Kroos: Clasico needs no extra motivation

first_imgReal Madrid v Barcelona Kroos: No extra motivation needed for Clasico Allen Ramsey 06:04 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Toni Kroos Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid v Grêmio Real Madrid Grêmio Barcelona FIFA Club World Cup Primera División The midfielder was thrilled to be a world champion once again, but says what happens before the Clasico matters little Toni Kroos and Real Madrid are world champions once again after the club took a 1-0 win over Gremio in the Club World Cup final, but the club will have little time to celebrate. A Clasico clash with Barcelona looms in less than a week, and Los Blancos can’t afford a loss to their bitter rivals, who have already opened up an eight-point gap on Madrid in the league table. While the German midfielder was pleased to have another title on his resume, he claimed the win over the South American champions would add little for his side ahead of their crucial La Liga clash.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “For this game [against Barcelona] you don’t need anything special before or any motivation or anything,” he told reporters. “It’s better to go with a good feeling back to Madrid but this game is special whatever happens before.”Cristiano Ronaldo was crucial to Madrid’s triumph in Abu Dhabi, scoring the game’s only goal after also netting in the semi-final to help his club reach the title game.And Kroos believes Ronaldo’s greatness now goes without saying. “We know if he is on the pitch he tries to help us,” the German said.”He tries to score and he did it again in both matches. We don’t need to speak about how important he is to us.”While the Clasico will take all the headlines over the next week, Real Madrid have also picked up a tricky draw in the Champions League round of 16, with Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain on tap for the defending champions. The matchup pits two of the top sides in Europe against each other, but Kroos is looking forward to the challenge of facing Ligue 1’s top team. “The experience from the last year is that you have to beat the best to win this competition,” he said. “We did last year. We beat Bayern, we beat Atletico Madrid. We played Juventus, they put out Barcelona before.”You need to beat the best and it’s a great challenge and I like that.”last_img read more

Court rules Canadas TV regulator exceeded its authority with restrictions on Bell

first_imgTORONTO – Bell Canada and its media arm have won a round in their battle against regulatory restrictions on their activities as television content producers and distributors.The Federal Court of Appeal has issued a 2-1 split decision that agrees with Bell’s argument that the Broadcasting Act doesn’t give the CRTC authority to enforce its “wholesale code.”The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission introduced the code in 2015 after extensive public consultations, known as Let’s Talk TV, that resulted in a number of reforms for regulated media companies.Soon after the code was issued, Bell launched the court challenge to the CRTC’s restrictions on how distributors like phone, cable and satellite companies negotiate contracts with content producers.The CRTC had introduced the restrictions out of a concern about the increasing market power of vertically integrated companies, such as Bell, that both create programming and distribute it to consumers.Bell Canada owns the country’s largest telecom network, including residential television and internet services, as well as Bell Media — which owns the CTV television network, specialty TV channels and production facilities.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)last_img read more

SP going soft on Cong PM

first_imgPratapgarh (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday accused the Samajwadi Party of going soft on the Congress, implying a rift in the SP-BSP opposition alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.Addressing a BJP rally here, Modi said while the Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati is attacking the Congress, a Congress leader is sharing the stage with the SP. The apparent reference was to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s presence at a Samajwadi Party meeting in Rae Bareli on Thursday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The SP is going soft on the Congress, but its alliance partner BSP chief Mayawati is attacking the Congress,” he said. Modi said the Congress has been reduced to the status of ‘vote katwa’ party for cutting the votes of other parties and it will soon witness its downfall. Attempting to draw a wedge in the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, Modi claimed that BSP chief Mayawati has understood that the SP and the Congress are playing a “big game” with her. “Now, this is clear that the SP has derived mileage from Mayawati through the gathbandhan. She was kept in dark. There were talks about respect. It was said that you (Mayawati) will be made the prime minister, but now Behenji has understood that the SP and the Congress are playing a big game with her,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadModi said there are dangers of corruption, opportunism, casteism, dynastic politics and non-governance from this alliance. “The panja (hand) of mahamilaawat is very dangerous,” he added. Accusing the Congress and its president of attempting to tarnish his image over the Rafale issue, he took a jibe at former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. “Your father was termed ‘Mr Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrastachari number 1’ (corrupt number 1),” Modi said. He claimed that the Congress chief had admitted in a interview that his only aim is to tarnish the image of Modi. “By hurling abuses, you cannot dissolve the 50-long year of Modi’s tapasya (struggle) in dust,” the prime minister said. “By tarnishing my image and by making me small, these people want to make an unstable and a weak government in the country,” he added. Modi said “only the BJP can give a stable government ” as he led the gathering chanting “phir ek baar…Modi sarkar (once again, Modi government)”.last_img read more

These CavsWarriors Games Are Not Previews Of The NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors beat the brakes off of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in a 126-91 win. Basketball fans are fairly well trained not to extrapolate too much of the regular season to what will happen in the postseason, but with a walloping this thorough it’s natural to wonder if the Cavs have any chance in the Finals.But after two Warriors-Cavs games this season, we likely still haven’t seen what the teams will look like if they meet for the third Finals in a row this June.Basketball matchups aren’t really between teams, they’re between lineups. Fans are familiar with the famous five-man units, like the Warriors’ Death Lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes, or the Megadeath Lineup, which swaps out Barnes for Kevin Durant. But the ramifications of more minor adjustments can be profound: In last season’s Finals, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Richard Jefferson, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson outscored opponents by 26.9 points per 100 possessions in 66 minutes; but when they swapped out Thompson for Iman Shumpert for 14 minutes, the Cavs were outscored by 16 points, or 56.6 points per 100 possessions.So lineups matter. And during the regular season, the Cavs’ and Warriors’ Finals lineups don’t play each other very much.The Cavs’ five most-favored lineups against the Warriors during the regular season have played a combined two minutes against them in the Finals. Two minutes! Obviously, injuries have been a factor: Kevin Love missed all the 2015 Finals, and Kyrie Irving was injured in Game 1 and did not play again in the series. But considering the most-played lineup against Golden State in 2016-17 includes DeAndre Liggins, and neither J.R. Smith nor Kyle Korver appears in a top-5 lineup, it’s a safe bet that we haven’t seen Cleveland’s preferred lineups against Golden State.The Warriors haven’t been much more consistent. In 2014-15, the five lineups that played most161 percent of available minutes. against the Cavs in the Warriors’ regular season games played 45 percent of available minutes in the Finals, anchored largely by the Death Lineup, which played 24 percent of the minutes (most of any lineup in that Finals) and outscored the Cavs by 21.8 points per 100 possessions.Last season, however, an injury to Bogut and a slump from Barnes threw the Warriors into disarray, as their five most favored lineups against the Cavs from the regular season played just 15 percent of available minutes in the Finals. Plus, the Death lineup didn’t play the Cavs enough during the regular season to crack the top five (and it was outscored by 12 per 100 possessions in 53 minutes anyway).All of which is to say that while the Warriors have reconstituted their roster since blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in the Finals, it’s likely both teams will shuffle things again between now and June.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

VERDICT IN

first_img Simmons appeal pushed to October Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Mar 2015 – Police tactical unit expected to be called to the scene just in case.TCI Sun reports Cortez Simmons found guilty of Keziah Burke murder.He has been sentenced to life by CJ Margaret Ramsay Hale.12 member jury had been deliberating since 12:30pm. Sent back when initially returned with a 10-2 verdict.Crowd said to be gathered at the court house. Related Items:cortez simmons, guilty, Keziah Burke, margaret ramsey-hale Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Constitutional Case to be launched by Mike Misick at Supreme Court Beckingham responds in 12-storey development verdict Recommended for youlast_img read more

A day dedicated to dance

first_imgWith a vision to provide young dancers with an eclectic opportunity so that true talent nurtures and pans into expanding horizons, the dance community have come together to observe the World Dance Day. Propounded by dancer/ choreographer Geeta Chandran, the event will present young dancers from Natya Vriksha celebrating the spirit and devotion to the art form.This festival is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, UNESCO, Sangeet Natak Akademi, NTPC and India International Centre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Expanding over two days, the first day will feature an open-house seminar discussing what is classical in dance and will conclude with two performances (Kathak and Kutiyattam each). The second day will witness the young dancers festival by putting up Bharatnatyam and Sattriya performances by Aditi Balasubramanian and Anwesa Mahanta respectively.Other artists participating include names like Swati Sinha, an ‘A’ grade artist of Doordarshan she has performed in major cultural events such as Khajuraho Dance Festival and Spic Macay. Aditi Balasubramanian is touted to be a Bharatnatyam child prodigy, she is merely 12 years old. Lastly Anwesa Mahanta, has been an active performer since 2001 presenting Sattriya in its solo form.DETAILWhere- India International Centre Auditorium 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodi Estate When- 27 and 28 AprilTimings- 3.30 pm – 6.30 pmlast_img read more

Visiting the land of watches Switzerland

first_imgHave you ever thought of what you can do, but you do not have to do just for the sake of it? Well if you have, then you might give it a thought of visiting the land of chocolate. Switzerland Tourism launched their Winter Campaign for this year with their new tagline ‘You can… but you don’t have to’, and their Summer Campaign – ‘Nature wants you back’ for the upcoming year recently in the national Capital.With the growing demand in adventure sports among Indian tourists, Switzerland is a hotspot for such adrenalin rush. One can choose from skiing, sledging and snowboarding in the snow covered Alps, while someone who is looking for a rather leisurely vacation, can opt for a relaxed trip soaking in the beauty of the breath-taking scenery and serenity of the country. Christmas markets, open air hot springs and igloo stays are also available during the winder for the visitor looking for pure white relaxation.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith places like Zurich, Basel, Ticino and Matterhorn to visit, and the daily Swissair flights from Delhi and Mumbai, one can experience the blend of three cultures in Swtizerland as the country is surrounded by France, Germany and Italy. The Summer Campaign will be headed by Bollywood star Ranveer Singh as the brand ambassador of Switzerland Tourism.The summer focus for the campaign as well, will be packed with an array of activities like sky-diving, wakeboarding, canyoning combined with Switzerland’s best touristic and nature highlights. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveClaudio Zemp, Director – India, Switzerland Tourism, said, “In India we see people getting more adventurous these days. They do not only want to take a cable car up a mountain and take pictures but also want that thrill and rush which one gets while doing adventure sports.  With a versatile and energetic personality like Ranveer Singh on board, we would like to showcase that Switzerland is not only about scenic beauty but also has many activities and adventures to offer to the more experiential Indian traveller. Winter is coming up and it is an absolutely beautiful time to visit Switzerland. One can enjoy various winter activities and explore their hidden passion for adventure with sports such as skiing, snow-shoe trekking, tobogganing. Ranveer’s next trip is going to be in winter.” Ritu Sharma, Deputy Director, Switzerland Tourism India, said, “Our new campaign is all about telling people that holidays in Switzerland can be anything that you want – there are lots of options for adventures and activities both in winter and in summer but if you would rather have a more relaxing holiday that’s absolutely possible too. Although Indians love to go on a vacation during the summers, we do hope for a change after this campaign. Apart from the picturesque natural beauty, Switzerland is also a complete package for families and honeymooners who are not only looking at a relaxing vacation but also crave some adventure.”When stepping into a country like Switzerland, it is not just the natural beauty one has to admire, but also the public transport. For the convenience of tourists, they have ‘Swiss travel pass’ which is an all-in-one ticket for all transportations in the country. Travelling around town one might like to visit the FIFA World Football Museum. Basel’s tri-border region at the Rhine harbour marks the meeting point between Switzerland, Germany and France that makes the city unmistakably lively and innovative. Animal lovers can also take a walk with the penguins in the Basel zoo every morning! To witness a little bit of Italy in Switzerland one can head over to Ticino which will be launching the Gotthard base tunnel- the longest tunnel in the world, in December. How many hands up for a winter trip to Switzerland?last_img read more

Get ready for theatre relay

first_imgAlong day theatre festival, ‘Thespis 3’ – the third season of the National Micro Drama Festival will be organised by Vriksh the theatre, for the theatre lovers on April 21, at Kamani Auditorium.It is going to be the first time in the history of world theatre that forty plays will be performed on a single day with a maximum duration of ten minutes and awards are offered for 10 categories like Best Production, Script, Direction, Actor, Actress, Technician, will also be given. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event will be inaugurated by ‘Kanpur- e- Kashmir’ directed by Vijay Kapoor, the winner of last year. Further the festival would be followed by plays in English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Urdu including ‘Hukum Malik’ by Rajiv Kohli; ‘Chand Ka Pinjra’ by Deepu Sood; ‘Natrang’ by Sumit Nair, ‘The Red String café’ by Pratibha and Ananya Sharma; ‘Shatabdir Byadhi’ by Prithwijit Chowdhury; ‘Aattam’ by M Shaji, to name a few. This year’s objective of the theatre group is to spread the idea of ‘Art for Humanity’, through different plays, different stories which will be shown. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe festival has been organised from three years, in the name of Greek artist ‘Thespis’ – who is believed to be the person first to appear on stage. Not only the festival has entertained the audience, but also to its credit, this celebration of abundance has also bagged ‘Best of India Records’ for the last two consecutive years. Due to its unique nature, questions related to this festival have found a way into competitive examinations for bank recruitments and Civil Service prelims preliminary.last_img read more

WestJet Vacations ready to launch 201819 brochure WS adds two new routes

first_img Share WestJet Vacations ready to launch 2018-19 brochure; WS adds two new routes Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Tags: Brochures, New Routes, WestJet, WestJet Vacations Travelweek Group last_img