Dangal not releasing on Aug 15: Aamir Khan

first_imgMumbai, Mar 14 (PTI) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan today dismissed reports that his upcoming film “Dangal” will release on Independence day.There were reports that Aamir was considering to release the sports-biopic ahead of its originally scheduled release on Christmas this year.The actor said he had also heard the rumours, but clarified that the film will not release on August 15.”I heard the rumours too, but there is no truth in that. I had said that since it is a patriotic film, about the daughters of India, a date like August 15 wouldve been ideal.”But we are not coming on that date. We are coming on Christmas. We always wanted to release on Christmas,” Aamir told reporters here at his 51st birthday bash.The film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari of “Bhoothnath Returns” fame, stars Aamir in the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat.The “PK” actor, who had put on weight for his role in the film, said he has now lost 13 kgs and aims to get the “Ghajini” look.”In Dangal I had gained weight, up to 95 kgs. The portions where I was fat have been completed, so Ive started reducing. I am at 82 kgs, which is 13 kgs less. Now 12 more kgs are left to shed, so I have reached the half-way mark. My aim is to get the Ghajini look,” he said.Aamir said his family was happy that he lost weight.”I am taking six months (to lose weight). My family is happy that I am losing weight and am half-way there. Its a concern for me too. Losing weight fast is not very healthy. I am pushing the envelope a little bit,” he said.advertisementThe actor, who was in the US for intense training in weight loss, said he will now have fish, despite being a vegan, to get in shape of his character.”For the last three weeks I was in the US to lose weight and focus on weight loss. I was working out in different forms and doing six to seven hours of exercises a day. Ive been trekking, mountain biking, tennis, swimming…,” he said.”I went on a vegan diet because I feel its a more healthy diet. But I am not moral vegan, I am not that hardcore. For the next three months, my dietitian has insisted that he wants me to have a very high quality protein, so he wants me to have fish, because I need to lose weight but retain my muscle mass,” he said. (MORE) PTI JUR GK PSHlast_img read more

18 days agoShaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leader

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Shaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leaderby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winter Xherdan Shaqiri considers himself one of the leaders in the squad.Swiss star Shaqiri has often spoken about his disappointment at not playing enough for the Reds.While he has impressed when given a chance, he is behind Mohamed Salad and Sadio Mane for a position on the wings.Speaking about his role at the club, he told Schweizer Illustrierte: “Apart from the fact that I would like to play more, I’m happy in Liverpool. “I have a certain status in the team because I am one of the more experienced players. “I think I’m one of the leaders.” last_img

NWT Metis launch court fight over caribou

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Metis organization in the Northwest Territories claims their hunting rights are being denied.Two First nations groups in the territory can hunt the Bathurst caribou herd.The Metis were left out.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img

Alberta premier thrilled Nebraska approved Keystone pipeline route

first_imgAPTN National NewsShortly after learning Nebraska approved an alternate route for Keystone XL pipeline Alberta Premier Alison Redford said it was good news for her province.“We were pleased to see (Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman) carefully reviewed a state report that concluded environmental concerns were minimal, economic benefits to his state were high and that a pipeline carrying oil sands crude should not be treated differently than any other crude,” said Redford.Heinman wrote United States President Barack Obama Tuesday to inform him of Nebraska’s decision.The 1,700 mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline will avoid the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region said Heineman in his letter according to USA Today.However, it will cut through the High Plains Aquifer.The deal is far from over, as the State Department must approve the project. Obama blocked a quick approval of the pipeline project last January.“We respect and understand that approval of the pipeline is a US domestic matter and that this is just one step in the process that will ultimately be decided by the president,” said Redford.Opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline began to spread last year.The fight moved to South Dakota in March 2012 where the Lakota blocked truckers from passing through their tribal lands.Redford said the pipeline is crucial for Alberta and give them “new market access.”last_img read more

Most Albertans staying home for Boxing Day

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Millions of Canadians are cramming shopping centres to find the best deals on Boxing Day while others are staying home.A new survey released by the website RetailMeNot.ca shows that a large majority of Canadians surveyed won’t be at the mall on Wednesday.The survey found that 74 per cent of Canadians will avoid shopping malls during Boxing Day and Boxing Week due to the crowds.That number is even higher for Albertans who took the survey as 79 per cent will likely stay home.Public Relations manager with Retail Me Not Katie Hammill, said online shopping is likely the reason for these numbers.“It’s definitely continuing to grow for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now Boxing Day, we’re definitely seeing a shift in trend of more online shopping.”That part of the survey found that just over half of respondents (55 per cent) think there are better Boxing Day deals online than there are in bricks & mortar stores.Hammill said there was one aspect of the survey that really caught her attention.“Over 20 per cent of Millennial parents say that they’re willing to call in sick or skip work to go shopping so while as a whole, not as many people are going out to shop, those Millennials are willing to do anything at all costs to get out there.”The survey took in about 1000 respondents from across Canada.last_img read more

Central Forces for over 90 per cent booths in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: More than 90 per cent polling stations will be covered by the Central Forces in the third phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, said Ajay V. Nayak, Special Observer appointed by the Election Commission, here on Friday. “We had requested for 50 additional companies and the Union Home Ministry agreed to send the Force. So more than 90 per cent of the polling stations will be covered by the Central Forces. I think the election will be more and more to the satisfaction of all the political parties, ” Nayak told reporters here. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to Nayak, around 50 per cent booths were manned by the Central Forces in the first phase. “The number was increased to almost 80 per cent in the second phase. And the results were apparent.” Asked about reports of a nodal officer going missing in Nadia, he said: “I think it has something to do with his personal life and probably he was in depression. As he is not around, I am told another officer has been given the charge.” Voters in five constituencies — Malda North, Malda South, Jangipur, Murshidabad and Balurghat — will cast their votes in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal on April 23.last_img read more

Morocco says it has dismantled terrorist cell

first_imgRABAT – Moroccan authorities said Thursday they had dismantled a “terrorist cell” operating in several cities that included people trained in the use of firearms and explosives.North Africa has been on heightened alert in recent years as regional jihadist groups have grown more powerful and as the turmoil in Libya following Moamer Kadhafi’s 2011 overthrow has left the vast and mostly desert region awash with weapons.Morocco’s interior ministry said the operation had netted an individual who had been detained in the past on terrorism charges and who was now coordinating nationwide operations, including fundraising and recruiting militants. The ministry did not specify the number of people arrested nor the cities in which the operation took place.Morocco has announced the dismantling of several alleged terrorist cells this year, and authorities have expressed concern about the proliferation of extremist groups.Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the global terror network’s North Africa affiliate, released a video in September calling for jihad in Morocco, which it referred to as a “kingdom of corruption and despotism”.Morocco, an ally of France and the United States, remains haunted by a wave of attacks in May 2003 claimed by Al-Qaeda in which 33 people were killed in Casablanca.last_img read more

Dear Lionel Messi Please Please Dont Quit Argentina

To: Lionel Andres MessiFrom: Benjamin Morris, professional skeptic, sports researcher and Messi obsessiveDear Mr. Messi,Over the past half dozen years, you have been far and away the best player in the world’s most popular sport, but we know you’ve been having a bit of a rough time of late. You’ve been dealing with tax evasion charges. You’ve dealt with injuries, and fallen to third in scoring in La Liga. Your club team Barcelona was unable to repeat last year’s amazing treble after being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the quarterfinals.And finally, following Argentina’s loss against Chile in the Copa America final – in which you missed a kick that may have been the difference in a penalty shootout – you seemed to indicate an inclination to retire from the Argentine national team:It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over. I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, then for everyone. . . . It’s very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back.We’re not entirely sure what you meant by this, and I hope by the time this letter reaches you, you’ll have relented. But, just in case: Retiring is a terrible idea.Of course you don’t owe anyone anything, and you can do what you want. But here’s why you shouldn’t:You missed a damn free throw.Look, you screwed up. You missed a penalty kick that would have put Argentina ahead, and your team ended up losing. You also failed to put the ball on frame – thus violating the first rule of penalty kicking.But let’s dispel the myth that penalty kicks are easy. In the top divisions of soccer (the Big Five leagues and major international tournaments) about 75 percent of the penalty kicks taken connect – similar to the rate at which free throws are made the NBA (76 percent in 2015-16). But even this partly masks their difficulty, as penalty kicks are generally taken by the designated (and typically best) penalty kicker on each team.You’ve made about 78 percent of your penalty kicks, for both club and country. This is below the rate of some other top strikers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (who have made around 85 percent each), but is above average overall. For comparison, LeBron James has made around 74 percent of his free throws in his career (below average in the NBA) — and just made 72 percent against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.High-leverage misses are painful — had LeBron missed his second straight free throw in the waning seconds of Game 7 and the Warriors tied the game, it would have been a disaster, percentages be damned. But percentages win out in the long run nonetheless, and following this miss, you’ve now made three of your four shootout shots for Argentina, perfectly in line with your career penalty kick conversion rate.International play may not be as pretty, but you’re still the best at itAnother persistent myth in soccer is that you haven’t been as good for Argentina in international play as you’ve been for Barcelona in club play. While it’s true that the numbers you’ve put up at Barcelona have been mind-boggling, you’ve also played brilliantly for Argentina. To see just how much so, let’s look at some very basic stats: Goals plus assists per game played, for both club and country (excluding international friendlies). Here’s what we have according to ESPN Stats & Info data (which includes data from most club and some international results back to 2010-11, and from World Cups back to 1966): You come out on top, even though some players have fewer games and higher variance (the three other dots in your neighborhood are – you guessed it – Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Suarez). Of the players who have done worse for club than country, only Neymar and Robin Van Persie have produced within 0.1 GPA/G of the 0.88 you put up for Argentina.If you take an unweighted average of country and club performance, your 1.17 GPA/G easily tops all players, with Ronaldo second at 1.08 and Ibrahimovic in third at 0.96.Still not convinced? Here are a few hundred million other reasons to keep playing.So you’ve never won a major cup for Argentina. Continuing to play is no guarantee that you will. And no matter what you do, some Argentinians will never think you’re better than Maradona. International play is hard and high variance.But it’s also incredibly popular.You’ll be turning 31 at the start of the 2018 World Cup, meaning you could legitimately have two or three more runs on the grandest stage in sports left in you.Of the hundreds of millions of soccer fans who have seen you play, most have seen you in the blue and white.1Note your most famous fan isn’t wearing creamsicle. I think I can safely speak for all of us when I say that we appreciate seeing your magic on the international stage, even if it’s a long, frustrating and potentially futile struggle. Your play for Argentina has been the third-most productive on a game-by-game basis (0.88 GPA/G over 42 games). Of the 324 soccer players with at least 20 appearances for both (Big Five) club and country, only two have put together more productive runs: David Villa, with 0.90 GPA/G over 31 games for Spain and Klass-Jan Huntelaar with 0.96 GPA/G over 29 games for the Netherlands. (In fact, despite international soccer being notoriously low-scoring, the international version of yourself has been more productive than any club players save yourself, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez.)As great as Villa and Huntelaar have been, they’re basically the result of the field playing playing “best hand” against you. How well have their international hot streaks have been corroborated by their club careers? In the Stats & Info data, Villa scored 0.49 goals plus assists per game in club play, and Huntelaar scored 0.61. You’ve scored 1.46. In other words, their combined club production still falls well short of yours.Your play with Argentina does affect your legacy. It cements it.But let’s face it: In Barcelona, you pretty much play for an all-star team in a game so unequal it makes Major League Baseball look like a communist revolution. You play for a team so good that you aren’t even the most productive player on it! I mean, you’re likely still more valuable, but Luis Suarez has had a Messi-like season.Playing for Argentina is your one chance to play a substantial number of games on a relatively even playing field.Of course, other players benefit from playing for what are essentially all-star teams as well, but on the other side: While Argentina is a decent team on its own, without you it doesn’t have the star power as Germany, Brazil, Spain or the Netherlands. Many players have been significantly more productive playing for their international team than their club team, and vice versa. We don’t always know which represents a player’s true strength, so let’s look at the less productive setting of the two for everyone: read more

Wenger praised Wilsheres leadership

first_imgJack Wilshere has been one of the brightest parts of Arsenal’s ongoing unsuccessful season and Arsene Wenger insisted that he is a “future captain material” despite his new contract still hasn’t been signed.Wilshere’s contract is about to expire at the end of the season but his coach is confident that the Englishman will stay and can become the future captain of the team as he has been there for a long time.The England international was hailed by Wenger as the Frenchman said, according to Metro:“He has a long history with the club, strong link with the club.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Jack Wilshere on the pitch is a big quality.”“Apart from his technical top qualities he has personality and is in the right place on the pitch, and now with the maturity to organise around him.”“That’s why I played him central.”“I just thought the combination of history, the fact that he’s a long-term player for the club, the fact that he has experience and knowledge now, I trust now to make him captain.”last_img read more