Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. All-star Hayward agrees to sign with Celtics China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments Manny Pacquiao reacts after his loss to Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Saying he does not want to see the boxing industry “dying,” Senator Manny Pacquiao has urged the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to act on the Games and Amusement Board’s (GAB) request to review the decision of his welterweight match with Australian Jeff Horn.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winADVERTISEMENT On July 3, GAB chairman Abraham Mitra and two GAB commissioners wrote to WBO President Francisco Varcarcel asking for a thorough review of the entire Pacquiao-Horn bout in Brisbane, Australia last July 2.The GAB is the agency tasked to regulate and supervise professional sports in the country.GAB representatives said they are echoing “the stand of many boxing followers on the possible errors of the referee and the judges.”READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao ‘robbed’“While we respect the decision, we are constrained to request for a thorough review by the WBO for possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity,” the GAB said in its letter.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games GAB added: “We are making this request for a review, which many call for sanctions on the referee and the judges if so warranted, in furtherance of our mutual goal of protecting the integrity of the sport and even more improving the boxing industry that we all love.”Last Sunday, Horn won the WBO welterweight belt from Pacquiao. The unanimous decision of the judges drew criticisms from boxing fans across the world. JPVSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection “WBO should take appropriate action on the letter sent by the Games and Amusement Board so as not to erode the people’s interest in boxing,” Pacquiao said in a statement on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“On my part, I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public,” he said.“I love boxing and I don’t want to see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” Pacquiao added.
Dwight Howard (left). NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPDwight Howard may no longer be the athletic specimen he once was, but NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan believes he could still be effective in today’s fast-paced league.The Hornets acquired the services of the eight-time NBA All-Star this off-season, in hopes of rekindling his earlier dominance, where he averaged around 20 points and 14 rebounds per contest.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle blows lead, holds off Adamson in Mbala’s return Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments MOST READ Although injuries have been a major concern for the 31-year-old center for the past seasons, Jordan believes that Howard’s struggles could also be attributed to his attitude and demeanor on the court.“Why are you so pissed off?” Jordan asked his new prized center in a phone call this off season, according to Sports Illustrated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“When you’re pissed, you’re out of control, and you’re not focusing on your shots or your free throws or the right type of defense… Why play pissed when you can play determined?” the six-time NBA champion added.Since leaving the Magic in the 2012-2013 NBA season, Howard has regressed statistically and has struggled to develop new skills that will fit in the league’s new uptempo style. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups He has also been unable to find a steady home ever since, as Charlotte will be his fourth team in six seasons—with brief stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:NBA: Dwight Howard looks to add 3-pointer to repertoire next seasonADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges
On Sunday, UP dropped an 89-63 decision to defending champion Ateneo in a game where head coach Bo Perasol got tossed after lashing out at a game official and ultimately got slapped with a three-game suspension for his actions.UP supporters also expressed their disgust over the officiating on social media.“Through these nine years we have gone through six coaches. As a head of a business, I need not even explain what happens when you have six CEOs in nine years. Let us not forget that last season, the UP mbt reached the finals after 32 long years, and I can’t even remember the last time UP had a standing of 5-2 after round one. Onward to round two! UP FIGHT!”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MANILA, Philippines–Robina Gokongwei-Pe, longtime patron of the University of the Philippines’ men’s basketball team, was there when the school endured one losing season after another in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ It was just five seasons ago when the Fighting Maroons only had one win to show after a winless campaign in Season 76 and that’s what Pe wants the UP community—some of which outraged by the team’s recent loss to Ateneo—to be reminded of heading into the crucial second round of Season 82.Pe also urged UP supporters to be optimistic given that the Maroons are currently in second place with a 5-2 record just behind the undefeated Blue Eagles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“Yesterday’s loss to ADMU was painful, but hey, at 5-2, we are still second after round one,” Pe said in a statement Monday.“Our company has supported the UP men’s basketball team for the past nine years. Even if we went through so many 0-7’s after round one and 0-14’s at the end of the season, we still continued to support the team. Because this is not about you or me. It’s not about whether we win by one point or lose by 26 points. It’s about getting the UP community finally together and getting them to support and cheer on, simply because we just darn love our school.” View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ready student one? Universities launch degrees in esports Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?
TATTLERS, ChandigarhRise of the Empire, again. Making of the Cafe For Abhay Jagat, 42, who set up Tattlers in January 2016, the property comes with the backing of other successful restaurant/caf projects like Backpackers and Caf Nomad done by him over the last 16 years in Chandigarh. “The idea behind,TATTLERS, ChandigarhRise of the Empire, again. Making of the Cafe For Abhay Jagat, 42, who set up Tattlers in January 2016, the property comes with the backing of other successful restaurant/caf projects like Backpackers and Caf Nomad done by him over the last 16 years in Chandigarh. “The idea behind Tattlers was to give our clients an experience of new flavours. With this project, we have pushed ourselves to discover new recipes for food and beverage,” he says.USP Quality, consistency in food and a typical English ambience with wallpaper and floral patterns, complete with chandeliers. Cuisines offered A contemporary menu inspired by European, Italian and Indian flavours presented in a European style. Tattlers also serves loose-leaf tea and Italian coffee. Beyond butter chicken “Interestingly, this has changed over the years and we, like many cafs/restaurants are witnessing patrons who demand innovation,” the owner says. Meal for Two Rs 1,000 At SC0 7, Sector 9 D, inner market Tel 8437041149RUSTIC DOOR, ChandigarhKeep looking into the many mirrors in Rustic Doors. An image might smile back. Making of the Cafe It was in the year 2013 when Mickey Chhabra thought that a comfortable lounge might work in Chandigarh. He set up Rustic Doors. All the apprehension vanished seeing the tremendous response from all quarters. “Besides some great food, this place ensures that you can relax. Special attention has been paid to the ambience and the fact that it is comfortable,” says the 37-year-old Chhabra. USP Intelligently selected Indian and continental menu from around the world combined with great desserts and Arabica coffee makes the place stand out.advertisementCuisines offered Italian, North Indian, Continental and cafe Beyond Butter Chicken “Punjabis are surely waking up to different cuisines. That is precisely the reason that this place, which boasts of dishes ranging from Asian, Middle Eastern and Italian, has been getting an excellent footfall,” says the owner. Meal for two Rs 900 At SCO 12, Sector 10 D Tel 01726670970FRENCH PRESS CAFEUnderstated, quiet. A place with an ear for never-ending conversations. Making of the Cafe After returning from UK in 2012, Pranav Chaudhary, 29, wanted to open a caf that captured the vibe of rustic eateries in Europe.And French Press Cafe was born in 2013.”I wanted to lend that peculiar experience of European eating joints to the people of Chandigarh. The effort has been worthwhile as we have a large number of regulars who come in for a quiet meal and coffee, not to mention working meals. USP Menu reinvention seems to be the cutting-edge of this cafe. “Besides that, we are known for our regular food festivals including the British and Italian Food Festival conducted recently.Cuisines offered Italian, Continental, cafe Beyond Butter Chicken The caf owner says that over a period of time, the tastebuds of people in this region have evolved and the newer generation is much more open to trying out international cuisines as opposed to Indian food that was the most sought after a decade ago. Meal for Two Rs 1,000 At SCO -17 Sector 16 Tel 01725073183F CAFE, ChandigarhNon-intrusive soothing music in an uber-chic and luxurious environment; comfortable and plush seating; interiors that break away from the regular rustic set-up. You don’t want to miss this place. Making of the Cafe At the maiden all-day F Cafe in the country, third in the world after Vienna and Abu Dhabi, there is something for everyone- from a college student to those in their 60s.It was established in October 2016 by Gunkaran Singh, who always wanted to have a place that offered international quality food at reasonable prices. “This is more of my travel diary. Diverse elements of all my international trips have found a home here,” he says. USP An elaborate collage of handcrafted coffee, decafs, smoothies, one-of-a-kind desserts and sweets from across the globe. Besides this, special shakes, world-class coffee blends. Also, there is a model menu for the health conscious.Cuisines Offered Cafe, European, Continental and Mexican Beyond Butter Chicken The 29-yearold owner feels that for a long time, the region has believed in experimenting with food. “Let’s not forget that people here are very well-travelled. With the kind of international exposure people have here, they are always on the lookout for new taste and experiences and never-before seen ambience.” Meal for two Rs 1,200 At SCO 14, Sector 26 Tel 0172667103THE RUMOUR MILL, ChandigarhFrom old issues of Granta magazine to bestsellers all over the place, this caf is telling you that reading is in. Making of the Cafe For years, this cafe-and-kitchen was just a plan drawn up on a paper napkin by friends who loved eating, travelling and talking. Revealing this, Puneet Nagpal, a 29-year-old former stockbroking professional, who put in all his savings and got two friends to become sleeping partners, adds, “Sitting under the gloriously quiet night sky in upper Himachal, the only things we could agree on was the name and that the cafe would have good books.”advertisementThat was until a day in the June of 2015, when three of those friends decided that it was time to take seriously the plans sketched on paper napkins. In October 2015, The Rumour Mill was up and buzzing. Nagpal says it is important to add that the place is about, “The beat of an artist’s heart, the sound of friendly cheer, and the rhythm of craziness that made it possible. USP The owner says that it is important that the place is intimate, and does not intimidate. He adds, “It has to be bigger than the people who run it or even those who come there-in the sense that the brand must stand out. But what brings back people here is the sincerity and consistency in the food offered.”The place is quite popular in the literary circle, thanks to initiatives like ‘Sunday readings’ where wellknown and young authors are invited for book readings. Cuisines Offered Cafe, Italian, Mexicana and North Indian Beyond Butter Chicken “Things have changed but the basic nature remains. People are willing to experiment now, but in every group there is a friend who wants just butter chicken.” He feels that the smart thing is not to become uptight and say ‘we don’t serve Indian, please!’ as that may work for specialty restaurant, but not them who thrive on people and human connect. Meal for Two Rs 1,000 At SCO 187, Sector 7 inner market Tel 01724630818CHAIBUBBLE, ChandigarhMore than 100 varieties of tea in five different serving styles. Antigravity steepers. But what steals attention are the numerous tea kettles ornamented with phulkari and papier-mache planters sitting quietly on racks. Unused. Making of the Cafe Set up by Pankaj Sharma, Ashish Bhola and Aditya Verma, who believe that a cup of chai makes everything better, one is greeted with talk on yoga as aromatic tea sits comfortably on the table. Sharma, also a yoga therapist and engineer by profession, says that he always dreamt of becoming a chef one day.”At this stage of my life, I realised that there were not many places in the region where one could enjoy an experimental cup of tea and have a long conversation,” says the 42-year-old. Inaugurated in October this year, the place has been attracting a lot of patrons from across age groups USP More than 100 types of tea in over 50,000 probabilities, popular ones being Oolong, First Flush Darjeeling, Peony Rossete, White tea, Muscatel, Elixir, Orthodox, Cutting and Dum Chai.Beyond Butter Chicken Here, same is boring. People are visiting Chaibubble to introduce themselves to an entirely new tea experience. “Things like bun maska are selling like hot cakes. People want to try out different types of chai steeped in front of them in anti-gravity steepers. Besides, we have our own bakery where we keep experimenting with new combinations,” says Sharma. Meal for Two Rs 500 At Chaibubble, Coal Depot Complex, Sector-10 Tel 7393900010advertisementBELFRANCE BAKERS & CHOCOLATIERS, LudhianaBright and inviting. Europe in the heart of Punjab. Making of the Cafe When Harjinder Singh Kukreja and his family set up Belfrance in the year 2015, they had a clear aim in mind, serve real Belgian chocolate rich in cocoa butter and with all the promised health benefits. “There are not many places in the region that sell the same. We wanted to change that and give the people of Ludhiana a taste of the authentic. Moreover, the city really needed an informal and intimate space for its youngsters to hang out at,” says the 30-year-old Kukreja.USP Informal ambience and friendly service.Cuisines offered Cafe, bakery and Continental. Beyond Butter Chicken Kukreja feels that things have changed drastically over the past few years and all the international travelling has lent people of Ludhiana a taste for different cuisines. “Ludhianvis are well-travelled and the exposure is showing. There are genuine foodies in the city who experiment, understand and acknowledge good food,” he says. Meal for Two Rs 1,100 At SCF 32 C, Main Market, Sarabha Nagar Tel 9855523333UNDERDOGGS, ChandigarhFood is the game of life. Making of the Cafe Father-son duo, Preet Saini, 48, and Rishi Saini, 29, set shop in Chandigarh in 2011 with its flagship location in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. Rishi, 30, noticed a niche in the market that hadn’t been explored. “Sports bars are popular the world over and the existing properties in this part of the country were extremely cricket-centric.We wanted to bring the world of sports to the limelight, showcasing multiple sports channels simultaneously on 30+ HD screens. Adding to the sports factor, each Underdoggs location is outfitted with multiple gaming options, which include pool tables, foosball, carom, table tennis, darts and more. Friends and family can engage in their own healthy competition and have a great time,” he says. USP The place offers a complete entertainment experience with live sports viewing and multiple gaming options. Sports fans can count on being able to watch their favourite sporting event in full HD, where every seat is the best seat in the house. “Our signature chicken wings served chargrilled with a variety of over 14 sauces to pick from,” he says.Cuisines Offered American, North Indian, Italian. Beyond Butter chicken “We consistently focus on innovating and offering new tastes, considering people are now open to trying new things. However, in order to survive, it is important not to ignore Indian cuisine altogether. For example, we’ve incorporated the love for butter chicken by creating dishes like chargrilled butter chicken wings, makhani pizza and fries,” he says. Meal for Two Rs 2,000 for two (approx) including alcohol At 178 A, 3rd Floor, Elante Mall Tel 8427800011BROOKLYN CENTRAL, ChandigarhEnter this place, and you may like the idea of America. Making of the Cafe Set up in the year 2013, this place wanted to bring the rich culinary experience of New York to Chandigarh. Owner Annu Bains, 52, says, “Out here, the upscale, gourmet version of American food didn’t really exist- it was relegated to fast food-so we wanted to introduce things like gourmet burgers, wood fired pizzas, and decadent desserts to the city.Besides quintessential American food, there are also nods to other cuisines, like Mexican, which is a big part of the New York dining experience. The vibrant energy and chic style of New York is evident in the ambience as well, from the industrial decor to the music and presentation of food.” USP Some great deals on food and drinks through the week, and an extensive Sunday brunch menu as well. “We constantly innovate with the menu through the year, adding new items and seasonal specials every few months. The latest addition is the freak shake-a no-holdsbarred mega ice-cream shake,” says Bains.Cuisines Offered American, cafe Eat That Vietnamese pho soup, the seafood platter and chicken thighs Beyond Butter Chicken Talk to her about this and Bains is clear that there would always be a place for butter chicken in every Punjabi’s heart but people are much more willing to experiment and be adventurous than ever before. Meal for Two Rs 1,600 At 51-A Courtyard Cafes, Elate Mall Tel 8146656571BOOKS N’ BREW, ChandigarhFrom kids, college students to families enjoying bread toasts and maggi. Bunker beds where people are playing chess. Making of the Cafe Set up in 2011, the cafe is an amalgamation of the owner, Vishal Bhasin, and his wife Aarti’s, reams. While he always wanted to set up a cafe, she, being an avid reader, dreamt of having a place where people could read and share their collection.USP Thirty-five-year-old Bhasin prefers to call B&B as a cultural cafe where there is something for everyone. From a five-year-old child to a 70-year-old couple. “We offer some things that are absolutely free- books to read, your choice of music that can be played through a jukebox, free high speed Wi-Fi, board games, live bands and an art wall to keep you engrossed.” For this cafe owner, the biggest USP is the team which is from a non-hotel management background. “They do things completely differently-away from conventional ‘norms’ and in a very informal but warm way.” Cuisines Offered Cafe, fast food, beverages.Beyond butter chicken The 35-yearold thinks that it’s nothing more than a stereotype that Punjabis are not willing to go beyond their staple diet of butter chicken, and insists that they have become much adventurous and experimental when it comes to food. “We have people asking for authentic Italian and Lebanese cuisine now. People are well travelled these days and are more adventurous when it comes to food. Peer pressure and social media influence may be another reason for this change.” Meal for Two Rs 300 to 400 At SCO 8, Sector 16 D Tel 01722541616WHISTLING DUCKPractical, minimal, quiet. Just the way life should be. Making Of The Cafe Amber Mehrotra and Ragini Saigal, along with their two sons relocated to India in 2012, after 13 years of working in the corporate sector abroad, as they wanted to live close to the hills in Chandigarh. After a long break of almost two years, they decided to get back to work with something of their own, something that they would enjoy doing and something that would be of a manageable scale.USP The owners say that Whistling Duck is a theatre that celebrates the emergence of subculture; in food but also in music, design and other forms of creative expressions. “We’re trying to tell a story. Food being the medium, restaurant the space. We would like to believe our food is a clear reflection of the story we’re trying to tell. And that’s why on our menu you’ll see simple Indian vegetables like karela, katahal, jimikand and arbi being celebrated alongside exotic dishes made out of say squid ink.”Cuisine European, Asian and North Indian Beyond Butter chicken Mehrotra feels that the people in the region are ready for more than what one would expect and it is time to break away from comfort zones. “There’s so much more to explore, the onus is on us.” Meal for Two Rs 1,700 (with alcohol), with of taxes At SCO 10, Back Lane, Sector 26 Tel 9023691893, 8968382266
It’s always been Steeven Saba’s look drawing the attention. When he was an up-and-coming player, a standout at South Florida club Weston FC, it was his mop of curly hair. Even as Saba was invited to a trial with Blackburn Rovers, attended a Real Madrid camp and suited up for the United States U-18 national team, he still took questions about his locks. Now, the Mexican press has seized upon a profile that gives him a striking resemblance to Mexican attacker Carlos Vela. He stopped for photos several times on the way out of State Farm Stadium with each outlet looking to get its own shot to display next to Vela’s photo. “It’s a fun story,” Saba said Monday. But the midfielder’s story goes far beyond appearances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare His hair still curly but now more carefully groomed, Saba is in a place he never thought he’d be: On the field of State Farm Stadium, training with the Haiti national team ahead of an improbable Gold Cup semifinal against Mexico on Tuesday night. But more broadly, there were moments when he thought he’d never be on the soccer field playing at a high level ever again. Saba never was able to make good on the promise of playing in Europe, his career derailed by not one, not two, but three knee surgeries. “You can’t do what you really love to do. You can’t show the world what you can do. To be honest, it was the worst moments of my life,” he said. “I can’t thank my parents and my brother and sister enough because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here today.” The injuries kept him mostly out of the sport for three years, but at 26 Saba still has some of the skill he flashed a decade earlier left in his legs. Now playing with Violette AC in Port-au-Prince, he’s is one of three domestic-based players in Marc Collat’s squad. He got the call from the coach last year, suiting up for a friendly against Argentina during the Albiceleste’s World Cup preparations. He returned this year to help Haiti top of the Nations League qualification table and earn a spot in the Gold Cup, where he has started all four matches. “Steeven, I must say, joined the team this year. He’s a little bit atypical in Haiti and brings a lot of technical skill to the team,” Collat said at a news conference Monday through a translator. “He’s very precious and I believe there’s a lot he’ll demonstrate throughout the competition.” Saba hopes his showings in this tournament pave the way for an exit to a bigger league, but he’s immensely proud to be representing not only the nation of Haiti but the league itself. “There is a big gap, but there’s a lot of talent in Haiti. I can promise you that,” he said. “There are two or three players on the team that play in Haiti currently, and I couldn’t be happier to be doing what I can to prove that there’s a lot of talent in Haiti.” The talent has been on display in this tournament. Saba keyed Haiti’s impressive third goal in the quarterfinal win over Canada, fighting to get possession and then sending a long switch to a wide-open Duckens Nazon. Nazon went to work and eventually set up Wilde-Donald Guerrier for the winning goal. Saba said it was a particularly satisfying moment after being on the receiving end of trash talk from Junior Hoilett for most of the game. And after the final whistle, Saba broke down in tears at helping Haiti get into the Gold Cup semifinal for the first time ever. If Haiti were to somehow do the same Tuesday and beat Mexico, Saba has no doubt his emotions would overcome him once again. “I’d cry on the field again. I’d be the happiest person ever,” he said. “In Haiti everything is hard. We’re fighters. We’re warriors and we’ll see where it goes from there. I think the entire team is confident. I can’t wait to start the game.”
Major League Soccer has awarded an expansion franchise to St. Louis, Missouri, the league announced on Tuesday.The team will begin play in 2022 in a brand-new downtown stadium, with MLS previously announcing that the expansion fee for the new team had been set at $200 million.“It is with great pride that we welcome St. Louis to Major League Soccer,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a league release. “St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans, and the committed and innovative local ownership group led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, the Taylor family, and Jim Kavanaugh.”Enterprise Holdings Foundation president Kindle Betz and six other female members of the Taylor family will make the St. Louis franchise the first female majority-owned club in MLS history.”It’s an incredible feeling to now be able to say, St. Louis is home to the first official majority female-led ownership group in MLS,” said Kindle Betz.“Our MLS team and stadium will only add to St. Louis’ renaissance currently underway and will provide us with a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people in their love for the game.”The addition of St. Louis continues a rapid expansion for the North American league, with 18 clubs having joined MLS since 2005.FC Cincinnati joined the league this season as the 24th team, with Inter Miami and Nashville SC to bring that total up to 26 next year, and Austin FC making it 27 in 2021. MLS had previously stated its intention to bring the league up to 28 teams but earlier this season, the league announced it would be expanding to 30 teams in the future. The race to be awarded teams 29 and 30 are now on and there are no shortage of candidates. Las Vegas, Sacramento, Charlotte, Raleigh and Phoenix are some of the cities who have expressed an interest in joining the league in the coming years.
Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers have been one of the most-impressive teams in college football through two weeks. The Tigers get to test that fact in a major way this afternoon.Burrow, the former Ohio State backup quarterback, is set to play in his first huge SEC game. LSU is traveling to Auburn in a showdown of top 15 teams.ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum believes it’s somewhat of an elimination game in the SEC West.“It’s really important because, if you lose the game on either side, you’re done,” Finebaum said on ESPN’s First Take. “Because you still have to play Alabama in your league. You still have to play Mississippi State, which is good. They went on the road and beat Kansas State, which isn’t a bad win. You don’t survive this and have much of a chance unless you start knocking people off.”Burrow will need to have a big day for LSU to pull off the road upset at Auburn. He’ll be facing one of the best defensive lines in the country. Burrow will likely need to use both his feet and his arm.The former Ohio State quarterback has looked good so far this season. He’s thrown for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns, rushing for 34 yards and 1 touchdown.Burrow is doing well both on and off the field.The former Ohio State quarterback has posted some adorable photos of himself and his girlfriend on Instagram.“The first chapter was a pretty great one. Now it’s time to write the next one,” he wrote before heading to LSU.They’re a good-looking couple.Burrow told reporters earlier this week that he’s excited to play in his first big SEC game environment. Of course, he’s already been a part of some incredible atmospheres, playing at Ohio State.“If we go in timid and soft,” Burrow told reporters on Monday, “we’re going to get rolled in, Auburn Stadium? What’s it called?”“I anticipate this being one of the loudest (environments), and I’m excited for it,” Burrow added. “… I don’t think it’s intimidating to me.”Auburn and LSU are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on CBS.
Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 9, 2019 16:20 IST Rishabh Pant will get a chance to book his spot in India’s 2019 ICC World Cup squad (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant is one of the front runners to get a chance in last two ODi vs AustraliaSanjay Bangar revealed that MS dhoni would be rested for the rest of the ODI seriesBhuvneshwar Kumar is also expected to replace Mohammed Sham for the fourth ODIYoung Rishabh Pant will strive to seal a slot in the World Cup squad even as India fret about their top-order woes ahead of the fourth ODI against Australia, here Sunday.Providing opportunities to all Cup hopefuls would be on Virat Kohli’s mind and the team management is expected to ring in a few changes in the playing XI in the remaining two matches of the series.Mahendra Singh Dhoni seem to have played his last international game in Ranchi and now Pant gets a chance to book his boarding pass for the London-bound flight.In earlier ODIs, Pant had played purely as batsman but with Dhoni being rested, Pant will get a chance to don the big gloves.The Indian playing XI will also have Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Sunday as he replaces Mohammed Shami, who was hit on the leg in his follow through during the third match.Shami completed his spell but since he will be sharing the new ball with Jasprit Bumrah in England, it is natural to give him precautionary rest.”We will have a few changes in the next couple of games but the idea is to tell the boys to put in match-winning performances and the boys will be looking to be in top form before the flight to England,” Kohli said after the third ODI.However, what will keep the Indian team worried is the batting form of the top-order, save skipper Kohli, who has been lock, stock and barrel above everyone in his team.advertisementKohli has 283 runs in three games with two hundreds and the next best in the Indian team is Kedar Jadhav with 118 runs.Rohit Sharma is undergoing a rare slump in ODIs, having scored only 51 runs in three innings. Even worse is Ambati Rayudu’s performance at No 4 with aggregate of 33 runs in three games.Shikhar Dhawan’s struggles are well-documented and he has scored only 22 runs in three games.Dhawan and Rayudu’s form should be a cause of concern even though both are certainties as far as place in the World Cup squad is concerned.There are certain problems in both Dhawan and Rayudu’s games but they won’t get adequate time to correct those follies with just two games to be played in five days and the cash-rich IPL to follow soon.Bangar however considers that the shortest of gaps between two games Friday and Sunday to be a blessing in disguise.”At times, actually it’s good that there is a very small turnaround between matches because if there are too many gaps, then players have that much more time to think. The best for any player is to get back into action and give it another shot. In fact I’m very pleased that the next game is starting Sunday,” Bangar said.While Kohli is not a great advocate of wholesale changes, KL Rahul is also expected to get a look-in but it is not clear who would he replace — Dhawan or Rayudu.India will be worried about Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who despite conceding lot of runs, has managed to get Kohli and Dhoni on multiple occasions.”That’s the sign of a good player. You’re not at your best, not having your best day and still taking those important wickets. Batsmen pride themselves on the same thing – when you don’t feel like you are hitting the ball well, you try to get runs on those days,” Usman Khawaja said.Teams (from): India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant (wk).Australia: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff.Match Starts: 1:30 pm.Also Read | Bhabhiji ruining our fitness levels: Rishabh Pant after dinner at MS Dhoni’s houseAlso Read | India facing healthy headache, reserves going to be key at the World Cup: MSK PrasadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Delhi government to open ‘Sports University’: Chief Minister Arvind KejriwalThe main aim of Sports University would be to groom the students who would excel in various sports in school, the government said.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiOctober 4, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 10:41 IST Delhi government to open ‘Sports University’: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Representative Image)The Delhi government will open a “Sports University” in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said here on Thursday.Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal, with his deputy Manish Sisodia by his side, said a bill in this regard was approved by the cabinet on Thursday and it would be sent to Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal for approval.After that, the bill would be tabled in the Assembly, he said.”Sports University” to come up in Delhi:The chief minister said the “Sports University” would come up on a 90-acre land in the Mundka area. According to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the national capital, the Delhi Sports University (DSU) Bill grants the university the right to establish constituent schools and colleges.The main aim of the university would be to groom the students who would excel in various sports in school, the government said.The chief minister said earlier, a sportsperson used to be uncertain about his future just for the fact that if he was not able to establish a career in sports, he would just be called a school pass out.”A sportsperson would not get a job because every job requires at least a graduation degree to get through. The sports university will grant you a degree in sports such as cricket and hockey.””A passionate sportsperson can now devote all of his time to playing and excelling in sports,” he said.A sportsperson’s graduation, post-graduation and doctorate degrees will be in the subjects of sports, Kejriwal said, adding that he could show his degrees wherever required. Giving an example, Kejriwal said a sportsperson could also appear in the civil services examination because he would be considered a graduate after getting the degree.advertisementOpportunities in sports sector:Sisodia said most of the students had to compromise when it came to sports to keep up with their performance in the main subjects.”Some of the students I know are pursuing their graduation from SOL (School of Open Learning) to manage sports and studies both…the share of jobs under the sports quota is also limited.””We are hoping to eradicate that uncertainty from the minds of sportspersons,” the deputy chief minister said. The vice-chancellor of the university would be an experienced sportsperson, he added.Curriculum of the universityKejriwal said the curriculum of the university and the subjects were in the process of ideation and would be developed following further deliberations with experts.He said the DSU Bill defined the administrative and legal structure of the university. Several experts would be involved at various stages to design and give a definite structure to the curriculum of the courses, he added.Read: Sports university to come up in Punjab, admissions to begin from this dateRead: Playing recreational sports may boost your college grades: StudyRead: Here’s how sports and education work well togetherGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Anand Tags :Follow Sports UniversityFollow sports university delhiFollow Arvind KejiriwalFollow Manish Sisoda Next
WASHINGTON – Deep in the rust belt, in a Trump-loving district where Democrats were clobbered by 28 percentage points the last time they bothered running a candidate, there are sudden rumblings of a potential political earthquake.Democrats appear to have won a squeaker of a congressional race outside Pittsburgh, pending a possible recount. This despite President Donald Trump promoting tariffs on steel and aluminum and campaigning and having his son campaign in a district he dominated in 2016.The dramatic shift in Pennsylvania’s 18th district is the latest in a series of performances now stirring Democrats’ hopes of a November midterm rout that might help them reconquer Congress.Before the results were known, a Democratic strategist said even a close race would be stunning.“If it’s close or (we win) it’s a shocker,” Joe Trippi said in an interview Tuesday.“Assuming it’s close, it already spells a lot of problems for the Republicans. This is a district Trump won by 20 points. … If it’s close it really spells a big flaw with Republicans that are losing support right now.”Trippi knows something about election shockers. He organized the Democrats’ successful Senate campaign in Alabama last year. He believes Democrats can regain the House of Representatives this fall with a seven- or eight-point swing from 2016 results.Democrats have been doing far better than that in recent races. Statistics compiled by The Canadian Press show roughly 120 Republican-held districts where Democrats came closer in 2016 congressional races than in Pennsylvania’s 18th, the last time they tried competing there several elections ago.The party only needs about two dozen seats to reclaim the House of Representatives. And if Democrats do wrest that chamber away, that gives them power to block Republican bills, gain control of congressional committees and hold public hearings to investigate the Trump administration.That’s why Trippi was merely looking for a close result in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. But it appeared that a 33-year-old former Marine, Conor Lamb, might do better than that for the Democrats: with almost all the ballots counted, he held a wafer-thin lead and declared himself the winner.Republicans spun the result as a fluke.After all, the seat was vacated by a Republican embroiled in controversy. Anti-abortion lawmaker Tim Murphy, who had piled up lopsided election wins or run unopposed over the last decade, recently resigned amid news he had encouraged a lover to have an abortion.Republicans also noted that Lamb ran as an extremely centrist Democrat; he avoided criticizing Trump and his platform stuck to bread-and-butter issues like infrastructure, job training and health care.House Speaker Paul Ryan downplayed the damage — he opined that Democrats will nominate more radical candidates later this year. He noted that Lamb managed to bypass the primary process, and was appointed because it was a byelection.“Both of these candidates ran as conservatives. I just don’t think you’re going to see that across the country,” Ryan said.In fact, Lamb’s positions on health care, gun background checks, safety-net spending, labour rights and abortion choice did skew Democrat.A Democratic campaign arm mocked the Republican leader — tweeting at Ryan: “Hi … your own district is almost twice as competitive as #PA18. You may be in the state of denial, but our sights are set on (your) state.”Trippi says it’s natural for Democrats to run as centrists in difficult districts.It’s the way his candidate Doug Jones ran successfully in Alabama’s Senate race — sticking to the issues, being civil with Republicans, vowing to work across the aisle. As long as elections are bitterly partisan, Trippi says, voters will revert to their natural political tribes; and in places where Republicans outnumber their rivals, he says, that means they wind up with the most votes.The key is to de-tribalize such races, Trippi says.“If everyone moves toward their own tribe then in a place like Alabama — where there’s more Republicans than Democrats — you can’t win,” he said.“Trump is excellent, incredible, the best, at driving people toward their tribe. Either into the Republican tribe or the Democratic tribe. Whatever hot button he’s pushing, he drives people into their corners. That works for them in a place that he won by 20 points… Attacking Trump relentlessly — it may make your supporters feel better. It may even energize them. But it doesn’t help you reach across.”He said Lamb took that approach and on Tuesday, it appeared to have paid off.Election analyst David Byler, wrote Wednesday that there’s no way to spin these results positively for Republicans.“(This) race isn’t a fluke or an outlier,” Byler wrote for The Weekly Standard.“Democrats are the favorites to retake the House and this election was another indicator of how much Trump is hurting Republican candidates.”
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No doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) says there are no plans yet for President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) to meet to finalize a trade deal.Trump has said no agreement will be final until he meets with his Chinese counterpart.Trump announced in his State of the Union address that he’ll travel to Vietnam, which borders China, at the end of February to meet with North Korea’s leader on nuclear issues. The trip will put Trump in the region just before a March deadline for the U.S. to boost tariffs on Chinese goods.Mnuchin and trade representative Robert Lighthizer (LYT’-hy-zur) are leading a team to Beijing next week to continue the negotiations.Mnuchin said Wednesday “there’s nothing planned at this time” for the presidents to meet.The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Friday as traders shrugged off a weak U.S. manufacturing report and hopes rose for another dose of economic stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 19.72 points to 12,082.23, while the TSX Venture Exchange added 3.80 points to 1,251.88.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.21 of a cent at 100.85 US cents.U.S. markets also advanced after the U.S. Commerce Department said that orders for durable goods rose a seasonally-adjusted 4.2% in July. But there had been initial dismay as the data showed that excluding aircraft and other transportation goods, orders dropped 0.4%. Economists had expected a 2.5% rise.“Is it really realistic to exclude the whole aircraft and auto industry from the numbers?” asked Robert Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse. “No.”“The auto sector numbers continue to be quite strong, they’re a big part of the economy and I wouldn’t get too bent out of shape about the ex-transport number being below expectations. I’m not sure this is really going to make a huge difference at the end of the day and the … market reaction reflects that.”Sentiment improved on markets late in the morning after the Wall Street Journal reported that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made it clear in a letter to a House Republican lawmaker that he thinks the Fed can do more to bolster the economic recovery and help reduce unemployment.Bernanke says in the letter to Darrell Issa that with interest rates already at record lows, the Fed has had to deploy other means to strengthen the economy, such as buying bonds.The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 100.51 points to 13,157.97.The Nasdaq composite index was 16.39 points higher to 3,069.79 while the S&P 500 index rose 9.05 points to 1,411.13.The Fed has been in focus after minutes released Wednesday from the Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting showed bankers favoured more stimulus.But doubts about Fed intentions grew Thursday after St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank president James Bullard said the minutes from the Aug. 1 meeting were stale because the economy had picked up since then.Adding to uncertainty was Chicago Fed president Charles Evans, who said Thursday the Fed should take action to bolster the economy.The durable goods report added to the debate over whether the U.S. economic recovery has weakened to a point where the Federal Reserve will launch another round of stimulus measures.Commodities were lower and the energy sector led advances, up 0.41% as the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slipped 12 cents to US$96.15 a barrel. Petrominerales Ltd. was ahead 40 cents to $9.84 while Talisman Energy improved 29 cents to $13.56.The financials rose 0.35% with Royal Bank ahead 44 cents to $53.73 and Manulife Financial up 10 cents to $10.96.The TSX base metals component led losers, down 0.91% as copper eased a penny to US$3.48 a pound following a 12-cent jump over the last three sessions. Inmet Mininggave back $1.32 to $45.16 while Sherritt International lost 16 cents to $4.56.Techs were weak as Research In Motion Ltd. gave back 15 cents to $6.88.The gold sector fell about 0.22% while bullion added a dime to Thursday’s US$32 rise, closing at US$1,672.90 an ounce. Iamgold Corp. faded 14 cents to $12.98.A three month rally on the TSX looked frayed by Friday with the main index up a slight 0.16% for the week. But the TSX is up 6.6% from the lows of early June.Markets have been supported this month after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi pledged to do whatever was necessary to protect the euro currency by lowering borrowing costs for vulnerable members such as Spain. Traders had hoped this would be backed up by definitive measures at the ECB’s next interest rate meeting Sept. 6.But bank officials say that Draghi may wait until Germany’s Constitutional Court rules on the legality of Europe’s permanent bailout fund before announcing any new measures to buy government bonds.The court is set to rule on Sept. 12.Traders also digested a report from Reuters that the European Central Bank was considering yield targets in a bond-buying program. There were also fresh questions about how the European Central Bank plans to decisively deal with the eurozone debt crisis.Also, the German Finance Ministry confirmed for the first time that a scenario involving a Greek exit from the eurozone “and accompanying contagion firewalls are being examined.”The news came as Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.In corporate news, shares of Score Media Inc. jumped nearly 46.67% to $1.54 following reports that the specialty TV sports broadcaster was in discussions to be purchased by Rogers Communications.China National Offshore Oil Co. raised the takeover price for Calgary-based oil and gas giant Nexen Inc. twice before the $15.1-billion bid was ultimately accepted, according to an information circular sent to shareholders. Nexen shares dipped nine cents to $25.45.Eli Lilly’s potential Alzheimer’s disease treatment failed to slow mental decline in two late-stage studies, but combined data from both trials showed promising results in patients with mild-to-moderate cases of the mind-robbing disease. Its shares were up 3.44% to US$43.86.The Canadian Press
“The war has come to an end and more importantly there is no more a demand for a separate state,” he said.The LTTE had pushed for a separate state but Sampanthan says the demand was dropped even before the war ended. (Colombo Gazette) He said the Tamils hope the new Constitution which has been proposed, will resolve the National issue. Sampanthan said that the demand for a separate state resulted in a war which pushed the country backwards. Opposition leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan today insisted that there is no more a demand for a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka.Speaking in Parliament today the TNA leader said that the Tamils have, during the recent elections, backed a political solution within the framework of a united and undivided and indivisible Sri Lanka.
He said that while efforts taken to boost tourism have shows results, the authorities cannot be complacent. The Prime Minister said that more remains to be done in the tourism sector. Despite the ‘Lonely Planet’ recognition of Sri Lanka as the best country in the world to visit in 2019, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today admitted that there are shortcomings which must be addressed.The Prime Minister said in a statement that since 2015, tourism was the top priority of the Government. Almost 10 years after the end of its civil war, Sri Lanka was named the best country in the world to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Better transport links, new hotels and a growing number of activities were cited as the reason the south-Asian island was chosen for the top spot in the guidebook publisher ’s annual Best in Travel awards, the Guardian reported yesterday.“Already notable to intrepid travellers for its mix of religions and cultures, its timeless temples, its rich and accessible wildlife, its growing surf scene and its people who defy all odds by their welcome and friendliness after decades of civil conflict, this is a country revived,” says Lonely Planet author Ethan Gelber in the Best in Travel 2019 book, published yesterday. Tourist visits to Sri Lanka have increased dramatically since the end of the 26-year conflict, from 447,890 in 2009 to an all time high of 2.1 million last year, a figure the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority hopes to double by 2020.Renovations made to the rail system have opened up Jaffna and much of north for the first time since 1990 – an area that was previously considered too dangerous for tourists. The scenic rail routes in Sri Lanka are now widely thought to be some of the best in the world.Motorways have also been built as far south as Matara, and the number of domestic flight routes has increased in recent years, too: for instance, from the capital Colombo, on the west coast, to Batticaloa, on the opposite side of the island, in 45 minutes. (Colombo Gazette)
At the outset of its meeting this morning, the Assembly observed a minute of silence in memory of the late President, who died in Dhaka on 10 July at the age of 72.The current President of the General Assembly, Harri Holkeri of Finland, stressed that Mr. Choudhury had had a “long and very distinguished diplomatic career,” which included service as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1988 as well as Ambassador of Bangladesh to various countries. “A Member of Parliament of Bangladesh for several years, he was the Speaker of the National Assembly at the time of his death,” Mr. Holkeri noted. “A skilful negotiator and diplomat, he will be remembered for his devotion to his country and to the ideals and principles of the United Nations.”Also addressing the gathering, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said Humayun Choudhury “was not only a wonderful envoy for his country and a fine Speaker of his country’s parliament; he was also a world citizen and a veteran of world diplomacy.” She added that “during a long and distinguished career, he not only witnessed history being made; he took part in making it happen.” “Our thoughts today go to his family and the Government and people of Bangladesh,” she said, offering condolences also on behalf of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is travelling in Europe. Speaking for Bangladesh, the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, described this morning’s tribute as “a genuine recognition of the lifelong achievements and endeavours of late Ambassador Choudhury, who had been a key figure in the arena of diplomacy and politics both national and internationally.”
OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State softball team has another busy week ahead, beginning with a game against Dayton set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. After the Flyers, the Buckeyes are scheduled for three games against No. 1 Michigan from Friday to Sunday in what could be their toughest matchup of the season.The No. 24 Buckeyes (24-8-1, 9-1-1) have just under a month of regular-season play left before heading to the Big Ten tournament. Last weekend at Rutgers, OSU swept the Scarlet Knights in three games, continuing its five-game win streak.OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she is eager to head into the second half of the season with a team that is building momentum.“What a fun week for us,” she said of last week’s sweeps of Rutgers and Penn State. “So we’re not really working on anything specific this week.”Scouting DaytonThe Flyers (17-14-1) have won seven of their last eight games, including a 2-1 series win at George Mason last weekend. The team is ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference, in which it claimed the No. 1 spot in 2015 with a 39-14 overall record.At the plate, Dayton is led by junior Gabrielle Snyder, who is hitting .412 with 10 extra-base hits. The Flyers’ highest individual RBI total is 11, shared by freshman Lisa Tassi and junior Katie Ryan. Nine Buckeyes best this figure, as they have 215 RBIs to their opponents’ 118. Dayton’s roster has combined for 79 RBIs this season, while OSU redshirt junior Alex Bayne has 43 alone.The Flyers are boasting the Atlantic 10’s reigning pitcher of the week in sophomore Manda Cash. The left-hander pitched two shutouts last week, including a career-high 13 strikeouts in seven innings on Saturday. While Cash’s ERA is 1.51, Snyder’s falls at an impressive 1.29 with a 6-1 record.OSU junior Shelby Hursh continues to lead OSU’s pitching staff with 105 strikeouts and a 12-3 record. Hursh pitched her second career no-hitter in the team’s first game against Penn State on April 6.“I’d still like to cut down on my walks,” Hursh said, noting her 72 walks. “It’s still a testament to my defense though when I walk a lot of hitters and they still can’t put up any runs.”Fellow junior Lena Springer made her mark with a shutout against Rutgers last weekend, which brought her career ERA to 2.73.“It has been a very interesting season with the pitching staff. Each has found their moment to shine, and we have relied on them in so many different situations,” Schoenly said. “I’m hoping for them to continue to shut down batters.”Monitoring MichiganHeading into its rivalry matchup against the Buckeyes, Michigan (29-4, 7-2) has claimed the No. 1 spot in both the USA Today and ESPN polls. Despite this title, the Wolverines, who have had 38 consecutive winning seasons, are ranked third in the Big Ten standings behind Minnesota and OSU.In the conference, Michigan, Schoenly’s alma mater, leads in team batting, pitching and fielding percentages as it ventures into a midweek matchup against Michigan State.The Wolverines’ offense is the crown jewel of the Big Ten, boasting the top three conference hitters: senior Sierra Romero, junior Sierra Lawrence and sophomore Tera Blanco.Romero, who has earned two Big Ten Player of the Week honors so far this season, is hitting .500 with 55 RBIs, 12 home runs and a .989 slugging percentage.The senior infielder, a member of the 2015 United States Women’s National Team, was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014, along with being a first-team All-American the past two seasons. She also holds program records for all-time runs scored, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, batting average and grand slams. She owns single-season records in runs scored, home runs, RBIs and batting average, too. Michigan is outhitting its opponents .364 to .204, with six players hitting above .350. The team has collected 261 RBIs, while holding its opponents to only 84.In the circle, the Wolverines rely on two pitchers, junior Megan Betsa and redshirt senior Sara Driesenga. The right-handed duo has struck out 218 batters and only given up 69 earned runs in 45 appearances.Driesenga, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection who missed most of last season with an injury, currently holds a perfect 14-0 record on the mound. Blanco, on the other hand, has pitched 25.1 innings with 22 strikeouts in 2016 but spends most of her time at first base.Swinging for the fencesEleven Buckeyes have hit home runs so far this season, led by Bayne with 17. Schoenly said that her hitters are feeling good and expressed her confidence in their continued success at the plate, especially Bayne.OSU junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a homerun during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor“Bayne is within two home runs of the Ohio State home runs record, and there have been some unbelievable hitters in this program in the past,” Schoenly said. “I’m most proud of her for keeping a consistent approach at the plate.”Bayne was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, making her the second OSU player after senior Erika Leonard to earn the honor this season. Over the last five games, she hit .579 with a slugging percentage of 1.368.Another player who Schoenly lauded was freshman Emily Clark, who has now taken on a full-time starting role at second base.“I think she really gained her confidence when she started playing every day. She definitely packs power in her swing,” Schoenly said.The second baseman hit .429 last week, and three of her four home runs on the year were recorded in the series against Rutgers. On the season, she has a .606 slugging percentage, which is third highest on the team behind Bayne and senior catcher Cammi Prantl.“(Clark) had those kind of numbers this fall and we had high expectations for her, so we are glad she’s more comfortable,” Schoenly said. “I think it comes down to her being aggressive at the plate.”Coming upAfter the Wolverines, OSU is scheduled to face another nonconference opponent when it heads to Ohio University for a doubleheader on Tuesday, with an expected first pitch at 4 p.m. After the Bobcats, the Buckeyes are set to continue their Big Ten schedule with a home series with Purdue from April 22 to 24.“This time of the year is a grind, and we’re feeling confident right now,” Schoenly said. “We want to ride that wave.”
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) embraces head coach Chris Holtmann on senior night prior to the start of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor
Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 6:15 AM Share44 Tweet Email1 Leo Varadkar and Enda Kenny 7,928 Views 40 Comments IT’S BEEN THE Leo and Simon Show over the last few weeks, but in the coming days it will very much be the Leo and Enda Show.After months of speculation about when Taoiseach Enda Kenny would step aside, he finally made his intentions known last month when he stepped down as Fine Gael leader.With a new Fine Gael leader now in place, the time has come for Kenny to move on from the office of Taoiseach.It’s expected that Kenny will announce his resignation as Taoiseach in the Dáil chamber today, clearing the way for Leo Varadkar to be nominated for the position tomorrow.So, how’s it all going to play out? It’s understood that Kenny will address the Dáil chamber, formally confirming his resignation.Leaders from other parties and other TDs may well make contributions (be they good or bad) and wish Kenny well on his next endeavour.Most likely, normal business of the day will be suspended and adjourned until the next day.Kenny will then go to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet President Michael D Higgins and ask him to accept his resignation.Last week, there had been speculation that Kenny would step down and Varadkar could be voted in, all in one day. But it’s understood that in order to give Kenny a good send-off today, the vote has been put off till the next day.Therefore all the platitudes and congratulatory speeches on Kenny’s tenure will take place today, before Varadkar’s big day tomorrow.On Wednesday, nominations for the next Taoiseach can be put forward. Due to the makeup of the Dáil, other parties can also put forward their own candidates if they wish (though they would never get the support). Leo Varadkar and Enda Kenny. Source: Sasko LazarovLast year, it took four votes for Enda Kenny to finally be made Taoiseach. With the Independent Alliance group already stating that they will support Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach, no surprises are expected and he should get enough votes to be elected the next Taoiseach of Ireland.Kenny made his Cabinet appointments known the same day he was made Taoiseach last year, but it is unclear if Varadkar will do so.He may announce his Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, and even hold off on announcing the junior ministries until Friday, in order to drag the media coverage mileage.It’s really the new Taoiseach’s prerogative. We’ll just have to wait and see what Varadkar’s reign will bring.Read: Independent Alliance confirms it will support Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach>Read: Kenny raises Good Friday Agreement concerns with May over DUP deal> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn Leo Varadkar and Enda Kenny http://jrnl.ie/3440089 Enda Kenny is expected to resign as Taoiseach today It’s all about the Enda and Leo Show this week. Short URL Jun 13th 2017, 6:15 AM