No cricket with Pakistan until terrorism stops, says sports minister Vijay Goel

first_imgIndian sports Minister Vijay Goel sent out a strong message against the proposed bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan.  CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOThis comes as the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Pakistan Cricket Board gear up to meet in Dubai to discuss the future of  India-Pakistan cricket and as part of an attempt to resolve the issues between the two boards .Speaking to the media, he said that under the current political climate, no cricketing ties can be maintained with neighbouring Pakistan.”BCCI should come out with a proposal on Pakistan only after consultations with the government. I have already made it clear that any bilateral series with Pakistan is almost impossible because there cannot be sports relations between the two countries until there is terrorism from the Pakistani side. Sports and terrorism cannot go hand in hand.””In terms of multi-national sports, we don’t have control on that, and they  will be treated differently,” he added when asked about other sports.Goel also spoke exclusively to India Today and said the government was against cricket and any other sports bilaterally with Pakistan unless it stops promoting terrorism.”As far as cricket is concerned, the government is of the view India will not play any bilateral sport with Pakistan if they are promoting terrorism. Everything has a limit. If Pakistan cross that limit, sports and terrorism cannot go side by side.”On the hand, Pakistan is promoting terrorism and instigating our youth of Jammu and Kashmir and on the other, they want to play a cricket match with us, that’s not possible,”  Goel told India Today.advertisementActing BCCI Secretary, Amitabh Chaudhary said a bilateral series with Pakistan is possible if the government gives the go-ahead.”We are not averse to a bilateral series with Pakistan. But everything depends on whether the government gives the clearance,” Chaudhary told a news channel.”The series will not be possible without approval from the government,” he added. PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, Najam Sethi and chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmad will represent Pakistan at the meeting which will be attended by BCCI officials and a member of the CoA. Shahryar had said he would discuss the matter once again with the Indian cricket board officials during the June 4 ICC Champions Trophy match between the two at Edgbaston, Dunya News reported.PCB has sent a notice of intent to the BCCI claiming compensation of around USD 69.4 million for India not honouring the MOU signed between the two boards in 2014 to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Pakistan under the MOU is supposed to host four of the series.(With Agency inputs)last_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Why Klopp and Liverpool passed on Pulisic

first_imgREVEALED: Why Klopp and Liverpool passed on Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp chose to pass on signing Christian Pulisic due to the form of Xherdan Shaqiri.Chelsea have signed the Borussia Dortmund winger for £58m in the last 24 hours.And the Liverpool Echo says the reality is that Liverpool haven’t seriously considered a move for Pulisic since they bought Shaqiri for £12.5million last summer.The Swiss attacker was the Pulisic alternative and he was snapped up at an absolute bargain price. Shaqiri has proved to be a massive hit at Anfield. The 27-year-old has only started 11 matches for the Reds but has already chipped in with six goals, including a match-winning double against Manchester United.Pulisic is still more potential than proven quality having scored 15 goals in 115 games for Dortmund. He has only netted three times in 18 club appearances so far this term.The size of the fee was also prohibitive. Liverpool wouldn’t buy a squad player for £58million and they certainly wouldn’t pay that for a squad player who had less than 18 months remaining on his contract. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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24 days ago​Sheffield Utd midfielder Fleck set for Scotland call-up

first_img​Sheffield Utd midfielder Fleck set for Scotland call-upby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United midfielder John Fleck is set to earn his first call-up to the senior Scotland squad.Fleck is in line to play in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and San Marino later in October.The 28-year-old has never earned a cap at senior level, despite representing the U21s four times when he was younger.He will be Steve Clarke’s newest addition to the squad after impressing in the Blades’ start to life in the Premier League.Fleck has played five of the seven league games this season, while he was ever present last term in the Championship. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Delhi court allows Robert Vadra to travel abroad on business

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Friday allowed Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, to travel abroad on business, saying the ED’s apprehension that he might tamper with evidence was without any basis.Special judge Arvind Kumar granted permission to Vadra to travel to Spain from September 21 to October 8. Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering related to purchase of a property in London, at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court said in its order that the Enforcement Directorate’s case was based mainly on documentary evidence. “The ED failed to point out any instance when the applicant (Vadra) tampered with the evidence or influence any witness. The apprehension of investigating agency that the applicant may tamper with evidence is without any basis,” it said. “The applicant is resident of Delhi and has deep roots in society, his family is based in India and his properties are also situated in India…. Thus considering the overall facts and circumstances of the case, the applicant is allowed to visit only Spain from September 20 to October 8, 2019,” it added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe court said that before leaving the country, Vadra would have to inform the court and the probe agency the address of his stay in Spain along with contact numbers. The court directed him to submit Rs 25 lakh fixed deposit receipt (FDR) with it. It further directed him to inform the court about his arrival within 24 hours and not to tamper with any evidence or try to influence witnesses in the case. “The applicant shall join investigation within 72 hours after being informed by the Investigating Officer. Applicant to submit copy of passport and visa after his arrival from Spain,” the court said. The ED had on Thursday told the court that Vadra may hamper the probe if allowed to travel to Spain and other European countries. The application was an attempt to tamper the evidence and meet the co-accused, it had said. The ED’s submission was, however, opposed by Vadra’s counsel and senior advocate K T S Tulsi, who said that the agency’s allegations were unfounded and that the accused will return. Vadra had on September 9 moved court seeking permission to travel abroad. The court had in June allowed Vadra to travel to the US and Netherlands for six weeks on account of health reasons. It, however, had not allowed Vadra to go to the United Kingdom. The ED had expressed apprehension that the accused may destroy the evidence if allowed to go to the UK.last_img read more

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The Shape of Water wins top Producers Guild Award

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Women and inclusivity continued to dominate the awards season conversation Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards, where Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water” won the top award and honorees like Jordan Peele and Ava DuVernay gave rousing speeches to the room of entertainment industry leaders.The untelevised dinner and ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., is closely watched for its capacity to predict the eventual Oscar best picture winner, but this year the “awards race” seemed to be the secondary show to the more urgent questions facing the industry, including the crisis of representation and sexual misconduct.The Producers Guild on Friday ratified guidelines for combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, and everyone from DuVernay to Universal Chair Donna Langley and television mogul Ryan Murphy made mention of the changing times and the work that still needs to be done.“If we want more brilliant films like ‘Get Out’ …we need to have many different perspectives including equal numbers of women, people of colour, people of all faiths and sexual orientation involved in every stage of filmmaking,” Langley said in accepting the Milestone Award — noting that she was only the third woman to do so.It was not the only time “Get Out” got a special mention, despite not winning the top award. Peele also won the Stanley Kramer Award.Del Toro was not present to accept the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, due to the health of his father.His film was up against 10 others this year, including “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which won big at the Golden Globes earlier this month, “Lady Bird,” ”Get Out,” ”Dunkirk,” ”The Post,” ”Call Me By Your Name,” ”The Big Sick,” ”I, Tonya” ”Wonder Woman” and “Molly’s Game” — many of which were represented by actors and directors in attendance like Timothee Chalamet, Christopher Nolan, Margot Robbie, Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig.Other presenters included the likes of Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, Mary J. Blige, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kerry Washington and Morgan Freeman in the ceremony that saw Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” pick up best animated feature and Brett Morgen’s Jane Goodall film “Jane” win best documentary.In television, “The Handmaids Tale” picked up best drama series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won best comedy series, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” won best TV variety series, “Black Mirror” for long-form TV, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” for nonfiction television, “Sesame Street” for children’s program and “Carpool Karaoke” for best short-form program.The pre-announced honorees stole most of the show, however.Norman Lear presented the Stanley Kramer Award to Peele invoking the award’s namesake in speaking of “Get Out,” which Lear proudly said he’s seen three times.Peele said he was proud to call Lear a friend.“I want to say, you can use my body for your brain anytime,” Peele laughed, before taking a more serious turn in his speech.Peele likened the idea of “the sunken place” in the film to what is happening in the world right now, referencing Haiti, the water crisis in Flint, and President Donald Trump’s criticisms of athletes for protesting on the field.“What really scares me…is the silencing of voices,” Peele said “‘Get Out’ is my protest against that.”Peele ended on a hopeful note, however.“Finally unique voices are breaking through,” he said. “Diverse and honest storytelling opens eyes and hearts. We can break out of the sunken place together.”“Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay gave a similarly poignant speech in accepting the Visionary Award,“It’s an odd moment, you have a women’s march and you have a country with a government shut down,” DuVernay said. “We’re in the midst of times that will be long remembered.”DuVernay said what is important is, “The way we work. The people we actually choose to see. That we choose to amplify in the moments where no one is looking.”“Don’t think of diversity as a good thing to do,” she added. “Think of it as a must. An absolute must.”Like many awards shows in the midst of Me Too and Time’s Up, even the men accepting awards devoted large portions of their time on stage to talk about extraordinary women in their lives.“Wonder Woman” producer Charles Roven used his David O. Selznick Achievement Award acceptance speech to call out powerful women he’s worked with, from his late wife Dawn Steel, to Langley, Sue Kroll, Amy Pascal and Jenkins, who he said “has reignited this industry.”“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, who got the Norman Lear Achievement Award, said, “Women were always my champions and mentors for 20 years now and I believe that’s because they deeply related to my struggle — what it’s like to be an outsider.” He has taken steps to ensure that women occupy at least half of the directing spots in his productions.In the larger context of awards season “The Shape of Water’s” win Saturday surprised some who expected “Three Billboards” to continue its ascendancy after the Globes. “The Shape of Water” is also up for two Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be announced Sunday.The Producers Guild’s choice for top film has eight times in the last 10 years matched the eventual Academy Award best picture winner. Last year, its nominees predicted all 9 best picture nominees, although the PGA went to “La La Land” which lost out to “Moonlight” at the Academy Awards.Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday in advance of the ceremony on March 4.___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeasonlast_img read more

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BMW expects hit from trade dispute and emissions tests

first_imgFRANKFURT – German luxury automaker BMW said Tuesday that its profits and sales will fall short of its forecasts this year, saying that fear of international trade conflicts has weighed on pricing and citing the impact of new emissions tests on European markets.The profit warning — the second from a major German automaker this year — underlines the difficulties facing the industry in maintaining its record of steadily growing sales and profits.The Munich-based company said that sales revenue in its automotive division would fall slightly compared with last year’s instead of increase, while earnings before tax would be moderately below last year’s 10.66 billion euros ($12.55 billion) instead of roughly in line.A key earnings metric — the operating profit margin — would fall short. BMW predicts a 7 per cent profit margin, below its target range of 8-10 per cent. The figure represents how much the company is making per vehicle, an area that has been a strong point for makers of higher-priced cars.“The continuing international trade conflicts are aggravating the market situation and feeding uncertainty,” the company said in a statement. “These circumstances are distorting demand more than anticipated and leading to pricing pressure in several automotive markets.”The company also said that new, tougher diesel emissions tests in Europe, called WLTP for Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure, have led to market and sales distortions, even though BMW has managed to implement the new standard ahead of time. Auto registrations soared in Europe in August as companies unloaded noncompliant vehicles before the new standard came into force on Sept. 1 and made them unsellable, often in the form of fleet or rental sales.The company also cited costs for warranty actions. In August, it announced a recall of 324,000 due to a defect that could cause vehicle fires.BMW is facing some of the same headwinds that led competitor Daimler to issue a profit warning in June. Analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein said that the price pressure from competitors Audi and Daimler’s Mercedes selling off vehicles ahead of the emissions deadline should be temporary. “The fact that some German companies have screwed up WLTP testing and are now offering discounts on pre-registered cars is not a sign of the consumer rolling over,” they wrote in an email. If the testing issue passes “and 2019 demand remains intact, earnings should stabilize.”Shares in BMW dropped about 5 per cent after the announcement.last_img read more

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Gasoline prices in most of Canada set to rise this weekend from

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Plunging world oil prices have delivered a Christmas miracle of lower gasoline prices across most of Canada but a fuel price expert says motorists should fill up now ahead of an expected increase this weekend.Dan McTeague, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, says gasoline prices are at near-18-month lows because of global oil prices that have tumbled over the past two months on worries of an economic downturn, a U.S.-China trading tiff and concerns that members of the OPEC oil cartel won’t live up to production cuts.Despite a brief oil price rally on Wednesday, average regular gasoline prices remain about 17 cents lower per litre than a year ago in Alberta and Ontario, 12 cents lower in Manitoba, six cents lower in Quebec, 11 cents lower in Nova Scotia and three cents lower in Newfoundland and Labrador. McTeague says prices in B.C. are up two to six cents per litre compared with the same time last year but would be lower if not for the effect of interruptions in fuel imports from Washington due to the outage of that state’s Olympic Pipeline in mid-December.U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil prices plunged to US$42.53 on Christmas Eve, down 44 per cent from US$76.41 per barrel on Oct. 3. They rallied to US$46.22 on Wednesday but trended lower Thursday.McTeague says “extreme volatility” in oil markets are expected to continue to wreak havoc on gasoline prices in Canada in the early part of 2019.“I think what we’re seeing here where oil prices _ and pump prices as a corollary _ are going up and down five and 10 per cent in a given week, much of this is really a harbinger of what we’re likely to see in 2019, extreme price movements,” he said.last_img read more

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North Peace Airport Society provides update to District of Taylor Council

first_imgThe Airport is also looking at ways for future expansion in terminal space and possibly in parking as the number of passengers using the Airport continues to rise. “From the perspective of policy development, we’ve actually started our policy package which has been fantastic. So we’ve talked about and developed the investment policy, so different ways we are going to invest our money, to looking at a capital approval policy and procedure as well as speaking about reserves.”Gordon Duke, Managing Director of the NPA, says they are proud of their community involvement and have teamed up with the Community Living Association. According to Duke, this partnership provides meaningful employment.“One of the things we are proud of is Community Involvement. We’ve started a relationship with the Community Living Association where we’re providing some meaningful employment for, right now, two adults but we’re looking to grow that program as we move forward.”Duke also says the Airport is collaborating with the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation on hosting some fundraising events along with sponsoring the High on Ice Festival.“We’re collaborating with the Hospital Foundation on a Runway Run Fundraising event we’re hoping to hold in the Spring and we’re also sponsoring the High on Ice Festival.”The North Peace Airport plans to continue and grow their involvement within the community. TAYLOR, B.C. – The North Peace Airport Society made a presentation to Taylor Council at a recent Council Meeting.The presentation looked at the history of the Airport, the structure of the Airport, and an operations report.Miranda Flury, Director of Strategy Capital and Planning, says the Society has started to develop a policy package that looks at different ways of investing money.last_img read more

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North MCD razed newlybuilt mohalla clinic alleges AAP

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP government on Thursday said that a “newly-built” mohalla clinic was allegedly demolished by the BJP-led North MCD. While, the Municipal Body claimed that they stopped the work of the building of the clinic and no demolishment was done. Varsha Joshi, North MCD Commissioner, said that the clinic at Har Dayal Singh Road in Karol Bagh area was being set-up “without any no-objection certificate (NOC)”. “Our Junior Engineer (JE) went to the spot and told the contractor to stop the construction; there was no demolition,” said Varsha Joshi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe move drew prompt reaction from AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who took to Twitter to express his displeasure.”People shud remember this when they go out to vote in Delhi. Del govt constructed this mohalla clinic. BJP led MCD demolished it today(sic),” he wrote on the micro-blogging site while sharing the tweet of a senior official. The government official had also shared pictures of the mohalla clinic site where the action was taken.last_img read more

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Sensex rebounds 490 points to close above 39k Nifty reclaims 11700 mark

first_imgMumbai: Snapping its three-session losing streak, benchmark BSE Sensex surged 490 points Wednesday as investors piled into finance, energy and IT stocks ahead of expiry of derivatives contracts. Index heavyweight Reliance Industries, HDFC and HDFC Bank accounted for almost half of the Sensex’s gains. Markets were propelled by short covering ahead of expiry of April futures and options contracts Thursday amid positive global cues, analysts said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAfter starting on a positive note, indices were boosted by a burst of buying towards the fag-end. The BSE Sensex soared 489.80 points, or 1.27 per cent, to close at 39,054.68. The broader NSE Nifty climbed 150.20 points, or 1.30 per cent, to 11,726.15. In the Sensex pack, HCL Tech spurted 3.40 per cent, followed by ONGC, IndusInd Bank, Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, HDFC, RIL, Bajaj Finance, SBI, HDFC Bank and TCS. On the other hand, Tata Motors, Hero MotoCorp, Coal India, PowerGrid, Maruti, Axis Bank and NTPC fell up to 3.33 per cent. “Despite mixed signals from global markets, and worries domestically on growth and elections, Indian markets rallied almost 1.3 per cent. After three straight days of losses in the Nifty, the headline index delivered strong gains led by financials and tech, while autos continued to drag.last_img read more

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