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Green Card Blues

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first_imgIt has been nearly a quarter century since I reached the shores of this “promised land” and almost 20 years since I began holding the inappropriately named green card. For reasons untold and impossible to comprehend, it is now time to seek citizenship. As a permanent resident alien, a status one acquires in a morgue or a prison, the benefits were palpable. There was nothing to worry about in terms of legal residency in this country and no particular loss for not being a citizen. I worked hard as all citizens did and perhaps a lot harder than some of them. I paid my taxes and deductions and enjoyed all the other penalties or benefits of social security and the paltry and inhuman healthcare. The citizens were blessed with the same problems. On a daily basis, there is precious little that was different between a normal citizen who did not really test or taste the limits of what he had and a permanent resident alien.This country, this great inheritor of the Enlightenment, offered a lot to immigrants. There was not just a promise of making money, but of living in a culture, which could demonstrate an essential ingredient of humanity in freedom.It is not the kind of freedom that employs bomb and instruments of torture as our president believes, but a freedom of the spirit and freedom to think to test its limits. Green card holders knew that and practiced it well.As the saying goes, in a country with full freedom to speak, people have nothing to say. That is the case with citizens as well as immigrants. But in the case of citizens, it is particularly embarrassing.One clear advantage citizens have is the power to vote. Democracy means a lot more than voting, of course, but to the extent it means that, voting is important.As a green card holder, the choices that have come our way over the last 20 years have not been exciting, to say the least. One is caught between the proverbial twiddle de and twiddle dum. It is their SOB or our SOB. Politics is more about money, less about ideas and hardly ever about making real changes.Missing one vote may mean a lot in principle, but in the absurd world of the electoral college, it means even less. So if you could afford to snooze every two or four years when democracy awakens, you wish you were a citizen, but not for long. Travel was not very different for green card holders either. Traveling to India as a citizen is, as many know, more of an effort. There was some straight-shoulder joy in going to India as a citizen of that country and for a while at least put your sold-out identity aside.But these days, our brown skin comes into play more than ever. To be an American citizen presents clear advantages and equally urgent dangers. In some parts of the world, it is not exactly a matter of ease and comfort to be an American citizen. It was quite a sight in Brazil last year to see Americans being fingerprinted in retaliation for similar measures here. Stories abound about Americans being confronted about its international policies, particularly since the war against terrorism.Then there was the mishandled mirage of dual citizenship. That seemed like a cure for all ills for people who wanted to belong to both, without giving up either. Clearly the forces driving it were financial rather than cultural, but it offered a lot to those who could not think of surrendering an identity that was deep in their hearts for ease in travel or in voting, given that all other things were the same.As one unravels all this, it is evident that citizenship is a state of mind. More so in a globalized world. We come here, become American citizens and still practice our culture and wear clothes bought in American malls, which are made in India. One could be a citizen without being a rabid patriot and a green card holder with fierce loyalty to the fundamental values of this country.The promise of this country is precisely enshrined in the best principles humanity has ever endorsed. One could belong without blind submission and with full loyalty that included the right to oppose. It is still possible to live in that world and many of us still prefer to.But now in this inhumane world, with a hypersensitive superpower poised to struggle with terrorism the rest of our lives, it is difficult to remain a green card holder for long. One could go on about the clear and present dangers of not being a citizen in this country as the noose of homeland security tightens and as we become a society given to suspicion and surveillance. But the practical reasons often overwhelm principles.  It seems now that travel is easiest in terms of actual logistics for American citizens. They can move in the entire European Union and most of the American continent. To be an Indian citizen with the once coveted permanent resident alien status, is to seek, glaringly ridiculously, a visa to be anywhere.For example, as some Indians unhappily know, there is now a category of “transit-visa” for London airports. Think about it. You are already on a plane after security checks, and then you land in London, merely race to catch another flight in less than two hours. For that innocuous travel on your own feet, when you are spending your own money and lugging around bags that have been checked, you need the permission of the British Government to exist as a person in “transit.”If for some reason, you conduct this exercise of changing planes in Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland or France, you are exempt from it. They have their own list of suspicious nationalities, but as an Indian you are not among them.Surely there must be reasons for doing so, but for any common person, they are hard to fathom. After all, the most damaging terrorist acts were pulled off by people with legitimate visas. There must be something that we should be looking for other than transit visas to spot suspects.That reason alone is justification to take out citizenship. It beats the bureaucracy at airports at least. And perhaps things will get better here too.Perhaps there will be health care for all and it will be worth it just to have a feeling that we are a citizen of a country that cares. Maybe all this hoopla about the United States become a monotheistic and almost theocratic state will fade and the nation will awaken to the finest ideals on which it was founded.There is a possibility that we will throw up better politicians who run on their vision and ideas instead of the slash and burn warfare during political campaigns and voting will be worth it again. Until then, our limbo of wanting to belong somewhere, but not being able to make a full commitment, will endure.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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SPORT-RACE 2 (R)

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first_img2nd Race: Dharmasthala Plate (Div-II) 1200M:2nd Race: Dharmasthala Plate (Div-II) 1200M:Possimpossible (Gautam Makija) 60 John firstNative Ruler 57 Kamble secondBlack Lightning 57 Janardhan thirdMiss Wonder 53.5 Vinod Shinde fourthNot Run: Churchill Rest All RanWon by; 5-1/2l, 3/4l and 4lTime: One Min, 14.42 secondsTote: Rs 13 for win, Rs 10 Rs 13 and Rs 55 for places Fav: PossimpossibleWinner Trained by: Prasanna KumarForecast: Rs 25Quinella: Rs 23Shp: Rs 25Trinalla: 70 pct Rs 286 30 pct Rs 123Exacta: 70 pct Rs 4,362 30 pct Rs 1,869. (MORE) PTI CORR CSR KK SSClast_img

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Rio miss will hurt me for the rest of my life: Sushil Kumar to India Today

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first_imgIndia’s two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar was a dejected soul as his dreams of winning a third medal at the Rio Games were shattered.Sushil’s request for an Olympic trial was turned down by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), which wanted Narsingh Yadav to represent India in the 74kg category at the Olympics.It is hard for Sushil to forget what he went through in the last few months but still there is a smile on his face after he was recommended for the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the country.’HAPPY WITH PADMA BHUSHAN RECOMMENDATION’Sushil maintains that the fact he couldn’t participate at the Rio Games will hurt him for the rest of his life.”I am happy that the WFI has recommended my name for the Padma Bhushan. Good to see that they acknowledge my achievements,” Sushil told India Today in his first interview since the controversy regarding the Olympics came out in public.”Missing out on Rio Olympics will hurt me for the rest of my life because I knew how well I had prepared myself. However, things are getting clear gradually and the entire country has seen it. But the federation has recommended my name and I am thankful to them and the government,” he added. (Also Read: Sushil Kumar hasn’t done any favours for India, says furious wrestling chief)Sushil won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics and four years later, in 2012, he won a silver at the London Olympics.advertisementSUSHIL IN AWE OF YOGESHWARYogeshwar Dutt had won bronze at the London Games and after retesting of silver medallist Russian Besit Kudukhov’s sample, the Haryana grappler could well be upgraded to silver now.Kudukhov, who died in a car accident in 2013, has tested positive for a banned substance in the retesting conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Yogeshwar showed a great gesture and said that he would like the Kudukhov family to keep that medal with them as a memory of Besit.Sushil too applauded the gesture. “Congratulations to Yogeshwar and he has shown great sportsman spirit. These are the teachings that our Guruji (Satpal) has given. Besit Kudukhov was a good friend of mine as well. Yogeshwar has shown he is not only a good sportsperson but also a great human being,” said Sushil, who has grown up with Yogeshwar and used to train together for years. (Also read: No Gold for Yogeshwar Dutt, confirms UWW)last_img read more

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Tajinderpal Singh Toor thanks fans after setting new Asian Games 2018 record

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first_imgTajinderpal Singh Toor is overwhelmed after setting a new Asian Games record in shot put. Toor also clinched the gold medal in the men’s shot put event at the 18th Asian Games here on Saturday.Toor hurled the iron ball a distance of 20.75 metre to smash the previous Games record.Toor is delighted with the love and support of the fans and he took to Twitter to thank his admirers.”I am not able to reply to everyone’s messages so though this video I want to thank everyone for your wishes and support,” Toor said in a video posted on Twitter.I am not able to reply to everyone’s messages so though this video I want to thank everyone for your wishes and support pic.twitter.com/ICqYpRv0cNToor Tajinder Singh (@Tajinder_Singh3) August 26, 2018This was the eighth gold medal for India in men’s shot put in the history of the Asian Games.Toor dominated the final right from the start but reserved his best for the very last attempt.The tall, burly 23-year-old from Punjab had taken the lead with an effort of 19.96 metre in his first attempt. He threw 19.15 in his second attempt but fouled his third throw.The fourth attempt saw the Indian clock yet another 19.96 metre before he simply blew away the competition with his last attempt.READ – Proud of you Tajinderpal Singh Toor: India hail shot put hero after Asiad heroicsMy 20.75M throw yesterday at the #AsianGames2018Thanks for all of yours love and support #JaiHind@ioaindia @afiindia @indian_athletes pic.twitter.com/SkfZh0Fns8advertisementToor Tajinder Singh (@Tajinder_Singh3) August 26, 2018The other Indian athletes also proved their mettle. Muhammed Anas Yahiya entered the men’s 400 metre final in style, finishing at the top of the standings in both qualification stage and the semi-finals.READ – Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with Games RecordAnas won Heat 1 with a time of 45.63 seconds which was also the fastest time in the heats. He went on to clock the overall fastest time in the semi-finals, winning Semi-final 2 with an even quicker time of 45.30 seconds.Rajiv Arokia, the other Indian in the fray, also entered the final. The Tamil Nadu athlete was second in Heat 4 with 46.82 which handed him the overall eighth position in the qualification stage. Arokia was second in Semi-final 1 to be sixth overall.READ – Father battling cancer but my family allowed me to chase my dream: Tajinderpal SinghMeanwhile, teen sensation Hima Das and Nirmla entered the final of the women’s 400m competition.Hima clocked a time of 51.00 seconds to finish second in Heat 1 behind Salwa Naser of Bahrain. The 18-year-old from Assam also took the overall second position in the qualification stage.Salwa registered 50.86 seconds to create a new Games record which also handed her the overall top position in the qualification stage.Nirmla won Heat 3 with a time of 54.09 seconds. Zenghuan Tong of China finished second with 54.29 seconds to become the other automatic qualifier from that heat.last_img read more

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Adelaide hundred one of my top 5 knocks, says Cheteshwar Pujara

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first_imgCheteshwar Pujara rated the classy 123 at the Adelaide Oval as one of his best innings in Test cricket. Pujara scored his first hundred in Australia and 16th in Tests as India finished with 250 for 9 despite a top-order failure.After opting to bat, India lost KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to poor shot selection but Pujara stood firm and shared crucial partnerships with Rohit Sharma (37), Rishabh Pant (25) and R Ashwin (25) to save India the blushes on the opening day of the first Test.Pujara waged a lone battle throughout the first day. He walked in at the fall of KL Rahul’s wicket and saw his colleagues falling to irresponsbile shots. But he was in no mood to give up and held firm to ensure India 250 on the board by stumps.Pujara was solid in defence and did not play those booming drives which cost the others their wickets. He was patient and stayed focused against a top quality bowling attack. Once he had settled down, Pujara played a few spanking shots – in fact, he even hit two sixes and had reached 123 before being brilliantly run out by Pat Cummins.Pujara’s was a knock of substance, class, grace and style. It was also a lot about acceleration and identifying the key moments to attack.A lot of his teammates would do well to learn from Pujara – most of them agreed the hundred at the Adelaide Oval was one of his finest. Pujara himself did not want to rate it but reckoned it had to be with the best he has played.advertisement”It has to be among the top five… I can’t rate it as one of the best but the way my teammates appreciated the knock.. they said it was one of the best,” Pujara told the media at the end of day’s play.There were several challenges Pujara had to deal with. First, the flurry of wickets at the other end and then the heat in Adelaide did not make run making any easier. And just when he settled into a nice partnership with Ashwin, Pat Cummins broke the resistance to peg India back further.”It was tough but I was set and I knew I could play my shots especially when we lost seven wickets. Me and Ash (Ashwin) had a good partnership but once we lost Ash, I thought I had to accelerate.. I knew what shots I could play on that wicket because I had batted for two sessions,” he said. “But yes it was tough considering the weather.. It was quiet hot.. We are used to it in India but still it was really hot.”Pujara was eventually run out for 123 on what turned out to the last ball of the day. India are now nine down and have their Nos. 10 and 11 to bat when play resumes on the second day. Pujara was disappointed he got out moments before stumps but said he had to go for the single.”I was a bit disappointed to get out but I had to take a single – only two balls were left in the day’s play.. so I thought I should be on strike in the morning,” he said.But Pujara has clearly done his job and it is now up to the bowlers to try and keep India in the game. And then perhaps the batsmen can take a leaf out of Pujara’s book and script a comeback.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar blasts India batsmen after poor shot selection in Adelaide TestGallery | 1st Test, Day 1: Cheteshwar Pujara India’s lone bright spark as Australia bowlers dominateAlso watch –last_img read more

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Mike Gundy is excited about the future of OSU football

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first_imgMike Gundy caps off a wild year. (USATSI)Mike Gundy caps off a wild year. (USATSI)It’s pretty crazy that we’re sitting here talking about what a great ending to the season Oklahoma State’s football program had, isn’t it?That we’re sitting here talking about how good Mason Rudolph is, how much we love Mike Gundy and how bright that future shines.“The last two wins have meant a lot to this team and this school,” said Gundy late on Friday night.[1. Also, this article.] “You can say what you want, but these last two games are going to put a really good taste in the mouth of anybody that loves Oklahoma State football, loves Oklahoma State University. Makes a big difference.”It’s straightforward but patently true. As a whole we’ve forgotten about the nightmare that was the end of October and beginning of November. We’ve forgotten about almost losing to Kansas and not even posting 200 yards against Texas.That’s what a charismatic coach at the apex of his people-handling game combined with a freshman that Josh Fields said would be better than Josh Fields will do.Rudolph gonna b way better! RT @BrianHD79: . @OkieFields Reminds me of another true frosh QB I saw play when I was in college, circa 2001 😉— Josh Fields (@OkieFields) January 3, 2015The future, the thing being wrung out by every media outlet employing someone who watched the Cactus Bowl, is bright but not because those media folks said so.No, this time it’s straight from the horse’s mouth.“Looking forward to Oklahoma State coming together and building for the future,” Gundy said. “Looking forward to the future of Oklahoma State football.”Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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State League Wrap

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first_imgVT LEAGUERESULTSWOMEN’S – ROUND FIVEMelbourne City Lions 6 def Bayside Vipers 4Casey Cougars 7 def Western Dodgers 5Uni Blues 3 def Northern Falcons 2WOMEN’S – ROUND SIXMelbourne City Lions 5 def Uni Blues 1Casey Cougars 4 def by Bayside Vipers 7Northern Falcons 5 def Western Dodgers 3WOMEN’S – ROUND SEVENBayside Vipers 13 def Northern Falcons 2Melbourne City Lions 14 def Casey Cougars 5Western Dodgers 3 def by Uni Blues 4 SA MIXED STATE LEAGUEROUND TWO RESULTSPREMIER DIVISIONEastern Stingrays 6 def Defence Eagles 1South West Wolves 5 def Northern Vipers 4Scorpions – byeB DIVISIONCentral Scorpions 5 def Eastern Stingrays 4Northern Vipers 10 def South West Wolves 2 The Eastern Stingrays sit on top of the Premier Division table following their 6-1 win over the Defence Eagles in round two. In the other game, the South West Wolves were one touchdown winners over the Northern Vipers, 5-4, while the Central Scorpions had the bye. The Stingrays are unbeaten after their two games so far in the competition while the Scorpions sit in second place on the ladder, with one win and the bye. The Wolves are placed third with their one win and one loss so far, while the Vipers and Eagles are yet to register a win in the competition. In the B division, the Scorpions are the only unbeaten team after the first two rounds, following their 5-4 win over the Stingrays. In the other match, the Vipers recorded their first win of the season, with their 10-2 win over the Wolves. The Scorpions are on eight points on the ladder following their strong start to the season, while the Vipers and the Stingrays sit in second and third place respectively after their one win and one loss each. The Wolves are yet to record a win in the competition. In round three Premier Division games, the Wolves will play the Scorpions, while the Stingrays will face the Vipers. Both games will be played at 7.20, while the Eagles have the bye in round three. In the B Division, the Scorpions will play the Wolves in a top versus bottom of the ladder clash, while the Stingrays will play the Vipers. The B Division games will commence at 6.30pm. For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.au VT LeagueRounds five, six and seven were played in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions at Casey Fields last weekend, with the favourites beginning to emerge close to the midway of the competition. In the Women’s round five games, the Melbourne City Lions were two touchdown winners over fellow ladder leaders Bayside Vipers, 6-4, while the Casey Cougars were also two touchdown winners over the Western Dodgers. The Uni Blues just edged out the Northern Falcons, winning 3-2. In the Women’s round six games, the Lions continued their winning ways, beating the Blues by four touchdowns, while the Vipers were too good for the Cougars, as were the Falcons over the Dodgers. There were some big scores in the final round of the day in the Women’s competition, with the Vipers 11 touchdown winners over the Falcons, 13-2, while the Lions were nine touchdown winners over the Cougars, to take their third win of the day. The Blues were also winners in round seven, with their 4-3 win over the Dodgers. After seven rounds the Lions sit on top of the Women’s ladder, with seven wins from their seven games, followed by the Vipers with six wins. In the Men’s division, round five provided a tight round of matches, with the Dodgers and the Vipers both two touchdown winners over the Falcons and the Lions respectively. In the other match, the Blues were three touchdown winners over the Cougars, winning 6-3. In the second round of the day, the Vipers proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in 2009, with their 12 touchdown win over the Falcons, 16-4. The Dodgers and the Blues were both one touchdown winners in round six, with their respective wins over the Cougars and the Lions. In the final round of the day, the Vipers were one touchdown winners over the Dodgers, as were the Lions over the Cougars, while the Blues were too good for the Falcons, winning 10-6. After seven rounds, the Vipers sit on top of the ladder of the Men’s division, undefeated so far in the competition. This weekend’s games will be held at Albert Park on Friday, 23 October, with the Men’s round eight games commencing at 6.30pm. In round eight, the Blues will play the Dodgers, the Lions will face the Falcons and the Vipers will play the Cougars.The Women’s round eight games commence at 7.20pm and will see the Falcons face the Lions, Dodgers will play the Vipers and the Cougars will battle it out against the Blues. The Men’s round nine games will see the Vipers take on the Blues, the Cougars up against the Falcons and the Dodgers will play the Lions. The final round of the night sees the Women’s round nine games at 9.00pm, with the Cougars to play the Falcons, the Blues against the Vipers and the Lions taking on the Dodgers. For more information, please visit the VT League website:www.vtleague.com.au MEN’S – ROUND FIVEWestern Dodgers 5 def Northern Falcons 3Bayside Vipers 7 def Melbourne City Lions 5Casey Cougars 3 def by Uni Blues 6MEN’S – ROUND SIXCasey Cougars 7 def by Western Dodgers 8Bayside Vipers 16 def Northern Falcons 4Uni Blues 7 def Melbourne City Lions 6MEN’S – ROUND SEVENNorthern Falcons 6 def by Uni Blues 10Western Dodgers 7 def by Bayside Vipers 8Melbourne City Lions 9 def Casey Cougars 8last_img read more

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Liverpool history: Titles, managers, top players & trophies

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first_imgLiverpool are one of the most successful sides in England, with Jurgen Klopp hopefully returning the club to its former glory days after securing a sixth Champions League trophy in June 2019.Klopp seems to have been tasked with rebuilding the Reds into a dominant force in Europe, but time will tell if they will be able to capitalise on their 2018-19 success and continue to lift silverware in years to come.With Liverpool providing a decent challenge for the title this year, Goal takes a look at the club’s history, their most influential and important players, and how many trophies they have won. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare How many league titles have Liverpool won? Liverpool have won the top-flight title on 18 occasions, but have not won the league since it was rebranded as the Premier League in 1992.The last time the Reds won the league – then branded as the First Division – was in 1990 season. Eleven of the First Division wins came during the club’s most illustrious period of the 1970s and 80s, under the management of Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish.The Merseysiders have come close to winning the Premier League most notably on three occasions. Under Rafael Benitez in the 2008-09 season, Liverpool finished four points behind champions Manchester United despite beating the Mancunian side both home and away.They came close again five years later when Brendan Rodgers lead Liverpool again to a second-placed finish after dominating most of the season as title challengers, though eventually finishing two points adrift of Manchester City after a disastrous collapse towards the end of their campaign.In 2018-19, Liverpool narrowly finished second to Manchester City despite losing just one game all season.Who are memorable Liverpool managers? Liverpool Dalglish Moran EvansFrom R to L: Evans, Dalglish, Moran Bill Shankly’s reign as manager starting from 1959 began a 15-year spell that brought three league titles, two FA Cups and a first European Cup back to Anfield. Shankly is hailed for turning Liverpool into a modern club great, and is known for his establishment of the Anfield Boot Room.When Shankly retired in 1974, he was replaced by his assistant Paisley (the first cycle of the Boot Room), and during the next nine years, Paisley was hugely successful – winning six league titles and three European Cups to earn his status as the club’s most successful coach.Shankly was replaced by his assistant Joe Fagan to continue with the Boot Room tradition in 1983, winning the League, European Cup and League Cup treble in his first season.The likes of iconic player-manager Kenny Dalglish took over from Fagan and was followed by Ronnie Moran, Graeme Souness and Roy Evans.Gerard Houllier won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001 before he was replaced by Rafael Benitez in 2004, who won the Champions League in his first season in charge. He was then succeeded by Roy Hodgson, brief whose tenure at Anfield was a failure, and spent the opening stages of the 2010-11 season in the relegation zone.Who are Liverpool’s most famous players? Dalglish, known for his contributions as player and manager as well as club ambassador, remains popular with Liverpool supporters to this day. Having scored 169 goals in 502 appearances for the Reds, the Scot sits seventh in the club’s all-time top-scorers list. He has also clinched six First Division titles and three European Cups, making him one of the most decorated and celebrated Liverpool players in history.Former striker Ian Rush has also lodged himself permanently into Liverpool folklore alongside the likes of Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness, who were part of the great Liverpool side in the 1980s. He tops Liverpool’s all-time goal-scorers list, followed by Roger Hunt, Gordon Hodgson and Billy Liddell.Steven Gerrard remains a favourite amongst modern Reds supporters, a born and bred Liverpool fan who stayed at Anfield for the entirety of his footballing career in England. Having broken through the Liverpool academy, Gerrard became the club’s youngest captain at aged 23 and is still hailed as one of England’s most prolific and talented midfielders.Unlike a handful of former Liverpool greats such as Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Steve McManaman who supported Everton in childhood, Gerrard grew up a boyhood Liverpool supporter. Gerrard, however, has never lifted a Premier League title.Steven Gerrard Burnley Premier LeagueGerrard has been hailed for his ability as captain to rescue Liverpool from scruff-of-the-neck situations. A skipper who preferred to lead his team by example, his memorable long-range volleys against the likes of Olympiakos and West Ham in crucial moments of knockout competitions were pivotal moments in the club’s success in winning the tournament. His role in the 2005 Champions League final where he scored the first goal against AC Milan to mark the comeback from 3-0 down is one of Gerrard’s greatest moments in a Liverpool shirt.John Barnes and John Aldridge were also formidable players during their time at Liverpool during the late ’80s and early ’90s, both of whom were recruited by Dalglish.In the modern Premier League era, Owen was a revered Kop favourite at Anfield though his reputation amongst Liverpool fans seemed to deteriorate following his controversial transfer to Manchester United in 2009. Alongside the likes of Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler, Owen scored 158 goals for the Reds in 297 appearances and is the only player to have won the Ballon d’Or since 2000.Strikers such as Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez were popular during their years at Anfield before they left for Chelsea and Barcelona, respectively.What trophies have Liverpool won? Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Champions League Winner 06/01/19Liverpool are one of the most successful clubs in England alongside Manchester United. They have won the most Champions League clubs than any other English side, winning their sixth trophy in June 2019 following after defeating Tottenham 2-0 in the final in Madrid, 14 years after they last won the competition.In addition to their 18 top-flight titles, they have won the League Cup a record eight times, last winning the trophy in 2012 after beating Cardiff City through penalty shootout. It is the last trophy that Liverpool have won.The Reds have won the FA Cup on six occasions and were last tournament victors in 2006 against West Ham, where Gerrard scored a memorable long-range strike in stoppage time at 3-2 to send the game into penalties.They have also won three UEFA Super Cups and 15 Community Shields, and one Football League Super Cup. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Real Madrid beat Valladolid 4-1

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first_imgValladolid (Spain): Real Madrid came back from an early deficit to trounce Valladolid on the road in a La Liga match that was a good bit tougher for the capital squad than the 4-1 score would seem to indicate. The home team on Sunday dominated the match during most of the first half, keeping Madrid off-balance with numerous attempts and finally getting on the board first – thanks to Anuar Tuhami – in the 29th minute, although Ruben Alcaraz had missed a penalty kick in the 11th minute and Sergi Guardiola had two goals disallowed, reports Efe news. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherSantiago Solari, Real Madrid’s coach, had all the necessary ingredients in his line-up, but the capital squad could not seem to get anything going against their hosts early on due to a lack of rhythm and slow reflexes on the recoveries. Alvaro Odriozola fouled Guardiola in the box, and the striker’s nice tap of Keko’s crossing shot seemed to have given Valladolid the lead until the VAR consultation disallowed the goal. Just a few minutes later, Guardiola, who has not yet notched a La Liga tally, had a header cancelled on an offside call. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenReal Madrid – who was without the injured Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Junior, Gareth Bale and captain Sergio Ramos, on suspension – was on the ropes, it seemed, until Raphael Varane hit the equalizer from short range in the 34th minute, and that’s where the score stood at halftime. After the break, however, Madrid started to get the hang of the game, with Valladolid’s Oscar Plano fouling Odriozola inside the box and Benzema getting Masip to jump the wrong way on the penalty kick for the lead. Then, it was Benzema again, heading in Toni Kroos’s shot to send the capital boys up 3-1. Casemiro was sent off on a second yellow card in the 80th minute when he stood in the way of Plano on the hosts’ free kick and Madrid had just 10 men on the pitch for the last minutes of the match, but the game was already sewn up. Croatia’s Luka Modric scored Madrid’s fourth superfluous goal in the 85th minute after slashing into the box on a pass from Benzema. The loss now forces Valladolid to win four or five matches of the 11 that remain to avoid relegation, while Madrid’s win gives a little oxygen to Solari and provides a bit of calm after a hectic week. Barcelona continues to lead the La Liga table with 63 points, followed by Atletico Madrid with 56 and Real Madrid with 51.last_img read more

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HRW Report on Moroccan immigration policy ‘Clearly Unfair’: Govt. Spokesperson

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first_imgRabat – The report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), accusing the Moroccan authorities of mistreating African and sub-Saharan immigrants, is clearly unfair and flouts Morocco’s new migration policy, communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi told BBC channel.The minister said that the report by the NGO does not include any assessment of this new policy, which is a first at the African level, as Morocco is the only country that have announced a migration policy with a human and social dimension, which the Kingdom fully assumes despite the fact that migration is everyone’s responsibility. The new Moroccan immigration policy does not precede certain allegations and alleged cases cited by the HRW which make them outdated, said El Khalfi, adding that in case of violence, a complaint is filed with the judicial authorities which will open an investigation, including in cases of death when trying to storm into the occupied city of Mellilia.  After reviewing the provisions of this new policy and statistics concerning illegal immigrants in Morocco, which are between 25,000 and 40,000 as estimated by the Ministry of the Interior, the Minister noted that some 10,000 cases of regularization were filed in less than a month.last_img read more

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Markets update

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On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 39.85 points to 15,174.85.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 16.40 points to 21,569.49.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 4.40 points to 2,452.23.The Nasdaq composite index climbed 18.40 points to 6,292.83.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.80 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 78.47 cents US.

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Five injured in bus accident

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Five people were injured when a passenger bus overturned in Galewalle early this morning, the police media unit said.The police said that the bus which was heading to Colombo had overturned near the Beligamuwa, Mahakade junction. The driver and conductor of the bus were among those injured in the accident.The Galewalle police are investigating.

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Annan hails Irish Republican Army announcement on disarmament

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“This decision is a watershed in the history of Northern Ireland, and also addresses one of the critical challenges of post-conflict peacebuilding – specifically, control over and the disposal of weapons,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released at UN Headquarters in New York.”The Secretary-General calls on all parties concerned to seize this unique opportunity to consolidate the Good Friday Agreement further, and on those who had left the process to re-enter Northern Ireland’s devolved government,” the statement said.

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On eve of UN summit progress made on global information tech agreements

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In his opening remarks to the press on the eve of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), to be held from 16 to 18 November, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Yoshio Utsumi, announced that by this morning, 23,000 participants had registered with 12,000 arrivals recorded so far.About 173 countries are represented at the Summit and over 50 heads of State and Government are expected to attend.While the first phase – held in Geneva in 2003 – established the principles of the Information Society and outlined an action plan, the Tunis phase is the “Summit of Solutions,” Mr. Utsumi said. He hailed progress in the negotiations toward that end, especially the headway made this morning on Internet governance. Consensus seems to be emerging on forming a forum to discuss the future of the world-wide network. “This management should be more democratic and multilateral,” he said.Compromise had yet to be reached on how to implement the action plan, he said, but he was pleased to have achieved nearly 80 per cent of the goals. New ideas have been forthcoming from scientists, and in five years the outlook would be quite different. He was quite confident of connecting the world by 2015, including the 800,000 villages that remain disconnected from information and communication technologies. “In order to connect these villages we need about $1 billion,” Mr Utsumi said. “Every year about $100 billion is invested in the mobile telephone system, so only 1 per cent of this amount is needed to achieve the target.”Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has arrived in Tunis, has been meeting on information issues with local officials, as well as Israel’s Foreign Minister and heads of UN agencies attending the Summit.Shashi Tharoor, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, expressed concerns over what he called the “content divide” and freedom of expression, at a press conference on the World Electronic Media Forum (WEMF) taking place in parallel with the Summit.What passed for global media remained, in reality, the media of the developed West, where most of the world’s Internet hosts were, he said.“Access to the Internet is growing but is of little value if the bulk of the information that it reveals is in a language you don’t understand or if it fails to deal with life and death questions that affect your family or your society,” he said.On the issue of press freedom, Mr. Tharoor acknowledged that Internet, the “medium without a passport” posed challenges to all governments as they sought to find a legal environment that fostered freedom of expression without trampling on other legitimate rights. read more

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Handle unsolicited private infrastructure proposals with care feds advised

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by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2017 2:30 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2017 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Handle unsolicited, private infrastructure proposals with care, feds advised OTTAWA – An internal federal document is raising red flags for Ottawa over unsolicited, non-government proposals for infrastructure projects.The warning comes as the Trudeau government designs a new arm’s-length infrastructure bank that will seek to lift the country’s economy by using billions in public dollars to attract billions more in private investment.The Finance Department briefing note describes unsolicited infrastructure proposals as the kinds of offers presented to governments from outside public authorities, typically from the private sector.And it says that from a public-interest perspective, such bids can create a number of real and perceived concerns.While unsolicited proposals are generally designed to mesh with a government’s long-term infrastructure goals, the note warns they are often driven by private-sector interests.The memo also says proponents usually seek government approval for construction as well as the access to the project’s revenue streams, such as tolls.It listed potential “key areas of concern” related to unsolicited bids: a lack of transparency in the selection and implementation of projects, avoidance of competitive and due-diligence processes and the acceptance of poor quality projects — either in design or execution.“Unsolicited bids have become common internationally,” reads the “secret” September briefing addressed to deputy finance minister Paul Rochon. It was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.“The federal government currently lacks a clear policy on unsolicited bids for federal projects.”The caution comes as the government prepares to launch the infrastructure bank.The Crown corporation will seek to leverage $35 billion of public funds that the Liberals hope can lure three or four times that much in private capital for new projects in three key areas: trade corridors, green infrastructure and public transit.It will play a key role in the Trudeau government’s strategy to boost big-ticket infrastructure investments as a way to amplify Canada’s long-term economic growth.The new bank will have to grapple with how best to assess unsolicited proposals and navigate the concerns.A spokesman for Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said that, should legislation for Canada Infrastructure Bank pass, its CEO and board of directors will be tasked with guiding the government “on how best to set up a framework for receiving and managing these unsolicited proposals.”Brook Simpson wrote in an email that unsolicited proposals also present upsides for governments.Several examples of the potential benefits are also outlined in the federal document.The positives include the use of private-sector resources to make up for shortages of financial and human capacity within governments. Those private resources can help the public sector identify, prioritize and procure infrastructure projects, the memo said.It said user fees that stem from unsolicited proposals can also have a positive effect, such as improving the fiscal sustainability of public infrastructure.The document also says governments can benefit from the private sector’s innovative ideas.“We want to encourage the innovation that comes with these types of proposals while ensuring that we get the best price for taxpayers,” Simpson said.“There are many models from around the world that could be used to guide this work that the government and CIB would look at closely.”The document highlighted how some countries, including Chile and the United States, have developed successful approaches to dealing with unsolicited proposals.As a case study, the briefing note also examined the funding deal announced in January 2015 between the Quebec government and the province’s massive public pension fund manager. The parties agreed to build a $5-billion electric light-rail network connecting Montreal to its suburbs and its international airport.While the agreement may present a commercial interest for the pension-fund manager, the document said the deal also establishes the parties’ roles, responsibilities as well as cost- and revenue-sharing rules.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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In phone call with South African President Ban expresses hope country will

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In a telephone conversation with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regretted the country’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and expressed hope that it would reconsider the decision before the withdrawal takes effect.In a readout issued by his office, Secretary-General Ban recalled the key role that the Government of South Africa had played in the negotiations that led to the adoption of the Rome Statute of the ICC and as one of its first signatories. Mr. Ban also noted his appreciation for the continued and unwavering commitment of the South African Government to justice and accountability and expressed hope that it would reconsider its decision before the withdrawal takes effect in twelve months’ time. Further in the conversation, he also acknowledged South Africa’s leading role in addressing pressing global issues, particularly those related to peace and security in Africa as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Secretary-General also expressed his preoccupation with the situation in the South Sudan, and urged South Africa’s support in calling for an end to hostilities and a return to an inclusive political process, the readout added. read more

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From Peyton Manning to CocaCola ads Ohio State students excited about the

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning scans the field during the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots Jan. 19 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver won, 26-16.Courtesy of MCTEvery year, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the Super Bowl, the biggest game of the season for the most popular sport in the country.Super Bowl XLVIII is no exception, and Ohio State students are preparing to take in all that comes with the big game this year.The Denver Broncos and their No. 1-ranked offense are set to take on the battle-tested Seattle Seahawks Sunday, who boast the league’s best defense. The strengths of both teams are sure to test the will of all players and coaches involved as they look to capture the sport’s ultimate crown, The Vince Lombardi Trophy.According to Wallethub.com, about 169 million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl, spanning 180 countries and more than 30 languages. But, along with the game itself, there are plenty of other reasons for people across the world to tune in.Erin Ponting, a second-year in chemistry, said she has a rooting interest in the game but is looking forward to another part of the broadcast.“I am really excited to see if (Broncos quarterback) Peyton Manning can win another ring, but am thrilled to watch the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with Bruno Mars,” Ponting said, referring to the halftime show. “I am a fan of both artists and think they will put on a good halftime show.”Coupled with the halftime show, the commercials have become a spectacle in their own right. One 30-second ad this year is expected to cost advertisers more than $4 million, a rate only justified by the amount of viewers who watch the game. Each year, advertisers compete to see who can have the best commercial and vie to outspend one another for airtime.Charlie Cataline, a fourth-year in art, said he does not have a favorite team in either the Broncos or Seahawks, but thinks the commercials will be a fun break from the football action.“The commercials are usually pretty good and entertaining,” Cataline said. “People expect to see great commercials and I look to Budweiser, Coke and new movie trailers to entertain me between plays.”In the end, between the halftime entertainment and the commercials, there is still a game being played. This Super Bowl, as with any other game, is likely to create or define legacies for all the players and coaches involved.Callie Roney, a second-year in exploration, said she is cheering for a Broncos win because of her admiration for Manning.“I will be pulling for the Broncos to win because I love Peyton Manning,” Roney said. “I have always been a big fan of his and this victory will help him catch up with his brother in the number of Super Bowl titles won.”Kickoff between the Seahawks and Broncos is set for 6:30 p.m. from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. read more

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AusIMM conferences for 2016

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first_imgThe AusIMM conference program for this year includes the following:Project Evaluation, InterContinental Hotel, Adelaide, March 8-9, contact Stephanie Addamo, saddamo@ausimm.com.au.The Seventh International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining (MassMin2016), will be held at Australian Technology Park, Sydney, May 9-11, contact Eliza Sannerman, esannerman@ausimm.com.au.The AusIMM International Uranium Conference 2016, Adelaide, June 7-8, contact Sara Muggeridge, smuggeridge@ausimm.com.au.The Third AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference, Pan Pacific Perth, June 15-17, contact Rachel Magill, rmagill@ausimm.com.au.International Mine Management 2016, Sofitel Brisbane, August 22-24, Sara Muggeridge smuggeridge@ausimm.com.au.The AusIMM New Leaders’ Conference 2016, Pullman Brisbane King George Square, September 19-20, contact Sara Muggeridge smuggeridge@ausimm.com.au.Life-of-Mine 2016, Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Brisbane, September 28-30, contact Rachel Magill, rmagill@ausimm.com.au13th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2016, Pan Pacific Hotel Perth, October 10-12, contact Eliza Sannerman, esannerman@ausimm.com.au.Ninth AusIMM Open Pit Operators’ Conference 2016, Western Australian School of Mines Conference Centre   Kalgoorlie, November 15-16, contact Eliza Sannerman, esannerman@ausimm.com.au.last_img read more

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Jobs at risk as Barratts goes into administration for third time in

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first_imgBARRATTS SHOES, WHICH has stores in Ireland and the UK, is to enter administration, placing over 1,000 jobs at risk.Management at the company, which is headquartered in Bradford, say they were left with no option after an investor pulled out of a multi-million euro plan to finance the firm last week.Philip Duffy and David Whitehouse of global financial advisory firm Duff & Phelps were appointed joint administrators on Friday.They are seeking to sell the business on as a going concern. According to a statement from the administrators, redundancies and/or store closures “cannot be ruled out”.The company operates 75 stores and 23 concessions across the UK and Ireland employing 1,035 people, of which 521 are part-time workers.It has fifteen Republic of Ireland stores, including outlets in Dublin city centre, Blanchardstown, Cork, Dundalk, Galway and Kilkenny.There are also 14 Barratts outlets in Northern Ireland.Read: Thirty-six jobs lost as Barratts closes all Irish concessionsRead: Energia to create 100 jobs in residential power movelast_img read more

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Psychiatrists need support dealing with Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act IMO

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first_imgTHE PRESIDENT OF The Irish Medical Organisation has written to the Minister for Health James Reilly asking that guidelines be put in place to help doctors dealing with cases under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.Dr Matt Sadlier told the minister that guidelines were needed for psychiatrists who are required to determine if there is a real and substantial threat to the life of a patient by suicide.Sadlier also wants guidelines developed for GPs who have a conscientious objection and must refer a patient onto an alternative practitioner.The IMO president told the minister that it was “very regrettable” that guidelines were not put in place to accompany the law as it was enacted.“Guidelines are even more important where cases are expected to happen rarely such as cases where there is a risk of loss of life from self-destruction,” said Sadlier.Under the act, if there is a substantial risk to a pregnant woman’s life due to suicide and it is deemed by two psychiatrists and an obstetrician that this can only be averted by a termination, the procedure is lawful.But Sadlier has complained to the minister that psychiatrists have been given no help to make this determination.“There are no guidelines available for psychiatrists who are expected to certify if there is a real and substantial threat to the life of a patient by suicide,” he explained. The aim of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 is to provide clarity to both women and medical practitioners, however, in the absence of clinical guidelines, medical practitioners are faced with continued uncertainty.Sadlier said that the aim of providing these guidelines is all about ensuring that patients get the most appropriate care.“Failure to comply with best-practice guidelines can lead to the rapid deterioration of a patient’s condition and/or death. All the cases provided for by the legislation are rare and therefore guidelines are required to ensure safe, quality and timely care,” he explained.In advance of guidelines being put in place, the IMO say that urgent arrangements are needed to support medical practitioners in the interim.Read: What the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 contains >Read: Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act comes into force today >last_img read more

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