With the win, Gor will now travel for the return leg in Benue next week seeking to merely avoid defeat and book themselves a group stage slot and an assured Sh55mn purse for their effort.Fresh from their 4-0 huge win against Zoo Kericho in midweek, Gor came into the tie beaming confidence and for the first time in the Champions League, midfielder Francis Kahata was thrown into the fray.This was a signal that his move to Algerian giants CS Constantine might be in limbo as the reason he was not being played was to avoid complicating his chances of a transfer.Head coach Hassan Oktay resorted to his strongest team, Joash Onyango coming back into the starting team ahead of Pascal Ogweno who started against Zoo while Tuyisenge who has been out with injury started in the absence of Ephraim Guikan who is ineligible to play as he is unregistered.Gor Mahia fans cheer their team on during their CAF Champions League match against Nigeria’s Lobi Stars at the Kasarani Stadium on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAnd the Kenyan champions showed their hunger of making it into the group stages, Tuyisenge making his presence felt with a sixth minute goal finishing off a dicey pass from Kahata.Onyango then made it 2-0 for the home side with a superb bicycle kick goal making the most of a Francis Mustafa miss off a Tuyisenge cross.Lobi however halved the deficit minutes later from a corner kick, Mathias Samuel rising highest inside the box to connect from a Kwambe Solomon corner.The Nigerian champions’ strategy was scattered a few inutes later when they were forced into a change, defender Umar Zango limping off injured and was replaced by Austine Ogunye.Gor made the most to capitalize on the new defensive pairing, Onyango completing his brace with another peach of a goal.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge makes a pass under pressure from Lobi Stars’ Cletus Itondo during their CAF Champions League match at the Kasarani Stadium on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe former Ulinzi Stars man dispossessed Duru Chidiebube, broke down the right flank before rounding onrushing Lobi custodian Ospina Egbe, and weaved through two defenders before slamming the ball into the net.The second half was a tale of missed opportunities for K’Ogalo who should have taken the game into further safety.Tuyisenge had a glorious opportunity to also add his second for a brace after 66 minutes when he lobbed the ball over keeper Egbe and going through on goal. But his eventual pull at the trigger was never on target.A minute later Mustafa forced Egbe into a fingertip save with a shot inside the area with a well taken shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate their goal against Lobi Stars during a CAF Champions League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Samuel Onyango scored a first half brace as Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia inched close to a first ever place in the group stages of the CAF Champions League with a 3-1 win over Nigeria’s Lobi Stars at Kasarani on Sunday.The returning Jacques Tuyisenge opened the scoring before former Ulinzi man Onyango scored twice in between Lobi’s goal.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Drier conditions reduced soil moisture surpluses and temperatures dropped midweek, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 6th. More farmers were able to return to the fields .Some weed control measures took place this week along with manure application, fungicide and herbicide spraying, and tillage of wheat fields.Commercial vegetable harvest continued, as did the baling of Hay. Crop conditions remain stable overall.A primary concern for many growers was southern rust in corn. Other growers have are concerned about stunted soybeans. Shallow root systems in crops created concerns about adequate and timely precipitation.The cooler temperatures were not ideal for crop development, but were beneficial to livestock.See the full report here
The tour of Fatehpur Sikri did not go as per plan for Quentin Jeremy Clerc and his partner Marie Droz. But the Uttar Pradesh police hope to mitigate some of the bitterness by gifting them a compilation of sympathetic messages from social media. Director-General of Police Sulkhan Singh on Friday released the 80-page booklet as a farewell gesture.Mr. Clerc and Ms. Droz had been attacked by some youths near a rail track at Fatehpur Sikri in Agra on October 22. The Swiss couple were first stalked and harassed before being brutally assaulted with stones and sticks. While Mr. Clerc suffered a fractured skull, Ms. Droz got a broken arm and many bruises. The incident triggered widespread outrage.After facing heavy criticism, the police invited people to send “get well soon” tweets to the couple with the hashtag GWSMarieandJeremy. Police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava said the police received 600-700 tweets in response. “We chose the better ones for the booklet,” he said. The tweets comprised get-well-soon messages, apologies, criticism of the system, and invitations to homes during their next visit.Among the tweets in the booklet, one read: “You both are God for us. Atithi Devo Bhav[a].” Another said: “Our country has great warmth and a few lumpen elements should not give a false image (sic).” “This shameful incident awaked our system…” said another.The police had planned to hand over the booklet to the couple. But they could not do so as they had already left for Switzerland. Mr. Srivastava told The Hindu that the Ministry of External Affairs assured him that a copy would be sent to them. A copy would also be gifted to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Senior Superintendent of Police, Agra, Amit Pathak and Mr. Srivastava gifted copies of the booklet to Tamara Mona, Deputy Head of Mission, Swiss Embassy, and MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in Delhi.
The Incredible India campaign has goofed up on Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh, suggesting the ancient structure was built just three decades ago.A tweet by @incredibleindia tagging Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons reads: “Cradled amidst the mist-laden valleys of the Himalayas is Tawang Monastery, India’s largest Buddhist monastery. It was built at the request of the 5th Dalai Lama in 1980-81.”Known in Tibetan as Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, the Tawang Monastery was indeed built according to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso. But it was founded in 1680-81 by a monk named Merag Lodre Gyatso of the Gelug sect after the 4th Dalai Lama gave him a painting of goddess Palden Lhamo to be kept in the monastery. An eight-metre high gilded statue of Lord Buddha dominates the sanctum of the monastery.“It must be a case of typographical error. We will take up with the Centre for correcting the date of the 338-year-old monastery,” Kanto Danggen, director of Arunachal Pradesh’s Tourism Department, told The Hindu.Local legend has it that China had attacked Tawang in 1962 primarily to extract the secret to eternal youth believed to be buried under the monastery built at about 10,000 ft above sea level.An international tourism campaign by the government since 2002, Incredible India had erred a decade ago by passing off a black African rhino as the great Indian rhinoceros, the bulk of whose population is in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park. The rhinos in Assam are one-horned, unlike their African cousins that sport two horns.
Four persons, including two Pakistani nationals were sentenced to death in the Rampur ‘terror’ attack case by Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanjay Kumar Singh on Saturday. One person was awarded a life sentence, while a sixth accused was given 10-years rigorous imprisonment.Additional government counsel Amit Saxena said those who had been awarded capital punishment include Imran Shahzad, who hails from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, and Mohammed Farooq from Pakistan’s Punjab. Sabauddin from Bihar’s Madhubani and Mohammed Shareef from Rampur were also given the maximum punishment. Two others were convicted under Section 302 (murder) and Section 121 (waging war against the state). The judge said that the accused attacked the CRPF camp in 2008 without any provocation with AK-47 rifles and hand grenades. On Friday, the judge had held six of the eight accused ‘guilty’ in relation to the pre-dawn attack on January 1, 2008, in which seven jawans and a civilian were killed. Two accused, Kausar Farooqi and Gulab Khan, were acquitted by the court for want of evidence.
Miguel Cotto punches Yoshihiro Kamegai, as Cotto goes on to win in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Junior Middleweight title fight at StubHub Center on August 26, 2017, in Carson, California. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, a six-time world champion over four different weight divisions, will fight for the final time on December 2 in New York against hometown foe Sadam Ali, promoters announced Wednesday.Cotto, 41-5 with 33 knockouts, will defend his World Boxing Organization light middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden against Ali, a 2008 US Olympian based in Brooklyn who is 25-1 with 14 knockouts.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Injured LeBron out for pre-season, in doubt for Cavs opener MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa It will be the 10th fight at the famed Manhattan arena for Cotto, who has owned world titles at super lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight.“I’m very excited to be back in the ring for my final fight at The Garden. I’ve worked really hard my entire career to be at this level,” Cotto said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m fully concentrated on getting together with (trainer) Freddie Roach so we can work hard and have a great victory.”Cotto has defeated a host of stars since his 2001 pro debut, including Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Ricardo Mayorga. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games After losing to Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in November 2015, Cotto was idle for 21 months before an undisputed decision victory in August at Los Angeles over Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai to win the WBO crown he will defend against Ali.“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to fight a legend,” Ali said. “My time is now.”Cotto’s only loss at the Garden came to American Austin Trout in 2012. His other defeats came at the hands of Mexico’s Margarito, American Floyd Mayweather and Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Many of the more dramatic changes we have seen in India in the last 35 years came after the liberalising reforms of the early 1990s, which affected everything from the TV we watch to the shoes we buy. But the changes are far from being wholesale ones or even entirely predictable.,Many of the more dramatic changes we have seen in India in the last 35 years came after the liberalising reforms of the early 1990s, which affected everything from the TV we watch to the shoes we buy. But the changes are far from being wholesale ones or even entirely predictable. Instead, they offer up more arenas in which to debate who we are, what we want and the kind of society we want to live in.We build malls and sometimes visit themFor a time, the Citi Centre mall was just a 15-minute walk from my flat in Mylapore, Chennai. On my way, I would pass old temples, a huge garbage dump and an open-air fish market. I would drink coconut water on the way, saving myself from an expensive carbonated drink once inside. The mall itself-an ugly, faux renaissance construction-towered above this varied landscape and sported a gigantic metal generator to one side. Most people came to the mall in cars or on motorbikes and the roads around it were always jammed. I’m one of those who don’t like malls. But I did like the air-conditioning from April to July and going from one shop to the next without being sideswiped by a motorcycle or lashed by the sun.The rise of the consumer citizenGone are the days of relatives bringing mixies, jeans and lipsticks from abroad. Everything is available here now and there are thousands of billboards to remind you of just what you should aspire to have. On one hand, there is a greater openness to the outside world and more awareness of that world by the common woman and man. On the other, the divides between the “haves” and “have-nots” look more severe and callous. We are told the good life will trickle down, yet, looking around even so-called middle class areas, while professional salaries and purchasing power have risen, the lifestyles continue to be subsidised by the low-wage labour of the service class.advertisementThe way we move aroundCheaper domestic flights have intensified social and business networks as north, south, east, and west are within a few hours of each other. On the road, we are moving faster and in bigger vehicles. But we’re doing so on the same narrow, pot-holed roads as before. So we topple over each other, get stuck in smoke-filled jams, and in our haste, crush into one another, making Indian roads the deadliest in the world. Meanwhile, on the Delhi Metro, one mid-20s commuter told me that now she takes the Metro to work instead of the bus, cutting her commute time to half. Coining a new phrase and sensibility, she called her new way of getting around, “Delhi up-down”.We are being watchedOn the same Metro platform, CCTV cameras watch commuters’ every move, or so they say. At airports, movie theatres, central markets and elsewhere, we are searched. The management of these new technologies has created new industries of surveillance and is directed by a new techno-managerial class. Individuals in this class who are corruption-free are held up as beacons of hope, yet corrupt practices are still the rule rather than the exception.We are on the world stage of literatureLate JNU English professor Meenakshi Mukherjee was ambivalent about the success and hype of Indian English fiction. With a hint of lament, she would speak of her students who all wanted to be the next Arundhati Roy. Novels have become a way to judge a nation’s cultural worth, and hence they are political and cultural emblems, which is why we debate every shortlist, prize and prize refusal, though only when an Indian author is involved.There is more English that is less EnglishLast year while teaching at IIT-Madras, two things became clear to me. One, all of my students were very smart and second, each had a different command over the English language. One of them explained it this way: In school, English was taught to them as a “subject” but never as a “language”. As English has gone from being a colonial language to a global one, more Indians speak it; lower-class and lower-caste Indians rightly demand it, but the question of how and if it will be meaningfully incorporated into the education of Indians remains unclear.We walk and talk and message and blogEnglish has enabled some Indians to gain jobs in it and at call centres, but much more significantly, cellphones and the Internet have enabled Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam and many more languages to flourish in new ways and move across borders like never before. In an average day, we speak at least three languages to different people for different things, often picking words from different languages to produce a melange that says it just right. The genius of Indian life surely resides in the multilingual reality of the day-to-day.advertisementWhat we eat has changed, and so have weFor 30 years, a great-uncle of mine owned two restaurants near his house in Nainital and took great pride in the fact that he never ate at either of them. We are known for being particular about our food. Yet, many have relaxed these restrictions and mark status in other ways. We eat and drink more kinds of things more quickly in more places than ever. But are we satisfied? Now, the middle classes are succumbing to lifestyle diseases like diabetes and obesity, while the rural and urban poor are stuck with an extremely high rate of childhood malnutrition and stunted growth.We like to think we have replaced caste with classIt’s true that we look (and in some ways are) more alike as we sit side-by-side, from north to south, in salwar-kameez or pair of jeans, yet the vast majority of our marriage arrangements are still airtight, and who sits in an office and who in a slum still has everything to do with your father’s name. The post-Mandal Commission era didn’t bring back caste divisions; it just showed they never went away.How we say, “I love you”When it had been decided, in 1961, that my parents would marry, they went on a few outings to Connaught Place. Soon anonymous notes were slipped under the door of my father’s relative’s house, saying their behaviour was not setting a good example. Many years later, on a cool February evening, I was walking near the Delhi University campus with a female friend when three boys on a motorcycle stopped to grab at us. When we complained to a guard standing at a nearby college gate, he explained, “But madam, it is Valentine’s Day.” Earlier in the day, Hindutva activists had overturned chairs at the local Nirula’s to scare away couples and made a mess of an Archie’s card shop in Kamla Nagar market. The style of love is changing, but it still poses a problem.Rashmi Sadana is the writer’s book English Heart, Hindi Heartland: the Political Life of Literature in India is forthcoming from the University of California Press
For some teams, training for the National Touch League (NTL) is a matter of a short drive in the car, or a trek down the road to your Local Association. Not so for our remote permits who are travelling thousands of kilometres just to compete in the showcase event on the sport’s calendar. Neil ‘Molly’ Collins, player/coach of the Barbarians Men’s 40s team, knows only too well the challenges facing remote permits.“Our players are drawn from the Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia (WA) but within each state there can be a great distance as well. We have a number of Karratha players this year, which means they have to travel over 1500 kilometres just to get to Perth and then across the country to Coffs Harbour.” Collins said.The geographical and logistical barriers between team mates means the preparation for a team like Barbarians has to be a little more creative. “This year we had our patterns and plays video taped and put on a CD and sent to each player. We also try and get here on the Monday to watch our open teams play and give ourselves that extra day to train together.” Collins said.While the logistics of this venture pose certain challenges, the remote experience is far from a negative one.“There is great camaraderie within the team as a result of having to travel so far and there is now a core of us who enjoy the annual challenge. You know what you are up against and you try and improve aspects of your preparation each time. It’s also great for WA and NT development as many of our players are coaches and managers at the local level and they can take back what they’ve learned and apply it at their local affiliate.” Collins reasoned.The fruits of grass root level labour continue paying handsome dividends for the Barbarians permit, with strength and depth of teams being swelled across numerous divisions.The Barbarians Permit enjoyed their most fruitful NTL campaign to date, recording some impressive results in 2007 in the three premier Open level divisions.The Women’s Open team reached the semi finals for the third year running, the Men’s Open claimed the Plate Final, and the Mixed Open narrowly missed a semi-final berth.Barbarians are one of the real success stories of the NTL, overcoming many obstacles to make their permit a well organized, efficient, and professional outfit that continues to improve on and off the field with each passing year.“Our permit continues to improve with the annual exposure to the elite level that the NTL provides. We’ve worked hard to build a solid infrastructure and now have a good foundation of players and officials to call on each year. Distance, needing extra time off work and limited training are issues but their not issues we can’t overcome.” Isobel Appo, Northern Territory State Manager said.As the 2007 Seniors NTL rolls on, the Barbarians Men’s 30s and 40s team are looking to consolidate on last year’s performances with their 2008 return never far from their minds.“We will make every effort to be back next year, and are hopeful of adding a Men’s 45s team as well. As long as we can all stay in one piece til then.” Neil Collins said. Barbarians continue their 2007 campaign today facing tough competition in both the Men’s 30s and 40s divisions. Regardless of the result, Barbarians future continues to look promising.
The Canadian PressAn Ontario Court judge has imposed $50,000 in fines on Bruce Carson, a former Stephen Harper confidant convicted of illegal lobbying.Although Carson‘s lawyer, Patrick McCann, argued that his client was on the verge of bankruptcy and unable to pay, Ontario Court Justice Catherine Kehoe said Carson remains employable, calling the fine a necessary deterrent to others.The Crown had asked for a $50,000 penalty.Carson was found guilty in September on three counts under the Lobbying Act over work he did on a national energy strategy while director of the Canada School of Energy and Environment and later as the vice-chair of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada.The judge determined he had contact with ministers and deputy ministers at Industry Canada and Environment Canada, as well as the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office, while he was employed at the institute even though he was under a five-year prohibition from lobbying public office holders because he had worked in the PMO until February 2009.The court was told that, between 2009 and 2011, Carson was paid about $600,000 for his lobbying work.There have only been two previous convictions under the Lobbying Act, which resulted in fines of $7,500 and $20,000, Crown prosecutor Robert Zsigo told the judge.In her sentencing ruling, Kehoe said the gravity of the offence could not be more serious and that Carson had decided to simply ignore the prohibitions against lobbying.“It is necessary to impose a significant fine to deter Mr. Carson and others who would engage in lobbying and ignore the law, which goes to the heart of the integrity of government and public trust of government,” she wrote.She said a lesser fine would not send the right message.“I reject that a nominal fine would address the principles of sentencing in this case, as it would not address the seriousness of the offences, their ongoing nature, the impact on the integrity of government and the need to denounce such conduct.”Last year, Carson was found not guilty of influence-peddling in connection with attempts to persuade government officials to buy water filtration systems for First Nation communities, which were being sold by a company that employed Carson’s former escort girlfriend.While the judge in that case found Carson had attempted to influence high-ranking government officials, he was acquitted because the officials had no power to decide whether to buy the water firstname.lastname@example.org
In 15 tries since the NBA adopted its modern playoff structure in 1984, only one team has gotten out of an 0-2 Finals hole: the 2006 Miami Heat. That team clawed its way back when Dwyane Wade put on maybe the greatest individual performance in Finals history, the kind of thing LeBron James is also capable of doing. But those Heat hadn’t played anywhere near as poorly as the Cavs have through two Finals games.It gets worse: If we expand our view to include all best-of-seven series since 1984, we find that 6 percent of teams with an 0-2 deficit have gone on to win the series, none of which were dominated as thoroughly as the Cavs. The smart money says it probably isn’t happening. Elo gives Cleveland a mere 11 percent chance of winning now, and it doesn’t even know that Kevin Love’s Game 3 status is up in the air after suffering a concussion in Game 2. But talk of a sweep might be premature. The same historical data that underscored the grim state of Cleveland’s title chances also shows that there’s little to no relationship between an 0-2 team’s margin of defeat in games 1-2 and the eventual length of the series. First and foremost among the exceptions: the 1995 Houston Rockets. Despite being defending champs, the Rockets went into their second-round series against the Phoenix Suns as underdogs, and were beaten by 46 combined points in games 1 and 2. Back in Houston for Game 3, they rolled over the Suns by 33. But they lost Game 4 at home and had to gut out three consecutive victories, the last of which was sealed with Mario Elie’s “Kiss of Death”: Never underestimate the heart of a champion, indeed.Cleveland needn’t go back so far in the history books for the other team to bounce back from a remotely comparable hole. This year’s Portland Trail Blazers were beaten by 41 combined by the Los Angeles Clippers in games 1 and 2 of their first-round series before storming back to win four straight. But it’s worth mentioning that the Clippers lost point god Chris Paul to a season-ending injury late in Game 4, significantly lowering the difficulty of a Portland comeback. By contrast, the Cavs would have to perform a revival the hard way — unless there’s another Steph Curry injury. Listen to the latest episode of our sports podcast Hot Takedown. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine Before the NBA Finals tipped off last Thursday, I and others thought the Cleveland Cavaliers might give the Golden State Warriors a better fight this year than last. Unfortunately for Cleveland — as usual — that notion is quickly vanishing. Fresh off an easy 15-point victory in Game 1, the Warriors crushed the Cavs by 33 in Game 2 on Sunday night, burying the Cavs in the most demoralizing 0-2 hole in championship history. Before this year, no team had ever beaten an opponent by 48 combined points in the first two games of the Finals.If we account for the fact that the first two Finals games this year were played on the Warriors’ home court — meaning we subtract from the home team’s margin its built-in advantage of about 3.6 points per game, in accordance with our Elo ratings — the Cavs have been running about 20 points per game behind the Warriors in the series so far. Even among teams sporting 0-2 Finals deficits, that’s just embarrassing: Although no team that was dominated as utterly as the Cavs has gone on to win a series from an 0-2 deficit, just as many forced a sixth game as were swept. In fact, of the 30 teams in our 0-2 sample to be beaten by an average location-adjusted margin of at least 15 points in games 1-2, only a third were swept; 30 percent lost in five games, 23 percent lost in six, 7 percent bowed out in seven — and 7 percent went on to win the series.And if they’re looking for inspiration to avoid the brooms, the Cavs should look at themselves, but in reverse. Early in the Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland built a 2-0 lead, whipping the Toronto Raptors by an adjusted average of 21.4 points per contest. That was a start so dominant that it had us speculating on the Cavs’ place in history, and it made the idea of the Raptors winning even a single game feel remote. But the Raptors promptly won two straight to tie the series (before eventually being closed out in six games). Faint consolation for Cleveland, but in dire times, it may have to serve.Check out our latest NBA predictions.