India doctors fight to save sight of raped seven-year-old

first_imgTopics : Doctors in India battled Friday to save the sight of a seven-year-old girl who was raped and then had her eyes damaged so she could not identify her attacker, police said.Police have arrested a 21-year-old man over the assault in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.The child was lured into an abandoned house while playing with friends on Wednesday night, senior police official Hemant Chauhan told AFP. She was found there with her hands tied and severe injuries to her eyes.The suspect, who lived nearby and was arrested Thursday, has admitted to the crime, Chauhan said.”The accused pressed his fingers very hard into the girl’s eyes. Doctors are trying their best to save the eyes. We are hopeful,” Chauhan said. Swati Maliwal, head of the Delhi Commission for Women, called the attack “vile and disgusting”.center_img “I demand strongest punishment against these monsters,” Maliwal said on Twitter.The attack came after four men were hanged last month for a notorious 2012 Delhi gang rape.That case unleashed public anger over rampant sexual violence against women in India, and the introduction of tough new laws to punish rapists.Nearly 34,000 rapes were reported in India in 2018, according to official data. Madhya Pradesh had the highest number of any state with 6,500.But the figures are considered the tip of the iceberg, with many more victims too scared to come forward.last_img read more

2019 NBBF Premier League: Continental battle begins October 13

first_imgRelatedPosts Pray for Nigeria during Ramadan — NBBF Nigeria’s basketball prospect, Deborah Onu, dies from wrong diagnosis D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal — Kida The 2019 NBBF Men’s Premier League season dunks off from October 13 to November 30.The men’s league will see teams divided into the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences for a round robin league format.First phase of the Atlantic Conference will hold in Akure, while Savannah teams will converge on the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria between October 12 and 22.The second phase will take place from November 2 to 12 with all points scored in the first phase carried over.The Savannah Conference train will move to Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja, while Atlantic Conference Teams will battle for supremacy at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ilorin Township stadium.Top 4 teams in each conference will qualify for the National Final 8 from November 24 to 30.Oluyole Warriors (Ibadan), Customs (Lagos), Kwara Falcons (Ilorin), Hoops and Read (Lagos), Delta Force (Asaba), Police Baton (Lagos) and Raptors (Lagos) are some of the teams that will be competing for honours in the Atlantic Conference.Others include Dodan Warriors (Lagos), Islanders (Lagos) who  hope to rekindle their rivalry alongside newly promoted Invaders (Ekiti), Coal City (Enugu), and Akure Raiders (Akure).In the Savannah Conference, Kano Pillars (Kano), Bauchi Nets (Bauchi), Gombe Bulls (Gombe), Kada Stars (Kaduna), Defender, (Abuja), Niger Potters (Minna), Mark Mentors (Abuja), Plateau Peaks (Jos), Nigeria Army (Zaria) and Benue Braves (Makurdi) are the 10 teams which make up the conference.According to NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, exciting times await teams, players, fans as well as keen observers of the league with the federation in discussion with prospective sponsors.Kida said: “We are trying to create a robust system that will translate to a win-win situation for all.“We are currently at an advanced stage of discussion with interested parties who are thinking of investing in the men’s league with our ultimate goal of getting the various leagues back on TV.”The League champion will qualify to represent Nigeria in the inaugural Basketball Africa League to be organized by NBA in conjunction with FIBA Africa. Tags: Musa Kidalast_img read more

Quique Setien’s arrival sets Barcelona against Real Madrid in clash of identities

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona’s appointment of Quique Setien, a fervent disciple of Johan Cruyff, came the day after Zinedine Zidane won his ninth final out of nine as coach of Real Madrid.With both teams level on points at the top of La Liga, Spain’s closest title race in years will be as much a contest of identity and beliefs as points won and lost. Real Madrid, the club that defines itself by winning, against Barcelona, where winning is seen as the result of something more profound, a style heralded by Cruyff that has become their footballing philosophy.Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, both five points behind, are still in touch but playing catch-up.Setien once said he would have given his little finger to play under Cruyff. Now, 34 years later, he has the chance to resuscitate those ideals after two years under Ernesto Valverde when pragmatism took a greater hold.Barca’s new coach is not well-known outside of Spain and, at 61, he may be in the twilight years of his career. “For me this is the pinnacle,” he said at his unveiling on Tuesday.His previous clubs are not illustrious. They include Lugo, Logrones, Las Palmas, Poli Ejido, Racing Santander, Real Betis and one game in charge of Equatorial Guinea. His list of trophies begins and ends with one Spanish Super Cup in 1985 with Atletico Madrid.But his work and words up to this point could leave the impression of someone that has been preparing to coach Barcelona his entire life. “When I was a player, coaches tried to set guidelines for me,” Setien, a former Spanish international, told Marca in 2018.“But on the field, I tried to express myself and it was only when I saw Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona play that I started to understand how things really worked.”“Having the ball makes you a football player, not running after it,” he said last year.It remains to be seen how Setien’s appointment will affect La Liga’s title race. Will Real Madrid’s players feel their chances are boosted or harmed by Valverde’s removal?They are now up against a team with a coach that has never won, or even competed for, a top-flight trophy. But they might feel wary too, of the possibility Barcelona could be released by Setien’s attacking beliefs and accelerate.Fixtures (GMT) : Saturday : Levante v Alaves (1200), Real Madrid v Sevilla (1500), Osasuna v Real Valladolid (1730), Eibar v Atletico Madrid (2000)Sunday : Mallorca v Valencia (1100), Real Betis v Real Sociedad (1300), Villarreal v Espanyol (1500), Athletic Bilbao v Celta Vigo (1730), Barcelona v Granada (2000) AgenciesAlso Read: Setien bound for Real Betis coaching roleAlso Watch: Two Bike-Borne Miscreants loot cash Rs 4 lakh near United Bank of India in Digboilast_img read more

GRFU trials set for this weekend

first_imgFOLLOWING two XV simulation games over the last two weekends at the National Park, Guyana’s Green Machine will switch their focus back to the Sevens game with trials this weekend. According to correspondence from the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), they will host Saturday’s session from 15:30hrs.Rondel MacArthur, Avery Corbin, Rockford Cummings, Sean Phillips, Ryan Gonsalves, Peabo Hamilton, Godfrey Broomes, Claudius Butts, Patrick King, Dwayne Schroeder and Elwin Chase are among some of the names called.Also called to trials are: Jamal Angus, Osei McKenzie, Lancelot Adonis, O’Neil Charles, Ryan Dey, Troyton Braithwaite, Kevon David, Akeem Fraser, Akieno James, Daniel DeAbreu, Kevin Wills, Lloyd Anderson, Rashad Butcher, Glenroy Poole, Quacy Kendall, Kesto Mars and Michael Barrow.In an invited comment recently, head coach Kenneth Grant-Stuart had called for an earlier squad selection in order to build cohesiveness in the unit heading to Hong Kong.“It is for the union to put together the team earlier, bring all the players who have to come in early so we can have that togetherness. We are basically doing fitness. Mr Barrington Brown is taking them through mostly strength and conditioning.”Grant-Stuart is also of the view that the squad requires more robust players.“What I’ve encountered in December in Trinidad and Tobago … we realised that our game has to be more robust, more physical, going into Hong Kong because it’s a higher level of competition,” he commented.The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens series will take place from April 7 to 9. (Stephan Sookram)last_img read more

Broad considered retirement after West Indies snub

first_img(BBC) – England seam bowler, Stuart Broad, said he considered retirement after being dropped for last month’s opening Test of the summer against West Indies.Broad, 34, was left out at Southampton, where West Indies won by four wickets.He returned for the final two Tests, both won by England, and took 16 wickets to pass 500 for his career.“Were there thoughts of retirement going round my head? 100%. Because I was so down,” Broad told the Mail on Sunday.“I was expecting to play, which is always a bit of a dangerous thing in sport, but I felt I deserved to play.“When Stokesy [Ben Stokes] told me I wasn’t playing, I felt my body go into shakes. I could barely speak.”Only six other bowlers in history have taken more Test wickets than Broad, who has played 140 Test matches.The 16 wickets he took in the final two Tests against West Indies at Old Trafford came at an average of 10.93.He added: “I have not really told anyone this, but I was so down that week of the first Test, I was really low. I was stuck in that hotel. I couldn’t go anywhere. It wasn’t like I could go back to [girlfriend] Mollie and have a barbeque and chill out and re-assess.“I didn’t sleep for two days. I was nowhere. A different decision could definitely have been made with my emotions of how I was feeling.”Broad, who is now targeting 600 Test wickets, also revealed that Stokes, who was captaining in England in the first Test in the absence of Joe Root, then played a key role.“Stokesy knocked on my door on the Thursday night and stayed in the corridor to talk to me. He said: ‘This isn’t about cricket, but how are you, mate?’ That was very impressive for him to do.”Broad made his Test debut in 2007 and for most of his career has been bracketed with new ball partner Anderson, 38, England’s record Test wicket-taker, who has 589 wickets, having made his debut in 2003.“Do I think I’m in England’s best XI? Absolutely. Do I think Jimmy Anderson is in England’s best XI? Absolutely,” he said.“There is no doubt that Jimmy and I have got better. No doubt.“The last 18 months, I have been averaging 20.5 per wicket in Test cricket. Take age out of that. If anyone were doing that at any age, you would want to keep them around for a bit and not look past it.”last_img read more

In Trump they trust

first_imgFollowing last Tuesday’s election results, hundreds of USC students and faculty members, along with local middle school and high school students, marched on Trousdale Parkway to protest President-elect Donald Trump. Protesters gathered in peaceful protest next to Tommy Trojan, holding signs emblazoned with slogans reading “Not my President.” Over the week, thousands of protesters congregated in the streets to rally against Trump, shutting down traffic and making it clear that the President-elect is not their president. The city became a soapbox for the frustrations of liberal and some conservative Americans in response to the recent elections, leaving conservatives at USC feeling stranded and exiled. According to exit poll data from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, approximately 55 percent of college-age voters chose Clinton, whereas Trump received only 37 percent of their votes. Like many colleges, USC is a primarily liberal environment, according to an assessment of administrative policies, campus groups and faculty members by Campus Reform. With the country so divided, many conservatives feel that the USC campus cultivates an environment where it is difficult to openly support a conservative candidate.“I had a [Trump] flag in my room,” said Connor Fugman, a junior majoring in business administration. “Somebody actually came into my room, stole the flag, spray painted it and put it in a toilet stall.” Fugman still doesn’t know who did it, making him worry that it could’ve been one of his friends. Mike Feehan, a junior majoring in business administration, had a similar experience. He was wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap at a fraternity party, when people started grabbing it from his head and yelling “F-ck Trump.”Feehan retrieved his hat and put it back on, but when he turned around, someone else took it off his head again.He found his hat the next day stepped on and ruined.It was a small incident in the course of a tumultuous election cycle, but for Feehan, it made him realize his opinions weren’t welcome at USC. With party politics dividing the nation, the sentiment crossing partisan lines is a deep fear of the opposing side.According to a Pew Research Center poll, 86 percent of Democrats view Republicans unfavorably and 41 percent see Republicans as a threat to this nation. The same poll also stated that 91 percent of Republicans view Democrats unfavorably and 45 percent see Democrats as a threat to the nation. This tension captures the sentiments of a frustrated America where many are realizing that their neighbor might not see eye-to-eye with their own beliefs.With opinions falling outside the popular range of the political spectrum on campus, in addition to being in a liberal environment, some students find it challenging to express themselves for fear of being attacked by their peers. This has caused many students to refrain from sharing their thoughts, especially on the Election Night viewing at Wallis Annenberg Hall.“I realized on the day of the election that my friend is a Trump supporter,” said Angela Ho, a junior majoring in fine arts, who attended the Annenberg viewing. “I didn’t want him to cheer in the midst of everyone’s mourning because I knew it would create a strong, negative response. My friend and I were not only afraid of his safety, but ours because we were associated with him.”In the days after the election, classroom political discussions also felt like an unwelcome environment for students with differing political beliefs. “As someone who voted for Trump. I get extremely uncomfortable,” said Jacob Ellenhorn, a USC law student and former president of College Republicans. “The professors make it seem as though his election is a calamity of epic proportions, but I think having a Republican in the White House is good.”Liberals on campus have also noticed the discord, but some said that they hope to work with conservatives on campus to create more discourse.“In this election we certainly learned that we don’t do a good enough job of positively engaging with those with whom we disagree,” said Nick Fiorillo, political director of USC College Democrats. “While as liberals, we need to continue to call out bigotry, prejudice and oppression, we would be well-served to think about how to do this in ways that change minds.”Outside of campus,  Trump supporters also feel attacked online. It is difficult for Feehan to feel accepted in a political environment, even on the internet.“The sad truth is there’s too many times where I have had people who have unfriended me off of Facebook just because I said I support Trump,” Feehan said. However, Feehan is not afraid to express his opinions and support for a Trump presidency.“I guess some of my friends might feel that way,” Feehan said. “But, I know what I believe in and could [not] care less if others don’t want to be my friends or want to challenge me.”Despite Trump’s comments on sexual assault, immigration and race — which received criticism from many millennials — there is still a large number of college-aged students who strongly advocate for him.“I am tired of the political establishment. I do not want a politician in office anymore, I want to build a wall to protect our nation,” Feehan said. “I value the economy, and I feel Trump has proven business experience to make it great again, and I want taxes to be lowered which they will be under his presidency.”Political tensions are high in Los Angeles, a city with largely Democratic leanings, and the separation between a variety of stances has not been reconciled after the outcome of the election. But conservatives on campus are hopeful that as time goes on, their fellow students will begin to be more understanding and accepting of their viewpoints.“The Democrats and Republicans are too far apart on important issues, but hopefully that will change,” Feehan said. “Time heals tension. Time will heal everything.”last_img read more

Sellas Tetteh wary of Portuguese threat

first_imgBlack Satellites coach Sellas Tetteh is backing his side to sneak past the highly rated Portuguese side when the two teams go into action on Wednesday at the Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri in the round of 16 clash.The Seleccao have brushed aside their previous opponents with relative ease and have scored a worrying ten goals so far in the tournament.Tetteh, who won the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt, said at the pre-match conference he is refusing to be intimidated by the attacking threat of his opponents.“Their form in front of goal is enough to frighten anyone, ten goals in three games is no mean achievement,” said Sellas Tetteh “They are a free scoring side with a solid technical team, we have taken great pains to have a look at all their games and have noticed a few things which we will try to exploit.“A lot of things do happen in the course of games and it will incumbent on the bench to map out the right strategies to outwit our opponents. Hopefully, we can get a result after the game.” This is an opportunity for the Black Satellites to step up and be counted like they did against the USA.The winner of this game would come up against either Croatia or Chile at the quarter final stage.last_img read more

Brilliant Baba leaves Wolfsburg Stunned

first_imgThe Ghana left-back was in magnificent form as Augsburg pulled off an unlikely victory in the Bundesliga.Abdul Rahman Baba was influential as Augsburg dealt a major blow to Wolfsburg’s title hopes with a 1-0 home victory in the Bundesliga on Saturday.While Bayern Munich are running away with the German title this season, Wolfsburg, as their main rivals, are also enjoying a strong campaign.However, they have fallen 11 points behind the reigning champions after being undone by Augsburg on Saturday afternoon.After a goalless first half, Augsburg took the lead through midfielder Dominik Kohr, whose goal—the only one of the contest—ultimately ended Wolfsburg’s four-match winning streak. The 1-0 defeat was the Wolves’ first loss of 2015.Baba was influential in the goal. He was brought down in the Wolfsburg box by centre-back Naldo, and while Tobias Werner’s spotkick was saved, Kohr was on hand to poke home the rebound. As a unit, Augsburg worked hard and defended well, however Baba ought to be singled out for both his offensive and his defensive contribution.He won four aerial battles, managed a 100 percent shot accuracy rate and completed four dribbles. Defensively, he made four clearances, one interception and two tackles according to WhoScored.Baba has established himself as a key member of Avram Grant’s national side over the last few months and was one of the Black Stars’ key performers at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.The 20-year-old featured in all six of Ghana’s matches in Equatorial Guinea, contributing one assist in the process. For Augsburg, so far this season, he has made 21 appearances in the Bundesliga, contributing four assists.Despite being one of the less-fancied teams in the division, Baba and his teammates are enjoying a terrific season and currently sit in fifth place in the Bundesliga table ahead of major sides such as Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.last_img read more

Week 14 Yahoo Fantasy Football: NFL DFS picks, lineup advice for GPP tournaments

first_imgThe less said about last week’s Yahoo tournament lineup, the better. It was bust city with the likes of Aaron Rodgers, John Brown, Kenny Golladay, D.J. Moore, and Kyle Rudolph. Fortunately, the beauty of daily fantasy football is we can forget about last week and start fresh. Our Week 14 NFL DFS picks for GPP contests will continue to assume some risk, but we’re banking on better returns from our sleepers — and our studs.Not only is “bounce back” a prevailing theme of article, but it’s also a common theme with many of our individual picks. Our primary stack of Baker Mayfield and David Njoku was a massive letdown last week, but they return home in a much more favorable matchup. Mark Ingram and Allen Robinson also disappointed last week, and we’re hoping the public is still cool on them despite much better Week 14 matchups. We’re chasing points a bit with Christian McCaffrey and Keenan Allen, but that’s fine with proven stars. The real worry is DeVante Parker, but when you spend up at other spots, you have to go cheap somewhere. Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerLast week’s DraftKings perfect lineup showed us that you can win with virtually any combo of WRs, so we’re willing to trust Parker in what should be a favorable matchup.Yahoo Fantasy Football: Week 14 NFL DFS tournament lineupQB Baker Mayfield, Browns vs. Panthers ($32). It’s not a huge surprise Mayfield’s hot streak came to an end in a tough road matchup — his first unfavorable matchup since Week 6. Back at home, Mayfield will face a Panthers defense that entered entered Week 13 allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to QBs and was promptly picked apart by Jameis Winston. We wish he was a little cheaper, but Mayfield likely won’t be heavily owned.RB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers @  Browns ($38). You really don’t need a reason to pay up for McCaffrey, but if you’re looking for a little something extra, here’s one: Cleveland allows the fifth-most receiving yards per game to RBs. Pay up for the man.RB Mark Ingram, Saints @ Buccaneers ($19). We definitely want exposure to this game, but most of the key contributors from the Saints are too expensive. Enter Ingram, who could easily score as much as Alvin Kamara but is $18 cheaper. We’ll take the savings on a struggling back who’s proven to have elite upside, especially in this favorable matchup.WEEK 14 DFS GPP LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKingsWR Keenan Allen, Chargers vs. Bengals ($28). Allen is way too cheap for this optimal matchup. Sure, we’re chasing points a bit, but Allen has scored in four straight games, averaging nine catches and 91.5 yards per game in that span. The Bengals aren’t quite as bad against WRs as other positions, but elite receivers Julio Jones (173 yards), Michael Thomas (70 yards, two TDs), Antonio Brown (105 yards, TD), Tyreek Hill (68 yards, TD), and Mike Evans (179 yards, TD) have all torn them up. WR Tyler Boyd, Bengals @ Chargers ($20). There’s no doubt Boyd is the No. 1 target in Cincinnati with A.J. Green (toe) out, posting solid numbers even amid quarterback turmoil. The Bengals figure to have to pass early and often to keep up with the Chargers, which should benefit Boyd. ​WEEK 14 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsWR Allen Robinson, Bears vs. Rams ($19). If Mitchell Trubisky is once again out, we’ll swap Robinson for Josh Gordon at the same price. But if Trubisky is back, we like Robinson as a breakout candidate. Aqib Talib is back for the Rams, which definitely doesn’t help, but Robinson has averaged a healthy seven targets and 18 yards per catch over his past four games. He has a lot of upside in a game where the Bears could be throwing more than usual.TE David Njoku, Browns vs. Panthers ($20). The Panthers have been the worst defense against TEs all year, so even though they’ve held the position down the past three weeks, you shouldn’t avoid them. Context matters, and in Weeks 11 and 12, the Panthers faced offenses that rarely utilize their TEs (Detroit and Seattle). Last week, they would have allowed another TE touchdown, but Cameron Brate dropped a sure score. Njoku has been up and down lately, but this is an optimal matchup. MORE WEEK 14 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderFLEX DeVante Parker, Dolphins vs. Patriots ($12). “DeVante Parker is on my fantasy team” — famous last words from anyone who’s ever had Parker on a season-long or DFS squad. Parker hauled in four of seven targets for 47 yards and a score in a tough matchup last week, looking like Miami’s No. 1 receiver with Danny Amendola out. This week, he gets a Patriots team that’s been mostly solid against WRs this year, but it’s allowed at least one WR touchdown in each of the past four games and two 100-yard games (Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Corey Davis) in that span. You’re not going to find many players with more upside at this price, even if the “bust factor” is high, as well.D/ST Dallas Cowboys vs. Eagles ($12). The Cowboys have had at least one INT in each of the past four games. With 10 sacks in that span, Dallas is a solid high-floor option. Playing at home against an Eagles’ offense that has trouble blocking and can be one-dimensional at times, Dallas can easily pay off its value price.last_img read more

Džeko staying in Manchester City

first_imgEdin Džeko is set to be handed a lifeline by new Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, reports The MirrorThe £27million BiH striker seemed certain to depart the Etihad this summer after falling out of favour with Roberto Mancini last season.But Pellegrini has told the club that he believes Džeko can have a future at City. The 59-year-old is planning talks with the 6ft 4ins striker once he has been officially ­unveiled as Mancini’s successor this week.And, if Džeko indicates that he is ready to fight for his place, the Chilean will keep him at the club.Džeko did himself no favours last season with constant sulks, but his record of 40 goals in 109 games is impressive given that 47 of his appearances have been as a sub.Pellegrini’s stance on Džeko has led to City’s ­interest in Edinson ­Cavani cooling in recent days.Napoli will not accept anything less than the £52m buy-out clause that is in the Uruguayan’s contract and have not been receptive to the idea of accepting Džeko as a makeweight in any deal.last_img read more