Resolute India hold China to a goalless draw in international friendly

first_imgA gritty Indian defence somehow saw off Chinese onslaughts to hold them to a remarkable 0-0 draw in an international friendly played at the at the Suzhou Olympic Stadium.The two teams were meeting for the first time in 21 years and as expected world No.76 and much fancied China dominated proceedings against the 97th ranked Indian team.However, China thwarted the several chances that came their and failed to get a goal past India’s goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.India’s back four led by captain Sandesh Jhingan, Narayan Das, Pritam Kotal and Subhasish Bose played extremely well and barring the odd hiccups, managed to keep out the ball away from the back of the net as the goal drought for the Chinese forwards continued.The home side had at least three clear chances with two being denied by the woodwork while their star striker Gao Lin failed to find the target several times. Gurpreet stood like a rock in front of the Indian goal as he denied the home side at least on four occasions.It was a remarkable achievement for India as they have drawn against a continental top side like China in their own den. India were playing on the Chinese soil for the first time and there were periods in the match, though few and far between, when the visitors threatened on the counters.Captain Sandesh Jigan makes a fantastic clearance.To watch more, Catch the live action on @StarSportsIndia #CHNvIND #AsianDream #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #WeAreIndia pic.twitter.com/cwV6fmgmtUadvertisementIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 13, 2018India had two very good chances on either side of the breather, one from Pritam Kotal and another from substitute Farukh Choudhary, and a couple of half chances.The draw is also expected to take India higher in the FIFA rankings. They are now placed 97th while China are at 76th spot.On the other hand, China, coached by 2006 World Cup winning Italian coach Marcello Lippi, continued their recent struggle as they failed to score in three matches on the trot.China had lost to an inexperienced Qatar team 0-1 last month before playing out a 0-0 draw against Bahrain. They have not scored since beating Thailand 2-0 in June.India head coach Stephen Constantine had predicted an attacking-minded Chinese team and that precisely turned out as the home side made a wave of attacks in the first session.But the visitors did not give an inch to the Chinese attackers who has played more than 100 international matches, for most part while goalie Gurpreet made a few fine saves.In the seventh minute itself, the Indian goal was under threat but Jinghan made a timely clearance for a corner following Yu Dabao’s shot.The Indians grew in confidence as the match wore on and they even had a very good chance in the 13th minute when Sunil Chhetri passed the ball back to Pranoy Halder who went diagonal to Anirudh Thapa who, in turn, laid it for an onrushing Kotal.But Kotal’s right footer from the right side of the box was parried away by Chinese goalie Yan Junling. That was the best chance India had in the first half.Two minutes later, Gao had a free header from a corner but the ball went directly to Gurpreet’s hands. China dominated the game but the Indian team did create a few chances here and there (ISL Photo)India got a free kick in the 17th minute and Thapa’s delivery found an unmarked Chhetri making a first time shot but the ball sailed over.Meanwhile, halfway through the first half, Gurpreet again pulled off a fine save as he blocked a low shot from Gao after a defensive mistake by the Indians.As soon as the second half began, Gao rattled Gurpreet’s crossbar in the 48th minute but a few minutes later Udanta Singh was set up by Holicharan Narzary but the Manipuri shot over the crossbar in a hurry.The 71st minute also saw the Indian crossbar being rattled by a Wu Lei volley and it was pure luck for India as Gurpreet was completely beaten that time.Five minutes later, Gurpreet again pulled off another fine save to deny a Xiao Zhi header from a corner.Towards the end of the regulation time, there was a scramble near the Indian goal-line but the visiting side, who desperately threw their bodies towards the close of the match, survived as the match ended in a stalemate.Before Saturday, India and China had played 17 times with the last one being in 1997 in Kochi. China had won 12 times while the remaining five were drawn matches.(With inputs from PTI)advertisementlast_img read more

Paul OGrady Asks London Mayor To Stop Herding Of Sheep Across London

first_imgFor the Love of Dogs star Paul O’Grady MBE has written to the Lord Mayor of London asking her to put a stop to the archaic and dangerous tradition of herding sheep across London Bridge.In his letter, the comedian, presenter, actor and writer calls on Fiona Woolf to drop the stunt and switch to a more compassionate form of fundraising that would not cause distress to animals.“I am writing to express my deep concern about the sheep who will be herded across London Bridge in a bid to raise money on 5 October, and I wanted to urge you, as the leader of the council, to replace this spectacle with another form of fundraising,” he wrote. “I understand that as Lord Mayor of the City of London, you are historically entitled to the Freedom of the City, a privilege that theoretically affords you the right to carry a naked sword in public, in addition to other equally archaic practices. I am sure that you will agree that these “rights” should not be exercised simply because they can be exercised.“I hope you will agree that sheep are not inanimate props. As someone who has had the pleasure of sharing my home with these wonderful animals, I can tell you that sheep are intelligent and complex individuals. They flock to keep safe from predators. If threatened, they all run together for a short distance and then turn to face the danger as a group. Just like humans, dogs, chickens and most other animals, sheep make different sounds to communicate different emotions, and flock mates recognise each other, even if they’ve been separated for years.“Herding sheep down a very busy London street while cars continue to speed along the road next to them shows a disregard for their welfare and needlessly causes them distress. I have no doubt that you would be able to match, if not exceed, the donations that the previous Lord Mayor received by promoting an event without the use of any animals, and compassionate Londoners would thank you for it.”Sheep are sentient, intelligent and complex animals. A University of Illinois study found that they perform nearly as well as pigs on IQ tests and have demonstrated problem-solving abilities.last_img read more

Spectre Bond to be a money spinner for brand sponsors too

first_img James Bond is back, and companies such as Belvedere vodka, Gillette and Heineken have paid undisclosed sums for product tie-ins with Spectre in sponsorship deals that one marketing specialist says are cinemas version of the Olympics.A day after the world premiere of Bonds 24th outing on the silver screens, brands and businesses associated with 007s adventures are already celebrating their shrewd move. Jacques de Cock, a marketing consultant and lecturer at the London School of Marketing, said the MI6 agents business appeal was clear.Bond himself is a bad boy with style with tech savvy and has morals, so anyone can see parts of what they want. The techno nerds like it, the women like it, the bad boys like it, the older generations like it. So it has a bit of everything, he said.De Cock credits Barbara Broccoli – franchise producer and daughter of James Bond movie legend Albert Cubby Broccoli – with Bonds lucrative contracts.Barbara Broccoli apparently has been working on branding Bond now for the last 30 years and is very careful to curate the right types of brand, he said.They want a brand that actually enhances the Bond brand as well, and actually this mythology helps both, because Bond is now more exclusive and so brands have to work harder to be part of Bond, so they get more money out of it, he added.De Cock said the half-century-old Bond franchise is cinemas marketing equivalent of the Olympics. He estimates Bond movies have earned some £11bn ($16.90bn) – in 2015 figures – at the box office, and another £2.6 to 3.2bn from marketing since Dr No in 1962. Although figures are not divulged, de Cock said the marketing and promotional activities associated with a modern Bond movie could run between £150m to £200m, or roughly the cost of making it.I looked at Star Wars, I looked at Harry Potter – they actually make more per movie, but therere only seven or eight movies long in terms of franchises. Its the longevity and depth in terms of franchises that makes Bond unique, he said.Being a sponsor allows companies to show Bond-themed adverts, as both Gillette and Heineken are doing, or to mount lavish drinks parties – featuring Belvedere Martinis, as the spirits company did on Tuesday (27 October) night to celebrate the films British premiere on Monday (26 October). Its the vodka brands biggest-ever promotional sponsorship, and something Belvedere President Charles Gibb said was necessary in 2015.Today marketing is very, very different to what it used to be many years ago, and being talked about in popular culture is so key, and of course this is just a cultural moment, the release of a Bond movie is a cultural moment, the release of Spectre is a passion point for so many people in so many countries, so to be talked about at that time is just tremendous for a brand like Belvedere, he said.Heinekens premium brands director in the UK, David Lette, agrees that Bonds appeal is exclusive – the brewer reportedly paid £18.3m for its sponsorship, or around a third of Spectres entire production budget.They signify similar kinds of things as well. In terms of being witty, being resourceful, being confident and being really aspirational, so I think theres a fantastic tie-in with Heineken and James Bond. The Heineken brand exists in 170 markets and were activating the Spectre movie in 85 of them, so a real global reach, which I think is beneficial to the Bond franchise, and obviously thats great for Heineken as well.One brand that can attest to longevity with Bond is Aston Martin. The carmakers Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said that while association with Bond was part of the companys heritage, being synonymous with a popular cultural icon brought with it opportunities to be more forward-looking for consumers.Because Aston Martin is very much a trend-setter, its important to stay ahead of that curve, its important to understand it, and trend or culture or the nature of buying something is about desire. So for us its about creating desire through association, through technology, through great looks, he explains.For some brands like Gillette, the Bond sponsorship is new with this film, but for such brands it is a chance to move away from other more familiar promotions like sports. But not everyone who benefits pays to be seen in, or associated with, Bond. The green dress and hexagonal earrings that Lea Seydoux wears to an intimate dinner with Bond on a luxury train, have been plastered on billboards and buses across London – without anyone paying for sponsorship.British-based label Ghost produced the £225 slinky Salma dress that the French actress Seydoux wears to a late night dinner which takes a familiar Bond-shaped turn. The dress, and the pair of DiamonDust earrings Seydoux wears – produced by the London-based jewellery firm David Deyong – were simply bought from shops by costume designers for the film, both firms said. Closelast_img read more

Aniruddhas letter says nothing about his whereabouts

first_imgAniruddha RoyBusinessman and honorary consul of Belarus Aniruddha Roy, who returned home on Saturday after 81 days of his disappearance, emailed a letter to the media on Sunday stating that he still feels insecure.Signed in his name and written on a pad of his RMM business group, the letter, however, does not say anything about his whereabouts during these 81 days.“I, Aniruddha Roy, managing director of RMM group, am a victim of business vengeance. My business partner Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin Gong tried his best to grip my three companies: RMM Leather Industries Ltd, RMM Knitting Clothing Ltd, RMM Sweater that comprise assets of more than 1.5 billion taka. On 27 August, after returning from a meeting at Union Bank at Gulshan-1, at about 4 pm, I was abducted. I suspect I fell prey to business vengeance,” read the letter.Claiming the accused tried to harm him in as many ways as possible he continues, “i) My organisation LIB had been denied shipment certificate unethically by the BFLLFEA (Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association). ii) The company’s 50 million earned taka was subjugated through a personal account. iii) The workers of the company were threatened. iv) Documents were transferred from my office without my permission. I did not succumb to their pressure to hand over all my assets. By the grace of God, I could return on 17 November.”Aniruddha Roy has appealed to Sheikh Hasina for justice and security.Earlier Aniruddha was abducted from Gulshan on 27 August, by 7 or 8 persons introducing themselves as detectives. Several persons witnessed the scene including his driver.Aniruddha Roy is the honorary consul of Belarus and a seven-time honoured CIP (commercially important person) by Bangladesh government.last_img read more

Balti Gurls Screen Brown Girl

first_imgJoin the Balti Gurls for a screening of the highly anticipated web series “Brown Girl,” written by Fatimah Asghar and produced and directed by Sam Bailey. “Brown Girls” tells the story of two women of color whose friendship gets them through the messiness of their mid- twenties. The screening is on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21218. Admission is free.last_img

Uproot BJP from state says Abhishek in firebrand speech against saffron party

first_imgBALURGHAT: Trinamool Congress MP and youth wing president Abhishek Banerjee has appealed to the public to uproot BJP from the soil of Bengal in the upcoming Parliamentary Elections in 2019.Addressing a rally at Dishari Ground here in Balurghat, Banerjee said: “In the Left regime, we heard the names like Hat Kata Dilip, Kan Kata Dilip (nicknames of popular Left-backed goons during the party’s rule in Bengal). Now, the people of Bengal are hearing the name of BJP’s Dilip Ghosh, who is already popular for his abusive languages. The saffron brigade has no control over him. If our leader Mamata Banerjee instructs us, no one can find a single flag of BJP across Bengal.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAttacking the party at the Centre, Banerjee said: “BJP divides people using religion. This is nothing but petty politics through which BJP is trying to polarise voters. But Bengal’s soil is different, where people will never entertain such devastating politics.”Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his role in the attack on Trinamool and party supremo Mamata Banerjee, the youth wing president said: “Seven births are not enough for Modi to oust Mamata Banerjee from Bengal. The Chief Minister, during her two-term tenure, has undertaken a plethora of development projects like Sabuj Sathi, Kanyashree, Shikshashree, Yubasree and many more. Bengal has been running peacefully under her guidance and ruling but there is total anarchy and unrest everywhere else for the misrule of BJP in the Centre.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee also compared the Prime Minister with Gabbar Singh, a popular villain from the 70s Bollywood film Sholay.”We are ready to fight with the communal forces in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. BJP will never form the government there. Mamata Banerjee has set a target to defeat BJP. We will win all 42 seats here. Bengal is the soil of Matangini, Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath. Our integrity is great but nowadays we are hearing only Jai Sree Ram,” Banerjee said. Attacking ‘Aadhaar’, Banerjee said: “The Central government has already created panic among people in the name of Aadhaar card. People are now scared of it.”Attacking the Left Front, Banerjee said: “CPI-M and other Left parties are now taking shelter under BJP’s umbrella for existence. They have no ideology at all. People have already rejected them for misrule from Bengal.”Veteran Trinamool leaders like Firhad Hakim, Subrata Bakshi, Chandrima Bhattacharjee, Arpita Ghosh and Biplab Mitra echoed Banerjee and said people are now ready to oust BJP from the Centre, while Trinamool will win all 42 seats and will take the lead role to form government at the Centre in 2019.last_img read more

55 years on only 1 CPIM candidate retains deposit

first_imgKolkata: Within 55 years after the CPI(M) was formed, only one candidate of the party has been able to retain his deposit in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.The CPI(M) had fielded 29 candidates while Forward Bloc, RSP and CPI had three candidates each in the Lok Sabha election. Sitaram Yechury, the party general secretary, said it will carry out post-poll analysis at a two-day meeting on May 26 and 27 in New Delhi. It is interesting to note that only Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya, former Mayor of Kolkata who had contested from Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat, was able to retain his deposit. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBhattacharya has finished third in the triangular contest. Mimi Chakraborty of the Trinamool Congress won the seat by 2.95 lakh votes while Anupam Hazra of the BJP came second. According to the rule of the Election Commission of India (ECI), if a candidate fails to achieve one sixth of the total valid votes cast in any constituency, then the amount deposited by the candidate with the EC is seized. For the Lok Sabha polls, it is Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 for general candidates. For SC and ST candidates, the amount that is deposited with the Election Commission is half the amount deposited by the general candidates. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAmong the prominent figures who have forfeited their deposit included Nandini Chakraborty, a teacher of Jadavpur University in Kolkata South, Nepaldeb Bhattacharya, a well-known organiser in Dum Dum, Gargi Chatterjee in Barrackpore, Kaninika Bose (Ghosh) in Kolkata (North) and Deblina Hembram in Jhargram. The CPI(M) was set up in Kolkata in 1964. The first nine Politburo members were Jyoti Basu, Pramode Dasgupta, EMS Namboodiripad, M Basavapunniah, Puchalapalli Sundarayya, B T Randave, A K Gopalan, P Ramamurthi and Harkishan Singh Surjeet. After the Left Front came to power in Bengal in 1977, the CPI(M) slowly became a powerful political force in the country. Even party veteran like Ram Chandra Dome forfeited his deposit. Abhas Roy Choudhury who was fielded in Bardhaman Durgapur also forfeited his deposit. The Left Front’s poll percentage has dropped to 5 percent from 28 percent in 2010. Twenty three percent votes have been transferred to the BJP. It may be mentioned that former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had requested party members not to vote for the BJP. The poll result has proved beyond doubt that the political bosses in Alimuddin Street do not have any control over the rank and file. Local leaders supplied the BJP with their election machinery to ensure victory of the candidates. The CPI(M) supporters said the party has failed to assess the situation. To oust the Trinamool Congress from Bengal, the party has taken a suicidal step and it will not be easy for it to bounce back.last_img read more

Chug or check Man opts to check single can of beer for

first_img MELBOURNE — Nothing comes between a man and his beer, as one Aussie has undoubtedly proven.According to The Daily Dot, a male passenger flying from Melbourne, Australia to Perth with Qantas Airlines found himself in an unfortunate predicament at the airport: What to do with his unopened can of beer?Rather than toss the can in the trash (heaven forbid!) or discreetly chug it prior to passing security, the man (who wished to remain anonymous) did what any beer lover would do – he checked his single can of beer as if it were luggage.He told Daily Mail that he did it as a joke; “I half didn’t expect it to come out the other end,” he said. But not only did it arrive safely in Perth, it was situated front and centre – a place of honour – on the baggage carousel ahead of all other items.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The beer can’s journey was photographed by amused passengers and uploaded to social media. We wouldn’t be surprised if it already has its own Instagram account and frequent flier card. Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img Tags: LOL Chug or check? Man opts to check single can of beer for flight Wednesday, July 12, 2017 last_img read more

Karen Gushue convicted on two counts

first_imgKaren Gushue convicted on two counts MISSISSAUGA — A Fort Erie woman has been convicted on two counts of operating as a travel agent without registration.Karen Gushue, also known as Karen Robinson was previously charged by TICO in 2017 while operating in Fort Erie and elsewhere in Ontario.She was also charged with a number of counts of fraud over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000 under the Criminal Code of Canada.Sentencing proceedings are scheduled to take place on April 12, 2019. Travelweek Group Tags: Conviction, Fraud, TICO Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more