Kolkata, May 5 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said he will speak to the All India Football Federation on the issue of I-League champions Aizawl FC threatening a fast unto death if they are left out of a proposed unified leagues top tier. “As far as the controversy between Aizawl FC and Indian Super League (ISL) is concerned, Im going to talk to the AIFF. Definitely I would like to take their case up at AIFF,” Goel said during his inspection of the Saltlake Stadiums preparation for the U-17 World Cup in October. Goel, however, said hes yet to receive any official letter from the I-League champions. Ironically, Aizawl are not a part of the merger plans and stare at relegation into second division. In the new ISL, the existing eight clubs will be joined by at least three I-League clubs. The AIFF is in talks with Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. In a statement, the club said it had submitted a “formal claim to the AIFF to continue in the top league even after proposed merger of the existing top league with the ISL.” Aizawl FC said they would approach PM Narendra Modi and Asian Football Confederation president Salman Bin Ibrahim Al- Khalifa if they are denied an opportunity to defend their I- League title next season. The Mizo side also threatened to resort to fast unto death if the AIFF relegates the club to the second division, as is being widely speculated. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisement
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes for busy transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez hopes to be busy during the January market.But he doesn’t expect a bumper transfer budget from owner Mike Ashley.”I am used to wheeling and dealing all my life,” he said. “I don’t think I was breaking the record in transfer windows, never, ever, with any of my teams. “We had to sell players to buy players. I don’t have any problem with that if you do things in time and find the right players. The main thing is to find the right players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Brighton goalscorer Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly droppedby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly dropped during Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing.Maupay scored Albion’s quickest ever Premier League goal after 150 seconds when the disorientated Hugo Lloris inexplicably dropped the ball before suffering a dislocated elbow when he fell.“We sensed their heads went down after the first goal – that’s why we kept pushing and putting pressure on them,” said Maupay. “Losing Lloris and the goal so early was hard for them and they looked worried. We knew they were having a tough time so we wanted to keep going at them. And it worked because they dropped a bit and we got the second goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jamaicans in the United States of America (USA) will be able to watch television features on the ‘Jamaica 55’ Diaspora Conference, which is slated for July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown, Kingston.The features will be aired on the ‘Jamaica Diaspora Show’ which will air weekly programmes on Channel 5 of the Hartford Public Access Television (HPATV) in Hartford, Connecticut.The city has the third-largest population of Jamaicans in the USA behind Miami and New York.Viewers can watch the show on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively, as well as the recorded programmes on the HPATV website at www.hpatv.org free of cost.Global Diaspora Director of Country Style Community Tourism Network, Rudi Page, told JIS News that the show aims to provide its viewership with information on important and current issues related to Jamaica, the Jamaican diaspora and the entire Caribbean.He said the show features coverage of news and activities, including interviews with important Caribbean nationals in the diaspora as well as key officials and business people in Jamaica who are actively engaged in and contributing to the island’s growth and development.Mr. Page said that persons will be able to watch events such as the Marketplace exposition, ‘Government at your Service’, which is a fast-tracked one-stop shop for government services at the conference; church services; and a range of cultural activities.“So it covers events, news, activities, interviews, and with a strong focus on Jamaica’s economic growth and development,” he pointed out.Mr. Page informed that the Jamaica Diaspora Show, first aired on January 28, 2017, featured a 30-minute interview with Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.He noted that the Prime Minister, during the interview, mentioned plans to harness the power of the diaspora, and spoke about the Government’s Economic Growth Council.“The Prime Minister really set out clearly the role of the diaspora and the importance of the diaspora,” he pointed out.The show is hosted by Jamaica Diaspora Economic Growth Council Task Force member and member of the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc., Mark Milward. Story Highlights Viewers can watch the show on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively, as well as the recorded programmes on the HPATV website at www.hpatv.org free of cost. Jamaicans in the United States of America (USA) will be able to watch television features on the ‘Jamaica 55’ Diaspora Conference, which is slated for July 23 to 26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown, Kingston. The show is hosted by Jamaica Diaspora Economic Growth Council Task Force member and member of the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc., Mark Milward.
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday dismissed a claim by the Pakistan’s envoy in Colombo that he had advocated resolving the Kashmir issue under the UN resolutions. “The President gave a hearing to the (Pakistani) High Commissioner. He was told that it was the Sri Lankan policy to see this dispute resolved through regional cooperation as both countries do enjoy a high level of friendship,” the President’s Office said. It denied that the President had made such comments. Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Colombo Maj Gen Retd Dr Shahid Ahmad Hashmat on Wednesday met President Sirisena. A release issued by the Pakistan High Commission after their meeting said the President “acknowledged that J&K is a disputed territory & expressed his desire that this dispute should be runder UN Resolutions.” Agencies
Adam Moore, Moderator—National director of EEO & Diversity for SAG-AFTRA. Moore is responsible for developing and implementing a national diversity plan of action for SAG-AFTRA to achieve accurate representation of those groups historically excluded from the entertainment and news media. Lizzy Weiss – Writer, Producer (“Switched at Birth”, “Blue Crush”). Her show “Switched at Birth” features multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing characters (played by deaf and hard-of-hearing actors.) She also cast Mitte to play a paralyzed student who uses a wheelchair. Attendees: Tim Daly (“Madame Secretary”), Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Director of “American Horror Story”), Kearran Giovanni (“Major Crimes”) and Allen Maldonado (“Dope”).Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 facilities, located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.WHEN: Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Filmmakers Lodge550 Main Street, Second Floor Park City, UT 84060 Amy Purdy – Paralympic Medalist, Dancing with the Stars finalist, author and professional speaker, will discuss her inspirational path to success on the slopes, in the ballroom and in front of the camera. J.R. Martinez – Actor (“All My Children”, “Dancing with the Stars” season 13 champion), best-selling author, speaker, US Army veteran. He will reflect on his career and acting pursuits with burn injuries sustained during deployment in Iraq. Peter Farrelly—Writer and Director (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber To). Peter has been an outspoken and passionate advocate on diversity, giving roles to actors with physical and mental disabilities in almost all of his films. In film and television, portrayals of characters with disabilities are rare. Even fewer people with disabilities appear on screen and work in those industries.In 2014, eleven of the 813 regular roles on major network television portrayed a character with a disability despite the nearly 38 million U.S. non-institutionalized citizens who report living with an apparent disability. Only one of those eleven performers actually lives with a disability.To ensure roles in film and television better reflect the diversity of America and serve as inspiration for youth living with disabilities, actor RJ Mitte, best known for his portrayal of “Walter ‘Flynn’ White, Jr.” on the AMC hit Breaking Bad, will host a thoughtful panel discussion on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 as a hosted event during the Sundance Film Festival’s panel series.Presented by Shriners Hospitals for Children, the panel will encourage the entertainment industry to break down barriers and create opportunities for people with disabilities in front of and behind the camera.Taking part will be: RJ Mitte—Actor (Breaking Bad, Switched At Birth) with cerebral palsy, a former patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children and current national Love to the Rescue® Ambassador will share his personal story of pursuing an acting career.
CALGARY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the federal government has promised a revised timeline within weeks to resume construction on the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Notley says she is satisfied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is committed to getting the project back online in good time, and her government is willing to work with him to make it happen.But she says she expects Ottawa to move quickly given the investor uncertainty that has rippled out in all directions from last week’s Federal Court of Appeal decision on the project. The Appeal Court quashed the expansion on the grounds that the federal government failed to properly consult Indigenous groups and the National Energy Board did not take into account the impact of increased tanker traffic on marine life, particularly endangered whales.Notley says full consultation with Indigenous groups must be carried out but says it’s critical to the construction timeline that the government fix the marine impact assessment without restarting a lengthy hearing process.The Trans Mountain expansion project would triple the capacity of the existing line, which takes oil products from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Alberta says the project is critical and it is losing billions of dollars a year because the oil currently shipped to B.C. is sold at a discount to a captive market in the United States.Notley and Trudeau met Wednesday in Edmonton to discuss the expansion project.Ottawa has already done a lot of work beefing up marine safety on the B.C. coast and it’s Alberta’s hope that this work can be included in the missing impact assessment, Notley said Thursday. In the meantime, Notley has pulled her government out of the federal climate plan, which includes a price on carbon, saying Alberta will return when it is satisfied the Trans Mountain project is back on track.
New Delhi: Emboldened by Australia’s remarkable turnaround in the ODI series against India, vice-captain Alex Carey Tuesday said they are “really confident” of entering the ICC World Cup with a squad good enough to play like defending champions. The five-match series is poised at 2-2, thanks to Australia’s back-to-back wins after staring down the barrel at one stage. “As a player in the Australian cricket side we have been working hard in the last 12-18 months. Some success has started to come our way. We are really confident moving with the squad we take to the World Cup,” Clarey said on the eve of the series-deciding game here. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherCarey said it will only add to the strength of the side when Steve Smith and David Warner rejoin the side after serving out their bans. “Those are definitely some big names that might come back into the line. The guys that are in the side are performing well, so it’s only healthy for Australian cricket that the guys in the side are playing well and these guys that have done really well in the past have definitely put their hand up for selection when they are available.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHe said he was not surprised by the way the Australian batsmen tackled India’s formidable spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have tormented batters with their guile in recent times. “There has probably been a fair bit of media (analysis) about Australia playing against spin in the past. We have worked really hard on playing spin bowling in the nets over 12-18 months. I guess to see some reward, again it’s no surprise, but the guys are doing so much hard work off the field,” said Carey. The match will be played on a Feroz Shah Kotla wicket which may assist slow bowlers. Carey, though, said they are capable of handling whatever is thrown at them. “We played some local Indian bowlers that we tried in the nets, so I guess it’s really a good experience. Guys getting out there in the middle to have the confidence to take on their spinners got to be a great confidence tomorrow.” He said the strength of the Australian team at the moment is that they have plenty of options. “We take a lot of confidence that we trust the batters to perform their role. When Ashton did that the other night he did really well. They (Indians) are world class bowlers and I am sure they want to bounce back and it’s up to our batters to have a game plan to negate that. We trust the players to perform their role and take on the best bowlers in the world and do a good job.” Carey said it will be a contest to watch for since they have the momentum and India would be keen to bounce back after two defeats. “We were out under pressure early in the series. Some games were really close and now we have the series level at 2-2. It is obviously exciting going into tomorrow with the series on the line. Obviously (we will) take some momentum from the last game. The boys are felling confident. “India are going to bounce back quickly but I guess for us we thought we played some pretty good cricket in the first two games and we just fell short so to have the series at 2-2, really excited. I am really looking forward to and so are the guys.”
Kolkata: The district Trinamool Congress leaders of Cooch Behar on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the election officials against Nishith Pramanik, who is contesting from Cooch Behar on BJP’s ticket.Senior TMC leaders from the districts alleged that Pramanik has been accused of various criminal charges and urged the commission officials to put him behind the bars as a preemptive measure ahead of the elections. It may be mentioned that the Cooch Behar parliamentary seat will go to poll in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The TMC leaders apprehend that there may be some law and order situation if Pramanik is not arrested. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA top leader of Trinamool Congress alleged that at least 11 criminal cases have been pending against Pramanik. The election officials in the district are verifying the complaint lodged by TMC in this regard. It may be mentioned here that the local BJP workers had staged protest demonstrations against the candidature of Pramanik, who had once been attached to Trinamool Congress. BJP workers took to the streets and vandalised their party office immediately after the candidate list was announced. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySome BJP activists in the district also alleged that the BJP leaders in Delhi had taken bribe to nominate the expelled Trinamool Congress leader, who had been thrown out of his own party on corruption charges and later joined the BJP. They also threatened to field an independent candidate. On the other hand, expelled Trinamool Congress MP Soumitra Khan, who joined the BJP a few months ago, has been under scanner of the Election Commission as he had been booked under several cases in Bankura. Khan was summoned by Bankura Sadar police station on Monday, in connection with a case in which he had allegedly made some false promises of giving jobs. It may also be mentioned here that Khan is now contesting the Lok Sabha election on BJP’s ticket from the Bishnupur constituency. As many as three complaints had been lodged against him by three separate persons in Bankura district.
New Delhi: India’s industrial production contracted by 0.1 per cent in March this year, the lowest in 21 months, mainly due to manufacturing sector slow down, official data showed Friday. Factory output, as measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had grown by 5.3 per cent in March 2018, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). IIP’s previous low was recorded in June 2017, when output shrank by 0.3 per cent. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraOn annual basis, IIP growth slowed to three-year low of 3.6 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal as against 4.4 per cent in the previous fiscal. Industrial production growth was 4.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent in 2016-17 and 2015-16, respectively. Meanwhile, Index of Industrial Production growth for February 2019 has been revised downwards to 0.07 per cent from 0.1 per cent earlier. The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63 per cent of the IIP, contracted by 0.4 per cent in March as compared to 5.7 per cent expansion in the year-ago month. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysCapital goods output declined by 8.7 per cent in the month under review as against 3.1 per cent contraction in March 2018. Power sector growth slowed to 2.2 per cent in March as compared to 5.9 per cent a year ago. Mining sector growth also dropped to 0.8 per cent in March compared to 3.1 per cent expansion a year ago. As per use-based classification, growth rates in March 2019 are 2.5 per cent in primary goods, (-) 2.5 per cent in intermediate goods and 6.4 per cent in infrastructure/ construction goods. Similarly, consumer durables and consumer non-durables have recorded growth of (-) 5.1 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively. In terms of industries, 12 out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown negative growth during March 2019 as compared to same month a year ago.
New Delhi: Rain lashed parts of Delhi-NCR region on Friday evening bringing the much-needed relief to those who were baking in the Delhi summer. The traffic was also affected due to waterlogging in different areas in city.The rain hit the Delhi-NCR region around 4 pm and there were reports that other parts too witnessed heavy rainfall. The Safdarjung observatory received 2.4 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average, while the maximum was recorded at 37.4 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarWhile there was some relief from scorching heat, the Delhiites also had to face traffic congestion due to waterlogging. The Delhi Traffic Police through their Twitter handle alerted commuters about the waterlogging. “Traffic is affected from R/A Apsara Border towards Anand Vihar & Singhu Border Chowk towards Sonipat due to waterlogging,” read one of the tweets. In another tweet city police said,” Traffic is affected from Azad Pur towards Bypass due to waterlogging at GTK Depot. Kindly avoid the stretch.” The traffic was also affected due to the damaged road in Wazirabad. Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar received 7.6 mm, 1.8 mm, 0.2 mm and 3.6 mm of rainfall, respectively. The humidity oscillated between 100 per cent and 53 per cent. The weatherman has forecast cloudy skies for Saturday with the possibility of thunderstorm accompanied with very light rains and gusty winds. The weather is likely to remain pleasant on Saturday and the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 37 degrees and 24 degrees Celsius, respectively. Meanwhile, 11 flights were diverted from Delhi airport here on Friday due to bad weather.