Serie A Inzaghi: VAR has cost Lazio seven points Tom Webber 06:14 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Serie A Lazio Internazionale v Lazio Internazionale The Serie A side had a penalty overturned against Inter following a VAR referral, leaving an annoyed manager to rue the use of technology Simone Inzaghi believes the video assistant referee (VAR) system has cost Lazio seven points in Serie A after they were denied a penalty upon review in a 0-0 draw against Inter.Official Gianluca Rocchi initially awarded Lazio a 61st-minute penalty when Milan Skriniar’s block of a Ciro Immobile cross ricocheted against his arm.However, following a VAR referral, Rocchi overturned the decision and Inzaghi’s side missed out on a chance to score a potentially decisive goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player After the system worked in the favour of Fiorentina and Torino in previous Lazio matches, the frustrated coach feels it is not applied consistently, though he acknowledged the right decision was reached this time around.”With the two points form today, we would’ve had an extra seven points this season without VAR,” Inzaghi told Mediaset Premium.”Lazio haven’t been lucky with VAR. With seven more points we would be higher in the table.”I agree it wasn’t a penalty, but the fact remains there have been decisions in our favour where the VAR was not even checked, so it’s inconsistent.”I’ll be honest, I don’t like this technology. I prefer the Europa League, where there is no VAR.”Anyway, we deserved to win.”| FT Inter 0-0 LazioNothing to separate the two teams after 90 minutes and the points are shared. The points tally after half the season stands at 41. #InterLazio #ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/ujQt2DiU1s — Inter (@Inter_en) December 30, 2017 The draw left Inter without a win in four Serie A matches and dealt a blow to a title challenge that looked certain after a 16-game unbeaten start to the campaign.Coach Luciano Spalletti offered a differing view of VAR and contradicted Inzaghi’s claim that Lazio should have left San Siro as the victors.”Just look at the positive things [VAR] has done. You can’t compare the right and the wrong decisions,” said Spalletti.”If I really wanted to, I could show him the chances. We had as many as Lazio and [goalkeeper Thomas] Strakosha was very good, but I’m only interested in my team.”
Barcelona Barcelona team news: Dembele makes first start since September Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 22:07 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Barcelona Primera División Barcelona v Levante Levante Ousmane Dembélé The France international had been out with a hamstring injury for much of the first half of the season but returns to the XI at Camp Nou Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has been named in the starting XI for his side’s Liga clash with Levante.The €105 million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund has not started for the Blaugrana since suffering a hamstring injury against Getafe in September.But, after coming off the bench against Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey in midweek, he starts alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ernesto Valverde is without the suspended Sergio Busquets as his side return to league action following the winter break, meaning Ivan Rakitic will be deployed in a deeper midfield role.Gerard Pique is only a substitute while Samuel Umtiti remains out with an injury, which allows Thomas Vermaelen to continue alongside Javier Mascherano at the heart of the Barca defence.Valverde’s side kick-off six points clear at the top of the Liga table while a victory would see them move 17 points clear of rivals Real Madrid ahead of the Blancos’ visit to Celta Vigo on Sunday evening.Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Alba; Paulinho, Rakitic, Iniesta, Dembele, Messi, L.Suarez.Subs: Cillessen, Semedo, Pique, Digne, D.Suarez, Gomes, Arnaiz.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Time to dance.The Big 12’s November mini-playoff has been well-documented over the last week. TCU, Baylor, OU and the Pokes for the 2015 Big 12 title. It should be electric. It might be the best end-of-season race in conference history.College football is of course almost never not exciting. Look at last year. OSU was an abomination at this point in the season. You could argue that it ended in the most exciting way an OSU season has ever ended. That’s the beauty of rivalries and conference title spoilers. That’s the beauty of college football’s regular season.What isn’t always present, however, is the lingering “what if … ” questions. Those are usually quelled by mid-October or, sometimes, the end of September. All 128 teams start out the end of August saying “what if … ?” Very few get to play the game in November.AdChoices广告At the beginning of every season, my friends and I always play a high-spirited contest of “what if … ?” We try our darndest to top one another. This usually evolves from “what if OSU blows out to Central Michigan?” to “what if OSU is down six to OU on Thanksgiving weekend with an 11-0 season on the line and Mason Rudolph has the ball on his own 10 with 90 seconds left?” There are a lot of scenarios between those two.It’s a fun game but it’s almost never more fun than it is at the beginning of the regular season. Teams are error-free. Nobody has lost. It’s light-hearted and tremendous. It’s why we like new beginnings.This year is different. This year, Mike Gundy’s squad has quietly and solidly been improving every single week. It’s something Gundy has talked about all year. “Play your best football at the end of the season.” OSU is doing so right now.Which means the “what ifs” have continued yet another week as October bleeds into college football’s very best month.What ifs like, “what if Trevone Boykin loses for the third time in Boone Pickens Stadium in his career?” and “what if Art Briles remains winless in Stillwater?” and “what if OU loses to Baylor and Oklahoma State wins its next three games and has the Big 12 title sewn up before Bedlam?” and finally, “what if Bedlam is to get the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff?”This is what you dream of as a college football fan. This is as good as the sport gets. Games are exciting for different reasons (again, see Bedlam 2014) but the “what if” games are the very best games.But these aren’t even the biggest “what if” questions of this month. A month when the weather turns bitter but the football remains sweet. A month when the Cowboy faithful fill Boone’s house to the brim and try to will their undermatched team to its second conference crown in the last five years.A month when Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh have a chance to become this year’s Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett (minus the “I word”). A month when you can rank Big 12 teams as low as you want in the College Football Playoff rankings, but you can’t ignore 12-0.No, the biggest question of November has suddenly become what if “what if” lasts until December?
I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the differences between 2011 and 2015. The only two 10-0 teams in the 114-year history of Oklahoma State football. That 2011 team was like watching a painter paint his masterpiece in a soundproof glass box from 100 feet away. Breathtaking, but completely removed from reality. That team was, by the sports definition of the word, unreal.As OSU fans, we’d never considered, much less experienced, anything like it.This 2015 team is wildly different and yet, somehow, just as accomplished. The experience of rooting for them every Saturday is totally other from that 2011 experience thought. As if somebody shattered the soundproof glass box and told those of us watching that we had to help the artist paint his masterpiece in under three minutes by handing him every color he needs. Then doing that 12 weeks in a row.AdChoices广告Evan Epstein came back on our podcast on Thursday and confirmed what I had been considering.“We knew we were going win every game (in 2011) because we were just destroying people,” said Epstein on our podcast on Thursday. “(This team) knows they’re going to win every game because it doesn’t matter if they’re destroying people or not. They’re just going to win. That’s almost an even more advanced level of temperament. There’s cockiness and knowing how good your team is. Then there’s confidence and knowing how good your teamwork is. Those guys have the latter. It’s tough to beat a team like that.”It is really, really tough to beat a team like that.Sure, this team has been lucky. It has caught a lot of breaks. What teams don’t during dream seasons? That’s one of the things that has frustrated me about the College Football Playoff committee. It’s like they’re trying to readjust what should have happened in a college football season instead of what actually happened. There’s a reason going 12-0 is so dang hard and why teams that do it catch a bunch of breaks along the way.That 2011 team was more like an Alabama powerhouse than any of us were used to. This year’s team is 100 percent orange, through and through. I’ve written before why I prefer the latter (although I didn’t mind the former every once in a while) and I guess that gets at why OSU fans have been so euphoric about this year’s team.This team is a microcosm for all Oklahomans. Hard-working, gritty as hell and not excited to let you know about it. This team is all Oklahomans. It is not grandiose. It resonates and keeps coming back to resonate some more. We didn’t understand that 2011 team. It was like an alien. This one we get. This one is all of us in some way, bootstraps and all.And the best thing is that none of this was supposed to happen. OSU was 100-1 to win it all in August. It isn’t even a favorite to win this weekend against a suddenly-reeling Baylor team on its second (and maybe third) QB. That’s how we like it. That’s how it’s always been for OSU teams and fans. This team was what all OSU teams are supposed to be — a year away. A couple of players from being great. Maybe it was going to upset a few teams, have a little fun, but not this.The unexpectedness is what’s made it feel so grand. The games in 2011 were a relief. Actually, most of the time they were routs. That was fun. But it wasn’t this kind of fun. It wasn’t fun like this every Saturday.“They need to embrace this moment,” said Mike Gundy on Monday about his team. “All of us do. That’s one thing that I’ve been able to do this year. I really enjoy the team, and I think they’re maximizing who they are as individuals. As a team concept, we’re getting what we can get out of our football team. We put a lot of work in and buy into the system, and then you go home at night and go to sleep. It has been really fun for me.”It’s been a lot of fun for all of us. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s coaches and players talk about the first loss of 2015.1. Mike Gundy on his team’s effort“I thought our guys fought. They never gave up. Their attitude was good, and they played with a lot of effort. We made some adjustments on defense and slowed them down a little bit, but we couldn’t effectively stop the run when we needed to. We also weren’t able to rush the ball and stay balanced. We’ve got to rally these guys, get them back tomorrow and start getting ready for the next game.”2. Mike Gundy on coming from behind“When we did get some stops on some turnovers, we didn’t take advantage of it on offense. Then we let the game spread out a little bit, and the catch-up routine was not a very good fit for us based on what we were trying to do in the game. We got behind, and we became one-dimensional. That wasn’t effective for our team. They were able to run the ball behind those big guys, and then they were able to throw down the field to those fast guys. When they’re hitting on that segment of their offense, they’re tough to deal with.”3. Glenn Spencer on Baylor“We couldn’t stop anything. They’re hard to stop and very good, and evidently, they’re a lot better team than us. When you get hit on a couple of deep balls, you find something to do there and then you leave something open somewhere else. They’re a balanced team and executed a lot better than us. They have good skill kids that can match up and beat you at any time.”4. Spencer on Baylor’s 303 rushing yards“There were a couple situations in the backfield that were really bad. They broke tackles and broke containment a couple of times. They were always falling. We’d hit them for a gain of two, and they’d fall for five. Whether we were stopping our feet or not getting an extra body to the ball, there were a lot of reasons we gave up so many.”5. Spencer being Spencer“It was a Greek tragedy. I’m a big boy though so I’ll take responsibility.”6. David Glidden, shooting straight“They’re a good team, and they made a lot more plays than we did today.”7. Glidden on Bedlam“Hopefully, we come out with a little more fire than we did this week. It’s Bedlam for a Big 12 championship so that should say enough.”8. Seth Jacobs on Baylor“You have to give them credit, they’re a really good team. What they do, they do really well. There were times when we didn’t execute and times when we didn’t make plays when we really needed to, but you have to give credit to them. They are a very talented team, and they came out here and played well.”[1. Good on our guys for giving them credit.]9. The General on his first loss of 2015“As far as a Big 12 contender, there’s nothing better you can ask for. Playing for the Big 12 title and having the chance to say you’re the top dog in a Power Five conference is great. I think we’ve done a really good job this year of showing that we are a real contender. Next week we’re going to be very fired up for the opportunity.”10. Art Briles on the W“It was a hard-fought game against a really good football team. I have so much respect for Oklahoma State. They’ve been behind in some games and have come back three or four times this year. They’re very composed and never panicked. They stay within their system, and I just think they’re an extremely well-coached football team. They’re a really tough team to beat. It’s an extremely tough place to win with the environment, but it’s also because they’re an extremely good football team. They’re always a good team.”11. DL Andrew Billings with some truth“[Oklahoma State] had a lot to lose. We knew they were going to come out and play hard, and we had to match that. We had to double their energy because we already had a loss. We had to throw that out and beat OSU.”
The regular season is over and bowl season is upon us, so freshman running back Justice Hill is now free to speak with the media (Mike Gundy restricts media access to all of his first-year players).Hill was asked about his expectations coming into his first year.“At the beginning of the season I didn’t know if I was going to be playing that much and especially the first couple of games I was getting a couple of carries,” said Hill. “So, it was really a shock. I had my goals at the beginning of the season and I accomplished most of them. So, yeah. It was a good season.”Even if he wasn’t sure how much playing time he would get, Hill definitely set steep goals for himself.“I had my board and I wrote most of those goals down and I accomplished pretty much all of them. I always knew it was a possibility. I knew it was kind of far fetched when I was writing it down. I really didn’t know if I was going to be able to accomplish it, but you never set your goals short. So I just went out and worked every day and I accomplished it.”Those goals may or not have included being named a freshman All-American, winning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and Offensive Freshman of the Year, earning All-Big 12 second-team honors or breaking the Cowboy rushing records for a freshman and a true freshman (which was previously held by Hall-of-Famer, Thurman Thomas).“It’s been a great feeling but it’s nothing I haven’t felt before. I just come in. Practice. Play good. I’ll just continue to do that and help the team win games.”During the TCU game, when Hill passed Thomas’ record for rushing yards by a true freshman, he got a tweet from the Hall-of-Famer.“That was pretty cool. Yeah, when I looked at the notification, it was pretty cool, yeah. I had to get him back.”With such a loaded group at running back, it seemed Hill may be destined for red-shirt status his first year. But word came out of fall camp that Hill was making a splash.“I had a sense that things were going well. Our scrimmages, I was doing well,” Hill said. “Our practices, I was doing well. I didn’t know what the actual game was going to be like. Coming in the first couple of games I didn’t get too many carries or whatever but I wasn’t too shocked at it but I just wanted to keep working, coming in every day and show myself.”Show himself, he did. Hill’s 1,042 yards are the most by an OSU running back since Joseph Randle’s 1,417 back in 2012 and the most ever for a freshman in Stillwater. Mike Gundy said Hill even surpassed what he thought No. 27 was capable of.“He’s been a really good player for us, especially at the position he is as a true freshman,” said Gundy. “He exceeded my expectations for how productive he could be his first season.“First off, I think he’s more talented than some people would have thought, just based on if you put stock into level of recruiting stars or whatever people may use to try to predict a level a player may perform at. Second, he has a very good mental approach to the game. It allows him to be more mature mentally than most young players. That’s helped him adjust to the play of this level. Third, he’s very humble. He’s not concerned with carries, yards, or necessarily what people think about him. He just enjoys being on the team. Those are pretty key ingredients to a young player having success.”Freshman running back Justice Hill after today’s practice. #okstate pic.twitter.com/LGb1aCNHed— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) December 20, 2016The other big story in the Cowboy running game this year was the resurgence of Chris Carson. After missing four games due to a hand injury early in the year, Carson finished the season playing the best football of his career. In the last four games, Carson amassed 379 yards on 8.2 yards per carry and rushed for five touchdowns.Hill was happy to have the help.“It was great, you know, not having to be out there every play. Chris is a great running back, him being able to show off his skills too. It was just a great balance, me and Chris, was able to put up good numbers and help the team win games.”With an Alamo Bowl game just over a week away and with his star quarterback and receiver returning for their senior seasons, Hill and the Cowboys give OSU fans a lot look forward to. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. According to a report by the O’Colly, redshirt sophomore defensive end Jordan Brailford underwent surgery on his right should on Thursday.Oklahoma State has yet to confirm the injury officially but did confirm last week that Brailford was granted his expected medical hardship waiver for the 2016 season, which he missed due to a stress fracture in his leg.According the report, this latest setback could be just that and Brailford could be back in action as early as August for fall camp. He did not participate in the spring game.Before being ruled out for all of last season, Brailford was expected to compete for starting reps. He’ll still be in the mix with the likes of Cole Walterscheid, Jarrell Owens, Vili Leveni and Tralund Webber.Without Brailford, the Cowboys are two-deep in defensive ends with starting experience. With him, the Cowboys are even stronger at their deepest position group on defense.Here’s what Mike Gundy had to say about Brailford’s importance to the defense this spring.“If he stays healthy and plays like he should,” said Gundy “he will be a guy that can impact our defense as much as anybody on the field.”Let’s hope he can get/stay healthy.
We’ve already looked at some offensive newcomers ready to make a dent in their first year (or first year playing significant minutes). Now let’s turn our attention to a Cowboy defense that that is as deep as it has ever been in some areas and unproven in others. Here are three freshmen (and in some cases, redshirt freshmen) who could have a huge impact on 2017.Rodarius Williams (CB)Oklahoma State is essentially replacing all of their cornerback production from a year ago. Ashton Lampkin and Lenzy Pipkins are gone and the heir apparent to “head cover man,” Ramon Richards, has shifted to the middle of the field.Clemson grad-transfer Adrian Baker is a huge lift in both talent and experience but he can only cover one side of the field at a time. There will be young corners learning on the fly. So when looking at which freshmen could make an impact for Mike Gundy’s 2017 defense, a rookie corner has to be on the list.Williams was a three-star prospect out of Louisiana. He spurned offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Cal and Houston to stick with the Cowboys. At 6-foot, he’s got the kind of size the Cowboys have been recruiting for their corners. He used his redshirt year under Rob Glass and Co. to pack on 10 pounds and is up to 180.Williams was probably in the mix to start had the Cowboys not secured their grad-transfer help from last year’s national champ. He should definitely be in the mix for reps with the likes of sophomore corners Madre Harper and A.J. Green.Williams and Co. will likely take their lumps, at least early on. But one way or another they will have an impact.“We’re young at the corner position,” Mike Gundy said during the spring. “Ramon (Richards) was an experienced player that we moved to safety because we think it adds a lot to our defense, but we need young corners to play better than they would traditionally play in order for us to have the type of year we hope to have.”No pressure, guys.Cameron Murray (DT)While corner rotations may keep Glenn Spencer up at night, he’s not losing any sleep over the depth across his defensive line. Joe Bob Clements continues to prove his value, showing up to fall camp with a seemingly deeper line each year. He’s lost his best player two years in a row to the NFL Draft but he always seems to have another big (and capable) body ready to step in.One of those bodies ready to compete for reps is a 6-foot-2, 290-pound redshirt freshman named Cameron Murray. Defensive tackle is a deep spot for the Cowboys but Mike Gundy would love to see his line make hockey-line style changes and Murray should figure into at least the three-deep.Murray was a bit of an under-the-radar recruit but held offers from Arizona, Louisiana Tech and Kansas. 247 Sports ranked the three-star prospect the No. 14 player out of Arkansas in the 2016 class. He’s already put on 10 pounds since arriving a year ago and should continue to transform his body under Rob Glass’ tutelage.With the size to contribute, Murray has a chance to climb the depth chart. A Big 12 season can be grueling for defensive linemen as they try to keep up with the weekly track meet. Players get dinged up. Guys go out. Even with the depth in the middle, Murray stands a solid chance of earning meaningful reps this year.Devin Harper (LB)The Cowboys have a sneaky deep and talented linebacker corps but if there is one freshman poised to make splash in 2017, it may be Devin Harper.Oklahoma State recruited Harper as an athlete out of Knoxville, Tennessee. He was an all-state selection and a two-way player Karns High School. As a senior he averaged 213 all-purpose yards per game as a running back including a 345-yard, four-touchdown outing.The Cowboys secured his commitment prior to the start of his senior season which seems to be one reason his offer list didn’t explode.Since arriving on campus a year ago, Harper has transformed his body. He was recruited at 210 pounds. Now he’s up to a whopping 240. That’s Chad Whitener’s size!In fact, he and the fifth-year senior are the two biggest linebackers on the roster. And he’s a freshman. With that size and with a year in the room with Glenn Spencer, Harper should be ready to lay the wood on somebody. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after the victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Few college football head coaches have been speculated about more this season than Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.Malzahn, who will apparently return to the Tigers in 2019, has heard his name surface in a bunch of rumors late in the season.Another one can be added to the list.Football Scoop is reporting that there’s “buzz” around Malzahn and the Georgia Tech job, which is opening up with Paul Johnson’s departure.From the report:Additionally, we were hearing buzz among SEC coaches that Gus Malzahn may be involved in the Georgia Tech search. We are not able to confirm whether talks took place or whether talks will take place in the future, but reports emerged Sunday that Malzahn told his staff he plans to return to Auburn in 2019.There is significant interest in this job among the coaching community, so expect other candidates to emerge as this search develops. Georgia Tech offers a strong degree and is located smack dab in the middle of one of the most talent-rich, football-crazed metro areas in the country.A former NFL coach, Ken Whisenhunt, has reportedly already interviewed for the Georgia Tech job. It’s unclear if the Yellow Jackets are seriously interested in any other candidates.
Cricketer who assaulted Delhi chief selector Amit Bhandari to be banned for lifeAmit Bhandari assault case: The U-23 cricketer who assaulted the DDCA chief selector is all set to be banned for life, says association president Rajat Sharma.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 21:06 IST Delhi chief selector Amit Bhandari was assaulted with hockey sticks and cricket bats. (Reuters file Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDDCA chief selector Amit Bhandari was beaten up by an U-23 cricketer and his accomplicesThe U-23 cricketer Anuj Dedha attacked Bhandari was not selecting him for a tournamentDDCA president Rajat Sharma said Dedha “deserves exemplary punishment”The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) is all set to impose life ban on U-23 cricketer Anuj Dedha, who had physically assaulted former India pacer Amit Bhandari for not selecting him in the state U-23 side.Senior selection committee chairman Bhandari was attacked by Dedha and his hired goons at the St Stephen’s ground on Monday when he was watching a warm-up game of the senior Delhi team preparing for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.Dedha along with 15 others attacked Bhandari with hockey sticks, cricket bats and rods and the former pacer sustained injuries on his forehead and other body parts.He was taken to hospital and subsequently discharged after treatment while Delhi Police arrested Dedha. He is currently under police custody.DDCA president Rajat Sharma told PTI that there will be a meeting held on Wednesday to decide the quantum of punishment. He said as of now, life ban on Dedha seemed a mere formality.”We have a meeting tomorrow but as our former captain Gautam Gambhir has suggested, I think there is no other option left apart from imposing a life ban on this man Anuj Dedha. Whatever he has done, he only deserves exemplary punishment,” Sharma told PTI on Tuesday.The DDCA president informed that he has summoned all age group selectors as well as some distinguished former cricketers for a meeting.”We need to discuss selection issues but I want to assure all selectors that they should continue to fearlessly select sides. I am with them. I have met the Lt Governor Anil Baijal and requested him to ask the police authorities to probe all angles. I would like to know if there is any deep rooted conspiracy in this attack,” Sharma added.advertisementAlso Read | Cricketer and accomplice arrested for assaulting Delhi chief selector Amit BhandariFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Amit BhandariFollow DDCAFollow Anuj DedhaFollow Delhi cricket
With Thanksgiving a mere few days away, it’s prime time to start thinking about holiday gift giving. Even if you hate to shop, this is the one time of year you need to buck up, get to the store and start crossing people off your list. But don’t stress too hard because we’re here to help. We’ve already given you a gift guide for that booze lover in your life, and now we’re going to talk about someone very special: your lady.Whether you’re shopping for a wife, girlfriend, mother, daughter or friend, the women in your life will absolutely love everything on this list. So check out our curated gift guide below and impress the fairer sex this season.LAGOS Color Rocks Lapis Doublet Statement RingOkay, so you’re not ready to buy her the ring (or maybe it’s not even like that), but this beautiful piece of jewelry will definitely win a special place on her hand. Chunky sterling silver holds a stunning faceted lapis doublet stone and features an 18k gold crest for the perfect mix of masculine and feminine. $495, Lagos Alex and Ani Deco Wrap BraceletComing off a year of The Great Gatsby and everything art deco, this is the perfect gift for a girl who loves her vintage. Available in gold or silver, chevron-edged beads make this more than just a simple bangle. Plus, each piece is made in the United States from recycled materials, so you can feel good about your purchase. $48, Alex and Ani Oggi 10-Piece Stainless Steel Bar SetIf your lady loves a great cocktail, this is the year she should learn how to make one herself. But she can’t do that without the proper tools. This 10-piece bar set from Oggi has everything she needs to mix classic and trendy cocktails alike. Buy a cocktail book to go along with it, and you’ll be knee deep in Old Fashioneds. $27.49, TargetScoop Rugged Leather Biker JacketMoto jackets have been a huge women’s trend the last couple seasons, and this leather biker version from Scoop will have her looking fly. Broken-in leather and zippers on the front and wrists give it the right amount of edge. $598, ScoopZoē Mowat Design Arbor Jewelry StandHow cool is this? Quebeçois designer Zoë Mowat was inspired by bowerbirds – a unique avian species that displays an array of brightly colored objects in and around its nest – when she created this jewelry stand. Fancy! Now she can display her most precious accessories on colored platforms and detachable wooded dowel. The mirror ensures she’s perfectly put together. And from November 29 – December 2, The Manual readers get 25% off at the Dwell store with promo code THEMANUAL. $425, DwellA Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories by April BloomfieldMichelin-starred chef April Bloomfield shares her favorite recipes and stories in this incredible cookbook. For the adventurous home chef, you will not regret being the guinea pig if your girl is cooking you meals from these pages. Get ready for lip-smacking recipes like tongue sandwiches and suckling pig, inspired by her menus at The Spotted Pig, The Breslin and The John Dory Oyster Bar in NYC. $25.40, AmazonEtat Libre d”Orange Gift BoxIf she loves fragrance as much as we do, this is the perfect gift for her. Comprised of 10 exquisite fragrances from the French brand, this beautifully boxed set comes with 10 fragrances housed in 10ml glass bottles, a great way for her to experiment and find her favorite. $100, b-glowingHermes Gaucho Silk ScarfUnless your girl is some kind of weirdo (just kidding), you really can’t go wrong with an Hermès silk scarf. Classic, timeless and elegant, she’ll wear it forever. We love this vintage gaucho print in in all three colors. $325, Hermès Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Buzzed and Beautiful: The Best Short Hairstyles for Men Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Alexander Campaz Claudine DressGive her a reason to party with this stunning white and gold dress from Brooklyn-based designer Alexander Campaz. Not only will she look sexy, you’ll feel sexy buying it as a portion of proceeds from sales through the end of the year benefit Women for Women International, a nonprofit that helps women move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. $460, JoyusKhirma Eliazov Jolie Python ClutchWho wouldn’t want to receive this stunning bag from Khirma Eliazov? Seafoam python is accented with natural snake and brown shagreen, making it perfect for any outfit. A custom made, removable gunmetal strap and opulent purple suede lining are the details that will make her swoon. $342.50, Khirma Eliazov How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather
Print Close zoom The Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, recently organized a safety campaign – ‘Safety of Life at Sea’ – in collaboration with Dubai Creek Customs to spread awareness among operators of commercial wooden dhows (boats) operating in Dubai Creek.This initiative is in line with DMCA’s strategy of adopting the best maritime practices to create a safe and sustainable marine environment that supports government efforts to establish Dubai as a global leading maritime hub.The Safety of Life at Sea campaign, which aims to maintain a high level of marine safety and adopt best practices in this field, was held for five days in November and two days in December. The awareness drive discussed the importance of having safety equipments such as lifejackets, lifebuoys, handheld, smoke and parachute flares; and life rafts on commercial vessels as well as their appropriate use and storage. It also emphasized on the significance of having a Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) onboard. HRU allows a life raft to launch automatically if there is no time for crew to launch it manually.Captain Khamis Weld Gmeel, Senior Manager, Marine Traffic Operations, Dubai Maritime City Authority, said: “Dubai enjoys a leading position as a global maritime hub that attracts different commercial marine vessels. Commercial wooden dhows are the mainstay of Dubai’s maritime culture, which has led us to launch this initiative in addition to other awareness campaigns that reduce accidents. Our latest campaign is a further addition to several successful awareness and regulatory drives launched over the past year. We expect the ‘Safety of Life at Sea’ campaign to further enhance the safety of seafarers as they abide by proper precautionary measures.”“DMCA has always adopted international best practices to minimize fatalities as well as limit the water-polluting activities of sea vessels. DMCA will continue to play a key role to develop and regulate the emirate’s maritime operation to create a vibrant and safe maritime environment that is aligned with the vision and directives of our wise leadership,” concluded Weld Gmeel.The ‘Safety of Life at Sea’ campaign highlighted the importance of the stability and safety of ships during cargo operations and the entrance and exit of ports. The drive enlightened operators about proper ways to stow and secure cargo to prevent their shifting during bad weather conditions. It also highlighted the duty of the captain to arrange for an appropriate and effective watch of the ship safely moored or anchored at port, even under normal circumstances, to ensure safety. The vessel operators were also trained on how to act and whom to contact in case of fire in Al Khor. They were informed about the restricted zones in Dubai’s waters and the purpose of buoyage marking as a safety measure. My location DMCA, December 31, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
zoom OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has signed a contract to provide in-service-support for the Integrated Navigation and Bridge Systems (INTS) that the company has delivered and installed across the Royal New Zealand Navy fleet.Under the terms of this contract, OSI will act as the design authority, and provide software and hardware upgrades, engineering support, and training services.“OSI has been supporting the Royal New Zealand Navy warship integrated navigation system requirements since 2003 and the recent 13-year in-service-support contract confirms the Navy’s long-term commitment to the company and its technology,” OSI said in a release.OSI recently announced the signing of a contract with the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Canadian Navy to provide in-service-support for the company’s world leading ECPINS-W software, installed across their fleet of warships and submarines.OSI, May 15, 2014
Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of Poliegos, the recently acquired Suezmax tanker newbuilding. Earlier this month, Ocean Yield bought the 2017-built Poliegos for USD 54 million.“Upon delivery, the vessel commenced a 14-year bareboat charter to a company owned and guaranteed by Okeanis Marine Holdings SA,” Ocean Yield said, adding that the management company of Okeanis is Kyklades Maritime Corp.The 157,500 dwt tanker was constructed at Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipyard in South Korea. With a gross tonnage of 81,542 tons, the ship features a length of 277 meters and a width of 48 meters.Ocean Yield has taken delivery of six vessels so far this year, bringing the total fleet to 37 vessels.
Israel goes for snap legislative elections on Tuesday to elect the 120 members of the 22nd Knesset after the incumbent Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, failed to form a governing coalition following the polls held last April, the first such failure in the country’s history. In a highly controversial statement ahead of the polls ostensibly aimed at shoring up support of hardline nationalist voters, Netanyahu, 69, declared that he would move to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he returns to power, a move that could kill any remaining hopes for a two-state solution to the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict, long the focus of international diplomacy. Also Read – A special kind of bond”If I receive from you, citizens of Israel, a clear mandate to do so… today I announce my intention to apply with the formation of the next government Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea,” Netanyahu, who is seeking a fifth term as prime minister, said last week in a televised speech. The Israeli leader, who is fighting for his political survival in a closely contested election, however, made it clear that his plan would not be implemented before the publication of a long-awaited US peace plan for the Middle East and consultations with President Donald Trump. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea constitute almost 30 per cent of the West Bank. Some 65,000 Palestinians and about 11,000 illegal Israeli settlers live in the area, most of which is under the Israeli military control in what is referred to as Area C. Israeli right-wing politicians have long viewed the strategic area as part of the territory they would never retreat from. West Asian countries, including Saudi Arabia, have understandably criticised the announcement while the UN warned Netanyahu that his plan would have no “international legal effect.” “The Secretary General’s position has always been clear: unilateral actions are not helpful in the peace process,” UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. “Any Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdictions and administration in occupied West Bank is without any international legal effect,” the spokesman said. The US, which intends to unveil a Middle East peace plan after the Israeli elections, said its policy towards Israeli and the Palestinian territories remains unchanged. “There is no change in the US policies at this time…We will release our ‘Vision for Peace’ after the Israeli election and work to determine the best path forward to bring long-sought security, opportunity and stability to the region,” a US official was quoted as saying when asked whether the White House supported Netanyahu’s move. Palestinian leaders, including President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, accuse the Israeli leader of destroying the peace process and asserted that all signed agreements with Israel and obligations resulting from them would end. Condemning Netanyahu’s plan, Arab League foreign ministers said it would undermine any chance of progress towards Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Saudi Arabia said it considered the declaration a “violation of the international law and a very dangerous escalation against the Palestinians.” The international community as a whole should take serious note of Netanyahu’s statement and unequivocally condemn it. Their failure to do so will send a wrong message to all parties involved, especially the Palestinians, who have been paying a heavy price because of the Israeli occupation. As far as the snap poll is concerned, Netanyahu, who leads the right-wing Likud party, is facing Benny Gantz, a former military chief of staff, as his main rival. Gantz leads the centrist Blue and White alliance with the former finance minister and TV personality, Yair Lapid. On April 9, Netanyahu’s party won 36 out of 120 seats, just one more than Gantz’ Blue and White. The Israeli parliament voted to dissolve itself in May after coalition talks hit a wall despite Netanyahu winning the mandate to form the next government. Israel is witnessing two general elections in one year for the first time since its inception in 1947 and, latest surveys and opinion polls predict virtually the same outcome as that of April election. According to two polls published recently by local media, the Likud is projected to win 32 seats, one more than Blue and White. Coalition governments are the norm in Israel as no single party has ever won a majority of seats in the Knesset so far. The leader of the party that wins the most seats is usually invited by the Israeli President to form the new government. If the leader is unable to bring together enough parties to control at least 61 seats in the Knesset, the President may give the task to someone else. This is why the leader of the party that wins the election does not necessarily become the prime minister. To win another term in office, Netanyahu needs the support of right-wing factions he has previously relied on to clear the 61-seat threshold. Gantz needs the backing of centre-left blocs and the Arab Joint List to garner a majority. According to latest polls by the Israeli media, a right-wing bloc led by Netanyahu is likely to have 56 seats while Gantz’ bloc is expected to muster 55 seats. In the event of such a scenario, observers say there is a possibility of a unity government bringing together the Likud and the Blue and White. If that fails, they say the only other option will be to hold a third election, something the Israeli public would not like. According to a pre-poll survey by the Israeli Democracy Institute, the highest rate of Jewish Israeli voters are in favour of a unity government headed by either Netanyahu or Gantz. The second preference is for a right-wing government headed by Netanyahu. Palestinian citizens in Israel that include Muslims, Christians and Druze make up one-fifth of the electorate. They form part of the Arab Joint List—an electoral alliance of four Arab parties, which split into two groups before the April vote. They have joined hands for this election. They could become game changers if they vote in large number. As they tend to vote as a unified bloc, several Jewish political parties are trying to win their votes. They could well determine Netanyahu’s fate. A heavy turnout by them could deprive him a majority in Parliament. Significantly, the Israel-Palestine peace process has not featured prominently in the electoral debates this time. It featured only lightly among political parties and their campaign messaging. Netanyahu’s ad-campaign focused on his relationship with US President Donald Trump, a close ally of Israel. Trump’s policies towards Israel include the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He also recognised Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, seized from Syria during the 1967 war. Arab observers say no matter who is voted to power, the outcome for Palestinians will be the same as both Nethanyahu and Gantz share the same ideology vis-à-vis Palestinians. (The author is a former Editor of PTI and served as West Asia correspondent for PTI, based in Bahrain from 1988 to 1995. The views expressed are strictly personal)
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A government source told news agency Reuters on Tuesday police and other security forces across the Buddhist-majority country had been ordered to remain on high alert because the terrorists were expected to try to strike again, before the holy month of Ramadan which starts on Monday. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said a foreign mastermind may have planned the Easter Sunday bombings, claimed by Islamic State, telling the terrorist group to “leave my country alone”.Sirisena also warned it may be possible Islamic State had launched a “new strategy” by targeting smaller countries, Sky New said on Wednesday. Police suspect members of two previously little-known groups – National Thawheedh Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim – of carrying out the attacks.On Monday, Islamic State’s media network published a video message purporting to come from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which would be his first appearance since declaring the jihadists’ now-defunct “caliphate” five years ago.In the video, a bearded man with Baghdadi’s appearance says the Sri Lanka bombings were Islamic State’s response to losses in its last territorial stronghold of Baghouz in Syria. In the Sky News interview, Sirisena said he had a message for Islamic State: “Leave my country alone.” Sirisena said authorities were aware of “a small group” of Sri Lankans who had travelled abroad to receive training from Islamic State over the past decade. Investigations revealed the bombs used in the Easter attacks were made locally, the president said in the interview.The suicide bombings on hotels and churches killed more than 250 people, including 40 foreign nationals. Sri Lankan authorities have previously said that they suspect the attackers had international links, although the precise nature of those connections aren’t known. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol, as well as other undisclosed foreign agencies, are helping Sri Lanka with the probe.Local intelligence officials believe that Zahran Hashim, a Tamil-speaking preacher from the east of the Indian Ocean island country, may have been a key player in plotting the Easter bombings. Officials believe he was one of nine suicide bombers. (Courtesy Reuters)
In an annex to the letter, which was released today, ICTR President Judge Navanethem Pillay notes the problems the court has had in obtaining witnesses from Rwanda for trials in Arusha, Tanzania, and says that the lack of cooperation has severely disrupted trial proceedings, setting them back by several months.Judge Pillay also defends the Tribunal’s treatment of witnesses, who come under the care of a witness support unit, and notes that over 80 per cent of the witnesses testify anonymously and are given appropriate security protection before, during and after they take the stand.Meanwhile, the President notes efforts by the Tribunal to reform its management over the years and to pick up the pace of trials, a process which is expected to improve after the Council’s approval earlier this month of the creation of a pool of 18 additional ad litem, or short-term, judges.”The International Tribunal believes that it has become…important for the Security Council to underscore the independence and impartiality of the Tribunal and the obligation of all States, including Rwanda, to cooperate with [it],” the letter says.
We are working with the Angolan and DR Congo governments to ensure security and assistance for the 8,500 refugees returning home. https://t.co/JJjOZyfl1s— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) August 23, 2019 “More than a thousand refugees have already crossed into DRC and many others are moving towards the border with DRC’s Kasai region,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists in Geneva on Friday. The deadly clashes in the Kasai region between armed groups and DRC forces in 2017 had left some 1.4 million people displaced from their homes, with 37,000 refugees having crossed the border into Angola.The recovering security situation in Kasai Provinces, together with presidential elections, recent discussions between the visiting DRC officials and refugees, and the upcoming academic year, sparked this week’s spontaneous returns.“We have placed staff along the return routes to monitor, interview and to intervene with help where necessary,” said Mr. Mahecic, adding that “UNHCR staff are also providing information to refugees.” Meanwhile in DRC, the UN refugee agency is working with local authorities to conduct monitoring at the border to evaluate these returns and get first-hand information to meet the humanitarian needs of those arrive back home.The agency is also participating in tripartite discussions with Angola and DRC to launch a mechanism for voluntary, dignified and sustainable returns. While noting refugees’ eagerness to return home, UNHCR appealed to both Governments to avoid putting refugees at risk due to an absence of proper planning, transportation and assistance.
The findings of Automotive Manufacturing – the Industry Perspective, SMMT’s second annual issues survey, were revealed tonight at SMMT’s Annual Dinner. Conducted by MORI, the survey points to an industry in more upbeat mood this year. Findings suggest:A brighter outlook for both company and sector-wide growth More confidence in competitiveness compared to Europe and rest of the world Level 3 skills recruitment and quality of training are still key concerns Cost burden of new legislation remains an industry-wide headacheSMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We are under no illusions about the challenges facing the industry in the years ahead. Nevertheless, this second survey of senior people shows that the industry is in more optimistic mood than it was a year ago. ‘Better quality training, the importance of research and development and improving competitiveness; these familiar themes emerge from the survey this year. However, initiatives like the Automotive Academy and Industry Forum training are now in place to address some of these issues. In supporting these programmes, as well as by working more closely with government, I am confident that this great industry will continue to grow.’ This year’s survey reveals that:Growth is expected by most companies in the next five years. 81% of those surveyed say that prospects are good compared to 78% last year. 72% see best growth prospects in greater penetration of international markets.A total of 84% of businesses believe they are competitive when compared to similar companies operating in Europe. This compares with a figure of 70% in 2003. Globally, the figure drops to 36%, although this has risen from 27% last year. Nearly two thirds, or 65% of responses, indicate that it is hard to recruit appropriately skilled employees. Level 3 staff recruitment is a concern for 28% while 31% believe the industry focus should be on employing those with appropriate engineering skills.83% of companies are committed to more support for employer training and education while The Automotive Academy is now recognised by 81% of respondents.Research and development is an increasingly important activity for our business in the future, say 84%.95% agree that the burden of legislation will add significant costs to their business in the next five years. Transport infrastructure makes it difficult for UK companies to remain competitive according to 86% of responses, little change to the 84% reporting the same concern in 2003.An appeal to the government for more commitment to manufacturing comes from 95% of respondents to the survey.The report confirms many of the positive views reflected outside the industry, for example in the recent Commons Trade and Industry Select Committee report on vehicle manufacturing. While mirroring some of the industry’s concerns, the report said: The UK retains a successful automotive industry, with most of the largest vehicle manufacturers having some sort of presence here. The UK also has an established reputation for specialist engineering and design. Automotive Manufacturing – the Industry Perspective is published in full below. Supported by automotive law specialists Pinsents, the report reflects the views of 80 companies employing more than 100,000 people in the UK automotive sector from component and aftermarket suppliers to car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)