New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday expressed “serious displeasure” over Air India’s failure to respond to its show cause notice for using boarding passes with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo on them and the airline’s “lackadaisical approach” towards enforcing the Model Code of Conduct.In a letter to Civil Aviation Secretary P S Kharola, the poll panel said that Air India has failed to respond to its notice despite lapse of deadline two days ago. “The Commission expresses its serious displeasure over the non-compliance of the Commission’s lawful instructions and lackadaisical approach towards enforcing the Model Code of Conduct,” the poll panel said in its letter dated April 2, 2019. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The EC said that its displeasure should also be conveyed to Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani for “the lapse of the organization”. The strongly worded letter said,”The Commission has further directed that action taken against the officer incharge be reported to the Commission within a week.” The Election Commission had on March 26 issued a show cause notice to the Civil Aviation Ministry over the use of Prime Minister’s pictures on Air India boarding pass as prima facie it violated the model code of conduct. The code came into force on March 10 when the poll body announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha polls beginning April 11. The poll panel had said prima facie Air India has violated the model code of conduct, and referred to clause VII of the code which states that “issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer … regarding achievements with a view to furthering the prospects of the party in power shall be scrupulously avoided”.
Seoul: North Korea has replaced its long-serving nominal head of state with a close aide to leader Kim Jong Un who was placed on a US sanctions list last year for alleged human rights abuses, state media said Friday. Kim Yong Nam, who held the position for almost 20 years, was replaced by Choe Ryong Hae, who will take over the role of representing Pyongyang at international engagements, KCNA said. The reshuffle, formalised during a session of Pyongyang’s rubber-stamp parliament, the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), comes at a time of heightened diplomatic activity that has seen Kim Jong Un hold landmark summits with the leaders of the US, China and North Korea. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAs SPA president, Choe is technically head of state, although real power in North Korea is wielded by Kim and his immediate family. Analysts say his appointment by Kim suggests a generational shift in the North’s leadership, especially after the collapse of the Hanoi summit in February. Born in 1950, Choe is considered Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man — frequently referred to as the regime’s “virtual number two official”. In the 1980s, he led the North’s youth delegations on goodwill visits to a number of countries, including Russia, Libya and China, before being promoted to the party’s powerful Central Military Commission in 2017. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSome reports have even suggested that one of Choe’s sons is married to Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong. He is also one of the three North Korean officials sanctioned by the US last year over human rights abuse allegations. Choe directs the North’s “departments that perpetrate the regime’s brutal state-sponsored censorship activities, human rights violations and abuses,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement in December. Analysts said, however, the existing sanctions against Choe will have little impact on his future diplomatic endeavours, as long as its nuclear dialogue with the US continues. “Kim Yong Chol, the North’s top nuclear negotiator, also has been sanctioned by Washington since 2010,” Ahn Chan-il, the president of the World Institute for North Korea Studies in Seoul, told AFP. “But he visited Washington without a problem earlier this year. Washington will always make exceptions — as long as Pyongyang has something to offer.” On top of being elected as the nominal head of state, Choe was also appointed as first vice chairman of State Affairs Commission (SAC), the North’s highest decision making body — a position that was newly created after the North recently revised its Constitution. Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the Sejong Institute in Seoul, said this will allow Choe to work with the North’s key diplomats. These include Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui and Pyongyang’s top nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol who were all also promoted to SAC members this week. “Kim Yong Nam, while serving as the former nominal head of state, never got to have any roles in the SAC,” Cheong told AFP.
Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann leading a team practice on Oct. 4, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentChris Holtmann watched his four commits in the 2018 recruiting class officially sign their letters of intent Wednesday, marking the passing of his first signing day as Ohio State’s head coach. The class features two four-stars — shooting guard Luther Muhammad and small forward Jaedon LeDee — as well as three-star prospects small forward Justin Ahrens and point guard Duane Washington. Wednesday was the first day of college basketball’s early signing period which ends Nov. 15. The regular signing period begins April 11 and ends May 16.Holtmann said it was an exciting moment to see the four players sign on the dotted lines and make their commitments to the Buckeyes official. “We feel like is these four guys bring a level of a skillset that’s important, some skills that we were looking for improving in some areas, shooting being one of the them and ball-handling and obviously guard play,” Holtmann said.The class is regarded as the 17th-best nationally and the sixth-best in the Big Ten.While none of the four have set foot on the court in an Ohio State jersey just yet, Holtmann has begun to see where each player fits in on the team. He said he can see each of the four players occupying multiple positions, and believes no one in the class is limited to just one position.In Washington and Muhammad, Holtmann sees a pair of players who could best be described as “playmaking guards” rather than being limited to either a shooting or point guard. He said the duo both bring unique skillsets to the table, and that he envisions them complementing one another and playing together well on the court. “Duane is a prolific shooter, he is a very capable shooter. He’s high level when it comes to that and he can make plays with the ball in his hands and he can facilitate for others,” Holtmann said. “Luther can as well. Luther is a paint-touch guy, but he can also make 3s and he brings an edge and a competitiveness in how he plays on both ends. I really think they’re going to complement each other well.”As for LeDee, the highest-rated forward in the class, Holtmann believes he could step up and be one of the better offensive forwards on the team. He said LeDee can play both as a small and power forward offensively, but admitted the recruit needs to improve on his defensive ability.“He’s a prolific rebounder, but I think he’s going to have to continue to grow in the area of being versatile defensively,” Holtmann said. “And that’s what’s I’m continuing to challenge him with. But I do think offensively he can play multiple positions and when we play two forwards and we don’t necessarily play a tradition post because that’ll happen at times.”Having just joined the Buckeyes in June, Holtmann did not have a lot of time to scramble together a recruiting class for the 2018 season. Before he had a chance to get out and recruit prospects, he said he first needed to finish compiling his staff and get his bearings. Given the minimized time window to bring in recruits, Holtmann said there was a sense of urgency on his staff to make up for lost time.“There’s no question there was an urgency to it,” Holtmann said. “That took a couple weeks really to figure out where our roster was, where it was going to be potentially moving forward. What our needs were without really, you know I hadn’t watched us play. So I didn’t have a great familiarity.”Though the staff got off to a late start on the recruiting trail, the urgency by the coaches paid off towards the end of September. All four recruits committed to the Buckeyes during the same week, with LeDee committing on Sept. 19, Washington on Sept. 20, Muhammad on Sept. 22 and Ahrens on Sept. 24.Holtmann said the ability to lock down all four players over such a short timespan was the result of a staff conducting official visits and having already established relationships with some of the recruits while the staff was at Butler helped the commitments roll in quickly.“Obviously you don’t anticipate a week like that, but as I said back a couple weeks ago and as I told my staff, let’s just keep doing what we’re doing and eventually there’s going to be dividends that are going to pay off because, as we were hearing things from families based on their visits or how they felt about us, I knew it was just a matter of time,” Holtmann said.For Ahrens, the process went a little bit slower than most of the other recruits. Ahrens had originally been an Ohio State commit under former head coach Thad Matta, but decommitted following Matta’s departure. But Holtmann and his staff had previously attempted to recruit Justin’s brother, Kyle, while Holtmann was at Butler and thus had established relationships with the Ahrens family. This, combined with Justin’s previously established interest in attending Ohio State, helped Holtmann re-secure the commitment.“Once I realized that his process was going to be a little bit slower, we said that’s great because it’ll give us a chance to understand why he committed and then looked to open it up and we got a great feel for that,” Holtmann said. “I always told him, ‘We should have a trophy up in my office for the head coach that saw you play the most in July. I would get it for sure.’”Holtmann still has one open scholarship available for the 2018 class. However, the new head coach is not yet rushing out to add anyone just yet. Just like Holtmann said each of the four he has already added were high priority targets, he wants to make sure anyone else the Buckeyes offer that spot to is going to be exactly the right guy for the team.“We will be aggressive and maybe add one more freshman, but we may not, too,” Holtmann said. “Right now … we’re recruiting a couple, but we want to be patient and we want to make sure it’s the right one.”
Ukraine footballer Oleksandr Shcherbinin has died of heart attack during Asia Pacific Masters Games (APMG) 2018.The 57-year-old had complained of heart attack to his roommate before his attack, and despite the fact that an ambulance was called to the hotel after he collapsed, all attempts to resuscitate him failed.Shcherbinin died in his hotel room at 6:55 am on Thursday as confirmed by the doctors, who also revealed the cause of death to be a heart attack.Linda Geh, who is the chief executive officer of the APMG also revealed that Shcherbinin’s family in Ukraine have been informed of his death.“We are working closely with the authorities including the Ukraine embassy in Malaysia for arrangements to transport his body to Kiev,” said Geh in a statement, according to The Star.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group B George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group B sees Portugal and Serbia play catch up with Ukraine.While Cristiano Ronaldo broke records and his Portugal side ran out…APMG media and publicity director Loganath Velloo said the late Ukrainian played as a goalkeeper for the Kharkiv Masters team in the APMG’s Football 55 years and above category.The 57-year-old shot stopper hails from Kharkiv and leaves behind a wife and two daughters.Players and officials all observed one-minute silence during the games played on Thursday as a sign of respect for the late Oleksandr Shcherbinin.
Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar believes Unai Emery will bring success to Arsenal.Emery was appointed the manager of the Premier League club earlier this year to replace the departed Arsene Wenger and the Gunners have made a decent start to the season, sitting fifth in the table.Neymar, who played a season under the former Sevilla boss in Paris, backed the Spanish gaffer for success in England.“Now it’s easy to say because Arsenal are playing really great football. They are coming from a great run in recent matches and everybody knows he’s a really great coach,” he told a news conference, according to FourFourTwo.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“We know about their quality and I was really happy to work with him because he’s a really hard working guy. He really wanted to coach us and really wanted to study about football.”“I think he will bring good things for Arsenal, which is a really huge and important club here in England. I wish him luck.”Arsenal have dropped a place down in the Premier League after three straight draws, and are currently eight points behind table-toppers Manchester City.
Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams has pinpointed two defensive mistakes made by the club during their 2-2 draw with Manchester United.The Gunners traveled to Old Trafford on the back of an unbeaten streak which has lasted more than 15 games across all competitions.Unai Emery’s men took the lead twice through Shkodran Mustafi and an own-goal from United defender Marcos Rojo but defensive lapses which led to goals by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard ensured the hosts got a share of the spoils.Adams said, according to Mirror:“The first mistake, they didn’t follow it in.”“It is something you are taught as a defender, we used to say these things before a game – ‘make sure you follow the ball in’.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Adams continued: “The second is when you take the lead, and I used to do it regularly as a captain but Ramsey is off the pitch.”Someone has to go ‘come on, let’s concentrate, next five minutes, let’s be solid.“The ball comes in, Sokratis is rolled and it is 2-2.”The Gunners legend was also critical of the team’s approach after going ahead for the second time.He said: “Arsenal, with a bit of concentration when we went 2-1 up, should have seen it off and got all three points.”“But it is 20 games now, they are gathering momentum and it is still a difficult place to come.”
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The first Annual City of Kenai Kite Festival took flight this Saturday out at North Beach in Kenai. This free event boasted many fun activities including hot dogs, a build-a-kite station, kite giveaway, kite demo by Alaskiters, and more. Residents had the opportunity to build their own kite at the Kenai Public Library the day before the event with materials donated by Spenard Builders Supply. Ostrander: “Wal-Mart got really excited and donated 50 kits to the festival. Really excited, and I think this is something that will catch on that we can do year after year.” At one point nearly 50 kites filed the skies of the beach, with over 100 participants at the event. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “We’re really excited about it, and it’s been surprising how much support we’ve gotten as we through this idea out there.”