4 CRPF personnel injured in landmine attack

first_imgFour CRPF personnel including an assistant commandant were injured in a landmine explosion in Latu jungle under Baresaad police station of Naxal-affected Latehar district today, police said. The landmine was allegedly laid by the CPI (Maoists), sources said. DIG Vipul Shukla said an assistant commandant Gengte, Havildar Nitesh Pandey, Gopal Yadav and Deepak Singh of the para-military force sustained injuries in the incident. All the injured have been shifted by helicopter to Ranchi for better treatment, he said. The incident occurred in course of an anti-Naxal operation in the foothills of Budha Pahar — a suspected strong base of the Naxals. As soon as they reached the foothills, an explosion took place, injuring the security personnel who were cordoning off the Budha Pahar following an incident of abduction of some villagers in adjoining Garwah district. Budha Pahar borders adjacent districts such as Garwah, Gumla as well as the state of Chattisgarh.last_img read more

Paralyzed Patients ‘Speak’ With Their Pupils

first_imgLying in bed, unable to move a muscle, so-called locked-in patients have few ways to communicate with the outside world. But researchers have now found a way to use the widening and narrowing of the pupils to send a message, potentially helping these patients break the silence.Doctors use the constriction of pupils under bright light to test whether a patient’s brain stem is intact. But our pupils also show the opposite response—dilation—based on our thoughts and emotions, says Wolfgang Einhäuser, a neurophysicist at Philipps University of Marburg in Germany. Einhäuser had been struggling to interpret changes in pupil size during decision-making when he began to wonder about a different application. He contacted Steven Laureys, a member of the Coma Science Group at the University Hospital of Liège in Belgium, to explore how the pupil could be used to communicate a choice. Laureys works with locked-in patients, who have normal mental acuity but are paralyzed and unable to express thoughts to those around them. Many can control only the muscles that move their eyes; some, not even that. They can learn to communicate using EEG technology, in which electrodes on the scalp detect changes in brain activity. But applying the electrode cap is time-consuming, and the equipment is expensive, Einhäuser says. “If you imagine doing that every day, basically to communicate, that’s troublesome.”To find a different technique, Einhäuser, Laureys, and colleagues reached back in time. “The pieces have been there since the early ’60s,” Einhäuser says. A 1964 study showed that our pupils dilate when we perform mental arithmetic, like attempting to multiply 27 and 15 with no pencil and paper, and that harder tasks led to more dramatic dilation. 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The subjects were asked to compute only the problem displayed with the correct answer and to ignore the other. A camera in front of their eyes measured precise changes in their pupils. It didn’t matter if they got the problem right, or if they completed it at all. Mental effort alone was enough to dilate their pupils and indicate which answer they chose, the team reports today in Current Biology. Einhäuser says that patients could use their pupils to respond to any question with two possible answers. The simple laptop and camera setup would cost less than $1000, he says.Six healthy individuals and seven locked-in patients tried the new setup, answering a series of yes-or-no questions and computing the problem only for their chosen answer. The method had 84% to 99% success in reading the responses of healthy patients. Three of the seven paralyzed patients got better-than-chance results: The computer picked their intended answer between 67% and 84% of the time. Although far from perfect, these levels represent “very good accuracy,” according to Niels Birbaumer, a neurobiologist at the University of Tübingen in Germany who specializes in helping locked-in patients regain communication.Einhäuser points out that with training, the effectiveness would improve dramatically: The patients could become more experienced at directing their mental effort, and the computer program would improve its accuracy through repeated trials.  The team also tried the system with patients who had more severe brain damage and whose level of mental ability was unclear. Only one of four patients was able to complete the task, and his results were no better than chance. But when he was instructed to try the math problem, his pupil response showed when he was computing. Einhäuser thinks, based on this result, that the system could also be a diagnostic tool for gauging brain function. Although this may only be a “piece in the big repertoire,” he believes that it could prove useful in remote hospitals with few resources.Birbaumer is skeptical of this diagnostic use, saying that it will add little to existing techniques. He also notes that many patients already have communication systems based on moving their eyes side-to-side or up and down. But he acknowledges that for people who cannot control the muscles in their eyes, the pupil response could be a useful alternative.The team now hopes to make the system faster and more user-friendly and to have patients try other binary choices, such as selecting letters to spell words. “For really complete locked-patients, even if they communicate one letter in a minute,” Einhäuser says, “that is still far above nothing.”last_img read more

Will consider withdrawing plea for Shivpal’s disqualification if he agrees for merger: SP leader

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party will consider withdrawing its application for Shivpal Singh Yadav’s disqualification as MLA if he agrees for a merger with the Akhilesh Yadav-led party, senior SP leader Ram Govind Chaudhary said on Sunday. On September 13, the Samajwadi Party (SP) had moved the application seeking Shivpal Yadav’s disqualification from the Uttar Pradesh assembly under the anti-defection law. Shivpal Yadav was elected from the Jaswantnagar assembly constituency on an SP ticket in the 2017 State elections. In 2018, he floated a new party—Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) — after falling out with SP chief and his nephew Akhilesh Yadav.“If Shivpal Singh Yadav dissolves his party and merges it with the Samajwadi Party, then the party will consider withdrawing the application seeking his disqualification as MLA of UP Legislative Assembly,” Mr. Chaudhary told reporters here. The Leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly said the SP has shown utmost patience in dealing with Shivpal Yadav.“Despite giving statements against party president Akhilesh Yadav and the feud in the party, he was given a ticket in the 2017 UP Assembly elections. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he contested against his nephew Akshay Yadav from Firozabad on a Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) ticket,” Mr. Chaudhary said. On September 20, Akhilesh Yadav had hinted that the SP may withdraw the application seeking the disqualification of his estranged uncle.“Whosoever wants to come, we will include them in the party,” the SP Chief had said. Shivpal Yadav had then said, “There is full scope of unity in the family and there is full scope from my side as well. But some people are hatching conspiracies to not let the family unite.”last_img read more

Oh, yes! Nurse, Raptors look to finish series with Magic

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess 76ers lead, 3-1. Game 5, 8 p.m. EDT, TNT.NEED TO KNOW: Brooklyn guard D’Angelo Russell has 89 points through four games. That’s tied for the second-most among Nets players whose first four career postseason games came with the team. He trails only Brook Lopez (90 points, 2013).KEEP AN EYE ON: Nets guard Caris Levert. He’s the first Nets guard to score 25 or more points in consecutive postseason games since Vince Carter in 2007.PRESSURE IS ON: Philly forward Tobias Harris, who’s hitting 50% of his 3-pointers in the postseason. This after draining 32.6% in the regular season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers.SPURS AT NUGGETSSeries tied at 2. Game 5, 9:30 p.m. EDT, NBA TV.NEED TO KNOW: The Spurs hold a 22-8 postseason record against Denver. …The Nuggets were an NBA-best 34-7 at home in the regular season.KEEP AN EYE ON: Nuggets forward Torrey Craig. He got the start over Will Barton on Saturday and had 18 points. Also played stellar defense on DeRozan.PRESSURE IS ON: Derrick White. The Colorado native/Spurs guard scored eight points in a home loss to the Nuggets on Saturday. Gary Harris was assigned to cover him after White erupted for 36 points the game before.THUNDER AT TRAIL BLAZERS Informed it erupted on social media, Nurse said: “Is that a good thing?”Here’s perhaps a not-so-good thing: Toronto’s history in closing out series. The Raptors are 5-6 when they have a chance to win a playoff series, according to the team.“This team, let’s see if they can start their own history,” Nurse said. “We need to do our best to take care of business.”It certainly was a wild weekend around the league, with Brooklyn GM Sean Marks drawing a one-game suspension — and a fine — for entering the referees’ locker room after a Game 4 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. In that game, Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley and Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler were ejected after a scuffle broke out following Joel Embiid’s flagrant foul against Jarrett Allen in the third quarter. The league fined Dudley $25,000 and Butler $15,000.San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan got hit in the wallet by the league, too, after tossing the basketball in the direction of an official following a called he didn’t like in a Game 4 loss. Asked Monday at practice if there was anything he regrets about the incident besides the $25,000, DeRozan responded: “The 25-grand. I don’t want to just give away that much money.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss The series between the Nuggets and Spurs has been highly entertaining, with each team earning a win on the other’s home floor.“Back at square one,” DeRozan said. “Got to go in there and win in a tough environment. It should be fun.”Here’s a look at Tuesday’s games:MAGIC AT RAPTORSRaptors lead 3-1. Game 5, 7 p.m. EDT, NBA TVNEED TO KNOW: Unbelievable as this may sound, the Raptors have never won four consecutive postseason games. After Kawhi Leonard’s 34-point outing in Game 4, Toronto now will have a chance to change that.KEEP AN EYE ON: Orlando has been resilient all season, and Magic coach Steve Clifford thrives off that. There’s a history of toughness from Orlando in the playoffs — the Magic are 5-4 in their last nine games when facing elimination. Clifford was an assistant coach for most of those Orlando teams.INJURY WATCH: Magic C Nikola Vucevic was grabbing at his right ankle after tussling with Leonard for a loose ball late in Game 4. But neither team is likely to have any lineup changes for Game 5.PRESSURE IS ON: Toronto. The Raptors should want to send a message, end this series, get a few days off and ensure themselves at least a full week at home before hitting the road for Game 3 of the second round.NETS AT 76ERS Now leading 3-1, Nurse and the Raptors look to close out their series with the Magic at home Tuesday. The same goes for Philadelphia against Brooklyn and Portland against Oklahoma City.The second-seeded Denver Nuggets return home Tuesday following their first victory in San Antonio since 2012. Tied at 2, they’ve reclaimed home-court advantage as Nuggets coach Michael Malone finds himself in quite a chess match with his counterpart Gregg Popovich.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“He’s Bobby Fischer,” Malone said, in comparing Popovich to the chess prodigy. “He’s a savant. So I’m not worried about matching wits with Gregg Popovich. I’m worried about helping our team.”Face it, this was comical: The look of Nurse, who instantly became a meme with his expression during a Game 4 win. After a 3-second call on Fred VanVleet in the opening quarter, Nurse stood almost perfectly still on the sideline, his mouth ajar. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse pumps his fist after his team scored a basket against the Orlando Magic during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)DENVER— In response to an early call, Toronto coach Nick Nurse formed the perfect “O” with his mouth and held it for a dozen or so seconds.Oh, these playoffs. They can leave your mouth agape — just like Nurse’s gone-viral expression on the bench during a win Sunday in Orlando.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess James Yap no regrets over missed game-tying 3 in Game 4 loss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trail Blazers lead 3-1. Game 5, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: Portland is 82-42 all-time at home in the postseason.KEEP AN EYE ON: The Blazers dynamic backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who have combined for 51 or more points in every game of the series. McCollum and the Blazers quietly went about their business Sunday. They didn’t talk trash, but let their play do the talking in a 111-98 win. “I think we are a lot more mature than we were in past years,” McCollum said on the Blazers’ website.PRESSURE IS ON: Westbrook. In Game 4, he was 5 of 21 from the field for 14 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

SPORT-AKRAM 2LAST

first_imgAkram said Arthur carried a lot of coaching experience Akram said Arthur carried a lot of coaching experience behind him and he hoped he would turn around the Pakistan team. “But one should not expect him to bring about improvement immediately as our team is currently languishing at ninth position in ODI rankings. Even he will require time to turn things around,” he said. The former captain said it was shameful that Pakistan cricket had slipped to such a low. “It is shameful but this downslide has not happened overnight. It is a result of the fact that our domestic cricket structure has lost its competitive edge and is not producing quality players for a while now,” Akram said. Akram said Pakistan should expect a tough time when they tour England this summer. “Dont expect them (England) to prepare flat pitches for our batsmen. The Duke ball will seam and swing on grassy pitches and it will be a real test for our batsmen to negotiate the ball,” he said. Asked about the decision to drop opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad on disciplinary grounds from the list of probables for the national camp being set up ahead of the tour to England, Akram said he didnt agree with this approach of selectors or the Board. “If we drop players on purely disciplinary grounds than let me tell you many of our era would not have even played for Pakistan including myself. I think if a player has a problem it is the job of the team management and captain to deal with it and get him to perform,” he said. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Mumbai business family distraught over kin joining ISIS, files FIR against preacher

first_imgIndia is not foreign to the budding scare of youths leaving the country’s shores to join the ISIS. Now, the Mumbai police investigations in the missing Kerala youths case has revealed that five out of 21 people who allegedly joined ISIS were from the same family.This family is of Ashfaque Ahmed, son of a Mumbai-based businessman, Abdul Majeed. Ahmed left the country to join ISIS with his wife, infant daughter and two cousins. The cousins have been identified as 22-year-old businessman Mohammed Siraj and 30-year-old Ejaz Rehman, who is a medical practitioner by profession. A distraught Majeed has blamed three persons – Haneef Abdur Rasheed, a Kerala school teacher who travelled to Syria with Ashfaque, Navi Mumbai resident Arshi Qureshi and Kalyan resident Rizwan Khan – for instigating “his son to join the IS”.FAMILY SHOCKEDThe family was alarmed when Ashfaque’s younger brother received a message saying “I have migrated to the IS territory and I do not want to come back”.Abdul Majeed filed an FIR on August 6 under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), which is the country’s foremost anti-terrorism legislation, which has been amended twice – in 2008 and 2012.In the FIR, Abdul named Rasheed, Qureshi and Rizwan for instigating his son to join the terror group.Haneef was arrested by the Mumbai police on August 13. Arshi and Rizwan were arrested in the case previously and are in the custody of Kochi police.According to sources, the Mumbai police is now trying to confirm whether it was Haneef who sent Ashfaque to join ISIS.WHAT HAPPENEDadvertisementAccording to the FIR with Nagapada police, Abdul said there were changes in Ashaque’s behaviour as he inclined towards the Ahl-e-Hadees sect and converted to it in 2014. He got married in April 2014. Ashfaque informed us about his marriage later. He stopped listening to music, watching television, changed his clothing style and started sporting a beard.Abdul Majeed also mentioned in the FIR that his son was in constant touch with the two cousins but he never got a whiff of their plans.Abdul Majeed, who runs a guest house near Mumbai Central station, has alleged that his son was radicalised in Mumbai and Kerala.Rizwan Khan has been arrested for converting and getting a Kerala couple married who too have left the country in a similar manner.Haneef, who was arrested last week by the city crime branch, told the police that while a person named Rashid, a teacher at the Peace International School in Kerala, indoctrinated 11 well-educated men into joining the group to fight in Syria and Iraq, Arshid Qureshi, who is attached to the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), sponsored their trips to Sri Lanka and Iraq.Also Read15 Kerala youths go missing: Did they join ISIS? Families fear they didKerala: Yet another youth goes missing, ISIS link suspectedlast_img read more

World Cup Finalists Gather at Kremlin for Tournament Draw

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Officials from the 32 World Cup teams have gathered in Moscow to find out who will play who at next year’s tournament in Russia.Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to appear at the draw ceremony, which will take place Friday at the State Kremlin Palace.The draw will be presided over by former England striker Gary Lineker, who has previously called for FIFA to be disbanded over bribery scandals and questioned Russia’s legitimacy to host the World Cup.The 32 finalists will be split into eight groups of four teams. Only Europe can have two teams in the same group.Russia will play the opening game on June 14. The final will be held on July 15.—ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

CBS Reportedly Snagging ESPN Announcer To Eventually Replace Verne Lundquist On Top CFB Broadcast

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)CBS reportedly has its replacement in place for Verne Lundquist on its top SEC game broadcast. According to Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, long-time ESPN announcer Brad Nessler will be leaving the network for CBS. He’ll call NFL games until Lundquist retires, when he’ll then become the play-by-play man for CBS’ top SEC game each week. Lundquist has called SEC games since 2000. Told Brad Nessler will leave ESPN and do NFL for CBS, until he takes over SEC for Uncle Verne.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 25, 2016Nessler has been calling college football games for ESPN since 1997. He’s been with the network since 1992.last_img read more

Virat Kohli 2nd batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit 40 ODI hundreds

first_imgVirat Kohli 2nd batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit 40 ODI hundredsBrief scores – India 225 for 6 (43.1 overs) vs Australia in Nagpur. Virat Kohli (103*), Ravindra Jadeja (14*). Virat Kohli scored his 40th ODI hundred in his 224th match and 216th innings. Kohli scored his 7th ODI hundred against Australia during the second match in Nagpur on Tuesday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta NagpurMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 16:51 IST India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli scored his 7th hundred against Australia in ODIs (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli hit his 40th ODI hundred during the 2nd match vs Australia in NagpurThis was Virat Kohli’s 7th ODI hundred against Australia from 34 matchesVirat Kohli now has 2 ODI hundreds so far in 2019 – both have come against AustraliaBrief scores – India 225 for 6 (43.1 overs) vs Australia in Nagpur. Virat Kohli (103*), Ravindra Jadeja (14*). Scorecard | Live BlogVirat Kohli became only the second man after Sachin Tendulkar to score 40 one-day international hundreds during the second ODI against Australia in Nagpur on Tuesday. Tendulkar leads the ODI hundred charts with 49 centuries.Kohli also drew level with Tendulkar with his fouth hundred against Australia in India.This also happens to be Virat Kohli’s second hundred against Australia this year. In Adelaide, Kohli had scored 104 as India chased down 299 against Australia in the second match of a three-ODI series.Overall, this was Kohli’s 7th ODI hundred against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list for batsmen with most centuries in India-Australia ODIs with nine hundreds. Kohli and Rohit Sharma are tied on the second spot with seven hundreds each.Take a bow #KingKohli #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/x5vvfXhA1dBCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019Virat Kohli had a sensational time in 2018, hitting 11 hundreds in international cricket including 5 in Tests and 6 in ODIs.In 2019, Kohli played 6 ODIs before the five-match series against Australia started at home. In New Zealand, he played three ODIs before being rested for the final two matches. He was also rested for the three-match T20I series against the Black Caps.FIFTY!The Indian Skipper brings up a hard fought half-century. This is his 50th in ODIsScorecard – https://t.co/uMRPRyp6ys #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/sOi5yUxNZ6BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019Virat Kohli, who debuted in 2008, is among the greatest batting stars in limited-overs cricket.advertisementKohli, who took charge of India’s limited-overs teams in 2017, has sensational stats as ODI skipper. 18 of his 40 ODI hundreds have come while leading India. As many as 24 of his 40 hundreds have come while chasing.Earlier in the day during his gutsy innings, Virat Kohli became the 7th Indian batsman to score 50 ODI fifties. He joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Azharudding to achieve the feat.The last two years have been spectacular for Virat Kohli. He scored six hundreds each in 2017 and 2018 after hitting three hundreds from 10 ODIs in 2016.Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli 7th Indian batsman to hit 50 ODI fiftiesAlso Read | Sanjay Manjrekar lauds Vijay Shankar: That innings of 46 was oozing classAlso Read | India vs Australa: MS Dhoni falls for fifth golden duck in ODI careerFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Virat KohliFollow IND v AUSFollow India vs Australia 2nd ODIFollow Virat Kohli hundredFollow Virat Kohli 40th ODI hundredlast_img read more

Salah scores 50th Premier League goal after 8-match drought, Klopp says ‘never in doubt’

first_img Reuters SouthamptonApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 13:51 IST After 8 matches without any goals, Mohamed Salah scored at the last minute to secure Liverpool’s win (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTSAfter 8 matches without any goals, Mohamed Salah scored at the last minute to secure LIverpool’s winSalah is the eighth Liverpool player to score 50 Premier League goals”It was never in doubt about him being a great player,” manager Klopp said.When Liverpool cleared a corner and the ball arrived at Mohamed Salah’s feet 20 yards inside his own half at Southampton on Friday there was just one thing on the Egyptian’s mind.A handful of seconds later, after a searing 50-metre run, his left-foot shot flew past Angus Gunn to give Liverpool the lead on a nailbiting night on the south coast.Jordan Henderson scored another one to make it 3-1 and confirm Liverpool’s place back on top of the Premier League, but the defining moment was Salah’s drought-busting effort.He had not scored for eight matches, his worst run at Liverpool, but his 80th-minute intervention could not have been better-timed. It was his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool and, more importantly, proved that any concern over his form in the title run-in could be put to bed.”YESSSSSSSSSSS, MO SALAH!!”A sensational Match in a Minute after a breathtaking #SOULIV. pic.twitter.com/i0Ttuk8nAkLiverpool FC (@LFC) April 5, 2019With five league games left Salah is undeniably back.”What a goal! Wow, what a goal!” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who hugged his striker on the pitch as Liverpool’s fans roared out their song about the “Egyptian King”.Salah is the eighth Liverpool player to score 50 Premier League goals, but his half century arrived in only 69 games, three fewer than Fernando Torres, the previous quickest to the mark.Only two other players in the Premier League era have reached the landmark quicker – Manchester United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Shearer for Blackburn Rovers.advertisement50 Liverpool Premier League goals.Welcome to the club, @MoSalah pic.twitter.com/Kg0DlwViyBB/R Football (@brfootball) April 5, 2019Klopp told reporters he had never doubted Salah would rediscover his scoring touch.”It was never in doubt about him being a great player from my side,” Klopp said. “It was goal number 50 I heard for Liverpool, that’s an incredible number,” the German said.”As a striker, you have chances and each striker is a human being – maybe you have better moments and less good moments. But he is pretty consistent, his physical things are always there. He always stayed calm to deal with the situation.”SCENES!The boss is buzzing. pic.twitter.com/FomRlAQXLDLiverpool FC (@LFC) April 5, 2019Liverpool were not at their best, especially in a sluggish first half when they gave the ball away cheaply too often and Southampton threatened to add to their ninth-minute opener scored by Shane Long.But once Naby Keita levelled with a deflected header in the 36th minute, his first goal for Liverpool, the visitors were relentless in their pursuit of a crucial win.Klopp’s side have now won seven of their last eight Premier League games when conceding the opening goal – a resilience that will be causing concern at relentless Manchester City who now trail by two points having played a game less.”The season is intense for everyone,” Klopp said. “The performance was not top level but it is about fighting.”People want us to play like Manchester City, we are unable to do that, we play our own football. We have 82 points now, that is massive in this crazy league and everyone is waiting for us. I am really proud. It is incredible.”It is a difficult year for everybody, you need to have 70-75 points for the (top-four) Champions League and 90-something for the title.”We are in the race and that is nice.”Also Read | Premier League: Salah, Henderson late winners vs Southampton send Liverpool back on topAlso Read | Salah ready to sacrifice Champions League dream for fans’ desire of Premier League gloryAlso Read | Premier League: Liverpool miss chance to go on top with goalless draw at EvertonAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL RahulFor 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 byRoshni Tags :Follow Mohamed SalahFollow FootballFollow LiverpoolFollow Premier leagueFollow Juergen Klopp Next Salah scores 50th Premier League goal after 8-match drought, Klopp says ‘never in doubt’As Mohamed Salah scored a last-minute goal to break his 8-match drought and regain Liverpool’s top slot in the Premier League, manager Klopp said he was “never in doubt”.advertisementlast_img read more

Live Fish Displays Highlight Oceans Day Celebration

first_imgHalifax is going to welcome World Oceans Month in style Friday, June 3, with live fish, dozens of displays, hundreds of people and plenty of fun. June is World Oceans Month, including World Oceans Day on June 8, and in recognition, the Halifax waterfront will host a day-long celebration Friday. “We live by our oceans in more ways than one,” said Sterling Belliveau Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “They are sustainable sources of the world’s finest foods. They are a natural transportation system and a recreational treasure. Our oceans define us as a Maritime people. We all need to know more about them and we need to protect them.” Thirty organizations are expected to bring fish, interactive exhibits and a wealth of ocean information to waterfront event, which has drawn more than 1,000 visitors in the past. It will also feature free admission to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the CSS Acadia from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. World Oceans Day was promoted by Canada in 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. A United Nations resolution in 2008 officially recognized June 8 as World Oceans Day, which is celebrated by about 50 countries.last_img read more

Several Congress workers join AAP

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said several Congress workers, including some from Valmiki community, joined the party in presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. CM Kejriwal welcomed them and said they would have towork together for the development of the city and the country. “We have fixed to a large extent the corrupt exploitative system that has existed for the last 70 years. This has been possible because Delhi elected an honest government. But this project is much longer than just four years. After winning the next election in Delhi, we have to continue to work towards a better country, a better system. We are committed to ensuring a dignified life for all Delhiites,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in the statement.last_img

Israel approves Palestinian construction in West Bank

first_imgJerusalem: Israel’s Cabinet on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units. An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe the closed-door meeting, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government advanced the proposal late Tuesday. It appeared timed to coincide with a visit by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and chief Mideast envoy Jared Kushner, who is expected in the region this week. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe permits would be for construction in Area C, the roughly 60 Per cent of the West Bank where Israel exercises full control and where most Jewish settlements are located. Netanyahu’s government has approved the construction of tens of thousands of settler homes, but permits for Palestinian construction are extremely rare. Israel captured the West Bank, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek these areas as parts of a future state. Most of the international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law and an impediment to a two-state solution to the conflict. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTouring new construction in the West Bank settlement of Efrat, south of Jerusalem, Netanyahu said Wednesday that “not a single settlement or a single settler will ever be uprooted.” Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich, a religious nationalist in Netanyahu’s government, wrote on Facebook that he backed the construction of Palestinian housing in Area C because “it prevents the establishment of a terrorist Arab state in the heart of the land” and asserts Israeli sovereignty over Area C. The Western-backed Palestinian Authority has control of civilian affairs in Areas A and B, which include the West Bank’s main Palestinian cities and towns. Kushner is returning to the Middle East this week to promote the administration’s call for a 50 billion economic support plan for the Palestinians, which would accompany a Mideast peace plan that the administration has yet to release. The Palestinians have rejected the agreement out of hand and cut off all contact with the Trump administration, saying its policies are unfairly biased toward Israel. The Trump’s administration’s Mideast team is spearheaded by people with close ties to Israel’s settler movement. His ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, recently told the New York Times that Israel has the “right” to annex some of the West Bank. Both critics and supporters of the settlements say the White House’s friendly attitude has encouraged a jump in settlement activity.last_img read more

Prominent MMIWG activists slam sixmonth inquiry extension

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsFor over 40 years, activists Bernie Williams and Gladys Radek have been fighting for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.But now they are mourning news that the national inquiry tasked with examining the missing and murdered will only be granted a six-month extension.“There is a lot of things that are happening to our women today and our women are still disappearing, our girls are still being murdered and our men and boys are going missing and still being murdered,” said Radek, while standing beside a downtown Vancouver monument honouring the missing and murdered.“Nobody is doing a damn thing about it and they wanna pull the plug?”Tina House reports. thouse@aptn.calast_img

Ramadan the Shortest and Longest Fasting Hours around the Globe

By Hajar JannadRabat – Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims worldwide and one of the five pillars of Islam, which is observed as a sacred month of praying and fasting from before Fajr (Dawn) to Maghrib (sunset).According to Islamic teachings, Muslims should observe Ramadan after the visual sightings of the crescent moon, which is generally announced by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. In midsummer, which coincides this year with Ramadan, the fasting hours would be much longer than in previous years. Fasting for long hours would be unbearable for some Muslims living closer to the North Pole compared to their counterparts in other parts of the globe. This has some Islamic scholars to pass a Fatwa to moderate the fasting hours or to follow fasting times in Mecca. However, some conservative Muslims are expressing their readiness to face the long fasting hours, saying that they have to abide by the Shariaa (Islamic laws).Another challenge for Muslims this year is the hot weather, especially for those living in the scorching desert, such as some areas in Saudi Arabia, southern Africa, and southern Morocco. Muslims in the northern hemisphere will observe Ramadan in m low summer temperatures not exceeding 25 degrees Celsius.At its longest, the fasting time can last for more than 20 hours as in the northern hemisphere countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. In European countries such as Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Poland, Muslims will have to fast more than 20 hours.At its shortest, Muslims in southern hemisphere countries such Argentina and Chile will have to fast only for 9 to 9.5 hours. As for the Middle East, the fasting time will last between 16 to 18 hours, but with high temperatures.Graphic by Nahla Bendefaa/ Morocco World News read more

On its inaugural mission UN Peacebuilding Commission to visit Sierra Leone

On the trip, which runs until 25 March, the group intends to evaluate the situation in the country and identify obstacles to peacebuilding, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, told reporters.The seven-member delegation will also aim to see how the Commission “can best support national peacebuilding efforts” and “bring increased attention to ongoing peacebuilding efforts in Sierra Leone,” she added.Ambassador Frank Majoor of the Netherlands is leading the delegation, and its other members include Alpha Ibrahima Sow, Ambassador of Guinea; Leslie Christian, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ghana; Amir Muharemi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Croatia; Piragibe dos Santos Tarrago, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil.Representatives from India, China and the European Commission will be joining the delegation in Freetown, the capital.Earlier this month, Sierra Leone, ravaged by an 11-year civil war, received $35 million from the UN Peacebuilding Fund, established from voluntary contributions to aid countries which have recently emerged from war from slipping back into conflict.In another development, Lovelore Munlo, the Registrar for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, announced last week that he is leaving his position, saying “the time has come to move on.”Mr. Munlo became interim Registrar October 2005, and was appointed Registrar last February by the Secretary-General.During his tenure, the Special Court concluded an agreement with the Government of the Netherlands and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to allow the Special Court to try former Liberian President Charles Taylor in The Hague. 19 March 2007A delegation from the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission – the body created in 2005 to focus on reconstruction, institution-building and the promotion of sustainable development in post-conflict countries – kicked off its first-ever mission to a country on its agenda today when a team arrived in Sierra Leone. read more

Iraq Security Council ends mandate of United Nations weapons inspectors

Closing a chapter it opened over 16 years ago, the Security Council today terminated the mandate of United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq, with the Russian Federation abstaining during voting on a resolution sponsored by the United Kingdom and the United States.The resolution, which passed with 14 votes in favour, immediately terminated the mandates of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the Security Council-mandated work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iraq. Explaining the Russian Federation’s decision to abstain, the country’s Ambassador, Speaking after the vote, Vitaly Churkin said there had yet been no definitive statement about the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Iraq.The Council resolution said the continued operations of UNMOVIC and the IAEA’s Iraq Nuclear Verification Office are no longer necessary to verify Iraqi compliance with its obligations.The resolution “closes a cycle of many years of verification, where the UN showed that it can implement successfully the activities demanded by the international community despite difficulties and frequently a lack of cooperation from the inspected party,” said UNMOVIC’s Acting Executive Chairman, Demetrius Perricos, in an address to the Council.Mr. Perricos warned against complacency. “In the present security environment of Iraq, the possibility should not be discounted that non-State actors may seek to acquire toxic agents or their chemical precursors in small quantities,” he said. “The possibility of non-State actors getting their hands on other – more toxic – agents is real.”He also pointed out that the main finding of the US-led Iraq Survey Group’s Comprehensive Report, “namely the absence of any stockpiles of WMD or evidence of a revival of WMD-related programmes proscribed under the Security Council resolutions,” corresponded to conclusions reported by UNMOVIC to the Council in June 2003.Also addressing the Council, Gustavo Zlauvinen, a representative of the IAEA Director-General, recalled in early March of 2003, he had told the Council that the IAEA had found “no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons programme in Iraq.”A detailed assessment could have been produced within months of that date, he added, but the IAEA has not been able to carry out its mandate since 17 March. That was the date when the withdrawal of UN staff from Iraq was announced. Days later, the war broke out. UN spokesman Farhan Haq noted that the weapons inspectors accomplished a great deal on the ground both in terms of monitoring and in terms of destroying or verifying the destruction of WMDs before their work was interrupted by the war in 2003.He said UNMOVIC’s just-released 1,160-page Compendium of Iraq’s Proscribed Weapons Programmes in the Chemical, Biological and Missile areas is “the best testament to the work of the Commission and its value.”The Council’s resolution today requested the Secretary-General “to take all necessary measures to provide for the appropriate disposition of UNMOVIC’s archives and other property under arrangements ensuring, in particular, that sensitive proliferation information or information provided in confidence by Member States is kept under strict control.”UNMOVIC’s predecessor, the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM), set up at the end of the war in 1991, destroyed missiles, mobile launchers, fixed launch sites, chemical munitions, a chemical weapons complex and a germ warfare complex as well as tons of missile fuel, chemical warfare agents, precursor chemicals and bacteria growth media. UNMOVIC inspectors destroyed dozens of Iraqi Al Samoud 2 missiles and warheads, as well as launchers, shells filled with chemical weapons precursors and other arms. 29 June 2007Closing a chapter it opened over 16 years ago, the Security Council today terminated the mandate of United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq, with the Russian Federation abstaining during voting on a resolution sponsored by the United Kingdom and the United States. read more

UN warns that global progress on illegal drugs is under threat

A surge in opium and coca cultivation and the risk of higher drug use in developing countries threaten to undermine recent progress in drug control, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).“Recent major increases in drug supply from Afghanistan and Colombia may drive addiction rates up, because of lower prices and higher purity of doses,” Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of UNODC, said today in a statement.The report says the world’s illegal opium production has almost doubled since 2005 and that Afghanistan registered a record opium harvest in 2007. Some 80 per cent of cultivation took place in provinces controlled by Taliban insurgents.A similar pattern was noted in Colombia where coca cultivation increased by 27 per cent in 2007 – which was still 40 per cent below the peak reached in 2000 – with 5 per cent of the country’s municipalities accounting for almost half of all cocaine production.“In Colombia, just like in Afghanistan, the regions where most coca is grown are under the control of the insurgents,” Mr. Costa observed, but he added that the Colombian Government’s campaign against drug traffickers had successfully destroyed large-scale coca plots. Worldwide, the report found that fewer than one in 20 people had tried illegal drugs in the last 12 months and that there were 26 million people with severe dependence – about 0.6 per cent of the planet’s adult population.The global cannabis market is stable or even slightly down. Cannabis herb production is estimated to be 8 per cent lower than in 2004 and cannabis resin production declined by some 20 per cent between 2004 and 2006. Despite this, the report says there are some worrying trends, with Afghanistan becoming a major producer of cannabis resin, possibly surpassing Morocco. Meanwhile, in developed countries, indoor production is resulting in more potent strains of cannabis herb. The average level of the drug’s psychoactive substance almost doubled in the US market between 1999 and 2006.Use of amphetamine-type stimulants, like methamphetamine and ecstasy, has levelled off globally since 2000, but production and consumption remain a major problem in East and South-East Asia, and markets are beginning to develop in the Near and Middle East.The report finds that there has been a systematic shift away from the major drug routes, particularly for cocaine. Because of steady demand for cocaine in Europe and improved interdiction along traditional routes, drug traffickers have targeted West Africa.“States in the Caribbean, Central America and West Africa, as well as border regions of Mexico, are caught in the crossfire between the world’s biggest coca producers (the Andean countries) and biggest consumers (North America and Europe),” Mr. Costa warned. “Drug money corrupts governments, and even turns into terrorist financing: promotion of the rule of law is the best way to fight the drug trade.”Assessing organized international attempts to control drugs, this year’s “World Drug Report” shows that global opium production is 70 per cent lower than a hundred years ago.“Drug statistics show that the drug problem was dramatically reduced over the past century, and has stabilized over the past 10 years,” Mr. Costa said.In a related development, a study on drug consumption in six South American countries has found that marijuana is the most widely used drug, mainly among the young population. The average consumption rate in the six countries studied – Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador – was 4.8 per cent, higher than the world average of 3.9 per cent. In all countries consumption was higher among men than women and was concentrated in the 15 to 34 age group.The study, which was carried out by UNODC and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, found that cocaine was the second most consumed drug in 2007, with an average prevalence of 1.4 per cent.For the three main types of drugs studied – marijuana, cocaine and cocaine base – the report says that a high percentage of consumers in the six countries showed signs of dependency.“These results clearly illustrate the power of addiction these drugs have, with foreseeable negative consequences. Not only in the personal, family and social context, but also with regard to most of the countries’ health systems, where it would be quite challenging to satisfy a massive demand for treatment,” the report concludes. 26 June 2008A surge in opium and coca cultivation and the risk of higher drug use in developing countries threaten to undermine recent progress in drug control, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). read more

Peacebuilding success hinges on needed support Annan tells Security Council

As the Security Council embarked today on a discussion of building durable peace in countries shattered by war, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said this goal can be reached only when key conditions – including adequate resources and trained personnel – are met.Mr. Annan cited the examples of El Salvador, Guatemala, Mozambique, Namibia and East Timor as evidence that conflict-torn States can restore stability. At the same time, he cautioned against impractical approaches. “We need to be realistic about what is achievable and we must have a clear political strategy for success – based on a sophisticated understanding of the context,” he said.With the proper support, the UN’s work “can succeed, and the promise of peace-building can be realized,” he said at the outset of the meeting, which was convened on the initiative of Spain, Council President for the month of September, and chaired by its Foreign Minister, Miguel Ángel Moratinos. Foreign Ministers from 10 of the Council’s 14 other members also took part in the session.The Secretary-General called on the Council to sustain its attention to hotspots even after the media spotlight has left. “The bit-by-bit building of peace, from the ground up, may not grab headlines – but it must command your vigilant attention and your long-term commitment,” he said, pointing to failed attempts at peace-building in Haiti and Liberia, where the UN has since returned in an effort to restore stability.While peacekeeping funding needs are great, he pointed out that the money would be well spent. “UN peace operations an excellent investment,” he said. Over the course of its entire nearly six-decade history, the UN has spent just over $30 billion on peacekeeping – a mere one-thirtieth of the global military expenditures last year alone.Mr. Annan also underscored the need for adequate security of UN civilian staff. “Risk is an unavoidable part of our work, but there must be a reasonable balance between the risk to be undertaken and the substantive contribution that civilians are called upon to make,” he said, appealing for support for new security measures he is slated to propose in the coming weeks.For his part Said Djinnit, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, noted that the Union had been called upon to respond quickly to conflict situations and emerging crises, particularly in Burundi and in Darfur, Sudan. He said the AU had deployed its operations in those areas in the expectation that the UN and other partners would provide the support needed.Javier Solana, High Representative for the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, said that civilian aspects of peace-building had taken on primary importance as objectives broadened to include the restoration of a legitimate government and defence of the rule of law. While rebuilding a State had political and security dimensions, it also required the establishment of institutions which could inspire confidence among the people concerned.The Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Amre Moussa, said the complexity of present-day crisis management required drawing on the comparative advantage of different organizations. He stressed, however, that the Security Council itself must assume its duty in terms of the wider issue of maintaining international peace and security. Unfortunately, the Council had shown reluctance to deal with major issues such as the Arab-Israeli conflict and the situation of Palestine, as well as Israeli breaches of international law, he said. Video of Council meeting [2hrs 48mins] read more