya’s workload should be monitored since he has had recurring lower back injuries. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”He (Hardik) has to be monitored. He’s in consultation with the team of support staff. Everything is under control,” Zaheer had said earlier this week. Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma too feels that with the World Cup round the corner, the onus is on individuals to manage their workload in the IPL. “We have been on the road for last three or four years. We have played a lot of back-to-back cricket. It depends on individuals. You should always listen to your body,” Rohit had said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBumrah is another player who will be closely monitored by the Indian team management in the IPL. Also it would be interesting to see how Mumbai Indians’ manage Bumrah’s workload, especially after veteran Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga will miss the first six games for the franchise. Elsewhere, Rohit’s performance will also be keenly observed as he is expected to open in the World Cup. Besides, the three-time IPL winners have added legendary Yuvraj Singh to their squad, which already has a few big-hitters in Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Suryakumar Yadav to name a few. On the pace front, Barinder Sran, Mitchell McClenaghan can be considered, while Krunal Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Anukul Roy, Rahul Chahar and rising star Mayank Markande provide Mumbai ample spin options. Delhi Capitals, who have changed their name from Delhi Daredevils, have Shikhar Dhawan in their armoury and the lefty-hander would be keen to get runs in the before the World Cup. Also a good outing for young players like Shreyas Iyer and stumper Rishabh Pant will bolster their World Cup chances. Delhi also boasts of Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Karla and experienced campaigners like Colin Munro and Chris Morris, who can give stability to the team. With the likes of Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma, Kasigo Rabada and Nathu Singh on board, Delhi’s bowling attack looks a potent force. Teams (from): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Lasith Malinga, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Yuvraj Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav and Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper). Delhi Capitals: Colin Ingram, Manjot Karla, Prithvi Shaw, Sherfane Rutherford, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Bandaru Ayyappa, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kasigo Rabada, Nathu Singh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Hanuma Vihari, Jalaj Saxena, Keemo Paul, Rahul Tewatia, Ankush Bains and Rishabh Pant. Match starts at 8 pm.last_img read more

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Senior UN envoy meets SPLM on withdrawal from Sudan Unity Government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s acting Special Representative, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, travelled to Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan, where he held separate meetings with the Secretary-General of the SPLM, and the President and Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir and Riek Machar.Mr. Zerihoun was encouraged by his interlocutors’ assurances that they will remain engaged in discussions and consultations with their National Congress Party partners, according to the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).The decision by the SPLM has raised concerns about the future of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended a 21-year civil war between North and South Sudan. In a statement issued over the weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the parties to the accord to “resolve the situation in a manner that preserves the integrity of the Agreement.”Meanwhile, the UN and the African Union (AU) have provided airlift support for the Darfur rebel movements which have gathered at a SPLM-hosted conference in Juba in preparation peace talks planned for later this month with the aim of ending the conflict that has plagued the war-torn Sudanese region since 2003. The talks, to be held in Sirte, Libya, on 27 October, are being convened by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for Darfur, Jan Eliasson, and his AU counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim.Also attending the conference in Juba are staff from the AU-UN Joint Mediation Support Team, who are holding meetings on the sidelines with the movements to discuss their preparedness for the Sirte talks.More than 200,000 people have been killed in Darfur and at least 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes because of fighting between the rebels, Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed.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.In a related development, the UN announced today that it has awarded Pacific Architect Engineers, Inc. a contract for the initial Multi Function Logistics Services in Darfur for a period of six months in support of UNAMID. The contract, which is for up to a ceiling of $250 million, covers the establishment of new camps for some 4,100 military and civilian personnel and the provision of camp services including catering, medical, janitorial, welfare and upkeep. 15 October 2007The top United Nations official in Sudan has met with members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to discuss its recent decision to withdraw from the Government of National Unity. read more

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UN reaffirms commitment to working with Palestinian partners after officials resignation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appreciated Mr. Fayyad’s “strong efforts” and commended his “leadership and his commitment to improving the lives of all Palestinians,” said Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in a statement. “The United Nations looks to build on his achievements for the Palestinian state-building and development agenda, and will continue to work with the Palestinian leadership, under President Abbas, on achieving the two-state solution,” he continued in the statement. In a separate statement, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, said that Mr. Fayyad “has not only been an interlocutor I personally hold in the highest esteem, but also a valuable partner for the international community, including the United Nations.”Mr. Serry met with Mr. Fayyad earlier today to “express on behalf of the United Nations appreciation for his achievements.” “The United Nations recognizes that Prime Minister Fayyad had to contend with circumstances that kept constraining the success of the state-building agenda he led together with President Abbas,” Mr. Serry’s statement continued. “And which is now – in the absence of a credible political horizon – at serious risk.”Speaking to the UN Security Council in March, Mr. Serry said it is incumbent on the UN, and the international community overall, to help Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas overcome their differences. He also affirmed that, with people in the Middle East facing a period of “extraordinary challenges and turmoil,” establishing the groundwork necessary for a credible Israeli-Palestinian peace process remains a core priority for the UN. read more

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Wrestling looking to take down the team up north

Any Buckeye will tell you there’s not much that tops the feeling of defeating “that team up north.” The Ohio State wrestling team is no exception. “It’s Ohio State — Michigan. We don’t like each other,” senior captain Colt Sponseller said. “That’s evident when we wrestle each other.” The misconception that the rivalry is limited to football is something the team looks to dispel. “A lot of people think it’s just football, but it’s all sports,” Sponseller said. “It’s a real big deal.” The Buckeyes have beaten Michigan the past three years, and look to extend that to four when they host the Wolverines at 7 p.m. Friday. “We’ve won the last three; we want to continue to win against Michigan,” coach Tom Ryan said. “Our group understands the importance of the rivalry.” The competition brings a different approach to the week preceding it. Ryan said he showed his team a video of the football rivalry, and the wrestlers know it is not just an ordinary dual. “The whole Ohio State atmosphere with Michigan — we want to beat them; they want to beat us,” sophomore captain Ian Paddock said. “So, that always adds to the competition.” Members of the winning team will receive gold singlets, like the gold pants trinkets given to victorious football players. Though their records are near opposites — Michigan is 7-2 and the Buckeyes are 2-6 — Ryan said he believes a win is within the Buckeyes’ sights. “We’re looking for a win,” he said. “Despite the struggles we have had, I think the matchups are favorable for us.” A Buckeye victory against the Wolverines rests on the outcome of one key matchup. “It’ll come down to the 197 pounds,” Ryan said. “It’ll be the key match of the night for both programs.” Sponseller said his team is ready for the dual and eager to take on its rival. “Everybody gets geared up,” he said. “It always feels like there’s a rivalry.” Ryan said his captains need to step up for the dual and lead the team to victory. Sponseller said he isn’t taking the challenge lightly. “Not trying to be an enforcer,” he said, “but trying to be a motivator.” The fans will play a key role in Friday’s dual, Sponseller said. “The crowd means a lot,” he said. “It feels like you have an 11th man out there.” Sponseller said he has one plan. “I just plan on going out there,” he said, “and beating Michigan.” read more

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Church of England sees fall in planned donations for first time in

“Their commitment has grown individually by 27 per cent or roughly four per cent a year, enabling the overall sum to rise by 10 per cent.“But in 2016 for the first time the total coming out of planned giving declined,” he said. The debate over the Archbishops’ Council’s budget for 2019, which sets out the national church’s spending priorities, also heard from members who were concerned that millennials were not donating to local churches.Julie Dziegiel, the treasurer of a parish in the diocese of Oxford, said: “We need to address the issue of giving by our millennial generation, the future of the church, but they are saddled with student debt and looking at being unable to buy a house.”Mr Spence said the church was introducing initiatives such as contactless collection and text giving to appeal to millennials.He said contactless collection at services “can be very useful for churches that have significant numbers of visitors or when people come for weddings or funerals.“They so often don’t have cash in their pockets, so they can be deployed then, and these are the sorts of things we need to do to have a more enterprising future.”Annika Mathews, a member of the Church of England youth council, said young people were likely to move from church to church as they studied and moved for jobs, and so found it difficult to commit to regular giving. “I have been to about four different churches in the past few years, from moving around from year to year.“It would be helpful for young people to have some online ways of giving, maybe some monthly debits to the church, as we – and I speak for myself at least – don’t tend to carry change all the time to churches,” she said. The Church of England has seen a fall in planned donations for first time in 50 years as it says millennials are not taking up the mantle of previous generations.Money given through direct debits and standing orders has fallen for the first time since records began in 1964, it was revealed on Monday.John Spence, chair of the Archbishops’ Council Finance Committee, told its governing body, the General Synod, that in 2016 income coming from planned giving fell by 0.4 per cent.Figures for 2015 show that a total of £337.5m was given to the church this way, suggesting that there was a fall of around £1.35m in 2016.The donations formed around a third of the money collected by parishes in 2015, which Mr Spence said rose by 1.8 per cent overall because of other sources of funds.He warned that young people were not replacing older churchgoers in donating money to the church, which was leading to a dent in income.“An 81 year old is eight times more likely to go to church than an 18 year old.“And that’s having its impact on finance. The numbers of people in our planned giving schemes declined by 13 per cent since 2010. 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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