Two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed and three others arrested in various parts of the restive Bastar region of south Chhattisgarh on Monday.“An encounter took place between the Maoists and the District Reserve Guard in Rasatong forest in Sukma district. Two ‘uniformed’ male Maoists’ bodies were recovered,” a police official posted in Bastar said in a statement.The DRG team also recovered one 12-bore rifle, one Bharmar (locally-made gun), one wireless set, 13 detonators, Codex wire, radio, solar plates and backpacks from the spot of the encounter. In separate incidents, two Maoists were arrested in Narayanpur district and one Maoist was arrested in Bijapur district of Bastar. “We have arrested two Maoists from Edka police station limits of Narayanpur today. Both of them had warrants issued against them for damaging BSNL towers, hostels, and murder of civilians,” informed Naryanpur district Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh. The Maoist, arrested in Bijapur district was identified as Podium Mara and he was arrested from Basaguda area of Bijapur in a joint operation of the Chhattisgarh police and CRPF’s special anti-Maoist unit CoBRA.
A local court in Michigan, United States, has permitted 19 Indian students to leave the country days after they were detained for enrolling at a fake institution that had been created by federal agents to expose an immigration-fraud racket.Read it at Scroll Related Items
Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter, seen through a video camera, speaks to the media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFPTurkey issued an arrest warrant on Friday for Turkish NBA star Enes Kanter, accusing him of being a member of a “terror group”, a pro-government newspaper reported.A judge issued the arrest warrant after an Istanbul prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter’s alleged “membership of an armed terrorist organization”, Sabah daily reported.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Kanter, 25, a centre for Oklahoma City Thunder, previously backed Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in Twitter postings after an attempted putsch last July aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Turkey accuses US-based Gulen of ordering the failed coup and refers to the movement as the “Fethullah Terrorist Organization” (FETO). Gulen denies the claims.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe arrest warrant refers to Kanter’s alleged use of an encrypted messaging application called Bylock, Sabah said, which Turkey claims was especially created for Gulen supporters.It also referred to Kanter’s “praise for a terror organization” in messages via his social media accounts, the daily reported. MOST READ Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Swiss-born star hit back at the Sabah story on Twitter, sharing a screenshot of the article, adding: “You cannot catch me. Hahaha. Don’t waste your energy.“I am already going to come to (Turkey) to spit on all of your ugly, hate-filled faces.”Sabah daily added that the prosecutor would apply for an Interpol red notice — to inform Interpol’s 190 members that someone’s arrest is sought and thus ensure their deportation — to the justice ministry.Kanter, who has compared Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, was detained in Romania at the weekend after being informed that his Turkish passport had been cancelled.He claimed the cancellation was linked to his criticism of Erdogan’s government and told reporters on Monday he would seek American citizenship.ADVERTISEMENT PH’s Bull Squad headed to DC for Red Bull Reign 3×3 World Finals Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Dangal’s trailer is here and Aamir Khan as wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat puts the writing on the wall: Mhari choriyan choro se kam he kai? (Are my daughters any less than boys?)Mahavir Singh Phogat is a Dronacharya Award nominee who trained his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become world class wrestlers. While Geeta Phogat won India’s first gold medal ever in women’s wrestling (55 kg freestyle category) at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Babita Kumari won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Geeta was also the first-ever Indian female wrestler to qualify for the Olympics.ALSO READ: Who is Mahavir Singh Phogat?SEE PICS: Aamir’s young Mahavir Singh Phogat look from DangalSEE PIC: Aamir’s daughters introduced in new poster for Dangal Aamir built up his physique to play the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal and his effort clearly shows. Phogat looks bulky but a gentle, determined father who wants to see his daughter bring gold for the country. Television actor Sakshi Tanwar plays Mahavir Singh Phogat’s wife while his daughters Babita and Geeta are played by Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh respectively.Dangal has been directed by Nitesh Tiwari best known for directing 2011’s Chillar Party which won the 2011 National Award for Best Children’s Film. The film has been jointly produced by Aamir Khan Productions and Disney India. It must be noted that Disney pulled out of producing Bollywood films in India recently after back to back failures like Mohenjo Daro and Fitoor.Dangal is scheduled to release in theatres on December 23 this year.advertisementWatch the trailer of Dangal here:
4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardIndia won their first ever Test series in Australia after the fourth and final match at the Sydney Cricket Ground ended in a draw following three rain-truncated days.India have toured Australia since 1947 but never before managed to win a series in the country. But it all changed this time as Virat Kohli led his side to 2-1 series victory after winning the first Test in Adelaide and the third Test in Melbourne.India lost the second Test in Perth after some questionable team selection on a pitch which many thought would assist pace and bounce.India had arrived in Sydney after winning their first ever Boxing Day Test. With a 2-1 lead, India could not have lost the series and it seemed improbable Australia could bounce back from the thrashing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to share honours 2-2.2 – 1 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/kqlL4vS4Ikcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019Ranked no.1 in Tests, India played like champions. Mayank Agarwal, playing only his second Test, made 77 to lay the foundation for the rest of the Indian batting line-up. Virat Kohli, who made only one hundred in the series, fell to a well-planned trap set by the Aussies before he could really begin to hurt them.But Cheteshwar Pujara, the highest scorer in the series, played another innings to remember. Before SCG, Pujara already had two hundreds under his belt. But he was not to be satisfied with that. Dropped from the team for the first Test in England, Pujara has been India’s second best batman coming up to the Australia series.advertisementIn Australia, Pujara upped his game further and left behind Virat Kohli in the run-scoring charts. Sydney had presented the best batting conditions so far in the series and the rock solid No.3 wasn’t going to miss out.Pujara, patient, focused and persistent, scored a classy 193 before Rishabh Pant, who has been in the news this Australian summer for his constant banter with Tim Paine, blasted his way to an unbeaten 159.Pant finished the series as the second highest run-scorer, ahead of Kohli. He became the only Indian wicketkeeper to score a hundred in Australia and only the fourth Indian wicketkeeper to score over 150 in Tests.Also Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Australia Test series win as big as 1983 World Cup triumph, says India coach Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli celebrates historic Australia series win with wife Anushka Sharma at SCGRavindra Jadeja’s good-looking 81 helped India post a total in excess of 600 and the game was already out of Australia’s reach before their openers even walked out to bat towards the end of Day 2.And then it was all about Kuldeep Yadav. The left-arm Chinaman bowler, playing his first Test in Australia, made an immediate impression, troubling Usman Khawaja with turn on a surface that had only a short while ago shown little inclination to help the bowlers.Rain arrived, as predicted on Saturday. Despite poor weather and bad light hampering India’s progress over the weekend, Kuldeep Yadav picked up a historic five-wicket haul to bowl Australia out for 300.Virat Kohli then became the first Indian captain since Kapil Dec in 1986 to to enforce the follow-on in Australia. No visiting team had enforced the follow-on in Australia since 1988.That highlighted India’s dominance in the series. Australia, without Steve Smith and David Warner, were considerably weakened but the presence of a full-strength bowling attack had given them hope.Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood tried valiantly, toiled hard but India’s batsmen, wiser after their failures in South Africa and England, were up to the task. Two no -performing openers were dropped and the inclusion of Mayank Agarwal made a huge difference.Pujara and Pant stood up and supported Kohli, who had a below par series by his standards.India’s pacers were once again their heroes. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were rewarded with five-wicket hauls while Ishanr Sharma’s exploits in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne will be talked about for years to come.Also Read | Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s menadvertisementAlso Read | Rishabh Pant’s groundbreaking series in Australia: 20 catches and 350 runs
Indian cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues has been named in the Yorkshire Diamonds squad for the fourth and final edition of the Kia Super League (KSL).Rodrigues, who made her international debut in February last year, will join Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur who are also set to feature in the tournament once again.The official Twitter handle of Yorkshire Diamonds posted the squad which included Jemimah’s name.”The Diamonds have announced their squad for the fourth and final edition of the KSL, which will be replaced by the Hundred from 2020. This summer’s competition kicks off in early August,” the tweet read along with the squad photo which has Jemimah’s name.Mumbai-based Jemimah has represented India in 10 ODIs and 25 T20Is so far.KSL will feature six teams beginning August 6.Also See:
He was all over them -21. He had a Holiday Bowl jacket on, it was bizarre. But as somebody on Twitter pointed out, at least he didn’t have it tucked in like Gundy would have. Twas, young Rick. Bedlam will make this look tiny. He also needs 3 TD for the all-time mark. Thankfully Mike Gundy might not know who Bill Snyder is. He who trolls the hardest… We’re all in a daze. This was right before they actually did score to which Randle punched it in with the answer. I agreed with this by the way. Thanks, Reggie. This was near the end of the game. I think I laughed out loud.Or the noise in the locker room when Gundy did his thing? Here are a few of my favorite tweets from Saturday night: I could feel it through the TV. Dana lives. Did he answer this? Considering Musburger was doing play-by-play for that game while K-State was driving with 35 seconds left….yes, I do. This is my grandma tweeting at me in the middle of the game. Just wanted to point out the awesome of this. Or that Squinky is pissed. Great point. A&M game was the same this year too.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
(s 67′) 7 Sanchez 6 Pogba 8 Iheanacho Share on Twitter (s 90′) Pinterest 3 Chilwell Share on Pinterest Liverpool unlikely to freeze in their quest for Manchester City’s title 21 Ander Herrera Why transfer window was subdued – despite Mike Ashley splurge 1 Schmeichel The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. With the game now stretched, chances came and went for both teams. Lukaku and Anthony Martial, both second-half substitutes for United, were denied by Schmeichel as the visitors hit Leicester on the counterattack in search of a second goal. At the other end Vardy shot tamely at De Gea and Maguire had that late opportunity that rolled agonisingly wide of the far upright. 25 Ndidi 15 Maguire 18 Young (s 84′) MNU56LEI44% Manchester United Share on Facebook Share on Messenger 7 2 20 Okazaki 28 Fuchs Leicester City match reports Topics Substitutes 6 Evans Substitutes 7 Gray 24 Mendy 5 Morgan 38 Choudhury Match stats 10 Maddison 23 Shaw To make matters worse, Leicester were architects of their own downfall. Ricardo Pereira, picking up the ball deep inside the Leicester half, played a loose and careless pass intended for Nampalys Mendy. Paul Pogba easily cut the ball out and flighted a perfectly weighted pass beyond Maguire and Ben Chilwell. Rashford, who had headed a fine chance over the bar five minutes earlier, was not going to be as forgiving this time.He cushioned Pogba’s pass beautifully with his first touch and thrashed it home powerfully and unerringly with his second, giving Kasper Schmeichel no chance. “Against a Schmeichel you would think you might want to try through his legs but it was a great finish,” said Solskjær. “The kid is improving and improving. He’s played a lot of games and he got a dead leg earlier on but he struggled through it, so well done.”Leicester looked a little shell-shocked at that point but started to eke their way back into the game as United retreated deeper and lost some control in central midfield. 17 Fred Read more Perhaps most significantly, Rashford is playing with a smile on his face again, revelling in the responsibility that Solskjær has given him to lead the line (Romelu Lukaku dropped to the bench again here) and be the focal point of a United team who remain unbeaten since José Mourinho was sacked.It is now nine wins and one draw under Solskjær, with this narrow victory proof that United are capable of grinding out results without playing particularly well. Leicester, who have beaten Chelsea and Manchester City and drawn with Liverpool over the last six weeks, certainly had enough chances to derail United’s momentum and take points off another top-six team but they lacked the clinical edge to punish Solskjær’s side for a rather flat display.Solskjær – who dashed off to Lyon afterwards to watch Paris Saint-Germain, United’s next opponents in the Champions League, play against Lyon – was delighted with the character that his players showed. “Our attitude was spot on,” he said. “There are a couple of bruised noses and knees – it is supposed to be like this. There are three points on the line. Our lads sacrificed everything they had. They know they can do better than this but a clean sheet is always a foundation to build on.”That clean sheet was partly down to some typically excellent goalkeeping from David de Gea but also Leicester’s profligacy. Jamie Vardy had a decent chance in the closing stages, after the impressive Harvey Barnes broke away on the left flank, and it was a source of frustration for Leicester that two other presentable opportunities fell to defenders. Jonny Evans missed his kick in front of goal with 10 minutes to go and Harry Maguire screwed a shot wide in injury time.From Leicester’s perspective the damage was done early on and that has become a recurrent theme for this team. For the fifth match in succession Claude Puel’s team conceded a goal inside the first 10 minutes. “We do not all take our responsibility, which is a big shame,” Puel said. “We can do things in training but the reality is we must do it on the pitch and have character to start the game.” Corners Barney Ronay Leicester 1 de Gea 31 Ghezzal 14 Lingard 11 Martial 12 8 12 Ward (s 74′) Twitter Facebook MNU LEI The Ole Gunnar Solskjær bandwagon rolls on. For the first time since the days when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge – back in the 2012-13 season – Manchester United have racked up five successive away victories, the latest arriving courtesy of a player who has looked reborn ever since the Norwegian took over at Old Trafford.Marcus Rashford has now scored six times in 10 games under Solskjær and this was a fitting way for the 21-year-old to mark his 100th Premier League appearance. The fact that Ryan Giggs is the only United player to have reached that landmark at a younger age – there are only 20 days in it – says much about Rashford’s impact at the club since he burst on to the scene as a teenager. Lineups Goal attempts 10 Rashford Fouls 19 Barnes 56 44 Possession Share on WhatsApp 8 Mata 20 Dalot 9 Vardy 2 Lindelof 31 Matic 3 Bailly Read more 22 Romero Marcus Rashford beats Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn 14 Ricardo Pereira 9 Lukaku James Maddison’s eyes lit up when the ball dropped kindly to him after ricocheting off a couple of United players but his shot from little more than 12 yards was brilliantly blocked by Luke Shaw’s last-ditch challenge.The home team continued to press for an equaliser after the restart, with Vardy’s acrobatic volley gathered by De Gea at the second attempt. Puel then withdrew Maddison and replaced him with Rachid Ghezzal, prompting boos from the home supporters. “I wanted to give more possibility and freshness to try to hurt United,” explained the Leicester manager.While it was a curious decision, Ghezzal did come close to bringing parity with a 30-yard free-kick that De Gea spectacularly clawed away from the top corner. Another Ghezzal free-kick, this time crossed into the United area from out wide, was headed back across goal by Maguire only for Evans to thrash at thin air. 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Real Madrid 2 Numancia 2 (5-2 agg): Guillermo double deepens Zidane’s woes despite Copa progression Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:27 1/11/18 Getty Images Real Madrid moved into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey easily but Numancia claimed a famous 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu. Numancia striker Guillermo scored a brace at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid were held 2-2 in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie, Zinedine Zidane’s side progressing 5-2 on aggregate.Dubiously awarded penalties converted by Gareth Bale and Isco helped Madrid establish a comfortable win in last week’s first leg, in which Pape Maly Diamanka was sent off for Numancia.And when Lucas Vazquez headed Dani Carvajal’s cross in after just 10 minutes, the LaLiga giants looked set to win their first home game of the new year easily despite Zidane making 10 changes from Sunday’s league draw at Celta Vigo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Numancia had other ideas, however, Guillermo levelling just before the break and mere minutes after coming on as a substitute to give the second-tier side hope of a memorable cup shock.Vazquez scored his second of the night to record his first Real Madrid brace in 109 appearances for the club, turning home from close range after Borja Mayoral unselfishly headed Marco Asensio’s cross into the attacker’s path to restore the hosts’ lead.But Numancia – who had Dani Calvo sent off deep into injury time – were not finished, Guillermo matched Vazquez’s feat by heading home his second of the night to deepen the gloom surrounding Madrid, who lost their last home game 3-0 to Barcelona and are 16 points behind their rivals in the LaLiga table.Asensio lashed an early effort into the side-netting but Madrid were in front inside 10 minutes.Vazquez won both penalties against Numancia last week and he was the second-tier side’s tormentor again, heading Dani Carvajal’s pinpoint right-wing cross into the ground and past goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi.@Lucasvazquez91 makes the breakthrough at the Bernabéu! #RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/jRtVj3qFfi — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 10, 2018 Munir saved from Vazquez, while Asensio and Mayoral both wasted chances to extend Madrid’s already comfortable advantage.Unai Elgezabal headed Dani Nieto’s corner over after 32 minutes but Numancia’s attacking threat was seemingly minimal, before they scored out of nothing on the stroke of half-time.Madrid were caught short at the back and Marc Mateu squared a low cross that Guillermo – on as a substitute for the injured Higinio Marin – could hardly miss from close range.Munir made a simple stop from Dani Ceballos five minutes after the break as Madrid – thrashed 3-0 by Barcelona in their last home game – sought to get back in front.And when Madrid regained the lead it was again Vazquez, the forward scoring his fifth goal of the season in all competitions. A second of the night for @Lucasvazquez91 sealed with a kiss… pic.twitter.com/1b956HRFaf — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 10, 2018 Excellent football led to Asensio finding space on the left, with Mayoral nodding the ball into the middle of the box for Vazquez to turn past Munir, although he nervously checked for a raised offside flag before celebrating.Kiko Casilla had to save from Nacho Sanchez and Pere Milla bundled wide as Numancia battled for a second equaliser, before Zidane introduced senior stars Isco and Casemiro in a bid to see the game out.Numancia claimed a second equaliser, however, Guillermo flicking a sublime header beyond Casilla from an excellent Saul Garcia left-wing cross to give the second-tier side lifelong memories of their trip to the Bernabeu, Calvo’s late dismissal for a foul on Isco in stoppage-time proving a mere footnote. read more
Week nine of the 2018 college football season is almost in the books. Let’s go ahead and take a look at the damage done.The biggest surprise of the day – at least from a poll perspective – was No. 6 Texas falling to Oklahoma State. The Longhorns, who lost to Maryland in the first game of the season, are probably no longer a national title contender as a result.The big SEC East contest between Georgia and Florida was close for a while before the Bulldogs were able to pull away in the fourth quarter. As a result, the Gators can no longer win the SEC East.Meanwhile, No. 2 Clemson absolutely blew the doors off of rival Florida State, 59-10. It was the most embarrassing loss in program history.All in all, heading into the Oregon vs. Arizona game, there have already been 10 ranked teams that have lost.Let’s take a look at how we think the Coaches’ Poll will look on Sunday afternoon:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameLSUMichiganGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateUCFWest VirginiaWashington StateKentuckyTexasPenn StateFloridaOregon (game not over)UtahIowaHoustonUtah StateUSFTexas A&MWashingtonSyracuseStanfordCollege football fans – do we have it right?
FOR BROADCAST USE Premier Darrell Dexter announced 150,000 dollars today (November 15th), to help Yarmouth celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2011. The premier says this is an incredible opportunity for the province to work in partnership with Yarmouth to establish the region as a top tourism destination. Over 60 events have been planned for the anniversary, including the Incredible Birthday Party on June 9th and more than a dozen festivals countywide. -30- Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Nov. 15, the province will provide $150,000 to help Yarmouth celebrate its 250th anniversary next year. The celebrations will showcase the community as a unique destination and help to build the region’s economy. “This is an incredible opportunity for the province to work in partnership with Yarmouth to create good jobs, grow the economy and establish the region as a leading tourism destination,” said Premier Dexter. “We need to seize every opportunity to build on our investments and create real momentum in the region.” Government funding for the anniversary will come primarily from the departments of Economic and Rural Development, and Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We continue to work with our industry partners on marketing, product development and training to build a sustainable tourism industry in Southwest Nova Scotia,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Yarmouth’s 250th anniversary marks an exciting opportunity to celebrate and attract more visitors to the region.” A committee of more than 100 volunteers has been formed to create a year-long celebration to mark the founding of Yarmouth. More than 60 events are planned, including the Incredible Birthday Party on June 9, the Founder’s Fair, a staging of the play Baltimore and more than a dozen festivals countywide. “We are working hard to create an amazing celebration of 250 years of diverse community, heritage and culture,” said Town of Yarmouth 250th Celebration Committee Chair, Ken Langille.”This is an exciting first step in partnering with the province of Nova Scotia to make Yarmouth a destination.” The Yarmouth celebrations will kick-off Jan. 1, with fireworks and ringing bells to herald the new year. A levy will welcome everyone to the town hall on New Year’s Day.
Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit this week at Bishkek where he would also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first meeting between the two leaders after the BJP’s massive victory in the general elections. Xi will pay state visits to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from June 12 to 16, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang announced here on Sunday. The SCO summit is due to be held on June 13-14 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017. From June 12 to 14, President Xi will pay a state visit to Kyrgyzstan and attend SCO summit, Lu said in a statement. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCIndian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri said last week that the two leaders would meet on the side-lines of the SCO summit. Recalling last year’s successful first ever informal summit between Xi and Modi at Wuhan which was widely regarded a milestone in the bilateral ties, Misri said, “it is worth mentioning that last year, our leaders met four times on the sidelines of different multi-lateral meetings.” They are again meeting in Bishkek on the side-lines of the SCO Summit, he said.The April 27-28 Wuhan summit between Modi and Xi was largely credited to have turned around the bilateral relations soured by the 73-day Doklam standoff, triggered by Chinese troops attempts to build a road close to Indian border in an area also claimed by Bhutan in 2017. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAfter the Wuhan summit, both the countries stepped up efforts to improve relations on different spheres including the military-to-military ties. In December last year, Prime Minister Modi met President Xi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina and discussed joint efforts to further enhance mutual trust and friendship between the two giant neighbours. Last month, Xi extended his “heartfelt congratulations” to Prime Minister Modi for winning the general elections, in a rare gesture of greeting a foreign leader well before the official announcement of the results. After the SCO summit, President Xi will travel to Tajikistan, Lu said. Meanwhile, a delegation of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded its four-day visit to India on Saturday and both sides pledged to enhance mutual trust and boost cooperation in various fields. During the visit, head of the CPC delegation Li Xi, who is a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and the secretary of the party’s Guangdong Provincial Committee, met India’s new External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and other political leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Li said that under the guidance of the leaders of both countries, China-India relations have shown a strong momentum of development and his visit is aimed at implementing the important consensus of the leaders, enhancing mutual trust and expanding pragmatic cooperation, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
WASHINGTON – One dramatic White House expulsion might have gotten much of the attention Thursday, but there’s been another that free-speech advocates say must not be ignored: the banning of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.The network’s chief White House correspondent and frequent Donald Trump foil had his media pass revoked Wednesday after a remarkable 90-minute news conference in the East Room that saw the president engage in several heated exchanges with reporters, all while an aide struggled to manage their access to a wireless microphone.Acosta was holding the microphone, trying to ask a follow-up question, while the president was calling on a different reporter. The aide tried to take it away and Acosta resisted, briefly touching her on the arm as he did.“We will never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a series of tweets. “The White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”Acosta responded to the Twitter thread with a single sentence: “This is a lie.”That assessment gained even more traction Thursday when The Associated Press, citing a video editing expert, reported that a video clip distributed by Sanders on Twitter had been “doctored” to make Acosta’s contact with the aide appear more aggressive than it really was.Trump’s combative relationship with the media in general, and CNN in particular, has been a fixture of his time in federal politics, fuelling support from a grassroots, blue-collar base that cheers his descriptions of unfriendly reporters as “enemies of the people” and their work as “fake news.”But revoking the credentials a journalist needs to do his or her job of holding the government to account is dangerously close to a violation of the U.S. Constitution, said journalism scholar Frank LoMonte.“The First Amendment forbids punitive action for constitutionally protected expression, and asking aggressive questions of an elected official is certainly within the protection of the First Amendment,” said LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida.It might not be on the same level as firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which the president also did Wednesday. But LoMonte said there’s little doubt that Trump is trying to delegitimize media coverage that doesn’t mesh with his administration’s preferred political narrative.“It’s completely fair game for a politician to say he doesn’t think a newspaper or a TV station treats him fairly. The First Amendment applies to Donald Trump, too,” he said.“But when a president repeatedly declares that information provided by news organizations is not to be trusted and that government pronouncements are the only trustworthy source of information, that’s crossing a red line.”The New York Times urged the White House to reconsider Thursday in a column by the newspaper’s editorial board headlined, “Let Jim Acosta do his job.”“Mr. Trump is not likely to temper his rhetoric,” it concludes. “But those he listens to … should try to impress on him the danger of confounding loyalty to Donald Trump with loyalty to the constitution and to democracy.”The White House has never before revoked a “hard pass” as a consequence of a reporter doing his or her job. Richard Nixon came close after Washington Post revelations about the Watergate scandal, banning the newspaper from all events except for press briefings.Trump, on the other hand, has been trying to block reporters since before he became president. During his 2016 campaign, a number of outlets were shut out by the then-Republican nominee, including newspapers in Idaho and New Hampshire, as well as online outlets such as the Huffington Post, Politico and BuzzFeed.The White House Correspondents’ Association denounced the decision to revoke Acosta’s White House access, calling it unacceptable and disproportionate to the purported offence. The international Committee to Protect Journalists did the same and called on the administration to restore his credentials.And the move sparked fresh public interest in an online petition being circulated by Media Matters for America, a non-profit media watchdog, that calls on other members of the association to show solidarity to any correspondent banned or blacklisted by the U.S. president. More than 333,000 people have signed the petition.It’s not the role of working journalists to do battle with the White House, which is a job for the countless advocacy organizations that work on behalf of a free press, LoMonte said. Indeed, he warned, to do so would risk validating the president’s enemy-of-the-people narrative.“It’s a bad look for working beat reporters to abandon their reporting role and jump into the arena,” he said.“The whole reason the president likes to push the buttons of journalists by personally insulting them is that he’s hoping to create a narrative that journalists are at war with him. The worst thing a journalist can do is take that bait and enter into combat.”In Canada, where reporters don’t get routine access to the Prime Minister’s Office, media credentials to access Parliament Hill — more akin to the U.S. Congress than the White House — are managed by the parliamentary press gallery, not the PMO.“The Canadian parliamentary press gallery opposes the arbitrary cancellation of a reporter’s accreditation as an unjustifiable limit on media access to a democratically elected government and a limit on the free press,” president Philippe-Vincent Foisy said in a statement.Canadian journalists are no strangers to political efforts to impede their work, or finding that demonstrations of solidarity can be used to attack their objectivity.“You won’t believe what the press gallery just did in Ottawa,” the Conservatives told supporters in a 2013 fundraising email after the government refused to allow reporters — only photographers and TV cameras — to cover one of then-prime minister Stephen Harper’s caucus speeches.Most outlets chose to boycott Harper’s speech, instead ending up in the New Democrats’ caucus room when the NDP made a show of welcoming them with open arms.“We knew they wouldn’t give us fair coverage,” the Conservative email read, “but this is a new low for the Ottawa media elite.”Liberals, too, have played the other side of the field for their political advantage. Leader Justin Trudeau made a show of taking media questions at length during his successful 2015 election campaign, an effort to set up a contrast with the notoriously media-wary Harper.— With files from Mike Blanchfield in Ottawa and The Associated Press— Follow James McCarten on Twitter @CdnPressStyle
CALGARY – Alberta’s premier says the Trump administration’s recent attacks on Canadian trade show how necessary it is to go ahead with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Rachel Notley has taken aim at what she called reckless U.S. moves against Canada’s steel and aluminum industries.She told the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary that Canada needs to be strategic with its resources and not put all its eggs in one basket.Virtually all of Canada’s oil exports go to the United States and the Trans Mountain pipeline would enable sales to Asia via the West Coast.The federal government agreed last month to purchase the project from Texas-based Kinder Morgan, which had threatened to pull the plug because of political hurdles in British Columbia.Notley says the United States benefits from Canada’s failure to build a pipeline to a Canadian coast and get a better price for its product.“In these days, I’ve got to say it’s getting harder and harder to stomach, with reckless attacks on our steel and aluminum industries and reckless attacks on the hard-working people that those industries employ,” Notley said Tuesday.“I have a message to send to folks beyond this room, to British Columbia and to all Canadians: if the last days and weeks tell us anything, it’s that we, as Canadians, need to take control of our economic destiny.”Notley directed a few good-natured jabs at the Americans who came to Calgary for the annual energy industry trade show.“For our American guests, let me just say how brave it is for you to join us here in a country that represents such a hostile national security threat,” she said.“I should let you know, that there is in fact a battalion of Canadian geese assembling outside the doors. We’ve cleared the building of maple syrup and, in fact, if some of you are not really, really careful, we may make you drink your own beer.”
Rabat- Morocco is the best prepared country in the Eastern Mediterranean region to deal with any imported cases of Ebola on its soil, Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Morocco, Yves Souteyrand, said Monday.A team of international experts hailed the efforts made by Morocco in all areas covered by the response, including monitoring and follow-up of contacts, support, sectoral coordination, laboratory and control at entry points, Souteyrand said at the opening ceremony of a regional workshop on “Capacity Building for surveillance, prevention and fight against epidemics: the case of Ebola” (March 2-5 in Rabat).She also recalled that WHO Director General had publicly praised the kingdom for its air transport policy since it is “the only country to maintain its daily flights to the most affected countries”. For its part, Japanese Ambassador to Morocco, Tsuneo Kurokawa praised the “humanitarian and strategic” decision of Morocco to maintain its regular flights to Ebola-affected countries, adding that this commitment is part of the cooperation between the Kingdom and African countries.“Given the historical, cultural and linguistic ties with French-speaking African countries, Morocco is a privileged partner in the tripartite cooperation”, he underlined.
Rabat – Education Minister Said Amzazi announced, at a press conference held on September 20, that a teacher was suspended and will appear before a Disciplinary Committee. The teacher had posted a video depicting the deplorable state of a public school in Sidi Kacem (31 kilometers east of Rabat). The teacher posted the video, widely shared on social networks, to urge officials to take action against the derelict infrastructure at her school and Morocco’s crumbling public education in general. While several Internet users admired the teacher’s move, the Minister of Education, Said Amzazi considered the teacher’s behavior “inappropriate”. Amzazi argued that the teacher’s actions only seek to tarnish the image of the ministry and its efforts to improve the country’s school infrastructure.The minister explained that the school in the video has undergone a number of renovation works recently. Amzazi also denied the authenticity of several photos and videos shared on social networks and showing the state of a number of squalid schools in the kingdom. He said the pictures and videos were “unfounded” and shot in another country.Several Moroccan teachers expressed solidarity with their colleague. Internet users launched a campaign under the slogan, “Sharing the truth is not a crime.” Others are also planning a sit-in.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US service companies expanded for 29th consecutive month in May, slightly faster than April by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2012 10:33 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. service companies, which employ roughly 90 per cent of the work force, expanded at a slightly faster pace in May, marking the 29th straight month of expansion.The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its index of non-manufacturing activity edged up to 53.7 last month from an April reading of 53.5.The May reading was slightly below the long-run average for the index of 53.9. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.The ISM survey covers all sectors outside of manufacturing. That includes retail, construction, financial services, health care and hotels.The ISM’s manufacturing index, released last week, showed that manufacturing grew more slowly in May, hampered by weaker hiring and declining production. But in a hopeful sign, new manufacturing orders hit a 13-month high.The service sector includes low-paying positions in retail and restaurants. But it also has higher-paying jobs in professions such as information technology, accounting and financial services.The government reported Friday that the overall economy added just 69,000 jobs in May, the smallest number in a year, while the unemployment rate edged up from 8.1 per cent to 8.2 per cent.The dismal report on jobs heightened fears that the economy is struggling. Economists are concerned that the economy could hit a soft patch this year just as it did in 2010 and 2011.The ISM’s service index reached the highest point in 12 months in February, when it was 57.3.
by News Staff Posted Jun 26, 2012 1:48 pm MDT Sources say Germany’s Merkel told lawmakers Europe won’t have full shared debt liability AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday told a caucus meeting that there won’t be a full shared debt liability in Europe “as long as I live,” according to a lawmaker from Merkel’s governing coalition.Merkel’s comments came as a sharp rebuke of jointly guaranteed debt for the eurozone, so-called eurobonds, which some see as a necessary step in fighting off the 17 nation currency zone’s debt crisis.Merkel briefed lawmakers from her junior coalition partner, the pro-business Free Democrats, ahead of this week’s EU summit. A participant confirmed Merkel’s remarks to The Associated Press but declined to be named because of the meeting’s confidential nature.Another official from the Free Democrats’ told the AP that the caucus “reacted with applause to hearing that the chancellor does not want a joint debt liability.”Previously, Merkel had ruled out eurobonds as a quick fix solution to the debt crisis, but always maintained that they were a long-term policy option as one of the final steps of the bloc’s integration. Saying that it won’t happen in her lifetime, however, appears to imply that Merkel, aged 57, thinks that eurobonds won’t become a reality for decades.The lawmaker â€” whose party has been skeptical on bailing out ailing southern European nations â€” said Merkel’s comments were greeted by one participant shouting: “We wish you a long life!”A German duty government spokeswoman declined to comment on Merkel’s reported remarks, noting that she was at the caucus meeting in her capacity as party leader and lawmaker, not as the Chancellor.Despite her strong words, Merkel has during the course of the European crisis accepted measures she had previously ruled out. She had opposed having a permanent rescue fund for Europe, for example, before then accepting it.Jochen Blind, a spokesman for Merkel’s party, the Christian Democrats, said he could not comment because he was not present during the meeting.Merkel is set to address Parliament in Berlin Wednesday, a day before the summit of EU leaders in Brussels is set to debate new strategies to tackle the bloc’s debt crisis.Her comments Tuesday also coincided with the publication of a roadmap for a closer European integration by four of the bloc’s top officials â€” Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi â€” who also called for the introduction of eurobonds.
by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2015 4:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The CBC says business reporter Amanda Lang abided by journalistic standards during her involvement in a 2013 story concerning the Royal Bank of Canada.CBC News Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McGuire sent a memo to staff on Thursday with the results of a review into Lang’s involvement in the story on RBC’s use of temporary foreign workers.In early January, media website Canadaland alleged that Lang had a conflict of interest in the story and tried to “sabotage” it.McGuire said the review was led by Jack Nagler, the CBC’s director of journalistic public accountability and engagement.He looked at journalistic content, conduct, and an employee’s obligations to disclose any potential conflict of interest.“This review re-affirmed that all of CBC’s journalism relating to the RBC temporary foreign workers story met CBC’s journalistic standards,” said the memo.The review also looked at Lang’s coverage of RBC on other stories and found she “adhered to CBC’s journalistic standards.”McGuire said the review also included an external analysis by a third party, Cormex Research.“Cormex examined media coverage of the major Canadian banks including specifically Ms. Lang’s coverage of RBC. Their analysis found that CBC’s coverage of RBC ‘… was in keeping with observed norms among other comparable broadcast outlets covering the banks,’” McGuire wrote.She added that the review did uncover problems with the CBC’s conflict of interest policies, in that they were found to be too open to interpretation.“There is a range of interpretations around CBC’s policy regarding disclosure of real or perceived conflict of interest. The policy states that ‘the duty to disclose and remove conflicts of interest rests with the employee,’” McGuire said.“Going forward, CBC News will ensure that all of our staff adhere to the most rigorous interpretation of this standard.”The report suggests that any policy changes ensure there “be no grey area” when it comes to assessing whether a conflict of interest exists.“Whether a given situation requires recusal from a story, or perhaps a full public disclosure, the audience should have all the tools they need to assess the fairness, balance and integrity of CBC journalists. Therefore, the bias should be tilted toward tighter rules and more disclosure, in particular more formal, written disclosure protocols for both employees and supervisors,” the report states.Canadaland had also reported that Lang was in a relationship with an RBC board member — which she said she disclosed to the CBC.The website also outlined instances when Lang was paid to speak at public events sponsored by the bank.The CBC came to Lang’s defence and said her paid speaking appearances were approved and did not violate any rules.In late January, the CBC said it would no longer approve any paid appearances by its on-air journalistic employees. CBC says review into Amanda Lang’s work concludes she met journalistic standards
Photos by Jeff Barrett USU Eastern Press ReleaseUtah State Eastern men’s basketball defeated #13 College of Idaho Golden Eagles 76-75 on Saturday at home. Coming into the game, the Golden Eagles of CSI were highest scoring team in the country, but in the first half the Eagles only allowed their opponent to score 39.USU Eastern trailed by five at halftime despite having their top three bigs in the rotation sitting out with foul trouble. Eagles’ head coach Vando Becheli had to go to his bench to help fill the void and the bench stepped up on Saturday.“The guys who came off the bench kept us in the game,” said Becheli.Reserve players such as Tyler Walker and Anthony Condie came off the bench and played out of position and held their own against CSI.“Our bench did amazing tonight. Tyler, Anthony and Vojtech kept the energy and did their job,” said USU Eastern sophomore Ognjen Pantovic.Freshman guard Tanner Nygren provided a spark at the end of the first half by scoring eight points in eight minutes of action to keep up with CSI.After halftime, the Golden Eagles built their lead up to double-digits and led the Eagles by 13 at the first media timeout. CSI continued to have a lead throughout the majority of the second half and led by as much as 15 with six minutes left.In the final minutes of the game, the Eagles came back and cut the Golden Eagles’ lead to three with one minute remaining. Sophomore guard Matija Novkovic, freshman guard Blaze Nield and Pantovic combined for 15 points during the Eagles’ comeback.With seven seconds to play, Nield made two clutch free throws after being fouled to put the Eagles up by one. The Eagles’ defense halted the CSI attack on the final play of the game and got the comeback win in front of a great crowd.USU Eastern forced 21 turnovers on Saturday, something Becheli feels was a major reason why the Eagles pulled out the win.“If they don’t do that, then we probably don’t win the game. We took advantage of their turnovers and scored,” said Becheli.Pantovic said after the game that he owes the USU Eastern coaching staff for helping his team be ready for CSI.“We got to give our coaches a lot of credit. Coaches did amazing preparing us on defense and we kept them out of their rhythm,” said Pantovic.For Pantovic, he would go on to put up 16 points and eight rebounds after early foul trouble while Nield led the Eagles in scoring and assists with 23 and five, respectively.“Blaze is a great leader and our best player. I have never played with a point guard like this. He is versatile and will play almost a whole game without being subbed,” said Pantovic.Saturday’s win over CSI moves the Eagles to 14-6 overall and 2-0 in Scenic West Athletic Conference play.The Eagles will have a quick turnaround this week as they take on nationally-ranked Salt Lake Community College on Thursday in Taylorsville. Thursday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on the Scenic West Digital Network.