first_imgUndeclared presidential candidate Fred Thompson will be in Burbank today to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, second in the Democratic field, will visit a Brentwood gas station late this morning to call for national low-carbon fuel standards. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain will be in Newport Beach for a pair of fund-raisers this evening, one with tickets going for $1,000 and the other for $2,300, the maximum individual donation allowed during the primary season. Thompson, a former Tennessee senator who played Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch on NBC’s “Law & Order” the past five seasons, was second in the Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll released yesterday, with 21 percent. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani led with 27 percent. McCain fell one spot to third with 12 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was in fourth with 10 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Peter Crouch has started just six Stoke games over the last two seasons Hughes admits he is well aware of the striker’s predicament but insists the former Liverpool and Tottenham frontman has a role to play for Stoke this season. 1 At least I’m getting a game somewhere 👍🏻 https://t.co/QabJ6HW3Ia— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) October 22, 2016center_img The Welsh coach said: “Pete’s quite sharp on Twitter so I always keep a look out once people tell me he’s been on there. Usually it’s quite amusing.“It’s probably true, he’s a little bit frustrated but it is what it is. He’s showing good signs in training. When it’s the right time to introduce him again then we’ll do that.“But he’s just got to be patient like a number of other people at the moment because we’re winning games and playing well so it’s difficult to break in.”It is becoming a familiar story for 35-year-old Crouch, who only started four Premier League games last season.“Everyone gets to a point where they’re frustrated when they feel they’re not getting opportunities they would like,” said Potters boss Hughes.“He’s not the most forceful in that regard but certainly he’s knocked on my door and had a word in the past, as I would expect. He’s a seasoned player, he’s got a lot of experience that we value.“At the moment we’re in a position where we want a little bit of continuity, which we’ve lacked prior to this run.”Crouch has consistently been linked with a move away from Stoke but Hughes still sees the target man as a valuable asset and would not be willing to see him leave.He said: “I’m not thinking in those terms. It’s about having a balance in the squad. Pete clearly gives us a different type of threat.“The key is to have different types of players to give the opposition different types of problems. All our strikers offer different things and Pete is very much a player we value and one we’ll use as we see fit.“He’s going to play a part this year, he knows that, and he’ll get the right amount of games I feel.” Stoke City manager Mark Hughes accepts Peter Crouch is frustrated at his lack of game time, but says he is not prepared to sell the striker in January.The former England forward has started just two games for Stoke this season and none since August.Well-loved for his humour, Crouch teased his frustration at his bit-part Potters role with a recent post on Twitter, quipping in response to a fan:last_img read more

first_imgA teen talent no more, Kylian Mbappe’s birthday has come along and it means he’s now in his 20s – they grow up so fast, don’t they?The Paris Saint-Germain star has had an incredible start to his career and looks set to go down in history after just three full seasons of football behind him. BEST OF shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ He’s already achieved more than most in his fledgling career having won the World Cup with France last summer.So, here at talkSPORT we’re taking a look back at his career, so far, in numbers as we appreciate his incredible talents. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Mbappe celebrates scoring his first senior goal against Troyes Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mbappe poses with the World Cup last summer RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 8 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 16 years 347 daysThe age Kylian Mbappe made his debut for Monaco against Caen on December 2, 2015.He replaced Fabio Coentrao in a 1-1 draw at the Stade Louis II wearing the No. 33 shirt but was unable to make an impact in his two minutes on the pitch. Mbappe leaves with the match ball after destroying Lyon Latest Football Stories 8 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 136The number of dribbles Mbappe attempted in his first season with Paris Saint-Germain as his direct running decimated Ligue 1 defences, 79 were successful.TwoThe amount of Ligue 1 titles Mbappe has already won in his three full season in French football. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move getty Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card GETTY 12The number of goals Mbappe has already scored in Ligue 1 this season and he’s achieved it in just 11 games, too.He’s just four strikes from a record league haul with his previous best being 15 in the 2016/17 season and is currently registering 3.9 shots per game, his highest ever average.13 minutesHow long it took Mbappe to score four goals against Lyon in Ligue 1 earlier this campaign. £128millionThe fee Paris Saint-Germain reportedly paid Monaco as part of his loan-turned-permanent transfer in 2017. 8 BEST OF 347The amount of points Mbappe achieved in the 2018 Ballon d’Or voting where he was named the fourth best player in world football one place ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi but below Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo, and winner Luka Modric. REPLY no dice ADVICE center_img REVEALED Mbappe on the day he signed for Paris Saint-Germain 8 8 Mbappe celebrates winning the Ligue 1 title last season with team-mate Neymar TwoThe number of World Cup final goals Mbappe scored in France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in Russia.He became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final with the only other player being Pele in 1958. 24The amount of goals Mbappe scored in his first full season (2016/17) as a senior Monaco player, this included two hat-tricks and three braces.EightThe number of assists Mbappe laid on for his team-mates in the same Ligue 1 campaign.18 years, three months and five daysHow old Mbappe was when he made his international debut for France.He made his bow as a substitute against Luxembourg in 2017, replacing Dimitri Payet after 78 minutes in a 3-1 win. REVEALED 8 8 huge blow 8 REPLY ADVICE MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Mbappe in action against Bordeaux in his debut campaign shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade SevenThe amount of appearances it took for Mbappe to get his first goal for Monaco.Having drawn blanks against Caen, Tottenham Hotspur, Saint Etienne, Bordeaux, and Toulouse, he finally netted against Troyes in February 2016. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mbappe on his France debut against Luxembourg Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Paris Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe Latest Football Stories Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more

first_img“Last year I wasn’t involved but watching that game, building up to this game, watching a lot of the clips on things we did well and things we can do better,” Strauss said. “Physically we did match them as a team last year but also in 2017 in that game we fronted up very well physically and we’ve got to take another step this week. “We’ve seen what England have done so if you match that you probably get something out of it.“You can only do as much as you can. You try take the best things from our performances and build on that. “Like last weekend in the last ten minutes we slipped up, we need to nip that in the bud and get better.“It might sound cliché but we just focus on the week and on yourself. I think a lot of teams are trying to get away from if you are home or away, that comes later in the week when you start talking about a few mental things. “Earlier in the week it’s more preparation wise, new plays, new calls, and then later on in the week the mental side starts to come in and you talk about ‘this is home, we don’t lose at home’. It’s sold out. “It’s a great feeling singing the national anthem with a full stadium. It does boost us knowing it’s going to be there. Sometimes you go with your club and you know it won’t be full, it’s not like that. You get there and you know it’s going to be full and the people will be behind you and it’s a great feeling.”Strauss said that defeat to England would only make Ireland more dangerous, with the players determined to make amends.“They have got great leaders in the team,” he said. “They have some of the best players in the world and have been one of the best teams in the world over the past few seasons.“That will be their chat this week, showing that character, after coming off a bad loss, maybe something they didn’t expect from England. This is the marker they’ve got to set now. Get better, win this game and then take it from there.“We’ll have a big challenge on our hands, they will come as a wounded animal. It’s away from home, they know how big it is playing at Murrayfield. We know what’s coming. They’ll know what’s coming. We want to improve on things like the last ten minutes (Italy game).”Despite the wobbly ending, victory over Italy kept Scottish hopes of a successful tournament high. A win at Murrayfield would send expectation higher but also put Ireland in a difficult spot.“This will be their marker to put down,” Strauss said. “If [Ireland] lose this one, probably that makes it very tough for them to get anywhere close to winning the competition. It’s a tough dynamic because you want to focus on every week as it comes.“I don’t think them as a team want to look at the end of the competition. They want to look at this week, how they will beat us and we’re doing the same thing. I think it will be a good test.“They’ll be really up for it and we have to match them.” Josh Strauss has said that Scotland will have to step up a level against Ireland this weekend but can earn a positive result if they take a leaf out of England’s book.Eddie Jones’ side were 32-20 winners in Dublin on the opening weekend and Strauss believes matching that performance can be key to success.Scotland lost 28-8 to Ireland at the Aviva last year and the flanker said that the team would look to learn from that defeat. While he felt home advantage could help, and was eagerly anticipating the Murrayfield backing, he said that feeling wouldn’t kick in until Saturday and until then preparation was his main focus.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinois Related Posts center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Just in time for SXSW, Dennis Crowley, one of the original developers of Dodgeball, has released a new location-aware social app (iTunes link) for the iPhone: Foursquare. At its core, Foursquare is a location-based social network, but at the same time, it is also a nightlife game where users get extra points for being the first to visit a new place, going out every night of the week, and for adding new information about clubs and restaurants.FeaturesFrom within the app, you can update your location, send shouts to your friends, track your ‘achievements,’ and keep a to-do list that is shared with your friends. You can also add additional information about your favorite food or beer to your favorite hangouts. Foursquare draws from a list of known restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The iPhone app also integrates reviews from Yelp and Google Maps. The app currently features a database for 12 of the larger metropolitan areas in the U.S., including Boston, New York, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, and Austin. We expect that Foursquare will add data for more cities in the next few months. If a certain restaurant or bar is not in Foursquare’s database, you can also add your own.CompetitionThe competitive elements are clearly stressed in this app, as you don’t just get points for everything you do on the service (and which are tracked on a leaderboard), but you can also receive badges for special achievements. Some of those, like being the ‘mayor’ of a certain place (the player who has checked in from this location more often than anybody else), are only given to one user at a time, and we can see how this might spur some fierce local competitions.VerdictFoursquare is a very cool application, and unlike other location-aware apps, it adds a competitive element to the interaction, as it rewards you for checking in whenever you arrive at a new location. This solves a major problem that has held back a lot of similar apps like Loopt or Brightkite in the past: users simply didn’t have enough of an incentive to open up the app and check in every time they arrived somewhere new. With Foursquare, checking in, however, becomes the thing to do.Overall, we can see how this app could become quite addictive and we wouldn’t be surprised if it took Austin by storm this weekend.last_img read more

first_imgSome call it the “biological Chernobyl.” On 2 April 1979, a plume of anthrax spores was accidentally released from a secret bioweapons facility in the Soviet city of Sverdlovsk. Propelled by a slow wind, the cloud drifted southeast, producing a 50-kilometer trail of disease and death among humans and animals alike. At least 66 people lost their lives, making it the deadliest human outbreak of inhalation anthrax ever.Now, 37 years later, scientists have managed to isolate the pathogen’s DNA from the bodies of two human victims and piece together its entire genome. The study, under review at the journal mBio and released today on the preprint server bioRxiv , answers one of the many remaining questions about the Soviet Union’s clandestine biowarfare program by showing that scientists hadn’t tinkered with the anthrax strain to make it more resistant to antibiotics or vaccines. If they had, the Soviet bioweapons would have become even more lethal. This is a perfectly ordinary strain. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t nasty. It was extracted from people who were killed by it.Matthew Meselson, Harvard UniversityThe study may also prove useful if bioterrorists ever get their hands on anthrax. “It provides us with a molecular fingerprint,” says Roland Grunow, an expert on anthrax at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin who was not involved in the study. “If this strain ever surfaces again we will be able to tell that it is the strain that was produced in huge amounts in Sverdlovsk.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Anthrax, caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, kills few people naturally, but is exquisitely suitable for use in bioweapons. That’s because the bacterium produces spores: tiny, dry survival capsules that can lie dormant in the soil for many decades. Spores can be weaponized and delivered by the trillions as an invisible, odorless aerosol. After nestling inside the human lung, they can cause a severe infection that, if not treated with antibiotics, kills 90% of those it infects.When released over, say, a packed sports stadium or a city center, tens of thousands could be exposed, and many would get sick before officials even realized what happened. One study, published in 2006, estimated that releasing just 1 kilogram of anthrax spores in Washington, D.C., would be enough to infect between 4000 and 50,000 people. If too few antibiotics were available within days, or if the microbes were resistant, thousands might die.Anthrax is a favorite weapon for bioterrorists as well. In June 1993, members of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo sprayed the bacterium from a building in Tokyo; luckily, they made a mistake and used a strain that was innocuous to humans. Shortly after the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York City, anthrax powder was mailed to several politicians and journalists on the U.S. East Coast; 22 people were infected and five died.During the Cold War, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union all had biowarfare programs. The Biological Weapons Convention, which took effect in 1975, was supposed to end that, but in the Soviet Union, a massive clandestine program continued to produce anthrax spores and several other bioagents.Questions about the outbreak in Sverdlovsk—which today is called Yekaterinburg and part of Russia—still linger. The Soviet Union at first blamed contaminated meat from an animal outbreak. In 1992, when Boris Yeltsin was president, a team led by Harvard University molecular biologist Matthew Meselson was allowed to visit the area to investigate the incident. In a paper published in Science in 1994, they concluded that the geographic pattern of the outbreak clearly showed that it was caused by an aerosol that had escaped from a facility known as Military Compound 19. “Bad meat does not go in straight lines 50 kilometers long, but wind can do that,” says Meselson, whose wife and fellow team member Jeanne Guillemin wrote a book about the investigation. Many other issues, such as exactly how the cloud was released, remain mysterious.To fill in a few more pieces of the puzzle, anthrax scientist Paul Keim of Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, and colleagues attempted to sequence the B. anthracis genome from two samples taken from victims. Russian pathologists who investigated the outbreak as it was occurring had collected the samples and later shared them with Meselson during his trip to the Soviet Union. The tissue had been fixed in formalin and embedded in paraffin, and the DNA was badly degraded, Keim says. Still, the researchers managed to piece together the entire sequence and compare it with hundreds of other anthrax isolates.The team didn’t see any evidence that Soviet engineers had tried to grow a strain that was resistant to drugs or vaccines, or that they had genetically engineered the bacteria in any way. “It is very closely related to other domesticated strains that have been used by the Soviets and Chinese as vaccine strains,” Keim says.”This is a perfectly ordinary strain,” Meselson agrees. The paper suggests that the Sverdlovsk strain “was one found in the environment which the Russians picked up and used for whatever they were doing there,” he says. “But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t nasty. It was extracted from people who were killed by it.”It was not unreasonable to suspect that the Soviets would have tried to create a superstrain, Meselson says. “They certainly could have made it resistant to penicillin,” he says—such resistant strains even exist in nature. And since 1979, others have engineered B. anthracis to be resistant to antibiotics as well as certain vaccines.What is most surprising is how few changes there are in the genome, Keim says. Only 13 base pairs differ between the Sverdlovsk strain and its likely common ancestor with the vaccine strains. B. anthracis evolves very slowly; during the many years it spends buried as a spore, its evolution is essentially on hold. But evolution speeds up as generation after generation is grown in the laboratory. Apparently, scientists in Sverdlovsk prevented this from happening, Keim says: “I think that the Soviets were meticulous in maintaining master spore stocks and avoiding extensive lab growth.”Russia officially agreed (again) to end its bioweapons program in 1992. But there are lingering doubts about whether the country has completely followed through, and security analysts have raised the prospect that Soviet bioweapons could have fallen into the wrong hands. Keim’s study should allow scientists to tell whether any future anthrax outbreak came from a leftover Soviet weapon or some other source, Grunow says. “If this strain appears again anywhere in the world, we would be able to identify it unequivocally.”last_img read more

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Juventus have announced their squad for the trip to Atalanta in Serie A tomorrow, with Cristiano Ronaldo left at home. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Maurizio Sarri stated during his press conference that the No 7 in all probablity wouldn’t make the trip due to the same injury that caused him to be taken off against Milan two weeks ago. Now it’s official that Ronaldo has been left at home to recuperate, with an eye on Juve’s game against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday. Other absentees include Adrien Rabiot and Alex Sandro, both of whom are suffering from injuries, but Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi have returned. The midfielders had both been doubts due to fitness problems of their own but are nonetheless free to travel. Juve squad to face Atalanta: Szczesny, Buffon, Pinsoglio; Bonucci, De Ligt, Rugani, Demiral, De Sciglio, Danilo; Pjanic, Matuidi, Emre Can, Khedira, Bernardeschi, Ramsey, Bentancur, Cuadrado; Higuain, Douglas Costa, Dybalalast_img read more

first_imgThe words ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’ are conspicuous by their absence in a new calendar published by the Rajya Sabha.The government’s Preamble play up has reached the portals of Parliament.  In what appears to be a trial balloon floated by the BJP led NDA to introduce the original Preamble in the political discourse to generate debate, the latest calendar published by Rajya Sabha also carries the picture of the Preamble without the key words “secular” and “socialist”. To that end the objective has been achieved as the Congress has taken strong objection to the government’s Republic Day advertisement in which the two “S” words were missing leading to a raging controversy which was later aggravated by NDA partner Shiv Sena as it demanded permanent removal of the words “secular” and “socialist” from the Constitution.The Rajya Sabha, meanwhile, has defended its calendar and clarified that it was not a mistake.Gurdeep Sappal, OSD to Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who is also chairperson of the upper house, told Mail Today that the calendar is part of the history and heritage series which reproduces the original historical document hand calligraphed volume of the Constitution by Nandalal Bose.As it happens, there is only one original, handmade, decorative and commemorative document of the Preamble which doesn’t include these two words – Secular and Socialist – because in 1950 they weren’t part of the Constitution. It is the 42nd Amendment, brought in during Emergency by Mrs Indira Gandhi, which changed the Preamble. As a rule, everyone in the government thus reproduces the original which doesn’t include these two words.advertisementThe government wants to keep the issue alive as it tore into the Congress stirring the pot.Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is an astute lawyer himself, told Mail Today, “All those Congressmen who are crying foul need to answer a simple question first: Our founding fathers, Jawaharlal Nehru included, were men of impeccable integrity and in their wisdom they gave us the Constitution which is a living document. Wasn’t Nehru a secularist? Weren’t the great leaders of the freedom movement secular? If they didn’t include these two words, then there must have been a reason and we need to find out from the Congress why they didn’t do it? And before 1976, weren’t we a secular nation? Mrs Gandhi was in power between 1971 and 1976 also. Wasn’t she secular then?”Prasad added, “Let me reiterate that the government led by Shri Modi believes in sabka saath, sabka vikas and the Jan Dhan Yojana is a true testimony to that as we have covered the nation’s entire spectrum. We don’t discriminate. We have demonstrated with our governance how inclusive we are. At the same time, there is no initiative from the government on this. We merely reproduced the Ministry of I & B April 14, 2012 advertisement. But please remember that these two words were introduced in the Preamble through the 42nd Amendment during the Emergency.”The Shiv Sena’s assertion on dropping the two words and the government’s crafty defence has led to widespread apprehensions that there might be a move to change the status of the Constitution.Union minister Venkaiah Naidu chose to put all anxieties to rest as he said in Chennai that the government was “committed to secularism and it didn’t think of removing it (the word Secular)” from the Preamble of the Indian Constitution.”We are committed to secularism. There is no problem about it. And there is no thinking to remove it also,” said the union housing and poverty alleviation minister. “Secular is there in the blood of Indian people. That’s part of our culture,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementThe Gunners have secured a comfortable win against Napoli in the first leg of the quarter final in the Europa League. Napoli were clear favourites to reach the next round of the competition from this tie. However, Arsenal have proved the critics wrong and they are now on the verge of qualifying for the semifinal of the Europa League.Aaron Ramsey scored the first goal of the match for the Gunners at the 14th minute of the match. It was a brilliant build up from the Gunners at the very beginning of the match. Alexandre Lacazette passed the ball towards Ainsley Maitland Niles and Maitland Niles provided it to Aaron Ramsey. The Goalkeeper of Napoli was not able to save the powerful shot of Aaron Ramsey. Few minutes later, Lucas Torreira’s shot was deflected by Koulibaly and it well straight towards goal. The Goalkeeper had nothing to do with it as it went completely in the opposite direction.The first half of the match ended with a scoreline of 2-0 in favour of the Gunners. The Gunners got enough opportunities to finish the tie with another goal. However, in the second half, they were not clinical enough. Napoli also created some chances in the second half; but the finishing was really poor for their side. The Gunners won the match with a margin of two goals. However, Napoli will certainly try to make a comeback in the next leg. Advertisement Everton edge past Arsenal to intensify the top four racelast_img read more