Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour have been named as the only Scottish players in the British and Irish Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand.Head Coach Warren Gatland announced his squad at a media conference on Wednesday afternoon, with the Glasgow Warriors pair Gatland’s only Scottish picks.Hogg was named Player of the Tournament at this year’s Six Nations after a string of impressive performances led Scotland to their best finish in the competition since 1999.Speaking at the announcement Gatland said he finalised his selections as late as Tuesday afternoon but remains confident the players chosen are more than capable for winning in New Zealand. He said: “There has been some pretty lively debates in terms of finalising the squad so we are very happy with the quality of the squad that we have and very excited about the team we have put together.“This is probably the hardest selection we have had, we think it is a strong squad so as a coaching team we are really excited about the talent and quality of team we are taking to New Zealand.Gatland has chosen Welsh flanker Sam Warburton as captain of the Lions squad, having captained the side during the 2013 Lions tests against AustraliaGatland says Warburton, who becomes only the second man to captain the Lions on two separate tours, was always in his mind and his experience will be crucial when the squad travel to New Zealand. He said: His experience, captaining the team in 2013, he was fully aware his form will have to be good enough to be selected in the test team but i think he is the right man for the job.”There were some noticeable absentees from the squad with many Scottish hopefuls missing out.Finn Russell, Jonny and Richie Gray, John Barclay, Hamish Watson as well as a host of other Scots were all in contention for selection but missed out on a place on the plane to New Zealand.In total the squad is made up of 16 English players, 12 from Wales, 11 from Ireland and two for Scotland.The Lions head to New Zealand to take on the All Blacks with the first test taking place on 24th June in Auckland.Full British and Irish Lions squad:Backs – Dan Biggar (Wales), Elliot Daly (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Owen Farrell (England), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Stuart Hogg (Scotland), Jonathan Joseph (England), Conor Murray (Ireland), George North (Wales), Jack Nowell (England), Jared Payne (Ireland), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Tommy Seymour (Scotland), Ben Te’o (England), Anthony Watson (England), Rhys Webb (Wales), Liam Williams (Wales), Ben Youngs (England)Forward – Rory Best (Ireland), Dan Cole (England), Taulupe Faletau (Wales), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Jamie George (England), Iain Henderson (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), George Kruis (England), Courtney Lawes (England), Joe Marler (England), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Ross Moriarty (Wales), Sean O’Brien (Ireland), Peter O’Mahony (Ireland), Ken Owens (Wales), Kyle Sinckler (England), CJ Stander (Ireland), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Billy Vunipola (England), Mako Vunipola (England), Sam Warburton (Wales)
Aaron Ramsey, as expected, is left out of Juventus’ squad to face Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League this evening. Ramsey is still recovering from a muscular problem, although Juve boss Maurizio Sarri insisted at a Press conference that it was only a strain. The Welshman is joined on the treatment table by long-term casualties Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio, Marko Pjaca, Mattia Perin and Giorgio Chiellini. Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic, on the other hand, are ineligible due to being left out of the Bianconeri’s Champions League squad. Juve squad to face Lokomotiv: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Buffon; De Ligt, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Bonucci, Rugani, Demiral; Pjanic, Khedira, Matuidi, Rabiot, Bentancur; Ronaldo, Dybala, Cuadrado, Higuain, Bernardeschi 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/
New Delhi: At least 19 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where major rivers are in spate, while in Punjab several villages were inundated on Thursday after Pakistan opened gates of headworks on the Sutlej river.As many as 17 villages of Punjab’s border district Ferozepur were flooded after Pakistan opened gates of headworks on the Sutlej river. Several villages of Ferozepur are already inundated because of the recent rains and breaches in embankments of the river. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”With the opening of gates of headworks (used for regulating water flow) in Kasur area by Pakistan, 17 villages on our side (located near India-Pak border) have been affected,” Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepur Chander Gaind said. “Polluted water of tanneries in Pakistan got mixed with the river water,” he said, adding Army and NDRF teams are carrying out rescue and rehabilitation works in the affected areas. Following recent heavy rains and the release of excess water from the Bhakra dam, the swollen Sutlej river and its tributaries had inundated villages in several areas in Punjab, causing extensive damage to crops, especially paddy, and homes in low-lying areas. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAccording to a Punjab Agriculture department official, floods in the state have already damaged about 4,000 hectares of crops, with the maximum damage witnessed in Rupnagar on the downstream of the Sutlej river. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the Punjab government will take the technical support of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to canalise all rivers in the state. After an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by flooding in Sultanpur Lodhi of Kapurthala and Jalandhar areas, Singh announced a project to realign river streams and courses besides strengthening and widening river embankments. In Uttar Pradesh, at least 19 people have lost their lives since Wednesday while raging waters of major rivers disrupted normal life. Three deaths were reported in Amethi, two each in Raebareli, Sonbhadra and Mirzapur, and one each in Saharanpur, Hamirpur, Pratapgarh, Fathepur, Basti and, Ayodhya. Also, four persons died in Ballia and Bhadohi, according to an official report. A Central Water Commission report said the Ganga was in spate at different places along its route in the state. It is flowing just below the danger mark at Garh Mukteshwar and Fatehgarh and is crossing the danger mark at Naraora in Bulandshahr, Kachchla Bridge in Badaun and Ballia. Water of the Ganga river has entered some houses in urban areas of Ballia, forcing people to take shelter on rooftops. The Yamuna river in Mathura, Sharda in Palia Kalan and Ghaghra in Barabanki were flowing above the danger mark, the report said.
17Feb Heise invites mother of Kelsey Smith to testify before House committee on Kelsey’s Law State Rep. Kurt Heise and the House Criminal Justice Committee today heard testimony from Missy Smith, the mother of Kelsey Smith, on the importance of allowing police to use a person’s cell phone location in certain emergency situations.House Bill 4006, sponsored by Heise, requires wireless telecommunication providers to disclose a user’s location to police in emergency situations where there is a serious risk of death or bodily harm.“The story of Kelsey Smith is a tragic one,” said Heise, chair of the committee. “We must do everything we can to make sure every Michigan resident is safe, which is possible if we put in place procedures that allow police to respond quickly to save those who are in need of protection.”Missy Smith gave testimony about the horrific story of her daughter’s 2007 death, where Kelsey was kidnapped, raped, sodomized and murdered. During her testimony, she stressed the importance of allowing police to access cell phone locations, noting that if the police had access to Kelsey’s cell phone location she may still be alive today.“In emergency situations, every minute matters,” said Heise, R-Plymouth Township. “We have a duty to make sure that stories like Kelsey’s never happen again. Kelsey’s Law gives our police officers the necessary tools to respond quickly, which can be the difference between life and death.”Heise also said that in order to protect an individual’s privacy and to combat abuse, the bill requires an officer to seek a court order to continue using or requesting pings after 48 hours.HB 4006 unanimously passed the committee and now heads to the House floor.### Categories: News
Geordie ShoreViacom International Media Networks is placing three of its key pay TV channels on the TVPlayer Plus SVOD service in the UK.Geordie Shore network MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon will be made available to TVPlayer’s OTT subscribers, along with Comedy Central Extra, Nick Jr. and Nick Jr. Too.The agreement is described as “multi-year”, and includes 3G and 4G mobile data rights for the channels.The TVPlayer Plus app offers more than 100 channels from broadcasters such as UKTV, Eurosport and Turner for £4.99 (€5.77) a month. Sixty are from the Freeview platform, with 30 defined as premium pay TV channels.TVPlayer founder Adam Smith said Tweens and teenagers were “spending increasingly more time every week watching their favourite programming”, meaning “it is paramount we routinely extend our subscription content offering to appeal to these younger, hungry audiences anytime, anywhere and on any device”.“With real-time visibility of viewing habits from the one million UK households that actively use TVPlayer, we’ve gained valuable insight to know that Viacom is the perfect content partner to join our platform,” he added.TVPlayer launched last year.
COMMENT courts and legal SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS The Supreme Court Tuesday referred to a 5-judge Constitution bench a plea seeking collegium-like selection process for appointing the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (ECs).A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and S K Kaul considered submissions raised by lawyer Prashant Bhushan and said the issue of appointment of CEC and ECs has to be taken up by a larger constitution bench.The bench was hearing a PIL filed by one Anoop Baranwal, seeking a transparent selection process for appointment of Election Commissioners in the poll panel. The Centre, represented by Attorney General K K Venugopal, however, opposed the petition saying so far no case of abuse of official position by the CEC had come forward and referred to names like T N Seshan and other persons who have graced the office of the CEC. SHARE elections Published on October 23, 2018