India Wins International Court of Justice Seat After Hard Fight with UK

first_imgDalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Nov. 20 after the British candidate, Sir Christopher Greenwood, withdrew his nomination after 11 rounds of voting, most of which were won by Bhandari. The United Kingdom won’t have a judge on the ICJ for the first time in its 71-year history.The United Kingdom’s UN diplomat Matthew Rycroft said in a statement: “The UK has concluded that it is wrong to continue to take up the valuable time of the security council and the UN general assembly with further rounds of elections. The UK congratulates the successful candidates, including Judge Bhandari of India. We are naturally disappointed, but it was a competitive field with six strong candidates. If the UK could not win in this runoff, then we are pleased that it is a close friend like India that has done so instead. We will continue to cooperate closely with India, here in the United Nations and globally.”The United Kingdom’s defeat, despite being a member of the Permanent five of the Security Council, indicates its dissipating value as a global power since Brexit. Bhandari’s win was through a democratic process. He received 183 of 193 votes and approval from all 15 members of the Security Council. In the 11th round, he had received five votes from the Security Council. However, to win the election the candidate must have majority in the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.The ICJ consists of 15 judges who are elected for a nine-year period. One-third of the ICJ’s bench — five judges — is elected every three years. Four other judges, from Brazil, France, Lebanon and Somalia, were elected to the ICJ in the earlier rounds.Bhandari was elected in April 2012 after defeating Philippine candidate Florentino Feliciano for the seat vacated by the Jordanite judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh on being appointed as Prime Minister.Bhandari, 70, is an alumnus of Jodhpur University and Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. He was a judge for the Delhi High Court, Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court of India before heading to the ICJ.Indian President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers Suresh Prabhu, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Sushma Swaraj congratulated Bhandari for the re-election, which required lobbying and diplomatic dialogue.“There was a crucial meet before the vote. We put forward our view and stuck to it. It was apparent that vote will be in our favour. We are grateful that the UK judge recused and recognized that the Indian judge was doing good in UNGA,” India’s diplomat to UN Syed Akbaruddin told NDTV.Congratulations to EAM @SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA & diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India’s re-election to ICJ. Our deep gratitude to all the members of UNGA as well as UNSC for their support and trust in India.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 21, 2017A vote that brings cheer to a billion India’s nominee Judge Bhandari re-elected to ICJ General Assembly 183 Security Council 15 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/ycclYQ7tcI— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) November 20, 2017Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team – MEA. Syed Akbaruddin @AkbaruddinIndia our Permanent Representative in UN deserves a special mention.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 21, 2017 Related ItemsICJJustice BhandariSecurity Councillast_img read more

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Things Are Heating Up

first_imgStories about the Internet of Things — everyday objects that have been upgraded to send and receive data — are growing ever more common in the media, and for good reason. As a July post in the New York Times’ Bits blog commented, “Over the next few years, very little stands to be bigger than the Internet of Things, or IoT…. The IoT is expected to eventually touch some 200 billioncars, appliances, machinery and devices globally.”But before we can reach that future of 200 billion or more networked objects, developers will have to deal with a host of on-the-ground challenges.Picking the WinnersMichael Aronson, managing director of MentorTech Ventures, showed a Zepp Sensor, a device designed to analyze precisely how people swing baseball bats, tennis rackets and, in the case of the one he had brought along, golf clubs — and guide them on how to improve. The device, he explained, would report “my swing speed, my swing plane … and advise me which club to use. It’s really cool.” But, asked if it would put caddies out of business, he said no. Specifically, he noted, the Zepp doesn’t sense the environment, so it can’t suggest to someone how to play based on weather conditions the way a smart caddie would. However, he said, “That’s definitely an improvement that should come along.”Shifting to a subject even more in his milieu, Aronson then talked about the tricky business of judging the sound investments in this new arena. “The big question we always have is, ‘How are you going to monetize it?’”He described a recent meeting with a San Francisco company that has developed a parent-paid Internet protection system for schools. The system is designed to block certain apps and websites from kids’ devices, and restrict other sites for use only during particular times or days. “Then we say, ‘Well OK, how many parents have actually adopted it, and what price are they paying?’ They really didn’t do a whole lot of testing.” Further, the company’s monthly recurring revenue was less than $50,000, rather than the $75,000 to $100,000 that Aronson says he would like to see.Another question is whether people will pay for the monthly service on the device. “Right now, about 25% of the people who buy the hardware continue with the subscription model at the expiration of the free trial period.” Overall, he feels the company still needs to fully prove its case to investors.Another device, NeatConnect, is a scanner that doesn’t need to be linked to a PC. Aronson explained that the gadget, which hit the market last year, contains smart firmware (permanent software programmed into a read-only memory) that sends images straight to Neat’s own Cloud-based storage service, or to the user’s choice of many other locations such as Google Drive or Dropbox. “This is one of our portfolio companies … they’re about $100 million in revenue.”Asked whether it was true that venture capitalists tend to back away from products like NeatConnect, which rely on proprietary hardware, he replied, “A lot of people are allergic to hardware these days, although it’s changing a bit with the success of companies like Nest [Labs],” the home automation company purchased by Google last January. He noted that Neat is actually in the process of transitioning to “modify all our software and cloud services to run on any hardware that’s out there.”Connecting Where Connectivity Is ScarceDaniela Perdomo is co-founder and CEO of goTenna, a start-up that builds tools for decentralized communication. The goTenna device, which resembles a high-end pen case with a small strap attached, can be paired with a smartphone to enable people — in the words of goTenna’s website — “to communicate without any need for central connectivity whatsoever — no cell towers, no Wi Fi, no satellites — so when you’re off-grid you can remain connected.” The catch, of course, is that it only enables communication with another goTenna-equipped device, and the range is only a few miles, but sometimes, that sort of person-to-person connectivity is just what you need.“I didn’t start this company thinking that I wanted to start a hardware company, but there was no other way to solve the problem of no connectivity,” said Perdomo. “So we realized it involved hardware, and then quickly realized it also involved firmware, networking and software — plus a website [for the product]. So it was really everything.”The goTenna device, she said, can be “very helpful when you’re hiking, traveling, in an emergency, or in the event that central connectivity fails.“We are a little different than most connected devices,” she noted. “We use Bluetooth LE [low energy], which is the new standard … I’m not sure if any of you have had a nightmare experience with, say, trying to connect your iPhone to your car or to your glove or whatnot, but Bluetooth LE makes it really easy to pair and it doesn’t drain your battery.”As a hardware platform, goTenna can be combined with software, so it can be “monetized with all sorts of stuff,” according to Perdomo. For example, she said that Facebook Messenger has shown interest in goTenna around the idea of providing messaging services in parts of the developing world it’s difficult or impossible to get a cell signal.A Smarter Way to a Smart Home“When I go home at night, my garage door opens automatically when I just pull into the driveway, and if it’s after dark, it knows to turn on the lights in the house, open up the interior door and unlock that,” said Mike Harris, founder and CEO of Zonoff.Zonoff is a smart home software company. It powers, among other things, the Staples Connect home-automation service, now available through more than 500 Staples stores nationwide. In addition to Internet-connected garage door openers, light switches and locks, the service also connects gadgets such as smoke alarms, motion detectors, cameras, thermostats and water sensors.Harris describes Zonoff as “kind of a behind-the-scenes, white-label supplier of technology to … multibillion dollar companies that have channels to consumers.” He said that Zonoff takes technologies from firms big and small — “everything from the Lutrons and Honeywells of the world, to start-ups, the Fitbits, the wearable companies” — and brings them together in “a seamless experience.”As an emerging company, Zonoff’s biggest challenge right now is scale, according to Harris. “The market has heated up so much that everybody wants to get in the space as quickly as they can, and so we’re hiring as fast as we can to do a lot of those capabilities.” But he sees another challenge at the industry level for the smart home business, which is a lack of consumer awareness that these technologies exist. “That’s part of why we pushed through the strategy of partnering with these big, well-known brands, because we can leverage their outreach to go out and educate the consumer that this is even possible.”Where Will IoT Go Next?Aronson predicted the Apple Watch will be a success. “It’s a really great standalone product,” he said. Asked if Aronson thought it would “gobble up the Fitbits of the world,” — referring to the popular activity/sleep tracking wristband — and Aronson said yes.Perdomo noted that some IoT technologies originally intended for consumers may spread into other applications if they are “truly useful and not a novelty.” She gave examples from her experience with goTenna. “We developed it to solve … what was for me the problem of not being able to communicate when I needed to most. And we launched it to consumers, but now we’ve got a two million grant from the City of New York to provide it to small businesses…. We’re also speaking with Bank of America, Swiss Re, and Doctors Without Borders.”Several industries seem ripe for future IoT development. Aronson pointed to financial services. “We’re seeing the innovation now in payments…. Everyone will start wearing a device, and there will be a lot of ways to interact with your bank and with retailers.” Harris named sports as a potential area, referring to the recent emergence of “smart” football helmets that can send concussion alerts to those on the sidelines. He thinks education is “a big one as well.” “Tracking kids in schools: what they’re doing, activity levels, safety issues. I think there are some really interesting opportunities … and it’s totally underserved right now.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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National Eligibility Test Mandatory for Indian MBBS Aspirants Applying Abroad

first_imgIndian students who wish to study medicine in foreign countries will have to compulsorily qualify the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to take admission in MBBS courses abroad, according to new amended regulations.“Indian Citizens or Overseas Citizen of India intending to obtain primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018, shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET for admission to MBBS course abroad,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement, approving the proposal of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to amend the Screening Test Regulations, 2002.NEET, which was introduced in 2016, has to be cleared by students who wish to pursue a MBBS course in any private or government medical college in India. Until now, it was only meant for students who wanted to study MBBS in India.However, it was brought to the government’s notice that medical institutions or universities in foreign countries admit Indian students without proper assessment or screening of the students’ academic ability to cope with medical education. Consequently, many students fail to qualify for the screening test.According to the health ministry, the result of NEET will be treated as the eligibility certificate for such students, provided that they fulfil the eligibility criteria for admission to the MBBS course prescribed in the regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997.“Indian students can also pursue medical education abroad and have to qualify a Screening Test called Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE), for registration to practice in India after obtaining primary medical qualification (MBBS) overseas,” the statement added. The FMGE is the licensure examinations conducted by the MCI.In 2015-16, the number of students who appeared for the FMGE was close to 6,000 in just one session, and the pass percentage was 10.4 per cent. Around 12,000 Indian students who had a medical degree from China appeared for FMGE from 2012 to 2014. Russia came second, with 5,950 students appearing for FMGE, followed by Ukraine, with 3,520 students, and Nepal, with 3,163 students, according to Factly.If a student does not clear the FMGE, he or she fails to be registered to practice in India. “In such cases, they start quackery or practice illegally which can be dangerous. So, the move is aimed at ensuring only competent students get to study medicine in foreign universities,” PTI reported, quoting an official.“As per the data, the percentage of graduates who have studied abroad and have cleared the FMGE has ranged between 13 and 26.9 per cent in the last five years. This is really a matter of concern as they go out, spend lot of money of their parents and are not able to contribute to the healthcare in India once they come back,” the official said, the report added.Students who now aspire to study medicine in a foreign university will get a No Objection Certificate only when they clear NEET.Around 7,000 Indian students go abroad to study medicine every year, with some of the popular destinations being China and Russia. China appeals to Indian students because it offers inexpensive medical education, according to a survey conducted by the World Education Services, a New York-based organization evaluating foreign academic credentials. Related ItemsacademicsMedicinelast_img read more

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Politicians Seek Inquiry into Dowry Abuse Among Indian Community in Australia

first_imgAustralian Federal Labor Member of Parliament Julian Hill has condemned the practice of dowry abuse among Hindu and Sikh communities in Australia, and asked for an urgent Senate inquiry to weed it out, ABC News reported.Hill told the Australian parliament on May 30 that abuse related to the dowry practice is alarming. Saying that it is completely inappropriate in modern Australia, he urged the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee of Australia to initiate a focused investigation into dowry abuse in order to stop the family violence, murders and suicides that result from it.Hill is also being supported in the cause by Tim Wilson, a Liberal MP from Victoria. Wilson called for a focused inquiry in the Senate or the House of Representatives. “The sooner that is done, the better,” he said, the report added. A slew of murders associated with domestic violence have taken place in Victoria in the past, that left the Indian community shocked, according to the publication.“Dowry perpetuates a culture of ownership of women, which runs against the cause of equality. Women are not property; cultural or religious practices that suggest so are not welcome in Australia,” Hill was quoted as saying in the report.Dowry extortion has been established as a direct cause of family violence and murders as well as suicides, Hill added. “Alarming growth in reports has been seen in certain communities,” he said referring to an investigation conducted by ABC News showing the consequences of dowry abuse on women.The publication’s investigation, which is a part of an ongoing series started last year, revealed growing concerns regarding a substantial increase in family violence in Australian Hindu and Sikh communities in the past 10 years.Also, there is a rising pressure on Parliament to act since the government of Victoria is set to introduce a legislation banning dowry abuse. The practice was made illegal in India in 1961. However, it has not yet been outlawed in Australia.Victoria’s Attorney General Martin Pakula has confirmed that the state government would introduce a bill to outlaw dowry abuse and forced marriage in a few months.The Victorian legislation, if passed, will be a significant one as it aims to protect migrant brides, while the dowry abuse laws in countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are mainly meant for resident populations, Dr Manjula O’Connor, a Melbourne-based international anti-dowry campaigner, said, the report added. Related ItemsAustraliaDowrywomen’s rightslast_img read more

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Ben Mbala leaves La Salle, joins Mexican ball club

first_img“I know my choice might come as a surprise to many, and I have to admit, the decision to leave was the toughest I have had to make after being with La Salle for so many years, but I feel that this decision is best for the next stage in my career and development,” he wrote.After his impressive stint with the Southwestern University Cobras, the 6-foot-8 slotman transferred to Taft and immediately brought tons of promise but had to serve a three-year residency period, one of which was due to his participation in a tournament in General Santos City.But when he finally took the court, Mbala proved to be good as advertised, tearing the house down and averaged 20.6 points on 54.6 percent shooting to go along with 16.0 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, and 1.4 steals to lead the Green Archers to the UAAP Season 79 championship.That performance earned him a spot in the Cameroonian national basketball team as Mbala led his home nation to the quarterfinals of the 2017 Afrobasket.His obligations with the national team caused him to miss two games in Season 80, but that still couldn’t stop him from norming 26.0 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks this past season. La Salle, however, finished runner-up to Ateneo this time out.Mbala said that he will forever be grateful for the opportunity to don the green-and-white.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Depression from broken leg worse than physical pain, Gordon Hayward says Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES “I am truly grateful for having had the opportunity to represent the Green Archers and will always be La Sallian at heart,” he ended.Mbala’s departure ends the looming controversy regarding his eligibility for UAAP Season 81 next year, with the Board set to revisit the “seven years out of high school” rule.His presence will also leave a big hole for the Green Archers up front with Abu Tratter also graduating from the squad. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a lengthy status posted on his Twitter account, Mbala announced his farewell and closed the chapter on his amateur career which saw him net two UAAP Most Valuable Player awards with La Salle.“After five years, two incredible UAAP seasons, and, of course, countless unforgettable memories, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that the time has come for me to move on from De La Salle University and the Green Archers,” he wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to publicly thank boss ECJ (Eduardo Cojuangco), the managers, coach Aldin (Ayo), the rest of the coaching staff, and my teammates for all the incredulous opportunities that I have been given during my time there. You all have made my time in the Philippines truly worthwhile.”pic.twitter.com/Zr5VnxTOQl— thekidfromCameroon (@benmbala) December 22, 2017Mbala will turn pro as he was signed by Mexican ballclub Fuerza Regia in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon where he will serve as the team’s import in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBen Mbala is leaving La Salle for good.After two dominating years in the UAAP, the Cameroonian center has announced that he is bidding the Green Archers goodbye.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Nextlast_img read more

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Porzingis returns but Beasley gets the ‘MVP’ chants in Knicks win over Celtics

first_imgNEW YORK—Michael Beasley harbors no illusions that the Madison Square Garden crowd that serenaded him with chants of “MVP!” was serious about the accolade. But he certainly played like it, at least for a night.Beasley had the hot hand as New York held off the Boston Celtics, 102-93, Thursday night, when the Knicks welcomed back a cold-shooting Kristaps Porzingis.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments “It’s nice to hear but I am pretty sure it’s for KP (Porzingis),” said Beasley. “I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need. Scoring, rebounding, defense. I just try my best.”Beasley finished with 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting and added 12 rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Knicks were 1-5 without Porzingis this season, and the Latvian center was hoping to come out big in his return after dealing with a sore left knee. But he shot 0-of-11 from the field and was hardly a factor. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Poor PH sports in holiday mood Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Bolts turn back Elite

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Eligibility questioned, Mbala takes talents to Mexico BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Canaleta hit 19 of his team-high 25 points in the final two frames and the Bolts finished with just enough spunk to hold off the Elite, who led by as many as 12 points early in the second only to sputter in the third.“I think we have a better team, but it’s not playoff or bust for us [in this conference],” said Black, who was without veteran Ranidel de Ocampo and do-it-all forward Cliff Hodge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a good start for us, and it’s nice to get off to a good start [in this conference],” Black went on. “But we have [defending champion] San Miguel [Beer] next, and that will be a big challenge.”Meralco won a total of just four games in the last two Philippine Cups. Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed But after trading for De Ocampo and signing free agents Canaleta, Jason Ballesteros, Mac Baracael and Nico Salva, the Bolts look more formidable this time.In the second game, Rain or Shine held off TNT KaTropa, 82-79.center_img MOST READ View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ With a better team than what it had the previous two years, Meralco forged its finest Philippine Cup start under Norman Black—but the multititled coach isn’t about to pressure his boys into achieving what they have failed to since 2016.New acquisition KG Canaleta rifled five straight points when the game was on the line in the dying minutes and helped preserve a 103-98 win over Blackwater Friday night, as Meralco, aside from missing the playoffs here the last two seasons, finally won its tournament opener.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Mourinho berates ‘childish’ Man United after dropping points

first_imgThe warning signs were there in the 27th minute when United was foiled by the one thing teams know to prepare for against Leicester — a counterattack.Jamie Vardy played a part in starting the intelligent move before completing it with the opener.Deep inside his own half, Vardy passed to Demarai Gray who launched the ball high over the United defense. Riyad Mahrez sprinted onto the ball, held off defender Chris Smalling and then stalled to wait for the overlapping Vardy to arrive in the penalty area. The striker was well placed to receive the pass from Mahrez and net his 50th Premier League goal.Juan Mata did spearhead a recovery by United, slotting in the equalizer five minutes before halftime after being teed up by Jesse Lingard.Although Mata netted again from a free kick on the hour, the visitors should already have been in front. Anthony Martial squandered a chance when he blazed over, and a later miss was more glaring from Lingard.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES After being released by Romelu Lukaku, Lingard rounded goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and managed to hit the post despite having an open goal to put United 3-1 up.“We had childish decisions in front of goal and bad decisions as it was not just about the goals we missed, or dribbling or hitting the post,” Mourinho said. “It was not just about missing chances with an open goal, it was also about decisions. Easy decisions to make in easy transitions to counterattack.”United couldn’t even exploit Leicester going a man down in the 73rd minute when substitute Daniel Amartey was booked for the second time in four minutes.And just as he was for the opener, Smalling was at fault again when Leicester stunned United with virtually the last kick of the game.Maguire got ahead of opposing defender Smalling at the far post to latch onto Marc Albrighton’s cross and stretch out his right leg to put the ball into the net.“In the end no maturity because Smalling was in trouble,” Mourinho said. “They put in the last minute Maguire (up front) as an extra man, the players on the pitch cannot react to that and analyze the game and make a quick adjustment.”It was a further blow for Mourinho after United was eliminated from the League Cup on Wednesday by second-tier Bristol City.“I cannot stop the game and give a team talk,” Mourinho said. “For the last two minutes the players had to immediately adapt, to read the game, which they didn’t.” Harry Maguire’s strike for Leicester in the fourth minute of stoppage time left second-place United 13 points behind Manchester City in the English Premier League after the rampant leader beat Bournemouth 4-0 earlier Saturday.The title race already appears over with half the season to play, and Mourinho is not happy with how a 2-1 lead was thrown away after Juan Mata scored twice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“I think childish in their box and childish in our box … mistakes plus mistakes,” Mourinho said at King Power Stadium.“Some players they have childish decisions and time helps them to have maturity and to decide better but some other players stay with childish decisions until the end of their career.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Manchester United’s Juan Mata celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)LEICESTER, England — Jose Mourinho berated his wasteful players after Manchester United conceded a stoppage-time equalizer against 10-man Leicester.The performance was “childish.” Players lacked intelligence and showed “no maturity.” There were “joke chances” missed before collapsing to draw 2-2 that further imploded United’s faint title hopes.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Freshman Trae Young doing it all for No. 17 Oklahoma View comments MOST READlast_img read more

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Spurs bounce back behind Aldridge, clobber Kings

first_imgHarkless snaps Trail Blazers’ skid, top Lakers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Aldridge did most of his scoring in the first half, but San Antonio didn’t pull away until the third quarter when the five-time All-Star had eight points. Ginobili added six points in the period, including a pair of uncontested layups.Former Kings player Rudy Gay scored seven of the Spurs’ first nine points in the fourth quarter when San Antonio went up by 14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBuddy Hield had 24 points to pace Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 15 for the Kings, who were coming off back-to-back road wins over Brooklyn and Philadelphia.It was a much-needed lift for the Spurs, who had a fourth-quarter meltdown while losing to Utah 100-89 on Thursday. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitiescenter_img Sacramento Kings guard Malachi Richardson (23) and San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes (11 )go after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APSACRAMENTO, California — LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs bounced back from a disappointing loss to beat the slumping Sacramento Kings 108-99 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Pau Gasol added 14 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high 10 assists for San Antonio, which won without star forward Kawhi Leonard. Tony Parker had 10 points and six assists, and Manu Ginobili scored 15 as the Spurs extended their winning streak over the Kings to 11 games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Aldridge spent much of the night going against Zach Randolph, his former teammate in Portland. The two big men traded buckets early before Aldridge made a short jumper to begin a 16-6 run just before halftime that put the Spurs up by 13 at the break.Sacramento scored eight straight points to open the third, but the Kings had no answer for Aldridge’s fadeaway and turnaround jumpers. Ginobili also took advantage of Sacramento’s sluggish defense when he easily drove through the lane past multiple defenders. View commentslast_img read more

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Alyssa proud to see Kiefer thrive in PBA

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Ravena relieved to just play vs Pringle with Romeo still out for GlobalPort BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Alyssa Valdez couldn’t be more proud her boyfriend Kiefer Ravena, who is off to a torrid start in his PBA career.Valdez, the volleyball superstar, shared that she’s happy to see Ravena thrive in this new endeavor.ADVERTISEMENT .@ThirdyRavenaaa and @AlyssaValdez2 came here at the Philippine Arena to support @kieferravena this Christmas Day. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/6yFn8YPErB— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) December 25, 2017 LATEST STORIES It also helps that the two can draw inspiration from one another, with both of them entering new chapters in their respective careers.Valdez has taken her talents overseas, playing for Attack Line in the Taiwan Volleyball League.“As of now, we’re really focusing on both of our careers. Kiefer is really doing a good job, and I hope I do the same in the countries that I might go to,” she said.And so far, the two have had nothing but good things coming their way.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Read Next View comments MOST READ Ravena is averaging 19.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.0 steals in his two games for the Road Warriors, while Valdez has made her Taiwanese club competitive before preparing to take her act back home next year with Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League.“We’re just really happy for each other. We hope that the blessings continue to flow. The challenges will always be there and I hope we overcome those together,” she said. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed “We’re all proud of Kiefer,” she said after Ravena led the Road Warriors to a 115-104 win over the GlobalPort Batang Pier on Monday.“I’m excited for him because I know that he’s waited to play in the PBA for so long, so we’re just really happy. He’s really working hard to be consistent on his performance in the PBA and Kief is very focused on what he wants to accomplish,” Valdez said. “He did so well and I’m excited on what he still can show in the coming games and in his PBA career. We’re just gonna be here to support him in his dream here in the PBA.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunderlast_img read more

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Quarters-bound Phoenix keeps defensive vigor up

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “I told them that defensively, they are exempted from pressuring full contact,” Alas shared to reporters following a 94-80 win over Alaska at Mall of Asia Arena.But the players, led by its raging bull forward Calvin Abueva and gunslinger Matthew Wright, didn’t want such shakeup. They wanted to drive a point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Still, they pressured. And that’s the main thing,” Alas said. “We were able to expand the lead in the [fourth] quarter because of our pressure defense.”Phoenix managed to hold Alaska below the 60-point mark going into the fourth quarter before they stretched the lead to 26 near the halfway mark of the final frame. The masterful performance by Phoenix afforded itself a place atop the standings alongside the Rain or Shine, the only team that has defeated them. But the rosiest part of it all? They’re now guaranteed of a quarterfinals spot.But Alas, just like his wards, has no plans of slowing down.“This is only formalizes our entry [to the quarterfinals]. We are now aiming for the top two spots to prepare us for the semifinals,” he said.But before the next phase, the Fuel Masters first have to go through a troika teams Alas regards as league “heavyweights.”“[We’re facing three San Miguel teams. Magnolia on March 6th, Ginebra on the 10th and then, San Miguel Beer on the 16th” he said.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Read Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix coach Louie Alas has rhapsodized about his team’s defensive might and how much it has become essential in their recent string of victories in the PBA Philippine Cup.So on Friday night, coming off a controversial win over NorthPort, Alas asked for his wards to ease up on pressuring the Alaska Aces.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “I feel like my players believe we can win by playing defense,” Alas said in closing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Injured Vic Manuel targets April return for Alaska Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s heir: Fearless Renato Sanches starring for Portugal

first_imgHe’s being talked up as the future of Portugal’s national team and the likely heir to Cristiano Ronaldo. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) Renato Sanches certainly has plenty to live up to.The flamboyant, dreadlocked Sanches arrived at the European Championship with a reputation as one of the continent’s most-talented young players. Bayern Munich clearly thought so, reportedly beating Manchester United to the 18-year-old winger’s signature by handing him one of the richest contracts in Bundesliga history for a transfer fee that could climb to about $90 million. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Gareth Bale: Portugal play Wales in Euro 2016 semis) ATTENTION-GRABBING CAMEOAt Euro 2016, he’s showing what all the fuss is about.After starting the tournament on the bench, Sanches forced his way into the starting lineup thanks to an attention-grabbing cameo as a second-half substitute against Croatia in the round of 16. (Also read: Portugal’s Pepe doubtful for Euro 2016 semi-final against Wales)UEFA’s technical group even selected him as man of the match, and handed him the award again five days later after Sanches scored – and upstaged Ronaldo – in the quarterfinal win over Poland in a penalty shootout. Sanches, of course, had no qualms taking one of the early penalties.THE REAL DEALFearless, hard-working, and with a bag of tricks: Sanches looks the real deal even at this age. UEFA has already said he is in contention for Young Player of the Tournament award. And he is surely now a guaranteed starter against Wales in the semifinal in Lyon on Wednesday.advertisement”I think he is a special, special young man,” Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes said Monday at the squad’s training base southwest of Paris.RELIEF FOR PORTUGALGomes, who lost his place to Sanches for the Poland game, should know. They played alongside each other in the youth-team set-up at Portuguese club Benfica, with Gomes immediately seeing the potential.”There’s no surprise the way he has been performing,” Gomes said. “We know how far we can go.”That must be a relief for Portugal, which for so long has leant heavily on Ronaldo – the country’s record scorer and greatest sporting export. At 31, though, the Real Madrid star may only have one more major tournament in him and the likes of Nani and Ricardo Quaresma, though technically gifted, lack the consistency to assume Ronaldo’s mantle.’NICE KID’Sanches, then, appears to be Ronaldo’s natural heir.”He’s a nice kid, he listens to the old guys, he wants to learn, which is good,” Portugal defender Jose Fonte said. “It’s great to have him around and he’ll be the future of the national side, for sure.”‘HE’S STILL GROWING’A right-sided midfielder with pace and directness, Sanches reminds Portugal coach Fernando Santos of another of the country’s greats – the late Mario Coluna, who starred for Portugal and Benfica in the 1960s.”I don’t think the Renato you see today is the one we’ll see in the future,” Santos said. “He’s still growing and he has to take all his qualities and put them all on the pitch. It’s my job to help him do this.”Sanches is perking up what can be a sterile Portugal team. Early in the Poland game, he collected the ball on the right wing and drove straight at the defense. He beat the first defender before getting dispossessed, but it was a sign of things to come.Later, from a similar position, he played a one-two with Nani and thumped a shot that deflected into the corner to become – at 18 years, 316 days – the youngest scorer in a European Championship knockout game. He was already the youngest player to start for Portugal in a major tournament.Sanches’ work rate also stands out. He just never stops.”He’s got no fear. He just doesn’t care,” Fonte said. “He goes and asks for the ball every second.”He’s got power and strength, energy to run all day and great ability. It is lucky for Bayern Munich that they have him.”Wales’ players: Consider yourselves warned. There’s plenty more to Portugal than Ronaldo.last_img read more

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Senior Citizen Matrimony to bring lonely persons together

first_imgKolkata, Dec 2 (PTI) An NGO-sponsored project to find matches for aged widows and widowers can bring cheers to the singletons who often fall victim to depression born out of loneliness.The novel programme “Senior Citizen Matrimony” was launched here at the Calcutta Sports Journalists Club on an experimental basis for one year yesterday.The programme would collect profiles of widowers and widows and bring them together to give them a better life, psychologist Dr Amitava Dey Sarkar, secretary of the NGO “Thikana Shimla”, told PTI.Sarkar said, “Loneliness leads to depression, sadness and many other things. If they get new companionship at this age, the quality of life is bound to improve. They will lead a better life.””We will run this programme till this day next year. We will see the response and how it goes,” he said.On day one, the programme has collected profiles of 11 men and 10 women.Among them is Swapna Ghosh, a 65-year-old retired hotel management professional, who lost her husband five years ago and since then she has been leading a lonely life at her Kasba apartment.Similarly, 80-year-old Devi Ghosh, who lives in an old age home, lost her husband Kanhu Ghosh, a music director, 13 years back after he suffered a heart attack.”He was very handsome and girls would swoon over him. Im still not able to cope with his loss and miss him terribly,” Devi recollects with a sad smile.”The attraction for opposite sex lasts till death, its natural after four years.”advertisementAsked if the bold concept would be acceptable in Indian society, he said: “Theres a social stigma especially for the widows. Their children may not accept this but its all about overcoming it. We will also do some counselling and see that they are not victimised.”Asked how she liked the idea, Swapna said, “The idea is novel but Im against marriage or a live-in relationship at this age. Maybe if I find a good friend who can give me company to a movie, life will become better.””Ill marry if I get Shah Rukh Khan,” Swpana joked. PTI TAP MD MMlast_img read more

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Stuart Broad sets sights on 2019 Ashes, hopes to keep improving

first_imgEngland’s Stuart Broad wants to play in the home Ashes series against Australia in 2019, the paceman has said after passing Ian Botham to take second place on the country’s all-time list of Test wicket-takers.The 31-year-old Broad went past Botham’s haul of 383 wickets during England’s first-Test win over West Indies by an innings and 209 runs at Edgbaston on Saturday.Broad, who has 107 caps, bowled Shane Dowrich to claim his 384th dismissal and finish with five for 81 in the match.”I have a lot of cricket left in me,” Broad told reporters. “I’m really enjoying being a part of this team and hopefully have a few more miles in the tank.”I’ll be 33 in 2019. I certainly hope that my performances will keep improving so that I’m part of that 2019 Ashes.”England, who hold the Ashes, visit Australia for a five-Test series in November. The two sides meet again in England in 2019.Broad is keen on maintaining his fitness levels ahead of their trip down under but insists he would not want to be rested for the remaining two Tests against the Caribbean side.”This winter is a hugely exciting one,” he added. “The two teams are very similar so it should be a belter.”I will politely be suggesting that I will be having sufficient rest in September and October to be available for the next two tests against West Indies.”England’s second Test against West Indies begins on Friday at Headingley.last_img read more

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New Delhi: Oct 11, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Patna: Birth anniversary of Jai Prakash Narayan in Patna (B) New Delhi: PM pays tribute to Nanaji Deshmukh at his birth centenary celebration(B) Jammu: Mehbooba Mufti during inauguration of radio RED (B) New Delhi: Amir Khan at press conference(B) Kolkata: Fire in Kolkata(B) Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchans 75th birthday (B) Pathankot: Voting in Gurdaspur (B) Bhopal: Ramleela Utsav in Bhopal (B) Mumbai: Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai (A) New Delhi: File.. Anupam Kher becomes new chairman of FTII(B) INTERNATIONAL Barcelona : People with Catalan flags gather during a rally in Barcelona(B) Jerusalem: Jerusalem March (B) Los Angeles: Tessa Thompson arrives at the world premiere of “Thor: Ragnarok”(B) Napa: Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through the California wine country(B) Washington: 2017 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington(B) Duesseldorf: A concert in the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf,(A) SPORTS Amsterdam/ Quito/ Couva/Sao Paulo/Lima/Montevideo /Lisbon/ Saint-Denis : 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match (B+A) PTI PHOTO VNA OS OSSlast_img read more

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PM Modi’s Mann ki baat becomes the most trended hashtag in India in 2017

first_imgIn this age of social media, the concept of hashtags is not alien to most people. Every day, social sites witness a new set of hashtags around which, users from all over the world put their thoughts forward.Some hastags, though, go on to grab the maximum attention and turn out to be the most trending ones.This year, #MannKiBaat became the favourite most trending topic on Twitter for India.Mann Ki Baat is a radio programme hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the last Sunday of every month. It features on All India Radio, DD National and DD News.One of the factors that makes the show so popular is that listeners are also invited to send their own audios. Every month, some selected audios are broadcast on the show.In fact, the Mann ki Baat alone fetches a large amount of revenue for All India Radio.#Mannkibaat sparked a great deal of commentary all over the year, including a tweet from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar that went viral.Thank you @PMOIndia for the mention. Preparation is key for everyone..be it a student or a player. Focus makes the challenge less daunting. https://t.co/gqQsU1Lcfi- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 29, 2017 Mann ki Baat started in October 2014. To expand more and reach maximum population possible, the show is being planned to be broadcast in regional dialects too. While #ManKiBaat topped the list,  #jalikattu and #GST were not far behind.Jallikattu, a traditional Tamilian bull-taming sport, was in the spotlight earlier in 2017, and gained the second spot.advertisementGST, which sparked mixed opinions among people, went on to become the third most trending topic in India on Twitter.Apart from these, there were many more hashtags that ruled social media platforms: #MumbaiRains and #TripleTalaq emerged as some of the top trending hashtags of the year.Other trending hashtags of 2017 were #Demonetisation, #SwachhBharat, #UttarPradesh, #GujaratElections and #Aadhaar.last_img read more

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How Drinkwater recovered from Man Utd rejection

first_imgChelsea v Manchester United How humble Drinkwater recovered from Man United rejection Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 20:00 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Danny Drinkwater Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea v Manchester United Premier League Chelsea Manchester United Leicester City Opinion The Blues midfielder is just starting life at his new club and has had to go the long way round to prove his worth at one of the top clubs in England A 21-year-old Danny Drinkwater was sold on the cheap by Manchester United to Leicester City after being unable to convince the decision makers at Old Trafford that he could make it at the highest level. Leicester proved to be the perfect platform for Drinkwater, who quickly went from a Championship midfielder to Premier League title winner and England international in the space of his four-and-a-half year spell with the Foxes.He made a £35 million move on transfer deadline day to Chelsea but his debut was delayed due to a calf injury. He has since made his first appearance for this new club, against Everton in the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge, but to understand Drinkwater and whether he will be a hit with the Blues, it is useful to look at the mentality of the 27-year-old.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Before he signed for Man United, he played up front for Unicorn Athletic in the suburban town of Timperley with a group of boys with who he remains close friends to this day.Kenny Crane was Drinkwater’s first coach at Unicorn and he still has ‘Drinky’ over for dinner. He believes that his former charge can thrive at Chelsea.”If Drinky was playing for United, Real Madrid, Barcelona or whoever, his personality would stay the same,” Crane told Goal. “He will always be his own man. He’s not the most outgoing person, he’s not loud or brash, he’s quite deep. He just gets on with it.Danny Drinkwater“I am sure that he would love to have made it at United. He holds no grudge against them and they were probably right at the time to release him but I think it shows his determination to sign for another top four club because he could have easily just drifted through the lower leagues at Huddersfield and Cardiff.”It’s not a case of showing that he could have made it at United by going to Chelsea. All the staff that were there have left anyway now. He’s not trying to show them he made a mistake, it is just his own determination to go up to another level from Leicester. He always supported United. “I am pleased he got his move to Chelsea. You just want to impress when you move, especially a club like Chelsea in the top four, you have got to hit the ground running and they have some bloody good players.”He is frustrated because of his injury and everything but I think it will take him a good number of weeks to get match fit. Hopefully, he can get games in the League Cup. I don’t think they will throw him straight in but give it a few weeks and as he recovers, I am sure that he can do what he did at Leicester, where he did a really good job.”Drinkwater has no Facebook account, no Twitter account and he only posts occasionally to Instagram. He isn’t into self-promotion and rarely gives interviews in the media, seemingly taking after his childhood idol Paul Scholes. His personal life remains the same as it was 20 years ago, with the only difference being that his friends and family have to travel slightly further to London to be around him. Crane was keen to point out that Drinkwater still has roots in his local community and that he won’t seek the limelight.”Drinky is still best mates with the lads from the club [Unicorn Athletic],” Crane added, “My son Steve and two others guys called Matt and Luke. There’s the four of them, best mates then and they are still best mates now so I have always been close to Drinky following his career.”The four of them still go on holiday, he will come around to our house for dinner, he is just normal with his mates. I assume that his mates will be his mates for life. He’s no ‘big time Charlie’, he would never show off his money. You won’t see him getting married and putting the pictures into OK Magazine.”He has been back to his school to meet the kids a couple of times. They are really proud of him there, understandably but he’s not a naturally outgoing person. He doesn’t say look at me, if he does something nice then he does it quietly. He doesn’t look to get himself in the newspapers like other players do, to get a few extra quid.”His life is no sob story, he is from a solid family unit. His mum and dad are really nice people but his dad still goes to all his games. So do all his mates.”Danny DrinkwaterLeicester’s champions of 2016 benefitted from having players like N’Golo Kante and Drinkwater, who held a quiet confidence while competing against bigger names for the title.Drinkwater’s fitness may have so far hindered him at Chelsea but his attitude will likely impress Antonio Conte, whose teams play with humility and work hard. Crane is surprised by only one thing relating to Drinkwater and that’s the fact that he became a disciplined midfielder rather than a goalscorer. “He would do his own thing because he was good. I would say to him that you are playing on the right wing and you would see him in the left-back position. He always had a little bit extra, he was very small at that age,” he said.”The most surprising thing about him is his position. As a youngster, he was a goalscoring forward. He scored for fun. He went to academies and played pro and he’s become disciplined. He is disciplined as a central midfielder.”He was small for his age and he would go dribbling through four or five players and slot it in, because of his physique he wasn’t hitting it from 20 or 30 yards like he does now. He didn’t have the strength back then. He was a skilful tricky little player.”We had a tournament in Blackpool, a national tournament. There was a team from Essex who were supposedly all superstars and they were good. We met them in the final. It was 2-2 and in the very last minute, Drinkwater gets it in his own half and just decided he had enough, went through the lot of them and slotted it in.”As a kid, he always had that about him. As a kid that was the happiest I have seen, the biggest smile and celebration I have ever seen on his face. When Drinkwater left to go to Manchester United, he asked for his Unicorn Athletic shirt.”He has still got that now in a frame next to all his world famous named shirts, he still treasures his little Unicorn one. That is nice, it makes me feel good and I think fair play to the lad.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Ceremonial Opening of Parliament Scheduled for April 4

first_imgThe Ceremonial Opening of Parliament will take place on Thursday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. at a joint meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The opening, which marks the beginning of the legislative year, will feature the traditional delivery of the Throne Speech by Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.After the ceremony, the House of Representatives will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. for the tabling of the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure.last_img

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Bulker Refloated after Grounding in Mississippi River

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license The Mississippi River has reopened to vessel traffic following the refloating of a UK-flagged bulk carrier which grounded near New Orleans on Friday.According to a report from the US Coast Guard, 114,248 dwt bulk carrier Anglo Alexandria ran aground in the Lower Mississippi River in the morning hours on Friday.The incident blocked the navigation channel and closed the river at mile marker 3.5. The USCG on Friday said that over 50 vessels were waiting in queue to transit in or out of the river.Shortly after the grounding, tugs arrived at the scene to assist the 837-foot bulk carrier, which activated its Vessel Response Plan.AIS data provided my Marine Traffic shows that Anglo Alexandria is currently anchored.There were no reports of pollution or injuries following the incident. Relevant authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.last_img read more

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