Turned away from crematorium, Dalit family cremates kin near nullah

first_imgA Dalit family was reportedly compelled to cremate an elderly woman in a jungle after some upper caste people allegedly did not allow them to use the village crematorium in Fozal valley of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district About 100-year-old woman, a resident of Dhara village, died after prolonged illness on Thursday. Her grandson, Tape Ram, alleged that when the funeral procession reached the village crematorium, some upper caste men stopped them to cremate his grandmother there.A video is making rounds on social media where Tape Ram is making the statement while his grandmother is being cremated in the backdrop. Tape Ram said, “They (upper caste men) said we shall be responsible if anything bad happens due to the wrath of the deity. So we brought the body to nearby nullah and cremated it.” Meanwhile, when contacted, Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan said, “The SDM and the DSP of Manali have been asked to look the matter.” “We are trying to establish the identity of the man in the video. We are also talking to the villagers to verify the facts,” he said. Mr. Khan added, “So far no one has come forward (for lodging the complaint), we are trying to get the exact information. I am very strict in such matters. If anything concrete comes forth, I will not spare anyone (responsible for that).”last_img read more

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Weather, medals and smoke create a heady mix at the Olympics

first_imgWhen you are in London, almost every other person will discuss the weather. Even if you do not know the person with whom you are making polite conversation, it could begin with sunshine, hay fever or rain and cold!This is a city where anti-allergy tablets in summer sell like crazy because so many people have red noses and keep sneezing. But I still haven’t seen any hay in this city despite my extensive travel, so I guess hay fever has become a generic name now like viral fever back home in New Delhi.Having said that, I must admit when you have to deal with medicos or chemists here, it can be an enriching experience. The other day, sitting on a deadline, I decided to pop in to the medical centre and ask for crocin. It took some effort to make them understand why I needed it. I was asked if I had been abusing any substance or was hooked to painkillers! I politely answered them and after several questions about my medical history, I was given Panadol, the British equivalent of Crocin.On Monday, a friend from India wanted his blood sugar checked as he had been eating too many cookies, muffins and pastries. Scared that he may have gone over the limit, I took him to the medical room.Boy, what an effort it was to see a blood sugar reading taken. In India, you can walk into your neighbourhood chemist’s small shop and after one quick prick he will tell you the reading. Over here, it was like preparing the patient for a surgery. Plasters, cotton, the instant sugar reading monitor and what not were brought out for my friend.advertisementI was asked to leave the room as the door had to be shut as there should be no infection. This was crazy, all for a single prick and a random sugar reading to be taken. I told my friend in Hindi, his sugar reading was not going to be accurate as he had already faced so much stress.Realising that we were uncomfortable, we changed the topic to Britain’s medal tally at the Olympics. It was a good change as people here have been calculating just how much each medal would eventually cost as so much has been spent on the Games.There is no doubt, unlike New Delhi, where the Commonwealth Games venues are rotting and mostly under lock and key, Britain has good venues. And as of Tuesday afternoon, their gold medal count has equalled their Beijing Olympics effort and it could rise further.My point is, from blood sugar to Olympic medals, we could make a swift change in topics as the first one became so scary. And now that I have decided on new topics to discuss, the weather will also be forgotten.As for medals and efforts, there is no doubt in my mind that as strong Olympic hosts and fierce competitors, the Britons play sport with passion. They have won gold medals in a vast variety of sports and from Sir Chris Hoy to Andy Murray, each one is accorded star status.Even the Royals has taken part in the London Olympics in a sport called equestrian, where India did not have a single entry.By the time the Games end, Britain will have increased its medal tally further, which is a very good sign that they have so many true champions. Yet, if these champions could send messages to the nation, I have a small suggestion. The number of people who smoke here is scary, even though cigarettes are so expensive.Given the huge percentage of young, middle age and elderly women smoking, I have a gut feeling that the allergies here are not due to hay fever but tobacco smoke. Just as the pollution control board in New Delhi keeps track of toxic gas emission levels, London needs to find out what quantity of tobacco fumes are inhaled by passive smokers.Mind you, even the Olympic Park and adjoining areas, where the Games venues are situated, have not been spared.last_img read more

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Hyundai recalls 7,657 units of small car Eon in India

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) Hyundai Motor India is recalling 7,657 units of its entry level small car Eon to fix faulty clutch and battery cables. The recall will cover Eon units produced in the month of January 2015. The company has initiated a service campaign to recall and inspect the clutch cable fouling with battery cable of Eon cars produced in the month of January 2015, at no cost to customer, Hyundai Motor India said in a statement. “The company will voluntarily recall 7,657 number of Eon cars in India manufactured between January 1 2015 ? January 31 2015,” it added. Eon customers of respective period will be notified in a phased manner for inspection of the clutch cable fouling with battery cable and replace the battery cable if found damaged. The company asked owners of all affected Eon cars to take them to authorised Hyundai dealers. In 2014, the company had recalled 2,437 units of its sports utility vehicle Santa Fe to replace a faulty stop lamp switch. Over two million vehicles have been recalled by various automakers in India ever since the auto industry body SIAM started voluntary vehicle recalls for safety related issues in July 2012. PTI MSS RKL MRlast_img read more

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Heynckes back at Bayern for fourth spell

first_imgBayern München Bayern bring Heynckes back as Ancelotti’s successor Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 21:40 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) Jupp Heynckes Champions League Sieger FC Bayern München 25052013 Getty Images Sport Bayern München Bundesliga Having led the Bundesliga giants to a historic treble during his last stint in Bavaria, the experienced coach is to take in a fourth spell at the helm Bayern Munich have announced that Jupp Heynckes is to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at the Allianz Arena and take in a fourth spell at the helm.The Bundesliga champions opted to part with their Italian coach on the back of a slow start to the 2017-18 campaign, which culminated in a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain.Willy Sagnol was handed the reins on an interim basis, but Bayern have moved quickly to acquire the services of a more experienced tactician to see them through until the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club’s official website on the appointment of Heynckes: “There is a great deal of trust between Jupp Heynckes and Bayern. The conversations that Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic and I have shown this again. We are very grateful to Jupp for being taking a caretaker role. He is currently the ideal coach for Bayern.”Heynckes added: “I wouldn’t have returned to any other club in the world, but Bayern Munich is a love affair for me.Jupp Heynckes Bayern Munchen“My coaching staff and I will now do everything to make sure the team give the fans successful football. I am very much looking forward to this task.”Heynckes first took the reins at Bayern in 1987.He guided them to two Bundesliga titles before being relieved of his duties in 1991.A second stint also saw him fill a caretaker post in Bavaria, as he replaced the axed Jurgen Klinsmann in April 2009.Bayern came calling again in 2011, and enjoyed a trophy-laden two seasons under Heynckes.He led the club to a historic treble in 2012-13, with Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League crowns secured.Heynckes was then moved out to make way for the arrival of Pep Guardiola, but is now back in familiar surroundings.last_img read more

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Chelsea complete £35m signing of Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City

first_imgShare via Email Chelsea endured a frustrating deadline day, losing out on Fernando Llorente to Tottenham and having Ross Barkley reject a switch to Stamford Bridge despite agreeing a fee with Everton. However, late in the day the club wrapped up the signing of Davide Zappacosta from Torino for an initial £23m, who is expected to provide competition for Victor Moses at right wing-back, and then added Drinkwater at the last.“I’m delighted to be a Chelsea player and can’t wait to get started,” said Drinkwater. “It has been a long journey to get here but I am very happy and am looking forward to helping the club win more trophies.”The England international, who started his career at Manchester United before moving to Leicester in January 2012, will link up with N’Golo Kanté in midfield once again with whom he built an impressive partnership which helped to win the 2015-16 Premier League title.Chelsea’s technical director, Michael Emenalo, said: “Danny is not only a Premier League winner but also has Champions League experience which will be invaluable for us this season. He is a typically combative English midfielder with a cultured passing technique and his arrival significantly strengthens our midfield options.” Topics Share on LinkedIn Read more Chelsea Share on Facebook Transfer window Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Twitter Everton’s Ross Barkley ‘changed his mind’ over £35m move to Chelsea Leicester City Share on Pinterest news Share on Messenger Chelsea have completed the signing of Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City for a fee of around £35m, after the club applied for a two-hour extension to the transfer deadline on Thursday night to complete the transfer.The deal had been contingent on Leicester bringing in a replacement midfielder, and the Foxes are now expected to announce the signing of Portugal’s Adrien Silva from Sporting. Drinkwater, 27, has signed a five-year contract.last_img read more

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TROPICAL STORM WATCH: T.S. Chantal Weakening

first_imgA Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Jamaica as weakening Tropical Storm Chantal moves quickly westward and could pass close to the island’s eastern coastline.This means that tropical storm conditions pose a possible threat to Jamaica within 36 hours.At 1:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Chantal was estimated to be near Latitude 16.5 degrees North, Longitude 73.0 degrees West, or about 430 kilometres (270 miles) east-southeast of Kingston or 370 kilometres (230 miles) east-southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica.The Tropical Storm is moving towards the west near 46 km/h (29 mph). If Chantal remains a tropical cyclone, a turn toward the west-northwest and then northwest, with a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected during the next 48 hours. A more westward track is likely if Chantal degenerates into a tropical wave.The centre of the tropical storm is, however, still projected to be near the south coast of Hispaniola today and pass close to northeastern Jamaica on its way to central Cuba on Thursday. If Chantal degenerates into a tropical wave, however, the remnants, including heavy rainfall, are likely to move rapidly westward across Jamaica.Maximum sustained winds remain near 75 km/h (45 mph), with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 165 km (105 miles) to the north and east of the centre. Further weakening is, however, forecast during the next 48 hours and Chantal is expected to degenerate into a tropical wave later today.Jamaica could begin feeling effects of Tropical Storm Chantal as early as tonight as the system passes in the vicinity of the island either as a tropical wave or tropical cyclone. The main threat at this time is for outbreaks of heavy showers and thunderstorms to develop over the island, starting with eastern parishes, during the course of tonight and into Thursday. Some flash flooding is, therefore, possible over eastern parishes. Periods of strong, gusty winds are also possible in thunderstorms. Marine operators should remain on alert due to unfavourable sea conditions through Thursday.The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system.The next Bulletin on Tropical Storm Chantal will be issued at 5:00 p.m. today.[Press Release: Meteorological Service, Jamaica]last_img read more

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PhD and MPhil applications for IP University now online

first_imgNew Delhi: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has started online applications for Ph.D and M. Phil programmes at the Institute for the 2019-20 academic session. The online admission forms must be submitted by May 6. The PhD programmes will be available in over 15 disciplines ranging from Information Technology, Automation Engineering, and Computer Application to Sociology, Mass Communication, and Education. Whereas, MPhil programmes will be available in the following disciplines: English, Clinical Psychology, and Psychiatric Social Work. Further details regarding admission procedures are up on the university website.last_img

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Maurizio Sarri buys time with unexpected topfour finish

first_imgLondon: After a turbulent first season at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri goes into Thursday’s Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt savouring some much-needed breathing space. Sarri has spent most of the campaign engaged in a struggle to win over his sceptical players and fans. At one stage, it appeared the Chelsea manager was fighting a losing battle as a miserable run of results sparked reports he was on the verge of the sack. Amid reports that Chelsea’s stars were sick of Sarri’s inflexible game-plan, monotonous training sessions and habit of criticising them through the media, the nadir came in February when Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted during the League Cup final defeat against Manchester City. Sarri has side-stepped one crisis after another just deftly enough that he has emerged from a bleak winter with his prospects of avoiding the axe looking brighter after Chelsea secured a top four finish in the Premier League last weekend. With a place in next season’s Champions League sealed with a game to spare, Chelsea can turn their attention to winning the first trophy of Sarri’s reign. A 1-1 draw in the semi-final first leg away to Eintracht has put Chelsea in a good position for the return leg at Stamford Bridge. Winning the final, against Arsenal or Valencia in Baku, would strengthen the Italian’s hopes of convincing the Chelsea hierarchy he deserves more time to impose his philosophy on a squad that has so far been unable, or unwilling, to adapt to ‘Sarri-ball’. There remain doubts in some quarters about Sarri’s ability to make his tactics work in the Premier League after the former Napoli manager’s troubled year. Chelsea supporters are still under-whelmed by Sarri, despite their team’s qualification for the Champions League, which is worth at least an estimated? 35 million. At half time of Sunday’s game against Watford they responded to a turgid display with jeers — the discordant soundtrack to Sarri’s woes.last_img read more

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Parsons Green Bombing British Police Arrest Second Suspect

Rabat – British police have made a second arrest in connection with the bomb attack on a London Underground train Friday that injured 29 people, according to Associated Press News (AP).British authorities announced on Sunday that the suspect, identified by police as Yahya Farroukh, had been arrested late Saturday night in Hounslow in West London. The 21-year-old defendant is now being held under the Terrorism Act.According to a Facebook profile believed to belong to the suspect, Farroukh comes from the Syrian capital of Damascus. The suspect’s images were published on Sunday by British news outlet The Sun.Another suspect, aged 18, was arrested Saturday morning in the port of Dover, a major ferry port for travel between Britain and France. British police called this arrest “significant.” The second suspect’s identity has not yet been identified but is believed to be an Iraqi refugee, according to CNN.The two arrested suspects had been hosted by a British elderly couple under the name of Ronald and Penelope Jones, said the American news outlet. The elderly couple had been fostering refugees, including children from Afghanistan and Iraq. The family had been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for their fostering services in 2010, awarded with Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs) “for services to children and families.According to AP, officials believe that the terror attack at the Parsons Green station “was not the act of a single person, but part of a coordinated plot.”“We are still pursing numerous lines of enquiry and at a great pace,” said Neil Basu, counter-terrorism coordinator for the London police.United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has recommended raising the terror threat to its highest level in order to prevent further attacks.British authorities have also launched an immense armed search in the southwestern London suburb of Sunbury, added AP.People were evacuated from the area and kept away for approximately 10 hours before they were allowed to return to their houses.Following Friday’s attack, the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the explosion. read more

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Asian shares up on trade optimism as Trump hints of Xi talks

TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.7% to finish at 21,333.87. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.2% to 6,648.10. South Korea’s Kospi was also up 1.2% at 2,124.06. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 2.3% to 28,122.20, while the Shanghai Composite added nearly 1.0% to 2,917.76.Markets also got a boost after the head of the European Central Bank said it was ready to cut interest rates and provide additional economic stimulus if necessary.The remarks put the spotlight on the U.S. Federal Reserve, which has its own decision on interest rates scheduled later in the day. Many think the U.S. central bank may be headed for its first interest rate cut in over a decade sometime later this year.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index climbed 28.08 points, or 1% to 2,917.75. The Dow gained 353.01 points, or 1.4%, to 26,465.54. The Nasdaq jumped 108.86 points, or 1.4%, to 7,953.88.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies added 17.48 points, or 1.1%, to 1,550.23.It was the second straight gain for the market, extending a strong rebound for stocks in June after a steep sell-off last month.The benchmark S&P 500 is now less than 1% below its all-time high set on April 30. The Dow is 1.4% below its record high set October 3. The Nasdaq is about 2.5% below its record close set on May 3.Trump stirred fresh optimism among investors when he said he will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at an international summit in Japan. U.S. businesses have implored Trump to stop escalating the trade war and refrain from expanding his tariffs to $300 billion on goods from China.Analysts acknowledged an immediate resolution to the trade conflict isn’t expected, but the confirmation that Trump and Xi plan to talk at the G-20 in Osaka was cause for some optimism while warning that risks remain.“While this certainly is a near-term boost for markets, the question as to what can be resolved by the two leader’s meeting that had not been done so despite months of discussions keeps this as a risk factor,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore.Two weeks ago, Fed Chair Jerome Powell set off a rally on Wall Street after he signalled that the central bank is willing to cut interest rates to help stabilize the economy if the trade war between Washington and Beijing starts to crimp growth. Any continued escalations could put the brakes on what is poised to be the longest economic expansion in U.S. history.Investors collectively envision a Fed rate cut by July and possibly further cuts after that. Some even expect a rate cut this week. Many economists, though, think the Fed will wait until September at the earliest to announce its first drop in its benchmark short-term interest rate since 2008 and might not cut again in 2019. A few Fed watchers foresee no rate cut at all this year.ENERGY:Benchmark crude oil rose 27 cents to $54.17 a barrel. It rose 3.8% to $53.90 a barrel Tuesday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, gained 30 cents to $62.44 a barrel.CURRENCIES:The dollar inched down to 108.26 yen from 108.27 yen on Tuesday. The euro rose slightly to $1.1195 from $1.1191.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

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Rising food prices highlight need to boost investment in agriculture – UN

The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today stressed the need to boost investment in agriculture to ensure long-term food security, while also calling for urgent structural changes to the global food system. “The food price and economic crises have had a severe impact on millions of people in all parts of the world,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said in an address to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministerial Forum on Agricultural Investment in Abu Dhabi. The global prices of most agricultural commodities have increased, many of them sharply, in recent months. In addition, FAO warned in its latest Food Outlook report that global food import bills may pass the $1 trillion mark in 2010, a level not seen since food prices peaked in 2008. “These trends can have severe implications for countries like the Gulf countries, which depend on commercial imports for a large share of their food consumption needs,” said Mr. Diouf. According to FAO, the number of hungry and malnourished people in the Near East and North Africa is currently estimated at 37 million, nearly 10 per cent of the region’s population. Mr. Diouf added that the rapid increase in hunger and malnourishment since the food crisis of 2008 reveals the inadequacy of the present global food system and the urgent need for structural changes. These could include short-term measures such as targeted safety nets and social protection programmes as well as reliable and timely information on food commodity markets. Small-scale farmers must be assured access to indispensable means of production and technologies – such as high-quality seeds, fertilizers, feed and farming tools and equipment, said FAO. Investment in agriculture is a must in the medium and longer term, the agency noted, stating that food-deficit countries must be given the necessary technical and financial solutions and policy tools to enhance their agricultural sectors in terms of productivity and resilience in the face of crises. While in the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Diouf also named Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the wife of the founder and the first President of UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as Extraordinary Ambassador of FAO. Sheikha Fatima, who has been active in the fields of literacy, maternal and child care, the disabled, the elderly and orphans, has played “a pivotal role in consolidating and promoting the women’s rights movement in the Arab world,” said Mr. Diouf. In addition, Mr. Diouf and Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, announced the establishment of the UAE-financed “Sheikh Zayed Centre” at FAO headquarters in Rome. The new international multi-media conference centre will provide the live broadcasting facilities and capacity-building infrastructures necessary to continue the fight against hunger and to enhance knowledge sharing and e-learning throughout the organization. 23 November 2010The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today stressed the need to boost investment in agriculture to ensure long-term food security, while also calling for urgent structural changes to the global food system. read more

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MR has several reasons to oppose budget

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today noted that there were several reasons as to why he was against the 2016 budget, the main reason being privatisation.Rajapaksa also said that the budget for 2016 is historic as several changes have been made from the day it was presented to Parliament. He said that as of now no one is sure what is in the budget and what has been omitted.

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New political party cannot be registered now says polls chief

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says new political parties cannot be registered at this moment since elections have been declared in the Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu Pradaeshiya Sabha divisions.Deshapriya said that a group of former and current Parliamentarians met him today and discussed the barricades in place to register a new political party. Deshapriya said that the major barricade is that since elections have been declared in the Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu Pradaeshiya Sabha divisions a new political party cannot be registered. Deshapriya said that a new political party can register only when the Department of Elections calls for applications.However he said applications cannot be called for now since elections have been declared in Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu. Among those who attended the discussion are former Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and G.L Peiris and Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila. Asked if the joint opposition is recognised by the Department of Elections, Deshapriya said that the joint opposition is not listed with the Department of Elections. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN chief congratulates US Russia on nuclear arsenal cuts urges further disarmament

“The Secretary-General stresses that at a time when global anxieties about nuclear weapons are higher than at any time since the Cold War, efforts in nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control are more vital than ever,” said a statement issued by his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.“These endeavors can play significant roles in building trust and confidence, and preventing, mitigating and resolving conflicts,” the statement added.Known as “New START,” the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms reduces deployed nuclear weapons to 700 delivery vehicles and 1,550 warheads.It is a part of a series of bilateral nuclear arms control agreements between the two nations that “have significantly reduced the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and are steps towards the common aspiration of a world free of nuclear weapons,” the statement noted.Mr. Guterres called on them “to engage in the necessary dialogue that will lead to further arsenal reductions” and “to continue to display the historic leadership across the multilateral disarmament agenda that has proven so valuable to our collective security,” the statement said.The new Treaty was signed in Prague on 8 April, 2010 and came into force on 5 February, 2011. read more

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Crew shuts down Galaxys stars

“The Strength of the Pack Is the Wolf. The Strength of the Wolf Is the Pack.”  A sign bearing this mantra hangs just inside the entrance to the Columbus Crew locker room. Never has its meaning been more on display than in the 2-0 Crew victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday night.With the Galaxy’s lone wolf, David Beckham, not making the trip to Columbus with his team because of an ankle injury, the Crew cruised to victory with a starting lineup devoid of its top scorer, Guillermo Barros Schelotto.Following the victory, Crew coach Robert Warzycha summed up his “no man is above the team” mentality.  “We don’t have reserves,” he said. “We have 23 players right now that can step up anytime.”On a dark and rainy night, less than an hour after the Buckeyes’ victory over Illinois, the conditions were prime for a subdued crowd. The raucous fans in Crew Stadium’s Nordecke, however, would not let that be.As pyrotechnics erupted, the Crew players made their way onto the field through a tunnel of supporters while black-and-gold-clad fans cheered wildly from the northeast corner of the stadium.  This particular section of the crowd brought the energy to a fever pitch early with a variety of chants, cheers and songs that reverberated throughout the stadium from start to finish.Less than five minutes into the match, the fans in the Nordecke were chanting, “Where’s the Spice Boy?” in reference to the absent Beckham, husband of Posh Spice.Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven kicked off the scoring in the 33rd minute with a slick header off a pass from Emmanuel Ekpo following a free kick.Forward Steven Lenhart, who spent much of the match being knocked to the ground, made the last goal for the Crew with a soft shot off a rebound that Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts couldn’t handle.The only significant scoring opportunity for the Galaxy came off a free kick, which was tapped by Galaxy star Landon Donovan to Chris Birchall.  Birchall’s shot took a hard bounce off the left post and the follow-up shot sailed high above the goal. It was a chippy, physical game in which eight yellow cards were issued. Crew team captain Frankie Hejduk received one for a reckless tackle in which he and another Crew player sandwiched Donovan. The yellow card will result in Hejduk’s suspension for the Crew’s next match.At one point, during a free kick for the Crew, the referee stopped play to admonish players from both teams who were roughly jockeying for position.When asked about the scrappy game and the physical play of Lenhart in particular, Warzycha said, “I don’t think there were any cheap fouls. I think this guy (Lenhart), he likes this kind of game.”With the victory, the Crew (12-4-10) remains atop the Eastern conference and pushes its home unbeaten streak in the MLS to 22. The Galaxy (10-6-11) also holds steady in its second-place position in the Western conference.Following the game, the Crew players saluted the ‘blackout’ effort of the announced, sellout crowd of 20,966 by joining hands and taking a bow. Several players also tossed jerseys to eager fans. read more

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Ohio State Cincinnati football connection runs deep

Left: OSU junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (92) makes a tackle during a game against Navy on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRight: OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs celebrates during a game against Wisconsin on Nov. 17, 2012 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. OSU won, 21-14, in overtime.Credit: Lantern file photoWhile 109 miles of interstate and city streets separate Ohio Stadium from Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium, there are deep ties connecting the programs that play in each arena.From Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington, there are numerous Buckeye coaches and players who have, or could have, spent time on the Bearcats’ sidelines.After a brief stint in minor league baseball, Meyer played defensive back at Cincinnati before graduating in 1986. OSU cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs was on the Cincinnati staff from 2007-11, tight ends coach Tim Hinton was an assistant with the Bearcats from 2004-09 and Washington — one of four Cincinnati natives on the team — received his first collegiate scholarship offer from the Bearcats as a freshman in high school.Meyer described his ongoing connection to Cincinnati as a “very strong, emotional attachment,” even beyond his own experience at the school.“My sister is associate provost at Cincinnati, my other sister was a homecoming queen there,” he said Monday. “Obviously my dad, my grandfather, just a strong history at UC.”While he played college ball at Nippert Stadium, Meyer never spent time on the sidelines as a coach like Coombs and Hinton.Coombs said the personal and professional connections he and his wife have to Cincinnati led to his turning down offers from other major college football programs before Meyer came calling.“When we had the opportunity to go to Notre Dame, we were staying in Cincinnati,” Coombs said. “Cincinnati is our home.”The Colerain, Ohio, native said he and his wife, Holly, grew up within miles of each other and added the draw of coaching at OSU under Meyer was the only thing that could have torn him away from Cincinnati.“When Urban called, I called my wife and said ‘Hey, I just wanted to let you know I got this phone call today, and kind of before I tell him no I just wanted to let you know that,’” Coombs said. “She said ‘Don’t you tell him no,’ and I said ‘Is that right?’”Coombs said his wife told him “let’s go do this, we can make it work,” with the simple reasoning that Columbus is less than two hours away from their lifelong home in Cincinnati.While his wife made the decision easier, Coombs called the conversation “terrible” that he had with then-Cincinnati coach Butch Jones to tell him he was leaving for OSU. He said conversations with others were just as bad.“It was hard for me to tell anybody,” he said. “I mean, that’s my hometown, and I grew up on the Reds and the Bengals and the Bearcats.”Coombs said growing up with exposure to the Buckeyes made his transition easier, but added that telling the players he recruited to Cincinnati was the hardest part about leaving. He said some of the players he recruited still play for the Bearcats, but one player he tried to get to Cincinnati is set to be on the OSU sidelines when the two teams play on Saturday.Washington said he took an official visit to Cincinnati and had the Bearcats just behind the Buckeyes on his final list.“It actually was my second choice,” he said. “Coach Coombs, when he was there, did a great job of recruiting me, but I just felt like Ohio State was the best place for me.”Like Meyer and others around the OSU program, Washington’s connection to Cincinnati goes beyond recruiting letters and official visits.“I went to basketball games (at Cincinnati), because my granddad worked there for like 35, 40 years,” Washington said. “He was a janitor and he would get tickets and we would go to basketball games there.”Just like Coombs said the draw of coaching under Meyer was a key to his decision to move to OSU, Washington said the chance to play for the two-time national champion was too much to pass up.“Didn’t know a lot about him (Meyer), but I knew he had won two national championships (at Florida),” Washington said. “So I figured I could probably get one under my belt in the four years he was there.”While the draw of potentially winning titles contributed to Washington’s decision to pick OSU, Hinton said he was fortunate to be at Cincinnati — which has yet to win a national championship — for some of the program’s most successful seasons.“It was a phenomenal run, you’ve got an Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl,” Hinton said of his time with the Bearcats. “And how special was that when you’re a UC guy? It was very, very special.”Whether Washington will win the national championship he hoped for is yet to be seen, but he is set to at least have a shot to win one game against the school he nearly attended on Saturday.Coombs said the matchup will be fun for him, but because of his deep-lying connections with the Bearcats, he said the game will be more difficult than his average Saturday on the sidelines.“Football is always fun, I don’t have any days that aren’t fun,” Coombs said. “But it’s harder, for all those reasons, I think it’s harder.”The Buckeyes and Bearcats are set to kick off at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Miriam Margolyes joins Mark Rylances boycott of Royal Shakespeare Company over BP

Miriam Margolyes has joined Sir Mark Rylance’s boycott of the Royal Shakespeare Company over their sponsorship deal with BP.The Bafta winning actress, who has starred in Harry Potter, Call the Midwife and The Real Marigold Hotel has said she will not appear in any RSC productions while the company kept its sponsorship deal with the oil giant.“Mark Rylance is absolutely right in his stance and I support it,” she told the BBC.“I would turn them down as long as they are supporting something that is doing harm to the world.”Sir Mark, the Academy Award winning actor, told The Guardian that BP’s sponsorship deal allowed the firm to “obscure the destructive reality of its activities” and said he did not wish to be associated with BP any more than with “an arms dealer or a tobacco salesman”. 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. In his resignation letter, Sir Mark, who was the first artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London said: “I do not write this in anger or righteousness. We are all together in this crisis and we all must change.”BP sponsors subsidised £5 tickets for 16-25 year olds at the RSC, in a joint deal with the Royal Opera House, British Museum and National Portrait Gallery worth £7.5m over eight years. Sir Mark Rylance quit the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) over its receipt of sponsorship from BP, citing environmental concerns Credit: Ian West/PA  Sir Mark Rylance But the increasing concern for the damage that is being done to the planet by climate change has sharpened the minds of many prominent actors and actresses, including Dame Emma Thompson, who climbed on board a pink boat in the middle of Oxford circus and rallied Extinction Rebellion protestors.Dame Emma has been a prominent Left-wing and environmental campaigner for many years. The Greenpeace supporter helped buy land near Heathrow Airport in an attempt to deter the building of a third runway. In 2015 she joined activists outside Shell headquarters as part of a campaign to stop drilling in the Arctic. read more

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85yearold elderly woman raped in Corentyne home

An 85-year-old Corentyne, Berbice woman, who is said to be visually impaired and has difficulty hearing, was reportedly raped in her home.The incident which occured sometime at about 04:00h on Sunday morning reportedly left the elderly woman in an unconscious state.This publication was informed that the woman lives alone in her Corentyne home but one of her children lives close by.Following the incident, a relative said the perpetrator gained access to the house by breaking a window to the bedroom where the elderly woman was asleep.This publication was told that when the elderly woman regained consciousness, she was heard screaming by her son.Speaking to this media group the elderly woman recalled “I lie down on the bed; I cover from head to foot. I wasn’t asleep and suddenly somebody come and pull the coverlet and pull out the pampers and jump on me… ah feel like ah suffocating and ah say a can’t do that thing.”According to the woman’s son, when he went to the Police station, he was told the Police will respond promptly and he should go and wait on them. However, according to the young man, it was not until midday on Sunday that the officers arrived.“She was in pain and really wanted to go to the hospital but I said the Police have to come first and they have to take her to the hospital because her eyes were swollen; blood was in her eyes. Her entire body was in pain. If we go to move her she start screaming because of the pain. The whole place was with blood; all on the pampers and on the bed,” he said.When the Police finally arrived, they took her to the Port Mourant Hospital where it was confirmed that she was sexually assaulted.The woman’s son further related that when he inquired form the Police Officers at the hospital what was the next step, he was told that the matter is now in the hands of the Police and they were going to take it from there.However, he said that he was told on Monday that he would have to take his mother to the station in order for them to take a report.The woman was eventually taken to the Police station on Tuesday where statements were taken from both the elderly woman and her son at the Whim Police Station.Investigations are said to be ongoing. (Andrew Carmichael) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice family robbed, young mother of 2 abducted, rapedOctober 11, 2018In “Crime”Two women homeless following early morning fire; arson suspectedFebruary 14, 2018In “latest news”Elderly Corentyne couple assaulted, robbed of millions by armed bandits in home invasionOctober 27, 2018In “Crime” read more

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Family of Gary Douch plead for closure in Mountjoy death probe

first_imgTHE MOTHER OF Gary Douch has criticised the prison services and the State for failing to provide adequate support to the inquiry into the circumstances of his death almost seven years ago.The 21-year-old was killed at Mountjoy Prison in August 2006 after being placed in an overcrowded cell with a mentally ill inmate. He was beaten, kicked and strangled to death in an unprovoked attack before being left overnight under a mattress or duvet. Media reports at the time indicated that the other people in the cell were too frightened of the killer to raise the alarm or call for a guard.“We’d like closure,” Margaret Rafter told RTÉ’s This Week. “It’s six years going on. It should have been finished within two years after Gary’s death.”Although she was highly critical of the process, Rafter praised Grainne McMorrow SC on her work leading the current commission.RTÉ reports that new hearings will be held shortly because of fresh evidence that came to light after McMorrow published her draft report last April.In the aftermath of the shocking death, Justice Minister Michael McDowell launched an investigation, asking a civil servant to produce a preliminary report on the matter. That document revealed that systems failures that may have contributed to the tragedy.In 2007, an official commission of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death was launched. So far, McMorrow has dealt with up to 240 witnesses but has not been paid for three years of work.Stephen Egan has since been convicted of manslaughter by diminished responsibility. A month before the killing, he was transferred from the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum to Mountjoy.“The person that done it shouldn’t have been there in the first place. He should have been somewhere to get proper treatment. My Gary would still be here today,” Rafter told RTÉ today.“It’s like he didn’t exist. He’s not an important person. But to me and his family, he was very, very important. He was a much-loved person, child, son, uncle, brother. They don’t care really. If they could have swept it under the carpet, they could have.”Man admits threats to kill Britain’s Prince HarryWoman (62) arrested in attempted murder investigationUpdate: Man and 15-year-old boy drowned in Down quarrylast_img read more

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Father of SEAL killed in Yemen refuses to meet with Donald Trump

first_img Feb 27th 2017, 7:35 AM Short URL Father of SEAL killed in Yemen refuses to meet with Donald Trump Bill Owens refused to speak with Trump when his son’s flag-draped casket was brought home. By AFP 23,853 Views Monday 27 Feb 2017, 7:35 AM Image: US Navy William “Ryan” Owens Image: US Navycenter_img Share5 Tweet Email William “Ryan” Owens 61 Comments THE FATHER OF a US Navy SEAL killed in a raid in Yemen criticised President Donald Trump’s decision to give the go-ahead and called for an investigation into his son’s death.Bill Owens, the father of slain SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, told the Miami Herald he refused to speak with Trump when his son’s flag-draped casket was brought home to Dover Air Force Base aboard a C-17 transport plane.“I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him,” Owens said, speaking out for the first time in the interview with the Herald.Launched 29 January, six days into Trump’s presidency, the raid quickly ran into trouble.The Navy SEALs received fire from all sides as they attacked the objective,  an Al-Qaeda camp in the Arabian Peninsula.KilledAir cover was called in and a V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft crash-landed during the fight and had to be destroyed on the ground.By the time it was over, the 36-year-old Owens was dead along with as many as 16 civilians, eight women and eight children, a Yemeni provincial official said. Three other SEALs were wounded and three more US troops were injured in the V-22 crash.Republican Senator John McCain called the operation a failure, but the White House hailed it as a success and said its detractors dishonoured Owens’ memory.“Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation,” William Owens told the Herald. “I want an investigation. The government owes my son an investigation.”The White House has said Trump was briefed about the operation over dinner by former national security advisor Michael Flynn, and signed the memo authorising it the following day, 26 January.“Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why?” Owens said. “For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?”Asked on ABC’s “This Week” about Owens’ call for an investigation, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she had not spoken directly with Trump about it “but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that.”- © AFP, 2017Read: Trump warned ‘don’t get too happy’ after poking fun at Democrats’ new chair> http://jrnl.ie/3260910 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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