When Tuhi Ram Jat left home on his motorcycle for a regular round of his agricultural field on the outskirts of the village on a sultry morning earlier this week, little did his two teenage sons realise that it was the last time they would see their father’s face. Their world was torn apart by the afternoon.The suicide by Tuhi Ram, 38, on Wednesday came as a rude shock to the residents of the small and dusty Sogar village in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. The debt-ridden farmer hanged himself from a tree on his farmland with a rope made of old saris. The body was spotted by some women grazing cows.“Tuhi Ram was a thorough gentleman. He had no enemies in the village. The soft-spoken man never told us that he was in so much of trouble … We would have definitely helped him out,” his 62-year-old neighbour, Daryauv Singh, said on Saturday. Mr. Singh was among the villagers who went to meet the District Collector seeking help for the bereaved family.Tuhi Ram’s younger brother Yogesh Kumar told The Hindu at the family’s modest two-room house that the deceased was under intense pressure to repay a loan of ₹4 lakh taken by him from the Rural Cooperative Bank and through the Kisan Credit Card. He ran the risk of losing his ancestral agricultural land as well as the land registered in his two brothers’ names, totalling 12 bighas, which he had mortgaged.Mounting debtThe crop loan passbooks show no transactions after 2012 for the loans obtained in 2008, taking the penal interest to as high as 16% on the overdue amounts. The family members said the debts also included the money lent by private lenders, and loans obtained in the name of Tuhi Ram’s wife Babli from a women’s self-help group.The farmer had sown jowar crop on six bighas of his farmland last week, but it did not survive because of lack of rain. Sogar sarpanch Vikram Singh said the salinity of groundwater in the region makes it unfit for drinking and farming, forcing the farmers to depend on rain for agriculture.Even as Congress MLA from Deeg-Kumher Vishvendra Singh, who visited the village on Thursday, has demanded a compensation of ₹10 lakh, the district administration has maintained that there is no provision for financial assistance in a suicide case.
Odisha-born Indian Police Service officer Basant Rath, who has earned the sobriquet of Bollywood cop hero ‘Singham’ for his unconventional style of functioning and is sought after for selfies by the youth in the volatile Kashmir Valley, is facing flak over a video that has gone viral.The over 20-minute video shows him arguing with and slapping a pedestrian in Srinagar, sparking sharp reactions from traders, students and civil society groups.“We urge the government to take appropriate action against the officer concerned and ask him to restrain himself and work within the limits of etiquette and ethics. Such aggressive approach tends to cause unrest among people,” Muzaffar Majid Jan, joint secretary general of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said in a press statement.Mr. Rath, posted as the Inspector General (Traffic) in Srinagar, has found himself in trouble on several occasions of late. He asked the news anchor of the All India Radio “to do whatever they can” when asked about a compère being beaten up.In the latest video, he is shown slapping a pedestrian who is asking the officer to remove security posts from the roadside in Srinagar. In his response to the criticism over the video, Mr. Rath wrote on Facebook: “Friends, there is no question of me doing something that would make me lose the kind of affection I’ve got in J&K. This is the biggest achievement of my life. Life, not career. The guy, who posed to be a medical student from Delhi, asked me a lot of questions that were political in nature. I trusted him as a friend. And my answers were honest and politically incorrect. Ten odd minutes into our conversation, I realised that a couple of his friends were recording our conversation. When I asked them to stop it and delete the videos, they created a scene. That triggered the scuffle.”He said he regretted his decision to engage with the person.Mr. Rath, a Jawaharlal Nehru University student who qualified for the IPS in 2000, prefers to avoid uniform on duty. However, he remains available round the clock for the public and is seen issuing challans even to police and Army vehicles in Kashmir. Any complaint tweeted to him by a commuter or driver is responded to with an action on the ground, making him a hero among the young population.
Australia’s scientific community could be forgiven for thinking the country’s new conservative government isn’t keen on nonmedical research. Not only did it decline to appoint a science minister—the first time since the portfolio was created in 1931—but its first federal budget, released in Canberra on 13 May, contains major cuts to science funding outside of biomedical research.Overall, the budget released by Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s conservative government, elected this past September, is aimed at slashing the federal government’s long-term spending deficits. The budget represents “pain with a purpose,” Abbott has said. It cuts or slows the growth of spending in an array of areas, including education, social welfare programs, and staffing at government agencies.In science, the big losers will be Australia’s lead research agencies. Spending at five major agencies will be at least AU$420 million less than envisioned by previous government projections (called “forward estimates” in Australia). 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That’s down from an anticipated AU$185.9 million in the 2013 to 2014 budget.All of the cuts come after an overall decline in the science budget of AU$470 million since 2011.The budget calls for the elimination of about a dozen agencies dealing with science and environmental matters, including the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), which supports early-stage startups. (Critics of the move note that the CEFC has been profitable.)One bit of good news for the scientific community is the announcement that the Future Fellowships program, which supports promising up-and-coming researchers, will continue for 4 years with spending of AU$139.5 millionThe big winner in the 2014 to 2015 budget is medical research. The government will establish a Medical Research Future Fund to provide additional funding for medical research. In a move expected to spur controversy, the funding will come from increased charges paid by patients to visit a doctor and for diagnostic procedures and will include AU$1 billion from the Health and Hospitals Fund. The goal is to provide AU$20 billion for the fund by 2019 to 2020.New funding of AU$42 million will be provided to expand the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University. And the government committed $95.9 million over 4 years to finalize Australia’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.“While the new Medical Research Future Fund provides a positive vision, the rest of Australian science is left substantially weakened,” says Australian Academy of Science President Suzanne Cory.It will take time to unravel details of all the budget measures. They’re spread over several government portfolios, from science and environment to education, and the positive spin the government is putting on some moves may be offset by less apparent moves likely to make science advocates unhappy.For instance, the government announced an “additional” AU$65.7 million over 4 years to operate a new marine research vessel, the RV Investigator. But some AU$21 million will come from the CSIRO’s existing funding. The government also announced that the National Environmental Research Program and the Australian Climate Change Science Programme will be folded into the new National Environmental Science Programme; the combined budgets, however, will AU$21.7 million less than existing funding.
In a first, the Goa government is planning to ply ‘water taxis’ in its inland waterways, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the Assembly on Wednesday.While tabling the performance budget of the River Navigation department (RND) for the financial year 2019-2020, Mr. Sawant also said ferry boats operating on solar power would be introduced on different routes. “Water taxis will be introduced for Panaji to Old Goa route with the help of experts,” said the document.Though details of the proposed service were not mentioned, the department said it was considering replacing three old ferry boats with new ones and procuring new and fast solar energy-operated hybrid ferry boats between Chorao and Panaji or Aldona and Panaji, both in North Goa.The department also plans to upgrade existing ferry ramps and jetties and provide better facilities on all the ferry routes. The RND has a fleet of 34 ferry boats which cater to different inland routes, connecting islands to the mainstream areas. The House was informed that a consultant has completed a techno-feasibility study of these facilities and actual construction (of jetties) will start later this year.The performance budget document states that during the previous financial year, more stress was laid on improving the existing ferry services.The Central government’s Sagarmala project has also funded reconstruction of nine jetties in Goa, the document said. A flagship programme of the Ministry of Shipping, the Sagarmala project aims to promote port-led development by exploiting India’s 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways and its strategic location on international maritime trade routes.
LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ It’s been a tough weekend in Brazil for Mercedes.Several team members — Hamilton was not present — were held up at gun point on Friday. There were no injuries, and the team reported watches and passports being stolen when a team van was attacked.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso, FIA spokesman Matteo Bonciani said the car in which he was riding from the track on Friday was also attacked by a gun-wielding gang. He was not injured as the thieves failed to penetrate the armor-plated car.“First of all, I’m happy that everyone is one big piece,” Bottas said after qualifying, referring to Mercedes team members robbed at gun point. “Nothing happened physically to anybody, but obviously it’s a pretty bad situation to be in. I’m just happy everyone is still here.” For NBA, Chicago is slam dunk for 2020 All-Star festivities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Hamilton stunned fans when he was out of qualifying just minutes after it began.He came sideways out of a turn and crashed the left side of his car into a padded retaining wall. As the car was lifted off the track, the front left tire dangled from the mangled front end.Hamilton suggested a damp track might have been to blame.“I’ll do the best that I can to try to recover from it,” he said.There’s almost nothing left in the season to decide, apart from the winners of the last two races. The secondary fight is for second, with Vettel of Ferrari leading Bottas by 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Crews remove a car from the track after Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, crashed his car during the qualifying session for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil. APSAO PAULO — Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix from a qualifying session in which Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed on the first lap on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Hamilton, who won his fourth Formula One championship two weeks ago in Mexico, walked away from the car without injury and will start at the back of the grid on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “The maximum stimulation you can get now is to finish second,” Vettel said. “If we don’t manage to do that, then we failed. We failed once this season, and I don’t want to fail again.”Added Bottas: “Our target is to still try to get second place. So we really need to have a strong race here and also in Abu Dhabi.”Bottas will be shooting for his third victory this season to match wins in Russia and Austria. It’s also his third career pole.In the team standing, the top four teams are set and will not change in the last two races.Bottas set an Interlagos track record of 1 minute 8.322 seconds. Vettel was second followed by Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Max Verstappen of Red Bull fourth.Vettel was leading until Bottas posted a quicker lap. The German acknowledged he should have had the pole.“I chickened out a little bit on the brakes in the final run and it cost me,” Vettel said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments
Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I still think he’s a couple of weeks away,” Parker said of Leonard. “He was looking good the last two or three practices he practiced with me.”Parker will start at point guard in his season debut Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured quadriceps tendon. He will play limited minutes, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said, but there was no exact figure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeonard worked out Monday after the team’s morning shootaround, a rare public sighting of him on the court.The two-time Defensive Player of the Year missed the last three games of last season’s Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors after re-aggravating a sprained left ankle, but said he recovered from the injury shortly after San Antonio’s season ended. Leonard missed all preseason with a thigh injury that Popovich said was similar to Parker’s.Popovich was not as definitive about when Leonard would return, joking that he would confer with team doctors rather than “Dr. Parker.”“He’s getting very close,” Popovich said. “Making progress. He’s having contact now. Hopefully we’ll get him back shortly.”The Spurs have the third best record in the West (12-7) despite being without Leonard and Parker.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Grizzlies fire coach David Fizdale day after benching Gasol Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Maximilian Kleber (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker is back for the San Antonio Spurs, and the veteran guard expects teammate Kawhi Leonard to return in “two or three weeks” from a quadriceps injury that’s kept him out all season.Leonard has been practicing with Parker and retired San Antonio forwards Tim Duncan and Matt Bonner as part of his rehabilitation from right quadriceps tendinopathy.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Doha: Medal is too far-fetched a thought and even hopes of making the finals seem barely believable as India enter the World Athletics Championship without two of their biggest stars — the injured Neeraj Chopra and Hima Das.The championship starts from Friday. World-class javelin thrower Neeraj is not taking part in the September 27 to October 6 showpiece as he has been doing light training since May, having undergone elbow surgery.Another bright prospect, Hima, trained in Europe for nearly four months, winning some low-level races before pulling out due to a lower back injury after being named in the initial team.The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) received a lot of flak for her injury management.A fit Neeraj (who also qualified for the Worlds) would have at least given some hope, but Hima was never in the scene in her pet 400m event, finishing outside her personal best of 50.79 — which she clocked during the Asian Games last year — in the seven races and two in last two months.It is difficult to predict who among the Indians will reach the final though the AFI is pinning its hopes in the three 4x400m relays, particularly the mixed 4x400m which is making a debut in the World Championships.A medal though will be out of bounds and Anju Bobby George’s 2003 Worlds long jump bronze will remain the lone success.In the last edition in London in 2017, only one Indian made it to the finals (Davinder Singh Kang in men’s javelin) while the race walkers and marathoners produced disappointing performances.Of the 27-member Indian team, 13 have been named for the relays, though Dharun Ayyasamy will also run in the individual 400m hurdles.National record holder Muhammed Anas has not been fielded in the individual 400m though he had breached the World Championships qualification mark, in order to boost the men’s 4x400m relay team’s chances of making the finals.The top eight finishes in all the relays will book a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, something India is aiming for.Hima was initially named in the team to boost India’s chances in the women’s 4x400m and mixed 4x400m (India won gold in both in Asian Games but after the disqualification of Bahrain in case of mixed relay), but deputy national chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair still feels the country can reach the mixed 4x400m finals.”Not much difference (with Hima’s pulling out). We have to be positive and (I) still believe that we can reach the finals in mixed 4x400m relay,” Nair said.Among other athletes, young long jumper M Sreeshankar, metric mile runner Jinson Johnson and shot putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor will have to better than their best if they want to reach the finals, while the likes of sprinter Dutee Chand will hope to reach the 100m semifinals.Sreeshankar will start India’s campaign in the qualification round of the men’s long jump on the opening day on Friday.The automatic qualification mark for the finals has been set at 8.15m though jumpers below this mark can also advance if enough athletes do not cross the cut-off distance to make the 12 finalists.The 20-year-old Kerala athlete has gone beyond 8.15m just once in his career — an 8.20m last year in the National Open — though officials described it as a freak jump. He has a best of 8.00m this year and that has placed him second last in terms of the season’s best among the 27 jumpers who will start the qualification round.Later in the day, Ayyasamy and M P Jabir will run in the men’s 400m hurdles heats. With 48.80m as his season’s best, Ayyasamy, who recently recovered from an injury, has a better chance of making it to the semifinals from heat number 5 than Jabir, who will run earlier in the first heat.The first four in each of the five heats and the next four fastest will qualify for the semifinals. afiathleticsAthletics Federation of Indiahima das First Published: September 26, 2019, 3:31 PM IST
Virat Kohli is well-rested, fresh and eager to take on the world once again after a brief time away from cricket.Kicked about the T20 World Cup already. A crucial tournament, can’t wait for #WT20 with ICC Global Partners @MRFWorldwide #CricketWithMRF Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 10, 2016The Indian batting star was rested for the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka after a sensational tour of Australia, where he hammered 381 runs from five ODIs and 199 runs from three T20s. He was sorely missed in the first match against Sri Lanka in Pune, where India were shot out for a paltry 101 on a green turf – the top-ranked T20 team consequently succumbed to a five-wicket defeat. Kohli was also in the news recently for his rumoured breakup with Bollywood star Anushka Sharma. The Indian Test captain had reportedly proposed marriage to Anushka, who chose to rather focus on her career. (Virat Kohli reveals secret behind run-scoring spree ) The 27-year-old has since used some rare time off to ‘enjoy the calmness’ of his home and catch up on his reading. He was seen launching new cars at the Auto Expo, which was held in Greater Noida.Kohli, known to be among the most aggressive cricketers in the world, has rediscovered his softer side in the company of his mother. The batting sensation posted a picture of him and his mother on Twitter and said she was the source of all his strength.A beautiful day with the most beautiful woman in the world. My strength, my happiness, my everything; my mommy ?????? pic.twitter.com/cpdpMEKHQHadvertisement Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 11, 2016Kohli will be crucial to India’s chances in the Asia Cup T20 and the ICC World T20. He is now the only batsman to average over 50 (with a minimum of 500 runs). His three successive fifties against Australia last month won him the man-of-the-series.
What keeps PV Sindhu, the 21-year-old badminton player who became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal in 2016, so fit? As the shuttler was in the city for an event, MAIL TODAY asks her about her daily schedule, what keeps her going and the importance of staying hydrated while training for any sport.The shuttler, who picked up the sport when she was seven years old, inspired by Pullela Gopichand, whose institute she later trained in, says, “I started playing badminton as a fun and recreational sport at the age of seven. As I grew older, I got more serious about the sport and my game, and eventually decided it was the ideal career option for me. I wanted to represent the country. It’s not easy to pick sports as your career choice, but I think that if more schools have sport in their curriculum, it would encourage more youngsters to pick up different sports, not just badminton,” says the Padma Shri awardee.But success does come at a price–a relatively gruelling schedule. Sindhu starts her morning training session at 7 am which goes on till about 12 noon. “This is when I focus on my game on court,” she says. After that, it’s a home-cooked lunch at 1 pm, following which she rests till 3 pm. “I am back in the academy by 4 pm for endurance training and wrap up my day by 7 pm. I finish up dinner by 8 pm and am in bed by 9 pm. I firmly believe that sleep is an important aspect in any form of training, and it’s also crucial to let your body rest when you want it to heal,” she adds.advertisementIn Pics: Not just badminton, PV Sindhu’s style game is also totally on point! Her workout session varies every day and is planned on a monthly basis focusing on her back, abdomen, knees and shoulders. “I never leave for my workout without a snack in my kitbag – which usually comprises a small bowl of fruits, some dried nuts and a bottle of Gatorade. All of them help me keep up my energy throughout the day. I also eat a lot of proteins and carbs on days when I have a match,” she informs. She says she usually cheats on her diet after she is done with a tournament. “But even then, I usually get only one cheat day per month,” she adds. Emphasising on the importance of mental peace, she adds that she likes listening to music, which helps her relax and stay calm.Every sportsperson also has to deal with injuries, and for Sindhu, the mantra is to stay hydrated. She adds, “Hydration is absolutely essential for the healing of the body. I always keep liquids handy wherever I am – bottles of water, lemon water and Gatorade – a scientifically formulated sports drink that provides the right hydration and fuelling during a strenuous game or a training session. It has the right amount of carbohydrates, electrolytes and flavour that can help an athlete rehydrate, replenish and refuel while playing sports.” The brand recently added her to their official athlete roster.
Rahul Dravid, former India captain and current Under-19 and India A coach, when asked to pick someone to bat for his life named another teammate Sachin Tendulkar.”The best guy I’ve played with was Sachin Tendulkar. In terms of quality and class. So I’d pick Sachin, at his best,” Dravid said in a video interview.India’s ‘Wall’ in the longest format of the game for more than a decade, Dravid’s name often comes to mind when the question of picking a “batsman to bat for your life” pops up.But the 45-year-old who has 13,288 runs in 164 Tests for India chose long time teammate and former India captain Tendulkar.READ – Tendulkar feels yo-yo test shouldn’t be only criterion for selectionThe recent ICC Hall of Fame inductee, who coached the India U-19 team to a World Cup title earlier this year, was also asked about the funniest sledge he ever received.He picked one delivered by the Australian fielders as he walked out to the crease to join V.V.S.Laxman while following on in the famous 2001 Eden Gardens Test.The pair added 376 runs together to help India to one of the greatest victories in Test history.”When I walked in at Kolkata, I was reminded that I’d been batting at No.3 in the first Test, and by the time we reached the third innings in Kolkata I was No.6,” he recounted.”So I was told that by the end of the series I’d be No.12, which I thought was really funny.”advertisementREAD – Dravid feels Rishabh Pant ‘can bat differently’ in longer formatsWhen asked which batsman from the past he would have liked to forge a partnership with, Dravid said: “I would have loved to have partnered Sunil Gavaskar. And hopefully Gavaskar would have gotten out when I was still batting and G.R.Viswanath would have walked in. That would have been cool. They were my childhood heroes growing up.”Dravid heaped praised on South Africa quick Kagiso Rabada as one of the bowlers he would love to face from the current generation.”If you’re counting Indian bowlers, Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) would be quite a challenge. Facing Bhuvi with the new ball with his ability to get the ball to move away and come back in would be a great challenge,” the batting legend said.(With inputs from IANS)
Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo: I want three more Ballon d’Or awards but would be happy if I retired now Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:05 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Getty/Goal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The Real Madrid star remains at the pinnacle of the world game and has achieved everything he wants, but he is sure he can keep going for a bit longer Cristiano Ronaldo says he has achieved all of his dreams in football, but would like to win the Ballon d’Or another three times before he retires.The Real Madrid star was named the best player on the planet for the fifth time in 2017, pulling level with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.Ronaldo already has four Champions League and Club World Cup trophies to add to his Premier League and La Liga winners’ medals accrued in his sensational periods at Manchester United and Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And while the 32-year-old feels he would be perfectly happy in life if he were to retire from the game immediately, he believes he can still achieve a great deal more before he does call time on his career.”I never dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or five times,” he told Desimpedidos . “If I had to finish my career now, I would be super happy… [but] if I won another Ballon d’Or, two or three more times I’d be delighted with life.”Even if I don’t win, I’ve already won five… but I still have the confidence and the strength to compete for the prize… it depends on the titles we win this year.”Everything I dreamed of, I achieved.”After guiding his national team to Euro 2016 glory last season, Ronaldo is preparing to lead out Portugal in their World Cup campaign in Russia this summer.Although he feels his side are not looked upon as favourites to win the title, Ronaldo still has hope heading into the tournament.”We are not the favourites, we have to be honest,” he added. “There are teams with more names, like Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina… but in football everything is possible.”We are going to try to advance from the group stage, then we’ll see. The main objective is the first phase.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Foden in awe of senior teammate Sterlingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Phil Foden admit he’s in awe of senior teammate Raheem Sterling.Foden is still finding opportunities limited in City’s star-studded side but he played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s comfortable 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Preston.He said: “Raheem, is just – every time I watch him, I think ‘wow’ and (he’s) a better player every time I see him.”When he gets the ball he just glides past players and gets in the right places to score goals. He is always assisting.”He has got a lot more to come and that is what is good about him, he is still young and improving and wanting to improve. He has high standards and that is the level he has set.”He is a role model and he helps me out a lot, in the game and in training, and overall – helping me with my game, giving me tips and that is what a young lad needs coming through.”
Barcelona president Bartomeu: Squad is being rejuvenatedby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu addressed members during the General Assembly on Sunday – assuring that the squad is being rejuvenated.Bartomeu reassured them that the club was in a healthy way despite the Champions League semi-final disappointments of the last two seasons.The Blaugrana president emphasised that the Catalans had eclipsed their nearest rivals in terms of trophies won in recent years, with 34 trophies since 2004.That’s more than Bayern Munich (27), FC Porto (21) and Real Madrid (20).”We are winners,” said Bartomeu who stressed that 20 of those titles were under his spell as president.”We are living up to our dimension,” he said.”We have to continue renovating the squad to continue with this natural evolution with talent from both home and abroad.”We are sure this will be a winning generation,” he added, mentioning the likes of Ansu Fati, Carles Perez, Ansu Fati, Abel Ruiz and Alex Collado. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC 2.0 license Global brokerage and financial technology company BGC Partners has completed the acquisition of ship brokerage, consulting and business intelligence firm Poten & Partners Group.Under the terms of the agreement, BGC acquired 100% of Poten, which includes operations in New York, London, Singapore, Houston, Athens, Guangzhou and Perth.Specialising in LNG, tanker and LPG markets, Poten & Partners was founded over 80 years ago. With 170 employees worldwide, Poten provides insight into the international oil, gas and shipping markets.“We are excited about this strategic acquisition, which is very complementary to our current commodities offering. The addition of physical LNG, LPG and tanker brokerage, and energy consulting capabilities will allow BGC to expand its operations in the oil, gas and shipping sectors,” Shaun D. Lynn, President of BGC Partners, said.Poten, which generated revenues of around USD 60 million in the financial year ended December 31, 2017, will be recorded as part of BGC’s energy and commodities business. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed.
CALGARY – An exhibit in the United States that immerses people into the world of a child who has suffered abuse is being used by the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre to try and protect kids.Sara Austin, the centre’s CEO, says about a third of the population has experienced some form of child abuse.“This exhibit is really meant to help you see child abuse affects kids from all walks of life … different cultural backgrounds and different forms of abuse. It takes many different forms,” said Austin.“You come out of it with a strong sense of feeling you must take action to keep our kids safe.”The exhibit was unveiled Tuesday and it allows visitors to hear, see and experience the reality of child abuse.“Hi my name is Lisa. You don’t know me but I’d like to tell you a little about a world that is foreign to you but very familiar to me,” the 10-minute program begins.The Lisa Project, which was developed in California eight years ago, includes the little girl’s frantic 911 call asking for help as she was being abused. Visitors go room by room through various scenarios to demonstrate that child abuse doesn’t “look” a certain way, and they are reminded of the importance of reporting concerns and suspicions.In a final segment Lisa’s voice is older. She describes using alcohol and drugs. She is having her own child but doesn’t know who the father is.Lisa also recounts the stories of two other children.Ashley is from a well-off family.“Dear diary, I have a cast on my arm. You know from the skiing accident. I’ve never even put on a pair of skis,” she said.“At least he didn’t hit me in the face again. You’d think I was the freaking dog. Sometimes I wish I’d just die.”A young boy named Evan is often locked outside and doesn’t know where to turn for help.“He wishes he could tell someone. Or go to someone for help. But his mom tells him that if he tells anyone what’s going on they’ll take him away forever and he’ll never see her again.”Gene Hardin created the program along with his wife after seeing how effective an immersive program was at a King Tut exhibit.The Lisa Exhibit has been available in the U.S. for years but this is its first time in Canada. He said it is for adults and teens but not recommended for younger children.“The audio is pretty rough so we do have secondary aged kids go through the exhibit 13 to 18 years old. We find that age group, after they’ve experienced something together, are much more willing to talk about things and open up,” said Hardin“You’re not going to be able to forget about it and that’s the point.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Bhubaneswar: Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Tuesday mounted a blistering attack on both BJP and Congress and accused them of betraying the dalits and the minorities while benefitting the rich. Kicking off her party’s election campaign in Odisha at a rally here, the BSP supremo accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government of introducing GST in haste and failing to implement it in a proper manner resulting in rise in unemployment among the country’s youths. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ She hit out at the BJP-led government over demonetisation saying the hurriedly taken measure had harassed small businessmen and traders who eke out their living without depending on any government aid or assistance. “Both Congress and BJP are corrupt. While Congress was in news for its involvement in the Bofors scam, the BJP government has been embrolied in Rafale deal,” Mayawati said. Coming down heavily on both parties, she accused them of never working for the uplift of the dalit, backward and minorities sections. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Their discriminatory mindset is yet to change towards dalits,” Mayawati said adding unemployment has grown manifold during the BJP-led NDA government which has distressed the jobless youths. Though BSP’s presence in Odisha is limited, the party has been contesting both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state in recent times. In 2014, BSP had fielded candidates in 113 out of the 147 assembly constituencies in the state and polled only 0.86 per cent of votes. This time too several nominees of the party are in the fray. Assembly election in Odisha is scheduled to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. An on-duty police officer has been killed after being involved in a fatal road crash while on board his motorcycle.Thames Valley Police said Pc James Dixon was hurt on Bath Road in Wargrave, Berkshire, at around 1.50pm on Tuesday.The collision involved a car and a motorcycle.A 91-year-old passenger in the car also died, police confirmed.Pc Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station, his next of kin have been informed.The driver of the vehicle, a woman, was also injured in the incident and has been taken to hospital for treatment.Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, police said.A police spokesman said: “As is standard procedure, due to the fact that the incident resulted in the deaths of a member of the public and an on-duty police officer Thames Valley Police has made a mandatory referral to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) who have begun an investigation.”IPCC associate commissioner Guido Liguori said: “We have been notified by Thames Valley Police of a collision on the A4 near Reading, in which, tragically, a 91-year-old woman and a police officer have died.”My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time. “IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which led to the collision.”
Lord Pannick, who led the revolt “I felt like I was being abused and bullied all over again,” she told The Daily Telegraph, “His [Lord Lester’s] friends and colleagues were basically taking his side, basically talking about his reputation.“As an advocate for women, I could not in confidence suggest to them that, if they have a complaint, to complain to the House of Lords. I wouldn’t want to subject them to what I have been through – and to how I feel today.”She added: “I sat on this for 11 years. The memories don’t fade, they get stronger, in terms of the abuse. I wanted this to go through a process, for people to look at this independently, to change a system and to achieve closure. That was my objective.”Rachel Krys, co-director of End Violence Against Women Coalition, said it “inevitably might put people off coming forward in future” while Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society said: “Jasvinder clearly convinced the House of Lords’ authorities that she is telling the truth. We know that all too often women in these circumstances are not believed and the balance of power is in favour of the alleged harasser.” The peer revolt against the planned suspension of Lord Lester had been growing since it was announced on Monday. The Lords’ disciplinary procedures for investigating sexual harassment complaints had not been tested before. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Lord Pannick said that rules had prevented the victim’s cross-examination and as a result the investigation lacked a “basic standard of fairness”.Yesterday Lord lester thanked his friend and fellow peers for their backing. He said in a statement: “I would like to thank David Pannick and those members of the Lords who supported him today recognising the importance of process and now look forward to restoring my reputation.” The Lords’ Commissioner for Standards had never previously investigated such a claim.The Privileges and Conduct Committee, which had recommended the suspension of Lord Lester until 2022, will now have to reconsider the ban.Lord McFall, Senior Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, who had wanted the suspension, said: “I am deeply disappointed by today’s decision by the House to send the report into the conduct of Lord Lester back to the Privileges and Conduct Committee for further consideration. “I fully support the Commissioner for Standards and the work she has undertaken for many months. Every step of the way she followed the processes as agreed by the House and that have not been questioned before today.” Baroness Shackleton, a Tory peer and lawyer who voted against the suspension, had told the Lords: “I am extremely uneasy at convicting a fellow peer of misconduct with this standard of investigation.”Earlier in the day, Baroness Nicholson, a Liberal democrat peer, had suggested Ms Sanghera should have come forward at the time, telling the BBC that “we women are going to lose so much” if “driven by emotion” to make complaints that are now 12 years old.After a long debate, peers voted yesterday by 101 to 78 to block the suspension and forcing it back to the committee for a rethink.Ms Sanghera, who had waived her right to anonymity, spoke yesterday of her distress at the Lords’ decision and said it would deter victims from coming forward in the future. Lord Lester’s “unfair” ban from Parliament for sexually harassing a woman 12 years ago was blocked yesterday after more than 100 peers rebelled against their own watchdog.The 82-year-old peer said he now looked forward to “restoring his reputation” which had been shredded after the Lords privileges and conduct committee recommended his four-year suspension. A women’s rights campaigner had complained that Lord Lester had told her: “Sleep with me and I will make you a baroness”.But a growing number of peers complained that Lord Lester, once one of the country’s most eminent human rights lawyers, had been treated unfairly, insisting his alleged victim Jasvinder Sanghera should have been cross-examined to test the credibility of claims, dating back to 2007. Ms Sanghera had told six people at the time before making an official complaint last year.Lord Pannick QC, a close friend and former colleague of Lord Lester said the findings of the standards watchdog had “destroyed” his friend’s reputation and called on peers to back his amendment to block the suspension.He told the Lords that days after the alleged harassment, Ms Sanghera, 53, had sent Lord Lester a book thanking the peer for his support and signed it with “love and admiration”. More than two years later, she sent him another of her books, signed “with love and respect”. Jasvinder Sanghera in 2007, winning a Women of the Year AwardCredit:Yui Mok
Komatsu America has introduced its HM400-5 articulated dump truck (ADT). Featuring a net 350 kW of power, the HM400-5 has a Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 engine that is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu says its Tier 4 Final engines “are built on the solid foundation inaugurated in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu’s Tier 1 engines. This new articulated dump truck leverages Komatsu’s leadership in technology and innovation by delivering a more environmentally friendly engine that provides high levels of performance while reducing fuel consumption and operating costs.”With a 40 t payload and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 75,130 kg, the HM400-5 maintains the productivity and performance of the previous model, and “offers improved fuel efficiency to deliver what customers have come to expect from Komatsu articulated dump trucks.” The low 3,164 mm loading height easily matches with 40 t to 60 t hydraulic excavators or 5.5 yd³ to 7.5 yd³ wheel loaders. Additionally, the two single-staged body lift cylinders provide a 70° dump angle. Selectable working modes allow the operator to choose between Economy and Power modes to tailor machine performance to the application or work conditions. The HM400-5 features the Komatsu Traction Control System (K-TCS) that automatically provides optimum traction when operating in soft ground conditions. As ground conditions worsen and tyre slippage is detected by the speed sensors located on the transmission output shafts, automatic application of the inter-axle lock occurs, providing power to all three axles. If tyre slippage continues to be detected by the speed sensors monitoring individual wheel speeds, then four independent brakes can be applied to the slipping wheels to regain traction.The HM400-5 is enhanced with K-ATOMiCS – Komatsu Advanced Transmission with Optimum Modulation Control System. K-ATOMiCS offers a six-speed, fully-automatic transmission that uses an advanced electronic system to eliminate shift shock and torque cutoff to improve operator and engine efficiency. It automatically selects the ideal gear based on vehicle speed, engine rpm and the shift position chosen. This results in powerful acceleration, smooth down- shifting and synchronised engine speed when climbing slopes, which ultimately minimises operator fatigue and helps keep the load in the body to increase productivity. An integrated Payload Meter (PLM) is now standard on the HM400-5. The PLM displays the loaded material weight on the 7 in high-resolution LCD monitor for the truck operator as well as indicates payload information to the loader operator via external display lamps. PLM data is also transferred via KOMTRAX and can be accessed by web.Komatsu’s EPA Tier 4 Final engines are built on the strength of its proven Tier 4 Interim foundation. By integrating Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR), the Tier 4 Final engine further reduces NOx emissions using Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The Komatsu Tier 4 Final engine uses an advanced electronic control system to manage the airflow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters, and after treatment functions to optimise performance, reduce emissions, and provide advanced diagnostic capability. The result is lower fuel consumption with no loss of performance. Komatsu continues to use a Komatsu Variable Geometry Turbocharger (KVGT) and an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve for more precise temperature and air management control as well as longer component life. For product reliability and durability in demanding conditions, Komatsu developed the entire system, including the control software which is critical to the effective operation of the aftertreatment system. This control system is also integrated into the machine’s on-board diagnostics systems and KOMTRAX®, Komatsu’s standard telematics system.The large cab of the HM400-5 provides a comfortable and quiet work environment. The ROPS/FOPS Level-2 certified cab has a newly designed rounded front dash panel with easy to reach switches. The centre-mounted high back, heated air ride seat with 3-point seat belt provides the operator with excellent visibility during operation. The dashboard and front console provide easy access to all machine controls as well as visibility to the monitor panel. An auxiliary input has also been added to connect a smart phone or other device along with two 12-volt ports that have also been incorporated into the cab. A high resolution 7 in LCD monitor offers enhanced capabilities and displays information in 25 languages for global support. Through the monitor, the operator can easily modify settings for items such as the Auto Idle Shutdown or the auto-reversing fan, check operational records, such as driving history or fuel consumption, monitor the KDPF or check how much time is required before the next maintenance interval. The monitor also provides the operator with the option of using the ECO Guidance function, which will provide operational tips to reduce fuel consumption. A rear view monitor system with a separate 7 in LCD monitor is standard with every machine and is mounted on the right hand side of the console for operator convenience.The HM400-5 provides easier service access in order to reduce costly downtime. The new truck has a light-weight fibreglass engine hood for easy access, increased cooling capacity, and two standard hydraulically driven, reversible fans to help keep the radiator and charge air cooler clean. The cab tilts reward for easy access to the transmission and an electrically powered tilt function is now standard on the HM400-5. The machine is also equipped with the exclusive Komatsu EMMS (Equipment Management Monitoring System), which has enhanced diagnostic features that give the operator and technicians greater monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities. EMMS also continuously monitors all critical systems, preventative maintenance, and provides troubleshooting assistance to minimise diagnosis and repair time. The HM400-5 is also equipped with the latest KOMTRAX remote monitoring technology with data access via the web or via KOMTRAX Mobile on a smart phone. In addition to providing data such as fuel levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts, KOMTRAX has been further enhanced to monitor DEF levels, ambient air temperatures and pressures. A new Operator Identification System reports key operating information for multiple operators. An Auto Idle Shutdown function helps improve operating costs by reducing unnecessary idle time.All Komatsu Tier 4 machines come with Komatsu CARE, which provides complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first three years or 2,000 hours (whichever occurs first). It also includes a 50-point inspection at each service and two complimentary KDPF exchanges in the first five years.
SEVEN PEOPLE HAVE been killed and another seven have been injured in drive-by shootings by a gunman in California.The shootings began late on Friday night at 9.27pm (5.27am GMT) in a student neighbourhood next to the University of California Santa Barbara.Police said that the shootings took place at several sites across Santa Barbara as the suspect drove through the streets shooting at people, with at least nine crime scenes currently being investigated.The suspected attacker, who was driving a black BMW car, was among the dead. Police say they believe he acted alone. At third crime scene in #IslaVista. Possibly four people dead in the shootings. Follow @KEYTNC3 & @Kcoy for updates. pic.twitter.com/rmLbCTKh6v— Brittany Silverstein (@ABC7Brittany) May 24, 2014 Source: Brittany Silverstein/Twitter Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the suspect had exchanged gunfire with police before crashing into a parked car. Brown said he did not know whether the suspect was shot by police or if his wound was self-inflicted.The university had urged people to stay indoors once the shooting began.Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: Spanish politician shot dead on the street >