KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 4: Dante Fowler Jr. #6 of the Florida Gators gestures toward fans in the closing seconds of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Florida defeated Tennessee 10-9. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Dante Fowler’s time as a Florida football player is over, as the junior defensive lineman is headed to the NFL. Fowler, a potential first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, won’t be leaving Florida without saying “thank you” to all the fans who supported him during his time in Gainesville, Fla. The 6-foot-3, 261-pound defensive end took out an ad in Friday’s Gainesville Sun expressing gratitude to all of Gator Nation. Very cool from @TheDanteFowler6, thanking the #GatorNation with an ad in today’s @GainesvilleSun @Gator_sports pic.twitter.com/G3RwAjHPtB— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) January 30, 2015Well done, Dante. Fowler, a possible outside linebacker at the next level, is projected to go 13th overall to New Orleans in NFL.com’s latest mock draft.
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Jameis Winston, the probable No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is currently showing off his abilities at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee. He’s reportedly going to throw between 90-110 passes. One of those passes really got away from him, leading to a pretty big collision on the sideline at the Semionles’ indoor facility. Check it out: Keep your head on a swivel, camera guy.
scoreboard at memorial stadium comes downDon’t worry, Oklahoma fans. What you’ll see in the below video was planned.Thursday night, Oklahoma purposely knocked down the skeleton of its scoreboard at Memorial Stadium, making way for a new video board that will span 8,750 feet. According to Tulsa World, the panels that accompanied the skeleton were removed and will be sold off.The new board will be up before the 2016 season.It’s gonna be Sweet #Brackets #OUDNA #BGB #SoonerMagic #Big12Champs pic.twitter.com/TUvnWf2h6E— Coach Drew Hill (@OU_CoachHill) December 3, 2015Video of the board coming down pic.twitter.com/0JP9oMRMmc— Siandhara Bonnet (@SiandharaB) December 3, 2015Despite the construction, Oklahoma’s 2015 campaign isn’t over. The Sooners are likely headed to the College Football Playoff.
Lucknow: Terming the National Register of Citizens (NRC) a medium to instil fear, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said if it is implemented in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath would have to leave the state.Yadav was speaking to reporters here on the chief minister’s statement regarding implementation of the NRC in Uttar Pradesh if needed. “If NRC is implemented in UP, then he (Yogi Adityanath) would have to return. He is a ‘mool niwaasi’ (resident) of Uttarakhand,” he said. “NRC is only a medium to indulge in politics of instilling fear. Earlier, it was divide and rule, now it is the politics of fear,” Yadav said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”We have kicked out the divisive forces. Now, we will make the people understand, and these people instilling fear will be out of the government,” he added. Referring to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Yadav said the question is whether people falling ill are getting treatment and whether the children are going to schools. “The government claims that the situation is normal there. If it is really normal, then why are there so many restrictions,” the SP chief questioned. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The BJP is seeking votes in the name of Pakistan, but it has not allowed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fly in its airspace. Danger from China is more than Pakistan, and hence, it is necessary to secure the borders,” he said. Yadav also termed the cases registered against senior party leader and Rampur MP Azam Khan unjust. “Why were people on whose complaints cases were registered against Azam Khan silent for nine years? Who suddenly exerted pressure on them? This government is in power for two-and-half years. Why were the cases not lodged earlier? Action is being initiated against Azam Khan since he has built the university,” the SP chief said.
San Francisco: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised his employees to “fight and win” if Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren wins the 2020 election and moves forward with her stated plan to break up the big US tech firms. Adopting a more aggressive style than he habitually uses in his public appearances, Zuckerberg directed his remarks at his employees last July to address questions about the firm’s present and future, an interview that was recorded and made public on Tuesday on the Web page The Verge, Efe news reported. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “I mean, if she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge. And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government. … We care about our country and want to work with our government and do good things. But look … if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight,” he said. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Zuckerberg was referring to the Massachusetts senator’s proposal to split up the biggest tech firms – if she wins the Democratic presidential nomination and is ultimately elected in 2020 – given that she feels that they have “excessive” power both as market entities and in relation to their users or customers. On Tuesday, after the audio recording of Zuckerberg was released, Warren doubled down on her proposal and said on Twitter that “What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy.” “I’m not afraid to hold Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon accountable. It’s time to #BreakUpBigTech,” the senator said in another tweet. In the recordings provided by The Verge, Zuckerberg justified his opposition to Warren’s plan by – among other things – saying that dividing big companies will not make interference in elections less likely, rather the reverse, given that in his judgment “the companies can’t coordinate and work together.” The tech giant based in Menlo Park, California, in recent years has been mired in a multitude of scandals that have significantly strained its public image, the biggest of these being the one involving British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which used an app to gather personal data on millions of Facebook users without their consent and then used that info for political ends. The consulting firm prepared psychological profiles on voters that it allegedly sold to the campaign of President Donald Trump during the runup to the 2016 election, among other things. Facebook is being investigated for potential monopolistic practices by the Federal Trade Commission, which earlier this year levied a $5 billion fine on the firm for failing to properly maintain user privacy.
New Delhi: The Sky Is Pink is ready to hit the screens this month. Its actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas found the film very special and saw a connection between her real-life parents and her character in the movie. Director Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink is about a couple that lose their daughter to pulmonary fibrosis, a serious immunity disease. The film has Priyanka and Farhan Akhtar acting as parents of that girl. “This is a very special film based on a special real-life couple who thrive through extraordinary circumstances. I feel like in a cynical world today where we live our own lives, this film shows you what it can do when you have a family, family support,” Priyanka said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I feel like when I read the movie (script), that’s when you know.. jumped out at me so much because my parents were like that. They were extremely supportive and that gave me the ability to be who I am and where I am today,” she added and requested the audience to not leave their brains behind to watch this movie. The film also stars actor Rohit Saraf. “This talks about love, togetherness and loss. It talks about all these things in a very unique and different perspective.”
Washington: India needs the S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile defence system and has apprised the Trump administration of its decision to acquire them from Russia, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, exuding confidence that the US would appreciate its rational. India announced its intention to acquire Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in 2015. The delivery contract worth USD 5.43 billion was signed during the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to India last year. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkSenior Trump administration officials have cautioned India that the S-400 deal could attract sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law that restricts defence purchases from Russia, Iran and North Korea. Responding to a question on the S-400 missile system purchase, Jaishankar, who is here on an official visit, said, “India has made a decision on the S-400, and we have discussed that with the US government. “I am reasonably convinced of the powers of my persuasion,” Jaishankar said, responding to a question from a Russian journalist on the possibility of US sanctions on India under CAATSA if New Delhi goes ahead with its decision to purchase the S-400 missile defence system from Russia.
Sivasagar (Assam): A sessions court here on Thursday awarded death sentence to Bikash Das for raping two women before murdering them and dumping their bodies in train toilets last year. Besides holding him guilty for his offence under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (murder), sessions judge S K Poddar also awarded Das rigorous life imprisonment for offence punishable under 376(1) IPC (rape) and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000. If he fails to pay the fine, his sentence would continue for another three months, the court said. The sessions judge on September 27 had let off Das’s accomplice due to lack of evidence. A 21-year-old student of Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, was on July 10, 2018, found lying murdered with a ‘gamosa’ (an Assamese hand woven towel) tied around her neck in the toilet of an empty coach of Kamakhya Express at Simaluguri Railway Junction. The next day, on July 11, the body of a middle-aged woman was recovered from the toilet of a coach meant for physically challenged people of Dibrugarh-Rajasthan Avadh Assam Express. The woman, too, had a ‘gamosa’ tied around her neck with blood oozing out of the nose. Das was nabbed on July 12 from Tinsukia Railway Junction. He confessed to have raped and murdered the two women along with an accomplice. The RPF and police officers had said that Das was apprehended after a security man noticed him with a ‘gamosa’, similar to the one used for stifling the two victims. The police had also recovered the mobile phones of the victims from him, a pair of earrings which belonged to the student and an anklet of the middle-aged woman, the officials added. While pronouncing the verdict, the sessions court said that Das’s death sentence, however, is subject to confirmation by the Gauhati High Court, adding that he has been informed about his right to appeal against the judgment in a higher court.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday arrested a close aide of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar inside a Delhi court in a money-laundering case related to negotiations allegedly favouring foreign private airlines and causing loss to state-owned Air India.The agency took Yasmin Kapoor into custody after she was produced before a Delhi court. She was lodged in Tihar jail in another case being probed by the CBI. After taking her into custody, the ED sought her custodial interrogation from Special Judge Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj, which was allowed till October 9. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAdvocate Nitesh Rana, the special public prosecutor for the ED, told the court that Kapoor was required to be quizzed to unearth the larger conspiracy and for that her custody was needed. The court, which had last month cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to Kapoor in the money-laundering case, passed the order after Rana submitted that Kapoor was misusing the bail granted by the court. Kapoor was granted anticipatory bail by the court on March 22, while Talwar was in judicial custody in the case lodged by the ED. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThere were reasons to believe that the tainted money, received from the foreign airlines, was used for the acquisition of Kapoor’s residential property in New Delhi, Rana said. The ED claimed that several companies, in which Kapoor was a shareholder along with Talwar, received the proceeds of the crime. It said the agency’s probe in this regard was underway. Kapoor had sought anticipatory bail claiming that the ED threatened her to take names and also to convince Talwar to give names of government officials or political functionaries, failing which she would be arrested. Talwar was deported from the UAE in connection with the money-laundering case. The ED had earlier said it needed to interrogate Talwar to get the names of Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Aviation Company of India Ltd and Air India officials, who had favoured the foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia.
Mumbai: Russell Peters describes comedians across the world in today’s times as the “truth tellers”, the last unbiased lot who call a spade a spade through their craft. Someone once described the truth as a poetry to Russell, he recalls, before adding, “And everyone hates poetry.” “We are the last of the truth tellers. We live in a time where you’re not sure which version of the news you’re getting. It’s all skewed towards someone’s favour. Comedians are the unbiased ones who are able to tell you what’s really going on. We tell it to you in no uncertain terms,” Russell told PTI. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Speaking the truth through jokes can often offend people but the Indo-Canadian comedian believes there is nothing that can’t be sorted out if people have a dialogue. “People take offence online but have you ever physically met one of these offended people? I’m almost convinced they don’t really exist. Until I physically meet any of these people I’m not going to believe they’re real. My goal is to make you laugh so if you take offence chances are you’re the problem and not me.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up Russell is currently in country as part of his ‘Deported World Tour’ where is performing at Zee Live’s Supermoon. Russell started his career nearly 30 years ago and says he just can’t “physically sit down” to write his material and hasn’t done that ever. “Like right now with the Deported World Tour, it’s already set. I know the begining middle and the end. From November, I’ll have nothing, I’ll walk on stage with a blank slate and I’ve six shows that weekend with zero material. “Basically it’ll be me talking to the audience and trying to figure it out. Once I get a direction that I like or something new hits me, that’s where it gets exciting: ‘Oh I can’t believe I thought of that, let’s go down that road.’ It’s a fun but scary process at the same time.” The comedian says the last thing he would want from the audience is to walk out of his show and wonder, “What the hell was that?” “It’s something we definitely don’t want happening. Some comics don’t give a damn if you walk away but they have a certain level of privilege that I don’t have. A lot of comedians understand or feel their position in the business is precarious. That’s what keeps me alive.” Though the 49-year-old has been in the comedy scene for most of his life, Russell says it is vital for stand up comics to keep themselves updated. “The way to be relevant is to just keep doing it. You could stagnate yourself, I could’ve done it to myself many years ago by doing the same kind of comedy over and over but eventually it would’ve tired people. I would get bored doing it. I don’t want to hear me doing the same joke. “Comedy is like a fights sport. If you’re weak, you’re going to get taken out. You have to have a fighting spirit,” he adds.
Wellington: The government of Kiribati was accused Friday of attempting to bury a damning report into the Pacific island nation’s worst ferry disaster, which claimed 81 lives last year. Officials have reportedly released only a few hard copies of the report into the loss of the ferry MV Butiraoi, which sank in January last year after setting off from Nonouti island bound for the capital Tarawa. Ferries are a transport lifeline in Kiribati, which consists of 33 atolls and reefs scattered over an area the size of the continental United States. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The report can only be viewed at President Taneti Maamau’s office or the national library in Tarawa, Radio New Zealand reported, adding that those who saw the document could not copy it or even take notes about its contents. Despite the extraordinary restrictions, former president Ierimia Tabai said he had seen the report and could relay its main findings. “There was one that the ship wasn’t seaworthy when it was allowed to sail,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Tabai said the report also criticised delays in the rescue effort, which was not launched until eight days after the ferry disappeared. It found only seven survivors in a dinghy and the rest of the 88 people on board perished, including 23 children. Maamau’s office did not respond to requests from AFP for a copy of the report. Tabai criticised the restrictions imposed on the report’s availability, saying the government appeared worried about the failings highlighted in the document. “It’s not on. It’s nonsense. It’s just not the sort of thing that should happen in a democracy like this,” he said. Maamau’s government faced criticism last year for obstructing Australian and New Zealand journalists wanting to travel to the remote Pacific nation to cover the disaster’s aftermath. The country’s last major ferry disaster was in 2009, when the Uean Te Rao II sank with the loss of 35 lives. A subsequent investigation found the vessel was unseaworthy and not carrying an emergency beacon, flares or sufficient life jackets. It also found safety standards on the Kiribati domestic fleet were not sufficiently enforced.
London: Apple CEO Time Cook has said that Apple does not intend to create its own cryptocurrency, saying he is firmly against the idea of companies setting up digital currencies. Taking a dig at Facebook’s attempt to launch a digital currency called Libra next year, Cook told French financial newspaper Les Echos that money must remain in the hands of states. “I am not comfortable with the idea that a private group creates a competing currency. A private company does not have to seek to gain power in this way,” Cook was quoted as saying. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Facebook that tied up with 27 organisations to start the non-profit Libra Association to launch its cryptocurrency next year appears to have hit a roadblock. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Visa, Mastercard and some other financial partners who signed on to support Libra are reconsidering their involvement in the network. “The financial partners are reluctant to attract regulatory scrutiny following backlash from governments and banks and have declined Facebook’s requests to publicly support the project,” the report said on Tuesday. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The US lawmakers recently attacked Facebook, calling it “delusional” and “dangerous”, directing the social networking giant to clean up its house first before launching a new business model. According to Cook, money, like defence, must remain in the hands of states. “It is at the heart of their mission. We elect our representatives to assume government responsibilities. Companies are not elected, they do not have to go for this,” he added. The Apple CEO Tim who is currently in Europe made an appearance at an event at the non-profit organization Osservatorio Permanente in Italy on Thursday. During his speech, Cook said that while the Internet has brought many positive developments, “fake news is one of the negatives,” reports 9to5mac.com. “The Internet has brought so many positive things, but the fake news is one of the negatives. All of us lovers of democracy and freedom must think that separating the false from the true is the basis of freedom. Quality journalism is the foundation of every democracy and an open and free press is essential,” Cook emphasized.
Kolkata: A middle-aged woman was allegedly assaulted by members of a Durga Puja organising committee in Sealdah area of the city after she objected that its puja marquee had blocked the entrance to her restaurant. The restaurant owner had raised her voice that the decision of the puja committee to set up the pandal in front of her eatery and many other shops would affect their businesses during Durga Puja. However, the organisers denied the allegation saying, “We had an argument over the issue on Tuesday but she was not assaulted.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja It had earlier been decided that the organisers would leave a space of six feet in front of the shops but they did not do so, some shop keepers of the locality claimed. When the woman started recording on her mobile how the pandal had not left adequate space in front of the shops, some of the members of the organising committee allegedly pushed and assaulted her. She lodged a complaint with the police following which the law enforcers filed charges against the accused persons under Sections 354 (assault to woman with an intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC. The woman said, she has also forwarded the complaint to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s helpline ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ (Tell Didi). The police said that the matter was being probed.
New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Friday said it has sold over 2 lakh units of BS VI emission compliant vehicles in just six months of launching first such car in the country. The auto major had launched its BS VI compliant range, starting with Alto 800 and Baleno in April 2019. The company has eight models, out of 16, which are now BS VI compliant. “We believe that mass adoption is one of the most important factors for success of any new technology. Offering eight BS 6 compliant petrol vehicles in the mass segment, much ahead of timeline, has helped us to reach this technology to a larger customer base,” MSI MD and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said in a statement. Early introduction of the BS VI range represents company’s commitment to government’s vision for clean and green environment, he added. The upgraded petrol vehicles lead to a reduction of nearly 25 per cent in Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions. The BS VI compliant petrol vehicles can run on BS IV petrol as well.
New Delhi, Oct 5 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Saturday called on visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ahead of a bilateral meeting with her counterpart Narendra Modi later in the day during which the two sides were expected to ink major agreements, with a focus on connectivity. The two sides are likely to sign six to seven MoUs in the areas of connectivity, capacity-building and culture after the talks at the Hyderabad House here. “The bilateral relations have never been so close. Naturally, the focus of discussion will be on bilateral relationship. When I say bilateral relationship, we are talking about the next steps the two countries should take now to get the relationship in a different trajectory,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a briefing on Friday. The talks would revolve around trade and connectivity, development cooperation and people to people connect, culture and other issues of mutual interest. The two sides were also expected to ink another agreement for the supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Bangladesh to India’s northeast. Omera Petroleum and Beximco LPG will export LPG to the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), which will bottle and sell to consumers Another likely deal was for a new waterway to connect the Meghna river in Bangladesh with the Gomati in Tripura.
Doha: Sifan Hassan said she is willing to undergo daily drug testing to prove she is a clean athlete after completing a stunning World Championship double here. Just days after her coach Alberto Salazar was handed a four-year ban for doping offences, the Ethiopian-born Dutch runner surged to her second gold medal of the championships in the 1,500 metres. Hassan’s blistering winning time of 3min 51.95sec was the sixth fastest in history, and sliced around seven seconds off the 16-year-old championship record. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju It came at the end of a tumultuous week for the 26-year-old Hassan, whose joy at a brilliant 10,000m victory last Saturday lasted only a few days before Salazar, her coach at the controversial Nike Oregon Project, was banned. Salazar’s downfall has cast a shadow over the entire Oregon Project training group, whose athletes have won three gold medals in Doha. Hassan however hit back at the suggestion her performances should now be viewed with suspicion. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “If they want to test me they can test me every single day. Every single day,” Hassan declared to reporters at the end of an impassioned press conference. “I believe in clean sport, I’m always clean, I will always be clean. I believe in the Oregon Project. I’ve seen Alberto. He’s worked really hard and that is what I know.” Hassan, who joined the Oregon Project at the end of 2016, pointed out she had been delivering consistent times throughout her career, which includes a World Indoor Championship gold medal in 2016. – ‘A constant athlete’ – ======================== “I’ve been a top athlete since 2014,” Hassan said. “I’ve won gold medals indoors, Diamond Leagues, I’m always a constant athlete.” Hassan, whose 2019 season has included a world record for the mile set in Monaco in July and four Diamond League victories, said she had been regularly tested throughout the year. “Do people think if I cheat that I don’t get tested? For five or six months when I’m running personal bests, that I don’t get tested? For five years I’ve been a constant athlete.” Under international doping rules, Hassan was required to sever all contact with Salazar this week after the 61-year-old was banned. She said Saturday she had formulated her own strategy for a masterful performance at the Khalifa Stadium, where she took the lead on the first lap and set the pace before kicking hard for home with about 250m to go. Kenya’s 2017 world champion Faith Kipyegon took silver while Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay bronze. “I was so just angry and I could not talk to anyone. I just ran all out. That hard work can’t be beaten by anything,” Hassan said. “It’s what makes me angry, I have been clean all my life. I work hard. I’m not an emotional person but it makes me so mad.” Salazar was suspended for a catalogue of doping rule violations uncovered in a years-long investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Hassan had emphasised in an earlier statement that Salazar’s ban related to activities which took place before she joined the team three years ago.