19-year-old Norway striker Erling Haaland announced himself to the Bundesliga last week in fine style, scoring a fantastic hat-trick for Dortmund against Augsburg.He built on that yesterday with two goals in just 25 minutes for Dortmund on Friday night in their match against Koln.The second in particular had social media buzzing.Haaland had come off the bench for Dortmund in the second half and already found his first of the game and fourth of the Bundesliga season.With 87 minutes on the clock and Bayern leading 5-1, Haaland burst past the onrushing Koln goalkeeper down the right.Despite stumbling a bit initially, Haaland regained his composure to bend the ball home with his weaker left foot, from an almost impossible angle.The goal earned a considerable gasp, then cheers from the Dortmund fans and shocked looks from his teammates who joined him to celebrate the fantastic strike.He is now the first player to score five goals in his first two games in the German top-flight, all in 59 minutes.Haaland had been rumoured to be the subject of much interest from Manchester United for years, sending scouts to his games at Molde and RB Salzburg but despite being favourites to sign him in January, the English club lost out to Dortmund.Check out Haaland’s beautiful goal below;
For Amritsar lad Arpinder Singh, 2018 has been a year to remember where he has jumped his way to glory. Following his 16.77m jump that fetched gold at Asian Games, the triple jumper also went on to become the first Indian to win a medal at the IAAF Continental Cup, this month with a bronze.However, these efforts were not enough to fetch him an Arjuna Awards recommendation and Arpinder feels he deserved it.”I had applied. I don’t know how they have decided but I had won a gold. I have been medal winner at Continental Cup and Commonwealth games (2014). I think I deserve it because all has gone well on the performance front. If not this year, I hope to get it next year,” he tells India Today.India won 19 medals in athletics, including seven gold medals at Jakarta this year; their best away show in athletics at the Games. Three of the seven gold winners – javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, sprinter Hima Das and middle distance runner Jinson Jhonson were recommended for Arjuna Awards.Das won a gold in women’s 4x400m and silver medals in mixed 4x400m and the 4x400m individual event. Jhonson won gold in 1500m and a silver in 800m at the Asian games.Dusting off disappointment of missing out on national awards, Arpinder is confident India’s athletics show at Jakarta was no flash in the pan and augurs well for Tokyo Olympics in two years time.”If you look at it, in Asian games quite a few of our athletic performances matched world standards. So I am hopeful we can get three to four medals from athletics at Tokyo,” he says.advertisementHaving registered a personal career best of 17.17m, Arpinder wants to break greater barriers. “Personally I will soon get opportunities in Asian Championships and World Championships. I am going to try to get medals in both, he speaks with confidence.”
Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, the Minister said social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government remains committed to protecting the poor and vulnerable in the society. “We will continue, in fiscal year 2018/19, to strengthen the social safety net to ensure that these vulnerable persons are not left behind,” Mr. Shaw said. Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government remains committed to protecting the poor and vulnerable in the society.Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, the Minister said social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation.Included are programmes for youth employment, poor relief, children’s homes and places of safety, school feeding, the elderly, and pregnant and lactating women.“We will continue, in fiscal year 2018/19, to strengthen the social safety net to ensure that these vulnerable persons are not left behind,” Mr. Shaw said.He noted that special attention is being placed on the Programme of Advancment Through Health and Education (PATH), which targets some of the most vulnerable segments of the population – children and students aged zero to 19 years; the adult poor, including the disabled, elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers and the destitute – and the Steps-to-Work Initiative, which targets working-age members of PATH for referral to relevant support services to enable them to seek and retain employment.Mr. Shaw said the programmes have the goal of breaking the chain of inter-generational poverty, adding that this is being achieved by ensuring that the next generation has better tools and better health prospects than their parents.“It also provides for support for those parents who need targeted social interventions to improve their living standards,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw’s presentation was made under the theme ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.