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How to Master the Indian Accent

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Opposition BJP Heads For Landslide Win

first_imgThe opposition Hindu nationalist BJP party has called its predicted landslide win in the Indian election a “people’s victory”. Related Itemslast_img

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Love and Marriage, South Asian-American Style

first_imgShankar Prasad wasn’t supposed to want this.He was born in the United States, the third of four brothers from a family who immigrated to this country from India in 1975. He grew up in New Jersey. He went to Rutgers. He worked for a hedge fund in New York. In short, he had a “modern” American life.He was supposed to meet the love of his life in a bar in Manhattan’s East Village. Instead, in 2008, he told his mother he wanted to get married — and he wanted her help.“Everybody wants that romantic story, the boy-meets-girl that you see in every movie and TV show,” said Prasad, 35, the associate provost for global engagement and strategic initiatives at Brown University. “This is our version of a boy-meets-girl. It just happens to be somebody who looks like you and speaks the same language as you do and comes from your culture. But it’s the same idea.”Prasad had willingly entered what most would describe as the Westernized version (although it also happens in South Asia) of an arranged marriage.No, he did not meet his wife on his wedding day or fly off to India and come back with his partner a month later. Instead, with his mother’s help, Prasad made use of a network that has been in place in the United States for at least two generations, with one goal in mind: marriage.It is very much a hybrid of the old world and new. Parents are usually the writers of their offspring’s “biodata,” a résumé, of sorts, that comes with multiple photographs.That résumé, which is often sent out across the United States and Canada, typically lays out criteria that may go beyond ethnicity and religion, such as caste, geographical region and language group.“It’s like dating fully endorsed by our families,” Prasad said. “Everybody knows. There are no secrets or hiding. It can be great because it’s pretty transparent.”That transparency often comes after a lifetime of hiding. Prasad’s parents expected him to study hard in his youth and consider romance later. As a junior in high school, he told his parents he was going to an advance placement chemistry study group on the night of his prom. He changed in the car.This can extend into adulthood, as in “The Big Sick,” a semi-autobiographical film by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon that tells the story of a young man from a traditional Pakistani-American family who falls in love with a white woman.While seeing her, he allows his parents to suggest potential wives for him, collecting and keeping “biodatas” in a cigar box.That lack of honesty can only hurt. The 2015 documentary “Meet the Patels,” directed by actor Ravi Patel, 38, and his sister, Geeta, shows Patel looking for a mate with his parents’ help. He neglects to tell his mother and father about the white girlfriend he has broken up with and for whom he still has feelings.While Patel ended up meeting the woman who is now his wife by accident (she is not the girlfriend he broke up with), he said he respects the process.“I think the part about this whole process that is probably most shocking to the non-Indian is the extent to which it’s successful,” Patel said. “And by success I mean, not only do they end up being married, but they end up being truly happy.” (Still, it’s no guarantee: Estimates for divorce rates among South Asian-Americans range from 1 percent to 15 percent.)When Prasad went to his mother for help, she was ready. She pulled out a black book full of the names of families with a Telugu language background and daughters close to his age. Sumana Chintapalli, the younger daughter of one such family, was finishing law school at Northeastern University.Beginning with their first phone conversation, Chintapalli was explicit about who she was and what she wanted. She spoke about the importance of family in her life and also wanted Prasad to understand that she would have a career.After a few weeks, Prasad traveled — with his mother — to meet her. While his mother spent time in the hotel room, he and Chintapalli met for dinner and followed up with a date the following day. A week later, Prasad returned for her barrister’s ball. At a certain point, Chintapalli turned to him and said they should get married. He agreed.A year later, the couple had a wedding with 1,200 guests in San Antonio. They now have a 3-year-old daughter.“I didn’t realize how nice it is to end up actually marrying someone who is not only an Indian but is also Telugu,” said Chintapalli, 34, who works with the Conservation Law Foundation. “It’s all these little things that are super-specific to different types of Indians. It also matters in raising our daughter. We don’t need to have a ton of conversations about what to do because we both share the same values, the same ideals.”Prasad had an easier time than Bhargava Gannavarapu, 35, who grew up in Oklahoma, with virtually no friends of Indian descent. The older of two boys, he went through high school in Dallas and college in Chicago without dating. It wasn’t until his third year of medical school that his parents ushered him into the arena.“I’m not the kind to blindly accept what you are being told,” said Gannavarapu, a gastroenterologist at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. “I would never have done this unless it became my own issue and idea.”“Online dating kind of took off around the period when it came time for my parents to talk to me about this, and I finally thought about it,” he recalled. “I said, ‘You know what? This isn’t that much different.’”GGannavarapu began the process in 2006. Initially it was exhausting. While doing his residency in California, he found himself traveling to New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. Eventually, he told his parents, “Before you even try to introduce the next person, I would like them to at least live in the same time zone.”“During that period my dad would ask, ‘What is wrong with her?’” Gannavarapu said of one potential match. “I said, ‘There is nothing wrong with her. Don’t make me point out flaws in people, because that isn’t the point. It’s just not going to work.’ For them, they were like, ‘If you don’t find this person unattractive and not awful, why shouldn’t it work?’”In 2012, Gannavarapu told them he needed a break from the process. They left him alone for more than six months. Then his mother called about a family friend who lived in California, where he was finishing his residency in internal medicine.When Harika Parige met him, she had no expectations that the two would even date, much less start a life together.But after a week of seeing each other, the relationship began to change. Five months later, a fellowship in gastroenterology took Gannavarapu to New Mexico, where he remained for two years. During six months of long-distance dating, the relationship continued to move forward, and by the end of that year he proposed.“I think people should be a little bit more open to this, because it can be a nice way to meet someone,” said Parige-Gannavarapu, 29, as their 7-week-old son lay nearby. “Had I been really weirded out by this whole thing, I would have never met Bhargava.”“But I feel like that is actually a rarity nowadays,” Parige-Gannavarapu said. “My mom recently introduced one of my really good friends to another guy that she knew. Even in doing that introduction, my mom didn’t provide a ‘biodata’ or anything like that. She said, ‘Here is this guy’s number. If you are interested, give him a call.’ And that was it.”One might expect these couples to shy away from their origin story, given that they grew up in the United States, where you’re supposed to meet like characters in a romantic comedy.“People are always asking, ‘How did you meet?’” Prasad said. “And we both say, ‘Oh, an arranged marriage,’ and it starts the conversation. And we are happy about that. Because when you first start this, you are both interacting because you are interested in getting married.”“There is no noise here,” he said. “It could have gone badly in so many ways, but it didn’t. We each found the person we were meant to be with. It worked.”© 2017 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

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Canada Court Upholds Quebec National Assembly’s Right to Ban Kirpan

first_imgThe top court in Quebec, Canada, upheld the right of the national assembly to prohibit people from entering the legislature with a kirpan.Balpreet Singh and Harminder Kaur, two members of the World Sikh Organisation, had challenged the motion adopted by the national assembly in February 2011, which said that the security personnel had the right to refuse entry to anyone who did not want to part with their religious symbol, CTV news reported. Kirpan is one of the five articles of Sikh faith that devout men and women are required to wear at all times.Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Patrick Healy reinstated a lower-court ruling in his decision that said the national assembly has the right to establish its own rules in accordance with parliamentary privilege. Superior Court Justice Pierre Journet also asserted the authority of the assembly to “exclude kirpans from its precincts as an assertion of parliamentary privilege over the exclusion of strangers.”In his ruling on Feb. 19, Healy referred to a Supreme Court decision that said a provincial legislature could invoke the privilege to exclude strangers. This was to prevent journalists from filming in the assembly premises. “The Supreme Court confirmed that these general principles formed part of Canadian constitutional law and held specifically that the privilege to exclude strangers is entrenched in the Canadian Constitution,” Healy wrote on behalf of a three-member panel.“I make no comment whether the assembly’s exercise of the privilege to exclude the kirpan is a wise decision. I say only that it is a legal exercise of this category of privilege. If the appellants wish to challenge it, the proper forum is the assembly itself,” Healy said, dismissing the arguments of Singh and Kaur.Sing and Kaur, who were going to the legislature to submit a brief, did not want to deposit their kirpans in January 2011. They were part of a World Sikh Organisation delegation going for a presentation on Bill 94, which would have denied essential government services and public employment to individuals who wear facial coverings.Singh and Kaur were excluded from the presentation. They argued that the motion to refuse entry to anyone who did not want to part with their religious symbol was unconstitutional. They later amended their position to say it was legal but non-binding.Singh has not ruled out an appeal against the latest order. “We haven’t reached a decision. Obviously, the judgment just came out yesterday (Feb. 19) and we received it late in the day yesterday, so we’re still reviewing it. But an appeal is certainly one of our options and we’re considering it very seriously,” he was quoted as saying by the media.The World Sikh Organisation expressed its disappointment with the court’s decision. “While we are disappointed by the Quebec Court of Appeal’s decision, we aren’t surprised by it. Even the Multani case, which secured the right of Sikhs to wear the kirpan in Canada, was not successful at the Quebec Court of Appeal and had to be argued at the Supreme Court of Canada,” organization president Mukhbir Singh was quoted as saying by Voiceonline website.He added: “In Canada, the Quebec National Assembly and prisons are the only two places with absolute prohibitions on the kirpan. It is unfortunate that the issue of the kirpan has been highly politicized in Quebec and is no longer about human rights and security but about identity politics. We are reviewing the Quebec Court of Appeal’s decision and an appeal to the Supreme Court is certainly something we are considering.”Julius Grey, one of the lawyers who represented them, says the decision is highly “appealable.” Related ItemsCanadaquebecSikhismlast_img read more

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil of an Overseas Indian

first_imgKaran Johar’s teaser of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil made me think beyond the picturesque foreign locales, beyond the opening scene, beyond its title song captivatingly lip-synced by Ranbir Kapoor, beyond the beautiful Aishwarya Rai, beyond the hauntingly beautiful music of Pritam, beyond the emotion filled soul-stirring voice of Arjit Singh, to the most defining line spoken by the lead actor, “There is nothing like the power of unrequited love, unlike other bonds it isn’t shared, It’s mine and mine alone.” And it isn’t just for a lover, it is also the same for those who left their homeland.My name is Divya Menon. I am 29 years old, of Malaysian nationality and Indian ethnicity. My paternal and maternal grandparents were from Kerala, born, raised there and came to Malaysia for work. I was born in Malaysia.India has no record of me. I have no friend in India. No relative there that I speak to. I have not set foot on the soil of India yet. Then how is it that my heart connects to India: Bollywood movies, Bollywood music, Bollywood celebrity interviews, Indian cricket matches and recently The Times Newshour Debates are my media diet. And it’s not just a passing phase. It’s part of me.How is it possible for a Diasporic Indian who has never been to India to feel so connected to India? What is it about India that draws even the wanderer? Why do I feel this way? Day after day these questions plagued my mind, until I discovered the answer.Bollywood — the global distributor of the varied amalgamation of Indian art that stirs the heart — is the primary driving force behind my feelings.“Bolly” is defined as “a cotton boll that has remained unopened or partly opened usually as a result of frost injury,” and “Boll” is defined as “the part of the cotton plant that contains the seeds” according to the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary.This definition discovery strengthened my personal take on this. Everything in Bollywood — songs, lyrics, music, dialogue — contains seeds about love. Love stories are the crux of almost all successful Bollywood movies. Actually, I can’t recall a single successful Bollywood story not having the love element in it. It’s not only about childhood love or forbidden love, but also about the extended sphere of relationships that matter — family and friends.Remember, the infectious tagline “It’s all about loving your family” from the classic film Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham? It had many families at the time flocking to the cinemas together to watch it; I witnessed even some usually stoic men getting all teary-eyed in the theater when the father and son characters reconciled.Stripping off the cinematic pomp, floss and glamor, our reality is not very different, fraught with many friendship and family issues. The “Bolly” breaks through our hard as “wood” exteriors, developed over years of struggle, as its stories speak to the interior of our heart, unearthing deep hidden emotions and returning innocence and softness just like cotton. Hence the main reason I engage and re-engage with Bollywood movies — a positive addiction propelling me to independently discover and rediscover myself, my emotions, my dreams, my expressions and my ideas.Far beyond the traditional idea of hero-worshipping and idolizing Bollywood stars, I see them as actors, writers, directors, producers, etc., who face similar struggles in their life, only theirs is magnified by the media lenses. I am increasingly attracted to the new wave of frankness in the Bollywood celebrity’s interviews — from the popular television reality show Koffee with Karan, which always creates excitement and fireworks, to the recent candid confession of Ranbir Kapoor on his struggles with alcoholism.I think on the flip side of the media drama, it’s a positive that these celebrities are starting to use the platform to speak out on real issues in their lives. Let’s face it, if a regular Jack down the street spoke on the exact same thing, he would be fortunate to have even one listener!See, every Bollywood fan wants to know about their favorite star, the person behind their characters, what is he or she like in real-life? Gone is the thirst to know just their favorite food, but something much deeper, like their most anxious or troubled moments and how they overcame them. Sometimes, when I confront tough moments, I motivate myself by remembering that even the most famous people had these moments and they privailed. So why not me too?This love for Bollywood inched me closer to delight in seeking to actively be a part of India. I wanted to know, are the people as expressive as the characters behave in the movies? I quickly received my answer — A Big Yes, when I watched a cricket match live on television for the first time. I can’t remember the match, but it had India in it. Even if it was through the television screen, I had finally witnessed the spontaneous expressions filled with multiple emotions of Indian commentators, analyzing players and game strategies left, right and center, leaving no doubt in the mind of spectators that India was going to win, even before the match started!I see the same intensity and tenacity in the famous Arnab Goswami Times Newshour debates with participants often speaking over each other to express their point of view. All political correctness or diplomacy is torn to shreds; amidst many contradictions, it’s liberating to know for those in the Indian diaspora – freedom of expression is part of the Indian soul.I am not in India, but I am an Indian, like the millions of Indians in its global diaspora. A national unity of hearts on an international spectrum. The Jana Gana Mana (The Song of the People) sounds like a sacred prayer. The less frequently sung second stanza sings, “Thou brings the hearts of all peoples into the harmony of one life, Thou Dispenser of India’s destiny, Victory, Victory, Victory to Thee.” It is a blessing to every Indian everywhere, whenever the national anthem is sung.Now, this unrequited love doesn’t seem so sad after all. Indians in the diaspora have a special purpose — to spread Indian cheer and color to the community around them. Each nation has its own destiny. India is no exception. With India, it is a matter of the heart. At times it can be explained, at times it simply can’t.After years of hearing the struggles of Indians around me, struggles even to obtain visas to travel to India, today seems to be a new day for the Indian diaspora. Now that the government has eased travel and merged the PIO and OCI cards, my love for India does not feel so unrequited after all.Suddenly, it does not matter as much if I go back to live in India or go elsewhere, I’m excited to embark on an adventure wherever destiny takes my dil, however mushkil it may be. My heart is at peace when our homeland has embraced us as her children. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Gujarat Lions bats for Reliance Games

first_imgMumbai, Apr 26 (PTI) IPLs newest cricket team, Gujarat Lions have entered into a partnership with Reliance Games, a publisher and developer of mobile games. With this partnership, Reliance Games becomes the Official Gaming Partner of the Rajkot based team, led by ace batsman Suresh Raina. The games will allow players to customize their team, engage with their favorite T20 stars – Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch and other cricketers in the Gujarat team by playing with their favorite superstars in the game. “The Gujarat Lions team is making waves this IPL and fans now have the perfect opportunity to engage and play with their favorite stars. The game will bring to life player management, cricket action and an immersive 3D gameplay experience,” said Amit Khanduja, CEO, Reliance Entertainment-Digital. Reliance Games has developed top chart cricket games in the past for tournaments like ICC World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy etc. Besides team management based game play, Reliance is also set to launch a series of exciting cricket themed games covering genres like casual, puzzle and real action for this IPL season. Customers can download these games from App Store & Google Play free of cost. Khanduja said, “We are excited to be the official gaming partners for Gujarat Lions & Intex. Cricket lends itself to amazing player experiences & infinite potential for game design since fans adore their cricketers and the sport itself. “With our new series of fun IPL games, we plan to enhance cricket enthusiasts gaming experience both on the field and now on their smart phones and new Intex devices.” Vineet Singh, VAS Head, IntexTechnolgies (India) Ltd. said, “We are delighted to announce Reliance Games as our official gaming partner. Reliance Games has an incredible team with some amazing ideas for games for the Gujarat team.” PTI ATK PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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HCC Embedded validates SafeFTL for Micron Automotive SPI NAND Flash

first_imgHCC Embedded announced that its failsafe flash translation layer (SafeFTL) has been tested and verified for the entire range of automotive-grade SPI NAND flash memory products from Micron Technology. Automotive designers integrating Micron SPI NAND flash into automotive systems can use HCC’s SafeFTL to ensure the reliable storage of data to the NAND flash.HCC tested Micron’s 1Gb, 2Gb, 4Gb, and 8Gb flash devices with both 1.8V and 3.3V interfaces. These devices operate across a temperature range of -40°C to +105°C. To test the memory devices, HCC mounted them on a Secure Digital (SD) form factor board for an easy, straightforward interface to development boards with SD card slot support for SPI communication.SafeFTL is designed for integration with any embedded system, independent of RTOS, to allow an array of NAND flash devices (or a single device) to be seen as a dependable logical array of sectors by the host application. This is typically, but not necessarily, a file system. When used in combination with HCC’s various failsafe file systems, a complete and reliable storage solution can be presented to automotive applications.Further, using HCC’s deterministic SafeFTL, the operations on the flash can be managed by the host system to guarantee deterministic execution time such that there are no unexpected stalls when managing the NAND flash.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous EKF: quad PCI Express Mini Card carrierNext Kontron: COM Express module with AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoClast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Coach Sampaoli gutted after Argentina fail Lionel Messi

first_imgArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli was gutted after crashing out of the FIFA World Cup 2018 following a 3-4 defeat to France at the Kazan Arena on Saturday. Lionel Messi was largely ineffective as the 2014 World Cup runners-up bowed out in a thrilling encounter.Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four minutes to send a youthful France charging into the World Cup quarter-finals. Messi’s Argentina, who were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland, lost to a rampant Croatia 3-0 and squeezed past Nigeria 2-1 to enter the round of 16, will go back home utterly disappointed.Sampaoli’s tactics were questioned throughout the tournament and reports of a rift in the Argentina dressing-room made matters more difficult for La Albicelestes.”This is very painful, especially because the players have made a huge effort. It was a very difficult game but we have not achieved our goal here in Russia,” Sampaoli said after Argentina’s exit. “I am sad, I’m frustrated – I think that’s quite normal. For me, the fact of being here and being able to be where means I won’t decide my future today.”French hero Kylian Mbappe flattered with Pele comparisonsMoreover, Sampaoli expressed regret his players could not create enough opportunities for Messi. The 31-year-old missed a penalty against Iceland and scored only once in the failed World Cup campaign.”I think that we adapted to necessity, rather than having a clear idea. We had a clear need and we had to win, that was our main goal. That was maybe stronger than our football concept. We have the best player in the world and we had to try to create collective situations to really use that player who can have many brilliant moments.”advertisementMATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”We tried many different tactics, surround him, create space for him, so we tried to use everything we had to allow him to do what he can do. Sometimes we managed it, sometimes we didn’t.”[The players] fought until the end and they nearly equalised at the end and that’s what I really, really value. They worked very hard and I want to say thank you.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEOn Saturday, Messi provided assists for two goals but he was otherwise subdued in the “false nine” role and his fourth, and possibly final, crack at winning the World Cup was destined to end in disappointment.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Leicester’s Fousseni Diabaté quick to end Peterborough’s FA Cup dream

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Peterborough 1-5 Leicester City: FA Cup fourth round – as it happened The team Puel sent out still featured two title winners in full-backs Christian Fuchs and Danny Simpson and also £50m of summer recruits in the shape of André Silva and Iheanacho. Alongside Diabaté there was also an opportunity for the England under-20 star Harvey Barnes, but whatever the names on the teamsheet the attitude from the first whistle showed the combination of strength and confidence necessary for the occasion.Diabaté opened the scoring in the ninth minute. After Peterborough misplaced a throw-in Silva seized possession and slid in Diabaté with a blind pass. Surrounded by defenders, Diabaté still had a lot to do but managed it comfortably, spinning past his marker and cushioning the ball into the far side of the net with the outside of his left foot.It was controlled, confident stuff and three minutes later City doubled their lead. Again the home side contributed to their undoing, Chris Forrester giving the ball away in the middle of the park. It was forced forward to Iheanacho on the edge of the box, with options left and right. The Nigerian opted to ignore all of them and, again, a controversial decision was vindicated as he finished low into the net from 25 yards.Iheanacho doubled his tally on the half hour. Demarai Gray and Fuchs enjoyed a sharp exchange of passes that set the full-back free on the left-hand side. The Austrian had time to size up his cross and whipped a beautiful ball to the far post, where Iheanacho volleyed home. Facebook Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Read more Topics Peterborough Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Leicester City The former Manchester City striker has struggled to make an impression in the Leicester first team since joining last summer but he has four goals in his last two Cup games. “I said one month ago we would try to give him some more game time,” Puel said. “He has taken his chance.”A half-time intervention from Grant McCann rallied Peterborough and they pulled back a goal on the hour through Andrew Hughes after a corner. This only served to refocus the visitors. They regained control of the game through the addition of Ndidi and Marc Albrighton to the field and might have scored more before finally closing out the game in the final knockings.Diabaté made it four in the 86th minute, firing into the roof of the net after Jonathan Bond had failed to hold on to Gray’s shot after a long run straight through the Peterborough defence. The scorer then turned provider, cutting in from the right and teeing up Ndidi for his own powerful finish.“We’ve done well to get to this point but we’re under no illusions,” said McCann. “We gifted them two goals and the match was over after 10 minutes. I thought Leicester were outstanding on the day but we were well below par. The big difference for me was the concentration levels in possession; every time they got the ball they had a picture of what to do next. It was a steep learning curve for us, but we’ll take tremendous benefit from today.” match reports The Observer Leicester City have made a happy habit of recruiting talent from the lower reaches of French football in recent years. Fousseni Diabaté, making his debut, suggested he may be the next to follow in the footsteps of N’Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez with a man-of-the-match performance in this comfortable FA Cup victory.Signed for £2m from the Ligue 2 side Gazélec Ajaccio two weeks ago, the 22-year-old started wide right in a Leicester team featuring 10 changes from the side that beat Watford last Saturday. It was a selection that prompted questions of Claude Puel before the match. No one was quibbling by the end, however, and after a brace and an assist the Leicester fans were singing Diabaté’s name.“He played second division in France but I’ve followed him a lot and I thought he could become a good opportunity for Leicester,” Puel said of Diabaté. “I think he has good attributes to play in the Premier League: pace, a good engine. He can make good penetration but also good combinations with his team-mates. It was a good game for him to show his quality and step by step we will see if we can give him some game time in the Premier League.”Kelechi Iheanacho also scored twice, with Wilfred Ndidi rounding off the scoring and Puel was clear the changes he had made had not shown the competition any disrespect. “I am responsible,” he said. “It’s important to keep a good ambition in the Cup, it is an objective for us. But it is also the case that we want to improve the squad, to give them an opportunity to improve. Also to develop young players. Sometimes there’s a risk but for me it’s important to do this.” FA Cup Twitter Share via Email Peterborough’s Danny Lloyd slides into a post as he tries to meet a cross. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Jordan Pickford apologises after mistake leads to Liverpool winner

first_imgThe Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Twitter Divock Origi’s bizarre late winner for Liverpool breaks Everton hearts ‘Not cool, but it happened’: Klopp apologises for celebration after last-gasp Liverpool win – video Share on Pinterest Share via Email Last-gasp derby error ensures away-day blues continue to haunt Everton Liverpool’s manager sprinted across the pitch to embrace Alisson after his free-kick to Trent Alexander-Arnold led to the winning goal. “Immediately after the game I apologised to Marco Silva when we spoke to each other,” said Klopp. “I told him how much I respect his work, because it’s incredible what he has done with that team. They are a really outstanding side. Play Video Liverpool “Derbies are always difficult games but this was completely different to the last few years. What can I say about it? I didn’t want to run. It was not in my plan. I didn’t want to run to Ali, I couldn’t stop obviously. Not cool, but it happened. The more important things happened during the 95 minutes. Again, all my respect for Everton, really good. Both teams delivered a proper fight, a proper derby from the first second.”But Silva, who described Liverpool as “lucky, lucky, lucky”, rejected Klopp’s claim about the apology. “He didn’t apologise to me,” said the Everton manager. “To be honest I didn’t see it, I don’t know what he did. I don’t think he expected anything like that either. It was a lucky way to win but that’s football. I don’t say it was a lack of respect because I didn’t see it. Maybe when I see that moment I can say more about the situation.” newscenter_img Everton Jordan Pickford apologised to Everton fans for the “freak incident” that gifted Liverpool victory in the 96th minute of the Merseyside derby and sent Jürgen Klopp sprinting across the Anfield pitch in celebration. Jürgen Klopp Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content “I just want to say sorry to the Everton fans. I think you could see our progression as a group, the chances we created and the football we played. That’s a positive but what can I do? There is always a case as a goalkeeper if you make an error it will lead to a goal. Unfortunately, it has been me today but I will be ready for Newcastle on Wednesday. We know we held our own against a good Liverpool side for 96 minutes. I will say sorry to the Everton fans again because I know how much it means to them. As players, we know how much it means to us. You make mistakes every now and again. It’s not something you can learn and train and get better from. It’s just a freak incident.” Klopp said he apologised to Marco Silva for his wild reaction to Divock Origi’s dramatic winner – a claim denied by the Everton manager – after the England goalkeeper turned Virgil van Dijk’s miscued volley back into play via his crossbar and on to the Belgium international’s head to score. A close-fought derby had seemed destined for a draw until Pickford’s error allowed Liverpool to return to two points behind leaders Manchester City.Everton’s goalkeeper was devastated but insisted he would react positively. “I think it is the Everton luck when we come to Anfield,” said Pickford. “It was a freak one, really. It had hit the bar twice and I tried to flick it over. The ball spun and as I tried to flick it over, my hand hit the bar. It’s unfortunate but I am strong mentally. 0:38 Share on Facebook Topics Read morelast_img read more

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed banned for four matches after racist comment

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Police investigating after men unfurl ‘It’s OK to be white’ banner at BBL cricket match Share via Email Cricket Share on Facebook “The ICC has a zero-tolerance policy towards conduct of this nature,” Richardson said. “Sarfraz has promptly admitted the offence, was regretful of his actions and has issued a public apology, so these factors were taken into account when determining an appropriate sanction.”The ban means that Sarfraz will miss the remaining two matches of the ODI series – Shoaib Malik will now captain the side – as well as the first two matches of the Twenty20 series to follow.Sarfraz met Phehlukwayo on Friday to apologise for his remarks, which included the Urdu word “kaale”, meaning “black”.Sarfraz posted a picture of the meeting on Twitter, writing: “This morning I apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology and I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology.” Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain of the Pakistan men’s team, has been banned for four matches after he admitted breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-racism code.Sarfraz made comments to South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo – picked up by the stump mic – during Tuesday’s second one-day international in Durban with Sarfraz later meeting the all-rounder and issuing a public apology. The ICC chief executive, David Richardson, said those actions had been taken into consideration when determining the punishment. The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. The ICC added that Sarfraz will now undergo an education programme relating to the offence, while the Pakistan Cricket Board remains unhappy with the decision despite Sarfraz’s apology.“The PCB notes the ICC decision on Sarfraz Ahmed with its utmost disappointment,” a statement said. “PCB had anticipated that the matter had been resolved amicably between the two players and the two boards following Sarfraz Ahmed’s public apologies which were accepted by the player, the board and South Africa cricket team.“The PCB will be pursuing this matter at the ICC forums with the objective to bring reforms to the code, promoting amicable resolutions to issues as opposed to penalties. Having said that, the PCB reiterates its zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments and behaviour.” Though Sarfraz is eligible to return for the final T20 match of the series on 6 February, the PCB also indicated that his tour was over. “In consultation with Sarfraz it has been decided that he will return to Pakistan immediately,” the statement added. “Shoaib Malik will captain the team for the remaining ODIs and T20 internationals of the series, while Mohammad Rizwan has been included in the T20I side.” news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Joe Root bemoans ‘very soft dismissals’ after England’s battering by Windies South Africa cricket team Read more Pakistan cricket team Share on Twitter Topics Read more Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Troy Caine was a Reservoir of Political Historic Knowledge – PM Holness

first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed sadness at the passing of political historian and public commentator Troy Caine. Mr. Caine died yesterday (January 10). Story Highlights In paying tribute to Mr. Caine, Prime Minister Holness described him as an affable, humble man who was knowledgeable about Jamaica’s political history. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed sadness at the passing of political historian and public commentator Troy Caine.Mr. Caine died yesterday (January 10).In paying tribute to Mr. Caine, Prime Minister Holness described him as an affable, humble man who was knowledgeable about Jamaica’s political history.“Troy was a reservoir of political historic knowledge. He was able to easily relate information on Jamaica’s political history seamlessly and in many cases had his own first hand anecdotal perspectives. In addition, he distinguished himself in the area of journalism in researching the politics and culture of Jamaica, often appearing in the print and electronic media as a commentator on current and political issues” said Prime Minister Holness.In 2011, the Government of Jamaica conferred with the Order Distinction in the rank of Officer to Troy Caine, for his contribution to journalism in the field of political history, culture and Jamaican literature.“Troy was also a very talented man. He was an artist, studio manager, advertising copywriter and also designed and produced calligraphic citations. This is a special art and Troy did many excellent ones including that for the late Nelson Mandela when he visited Jamaica in 1991. Jamaica has lost one of its finest citizens who made his contribution to our nation,”Prime Minister Holness expressed condolences to Mr. Caine’s widow Denise and his daughters.last_img read more

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Egypt police tear-gas pro-Morsi protesters

first_imgCairo — Police used tear gas on Friday to disperse supporters of Egypt’s toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi at protests across the country, security officials said.They said protesters torched a police car in the canal city of Suez and another police car was destroyed at Qena in the south.Tear gas grenades were used against Islamists in several Cairo districts after protesters took to the streets for weekly pro-Morsi demonstrations. The protests went ahead despite the country being gripped by icy winter weather.Protesters lobbed petrol bombs at the police in the capital, the security officials said.Such demonstrations are regarded as illegal, since they do not conform to a new law requiring organisers to give three days’ notice of a protest.In Fayoum south of Cairo two policemen were wounded by buckshot at a protest, the sources said.Police also intervened in the Nile Delta city of Mahalla police to break up clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi supporters.The pro-Morsi Islamist Anti-Coup Alliance organises the protests demanding Morsi’s reinstatement following his July 3 removal by the military.Since Egypt’s first democratically elected president was ousted after just a year in office, authorities installed by the army have cracked down hard on his supporters.More than 1,000 people, most of them pro-Morsi, have been killed and thousands of Islamists have been arrested since the crackdown began in mid-August.last_img read more

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Robert De Niro Says Donald Trump is ‘Blatantly Stupid’

Rabat – After being told to give a neutral speech encouraging US citizens to vote, De Niro did the opposite and unleashed much criticism of Donald Trump.In a video posted online, the film legend uses a series of insults to describe the Republican candidate.“I mean he’s so blatantly stupid,” says De Niro in the video, which has already gained over half a million views on Facebook. The 73-year-old actor also added that Trump is “an idiot” “who doesn’t know what he is talking about.”He then goes onto express his anger and concern that Trump enjoys such a great following.De Niro ends with his vision for the future and encourages people to make the right decision when voting for the next President of the US.Presidential elections are set to be held next month in the US, with the main contending candidates being Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. read more

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Halton Police investigate violent robbery in Burlington

Halton Regional Police are investigating a violent daytime robbery of a store in Burlington.Officers were called to the Rogers store on Appleby Line around 4 p.m. on Sept. 4.Police say two masked men entered the store. One of them had a handgun.The three employees and four customers inside the store were ordered to lay on the ground.One of the men broke into the store’s safe.A number of cellphones were also taken.At some point, one of the employees was hit in the head with the handgun.Police say they have only limited suspect descriptions:Two black men wearing hoodies, dark pants and running shoes read more

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UN relief office gathers data on possible aid needs after quake in

“There appears to be some damage but the extent still remains unknown,” Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said of the quake which was felt in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.”While additional information is still being sought regarding the situation on the ground, there are concerns of poisonous gas emissions from the ground of the lake,” OCHA added. “There are also fears of the possibility that the quake might have caused landslides.”OCHA’s main office in Geneva is staying in contact with the regional and field offices in the affected countries. read more

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Texans look to build on big rushing performance

HOUSTON — The Texans set a team record by running for 281 yards in beating Tennessee.Now they will try to keep their running game going against Cleveland when they attempt to extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games.Houston’s big rushing performance came thanks in large part to the performance of Lamar Miller, who ran for a season-high 162 yards. His night was highlighted by a franchise-long 97-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.Coach Bill O’Brien has always talked glowingly about Miller’s work and enjoyed watching him break away for that run.“Lamar turned it on,” he said. “He got out in the open, did a great job. Lamar has been a great pro for us since the day he walked in here. So it was nice to see him be able to get that type of run.”Though the Texans have a talented passing game led by quarterback Deshaun Watson and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, O’Brien believes the key to success is being able to run the ball effectively.“In the end, we’ve got to — our football team, based on what we preach and the type of guys we try to bring in here — we want to be a physically tough, smart football team,” he said. “We feel like we have to be able to stop the run and we feel like we have to be able to run the ball.”The Texans have run the ball well all year and rank fourth in the NFL by averaging 136.5 yards rushing. Just as it was on Monday night, their success has been because of the play of Miller.The 27-year-old, who is in his third season with the Texans, has three 100-yard rushing games this season after not running for more than 75 yards in a game last year. He ranks eighth in the NFL with 773 yards rushing and is averaging 4.9 yards a carry. His long touchdown on Monday made him the only player in NFL history to have two TD runs of 95 yards or longer after he also had a 97-yard touchdown run in 2014 while with the Dolphins.Houston hasn’t had a rushing performance like his in several years. It was the first time a Texans’ running back had rushed for 150 yards or more with a touchdown since franchise-leading rusher Arian Foster did it in 2014.Watson said when Miller is rolling, it makes everything easier.“It just opens up the whole offence,” Watson said. “The safeties get aggressive. The defence has to show what their hand is … our offensive line and the running backs set (up) the run game and open up the pass game.”Houston’s running game was also helped on Monday by Watson’s scrambling. The speedy quarterback ran for a career-high 70 yards with a 15-yard touchdown after not running for more than 35 yards in the first 10 games.The Texans stayed away from designed running plays for Watson over the past few weeks as he recovered from lung and rib injuries.Though Watson denied that his health had anything to do with limiting such plays in past weeks, it was clear by the way he moved on Monday night that he was far healthier than he had been earlier this season.Watson, who ran for 1,934 yards and 26 touchdowns in three seasons at Clemson, delighted in his rushing performance on Monday night and said fans could expect more such outings in the future.“The opportunity came and I took advantage of it,” he said. “I just got to go out there and continue to try to pick our spots in those situations. But, you never know when I’m going to keep the ball.”Houston’s other running back on the active roster is Alfred Blue, who has 392 yards rushing and has proven to be a good option when Miller needs a break.The Texans’ running game could get a boost soon if D’Onta Foreman is able to return after missing all season after rupturing his Achilles tendon last November.Foreman, who won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top collegiate running back in 2016 at Texas, returned to practice earlier this month but isn’t quite ready to play.“Foreman’s doing better,” O’Brien said. “I don’t think he’s all the way back, though. I really don’t … so we’ll see how it looks this week again. We’ll make a good decision No. 1, based on him — the player and where he’s at — then secondly, based on the team.”___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLKristie Rieken, The Associated Press read more

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Slobodan Pavic to Crvena zvezda

← Previous Story Women’s U19 EURO 2011: Serbia and Austria the biggest surprises in the semi-final Next Story → Peter Henriksen retires HC Crvena zvezdaSLobodan Pavic Serbian vice-champion, Crvena zvezda Beograd found 11th player to strentgh squad for the upcoming season.  He is Slobodan Pavic (19), right wing of Serbian Youth national team, currently playing at the World Championship in Argentina. Young Pavic coming from another Superliga’s team, HC Smederevo and in Belgrade will stay next three seasons.He had already three appearances for the “A” National team. read more

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Family pay tribute to son who died after being swept away in

first_imgFamily pay tribute to son who died after being swept away in Antrim river The alarm was raised at 1pm yesterday afternoon, and a major rescue operation was launched. Updated at 4.20pmA FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY who died after being swept away by a river in Antrim yesterday has been named as Kayden Fleck.A rescue operation was launched after Kayden entered the River Braid near Ballymena. The alarm was raised just after 1pm yesterday afternoon.PSNI officers managed to take the child from the river around six kilometres downstream, and he was immediately airlifted to hospital.Kayden’s parents, Darrel and Leanne Fleck have described their “happy-go-lucky” son as “your average wee boy” who “just melted your heart”.Darrel and Leanne described Kayden and his twin brother, Jayden, as the “two musketeers”. Kayden (pictured on the right) with his twin, Jayden. Source: PSNIThe local Harryville Primary School said on Facebook: “Please remember the McGowan family in your thoughts and prayers at this very sad time as they mourn the loss of wee Kayden. A young child pulled from the Braid river in Ballymena earlier today has passed away in hospital. pic.twitter.com/372ouNPO6a— PSNI (@PoliceServiceNI) February 10, 2018 The whole school community is remembering you at this sad time. Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 4:18 PM 36 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3845955 Share162 Tweet Email Image: PSNI The management and volunteers of the Community Rescue Service extend their deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the family of the young boy at this tragic time.PSNI Inspector Shaf Ali said: “I would like to take everyone involved in the search effort and extend my sincerest condolences to the family at this time.” Short URLcenter_img 46,549 Views By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article In a statement released today, Kayden’s family thanked the agencies who were involved in the search and rescue operation, and said they were grateful for the community for the support they have been afforded.- with reporting from Gráinne Ní AodhaRead: Extra staff planned for Irish Rail trains to help deal with seating issuesRead: Dozens of developers are fighting to keep their lands off the vacant sites list Feb 11th 2018, 9:19 AM Source: PSNI/Twitter Teams from the Community Rescue Service and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue services assisted in trying to locate and rescue the boy from the fast-flowing river.The Community Rescue Service said: “It is with great sadness that we learned that despite the best efforts of everyone involved the youngster lost his fight for life. The family of Kayden Fleck have described him as a boy “who just melted your heart”. Image: PSNI The family of Kayden Fleck have described him as a boy “who just melted your heart”. last_img read more

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Online games mean young children are being cyberbullied long before they get

first_img CHILDREN CAN BE cyberbullied long before they get their own phone or set up social media accounts.New research shows that 14% of primary school children and 10% of post-primary school children have been cyberbullied.The National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at Dublin City University found that new apps and social media platforms are coming on the market all the time and are targeting children as young as nine years of age.Dr James O’Higgins Norman, director of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at DCU, told TheJournal.ie that children as young as nine are being bullied online and that it can happen long before they get a phone. Feb 6th 2017, 10:51 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/MNStudio Online games mean young children are being cyberbullied long before they get a phone New research shows that more than one in 10 school children have been cyberbullied. Image: Shutterstock/MNStudio http://jrnl.ie/3224737 20 Comments center_img By Cliodhna Russell To live now is to be online and children have access to being online long before they get a phone.“How many times do we see parents handing iPads to young children so they can play a game?”O’Higgins Norman said some of those games are live online games where they’re playing with other children.He said, “A lot of cyberbullying is associated with those kinds of games”.The director also described how children can be very reluctant to tell their parents about the bullying because they’re worried that their internet access will be taken away.Advice for parentsO’Higgins Norman has three pieces of advice for concerned parents.The first is to create a non-judgmental relationship with your child about this issue so the child feels they can talk freely without getting in trouble and without their internet access being taken away.He also recommends parents they familiarise themselves with the social media channels their children are using so they are aware of the dangers.Finally, he said parents need to model good behaviours.“Parents who are firing up photos shouldn’t be surprised if young people follow that behaviour”, he added that children “don’t realise the implications of sharing information online”.Read: Ireland’s waiting lists: ‘All she needs is surgery and she can start her life but she doesn’t have a date’> Short URL 8,113 Views Monday 6 Feb 2017, 10:51 AM Share12 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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