‘I felt humiliated by Newcastle’ – Revitalised Hatem Ben Arfa

first_img1 Hatem Ben Arfa has revived his career with French side Nice Hatem Ben Arfa has lifted the lid on his time at Newcastle United and claimed he was ‘humiliated’ by the club.The France international was dropped from the first-team to the reserves and he eventually had his contract terminated in January 2015.Since then the attacking midfielder has gone on to shine for Nice though and he scored 18 goals last season.The 29-year-old is now being linked with a summer move to Barcelona and he admits it is a long way from his ill-fated time at St James’ Park.“In 2014, Newcastle sent me to the reserves for two months,” Ben Arfa told Journal du Dimanche.“I was called up normally for training, I would get changed in the senior squad dressing room, but then I would work with the youngsters on some remote pitch; you had to walk a long time to get there.“The club also invented a story that I had put on weight to harm me when I had not put on weight. I felt very humiliated, but this episode taught me patience.“Six months later, when my contract with Nice was not approved, I had a desire to throw the towel in.“But that feeling only lasted for ten minutes, because I had not yet accomplished everything that I wanted. It was impossible for me to finish like that.”last_img read more

India jumps 5 places to 52nd in global innovation index

first_imgNew Delhi: India improved its rank by five places to stand at 52nd in an index of the world’s most innovative economies and maintained its position as the top exporter of IT services, according to a report released Wednesday. The country’s three cities, Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi, also featured in the world’s top 100 science and technology clusters, according to the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019. The GII ranks 129 economies based on 80 indicators, ranging from intellectual property filing rates to mobile-application creation, education spending and scientific and technical publications. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSwitzerland retained its number-one spot on the GII rankings. It was followed by Sweden, the US, the Netherlands, the UK, Finland, Denmark, Singapore, Germany and Israel in the top 10 places. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal released the Global Innovation Index (GII) rankings here. Goyal said that the government is committed to further improving the ranking as innovation is key for the country’s economic growth. “I assure you that going forward, the country will not rest until we achieve the target of coming in the top 25th and then in top 10th in the world.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia maintained its top place in the Central and Southern Asia region. The country improved its position the most in certain pillars including labour productivity growth, knowledge and technology outputs, intellectual property related variables. It also witnessed improvement in institutions, human capital and research, and market sophistication indicators. Notable gains were also found in political and operational stability where a new indicator is used this year and in ease of starting a business. It, however, lagged logistics performance and females employed with advanced degrees. “The largest drops are found in logistics performance, females employed with advanced degrees, and printing and other media,” the report said. DPIIT Secretary Ramesh Abhishek said that the government is working to improve its intellectual property rights (IPR) regime. “We are increasing manpower, simplifying procedures and using technology to significantly reduce the time for examination of applications,” Abhishek said. The GII rankings are published annually by Cornell University, INSEAD and the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and GII Knowledge Partners. Industry body CII has been the GII knowledge partner since 2009. Speaking at the function, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said that the GII shows that countries that prioritise innovation in their policies have seen significant increases in their rankings. “The rise in the GII by economic powerhouses like China and India have transformed the geography of innovation and this reflects deliberate policy action to promote innovation,” he said. Further the report stated that despite signs of slowing economic growth, innovation continues to blossom, particularly in Asia, but pressures are looming from trade disruptions and protectionism. “Most top science and technology clusters are in the US, China, and Germany, whlie Brazil, India, Iran, Russia, and Turkey also feature in the top 100 list,” it said. In Central and South Asia, Iran ranked 61st and Kazakhstan at 79th. Pakistan ranked at 105th. India remained at the top in the region and moved up to the 4th position in the GII rankings among lower-middle-income economies. India has also outperformed on innovation relative to its GDP per capita for nine years in a row. “The country confirms its rank among the top 50 economies in two pillars Market sophistication (33rd) and Knowledge and technology outputs (32nd) with the latter being the pillar in which India ranks the highest this year,” it said. In Global R&D companies, India reached the 15th spot as the second middle-income economy. “In this pillar, the indicator graduates in science and engineering (7th) remains a relative strength for the country. Thanks to the quality of its top 3 universities IITs (Delhi and Bombay) and the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, India achieves a relatively strong ranking in the indicator quality of universities (21st),” the report added.last_img read more

Koulibalys two game ban stands

first_imgKalidou Koulibaly’s two-match ban could not be rescinded despite Napoli’s effort in the court of appeal.The Napoli defender was sent off during the loss to Inter for sarcastically applauding the referee after a yellow card amid racist taunts from the stands throughout the match.Today the Senegalese defender testified in front of the appeal court and confessed he was “ashamed” to tell his mother what had happened.However, the appeal was turned down, meaning he will miss two games starting with Sunday’s showdown against Lazio.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassani told Football Italia via Sky the verdict left Koulibaly and the club with “a profound sense of injustice.”A statement released by the appeals court explains the “unacceptable atmosphere that was created inside the stadium during the match has no relevance and cannot be considered justification for an athlete to mock the referee.“If that were the case, the presence of racist behaviour in the stands could be used to justify and not sanction any act (even violence) by a player. Obviously, that cannot be allowed to stand as precedent.”last_img read more

A tasty affair

first_imgDelhi Cant resist its watering mouth as the most cherished food fantasy comes alive. Paatra – The Indian cuisine restaurant at Jaypee Vasant Continental announces special Kebab promotion An Affair with Kebab.  The fare is a culinary delight for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians with an array succulent kebab cooked perfectly in tandoor. Relish unlimited quantities of five vegetarian and non vegetarian kebabs along with biryani, dal, breads and desserts accompanied by a bucket of beer. The scrumptious kebabs can also be paired with the finest selection of liquor available at Paatra. So head on and order some!Where: Paatra, Jaypee Vasant Continental When: 23 May to 8 June        PRICE: 1699 plus taxes per person TIMINGS: Both Lunch and Dinnerlast_img

Major fire in Chitpur garment warehouse no casualties

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at a garment warehouse in the Lock Gate area of Chitpur on Saturday morning leading to the destruction of some goods which were stored there. No casualty or injuries have been reported.”The fire took place at around 8.10 am. We haven’t received any report of casualties. The fire was brought under control by 10.30 am. As many as 15 fire tenders were pressed into action. The cooling operations lasted till late afternoon. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot in phases to control the flames,” a fire service official said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseFifteen fire tenders swung into action to douse the flame. They initially tried to prevent any further spread of fire to adjacent establishments. There had been a possibility of fire being spread to other buildings as the area is congested. The local residents spotted dark smoke billowing out of the top floor of a multi-storeyed building and immediately informed the matter to the fire brigade. The fire personnel faced difficulties to identify the source as thick cloud of smoke covered the entire area. Panic broke out among the people who were inside the other go-downs and shops housed on different floors of the building. They soon left the other go-downs, shops and rushed downstairs. Some locals however, tried to douse the flames but failed to make any headway. According to the fire brigade officials, the owners of the garment warehouse had possibly stocked some items to be supplied to stores. They are yet to determine if there were any other inflammable materials piled up inside the room. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We were in fear that if the fire spreads to the adjacent buildings, it could prove devastating. A prompt action taken by the fire personnel checked the intensity of the incident. Firefighters had a tough time bringing in the fire tenders and other equipment inside the congested area,” said septuagenarian Bijoy Das who is a local resident. The reason for the fire is not yet known. According to the preliminary investigation, fire officials suspect that an electrical short circuit might have triggered it. They also suspect that there was no proper fire fighting system in the building. A specific complaint has been lodged at the local police station and a probe is on.last_img read more

American Airlines averts Christmas chaos after reaching agreement with pilots

first_img Share American Airlines averts Christmas chaos after reaching agreement with pilots Tags: American Airlines Monday, December 4, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press NEW YORK — American Airlines has reached an agreement with its pilots’ union to avoid cancelling thousands of flights during the holiday season.A scheduling glitch had left thousands of flights without a captain, co-pilot or both between Dec. 17 and Dec. 31 at dozens of airports. The airline and the Allied Pilots Association had disagreed how to overcome the problem.American said Friday that the two sides “have put that worry to rest to make sure our flights will operate as scheduled.”The union said it withdrew a grievance after reaching an agreement in principle. Union spokesman Dennis Tajer said details will be released after pilots see the deal.American, the world’s biggest airline, expects to operate more than 200,000 flights in December.last_img read more