Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s league fixture with St Johnstone, he said: “I thought he (McInnes) was out of order.“I thought it was a cheap shot. I am not happy, of course I am not happy.“It was a clear penalty. The referee was 10 yards from the incident and saw it clearly and there was no reaction from the two Aberdeen players involved in the incident.“I saw the television replays that Derek said showed there was no incident. “Why is he allowed to come out and infer that Jordan Jones dived? I don’t understand why he gets away with that. Surely the authorities have to ask him to explain himself?“I would like to think they should remind managers of their responsibilities when they speak to the press after the game.“If you are going to make an accusation like that without evidence then I think it is disappointing.”The two sides meet for a replay on March 13 at Rugby Park, with the winners facing Motherwell in the semi-finals.Clarke is concerned that the replay adds to an already hectic fixture schedule awaiting his side as they still have outstanding league games to play.He added: “The one moan I have about the fixtures is that the Hamilton game was called off in December.“At the end of January I made a comment about the fact we had lost two games, we lost the Dundee midweek game in the league, and we lost the St Johnstone midweek game in the league due to cup replays for both of them.“I said at the time we should get the Hamilton game played as quickly as we could.“We offered two dates in February, both were turned down, and now we are in a position where we don’t have a date to play that game and that’s disappointing. It’s not very professional.“I don’t understand that the league doesn’t have the structure in place to say if a game is off then it has to be played by a certain date and if there is the first available date then the game should be played.” Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke has called for Aberdeen counterpart Derek McInnes to be reprimanded by the Scottish FA for claiming Jordan Jones went down without contact to win a penalty on Saturday.The Dons led 1-0 in the Scottish Cup tie before Killie striker Kris Boyd levelled from the spot after winger Jones tumbled to the ground as he nipped between defenders Shay Logan and Kari Arnason inside the box.McInnes said of the penalty incident after the game finished 1-1: “I think he goes down without any contact.”Killie boss Clarke was left angered by the suggestion his player had dived.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique: Preseason tour has hurt usby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has criticised their preseason tour after victory over Villarreal.Barca first travelled to Japan before heading off to the United States over the summer.”The pre-season hasn’t helped us,” Pique said after the win over Villarreal.”There were a lot of trips. But we’re Barcelona and have no excuses.”We have to win. The result today was very good.”Barcelona are already adrift in the table, but Pique explained that the win was necessary to prevent them falling further behind.”It was important to win so we didn’t disengage from the top teams,” he added.”With both goals, we pulled back a bit.”The important thing was to get three points.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Best Friends Animal Society’s 4th Annual ‘Strut Your Mutt’, a national fundraiser benefiting hundreds of shelters and rescue groups around the country, is set to take place this Sunday, September 15th.Los Angeles offers the largest Strut Your Mutt event, with many celebrities in attendance, and has a goal of raising $500,000 for participating local rescue groups such as Best Friends Los Angeles, Angel City Pit Bulls, Kitten Rescue, Lhasa Happy Homes, and Much Love Animal Rescue. This event will also introduce Best Friends’ new, bold national call to action, Save Them All, which is focused on ending the killing of shelter pets across the country.Strut Your Mutt will take place at Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys. Best Friends co-founders Gregory Castle (chief executive officer) and Francis Battista will be welcoming the support of emcee and comedian Rebecca Corry, The Los Angeles Laker Girls, Rachelle Lefevre (“Twilight”, “Under the Dome”), Juliana and Seamus Dever (“Castle”), Miguel Ferrer (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Hartley Sawyer (“The Young and the Restless”) Concetta Tomei (“Necessary Roughness”), Shannon Elizabeth (“American Pie”), Emma Kenney (“Shameless”) and Ashley Borden (celebrity fitness trainer).Onsite registration begins at 8am, with the Dog Walk starting at 10. The festival opens up at 11, and will include Doggie yoga and massage, paw readings, shopping and more.Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All™. Visit their website at www.bestfriends.org.Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles is working collaboratively with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals who are all dedicated to the mission of making Los Angeles a no-kill city. As part of this mission, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events, runs the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay Neuter Center in Mission Hills, and leads the NKLA initiative. For more information of to register for the LA event, viisit www.bestfriends.org/la for more information.
This is an opportunity to visit a variety of participating businesses and organizations for a week of free or low-cost activities for the whole family.See the following brochure or get your own copy at a Family Friendly Community Partner or FSJ’s Family Friendly Early Years on Facebook. For a copy of the brochure; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John Loves Families Week is a week-long initiative created by the Family Friendly Coalition as a way for families to feel more connected to the community.Fort St. John Loves Families Week is a week-long initiative brought to you by the Family Friendly Coalition.
Indicative of the growing popularity of Japanese cuisine in India, food exports from the East Asian nation jumped 40 per cent in 2018. Even as it is working with various entities to further bump this up and has bestowed a government-authenticated tag on 36 fine diners. “Last year, Japan reached an agreement with India on the sanitary certificate of fishery products exported from Japan to India. Following this, in 2018, the export of Japanese food from Japan to India increased to about 1.3 billion Japanese yen (about Rs 833 million), which translates to a more than 40 per cent increase compared to 900 million Japanese yen (about Rs 580 million) in 2016,” the country’s Ambassador, Kenji Hiramatsu said. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe Japanese government is currently working on increasing exports of agricultural products and foods to India and is engaged in discussions with Indian government agencies including the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoAFW) among others. “With FSSAI, we signed an MoU on food safety last October at the annual summit meeting, and are currently in discussions on improving the management system of food imports to India. With MoAFW, we are having discussions on exporting Japanese apples and pears to India,” the ambassador said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor Japanese restaurants, he pointed out, “the availability of Japanese ingredients and drinks from Japan are essential. Therefore, in order to promote Japanese food in India, at the same time, we also need to work on the establishment of an ecosystem where Indian outlets can have easy access to Japanese ingredients and drinks. I will keep working on this important task furthermore”. He also pointed out that until last year, the number of certified Japanese Food Supporters, a tag granted by the Japan External Trade Organisation to fine diners, was only one in India, but now, the number has dramatically increased and 36 are certified in India, including 16 which were certified in February. How would he describe the role of food diplomacy in India-Japan ties? “I think we can understand each other’s culture more in depth at the ground level by appreciating both Indian and Japanese food. You can also learn something about Japanese sensitivity and sense of beauty through Japanese cuisine. “Japan is a country with a highly refined food culture, and the Japanese people have traditionally enjoyed a rich variety of food gathered from the mountains as well as the sea. In each of the four seasons, we can enjoy different kinds of agricultural produce and fresh seafood at their best.” “Enjoying Japanese food also means learning about the Japanese people and their culture. Through cultural exchanges including food between Japan and India, I think we can enrich our lives and gain a better understanding of each other’s country,” the ambassador explained. Currently, there are some Japanese restaurants operating in major cities of India, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, because of the increasing number of Japanese expats and also the growing awareness of Japanese food.
New Delhi: At least 83 per cent of 521 sitting MPs are ‘crorepatis’ and 33 per cent of them have criminal cases against them, according to a report by election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The ADR, an NGO working in electoral reforms, has compiled the report after analysing self-sworn affidavits of the 521 MPs out of 543 members elected to the Lok Sabha in the 2014 elections. “Out of the 521 Sitting MPs analysed, 430 (83 pc) are crorepatis. While 227 of them are from BJP, 37 are from Congress, 29 from AIADMK, among others,” the report said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The average assets per sitting MP for Lok Sabha 2014 elections are Rs 14.72 crore. While 32 sitting MPs have declared more than Rs 50 crore worth of assets, only two sitting MPs have declared assets less than worth Rs 5 lakh. At least 33 per cent sitting MPs have declared criminal cases against them in the affidavits. “While 106 of them have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and crimes against women, 10 sitting MPs have declared cases related to murder. Out of these, 4 sitting MPs are from BJP, 1 MP from INC, NCP, LJP, RJD, Swabhimani Paksha each and one MP is an Independent,” the report said. “14 sitting MPs have declared cases of attempt to murder. Out of these, eight sitting MPs are from BJP and one MP each from INC, AITC, NCP, RJD, Shiv Sena and Swabhimani Paksha. 14 sitting MPs declared cases related to causing communal disharmony. Out of them, 10 sitting MPs are from BJP and 1 MP from TRS, PMK, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen and AIUDF each,” it added.
NEW DELHI: A day after he was slapped by a man during a roadshow, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed the BJP for the attack, which he said was the ninth in the last five years and the fifth since he became the chief minister. The BJP, he said, has been trying to “finish” the AAP government by targeting all its leaders.”This was the ninth attack on me in the last five years and the fifth since I became the chief minister. The chief minister’s security is in the hands of the Opposition party… in the hands of the BJP, unlike in other states. Was strategic or was it a mistake? It (a security lapse) may happen one, two or three times. Beyond that, it looks like conspiracy. The responsibility lies with the BJP,” he said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe also dismissed the charge that the attacker was an AAP supporter as claimed by the police. Delhi Police said on Saturday that preliminary interrogation has revealed that 33-year-old Suresh, a scrap dealer in the area, was a supporter of AAP and he used to work as organiser of its rallies and meetings. “All preparations for the hamla (attack) took place in the BJP office. Delhi police were told to speak in the manner it did. After all, what can Delhi Police do at a time when institutions like Election Commission are doing nothing?” He said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe Delhi CM said the opposition party cannot tolerate an aam aadmi (common man) in politics and that is why it plotted the attack. “There have been raids on my office, house. There have been raids on properties of Manish Sisodia, Satyender Jain. Twenty MLAs were arrested. My relatives are being harassed. They (the BJP) tried to overthrow our government in unconstitutional ways.” The AAP chief also said that the attacker was sent as a warning for those who speak against PM Modi in this country and that they will not be spared if that happens. He further said that this was a sign of dictatorship that every voice raised against the PM would be silenced. An inquiry by a DCP-level officer has been ordered to find out how this person was allowed to be in the reception/proximate group, Additional PRO, Delhi Police Anil Mittal had said. In November last year, Kejriwal was attacked with chilli powder outside Delhi’s most protected building, the Secretariat. He has also been pelted with eggs and shoes in the past, and ink has been smeared on his face.
Marrakech – The city of Al Quds is the key to peace, the beating heart of the State of Palestine, and its eternal capital, which should be the foundation and the basis of the ties of Arab and Islamic countries with the different countries of the world, said President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas.Speaking, Friday in Marrakech, at the opening ceremony of the 20th meeting of Al-Quds Committee, held under the chairmanship of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Palestinian president warned against the severity of threats facing Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing the duty of all the parties in the defense of the holy city.“Al-Aqsa has never been threatened this way before, the Israeli occupation has unprecedentedly stepped up, what it sees as its ultimate battle in its war aimed at removing the Arab, Islamic and Christian character of Al Quds,” he said. Abbas said Israel seeks to expand the Jewish presence by setting up more settlements and impoverishing the holy city through the destruction of its infrastructure and its economic resources.He emphasized the importance of strengthening the infrastructure of the holy city by carrying out projects dedicated to support schools, social and cultural institutions, and health facilities.Al Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, is holding its 20th session from January 17 through 18.Foreign ministers of the committee member-states, the OIC secretary general, High-level emissaries representing the UN Security Council permanent member-states, the EU, the Vatican, the UN and the Arab league are attending the Marrakech meeting.
Taroudant, Morocco- Cecil Chao, a Hong Kong real estate tycoon, made headlines in September 2012 when he announced that he would offer $65 million to a man who could woo and marry his lesbian daughter, Gigi Chao.Now the Hong Kong billionaire has almost doubled the offer to $120 million.Since 2012, Gigi Chao is in a civil partnership with a woman, Sean Yeung, but her father, the owner of Cheuk Nang Holdings Ltd., wants his daughter to marry a man so that he can have grandchildren to inherit his business. “I would not force her to marry a man. But obviously I would, from my point of view, prefer her to be married and to have grandchildren.”According to South China Morning Post, the latest offer of HK$1 billion has attracted 500 e-mails.“I don’t think my dad’s offering of any amount of money would be able to attract a man I would find attractive,” she told the South China Morning Post.Om Wednesday, The 33-year-old has written an open letter to her father, urging him to accept her as she is and treat her gay partner as a “normal dignified human being”.“I am proud of my life, and I would not choose to live it any other way … I’m sorry I misled you to think I was only in a lesbian relationship because there was a shortage of good, suitable men in Hong Kong. There are plenty of good men, they are just not for me,” Gigi wrote in a letter sent to her father.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Venus Williams returns to Britain’s Johanna Konta during her Wimbledon women’s singles semifinal victory that sent the American to the 16th Grand Slam final of her career.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — All these years later, Wimbledon still brings out the best in Venus Williams.With her latest display of gutsy serving and big hitting, Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday to reach her ninth title match at the All England Club and first since 2009.At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age.Williams also stopped Konta’s bid to become the first woman from Britain in 40 years to win the country’s Grand Slam tournament.“I couldn’t have asked for more, but I’ll ask for a little more. One more win would be amazing,” Williams said. “It won’t be a given, but I’m going to give it my all.”She will be seeking her sixth Wimbledon championship and eighth Grand Slam singles trophy overall. Her most recent came in 2008, when she defeated her younger sister, Serena, for the title at the All England Club. A year later, she lost the final to Serena.In the time since, Williams revealed that she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, which can sap energy and cause joint pain. As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments. But she kept on going, and lately has returned to winning.Her resurgence began in earnest at Wimbledon a year ago, when she made it to the semifinals. Then, at the Australian Open in January, Williams reached the final, where she lost to — yes, you guessed it — her sister. Serena is off the tour for the rest of this year because she is pregnant.“I missed her so much before this match. And I was like, ‘I just wish she was here.’ And I was like, ‘I wish she could do this for me,’” Williams said with a laugh. “And I was like, ‘No, this time you have to do it for yourself.’ So here we are.”On Saturday, the 10th-seeded American will participate in her second Grand Slam final of the season, and 16th of her career, this time against 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain.“She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals,” Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up and 2016 French Open champion, said about Williams. “It’s going to be, like, a historic final again.”Muguruza overwhelmed 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 in the earlier semifinal.Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida; not long afterward, a passenger in the other vehicle died. At her initial news conference at Wimbledon, a tearful Williams briefly left the room to compose herself after being asked about the crash.She has tried, coach David Witt said, to “just focus on the tennis.”In the semifinals, it was Konta who had the first chance to nose ahead, a point from serving from the opening set when it was 4-all and Williams was serving down 15-40.Williams erased the first break point with a backhand winner down the line, and the second with a 106 mph (171 kph) second serve that went right at Konta’s body. It was a risky strategy, going for so much pace on a second serve, but it worked. That opened a run in which Williams won 12 of 13 points.“She looks to dictate from the very first ball,” Konta said. “When she puts herself in a position to do that, she plays with a lot of depth, a lot of speed, and you don’t get much of a chance to get your, I guess, grip into the points.”Williams wouldn’t face another break point and, later, produced another impressive second serve — in the second set, at 103 mph (166 kph), it went right at Konta, who jumped out of the way.Konta played quite well, especially early, and finished with more winners, 20 to 19, each greeted by roars from the Centre Court spectators.“They could have really been even more boisterous. I thought the crowd was so fair. And I know that they love Jo, and she gave it her all today,” Williams said. “It’s a lot of pressure. It’s a lot of pressure. I thought she handled it well. I think my experience just helped a lot.”This was her 10th semifinal in 20 Wimbledon appearances; Konta had never been past the second round at the grass-court tournament before this year.In the other semifinal, Muguruza won 15 of the first 20 points en route to a 5-0 lead. Even though Rybarikova entered having won 18 of her past 19 grass-court matches, mostly at lower-level tournaments, she suddenly looked a lot more like someone whose career record at Wimbledon before last week was 2-9.“Not my best day,” Rybarikova said. “But she didn’t give me much chance to do something.”Muguruza won the point on 19 of 25 trips to the net and had a 22-8 edge in winners.That earned the 23-year-old Muguruza a berth in her third career Grand Slam final, second at the All England Club. She lost to Serena Williams with the title on the line at Wimbledon in 2015, then beat her at Roland Garros last year.“I’ll have to ask Serena for some pointers,” Venus Williams said. “Serena’s always in my corner. And usually it’s her in these finals, so I’m trying my best to represent ‘Williams’ as best as I can.”