Sunil Chhetri says team needs time to adapt to new style

first_imgFor a nation starved of success stories in football, being the top star means that one would be hounded by the fans and media.Sunil Chhetri knows it well and after his Sporting Lisbon sojourn, the expectation from the 28-year-old striker has only picked up.No surprise, that in the prematch press conference ahead of India’s opener against Syria in the Nehru Cup, the captain of the team was time and again asked about what difference he could make, especially after his Portugal experience.”I was in Portugal for just 28 days. I don’t think playing with a new team and set-up for such short time can impact your game,” he said.The Delhi boy, who was a part of India’s victorious team in the 2009 edition, said the youngsters in the squad had a very important role to play.”We have six to seven players who are relatively new. They are a good bunch but on this stage, they need to understand their responsibility,” he said.About coach Wim Koevermans’ newly propounded “possession football,” he said it would take some time.”We should take into account the fact that he has with us for only two weeks. We are being told to keep the ball as much as possible. The good thing is that the coach is working with a certain plan and a vision,” he said.Chhetri had high regards for their first match’s opponent Syria. “I have seen their game in the Asian Cup and they are a talented lot,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Delhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan lauds India U-19 hero Rishabh Pant

first_imgDelhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan lauded India Under-19 batsman Rishabh Pant after the youngster smashed his maiden Indian Premier League half-century to power Delhi to an eight-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions last night. (Rishabh Pant’s maiden fifty sees Delhi crush Gujarat by 8 wickets)Playing only in his third IPL match, 18-year-old Pant stole the limelight as he hit a 40-ball 69 with the help of nine fours and two sixes as the Daredevils chased down the target of 150 with 16 balls to spare in Rajkot.Pant stitched 115 runs for the opening wicket with Quinton de Kock (46) and that took the game away from the Lions who lost their second consecutive match and third in nine games. (Full IPL 2016 Coverage)Zaheer, who is leading Delhi in their best-ever IPL campaign, praised the youngster, saying his knock was special.”Rishabh’s performance was amazing, special. Batting with Quinton would have helped him. Rishabh has taken a leaf out of Quinny’s book,” Zaheer said at the post-match presentation.”You have seen the way Quinton has been going this tournament. He is a match winner,” he added.With Tuesday’s win, the Daredevils move up to the second sport with 10 points in seven matches.Pant, who was brought for INR 1.9 crore by the Daredevils, is one of the highly-rated talents in the U-19 circuit. He played some fantastic knocks at the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year and was praised by India U-19 coach Rahul Dravid, who is also the mentor of the Daredevils.Pant, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, said he relishes playing for Delhi and thanked his captain and coach for their support.advertisement”It is pleasure playing for this team. I am a youngster, and it’s great or receive the support of the captain and coach. It’s great to play under Rahul Dravid,” he said.last_img read more

Milan were embarrassing – Gattuso

first_imgGennaro Gattuso said he laughs when AC Milan are hailed as Serie A challengers and lashed out at his team’s “embarrassing” performance against Cagliari.Gonzalo Higuain’s first Rossoneri goal salvaged a draw at Sardegna Arena on Sunday, cancelling out Joao Pedro’s early opener on the midfielder’s return from a doping ban.Suso forced two saves from Alessio Cragno in the closing stages, while Higuain headed a Diego Laxalt cross wide, but Gattuso was furious at his side’s first-half display. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “The start we have had is a problem that we have to solve,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.”The first 20 minutes were embarrassing. If you go down 2-0 in this game we cannot recover it anymore.”We did a lot of good, but in those 20 minutes it was a very bad game on the mental level, tactical, over everything.”I did not see any offensive insertion in the first half hour, that’s not good enough. The road is still long, today we went well.”Milan have a game in hand over leaders Juventus but sit eight points off the pace after their opening three fixtures, leading Gattuso to mock pundits who suggest they could rival the Bianconeri.”I laugh when people say that we are the second or third best team,” he added.”Our potential is strong, but if we do not win these games it becomes tough. “I do not want to throw my hands in the air, but there is still a long way to go. If we can learn to manage certain situations we can have an important season.”If you want to be a contender for a championship you cannot afford to have an attitude like this – and this happened last year.”last_img read more

Nurses Support Review of No-User Fees Policy

first_imgThe Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) supporting the Government’s move to review the abolition of user fees in the public health care system. The 2012/2013 LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year, Victoria Melhado, made the declaration at a public education forum staged by the NAJ on November 23, at Emancipation Park in New Kingston. Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, informed earlier this year, that two studies are to be undertaken to identify gaps in the system, in areas such as human resource, finance, and the provision of medical, nursing, pharmacy, allied health and auxiliary health services. He said the review process is in keeping with Government’s thrust to strengthen primary health care, and to raise the bar as it relates to the services provided in secondary and tertiary health care facilities. The Health Minister, at the time, stated that while Government wants to offer free health care, it cannot afford to adequately fund quality care across the system. He said that the aim is to come up with a workable alternative, and assured that whatever solution is arrived at, no one would be denied access to health care. Nurse Melhado, in stating her association’s approval of the review, stated that persons in first world countries pay to receive and experience quality health care and so too should Jamaicans. “This is the Nurses Association of Jamaica stance, and a general consensus amongst health care workers, especially those of us who are working at the bedsides of patients each day,” she stated. She said the association is of the opinion that special arrangements can be made for the most vulnerable in the society, such as children and the elderly, but “other persons should acknowledge some amount of social responsibility.” The education forum, under the theme: ‘Against Child Abuse, Incest and Child Trafficking: Let’s Protect Our Children!’, was held in collaboration with the non- government organisation, Be Inspired International, which Nurse Melhado heads. The event sought to bring attention to various issues affecting children and to examine measures in place, and strategies being implemented,to safeguard their rights, in terms of prevention, protection and prosecution.  The event formed part of activities to mark Youth and Parent Month, as well as International Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, in November.last_img read more

Defamation Act Passed in the House of Representatives

first_imgStory Highlights A key feature of the Bill is the abolition of the distinction between libel and slander. The amended Defamation Act 2013, which seeks to replace the decades-old slander and libel laws, was passed in the House of Representatives on November 5 with bi-partisan support.According to Attorney General, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, who led the debate, a key feature of the Bill is the abolition of the distinction between libel and slander and the establishment of a single cause of action to be known as defamation.It also seeks to abolish the law related to criminal libel and to institute a legal limit of two years within which a lawsuit for defamation can be filed instead of the previous six years.Additionally, the Bill introduces provision for the media not being liable, if it innocently disseminates information from a reputable source, and also replaces the defence of justification with the defence of truth.It also provides provisions for the resolution of disputes without court proceedings, as well as modification for the defence of fair comment.In giving support to the Act, Opposition Spokesperson on National Security and Justice, Delroy Chuck said “there is very little disagreement with the provisions of the Bill”.He noted that the Opposition is in “full support” of the Bill, as it seeks  to remove a historical legacy of criminal libel, where persons could have been charged for making “outrageous” comments.“It has also made it very clear that once a publication is truthful and fair or if it is qualified in certain circumstances that you (the media) have freedom of expression,” he said.Jamaica previously operated with a Libel and Slander Act, which was passed in 1851, and the Defamation Act, which was passed in 1961.The legislation was passed in the Upper House in July. The Bill introduces provision for the media not being liable. The amended Defamation Act 2013 seeks to replace the decades-old slander and libel laws.last_img read more

Province Announces an Independent Investigative Unit

first_imgThe province is developing an independent investigative unit for Nova Scotia’s police system, Justice Minister Ross Landry announced today, Nov. 24. “We are ready to move forward developing a program to bring our justice system to the level of accountability that Nova Scotians have asked for,” said Mr. Landry. “We want a model that Nova Scotians trust and can be proud of. Pride in our justice system and accountability to those we serve is what this government continues to strive for.” The province is improving its supervision of the police system and will develop a more accountable and transparent model to investigating police actions when necessary. “It is our intent to support this new program by funding up to seven positions to ensure a faster process and a team of investigators that can cover all of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Landry. The province is consulting with the other Atlantic provinces, police agencies and interested groups to develop a model for an Atlantic or a provincial special investigative unit that is arms length from law enforcement agencies. “From a provincial police perspective, this is a step in the right direction,” said Nova Scotia RCMP Chief Superintendent Blair McKnight. “The RCMP is very supportive of enhanced independent review. We look forward to working with the province in developing a model that works for Nova Scotians and ensures a process that is both accountable and transparent.” “Halifax Regional Police fully supports the concept of an independent investigative unit, which will place investigations of serious incidents involving police at arm’s length and provide a board that is independent of police agencies,” said Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank Beazley. “This process will help to ensure impartiality and transparency and bolster the public’s confidence in police.” Many other provinces have independent investigative units that investigate serious incidents, including death or serious injury or public interest concern, resulting from the actions of a police officer, and possibly of correctional officers and sheriffs.last_img read more

George W Bush To Be Honored As Father Of The Year

first_imgPresident George W. Bush will be honored as 2015 Father Of The Year at an event later this month.The National Father’s Day Council will honor three outstanding fathers on June 18 for their success in balancing accomplished careers and the demands of fatherhood at its 74th Annual Father of the Year Awards benefit luncheon. Proceeds of the event will benefit Save the Children.The National Father’s Day Committee is part of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc., a non-profit association that has as its mission the recognition and awarding of honors to role model contemporary Fathers and Mothers, while at the same time contributing to issues affecting the life and well-being of men, women and families.Past honorees have included Presidents Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Generals Douglas MacArthur, Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, sports notables Arthur Ashe, Jim Kelly and Steve Young, and communications leaders Tim Russert and Harry Smith. To learn more about The National Father’s Day Council, visit www.fathersdaycouncil.org.The event is set to take place at the New York Hilton Hotel.last_img read more

UN urges calm amid clashes along EgyptGaza border

6 January 2010The United Nations urged calm by all sides amid recent violence along the border between Egypt and Gaza, including the killing of an Egyptian security officer today, as protests continue over a delayed aid convoy headed for the Gaza Strip. “We are troubled by the violence along the Egypt-Gaza border,” Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters. “We call for calm and respect for Egyptian sovereignty,” he added.According to media reports, Egyptian security officials said the officer was hit by Palestinian gunfire from across the border. Dozens of protesters were also reportedly hurt during the demonstrations held on Tuesday, called for by Hamas, which took over control of Gaza in June 2007 from the Palestinian Authority.The ongoing Israeli blockade of Gaza, imposed following the Hamas takeover, has limited the amount of goods that can enter the area, triggering a humanitarian crisis for 1.5 million Palestinian inhabitants.UN officials and aid agencies have repeatedly called on Israel to lift the restrictions so that essential supplies, including food, fuel and construction materials, can enter Gaza and to increase freedom of movement in both directions.Just yesterday, Mr. Ban, in a phone call with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, expressed appreciation for the fact that limited amounts of glass were now being allowed into Gaza for the repair of homes but pressed for further imports of needed material for reconstruction.“We remain deeply concerned at unsustainable conditions in Gaza and reiterate the need for the re-opening of all crossings as envisaged by the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access,” stated Mr. Nesirky. read more

Registration cost of new private companies slashed

““I am pleased to inform the House that as part of changes in the fees, we have reduced the fee of registration of a Private Limited Company by as much as Rs 11000,” Bathiudeen told Parliament today. Minister Bathiudeen was making a statement on the increase of Company registration fees by the Registrar of Companies (RoC) as a follow-up to the proposal made in the 2016 Budget. The registration cost of new private companies has been slashed by the Government, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.Bathiudeen said that new companies registered in Sri Lanka last year surged by 7 percent while the key state institution in charge of such new company registrations reported an enormous revenue flow to it’s coffers in 2016. The proposal made in Section 419 of the 2016 Budget speech was to review the fees and charges made by different Government entities every three years by all the Chief Accounting Officers and Accounting Officers including Revenue Accounting Officers in the public sector. “I am pleased to inform the House that as part of changes in fees we have reduced the fee of registration of a Private Limited Company under Form 1 by as much as Rs 11000. In that we reduced this fee from Rs 15000.00 to 4000.00 to develop entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka. All fee changes are effective from January 1, 2017,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Is There Much Hope For The Colts With Jacoby Brissett As QB

The only person who appeared unmoved by the announcement was — unsurprisingly — Bill Belichick.When the rest of the football world recovered, the consensus outlook for the Colts under Brissett wasn’t particularly good. On Sunday, Las Vegas dropped the line on the Colts win total from 9.5 to 6.5 wins. Our FiveThirtyEight Elo system dropped the Colts from a 9.2 win team to 7.5 wins. And as seen on Sunday Night Football, the model developed by Pro Football Focus put the new Colts win total at 7.1, down from nine wins.Looking at Brissett’s performance over his career, it’s easy to see why the math and the markets are bearish on the Colts’ prospects. Indianapolis has a 4-11 record in games Brissett started, and the quarterback has averaged 6.6 yards per attempt over his career, below the league average of 7.2 for the years Brissett has been active. Brissett averaged just more than 200 yards passing per game in his only full season as a starter — a season in which he compiled a QBR of 41.5 — and his career completion percentage is just 59.1 percent. These numbers are not good.We can try to find a silver lining. Completion percentage can sometimes be misleading. Quarterbacks who attempt deeper passes at a higher rate than their peers will see their stat line punished despite the fact that they are helping their team by attempting more valuable throws. If we account for how deep Brissett’s passing attempts have been over his career, however, we find that there aren’t many depths where he’s above league average — although the sample sizes at some depths aren’t large enough for us to conclude this with certainty. It surprised everyone. The news that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring Saturday night set Twitter on tilt and was met with skepticism from grizzled beat reporters, boos from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd and even disbelief from new starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett: Among active QBs, Brisset ranks in the bottom 10 percent in completion percentage over expected. His poor performance is exacerbated by the fact that Brissett also doesn’t attack downfield as often as Luck did. Brissett’s average depth of target — a measure of the distance downfield a quarterback throws — is just 7.2 yards, 1.4 less than Luck’s 8.6. The Colts will need Brissett to target star wideout T.Y. Hilton often to compete offensively, and Hilton’s average depth of target is located well downfield at 12.4 yards. This is a legitimate cause for concern. In 2017 — the only full season Hilton and Brissett have played together — Hilton saw his targets drop to just 109 after 155 in 2016.1With 15 games of Luck.There’s really no sugar-coating the Colts’ 2019 prospects. Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard has been widely praised for the work he’s done since taking over from Ryan Grigson in 2017. But losing a franchise quarterback when you’ve built a team around the idea that you’re currently in a championship window will stress the skills of even the most competent GMs. Ballard’s options are unpalatable but clear: Try to win now with the team he’s assembled and risk being trapped in a purgatory of mediocrity while the cheap talent ages out of their early contracts, or front-load the pain and tank this season in an attempt to secure a high pick in what looks to be a promising quarterback draft class.In a league where having a franchise quarterback is damn near everything, Brissett’s value to the Colts might be highest as air cover for a front office and coaching staff trying to lose as many games as possible. read more

Flash floods turn M2 into a river as Britain battles storm which

The M2 was closed between junctions four and five while traffic officials battled the large amounts of standing water.Forecasters also warned that more thunderstorms were likely on Wednesday morning, however it was difficult to predict where. The Met Office added: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded or struck by lightning, causing damage to some buildings.”The latest weather warning comes just days after services at Stansted Airport were severely disrupted when a lightning strike left the aircraft fuelling system temporarily unavailable.Some flights due to land were also diverted to airports more than 100 miles away.In the West Midlands, a person was rushed to hospital on Sunday night after being rescued from the roof of a car submerged in floodwater.A man in his 80s died after his vehicle became submerged in floodwaters in Walsall.Residents of Selly Oak, Birmingham had to be rescued by firefighters using boats. “However, it is often the case that in the summer months we see these short sharp rain showers, followed by a longer dry spell. That is the nature of the beast.” The spokesperson added that it was predicted that some regions could see “up to 30mm in an hour or 40-50mm in a couple of hours.” Forecasters warned that more thunderstorms were likely on Wednesday morningCredit:Stephen Lock Forecasters warned that more thunderstorms were likely on Wednesday morning The UK is braced for further rain as forecasters warn some regions could see up to two inches fall in just a few hours. The Met Office today extended a yellow warning for rain across southern England which is due to last until 6am tomorrow, despite it originally set to end at 10pm today.The rain and thunderstorms have so far caused travel chaos with part of the M2 closed today and Cannon Street tube station in London was shut to some underground trains due to flooding.Across the capital  London Fire Bridge were called to 50 flooding incidents at 30 properties in just one hour.A Met Office spokesperson said: “This is only the third time we have seen a storm like this in 10 years. The average rainfall for May is 57mm however some places, including Bexley have seen 19.5mm in just six hours.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Grouse shooting cancelled at Balmoral due to shortage of birds

“Although the Duke of Edinburgh doesn’t shoot after having a heart stent fitted several years ago, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew both shoot and the Queen enjoys accompanying the shoot and having a picnic. “The torrential rain has put a stop to fly fishing on the River Dee so there it not much to do up in Balmoral at the moment.” A member of a shooting party holds a hunted grouse on the Rottal Moor on the opening day of the Grouse shooting season on MondayCredit:RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS A member of a shooting party holds a hunted grouse on the Rottal Moor on the opening day of the Grouse shooting season on Monday It has long been one of the highlights of the royals’ calendar but it will be a less Glorious 12th for the Queen this year after grouse shooting was cancelled at Balmoral due to a shortage of birds.The extreme weather and an outbreak of heather beetle, which has decimated food supplies in the Scottish Highlands, has been blamed for the decision to cancel all grouse shooting on Her Majesty’s estate in Aberdeenshire.It comes after many moors in the north of England and the Scottish borders had to abandon planned events last year in order to allow the grouse stocks to recover.But they have not recovered enough at Balmoral, where the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York shoot regularly during the grouse season from August 12 to December 10.A royal source said: “It is a real blow to the royals’ summer holiday plans because grouse shooting is usually the main activity for the royals and their guests. A royal spokeswoman confirmed: “Grouse populations are cyclical and to retain and preserve stock there will be no shooting this year.” Boris Johnson is understood to be preparing to visit the 93-year-old monarch at her private home near Ballater, which is set in 50,000 acres, over the August bank holiday weekend.Dr Adam Smith, Scotland director of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, said: “We haven’t finished our grouse counts yet but there are plenty of moors the length and breadth of Scotland reporting a poor breeding year. “There’s a wide range of factors, the heather quality being one. A lot of moors have been affected by heather beetle outbreaks which have affected food supplies for grouse. “It’s also been a funny year of weather in that it was exceptionally dry for the first four months of the year and then latterly, appallingly wet. We’d started out with some hope and cautioned last year against over shooting but the situation hasn’t turned itself around enough in Scotland.”The shortage of grouse last year was the worst in over a decade, with half of grouse shoots across England and Wales cancelling their entire 2018 shooting programmes.Last year, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation admitted there were “no guarantees shooting will resume last year” after extreme weather was compounded by reported high numbers of parasites contributing to the deaths of grouse chicks. read more

Northstar Travel Group Acquires Schneider Publishing Assets

first_img That aforementioned new sports division, consisting, as of now, of the TEAMS conference and SportsTravel, will live within Northstar’s Meetings Group, which also includes Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings, among other properties. Both Association News and Meetings Quest will also apparently fall into the Meetings Group’s portfolio, albeit not as part of the sports division. Secaucus, NJ-based Northstar Travel Group has acquired the assets of L.A.-based Schneider Publishing, including a trio of annual events and a pair of related media brands, the company announced today. Presented by SportsTravel and held annually since 1998, TEAMS attracts over 1,000 executives and event managers from the sports-event and hospitality industries, according to Northstar, while Meetings Quest — presented by Association News — is the longest-running trade show series for meeting planners in the U.S. Schneider first purchased Meetings Quest and integrated it with its existing Association News brand in 2013. “Finding the right strategic partner with the necessary capabilities over a range of areas — event management, digital media, and database marketing, to name a few — was important to me to scale the business,” said president and CEO Timothy Schneider, who will join Northstar as chairman of a new sports division. “Working with Tom [Kemp], David [Blansfield] and the Northstar team, we’ll be leveraging Northstar’s strengths to enhance and expand our offerings in service of our customers.” Also included in Northstar’s purchase is the Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic, an annual tournament started in 1987 by Meetings Quest founder Jimmy Dunn and previously held in Washington, D.C. each March, but relocated to Las Vegas for the fall of 2017. Included in the sale are SportsTravel and Association News magazines, as well as their respective live-event counterparts: the TEAMS Conference & Expo and Meetings Quest. It’s the third major acquisition for Northstar Travel Group since the company was itself acquired by Wasserstein Partners last June, following a pair of data-focused tech investments by SaaS subsidiary Inntopia.last_img read more

Air Station Advocates Remain Skeptical about Lake Ontario Wind Farm

first_imgSupporters of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station remain concerned about the potential for a proposed wind farm located 25 miles from the western New York base to interfere with flight training despite the reassurances of a former DOD official working for the developer.David Belote, who had been the first director of the Pentagon’s Siting Clearinghouse, told base supporters that defense officials believe the project on the shores of Lake Ontario would not interfere with military testing or training activities in the area. That conclusion followed an informal analysis by the clearinghouse.“They showed us some stuff that indicated they’re doing their due diligence. I don’t think they had anything definitive,” said John Cooper Sr., president of the Niagara Military Affairs Council.Belote said the project would not affect the installation’s C-130 operations or drone operations slated to come to the air reserve station soon.Installation advocates remain skeptical, however, reported the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. DOD will not conduct a formal review of the project until Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy reveals the exact height and location of the turbines. Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert worries the DOD review doesn’t consider the same factors the department takes into account when it prepares its BRAC recommendations.“Neither an informal or the required formal review would ever answer the most pressing question facing Niagara County and our region, which is whether Lighthouse Wind would impact the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station encroachment score in future BRAC proceedings,” said Engert, who recently met with Belote.“The stakes are awfully high,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more