Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje presented a ₹1,66,000-crore budget in the State Assembly on Wednesday, while announcing a slew of measures and financial allocations for infrastructure development, transport, agriculture, higher education and water resources.Except a 15% increase in the value added tax on tobacco products, no new tax proposal was made in the Budget. Ms. Raje, who also holds the Finance portfolio, said the State had achieved a myriad of awards and recognitions and bagged many laurels during the last three years.The State government was giving the highest priority to the issues of farmers and protecting the interests of entrepreneurs and small-scale businessmen while creating jobs for the unemployed youths, said Ms. Raje in her speech.The budget projected an estimated fiscal deficit for 2017-18 at ₹24,753 crore, which is 2.99% of the GSDP and the estimated total revenue receipt for the financial year at ₹1,30,162 crore. The estimated own tax revenue for 2017-18 was 8.34% of GSDP.She said ₹.36 crore would be allocated for basic infrastructure, conservation, beautification and renovation works at various tourist places, while the interest subsidy under the crop loan scheme would be ₹370 crore and compensatory interest subsidy to cooperative banks would be ₹.150 crore.Among the salient features of the budget, subsidy for sprinkler equipment will be increased by 5% and mini-kits will be distributed to one lakh farmers based on the reports of soil health cards. The Home Department will get ₹.5,600 crore in the new financial year, while the road and air transport will be strengthened as part of measures to improve infrastructure.Higher educationShe allotted ₹1,399 crore were for higher education, with Karauli and Bharatpur getting new engineering colleges, while admissions to the government schools will be increased by 32% and smart labs will be set up in schools. Among the tax proposals, a composition scheme for micro and small enterprises having turnover up to ₹50 lakh was introduced with the rate of composition fee at 2%. New reliefs were also provided in the stamp duty and registration fees.
After the successful ban on e-cigarettes, a demand has been raised in Rajasthan for the enforcement of vendor licensing mechanism to control and regulate the sale of tobacco products. Licensing is expected to act as a major deterrent, which will especially reduce children’s access to cigarettes and other tobacco products.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had announced a complete ban on production, distribution, advertisement and sale of e-cigarettes on May 30 last, a day before World No Tobacco Day. He said the ruling Congress had promised to take steps to curb smoking and addiction among the youths in its election manifesto and the decision would prove to be effective.Successful actionThe successful action for imposing ban on e-cigarettes, after a sustained campaign by voluntary groups, was highlighted at the 41st session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in June this year, with the emphasis on the rights of tribal children, among whom addiction starts at an early age.Experts and activists said here on Tuesday that the State government should frame rules under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, making it mandatory for shopkeepers to obtain licence to sell any type of tobacco products. As of now, the vendors violating the rules pay a petty fine and go back to selling tobacco.At an event organised against tobacco addiction, Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital’s head of oncology surgery Suresh Singh said the enforcement of laws putting restrictions on tobacco consumption would be easier with the licensing mechanism and those selling tobacco without a valid licence could be arrested.Dr. Singh said tobacco consumption was a major cause of oral cancer and the number of such patients coming to SMS Hospital had increased from 60 in 2016 to 122 in 2018 and 111 till August this year.Jayesh Joshi, secretary of Vaagdhara, a Banswara-based voluntary group working for tobacco control in the State, said licensing would automatically check the sale of tobacco products in and around educational institutions, hospitals and public places. He said the State government had authorised municipal bodies in 2018 to regulate the sale of tobacco products.The Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016-17 has stated that 24.7 % of adults in Rajasthan were tobacco users.
Amer, Jose, Alas relish chance to don PH colors anew, reunite with pals Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Castro had a near triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists while Pogoy, who is playing in his first game in the finals, showed no signs of first-time jitters with a team-high 27 points on 5-of-9 3-pointers.The Beermen rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter with Charles Rhodes tying the score at 99 with 1:35 left and Chris Ross knotting the count again at 102 with 7.6 ticks remaining before Smith’s winner.Rhodes got off to a hot start before cooling off the rest of the way. He had 31 points but 21 of which came in the opening period and went scoreless in the middle quarters.Fajardo added 18 points and 13 rebounds while Chris Ross also posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 assists with seven rebounds to boot.Racela expects de Ocampo and Reyes back for Game 2 on Friday night also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? “It’s good that Joshua had the presence of mind to attack June Mar. They’re actually denying everyone so he really didn’t have a choice but to go in,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “He has a big heart.”“It’s always crucial to get the first win. We wanted to get that first win and we did it tonight without Ranidel and Ryan and that’s something that is very important to us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSmith, who is still listed as day-to-day, finished with 21 points and nine rebounds in just under 27 minutes.TNT missed the services of its key veterans Ranidel de Ocampo (flu) and Ryan Reyes, whom Racela said is dealing with a “minor injury,” but the KaTropa still had their main man Jayson Castro and a fast-rising star in Roger Pogoy to pick up the slack. View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Joshua Smith vs June Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESJoshua Smith came up with the game-winning basket despite playing through a foot injury to lift TNT over San Miguel Beer, 104-102, for a 1-0 headstart in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Smith, who was noticeably limping, hit a hook shot over the Beermen’s three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo with 1.6 seconds left to win it for the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH
TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Mike Gamboa signs 1-year deal with Phoenix Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ “They’ve been training for so long without me and they were preparing for the UAAP in my absence, I think it’s unfair if I just suddenly come in,” said Laure in Filipino in a report from Volleyverse.com. “So I won’t be playing in Season 81.”UST finished Season 80 as the seventh seed with a 4-10 record with Best Scorer Cherry Rondina and Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini carrying much of the offensive burden for the Golden Tigresses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionRondina, however, had to carry the Golden Tigresses by herself for much of the tournament since Alessandrini missed a bulk of the games due to injury.A frontline of Rondina, Alessandrini, and Laure would’ve been a potent offensive threat, but there’s still another Laure set to suit up for UST in 2019. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte EJ Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo.INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas’ EJ Laure is set to sit out the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament as to not disrupt the rhythm of the team.Laure, the Season 77 Rookie of the Year, skipped Season 80 due to a shoulder injury and even though it has healed, she said she decided to not play in 2019 in respect to her teammates who have already developed on-court chemistry without her.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Laure’s younger sister Eya will be joinining Rondina and Alessandrini and this time, there won’t be a conflict of positions.Rondina and Laure are both open spikers but Eya has been playing as an opposite hitter for head coach Kung Fu Reyes for much of the volleyball offseason.“The lineup’s full especially in my position with Sisi and Milena both playing as outside hitters while Eya is the opposite,” said Laure. “Of course coach Kung Fu has a plan for all of this. We just have to trust him.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Alab, which is bannered by Puerto Rican reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos, would’ve been the perfect opponent to test Gilas before they head for Doha to kickoff their campaign in the last window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“I’m very concerned because can you imagine the only time you’ll see them compete is in the game itself so that’s a big concern but we couldn’t find any other solution to that problem,” said Guiao.Blatche had just rejoined Gilas on Monday for the first time since the infamous game against Australia last July but he won’t be here for long as he is set to return to China and be back with his mother ballclub the Tianjin Gold Lions are still playing in the Chinese Basketball Association.Guiao said Blatche’s last practice with Gilas before he leaves will most likely be on Thursday.“So tomorrow (Wednesday) he will practice with NLEX just running the plays again and then, on Thursday, that could be his last practice with the team because again there will be PBA games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday so we just to work with those limitations.”ADVERTISEMENT That, however, still won’t alleviate some of his worries with the lack of preparation time and possibly not being able to play any tune-up games before the national team’s do-or-die away games against Qatar on February 21 and Kazakhstan three days later.“We’re getting there. We’re getting better chemistry. Andray’s getting more familiar with the plays. I think he’s very comfortable with the plays now,” Guiao told reporters after wrapping up practice for the second straight night at Meralco Gym.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Again, we’re trying to keep everything simple. His time is really limited here and the players’ time is limited as well because they still have to contend with the PBA scheduling,” he said.Gilas was supposed to play Alab Pilipinas in a scrimmage Tuesday night but the exhibition was canceled the night before after Alab backed out to give their players much-needed rest after playing a game in Cebu on Sunday. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao is liking what he’s seeing from his team especially the progress of Andray Blatche’s reintegration into the squad.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES 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 PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Mike Conley, Justin Holiday help Grizzlies beat Timberwolves ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments
Anfieldjurgen kloppliverpoolmanchester city First Published: November 10, 2019, 10:21 AM IST Liverpool: Pep Guardiola has “never” felt like an underdog and insists even a daunting trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday will not alter his belief in his Manchester City side.Guardiola takes City into Sunday’s clash with everything seemingly in favour of the home side. The European champions have a six-point advantage at the top of the Premier League and have lost only one — a 2-1 defeat by City back in January — of their last 50 league games.Guardiola must also do without goalkeeper Ederson for the match at Anfield, with the Brazilian having picked up a muscle injury in the midweek draw away to Atalanta in the Champions League, to add to the losses of Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri to injuries.But the City manager still believes that his players can achieve only their second win at Liverpool’s ground in the last 38 years.Guardiola, who has won 28 trophies in his career as a manager at City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, said: “What does it mean to be an outsider?”People say ‘you’re an outsider or not, an underdog or not’. But I’ve never gone into a game feeling like an outsider and feeling like I’m not going to win. I never felt that.”Of course, they are in a position six points ahead, they are playing fantastic all season and we have many problems in some departments.”But I’m not going to take the bus to Anfield thinking I’m going to lose the game. That has never happened in my career.”I always had the feeling that if we do the special things we plan to do, we will have our chance to win.”City have already suffered two shock losses in the league this season to Norwich and at home to Wolves to leave themselves playing catch-up to Jurgen Klopp’s team with only 11 games gone.’WE NEED OUR BEST’And Guardiola knows it will take one of the best displays from his time at City to inflict a first home defeat in the league on Liverpool since April 2017.”We know we need our best performance,” he says.”To win this kind of game, you have to be at the top level, definitely. We can’t be half and half.”The way they play, they demand incredible attention in the all the details for 95 minutes. We know that.”But that is the point. I’m pretty sure that if there’s a chance to win at Anfield, it’s when you believe you’re going to win the game.”If you think, ‘Let’s just see what happens’, against that team there, I think it is not possible.”Guardiola has lost three and drawn only one of his four visits to Anfield during his time in charge at City.The Sky Blues’ last victory there came courtesy of two goals from former France international Nicolas Anelka in May 2003.Club greats like David Silva and Sergio Aguero have never won there, and the Argentine — City’s all-time leading goalscorer — has never even scored there.”I cannot explain it,” says Guardiola. “I can only explain the period when I was here.”I would try to tell the players what they have to do and focus on what we have to do to win the game in mental approach and tactical decisions.”I don’t believe much in statistics but 38 years for one time means how difficult it is at Anfield.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Advertisement AdvertisementFernando Verdasco Blasted For Berating Young Ball-boy In ChinaSpanish veteran tennis player Fernando Verdasco has been strongly criticized for his behavior during his semi-final defeat by Yoshihito Nishioka at last week’s Shenzhen Open, just a day after beating Andy Murray in straight sets. The Spaniard, currently world no. 28, berated a ball boy for not bringing his towel quick enough.The 34-year-old was trailing to Japanese qualifier Nishioka, who rallied from a set down to take the lead when the incident played out. Verdasco appeared to vent his frustrations at the young ball-boy, scolding him for not delivering a towel quick enough. The 34-year-old was given a warning by the match official for his on-court outburst, which was branded “disgusting” by tennis fans and pundits. Verdasco’s tantrum appeared to affect his game, as he lost the match to his Japanese opponent 1-6 6-3 7-6, crashing out of the competition’s semi-final round in China. However, it was not the first time the Spaniard had vented his anger on the court – earlier this year he threw a towel at a ball boy at the ATP tournament in Hamburg, Germany.Verdasco’s outburst comes at a time when extra scrutiny is being placed over the behavior of tennis players following the incident at the US Open involving Serena Williams. The 23-time Grand Slam champion was involved in a furious row with umpire Carlos Ramos during her defeat in the final against Naomi Osaka, which resulted in here receiving three code violations for varying offenses and the penalty of conceding a game to her opponent. But Verdasco’s apparent meltdown also had some fans comparing it to Serena Williams’ claims that men and women are treated differently, as Verdasco didn’t even cop a violation for the incident.Verdasco (🎥@TennisTV ) pic.twitter.com/cVTHMIDrBR— doublefault28 (@doublefault28) September 29, 2018
Govt reaches out to Cong over passage of GST bill in monsoon session New Delhi, Jul 14 (PTI) The government today reached out to the Congress seeking its support for passage of the crucial GST bill, hanging fire for a long time due to stiff resistance by the main opposition party. Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who earlier handled Parliamentary Affairs portfolio, called up Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and his deputy Anand Sharma to seek Congress backing for passage of the crucial bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament starting July 18. Sources said the calls were part of governments efforts to reach out to the principal opposition party and engaging with its leadership in a bid to enlist their support for the crucial tax reform legislation. “Yes, we had talked,” Azad said when asked if there was such a call from Naidu.A meeting of top Congress leaders like Azad and Anand Sharma with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely tomorrow. When Asked about the meeting with government to iron out the differences on GST, Azad said, “Yes, we are meeting. The meeting will take place, after that we will tell you.” Asked about what could be the Congress stand at the meeting, Azad said, “I cant say without having a meeting with them and finally deciding on it. We shall have to talk to our friends and allies also.” The Constitution amendment bill for roll-out of GST is pending in Rajya Sabha for a long time and the government is keen to ensure its passage. The Goods and Services Tax seeks to bring a uniform tax structure subsuming a number of imposts and the government claims that it will help add 1 to 2 per cent to the countrys GDP. Top Congress leaders had yesterday deliberated on the strategy for the session with party president Sonia Gandhi at her residence where GST was also discussed. Congress has been pressing for a GST cap of 18 per cent as part of the Constitutional Amendment bill with which the government is not in agreement. Insiders say the demand has become a sticking point, but Congress may relent and agree to a cap in the statute and not as part of the Constitution bill. PTI SKC AAR SK SKadvertisement
Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke’s appeal to cut down his 10-year ban from football was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday.The secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter’s presidency was fired in 2016 and banned from all football-related activity for 10 years by the FIFA ethics committee.His appeal was heard in October, and on Friday it was dismissed by CAS.”The offenses found to have been committed by Jerome Valcke were cumulatively of a serious degree of gravity,” CAS said in its statement, adding the ban and fine of 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,200) “were wholly proportionate.”The former TV presenter from France was a FIFA marketing executive – being fired once before in 2006 – before becoming then-president Blatter’s right-hand man the next year. He was fired a second time in January 2016 after being implicated in irregular World Cup ticket and broadcast rights sales, plus expense abuses including personal use of private jets.The FIFA ethics committee banned Valcke for 12 years, with an additional charge of destroying evidence. FIFA’s appeal panel cut the ban by two years because it judged the broadcasting deal charge was not proven.Valcke denied all wrongdoing.(With inputs from AP)
“You don’t have to pore over it,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane argued after Friday night’s 7-3 loss to Atletico Madrid. “It’s a pre-season game.”They were better [than us] at everything. But there is nothing more to talk about.”Zidane must have known that thinly veiled plea would fall on deaf ears. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The modern game specialises in hot takes and kneejerk reactions, particularly when it comes to its biggest clubs – and they don’t come any bigger than Real Madrid.Defeats – even those that occur in friendly games – never escape intense scrutiny at the Santiago Bernabeu, so it was hardly surprising that the Atleti loss has provoked a bitter backlash.Tomas Roncero of AS described it as Real’s “biggest humiliation in 50 years”. He was exaggerating, playing up to his public persona as one of the more colourful journalists in Spain, but Marca also felt compelled to gauge the feelings of the fans ahead of what is hoped to be a season of redemption for Real.The findings were certainly eyebrow-raising. Of the almost 225,000 supporters polled, 64 per cent do not believe that Zidane, the man who delivered three successive Champions League titles in his first spell in charge, is the right coach for Madrid’s makeover.However, a whopping 80% of the 215,451 fans asked about Real’s transfer window do not believe that the coach’s squad has been sufficiently strengthened this summer.That is a staggering state of affairs, given Madrid have already invested €303 million (£276m/$338m) in new players.Club president Florentino Perez has even delivered Zidane’s top target, Eden Hazard, in a transfer that was essentially a decade in the making.However, the player that Zidane arguably needs the most, Paul Pogba, has yet to arrive.From the coach’s perspective, the one potential positive from the calamitous derby defeat is that Madrid’s longstanding midfield deficiencies were exposed in the most brutal fashion yet.With Dani Ceballos having been loaned to Arsenal for the season and Marcos Llorente allowed to join Atletico, Real are painfully short on numbers – and young legs – in the middle of the park.Indeed, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco were the only first-team midfielders to make the trip to the United States for their International Champions Cup fixtures.Kroos has performed particularly poorly, most notably in the loss to Atleti, when his lack of pace and dynamism was repeatedly and ruthlessly exploited by Diego Simeone’s side.The 29-year-old German’s lethargy was merely symptomatic of a general torpidity in Madrid’s engine room, though.Granted, Casemiro’s return will aid matters in that regard, with the Brazilian having been given extra time off following his involvement in his nation’s Copa America triumph.However, it’s clear that Real’s ageing midfield needs an injection of youth, strength and enterprise.For all his flaws, Pogba ticks all three boxes, which is precisely why Zidane is so intent on bringing his compatriot to Spain.The Atletico humiliation may have been shocking but Madrid’s listlessness – particularly in the middle of the park – was hardly surprising.Zidane bemoaned his players’ total lack of “intensity” after the game but his second stint at the Bernabeu has been characterised by a worrying absence of motivation.It is worth remembering that while Madrid’s hopes of winning a major trophy this year were over by the start of March, Zidane’s return failed to prompt an upturn in the team’s fortunes.There was a lot of talk of players wanting to fight for their places in the 2019-20 squad but last season’s campaign spluttered to a sorry conclusion, with the team losing three of their last four Liga games.It was hoped the addition of fresh faces would aid the reinvigoration process but Madrid have not yet been cured of their general malaise, as we have seen not only against Atletico but also in the loss to Bayern Munich earlier this month.Physically, the Blancos are still some way off the pace, which is, to be fair, to be expected at this time of year.But it is worrying that Ferland Mendy and Luka Jovic are both in danger of missing the start of the new season with minor injuries, while Marco Asensio is expected to sit out the entire campaign with ligament damage.All of a sudden, Madrid, in spite of their early-summer spending spree, look low on numbers – and quality.The collapse of Gareth Bale’s proposed move to China and Madrid’s inability to find a buyer for James Rodriguez haven’t helped matters either, particularly as the sale of both players is essential to generating sufficient funds to acquire Pogba.Time is not on Real’s side either, as the World Cup winner’s current employers, Manchester United, will not countenance a sale after the English summer transfer window closes on August 8, given they would not be able to sign a replacement.The Old Trafford outfit are keen on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic but the Lazio ace is only likely to arrive if Madrid are willing to pay at least €150 million (£137m/$167m) for Pogba.The size of the fee will obviously provoke debate. After all, many United fans felt that the temperamental talent only really turned up for six weeks last season. And yet he still managed to play his way into the PFA Team of the Year, which only serves to underline just how highly he is rated by his peers – and how eye-catching a performer he can be when he is focused and firing on all cylinders.At the very least, he would bring with him a much-needed goal threat. He struck 16 times in all competitions last season; Modric, Casemiro and Kroos racked up nine between them.What Zidane covets above all else, though, is Pogba’s almost unique mix of physique and technique. He has both the skill and the stamina required to rejuvenate Madrid’s midfield.As former Blancos boss Santiago Solari recently conceded, “When [Modric and Kroos] are fit, they are the best but the truth is that they aren’t getting any younger. It’s normal that the club are thinking about other players.”They are thinking about Pogba.According to the AS poll, the majority of Real fans are also in favour of the France international’s arrival – 60% of them, to be precise – even if there is an almost total acceptance (92%) that he will not solve all of Madrid’s issues.However, Pogba says he wants a new “challenge”. Zidane can certainly offer him one.
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Video of a star college football quarterback greeting his mom after Tuesday night’s major bowl win is going viral.Sam Ehlinger and the Texas Longhorns pulled off a major Sugar Bowl upset, knocking off the Georgia Bulldogs.Ehlinger was arguably the best player on the field in the game, rushing for three touchdowns and totaling more than 230 yards of offense.After the game, he shared an awesome moment with his family.Check it out:ICYMI: After his Sugar Bowl win, @TexasFootball QB Sam Ehlinger shared an emotional moment with his mom in the stands. pic.twitter.com/IqcSlbMS4d— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) January 2, 2019That’s pretty awesome.Texas finished the 2018 season with a bang and will head into the 2019 season with a lot of hype.The Longhorns should enter the season ranked inside the top 10 with College Football Playoff hopes.
2—Train Like a Navy SealWhere: Encinitas, CaliforniaHow Long: Three days to three weeksNavy SEALS are the ultimate American warriors, so check out SEALFIT. It was created by a retired Navy Seal Commander to train special ops candidates to get accepted into the Navy SEALS. And it. Is. Intense. Basically this: A more grueling bootcamp for those of you who don’t seem to suffer enough during CrossFit. From $1495, SEALFIT 3—Train like Genghis KhanWhere: MongoliaHow Long: Nine daysGenghis Khan may be the only 13th century person who still has a household name. That’s because he conquered more land and created a bigger empire than anyone else before, or after, on planet Earth—12 million square miles from the Pacific to the Caspian Sea to be exact. What can you learn from training like this guy? Bow and arrow making, archery on a horse, horse herding and lassoing. You’ll re-enact some of Genghis Khan’s most famed battle techniques based on their wandering lifestyle, and you’ll get to visit nomads still living in the Mongolian Steppe. From $3500, High and Wild Expeditions4—Train Like a Maasai WarriorWhere: KenyaHow Long: Four to 11 DaysMaasai warriors have long been considered some of the most stubbornly strong, smart and fearsome warriors on the planet. Also—they wear a lot of red. Hang with these guys, and they’ll teach you how to wrestle, make and throw spears, track your enemies as well as food and make animal calls. But while that’s happening, they’ll also give you an intimate understanding of their history and culture. From $1,800, Bush Adventures 5—Train Like a VikingWhere: SwedenHow Long: Seven DaysThe Vikings know a thing or two about endurance. It’s been a thousand years since the Vikings made their conquest of Northern Europe, but their legendary might lives on. At this training boot camp in The Swedish Lapland, you’ll be mixing bodyweight exercises with strongman type challenges—like carrying full beer barrels and wielding sledgehammers. Sound good Thor? From $1620, Scandinavian Boot Camp 6—Train like a Roman GladiatorWhere: RomeHow Long: One DayThey’ll never make enough movies about the Gladiators, but if you’re ready to make the next step, there’s a ton of day long schools in Rome where you can briefly live out the fantasy. Don’t go expecting anything but a fun time. Go Learn To has courses tailored for big groups and couples. From $130, Golearnto But if you really want to do the couples thing, head to the Waldorf Astoria and check out their training program in a private park. Editors’ Recommendations How to Buy a House: Must-Read Steps and Tips to Guide You Through the Process Maybe you’ll agree—going to the gym gets boring after a while. Even if you are a complete gym junkie and can’t go a day without lifting some kind of weight it gets a little dull. Even if you’ve joined the cult of CrossFit or become a disciple of some dude named Barry, the routine can get tiresome…or if you’re a devotee to the church of Soul Cycle…still, it can start to feel stale. We all go through ruts. And now that summer show-off season has slipped away, those lazy breaks can turn into months. Seems the only way to get through is to flick on your warrior switch. Barrel right through it. Easier said than done, so to give you something to aim for, or just a little incentive, here are six places where you can actually train like a warrior.1—Train like Bear GryllsWhere: US, UK, AfricaHow Long: From half days to five daysWatching former British Special Forces soldier, Bear Grylls, try to find his way out of Siberia or off a deserted island, makes for some great TV, but if you’re really craving adventure, wouldn’t it be better in 3D? And live? Did you say yes? Then take a look at this: At Bear Grylls Survival Academy, began in 2012, you an “survive” in the Sierras in California, The Rockies in Colorado, the Catskills in New york, The Zambezi River in Zimbabwe and the Scottish Highlands with instructors all handpicked by the Bear man himself. And if you’ve got little ones, there are even courses designed specifically for kids and families. Survive for five days from $2,199 per person, Bear Grylls Survival Academy Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Session Wines Are Your Best Easy-Drinking Buddies
Singapore: The government may announce two more tranches of support measures over the next fortnight, following last week’s economy boosting package unveiled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, according to a report by DBS. Sitharaman on Friday announced a raft of measures, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors, exemption of startups from ‘angel tax’, a package to address distress in the auto sector and upfront infusion of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks, in efforts to boost economic growth from a five-year low. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Taking a leaf of these recent measures, we reckon that the focus will be on finetuning measures along with an accommodative monetary policy, while steering clear of broad-based fiscal stimulus, said Radhika Rao, Economist at DBS Group Research. The latter, nonetheless, could come into play if growth risks turn starker in second half of the year and into 2020, she added. “While these measures (announced on Friday) will help improve sentiments and buoy economic activity, we continue to see 30-40bps downside risks to our full-year growth forecast,” wrote Rao. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The June quarter GDP numbers due this week will mark a slowdown from March quarter’s 5.8 per cent year-on-year, as consumption contracted, investments in private and public sectors weakened due to elections and services sector was sub-par. Third quarter growth is also likely to stay weak but stabilise as government spending resumes after the elections. An accommodative monetary policy stance accompanied by a jumpstart in the transmission process is also expected to lower lending rates. Despite a better third quarter, evolving trends lend downside risk to DBS forecast. For monetary policy, limited fiscal implications from the latest fiscal measures keep the door open for further easing, according to the DBS report. The latest RBI minutes from the August review saw the committee members accord high priority to limit weakness to growth and to jumpstart transmission. “We retain our call for another 15-25bps cut at the October meeting, on the back of a weak 2Q GDP outcome later this week, said Rao. Challenging global conditions and a dovish Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) might also add to the case for the RBI to take a growth supportive stance, though admittedly it will be a close call, said the report. Further easing will need to be balanced with preserving policy space after frontloading rate cuts this year, it said. Relief gains are likely in bond and equity markets on positive domestics but gains in the latter will be restrained by an escalation in the trade war rhetoric. Absence of an aggressive stimulus programme, while the central bank remains focused on policy transmission, will restrain a sharper rise in yields. Global yields also look set to remain low for longer. The USD-INR, meanwhile, continues to watch CNY (Chinese Yuan) movements and broader dollar bias, which at this juncture points towards further rupee weakness owing to a weak global environment, said the DBS report.
TORONTO – One of two men accused of killing Laura Babcock and burning her body ordered a large animal incinerator — called The Eliminator — days before the young woman disappeared five years ago, a Toronto court heard Thursday.The Eliminator was operational a few weeks after Babcock disappeared, according to text messages recovered by police.Retired forensic officer Jim Falconer guided jurors through a lengthy presentation about the haul of data found on three computers seized at the home of Dellen Millard.“What temperature is cremation done at?” read a screen capture of an online search taken from Millard’s phone at 10:38 p.m. on July 23, 2012.“Best answer: 1700 degrees and it takes about 1 hour for the first 100 pounds and ½ hour for each 100 after that.”Babcock’s father, Clayton, who sat in the courtroom, held his hand to his mouth as he listened to the testimony.The Crown contends Millard and his friend, Mark Smich, killed Babcock and then incinerated her body.Falconer, a former detective sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police, showed court a series of photographs and videos taken from Millard’s phone at a hangar he owned at the Region of Waterloo International Airport on the same night.One photo, taken at 11:14 p.m., shows Smich standing in front of the incinerator, smiling and holding a black pole.Another photo, taken at 11:20 p.m., shows flames inside the incinerator.A video recorded at 11:45 p.m. shows embers floating in the air, a streetlight in the distance and a rumbling sound in the background.About an hour later, a note was created on Smich’s iPad. It read:“The b–c started off all skin and bone,Now the b–c lay on some ashy stone,Last time I saw her was outside the home,And if u go swimming u can find her phone”The jury then saw a video of Smich rapping those lyrics, which was recorded on Sept. 25, 2012, at Millard’s home.The Crown alleges Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., killed Babcock because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend.Prosecutors say Millard and Smich burned the 23-year-old woman’s remains in an incinerator that was later found on Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.Both men have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.Falconer told court that on June 18, 2012, Millard asked a man named “Shaner” to order an animal incinerator that could burn a 250-pound animal.“Cost on small 250 lb incinerator is 11390. Next model is 500 lb and sells for 13440. Tax and shipping extra,” Shaner wrote to Millard.“Put an order in for the larger one. Use the red Visa,” Millard wrote.The total cost of the incinerator, which Millard and Shaner referred to as “the BBQ,” came to more than $15,000 after taxes, according to texts from Shaner.Millard struggled to get the incinerator operational, according to a slew of texts between he and Shaner.But they got it working by July 23. At 3:07 p.m. that day, Millard wrote to Smich: “bbq has run its warm up, it’s ready for meat.”On July 3, court has heard, Babcock’s phone pinged off the same cell tower as Millard’s phone at the same time — near Millard’s house in Toronto’s west end. Her final outgoing phone call came at 7:03 p.m.At 7:30 p.m., Millard texted Smich: “I’m on a mission, back in 1 hr.”Court has heard that Babcock’s phone stopped connecting with cell towers at 11 a.m. on July 4.At 2:40 p.m., an image from Millard’s phone showed a dog sitting beside an object wrapped in a large blue tarp, with the GPS co-ordinates showing it was taken at Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.On July 7, a calendar event was created on Millard’s phone with the note: “Barn smell check.”
Rabat – Morocco has expressed its opposition to the independence of the Iraqi region of Kurdistan, following a referendum in which the local population massively voted for separation from Iraq.On Thursday, the Moroccan government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said that the kingdom is against the move, which he said “threatens Iraq’s security and territorial integrity.”The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet released any statement about the independence vote of the Iraqi region. El Khalfi affirmed during his weekly press conference that “Morocco’s position vis-à-vis the territorial unity and security of Iraq remains unchanged,” calling it one of the fundamental positions of Moroccan foreign policy.The government spokesperson pointed to King Mohammed VI’s speech to the Morocco-GCC summit in April 2016, in which he called for a general mobilization to counter attempts to “divide” the Arab world.“This summit is being held at a difficult time. The Arab region is being rocked by attempts to change regimes and divide states, as is the case in Syria, Iraq, and Libya,” said the monarch.“What has been described as the Arab Spring has caused destruction, chaos and human tragedies,” he stated, adding that the region had witnessed “attempts to lay hands on what remains of Arab countries’ resources and spoil successful experiences, like that of Morocco.”On Wednesday, results of the referendum revealed that 92 percent of Kurds voted for independence.While Kurds have largely been celebrating the results, the Iraqi government is considering military action against Kurdistan, especially as Baghdad and Erbil are in dispute over some areas, especially the oil rich region of Kirkuk.The Kurdistan militias of the Peshmerga took control of the region in 2014, after the Iraqi army fled ISIS fighters advancing towards the city.The Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi vowed to use the “tools offered by the constitution and the law” to impose Baghdad’s authority on the region.“We will impose our federal authority all over Iraq, including the Kurdistan region, as per the power of the constitution and law”, said Abadi on Thursday in a speech to the Iraqi parliament.
“One of the most serious concerns in Portugal is the increasing costs to access justice,” Gabriela Knaul stressed in a news release issued today, following her eight-day visit to the country. “Legal aid exists in Portugal, but many don’t qualify to receive it due to the restrictive requirements,” she continued. “Furthermore, the fragmentation of responsibilities in the delivery of legal aid can lead to excessive delays in obtaining such support.” Ms. Knaul, an independent expert appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, explained that by ensuring greater access to the justice system, the Government of Portugal would also give attention to the situations of persons “particularly vulnerable to violence,” such as women, children or persons in detention. She added that the “re-victimization” of women and children victims of violence through the justice system remained “unacceptable” and urged authorities to speedily implement measures to support and protect these victims.The Special Rapporteur acknowledged that her visit – which took her from Lisbon to Porto and on to Coimbra – had come at a time of comprehensive structural reform for the Portuguese justice system but remained concerned about delays affecting the implementation of such reforms, including the recent collapse of the Courts’ computer system. To that point, she called on the Government to provide greater budgetary, financial, and administrative autonomy to the Courts and the Public Prosecution, warning that the concentration of administrative responsibilities under the Ministry of Justice appeared “to limit the possibilities of accountability of judges and prosecutors.” “There must be a continuous dialogue between the government, judges, prosecutors, lawyers and representatives of civil society to ensure that the reforms bring the desired changes and increase the effectiveness of the justice system,” she concluded.
The Scottish Parliament will today vote on whether to hold a second independence referendum before Britain leaves the European Union. With the Scottish National Party and the independence-backing Greens holding the majority of seats in Holyrood, MSPs are expected to call for a new vote between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019. Even though polls suggest Scots would still support the… Support for Scottish independence is at record highs – even though the Union is still the most popular option Despite this, the latest polling shows that the majority of Scottish voters wish to remain in the United Kingdom. Some 56 per cent of Scots would vote No in an independence referendum, according to recent polls.
THIS IS AN image of the distressing scenes which unfolded at a police officers’ club in Cairo this morning.The building was set alight after death sentences were upheld for 21 people involved in the Port Said riots last year.Mohammed Asad/AP/Press Association ImagesMinutes after this police officers’ club was torched, the headquarters of Egypt’s Football Association was also ablaze.Firefighters were working to put out the fire which spread through the building located in the same neighbourhood as this officers’ club, an AFP reporter said.Football officials were holding emergency talks in Cairo to discuss upcoming fixtures around the country, state television reported.The unrest comes hours after a court upheld death sentences for 21 defendants over a deadly football riot in Port Said last year and handed down life sentences to five defendants, with 19 receiving lesser jail terms and another 28 acquitted.Aerial view of Egypt’s FA headquarters today. Maya Alleruzzo/AP/Press Association ImagesIn Cairo, fans of Al-Ahly football club, whose members were killed in the February 2012 stadium riot in Port Said in which 74 people died, had warned police that they would retaliate if the defendants, including nine policemen, were exonerated.- © AFP, 2013Egypt court confirms 21 death sentences over football riotBlind boy visits Barcelona, recognises most of the players by touch
Medical cannabis: ‘My dad was able to relax, sleep, laugh, and breathe a bit easier’ It’s awful to see the Minister for Health dragging his feet when people are suffering, writes Roderick Campbell. Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 6:30 AM Technology coordinator and campaigner By Roderick Campbell MY NAME IS Roderick. I’ve seen a lot of misinformation and shenanigans around the medical cannabis issue recently, and I just wanted to share my own story to help balance the subject.The first part of this will be about my personal experience with medical cannabis, or rather, my dad’s when he was dying. The second part will be aimed at clearing up some of the misinformation.My dad’s storyLast year my dad passed away due to a condition called pulmonary fibrosis. He was in the US Navy during World War II and exposed to a large amount of asbestos; it was amazing that he lived as long as he did (89 years) considering how much toxic material he inhaled over many years of hard work.The last year of his life was difficult. He was a tough man who never complained or allowed his pain to show, but my family could tell he was suffering almost constantly from his inability to breathe and the physical pain from complications.He eventually began to have a series of small strokes and was admitted to hospital, where doctors didn’t think he’d make it another week.That’s when we tried cannabisHe had nothing left to lose and we wanted to do anything we could to alleviate his suffering.Fortunately, we were living in Washington State where cannabis is entirely legal, so all we needed to do was go to the local retail store to buy a CBD salve and a few edible candies.My dad had never used that sort of thing before, but he was willing to give it a shot, so my younger brothers and I brought him some cannabis medication while he was in hospital; the results were astonishing.For the first time in months, he was able to relax, sleep through the night, laugh, and breathe a bit easier. I don’t think it was curing his pulmonary fibrosis, but I do think it allowed him to overcome the pain long enough to recover a bit, which made life worth living again.He was able to say goodbye Source: Shutterstock/WollertzA few days later he was released from hospital and came home again with us. Despite what the doctors said about being on death’s door, my dad went on to live for almost a year after leaving hospital.He was able to say goodbye to his friends and family, he was able to laugh, and he was able to take some refuge from unnecessary suffering.For that, I’m grateful to medical cannabis, and this is why I feel very strongly that it should be readily available to those who need it.Most of us will end up in a situation where either ourselves or our loved ones will need relief from suffering, and it’s important that we have access to the medical tools we need to make life worth living all the way up to the end.Why are Ireland’s politicians dragging their feet? This is the question that bothers me most, especially after watching the plight of Vera Twomey and her daughter Ava, who desperately need access to medical cannabis to alleviate Ava’s severe suffering.It’s awful to see Minister for Health Simon Harris dragging his feet and punting the issue into endless committee meetings when thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people are actively suffering.One of the excuses I’ve seen is that the issue needs more research, but that’s ridiculous. There are already many examples of medical cannabis being successfully and painlessly (no pun intended) implemented in communities much larger than Ireland.The sky didn’t fall down, people didn’t turn into zombies, and the only downsides were that some governments didn’t know what to do with all the new tax revenue. It’s especially absurd to hear this from Irish politicians when I myself have lived in states where it’s perfectly legal, and entirely beneficial both in terms of pain alleviation and sheer economics.What forces are at work holding us back?This leads me to speculate about what forces are at work holding us back? The benefits are obvious and a huge majority of Ireland’s population supports the issue, so why are we stuck?My personal hypothesis is that the pharmaceutical industry is actively opposing the legalisation of medical cannabis because they’re afraid of losing profits.There’s very strong evidence that prescription, and particularly opioid, drug abuse drops significantly when cannabis is available as a natural alternative. That may sound great from a public health perspective, and it is, but a reduction in demand for opioid pills would cost pharmaceutical companies big money.Considering they’re one of the largest industries in Ireland — I can imagine they’re capable of exerting strong opposition with politicians.Roderick Campbell is a dual Irish-American national who has spent the last 7 years working with NGOs in North America. He is now a proud member of the Uplift team and is responsible for technology coordination and campaigning efforts. Sign and share this petition for medical cannabis. If we get enough signatures, it’ll both add pressure and allow us to dedicate more resources to the issue: https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/mim-mih.‘If we want better people working in childcare, we need better working terms’>Trinity privilege: ‘Even if I do my best, your uncle will still hire you before me’> Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3321616 Apr 4th 2017, 6:30 AM 798 Views Share676 Tweet Email1 Roderick Campbell 64 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Dutch striker Marvin Emnes for Turkish club Akhisar Belediyespor on a free transfer.The former Swansea City forward has joined the Major League Soccer outfit on a contract that runs till the end of 2018 but the club have an option to extend it until 2020.Emnes has scored 50 goals in 301 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie, the English Premier League and Football League Championship (second division in England), and most recently played for Akhisar Belediyespor.After a somewhat impressive campaign with Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship where he scored four goals and provided another seven, the Dutchman was snapped up by the Turkish Super Lig club but failed to make any positive impact and his three-year deal with them was terminated early.Despite not having played a competitive fixture since December 2017, the Whitecaps hope his experience can aid them in their push for the playoffs.Vancouver director: Alphonso Davies is a lot like Mbappe Andrew Smyth – November 22, 2018 Bayern Munich’s new signing Alphonso Davies is very similar to Kylian Mbappe, says Vancouver Whitecaps’ youth academy director Craig DalrympleThe 18-year-old winger arrives at…“Marvin is a quick attacking player who’s comfortable on either wing as striker,” said head coach Carl Robinson, according to ProSoccerUsa.“He is dangerous one-v-one, and his experience will be valuable in our locker room. He will be another option to our attack as we push for a playoff spot.”“It means a lot to me to get the chance to play in MLS, and to experience that with a club like Vancouver Whitecaps FC after my years in Europe,” said Emnes. “I’d like to thank the coach for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to working with the players and staff, as well as playing in front of the fans. Let’s get to work and push for the playoffs.”The Whitecaps will be back in action September 15 against Seattle Sounders. The Whitecaps have added additional seats to this match to meet increased ticket demands as a spot for the playoffs is on the line.