Senior journalist Ramu Sharma passes away

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) Senior sports journalist Ramu Sharma passed away after prolonged illness here today. He was 81. Sharma will be cremated at the electric crematorium, Lodhi Road, at 1:30pm tomorrow. Sharma worked as a Senior Sports Correspondent with the Statesman for three decades before taking over as Sports Editor of the Indian Express in 1990. “In my active days, he not only covered my races but also helped my coach Mohd Ilyas Babar and me in our personal matters,” recalled Olympian 800m runner Sriram Singh. “athletics fraternity has lost a great journalist and a friend,” he added. PTI PM PMlast_img

Trump and the G7 stakes to stay high for Trudeau Liberals during

first_imgWHISTLER, B.C. – As one week packed with major economic and political developments comes to a close, another begins for the Trudeau government.Over a span of just a few days, the Liberals announced a plan to potentially spend $4.5 billion to buy a controversial pipeline, watched the chances of a quick NAFTA renegotiation sputter and joined other G7 allies in moving closer to a punishing tariff war with the United States.The political stakes are high. When Canadians go to the polls next year, the significant events of this tight time window could weigh heavily on their decisions at the ballot box.In the coming week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also have to navigate an increasingly complex relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump when Canada hosts the G7 leaders’ summit. It will mark Trump’s first official visit to Canada as president.Trump’s presence at the summit could produce fireworks after Washington angered the rest of the alliance by imposing hefty steel and aluminum tariffs last week. The G7 leaders have also exchanged tough words over the issue, with Trudeau saying Sunday that calling Canada a national security threat to the United States is “quite frankly insulting.”When asked about the significance of the past week for the Liberals’ future electoral prospects, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in an interview that the government believes it got elected because people wanted it to make decisions to help Canadians feel more successful.“What we’ve shown this week is that when faced with challenges that were going to not be in Canadians’ best interests, that we’ll take action,” said Morneau, the point person for Trudeau on many of these major files.“I think Canadians will judge us based on our actions and I think those actions are clearly intended to defend Canadians’ economic interests.”Morneau spoke to The Canadian Press shortly after the highly unusual conclusion Saturday of the G7 finance ministers’ meeting in the British Columbia resort town of Whistler.The club of developed nations used the “chair’s summary” of the event to deliver a rare public rebuke of one of their own allies, with a joint condemnation of Trump’s decision to apply the steel and aluminum tariffs.In response to the U.S. move, Canada and the European Union have threatened to retaliate with tariffs of their own, prompting France’s finance minister to say the “tense and tough” Whistler meetings were much more of a “G6 plus one” than a G7.Trump used national security concerns to justify imposing tariffs, which Morneau has called “absurd.” Morneau also warns the tariff fight will destroy jobs in Canada and the U.S., and drive up consumer prices.“We need to demonstrate that as a sovereign nation we’re in charge of our affairs and we can’t accept that someone damages our economy for reasons that make no sense,” said Morneau, who insisted he doesn’t know the American motivation behind the tariffs.“What we had to say is that when one of our allies is an outlier, we need to point it out and we need to be really clear. And in this case, on trade, the United States is an outlier. They’re saying something that we believe is patently untrue.”On the government’s contentious plan to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline, Morneau expects Canadians will see it as a “bold decision,” but a necessary one because he argues no private sector firm would’ve been able to solve the issue.Morneau has said Ottawa is buying the project from Kinder Morgan Canada in order to help the expansion overcome political risks. He’s stressed it will allow Canada to find new export markets for its oil resources, with the long-term goal of finding a private-sector buyer to take over the pipeline.B.C. Premier John Horgan has gone to court to fight the project. He has said his concerns are rooted in what he’s called the limited scientific knowledge of how diluted bitumen behaves in water. Horgan has also pointed to perceived gaps in prevention efforts and response plans in the event of a spill.The Liberal government is also expected to face many protests over Trans Mountain, following the outrage that has greeted its pipeline plan so far.With all of this happening, an intense rush of NAFTA talks failed to generate a new agreement.Late last week, Canadian government insiders said any hope of a quick deal on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement was wrecked by Trump’s decision to end Canada and Mexico’s exemption from the steel and aluminum tariffs.One well-placed, senior official said the chances of striking any deal on NAFTA, ever, had “fallen through the floor.”On Friday, Trump also revived an idea he’s floated before: negotiating separate bilateral trade pacts with Canada and Mexico if no deal can be reached on NAFTA.Morneau, however, insists NAFTA and the tariffs are separate issues, because the U.S. applied the duties under the guise that Canada is a security risk.“We’re clearly not a security risk, so I see it as an isolated issue for us to talk about and agree that they should move forward and take these tariffs off,” he said.“We can see a path towards improving NAFTA, one that can be reasonably considered by all three countries.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

TB outbreak hits northern Quebec Inuit community

first_imgAPTN National NewsA tuberculosis outbreak is going through an Inuit community in northern Quebec.A team at McGill University Hospital is helping stop the spread.What’s making this treatment a little different from the past is that patients get to stay home.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has the details.last_img

Rahul very respectful towards women, sad to see how “Koffee” controversy turned out: Zinta

first_imgNew Delhi: India batsman KL Rahul is “very respectful towards women” and it was sad to see him become a subject of nationwide criticism in the wake of his and Hardik Pandya’s sexist remarks on a chat chow, Kings XI Punjab co-owner and noted actor Preity Zinta said Friday. Both Rahul and Pandya were handed a provisional suspension for their controversial comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’, a show Zinta herself has appeared on. Their suspension was lifted but they still face a BCCI inquiry conducted by Ombudsman DK Jain. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It is so good to see Rahul back in form. He is a very very nice guy. What happened is in the past. I just feel bad about the way the whole thing turned out but you live and learn,” Zinta told PTI. “Actually, he is very sweet and respectful towards women, so I don’t know how it all came out. As I said, these are teachable moments.” His friend and teammate Pandya was trolled more for his loose talk on women but Rahul too has admitted that he had started to doubt himself as a person after the incident. He has put the controversy behind and is very much in the reckoning of a World Cup spot. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later As a co-owner and someone who is used to handling fame and money after spending decades in Hindi film industry, Zinta said she does share her experiences with the youngsters in the KXIP squad. “Yes, we do have those conversations, we have been there and done that. These are young guys and they will live and learn with time. Unless you make a mistake or falter, you will never learn,” she said. Asked to name the most “fun guy” in the KXIP dressing room, Zinta picked veteran Chris Gayle. “My all time favourite is Chris Gayle. He is unbelievable. He is a true superstar, in terms of how he comes across, in terms of how he plays, how he is with the youngsters, he is so humble, he is always on time, he is just unbelievable and he is so much fun at the same time.” The actor added that her team broke even long time ago and the ultimate goal is to win a maiden IPL title. “We broke even a long time ago. But yes, when I got into the IPL, I wanted to win the title, especially coming from Punjab, where people have the largest heart, we want to win for them, we owe it to our fans. I am really keeping my fingers crossed this time.” KXIP have begun well, winning three out of their four games so far in the competition.last_img read more

8-yr-old girl hired as help, beaten up, hands slashed with blade

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested by the officers of the Baruipur Women police station for allegedly employing an eight-year-old girl as a domestic help at a home in Modarhat, Baruipur.The accused woman, who hired the girl and reportedly tortured her, was arrested on Wednesday morning. Later on Thursday, the maternal uncle of the girl was held for forcing the girl to work as a help. According to sources, the eight-year-old girl lived with her parents and five siblings at Ghutiyari Sharif. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHer parents decided to employ her as a domestic helper to support their family. The girl’s maternal uncle Asmat Shaikh had information that a family in Baruipur was looking for a domestic helper. He got in touch with Anjumina Khatun at Modarhat in Baruipur, who was allegedly looking for helper. Approximately five months ago Shaikh had taken the girl to Khatun. It is alleged Khatun used to force the girl to do all the household work. Khatun use to beat up the girl when she refused to work. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is alleged that Khatun used a blade to slash the girl’s hands when she was not happy with her work . The victim girl said she was even not provided proper food. When she couldn’t bear the torture any more, she risked her life to climb down the water pipe from the roof and fled from Khatun’s house. But as she was not familiar with the area, she started crying after reaching a primary school. On seeing the girl crying, a teacher of the school consoled her. Later, the girl narrated the incident to the teacher. When the schoolteacher came to know about the torture, he immediately informed the Baruipur women police station. After the police complaint was lodged, the officers immediately nabbed Khatun and produced her before the Baruipur Court on Wednesday. She has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days by the magistrate. The victim girl has been sent to a home located in Sonarpur. Later on Thursday, police arrested Shaikh from Changa Islamnagar in Baruipur for allegedly forcing a minor girl to work as a domestic help. He will be produced before the Baruipur Court on Friday with an appeal for his police remand.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Arrives In Conakry

first_imgConakry  –  King Mohammed VI arrived on Monday in Conakry for an official visit in the Republic of Guinea, third leg of an African tour that took the sovereign to Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and will take him to Gabon.Upon his arrival at the Conakry-Gbessia airport, the King was greeted by Guinean President, Pr. Alpha Condé.The Moroccan monarch was greeted afterwards by Guinean PM Mohamed Said Fofana and by the governor of Conakry.  The sovereign and the Guinean head of state headed for the VIP stand to salute the flags while the national anthems of both countries were playing. A 21-gun salute was fired to welcome the sovereign.King Mohammed VI was greeted by presidents of constitutional bodies, high-ranking officers of the Guinean armed forces, presidents of constitutional institutions, cabinet members, the diplomatic and consular corps and representatives of international organizations accredited to Conakry. The sovereign was also greeted by Morocco’s ambassador to Conakry Majid Halim, members of the Moroccan diplomatic mission and representatives of the Moroccan community in Guinea and of Moroccan institutions in Conakry.  The Moroccan official delegation comprises also Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Islamic Affairs Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics Aziz Rebbah, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Health El Houceine El Ouardi, Minister of Energy Abdelkader Amara and Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad, as well as Youssef Amrani, Chargé de Mission in the Royal Office.King Mohammed VI is also accompanied by a delegation of businessmen representing the public and private sectors, and by civilian and military figures.last_img read more

Womens Lacrosse McKayla Contis six goals lead Ohio State to 1413 win

Ohio State then-junior attack Molly Wood races up field against Penn State on April 12, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season on the road Friday, defeating Binghamton 14-13. The Buckeyes (2-3) capitalized off their 10-day break by holding an advantage over the Bearcats (3-4) in shots, ground balls, and draw controls. Both teams were tied at 7-7 going into the half after Binghamton senior attack Tiffany Ryan  scored with 21 seconds left in the second quarter. After the Buckeyes fell behind 9-7 early in the second half, Ohio State responded with a goal from junior midfielder Baley Parrott, followed by three consecutive goals from junior attack McKayla Conti in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter.Freshman midfielder Lindsay Epstein scored the final goal for Ohio State on a free position shot with 9:28 left in the game. The Bearcats attempted to inch their way closer, but three fouls and two turnovers kept them from a comeback win. The final score of the game came when Binghamton redshirt senior attacker Brianne Arthur cut down Ohio State’s lead to one with less than five minutes left in the half. Conti led Ohio State with a game-high six goals while Parrott had four, along with three draw controls and one caused turnover. Both teams had 10 saves and the Bearcats gave up 18 turnovers compared to the Buckeyes’ 14. Ohio State was 7-for-12 in free position shots while Binghamton was 1-for-3. Ohio State will quickly turnaround to play Massachusetts at noon Sunday at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. read more

Petrachi unhappy with Mancinis selection

first_imgTorino director Gianluca Petrachi lashed out at Roberto Mancini’s comments about coaches using foreign talent, suggesting “His Inter had no Italians.”Mancini is ready to make the first bow as Italian Coach against Poland in the UEFA Nations League.The former City boss bemoaned the lack of homegrown talents in most Serie A clubs, with coaches sticking with foreign talents.“He should’ve thought about that earlier, seeing as his Inter had no Italians at all,” pointed out Torino director of sports Petrachi on RMC Sport.“We should remember what happened in the past. The Italian system is broken down, there need to be rules made and above all respected.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It got worse and worse over the years, now there are too many politicians in charge of Calcio and not enough who know about football. If you don’t make sure the rules are respected, our sport will not have a bright future.”The Italian Football Federation wants to promote homegrown talent by launching B-Teams that can play in the third division despite the opposition it’s receiving from the Lega Pro/Serie C officials.“I am not convinced by this idea either. It needs to be planned out well to ensure players grow in other competitive leagues.“Right now, Lega Pro clubs are disappearing because nobody is helping them, instead, we are handing spots to clubs who already earn a lot of money.”last_img read more

Mourinhos boys beat Watford and win the fans over

first_imgTough visit for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Watford. Lukaku and Smalling scored the first half goals, Gray gave it a little drama for the Hornets in the end.It was a crucial match for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, they desperately needed an important win and surprising Watford was the best way in which the Portuguese manager could finally breathe some fresh air. The match at Vicarage Road Stadium was arguably the biggest challenge of a very busy next month for the Red Devils, the Hornets came to this game still undefeated and after offering a pleasant version of themselves but winning this match was very important for them in order to keep their confidence. Javi Gracia’s squad had become the underdog of this competition so far, but today they faced a very well-organized United side that proved they are back on track towards a good season with a reinforced defensive capacity despite their shortage of players. Today every single element of Mourinho understood the importance of today’s match, they were almost always on point defensively and managed to get the result they were expecting in one hell of a scenario given the circumstances.A finish any striker would be proud of ?Sum up that @ChrisSmalling goal in one word, #MUFC fans… pic.twitter.com/ylsvHivBjG— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2018Romelu Lukaku scored the first with his gut in a set piece, Watford’s whole match can be compressed into that moment where the Belgian striker got United ahead. The Hornets suffered from a three-minute distraction that ended up costing them the result of the match, not too soon after the first came the second from Chris Smallin, which was also from a set-piece delivered by Fellaini. This was all Mourinho needed in order to control the game as he wanted from that moment forward, the Red Devils held the result until half-time but they knew the job wasn’t done yet. Javi Gracia’s squad was still playing at home and they had most of the stadium rooting for them against Manchester United, they did dominate more during the first half than the second half in their own turf. In the second half came the presence of David de Gea, who saved a few important chances for the Red Devils during crucial opportunities. Gray did pull one back for Watford when 20 minutes od the second half had already passed, he received an assist from French midfielder Doucoure who played a great match in midfield.Pile on! ? pic.twitter.com/5zWIp4tPIe— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2018Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.But the Red Devils know how to handle matches in which they get the early advantage, Jose Mourinho knows how to keep every one of his payers involved during the rest of the match. United attempted to keep the ball during most of the second half, an odd tactic that is not very characteristic of Jose Mourinho’s squads but a good surprise nonetheless. Every single player starting with the front men, understood they needed to do a bigger sacrifice in defense when the squad didn’t have the ball. In a curious moment of the game, we saw French winger Anthony Martial get 20 minutes of playing time for the Red Devils and he made an important effort but proved that is is very out of shape at the moment. The France international seemed a bit slower than usual and also a tad overweight compared to other seasons when we’ve seen him in better shape, this might be a result of the summer with no activity he had after getting snubbed from the World Cup in Russia. David de Gea was the hero of the match because he made a couple of his trademark saves near the end of the match, Watford offered a great response during the whole second half but United was able to defend the result quite well. Nemanja Matic got a second yellow card near the end after committing a necessary foul, he got sent-off and should miss the next match.Heads up, lads!25 minutes to go – it’s Watford 1 #MUFC 2. #WATMUN pic.twitter.com/JiEqVDUH6o— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2018What do you think about Jose Mourinho’s win at Watford with Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more