Another PDP leader Mir quits party

first_imgPeoples Democratic Party (PDP) received yet another setback as its senior leader and former minister Javaid Mustafa Mir resigned from the party on Sunday.Mr. Mir served as a Revenue Minister in the Mehbooba Mufti’s Cabinet but was dropped from the council of ministers later. He is likely to join Congress. He has joined a list of prominent faces who quit the PDP since the PDP-BJP government fell in Jammu and Kashmir in June last year.Among those who quit included former minister Syed Basharat Bukhari, Haseen Drabu and Imran Ansari. Two MLCs, Yasir Reshi and Saifuddin Bhat, also distanced themselves from the party. MLA Abbas Wani also left the party.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: Humans Spread Mutation That Smoothes a Horse’s Ride

first_imgAll horses can canter, gallop, walk, and trot, but some can also move to different beats, ones that make for faster harness-racing animals and smoother riding by cowboys and other long-distance travelers. For horses around the world, the same genetic mutation—bred into the horses by humans—underlies these additional gaits, researchers report in the March issue of Animal Genetics. Some horses “pace,” a gait used in harness racing where the two feet off the ground at any one time are on the same side (shown above). Others, the so-called gaited breeds, amble, a fast walk characterized by having at least one foot on the ground at all times, but not necessarily three as in a true walk. The new research builds on work reported in 2012. At the time, scientists studying Icelandic horses known for a special gait discovered that they, as well as American Standardbred horses used in harness racing, share a somewhat shortened version of a gene called DMRT3. The team showed that this gene, whose protein influences the activity of a bunch of other genes, helped control leg coordination in mice and suggested the mutation made the rhythm and order of footfalls more flexible. Now, the researchers have looked for this version, called gait keeper, in 4396 horses from 141 breeds from around the world. They find it in high frequencies in 68 breeds, which include all the gaited breeds as well as those used in harness racing. Further analyses indicated that this mutation arose relatively recently in equine evolution and was spread by horse breeders. Broader genetic studies are needed, however, to pinpoint where the mutation arose.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Perasol, UP ready for risk of possible forfeitures

first_imgView comments READ: Rob Ricafort secures TRO, set to play for UP vs La SalleBut there’s a chance that golden victory—and other possible wins where Ricafort would play in —could be forfeited in case Ricafort’s 20-day restraining order, which will lapse on October 11, is declared invalid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut that’s a risk UP head coach Bo Perasol is willing to take.“Those sort of things have been dealt with by the lawyers at UP,” said Perasol in Filipino. “For them it’s a bigger evil if you don’t follow a court order than abide by the rules of a league.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The UAAP eligibility board initially denied Ricafort the chance to play in Season 80 as the Fightin Maroon will exceed the age limit of 25-years-old in January of 2018, smack in the middle of the sporting calendar.READ: UAAP: UP can field in Ricafort, but face risks if TRO ‘invalid’Perasol, however, is confident the TRO’s clauses will stand and that Ricafort is an eligible Maroon.“The lawyers can take care of it, I’m not a lawyer so this kind of stuff is beyond me,” said Perasol. “If our wins are forfeited then that’s too bad but I’m sure the lawyers know where they’re coming from and they’ll have this straightened out.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt had been a whirlwind of a Saturday for University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Rob Ricafort was finally able to suit up for the Fighting Maroons and in his first game, they silenced defending champion De La Salle 98-87 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES UST refuses to give in despite 0-4 start For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Nextlast_img read more

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Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and (Genoa keeper) Mattia Perin.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. From left : Italy’s defender Andrea Barzagli, Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Italy’s midfielder Giorgio Chiellini and Italy’s midfielder Marco Parolo react at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 at the San Siro stadium in Milan.Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. AFP PHOTO / Miguel MedinaItaly goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0 second-leg draw at the San Siro, bringing an end to a 20-year international career that included winning the 2006 World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES READ: Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football,” Buffon told Italian broadcaster Rai.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.”Andrea Barzagli and 34-year-old midfielder Daniele de Rossi, the other two members of Italy’s squad on Monday who lifted the 2006 World Cup, also retired from internationals in the aftermath of the shock defeat. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s the biggest disappointment of my life from a sporting point of view… I can’t find my words,” said 36-year-old defender Barzagli.Midfielder De Rossi, who won 117 caps, said: “To think that I took off this jersey for the last time, it hurts. After the match, there was a funeral-like atmosphere.” Buffon made his debut for the Azzurri as a 19-year-old in a 1998 World Cup play-off victory over Russia, but his last match saw him fail in his bid to become the first man to play in six World Cups.The Juventus captain, who has already said he will likely retire from all football at the end of this season, said Italy fans still have plenty to look forward to, with AC Milan’s 18-year-old keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma set to take the international number one shirt.“There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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NRAI Confirms Rajeshwari Kumari’s Women’s Trap National Record

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has confirmed that Punjab’s Rajeshwari Kumari has created a national record in the women’s trap competition during the ongoing 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship here.Rajeshwari shot a score of 118 out of 125 in qualifications on the way to winning silver in the event. She shot rounds of 24 23 24 24 and 23 to top the 69-strong field. Her qualification score was two better than the previous record jointly held by seasoned women trap shooters Seema Tomar, Shreyasi Singh and Manisha Keer.Rajeshwari expressed happiness at achieving the feat.”Although I missed out on the gold, I am still very proud to hold the national record. Some really classy names I climbed up over. This is something my father also held at a point and I am elated at being able to emulate the person I so look up to,” Rajeshwari said.Seema, Shreyasi and Manisha all shot 116 in 2018.Seema and Shreyasi shot them in Indonesia while Manisha shot at the Jaipur nationals.Seasoned shooter Shagun Chowdhary also broke the 116 barrier, shooting 117 to follow Rajeshwari into the finals. The record though will stand in the name of the Punjab shooter. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. indian shootingnational recordNational Rifle Association of Indianrai First Published: November 19, 2019, 5:07 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Tendulkar wants to support initiatives to help poor people

first_imgFrom H S RaoLondon, May 7 (PTI) Indias cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar plans to support charities and various initiatives to help the under-privileged people in the second innings of his life and providing solar lights to poor people was one of his projects.Tendulkar, 44, made the remarks here while receiving the Fellowship Award at the 7th annual Asian Awards Friday night.He said playing for India for 24 years was a memorable journey and winning the world cup was icing on the cake.Now in the second chapter of his life he plans to support charities and various initiatives to help the under-privileged people. Providing solar lights to poor people in India was one of them, Tendulkar said.He called on the stage 8-year-old Hollywood star Sunny Pawar and said, “when I was his age, my dream was to play cricket for India.”Hollywood child actor Pawar earlier won the Rising Star award for his role in the film Lion.The ceremony, which celebrates excellence in the global Asian community, also paid tribute to Indian actor Om Puri.The award for outstanding achievement in Cinema was posthumously conferred on Om Puri who died earlier this year at the age of 66.Indias playback singer Adnan Sami won the award for Outstanding achievement in Music.”Other award recipients were Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Outstanding Achievement in Television), Ajay Banga (Business Leader of the Year), Masayoshi Son (Entrepreneur of the year), Nisha Dutt (Social Entrepreneur of the year), Dr Jack Preger (Philanthropist of the year), Ding Punhui (Outstanding achievement in sport), Demis Hassabis (Outstanding achievement in Science and Technology) and Sir Harpal Kumar (Outstanding contribution to the community). PTI HSR ZH AKJ ZHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Meerut weapons’ haul case: Probe shows retired Colonel’s son Prashant Bishnoi didn’t have valid arms license

first_imgWhile efforts are being made to arrest Prashant Bishnoi, who has been accused of poaching wild animals and smuggling weapons after a raid at the house of his father – a retired Colonel – in Meerut recently, investigation has revealed that Prashant didn’t even have a valid arms license.This even as he used to identify himself as a national-level skeet shooter, but actually had no permission to carry weapons.In a joint operation led by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence earlier this month, sleuths recovered a huge cache of illegally-smuggled foreign weapons.HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOWThese arms were smuggled in through the sports shooting quota by Prashant and his associates and are believed to have been sold at exorbitant prices to people, who did not possess valid arms licenses.According to sources, Prashant had got an arms license made from Delhi.However, that license was cancelled since he shifted to Meerut. In order to carry any weapon, he was supposed to get an arms license issued from Meerut but he did not do so.DRI had arrested a Slovenian national Boris and two national-level sports shooters a few weeks ago in connection with the huge haul of imported weapons seized from Prashant’s three-storeyed house in Meerut.When Boris was intercepted, he was carrying 25 illegally imported weapons of international brands such as Beretta.While DRI sleuths have launched a manhunt to trace him, he continues to evade arrest after his anticipatory bail was rejected.Sources said Prashant was twice located in Dehradun and once in Noida, but his exact location could not be ascertained.His passport has been seized by the DRI and an alert issued to the state police to round him up when seen.There is a possibility that he may even have escaped to Nepal by road.In another development, his father Colonel (retired) Bishoi was also questioned by DRI sleuths.During interrogation, he said he was totally unaware of his son’s activities. Retired Colonel Bishoi said he stayed on the ground floor while his son lived on the third floor of the house.DRI sleuths have not given a clean chit to the father. They say since wild animals’ trophies and arms were found all over the house, how is it that the father was unaware of his son’s deeds.Also read | Illegal arms racket: Indian shooter, Slovenian arms dealer arrestedadvertisementALSO WATCH VIDEOlast_img read more

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France win World Cup 2018: Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’

first_imgFrance coach Didier Deschamps praised his team’s “strong mental quality” after their FIFA World Cup 2018 triumph in Moscow on Sunday. Les Bleus crushed Croatia 4-2 to lift their second World Cup in 20 years.France scored twice in each half as they proved just too strong for a spirited Croatia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.France had first won the World Cup in 1998 and interestingly Deschamps was the captain of the side that beat Brazil 3-0 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis in the final.Deschamps on Sunday became only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach. The former Juventus coach equalled the record of Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.FRANCE VS CROATIA FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL HIGHLIGHTSBrazil legend Zagallo was the first person to achieve the feat after lifting the World Cup twice in 1958 and 1962 while he won as a manager in 1970. He also won the 1994 edition as assistant manager.Germany great Beckenbauer followed next as he clinched the World Cup as captain in 1974 and as coach in 1990.”It is really beautiful. It is marvellous. We did not play a great match but we showed a strong mental quality,” Deschamps said after the match.”We also scored four goals. We merit it. I am very happy for this team. We are coming from very far and it has not always been easy, but thanks to hard work, they are here and are on top of the world for the next four years,” he added.advertisementDidier Deschamps creates history as France win World Cup after 20 years Antoine Griezmann, who was the man-of-the-match having scored from the spot in the first half, described it as a “great” victory.”I don’t know where I am, it is great… Very happy. It was a difficult match. Croatia play a great game. We started timidly. We knew it was a World Cup Final. We got into the game and on counter attacks, we made the difference. Very happy. We look forward to lifting the cup and taking it to France,” Griezmann said.It was the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 60 years ago. The landmarks came thick and fast in the first half too.Croatia had started full of energy but fell behind when Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time winner against England in the semi-final, became the first man to score an own goal in a World Cup final when a Griezmann free kick skidded in off his head in the 18th minute. It was the 12th own goal of the tournament.That meant it was the fourth successive knockout game that Croatia had conceded first but Perisic, who got the equaliser against England, was on hand again to level the scores 10 minutes later, smashing in a low shot after Sime Vrsaljko had headed Luka Modric’s free kick across the box.But it was then Perisic’s turn go from hero to zero when he flapped an arm at a corner and, after a VAR review, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana awarded the 28th penalty of the tournament, another record, which Griezmann stroked home in the 38th minute for his fourth goal of Russia 2018.France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsThat made it the highest-scoring first half since 1974, when West Germany led the Netherlands 2-1 – also the final score then.It was harsh on Croatia, who had made most of the running, and they were on top again after the break, continually winning their one-on-one duels in the air and in every tackle and forging forward in the French box with plenty of variety. But France’s defence, so impressive all tournament, held and they went 3-1 up on the hour as Mbappe and Griezmann combined to set up Pogba on the edge of the box. His right-footed shot was blocked but he coolly curved the rebound in with his left.France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupAfter three successive extra-time knockout games the chances of another Croatian comeback seemed slight but they looked dead and buried six minutes later. Lucas Hernandez tore down the left to set up Mbappe who drilled a low shot beyond keeper Danijel Subasic for the 19-year-old’s fourth goal of the tournament.An awful blunder by Lloris revived Croatia, as the French keeper tried to dribble around Mandzukic only for the striker to tap the ball straight into an unguarded net.advertisementCroatia, beaten by the French in the semi-finals in their first World Cup appearance in 1998, continued to press but their energy was sapped and France safely held out for the victory.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Italian Open: Naomi Osaka withdraws from quarters with right hand injury

first_imgTop-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from her Italian Open quarterfinal due to a right hand injury on Friday.Osaka was scheduled to meet Kiki Bertens, who advanced to the semifinals via walkover.”I woke up this morning and couldn’t really move my thumb,” Osaka said. “I tried to practice and grip my racket but I couldn’t, and I kept feeling this pain when I tried to move my hand in different directions.”Osaka couldn’t immediately say how serious the injury was, or if it will affect her status for the French Open, which starts in nine days. She was yet to see a doctor but when she held her hand up for reporters to see it was clearly swollen.Osaka won two matches on Thursday after rain a day earlier backed up play – guaranteeing she will remain No. 1 going into Roland Garros.”I didn’t feel anything yesterday. That’s why I’m kind of confused right now because I literally woke up in the morning and couldn’t move my thumb,” Osaka said. “So I was like, ‘Maybe I slept on it and maybe it will go away.’ But it didn’t.”Bertens, who won the Madrid Open last week, will face Marketa Vondrousova or Johanna Konta for a spot in the final.The quarterfinals in the other half of the draw feature former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka against Karolina Pliskova, and Kristina Mladenovic against Maria Sakkari in a matchup of two qualifiers.Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic were also playing quarterfinals later.advertisementOsaka also withdrew before a semifinal in Stuttgart, Germany, last month due to an abdominal injury. And she retired from her previous meeting with Bertens at last year’s WTA Finals with a leg injury.”I feel like the ab thing could have been helped, but this one I don’t think I could have helped it because I don’t know what caused it,” Osaka said. “I don’t know why I have it.”Also Read | Federer, Nadal and Djokovic reach Italian Open quarter-finalsAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios thrown out of Italian Open after on-court outburstAlso Seelast_img read more

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Mata: Ibra ‘God’ jibe left Man Utd staff shaking!

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović Mata: Ibrahimovic left Man Utd staff ‘shaking’ with ‘God has arrived’ comment Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:51 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Man Utd v Brighton, 17/18 Getty Images Zlatan Ibrahimović Manchester United Premier League The enigmatic Swedish striker announced his arrival at Old Trafford in some style, but initial concerns over his personality were quickly eased Zlatan Ibrahimovic announcing that “God has arrived” left Manchester United’s kit men quaking in their boots, Juan Mata has revealed.The enigmatic Swedish striker made a typically brash arrival at Old Trafford back in the summer of 2016.Having agreed to a reunion with former Inter boss Jose Mourinho, Ibrahimovic was quick to point out that a remarkable talent had arrived in English football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Any concerns as to his personality were quickly eased, though, with United’s staff learning that the 36-year-old is a likeable character and true professional behind the bravado and showmanship.”The day he arrived, we were away on pre-season, so he was on his own with the kit men at the training ground,” Mata told FourFourTwo.”They had never met him before and he’s the sort of guy that garners instant respect because of the way he carries himself.”Zlatan apparently looked the kit men up and down and said: ‘I hope you know God has arrived’.”The kit men were shaking and didn’t know what to think, then he fell about laughing with them. He always does that.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester UnitedIbrahimovic was able to back up his bold comments off the field with eye-catching performances on it in 2016-17.He helped United to get back on the trophy trail with winning goals in the Community Shield and EFL Cup final, while also putting them on the path to Europa League glory.His debut campaign at Old Trafford had delivered 28 goals by the time he picked up an untimely knee injury in April which forced him under the knife.Having worked his way back from that ailment, Ibrahimovic has been handed another short-term deal by Mourinho.He is yet to add to his United goal tally, having made four appearances off the bench so far, but may get the opportunity to break his duck for 2017-18 when United take in a derby clash with Manchester City on Sunday.Mourinho has said of his possible involvement in that game after missing two fixtures with a slight knock: “Truth is that [Eric] Bailly is out for the weekend, [Phil] Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan a big chance and [Nemanja] Matic is injured, but will play for sure. [Michael] Carrick no chance.”last_img read more

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Santos: Ronaldo set to start for Portugal

first_imgPortugal Ronaldo set to start for Portugal against Algeria – Santos Sacha Pisani 10:37 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Friendlies The Real Madrid star is poised to return as his nation steps up their World Cup preparations with a warm-up fixture at home to the African side Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is set to be in the starting XI for Thursday’s international friendly against Algeria, according to head coach Fernando Santos.Ronaldo has been watching from the sidelines following Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph last month – the five-time Ballon d’Or winner absent for friendlies against Tunisia and Belgium.However, the 33-year-old is poised to return as Euro 2016 champions Portugal step up their World Cup preparations with a warm-up fixture at home to Algeria. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Most likely Cristiano will be in the starting line-up,” Santos told reporters. “We will try to continue with the team’s evolution, to analyse the last two matches and try to rectify some things because after this we have the first match against Spain so it’s important that the team can learn from these matches and from the last match too.”Of Ronaldo – Portugal’s most capped player and record scorer – Santos added: “Any team in the world that has the best player in the world, he must have influence.”At any team on the world, for any national squad or any club, to have Cristiano Ronaldo will always be very important for his team.”Portugal will face Spain (June 15), Morocco (June 19) and Iran (June 25) in Group B at the World Cup in Russia.Santos said he still has doubts over his line-up ahead of the showpiece tournament.”I still have a lot of doubts, there are 23 players but I have a total confidence in all of them,” he said. “The match against Spain will be in one week, we are going to see how the training sessions go and how are the players doing.”I will decide at the right time, that conclusion can’t be taken yet with the training sessions to come and any eventual thing that can happen. Of course there’s a basis [of players] that is more or less defined but I have full confidence on my 23 players and that’s the most important thing.”last_img read more

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10 months agoLeicester boss Claude Puel: We couldn’t get past Cardiff defence

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Claude Puel: We couldn’t get past Cardiff defenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel says they couldn’t find a way past Cardiff’s defence for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat.Neil Etheridge pulled off a string of important saves for the visitors, as well as denying James Maddison from the penalty spot with just 15 minutes to play.And while the fixture looked destined to finish goalless, Victor Camarasa curled an effort into the top corner to win it for Neil Warnock’s side.“We started this game with the right mentality,” Puel told LCFC TV after the game. “We knew it would be a tough game against this team – direct play, second balls, long throw-ins, all these things.“We managed our game with interesting moves and chances in the first and second half without finding the clinical edge. It was a shame. Of course, we cannot find the solution to score. We can take this goal but it is not a fair result.“A draw was the minimum and to lose this game for my team and players is harsh. Harsh because they had the right mentality despite tiredness in this busy period. They tried to give their best, to push until the end with a lot of chances.“It’s a shame. I’m sorry for my players and fans because it is not a fair result. We were unlucky, we conceded a fantastic goal and they scored with their chance at the end without the possibility to react. It’s difficult to accept, but that’s football.” last_img read more

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Fantasy football: How to play & best tips

first_imgThe 2019-20 Premier League season is due to start imminently, and with it comes the excitement of a new fantasy football campaign.If you’ve never played fantasy football before, it’s easy – and fun – so get ready to pick a pun-tastic team name (Alisson Wonderland, anyone? Or Dolly Barton?) and challenge your friends and colleagues to become the best FPL manager around.FPL mirrors the real-life Premier League campaign, so good managers keep a close eye on the latest team news as well as being clever and astute about building their team and selecting players accordingly. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Goal has rounded up everything you need to know about how to set up your first FPL team and more.How do I play fantasy football?1. Build a squadFirst-time Premier League fantasy football managers will need to sign up for an account on the official website, build their squad, register it and choose a clever and unique team name.Managers have a budget of £100.0 million to spend on a new squad of up to 15 players, and users are highly recommended to use their entire budget.Don’t leave £10m in the bank just because you think you’re pretty happy with your squad – that’s more than enough for someone like Jamie Vardy! FPL managers should also be acutely aware of the best FPL bargain buys and hidden buys if users are short on cash.A squad consists of two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards. Don’t be afraid to splash the cash on a marquee player such as Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling – but just be wary of your budget, and make sure that your team is balanced evenly across the board in skill!There is a limit of three players to be selected from any one Premier League side.Read Goal’s full in-depth guide on the best tips available to FPL managers here.2. Select your teamBefore each gameweek deadline, managers need to select a starting XI from their 15-man squad.They will be able to choose from any formation they like, so long as their squad consists of one goalkeeper, at least three defenders, at least two midfielders and at least one forward.As a general rule, the highest-scoring players are those who score the most goals, so your best bet is investing in prolific midfielders capable of hitting the back of the net consistently.Defensive midfielders tend not to provide assists or score goals so, it’s usually a good idea to avoid selecting them. Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2018-19Managers should also check their team each week to keep their squad up to date and to pay attention to team news. Injuries, suspension and losses can cause huge damage to a points total.Additionally, users should also keep their team updated every week with an eye on what teams are playing. For example, it would be a good idea to triple-captain Sergio Aguero if Manchester City are due to face a newly-promoted side.Users will be able to change their formation at any time before the deadline each week, which is one hour before the first kick-off of the first match of the gameweek.You can read Goal’s guides to selecting the best Premier League 2019-20 goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards.3. Score pointsIn order to rise in league rankings, managers must accumulate points by way of their players’ performance. This is measured through goals, assists, saves and clean sheets – so get those attacking midfielders and high-scoring forwards straight into your team, stat.Each week, a FPL team’s points will be scored by their starting 11 players. Managers also earn bonus points if they are amongst the top performers in the Bonus Points System (BPS) in a match.Users, however, will have points deducted if their players concede goals, score own goals or receive bookings.If a starting player doesn’t end up featuring for the club, the points scored by the first player on the bench will be counted instead. This also happens if two or three players in the XI are not selected for their teams.Managers, then, need to think carefully about their substitutes and rank them in order of their potential and how likely they are to participate and make an impact.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19FPL managers must also choose a captain and vice-captain for their gameweek in their squad. Each captain’s score is doubled, and in the event that the chosen captain does not play in the gameweek, the score of the vice-captain is doubled.4. Join leagues and competeAfter successfully registering their squad, managers can join leagues and create their own to compete with other players globally.Private leagues are where managers compete with their friends, and a unique code is needed to join and access each league.Managers can compete in up to 20 private leagues, and there is no limit to the amount of teams in a single league.5. Make transfersFollowing the first deadline of the season in which managers are able to build their squad from scratch, users are given one free transfer each gameweek.Managers are allowed to sign a player in exchange for another member of their 15-man squad, but only as long as the transfer is within their budget.Those who wish to make more than one transfer in a single gameweek will be hit with a four-point deduction.Should managers forego their free transfer, they have it carried over – and have two free transfers for the next week (though two transfers is the maximum).7. Be aware of chipsThere are five FPL chips that can be played over the course of a single season to improve a team’s total points in a single gameweek. Chips are allowed to be played once per gameweek. Wildcard – Completely redo your team from scratch without being punished with a points deduction (twice in a season) Triple captain – Earn three times your points total based on your captain’s performance Bench boost – Earn points from your non-playing substitutes Free Hit – Reset your team for one week onlyThe Wildcard is one of the most important chips, enabling managers to entirely overhaul their squad should they be unhappy with it. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Taskin, Farhad recalled to Bangladesh ODI squad for Ireland, West Indies tri-series

first_img Asian News International DhakaApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 16:40 IST Taskin Ahmed and Farhad Reza were recalled in the Bangladesh ODI squad (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh recalled Taskin Ahmed and Farhad Reza for the ODI tri-series vs Ireland and West IndiesTaskin has been recovering from an ankle injury he sustained during a Bangladesh Premier LeagueFarhad will be making a comeback in the Bangladesh ODi squad, having last played in December 2011Pacer Taskin Ahmed and all-rounder Farhad Reza have been recalled to Bangladesh’s one-day international squad for the tri-series against host Ireland and West Indies, beginning May 5.Taskin has been recovering from an ankle injury he sustained during a Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) game. The 25-year-old was adviced a three-week rest and later made a comeback in the recent Dhaka Premier League (DPL).Farhad, who has not played an ODI since December 2011, was the highest wicket-taker in DPL, returning with 38 wickets from 16 games.Earlier, Bangladesh had announced its 15-man squad for the World Cup, which saw the inclusion of uncapped right-arm pacer Abu Jayed at the expense of Taskin, who was sidelined due to injury concerns.Taskin, who last featured in October 2017, was not named in the squad for the tri-series initially. The squad for the series was announced with the World Cup team and featured 17 players including Nayeem Hasan and Yasir Ali Rabbi as stand-bys.However, the management reconsidered and added Taskin and Farhad in the squad, ICC reported.Bangladesh squad: Masrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Litton Das, Soumya Sarker, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmud Ullah, Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Mohammad Mithun, Shabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Shaifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Nayeem Hasan, Yasir Ali, Taskin Ahmed, Farhad Reza.Also Read | India vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup is not ‘war’ but just another game: Shoaib MalikAlso Read | Hungry to smash sixes in World Cup: Andre RussellFor 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 Tags :Follow Taskin AhmedFollow Farhad RezaFollow BangladeshFollow ODI SquadFollow IrelandFollow west indiesFollow Tri-series Taskin, Farhad recalled to Bangladesh ODI squad for Ireland, West Indies tri-seriesTaskin Ahmed and Farhad Reza have been named in the Bangladesh squad for the ODI tri-series against Ireland and West Indies.advertisementlast_img read more

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Humid morning in city

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a humid Monday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 28 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average. Humidity was recorded at 84 per cent at 8.30 am. The Safdarjung observatory recorded 0.2 mm rainfall till 8.30 am while Lodhi Road received 0.8 mm rainfall. The weatherman has forecast generally cloudy skies with the possibility of light rain/thundershower. The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 34 degrees Celsius. On Sunday, the national capital recorded a high of 36.2 degrees Celsius and a low of 27.6 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

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Police officer gave himself the space and time in highstakes arrest experts

first_imgExperts say a powerful video of Alek Minassian’s arrest reveals a textbook case of an officer defusing danger through a series of life-and-death choices based on training and a calm mind.The footage shows an officer who police sources identified as Const. Ken Lam standing up, turning off his siren and talking clearly to the suspect, even as the dead and injured lay along Yonge Street after being struck down by a white rental van.“This is exactly the type of de-escalation … and response to these types of confrontations that we hope to see,” said Ontario ombudsman Paul Dube.Lam calmly holstered his revolver, held up his baton and handcuffed Minassian as he lay on the sidewalk.“He gave himself the space and time. He assessed the threat and realized he had options other than firing his weapon.”Dube published a June 2016 report calling for increased police training on defusing dangerous situations after several high-profile deaths of people with mental illnesses who confronted officers.He said the constable’s actions are a sign that police are gaining from training that includes simulations of tense standoffs with people who are emotionally unstable.Sammy Yatim’s death in July 2013 in Toronto — where the mentally ill man was shot multiple times as officers surrounded an empty streetcar he was on — helped prompt reforms.In recent years at least one day has been added to Toronto police in-service training on de-escalation and “dealing with people in crisis,” said Mike McCormack, president of the police union in Toronto.Meanwhile, recruits at the Ontario Police College are now receiving more training, as are a number of police forces around the province, though it’s yet to be a provincewide standard, said Dube.Christian Leuprecht, a professor at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., who studies policing and security issues, also said Lam’s actions were “textbook” examples of the latest approaches.The result is a suspect who is now in custody and who may be able to shed light on why the devastating incident occurred, he said.Police say Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., is the lone suspect in the attack. He was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.Leuprecht noted how Lam only stood up after carefully observing the suspect and determining he didn’t have a gun.Lam spoke loudly and calmly, even as the suspect encouraged the officer to shoot him. When he claimed to have a gun in his pocket, Lam replied, “I don’t care,” and repeatedly instructed him to “Get down.”Leuprecht said Lam seemed to go further than some others might have when he decided to approach and arrest the suspect, rather than wait for backup.“There’s an impressive moment when he takes his firearm, puts it in his holster, he goes over with his baton, and he handcuffs the individual,” he said.“I think that goes above and beyond the call of duty. He could have had a knife. He could have had a suicide belt.”However, the university professor, who is currently teaching in Australia, says if the constable had waited for backup, the situation might have escalated and had a different outcome.“The opportunity to ensure the individual could no longer pose a chance of harm to himself or to others is what that officer jumped at,” said Leuprecht.McCormack said while additional training is a factor, he knows Lam well enough to say his personality factored in.He described him as an intelligent, relatively young officer who is highly skilled and trained.McCormack says the constable — who is in his 30s — positioned himself well so that he could see precisely what was unfolding before him.“By his actions he did not perceive the threat to escalate and that is why he did not use his firearm,” he said.— With files from Alison Auld in Halifax.last_img read more

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Canadian retailers consider overhauling employee commissions after growth of online sales

MONTREAL — Rising online sales are prompting some Canadian retailers to consider overhauling the commission structures that motivate their store employees to deliver strong customer service.Clothing retailer Le Chateau said it’s reviewing its options due to the growth of showrooming — a practice where shoppers browse in-store but then order online — because it deprives employees of commissions.“All of the retailers are trying to find out how to recalibrate,” said Franco Rocchi, Le Chateau’s senior vice-president of sales and operations.One option under consideration is allocating commissions from online sales to stores near the shopper’s home.Canadian Tire brings Stephen Wetmore back to the helm in surprise shakeup to tackle new world of retailRona Inc sees sales double after experimenting with 15-page digital-only flyerThe Retail Council of Canada said designing a good compensation strategy is challenging. It’s especially difficult figuring out how to divide store rewards among individual sales associates, said senior vice-president Michael LeBlanc.“This concept of attribution is a really gnarly one for retailers,” he said, adding there is no “one-size-fits-all solution.”Options vary by type of retailer, store format, the role of sales associates and the company’s financial position. How e-commerce is integrated into its operations and fits within its priorities is another consideration.“Retailers are looking at this because the customer is saying: ‘I’m going to be more agnostic than I used to be about where I shop,”‘ LeBlanc said.Luxury menswear retailers such as Harry Rosen pay commissions to employees, even when the regular customers to whom they’re assigned make online purchases, said industry observers.I think they are almost opening a Pandora’s boxCommissions are typically paid as a percentage of sales by firms in automotive, electronics, furniture and high-end apparel, while other sectors pay varying degrees of individual compensation.The trend in the U.S. is towards team rewards, with bonuses based on the store’s performance, in order to avoid the high-pressure tactics that customers loathe, said Jim Okamura, a Canadian retail consultant based in Chicago who analyzes both the U.S. and Canadian markets.Home renovation retailer Lowe’s said its stores, including those from its recent takeover of Rona, don’t pay individual commissions.“Our people are motivated by the desire to provide a good customer experience,” said spokeswoman Valerie Gonzalo.Okamura said apportioning credit for a sale — especially in a world where customers are visiting stores, responding to promotions sent directly to their phones and ordering online — is at the centre of internal fights among retailers.“That’s been in some way the bane of existence of omni-channel strategies dating back to the start of e-commerce,” he said.Retail consultant Brynn Winegard said awarding commissions is also complicated because consumers are increasingly doing a lot of research and ordering online, even while standing at store shelves.Winegard said retailers will also have to adapt commission structures to avoid costly turnover of millennial employees, a group she says are often as disloyal as the customers they serve. “Millennials are a finicky workforce.”Trendex president Randy Harris said companies like Le Chateau will undoubtedly find it a challenge to design a good system.“It’s complicated as hell, to be honest with you, and I think they are almost opening a Pandora’s box,” said Harris, whose Toledo, Ohio-based marketing research and consulting firm specializes in the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican markets.Harris said adjusting compensation hasn’t been a big issue so far in Canada because e-commerce is a very small proportion of retail sales. But he expects retailers will increasingly fine-tune their strategies as online sales, and services like store pickup, continue to gain popularity.E-commerce accounted for 5.7 per cent of total retail sales in Canada last year, compared to 7.1 per cent in the U.S., according to a Trendex NAFTA apparel report.The Canadian Press read more

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Keshap assures Sri Lanka after US withdraws from UNHRC

The Embassy said that Sri Lanka’s continued progress toward fulfillment of these international commitments will facilitate further growth of our bilateral relations and enhance Sri Lanka’s ability to engage with friends and partners around the world. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap met with senior Sri Lankan officials to convey the assurance of the United States Government that the US will remain fully engaged with the Sri Lankan Government to help it meet its continuing and standing commitments to the international community to advance the cause of reconciliation and lasting peace for all Sri Lankans despite the US withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council.The US Embassy in Colombo said that Sri Lanka co-sponsored with the United States two UN Human Rights Commission Resolutions: 30/1 in 2015 and Resolution 34/1 in 2017, and the United States continues to extend its support to Sri Lanka to fulfill these important commitments and obligations as articulated and reaffirmed in these resolutions. “We will follow Sri Lanka’s progress closely and look ahead to engaging with Sri Lanka between now and March 2019 in the spirit of friendship that has marked our recent relations. As Sri Lanka takes further steps outlined in the Geneva resolution, the United States will also support and expand our bilateral partnership,” the US Embassy in Colombo said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Shooting in downtown Hamilton

Update:A man in his 40’s has died in hospital after he was shot, possibly twice in the neck. The incident took place in a 3 storey apartment building at 170 Jackson street West just after 5:00 pm Friday.Detectives from the homicide unit are still investigating and speaking to witnesses. Police say there is no further risk to the public.Anyone who witness the incident is being ask to contact Hamilton police or Crime Stoppers.

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Volunteer in Greece through The Hellenic Initiative

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Initiative (THI) was founded in the US in 2012, as an effort by the Greek diaspora to assist crisis stricken Greece. Since then it has distributed over US$3.5 million in direct crisis relief and over US$6 million has been allocated to Greek development program funding. Headed by CEO of Dow Chemical, Andrew Liveris, and with former US president Bill Clinton as its patron, it has garnered the support of many influential individuals around the world. In 2015 THI’s Australian leg was established. The resulting flagship internship program is now running its second year, offering top Greek graduates and professionals under 30 years of age a six-month internship in an Australian company.Nick Mitaros, a founding member and director of THI Australia, is proud of the initiative’s track record through the work of organisations such as Boroume, Desmos, and Regeneration.“We undertook a number of activities associated with THI and visited the crisis relief organisations that are doing some wonderful work in Athens, with the people who are in need at this time,” he told SBS Greek.Mitaros, who travelled to Greece with his family earlier this year, spent time in a suburban farmers’ market collecting excess food supplies for the needy as part of the Boroume organisation’s volunteer program.“The response from the stallholders was amazing,” says Mitaros. “What they gave and when they heard that we were Greek Australians and that our children were third-generation Australians, and that they were still prepared to give something back to Greece, the reaction was quite amazing. “A woman, overhearing we were over from Australia volunteering, bought two dozen eggs out of her own money and donated them to Boroume.”The Greek people suffered tax hikes and savage wage cuts as well as merciless media coverage which sometimes appeared to brand them as corrupt and lazy, he complained, stressing that in spite of those adversities “Greek people’s spirit remains unbroken… so strong and it’s so resilient that you feel very proud of your Hellenic roots.”At the end of his interview he encouraged anyone visiting Greece to invest some time in volunteering through THI organisations and programs.last_img read more

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