This African Tribe Is Living In India For Centuries But Is Still Considered As An Outsider

first_imgVery few Indians might be aware of the fact that Africans and Indians share a large history. With more than 20,000 members of an African-origin ethnic tribal community living in total anonymity in India for over 500 years, there are definite proofs that Indians and Africans are no strangers to each other.Read it at Top Yaps Related Itemslast_img

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ISL-3 off to colourful, star-studded start

first_imgGuwahati, Oct 1 (PTI) The third edition of the Indian Super League got off to a colourful start with a star-studded opening ceremony even as the fans, wearing their passion for the game on their sleeves, descended at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium to witness the gala ceremony here today. With a host of celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment in attendance, the half-an-hour long ceremony had the spectators at the jam-packed stadium in thrall. A carnival atmosphere filled the air as the ceremony showcased the cultural diversity and spirit of the eight sisters before familiar foes Northeast United FC and Kerala Blasters resumed their rivalry on the pitch. Besides the cultural part, act 1 also featured a bevy of Bollywood stars gyrating to hindi chartbusters, while all the franchise owners were called on to the stage one by one. Bollywood heartthrobs Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandes and Varun Dhawan, along with about 500 performers rocked the stadium in the short, yet spectacular, show. The local flavour was injected by the famed Shillong Chamber Choir who have enthralled audiences across the globe. Alia, Jacqueline and Varun set the stage ablaze with their scintillating acts and took selfies with ISL founding chairperson Nita Ambani, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Indian Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu, actors Ranbir Kapoor, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan and cricketing ace Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Sindhu performed the ceremonial kick-off. The franchise-based league will be played across eight cities over the next 11 weeks. Nita had words of appreciation for the northeast regions contribution to sport, especially football, in recent years. “Northeast has been the epicentre for sports in India and its always a pleasure to be here. Northeast has produced great sports personalities like MC Mary Kom, Bhaichung Bhutia and now the latest sensation Dipa Karmakar,” Nita said in her address. She added, “I am pleased to inform that the ISL grassroots initiative has reached 1.3 million children over the last two years. Its a significant progress and we are committed to continue investing in Indias grasstoots football development.” PTI AH CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Cried because did not want MS Dhoni to lose his last match as captain

first_imgThe young fan who stole the limelight after he was seen weeping following India’s final Super Four match against Afghanistan ended in a draw, has reason behind his reaction.The game got over with Rashid Khan dismissing Ravindra Jadeja off the penultimate ball as India got bowled out for 252, the same score Afghanistan had made batting first in an inconsequential match in Dubai.As Afghanistan players started celebrating, cameras turned towards the stands to capture the reactions of the fans. Among them was a little kid wearing the Indian jersey, who couldn’t hold back his tears even as his father tried his best to console him.India vs Bangladesh Final Asia Cup 2018: Live Score”I cried because I did not want Mahendra Singh Dhoni to lose his last match as an ODI captain and his 200th match as the skipper,” Arjan Singh, the young boy, told ANI.READ – Dhoni bonded with junior cricketers over hookah: George BaileyIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh even tweeted a picture of the crying child and offered support by saying, “Koi na putt Rona Nahi hai final aapa jittange (Don’t cry child, we will win the final).”Koi na putt Rona Nahi hai final aapa jittange pic.twitter.com/fjI0DWeBoyHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 25, 2018The kid’s father, identified as Amarpreet Singh, replied to Bhajji’s tweet thanking the cricketer for his support. Amarpreet also revealed in his tweet that India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave him a call and spoke with his son Arjan.advertisementAsia Cup, India vs Afghanistan: Match tied after Rashid’s last over heroics”Paaji he is happy now and looking forward to the final on Friday… Really kind of @BhuviOfficial as well to call and console him… We will surely bounce back and it will be our “Fateh” on Friday.. Go Team India,” Amarpreet Singh replied.@harbhajan_singh Paaji he is happy now and looking forward to the final on Friday… Really kind of @BhuviOfficial as well to call and console him… We will surely bounce back and it will be our “Fateh” on Friday Go Team India @BCCI pic.twitter.com/BPkBXO2hIvAmarpreet Singh (@itsamarpreet) September 25, 2018@BhuviOfficial ‘s call Special moment for Arjan… Thank you Team India pic.twitter.com/Z5S6GgrrRQAmarpreet Singh (@itsamarpreet) September 26, 2018Arjan’s day was made even more special by Afghanistan players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Shahzad, who clicked pictures with the kid after the game.These Pics making India – Afghanistan Cricket Friendship bond even Stronger #INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/x84r2z8ziZAbhijeet (@TheYorkerBall) September 26, 2018Expressing his emotions during the final tense overs of the match, Arjan said that he was really happy with the way the match was going on, but the moment Jadeja got out on the penultimate ball of the match, he could not hold himself back.”I liked the match. I liked that Dhoni was captain. I was happy, but at the last ball, when Jadeja was trying to hit a six, I noticed that fielder was exactly at the pitch of the boundary. Then the ball got caught by the fielder and I cried,” Singh said.Reflecting on his own playing skills, the little fan claimed that he is practising to be an all-rounder. The Dhoni fan also wished the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

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Payroll Rebate Approved

first_img Information on NSBI transactions can be found at http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures . -30- payroll rebates are designed in a way that the tax revenue generated for the province by the new jobs in Nova Scotia is always more than the amount of the rebate payroll rebates are only paid after a business has generated actual payroll for the Nova Scotia economy for every dollar a company spends on the new jobs it receives between five and 10 cents back when a company submits an annual rebate claim, it must send NSBI audited information that confirms the number of jobs it created that year payroll rebates are paid through the Strategic Investment Fund Quick facts:center_img Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of a payroll rebate for MDA Systems Ltd., a space and defence company developing advanced surveillance solutions for export sale to NATO and militaries worldwide. MDA Systems Ltd. will develop software from its Dartmouth office that will enable its customers to be aware of what is happening on oceans and waterways using data from the internet, satellites and national systems. The company has the potential to create up to a maximum of 50 jobs under the five-year payroll rebate agreement. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the agreement, NSBI estimates the company could spend $13,685,000 in salaries. It is also estimated the new employees would contribute provincial tax revenues of $1,752,000 through their income and consumption taxes. As a result, the company would earn a rebate up to $1,094,800 over five years. MDA Systems Ltd. would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 50 new jobs. last_img read more

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UN refugee agency dismayed by impunity for endemic rape in DR Congo

23 April 2010The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today spoke out against the large number of rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), voicing concern at the impunity with which the attacks are being carried out. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today spoke out against the large number of rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), voicing concern at the impunity with which the attacks are being carried out.On average, 14 assaults have been recorded daily over the past three months, but “we fear that the real numbers could be much higher considering that many survivors keep silent for fear of being ostracized,” agency spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva.UNHCR, she said, is “disturbed by the lack of justice and prevailing impunity.” At least 200,000 cases of sexual violence have been recorded in the country in the past decade.With sexual violence being among the most serious of crimes, it must be treated as such and survivors should be able to report incidents without fear of reprisal, Ms. Fleming stressed.Over one third of the recorded cases are in the volatile North and South Kivu provinces in the country’s far east, home to 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), 100,000 of whom live in UNHCR camps.According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), more than 8,000 women were raped by warring factions last year in the two provinces.Although the mainly ethnic Hutu rebel militia, known as the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) – who have been operating in the Kivus since the 1994 Rwandan genocide – are thought to be responsible for most of the rapes, members of the national army are also guilty of sexual abuse in North and South Kivu provinces, according to UN experts.In many cases, women are raped when they leave their villages or camps to collect firewood, water and other items necessary for survival.To prevent such attacks, UNHCR has distributed fuel-efficient stoves and firewood in North Kivu to some 4,200 families so that women do not need to venture beyond safe areas.The agency is also working to follow up on rape cases by providing counseling, medical treatment and legal advice.Last year, UNHCR gave legal assistance to 145 survivors in South Kivu. “Through our support, these families were able to file complaints in local courts,” Ms. Fleming noted.While most of these cases are still ongoing, in 24 instances, people have been found guilty and sentenced to prison terms of up to 10 years, and some have been ordered to pay compensation.“This represents a significant development for justice but overall the number of cases in which criminal charges are being brought is tiny compared to the vast scale of the problem,” the UNHCR spokesperson underlined.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, recently wrapped up a week-long visit to the country.Sexual violence is not exclusively African and even less so Congolese but “a result of conflicts and war and the absence of peace in the DRC,” she said. “It is possible to fight sexual violence and find solutions; we must fight against impunity.” read more

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UN agency chooses India as global host of this years World Environment

22 February 2011The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that India will be the global host of this year’s World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June, during which the intrinsic link between quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems will be highlighted The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that India will be the global host of this year’s World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June, during which the intrinsic link between quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems will be highlighted.The theme of WED 2011 – “Forests: Nature at Your Service” – complements the focus of the UN International Year of Forests.India’s 1.2 billion people continue to put pressure on forests especially in densely populated areas where people are cultivating on marginal lands and where overgrazing is contributing to desertification, according to UNEP.However, the Indian Government has found solutions to the pressure on forests by embarking on tree-planting to combat land-degradation and desertification, including windbreaks and shelterbelts to protect agricultural land.The country has successfully introduced projects that track the health of the plants, animals, water and other natural resources, including the Sunderbans – the largest deltaic mangrove forest in the world and home to one of India’s most iconic wildlife species – the tiger.India has also launched a compensation afforestation programme under which any diversion of public forests for non-forestry purposes is compensated through afforestation in degraded or non-forested land. The funds received as compensation are used to improve forest management and the protection of forests and of watershed areas.“Over close to the 40-year history of WED, India’s cities and communities have been among the most active with a myriad of events undertaken across the country each and every year. It is only fitting that this rapidly developing economy is the host in 2011,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP.“From its manufacturing of solar and wind turbines to its Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which underwrites paid work for millions of households via investments in areas ranging from water conservation to sustainable land management, foundations are being laid towards a fundamental and far reaching new development path,” added Mr. Steiner.The South Asian country is planning one of the largest green energy projects in the world, which will generate 20,000 megawatts of solar energy and 3,000 megawatts from wind farms on 50,000 acres in the south-western state of Karnataka.The celebrations in India on 5 June will be part of thousands of events taking place across the world. This year’s WED will emphasize how individual actions can have an exponential impact, with a variety of activities ranging from school tree-planting drives to community clean-ups, car-free days, photo competitions on forests, bird-watching trips, city park clean-up initiatives, exhibits, green petitions, nationwide green campaigns and much more, according to UNEP. read more

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Albertas credit rating cut after confirming 103billion deficit 42billion debt

EDMONTON — Alberta has been hit with another credit downgrade one day after it confirmed it remains on track for a $10.3-billion budget deficit this year.The credit rating agency DBRS say it has downgraded Alberta‘s long-term debt rating to AA from AA (high) and has adjusted or maintained other ratings indicators on a negative trend.The agency said the downgrade reflects the high operating deficits and Alberta’s rapidly accumulating debt, which is pegged to surpass $42 billion by the spring.Alberta still on track for $10.3B deficit, but signs point to growing economyAlberta Premier Rachel Notley’s pro-pipeline tour well-received in CalgaryIt’s one of a number of credit downgrades or warnings that have resulted from the province’s fiscal direction under Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP since 2015.Although the economy has been hammered by low oil prices, Notley’s government says it makes sense in the short term to take on debt to catch up on long-delayed infrastructure projects.Finance Minister Joe Ceci, responding to the downgrade, says Alberta still has the strongest debt-to-GDP ratio among provinces and the province’s credit rating remains among the highest in Canada.“The fiscal update released yesterday shows that Alberta’s economy is growing faster than forecast, the deficit is coming down, and significant cost savings are being realized,” Ceci said in a statement.“The government will continue to take a steady and responsible approach that avoids extreme and risky cuts that would hurt families, cost jobs and damage our recovery.” read more

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Timeline of events leading up to key UK Supreme Court ruling

LONDON — Britain’s Supreme Court is set to rule Tuesday on whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of Parliament was legal. Here’s how we got here.July 24, 2019: Boris Johnson becomes prime minister after winning a party leadership contest to succeed Theresa May. He vows to leave the European Union on Oct. 31, with or without a deal.August 28: Johnson suspends Parliament for a five-week period ending Oct. 14. Queen Elizabeth II approves his request, as she is required to do under Britain’s constitutional monarchy. He says it is a routine decision to set the stage for announcement of his new domestic agenda, but House of Commons Speaker John Bercow calls it a “constitutional outrage.”August 29: Activist Gina Miller launches legal action against Johnson at the High Court in London. Her case is subsequently joined by former prime minister John Major and others.August 30: In a separate case, a judge in Scotland refuses to grant an emergency measure blocking the suspension of Parliament but schedules a full hearing at a later date.September 4: The Court of Session in Scotland rejects the bid to have the suspension declared unlawful.September 5: The High Court in London hears Miller’s case against the suspension. Her lawyers argue the move was an “unlawful abuse of power” by the prime minister.September 6: The High Court in London rejects Miller’s case. She vows to take it to the Supreme Court.September 11: The Inner House of the Court of Session in Scotland rules that the suspension was illegal and was intended to “stymie” Parliament ahead of the Brexit deadline.September 17: A three-day hearing on both cases begins at the Supreme Court, with 11 justices presiding.September 24: The Supreme Court is scheduled to announce its decision.The Associated Press read more

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Annan vehemently condemns attacks on international diplomats in Iraq

“The Secretary-General is deeply dismayed by the rash of attacks in recent days against representatives of the international diplomatic community in Iraq,” spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement condemning the incidents, including the kidnapping of the chargé d’affaires of Egypt, as well as the attempted assassinations of diplomats from Bahrain and Pakistan.”There can be no justification for the targeting of diplomats,” Mr. Dujarric said, adding that the Secretary-General expected that the perpetrators of these acts would be quickly apprehended and brought to justice. read more

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Protesters of British Columbias Site C dam pack up after court injunction

Protesters of British Columbia’s Site C dam pack up after court injunction by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2016 2:34 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Protesters of the $8.8-billion Site C dam project in northeast British Columbia are packing up after a judge ordered them to leave their tent camp near Fort St. John.Peace Valley farmer Ken Boon has been camping at the remote Rocky Mountain Fort site for about two months and says he and other demonstrators are respecting the judge’s order.B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Butler granted BC Hydro an injunction on Monday to remove the protesters, accepting the utility company’s submissions that the group had been blocking clearing work.Boon says the small core group of about six protesters began dismantling the camp on Tuesday and he expects the work to continue through Thursday.He says it’s been an emotional few days but the group of First Nations and landowners see the injunction as merely a bump in the road and they are refusing to give up their fight to stop the dam.There are several legal challenges of the project still before the courts and Boon is calling for a two-year delay on construction until the cases are concluded. read more

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UN resolved to help Equatorial Guinea build better future Ban says in

The United Nations will help Equatorial Guinea to reduce poverty and inequality, and promote food security, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged today as he arrived in the country on the eve of his address to the African Union Summit.“The United Nations stands ready to do more for the people of Equatorial Guinea,” Mr. Ban said as he inaugurated UN House, a state-of-the-art building in the capital, Malabo, which will bring the various UN bodies working in the country under one roof.“We will assist in ensuring universal education, achieving gender equality and empowering women. We will help advance respect for human rights. And we will work to improve health conditions, including helping more women to survive childbirth, reducing malaria and tuberculosis, and preventing and combating the spread of HIV/AIDS,” he stated.“The United Nations,” he added, “is resolved to stand with the people of Equatorial Guinea as they advance to a better future.”Equatorial Guinea is hosting the annual high-level gathering of the member countries of the African Union, which this year is devoted to agriculture and food security.Mr. Ban commended the AU on its resolve to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025, and noted that it has declared 2014 the Year of African Agriculture and Food Security. In addition, he commended the Government of Equatorial Guinea for its donation of $30 million to the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, which was launched last year and is managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). At a ceremony in Malabo today, the Trust Fund gave the green light to four new projects, worth $16 million, that will span 24 countries and focus on youth employment and malnutrition, transboundary animal diseases and food safety and urban food security.“The agreements that have just been signed today are integral to Africa’s goals for revolution in agricultural productivity,” said Mr. Ban, who was present at the ceremony along with the President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.“In Africa we see the growing commitment of countries not only to improving their own food security, but that of their neighbours as well,” said Mr. Graziano da Silva. “The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund is a concrete manifestation of Africa’s willingness to work together to guarantee the food security of the entire continent,” he added. read more

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Familiar problems plague fading Packers in loss to Cards

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers wasn’t in much of a mood to celebrate his 35th birthday.Not after another loss for the sliding Green Bay Packers.The same problems keep popping up for the offence, most glaringly, empty third downs and a lack of explosive plays.But Sunday’s 20-17 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, one of the NFL’s worst teams, was definitely a surprise.“We’re just not executing well and it’s the same things over and over,” Rodgers said.And just another blow to the fading playoff hopes for the Packers (4-7-1).“Well, I mean, this is really premature for that there,” coach Mike McCarthy said when asked why the Packers weren’t a playoff team.There is a chance, however slim. They could still catch up to the NFC North-leading Bears (8-4), who lost to the Giants.To do that though, a once-productive offence will have to find its way.“But we didn’t play well today. I’m not going to sit up here and try to sugarcoat it,” McCarthy said.Their struggles helped the Cardinals shatter the image of Lambeau Field as an intimidating venue for a warm-weather team in wintry conditions. The temperature at kickoff was 34 degrees, but the wind chill made it feel like 23. Flurries fell on and off throughout the game.Instead, the Packers looked out of sorts.A couple of Rodgers’ throws were off, especially in the first half. There were too many drops by receivers. The offensive line lost its two starters on the right side when guard Byron Bell and tackle Bryan Bulaga left in the first half with knee injuries.Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal for Arizona with 1:41 left. Green Bay’s Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired.Crosby pushed his kick wide right, with the flags atop Lambeau blowing in toward the field at the time of the play. In pregame warmups, Crosby said kicks were going right to left.“Both ends were fairly difficult. The wind was swirling,” Crosby said. The final attempt “wanted to go right, so I was pretty shocked about, and obviously disappointed.”The Packers won the Super Bowl under McCarthy in 2010. The team has experienced a lot of success in his 13-year tenure. But this is a third straight year in which Green Bay has had extended struggles.In 2016, the Packers started 4-6 but won eight straight games to get to the NFC title game, losing to the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs in 2017, when Rodgers missed extensive time with a broken collarbone.This year, Rodgers hurt his left knee in the season opener, though he is feeling better now. Receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison have missed time with injuries.Cobb’s return on Sunday didn’t help, with the Packers just 3 of 14 on third down.“I hate to repeat myself, but it’s applicable. … We’re not executing the right way,” Rodgers said.“It’s poor throws, not on the same page with receivers, wrong depth, protection,” he added. “We all have a part in that and we’ve all picked our time to mess up a third down.”The opening play of the fourth quarter was a perfect example of Green Bay’s offensive struggles. Rodgers found Cobb for a 36-yard completion on third-and-11, but the play was wiped out by a holding penalty on right tackle Jason Spriggs.Rodgers said his focus was getting his teammates to “play with that pride” and focus on the next four games.“Yeah, I mean I’m not even thinking about that right now,” Rodgers said when asked if he would have any role after the season with general manager Brian Gutekunst or team president Mark Murphy about what direction they should go with the coaching staff.The offensive players, Rodgers said, bear blame for whatever happens in the future.“Yeah, a lot probably. We haven’t played very well,” he said.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLGenaro C. Armas, The Associated Press read more

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Opinion Young athletes should forge own legacy not be dubbed the next

Bubba Watson (left) helps Jordan Spieth into his green jacket after Spieth won the Masters on April 12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn basketball, high-end talents are dubbed the new Jordans or the new LeBrons. In soccer, young stars are named the new Messis, new Ronaldos or next Neymars. In golf, players like 21-year-old Masters champion Jordan Spieth are slapped with the tag of next Tiger.I hate to break it to you, but there will never be another Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar or Tiger Woods. Will there be more great players down the line? Of course, but the comparisons to past and current legends are a bore, and need to go away.Like Spieth, Woods was 21 years old when he won his first major — the 1997 Masters — but nearly 20 years later, he’s not known as the new-Jack Nicklaus. Instead, he’s forged his own legacy, and can now be considered one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game with no comparisons necessary.Spieth is certainly young, but he’s on track to build a similar legacy if he continues to progress as he has been. I’d put down good money to say that he’ll win another Masters, as well as multiple other majors.But even if he does, how will being dubbed the next-Tiger weigh on him going forward? It might have no effect, much like Rory McIlroy — now 25 — has continued to live up to the Tiger-like hype that followed him into the professional ranks.Spieth is already a success story to some extent when it comes to emerging from a former great’s shadow, and McIlroy certainly is. But that type of comparative hype has its darker side as well.Ghanaian-born American soccer player Freddy Adu had it all in 2004, and he was only 14 years old. That year, he became the youngest-ever Major League Soccer player when he debuted for D.C. United, and at the same time he was dubbed the next-Pelé.When the actual Pelé — now widely accepted as the greatest soccer player ever — was 14, he was still two years away from his debut for Santos. At 16, he was still incredibly young and already getting hype as the next great player, but many players have debuted as professionals at that age.Almost none have played at 14.The careers that followed are telling, as Pelé went on to score more than 600 goals for Santos along with 77 goals for the Brazilian National Team.Adu scored 11 goals for D.C. United before moving on to Real Salt Lake, where he scored just once in 11 appearances, then onto Portuguese powerhouse Benfica, who he played for just 11 times between 2007 and 2011.In that span, Adu spent time on loan with A.S. Monaco, Belenenses, Aris F.C. in Greece and Caykur Rizespor in Turkey. In total, he scored just six goals in 39 appearances for those teams combined.Then Adu played 35 games for the Philadelphia Union back in MLS before playing just four for Bahia in Brazil. Then he joined FK Jagodina in Serbia, and didn’t make a single appearance.Now in 2015, Adu is in his 11th stop as a professional with Kuopion Palloseura in Finland and he hasn’t played for the United States National Team since 2011.Was Adu’s downfall because of the hype that followed him? Perhaps, but it’s more of a lesson of letting players forge their own legacies rather than immediately comparing them to past greats.So don’t pine for the next Jordan and the next LeBron, and don’t compare the top young soccer prospects to Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar or Pelé. It doesn’t do any good for anyone involved.And please, stop calling Spieth the next Tiger. Instead, just call it as it is.Jordan Spieth is Jordan Spieth, the next great player in the game of golf. read more

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London Marathon runners frustrated after being warned not to train outside due

first_imgTony Bowen agreed, writing: “Seriously is it safe to go running? Training for the London Marathon so will be a fair bit of puffing and panting…” 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.  The elderly, adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems have been advised to avoid strenuous activity all together.Sadiq Khan has previously cited the air pollution levels as a “public health emergency” and data data showed London broke the air pollution limit just five days into 2017. People in training for the London Marathon have expressed their frustration they cannot train after Sadiq Khan has warned Londoners to avoid physical exertion.Many are trying to get fit for the race, which takes place in April this year.However, Sadiq Khan has warned Londoners not to exert themselves outside, tweeting: “This is the highest level air quality alert. Everyone, from the most vulnerable to the physically fit, may need to reduce physical exertion.”Alexis Fuller tweeted: “Er. Got a marathon to train for. Why can’t we take the Paris approach to reduce pollution and ban half of all cars? (Or just all cars?)”  The Mayor has asked people to use public transport if possible as smog hits dangerous levels.This alert was issued after pollution detectors in the City, Westminster, north Kensington and three sites in Camden found very top levels of tiny pollution particles in the air yesterday morning.It’s the highest air pollution alert issued by Airtech, advising people to “reduce physical exertion, particularly outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as cough or sore throat”. We’ve put together some top tips to get you through the cold, dark days of your #LondonMarathon training👉 https://t.co/FJ5F028sHc ❄️️ pic.twitter.com/CWOqA30PqA— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) January 23, 2017 Was going to run home tonight but hell no. This London pollution is terrible.— Kelly Prince-Wright (@kellyprincew) January 23, 2017last_img read more

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Laptop of Poppi Worthingtons father that could solve mystery of little girls

It is now being forensically analysed by experts to determine what data was on the hard drive before it was sold. Cumbria Police’s inability to confiscate the laptop was one of a series of failures by Cumbria Police who lost vital evidence during their investigation which meant no one has been prosecuted over Poppi’s sexual abuse and death. Poppi was failed by authorities almost from the moment police were informed of her death. Officers did not secure the scene and allowed vital evidence, including her nappy, to be thrown away. Despite a pathologist raising concerns that she had been sexually assaulted, a criminal investigation was not opened for eight months, meaning that no witnesses were formally interviewed.Poppi was buried after her body was released by the coroner in February 2013, despite the full inquest not having concluded, meaning her cause of death was never formally established. He said the verdict of unlawful killing was not available to him, as he would need to be satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt that she had died as a result of murder or manslaughter, and he had concluded the abuse did not kill her. Show more Poppi Worthington father’s laptop that could help “solve the mystery” of the 13-month-old’s death has been discovered by police.The breakthrough comes almost six years after the girl suffocated on her father Paul Worthington’s double bed after, a coroner ruled, she had been sexually assaulted by him. Mr Worthington is understood to have passed the laptop to neighbour Wayne Roebuck in Barrow-in-Furness after his daughter’s death. Police never seized the laptop in December 2012 despite Poppi’s father admitting he watched “X-rated adult” pornography on it. Mr Roebuck, 39, was questioned by police in March. He claimed he passed the computer to another man who moved to Birmingham, according to the Sunday Times. Nazir Afzal, who decided not to charge Mr Worthington in 2015 as head of the CPS for the North West, told the paper the laptop “could solve the mystery of what happened” and that “without examining it, we’ll never know”. The Crown Prosecution Service ruled in March that despite courts three times having found that Mr Worthington probably sexually abused his daughter before her sudden death, he would not face charges due to a lack of evidence. Mr Worthington denies any wrongdoing and is now living in hiding with the help of police protection.Prosecutors refused three times to put him on trial as police blunders meant there was “insufficient evidence” to charge him. Speaking after a coroner found the toddler’s father sexually assaulted her before she died in January, Poppi’s mother, who cannot be named, said that the “past five years have been a complete nightmare” and she was “relieved that despite there being some gaps, she is now closer to the truth, even though that truth is devastating”.Recording a narrative verdict with the case of death as asphyxia caused by “unsafe sleeping conditions”, David Roberts said that at some time after 2.30am, Poppi was taken from her cot into the double bed, where she was assaulted.  Nazir Afzal, who decided not to charge Mr Worthington in 2015 as head of the CPS for the North West 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. Nazir Afzal, who decided not to charge Mr Worthington in 2015 as head of the CPS for the North WestCredit:BBC read more

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Dating site for beautiful people attacked by ugly virus

first_imgThis sounds like a story which should be on The Onion, but unfortunately it’s not meaning it must be deadly serious. BeautifulPeople.com is a dating and networking site with a specific niche it has carved out for itself. As the name implies, you have to be good-looking in order to become a member. New members are only allowed to join the site after what is called a “rating” stage where current members decide whether or not the applicant has the appropriate looks. Unfortunately, this rating system took a hit by what the website is calling an “ugly virus” which allowed 30,000 “ugly” people to be allowed in over a six-week period as a result of the rating module being down.It seems BeautfulPeople.com was alerted to the issues after tens of thousands of new members were accepted that, as Greg Hodge, managing director of the service, put it, “were no oil painting.”The issue with the rating module is being attributed to the introduction of the “Shrek Virus” into the website’s infrastructure. The origin of the virus was traced to a former employee of the company who introduced it before leaving in May. Though the rating system was affected as a result of the malicious action, the company states that member privacy and security were never breached.As a result of the “ugly virus,” the company has now rejected over 30,000 recent members. In a sign of good will, the company has setup a hotline that rejected members can call to help deal with the news and to receive tips if they wish to re-apply. For the rejected members, the company stated that it was unfortunate for some people to believe they were beautiful for a short time, but it was better for them to, “have a slice of heaven than never to have tasted it at all.” To ensure the sanctity of its strict membership of beautiful people going forward, the company has launched what it says is a team of beautiful police from around the world to guard against infiltrators.Read more at the BeautifulPeople press releaselast_img read more

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Greek tourism threatened by new measures

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek tourism high season is set to start soon and expectations are very high. The sector, after all, has been one of the few in the Greek economy to show signs of health. After last year’s record figures, the tourism industry had been bracing for further growth. These expecations, however, seem to be highly undermined by the wave of new austerity measures that are bound to be applied on the sector. This stark realization cast a dark shadow on the annual meeting of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises. Addressing the members of the Association, its president, Andreas Andreadis, issued a warning for anyone involved to prepare for the effects of the new wave of heavy taxation set to be imposed on tourism. The tourism industry is also bound to experience the consequences of the delays in the bailout review that has – once again – put the Greek economy on hold. Greece’s creditors are adamant on a new set of austerity measures to be imposed as a prerequisite for the review and the effects will be felt throughout the economical spectrum. Among the measures that are specifically targeted to the hospitality and tourism sector are increases in the cost of accomodation, , food service, soft and alcoholic beverages, museum tickets and a series of basic products and services that will make package holidays more expensive. Furthermore, PM Alexis Tsipras already announced the imposition of an “stayover levy” to be introduced in hotel bookings from 2018.  Given that the tax burden included in the third bailout agreement has already hit the industry, signaling a decline of up to 10 per cent, these new measures are believed as presnting a new threat to the sector. According to the Association, 40 per cent of accomodation units are already struggling for survival and the need for the banks to effectively assist the healthier among them is crucial. last_img read more

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Semitruck involved in I90 crash was carrying missiles

first_imgSPOKANE — The Idaho State Police say a semi-truck that crashed on Interstate 90 on Friday night was carrying 16 2,000-pound missiles.The Spokesman Review reports the 47-year-old driver, Mark W. Dearinger of Chickasha, Oklahoma, was cited for inattentive driving.He was not injured in the crash.The state police say Dearinger drove through an eastbound Idaho Transportation Department checkpoint at about 7:15 p.m. Friday and drove into a hazmat containment area by accident instead of merging back on to I-90. He drove to the end of the containment area and over a large snow bank, disabling the truck.Fairchild Air Force Base assisted emergency personnel by sending three explosive ordnance disposal technicians to the scene, although the semi-truck involved did not have a direct relationship with the base.Multiple attempts to contact Fairchild for more information went unanswered Saturday.last_img read more

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Review Juventus – Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid won 3-0 at Juventus, but that’s not the main news from this match, believe or not. Go see Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal of the match and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.Massimiliano Allegri had to make a couple of tweaks to his starting lineup. Pjanic and Benatia were unavailable due to accumulation of yellow cards. Barzagli started in place of Benatia and Bentancur replaced Pjanic. Both Alex Sandro and Kwadwo Asamoah were on the pitch from minute one, as Allegri decided to go with a bit more careful approach. Dybala was in the starting eleven as well, while Mandzukic and Matuidi were on the bench. Zidane went classic, putting his best team (the one that has won this competition in the past two seasons) on the field. Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo and Benzema with Navas on goal.It took three minutes for Real Madrid to take the lead. Marcelo made a terrific pass to Isco, fooling two defenders. Isco started moving towards the box and saw Ronaldo coming. He sent a low pass and the Portuguese master marksman flicked the ball in for the 1-0 lead. There couldn’t have been a worse start for Juventus, who were on the receiving end of an early goal this time around, after doing the same to Tottenham in the previous round. It was Ronaldo’s 13th Champions League goal this season. Higuain almost scored in the 23rd minute after a free kick landed on his foot. Navas used his reflexes to deflect the shot and prevent the equalizer.Bentancur received the first yellow card of the fixture in the 27th minute for a sliding challenge on Casemiro that the referee saw as a foul, although it wasn’t. In the 36th minute, Toni Kroos hit the cross bar with a thumping long-range effort. Juventus was trying to create something. However, it lacked ideas in the midfield, it lacked a creator. Khedira was doing his best, but one player isn’t enough. Real was simply too dangerous on the counter-attack for Juventus to completely open up. In the 45th minute Dybala was booked for diving. The Champions League holders had the lead at half-time.Marcelo doesn’t think Madrid needs more players Manuel R. Medina – August 20, 2019 According to Real Madrid defender Marcelo, the team doesn’t need more footballer as the transfer window is set to close really soon.It was somewhat surprising to see that Allegri didn’t make any lineup changes at the half. In the 50th minute, Ronaldo took a shot from a tight angle and almost found the corner of the goal at the far post. Five minutes later, the referee Cakir showed Ramos a yellow card that will see him miss the second leg. Dybala took the ensuing free kick, which deflected off the wall and almost ended up in Madrid’s net. Zidane pulled the trigger first, replacing Benzema with Lucas Vasquez. There were too many fouls being made. They sliced the game up and didn’t allow for any momentum to be built. The experiment with Asamoah as the left back and Alex Sandro as the left winger wasn’t working for Juventus.What a sensational goal we saw in the 64th minute!!! Chiellini made a mess of an easy situation at the back by stealing the ball away from Buffon. Ronaldo took it and passed it on to a free Vasquez who took a shot which was saved by Buffon. The ball ended up with Carvajal, who crossed the ball in the center of the box hoping someone will use it. Ronaldo set himself up quickly and fired an amazing bicycle kick. Buffon was powerless. An absolutely brilliant moment of pure magic. Even Juventus’ fans gave one of the best footballers in history a standing ovation. Dybala high-kicked Carvajal just a minute after the goal, earning his second yellow card. The game was firmly in Madrid’s hands.In the 72nd minute, Marcelo made a great forward run. After a one-two pass with Ronaldo, he was face-to-face with Buffon, managed to push the ball past him and scored in the empty net. The difference in class between the teams was becoming more obvious by the minute. Allegri used all of his substitutions, but Juventus was just trying to prevent further embarrassment. Barzagli almost gifted Ronaldo a hat-trick in the 85th minute. Two minutes after that, Mateo Kovacic, who came in place of Modric, hit the cross bar, Real Madrid’s second of the match.Waiting for the sound of the final whistle was torture for the home team. Buffon saved Ronaldo’s 90th minute hat-trick attempt. In the 92nd minute, Ronaldo was all alone in the box. Lucas Vasquez found him, but the ball was just a bit behind, enough for Portugal’s captain to misshit it. Juve was close to a consolation goal in the 93rd minute, but Cuadrado missed. That was it. Everyone should be scared of Los Galacticos at the moment. In the form they’re currently in, it’ll take a Herculean effort to beat them.last_img read more

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Miami Beach apartment building evacuated after fire

first_imgResidents were later allowed to return to their homes.There were no reported injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Several families were forced from their homes after a fire broke out at an apartment building in Miami Beach, early Sunday morning.The flames began on a ninth-floor balcony of the Ocean Blue, located near Collins Avenue and 76th Street. “I was sleeping, and then [I heard] the fire alarm,” said resident Marilee Lenzina. “Nothing happens here, so I thought it was a false alarm, and it was 15 minutes, 20 minutes until the guy gets on the microphone and says we have to come down, it’s an emergency.”Resident Camila Olmedo described the fire. “On the ninth floor, one of the rooms on the terrace, there was a big flame,” she said.As fire crews rushed to the scene, those inside were evacuated.Fortunately, everyone made it out safely, but some residents weren’t thrilled to feel the chill of South Florida’s cold front. “I feel freezing,” said Olmedo.“It’s cold out here,” echoed resident Yvonne Hunt. “We woke up at 6 in the morning to be told there was a fire, on the coldest night of the year.”Crews kept the flames from spreading inside, but the once burning balcony was left scorched. last_img read more

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