London, Aug 21 (AFP) Mohamed Salah was engulfed in a diving storm as the Liverpool star won the controversial penalty that inspired their 2-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace. Salah was accused of diving by Palace when he tumbled in the penalty area late in the first half at Selhurst Park. Referee Michael Oliver awarded a spot-kick for Mamadou Sakho’s challenge on the Egypt winger and James Milner converted the penalty. Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, working for Sky Sports, claimed it was a dive, saying: “A lot of people won’t like it. If it’s against you, you’ll think it’s soft. “It is a theatrical fall which we’ve seen a lot of players do.” Adding insult to injury for Palace, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off in the second half for bringing down Salah as he raced clear. Taking advantage of their numerical superiority, Jurgen Klopp’s side made sure of extending their 100 percent start to the Premier League season thanks to Sadio Mane’s goal in stoppage-time. Palace boss Roy Hodgson was furious with the penalty, saying: “My frustration is I don’t think that’s a penalty. It’s cause for anger and disappointment. “I’ve been in football a long time. If that’s a penalty the game has changed beyond all recognition. “Sakho is a defender and he has to try and defend. “There is no way he is looking to foul the player. Liverpool didn’t deserve to be leading.” Klopp side-stepped the diving row, claiming he hadn’t seen the incident clearly. “I didn’t ask Mo about that. I didn’t see it. It looked like it was (a penalty), but I have no idea,” he said.advertisement After Manchester City’s swaggering demolition of Huddersfield on Sunday, it was important for Liverpool to keep pace with the champions, even at this early stage of the season. This was a statement win for Klopp’s team, installed as City’s most likely challengers, and they move into second place after building on last weekend’s rout of West Ham. But Klopp refused to talk up Liverpool’s title chances. “I am not interested in sending statements to Manchester City or anyone else. I want to win football games,” he said. “I couldn’t care less really. We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend.” Right from the start, Salah was in the thick of the action when he surged onto Naby Keita’s long pass, but the Egyptian’s chip sailed high over the bar. Andros Townsend came within inches of giving Palace the lead against the run of play when he cut in from the right flank and unleashed a superb 25-yard strike that cannoned off the crossbar. – ‘Cheat’ chants -================== Klopp’s men finally made the breakthrough just seconds before half-time. Roberto Firmino’s pass found Salah just inside the Palace area and when Sakho caught him with an out-stretched leg, the Egyptian’s slightly delayed tumble didn’t dissuade Oliver from giving the penalty. Salah has previous for diving and incensed Palace fans were quick to aim “cheat” chants at him, but there appeared just enough contact to warrant the spot-kick. Milner, ignoring the sound and fury, nervelessly sent Wayne Hennessey the wrong way with his spot-kick. After Wilfried Zaha’s run earned a second-half free-kick in a dangerous position, Palace captain Luka Milivojevic whipped the set-piece goalwards, only for Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker to make a superb save low to his left. Salah didn’t tire despite his prodigious work-rate and it was his blistering break that induced the lunge from Wan-Bissaka which triggered his red card. The young full-back, who had been left alone as the last line of defence, hardly made contact with Salah, but again Oliver ruled in Liverpool’s favour. As Palace threw men forward in the final moments, Senegal winger Mane put the result beyond doubt when he sprinted clear, rounded Hennessey and slotted home. “In these moments the fuel is really low and maybe the players need a bit of help from an angry manager — ‘run or I will kill you’ — and they did that,” Klopp smiled. (AFP) ATKATK
Paris Hilton will host Rock The Runway, benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and The Sasha Project LA, on October 13.Paris Hilton has been delivering smiles to patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for years and the impressions the kids have made on her heart will stay with Paris forever. “I always enjoy spending time with inspiring Miracle Kids and their families. It is clear that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a very special place where miracles are made every day. I knew I wanted to give back and do more to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I am honored to host Rock The Runway which combines my love of fashion and my passion for philanthropy. I know the hard work, creativity and dedication it takes to create your own fashion line, and I’m so proud of Miracle Kid Sasha Bogosian for using her talents as a fashion designer to help kids like her. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing Miracle Kids have their moment in the spotlight as models for the day, while we come together to raise funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals.”Rock The Runway will be a unique and incredible fashion show, as Miracle Kids (patients from children’s hospitals all over the country) will walk the runway in a cool one-of-a-kind splatter painted Levi’s denim collection, by 10-year-old Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patient and fashion designer Sasha Bogosian. Sasha’s hand-painted denim designs have been worn by Jessica Biel, Kristen Bell, Katy Perry, Jack Black, Jamie Foxx, Zendaya, Kelsea Ballerini, Rachel Zoe, Allison Holker-Boss, Twitch Boss and more.Miracle Kids will be paired with a celebrity to walk the runway as they are cheered on by guests from the entertainment industry and local children’s hospitals. Joining the Miracle Kids on the runway will be Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis, actor and singer Victoria Justice, supermodel Selita Ebanks, “Younger star” Charles Michael Davis, country music star and actor Jana Kramer, model, actor & TV host Gilles Marini, “Dancing With The Stars” pro Keo Motsepe, actor Nicole Ari Parker (“Empire” and “The Romanoffs”), actor Boris Kodjoe (“Station 19” and “House of Cards”), ESPN host and motivational speaker Victoria Arlen, critically acclaimed award winning electronic violinist, Lindsey Stirling, Disney stars Skai Jackson and Navia Robinson, “Andi Mack” star Luke Mullen, “This Is Us” stars Mackenzie Hancsicsak and Lyric Ross, model and star of E!’s hit show “WAGS” Nicole Williams and more. The Miracle Kid stars of the show will be Carly Kudzia (Toledo, Ohio), Chloe Davison (Medford, Oregon), Christian Guardino (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), JaKiah Collins (Littlerock, Arkansas), Joe Joe Coles (Jacksonville, Florida),Marlee Davenport (Indianapolis, Indiana), Matteo Gurrero (Springfield, Oregon), Nate Ferrell (Gainesville, Florida), Sasha Bogosian (Los Angeles, California) and Teddy Moore (Queens, New York).Miracle Kid Sasha Bogosian receives treatment and care for cerebral palsy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Sasha’s love for self-expression through art and her passion for fashion inspired her to create The Sasha Project LA, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, helping patients heal through art. Sasha has raised $30,500 to date by selling her one-of-a-kind hand painted denim pieces and she is excited to take her fundraising to a whole new level with the awareness generated from Rock The Runway. Sasha’s goal is to help thousands of kids like her in Los Angeles have access to an art therapy program.“CHLA is awesome! Everyone there is so nice. Children’s Hospital is always there for me and helps me get stronger! I can’t wait for this runway show. I’m excited for everyone to see my painted denim pieces. It also makes me feel so happy because people will know about art therapy at Children’s Hospital and will maybe want to help too. The money I raise will help more patients feel a lot better! Paris Hilton is a fashion icon and I’m so grateful that she is hosting this very special event”, said 10-year-old Miracle Kid fashion designer Sasha Bogosian.The creative teams from Paul Mitchell The School Pasadena and CAO Cosmetics will be creating glamorous hair and makeup looks for the runway show. Trueheart partners Amy and Scott Malin are proud to be producing, choreographing and directing Rock The Runway, while Hollywood’s finest, DJ Kid Fish, will be spinning at the event.Rock The Runway will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Avalon in Los Angeles. The event will be a once in a lifetime experience for these special Miracle Kids, as they feel the love and support of the Hollywood community coming together to raise funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals. In addition to the fabulous fashion show, Hollywood’s brightest stars and their children will spend a fun-filled day with inspiring patients from member hospitals around the country. The family fun day extravaganza will include balloon artists, face painting, glitter hair braids, and a Polite In Public photo booth featuring a custom floral backdrop designed by The Bouqs Company. Partygoers will enjoy signature flavors of cotton candy by Love Swirls and delicious My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream. Guests will be treated to a gourmet lunch and refreshing juice and tea from Purity Organic. Hydration will be powered by AQUAhydrate. The Bouqs Company will help style a fashion forward media wall with their gorgeous farm fresh florals at the event to create the ultimate social media moment.Miracle Kid Christian Guardino who sang his way into the hearts of America as a Semi-Finalist on “America’s Got Talent” and who received the coveted golden buzzer from Howie Mandel, will perform at the event.Partygoers can participate in the Kendra Scott Mystery Jewelry Pull with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Miracle Kids. Guests can also shop the latest Kendra Scott styles with 20% of purchases going back to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and The Sasha Project LA.
Kolkata: At a time when the leaders of political parties are raising their voice against incidents of violence before the three-tier Panchayat elections, pages of history show that 45 and 17 people were murdered before the elections which were held in 2003 and 2008 respectively, under the CPI-M regime.Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said that in 2003 and 2008, her party could field 30,000 and 35 candidates in the Panchayat elections. Admitting that incidents of violence had taken place in seven places, she questioned how the Opposition parties could field 2 lakh candidates for the forthcoming Panchayat elections, had there been violence throughout the state. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn 2018, six persons, all Trinamool Congress workers, have been killed in incidents of violence.In 2003, 45 people were murdered before the Panchayat elections. On the day of polling, 35 people had been murdered. After the poll, 27 persons were murdered and 1,200 houses were set on fire. All those who had been murdered, belonged to the Opposition parties.Again in 2008, 17 people were murdered before the Panchayat elections. On the day of the poll, 21 people had been murdered, while another 13 were murdered after the poll. Nine hundred houses were set on fire. In a recent interview given to a vernacular channel, Mamata Banerjee had asked: “how can I forget those days when my party workers were murdered by CPI-M cadres?” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe first Panchayat elections were held in 1978, after the Left Front came to power in 1977. From 1978 till 2008, the Left Front had won in 50%-60% of the Gram Panchayat seats, while the party got 75% seats in Panchayat Samity and 85% to 90% seats in Zilla Parishad.Trinamool Congress got control over two Zilla Parishads – East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas in 2008. Over the years, the party strengthened its organisation and got 13 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. In 2010, it got control over Kolkata Municipal Corporation and finally ousted CPI-M in the 2011 Assembly election.
Kolkata: The state government will be taking the final decision over reintroduction of pass-fail system in state-run schools only after the Centre passes a Bill in this connection in Lok Sabha and sends a communique in this regard to the state.Partha Chatterjee, the state Education minister, said: “The final decision in connection with pass-fail system has not been taken yet. It will be taken following consultation with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, only after the Centre passes the related Bill in the Lok Sabha and informs the state government.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThis comes when the state government is in favour of reintroduction of the pass-fail system in state-run schools. Earlier, the Centre wanted to know the state’s stand in this connection and the Bengal government had informed the Centre that it is in favour of reintroduction of the same.It may be mentioned that a five member committee was set up by the state Education department for framing the modalities in bringing back the retention system in state-run schools.In this connection, Chatterjee had also said in the state Assembly that the state government is in favour of bringing back the pass-fail system.Now, the state government is waiting for the Centre’s move in this connection and the final decision in this connection would only be taken after it gets the official communique from the Centre. However, the state government is almost prepared to take necessary steps in this connection.