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Photos: The Alex Morgan Story

first_imgAdvertisementAlexandra Patricia Morgan Carrasco (born July 2, 1989) is an American soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. She is a forward for Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States women’s national soccer team. Shortly after graduating early from the University of California, Berkeley, where she played for the women’s soccer team, Morgan was drafted number one overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash. There, she made her professional debut and helped the team win the league championship.Morgan attended UC Berkeley, where she played for the California Golden Bears from 2007 to 2010. She led the Golden Bears in scoring during her first season with the team. During a match against Stanford in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, Morgan scored an equalizer that resulted in a 1–1 draw with less than two minutes left in regulation time. The team was ultimately defeated during penalty kicks.Despite continued absences due to U.S. national team commitments throughout her collegiate career, Morgan led the Golden Bears in scoring and helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament four years in a row, advancing to the second round twice.After being named a candidate for the Hermann Trophy during her junior year, Morgan became the first California player to be one of the top three finalists for the award. She was one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award, given to the best overall candidate in each sport.On January 14, 2011, Morgan was the first overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash. She was the first California Golden Bears women’s soccer player to be drafted in the first round of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS).Morgan scored her first goal for the Flash during the team’s home opener—a 3–0 win over the Atlanta Beat on May 1, 2011. Throughout the 2011 season, she played in 14 matches and scored four goals. The club won the regular season title and the WPS Championship title the same year.After the WPS later suspended operations in early 2012 due to legal and financial difficulties, Morgan joined her national teammates Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Cox on the Seattle Sounders Women for the 2012 season. Of her signing, Morgan said, “I am excited to play in a city that is so passionate about soccer. The Sounders have been one of, if not the best fan support in MLS. I can only imagine how Seattle fans would respond to having a full professional women’s team in the future.On January 11, 2013, Morgan was one of three U.S. national team players to join the Portland Thorns FC for the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League via the NWSL Player Allocation. She scored her first goal for the Thorns during the team’s home-opener at Jeld-Wen Field in front of 16,479 spectators helping her team defeat the Seattle Reign FC 2–1.She finished the regular season as the team’s point leader, and joint scoring leader (with Christine Sinclair), with eight goals and five assists (21 points). The club finished third during the regular season led by head coach Cindy Parlow Cone. On August 31, 2013, Portland captured the league’s inaugural championship title after defeating regular season champions Western New York Flash 2–0; Morgan assisted on the second goal. Morgan was named to the NWSL Second XI on August 28.On October 26, 2015, it was announced that the Thorns had traded Morgan, along with teammate Kaylyn Kyle, to an expansion team Orlando Pride in exchange for the Pride’s number one picks in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft and 2016 NWSL College Draft as well as an international roster spot for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Morgan scored four goals in her 15 appearances for the Pride.The club finished in ninth place during the regular season with a 6–13–1 record led by head coach Tom Sermanni.Morgan made her 2016–17 UEFA Women’s Champions League debut in the first leg of the quarterfinals on March 23 during the team’s 2–0 win over VfL Wolfsburg.On June 1, she started in the 2017 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final but subbed off after 23 minutes due to the hamstring injury. Lyon won the match after a penalty shootout.Advertisementlast_img read more

PM Modi in UK: Full text of PM Modi’s speech at British Parliament

first_imgLord Speaker,Mr. Speaker,Mr. Prime Minister I am delighted to be in London. Even in this globalised world, London is still the standard for our times. The city has embraced the world’s diversity and represents the finest in human achievements. And, I am truly honoured to speak in the British Parliament.Mr. Speaker, thank you for opening the doors to us, here in this magnificent setting of the Royal Court. I know that the Parliament is not in Session. Prime Minister Cameron looks relaxed and relieved.But, I want to remind you, Mr. Prime Minister, that you owe me royalty for an election slogan. I know that you are hosting me at the Chequers this evening. But, I also know that you will understand if I am fair to both sides of the floor. Especially since British MPs of Indian Origin are evenly balanced between the Treasury and the Opposition benches. So, I also extend my good wishes to the Labour. Indeed, since these are still early days after the election, my warm congratulations to the Members of the House. And, greetings to the eminent leaders of Britain and great friends of India present here today.So much of the modern history of India is linked to this building. So much history looms across our relationship. There are others who have spoken forcefully on the debts and dues of history. I will only say that many freedom fighters of India found their calling in the institutions of Britain. And, many makers of modern India, including several of my distinguished predecessors, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Dr. Manmohan Singh, passed through their doors.advertisementThere are many things on which it is hard to tell anymore if they are British or Indian: The Jaguar or the Scotland Yard, for example. The Brooke Bond tea or my friend late Lord Ghulam Nun’s curry. And, our strongest debates are whether the Lord’s pitch swings unfairly or the wicket at Eden Gardens cracks too early. And, we love the Bhangra rap from London just as you like the English novel from India.On the way to this event, Prime Minister Cameron and I paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi outside the Parliament. I was reminded of a question I was asked on a tour abroad. How is it that the statue of Gandhi stands outside the British Parliament? To that question, my answer is: The British are wise enough to recognise his greatness; Indians are generous enough to share him; we are both fortunate enough to have been touched by his life and mission; and, we are both smart enough to use the strengths of our connected histories to power the future of our relationship.So, I stand here today, not as a visiting Head of Government, given the honour to speak in this temple of democracy. I am here as a representative of a fellow institution and a shared tradition.And, tomorrow, Prime Minister and I will be at the Wembley. Even in India, every young footballer wants to bend it like Beckham. Wembley will be a celebration of one-half-million threads of life that bind us; one and half million people – proud of their heritage in India; proud of their home in Britain.It will be an expression of joy for all that we share: values, institutions, political system, sports, culture and art. And, it will be a recognition of our vibrant partnerships and a shared future.The United Kingdom is the third largest investor in India behind Singapore and Mauritius. India is the third largest source of Foreign Direct Investment projects in the United Kingdom. Indians invest more in Britain than in the rest of European Union combined. It is not because they want to save on interpretation costs, but because they find an environment that is welcoming and familiar.It takes an Indian icon, Tata, to run a British icon and become your nation’s largest private sector employer.The UK remains a preferred destination for Indian students. And, I am pleased that an Indian company is taking a thousand British students to India to skill them in Information Technology.We are working together in the most advanced areas of science and technology. We are finding solutions to the enduring human problems of food and health security, and seeking answers to emerging challenges like climate change.Our security agencies work together so that our children return home safe and our increasingly networked lives are not prey to the threats on cyber space.Our Armed Forces exercise with each other, so that they can stand more strongly for the values we represent. This year alone, we have had three exercises together.advertisementAnd, in the international arena, your support has made it more possible for India to take her rightful place in global institutions and regimes. And, it has helped us both advance our common interests.Mr. Speaker,Strong as our partnership is, for a relationship such as ours, we must set higher ambitions. We are two democracies; two strong economies; and, two innovative societies.We have the comfort of familiarity and the experience of a long partnership. Britain’s resurgence is impressive. Its influence on the future of the global economy remains strong.And, Mr. Speaker, India is new bright spot of hope and opportunity for the world. It is not just the universal judgment of international institutions. It is not just the logic of numbers: a nation of 1.25 billion people with 800 million under the age of 35 years.This optimism comes from the energy and enterprise of our youth; eager for change and confident of achieving it. It is the result of bold and sustained measures to reform our laws, policies, institutions and processes.We are igniting the engines of our manufacturing sector; making our farms more productive and more resilient; making our services more innovative and efficient; moving with urgency on building global skills for our youth; creating a revolution in Startup enterprises; and, building the next generation infrastructure that will have a light footprint on the Earth.Our momentum comes not just from the growth we pursue, but from the transformation that we seek in the quality of life for every citizen.Much of India that we dream of still lies ahead of us: housing, power, water and sanitation for all; bank accounts and insurance for every citizen; connected and prosperous villages; and, smart and sustainable cities. These are goals with a definite date, not just a mirage of hope.And, inspired by Gandhiji, the change has begun with us – the way the government works. There is transparency and accountability in governance. There is boldness and speed in decisions.Federalism is no longer the fault line of Centre-State relations, but the definition of a new partnership of Team India. Citizens now have the ease of trust, not the burden of proof and process. Businesses find an environment that is open and easy to work in.In a nation connected by cell phones, Digital India is transforming the interface between Government and people.So, Mr. Speaker, with apologies to poet T.S. Eliot, we won’t let the shadow fall between the idea and reality.If you visit India, you will experience the wind of change.It is reflected in the surge of investments from around the world; in enhanced stability of our economy; in 190 million new bank accounts of hope and inclusion; in the increase in our growth to nearly 7.5% per year; and, in the sharp rise in our ranking on Ease of Doing Business.advertisementAnd, the motto of Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas, is our vision of a nation, in which every citizen belongs, participates and prospers.It is not just a call for economic inclusion. It is also a celebration of our diversity; the creed for social harmony; and, a commitment to individual liberties and rights.This is the timeless ethos of our culture; this is the basis of our constitution; and, this will be the foundation of our future.Mr. Speaker, Members and Friends,The progress of India is the destiny of one-sixth of humanity. And, it will also mean a world more confident of its prosperity; and, more secure about its future.It is also natural and inevitable that our economic relations will grow by leaps and bounds. We will form unbeatable partnerships, if we combine our unique strengths and the size and scale of opportunities in India.We will see more investment and trade. We will open new doors in the Services sector. We will collaborate more – here and in India – in defence equipment and technology. We will work together on renewable and nuclear energy.We will explore the mysteries of science and harness the power of technology and innovation. We will realise the opportunities of the digital world. Our youth will learn more from – and with – each other.But, a relationship as rich as this, with so much promise as ours, cannot be measured only in terms of our mutual prosperity.Mr. Speaker,Ours is an age of multiple transitions in the world. We are yet to fully comprehend the future unfolding before us. As in the previous ages, it will be different from the world we know.So, in the uncharted waters of our uncertain times, we must together help steer a steady course for this world in the direction that mirrors the ideals we share.For, in that lies not just the success of our two nations, but also the promise of the world that we desire. We have the strength of our partnership and the membership of the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the G-20.We live in a world where instability in a distant region quickly reaches our doorsteps. We see this in the challenges of radicalization and refugees.The fault lines are shifting from the boundaries of nations into the web of our societies and the streets of our cities. And, terrorism and extremism are a global force that are larger than their changing names, groups, territories and targets.The world must speak in one voice and act in unison to combat this challenge of our times. We must adopt a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the UN without delay. There should be no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between nations. There should be a resolve to isolate those who harbour terrorists and willingness to stand with nations that will fight them honestly. And, we need a social movement against extremism in countries where it is most prevalent and, every effort to delink religion and terrorism.Oceans remain vital for our prosperity. Now, we have to also secure our cyber and outer space. Our interests are aligned across many regions. We have a shared interest in stable, prosperous and integrated South Asia, drawn together in a shared march to prosperity.We want an Afghanistan that is shaped by the dreams of the great Afghan people, not by irrational fears and overreaching ambitions of others.A peaceful, stable Indian Ocean Region is vital for global commerce and prosperity. And, the future of Asia Pacific region will have profound impact on all of us. We both have huge stakes in West Asia and the Gulf.And, in Africa, where, amidst many challenges, we see so many promising signs of courage, wisdom, leadership and enterprise. India has just held an Africa Summit, in which all 55 countries, and 42 leaders participated.We must also cooperate to launch a low carbon age for a sustainable future for our planet. This is a global responsibility that we must assume in Paris later this month.The world has crafted a beautiful balance of collective action – common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities.Those who have the means and the know-how must help meet the universal aspiration of humanity for clean energy and a healthy environment. And, when we speak of restraint, we must not only think of curbing fossil fuels, but also moderating our lifestyles.We must all do our part. For India, a target of 175 GW of additional capacity in renewable energy by 2022 and reduction in emission intensity of 33-35 % by 2030 are just two of the steps of a comprehensive strategy.I have also proposed to launch during the COP 21 meeting an International Solar Alliance to make solar energy an integral part of our lives, even in the most unconnected villages.In Britain, you are more likely to use an umbrella against rain than the sun. But, my team defined the membership of the Solar Alliance in more precise terms: you have to be located within the Tropics.And, we are pleased that the United Kingdom qualifies! So, we look forward to an innovative Britain as a valuable partner in this endeavour. Prime Minister Cameron and I are, indeed, very pleased that cooperation on affordable and accessible clean energy is an important pillar of our relations.Mr. Speaker,This is a huge moment for our two great nations. So, we must seize our opportunities, remove the obstacles to cooperation, instill full confidence in our relations and remain sensitive to each other’s interests.In doing so, we will transform our strategic partnership, and we will make this relationship count as one of the leading global partnerships. Ever so often, in the call of Britain’s most famous Bard that we must seize the tide in the affairs of men, the world has sought the inspiration to act. And, so must we.But, in defining the purpose of our partnership, we must turn to a great son of India, whose house in London I shall dedicate to the cause of social justice on Saturday. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, whose 125th birth anniversary we are celebrating now, was not just an architect of India’s Constitution and our parliamentary democracy. He also stood for the upliftment of the weak, the oppressed and the excluded. And, he lifted us all to a higher cause in the service of humanity; to build a future of justice, equality, opportunity and dignity for all humans; and, peace among people.That is the cause to which India and the United Kingdom have dedicated themselves today.Thank you very much, thanks a lot.HIGHLIGHTSI’m delighted to be London. Even in this globalised world, London is still the standard of our times. It represents the finesse in human achievement.I’m truly honoured to speak in the British Parliament. I know the Parliament is not in session. Prime Minister Cameron looks relaxed and relieved.I extend my good wishes to the Labour. I extend warm greetings to the friends of India present here today.I will only say that many freedom fighters of India founders of India found their calling in the institutions of Britain. From Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh passed through the doors here.There are so much in common between the culture. We debate over the pitches of Lord’s and Eden Gardens.Earlier we paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue outside the Parliament. I was asked about how that statue came about here. I said British were wise enough to recognise him, India was generous enough to share him.Tomorrow we hope to be in Wembley. It will be an expression of joy for all that we share – values, shares, political systems, sports, culture and art.The UK is the third largest investor in India behind Singapore and Mauritius. Indians invest more in Britain than in rest of the EU.Our security agencies are working together so our children return home safe.It takes and Indian icon Tata to run a British icon and become the nation’s largest private sector employer. And UK remains the preferred choice of Indian students.India is newfound spot of hope and opportunity for the world.This year alone we have had three exercises together. Your support has helped India take its rightful place in the global arena.It is not just about numbers. A nation of 1.25 billion people with 800 million is under 35 years. It is the reason of bold and sustained measure for reform.Our momentum comes from the quality of life we seek for every citizen.In a nation connected by cell phones, Digital India is changing the interface between citizens and world.The motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is a vision of participation and prosperity for every citizen.This is the timeless ethos of our culture and foundation of our constitution.We will open more doors of cooperation.Ours is an age of multiple transitions in the world. We are yet to fully comprehend the future unfolding before us.last_img read more

Let The Gay Games Begin!

first_imgCLEVELAND — If Cleveland and Akron seem like odd choices to host the international Gay Games, that’s because they are.The eight previous hosts for this quadrennial affair have been gay-friendly cities with identifiable “gayborhoods” — places where those who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered feel comfortable living and hanging out.Cleveland and Akron don’t have gayborhoods and their LGBT communities generally keep a low profile. That will all change Aug. 9 with the opening ceremonies for Gay Games 9 at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. The Games run through Aug. 16.Gay media outlets pilloried the decision to try and bring the 2014 Games to northeast Ohio, which was competing against the more gay friendly cities of Boston and Washington.A group no longer associated with Gay Games 9 joined forces with officials from Cleveland, Akron and their respective tourism boards to convince Gay Games officials that northeast Ohio would represent a big win for everyone.Tourism officials hope the Games will turn the region into a tourist destination for the gay community.“The biggest reason for the region to host the Gay Games is the kind of legacy it can leave for northeast Ohio,” said David Gilbert of Positively Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “The eyes of the LGBT world and LGBT media will be on Cleveland and will give our community a chance to shine.”Boosters for the region had plenty of ammunition for selling the region’s venues for the Games’ events. But they also pushed the idea that bringing the Games into the heart of the Rust Belt would provide an opportunity to chip away at barriers that persist between the straight and gay communities through simple interactions and by dispelling stereotypes.Games organizers stress how skilled and competitive many of the competitors are and that many played their respective sports at the college level.“The Games are about diversity, about changing hearts and minds,” said Tom Nobbe, one of the Games lead organizers, in an interview with The Associated Press.About 8,000 people have registered to participate in the Games’ more than 35 events, which range from traditional sports like track and field and basketball to the non-traditional, such as rodeo and ballroom dancing. The participants come from 51 countries and 48 states.While registration numbers are lower than for past games — Cologne, Germany, had 9,500 registrants in 2010 and Chicago had 12,000 in 2006 — Nobbe said he was thrilled by the number of registrants for Gay Games 9.He attributed the lower number to the Akron and Cleveland region being the smallest to ever host the Gay Games. The metropolitan areas for the two cities have a combined population of about 2.7 million. Games officials hope as many as 30,000 people will participate or attend events during the weeklong Games.As a gay man and Greater Cleveland native, Nobbe called the Games the “event of a lifetime.” He said he would be participating in one of the swimming events.In keeping with the Gay Games credo of “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best,” straight people were encouraged to register for events.The Games for the first time is partnering with local, non-gay groups for events such as rowing and the open water swim. The golf tournament at historic Firestone Country Club in Akron likely will draw a number of straight competitors.While there are no gayborhoods, organizers expect participants to find gay clubs and bars scattered around the area. They also hope visitors are made to feel welcome at businesses throughout the region.In downtown Cleveland, bars and restaurants have placed decals in their windows that say “GG9” in the hope of inviting visitors inside. The Games are expected to produce tens of millions of dollars in local spending, Positively Cleveland’s Gilbert said.Nobbe and Games co-organizer Rob Smitherman, a former college basketball player who will be playing for a team during the Games, said they have been heartened by the support they’ve received from the gay and straight communities.They proudly point out how industrial heavyweights like Lubrizol Corp. and Eaton Corp., are sponsors even though the companies have no obvious reasons to be supportive. Dozens of sponsors have helped the Games raise nearly $3 million in cash and in-kind contributions, Nobbe and Smitherman said.Those contributions, the men said, are more examples of how organizers have been uniformly met with enthusiasm throughout the community.While northeast Ohio may not have a gay friendly reputation, they’ve seen no evidence to the contrary. Nobbe and Smitherman said many of the 2,000 volunteers for the Games are straight.Yet Nobbe is not naive about the potential for homophobic confrontations. He said he has marched in enough Gay Pride parades to know better, but added that police, the FBI, Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies have worked closely with organizers and that he does not anticipate any trouble.While he might be overly optimistic, Nobbe would like to think Cleveland has reached a “post-gay” period when sexual orientation no longer matters.“It’s not an issue any more,” Nobbe said.Phyllis Harris, Executive Director of the Cleveland LGBT Center, at the invitation of the Cleveland Police Department, has held “competency training” for most of the officers on the force. She said she found their attentiveness to her message encouraging. And she is excited by the chance her hometown of Cleveland has been given.“I want us to show up,” Harris said. “This is one of those opportunities that we happen to have and I think we’ll be all right. I would ask skeptics to get involved and put their money where their mouth is.”(MARK GILLISPIE) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Steeplechase runner Navin Dagar tests positive ahead of Asian Games 2018

first_imgAsian Games-bound steeplechase runner Navin Dagar has tested positive for a banned substance meldonium during the Inter-State Athletics Meet in Guwahati.The news comes as a big blow for India’s preparations for the upcoming Asiad, which will be held in Indonesia.Dagar is a bronze-medallist from the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and breached the qualifying mark of 8:41 seconds during the Guwahati meet.It is learnt that Dagar was handed provisional suspension by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on July 23 after he tested positive for the banned substance during an In-Competition (IC) test by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).”AFI has suspended Dagar, who was undergoing high altitude training with other middle and long distance runners in Bhutan. He has tested positive for meldonium. He is now awaiting his B sample report,” a source close to the athlete told PTI today.Neither AFI nor NADA issued any official statement. It is a major setback for the AFI as two athletes have so far tested positive for banned substances this week.With Dagar’s suspension, India will go unrepresented in the 3000m race at the quadrennial extravaganza in Jakarta and Palembang, starting August 18.Earlier, this week javelin thrower Amit Kumar, a bronze medallist at the Inter-State meet, tested positive for banned substance during an ‘Out Of Competition (OOC)’ Test in Finland conducted under the aegis of Athletes Integrity Unit (AIU).(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Virat Kohli after innings defeat at Lord’s: We were outplayed and deserved to lose

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli did not mince his words after his team suffered an innings and 159 runs defeat against England at Lord’s on Sunday.It was the second defeat in as many matches for Kohli’s side as they now find themselves 0-2 down in the five-match series.India was all out for 130, barely improving on its first-innings total of 107, after England had declared on 396-7 during the opening session of the fourth day.A disappointed Kohli after the match said his team deserved to lose the match at the Home of Cricket.”Not proud of the way we’ve played. First time in the last five Tests that we’ve been outplayed. We deserved to lose this game, the way we went about things,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony.India handed humiliating defeat by ruthless England at Lord’sAs India lost the toss, Indian batsmen were asked to face some of the most difficult conditions after the first day’s play was washed out due to rain without a ball being bowled.However, Kohli said that the difficult batting conditions can’t be blamed for the loss.”Can’t really think about conditions when you’re playing the game. You can’t sit and crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green won’t go your way. Even when the ball’s doing a bit, you have to pitch it in the right areas. Their guys were relentless, they made us work for the runs,” Kohli said.India went into the match with two spinners – R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav – when conditions clearly suited fast bowlers and Kohli admitted to the mistake.advertisement”Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable, I think we got the combination a bit off before the game. Chance to correct that next game,” Kohli said.India vs England, 2nd Test: HighlightsThe batsman was forced to miss some of the on-field action during England’s batting due to stiffness in back.Kohli said he’s confident that he will recover ahead of the third Test.”Five days to go, should be okay. Lower back issue coming up again and again, purely because of the workload. Confident I’ll be fine in five days time,” Kohli addedThe third Test starts from August 18 at Trent Bridge.last_img read more

India, China identify 10 areas of people-to-people cooperation

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) In keeping with the Wuhan spirit in the wake of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in April this year, India and China on Friday identified 10 areas for boosting people-to-people cooperation.Addressing the inaugural session of the third edition of the India-China High-Level Media Forum here after co-chairing the first-ever meeting of the India-China High-Level Mechanism on People-to-People Exchanges with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that Modi and Xi set the tone at the Wuhan informal summit for deepening cultural exchanges and people-to-people cooperation.Xi hosted the Wuhan summit to improve bilateral ties after the armies of the two countries were in a face-to-face situation for 73 days at Doklam in the India-Bhutan-China international trijunction last year.”Both our leaders believe that improving people-to-people ties will help in boosting bilateral relations,” Sushma Swaraj said.Stating that Friday’s two-hour-long meeting was unique and different from all the earlier meetings she had with Wang in the last four years, she said that it focussed solely on bilateral cultural exchanges and people-to-people cooperation.”Today, we identified 10 areas of people-to-people cooperation: cultural exchanges, films and television co-production, media, sports, youth affairs, tourism, exchanges between states and cities, traditional medicine, yoga and academics,” Sushma Swaraj said.”Both countries had very fruitful discussions and I am very satisfied,” she said, adding that she was inspired by the positive approach from the Chinese side.Stating that joint forums across different fields are designed to build trust among the two countries, the External Affairs Minister said that the media has a significant role to play in this.”In the last 40 years, China developed fast through reforms and opening up the economy,” she said.”India will become a $5-trillion economy by 2025 and we will both benefit by cooperating with each other.”Expressing gratitude to the Chinese side for taking a number of positive steps after the Wuhan summit, Sushma Swaraj said that both Indian and Chinese armies are cooperating with each other now.”Today, we are working together on a number of regional as well as international issues,” she said.”We are ending the year with a great sense of satisfaction.”On his part, Wang said that he fully agreed with Sushma Swaraj’s positive comments about the meeting.”Today’s meeting was a full success,” he said. “Our leaders have great expectations from cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties.”Wang said that mutual visits between the people of the two countries will be increased in the times to come as the current number is too small.”Better people-to-people ties will be beneficial not only for China and India but also for the world,” he said”We will leverage our respective strengths in various sectors.”Stating that the first High-Level Mechanism meeting has been a good beginning, Wang said that it will benefit the 2.7 billion people of the two countries.”China has just celebrated the 40th anniversary of reforms and opening up,” he said.”India, our most important neighbour, is also opening up and is developing fast.”Earlier, Modi in a message ahead of the meeting, said that as ancient civilisations and neighbours, India and China have been having deep cultural ties for ages.”Today, the growing contacts and exchanges between our people will give new momentum to these ties,” he said.”This new mechanism is proof of the fact that cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties form an important part of our bilateral relations.”Modi said that these ties will become a new source of energy for the partnership between the two countries for rapid development.–IANSab/niradvertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Rafinha targeted by Arsenal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:45 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Arsenal target RafinhaArsenal are interested in signing in-demand Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, according to  Catalunya Radio, via Sport. Rafinha is looking to leave Barca in January in search of regular first-team football, and he is a target for Celta Vigo and Inter Milan.He could be allowed to leave on loan with a view to a €20 million permanent move, with Arsenal one of three clubs interested. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca still in for GriezmannAntoine Griezmann Atletico MadridSpanish TV programme  El Larguero on Cadena SER (vis AS ) has revealed that Barcelona are still very much in for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.While the signing of Philippe Coutinho put a temporary dampner on hopes of signing the French striker because of FFP, the report states that Barca will match the €100m buyout clause and offer a package to put Griezmann on a pay structure similar to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, the club’s top earners. Arda set for Istanbul Basaksehir Arda Turan BarcelonaBarcelona midfielder Arda Turan’s move to Istanbul Basaksehir is set to be confirmed this week, according to the Turkish club’s coach. The 30-year-old has yet to appear in La Liga this season, and Basaksehir manager Abdullah Avci said that Turan’s move back to his home country will be announced Thursday or Friday. Check out the full story on Goal!Napoli leading race for DeulofeuGerard Deulofeu BarcelonaNapoli are the favorites to sign Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu, reports  Gianluca Di Marzio . The Spanish giants aren’t interested in loan deals and the Serie A side are the only ones willing to meet the club’s €18-20 million asking price. Barca offer Rafinha to InterRafinha Granada Barcelona La LigaBarcelona have offered midfielder Rafinha to Inter Milan, according to Gianluca Di Marzio .Rafinha has also been linked with Celta Vigo, but his versatility makes him a good fit for the Nerazzurri. Andre Gomes asks to leave BarcaAndre Gomes BarcelonaAndre Gomes has asked Ernesto Valverde to let him leave Barcelona, reports Sport . The report claims that the midfielder doesn’t care if he goes on loan or on a full transfer, but wants out during the winter window. Barca strike €11.5m Mina dealYerry Mina PalmeirasBarcelona have agreed the €11.5 million purchase of Yerry Mina from Palmeiras, according to Sport .The Colombia international has been the subject of a transfer tug of war between the Catalans and Palmeiras in recent weeks, with the latter demanding a fee that exceeds the first option already agreed.But there has been a breakthrough, and Mina is now expected to arrive in Barcelona this week to finalise a transfer.Rakitic eyes Barca exitIvan Rakitic BarcelonaBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is wanted by Juventus, Liverpool and Arsenal, according to Diario Gol .Rakitic is wary that his gametime may be diminshed by the signing of Philippe Coutinho from the Reds, but he is unwilling to move before the World Cup next summer.If he and Croatia perform well, the report states, then offers are likely to multiply.Barca rejected Coutinho loanPhilippe Coutinho LiverpoolBarcelona rejected the idea of loaning Philippe Coutinho back to Liverpool for the remainder of the season, according to the Daily Mail .Liverpool’s owners reportedly did everything in their power to keep the Brazilian at Anfield until the summer, hoping a loan would be reasonable given Coutinho is cup-tied in the Champions League.Turan wants to stay at BarcaArda Turan BarcelonaArda Turan wants to stay at Barcelona and collect his full salary from the club, according to Cadena SER .While the club are looking to offload Aleix Vidal, Gerard Deulofeu and Turan, the Turkey international – who has made no appearances since Ernesto Valverde took over last summer – reportedly wants to complete his contract at the Camp Nou.Barca ahead of Man Utd in Griezmann chaseAntoine Griezmann Atletico MadridManchester United face a battle to convince Antoine Griezmann to join them, with Barcelona considered favourites to land the Atletico Madrid star, according to ESPN .The Red Devils retain an interest in the France international but he would prefer to stay in Spain, thus edging Barca to the front of the queue for his signature.Griezmann is unlikely to leave the Liga club in January and although he remains open to a switch to Old Trafford, there are still reservations about swapping Madrid for Manchester.last_img read more

ESPN Releases New College Football Top 25 Power Rankings

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)If Week 1 of the college football season taught us anything, it’s that Alabama and Clemson might be even better this season with new quarterbacks. Tua Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to a dominant win over Louisville, while Trevor Lawrence sparked the Tigers’ offense against Furman.ESPN unveiled its Power Rankings after the week 1 action.Not much has changed at the top of the college football rankings, but a few huge games from last weekend had a significant impact. Notre Dame’s win over Michigan vaulted the Fighting Irish up the polls.So too, did Auburn, which scored a win against No. 6 Washington. Meanwhile, a few teams suffered significant drops, including Michigan and Miami with their losses against top opponents.Penn State’s scare against Appalachian State also cost the Nittany Lions a few spots.Here’s the full top 25:AlabamaClemsonAuburnNotre DameWisconsinOklahomaGeorgiaOhio StateStanfordWVULSUUSCVirginia TechTCUMississippi StateWashingtonBoise StateMarylandOregonUCFFloridaPenn StateMichigan StateMichiganMiamiYou can see the full breakdown here.last_img read more

The Canadian militarys Inuit advantage

first_imgAPTN National NewsOperation Nunalivut is one of three annual military exercises in the High Arctic and it’s wrapping up this week.When operating on land that tough, you need to get an edge.For the Canadian military operating in the North, they have the Inuit advantage.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story.last_img

Delegation of Maori in the Yukon talk about New Zealand law where

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsMaori Tribes in New Zealand are making their own headway with reconciliation.Part of that has to do with water and the land – and designating some of their sacred sites as a legal person.smclean@aptn.ca@shirlmcleanlast_img

Alia Bhatt to star opposite Salman Khan in Bhansali’s ‘Inshallah’

first_imgMumbai: Alia Bhatt is set to star as female lead opposite Salman Khan in filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next, which is titled, “Inshallah”, the makers announced Tuesday. The film be co-produced by Khan and Bhansali’s production banners. Bhansali is re-teaming with Khan after two decades as a lead in the film, which is described as a “love story”. Salman took to Twitter to share the news. “It’s been 20 years but I am glad Sanjay and I are finally back in his next film, ‘Inshallah’. Looking forward to work with Alia and inshallah we will all be blessed on this journey. #Inshallah #SLB @aliaa08 @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial,” the actor wrote. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Bhansali Productions also confirmed the announcement. “Finally all speculations and wait end as 2019 brings together #SLB, @BeingSalmanKhan and @aliaa08 in his next film, #Inshallah. Wishing that this entire journey be filled with a lot of love and Inshallah, the team is blessed with hope and faith @SKFilmsOfficial @prerna982,” the tweet from their official handle read. The film also marks Bhatt’s first collaboration with both Khan and Bhansali. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna She said working with the actor-director duo is a dream come true for her. “I was nine when I first walked into Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s office, all nervous and hoping and praying that I would be in his next film. It’s been a long wait. “Dream with your eyes wide open they say and I did. Sanjay Sir and Salman Khan are magical together and I can’t wait to join them on this beautiful journey called ‘Inshallah’#SLB @BeingSalmanKhan @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial @prerna982,” Bhatt tweeted. The development came almost a month after Prerna Singh, CEO of Bhansali Productions, revealed Khan will star in Bhansali’s next venture. The filmmaker made his directorial debut with 1996’s “Khamoshi – The Musical”, which starred Khan. The actor went on to feature in the director-producer’s classic “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” in 1999 opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ajay Devgn. Khan also made a cameo in Bhansali’s “Saawariya”, which launched Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.last_img read more

Hundreds of thousands return to South Sudan in past nine months –

15 August 2011Nearly 330,000 have returned to South Sudan since the end of October last year from neighbouring Sudan, the United Nations humanitarian agency reported today, saying that most of the returnees were arriving by bus, train or river barge. South Sudan became independent from Sudan on 9 July, becoming Africa’s newest State. The secession followed a referendum in January when the overwhelming majority of southerners elected to become independent, six years after a landmark peace agreement ended decades of war between the north and the south.Since the end of July, some 7,200 returnees have received 15-day food rations, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an update. Shortages of non-food items, such as mosquito nets, have eased with the arrival of additional supplies, it added.Aid agencies are rehabilitating latrines and supporting vaccination for some 3,000 new returnees who have arrives at the Juba river port on transit to Eastern and Western Equatoria states. Food, water and health services are also being supplied in Juba before those returning continue their journey to their areas of origin.Some 2,800 people have arrived in Pariang county, Unity State, where aid agencies airdropped 34 tons of food, enough to feed 2,500 people for on month, between 7 and 11 August.Reports of interference with relief efforts continue to be received in Warrab state. Solders have forced UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) vehicles to stop, often at gunpoint, and give lifts to armed and uniformed men on at least five occasions over the past week. read more

Six students in Anuradhapura arrested over assault

Six students in Anuradhapura have been arrested over an assault on another student, the police media unit said.The students are attached to a leading school in the area.

Annan UN nuclear watchdog welcome Irans agreement to allow inspectors

News reports today from Tehran indicated that the Government had told the Foreign Ministers from France, Germany and the United Kingdom that it would suspend uranium enrichment and allow unrestricted access for inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).A spokesperson for the Secretary-General said that Mr. Annan “welcomes the declaration agreed in Tehran today by the Iranian Government and visiting EU Foreign Ministers regarding the nuclear programme of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He encourages the Iranian authorities to further cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency to resolve all outstanding issues with the Agency.”The spokesperson, Hua Jiang, also said that the IAEA labelled the news from Tehran, “an encouraging sign toward clarifying all aspects of Iran’s past nuclear programme and regulating its future activities through verification.”IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei “hopes and expects that in the next few days Iran will deliver to the IAEA a complete declaration of all its past nuclear activities and an official notification of its readiness to conclude an Additional Protocol,” she added.Last week during a visit to Tehran, Mr. ElBaradei received assurances that Iran would provide the IAEA with a full disclosure of all its past nuclear activities, and the Iranian Government also expressed its readiness to conclude an Additional Protocol. read more

BBC news editor regrets sending memo with lyrics from Cliff Richard song

The 77-year-old singer claims the coverage of the raid was a "very serious invasion" of his privacy and has had a "prolonged impact" on him. A BBC news editor said he regretted sending a memo with the lyrics “congratulations and jubilations” in the wake of the Cliff Richard raid.Gary Smith said he regretted sending an email to Declan Wilson, the BBC’s north of England bureau editor at the time, in which he quoted from Sir Cliff’s hit song Congratulations.After being told Mr Johnson had a tip-off that police were investigating the singer, Mr Smith wrote: “Congratulations and jubilations, I want the world to know I’m happy as can be.”He told the court: “This was a private communication with a trusted colleague, it was not, clearly, meant for publication.”His response prompted an outburst of laughter in court as he added: “To be honest, seeing this, I regret writing what I wrote.”Mr Smith, who was UK news editor for BBC News at the time of the search and is now the BBC’s head of news and current affairs in Scotland, also denied he was “excited” about the story when he wrote the email.He said: “I’m not sure the word excitement is quite right. I was pleased that one of our reporters had the beginnings of an important story.” The court previously heard reporter Dan Johnson met with a South Yorkshire Police detective and the force’s head of communications after receiving a “tip-off” from another source that Sir Cliff was being investigated over an allegation of sexual assault.During cross examination Mr Wilson said Mr Johnson gave him some information about his confidential source.However, he said Mr Johnson did not mention that the source was connected with Operation Yewtree or the Metropolitan Police.Sir Cliff was accused of molesting a teenager at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football stadium during a rally led by the Evangelical preacher Billy Graham in the 1980s.However no charges were brought against the singer after an investigation lasting almost two years.South Yorkshire Police has already paid £400,000 in damages to the singer.The hearing is expected to conclude next week. The 77-year-old singer claims the coverage of the raid was a “very serious invasion” of his privacy and has had a “prolonged impact” on him.Credit:REUTERS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. After Mr Justice Mann asked him a further question about whether his use of the word “wow” in the email suggested he was excited, he added: “I was definitely surprised. As I say I’m not sure I would describe my feelings as excited, but definitely surprised.” read more

Upsidedown world of Macnas to take over Dublin this evening

first_imgUpside-down world of Macnas to take over Dublin this evening Spectators will get closer than ever to the spooktacular street performance in special twilight parade. The route for today’s Macnas event in Dublin’s north inner city.A separate extravaganza, Savage Grace, wowed crowds in Galway last night – and organisers are expecting an even bigger turnout for tonight’s production in Dublin, entitled Sleep No More.As a result, spectators are being advised that the parade will pass all parts of the route so that no matter where you stand, you should enjoy the full effect. It begins in Moore Street, winds through Henry and Mary Streets before the fun really starts at Wolfe Tone Street and beyond. It heads up Parnell Street, onto Little Britain Street and finishes up at Halston Street.Here’s a taste of what to expect from the atmosphere and performers – and spectators are encourage to don their own costumes and celebrate the Samhain: Source: Macnas Source: Macnas Source: MacnasThe making of Dracula: How Bram Stoker’s ‘in-betweener’ status inspired horror> A BIRTH, A wedding and a funeral – all of life, but not as we know it, is in a showstopper event coming to Dublin city centre this evening.The upside-down world that is a Macnas spectacular will take over a portion of the north inner city as the closing event in the city’s Halloween centrepiece, the Bram Stoker Festival.Spectators are being advised to find a spot early on this Dublin route: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,458 Views Short URL By TheJournal.ie Teamcenter_img Oct 31st 2016, 9:15 AM Monday 31 Oct 2016, 9:15 AM 4 Comments Share60 Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3050513 last_img read more

Bill passes in Greece making Sharia law optional for countrys Muslim minority

first_imgLegislation was changed on Tuesday in the Greek parliament, in what Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has dubbed a “historic step”, giving the country’s Muslim minority equal legal rights with the option to opt for a Greek court to resolve family disputes rather than turning to Islamic jurists. In the aftermath of the Ottoman empire’s collapse, the 1920 Treaty of Sevres and the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne were drafted to include that Islamic customs and religious law would apply to the thousands of Muslims who became Greek citizens. Currently Greece is home to around 110,000 Muslims who mainly reside in Thrace.As a result, for family legal matters such as inheritance, divorce and child custody, Greek Muslims have generally sought out muftis to resolve the matter.However a complaint brought against Greece regarding Sharia law by a 67-year-old widow has revealed that the system often discriminates against women. Hatijah Molla Salli who lives in Komotini has found herself locked in an inheritance dispute with her late husband’s sisters.When she first appealed to the Greek court system she won the case, but then in 2013 the Greek supreme court ruled in accordance to the century-old agreement that only a mufti has the power to resolve such matters with regards to members of the Muslim community. With the matter still pending five years on, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is expected to cast its ruling this year.The issue is complicated, given Ankara sees Greece’s Muslim community as Turkish, which oft-times complains on their behalf to Athens.However a number of Greek law makers believe the decision has been long overdue, a sentiment shared by Greek Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Constantine Gavroglou.“This is not just a technical adjustment, it’s a very important day for parliament,” he said, “because of the broad support that is key when addressing issues of democracy and people’s rights.”The law passed easily and was backed by the Greek parliament’s largest political parties. While extreme-right party, Golden Dawn rejected the bill under the premise that it wasn’t clear in outlining the powers that the Islamic courts would retain. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Ellen Burton selected as new Camas city councilor

first_imgCAMAS — The Camas City Council filled a vacancy at a special meeting Tuesday night, selecting Ellen Burton as the newest city councilor.Burton, a 21-year resident of the city, is retired from a career in global technology. She is a leadership adviser for the C4 Career Tech Education Consortium and is a Master Gardener with Washington State University Extension.Burton has also volunteered with the Camas School District, served on the board of the Camas Education Foundation and volunteered with the YWCA of Clark County. In her application, she received letters of recommendation from Camas School District Superintendent Jeff Snell and Nan Henriksen, former mayor of the city.The council had an open seat after Shannon Turk was appointed mayor in November. The mayor’s seat came open when Scott Higgins stepped down in September.last_img read more

16 of defined contribution scheme members are saving enough into their pension

first_imgLess than a fifth (16%) of defined contribution (DC) pension scheme member respondents are saving enough into their pension to maintain their current standard of living in retirement, according to research by Aon.The Defined contribution member survey 2016, which surveyed 2,004 UK adults who are members of a DC fund, also found that 62% of respondents rely on their workplace pension as one of their main sources of financial support in retirement.The research also found:37% of respondents are saving less than 5% of their annual salary into their DC pension fund.48% of respondents are contributing between 5% and 10% of their salary into their DC pension scheme.60% of respondents trust their employer’s guidance when considering where to save for a pension.42% of respondents expect to retire by the age of 65, and 40% of millennial respondents expect to retire by 65.Between them, employees and employers are saving an average of 12.7% of their salaries into pension pots, compared to 15% in 2014.Sophie Singleton (pictured), partner and head of DC consulting at Aon Hewitt, said: “Auto-enrolment has successfully increased participation in pension schemes, but the vital next step is to ensure that these new entrants save a sufficient amount for retirement. It is crucial for employers and trustees to have the right structures in place to make retirement saving easier to understand, which would encourage employees to contribute more.“We still see that members look to their employers for guidance. The trust that is placed in them when it comes to pension savings, means that there is a real responsibility to provide adequate and clear communications in order to improve member engagement and contribution levels.”last_img read more

Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2pm-7pm: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue)Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 1pm-7pm: Wilmington Friendship (Masonic) Lodge (32 Church Street)Thursday, June 21, 2018, 1pm-7pm: Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

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