Panic triggered after a woman and her daughter were found dead at their flat in the 11th Avenue of Gaur City-2, Greater Noida on Wednesday.Police said the deceased have been identified as Anjali Agarwal (42) and Kanika (11). The matter came to light after the calls of Anjali’s husband, Soumya Agarwal, went unanswered.Mr. Agarwal, a businessman who deals with tiles, had gone to Surat on December 3.Bisrakh police station in-charge Ajay Kumar Sharma said that Mr. Agarwal made several calls to his wife on Tuesday, but when no response received he contacted his cousin identified as Virat who reached the flat.When Virat reached the spot, he found that the house was locked. He called the police as there was no response from inside.A police team rushed to the spot and broke open the door. The mother-daughter duo were found lying on the bed in pool of blood. Police also found a cricket bat laced with blood stains near the body.Mr. Sharma said that the son of Agarwals is a key suspect, since he was captured in the CCTV footage while leaving the house. “He was also present at the house. No one entered or exited from the flat. The 16-year old is absconding and police has launched manhunt to nab him,” he said.
The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday rapped the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for not filing a compliance report pertaining to the steps taken by the authorities for cleaning the river.Coming down heavily on the NMCG for non-compliance of previous orders, the Bench, headed by NGT acting chairperson Jawad Rahim, said, “We had asked you to file an additional document on April 3 about steps taken by various authorities, including setting up of treatment plants. What did you do in this time? Why have you not complied with our order?”The Bench had earlier asked the NMCG to file a report on the steps taken by the State governments of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Centre to clean the river in the stretch between Gomukh and Unnao.“We are not bothered about your meetings and impleadment. We are bothered about our order of compliance. We want compliance,” the Bench said.The green panel directed the NMCG to file the compliance report by May 23.Records summonedThe Bench has also summoned records from the Eastern Bench of the NGT to deal with a similar matter pertaining to the rejuvenation of the river between Bihar and West Bengal.Earlier, the panel had asked the NMCG to file an additional statement pertaining to the claims put forth by the Central Pollution Control Board and the U.P. Pollution Control Board.
New Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) Wearing T-shirts and pants, ministers and government officials in the Narendra Modi government today only had yoga on their minds as they participated in IDYs annual celebrations across the country.A few days before the event on June 21, a list was prepared dispatching 70 ministers to as many destinations to be part of celebrations of the International Day of Yoga.Officials of the ministries in Delhi were asked to report at 9 am to take part in the celebrations which are in their third year now. Every government office had made arrangements for the event which lasted for an hour.In many offices, yoga gurus were called in. At Rail Bhawan, senior officers and staff participated under the guidance of Chakardhar Kushwaha who is a yoga instructor at the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in the national capital.While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Lucknow along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flew to Maharashtra where he joined Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in trying various yoga postures. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javdekar performed yoga in Manipurs Imphal along with 1,500 people, including the state ministers.Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma had reached his yoga destination, Coimbatore, a day in advance and tweeted his pictures from Isha Centre where he performed yoga today with Sadhguru, a yoga exponent.Textiles Minister Smriti Irani who was stationed in Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh for the IYD celebrations even enjoyed the pouring rain there.”After yoga in the rains, time for some chai pakodas????,” she tweeted along with a picture of a glass of tea and pakodas.advertisementAlso performing yoga in Himachal Pradeshs Solan, this time was Social Justice and Empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who fractured his leg recently, praised the ITBP jawans for performing yoga at 18,000 ft in Ladakh, while Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi who had a gall bladder operation weeks ago, performed yoga in Delhi along with ministry officials.Health minister JP Nadda performed yoga in Union Territory Chandigarh and Union minister Jitendra Singh did so in Jammu.MoS (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Vijay Goel, participated in the celebrations in the national capital accompanied by presidential nominee of the NDA Ramnath Kovind and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.BJP chief Amit Shah joined yoga guru Ramdev at 6:45 am at Ahmedabads GMDC grounds on the occasion along with a gathering of nearly 3 lakh yoga enthusiasts.About one hundred officials in the environment ministry performed asanas in sessions conducted by yoga gurus Jairam Motlani and Jamnaprasad Sahu from Shanti Kunj, Haridwar.A separate session for women was also conducted in the ministry to mark the celebrations.In Delhi, nearly 77,700 people gathered at around eight venues across the city, braving pre-dawn showers.According to AYUSH ministry officials, the maximum gathering was witnessed at the Red Fort lawns in which of 50,000 people participated. 10,000 more enthusiasts came together to celebrate the day at Connaught Place in central Delhi and 9,000 at a DDA park in Rohini.The streets of Connuaght Places Inner Circle, where vehicular movement was restricted, wore a festive look as old and young, dressed in colourful attire, twisted and stretched while performing various asanas.Other public places falling under the ambit of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), where events were held included Nehru Park and Lodhi Garden, registered a footfall of 1,000 each.The three municipal corporations of Delhi also held events to mark the day. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation hosted a yoga session at the Ajmal Khan Park in Karol Bagh, the south corporation at Talkatora Stadium, the east corporation at its headquarters in Patparganj.At the Presidents Estate too, President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a mass yoga demonstration.The International Day of Yoga was also observed at all government institutions – Zonal Railways, Divisions, Production Units, Railway Training Institutes and Centres, and all other railway establishments, the Child Adoption Resource Agency, hospitals like AIMS, RML and Safdurjung among others.Various universities and higher educational institutions across the country also organised mass yoga performances besides lectures, discourses and talks on the ancient exercise regime by eminent experts. PTI TEAM ASG AAR
Valtteri Bottas has shrugged off a poll of Formula One team bosses that rated the Mercedes driver in only 10th place despite him winning three races this year and ending up third in the championship.The placing was one lower than the Finn had managed with Williams in 2016.”There’s always all kind of polls and stuff,” Bottas, who joined Mercedes in January as a replacement for Nico Rosberg after the 2016 champion retired, told reporters at the governing FIA’s end-of-year prize-giving.”I don’t really think about it, if I’m under-rated or things like that.”Really what matters is how I perform on track: how many races I will be able to win in future. The main thing is within the team, that they know exactly my level of performance, that they know what I’m capable of doing.”The Finn jokingly hoped his own team boss Toto Wolff had not voted him 10th in the poll conducted by motorsport.com.Bottas also took three pole positions and ended up on the podium 13 times but he also suffered something of a slump after the August break and in some races he was comprehensively out-performed by team mate Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton, who topped the poll by a huge margin, won nine times and took his fourth world championship.The Briton has praised his teammate for bringing a new harmony to the team after a prickly time with Rosberg and emphasised how well the pair get on.”I think as a driver I’ve definitely learned a lot. I’ve felt that sometimes I had quite a hard lesson, I really struggled in some races with the car and my driving,” said Bottas.advertisement”I really have to work on many of the issues and learn from those and get better. I think out of all the seasons I’ve had in Formula One, this is the one where I’ve learnt the most.”The Finn said ending with a victory in Abu Dhabi, in a one-two with Hamilton, was the perfect way to sign off for the year but he would have to raise his game in 2018 against a team mate who ranks as one of the all-time greats.He was not worried about being categorised as a good team mate, rather than a potential champion.”I know that this will be up to me,” he said. “We are able to race Lewis with equal machinery and equal terms, we are going to be allowed to race on the track so it’s up to me.”If I can perform in qualifying, and well in the races pace-wise and in racing situations, then I can fight for the title if we have a good car.”
Liverpool Liverpool team news: Moreno returns but Sturridge is left out against West Brom Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent 02:32 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Liverpool FA Cup Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion Jurgen Klopp has made three changes to his XI for the FA Cup fourth-round fixture at Anfield on Saturday night Alberto Moreno is back in Liverpool’s starting line-up against West Bromwich Albion after recovering from an ankle injury, but there is no place in the matchday squad for Daniel Sturridge as he ponders his future.The left-back has been out of action since limping off in the 7-0 Champions League hammering of Spartak Moscow on 6 December, which was also the last time the England striker was involved for the Reds.Inter Milan have submitted a loan offer for Sturridge, but he prefers a switch to Sevilla, who are yet to make a formal move for him. Despite being fit for the past three fixtures, the forward has not been included in the 18. 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 Jurgen Klopp has only made three changes from the XI that suffered a 1-0 defeat at Swansea City on Monday, with Simon Mignolet switching in for Loris Karius in goal while Moreno allows Andy Robertson a rest at left-back, while Trent Alexander-Arnold does the same for Joe Gomez on the opposite flank.Emre Can will wear the armband for a consecutive game, but captain Jordan Henderson is back on the bench for the first time after missing the past six games due to a hamstring injury.Dejan Lovren has shaken off illness to be named among the substitutes.Goalkeeper Danny Ward makes the squad for the fourth time this season, while Adam Lallana and Ragnar Klavan (both minor issues) miss out.Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, FirminoLiverpool subs: Ward, Lovren, Gomez, Milner, Henderson, Ings, Solanke Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Twitter/@BleacherReportMidway through the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Big 12 showdown between Baylor and Oklahoma, Bears safety Terrell Burt went down with what Kirk Herbstreit, on air, called a “bush league” flop. As it turns out, Burt’s injury was legit, and Herbstreit later apologized for his comments on Twitter. Today, Burt took to the platform, and made sure to let everyone know that he’d do something like that.I will never ever fake an injury. I will always fight for my brothers and give them my all regardless. #BaylorNation #lionhearted— Terrell Burt (@terrell_burt_13) November 16, 2015Burt had reportedly been injured on a prior play, but did not want to come out of the game, so teammate Ryan Reid had to tell him to go down to receive treatment.
Chelsea full-back Reece James is set to remain at Stamford Bridge this season as a host of other Blues players are lined up for loan or permanent departures.James, who impressed during a loan spell with Wigan Athletic last season, is nursing an ankle injury suffered while playing for England in the Toulon Tournament over the summer.Once fit he will join up with a group of players who have been training with the club’s development squad in west London while Frank Lampard and the first team have been away in Ireland and Japan on pre-season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But James is set to be retained by Lampard alongside fellow academy graduates Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham as he builds his squad at Stamford Bridge.Other members of that group currently in the English capital include United States international Matt Miazga, who is closing in on a return to Reading having spent the second half of last season on loan with the Championship side.Fellow centre-back and England Under-21 captain Jake Clarke-Salter, meanwhile, is in talks with Birmingham City, Swansea City and Leeds United regarding a loan move.Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain have been exploring a loan move for Tiemoue Bakayoko with an expensive purchase option, but have not progressed talks after initial contact for the France midfielder.And Celta Vigo are continuing to battle Leganes to sign Kenneth Omeruo on a permanent deal, but they are both struggling to meet Chelsea’s €7 million (£6m/$8m) valuation of the Nigeria defender.Baba Rahman, who is in the last year of his Chelsea contract, is also likely to leave on a permanent basis having spoken to clubs in England and France regarding a move.Marseille have been linked by some with signing the Ghana international, but are not understood to be one of those interested in making a move.Izzy Brown, Lucas Piazon, Dujon Sterling, Lewis Baker and Trevoh Chalobah are also expected to depart on loan as the young stars increasingly work out moves for next season.Lampard is happily promoting stars as he works with a transfer ban that has been imposed by FIFA on Chelsea for the wrongdoing signing of overseas minors.The 41-year-old has already signalled his intent to keep Mount, Abraham and Kurt Zouma within the squad for the upcoming season, although the futures of others currently in Japan such as Fikayo Tomori, Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy are less clear.It had been thought that Tomori could feature under Lampard having been named Derby County’s Player of the Season last season under the new Blues boss, but at best would be fifth-choice at Stamford Bridge this term and would be better served earning further experience elsewhere.
Mumbai: Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani has launched a project which aims to move towards sustainable fashion that contributes to a clean environment. Project SU.RE (sustainable resolution), which involves 16 leading retail fashion brands, reflects the thought of Mahatma Gandhi and is a step towards responsible and smart business, she said here on Thursday night. “Never before have 16 of the biggest brands of India come together to save the earth. The combined industry value of the the 16 signatories to the resolution is around Rs 30,000 crore. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Everything we consume, we have to consume responsibly. The step taken today makes for not only responsible business but also smart business, Irani said at the Lakme Fashion Winter/Festive 2019 after launching SU.RE. The SU.RE project by Indias apparel industry aims for a sustainable pathway for the fashion industry. The project was launched by the minister along with the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI), United Nations in India and IMG Reliance, the organisers of Lakme Fashion Week. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “As a proud Indian, I stand here today to witness history. I would like to tell the United Nations that this has become possible due to the initiative of the industry, IMG Reliance and Lakme Fashion Week,” the minister said. “We are celebrating the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi, who asked us to be the change you wish to see in the world. The sustainability resolution adopted today is reflective of that very thought of the Mahatma,” she said. Rahul Mehta, President, CMAI, said, “In the past, several products and processes of our industry were not environment-friendly. It is a responsible and timely step taken by the apparel industry of India, especially the signatories, to commit to move towards sustainable fashion.” Top fashion and retail brands like Future Group, Shoppers Stop, Aditya Birla Retail, Arvind Brands, Lifestyle, Max, Raymond, House of Anita Dongre, Westside, Spykar, Levis, Bestsellers and Trends are signatories to the project. The signatories have pledged to source or utilise a substantial portion of their total consumption using sustainable raw materials and processes by 2025. “The future of design is foremost about design with a future and without sustainable supply chains, the fashion industry will become less and less viable, said Renata Lok- Dessallien, Resident Coordinator, United Nations in India said.
On June 11, 2016, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will partner with Common to host the second event in the organizations’ Park Exchange Series, bringing the musical experience of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park to Chicago.The public is invited to join the celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in this innovative exchange that will highlight the diversity of park experiences and the breadth of our National Park System. This exchange is part of the #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque centennial celebration for the National Park Service.For each of the three Park Exchange events, a national park experience is conveyed to – or exchanged with – one of America’s urban centers. For Chicago’s Park Exchange, a New Orleans second line will swing from one musically rich city to another.“Chicago and New Orleans are two culturally diverse cities with rich histories in music and I’m honored that the National Park Service and National Park Foundation invited me to be a part of this experience,” said Common. “I grew up on the Southside of Chicago and think the second line will be an especially meaningful and wonderful tradition for our community. I hope this event will inspire people to find their park.”The heart of a second line is its ability to unite communities and encourage them to join the festivities, offering a unique opportunity for the Southside neighborhood of Chicago to experience the culture celebrated at a national park in Louisiana: New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.On June 11th, Common will serve as Honorary Grand Marshall for the Park Exchange celebration and will kick off the second line celebration through Washington Park joined by the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and New Orleans’s Treme Brass Band and Black Men of Labor. (Note: Common will not be performing during the celebration). Chicagoans are invited to join the festivities at the entrance of 57th Street and MLK Drive at 11:30 AM CDT.The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will include: • Opening Remarks with Common, Will Shafroth (President of the National Park Foundation), Peggy O’Dell (Deputy Director of the National Park Service) • Second line jazz festival through the city of Chicago at 12:00 PM CDT with NPF, NPS, Treme Brass Band and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble • Interactive stations from National Park Foundation Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque Partners: ◦ The Coleman Company who will have a merchandise vignette centered around our National Park Foundation commemorative line, a giant blow up 20’ lantern, Coleman lawn games, and other fun giveaways. ◦ Humana who will demonstrate how spending time in a national, state or local community park can benefit your physical and mental well being. Through the use of 360 virtual reality technology, Humana will transport you to the rugged rock formations of Joshua Tree and into the giant, ancient Sequoia forests of Yosemite. The breathtaking views will inspire you to find your park and embrace the great things ahead, as you start a journey towards renewed health. ◦ Subaru of America who will be on-site to raise awareness of its National Park Zero-Landfill Initiative, an effort to significantly reduce waste going into landfills from all national parks. Attendees will be able to enjoy a variety of interactive activities and learn how they can help and of course win prizes.In addition to the Chicago-New Orleans music theme, the event will also engage rangers from one of our nation’s newest national parks, Pullman National Monument in Chicago. Pullman rangers will be on hand to talk about the park and its ongoing development.“Most people know that the National Park Service preserves amazing landscapes, but the Park Exchange event series demonstrates that we care for America’s cultural and historic treasures, too,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and Pullman National Monument are just two of the many parks where visitors can experience our nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. We especially hope that the series will help young people discover what national parks can mean to them.”The Chicago and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Exchange is the second event in the series, which is designed to bring parks to life in urban areas and demonstrate the diversity of park experiences. In May, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation brought the iconic redwood trees to the city of Austin, Texas to juxtapose the nature of Redwood National and State Parks in California against the architecture of the iconic University of Texas Tower, which soars high at 307 feet above Austin, the average height of a redwood tree. In August, the Park Exchange event series will culminate in New York City, taking the innovation from Thomas Edison National Historical Park in a small New Jersey town, to the iconic big city skyline.“A park experience can be many things that can transform lives and shape minds. That is what we’re creating with the Park Exchange event series,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. “Through this unique exchange, we are opening up a whole new world of discovery as people experience first-hand how parks are so much more than grass and trees. Parks can be music, community, and culture.”The Park Exchange event series is part of the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement, which was launched in March 2015 by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. Inspiring people from all backgrounds to celebrate and support America’s national parks and community-based programs, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.Some of the most admired companies in the world are supporting the National Park Foundation’s efforts for #FindYourPark, including American Express, Budweiser, Subaru, REI, Humana and Disney. Additional partners include Coleman and Coca-Cola.A calendar of events taking place across the country to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial can be found at FindYourPark.com/Find.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s three roadshows on Kolkata’s streets on the last day of campaign for the final phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, just hours before the Election Commission’s campaign ban kicks in at 10 pm, witnessed tremendous response from her party workers and the common people alike.Hundreds lined up on both the sides of the streets as the first roadshow hit Diamond Harbour (DH) Road on a hot Thursday afternoon after it kick-started from Thakurpukur 3A bus stand. People tried to get a closer look at the charismatic leader giving her security personnel and police a tough time. Roadshows were conducted in favour of Mala Roy and Mimi Chakraborty contesting with Trinamool Congress’ tickets from South Kolkata and Jadavpur respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe rally grew bigger in size as it marched down DH Road with the joining of thousands of Trinamool Congress supporters. People started congregating as the news of Banerjee taking part in roadshows reached the local residents of Thakurpukur, Behala, Taratala areas and to those living on either side of DH Road. Braving the heat, the roadshow witnessed a sea of people while passing through Behala. Many were found queuing up on both sides of the road while some of whom tried to capture the moment on their mobile cameras. People waved at Banerjee when she passed Behala Chowrasta area and shouted slogans in her support. Banerjee did not disappoint them and reciprocated by waving back at them. People gathered with TMC’s festoons and flags across the entire stretch. The first roadshow concluded at Taratala. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe second rally began at Sukanta Setu in the evening and ended at Gariahat. It went past all the important locations of South Kolkata. In some areas, women were found blowing conch shells to hail Banerjee who has emerged as the key challenger to Modi and the saffron party and will play a major role in forming the next government at the Centre. As the roadshows touched down the streets, TMC activists and leaders shouted political slogans to oust the Narendra Modi government from the Centre. The slogans resonated in the air as the roadshows crossed various lanes and bylanes of the city. People who came for shopping in Gariahat witnessed the mammoth rally. The third roadshow kicked off at Ballygunj Phari and ended at Harish Chatterjee Street, near her residence, later in the evening. Support for Mamata remains unwavering with the masses chanting anti-BJP slogans as she made her was along the areas for her rallies. Concerns over national issues remain foremost on the voters’ minds, who gathered in hundreds for the final chapter of the campaign before the state goes to polls in the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 19.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI laid the foundation stone of a psycho-social rehabilitation center at the Ibn Rochd University Hospital in Casablanca on Saturday. The center is a solidarity-based project illustrating the special interest of the Sovereign in promoting the health sector in general and mental health in particular.The MAD 14 million project, initiated by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, reinforces the momentum of cohesion and mutual assistance generated by the National Solidarity Campaign, which runs from March 15-25.It falls under the umbrella of the action plan of the Foundation and aims to support the national health sector. It will accomplish this by strengthening the existing medical supply and improving access to health care for the poorest population. It will also integrate a complementary social approach into the mechanisms of the patients and beneficiaries involved. The future center is an integral part of the Casablanca-Settat regional medico-social program (2016-2020), supported by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity. Its purpose will be to take care of patients with serious and chronic psychological and mental illnesses, with a view to reducing the deleterious effects of these conditions and then promote their social and professional reintegration.It will allow treated patients, estimated at more than 1,300 a year, to break with the isolation caused by mental pathology, by promoting the development of their relational abilities, the acquisition of some professional skills and an improved feeling of well-being.Built on a covered area of 1,820 m2, the psycho-social rehabilitation center will be housed within the Ibn Rochd University Psychiatric Centre and will include a therapeutic center, a socio-educational center, an administrative center and a reception area.
PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to get something straight. That 4.52-second 40-yard dash the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver ran at the combine in the spring of 2017? It was a blessing, even if it didn’t feel like it at the time.A fraction faster and Smith-Schuster knows he likely goes higher than the 62nd overall pick in the draft and the chance to catch passes from Ben Roethlisberger and learn alongside Antonio Brown on a team with perennial and legitimate Super Bowl aspirations never materializes. So if Smith-Schuster had to wear the label of being “slow” for a few weeks, so be it.“That was the biggest thing for me coming out of college like ‘He doesn’t have breakaway speed, he doesn’t have breakaway speed,’” Smith-Schuster said Thursday. “But like C’mon. You’ve seen what I’ve been doing.”It’s kind of hard to miss.The 22-year-old leads the Steelers (7-3-1) in receptions (77) and yards receiving (1,055) heading into Sunday’s visit from the Los Angeles Chargers (8-3), including a 97-yard catch-and-run for a score last week against Denver, tying his own record for the longest grab in franchise history set last year against Detroit.Smith-Schuster ran underneath a rainbow from Roethlisberger, pulled away from Chris Harris Jr. and stiff-armed Darian Stewart to the ground with one thought running through his mind.“Every time I break away with those (long) touchdowns I always say . I’m not going to say the word, but I always say ‘Combine, what? What was the combine for?’” Smith-Schuster said.Apparently, not much.Though Smith-Schuster’s enthusiastic and decidedly physical approach to blocking — one head coach Mike Tomlin likened to former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward — initially earned him the respect of his teammates as a rookie, he’s spent most of his second season becoming more than just a complement to Brown but a legitimate and dependable big-time threat in his own right.When the Steelers were desperately trying to rally from a 16-point deficit in Jacksonville two weeks ago, Smith-Schuster’s leaping 35-yard grab down the sideline on Pittsburgh’s final drive helped set up the game-winning touchdown.It was the same against the Broncos. Roethlisberger hit Smith-Schuster for a pair of 19-yard gains on the Steelers’ last possession and on first-and-goal at the Denver 3, Roethlisberger didn’t look to Brown but to Smith-Schuster. The pass to the corner of the end zone was too long, and two plays later Roethlisberger was intercepted in the end zone while trying to thread a pass to Brown.After the 24-17 loss the quarterback admitted he wished he’d looked for Smith-Schuster on every snap and chastised Brown for running the wrong route, suggesting the “WiFi” connection — Brown’s description for his relationship with Roethlisberger — between one of the most productive quarterback/receiver combinations in NFL history is on the fritz.Smith-Schuster understands it lends itself to an easy narrative that the torch is in the process of being passed. He insists that’s hardly the case. It’s Brown, not Smith-Schuster, frequently drawing double teams. It’s Brown, not Smith-Schuster, who remains Roethlisberger’s favourite target. And it’s Brown — who is co-starring with Smith-Schuster in a series of Pizza Hut commercials — who is on a potentially Hall of Fame career path.“It’s hard, you know?” Smith-Schuster said. “But (Brown) still makes his plays and he still has the explosive plays that he’s making. And for me to be a young guy, just like me and James (Washington) and some of the other guys … we are able to eat off his plate because of what he’s done in the past.”And in the present. The 30-year-old Brown is on pace to extend his NFL-record streak of consecutive seasons with at least 100 receptions to six even with the increased attention from opposing defences. While Smith-Schuster allows he plays a position known for producing divas, he has no plans on becoming one creating any sort of “me or him” scenario with Brown.“If you are asking if there’s a problem between me and AB or any of the other guys, that’s not happening,” Smith-Schuster said. “Obviously we are trying to strive for one goal.”The only goal by which every season in Pittsburgh is measured. The Steelers lead the AFC North heading into December and are on track for a fifth straight playoff berth. Yet Pittsburgh hasn’t reached the Super Bowl since 2010 and while Smith-Schuster is all for expanding his “global brand” — look no further than his rapidly rising endorsement deals or his forever busy Instagram page for proof — he knows all the yards, all the touchdowns and GIF-able celebrations that ensue won’t amount to much if the Steelers don’t reach the Super Bowl.“All of this doesn’t matter if you don’t win it all,” he said.Something Pittsburgh can do if Brown and Smith-Schuster continue to develop into arguably the best wide receiver combination in the league. They’re getting close if they’re not already there, and they know it.“When it comes to game day, it’s all we talk about,” Smith-Schuster said. “(We say) ‘It’s GOAT time. It’s time the GOAT comes alive.’ You make your plays, on both sides. And we’ve seen it work.”Will Graves, The Associated Press
Cleveland Browns defensive back Buster Skrine, right, trips up Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jermaine Gresham at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday, September 29, 2013. The Browns won, 17-6. Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) head to Buffalo to face the Bills Sunday hoping to carry over momentum gained last week in a victory over the Patriots. They will face a Buffalo team that features the league’s third best rushing attack but has lost its starting quarterback, E.J. Manuel to a knee injury.The Bengals’ defense rose to new heights in a 13-6 victory against the New England Patriots. Despite being without defensive end Michael Johnson and cornerback Leon Hall, Cincinnati stifled New England’s pass attack, sacking quarterback Tom Brady four times and breaking his streak of 52 straight games with a touchdown pass. This week’s task are expected to be much easier.Just when it seemed the Bills (2-3) had finally resolved their problems at quarterback, they were dealt a major setback. Manuel had been having an impressive rookie season his first four games before the injury. After losing in the final seconds in week one to the Patriots, the Bills had gone 2-1, including a win over the Panthers in which Manuel threw a touchdown pass with five seconds left.Last week, the Bills were tied with the Browns, 17-17, when Manuel went down in the third quarter. They would go on to lose to Cleveland 37-24. Backup Jeff Tuel struggled in relief against the Browns, prompting the team to announce that Thad Lewis will make only the second start of his career against the Bengals.It can be presumed that the plan for the Bills is to limit Lewis’ exposure against Cincinnati’s defensive line. The fourth year quarterback will primarily be asked to hand off to running backs Fred Jackson (309 yards rushing, four touchdowns) and C.J. Spiller (296 yards rushing, one touchdown).With only twelve points in their last two games, Cincinnati’s offense is struggling behind inconsistent quarterback, Andy Dalton.Cincinnati, meanwhile, will try to get their first win of the year on the road where they play significantly worse than they do at home. Two weeks ago in Cleveland, Cincinnati allowed inexperienced Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer to look comfortable in the pocket, a far cry from the pressure applied on Brady last Sunday. The defense has only caused one turnover in two road games compared with eight turnovers in three games at home. But a win against a Patriots team that had been 4-0 may have provided the defense with the confidence needed to maintain focus away from Cincinnati and to overwhelm Lewis and the Bills.
Ohio State freshman opposite hitter Vanja Buklic (13) spikes the ball while team watches on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State in 3 matches. Credit: Claire Kudika | Assistant Design EditorAna Beatriz Franklin and Vanja Bukilic traveled long distances to play volleyball at Ohio State.Franklin’s Brazilian and Bukilic’s Serbian influences have merged their cultures and volleyball techniques among them and their teammates. From the way they drink their coffee to the way they behave on the court, the players had some adjustments to make upon joining Ohio State’s team.Both Franklin, a junior outside hitter, and Bukilic, a freshman opposite hitter, came from countries that do not offer college volleyball opportunities. It’s volleyball or education. This did not satisfy the desires of the two then-high school students. “It was really important to me to get a good education,” Franklin said. “I knew I wanted to keep playing volleyball at a really high level and I wanted to get my degree and go to college so coming here to play in the Big Ten was a win-win.”It was a win-win for the team as well. Franklin leads the team in service aces with 23 this season. Bukilic leads the team in kills with 240. Both girls had a similar decision to make when it came to leaving their home countries and moving to the United States. It was the same aspect of the team that drew them to this program rather than any other team they were being recruited for: team chemistry. “I decided to come here right when I visited,” Bukilic said. “There was always a good atmosphere. We were all just hanging out and it was fun being with them. The chemistry and coaches are the main reason I came.”Head coach Geoff Carlston traveled internationally to welcome both girls to the team and ease their nerves about leaving home to come to Ohio State. “Once I met the girls and the coaching staff, I knew it was the right place for me,” Franklin said. “Geoff went to Brazil to recruit me and he met my family which meant a lot and once I got here to campus, I just knew.”Carlston was the only volleyball coach from the United States who went to Brazil during the recruitment process. FloVolleyball, an international volleyball news organization, ranked Brazil as the No. 1 volleyball country, with the United States ranked No. 2.Styles of volleyball vary across the world. The basic rules, positions and terminology are consistent, but everything else was an adjustment for Franklin and Bukilic. “First when I came, it was hard because there is a completely different system for everything,” Bukilic said. “The style of playing is different, it is a faster game here and a lot of substitutions with the front and back row. It was hard at the beginning, but now I just got used to it.” Franklin noticed a difference in other ways. “Here, it’s a lot more physical, but at home, it’s a lot more technical,” she said. “I think it made me a better player, having to adapt a lot and change to fit the game here.”Culturally, Ohio was a whole new world. Aside from the stereotypical cornfields and cows that everyone expects when moving to the Midwest, the girls faced cultural adjustments that took more time getting used to. “People always bring coffee with them here,” Bukilic said. “At home you sit down, have a cup of coffee, talk with friends; but it’s busy life here and everything is so fast. I like it but sometimes I need to just sit and enjoy the moment.”Without visas, Bukilic’s family is not able to come to the United States to watch her in action. She mentioned YouTube as a go-to site for her family to watch her play.Bukilic plans to return to Serbia to play professional volleyball after graduation. Franklin is less certain of her future, both with volleyball and life. “I really try to stay in the moment and take one day at a time,” Franklin said. “There are a lot of great opportunities here and I would love to stay involved with OSU after graduation, but it’s hard to know. I still have two years left and there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related5 Special Prosecutors being paid $20,000 an hour in court; retainer fee of $2M- AG WilliamsJune 25, 2018In “latest news”Attorney General pleads guilty to unapproved spending, says it was ‘mistake’December 14, 2016In “latest news”Over $1B approved for Legal Affairs MinistryDecember 12, 2017In “Local News” Government’s hiring of Special Prosecutors, a move which former Attorney General Anil Nandlall contends is unlawful, is expected to be placed under the microscope during today’s sitting of the National Assembly, when Government will have to respond to several questions on notice from the parliamentary Opposition.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallAccording to the order paper, questions will be put to Attorney General Basil Williams by his predecessor, Nandlall. The questions are derived from the fact that estimates show $109 million being allocated to the Attorney General’s Chambers in the 2017 Budget under programme 523.In addition, Nandlall contends that in the 2018 Budget, undisclosed funds were allocated for hiring special prosecutors, including foreign lawyers. He is therefore seeking answers on this issue.“Could the honourable Minister provide this House with information on the number of special prosecutors that have been hired, their salaries and benefits, travel and hotel costs, etc, incurred and the number of cases they have been handling for the period January 2017 to March 2018?” Nandlall questioned the State.In an interview with this publication, Nandlall stressed the implications for the State’s involvement in retaining special prosecutors on a scale of this magnitude.In the first place, he pointed out that this practise is not supported by the law.“It is absolutely unlawful for (the State) to be paying special prosecutors. Since 1966, when we became independent, the prosecutorial functions of the State were taken away from the Attorney General office and given to an agency called the Director of Public Prosecutions.”Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams“That agency is an independent agency and it ought not to be influenced in the discharge of those functions. Government has no role to play in the prosecution of criminal offences. That is not a function of the Government but the State agency.”The former Attorney General also noted that while serious offences like drug trafficking and murder are being prosecuted by Police prosecutor, the State shells out millions to prosecute members of the former Administration and perceived Opposition supporters on charges that are not even in violation of criminal laws.“Millions of dollars are expended to hire special prosecutors. And these special prosecutors are hired to prosecute us,” Nandlall noted. “They are not hiring special prosecutors to prosecute the serious offences being committed every day in this country, like robbery, murder, piracy, drug trafficking.These are the real ills of the society. So the public will judge whether that is the best use of taxpayers’ money.It had been reported that Cabinet appointed six Attorneys; Michael Somersall, Hewely Griffith, Lawrence Harris, Patrice Henry, Compton Richardson, and Trenton Lake as Special Prosecutors in the event that legal action might ensue from audit reports into the Pradoville 2 Housing Scheme and the 2007 World Cup cricket, among others.Attorney General Williams has long contended that nothing is wrong with Government’s move to hire special prosecutors to go after ‘State assets’ as similar situations existed in Guyana before.Williams had also highlighted that Government’s rationale for hiring special prosecutors was because the State prosecutors under the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were uncomfortable with handling such cases.
AN ITALIAN COURT has upheld a tax fraud conviction for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, confirming his sentence of one year in prison and a five-year ban from public office.“The court confirms the sentence against Silvio Berlusconi,” a judge in Milan said in a live audio feed broadcast by news channel Sky TG 24.Berlusconi is now expected to appeal the ruling in Italy’s highest court, which would suspend the punishment pending a final ruling in the case which revolves around his Mediaset business empire.The initial trial began seven years ago, highlighting delays in Italy’s justice system.People of Freedom party“We knew it would go like this,” Berlusconi’s defence lawyer Niccolo Ghedini told reporters.“I do not think there is a connection between this verdict and political stability,” said Ghedini, who is also a member of parliament from Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party.Berlusconi’s party won nearly a third of the vote in a general election in February and is now an influential member of a newly-formed grand coalition led by leftist moderate Enrico Letta.The cabinet is already riven with tensions and political analysts warn Berlusconi could bring down the government within months as opinion polls indicate that he would win fresh elections.Berlusconi’s former education minister Mariastella Gelmini said the ruling was “incomprehensible” and Renato Schifani, a pro-Berlusconi senator, said it reflected an ongoing “judicial persecution”.BillionaireThe appeal verdict was the latest twist in a 20-year legal saga that began when the flamboyant billionaire first burst onto the political scene.Berlusconi rarely if ever shows up at trials and is not obliged to under Italian law, although he has made occasional declarations to the court without cross-examination as the system allows.The case revolves around prices of film distribution rights bought by Mediaset that were artificially inflated in order to avoid taxes.The court acquitted Berlusconi’s business associate Fedele Confalonieri, the current chairman of Mediaset.Sex trialBerlusconi is also a defendant in a trial for having sex with an underage 17-year-old prostitute while he was still prime minister, and then abusing the powers of his office by putting pressure on police to release her from custody.A verdict in that case is expected imminently.The 76-year-old Berlusconi was also convicted in March over the publication of police wiretap transcripts in a newspaper he owns, which were leaked in order to discredit a political rival.He is appealing that conviction.Berlusconi has been found guilty before but all his convictions have either been overturned on appeal or have expired under a statute of limitations.Supporters and Berlusconi himself say he is unfairly victimised by left-wing judges who are out to get him, but critics say he has used his influence and wealth to dodge the law.Potential biasGhedini said the tax fraud trial should have been moved to another city – a defence request that was turned down– because judges in Milan were biased.Even if his convictions are upheld throughout the appeals process, Berlusconi is unlikely ever to see the inside of a prison cell as sentencing guidelines for over-70s in Italy are lenient.- © AFP, 2013Read: Italian court confirms Berlusconi ally guilty in mafia case >
La construction de l’EPR finlandais prend encore du retardLe réacteur nucléaire EPR qui n’en finit plus de repousser sa mise en service voit son inauguration une nouvelle fois repoussée. Elle n’interviendra qu’après 2014 a annoncé l’opérateur finlandais TVO.Le Français Areva et l’Allemand Siemens bâtissent actuellement en Finlande un réacteur nucléaire EPR mais la tâche s’avère plus compliquée que prévue. En effet, démarré en 2005 à Olkiluoto, sur la côte sud-ouest de la Finlande, le chantier de ce réacteur OL3 de 1.600 mégawatts devait initialement être terminé en 2009. Mais des retards sont depuis annoncés chaque année et ont repoussé la date prévue de mise en service à août 2014. Cette semaine, l’opérateur finlandais TVO a néanmoins annoncé que la date était une nouvelle fois repoussée et que celle-ci n’interviendra finalement qu’après 2014. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cet énième retard illustre à nouveau les désaccords qui existent entre le consortium franco-allemand et son client. En effet, chacune des deux parties se rejette la responsabilité de ce nouveau délai. Selon TVO, “les travaux d’installation du réacteur et l’ingénierie du système d’automatisation de la centrale sous la responsabilité du fournisseur [Areva-Siemens] n’ont pas progressé conformément au calendrier du fournisseur”. L’opérateur s’est ainsi dit “pas satisfait” de la situation, rappelant que Olkiluoto 3 est “le plus grand investissement dans l’histoire de l’industrie finlandaise”.De son côté, Areva indique avoir informé TVO qu’il “supportait la responsabilité” de ce nouveau retard soulignant les reproches réguliers faits à son client qui mettrait trop de temps à lui valider des documents techniques. Areva a réclamé l’engagement “sans faille” de TVO. Néanmoins, Areva comme TVO soulignent que “les travaux progressent”, que les composantes majeures du réacteur sont achevées de même que la majeure partie de la tuyauterie, très importante dans un réacteur nucléaire. Selon Areva, fin 2011, les deux tiers du travail avaient déjà été réalisés.Actuellement, quatre réacteurs de type EPR (European Pressurized Reactor) sont en construction : celui en Finlande, un en France à Flamanville et deux autres en Chine. Alors que des retards sont annoncés depuis plusieurs années sur tous les chantiers, le premier EPR mis en service pourrait être l’un des deux construits en Chine. Par ailleurs, d’autres chantiers sont envisagés dans d’autres pays et notamment au Royaume-Uni.Le 17 juillet 2012 à 17:07 • Maxime Lambert
Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook The Washington Post is featuring an interview with Bill Goldberg where he talks about his involvement with WWE last year and why he’d be open to having one more match.“Do I want to roll the dice again? I don’t know. I’ll quote one of the most famous movies that I was ever in, ‘Santa’s Slay’: It ain’t over ‘til I say it’s over.”Goldberg also addressed getting the chance to wrestle in front of his family, including his son who turned 11 last year and never saw him wrestle in person.“The angle was real and it was touching and it was true. I kind of left it all out there. It was a cleansing experience. I owe it all to Vince McMahon and Brock Lesnar. They gave me the opportunity to be one of the coolest dads in the world and they didn’t have to do that.”Goldberg will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 34 weekend.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhich Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 14.05%0:03Remaining Time -0:39 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Which Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Videos Articles Bill Goldberg WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Google+
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation Thursday making gun trafficking a federal crime as lawmakers cast the first vote in Congress to curb firearms since December’s horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.The panel was also debating bills banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, requiring background checks for nearly all gun purchases, and providing more money for schools to buy video cameras and other safety equipment.The committee approved the gun trafficking measure on an 11-7 vote. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, was the only Republican to vote in favor of the measure, whose chief sponsor was the panel’s chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.Evidence was abundant of partisan clashes ahead as the two parties sparred over the need to limit firearms.Leahy said he hoped senators would make significant progress this week on curbing gun violence.Grassley said everyone wants to prevent more killings like the deaths of 20 first-graders and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. But he said gun control does not work and accused Democrats of wanting to “impose more gun restrictions on law-abiding citizens.”All four measures were expected to pass the committee. But their fate when the full Senate considers them, probably in April, is less certain. The trafficking measure by Leahy, D-Vt., was thought to have the best prospects, while the assault weapons ban by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., seemed to have the slimmest chance.