About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ronaldo: Sarri has improved on Allegri’s Juventus workby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCristiano Ronaldo admits he’s enjoying playing for Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.Ronaldo believes Juventus have changed for the better this season.“We’ve changed with Sarri to improve,” he said at a Press conference for their Champions League clash with Lokomotiv Moscow.“I have more freedom. We’ve changed a lot, we’re improving and there are still things to fix but I’m very happy.“We did a great job with Allegri, but with Sarri we’ve improved. My position has changed a but.“I always try to occupy the areas on the pitch where I feel best. I like to have freedom of movement.“We must fight to assert ourselves again in the League and try to win the Champions League.“This is our objective. Collective results are important. As for the Ballon d’Or, I have nothing to say about it.“It’s not important whether I win it or not. If there are individual awards, it’ll be the result of results with the team.“Now we have a match to play, I’m thinking about that and nothing else. I like what he asks us to do on the field.“Compared to the past, we’re creating more chances. We’re having great possession and we move around differently.“I’m very happy with how things are going with the new Coach. I’m satisfied and happy with what we’re doing.”
We’re officially three months away from college football’s first contest – Cal vs. Hawaii – so it’s time to start making some predictions. No, we don’t just mean for division winners, bowl matchups and the College Football Playoff field. We’re going to make predictions for every game. Every game that involves a Power 5 team, at least.Let’s get started with week one – which features a dozen big-time matchups. Week 1 Highlights:Tennessee looks like the most impressive team in the country, blasting Appalachian State.Stanford takes down Kansas State in an important non-conference matchup.UCLA hands Texas A&M a tough non-conference loss.Oklahoma holds off upstart Houston.LSU handles Wisconsin despite offensive struggles.Alabama crushes USC.Clemson downs Auburn on a last-second touchdown.Notre Dame has no problem with Texas.Florida State surprises Ole Miss with 21 fourth-quarter points.Here are the standings and the College Football Playoff outlook after week one:Here are the scores for every Power 5 game:California 33, Hawaii 7 Utah 43, Southern Utah 10 Minnesota 20, Oregon State 13 Wake Forest 20, Tulane 10 Louisville 45, Charlotte 23 Indiana 42, Florida International 17 NC State 55, William & Mary 10 Tennessee 65, Appalachian State 7 South Carolina 31, Vanderbilt 20 Colorado 31, Colorado State 30 Stanford 17, Kansas State 7 Syracuse 24, Colgate 20 Michigan State 31, Furman 0 Ohio State 31, Bowling Green 17 Penn State 45, Kent State 20 Iowa 20, Miami (OH) 17 Northwestern 24, Western Michigan 3 Purdue 10, Eastern Kentucky 9 Kansas 27, Rhode Island 20 TCU 45, South Dakota State 10 Texas Tech 45, Stephen F Austin 20 BYU 27, Arizona 20 Baylor 35, Northwestern State 10 Iowa State 35, Northern Iowa 31 Arkansas 45, Louisiana Tech 23 UCLA 31, Texas A&M 23 Mississippi State 40, South Alabama 20 West Virginia 45, Missouri 20 Kentucky 34, Southern Miss 31 Arizona State 51, Northern Arizona 13 Oregon 50, UC Davis 7 Washington 54, Rutgers 23 Washington State 34, Eastern Washington 20 Nebraska 40, Fresno State 13 Illinois 19, Murray State 11 Maryland 24, Howard 7 Georgia Tech 23, Boston College 7 Oklahoma 24, Houston 20 Michigan 70, Hawaii 7 Virginia Tech 34, Liberty 10 Pittsburgh 17, Villanova 9 Virginia 17, Richmond 7 LSU 30, Wisconsin 20 Georgia 27, North Carolina 13 Duke 30, NC Central 3 Miami 30, Florida A&M 7 Alabama 31, USC 7 Clemson 35, Auburn 31 Notre Dame 35, Texas 10 Florida State 24, Ole Miss 21 Oklahoma State 48, SE Louisiana 0 Florida 34, UMass 6Next: Week 2 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14
New Delhi: The Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta, on Sunday issued a statement claiming that his inspections of foot-over-bridges that were supposed to be completed years ago have shown that the Delhi government’s incompetence in fulfilling their promises.With poll dates drawing closer, Gupta went on a full offensive, accusing the AAP-led government in the Capital of being “useless” and blaming other forces for their flaws. The senior BJP leader claimed to have inspected foot-over-bridges that were supposed to be constructed by the Kejriwal government at Mukarba Chowk, Nirankari Samagam, Jahangirpuri, and Jagatpur. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn a statement, Gupta said that the only reason for construction on these bridges to be stalled was callousness displayed by the Delhi government regarding this matter. Gupta further went on to say that the construction of unfinished bridges does not require full-statehood, hence Kejriwal “has no excuse to blame the Central government or BJP for not allowing him to work.” In addition, Gupta claimed that the AAP government’s apparent inaction has led the people of Delhi to realise that BJP must come to power in the upcoming election. “The people have now made up their minds that they will teach them (AAP) a lesson in the coming Lok Sabha elections,” he said. In a tweet tagging the Chief Minister, Gupta also asked him to answer for the delay in constructing these bridges.
New Delhi: A day after Jet Airways suspended all its flights after running out of money, lenders to the carrier Thursday said they were “reasonably hopeful” that bidding process for the airline will end successfully. Lenders led by the State Bank of India had declined to extend more funds to Jet, forcing it to suspend all its flights. “The lenders after due deliberations decided that the best way forward for the survival of Jet Airways is to get the binding bids from potential investors who have expressed EOI (Expression of Interest) and have been issued bid documents on April 16,” a statement by lenders said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A consortium of 26 lenders led by the SBI, with 51 per cent stake in the debt-trapped airline, has invited bids from potential suitors. “Lenders are reasonably hopeful that the bid process is likely to be successful in determining the fair value of the enterprise in a transparent manner,” it said. Banks on Wednesday rejected an immediate Rs 400 crore demand of Jet Airways, compelling it to ground operations. Jet had been, over the last few months, on a decline as competition from budget airlines hurt its profitability and led to a debt pile. It reported losses for four straight quarters despite sales holding up. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday At its peak, Jet operated 123 planes and over 600 daily flights. It was flying just seven planes on Tuesday. Its chief executive officer Vinay Dube on Wednesday wrote an email to airlines’ passengers saying “with deep sadness and with a heavy heart that we would like to share with you that, effective immediately, Jet Airways will be suspending all its domestic and international operations”. “Tuesday night, we were informed by SBI, on behalf of the consortium of Indian lenders, that they are unable to consider our request for interim funding. Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source of funding was forthcoming, it would therefore not have been possible for us to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going,” he wrote. He said the airline had over the last several weeks and months tried “every means possible” to seek funding, both interim as well as long term funding, to keep our operations going. “Unfortunately, despite the very best of our efforts, we have been left with no other choice today”. “A decision like this is never easy to make, but without the interim funding, which we have been repeatedly requesting for, we are simply unable to conduct flight operations in a manner that delivers to the very reasonable expectations of our guests, employees, partners and service providers,” he wrote. “After 25 years of sharing the Joy of Flying with Indian and international guests, Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and authorities to ensure the sustainability of the airline did not yield the desired results.” He, however, said the future provides new hope and opportunity as India is better off with a flying Jet Airways. “We will now await the bid finalization process by SBI and the consortium of Indian lenders and will continue to support the bid process initiated by the lenders,” he added. Passengers who had booked on Jet for travel on future dates will get a refund. “We sincerely and profusely apologise for the disruption to your travel plans. We would like to thank you for your continued patronage, support and loyalty over the years. We are hopeful that we will be able to bring the Joy of Flying back to you soon,” he added.
Chandigarh: A platform for dynastic politics for decades, Haryana is seeing many political families in fray this time too as grandchildren of four former chief ministers, two great grandsons and sons of political bigwigs are trying their luck.Political families including Chautalas, Bishnois and Hoodas are in fray every election in Haryana, a Jat-dominated state. However, the grandchildren of the four former chief ministers including Bhajan Lal, Chaudhary Devi Lal, Om Prakash Chautala and Bansi Lal, say they are not contesting the elections riding on the popularity of their families but on basis of the work done in their constituencies. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghWhile the Congress has fielded Bansi Lal’s granddaughter Shruti Chaudhary from Bhiwani-Mahendargarh constituency, Bhavya Bishnoi, grandson of Bhajan Lal and son of Kuldip Bishnoi is the party’s candidate from Hisar. Chaudhary, a former MP from the Bhiwani-Mahendargarh constituency, told PTI, Coming from a politically influential family does come with its benefits as the family has a goodwill but voters today cannot be taken for ride. They are not interested in our dynasties but the work done . Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadShruti’s mother, Kiran Chaudhary, is an MLA from Bhiwan’s Tosahm constituency. Three Chautala great grandsons are in fray albeit not from the same party after the Chautala clan split last year following a bitter family feud. With Om Prakash Chautala being in jail in connection with the teacher recruitment scam, his son Ajay Chautala had broken away from the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and formed Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) which has formed an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state. While the alliance has fielded Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala from Hisar and Sonepat respectively, Arjun Chautala, son of Abhay Chautala, is the INLD candidate from Kurukshetra constituency. Hisar, the industrial hub of Haryana and a politically crucial constituency, i seeing a triangular contest among grandsons. Digvijay Chautala and Bhavya Bishnoi are pitted against Brijendra Singh, the great grandson of prominent farmer leader Chotu Ram and son of Union Minister Birender Singh. I am not entering politics because I had nowhere to go. I have carved my own path in civil services, fairly succeeded at that and I am entering mainstream politics when I am confident I can bring substance to the table, Singh told PTI. And the dynasty politics theory does not apply to me as my party (BJP) is against it and hence my father has already submitted his resignation both from the Ministry and Rajya Sabha, he added. Rao Inderjit Singh, a Union Minister and son of former Haryana Chief Minister Rao Birender Singh, is in fray from Gurgaon. Singh, the sitting MP from Gurgaon, had ended his family’s decades old association with the Congress ahead of the 2014 elections and joined the BJP. Kuldeep Sharma, a former Haryana Speaker, the Congress candidate from Karnal is also in the fray to retain his family legacy. The Karnal seat was won by his late father Chiranji Lal four times in a row, thrice defeating BJP bigwig Sushma Swaraj. Also in the fray are Hooda father-son duo with Bhupender Singh Hooda, a former Haryana Chief Minister, contesting from Sonepat constituency and his son Deepender Singh Hooda contesting from Rohtak. The Hooda son, who is a sitting MP from Rohtak constituency, was the lone Congress candidate to win in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, the Hoodas do not see a problem with dynasty politics. He told PTI, “if people have been voting for us for several terms means they have faith in us and find us credible. What is the problem with that?” PTI
London: Nicholas Hoult says he would love to reprise his role in the X-Men series if there are plans to bring the mutant back in other films in the Marvel franchise. Filmmaker Simon Kinberg, who has directed the upcoming Dark Phoenix, recently said the Sophie Turner-led film marks the “culmination” of all the movies made under the X-Men franchise. Hoult, who plays Beast/ Hank McCoy in the films, said while he is uncertain about how the series will branch ahead of Fox Studios’ merger with Disney, he would like to be a part of these films. “That’s the thing, it’s a character that I love. That character’s grown as I’ve grown, and I feel like when I grow and get older and discover new things in life I can put more into the character. The actor said he did not expect to play Beast for as long as he has.
BENGHAZI, Libya – Shops and schools closed across Benghazi Tuesday as residents of Libya’s second city responded to calls for civil disobedience to protest deadly clashes between radical Islamists and the army.The call by the city council came as a source said defence ministry officials were in talks with jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia on an offer of safe passage out of the city on condition its fighters leave their weapons behind.The army clashed with jihadists on Monday after one of its patrols was attacked near the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia, a group blamed for the killing of the US ambassador in 2012. The health ministry said seven people were killed in the fighting and around 50 wounded.On Tuesday, the army deployed across the eastern city, taking control of key roads, an AFP correspondent reported.Troops were also in control of the Ansar al-Sharia headquarters in the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, which residents had attacked late Monday, forcing jihadists to flee, before handing it over to the army.Benghazi was the cradle of the 2011 uprising during which NATO-backed rebels toppled and then killed longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.Since the end of the uprising, Libya has been hit by waves of deadly violence much of it blamed on heavily armed former rebels who have banded into militias each with its own ideology and allegiance.The government has been struggling to integrate the former rebels into a regular army and police, or make them surrender their weapons.Fed up by the government’s inability to rein in the gunmen, the city council called on residents to show their frustration through three days of “civil disobedience”, including strikes.The move brought Benghazi to a near standstill with schools, universities, shops, banks and public offices all closed, as residents mourned the dead.Earlier this month, residents of the capital Tripoli observed a similar campaign of protests against militias in response to deadly violence, prompting some of them to pull out of the city.Jihadists seek ‘safe’ exitDefence Minister Abdallah al-Teni said his ministry was in touch with Ansar al-Sharia to find a solution that would avoid further bloodshed.Ansar al-Sharia is requesting a “safe corridor” for its fighters to leave Benghazi but army chiefs are demanding they leave behind their heavy weapons, the minister said, according the spokesman of Libya’s top political body, the General National Congress.A GNC delegation also arrived in Benghazi on Tuesday at the request of the city council.Late on Monday Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, fresh from talks with US and British officials in London on the violence wracking his country, flew into Benghazi briefly for meetings with security officials.Last week, the US military said it hopes to train 5,000 to 8,000 troops for the fledgling new army, following a request from Zeidan.Zeidan met both US Secretary of State John Kerry and Britain’s William Hague in London on Sunday and after the talks the US top diplomat vowed to help stabilise Libya.The Benghazi violence comes as the authorities take steps to evacuate militias from Tripoli, on the back of popular discontent in the capital against armed groups.Less than two weeks ago, 46 people were killed and more than 500 wounded after militiamen opened fire on peaceful demonstrators in Tripoli prompting armed clashes.Ansar Al-Sharia advocates the implementation of sharia Islamic law and has systematically refused to recognise the authority of the central government or its security services.The group controls areas of Benghazi as well as Sirte and Derna, also in eastern Libya, and has been blamed for bloody attacks against foreign missions, judges and security personnel.The most daring attack, in September 2012, targeted the US consulate in Benghazi, killing ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Ansar al-Sharia denies any involvement.
New coach, no problem. Despite being saddled with the difficult task of replacing a program legend, first-year Ohio State coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly is embracing her new role at the helm of the Buckeyes softball team. Prior to Schoenly’s arrival from Miami (Ohio), OSU had been under the direction of former coach Linda Kalafatis, who compiled 538 wins and six NCAA Tournament appearances in her 16 seasons leading the Buckeyes. Kalafatis was let go in May after OSU declined to renew her contract. “I have a ton of respect for (Kalafatis) and the coaching staffs she’s brought to the program through the years,” Schoenly said. “We constantly tell the girls she’s part of our tradition … She’s a great coaching legend for the Ohio State softball program and I’m proud to follow in her footsteps.” While replacing a program stalwart is difficult enough, trying to get 21 players, 17 of whom played under the previous regime, to buy into a new coach’s identity can be equally challenging. “Every group of girls is going to have its own mentality,” Schoenly said. “So you just want to embrace the personalities in the group that you have. I’m not trying to change them, you have to find the strength in each kid and let it come out.” With wins against three ranked opponents (No. 8 Georgia, No. 16 Louisville and No. 14 Arizona), Schoenly’s Buckeyes are off to a hot start at 9-6. “I think the team has responded great,” said senior third baseman Megan Coletta. “It was a fresh start for everyone and the (new) coaches made it really easy with how they were open to us and very friendly with us.” Coletta said there haven’t been any issues with the new staff so far and that everything is going smoothly in the early season. “All of our new coaches are really energetic and lively,” said freshman utility fielder Cammi Prantl. “The team’s feeding off their energy and creating our own energy. I think everyone likes the positive environment.” During the transitional period after Kalafatis’ departure and Schoenly’s arrival, the team’s four seniors led off-season workouts to keep the women on the same page and to welcome the incoming freshmen to a coachless environment. “It’s not like we’re just freshmen to them,” Prantl said. “We’ve been included in the group the whole time.” The summer workouts paid dividends for the team’s eventual bonding once Schoenly was named coach. “This summer when there wasn’t a coach at all, the seniors were really involved with keeping the freshmen active,” Schoenly said. “(The seniors) were like little assistant coaches before we arrived, just keeping the freshmen on track and wanting to be here.” With the Big Ten season looming after OSU’s spring break, Schoenly said the real test begins once her team starts conference play against Indiana on March 22. Each day the OSU softball team spends together, they get closer and more familiar with the ways of their new head coach. The team knows the growing pains they suffer now will help them better prepare for the grind of conference play. “The adjustment is having to get to know all 21 (players),” Schoenly said. “You have to find out which buttons to push for which kids, and that takes some time to learn … My goal is to find out which kids fit what roles and to put them in positions to have success.” OSU is next scheduled to take on Maryland on Saturday at 1 p.m. in College Park, Md.
With a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game locked up and a 42-27 win against Indiana in the rearview mirror, Urban Meyer and Ohio State have their sights set on archrival Michigan.Meyer — entering his third Michigan week as the Buckeyes’ coach — met with the media on Monday to discuss The Game and what it means to everyone involved, and also touched on some key points from OSU’s Saturday win over the Hoosiers.Meyer said he is “very pleased” to have another crack at the Big Ten title game this season.He said junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein, senior wide receivers Evan Spencer and Devin Smith, and redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith graded as champions on offense against Indiana.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott and redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall were the players of the game on offense, Meyer said.Marshall was also the player of the game on special teams.Meyer said sophomore safety Vonn Bell, junior linebacker Joshua Perry, sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa, junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington and freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan were champions on defense.He said senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett was the defensive player of the game.Meyer on the Indiana game: “We put that one to bed rather quickly” with Michigan on the horizon.He said OSU-Michigan matchup is not like any other game. “That’s the way it is here, and that’s the way it should be.”“This is not another game, this is The Game,” Meyer said.“How to have fun is to sing the fight song in the locker room after a win against your rivals,” he said of the mindset he wants his players to have going into the game.Meyer said he likes to educate the players about the rivalry to make sure they understand the significance.He said “there are great players there,” in reference to Michigan.Meyer said he expects the Wolverines to raise their level of play against the Buckeyes: “Their personnel will play their very best against us.”He said Bennett has been “outstanding” for the last month.Meyer said it is “very important to be hitting your stride” at this point in the season.He called the Buckeyes the “most improved team out there.”Meyer said “motivation won’t be an issue” even though Michigan has a 5-6 record this season.When asked if he ever thought he would be recruited by OSU in high school, Meyer joked: “Of course I did, my mom told me I was a great player. Things didn’t work out. I was waiting for that letter, it never happened.”He stressed that having a chance to sing the fight song after a win is the way to have fun with a rivalry game.The Game is scheduled for Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Logo of fire IllustrationTwo workers were burned to death while another injured in a gas cylinder blast at an oxygen factory in Nasirabad, Chattogram on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Pabitra Kumar Das, 60, from Barishal and Md Sabed, 30, from Feni.The fire broke out following a cylinder blast at ‘Siraj Anu Oxygen Limited’ owned by Shafiqur Islam Chowdhury around 7:00am, said Md Jasim Uddin, deputy assistant director of Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defence.On information, four fire-fighting units from Nandankanon, Agrabad, Chandanpura and Bayazid stations rushed to the spot and doused the fire.The firefighters rescued the three workers as burn injured. Among them, one died on the way to hospital while another died at the hospital, said Md Jahirul Islam, in-charge of Chattogram Medical College Hospital police outpost.Injured Nurul Islam is undergoing treatment at the hospital, he added.
Security specialist Verimatrix has moved into the Internet of Things (IoT) market with the launch of cloud-based platform, Vtegrity.The platform is designed to secure connected devices and services – providing protection for device software and communications, alongside proactive threat detection.Peter PeterkaVerimatrix said that Vtegrity will addresses the security gaps that exist with many current IoT services – both at initial deployment and over the lifecycle of the application.“The IoT market can be characterised as a large number of business applications that rely on device-to-cloud communication to generate value for the customer and revenue streams for the service provider,” said Verimatrix CTO, Petr Peterka.“As the market matures, the critical nature of overall application integrity has become more apparent. All revenue streams must be underpinned by a comprehensive approach to security—and the weakest link has often been shown to be at the device level.”Vtegrity is based on Verimatrix’s established security technologies and partnerships, and aims to offer the same benefits as its VCAS revenue security solution for pay TV.Verimatrix will exhibit at IBC in hall 5, stand A.59