AEK Larnaca came back from 2-0 to defeat Cliftonville 2-3 in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round. A second half goal from Beitar Jerusalem gave the Israeli side a 1-0 victory against Omonia.Omonia will have a tough task ahead of them in the 2nd leg after falling 1-0 in Israel to Beitar Jerusalem. A late goal in the final 20 minutes from Abuhatzira gave the home side the victory. Omonia will host the Israeli club for the second leg. The Cypriots will need to win the by 2 goals or more to advance. A 1-0 win will send the game to extra time while any other one goal victory will put Beitar Jeruslalem through on away goals. AEK Larnaca came away with an impressive 2-3 comeback victory over Cliftonville after falling behind by two goals. McGuiness opened the score for the Northern Irish side in the 10th minute and Donnelley doubled the lead in the 50th minute. Two goals within 5 minutes brought AEK Larnaca level and Tomas gave the Cypriots the 2-3 victory with 13 minutes remaining. AEK Larnaca will host Cliftonville for the second leg as a win, draw, or one goal loss (0-1 or 1-2) will send AEK to the 3rd Qualifying Round.Source:AGONAsport.com! (Facebook – Instagram) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions for the 2016 College Football Playoff field feature three unsurprising picks, and one darkhorse.College football fans are used to Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions. The ESPN personality updates his college football playoff field on a weekly basis during the season. Today, he dropped his preseason CFP forecast.Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell, Herbstreit revealed the four teams he has making this year’s College Football Playoff: Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State are locked in, and he’s close to certain on TCU being the fourth team.Clemson: “I’m going to have Clemson, who I think’s going to go on to win the championship. That has everything to do with one guy. I hate to put it all on him, but Deshaun Watson, to me, is just a freak.”Alabama: “I would pick Alabama out of the SEC, because of another one guy. That is Nick Saban.”Ohio State: “I think Ohio State still comes out of the Big Ten. I think J.T. Barrett, despite all their [personnel] losses, will kind of allow Ohio State to be able to maneuver through their schedule and get there to win a Big Ten Championship.”TCU: “Those three I feel pretty good about. The fourth team I think I’m going to go TCU out of the Big 12. It’s either a Pac-12 team or TCU. Right now, I’m leaning towards TCU as my fourth team to get in.”We suppose Herbie could change his mind on the Horned Frogs before he tapes his annual “Herbie” awards show. However, he was probably the only guy picking Oklahoma to make the CFP in the preseason last year, so he’s been right before going off the beaten path.College football fans, how do you feel about Herbstreit’s predictions? Did he nail them, or is he way off?
Image Courtesy: BW LPGBW Broker, a very large gas carrier (VLGC) owned by Singapore-based shipping company BW LPG, has loaded the first commissioning cargo from the new P66 Freeport Liquefied Propane Gas (LPG) Export Terminal in Texas.The terminal is expected to have an initial export capacity of 4,4 million barrels per month and 150,000 barrels per day.The BW Broker that loaded the cargo has a capacity of 80,138 cubic meters. The ship was built by Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries in 2007.Located on the Brazos River in South Houston, three miles from the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the recently built Freeport Terminal is said to be one of the most accessible ports on the Gulf Coast.The new facility is scheduled to become fully operational in mid-December, according to local media.
When I joined as the block development and panchayat officer in Haryana in 1989, my first assignment was to visit villages in Kaithal. During my trip, I wanted to use the washroom and asked for one at the sarpanch’s house. His wife replied that they go out in the fields. The shock coerced me to get involved in the sanitation campaign. As the district magistrate of Kurukshetra in 2008, I campaigned for behavioural change among people and told them why they need to stop defecating in the open. We incentivised constructing and using toilets and finally were successful in making 300 villages in the district open defecation free (ODF). Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyWhen I returned to Kurukshetra in 2013 after one round of posting, except for 67 ODF villages, all had slipped. People had stopped using the toilets. We realised that this is not a one-time exercise. Changing a habit requires time, effort and constant motivation. People need to know that the authorities, be it the sarpanch or the district administration, are with them, backing them and watching them. The programme has to be demand-driven. Till people do not ask for toilets, better sanitation and hygiene, it cannot be a success. People have to become responsible by forming self-help groups or small teams, which continuously motivate people to use toilets. This is the only way to sustain our open defecation free status. Also Read – The future is here!Rural areas are performing well in this, but there are problems in urban areas. In some places, 20 people live in a small house and use one community toilet. Mobile or community toilets for a large population are a failure. A toilet can be maintained well when few people use it. If not for every household, toilets must be built for every two to three houses. Keys should be provided to people so that the toilets are not treated as community toilets. In rural areas, the environment is just right to boycott anyone who defecates in the open. ODF can become sustainable if everybody becomes sensitive to the problem. The fight is much bigger than ODF. We have moved to ODF Plus. Our task is cut out. The fight is long. To sustain the achievement, we need constant efforts, not interference. (The author is the district collector of Panipat. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Noida: A rickshaw driver and a passenger were killed while another passenger was critically injured after an unidentified four wheeler rammed into the e-rickshaw in phase-II area of Noida on early Wednesday morning. Police are yet to identify the accused driver who fled away from the spot after the incident.According to police, the rickshaw driver identified as Santosh, a native of Jhansi and a passenger Hussain Ali of Uttar Dinajpur district in West Bengal died on the spot while another passenger identified as Riyajul suffered injuries in the incident and has been admitted to the hospital. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe incident occurred around 2 pm on Wednesday near Panchsheel baalak inter college in phase-II area. Farmood Ali Pundeer, Station House Officer of Phase-II police station said that the four wheeler was being driven rashly on the wrong side of road when it collided with the e-rickshaw. “A passerby conveyed information to police and police took the victims to nearby Yatharth hospital where doctors declared two persons as dead on arrival while another man has been admitted to the hospital for treatment.” “Initial investigations into the case showed that the four wheeler involved in the incident was being driven on the wrong side of the road. We are trying to identify the vehicle by checking the CCTV footage of nearby area and are also questioning the nearby shopkeepers,” added Pundeer. Meanwhile police are yet to receive any complaint into the matter.
Mumbai: State-run United Bank of India on Thursday issued a public notice declaring Gitanjali Gems and its fugitive owner Mehul Choksi as willful defaulters and sent them notices seeking repayment of Rs 332 crore dues.Diamantaires Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are the kingpins behind the nation’s biggest banking fraud, came to be known as the PNB scam in February 2018. They have defrauded the state-run bank of over Rs 13,000 crore through the Brady House branch at the tony Horniman Circle area in south Mumbai between 2011 and 2017. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAccording to the public notice, United Bank has declared the company and Choksi as willful defaulters effective June quarter. The notice was issued after the company failed to repay the dues despite several notices by it, the bank said. Besides Choksi, his wife, Priti Choksi, and directors of Gitanjali Gems have also been given notices by the bank. United Bank had sanctioned Rs 331.85 crore in credit limit to Choksi’s firm, which was into jewellery manufacturing and export. The bank had declared the account an NPA in March 2018. Earlier this year, another state-run bank Oriental Bank of Commerce had declared Choksi and Modi as willful defaulters. In the June quarter, United Bank had reported a net profit of Rs 105 crore as against a net loss of Rs 388.68 crore as it gross NPAs improved to 15.89 percent from 22.73 percent, while net NPA nearly halved to 8.19 percent from 15.17 percent.
New Delhi: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission on Thursday claimed that Khadi India’s flagship store at Connaught Place here made a record sale of over Rs 1.27 crore on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The store broke its own record of the highest sale of Rs 1.25 crore on October 13, 2018, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said, adding that Wednesday’s sale was the highest on a single day since Independence. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraA customary discount sale starts from October 2 every year by KVIC on Khadi products across the nation. “Not only that, nearly all Khadi India showrooms across the capital remained capacity-crowded till late evening on Gandhi Jayanti. Altogether 16,870 Khadi-lovers visited the store at Connaught Place on Wednesday. “Total number of 2,720 sales bills were issued yesterday. The first bill was issued at 9.48 am and the last customer made the payment at 09.46 PM. Out of over Rs 127.57 lakh sale, the share of Khadi was Rs 114.11 lakhs and Village Industry products Rs 13.46 lakh,” Saxena said. The chairman, who was personally monitoring the customer influx at the outlet, claimed “the record sale was the translation of how the prime minister has communicated his vision of economic transformation through Khadi clearly, creatively, and continually.”
Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Thursday inspected different ghats in the city to ensure smooth immersion of idols and avoid any untoward incident. The Mayor was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh and Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks & Gardens) Debasish Kumar.”The immersions will start right from the day of Vijaya Dashami and will continue till Friday, October 11. As directed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, we are making all possible arrangements for smooth immersion and prevention of any untoward incident. Apart from the representatives of the Puja committees, several people also turn up at the ghats to witness the immersions. We are working in tandem with Kolkata Police and will be making periodic inspections in the next few days,” said Hakim. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe inspection was conducted at Baje Kadamtala Ghat, Gwalior Ghat (popularly known as Judges Ghat), Doi Ghat and Nimtala Ghat. All the four ghats witness lakhs of people during Durga idol immersion, with the Baje Kadamtala Ghat topping the list. “The arrangements will be conducted in strict compliance with the guidelines of the National Green Tribunal. Our KMC officials and Kolkata Police have been very sincere and immersions are being carried out smoothly every year. We are hopeful that it will be the same this time too,” an optimistic Hakim added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe reiterated that due to natural erosion the river bank at Baghbazar Ghat has been affected. “Work needs to be done for strengthening the bank. We will make arrangements and in dangerous portions there will be danger signages to ensure that people do not encroach there,” he said. “We will have arrangement of cranes and pay loaders for immediate removal of the structures. There is a separate demarcated place in the ghats for dumping of flowers, leaves, etc,” a senior KMC official said. He added that a crane barge will be deployed with minimum 30 labourers at Baje Kadamtala Ghat, where the immersion of bigger idols take place. At Judges Ghat, where immersion of smaller idols take place, launches with boats and ropes for containment of idols within a zone will be done and thereafter they will be pulled manually by labourers. “Safety and security are our priorities and there will be reasonable deployment of police in the ghats for this purpose. Once removed from the ghats, the idols are taken away by recyclers deployed by KMC,” the official added.
New Delhi: India opener Rohit Sharma impressed everyone with his swashbuckling knock of 176 against South Africa in Visakhapatnam and even former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar couldn’t stop himself from lauding the right-handers’ effort. Posting a video on his official YouTube handle, Akhtar said he had acknowledged Rohit’s true potential in 2013. “I had asked Rohit to add a G, for Great before his name (Great Rohit Sharma) and play in the manner going in with the mindset that he is the best batsman in India,” Akhtar said in the video. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHe further said that Rohit is also turning out to be a modern-day great like Virat Kohli and Steven Smith. The former Pakistan pacer also said that in future when India face-off against England in a five-match Test series, Rohit could amass 1000 runs in the rubber and will surpass Smith’s run tally of 774 runs in the recently concluded Ashes series. Significantly, Rohit opened for the first time in Test cricket for India and went on to shatter various records. The ‘Hitman’ also equalled former India skipper and batting great Rahul Dravid’s record of six consecutive fifties on home soil in Tests.
Barcelona: Lionel Messi has insisted there are no problems between him and Antoine Griezmann or between the players and Barcelona’s board. Messi returned from injury to make his second start of the season against Inter Milan in the Champions League as Barca came from behind to win 2-1 on Wednesday. Speaking after the match, Messi was asked about his relationship with Griezmann, who had said on Tuesday it was “difficult” to establish a connection with the Argentine while he had been injured. “Obviously we have no problem,” Messi said. “There is a good relationship with everyone, the dressing room is united. We needed this victory and hopefully now we can kick on and continue in this way.” Luis Suarez scored a sensational double at Camp Nou and it was Messi that supplied the Uruguayan’s 85th-minute winner, with a pass at the end of a weaving run down the right. Barcelona now sit level on four points with Borussia Dortmund in Group F. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThere have also been suggestions of a rift between Barcelona’s players and the board, with Gerard Pique implying last weekend that articles critical of the team had come from higher up the club, however Messi denied the relationship had soured. “We are fine. The important thing is to talk about the triumph of today and against Getafe,” he said. “We have Sevilla now to finish well before the international break. We will try to win it because it creates a mess when there is no football so we want to finish well and go out on a high before the break.”