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UEFA scraps ‘cup-tied’ rule for next season’s Champions League

first_imgPlayers who switch clubs during the course of a season will be allowed to play for both in the Champions League under new rules announced by UEFA on Tuesday.The European global soccer body said in a statement that it would also allow teams to use a fourth substitute in extra-time during Champions League and Europa League knockout ties.The new ruling, to come into effect next season, means that a player who been fielded by one club in the group stage of the Champions League, and is transferred during the January window, can play for his new club in the knockout stages.The same applies to the Europa League.Under current rules, clubs who qualify for the knockout stage of either the Champions League or Europa League are allowed to register three new players.From next season, there will be some important changes to @ChampionsLeague, @EuropaLeague & #SuperCup regulations:4th substituteExpanded squads for finalsNew kick-off timesPlayer registrationRead more (@UEFA) March 27, 2018These can include one player who has represented a different club in the Europa League group stages but none who have been fielded for another club in the Champions League group stage.The present ruling prevents Barcelona from fielding Philippe Coutinho in the Champions League this season as he has already played for Liverpool.Alexis Sanchez was eligible for Manchester United, however, as he switched from Arsenal in the Europa League to the Champions League.The new rules state that “that a club may register three new eligible players without any restrictions.”advertisementUEFA said the new ruling brought it into line with domestic leagues which “do not impose restrictions on the eligibility for competitions of players registered for a new club during the winter transfer window.”UEFA said the fourth substitution will be allowed following its approval by soccer’s law-making body IFAB on March 3.It said that 23 players, instead of 18, would be allowed on team sheets for the Champions League and Europa League finals, and the European Super Cup match.last_img read more

9 new ministers allotted portfolios: Soni gets school education, Kamgar power

first_imgChandigarh, Apr 21 (PTI) In a reshuffle of portfolios following the induction of nine new ministers in Punjab Cabinet, five-time MLA O P Soni would hold the charge of school education, while Gurpreet Kangar will be the new power minister.According to officials, on the advice and recommendation of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore allotted portfolios to the newly inducted ministers tonight.With the allocation of portfolios, the chief minister was left with 19 departments out of the 42 he was handling. He will retain the departments of Home, Vigilance, Excise and Taxation, among others.Among the new ministers, Soni has been given the charge of freedom fighters department, besides the school education portfolio, while Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi would be in charge of sports and youth affairs, an official said.Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, the MLA from Dera Baba Nanak, has been assigned the portfolio of cooperation and jails while Gurpreet Singh Kangar has been given the charge of power, new and renewable Energy sources.Mohali legislator Balbir Singh Sidhu would hold the portfolios of animal husbandry, dairy development and labour.Sangrur MLA Vijay Inder Singla has been allotted public works and information technology, while Hoshiarpur legislator Sunder Sham Arora has been given the department of industries and commerce.Ludhiana West MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu has been allotted the portfolio of food and civil supplies and consumer affairs, and Raja Sansi MLA Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria has been given the departments of revenue, rehabilitation and disaster management, and water resources.advertisementAruna Chaudhary, who was elevated to Cabinet rank, has been allotted social security, women and child development, and transport departments. Earlier she was handling higher education and school education portfolios.Razia Sulatna, who was also elevated to cabinet rank, has been assigned higher education and water supply and sanitation. Earlier, she was handling PWD (B&R), social security and, development of women and children.Cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, who was handling rural development and panchayats, has been given another important charge of housing and urban development.Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal has been allotted governance reforms and programme implementation.Technical Education and Industrial Training Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has been given another portfolio of employment generation, which was being handled by Manpreet Singh Badal.Navjot Singh Sidhu has been left with local government and tourism and cultural affairs. Earlier, he was also handling archives and museums department.Senior MLA and cabinet minister Brahm Mohindra who is handling portfolios of Health and Family Welfare, Research and Medical Education and Parliamentary, has also been given the charge of Elections and Removal of Grievances.There is no change in portfolio of Sadhu Singh Dharamsot who is handling Forests, Printing and Stationery, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. PTI CHS SUN VSD NSD NSDlast_img read more

Prithvi Shaw joint-youngest to score half-century in Indian Premier League history

first_imgPrithvi Shaw, at 18 years and 169 days, became the joint-youngest player to score a half-century in the Indian Premier League.Shaw smashed his maiden fifty off only 38 deliveries as Delhi Daredevils clashed against Kolkata Knight Riders for the second time this season.Back in 2013, Sanju Samson, had also scored a fifty when he was 18 years and 169 days.Incidentally, Shaw’s Daredevils teammate Rishabh Pant is the second youngest to score an IPL fifty – he was 18 years and 212 days when he scored a half-century in 2016.Ishan Kishan was 18 years and 299 days when he scored an IPL fifty in 2017. Shreevats Goswami was 19 years and one day when he scored a fifty in 2008.Youngest to register a score of 50+ in #IPL history!Sanju Samson in 2013 and Prithvi Shaw tonightboth at the age of 18y-169d#DDvKKR#IPL2018Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 27, 2018Shaw had led India to glory in the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year. At the player auction in January, the Mumbai teenager fetched Rs 1.2 crore from the Delhi Daredevils.Shaw did not play the first five matches for Daredevils. However, he made an immediate statement on debut against Kings XI Punjab, smashing 22 off 10 balls.Against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday, Shaw was more watchful but made his intentions clear when he hit seasoned leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for two successive boundaries in his second over.Beaten for pace by his India under-19 teammate Shivam Mavi, Shaw showed he was capable of deft touch and impeccable timing as he pierced the gap square of the wicket on the off-side to bring up another boundary.advertisementMitchell Johnson was brought on to the attack soon after but Shaw was not intimidated by the legendary Australian pacer. The 18-year-old slapped Johnson over cover the moment Johnson offered a bit of width.In Johnson’s second over, Shaw was in beast mode – he hammered the Aussie for a boundary and a six before smashing another six in his third over.Shaw brought up his fifty with a single off Andre Russell. However, he was soon bowled by Chawla for 44-ball 62.It was an impressive knock against a world-class bowling attack. KKR have in their ranks Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, and Johnson besides Mavi, who also gave a good account of himself before leaking 29 runs off the last over.His knock and Shreyas Iyer’s unbeaten 93 off 40 balls powered Delhi to a 55-run victory over Kolkata. Now Delhi have won two matches from seven games in IPL 2018.last_img read more

Shreyas Iyer in line to replace Virat Kohli for Afghanistan Test

first_imgShreyas Iyer is in contention to replace Virat Kohli for the one-off Test against Afghanistan next month when national selection committee picks the squad in Mumbai on Tuesday.Kohli is all set to miss the match as he has signed to play six games for Surrey in the county championship in June ahead of India’s marathon tour of England from July.In Kohli’s absence, Ajinkya Rahane is likely to lead the side for the Test starting June 14 in Bengaluru.Kohli will become the sixth Indian to play for Surrey. The other five include Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Murali Kartik, and Pragyan Ojha.”It’s long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I’m thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity,” Kohli said after signing up for Surrey.Back in 2014, Kohli had a disastrous time in England. He scored 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests and finished the series with an average of 13.50.However, he has been in sensational form since. Kohli returned to India and worked on his technique with Sachin Tendulkar. Later that year, he toured Australia and slammed four hundreds in four Tests.The Indian captain has since also scored six double hundreds including four in successive series. Against England in the five-Test series at home, Kohli scored 655 runs and led India to a 4-0 triumph.Kohli was also in top form in South Africa, smashing 871 runs across formats. He was the leading run-scorer in the Test and ODI series.The 29-year-old now wants to conquer England and the stint with Surrey will be crucial.advertisementKohli is also likely to miss the two T20 Internationals against Ireland in Dublin next month and Rohit Sharma may step in as the stand-in skipper.It is understood that barring Kohli, almost all the Test team regulars will be in action against Afghanistan.Virat Kohli may not be the only India player to miss Afghanistan TestCheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma are expected to come back from England after Yorkshire’s away game against Surrey at the Oval from May 11-14. Yorkshire’s next match is on June 20 against Hampshire.”There was a bit of wrong communication in some sections of media. Pujara was always going to play the Test match against Afghanistan. Ditto for Ishant Sharma, who doesn’t have a game for Sussex after his next match against Kent from May 11-14. Both are not playing any Royal London Cup matches during that phase,” the BCCI official said.Virat Kohli signs up with Surrey, set to skip Afghanistan TestAs far as Kohli’s replacement is concerned, the pattern of selection by the current panel, led by MSK Prasad, indicates that Iyer could be in the running for his Test debut against Afghanistan.”We have like for like replacements. For Kohli, it has been Iyer. For Jadeja, it’s Axar Patel, for Hardik Pandya, it is Vijay Shankar. So you cannot miss the pattern,” a selection committee member said.Kohli to earn nominal wages with SurreyThe selectors had picked Iyer as Kohli’s cover during the Dharamsala Test against Australia in 2017. Kohli had sustained a shoulder injury then. Iyer, however, didn’t find a place in the playing XI as Kuldeep Yadav made his debut and had a successful outing.However, with an aggregate of 3989 runs in 46 first-class matches at an average of 53.90 means that Iyer could find a place in the squad.But with Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Rahane being certainties in the playing XI, Iyer will have to fight for his place along with Rohit Sharma, who has had a mediocre Test record so far.Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara won’t be forced to play Afghanistan Test: Vinod RaiSHAW, GILL LIKELY TO EARN MAIDEN INDIA A CALL-UPThe selectors will also announce the squads for the limited-overs leg of the UK tour along with the India ‘A’ tour of England, where a few Test specialists will be included for early acclimatisation.For the two-match T20 series, most of the players of the Nidahas Trophy team are likely to be retained. Veteran Ambati Rayudu’s current IPL form could also be up for discussion.Youngsters Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill and Shivam Mavi are likely to find a place in the India A team coached by Rahul Dravid.The India ‘A’ tour of England will begin with a one-day tri-series against England Lions (A team) and West Indies A, from June 22.India A will play a four-day ‘Test’ against the ‘Lions’ from July 16-19 at Worcester apart from couple of three-day games against county sides.advertisementSeven Test team regulars will be there in UK after completion of Afghanistan Test to get into the groove.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Ravi Shastri and Rahul Dravid caught in BCCI crossfire

first_imgAt a time when the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is plagued by an intense power struggle between the office bearers and the Supreme Court- appointed Committee of Administrators (COA), two legends find themselves caught in the crossfire.During the 2018 IPL, COA was faced with a tough decision to make: should Ravi Shastri, coach of India’s senior team and Rahul Dravid, India A head coach, be allowed to do commentary duties?Shastri, who has had a longer stint as a cricket broadcaster than player, had informally enquired if he could continue as a commentator in the IPL..In one internal communication, COA head Vinod Rai had suggested both could be listed as ‘BCCI commentators’.The BCCI office bearers got in the act and read the COA stance as ‘inconsistent’ and ‘insincere’ on Conflict of Interest.Later, at a COA meeting on April 12th, the administrators decided against allowing Shastri and Dravid to commentate with a rejoinder.”The COA will separately consider whether a submission should be made to the Honorable Supreme Court to relook at the conflict of interest provisions under the draft Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations of BCCI recommended by the Honorable Justice Lodha Committee (“New BCCI constitution”) insofar as the same are not in the interests of Indian cricket,” the minutes of the meeting said.This attracted further criticism from the BCCI old guard who accused the COA of double standards in light of the fact that the BCCI legal tangle itself has resulted out of conflict of interest situations.advertisementUltimately the COA backed out of making any such submission to the court when given the option last month of recommending any constitutional modifications to the amicus curiae.Sources close to COA say all they were trying to do is to explore if they could make the best use of available resource pool. “Since Dravid and Shastri are on annual BCCI contract and they were free during the IPL, COA were trying to see if their services could be maximised. Ultimately it was decided, not to persue the matter in light of the current nature of conflict of interest guidelines,” a BCCI source told India Today.Unlike India, Australian cricket allowed selector Mark Waugh to continue with part time commentary assignments during his stint before he recently decided not to renew his selection contract, reverting to full time broadcasting duties from August.Dravid who served as a commentator, on and off after retirement and before taking up full time coaching, was seen as a new and refreshing addition in the Indian cricket broadcast space. Shastri has been one of more popular and longest serving cricket broadcasters from India. For now, both will continue to stay away from the mike.last_img read more

Ball-tampering row: Sri Lanka deny wrongdoing in 2nd Test vs West Indies

first_imgSri Lanka Cricket has strongly denied involvement of any of its players in the ball-tampering scandal that has surfaced in the ongoing second Test against West Indies at Gros Islet.Resuming the second Test under protest, Sri Lanka denied they tampered with the ball on a third day in which they finished trailing the West Indies by 13 runs on Saturday.Sri Lanka were charged with altering the condition of the ball by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, who reviewed video of the West Indies first innings on Friday.They penalized the team before play on Saturday with a change of ball and the award of five runs to the West Indies.”The ICC can confirm the match officials in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka changed the ball and awarded 5 penalty runs to West Indies,” the ICC said in a statement.WEST INDIES VS SRI LANKA SCORECARDSri Lanka protested by refusing to leave their dressing room for nearly an hour and a half. Then the team went out to the middle and walked back to the boundary, where arguing with officials didn’t relent for another 40 minutes.Sri Lanka Cricket advised the team to play “under protest,” that team management said no players “engaged in any wrongdoing,” and it would take all steps to defend any player charged with “any unwarranted allegation.”The West Indies resumed on day three on 118-2, which was bumped up to 123/2 by the penalty runs. But the home side was all out in a rush after tea for 300, a lead of 47 on the first innings.advertisementSri Lanka was 34/1 at stumps in their second innings, trailing by 13.Sri Lanka players walk off to protest ball-tampering allegationsFor West Indies, only opener Devon Smith and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich posted scores of substance, 61 and 55 respectively.The Sri Lankans contained the home side with excellent bowling, trapping Smith and tricking Dowrich.Suranga Lakmal was rewarded with 2-50, and fellow medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha 3-49. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.In its second innings, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera to a thick edge behind off Shannon Gabriel two overs before stumps. Perera made 20.Mahela Udawatte, on Test debut, was left on 11, and nightwatchman Rajitha was yet to score.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Luka Modric ready for Argentina challenge after Croatia beat Nigeria

first_imgCroatia’s main man Luka Modric revelled in his team’s 2-0 win over Nigeria in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener on Saturday but said Argentina are going to be difficult.Modric scored a penalty to help Croatia beat Nigeria and turned up the heat on Argentina, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland earlier on the day.While Modric converted a penalty, Lionel Messi missed his chance and with Argentina being subjected to a shock result, Modrid feels they will be under pressure.”They (Argentina) have quality but this win will boost our confidence and I hope we can play well against them,” Modric, who excelled in his role as a playmaker, told reporters.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”It is going to be a difficult match. Maybe against the favourites in our group… but they will have to play for a win because of the scoreline today that they never expected.”Modric scored a second half penalty to secure the win after Croatia went ahead through a first half own goal by Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo. The result left the European side top of the group ahead of Iceland and Argentina, whom they face in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.Also read – World Cup 2018: Modric does what Messi could not as European nations shineAsked if he was nervous before his own spot kick, man-of-the-match Modric said: “I wasn’t… I was focused on scoring. Thank God that I scored. Nothing more to say about that really.”Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic shrugged off the fact that both the team’s scoring opportunities resulted from set pieces.advertisement”A win is a win. Corners and penalties are part of football,” he said.Also read – World Cup 2018, Day 3 Highlights: Penalties, Messi flop show and VAR”What is important is that you score. There was luck there but we earned it. We want to be more attacking but we are not going to split hairs about how we scored.”There’s still much work to be done to emerge from the group but these three points are extremely important. We can’t let our guard down. Nothing is over. We have to now think of Argentina.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Mo Salah, Egyptian king and Liverpool star, scores on World Cup debut

first_imgMohamed Salah made the much-awaited World Cup debut against Russia on Tuesday but could not turn the fortunes of his side as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.Egypt, having lost the first match to Uruguay 1-0, are now virtually knocked out of the tournament and Salah could do little to better a sloppy performance from the Pharaohs.After getting injured in Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, Salah was forced to warm the bench during their first match loss.He started the second, must-win encounter on Tuesday, but the result out to be the same, in fact, worse.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhile there were only glum faces of Egyptians all over the stadium, the only silver lining was the fact that Salah scored Egypt’s first goal at the World Cup since 1990.In the 72nd minute, Salah was brought down in the penalty area but the referee pointed to a free kick at the edge of the box. However, this is where Video Assistant Referee (VAR) came into play and showed that the challenge happened just within the box and it was given a penalty.Salah calmly converted from the spot to give Egypt some consolation. Mohamed Salah could score only a consolation goal as Egypt slumped to a 3-1 loss against Russia. (Reuters Photo)FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThis is only the third time Egypt are participating in the World Cup Finals and the last time they played at the tournament was 28 years ago in 1990.advertisementEgypt’s last goal at the World Cup, which came in 1990, was scored Magdi Abdelghani in their 1-1 draw against Netherlands. Incidentally, that was also a penalty.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia on brink of last 16, joy for Africa, history for SalahSalah hardly saw the ball in Egypt’s loss to Russia but every time he had the ball in a crucial area, it looked like he would make it count.He had two chances to score as well but the big man failed to find the net but he was eventually rewarded for being a constant threat in the box.Interestingly, he became the fourth straight Premier League Golden Boot winner to score at subsequent World Cup.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia in sight of knockouts after crushing EgyptLuis Suarez had scored twice at the 2014 World Cup, Didier Drogba had found the net once at the 2010 World Cup and Thierry Henry scored three goals for France at the 2006 World Cup.There were a lot of hopes and expectations resting on Salah, in regards to Egypt’s World Cup campaign and in the end, it proved to be too much.Salah still has a long way to go. If he continues to play the way he is, he will surely feature in the coming World Cups and there will have the chance to rectify and better his 2018 performance.On Tuesday, Salah mostly spent all his time on the right, waiting for the ball to come to him. What he did not realise was this was not Liverpool. For Egypt to create chances, he needs to work deeper, create chances and finish them too.He will learn what he has to from this and in fact, against Saudi Arabia, he will have a chance to shine through and one never knows, he may write another chapter in his already famous tale.last_img read more

A system of rank inequalities

first_imgJudged by international stand­ards, the quality of higher education in India, a few shining exceptions apart, has been unsatisfactory. Recent developments, fortunately, are showing rays of hope.Two years ago, I had the opportunity to observe some of our universities and colleges and the institutions that govern them as a member,Judged by international stand­ards, the quality of higher education in India, a few shining exceptions apart, has been unsatisfactory. Recent developments, fortunately, are showing rays of hope.Two years ago, I had the opportunity to observe some of our universities and colleges and the institutions that govern them as a member of the TSR Subramanian New Education Policy drafting committee (2015-16). That the report never surfaced is an old story. Even so, the shortcomings we observed (then) were disheartening. Degree shopping, rote learning, mindless regurgitation, often bolstered by cheating, were the bane of the higher education system. Teachers unions held principals to ran­som and students did not care if lectures weren’t held. The magnitude of political interference at the state level was staggering and seemed to be ruining the quality of education even in well-endowed and established institutions.Many private universities and colle­ges, professional or otherwise, functioned under the patronage of influential promoters backed by money power. They only had a commercial mindset and little interest in education. The regulatory environment was sluggish and complaints of corruption were all-pervasive across the professional education sector — medical, engineering and management mainly.Given this backdrop, we were sceptical about the usefulness of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) the HRD ministry launched in September 2015. Measurement using technology, I was certain, is the only answer to eliminating human bias while assessing and evaluating institutions. But who was going to cover the enormous range of institutions and declare results?But India is full of surprises — in three years, a grading process for ranking both universities and colleges has taken root. NIRF has been ranking institutions within five broad generic parameters: teaching; learning and resources; research and professional practice; graduation outcomes; outreach and inclusivity; and perception. Despite many not caring to join the process, a technology-based ranking that covers the General, Engineering, Management and Pharmacy streams of higher education and the top 100 colleges is easily available at the touch of a button. Here’s what ranking does. NIRF has ranked Miranda House College in Delhi University first across India for two consecutive years. I asked its pri­nci­pal, Pratibha Jolly, what backed MHs success. As an alumnus of nearly 55 years’ standing, I had watched a college that was once first among equals lose its shine and slip both in public perception and student preference. But in the last 10 years, I have also seen the college seizing every opportunity to reclaim its lost glory — be it academics, sports, library, cultural events, greenery, even housekeeping.”We had to document extensive data to justify our claims,” says Jolly. “Whatever we put down had to be truthful and verifiable. The best thing has been the journey — just the rigour has taught us how to painstakingly record each facet of every accomplishment. That’s been our biggest achievement, the outcome is secondary.”Another personal nugget underscores this. As chairman of the gover­ning body of Dyal Singh college for three years, I’d see unions fighting the principal daily. A volley of complaints would ensue if demands for ignoring non-exis­tent attendance and fail marks were refused. Today (many years later), Dyal Singh ranks 25th in the list of top 100 colleges. Says principal I.S. Bakshi, “Somewhere, the realisation dawned that rank counts.”At a higher level, and in select universities, educational attainment is largely measured by the impact of published research. The citations earned by Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science or Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University run into thousa­nds — justifying their first and third ranking. The challenge now lies in motivating more institutions to value published research and understand the difference between measuring high quality and no quality. The fact that UGC has recently axed over 4,000 journals from its approved list shows that the truth behind humbug research publishing has slowly been discovered. (Whether some time-honoured journals have also been junked in the process is still not known.) The good news about ranking universities and colleges becomes less impressive when one finds that, currently, NIRF’s ranking represents just 11 per cent of UGC-linked universities, and that there are insurmountable numbers still to be appraised. The country’s 900 universities and 40,000 colleges might take decades to get covered at the current rate of progress. Considering this magnitude, NIRF should only define the ranking methodology, seek applications from credit rating agencies, prescribe application fee and exercise oversight. Otherwise, a commendable initiative will benefit only the cream among higher education institutes.Dr VS Chauhan, who has been involved with NIRF from its inception (and is also a member of the UGC), told me something unrelated but no less important. “The number of students going abroad for higher education is more than ever before,” he said. “A very large number of Indian students are easily securing admissions in well-known universities in the UK, USA and, more recently, even in many universities in Europe. In fact, it is common that an Indian student has admission offers from more than half-a-dozen universities. The only catch is they have to be fully-paid students with the means to pay for very high tuition fees and living expenses. Clearly, Western universities, even the best ones, are now competing to attract fully-paid students; digital technologies have made this process facile both for the universities as well as for the education-seekers. Increasingly, parents are also willing to pay the high cost of such higher education, seeing it as an investment in their children’s future.”It is estimated that more than Rs 30,000 crore is spent annually to pay for foreign education. Which begs the question: shouldn’t we be giving Indian parents and children some more information before their children join the foreign education bandwagon at such an exorbitant cost? Ought not every educational institution at least be accredited on some broad parameters even before being ranked? India’s acc­reditation process has taken too long.Started in 1994, it was initially aimed only at institutions seeking NAAC funding. Unravelling data from the website is slow and frustrating. Unless accreditation is made mandatory and there is more information about individual programmes, it won’t help make an informed choice about institutions and courses. Even before ranking, accreditation and not just ABC assessment must become non-negotiable.The growth of all higher education institutes calls for greater oversight. Today, 77 per cent of our colleges run in the private sector. While this takes pressure off governments, accountabi­lity for maintaining standards is essential. Privately-run universities having very poor infrastructure and highly deficient faculty abound. Even so, a few comparatively new universities like Shiv Nadar and Jindal and the older Manipal and Venkateshwara (Tirupati) universities have been well-rated. The Ashoka University may not have joined the process yet but has earned a good name in a comparatively short span. None of these, though, are anywhere near the IISc, IIMs, IITs and JNU which undoubtedly have had the benefit of history, tradition and public funding. An emerging silver lining is that a slew of other private universities, once ridiculed for their hardsell blitzing, have begun investing in highly educated faculty and promoting research. Overall, the domination of arts and general courses is a matter of concern. Enrolment in agriculture and veterinary science courses is less than 1 per cent when the bulk of rural India is engaged in cultivation and cattle-rearing. In law, though the national schools at Bengaluru and elsewhere are producing first-rate lawyers, the rounding off that comes with multidiscipli­nary grounding seems to be missing. It’s time the vertical silos of law, and even of botany and zoology, are replaced by departme­nts that look at real problems germane to India and grapple with finding local solutions. “Our education system,” says Indu Shahani, a former UGC member and eminent educationist, “should become multi-disciplinary and application-oriented, focus on the changing dynamics of the real world. We should move towards giving a strong foundation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), A (Liberal Arts), ED (Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking). We should educate to develop job creators — along with job-seekers.”Finally, viewing the big picture, a few positive developments need mention. Women’s enrolment in higher edu­cation has been phenomenal in the last two decades — almost catching up with the men. Most women, however, join arts courses. A larger number are opting for science, but most pursue home science. For women to become economically independent, they must acquire financial and legal literacy. To get more girls to pursue science and mathematics, adequate women teachers are needed to teach these subjects.India’s higher education sector is improving only incrementally, and much too slowly. If the government lacks funds, it must facilitate the upgradation of promising institutions, introduce more self-financing courses and encourage paid consultancies through industry-academia linkages. The private sector has begun to invest in establishing res­earch foundations and schools of gover­nance. Once a culture of making endowments and establishing university chairs is perceived as laudable, the higher education sector will become more sought-after and competitive.Adam Grant, an American psycho­logy professor, is reported to have said, “The mark of higher education isn’t the knowledge you accumulate in your head — it’s the skills you gain about how you learn.” The real success will come when our policymakers, teachers and students start to understand this.The writer is a former secretary, GoI; chief secretary, Delhi; and member, TSR Subramanian National Education Policy drafting committee.last_img read more

Eco-Compensation in China: Opportunities for Payments for Watershed Services

first_imgPeople’s Republic of China Ministry of Environmental Protection. 2010. National Environmental Quality Report 2010. ↩︎ Le, C., Zha, Y., Li, Y., Sun, D., Lu, H., and B. Yin. 2010. Eutrophication of lake waters in China: Cost, causes, and control. Environmental Management 45: 662-668. ↩︎ Water supply and availability could be the most pressing problem restricting China’s economic growth in the next 10-15 years, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank. Not only are water resources limited (only about 30 percent of total water resources are available for use), but many surface and groundwater sources are suffering from severe pollution.1 The Chinese government is now looking to invest in new ideas to improve water quality and supply, and WRI is using its water quality trading expertise to explore the potential of market-based methods to improve water quality and increase the supply of clean water from Chao Lake, the fifth-largest lake in China.China’s Macro Strategic Research Paper on the People Republic of China’s (PRC) Environment states that drinking water does not meet national pollution standards for one in seven Chinese, and 300 million rural Chinese lack access to safe drinking water. Out of 26 key national lakes monitored in 2010, 77 percent were classified as grade IV or lower (unhealthy for human contact).2 Chao Lake, for example, has some of the worst water quality in the country with a classification of grade IV.3 The lake has experienced severe nutrient pollution, or eutrophication, since the late 1980s, resulting in blue-green algal blooms. As a result, Chao Lake is unsuitable as a drinking water source for the city of Hefei, despite its close proximity and size.The majority of pollution coming into Chao Lake is from nonpoint sources (NPS), namely agricultural chemical and fertilizer runoff from farms. However, China’s water pollution control strategy for Chao Lake has long been centered on addressing point source pollution. Investments in point source controls alone will be insufficient to restore the water quality of Chao Lake. Hence, new strategies are needed.In 2010, the PRC tasked the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the agency responsible for formulating and implementing social and economic development strategies, with developing an Eco-Compensation Ordinance, which includes market-based methods to address water pollution. The Ordinance is currently in draft form and may be adopted in 2012.4Algal blooms in Chao Lake. Photo credit: Cy Jones, WRI Wang J., 2012. Progress in Eco-compensation Legislation in China. Presentation made at the International Conference on Payment for Ecological Services in the Lakes, Wetlands, and Headwater Areas, and Eco-compensation Legislation. 26-27 November 2011, Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province. ↩︎center_img What is Eco-Compensation?Eco-compensation seeks to compensate land users or suppliers of ecosystem services for lost income or land use rights due to environmental protection policies. It includes policy instruments such as fiscal transfer payments, support for sustainable land management and other ecological programs, Payments for Watershed Services, direct government payment programs, and improvement of environmental taxes and fees. Payments for Watershed Services (PWS) programs are a key component of eco-compensation and could play a vital role in reducing agricultural nonpoint source pollution into water bodies such as Chao Lake.PWS programs are market-based mechanisms that pay land users to sustainably manage their land in exchange for the provision of one or more ecosystem services (e.g., water filtration, erosion control by maintaining forest cover, and improved watershed management). They could offer municipalities a cost-effective way to reduce pollutant runoff, especially from agricultural areas.One example of a PWS program is a water quality trading market. Generally, a water quality trading market can be established where there is a clear economic driver, such as a regulatory target or maximum pollutant level for a water body. Credits or units of a given pollutant can be traded among entities to reach the target level cost-effectively. Farmers who reduce their nutrient runoff can generate credits at a lower cost and sell them to other actors who have difficulty reducing their own pollution level at a reasonable cost.Payments for Watershed Services for Chao LakeWRI is working with Anhui Province, Hefei municipality, and the recently created Chao Lake Management Bureau to help restore Chao Lake. Chao Lake’s restoration was adopted as a national priority in the “three rivers-three lakes” environmental protection program since 1995. WRI is evaluating the feasibility of a Chao Lake point source-nonpoint source water quality or “nutrient” trading program involving agriculture. If the preliminary findings indicate that such a program is feasible for Chao Lake, a detailed trading demonstration will be developed for implementation in a second phase of the project. WRI is also participating in a national-level study funded by the Asian Development Bank to assess nonpoint source pollution sources and develop a strategy for reducing agricultural nonpoint source pollution, with Chao Lake as the study area.These two projects sit directly at the intersection of food security, farmer income, and water quality. They’re critically important to China’s efforts to control agricultural pollution while dealing with the unique societal aspects of the country’s agriculture, low farmer income, and very small farm size.With to the Chinese government and Asian Development Bank paying increased attention to Payment for Watershed Services programs, eco-compensation, and market-based mechanisms for water pollution control, , it’s an opportune time to promote and develop more holistic, integrated strategies to prevent water pollution, restore degraded water bodies, and protect high-quality waters. Qu, J. and M. Fan. 2010. The current state of water quality and technology development for water pollution control in China. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 40: 519-560 ↩︎last_img read more

How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions

first_img[]( 2010, agriculture accounted for 24 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, 37 percent of the Earth’s landmass, and 70 percent of water withdrawals. Graphic by World Resources Institute.Given the staggering effect that food production has on the environment, reducing food waste and easing the growing need for food production can move us toward a more sustainable world.Urbanization Amplifies Food WasteAccording to The Royal Society, consumers in developed economies waste more food due to the low cost of food relative to disposable income, high standards for the appearance of food, and a lack of understanding of the realities of food production. Urbanization introduces these three factors into consumer behavior because urbanites earn more money than rural workers, buy more food from supermarkets that have high food appearance standards, and live further from where their food grows. To make the food waste challenge even more difficult, the UN projects that by 2050, 2.5 billion more people will live in urban areas and that urbanites will make up about two-thirds the world’s population. As a result, food waste is expected to rise significantly by 2050 in most cities.Food waste is already growing worldwide. For example, food waste already comprises 50 to 70 percent of municipal solid waste in several Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. Furthermore, consumers in underdeveloped areas sometimes lack refrigerated storage in homes or other methods for preserving food.Cities Are Home to Innovative Food SolutionsFortunately, some local governments, NGOs, and private companies are already exploring innovative methods of managing and reducing their food waste.For example, some organizations are redistributing food to people in need. Food Bank South Africa rescues more than 4 metric tons of food annually and distributes more than 14 million meals with the help of local non-profits in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban.Seoul, South Korea is implementing a policy to charge people, organizations, and restaurants for their food waste. This will nudge restaurants to reduce their portion sizes and encourage people not to buy food they don’t need.In February 2014, Hong Kong set a goal to reduce waste from food and its inedible parts (bones, rinds, peelings, etc.) by 40 percent by 2022 from 2011 levels. The report focuses on raising awareness to limit food waste and recycling food waste by composting it or burning it to produce energy. For example, 75 percent of inmates at the Lo Wu Correctional Institute now volunteer to receive smaller portions of food, saving 500 bowls of rice per day.Momentum is building for cities to urgently address growing global food waste. For example, the Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) has calculated that uneaten food costs the world up to $400 billion annually, providing a huge financial motive for business to act. The World Resources Institute is leading the development of a Food Loss and Waste Protocol, which will enable cities and other entities to report how much food waste they create in a credible, practical, and internationally consistent manner. Finally, the current draft of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) contains a target to “halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level” by 2030.Cities play an indispensable role in combating food waste and helping feed 9.5 billion people with fewer carbon emissions and minimal impact on natural resources. This blog post was originally published on TheCityFix on April 15, 2015.It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year.More food goes uneaten at the consumption phase of the supply chain—in places like homes, restaurants and cafeterias—than at any other stage. Almost all urban areas experience high levels of food waste—food that is fit for consumption when it reaches consumers but is discarded before or after spoiling. While food waste presents significant challenges, addressing waste also provides an opportunity for growing cities to reduce their carbon emissions, curb deforestation, and mitigate water withdrawals caused by agriculture.The Environmental Costs of Food ProductionIf current trends continue, the world will need to increase food production by 70 percent by 2050. Growing that amount of food will put a significant strain on the planet. Food production is emissions-intensive because it converts lands—such as forests and savannas that store carbon and preserve ecosystems—into pasture or crop land. For example, farmers are chopping down Indonesia’s rainforests to grow crops like palm oil, making Indonesia the world’s largest carbon emitter per unit of GDP. In addition, 13 percent of the world’s 2010 carbon emissions came from agricultural activities like raising cattle, using tractors, and producing and using nitrogen fertilizers. Including land conversion,agriculture contributes 24 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, uses 37 percent of Earth’s land, and accounts for 70 percent of water withdrawals worldwide.last_img read more


first_imgA Sioux City man charged in the death of a man at an Omaha gas station in early August appeared in court Wednesday for the first time.19-year-old Covarrubias Saturnino appeared before a Douglas County judge.Saturnino and 37-year-old Antwan Lovejoy are charged in the shooting death of 27-year-old Andrew Peek, who was found lying between gas pumps suffering from a gunshot wound on August 12th.Police say store surveillance video shows Lovejoy shooting Peek and then Lovejoy and Saturnino fleeing in Peek’s car.Saturnino was extradited from Sioux City earlier in the week.The judge ordered him to be held without bond and he will be back in court on September 24th.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s unknown at this time when the U.S. Senate will reconsider an emergency disaster aid package.The $13.45 billion bill included aid for flooded Midwestern states and $600 million for Puerto Rico’s food stamp program as well as money for southern states that sustained hurricane damage and West Coast states which experienced wildfires.Senate Democrats refused to end debate earlier this week on the Republican aid bill and a similar bill that passed the Democratic led House earlier, saying more aid is needed in Puerto Rico.Republican Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa says Puerto Rico has been receiving aid and that’s not a reason to deny the midwest and other areas needing disaster aid:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………immediate attention. :22Ernst is upset with some of her Democratic colleagues who are campaigning for president in Iowa, but then turned their back on the state for disaster aid:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….presidential caucuses. :16Democratic White House hopefuls Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts all voted no.Klobuchar voted no after touring flood damaged Hornick.Ernst is proposing two disaster aid initiatives of her own:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..while in storage. ;27The other amendment would waive early withdrawal IRA penalties to Iowans and Nebraskans hit by flooding who need funds now and provide incentives to flood affected businesses to keep employees on their payroll during recovery.A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told KSCJ News that when enough Democrats agree to support the proposal that was on the floor, he will call for another vote.last_img read more

These Sugar Bowl Rings Are Beautiful

first_imgLosing the Sugar Bowl stinks. But being able to brag about a 10-win season, making it to a New Years Six Bowl, and flashing some nice new jewelry can definitely make for a winning formula for a recruiting pitch. And it’s a nice prize for the players who, despite a three-game skid at the end of the season, had a very successful season finishing second in the conference after being picked by ESPN’S preseason FPI to finish fifth in the conference.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State lost by a large margin in the New Years Six Sugar Bowl earlier this year to Ole Miss. But they have a very nice consolation prize for making it to one of the most prestigious bowls: shiny new jewelry.Come to OSU & go ?ing every year! 10 straight. 4 of last 7 have been NYD/CFP bowls!! #GoPokes #shiny @CowboyFB_Elite— Remington Rebstock (@RemingtonReb) April 22, 2016last_img read more

Analyzing the AP Poll: No Top-5 Votes for OSU For The First Time

first_imgWeekTop-1015-25Highest%HighestLowest In the latest AP poll released on Sunday, Oklahoma State moved up in the rankings two spots to No. 9. It’s the Pokes’ highest position so far this season, and a more appropriate move than the one-spot drop they took the week before.If you break down the votes for OSU, the biggest thing to notice is the number of voters ranking the Cowboys in the top-10 and which position the largest number of votes is focused. The number of voters who believe OSU is a top-10 team continues to rise. At this point only nine voters have the Cowboys outside the top-12. That’s down from 15 last week.One note though, is that this was the first week that no voter put OSU in the top-5.In the preseason, OSU received one vote for No. 2 by Pat Dooley. After week one, Dooley dropped them to third, but Kirk Bohls added a No. 5 vote. This week though? Both have OSU at No. 6.Dig a little deeper though, and it’s understandable. Neither voter necessarily moved OSU down, so much as they moved other teams up.Dooley’s Top-5 are Bama, OU, Clemson, USC, and Penn State. Bohls has essentially the same Top-5 with USC and Clemson flip-flopped. Each team ahead of OSU has beaten someone of note: Bama over Florida State, OU over Ohio State, Clemson over Auburn, USC over Stanford, and Penn State over Pitt. We can debate the legitimacy of those teams all day, but they’re all better wins that what OSU has on their record so far.If OSU can go into Pittsburgh and come away with no worse than a 19-point victory, similar to what Penn State did at home over the Panthers, I think OSU could rise up into the top 6.That’s of course if Ross Dellenger and Sammy Batten stop ranking OSU 15th while they put teams like Washington, Georgia, and Florida State in the top 5.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Week 13625No. 9 (14 votes)No. 3No. 15center_img Pre-Season2437No. 10, 11, 12 (10 votes)No. 2No. 23 Week 24021No. 8 (13 votes)No. 6No. 15last_img read more

Oklahoma State, Alabama, Clemson, USC Among Favorites to Win Title

first_imgMiami30/150/1 TeamOpening Odds (1/7)Current Odds (9/18) Clemson20/16/1 Florida State8/130/1 Virginia Tech40/130/1 This is not surprising, or it shouldn’t be given the way OSU has played thus far this season. But it’s still a little unnerving to see written down on paper. There is obviously a long way to go, though, which Mike Gundy noted on Saturday after OSU’s 59-21 throttling of Pitt.However, it’s beginning to look like Bedlam I and/or Bedlam II will be for a spot in the CFB Playoff. And some have even posited that there could be a Bedlam III.We have a lot of games to sort through between now and then of course, and it would be an absolute stunner to see two (!) Big 12 teams in the CFP a year after this conference sent zero for the second time in three years. No matter what happens, it’s fun to see Oklahoma State thrust into the conversation nationally, even if it’s still mid-September.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Alabama3/19/5 Oklahoma State20/110/1 Oklahoma8/17/1 Auburn25/180/1 Washington30/120/1 Penn State25/112/1center_img Wisconsin40/120/1 When the 2018 national championship odds came out in January, Oklahoma State was at 20-1 to win it all. The same as Clemson and, uh, Texas, according to Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. Eight months later, they’re one of the six heaviest favorites to hoist the national championship trophy in January.As of Monday, the top six title favorites are Alabama, Clemson, USC, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Oklahoma State. OSU has leapfrogged Michigan, Florida State, LSU and Louisville en route to that 10-1 number.National Championship Odds Kansas State30/1300/1 Georgia30/120/1 USC8/16/1 LSU12/140/1 Louisville10/1100/1 Michigan12/120/1 Ohio State8/17/1 Texas20/1300/1last_img read more

Chiellini in doubt for Barcelona match

first_imgJuventus Chiellini in doubt for Champions League opener against Barcelona Last updated 2 years ago 20:29 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Giorgio Chiellini Italy Getty Images Juventus Serie A Barcelona v Juventus Barcelona UEFA Champions League The veteran centre-back suffered a calf injury while on international duty with Italy, and could be set for at least a week on the sidelines Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini is in doubt for his club’s Champions League opener against Barcelona on September 12. Chiellini suffered a right calf injury while on international duty with Italy, and was subsequently ruled out of the Azzurri’s World Cup qualifiers with Spain and Israel.Juventus 12/1 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 33-year-old was sent back to Juventus from international duty following the injury. According to Juve, Chiellini will be monitored over the next few days but his participation for his club’s league match against Chievo on September 9 and the Champions League trip to Barcelona the following Tuesday are in doubt.His absence further weakens a Bianconeri defence that is still reeling from the sale of Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan, though Benedikt Howedes has completed a move from Schalke to bolster the ranks.Chiellini has started both of Juve’s Serie A matches this season, with the Italian champions defeating Cagliari and Genoa to start their title defence.last_img read more

Socceroos v Syria to be played in Malaysia

first_imgWC Qualification Asia Socceroos v Syria to be played in Malaysia Last updated 2 years ago 09:25 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Australia Thailand WC Qualification Asia Australia Syria v Australia Australia v Syria Syria After rumours it could be played in the Middle East, the south-east Asian nation has been announced as host for the first leg of the AFC playoff Malaysia has been confirmed as the host for Syria’s home leg of the World Cup qualifying playoff against Australia.The match will be played at Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca – a venue with a 40,000 capacity that sits approximately 150km from Kuala Lumpur.Although the Syrians played their third-round qualifiers at Hang Jebat, there were strong rumours of the match being hosted in the UAE, Jordan or Qatar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The return leg will be played at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on October 10 with the winner moving on a home-and-away tie against the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF (currently USA).last_img read more

How did Cologne fans storm the Emirates?

first_imgUEFA Europa League How were thousands of Cologne fans able to storm the Emirates Stadium? Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 05:11 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Koln fans Arsenal Europa League Getty Images UEFA Europa League Arsenal Arsenal v Köln Köln The German side had 20,000 fans in London ahead of the kick-off and were spotted in the home end at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium Arsenal’s opening Europa League group match was marred by unsavoury scenes in and outside Emirates Stadium on Thursday night after Cologne’s raucous away supporters attempted to storm the home section.Gunners 7/1 to win ELCologne’s reason for so many supporters travelling to London is the fact that it brings to an end 25 years away from European competition. Estimates of over 20,000 of the club’s supporters made the trip to the capital despite only having an away allocation of 2,900, and it is understood that several hundred ticketless supporters turned up outside the ground amid scuffles with police and stewards. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Met Police say extra officers were deployed at Emirates as part of a policing plan in place at the game but questions need to be asked why so many ticketless fans were able to get in such close proximity to the stadium shortly before kick-off.The impressive support from some of Germany’s most diehard fans could be seen throughout the afternoon in central London as thousands of fans marched the streets singing their club anthems without causing any notable trouble.Cologne fans infamously stormed the Rheinenergiestadion pitch in 2012 after their side lost 4-1 to Bayern Munich and were relegated from the Bundesliga. They threw smoke bombs, lit flares and caused chaos on that occasion – UEFA can count themselves lucky that this fixture provided more of a celebratory tone than five years ago.Arsenal Koln delayKoln fans ArsenalKoln fans ArsenalBut as kick-off approached it became apparent that many of those supporters were not going to take no for an answer as some made their way through the home turnstiles and were seen jumping over barriers as stewards tried to stop them.Questions will be asked about how those supporters were able to infiltrate an entire section of the stadium, with an estimated 4,500 fans inside the Emirates as the match kicked off. Quite how so many were able to get their hands on ticket, whether through legal means or via touts outside, is unknown, but it clearly needs investigating so a repeat can be avoided.Season ticket holding home supporters were advised to move to the other end of the stadium, with the Clock End engulfed with German support, glowing in the red smoke of the various flares being set off. Dog units and riot police are far from common place inside English stadia, and the fact such measures were required suggests fears were greater than maybe some were letting on.As Cologne went up a goal through an excellent goal from Jhon Cordoba, pockets of Cologne fans could be seen celebrating in the home end much to the Arsenal supporters anger. Some were later removed while others were mildly abused by their Gunners counterparts. Arsenal went on to win 3-1 despite the early deficit.It is completely understandable that Cologne would want an increased allocation for a game which means the world to their supporters, yet you cannot help thinking the situation should have been managed much better by the football authority who organised the match – UEFA.There would have been huge disappointments for many of the young families who were forced to leave the game due to the delayed kick off through fear of the situation escalating, and UEFA need to ensure that a repeat of the farcical scenes in north London do not happen again.last_img read more