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Five die after drinking toddy in UP; three policemen suspended

first_imgAs many as five persons died and six were taken ill after allegedly consuming illicit liquor in Kewathiya village here, prompting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to suspend three policemen. The incident took place on Thursday night after the victims consumed toddy, police said on Friday.Stern action The bodies have been sent for post mortem, Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Shahni said. Taking strong exception to the incident, the Chief Minister ordered immediate suspension of police station in-charge of Raunapar, SI in-charge and beat constable. He also ordered stern action against the Excise Department staff and issued directives to the department officials, DMs and SPs to carry out drives and ensure such tragedies did not recur.last_img read more

Ahead of ED visit, Sharad Pawar asks NCP workers to maintain peace

first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday appealed to his party colleagues to maintain peace and not gather outside the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office, which he will voluntarily visit after a case was registered against him in the Maharashtra State Cooperative (MSC) Bank scam.Mr. Pawar tweeted, “As mentioned during my press conference yesterday, I will be visiting the Mumbai ED office at Ballard Estate tomorrow, Friday, 27 September, at 14.00 hrs. I appeal to all my NCP cadre and supporters not to gather near the ED office premises. Keeping our tradition to honour the Constitution and respect institutions, I request your co-operation with the police and other government agencies. Please take care and make sure that people are not inconvenienced (sic).”The Mumbai Police have imposed prohibitory orders outside the ED office and under the jurisdictions of Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Marine Drive, Dongri, Azad Maidan, J J Marg and MRA Marg police stations.Following reports that the ED filed a case against him in the MSC Bank scam along with former directors of the bank, Mr. Pawar, in a press conference on Wednesday, said he would “voluntarily” go to the ED office. He also said, “Maharashtra has never learnt to bow in front of the Delhi throne,” hinting the investigation is at the behest of the Central government, run by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Meanwhile, former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya on Thursday said the ED action is based on the FIR filed by the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police in the wake of a Bombay High Court order. “Why is he blaming Delhi for action against him? Just because his name is mentioned in the FIR, it does not mean he is guilty. He should approach the Supreme Court if he is unhappy with the HC order,” Mr. Somaiya said. The BJP leader said instead of blaming his party, the NCP should blame the Congress, as the original inquiry in the scam was ordered by former CM Prithviraj Chavan.last_img read more

Indian-origin minister backs Theresa May for British PM

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Jul 7 (PTI) UKs Indian-origin minister Priti Patel, who had campaigned strongly for Britain leaving the EU, today announced her support for Home Secretary Theresa May to replace David Cameron as the prime minister, saying she was the right person to execute the “will of the British people.”Patels backing came as May emerged as the clear front-runner in the race to take over from Cameron, with over half of the Conservative partys 330 MPs voting in her favour in the first round of voting earlier this week.Patel, who attends Cabinet in her capacity as UKs employment minister, said that May was the right person to implement the “will of the British people” while comparing her to Britains first woman prime minister Margaret Thatcher.”Theresa May is the only candidate best placed to deliver and there is no other candidate who comes anywhere close to her experience, or record of strong leadership. She shares the steely determination I always admired in Margaret Thatcher, and she has the experience and trust needed to succeed for this great nation of ours,” said Patel, who also serves as outgoing premier Camerons Indian Diaspora Champion.The second round of voting takes place today to narrow down the race between two candidates, which could throw up an all-woman contest between May and energy minister Andrea Leadsom — unless justice minister Michael Gove manages to make a come-back from third place.The third and final round of voting will take place next week and the winner would be announced on September 9. The winner will have the task of negotiating Britains exit from its 43-year membership of the 28-member EU.advertisement”I have always believed that Britain would be stronger, more prosperous and secure outside of the EU. I stayed true to what I have always believed in with principle and conviction. From all discussions with Theresa on the future of our country, I believe that her experience in tough negotiations, her determination to get the best deal for the UK, and her commitment to reduce immigration – in a fair way – make her the obvious choice,” Patel said.Admitting the divisions caused by Brexit, the 44-year-old Conservative party MP for Witham called on the party to unite under Mays leadership.”We must end the tribalism and divisions seen in the Referendum between Leave and Remain and focus on defining our place in the world and putting core Conservative principles and values into action,” she said.The bookmakers odds were heavily in favour of May taking over from Cameron, with Leadsom in second place and Gove an unlikely contender.The leadership contest was triggered following Britains 52-48 per cent vote in favour of leaving the EU in a referendum on June 23, after which Cameron announced he would be stepping down for a new PM to lead the countrys exit negotiations from the economic bloc forward. PTI AK ABH NSA ABHlast_img read more

Red carpet round-up: A look at Aishwarya Rai’s fashion moments at Cannes over the years

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Amitabh Choudhary not a substitute for Rahul Johri in ICC meeting, clarifies BCCI

first_imgBCCI has released a statement clarifying that secretary Amitabh Choudhary is not a replacement for CEO Rahul Johri in the ICC meeting and stated that Choudhary was always supposed to attend the meeting.Johri did not go to Singapore for the ICC meeting after he was accused of sexual harassment following the #MeToo movement in India. Johri has been asked by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to submit his stance on the allegations levelled against him.Johri has gone on a leave to prepare his case and speak to the BCCI heads in the upcoming future. Rahul Johri had been granted pre-sanctioned personal leave in August to go to US from October 19th to Nov 2nd by COA head Vinod Rai. He was to go on leave after attending the ICC meet in Singapore and is now using the time of absence to prepare his reply to the charges.”Ever since it was decided that Mr. Rahul Johri would not attend the ICC-CEC meeting, an impression has been created that Mr. Amitabh Choudhary, Acting secretary BCCI, is being sent as a ‘substitute’ for Mr Johri.”It must be noted Mr. Choudhary is a Director on the ICC Board of Directors, the highest ICC forum, for nearly two years now and has been representing India/BCCI at the meetings in his capacity as the ICC Board Director,” read the BCCI statement quoting Choudhary.Johri’s absence means that Choudhary, who anyway was going to attended the ICC Board of Directors meeting, will also be part of the Chief Executives’ meeting.advertisement”Choudhary was scheduled to attend the ICC Board of Directors meeting in the ongoing ICC conference even if Mr. Johri was going to attend the Chief Executives’ meeting.”Owing to certain circumstances, Mr. Johri is not attending the current meeting, which is attended by the respective Chief Executives of the full member countries. Mr. Choudhary, is, therefore, only, additionally standing in for Mr. Johri,” the statement added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

1st T20I: Babar Azam, Imad Wasim star in Pakistan’s 66-run win over Australia

first_imgImad Wasim grabbed 3/20 on his return to international cricket as Australia suffered a sensational batting collapse in their chase of 156 in the first T20I at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Wasim, who was making his international return after a year, removed the openers in his first over and came back later to get the wicket of Alex Carey, as Australia were bowled out for 89 in 16.5 overs and lost the match by 66 runs.Nathan Coulter-Nile top scored for Australia with 34 and helped the Aussies go past their previous lowest T20 score of 79 made against England at Southampton in 2005.Earlier, Babar Azam scored 68 off 55 balls to help Pakistan reach 155/8 from their 20 overs after they were put in to bat first by Australia.Mohammad Hafeez (39) and Azam shatred a 73-run stand for the second wicket and dominated the Australia spinners in the middle overs before the visitors pegged the hosts back by picking up five wickets in 10 delivers and just three runs.of the day for Pakistan with the bat, @babarazam25868 runs5 fours1 six#PAKvAUS Live https://t.co/Qe90RcvxHn pic.twitter.com/q0Uyn40t5qPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) October 24, 2018Billy Stanlake (3-21) and Andrew Tye (3-24) struck in quick succession, but Hasan Ali (17 not out) smashed two fours and a six in Coulter-Nile’s last over which lifted the Pakistan total.Part-time spinner D’Arcy Short had Hafeez top-edging to long-on and Asif Ali was caught plumb leg before wicket by legspinner Adam Zampa.But Tye started the slide in the 17th over when he had Hussain Talat and Faheem Ashraf dismissed off successive deliveries and then Stanlake removed Ahmed and Shadab Khan in the next over.advertisementTye returned and had Shadab Khan caught at long-on before Ali’s late blitz saw Coulter-Nile conceding 17 runs in the last over.Wasim, known for his exploits with the new ball in Twenty20s, struck in the first over by clean bowling both captain Aaron Finch and Short before having Alex Carey caught behind.Seamer Ashraf (2-10) knocked back the stumps of Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn while Ben McDermott was run out for zero as Australia slipped to 22-6 inside the first six overs.Ashton Agar (19) and Coulter-Nile shared 38-run seventh wicket stand before Australia was bowled out with 19 balls to spare when legspinner Shadab Khan had Coulter-Nile clean bowled.Dubai will now host the second and third matches of the three-game series on Friday and Sunday.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Paul Pogba doesn’t need José Mourinho, he needs N’Golo Kanté

first_imgSometimes it’s not easy being a World Cup winner. That might not be how Kylian Mbappé feels as he cruises along with Paris Saint-Germain, already eight points ahead of the pack after eight games. But for two men whose contributions were just as fundamental to France’s victory in July, the new season has turned out very differently.N’Golo Kanté, the finest player in the world in one of the most demanding roles in any football team, has been displaced from his position in the Chelsea side by a new manager’s tactical rejig. In no time at all Maurizio Sarri has brought a sense of joy and adventure back to Stamford Bridge, but at the cost of depriving football lovers of the pleasure of watching Kanté do what he does with such unassuming brilliance. Paul Pogba Topics José Mourinho v Paul Pogba et al: the manager’s biggest player bust-ups – video The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 1:48 Football rumours: Zidane to take over from Mourinho at Manchester United? Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn comment N’Golo Kanté Share on Messengercenter_img In order to accommodate the arrival of Jorginho, the favoured deep-lying playmaker Sarri brought with him from Napoli, Kanté has been moved to a kind of inside-right position, sometimes switching with Willian, the player outside him. His skills of anticipation and interception are now redundant, along with his Makelele-like gift for starting moves with passes of perfect weight and angle. Now he spends his time waiting, with his back to goal, for the pass he once would have given, looking a little bit lost and probably hoping that those special skills will not be blunted by disuse.It is not a complete waste of a footballer. In the second half against Liverpool on Saturday he played two wonderful passes, a diagonal crossfield ball to Eden Hazard on the left and a through ball for Willian, either of which might have produced a goal. There was also a quickly taken free-kick to Hazard, bringing a terrific save from Alisson. So perhaps he can become a kind of Paul Scholes, opening up defences from a position just behind the forwards. But there must be a chance that Sarri will conclude, sooner or later, that he needs a specialist there. The thought of Kanté on the bench is surely too much for any right-thinking football fan to bear.What we know is that the very best place for him is alongside a man for whom the Premier League has also become a less friendly environment. Paul Pogba’s qualities – established not just by a World Cup winner’s medal but by four consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus – flourish best with someone like Kanté alongside him. And maybe, given the tactical shifts at Chelsea, that opportunity will present itself.In terms of dynamic influence on the team, Pogba ought to be United’s new Bryan Robson or Roy Keane. That seemed to be his destiny during his first spell at Old Trafford, and the way he flourished in Italy earned him a vastly expensive recall. Over the past two years there have been occasions when his performance justified the size of the fee, but others when his commitment seemed to fluctuate.That is not the real Pogba. As Didier Deschamps, his international manager, observed in an interview at the weekend, he offers a positive presence in the dressing room and is fully capable of dedicating himself to an objective. “There is an image of Pogba that doesn’t correspond to who he is,” Deschamps said. Share on Facebook Read more Chelsea Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter In recent weeks United’s performances have been as insipid as the washed-out pink away shirts that provide all too accurate a metaphor for their current state. The dressing room is full of players performing well below their highest standards, some of them feeling humiliated and disgruntled, perhaps almost to the point of mutiny. Individual and collective progress is at a standstill. Mourinho’s two predecessors were sacked with the team standing seventh and fifth in the table. They are currently 10th, and looking as if they can expect no better.Manchester United need what Chelsea required when Mourinho’s second spell in London was brought to an unhappy end: someone to apply balm, to bring optimism, to restore a sense of logical evolution. And to spend whatever it takes to get N’Golo Kanté alongside Paul Pogba, both of them freed to do what comes naturally once more. Manchester United Play Video Does Mourinho know who Pogba really is? Has he taken the trouble to find out? When he made him vice-captain, was it with the intention of bestowing real authority or just a gesture aimed at demonstrating to others that he was giving this troublesome Frenchman every chance? And did he recognise the effect that removing the vice-captaincy might have?Pogba can still be central to a revived United in a way that might deflect his agent’s interest in another massive pay-day, this time from Barcelona. But he needs the right conditions in order to give his best. What better way of convincing him of the club’s confidence in him than recreating the professional and personal relationship that, despite the obvious contrasts of temperament, so clearly flourished between him and Kanté during the summer?This is the kind of transfer that could be attempted above the head of the manager, who must surely be on his way out. Some of us were foolish enough to imagine that the responsibility of living up to Ferguson’s legacy would force Mourinho to abandon his more tiresome and destructive tendencies. But virtually from day one in Manchester he showed that his ego had achieved critical mass. In his third season, the level of sulking, scowling, simmering and sneering has become intolerable.From Pogba and Alexis Sánchez to Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw, he seems to have lost an ability that was once central to his achievements, that of getting the players to take the pitch ready to fight for each other and to die for him. Gradually corroded by the acid of unchecked self-regard, it is unlikely to return. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Vine: High Point’s John Brown Throws Down One Of The Most Impressive Alley-Oops Of The Season

first_imgHigh Point's John Brown finishes awesome alley-oop.VineMost of the focus on the college basketball world before March goes to powerhouse programs like Duke and Kentucky, but the mid and low-majors have some fantastic athletes as well. The High Point Panthers lead the Big South conference at 17-7, and a lot of the credit has to go to redshirt junior John Brown. Brown leads the team in both minutes (30.3 per game), scoring (18.2), and rebounding (5.8). Oh, and he has freakish athleticism. During a loss to Coastal Carolina on Friday night, Brown finished one of the most impressive alley-oops we’ve seen this season.We wouldn’t mind see Brown get a chance to recreate this on the big stage come March.[SB Nation]last_img read more

Survival Hacker’s Handbook: An Enjoyable Read That Just Might Stave Off Death

first_imgAmong the things I’m hoping I never have to deal with are a grizzly bear attack, an avalanche, and being caught in the middle of a flash flood. I also don’t want to find myself miles away from civilization and without fresh water. And come to think of it, I don’t want to deal with a gushing flesh wound, either.But, if any of those things happen, I’ll be better prepared to face them thanks to Ted Alvarez’s enjoyable, informative new book, The Survival Hacker’s Handbook. Subtitled How to Survive with Just About Anything, this lavishly illustrated, well-organized 250 page book covers all the basics and even well beyond when it comes to backcountry survival.Steven John/The ManualAlvarez has been a writer and editor for Backpacker magazine for many years, and he’s a lifelong, avid outdoorsman. After some open-minded self-assessment, he realized that, despite all that time spent plying the fields, forests, and mountains, he wasn’t actually all that prepared for a genuine survival situation. So he did what any sensible person would and began to regularly plunge himself into wilderness survival scenarios, testing out techniques and gear, devising his own new survival tricks and strategies, and finding out much of what works and what doesn’t when a person is far afield and on their own.First, a word of caution: Reading The Survival Hacker’s Handbook does not make you ready to survive alone and without proper gear and provisions. Only practical experience does that. Reading this book will, however, serve as a great first step toward developing backwoods survival skills, and can help you plan your own survival training program, assemble your own wilderness supply list, and ready your mind for the challenges you might one day face out there in the wild.Also, reading this book is a good way to spend an afternoon or two, because unlike many such guides, it is written with compelling, often amusing prose. You can select chapters and sections that are of particular interest or which might be germane to a given situation (say you just got lost, you have no water, but you do have your copy of the book, for example).Steven John/The ManualI’d recommend you just read the thing straight through. Taken as a whole, The Survival Hacker’s Handbook covers just about every topic required for making it through a survival ordeal, from preparing shelters to finding safe sources of food to treating injuries to navigation to handling various dangers and on and on. It is also organized in a logical way for front to back reading, starting off covering the absolute essentials (shelter, water, food) and progressing later to topics that are important, but not universally critical. (You always need shelter, hydration, and nourishment, e.g., but you might not always be facing a wild fire risk or dealing with a broken leg.)Another good reason to read The Survival Hacker’s Handbook in its entirety is the fact that, as a quick-reference guide, this book isn’t all that helpful. The information is shared in story and essay-style writing, not in quick bullet points. If you try to depend on this book in an actual crisis, you’re probably in trouble. Acquiring the knowledge Alvarez has to share requires a thorough reading of each section, so don’t wait to study up on this or that survival technique in a pinch. Read the book now for fun, then read it again before your next outing, and practice some of the techniques covered too. Then hope that the re-reading and practice were ultimately a waste of time, because good read or not, no one ever wants to actually need to employ the content covered in this book.You should also read our list of backpacking essentials and how to assemble a DIY emergency kit. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date last_img read more

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Former RCMP worker alleging sex assault recounts shocking washroom encounter

first_imgVANCOUVER – A former RCMP employee says she will never forget the sound of the door being locked behind her by a now-retired inspector who is alleged to have sexually assaulted her in a washroom at their Vancouver workplace.“I remember the sound just felt shocking, the sound of the lock when he turned it,” the woman testified Tuesday as she stared into the distance and turned her hand as if to lock a door.Tim Shields, who was the public face of the RCMP in British Columbia as the department’s spokesman, has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault.The woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, told provincial court she was confused when Shields said he had something to tell her and led her into a unisex washroom at the Mounties’ former headquarters in Vancouver in the fall of 2009.CAUTION: SEXUALLY GRAPHIC CONTENT FOLLOWS“I remember him saying, ‘I found this place and it has a lock on the door,’ ” she said. “I was really frozen and confused. I didn’t know what was going on.“He went under my blouse. He undid my bra. He touched my breasts. Then he went toward my waist. He unbuttoned my pants and he was trying to unzip my pants when I pushed his hands away and said, ‘No, let’s go.’ “The woman said when she asked Shields to stop, he stepped back, put her hand on his exposed erect penis and asked her to perform oral sex.“I said, ‘No,’ ” she testified, speaking slowly and pausing frequently, with her eyes closed. “I just had this sort of, ‘Oh, my God,’ feeling. I’m not going to be able to get out without something happening.”Shields then did up his pants and washed his hands and face in the sink, the woman said.“I was against the wall. I was standing quite shocked and he said, ‘Don’t forget to do up your bra.’ “The woman said she did not feel she could leave the washroom because Shields was standing between her and the door.“I just remember being quite scared about the whole thing and wanting to get out,” she said.The woman also told the court she rebuffed earlier advances from Shields, saying she felt uncomfortable and embarrassed in July 2009 when he told her in a parking lot outside work that he found her sexually attractive.Later that summer, he told her he would like to perform oral sex on her, she said.After she declined, Shields asked her not to tell anyone because it would be “bad for him,” the woman said.“He asked if he could trust me,” she said. “I believe I said, ‘Yes.’ “Shields left the RCMP in December 2015 and was charged the following May.The woman told court last week she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after leaving her civilian job with the RCMP.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Moroccan Alt-Rockers ‘General Rest in Peace’ to Play at Fez ALC…

Rabat – General Rest in Peace (GRIP), a Moroccan alternative and indie rock group, will play a free show on Saturday, September 30 at the American Language Center in Fez.The four-piece band, founded by cousins Talal and Ayoub, mixes alternative rock, metal, pop, and R&B. The group cites influences ranging from Muse to The Clash.GRIP has performed across Morocco and appeared at the Sziget Festival in Budapest. GRIP’s self-titled debut album, released in April 2017, evokes a “dark and romantic atmosphere, with poetic metaphors and reflections on life, death, and love,” writes a press release issued by the language school.The concert has been organized by the Fez ALC’s Music Club.The American Language Center offers courses in English, while the Arabic Language Institute, in the same building, provides instruction in Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan Arabic. read more

Lebanese Prime Minister Resigns, Fearing ‘Assassination’

Rabat – Amid regional tension, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned from his position on Saturday in a surprise move during a televised speech from Saudi Arabia.Hariri said that he is afraid of the possibility of an assassination plot against him, recalling the murder of his father, former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, who was killed in an explosion in 2005.“We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination martyr Rafik Hariri. I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life,” he said in the speech. He also severely criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shia ally Hezbollah, for “their meddling in Arab affairs.”“I want to say to Iran and its followers that they are losing in their interference in the affairs of Arab nations, and our nation will rise as it did before and the hands that are extended to it with evil will be cut off,” Hariri said.He accused Hezbollah’s policies of putting Lebanon “in the eye of the storm.”“Hezbollah was able in past decades to impose a status quo in Lebanon through its weapons directed at the chests of Syrians and Lebanese,” he said.Hariri has made several visits in the past days to Iranian opponent Saudi Arabia, raising speculation that its influence might have played part in his decision.Hariri served as prime minister from 2009 to 2011 and took office again in 2016. During his term, he headed a 30-member national unity cabinet that included the Shia militant Hezbollah.Lebanese President Michel Aoun “will ask Hariri to remain in his position” until a candidate replaces him and forms a government, said The Independent.Hariri’s replacement has to be a Sunni Muslim, in accordance with the Lebanese constitution. read more

Security Council discusses chemical weapons use in Syria following latest global watchdog

The report from the UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) made up of 193 Member States, concluded based on its Fact-Finding Mission assessment, that there were “reasonable grounds that the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon has taken place, on 7 April”, adding that reactive chlorine had been detected in samples taken, around two weeks after the incident.The attack in the city of Douma, a suburb of the capital Damascus, came at a crucial stage of the siege by Syrian Government forces, backed by Russia, on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, which subsequently fell. Dozens were reportedly killed during the likely chemical attack, with videos purporting filmed during the aftermath widely shared across the world, showing children choking and gagging.At the time, Russia denied any chemical weapons had been used, saying that the attack had been “staged”. The Syrian Government denied any involvement. But the United States, together with France and the United Kingdom, launched retaliatory air strikes, aimed at alleged chemical weapons facilities and infrastructure.Last June, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, delivered a report to the Human Rights Council, saying that the siege and recapture of Eastern Ghouta by Government and allied forces, had been marked by war crimes and crimes against humanity.The latest FFM’s report on Douma, was due to be shared with States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and passed on to the Security Council. The report does not assign blame for the likely use of chlorine gas, and found no grounds or evidence, to support an assertion from the Syrian Government that rebel fighters in Douma had use a local facility, to manufacture chemical weapons.Last June, the OPCW was given new powers to assign blame for future chemical weapons attacks, but this did not include the FFM sent to Douma, to gather evidence. read more

Vehicle production – February 2006

Commercial vehicle production up 1.1 per cent Car production down 8.6 per cent Total UK vehicle production down 7.5 per cent in February Commercial vehicles: ‘Improvements in efficiency, on top of strong export demand, have helped boost CV production’, commented Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Leyland, in particular, benefited from strong orders last Autumn, and these are reflected in latest figures. Overall, export production has driven growth, up 13.1 per cent in February and 11.8 per cent over the year to date.’ Cars: ‘As we near the anniversary of the closure of production at MG Rover, car production figures for the UK continue to be affected by this loss’, commented Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Over three-quarters of the 8.6 per cent drop in February can be attributed to Longbridge. However, significant growth at both Land Rover and Toyota, and solid output at other big plants, demonstrates that production in the UK remains healthy.’ Full details, and February’s special manufacturer focus on Leyland Trucks can be downloaded below. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Russell Westbrook Should Be Mad At Kevin Durant — Durant Stuck Him

The uphill battle that Westbrook faces now doesn’t take away from the fact that Durant will have his fair share of pressure in the months to come. While this season has been a breeze so far for him and the Warriors, who own the NBA’s best record, the noise will be deafening if Golden State stumbles even the slightest bit this postseason. And Durant, fair or not, would likely be the clear target of that criticism, since his high-profile signing was supposed to make the Warriors invincible.But for now, and until the playoffs — the Warriors and Thunder currently have about a 21 percent chance of meeting, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA forecast — the focus remains on Durant and Westbrook, and whether their strained, icy relationship shows any signs of thawing.Check out our latest NBA predictions. KEVIN DURANTRUSSELL WESTBROOK Who’s Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches? Usage rate30.6%27.6%31.6%41.8% 2016-17 stats are through Feb. 8Sources: Basketball-Reference.com, Synergy Sports Technology Related: Hot Takedown 2015-16 SEASON2016-17 SEASON2015-16 SEASON2016-17 SEASON Turnovers/game3.52.34.35.4 Much like the first two times they played each other this season, cameras and storylines will follow Kevin Durant’s and Russell Westbrook’s every move on Saturday, when the ex-teammates square off in Oklahoma City for the first time since Durant signed with the Warriors last summer.For months, the running question for each player has been: When was the last time you two spoke with the other? And as they confirm that they haven’t spoken, the narrative becomes even icier with every matchup.Durant largely dismissed the tension between them as “fake drama” and a media creation. But on a basic level, Westbrook has reason to be upset with his one-time teammate. Though Durant had every right to leave, his departure has made every aspect of Westbrook’s job harder than it’s ever been, while Durant has had to do less than ever before.Westbrook, averaging a triple-double for the season, has been undeniably incredible in Durant’s absence. But a chiropractor is usually necessary when a player puts this much of his team on his back.Westbrook, in trying to make up for Durant, is on pace to log the highest usage rate (the percentage of a team’s possessions that end with a certain player while he’s on the court) in NBA history, by far. By contrast, Durant is posting the lowest usage rate of his career. Westbrook, handling the ball far more often, is turning it over more than ever. Durant has fewer turnovers than ever before. Durant has a career-low isolation rate; Westbrook is going one-on-one more than he has since 2011-12 (just 14.7 percent of his 2-pointers have been assisted this season).1All stats in this article are current through Wednesday. And Durant, part of Golden State’s more free-flowing offense, is cutting and moving without the ball more than ever before, while Oklahoma City still throws fewer passes than any team in the association.We’ve seen Westbrook change his game this way before: He put up similar per-100-possession stats in 2014-15, when Durant missed most of the season because of a fractured foot. Then, as now, Westbrook’s true-shooting and effective field-goal rates declined while he was tasked with so much more ballhandling responsibility. (The Thunder, currently in seventh place in the West, finished the 2014-15 season tied for eighth and missed the playoffs.) Russell Westbrook’s workload increased when Durant left True shooting63.4%65.0%55.4%54.2% Isolation rate14.9%11.4%12.5%19.1% read more

NEW BIG NAME IN HANDBALL – Greek Olympiakos

Interesting ambitious story in Greek handball rising up. It’s called IEK Xinis Dikeas (Sponsor IEK Xini is one of the biggest private education college in Greece). The club  finished on the 6th place in their first year in Greek elite league (D1) and lost Play-Off battle against AEK, but some bigger things are in projection of the future. One of the team’s sponsors and part of the Management is ship owner, former handball player Timis Pournaras, the guy who helped in making proper roster for domestic conditions in the season behind, thinks big.He is already in advance discussion with one of two biggest sports clubs in Greece, but also very famous in Europe – Olympiakos. He is willing to takeover sponsorship of the team in the next three-four years if Olympiakos establish the handball section of the club. New joint project should start from the season 2016/2017.That will put on current IEK Xinis Dikeas a lot of media and fans attention as Olympiakos are a big sports family worldwide known in football, basketball, volleyball and waterpolo.PAOK and AEK have their handball teams among the best in Greek handball, but Olympiakos on the handball map of Greece and Europe will bring some new dimension.This is not a unique example in handball. A few years ago BM Atletico Madrid tried to get attention of sponsors and football club, but attempt of Talant Dujshebaev and the people from the former BM Ciudad Real wasn’t successful.On the other side, the example of Paris Saint Germain is much more positive.Olympiakos in handball is more than welcome… ← Previous Story Women’s U19 EURO 2015: Russian storm over Germany – Big win for Denmark Next Story → Argentinian “Gladiators” qualify for Rio 2016! read more

Spike in the importation of illegal anabolic steroids causes health fears

first_img 11,610 Views 18 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Anabolic steroids used for enhancement can be especially dangerous when used without supervision. Mar 13th 2017, 4:10 PM http://jrnl.ie/3285017 Anabolic steroids used for enhancement can be especially dangerous when used without supervision. Image: Shutterstock Share Tweet Email center_img Monday 13 Mar 2017, 4:10 PM Image: Shutterstock THERE WAS A significant decrease in the amount of illegal prescription drugs seized last year, but the importation of illegal anabolic steroids appears to be on the rise.The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has totted up the amount of illegal medicines that were held by the authorities last year.It found that a total of 673,906 doses of the various drugs were seized last year, down significantly from the 1.1 million that were detained in 2015.The most common illegal products seized last year were sedatives but the overall number of sedatives seized was down significantly.Despite accounting for 40% of all the illegal medicines seized, the dosage units of sedatives taken by authorities last year fell by two-thirds from 726,164 to 271,545.Anabolic steroids were the next most popular illegal drugs seized after their number increased significantly from 38,049 units to 109,006.Illegal erectile dysfunction medication was the next most common drug seized by the HPRA.The authority says the overall decrease in products seized can be partly attributed to their ongoing detection efforts that are carried out in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and the Revenue Commissioners.Despite that, the HPRA’s director of compliance John Lynch says that it is worrying that people are still sourcing prescription drugs from illegal sources.“It is particularly noteworthy that anabolic steroids accounted for 16% of products detained, a significant increase compared to 2015,” Lynch said.The misuse of anabolic steroids has been linked to a range of significant side effects including blood clots, headaches, depression, irritability and stomach pain. People are sourcing these products for purposes of performance enhancement and are either unaware of or ignoring the significant dangers posed by these prescription medicines in the absence of medical supervision.In total there were six cases where people were formally prosecuted for the provision of illegal medicines last year and there were also 13 formal cautions handed out.Read: Steroids, growth hormones and erectile dysfunction pills worth €2 million seized in Donegal >Read: Steroids: ‘I thought that the only way I could beat my addiction was to end my life’ > Spike in the importation of illegal anabolic steroids causes health fears The seizure of such drugs almost tripled last year. Short URL By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

James Merlino to be patron of the 2009 PanHellenic Games

first_imgThe Oceania PanHellenic Sports and Cultural Games-Melbourne 2009, Melbourne’s biggest ever Greek festival of sports and culture was launched yesterday by Victorian Minister of Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs James Merlino.Mr Merlino will serve as Patron for the PanHellenic Games.The launch was held at the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria on Lonsdale Street. The PanHellenic Games are expected to attract over 600 sport women and men of Greek descent from all over Australia and New Zealand to Melbourne to compete against each other for the three-day event taking place on November 27-29.The sports in which athletes will be able to compete in are basketball, judo, soccer, swimming, tae kwon do, tennis, track and field, water polo and wrestling.The two major Greek football teams, South Melbourne FC and West Sydney Berries will also play a friendly match on Sunday November 29. The major draw card for the games is expected to be the grand final of the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments on November 29, as well as plenty of free activities and food reflecting regional Greek cuisine and culture. The Games are an initiative organised by the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) which aims to unite Hellenes through cultural and sporting events.In his address at the Games launch Victorian Minister of Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs James Merlino praised Greece and the indelible mark that it has left on the cultures of the world. ‘’And perhaps nowhere is the legacy of the Greek culture so visible as in the world of sport, where the Olympic ideal has, for millennia, pushed human beings to test the boundaries of strength and endurance.‘’The PanHellenic Games is a continuation of that proud sporting tradition and we are honoured to hold the games here in Melbourne. “I am very honoured and proud to have been asked to be patron of the Games,’’ Mr Merlino said. SAE Oceania and Far East Coordinator George Angelopoulos said this would be the first time in Melbourne will host the Games which have enjoyed have previously been successfully held in Adelaide and Sydney.“The Games are a celebration of Greek Australian life and culture brought together in Melbourne, one the world’s most Greek cities outside of Greece. What better way to showcase Greek culture than through sport. After all it was the ancient Greeks who said a healthy body means a healthy mind,” Mr Angelopoulos said to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE).Sponsors of the PanHellenic Games include among others: The General Secretariat for Hellenes Abroad, The Hellenic Post Bank. The Victorian Government and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, various financial institutions, private contributors, Greek organizations and Greek Media including Neos Kosmos. The Games will take over the city’s major sporting precincts such Olympic Park, the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Albert Park Tennis centre, Bob Jane Stadium and the Cretan Tennis centre. Attendance at the sporting events which are part of the games will be free.Participation is open to any individual or team between the ages of 16-30 who is of Greek descent and a permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Townsville comes alive

first_imgXstrata Greek Fest, the annual Greek Festival in Townsville, will be held on the weekend of 8 to 9 October at Riverway Park, Kirwan. The free event embraces both Greek and Australian cultures through music, dance, cuisine, fun and games. Multiple performances by Hellenic dancers, a mythological theatre performance, a six-piece band from Sydney, Steki, and popular singer Irene Vacondios, will fill Riverway with the sounds of Greece. For the competitive ones, there will be grape stomping, plate smashing, olive pitting, and many more. There is an activities marquee for the children and fireworks displays – and don’t forget all the Greek food. Festival coordinator Bill Malandris told Neos Kosmos that the festival has something for everyone. “The festival is inclusive, so Greeks, friends of Greeks – it’s open to everyone.”The festival encourages everyone from all over Australia to “engage with the Townsville community”. “We have about 2000 Greek people who live in Townsville and surrounding areas. The majority of them are volunteers of the community and whatever proceeds are raised from the festival goes toward the upkeep of our community and the retention of our priest here.” There will be an agora (marketplace) set up for people to buy Greek market goods from olives to fragrant Mediterranean spices, cheeses – feta, kefalograviera, haloumi, legumes, dolmathes, loukoumia – a foodies paradise all under one roof. For the lovers of food, there will be cooking demonstrations done by Litsa Stylianos – sponsored by Chris’s dips – where you will be taught the art of fantastic Greek cooking and given a sample of your creations. And there is plenty of Greek coffee to go around. Shrek and Fiona will be there for the kids doing two shows on Saturday and Sunday. The popular Xstrata Greek Fest Townsville promises to be a huge hit again this year. The 12th Xstrata Greek Fest is on again at Riverway Park, Kirwan, Townsville on the weekend of 8 to 9 October. Entry is free so bring the whole family. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more