Sehwag was reluctant to join NADA panel, feels Olympians deserve the place

first_imgFormer India opener Virender Sehwag said on Tuesday that he joined the Anti-Doping Appeals Panel (ADAP) of NADA on the request of Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, even though he was reluctant about taking it up.Sehwag, who became a part of the six-member NADA panel in November 2017, has not been able to attend any hearing till date and that has raised quite a few eyebrows.Sehwag said that he always felt that cricketers should not be in the NADA panel and only Olympians should be included in the committee. He admitted that he does not have a lot of knowledge about the anti-doping codes.Sehwag made it very clear that he believes Olympic sportsperson are more in sync with how the various procedures of NADA and hence, cricketers do not really have a role to play.Also read – DDCA forms Cricket Committee led by Sehwag with Gambhir as special invitee”I feel former Olympians should be a part of the NADA panels rather than cricketers. The sportspersons in Olympic categories are more in sync with working procedure of NADA,” Sehwag told PTI.”The Olympians know more than someone like me about anti-doping codes. I was initially reluctant about being a part of the panel,” Sehwag said.”I have always been a part of BCCI and I have rarely undergone dope tests, save the ICC tournaments that we played. So I have no hesitation in admitting that my knowledge is limited.”Along with clarifying that he joined the NADA panel only after a request from the Sports Minister, Sehwag said that he was not even informed of the dates of the first two ADAP hearing.advertisementAlso read – Don’t play Asia Cup: Virender Sehwag slams India’s shocking schedule”It was because of request from the Sports Minister that I gave my consent. He told me that someone of my stature could make a difference.”I can put it on record that I was not told about the dates of the first two hearings. Then on the third hearing, I couldn’t unfortunately attend as my son was not well,” Sehwag informed.Sehwag expressed his surprise over the fact that ADAP hearings are slated in August and September according to NADA website but he actually had no information of the same. In fact, the panels for all the hearing have been announced and Sehwag’s name is not mentioned.”This I am hearing from you. Now if someone from NADA contacts me now and I can probably confirm my availability. But if I am asked on August 6 about August 10 hearing, it might happen that I have prior commitments,” Sehwag said.Sehwag also said that he is unaware about the duration of the panel.”I need to check the duration of the panel, whether it’s one year or two years,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Imran Khan asks Pakistanis living abroad to help highlight Kashmir issue

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked his party’s workers and followers living abroad to help highlight the Kashmir issue internationally.The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf decided to highlight the Kashmir issue at all the world forums.Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIndia has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. During a meeting with his party’s Overseas Secretary Abdullah Riar on Wednesday, the prime minister directed the party leaders and workers to hold protest in New York against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the UN General Assembly session next month.last_img read more

The Raiders Bad Behavior Might Be What Makes Them Good

On Sunday, in a 30-24 overtime win in Tampa Bay, the Oakland Raiders were flagged for 23 penalties, which cost them an even 200 yards. That was the most penalties for one team in a single game since at least 1940 and the third-most penalty yards that any one team has racked up in a single game in that same span. The Raiders have a history of committing penalties — the franchise led the NFL in that category for four straight years in the nineties and set the single-season record with 163 back in 2011 — so adding the single-game record to that legacy is at least in character. Heck, Oakland was already leading the NFL in penalties this season even before that, um, historic performance in Week 8. But what if I told you that the same factors that are driving the Raiders’ penalties are likely driving their surprising success?The Raiders have the second-most penalties through eight games of any team since 1940, but Oakland is also 6-2. That may not be as surprising as it appears, because committing more penalties isn’t as strongly correlated with losing as conventional wisdom suggests. I looked at all team penalties through Week 8 of each season since the NFL’s realignment in 2002, and there was only a slightly negative correlation between penalties and winning (i.e., the more penalties a team has, the lower its winning percentage).1The correlation coefficient between winning percentage and penalties over that span was just -0.10. And that correlation is actually positive for the 2016 season, thanks to the Bay Area teams: Not only is Oakland an outlier, but also the 1-6 49ers have the fewest penalties in the NFL this season. And while most coaches stress to players that they shouldn’t incur penalties, the relationship between penalties and success (as we can see from the chart) isn’t as clear as you might think. Sure, on any given play, a penalty is bad, but penalties are also associated with aggressive, physical play, and those can be very good things on the plays where penalties aren’t called.Of Oakland’s 103 total penalties (both accepted and declined), a league-high 53 (51 percent) of them have come on offense. (On average this season, 49 percent of all penalties have come on offense, compared to 37 percent on defense and 14 percent on special teams.) Of Oakland’s offensive penalties, 18 have come from offensive holding, which is tied for first with the Patriots (who have only played seven games), and 14 have come via false start, second in the league to Washington’s 16. And Oakland’s offense has been flagged a league-high four times for unnecessary roughness, with tackle Donald Penn owning two of those infractions.So far this season, 45 players have been flagged for at least five offensive penalties, and six of those players are Raiders: backup lineman Vadal Alexander (8), followed by Penn (7), center Rodney Hudson (6), guard Gabe Jackson (6), WR Michael Crabtree (5) and guard Kelechi Osemele (5). In total, Raiders offensive linemen have been flagged for 33 penalties, nine more than any other offensive line in the league.That’s a lot of penalties, but what that analysis is missing is what’s happening on all the plays that don’t result in a penalty — especially if those plays include ones where the refs don’t throw a flag because they’ve already thrown so many. And Oakland’s offensive line is doing really, really well on those plays. No team has spent more 2016 salary cap dollars on its offensive line than the Raiders, and it’s paid off: Oakland has been sacked on just 2.7 percent of all pass plays this season, the lowest rate in the NFL. And Oakland’s top three running backs — Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard — aren’t highly-regarded and weren’t drafted with premium picks, but they have rushed 156 times for 763 yards and 6 touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per attempt. The Oakland line is getting things done.We don’t often think of offensive linemen as boom-bust players, but that’s what the Raiders have created under OL coach Mike Tice. Because while that unit has been responsible for an enormous share of the team’s penalties, on most other plays, it’s operating as one of the best units in football. The Raiders have talked about building a nasty, physical, aggressive offensive line — and for better or worse, that’s exactly what they’ve done.CORRECTION (Nov. 2, 12:34 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this article misstated the time period of the penalties and win percentages shown in light purple. The correct time period is 2002 to 2016, not 2012 to 2016. read more

Alderweireld urges Spurs to take final step and win a trophy

first_imgToby Alderweireld thinks it’s time for Tottenham to take the next step in their development under Mauricio Pochettino and finally win a trophy.Alderweireld echoed the same sentiment as Pochettino, as they both believe it’s finally time for Spurs to break their 8-year trophyless run and lift a trophy after successive impressive seasons.Their last trophy came in 2008 in the League Cup when they beat 2-1 at Wembley, but finished runners-up behind Leicester City in 2016’s historic win.“It is even more positive that they do not see it as a good start for Spurs,” Alderweireld told Sky Sports News.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“That is the kind of level we have reached. We are never satisfied, we always try to improve, win every game and try to take that last step that everybody is talking about.“It is not easy, we work hard, but it does not come by night. There is a lot of work that goes into it, but we try to develop our game and be better every time.”last_img read more

95pc of Rangamati habitats destroyed in landslides illegal

first_imgThis general view shows dwellings under mud after a landslide in Rangamati on 13 June, 2017. Photo: AFPA municipality mayor of Rangamati district said as many as 95 per cent of the households destroyed in the landslides were illegal.”Less than 5 per cent of the houses destroyed in landslides were legal,” said Akbar Hossain Chowdhury, the Rangamati municipality mayor.The municipality mayor also said the district council actually gave permission to different individuals for settlement. He had no involvement with that, the mayor added.Recently at least 115 people were killed in a series of landslides in the hilly districts of southeast Bangladesh.Rangamati additional deputy commissioner Prakash Kanti told Prothom Alo that landslides killed at least 56 people in the municipality area alone.More than 150 houses were destroyed after landslides hit the areas.Authorities concerned said, according to law, anyone wanting to build a house in the area, must have deeds of the land, soil test reports, and architectural and building permission. That means the authorities only permits pucca (brick and cement) buildings.In reply to this, he said, “Most of the houses were either tin-sheds or of mud. The houses were built without our permission.”You will find a small number of houses there are pucca, Akbar Hossain added.Rangamati district council chairman Brishketu Chakma said, “The mayor can blame us, but we did not give permission for settlements there. He’s wrong.”Local people said some of the pucca buildings also collapsed in the landslides.Asked about it, the Rangamati municipality executive engineer Atikur Rahman said, “The entire hill is 80 feet but, engineers test soil up to 30 feet and submit their report.”On the other hand, some people build houses inside the hills. “Thus, it becomes tough for us to monitor the places.”Hill Tracts Citizen Committee’s president, Goutam Dewan blamed the municipality authorities in this regard.The former chairman of Rangamati municipality and district council said there is lack of coordination between municipality and district council authorities.It is high time to remove the lack of coordination, he added.*The article is rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

UN battles mounting illness in Rohingya camps

first_imgA doctor checks a three-day old baby as Rohingya refugees gather at a relief point for babies and pregnant women at the Kutupalang refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh 2 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersRelief agencies on Tuesday fought to contain a diarrhoea outbreak around camps in Bangladesh where more than 500,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in the past five weeks.The United Nations said meanwhile it would seek $430 million to increase operations in the camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The Rohingya Muslims have poured across the frontier to escape a military crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.A 20-bed treatment clinic was opened at Kutupalong refugee camp Monday to treat diarrhoea victims and another 60-bed facility would be set up this week, a UN spokesman said.UN staff and volunteers were touring Kutupalong and nearby makeshift camps to identify those who have not sought treatment, UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic said.”We have seen an increasing trend of diarrhoeal disease cases, including cases of diarrhoea with severe dehydration,” he said.Bangladesh authorities were not aware of diarrhoea-related deaths in the camps, but the health department said more than 10,500 Rohingya had been treated since the influx began on August 25.Last week the World Health Organisation warned of a growing cholera risk in the makeshift camps as they lacked safe drinking and hygiene facilities. The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) group also said the camps were on the brink of a public health disaster.The camps face dire shortages of food and medicine in what has become one of the world’s largest refugee settlements.The overwhelmed camps around the border town of Cox’s Bazar already had 300,000 people who fled earlier violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.Mark Lowcock, a UN under secretary general for humanitarian affairs, said the world body would be seeking “something like $430 million to enable us to scale up the relief operation.””Conditions in the camps at the moment are terrible,” Lowcock told reporters in Cox’s Bazar.The UN has already given an extra $12 million from its emergency response fund.”What we want to do is to make sure that the tragedy of the Rohingya is not magnified and amplified by a human catastrophe and health catastrophe,” the UN official declared.last_img

Houstons Legal Community Offers Free Services To Harvey Victims

first_imgThe Houston Bar Association has expanded its LegalLine to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and has set up a toll free number for Texas residents outside the Houston area.Beginning Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, September 29, the HBA’s LegalLine will have volunteer attorneys answering calls from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.Extended LegalLine hours will be available from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 20. The public can call 713-759-1133 or toll free at 1-866-959-1133 and speak to volunteer attorneys who will answer their questions, provide brief legal advice and refer them to appropriate resources for help.The attorneys will be able to answer questions on insurance, landlord/issues, contracts, lost documents, FEMA matters and other disaster-related topics. The HBA’s Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL) is working with other local and state legal services providers to coordinate legal aid for low-income individuals affected by the storm. HVL will set up legal advice clinics to meet the needs of the community in various locations across the city and also will visit area shelters to provide information about how to access legal services and to answer questions.  The Veterans Legal Advice Clinic on Friday, September 1, has been opened to victims of Hurricane Harvey, in addition to veterans. The clinic will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, 2002 Holcombe Blvd., 77030, first floor near the emergency room entrance. No appointment necessary. Starting on September 1, HVL will be working with Lone Star Legal Aid to staff booths at some of the shelters housing those who have been displaced as a result of the storm.  There will be booths initially at the George R. Brown Convention Center and NRG Stadium.  Booths will be expanded to additional shelters next week. Lawyers at these locations will address legal questions for those who are housed at the shelter temporarily. For updated information on legal aid and other services, visit www.makejusticehappen.org/Harvey, call 713-228-0732 or 713-759-1133. Sharelast_img read more

Oppn MPs to march to Prez House against Land Bill

first_imgUpping their ante against the land bill, MPs of several opposition parties are planning to take out a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan next Tuesday to register their protest against the amendments proposed to be carried out in the Act of 2013. JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav is coordinating with other parties like Congress, TMC, SP, BSP, DMK and Left parties to organise the protest march, sources said here on Friday. “It is proposed to be a march of non-NDA MPs to the Rashtrapati Bhavan… Sharad Yadav is coordinating,” a source said. Congress has expressed its willingness to participate in the march, the sources said. The land bill was passed by the Lok Sabha three days back after the government carried out nine amendments and persuaded most of its allies to support it.last_img read more

New Service Aims to Simplify Ecommerce Payments

first_img Brick-and-mortar retailers wouldn’t dream of sending customers outside the confines of their stores to finalize a purchase. Yet online merchants do it all the time, ushering shoppers away from digital storefronts to third-party payment platforms like PayPal. It’s counterintuitive–and can lead to lost revenue.Roughly two-thirds of consumers abandon shopping carts before completing a web purchase, due mainly to the complexity and length of the checkout process. A new service, Ribbon, promises to eliminate this friction with a patent-pending, quick-and-simple system that enables merchants to take payments via links inserted into websites, e-mail, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.”Why push buyers away from whatever platform they’re already on? Why don’t we keep them there?” asks Hany Rashwan, co-founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based company. “With Ribbon, the buyer never leaves.”Merchants log on to Ribbon and plug in product information, photos and videos; for each item, the service generates a short URL, which sellers can copy and paste anywhere they wish to offer merchandise. Each URL links to a one-page checkout option customized for that platform. For example, if a customer clicks on a product from a seller’s Facebook page, the purchase is completed entirely within the News Feed, for a consistent, user-friendly customer experience.Ribbon works with all major credit cards and processes purchases over a fully encrypted, SSL-secure payments system. All payments are deposited directly into the seller’s bank or PayPal account. Ribbon takes 5 percent of the purchase price and a 30-cent transaction fee–high in the online payments game, but worth it for the convenience, the company claims.Ribbon has thousands of vendors; roughly half market digital products like music. San Francisco rock trio Cloning Dolly turned to Ribbon to sell tickets to a recent concert and plans to offer T-shirts and song downloads in the future. “We posted the Ribbon link directly into our Facebook News Feed,” says singer/guitarist Alejandro De Simone. “People told us buying tickets was easy and fast. The way it’s presented is very intuitive.” May 16, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the April 2013 issue of . Subscribe » 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more