first_imgTaking a serious note of FIH’s threat to stop India’s participation in London Olympics if issues relating to the game’s governance in the country were not resolved, the IOA has convened an urgent meeting of Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation here on October 4.The meeting will discuss issues raised by the FIH in its letter to Sports Secretary, Sindhusree Khullar and will try to find out an amicable solution to the satisfaction of all, IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said in a statement today.”I am quiet hopeful that in the interest of the country and the game, the matter will be resolved,” he said.In its letter to the Sports Ministry, dated September 27, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has warned that India’s participation in next year’s London Olympics and other international tournaments may be jeopardised if IOC charter and FIH statutes were not adhered to while resolving the issues related to the governance of the game in the country.The FIH may have taken away the hosting rights of this year’s Champions Trophy from India because of the long-standing power-struggle between HI and IHF, Malhotra was optimistic about the country staging the Olympic qualifier next year.”My optimism is based on my talks with FIH president Leandro Negre here last month, during which I made IOA’s stand very clear on the issues raised by him,” he said.”IOA is totally committed to the IOC charter which clearly states only one association for one sports. I told Mr Negre in no uncertain terms that we do not approve of two federations for one game, be it hockey or any other discipline,” he added.advertisementThe IOA president, however, expressed surprise over FIH’s dependency on the government in resolving the dispute.”The IOC charter, by which FIH also swears, clearly states that government should not intervene in the dispute of a federation where the NOC is looking into it.”IOA is keenly monitoring the developments relating to hockey and recognises HI as the sole body for the game, so why FIH wants to involve the government?” Malhotra questioned.”IOA is the supreme sports body in the country and all the national federations and associations function under it.No body can function without its approval and recognition so FIH’s fetish to insist on government intervention, which clearly goes against the IOC charter is surprising,” he added.The FIH letter, signed by president Leandro Negre, mentions seven issues, including the payment India owe to FIH with regard to hosting of the 2010 World Cup. It said that all lawsuits relating to the governance of hockey “must be finally resolved and terminated.”The FIH also insisted the government recognise HI as the sole governing body of the sport in India and not support any other unsanctioned organisation.Malhotra said the judiciary is very independent in India and no body dare dictate it.He also reminded the FIH that India remains the heart and soul of hockey.”It is just not conceivable to see hockey progress in the world, without India,” Malhotra said.last_img read more

first_imgThe padayatris set a blistering paceIn the coolness of the early morning there is little traffic on National Highway 3. Outward bound from Nasik, the tar stretches infinitely in mottled grey, punctuated by the whoosh and blare of passing trucks.Through the sounds of the stirring countryside come the choral slaps,The padayatris set a blistering paceIn the coolness of the early morning there is little traffic on National Highway 3. Outward bound from Nasik, the tar stretches infinitely in mottled grey, punctuated by the whoosh and blare of passing trucks.Through the sounds of the stirring countryside come the choral slaps of the marchers’ feet. It is a curious cavalcade – at least 250 men and a few women, a car decked out in loudspeakers and the ‘Great Leader’s’ cutout darting ahead to warn villages of his coming, and other vehicles carrying the camp followers’ paraphernalia.The leading walker, the ghost of morality past, sets a scorching pace. As the sun climbs to its zenith, turning the Sahyadris purple in the haze, he shows no signs of flagging. Chandra Shekhar will turn 56 a week after his scheduled touch-down at Delhi in June, but he clocks a steady speed of 5 km every hour.The younger marchers often have to jog to keep pace with him; after four months on the road, Shekhar’s face shows little trace of strain. Soon he gets into the swing of the day’s march – an average of 25 km from dawn to dusk with a long siesta in the afternoon – and the marchers string out in straggly knots along the road.Significant March: This is the year of Gandhi the film; this is also the age of politics as spectacle, of gesture and imitative response. The very longevity of Shekhar’s Long March has begun to erase its patina of gimmickry. Seventy years ago Gandhi the man led an army of 5,000 coal miners into the Transvaal in South Africa on the first of his many epic marches.advertisementThe Dandi March in 1930 produced another foot-soldier of peace, Vinoba Bhave. But there seems to be little logic in Shekhar’s ‘Bharat Yatra’. Three years after the rag-tag party he led crashed to political oblivion, he began marching from Kanyakumari, significantly on the very day in January when the election results in Karnataka revived the Janata’s wavering strength. “I have not come as a Messiah,” says Shekhar, “but I want to discover India, to see first-hand the problems that the unknown Indian faces. I am not a phenomenon – 15 crore people in our country are perennial padayatris.” Gandhi’s padayatras revolved around specific issues, and served as much to arouse public opinion as did his numerous fasts.Chandra Shekhar takes a much-needed break: ‘India is ripe for revolution’Shekhar’s peregrination, on the other hand, is not so spontaneous, or bereft of organisational trappings. Gandhi would have journeyed on foot through Assam’s torn landscape, taking healing words to the doorsteps of shattered families.Shekhar’s only obeisance to the Mahatma will come on June 25 – the eighth anniversary of the declaration of Emergency – when he will pay homage at Rajghat in Delhi. “I thought of trekking through Assam,” he says somewhat disingenuously, “but if I went it would break up the momentum of the march here.”Momentum has become all-important, and the march has generated its own organisational sophistication. A jeep attached to a trailer carries a sleek Yamaha generator that drinks 10 litres of kerosene every day. powering two klieg lights that illuminate Shekhar’s evening meetings. A truck carries 12,000 litres of water, but the marchers have opted for the Madhya Pradesh route in preference to the Gujarat-Rajasthan route because Rajasthan is stricken by acute famine. Once every week doctors examine every marcher for fatigue or footsores; on their advice. there is a halt every 5 km for rest, water, and puffed rice. One follower is video-taping the march for posterity; another is compiling a directory of ‘activists’ en route, and a third conducts study circles on alternate days where the marchers exchange opinions and discuss the lessons they have learnt.A dutiful Bhadoria massages his leader’s feetAt every halt Shekhar trots out a well-worn speech. “Gandhi’s dreams and Jayaprakash Narayan’s sentiments have been let down,” he tells the curious villagers, “and Assam is burning. India’s Harijans and minorities are being oppressed. Help us to shape a new destiny for the nation.” And, at the end. “We cannot realise our objectives without your help. Please contribute money.”The money has been steadily pouring in; Shekhar himself estimates a collection so far of Rs 7 lakh, but this is off the cuff, and could be much higher. At every stage-post there are enough people willing to donate money in exchange for their names being announced over a rickety public-address system.Resting Time: “The first week was hell,” says Sudhindra Bhadoria, 30, general secretary of the All India Yuva Janata who has been walking with Shekhar from Kanyakumari. “Our feet developed terrible blisters. But now we are used to the pace.” Still, many of the marchers sport postage-stamp sized blisters on their toes, and atop a van rides a bag full of spare footwear.advertisementShekhar is armed with an array of lotions and creams – all of foreign manufacture – donated by “well-wishers”. At Pimpalgaon, 31 km from Nasik, he stops marching before noon. A sumptuous meal is served to the marchers, and Shekhar retires to the rest-house, arranged by Maharashtra party chief Rajaram ‘Bapu’ Patil. Before he resumes walking at 5 p.m. Bhadoria dutifully massages his feet.The Messianic role is inescapable, and Shekhar allows villagers to touch his feet reverently. “I tried to stop them,” he says in weak self-defence, “but a slipped disc I suffered in jail during the Emergency prevents me from bending.”At Mangrool, the local Sikhs arrange a reception in their gurudwara, and Shekhar strikes his rest-period pose, reclining against a bolster, while a group of cymbal-wielding singers belt out a repertoire of Marathi bhajans. On the road, while Shekhar walks silently, a vanguard of young men shouts lusty slogans and joins in atonal renderings of revolutionary songs.”I am not ushering in any revolution.” says Shekhar, “but it is clear that India is ripe for revolution. I believe now that all Indians are basically the same – deep down they think alike. India will go on because of her people, and her people will endure in spite of politicians like me.” The self-deprecatory tone sounds sincere enough.”People are sick of the present state of party politics,” he goes on, “but that does not mean that I am veering away from party politics. I think I would like to help fashion a new style of politics, of people politics.”AJS enthusiastic welcome by the wayside: A curious spectacleRegional movements like the ones in Assam, or Jharkhand in Bihar, are symbols of growing disenchantment with existing politics, says Shekhar. “What is needed is a common thread to bind such movements together, to transform the social, economic and moral dimensions within which we operate. Otherwise such movements remain localised and eventually peter out.”Larger Motive: With the money he is collecting. Shekhar intends to set up an institute for research in Delhi. Clearly, however, many of the young men accompanying him see the padayatra as a means of leaping into larger political areas. Bashisht Narain Rai comes from Shekhar’s home district of Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. “Where I come from,” he says candidly, “people are so backward that they do not even record their children’s birth dates. My official birthday is July 1, 1960, the day I joined school. There was no hope of getting work in Ballia, so I thought this padayatra would be a good way to see the country and to join hands with Chandra Shekhar.”There are other marchers who have been convinced by Shekhar’s arguments. Kunji Raman, 32, was an active Youth Congress(I) leader in Bombay. After Sanjay Gandhi’s death he set up a Sanjay Sena. Now he has quietly joined the ‘Bharat Yatra’. “I realised that the Congress(I) operated purely on the basis of money,” he says, “Chandra Shekhar had answers for the doubts plaguing me.”advertisementThe march has caused disquiet in other parties, and within the Janata Party itself, Shekhar’s position has become stronger. For people on the 4,000-km route, however, Shekhar’s progress represents more a curious spectacle than the promise of a different future.The Young Turk has now aged into a parody of dissent and fire, of determination and forthrightness. Deep down, he lacks in essential warmth, empathy for the people whose lives he touches, and whenever he raises his palms to salute the throngs that mill around him, there is a look in his eyes that speaks of the futility of this formula.Chaitanya Kalbag in Nasik/Photo Feature by Raghu Railast_img read more

first_imgEngland captain Eoin Morgan lifts the ICC World Cup trophy during the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England.   –  Reuters July 14, 2019 2/2 1/2 England found cricketing bliss by dint of divine intervention and Ben Stokes’ brilliance, cracking a code that proved indecipherable for 44 years as history sliced through New Zealand’s grasp in a World Cup final that will be remembered for ages.England’s golden generation of cricketers won the sport’s most prized silverware, their maiden, on boundary count after the epic final, and also the ensuing Super Over, ended in a tie Sunday.It twisted this way and that till the very last ball, and beyond. Fittingly enough, the finale, inarguably the most gripping in the tournament’s history, unfolded at a venue stepped in history.In the end, it was England’s superior boundary count — 22 fours and two sixes — to New Zealand’s 16 that saw the ‘Cup’ finally coming to its spiritual home, a remarkable metamorphosis four years after being knocked out of the group stage.It was a good final delivery from Barbados-born Jofra Archer and Stokes’ steely performance in a tricky 242-run chase that sent 60 percent of those present at the Lord’s into raptures.The other 40 percent had tears in their eyes for 11 committed souls who put their everything on the line. They did everything required from them but yet finished second best for the second time in four years.The Indians cried, so did the Pakistanis and the Afghans; they wanted to see crickets nicest men come first. It didn’t happen, but they played a final to remember.Batting second in Super Overs is always tough and even tougher if Archer is the bowler at the other end. Jeemy Neesham had other ideas as he got 14 but Archer’s final delivery on the blockhole saw Martin Guptill failed to complete a second run.Needing 15 in the last over, Stokes played two dots and then smoked Boult over deep mid-wicket for six, then got a lucky overthrow while running a double that fetched them six runs. That is where Providence intervened.With three needed off two balls, Stokes ran a desperate two but non-striker Adil Rashid was way short of his ground, leaving the hosts to score two runs off the last ball.Boult kept one full on Stokes’ legs and he could only hit towards the long-on and two was never on as the bowler effected an easy run-out under pressure. Stokes was left stranded on 84 as England were all out on 241, paving the way for the first ever Super Over of the World Cup.Buttler (59 off 60 balls) and Stokes came together when England were precariously placed at 86 for four but they were not circumspect in their approach and kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and doubles. They waited for the occasional loose deliveries.Buttler played some uppish drives in his six fours as they added 110 runs for the fifth wicket. Stokes was an able ally as they ran hard between the wickets and dropped anchor at one end.Once Buttler was snuffed out by Ferguson and Williamson had to use one of his all-rounders, Stokes targeted Neesham to bring down the equation to 39 off 24 balls.However, it was Ferguson, who again got one to climb big on Chris Woakes off his last over and Latham held his nerve to pouch the aerial ball to leave England at 203 for 6.Having bowled the short ball, Ferguson used the slow cutters well to finish his spell with 3 for 50 off 10 overs.With not many runs to defend, Williamson carefully bowled Colin de Grandhomme (1/25 from 10 overs) at one go while using others in short bursts.Jason Roy survived a touch and go leg before appeal off Trent Boult before Matt Henry saw him off with a peach of fuller length delivery which was snapped up Tom Latham behind the stumps.Joe Root (7 off 30 balls) struggled all through before flashing at de Grandhomme delivery for Latham behind the stumps.Jonny Bairstow (36) grafted on before Ferguson’s extra pace and the bounce saw him drag one back.When Eoin Morgan (9 off 22 balls) looked intimidated by Ferguson’s pace and was moving towards leg-stump and finally flashed one off Jimmy Neesham to make it 86 for 4 before Buttler and Stokes joined forces.Batting first, New Zealand once again put up a modest batting performance under overcast conditions to post 241 for eight as the England pace unit kept on asking probing questions.Henry Nicholls (55 off 77 balls) and skipper Kane Williamson (30, 53 balls) added 74 runs for the second wicket after a fabulous first spell from Chris Woakes (3/37 in 9 overs) and Jofra Archer (1/42 in 10 overs) on a helpful Lord’s track.While Woakes had the best figures statistically, it was the tall Liam Plunkett (3/42 in 10 overs), who used the cross-seam variations effectively to stop the Black Caps on their tracks.They would now be hoping that their pace bowlers use the conditions as well as the England bowlers did in the first half.Only Tom Latham (47 off 56 balls) contributed in the middle overs in another mediocre effort from the New Zealanders on another big day.Martin Guptill (19 off 18 balls) had started on a positive note but after surviving a caught behind appeal off Archer, he wasn’t lucky the second time when Woakes got one to slightly shape in and he was caught plumb in-front.Williamson and Nicholls, just like the India game, were trying to preserve their wicket with occasional boundaries. They were steady during their 16.2 over stand without being spectacular.It was Plunkett, who got the all important wicket of Williamson when the New Zealand skipper tried to play away from his body and the nick was snapped by Buttler England captain Eoin Morgan lifts the ICC World Cup trophy during the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England.   –  Reuters COMMENTcenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENTS × Published onlast_img read more

first_imgEPL: Saturday shock and thrills Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand and wife Kate Wright enjoy fun dates, crazy night outs Red Devils on a roll Manchester United’s return to Champions League action against PSG tonight has come at the perfect time for the team, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. When the two sides were paired together in December’s draw, PSG were strong favourites to make the last eight, with United mired in the final days of Jose Mourinho’s troublesome tenure. However, the mood around Old Trafford is transformed under Solskjaer. “We’ve given ourselves the best possible opportunity with the way we’ve gone into this game because we are confident,” said the Norwegian. “We are playing like a team, we are agreeing on how we should approach games. If there was ever a time to go into big games like this it is now.”Related News Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

first_imgCasemiro’s brutal thunderbolt strike into the top corner may be looked back on as a pivotal moment in Real Madrid’s season. Santiago Solari and his team need it to be, desperately.After a drab first-half display against Sevilla on Saturday, Los Blancos improved after the break and began to dominate.However, as the clock ticked down, it looked like they would only take a point from an otherwise encouraging performance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Brazilian defensive midfielder Casemiro had other ideas, though. With just 12 minutes to go, he rifled a long-distance strike into the top corner.Luka Modric added another in the final stages to secure a victory that moves Madrid above Sevilla and into third place in La Liga, just seven points off leaders Barcelona, who play on Sunday against Leganes.Real fans certainly enjoyed the goal, too. Having endured so much mediocrity this season, they celebrated Casemiro’s sublime strike just as wildly as the players.It had been tough going up until then. Madrid drifted in the first half in the same way they have done for much of Solari’s reign.They weren’t dominant, unable to put Sevilla on the back foot. At times, it almost seemed like they didn’t believe themselves to be the superior side.Only Vinicius Junior offered them any spark, any signs of life.Vincius Junior Real Madrid 2018-19Indeed, while more established and illustrious names like Karim Benzema appear inhibited, the 18-year-old Brazilian has exhibited no fear.While Vinicius is rough around the edges and still has a way to go to become a top-class striker, his flair and enthusiasm have been a breath of fresh air for a Madrid side struggling to stay afloat.This squad itself hasn’t had major surgery done to it in years, with only reserves coming in and out while the bulk of the starting XI has stayed the same.Vinicius, thus, adds vitality and vim to a stagnant and stale squad.In freezing conditions, fans at the Santiago Bernabeu found some warmth in the Brazilian’s first-half showing.And if Vinicius carried the team’s hopes in the first period, Madrid showed up as a whole after the break.Perhaps in their best spell of football since Solari took over at the end of October, Madrid drove Sevilla backwards and remembered just who they were.The European champions found some pride and passion, taking the game to the visitors, who depended more and more on goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik to bail them out of trouble as the game wore on.Casemiro’s sensational strike eventually broke Sevilla’s resistance and earned Madrid a fully deserved victory.It was a goal and a win which, for the first time in a long time, brought smiles and, more importantly, belief back to the Bernabeu.last_img read more

first_imgSebastian Vettel says he has moved on from the first lap Singapore Grand Prix crash that left the Ferrari driver 28 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One championship battle.The German told reporters at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Thursday that he felt he still had time to close the gap on his Mercedes rival.”I don’t think there’s much assessment necessary,” said the four-times world champion, sitting between team mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at a news conference ahead of Sunday’s race.”Obviously, on Sunday all three of us were unhappy but you move on.”I think we have a lot of races left, I think we have a strong car. I’m not too fussed about the amount of points,” he added.The start-line carnage that wiped out all three drivers’ hopes cleared the way for Hamilton to win from fifth place on the grid.With just six of the 20 rounds remaining, the gap between Hamilton and Vettel — who had led until only two races ago — is the biggest it has been so far in an otherwise hard-fought season.Vettel will have to win four of the remaining six races just to even the score again if Hamilton were to finish second in them all.The Briton won’t need to win another race this season if Vettel, a record four-time winner in Malaysia, finishes lower than second on Sunday.But the 30-year-old has staged seemingly impossible comebacks in the past, including in 2010 when he clinched his maiden title despite trailing Hamilton by 31 points with six races to go.advertisementThat was in a different era, however, with Hamilton at McLaren and cars using the old V8 engines.Hamilton, who suffered a similar championship setback to Vettel a year ago in Malaysia when his engine blew while he was leading, was also reluctant to hail the Singapore race as the season’s decisive turning point.”There’s lots of turning points within a year,” he told reporters. “I’m going to try and make sure that was the last one.”last_img read more

first_imgMichael Carrick ended his Manchester United career at Old Trafford on a winning note and had a huge part to play behind that was well on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.Carrick’s fantastic passing abilities was at show as he picked up Juan Mata with a long ball, from which Mata calmly assisted Marcus Rashford for the sole goal of the match as United beat Watford to finish with 81 points and second in the Premier League.The 36-year-old Carrick, who is moving onto the coaching staff, could still play one final time for United as Jose Mourinho’s side faces Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.”I need to thank Jose for giving me the opportunity,” Carrick said. “I look forward to working with him and learning from him. He’s one of the best. He’ll teach me some things and we’re going to have some success in the near future, I’m certain of that.”Time to turn your sound up and listen to @Carras16’s final words as an #MUFC player at Old Trafford… pic.twitter.com/LZPg8uZ2jFManchester United (@ManUtd) May 13, 2018With Mourinho focused on Wembley, David de Gea, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were all rested as Carrick was given center stage after a season of little action. Carrick’s 464th appearance for United ended in the 85th minute when he left the game to a huge ovation.Carrick’s addition to the coaching staff isn’t the only change at United, with assistant coach Rui Faria ending his 17-year partnership with Mourinho. Faria has been No. 2 to Mourinho at Leiria, Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United.advertisement”Moving forward I will organize my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn’t exist,” Mourinho said. “I’m going to have coaches, assistant coaches, fitness coaches and a structure where they have specialists in different areas connected to performance. And my analysts. I’m not going to have an assistant manager in the sense of the word.”I think it will be Michael Carrick in future, when he has his badges. When he has his pro license, when he makes the bridge from player to assistant.”(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

first_imgCrystal Palace striker Sorloth on his way to AA Gentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth is on his way to AA Gent.Sorloth, reports VG, will join Gent on-loan – which will extend into next season.Jess Thorup, the Gent coach, is driving the deal having worked with the Norway striker at FC Midtjylland.He is leaving just as Palace wrap up a loan deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.Sorloth has managed just one goal for Palace. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shouts during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.Michigan’s blowout loss to Wisconsin this past weekend was yet another letdown in a big game for head coach Jim Harbaugh. With so many losses in big games, there has been rampant speculation that Harbaugh could be fired.According to SportsBetting.ag via ESPN’s David Hale, odds on the next Michigan head coach have already been released. Seven coaches separated themselves from the crowd.The leading candidate right now is Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who has worked wonders on the Cavaliers. He currently has +300 odds of getting the job.Coming in second is someone Harbaugh should have a lot of familiarity with: Stanford head coach David Shaw. When Harbaugh left Stanford to take the 49ers job in 2011, Shaw – his longtime assistant – replaced him there. Shaw has been given +350 odds. Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham came in third at +400, followed by Syracuse’s Dino Babers at +500.Urban Meyer, should he choose to unretire, has +700 odds, as does Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy.Finally, Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell was given +800 odds.Odds on next coaches at FSU and Michigan, should changes be made, per @SportsBettingAGCannot fathom Bronco at Michigan. pic.twitter.com/76k1xLKrZU— THE™️ David Hale (@ADavidHaleJoint) September 23, 2019Michigan should be able to stroll to an easy victory over Rutgers this weekend, but there are plenty of tough games left on their schedule.Iowa, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State will all be eager to take advantage of Michigan’s vulnerability.These odds could certainly change dramatically depending on how Michigan does against those big teams.last_img read more

By Ghayt BennisRabat – Protesting medical students have launched the hashtag #DoctorsUnderOppression following an enormous boycott of final exams.One student told Huffpost Morocco: “The students willingly decided to launch this hashtag to make their voices heard worldwide.” Online protests, particularly supported by reported cases of “threats against striking students, including visiting their homes by the Moqadem .”“Students were asked to visit the Governorate (Wilaya) along with their relatives and their parents simply answered that their children are adults and that it is their right to sit or not to sit the exam.”Read also: Moroccan Medical Students Defy Government, Boycott Final ExamsWhile the hashtag fight is still rising, the struggle between the striking medical students and the government is far from over.On 13 June, in a press release, the state government announced that medical institutions would remain open until 25 June for students wishing to break the strike and take their final exams.The government also restated its “willingness to implement the legal and procedural actions in such situations, including failure of the academic year or expulsion of students who have already completed the authorized years of repetition “. The government, which accuses the “Al Adl Wal Ihsane “ movement in particular of “taking advantage of this situation”, also threatens to “take the legal actions  against anyone who tries to disturb the normal conduct of these examinations”.The achievement of the newcommon hashtag seems to have inspired private medical students in the private sector too. The private medical students have started their own battle cry by putting #ResidencyForAll, which went viral on Saturday.Read also: Education Ministry Suspends 3 Professors for Supporting Medical Students’ Exam Boycott“These students must protest to have favorable conditions but within their own hospitals to do their residency,” said the the striking student interviewed by Huffpost. read more

Globally, New Zealand and Denmark have been ranked first and second, with CPI scores of 89 and 88 respectively. The index uses a points scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43. Sri Lanka’s CPI score of 38 is well below the average score of 44 for the Asia-Pacific region. Among the SAARC member states Bhutan leads with a score of 67, followed by India (40), Sri Lanka (38), Maldives (33), Pakistan (32), Nepal (31), Bangladesh (28) and Afghanistan (15).In its global press release on the launch of CPI 2017, Transparency International noted that an analysis of the results highlighted the relationship between corruption levels, the protection of journalistic freedoms and engagement of civil society. It found that almost all journalists killed since 2012 were killed in countries with high levels of perceived corruption. The analysis shows that in the last six years, more than 9 out of 10 journalists were killed in countries that score 45 or less on the Corruption Perceptions Index. This means that, on average, every week at least one journalist is killed in a country that is highly corrupt. In addition, one in five journalists that died were covering a story about corruption. Sadly, justice was never served in the majority of these cases.Since its inception in 1995, the Corruption Perceptions Index, Transparency International’s flagship publication, is the leading global indicator of public sector corruption. The index offers an annual snapshot of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries from all over the globe. For more information, visit www.transparency.org/research/cpi TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said, “A close analysis of Sri Lanka’s positioning in the CPI from 2012 to 2017 shows that despite the institutional strengthening of anti-corruption agencies following the 19th amendment, consistent failure in implementation has led to very limited progress”. Sri Lanka has failed to show any significant progress in its CPI score year on year for the past 5 years – an increase or decrease of 6 points or more represents a significant change. Obeyesekere added, “it would seem that the anti-corruption drive has limited momentum. Citizens still face corruption when trying to avail of essential public services, ranging from waste collection to school enrollment. Therefore, the limited change in the perception of public sector corruption (CPI) reflects the limited change experienced by people in their everyday encounters with the state.”Progressive legal reforms such as giving citizens the right to freely access asset declarations of public representatives and the passage of the essential National Audit Bill have also been stalled in Cabinet, which is indicative of a lack of bureaucratic and political will. Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), the local chapter of the global movement, is concerned by the fact that Sri Lanka’s current CPI score of 38 is the same score that prevailed in 2014. Speaking on the country’s performance in CPI 2017, Sri Lanka has failed to show significant improvement in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017, released by Transparency International, the global movement against corruption.The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. Sri Lanka has moved up 4 places from 95th to 91st, far more importantly its CPI score has only risen by two points from 36 to 38, representing the slow rate of progress. read more

The number of civilians uprooted by fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this year has risen dramatically over the past week, with an additional 30,000 to 35,000 people displaced as of today beyond the more than 50,000 already reported, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The area most affected is the territory of Djugu, just north of Bunia, capital of the Ituri region. Villages have been looted and burned down by armed factions linked to different ethnic groups. Interviews with terrified civilians confirm that there have been widespread killings, rapes, and looting, UNICEF said.“We need to bring the same sense of urgency to the Congo that we brought to the tsunami, in order to stop the killing of children,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy declared, referring to the Indian Ocean disaster which brought a massive outpouring of international aid to the dozen devastated countries.“This is a country that was moving towards a peace process, with the promise of elections this June. Renewed attacks against civilians puts the transitional process at risk, and are a disaster for Congolese children,” she added from UNICEF headquarters in New York.The latest fighting between Lendu and Hema militias is part of a larger conflict in the DRC, one of the bloodiest the world has known since World War II, in which some 3.8 million people are thought to have been killed in less than six years, the vast majority of them civilians and the majority of these most probably children.Many have been killed in fighting, but a far greater number have died of disease and starvation. As homes, hospitals and schools have been destroyed, families and communities trying to escape the fighting found themselves without food, water, shelter or other basic services. Some 1.4 million children suffer from some form of malnutrition.Ms. Bellamy called the latest fighting “a lethal step backwards for Congo’s children.”A UNICEF education officer in Bunia, Katya Marino, who has just returned from one of four new UN-guarded sites hosting 50,000 displaced people, said families continue to enter each day. “As soon as you leave Bunia, there is no security beyond those few sites protected by the UN peacekeeping forces. There are armed men, there is a sense of terror, and it is very difficult for us to reach people who need our help.”UNICEF is providing safe water, sanitation facilities, shelter and cooking materials as well as the distribution of high-protein biscuits for vulnerable children at the sites. Planning is underway to vaccinate children against measles and to start an education programme.One of the largest current UN peacekeeping forces, nearly 14,000-strong out of a maximum total of 16,700 military personnel, is at present posted throughout the vast country to monitor ceasefire agreements and help the peace process ahead of this year’s scheduled elections.The Security Council first ordered the deployment of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) in 1999 at much lower strength, reinforcing it several times over the years, mandating its current numbers last October. read more

“This is an important step towards greater transparency by making crucial food security data freely available in open source. In the case of Yemen, where the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating due to continued conflict it is paramount that the data we capture is available to as wide an audience as possible, to inform key decisions,” said WFP Chief Economist Arif Husain in a press release. Collected by WFP’s mobile food security monitoring service (mVAM), the data track a household’s food consumption. The visualization shows how families are coping in the face of hunger and food shortages as the months pass. It can be observed in the visualization that as of March 2016, about 70 per cent of families in each governorate in Yemen are borrowing food or relying on the help of friends and relatives to cope with food insecurity. This proportion is more significant in governorates affected by conflict. WFP and OCHA plan to extend the visualization to show data from other countries. The data are available on OCHA’s Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), an open platform for sharing crisis data. The platform includes some 4,000 data sets from humanitarian partners, allowing a range of users – from journalists to policy makers and data scientists – to explore the data and gain insight. “The food security data that WFP shares through HDX is critical to understanding the severity of humanitarian crises around the world,” said Sarah Telford, Head of HDX. “WFP has become a leader in humanitarian data with its innovative approaches to data collection in places like Yemen and its openness to sharing data globally.” WFP and OCHA began collaborating last year when the HDX platform created an interactive visualization for food price data – available on WFP’s VAM Shop. With funding from Google, WFP has also released the Application Programme Interface, which provides open access to large amounts of food security data that it collects in real-time through mobile technology. read more

first_imgGreg and Natalie's paso doble Daisy and Alijaz’s salsa Danny Mac can move can’t he 😳 #Strictly— Harry Judd (@mcflyharry) November 12, 2016 Claudia and AJ's Viennese waltz Greg and Natalie’s paso doble Louise and Kevin's American Smooth Ed!!!!!!!! That hip roll!! The lift! The jump! The blue! This is EPIC. Does he do weddings?! The finish!#bbcstrictly #GangnamStyle— jack monroe (@MxJackMonroe) November 12, 2016 Ore and Joanne’s rumba 7:00PMEd Balls goes Gangnam See Mary Berry is in the audience of #strictlyHollywood is sat at home, in a dark room, drunk on cheap beer and regret.— Scarlet Jones (@scarletbythesea) November 12, 2016 Danny Mac tangos to top but judges were harshThe first male celebrity of the series to tackle the tricky Argentine tango did a terrific job. Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse’s routine was passionate, precise, full of flicks, kicks and difficult technique. Yet judges Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell gave negative comments, much to the disbelief of the studio audience and many viewers at home. A score of 38 points was still enough to top the leaderboard but this felt like the panel injecting false jeopardy and trying to take the bookies’ favourite down a peg or two. Danny’s tears could have been down to frustration as much as emotion. Danny and Oti's Argentine tango Louise and Kevin’s American Smooth Someone just ripped the roof off the @bbcstrictly ballroom AGAIN!!!! Ladies & Gents.. @edballs. 🕶 #GangnamStyle #wowhttps://t.co/sAOVp9P0Ig pic.twitter.com/O9hRFyIOfm—Ore Oduba (@OreOduba) November 12, 2016 Mary Berry is only there to check out the ‘Frangipane’ #scd #Strictly— Scott (@scottacr) November 12, 2016 They stole the show last week with a near-perfect Argentine tango. Can they match that triumph with this old-school, showbizzy number? Bob Fosse-style black feather fans to open and high kicks. This is great – Louise is bang into the character and singing along, lots of Hollywood style and jazzy flourishes. Slightly camp at times but that’s no bad thing under the glitterball. Spins and lifts to finish. Lovely. Music: ‘Big Spender’ by Shirley BasseyJudges’ verdicts: “You look the part, danced the part, it was the perfect part for you,” says Darcey. “Full of lovely details and a heavenly routine – just try and hold those shoulders down in the lifts.” Len says “You had a couple of fans over there and you’ve got a big fan over here. Right on the money – big spender, big attitude, you’re gonna get a big score. ” Bruno says “vamp it up, this is your leading lady moment, full of little accents, you’ve got it all, baby”. Craig says “my cork was well and truly popped, darling – love the mix of jazz and ballroom. Your confidence has grown, beautifully judged performance”. Judges’ scores: 9, 9, 9, 10 for a total of 37 points – second on the scoreboard Hi I’m Ed Balls and I’m here to save 2016!— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) November 12, 2016 6:56PMThe B-word used already Roll flamingo ident! Roll recap! Roll Ed Balls’ Laurel and Hardy routine! Bye bye to Laura Whitmore.  Take a swig every time the B-word is used tonight. Warning: you may end up in A&E. Don’t mention the B-wordNo, not Brexit. Nor anything ruder. We’re referring to Blackpool, site of next week’s special episode from the iconic Tower Ballroom. It got so many mentions on this show that even the donkeys on the Pleasure Beach must have been rolling their eyes.Louise looks like Danny’s closest rivalLouise Redknapp topped the standings last week, with Danny Mac in second place. Tonight, those positions were reversed. Louise and pro partner Kevin Clifton closed the show with an American Smooth full of feather boas, high kicks, jazzy flourishes and Hollywood glamour. Having come out of her shy shell, she’s on that thing so beloved by talent contests: “a journey”. With Ore Oduba having dropped down the rankings in recent weeks, she’s looking like a nailed-on finalist and Danny’s main competition for the glitterball trophy.  They equalled their best score with last week’s Viennese waltz. Now it’s a a raw, authentic paso, which should suit Greg’s power and athleticism. Swishy skirtography from Natalie to start, then a leap from Greg and into a routine full of pouty, powerful passion. Lots of walking around, flamenco feel and some faltering footwork but some excellent stomping and a dramatic finish.Music: ‘Tamacun’ by Rodrigo y GabrielaJudges’ verdicts: Bruno coos that it was “strong and virile, difficult section in hold but you lost the shaping and artistry in the arms, my darling”. Craig agrees: “An air of panic about the whole thing which made it feel stiff but I loved the strong, deep, long lunges and stag leap.” Darcey says “You give off natural power, sometimes too much, tuck the hips under more but the shape of the jump was brilliant. There’s a natural performer in you.” Len says “plenty of aggression and attack but lost finesse in the technique.”Judges’ scores: 7, 8, 8, 8 for a total of 31 points – the same as Daisy. 7:35PMOppa Ed Balls style! BBC slaps its own back about Mary BerryDoyenne of dough Mary Berry stayed loyal to the Beeb and declined to follow the Great British Bake-Off to Channel 4. She was duly rewarded with front row Strictly seats, deferential applause, and copious mentions from the judges and presenters. Good bake. Barely a soggy bottom in sight. I trust the tipple-loving Dame Berry is currently enjoying some post-show hospitality in the BBC bar. Deservedly so. Hic. 7:36PMEd and Katya’s salsa Pour yourself a stiff drink – it’s Ed Balls o’clock. Daisy and Alijaz's salsa 7:04PMDaisy and Alijaz’s salsa 8:07PMPhew, what a show Danny and Oti’s Argentine tango 6:55PMAnd we’re off! Danny Mac tops the scoreboard, just ahead of Louise Redknapp. But most people will be talking about that extraordinary Ed Balls routine. As the credits roll on-screen, stay with us for analysis and reaction… 7:57PMLouise and Kevin’s American smooth In a year where the “popular vote” has resulted in much unhappiness – let’s vote @edballs to Blackpool #Strictly— Jonny Geller (@JonnyGeller) November 12, 2016 7:50PMDanny and Oti’s Argentine tango Utter joy #edballs #Strictly— Tracey Thorn (@tracey_thorn) November 12, 2016 center_img Claudia and AJ’s Viennese waltz 6:49PMStrictly’s biggest year ever Found this legendary lady in the Strictly audience; Mary Berry you are the greatest 😍👏🏼… https://t.co/MmJZCDf5dy— Tess Daly (@TessDaly) November 12, 2016 Danny Mac tops leaderboard for fierce Argentine tangoLouise Redknapp in second spot after jazzy American SmoothEd Balls bottom again but his hilarious Gangnam Style salsa breaks the internetEight remaining couples bidding to get through to next week’s Blackpool special A shock appearance in the dance-off last time, so can they bounce back? The rumba is notoriously tricky for celebrity males, as it’s slow, controlled and full of technique. A romantic rather than sexy rumba, with face-stroking and nice storytelling. Lots of walking, expressive arms and it picks up pace midway through. Nice dips and drags. Lacks a little continuous hip action but excellent effort on a difficult dance.Music: ‘Ordinary People’ by John LegendJudges’ verdicts: Darcey says it was “tender, romantic, seamless moves and lovely arm extensions”. Len says “your timing impressed me the most, it had mood and atmosphere but you could have improved your foot action”. Bruno says it was “expressive, musical, caring and loving”. Craig says he “hit it too hard and lost fluidity but very expressive and evocative”.Judges’ scores: 8, 9, 9, 9 for a total of 35 points. Top of the scoreboard so far. Slightly over-marked due to last week’s dance-off shocker, I’d suggest.  Laurel and Hardy last week. Now Ed’s in an electric blue Psy suit with black piping, dancing a salsa to the novelty 2012 hit, incorporating the viral video’s famous moves. Disco dad dance moves but a hip swivel and he didn’t drop her during the lift, which is an improvement. The famous “invisible horse” and Ed is milking this for entertainment factor. A lift and roll-down. And then a floor slide through Katya’s legs to finish. Huge reception in the studio. Extraordinary scenes. Music: ‘Gangnam Style’ by PsyJudges’ verdicts: Len looks shellshocked: “There’s always a sense of anticipation when you’re coming out and I enjoy watching you. It was entertaining and if you don’t make it to Blackpool, the show will lose a lot of fun.” Bruno feels “queasy and queer”. Ed says the pelvic thrust was “for you”. “It’s the best worst dance I’ve seen.” Craig says: `’Three latter, darling: OMG.” Darcey says “that without fail will go down in Strictly history”. Everyone on the Clauditorium balcony greets the couple with the invisible horse move. Judges’ scores: 4, 7, 8, 6 for a total of 25 points. His first 8 from Len. Enough to get him to Blackpool? I reckon so.  9:18PMSaturday night dance-by-dance The pocket rockets get romantic. As a northern ballroom lad, AJ is keen to get to Blackpool – and Claudia’s never been. Can they bag two tickets ticket north with this loving dance? Lots of solo sections and then into a spinning waltz with lots of footwork flourishes for Len. Ropy song choice but solid routine. Music: ‘Breakaway’ by Kelly ClarksonJudges’ verdicts: Bruno says “Strictly adorable, lovely flow, gorgeous”. Craig says “fantastic movement and flow, gaw-jus”. Darcey says she “kept in character throughout, smooth and serene”. Len says “great maturity, wonderful style, a lovely performance”. Judges’ scores: 9, 9, 9, 9 for a total of 36 points – top of the leaderboard.  Time to meet the stars of out show. Not much in the way of fancy dress tonight – unless you count Ed Balls in an electric blue suit with black trim, in tribute to South Korean rapper Psy. Time for our weekly comparison of the co-presenters’ frocks. Tess Daly in red knee-length. Claudia Winkleman in high-necked asymmetric black. Claudia shades it. Both sporting poppies, obviously. Ore and Joanne's rumba The Judge notched his highest score last week but this is an even bigger dance for him, as it has personal significance: his grandparents Harry and Frances, both in their 90s, have come to watch and it’s their favourite dance. Awww. A classic ballroom number to a Frank Sinatra standard. Cute picnic-in-the-park theme. I’d like to see more movement around the floor, this is slightly stately but has a sweetly sophisticated quality. Some of the Judge’s trademark faces towards the end. Respectable but not spectacular. Wonder if the grandparents’ presence will get him sympathy points? Music: ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ by Harry Connick JrJudges’ verdicts: Craig says “it lacked swing and sway but at least I can look at your face now”. Darcey says “you improve each week, there was flow and guide, kept the shoulders down, you really stretched yourself and are becoming a real dancer, great job”. Len says “you made it a walk in the park, light and fluffy as a Mary Berry soufflé with no soggy bottom, your best dance”. Bruno says “you lost flow at times but I enjoyed seeing gorgeous Robert”. Judges’ scores: 7, 9, 9, 8 for a total of 33 points. Same as last week. A tad generous. 7:12PMGreg and Natalie’s paso doble 7:44PMClaudia and AJ’s Viennese waltz Ed Balls boosts flagging national moraleOppa Ed Balls style! When news emerged that Ed Balls and his pro partner Katya Jones would be dancing a salsa to Psy’s novelty hit Gangnam Style, we knew we were in for a treat. So it proved – exactly what the nation needed on a rainy evening at the end of a dispiriting week. Resplendent in an electric blue suit, the dad-dancing politician threw everything at this routine. There were invisible horse-riding moves, there were hip-thrusts at the judges (don’t have nightmares, Bruno Tonioli), there were lifts – and thankfully, this time Balls didn’t nearly drop poor Katya. It left Len Goodman speechless and nearly caused social networks to crash. A score of 25 points still saw “Disco Balls” bottom of the leaderboard, six points adrift – but Ed’s sheer entertainment value will surely see him through to Blackpool. One last hurrah in the Tower Ballroom, then bye-bye? That’s not Mary Berry on Strictly. Channel 4 are testing out their new Mary Berry robot ahead of the new series of Bake Off. #Strictly— Weather Fairy (@ctweatherfairy) November 12, 2016 Good evening and welcome to our Strictly Come Dancing liveblog for week eight. It’s showtime at 6.55pm on BBC One, when our 8 surviving couples take to the ballroom floor, bidding to make it through to next week’s Blackpool special. Last week, it was a case of remember, remember the 5th of November. There were fireworks in the ballroom as five maximum “10” paddles were held aloft and six couples notched their highest scores yet. Louise Redknapp topped the leaderboard with a near-perfect 39pts for the first Argentine Tango of the series. Laura Whitmore was eliminated after shock dance-off against Ore Oduba, while Ed Balls’ Laurel & Hardy routine saw him sail safely through againTonight, the bright lights of Blackpool in sight, as the eight surviving couples aim for next weekend’s annual trip north to the iconic Tower Ballroom. Danny Mac will dance this year’s second Argentine Tango. At the other end of the choreographic quality scale, we’ll get to see Ed Balls salsa-ing to Gangnam Style. Daisy Lowe and Greg Rutherford are bookies’ favourites for the bottom two but we could be in for another shock.We’ll be liveblogging from 6.30pm, providing build-up, rolling coverage, recaps and analysis, so watch along with us. Please join in too – you can email me on michael.hogan@ telegraph.co.uk or tweet me on @michaelhogan. I’ll keep an eye on both and report the highlights here. Nearly time to staaaaaaart dancing… They were relieved to escape the dance-off last week after two in a row. Now it’s a fun, frisky disco salsa to open the show. Scooby van prop and Daisy’s sporting a psychedelic print dress. Leggy, good timing and sychronisation but I’m not sure there’s enough salsa hip rotation for the judges. Spectacular lifts and spicy spirit, though. Music:  ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ by Deee-LiteJudges’ verdicts: Len says he was “twitching and gyrating throughout, you sold it well and danced through the little blunder”. Bruno says “The looks! The legs! The lifts! Easy sex appeal and Mary Berry (who’s in the studio audience) would approve. I loved the retro Seventies styling”. Craig says the “footwork was haphazard, it was disjointed, loved the leg extensions, lifts great but sticky transitions”. Darcey says “soften the knees to help your balance”.Judges’ scores: 7, 8, 8, 8 for a total of 31 points. Not her best. Dance-off danger? Ore Oduba and Judge Rinder over-markedAfter early pace-setter Ore Oduba’s shock appearance in the bottom two last week, the judges seemed to be deliberately over-praising him to keep him in the contest. Ore’s romantic rumba was highly respectable but nowhere near as spectacular as the panel’s gushing implied. Judge Rinder also seemed to be treated generously – surely influenced by the fact that his proud grandparents, both in their 90s, were in the studio audience. His foxtrot was pleasant enough but was it really two points better than Daisy Lowe’s salsa or Greg Rutherford’s paso doble? I’d venture not.  6:38PMOppa Ed Balls style! If ever we needed a little light relief, it’s this week. Even Ed Balls says sitting down for Strictly on a Saturday night will act as a soothing balm to bring us back together. Just 15 minutes until showtime… The current series of Strictly Come Dancing is officially the most popular in the programme’s 12-year history. An average of 10.9m viewers have so far tuned into the Saturday night show – the highest ever figure at the halfway point of a series. Five minutes until that ba-ba-daa theme tune… 6:57PMFrockwatch I am almost admiring @edballs for @bbcstrictly now. Let’s face it now in this world he could win.If Trump can do it so can Ed— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) November 12, 2016 7:18PMJudge Rinder and Katya’s foxtrot Here’s your recap of all the ballroom action… Balls for PM— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) November 12, 2016 Ed Balls is the hero we both need and deserve in these dark political times #SCD #StrictlyComeDancing— Liss (@AliciaFayeMyers) November 12, 2016 Daisy and Greg in dance-off danger?Model Daisy Lowe and long-jumper Greg Rutherford finished joint second bottom of the scoreboard, six points above Ed Balls. But assuming the pelvic-thrusting politician gets viewer votes for his demented dancing and sheer entertainment value, these two look most at risk. Daisy has already survived two dance-offs but it could be third time unlucky. Greg’s been lingering around the lower reaches of the leaderboard for a few weeks now but is he popular enough to be hauled clear? If so, Judge Rinder or Ore Oduba could come into the reckoning. The Sunday night results show airs at 7.15pm on BBC One, so please rejoin us on the liveblog then. And in the meantime, of course, keeeeeeep dancing!  They got their first 10s for last week’s fast, furious jive. Now it’s the second Argentine tango of the series – but Louise and Kevin have set the bar high. Gangster-and-moll theme with the requisite flicks and kicks. Slick and sensuous with lovely lifts, synchronisation and sharp footwork. Fast and fierce spins as the music gathers pace. One of those routines where you forget which one’s the pro. Superb.Music: ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’ by Marvin GayeJudges’ verdicts: “You need more of an A-frame, need to lead with the solar plexus not the arms, a bit too aggressive… but incredible”. Darcey says it was “frantic, busy, a little too aggressive. The technique was stunning but I wanted more still moments”. Bit harsh. Len says “the clarity and precision, the pain and passion – it swept me away, brilliant”. More like it. Bruno coos about “stallions, storytelling, arguments, precision – it was a killer Argentine tango”.Judges’ scores: 9, 9, 10, 10 for a total of 38 points – top of the leaderboard. Danny’s tearful 7:29PMOre and Joanne’s rumba 6:58PMBlackpool drinking game 6:41PMForget Donald Trump, let’s dance We don’t mean Brexit. We mean Blackpool. Expect next week’s Tower Ballroom special to get mentioned A LOT tonight. last_img

first_imgA TOP GARDA has outlined to TheJournal.ie how the new the Small Areas Policing Programme being trialled in part of inner city Dublin works.As part of the approach, gardaí are assigned to between 150 to 600 homes where they get to know residents and talk to them about how the feel the area is policed and quality of life issues.Residents are asked a range of different questions. But is this a valuable use of garda time and resources or should their role be focused solely on crime?Poll, Should gardaí be tasked with improving quality of living?  Don’t know (337) No (2092) Yes (2307)center_img Poll Results: YesNoDon’t knowVotelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Minister Nicholas Kotsiras has been forced to intervene in a Muslim conference, fearing state racial and religious vilification laws could be broken. Organisers of the major Muslim conference in Melbourne this month have been warned they could face prosecution if laws are breached. Mr Kotsiras has called Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Chin Tan to speak to organisers and said “Organisers of any event are responsible for the conduct of individuals or speakers (under the state Racial and Religious Tolerance Act).” “I’ve asked him to explain to them that we live in a multicultural state and that our aim is to ensure that individuals, groups and communities are able to live in peace and harmony with each other,” he said. Among the speakers is Dr Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, imam of one of Mecca’s holiest mosques, who has reportedly made anti-Semitic comments.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame Writers Detail Major Script Challenges at SDCC 2019

first_imgStay on target ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film Avengers: Endgame was one of the top performing movies of 2019, yet developing the film was not an easy process for writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.On Friday, the duo discussed the biggest script challenges with Avengers: Endgame at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). During a panel held in Hall H, Markus and McFeely described their Marvel journey and what it would take to create one of the most popular superhero films of all time, Polygon noted.#AvengersEndgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talked “Writing Avengers: Endgame” at #SDCC #HallH and brought visuals! Take a look at BTS images of their writer’s room. pic.twitter.com/xcLvTbYgva— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 19, 2019“Your first reaction is panic,” Markus told attendees. “If it’s bad, because you will be very embarrassed one year, and then you have to wait around and have to be embarrassed next year.”Avengers: Endgame ended up with a solid script, however, according to the duo, it took multiple drafts, including the shooting draft, to achieve what they were looking for. Markus noted how Marvel Studios will fine tune movies until they hit theaters and how the Avengers: Endgame storyline was tweaked multiple times.“There’s a lot of trial and error on these [movies],” McFeely said during the panel. Both writers described how Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame eventually came together, however, they admitted that an all-hands-on-deck moment put things into perspective and kickstarted another creative direction.“Marvel knows how to foster the writing of the movie. They’re not a panic-based company,” Markus explained. “A lot of companies in Hollywood freak out after a first draft.”SO cool we were allowed to take a pic of this brainstorming session done by the writers! #AvengersEndgame #SDCC2019 #SDCC50 #MarvelStudios #HallH @MarvelStudios @SD_Comic_Con pic.twitter.com/efTnAgiwGc— Jennifer Saturday @ SDCC (@JCSaturday) July 19, 2019Before tackling the plots of Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the duo put together a giant board that listed all available characters, objects, and references that were still important to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).Even though the board was helpful, it couldn’t solve all of the script’s bumps, including whether or not certain characters should die. But after weeks of conversations, the thought of killing Thanos became more of a good approach for the Avengers: Endgame storyline, considering he changes everyone’s fate throughout the film.“Killing him helps him as a character,” Markus said. “It cements the fact that he’s doing this for his stated purpose. He’s done! And that’s the most shattering thing for the Avengers.”More on Geek.com:Top Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019Marvel Posts ‘Dawn of X’ Teaser on Twitter Before SDCC 2019last_img read more

Grand Turk Cruise businesses meet with Govt next Carnival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, January 20, 2017 – Cruise ship arrivals are significantly down for Grand Turk and the cruise ship experience is significantly compromised too; and the PDM Government says the former PNP Administration was not moving expeditiously enough to resolve the various issues.The country learned from the Premier that Carnival Cruise lines, Grand Turk vendors and Government were at an impasse on how to resolve reports of harassment and accusations of unfairness.   A meeting has already been held between vendors in the Capitol and the new administration, next is a session with Carnival.It was promised by the Premier that the objective is to reach common ground and to restore Grand Turk as the #1 cruise destination; GT has reportedly dropped to being fifth. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#CarnivalGrandTurk, #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAcenter_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force #MagneticNewsMedia #CarnivalGrandTurklast_img read more