Lyon player Ada Hegerberg told CNN she didn’t “feel harassed” but was surprised not to be asked about her football as she won the first women’s Ballon D’or
President Donald Trump was firing Twitter barbs at Democrats this weekend as talks to end a weeklong partial government shutdown remained at a stalemate. Trump was cooped up in the White House after cancelling a vacation to his private Florida club.
As the disruption in federal services and public employees’ pay appeared set to continue into the new year, there were no signs of any substantive negotiation between the blame-trading parties.
Trump held out for billions in federal funds for a border wall between the US and Mexico, which Democrats have said they were intent on blocking.
Trump tweeted Saturday that he was “in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security.”
But there has been little direct contact between the sides during the stalemate, and Trump did not ask Republicans, who hold a monopoly on power in Washington for another five days, to keep Congress in session.
As he called for Democrats to negotiate on the wall, Trump brushed off criticism that his administration bore any responsibility for the recent deaths of two migrant children in Border Patrol custody.
Trump claimed the deaths were “strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally.”
His comments on Twitter came as his Homeland Security secretary met with medical professionals and ordered policy changes meant to better protect children detained at the border.
Trump earlier had upped the brinkmanship by threatening anew to close the border with Mexico to press Congress to cave to his demand for money to pay for a wall.
Democrats are vowing to pass legislation restoring the government as soon as they take control of the House on Thursday, but that won’t accomplish anything unless Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate go along with it.
Talks have been at a stalemate for more than a week, after Democrats said the White House offered to accept USD 2.5 billion for border security last Saturday.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told Vice President Mike Pence that it wasn’t acceptable, nor was it guaranteed that Trump, under intense pressure from his conservative base to fulfill his signature campaign promise, would settle for that amount.
Trump has remained out of the public eye since returning to the White House early Thursday from a 29-hour visit to US troops in Iraq, instead taking to Twitter to attack Democrats.
He also moved to defend himself from criticism that he couldn’t deliver on the wall while the GOP controlled both the House and Senate.
“For those that naively ask why didn’t the Republicans get approval to build the Wall over the last year, it is because IN THE SENATE WE NEED 10 DEMOCRAT VOTES, and they will gives us “NONE” for Border Security!,” he tweeted.
“Now we have to do it the hard way, with a Shutdown.”
Meanwhile, the effects to the public of the impasse grew as the Environmental Protection Agency, which had the money to function a week longer than some agencies, implemented its shutdown plan at midnight Friday night.
EPA spokeswoman Molly Block said many of the agency’s 14,000 employees were being furloughed, while disaster-response teams and certain other employees deemed essential would stay on the job.
That includes workers needed for preventing immediate public health threats at more than 800 Superfund hazardous-waste sites.
Also running short on money: the Smithsonian Institution, which said its museums, art galleries and zoo in the capital will close starting midweek if the partial shutdown drags on.
But federal flood insurance policies will continue to be issued and renewed, in a reversal prompted by pressure from lawmakers, said Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
Trump appeared no closer to securing money for his signature border wall, which he vowed during the campaign that he would make Mexico pay for. He’s failed to do so.
Now Democratic leaders are adamant that they will not authorise money for the project, calling it wasteful and ineffective. They show no signs of bending, either.
The shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors to stay home or work without pay.
The White House has not directly engaged in weeks with the House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who has all but locked up the support she needs to win the speaker’s gavel after the new Congress convenes on Thursday.
Pelosi has vowed to pass legislation to reopen the nine shuttered departments and dozens of agencies now hit by the partial shutdown as soon as she takes the gavel.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill added that Democrats are united against the wall and won’t seriously consider any White House offer unless Trump backs it publicly because he “has changed his position so many times.”
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Published: September 29, 2018 1:02:24 am
Heena Sidhu swivelled confidently on the high bar stool facing an audience that was the top corporate rung of those who designed high-end term plan packages and perennially lived in the universe of sales targets and quarterly projections. Then she looked them in the eye and told the men and women who dabbled in officially worrying about securing people’s futures – the insurance people – the importance of living in the present.
“I know your world is full of deadlines and targets,” she addressed the sponsors who were keen to pick her brains on how sportspersons dealt with pressures. “But that’s the difference between sports people and you all – you always live in the future, we only live in the present. You need to be connected to the present, to this moment, to every breath,” said the air pistol shooter and recent Asiad medallist.
Two distant galaxies collided when sport-met-corporate, as Heena, alongwith other firecrackers — sprinter Hima Das, hockey captain Rani Rampal and World lifting champion Mirabai Chanu, got down to a tete-a-tete with the top management hierarchy. It was quite a departure from your usual business lingo and management mantras that form the crux of the sport-business interface, the motivation speaking circuit.
It was nothing like those talks where sportsmen trade their tracksuits for their bespoke finest and turn into life-coaches. India’s newest sporting idols – all young women incidentally – would speak authentically of their struggles in both obscurity and the spotlight.
Like Rani Rampal whose hockey career was driven entirely by her hopes of providing her elderly parents a retirement free of hardship and labour and a roof on their heads. “I grew up hoping it wouldn’t rain because that would mean the house would get flooded. All I wanted was for my father to be spared the hard labour in his oldage, and a way to build them a house,” she recounted.
For Heena Sidhu, who came from a well-to-do family, it had been a constant struggle to find her father’s approval. “My father always wished that one of his children would represent India in sports. I have a younger brother and it was assumed by default that it would be him, so dad focussed entirely on his cricket. But I would do anything to get his attention, play every sport that came my way. I even tried shotput. But I was bad at everything. My uncle had a gun’s shop, and finally shooting which was a hobby took me to my goal,” she would remember.
It hadn’t been straightforward though. Her mother, with a masters degree, had not been able to work when she got busy raising her children. She had hoped Heena would study enough to make a living for herself, and pushed her towards academics. “I wasn’t bad at studies, so I got into medical school, but the two things pulled me in different directions. I wanted to gain my father’s attention, while my mother wanted me to become independent,” she recalled.
Hima Das’ story has been retold many times over since her triumph at Finland in the U-20 world meet. But while she found absolute support from her joint family and father who took her to football training sessions in Assam, it was their charming reaction to her maiden win that cracked up the crowd, comprising those who are never too far away from social media and are hyper-connected to every movement of the share markets.
“When I finished my race and called up home, my father told me that it was all very fine, but they were about to turn in for the night and go to sleep. Jo hua hai dekhenge, subah dekhenge,” she would recall.
The next morning, media vans would start queing up on the narrow lanes leading up to their village home and the father would quip to Hima on his way back from buying groceries, “Beta, tu bola na kal subah dekho. Ab dekh raha hoo!”
India’s much-adored weightlifting champion – who is nursing a back injury currently – Mirabai Chanu, would talk about her own enchanting upbringing. Everyone in her family – mother, father and two brothers played football, though she stressed she was at the forefront of what she calls “ladkewaale kaam.” This also included walking 5 kms to fetch firewood needed for cooking.
“All the heavy lifting in the house, or electrical work, I was good at all that. Then I read about Kunjarani Devi in school, and I decided to try weightlifting. I would tell them it’s the ‘Iron uthaanewala sport.’ First mother said it’s ‘ladkowala sport’, but then she saw I was happy, so she said go ahead,” she recalled.
Mirabai would implode at her first Olympics at Rio, but her mother would constantly talk to her and get her out of the depressive pit she had fallen into after making just one clean lift out of six at Rio. The World Championship title last year, which anointed her as Khel Ratna last week, would come on the back of this setback.
All four would talk about their thudding hearts prior to the competition day, at the starting blocks and standing still in the shooting lane or weightlifting’s wings. They would tell the city slickers, men and women twice their age and more, how to embrace pressure and not consider it some divine punishment. “Sometimes when things get very tough, we try and remember why we started in sport,” Rani would say, while Hima would goad the front-benchers, all corporate honchos, to be diligent with their morning walks and yoga and fitness routines, even on days when they didn’t feel like, because that’s what sportspersons did.
Then Heena would give the insurance giant, the most contrarian of advices: to stop fussing about the future, and enjoy their present.
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Updated: September 26, 2018 10:08:31 am
Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who took over the captaincy role once again against Afghanistan on Tuesday in the Asia Cup Super Four encounter, indirectly lamented the incorrect decisions made by the umpire in the course of the match. Needing 253 to win, India were bowled out for 252 with Rashid Khan dismissing Ravindra Jadeja in the final over, as the match ended in a tie. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, the 37-year-old said that Indian batsmen need to work on shot selection. “We got off to a very good start with the bat, but the wicket slowed down over the course of the game, so someone should have continued with the bat. Shot-selection is something that we need to work on,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said.
He further went on to add that he does not wish to discuss a few things as he would get fined. “There were a couple of run-outs, and a few things we can’t talk about because I don’t want to get fined for it. It’s good that it’s a tie, but they played really well,” he said.
Dhoni, who was captaining India for the 200th time in an ODI, was adjudged LBW for 8 on a delivery Javed Ahmadi. Dhoni stepped out of the crease with long strides, which gave the impression that the ball might have spun down leg. But the umpires raised his fingers. With India left without a review, Dhoni had to walk back. The replays confirmed that it was indeed missing leg stumps by quite some distance.
It was not the only wrong decision given by the umpire. Dinesh Karthik, who was well set for 44 in the middle, was also given out LBW by the umpire in Mohammad Nabi’s over. The ball clearly looked missing the leg stump and the replays confirmed the same. Karthik, took displeased at the decision but had to walk back.
Worst umpiring decision @BCCI @msdhoni @DineshKarthik pic.twitter.com/QrCWH4nrBY
— Vignesh Krishnan (@Vignesh45573948) 25 September 2018
Another controversial moment came in the final over when Ravindra Jadeja lofted a delivery from Rashid Khan for a boundary. After multiple replays, it was given a four, but the fans remained convinced that the allrounder should have been awarded a six.
What happens after a match gets tied? By the way, Jadeja’ s second last ball was a six and not a four. Bad job 3rd umpire. #INDvAFG
— Sharma (@SharmaLuka) 25 September 2018
Factor’s contributing to India’s tie:
1 .Dhoni’s wrong LBW
2. Karthik’s another wrong LBW
3. Jadeja’s Six given as four
Fuck ICC #INDvAFG
— Manoj H P (@imHPM) 25 September 2018
Unlucky for Sir Jadeja. That was a six.
— 🇵🇰Pakistani Reacts (@PakistaniReacts) 25 September 2018
Tell me where was the bounce when Jadeja hit that six ? #INDvsAFG
— simran mehmi (@simran_mehmi85) 25 September 2018
That looked like a SIX and why did Jadeja take that single? #INDvAFG
— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) 25 September 2018
Despite the tie, Afghanistan remained knocked out from the tournament. India will play the winner of Pakistan vs Bangladesh fixture on Friday in the Asia Cup final.
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Published: August 27, 2018 10:13:48 pm
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai on Monday said that BCCI elections will be held in next 90 days now that the Constitution has been adopted. “BCCI elections will happen in 90 days and that’s the deadline we have given ourselves. The moment the new body takes over, the COA will leave. We would do exactly what Justice Vikramjit Sen did (handover reins to DDCA’s elected body),” Rai told mediapersons in New Delhi on Monday.
Rai’s announcement effectively means that BCCI AGM-cum-elections will be held in the last week of November. “We have tried to ensure total transparency in the functioning and decision making process of the BCCI,” Rai said.
However, the CoA chief said that he wouldn’t like to comment on whether the total tenure is nine or 18 years. “There are queries in Supreme Court and although I have an interpretation but I will not comment on it,” Rai said. Most of the questions regarding interpretation of new Constitution was met with a dead bat.
During the 40 minute interaction, he defended each and every decision taken by the CoA, including the unceremonious exit of Anil Kumble, which he termed as an “incorrect way” to put things into perspective.
“Anil Kumble was appointed for one year and then we started a fresh process. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was part of the process,” Rai said, defending the unsavoury incidents that led to Ravi Shastri’s appointment.
When asked about practical difficulties faced by new states with regards to implementation, Rai said: “Let them first adopt the new Constitution and get the compliance. The practical problems that they have regarding qualification of selectors and all can then be addressed.” Rai termed one of his big achievements as getting a pay hike for international as well as domestic cricketers.
Earlier in some states player’s payments were routed through states and that has been changed now. “Now players can raise invoice and payments would be directly credited to their accounts,” Rai said.
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