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Wimbledon 2011: Painful exit for Sania in first round

first_imgSania Mirza’s form kept changing just like the London weather, sunny to start with and gloomy towards the end as the tired Indian diva lost 6-7, 6-2, 3-6 to Virginie Razzano in the ladies singles first round on Tuesday.As one who has been playing virtually non-stop tennis in the last one year, Sania stepped on Court No. 9 in a spotless white skirt and tee. She looked in great touch to start with, reeling off three games in a row before something wrong happened.”I cannot figure out if something happened with my left hamstring or knee at that stage. After that, I could only serve and return,” said Sania, who played her hearts out before losing.Razzano is the typical battle-hardened pro. Playing for the ninth time at Wimbledon, she was a picture of confidence, though for a short spell in the second set, she was flummoxed by the Indian’s aggression.The Frenchwoman does not have a great serve and she relies more on her height (5 feet and 9 inches) to get a sharp trajectory when she fires the ball. If you look it from a technical point of view, there is no racquet head acceleration. Yet, she is consistent, which helped her in the third set against Sania.For her part, Sania could have served better. However, considering the pain barrier she did well to stand on court and win the second set at a fast clip. The third set, too, was full of ups and downs and the big moment came in the seventh game after Sania was broken after five deuces.advertisement”To be honest, even if I had pulled this win, I would possibly not have been ready for (Caroline) Wozniacki,” said Sania.Sania goes for an ultrasound and MRI scan to check where the problem is. “I have been playing in pain since the French Open. It was 21 days of non- stop tennis from Paris to Birmingham. Such kind of abuse was going to hurt,” Sania told Mail Today.Reflecting on her comeback in tennis after marrying Shoaib Malik last year, Sania said being on the court without a break was taxing. “I played the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games, WTA Tour events and also the Fed Cup. Add to it singles, doubles and qualifying, it has been a hard grind,” said Sania.However, the Indian superstar is not sure about the immediate future. “If you ask me now how it feels now, it is bad. I haven’t decided on the women’s doubles and mixed doubles,” added Sania.Talking about her opponent, Sania said: “Razzano is a tough player. You cannot go by her ranking now, she has been at the Wimbledon fourth round and she fought well today. She is a very strong player.”Asked to comment on the emotional comeback by Serena Williams, Sania said she could understand how the American felt.”Tennis takes a lot out of you. It’s great to see Serena back as she loves tennis. When you are forced to do something you love doing, it’s painful. So I can understand the emotions Serena felt in her comeback,” added Sania.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

PBA: Phoenix outlasts San Miguel, gets twice-to-beat bonus

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Yeng Guiao: Gilas Pilipinas ‘overwhelming underdog’ in Group D SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting No other team in the field will be able to match that, and with the Beermen dropping to 6-4 after seeing a four-game winning streak come to a halt, San Miguel bowed out of the race for that quarterfinal bonus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other PBA IMAGESPANABO—Jason Perkins and Matthew Wright hit the shots that mattered in the stretch and led Phoenix Pulse to a pulsating 96-93 victory over San Miguel Beer for top seeding—and the first twice-to-beat advantage—in the first round of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.The gunslinger Wright hit a triple with 1:16 remaining to snap the game’s last tie at 90 before Perkins, the reigning Rookie of the Year, dropped the last three points in the Petron Saturday Special Game that had the Fuel Masters closing out with a 9-2 card.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Leicester City hunt for hard workers ahead of European excursion

first_imgLeicester City head of recruitment Steve Walsh has said the newly crowned Premier League champions will focus on signing players with a strong work ethic in the close season to bolster a squad preparing to fight on two fronts.The Foxes romped to a maiden league title with two games to spare, outperforming their rivals due largely to a willingness to outrun the opposition and Walsh said a focus on strength of character would continue to underpin their recruitment policy.”It’s about making sure the players you bring in are strong of character, and can do the tasks we ask them to do when we haven’t got the ball,” Walsh, one of two assistants to manager Claudio Ranieri, told the BBC.”We have a DNA. For me, it’s not just about their ability on the ball. It’s what they’re prepared to give to the team when we haven’t got it.”Obviously, the character of the person shines through. If you’re prepared to put in a shift when we haven’t got the ball, that says a lot about you in terms of your work ethic.”Walsh, who was instrumental in signing Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante from the French second tier, acknowledged that Leicester needed to strengthen with an eye on the Champions League next season, but insisted the club would not deviate from the recruitment strategy that had served it so well in the past.”I think we’re going to need more personnel,” he added. “We’ll go from playing one game a week this year to two games a week. That, in itself, says you need more personnel on the ground.advertisement”But we’re in the Champions League now. It’s fantastic for Leicester to actually be in the Champions League.”If you just needed to get all the best players, talent scouting would be easy, wouldn’t it? You’ve got to look at the players maybe through different eyes and see what they can achieve. That’s the skill.”last_img read more

Lyon players attacked during match in a Ligue 1 clash against Bastia

first_imgThe latest incidents on Sunday in Corsica during a domestic league game between Bastia and Lyon – which was abandoned at halftime – raised questions about security in French venues.The game was stopped for good after fans from the Corsican side twice invaded the pitch to attack opposition players. After kickoff was delayed by 55 minutes, the match was abandoned when more trouble erupted at the interval with the score at 0-0.#RIOTS #HOOLIGANS #BASTIA FANS ATTACKED #LYON PLAYERS ON #PITCH BEFORE THE GA… https://t.co/HT7tuENUsa via @YouTube- Casual life Style (@ultras_life0) April 17, 2017Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was calmly walking off the field – after referee Amaury Delerue whistled the end of the first half – when he was confronted by a man. Lopes pushed him back as clashes erupted between home fans and Lyon players.Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who was rested for the game, took to Twitter to express his anger. “Pfff, shameful!!” Lacazette wrote. “Nonsense!!!!”Pfffff honteux !!!Nimporte quoi !!!! ????????- Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) April 16, 2017Speaking to L’Equipe TV, junior minister for sports Thierry Braillard condemned “unacceptable actions that will need to be sanctioned equally to their seriousness” and lamented a “bad day for French sports.”The first pitch invasion took place about 15 minutes before the end of the warmup at Armand Cesari stadium when supporters from the Bastia 1905 group of fans came on the field and jostled with Lyon players, including Memphis Depay and Mathieu Gorgelin. Players from both teams went back to their changing rooms before calm was restored.advertisement@rexfordamaky @Abrahamkotey Bastia v Lyon earlier fans attack players on the pitch pic.twitter.com/9H0Kmm3L3whttps://t.co/1ZrxpBQ781- big boy (@bigboyk75) April 16, 2017None of the players involved in the two brawls appeared to be injured.The game was abandoned in accordance with French authorities’ guidance following the urgent meeting that took place before the start. The French league said in a statement that, after the first trouble, it had been decided that the match could go ahead but would be stopped if another incident happened.It was the second time this week that a Lyon game was marred by violence. Lyon is facing likely sanctions from UEFA after crowd disorder delayed its Europa League home quarterfinal against Besiktas midweek.Incidents inside Lyon’s stadium – which will host the final of the tournament next season – followed fighting among French and Turkish fans earlier in the city on Thursday. About 20 minutes before the scheduled kickoff, Lyon fans spilled onto the field for their own safety after fireworks were set off and missiles thrown from an upper section of the stadium housing Besiktas supporters. The game finally began 45 minutes late after police intervened in the stands.The French league said it would investigate the Bastia incidents and urged the club to ban the fans responsible.”The French league is asking Bastia to take all necessary measures in order to issue stadium bans against those responsible for these acts,” the league said. “And more generally to take all measures required to guarantee the security of matches played in its stadium.”In a statement issued a couple of hours after the match was abandoned, Bastia “firmly condemned” the vioence and said it would attend a disciplinary committee at the French league on Thursday.Last-placed Bastia, which has struggled the whole season, risks seeing its slim hopes of staying in the top flight hit by heavy sanctions, possibly including points deduction.Lyon is fourth, some 19 points behind third-placed Nice, and can’t secure a top-3 finish. Monaco tops the standings with a three-point lead over Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

Enjoy retirement legend: Stuart Broad bids adieu to Yuvraj Singh

first_imgIndian cricketer Yuvraj Singh decided to retire from all forms of cricket on Monday, and after he formally announced his decision, England’s bowler Stuart Broad bid adieu to his biggest nemesis.Broad posted a picture along with Yuvi on Instagram and wrote: Enjoy retirement Legend @yuvisofficial.In what is seen as a great memory by all cricket fanatics over the world, Yuvraj hit six 6’s in an over of Broad in the inaugural ICC Twenty20 World Cup in 2007.Broad was dispatched for six 6’s in the 19th over of India’s innings. Yuvraj scored his fifty of just 12 balls, which is still the fastest fifty by a batsmen in the T20 format.In this match between India and England, the Men in Blue had won the toss and opted to bat first. Yuvi came out to bat when Robin Uthappa’s wicket fell and he provided the late flourish allowing India to post 218 runs on the board.India went on to win the match against England by 18 runs. The Men in Blue were able to win the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup in 2007 and Yuvraj was a vital player for the team in the tournament.The Chandigarh-born Yuvraj captured the imagination of world cricket with his gravity-defying fielding abilities and effortless power-hitting.Only if I could articulate what cricket has done for me, to me! But let me tell you this, cricket has given me everything I have. It is the reason why I sit here today, said Yuvraj, whose on-field exploits defined India’s last two World Cup triumphs.advertisementA career that spanned over 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests, Yuvraj imprinted his place in the echelons of cricket as a player who could pretty much win matches for his side either through his electric fielding, deceiving bowling or fierce batting.Big events brought out the best in him – be it his international cricket entry at 2000 ICC Champions Trophy, the mind-numbing batting exhibition at the inaugural 2007 World Twenty20 or the all-round performance at 2011 World Cup.He was awarded the Player of the Tournament in India’s 2011 50-over World Cup triumph. Thank you, this has been a lovely journey. See you on the other side, said Singh, adding that he would continue devoting his time to assisting cancer patients through his YouWeCan’ Foundation.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh, hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph, retires from international cricketAlso Read | Virat Kohli leads tributes for Yuvraj Singh after 2011 World Cup winner retiresAlso See:last_img read more

Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Offers Port …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Maksym Burbak offered potential investors to involve in the development of projects of Ukrainian seaports more actively. This was started by the Minister during a meeting with investors of large seaports of Odesa.“I once again confirm the necessity of implementation of seaports’ reform. The year of the process revealed shortcomings that should be eliminated. So I ask the experts, professionals, investors to give their suggestions and comments to involve more actively in the development of investment projects, provide them to the Ministry of Infrastructure and start to implement them,” Maksym Burbak said.As of today, the investment project in the Yuzhnyi seaport is in tender procedure preparation stage. Feasibility study for this project was developed by the Yuzhnyi seaport with the assistance of international experts – Roland Berger consulting company. Feasibility studies of investment projects in Mariupol, Berdyansk, Belgorod-Dnitrovskyi, Illichivck ports are being preparing under concession with the participation of international experts.At the dame time, the Minister called on investors to pay attention to other objects that could be attractive for the public-private partnership.In general, during a meeting with business representatives there were discussed preferences for investors, settlement procedures on allotment of lands of water fund, methods of calculation of port fees, the possibility of other forms of public-private partnerships, in addition to concessions, etc..The Minister emphasized that if the state guarantees for its part the obligations on investors, and the latter, in turn, should do the same. For example, he said, if the investor is willing to take in concession a berth, it must ensure the growth of traffic otherwise it will have got penalties. Print  Close KMU , March 28, 2014last_img read more

Wärtsilä Names Eskola New President and CEO

first_imgzoom Finnish engineering group Wärtsilä has appointed Jaakko Eskola, current head of the company’s Marine Solutions department, as the new President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation. He will assume the position on November 1, 2015, succeeding Björn Rosengren, who will become the CEO of Sandvik, a global engineering group based in Sweden.”I wish to thank Björn Rosengren for steering Wärtsilä towards profitable growth in challenging markets during the past four years. Today the Wärtsilä brand is well positioned and our broad offering gives us competitive edge going forward,” said Mikael Lilius, Chairman of Wärtsilä’s Board of Directors.”Jaakko Eskola has an outstanding track record from his 17-year long career in Wärtsilä. The Board is confident that his global experience, deep understanding of the market dynamics, open management style and commitment to the Wärtsilä culture will lead us to continued success.”Eskola joined Wärtsilä in 1998 with a background in international project and corporate finance. He has since worked as Managing Director of Wärtsilä Development and Financial Services, Vice President for Sales and Marketing in the Power Plants business and since 2006 as the head of the Marine Solutions business. He is currently based in Shanghai, China.”With focus on energy efficiency and innovation Wärtsilä is extremely well positioned in its markets. I am thrilled and honoured to lead the company as it shapes the industry with advanced technology and lifecycle solutions. As a global team we will enhance our customers’ business and benefit the environment,” Eskola said.last_img read more

Students Help Name New Englishtown Ferry

first_imgThanks to input from area students, the new ferry constructed for Englishtown will be known as the Torquil MacLean. Torquil MacLean operated the ferry in Englishtown for 50 years and members of the MacLean family were involved in the ferry’s operation for more than 150 years. Students at four local schools were asked to write essays stating which of the two names — Torquil MacLean or Angus MacAskill II –- they favoured. Essays were submitted by 125 students from schools in Baddeck, Middle River, Cape Smokey and Boularderie. The schools forwarded the most representative essays to the department and a committee recommended the new name. “The quality of the essays was first rate and I’m impressed with the number of students who took part,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “In their essays, many students paid tribute to the rich heritage of the area and highlighted the contributions of both the Giant MacAskill and Mr. MacLean.” The department sought input from the students after hearing from area residents that there was significant sentiment to rename the ferry. Two winning student essays were chosen, one from the high school level and one from an elementary/junior high grade. The winners will receive their prize at a christening ceremony tentatively scheduled for early June. The new ferry, the busiest provincially run ferry in Nova Scotia, is scheduled to be put into service in May.last_img read more

Labrador Inuit community faces water crisis

first_imgAPTN National NewsA small Inuit community in Labrador has declared a state of emergency.The community of Hopedale on the eastern shores of Labrador is struggling to provide water to its residents.A water main broke weeks ago leaving very little water pressure. The community has been without water for the past week.The community is waiting on the province to provide help.last_img

Hudsons Hope RCMP publishes policing report for August

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Constable Bill McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP published a policing report which said that police responded to 45 calls for service over the past four weeks.During the month of July, Hudosn’s Hope RCMP issued 70 motor vehicle act warnings and violation tickets.On July 25th, RCMP responded to a complaint of a vehicle speeding in a construction zone which nearly hit one of the flaggers. The vehicle was located and the driver was issued several violation tickets for driving without due care and attention as well as distracted driving as he was using a cell phone when passing by police. Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page. On August 3rd, RCMP was called to a collision on Highway 29 where a truck rear-ended a boat and trailer being towed by another truck. The boat was dislodged from the trailer and was sent flying across the opposite lane into the ditch. The drivers of both trucks were treated for minor injuries. The driver of the offending vehicle was issued a violation ticket for driving without consideration for others.On August 4th, RCMP stopped a vehicle and determined the driver had consumed enough alcohol to warrant a 3-day driving prohibition.On August 6th, RCMP attended a collision involving two riders on a motorcycle. The driver was suspected to have consumed alcohol and refused to provide a breath sample. The driver was issued a 90 day driving prohibition and the motorcycle was impounded for 30 days. Both riders were treated for minor injuries and taken to the hospital.On August 14th, RCMP responded to a condensate tanker roll over. The truck and trailer were engulfed in flames though the driver was able to the driver was able to get away from the vehicle before first responders arrived. The driver was taken to the hospital with serious burn injuries while the collision is still under investigation. RCMP are still seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspicious white Ford F-150 with racing stripes as the vehicle is believed to be linked to many recent break and enters.RCMP is also reminding drivers that school zones will soon be in effect from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and to drive the appropriate speed limit. Drivers found cruising over the limit could receive tickets from $196 to $253 along with 3 demerit points.last_img read more

International Criminal Court needs more cooperation from States official says

30 October 2007A senior official from the International Criminal Court (ICC) briefing journalists at United Nations Headquarters in New York today called on countries to provide greater support for its work. “The credibility of the Court in the future as well as its capacity to prevent the commission of further crimes depends on a clear and consistent position on the part of States parties manifesting concrete support for execution of the Court’s decisions, public and diplomatic support, and respect for the judicial process,” said ICC Registrar Bruno Cathala.“We really believe that this cooperation has to increase in the next few months.”The Registrar welcomed recent backing it has received from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda and voiced hope that it would receive the same cooperation from other countries and international organizations.He hailed the recent arrest of Germain Katanga, a Congolese militia leader facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity and recalled that another suspect from the DRC, Thomas Lubanga, is also in ICC custody.Mr. Cathala pointed out that the Court has six arrest warrants still outstanding, four in connection with the conflict in Uganda and two relating to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan. “Everything is ready to try these people; we are just awaiting the arrest of these six people,” he said.“Compliance with the Court’s order is a legal obligation for States parties,” he emphasized.“This issue of cooperation is very important. The Court’s contribution to achieving the aims of the Rome Statute depends not only on the activities of the Court itself but also on the extent of international cooperation provided by States and others in particular in the arrest and surrender of persons.”Adopted at a major diplomatic conference in the Italian capital in 1998, the Rome Statute currently has 105 parties. read more

Armed men fire at UN peacekeepers in Côte dIvoire

18 December 2010Armed men in military uniform fired shots in the direction of a patrol vehicle of the United Nations peacekeeping troops in Côte d’Ivoire overnight, the mission said today, reiterating its call for calm in the West African country where a tense standoff over the outcome of the presidential election resulted in violence this week. Armed men in military uniform fired shots in the direction of a patrol vehicle of the United Nations peacekeeping troops in Côte d’Ivoire overnight, the mission said today, reiterating its call for calm in the West African country where a tense standoff over the outcome of the presidential election resulted in violence this week.The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said one of its vehicles on a routine patrol in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, was followed by a group of six armed men in a civilian car. Outside the UNOCI headquarters, the men fired shots in the direction of the UNOCI patrol vehicle as it entered the compound. The assailants continued firing along the wall of the compound, forcing the sentry to return fire.“UNOCI reiterates its appeal for calm and serenity and calls on all parties concerned to avoid any recourse to violence,” the mission said in a statement.Côte d’Ivoire has been plunged into political uncertainty after the incumbent president refused to concede electoral defeat recently. The UN has endorsed the victory of opposition leader and President-elect, Alassane Ouattara, in the run-off presidential elections held on 28 November, despite outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo’s claim to have won.Heavy fighting broke out on Thursday between elements of the Forces Nouvelles and the Forces de défense et de sécurité, which had reinforced their checkpoints on the main passages to the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, where President-elect Ouattara has been based.Cote read more

RCMP looking into Pamela Wallins expense claims

The RCMP will be the next organization that takes a look at the expense claims of Senator Pamela Wallin.A Senate committee made that decision in Ottawa this morning after receiving a 95 page report from the accounting firm Deloitte which probed Wallin’s expense reports.Scot Urquhart has more.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Less demand for newsprint directory paper adds to Catalyst Papers 28M loss

Less demand for newsprint, directory paper adds to Catalyst Paper’s $28M loss AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2013 7:44 pm MDT RICHMOND, B.C. – Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) said Monday less demand for paper products, particularly newsprint and directories, contributed to the company experiencing a steep loss in the second quarter.The B.C.-based pulp and paper producer reported a net loss of $28 million or $1.93 per share, more than double the $11.7 million, or three cents per share, loss in the same period a year earlier.“Markets for all the company’s paper products remain challenging and demand trended down overall compared to the same period of the prior year,” the company said in a statement.It said that newsprint sales declined by 8.9 per cent, and directory paper sales fell by 15.2 per cent.Catalyst reported revenues of $263.4 million, slightly up from the $264.8 million reported in the second quarter of 2012.Operating losses were $12 million from a $9.3 million profit a year ago.The company expects specialty paper prices to remain under pressure, while newsprint demand will further weaken as media companies continue to migrate towards electronic media.It sees modest growth as the U.S. economy continues to strengthen, but Canadian growth is expected to slow.In January, Catalyst returned as a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange after it completed a court-supervised restructuring. read more

By the numbers the rise of Canadas online dating scene

TORONTO – The Match Group, the New York-based company that owns Match.com, OkCupid and Tinder, bought Vancouver-based dating website PlentyOfFish on Tuesday for US$575 million. Some PlentyOfFish numbers:Users: 100 million worldwide for PlentyOfFish, with four million active every month.Single Canadians: 14.2 million in 2014, according to Statistics Canada.Online dating: A 2011 Leger Marketing survey found 36 per cent of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 34 use online dating.Growth: Six per cent per year for online dating and related services in Canada since 2010, according to research firm IBISWorld.Mobile: Sixty per cent of online daters in the United States were using only mobile devices as of July 2014, up 25 per cent from the year before according to research firm ComScore. The combined mobile audience of the Match Group and PlentyOfFish was 10.9 million.Millennials: Fifty-three per cent of dating app Tinder’s audience is between 18 and 24. The mobile app has grown to be the third-most popular in the United States since launching in September 2012. By the numbers: the rise of Canada’s online dating scene by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2015 3:23 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

A look back at John Bercow a divisive figure who embodies the

first_imgI wanted it because I felt that there was a task to be undertaken and that’s about strengthening backbench involvement and opportunity in parliament, and helping parliament get off its knees and recognise that it isn’t just there as a rubber-stamping operation for the government of the day, and as necessary and appropriate to contradict and expose the government of the day.In Bercow’s own words Bercow, surrounded by displeased advisors supposedly after going against their recommendations. Source: TwitterBercow has had his opportunities to hit back, of course: his retorts are probably what he’s best known for. During a House of Commons debate on his decision to allow an amendment that would reduce the amount of time Theresa May had to table an alternative to her Brexit deal from 21 days to just three, Bercow was asked: The honourable gentleman said that it had been noticed that there was a sticker in my car. That sticker on the subject of Brexit happens to be affixed to, or in the windscreen of… my wife’s car. 24,888 Views Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 10:00 PM JOHN BERCOW IS bowing out.After ten years of bellowing “Order!” (and, more rarely “Division!”) at his increasingly unruly parliament, he’s stepping down as House Speaker on what could be the last day the UK is a part of the EU.Bercow is seen as an amusing quirky character within the House of Commons – and particularly for those of us outside the UK, serves as a kind of narrator who articulates our own horror at some MPs’ behaviour.In what has become well-recognised Shakespearean-esque exclamations, Bercow has mildly insulted and chastised members of parliament in a never-ending attempt to get politicians to listen to what their rivals are saying before they retort.  26 Comments In February 2017, Bercow drew applause from his parliament when he said that he “would not like to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the Royal Gallery”. He continued: I say to the Chancellor of the Duchy, that when he turns up at our school as a parent, he’s a very well-behaved fellow.“He wouldn’t dare behave like that in front of [the school] and neither would I.” In a way, the revered House Speaker was saved and made by Brexit: previous scandals he was involved in include ludicrous chauffeur costs for a 16-minute walk, and multiple allegations that Bercow physically intimidated some of his staff. (Bercow was also on the House of Commons commission that agreed to change the rules so that these historic allegations can be investigated.)His departure also comes at a particularly strategic time – just after the Tory party began discussing running another Tory candidate against him in his constituency of Buckingham. He’s also getting out before the UK leaves the EU (if there’s no extension). Allegations Bercow was first elected as an MP for May’s Conservative party – but once he was elevated to the role of speaker in 2009, he was moved above politics and supposed to be party neutral.Oddly enough, he’s been accused of being biased, not in favour of his own party, but in favour of the opposition. He’s been accused of being sympathetic to Remainers and sabotaging Brexit attempts from his party’s government. In January this year, citing hundreds of years of precedent, Bercow told parliament that the government cannot resubmit the same Brexit deal agreed with the EU last year for another vote.In response, the British tabloids had a field day. The Daily Mail’s front page was a picture of Bercow grinning, with the headline: “Smirk that says: Brexit be damned.”Its parliamentary sketch writer described Bercow as “the twitchy windbag at his despotic worst”, while its editorial called him a “preening egoist” and his actions a “brazen act of sabotage… detonating this bombshell at the most inconvenient and sensitive moment”.May would later put the Brexit deal to another two votes anyway, changing the deal slightly to get around this; one vote was without the Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relationship.In the same month, Bercow defied precedent and the advice of his clerks and allowed MPs to amend a government motion on May’s Brexit deal – he said that it could be amended but not debated on, introducing a new interpretation of the 400-year-old rules.This was again seen as a move that was seen as being against his own party and overstepping his role as an impartial peace-keeper and Commons rule-enforcer. Share8 Tweet Email As far as this place is concerned, I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.He’s also battled with Boris Johnson’s government from the start – accusing Johnson’s “blindingly obvious” decision to prorogue parliament to stifle MPs debating the subject. As parliament was being prorogued, Bercow said it was “an act of executive fiat”.He verbally grappled with Commons Leader Jacob Rees Mogg when he tried to cite parliamentary procedure back at him, and famously this week, told the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove: With the Bercow news I think it’s important we’re all reminded of this piece of art pic.twitter.com/sPRKXLvERL— Flora E Gill (@FloraEGill) September 9, 2019 By Gráinne Ní Aodha A look back at John Bercow – a divisive figure who embodies the Brexit-era politician From “Order! Order” to “Division! Clear the Lobby!” here’s a look back at the colourful House Speaker. Source: Flora E Gill/Twitter As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:center_img Image: Yui Mok Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Rhodri Marsden/Twitter Although unusual when compared to the approach of his immediate predecessors, as is stated by this Guardian editor, this break from convention more clearly holds the government to account by those in opposition, a general sign of a healthy democracy. This also tallies with his own ambitions in taking up the role, where he stated the reasons he was motivated: Short URL I’m now so obsessed with Bercow saying “Mr Peter Bone” that I’ve spent a period of time setting it to the opening of Beethoven’s 5th. Brexit is literally driving me mad. pic.twitter.com/P5w31OWkWi— Rhodri Marsden (@rhodri) March 28, 2019 We’ve all noticed in recent months a sticker on your car making derogatory comments about Brexit. This is a serious point about partiality. Have you driven that car with the sticker there?The sticker the MP was referring to said ‘Bollocks to Brexit’. Bercow’s reply was:“There was a factual error in [his] opening remarks, I’m sure it was an inadvertent error and I mean that most sincerely, but it was a factual error. https://jrnl.ie/4806424 Don’t gesticulate! Don’t rant! Spare us the theatrics! Behave yourself. Be a good boy, young man. Be a good boy!A YouGov survey of MPs conduced earlier this year found that Lindsay Hoyle, a Labour MP and current Deputy Speaker gathered the most support by far.Whoever replaces Bercow will have some job ahead of them in drawing the same attention on the House of Commons, and whipping MPs into line that he did. Yes, and I’m sure the honourable gentleman wouldn’t suggest for one moment that a wife is somehow the property or chattel of her husband. She is entitled to her views, that sticker is not mine and that’s the end of it.Bercow’s wife, who has made headlines herself before, is well-known to be a Remainer, which has drawn suspicion from Brexiteers that the Commons referee isn’t as impartial as he should be.In other instances too numerous to count, Bercow gruffly appealed for MPs to be “calm”, “Zen”, and “Buddha-like”, in an attempt to dispel the friction and rage with some humour.One of the more well-known examples of Bercow-appreciation was a mashup of the Speaker saying “Mr Peter Bone” to the tune of Beethoven’s 5th symphony. Peter Bone himself, who has been a vocal critic of Bercow, said of his departure: “John Bercow was without doubt the best speaker in my time in Parliament.” 23 hours ago Source: Patrick Wintour/Twitter Everyone will have a view on Bercow’s personality and neutrality, but this graph shows he made the executive answerable to MPs, often when Ministers refused to be so. By this alone, he revived a moribund parliamentary democracy in the UK. pic.twitter.com/aR8ZaQXAgA— Patrick Wintour (@patrickwintour) September 9, 2019 Image: Yui Moklast_img read more

Celebrate 75 Years of Wonder Woman With Entertain Art

first_imgStay on target Wonder Woman recently celebrated her 75th birthday and she looks better than ever. The Amazonian demigoddess is getting a dedicated solo movie (out next year), just became a UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women, and is even being celebrated on US stamps. And now you can honor Diana through the years in your own home!  Our pals at Entertain Art are helping us celebrate with some beautiful officially licensed printed canvas pieces of Themyscira’s favorite daughter.Make your space a little more wonderful with some of our favorites from Entertain Art’s DC Collection of the famously shielded heroine.Hero Badge: Wonder Woman On Panels – $19.99Wonder Woman – The Sword And Shield – $34.99Panel Heroes: Wonder Woman – $39.99Silhouette Heroes: Wonder Woman – $24.99Pop Art DC: Wonder Woman – $24.99Panel Heroes: Wonder Woman (Running) – $39.99Wonder Woman Standing Tall – $29.99Comic DC: The Amazing Amazon – $14.99Comic DC: Quits Man’s World – $14.99Comic DC: From The Flames – $24.99Comic DC: Wonder Woman – $24.99Comic DC: The Wonder Woman Story – $24.99 11 Groundbreaking Female Comic Book ArtistsToy Tuesday: 11 Coolest Toys of 2018 last_img read more

Yediyurappa is right in handing over phone tapping case to CBI

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Sunday applauded Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s decision to hand over the phone tapping case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). “It is not right to intrude into someone’s personal life. The alleged phone tapping case had set a bad precedent. Yediyurappa ji has taken the right decision to conduct a high-level inquiry to find out what had happened during the reign of the previous Chief Minister,” Hussain. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Earlier today, Yediyurappa had declared that the phone tapping case filed during the previous H D Kumaraswamy government will be handed over to the CBI as many leaders have demanded a probe into the matter. The allegations of illegal phone tapping against HD Kumaraswamy initially stormed in after rebel JD(S) and Congress MLAs, who were later disqualified from their respective parties, claimed that the former chief minister got their phones tapped. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Reportedly, former state president of JD(S), AH Vishwanath, who was also among the dissenters, alleged that around 300 personal phones of leaders, including senior Congress leader S Siddaramiah, were tapped by Kumaraswamy. However, the ex-CM has denied all the allegations. Talking about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and especially in the Valley, he said almost all people barring a few politicians were happy with the decision taken by the Centre. Advertise With Us “In many areas of the Valley, the landline services are back to normal. People have realised that the way of peace and co-operation is the only way, most of the people there are very happy with the revocation of Article 370. Yes, there are some leaders, the likes of Hurriyat, who are worried, but the common people feel their bond with India has strengthened with this move,” he said. The government agencies started easing restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday after the situation in the Valley continued to remain peaceful for the 12th day since the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 that gave a special status to the state.last_img read more

Union Budget 2017 Income Tax highlights FM Arun Jaitley halves income tax

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday managed to bring some smiles to the salaried middle class with a few reforms in the personal tax regime. Jaitley said expectations of such tax breaks had been high ever since demonetisation took place, and that the Central government had been mindful of it, given how demonetisation had spelt gloom for the common man.Also read: Union Budget Session 2017 Live Updates: Rs 15,500 crore tax relief bonanza by way of changes in personal income tax ratesJaitley’s reforms were welcomed almost everywhere, but also raised the spectre of more money the Central government would have to forego in the form of reduced tax intake. However, that was made up to some extent by another tax reform the finance minister announced.Here are the salient points of Jaitley’s reforms, as announced in Budget 2017:1. The income tax rate for up to Rs 2.5 lakh annual taxable income remains zero, while that from abocve Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh has been reduced from 10 percent to 5 percent.#Budget2017 : Reduction in Individual Income Tax pic.twitter.com/blZJts5mJG— MIB India (@MIB_India) February 1, 20172. The move — ostensibly made to not only give the honest taxpayer a financial break but also bring more people into the taxpayers’ fold — effectively means people who declare earnings in this slab either don’t have to pay tax at all or see their tax liability reduced by 50 percent.3. The income tax rates for income slabs of Rs 5-10 lakh and above Rs 10 lakh are not changed. They remain 20 percent and 30 percent, respectively.4. However, Jaitley also levied a surcharge of 10 percent on those who declare taxable income between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1 crore. This is a step that could dismay some high-earners. It remains to be seen if this is a one-time step or continues as a permanent measure. 5. Jaitley also maintained the 15 percent tax surcharge on people who declare income of more than Rs 1 crore.6. The finance minister said that while the tax foregone in the lower slab would amount to Rs 15,500 crore, the tax gained from the new surcharge in the higher slab would come to Rs 2,700 crore.last_img read more

Trump Announces Challenge To ObamaEra Fuel Standards

first_imgPresident Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump says are stifling economic growth. Trump was set to reveal his plans during a speech at an automotive testing center near Detroit, but he previewed the announcement during a round-table meeting at the American Center for Mobility with auto company executives and workers, just before the speech. “This is going to be a new era for American jobs and job creation,” Trump said. The EPA under Obama had promulgated a rule for cars and trucks requiring a fleet-wide average of 36 mpg in real-world driving by 2025. Trump’s announcement, while having no immediate effect, is expected to set the stage for weaker fuel efficiency standards as well as drawn-out legal battles with environmental groups and states such as California that adopted their own tough tailpipe standards for drivers. “These standards are costly for automakers and the American people,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. He promised a “thorough review” that will “help ensure this national program is good for consumers and good for the environment.” The decision to reopen the review requires EPA to determine no later than April 2018, whether the 2022-2025 standards established are appropriate. If the EPA determines they are not appropriate, the agency will submit a new proposal next year. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers — which represents a dozen major car manufacturers including General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota — praised Trump’s action. It said he was creating an opportunity for federal and state officials to “reach a thoughtful and coordinated outcome predicated on the best and most current data.” Environmental groups said Trump and his team appeared intent on easing gas-mileage requirements set by Obama. “If they succeed we’ll pay more at the pump, depend more on oil from bad countries, drive up the trade deficit and pollute our kids’ atmosphere,” said Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign. As a practical matter, Trump’s announcement will target the Obama administration’s January decision to lock in strict gas mileage requirements for cars and light trucks, ending a review process before the Democrat left office. Back in 2012, the Obama administration set fuel-economy regulations for model years 2017-2025 and agreed to complete a midterm evaluation by 2018. But seven days before Obama left office, the EPA decided to keep the stringent requirements it had set in place for model years 2022 to 2025. The industry balked at the decision, insisting it was rushed through to beat the change in administrations. Trump said he’s putting that midterm review back on track, so officials can spend another year studying the issue before setting new standards in 2018. While the administration has not said explicitly it wants to weaken the standards, a senior White House official said the Obama-era EPA had ignored reams of data cited by the automotive industry. The official spoke on condition of anonymity at a White House briefing in order to outline the action, despite the president’s criticism of the use of unnamed -named sources. The Auto Alliance last month urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to relax the standards, saying they will drive up car costs, price customers out of the market and depress the industry. Obama’s EPA had argued the costs to consumers were mitigated by gas savings and that the rules would decrease greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Trump campaigned on eliminating “job killing” regulations, and the administration is expected to take additional steps in the coming days to roll back environmental regulations. Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the change “makes no sense.” “Mileage standards save consumers money at the gas pump, make Americans less dependent on oil, reduce carbon pollution and advance innovation,” she said. After the speech, Trump will head to Nashville, Tennessee, to lay a wreath at President Andrew Jackson’s tomb to mark what would have been Jackson’s 250th birthday, before holding a campaign-style rally in the city. Trump will tour Jackson’s home, according to Howard Kittell, president and CEO of the Hermitage mansion. Jackson has enjoyed something of a resurgence thanks to Trump. During the campaign, some of Trump’s aides took to comparing him to the former president — a fellow populist outsider who took on a member of the Washington establishment and ran a campaign railing against corrupt elites. Trump mused during his first days in Washington that “there hasn’t been anything like this since Andrew Jackson” and hung a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office. Historians had been souring on the slave-owning president whose Indian Removal Act of 1830 commissioned the forced removal of Native Americans from their ancestral homelands. More than 4,000 died during their journeys west. ___ Associated Press writers Tom Krisher in Detroit and Matthew Daly in Washington contributed to this report. ___ Sharelast_img read more