Lots of selfies in Padma Award nominations

first_imgPresident Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, then prime minister Manmohan Singh and Padma Awardees at an Investiture Ceremony-II at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on April 26, 2014.The government has invited the public to nominate people who are achievers and who they think deserve the Padma Awards to be given next year. The government is in for a surprise: Instead of nominating achievers, a lot of people are recommending their own case for the awards.Going by the list of recommendations the Ministry of Home Affairs received last year for the 2014 Padma Awards, many people actually nominated themselves. The numbers are so big that the practice has become a norm of sorts. (The full list) For the 2014 awards, the ministry got a staggering 1,878 nominations of which 127 were finally picked (the final list) . In this list, there are hundreds who were both the recommending authorities and the nominees themselves, meaning they told the government upfront that they should be given the awards.In some cases, people also nominated their family members.The only people who cannot nominate themselves or anyone else, as per the rules, are government employees including those in public sector undertakings.Everyone else, without distinction of “race, occupation, position or sex,” are eligible for these awards, including doctors and scientists working with the government.But how useful is self-recommendation? Not much it seems, given that the ministry prefers nominations from state governments and Union Territories, ministers, chief ministers and governors, MPs, ministries and government departments, previous awardees, governors and institutions. But private individuals and bodies too are free to send in names.advertisementThe nominations are then placed before a Padma Awards Committee which is named every year by the prime minister of India.So if you feel someone you know deserves a Padma award, you can now nominate the person’s name to the home ministry. If you think you too deserve the award, well, you can even recommend yourself. The last date for submissions is September 15.How can you nominate?Download a proforma from the Ministry of Home Affairs website by clicking on the Award and Medals category. (Click here to download the form)Fill up the form and also write a brief narrative citation, which should not be more than two pages long, containing not more than 800 words.Then post the form to this address:Home Minister/Home Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi-110001What are the Padma awards?The civilian awards are conferred in three categories – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri – in fields of art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field.The awards are announced on Republic Day every year.last_img read more

Nemanja Matic holds key on return to old stomping ground

first_imgChelsea’s decision to sell Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic to title rivals Manchester United raised more than a few eyebrows and the consequences may be felt when the sides clash in the Premier League on Sunday.Matic left the London club after three and a half years to re-join former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. He has played every minute in the league since, helping United to second place in the table, five points behind Manchester City.Mourinho’s capture of Matic is looking shrewder every week, prompting former United defender Phil Neville to say after Chelsea’s 3-0 Champions League drubbing at AS Roma this week that selling the Serb was the main reason why Chelsea are struggling defensively.His absence from Chelsea’s midfield will be highlighted further should N’Golo Kante fail to recover from a hamstring injury.The Frenchman is back in training but if he misses out against United, Chelsea will be without both members of the central midfield pairing that guided them to the title last season.In their place, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko bring creative attacking qualities, but do not provide the extra cover Conte craves and United’s pacy forwards could have the freedom to seriously threaten a fragile Chelsea defence that has conceded 10 league goals this season.United’s main striker Romelu Lukaku has gone six games without a goal, however, and Mourinho must decide whether to play Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial together in the hope their raw speed and trickery can unsettle the Chelsea rearguard.advertisementEarlier on Sunday, Manchester City bid to extend their record-equalling start to the campaign at home to Arsenal.Pep Guardiola’s side have looked invincible at times, winning their last eight league games by an aggregate score of 32-5.However, City have only won one of their last nine matches against Arsenal and will be facing the Gunners after a testing away trip to Napoli, where they won 4-2 in the Champions League on Wednesday.Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as Tottenham Hotspur who welcome Crystal Palace on Sunday, will be hoping Arsene Wenger’s men can cause an upset at the Etihad and blow the title race wide open.A win for Arsenal would also drag them back into contention. They lie fifth, nine points off the pace.On Saturday, West Ham United host Liverpool and their under-pressure manager Slaven Bilic will be desperate to avoid the 4-0 mauling they suffered in last season’s corresponding fixture.last_img read more

Oklahoma State’s Newest Running Back Gem is a Barry Sanders Aficionado

first_imgCarson Cunningham said this best the other day. Mike Gundy’s penchant for finding top tier talent in, pardon the mini reference, the lowest places is unparalleled. I’ve thought that for years. It only continues to be reinforced.. @CoachGundy’s eye for talent is great. Finds James Washington under a rock, now Jeff Carr ( 2*) & Jalen McClesky (3*) will play 1st game.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) August 25, 2015AdChoices广告Another guy who came without all the trappings to Stillwater was somebody Gundy used to share a backfield with. It’s the same person freshman Jeff Carr (the newly-named starting kick returner and third string RB, by the way) has looked up to his whole life. Here’s the Tulsa World:But Carr said Sanders became his favorite after he watched “Barry Sanders: A Football Life.” “I play like him,” Carr said on National Signing Day in February. “I’m elusive, he’s small, and I found out Coach Gundy used to play with him, too.”If he gives OSU 15 percent what Sanders did, it will still have been a great recruiting job by Gundy. You can see why Carr would say that, by the way, if you watch the first play on this video.“You know it’s interesting, in recruiting, those were the two guys (Carr and Jalen McCleskey) that in a lot of people’s opinions weren’t heavily recruited as other players in our class and other classes in the conference,” said Gundy a few weeks ago. “They end up being the guys that it looks like are going to compete in the first game.”He reiterated it on Thursday.Gundy: If Jeff Carr and Jalen McCleskey were not undersized in high school, they would have been national recruits. #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) August 27, 2015 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Talking Horses: Sizing John leads field for Leopardstown Christmas Chase

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger blogposts Share on Facebook Share via Email Talking Horses Topics Horse racing tips Share on LinkedIn The third day of Leopardstown’s Christmas fixture will go ahead as planned after the card survived a 7.30am inspection, and what an afternoon of action it promises to be.The undoubted highlight is the Grade One Leopardstown Christmas Chase, the race which was known as the Lexus until the car firm announced in early November that it would not be renewing its sponsorship. Its marketing executives might be regretting that decision now, as this year’s race has drawn a 12-strong field that includes Sizing John, last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, and seven more previous winners at Grade One level.There is so much strength in depth that Outlander, who beat Don Poli and Djakadam in last season’s renewal, is a 16-1 chance, while Carlingford Lough, a dual winner of Ireland’s equivalent of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, is on offer at 66-1. Sizing John, meanwhile, can be backed at a shade of odds-against, with the reappearing Yorkhill, who took the JLT Novice Chase at Cheltenham last season, rated the main danger to Jessica Harrington’s chaser at 7-2.There is clearly plenty of confidence behind Yorkhill, who is also one of only three horses at single-figure odds for the Gold Cup in March – Might Bite and Sizing John are the others – despite having made only four starts over fences, all of which were in novice company.Yorkhill was beaten on his most recent appearance, in the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in April, when he finished a neck behind Road To Respect (a 12-1 chance for today’s race) after jumping markedly to his left at many of the fences. He could hardly face a deeper field for his first start outside novice events, and Yorkhill could run right up to his Festival form and still not finish in front of Sizing John.In fact, the 5-4 available about Sizing John (3.00) looks more than fair. He spent two years being duffed up by Douvan on a regular basis over the minimum trip, including when second in a Grade One at this meeting last year, but he then stepped up in distance and has not looked back, winning five races in a row including four Grade Ones. His return to action in the John Durkan at Punchestown suggested he is just as good, and potentially better, this season, and he should reinforce his position at the top of the Gold Cup betting this afternoon.Apple’s Jade (1.20) will have a new rider when she steps up to three miles in the Christmas Hurdle on the same card, as Jack Kennedy is “quite sore” after two falls here on Wednesday and has decided to sit out the last two days of the meeting.Davy Russell is expected to ride Apple’s Jade for the first time and is odds-on to confirm her recent form with Nichols Canyon, who was nine lengths behind her in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Nichols Canyon (1.20) could well improve for the run, however, and at this trip, last season’s Stayers’ Hurdle winner is a decent bet to get the better of his former stable companion at around 5-2.Leicester’s card on Thursday failed to beat the weather but racing goes ahead over jumps at Catterick and on the all-weather at Lingfield. Red Danaher (2.40) should go well at a decent price in Yorkshire, while Island Brave (1.45) has plenty in his favour in the stayers’ handicap at Lingfield. Heather Main’s runner stayed on strongly to win last time out, has been raised only 4lb today and remains unexposed at staying trips.Thursday’s tipsLingfield Park 11.40 Bertie Moon 12.10 The Special One (nb) 12.45 Captain Pugwash 1.15 Zalshah 1.45 Island Brave (nap) 2.20 Deliberator 2.55 Corazon Espinado 3.30 Hamish McgonagainCatterick Bridge 12.30 Teescomponents Lad 1.05 Mr Witmore 1.35 Mr Mafia 2.05 Lake Field 2.40 Red Danaher 3.15 Triopas Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette put Huddersfield further in mire

first_img Lineups 25 Jorgensen 59 Willock Huddersfield’s first-choice goalkeeper, Jonas Lössl, had talked defiantly in the buildup about staging a sensational late escape from relegation, reckoning that a haul of around 24 points from their remaining matches would see them reach safety. But Lössl fell ill overnight. If that was not an omen, then the fact that his replacement, Ben Hamer, bungled to help Alex Iwobi open the scoring in the 16th minute did not augur well for Huddersfield.Even before that Arsenal had threatened to score, looking dangerous every time they ventured forward. Terence Kongolo thwarted Alexandre Lacazette with a last-gasp tackle in the eighth minute and two minutes later Iwobi blasted into the side-netting after being teed up by Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who regularly made inroads from right wing-back.There was no reprieve when Arsenal caught Huddersfield out with a quick free-kick on halfway, Sead Kolasinac, the other wing-back, sent scurrying down the left before flighting a cross to the far post. Iwobi met it with a weak volley from 10 yards but the ball found its way into the net as Hamer reacted too slowly to a deflection off Kongolo. 19 Leno Twitter 8 Billing 22 Suarez (s 76′) The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, returning to action after seven weeks, looked sharp. He could have finished an attack he led in the 39th minute but was denied by Hamer, who saved his shot from 12 yards. No matter, Arsenal increased their lead five minutes later, Mkhitaryan again feeding the overlapping Maitland-Niles, whose low cross presented the unmarked Lacazette with an easy close-range finish. Share on LinkedIn Mohamed Salah and Liverpool sweep aside Bournemouth to reclaim top spot Corners 15 Maitland-Niles Possession Huddersfield 27 Stankovic Goal attempts 10 Huddersfield Off target 5 Arsenal 6 Huddersfield On target 4 Arsenal 26 Schindler 10 Mooy Read more Substitutes 13 Coleman (s 56′) Arsenal Huddersfield responded well, Jonathan Hogg, Aaron Mooy and Juninho Bacuna regularly getting the better of Mattéo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira in midfield. The hosts could have been awarded a penalty in the 25th minute when a corner was only half-cleared and Jason Puncheon’s shot from 20 yards was blocked by Laurent Koscielny’s right hand. The referee put his whistle to his mouth but did not blow. 20 Depoitre (s 88′) 9 Kachunga 18 Monreal ARS46HUD54% 11 Diakhaby 7 Bacuna 6 Hogg Arsenal 2 Smith (s 83′) 37 Durm 16 12 16 Ahearne-Grant 11 Torreira Arsenal’s travel sickness is one reason they trail in the race for the top four so their manager, Unai Emery, took heart from their first away win in the league since November. But his agitation throughout this game showed he knows his team’s problems have not been cured, even if he declared afterwards that he was proud of his players’ work rate.They worked, alright, but did not show much class or solidity. This performance was good enough to edge past the Premier League’s bottom side, but Arsenal still looked vulnerable for long periods and the goal they conceded in stoppage time means they have yet to keep an away clean sheet in the league this season. It was Huddersfield’s first goal in six matches and they deserved it.“This victory is very important and gives us confidence in our target of reaching the top four,” said Emery. “After 26 matches we are one point behind Manchester United. The top four is our target. It will be difficult but our motivation is very great.”center_img Share on Facebook 20 Mustafi 12 Lichtsteiner Share on Pinterest ARS HUD Reuse this content (s 59′) 49 Nketiah 6 Koscielny Share on Messenger 31 Kolasinac Match stats Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp 7 Mkhitaryan (s 66′) 17 Iwobi Now Huddersfield needed to score twice, a feat they have managed once in the league this season. Emery started to look more relaxed but still felt the need to replace Torreira with Mohamed Elneny in an attempt to gain more control in central midfield. It did not really work and Arsenal’s three central defenders came under regular pressure.Arsenal still carried menace on the counterattack. Mkhitaryan set up Iwobi in the 70th minute, but the midfielder lacked ruthlessness and Hamer was able to save. Two minutes later, Bernd Leno made a meal of stopping a low drive from 18 yards by Adama Diakhaby. No Huddersfield player was on hand to punish the Arsenal keeper when he spilled it.Huddersfield never gave up. Laurent Depoitre went close and Nacho Monreal cleared a Karlan Grant effort off the line.Diakhaby finally broke through in the dying moments, clipping over Leno after being put through by Mooy. Monreal and Kolasinac tried to keep the ball out but could only help it over the line. 1 Cech Pinterest Premier League The Observer Ben Hamer is unable to keep out Alex Iwobi’s shot. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters Substitutes Topics 21 Pritchard Huddersfield Pogba drives Manchester United into top four as Fulham fans rail at Ranieri 46 54 12 Hamer Fouls 42 Puncheon 5 0 match reports 9 Lacazette 27 Mavropanos Share via Email 29 Guendouzi Read more 4 Elneny 5 Kongolo Facebook last_img read more

14 days agoMan Utd plans to sign EIGHT new players

first_imgMan Utd plans to sign EIGHT new playersby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have plans to sign EIGHT new players over the next two summer transfer windows.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have had a woeful start to the season and currently sit 15 points behind leaders Liverpool already after just eight matches.The Telegraph says United are well aware of their need to improve their playing staff and will make a number of signings over the next two summers.One of those incomings could be brought forward to January too amid growing concern that a challenge for Champions League football could already be on the rocks. It is claimed the club believe they are “six players short of challenging for major honours” and the overhaul of players will be led by Solskjaer, who still has the full backing of the club.”Ole is looking at a three-year vision of a squad. It will be an evolution over the coming years,” a source said. “We are at base camp now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

A Brief History of the Super Bowl

first_imgIn case you hadn’t heard, this Sunday, February 5th, will see the occasion of the 51st Super Bowl.The Super Bowl is a football game in which two teams, the respective winners of the AFC and NFC football conferences, vie for the title of overall champion of the NFL. If you’re already confused as to what differentiates the National Football League from the American Football Conference from the AFL-CIO, then perhaps you need a more fundamental education as to the basics of football.If you’re more interested in the history of the Super Bowl itself as opposed to trying to understand the arcane rules and governing bodies and such that control American professional football, then you’re in the right place. Long story short, the Super Bowl is a game in which the New England Patriots beat the other football team by scoring more points. Ha! Just kidding. Sometimes the other team scores more points. But usually not. Super Bowl LI will be the Patriots ninth Super Bowl appearance and, should they win, will be their fifth victory. But in fact the Pittsburg Steelers have won six Big Game matches, and the 49ers are in the five victory club. But I digress…Let’s start at the very beginning. (A very good place to start!)SUPER BOWL IThe first Super Bowl was played on January 15th, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. But no one even knew the first-ever Super Bowl had been played until well after that fateful day on which the Green Bay Packers crushed the Kansas City Chiefs, because the name “Super Bowl” was not applied to the game until later. (That’s what we call a neologism, folks.) Whereas these days broadcast rights to the Super Bowl are fiercely guarded, that game was shown on two networks –CBS and NBC — at the same time (there were only three major broadcasters at the time anyway. Poor ABC). An estimated 51 million people watched Super Bowl I, which is impressive, when you think about it, as that means more than a quarter of all Americans tuned in for the first of its kind event.THE BIGGEST SUPER BOWL BLOWOUTIt’s not easy to be a fan of some NFL teams. The Washington Redskins are notorious for their ability to give up leads in the fourth quarter; the Detroit Lions have never been to a Super Bowl; and in 1989, the Denver Broncos became the most resoundingly defeated Super Bowl loser of all time. That year saw the Broncos face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV. Led by celebrated quarterback Joe Montana, and coming off a Super Bowl victory in the 1988 championship, the 49ers were heavily favored to win. But the wildly lopsided result was a surprise even to analysts of the day. The 49ers beat the Broncos 55 to 10, meaning a spread of 45 points. That still stings nearly three decades later.CLOSEST SUPER BOWL EVEROn the far side of the spectrum, we have Super Bowl XXV from 1991. In that storied contest, the New York Giants beat out the Buffalo Bills by ONE POINT. And amazingly, the game ended with the Bills losing after their kicker missed a field goal attempt by about two feet. The loss in Super Bowl XXV began an infamous precedent for the Buffalo Bills, who would go on to lose four Super Bowl games in a row. And no, the Bills have never won the Big Game. Sigh.SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL COSTSIt’s common knowledge that many people watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, not to see the Patriots win yet again. During Super Bowl I, TV commercials cost $37,000 per half-minute of airtime. And that was a lot then, sure. But keep this in mind: adjusted for inflation, $37k in 1967 is about equivalent to $265,ooo today. Got it? Good. In 1974, ads first hit the $100,000+ per 30-second cost. This was during Super Bowl VIII, for the record. Between 1984 and 1985, the price of a Super Bowl commercial vaulted from around $370k per half minute all the way to $525k for the same amount of airtime. And by 1994, a 30-second Super Bowl ad cost more than one million dollars. In 2017, companies are shelling out around FIVE MILLION DOLLARS per half minute of broadcast real estate. Also known as $166,666 per second.SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW NOTABLESBeyond the game itself and the beloved Big Game commercials, it’s the Super Bowl Halftime Show that draws in plenty of viewers. The mid-game performance has been headlined by everyone from Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to the Rolling Stones. And those acts all make sense. But let’s not forget that along with some great music, the Super Bowl Halftime show has also been the main stage for multiple notorious events, such as the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake “Wardrobe Malfunction” and the wonderful failings of “Left Shark.” The Super Bowl Halftime Show also serves as a veritable time capsule, helping us recall the way we really were as we reflect on certain past acts. Examples include 1991’s appearance by the New Kids on the Block and 1999’s turn by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Yes, seriously.Now that you’ve got a little bit of background, go forth and more fully enjoy the game. 7 Couples Costumes That Don’t Suck Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Level The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know Aboutlast_img read more

Rising hatecrimes intolerance to damage growth Adi Godrej

first_imgMumbai: Noted industrialist Adi Godrej on Saturday warned that the rising intolerance, hate crimes and moral policing can “seriously damage” economic growth of the nation. Godrej, however, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for presenting a “grand vision” to build a new India and nearly double economy to a USD 5 trillion giant over the course of his second term in office. He was quick to add that all is not well in the country and pointed out a slew of concerns on the social front, warning of their impact on growth as well. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”It’s not all a rosy picture now. One must not lose sight of the massive impoverishness plaguing our nation which can seriously damage the pace of growth going forward and prevent us from realising our potential,” Godrej warned while addressing a gathering to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his alma mater St Xavier’s College. The industrialist further warned that economic growth will be impacted if “rising intolerance, social instability, hate-crimes, violence against women, moral policing, caste and religion based violence and many other sorts of intolerance are rampant across the country,” are not contained to ensure social harmony. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe said unemployment is at 6.1 percent, a four-decade high, and needs to be tackled at the earliest. The “massive” water crisis, growing use of environment-damaging plastics and the crippling medical facilities, courtesy the countrys healthcare spend is the lowest among its emerging market peers, are some of the other issues that need to be tackled on a war footing, he said. Noting that many issues must be fixed at a fundamental level, he warned that without doing so, the country cannot achieve her true growth potential. The remarks come amid a continuing spate of hate crimes like mob-lynching in the name of cow or in the name of religion being reported from many parts of the country, including from a Mumbai suburb where a Muslim cab driver was assaulted recently because of his faith. Godrej congratulated the prime minister for unveiling a vision to create a new India where “we dont live in fear and suspicion and can trust the political leadership for being accountable”. But he was quick to add that things on the ground are taking time to change when it comes to accountability, but exuded confidence that the many measures initiated will lead to significant changes in the times of come. Exhorting the students not to shy from leadership, he reminded them that leadership is about telling the truth without worrying whether it is popular or not. He also urged them to be compassionate and empathetic and at the same time level-headed.last_img read more

50 years of Céline Dion a chestpunching heartmelting animated timeline

first_imgLong live the queen of CanCon. (Lauren Tamaki) Advertisement All 14 of the Dion sibs — baby Céline included — would perform at their mom and dad’s piano bar back in the day, and there are stories of her singing songs on top of the family dinner table when she was barely out of Pampers. But this moment, animated by Siobhan Gallagher, illustrates a turning point in Céline’s life. Céline Dion turns 50 this week, and since the moment she entered the world — belting a pitch-perfect high E that would melt bonhommes de neiges and make lumberjacks weep — Céline’s never stopped moving.She’s so loved, in our country and beyond. I can’t imagine a world without her.– Lauren Tamaki , artistThe pride of Charlemagne, Que. has been working a stage since childhood, and as special tribute on this milestone birthday, CBC Arts commissioned six Canadian artists to salute the queen of CanCon. From the Titanic era to her current fashion-monster moment, it’s an animated timeline of her life and career.1973: Introducing Céline Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: (Siobhan Gallagher) Twitterlast_img read more

Mumbai CSMT bridge collapse Four dead several injured

first_imgMumbai: At least 4 people were killed and 34 others injured when a portion of a footbridge came crashing down near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus here on Thursday evening. The incident occurred as the bridge was reportedly overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes, said the BMC Disaster Control Room. The bridge, connecting the CSMT with the B.T. Lane near The Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School, is used by thousands of daily commuters rushing to catch the local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line. Rescue teams of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, Fire Brigade and others are at the site to help the victims. The injured have been rushed to the St. George Hospital and Sion Hospital, said officials. Due to the debris at the site, the peak hour traffic from south Mumbai towards Byculla and Dadar and beyond had been diverted, creating massive snarls across south Mumbai.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Sahel Commission Climate Equality is About Dignity

By mohammed Amine Benabou Rabat – On behalf of King Mohammed VI, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has delivered a royal address to the Climate Commission of the Sahel region. The conference, which began its work today, is meeting in Niamey, Niger. The King stressed Morocco’s commitment to oversee feasibility studies for investment plans with regard to climate of the Sahel region. The King also expressed concern over climate conditions in the Sahel.“This region, which is a bridge between north and south African regions, is now undergoing severe climate change from which results adverse effects on the environment.”King Mohammed VI emphasized the importance of launching a climate investment plan and a priority program for the region, “whose implementation is underway.”He stated that one of “the important challenges we are faced with is tackling this environmental issue effectively, while setting clear objectives pertaining to socio-economic development and meeting security measures.” The King considered achieving “climate equality is, for African people, a battle for bettering their living conditions, ensuring a dignified life and a promising future.” He also put forward that climate equality should not be a “hollow slogan” but a “prerequisite for us all” in help youth avoid distress and not “fall prey to crime and terrorist organizations.”Read Also: Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj Calls on King Mohammed VI to Save Moroccan AthletesThe King also highlighted the efforts from the launch of the COP 22 summit in Marrakech in 2016, which was a “strong political signal” and an initiative which set the stage for dynamic transnational ambitions thanks to the joint efforts of the Congo Basin Commission, the Sahel Region Commission, and the Island States Commission.He also suggested the possibility of the Sahel region becoming a model of regional integrity at the economic, environmental, political, and human levels.Similarly, the King stressed that the efforts stakeholders exert to combat the detrimental effects of climate change should transcend national borders.He concluded that “our responsibility for the African youth is to exhaust all the possibilities to fulfil their aspirations and put this continent on the right track.” “The future of Africa lies in our ability to devise new joint solutions with mutual commitment that is accommodating [the] interests of all parties concerned, be they in the north or south.” read more

Security Council extends diamond and travel sanctions on Côte dIvoire

29 October 2008The Security Council voted today to renew for another year a ban on diamonds and an arms embargo against Côte d’Ivoire, as well as targeted sanctions restricting the travel of individuals. The Security Council voted today to renew for another year a ban on diamonds and an arms embargo against Côte d’Ivoire, as well as targeted sanctions restricting the travel of individuals.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body today said it would review these measures next October to determine whether progress has been made in putting key aspects of the peace process into place and positive steps made in the long-delayed elections.The Ouagadougou Agreement – signed in neighbouring Burkina Faso last March between the Government, which controlled the south, and the rebel Forces Nouvelles, which held the north – called for a number of measures to resolve the crisis that first divided the West African country in 2002.Today’s resolution also extended the mandate by one year of the Group of Experts established to monitor sanctions against the country, calling on the parties to the peace pact, especially the Ivorian authorities, to “provide unhindered access” to the UN team to equipment, sites and installations.It also said that “any threat to the electoral process in Côte d’Ivoire, in particular any attack or obstruction of the Independent Electoral Commission in charge of the organization of the elections,” constitutes a threat to peace and the country’s national reconciliation process.The Council requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the French Government provide immediate reports should any “serious obstacle” impede the freedom of movement of the UN peacekeeping operation in the country (known as UNOCI) and the French forces which support it.On Monday, the body heard from the top UN envoy to Côte d’Ivoire, who warned that increasing delays in the dual identification and electoral processes are imperilling the hard-won peace in the nation, which is rebuilding after a brutal 14-year civil war.Nearly six weeks have passed since the launch of the identification and voter registration drive, which was slated to wrap up at the end of this month, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Y. J. Choi told the Security Council in an open meeting.“Unfortunately, the pace of progress has been painfully slow,” he said. The pace will soon accelerate, but “the magnitude of delay has taken almost everybody by surprise.” read more

UN agency regrets lack of transparency in Italys return of boat people

“I appeal to the Italian and Maltese authorities to continue to ensure that people rescued at sea and in need of international protection receive full access to territory and asylum procedures,” High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in a news release.Noting that the incident marked a significant shift in policies by the Italian Government, the agency stated that it “deeply regrets the lack of transparency which surrounded the event,” and urged the authorities to reconsider their decision and to avoid repeating such measures.According to UNHCR, the diversion to Libya followed a day of “heated discussions” between Maltese and Italian authorities about who was responsible for the rescue and disembarkation of the people on the three boats, which were in distress. Although the vessels were closer to the Italian island of Lampedusa, they were in the Maltese search and rescue area of responsibility.“While no information is available on the nationalities of those aboard the vessels, it is likely that among them are people in need of international protection,” UNHCR stated, noting that in 2008, an estimated 75 per cent of sea arrivals in Italy applied for asylum and 50 per cent of them were granted some form of protection.Laurens Jolles, UNHCR’s Rome-based representative said the agency has been working closely with the Italian authorities to ensure that people fleeing war and persecution are protected in line with the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. “It is of fundamental importance that the international principle of non-refoulement continues to be fully respected,” he said, referring to the right of a refugee or asylum-seeker whose case has not yet been fully assessed to not be sent to a country where his or her life or liberty could be at risk.UNHCR noted that Libya has not signed the Refugee Convention, and does not have a functioning national asylum system. 7 May 2009The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern after Italy sent some 230 people it rescued yesterday off the waters of Malta back to Libya before a proper assessment of their possible protection needs were carried out. read more

On World Poetry Day UN stresses bards role in meeting humanitys aesthetic

21 March 2011The United Nations today celebrated World Poetry Day, highlighting the role of bards in bearing eternal witness to the great transformations of the world and humanity’s aesthetic yearnings. The United Nations today celebrated World Poetry Day, highlighting the role of bards in bearing eternal witness to the great transformations of the world and humanity’s aesthetic yearnings. “Poets convey a timeless message. They are often key witness to history’s great political and social changes,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a message. “Their writings inspire us to build lasting peace in our minds, to rethink relations between man and nature and to establish humanism founded on the uniqueness and diversity of peoples.”UNESCO proclaimed 21 March as World Poetry Day in 1999, calling poetry a “a social need, which incites young people in particular to return to their roots, and a means whereby they can look into themselves at a time when the outside world is irresistibly luring them away from themselves.”The main objective of the proclamation is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.The Day is meant to support poetry, return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, promote its teaching, restore a dialogue with other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media so that the art will no longer be considered an outdated form.UNESCO encourages the Member States to take an active part in celebrating the Day, at both local and national level, with the active participation of national commissions, non- governmental organizations (NGOs) and public and private institutions concerned, such as schools, municipalities, museums, cultural associations, publishing houses and local authorities.“There is still a tendency in the media and among the general public to refuse to take the poet seriously,” UNESCO said in its 1999 proclamation. “Action is needed to free ourselves in order to make this image a thing of the past and to give poetry its rightful place in society.”It was a message Ms. Bokova stressed today. “Poetry is not merely a means of communicating or transmitting information, for, as poets work constantly on the language, poetry also enlivens human discourse and always reveals the original brilliance of culture,” she said.“UNESCO therefore sees the defence of freedom of expression and information, on one hand, and the promotion of poetry, on the other, as two indissociable components of its mandate for peace. As poetry reaches deeply into the innermost efforts of men and women to create and reflect, it has the capacity to sustain dialogue amid the diversity of human expression.” read more

Annan calls on Human Rights Council to strive for unity avoid familiar

The members of the United Nations Human Rights Council must be careful to avoid becoming divided between developed and developing countries, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today as he urged them to embrace the universality of rights. In a message to the third session of the Council, scheduled to begin in Geneva, Mr. Annan said it was vital that the Council’s 47 members “are willing and able to build coalitions based on principle.” He said: “Do not let yourselves be split along the fault line between North and South… as your colleagues have done in some other parts of the system, with results inimical to progress. “States that are truly determined to uphold human rights must be prepared to take action even when that means, as it sometimes will, giving offence to other States within their own region.” Mr. Annan said it is crucial that the Council preserves and strengthens what he called its “crown jewel” – the system of Special Procedures, or rapporteurs, independent experts and working groups tasked with examining a specific area of human rights. “It has long since been recognized in theory, and increasingly also in practice, that the rule of law cannot be left to the discretion of governments, no matter how democratically elected they may be.” The Secretary-General said the area most in need of innovation is the organization of the universal periodic review, a peer review mechanism. “This transformative idea was certainly not intended to impede or discourage the Council from bringing massive and gross violations of human rights to the world’s attention as and when they occur,” he said. “It was intended to give concrete form to our shared principles of universality, non-selectivity, objectivity and cooperation. The world looks to the Council to develop a review mechanism that lives up to those ideals.” Turning to the Middle East, Mr. Annan noted that the Council – which replaced the discredited Commission on Human Rights earlier this year – has held all three of its special sessions so far on the Arab-Israeli conflict. “I hope, however, that the Council will take care to handle this issue in an impartial way, and not allow it to monopolize attention at the expense of others where there are equally grave or even graver violations. “There are surely other situations, besides the one in the Middle East, which would merit scrutiny by a special session of this Council. I would suggest that Darfur is a glaring case in point.” The message was delivered on the Secretary-General’s behalf by Louise Arbour, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who gave her own presentation to the Council on her recent visits to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and Haiti. She also briefed on the situations in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iraq and the Sudanese region of Darfur.On Darfur, Ms. Arbour called on the Sudanese Government to “provide convincing answers regarding its well documented links with the [armed Janjaweed] militia, as well as the possible criminal culpability of its officials in aiding or abetting acts committed by the militia on the Government’s behalf.”She urged the international community to give its full support to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as that court’s chief prosecutor nears completion of its investigation into war crimes committed in Darfur since 2003.Lamenting Iraq’s escalating violence, which “has reached unprecedented levels,” the High Commissioner urged the United States-led multinational forces inside the country, as well as Iraqi leaders from all sides, to step up their efforts to reassert the authority of the State and establish respect for the rule of law.Ms. Arbour, who recently travelled to the Middle East, welcomed the Gaza Strip ceasefire that was agreed upon by Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday as “a first, indispensable step towards reducing harm to civilians.”Juan Mendez, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, briefed the Council on his work so far, stressing that the support of Member States is crucial in the effort to identify countries or situations of risk.Mr. Mendez, who emphasized that “the prevention of genocide is a legal and moral imperative,” added that he was also exploring ways of how he could work more closely with the Human Rights Council to devise workable approaches for ensuring that conditions do not deteriorate so much that genocide might take place.Council members also conducted interactive dialogues with Ms. Arbour and Mr. Mendez after their presentations. read more

Deep in the virtual world A newbies first brush with VR

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Apr 14, 2016 1:06 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Deep in the virtual world: A newbie’s first brush with VR FILE – In this Monday, Feb 22, 2016, file photo, a Samsung Gear VR oculus is demonstrated during a preview of Samsung’s flagship store, Samsung 837, in New York’s Meatpacking District. VR is clearly a medium in its infancy and creators are still devising new storytelling techniques that can exploit the technology’s power. But it’s impossible to deny the technology’s underlying potential. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – My descent from the boat, gliding through schools of fish and clouds of phosphorescent jellyfish, seemed to be going pretty smoothly. At least until the shark emerged from the deeper gloom and tried to tear its way into my protective cage.Of course, it wasn’t really a shark. And I wasn’t really in a cage — or underwater or even anywhere near the ocean. But it sure felt like I was.At its best, this is exactly what you can expect from the much-hyped technology of virtual reality. All you have to do is put on a headset that blocks out the surrounding world and replaces it with one that’s fake — but often utterly realistic. Suddenly it’s like you’ve stepped out of your life and into someone else’s.With the debut of new VR headsets from Facebook’s Oculus unit, Samsung and Sony over the past few months, virtual reality hype has been off the charts. To its proponents, it’s the Next Great Thing, a whole new way of “immersing” (a word you’ll be hearing a lot) yourself in games, movies, even live music or sports.Until a few weeks ago, though, the prospect left me cold. The first wave of VR entertainment consists largely of video games, which have never much interested me. Reports that VR can make you nauseous also put me off. Eventually, though, I had to try it, and my first brush with the technology was intriguing enough to keep me exploring.Just not enough to plunk down more than a thousand dollars for a full-fledged VR system anytime soon. Current VR offerings have a lot of room for improvement; many of them get old quickly once the initial “wow” factor wears off. It’s also hard not to feel self-conscious wearing goofy-looking headgear, especially when surrounded by strangers you can’t see.The experience, though, had its moments. Zombies and sharks pushed me uncomfortably close to real terror; a few contemplative moments lost in a blind man’s virtual diary, by contrast, proved unexpectedly affecting. And there was another big plus: no queasiness. (For me, at least. Your experience may differ.)___ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’My first plunge into VR involved a virtual roller coaster. Which is funny only because the real things scare me to death. If I ride them at all, I get on somewhere near the back and keep my eyes shut tight.This Samsung demo, featuring the company’s Gear VR system, got extra points for realism. Its VR video, shot at a Six Flags park, was synced to mechanical chairs that jerked around in time with the coaster’s virtual movements. And of course, the video put me right in the first car.For all that, the virtual ride proved sort of tame, at least for a coasterphobe like me. For once, I could keep my eyes open and enjoy gawking at fellow passengers or the trees below me. It may not have matched the adrenaline rush of the real thing, but that was just fine.___GOING DEEP INTO ZOMBIELANDA demo of Sony’s PlayStation VR headset, due out in October, was mostly devoted to games ranging from space shoot-em-ups to family puzzle games. A lot of them were enjoyable, but few were as dramatic as “The Deep,” which had me shaking alone in a dimly lit shark cage while what felt like the real thing circled outside.I had a similar moment playing “Until Dawn: Rush of Blood,” a horror game set in a zombie-infested amusement park. (Yes, it was a lot like the finale to “Zombieland,” just like “The Deep” bore more than a passing resemblance to an up-close-and-personal version of “Jaws.”) I knew the zombies weren’t really rushing at me through the darkness, but I couldn’t help ducking anyway.___A VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVALFilm festivals are starting to showcase VR films as directors explore the new medium. At New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, which opened Wednesday, I watched “Allumette,” a dreamy short based on the fairy tale “The Little Match Girl.”For 20 minutes, the story took me around a dollhouse-like town built in the clouds. It was charming to crane my neck to look at houses from different angles; at one point, I even stuck my head into a flying boat to see what was going on.“Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness,” meanwhile, translates the audio diary of man who’d gone blind into a virtual representation of his world. I found myself in a minimalist landscape in which sounds from a park formed ephemeral images — laughing children, barking dogs — that dissipated as their echoes faded.___VIRTUAL CONCLUSIONBottom line: My VR experiences to date have mostly been interesting, but still not entirely compelling. It’s clearly a medium in its infancy, and creators are still devising new storytelling techniques that can exploit the technology’s power. But it’s impossible to deny the technology’s underlying potential.Maybe it’ll even help me lose my fear of roller coasters one day. read more

It Might Finally Be Someone Elses Turn In The Champions League

2017-18Lionel MessiBarcelona0.6970.4191.117 2017-18Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid0.9000.2191.119 2016-17Lionel MessiBarcelona0.6910.4161.107 Dele AlliTottenham3.0130.556 If Tottenham can get Dele and Dier back — while keeping just about everyone else healthy — there is enough talent in this squad to make a run.Atletico MadridChance: 9 percentSPI: 87.2 (6th)Status: Up 2-0 on Juventus going into second legDiego Simeone’s club has been here before. But with the big three weakened, the formula that has brought Atletico to the brink of a trophy in the past could now take it over the line. The statistical indicators are all the same, and the team has maintained its lockdown defensive style. Atletico has conceded the fewest goals in La Liga (17) and the second-fewest expected goals (24) despite allowing opponents the majority of possession (51 percent). The club has managed continuity despite the fact that Simeone has overhauled his midfield personnel, as Rodrigo replaced Gabi at defensive midfield and Thomas Lemar joined from Monaco to support Saul Niguez as a hybrid wide/center midfielder.What Atletico will need to go deep in this tournament is a second goal-scorer. Antoine Griezmann remains the club’s star forward, but he has had no support this year. The expensive signing of Diego Costa has turned into a bust; he has managed just 14 shots and one goal in nearly 1,000 minutes. But in the winter window, Atleti pulled off a coup by signing Alvaro Morata on loan from Chelsea. The Spanish forward had put up big underlying numbers for the Blues but disappointed with his finishing, converting just 16 Premier League goals from more than 21 expected goals. But for Atleti, he already has scored three goals and assisted one in less than 400 minutes. If Morata can maintain his shot production and the goals return, he and Griezmann should be a formidable strike pairing to set in front of that defense.LiverpoolChance: 10 percentSPI: 92.8 (2nd)Status: Tied 0-0 with Bayern going into second legLiverpool faces a much more dangerous second-leg match than Spurs or Atletico. The Reds solidly outplayed Bayern in their first match, but Liverpool’s forwards, particularly Sadio Mane, struggled to finish their chances. Now Liverpool needs either a draw or a win in Munich.The key question for Liverpool is its ball progression. This season, Liverpool has been highly effective at moving the ball up the field, ranking second in progressive passes and runs in the Premier League behind Manchester City.2A progressive pass or run is defined as a pass that advances the ball at least 10 yards beyond its furthest progression in the move or into the 18-yard box, and a progressive run must progress the ball similarly and eliminate a defender with a successful dribble. But the club has spread the responsibility around. No Liverpool player is in the league’s top 10 in progressive passing. Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner rank 11th, 16th and 17th, respectively. Liverpool recently drew 0-0 against rivals Manchester United and Everton in two matches during which Keita didn’t play at all and Shaqiri and Milner made only substitute appearances in midfield (of 18 and 27 minutes respectively). Manager Jurgen Klopp needs to find more ways to get two of Keita, Milner and Shaqiri on the pitch in big matches to carry the load. Again, this is a doable task. Liverpool’s quality is there if it can just get through a high-stakes match next Wednesday.Paris Saint-GermainChance: 16 percentSPI: 91.6 (5th)Status: Up 2-0 on Manchester United going into second legPSG has an unbalanced roster. After an unprecedented spending spree in 2017, manager Thomas Tuchel ended up cobbling together a midfield this season by converting one of his defenders, Marquinhos, to the position. But it has hardly mattered. So long as PSG can at least contain its opponent’s attack, Kylian Mbappe and company will do enough on their end: It took only one chance in the first leg against Manchester United for Mbappe to change the game, outpacing the defenders at a sprint by several yards. Mbappe has married his incredible speed to a quickly improving perception of space, and his production has been unreal. So far this season, he’s outproducing even Lionel Messi, who has defied age with one of his best seasons in the past five years. Even accounting for the easier opposition the French striker faces in Ligue 1, Mbappe’s production has been incredible. Matt DohertyWolverhampton3.4620.282 2014-15Lionel MessiBarcelona0.7850.4741.259 2015-16Luis SuarezBarcelona0.8200.3491.169 Jordan AyewCrystal Palace3.3030.327 As of March 4, 2019The big five are the Premier League (England), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Opta Sports Ander HerreraManchester United6.0990.287 NameTeamTackles + Int per 90xG +xA per 90 2014-15Luis SuarezBarcelona0.6520.5031.155 Gylfi SigurdssonEverton2.6190.349 2015-16Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid0.8680.2391.107 Lucas MouraTottenham2.8050.399 expected per 90 minutes Sead KolasinacArsenal2.9350.370 2014-15Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid0.8300.3211.151 2018-19Lionel MessiBarcelona0.7200.5411.261 2015-16NeymarBarcelona0.6240.5341.158 The most offensive of the defensive-minded2018-19 Premier League leaders in expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes among players with at least 2.5 tackles and interceptions 2015-16Pierre-Emerick AubameyangBorussia Dortmund0.8750.2401.114 With Neymar expected to return in April, Mbappe should have his primary creative support back in time for at least one leg of the quarterfinals (so long as PSG does not falter against United). The pair of them rival Messi and Luis Suarez as the best attacking duo in the world, and if Tuchel can maintain a structure behind them, Neymar and Mbappe are easily enough firepower to win the Champions League.Manchester CityChance: 24 percentSPI: 94.2 (1st)Status: Up 3-2 on Schalke going into second legHere is the favorite. With a one-goal lead going into a home leg against Schalke, City is strongly favored for the quarterfinals. Once there, Pep Guardiola’s side continues to look like the most well-rounded in Europe. The only thing that can hold City back seems to be injuries. The club went into a tailspin when both Fernadinho and David Silva were injured in December. These two midfielders, both 33 years old, remain the guts of the club. Silva leads the Premier League by a wide margin in progressive passing, with more than 5.4 progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes, and only Eden Hazard is also over 5.0. Fernandinho seems even more central to City’s success: He stands 12th in the league in progressive passing and leads the team in both tackles and interceptions. Guardiola has yet to figure out a successor to either player in the squad or a true replacement when either of them is unavailable.With its dominant underlying numbers, a weakened field and an easily winnable round of 16 match, City is just 540 minutes away from a Champions League trophy. If Silva and Fernandinho can just be healthy from April on, the Citizens should be the Champions League favorites.Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich are hardly out of it. But PSG and City rate ahead of them, and Liverpool likely will move up if the Reds can get by Bayern. With the traditional powers of European soccer increasingly wobbly, one of these other clubs could, with the right mix of quality play and good fortune, be the team to finally knock them off and lift the trophy.Check out our latest soccer predictions.CORRECTION (March 4, 2019, 7 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that a group of five teams, including Liverpool, had not won the Champions League before. Liverpool won the competition in 2005. Felipe AndersonWest Ham3.7270.340 SeasonNameTeamgoalsassistsgoals + assists Abdoulaye DoucoureWatford3.1750.377 2018-19Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich0.8370.2891.125 2017-18NeymarPSG0.6340.5391.173 2015-16Lionel MessiBarcelona0.7630.4591.222 2018-19Kylian MbappePSG0.9980.3631.360 As of March 4, 2019Source: Opta Sports European soccer’s “big three” — Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich — have combined to win the past six Champions League trophies and seven of the past eight. But this season, these clubs aren’t quite as dominant as they used to be, and there’s just a 31 percent chance that one of them will win it all this year, according to the FiveThirtyEight Soccer Power Index. The door is wide open for a new champion. So who will walk through?The SPI projections identify five other clubs with at least a 5 percent chance of lifting the trophy. But while it seems that change is coming to the Champions League, don’t expect a Leicester City-style underdog run. None of the five clubs that could knock off Barcelona, Madrid and Bayern quite qualifies as an “underdog.” Two contenders — Liverpool and Atletico Madrid — have appeared in three of the past five Champions League finals, losing all three. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have never reached a Champions League final but boast massively expensive squads paid for by unfathomably wealthy owners.1City’s owner, Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is a high-ranking member of the Emirati royal family, and PSG is a subsidiary of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund. Even Tottenham Hotspur ranks among the world’s 10 richest clubs, according to Deloitte’s estimates.So we are not exactly seeing a revolution in European soccer. Rather, it appears that the gap has narrowed between the big three and a larger elite — the next five to 10 best clubs in the world. Still, the Champions League is more wide open than it has been in recent memory. Each of these five teams has a real chance to break the big three’s lock on the trophy.Tottenham HotspurChance: 5 percentSPI: 83.6 (11th)Status: Up 3-0 on Borussia Dortmund going into second legTottenham is statistically the weakest club on the list. It also features one of the thinnest squads of the clubs remaining, having pressed youth team players like Oliver Skipp and Kyle Walker-Peters into service in key matches this season. With no signings at all made in the past two transfer windows, Spurs are not built to weather an injury crisis and compete against the world’s best teams at the same time.Health is Tottenham’s chief concern. Striker Harry Kane has returned from injury, but the club is still missing two key midfielders, Dele Alli and Eric Dier. Without either, Spurs have struggled to turn over opponents in midfield as the press of manager Mauricio Pochettino requires — Dier and Dele are the team’s only midfielders averaging more than 3 tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes.Dele in particular is key for Spurs, as he manages to produce as both a ball winner in midfield and a shot creator. No one in the Premier League with similar defensive numbers comes close to Dele’s shot production. Lucas Moura, Dele’s Tottenham teammate, comes in second in expected goals plus assists among players with at least 2.5 tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes, and but the gap between them is huge. Ayoze PerezNewcastle3.5150.337 Mbappe is having a Messi-like seasonThe best seasons in the big five European leagues by expected goals per 90 minutes plus expected assists per 90, 2014-19 read more