Arsenal and Newcastle fans argue over who wants Moussa Sissoko less

first_img Moussa Sissoko linked himself with a move to the Gunners Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League meant there could be a mass exodus as clubs looked to pinch the Magpies’ best players.Despite the news that Rafa Benitez would be staying at St James’ Park, Moussa Sissoko looks desperate to leave the club.The Frenchman clearly decided to take matters into his own hands has spoken publically about his love for Arsenal and how much we would like to play for such a ‘beautiful’ team.Sissoko linking himself with the Premier League runners up has lead to many Newcastle fans wanting him out of the club, but unfortunately Arsenal fans don’t want him either.See below for some of the best reactions to the news from annoyed Newcastle and Arsenal fans! 1last_img

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GAA NEWS: MILFORD SECURE DIVISION THREE STATUS AFTER DRAW WITH NAOMH COLMCILLE

first_imgMilford GAA News*New Club App Launched*The Club is delighted to announce we now have our own Club App. Download this FREE app to get all the latest Club news and info direct to your phone or tablet. You can pick and choose what info you get, whether it is all Club news to whether it is only U16 Ladies information to whether it is just to be kept updated on your childs U10 blitzes and training.The app will also notify you directly of all major news, results, fixtures and events that you might miss or forget seeing on the Club Facebook and Twitter pages. There is also a chat forums feature in which anyone can discuss Club activities, as well as links to our social media pages and website if you have never been on them. Managers can also use the app to stay in touch with their players, informing them of training schedules and matches directly, sending one notification instead of multiple text messages. The app provides all the latest news, lotto results, fixtures, results and latest scores right at your finger tips as well as a club shop from which you can also purchase the club lotto as well as the Club gear, especially handy for our former players and members around the world who still want to support the Club. And also coming after the AGM will be the ability to pay your Club membership through the handiness of the app and ensure you guarantee your 2015 All Ireland Final tickets (fingers crossed!) Those without a smartphone can also access the same information through the desktop version at https://milfordgaa.teamapp.com. To get the app follow these steps: 1. Download ‘Team App’ from the Apple or Google Play app store.2. Sign up for Team App. You will be sent an email to confirm your registration.3. Log into the app and search for ‘CLG BnaG’ 4.Choose your applicable access group(s).*CLG BnaG to Host Scor Semi Final*On Saturday November 15th CLG BnaG will host one of the Donegal Semi Finals of Scor na nOg in Milford Parish Hall. Why not come along and enjoy a great nights entertainment and also support the acts which will represent our own club. The show starts at 7.30pm. Go raibh maith agaibh.*Seniors*Naomh Colmcille 2-8 CLG BnaG 3-5 The Seniors secured their Division 3 status after a tense and thrilling draw with Naomh Comcille today. With both teams having something to play for at opposite ends of the table it was never going to be easy for Shaun Paul Barretts squad. The Seniors were down to the bare bones today with just 16 players but each and every one of them put in a shift today on probably the worst pitch we have played on all year. Na Galloglaigh got off to a nightmare start when Newtown scored a goal with their first attack but this was cancelled out after 15 minutes when Kane Barrett found the bottom corner of the net, before his brother Luc O Bairead got another goal with 8 minutes of the half remaining. In a tight physical encounter played in boggy conditions it was never going to be a high scoring free flowing game and that was reflected in the half time scoreline, with the Gallowglasses leading 2-2 to 1-1 at the whistle. For the second time in a week Ryan McKinley saw red for Newtown to reduce them to 14 men with 16 minutes remaining, and shortly after this Tj Evesson got a third Na Galloglaigh goal to put them 6 points clear. Newtown, with their hopes of promotion diminishing, threw the kitchen sink at Na Galloglaigh and for the most part they defended very well but Naomh Colmcille kept chipping away at scores to reduce the difference. With 5 minutes remaining Jonny Logue saw the road after he picked up his second yellow and the lads seemed to hit the panic button a little as the cool heads needed to retain possession in the closing stages was missing and some sloppy passes were seized upon clinically by Newtown and all of a sudden Na Galloglaigh found themselves a point behind as the game went into injury time. However in the 63rd minute up popped Kane Barrett again to level matters and a minute later Christopher Barrett felt aggrieved, and probably rightly so, when he felt he should have had a free in a very scorable position, before the ref blew for full time. The draw was the least the lads deserved for their performance today and were unlucky not to pick up the full two points themselves. With Burt beating Red Hughs by 3 points the lads can relax now knowing they are guaranteed to be playing Division 3 football next year. Na Galloglaigh have one more game left with an Intermediate Championship relegation playoff against Downings, possibly next week.Team: Sean Gallagher, Gavin Grier, Sean Black, Conor McNulty, Kieran Sheridan, Paddy Peoples, Manus Boyce, Jonny Logue, Luke Barrett (1-0), Kane Barrett (1-1), Christopher Barrett (0-1), Pauric Curley, David Curley, Cathal Mc Gettigan (0-3), TJ Evesson (1-0). Sub: Tony Mcnamee for Boyce (45m)*Intermediate Championship Relegation Playoff*CLG BnaG v DowningsMacCumhaill Park, Saturday @ 1.15pm Our Seniors take on our neighbours Downings in the Intermediate Championship relegation playoff this Saturday at 1.15pm. The game will be a curtain raiser to the Senior Reserve Final replay between St Eunans and Dungloe at 3pm. Obviously this is a huge game for the lads and any and all support would be greatly appreciated.*U12/U13 Core Strength Session*The U12s and U13s boys have a score strengthening session in the convent for the next 4 Wednesday nights in the Convent gym, Milford from 6-7pm. The sessions begin tonight and cost €2. All welcome.*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 2-3-10-12. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25. Damien McBride, Urbalshinny, Bernard O’Donnell, Bunlin, and Luke White, Fozes Glen. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,720. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Lucozade Sport Kit Out Project*Lucozade Sport are back with another promotion this year which was very beneficial to us last year. However this year they are NOT looking for the bottle caps, instead they are looking for a promotional code that is found printed on the bottle underneath the wrapper. We would like to ask all our players and supporters to hold on to any Lucozade Sports bottles they come across and leave them in the designated bottle bin at the Clubhouse. Thanks again for the help collecting last year and we look forward to collecting even more this year!*Scor na nOg*It is that time of year were we ask all interested young singers/musicians/dancers etc to come forward as Scor na nOg will be coming up again in the next few weeks. Once again you can contact Cultural Officer Brendan Ward on 074-9152455 or 086-3409183 or email bandcward1@gmail.com*Training Schedules*Seniors/Reserves/U21s/Minors: Mon (8.30pm @ Crossfit LK), Tuesday & Thursday (7pm @ Pitch)Senior Ladies: (@ Pitch): Wednesday (7pm), Saturday (10am)Minors: (@ Pitch) Wednesday (4.30pm)G4M&O: (@ Pitch): Mondays (8pm)U16s: (@ Pitch): Mondays (6.30pm), Wednesdays (6.30pm)U14s: (@ Pitch): Tuesday (4.15pm), Friday (4.15pm)U12s: (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)U12s (Mixed): (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)Gaelic4Girls: (@ Pitch) Fridays (6pm)U10s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (7pm)U8s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (6pm)*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*2014 Membership*Club membership will be soon due for the 2014 year. Please be aware that Donegal tickets will only be sourced for paid up members of the Club. The rates remain unchanged from 2013:Family – €50Senior – €20U18 – €10Alternatively you can subscribe to the Club Lotto Database. For €17 a month you will receive:– Full Family membership– Entered into every weekly Lotto draw– Automatically in a Christmas Hamper Draw (For subscribers only)– 11 free weeks entry into the lottoFor more information contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2014 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2014 included– Entered into every draw evey week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Child Protection & ASAP Policies*CLG BnaG Child Protection and Welfare Policy & Procedures and CLG BnaG Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ASAP) prevention Policy information sessions have been held for all members of the club executive and all those involved with underage teams. There will be further information sessions for underage members and their parents/guardians following the next registration in 2014. Please visit the ‘downloads’ section of our website (Milford.Donegal.gaa.ie) and view the policy for yourself. If anyone has any queries or concerns or comments please contact the club Children’s Officer Marian McNulty at 086/8506405 or marian.mcnulty@lyit.ie*Volunteers Needed for Sub-Committees*CLG BnaG is currently in the process of creating Sub-Committees to help implement and achieve the targets of a 5 year plan. If you feel you can contribute to the running of the Club in any small way, either in time or in ideas, please contact MilfordDonegalGAA@gmail.com, 0863400082 or send a PM. The Sub-Committees are as follows:FinanceUnderage Games DevelopmentAdult Games DevelopmentClub AdministrationClub FacilitiesPR, Communication & Culture*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Evolution Fitness*All paid up club members will now be able to avail of a €10 discount on 3 month membership. Normal 3 month membership is €80 but will be available to members for €70. If interested contact Jack Duddy at Evolution Fitness beside the mart in Milford*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie/*Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. Anyone who has ordered club gear but yet received it are to contact either Aidan or Barry. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan on 086-8194751.GAA NEWS: MILFORD SECURE DIVISION THREE STATUS AFTER DRAW WITH NAOMH COLMCILLE was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMilfordNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Leeds keeping tabs on free agent after release from Premier League club

first_imgLeeds are believed to be keen on adding another attacking midfield option to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad before Friday’s loan deadline passes, ideally from a Premier League club, though they could move for El-Mhanni if no other options present themselves. Beardsley was later found to have made ‘discriminatory comments’ towards El-Mhanni, an independent appeal ruled.Since his departure from St James’ Park, the winger has been attempting to earn a contract with a new club, and Brentford have offered El-Mhanni the chance to train with them as they considering moving for him. moving on targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer El-Mhanni left Newcastle at the end of last season The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade getty images Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? REVEALED Latest transfer news Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets center_img El-Mhanni made just two appearances in his two seasons with the Magpies RANKED three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland However, Goal say that Brentford’s Championship rivals Leeds are also keeping tabs on El-Mhanni, as well as Heerenveen of the Netherlands and French duo Amiens and Saint-Etienne.El-Mhanni joined Newcastle in the summer of 2016 after impressing in non-league for both Farnborough and Lewes, having also spent time on trial with a host of Premier League clubs including Watford, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Chelsea. TOP WORK 2 LATEST Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 2 IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Leeds United are keeping tabs on free agent Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who is currently training with Brentford as he seeks a new club.El-Mhanni, 22, has been without a club since he left Newcastle at the end of last season. The Magpies did not extend the winger’s contract in the wake of him making accusations of bullying and discrimination towards Peter Beardsley, the club’s academy coach, though the two events were unrelated.last_img read more

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COUNCIL VOTE DEMANDS ISRAELI AMBASSADOR IS SENT HOME

first_imgCllr DohertyDonegal County Council has today passed a motion expressing solidarity with the people of Gaza and calling for the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland. The motion also called for the Israeli Government to immediately end all hostilities and to enter into peace talks with Palestinian representatives.The motion received unanimous cross-party support and was proposed by Cllr Gary Doherty of Sinn Féin and seconded by Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easpaig and follows a protest outside the County House in Lifford on Monday in support of the people of Gaza. Cllr Doherty said: “I believe it is time that the Irish people took collective responsibility for what is happening is Gaza. We cannot stand idly by and watch as hundreds, even thousands of innocent civilians are murdered by the state of Israel. I believe it is our duty to stand up for these people and to defend their rights to life.”He continued: “Gaza is such a small area of land, and the onslaught that they are being subjected to is beyond comprehension for most people in Ireland. Were we to apply the geography of Gaza to Donegal, we would be looking at a patch of land stretching from Bridgend to Killygordon, populated by 1.8 million people.“These people have no freedom of movement. They are surrounded by a huge wall, restricted access to the sea and prevented from travelling on many roads. They are now being bombarded by a concerted bombing campaign by one of the most advanced war machines in the world. The result are the sickening images of people being murdered on their own streets.”“Since the current Israeli campaign began, over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed. Over 200 of these have been children. In the last week we have seen hospitals and schools destroyed, and today we have even seen a graveyard attacked with dead bodies re-interred. He continued “I saw an image last week of a Palestinian man carrying a plastic bag which was full of meat. The bag contained the remains of his four year old son who had literally been shredded by an Israeli fachette bomb, which consists of explosives wrapped in steel darts. This is not acceptable to any right thinking individual.”“Today, Donegal County Council has sent a clear message to our Government that we abhor these atrocities. The Israeli Ambassador needs to be expelled until his Government takes steps to rectify this horrible situation. If every country took that step, and sent a clear diplomatic message to Israel that what they are doing is wrong, then hopefully we may start to see a softening of Israel’s approach to Gaza.” COUNCIL VOTE DEMANDS ISRAELI AMBASSADOR IS SENT HOME was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilGAZAIsraellast_img read more

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Fortuna boys use big second half to pull away for win over Del Norte

first_imgFortuna >> Fortuna head coach Alex Rump is well aware of his team’s on-again, off-again struggles to open games.Luckily for the Huskies, they put together quite a second half to make things anything but stressful down the stretch.Getting contributions from everywhere Rump could look, the Fortuna boys basketball used an impressive second-half showing to pull away for a 68-44 win over Del Norte at Damon Gymnasium on Friday night.When it was all said and done, the Huskies outscored the Warriors …last_img

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Is Settling in USA worth it for Indians

first_imgAs an Indian immigrant in the USA, I have been asking myself this question for a quite long time. The reality is 95% of the Indian immigrants are settling in the US and only 5% of the immigrants are going back to India. I wondered if the “Major chunk(95%) of people settling in the US are making a wise decision or the small chunk(5%) of people going back are making a bad decision?” So I asked this question to my friends and colleagues from the 95% category but I could not get any subtle or profound answers. It looked like people are just following the crowd or falling into the trap, and not be able to go back later in life. So I did my own research asking specific set of survey questions to different age people. So let me share my findings.Read it at Linkedin Related Itemslast_img read more

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Liverpool thrashes Maribor 7-0 in Champions League

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left, celebrates with Philippe Coutinho after scoring during the Champions League soccer match between Maribor and Liverpool at the Ljudski vrt stadium, in Maribor, Slovenia, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)MARIBOR, Slovenia — Liverpool rediscovered its potency by thrashing Maribor 7-0, matching the biggest away win in Champions League history and emphatically securing its first win in Group E on Tuesday.Mohamed Salah scored twice to follow up goals from Roberto Firmino, in the fourth minute, and Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool took a 4-0 lead at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Rockets rally to spoil defending champion Warriors return BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Firmino added a second goal before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain — his first for Liverpool — and Trent Alexander-Arnold completed the rout for Maribor’s heaviest loss in the competition.“Our attitude was outstanding — we were spot on from the first second,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLiverpool started off with draws against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow, but this win lifted the English team to the top of the group on goal difference from Spartak, which thrashed Sevilla 5-1.Liverpool has struggled to turn chances into goals in recent games, notably draws in the English Premier League against Burnley and Manchester United that have dropped Klopp’s team off the title pace. Read Next “We had bad luck in the last three or four games,” Salah said. “Everyone was confident a good result was coming.”It was the biggest margin of victory for an English club away from home in the European Cup or Champions League.Two other teams have also won 7-0 in the Champions League: Marseille over MSK Zilina in 2010 and Shakhtar Donetsk over BATE Borisov in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

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Eagles prey on Tams; Maroons post win No. 2

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thirdy Ravena finished with another all-around game with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, while Anton Asistio picked up 16 points, built on three triples as the Eagles won by twin digits for the third straight game.“We shot well from the field,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s a high scoring game and we shot well from the field, even from the three-point line. But we also gave a lot of points to FEU. They shot the ball well also, more than what we would’ve wanted.”Later, Paul Desiderio broke out of his early season slump, firing a season-best 28 points as University of the Philippines repulsed University of the East, 84-71. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo failed to shut down Far Eastern U’s attack the way it planned, but the Blue Eagles’ red-hot shooting proved more than enough to get the job done.With seven players making at least a triple, the Eagles used a fiery start to crush another contender in the Tamaraws, 94-82, on Sunday and regain top spot in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Making just 26 percent of his shots in the first two games, Desiderio went 9-of-15 from the field as the Fighting Maroons shook off a flat start to improve their record to 2-1 for solo third behind Ateneo and La Salle.Malinese center Ibrahim Ouattara delivered a breakout performance of 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Maroons who rallied from 13-27 down in the opening period.“I have to give credit to my guys because they were able to withstand UE’s strong start,” said UP coach Bo Perasol said.Playing their third game in eight days, the Eagles came out smoking in the first period with Asistio hitting three triples and Ravena chipping in 10 points in a 34-point explosion that helped erect an 18-point bulge.“Our shooting helped us throughout the whole game, Anton hit the shots early, and all the others contributed so props to my teammates,” said Ravena. “But it was hard to pull off the defensive game plan.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Racela rues Tams’ poor defense vs hot-shooting Eagles The Tamaraws came within nine points in the fourth quarter but the Eagles, already in the groove offensively, found an answer each time with Ravena, Vince Tolentino and Matt Nieto making big shots to snuff out any hopes of a comeback.Nieto also had three triples and finished with 11 points, while Isaac Go and Rafael Verano also accounted for a trey each as the Eagles continued their offensive juggernaut that saw them beat Adamson by 20 points last Sept. 9 and UP by 21 on Wednesday.Wendell Comboy had 12 points for FEU, which slid to 1-2.last_img read more

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Sania-Bhupathi pair crashes out of US Open in first round

first_imgIndia’s mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi crashed out in the opening round of the US Open on Thursday, losing 3-6, 6-7 to Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak of the Czech Republic.The Indian pair was seeded 6th in the tournament.Sania had also crashed out of the women’s singles in the first round after going down to Israel’s Shahar Peer. She, however, advanced to the 2nd round of women’s doubles with partner Elena Vesnina.Bhupathi will also play in men’s double round 2 after having won his first round match with partner Leander Paes.last_img

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Haryana govt to empower banks to give loans to its employees

first_imgChandigarh, Mar 2 (PTI) The Haryana government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with banks to facilitate loans to government employees to tide over the fund crunch which makes extending loans difficult.The state government which provided loans for housing, vehicles, computers and marriage etc to its employees, has decided to transfer the facility to the banks.”The cabinet decided to shift its portfolio to the banks. The State Government would sign an MoU with banks, which would ensure quick release of loans as and when required,” an official spokesperson said today after a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.”The employees would now be able to avail the loans through scheduled banks at the same rate of interest as is applicable through the government. Also, now they will not have to wait for days to get their applications processed,” he said.It was observed that as a result of this decision, the cost of interest subvention would be reduced and there would be wide and fair competition between banks, he said.”There would be good and favourable terms and conditions for the employees. Also, there would be strict time limits upon forwarding of an employees loan application by Head of the Department or Managing Director or Administrative Secretary concerned. There would be quick release of documents and easy pre-payment terms,” he said.”The governments annual budgetary allocation does not suffice the need of all its employees. Therefore, there is discontent among them.”The decision would overcome discontent amongst the employees as all of them would be able to avail the facility. The amount of loan currently given can be diverted to developmental works,” the spokesperson said.advertisementAlso, the shift would increase the clients of the banks, he said.The rate at which the loan is provided to the employees is linked to the rate of interest applicable to Public Provident Fund (PPF) and is revised by the state government from time to time.He said as the banks might be charging a rate of interest higher than that linked to the PPF account, the state would provide interest subvention to the banks on account of differential between the prevailing rate of interest and the one to be charged by the banks.The state government would have to make budgetary allocation only to the tune of a maximum of three per cent of the existing allocated budget on account of interest subvention to be paid to the banks, he said.There are over 2.74 lakh government employees, out of whom only 24,507 have availed housing loan and 9,757 took vehicle loan. As many as 7,144 employees have taken computer loan and 16,887 marriage loan from the government till March 31, 2014. PTI AKA DIP SK DIPlast_img read more

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