first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Mats Zuccarello has enjoyed plenty of winning nights at Madison Square Garden. Now he can rest easy that he’ll be sticking around for a while.Keith Yandle also had a night to remember as his New York Rangers debut went about as well as he could have hoped.Zuccarello had two assists shortly after his four-year contract extension was announced, and Yandle skated off a winner in the Rangers’ 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading Nashville Predators on Monday.With unrestricted free agency looming this summer, Zuccarello and the Rangers reached an agreement shortly before the March 2 NHL trade deadline. The small, dynamic forward could have been sent packing if a new deal hadn’t been made.“This is where I want to be, and I want to be a part of this team,” said Zuccarello, who teamed with Derick Brassard to set up goals by Marc Staal and Chris Kreider. “I want to try to win with this team.“This is home.”His production helped the Rangers rebound from a rare regulation loss and sent the Predators to a season-worst third straight defeat. Dominic Moore and Rick Nash added third-period goals to make Yandle’s night a success, one day after he was acquired from Arizona.“It was awesome,” the All-Star defenseman said. “I had a little bit of butterflies and I was nervous a little bit just being on a new team, but the crowd did a great job of welcoming me.”Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots to improve to 9-2-2 in place of injured No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who turned 33 on Monday.The Rangers, 12-2-2 in their past 16 games, moved into a tie with the rival Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division. New York’s 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Feb. 28 was its first in regulation since falling 3-2 at Nashville on Feb. 7.“It was a good test for us to see where we are against the No. 1 team in the NHL,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.Matt Cullen scored for the Predators in the second period. Pekka Rinne made 36 saves but dropped his third straight decision, including a pair of home losses.“Anytime you lose a game you’re concerned,” Cullen said. “We have an eye on the big picture but at the same time we need to focus on what we have here. We need to dig ourselves out of it.“We’re not playing as well as we can.”The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Zuccarello sent a cross-zone feed to Staal, who skated into the left circle and snapped a shot past Rinne at 6:36 for the defenseman’s fifth goal.New York nearly doubled its lead with 4:57 left, shortly after Zuccarello finished serving a high-sticking penalty, but Nash was denied on his breakaway attempt. The Rangers wrapped up the period with a 12-5 edge in shots.They made it 2-0 at 4:15 of the second on Kreider’s 17th goal. Zuccarello spotted Kreider charging from the bench on a line change straight for the net and found him with a perfect pass for a slam shot past Rinne.“He was a real good player,” Vigneault said of Zuccarello. “I don’t know if the fact that he just signed his big deal made him do that, but we need him to be on top of his game.“Hopefully his mind is clear, and we’re going to see Mats on a regular basis.”Nashville found its legs in the second half of the second and began to put more pressure and shots on Talbot. The Predators cashed in with 4:36 left on Cullen’s seventh goal and second in two games.From Talbot’s right, Taylor Beck sent a behind-the-back pass from his knees across the crease to Cullen for the quick shot. Cullen has seven points in six games.“They were quicker to the puck, quicker to areas. We were slow,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “It’s not typical of our team. It’s not the gear that we need to be in in order to be successful.”Moore swept in a rebound of Dan Girardi’s point shot for his eighth goal at 5:51 of the third, and Nash iced it with an empty-net goal — his 38th overall — with 44 seconds left.Talbot stood tall the rest of the way, drawing chants of “Tal-bot! Tal-bot!” from the Madison Square Garden crowd.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)last_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK — Four games back with nine to play. For pitcher CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees, a wild card appears to be their ticket to October.Sabathia gave up two costly homers in the seventh inning and prized rookie Carlos Rodon pitched out of trouble all night as the Chicago White Sox damaged New York’s playoff drive Sept. 25 with a 5-2 victory over the Yankees.Mike Olt hit a tiebreaking shot off Sabathia that soared into the second deck in left field. One out later, No. 9 batter Gordon Beckham made it 4-2 with his sixth home run of the season.“I have to be better, especially late in the game,” Sabathia said.New York still has a firm hold on the top AL wild-card spot, but the Yankees fell four games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East after the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay.“I said it was going to be really difficult and my mind hasn’t changed,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “They’ve played extremely well since Aug. 1, and you look at what they’ve done, but we’re going to try to win every game and see what happens.”New York grounded into four double plays, which helped Rodon (9-6) overcome five walks and two hit batters in winning his third consecutive start.The left-hander bounced back nicely from a wretched outing at home against the Yankees on July 31, when he yielded eight runs and eight hits in three innings.“Part of that was they waited him out, and I think he learned something that night,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “When he came back for his next start, it was obvious he had a different approach.”Pitching with a brace on his arthritic right knee, Sabathia (5-10) has been more effective since returning from the disabled list Sept. 9. He fell behind early but kept the Yankees close until they tied it on a two-run single by Didi Gregorius in the fourth.New York then loaded the bases, but Chase Headley grounded into an inning-ending double play.“That was huge,” Rodon said.Rookie right fielder Trayce Thompson aided Rodon earlier in the inning when he robbed Greg Bird of extra bases with an athletic running catch.With two on in the sixth, speedy Brett Gardner grounded into an inning-ending double play.“Double plays,” Girardi lamented. “A couple important ones with runners in scoring position and that was the biggest problem.”The 22-year-old Rodon is 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA in his last eight starts — and this was probably his season finale, Ventura said.Drafted third overall last year out of North Carolina State, Rodon maintained his poise through six innings during his first appearance at Yankee Stadium.“He didn’t have his best control, but he learned how to get through it with a professional lineup,” Ventura said.Adam Eaton added an RBI single in the ninth off Chasen Shreve.Zach Duke tossed 1 1-3 hitless innings and ex-Yankees closer David Robertson got three straight outs for his 32nd save in 39 chances. It was Robertson’s first outing against New York since signing a $46 million, four-year contract with the White Sox in December.Robertson came out of the bullpen on the anniversary of his previous appearance at Yankee Stadium — when he blew a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning against Baltimore. That failure set the stage for Derek Jeter’s game-winning single in the final home game of his illustrious career.Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double off Sabathia in the second, and Avisail Garcia had a run-scoring single in the third.Chicago stopped its three-game skid and a nine-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium with its first victory in the Bronx since June 29, 2012.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgGovindan Lakshmanan was stripped of his bronze medal in the men’s 10,000m after he was disqualified for lane infringement at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Sunday.The decision to disqualify Lakshmanan under IAAF 163.3b (lane infringement), came from the referees after video footage found his foot touched the inside the track.Lakshmanan had finshed the race in third with an impressive time of 29:44.91 behind Chani Hassan of Bahrain, who won gold with a time 28:35.54, and Bahrain’s Cheroben Abraham, who clocked in at 29:00.29.ASIAN GAMES, DAY 8 : LIVE UPDATES | FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSChina’s Changhong Zhao would now take home the bronze medal, after Lakshmanan was disqualified.Breaking News: Heartbreak folks…… Govindan Lakshmanan who was earlier declared to be Bronze Medal winner in Men’s 10,000m, has been disqualified because his foot touched the inside the track (once) @afiindia#AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/LYdmwdXmdtIndia@AsianGames2018 (@India_AllSports) August 26, 2018Athletics Federation of India tweeted that their appeal on the matter was rejected and that the decision of stripping Govindan Lakshmanan of his bronze stands.AFI’s appeal rejected, we lost one medal- G Lakshmanan-10000m- Bronze, he is disqualified. Hard Luck Lakshman, but you are already a Champion.#AsianGames2018@CNNnews18 @PTI_News @g_rajaraman @kapil857 @IExpressSports @Xpress_SportsAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 26, 2018Unfortunately, India lost one medal today on the tracks. G Lakshmanan who finished third with the timing of 29:44.91 was later disqualified as he stepped inside on the bend to maintain his balance.Harsh!!! But you won million hearts Lakshman, you are a champion! Keep it up. pic.twitter.com/JKp23QhWOEadvertisementAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 26, 2018If he had not been disqualified, Lakshmanan would have been the first Indian to have won a medal in 10,000m since Gulab Chand, who won bronze in 1998 in Bangkok Asian Games.Earlier,Hima Das and Muhammed Anas bagged silver medals in their respective categories of 400m race at the ongoing 18th edition of the Asian Games on Sunday.While Das finished second on the podium with a clock timing of 50.59 in women’s 400m event, Anas clinched the silver as he clocked 45.69 in the same event in men’s category.In women’s event, it was the Bahraini sprinter, Salwa Naser who clinched the gold medal with a timing of 50.9 while Elina Mikhina of Kazakhstan settled for the third spot as she clocked 52.63.In men’s 400m event, Abdalelah Hassan of Qatar bagged the gold medal with a timing of 44.89 and Bahrain’s Ali Khamis won bronze as he clocked 45.70.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more


first_imgRishabh Pant reveals his mother and sister enjoyed his sledging in AustraliaIndia vs Australia: Rishabh Pant is back home after enjoying a successful tour in Australia where he broke records with the bat and glove-work behind the stumps.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 12:00 IST Rishabh Pant was the broadcasters delight during the Australia Test series (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh pant had sledged the likes of Tim Paine, Pat Cummins and Nathan LyonThe broadcasters frequently switched on the stump mics to listen to Pant’s banter with the AussiesRishabh Pant was the second highest run scorer in the Border-Gavaskar series with 350 runs and took a record 20 catchesRishabh Pant is enjoying a much-deserved break from international cricket and making the most of this opportunity by spending time with his family and friends.Pant was the center of attention and dominated headlines in India and Australia throughout the Border-Gavaskar series. Not only did the Bharat Army dedicate a song to Pant, but he also returned back home having made quite a lot of new fans including the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting.Even the Australian Prime Minister couldn’t help but praise Pant for his competitive spirit while also taking a cheeky dig at him as he hosted both teams at his residence. During the event he was also seen babysitting Tim Paine’s kids as he met with Paine’s wife Bonnie and the couple’s two kids.Not only did Pant break records with his glove-work and bat, the young stumper also became the broadcaster’s favourite during the series thanks to his constant banter with the Aussies from behind the stumps.The host broadcasters frequently switched on the stump mics during the series just to listen to what Pant had to say to the Aussie batsmen.It was Rishabh Pant’s turn for some fun on the stump mic today… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/RS8I6kI55fcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2018Now back home in Delhi, the 21-year-old revealed that his family loved the way he sledged the Australian players, especially captain Tim Paine, during the series.”That is how I am. If someone provokes me, I’ll give it back. I had a duty to do for my team. But I know the code of conduct. I remember my values. I have sledged and people have actually loved it.advertisement”That my mother and sister enjoyed it makes me happy,” Pant was quoted as saying by the Times of India.Pant also went on to state that he idolizes legendary wicket-keepers Adam Gilchrist and MS Dhoni, but he doesn’t try to copy them in any way.”I do idolize Gilchrist and Mahi bhai (Dhoni). But that doesn’t mean I want to become that same person. It’s not about copying your idol. It’s more about learning things from them. I want to be myself. I want to be Rishabh Pant,” Pant added.The Delhi Capitals star recently shared a fragment of his personal life with his fans after he posted a photograph of his with his girlfriend, Isha Negi, on social media.Pant captioned the photo as “I just want to make you happy because you are the reason I am so happy.”Suresh Raina was quick to react to the photo with a set of emoticons ranging from approval to happy to laughing.Isha also shared the same photo on her Instagram and captioned it, “My man, my soulmate, my best friend, the love of my life.”Also Read | Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughtsAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadAlso Read | Rohit bhaiya, more than happy to babysit Samaira: Rishabh PantFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Border-Gavaskar seriesFollow Rishabh Pant sledginglast_img read more


first_imgNova Scotians will be able to start their applications for disaster financial assistance today, Oct. 16. “We know that people are going through a very stressful time and we want to do whatever we can to ease their burden,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This is another step in the rebuilding effort.” Affected residents can now make direct applications to the Disaster Financial Assistance Program. This program helps homeowners, small businesses, farmers and not-for-profit organizations recover from emergencies. It also provides support for municipalities. In recognition of the extent of damage and hardship being experienced, the program will cover up to $200,000 per household. Applications are available online at http://novascotia.ca/flooding and will be available next week at several locations, including Access Nova Scotia Centres, MLA offices, and town halls. Residents are asked to continue to assess damage, keep all receipts, and take pictures and video, as well as work with their insurance companies. Government continues to post updates on the flood at www.novascotia.ca/flooding .last_img read more


first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Liberals are attacking the Ontario Progressive Conservative government’s first budget since Doug Ford was elected premier, hoping voters across the country will connect the document’s cuts to social spending and the yet-to-be-announced policy leanings of Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives.The provincial budget proposes cuts in post-secondary education and social services, scaling back the growth in spending projected by Ontario’s former Liberal government.Federal Employment Minister Patty Hajdu, an MP from Thunder Bay in northern Ontario, called the budget “reckless” in how it takes a knife to programs that affect everything from social security and job creation to northern development and the province’s ability to fight forest fires.At almost every turn at a news conference Friday, Hajdu told reporters in Ottawa that voters across the country can expect the same kind of “cruel” fiscal slashing from the federal Conservatives under Scheer’s leadership, should they choose him to govern the nation in the October election.“From my perspective, Doug Ford and his cronies are trying to pull a fast one on Ontarians,” Hajdu said. “It’s quite clear that Andrew Scheer would take exactly the same tactic.”Much as the federal Liberals did in 2015, the Ford government is pledging to balance Ontario’s books several years down the road.Justin Trudeau didn’t deliver on his campaign pledge of “modest” deficit spending with a plan to balance the federal budget by 2019. Every year, his government has produced bigger deficits than it promised, and this year’s is nearly $20 billion.Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said Thursday he expected the province would eliminate its budget deficit by the 2023-24 fiscal year, two years later than the provincial Tories promised when they were campaigning.“We have developed a reasonable path to balance,” Fedeli said. “Our path to balance in five years is a thoughtful and a measured approach to take.”Federal Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, who for months has been hounding the Trudeau Liberals to say when the federal books will be balanced, said Friday he understands the Ontario PC government was handed a tenuous fiscal situation by the province’s former Liberal government.With that in mind, the Ford government has taken a responsible approach with a plan to bring deficit spending to an eventual end, Poilievre said.“They inherited a disastrous financial situation and they’ve tried to balance fiscal responsibility against the continuing needs of the people while constrained by enormous record debt,” he said. “I think they got the balance right.”Under the Ontario budget, program expenses in the province are to rise over three years by an average of 0.8 per cent, compared to the 3.3 per cent in growth that the former Liberal government had projected.The document talks about fighting climate change “without a carbon tax,” but provides no new money for climate programs. It does, however, earmark cash for clean-technology investments that could create jobs in industries producing solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicle charging stations.“Canadians want us to take action on things like climate,” Hajdu said, denouncing the Ford government’s criticism of the federal carbon tax. “They know that their children’s health and safety depends on governments that are going to take responsible action.”Hajdu wasn’t focused only on the Ford government Friday. She lumped Jason Kenney’s Alberta Conservatives together with the Ford government in warning Canadians that they can expect “cuts, cuts, cuts” to spending under a Scheer government similar to those announced in Ontario and proposed in Alberta where Kenney is fighting to unseat his province’s NDP government.“We see the Conservative governments behave the same way no matter where they are elected,” said Hajdu.Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgHan Geng, the singer, dancer and actor known as ‘the most influential male celebrity in China’ delivered last Saturday a speech that motivated the new generation of aspiring Chinese business leaders.Han Geng at LSBF Hope EventCredit/Copyright: LSBFHundreds of fans were inspired by the words of one of the most famous and influential Chinese men of our time. The event was hosted in support of the LSBF HOPE Foundation, a charity which aims to give young people the chance to achieve their dreams and career goals.Known as “King of Popularity” and having won the MTV’s EMA ‘Best Worldwide Act’, Han Geng is one of the most influential artists in China. During his speech, Han Geng showed how his way to the top was a story of struggle, fighting and striving to succeed overseas. His fans were able to discover the “man behind the success” and be inspired by Han Geng’s story.The event was hosted at the Westminster Central Hall, one of the most impressive venues in London. Before Han Geng’s speech, the audience had the chance to listen to the Director at LSBF School of English, Fay Drewry, who spoke about the challenges of studying and living in a foreign country, and the importance that English plays in the world today. The audience also watched a fashion show with the creations of students from the London College of Contemporary Arts and from the School of Fashion and Design London.Han Geng was received at the stage by LSBF’s Rector and CEO, Professor Maurits Van Rooijen, who presented him with an Award of Appreciation for his support to the LSBF HOPE cause.Members of the LSBF Board were at the event giving students the chance to learn more on how investing in education can help them to achieve more and take their careers further.The entire amount raised with donations at the event will be reverted to LSBF HOPE Foundation, which will be used for investing in charity schools in China.If you would like to learn more about how to develop you career with LSBF, click here.last_img read more


During the meeting in Beijing, they pledged to make efforts to boost relations between the two countries and their militaries, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Liang visited Colombo in September this year, becoming the first Chinese Defence Minister to visit the island.Later, top Chinese Communist Party leader, Wu Bingguo visited the island during which 16 agreements had been signed focusing on infrastructure development in Sri Lanka including USD 760 million aid to help the island nation to become “Asia’s miracle”. (Indian Express) Rajapaksa is in China to attend the 9th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition to be held in the southern city of Zhuhai where China is exhibiting its defence equipment including its new attack helicopter and fighter jets. China and Sri Lanka today firmed up their defence relations during a meeting of their top officials who pledged to make efforts to boost relations between the two countries and their militaries.Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie met a Sri Lankan delegation headed by Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Ministry Gotabaya Rajapaksa. read more


More than 30 political parties and 12,570 candidates are in the running to sway close to 106-million registered voters who will elect both the national and four provincial assemblies. Pakistan citizens went to the polls a few hours before the blast amid heavy security following the assassination of a candidate. The polls close at 6pm local time, which is 11pm tonight AEST. (Courtesy Nine News) This week’s election will be only the second time since Pakistan became independent 70-years ago that power has been transferred peacefully from one government to another. It all goes to plan.The opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Kahn is looking to unseat the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which was formally led by the now imprisoned ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The run up to today has been shadowed by increasing tensions over allegations the country’s military has secretly backed Mr Khan.Earlier election violence saw a suicide bomber in Balochistan kill 150 people – including one of Mr Khan’s party candidates Ikramullah Gandapur.The main problem for the ruling PML’N’s campaign is that since the ousting of its leader Mr Sharif who was jailed over corruption allegations, his less charismatic brother has been running the party’s campaign. Candidates from the party claim they’ve been targeted by the military. A suicide bomber struck outside a crowded polling station in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta, killing 31 people as Pakistanis cast ballots in a general election meant to lead to the nation’s third consecutive civilian government.The Deputy Inspector General Abdul Razzal Cheema said the injured have been shifted to the Sandeman Provincial Hospital. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said it was “gravely concerned” about violence being directed against candidates during the campaign, warning “election gatherings must not become killing fields.” The Pakistan People’s Party is also expected to pick up seats as is the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), an alliance of right wing religious parties.Sixty seats are reserved for women and ten for minorities which are decided on a basis of five-percent proportional representation.About 800,000 security personnel and 370,000 army soldiers are watching over election day to ensure a free, fair and transparent vote for the people of Pakistan. read more


During the selection of its officers for 2003, Ambassador Najat Al-Hajjaji was elected Chairperson of the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights by a secret ballot of 33 countries in favour, with three opposed and 17 abstentions.According to a Commission spokesman, the procedure – invoked today by the United States – can be requested to contest a nomination for the panel’s chairperson. Explanations of vote are not allowed, as they are following public ballots.Upon her election, Ambassador Al-Hajjaji said the Commission must affirm the universality, indivisibility and complementarity of human rights, and that it must send a clear message that it will deal with human rights in all countries – not just some of them – taking into account the different religious, cultural and historical backgrounds in the world.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, just back from his recent mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola, lauded the new procedure for early election of a Bureau, saying it was important for the Commission to demonstrate that it could manage with “wisdom, speed and restraint its procedural business so as to create the best possible spirit and conditions for addressing and resolving the many substantive issues on its agenda.”The Commission’s procedural meeting took place this morning under a new rule intended to enable it to work more efficiently by having its Bureau in place well before the annual session begins. The panel’s fifty-ninth session is scheduled for 17 March to 25 April.Elected Vice-Chairpersons without a vote were Prasad Kariyawasam of Sri Lanka, Jorge Voto-Bernales of Peru, and Mike Smith of Australia. Chosen as Rapporteur, also without a vote, was Branko Socanac of Croatia. read more


Speaking at the launching at UNICEF House of the Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre’s “Human Development in South Asia 2004: The Health Challenge,” UNICEF Deputy Director Rima Salah said, “The statistics are shocking. One out of every three child deaths occurs in South Asia.”“Two-thirds of the malnourished children live in the region and infant mortality is still high. In a region where high mortality and morbidity rates battle to rob children and women of their full potential – every day, the focus on health could not be more appropriate or timely,” she added.The report graphically captures the strong link between poverty, gender inequity and the poor survival rates and wellbeing of the region’s children and women. A poor child often will not be immunized or go to school, most likely will be malnourished, lack access to clean water and be prey to exploitative practices that jeopardize their wellbeing and most of them will be girls, Dr Salah said.As countries make an effort to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including halving extreme poverty and hunger, offering universal education and combating major diseases by 2015, a narrow focus on sectoral issues is no longer the solution and, indeed, could be part of the problem, she said. “In laying out the multi-sectoral approaches needed to ensure progress, the publication makes a valuable contribution in our way forward.”Former senior UN Development Programme (UNDP) official Mahbub ul Haq was the chief architect of UNDP’s annual “Human Development Report” as a way to look beyond gross national product (GNP) and income at the multi-dimensional impact of wealth and poverty on such issues as health, education and gender equality.Dr. Salah said UNICEF, partnering with Governments, civil society and other UN agencies, has invested in South Asian health and nutrition for five decades.“After nearly a decade of monumental immunization campaigns, reaching over 150 million children under age 5, we have seen dramatic increase in the rates of fully immunized children rising from 5 per cent in 1980 to about 65 per cent in 2004. This increase in coverage has laid the foundation for polio eradication, neonatal tetanus elimination and measles reduction for which South Asia can be justifiably proud today,” she said.The adult HIV prevalence in South Asia is below 1 per cent, but is still 5.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS, with an estimated 5.1 million of them in India, she said. India is considered the epicentre of the South Asian epidemic and the second largest worldwide in terms of number after South Africa with 5.6 million.There are now 300 centres offering programmes to prevent HIV infection in young people and mother-child transmission, however, Dr. Salah said.“Our hope in UNICEF is that this publication will strengthen the process of ‘dialogue for action’ with all stakeholders in human development and that these discussions are translated into more concrete policies, strategies and funding for the improvement of the lives of the women and children in Asia,” she said. read more


SYDNEY, N.S. — Mitchell Balmas scored his third goal of the night in overtime as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles edged the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5-4 on Thursday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action..Egor Sokolov and Gabriel Proulx also scored for the Screaming Eagles (13-11-1).William Grimard combined with Kevin Mandolese for 21 saves for Cape Breton.Gabriel Fortier, Brendan St-Louis, Ivan Chekhovich and Nathan Legare replied for the Drakkar (17-6-2).Justin Blanchette stopped 28 shots for Baie-Comeau.The Screaming Eagles went 1 for 3 on the power play and the Drakkar were 2 for 4 with the man advantage.The Canadian Press read more


PHILADELPHIA — Brady Tkachuk scored twice in the third period and Matt Duchene scored the eventual winner with 2:59 left, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night in the Flyers’ first game since they fired general manager Ron Hextall.The Flyers showed why Hextall is out of work and coach Dave Hakstol could be the next to go. They coughed up a 3-1 lead in the third over the final 6 1/2 minutes and have lost six of seven.Tkachuk made it 3-2 late in the third and he tied it on a tip-in with 6:31 remaining. The Flyers turned it over in their end and Duchene batted the puck past Anthony Stolarz into the net for a 4-3 lead.Jake Voracek, Radko Gudas and Travis Konecny scored for the Flyers in front of scores of empty seats inside a home arena once among the most imposing in the NHL. Flyers fans have turned away in droves and tickets were selling on the secondary market for $6 in the mezzanine level, a minor-league price for a franchise that traditionally averaged 19,000 fans a game.The fans might not be back for the next home game.Hakstol might not be behind the bench, either.Hakstol knows he’s in a precarious position with Hextall, who hired the coach with no NHL experience out of North Dakota in 2015, gone. Flyers President Paul Holmgren said the next general manager would decide Hakstol’s fate.“Given the scenario we are in, that’s a pretty reasonable process,” Hakstol said before the game. “Whoever that is, he will come in and evaluate me as head coach and whether or not he likes what he sees and I’m the right guy to work with him.”Hakstol, in his fourth season, has led the Flyers to pair of playoff berths and his job appeared to be in jeopardy after the Flyers lost 6-0 to Toronto on Saturday. Instead, it was Hextall who was fired with the Flyers (11-11-2) mired in mediocrity and fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But it was more than the sagging record that sent Hextall packing; Holmgren said the former GM was “unyielding” in his philosophical approach of building the Flyers into winners through the draft and a lone-wolf style of management. Hextall had tuned out input from other decision makers in the organization and had yet to make a big splash with the type of trade that could transform the Flyers into instant contenders.Holmgren said the Flyers would like to hire a new GM within weeks.The Flyers have lost disposable income dollars to the 76ers, and a quick peek out the glass windows installed at the Wells Fargo Center as part of a $250-million renovation shows a Super Bowl champions banner on the Eagles’ stadium.The Flyers have created little buzz outside of their new googly-eyed mascot Gritty.Yes, Gritty, the late-night punchline and fan favourite was about the biggest addition made on Hextall’s watch.“God bless him, he stuck with his plan,” Holmgren said.And it cost him his job.Konecny scored his seventh goal of the season just 4:23 in the game for the usually slow-starting Flyers.“I think the main thing for us is getting in the offensive zone and even if it’s not your ‘A’ game, as long as we’re cycling the puck and doing the right things down low then we are going to get opportunities,” Konecny said.Thomas Chabot beat Stolarz in the first to even the score 1-all. Stolarz was the whopping fifth goalie to start a game for the Flyers this season.Voracek scored his sixth goal of the season in the second period and Gudas followed with his first for a 3-1 lead to cushion the lead.Much like Hextall during his tenure, it wasn’t enough.NOTES: The Senators snapped a three-game losing streak. … Ottawa completed its third set of back-to-back games and dropped to 1-1-1 in the second game.UP NEXTSenators: Host the Rangers on Thursday.Flyers: At Pittsburgh on Saturday.___More NHL hockey: https://www.apnews.com/NHL and https://www.twitter.com/AP_SportsDan Gelston, The Associated Press read more


first_img Best Father’s Day TV Episodes to Stream This WeekendAll the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCC Adventure Time‘s new miniseries begins tonight. For a normal cartoon, a miniseries is ultimately self-contained. The stakes may be higher, the story may be more complicated, but nothing changes. By the end, it’s back to the status quo. Adventure Time, if the past seven seasons somehow haven’t made this clear, is not a normal cartoon.One of the things that make it such a unique and amazing show is the fully-realized world in which it takes place. At first glance, it comes off as silly. There’s an ice king, a bubblegum princess, vampires, a talking/shape shifting dog and a human with a thirst for adventure.  Keep watching, and you find a depth not present in many other cartoons. The world has a deep history. The characters, however fantastic, have very real, relatable reasons for how they became who they are.Islands is everything we love about Adventure Time spread across 88 minutes. It’s irreverent, silly and hilarious, as you’d expect. It’s also emotional, touching and surprisingly topical. Plus, it finally answers the shows biggest mystery: What happened to all the humans? The answer: It depends.(Photo: Screenshot via Cartoon Network)The miniseries revolves around Finn and Susan Strong. Their journey begins when a mysterious flying ship shows up in the Candy Kingdom and starts attacking its citizens. It stops its assault when it realizes that Finn is human. Just when Finn realizes the ship could teach him something about where he came from, Jake destroys it. Fortunately, BMO links up to its data port and find out that its mission was to find Susan Strong and bring her to an island. And with that, Finn, Jake, Susan and (possibly) BMO set off on an adventure.There are plenty of laughs to be had on the journey, but the miniseries picks up once the characters reach the titular islands. We quickly learn that humans fled to this small group of islands during the Mushroom War. Things have gone differently on each island. Possibly the best episode of the miniseries is “Imaginary Resources,” co-written by series creator Pendelton Ward. Finn and Jake find virtual reality (or rather, Better Reality/BR) headsets and put them on. They are immediately accosted by players who’ve been in this strange MMO for what seems like forever.The episode features some decent gaming jokes and fantastically surreal art direction, but it’s also a well-handled commentary on technology dependence. The players are humans who have chosen the Better Reality over the real one outside. Friendly mechanical butterflies tend to their basic needs and give their muscles a workout from time to time. They spend all their time in the game. It’s easy to escape into our technology when real life gets too hard to deal with. Be careful, though, because that can lead to a pretty depressing existence. This from a cartoon featuring a talking dog and sentient desserts.(Photo: Screenshot via Cartoon Network)The back half of the miniseries doesn’t let up on the social commentary. It deals with class, authoritarianism and the question of whether giving up freedom is worth a perceived sense of safety. It tackles all these issues without feeling hamfisted or coming across like “a very special episode.” Islands never loses the Adventure Time‘s sense of humor or wonder as it deals with these larger issues. We also learn more about familiar characters like Dr. Gross and Finn’s father, Martin. As you’d expect, there’s a very real, understandable reason for how they became the people we met in past seasons.While Finn’s storyline takes center stage throughout the miniseries, it’s as much Susan’s show as it is his. In fact, the episodes focusing on her are the most interesting. We learn exactly where she came from, how she became so strong and why she ended up in the Land of Ooo. The way her story ends also has some interesting implications for the future of her character in the series. With a new friend and new, different adventures ahead of her, I’m looking forward to seeing what the writers do with the character in the coming seasons.Adventure Time: Islands is pretty much everything you want from an Adventure Time miniseries. It’s cheerful, hilarious opening episodes make way for deeper lore and relevant commentary. The show started out great and has consistently gotten better season after season, and Islands evolves it even further. Adventure Time sets new standards for what kinds of stories can be told in 12 minutes. You definitely want to see what they can do with 88. Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target Sega released a new video today that spotlights some of the bonus stages and time attack modes in Sonic Mania. Like everything else in the game, these extra levels are a throwback to classic bonus stages. They’re quite brilliant, actually.The special stages are reminiscent of the ones from Sonic CD. Here, players must catch a UFO. As they collect blue orbs, they’ll gain more speed. Catching the UFO will reward players with a shiny Chaos Emerald.The bonus stages are straight out of Sonic 3. Like that game, players must collect blue orbs while traversing a spherical world. Unlike the special stages which are updated versions of what was in Sonic CD, these bonus levels look straight out of Sonic 3. That’s not a bad thing, however.Time attack is pretty self-explanatory. Players must complete levels as quickly as possible. What’s great about this mode is that you can compete with others to get on the online global leaderboard.This video is just another example of why Sonic Mania is going to be so great. I’ve been a fan of Sonic since the Sega Genesis days so seeing this game in action truly makes me happy. It’s clear that Sega has put a lot of love and care into this title. Many folks have wanted the series to return to its 2D roots, so Sonic Mania will no doubt be embraced by fans worldwide. I also hope it shows people who may only know the (awful) 3D Sonic games what this series is really supposed to be like.Sonic Mania will be released on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on August 15. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HerMajesty’sPrison, magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 18, 2017 – Grand Turk – Allegations of excessive force, cold and unnecessary orders and undue punishment for the innocent are among the shocking charges against officials responsible for law, order and living at the Grand Turk prison in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.   The category five hurricane was extremely hard on Grand Turk, the capital of the country and reports to #MagneticMedia from relatives of inmates are that Irma ripped the roof off the maximum security block at the prison and that two convicted murderers managed to escape, living as fugitives for hours before being caught.Clifford Gibson Jr convicted of murdering a 16 year old boy in 2008 and Tyrone Williams, convicted of killing Jason Smith in Grand Turk a few years ago hopped over the fence, which Irma’s winds tore down and were recaptured a few hours later.   We are also told that fire was set, rebellion broke out and the Police Swat team was sent in, in an effort to restore some semblance of calm to #HerMajesty’sPrison when over a dozen maximum security inmates, the most serious of offenders, got into the general population and were said to have been running around the prison yard at nights.The anarchy forced more stringent measures and it is said that with orders from the Governor, Police were dispatched but according to some, those members of the Force went way too far against those who were not responsible for the outbreak of disorder.   One relative said she was told that the command was ‘shoot to kill’.A mother of an inmate explained that she was denied entry and the ability to see her son at the prison, supplies brought from Provo were unable to be shared with him and from another family, allegations that mace was sprayed on their son and others who had nothing to do with the revolt.    Lock down was enforced, drinking water limited, the prison is dark and dank say those speaking to Magnetic Media.Another family shared that they were told about 20 to 30 trips made by the fire department to the prison to put out the fire set there, how the water left behind went un-cleaned for three days.    The families say their children are being treated inhumanely and they are calling on officials, including the Human Rights Association, to do something about the conditions at HMP.Government, during a debrief to media hinted at problems at HMP when it was said that the TCI would not be in the same state as other regional countries where convicts escaped and were on the loose after hurricane Irma destroyed their prisons.    Another indication of challenges came in the Premier’s Monday (Sept 11) report that some prisoners would be transferred to St Lucia, however the gravity of the problems were not expressed and despite questions, who will be transferred and for how long and now new inquiries by us about the charges that conditions are inhumane at the Grand Turk prison, there remains no comment up to news production time.Our news organization is told that while all inmates are accounted for at HMP, conditions are deplorable. T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more


first_imgAn activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was killed in a bomb attack at Chandrapur village in Jhikargacha upazila in Jessore on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Abbas Hossain, 40, son of Hazra Moral and brother of upazila BCL general secretary Kamal Hossain.Locals said some unidentified miscreants hurled bomb on Abbas and his brother when they were standing in front of their house around 11:30 am.However, Kamal managed to escape the attack but Abbas sustained serious injuries.Abbas died on way to hospital.Assistant police superintendent of Jessore Imran Mehedi said the attack might have launched over political rivalry.last_img read more


first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Executives at Sony Pictures have been essentially banging their heads against a wall for almost 10 years trying to figure out how to make their own answer to the industry-dominating Marvel Cinematic Universe out of the fact that they still own exactly one extremely very valuable piece of the Marvel cosmology in the movie rights to Spider-Man. In pursuit of this goal they mangled Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, blew-up Spider-Man 4 entirely, produced two of the worst films of the early 2000s (likely doing permanent irreparable harm to the career of Andrew Garfield) with the Amazing Spider-Man reboots, finally begged Marvel for an official helping-hand and still only managed the barely-average Homecoming and green-lit a slew of terrible-sounding spin-offs thus far including the embarrassingly bad Venom which, yes, all of you apparently went to see, so now I’ve got to watch at least one more of those — thanks for nothing.But it turns out it’s all been worth it! Because by the same principal that a thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters will eventually write the Great American Novel; Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, and Avi Arad’s “Hey, maybe this will work?” approach to the Spider-Man license has finally landed on a good idea: They made a cartoon — a terrific cartoon that willingly and enthusiastically embraces the fact that animation lets it live closer to the kinetic storytelling and anything-goes, freely-remixable world of comic books that superheroes originated in.Directed by a trio of veteran animation hands with a script from the writer-producers of the LEGO Movie franchise, Into the Spider-Verse is easily the most visually dynamic animated feature of the year and might well be the best-looking movie of the year, period. It’s a film that’s so deeply in love with (and eager to show off) its ability to execute the bizarre dreamscapes that live-action superhero fare can only pay tribute to and the flourishes of movement that comics can only suggest that it might’ve been good even in the absence of either a strong central storyline or a genre-bending meta-gimmick. And yet, it also has both of those things.Set in a contemporary New York City sort of like the real one, sort of like the Marvel Cinematic Universe one but also sort of not; the main storyline follows Miles Morales, a Black/Puerto-Rican teenager from Brooklyn torn between science-scholarship responsibilities and graffiti-artist dreams who just got himself bitten by a science-experiment spider and endowed with special abilities not unlike those of, well, Spider-Man — aka Peter Parker. In Miles’ world, Peter is a hyper-competent, do-gooder superhero whom Miles encounters all too briefly during a battle with The Kingpin, who’s attempting to activate a strange inter-dimensional machine for unknown purposes that’s somehow connected to Miles’ newfound spider-powers, and may or may not be capable of destroying the city and maybe reality itself. In attempting to investigate the matter and the extent of his strange new abilities, Miles discovers the film’s main conceit: That the device has also inadvertently pulled five other alternate-universe versions of Spider-Man out of their timelines and into his: A gone-to-seed, out of shape, middle aged version of Peter Parker, a Spider-Woman from a universe where Gwen Stacy got the special spider-bite instead, a Japanese teenager who pilots a sentient spider-mech, a hard-bitten 1930s noir detective voiced by Nicolas Cage, and a cartoon pig — “Peter Porker: The Spectacular Spider-Ham;” all of whom must team up to stop Kingpin from reactivating the device and ultimately return to their own worlds before universe is undone.This is the sort of thing that sounds like it could either be naked obnoxious fan service or even more naked obnoxious product-placement (or both i.e. “let’s pander to fans with obscure references and make a bunch of new toys”) and — to be clear — it is those things on at least one level. As in The LEGO Movie, Lord and Miller aren’t particularly concerned with pretending that a fundamentally commercial project isn’t fundamentally commercial; opting instead for the “do a good job and it won’t matter” approach.The main through-line is all about Miles, the older Peter and Gwen, whose dynamic would fit together and make sense even without the dimension-hopping conceit bring them together; while the others are able to function more as outsized comic relief with their more bizarre personalities and added visual flair through the masterstroke of rendering them in a contrasting mix of animation styles: Whereas Miles, Peter, Gwen and their home world are already rendered in a strikingly gorgeous mix of 2D and 3D animation that looks like modern comic-book illustration in motion and snaps into full-on extreme pop-art comic strip color explosions when the action gets especially kinetic. Meanwhile, ”Peni Parker” and her robot have popped from an Anime dimension, “Spider-Man Noir” looks and moves like an inky black and white shadow right out of Sin City and Spider-Ham is a literal cartoon funny animal with all the abilities and affects that would entail. And the overall of all this is, quite simply, amazing. Overwhelming, even. The sheer amount of visual imagination on display in any one scene blows every other animated feature this year (and probably last year too) utterly out of the water, but the real stunner is how well it ties together the overarching theme of the main story about Miles and it’s meta-theme.In the story-proper, surreptitiously being saddled with the responsibility to become his New York’s “new” Spider-Man is one more hurdle in any already complicated life that finds him unsure of his identity, where he belongs, the path he wants his life to take as opposed to some kind of clarifying moment. And while the fun-for-the-audience recurring gags of the multiversal alternate-Spider-Men and various people in Miles’ orbit revealing themselves as just-different-enough reimaginings of famous Spider-Man supporting-characters no doubt also serve to help the more staunchly traditionalist in the crowd (or, y’know, the vast majority of people who’ve only ever the seen the movies and cartoons and thus have never of “other” Spider-Men) “ease into” the idea of Miles’ Spider-Man as a character; more substantively this “anyone could be Spider-Man” moralism really does come back around to being about how he can be what he chooses. Obviously, every movie like this ideally wants it’s brand-reinforcing up-with-you empowerment mantra to also “work” as a legitimate thematic-narrative arc, but you rarely see one actually pull it off this successfully — and unlike the similar versions executed in the LEGO Movies, this one does so without needing to cushion the sincerity by becoming a full-scale parody of itself: Into the Spider-Verse may be animated and extremely funny in spots, and it’s definitely the most “out there” Marvel-adjacent movie of late outside possibly Doctor Strange; but it’s as good as it is because at the center of the big-idea multiverse story and the visual spectacle is a very strong, real, relatable story about a kid trying to figure out who he’s supposed to be made up of richly-drawn, well-written, well-performed characters.Miles and Gwen especially are as instantly iconic comics-to-screen leaps as Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi Spider-Man or even Christopher Reeve as Superman — I hope Marvel-proper is ready for how enthusiastically people will be demanding for them to show up in the MCU somehow. The other Spiders are all charming in their own ways (it feels like asking for trouble but it’s *really* tempting to say that Cage could probably carry an actual Spider-Man Noir movie…) and the non-Spider supporting cast (many whose full names would be spoilers) are great as well.Strange as it may be to suggest that an animated superhero movie with “THE AVENGERS: BUT THEY’RE ALL SPIDER-MAN” as a part of its premise is both an affecting, heartfelt character piece, a high achievement in visual artistry and singularly great film… Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the real thing.More on Geek.com:Sony Seeks Patent for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Animation TechGeeksplainer: The Spider-VerseNike and Jordan Brand Announce ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Shoelast_img read more


first_imgIn a suspected inter-caste violence case in which two Dalit kids were burnt alive, the state administration arrested four accused out of 11 and suspended four police officials who were in charge of the situation in the Sunped village of Faridabad district.On Tuesday morning a few people of one community allegedly set fire to the home of a Dalit family killing Vaibhav (2) and Divya (nine-months-old) and causing serious burn injuries to their mother Rekha.According to the information received from a state government spokesperson — Balwant, Dharam Singh, Kartar and Guddu have been detained out of the 11 accused. All these four detained accused belong to the influential Balu Rajput camp in Sunped village in Faridabad district. The police also suspended four policemen who were amongst the seven police personnel who were deployed with the victims’ family for security. The four policemen included police officers of different ranks. Inspector Anil Kumar, OC of  Sadar Ballagbarh police station was suspended for dereliction of duties. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportConstables Bali Mohammed, Vikas and Sandeep have been placed under suspension for showing laxity as they failed to protect the victims as they were deployed for the security of the victims’ family. Till now, nineteen persons have been booked for the triple murder in 2014 of the three members of Jitender’s family. Sources also reveal that Balwant’s relatives could be the other accused responsible for the incident as Jitender (father of the two kids) and Balwant have been having clashes between them since October 2014. It also came to light that this bitter rivalry between the Rajput Balu family and the Dalit Lajli camp have been on since three decades.last_img read more