In a shot in the arm for the on-going agitation for a separate State of Gorkhaland, president of the Jan Andolan Party (JAP) and prominent leader of the Darjeeling hills, Harkha Bahadur Chettri on Friday voiced his support for the movement. Mr Chettri said also he was willing to join the forum of political parties calling for a separate State including the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).High Court directive In a related development, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed the West Bengal government to restore peace and normalcy in the Darjeeling hills.The directions, passed by a division bench of acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty, reiterated earlier orders of the Supreme Court and the Calcutta High Court that shutdowns or general strikes are illegal. The court also asked GJM representatives to be present during the next hearing on June 23.Arson reportedA cash counter of the Rimbick Hydel power plant and a primary health centre in Darjeeling were set on fire by miscreants as incidents of violence and arson were reported at various places in the Darjeeling hills. The Tarakhola forest bungalow at Kalingpong, a primary school, and a gram panchayat office at Merik were also destroyed by arsonists. The GJM denied its involvement in the violence but the police claimed to have arrested several GJM leaders in connection with the violence.Rival returnsMr Harkha Bahadur Chettri, a former GJM MLA from Kalimpong, had floated the JAP in January 2016. He also contested the 2016 Assembly polls with the support of ruling Trinamool Congress.“We were always in support of Gorkhaland. To join the forum of political parties I have given some conditions to the GJM. We are willing to join the other political parties provided our demands are met,” Mr Chettri told The Hindu.He said with “emotions running high on Gorkhaland”, the JAP has launched its programme. Earlier, the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), one an arch rival, joined the GJM and participated in a meeting on June 13 with five other parties.Court seeks report In another development, the Calcutta High Court directed the principal secretary of the State Home Department to submit an interim report within two weeks on after assessing the damage caused to the public property during the shut down since June 9.The directive came during the hearing of a PIL petition, with the Court citing its 2013 order terming shutdownsjudgement where it has termed bandhs illegal. The court asked the West Bengal government to take necessary steps to prevent such incidents. The court also asked GJM representatives to be present during the next hearing on June 23. Violence and Arson Meanwhile incidents of violence and arson were reported at various places in the Darjeeling hills over the past 24 hours after the GJM called for a complete shutdown on Thursday after a raid on its president Bimal Gurung’s residence in Patleybas. A cash counter of the Rimbick Hydel power plant and a primary health centre in Darjeeling were set on fire by miscreants. The Tarakhola forest bungalow at Kalingpong, a primary school, and a gram panchayat office at Merik were also destroyed by arsonists. The GJM denied its involvement in the violence but the police claimed to have arrested several GJM leaders in connection with the violence.The Mamata Banerjee government has send seven more IPS officers to control the situation in the Darjeeling hills. At this moment more than a dozen of IPS officers along with three columns of area and paramilitary forces are deployed in Darjeeling. Earlier in the day Army and CRPF personnel held an area domination exercise in Patleybas which has turned violent on Thursday. A huge contingent was also deployed before GJM headquarters at Singamari.On the second day of the indefinite shutdown, life in Darjeeling town came to a complete standstill with shops, commercial establishments, hotels and educational institutions remaining closed. The streets of the country one of the most sought after holiday destination bore a deserted look with hardly any tourists and only a few locals coming out of their homes.
December 3, 2019
Two Union Ministers, Jitendra Singh and Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, who praised the Kashmir civil society for condemning the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, said on Wednesday that “India is in the last phase of militancy.”“We are here on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express our solidarity. The common youth of Kashmir is keen to be part of the development journey led by the Prime Minister,” said Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office. He said the unanimous condemnation “clearly indicates that there is no place for such acts in the Valley.” “I hail and appreciate the widespread condemnation. Earlier there used to be a selective condemnation,” Dr. Singh said. Refusing to name the group behind the attack, which left seven pilgrims dead, Dr. Singh said, “No one should jump to any conclusion. Let’s wait for definite inputs from the security agencies.” The Ministers met Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, besides security agencies, and discussed the security situation. “The collective response showed no one can kill Kashmiriyat. After many years everyone in Kashmir is on the same page on something. We all believe this [the attack] is not what Kashmir stands for,” Ms. Mufti reportedly told the Ministers. ‘Nationalistic rhetoric’Reacting to Dr. Singh’s remarks, separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, said in a joint statement: “Resorting to nationalistic rhetoric, denial of ground realities and degrading the resistance leadership will not help in changing the grave situation in Kashmir for the better.” A number of tour and travel bodies condemned the attack, with tourist hotspot Pahalgam witnessing a shutdown over the incident.Srinagar youth in militant ranksMeanwhile, three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an encounter at Budgam. Two of them belonged to Srinagar, which was a militancy-free zone for 12 years. The Valley witnessed clashes, stone-throwing and curfew-like restrictions during their funeral. The three were trapped in a house during a cordon operation in the Redbugh area. “They were engaged in a gunfight till morning. The house was blasted with improvised explosive devices. All the three bodies were recovered from the debris,” said a police official. One self-loading rifle (SLR) and a pistol were recovered from the encounter site. The police are verifying if the SLR was a snatchedservice rifle.The police identified the slain militants as Aaqib Gul, a resident of Srinagar’s Goripora area, Sajid Ahmad Gilkar of Srinagar’s Malaratta, and Javaid Ahmad Sheikh from Budgam’s Beerwah.Ground realityIt was in 2005 that two militants from Srinagar, Ibrahim Dar and Ishfaq Ahmad Rather, were killed in an encounter on the city outskirts. Since then, Srinagar was declared a militancy-free zone with no local armed militant. In the past one year, the police figures suggest that 11 youth from Srinagar have turned to militancy.A resident of the old city, Gilkar, who was a known protester and booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) on several occasions, had joined militancy just 10 days ago.Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in the city to keep protesters at the bay. Major clashes broke out when the militant’s body reached Nowahatta. Locals alleged that security forces used pellet shotguns on the mourners. Scores of protesters were injured. Earlier in the day, several areas witnessed spontaneous shutdown and stone throwing.Four rounds of funeral prayers were held for slain Sheikh in Budgam. Protesters were seen marching on the city roads at Hyderpora and performed the funeral of Gul on the roadside. Demonstrators’ attempt to go to Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s residence was disallowed by the security forces.Youth were seen unfurling the banners of Hizb commander Burhan Wani and split faction head Zakir Mussa during these funerals. Clashes broke out on the road connecting the airport with the city as youth raised anti-India slogans.
November 30, 2019
LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding GINEBRA 98 – Slaughter 22, Brownlee 17, Tenorio 16, Devance 15, Aguilar 10, Ferrer 7, Caguioa 6, Thompson 4, Mercado 1.BLACKWATER 81 – Walker 26, Digregorio 12, Sumang 12, Pinto 8, Erram 6, Canaleta 6, Gamalinda 5, Marcelo 4, Sena 2, Belo 0.Quarters: 23-24, 45-48, 69-71, 98-81.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Ginebra trailed early and needed one big spurt in the fourth period to put the Elite away and extend the tournament’s longest winning streak to seven after opening up with a loss and remain at No. 1.“You don’t want to play San Miguel coming off a loss, you need to have high energy coming into that game to have a chance,” Cone went on, referring to their 6:45 p.m. clash with the powerhouse Beermen on Sunday which could ultimately mean No. 1 seeding for his Kings.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 shutoutBlackwater dropped to 4-5, losing for just the second time in six games since Henry Walker arrived. The Elite would need to sweep their remaining two games to advance to the quarterfinals outright.The scores: E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:37Protesters 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 Paul Desiderio embracing role as new UP skipper Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWorking extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner.“It was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, minutes after rallying for a 98-81 decision of Blackwater, which the Gin Kings ground out the entire night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. “The final score doesn’t give justice to the difficulty of this game.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
November 29, 2019
No slaughter? Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving 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 Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Messi has scored 32 goals in 41 matches for Spanish-league leader Barcelona this season, while Ronaldo has 31 from 33 for two-time defending Champions League champion Madrid.Ronaldo has been the more lethal one in recent weeks, scoring 11 goals in his last six matches as the league title slips away but the Champions League becomes all the more important. Three of his latest goals came in the 5-2 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutScoring goals in Europe’s most prestigious club competition is nothing new, however. Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the tournament with 117.FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi kicks the ball to score during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Messi has been pretty impressive, too. The Argentina forward has scored five goals in his last five matches, including the lone strike in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League. The second leg is Wednesday at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball to score his side’s first goal passing PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola during the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)MADRID — One is keeping Barcelona in contention for a treble, and the other is putting Real Madrid in position to clinch a third straight Champions League title.Of course, it’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo — and it’s not the least bit surprising that they are stepping up at just the right time for their teams.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus “There is no player like Messi in the world,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, perhaps even understating the value of a guy who has helped the club win eight league titles and four Champions League titles in his 14 years with the team.Barcelona leads the Spanish league and is still alive in the Copa del Rey. Madrid, however, trails the leaders by 15 points in the league and has already been eliminated from the cup competition.That leaves the Champions League as the main head-to-head competition for the two players who have split the last 10 FIFA player of the year awards.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
November 28, 2019
Sunidhi, 43, emailed to ask for pain-free alternatives to squats and lunges. These workouts hurt her weak knee joints. If you have a knee injury or strain, squats may not be right for you. Make sure you don’t overwork your knees with high-impact, joint-stressing exercises. Here are some low-impact workouts for you.1. WALKING Start with about 5 minutes of slow-paced walk, followed by a medium-paced one for about 10 minutes every day. Gradually build up to 30 to 60 minutes by adding a few minutes each time you walk. Conclude with 5 minutes of slow walking. After your knees get better, increase the pace gradually. You should be able to talk without difficulty during the walk.2. WATER EXERCISES Swimming is an excellent no-impact exercise for you. You can also try front leg raises, side leg raises and weight training with a pair of half-kilo dumbbells under water. The buoyancy of the water supports most of the body’s weight while its resistance makes your muscles work harder. Another joint-friendly option could be simply walking on the swimming pool floor, immersing yourself partially in water.3. STATIONARY BIKE This will reduce the strain on your knees and lower back. Make sure your knees are not bent beyond 90.4. ELLIPTICAL TRAINER Even though it is a low-impact exercise, the elliptical gives you a high-intensity cardio workout. It uses all your body’s main muscle groups.5. YOGA OR TAI CHI Both these exercises are easy on the knees. Tai Chi gives you flexibility and yoga helps to stretch your body without straining it. Do them with a good trainer’s help.Neesha Maria Bukht is a certified fitness trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). She works with Talwalkars Gym, Mumbai. Bukht writes regularly on fitness and is also a certified dietician. Write to her at Neesha.b@ preventionindia.comadvertisement
November 27, 2019
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The Ateneo-De La Salle rivalry is not only limited to basketball and it’s been established that the fiery competition between the two schools has spilled to the women’s volleyball landscape.The Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles met each other six straight times in the finals from 2012 to 2017 and that resulted to this massive must-watch spectacle that even regular elimination games between the two squads have become a fixture in the Philippine sporting world.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ And the two teams’ meeting in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is once again treated with championship atmosphere.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said the rivalry that constantly draws thousands of live spectators and immeasurable television audiences is normal in the sporting context since it was heavily marketed during the first few years of their matchupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think that’s normal because if you’d look at it this was blown up because of the TV because when Ateneo and La Salle started playing each other there was almost no camera crew but now it’s everywhere,” said De Jesus in Filipino Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.De Jesus added that the arrival of Tai Bundit on the Ateneo bench further enhanced the rivalry because that was when the Lady Eagles won their two titles in the league cementing the program as one of the best in the UAAP. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES 1Bataan falls to Tokyo Dime in 3×3 Super Quest final View comments La Salle, though, had already established itself as one the premier volleyball schools in the country winning its first title in 2004—10 years before Ateneo earned its first.“The television helped and it also improved because Tai arrived,” said De Jesus, who was the architect of all 11 titles that La Salle won in its storied history. “La Salle was already there at the top before Ateneo got its turn.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
November 27, 2019
New Delhi, Sep 19 (PTI) In a major legal victory for Hockey India (HI), the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) has dismissed Indian Hockey Federations (IHF) plea to be the sole governing body of the sport in the country, thereby drawing curtains on a seven-year old power tussle. The IHF had filed a case in CAS in Switzerland in relation to their de-recognition by the Indian Olympic Association and subsequently by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in 2008. The CAS judgement not only dismissed IHFs all appeals, it has also directed the de-recognised body to bear all the litigation and arbitration costs and pay CHF 6,000 each to HI and FIH. “The appeal filed by the IHF is fully dismissed. In the light of the outcome of this appeal, the panel determines that costs of the arbitration, to be calculated by the CAS office and communicated sperately to the parties, shall be borne entirely by the IHF,” the CAS said in its order. “As a general rule, the CAS grants the prevailing party a contribution towards its legal fees and other expenses incurred in connection with the proceedings. The panel finds it fair to order IHF to make a contribution of CHF 6,000 towards the legal fees and expenses of each of the FIH and Hockey India,” it added. In november last year, the IHF had challenged both the FIH and the HI for incorrectly and unfairly applying the rules for recognition and also sought recognition from the FIH as a member from India. Evfen though the CAS agreed that the change in FIH statutes affected the IHFs position, it refused any relief to the appelant, saying the changes were “necessary and neutral in their effect”. PTI SSC SSCadvertisement
November 26, 2019
Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger × SHARE sania Rio sania Rio 2/2 saina Published on 1/2 saina SHARE SHARE EMAIL August 14, 2016 tennis COMMENT Rio de Janeiro, Aug 14 India’s dwindling medal hopes in the Olympic Games suffered a severe jolt when star shuttler Saina Nehwal was knocked out at the group stage while the men’s hockey team also crashed out along with the tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna on a miserable day here.Saina, who was carrying a knee injury into the quadrennial sports spectacle, lost to lower ranked rival Maria Ulitina from Ukraine to make a shock exit.The only bright spots on an otherwise gloomy day, with setbacks coming thick and fast from various quarters, were provided by shuttlers K Srikanth and P V Sindhu who atoned somewhat for Saina’s exit by reaching the pre-quarterfinals from their respective groups in men’s and women’s singles.More disappointment was in store for the contingent when mixed doubles medal hopes — Bopanna and Sania — lost in the bronze medal play-off in straight sets to the Czech pair of Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradceka.To add insult to injury, the men’s hockey squad, which had qualified for the knock—out phase after 36 years, was bundled out of the competition by Belgium which inflicted a 1-3 come—from—behind victory.The shooters continued to misfire as rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to make the final of the 50m 3-position event, finishing a lowly 23rd and 33rd respectively, to end the country’s dismal campaign.Women marathoners O P Jaisha and Kavita Raut were also out of depth and finished way behind in 89th and 120th spots clocking unimpressive time of 2 hours, 47 minutes, 19 seconds and 2:59:29 respectively.Boxer Manoj Kumar lost 0-3 to Uzbek rival Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the light welter (64kg) pre-quarterfinal bout.The biggest talking point on the disastrous day was the shock ouster of world no. 5 Saina, who created history four years ago in London by winning a bronze medal which was the first by an Indian in the sport.She lost 18-21 19-21 to world no. 61 Ulitina in a match that lasted 39 minutes and later revealed that she played with pain in her knee. COMMENTS
November 26, 2019
coachluis enriquemediaRobert Moreno First Published: November 19, 2019, 4:04 PM IST Madrid: Luis Enrique will return as coach of Spain and replace Robert Moreno ahead of Euro 2020, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Tuesday.Moreno took charge in June after Luis Enrique had resigned to take care of his daughter Xana, who died in August of bone cancer. “Today we can confirm Luis Enrique returns to his position of work,” said RFEF president Luis Rubiales, in a press conference at the national team’s training base in Las Rozas.Moreno won four out of six games in charge of Spain and drew two, with his side clinching a place at Euro 2020 last month with a 1-1 draw away to Sweden.Spain also won all three games when Moreno took temporary charge between March and June while Luis Enrique was on leave. They finished top of Group F, taking 26 points from 10 games.Moreno, an international relations graduate who had no playing career, was thrust into the biggest job in Spanish football in unusual circumstances following Luis Enrique’s resignation in June.He revealed he felt “bittersweet” about getting the role, and in September said he would be happy to step aside if Luis Enrique decided he wished to return to the job.Questions about Moreno’s suitability for the role began to emerge following sluggish 1-1 draws away to Norway and Sweden in October, although Spain responded to those results by hammering Malta 7-0 on Friday to clinch top spot in Group F.Doubts grew about Moreno’s future when federation president Rubiales declined to say whether he would be in charge at Euro 2020.Moreno said before the Romania game that he was not ruffled by Rubiales’ dithering over his future and suggested he was confident he would remain in charge.“It’s normal that you are questioned in your job, especially if you are in the spotlight, and all I can do is focus on my work. I think I have a 10 out of 10 chance of staying,” he said. 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.
November 22, 2019
Despite finishing a notch higher with a silver medal at Despite finishing a notch higher with a silver medal at the Olympics as compared to her senior colleague Saina Nehwal, who had bagged a bronze at the 2012 London Games, Sindhu stayed grounded and said, “Its a different comparison. She has also achieved a lot, and is senior to me. “Today I feel finally Ive achieved something in life. Its my dream, anybodys dream to win an Olympic medal. Ive done it. Everybody in top 20/30 are kind of equal and dont know what will happen as things may change anytime.” On whether she would turn this silver into a gold at 2020 Tokyo Games, Sindhu said: “Hopefully yes. I will really work hard for it.” With a new found confidence and ranking, which is set to improve, Sindhus next target is to win a Super Series. “I feel it would change a lot from now onwards. With more confidence I would go further and maybe I would win a Super Series.” Giving credit of her success to coach Pullela Gopichand, Sindhu said: “Ive really worked hard before coming. Ive been training hard and made so many sacrifices. Gopi sir has also sacrificed a lot. Hes been in court all throughout. Parents have also made so many sacrifices.” Going into the match, Sindhu said she never thought about Marins world number one status and wanted to play her natural game. “I had belief that I can do it in the second game but she played extremely well. I made simple errors and she won the match. I did not feel shes world number one. I thought its anybodys game and whoever does well would win it. Both of us played aggressively but she was better on the day.” PTI TAP CM AH AHadvertisement
November 16, 2019
Premier League Expected goals: What is the controversial stat and why is it useful? Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 06:53 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Stats The new advanced metric has come under fire from some pundits but how does it work and what is it really useful for? Advanced statistics, or analytics, are making their entrance into the footballing mainstream.In many sports around the world – most notably baseball – the use of more complex statistical metrics has become commonplace as teams search for any edge they can get over their rivals.Football, though, has been – and continues to be – more resistant to change. The fluency of the game, critics of analytics argue, makes it impossible to measure with numbers. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But behind the scenes, many of the more modern coaches and executives have come to see the value of integrating statistical analysis into tactics, transfers and training.And one of the more prominent metrics that is now filtering out for public consumption is expected goals.The utility of expected goals has, unsurprisingly, divided opinion, with a number of television pundits ridiculing its increasing prominence.But what exactly is expected goals and how can it be used?WHAT IS EXPECTED GOALS?Put in basic terms, expected goals assigns a value to the chances of a shot resulting in a goal.It does so by crunching data from thousands of historical shots and filtering them based on factors such as distance, type of shot, type of pass and the number of defenders between the shooter and the goal.All of this information is used to create a percentage chance, on average, of a particular shot going in with all of those factors taken into account.It is usually expressed as a number between 0 and 1, with 1 being the maximum and representing a certain goal. A chance worth 0.2 expected goals can be expected to result in a goal on one out of every five occasions.The concept, really, is simple: how many times have you heard a commentator say, “he’s got to score that”? Expected goals is a way of quantifying how true that statement is.Its potential uses, though, go far beyond critiques of a player’s finishing.WHY IS EXPECTED GOALS USEFUL?There are two primary ways in which clubs and analysts are putting expected goals to use: one generally concerns teams and the other individual players.Judging team performancesBecause expected goals rates the quality of a chance rather than its actual outcome, it is a means by which we can assess process over results.Results in football, after all, can be influenced by luck and randomness. As fans, we have all been infuriated at one point or another as we have watched our team dominate a game only to concede on the opponent’s first chance.Winning games in that way, though, tends not to be sustainable, and expected goals gives us a window into the teams that might expect to be brought back down to earth – or go on a good run once their bad luck ends.The prime example is Juventus in 2015-16. They started the Serie A season poorly in terms of results, winning just three of their first 10 games, but their expected goals numbers were excellent. They were dominating most of their games in terms of chances, but not getting the rewards.The Bianconeri kept plugging away and sure enough, their luck eventually turned and they won 15 matches in a row. By the end of the season, they were champions by nine points.In those circumstances, some clubs might have panicked and made a managerial change. But it clearly would have been the wrong decision to sack Massimiliano Allegri and expected goals gave us an indication of that.Manchester City have led the way in terms of expected goals in the Premier League this season by a comfortable margin, which suggests their status as title favourites is well-earned.It is interesting to note, however, that Chelsea are all the way down in 10th, while Crystal Palace are in eighth despite their struggles.Expected goals, like any metric, requires context and further analysis but that hints that Antonio Conte has work to do to keep his Blues team in title contention and that Roy Hodgson may have reason to be optimistic about the chances of improvement at Selhurst Park.Huddersfield Town, on the other hand, are bottom of the league in expected goals and it is perhaps not surprising that they have suffered some heavy defeats lately.Measuring individual playersAs well as comparing a team’s expected goals to their actual goals scored, we can see which players are hitting the target more or less than the numbers suggest they should.This is useful for a number of reasons. When a player is overperforming his expected goals, it suggests he is either lucky or an above-average finisher.If a player surpasses his expected goals for a few games and does not have a notable history of being a prolific goalscorer, he is probably on a hot streak that will not last forever.But someone like Harry Kane, who scores more goals than the chances he gets suggest he should year after year, is clearly just better in front of goal than the average player.This can help clubs make decisions in many ways.For example, expected goals can identify players who are good at getting into goalscoring positions before they have started scoring a quantity of goals that actually makes teams take notice.Two potential examples of this are Swansea City’s Tammy Abraham and Watford’s Richarlison, who rank among the top players for expected goals in the Premier League this season despite playing for clubs that do not create as many chances as the division’s top teams.They appear to be two players the big clubs should be watching closely – or, in Abraham’s case, Chelsea should be giving an opportunity to when he returns from his loan.Expected goals can also hint at when a player’s form might not be sustainable.Mohamed Salah, for example, will probably slow down slightly eventually; though his individual expected goals as of December 1 was an impressive 8.53, it was short of the 12 goals he had actually netted.WHY DOES EXPECTED GOALS GET CRITICISM?As with many statistics, the criticism of expected goals is often borne out of poor use of it.Expected goals numbers for individual matches, for example, are useless without context. If a team scores a couple of early goals on difficult chances, they may still be quite right to sit back and protect their lead.If their opponent then ends up with a higher expected goals number because they end up taking a lot of low-quality shots, that does not mean they deserved to win the game.That is the challenge statistical analysis always faces when it goes mainstream: if the raw numbers are not perfect, it gives critics plenty of ammo with which to immediately take aim.Then there is the emotional side of it. It is not hard to comprehend why, after seeing their team lose, many fans might not be particularly interested in hearing television pundits tell them they had the better of things when it came to expected goals. It isn’t worth any points.Similarly, the accepted wisdom has always been to praise teams who grind out results against the run of play rather than question how long they can keep doing it for. 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November 9, 2019
Aston Villa 0 Fulham 1: Cairney secures Premier League return Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 01:55 5/27/18 Getty Images Tom Cairney’s goal at Wembley sent Fulham back into the Premier League at the expense of Aston Villa. Fulham sealed promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in Saturday’s Championship play-off final.Tom Cairney’s first-half goal was enough to send Slavisa Jokanovic’s side back into the top flight, four years on from their relegation, despite Denis Odoi being sent off with 20 minutes remaining.Just five points separated these teams in the 2017-18 table and there was little to split them during a fiercely competitive clash at Wembley, in which in-form Jack Grealish and Ryan Fredericks were both fortunate to escape red cards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Cairney’s strike deservedly gave Fulham the lead, the midfielder combining with rising star Ryan Sessegnon before finishing with aplomb, and Aleksandar Mitrovic could have doubled the advantage with chances either side of half-time.Villa improved after the break and were unsurprisingly dominant after Odoi’s dismissal for a second yellow card, but Steve Bruce’s side created little to worry Marcus Bettinelli in the Fulham goal despite their man advantage.After winning a game reportedly worth £160million, Fulham can now prepare for a return to the riches of the Premier League, along with Wolves and Cardiff City, while Villa are facing a third-straight season in the second tier.3 – Ryan Sessegnon has had a hand in all three of Fulham’s play-off goals so far this season, scoring one and assisting two. Pivotal. pic.twitter.com/CrPvFaZZ1I— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 26, 2018Fulham looked the more settled from the outset and deserved to take the lead on 23 minutes, which they did in fine style. Sessegnon manoeuvred into space on the edge of the Villa box and slid the ball between John Terry and Alan Hutton to Cairney, who slotted past Sam Johnstone.Their early control was put at risk when Fredericks appeared to stamp on Grealish after winning a 50-50 challenge, although the officials did not punish the Fulham full-back.Steve Bruce’s side were struggling to get a foothold in the game and survived a nervy moment when Mitrovic almost stole the ball from Johnstone, while a Grealish shot over the bar was the best chance they mustered before the break.Mitrovic glanced a header wide early in the second half but there was a marked improvement from Villa, with Grealish deserving better after dancing his way through the defence only to be denied by Bettinelli.Villa’s midfield star was becoming frustrated with his physical treatment, having been fouled six times in the first half alone, and he was the second player lucky not to be sent off after a reckless lunge on Cairney.The game was becoming more and more ill-tempered and Odoi took things a step too far, his poor challenge on Grealish earning him a second booking, having received a first-half yellow for a foul on the same player.Villa poured players forward to try to take advantage but the equaliser eluded them, allowing Fulham, who missed out on automatic promotion by just two points, to celebrate in the London sunshine. Key Opta facts:- Fulham have won promotion via the play-offs for the first time in their history, in what was their fourth play-off campaign.- Indeed, Fulham have won a match at Wembley for the first time in the club’s history, losing on their only other visit there in the 1975 FA Cup final (2-0 versus West Ham).- Since 1988-89, the side finishing third in the second tier has gained promotion via the play-offs more times than any other position (11/30 – 37 per cent).- This was the sixth successive season which saw at least one side fail to score in a Championship play-off final.- Aston Villa have now lost five of their last six games at Wembley stadium (W1), conceding 12 goals in the process. read more
November 7, 2019
It’s the 12th year that the Junior State Cup has been held in Wollongong, with the event being the world’s largest junior Touch Football tournament. Over 4,000 participants will compete across 10 divisions, from under 10’s Boys and Girls through to Under 18’s Boys and Girls. Teams from close to 50 affiliates from across New South Wales will travel to Wollongong to attend the event. The Manly Sea Eagles will be hopeful of winning back-to-back Club Championships titles at the Junior State Cup after making the finals of four divisions and winning three in 2011. The finals of the 10 divisions will be played at the following times:4pm – 10’s Boys, 12’s Boys, 12’s Girls, 18’s Boys4.30pm – 10’s Girls, 14’s Boys, 16’s Boys, 16’s Girls5.00pm – 14’s Girls, 18’s Girls There are plenty of ways you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2012 New South Wales Junior State Cup:Website:www.nswtouch.com.auhttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-857-0-205502-0&sID=7926 Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/NSW-Touch-Football-Network/137384052966714 Twitter:www.twitter.com/nsw_touchYouTube:www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
October 24, 2019
Story Highlights Dr. Wheatley praised the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (JA-CIRT), which falls under the Ministry; the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); and other stakeholders for helping to enhance Jamaica’s cybersecurity framework. The Government is emphasising the need for users of information and communications technology (ICT) tools to exercise caution in order to reduce cybersecurity risks. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the Administration recognises that for Jamaica to remain globally competitive, “we have to incorporate ICT. But we are also mindful of the fact that as we incorporate technology in our everyday lives, we are exposing ourselves to cyber risks”. The Government is emphasising the need for users of information and communications technology (ICT) tools to exercise caution in order to reduce cybersecurity risks.Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the Administration recognises that for Jamaica to remain globally competitive, “we have to incorporate ICT. But we are also mindful of the fact that as we incorporate technology in our everyday lives, we are exposing ourselves to cyber risks”.“It’s not that we believe that because of our… exposure, we should be deterred (from using ICT)… (but) we have to ensure that we protect ourselves,” he pointed out.Dr. Wheatley was speaking at a national cyber-awareness activity day forum held at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on Wednesday, October 25.The Minister said in recognition of the role of ICT in national development, the Government has embarked on several initiatives aimed at facilitating access for more persons and entities, in keeping with the focus on building out a digital society.He noted that while the Administration continues to institute the requisite legislative framework to fight cybercrime, “it starts with us, as citizens who are using the technology, to be aware”.“Even though we have done quite a bit in terms of routine audits of government websites, we have to ensure that within the public sector, and, by extension, the private sector, we take this matter of cybersecurity seriously,” he said.“We believe that Government must invest in cybersecurity, as we must utilise technology, but if we endeavour to ‘stop (and) think before you click’… that will significantly minimise our level of exposure,” he added.Dr. Wheatley praised the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (JA-CIRT), which falls under the Ministry; the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); and other stakeholders for helping to enhance Jamaica’s cybersecurity framework.He noted that this collaboration is resulting in heightened awareness, particularly in schools, adding that “we are pleased to note that our children are very aware”.Wednesday’s event was part of activities organised by CIRT in observation of global Cyber Security Awareness Month during October.
October 24, 2019
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology today outlined the Government of Jamaica’s intention to pursue greater use of Open Source Software as part of its thrust to transform ICT within government while at the same time reducing the attendant costs associated with the use of proprietary software. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. Andrew Wheatley today outlined the Government of Jamaica’s intention to pursue greater use of Open Source Software as part of its thrust to transform ICT within government while at the same time reducing the attendant costs associated with the use of proprietary software.Guided by recommendations outlined in an Open Source Policy Framework report which was completed in late 2016, Minister Wheatley stated that “It is clear that there are huge benefits to be gained from greater use of open source software by developing countries like Jamaica and we intend to take a more active approach to incorporation of these types of software across government.”Minister Wheatley in speaking about recurrent enterprise agreements with Microsoft, IBM and other proprietary software vendors said “ for a very long time we have been confined by the strictures and high costs of the license regimes of proprietary software offerings and we will now, in keeping with goals of our Vision 2030 plan, make the move to unleash the innovative capacity of our country by leading the way in the adoption of open source platforms”Open Source Software is computer software that is distributed with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.The main benefits cited for open source software is the virtually non existent licensing costs and the broad adoption and accessibility of these types of software.Many of today’s most used enterprise online services and social media platforms are built using open source software.Many nation states in the EU, Asia, North and South America have adopted open source software as an integral part of their public sector operations with great success. Some examples of Open Source software include:* Linux Operatiing Systems (Redhat, Ubuntu, SuSE)* Libre Office (Microsoft Office Alternative)* MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL NoSQL (Database Software)* PHP, Python, Java, Ruby on Rails (programming languages)Dr. Wheatley said that in short order he will be forming a Technical Working Group comprised of representatives from the Office of the CIO, eGov and the Ministry of Science Energy and Technology whose sole purpose it will be to devise an action plan for the Adoption and Migration of Government Platforms to Open Source Software.Contact:Dr. Andrew Wheatley, M.P.Minister of Science, Energy & Technology1-876-388-8493 Open Source Software is computer software that is distributed with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.
October 20, 2019
Srinagar: National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah Thursday said the country has rejected an alternative to the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “second term” is not a “fluke”. A vocal critic of Modi-led NDA government, Abdullah also requested the BJP leader to “take everyone along” in the coming five years as “this country belongs to all”. “We fought the election and tried to have an alternative to the BJP and the NDA and put it before the country. The country did not accept it. The reality is that the places from where we were expecting the opposition to win, the number of seats from there has come down rather than going up,” Abdullah told reporters here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”But, today is the day of Modi’s success. I think it would be wrong if we do not send a message of congratulations to him. ‘Jo jeeta wohi sikandar’ (he who wins, is the king),” he said. “The endeavour should be to take everyone along. When he (Modi) won for the first time (in 2014), people said he won by a fluke, but now this is not by fluke and the people of the country have given him another opportunity,” he added. In what is certain to be a resounding victory, the BJP, until 4.30 pm, had won five seats and was leading in 294 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls in seven phases, demolishing the combined opposition, according to the partial vote count released by the Election Commission.
October 13, 2019
SASKATOON – The United Way in Saskatoon is cutting staff and reducing funding to some programs to tackle a $1-million shortfall.The charity says donations from individuals and corporations were lower than expected in 2017 due to the economic downturn.United Way says its campaign revenue has declined 35 per cent over the last three years, but financial reserves and savings helped offset the shortfalls.The group, which raised just over $6 million in 2015, is projected to raise $3.9 million this year.CEO Shaun Dyer says the United Way will become more creative to deal with the drop in donations.He says the Collaborative Funders program, which provides grants to community-based organizations, will be reduced by 50 per cent. (CTV Saskatoon)
October 12, 2019
Rabat – The General Directorate of National Security (DSGN) will be deploying 50,000 police officers in the days leading up to Christmas to improve Morocco’s safety preparedness, according to an anonymous security source cited by Alyoum24.The cities of Rabat, Sale, Marrakesh and Fez will be visited by travelling police teams, who will be provided 1,200 small-sized cars and various security tools to allow for the effective arrest of criminal suspects.Abdel-Latif Hammouchi, who heads the DGSN, said he will be recruiting new officers to be a part of canine search teams, bomb detection squads and other specialized police task forces over the next year. The groups will be deployed to border areas, major cities and other regions of interest to Morocco’s growing number of international tourists. The kingdom’s biggest cities attract thousands of Moroccans and foreigners during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.Hammouchi added that the Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca also needed upgrades for its baggage scanners, as well as facial recognition capabilities for the facility’s security cameras.The new emphasis on Christmas security comes as Europe carries out a manhunt for the attacker who drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin earlier this week. Twelve people died and dozens were injured in the attack, for which the so-called “Islamic State” claimed responsibility on Wednesday.”Morocco condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly terrorist act, perpetrated last Monday against a Christmas market in downtown Berlin, causing several deaths and dozens of innocent victims,” said the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said yesterday.