10 months agoLille inform Chelsea, PSG they’re ready to sell Thiago Mendes

first_imgLille inform Chelsea, PSG they’re ready to sell Thiago Mendesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille have informed Chelsea they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes next month.Last summer, Chelsea asked Lille to keep them informed of the Brazilian’s situation with the view to bringing him to England.RMC says Lille have told suitors they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes in January.Chelsea are in contact, along with Wolfsburg and Schalke 04.PSG are also interested in the midfielder, who they see as a replacement for contract rebel Adrien Rabiot. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months ago​AC Milan enquire about Fulham midfielder Johansen

first_img​AC Milan enquire about Fulham midfielder Johansenby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are interested in signing Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen.The 27-year-old was a key member of the team that won promotion under Slavisa Jokanovic last season.But the Norway skipper has only managed to start 4 Premier League games this term.The likes of Jean Michael Seri and Calum Chambers are ahead of him in the pecking order.Per Sky in Italy, Milan are looking to sign him this winter on a cut price deal – or on a free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoReal Betis coach Rubi urges calm: We’ll move forward

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Betis coach Rubi urges calm: We’ll move forwardby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Betis coach Rubi has urged calm after defeat to Real Sociedad.While admitting he was worried, Rubi dismissed talk of relegation.“Everything worries me, I don’t want to see Betis where it is now, I don’t want to see Betis suffering but I am convinced that we will finish in a good position and we will pass 50 points,” he said. “You can remind me when the season is over.”Rubi added: “My personal situation does not worry me, I am convinced that we will move forward.” last_img read more

Report: Atletico 2-1 Juventus

first_imgJoao Felix showed why Atletico Madrid were happy to pay €126million to sign him with a hand in both goals as the Rojiblancos beat Juventus 2-1 in the International Champions Cup.In a repeat of last season’s thrilling Champions League round-of-16 tie that Juventus won 3-2 on aggregate, Atletico took a measure of revenge in an entertaining encounter at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, where Thomas Lemar turned Joao Felix’s volley into the net to give Diego Simeone’s men the lead.The pair combined again for Atleti’s second, which was scored by teenage sensation Joao Felix, whose performance full of energy and flair will have delighted his coach. 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? The result rounded off a satisfying pre-season for Atletico, who beat rivals Real Madrid 7-3 earlier in the ICC, while Juve coach Maurizio Sarri gave Paulo Dybala a run out after his mooted move away from the club failed to transpire.PureTalent pic.twitter.com/I6etpBQVyX— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 10, 2019Giorgio Chiellini’s close-range volley was turned over the bar by Jan Oblak, who got down well to make a one-handed save, and Cristiano Ronaldo fired over the crossbar from the edge of the box as Juventus enjoyed a positive start.But Atletico punished the Bianconeri’s wastefulness after 23 minutes when Joao Felix met Kieran Trippier’s cross with a side-footed volley that deflected off Lemar’s thigh on its way past Wojciech Szczesny and into the net.The lead lasted just six minutes as Khedira capitalised on some hesitant Atletico defending and sent a low drive into the bottom corner of Oblak’s net, with Douglas Costa’s step-over helping to distract the goalkeeper.Lemar returned the favour to Joao Felix just after the half hour, floating a weighted pass into the box where the teenage forward slid in ahead of Matthijs de Ligt to score with a half-volley from 12 yards.After Costa hit the outside of the post with a low drive early in the second half, Adrien Rabiot went even closer, crashing a thunderous effort against the upright from 20 yards.Mario Mandzukic played in Dybala for a chance in the box 13 minutes from time but his deflected shot was saved at full stretch by Oblak, meaning Atletico entered the new season on a winning note. read morelast_img read more

Arsenal equal 2018-19 away clean sheet record

first_imgArsenal’s battling 1-0 win in their season opener at Newcastle means they have now kept as many away clean sheets as they did in the entirety of the last campaign.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who shared the Golden Boot last season with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, picked up where he left off with a well-taken second half goal to earn the Gunners a scrappy victory at St James’ Park, their 13th win in 14 meetings against the Magpies.It means Arsenal equalled their 2018-19 clean sheet record after just one game of the new campaign. Unai Emery’s side had to wait until mid-April to record a shutout on the road last year, with Aubameyang also on target in a 1-0 victory against Watford at Vicarage Road.  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? It also means the Gunners have won and kept a clean sheet in their opening game of a Premier League season for the first time since a 1-0 victory over West Brom at the start of the 2008-09 campaign. And After ending last season with a 3-1 win at Burnley, they have now recorded consecutive away wins in the Premier League for the first time since October 2018; a run that also included a victory against Newcastle at St. James’ Park.Only Manchester United and West Ham conceded more goals than Arsenal’s 51 in the Premier League’s top ten last season, so Emery must be encouraged by the performance of his defenders, who comfortably kept the Magpies attack at bay in the north east.The departure of captain Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux put even greater focus on the Arsenal backline going into the new campaign, though deadline-day signings David Luiz and Kieran Tierney will significantly bolster Emery’s defensive options in the coming weeks.Luiz was short of match fitness following his move from Chelsea so was only named among the substitutes against Newcastle. Tierney meanwhile is hoping to return by the end of the month as he continues his recovery from a double hernia operation.Next up for Arsenal is a home game against Burnley next Saturday. Newcastle travel to Carrow Road to take on newly promoted Norwich the same day.last_img read more

Four-Star WR Picked 17th Overall In MLB Draft

first_imgGeneral view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 05: General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray garnered the most headlines, but he wasn’t the only college football player selected in the first round of the MLB Draft tonight. A four-star wide receiver is off the board as well.Jordyn Adams, a four-star wide receiver prospect slated to suit up for North Carolina this fall, was picked 17th overall by the Los Angeles Angels. That is eight picks after Murray went to the Oakland Athletics.Adams is a top-60 football recruit with a bright future on the gridiron. He is committed to UNC to play both sports.However, it might be tough for him not to sign with the Angels.The signing bonus for the 17th pick is over $3 million.Big time UNC football recruit Jordyn Adams of Green Hope HS goes 17th overall to the Angels in the MLB draft. That puts him in line for a roughly $3.5M signing bonus and a tough decision about his athletic future.— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) June 5, 2018Adams could potentially play both sports, but that’s up to the Angels if they are comfortable letting him do that.Otherwise it will have to be one or the other.The 2018 MLB Draft will continue tomorrow.last_img read more

Big 12 Releases Kickoff Time, TV Channel For Championship Game

first_imgA member of Oklahoma's spirit squad waving a flag at a game.NORMAN, OK – DECEMBER 3: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a wet flag after a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys December 3, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 38-20 to become Big XII champions. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)If you’re a fan of Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech or West Virginia, you probably will want to take a look at this announcement from the Big 12. The league has revealed the kickoff time and TV info for its championship game.The 2018 Dr. Pepper Big 12 Football Championship will be contested on Dec. 1 at noon ET. ABC will broadcast the game.The game will be played once against at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It will be one of four conference championship games played that day.This will be the second Big 12 title game since conference realignment. Last year, Oklahoma routed TCU 41-17 to take home the conference crown.SAVE THE DATE:?#Big12FB Championship? December 1, 2018⏰ 11 a.m. (CT)? @ABCNetwork pic.twitter.com/Yu4nDu4HCo— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 24, 2018Right now, Texas sits atop the Big 12 with a 4-0 conference record. Oklahoma, Texas Tech and West Virginia are right behind at 3-1 in league play.Oklahoma’s lone loss is to Texas, while Texas Tech fell to West Virginia and the Mountaineers were beaten by Iowa State. There’s a chance that the OU-WVU regular season finale on Nov. 23 will decide a spot in the conference championship game.An Oklahoma-Texas rematch on Dec. 1 would be tremendous, but there are a number of other exciting possibilities for the Big 12.There’s a lot of football left to be played.last_img read more

Fans Calling Out Urban Meyer For What He Keeps Doing Today

first_imgUrban Meyer upset on the sideline vs. Maryland.Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been pretty great today. The starter is 15-for-26 for 271 yards and three touchdowns, a few of which have been gorgeous throws.And yet, in the red zone, Haskins hasn’t always been handed the reigns of the Ohio State offense.Urban Meyer has been known to design packages for other quarterbacks. It worked out pretty well for his national championship Florida Gators team that featured Chris Leak and a young Tim Tebow.Meyer appears to be trying to recreate some of that magic with Tate Martell in the Tebow role. Martell is a tremendous athlete, but he isn’t freshman year Tebow, and Haskins is probably a more gifted player than Leak.Urban Meyer got criticized for his Tate Martell package earlier, and after Ohio State just settled for a field goal from the two, people are really piling on.Ohio State took a 27-19 lead on the kick, but that is still just a one score game vs. a very good Michigan team.Despite Martell getting a number of opportunities as the quarterback near the end zone, he has not attempted a throw, and has not this year since the September win over Tulane, and he has just one rushing yard.Why Ohio State takes out an elite passing QB for a QB who they won’t have throw the ball at all is a mystery. News flash: Haskins is really good.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonAspen) November 24, 2018I have never really understood the point of the Tate Martell goal line package.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 24, 2018Urban Meyer kicking a FG from inside the 2 yard line is the sort of gaffe that can cost them a conference title.— Jeff (BPredict) (@BPredict) November 24, 2018This Tate Martell red zone experiment has backfired. Again. Ohio State settles for a field goal for second straight time inside the 5. Buckeyes lead 27-19, but have left the door open.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 24, 2018They gonna leave Martell out there for the FG too?— Anthony Lima (@SportsBoyTony) November 24, 2018The offensive play calling on this spot of the field has been weird for Ohio State today. Dwayne Haskins moves them all the way down to that spot, and then he come out… why? Make Michigan guess or something.— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) November 24, 2018interesting decision by ohio state to put their “he never throws” quarterback in against the best defense in america, which somehow knew what was coming— Bill DiFilippo (@billdifilippo) November 24, 2018[dusts off old “let Justin Fields actually throw the ball maybe” tweets, replaces “Justin Fields” with “Tate Martell”]— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) November 24, 2018If Ohio State wins, it will be a small part of the story about this game. It really feels like he should trust Haskins and his other playmakers near the end zone though.In some games, there may be spots where Martell works. Against this stout Wolverines team though, it doesn’t seem to be happening.last_img read more

Attorney For College Football Star Calls Out NFL Combine

first_imgJalen Ramsey running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The NFL Combine usually features the best prospects in the country, but this year’s scouting event will be without a few talented players because the league is not allowing players with legal troubles in their past to participate. It turns out that this includes Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson.Ferguson had his invite from the NFL rescinded due to a battery charge resulting from a fight at McDonald’s. This physical altercation occurred while he was a freshman.After finishing his senior season at Louisiana Tech with 17.5 sacks, Ferguson put himself on the map and boosted his draft stock to an undisputed first-round pick.Now that he won’t have the chance to showcase his skills at the combine, the star pass-rusher will have to impress scouts at his pro day.In the meantime, Ferguson’s agent released a fiery statement to shed light on why the NFL should welcome any and all prospects.“No person is perfect, and people are entitled to second chances and opportunities and one would hope the NFL is an open minded Industry Leader, Diverse League and Business would want to see the best in their players, educate them and help them mature, learn and be better people,” Safarrah Lawson said.The full statement can be read here:A strong statement from agent Safarrah Lawson on #LaTech prospect Jaylon Ferguson, whose invite to the Combine was rescinded yesterday. pic.twitter.com/KuETpnVhAO— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2019There is no telling if Ferguson’s absence from the event will lower his value heading into the NFL Draft.However, not having the chance to explain how he’s matured over the course of his collegiate career will allow those question marks on his resume to linger until April.last_img read more

Delighted to have Vijay Shankar in India’s World Cup team: Virat Kohli to India Today

first_imgDelighted to have Vijay Shankar in India’s World Cup team: Virat Kohli to India TodayVijay Shankar was preferred over Ambati Rayudu in the 15-man India World Cup squad, which was announced on Monday.advertisement India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 15:16 IST Vijay Shankar’s ability to contribute with the bat, ball and on the field worked in his favour (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar was preferred over Ambati Rayudu in India’s 15-man World Cup squadShankar is expected to fill the No.4 slot in the Indian batting lineupThe Tamil Nadu cricketer has scored 165 runs in 9 ODIs for India at an average of 33Vijay Shankar’s inclusion in the Indian team for the upcoming World Cup may have raised a few eyebrows but captain Virat Kohli has complete faith in the the all-rounder’s abilities and is confident that the Tamil Nadu cricketer will be a huge asset to the team in the showpiece event in England and Wales.Vijay Shankar was preferred over Ambati Rayudu in the 15-man squad, which was announced on Monday. Chief selector MSK Prasad justified Shankar’s selection by saying that his ability to contribute with the bat, ball and on the field worked in his favour.India captain Virat Kohli reiterated Prasad’s sentiments and added that he is very excited to have Shankar in the squad, who is expected to fill the No.4 slot in the batting lineup.”Vijay Shankar brings in a lot to the team and hence, I am delighted to have him,” Virat Kohli told Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports India Today Group.A Billion are pinning their hopes on him. He says he is in the best space possible. Fully satisfied with the team he has. Says he always knew @msdhoni is the glue. Loves the collective excitement he senses in the team. @imVkohli in English and Hindi on @IndiaToday @aajtak pic.twitter.com/k5bMLGXvA4Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 18, 2019Vijay Shankar’s impressive performances with the bat gave India a bit of confidence in the lead up to the World Cup.Shankar has performed well in the limited opportunities that he has got in the one-day side so far, scoring 165 runs from 9 matches at an average of 33 and a strike rate of over 96.advertisementApart from his ability with the bat, Shankar is also a handy medium fast bowler with a decent economy rate of 5.61. He is also a terrific fielder who can be stationed in the inner circle as well as the outfield in limited-overs cricket which is why he was picked over the 33-year-old Ambati Rayudu, who has been far from impressive with the bat this year for Team India.The Hyderabad veteran made a strong comeback to the limited-overs Indian team in 2018. He amassed 392 runs, including a century and three fities, in just 10 innings at an impressive average of 56.00. However, in 2019, Rayudu has scored just 247 runs from 10 matches at a below-par average of 30.87.Rayudu has been struggling to get going in IPL 2019 as well. The CSK batsman has scored just 138 runs from 8 matches at a paltry average of 19.71.Shankar on the other hand, is a highly-rated cricketer who has come up the ranks quickly in domestic cricket and has forced his way into the Indian team with consistent performances.Also Read | Ordered 3D glasses to watch World Cup: Tweets Rayudu after exclusionAlso Read | Team India may use Vijay Shankar as surprise element at No.4 in ICC World CupAlso Read | Ravi Shastri wanted 16-man World Cup squad, says excluded shouldn’t lose heartAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Vijay ShankarFollow Virat KohliFollow Team IndiaFollow India world cup squadFollow 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

Amazon under scrutiny over alleged child privacy violations

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 17:08 IST HIGHLIGHTSChild rights and privacy advocates have filed a complaint against Amazon with the FTC.The group has alleged that Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition violates children’s privacy protection law.The group has alleged that Amazon retains children’s Alexa recording even when parents delete it.A coalition of child rights and privacy protection advocates have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the federal agency to investigate Amazon for violating children’s privacy via its smart speaker for kids – the Amazon Echo Dot Kids.In a 96-page long complaint, a coalition of 19 child’s right and privacy advocates led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), have alleged that Amazon collects sensitive personal information generated during children’s interactions with the Echo Dot Kids and stores it indefinitely violating US’ Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which places certain restrictions on websites and online services that are directed towards children below 13 years of age.The two organisations in their joint investigation also found out that the Seattle headquartered tech giant reportedly retained children’s data even after parents had deleted it. In addition to this, the coalition in its complaint to the FTC has also alleged that Amazon’s parental parental consent mechanism does not verify that the person giving consent for recording conversations with Alexa via the Echo Dot Kids is an adult or more specifically a parent of the child and that the company’s consent mechanism can be “bypassed by a kid with a disposable debit gift card”.Amazon unveiled the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition almost a year back in April 2018. The smart speaker, which is essentially a peppy variant of its old Echo Dot, aside from sporting the features of a standard Echo Dot comes with the FreeTime Unlimited service, which gives access to more than 300 kids audiobooks, kid-friendly radio stations from iHeartRadio Family and third-party Alexa skills from Disney and Nickelodeon among others, and the basic FreeTime service, which blocks certain Alexa featuresand third-party skills. It also allows parents to place a time limit on Alexa usage.advertisement”Amazon markets Echo Dot Kids as a device to educate and entertain kids, but the real purpose is to amass a treasure trove of sensitive data that it refuses to relinquish even when directed to by parents,” executive director of CCFC, Josh Golin wrote in a statement.Amazon on its part has denied that its devices – the Amazon Echo Dot Kids in this case – are violating the laws. “FreeTime on Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition are compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA),” an Amazon spokesperson told the US-based media channels.Notably, the complaint comes just weeks after an investigative report by Bloomberg detailed that Amazon’s Alexa reviewers have access to users’ exact location and that they can use the coordinates available to them to point out the exact location of an Amazon Echo user’s home. Th report noted that some Amazon employees who review Alexa recordings have access to a tool that displays device information, which includes the location of an Echo device. The report also noted that this information may not be always accurate as Echo devices ask users permission to use their location.ALSO READ: | Amazon’s Alexa team knows where you liveALSO READ: | Not just Alexa, thousands of Amazon workers too are listening to your conversationsALSO READ: | Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: Alexa gets a bigger screenGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AmazonFollow Amazon AlexaFollow Amazon Echo Dot Amazon under scrutiny over alleged child privacy violationsAmazon on its part has denied the claim that its devices violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.advertisementlast_img read more

Fact Check: This man in orange T-shirt has nothing to do with West Bengal violence

first_img Amanpreet Kaur New DelhiMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 18, 2019 20:33 IST Screenshot from video going viral on social mediaA video of a man bleeding profusely, held by two policemen and being interrogated by a Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel, is doing rounds on the social media.The man is wearing an orange-coloured T-shirt and according to the claim made by a Twitter user, he sports a tilak on his forehead. By giving this description along with the video, the user tries to imply how the TMC goons in the garb of “bhagwa goons” were involved in the violence that broke out during the roadshow of BJP president Amit Shah in Kolkata on May 14.Real Name – Mohammad NisarOrange T-shirt,Tilak on ForheadNow you can understand many thingsYou can also connect this to the so called “Bhagwa Goons” doing Violence during Amit Shah Road Show in Kolkata,They were all TMC Goons pic.twitter.com/AkkRZNnJwF ravi singh (@mitthu) May 16, 2019Most social media users took the video literally, believing that the video was from the recent Kolkata violence. At the time of filing this story, this tweet gathered more than 7,500 retweets and around 8,400 likes.India Today’s Anti-Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the video is about a week-old and is from Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur, not West Bengal.The archived version of the post can be seen here.Twitter user Ravi Singh uploaded the video with the caption, “Real Name – Mohammad Nisar Orange T-shirt, Tilak on Forhead (sic). Now you can understand many things. You can also connect this to the so called ‘Bhagwa Goons’ doing Violence during Amit Shah Road Show in Kolkata, They were all TMC Goons.”advertisementAs his tweet attracted controversy followed by the blame game between the TMC and BJP, Ravi defended saying he had never claimed that the video is from Kolkata.DONT BE A FOOLI haven’t said this video from KolkataThis is just an example, Orange Tshirt, Tilak doesn’t mean Hindu or a worker of BJP-RSSits easy nowdays to defame Hindus, Hindu organizations with fake hindu getup, many Left secular organizations and jihadists doing this ravi singh (@mitthu) May 17, 2019The video is also viral on Facebook.We spotted a comment in the Twitter thread by a user @madhu_ganeriwal. He mentioned that the video is of the incident that took place in Jamshedpur on May 12 when two groups got into a scuffle over elections. Chowikidar Madhu (%follow back) (@madhu_ganeriwal) May 17, 2019To confirm the incident, we ran a search on the internet and found a news bulletin video of News18 which reported about the clashes in Jamshedpur’s Jugsalai. At 2 minute and 19 second, the same man can be seen detained by police. On the May 12 voting day, a scuffle broke out in Jugsalai and local police had to fire tear gas shells and lathicharge to control the situation.We also found the news report in Times of India according to which the clashes broke out between the BJP and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) workers outside the polling booth in Jugsalai. Two accused were also arrested. Boomlive also debunked the claim.Hence, it is clear that the viral video is not from West Bengal but Jamshedpur.Also Read | Fact Check: Misleading picture of cow deaths goes viral again on social mediaAlso Read | Fact Check: Video of street play claiming to be of TMC candidate goes viral INDIA TODAY FACT CHECK ClaimThe man in the video is a TMC goon who was involved in the violence that broke out during the roadshow of BJP chief Amit Shah in Kolkata.ConclusionThe viral video is from Jamshedpur, not West Bengal.JHOOTH BOLE KAUVA KAATEThe number of crows determines the intensity of the lie.1 Crow: Half True2 Crows: Mostly lies3 Crows: Absolutely false If you have a story that looks suspicious, please share with us at factcheck@intoday.com or send us a message on the WhatsApp number 73 7000 7000Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow TMCFollow BJPFollow KolkataFollow Election 2019 Next Fact Check: This man in orange T-shirt has nothing to do with West Bengal violenceMost social media users believed that a viral video was from the recent Kolkata violence but India Today’s AFWA found that the video is about a week-old and is from Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur.advertisementlast_img read more

Watch MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh’s fun banter ahead of India-Pakistan clash

first_img Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 18:23 IST MS Dhoni made a guest appearance during Harbhajan Singh’s interview with India Today (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni shared a fun banter with Harbhajan Singh at the Old Trafford groundTeam India are getting ready to face arch-rivals Pakistan in their fourth game in World Cup 2019India have a 6-0 head-to-head advantage over Pakistan in the World CupHarbhajan Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni shared a fun moment on the sidelines of the ground in Manchester on Saturday Indian players practiced hard for the upcoming mega-clash against Pakistan in the World Cup 2019 on Sunday (June 16).Harbhajan Singh, who is in England as part of the TV commentators’ panel, was giving an interview to India Today’s Vikrant Gupta about the match between India and Pakistan when he saw Dhoni walking by.Dhoni to Harbhajan as he walked by and the two had a brief banter with Harbhajan telling Dhoni that next year he could be a father once again.India and Pakistan are going to face off in the World Cup for the 7th time on Sunday with the Men in Blue holding a 6-0 advantage over their arch rivals. But rain looms large over the big-ticket match as weather forecast doesn’t look too good for Sunday.”I have been at the stadium for quite some time. There are a few wet patches but not a lot of them. I expect a full 50-over match tomorrow. However, if it rains then it depends on how much because the drainage at Old Trafford is not that great. This is a sand-based ground. If it rains, then it doesn’t soak in.”If a 50-over match happens, India can’t be beaten. Team is in good shape. They are feeling great, the mod in the camp is high and I just spoke to the players. They are looking very relaxed,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.advertisementLooking at the conditions in Old Trafford and the weather forecast for Sunday, Harbhajan also feels that India might look to play an extra seamer in Mohammed Shami in place of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.”We have been talking a lot about the match, building it up. The excitement is high because heroes can be made during India-Pakistan matches but these guys seem to be very relaxed. That’s a good thing. They are taking it like any other game. We know they are a confident, solid team. Let’s pray we get a 50-over game. I think the World Cup starts for India from tomorrow.”Kuldeep Yadav might not play and Shami might play. We are hearing such things. Vijay Shankar should play at No.4. Keeping in mind the wicket and the conditions, Mohammed Shami will get an opportunity to play. Playing 2 spinners might not work because Pakistan are good players of spin as well.”Vijay Shankar should play at No.4. Keeping in mind the wicket and the conditions, Mohammed Shami will get an opportunity to play. Playing 2 spinners might not work because Pakistan are good players of spin as well,” Harbhajan Sing said.Also Read | Rishabh Pant arrives in Manchester, shares a smile with Chacha ChicagoAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in World Cup: Recapping 6 Indian victories from 1992-2015Also Read | World Cup 2019: India won’t be overconfident because of 6-0 record vs Pakistan, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rishabh Pant trains with MS Dhoni ahead of blockbuster World Cup clashFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019 Watch MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh’s fun banter ahead of India-Pakistan clashHarbhajan Singh, who is in England as part of the TV commentators’ panel, was giving an interview to India Today about the match between India and Pakistan when he saw MS Dhoni walking by.advertisementlast_img read more

Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as new manager

first_img Next Reuters New DelhiJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 21:41 IST Juventus has appointed Maurizio Sarri on a 3-year contract (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMaurizio Sarri joins Juventus on a 3-year contractSarri had told Chelsea about his desire to return to his native countrySarri helped Chelsea win the Europa League and finish 3rd in Premier League 2018-19Serie A champions Juventus appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new coach on Sunday, hoping that his ambitious possession-based game would extend their dominance of Italian football and bring them European silverware.British media reported Juventus agreed a compensation fee with Chelsea in excess of 5 million pounds ($6.30 million) for Sarri, who joins the Italian giants on a three-year contract.Sarri was at Chelsea for just one season, where he won the Europa League — the first major trophy of his career — and led them to a third-placed finish in the Premier League.On paper it was a commendable feat, but it was a rocky campaign for the former Napoli boss whose team never seemed to fully adapt to his so-called “Sarri-ball” system.”In talks we had following the Europa League final, Maurizio made it clear how strongly he desired to return to his native country, explaining that his reasons for wanting to return to work in Italy were significant,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said in a statement.”He also believed it important to be nearer his family, and for the well-being of his elderly parents he felt he needed to live closer to them at this point.”The chain-smoking 60-year-old coach replaced the phlegmatic Massimiliano Allegri who won five successive Serie A titles in as many seasons in charge — extending Juve’s run to eight in a row — plus the Coppa Italia four times. He also led them to two Champions League finals.NAPOLI CONNECTIONThe move is likely to infuriate supporters at Napoli, where Sarri spent three seasons and turned them into the team most likely to threaten Juve’s dominance.advertisementNapoli finished as runners-up twice and third place once under Sarri’s leadership and achieved a club record 91 points in the 2017-18 when they came agonisingly close to snatching the title — even beating Juve 1-0 in Turin towards the end of the season.Juventus seemed to lack a recognisable playing style under Allegri, a pragmatic coach who last season fielded 38 different lineups in 38 league matches.That will not be the case under Sarri, who turned Napoli into the most eye-catching Serie A side with their complex passing movements.His style, however, makes huge demands of the players and Sarri was also criticised at Napoli over his failure to rest players, something which could prove a problem at Juventus who have more strength-in-depth and will be battling on two fronts.He will also have to find a way of incorporating Cristiano Ronaldo into his team. The 34-year-old, with two years of his Juventus contract still to run, is still lethal in small bursts but not able to maintain such a high tempo over 90 minutes.A former bank employee, Sarri never played football professionally and made his Serie A coaching debut at the age of 55 with Empoli after winning promotion with them in 2014.Known as “Mr 33”, because he reputedly thought up 33 different plans for setpieces, Sarri quickly innovated at Napoli by using a drone to film training sessions from above.Sarri began coaching amateur teams back in the 1990s, managing to combine his hobby with a banking career that took him to the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg.He coached 16 different sides in the lower division of the Italian league before finally reaching Serie A with Empoli.Also Read | Eden Hazard fuels ‘Galacticos’ expectations at Real MadridAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Maurizio SarriFollow JuventusFollow ChelseaFollow Juventus football team Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as new managerMaurizio Sarri, who has left Chelsea after just one year with the Europa League champions, has joined Juventus on a three-year contract. advertisementlast_img read more

India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on Thursday

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 09:19 IST Reuters PhotoIndia will aim to continue with their unbeaten streak in the ongoing World Cup when they face a low-on-confidence West Indies team at Old Trafford on Thursday.After coming out with commanding performances in their first three World Cup games, the Men in Blue had to toil hard against Afghanistan to earn their fourth victory of the ongoing tournament in their last game.Riding on Mohammad Shami’s hat-trick, India successfully defended a below par total at a sluggish Rose Bowl wicket in Southampton last Saturday.Against Windies, Shami is likely to retain his place in the playing XI as India are unlikely to risk playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury.The top-order has performed in all the four completed matches and has been the strength of the Indian team. However, the middle order looked a bit scratchy against Afghanistan and Virat Kohli would want M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to get into the groove and perform against the attacking bowling line-up of the Windies.With nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals.#TeamIndia openers having a go at in the nets ahead of the game against West Indies.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Z19Nvt1Ux7BCCI (@BCCI) June 26, 2019Now on to a West Indies which needs a victory to have any chance of reaching the semifinals after a dramatic, five-wicket loss to 2015 runner-up New Zealand. Carlos Brathwaite’s remarkable century and dismissal – caught on the boundary – trying to hit a six for victory has boosted confidence within a West Indies team that promised so much but has only one victory so far.advertisementBut with the mathematical permutations still giving them an outside chance for a semi-final berth, West Indies will aim to pull off a complete performance against an in-form Indian side.MANCHESTER WEATHER UPDATESNot the ideal conditions for training today pic.twitter.com/la1uheffS8BCCI (@BCCI) June 25, 2019Wet weather has had a bigger impact on this tournament than any of previous World Cup, with India having to share points with New Zealand because their June 13 game was washed out at Trent Bridge – one of three games abandoned without a ball bowled.India’s win over archrival Pakistan in Manchester was also interrupted by rain, one of three results that have involved the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern run-rate calculators coming out. The forecast is for some heat for Thursday’s India-West Indies game, in the air – and on the field. India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on Thursday (Screengrab from AccuWeather) India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on Thursday (Screengrab from AccuWeather)Squads:India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep YadavWest Indies: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas PooranAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain PredictionAlso Read | We Bleed Blue: Bharat Arun on controversy surrounding India’s World Cup 2019 orange jerseyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Match against India, an opportunity to showcase our skills, says Jason HolderFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs West Indies Manchester weatherFollow manchester weather forecastFollow manchester weather india vs west indies Next India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on ThursdayIndia vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Here’s all that you need to know about the weather forecast and prediction for rain on Thursday at Old Trafford, Manchester.advertisementlast_img read more

Punjab Minister orders probe into alleged delay on Harbhajan Singh’s Khel Ratna snub

first_img Press Trust of India ChandigarhJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 19:54 IST Harbhajan Singh’s Khel Ratna snub (IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh requested Punjab Sports Minister to re-send his application for next yearThe off-spinner’s nomination for Khel Ratna award has been rejected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and SportsHarbhajan claimed he had timely submitted his form for the nomination to Punjab Sports departmentThe Punjab government has ordered an inquiry into the allegations levelled by veteran India player Harbhajan Singh that delay in paperwork on the part of state’s sports department was the reason for not getting prestigious Khel Ratna Award.The off-spinner’s nomination for Khel Ratna award has been rejected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) on grounds that his documents reached late.Harbhajan requested Punjab Sports minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi’s intervention in the matter and the minister subsequently ordered a probe into the alleged delay in sending his documents to the centre.”I have ordered an inquiry into the matter. The director (Sports) has been tasked to carry out the inquiry,” Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi told PTI Wednesday.In a video uploaded on his twitter handle, Harbhajan claimed he had timely submitted his form for the nomination to Punjab Sports department for the award.”I have come to know through media that a file recommending my name for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award sent by Punjab government to the Centre has been rejected with the reason being that papers reached very late,” Harbhajan said.”I have come to know that because of delay, my nomination will not be considered for this award this time and because of which I will not get this award,” he rued.Harbhajan claimed that he furnished the relevant documents on March 20 but now he understands that there was a delay in sending his papers to the centre that ultimaely led to his rejection.advertisement”As far as I (can) recollect, I submitted papers on March 20 with your (Sodhi) office and this form was supposed to reach Delhi within 10-15 days and why it was not submitted timely. Had this form submitted timely, I probably would have got the award this year which comes as a motivation and encouragement for any sportsperson,” he further said.The cricketer, who is the third highest wicket taker for India in Test cricket requested the minister to re-send his application for next year.”If such delays continue to take place then players will lag behind which is not right and I hope you (Sodhi) will take action on it and forward my nomination again to the government of India,” said Harbhajan.Read more | Jofra Archer misses out as England announce squad for opening Ashes TestAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow Punjab governmentFollow Khel RatnaFollow Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Punjab Minister orders probe into alleged delay on Harbhajan Singh’s Khel Ratna snubHarbhajan Singh requested Punjab Sports minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi’s intervention in the matter and the minister subsequently ordered a probe into the alleged delay in sending his documents to the centre.advertisementlast_img read more

Realme 5 Pro first sale in India today on Flipkart, Realme online store: Price, specifications

first_imgRealme 5 Pro first sale in India today on Flipkart, Realme online store: Price, specificationsRealme 5 Pro will go on sale for the first time in India today on Flipkart and Realme.com starting at Rs 13,999.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 10:12 IST Realme 5 Pro goes on sale for the first time in India today touting a 48MP quad camera setup and Snapdragon 712 chipset.HIGHLIGHTSRealme 5 Pro sale starts at 12pm on Flipkart and Realme’s online store.The smartphone is priced starting at Rs 13,999.Realme 5 Pro gets a 48MP quad camera setup and Snapdragon 712 SoC.Realme 5 Pro will go on sale for the first time in India today. The Realme 5 Pro sale starts at 12pm on Flipkart and Realme.com/in. The smartphone was launched recently in the country alongside the regular Realme 5. These are Realme’s first pair of smartphones to feature a quad camera setup. The Realme 5 Pro is a more power-paced device of the two with specifications that also include a Snapdragon 712 SoC, VOOC 3.0 fast charging and a 48-megapixel primary camera.Realme 5 Pro price starts at Rs 13,999. This is for the base model that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It also comes in 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB variants that are priced at Rs 14,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively. The Realme 5 Pro will be available online on Flipkart and Realme’s online store starting 12pm in Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue colours.Some launch offers on Flipkart include No Cost EMI options, 10 per cent off with Axis Bank Buzz Credit card, 5 per cent cashback on Flipkart Axis Bank Credit card and Rs 750 off on prepaid transactions with HDFC Credit cards. On Realme.com, you can avail MobiKwik SuperCash worth Rs 1,500, Jio benefits worth Rs 7,000 and cashback of Rs 2,000 on buying the Realme 5 Pro via Paytm UPI.Realme 5 Pro specificationsThe Realme 5 Pro succeeds the Realme 3 Pro in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment. It sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) Dewdrop display much like its predecessor to offer minimal bezels and over 90 per cent screen ratio. The curved plastic rear panel comes in a new Crystal design with a diamond-cut pattern in Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue colours.advertisementRealme 5 Pro is powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 712 SoC based on a 10nm process. To recall, the Realme 3 Pro was launched with a Snapdragon 710 SoC. The new Realme 5 Pro is offered with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.The USP of the Realme 5 Pro is its quad camera setup. It is the first phone in its segment to offer a 48MP quad camera setup. This camera system includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and two 2-megapixel sensors where one is for macros and the other for portraits.The Realme 5 Pro houses a 4,035mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.ALSO READ | Realme 5 Pro vs Vivo Z1 Pro: Which sub-Rs 15,000 phone should you buyALSO READ | Realme 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A3: Quad cameras vs stock Android experienceALSO READ | Realme 5 Pro vs Realme 3 Pro: How different is the new Realme Pro from the oldGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Realme 5 Pro Nextlast_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Vincent Marino

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Today we hear from the French restaurateur Vincent Marino.As a Cannes native, I was raised on the French Riviera and surrounded by the hospitality industry. My grandparents owned a hotel and restaurant in the South of France; it was a natural progression for me to work within this environment. I began traveling the world in my teens because it was the easiest way to meet people and become immersed in city culture. I had worked in the trendiest spot in Sydney and the dodgiest one in Barcelona while passing by the chillest beach bar in the Canary Islands.Curious by nature, my adventures spanned the UK, India, Australia, Spain, Italy, Canada, the US, and others as I began studying the arts (theater) and world languages. Back in Paris, with Experimental Cocktail Group, I spent six years developing and opening bars and clubs in London, Paris, and New York. I have since put my roots down in New York City and directed all of my creative energies into my new life and venture, Loosie Rouge and Loosie’s Kitchen.My first project, Loosie Rouge embodies all of my experiences and is a creative space that mixes all of the amazing ideas and concepts I encountered during my travels. I put all of my love into what I call a public house rather than a simple bar or restaurant where people can meet, enjoy, drink, and eat after a long day.As for Vincent’s personal style:Jeans: Acne Studio skinny or Cheap Monday – Just love the cuts and I can wear them everyday.Shirts: Cacharel and for a cheaper option I like J. Crew and American Apparel. 

Suits: the one and only, Dior.Shoes: I have plenty of different pairs of shoes. I love to collect them, but I will always wear a pair of Converse Black All Stars and some Nike vintage.Accessories: I collect hats and caps from all my travels, but my favorite is a “vintage ranger hat” I found not long ago in Alabama. 
I also wear a Jaeger Lecoultre 1974 Reverso, a present from my parents for my 30th birthday.Outerwear: I have a collection of leather jackets, and I just bought a Burberry trench a few weeks ago; I’m waiting for a fine rain to wear it.Favorite Cologne: I used to wear X Centric from Dunhill but switched recently because it was very hard to find it in the U.S.  L’eau d’Issey from Issey Miyake is my new partner.Your favorite App: Shazam

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Heliotropes: Moving Toward the Light

first_img 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Editors’ Recommendations Heliotropes, the flower, are named for an exceptional characteristic: the plant orients itself to the direction of the sun, consistently following the lights. Perhaps it is no coincidence, then, that Heliotropes’, the band, new album is a brighter affair than their debut.Heliotropes released its sophomore record last Friday—July 15—through The End Records. Titled Over There That Way, the record arrived three years after debut album A Constant Sea. In those years, the band’s makeup changed greatly; bandleader Jessica Numsuwankijkul is now the only remaining founding member. With the change in lineup comes a concomitant change in the band’s sound, though a sea change it is not. The band’s crunching, aggressive sound is still there on many tracks, but just as many incorporate dream pop or doo-wop. The production remains lo-fi with Numsuwankijkul’s vocals providing an ethereal, even wispy, element. This contrast is best exhibited in Over There‘s… centerpiece, “Dardanelles Part I” and “Dardanelle Part II.” “Part I” is characterized by a driving, distorted guitar riff, while “Part II” strolls along, providing room for a wider soundscape to form.Heliotropes’ Over There That Way is out now through The End Records and available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and The End Records’ online store. The Manual Podcast Throwbacks: Revisiting our 50th Episode and Portland, Oregon Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH 5 of the Fastest Electric Cars in the Worldlast_img read more

Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to Be Opened Soon

first_img It is aimed at assessing, forecasting, mitigating and managing risks related to tourism resilience, caused by various disruptive factors. These disruptions may include climate change and natural disasters, cybercrime, cybersecurity, pandemics, terrorism, war, population and the changing funding models. The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is be opened soon at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. Story Highlights The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is be opened soon at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.It is aimed at assessing, forecasting, mitigating and managing risks related to tourism resilience, caused by various disruptive factors.These disruptions may include climate change and natural disasters, cybercrime, cybersecurity, pandemics, terrorism, war, population and the changing funding models.Come January 30, the official launch of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, with a host of local and international government leaders and officials, including Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, participating in the proceedings.First announced during the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism in St. James in November 2017, the centre, which is the first of its kind, will be tasked with creating, producing and generating toolkits, guidelines and policies to handle the recovery process following a disaster.The centre will also assist with preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that impact tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods.Addressing a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, explained that the centre is to provide a repository of knowledge, information and expertise to assist global communities in responding to, tracking and managing global disruptions.“These disruptions are growing fast and furious, so there is the need for resilience, the need to build capacity to respond to them, and to be able to manage, grow and thrive after they have happened,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett indicated that several universities have expressed an interest in the centre, with plans of forging partnerships.They include the University of the West Indies; Queensland University, Australia; Hong Kong Polytechnic; Bournemouth University, United Kingdom; and George Washington University, United States of America.“In the year, we have had relationships forged with a number of global and regional groupings, such as the Mediterranean Tourism Federation, which will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the launch to become an associate,” the Minister informed.He added that partnerships are also being explored with Harvard University; University of Waikato, New Zealand; University of Southhampton; Boston University, the United States of America and the International University of Japan, to look at global projects relating to tourism resilience and climate change.Major partners in the centre include United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); World Travel and Tourism Council; Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association; Caribbean Tourism Organisation; and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).last_img read more