Top-ranked Novak Djokovic has been included in Serbian team for the tie.The world’s best tennis players are not usually seen in India, much less so when they are in the prime of their careers. But Novak Djokovic will break the norm when he arrives for Serbia’s Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against India in Bangalore on September 12-14.Defeat in the tie would relegate them from World Group, and this must have prompted Serbia to field its biggest gun. India were already facing an uphill task even without World No. 1 Djokovic, but the task suddenly became infinitely stiffer.Apart from Djokovic, the other players in the Serbia squad are Dujan Lajovic (World No. 61), Filip Krajinovic (108) and doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic (7), who has eight trophies on tennis’s biggest stage.In front of them will be Somdev Devvarman (World No. 143) and Yuki Bhambri (151), while the doubles match is likely to feature Rohan Bopanna (29) and Saketh Myneni (191). On paper, it has all the signs of a mismatch.Serbia, Davis Cup champions in 2010 and runners-up last year, come into the tie after losing 2-3 to Switzerland, who fielded Federer and Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic did not feature in that tie.India defeated South Korea 3-1 in Busan with Devvarman winning both his singles matches, and Bopanna and Myneni taking the doubles. However, Devvarman’s form has tailed off in recent months from the high of No. 62 more than three years ago. With Yuki also struggling to find his feet at the top level, India’s non-playing captain Anand Amritraj’s dream of a World Group spot could be dashed by the Serbian heavy artillery.advertisementIn the past, the doubles has often been a banker for India as the likes of the Amritraj brothers and later, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi kept the flag flying.But with Zimonjic, who has three men’s doubles and five mixed doubles titles at Grand Slams as well as two at the World Tour Finals, up against them, getting a point may be tough.The Serbians recorded a 4-1 victory over India at Novi Sad in 2011, which was also the last time Serbia competed in a World Group play-off tie. When Djokovic led from the front to take Serbia to Davis Cup glory four years ago, it was the start of an unbelievable winning spree.In 2011, he remained undefeated from the start of the season up until losing to Federer in the French Open semi-finals.
Advertisement AdvertisementDimitry Bivol has made it clear that he wants to face newly crowned WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider Alvarez in a unification in December.On the undercard of Kovalev-Alvarez, Bivol retained his title after a unanimous decision victory over Issac Chilemba. The highly anticipated unification bout between Bivol and Kovalev went down the drain after Alvarez put Kovalev down with a perfectly placed right hand.Attention quickly turned to the prospect of a fight between Bivol and Alvarez happening later this year. Both guys have expressed their interest in facing each other.While that’s the most logical next fight for both men, those plans could see a delay depending on what Sergey Kovalev decides. He has an immediate rematch clause he can exercise to face Alvarez again.However, most people feel that Kovalev may elect to take an extended recovery and come back next year. While nothing is set in stone, we should get some clarity in the next few weeks.Also Read-Boxing: Dmitry Bivol succesfully defends his WBA World title
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has criticised Iceland’s ‘small mentality’ while saying they were fortunate to earn a 1-1 draw against his team in their European Championship Group F opener in St Etienne on Tuesday. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )Winger Birkir Bjarnason cancelled out Nani’s first-half opener for Portugal in Iceland’s maiden appearance at a major tournament but Ronaldo, who equalled Luis Figo’s record of 127 caps for his country, was dismissive of his opponent’s tactics.ULTRA DEFENSIVE”Iceland didn’t try anything. They were just defend, defend, defend and playing on the counter-attack. It was a lucky night for them,” Ronaldo told reporters in France.”We should have three points but we are okay. I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end. (Coach Santos says lack of cool heads cost Portugal victory )”It was unbelievable. When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this in my opinion shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition.”Portugal next face Austria in Paris on Saturday and conclude their group stage campaign against Hungary in Lyon four days later.
Lewis Hamilton lapped in a league of his own on Saturday to seize pole position for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix with Mercedes team mate and championship favourite Nico Rosberg joining him on the front row.Rosberg has a 12-point lead and can afford to let Hamilton win Sunday’s day-to-night race, knowing a podium finish at Yas Marina will secure him a first championship to match father Keke’s 1982 triumph. (Also read: Lewis Hamilton fastest in Abu Dhabi practice)Hamilton, who now has 61 career pole positions and 12 for the season as well as four in a row, has to be in the top three to have a chance of becoming Britain’s first four-times world champion.He gave himself the best chance under the floodlights, setting a series of fastest sector times that left little doubt about his determination to try to beat the overwhelming odds against him.”It’s been such a privilege driving this car,” he said. “This weekend so far I’ve got the car in a real sweet spot…and yeah, I’m in a perfect position for tomorrow.”His time of one minute 38.755 seconds was a real statement of intent, the champion a mighty 0.303 faster than Rosberg’s best effort.It was the first time Hamilton had out-qualified his team mate in Abu Dhabi with Rosberg on pole in the last two years, but it could all come to nothing with the title outcome out of the Briton’s hands. (Also read: Lewis Hamilton takes inspiration from Williams sisters)advertisement”I’m not ecstatic by today. Lewis just did a great job and was a couple of tenths quicker,” said Rosberg. “It just wasn’t possible for me to do that time today…for sure, I’ll try to go and win.”It was feeling good out there, I had a good balance and everything so I was quite pleased. As qualifying went on it got better and better. I got a good lap in at the end of Q3 (the final phase of qualifying) but not good enough.”Hamilton could end the season with 10 wins to Rosberg’s nine, and needs rivals to get between him and his team mate, but Rosberg will be reassured that Mercedes again looked in complete control.Australian Daniel Ricciardo qualified in third place for Red Bull, with a lap more than half a second off Rosberg’s pace, and will share the second row with Ferrari’s 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen.Hamilton reminded Ricciardo of the Australian’s ‘winner, winner chicken dinner’ catchphrase and said he wanted to hear it on Sunday – but with the Red Bull driver one of those behind him and ahead of Rosberg. (Also read: Lewis Hamilton aims to do late friend proud in title duel)Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who secured his first championship against the odds at the circuit with Red Bull in 2010, starts in fifth place with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen sixth.Britain’s Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion, will line up for his farewell race in 12th position for McLaren.”A bit of understeer lost me a bit of time but to be fair, it’s not a bad place to be in my last race,” said Button, who will be handing over to Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne after his 305th start.Brazilian Felipe Massa, also leaving after Abu Dhabi, qualified 10th for Williams.
stoneSrinagar, May 14 (PTI) Three weeks ago, a gifted footballer from Jammu and Kashmir, Afshan Ashiq, picked up a stone for the first time in her life. A photograph that captured her hurling it in rage at policemen would go on to become the new defining image of stone pelters in the Valley.Yesterday, the 21-year-old football coach met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at the Tourist Reception Centre ground where she explained her side of the story and requested the CM to ensure better infrastructure for sportspeople, especially girls.Mehbooba was on a visit to the ground to meet specially abled children and footballers during a special camp.”I am not feeling any guilt about what I did that fateful day. It was my reaction to the developing situation at that moment,” Ashiq, who trained at the prestigious National Institute of Sports in Patiala, told PTI.The footballer, who runs the Kashmir FC Academy, coaches 70 youngsters — 40 girls and 30 boys — while she pursues her bachelors degree from Womens College at Maulana Azad road.Her photograph, taken during a clash between students and law enforcing agencies in the heart of the city, appeared in various local and national newspapers and went viral on social networking sites.”I along with a group of students was on my way to the TRC grounds for practice when we got caught in the clash. A policeman hurled abuses at us and even slapped one of my students which enraged me,” she narrated.”We resorted to stone pelting in self-defence and to convey a message that girls shouldnt be considered weak.”advertisementAshiq said she was more pained as the policeman was also a Kashmiri, and a Muslim. “We did not target any CRPF or Army personnel. It was our reaction to the police high-handedness,” she said.As soon as Mehbooba accompanied by sports minister Imran Ansari entered the TRC grounds to interact with the specially-abled children and women footballers, Ashiq, like many present there, welcomed and interacted with her.She also posed with the CM and the sports minister when they got a group photograph clicked with her team.”I am a sportsperson and have nothing to do with anything else. I am not against the government,” Ashiq said. “I leave home in the morning and return late in the evening. My busy schedule does not allow me to concentrate on anything else.”However, the young coach said she would not hesitate in picking up a stone again if she felt her students were under any sort of a threat. “I will not tolerate any harm coming their way,” she said.Ashiq said she was introduced to the chief minister as the girl who was seen in the picture pelting the police with stones.”But I kept my head high as I have done no wrong and informed her about the circumstances leading to the incident. The chief minister heard me and encouraged me for defending my students,” she said.Ashiq said she requested Mehbooba to consider her demand for better facilities for women to shine in the field of sports and also asked for a permanent job.The chief minister said her government has focused on sports development as a priority area and efforts were being made to upgrade infrastructure and develop other amenities to provide better sport facilities for the states youth.”The talent and potential of the youth of the state have been proved time and again and it would be the endeavour of my government to give maximum opportunities to them to display their talent,” Mehbooba said. PTI MIJ BSA BDS BSA
NEW YORK — David Price can’t control the trade speculation. The opposing hitters, he can handle them just fine.Price came within one pitch of extending his remarkable strikeout streak, yet still did plenty to lead the resurgent Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 2-1 on a warm July 1st night for their fourth straight victory.“Stay here, David,” Rays Manager Joe Maddon implored.James Loney hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and the Rays matched their longest win string of the season. Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig’s team record for doubles as the Yankees equaled their worst skid this year with their fourth loss in a row.Price (7-7) struck out nine — he fanned at least 10 in each of his previous five starts, and was trying to join Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat six straight times.“That would’ve been cool,” Price said.The left-hander gave up four hits and was pulled after seven innings and 119 pitches. He fanned Francisco Cervelli for the second out in the bottom of the seventh, then got two strikes on both Yangervis Solarte and Brett Gardner, missed with a couple of close pitches and couldn’t quite get strikeout No. 10.In 23 career starts against the Yankees, Price has never reached double digits in strikeouts.The Rays, who spent most of June with the worst record in the majors, have won six of seven. Their recent struggles had fueled talk that Tampa Bay might trade Price before the July 31 deadline.Price has said that the more the Rays win, the better chance he has of staying with his original club. “I just play ball,” the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner said. “That’s my job.”Jake McGee pitched a perfect eighth and Grant Balfour worked around a pair of walks in the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.Maddon has gone to a closer-by-committee approach. He said he picked Balfour this time because of a bit of “karma” — the manager saw the reliever walking his grandmother into the team hotel lobby earlier in the day.“True,” Maddon said.Balfour said his grandmom, in her mid-80s, came from the family’s home in Australia to see one game at Yankee Stadium. “I’m sure she was happy I was able to get in tonight,” Balfour said.New York (41-41) has dropped eight of 10.“The guys we have, they’ve got to get it done. That’s the bottom line,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “As I said, it’s not just a couple of guys going, it’s a number of guys.”“No one is going to feel sorry for you,” he said. “No one has a magic potion. You just have to grind it out.”It was 1-all when Loney hit the first pitch of the sixth from Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) into the Yankees bullpen in right-center field. His fifth home run of the season gave him 11 RBIs in 14 games.The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria opened with singles and, after Loney struck out, Logan Forsythe hit an RBI single.A wild throw on a rundown gave the Yankees a run in the bottom half.Jeter led off with his 534th career double and went to third on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single. Price trapped Ellsbury with a pickoff throw, but he was hit in the back by shortstop Ben Zobrist’s throw and Jeter scored.Zobrist is playing shortstop in place of regular starter Yunel Escobar, put on the disabled list before the game because of a sore right shoulder(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane got some runs on the board ahead of the Test series in Australia next month while youngsters Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari were impressive in India A’s first unofficial ‘Test’ against New Zealand A, which ended in a draw.On the final day, India A scored 247/3 in 65 overs in the second innings before the match was called off.Prithvi Shaw followed up his first innings 53 with a 50 while Vijay scored 60 off 113 balls to get good match time ahead of Australia Test series.The first wicket 74-run stand between Shaw and Vijay was largely due to the contribution of the youngster, whose knock was studded with eight fours and a six.Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (41 not out in 94 balls) and Vihari (51 not out in 63 balls) added 86 runs for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand.Also read – Cricket Australia likely to review Steve Smith and David Warner bans this weekOn the final day with little chance of a result, the two seniors Vijay and Rahane put their heads down and showed a lot of application.Young Shaw didn’t last long as he was out soon after completing his second half-century of the match. Shaw was caught by Will Young off Doug Bracewell’s delivery.In-form Mayank Agarwal (42) then joined Vijay and the duo added 81 runs for the second wicket with Agarwal being the aggressor. The Karnataka right-hander hit six boundaries and a six.Also read – As India gear up for Brisbane T20I, Adam Gilchrist catches up with Virat KohliadvertisementBlair Tickner got rid of Agarwal, breaching through the defence, and Vijay soon followed, offering a catch to Theo van Woerkom.Rahane and Vihari then batted out the next 25 overs with minimum fuss. Vihari, in fact, was comparatively more aggressive with three fours and three sixes in only 63 balls as the match meandered towards a draw.Brief Scores: India A 467/8 decl and 247/3 (Murali Vijay 60, Prithvi Shaw 50, Hanuma Vihari 51*, Ajinkya Rahane 41*, Mayank Agarwal 42).New Zealand A 458/9.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –
Unai Emery Pinterest Scott Dann: ‘My son saw the marks and asked if I’d been bitten by a shark’ Twitter comment Share on WhatsApp Pinterest One of the criticisms of Emery when he succeeded Wenger was that he was a great coach but not a good man-manager. That stemmed from his perceived inability to deal with the big personalities at Paris Saint-Germain. But he has shown that he is not afraid to take on big names in the dressing room, as seen by his substitutions of Mesut Özil and Aubameyang at Crystal Palace. Both players were underperforming and Emery made it clear to them, as well as the rest of the squad, that he will not accept mediocre performances, no matter the reputations involved. That mentality may be part of the reason Arsenal are getting good results.There is also a great ruthlessness about Arsenal now, with much of that stemming from the partnership Alexandre Lacazette has formed with Aubameyang. Under Wenger, Lacazette looked like he was affected by Aubameyang’s arrival, whereas now he is thriving alongside the former Borussia Dortmund striker. They are very much a duo, on and off the pitch, and that too is credit to the environment Emery has allowed to blossom.Saying all that, these remain early days in the new man’s reign and they have faced very few tests, with defeats coming in the two that have come their way: against Manchester City and Chelsea. That is what makes Saturday’s game against Liverpool so important. It is another game against a top‑six rival and if Arsenal are serious about competing for a Champions League place, and possibly the title, they need to make a statement against Jürgen Klopp’s side. Women’s Super League Women’s football Share on LinkedIn Arsenal Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal have scored 31 goals in six WSL games. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Share via Email Topics Read more Sportblog Arsenal Women Having lived in London for a long time I have a lot of friends who are Arsenal fans and, like many of them, I was critical of the club during the final years of Arsène Wenger’s reign as manager. Everything seemed to have gone stale and there was a desperate need for change, which finally arrived in the shape of Unai Emery. Watching on, it’s been interesting to see the immediate, positive impact he has had.The Carabao Cup win against Blackpool on Wednesday made it 13 games unbeaten for Arsenal. Emery has had a big impact and it’s clear the team are performing in a more deliberate manner now. They are also showing more grit while at times displaying the total football that we saw at their peak under Wenger. The best example of that has been the third goal in the 3-1 win over Leicester, scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and which came at the end of a beautiful, free-flowing team move from defence to attack. Facebook Facebook The treatment of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, left, and Mesut Özil has shown that Unai Emery is not afraid to take on big-name players. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Staying in north London, I was fascinated by the debate Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville had about Spurs on Monday Night Football. It centred on whether the club are showing enough ambition to win the Premier League and I very much came down on Carragher’s side, which is that they are not.As I wrote in my first column, Tottenham are a club competing for trophies but never actually winning any and it’s hard to see that changing while they continue to deny Mauricio Pochettino the financial support he needs to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.Spurs have a net spend figure of £29m since Pochettino arrived four and a half years ago, compared with £518m for City and £183m for Liverpool. They did not sign a single player during the summer transfer window and, overall, that is simply not good enough for a club of their size and potential.I understand there are financial restraints resulting from the costs involved in building a new stadium but Tottenham, and Daniel Levy in particular, have to make a decision: plan for the future or take advantage of the club possessing arguably the best manager and group of players in their history by living in the here and now.What’s for sure is that it’s not going to get any easier for Tottenham to win the title and if they are not careful they could find themselves trying to do so without Pochettino. The good news is that the core of the squad are on long-term deals including Dele Alli, who just signed a new contract, but players of his calibre will want to win trophies.Pochettino has been linked with the vacancy at Real Madrid and most people could not blame him if he decides sooner rather than later that the time has come to make a change. Arguably, he has a better chance of winning major titles in Madrid than he does at Spurs. Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest While Arsenal’s men are striving for the top, their women are already there. Joe Montemurro’s side lead the Super League after a blistering start, winning six out of six and scoring an incredible 31 goals. They look unstoppable.Juventus played Arsenal in pre-season and there were a few raised eyebrows after we lost 5-0. But, honestly, we couldn’t get near them, with no one impressing more than Vivianne Miedema. She scored a hat-trick, putting away every chance that came her way, and has continued that form in the WSL.Miedema is the division’s top scorer with 11, and having last season looked like someone who was not on the same page as her teammates, as well as not always looking fully fit, she is thriving and hitting the high levels she reached for the Netherlands at Euro 2017.She is not the only one impressing for Arsenal. Jordan Nobbs looks unstoppable after some injury problems over the past season, while at the back Leah Williamson continues to be a steady influence and is deservedly getting regular England call-ups.Montemurro has the balance just right and after he signed a new contract I’ll be shocked if he does not guide Arsenal to qualification for the Champions League at the very least this season. They face stern competition from Manchester City and Chelsea but they look as strong, if not stronger, than both of those. Share on Twitter Reuse this content
Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Read more Reuse this content Topics Support The Guardian England rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Ireland thrash Samoa to ease into last eight despite Bundee Aki red card “As with all players you have to ensure they are fully fit and ready to play Test match rugby,” said Borthwick. “We’re working towards when the team is announced and those players are working towards that progression and are looking really good. Our medical team is superb so they’ll be in very good shape.”England opened the training session in the scorching heat to hundreds of local residents as well as a few Wales fans, who took the opportunity to drape their national flag in plain sight of their historic rivals.“I saw the Welsh flag,” Mako said. “It was nice of them to come to support us training.” Japan ready to think big after hard years keeping up with Eddie Jones Read more Share on Messenger Rugby World Cup Neither Vunipola nor Jack Nowell, who has a hamstring injury, were involved in what was a full-tilt session as England’s players released their frustrations at being unable to play.The cancellation means England have topped their pool and provided Wales overcome Uruguay on Sunday, Jones’s side will meet Australia in the last eight.Mako Vunipola is also expected to make his first start since May, having returned from the hamstring injury he re-injured in a brief appearance off the bench against Ireland in August.Mako said: “Billy is good. He trained a bit today. He did a bit of hopping yesterday and today he did a bit more. Maybe a bit of running.“He’s in good spirits and confident he’ll be available for selection, which is good for him. He’s done all his bits with icing and he’s under good care with the physios.”Steve Borthwick, the assistant England coach, also delivered a positive bulletin on Billy Vunipola, saying the player will be given every chance to prove his fitness at Wednesday’s decisive training session before Jones names his side on Thursday to face the Wallabies. Rugby union Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Observer Share via Email Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Billy Vunipola is confident of being fit for England’s World Cup quarter-final next Saturday despite suffering a twisted ankle against Argentina seven. Vunipola would not have been risked by Eddie Jones had their match against France gone ahead but while he was unable to take a full part in a high-octane training session in Miyazaki on Saturday, the No 8 is optimistic he will feature in England’s first World Cup knock-out match since 2011. Rugby World Cup 2019 news
Hang Tight with the Best Camping and Backpacking Hammocks Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The lowly tent has changed little in the past few decades. Sure, clever outdoor brands have almost perfected waterproofing and streamlined the setup process, but there have been very few significant changes in the design and layout of these traditional backcountry shelters. Or, so we thought. Prepare to be wowed, camping friends because these are the world’s most extreme tents.‘Fully Booked’ 2-Person Camping Tent – $500Tents needn’t be boring, purely functional pieces of camping kit. For outdoor-loving bookworms, there’s the ‘Fully Booked’ 2-person Camping Tent. When fully set up, the tent resembles a large copy of The Natural World, splayed open and begging you to crawl inside. The British-made shelter is more than just a novelty, however. It’s a legitimate tenting option complete with A-frame construction, a waterproof shell, and four-season usability. Plus, it’s lightweight and pitches in less than five minutes.See ItMavericks by Heimplanet – $6,500In true German fashion, there’s nothing cute or novel about Heimplanet’s shelters. The brand manufacturers some of the toughest tents on Earth, designed to withstand the harshest conditions. Their flagship Mavericks is a 55-pound, multi-purpose refuge with a 140-square-foot footprint large enough to be used as a basecamp for expedition teams venturing far, far off-grid. Like all of the company’s shelters, its strength stems from an inflatable geodesic construction capable of withstanding up to 112 mile-per-hour winds. No matter where on the planet you’re headed — Antarctica, the North Pole, or the wilds of New Zealand — this will keep you warm and safe.See ItShiftpod2 by Advanced Shelter Systems – $1,299If you’re after something with a bit more “survivalist chic,” the Shiftpod2 from Advanced Shelter Systems may do the trick. The exterior features a highly reflective, seven-layer “Dark-Out” shell designed to block out light and keep the interior cool. Loads of ventilation options — two doors with bug screens, six screened windows, and two screened vents — maximize airflow in any conditions. If the 144-square-foot floor plan isn’t spacious enough, the optional Tunnel System makes it possible to daisy-chain an infinite number of Shiftpod2 units to create the ultimate shelter for your next Mars expedition.See ItShoal Tent by Smithfly – $1,499Why limit yourself to camping on terra firma? Water covers 70% of our planet, so why shouldn’t you be able to camp there too? Enter Shoal Tent. It’s billed as a world-first inflatable tent raft in which “the world is your waterbed.” We’re not sure if this is solving a problem that nobody’s complained about, but the thought of camping on our favorite ponds and creeks feels like a boyhood fantasy fulfilled. Without traditional tent poles, the entire structure is inflatable. It takes just minutes to set up via the included manual foot pump but is spacious enough inside for a 6’3” camper. The floor features a sturdy, six-inch-thick, high-pressure construction that also doubles as an air mattress. Plus, there’s inherent adventure in the lack of an anchor, so you’re all but guaranteed to wake up miles from civilization, blissfully lost on the water.See ItCocoon Tree by Cocoontree – $18,000Unless you’re a masochist, you’re unlikely to pack the Cocoon Tree tent for a casual backcountry camping trip. But, we never said this list was going to be practical. As the name implies, this “tent” is more like a cocoon-like treehouse. The manufacturer even admits to a three-hour setup time and that’s with three able-bodied people. But, the payoff is an eight-foot-wide waterproof bubble large enough for a double bed and two tons worth of you and your friends.See It 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts
New Delhi: In the next three months, the Delhi Assembly will go “paperless” as part of an ambitious project under which every MLA will be given tabs to keep abreast with House proceedings. Speaker Ram Niwas Goel told PTI that MLA seats will also have LCD computer screen through which they will be able to see list of business during the Assembly session besides reading questions and other documents pertaining to House proceedings. The Delhi government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore to fund the project after the Assembly Secretariat opted out of the Centre’s NeVA (National e-Vidhan Application), for all legislatures. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The Assembly’s technical advisory committee has approved the proposal, which has been sent to the finance department of the Delhi government for further procedure. “In next three months, the Delhi Assembly will go paperless. MLAs also can see from home whether his or her question to be asked during Session has been chosen or not. “The project is being executed with financial help of the Delhi government which has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for the same,” Goel said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings According to a senior official, as per the plan, legislators will be provided tabs so that they are well-informed about House proceedings in advance. The official said that National Informatics Centre (NIC) is providing technical support to the Assembly Secretariat in executing the project. An agency will soon be hired to execute the “dream project” of Speaker, official said. According to him, in January this year, Delhi Assembly Secretary C Velmurugan had written to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, saying that the General Purpose Committee, chaired by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel has decided to opt out of NeVA. “The Delhi Assembly proposes to implement the ‘Automation of Delhi Assembly project’ through resources of the Delhi government itself,” Velmurugan had said in the letter.
EDMONTON — An Edmonton man is fighting his extradition to face terrorism charges in the United States.Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi, who is 34, has been charged in the U.S. with conspiring to provide and providing material support to terrorists engaged in violent activities in Syria.He was ordered extradited by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice John Little in May 2018.Three judges with Alberta’s Court of Appeal heard his appeal Wednesday and reserved their decision.Officials in the U.S. allege Abdullahi conspired with Douglas McCain, the first known American who died fighting for the Islamic State, and others in the U.S. and Canada.Abdullahi, known as Phish or Fish, was indicted in California in March 2017 and arrested by Canadian authorities in September 2017.The U.S. indictment alleges that Abdullahi conspired with McCain and others to provide personnel and money to people engaged in terrorist activities in Syria, including killing, kidnapping and maiming people.It also alleges Abdullahi robbed an Edmonton jewelry store to finance the travel of McCain and others, then wired the money.Abdullahi also faces an armed robbery charge in Canada.The Canadian Press
This New Year’s Eve, Bovet 1822 continued their partnership supporting Artists for Peace and Justice by sponsoring a fundraising gala in Aspen benefiting the children of Haiti.David Belle, Paul Haggis, Stephane De Baets, Regine Chassagne, Susan Sarandon, Win Butler, Matt Berninger, Kathryn EverettFor the first time ever, guests and locals of Aspen alike were invited to join co-host and Academy Award winner Paul Haggis, Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, star polo player and model Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina Blaquier, Regis Aspen owner Stephane De Baets, Amy Sacco, and more for the most glamorous event of the year at the St. Regis Aspen Resort for the inaugural Midnight Masquerade Ball.Event guests included the evening’s performers, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, musician Rufus Wainwright, actress and model Madalina Ghenea, and front man of The National, Matt Berninger.All in all, over $500,000 was raised for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), the non-profit organization founded by Paul Haggis and friends in 2009 that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. The organization’s immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. The Midnight Masquerade was a party for guests to do some good while having fun.Highlights of the evening included a surprise appearance by Katharine McPhee, who sang to the crowd at the start of the four-course dinner, and a special live performance by Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, who were joined onstage by Matt Berninger from the National for a beautiful version of “Wake Up.” Guests including Rufus Wainwright and Madalina Ghenea along with host Paul Haggis all wore Bovet 1822 timepieces.Over the past three years Bovet 1822 and APJ have built their partnership on shared values of quality, integrity, and a commitment to excellence. Together, they have set the tone for a number of productive and thoughtful fundraising events, raising millions of dollars for the cause based on beautiful experiences and an unwavering belief in the future of Haiti.Pascal Raffy, owner of Bovet 1822, says “this is a beautiful way to start a new year, and our partnership with Artists for Peace and Justice continues to uphold the same valued qualities of the house of Bovet. We are proud that coming to Aspen this year was a success and that we can help guarantee that 100% of the gifts from this beautiful evening go straight to supporting the children and school in Haiti where it is so desperately needed.”Says APJ Founder and a co-host of the Midnight Masquerade Paul Haggis, “I couldn’t think of a better way to start 2016. Artists for Peace and Justice has always benefited from our extraordinary, ever-growing, committed friends who are all dedicated to achieving meaningful results for the children of Haiti. The Midnight Masquerade brought together old friends and an opportunity to make new friends and continue to build on our fantastic achievements. In the coming year, we will be prepared for new challenges but also a bright beginning for our first-ever graduating high school class.”Pascal Raffy and Bovet 1822 are part of a who’s who list of APJ board members and supporters, as well as entertainment and other industry leaders, united around one common cause: removing the barriers that poverty poses to children in Haiti by committing to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. This New Year’s Eve provided a promising start to another year of improvement and uplifting.
Pamela Anderson has made an art out of channelling the media’s interest in her in order to help animals.From being a role model for vegan eating to speaking out against circuses that use animals and calling for a ban on foie gras, the adored blonde is a tour de force in the animal-protection movement. That’s why PETA has named her its 2016 Person of the Year – a title that has, in previous years, been given to Morrissey, Ricky Gervais, and the late Tony Benn.“Anderson’s advocacy for animals helps open eyes, hearts, and minds”, says PETA Managing Director Ingrid Newkirk. “Animals who are in dire need of assistance have a beautiful friend in her, and we are grateful that she takes every opportunity to explain why, as our motto states, ‘Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way’.”Just weeks ago, Anderson hand-delivered a 180,000-strong petition to the High Commission of Mauritius urging the country to implement a spay-and-neuter programme to tackle its stray-dog overpopulation crisis. In late October, she took to the streets of London with a bevy of animal mascots to encourage everyone to see animals as friends, not food, saying, “Eating animals is so yesterday”. And in early October, she urged Prime Minister Theresa May to bring forward legislation banning wild-animal circuses, writing, “Brexit is complicated, but kissing circus animal acts goodbye is easy as pie”.And that’s not all: earlier in the year, she urged the French Assembly to ban foie gras, asked the Canadian government to help her save seals, offered to cook vegan meals for prisoners in Louisiana, urged women to give up real fur (saying at a news conference in Russia that “dressing in real fur is kind of old-fashioned and boring”), and expanded her vegan shoe collection –proving that compassion and fashion go hand in hand.
Rabat – Unemployment has risen again in the first three months of the current year, according to the High Commission for Planning’s (HCP) labor market figures for the first quarter of 2017.The HCP figures show the increase of the national unemployment rate from 10.4 percent to 10.7 percent between the first quarter of 2016 and that of 2017. The number of unemployed individuals rose from 1,233,000 to 1,296,000 people between the two periods, marking an increase of 63,000 people registered exclusively in urban areas. According to the note, this rate increased from 15 percent to 15.7 percent in urban areas and from 4.2 percent to 4.1 percent in rural ones, adding that the highest unemployment rate is recorded among young people aged 15 to 24, with 25.5 percent, and adults aged 25 to 34 with 16.6 percent. From the first quarter of 2016 to the same period of 2017, the Moroccan economy saw the creation of 109,000 jobs, with 62,000 posts in urban areas and 47,000 in rural ones, compared to a loss of 13,000 jobs a year earlier, reports the HCP.The services sector created 45,000 jobs, agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors 28,000 jobs, construction and public works 20,000 jobs, while industry including artisanat created 16,000 posts. However, these figures remain insufficient to reverse the curve of unemployment which continues on an upward trend.Increase of UnderemploymentThe note of the HCP also showed a slight increase in underemployment, with the underemployed population reaching 1,057,000 individuals, marking a growth rate of 0.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016, rising from 9.7 percent to 9.8 percent at the national level.From the first quarter of 2016 to that of 2017, the labor force aged 15 years and over increased by 1.4 percent at the national level, reaching 12,062,000 individual, with a 1.8 percent increase in urban areas and 0.9 percent in rural ones. As for the population of working age, it showed a 1.7 percent increase. As a result, the participation rate continues to decline from 47.6 percent to 47.5 percent between the two periods.By gender, the rate of underemployment reached 11.1 percent among men, with 9.4 percent in urban areas compared to 13.5 percent in rural ones, and 5.7 percent among women, with 9.8 percent in urban areas versus 2.8 percent in rural ones, noting that the HCP indicators also include unpaid employment.In conclusion, the number of paid jobs has risen to 86,000, with 57,000 in urban areas and 29,000 in rural ones, while unpaid employment posts are estimated at 23,000, with 18,000 in rural areas and 5,000 in urban ones.Difficult Mission for the New Government? The HCP grave figures concerning unemployment in Morocco rise another serious question: will Saad Eddine El Othmani’s new government be able to keep its promise? As soon as the new government assumed power, El Othmani promised to reduce the unemployment rate from 10 percent to 8 percent by the end of his term. No easy feast since he’ll have to bring down the current rate by almost three points in just five years. El Othmani’s government is counting on the implementation of the new 2025 Employment Strategy, which it’s intending to merge with the various existing sectoral strategies. The government will also have to the Ministerial Commission in charge of monitoring the implementation of the 2015-2025 National Employment Strategy, while evaluating the overall of employment promotion programs. Moreover, the Executive also promised to review the functioning of the National Agency for the Promotion of Employment and Skills (Anapec) and private sector mediation institutions.
BEIJING — The foreign ministers of China and Iran are meeting amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.China’s Wang Yi met in Beijing on Tuesday with Mohammad Javad Zarif, who’s leading a delegation that includes parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani and the ministers of finance and petroleum, as well as the CEO of Iran’s central bank.Germany, Britain, France, China, Russia and the European Union have been trying to preserve the 2015 deal meant to keep Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon after the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. last year.Zarif told the Munich Security Conference on Sunday a barter-type system known as INSTEX set up last month by France, Germany and Britain to skirt direct financial transactions with Iran and thereby evade possible U.S. sanctions isn’t enough.The Associated Press
The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, said there were at least 30 long-term refugee situations around the world that had lasted five years or more. “The burden of hosting these refugees falls almost exclusively to developing states,” he said today at the opening session of a two-day conference on protracted refugee situations, taking place in Geneva. “It is important to recognise that the international community as a whole has not done enough to share that burden.” Guterres said that once the media spotlight turned away from refugee emergencies and international attention faded, the displaced people could go unnoticed for years. He added that much of the pressure fell on some of the poorest countries in the world, and hailed the example of Tanzania, whose Prime Minister, Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda, joined him at the conference podium. Tanzania has offered local integration, including naturalization and citizenship, to most of the Burundian refugees who fled their homeland in 1972 and who wish to remain in the country. Some 175,000 refugees stand to benefit from this programme, while others have opted to return to Burundi. For his part, Prime Minister Pinda called on the international community to recognise the impact of protracted refugee situations on host countries, including the over-exploitation of natural resources, environmental degradation, strains on social services and the spread of small arms and insecurity. 10 December 2008The top United Nations refugee official has called on the world to do more to help nearly 6 million long-term refugees, who have spent years and sometimes decades in exile, often in the poorest countries in Africa and Asia.
Stocks closed mostly lower on Wall Street Monday as losses for banks and communications companies offset gains in health care and other sectors.The modest losses came as traders turned cautious ahead of a busy week of potentially market-moving developments, including corporate earnings reports, key U.S. jobs data and a Federal Reserve’s interest rate policy announcement.On Monday:The S&P 500 index slipped 4.89 points, or 0.2%, to 3,020.97.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 28.90 points, or 0.1%, to 27,221.35.The Nasdaq composite fell 36.88 points, or 0.4%, to 8,293.33.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies slid 9.94 points, or 0.6%, to 1,569.02.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 514.12 points, or 20.5%.The Dow is up 3,893.89 points, or 16.7%.The Nasdaq is up 1,658.05 points, or 25%.The Russell 2000 is up 220.47 points, or 16.3%.The Associated Press