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Tottenham Hotspur ‘It’s getting boring!’ – Dier lauds record-setting Kane after late Tottenham winner at Crystal Palace Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 23:26 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Premier League The midfielder was full of praise for his Spurs colleague after the game with the striker having netted his 150th goal in club football Eric Dier joked that Harry Kane’s record-setting goals are “getting boring” after the Tottenham striker snatched an 88th-minute winner against Crystal Palace.Kane made amends for squandering a golden opportunity early in the second half with a superb header late on at Selhurst Park, with the 1-0 victory taking Tottenham into the top four in the Premier League.It also marked the England forward’s 150th goal in club football, and Dier was full of praise for his record-breaking team-mate. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “It’s getting boring isn’t it, he just keeps getting the records. But he’s a class act, he just keeps getting the goals at vital moments,” Kane told BBC Sport.”We like to leave it late here every year, we’re just really happy to get the goal. I think we thoroughly deserved it, we had so many chances.”Tottenham dominated throughout on Sunday, and only the fine form of Wayne Hennessey and unusual profligacy in front of goal from Kane prevented Mauricio Pochettino’s side going ahead much earlier.Kane, as ever, came up with the goods in the end, though, but the 24-year-old claimed he was unaware of the milestone his goal marked.”I didn’t even realise to be honest. I just want to keep scoring and help the team win games,” he said.”We left that very late. I thought it wasn’t going to be our day, because we had a few chances, especially me, and Serge Aurier had one at the end too, but we kept going until the end and eventually got our rewards.“We had a tough patch, with a few tough games recently, now we have to keep that momentum going.”While Tottenham’s performance certainly warranted a goal, it was harsh on Palace, who put in a determine backs-to-the-wall display.Already with a lengthy injury list to contend with, Roy Hodgson’s woes were compounded late on when defender James Tomkins hobbled off – Kane delivering the final blow moments later, and Patrick van Aanholt could not hide his disappointment.”We were right in the game until the end, so we’re very disappointed, there’s not a lot we can say,” the former Sunderland defender said.”Defensively we played very well as a team, but now we just have to look ahead to the next game.”
World Cup Jesus or Firmino, Fred or Paulinho? How Brazil could evolve throughout the World Cup Sam Lee Manchester City correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Brazil Neymar Tite will not make any changes to his starting line-up for Friday’s game with Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg but he has plenty of options available Despite Brazil’s disappointing draw with Switzerland in their opening World Cup match on Sunday, there has not been a major clamour for coach Tite to make sweeping changes to his line-up.It was the first time the five-times champions have not started a World Cup with a victory since 1978, and since the final whistle they have been criticised for sitting back after Coutinho’s opening goal, losing the momentum that they had generated in the opening exchanges and failing to get it back.Tite made two changes to his midfield and one up front in the final half an hour, but Brazil could not open up the Swiss defence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar And while Globo awarded seven players a rating of either 5 or 5.5 (Coutinho was the highest with 7), there has been nothing like the reaction in Spain, for example, following David De Gea’s opening-game mistake.In fact, Brazil’s scapegoat has been VAR – the Brazilian federation wrote to FIFA asking for an explanation of the decision to let Switzerland’s equaliser stand, and why a penalty was not awarded to Gabriel Jesus.And when VAR is not on the Brazilian news agenda, the locals have been chastising Neymar for paying too much attention to his hair and step-overs.The Paris Saint-Germain forward has been in the news again this week after he limped out of a training session with an ankle injury, but he is expected to face Costa Rica on Friday regardless.Indeed, Tite says he will not make any changes to his team for the match in Saint Petersburg, but he certainly has plenty of options available to him if he wants to shake things up during the game, or later in the tournament.Paulinho, for example, could feel especially vulnerable. The midfielder had a good season for Barcelona and has been important for Brazil again during Tite’s reign, but he struggled against Switzerland’s deep, organised defence, and crucially he has two serious rivals for his position.Renato Augusto, the only China-based Brazilian to play at a World Cup, did bring something different when he replaced Paulinho on Sunday, and is a more creative option, which will almost certainly come in handy against Costa Rica and Serbia, two teams that will look to replicate Switzerland’s approach.Another option is Manchester United new boy Fred. The former Shakhtar Donetsk man brings drive and energy from a deep starting position, allied to a fine range of passing, and is available again after an ankle injury.The defenders and goalkeeper are likely to be unchanged throughout the tournament. Like Neymar, Marcelo had a poor game on Sunday but will almost certainly retain his place, although Felipe Luis is a capable deputy if required. The same goes for Marquinhos, should one of the more experienced centre-backs – Thiago Silva or Miranda – get themselves injured or suspended.Goalkeeper Alisson is rated as one of the best around, and he is keeping out Manchester City’s Ederson, despite his strikingly accurate distribution.Casemiro was actually the first player to make way on Sunday, with Tite bringing on Fernandinho for a little more thrust going forward, but the Real Madrid man is unlikely to lose his starting berth at any point this summer, given his importance to the side. Fernandinho will be used again, but most likely from the bench.Coutinho was only dropped back into a midfield role on the eve of the tournament but he has been playing there for Barcelona since his January move, and his goal against Switzerland is further proof that he is well equipped to stay there. Should he be pushed back into the forward line, most likely at the expense of Willian, then one of Renato Augusto or Fred could fill in.Willian failed to shine on Sunday but, for now, he keeps his place ahead of Douglas Costa. Neymar, despite a wasteful performance and his ongoing recovery from injury, is very unlikely to be left out at any point.Things could be different for Gabriel Jesus, however. Tite does favour the Manchester City striker over Roberto Firmino, but the Liverpool man’s efforts in recent months – for both club and country – have not gone unnoticed.Tite says Firmino is playing with confidence and that his performance in the last 20 minutes on Sunday, in Jesus’ place, was “very good”.Jesus, as is occasionally the case with City, did a lot of good work outside of the penalty area and out of possession, and it would be a little harsh to drop him after one game, given his performances for his country since making his debut in Tite’s first match in charge.But given Firmino’s similar talents, and his arguably more impressive season with Liverpool, he is a strong candidate for a starting spot later in the tournament.
Posted on December 11, 2012March 31, 2017By: Kate Mitchell, Manager of the MHTF Knowledge Management System, Women and Health InitiativeClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The World Health Organization recently launched a new website with detailed recommendations for how countries can improve access to critical maternal and newborn health interventions through task-shifting.The new guidelines include an interactive feature where policymakers can browse by specific intervention or by type of health worker to get a sense of the safety and feasibility of shifting specific tasks from one cadre of health worker to another.WHO also produced a video that explains the importance and the process of developing the new recommendations.Context for the new recommendations (from the detailed recommendations):Human resource shortages in the health services are widely acknowledged as a threat to the attainment of the healthrelated Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Attempts to optimize the potential of the existing health workforce are therefore crucial. A more rational distribution of tasks and responsibilities among cadres of health workers is seen as a promising strategy for improving access and costeffectiveness within health systems. For example, access to care may be improved by training and enabling ‘mid-level’ and ‘lay’ health workers to perform specific interventions that might otherwise be provided only by cadres with longer (and sometimes more specialized) training. Such task shifting strategies might be particularly attractive to countries that lack the means to improve access to care within short periods of time.Objectives of the new guidelines (from the detailed recommendations):These recommendations have been developed as part of the World Health Organization’s mandate to provide normative guidance to its member states. The objective of this guidance is to issue evidence-based recommendations to facilitate universal access to key, effective maternal and newborn interventions through the optimization of health worker roles. These recommendations are intended for health policymakers, managers and other stakeholders at a regional, national and international level. By providing this broad guidance internationally, the World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that countries will adapt and implement these recommendations while also considering the political system and health systems context in which they operate.Access the detailed recommendations here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 21, 2015October 28, 2016By: Sally Theobald, COUNTDOWN Consortium & Research in Gender and Ethics: Building stronger health systems (RinGs), Liverpool School of Tropical MedicineClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of the Woman-Centered Universal Health Coverage Series, hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and USAID|TRAction, which discusses the importance of utilizing a woman-centered agenda to operationalize universal health coverage. To contribute a post, contact Katie Millar.New mother in Zimbabwe is tested for HIV. Photo: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS FoundationI spent many of my teenage years living in Malawi, enjoying swimming in beautiful Lake Malawi. Wind on to age 30, and I was struggling to get pregnant. Eventually, following illness, I was diagnosed with schistosomiasis and told that I had probably been infected for a while and that it might be affecting my fertility. So I took praziquantel—the only available drug against the parasite—and soon after I was pregnant.Today my first born daughter is 10 years old. Whilst the links between urogenital schistosomiasis (also called female genital schistosomiasis), sub-fertility and HIV have become increasingly well-established over my first born daughter’s lifetime, sadly lacking is a combined and robust health system that brings together HIV, sexual, reproductive, maternal health and neglected tropical disease communities to address and scale up treatment for urogenital schistosomiasis.The global burden of diseaseApproximately 200 million people are living with schistosomiasis in Africa. Of the people infected with urogenital schistosomiasis, between 100 and 120 million suffer from urinary and reproductive tract damage, which also impacts the likelihood of HIV co-infection and sub-fertility in general. Typically many adolescent girls and women exhibit several symptoms in their lower genital tract where overt bleeding, unpleasant discharge, general discomfort and pain during sex can lead to low self-esteem, depression and stigma.Peter Hotez estimates that between 20 million and 150 million girls are affected, possibly making it one of the most common gynaecological conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, but, unfortunately, much under-reported. Urogenital schistosomiasis, as in my experience, also affects fertility and may reduce a woman’s reproductive health capacity by up to 75%.The links between urogenital schistosomiasis in women and HIV are well established. Writing in the Lancet, Stoever and colleagues argue that up to 75% of girls and women infected with female genital schistosomiasis develop often irreversible lesions in the vulva, vagina, cervix, and uterus – creating a lasting entry point for HIV. This results in a threefold increase of HIV infection for women with female genital schistosomiasis.Gender, equity and rights There is remarkable overlap between the maps showing high HIV prevalence in Africa (particularly amongst women and adolescents girls) and those showing cases of female genital schistosomiasis. A complex interplay of biological, social and cultural factors means that young women are particularly vulnerable to HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Gender norms also shape exposure to urogenital schistosomiasis, with women being particularly responsible for activities involving water in many communities – like washing, cleaning, and collecting water.What to do?Several tens of millions of praziquantel tablets are now donated each year for mass drug administration campaigns as a cost-effective method to protect people from urogenital schistosomiasis. Hotez argues that by preventing female genital schistosomiasis in sexually active women, we have an innovative and timely opportunity to reduce, and likely much reduce, HIV transmission throughout many rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa.The lack of action to date on urogenital schistosomiasis clearly illustrates the importance of new partnerships and new approaches to scaling up strategies. To make progress in this area, we need joint action between the HIV, maternal, sexual and reproductive health and neglected tropical disease communities. Health workers and communities need more information on the multiple impacts of urogenital schistosomiasis and how it can be treated. A meeting in South Africa later in this month should start this dialogue.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 29, 2018January 29, 2018By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As with many other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), obesity has been on the rise globally for several years with potentially dire consequences for maternal health. The proportion of women of reproductive age who are obese ranges from 3% to 74% across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and the highest burden tends to be in middle-income countries.Insight into obesity and maternal healthJamaica is one such setting that is experiencing a growing number of maternal deaths due to NCDs and other non-obstetric causes. While the country has seen a slow decline in maternal deaths, “Indirect causes account for an increasing proportion of these deaths,” said Lovney Kanguru, lead author of a recent population based study examining the consequences of overweight and obesity for Jamaican women of reproductive age. Kanguru and colleagues noted that this trend is occurring despite high uptake of maternal health care services, including antenatal visits, skilled birth attendance, postnatal care and immunization coverage. According to Kanguru, “This has spurred local efforts towards understanding indirect causes, which appear to be driven by the increasing prevalence of NCDs in the island.”Their study found that 63% of women in Jamaica between the ages of 15 and 49 were obese. Among this population of women, roughly 6% were diabetic, 19% had a hypertensive disorder and 3% were both diabetic and hypertensive. Diabetes and hypertension are known risk factors for maternal morbidity and mortality, and in these cases, obesity may be classified as an indirect cause posing risks to maternal health.Additionally, the research showed that one in every ten women who died during or after childbirth had been overweight or obese, the majority of whom had also developed complications such as hypertension, circulatory/cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. Despite evidence that obese women face greater health risks than non-obese women, community perception of obesity varied—which may pose challenges to maternal mortality measurement. As Kanguru illuminated, “It became apparent during the fieldwork for this study that medical practitioners and the wider community did not see overweight or obesity as a ‘disease’—and being overweight was sometimes regarded as a sign of good health—so the condition is likely to be left out as a reported contributing cause of death.”Immediate (ICOD) and underlying (UCOD) cause of maternal deaths related to high BMI (overweight or obesity) from The burden of obesity in women of reproductive age and in pregnancy in a middle-income setting: A population based study from Jamaica.Reversing the trendThe authors call for more research on maternal overweight and obesity in LMICs. As Kanguru illustrated, “The data available in Jamaica clearly do not provide a full picture of the problem and the relationship of obesity with childbearing. Maternal health needs to be explored further with primary studies and better data from routine sources.” Calculating body mass index (BMI) based on height and weight rather than clinical assessments or judgments and incorporating BMI into routine antenatal records are also important steps to improve measurement and address this issue.Furthermore, the study calls for lifestyle and preventative interventions to promote healthy weight before, during and after pregnancy. This entails addressing the underlying social attitudes and values in culturally-sensitive ways. As Kanguru stated, “Exploring strategies to change diets traditionally suited to high physical labour to one which better accommodates the current sedentary occupations of women, targeting adolescent girls and [changing] attitudes regarding obesity as a sign of prosperity is crucial as these may be context-specific and are not necessarily transferable from high- to low- or middle-income settings.”—Read the full paper, “The burden of obesity in women of reproductive age and in pregnancy in a middle-income setting: A population based study from Jamaica,” in the MHTF-PLOS collection on NCDs and maternal health.Explore other posts from the Maternal Health Task Force’s blog series, “Noncommunicable Diseases and Maternal Health.”Is your work related to NCDs and maternal health? We want to hear from you!Share this:
HOUSTON – From the quaint roots at Jarry Park in Montreal, to the frustrating struggles at the less idyllic Olympic Stadium and then to the heart-wrenching departure for many Canadian baseball fans to their new home in the U.S. capital, the Washington Nationals are on the verge of making their own sensational history.The tough-as-nails National League wild-card entry got to Astros ace Justin Verlander in the seventh inning here on Wednesday, then they blew the doors off the winningest team in MLB in 2019 to cruise to a 12-3 blowout in Game 2 of the World Series.That six-run seventh stunned the sellout crowd of 43,357 at Minute Maid Park and gave the Nats a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven set that shifts back to D.C. for at least two, and possibly three, games beginning on Friday.The links to the Montreal past – however they are presented – will be drenched in bitterness for some, but shouldn’t get in the way of the incredible feats this team is accomplishing and the fresh history it is making.Dominant from the outset of this post-season, the Nats are now just two wins away from the first championship in Nationals/Expos franchise history.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“It’s obviously great for the fans who have supported this team for years and years,” Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin said. “But this isn’t done yet.”What was billed as, and settled into, a pitching duel between Verlander and Washington starter Stephen Strasburg through six innings ended up in a one-sided stunner to take down the Astros, who led the majors in 2019 with 107 regular-season wins.It was the latest sensation in the Nationals’ remarkable post-season run that has now seen them record back-to-back wins against two likely finalists in the AL Cy Young Award race – Verlander and Game 1 starter Gerrit Cole.As well, the Nats now have won an incredible eight in a row this post-season, six of those on the road. Both are MLB post-season records.“We’ve been in a playoff mode and facing really good pitchers for months,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said of his confident, veteran-heavy team. “With the Dodgers (in the NLDS) and the Cardinals (in the NLCS) we’ve run the gauntlet.“These guys think they’re pretty good, and they think they can beat anybody.”Verlander included.The right-hander was hanging tough until he was bitten by one of the most unlikely hitters in the order. Kurt Suzuki was just 2-for-25 in the post-season when he entered the batter’s box and the 36-year-old delivered with a huge shot to left-centre field.As great as Verlander is – and he certainly was exceptional again on Wednesday – he still has yet to record a win in World Series play and now has an overall record of 0-5.The Astros became unglued after the Suzuki homer with manager A.J. Hinch at one point issuing an intentional walk to young Nats star Juan Soto, the first time the Astros have given a free pass all season.Soto eventually came around to score – one of six the Nationals pushed across in the inning – and the rout was in full effect.The Astros, who were hoping to win a second title in three years, are against the ropes, though manager A.J. Hinch isn’t looking at it that way.“They are halfway to a race to four wins so clearly Game 3 becomes critical for us,” Hinch said. “I doubt the Nats will feel too confident that they have this sewn up and can plan the parade.”As conflicted as Expos fans are about losing their team to D.C. in 2005, there’s no denying it has been an incredible ride for the franchise. Thousands of fans of Canada’s first major league team still feel connected to the Nats and the Fox broadcast of the games here has been full of Expos references and images.The checkered history that transformed the Expos into the Nationals is one thing, but modern World Series history is now squarely in their corner. The past 11 teams to take a 2-0 lead in the Fall Classic have gone on to claim the title, and 44 of 55 overall.No team has won the first two World Series games on the road since the 1999 Yankees, part of the reality facing the Astros in an awful three-day stretch for the team.How hot are the Nationals? Dating back to Sept. 23, they are now a dominant 18-2, the best 20-game stretch in Nationals history, but a mark the Expos matched multiple times.Getting to the cusp of a World Series is sure to bring back bitter memories for many old Expos fans and you can’t blame those that feel that way. But for those who want to relive the memories of those ground-breaking days for baseball in Canada – the good and the bad – good on them as well.Bottom line from all of it, however, is that these Nationals are fun to watch – and right now anyway, next to impossible to beat.“We’re here because our boys never gave up,” Nats manager Dave Martinez said of his team, which has outscored its opponents 56-19 in its past eight games. “What I believe in is hard work and being consistent in what we do and sticking to our process.”GAME ON– Though Verlander got touched up with his two runs allowed in the first, by the end of the second inning he had made MLB playoff history. When he struck out Victor Robles in the second, it was his fourth K of the game, and a record 200th of his career in the post-season, surpassing the previous record held by John Smolz. A hollow victory, to be sure.– After trying to shoulder much of the blame for the Game 1 loss – in which he struck out three times – Astros third baseman Alex Bregman made a bid for instant redemption in Game 2 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to tie it.– The first-inning blast to Bregman aside, it was a strong outing for Strasburg, who struck out seven over his six solid innings of work. Astros batters kept him grinding, as the veteran right-hander worked for the win with 114 pitchers on the night. Strasburg now has a stellar 1.34 ERA this post-season.– When Soto doubled in the third inning, it marked an incredible beginning to his World Series experience. In six at-bats he had recorded four hits, and three of those for extra bases.– Who says baseball has to be a young man’s game? Heading into the eighth inning in Game 2, Nats hitters aged 30 or older were 10 for 23 in the game with eight runs batted in.– The Nats are just the fifth team in the DH era (since 1973) to win the first two World Series games as a visiting team in an AL park. 1 Comments Share your thoughts Houston Astros Major League Baseball Washington Nationals World Series
Kylian Mbappe has become a “real killer” in front of goal as Abdou Diallo hailed the Paris Saint-Germain star’s development. Mbappe has flourished at PSG since arriving from Monaco, helping the French giants to back-to-back Ligue 1 titles. The 20-year-old World Cup winner scored a league-high 33 goals last season, and 39 across all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Diallo – who left Borussia Dortmund for PSG in the off-season – knows Mbappe from the pair’s time together at Monaco and the centre-back told reporters: “He grew up, he gained a bit of weight. “But he is the same. Of course, he is more mature. Now, we can talk about more things with him. “When I was in Monaco, he was very, very young. But he is still the same. “In the game, he is becoming a real killer. He didn’t have those qualities when he left Monaco, even if he scored many goals for Monaco. Now, he is very accurate.” Mbappe scored as PSG opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a 3-0 win at home to Nimes last week. The club are still in the middle of a transfer saga surrounding Brazilian star Neymar, who continues to be linked with a move to La Liga, with both Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly interested in his signature. PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has said that the Brazilian could still stay with the French giants, with Neymar having returned to training, but ruled out him being part of the starting side as the club look to continue their strong start to the season away to Rennes on Sunday. “He started the training session with us, but finished individually,” Tuchel told a news conference. “It’s a little too early [for him] to start in a match, especially at Rennes’ home. “He is my player and when I think of a strong team, it includes him. If there is no solution for him, he will stay with us. That leaves Mbappe to once again lead the line and help carry the load in his absence, which the French forward has done exceptionally well. The club will then have a week to recover before taking on Toulouse on August 25.
Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racist chants by Cagliari fans prior to scoring the game-winning goal from the spot in a 2-1 Inter victory.Lukaku endured monkey chants as he stepped up to the spot to take the penalty won by Stefano Sensi midway through the second half.The striker paused and stared out at the fans after hitting the spot-kick, which he sent past Robin Olsen to re-establish Inter’s advantage. Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream It is yet another incident involving the Cagliari fans, who have been accused by multiple black players in recent years of hurling racist abuse.Last season Moise Kean had a similar reaction to the Cagliari fans when he stared at the supporters following his goal for Juventus in a victory at the Sardegna Arena.Kean came in for criticism from Leonardo Bonucci at the time, though he was backed by team-mate Blaise Matuidi.Matuidi himself had been subject to racist taunts from Cagliari fans the year before.Former Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari also claimed to have been subjected to racist chants by Cagliari fans during a match in 2017.After the match, Inter defender Milan Skriniar confirmed Lukaku had been subject to abuse, telling reporters he told the Cagliari fans to be quiet. “I heard things that I think should not exist in football, so I told the Cagliari fans to shut up,” Skriniar told Mediaset Sport. “But now we don’t think about it.”Head coach Antonio Conte claimed not to hear the chants, but said Italy has to improve in how fans treat opposition players.”I can’t comment on the episode because I did not hear it,” Conte said. “Having said that, we need to improve a great deal in Italy and be more respectful to people who are working, in general.“When I was working abroad, the fans would cheer on their own team, not spend their entire time insulting the opponent.”Lukaku has hit the ground running in Serie A, having made the £74 million ($90m) move from Manchester United in August.The Belgian has now scored two goals in two games as Inter have made a perfect start to life under new coach Conte with wins over Lecce and Cagliari.
Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac believes Philippe Coutinho has brought “another dimension” to the team after he impressed in their Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade.Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller goals earned Bayern a 3-0 victory over the Serbians in the German giants’ Group B opener.However, it was Coutinho – on loan from La Liga champions Barcelona with a view to a permanent move – who particularly caught the eye pulling the strings in Munich midweek. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “He played a really good game and with his football intelligence he brings another dimension to our game,” Kovac told Sky in Germany.”I think we can be very happy. The team has been very focused and we scored three goals, that’s befitting.”Muller came off the bench to make a club record 106th appearance in the Champions League for Bayern, but he played down its significance.Muller said: “Such game records are something for after the career, and I’m not going to give up my shoes up in the near future, so it’s not that important.”Red Star captain Marko Marin came agonisingly close to an equaliser before Lewandowski and Muller’s strikes late on, and the 30-year-old attacker insisted the result was not a fair reflection of the game.”We saw that Bayern are on another level,” Marin said. We could have scored from our chances. They deserved a win but not the last two goals, they hurt the most. “Let’s not forget that this is our first group match and playing away, so I hope that we will make up against Olympiacos.”Olympiacos held Tottenham to a 2-2 draw in the group’s other game and head coach Vladan Milojevic added: “As I said before the match, Bayern and Tottenham are the favourites in the group, and we saw why tonight. We are aware that we played against a possible winner of the Champions League.” Bayern return to action Saturday to take on Koln in the Bundesliga, with the club looking to claw their way back to the top of the table. They currently sit two points back of leaders RB Leipzig through four matches.
The 2019-20 Carabao Cup kicked off in August, with Championship, League One and League Two sides entering the competition.Last season, Manchester City won their second consecutive Carabao Cup after defeating Chelsea on penalties at Wembley Stadium and will be keen to add a seventh title to their trophy cabinet.The final is set to be played on March 1, 2020 at Wembley Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Goal has your complete guide, including participating teams, full draw information, fixture schedules and results. Carabao Cup format Carabao Cup fourth round Carabao Cup third round Carabao Cup second round Carabao Cup first round Carabao Cup on TV Carabao Cup rules Away goals Why is the League Cup called the Carabao Cup? Past winnersCarabao Cup 2019-20 formatAll 92 clubs competing in the Premier League and the English Football League enter the 2019-20 Carabao Cup, with participation distributed across the divisions.The competition will be played over seven rounds, with single-leg ties throughout, except in the semi-finals.In round one, the draw was split into northern and southern clubs with 22 Championship sides and all League One and League Two clubs entering.The likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Wolves and Tottenham will not enter until the third round due to their participation in Europe. Date Round Clubs entering in this round Clubs advancing from previous round No of games Aug 2019 First round (70 clubs) 24 clubs from League Two 24 clubs from League One 22 clubs from Championship N/A 35 Aug 2019 Second round (50 clubs) 2 clubs from Championship 13 Premier League clubs (not involved in European competition) 35 winners from first round 25 Sept 2019 Third round (32 clubs) 7 Premier League clubs (involved in European competition) 25 winners from second round 16 Oct 2019 Fourth round (16 clubs) No entries 16 winners from third round 8 Dec 2019 Quarter-finals (8 clubs) No entries 8 winners from fourth round 4 Jan 2020 Semi-finals (4 clubs) No entries 4 winners from fifth round 2 Mar 1 Final (2 clubs) No entries 2 winners from semi-finals 1 Carabao Cup 2019-20 fourth roundThe fourth round of the Carabao Cup has delivered two heavyweight clashes: Chelsea against Manchester United and Liverpool against Arsenal. Elsewhere, there will be three other all-Premier League ties, including Manchester City taking on Southampton.The ties will be played on the week commencing October 28, 2019. Date Fixture TV? Oct 29 Everton vs Watford No Oct 29 Aston Villa vs Wolves No Oct 29 Manchester City vs Southampton No Oct 29 Burton Albion vs Leicester City No Oct 29 Crawley Town vs Colchester United No Oct 29 Oxford United vs Sunderland No Oct 30 Chelsea vs Manchester United Sky Sports Oct 30 Liverpool vs Arsenal Sky Sports Carabao Cup 2019-20 third roundThe final seven Premier Legaue sides joined the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage, including the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and defending champions Manchester City.Colchester United completed a shock giant-killing victory over Tottenham when the two met in the third round, with the League Two side defeating the north Londoners in a penalty shootout.Arsenal registered an emphatic 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest, while Everton saw Sheffield Wednesday off 2-0.Manchester United barely survived by defeating League One side Rochdale on penalties, while Oxford United stunned West Ham with a 4-0 win. Date Fixture Sep 24 Watford 2-1 Swansea City Sep 24 Colchester United 1-1 Tottenham (4-3 pens.) Sep 24 Portsmouth 0-4 Southampton Sep 24 Preston North End 0-3 Manchester City Sep 24 Luton Town 0-4 Leicester City Sep 24 Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Everton Sep 24 Crawley Town 1-1 Stoke City (5-3 pens.) Sep 24 Arsenal 5-0 Nottingham Forest Sep 25 Wolves 1-1 Reading (4-2 pens) Sep 25 Oxford United 4-0 West Ham Sep 25 Brighton 1-3 Aston Villa Sep 25 Sheffield United 0-1 Sunderland Sep 25 Burton Albion 2-0 Bournemouth Sep 25 MK Dons 0-2 Liverpool Sep 25 Manchester United 1-1 Rochdale (5-3 pens) Sep 25 Chelsea 7-1 Grimsby Town Carabao Cup 2019-20 second roundThirteen Premier League clubs have now joined the Carabao Cup at the second-round stage, with an additional two clubs from the Championship to add to the first-round winners. The draw was again split into ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ sections. Date Fixture Aug 27 Nottingham Forest 3-0 Derby County Aug 27 Preston North End 2-2 Hull City (5-4 pens.) Aug 27 Fulham 0-1 Southampton Aug 27 Southend United 1-4 MK Dons Aug 27 Plymouth Argyle 2-4 Reading Aug 27 Bristol Rovers 1-2 Brighton Aug 27 Crewe Alexandra 1-6 Aston Villa Aug 27 Burton Albion 4-0 Morecambe Aug 27 Crystal Palace 0-0 Colchester United (4-5 pens.) Aug 27 Sheffield United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers Aug 27 Crawley Town 1-0 Norwich City Aug 27 Leeds United 2-2 Stoke City (4-5 pens.) Aug 27 Watford 3-0 Coventry City Aug 27 Rochdale 2-1 Carlisle United Aug 27 Newport County 0-2 West Ham Aug 27 Oxford United 2-2 Millwall (4-2 pens.) Aug 27 Cardiff City 0-3 Luton Town Aug 28 QPR 0-2 Portsmouth Aug 28 Lincoln City 2-4 Everton Aug 28 Swansea City 6-0 Cambridge United Aug 28 Bournemouth 0-0 Forest Green Rovers (3-0 pens.) Aug 28 Rotherham United 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday Aug 28 Burnley 1-3 Sunderland Aug 28 Newcastle United 1-1 Leicester City (2-4 pens.) Sep 10 Grimsby Town 0-0 Macclesfield Town (5-4 pens.) Carabao Cup 2019-20 first roundSeventy clubs will participate in the first round, with 24 teams from League Two (tier four), 24 from League One (tier three), and 22 from the Championship (tier two).The draw for this round, which took place on June 20, was divided between ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ sections. Teams were drawn against a team from the same section. Date Fixture Aug 6 Portsmouth 3-0 Birmingham City Aug 13 Colchester United 3-0 Swindon Aug 13 AFC Wimbledon 2-2 (2-4 pens) MK Dons Aug 13 Oxford United 1-0 Peterborough United Aug 13 QPR 3-3 (5-4 pens) Bristol City Aug 13 Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Leyton Orient Aug 13 Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 (2-4 pens) Reading Aug 13 Charlton Athletic 0-0 (3-5 pens) Forest Green Rovers Aug 13 Gillingham 2-2 (1-4 pens) Newport County Aug 13 Stevenage 1-2 Southend United Aug 13 Luton Town 3-1 Ipswich Town Aug 13 Walsall 2-3 Crawley Town Aug 13 Bristol Rovers 3-0 Cheltenham Town Aug 13 Brentford 1-1 (4-5 pens) Cambridge United Aug 13 Coventry City 4-1 Exeter City Aug 13 Swansea City 3-1 Northampton Town Aug 13 West Brom 1-2 Millwall Aug 13 Tranmere Rovers 0-3 Hull City Aug 13 Grimsby Town 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Aug 13 Wigan Athletic 0-1 Stoke City Aug 13 Port Vale 1-2 Burton Albion Aug 13 Nottingham Forest 1-0 Fleetwood Town Aug 13 Bradford City 0-4 Preston North End Aug 13 Blackpool 2-2 (2-4 pens) Macclesfield Town Aug 13 Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Oldham Athletic Aug 13 Mansfield Town 2-2 (5-6 pens) Morecambe Aug 13 Accrington Stanley 1-3 Sunderland Aug 13 Scunthorpe United 0-1 Derby County Aug 13 Rochdale 5-2 Bolton Wanderers Aug 13 Huddersfield Town 0-1 Lincoln City Aug 13 Middlesbrough 2-2 (2-4 pens) Crewe Alexandra Aug 13 Shrewsbury Town 0-4 Rotherham United TBD Sheffield Wednesday A-A Bury (Sheffield Wednesday win via walkover) Aug 13 Salford City 0-3 Leeds United Aug 13 Barnsley 0-3 Carlisle United Carabao Cup 2019-20 on TV In the United Kingdom, the Carabao Cup will be broadcast and live-streamed on Sky Sports.In the United States, the competition will be shown on ESPN channels.Carabao Cup 2019-20 rulesThe English Football League (EFL) clubs voted to implement a number of changes to this year’s Carabao Cup at the annual EFL Summer Conference in Portugal, held in June 2018. Extra-time will be abandoned for all rounds except for the final, with ties advancing straight to penalty shoot-outs in the event that the scoreline is a draw at the end of regular time.This was introduced in order to limit issues of “additional fatigue”, as Carabao Cup fixtures typically take place in the middle of the week, with Premier League matches occurring at the weekend a few days before and after.The ABBA penalty system trial was also eliminated, with the format for penalty shoot-outs now reverting to the standard ABAB penalty-taker order.Seeding has also been removed from the first two rounds.Video assistant refereeing (VAR) will continue to be in use in fixtures played at Premier League grounds.Will away goals count in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?Following on from the abolition of extra-time, if both teams are level after the end of full-time during the second leg of either of the semi-final ties, the game will go directly to a penalty shoot-out with no away goals rule implemented – a rule which started from last season.In previous editions of the competition, the away-goal rule was used in the semi-final stage in the same manner as it is in the Champions League knockout rounds. If, for instance, the away team scored a goal in the first leg that ended in a 1-1 draw, with the second leg ending 0-0, then that team would have progressed to the final courtesy of the away-goals rule.Now, though, no such rule will be considered and second-leg stalemates will be decided ultimately by a penalty shoot-out.As regulation 14.5 of the tournament explains: “In the semi-final ties, if the aggregate score is level at the end of the second game no extra time shall be played and the tie shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with procedures as approved by IFAB.”Why is the League Cup called the Carabao Cup?Up until 2016, the tournament was named the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup) instead of the League Cup, following the rebranding of the Football League to the English Football League.Officially, the EFL Cup is known as the Carabao Cup due to the energy drink being the tournament’s official sponsors.Prior to Carabao’s sponsorship of the tournament starting from 2017, the competition was called the EFL Cup (2016-17), the Capital One Cup (2012-13 to 2015-16), the Carling Cup (sponsored by Molson Coors from 2003-04 to 2011-12), the Worthington Cup (sponsored by Worthington’s from 1998-99 to 2002-03), and the Coca-Cola Cup (from 1992-93 to 1997-98).Carabao & League Cup past winnersLiverpool are the club to have won the Carabao Cup the most times, winning their eighth title in 2012 when they defeated Cardiff City on penalties.They have been runners-up in the competition four times, with their last final appearance that they didn’t win coming in 2016 when they were defeated by Manchester City in a shootout.Man City lifted their sixth Carabao Cup in 2019 when they beat Chelsea on penalties, while Manchester United, Aston Villa and Chelsea have all won the Carabao Cup five times each.Tottenham and Nottingham Forest have both won the competition four times each, with the win in 2008 being the last time the north London side last lifted a piece of silverware.Only lists teams who have won the competition the most times.
Sergio Romero saved Manchester United from an embarrassing exit in the EFL Cup as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side needed penalties to knock out third-tier Rochdale after a 1-1 draw.Mason Greenwood put United in front in the second half on Wednesday, the teenager scoring for the second week in a row after netting the winner against Astana in the Europa League.But the League One side stunned Old Trafford with an equaliser scored by 16-year-old Luke Matheson, who was set up by United academy product Ollie Rathbone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career That sent the game to penalties and when Romero kept out Jimmy Keohane’s effort, Daniel James was able to convert United’s last kick and complete a 5-3 shoot-out victory.James nets our fifth and final penalty as #MUFC advance to the fourth round of the #CarabaoCup .— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 25, 2019 Paul Pogba, making his first appearance of the month after an ankle injury, wasted two early efforts then Robert Sanchez made a fine block to keep out Marcos Rojo’s header.The France midfielder was performing poorly, missing a six-yard sitter of a header from Greenwood’s cross before smashing a long-range strike well over the crossbar.Rochdale made it to the break after Jesse Lingard’s header flew narrowly over and they should have taken the lead in the 52nd minute when Rathbone did brilliantly to tee up Callum Camps, only for his mishit shot to be cleared off the line by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.With the tempo rising United soon went close twice at the other end through Greenwood, but he would not be denied in the 68th minute.Collecting a pass from Lingard on the right side of the box, Greenwood cut inside on to his left foot and rifled a low shot past Sanchez to bring Old Trafford to its feet.Rochdale incredibly drew level within eight minutes, though, as Rathbone’s high cross was turned home at the back post by teenager Matheson.Brian Barry-Murphy’s side could not complete one of the great cup upsets as Romero made the key save to put United through to the fourth round, where they will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next month. What does it mean? Identity issues continue for Solskjaer United continue to struggle after losing away to West Ham at the weekend, with Solskjaer unable to inspire his side to produce the fast, attacking football he wants to bring to Old Trafford. His faith in youth is admirable, but some of the young players he is using look out of their depth. Rochdale were relatively untroubled at the back and can be hugely proud of their display.Matheson’s moment to remember Right-back Matheson was already enjoying a fine performance in the Rochdale defence and he will never forget his goal at Old Trafford. In truth, Rathbone’s cross was probably mishit, and the finish was perhaps a little scruffy, but Matheson’s desire to get into the box was justly rewarded.16 – Luke Matheson (16 years, 358 days) is the first 16-year-old to score in the League Cup since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Southampton against Bournemouth in August 2010 (16y 360d). Dreamland. pic.twitter.com/0Ry5ChIKVP — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2019 Pogba shows lack of interest The mentality of Pogba has often been called into question and displays like this are why. Even from the casual way he walked out at Old Trafford he did not look in the mood and he arguably should have scored at least two first-half goals.He was not the only senior player to disappoint, with Lingard anonymous and Rojo bizarrely taking six shots at goal in the opening 45 minutes, despite playing at left-back. But Pogba’s failure to step up to take a penalty in the shoot-out was particularly notable.What’s next? United’s next game is also at home, with Unai Emery’s Arsenal heading to Old Trafford on Monday. Wycombe Wanderers visit Rochdale in League One this weekend. read more
35% preservation of green spaces, reduced energy and water usage, conservation of the natural landscape and respect for native vegetation and fauna define the master-plan Los Cabos, Mexico (September 6, 2018) – Rancho San Lucas, the newest master-planned residential community in Los Cabos, continues its swift development progress detailing its commitment to sustainable practices and a respect for its natural setting. Among its many sustainable components includes land preservation with 35% of its total acreage dedicated to natural preserves and green space. These 292 acres of the 834-acre master plan are just one component of how Rancho San Lucas, a visually stunning community set along the dunes of the Pacific Coast of Baja California, is engineering numerous sustainable efforts into the site. Sustainable Construction Materials and Building Sites:Respect for the environment begins with what goes into the construction of Rancho San Lucas. The use of locally produced building material, with about 80% made domestically in Mexico, not only provides jobs for the local community but also reduces the carbon footprint related to transportation, minimizing the impact on the environment. Special materials like hydraulic concrete, a non-permeable surface which reduces water runoff and directs natural water flow, aids in nurturing the surrounding landscape. Construction also takes into consideration an understanding of the overall topography of the site and the prevalent winds and sunlight direction, with buildings situated to optimize light and air flow to reduce energy usage and lower maintenance costs. Using reinforced concrete and weather and wind resistance fittings in the construction also helps to sustainably keep maintenance needs low over the lifetime of the buildings. Energy Usage:Among the most important aspects of the design of Rancho San Lucas is the incorporation of materials which reduce energy usage. These include state of the art insulation techniques, paired with the latest generation of heating and cooling mechanisms, reducing overall energy usage in the new homes. Smart home technology, including varying speed water pumps, is an additional way in which the newly constructed residences will also use less energy over their lifetime. To continue an emphasis on sustainability long into the future, recycling programs are being implemented at Rancho San Lucas with the help of local grassroots movements. Working with these programs ensures that reducing energy usage and consumption is part of the lifestyle of Rancho San Lucas residents, in harmony with the surrounding environment. Preservation of Natural Spaces:Among the most unique features of Rancho San Lucas is how much land is set aside for open space, further enhancing the natural environment of the setting. From the expansive 834-acre site, 106 acres will be preserved as natural areas, with an additional 186 acres dedicated to the golf course. Together totaling 292 acres, this area represents 35% of the entire site. Setting aside this significant amount of land from development helps maintain low density in the entire complex. The natural beauty of the site and its open space are additionally preserved by burying utilities underground and out of sight. A Healthy Respect and Preservation of Flora and Fauna:The design of Rancho San Lucas emphasizes preserving as much of the natural environment as possible, along with the use of native plants, especially cacti. For instance, the golf course is landscaped using all endemic species that are naturally adapted to the dry climate of the region, minimizing water usage in its maintenance. Additionally, roads throughout the complex were engineered and contoured to preserve centuries old trees and cacti. The sustainability efforts within the landscaping of Rancho San Lucas are also a boon to the native fauna, helping to nurture wildlife. Beauty and functionality are combined in the landscaping through the creation of water features that include watering holes to attract local species; from birds and hares to deer and bobcats, while simultaneously creating pleasant oases for the residents of Rancho San Lucas. The golf course for introduced a man-made lake at hole 17 that has become a sanctuary attracting ducks, cranes, egrets and other birds. With 1.2 miles of coastline along the site, it was also important to respect where the coastal ecosystem. Planting salt water grasses while preserving the existing coastal sand dunes aid in maintaining a sustainable, protective natural environment where Rancho San Lucas edges against the Pacific Ocean. Here, along the water front, Rancho San Lucas is also working in coordination with the Los Cabos based group ASUPMATOMA on sea turtle preservation. Water Use Reduction and Conservation:The dry desert-like climate of Baja California Sur means water is one of Mother Nature’s most precious local resources. Rancho San Lucas answers the challenge in a variety of ways, including the use of hydraulic concrete and an emphasis on landscaping with endemic plants to reduce water usage throughout the grounds. Water for use throughout the complex will come from desalination, municipally for residents and from the complex’s own desalination plant for the resort’s needs. To prevent precious fresh water from being in short supply, Rancho San Lucas will have a central water storage cistern for the development and each home will have its own cistern as well. Additionally, all irrigation throughout Rancho San Lucas is done with reclaimed water processed at the private communities’ treatment plant. All these features mean that Rancho San Lucas is more than just a strikingly beautiful place to live. Its design incorporates the latest in sustainability technology and planning, ensuring that the complex is in harmony with its surroundings from both an environmental and aesthetic point of view. This unparalleled planning ensures it will remain that way, sustainably, long into the future. For more on Rancho San Lucas, visit: www.ranchosanlucas.com About Rancho San LucasRancho San Lucas is an exclusive, 834-acre resort community located just 30 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport. Enjoying sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Baja’s stunning desert landscape, this landmark community offers visitors and owners a private respite that melds two luxury resorts, an unparalleled collection of residential options including The Villas at Rancho San Lucas with Santa Barbara-style single family homes and Norman Estates at Rancho San Lucas, with luxurious oceanfront estate homes and residences. It is also home to the Rancho San Lucas Golf Club featuring a Greg Norman Signature golf course. Rancho San Lucas will also have a Mexican Village offering shopping and entertainment, a variety of world-class dining venues, and more. For more information about Rancho San Lucas, visit www.ranchosanlucas.com, Twitter @RanchoSanLucas, Instagram @RanchoSanLucas andFacebook page.
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Thursday expressed displeasure over the pace of probe into the killing of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, asking whether the chief minister did not have time to take stock of the cases. It is “shameful” that almost every investigation requires the court’s intervention, a bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and B P Colabawala said. The CBI is probing the Dabholkar killing case, while the state CID is probing the Pansare case. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “What is the CM doing? He holds 11 portfolios, including Home, but does not find the time to take stock of the case. His deputies do not have the time to remove obstacles in the probe?” the court said. Noting that a political leader belonged to the state and not just any party, it said, “It is a sovereign function and cannot be outsourced.” The court made the remarks after CID lawyer Ashok Mundargi submitted that the agency had doubled the strength of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Pansare case. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said there were now 35 officers in the team. “Top officers have reviewed the case thoroughly recently. Five meetings have been conducted in the past few months, and the reward announced for any information on the absconding accused has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh,” Mundargi said. The HC, however, dismissed the submissions, saying these were “knee-jerk reactions” introduced only after the court made some adverse remarks on the previous hearing. It said the authorities could not just rely on vigilant citizens for help. “We are not impressed. These are knee-jerk reactions. You think people will come forward to help you for money? Of all you know, they might be earning more for keeping quiet,” the bench said. It also expressed displeasure over nearly every case requiring the court’s intervention. “It is shameful and we should not be saying this but, if that unfortunate incident in Karnataka (killing of activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh) had not happened and you (authorities in Maharashtra) had not coordinated with Karnataka police, you would have remained clueless,” the court said. It said in a democracy, everyone had the right to express oneself and that the perpetrators of such crimes must remember that “violence breeds violence”. “Those who are perpetrators of a crime today can become the victims of such crime tomorrow,” the bench said. CBI counsel Anil Singh told the court that the agency had already identified shooters in the Dabholkar case and filed charge sheets. He said the probe agency required some time to work on “additional information” received from Karnataka police. The court has now granted time to both the agencies till April 26 for further probe in the two cases. Dabholkar was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune while out on morning walk. Pansare was shot at on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur and succumbed to injuries on February 20.
According to media reports, the plans include disentangling the Palestinian economy’s dependence on Israel and foreign aid, trimming the size of the government, increasing the use of technology and unifying the legal system. The Palestinian Government is determined to build state institutions without waiting for the outcome of peace talks with the Israelis, the Prime Minister reportedly said today as he unveiled the plans – part of efforts to create a de facto State in two years. “I welcome the announcement of Prime Minister Fayyad today and look forward to studying closely the blueprint he has unveiled,” Robert Serry said in a statement issued in Jerusalem. He added that the plans, as explained to him by Mr. Fayyad, build on the significant efforts of self-empowerment that the Palestinian Authority has embarked on over the last two years. “As the Palestinian Authority continues with its state-building agenda,” he stated, “it challenges all other players to step up to their responsibilities and move forward quickly and decisively in the coming two years. “The agenda must be turned into reality by intensified actions of enablement by Israel on the ground and continued donor support, and the creation at the earliest opportunity of an internationally-recognized Palestinian State living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security,” said Mr. Serry. In a joint communiqué issued at their meeting in June, members of the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – called on Israel and the Palestinians to implement their obligations under the Middle East Road Map, which embodies the two-State solution. 25 August 2009The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has welcomed today’s announcement by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of plans to build up Palestinian state institutions.
CALGARY – New Brunswick’s new premier said Monday he’s looking to assure Alberta’s oil patch that even though the government has changed, its support for the Energy East pipeline has not.Brian Gallant is visiting Calgary this week in his first official visit since being elected premier about a month ago.The $12-billion Energy East project topped the agenda in Gallant’s meeting with his Alberta counterpart, Jim Prentice on Monday. On Tuesday, he’s to meet with top executives at TransCanada, the company planning to build the pipeline.“The first priority when we came down here was to reaffirm our position. We can fully understand a few provinces away if there’s a change in government, people will wonder what positions have stayed the same and if there have been some positions that have changed,” said Gallant, whose Liberal government replaced that of Progressive Conservative David Alward.“We continue to support the Energy East pipeline. We want to ensure that it happens. We want to do whatever we can as a province to make sure that it makes its way to New Brunswick and to Saint John.”Another goal of Gallant’s visit is to drum up business for some companies in his province by finding ways to participate in the project. Representatives from 16 companies joined Gallant on his Alberta visit.Alward and former Alberta premier Alison Redford made similar trips to one another’s provinces in support of Energy East when they were in office.At a news conference alongside Gallant, Prentice called Energy East an “extraordinary opportunity” for both provinces. He said Alberta’s crude needs an outlet to global markets, whether that’s through Energy East or other pipeline proposals to the West or U.S. Gulf Coasts. New Brunswick is home to the country’s largest oil refinery and the site of a proposed export terminal.“I very much admire and appreciate the premier’s support for the Energy East project, which, of course, is something that’s very critical to our province and the prosperity of our province,” said Prentice.Energy East would be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Canadian history, spanning six provinces and 4,600 kilometres if it goes through.It would carry up to 1.1 million barrels of Alberta crude per day as far east as Irving Oil’s massive refinery in Saint John. Much of that oil would be exported by tanker from planned terminals in Quebec and New Brunswick, enabling sales in markets such as Europe and India. Energy East would ship oil through underused natural gas pipe that’s already in the ground for about two thirds of the distance, with new pipe being built through Quebec and New Brunswick.Some communities along the pipeline’s route have expressed concern over how a spill could affect waterways and wildlife. Others have been more receptive, touting the economic benefits the project would bring.The project has also encountered resistance from gas distributors in Central Canada, who worry their supplies of gas will be affected once the pipes are switched to carry oil.Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. is expected to file its regulatory application to the National Energy Board any day now.Canadian Press
The Security Council committee set up to monitor international sanctions against Liberia has revised its list of individuals banned from travelling abroad.In response to changing circumstances in Liberia, the panel announced on Wednesday that the names of three persons – Omrie Golley, Romeo Horton and Robert Neal – were being dropped from the list, bringing down the total number of those affected by the sanctions to about 120.These latest sanctions against Liberia were imposed by Security Council resolution 1343 in March 2001 in response to concerns about the reported transit of illicit diamonds – which were being traded to fuel the conflict in Sierra Leone – through Liberia. The Council determined that Liberia’s support for the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone constituted a threat to international peace and security, and called on Monrovia to expel RUF members from its territory and withdraw its support for the rebel group.Under the sanctions, all States must prevent the sale or supply to Liberia of arms and related materiel of all types. Countries are also banned from importing any rough diamonds from Liberia, while members of its Government and their spouses are under the travel ban, with humanitarian exemptions only.Since its adoption, the list, which is updated regularly, has seen the removal of 10 names.