The Aam Aadmi Party and the Jannayak Janta Party on Friday formed an alliance for the Lok Sabha election in Haryana and announced that the latter would contest seven of the 10 seats in the State. The distribution of constituencies and the names of the candidates would be declared later. The JJP was launched in December 2018 by Dushyant Chautala, grandson of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. Making the announcement at a joint press conference on Friday, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said it would be a long-term alliance and the two parties will fight together in the Haryana Assembly elections as well. The decision came two days after AAP called off discussions for an alliance with the Congress as the latter was not ready to give AAP seats in Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana. “People of Haryana wanted this. Congratulations to the people of Haryana. Together, we will defeat BJP and work for development of Haryana,” AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet. Coordination panel Mr. Dushyant Chautala said a coordination committee has been formed with members of both the parties and it will decide within the next two-three days on the seats on which the parties will contest. “Jhadoo and chappal will come together to overthrow them from the area,” Mr. Chautala said in a veiled attack at the Congress and the BJP. He termed it an alliance of “aam” (common) and “jan” (people).
China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “All he (Pacquiao) needs to do now is eat and rest,” said assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez in Filipino. “At this point nothing could be done that would matter in the ring.”Chief trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune want Pacquiao to bulk up to 146.5 pounds for the weigh-in by eating in intervals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao’s Australian challenger, though, faces the grim prospect of not making weight.According to local reports, Horn woke up at a heavy 69.9 kilos (153.8 lb) on Friday, still 6.8 lb away from the 147-lb limit. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’? The Inquirer had earlier reported that Horn weighed 70.3 kg (154.7 lb) Thursday, which means that the 29-year-old was only able to shed less than a pound overnight.It’s for this reason that Horn is now being forced to starve himself. He has only taken sips of water since Thursday and will only eat salad Friday night.To compound matters, Horn will have to spend some more rounds at the gym in sweat suits in a frantic effort to meet the welterweight cutoff.While acknowledging Horn’s built-in edge in height (three inches) and walking weight (around eight lb), Pacquiao said he isn’t worried about Horn’s power.Horn has been rehearsing the overhead right counter Juan Manuel Marquez unleashed to knock a charging Pacquiao out cold in the sixth round in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Glenn Rushton, Horn’s millionaire trainer, believes the impact of that brutal knockout remains in Pacquiao’s memory, thus his seeming reluctance to pour it all even when an opponent is in serious trouble.That’s why, apart from an elaborate 10-point plan specifically drafted for Pacquiao, they’ve made the right counter one of the focal points of Horn’s offensive arsenal for the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Meralco eyes lead Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Famed boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines speaks to the media during a press conference with Jeff Horn of Australia in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)BRISBANE—No one in Team Pacquiao is buying fully into Jeff Horn’s weight problems. But even with the possibility that the weight issue is a ploy to lull Manny Pacquiao into complacency, there’s no need for the eight-division champion to push himself any harder.While Horn reportedly still has some scrambling to do before Saturday’s official weigh-in for their “Battle of Brisbane” at Suncorp Stadium Sunday, Pacquiao can now rest and take things easy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES read more
Intel developing 3D Athlete Tracking for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Tags 3:36 Comments Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Karate’s two modalities — kata and kumite — make their Olympic debut in 2020. Canva Karate, a system of unarmed combat that literally means “empty hand,” is said to have developed during the 17th century in the Okinawa prefecture, a chain of islands off the southern coast of Japan. Despite being popularized worldwide as a sport after World War II, karate — along with four other sports — will be part of the Summer Olympics for the first time in 2020. Fittingly, it makes its Olympic debut in Japan, where the sport, which involves executing arm- and leg-based strikes, first originated. It joins judo, taekwondo, and wrestling as the only Olympics-approved martial arts — for 2020 anyway: Karate failed to make the cut for the Paris Olympics in 2024.With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know to enjoy karate during the Tokyo Olympics next summer. Karate Events at the Tokyo 2020 Summer OlympicsIn Tokyo, Karate practitioners, or karatekas, will compete at Nippon Budokan, an indoor legacy venue built to host judo events at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Since then, Nippon Budokan, which is located in Kitanomaru Park in the center of Tokyo, has hosted various sports and music acts — including the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Diana Ross — but it’s best known as the home of Japanese martial arts. It was the site of the first Karate World Championships in 1970 and to this day still hosts the national championships for judo, kendo, aikido and more.At the 2020 Olympics, both the men and the women will compete in two karate events at Nippon Budokan: kata, a solo form discipline, and kumite, a sparring discipline. KataMinh Dack of France competes in the Men’s Karate Kata elimination round during the Baku 2015 European Games. Michael Steele In the Olympics, there will be one kata event — and one gold medal — each for men and women. During the competition, karatekas will perform a series of offensive and defensive movements, known as forms, against a virtual opponent. There are 102 kata approved by the World Karate Federation (WKF) that the athletes can choose from, such as Heian Shodan and Nijushiho. Unlike in traditional competitions, which are scored using a flag system, Olympic judges will use a point system to evaluate the athletes’ technical performance, taking things like techniques, timing and breathing into consideration, as well as their athletic performance — i.e. strength, speed and balance.According to this new scoring system, an individual’s two highest and lowest scores will be thrown out, with the three remaining added together to represent their final score. After a ranking round, top performers will either progress to either the bronze medal or final bout. Check out the full schedule of the 2020 Olympic Karate events.KumiteAnnika Saelid of Norway (red) and Negin Altooni of Iran (blue) compete in the Women’s Kumite +59kg Semifinal during the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games 2018. Marcelo Endelli / Getty Images The WKF recognizes five weight classes in competition. But in the Olympics, men’s and women’s kumite will be consolidated into three weight classes. For men those classes are up to 67 kilograms, up to 75kg, and over 75kg, and for women it’s and up to 55 kg, up to 61kg and over 61kg.Within each weight class, pairs of karateka will compete against each other in an 8-by-8-meter area for up to three minutes. Points are awarded when an athlete lands a properly executed strike, kick or punch on various parts of their opponent’s body, such as their head, neck, belly or back. The first karateka to score eight points more than their competitor, or the karateka with the most points at the end of the match is the winner. In the event of a tie, judges determine the winner. Competitors in each weight class will have to progress through three rounds — an elimination round, the semi-final, and the final — in pursuit of a gold medal.How Karateka qualify for the OlympicsThe WKF has more than 190 members but only 80 competitors will qualify the compete in Tokyo: 10 in each kumite weight class for both the men and the women and 10 men and 10 women in kata. There are a few different ways to earn a spot on that list. The first is through qualification. Thirty-two athletes (16 men and 16 women) will qualify based on their world ranking as of April 6, 2020. Twelve more men and 12 more women will qualify based on their results at a tournament in Paris, France from May 8 to 10, 2020. And 12 athletes will qualify at two continental events: the European Games which will be held June 14 to 30, 2019 in Minsk, Belarus and the Pan-American Games July 26 to Aug. 11, 2019 in Lima, Peru (details here). The second pathway to the Olympics is open to citizens of the host country — Japan is allowed to appoint eight athletes (four men and four women) to their Olympic team. If any of those athletes qualify via their world ranking or a tournament, those spots will be reallocated to other athletes. The four final Olympic slots will be chosen by the Tripartite Commission, which is made up of the National Olympic Committees, the International Olympic Committee and the International Federations. On Oct. 14, 2019 the International Olympic Committee will invite all eligible National Olympic Committees to submit their requests for Tripartite Commission Invitation Places by Jan. 15, 2020, according to the rules. The allocation of the last four spots will be confirmed after the end of the qualification period for karate, which has yet to be determined. By June 2, 2020, the WKF will publish a list of the qualified athletes on the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 section of its website. The National Olympic Committees will then have two weeks to confirm if they wish to send those athletes to the Games. Read more: Tokyo Olympics tickets are sold out. Here’s how to buy them next spring Fitness 2 read more
.Poachers, with the help of local politicians, are poisoning tigers inside the Sundarbans.The racketeers use poisoned venison as bait to poach tigers, reveals a study jointly conducted by the Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University in association with two UK universities and a USA university.The study published in January this year also said the racketeers used a lethal poison named Furadan is one of the most toxic pesticides.The pesticideis are being widely used in agriculture in Bangladesh.The research on the tiger population in the Sundarbans did not unveil who the smugglers were and the tigers were being smuggled from the areas. It only detailed out how tigers are being killed inside the Sundarbans.But a report submitted to Bangladesh government by Interpol unveiled names behind the tiger poaching.The report titled ‘Tiger killing inside Sundarbans’, mentioned names of 32 politicians and local powerful persons, who backed the killing of the tigers and were involved with the smuggling.The report also mentioned the names of a ruling Awami League MP from Satkhira-4 constituency, SM Jaglul, and four AL-backed union parishad members and two BNP-backed UP members in the areas.Corpses of the tigers are mainly being smuggled to China, Thailand and Indonesia, the report added.Asked about the matter, environment and forests minister Anwar Hossain Manju said, “We have deployed several law enforcing agencies including RAB and police in the Sundarbans. But it’s not possible to ensure surveillance everywhere in the big forest.”In his study, researcher Abdul Aziz collected six corpses of deer poisoned with pesticide inside Sundarbans between 2014 and 2016.He also recovered body parts of tigers near Dobeki forest police outpost at Satkhira range of the Sundarbans.Abdul Aziz said the tiger was baited with poisoned venison.Forest division, with a private organisation Wild Team, recovered corpses of 30 tigers from different parts of the country between 2011 and 2016.Out of 22 tiger skins, which were recovered during the period, a single skin was found with a bullet mark.Researcher Abdul Aziz assumed that rest of the tigers were poisoned to death.Abdul Aziz told Prothom Alo that fishermen with the help of forest robbers put down the poisoned bait for killing tigers.The forest division’s Khulna circle forest officer Amir Hossain Chowdhury also chorused with the researcher and said some racketeers put poisoned venison as bait to poach tigers.In past one decade, the number of the tigers in the Sundarbans has been reduced by half.In 2004, UNDP and Bangladesh’s forest division identified 440 members of the tiger population using pugmark method.Another report in 2015 said the tiger population had reduced to 106.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam read more
.An earthquake of mild intensity jolted several districts of northern part of the country on Saturday morning.However, no casualty or loss of property was immediately reported.Tremors were felt in Dinajpur, Rangpur, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts at 7:14am, said the seismological research centre of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).Seismological research centre wireless supervisor Md Zahirul Islam said the magnitude of the quake was recorded at 4.5 on the Richter scale.The epicentre of the quake was roughly located at a northern area, 272 kilometres away from Dhaka, Zahirul said.Tremors were also felt in Indian territories close to Bangladesh border. read more
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:11 – / 5A big airport can be a stressful place even for the most seasoned traveler. For an autistic child it can really be tough. But at Bush Intercontinental they’re hoping to make it a fun experience. The airport is one of several around the country hosting “Wings for All,” an event designed for children with sensory challenges. The kids experience the ticket counter and the security checkpoint. They then get to check out the inside of a plane. Ana Martinez with the advocacy group The ARC of Texas says the event helps families improve their travel experience.“Being able to do some sort of dress rehearsal if you will, makes them more familiar with the process,” says Martinez. And parents like Carmen Lemus say it’s important to know what their child can handle. Her 8-year-old son Adam is autistic and non-verbal. But he loves to ride in the car and Lemus wants to know if he’d also enjoy flying. “If they can’t handle it we don’t have to travel that way,” says Lemus. “But if they are able to handle it then it gives us more opportunity to travel to visit relatives, maybe go on more vacations.” Airport officials say the event isn’t just for kids. It also helps security agents and airport staff understand the needs of autistic passengers. The ARC of Texas says another Wings for All event will be held this fall. Share read more