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Railways to take action against dope tainted athletes Ashwini Akkunji and Sini Jose

first_imgIndian Railways is all set to take stern action against the dope tainted athletes, Ashwini Akkunji and Sini Jose, who are its employees.”We have the results of ‘A’ samples as of now. We are having a look and taking the matter seriously. We are waiting for the ‘B’ samples. Meanwhile, we have sent notices to players,” Jhanja Tripathy, secretary and executive director (sports) at Railway Sports Promotion Board Directorate, told PTI Bhasha.When asked if sample ‘B’ also turns out positive, she said, “We can withdraw all the privileges from the athletes.”Indian athletics was rocked by a doping scandal in the last few days when eight athletes tested positive for banned substances, including Commonwealth Games and Asian Games gold-winning relay quartet members — Akkunji and Jose.Railway Sports Promotion Board directorate has sent notices to both the athletes as well as southern railways as Akkunji is from Udupi district (Karnataka) and Sini is an employed at Ernakulam, Kerala.Asked if the athletes could lose their jobs, Tripathy said, “If they were on probation, they might have lost their jobs but they are permanent employees of the Railways. We will see what will be the further course of action.”Meanwhile, Railway Sports Promotion Board directorate joint secretary S K Singh said that the department has written letters to both the Southern Railways and Athletics Federation of India (AFI).”We have written to AFI and Southern Railways and waiting for their replies,” said S K Singh.”Nada and AFI will take action against them first,” he added.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

World T20 Ind vs Eng: Dhoni happy with problem of plenty

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni doesn’t give away much by way of expressions, but by his standards, the grin he sported throughout the post-match press conference showed he was as pleased as punch.In response to a query about whether the 90-run annihilation of England had given him confidence to play five bowlers in the Super Eights, Dhoni said: “It’s a problem of plenty, and I’d rather have this. I don’t know what the team combination for the next matches is going to be, but it will be a difficult decision.” That difficulty was courtesy a stellar performance from comeback men Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla, and Dhoni was full of praise for the spinners, who had replaced the rested Zaheer Khan and R Ashwin.”Bhajji bowled well, his length was great and he didn’t bowl short; in fact he got the batsmen to drive and bowled with a very aggressive mindset. He looked very focused and another thing is that if we decide to go in with six batsmen in the future, he gives us a handy option lower down the order. I’ve seen him bowl better, but in the circumstances, given that he was coming back and was desperate to do well, it was a brilliant performance,” said Dhoni.”Piyush was also very good and we know how he can cause problems with his wrong one (googly). Irfan (Pathan) gave us crucial early breakthroughs too and that was important because we tend to leak runs early on.” Asked about the crucial knocks played by previously out-of- form batsmen Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir, Dhoni said: “Personally, I rate Rohit very highly, and he has been one of our most successful T20 batsmen, along with Suresh Raina. He can play all the strokes and can operate in different gears, and today he took the responsibility. Gautam has been critical for us in the past because he is a very aggressive player by nature and is one of our best players of spin too. He had a lean patch recently but an innings like this can make you a changed batsman.”advertisementlast_img read more

Secrets of the Sisterhood: Glassdoor Women On Their Best Career Advice

first_img Know Your Worth Maya Angelou once said, “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” Candid, uncensored and absolutely true, Angelou embodied what was to be a confident woman who was never too busy to empower her fellow sister.On International Women’s Day, it is more important than ever to inspire and guide the next generation of #girlbosses to make their mark on the world. In that effort, we reached out to our fellow Glassdoor sisters to ask, “What is your best piece of career advice for young women?” From engineers to marketers, senior executives to associates, U.S. nationals and international team members, the advice poured in. Why the excitement? Because Glassdoor is dedicated to helping achieve equality in the workplace.So here’s what Glassdoor’s best and brightest have to offer to young women who are working hard and blazing trails:“Always say yes not only to the opportunities that come knocking at your door, but especially to the hidden opportunities that are just sitting there and no one has found them yet – being enthusiastic about work is the single greatest gift you can give to yourself.” —Jyotsna Jayaraman, Senior Data Analyst“Keep challenging yourself by choosing scary or hard career decisions, you’ll surprise yourself.” —Heather Friedland, Chief Product Officer“You don’t have to act like a man to make it in business, be exactly who you are and those strengths translate to your success in ways you may not have realized possible. For example, ladies who flirt to get what they want at work are silly. Women who use their unique skill sets to assess relationships, communicate effectively and influence leadership are the ones who get shit done. Be a badass girl boss, not an imposter of a dude.” —Lisa Holden, Employer Communications Manager“Keep challenging yourself. Don’t ever settle. I think it’s so important to encourage young women to constantly push themselves in every aspect of their career. Too often I see women not apply for roles because they think they’re under-qualified. Or forgo negotiating a higher salary because the offer is ‘good enough.’ Or stay quiet when they disagree because they don’t want to seem “difficult.” Push yourself and don’t be afraid. Don’t back down from anything that may intimidate you. Without the fight, you’ll never know what you can achieve. And in a world where men still dominate leadership roles, it’s important to be confident and make your voice heard.” —Stephanie Sosa, Senior Engagement Marketing Associate“The best way to negotiate for your next job is to be great at your current one.” —Kira Federer, Senior Manager of Product Marketing“Step outside your comfort zone early and often.  Life is made up of experiences in a range of different settings. One can go through life very comfortable in familiar roles and places. However, growth and expansion often come from stepping outside of normal to learn new skills, live in new places, experience new companies and cultures, and meet new people. If an opportunity makes you uneasy, it might be the perfect leap to take.” —Dawn Lyon, VP of Global Corporate Affairs“Don’t be afraid to take chances. Never be afraid to negotiate when you know your value, get paid what you’re worth. Always make sure you have happiness at work: it’s never worth suffering through 40 hours a week if you can’t find a reason to smile at least a few times per day.” —Andrea Johnson, Senior Customer Success Manager“You don’t have to be perfect to be loved. If you’re having a bad hair day or wore the wrong shoes or accidentally sent an email to the wrong person – it’s okay.” —Fritzi Roth, Product Specialist-Germany“Do not be afraid to take risks or ask questions. I’ve always found that when paired together, these are two notions compliment each other so well. If you learn to ask the right questions, and be naturally curious — taking on risk in your career will be more strategic. Everyone you interact with on a day to day has career goals, both long and short term. The more you can understand what others are trying to achieve, the easier it is to align your goals. This allows more confidence when taking on riskier projects or positions.” —Jill Singerland, Enterprise Account Manager“Ruthlessly prioritize what you want from your career and make sure you take steps to get there. This can mean some personal changes as well as changes in the way we manage our homes especially when you have a partner.” —Divya Tiwari, Senior Software Engineer“Have an unwavering belief in yourself, what you’re made of, and what got you this far. When it comes to making career decisions, I’ve found that it typically works out best when you prioritize enjoying your work and who you are working over superficial perks or fancy titles.” —Kate Ahlering, VP of Sales, Talent Solutions“Find a mentor outside of your current company. It’s great to have a good relationship with your manager and your peers, but if you want the cold, hard truth and some real feedback, find yourself a mentor who is not at your company. You’ll be able to ask them more questions and tell them about your doubts without fear of how that will make you appear. This also makes it more likely that they’ll be able to share more information on negotiation and compensation, which is a sensitive topic if you’re at the same company.” —Brianna Jang, Lead Product Manager“Be vocal. Don’t be afraid to voice when you are underpaid or undervalued. Be yourself and push down as many walls as you can. If you aren’t doing things that make you a little scared, then you aren’t working hard enough.” —Alicia Garibaldi, Associate Director of B2B Marketing“Don’t let anyone tell you, ‘You can’t be picky.’ You can. If you’re looking for a job and company that will challenge you, motivate you and give you opportunities to grow, you should not settle for anything until you find it. Whatever you are looking for, it’s out there, and you shouldn’t accept anything less.” —Sydney Cohen, Content Marketing Coordinator“Don’t be afraid to ask for what you deserve. When I first started my career, I was too afraid to negotiate my salary. I didn’t want to jeopardize my job offer. Because of this, I spent many years trying to get to the level of pay I thought I deserved.” —Shay Berry, Senior Marketing Manager“Constantly learn, you are always a student. Don’t expect someone to teach you, seek your own growth and it will come.” —Samantha Zupan, Senior Director of Global Corporate Communications“Three, five and 10 year goals are great to have, but be prepared for life to be very different than you planned.  The only constant there is is change.  So, learn to roll with it.  The more flexible and adaptable you can be, the more successful and happier you will be too.”  —Laura Moon, VP of Content & Community“Do not be afraid to take an educated risk. If you feel you have what it takes then go for it. Failure is not a bad thing and all great successes were built on a sea of failures. I love this quote from the chap that invented the light bulb, after he ‘failed’ multiple times to make his invention work: ‘I now know of over 9000 ways in which the light bulb won’t work.’” —Leanne Kehoe, Head of Channel Sales UK“Recognize your strengths and spend more time focusing on how to continue to grow and use them and spend less time focusing on your areas of weakness. Early in your career when you don’t have your experience to rely on, your strengths are your secret weapon. Use them!” —Annie Pearl, VP of Product Management Also on Glassdoor:last_img read more

Unspoiled: Inside Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Healthy Employee Culture

first_img New Restaurant Opening in Mesquite East – Now Hiring Chipotle Mesquite, TX 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Team Member Chipotle Easton, PA 3.4★ 3.4★ It has been a rough month for Chipotle Mexican Grill.  First, there was a norovirus outbreak at a Virgina restaurant. Then, a video of rodents in one of the fresh-food restaurant’s Texas outposts went viral on social media. Stocks fell and Goldman Sachs decided to cut price targets, which reports say has already cost Chipotle $1.1 billion in market cap.  Consumer sentiment has waivered and, for some, Taco Tuesdays just aren’t the same.However, one vital element of the brand has remained strong: employee culture. And executives are leaning on their employees now more than ever to bolster the brand.This week, a service member in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma shared, “The environment is upbeat, and fast paced. They are always pushing you to do better, and the benefits, and promotions will not be overlooked if you’re a good worker.” Citing a “good outlook” on the company and noting an approval of the CEO, he/she added, “Definitely fast paced, can be hard to keep up with everything. But if you have good management, and a team that cares, it’s awesome.”  Another member of the restaurant crew in Liberty Township, Ohio told Chipotle management, “Keep up the good work.” Chipotle has a 3.5 overall company rating that has remained steady over the past year, and high ratings for culture & values, career opportunities, and compensation. The average company rating on Glassdoor is a 3.3 (based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied).From educational assistance programs to promoting over 11,000 people last year, Chipotle is proving its dedication to professional and personal development for all of its full and part-time employees.  Additionally, the restaurant is looking to hire over 5,000 team members and open new locations in Maryland, New York, North Carolina, California, and Vancouver this summer.To dig further into what makes Chipotle a great employer and how it continues to invest in its employees to overcome the public turmoil, I spoke with Chipotle’s recruitment marketing strategist Elizabeth Skinner. Here she gets candid about what makes the company thrive.Glassdoor: Employees love working at Chipotle as we see the strong rating on Glassdoor – How does your executive team make this a great place to work day in and day out?Elizabeth Skinner: At Chipotle, we’re committed to helping our employees grow their career each and every day – we’ll make sure you’re never bored! Our comprehensive training program will coach you through all your responsibilities in the restaurant – from preparing fresh ingredients and using classic cooking techniques to serving up a great guest experience on the line. We even have iPads in each restaurant with instructional videos to support your training.Glassdoor: Promoting over 11,000 people in one year is huge. Why is Chipotle an amazing place for someone to build a career over the long term?Elizabeth Skinner: One of the best parts about building a career at Chipotle is that there’s always more to learn and room to grow. As a new member of the team, you’re given a crash course in business and culinary training. You’ll learn skills like building sales, properly dicing an onion (tear-free!), and taking inventory – but that’s just the beginning. Once you become a manager, you’ll be running a multi-million-dollar business and focus on mentoring a team of 30 or so employees. The best part? Our mentors receive a bonus each time they help a team member reach General Manager and beyond. When they grow, so do you.Glassdoor: What do you look for in candidates when hiring? Prove 3 or 4 traits or skills that are vital to being successful at Chipotle.Elizabeth Skinner: We don’t require Crew members to have previous work experience before joining our team. Instead, we’re focused on finding candidates who are passionate, eager to learn, and work well with others – all qualities that are vital to delivering an excellent guest experience.Glassdoor: What is the biggest misconception candidates have about interviewing at your company?Elizabeth Skinner: Many of our team members come to Chipotle just looking for a job to pay the bills. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that we offer much more than that, however. Chipotle is committed to giving all employees the opportunity to build a career – fast. On average, the journey from Crew to General Manager takes a little more than three years. Glassdoor: What are 3 to 5 interview questions you ask all candidates?Elizabeth Skinner: In our interviews, we’re really looking to learn more about who you are. What are you passionate about? Do you work well with others? Where do you see yourself in a year? We also place great value on our guest service. I’d expect a few questions on that, too!Learn more about Chipotle and their company culture by visiting their employer profile on Glassdoor! 3.4★ New Restaurant Opening in Lockport – Now Hiring Chipotle Lockport, IL Restaurant Team Member – Crew Chipotle Falls Church, VA New Restaurant Opening in Beckett Ridge – Now Hiring Chipotle West Chester, OH Restaurant Team Member – Crew (2115 – Mt. Chipotle Mount Laurel, NJ 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 3.4★ Cook Chipotle Ashburn, VA 23 hours ago 23h New Restaurant Opening in Painesville – Now Hiring Chipotle Painesville, OH Available Jobs at Chipotle Server Chipotle Malvern, PA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h See more jobs at Chipotle 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 3.4★ 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Cashier Chipotle Ashburn, VA 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho assured of Barcelona bid

first_imgGuangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho is a priority target for Barcelona.The Brazil international revealed talks with Barca last Friday and Sport says he is now a priority for the Catalans.Barca know Paulinho’s Guangzhou Evergrande deal carries a €40 million buyout clause and they’re willing to match it.The two parties have held positive discussions, with Paulinho excited about the plans outlined to him by Barca officials.The player’s restrain in his public comments has been out of respect to his Chinese club, with Barca knowing a diplomatic approach to negotiations is the best way to getting a deal closed smoothly.last_img read more

Mendes joins camp to find buyer for Barcelona midfielder Turan

first_imgBarcelona are confident a buyer will be found for Arda Turan.New Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is keen to see the former Turkey midfielder sold, particularly after the arrival of Gerard Deulofeu from Everton.A move to Guangzhou Evergrande has fallen through, while Sport says enquiries from European rivals have dried up.However, Barca management is confident Turan will be sold this summer, with super agent Jorge Mendes now boasting his transfer rights. There’s a belief inside the club that Mendes will find the midfielder a new club before Barca’s players assemble for the start of preseason on July 12.last_img read more

The three things we all forget

first_img1. We’re not our audienceCheck that appeal/letter/message before you send it. Is it focused on you or your audience? The correct approach: focus on, respect and engage the audience first.2. Our audience doesn’t think like usCheck how you make your organization/services/information accessible to people. Is it presented to match your org chart or the mindframe of your audience? Correct approach: you guessed it, the latter.3. Our audience doesn’t take action without guidanceCheck every communication with your audience. Does it make it clear what you’re asking them to do and why? Is your “ask” unmistakable? Make sure it is.last_img read more

More Maternal Health on Al Jazeera

first_imgPosted on April 7, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)We’ve mentioned before the Birthrights series on Al Jazeera English, which is “exploring maternal health and the power, politics and poverty that impacts it around the world.” In addition to the series Riz Khan has discussed maternal health on his show, and earlier this week, Liya Kebede appeared on his show to discuss maternal health in depth. Watch it here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

1000 Day Countdown to MDG Deadline Begins with Global Social Media Rally

first_imgPosted on April 5, 2013March 13, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Today, April 5, marks the beginning of the 1000 day countdown to the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon sums up the current situation as follows:In the last dozen years, 600 million people have risen from extreme poverty — a fifty per cent reduction. A record number of children are in primary school — with an equal number of girls and boys for the first time. Maternal and child mortality have dropped. Targeted investments in fighting malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions of lives. Africa has cut AIDS-related deaths by one-third in just the past six years.There are also Goals and targets where we need far more progress. Too many women still die in childbirth, when we have the means to save them. Too many communities still lack basic sanitation, making unsafe water a deadly threat. In many parts of the world, rich and poor alike, inequalities are growing. Too many are still being left behind.This, Ban writes, should spur global action in many areas, including renewed efforts to ensure that women and girls have equal access to services and resources, that draw on the energy of the  “government to grassroots” global movement that has helped spur progress so far.Taking up this charge, organizations around the world are taking part in the Momentum 1000 global online rally today. From Momentum 1000:April 5th marks the 1,000-day milestone until the 2015 target date to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a development framework to improve lives worldwide. On that day, a community of individuals, organizations, and institutions will come together to celebrate successes to date, reinvigorate discussion on the MDGs themselves, and begin to advance a post-2015 development framework that builds on #MDGmomentum.While many events will provide an opportunity to discuss maternal health in the context of the Goals, a few events focus specifically on MDG5 on maternal health. These include an 11:00 AM (EDT) Every Woman’s Right: Access to Family Planning at 11:00 AM (EDT), which will be hosted by the UN Foundation’s Universal Access Project, Family Planning 2020 and Every Woman Every Child; and the 11:30 AM (EDT) MDG 5: A Matter of Life and Death Twitter chat, which will be hosted by UNFPA. To join the rally or learn more about individual events, visit the Momentum 1000 website, or join the discussion on Facebook here, or on Twitter using the hashtag #MDGmomentum.For more on what the final 1000 Days means for maternal health and the other Goals, visit the MDG website for new fact sheets and ways to take action. In addition, visit the Lancet to read A Healthy perspective: the post-2015 development agendaby the heads of WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF and other leading global health organizations, as well as the manifesto for maternal health developed at the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013. ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this:last_img read more

MS Dhoni dazzles with wife Sakshi in new TV advertisement

first_imgIndian cricket superstar has shared screen space with wife Sakshi in a television commercial for a popular toothpaste brand. In a video available online, Dhoni can be seen talking about the importance of inner strength during trying times in life.The television commercial shows Dhoni dressed in a casual green t-shit and spending quality time with his wife. Dhoni then recollects the time during which he had to be away on national duty despite the birth of his daughter, Ziva Dhoni.”Jab Ziva hui thi, I couldn’t be there. It was more important at the time that I stayed back with the team. I just smiled and got ready for the job at hand,” Dhoni said referring to India’s 2015 World Cup campaign in Australia. Dhoni led Team India to the semi-final of the quadrennial tournament wherein India were beaten by the eventual world champions.Dhoni then added that having a smile on his face when there is a responsibility to be taken care of is his “inner strength”, which seems to be the tagline of the toothpaste brand.Dhoni will be gearing up to feature in his fourth World Cup appearance when the global cricketing spectacle kickstarts in England and Wales on May 30. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, who had faced a lot of flak over his dip in batting form last year, had begun the World Cup year with a bang, scoring three back-to-back hal-centuries in India’s historic 2-1 ODI series win in Australia.Dhoni carried the form to New Zealand wherein he made handy contribution to the team’s cause in a five-match ODI and a three-match T20I series.advertisementHowever, Dhoni was once again under the pump after the recently-concluded first T20I between India and Australia in Visakhapatnam as he struggled to get his timing right on a sluggish wicket.Dhoni was unable to give the Indian innings the much-needed impetus towards the end overs as he managed just 29 runs from 37 balls. India finished with a sub-par total of 126 runs on the board. Australia gunned down the total despite India bowlers holding their nerves and taking the match into the final over.Jasprit Bumrah came up with death-bowling masterclass, conceding just two runs and picking up two wickets in the penultimate over of Australia’s run chase. However, Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins thrived under pressure and took the visitors past the finish line after collecting 14 runs off the final over from Umesh Yadav.India face a must-win situation when they face Australia in the second T20I in Bengaluru on Wednesday, February 27.Also Read | No talks with government as yet on India-Pak World Cup tie, says BCCI officialAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a class act, has a great cricketing brain: Pat Cumminslast_img read more

Realme X, Realme X Youth Edition full specs listed on TENAA ahead of launch

first_imgIn addition to the flagship Realme X, the company is also rumoured to launch the Realme X Youth Edition on May 15 in China. The Youth Edition or Realme X Lite as some reports call it, is widely expected to be a rebranded Realme 3 Pro (Review). The company has been revealing a bunch of details about the Realme X ahead of its launch, and we now have a few more details about the device as well as the Realme X Youth Edition as they stop by Chinese certification site TENAA.Starting with the Realme X, the phone has been up on TENAA for a while now but the site has updated the page to provide more info. The Realme X will sport a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 91.3 screen-to-body ratio, most of which have been confirmed by Realme already. The Realme X is also expected to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor thanks to the OLED display.The Realme X is listed with a 2.2 GHz octa-core processor and this is most likely the Snapdragon 730 SoC. The TENAA listing mentons 4GB of RAM, which should be the base model as the phone will likely offer up to 8GB of RAM being a flagship. You can also expect Android Pie with ColorOS 6 and a 3,680mAh battery. Realme has already confirmed that the Realme X will come with a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary camera. The second camera on the back should offer a 5MP sensor for depth photos. The pop-up selfie camera is said to house a 16MP sensor. The Realme X will launch in a Black-Blue gradient colour and a White colour in China.advertisementMeanwhile, we the Realme X Youth Edition will a 6.3-inch FHD+ waterdrop display. It will be powered by a 2.2 GHz octa-core processor, which is most likely a Snapdragon 710 SoC. It is also listed in two configurations – 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB. These specs closely resemble the hardware of the Realme 3 Pro, which was launched in India a few days ago.The Realme X Youth Edition will also get the same 16MP + 5MP dual camera setup and 25MP selfie camera as the Realme 3 Pro. VOOC 3.0 fast charging is expected on bothe the Realme X and Realme X Youth Edition. The lightweight Realme X will come in Nitro Blue and Electro-optic Violet colours in China.ALSO READ | Realme X and Realme X Lite confirmed to launch on May 15 in ChinaALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypeALSO READ | Realme X will come with 48MP Sony IMX586 camera, Nightscape modelast_img read more

Real Madrid is trying to sell Gareth Bale, I have not disrespected anybody: Zinedine Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane said on Monday he had not “disrespected” Gareth Bale and it was the club who wanted to sell the Welsh forward, not him personally.Bale did not play for Real in their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, with Zidane revealing his absence was due to the club “working on his departure”.Bale’s agent labelled Zidane a “disgrace” in an interview with AFP but the Frenchman defended his conduct ahead of Real Madrid’s pre-season clash with Arsenal in Washington D.C.”At times my Spanish is very suspect,” Zidane told reporters. “I want to be very clear about this. Firstly, I have not disrespected anybody and least of all the player.”I have always said the same, the players are the most important and every time I am with a player here I will be with them always.”Second thing, I said the club is trying to sell him. Third point, I think it is very important and crucial to say that the other day Gareth did not change (play) because he did not want to.”He will train with us today. He will train with the squad today but tomorrow is tomorrow.”Gareth is a Real Madrid player. That is the most important thing, he is a player for the squad.”Bale, 30, has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then world record 100 million euros (£89.77 million) but he struggled to hold down his place in the starting side last season.advertisementAlso Read | Gareth Bale close to leaving Real Madrid, says Zinedine Zidanelast_img read more

Report: Everton 1 Man City 3

first_imgEverton 1 Manchester City 3: Guardiola’s men one win away from title Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 02:21 4/1/18 Man City - Cropped Twitter @ManCity A first-half blitz laid the foundations for Manchester City’s latest win as Everton were brushed aside on Saturday. Manchester City warmed up for a season-defining month with a commanding 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park to set up a potential Premier League title party against rivals United.Pep Guardiola’s side face Liverpool over two legs in the Champions League quarter-final and welcome their bitter Manchester rivals to the Etihad Stadium in April, when they will also travel to Tottenham.It is a run of games that could see them win the Premier League and take a huge step towards European glory, making Saturday’s dominant triumph a timely one as a victory next weekend would seal the top-flight crown. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The damage was done inside 12 minutes against a lacklustre Toffees team, with Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus on target, the former capping a fine move.Everton won this fixture 4-0 last season, serving Guardiola with the biggest league loss of his managerial career, but the hosts – who also grabbed a draw in Manchester in August – were well off the pace on this occasion.Guardiola’s 50th English top-flight victory – which saw City become only the third team to beat all 19 opponents in a single Premier League campaign – was wrapped up before the break as Raheem Sterling got in on the act, with Yannick Bolasie’s consolation goal doing nothing to prevent the leaders restoring their 16-point advantage at the summit.FT | 1-3 #efcvcity #mancity There we were, now here we are.One win from the title. — Manchester City (@ManCity) March 31, 2018 The visitors soon forged ahead in eye-catching fashion as Aymeric Laporte and David Silva brilliantly linked up, the latter driving the ball across goal for Sane to expertly volley in from eight yards.Bolasie then missed a glorious chance to level things up, heading over from close range, and Everton were quickly punished.City sprung forward and Jesus converted his first league goal since November from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross to put the champions-elect in control.A near-miss from Leighton Baines’ curling free-kick showed Sam Allardyce’s men carried some attacking threat, but it paled next to the brilliance of his counterpart’s well-oiled team.Silva shot narrowly wide from just outside the box and then returned to his familiar role of provider, laying on a simple finish for Sterling at the end of a rapid City counter-attack.37. @ sterling7 ‘s 21st goal and @ 21LVA ‘s 11th assist of the season! Absolute FLAMES, boys!0-3 #efcvcity #mancity — Manchester City (@ManCity) March 31, 2018 Fernandinho’s deflected strike called Jordan Pickford into action early in a second half during which Everton finally sought to challenge their opponents’ authority.That bolder approach paid dividends in the 63rd minute when Bolasie’s low, skidding effort beat Ederson and went in off the Brazilian’s right-hand upright to break the winger’s 525-day Premier League scoring drought.City were hardly rattled, though, and soon reasserted themselves by dictating the play, quashing any outside hopes of a Toffees revival in the closing stages.While City will simply hope for more of the same in their upcoming blockbuster fixtures as they go in pursuit of a treble, Everton must pick themselves up for the Merseyside derby, when the home crowd will be far less forgiving of a performance like this one.Key Opta Stats:- Pep Guardiola is now the second quickest manager to reach 50 Premier League wins in the competition’s history, doing so in just 69 matches. Only Jose Mourinho (63 games) reached 50 wins faster.- Guardiola has now beaten 21 of the 22 Premier League teams he has faced as a manager in the division, only failing to beat Middlesbrough in two attempts (D2).- This was the first time that Everton conceded three or more goals in the first half of a Premier League game at Goodison Park since August 2009 against Arsenal.- City are just the third club to have three players (Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva) reach double figures for assists in a single Premier League season, after Liverpool (1995-96) and Arsenal (2004-05).- David Silva has provided six Premier League assists against Everton, more than he has against any other side.- Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 42 assists in the Premier League, more than any other player in the top five European leagues.- Raheem Sterling has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season; only one Englishman in the Premier League has more – Harry Kane (35). read morelast_img read more

Ronaldo: Zidane made me feel special

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo said Zinedine Zidane made him feel special at Real Madrid as he hailed the legendary French midfielder’s coaching skills.Ronaldo left Madrid ahead of the 2018-19 season, joining Juventus in a blockbuster deal after three consecutive Champions League titles under Zidane’s leadership.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner enjoyed great success during his time with Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu, also winning La Liga in 2016-17. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And Ronaldo heaped praise on Zidane – who is in his second stint in charge of Madrid – as he discussed the pair’s relationship.”The confidence that a player needs doesn’t only come from himself but also from the players around him and the coach,” Ronaldo told DAZN.”You need to feel like you are an important part of the group and Zidane made me feel special.”He helped me a lot. I already had a lot of respect for him but working with him made me admire him more.”That’s because of what he’s like as a person, how he talks, how he led the team and how he treated me.”He’d tell me, ‘Cris, relax and just play your game – you are the one who is going to make the difference.'”He was always honest with me and that’s why I’ll always have a real affection for him.”Zidane returned to Real Madrid in March after departing following the 2018 Champions League final victory over Liverpool.He had been replaced by Julen Lopetegui, who lasted just a matter of months before being replaced himself by Santiago Solari.However, Solari didn’t fare much better as his tenure lasted just months as well before the club opted to move on to its third manager of the campaign.Following Real Madrid’s shock Champions League elimination to Ajax and with the club sputtering in La Liga, the Spanish giants turned to Zidane once again as the Frenchman signed a new deal that will keep him at the club through 2022.Ronaldo scored 21 Serie A goals in his first season with Italian champions Juventus, who won their eighth successive Scudetto.Juventus are set to open their Serie A campaign against Parma on August 24 while Real Madrid’s La Liga season begins this Saturday with a visit to Celta Vigo.last_img read more

32 MLAs in Andhra have serious criminal cases ADR

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 151 of the 174 newly-elected MLAs in the Andhra Pradesh Pradesh Assembly have declared criminal cases against them, with 55 or 32 per cent reporting “serious” criminal cases in their affidavits, according to the Andhra Pradesh Election Watch (APEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). Moreover, eight MLAs have been convicted, added the report. YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MLA Ramakrishna Reddy Pinnelli has declared a case related to murder while 10 other MLAs have declared cases related to attempt to murder. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Six MLAs have declared cases related to crime against women such as assault or criminal force against women with intent to outrage her modesty, word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of women. The report said seven MLAs have declared cases related to kidnapping. Among major parties, 50 (33 per cent) of the 150 MLAs analysed from YSRCP, four (17 per cent) of the 23 from Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and one from Jana Sena Party (JSP) have declared “serious” criminal cases in their affidavits. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations The APEW and ADR have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 174 of the 175 MLAs in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly: 160 men and 14 women. YSRCP MLA Karanam Dharmari from Chodavaram constituency was not analysed due to the unavailability of his complete and properly scanned affidavit on the Election Commission’s website, the report said. Of the 174 MLAs, 163 (94 per cent) are crorepatis, as per the report. It said a total of 140 (93 per cent) of the 150 MLAs analysed from YSRCP, 22 (96 per cent) of 23 from TDP and one from JSP have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore. The average asset per MLA is Rs 27.87 crore. The average asset per MLA for 150 YSRCP candidates is Rs 22.41 crore while it is Rs 64.61 crore for 23 TDP candidates. N. Chandrababu Naidu of TDP from Kuppam constituency is among the top three MLAs with highest declared assets, said the report. Naidu declared Rs 668 crore worth of assets in his affidavit. He is followed by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy (Rs 510 crore) of YSRCP from Pulivendla constituency and Nandamuri Balakrishna (Rs 274 crore) of TDP from Hindupur constituency.last_img read more

Coldest Night of the Year 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN. B.C. – Fort St. John Community Bridge is hosting the Annual Coldest Night of the Year walk. A family fun event that raises money for the less fortunate in our community.With the holiday season fast approaching, Community Bridge would like to send out a reminder to mark February 23rd, 2019 in your calendars to participate and walk in the Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser. Registration for the walk is $25 which includes an entry for the walk, a commemorative toque, delicious chilli dinner donated by the NLC and more great prizes donated by local companies. Walkers can choose to fundraise for the entry to the event in exchange for the $25 entry.The walk starts and finishes at the Northern Lights College, which can be either a 2km or 5km walk from the College to the Credit Union and then back to the college.  This year goal is to raise $25,000. Over the past two years, Community Bridge has raised $40,000. These monies continue to help provide high quality, accessible, inclusive, and flexible services for the needy in the Peace Region. To Visit the Official Page CLICK HERE This Fundraiser helps to continue providing education, support and professional counselling programs, to individuals and families. Counselling and support services, including violence and homelessness prevention, family-strengthening, women’s outreach, and youth justice help build better lives.Community Bridge is committed to creating a safe, caring environment for people to nurture their emotional and social well-being.Walkers can choose to be solo or join a team! Dressing up is welcomed and encouraged, just remember, Its Cold Out There!last_img read more

Victims of Syrian conflict denied any meaningful justice says UNmandated panel

UNICEF/KhabiehA vehicle from the UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy drives past destroyed buildings in eastern Ghouta (March 2018). Insecurity and access restrictions have severely hampered delivery of life-saving assistance to people in desperate need across Syria. Monday’s aid convoy cut short due to escalating violence – UN relief wingMeanwhile, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that Monday’s joint UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) humanitarian convoy was forced to cut short its delivery due to escalating violence and insecurity on the ground.“After nearly nine hours inside, the decision was made to leave for security reasons and to avoid jeopardizing the safety of humanitarian teams on the ground,” Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for the Office, told the media at a regular news briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.“As a result, 14 of the 46 trucks in the convoy were not able to fully offload critical humanitarian supplies. Of the 14, four were partially offloaded,” he added.At the same briefing, Tarik Jašareviæ, a spokesperson for the UN World Health Organization (WHO), said that close to 8 tonnes of medical supplies were delivered as part of the convoy.He, however, added that during the obligatory routine inspection conducted by Syrian national authorities before the convoy departed, around 70 per cent of the supplies in the WHO shipment were rejected, including all trauma and surgical supplies, dialysis sessions and insulin.According to WHO, considering the critical situation inside Duma, the rejected items will be re-submitted for the next convoy.“WHO has long spoken out against the removal or rejection of lifesaving treatments and medical items from aid convoys by national authorities,” said the UN health agency’s spokesperson, noting that that when health items are rejected or removed from UN convoys, that information is reported to the Syrian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health; the Security Council; the International Syrian Support Group’s (ISSG) Humanitarian Task Force; and relief partners.“The health supplies provided by WHO […] are selected after extensive consultations with health partners working in these areas and are desperately needed to save lives and reduce suffering,” highlighted Mr. Jašareviæ. Drawing from over 500 interviews, the latest report from of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria – established by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate and record all violations of international law since March 2011 – documents deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians and protected objects, starvation, unlawful internment, and the use of chemical weapons.“It is beyond comprehension that, despite this extensive range of violations, Syrian victims and survivors continue to be denied any meaningful justice,” said Commission Chair Paulo Pinheiro.“Remedies which go beyond calls for criminal justice and address, for example, the situation of tens of thousands of detainees or account for those who have been disappeared or abducted must be given greater attention.”Looking into the period between July 2017 and January 2018, including the military campaigns against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, the current report also revealed that while these offensives appear to have successfully dislodged the terrorist groups, the military success has come at an “extremely” high cost to civilians.It is beyond comprehension that, despite this extensive range of violations, Syrian victims and survivors continue to be denied any meaningful justice — Commission Chair Paulo Pinheiro Concerning eastern Ghouta, where the siege is entering its fifth year, the report highlighted an increasingly cynical means and methods of warfare, that have led to the worst documented cases of severe acute malnutrition over the course of the Syrian conflict, stated the report.The siege continues to be marked by indiscriminate attacks affecting civilian and protected objects, the use of chemical weapons and cluster munitions, starvation, and the routine denial of medical evacuations, added the Commission, noting also that terrorist or armed groups within the enclave continued to indiscriminately shell Damascus city, resulting in the deaths and severe injuries to civilians.Elsewhere across Syria, places of worship, civil defence centres, homes, medical facilities, markets, bakeries, and schools continue to be regularly attacked with impunity by warring parties.In one particularly harmful attack which took place on 13 November, the Commission of Inquiry found that the Russian Air Force carried out airstrikes on a densely populated civilian area in Atareb (Aleppo), killing at least 84 people and injuring another 150.“The use of unguided bombs, including blast weapons, in a densely civilian populated area may amount to the war crime of launching indiscriminate attacks resulting in death and injury to civilians,” stated the report.Underscoring the need for the international community to take a broader view of accountability, the Commission of Inquiry urged practical and urgent steps to ensure victims’ needs for justice and accountability are met both immediately and in the longer term.Recommendations also included the immediate release of children, women, the elderly, and disabled, and access by independent monitors to all places of detention, including those established by armed groups.Noting that there can be no justification for punishing a whole population through starvation, indiscriminate bombardment, and denial of medical and humanitarian relief, Commissioner Hanny Megally, said: “This whole conflict has been characterized by a total disregard for the rules of war.”“All parties must immediately lift all sieges, allow humanitarian access, and stop using strategies that primarily target civilians,” he added.In addition to Mr. Pinheiro (Chair) and Mr. Megally, the Commission of Inquiry also comprises Karen Koning AbuZayd. Its current report is scheduled to be discussed next week during an interactive dialogue at the 37th session of the Human Rights Council. read more

New Yorker convicted of manslaughter of Guyanese teen

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrooklyn man who murdered a 16-year-old Guyanese girl gets 41 years jailJanuary 16, 2018In “Crime”Guyanese teen shot dead inside her NY apartment while babysittingJune 1, 2016In “Crime”Guyanese teen shot dead inside NY apartment told cops who her shooter was with her final breathJune 2, 2016In “Crime” A Brooklyn man was convicted of manslaughter on Friday for shooting a Guyanese teenager who was at the time babysitting her three-year-old cousin.(R) Taariq Stephens                                                     (L) Dead: Shemel MercuriusOnline news reports said that 16-year-old Shemel Mercurius used her dying breaths to tell Police that Taariq Stephens, now 25, was her attacker.Stephens shot her with a submachine rifle while she was babysitting her three-year-old cousin in 2016. Police subsequently kicked down the East Flatbush apartment door to find a blood-spattered boy crying, next to the dying teen.One NYPD officer tried to help Mercurius while they waited around 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. She told them that Stephens had wanted to date her but she wasn’t interested. She later died at a local hospital.Standing trial in the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Stephens was acquitted by jurors of murder but they found him guilty of manslaughter, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.Stephens is scheduled to be sentenced on January 16, 2018. read more

Katrin Lunde is under Hergeirsson line for Denmark 2015

Norway will try to get back on the world’s trone without Katrin Lunde! One of the famous world’s goalkeeper lost the race with Silje Solberg and Kari Aalvik Grimsbo for the two places in the roster for the upcoming World Championship 2015 in Denmark!Member of Russian TOP team Rostov Don, currently, is the number three in opinion of Norwegian NT head-coach Thorir Hergeirsson and goalie’s coach Matts Olsson.Norwegian squad for WCh 2015:Goalkeepers: Silje Solberg (TTH), Kari Aalvik Grimsbö (Győri Audi ETO KC)Backplayers: Bettina Riegelhuth (Team Esbjerg), Mari Molid (Larvik HK), Stine Bredal Oftedal (Issy Paris), Nora Mörk (Larvik HK), Linn Jörum Sulland (Győri Audi ETO KC), Marta Tomac (Vipers Kristiansand), Veronica Kristoansen (Fc Midtjylland)Wings: Sanna Solberg (Larvik HK), Camilla Herrem (TTH), Amanda Kurtovic (Larvik HK), Stine Skogrand (Tertnes)Lineplayers: Heidi Löke (Győri Audi ETO KC), Pernille Wibe (Issy Paris), Vilde Mortensen Ingstad (Oppsal) Katrin LundeNorway ← Previous Story SEHA GAZPROM LEAGUE: Vardar with a point from Veszprem Next Story → SG Flensburg win thriller against PPD Zagreb read more

Support for an independent Scotland is plummeting

first_img By AFP Short URL SUPPORT FOR SCOTTISH independence has plummeted ahead of a snap election designed to embolden the British government for forthcoming Brexit talks, according to a poll released today.Just 37% of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held “tomorrow”, according to the Kantar poll.Support for remaining part of the United Kingdom remains at 55%– the same percentage that voted no to independence in 2014 and its highest position in any poll since the referendum.Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a snap election on 8 June to try to obtain a mandate for her Brexit plans and dent Scottish National Party (SNP) dominance in Scotland.The SNP have demanded a second independence referendum after Scotland voted by 62% to remain in the EU but was outnumbered by Brexit voters in England and Wales.May insists “now is not the time” for such a vote and, on this issue, appears to have the backing of the Scottish people, the poll suggests.Just 26% back the SNP’s proposed timetable of autumn 2018 to spring 2019, while 18% want a later vote and 46% say there should never be another independence referendum.Tom Costley, head of Kantar in Scotland, said voter fatigue and a weaker economic outlook are among the factors which could have dented support for independence.Kantar interviewed 1,060 people aged over 16 in Scotland between 29 March and 11 April.An SNP spokesman said other polls showed independence support “on a knife-edge” in Scotland.A more recent poll by Panelbase/Sunday Post, conducted April 18-21 and released on Sunday, found support for independence at 43% against 48% in favour of remaining part of the UK.- © AFP 2017Read: US state of Arkansas executes two prisoners in one nightRead: Garda colleagues of Tony Golden ‘will never get over what happened’ to him 83 Comments Support for an independent Scotland is plummeting Just 37% of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held “tomorrow”. Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 8:35 AM Share201 Tweet Email7 27,015 Views Apr 25th 2017, 8:35 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more