Mamata accuses BJP of not being keen on changing West Bengal’s name

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday raised the pitch for change of name of the State afresh saying that a proposal to change the name of the State to Bangla has been lying with the Centre for a long time.She alleged that almost every day “BJP has been changing the names of historical places and institutions unilaterally to suit their own political vested interests… But in respect of Bengal, the attitude is totally different.”Ms. Banerjee through a long post on social media said that the West Bengal State Assembly had passed a unanimous resolution to change the name of the State. It was resolved that the name of the State be changed from West Bengal to Bengal in English, Bangla in Bengali and Bangal in Hindi and sent to the Union Home Ministry, she added.“However, the Union Home Ministry advised us to use the name Bangla in all three languages. Accordingly, our Assembly passed an unanimous resolution to change the name of the state to Bangla in all three languages and sent it to the Union Home Ministry again,” the Chief Minister said.In an oblique reference to reports that Bangla sounds similar to Bangladesh can create problems, Ms Banerjee said, “Similarity of names should not create a hurdle. There is a Punjab in our neighbouring country as well as in India.”The Chief Minister said that the developments show “deprivation to the people of Bengal” and the people of the State “must get a positive response immediately.”last_img read more

Three BSF personnel injured in bomb blast in Manipur

first_imgThree personnel of 120 Border Security Force were seriously wounded on Saturday night when a powerful remote controlled bomb was detonated near Telipati, Imphal east district in Manipur, at 11:30 p.m. The personnel were taken to the J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences in the same district.No underground organisation has claimed responsibility for the blast.There is a permanent police picket at Telipati which is dominated by people originating from Bihar. Police have registered a case. So far there is no breakthrough in the investigation.last_img read more

Team India looks like a bunch of losers

first_imgS KannanWatching sport is supposed to make you happy and feel positive but if you happen to be watching M.S. Dhoni’s Team India in Tests overseas, there is a miserable feeling that follows pedestrian showings, as is happening in the ongoing series against England.After India won the second Test at the historic Lord’s, one was hoping that Dhoni’s pathetic record as captain in overseas Tests would finally witness an upswing. But the win turned out to be an aberration and the ‘can’t bat, can’t bowl, can’t catch’ moments have defined the sloppy Indians.For Dhoni the batsman, it has been a series in which he has scored runs quite bravely. Watching the captain take blows on the chest and shoulder and yet fight it out at The Oval, it is clear he has not been found wanting with the bat. However, Dhoni’s real malaise has been in not getting the playing 11 right at any time in the series. When the surface demanded a genuine fast bowler like Varun Aaron to be played, Dhoni picked Pankaj Singh.The slide in India’s fortunes began after winning the second Test with England skipper Alastair Cook being dropped on 15 at Southampton. The beleaguered Cook went on to score 95. Usually, one dropped catch does not reverse a team’s fortunes, but this is something like a top tennis player losing an important service game in a Grand Slam tournament and crashing out.Dhoni never got the mix of players right. If Shikhar Dhawan was a disaster as an opener early on, bringing in Gautam Gambhir has not worked at all. Gambhir has scored over 4,000 Test runs but suddenly looks like a dilettante in the middle as there is absolutely no footwork and his bat is waiting to edge the new cricket ball. Whether it is a destruction of confidence or the team morale hitting a new low, the players look jittery, as if they want to be done with the Test series. Then again, if you have carefully heard what Dhoni says at the end of a match, he doesn’t seem to be too concerned as to how badly the team is doing.advertisementM.S. Dhoni scored 82 in India’s first innings score of 148 at The Oval.For long, Rohit Sharma has been touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket. The manner of his exclusion is very surprising at a time when the team needs a batsman of his calibre in the middle. The continuing failures of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are a reflection of how they are making mistakes and the inability of coach Duncan Fletcher to iron out their faulty technique.And how does one justify Stuart Binny’s presence – batsman or bowler? One does not know as he certainly is not Test class in either department and his presence in the side has done no good, even if he played a good knock on debut and helped India salvage a draw in the first Test.Looking at the fast bowlers, Ishant Sharma was expected to be the spearhead. Barring one spell at Lord’s, he has been a big letdown with his match fitness not up to scratch. In a five-Test series, the team’s main strike bowler has to be capable of lasting physically just as James Anderson and Stuart Broad have for England. To be sure, it is not just Ishant but the entire bunch which looks disoriented.When the minnows play a tough series, there is ridicule all around. Yes, India does control the commerce of cricket with N. Srinivasan now the ICC chairman. But on the field, the body language of Team India makes for poor viewing with the hands of slip fielders looking so slippery. Looking back, the manner in which England captain Cook was hounded, the pressure was on him. Not only has he played himself back into form, he has also marshalled his resources admirably.And if you still think India could have sent one fast bowler who could have made an impact in England, it has to be Umesh Yadav. But then we all know more than the wise men in the selection committee; it’s skipper Dhoni whose voice has to be heard. Whether right or wrong.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2014: Rock the Floor with Deepika Padukone and Yo Yo Honey Singh

first_imgIndia Today Mind Rocks, the country’s eagerly awaited youth event, is coming to rock Delhiites once again on September 6 at Siri Fort Auditorium, Delhi. Mind Rocks is an event designed especially for the youth. It is a forum that allows bright young minds to meet and interact with their favourite icons in an open two-way conversation.This event provides an interactive platform where youngsters get a chance to meet and interact with the country’s biggest icons from all fields. It’s a festival that celebrates ideas, music and art by recognising the best in the field and also giving youth a stage to create, perform and engage.The ninth Mind Rocks will be held at Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium on September 6. Like previous years, this edition too will see top politicians, businesspersons, sports personalities and film stars sharing their success stories and discussing issues of national interest with the audience.The Mind Rocks will be attended by actress Deepika Padukone, singers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Rabbi Shergill, comedian-cum-politician Bhagwant Mann, actor-turned-politician Chirag Paswan, cricketers Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj, Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, footballer Gouramangi Singh and many more.The finale of the event will be a live performance by Sufi rocker Rabbi Shergill, who shot to fame with soulful numbers such as Bulla Ki Jana and Challa. The past eight summits have been very successful with the participation of celebrities like Ajay Devgan, Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Dhanush, Shruti Haasan, Sonam Kapoor, Mary Kom and Nandan Nilekani etc.advertisementYoungsters between the age of 18 and 32 can register at www.indiatodaymindrocks.comlast_img read more

Garz & Fricke becomes official Qt Distributor

first_img Continue Reading Previous LDRA opens office in GermanyNext Portwell: medical grade 10.1 Inch panel PC designed for HMI and hospital bedside terminal Garz & Fricke is now an official distributor of The Qt Company and can offer the commercial licenses of the Qt product portfolio bundled with their embedded HMI boards. Customers can take advantage of this partnership as they get consulting from Qt experts and Garz & Fricke system specialists right from the project start and throughout the design and development phase. This partnership allows intense cooperation between all parties involved in a project, thereby an optimized technical support can be offered to address complex technical challenges of customers.The Qt product portfolio consisting of multi-platform middleware libraries and developer tools simplifies creation of rich GUI applications for both designers and developers on the customized systems offered by Garz & Fricke and allows customers a much quicker time-to-market for their application.The commercial license enables OEM manufacturers to protect their devices from unwanted access by a so called „Device Lock“, thereby protecting Intellectual Property and increasing device security. By removing typical obligations when using the open source Qt under LGPLv3, such as providing installation rights on devices, the OEM manufacturers have the freedom to use the value-added functionalities and concentrate on the application itself.Besides the hardware-development and inhouse production, Garz & Fricke is specialized on OS – and graphics-library adoptions. Using Yocto-based Linux and bundled with Qt, Garz & Fricke ships their products in a way that application engineers do not need to worry about the perfect interaction between the OS-drivers and the hardware. Instead our customer can virtually start out-of-the-box and put their main focus on developing their primary application right away.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Woodburn ‘won’t sleep’ after debut Wales screamer

first_imgBenjamin Woodburn ‘I won’t sleep tonight’ – Woodburn elated with stunning goal on Wales debut Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 07:31 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ben Woodburn Wales Austria 02092017 Getty Wales v Austria Austria Wales WC Qualification Europe World Cup The 17-year-old Liverpool player netted a sublime effort to give his side a crucial three points, earning praise from Chris Coleman for his composure Ben Woodburn admitted he will have a hard time getting over the thrill of scoring on his debut for Wales in a 1-0 win over Austria on Saturday.The 17-year-old became the nation’s second-youngest goalscorer behind Gareth Bale when his searing 73rd-minute strike reignited Wales’ hopes of reaching the World Cup.Liverpool and Man City to draw 3/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Born in England, the Liverpool youngster had been on the pitch for just five minutes before he fired the hosts to within two points of second-placed Republic of Ireland in Group D.And with a home match against Ireland to come after clashes with Moldova and Georgia, the goal could prove to be a turning point in Wales’ qualification campaign.Ben Woodburn Wales Austria 02092017Ben Woodburn Wales Austria 02092017“The ball just came out of the air and I just tried to shoot it as quickly as I could,” Woodburn told Sky Sports. “It is a great feeling. I could not ask for much more from the fans. I will not sleep tonight.”Woodburn’s goal rewarded the faith of Wales boss Chris Coleman, who introduced the teenager in search of a much-needed three points.With a play-off place now in reach, the former Fulham and Real Sociedad manager paid tribute to his new star’s cool head.”I know his strike was fantastic but his all-round composure was great too,” Coleman said.Ben.Woodburn. #TogetherStronger #WALAUT — Wales (@FAWales) September 2, 2017 “I just told Ben to express himself in the last third and he knew all about his defensive duties.”It was a great game for him to make his debut in – they do not come tougher than that.”Wales have the chance to make it two straight victories in qualifying when they visit Moldova on Tuesday ahead of October’s all-important double-header.last_img read more

Jabariya Jodi release pushed to August 9

first_imgMumbai: The release date of actors Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra-starrer Jabariya Jodi has been postponed for the fourth time. The film will now hit screens on August 9. Jabariya Jodi was first scheduled to release on May 17 but was pushed to July 12 when Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30 released. It was then pushed again for August 2 release. Sources close to the makers of the film say that the decision was taken after considering that there are too many releases on August 2 and previously released films like JudgeMentall Hai Kya are enjoying a solid run. Adding to that, exhibitors across India came together and requested the makers to move ahead to August 9 to avoid clutter. Jabariya Jodi will now enjoy a solo release. Directed by Prashant Singh, Jabariya Jodi is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.last_img read more

PAM Leader Promises to Restore WhatsApp If Elected Head of Govt

New York – The leader of the Party of Authenticity (PAM) has promised to restore WhatsApp in Morocco if his party wins the upcoming legislative elections.Politicians are famous for promising things to be elected head of the Moroccan government during the legislative elections scheduled to take place on October 7.American presidential candidate Herbert Hoover promised a “chicken in every pot” in 1928 just before the Great Depression. More recently, U. S. President Barack Obama in 2008 promised “hope and change.”But Moroccan politician, Ilyas El Omari, is more practical. Yesterday, at a news conference, El Omari, secretary general of PAM, promised that if his party is elected and he becomes the head of government, Moroccan citizens will be able to make calls on WhatsApp!El Omari did not provide any detail how he would keep his promise to restore phone service on WhatsApp.The hopeful politician did not say anything about unblocking Skype, Viber, Facebook Messenger and all the other VoIP-based communication systems.Morocco telecom providers collectively decided to restrict the use of VoIP-based systems back in January of this year.Many Moroccans have adapted to this loss by downloading various alternatives or using IP-altering programs like Hotspot Shield.Maroc Telecom, Inwi, and Meditel all colluded to restrict VoIP usage and have not reversed this decision since January.El Omari’s party hopes to be successful in the general national elections scheduled to be held on October 7.The Justice and Development Party is currently ruling party since forming a coalition in November 2011. PJD advocates Islamism and Islamic democracy.PAM, said El Omari in a recent interview with al Horra, stands “for the separation of religion from politics.”“If the aforementioned means secularism, then we are secular.”“We stand for the concept of civil state, not a religious one,” El Omari said.If elected, many Moroccans, both citizens and business people, would like to be reconnected to the international world on WhatsApp and the other telecom systems, which are not working. read more

Guterres appoints former German President Köhler as his Western Sahara envoy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. The new Personal Envoy succeeds Christopher Ross of the United States who completed his assignment on 30 April 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Ross’ tireless efforts and dedication to facilitate negotiations between the parties in order to achieve a just, durable and mutually acceptable political solution, which would provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. Mr. Köhler brings more than 35 years of experience in government and international organizations, including as President of Germany (2004-2010), Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. (2000-2004), and President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London (1998-2000). Further, he served as State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance (1990-1993) before being appointed President of the German Savings Bank Association (1993). read more

David Rose Special School Incident was not as a result of

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother of autistic 8-y-o alleges child abuse at the hands of teachersJuly 16, 2018In “Crime”Caribbean News Round-upDecember 10, 2015In “Regional”MoE places student who beat teacher on 4-month bondJanuary 4, 2019In “Crime” The child displaying the burns he received at school which was reported as an accident involving a glue gun by the teacherFollowing complaints made by the mother of an autistic child that teachers attached to the David Rose Special School intentionally burnt her child’s hand, a probe subsequently carried out by the Ministry of Education has found that the incident was accidental.“The incident with the glue gun was an accident and not as a result of any deliberate wrongdoing of the teacher. The teachers were cautioned about being even more careful when using these kinds of equipment around pupils,” the Ministry said in a statement.This online publication had reported that following two other instances where an 8-year-old child complained of being hit on his head and mouth by two different teachers  of the school, the child’s mother asked the relevant authorities to intervene since the child came home with a burn mark on his hand a few weeks ago.According to the Ministry of Education, a number of conclusions emerged from the discussions, which indicated that an arrangement was agreed upon to have the parents and  teachers meet once per week, so as to become acquainted with the intervention strategies to foster a better teacher-parent relationship.In this way, the teachers will have an opportunity to become aware of the parents’ strategies for dealing with the child.Additionally, staff development sessions are scheduled to be held with teachers of the school on building teacher-parent relationships.“The Ministry will never condone any behaviour that puts the nation’s children in harm’s way and will ensure that the school is a very safe space for our future leaders,” the statement added. read more

Irelands Barry Murphy wins bronze medal at European Swimming Championships

first_imgUpdated at 20.35IRISH SWIMMER BARRY Murphy has claimed a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark today.In a race in which Damir Dugonjic of Slovenia took gold, Murphy produced a fantastic time of 26.56 to secure a place on the podium, having qualified for the final as just the eighth-fastest swimmer.Speaking after the race, Murphy said: “I’m really delighted; I knew I was in with a shout off the rankings and the times I posted during the summer, so I tried to keep my cool all day and execute my plan for the swim. It came down to hundreds of a second for the medal and thankfully I got my hand on the wall to secure the bronze.”The 28-year-old Dubliner is the fourth Irish athlete to claim a medal at the competition over the past four years, with Grainne Murphy, Melanie Nocher and Sycerika McMahon also receiving the honour.Earlier, Fiona Doyle came 14th overall in the 100m breastroke, while Andrew Meegan knocked almost 10 seconds off the Irish 1,500m record time.First published at 18.29Green Thumb/Red Thumb: It’s the week in comments>Irish swimmer Meegan breaks the national 1500m record by almost 10 seconds>last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #VULTURES: Families have told how they have coped with their mortgages being sold to vulture funds.2. #WEATHER: It will be exceptionally cold for the next week.3. #SUPPORT: A judge has extended a woman’s sentence suspension so she can join a support scheme.4. #ROADS: A woman has died in a two car crash in Laois.5. #PSC: The government is seeking tenders for the design of generation two of the controversial public services card.6. #GREEN WITH ENVOY: The US is examining filling the role of special envoy to Northern Ireland.7. #THANKS BUT NO THANKS: The head of Permanent TSB is refusing to appear at the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week to discuss the sale of loans to vulture funds.8. #KILKEE: Warnings have been sounded that coastal rescue services in Kilkee, Co Clare will be stretched by tourist numbers during the summer.9. #MAPPING: Researchers are looking for evidence of the first Irish settlers under the sea. Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 8:55 AM The 9 at 9: Saturday Here’s what you need to know as you start your weekend. By Paul Hosford 7,395 Views Feb 24th 2018, 8:55 AM No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Gecko Studio Image: Shutterstock/Gecko Studio Share1 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gardaí believe man found in Dublin park met violent death

first_img Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 7:14 PM Jun 23rd 2018, 10:53 AM An incident room has been set up at Tallaght Garda Station following the discovery.The area is sealed off and the Garda Technical Bureau are carrying out an examination of the scene while a post mortem is being carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist. Source: Sam BoalWitnesses or anyone who was in the park yesterday evening or early this morning has been asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000.Additional reporting by Cliódhna Russell Updated Jun 23rd 2018, 7:14 PM GARDAÍ BELIEVE THAT a man whose body was found in a park in Dublin met a “violent death”. Source: Sam BoalThe body of the man in his 20s was discovered in Jobstown Park on the Cheeverstown Road in Tallaght shortly after 6.30am.It’s understood that the remains were found by a person walking their dog. 30 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 50,421 Views By Órla Ryan Gardaí believe man found in Dublin park met ‘violent death’ The body of the man, who was aged in his 20s, was discovered shortly after 6.30am. Short URL Share45 Tweet Email last_img read more

Dalaras Night with Makis Voutsinas

first_imgOne of Sydney’s premier Greek musicians, Makis Voutsinas, is visiting Brisbane for one night only performance. Dalaras Night with Makis Voutsinas, backed by Nick and Mike Paras, will be hosted at The Greek Club. Included in the ticket price are mezedes, served with slow cooked lamb, lemon potatoes and Greek salad.Bookings are essential. Tickets: $50 per person.When: Saturday 29 March, doors open at 7.00 pm with dinner at 8.00 pm Where: The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane 4101 For more information and bookings, contact (07) 3844 1166 or visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WSUV business program one of 35 recognized for innovation

first_imgA program at Washington State University Vancouver where business students act as pro bono consultants for local companies was recently lauded for its innovation.The Business Growth MAP program at the Carson College of Business was named one of 35 programs named to a list of “Innovations That Inspire” by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.Mistie Josephson, WSU Vancouver’s MAP program manager, said the people in the program were “really honored and excited” by the designation.“In the past, MAP has been recognized locally by a couple of organizations, but this kind of gives us a little bit of visibility to the global audience,” she said. “We’re excited to be showcased.”The Business Growth MAP program, created in 2011, has put nearly 1,000 business school students into consulting roles for local companies. Josephson said more than 170 companies have participated.According to the school’s website, the student-led consulting has directly led to $5.4 million in new revenue and 24 full-time jobs for participating companies. Josephson said she follows up with the companies personally to see how things are going.last_img read more

Insitus former CEO will be speaker at CREDC luncheon

first_imgSteve Sliwa, Insitu Inc.’s former chief executive officer and president, will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming Vancouver luncheon presented by the Columbia River Economic Development Council. The event is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. June 19 at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive.Sliwa oversaw Bingen-based Insitu, a maker of unmanned aircraft and Boeing Co. subsidiary, from 2002 to early 2011. He will discuss the business model and products that led to the rapid expansion of the company, which grew from four employees to 800 employees during Sliwa’s tenure.Tickets are $35 for individuals and $325 for a table of 10. To register, contact the council’s Diane Dempcy at 360-567-3181 or by email at read more

Washougal will mull publicprivate water sewer

first_imgThe city of Washougal plans to evaluate whether a public-private partnership could cut rising water and sewage rates and help pay for a proposed $15 million wastewater plant upgrade, the city’s administration informed the city council Monday night.The plan was met with skepticism from the five council members in attendance and overwhelming opposition from the 15 or so audience members who spoke during the council’s workshop. The meeting was held at City Hall, 1701 C St.The decision to analyze the benefits of a public-private partnership comes after two years of substantial rate increases and projections of increases the next three years, city staff said. The city’s government is committed to finding the most efficient and effective means of service for residents, City Administrator Dave Scott said. He stressed that no decision will be made until around April 2013.The city has not talked to any private vendor, city officials said.There is no estimate yet on how a public-private partnership might affect the city financially, or how many city employees, if any, might be impacted, city officials said.Six-month projectWork on the wastewater plant would likely last from June to December 2013, regardless of whether it involved city or private workers, Scott added.last_img read more

Ziggy Marley Talks Fatherly Advice From His Legendary Dad

first_img Facebook Email Ziggy Marley Talks Fatherly Advice From His Legendary Dad NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 15, 2018 – 6:06 am Ziggy Marley Talks Fatherly Advice Father’s Day: Ziggy Marley Talks Fatherly Advice ziggy-marley-talks-fatherly-advice-his-legendary-dad In celebration of Father’s Day, we sat down with the GRAMMY-winning reggae artist to find out what he learned from his iconic father and what his own children continue to teach himNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 15, 2018 – 6:06 am Ziggy Marley follows in the footsteps of one of music’s most enduring and influential artists, his father, Bob Marley. Now a father himself, Ziggy reflects on the valuable lessons he learned from his own dad, not just the celebrated musician, but Bob Marley the man. News “I think for me what I learned from my father most [from] being around him is a way of having principles and living up to your principles and standing up for your principles,” says Ziggy Marley. “His example is a good example for me. … Selflessness, charity, standing up for what you believe, and having principles. Spirituality too.”These days, Ziggy Marley is putting that example to use raising his own children, who he’s very close with. In fact, the GRAMMY winner’s latest album, Rebellion Rises, was made with his son Isaiah by his side throughout the process. As a father himself, Marley now knows a lifetime of learning goes both ways, from father to son and from child to parent.”What I learn from my children: we all keep learning,” says Marley. ” I think they have opened my eyes to humanity more because learning from them that they’re not just my children, but they’re human beings and seeing how they grow and how they develop is really, to me, a lesson about creation and how magical this all is. … Patience, openness, humility. All of these things. Lots of lessons.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Twitter last_img read more

EPL 201920 Week 1 Day 12 Preview prediction schedule live streaming and

first_imgMohamed Salah.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty ImagesThe English Premier League is going to kickstart on August 9. The 2019-20 version of one of the most coveted football tournaments will see Liverpool taking on Norwich City for the opener at Anfield. Other heavyweight teams like last season’s champion Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will take the field against West Ham United and Aston Villa respectively.PREVIEW, PREDICTION AND SCHEDULELiverpool vs Norwich City ReutersDefending Champions League winners and last year’s English Premier League runners-up Liverpool will start their campaign, riding high on confidence, against Norwich City at Anfield. The Reds had an average pre-season campaign and lost to Manchester City in the Community Shield on penalties. But with the inclusion of James Milner and Sadio Mane in their ranks and with Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino at the front, they are expected to turn Anfield red in the opener of the tournament. On the other hand Norwich will hope for an upset.The Reds are clearly the favourites to win the match as they have got the most composed team in the English Premier League. It is likely to be a cakewalk for them at home.The Liverpool-Norwich City match will start at 7 PM local time and 12.30 AM IST on August 10.West Ham United vs Manchester City Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty ImagesDefending Premier League champions Manchester City will take on West Ham United at the London stadium on the second day of the first week of the league. The champions from the last two years will aim for a hattrick this season and for that they need a perfect start. The Pep Guardiola-managed outfit will miss the services of German winger Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy in the first few matches of the league but they have got enough firepower to get them through easily.On the other hand West Ham United are not an easy prey for the Sky Blues as the Hammers have brilliant players like Issa Diop and Manuel Lanzini in their squad. The east London-based team can turn out to be a major threat for the defending champions.City are expected to thump their opponents but the Hammers wont be that easy to beat in their backyard. It will a close encounter with City having an edge over the hosts.The West Ham-Manchester City game will start at 11.30 AM local time and 5 PM IST on August 10.Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa ReutersLast year’s Champions League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur were one of the busiest among the Premier League teams during the transfer season. They signed players like Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon to add to their arsenal. Spurs will be looking forward to atleast a top-three finish this season.In their first game against visitors Aston Villa, they will miss the services of Sessegnon due to an injury and Lo Celso will probably come in as replacement. On the other hand Villa, who are playing the premier division football after three seasons, will want to start their campaign on a high note.The Lilywhites are expected to have it easy against their much weaker opponents. Spurs are expected to win by a massive margin.The Tottenham Hotspur-Aston Villa match will start at 4.30 PM local time and 10 PM IST on August 10.Other fixtures on day 2:Bournemouth vs Sheffield United will start at 2 PM local time and 7.30 PM IST.Burnley vs. Southampton will start at 2 PM local time and 7.30 PM IST.Crystal Palace vs. Everton will start at 2 PM local time and 7.30 PM IST.Watford vs. Brighton & Hove Albion will start at 2 PM local time and 7.30 PM IST.Where to watch and live streaming in India:The broadcasting rights of the EPL are with the Star group in India. The matches will be broadcasted on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select HD. Live straming can be accessed in India on Hotstar app.last_img read more

Germany Player Hurt in Blasts Near Borussia Dortmund Bus

first_imgAPPolice officers and firefighters stand outside the Dortmund team bus after it was damaged in an explosion before the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Three explosions went off near the team bus of one of Germany’s top soccer clubs as it set off for a Champions League quarterfinal match on Tuesday evening, injuring a player.Police said in a statement they were working on the assumption that the blasts were caused by “serious explosive devices,” which may have been hidden in a hedge near a car park.They didn’t elaborate on the possible nature of the devices or say who might have planted them ahead of first-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco, which was subsequently called off and rescheduled for Wednesday.Police said that there were three explosions near the Dortmund team bus as they left their hotel on the outskirts of the western city of Dortmund for the stadium, around 10 kilometers (6 miles) away, at around 7 p.m. local time (1700 GMT).A window on the bus was damaged and Spanish defender Marc Bartra was injured.Dortmund said Bartra was taken to a hospital. Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said Bartra was injured in the arm and hand “but nothing life-threatening.”Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki said the team bus had just pulled out of the hotel driveway when an explosion — a “huge bang” — happened and sent glass flying. The Switzerland international told Swiss daily Blick that he was sitting in the last row of the bus, next to Bartra.Bartra was hit by shards from the broken back window, he added. Players ducked for cover, wondering whether there would be more explosions.“We’re all shocked — nobody thought about a football match in the minutes after that,” he said.Inside the packed stadium, supporters of Monaco, which plays in the French league, chanted “Dortmund, Dortmund” in sympathy for the German side. Dortmund residents, for their part, used social media to offer accommodation to stranded Monaco supporters ahead of their rescheduled match in Europe’s premier soccer club competition.“The team is totally shocked, that’s clear. It’s our task now to digest this somehow because it’s only 24 hours before we have to play. That’s our job,” Watzke said.He added that there was “no alternative” to rescheduling the match for Wednesday, as Monaco also has to play at the weekend and the return Champions League match is scheduled for next week.“It’s a very unfortunate situation but there was no other way,” he said.Stadium spokesman Norbert Dickel informed fans of the cancellation, saying that “there is no reason for panic here at the stadium.”Dortmund recommended that fans stay in the stadium and remain calm to facilitate an “orderly departure.” Police say that “nearly all” people in the stadium have left, with no problems.German Justice Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter: “Shocking news. Our thoughts are with (Borussia Dortmund). You’ll never walk alone!”Germany has seen matches postponed over security concerns before.In Hannover, in November 2015, Germany’s international soccer friendly against the Netherlands was canceled just before kickoff after police feared an explosive device might be detonated at the stadium.It came days after devices were detonated outside the Stade de France in Paris as France was playing Germany as part of a coordinated attack on the French capital. Sharelast_img read more