NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Left and right, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are shown in different portions of their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ticket sales for the superfight were a disappointment after failing to break the record for gate receipts. AFPLOS ANGELEs, United States — Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s money-spinning superfight failed to break the record for gate receipts at a Las Vegas boxing bout, figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed Wednesday.The controversial August 26 fight raked in $55,414,865.79, well short of the $72,198,500 generated by Mayweather’s 2015 “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal: Federer not ‘boyfriend’ material The Mayweather-McGregor bout, staged at the T-Mobile Arena, sold 13,094 tickets, well short of the venue’s 20,500 capacity. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight sold 16,219 tickets.A total of 137 complimentary tickets were given away for Mayweather-McGregor, won by Mayweather in a 10th-round technical knockout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFace-value ticket prices for Mayweather-McGregor were among the most expensive in history, with cheapest seats going for $500 and the most expensive for as much as $10,000.Although the fight failed to challenge the Mayweather-Pacquiao gate total, it becomes the second highest-grossing gate in Las Vegas history, surpassing the $20 million generated by Mayweather’s 2013 defeat of Canelo Alvarez. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 The bout is also set to be one of the richest fights in history if the most bullish predictions of pay-per-view television sales are met.Some predictions have suggested the fight could threaten the 4.6 million buys generated by Pacquiao-Mayweather.Official numbers have not been released although executives from cable network Showtime Sports said they expected the bout would at least be second. CBBADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
Senior players have backed former captain Dhanraj Pillay to be the chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team.The players say that the former India forward’s experience and knowledge can help the national side.Indian men’s hockey team is without a coach since last month’s Guangzhou Asian Games, where they won a bronze.While national coach Harendra Singh resigned immediately after India lost to Malaysia in the semifinals of the Asian Games, chief coach Jose Brasa’s contract has expired.With the position up for grabs, Dhanraj has recently thrown his hat in the ring by expressing his desire to be the coach, which got impetus from the players.”Dhanraj has been the role model for all of us. We have grown up seeing him playing. He knows the requirement of Indian players better then anybody else,” ace midfielder Arjun Halappa said.”He is a good option. The best part is that he is still playing and so he is very well aware of modern techniques,” added Halappa, who has been selected in the Asian All Stars team.Halappa’s views were seconded by drag-flicker Dhananjay Mahadik, who felt Dhanraj and Singapore-based former Indian centre forward Jude Felix are good choices for the vacant post.”It will be beneficial for the team if any former player becomes a coach because he can understand the pressure better. As far as Dhanraj is concerned, players share good comfort level with him, we can talk to him frankly. Jude is also a good option,” said the full-back.advertisementIndia captain Rajpal Singh had recently said that he is open to the idea of a foreign coach but suggested Hockey India to adopt a professional approach, like the Indian cricket board (BCCI), while appointing the support staff of the national team.”Instead of randomly picking anybody, Hockey India should invite applications for the post of chief coach just like BCCI. The coach can be a foreigner or an Indian but what matters is his performance and attitude towards players,” he said”Personally, I am in favour of an Australian coach,” Rajpal added.- With PTI inputs
Hazlewood trapped Jason Holder lbw before rattling the Hazlewood trapped Jason Holder lbw before rattling the stumps of Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo to complete his hattrick and he said his length did the trick. “On that wicket we were just told to bowl good length with the new ball. I just tried to hit the top of the stumps. I was lucky enough to get a couple of straight on. Pretty happy with the effort. Theres still a few things to work on but were improving as time goes on,” he said. “I think with my length. I was a touch short in Johannesburg. The ball set up quite nicely. Were just hitting top of the stumps on that wicket. Its a little bit up and down and it worked for the start.” T20 may still look like a batmen oriented game but Hazlewood said a bowler still can grab his chances with a lot of tricks. “Certainly spinners do it over here. Up front you need to take wickets no matter what and put that batting unit on the backfoot. Otherwise they will enjoy freedom for the rest of the innings,” he said. “You would always want an experienced spinner but they got to start at some point. I think Adam (Zampa) learnt a fair bit on the go tonight. He will better of on the run and hopefully keeps improving throughout the tournament.” He also lavished praise on Shane Watson and said the allrounder would be handy in this conditions with his vast knowledge of playing here in the IPL. “Hes quite a special player, he is experienced as well for a young side. Hes been fantastic throughout South Africa and here as well. His knowledge of these grounds and conditions here will be pretty valuable,” he said of Watson who topscored with 60 as they scored 161/9. PTI TAP ATK ATKadvertisement
Suresh Raina and wife Priyanka have been blessed with a baby girl on Sunday. The Gujarat Lions skipper who had never missed an IPL game in the last nine years, gave the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore a miss to be with his wife in the Netherlands.Here she comes our beautiful angel Gracia Raina???? pic.twitter.com/atGhywJu7B Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 15, 2016Welcome my beautiful daughter. #GraciaRaina?????????????. Long wait but totally worth it. #ProudFather.She is getting dressed up for her photoshoot Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 15, 2016@ImRaina Many Congratulations to Priyanka and you! Wonderful news! From the comm box in Vizag…Sunny, Ravi, Pommie, Lisa and me. Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) May 15, 2016There are chances of Raina also missing the next match on Thursday against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kanpur. The left-handed batsman is also on the verge of another milestone to become the first batsman to score 4000 runs in the IPL.Moreover, the Lions are placed well to book a berth in the playoffs and their captain would like to join his team soon. Presently, Brendon McCullum is leading the side in Raina’s absence.
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu settled for silver at the Rio Olympics after being beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the badminton women’s singles event on Friday. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)It is India’s second medal in the Rio Games after wrestler Sakshi Malik bagged bronze in the women’s 58 kilogram category on Wednesday.In a hard-fought summit clash, which lasted one hour and 20 minutes, fortunes fluctuated dramatically at the Riocentro – Pavilion 4.With the win, two-time World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu now trails Carolina 2-5 in career head to head meetings.Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win silver at any discipline at the Olympics. Sindhu is also the fourth Indian individual Silver medallist, joiningshooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004 Athens), Vijay Kumar (2012London) and Sushil Kumar (2012 London).The Indian shuttler started on a positive note but after 3-3, the Spaniard dominated the proceedings and took four consecutive points to lead 7-3 and then 9-5.Unperturbed by the pressure of the occasion and her towering opponent, Sindhu controlled her nerves and displayed swift court movements and hit bodyline smashes to diminish the lead to 13-15.World No.10 Sindhu, who was trailing 16-19 at one point, fought her heart out and took five points on the trot to claim the first game in 27 minutes.Carolina, who can annoy any player with her shuttle retrieving techniques, looked like a spectator as it was Sindhu who reversed the roles to clinch the first game 21-19.In the second game, Carolina, dubbed the “Girl Nadal in Spain” after male tennis star Rafael Nadal, attacked from the start. The Indian couldn’t manage to control the torrent of attacks and trailed 2-11 at the mid-game break.advertisementAfter the break, Sindhu tried to bounce back and displayed a lot of power and strength to dismantle the strategy of the Spanish opponent but failed and relinquished the second game 12-21.In the decider, Carolina got off to a flying start as she took a five-point lead in the initial stage at 6-1.But Sindhu, who was on a giant-killing spree after dismissing two higher-ranked opponents in competition, displayed grit to pull level at 10-10. Carolina went into the mid-game interval leading by a slender one point margin.After the breather, the duo continued to fight for each point valiantly but it was the more experienced Carolina who proved superior. Sindhu though kept herself within a touching distance of Carolina at 14-16.But Sindhu was left powerless when Carolina upped the ante to pull ahead 19-14. She edged closer to match point with a half smash and eventually clinched the contest 21-15.
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as coach Pep Guardiola maintained his 100 percent record at the club with a commanding 4-0 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in their rearranged Champions League Group C opener on Wednesday. (Latest Football stories)City immediately took control of the game, which was postponed on Tuesday due to heavy rain, and Aguero gave them the lead in the eighth minute when he lifted a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov high into the Moenchengladbach net.The Argentina striker doubled the home side’s lead in the 28th minute when he sent Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer the wrong way from the penalty spot after Christoph Kramer had clumsily brought down Ilkay Gundogan, making his debut in place of David Silva who was rested as a precaution after developing a minor injury in training.Aguero completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute from close range after being set clear by Raheem Sterling and Kelechi Iheanacho made it 4-0 in stoppage time.The goals took Aguero’s Champions League tally to 45, overtaking Paul Scholes and Luis Figo, and he has now scored nine times in five games for City this season.His efforts ensured Guardiola made a successful start to his attempt to join the elite band of managers — including cross-city rival Jose Mourinho — who have led two clubs to Europe’s most prestigious club honour.’DOMINANT PERFORMANCE’The Spaniard, who reached the semi-finals in all three seasons with Bayern Munich after winning the competition with Barcelona, praised his team for the efficient manner in which they dealt with tricky opponents.advertisement”I know this Borussia team perfectly, I had never won against this coach before. I knew how difficult this would be for us,” said the Spaniard.”It was the most dominant performance of my time here, considering the importance of the game. All the players played at a high, high level.”Guardiola saw new signing Gundogan make a highly impressive debut.The German, full of neat control and incisive passing, played for the first time since dislocating the knee that kept him out of Euro 2016.Three minutes after his clinical early strike, Aguero unselfishly set up Gundogan 10 metres out but the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder was denied by an athletic save from Sommer.After two minor alarms — when Pablo Zabaleta’s over-hit back pass evaded Claudio Bravo and a sweet shot by Raffael was deflected by John Stones — City doubled their lead after Christoph Kramer clumsily brought down Gundogan just inside the box.Aguero coolly side-footed the penalty home and the only negative of a commanding first-half performance was that the striker required lengthy treatment on his left knee.He hobbled off at half-time but reappeared for the second half and, along with Nicolas Otamendi and especially Sterling, threatened Sommer’s goal again.Sterling’s fine reverse pass set Aguero clear on goal in the 77th minute and he put the ball through Sommer’s legs to complete his hat-trick before Iheanacho converted after superb work by substitute Leroy Sane.City next face Celtic in Glasgow on September 28 while Moenchengladbach host Barcelona, who dismantled the Scottish side 7-0 on Tuesday.
India women’s football team head coach Maymol Rocky Thursday said that her players can now match any opposition in terms of fitness and the recently-introduced player tracking technology has helped in that aspect.The Indian team is currently playing in the Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers Round 2. It defeated Indonesia 2-0 in its opening match on Wednesday. The next match is against Nepal on Saturday.”We understood that in the time frame for the AFC Olympic Qualifiers in Myanmar, we would be playing in temperatures over 40 degrees. The core group is a youthful one, physically very robust, and can match any opposition,” Maymol said.”This batch of girls can play 90 minutes without tiring, and if needed, even the extra 30. Better speed, reflexes, and stamina — that is what we are stressing on. It allows us to defend with numbers, and move the ball faster in attack,” she explained.Maymol said it would not have been easy had the team not been provided the GPS technology.”The player tracking system (GPS) helps us to understand the players, and monitor their heart rate and work load. Through that we understand how much workload the player is undergoing. They also help to develop conditioning drills that help the players in general fitness.”Maymol said recovery sessions, however, stays paramount.”We want the players to be cent per cent fit and give their all in each and every match, and training session. Recovery is a very important part of that. Mandalay is very hot and humid. So the players need to increase their intake of water, and keep themselves hydrated,” the coach said.advertisement”Diet plays a major key role in fitness, and conditioning. Too much carbohydrates can lead to bloating and stiffness. We have stitched a plan for each player and they follow accordingly,” she said.Also Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winAlso Read | AFC Cup: Chennaiyin FC, Minerva Punjab share spoils in group stage opener
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the Indian cricket team good luck as it began its World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday. India are one of the favourites in the this tournament.The most widely followed cricket side in the world, India have been in superb ODI form leading up to the World Cup. They are also the last team to play a match in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.On Wednesday, after South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in overcast conditions, India captain Virat Kohli said his team would not be weighed down by the pressure of expectations.PM Modi, meanwhile, wished the Indian side good luck and said the team should look to win matches as well as hearts in the tournament.As #TeamIndia begins it’s #CWC19 journey today, best wishes to the entire Team.May this tournament witness good cricket and celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship.! #INDvSANarendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2019India, who had won the 2011 World Cup and reached the semifinals in 2015, are being touted as one of the teams to go on and win the tournament this year.For their first match of the World Cup, India decided to go in with both wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. In a surprising move, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was preferred over the faster Mohammed Shami.India and South Africa playing XIs:India: 1.Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (Captain), 4 KL Rahul, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (Wicketkeeper), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit BumrahadvertisementSouth Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (Wicketkeeper), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis (Captain), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Imran TahirAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations nothing new for us, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Kapil Dev wants India to play with full dedication and win World Cup 2019Also Watch:
Filipe Luis said he hopes Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar returns to La Liga champions Barcelona for the good of Brazilian football.Neymar wants to leave Ligue 1 holders PSG, with a move back to former club Barca on the cards two years on from his world-record €222 million (£199m/$249m) exit.Real Madrid are another possible destination for Neymar, whose future is dominating headlines during the off-season. 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? PSG sporting director Leonardo has conceded Neymar can leave, but he has said no club have made an acceptable offer for the star. While Filipe Luis would like to see his Brazil team-mate return to Camp Nou, the former Atletico Madrid full-back acknowledged it will not be easy.”I want him to finish in Barcelona,” Filipe Luis told Cope’s Tiempo de Juego program.”At Barca, Neymar is happy. I want him to enjoy and play next to [Lionel] Messi.”I hope, for the good of Brazilian football, that Neymar returns to Barca, but I think it will not be easy.”Filipe Luis was speaking having confirmed his departure from Atletico following eight seasons with the La Liga side.The 33-year-old – who started his career at Figueirense – is reportedly set to return to Brazil via Flamengo on a free transfer.It has been a busy off-season for Atletico, who have lost Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez, Rodri and Diego Godin but signed Joao Felix, Hector Herrera, Marcos Llorente, Kieran Trippier, Felipe and Renan Lodi.Atletico have also been linked with Real Madrid and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, who is wanted by Serie A side Napoli.Napoli have been vocal in their pursuit, with coach Carlo Ancelotti hoping for a reunion with the player he coached at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but Filipe Luis is hopeful Atletico can land the Colombia star. Filipe Luis added: “Having a player like James at Atletico would be very interesting, it would not be bad. Whoever comes will help but signing James would be spectacular.”
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London: India captain Virat Kohli would pick South African skipper Faf du Plessis in his side if he ever got a chance to pick someone from the other participating teams in the World Cup. All the 10 captains were given a hypothetical situation wherein they could pick any player from the other side and there were some interesting answers with answers ranging from Jasprit Bumrah to Rashid Khan. “It is very difficult to choose someone. We feel we are such a strong side. But if I have to choose one from the current lot…since AB (de Villiers) is retired now, I would choose Faf (du Plessis),” said Kohli at the official captains’ media conference. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza picked Kohli to be a part of his side. Pointing towards Kohli, Mortaza said: “I would choose that guy.” Du Plessis preferred to pick bowlers rather than batsmen but when asked if he would not like to have Kohli in his team, the South African said “Virat is my batting team”. “I will pick a few players, mainly bowlers. For bowling attack…Jasprit Bumrah, he is bowling really well at the moment. As Virat said, he is multi-format bowler. Then there is exciting spinner Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins from Australia. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up Team that will go till the end of the tournament will be the ones that do well with the ball. Bowlers who have capabilities of taking wickets,” said du Plessis. New Zealander Kane Williamson agreed with his South African counterpart, saying bowlers will play a key role. “Bowlers will play a big part and I would love to have Rashid Khan in my team,” said Williamson. England’s Eoin Morgan said: “I won’t change anything about my team. Ponting is part of Australia’s coaching side, so I would take Ricky Ponting.” Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed picked up Jos Butler, while Australian Aaron Finch went for Proteas strike bowler Kagiso Rabada. “Rabada is one guy who has amazing energy. He is a superstar,” said Finch. Choice for Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne was Ben Stokes. “He (Stokes) is a game changer. We know what he can do.”
New Delhi: Monsoon is expected to advance further up north as Cyclone Vayu loses intensity paving the way for the wind system to move towards the Arabian Sea, the weatherman said Sunday.By now, monsoon should have reached central India, including parts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, but it is yet to reach Maharashtra. It still remains over Mangalore, Mysore, Cuddalore over the southern peninsula and Passighat, Agartala in the northeast, according to the India Meteorological Department. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe western coast – from Maharashtra to Gujarat – has been receiving rainfall due to the cyclone. Only coastal Karnataka and Kerala have received rains due to monsoon. Vayu is expected to cross the Gujarat coast on Monday evening as a depression. This will pave the way for monsoon winds to move up towards the Arabian Sea. Monsoon made an onset over Kerala on June 8, nearly a week after its usual onset date. “The progress of monsoon was halted due to Cyclone Vayu. As its intensity decreases, we expect monsoon to progress in the next 2-3 days,” said Devendra Pradhan, additional director general, IMD. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeIn its monsoon bulletin, IMD said conditions are becoming favourable for further advance of the southwest monsoon to more parts of central Arabian Sea, Karnataka and remaining parts of Tamil Nadu. It is expected to cover more parts of central, north and south Bay, northeast India, north Bengal and Sikkim in 1-2 days. The overall monsoon deficiency in the country has reached 43 per cent due to its sluggish pace. IMD’s central division which covers Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Goa has recorded 59 per cent of rainfall deficiency while east and northeast India has recorded 47 per cent deficiency. Rainfall deficiency in meteorological subdivisions west and east Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh was 75, 70 and 72 per cent, respectively. Deficiency in Vidarbha is 87 per cent. According to the Central Water Commission, the water level in reservoirs of south Indian states and Maharashtra is lesser than the average of the last ten years. Several parts of the country are reeling under an intense heatwave, especially the east Indian states of Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha.
New Delhi: Upon reopening on July 1 after a six-week summer vacation, the Supreme Court will deal with very sensitive issues, including the Ayodhya land dispute, review pleas in Rafale case and the contempt case against Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the court his “chowkidar chor hai” slogan. The top court, which would function with its full judicial strength of 31 judges under the stewardship of Chief Justice (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, is likely to deliver its verdict in the review pleas in Rafale case. Also Read – Ahead of Xi’s visit, China says Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally; drops UN references The petitions, including the one filed by ex-Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, seek review of the apex court’s December 14, 2018, judgment dismissing all pleas challenging procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. Also, a three-judge bench headed by the CJI would decide the fate of BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi’s contempt plea against Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the top court his “chowkidar chor hai” jibe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Gandhi, however, has already tendered unconditional apology for it and sought closure of the case. The outcome of the in-camera mediation proceedings, undertaken by a three-member panel headed by former apex court judge Justice F M I Kallifulla, to find an amicable solution to the politically-sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, would be watched with bated breath. The mediation committee, which also comprises spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, is “optimistic” about finding an amicable solution to the vexatious dispute. It has been granted time till August 15 by a five-judge bench headed by the CJI. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the SC against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be divided equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. Besides these, the SC will have to deal with a PIL seeking a probe and lodging of an FIR against activist lawyers Indira Jaising, Anand Grover and their NGO ‘Lawyers Collective’ for allegedly violating rules relating to receipt and utilisation of foreign funds. The PIL has been filed by ‘Lawyers’ Voice’, a voluntary organisation of advocates. The top court would also dealing with the PIL of lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay challenging the constitutional validity of Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament’s power to make laws for the state. The top court would also be dealing a host of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A, which provides special rights and privileges to natives of Jammu and Kashmir. On February 11, the Jammu and Kashmir government had sought permission from the Supreme Court to circulate a letter to parties for adjourning the hearing on pleas saying that there was no “elected government” in the state.
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The youth had denied claims they were commemorating the LTTE but yet five of them were arrested. The court was told that they were detained in a cell and tortured by policemen and army intelligence officers.The youth claimed that they were beaten and tortured mercilessly while one boy had his body stretched between two tables. Alleged police torture was taken up at the Mallakam court last week where it was alleged that the Chunnakam police had assaulted and killed a suspect in 2011 and later turned the murder into suicide, a local newspaper reported.The Sunday Leader newspaper reported that witnesses identified the policemen involved in the murder and the court later ordered the arrest of the policemen involved. The Mallakam court ordered a full investigation into the claims and for a report to be submitted to court on October 24th. (Colombo Gazette) The boy, identified as Suman, was asked by the police if he wanted a separate state, while he was being tortured.The Mallakam court was told that while being assaulted, Suman began to bleed from his nose and mouth and he had succumbed to his injuries.The body was thrown into the Iranamadu tank and later the police claimed that the boy had committed suicide. In November 2011 a group of youth were arrested following claims they were holding an event to commemorate the LTTE.
“The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the impetus given to the renewed Middle East peace process by today’s summit meeting in Aqaba initiated by [US] President George W. Bush and hosted by King Abdullah of Jordan,” a UN spokesman said in a statement. “He believes that the statements by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas open the way for both parties to implement the Quartet’s Road Map,” the statement added, referring to the plan drawn up by the UN, United States, European Union and Russian Federation for peace based on Israeli and Palestinian states living side by side and achieved through reciprocal, parallel steps by 2005. Mr. Annan pledged his continued efforts “to assist the parties in arriving at a just, lasting and comprehensive peace,” the statement said. “He calls on them to take immediate steps as outlined in the Road Map to maintain the momentum generated by President Bush’s important initiative.”
At the end of the meeting, Ambassador John Negroponte of the United States told reporters Mr. Annan had said he would appoint an acting Special Representative for Iraq very soon, but gave no details. The advisory group, meanwhile, shared ideas with Mr. Annan for improving Iraq’s economic development, political outlook and military and police security.In answer to a question at the daily briefing earlier Monday on the composition and functions of the group, Mr. Annan’s spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said: “The Secretary-General has placed very strong emphasis on the need to get the neighbouring countries and the countries in the region on board, all supporting the same line of approach to Iraq.”So that’s the justification for the neighbours and for Egypt.”The neighbours included in the group are Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey.Last week the Security Council members of the group were named as the five veto-wielding permanent members – China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States – plus five of the 10 elected members – Angola, Chile, Germany, Pakistan and Spain.”Their role is just to provide a sounding board, an informal advisory panel for his own thinking, ways he can be helpful and ways they can all work together to move the process in Iraq in the best possible directions,” Mr. Eckhard said.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are helping the municipality of Kabul, the capital, to clean up the Kabul riverbed to mitigate the impact of high volume as snows melt and to reduce water pollution from the garbage and silt in the bed, mission spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told a briefing in the city today.Meanwhile, joint assessment teams from UNAMA, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have gone to Bagdhis province, where early flooding is reported to have forced some families to leave their homes.Joint teams of UN, Government and non-governmental organization (NGO) personnel have been deployed to all districts in Balkh province in the north to make flood-vulnerability assessments.At the national level, a joint operation centre bringing together the UN, the Government, the United-States led coalition forces and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) with real-time information is being established at UNAMA headquarters. Public awareness messages have been designed and will begin to be disseminated throughout the country shortly.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) waits for the snap during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe script surrounding the Ohio State quarterback picture is the same as it was three months ago — the lead character just has a different name.When the Buckeyes took the field for fall practice in August, their top quarterback was a Heisman Trophy contender with the ability to rewrite the record books.But that quarterback — senior Braxton Miller — was lost for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder during fall camp, leaving the door open for redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett to take reigns of the OSU offense.Now with three regular season games still remaining for the Buckeyes, Barrett is just four touchdown passes away from tying the single-season school record of 30. That record just so happens to have been set by OSU’s most recent Heisman winner, Troy Smith in 2006.On Monday, coach Urban Meyer said he thinks Barrett’s play — at least on paper — should have him in the conversation for the sport’s most prestigious postseason award.“I think statistically he’s got to be in the mix somewhere,” Meyer said, but he conceded he hadn’t had a chance to watch most other players who are in the Heisman conversation.But before Barrett’s play elevated him into that conversation, all signs pointed toward Miller returning to the Buckeyes as the starter next season. Since his injury was season-ending, Miller qualifies for a medical redshirt, meaning he can choose to stay at OSU next season with one year of eligibility remaining.In fact, Miller’s future at OSU was even qualified by Meyer on Sept. 29.“Braxton is our quarterback,” Meyer said, seemingly ending any debate as to whether Barrett — the former understudy — could send Miller packing.But now with Barrett’s play putting him in the national spotlight and Miller having already come in ninth in Heisman voting last season and fifth in 2012, Meyer could be tasked with choosing between two of the top signal callers in the nation next season.And after saying he was committed to Miller less than two months ago, Meyer’s stance shifted Monday when he addressed a potential Barrett vs. Miller battle next season.“Competition brings out the best,” he said. “And I’m really excited to have two really good quarterbacks next year.”But with that potential decision still months away, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said he’s focused on 2014, and not who will be under center on Sept. 7, 2015, when the Buckeyes are scheduled to open their season against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.“I honestly give that zero, zero thought,” Herman said Monday. “Zero.“I’m focused on this team and I’m also focused on Braxton and his rehab, which is going greatly from what I understand.”Herman added that the Buckeyes will “cross that bridge when we come to it,” in reference to possibly having a quarterback competition on their hands next fall.Meyer said having both quarterbacks on the roster isn’t a problem for him — even saying the Buckeyes are “fortunate and blessed” to have Barrett and Miller — and agreed with Herman that he’ll worry about making any decisions at a later date.Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Lantern file photo“I think they’re both excellent quarterbacks. Excellent quarterbacks,” Meyer said Monday. “And we’ll worry about that day when it comes.”Miller proved that excellence to Meyer by picking up back-to-back Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year awards, while Barrett has done so by progressing after taking over before the season opener against Navy. For Herman, Barrett’s speed of that progression has come as a surprise, he said, but not a big one.“I think the pace at which his improvement has accelerated is mildly surprising,” Herman said.“To see a kid that’s played nine college games now, to make the progress that he’s made,” he expanded. “It’s visual … You don’t have to be a coach to know that.”Now coming off a 49-37 win against then-No. 7 Michigan State on the road in which he threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns while adding another two scores on the ground, Barrett has totaled 2,156 passing yards and 26 touchdowns through the air this season. He’s also tallied a 172.9 quarterback efficiency rating and is second on the team with 582 rushing yards and first with eight rushing touchdowns.In comparison, Miller threw for just 2,039 yards and 15 touchdowns in his entire first season as the Buckeyes’ full-time starter in 2012. But the then-sophomore also rushed for 1,271 yards and 13 more scores that season.While that production has mostly been replaced by Barrett’s play this year, many might not have expected such an output. But at least one of Barrett’s receivers said he expected the Wichita Falls, Texas, native to step in seamlessly after replacing the injured Miller.“It’s kind of like the next man up, and he’s a mature dude and he took his job real serious,” redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas said Monday. “So I had a lot of confidence in him.”While the Buckeyes had championship aspirations under Miller, those plans seemed to take a hit when Barrett stepped in. But — with the right team around him — Herman said he feels Barrett is the type of quarterback who can lead OSU to a title as well.“I think with the right pieces around him and the right preparation and the right protection and ability to block people up front, yeah, he can certainly win any game that we put him out on the field to go against,” Herman said.But if Barrett can win any game Miller can, does that leave the door open for the Buckeyes’ injured star to leave OSU for another school next season?“I can’t even imagine that,” Herman said about the prospect of Miller transferring after he graduates from OSU this year.Whether or not the curtain has dropped on Miller’s time as OSU’s starter, Barrett is set to be the man taking the lead when the curtain rises for the Buckeyes on Saturday in Minneapolis. OSU is scheduled to kick off against Minnesota at noon.
He added: “No excuse ladies, at our age, we should be in our prime.”I may budge if you’re really pretty and willing to let me whip you into shape by sharing my athletic lifestyle. “Size 12+ is not for me, you may be average in the UK, but just because lots of women are overweight, doesn’t make it right.”He went on to say he would not date anyone with tattoos or women with children, “unless your partner has died, or at least well and truly out of the picture”. “Every situation is different I guess, but I wouldn’t entertain anyone who has been divorced.””Thinking I’ll find someone who matches everything I’m looking for isn’t realistic – I think I would be very lucky if I did, especially as at my age all the best ones are taken.”I’m nearly 30 so I’m down to slim pickings unfortunately.” It’s probably is a bit extreme, but it’s all light-heartedCllr Dan Fleming Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The building surveyor, who said he has been single for two years, said: “It’s probably is a bit extreme, but it’s all light-hearted. “I’m happy enough if I get married to a slim, beautiful woman and she puts some weight on after having kids – I wouldn’t really care.” A councillor is facing an online dating backlash after he told would-be dates they should not have tattoos, be overweight or have children – “unless your partner has died”.Labour councillor Dan Fleming told women on dating site Plenty of Fish there was “no excuse” for being larger than a size 12 unless they are “really pretty”.On his 442-word dating profile, the 29-year-old, from Burnley, Lancashire, told would-be sweethearts they should be “slim”. Mr Fleming, who is a Labour councillor for Burnley Wood with Rosehill, added: “There are a lot of single mums on POF (Plenty of Fish) – I’m getting older so it’s to be expected. Cllr Dan Fleming, a building surveyor, has been single for two yearsCredit:Mercury Labour councillor Dan Fleming posted his in-depth dating demands on his Plenty of Fish profileCredit:Mercury