first_imgICFOSS to shift operations from Technopark to Sports facilties Ltd Thiruvananthapuram, June 20 (PTI): International Centrefor Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), a nodal agencyconcentrating on free software development, is shifting itsworkspace from Technopark to the Sports Facilities limitedhere and expects to start its operations by January next. ICFOSS, which will occupy about 30,000 square feet space,will house technology incubators and start ups at thefacility, and aims to create more opportunities for buddingentrepreneurs. The operations will start by January, 2019, a pressrelease from the Sports facilities ltd said. The agreement of ICFOSS and Sports Facilities, also knownas Sports Hub, was exchanged in the presence of Kerala ChiefMinister, Pinarayi Vijayan this evening. Ajay Padmanabhan, Chief Operating Offier,Sports Faciltiesltd, handed over the signed agreement to Jayasankar Prasad,Director, ICFOSS. The Sports Hub, recepient of four awards, including theDavid Vickers Award for New Stadium Venue of the Year 2016(International), is the new benchmark in sports infrastructurein India.Built in over 37 acres, the facility integrates sport,recreation and leisure. Developed by IL&FS group in PPP with the stategovernment, the facility comprises a 50,000 capacitystate-of-the-art cricket-cum-football stadium. PTI UD APRRBS RBS RBSlast_img read more

Harmanpreet Kaur may lose Punjab police’s DSP rank over fake degree

first_imgIndian Women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur could be demoted to the rank of constable from the position of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) after her graduation degree was found to be “fake” by Punjab Police.The vice-captain of women’s ODI was appointed as DSP in March this year on the basis of her sporting credentials.”As her graduation degree was found to be fake, Harmanpreet’s qualification can now be treated as Class XII. So she can be given the post of constable which matches her educational qualification,” said a senior government official.The government, however, is yet to take a final decision as the home department has sought comments from the director general of police on this matter.”The file (pertaining to Harmanpreet) has been sent to the DGP office for his comments,” a senior official of the Home Department said.According to the service rules, a candidate has to be a graduate for the post of DSP in Punjab.The Punjab police during verification of Harmanpreet’s testimonials had found her graduation degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU), Meerut, as “fake”.Harmanpreet who had come to Mohali on July 3 for an event had told media, “I am aware of it (controversy), the government is taking care of that. I am hoping for a positive response.”Harmanpreet’s father Harmandar Singh had earlier claimed that the testimonials of his daughter were “genuine”.He had claimed that his daughter got the job of office superintendent at the Western Railway on the basis of the graduation degree.advertisementIndian women’s T20 captain was appointed a DSP Punjab police in March this year. The Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had offered the post of DSP to Harmanpreet in July last year, following her scintillating performance in the Women’s World Cup 2017.Harmanpreet was earlier employed with the Indian Railways but was relieved from her duties earlier this year after she put in a request to join Punjab police.The Punjab government had also taken up the matter with the Railway Ministry to waive the bond condition and allow Harmanpreet, who is a native of Moga, to join as a DSP in Punjab Police from March 1.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

China’s Sun wins first gold medal of Asian Games

first_imgJakarta, Aug 19 (AFP) Chinese wushu athlete Sun Peiyuan won the first gold medal of the Asian Games as the Olympic heavyweights made a fast start in their quest to top the medals table today. Sun, 28, scored 9.75 to win the men’s changquan category of the Chinese martial art, denying hosts Indonesia the Games’ opening title as he edged Edgar Xavier Marvelo into second place. China snared 151 gold medals at the 2014 Games in Incheon, nearly double the total of home nation South Korea, as they extended their record of topping the table at each edition of the regional Olympics since 1982. Taiwan’s Tsai Tsemin took the first bronze of the Games as the two-week, 40-sport competition got underway in Jakarta and Palembang, a port city on Sumatra island. (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

Rishabh Pant joins Tamhane and Kiran More in elite list on Test debut

first_imgRishabh Pant has marked his Test debut at Trent Bridge in style. First, he became the first Indian to open his account in red-ball cricket with a six and on Sunday, he became the fourth Indian to take five catches on his first Test match for the country.Before him, Naren Tamhane (vs Pakistan in 1955), Kiran More (vs England in 1986) and Naman Ojha (vs Sri Lanka in 2015) took five catches on their Test debuts.Pant, who became India’s 291st Test player, took the catches of Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid to complete his five catches in the first innings as England were bowled out for 161 in reply to India’s total of 329 in the first innings.He can also hold the record of most catches on Test debut if he can hold onto three more in the entire match. Australia’s Peter Nevill, Brian Taber, England’s Chris Read and Alan Knott and Sri Lankas Chamara Dunusinghe all have seven catches on debut.He is also the first Asian wicket-keeper to take five catches in an innings on Test debut.Pant, who replaced Dinesh Karthik impressed everyone with his intent and aggressive batting, when he came onto bat during India’s innings. Pant slapped a six on the second ball of his innings, when he hammered Adil Rashid over his head for a maximum to open his scoring in Tests. Rishabh Pant smashed a six in his second ball in Test cricket (Reuters Photo)Pant became the 12th batsman overall to do so after Eric Freeman, Carlisle Best, Keith Dabengwa, Dale Richards, Shafiul Islam, Jahurul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mark Craig, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Sunil Ambris.advertisementHe however, couldn’t get a big score and was out for a 51-ball 24. He was India’s first wicket to fall day two of the third Test.Earlier, Pant came into the side after Karthik picked up an injury. However, with Karthik’s form also being bad, his inclusion didn’t come as a surprise.Karthik has managed scores of 0, 20, 1, 0 from four innings and has failed to impress behind the stumps as well. Karthik also injured his finger during the second Test at Lord’s and has failed to recover from it yet. Thus, paving the way for the swashbuckling Pant to make his debut in the longest format of the game.Pant has only played 23 first-class matches and his international experience is limited to four T20Is. However, he can take comfort in his impressive outing in England with the India ‘A’ team in July this year.In two first-class matches, Pant scored 189 runs at an average of 67 and score two fifties in two innings in the match against England A. The other match was played against West Indies A.Also read – Virat Kohli fires Team India up before 3rd Test: Only option is to winPrior to his success in England, Pant smashed 684 runs from 14 matches for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018, hitting one century and eight fifties in the process.Karthik’s work behind the stumps has also not been good and therefore, a brilliant peformance from the 20-year-old will only boost his confidence.last_img read more

Every game is a final, says Jamshedpur coach

first_imgJamshedpur, Oct 28 (IANS) Two unbeaten sides, Jamshedpur FC and Kerala Blasters, take on each other on Monday at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in the Indian Super League (ISL) here on Monday.The teams are yet to lose a game this season but have just a win to show for their efforts. While the home team have played out three successive draws after their win over Mumbai City in the opener, the visitors have been involved in two draws after winning their opener against ATK. Jamshedpur FC, with a possession-based style of play, have dominated games but their failure to convert chances and a lack of accuracy in shooting has contributed to their plight. The fact that star striker Tim Cahill is yet to attain match fitness could be an issue for coach Cesar Ferrando. The Australian will play a part at some point against Kerala and the Men of Steel will look to him to provide some inspiration up front. Defensively, they have looked good with Tiri marshalling the backline commendably. Mario Arques and Memo will be looking to dominate Kerala in midfield and set the tempo for Ferrando’s side. Youngster Mobashir Rahman is still injured for Jamshedpur and Ferrando will have to make do without him.”In international leagues, there are 38 matches. But here (we have) 18 matches and so every game is like final. For me, tomorrow’s match is a final,” said Ferrando.Kerala Blasters have played only three games so far but have not impressed since their 2-0 win over ATK in the season opener. Like their Monday’s opponents, Kerala conceded late equalisers. While he will want the strikers to score more, maintaining the team’s concentration levels throughout the 90 minutes will be high on coach David James’ mind. The Englishman has never gone in with a full quota of foreign players this season, instead opting to give youngsters like Mohammed Rakip and Sahal Abdul Samad opportunities. They have done well so far. The former England goalkeeper will be hoping their encouraging performances continue against Jamshedpur as well.The good news for James is that Anas Edathodika is back in contention for a start after serving his three game suspension. “Anas sitting next to me is available for once and it puts a different perspective on team selection. It makes the whole group much more competitive. As a coach, what you want is everybody fighting for a place,” said James.–IANSgau/mradvertisementlast_img read more

Imran Tahir celebrates after taking catch, then realises it was a no-ball

first_imgSouth Africa’s tour of Australia started poorly with a four-wicket loss to Prime Minister’s XI that had just three players with international experience. Imran Tahir ws one them, but the outing ended up brining embarrassment.On Wednesday, Tahir did something he will neither want to recall in the future nor be able to forget in hurry. In the sixth of PM XI’s chase, Josh Philippe pulled Kagiso Rabada which ended up landing straight in the hands of Tahir who was fielding at deep fine leg. Tahir completed the catch quite easily and then went to celebrate the dismissal by pointing to his name on his back for the crowd, who had been heckling him throughout the match.But unfortunately for the South African bowler, what he didn’t realise is that it was a no ball and hence the catch meant nothing. Bu the time he was aware what was happening and threw the ball back, the Australian batsmen had managed to sneak in an extra run.”What is he doing down there,” asked one of the commentators, while the other said, “Did not hear the no-ball call.””What is he doing down there,” asked one of the commentators as the other chuckled seeing the celebration and said, “Did not hear the no-ball call.””Is he dying down there? He was too busy looking at the crowd, they’re giving him some stick down there!” said the commentators.”He still doesn’t know what’s happened. This was the catch which was a no-ball, took it nicely, turned around straight away, didn’t really say anything, just pointed to his name, that’s who I am.”advertisementThat was not the only unusual action from the match, as George Bailey’s batting stance became a talking point throughout the world. His unique facing-towards-the-cover batting stance left everyone baffled, including South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who could not stop his giggles while the commentators were left wondering what Bailey was up to.Faf having a cheeky giggle in the slips at Bailey’s extraordinary stance pic.twitter.com/q30H7chZePcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 31, 2018″Faf du Plessis in the second slip is like ‘what’s going on’,” Brett Lee said on air.”He is facing like he’s facing a bowler from third man. It works, it works for him. He’s got to wear thigh pad on the back of his leg, a hamstring thigh pad may be…a hamstring pad,” said Mark Howard, who was on air with Lee.READ – George Bailey’s batting stance leaves South African players in splits”I think we need Mark Waugh, the batting expert here,” Lee said.George seals the win and his half-century in style! #PMXIvSA pic.twitter.com/auT9IFlcBEcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 31, 2018Bailey hit the winning runs in the end as the PM’s XI chased down the 174-run target. South Africa will play Australia in the first ODI of the three-match series in Perth on Sunday.last_img read more

Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes pole position, Sebastian Vettel on second

first_imgFormula One champion Lewis Hamilton continued his good vein of form and got Mercedes their 100th pole position at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished second.Despite being fined and reprimanded for a weighbridge incident, Vettel will be starting alongside Hamilton after a rain-affected session at Interlagos on Saturday.With the pole, Hamilton extended his record to an 82nd pole of his career and it was the 10th of a season, where the Briton has already won the Drivers’ Championship for a fifth time in his career.Mercedes will seal the constructors’ title on Sunday unless Ferrari outscore them by 13 points.Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas, who was on pole in Brazil last year, qualified third with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth on an all-Finnish second row.Also read – There’s something loose between my legs: Vettel’s message on team radio has everyone in splits”That was a tough qualifying session,” gasped a delighted Hamilton, who had never previously managed to take a pole in a season after winning the title with races to spare.”The weather was going up and down and we didn’t really know what to expect. Obviously Ferrari are incredibly quick this weekend.”I didn’t know whether or not I had the pole. The last lap wasn’t that great, if I’m honest. I had a bit of understeer in a few places,” added the Briton, who has five stars and the late Brazilian Ayrton Senna’s design on his helmet.He was the only one to improve on his final flying lap, after earlier securing provisional pole, with a best time of one minute 07.281 seconds — a track record and more than a second quicker than last year’s pole.advertisementAlso read – I feel very humbled by the whole experience: Lewis Hamilton after 5th F1 titleHamilton and Vettel provided the main talking points of the session, with the former fortunate to escape the immediate attention of the stewards after nearly colliding with the Williams of Russian Sergey Sirotkin in the second phase.Raikkonen also had to swerve to avoid him in another incident.Vettel’s summons by the stewards was inevitable after he was called in for weighing at a critical point in the second phase with rain threatening, making it crucial to get in an early timed lap.With a cone barring access to the weighbridge, he drove into it and then gesticulated angrily for officials to hurry up, before driving off again in a breach of the regulations.The governing FIA said that by keeping the engine running he had made it hard to get a stable result and by driving off rather than being pushed he had also ‘destroyed’ their equipment.Also read – Vietnam to join Formula One Calendar from April 2020″They shouldn’t call us when the conditions are changing like that, I think it’s unfair if somebody gets pulled in. I wanted them to hurry up,” said Vettel.Stewards handed the four-time world champion a reprimand for failing to follow instructions, his first of the season, and a 25,000 euros ($28,335.00) fine.Before the summons, it looked like Ferrari had pulled off a tactical masterstroke as the only team into the final phase on soft tyres, rather than the faster but quicker-wearing super-soft, giving them a potential advantage at the race start.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fifth with Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo sixth but dropping five places due to a penalty for having a turbocharger replaced.That will lift Sauber pairing Marcus Ericsson and Ferrari-bound Charles Leclerc to sixth and seventh, the latter producing a phenomenal lap to get into the final phase in tricky conditions with time running out.Haas’s Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will start eighth and 10th respectively with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly sandwiched in between.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Regular checkups for national footballers as they train in Delhi smog

first_imgThe Indian national football team is taking specific measures to curb the severe pollution levels in the national capital.Coach Stephen Constantine and a 30-man probable squad landed here on Monday to begin their preparatory camp for a friendly match against Jordan on November 17. The Indian team will train at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium for three days before flying to Amman on Thursday.The extreme smog condition in Delhi has given rise to serious health issues and to ensure the players remain fit, team doctors have arranged for a special screening at 9am every day.”Our team doctor and physio Danny bhai hold meeting in the morning where everything is checked, right from muscle weakness, injuries and if any player is hit by dehydration,” defender Nishu Kumar told Mail Today ahead of the first practice session on Monday. “We have been asked to remain hydrated but no special training or nutrition has been suggested so far.”The 23-year-old said the players do feel the pollution levels in the Capital but are adjusting to it.”We have to adjust to it (pollution), to be honest. We feel the pollution but we are keeping up with it and our team physio and doctors are ensuring that we remain fit for the friendly match,” he added.India will miss the services of their star striker and captain Sunil Chhetri, who has been ruled out of the tie due to an injury. Chhetri, 33, suffered an ankle injury during Bengaluru FC’s encounter against Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League and will remain on the sidelines for two weeks, according to national team physio Gigy George.advertisementAsked about Chhetri’s absence, Nishu explained that the team will focus on getting a win without their captain as there are others to fill his big boots.”The team played well in China last time and against Jordan, we want to keep that momentum. I wasn’t part of the team that played in China but I hope to play a part in Amman. Sunil bhai has an obvious presence but we have other players too, who know their job well. I think matches like this will be good to test our team before the AFC Asian Cup next year,” he said.Nishu concluded by saying that the players are working hard with their respective football clubs in a bid to get the nod for the continental tournament in UAE come January.last_img read more

Steve Smith disappointed as ball-tampering ban continues: Pat Cummins

first_imgAustralia pacer Pat Cummins has revealed his former skipper Steve Smith’s state of mind after an unsuccessful bid from Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to get his ban reduced.Cummins said that Smith has steered clear of all the speculations in the lead up to the review conducted by Cricket Australia (CA) earlier this week but insisted the 29-year-old is pretty disappointed over not getting an early reprieve from the ball-tampering punishment.Smith, along with former vice-captain David Warner were handed one-year bans by CA following their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test during Australia’s tour of South Africa earlier this year.Cameron Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban and he can return to the highest level in December but the two superstar cricketers have to wait until the last week of March 2019 to start playing for their state and the international teams.Also read: Australia still a good side, says Brisbane T20 hero Marcus StoinisHowever, there was a ray of hope when ACA, which had been maintaining the punishments were swift and harsh, pushed to allow them to play first-class cricket immediately.The players’ union submission came at a time when a culture review when a culture review of Cricket Australia opined that cricket body had been arrogant and controlling.Nonetheless, the Cricket Australia, after reviewing ACA’s submission, maintained that it is not appropriate to make changes to the sanctions handed to Smith, Warner, and Bancroft.”I think he’s pretty disappointed. I think he was hopeful of that getting lifted. But to be honest I think he’s just over it all the speculation and talk. He’s just over it. He wants to play some cricket,” Cummins told cricket.com.au.advertisement”There’s some good T20 comps around the world coming up that hopefully he’ll go and play. I think he’s sick of all the talk. He said he’s in a really good place. He’s happy, he’s playing obviously he’d love to be playing the Tests and everything else coming up. But he’s just ready to get over it.”Also read: Virat Kohli not underestimating Australia without Steve Smith and David WarnerThe trio is not going to be part of the Australian squad for the upcoming four-Test series against India, who are being considered favourites following the Australian biggies’ absence.Hopeful of returning to the international fold before the Cricket World Cup and next year’s Ashes, Smith and Warner have been playing T20 tournaments across the globe and club-level cricket in Sydney.Smith had played Canada’s Global T20 and the Caribbean Premier League earlier this year. He is all set to feature in the fourth season of Pakistan Super League (PSL).Despite the controversy surrounding the former Australian captain, he was among the top two picks in the PSL draft. Smith was picked up by an unnamed sixth franchise in the Platinum category that will see him earn more than USD 160,000 in the month-long tournament which will be played between February 14 and March 17.Also Watchlast_img read more

Hyundai Santro First Drive Review: The quintessential small car

first_imgNearly two decades back Hyundai began their Indian innings with a small hatchback called the Santro. This little car eventually turned around the fortunes of Hyundai in India and made it a household name. Over the course of time, the Santro changed and became the Santro Xing. With the advent of the Hyundai i10, sales of the Santro Xing started dwindling. It had become old in comparison and Hyundai pulled the plug to this ever popular brand name. But in 2018, Hyundai has decided to bring the brand name back. But let us begin by saying that apart from the brand name, there is nothing common between the older cars and this new 2018 version. The new Santro is based on the K1 platform and is longer and wider than before. However, as compared to the original ‘Tallboy’, this new hatch is 30mm lower. Suspension duties are taken care of by McPherson Struts up front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the back. On the looks front, the new Santro sure looks quirky. The cascading grille takes up generous space on the front bumper and it also houses rather large fog lamps. In profile, the Santro looks quite a bit like a ‘Tallboy.’ Top of the line Sport and Asta variants get 14in steel wheels while the rest are shod on 13in tires. There are no alloy wheels available even as an option. At the back, the tailgate comes with a design line much in sync with the Grand i10 and the tail lights are large and clear to view. Top of the line variants also get a rear wash and wipe function as well as a parking sensor and camera.advertisement Hyundai has become a company which loves to load up their cars with best in class features and the Santro has got the same treatment. The dash looks smart and the quality of plastic and switchgear are excellent. The top variants also come with a 7in touchscreen infotainment system which features Apple and Android support systems apart from Bluetooth connectivity. If you notice, our car here comes with funky color coordinated accents across the cabin and this is a feature you will get if you opt for this quirky shade of green! The instrument panel is also loaded and offers quite a lot of data including fuel efficiency etc. Then there is a tacho too. Hyundai is also offering electrically adjustable ORVMs on top variants. However, the AMT version we are driving surprisingly does not get a reversing camera. The power window switches are placed on the gear stick console and are easy to reach. The steering too gets controls for audio and telephony. There are plenty of cubby holes around the cabin to store stuff and that is a great thing. The seats are comfortable and offer generous support. Space is found aplenty both up front and at the back. The window lines are pretty low and this means rear passengers won’t feel claustrophobic. Rear passengers also get their very own AC vent at the back. The only drawback we found was that the B-pillar is too close to the seat and this means one has to turn around first to step out of the hatch. The boot is decent in size and can be opened from the cabin and by using the key. The Santro is available with a 4-cylinder, 1.1-liter petrol engine which offers 69bhp and 99Nm of torque. Hyundai claims a fuel economy of 20.3kmpl and that’s quite a lot we must say. Then there is a CNG variant available as well which is slightly less powerful. The petrol variant can be had with a 5-speed manual transmission or an AMT. This is the first time Hyundai has offered an AMT and quite a lot rides on it. The AMT box comes with electric motor driven clutch actuators, gear shift and select operation and Hyundai claim that this makes the shifts seamless. To try out what they were claiming we got our hands on the AMT version on this drive. The engine feels pretty refined at idle. There is ample grunt in this four-pot motor to get up to high speeds and by that we mean an indicated 140kmph. Even at such high speeds noise levels and vibrations are kept well under control. However, it is the AMT gearbox which is the star of this show. The box shifts through the cogs smoothly and with a light foot, shifts happen at around 2,000rpm. However, keep your foot pinned and the shifts are held till 4,000rpm. This means that overtaking on the go is a breeze and there is no jerks felt. In manual mode too the gearbox shifts down relatively quickly and this makes driving the new Santro fun. The manual gearbox version at the same time is surely faster as gear changes are done manually. The box is slick and clutches light. A perfect combination for city driving.advertisement The Santro also sports a taught suspension set up. The car handles bumps and ruts with ease and little is felt within the cabin. This is especially the case when you encounter those tyrant tarmac creases. There is also ample ground clearance on tap and even the biggest humps near Konark couldn’t touch the underbelly of the Santro. The steering is set to light in true Hyundai guise. Driving in the city is a breeze and making three-point turns even easier. However, at high speeds, you do feel the need for a little more feedback. VerdictThe 2018 Santro, to begin with, has nothing to do with the original Santro launched decades back. However, traits like generous interior space, quirky design and loads of features remain same. While there is ABS and driver side airbag standard across all variants, we would have loved to see two airbags as standard instead of one. The engine is smooth and the AMT box excellent. So put together the new Santro is a proper all-rounder.last_img read more

Sir Alastair Cook: Former England captain knighted in Queen’s New Year Honours list

first_imgBritain has recognised its sporting stars in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list with a knighthood for cricketer Alastair Cook, and awards for Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, England soccer boss Gareth Southgate and his captain Harry Kane.Former England captain Cook, 34, who retired from international cricket this year, was his country’s most-capped Test player and record Test run scorer.Welsh cyclist Thomas, 32, has won three world championships and two Olympic gold medals along with this year’s Tour de France, while the honours for Southgate and Kane follow England’s World Cup run in Russia this Summer in which the team finished fourth, their best result since victory in 1966.The awards also include a damehood for model Lesley Lawson, better known as Twiggy, one of the defining faces of the swinging 1960s.Two members of the team who rescued 12 junior footballers and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand, Richard Stanton and John Volanthen, received the George Medal for gallantry.A knighthood goes to writer Philip Pullman, whose books include the “His Dark Materials” trilogy, while “Gruffalo” children’s author Julia Donaldson, 70, is awarded a CBE.CBEs also go to Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, 31, and actress Sophie Okonedo, 50.The New Year’s honours have been awarded since Queen Victoria’s reign in the 19th century and aim to recognise not just well-known figures but those who have contributed to national life through often selfless and unsung contributions over many years.In that spirit, an OBE for fighting gun and knife crime goes to Mark Prince, 49, whose son Kiyan was fatally stabbed outside his school aged 15 in May 2006, while 28-year-old Stephen Addison who set up boxing classes to channel young people’s energy away from crime is awarded the BEM.advertisementThe biannual honours list is released on the Queen’s official birthday in June and at the end of each yearlast_img read more

Surgical Strike 2: It was dark, says Pakistan Defence Minister on PAF role. Internet trolls him apart

first_imgPakistan Defence Minister Pervez Khattak is right in the middle of a Twitter storm after his press conference on the Indian Air Force’s airstrike in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The minister is being trolled left, right and centre on Twitter after a clip from his presser went viral on the micro-blogging platform.The minister was asked a question on why the Indian fighter jets were not brought down by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Khattak’s response to the question was, “Our air force was ready but since it was dark they could not assess the damage so they waited and now there is clear direction that if there is any other similar attack we will respond adequately.”On February 26, the Indian Air Force struck deep within Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and eliminated training camps of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). The pre-dawn strike was conducted by 12 Mirage 2000 jets of the Indian Air Force, in retaliation to Jaish’s attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy on February 14, an incident that took the lives of 40 CRPF jawans.Pakistan’s Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, in a joint press conference with the country’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Finance Minister Asad Umar, spoke about the Indian Air Force attack.After Khattak’s explanation that the Pakistan Air Force could not shoot down the Indian Air Force fighter jets because ‘it was dark’, Qureshi jumped to his defence saying, “May I just add. The Pakistan Air Force was already airborne. We were ready for all eventualities.”advertisementThe clip from the presser was shared widely on social media on Tuesday.”This is the Defence minister of Naya Pakistan: “Our air force was ready but it was dark..” Guys, ghabrana nahi hai. #okbye,” wrote Pakistani journalist Naila Inayat.This is the Defence minister of Naya Pakistan: “Our air force was ready but it was dark..” Guys, ghabrana nahi hai. #okbyepic.twitter.com/QqNYU7QoCINaila Inayat (@nailainayat) February 26, 2019Twitter soon followed suit, from both sides of the border.”India se phele China se confirm krlo… Radar diye the tumhe.. Ya fir anteena he pakda diya hai… Baate dekho airborne ki kr raha hai..” wrote a Twitter user.Someone else attacked Pervez Khattak, “Pakistani DefMin sounds like old uncle asking for 10 rs near Tea stall.””Angrezi mein bolne se izzat nahi bache gi z aur defence minister ko chavanprash khilao,” read another tweet.When a Twitter user wrote, “Oye defence minister ko kuch khilaaya pilaaya bhi karo !!”, someone responded, “Hehe 7 bn dollar hai unke paas abhi. Saare paise military aur ISI khaa jaate hai, uske upar usme corruption. Tamatar bhi 200 mein bik rahe hai. Electricity nahi. Kuchh dino baad paani bhi nahi rahega.””Is he your defence minister…give him some glucose water please…he need it..” was another tweet targeted at Khattak.MC Sher from Gully Boy makes a cameo here.Bhag bhag bhag sher aaya sher pic.twitter.com/DmitUk6ufcIndian Sports Guy (@indiansportsguy) February 26, 2019Enter PM Narendra Modi: “Modiji next time don’t attack in night. Please wait for sunrise. Be fair.”And Amitabh Bachchan is here too: “When asked what happened, the Pak Defense recited a few words from an Amitabh song from Mr Natwarlal: ‘Ghadi thi, andhera magar sakt tha.'”If Pakistan is being trolled, can tomatoes be left behind? “So cool, they were bombing us, since it was dark we couldn’t see what was happening and by God’s grace we saw that nothing happened in the morning. Now let us all go back and start searching for the tomatoes.””Lol. Hum torch/bulb hi fenk dete !” was another response to Khattak’s words.Bhag bhag bhag sher aaya sher pic.twitter.com/DmitUk6ufcIndian Sports Guy (@indiansportsguy) February 26, 2019This the efficient use of Chinese manufactured goods. It was dark it seems…. Novelty speech.saileashkumar (@saileash) February 26, 2019Hahahahaha pic.twitter.com/YbD7JQOloIVishal Singh (@vishal_singh3) February 26, 2019Totally fiction.2 saal ka baccha bhi convince na ho.Sumit Awana (@Sumit_awana_) February 26, 2019They seem to making things up on the go.Kiran Ahmed (@kiranahmedd) February 26, 2019How’s the khauf..?Pakistan:- High sirAsha Singh (@AshaSin14606972) February 26, 2019On Tuesday, a fan account dedicated to Pakistan Defence faced a similar plight on Twitter after a tweet from the handle went viral for terrible timing. The account, called Pakistan Defence, tweeted at 12.06am on February 26, “Sleep tight because PAF is awake.”The Indian Air Force’s airstrikes in Pakistan were conducted three and a half hours later. Twitter went crazy trolling the Pakistan Defence tweet all through Tuesday.advertisementALSO READ | Surgical Strike 2: 40 best memes, jokes and reactions from IndiaALSO READ | Pak Twitter says sleep tight, PAF is awake. Jaag ke kya ukhaad lia, asks IndiaALSO READ | Ghar mein ghuske maarenge: Surgical Strike 2 brings Uri dialogues back on WhatsAppALSO READ | India strikes back after Pulwama LIVE: IAF destroys terror camps across LoC, Rahul Gandhi salutes pilotsALSO READ | 1000 kg bombs, Mirage 2000 jets: India attacks Pakistan, what we know so farALSO WATCH | Indian air strike across LoC: Pakistan journo tweets videolast_img read more

Capital gains for Delhi

first_imgThe heat is on, literally. With the ambient air temperature hovering around the 43 degree Celsius mark in the Capital and other parts of India also facing the heat, playing cricket is not easy.Yet, as teams in the Indian Premier League start focussing on the business end of the tournament, the heat is literal and figurative. In all, the teams have to play 14 matches in the league stage before separating the wheat from the chaff.And with the weekend derby approaching, Delhi Capitals will be fancying their chances against the once formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Feroze Shah Kotla on Sunday.It has been an interesting journey for both the teams till now. In the past, RCB, led by Virat Kohli, have been favourites on paper, though, this time around, they have failed to click as a unit. Kohli was initially struggling with his own batting form before is now finding the sweet spot.The bigger success story has been the rise of Delhi Capitals. Before the start of the season, when the team underwent changes, there was anticipation as well apprehension. Diehard fans, who have been backing erstwhile Delhi Daredevils, knew that with so many changes taking place in the team – including a change in ownership – there was a lot to look forward to.And they have not been disappointed with Delhi Capitals now third in the points table after having played 11 matches till now. It has been a fairly consistent performance from the side, led by Shreyas Iyer.advertisementAt a time when most of the other IPL teams have heavyweights as captains, Iyer has been focussed on the job and has ensured the team goes about its task in a professional manner. Compared to Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and R.Ashwin, Iyer may not have that halo around him. Yet, to marshal the resources on the field and ensure the team, fires have been good for the captain.The Delhi Capitals batting has looked solid and the best part is there has been no dependence on just one player. There is star power and there are proven performers who have clicked at the right time. If Shikhar Dhawan has shown he can be devastating on his day, then the man who must be feeling ‘left out’, Rishabh Pant, has served ample notice of his explosive talent with a whiz-thud 78 against Rajasthan Royals last week.If Dhawan and Pant, two batsmen who can decimate the rival attack have been playing to potential, the job is still unfinished. Delhi Capitals have to play three more league matches and are looking at topping the table so that they will be placed comfortably in the playoffs.While one has always known Dhawan to be a batsman with enormous potential in breaking down the bowlers, Pant has come under great scrutiny. The experts and armchair critics never minced words when they said Pant needs to curb his strokeplay. Yet, when Pant goes about his demolition job and scores runs, the same critics start singing praise.Delhi Capitals have the potential to do well in future matches as big knocks from Iyer and Prithvi Shaw are also due. Iyer was circumspect while talking to the media on Friday about his team’s chances on Friday ahead of the marquee clash against RCB.If Delhi’s batting has looked solid despite the occasional collapse, in the bowling department, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morrison have bowled with a large heart. For all those who have watched matches at the Kotla, the wicket has been very poor. With no grass on the track and it resembling a runway fit for an aeroplane to land, there has been a low bounce. Perhaps, the home advantage has been used well by Delhi Capitals with Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly quite vocal in backing the youngsters in the side.Delhi would do well to play the way are till now and not get defensive at this stage. For a team to undergo a big shakeup and come together with new players has been impressive.At a time when the IPL is being held at the same time as the general elections, it is good matches are being held on the prescribed old home-and-away format. There is great interest in both elections and the IPL, with one former captain also entering the fray — Gautam Gambhir.Controversies have been part and parcel of the IPL and even today, R.Ashwin “Mankading” Jos Butler is being debated. At a time when Ashwin may not have found too many supporters from fellow cricketers in India, the Kings XI Punjab skipper has been fully backed by well-known umpire Simon Taufel in a well-articulated column in a cricket website.advertisementThe sport needs characters who can stir the spot. So, be it Ashwin involved in a controversy or MS Dhoni entering the field and arguing with the umpires, the IPL is all about club cricket being played at a fever pitch!last_img read more

Shotgun World Cup: Kynan, Prithviraj in line to grab final berth in men’s trap event

first_imgIndia’s Kynan Chenai and Prithviraj Tondaiman shot two perfect rounds of 25 each to lead the 109-strong qualification field in the men’s trap shooting competition of ISSF Shotgun World Cup here Wednesday.With three more rounds to be played on Thursday before the top six go through to the medal round, India will feel they are in a strong position to clinch final berths.Kynan and Prithviraj shared the lead with only two other shooters from Great Britain and Kazakhstan while Zoravar Singh Sandhu, the third Indian in the competition, shot 45 out of 50 to be in 82nd place.In the women’s trap, which concluded on Wednesday, Shagun Chowdhary shot a total of 115 to end in 35th spot while Rajeshwari Kumari managed 99 to finish in 56th position.Lakshay Sheoran, in the non-competition MQS section, registered a score of 48 after the first two rounds in the men’s trap.Also Watch:last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman by split decision to clinch WBA Welterweight title

first_imgFrom his first-round knockdown punches to his tenacious 12th-round finish, Manny Pacquiao gave yet another one-sided thrashing to Father Time.Keith Thurman was a whole lot tougher to beat, but the 40-year-old Filipino senator managed to win that vote as well.Pacquiao floored Thurman early and persevered late to an exciting split-decision victory Saturday night, adding a third straight win to his late-career resurgence.Pacquiao (62-7-2) dropped his previously unbeaten opponent with a combination late in the first round, and the Pac-Man dominated the opening rounds with a combination of flair and power that recalled the incredible prime of the only eight-division champion in boxing history.Keith Thurman gets dropped by Manny Pacquiao in the first round! #PacThurman #ThurmanPacquiao #PacquiaoThurman pic.twitter.com/dgUXi27lunStrictly Boxing Fans (@BoxingBritain1) July 21, 2019Thurman (29-1) showed remarkable tenacity in rallying through the middle rounds, repeatedly testing Pacquiao’s chin with big shots. Neither fighter managed another knockdown, but they pushed relentlessly in front of a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden that repeatedly chanted Pacquiao’s name from the moment he reached the ring.”It was fun,” Pacquiao said. “My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong. … I think he did his best, and I did my best. I think we made the fans happy tonight because it was a good fight.”Two judges scored the bout 115-112 for Pacquiao, while Glenn Feldman scored it 114-113 for Thurman. The Associated Press also scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao.”I knew it was close,” Thurman said. “He had the momentum because he got the knockdown in Round 1. … I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe. My conditioning, my output was just behind Manny Pacquiao’s tonight. Tonight was a blessing and a lesson.”advertisementPacquiao appeared to be declining as recently as two years ago, when he lost a listless decision to Jeff Horn. But while his political career flourished, Pacquiao also revived his ring career with solid back-to-back victories over Lucas Matthysse and Adrien Broner.#AndTheNew WBA Welterweight Super Champion Manny Pacquiao#Respect Keith Thurman #PacquiaoThurman #WBAboxing #PacThurman pic.twitter.com/xmkVUgbRYLWBA Boxing (@WBABoxing) July 21, 2019Thurman represented another major step up in competition, but Pacquiao’s strong start quieted any speculation that he would suddenly look old in a matchup with an elite welterweight champion.Thurman’s effort was impressive on paper: He landed slightly more punches than the famously active Pacquiao, and his 192 power punches landed were the most by any Pacquiao opponent in his 43 fights that were tracked by CompuBox. But Pacquiao had a dominant jab, and he outworked Thurman in the 12th round, throwing 56 punches to win the round on two judges’ cards.Both fighters started quickly with a series of good-looking exchanges, but Pacquiao changed the bout in an instant. He moved forward to land a left to the body and a right hook that sent Thurman to the canvas with 25 seconds left in the first round.Thurman got up comfortably while the ecstatic crowd roared, but Pacquiao kept up his superior work for the next two rounds, repeatedly rocking Thurman with a variety of shots. Even when Thurman put together a solid fifth round, he was stunned several times in the final minute and left with blood on his face.But Thurman gathered himself and soundly beat Pacquiao through the middle rounds, forcing Pacquiao to show off his durable chin. Pacquiao reversed the momentum in the 10th with a series of big shots, including a punch to the body that sent Thurman stumbling away in obvious pain.Both fighters pushed to the final bell and embraced. Pacquiao won the final round on two judges’ cards, while Feldman’s 12th-round score for Thurman kept Pacquiao from winning by unanimous decision.After graciously congratulating Pacquiao, Thurman called for a rematch. The pro-Pacquiao Vegas crowd vocally approved.Nearly 25 years after a 16-year-old Pacquiao stepped onto the scales for his pro debut with rocks in his pockets just to make the 105-pound minimum weight, this middle-aged politician showed he could have several years left in a day job that paid him a guaranteed $10 million on Saturday night.last_img read more


first_imgTuesday’s morning’s session of the $1.9 billion dollar Beef Products Incorporated vs ABC Broadcasting defamation trial did not last long.Court was only in session for two and a half minutes when Judge Cheryle Gering announced to the jury that because of a “major legal issue”, testimony would be delayed until Wednesday:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/BPIJURY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….home for the day. ;12Judge Gering did not specify what that legal issue was or give a further explanation.A member of ABC’s legal team mentioned that this type of thing is common in a trial like this, considering this lawsuit is worth nearly two billion dollars.Court is expected to resume Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.KMEG TV contributed to this storylast_img read more


first_imgDue to the extremely cold temperatures, Cone Park was closed Sunday and will be closed again on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1.Cone Park will be open on Tuesday, January 2 from 5-9pm.For the latest updates, follow the Cone Park Sioux City Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/coneparksiouxcity/last_img


first_imgRepublican lawmakers passed a more than two BILLION dollar plan to cut taxes over the next six years AND they completed work on NEXT year’s seven-point-four BILLION dollar state budget Saturday.It was the 118th and FINAL day of the 2018 Iowa legislative session. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/OK.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….HENDERSON :40last_img

The Smartest Thing Mason Rudolph Has Done this Offseason

first_imgMason Rudolph has officially shouldered the hopes of an entire program this offseason (and it sounds like it’s going pretty well). He’ll need help, though, because he’s 20 and, well, a human being.So more than going to Israel and lighting up summer workouts and raising his weight to 235 lbs. to try and make it through a Big 12 season, Rudolph finding a mentor outside of the OSU program is the smartest thing he’s done in 2015.Rudolph recently reached out to Zac Robinson for a tutorial on the QB position and, presumably, how to handle things as the Big Man on Campus in Stillwater — a throne Robinson sat on for longer than probably anyone in the Miles-Gundy Era.“Mason reached out to me. He sent me an email, saying he wanted some offseason coaching and asking about the possibility of doing some work with me,” Robinson told the Tulsa World. “So, yeah, I’ve gotten to know Mason pretty well. What an impressive kid.”Other than Mike Gundy, there is not a more CEO-like position in Stillwater than Rudolph and his direction of the offense.That’s why this Harvard Business Review article stuck out to me in terms of its importance to Rudolph. CEOs and college quarterbacks differ in occupational roles, of course, but their responsibilities aren’t that dissimilar (lead, inspire, put people in positions to succeed). HBR surveyed CEOs with mentors and found some compelling evidence.We surveyed 45 CEOs who have formal mentoring arrangements, and 71% said they were certain that company performance had improved as a result. Strong majorities reported that they were making better decisions (69%) and more capably fulfilling stakeholder expectations (76%). More than anything else, these CEOs credited mentors with helping them avoid costly mistakes and become proficient in their roles faster (84%). It’s that last part that really does it for me. The other stuff is biased — of course a CEO would say his company is performing better — but it’s easier to see the mistakes you would have fallen into if not for a mentor.Also, this is an unforgiving position. Rudolph needs to be successful (proficient) and he needs to be successful really quickly. Those two things, more than lessons on footwork or how to handle the Cover 2, is what Rudolph is gaining with Robinson.Don’t do this. Go this way. Here’s what to tell the media.Those things are incredibly important (especially in 2015) and it sounds like Rudolph understands that.“Mason has everything you want in a quarterback and he definitely wants to get better,” Robinson said. “He’s 6-4 and he can really sling it. He’s got a bunch of playmakers on the outside. I’ll be rooting for him.”We all will.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Projecting the Depth Chart at Quarterback

first_imgI think it is safe to presume that Mason Rudolph is a shoo-in for QB1, but how will the depth chart behind Rudolph play out as we head towards the season? Here’s my thoughts on how the QB competition will shake out:QB4: John Kolar, (R-Fr.)Kolar is entering his second year in Stillwater, and hasn’t stepped on the field … Yet. He redshirted last year and ideally, was able to put on some valuable pounds and gain some experience. However, from his recruiting profile in HS saying he was 6-3, 195lbs. to the current OSU roster, he’s only gained five pounds.He does bring a level of versatility to the QB position with his ability to pull it down and run. But I’m not sure OSU is going to want to trot him out just yet until he puts some more weight on, unfortunately.As far as his goals, he’s just trying to better himself. “My emphasis this summer was just getting better in every aspect,” Kolar told The Oklahoman this week. “Learning more, getting bigger, stronger, faster. And also getting a head start on the mental part of the game.”QB3: Keondre Wudtee, (Fr.)I’m not ruling out that Wudtee won’t play this season, but I think it’s reasonable to have him sit this season and not burn a year of eligibility only to use him in spot duty. Being a summer enrollee, he seems to have come in well prepared and knows the game. But even then, it’s a difficult ask to take over a backup QB position with only a month to really prove yourself.“He understands football,” Gundy told Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World. “He has a quick release and gets rid of the ball fast. He’s a true freshman; he’s got a way to go in throwing, just like all of them have ..  I think he’s going to be able to figure out the offense fairly quick, which then allows him to improve at a faster rate because he understands like all of us, if we understand what direction we are going in, we will get there faster.”QB2: Taylor Cornelius, (R-Soph.)The Oil Baron is the only player here with true game experience, sans Mr. Rudolph. And despite his added dimension to be mobile like Wudtee, I think gaining the trust and learning the offense is something that is overlooked. The coaches have trusted him to hit the field before, so I think the path for Cornelius to assume the QB2 role is nearly paved. He’s had an entire spring and summer to prove he is ready, whereas Wudtee was a summer enrollee, which didn’t exactly play in his favor.QB1: Mason Rudolph (Jr.)No surprise here to expect QB1 to stay QB1. Not only is he QB1 between the 20’s, but if Taylor Cornelius does indeed become QB2, that likely means the coaches aren’t preparing for a Walsh goal-line package using Kolar/Wudtee. He’ll have the reigns all over the field — Which means we should see a lot of this on goal-to-go situations:Rudolph ➡️ Seales. #okstate pic.twitter.com/8ou1U3aidp— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 6, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more