After nightmarish IPL 2019, Kuldeep Yadav ready to win World Cup for India

first_imgIt has been a busy Tuesday morning for Kuldeep Yadav in his hometown Kanpur. The India spinner is in the middle of a quick training session with his coach a few hours before catching a flight out of Lucknow to Mumbai en route London for his first World Cup. All that along with a farewell from the family, a photo session with the academy mates and graciously responding to everyone’s good luck wishes squeezed between is giving some anxious moments to the youngster. A quick visit to Varanasi the night before meant he’s sleep deprived too.”I went to visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Benares with family last evening,” Kuldeep Yadav told AajTak. “I always make it a point to visit after every few months.”This trip was special though, came as it just before departing for the biggest tournament of his life.”It is such a big opportunity, just like a dream for me. I want to perform really well in the World Cup. That is my main aim. I have been training hard for it. My full focus is on winning the cup for India,” says the 24-year-old.The 2019 Indian Premier League was forgettable for the chinaman bowler. After taking just 4 wickets from 9 games, Kuldeep Yadav was dropped by the franchise for the team’s last 5 league matches. Worse, he gave away runs at an economy of 8.66.”I was bowling well but still not getting wickets. I really don’t know why I was failing to get wickets despite bowling well. The Eden Gardens pitch was also very good for batting.. the ball wasn’t turning much there. If you gave a little bit of flight, it was easy for the batsman to take the ball into his radar and smash it out of the park. I think maybe I need to improve my bowling more if I have to play on such pitches,” Kuldeep Yadav said.advertisementThe performance could have had a huge demoralising effect, barely weeks before the World Cup. However, Kuldeep Yadav went back to the place where he had learnt his first cricketing lesson, trained hard under the watchful eyes of his childhood coach and regained the confidence.”I got a good break during the IPL. I rested well and have recovered fully. I have worked on my bowling extensively in the last 10 days. I am enjoying my rhythm and some errors that have been there in my basics have been cleared too. I am bowling well right now. Recovery has been full in a way and I am fully ready for the World Cup.”Come India’s first World Cup match – against South Africa at the Rose Bowl on June 5 – and Kuldeep could well return to his match-winning ways.”It is a different format, a 50-over game is a lot different to a T20. The conditions are a lot different too. The wickets there will be a lot faster, the ball will spin too when the temperature will be high and we will get dry pitches. Spinners will get a huge advantage and that remains my focus.”Among the current lot of bowlers going for the World Cup, Kuldeep Yadav has played the maximum ODIs – a total of 30 games – since the start of 2018. And, he has been most successful too, taking 65 wickets with as many as five four-wicket hauls. The number two in that list is his partner Yuzvendra Chahal, with 45 wickets from 24 matches. Together, they’ve scripted India’s success story in the ODI format on many occasions in the recent times.”We bowl well in partnership and have won many matches for India together. Our role will be really crucial in the middle overs in ODIs. We have got breakthroughs in the middle period in this format. The fans have high expectations from us. Virat bhai gives full freedom and leads from the front. It is a big thing for a youngster if he gets so much support from his skipper. He has really backed me and Chahal a lot. He always keeps telling us to get wickets. To see your captain showing so much faith in your ability is a great thing. Not just him but the entire team management and all the senior players including Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) and Rohit bhai back us a lot. Mahi bhai keeps on telling you such minute things on the field which are so useful for a bowler. This is a good sign for the team.”There have been times though when only one of either Yadav or Chahal has figured in the playing eleven and the success rate and striking capability deteriorates considerably in the spin department.advertisement”Well, because of the team combination, only one of us plays at times. But performance of the one who is playing is a different thing altogether. Yes, we are more comfortable when bowling together and understand each other really well. We bowl well in partnership as both of us are attacking bowlers and that is a huge plus.”With England-Pakistan ODI series witnessing 350-plus totals, the writing on the wall may be quiet clear for the bowlers in the World Cup. Australia coach Justin Langer too has advised his bowlers do develop “thick skin” on flat wickets in the offing.”Yeah, I think he is right. Looks like there are some really good batting wickets in England. If the weather is not hot there then we will go for a lot of runs. I think that to attack is the best option there. We can stop any team before 300 by getting wickets. That is the reason I believe that middle overs will be really important for us in this format.”So, are we going to see any new variation from Yadav in the coming weeks?”I haven’t really thought of it so far but hopefully something new will be there in my arsenal. I have worked really hard in the past few weeks. I will definitely try something in the World Cup, it is going to be a long tournament and I need to constantly sharpen my skill. The excitement is high and the expectations huge from us. I don’t feel much pressure. I am more excited right now and waiting for the tournament to start.”Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav clarifies MS Dhoni comments: His tips invaluable, people love spreading rumoursAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav credits skipper Virat Kohli for giving freedom to attackAlso Read | IPL setback won’t hurt Kuldeep Yadav in World Cup: Dilip VengsarkarAlso Read | At times MS Dhoni goes wrong with his tips, says Kuldeep Yadav in jestlast_img read more

Leicester sign Youri Tielemans from Monaco for club record fee

first_imgMonaco “I believe that we have the talent in our squad to achieve something special and for any player, that’s an exciting thing to be a part of. I really can’t wait to get started again with this club and do everything I can to help my teammates.”Tielemans made 13 appearances, scoring three times, during his loan spell, which involved Adrien Silva moving to Monaco on a similar deal. Silva remains at Leicester after the end of his loan but is unlikely to be one of Brendan Rodgers’ first-choice midfielders.Tielemans leaves Monaco two years after joining from Anderlecht for £21.6m. He joins Ayoze Pérez and James Justin as new arrivals under Rodgers this summer. The forward Pérez cost £30m – the previous club record – from Newcastle while the right-back Justin joined from Luton for a fee that could reportedly rise to about £8m.Rodgers added: “I’m delighted that Youri has chosen to be part of Leicester City’s journey. It’s an incredibly exciting time for this football club and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here.“Youri fit brilliantly into the squad last season, he’s already shown that he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group of players here at Leicester City.” Leicester have completed the club-record signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco. The midfielder takes City’s summer spending to nearly £80m by signing a four-year deal, with the fee believed to be about £40m.The 22-year-old Belgium international, who had been linked with Manchester United, spent the second half of last season on loan at the King Power Stadium. He told the club’s website: “It is such a great feeling to sign for this club. Ever since I arrived on loan last season, all the players, the staff and the fans have been fantastic with me, so I’m thrilled to be able to become a Leicester City player. Summer transfer window recap – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues Read more Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Transfer window Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook news Share on LinkedIn Leicester City Share on Messenger Topics Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

James Franklin Responds To Reports Of Penn State HBO Show

first_imgShot of Penn State coach James Franklin.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs onto the field with his team before taking on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Reports emerged this week that Penn State is one of several schools being considered for an HBO show produced in the same manner as Hard Knocks. Head coach James Franklin responded to those reports this week.According to the Centre Daily Times, Franklin found it “great” that his program was being considered. But he made it clear that no decisions have been made yet.“We consider all these options that we think are in the university’s best interest,” Franklin said Wednesday. “It’s great that we’re in that conversation, but no decision has been made at this time.“As you can imagine, there’s a lot that goes into it, not just with Penn State but with the Big Ten and a lot of other things that factor into it. So, at this point, we haven’t made a decision.”On Tuesday Penn State acknowledged that they were “exploring the prospects of working on this project” with HBO. Penn State is one of four programs being considered, along with Arizona State, Washington State, and Alabama.The Nittany Lions certainly have the potential to make for some compelling television.Since Franklin took over in 2014, Penn State has regained its status as one of the elite programs in college football.In the last three years, Penn State has gone 31-9, winning the Big Ten title in 2016 and finishing in the top 25 each time.On top of all of that, the Nittany Lions have developed plenty of NFL caliber talent. Over two dozen Penn State players have either been drafted or otherwise entered the NFL in the last five years.last_img read more

Soldier killed in Pak shelling along LoC

first_imgNew Delhi: An Indian soldier was killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir following a ceasefire violation by Pakistan, Army sources said on Monday. The ceasefire violation took place at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the Poonch sector. The Army identified the deceased soldier as Grenadier Hemraj Jat (23). An official said Pakistani troops had resorted to shelling of mortars and firing of small arms in which Jat sustained fatal injuries. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Jat belonged to Rajasthan’s Alwar district and had been commissioned into the Army in 2017. “Indian forces retaliated befittingly to the shelling by Pakistan,” the official added. Pakistan has upped the ante at the LoC through repeated ceasefire violations ever since the special category status to Jammu and Kashmir was withdrawn. In August, there were more than of 275 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC. More than 220 ceasefire violations were reported from the LoC after August 5 when India abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution.last_img read more

Mali Siege Ends With at Least 27 Dead, no Moroccan Casualties

Rabat – The siege of a Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali’s capital, which was seized by a group of gunmen on Friday morning, is now over after Malian commandos stormed the hotel.At least 27 people were killed in the operation, according to Reuters. Over 170 people were inside the hotel with the gunmen entered its premises on car using a fake diplomatic plaque.By late afternoon, no more hostages were being held, ministerial adviser Amadou Sangho told the French television station BFMTV. Two Moroccans were among people who were inside the hotel at the moment of the attack. They both managed to escape from the hotel.Reuters quoted a UN official saying that peacekeepers saw 12 dead bodies in the basement of the hotel and another 15 on the second floor. The UN official added that UN blue helmets were still helping Malian authorities search the hotel.According to the same source, the gunmen went through the seven-storey building room-by-room and floor by floor.The attack occurs a week after the Paris terrorist attack that hit Paris last Friday, killing 130 people and leaving over 350 people injured. A Moroccan engineer was among the fatal casualties of the Paris attacks. read more

Mixed Reactions to Morocco’s Decision to Teach English in Primary School

By Jonathan WalshRabat – The Moroccan public is reacting to reports that suggested Moroccan schoolchildren are to be taught English from the fourth grade, making it the students’ fourth language after French, Darija (Moroccan Arabic dialect) and Fus-ha (classical Arabic).Rachid Belmokhtar, the Moroccan Minister of Education, noted “the teaching of English that will start from the 4th grade will be particularly important in education.” While it has since been clarified that any prospective English lessons had merely been discussed and not confirmed, the reaction from the Moroccan public was strong. Many were in favour of the decision, stating that many professional fields require English and not French, many Moroccan’s current second language.“The best decision is to replace French by English, look now, all the world use English as a first or second language,” said one Facebook user “English is the future not French.”“Great decision. Investing in youth is key in order for a country to develop. Take your graduates from your university and have English as requirement for graduation and give them jobs as teachers,” said another Facebook user. “This is what is going to produce great leaders, scientists, lawyers, doctors.”Sources have confirmed to Morocco World News that due to the current lack of English speaking teachers in the country, it would be almost impossible to give an accurate time frame as to when any changes would be implemented.This would be one of many hurdles facing those in the Ministry of Education, and many were quick to point out the variety of difficulties involved in imposing a fourth language.“They have to build more schools to reduce the number of students in each class, they have to provide qualified teachers, and well equipped classrooms,” argued one Facebook commenter. “Many students lead very bad social conditions especially poverty. So, they need to enhance people’s living conditions first if they want them to study.”Whether or not English will be taught in Moroccan schools in the future remains to be seen, but what is for sure is that any change would represent a cultural milestone in the country’s history. read more

Marapana resigns as Law and Order Minister

He said that he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last night and discussed the issue and this morning he had sent his letter of resignation to the President. Avant Garde was accused of not following proper procedures when operating the floating armory or proper documentation for the weapons on the ship. (Colombo Gazette) Marapana said that some Ministers and the public had raised suspicions that police investigations into the Avant Garde issue may not be unbiased since the police comes under his Ministry and since he felt some of the allegations against Avant Garde were baseless.The United National Party (UNP) member said that he will continue to remain a member of Parliament despite resigning from his Ministerial post. The police had launched investigations into the floating armory operated by Avant Garde which was given approval by the former Government. Speaking to reporters today, Marapana said that he had tendered his resignation following concerns raised over his stand on the allegations raised against Avant Garde. Law and Order Minister Tilak Marapana has tendered his resignation from his Ministerial post to President Maithripala Sirisena.The Minister resigned over the controversy involving him on the Avant Garde issue. Marapana, who was the lawyer for the Director of the company, had recently told Parliament that some of the allegations raised against Avant Garde were baseless.The statement drew strong reactions from some Ministers in his Government and civil society saying the investigations into Avant Garde may get influenced by Marapana.A heated exchange of words had taken place last week during the cabinet meeting on the  Avant Garde issue with Ministers even threatening to resign if the President and the Prime Minister fail to take appropriate action against the company. read more

Mahinda calls for elections to assess public opinion

“Having postponed elections, the Government has been engaged in an effort to show that they still have public support by transporting people to political meetings so as to claim that they too have crowds just like the Joint Opposition. This is the first time that I have seen a Government competing with the opposition in this manner. The way I assessed public sentiment was by holding elections. But the present government is trying to avoid holding elections at any cost,” he said. He says even though the Government claims that they have won over the whole world, no foreign investment is coming in. “President J.R. Jayewardene held an election more than a year early in 1982. President Chandrika Kumaratunga held the 1999 presidential election one year early and I too held the 2010 presidential election early,” he said. Rajapaksa said that he held the 2015 presidential election early for the same reasons that every other President has called early elections. Rajapaksa says the only worthwhile investment taking place even now are the infrastructure projects that his Government initiated. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today called for the holding of elections to assess public opinion on the current Government.Rajapaksa said that the whole Nation is in a situation of uncertainty and chaos reigns in the administration and financial management of the country. The former President also said that the Joint Opposition is opposed to the “hybrid” Government and the main challenge facing the Joint Opposition at this stage is to have the indefinitely postponed local government election held. (Colombo Gazette) In the midst of all this, he says the Government has postponed the local government elections indefinitely. read more

For Saskatoonbased guests at the Saskatchewan Expo connection is key

In the artists’ alley, Saskatoon-based graphic artist Audra Balion, the creator of the Flight Ninteen comic series, and writer Mark Allard-Will, known for his work on Saskatch-A-Man and now The Burning Black: The Legend of Black Shuck, talk over Balion’s table.Balion, who is also the creator of the Little Monster Menagerie, finds it helpful to connect with fans and other creators face to face.At events like the Expo, she said she and other creators share ideas and tips. Different people see things in different ways, she added.Flight Nineteen is a silent graphic comic, which means there’s no text or speech balloons to help tell the story. The art is what propels the plot forward, so she seeks feedback from other artists on colours and gestures used in the illustrations to see if she’s getting her point across.The response from fans has been overwhelmingly positive also.“We spend a lot of time in the studio, by ourselves, critiquing our own work, going ‘Oh that’s not good enough.’ So it’s kind of a little motivational boost to keep working,” she said.Saskatoon-based Allard-Will echoed her sentiment. Connecting with the people who read his work is the most important part at events like the Expo.“But to connect to other artists is fantastic, because this is for neophytes to the industry, this is the way that you can find artists or writers who you want to collaborate with and work with, and it’s a way to feel out their personality, to see if you’re going to be able to click with them and to actually visually see their work and portfolio,” he said.The Expo runs until Sunday evening. Tucked away in an exhibition hall at Prairieland Park is a booth where Saskatoon’s own Dark Knight greets visitors with a smile.Sabastian Van Esch has donned the cape and cowl of Saskatoon Batman for nine years and is an entertainer and cosplayer who works with charities. Seven years ago, he formed the all-volunteer Justice League of Saskatoon, which has had up to 12 members.Every year, the Justice League of Saskatoon takes part in charitable events and walks, visiting children in hospitals who aren’t able to be home for the holiday and ensuring they have presents while spending time with them in costume. They also take part in Ronald McDonald House events and go where heroes are needed.Van Esch was inspired to become Saskatoon Batman because of a near encounter with a Batman at a local mall at the age of 10. The man was dressed in a full latex Batsuit to promote one of the movies.When Van Esch approached the man after he was finished taking photos, the security staff pushed Van Esch aside, he said. The man went to a back room and Van Esch never saw him again.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“I was very crushed and I decided that if I put a Batsuit on, it’s going to be the opposite of that. So anybody who approaches me, they get a yes, they get pictures, we visit, whatever the case may be, (whatever) the age is,” he said.The annual Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo is where fictional universes collide with cosplayers and plainclothes attendees packed the main hall of Prairieland Park, surrounding the artists’ and artisans’ booths. Owen Woytowich / Saskatoon StarPhoenix The Saskatoon Expo took is taking place this weekend at the Prairieland Park. Artist Audra Balion stands for a photo by some of her work during The Saskatoon Expo at Prairieland Park on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Owen Woytowich / Saskatoon StarPhoenix A character in cosplay at the Saskatoon Expo held at the Prairieland Park on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. tjames@postmedia.comRelated Owen Woytowich / Saskatoon StarPhoenix How to SaskExpo read more

Monday Night RAWs lead writer Ryan Callahan fired from the company last

first_imgFacebook Update on Rhyno being “fired” on RAW last night, Comments after the show in Houston Big Cass Google+ WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter Bruce Prichard returning to WWE as a member of the creative team starting Monday Pinterest Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Enzo Amore Roman Reigns is in Remission Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful has an exclusive report, subsequently confirmed by other media sources, that RAW’s lead writer, Ryan Callahan, was fired from the company on Thursday.The firing had nothing to do with storylines or declining ratings. The issue was that Callahan, who was based at the Stamford, Connecticut headquarters of WWE and did not travel on the road with the show, clashed with Dave Kapoor, who is part of the traveling creative team. The issues between the two are not clear, but they butted heads frequently. As a result, he was fired on May 2.Callahan had been with the company for several years and had been helping out with the Smackdown writing team as well.This is another of several shakeups involving the writing staff over the past month. Road Dogg also recently stepped down as lead writer of Smackdown, R.D. Evans quit during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, as well as the new hirings of people like Bruce Pritchard and Dana Warrior.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off FlightVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 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 Legal update on former WWE star Enzo Amore, First names set for WWE UK tournament Videos Articleslast_img read more

APD says 4 Anchorage deaths likely a murdersuicide

first_imgInvestigators say the deaths of four people in an Anchorage residence last week is likely a murder-suicide.According to Anchorage police, all indications show 24-year-old Curtis Young III shot and killed his girlfriend, Desiree Gonzalez, age 27, and their two children – 4-year-old Zaiden Young, and 17-month-old Zarielle Young – before taking his own life.Police say the investigation is still ongoing.last_img

Mumbai airport back to normal as officials clear stranded

first_imgMUMBAI: The SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft, which was stuck between the main runway and grass area after skidding off on arrival at the airport here Monday late night, has been pulled back to the runway Thursday, paving the way for full-fledged operations at the aerodrome, officials said. The country’s second busiest airport has been carrying out flight operations from the secondary runway, which has a capacity to handle only up to 35 aircraft movement per hour as against upto 48 of the main runway. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A team of Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) had been carrying out the aircraft recovery work at the Mumbai airport since Tuesday afternoon. “The disabled SpiceJet aircraft which was stuck in Runway 09/27 RESA has been pulled out on runway surface at 11. 10 PM,” a Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson said Friday. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The Runway End Surface Area (RESA) is an extended area at the end of the runway to limit an aircraft in the eventuality a runway overshoots. The spokesperson, however, did not share other details such as timeline for resumption of operations from the main runway. A city-bound SpiceJet flight from Jaipur carrying 167 passengers and crew overshot the runway at Mumbai airport Monday night after landing amid heavy rains, blocking it for traffic.last_img read more

Celebrity manager Dheeraj Sharmas passion and big dreams led to his success

first_imgDheeraj Sharma with Aamir KhanPR HandoutFrom working in the hospitality industry to starting his own event management venture, celebrity manager Dheeraj Sharma’s journey is quite inspiring. He is the CEO of Red Diamond Hospitality and has created a great spot for himself in the entertainment industry.His career in the hospitality industry began in 2010 when he received his accreditation in hotel management from Delhi. Post that, he worked with several 5-star hotels but he realised that he wants to do something else in the filed.In 2012, he started his own company Red Diamond Hospitality (RDH) which first covered small events in Haryana. However, to make it big, he started doing events in Delhi and NCR and his work did not go unnoticed, which helped him work for events in different parts of the country.Dheeraj’s Red Diamond Hospitality have handled events, weddings and full length shows and worked with popular celebrities like Gurdaas Mann, Sharyn Mann, Daler Mehndi, Kailash Kher, Sonu Nigam, Pankaj Udhaas Shaan, KK, and Nizami Bandhu/ Brothers. He worked as celebrity manager for Sahid Kapoor, Randeep Hooda, Prem Chopra, Vivek Oberoi, Mahima Chaudhury, Shilpa Shetty, Sunil Grover, Kapil Sharma, Ali, Raju Srivastav, Terrance Lewis, Dharmesh, and Rimi Sen and many more.last_img read more

3 killed in suspected terror shooting in Belgian city

first_imgPolice officers redirect traffic in the eastern Belgian city of Liege on 29 May 2018, near the site where an armed man shot and killed police officers before being subdued by police. Photo: AFPA gunman on Tuesday shot dead two police officers with their own weapons before killing a bystander in a brazen suspected terror attack in Belgium, briefly taking a hostage at a school before being killed by police.The carnage in the gritty eastern industrial city of Liege began around 10:30am (0830 GMT) when the attacker armed with a knife stabbed two police officers repeatedly before using their own firearms to kill them, prosecutors said.Federal prosecutors said they had launched a terrorist investigation into the incident, which comes with Belgium on high alert after a string of attacks including twin suicide bombings in Brussels in 2016 claimed by the Islamic State group.”Armed with a knife, the suspect followed and attacked two police officers, and used their own firearms to kill them,” prosecutor Philippe Dulieu told a news conference.”He continued on foot, attacking a parked vehicle where he opened fire on a 22-year-old man in the passenger seat. The young man died.”He then continued and entered the Leonie de Waha school. He took a woman working there as hostage. Police intervened, he came out firing on the police officers, wounding several before he was killed.”Eric Van Der Sypt, spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, told AFP there were “elements that point in the direction that this is a terrorist act”.According to Belgian broadcaster RTBF, the shooter was released from prison on Monday and was only known for minor infractions with no known links to extremism.Prime minister Charles Michel condemned what he called “cowardly and blind violence”.”All our support for the victims and their loved ones. We are following the situation with the security services and the crisis centre,” Michel tweeted.- ‘Horrible act’ -Belgian interior minister Jan Jambon said Belgium’s Federal Crisis Centre was monitoring the situation.”Our thoughts are with the victims of this horrible act. We are in the process of establishing an overview of exactly what happened,” Jambon wrote on Twitter.A major security cordon was set up around the area, while panicked parents came to collect their children from the school complex.The governor of Liege province said all the children and staff were safe and unhurt.”All the children are fine, those of the primary and kindergarten saw nothing, they were evacuated through the back of the school,” Julie Fernandez, mother of a 7-year-old child at the school, told AFP.”They were cared for by staff and psychologists and high school students were cared for in a nearby park,” added Fernandez, who is also an MP.Belgium has been on high alert since the smashing of a terror cell in the town of Verviers in January 2015 that was planning an attack on police.The cell also had links to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the November 2015 Islamic State attacks on Paris that killed 130 people.Belgium further raised its terror alert level after the Paris attack and placed the capital Brussels on lockdown for a week.The country was then hit by its own IS suicide attacks on Brussels airport and a metro station, which killed 32 people in 2016.In August 2016, a machete-wielding man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) attacked two policewomen in the industrial town of Charleroi before being shot dead.The country’s law enforcement agencies and intelligence services came under intense scrutiny for apparently missing a series of leads after the Paris attacks that could have led to the Brussels bombers.last_img read more

Cause Im leaving on a jet plane

first_imgIsn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? Mo had said… ‘As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells… and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower… both strange and familiar.’These profound lines by Cornelia Funke narrate my feelings towards Disha’s (as she likes to call herself) book, My Beloved’s MBA Plans, in the most apt way. The book is a wonderful compilation of some beautifully narrated stories set against the backdrop of life on campus and aspirations for an MBA degree. The stories are simple, all tied to one common thread – how much is one willing to let go to fulfil his/her dreams. Disha manages to capture you within the first few pages itself. You’ll find yourself not wanting to put the novel down as you meet some ambitious couples entering the IIM Calcutta campus in the midst of marriage, responsibility and kids. There unfaltering faith in each other and a great level of commitment is what makes their journey victorious. The book is an inspiration for all those aspiring to fulfil their dreams and for people seeking answers to difficult situations in life. It proved to be a refreshing change as opposed to the ‘just another story of life on college campus’. What makes’ this ‘fiction’ novel ‘real’ is the people in it. The writing style is candid yet extremely crisp. The first hand experiences help the reader relate or get guided to the real life experiences of couples who walk the same path to achieve a long-term goal. The narration can get preachy but it’s engrossing nevertheless. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An honest confession: Every time I flipped through the pages of the book, I felt a sense of giddiness – of being able to relate to a book so much so that it felt funny and scary, at the same time. How the just married Rahul met Dimple, is the story that helped grew the feeling stronger. The story is not of mushy romantic dates or outings but of a bond that is not dependent on physical distances. The story, like a lot of others in the book, seemed perfect for a Yash Chopra movie but managed to  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixconvey a relevant message – how trust can beat all odds.   Congratulations on your first novel Disha! My Beloved’s MBA Plans was an exciting page-turner that I found myself not wanting to set down. You not only gave your characters hope, you also gave the word ‘novel’ a new hope as it was far from the romantic cliché.Having spent my precious hours reading this book, I feel I did not make a mistake. For everyone else, grab a cup of coffee and read these interesting tales of togetherness, of separation, and of starting a new journey together.last_img read more

Cancun garbage company fires 22 for demanding quotas

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The company in charge of Cancun’s garbage removal says they have fired 22 employees for asking for money or quotas to remove garbage.Eduardo Mariscal de la Selva, head of the Solid Waste Integral Solution (Siresol) office, says that the 22 dismissals came after numerous citizen complaints of garbage collectors asking for money, something that is not promoted.He explained that the actions were the result of a review by Siresol on the performance of companies in charge of collecting and disposing of garbage. Mariscal de la Selva said that the workers demanded fees for the collection of waste and, therefore, the company discharged them.“With the complaints we had, that we all appreciate in the matter of some operators asking for quotas or something similar to pick up the garbage, those 22 employees have been discharged,” he said.Eduardo Mariscal said that those internal movements have generated some problems in garbage collection in recent weeks.“In recent weeks the collection has fallen a bit due to the fact that we have had a decrease personnel,” he said adding that from those same complaints, a total of six supervisors were also dismissed.He says that collection is also behind because 23 trucks are in for maintenance.“This is so that the trucks don’t fail, but service is being provided, just delayed in different parts of the city.”In April, Playa del Carmen city council also expressed their concern about reports city garbage collectors were asking for money to remove garbage.Click 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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Myanmar court hands hardlabor sentences to 6 already jailed

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Activist Than Shwe, center, who protested in front of the Chinese Embassy in Yangon against a Chinese-backed copper mine project, is hugged by crying members of his family as he is escorted by Myanmar police officers upon arrival for his trial at a township court Friday, May 15, 2015, in Yangon, Myanmar. The court imposed new sentences with hard labor for six prominent activists who are already serving prison terms for their political activities. All six faced charges including disrupting public tranquility, deterring a public officer from carrying out his duty and for rioting and violating a peaceful assembly law for protesting outside the embassy last year. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win) The court sentenced all of them to 4 years and 4 months imprisonment with hard labor. Their previous sentences were for violating the peaceful assembly law with their political activities.“The sentences are very unfair and we are dissatisfied with the verdict. This is a violation of citizens’ rights,” said one of the convicted activists, Naw Ohn Hla, who defiantly said that she will continue to fight for the rights of the people when she is freed.“The government deliberately gives a lengthy prison sentence because they want to lock up activists during the election,” Naw Ohn Hla said, referring to general elections coming in November.Myanmar emerged from a half-century of military rule with a new government in 2011 that has implemented several political and economic reforms. It freed many junta-era prisoners but has arrested hundreds of activists anew who are charged with breaking several criminal laws.An independent political prisoner association has tallied 158 prisoners of conscience and 450 others facing trial in Myanmar for their political activities as of May.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar court on Friday imposed new sentences with hard labor for six prominent activists who are already serving prison terms for their political activities.All six faced charges including disrupting public tranquility, deterring a public officer from carrying out his duty and for rioting and violating a peaceful assembly law for protesting outside the Chinese Embassy last year.They were protesting the shooting death last year of an opponent of a Chinese-backed copper mine. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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