Javier Mascherano out for six weeks, will miss Argentina vs Brazil clash

first_imgBarcelona says defender Javier Mascherano will be out of action for six weeks to recover from a right knee injury.Barcelona’s season is over, but the injury will rule out Mascherano from Argentina’s friendly against Brazil on June 9.Mascherano injured his leg early in Saturday’s final of the Copa del Rey, when Barcelona beat Alaves 3-1 to defend its title for a third straight season.He also cut his head during the collision with an Alaves player that produced the leg injury. He returned on crutches to join the team celebration.Argentina doesn’t play its next World Cup qualifier until it plays Uruguay on August 28.last_img

Your Chances Of Being Gored By A Bull In Pamplona Are Getting

Spanish3747301.6 NATIONALITYTOTAL GORINGS SINCE 2005PERCENT OF GORINGS SINCE 2005PERCENT OF ATTENDANCE IN 2014GORINGS TO ATTENDANCE RATIO Latin Americans4551.0 Other/unidentified1013210.6 British68%4%1.9 I’m sure this data will do little to dissuade my fellow prospective runners from heading to Pamplona one of these years — if anything, it’ll probably be used to argue that the odds are in your favor. But you’ll take the risk knowing that there have been only three days in the past 35 years when no one suffered a major injury. Hey, it’s gotta happen to someone. North Americans1114240.6 French2350.5 Australians or Kiwis810110.9 Another year, another 10 gorings. The annual nine-day running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain, drew to a close today, with the inevitable bloody results: None was gored today, but five were hospitalized with major injuries in the last of eight runs.The festival is one of the most jarring examples of just how imperfect a process natural selection is. The tradition began centuries ago as a way to transport bulls from their corrals to the bullfighting ring, and grew as more people decided it would be fun to run in front of the bulls and try not to die. Literally the only point of going is to survive extreme risk (and to slap a bull on the butt, apparently). And yet it seems just as popular on bucket lists now1Mine included. as it was when it shot to worldwide fame in 1926 with its depiction in Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises.” The danger is the appeal — but just how dangerous is it to run with the Pamplona bulls?Record keeping on deaths (there have been 15) goes back to 1922, and Navarra — the region of Spain where the festival takes place — has kept track of every major injury that has resulted from the run since 1980. Using their data, I decided to find out for myself what the odds will be of ending up in a Navarra hospital when I inevitably partake in this exercise in idiocy.Although the number of injuries has been volatile from year to year, it’s grown by about 5.1 percent on average each year since 1980.That’s what you might expect if attendance were growing, but it’s not. Pamplona’s City Hall has tracked exact annual headcounts since only 2011 (and hasn’t published numbers for 2015 yet), but the limited available data suggests that attendance is on the decline — 17,126 people participated last year, down from 20,500 in 2011.2Six bulls and six steers run every day, regardless of the number of human participants. (Organizers claim the steers are harmless.) Pamplona blames the decline of the past two years on timing, saying the weekend fell mid-festival rather than at the beginning (coinciding with the big event kickoff), as it did in 2012 and 2011.With injuries going up and attendance going down, each person who runs alongside the bulls has a higher risk of being injured every year. Based on 2014’s data, you’d have a 0.3 percent chance of being injured, which is the same chance of having an unproduced screenplay turned into a feature film.But that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and don that pañuelo just yet. The Associated Press has kept detailed reports on how many people were gored — and the countries they hail from — every day of the festival dating to 2005. I used Nexis to determine whether runners from any nationality stood out. Obviously, Spaniards were hit hardest in terms of the raw number of gorings — 37 of the total 78 over the 10-year period. But Brits take home the prize for most disproportionate number of participants gored. They account for about 8 percent of gorings, but just 4 percent of participants.3Breakdown of attendance by nationality is based on 2014 headcounts. read more

Banks may resist RBI pressure to cut lending rate despite repo rate

first_imgEven though Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is putting pressure on banks to transfer the recent repo rate cut benefit to customers, banking circles believe the general liquidity crunch is making it difficult to ensure full transmission.RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das will be meeting bankers on Thursday in an attempt to ensure conversion of the recent rate cut into cheaper loans, media reports say.The RBI slashed repo rate, the rate at which the central bank lends money to banks, by 25 basis point, to 6.25 percent, earlier this month responding to the subdued inflation figures and the need to add liquidity to push growth in a slowing global economy.However, industry experts believe the current liquidity situation of the economy does not favour a viable reduction in the lending rate by banks. They point out the marked mismatch between credit growth and deposit growth. Credit growth has taken off to 9.3 percent, bank deposits have growth only by 6.1 percent, according to estimates. Tinkering with the interest rate on deposits will further affect the deposit growth and hamper banks’ ability to extend more credit widening the marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR).Aditya Puri, HDFC Bank CEO, has said that lending rates can’t come down unless deposit rates brought down. “Banks are finding it difficult on the funding side,” the Times of India quoted Puri as saying. “Transmission of RBI’s rate cuts will depend on the time frame in which deposit rates go down. As long as there is a scarcity of deposits, and banks raise deposit rates, they cannot bring down lending rates.”Media reported in the last quarter that many banks increased deposit rates fearing a liquidity crunch in the system, pushing up their MCLR. Lenders are finding it difficult to mobilize deposits because of the rise in cash in circulation and mutual fund investments, Puri said. Falling bank interest rate will drive more investors to public provident fund (PPF) and post office deposits where the rates remain high.Puri wants the RBI to bring down the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) or cash reserve ratio (CRR) to bring down the cost of funds of banks without a reduction in deposit rates.The RBI governor had told a press conference with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in attendance that the “transmission of rates is very important, especially after the central bank announces a rate cut.””As already stated in our post-Monetary Policy Committee press conference, I am having an interaction with the CEOs and MDs of the banks, both public and private sector, which is now scheduled to be on February 21,” Das said. “We will discuss that issue with the banks and see what needs to be done.”The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been trying to infuse more liquidity into the economy to general more jobs in as it is facing the general election 2019 in a few months. Credit growth is a primary necessity to ensure that the system regains liquidity.last_img read more

2 drug officials suspended over substandard medicine

first_imgA health ministry official on Thursday informed the High Court that two officials of Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) have been suspended for their negligence in dealing with case filed over deaths of 28 children in 2009 after taking substandard medicine produced by Rid Pharma.Health Secretary (service) Sirajul Haque Khan appeared before the High Court bench comprising justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and justice Md. Ataur Rahman Khan and said assistant director Shafiqul Islam and deputy director Altaf Hossain of the Directorate General of Drug Administration have been suspended over the matter.The court exempted the secretary from personal appearance during the future hearing dates as he offered unconditional apology.The court had ordered the health secretary to appear before it on 21 August and he complied with order. The court on that date wanted to know ministry’s action against those two officials, who have been found guilty of negligence in dealing with the sensational case.The court had asked the ministry official to submit a report in this regard within 72-hour.The ministry submitted a report on 21 August, saying the two officials have been warned. After that the court again asked the secretary to appear before the court yesterday to explain ministry’s stand on the matter.The secretary appeared before the court yesterday but the court was not happy with his reply and asked him to appear again today.last_img read more

21Aug grenade attack case arguments start 23 Oct

first_img21 august grenade attack. File PhotoA Dhaka court is scheduled to start hearing the closing arguments on 23 October in a case lodged over grenade attack at the rally of the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, now prime minister, in capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue on 21 August 2004, reports state-run BSS news agency.BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, Jamaat-e-Islami’s executed secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, former state minister for home affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar were among others charge-sheeted in 2012 following a fresh investigation into the matter after Awami League (AL) government came to power in 2009.”Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 is set to hear the arguments on 23, 24 and 25 October, to complete the trial over one of the most brutal and heinous attacks on political leaders and activists,” Syed Rezaur Rahman, chief prosecutor in the sensational case, told BSS.A total of 225 prosecution witnesses testified in the case, while 20 witnesses were produced by the defence.A total of 24 AL leaders and workers including the then Mahila Awami League president and wife of late president Zillur Rahman, Ivy Rahman, were killed and 500 others were injured in the attack. Sheikh Hasina and the front ranking leaders escaped the carnage narrowly.According to the case documents, then sub-inspector Faruk Hossain of Motijheel police station filed the case on 22 August 2004.Criminal Investigation Department (CID) senior ASP Fazlul Kabir on 11 June 2008, filed the charge sheet in the case against 22 people including chief of Bangladesh chapter of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) Mufti Abdul Hannan.Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 on 3 August 2009, ordered further investigation, accepting a plea of the prosecution.New investigation officer and superintendant of police of CID Abdul Kahar Akand on 3 July 2011, filed two separate charge sheets, one for murder and another under explosive substances act, against total 52, including BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.”Of the total 52 accused, 18 are yet to be arrested, eight are on bail and the rest are behind the bars. Former Jamaat secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid has been hanged in crimes against humanity case, while Mufti Hannan and his associate Shahidul Alam Bipul have been executed for 2004 grenade attack at Shah Jalal shrine in Sylhet and their names have been dropped from the case,” advocate Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, special public prosecutor, told BSS.Of the high profile accused in the case, former state minister for home affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar, former deputy minister for information Abdus Salam Pintu are in jail.Former top officials of police Ashraful Huda, Shahudul Haque, Khoda Boksh Chowdhury, SP Ruhul Amin, ASP Atikur Rahman and Abdur Rashid are on bail in the case.According to the intelligence sources, of the fugitives, Tarique Rahman is in London, Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad in the Middle East, Mohammad Hanif of Hanif Enterprise is in Kolkata, retired major general ATM Amin in the USA, retired lieutenant colonel Saiful Islam Joardar in Canada, Ratul Babu in India, Anisul Morsalin and Mohibul Mottakin are in Indian jail and Mawala Tazuddin is in South Africa.last_img read more

Trump terms meeting with Putin better than with NATO

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and Russia`s president Vladimir Putin shake hands as they meet in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July 2018. Photo: ReutersPresident Donald Trump said Tuesday that his inaugural summit with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was better than the one he held last week with traditional US allies in NATO.“While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way – the Fake News is going Crazy!” Trump tweeted.Trump’s meeting with NATO allies last week — at which he sharply criticised them over defence spending — was seen as having badly strained trans-Atlantic ties, in sharp contrast to the amity on display when the US president met Putin on Monday.At a joint news conference, Trump appeared to take the Russian leader’s word over that of US intelligence that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US presidential election — drawing widespread criticism at home.Standing alongside the Kremlin boss, Trump acknowledged that his intelligence chiefs believe Russia hacked and leaked Democrats’ emails containing politically damaging information about his rival Hillary Clinton.But, insisting he had won the race fair and square, the Republican said: “I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”last_img