Police on Thursday said they had so far not found any evidence to support the sedition charge levelled against 14 Aligarh Muslim University students after protests broke out on the campus earlier this week.The AMU authorities suspended eight students late Wednesday night in connection with the protest during which a motorcycle, allegedly belonging to a member of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the BJP’s youth wing, was set on fire.Police had booked the students on sedition charge after BJYM activist Mukesh Lodhi filed a complaint alleging that he was assaulted by the students amid chants of ant-India and pro-Pakistan slogans on Tuesday.Senior Superintendent of Police Akash Kulhari said all pieces of evidence, including video clippings of the clash at the university circle between AMU students and those belonging to the ABVP, had not revealed anything to suggest sedition. They are collecting further evidence, including videos, and if they fail to get anything to substantiate the sedition charge, it would be dropped, the SSP said.Owaisi visit protestThe ABVP, the BJP’s students’ wing, had launched a protest against reported plans by AIMIM lawmaker Asaduddin Owaisi to visit the AMU campus. The BYJM members held a separate demonstration against the visit, demanding that the MP be banned from the campus. There were counter-protests then by the AMU students. Mr. Owaisi did not come to the university.When contacted, AMU spokesman confirmed that Mr. Lodhi, the complainant, was the same person who had issued an ultimatum to the Vice-Chancellor last week, warning him that if land for constructing a temple on the campus was not allotted within 15 days, they would themselves “begin the construction”. The SSP confirmed that the police are preparing a list of 55 AMU students against whom non-bailable warrants would be issued shortly. He said the police would then ask the university authorities to take disciplinary action against such students.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday asked Director-General of Police Kuladhar Saikia to take prompt and stern action against those who had assaulted two journalists 540 km apart on Thursday night.Armed with sharp weapons, the assailants attacked Rajen Deka, a correspondent of the Assamese daily Dainik Asom, at Mukalmua in western Assam, while a group of inebriated youth assaulted News18 Television reporter Upasana Barua Goswami and her husband at a restaurant at Tinsukia. Mr. Dekawas admitted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital. His condition was said to be stable. One of Mr. Deka’s neighbours, who has been absconding, is suspected to have orchestrated the attack over his election coverage.
The world’s first big cats may have arisen millions of years earlier than previously thought. That’s the conclusion researchers are drawing from a newly discovered species of feline, similar to today’s snow leopard, that lived in the ancient Himalayas. Though the creature doesn’t have any living descendants, it may force researchers to rethink the cat family tree.Much of our knowledge about the origin of ancient cats comes from the DNA of living ones. In an extensive 2006 study, researchers made a rough sketch of the evolutionary history of pantherines, the lineage that includes today’s tigers, lions, leopards, and jaguars. They used overlap between the DNA sequences of modern species to backtrack to when various cat lineages likely diverged. According to this picture, the first pantherine evolved from an unknown ancestor, probably living in Central Asia, 10 million to 11 million years ago. Later research suggested that the big cat lineage didn’t start branching into other species—ancestors of modern tigers, for example—until roughly 2 million years ago.But paleontologists have been reluctant to accept this DNA-based picture, says Julie Meachen, a vertebrate paleontologist at Des Moines University who specializes in carnivores. “We want to actually see the fossil,” she says. 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Jack Tseng of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City has been part of a team searching for fossils in the cold, dry Tibetan Plateau—a landscape he says is reminiscent of South Dakota’s Badlands. In 2010, the group discovered a fossil-rich spot in an area called Zanda Basin: 120 fragments from more than a dozen mammal species were crammed into about one square meter of ground.Among the limbs of extinct antelopes, horses, and rhinos, the researchers turned up a few rare fragments—a skull, several jaws, and teeth—that seemed to belong to a species of cat. Based on the area’s geography, they suspected it would be a relative of the uniquely cold-adapted snow leopard. They soon discovered that the fragments came from at least three individuals of a never-before-seen species dating back 4 million to 6 million years—older than the oldest African find.In a paper published online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Tseng and his colleagues introduce Panthera blytheae, named for the daughter of avid supporters of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, with which several of the authors are affiliated. The creature, which they believe to be a sister species of the snow leopard, was a dwarf compared with modern lions and tigers. With an estimated weight of about 20 kilograms, it was roughly 10% smaller than the snow leopard. But it appears to share some of that cold-dwelling carnivore’s features, such as a wide forehead, believed to represent an expanded sinus cavity where frigid Himalayan air warmed up with each inhale.The Himalayan finding is “a nice surprise,” says Andrew Kitchener, a mammalogist at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh whose team uncovered a primitive member of the tiger lineage in China in 2011. “It’s given us a new part of the world to look at for the evolution of the big cat lineage.” The group constructed a new evolutionary tree by combining physical features of the blytheae bones with features of other fossils, plus DNA data from living species. Its analysis pushes back the emergence of big cats to roughly 16.4 million years ago. This number has a wide margin of error, Tseng cautions. But more importantly, he says, by 6 million years ago (when previous research claimed big cats had not yet diversified), at least three separate lineages likely roamed Asia: one containing P. blytheae and the snow leopard, one containing the clouded leopard, and another leading to the modern tiger. (The ancestors of jaguars and lions probably arose later.) The team suggests that when shifting tectonic plates forced the Himalayas upward, many mammals—including, according to their new tree, the emerging pantherines—diversified in this snowy refuge. Some species then spread out across the continent during the Pleistocene ice age.The research gives new support to the idea that the first big cats radiated from Central Asia, says William Murphy, a molecular geneticist at Texas A&M University in College Station and an author on the 2006 study. But he is skeptical of the claim that P. blytheae is a sister species of the snow leopard. With only a few pieces of the skeleton, the group determined this relationship using a limited number of subtle features of the teeth, skull, and jaw, he says, which may not be reliable.“It’s possible that this fossil species might have a deeper ancestry in the Panthera tree,” he says, in which case they weren’t a part of the more recent diversification that Tseng and his colleagues link to the rising Himalayas. Rather than being nestled among the lineages that led to modern-day cats, it may have been an outlier, which happened to evolve snow leopard-esque features to survive at the top of the world. If P. blytheae actually belongs somewhere else on the tree, this would change the estimates for important splits in the big cat lineage. The only way to clear up these relationships: Dig up more complete fossils.
The BCCI president Anurag Thakur finds himself in a spot of bother after Supreme Court’s interim order on Friday, where he has been asked to submit a affidavit on a personal level to clarify if he had asked for ICC’s intervention against the implementation of Lodha reforms.In an exclusive interview to India Today last month, ICC chief executive Dave Richardson had said that Thakur had verbally asked for a letter from the ICC whether implementing one of Lodha recommendations count as government interference in the board. The ICC does not allow any government interference in its board members and Lodha panel had recommended appointment of a nominee in the Apex Council from the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office.However, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar who was previously BCCI president before Thakur declined the request and wanted the board to give the same in writing. (No funds to state associations without compliance, Supreme Court tells BCCI)While reading Lodha panel’s status report in the court on Thursday, Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramanium brought up this point before the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur. Subramanium also added that BCCI denied the fact that Thakur ever asked for a letter from ICC and instead said that Richardson was ‘confused’.In an affidavit submitted by BCCI in the court on this matter in October, the board said that false allegations are being made and no such request was ever made by Thakur. (Let’s collectively decide whether to stop IPL: Anurag Thakur)advertisement”It appears that an interview was given by Mr. David Richardson the ICC CEO falsely stating that the BCCI President had requested the ICC to issue a letter stating that the intervention by this Hon’ble Court amounted to Governmental interference. It is submitted that no such letter or oral request was ever made to the said gentlemen either by the BCCI President or any office bearer of the BCCI. It is apparent that Mr. Richardson has confused himself in relation to the issue,” the affidavit read.After passing an interim order on Friday, Supreme Court will resume hearing on this matter on Oct 17. (Anurag Thakur ‘the original fixer’, Rajiv Shukla a crook: Lalit Modi)
Unable to register even a single win in the ongoing World Cup so far, Afghanistan would aim to end tournament on a high when they face West Indies in their final group stage encounter at Headingley on Thursday.The Afghanistan team came close to defeat India and Pakistan in their last two matches. However, their inability to cash-in on the crucial junctures of the game denied them with the opportunity of causing what would have been the biggest upsets in this edition of the World Cup.While the spinners — Mujeeb ur Rahman, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi — have lived up to their reputation with consistent performances throughout the tournament, the fast bowlers and the batting unit have failed to contribute significantly to the team’s cause, a main reason for their dismal performance so far.However, against West Indies, they will feel confident as they have beaten them thrice in four completed matches.West Indies, on the other hand, have failed to produce an all-round performance, barring their opening match victory against Pakistan where they bundled out the Green Brigade for mere 105.What TV channel is the World Cup 2019 match Afghanistan vs West Indies on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD and DD Sports.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between Afghanistan vs West Indies be played?The World Cup 2019 match Afghanistan vs West Indies is being played Headingley in Leeds from 3 PM IST on Thursday, July 4.advertisementWhere can I watch the World Cup 2019 match Afghanistan vs West Indies live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and DD Sports.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match Afghanistan vs West Indies?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match Afghanistan vs West Indies?Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ikram Ali KhilWest Indies: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran.Also See:
Liechtenstein 0 Spain 8: La Roja on track for Russia after Vaduz masterclass Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 04:38 9/6/17 Getty Images Spain moved a step closer to the World Cup in Russia with an 8-0 demolition job of Liechtenstein in Vaduz. Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas each scored twice as Spain’s relentless march towards World Cup qualification continued with an 8-0 hammering of Liechtenstein on Tuesday.Just four days on from a masterclass at the Santiago Bernabeu, in which Group G rivals Italy were swept aside 3-0, Julen Lopetegui’s side were once more at their stunning best.The quality of opposition paled in comparison to the Azzurri, but there was an ominous ruthlessness on show in a match that at times felt like little more than an entertaining training exercise for Spain. 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 Essentially, Liechtenstein’s fate was sealed from the moment Sergio Ramos headed in a second-minute opener, and Morata doubled the lead before pouncing on an error from the hosts’ goalkeeper Peter Jehle to tee up Isco – who scored twice against Italy – for the third.David Silva, who, along with Isco, Andres Iniesta and Thiago Alcantara, had Liechtenstein’s midfield chasing shadows, scored the pick of the bunch with a stunning 39th-minute free-kick.Half-time substitute Aspas then scored twice either side of setting up a second for Morata and Gerard Deulofeu forced a late own goal as Spain, who scored eight away from home for the first time, mathematically guaranteed at least a top-two finish in the pool.Italy’s victory over Israel means Spain’s lead over the Azzurri remains at three points with two matches to play.7 – Spain have scored seven goals in an away game for the first time ever (excluding games played at neutral venues). Easy. pic.twitter.com/GnKJ4qJbgY— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 5, 2017For all Spain’s easy-on-the-eye, tiki-taka style, there was a beautiful simplicity about the opener as Silva lofted a free-kick from the right into the middle of the box that Ramos easily nodded home.There was a touch more class about the second as Andres Iniesta linked well with Isco before whipping in a right-wing cross that Morata headed powerfully to the left of Jehle.A minute later and Jehle produced a moment for the blooper DVDs with a comical air-kick that allowed Morata to steal in and lay off for Isco, who hammered into the unguarded goal.Morata, perhaps harshly, then saw a goal ruled out when he was judged to be offside when nodding in Silva’s cross, before the Chelsea striker saw a bending effort saved by Jehle.But it was 4-0 six minutes before the break. Thiago Alcantara won a free-kick 25 yards out to the right of goal and Silva curled a sumptuous effort into the top-right corner.There was no let up after the interval. Morata thought he had a second when his header from Pedro’s pin-point cross hit the crossbar and Jehle before trickling into the path of Aspas, who lashed home.Just three minutes later and Morata did double his personal tally, Aspas this time carving open the Liechtenstein defence for the striker to slot home into the bottom-right corner.Aspas continued to terrorise the home defence and he cut in from the right of the area to smash in a left-footed shot in the 63rd minute.With the job well and truly done, Spain eased off the gas but had time to add yet more gloss a minute from time when Deulofeu’s low centre struck the boot of Maximilian Goppel and diverted past a diving, wrong-footed Jehle. read more
Australian rules football Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on WhatsApp Even the Hawks, who have dominated the modern football landscape and are sitting in fourth position, are trying to prove that they are still good and relevant and haven’t evaporated into thin air after many critics predicted their decline. And who would have guessed the youthful Eagles who were in a quasi-rebuild would be sitting in second spot after four weeks?What this all means from what we’ve seen over the first four weeks, is that football is more gripping to watch: 50 per cent of the games played so far have been decided by four goals or less; 11 games have been decided by 16 points or less. Teams that have walked into contests listed as favourites have been handed some reality checks, such as how Collingwood tore Adelaide to shreds on the road last weekend. And some teams are still hard to read like Port Adelaide who defeated Sydney by 23 points at the SCG, struggled to beat lowly Lions in Adelaide, then lost to Essendon who the week before were themselves a team dominated by the 0-2 Bulldogs. If there was a trend for 2018 it would be the unpredictable turnaround. Be arrogant at your peril. Support The Guardian Facebook comment Craig Little Since you’re here… If there was one guarantee about a new AFL season it would be that you never know what is going to be dished up. That is, expect the unexpected.Ever since the Bulldogs and Tigers won AFL’s last two flags from seemingly nowhere on the ladder, predicting winners and form has become little more than guesswork. With 16 quarters under our belts and four rounds passed in the 2018 season, what we know so far is that every team has lost at least once, and anyone with a roll-up-the-sleeves mentality can beat anyone else on any given occasion.Yes, it’s apparent that some teams have looked unsettled with their glossy new recruits and shiny parts. Demons defender Jake Lever has underwhelmed since starting with his new club and has even drawn criticism from AFL commentator Jonathan Brown who said he “had a soft look about him.” The playmaker is averaging 14 touches per game and is yet to look comfortable in his role. Share on Pinterest There are some trivial factors that will determine winning in the 2018 AFL climate. Injuries have played a role this year with seven clubs owning 10 or more injured players and some big names out: Ablett (Cats), Murphy (Blues) Picken (Bulldogs) Rioli (Hawks). Clangers and turnovers are becoming game-changing. You only have to miss one target for it to have a huge ripple effect. Pressure is key. More teams are buying into it, which is producing more errors and scoring opportunities. The 2-2 Suns are averaging 74 clangers per week and 85 turnovers – the most in the competition. But interestingly, the Crows are averaging 82 turnovers per week, and the Hawks 78: two teams that could be playing finals this year coughing up the football. Every team has been vulnerable enough and no team is invincible. Looking at the lessons from the Tigers’ and Bulldogs’ flags, it’s evident that current form means nothing and timing your run is everything. Teams that don’t play four quarters and teams that take a quarter to get going will find themselves struggling, because in 2018, good sides like to dominate their opponent early. They stamp their authority with pressure, quick movement and a stubborn defence. They don’t make too many errors. And they capitalize on the errors they create. Forget what you know now about the top eight. And don’t write off the Saints, Lions or Blues just yet. Welcome to AFL in 2018. AFL … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Jake Stringer has a new look, but is he suffering the Sampson-effect since cutting his locks? Photograph: Julian Smith/AAP Australia sport Reuse this content Topics Share on Facebook Read more Share on Twitter Share via Email Stark differences between Saints and Demons as they try to emerge from bleakness ‘Black and proud’: remembering the day Nicky Winmar changed footy forever Pinterest Twitter Bombers enigmatic forward Jake Stringer is starting to show signs of life with four goals against the Power on the weekend, but is still far from the player the Bombers paid for. Luke Hodge has been averaging 19 disposals but his effort has caught the eye of Danny Frawley, with the former Saint legend saying he “should sit in the grandstands now”. And the Power’s new recruit, ball-magnet Tom Rockliff, hasn’t seen much time on the field.Each team has some version of this that will perhaps be corrected – or perhaps not – in the coming weeks as new players adjust to new styles, blueprints and in some cases, new cities. AFL has become a brutal competition that sees teams seizing on the smallest deficiency. And because of that, we’ve seen so far this year that any player not in tune with a club’s ethos or general movement becomes a liability and weakness that other teams will exploit.Another intangible variable about watching football in 2018 is not being able to predict each week which teams have more to prove than the other. Almost every team is seeking retribution. If you think about each club, it’s hard to find a team that doesn’t have their own mission narrative. Take the Bulldogs. The 2016 premiers went missing last year and failed to qualify for the finals. This year is about restoring the faithful with a finals campaign. At 1-3 (w/l) they bounced back to playing respectable football after a disastrous couple of a losses of more than 10-goals a piece.The Giants are searching for their first flag in 2018 after two consecutive preliminary final losses. Up until the 67-point loss against the Hawks on the weekend, the 2-2 Demons were trying to prove they had moved beyond mediocrity and were ready to take the next step. Maybe they are not there just yet.
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say EUROPA LEAGUE: Greenwood the difference as Man Utd labour to winby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United made hard work of their first UEFA encounter against opposition from Kazakhstan needing a goal from teenager Mason Greenwood to save their blushes.Utd last won this competition in 2017 and opened their campaign with a home fixture against Astana, champions of Kazakhstan for the past five seasons and who negotiated four summer qualifying ties to reach the group stage.The end of a scoreless first half was greeted with muted silence by the Utd supporters as despite dominating for long periods and creating chances they lacked quality when it mattered which might be expected from an inexperienced side selected by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The home side are unbeaten in nine UEFA Europa League home games and have a perfect record in the group stage and should have at least scored twice before the break with all their chances falling in the first 20 minutes.But once this period had elapsed Utd laboured to find a way through the defence of Astana. It might have been different had Fred not hit the woodwork in the 2nd minute. Marcus Rashford twice had efforts well saved from close range and Greenwood curled one narrowly wide.Yet sloppy play at the back almost gifted goals to the visitors against the run of play. Twice Phil Jones was caught out and whilst the offside flag saved his blushes once Roman Murtzazayev should have done better when racing clear only to hit a weak shot.Another frantic start as the second half began saw Marcos Rojo’s hard low cross evade the onrushing Utd forwards and Greenwood saw his deflected shot trickle narrowly wide. Fred curled a free kick well but Nenad Eric save comfortably.But as before Utd were nearly caught out on the break but Dorian Rotariu poked wide at the far post as the Kazakhstan outfit began to gain confidence.But just as the crowd were getting restless 17 year old Greenwood beat his marker before drilling home the opener on 73 minutes. The lead should have been doubled but substitute Jesse Lingard crashed a shot against the cross bar.Astana have now only one European away win in their last eleven matches and whilst they had a late flurry it was the hosts who begin their Europa League group stage with a win.Full TimeMan Utd: 1 (Greenwood 73)FC Astana: 0Att: 50,783
Liverpool youngster van den Berg earns huge praise for UYL performanceby Ansser Sadiq5 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Sepp van den Berg was among the players that earned the most praise after their UEFA Youth League success.The Reds managed a 2-0 win over Genk in the Youth League, which puts them in a great position to get into the knockout rounds.Layton Stewart scored a penalty and captain Curtis Jones got another.But it was summer signing van den Berg, a central defender, who stole the show from the off.”Sepp has settled in and you can see that, especially compared to the last Youth League game,” Liverpool youth coach Barry Lewtas told reporters. “It takes time to adjust to new coaches and a new environment, and he is also moving in between age groups.”His performance shows he is moving in the right direction and I’m really pleased for him.”He was doing more talking, and is getting used to partnerships and how we do things.”I don’t spend a lot of time in his company, he comes with us for the Youth League, but around the building he seems to be settling in.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Jim Harbaugh had a rough night. Michigan’s head coach witnessed his Wolverines’ team fall on the road to Notre Dame.It was yet another big-game loss for Harbaugh’s Wolverines, who are now 9-9 in their last 18 . games under the head coach.Michigan had a chance to potentially tie the game late, but the Wolverines’ drive fell short. Harbaugh wanted a penalty called on the fourth-down attempt. He didn’t get it.A video of Harbaugh yelling at the refs, with ESPN’s Lee Corso watching closely, is going viral on social media.It’s pretty great:Lee Corso’s Disappointed Dad Face pic.twitter.com/GZtNtY5MTO— Boba Bettis (@CBusIrish) September 2, 2018Welp.Michigan and Harbaugh will have another chance at a win next Saturday. The Wolverines are set to have their home opener against Western Michigan at noon.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee’s rough season continued today with the news that linebacker Will Ignont has left the program.Head coach Jeremy Pruitt said Ignont left due to unspecified personal reasons. The onetime four-star recruit started the first two games of the season for the Vols, making a career-high eight tackles against BYU.However, he was moved to a reserve role when Daniel Bituli returned from injury and did not travel with the team to Gainesville for last weekend’s loss to Florida.In addition to Ignont, linebacker Shanon Reid and wide receiver Jacquez Jones have reportedly entered the transfer portal, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Will Ignont has left Tennessee’s roster for personal reasons. “He won’t be with us anymore,” Jeremy Pruitt said.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 25, 2019Ignont finishes his Tennessee career with 68 tackles in 21 games.The Vols are 1-3 on the season after Saturday’s 34-3 loss to the Gators. Things aren’t looking up with games against Georgia and Alabama on the horizon in October.Over the weekend, there was speculation that a major change could be coming in Knoxville, with AD Philip Fulmer removing Pruitt and reprising his role as head coach of the Volunteers.
Career in gaming on the rise thanks to Esports degree and competitions like Free Fire India Today LeagueEsports is offering professional degrees in some select colleges in the UK and US, which actually require the students to play games on computers and consoles as part of their curriculum.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 8, 2019UPDATED: October 8, 2019 09:05 IST A number of UK and US Universities are launching degrees in esports, or competitive multiplayer videogaming (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUniversity of Staffordshire in the UK and Becker College in Massachusetts offer Esports degreesCompetitions like the Free Fire India Today League is also being seen as a massive push to promote EsportsFree Fire allows users to enjoy the premium mobile battle royale experience on almost any smartphoneProfessional gaming is quickly becoming a legit career choice among the youth thanks to the massive push being provided by Esports with their gaming degrees and events like the Free Fire Battle Royale League in India.Esports offers professional degrees in some select colleges which require the students to play games on computers and consoles as part of the curriculum with universities in the United States and United Kingdom making the dream of pursuing a career in this field a reality.The University of Staffordshire in the UK and Becker College in Massachusetts are one among the many colleges which is offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Esports for all those who want a career in gaming.And here in India as well, more and more people are getting drawn into the world of gaming thanks to competitions like the Free Fire India Today League which started last month and will conclude with the finals in New Delhi on October 12.With Battle Royale games gaining huge popularity in the country, the Free Fire India Today League is seen as a massive push to promote Esports.Free Fire allows users to enjoy the premium mobile battle royale experience on almost any smartphone, and its quicker gameplay with smaller maps offers an engaging and immersive experience every round.The social and interactive elements of Free Fire, including its unique guild system and story arcs for main characters in the game, ensure players are always enjoying the game with those around you.Free Fire’s deliberate design and social gameplay have grown rapidly to become a favourite all over the world. As of May 2019, Free Fire has more than 450 million registered users, and over 50 million peak daily active users.advertisementThe winner of the Free Fire India Today League will walk away with Rs 8.5 Lakh while the 2nd, 3rd and 4th-placed teams will get Rs 4 Lakh, Rs 2 Lakh and Rs 1 Lakh, respectively. A travel allowance will be provided for teams travelling into New Delhi for the Group Finals and mobile phones worth Rs 15 Lakh are available.Also Read | How to register and create your team for Free Fire India Today LeagueAlso Read | Free Fire India Today League: Rs 35 Lakh and a trip to Brazil up for grabsAlso Read | Popular battle royale game Free Fire now delivers premium experience to Indian gamersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Free Fire India Today LeagueFollow eSportsFollow Esports degreeFollow Becker CollegeFollow University of Staffordshire
zoom A crane collapse at the Sembcorp Marine Tanjong Kling shipyard in Singapore caused damage to a jackup rig under construction on February 28.According to the vessel’s owner, the offshore drilling company Noble Corporation, there were reports of minor injuries to some shipyard personnel.Namely, three workers nearby and onboard the Noble Lloyd Noble sustained minor injuries in the incident, Sembcorp confirmed, adding that all workers onboard the rig at the time of the incident were evacuated.The new rig Noble Lloyd Noble, currently in its late stages of construction, has suffered damages to at least one of its areas, as well as damages to one of the vessel’s cranes.“We believe the damage to be minor and that the rig’s scheduled delivery in the second quarter of 2016 will not be affected,” Sembcorp said.An investigation into the cause of the collapse has been launched by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower.Noble said that access to the rig is limited during the initial phase of the investigation.
Beira (Mozambique): More than a thousand people are feared to have died in a cyclone that smashed into Mozambique last week, while scores were killed and more than 200 are missing in neighbouring Zimbabwe. The city of Beira in central Mozambique bore Cyclone Idai’s full wrath on Thursday before the storm barrelled on to neighbouring Zimbabwe, unleashing fierce winds and flash floods and washing away roads and houses. “For the moment we have registered 84 deaths officially, but when we flew over the area… this morning to understand what’s going on, everything indicates that we could register more than 1,000 deaths,” Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said in a nationwide address. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”This is a real humanitarian disaster,” he said. “More than 100,000 people are in danger”. Survivors have taken refuge in trees while awaiting help, the president added. Aerial photographs released by a Christian non-profit organisation, the Mission Aviation Fellowship, showed groups of people stuck on rooftops with flood waters up to window level. “The scale of damage… (in) Beira is massive and horrifying”, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said. Ninety per cent of the city of some 530,000 people and its surrounding area has been “damaged or destroyed,” it said in a statement. “The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous,” the IFRC’s Jamie LeSueur said.
NEW DELHI: Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday asserted that unjustified fee hike by some private schools has nothing to do with the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission for the teachers working in private schools. “A false impression has been sought to be created by vested interests that the Delhi government is against the implementation of the seventh pay Commission, which is completely baseless,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also said that many private schools in Delhi attempted to arbitrarily revise the fee structure citing the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on salaries of teachers and other employees. “Delhi government, through a circular issued on April 13, 2018, had restrained private unaided schools built on government land from hiking tuition fees without the approval of the Directorate of Education,” he said. The education minister said that the circular directed the private schools to meet the additional financial resources required to implement the seventh pay commission recommendations from their surplus without hiking the fees. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The reasons behind this restriction are two-fold, first these schools are situated in the land allotted by DDA and therefore bearing certain societal obligations and secondly the government is against the exploitation of parents and students due to the higher fee structure. As per the law of the land, converting educational institutions to profitable entities is illegal”, he said. There are 325 private schools situated in the government land allotted by DDA. Out of these 260 schools had applied for fees hike, but 32 schools withdrew their applications. During an audit of accounts, it was found that nearly 150 schools had sufficient surplus to implement seventh Pay Commission and were therefore denied permission to hike the fees. Rest of the applications are under the process. The minister also said that the details will be submitted in the court. He said, “there are schools with an excess surplus of even up-to Rs 40 crore after factoring the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on salaries of teachers and other employees. There are cases reported that schools inflating the expenditure on record by showing farce purchases and Annual Maintainance Contracts.” He also said that the Delhi government recognizes the important role of the private schools in education in Delhi. The government is against extortion from the parents by the private schools in the name of fees, he said. Also he pointed out the irony in hiring extremely expensive lawyers using the fees collected from the students to fight against the legitimate interests of the students.
With Burundians scheduled to go to the polls by 31 October, “it is my intention to immediately begin planning and preparations for a United Nations peacekeeping mission,” Mr. Annan writes in a letter addressed to the President of the Security Council released today. Last month, the Secretary-General recommended in a report that the Council should expand the UN’s role in Burundi to provide the support necessary for consolidating the peace process, which began with the signing in 2000 of the Arusha Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation. He proposed that the African Union’s Africa Mission in Burundi (AMIB) and the existing UN Office in Burundi (UNOB) form the core of the military and civilian components, respectively, of a UN peacekeeping mission in the country. Responding in writing to Mr. Annan’s letter, Council President Gunter Pleuger of Germany approved the proposal, noting that it will be carried out without prejudice to a future decision on establishing a UN force in Burundi.
by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2015 10:32 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 8, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fiat Chrysler avoids strike after reaching new tentative agreement with United Auto Workers DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler has avoided an expensive strike at its U.S. plants after reaching a tentative labour agreement with the United Auto Workers union.UAW announced the agreement just after 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, which was the deadline the union had set to reach a new deal or possibly go on strike.The Italian-American automaker confirmed it had reached a new tentative agreement with the union but said in a statement that the company cannot discuss the specifics because the deal is subject to member ratification. A spokeswoman declined further comment.UAW, which represents around 40,000 FCA factory workers at 23 U.S. plants, said in a post on its website that its bargaining committee had “secured significant gains.”Local union leaders will vote on the proposed deal Friday at a meeting in Detroit. If the leaders approve the tentative agreement, UAW will release details and the ratification process will begin, a UAW spokesman said.This is the second tentative agreement FCA and the union have reached. Last week, UAW members overwhelmingly rejected a previous proposal, saying it didn’t go far enough in restoring benefits workers lost in previous contracts. Union workers made concessions in recent years to help struggling automakers return to health. But now that the companies are making money, members want a bigger share.The deal rejected last week included pay raises, the potential for increased profit sharing and a $3,000 signing bonus. But members are seeking an end to the current two-tier pay structure, more specific guarantees of new vehicles for U.S. factories and a return of cost-of-living pay raises.UAW’s four-year contracts with FCA, Ford and General Motors expired on Sept. 14, but workers remained on the job under a contract extension. The union said in September it had chosen FCA as its target company in the negotiations; usually the first deal reached serves as a basic template for the other two companies.When they kicked off contract talks in July, both UAW President Dennis Williams and FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said they would consider it a personal failure if they can’t reach an agreement and workers strike.FCA workers haven’t gone on strike since 2007, and such a move would have been expensive for the company. A weeklong strike could have cost as much as $1.7 billion in revenue and $35 million in net income, according to Sean McAlinden, chief economist for the Michigan-based Center for Automotive Research.___Associated Press writer Tom Krisher contributed to this report.
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,257.97, up 66.01 points):Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Down 21 cents, or 2.17 per cent, to $9.48 on 9.1 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up three cents, or 1.17 per cent, to $2.60 on 4.9 million shares.Asanko Gold Inc. (TSX:AKG). Miner. Unchanged at $1.11 on 4.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 47 cents, or 3.97 per cent, to $12.30 on 3.7 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 40 cents, or 3.95 per cent, to $10.53 on 3.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down seven cents, or 2.24 per cent, to $3.05 on 3.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU). Restaurants. Up 37 cents, or 15.74 per cent, to $2.72 on 103,374 shares. The Mississauga, Ont.-based coffee chain says during its second quarter it had a 0.7 per cent increase in same-store sales — a key retail metric measuring sales at locations open for at least a year. That marks its first positive quarter since the fourth quarter of 2015. It trimmed its net losses to $315,000 or two cents per share from $441,000 or three cents per share in the same period a year ago. Revenue was down to $6.2 million from $7.8 million, though it had 13 fewer cafes than it did last year. Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2017 2:38 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrathwaite can’t repeat World T20 heroics every time – BrowneFebruary 27, 2017In “latest news”West Indies cricket 2016: 3 steps forward, 3 steps backDecember 27, 2016In “Sports”Brathwaite hoping to take positives from disappointing second T20 showingNovember 7, 2018In “Sports” (CMC) West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite has praised his side’s professionalism, after they trounced Afghanistan by seven wickets in Monday’s final Twenty20 International and complete a 3-0 series whitewash.Carlos BrathwaiteEntering the series as heavy favourites to beat the ICC Associate nation, West Indies imposed their superiority to reduce each of the three games to a no-contest as they pulled off convincing victories in each.The gulf between the two teams was especially evident in the final game as right-hander Marlon Samuels produced a stroke-filled career-best unbeaten 89 as the Windies easily chased down 147 to win by seven wickets.“Marlon showed his experience, showed his class and he brought us home and the manner in which he did it was very, very clinical and it is very pleasing,” Brathwaite said.“You talk about being professional … and when you have teams on the back foot about keeping them there and that’s exactly what we did … so it’s very, very pleasing to come away three-nil.”He continued: “It would have been very easy to take a foot off the pedal and take this game for granted, lose the game, win the series 2-1 and be happy, but the professionalism shown today was very commendable, very admirable and kudos to my team for bringing home the series in a whitewash.”Opting to bat first, Afghanistan posted the highest total of the series and when Chadwick Walton fell to the second delivery of the run chase without a run on the board, the Windies faced a challenging time.But Samuels arrived to see off the Afghan challenging with a stroke-filled innings, that ensured there was no upset.“The pitch was a lot better for batting than the first two games so we had to make some minor adjustments,” Brathwaite explained.“They got up to a score that we think if we had executed our skills a little better we could have got them for 10 runs less but nevertheless the score was on the board, it was manageable and going into the half-time break, I asked that one of the batters raise their hand, not only get a score but get a big score and come not out in a winning cause.”Brathwaite, however, reserved special praise for his bowlers who he said were superb throughout the series in keeping Afghanistan’s dangerous batsmen under tight rein.“The bowling performance and the consistency, that is something we asked for so that one box was ticked,” he said.“We (bowlers) did very well against Pakistan [in the recent series], we continually kept them down to 130 and as a bowling unit we strived to replicate what we did in that series.“I don’t want to single out one moment of brilliance because those moments of brilliance don’t come unless there is a solid base and I think that throughout the three games, bowlers put the team on that solid footing … which made the moments of brilliance actually brilliant.”
Image: EMPICS Sport By Paul Hosford Image: EMPICS Sport Apr 20th 2017, 8:21 AM AUSTRALIA IS TO make it harder to become a citizen, days after tightening visa rules.Canberra this week announced it would axe the 457 temporary work visa, which entitles people to work in the country for up to four years once an employer sponsors them.Today, the country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced changes to the citizenship test, which nearly 4,000 Irish people passed last year alone. That number was just over 900 in 2009.The moves came against a background of growing populist pressure and a resurgence of the anti-immigration One Nation party led by Pauline Hanson.“We’re defined by commitment to common values, political values, the rule of law, democracy, freedom, mutual respect, equality for men and women,” Turnbull told reporters.“These fundamental values are what make us Australian. Our citizenship process should reflect that.”The changes include: competent English, belief in gender equality and a four-year qualification period.Candidates for citizenship will be required to be permanent residents for four years against the current one-year period.They will also need to demonstrate a job record and how they have integrated into the local community.Some 114,109 people sat the Australian citizenship test in 2014-15, with 112,474 passing it, according to the latest immigration figures.With AFP reportingRead: Australia to axe the 457 temporary work visa 64 Comments After visa changes, Australia is making it harder to become a citizen Last year, nearly 4,000 Irish people became citizens. 21,151 Views Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 8:21 AM http://jrnl.ie/3348516 Short URL Share Tweet Email12 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article