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first_imgOver 12 months after the gang rape of a minor girl near Kunduli in Koraput district and her subsequent death by hanging, no leader of any political party or social organisation has come forward to file an affidavit or testify before the Judicial Commission set up by the Odisha government to probe the case.The 15-year-old victim had alleged that on October 10, 2017, she was gang-raped by four men dressed as jawans of paramilitary forces near Kunduli. She had killed herself by hanging at her home in Musaguda on January 22 this year.On November 8, 2017, the government had ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident by a sitting district judge. A parallel enquiry by the State Crime Branch was also ordered. But to date the culprits have not been identified.Speaking to The Hindu, special counsel of the Judicial Commission, Prabhakar Patnaik, said the time period of the Commission ended on September 25 this year and, as per his knowledge, it has already furnished its report to the State government. Mr. Patnaik said no leader of any political party or social organisation came out to testify or provide evidence before the Commission.According to Mr. Patnaik, advertisements were published in two Odia and one English newspapers inviting documents and evidence from any stakeholder to be furnished before the Commission. Family members of the victim were witnesses of the Commission. Fifteen others, including police officers involved in the investigation of the case, doctors who treated the victim and the Koraput District Child Protection Officer testified before the Commission.last_img read more


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first_imgLondon’s famous India Club has been saved from demolition after a hardy campaign to fend off developers. On Tuesday, Westminster Council threw out a planning application due to the restaurant’s cultural and historical importance. Read it at I News Related Itemslast_img




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first_imgMissing six of its first eight shots, Gilas’ lackluster start saw the visitors run to a 20-4 lead before Ravena turned the tide and ignited a 17-2 blast to close the gap, 22-21, at the end of the first quarter.Rosario kept that flame burning in the second quarter as the Philippines staged a 20-4 run to grab a 41-26 lead. Makoto Hiejima and Ira Brown conspired to help the Japanese recover and pull within two, 43-41, before Rosario ended the first half with a booming triple for a 46-41 halftime edge.Blatche finally played true to form in the third frame, keeping Gilas in front before Castro and Calvin Abueva picked up the slack late and give the home team a 72-61 lead at the end of the period.Gilas Pilipinas faces Chinese Taipei in Taiwan on June 29, before seeking retribution against Australia at Philippine Arena on July 2 to wrap up the first round of the Asian qualifiers.Hiejima paced winless Japan (0-4) with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, while Brown got 16 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico NU sustains dominance, beats UST 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 LATEST STORIES The Scores:PHILIPPINES 89 — Blatche 18, Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro William 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0.JAPAN 84 — Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0, Nagayoshi 0.Quarters: 21-22, 46-41, 72-61, 89-84. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro made the game-sealing floater with 10.6 seconds left as Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with an 89-84 win over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines lost a 15-point lead but denied the visitors the upset behind Castro and Andray Blatche, who split his charities with 5.5 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipinos rose to 3-1 in Group B of the first round of the qualifiers, sweeping Japan in their home-and-away series and clinched a spot in the second round.Blatche had his best outing to date in the World Cup qualifiers, finishing with 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 30 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTroy Rosario also had a triumphant return, firing 14 markers on 2-of-4 shooting from three and grabbing four boards, while Kiefer Ravena provided the spark 13 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals.Castro, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against Australia due to an ankle sprain, had all of his eight markers in the second half. View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgThe doping scandal has taken a dangerous turn. A former SAI doctor, who exposed how doping was rampant at National Institute of Sports, has been beaten up at Patiala. Dr Sajib Nandi had recently revealed to Headlines Today how the authorities at NIS Patiala were hand in glove in the doping scandal. Nandi was beaten up at the entrance of NIS Patiala and dragged out of the campus by the security guards as he was set to meet Justice Mudgal, who is probing the doping scam. Nandi told Headlines Today, “I’m filing report with the police shortly. The NIS director is a corrupt person.” Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Nandi has been attacked in his attempt to cleanse the system. Back in 2002 too, he was beaten up as he tried to expose the authorities’ role and involvement in doping at Patiala. Recently, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir singh Badal has taken action on the chemist shops in Patiala selling banned drugs. While raids were conducted on the shops, the state government was getting ready to cancel licences of all those found guilty of selling banned drugs. On July 5, Headlines Today had exposed how performance enhancing drugs were openly sold over the counter at chemist shops around NIS in Patiala. The expose had come amid the dope stink involving eight athletes, including golden girl Ashwini Akkunji. Headlines Today special investigation team went shopping and found no checks in place here to control the sale of banned drugs. NIS Patiala has a tarnished history dating back to 2001, when syringes and steroid strips were found in its hostels. An inquiry was ordered into the functioning of NIS by the Sports Authority of India in 2003.  Though no action has yet been taken, the report is believed to contain proof of sustained irregularities in anti-doping procedures and a nexus between NIS authorities, federation coaches and SAI officers.advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 28 (PTI) A parliamentary panel examining a contentious Bill on enemy property today asked the government to explain what kind of laws exist in Pakistan and Bangladesh to deal with similar issues as officials from the Home and Law ministries briefed it on the measure.The Select Committee of Rajya Sabha on the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016, headed by BJP MP Bhupendra Yadav, has been asked to carry out detailed scrutiny of the measure that seeks to guard against claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China after the wars and amend the Enemy Property Act, 1968.The central government had designated some properties belonging to nationals of Pakistan and China as “enemy properties” during the 1962, 1965 and 1971 conflicts. It vested these properties in the ?Custodian of Enemy Property for India?, an office instituted under the central government. The 1968 Act regulates these enemy properties, and lists the powers of the Custodian.The panel has been tasked to scrutinise the Bill and submit its report in the opening week of the second part of the Budget session.The first meeting of the panel today saw a detailed presentation about the Bill. The next meeting of the panel will be held on April 4.Those who appeared before the panel included Utpal Chakraborty, Custodian of Enemy Properties for India and senior officers from the Home Ministry and Law Ministry.Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, who was to give a presentation, could not attend the meeting due to his engagement in Padma award ceremony, sources said.advertisementSince it was the maiden meeting of the committee, which was set up on March 15, besides holding preliminary discussion on the Bill, it also discussed the manner in which it will take up the issue.”It being the first meeting, members were briefed in detail about the salient features of the Bill by the officers. A number of members wanted to know what laws exist in Pakistan and Bangladesh to deal with similar situation there,” a source said.The panel members also wanted to know the details of such properties in India and asked the officials to come before the committee with a list of such properties. (MORE) PTI AMR SMN SC SMNlast_img read more


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first_imgBerhampur, Apr 5 (PTI) Odisha government today launched 100 Adarsha Vidyalayas and CBSE-affiliated English medium schools in 14 districts of the state.Students of these model schools would get free education and all facilities like mid-day meal, uniform and textbooks free of cost like other state government-run schools.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated these schools to the people at a function at Sasan Ambagaon under his constituency Hinjli, about 35 km from here in Ganjam district.”We hope the schools will fulfill the aspirations of rural talents. Students will not have to run to towns as they will get quality education from these schools in the villages,” the Chief Minister said.The government, he said, has decided to set up one model school in each block in the state and in the first phase, the 100 schools have been set up in 14 backward districts, including Ganjam.In the next phase, such schools would be set up in other districts soon, he assured.Around 24,000 students have been enrolled in these schools. Girls constitute 50 per cent of them. Hostel facilities would be provided in each school from next year, School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said.The model schools have been developed on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas and students will study NCERT syllabus.Though the new schools would have Class 6 to 12, this year classes would function from 6 to 8. Each class will have two sections with a student strength of 40 in every section, he said.Besides text book education, students in model schools would be taught other co-curricular activities like information, communication and technology (ICT), art and craft, song, dance and sports. Odia would be one of the language subjects in English medium schools, Mishra said.advertisementIn future, skill-based education would be introduced in these schools, he said, adding that there would be student exchange programmes with other state-run high schools to improve the educational standards of students. PTI COR SKN KK PRMlast_img read more


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first_imgIndia have reached the final of the Women’s World Cup final for the second time in their history and they will be facing England at the iconic Lord’s today.The last time India were in the final was in 2005 Women’s World Cup where they were up against Australia and were decimated by 98 runs.India have reached the final after winning six of their 8 matches — the two losses coming against South Africa and Australia in the league stage.This time though, India have looked a much more compact unit and the interesting quality about India has been to see different players stepping up for the team on different days.What India would need to do in the final is tick all the boxes and all the players must step up and attack England in all manners.While gearing up for the final, here’s a look at India’s journey through the Women’s World Cup.INDIA VS ENGLANDIndia had a perfect start to the World Cup as they completely outdid hosts England in all departments and won their opener by 35 runs.The top three of the Indian batting line-up, Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj, all scored above 50 to steer India to a big total of 281.Photo Credit: Reuters In reply, England captain Heather Knight and Fran Wilson put forth some resistance with 46 and 81 runs respectively but fell short of partners and were unable to guide their team to a victory.Like Raj has said time and again, beginning the tournament with a resounding victory set the tone for the team.advertisementINDIA VS WEST INDIESOpting to bowl first, India kept hold on the Windies flow of runs and except their opener Hayley Mathews’ 43 runs, none could play a substantial knock and were all out for 183.Deepti , Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur picked two wickets each and shared the workload of the wickets extremely well.In reply, youngster Mandhana carried on with her strong form and hit a brilliant 106 not out in 108 balls. Raj assisted her with a well played 46, which helped India chase the total down losing just three wickets.INDIA VS PAKISTANIndia were caught by surprise with Pakistan’s prompt bowling and fielding and for once, their strong batting line-up faltered.Apart from Raut’s 47 and Sushma Verma’s crucial 33 off 35 balls down the order, none could step up and India got bundled for a mere 169 runs.Photo Credit: Reuters With the batting faltering, India’s bowling unit stepped up and attacked Pakistan back from the word go.Ekta Bisht’s 5-wicket haul guided India to a a massive 95-run victory and Pakistan were thrashed and could muster only 74 runs on the board.INDIA VS SRI LANKAIndia won their fourth game on the trot as they edged out Sri Lanka by 16 runs on July 5.Opting to bat first, India lost their openers cheaply but Deepti and Raj stuck their ground and scored a fighting 78 and 53 to help India post a good total of 232 runs.Sri Lanka, while batting, put up a strong resistance with Dilani Manodara scoring 61 in 75 balls to try and get Sri Lanka close.India, though, held their nerves and restricted Sri Lanka to 216.INDIA VS SOUTH AFRICAIndia finally stumbled against South Africa after winning 4 of their first four matches.Put to bat first, South Africa’s Lizelle Lee played a brilliant 92 off 65 balls to set the tone for the match. Dane van Niekerk also supported Lee with a 57-run innings down to order to steer South Africa to strong total of 273.Photo Credit: Reuters Shikha Pandey starred with the ball picking up three wickets while Ekta Bisht and Harmanpreet Kaur picked two wickets each.In reply, India could hardly keep ground and only Deepti’s 60 and Jhulan Goswami’s 43 showed resistance as India were decimated by 115 runs.INDIA VS AUSTRALIAAustralia won the toss and put India to bat first. Raut built on her previous performances and smashed a beautiful century while captain Raj supported her with a good 69 runs and Harmanpreet chipped in 23 more runs. Apart from these three, none could get to even a double score and India managed to put up 226 runs on the board.On the other hand, when Australia came to bat, their top-four of Nicole Bolton, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry easily chased down the total in just 45.1 overs, losing a mere two wickets.INDIA VS NEW ZEALANDIn their must-win game, India bounced back tremendously and thrashed New Zealand by 186 runs.Put to bat first, India once again lost their opener for petty number but captain Raj this time stood out with her astute century, which was ably supported by Harmanpreet’s 60 and Veda Krishnamurthy’s quickfire 70 off 45 balls.advertisementPhoto Credit: Reuters With these three contributing substantially, India posted a hefty total of 265 runs.On the bowling front, Rajeshwari Gayakwad stood out for India with five wickets to her name as India did not let the White Ferns settle at all and bundled them out for just 79 runs.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA (SEMI-FINAL)Against an opponent as formidable as Australia, India stamped their authority thanks to an astounding innings by Harmanpreet Kaur.Opting to bat first, India was reeling at 35-2 in 9.2 overs when Raj became the stabiliser and Harmanpreet the attacker.The next 30 overs saw an onslaught by the India vice captain that left Australia devoid of answers. Harmanpreet hit a blistering 171 not out in 115 balls coupled with Krishnamurthy’s 16 in 10 balls to steer India to a massive total of 281 in just 42 balls.Photo Credit: Reuters In reply, Australia lost their top three cheaply, including the captain Lanning getting out for a duck. Elyse Villani and Alex Blackwell showed Australia a glimpse of hope of something magical but India kept picking wickets and thus knocked the defending champions out of the tournament and reached the final with a confidence-boosting 36-run victory.last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a plea of a 50-year-old Sikh cycling enthusiast, who alleged he was discriminated against on religious grounds and disqualified from participating in a long-distance cycling event in Delhi three years ago for wearing a turban.A graphic designer by profession, petitioner Jagdeep Singh Purisought formulation of guidelines for the protection of fundamental rights of persons belonging to turbaned Sikh community who participate in such social or sport events.A bench of justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao issued notice to the Centre and the long-distance cycling (Randonneuring) event organiser and sought their replies in four weeks.The court appointed senior advocate C U Singh as amicus curiae (friend of court) and advocate Subrat Birla as the second amicus to assist it in the matter.During the hearing, senior advocate R S Suri said the petitioner was disqualified from the Azad Hind Brevet (long distance cycling) organised by Audax India Randonneurs (AIR), a private organisation, on August 14, 2015.”His disqualification owed to wearing a turban instead of a helmet. AIR maintains that its rules disallowed any exceptions and that all had to wear the helmet, including turbaned Sikhs. The petitioner was discriminated against on religious grounds and disqualified,” Suri said.The bench clarified that it would not hear too many intervening applications to avoid repetitive arguments and all parties can assist senior advocate R S Suri.Suri said all laws concerning motor vehicles and vehicular movement provide exemption to Sikh riders from wearing helmets, including those in the military and other public functionaries.advertisementHe said the USA Army since 1980s had a strict uniform policy but it had recently made a relaxation to accommodate religious identities and allowed their armed Sikh personnel to don turbans if it formed part of their belief.The plea filed by Puri said, “The question faced by this court does not concern a tussle between safety and religious freedom. It is submitted that Article 25 enshrines the freedom to practice religion subject only to public order, morality and health”. It said cycling without helmets does not endanger health, as the state and legislature have time and again interpreted the restriction of health to include an exception for turbaned Sikhs. “In other words, public policy has exempted donning of helmets for turbaned Sikhs, thus carving an exception to Article 25 (freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion) subservience to health”, the plea said. It said that when section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 clearly exempted turbaned Sikhs from wearing any protective headgear while riding motor-cycles or motor powered vehicles, then why does it not apply to pedalled cycles. The plea claimed that organisers of the cycling event have justified Puri’s disqualification, saying he was urged to wear a helmet but had refused. Thus, wearing a turban was not the issue. Instead, not wearing a helmet was the issue.Quoting the reply of the event organiser, the plea said, “It was additionally communicated that other Sikh cyclists have worn the helmets in past brevets and that they have to follow strict safety protocols, failing which, their licence to conduct event in Delhi would be jeopardised”. PTI MNL ABA SJK RKS ARC MNLRTlast_img read more


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first_imgJaspirt Bumrah’s five-wicket haul helped India beat England at Trent Bridge but West Indian great Michael Holding wasn’t much impressed.Holding, while commentating during the Test series between Indian and England, had said that he does not think Bumrah is very good new-ball bowler. He also added that he had second thoughts about picking Bumrah for Test matches in England.The commentator faced a lot of criticism after Bumrah took 5/85 in the second innings as India defeated England by 203 runs to win their first match in the ongoing five-match series. India currently trail England 1-2 after three matches.Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul scripts India’s 7th Test victory in EnglandHolding has once again reiterated that he will not give the new ball to Bumrah.Speaking to The Times of India, Holding said: “I would still not have him as my opening bowler. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami do a bit more with the brand new ball and they will remain my opening bowlers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence.”Holding added that Bumrah would be more effective with an older ball.”What I have seen is he can get the ball to straighten from wide of the crease and is more effective with the slightly older ball,” Holding said.”What you have to remember is that in England, with so much assistance from both pitch and atmosphere for the quick bowlers, Bumrah will get the odd ball to straighten on the right-handers’ off-stump, although his action doesn’t enhance his ability to do so. The same delivery in South Africa, Australia, etc would not straighten as it can tend to do in England. He has pace, though, which is a welcome asset that cannot be bought.”advertisementHolding also took some heat for critcising Hardik Pandya for not being a good all-rounder. Pandya was also one of the stars at Trent Bridge as he took a five-wicket haul in the first innings and scored a fifty.Holding said he didn’t criticise Pandya but the people who compare the all-rounder to Kapil Dev.”Please go back and listen to or read what I have said about Pandya. I was more critical of the people who were telling me he is the next Kapil Dev, not of Pandya himself. I have gone on to say that he is not the man to fill that sort of role as yet, batting at No. 6 and bowling. What I am glad also to see is that I read somewhere that he had said he doesnt want to be known as the new Kapil Dev; he is Hardik Pandya, which is the right attitude,” Holding said.last_img read more


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first_img2:33 Mayweather was born in the midwest but for nearly all his adult life his home has been Las Vegas, the desert town of 600,000 souls whose excess and chaos and seductive mythology he’s come to embody. His last 14 fights have taken place here, even if the crowd support has seldom reflected a hometown advantage due to the villainous persona he willingly embraces.The atmosphere for Saturday’s fight will be no exception if Friday’s weigh-in was any indication. The well-lubricated masses screamed frantically for McGregor the moment he emerged from the back of the arena and were sent into hysterics when the Irishman screamed in Mayweather’s face during the tradition staredown.“There’s a saying: you’ll never beat the Irish,” McGregor said afterward over the arena’s PA system. “You can’t beat us. We roll in and we take over wherever we want. “Las Vegas is Ireland now.” Ireland Floyd Mayweather MMA Play Video Twitter Reuse this content Share on Messenger Darren and Gráinne O’Mahony had no such problem. The husband and wife from Limerick, who arrived on Thursday for a four-night stay at the Golden Nugget downtown, jumped on a pair of seats immediately when they went on sale.“The tickets were costly,” Gráinne said with a cheerful grin. “We’ll probably have to starve for a couple of months but it was worth it.“We’re here for Conor because we know he’s going to do it and we’re here to celebrate afterwards. I couldn’t get off work but I told them I have to get it off, I have to come here to support him.” Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Screaming Conor McGregor ridicules Floyd Mayweather at weigh-in Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor Inside Conor McGregor’s Dublin: the making of the fighter taking on Mayweather Read more If Conor McGregor comes up short against Floyd Mayweather in their junior middleweight fight on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena, it won’t be for lack of support.Thousands of Irish fans have descended on the Las Vegas strip to support their countryman as he looks to spring an upset that would surely rate among the greatest in the history of the prize ring. We’re here for Conor because we know he’s going to do itGráinne O’Mahony, fan from Limerickcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Darren was in the stands at Neptune Stadium in Cork seven years ago when McGregor was submitted by Joe Duffy in one of his first MMA bouts. That setback feels like a far-off memory, he said, and he has no doubt that McGregor will shock the pundits on Saturday night.“We wouldn’t be here otherwise,” he said.Their confidence was matched by Jennifer Fitzpatrick, a 22-year-old from Dublin temporarily in San Diego on a student visa.“McGregor, 100%,” said Fitzpatrick, clad in an orange sports bra and Irish flag. “I think it will go on for a while, but eventually he’ll get to him.” Facebook Conor McGregor is from the Dublin suburb of Crumlin. Photograph: ddp USA/REX/Shutterstock Las Vegas Share on Pinterest Topics Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham)It’s a McGregor crowd outside the arena ahead of today’s weigh-ins. Most of these guys have been going since 7 a.m. pic.twitter.com/usYTERA2IaAugust 25, 2017 news Eoin Ryan, 21, who arrived Saturday from Clonakilty in Cork with four of his friends, was a bit more tempered in his optimism.“My head says Mayweather, my heart says McGregor,” he said between pulls from a Four Loko tall boy. “If [Conor] hits him with one, he might finish him. I’m just here for a good time.”Ryan’s group only had tickets for the weigh-in, which were distributed for free to the public but being hawked by scalpers outside for $50 to $75.“We’re here on vacation and we happened to be here for the fight by chance,” Ryan said. “Just soaking in the atmosphere and the sun, having a good time.” All three came over from the Dublin suburb of Crumlin that produced McGregor and spoke with pride of how they knew the two-division UFC champion from the early days. MacDermott, 35, said he used to work as a plumber with McGregor, while Barnes and Neville, both in their late 20s, said they played on the same soccer team with him.“I was up front, scoring goals: boom, boom, boom!” Neville recalled in animated detail. “Conor was just defending, knocking people out.”Like many McGregor supporters who traveled from abroad, the trio were struggling to score tickets for the fight, which were still hovering around $1,300 apiece on the secondary market on Saturday morning. US sports Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Mayweather v McGregor: the Money Fight explained – video Read more Their presence can be crudely quantified by the prices at the sports books around town, which have shortened over the course of the week to roughly 3-1, exceedingly charitable odds for a novice boxer making his professional debut against a five-division champion who is unbeaten in 49 paying fights.But it’s been even more palpable on the strip, which has become a blur of emerald soccer, rugby union and Gaelic football jerseys. They were carousing from dawn on Friday in the casinos and at the swanky outdoor watering holes beneath a cloudless sky on the way to the T-Mobile Arena, double-fisting beers and frozen drinks, singing songs and brimming with confidence as bright as the August sun.Among them were Dillon Barnes, Bob Neville and Gibo MacDermott, who were sucking down beers outside the T-Mobile Arena several hours before Friday’s weigh-in, wearing matching kelly-green suits festooned with shamrocks. Neville even remembered to wear a dress shirt. Boxinglast_img read more


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first_imgBurak Yilmaz has completed a contentious move to Besiktas after Trabzonspor confirmed that they have agreed to sell the veteran striker for a fee of €1.36 million.The Turkey striker had a previous spell with Besiktas between 2006 and 2008 and has since appeared for Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor and Galatasaray, the three other top clubs in his country.Now 33, Burak returns to the Black Eagles having made just seven appearances for Trabzonspor this season. He was fined and suspended by the club in November after he was seen gesturing and cursing towards their supporters when being substituted during their match with Bursaspor. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Many Besiktas fans are unhappy with the club’s decision to re-sign Burak, but chairman Fikret Orman insisted on completing the deal, citing the players’ admiration for the club and their problems in attack as the grounds for his return.Burak explained his delight at completing a transfer to the club his “heart belongs to” in an Instagram post on Thursday.”Life is understood retrospectively but lived preemptively. While I was trying to live my life preemptively, life has introduced me to the club which my heart belongs to. I believe this reunion has a beautiful and meaningful meaning for which we will look back in the future and realise,” the striker wrote.”I’m already excited and proud for this reunion. I want to thank Senol Gunes [Besiktas head coach], who made me wear the Besiktas uniform again and everyone who believes in me. I will do everything in my power to be worthy of this trust.”Burak Yilmaz TrabzonsporBurak, who has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, was of interest to Besiktas last summer, only to turn down his former side in favour of staying with Trabzonspor.Besiktas fans’ dislike for Burak dates back to 2012, when the Black Eagles were on the verge of beating the defending champions Galatasaray, before the striker appeared to dive for a late penalty which Selcuk Inan converted to see the match end in a 3-3 draw.Since then, many Besiktas supporters have referred to Burak as the ‘thief Burak’.The striker has addressed the supporters’ discontent at the deal by outlining his intentions to fight for the club “till the last drop of his sweat”.”I respect the criticism and praise from every individual of great Besiktas fans. I just want you to know that, from the moment I put on the Besiktas jersey, I will be aware of the responsibility that comes with being a Besiktas player and the values with which it brings. I will fight for Besiktas till the last drop of my sweat.”last_img read more


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first_imgSudden U-turn in my selection despite passing yo-yo test: Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh has revealed how the Indian team management was in a fix after the left-hander passed the yo-yo test, a decision which ultimately led to the end of his glittering career.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 26, 2019UPDATED: September 26, 2019 20:30 IST Yuvraj Singh has made a number of startling revelations (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh spoke exclusively to Aaj TakYuvraj said that he didn’t understand the sudden introduction of the yo-yo testYuvraj also said that nobody speaks the truth to your face in Indian cricketFormer India cricketer Yuvraj Singh has revealed that he was taken aback after not being selected for the Indian team despite passing the mandatory yo-yo test. In an exclusive chat with Aaj Tak, Yuvraj spoke on a number of issues ranging from his retirement to India’s World Cup 2019 campaign, unravelling a host of startling revelations about Indian cricket.Yuvraj Singh was particularly scathing in his attack on Indian cricket and the team management, who according to him never took the chance to sit down with him and tell him that they were going to favour youngsters in favour of an ageing player like him.”Never thought that I would be dropped after being the man of the match in 2 games out of the 8-9 I played after the Champions Trophy 2017. I got injured and I was told to prepare for the Sri Lanka series. Then suddenly, the yo-yo test came into the picture. It was a u-turn in my selection. Suddenly I had to go back and prepare for the yo-yo test at the age of 36. Even after I cleared the yo-yo test, I was told to play domestic cricket. They actually thought that I wouldn’t be able to clear the test due to my age. And that it would be easy to decline me afterwards…yeah you can say it was an exercise in making excuses.”I think it was unfortunate for a guy who has played 15-17 years of international cricket to not being made to sit down and being talked to. No one told me and no one told Virender Sehwag or Zaheer Khan either. Whichever player it is, the person who is in-charge should sit down and talk with the player that we are looking at the youngsters and we’ve taken this step. This way, you do feel bad at the beginning but at least you give them the credit of being true to your face – sth which doesn’t happen in Indian cricket. It has been like that forever almost. I have seen it happen to big names. Took it personally then but not now as there is a time for everything to move on and I have made my peace with it,” said Yuvraj.advertisementAlso Read | Playing for India, you should not be picking and choosing series: Gautam Gambhir on MS DhoniAlso Read | You need to respect bowlers like Rabada and Keshav: Ajinkya RahaneFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Team India Nextlast_img read more



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first_imgNew Delhi: The results of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 were declared on Wednesday, with Rajasthan’s Nalin Khandelwal topping the exam. The NEET is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in medical and dental colleges approved by the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India. Khandelwal scored 701 marks out of 720 to top the exam. Delhi’s Bhavik Bansal and Akshat Kaushik from Uttar Pradesh secured the second and the third positions respectively. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Both, Bansal and Kaushik scored 700 out of 720 marks, but Bansal was ranked second because he secured more marks in biology than Kaushik. Telangana’s Madhuri Reddy G emerged as the topper among girls by securing an all-India rank of seven. She secured 695 marks out of 720. Rajasthan’s Bheraram topped among the differently-abled candidates by scoring 604 out of 720 marks. As many as 14,10,755 candidates had appeared for the exam out of which 7,97,042 qualified the test. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France NEET was conducted across 154 cities in 11 languages and 2,546 centres. Out of 6,30,283 males who took the exam, 3,51,278 qualified for it. While 7,80,467 females appeared for it, 4,45,761 qualified. Out of five transgenders who appeared for the exam, three qualified for it. As many as 15,19,375 candidates had registered for the exam, but 1,08,015 did not appear for it. The NTA conducted the NEET throughout the country on May 5 and May 20. The Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India come under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress-JDS alliance which is hanging by a thread after the mass resignations will have to prove its majority on Thursday. The floor test will take place at 11 am on July 18, said Congress’s Siddaramaiah after a meeting of a panel that decides the agenda of the state assembly. Sixteen MLAs of the ruling coalition have submitted their resignations to the Speaker. If the resignations are accepted, the coalition will have 101 MLAs in the 224-member House versus the BJP’s 105. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The BJP, which was pressing for a floor test today, said it won’t allow the House to proceed unless the no-confidence motion is held at the earliest. The Supreme Court today also agreed to take up the pleas of five more rebel Karnataka MLAs who alleged that they were “being threatened to support the government on the threat of disqualification”. The hearing will take place tomorrow. Those who moved the court are Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraju, Roshan Baig and Munirathna. On July 11, acting on the plea by 10 rebels, the Supreme Court had asked the Speaker to decide on the resignations before the end of the day.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more


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first_imgKalaburagi (KTK): Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said Congress veteran M Mallikarjuna Kharge should have been given the top post in the state a long time ago and allegedinjustice was done to the veteran leader. His remarks at a public meeting attended by Kharge comes amidst a bitter spat between the leaders of Congress and JD(S) over the growing demand from a section of the national party’s MLAs that Siddaramaiah be made the chief minister once again. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghKumaraswamy is leading the Congress-JDS coalition government in the state. “Mallikarjun Kharge should have been the Chief Minister long back.. I feel injustice has been done to him.. I would like to clearly say that Kharge has not been given recognition for all the work he has rendered,” Kumaraswamy said at a meeting in Chincholi on Tuesday. Siddaramaiah, Coalition Coordination Committee Chairman, had termed the growing clamour within his party to make him the Chief Minister once again as an expression of supporters’ “affection,” but said he still stood by his word of not contesting the next assembly polls. Chincholi assembly seat is going for by-polls on May 19.last_img read more


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By Mohamed BellaRabat – The Marrakech Directorate of Culture has organized a fado concert to celebrate the Portuguese guitar with Marta Pereira da Costa tonight.Young Portuguese artist Marta Pereira da Costa will play at Marrakech’s Bahia Palace. The Portuguese consulate in Marrakech collaborated in organizing the concert. Da Costa, the winner of the 2014 “Musician of the Year Award” in Portugal, is currently the only female guitarist who plays the fado genre of music.Fado, which dates to the 1820s, is regarded as the soul of Portuguese music..Marta Pereira da Costa will give a solo performance on the Portuguese guitar, also called the fado guitar. The instrument is a chordophone with 6 pairs of strings and a pear-shaped wooden sound-box.Da Costa has performed across the globe, in New York, Toronto, Madrid,, Paris, and Ljubljana.In 2012, da Costa recorded the Portuguese guitar for artist Rodrigo Costa Felix’s album, the first record in the history of fado where the Portuguese guitar was solely played by a woman.Da Costa’s magical music is a mix of tradition and innovation, delicacy and vigor, beauty and elegance that catch the ears of those that listen with their own souls.“The fact that it is not common to see women playing the Portuguese guitar, made me want to try and play it. So I challenged myself to play the instrument.” Da Costa told Culture for Friends.Fado music still fascinates da Costa everyday, while she works hard to leave a mark on the history of not only Portuguese music, but on the world. She is now a role model for many young Portuguese girls who want to follow her footsteps. read more


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Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa says two officials of the National Housing Development Authority have been interdicted over the destruction of an archaeological site in Ipalogama.The Anuradhapura District Manager of the National Housing Development Authority and a technical officer have been interdicted over the incident as investigations continue. (Colombo Gazette)