The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) drew flak from veteran shooters Abhinav Bindra and Anjali Bhagwat after a dozen members of the Indian shooting squad were detained at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport for more than 13 hours as the customs department did not clear their weapons.The shooters were returning from the Plzen Grand Prix shooting competition in the Czech Republic and were asked to stay at the airport by the customs department.Criticising the incident, Beijing Olympics gold medallist Bindra put out a series of tweets, asserting that the shooters are the ambassadors of the country and questioned if the Indian cricketers will ever be treated in the same way.Saddened to hear that the National Shooting Team is detained at The IGI Airport with the customs refusing to clear their guns. 1/3- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) May 9, 2017They are our countries ambassadors and should not be treated like this. Would this ever happen to our cricket team ? 2/3- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) May 9, 2017Chatted with a few athletes and the lack of support coming through from the national federation is pathetic. @RaninderSingh @TheNrai- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) May 9, 2017The official team manager of the shotgun team left this morning leaving the athletes to fend for them selves.- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) May 9, 2017Former Olympian Anjali Bhagwat said such incidents are not new and blamed at the miscommunication between players and NRAI.Very much disappointed with the news of national shooting team heading for the World Cup detained at the Delhi Airport for more than 13hrs!advertisement- Anjali Bhagwat (@AnjaliOlympian) May 9, 2017Is this the way to treat our Olympians? This is mental torture before major tournament. I know how bad it feels as this has happened before.- Anjali Bhagwat (@AnjaliOlympian) May 9, 2017The shooters complained that they have lost valuable practice time due to the incident, which may hamper their preparations for the upcoming World Cup in Munich, starting May 17.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared as a guest on ESPN’s Highly Questionable this afternoon. Co-hosts Bomani Jones and Dan LeBatard asked him about his toughest game as a player, his class attendance at Ohio State, what his mom said about him questioning the OSU coaches after losing to Michigan State (he wouldn’t answer), and other topics. But LeBatard’s father Gonzalo, affectionately known as “Papi”, stole the show. He asked Elliott how to wear his trademark “crop top” look and then proceeded to turn his dress shirt into one after Elliott gave him a tutorial. @EzekielElliott just showed Papi how to make his shirt into a crop top pic.twitter.com/bfQNmtoiwz— Taylor Ashbrook (@TA2014) February 15, 2016Papi’s crop top @HQonESPN pic.twitter.com/mKNy73tPAY— Joe (@realmarlina) February 15, 2016Never change, Papi.
Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley has welcomed public-private partnerships, which will lead to the upgrading of existing sport infrastructure.“We are very aware that public-private partnerships will be needed to create a new velodrome and hockey field, as we seek to bolster our sport infrastructure,” Mrs. Neita Headley said, in her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of representatives on June 5.She noted that the private sector and the Diaspora continue to play very significant roles in sport development.“Jamaica, unlike many countries of our size and resources, has a wide range of organised sporting disciplines and National Associations,” she pointed out.The Sports Minister noted also that the private sector and the Diaspora have been stalwart partners through alumni associations and their community links in Jamaica.“Civic and professional bodies, through various creative means, have supported Jamaica’s sport development programme, not just through financial support, gifts of equipment and gear, but also their presence to support, cheer on and mentor our athletes when they travel overseas,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Mumbai: Actor-singer-songwriter Farhan Akhtar who has released his first solo music album titled ‘Echoes’, produced by Grammy Award-winning Italian producer Tommaso Colliva, says such collaborations are fruitful for creativity. Sharing his experience of working with an international producer who has worked with British band Muse and Mary Chain among others, Farhan said: “Working with Tommaso was really amazing because his approach was quite different. He wanted to know the story behind each song, and what was my frame of mind when I was writing them.” “The atmosphere was so conducive that as a singer-songwriter I felt really excited to work on it. He wanted to do the production and sound following those written words. It really added value to the album. It was a great learning experience.” Asked if he would like to use the experience to contribute to the independent music scenario in India, where Bollywood music mostly overshadows it, Farhan said: “We are doing a lot of stuff through our movies. If you look at the recent example of Gully Boy, we have encouraged musicians from the underground scene. I would love to support and encourage young talent, but look, this is not my full-time job.” Farhan will be seen opposite Priyanka Chopra Jonas in “The Sky Is Pink”, which will release in October.
Then-sophomore forward Zach Mason (7) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Oct. 20, 2013. OSU tied the Wildcats, 0-0, after two overtimes.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter seven overtime periods and three draws, the Ohio State men’s soccer team can finally stop fretting over grabbing its first win – just in time to face a familiar conference foe.“We’re not pleased that we have three draws, but we’re pleased that we don’t have three losses,” junior midfielder Zach Mason said. “Undefeated is always a good thing to have, obviously we want to start turning those (draws) into some wins, but getting one is the first step.”OSU is scheduled to open its conference slate Sunday against Northwestern after a week off.The Buckeyes (1-0-3) defeated Elon 1-0 in Wilmington, N.C., last Sunday to seal that first victory. Junior forward Joao Ehlers, playing in just his second game for the Scarlet and Gray after dealing with a groin injury before the season, dropped in the golden goal early in the first overtime period to deliver the victory. The Brazilian transferred to OSU from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., prior to the season.“It was an amazing play by my teammates, we always work together,” Ehlers said.He was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday for his efforts.“I had the opportunity to finish close to the goal and I got lucky; the ball went through the net.”Fresh off their first victory, the Buckeyes are set to face a team they’ve had little success against in recent years.OSU has not beaten Northwestern since the 2007 season, although the two teams did battle to a scoreless draw in Columbus last year.“You play the conference foes every year, so you’re familiar with their players, we know some of their strengths and weaknesses,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “It is pretty easy to prepare for conference teams because you are very familiar with them.”Conference play has certainly shown it can be a major struggle for Bluem and the Buckeyes despite the familiarity between schools. The team went 1-3-2 against its conference opponents last season, including a 2-0 loss to Michigan State in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.“It’s always the most important time of the year, because doing well in the Big Ten really sets your benchmark for the year,” Mason said. “If we can start off with a win, it will make a statement. We haven’t been that successful in the Big Ten the last few years, but it’s a new year, and I think we’re ready to get in the top tier of the Big Ten.”It has been a busy start to the season for OSU. The team has begun the season with a pair of two-game weekend tournaments. If that’s not enough, it has yet to finish a game in regulation time.“We’re really tired and beat up right now,” Bluem said. “It’s been a long preseason, it’s been a tough couple weekends playing Friday-Sunday-Friday-Sunday like that, so this is a good time right now to have a week to prepare for Northwestern.”The Wildcats (2-0-2) are led by a stifling defense that has only allowed one goal in their four games this season. Senior goalkeeper Tyler Miller set a school record with his 30th career shutout in Northwestern’s scoreless draw against California State University, Fullerton on Sunday.The Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener against the Wildcats is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes the Clarets are showing “unbelievable” mental and physical fitness as they combine their European performances with life in the Premier League.Burnley has given an impressive performance this season as they are unbeaten in five competitive games so far.“The fitness side of things, we were always high on that. The mental motivation is already there and it has been for a long time, and the group demand is there,” Dyche said ahead of Sunday’s visit of Watford via Burnley Express.Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“They’re all things that count, the rest of it outside the camp is all noise. It’s about your own team’s focus, the ability to drive forward no matter what’s put in front of them and I think we’re good at that.“I’ll be going into Sunday believing these players will go again. They’ll play hard and do what they need to do to try and win a game.”
Ex-Pumas Alfonso Nieto couldn’t leave the South American country because there was no paper to print out his son’s passportFor Mexican footballer Alfonso Nieto, the chance to play football outside his country was a dream come true.He was called to play with Carabobo in Venezuela’s Primera Division.Nieto started this adventure in January but was let go by the club in May.That’s where the nightmare started.The Mexican athlete had a newborn baby and couldn’t print his passport to leave the country.The South American country has a shortage of basic materials, and paper is one of them.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“For two months I lived like a Venezuelan, like one of my brothers who helped me in that country,” he told Diario Excelsior in Mexico.75 days after his first try, he was able to get help and get out of the country and is now in Mexico with his whole family waiting for a new chance with football.“It was months, weeks, waiting for a solution.”“At the end, we went to live in Caracas to try to solve this as soon as possible,” he added.3 Meses mi Mati hermoso!! TE AMO ? Nunca caminaras solo hijo! ??? #GraciasDios pic.twitter.com/YqtFXythhs— Alfonso Nieto (@aNieto_23) August 14, 2018
According to the Alaska State Troopers, the two story residence exploded due to what is believed to be a gas explosion. The house was completely destroyed and the roof of the house flew approximately 150-200 yards across the road. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Sterling Highway was closed in both directions on Thursday evening near mile 166 just outside of Homer following a large home explosion. According to the Homer Volunteer Fire Department no one was home at the time and no injuries were reported. Both Homer and Anchor Point volunteer fire departments responded with Homer Electric Association and ENSTAR representatives. The Sterling Highway remained closed until roughly 4:25am on Friday morning due to massive amounts of debris in the roadway. The explosion occurred around 10:20pm on Thursday. Crews remained on scene overnight to clear the roadway. The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation, and according to Troopers fowl play is not expected.
The retailer is further requesting that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms at its Walmart and Sam’s Club stores unless they are law enforcement officers. However, it said that it won’t be changing its policy for customers who have permits for concealed carry. Walmart says it will be adding signage in stores to inform customers of those changes. The retailer has long found itself in an awkward spot with its customers and gun enthusiasts. Many of its stores are located in rural areas where hunters depend on Walmart to get their equipment. Walmart is trying to walk a fine line by trying to embrace its hunting heritage while being a more responsible retailer. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter said Tuesday it will stop selling handgun ammunition as well as short-barrel rifle ammunition, such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber used in military style weapons, after it runs out of its current inventory. The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas, and follows back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart store. Walmart and Kroger joins a string of other retailers and restaurants including Starbucks, Target and Wendy’s in asking customers not to openly carry their guns when they visit their premises. But they are not enforcing an outright ban because they don’t want to put their employees in confrontational situations. The nation’s largest retailer has been facing increasing pressure to change its gun policies by gun control activists, employees and politicians after the El Paso shooting and a second unrelated shooting in Dayton, Ohio, that killed nine people . A few days before that, two Walmart workers were killed by another worker at a store in Southaven, Mississippi. “Walmart deserves enormous credit for joining the strong and growing majority of Americans who know that we have too many guns in our country and they are too easy to get,” said Igor Volsky, executive director and founder of Guns Down America, in a statement. “That work doesn’t end with Walmart’s decision today. As Congress comes back to consider gun violence, Walmart should make it clear that it stands with Americans who are demanding real change.” Walmart’s moves will reduce its market share of ammunition from around 20% to a range of about 6% to 9%, according to Tuesday’s memo. About half of its more than 4,750 U.S. stores sell firearms, or around 2% of all U.S. firearms. Most firearms sales are done through thousands of unaffiliated gun shops or gun shows, not big retail chains. Walmart says it hopes to help other retailers by sharing its best practices in background checks. And the company, which in 2015 stopped selling assault rifles like the AR-rifles used in several mass shootings, urged more debate on the reauthorization of the assault weapons ban while also calling for the government to strengthen background checks. Walmart said it sent letters Tuesday to the White House and the congressional leadership that call for action on these “common sense” measures. Last month, a gunman entered a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people . The gunman used an AK-style rifle — one that Walmart already bans the sale of — in the deadliest shooting in the company’s history. Texas became an open carry state in 2016, allowing people to openly carry firearms in public. But supporters of stricter gun laws say Walmart’s latest steps should have an outsized influence because of its clout, sending a strong message to Congress as well as other corporations. A number of gun control activists praised Walmart’s moves, while gun manufacturers such as Vista Outdoors and Smith & Wesson parent company American Outdoor Brands Corp. saw their shares fall. The National Rifle Association posted a tweet attacking Walmart’s announcement. In the aftermath of the El Paso shooting, Walmart took an initial step of ordering workers in stores nationwide to remove video game signs and displays that depict violence. But that fell well short of demands for the retailer to stop selling firearms entirely. Critics have also wanted Walmart to stop supporting politicians backed by the NRA. In 2015, Walmart stopped selling semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 style rifle, the type used in the Dayton shooting. The retailer also doesn’t sell large-capacity magazines. Dick’s Sporting Good stopped selling assault-style weapons in 2018. It will also discontinue handgun sales in Alaska. Walmart stopped selling handguns in the mid-1990s, with the exception of Alaska. The latest move marks its complete exit from that business and allows it to focus on hunting rifles and related ammunition only. “It is shameful to see Walmart succumb to the pressure of the anti-gun elites. Lines at Walmart will soon be replaced by lines at other retailers who are more supportive of America’s fundamental freedoms,” it said. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it will stop selling handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition, while requesting that customers not openly carry firearms in its stores, even where state laws allow it. With its new policy on “open carry,” McMillon noted in his memo that individuals have tried to make a statement by carrying weapons into its stores just to frighten workers and customers. But there are well-intentioned customers acting lawfully who have also inadvertently caused a store to be evacuated and local law enforcement to be called to respond. Other companies have responded to public pressure to restrict gun sales. Dick’s Sporting Goods announced in March it would stop selling firearms and ammunition at 125 of its 700-plus locations. Kroger’s said last year that it would stop selling firearms and ammunition at its Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific Northwest. Kroger joined Walmart Tuesday in asking customers not to openly carry their guns when they visit its stores. Kroger said late Tuesday that it’s joining those encouraging elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence. Over the last 15 years, Walmart had expanded beyond its hunting and fishing roots, carrying items like assault rifles in response to increasing demand. But particularly since 2015, often coinciding with major public mass shootings, the company has made moves to curb the sale of ammunition and guns. “In a complex situation lacking a simple solution, we are trying to take constructive steps to reduce the risk that events like these will happen again,” according to a memo by Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon circulated to employees Tuesday afternoon. “The status quo is unacceptable.” Walmart announced in February 2018 that it would no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and also removed items resembling assault-style rifles from its website. Those moves were prompted by the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.