New Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) There will be a straight two-way fight between International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra and top tennis official Anil Khanna for the post of Indian Olympic Association president in the December 14 polls.Indian Weightlifting Federation President Birendra Baishya pulled out of the race, leaving Batra and Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association chief, in the fray for the top job.Baishya will now contest for one of the posts of eight vice-presidents, for which he had also filed his nomination papers.After the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations ended today, the Returning Officer S K Mendiratta notified the final list of candidates for the elections to be held during the IOAs elective Annual General Body Meeting here.Except for the post of the secretary general, all the others will have elections with the IOA Electoral College set to vote through secret ballot.Incumbent secretary general Rajeev Mehta will be re- elected for his second four-year term as he was the lone candidate to have filed the nomination papers.Jharkhand Olympic Association chief R K Anand will have a straight fight against former Kabaddi Federation of India president Janardhan Singh Ghelot for the lone post of senior vice-president after incumbent Virendra Nanavati withdrew his candidature.Virendra Nanavati will now contest for one of the posts of eight vice-presidents, for which he had also filed his nomination papers.There will be a three-cornered contest for the post of treasurer as none among Anandeshwar Pandey, Mukesh Kumar and Rakesh Gupta withdrew their candidature.advertisementFor the eight posts of vice-presidents, 12 remained in the fray, including the likes of Athletics Federation of India president Adille Sumariwalla, Luge Federation of India chief Karan Chautala and former BJP National Council member Sudhanshu Mittal.BJPs senior minister in Assam government, Himanta Biswa Sarma and veteran sports administrator Tarlochan Singh withdrew their candidature for the vice-presidents post.Meanwhile nine candidates are left in the fray for the six posts of joint secretaries while 15 will contest for the 10 other members of the Executive Council to be elected at the IOA Headquarters here on December 14.Earlier in the day, Mendiratta, also a legal advisor to the Election Commission of India, reviewed his decision to reject the nominations of Devendranath Sarangi (for vice- president) and K Rajendiran (for Executive Council member) and re-instated them as candidates.”The nomination papers of Devendranath Sarangi (for vice-president) and K Rajendiran (for Executive Council member) were rejected at the time of scrutiny of nominations on 30/11/2017 as the same were not accompanied with the requisite undertaking/declaration.”However, on inquiry from the office of the IOA it was revealed that the intending candidates were not intimated about this requirement,” Mendiratta said.The polls on December 14 will see observers from the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council from Asia and the Sports Ministry in attendance. The total member of the electoral college members is 184, including two IOA Athletes Commission members — P T Usha and Rajeev Tomar. Out of these, 116 are from the National Sports Federations and remaining from the state Olympic associations. Each NSF has maximum of three voters while each state Olympic unit has two voters. PTI PDS AH AH
Manchester United Manchester United January transfer news: All the latest rumours ahead of winter window Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Manchester United Transfers Premier League Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving the Red Devils as Jose Mourinho looks to further add to his squad MAN UTD IN TALKS FOR PSG STARManchester United have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain regarding a potential deal for Lucas Moura, according to Le 10 Sport .The Brazilian winger has barely featured for PSG this season and agreed personal terms with Chinese side Beijing Guoan in early December . 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 However, that deal has yet to be completed amid reports Lucas is holding out for a move to a major European club.Chelsea had previously shown an interest in the 25-year-old, but now United have made an approach, although any offer for Lucas is expected to be below PSG’s valuation of the player.MAN UTD AGREE £4M KEEPER SALEManchester United have agreed a £4 million fee to sell goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to West Brom, claims TEAMtalk .Johnstone is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but United intend to recall the 24-year-old after reaching an agreement with West Brom.With Johnstone out of contract at the end of the season , United have decided to cash in during the January transfer window.MOURINHO WANTS GRIEZMANN IN JANUARYJose Mourinho is ready to pull out all the stops to land Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann in January, according to the Daily Star .While the plan was to go after the France international in the summer, with Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both sidelined, Mourinho needs reinforcements up top immediately.Mourinho is willing to offer Griezmann £300,000 a week to get him to leave Atletico and snub Barcelona, who are also after the attacker.ICARDI WOULD JOIN MAN UTD IF HE LEAVES INTERMauro Icardi has eyes for Manchester United if he decides to leave Inter according to Don Balon .While Icardi currently feels committed to the club as it chases a Serie A title, he is considering his options for the future.According to the report, playing for Jose Mourinho, the former manager of Inter, is a dream for the attacker.POGBA KEY TO MAN UTD’S DYBALA MOVEManchester United have lined up a move to sign Juventus striker Paulo Dybala and are hoping “secret agent” Paul Pogba can play a part in the move, according to the Mirror. Pogba, who joined the Old Trafford side from Juve for £89 million in the summer of 2016, played with Dybala in Turin and is said to be close friends with the 24-year-old.Jose Mourinho has now placed Dybala at the top of his summer transfer shortlist and will call upon Pogba to convince Dybala on a move to Manchester.RONALDO SET FOR MAN UTD RETURN Manchester United are watching with keen interest reports of a clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and senior Real Madrid figures, claims the Mirror .The newspaper states that the relationship between Ronaldo and Florentino Perez has broken down, leading to doubts over his future at the Bernabeu. And United would be well-placed to bring back the man who came to prominence should he refuse to continue in Spain.Ronaldo, it is claimed, has even made secret trips to England to review prospective private schools for his son in recent weeks.JOAO MARIO SLATED AS MKHITARYAN’S REPLACEMENTInter star Joao Mario has been earmarked by Manchester United as the ideal replacement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to the Sun .United’s Armenian playmaker is unsettled at Old Trafford, and has been linked with Inter among other clubs. Should he move to Serie A, however, United will try and swoop for the Nerazzurri’s Portugal international in a £40 million switch.MADRID PLOT SHOCK UMTITI APPROACHReal Madrid are considering a shock approach to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, claims Diario Gol .Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign a new centre-back, but is wary of paying too much after seeing Liverpool spend £75 million on Virgil van Dijk.However, the €60m release clause in Umtiti’s contract makes him an attractive proposition for Perez, and he could rival Manchester City and Manchester United for the France international.MAN UTD ENTER COUTINHO RACEBarcelona’s signing of Coutinho may have become more difficult to achieve as Manchester United have entered the race to sign the Brazilian, according to Don Balon .The Spanish outlet claims Jose Mourinho is keen to add the attacker to his squad as the Red Devils look to close the gap between themselves and Manchester City.Paris Saint-Germain are also said to retain an interest in signing the 25-year-old, though Coutinho himself continues to have his heart set on a switch to Camp Nou.PL RIVALS SCOUT ROCHDALE TEENAGERChelsea and Manchester United have made enquiries about Rochdale’s 14-year-old defender Luke Matheson, according to ESPN .Matheson has been watched by scouts from Chelsea and United recently as the Premier League giants look to make a move for the right-back.JORGINHO IS MAN UTD’S CARRICK REPLACEMENTManchester United are tracking Napoli midfielder Jorginho as they search for a replacement for Michael Carrick, according to the Manchester Evening News .Jose Mourinho commented on Friday that the Red Devils would be looking for a midfielder to step into the Englishman’s shoes in the summer, with the 36-year-old nearing the end of his career.And the United boss is apparently an admirer of Jorginho, with the club having also scouted Dortmund pair Julian Weigl and Christian Pulisic.INTER MONITORING MKHITARYANInter are keeping a close eye on developments around Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s situation at Manchester United with a view to potentially signing the Armenian, according to Sky in Italy .The former Dortmund star has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in recent months, with Inter seemingly weighing up whether to make a bid for the winger.The Serie A title hopefuls are also interested in Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu and PSG midfielder Javier Pastore as they look to improve their squad in the January window.BARCA & REAL IN BLIND RACEManchester United outcast Daley Blind is a January transfer target for La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to the Daily Express .The Dutch utility defender has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho and Barca reportedly see him as an option to fill the void left by Javier Mascherano’s imminent exit to Hebei China Fortune.Meanwhile, the Blancos also purportedly see Blind as a potential bargain who could play alongside Sergio Ramos in the centre of defence.BARCA PLOT COUTINHO & GRIEZMANN DOUBLE DEALBarcelona are planning to stun the transfer market in 2018 with Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann signings, according to Spanish outlet AS .Liverpool held firm in the summer to deny Barca from swooping for Coutinho, but it’s widely expected they’ll return with more money next year.Ernesto Valverde’s men now lead the race for Griezmann, too, with Manchester United believed to have refocused their attention on Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.MAN CITY TO BATTLE UTD FOR UMTITIBarcelona are bracing themselves for interest from Manchester rivals United and City in defender Samuel Umtiti, reports Don Balon .The La Liga giants fear that Virgil van Dijk’s £75 million move to Liverpool will see leading clubs turn their attention towards Camp Nou.France international Umtiti has a €60m release clause which would represent no stumbling block for leading Premier League sides.MAN UTD FACE ‘LITTLE NEYMAR’ FIGHTAC Milan have joined Manchester United and Tottenham in the hunt for Ajax youngster David Neres, reports Calciomercato .The highly-rated 20-year-old has already been dubbed the ‘little Neymar’ and is expected to leave Holland at some point in the near future.MAN UTD’S £70M+ DYBALA BID REJECTEDManchester United’s offer of £70 million plus out-of-favour attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Juventus star Paulo Dybala has been rejected, according to The Sun .The Argentine is one of the most highly-rated forwards in world football and Jose Mourinho is believed to haver pinpointed him as a top target in 2018, rather than Antoine Griezmann.The reigning Serie A champions are reported to be holding out for £86m, which happens to be Griezmann’s buyout clause at Atletico Madrid.MAN UTD WITHDRAW GRIEZMANN INTERESTBarcelona will have a free path to sign £89 million-priced Antoine Griezmann, with Manchester United not keen to participate in a bidding war for the Atletico Madrid striker, according to Marca .It’s believed Jose Mourinho is a fan of Griezmann but is not convinced the France international is worth such a hefty transfer fee.Barca, meanwhile, are monitoring Griezmann and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, though the club can only afford to sign one of them.PSG WANT FELLAINI ON A FREEParis Saint-Germain are making enquiries to sign Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini on a free transfer in the summer, according to the Mirror .After the stunning double swoop for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, PSG are keen for cheaper alternatives because of Financial Fair Play, with the Belgian high on their list.Fellaini’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the veteran is free to sign for a foreign club from January 1. It’s believed Besiktas and Galatasaray are also interested in the 30-year-old.PL CLUBS EYEING CARRASCOPremier League sides have been alerted after Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone gave the go-ahead for the club to sell winger Yannick Carrasco, according to AS .Manchester United and Chelsea have been heavily linked with the Belgium international in recent months, with Carrasco’s contract boasting an £86 million release clause.Nicolas Gaitan and Luciano Vietto are also understood to be on the transfer list.
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. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Junior Day OffersAmong the many sporting events taking place in Stillwater on Saturday was an important recruiting event that takes place under Mike Gundy’s watch. Generally close to 100 recruits make their way from all over the state and surrounding area to visit the facility, meet with coaches, and of course go to the basketball game. It’s an official visit of sorts, minus the fact that OSU pays for it.Coaches generally take this time to hand out scholarship offers to some of their targets on the board, and Saturday was no exception. Here’s who Oklahoma State offered, along with a list of visiting prospects.Jordan Kelley — Nose TackleYou’ll never believe it, but Union produced another Division I talent in Kelley. Shocker, right? The offer to the junior defensive tackle/defensive end is his second. Tulsa offered earlier in 2016. Now Oklahoma State.Listed at 6-foot-3 240, Kelley is one of the most disruptive defensive lineman I’ve seen in person. He’s a bully in the middle and with his combination of size and agility, he reminds me a little of Vincent Taylor. Just an athletic freak for a player of his size.Julon Williams — AthleteMike Gundy loves him some dual-threat quarterbacks who have versatility to play other positions. That’s Williams’ profile in a nutshell. With his experience playing at the quarterback position as a supreme runner and passer, he’s a playmaker that can be slotted at any position. So he’s an athlete Oklahoma State is willing to take a chance on, extending an offer during his visit.Rated as a three-star recruit at 5-foot-10 188 pounds, I’d like to think this offer may be as a defensive back/athlete. But the reality is that he could play on both sides of the ball with his versatility.Byron Hobbs — Outside linebackerOffer No. 1 is in for Fort Worth (Texas) Eastern Hills outside linebacker Byron Hobbs, and OSU is first in line.6-foot-4, 205 pounds? From Fort Worth? And still hasn’t garnered interest elsewhere? I’m betting that changes. So I like this offer.Trey Stratford — Offensive Lineman6-foot-4 three-star offensive lineman Trey Stratford, a prospect from Allen, Texas, was offered yesterday.Being from Allen — one of the most dominant high school football programs in Texas — he’s not been a well-kept secret. Baylor, Mississippi State and TCU have all joined the list since the year began, and Texas, Ole Miss and Houston also have standing offers to the offensive tackle.Blake Barron — Inside LinebackerAnother first offer out the door on Saturday. This one to unranked inside linebacker prospect Blake Barron of Rockwall, Texas.Oklahoma State is now pursuing both inside linebackers from Rockwall. The OSU staff offered 2018 linebacker Alston Orji, a four-star recruit, earlier in 2016. Barron is an underrated backer, though, and at 6-foot-1 218 pounds I think he has good size at the inside backer position.Nic McTear — Tight endNic McTear picked up his first Division I offer with OSU’s on Saturday. From Frisco, Texas, McTear will likely be a steal as an unranked recruit right now. He has good size for a tight end, he has very good leaping ability, and he’s a solid blocker — and important characteristic OSU needs for its cowboy back position.Rafiti Ghirmai — Offensive LinemanAnother Frisco native with an offer on junior day: rising offensive lineman Rafiti Ghirmai. A three-star offensive tackle, Ghirmai already has 12 Division I offers and counting — 9 since Jan. 1.As everyone knows, offensive tackle is a position of high importance for OSU. And even if it gets solidified this season, it’s always smart to look to the future. Ghirmai would be a nice one to pick up down the road and can take care of QB Spencer Sanders blindside.Byron Hanspard — Wide ReceiverFor yet another cycle, Oklahoma State is seeking the commitment of a DeSoto wide receiver. Three-star Byron Hanspard is the latest:Also on his offer list: Northwestern, Houston, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Colorado and Texas Tech.Gemon Green — Defensive backAnother DeSoto product, Gemon Green has been offered by Oklahoma State as a defensive back. The latest defensive back from DeSoto to pick OSU was A.J. Green in 2016.With 8 offers already, OSU is getting in on the ground floor. Green has legit size for a defensive back — a trait OSU loves. And he’s a lanky athlete that can evolve into a lockdown defender.German Green — Defensive backALERT. We have another brother target. German, the brother of Gemon, happens to be twins with him. German is an inch taller than Gemon.OTHER VISITORSTaye Barber – QB/ATHWayne Jones – SafetyTommy Bush – WRTre Adams -WRParker Cupp – OLRylan Mcquarters – ATHAdrian Wilson – WR/ATHSean Shaw, Jr. – WR
In Oklahoma State’s spring football press conference, OSU head coach Mike Gundy said that the Cowboys will have more varied looks on defense in the future, and that includes using more three-down lineman fronts in 2017.The Cowboys used the formation a number of times last season. The 3-3-5 defense has a number of variations, but the Cowboys mostly used it last year in passing situations.The 3-3-5 in its original state (six in the box, secondary pressed at the line of scrimmage) often employs the “disciplined aggression” philosophy, relying on zone blitzes and pressure to stop opposing offenses. Additionally, it creates an unusual front for the offense to block against, which can aid the defense in the running game.When the Cowboys used the 3-3-5 last year, though, they used it in a more simplified state. They used a 3-3-5 “across”, which means that all five players in the secondary align roughly 7-10 yards behind the line of scrimmage.This is a conservative defensive alignment used to stop the deep ball and force everything underneath. Here’s a graphic from a Chalk Talk article on last year’s Texas Tech game:The defense occasionally struggled in this personnel, as they gave up easy throws that often went for big yardage thanks to yards after the catch. The 3-3-5 is most effective as an aggressive scheme, and the Cowboys used it more conservatively with mixed results.The tough thing about the 3-3-5, and with any pressure-heavy defense in modern football, is that it goes against offenses that operate with a much higher tempo than when the defense became popular in the early 2000s.At that time, a defense could call different exotic blitzes with no worry about having to call plays on the fly. Now, if a defense calls a blitz and the quarterback throws for a first down, the defense has to call another play on the fly with the knowledge that using the same blitz call twice in a row is a major risk.This isn’t to say that the defense can’t succeed in modern football. There are plenty of teams who successfully use exotic defenses, such as Arizona and West Virginia. The issue is that the defense takes time to learn, and no team is going to have success if they don’t have the ability to analyze and learn the defense extensively.This is where the hiring of defensive analyst Brian VanGorder comes in. VanGorder has extensive experience with three-down hybrid defenses, tracing all the way back to his job coaching linebackers at Grand Valley State in 1989 under current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.Gundy believes that VanGorder can help the Cowboys incorporate the three-down philosophy into their defense.“I think college quarterbacks have become coaches on the field,” Gundy said earlier this week. “If you don’t give them a different look sometimes and use some variation in your defense, they’re pretty good at picking you apart. We think there are times for three-down and times for four-down … and that’s why I wanted to bring a guy in to help us with how much you need to work on each area.”The Cowboys aren’t going to completely overhaul their defensive system, but they are going to venture into becoming a more varied defense. The hope is that they will have enough time and knowledge to be able to use three-down sets more effectively than they did last year.There were times where it worked well and there were other times when it did not. But with an offseason in front of them, and plenty of bright defensive minds on staff, they have plenty of time to turn it into an asset. 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.
2009Colt McCoyTexas OSUBig 12FRRB1320611425.56 2016Lamar JacksonLouisville 2003Eli ManningOle Miss 2004Jason WhiteOklahoma To the surprise of … nobody … James Washington and Mason Rudolph were placed on a list with 83 other college football players as candidates for the Maxwell Award. This award is presented annually to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club.OSU is one of just 17 schools in the country represented by multiple players on the list, including four from the Big 12 Conference. The Big 12 players nominated include:Shane Buchele (QB, Texas)Orlando Brown (OL, Oklahoma)Jacob Park (QB, Iowa State)Chris Warren III (RB, Texas)Connor Williams (OL, Texas)Jesse Ertz (QB, Kansas State)Justin Crawford (RB, West Virginia)Will Grier (QB, West Virginia)Kyle Hicks (RB, TCU)Baker Mayfield (QB, Oklahoma)Mason Rudolph (QB, Oklahoma State)James Washington (WR, Oklahoma State)AdChoices广告Past winners of the award align fairly closely with the Heisman. Barry Sanders won a Maxwell in 1988, but no OSU player has won it since then. Here are the last 17 winners. 2011Andrew LuckStanford 2013A.J. McCarronAlabama 2014Marcus MariotaOregon 2010Cam NewtonAuburn 2008Tim TebowFlorida 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. 2006Brady QuinnNotre Dame TCUBig 12JRRB1320310425.112 2002Larry JohnsonPenn State 2012Manti Te’oNotre Dame 2015Derrick HenryAlabama 2007Tim TebowFlorida 2000Drew BreesPurdue SchoolConfClassPosGamesRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TD YearPlayerSchool 2001Ken DorseyMiami (FL) 2005Vince YoungTexas WVUBig 12JRRB1316311847.34 Granted, Hicks catches a lot of passes, but Hill was just as good if not better on the ground last year. PFB got a vote for the preseason All-Big 12 team, and even though we’re more biased than a minivan full of soccer moms, we went with Hill and Crawford as our first team. To be honest, Hicks didn’t even come up.Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced Oct. 30, 2017. Three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 20, 2017. The winner of the 2017 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 7, 2017.No surprises here! Mason Rudolph and James Washington have been named to the watch list for the 2017 Maxwell Award! #okstate #MA2ON pic.twitter.com/qoen4zvUJR— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) July 10, 2017 Watch lists are the Whose Line Is It Anyway of college football to me, BUT how about Kyle Hicks and Justin Crawford being on here and not Justice Hill? Let’s look at their stats from last year.
Same here.And here.And he’s shown that he can make plays with his legs like here.And with this dangerous karate move to Keenen Brown. 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 kicks off the 2017 season two weeks from today. Let’s look at a Cowboy who could go from a casual fan’s afterthought to the most important player on the roster at any time.How he got to OSUQuarterback Taylor Cornelius hails from Class 2A Bushland High School (Texas) near Amarillo. He wasn’t heavily recruited but that wasn’t for lack of trying — or production. His senior season, the 6-foot-6 QB threw for 3,815 yards and 46 (!) touchdowns — all while completing 65 percent of his passes. He was a star basketball player and also competed in baseball and track and field. How that alone didn’t earn him a scholarship offer from Gundy, I have no idea.What he’s done in StillwaterCornelius has been in a backup role since 2014 when he and Mason Rudolph came in together. While Rudolph turned into a record-setting star and Heisman candidate, Cornelius has stood behind the scenes working on his game and his body. Coming in as the walking portrait of lanky — 6-6 and 184 pounds — Cornelius has added over forty pounds to his frame and is up to 225.Heading into this past spring game, all the buzz surrounded redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee and early enrollee Jelani Woods. But it was Cornelius that was able to make plays going 5 of 9 for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also ran it four times including a 21-yard play.How much would Cornelius have played had he graduated high school one or two years earlier? It’s a good question. He was an inexperienced walk-on true freshman when Gundy and Co. decided to burn their highly-rated rookie’s redshirt at the end of 2014. But what if they stakes weren’t so high? What if there wasn’t a Mason Rudolph in front of him? What could Cornelius have done with a little more opportunity?On an episode of our PFB podcast, Kyle Porter asked former OSU wide receiver David Glidden to name the most underrated quarterback he ever played with at Oklahoma State.“To be honest with you, I might have to say one of the most underrated and overlooked guys is a guy that’s here right now in Taylor Cornelius,” said Glidden.“The kid throws an outstanding ball. He’s big. He runs a lot better than people think, a lot more athletic than people think and he’s worked ever since he’s gotten here.”Glidden raved about Cornelius’ work ethic and how he came in as a “twig” but has built his body up. He also talked about the obvious talent he brings to the table.“Some of the plays and throws that he typically makes in practice kind of opened up eyes for a lot of people,” Glidden continued “especially guys that practice with him everyday. It’s not really a surprise now to see him put balls on the money or even get out and scramble a little bit and kind of run away from a few people.”Oklahoma State fans hope they don’t have to see what Cornelius can do with the spotlight in 2017. But what about 2018? Could he make a strong case to compete for the QB1 role next year?Role in 2017The competition to be Mason Rudolph’s backup is a two-man race. Redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee has shown some nice things in his year-plus in Stillwater and still may have the most upside but Cornelius seems to have a much better grasp of the offense. The battle hasn’t been decided as of yet but all through camp, it’s seemed like Cornelius’ to lose.Noteworthy stats and highlightsCornelius’ reps have come in garbage time but we did get a decent sample size against Southeastern Louisiana, regardless of the level of competition.He showed he could find the open man.
Real Madrid Figo demands time for under-pressure Real Madrid boss Zidane Ryan Benson 01:30 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Espanyol v Real Madrid Espanyol Zinédine Zidane Lionel Messi The Merengue coach has attracted criticism as a result of the team’s recent struggles, but his old team-mate is adamant he is right for the job. Luis Figo believes some of the criticism levelled at Zinedine Zidane this season has been unfair, suggesting Real Madrid’s detractors have forgotten his previous achievements too quickly.Zidane enjoyed a brilliant start to his coaching career at the Santiago Bernabeu, leading Madrid to Champions League success within five months of replacing the sacked Rafael Benitez in January 2016.He then guided Madrid to a Champions League and LaLiga double in his first full season in charge, helping the club become the first to win Europe’s elite competition in its current guise for two straight years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp This term things have been somewhat more troublesome, with Madrid’s transfer activity coming under criticism and they head in to Tuesday’s away league clash with Espanyol 14 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.And, although Figo acknowledges pressure is something every Real Madrid coach needs to accept, he is adamant his former team-mate is the right man for the club.Speaking to Omnisport, Figo said: “The coach of Real Madrid is always under pressure and you know that you depend always on results.”People forget very fast what you achieved in the recent past.”Zinedine Zidane deserves more time at Real Madrid despite their troubles this season, according to Luis Figo.#RealMadrid #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/bTi1aPJMQw— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) February 27, 2018″But sport is like that. For me, you can win every year. But since he picked the team, I think he did fantastic, great.”But the problem normally in football is it depends on what you do in the last games.”People forget very fast what you achieved in the recent past. But I think the people are happy, the players are happy with him and that is the most important.”Part of the reason Madrid are so far behind Barca this season is the form of Lionel Messi, who has been sensational, scoring 22 and setting up another 12 in 25 LaLiga appearances.And his impressive performances have not escaped Figo, who lauded him as “one of the greatest of all time”.”It’s amazing what he is achieving and I think every time he doesn’t surprise us because he makes amazing things every game,” Figo added.”So this is very beautiful what he does in terms of football and his career. He’s one of the greatest footballers of all-time.”
Transfers Mourinho expects Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United Jamie Smith 22:28 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Crystal Palace Crystal Palace v Manchester United José Mourinho Zlatan Ibrahimović Premier League The Portuguese says the likelihood is that the former Sweden striker will depart the Red Devils in the summer Jose Mourinho says the decision over the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic rests with the player, but the veteran striker is expected to leave Manchester United at the end of his contract.Injuries have restricted Ibrahimovic to a single Premier League start this term, in the home Boxing Day draw against Burnley, during which he was replaced at half-time.Ibrahimovic has not played since that game, although the 36-year-old has indicated he may come out of international retirement to play for Sweden at the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Mourinho handed Ibrahimovic a one-year deal in August despite his knee problems and the United manager conceded the forward is expected to depart at the end of the season, with a move to MLS mooted.”For Zlatan, we all think it’s his last season at Manchester United and it will be a very personal decision for him to play or to stop,” said Mourinho.”I think he won the right of choosing his life and his future – he’s such an amazing player with such an amazing career that only that awful injury in the wrong moment broke a fantastic couple of seasons that he could, and should, have with us. “This season has been really difficult for him. Is he injured? No, he’s not injured. Does he feel totally happy and totally ready and totally convinced that he’s in the condition to help the team at this moment? No. “But he’s such an honest guy and such a champion that he only wants to be back with that feeling of ‘I’m totally ready for it’. He’s working hard and, hopefully, his evolution brings him to that level that he wants to have a positive answer.”Ibrahimovic, who has been training with United, is not expected to play in Monday’s Premier League match away to Crystal Palace, but the striker thinks he could be back in action soon.”I feel good, I’ve been training with the team for two weeks and it feels good,” Ibrahimovic told Swedish media. “I need to practice, exercise and play to put the movements in my head.”Get more match-like situations because I’ve been away for quite some time now.”Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind will also miss the trip to Selhurst Park.
World Cup VAR set to ruin World Cup after Australian experiment fail Kieran Francis @kieran_francis Last updated 1 year ago 21:04 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal composite World Cup A-League Opinion The Video Assistant Referee will feature at the World Cup but it will be a complete disaster if its trial in Australia is anything to go by Dear The World,Trust us – the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is going to ruin the World Cup in Russia.Love, Australia. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The A-League wouldn’t mean much to the regular football fan worldwide. Some may know it as where Alessandro Del Piero landed after Juventus, or the league where Dwight Yorke and Robbie Fowler migrated to in their late 30s.But the Australian domestic league was the first professional competition to use the VAR in a competitive match in April 2017, with a trial of the technology being adopted for the A-League since it’s introduction.After announcing that VAR is set to be part of the World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the technology is ‘almost perfect’.”I would say to the fans, players and coaches that it will have an impact, a positive impact. That is what the results of the study show,” Infantino said.”From almost 1,000 live matches that were part of the experiment, the level of the accuracy increased from 93% to 99%. It’s almost perfect.”Clearly the Swiss-Italian administrator didn’t take much notice of the reaction to the VAR trial Down Under in Australia.In fact, you will struggle to find a positive word about the trial from any fan, player, coach or journalist involved in Australian football.Yes, some incorrect decisions have been overturned. But the issue is with the process – firstly with the length of time it takes when the VAR is used.Regularly a VAR intervention has caused a break in play for minutes, causing fans to become frustrated and restless, but also meaning a team can lose pressure and momentum it had been building against its opposition.Just on the weekend we saw Argentine star Ezequiel Lavezzi miss a penalty for Chinese side Hebei China Fortune after a three minute, 45 second break caused by the VAR.In addition to time issues, the VAR is also causing angst with the type of decisions it is making.Obviously clear-cut offsides and fouls are easy for the VAR to adjudicate on, but what about decisions that require interpretation? Isn’t the game just being re-refereed in this case?Central Coast Mariners coach Paul Okon made his feelings clear on the system after two of his players were sent off by it during a match in December.”If you came to this game tonight and you left here no longer in love with football, who could blame you?” Okon said post-match.”I think it’s probably what everyone is talking about and that’s not the reason why people are turning up watching – it’s not why we turn up to play and coach.”The sentiment was echoed, with a little less emotion, by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino at the start of this month.After there were three VAR interventions in the first half of Spurs FA Cup victory over Rochdale, Pochettino warned the VAR in its current form will not help football and that the fans are not happy about it.“The first half was embarrassing for everyone. I am not sure that the system [VAR] is going to help,” the Argentine said in his post-match press conference.”We love the game that we know. Football is about emotion, we want to keep the emotion. The fans are not so happy about what they have seen today.”But if my opinion is important, there is a lot of work to do [with the VAR]. We need to talk, to explain. Because today every one of us was confused.”This will not help the football. If we use this system we need to be sure.”Unfortunately for the football world, Infantino and other football administrators seem to be so sure, while the majority of other stakeholders are wary.Imagine if Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in a World Cup semi-final for a borderline challenge deemed by the officiating referee to be a yellow card, but a red card by the VAR?Imagine a World Cup final blighted by four or five lengthy, confusing VAR stoppages?From the wave of critics in Australia to esteemed personalities such as Pochettino to countless examples of fan frustration to headline-grabbing issues – all the evidence points to a VAR system that is not even close to perfect.So why is it going to be used at football’s showpiece event?
In addition to Krause, Yu said that Peace River North MLA Dan Davies has confirmed his participation in this year’s rally, while other MLA’s both from the BC Liberal Party and the NDP have also been invited, though no other names have yet confirmed. Yu explained that his organization’s official stance is that it will work with the governing New Democrats to get an LNG export industry developed in the province. He added that that he hopes Premier John Horgan will accept an invitation to the rally after his predecessor spoke in Centennial Park two years ago.According to Yu, the venue for next month’s LNG rally is not yet known, but that he hopes to find a suitable venue and sponsors over the next few days. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After a pair of rallies in Fort St. John in the Spring of 2016, including one attended by then-Premier Christy Clark, local non-profit organization FSJ for LNG will once again be holding a rally in Fort St. John this Spring.FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu said that after members of his organization were among several hundred supporters of Canada’s petroleum industry to rally in downtown Vancouver last weekend, he decided that his organization should once again hold a rally in support of B.C. developing a liquified natural gas industry. Yu said that though 2017 featured some disheartening news for LNG, including Petronas cancelling its proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project, 2018 is shaping up to be much more optimistic as a global supply glut of LNG is forecast to turn into a shortage in just a few years.Yu said that this year, FSJ for LNG has confirmed that Vivian Krause is set to deliver a keynote address at this year’s rally, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st. Krause is a controversial Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who has received both praise and condemnation for her research into environmental charities in Canada, particularly their source of funding. In addition to hosting her Fair Questions blog, Krause also writes for The Financial Post.
YAC meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall from 4:30-5:30 pm. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 5, 2019.For more information email email@example.com FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is seeking youth between 12-18 years that want to do something in the community geared towards youth.When you join YAC you will; Organize Activities Gain Volunteer ExperienceEnhance Public SpeakingGain Leadership OpportunitiesRyan Harvey, Communications Coordinator shared, “The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of Fort St. John was developed in 2010 as a potential solution toward anti-social behaviour in our community, to get a better sense of what Fort St. John’s youth would like to see in Fort St. John, and to act as a liaison between the youth of the community and City Council.”
New Delhi: The BJP is set to come out with details of the Modi government’s works toward fulfilling the promises it had made in its manifesto in 2014, with party sources asserting that over 520 of a total of 549 assurances given were either met or work on them is successfully going on. The decision assumes significance as ahead of the coming general election opposition parties have accused the BJP of failing to fulfil the promises it had made before the last Lok Sabha polls. A team of BJP leaders has been entrusted with the task of collating details of the work the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had done in fulfilling these promises, like on generating employment, proving people social security and enhancing internal security. A party leader privy to the development said the BJP had under different agenda items made nearly 549 promises before the last general election. “As many as 520 of them have either been fulfilled or work on them has been going on as their completion require a certain time period,” he said. Another party leader said there are several other “successful” initiatives of the government, such as Ujjwala and Mudra, which were not part of the BJP’s manifesto but have benefited a large number of people. The government provided free LPG connection to the poor households under the Ujjwala scheme while loans are provided for self-employment under Mudra. BJP vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said the Modi government stands out for working on a long-term agenda and overcoming the “attraction of quick-fixes by turning its back on populism”. He cited implementation of the GST as an example of the government’s long-term vision and asserted that the BJP has become the only party which has brought into electoral fray the politics of performance and development. “Is an opposition party like the Congress telling people that this is what it had done for them when it was in power so that they should vote for it?” he asked, slamming the BJP’s rivals for their negative agenda. The Modi government has vastly expanded social security umbrella and given dignity, especially to the poor while its track record on internal and external security fronts are also unmatched, Sahasrabuddhe said.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 26, 2017 – Nassau – As the Department of Labour continues to fulfill its’ mission of fostering good industrial relations between employers and employees, while promoting high levels of employment, the Department facilitated a two-day “Productivity Legislation Workshop” from September 20 – 21, 2017. The workshop, sponsored by the International Labour Organization and the National Tripartite Council, brought all social partners to the table to discuss the state of productivity and competitiveness in The Bahamas. Social partners included executives of The Bahamas Department of Labor as well as participants from various trade unions, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation, corporations and other local agencies.On Wednesday, 21st September, at the opening ceremony of the two day workshop, brief remarks were given by representatives from each pillar of the National Tripartite Council including Mr. Bernard Evans, President of the National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas (NCTUB); Mr. Peter Goudie, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation (BCCEC); Mr. Tyrone “Rock” Morris, Secretary General, Commonwealth of The Bahamas Trade Union Congress (CBTUC) and Mr. Kelvin Sergeant, ILO Specialist for Sustainable Enterprise & Job Creation.Mr. Bernard Evans stated in remarks at the opening that after more than 20 years of advocacy for implementation of the Productivity Council here in The Bahamas, it would provide hope in an effort to save a generation of unskilled, unprepared working Bahamians who are ill-equipped to compete on a level both regionally and internationally. He noted that the main objective of the two day workshop would be to bring together key stakeholders in the various sectors to strategize on productivity improvement and competitiveness with special focus on private sector; to develop a National Action Plan for Productivity Development in The Bahamas.Mr. Evans stated that the plan should outline the performance priority areas, the key indicators of performance on all islands and also focus on a system for monitoring performance and assignment of responsibilities by all stakeholders. Also, to establish a Bahamian organization of Productivity Agents that will promote the development of productivity and performance-related activities to facilitate regional and international competitiveness and sustainability in production of goods and services within all of our islands. This, he noted, will improve the quality of life for workers and citizens alike. Mr. Evans suggests that legislation is a start and is hopeful that the current Government administration will commit to putting necessary legislation in place to begin the process.Similarly, Mr. Kelvin Sergeant, ILO Specialist for Sustainable Enterprise & Job Creation is pleased with productivity becoming a critical word in The Bahamas over the past few years. He is encouraged that there are a broad range of voices – from politicians and business groups to economists, academics and unions – who are talking about productivity and what should be done to get performance up to speed. He noted that in order to achieve the acceleration of productive growth in The Bahamas, it requires a country-specific mix of policies aimed at creating an environment conducive to sustainable enterprises, building human capital in basic education including technical and core skills, encouraging the application of decent and productive workplace practices, addressing sector-specific challenges, promoting environmental-friendly technology and ways of doing business.Mr. Sergeant specifically noted that the focus for the two day workshop would be frank discussions on the importance of productivity performance and what the productivity challenges are in The Bahamas. The interventions needed at all levels of productivity improvement, including the need for legislation to establish a national productivity council is also a paramount focus.The Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes officially opened the workshop by thanking the ILO Team, including Claudia Coenjaerts and Kelvin Sergeant, for their exceptional job in executing the mandate of the ILO in the region. Minister Foulkes stated that the Government of The Bahamas cannot achieve the goal of increasing economic growth through National Productivity by itself, therefore he congratulated the organizers of the workshop and pledged the Government’s full commitment to continue to work with the International Labour Organization, the National Tripartite Council and all of the social partners to fully implement a National Productivity Council. Minister Foulkes declared the historic workshop open and noted that he looked forward to the results of the deliberations over the two days.The workshop was held at the Department of Labour on Rosetta Street and included discussions and work sessions on The State of Productivity and Competitiveness in The Bahamas, Understanding Productivity and its relation to economic growth and Economic Transformation and Policy Reponses.Director of Labour, Mr. A. Robert Farquharson advised that he was pleased with the work completed during the workshop and looks forward to presenting the results to the Minister.Press Release: Department of LabourPhoto captions:Header: Group of workshop participants representing the Department of Labour, ILO, National Tripartite Council and other social partners.1st insert: Workshop participants at the National Productivity Legislation Workshop.2nd insert:Peter Goudie, presenting to the workshop participants.3rd insert: Workshop Facilitator, Kelvin Sergeant, ILO Specialist for Sustainable Enterprise & Job Creation presenting to the workshop participants. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
According to the Troopers, Marc Roderick, 46, Anchor Point, was driving his 2007 Kenworth northbound on the highway pulling a trailer with an excavator on it. The vehicle left the snowy roadway and struck a rock wall. The excavator came forward and crushed the cab of the truck. This is a developing story- updates will be posted as they are made available. A salvage company was working Friday remove the excavator and the semitruck from the creek, and DEC responders deployed containment boom to prevent the fuel and oil from being washed downstream. ADEC and NRC responders are will continue conduct passive recovery in the creek and lake and work to ensure the fuel and oil released to do not have impacts further downstream. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers reported an unknown quantity of diesel from two 150‐gallon saddle tanks and an unknown amount of engine oil from the semi‐truck that spilled into a creek as a result of a fatal collision on March 13, near Moose Pass. The Department of Environmental Conservation responded to the accident site and reported the spill at MP 33 of the Seward Highway, near Moose Pass. A semi‐truck hauling a large excavator on a low‐boy trailer went off the road into Moose Creek as a result of the accident.
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:19Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:17?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Is Jeff Bezos and Amazon set to take over the world? Giant e-commerce retailer Amazon will hire more than 1,000 Indian professionals to increase the workflow of the research and development (R&D) segment of the company. This should provide cheer to professionals looking to upgrade their technical skills, The Times of India reported on Thursday.The new recruits are expected to cater to the company’s divisions, which include Amazon.com, Amazon.in, the devices business, the cloud computing division and Amazon Web Services (AWS).Amazon’s website had announced 1,245 positions in India on its careers page as of Wednesday evening. India is at present the largest workforce centre for Amazon after the US.”India is a big focus area for talent,” said Dale Vaz, director of software development at Amazon India.The company has said that new hiring would be limited only by the availability of talent in the specific technologies where it is recruiting. That limits the scope for fresh software graduates, as they may not have an understanding of the specific skills needed for the roles that Amazon is looking to fill.”We process a lot of data and are always looking for data processing and profiling engineers,” Dale Vaz added. Amazon is seeking employees for areas like research, data analytics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence and Android developers. At present, Amazon Web Services has about 195 vacancies in India. Among open positions in India, Bengaluru tops the chart with 557 vacancies and Hyderabad with 403 positions unfilled. Bengaluru is the biggest centre for Amazon in India.Scroll down for video Elon Musk’s plan is to eventually help our brains merge with software and remain relevant in an AI-dominated world with the help of a brain-computer interface.Creative CommonsSlow IT recruitment, layoffs expected to worsen – will the trend change? Employment opportunities in the IT sector have plunged substantially, suggesting that the sector’s focus has shifted to mass automation in India. At a time, when IT layoffs are on the rise and expectations that employment prospects for IT graduates might sink further, companies such as Amazon looking at mass hiring might be a small indication of the trend reversing.If more companies pull the trigger on increasing job offers in the IT sector, it could mean an uptick in the employment trend rather than fall in recruitments.Further, the government on Tuesday said job losses through automation should not be a concern for people in the short term as growth momentum in India, is picking up at a fast pace, and can result in more employment generation for citizens.However, according to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), over 60 percent of the 800,000 engineering graduates India produces annually remain unemployed.
Photo via San Jacinto County Sheriff’s OfficeSan Jacinto County Judge John Lovett Jr. was arrested MondayA county judge in Texas has been arrested on charges that he broke into a county clerk’s office and forged a government document.San Jacinto County Judge John Lovett Jr. was arrested Monday on charges of burglary, forgery and tampering with an official government instrument.Court records indicate Lovett, the top elected official in the county north of Houston, used a master key in July to enter the clerk’s office after-hours. He then allegedly used the clerk’s timestamp to approve the agenda for that month’s county commissioners’ meeting.It’s not clear why Lovett sought to timestamp the agenda, rather than relying on the clerk to do it.He’s previously said his actions fell under his authority.Lovett was booked into the county jail Monday and later released. Share
Kolkata: To encourage more Indian travellers to visit Israel, that country has opened a visa application centre in the city for tourists from West Bengal and the north eastern states, sources in the Israel embassy said. Additionally, visa applications in the jurisdiction under the New Delhi centre would also be accepted at the new Kolkata Centre, a release on behalf of the embassy said. The visa application categories include those who go there for employment, for business, tourism, meeting or conference and for students, it said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Speaking on the occasion, Hassan Madah, director in the Israeli Ministry of Tourism – India and Philippines, said Israel is experiencing a tourism boom like never before. India has recorded a half yearly growth of 82 per cent in tourists visiting Israel from January to June this year as compared to the same period in 2015 and has become one of the best performing markets in Asia for Israel. Keeping this in mind, Israel consistently aims to introduce initiatives that ease the procedure of visa applications to Israel, he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The new centre in Kolkata will no longer require residents from West Bengal and NE states to send in their documents to the Israeli embassy in New Delhi. “We are confident that this will be seen as a positive move to increase interest among travellers from these regions of India,” Madah said. Among other initiatives, Israel recently announced a reduction in visa fees to INR 1,100 from its previous INR 1,700 charged from Indians. In December last year, relaxed visa documentation was brought in for applicants who have availed visas of Schengen countries, US, Canada, Australia or Israel and have completed their travel to these destinations, he said. The Israeli Ministry of Tourism will be conducting a roadshow in Kolkata on August 29 to increase the interest for visiting the country among consumers and trade fraternity. This will help to tap newer segments of travellers, he said. A maiden roadshow was held at Guwahati in May this year and successfully introduced the varied tourism offerings of Israel, Madah said. Israel offers a plethora of things to do and see to cater to the discerning traveller. From the historical city of Jerusalem to the beach city of Tel Aviv. From the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to the marvellous underwater marine life of Red Sea in Eilat, it is a dynamic destination, the release said.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday expressed her condolences to the families of those 10 persons who died in an explosion inside a carpet factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district near Varanasi. Nine of those dead hail from Bengal’s Malda district.”My condolences to the families of the 10 people killed in Varanasi. 9 of those who lost their lives in this tragedy are from Malda. Police team from Bengal helping to bring back bodies & provide assistance. Bengal ministers Suvendu and Firhad with others on their way to Malda,” Banerjee tweeted soon after the incident. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Chief Minister called up state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister and Mayor Firhad Hakim and instructed him to visit the affected families in Malda. “Our government will stand by the families of the deceased and all possible assistance will be provided. I am rushing to Malda under the instructions of the Chief Minister,” Hakim told reporters at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation before leaving for Malda. State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari will also be visiting the families of the deceased along with Hakim. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to police sources, those who died are residents of Enayetpur in Malda. They have been identified as Ataur Momin, Abdul Gaffar, Mohammad Subhan Ansari, Ishrafil Momin, Abdul Kalam Momin, Alamgir Momin, Azad Momin, Abdul Qadir and Mosawar. It is learnt that the front portion of the factory was being used to manufacture crackers and as per preliminary investigation, the explosion took place due to the crackers that were stored up there. More labourers are suspected to be trapped under the debris. The rescue operation has started in full swing and the death toll may go up.
Prithvi Fine Art and Cultural Centre launched Sangeeta Gupta’s book, ‘EKAM: The Supreme One’ – at a private event jointly organised with Ratan Kaul.The book of photographs and poetry is inspired by the different moods of the Dal Lake in Srinagar. The book was unveiled by eminent Kashmiri, K L Ganju (Consul General (Hony.) of the Republic of Union of Comoros and Member of the (Hony). He is also Consular Corps Diplomatique – India, Director – F I C A C (AISBL), World Federation of Consuls). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOther guests present at the launch were writer and curator – Sushma K Bahl, Lorraine Young (Vice President, Australia New Zealand Association Delhi), Peter Stall, Geoffrey Lepps, Maneesh Baheti (Founder Director, South Asian Association for Gastronomy), Neelima Agrawal (CEO, The Luxury Chronicle), Renu Hussain (Wife of Syed Shahnawaz Hussain), Fashion Designers Preeti Ghai and Shilpa Raina Wahal among others. This is a book of photographs of various moods of the beautiful Dal Lake in Srinagar, as it kept changing with the different seasons, further embellished with poetry written by Sangeeta Gupta. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShe shot these pictures when she was posted in Srinagar as the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax of Jammu and Kashmir. She captured the beauty of the lake in every medium of art, in her photographs, her poetry, her paintings, as she returned from work in her Shikara, or walked on the banks of the Dal. The canvases of her works are also on display at the Prithvi Gallery as part of the on-going exhibition ‘Neel-Mysteries of Blue’. As Kashmir remains on the boil, the beauty of the region and its simple and gentle denizens, continue to inspire the artist.
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