first_imgArgentina star Sergio Aguero is hoping to return for Manchester City in their Barclays Premier League clash against Liverpool tomorrow.The prolific striker has missed City’s last seven games after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty.A comeback for the 27-year-old – who scored five goals against Newcastle on his last City appearance – would be timely with fellow forward Wilfried Bony doubtful with a hamstring problem.Aguero told the club’s website: “I do hope I can play in this game. I’m doing everything in my power to get to the match in top condition. It’s been a frustrating time.”Ivory Coast international Bony was sidelined during the recent international break after being forced off early during City’s goalless draw at Aston Villa on November 8.Playmaker David Silva could also be nearing a return after a seven-game absence with a knee injury but Samir Nasri looks set to be out until February with a hamstring problem.Saturday’s encounter against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium will see City come up against their former midfielder James Milner, who left the club for Anfield in the summer.Aguero said: “He’s a great player, though it will be odd to see him wearing another team’s colours.”He is a true professional and I’m sure he’s going to come against us with everything he’s got.”It should be a great game. Jurgen Klopp has come in and he’s a great addition to the Premier League.”last_img read more

first_imgThis is a riff from my friend, Chris Brogan, who has been doing this exercise since 2007. You choose three words (no more) to use as themes, or frames, for the coming twelve months. I have found this exercise useful, even when I didn’t honor some of the themes as well as I might have.My three words for 2019 are:Velocity: The word “velocity” is sometimes mistaken for the word “speed.” But “velocity” means speed in a certain direction, adding to speed the idea about how much ground you are actually covering. This word honors the idea of Polaris (a 2018 theme) which provided direction and adds speed of progress.Execution: No matter how good an idea is, your results will never be what they could be without deliberate, intentional, flawless execution. Execution is 99% of the results produced by a great idea. Sometimes you don’t need a new idea or a new strategy to improve your results. What is often missing is the relentless execution that never fails to improve your outcomes.Potential: I know the 40% idea Goggins refers to when he describes the point where most people quit. His belief is that once you reach the point where you want to quit, you are only at 40% of your real capacity. My own experience tells me this is true. As far as I can tell, no human being has ever reached their full potential, no matter what they have achieved. This theme is about deploying my resources to their full potential, and ensuring my projects and businesses reach their potential.My Past Year’s Three Words2018 Polaris (the North Star, direction), Via Negative (improvement by subtraction), and Leverage (more with less).2017: Integrated, Impeccable, and Essential.2016: Growth, Multiplier, and Focus2015: Order, Depth, and Lifestyle2014: Pivot, Frames, Margin2013: Platform, Lean, Tribeslast_img read more

first_imgTimely flow of intelligence and planned action by security personnel led to the peaceful conduct of polling in the Maoist-affected district of Malkangiri in Odisha on April 11.A month before the first phase of the Lok Sabha election, the district police had reliable information about entry of one military platoon of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) organisation from Chhattisgarh for violent activities during the polling process.Malkangiri Superintendent of Police (SP) Jagmohan Meena said that a week before the polls, intelligence reports hinted at Maoists concentrating in the Dandakaranya region, including areas of Malkangiri and Dantewada in adjoining Chhattisgarh. Death of a BJP MLA and five security men in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh on April 9 also enhanced caution in Odisha.All sensitive polling stations were sanitised before polling parties reached there. Helicopters were used to transport polling parties and EVMs to the erstwhile cut-off area of Balimela reservoir. There were reliable inputs about Maoists’ plan to ambush polling parties for the Mudulipada area, where six booths had been clubbed for security reason. Two days before the start of polling, Special Operation Group teams reached the area to keep a watch from tactical positions.To reduce vulnerability, polling teams were sent to Mudulipada booths on April 10 night. On April 11, at 2 p.m. while polling was on, Malkangiri SP received information about the Maoists’ plan to ambush and loot EVMs between Mudulipada and Khairaput during the return journey of the polling parties. In this remote hilly jungle terrain vulnerable to IEDs, it is hard to secure road after evening.After discussing with the administration, the Chief Electoral Officer and the police officers, a route map was drawn for safe return of the polling parties on foot, Mr. Meena said. The SOG teams received coordinates of the path through satellite phone. They had to walk this 15 km least treaded hilly jungle path with polling parties and EVMs. The team’s movement was continuously monitored from the district police headquarters. On April 11 late night, the team started its return journey from Mudulipada.As it is hard to walk through the hilly jungle at night, the polling teams took shelter at a safe place. On April 12 early morning, they started walking to the safe region and reached Khairaput at 10 a.m. to be transported to Malkangiri town. During the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections in Odisha in 2014, Maoists had looted EVMs from 15 polling booths in the district. Due to their threat and abduction of officials, panchayat elections could not be held in remote areas of Chitrakonda block in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgCrumpled CNG-run auto-rickshaw. Photo: Alam PalashAt least nine people were killed in separate road accidents in Chandpur, Feni, Chuadanga and Lakshmipur on Sunday, reports UNB.In Chandpur, at least six people, including a woman and her son, were killed after a bus hit an auto-rickshaw in Shahrasti upazila.The deceased were identified as Jannatul Ferdous, 28, her son Ruman, 8, Ranjit Chandra, 52, Fakhrul Islam, 75, Mohammad Shahjahan, 45 and Abul Kalam, 62.Five auto-rickshaw passengers were killed on the spot and two others injured in the accident on Chandpur-Cumilla regional road in Kakoirtola around 9:00am, said Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Shahrasti police station.Among the injured, Shahjahan died on the way to a hospital.In Feni, a man was killed and two others injured after a truck hit an auto-rickshaw at Anandapur in Fulgazi in the morning.The deceased was Khorshed Alam, 45. The injured were admitted to Feni Sadar Hospital.In Chuadanga, a motorcyclist died after being hit by a truck.Police named the victim as Shanto Miah, 30, son of Asir Uddin, resident of Makhaldanga village.The accident took place on Chuadanga-Meherpur road at Bhalaipur intersection in Sadarupazila around 5:00am, said Abdus Salam, deputy director of Chuadanga fire service.In Lakshmipur, the death of a madrasa student in a road accident sparked protest at Shakchar area in Sadarupazila in the morning.Yasin, class III student of local Hamid Miazi Madrasa, was killed after a speeding pickup van hit him while he was crossing the road for on his way to the madrasa around 10:00am.Agitated locals blocked the road and halted vehicular movement.Police later intervened and brought the situation under control, said Md Lokman Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.last_img read more