AAP MLA assaulted by Punjab sand mafia

first_imgAn Aam Aadmi Party MLA in Punjab was allegedly assaulted by a group of people involved in illegal sand mining near Nurpur Bedi in Rupnagar district on Thursday, prompting Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to seek a detailed report on the incident.Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira alleged that MLA Amarjeet Singh Sandoa was attacked for trying to expose the ongoing illegal activities of the sand mafia.The AAP MLA and his gunman, head constable Sukhdeep Singh, were injured in the incident.“Both were taken to a civil hospital, from where Mr. Sandoa was referred to PGI, Chandigarh, for further check-up after he complained of chest pain,” an official spokesperson said.Three arrestedThe police have arrested three persons allegedly involved in the incident. The spokesperson said three relatives of Ajwinder Singh — the key accused from Baihara village — have been arrested. Ajwinder and another accused, Bachittar Singh, of Bhauwal village fled after the incident. Those arrested have been identified as Jaswinder Singh Goldy, Manjit Singh and Amarjit Singh, all residents of Baihara. One vehicle and two guns were seized from them.The Chief Minister has sought a detailed report from the Deputy Commissioner and asked him to ensure a free and fair probe.The two PSOs attached to the MLA have also come under the Chief Minister’s scanner for evidently failing to protect him and have been transferred to the police lines. “The Chief Minister has directed the DGP to investigate their role in the entire episode,” the spokesperson added.‘CM should resign’Reacting to the alleged attack, the AAP in Delhi said the Chief Minister should resign if he cannot rein in the mafia.AAP spokesperson Ashish Khetan said Mr. Sandoa had raised his voice against the sand mafia in the past as well. He said the Chief Minister had during last year’s election campaign promised to rid the State of the drugs, transport, extortion and mining mafia. “Instead, the influence of the mafia has increased. They are carrying out lethal attacks on MLAs,” he said.The AAP has demanded a new policy to put an end to illegal mining and also called for a White Paper detailing the loss of revenue caused to the State by illegal mining during the past 15 years.last_img read more

Changing court conditions may make womens tennis more tight

first_imgJerusalem, Apr 30 (PTI) Changing court conditions to address differences in mens and womens play may make womens tennis matches more competitive or “tight”, a new study has found.Many sports adapt rules and equipment to better meet the needs of female competitors. For example, the net is lower in womens volleyball; basketballs are smaller; javelins are lighter; and hurdles are lower.”Lowering court nets and playing with lighter tennis balls to accommodate physiological differences would help make womens matches more competitive, with scores closer to the mens,” said Mosi Rosenboim, of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel.”It is important to note that the current disparity is not related to competitive drive. It is usually attributed to differences in strength and speed, particularly when serving,” said Alex Krumer from the University of St Gallen in Switzerland.”While a mens set is typically a duel of ace serves, resulting in back-and-forth game wins, women break more serves, which results in shorter sets,” Krumer said.Researchers examined the differences between mens and womens tournament scores from the 24 top mens and 23 top womens singles tournaments of the 2010 season.They evaluated the “tightness,” or competitiveness of a match according to how close the set scores were. Mens sets were consistently closer (6-4, 7-5), while womens sets tended to be more lopsided, with scores of 6-2, 6-1.”The set-level analysis indicates that physical power, not competitiveness, is responsible for the different number of games per set,” said Offer Moshe Shapir from New York University in Shanghai.advertisementWhen researchers re-evaluated the 2010 tournaments and controlled for physical characteristics, such as height and body mass index, the gender gap in final scores completely disappeared.Comparing matches of men and women who were as similar as possible in physical stature yielded the same results: no gender differences in the number of games per set.”Level of competitiveness is one of the most important factors in the sports industry, where uncertain outcomes generate more interest from fans and higher ticket sales,” researchers said.This argument also contributes to an earnings gap between professional female and male tennis players,” they said.After analysing 3,844 mens sets and 3,034 womens sets, researchers found that mens scores were closer.”If no changes are made, playing on the same court makes mens and womens tennis a completely different game,” Rosenboim said.The study was published in the Journal of Sports Economics. PTI MHN AMSlast_img read more

Top Badminton players from India: Career prospects and how to make it to the top

first_imgLike any other sport, badminton too requires a lots of dedication, practice and perseverance, making it much more than just playing with racquets and a shuttle cock. The game developed in British India from the earlier game of battledore and shuttlecock.In India, right from Prakash Padukone to Saina Nehwal, lots of ace badminton players have brought glory for the nation at an international platform.Top badminton players from India at glance:P.V SindhuIndia’s latest badminton heartthrob, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (PV. Sindhu) added another feather to India’s glory recently by becoming the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at Rio Olympics 2016. Her achievementsShe is the first ever Indian women single player to win a medal at the Badminton World ChampionshipsFirst Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton eventYoungest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the OlympicsSaina NehwalOne of the best female shuttlers produced by India,  Saina started her badminton training under the guidance of S.M. Arif, who was a Dronacharya awardee. Her achievementsRepresented India three times in the Olympics, winning bronze medal in her second appearanceFirst Indian to win the World Junior Badminton ChampionshipsFirst Indian to win a Super Series tournament, by clinching the Indonesia Open on 21 June 2009Saina became the first player to win the Asian Satellite Badminton tournament twice, once in 2005 and then again in 2006Chetan Anand BuradaguntaWith a career best world ranking of world no. 11, Chetan Anand was a four time National Badminton champion in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010.advertisement His achievementsWon the Toulouse Open in France in 2004, recovering from a back injury during the summer 2004 In 2005, he won Irish and Scottish open badminton tournaments in Ireland and Scotland In 2008, he won his first Grand Prix title at the Bitburger Ope.Pullela GopichandCurrently, the chief national coach for the Indian Badminton team, he is a former Indian badminton player. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy, which is one of the best badminton academies for budding players. His achievementsWon the All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001, becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat after Prakash PadukoneWon two gold and one silver at the Indian national games, 1998 held in ImphalRepresented India in three Thomas Cup tournaments.Prakash PadukonePrakash Padukone is a former Indian badminton player from Karnataka. His achievementsWon the national senior championship in 1971 at age of 16, thereby becoming the youngest player to have achieved the featIn 1978, he won the singles badminton gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.Aparna PopatConsidered as one of the best female badminton player from India, she was India’s national champion for a record equalling nine times when she won all the senior national championships between 1997 and 2006. Her achievementsShe participated in the World Junior Badminton Championship 1996 held at Denmark and won a Silver Medal at the tournamentWon a Silver Medal against the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games 1998Became the first Indian woman to win the French Open title. Famous badminton academies in IndiaPrakash Padukone Badminton AcademyGopichand Badminton AcademyDK Academy, DelhiArdor Badminton Academy (ABA)Surjit Singh Badminton Academy Read: India’s top wrestlers of all time Read: Skill development in school education: Importance of evolving skill training from a young ageFor more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: How Rohit, Kohli destroyed Bangladesh in semi-finals

first_imgIndia Innings:An enthralling batting display from India and they couldn’t have won more convincingly to reach the finals of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. The intent was evident in both the openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma who looked in good touch right from the beginning. They kept punishing the loose balls and didn’t let the Bangladeshi bowlers to settle down. The southpaw missed out on a fifty but he became the leading run-scorer in this year’s tournament. (SCORECARD)21.40 IST: INDIA WIN BY 9 WICKETS WITH 59 BALLS TO SPARE! A comprehensive victory for the Men in Blue and they enter the finals. Tossed up outside off, Kohli drills it through covers and the ball races to the fence. The joy on his face is evident and he punches the air in delight. Goes across to Sharma and gives him a hug. 21.34 IST: 8000 runs for Virat Kohli in ODIs. Fullish delivery, eased through mid off for a single.21.30 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! Angling into pads, Kohli gets a tickle on it and sends the ball across to the fine leg fence.21.27 IST: FOUR! India are racing towards the target with some authority! Dug in short on middle, Sharma as usual keeps his weight on the front foot and pulls it over square leg to find the ropes.21.26 IST: FOUR! Slashes and slashes hard! Shortish and width on offer, Kohli cuts it over backward point and the ball crosses the boundary on one bounce.India fans at Edgbaston are getting a treat with this @ImRo45/@imVkohli partnership! #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/XFQIfmS1yKadvertisement- ICC (@ICC) 15 June 201721.22 IST: FOUR! Exquisite! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Rohit creams it through mid off for a gorgeous boundary. He is so easy on the eye when in full flow.21.13 IST: CENTURY! Rohit Sharma reaches his 11th hundred in ODIs with a six. Bouncer on leg stump, Rohit goes for the pull and connects well. Gets it fine towards fine leg as the fielder runs to his right. However, he is far away from the ball and even the desperate dive from him comes to no effect as the ball goes to the fence. The umpires check for it and the replays show that it has hit the boundary cushions on the full. India 212/1 (33 overs) vs Bangladesh 264/7KOHLI, KOHLI, KOHLI!Safe to say India fans enjoyed @imVkohli’s 50!#BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/lIhheYSd5l- ICC (@ICC) 15 June 201721.10 IST: FOUR! Kohli is in the zone! Length delivery around off, Virat strokes it uppishly through mid off and the ball whistles away to the ropes.21.05 IST: FOUR! What a shot! Fullish outside off, Kohli stays leg side of the ball and drills it through covers for a rocketing boundary.21.04 IST: FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short delivery on leg stump, Sharma pulls it through square leg for a boundary.Has to be the best chasing ODI Batsmen of all time @imVkohli !!!! #JustSaying #INDvBAN- Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 15 June 2017Jet lag is good for one thing! Supporting your mates @ImRo45 – solid bro solid! #ct17 pic.twitter.com/jzx0zLtCKG- Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) 15 June 201721.00 IST: 100-run stand up between Kohli and Sharma. Shakib floats it on off, Kohli drives it through mid-off for a run.20.59 IST: FIFTY! Virat Kohli reaches his 42nd ODI fifty with a four. Short ball outside off, Kohli drags it through mid on for a boundary. It also brings up the Indian skipper’s fifty. It has been a very fluent innings by him. India 185/1 (29 overs) vs Bangladesh 264/7Less than 100 needed now for India with 9 wickets and 24 overs remaining – is there a twist in the tale to come? #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/6b5XF8E0hF- ICC (@ICC) 15 June 201720.45 IST: FOUR! ELEGANT DRIVE! Full ball outside off, kohli drives it through covers for a boundary. He has been timing the ball extremly well since the time he has arrived.20.37 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Rohit. This time to the other side of point. Short and outside off, Rohit cuts it to the right of point and the ball races away to the fence.20.36 IST: FOUR! It is raining boundaries. A tad short outside off, Rohit just cuts through backward point for a boundary.20.28 IST: FOUR! This is even better. Full and angling away outside off, Kohli leans into it and drives it through covers for another boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for Kohli.20.28 IST: FOUR! TYPICAL KOHLI! Full ball on middle, he just whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary.Look who was at the Champions Corner at Edgbaston today – #CT17 Champion Ambassador @Ian_Bell! pic.twitter.com/EDNI2QAk46advertisement- ICC (@ICC) 15 June 201720.23 IST: FOUR! That had class written all over it! Fractionally overpitched on off, Kohli extends his arms and drives it gloriously past the bowler for a boundary.20.18 IST: FOUR! Streaky runs! Back of a length outside off and room on offer, Rohit looks to punch it square of the wicket but gets an outside edge through the slip region for a boundary. 12 of the over.20.17 IST: FOUR! That was played with authority! Short on middle, Sharma pulls it hard through square leg. The fielder in the deep has no chance to stop it.FIFTY! @ImRo45 gets his 32nd half-century in ODIs! #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/oxCOCk5BQH- ICC (@ICC) 15 June 201720.03 IST: FIFTY! Rohit Sharma slams his 32nd ODI fifty. Rohit eases the fullish delivery past the bowler for a run. A well-composed knock and he is looking ominous. India 96/1 (15.3 overs) vs Bangladesh 264/720.02 IST: FOUR! Well played! Fullish outside off, Sharma strokes it elegantly through cover-point to find the fence.20.02 IST: FOUR! Sloppy from the Bangladesh skipper. Tossed up outside off, Sharma drives it towards Mortaza at point who makes a mess of it to concede a boundary.19.58 IST: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan falls short of fifty as India lose their first wicket. Mortaza strikes! He bowls a fuller length ball outside off, it’s slower in pace as well. Dhawan gives himself room, comes down the track and swings across the line. Poor choice of shot and he ends up getting a leading edge which lobs towards Mosaddek Hossain at point. He makes no mistake and pouches it safely. India 87/1 (14.4 overs) vs Bangladesh 264/719.57 IST: FOUR! Shot! Dug in short, angling in. Dhawan pulls it through square leg to find the fence. Moves to 46 with that.Reuters Photo 19.50 IST: Time for spin. Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack. India are running away with the show. Can he provide the crucial breakthrough?India are looking comfortable thanks to @ImRo45 and @SDhawan25! #BANvIND #CT17WATCH: https://t.co/ELnYIdIBL4 pic.twitter.com/GxbruKygae- ICC (@ICC) 15 June 201719.42 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! Straying on the hips, Dhawan tickles it through fine leg and beats the man in the deep to pick up a boundary.A strong start for India, with both openers on fire getting them to 63/0 at the end of the first powerplay #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/9eoYd6r0dM- ICC (@ICC) 15 June 2017AP Photo 19.26 IST: SIX! BANG! This is even better. Short ball outside off, Dhawan pulls it with power over the square leg fence for a maximum. 16 runs off the over.19.25 IST: FOUR! This one is through the on side. Short ball on leg stump, Dhawan just pulls it through square leg for a boundary.19.24 IST: FOUR! WHAT TIMING! Hurls it on a length outside off, Dhawan punches it onto the ground and the ball bounces over the point fielder for a boundary. He is in some form.Looking good at the half way mark of the match… bowlers have done a fantastic job once again in this tournament ??????#INDvBAN #CT17advertisement- zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) 15 June 201719.20 IST: FOUR! EFFORTLESS! Lands it on a length on middle, Rohit just picks it up over mid on for a boundary. It looks so easy when he plays it.19.17 IST: FOUR! That has been pulled with authority. Short on the leg stump, Dhawan pulls it behind square leg for a boundary. India are off to a great start here.19.10 IST: FOUR! LOVELY WRIST WORK! Length ball on middle, Sharma just times it through the vacant mid-wicket region for another boundary.19.04 IST: FOUR! Too full this time, outside off. Rohit leans into it and drives it through cover point to the fence.18.56 IST: FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Dhawan cuts it through point for another boundary. Back-to-back boundaries in the over.18.56 IST: FOUR! BEAUTIFULLY TIMED! Length offered, little bit of width. Dhawan pushes it past the diving cover-point fielder for a boundary. He is underway.It’s a superb sell-out crowd today at Edgbaston! #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/M7jRZRvshm- ICC (@ICC) 15 June 201718.50 IST: We are back for the chase. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to open the batting for India. Bangladesh begin the proceedings with Mashrafe Mortaza. A slip in place.Bangladesh Innings:18.25 IST: India made an excellent comeback with the ball in the middle overs. Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja picked crucial wickets and stopped the run flow. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was good upfront and Jasprit Bumrah was on the money in the death overs. The Men in Blue would fancy themselves to chase this target down on a very good wicket. However, the Bangla Tigers will give it their all to build pressure on the famed Indian batting line-up. Join us for the chase in a while.18.24 IST: So, Bangladesh have crawled their way to a decent total, courtesy of their captain Mashrafe Mortaza who played a handy knock along with the tail towards the end. They recovered well after losing two early wickets. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were going great guns in the middle as they stitched a partnership of 123. However, after the departure of the southpaw, they lost their way as wickets kept on falling. Bangladesh would have liked to have 300 on the board but fell short.18.22 IST: BANGLADESH FINISH ON 264/7. So, Bangladesh have crawled their way to a decent total, courtesy of their captain Mashrafe Mortaza who played a handy knock with the tail towards the end. They recovered well after losing two early wicket when Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were going great guns.18.18 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is having a bit of issue with his ankle. He twisted his ankle while landing to bowl the delivery.48.2: J Bumrah to M Mortaza (26), 4 runs, 256/7 https://t.co/TjtIVYE9wx #BanvInd #CT17 #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 15 June 201718.12 IST: FOUR! Streaky boundary! Short delivery, risiing up on Mortaza. He goes for the pull but gets a top edge over Dhoni and the ball rolls to the fine leg fence.18.10 IST: FOUR! Fortune favours the brave! Low full toss on off, Ahmed swings hard at it but gets an outside edge past the keeper for a boundary.18.04 IST: FOUR! Not a pretty shot but he gets the desired result! The skipper moves around the crease to unsettle Bumrah. However, the pacer bowls it fullish on off. Mortaza manages to get a thick inside edge which goes past Dhoni for a boundary.Semi Final 2. 45.4: B Kumar to M Mortaza (12), 4 runs, 235/7 https://t.co/TjtIVYE9wx #BanvInd #CT17 #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 15 June 201717.57 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah strikes again. Mahmudullah makes room and Bumrah keeps it straight and full on off. The batsman looks to jam it out towards point but misses it completely to get his stumps rattled. India continue to dominate. Bangladesh 229/7 (45 overs) vs India 17.53 IST: FOUR! That was hit with authority! Dug in short around off, Mortaza nails the pull through mid-wicket for a rocketing boundary. Bangladesh 225/6 (43.4 overs) vs India17.46 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah removes Mosaddek. The short ball ploy works for Bumrah! India are on top now. He bowls a shortish delivery outside off as he sees Hossain using his feet. The young man still goes through with his pull shot although he is in an awkward position. Ends up getting it from the splice of the bat beside the pitch on the off side. Bumrah takes it safely in his followthrough. The defending champions are ecstatic. Bangladesh 218/6 (42.3 overs) vs India17.42 IST: FOUR! Nice improvisation! Tossed up on off, Mahmudullah goes for the fancy reverse sweep and connects well. Gets it over the man at short third man for a boundary.17.40 IST: FOUR! Fuller in length on middle, Hossain stays leg side of the ball and drills it through extra cover for a boundary.17.29 IST: DROPPED! Ravichandran Ashwin drops Mahmudullah on 4 off Hardik Pandya. That should have been taken. Pandya bowls it short outside off, Mahmudullah goes for the upper cut, he hits it in the air to the left of Ashwin who makes good ground and gets two hands on it but drops it. To add to it the ball rolls to the boundary. Kohli is not happy there. Bangladesh 195/5 (38.3 overs) vs India17.22 IST: FOUR! Short and width on offer. Hossain slaps it towards backward point. The fielder dives to his left but fails to stop it. The young man earns a boundary for himself.?? Just why is @ShaneWarne wearing an @englandcricket shirt?!@SGanguly99 is to blame! #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/fcfV009kEs- ICC (@ICC) 15 June 201717.18 IST: WICKET! Jadhav is making an impact with the ball. He tosses it up, Mushfiqur Rahim comes down the track and takes it on the full and goes for a heave but hits it straight to Kohli at short mid-wicket who takes a good low catch. Bangladesh have lost two in two overs. India have fought back into the game. Both the set batsman are back into the hut. Bangladesh 179/5 (35.2 overs) vs India17.13 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja removes Shakib Al Hasan. Drags his length outside off, turns in a touch, Shakib goes for the cut but gets it off the toe end of the bat to Dhoni who takes a good catch. Bangladesh are losing their way here. They have lost their fourth. Jadeja is all pumped. He gets his first. Bangladesh 177/4 (34.1 overs) vs India32.1: R Jadeja to S Al Hasan (12), 4 runs, 171/3 https://t.co/TjtIVYE9wx #BanvInd #CT17 #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 15 June 201730 overs down and Bangladesh are 161/3. How do you see the rest of the innings going? #BANvIND #CT17LIVE: https://t.co/2NnsLECbUt pic.twitter.com/IuH4aTtOSq- ICC (@ICC) 15 June 201716.56 IST: Kedar to Tamim, OUT! Bowled ’em! Lands it on a length around off, coming in with the arm. Iqbal kneels, goes for the slog sweep but misses it completely to see the furniture behind him shattered. Pressure was building and it has resulted in a wicket. A good knock from Iqbal comes to an end. Important breakthrough for India. BAN 154/3 in 28 oversAP PhotoWICKET! Kedar Jadhav breaks the partnership, and it’s the danger man Tamim Iqbal who has gone, bowled! Bangladesh 154/3 #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/vK5jlcjWd8- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201716.53 IST: Jadeja to Mushfiqur, takes a single to complete his half-century, 26th ODI fifty. BAN 150/2 in 26.2 overs 16.47 IST: Bangladesh 142/2 in 25 overs. Tamim 66*, Mushfiqur 46*. Stand – 110 off 111 balls16.42 IST: 100-run partnership up between Tamim (63*) and Mushfiqur (39*). BAN132/2 in 23.1 ovs(AP Photo)16.41 IST: India need to find a way to stem the flow of runs. BAN 130/2 in 23 overs 16.34 IST: FOUR! Nice improvisation! Tossed up on middle and leg, Rahim premeditates and executes his reverse sweep well. Gets it over the backward point fielder for a boundary.16.30 IST IST: FIFTY! Tamim Iqbal reaches 38th ODI half-century. Just over short third man. Bowls it on off, Tamim goes for a reverse sweep but gets a top edge which goes just over Bumrah at backward point for a boundary. Brings his 50 up a very good knock by Tamim. He has had his luck but you can take nothing away from his innings. He is now also the leading the run scorer of the tournament.FIFTY! @TamimOfficial28’s fine tournament form continues with another half-century! #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/5HUKZRdtdE- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201716.21 IST: Time for Drinks! 10 runs came off that over from Hardik. BAN 90/2 in 17 overs. Tamim 41*, Mushfiqur 19*16.19 IST: Hardik to Tamim, SIX! BANG! That is going, going and gone. Tamim comes down the track and just picks it over deep mid-wicket for maximum. That was a brilliant pick up shot. The first big hit of the match. BAN 89/2 in 16.3 oversSemi Final 2. 16.3: H Pandya to T Iqbal (40), 6 runs, 88/2 https://t.co/TjtIVYE9wx #BanvInd #CT17 #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 201716.16 IST: Ashwin to Tamim, FOUR! DEFT TOUCH! Bowls it outside off, Tamim just guides it past the short third man fielder for a boundary. These two are tickling along well here.Semi Final 2. 15.5: R Ashwin to T Iqbal (32), 4 runs, 79/2 https://t.co/TjtIVYE9wx #BanvInd #CT17 #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 201716.10 IST: Bangladesh 66/2 in 14 overs. Tamim 23*, Mushfiqur 14*. Stand – 35 off 45 balls16.06 IST: Hardik to Tamim, FOUR! HE does make full use of this one. Pandya bowls it full and Iqbal smashes it straight back past the bowler for a boundary.16.05 IST: Hardik to Tamim, BOWLED! No it’s a No-Ball! He has bowled him of a no ball. Tamim survives and Hardik cannot believe it. He doles it on a length outside off, Tamim goes for the pull but gets an inside edge onto the stumps but the umpire calls a no ball.16.00 IST: Bhuvneshwar and Ashwin have slipped in a couple of quiet overs. BAN 49/2 in 12 oversBangladesh- Sarkar to nipat gayi .Well bowled Bhuvi#INDvBAN #CT17- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 15, 201715.52 IST: End of the first powerplay! Bangladesh 46/2 in 10 overs. Tamim 10*, Mushfiqur 12*????????#BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/moKF8MuRt6- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201715.48 IST: Bhuvi to Mushfiqur, FOUR! Make it three in a row! Shortish and room on offer, Rahim slaps it through point to fine the fence once again. Shot of the day so far says Ganguly on air. 13 from the over.15.47 IST: Bhuvi to Mushfiqur, FOUR! Exquisite! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Rahim creams it through extra cover for a gorgeous boundary.15.47 IST: Bhuvi to Mushfiqur, FOUR! Streaky boundary! That was a close shave as well. Back of a length delivery outside off, Rahim uses his feet and looks to force it through the off side but gets a thick inside edge which goes past the stumps, beats the keeper and rolls to the fine leg fence.15.40 IST: Bhuvneshwar to Sabbir, OUT! Rahman departs in search to up the ante! Shortish delivery and width on offer, Rahman looks to cash in on the width. Slaps it uppishly towards Jadeja at backward point but doesn’t bother to keep it down. It goes straight to the best fielder of the Indian side and he makes no mistake. Kumar is pumped up and so is Virat Kohli! BAN 31/2 in 6.5 overs WICKET! 13 dot balls in a row, then Bhuvi gets his second! Sabbir Rahman is caught by Jadeja! Bangladesh 31/2 #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/IG4eJJ3M2Z- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201715.35 IST: Bumrah fights back with a maiden over, the first of the match. BAN 31/1 in 6 oversNot the start Bangladesh wanted or needed – Soumya Sarkar chopped on for a duck! #BANvIND #CT17?? WATCH: https://t.co/N8hfIlbgrq pic.twitter.com/662Eoajzn4- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201715.30 IST: Bhuvi to Tamim, FOUR! Streaky runs! On a length on the pads, Iqbal looks to nudge it early and ends up getting an outside edge past the slip region. Another boundary results. BAN 31/1 in 5 oversSemi Final 2. 4.2: B Kumar to T Iqbal (10), 4 runs, 30/1 https://t.co/TjtIVYE9wx #BanvInd #CT17 #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 201715.28 IST: Bumrah to Sabbir, FOUR! The aggressive ploy is working for Rahman at the moment. Comes down the track to the fuller length ball on off and hits it over Kohli at mid off for a boundary. The bat turned a bit in his hand but he managed to get enough on it.Semi Final 2. 3.5: J Bumrah to S Rahman (19), 4 runs, 26/1 https://t.co/TjtIVYE9wx #BanvInd #CT17 #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 201715.22 IST: Bhuvi to Sabbir, FOUR! Shot! Fuller length ball outside off, Rahman strokes it through cover-point and gets the desired result. Good positive start from Rahman.Semi Final 2. 2.6: B Kumar to S Rahman (15), 4 runs, 21/1 https://t.co/TjtIVYE9wx #BanvInd #CT17 #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 201715.22 IST: Bhuvi to Sabbir, FOUR! Intent from Rahman! On a length outside off, Rahman charges down the track and lifts it over wide mid off for a boundary.Semi Final 2. 2.6: B Kumar to S Rahman (15), 4 runs, 21/1 https://t.co/TjtIVYE9wx #BanvInd #CT17 #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 201715.17 IST: Bumrah to Sabbir, FOUR! Beautifully played! Fuller length ball outside off, Rahman drives it elegantly through cover-point and the ball whistles away to the fence. BAN 11/1 in 2 overs15.16 IST: Bumrah to Tamim, FOUR! Easy pickings! Straying on the hips, Iqbal turns it through fine leg. Yuvraj runs to his left, puts in a dive but fails to stop the boundary.15.15 IST: Bhuvi to Soumya, BOWLED! Kumar gets the better of Soumya Sarkar! Lures him into a false stroke and the veteran perishes. Just the start India needed. Bowls a length delivery around off, angling away. Sarkar goes for a booming drive but only manages to get a thick inside edge that crashes into the stumps. Played awayed from the body and pays the price for it. BAN 1/1 in 1 overWICKET! Bhuvneshwar breaks through in the first over! Soumya Sarkar chops on off the inside edge into his stumps! Ban 1/1! #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/wCjqnSnsth- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201715.12 IST: Tamim gets off the mark with a single off Bhuvneshwar. Pre-match updates:15.10 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar handed the new ball by Virat Kohli. 15.01 IST: The players are walking out.????v????Here come the teams, let’s go!#BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/84tI3j8Dr3- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201714.58 IST: The game will start in some time.???? vs ???? #CT17 – The match will start at 1040 hrs (local time) #INDvBAN #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 201714.41 IST: Both teams are unchanged, India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit BumrahBangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur RahmanThe team sheets are in! Both sides are unchanged! #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/N7cylocjMQ- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 2017 14.36 IST: TOSS! Virat Kohli wins the toss, India will bowl first against Bangladesh at Edgbaston. Both teams are unchanged for this game.The team sheets are in! Both sides are unchanged! #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/N7cylocjMQ- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201714.34 IST: Toss between India and Bangladesh second semi-final delayed due to rain.14.27 IST:  A light drizzle just as the toss is about to take place.14.24 IST: The players going through the paces for one last time before the toss. The teams have been getting warmed up, not long until the toss! #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/k6NRipF7Gb- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201714.22 IST: Message from the big man himself himself before the match.  300th game ! I’m sure my parents ,gurus,friends and well wishers will be proud of me today how far I have come with my battles in life ????????- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 14, 201714.10 IST: The man of the hour, Yuvraj Singh!??? A special presentation for @YUVSTRONG12 ahead of his 300th ODI for ????#BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/n6Noy5elp9- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201714.08 IST: The practice sessions are over, time for talking is over, action begin shortly.Indian and Bangladesh have been training hard ahead of today’s semi-final clash – Champions #SweatMore! @gatoradeindia #CT17 #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/OoacfmvGhh- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201713.40 IST: Hopefully the weather will stay like this throughout the match. Fingers crossed!The glorious Edgbaston, Birmingham..Established in 1882 and the first ever Test match was played here in 1902..#INDvBAN #CT17 semi-final pic.twitter.com/mE0tbzI4We- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 15, 201713.40 IST: The Indian team is making its way into the stadium now.???? India have arrived at @edgbaston for today’s #CT17 semi-final! #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/eIQttPJg52- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201713.35 IST: Sachin Tendulkar rates India’s performance in the tournament so far.How has the legend of the game @sachin_rt rated India’s performances so far in the #CT17? Watch to hear his views! ???? pic.twitter.com/vFv9EQ12dD- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201713.35 IST: Who do you think will face Pakistan in the summit clash?It’s #BANvIND gameday!Who joins Pakistan in the #CT17 final?RT – Bangladesh?? – India pic.twitter.com/B9fseKfCEf- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201713.30 IST: Yuvraj will become only the fifth Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin to play 300 one-day internationals.Never give up, never back down??. It’s a special day for @YUVSTRONG12 as he celebrates his 300th ODI! https://t.co/8jT1N0nE0H #BANvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/wctD4qAMmk- ICC (@ICC) June 15, 201714.00 IST: Yuvraj Singh speaks ahead of his 300th ODI game.Time for ODI No.300 – Here’s @YUVSTRONG12 speaking about his landmark ahead of the semi-final against Bangladesh #CT17 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/S6Z8gkvVJn- BCCI (@BCCI) June 14, 2017Brief Preview:Defending champions India will aim to live up to their tag of title contenders and dominate Bangladesh in the second semi-final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament here on Thursday.Bangladesh rode on a record partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmadullah to beat New Zealand by five wickets in their last match in Group A.The South Asians had sufferred a top order collapse, losing four wickets by the 12th over before Shakib and Mahmadullah got together to add 224 runs between them — Bangladesh’s highest partnership in One-Day Internationals (ODI).Apart from scoring a brilliant century, Shakib also bowled economically. Mahmudallah will also look to add strength to the side’s batting while openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar will have to give the team a good start against India.Pacer Mustafizur Rahman will be the key in the Bangladesh bowling line-up. He has featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and should have some idea of the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian batsmen.The Bangladesh bowling line-up featuring the likes of pacers Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza alongside spinners Shakib and Mosaddek Hossain will aim to test the Indian batsman with their pace and variation.Meanwhile India, led by skipper Virat Kohli will look to play ruthlessly and dominate Bangladesh right from the start.The Indian batting has done well in most of their group matches and will aim to continue their good form.Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have done well so far and could pose all sorts of problems for the Bangladesh bolwers. Dhawan is the top scorer of the tournament with 271 runs in three matches.Besides the openers, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been in good nick and have the capibility to snatch the match away from Bangladesh on their own with individual performances.The Indian bowling department is also balanced with frontline pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav alongside spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Medium-pacer Hardik Pandya will also look to provide breakthroughs in the middle-overs.last_img read more

Australia’s ball-tampering trio treated as criminals, says Di Venuto

first_imgSurrey’s head coach, Michael Di Venuto, has furiously defended the three Australian players who were banned for ball tampering last month, saying they were “treated as criminals” in the fallout from the scandal.Di Venuto, a former one-day international batsman who was Australia’s batting coach for three years until 2016, also launched a strident defence of the changing-room culture in the Australia team. The 44-year-old urged that the investigation into culture and conduct begins “at the top” with Cricket Australia management rather than the players, defending the environment fostered by Darren Lehmann, who stepped down as Australia’s coach in the aftermath. Share on WhatsApp The Last Post has sounded for cricket on Channel Nine – but the great game carries on Since you’re here… Reuse this content Australia sport Share on LinkedIn When asked about the influence of the Cricket Australia organisation on the team’s hyper-aggressive disposition during the Ashes series, Di Venuto repeated that position. “You can’t lose to England,” he said. “That’s built up. When it does happen, and it is no different to what happens in this country when England lose to Australia, all hell breaks loose.”Of the situation during the third Test against South Africa, he said: “When you are in a different country and copping from all angles, you don’t know what sort of state the players were in to make that sort of decision. And the will to win. The Australian cricket team just wins. It’s not allowed to lose.”Despite Australia’s coaching job still being vacant, Di Venuto said he is yet to consider it given he is halfway through a four-year deal with Surrey, but as a self-described career coach, he stopped short of ruling it out. “You never say never [but] I am really happy doing what I am doing,” he said. “As you’ve seen, you take on that [international] role and you are away for 11 months a year, you are on the road. It is hard work.” In the current climate it is perhaps harder than ever. Support The Guardian Share on Twitter “I didn’t think there was any cultural issues during my involvement with the Australian team,” Di Venuto said. “I love the culture [Lehmann] created and the players loved the environment as well. Obviously, with the events that have happened recently, all of a sudden people are blaming culture and things like that. Take it back a couple of months, when we won the Ashes, there wasn’t too many people complaining.”Noting the close relationships he built with Steve Smith and David Warner during his time on the staff, Di Venuto described the decision made by the former team leaders and Cameron Bancroft to scuff the ball with sandpaper as “pretty dumb” but argued that the response has been disproportionate.“There has been a real assassination of their characters,” he said. “They are good people who have made mistakes. They are quality people who I have spent a lot of time with. It was tough to watch and see them treated as criminals for something that goes on in sport.” Read more … 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. Topics Geoff Lemon Sign up for The Spin, our weekly cricket email. Read more Steve Smith news Di Venuto believes that having accepted their international bans, the players have “suffered enough” and should be able to “get on with their lives”. In turn he has opened the door to Smith and Warner at Surrey should the ECB allow them to play domestic cricket. “It is probably important that they play a bit of cricket at some stage,” he said. “If they are in the right mental state to play cricket, and the ECB will have to allow it to start with, then we’d be mad not to look at some of the world’s best players potentially playing.”Elaborating on his response to the review that Cricket Australia announced into the men’s team following the fiasco in Cape Town, Di Venuto made it clear that he would like the scrutiny to start further up the line. “It will be interesting to see what comes out of this culture stuff,” he added. “Hopefully they start from the top and work their way down to the team.” Australian ball tampering Share on Messenger Australia cricket team Share via Email England’s IPL dozen learning as well as earning on cricket’s glitziest stage David Warner Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Cricketlast_img read more

Martinez in Milan to complete Inter move

first_imgTransfers Lautaro Martinez arrives in Milan to complete Inter move Renato Maisani Last updated 1 year ago 17:30 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lautaro Martinez Argentina Getty Transfers Internazionale Racing Club Serie A The 20-year-old Argentine striker attracted interest from Real Madrid and Atletico but his European adventure will begin in Italy Inter are set to complete the signing of Lautaro Martinez after the striker arrived in Italy for a medical.The 20-year-old Argentine had been linked with a move to Europe for some time amid his strong performances for Racing Club. Martinez was the subject of a bid from Real Madrid, according to his agent, while Atletico Madrid were also tracking him, but he was keen to continue his development in Italy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He admitted in March that he was all but set to join the Nerazzurri, confirming that there were “final details to be worked out”.Negotiations have come to an end, however, and the Argentina international will sign a contract with Luciano Spalletti’s side.Martinez netted an impressive 17 goals in 24 games in all competitions for Racing this season, after scoring eight in as many games in 2016-17.He made his Argentina debut when he came off the bench in a 6-1 defeat to Spain in March for his only appearance to date. Martinez will not be travelling to the World Cup this summer, however, having failed to make it into Jorge Sampaoli’s squad for the tournament in Russia.Martinez has been likened to Manchester City star Sergio Aguero by Hernan Crespo because of his eye for goal and intelligence.”He is very good and can play in many roles; on the wing, as a secondary striker or up top by himself as the main striker,” Crespo said in March. “He has a knack for scoring and he’s an intelligent guy.”Coming to Inter isn’t easy, he’ll need to be helped and protected. Then hopefully he can show all of his qualities from the beginning, but it won’t be a disaster if he needs a little time to settle in.”He can play with Icardi, I don’t think there will be any problems. He reminds me a little bit of Aguero in some ways, like with his low centre of gravity, but he’s Lautaro Martinez.”last_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 10, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:The Department of Community Medicine at Rajarata University wrote about productivity costs and maternal healthCEDPA updated us on their project to integrate HIV/AIDS into maternal health programsYoung Champion Hellen Koltolo told us about her work in Gujaratmothers2mothers explored active client follow-up in ZambiaCIESAS made progress in their ALSO evaluation in MexicoYoung Champion Anna Dion pushed her boundaries in ArgentinaSome reading for the weekend:Midwifery back in Laos after 20 yearsC-sections in ChinaAfrica and mHealth sustainabilityShare this:last_img read more

Video: Major Coach Praised For Showing “Incredible Class” After Blowout Loss

first_imgJeremy Pruitt standing on the sideline.CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers watches on against the West Virginia Mountaineers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee’s first-year head coach, Jeremy Pruitt, is getting praised for showing “incredible class” following the Volunteers’ blowout loss today.Pruitt’s team was crushed by No. 2 Georgia, 38-12, at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.The Volunteers’ head coach made sure his assistants and players stuck around on the field after the game to congratulate the Bulldogs’ players.Pruitt and his coaches recruited many of Georgia’s players.“Led by Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt, Vols coaches stick around postgame to congratulate many of the guys (Dre Baker, D’Andre Walker) they recruited,” Jesse Simonton tweeted.Check it out:Led by Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt, Vols coaches stick around postgame to congratulate many of the guys (Dre Baker, D’Andre Walker) they recruited. pic.twitter.com/3P12yh1Xde— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) September 29, 2018Well done, coach.Tennessee will look to rebound in two weeks against No. 10 Auburn. The Vols are off next weekend.last_img read more

Jamaica Pays Respect to Late Venezuelan President Chavez

first_imgAs a mark of respect for the life and work of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, His Excellency Hugo Chavez Frías and notably his contribution to the development of Jamaica, Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller has announced the following:1) Wreaths will be laid on Thursday afternoon, March 7, at 4 o’clock at the statue of the Great Liberator, Simón Bolívar by Senator the Honourable A.J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; the Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the Honourable Phillip Paulwell; the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Her Excellency Maria Mendoza Ortega and the Chairman of the Petro Caribe Development Fund and Financial Secretary, Mr. Devon Rowe.2) On Friday, March 8 – the day of the funeral of President Chavez, the Jamaican flag shall be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset. The protocols with respect to flying of other flags shall apply.3) High level government officials will sign the condolence book that has been opened at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.4) On Friday, Prime Minister the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller will lead the delegation attending the State Funeral of President Chavez. Other members of the delegation are: Senator, Hon. A.J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Minister of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining, the Honourable Phillip Paulwell; Her Worship Senator Angela Brown Burke, Mayor of Kingston and Vice President, People’s National Party; Senator Robert Montague, Opposition Representative and Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party, Ambassador Clifton Stone, former Ambassador to Venezuela, along with the Prime Minister’s support and security team.last_img read more

Mauritius: Port Louis Poised for Upgrade

first_imgzoom Austrian construction company STRABAG, together with its partner Archirodon Construction (Overseas) Co. SA, has been entrusted with expansion and strengthening of the container harbour at Port Louis, Mauritius.The project has a volume of about € 90 million (USD 115 million), of which STRABAG holds 50 %, and is to be completed in slightly over two years, as explained by STRABAG.The project is being carried out in four phases to allow the harbour to remain in operation while the work is in progress.Phase 1, with a length of 244 m, includes the new berthing quay to be founded into the sea bed on tubular steel piles and sheet piles (combi-wall), the corresponding concrete works, quay facilities, and relocation of three container cranes.Also this phase includes extension of the container storage area and construction of annex buildings. This phase is to be completed by mid-2015.Phases 2–4 involve modernisation of 560 m of existing harbour facilities. These works should be completed in December 2016.Press Releaselast_img read more

Tom Hiddleston Visits West Africa With UNICEF

first_imgActor Tom Hiddleston has just returned home from his trip with UNICEF UK to Guinea in West Africa, and has blogged about his trip.“When I started writing this blog, I talked of life in Guinea as a “jigsaw puzzle, one where the pieces keep moving or changing shape, which in turn alters the picture. You might be looking at it from a different angle, or at a different time of day”. On my first night, Julien had suggested an idea of reality in Guinea as “open to interpretation”. In so many respects, that is true of all life. The view always changes with the viewer. That’s the law of relativity.“Here’s what’s not open to interpretation. Every year in the world more than two million children die of hunger. It shouldn’t be like this. Children in Guinea start life at a severe disadvantage. Those that are malnourished may survive in the end. If they are caught in time. If their mothers respond to symptoms early enough; if they make it to the centre de santé, which is often miles away; if they respond to the therapeutic peanut paste, and special therapeutic feeding milk. If their parents are able to grow crops and feed them with enough nutritious foods so they can keep healthy. If they win the fight against malaria. If they live near a good school. If they can get work. If their parents can protect them from exploitation by the military. If they are lucky. Previously malnourished children can make it. It sounds paradoxical to say it, but they are the lucky ones.“Malnourished children grow up at a disadvantage. They will be physically smaller, possibly with diminished intellectual capacity. Their brains and bodies won’t develop in the same way. Of course, there is always a chance that through hard work, education, training, and strength of will any individual can and will progress to great achievement. But these children start so far behind. The race of life – the race for life – is infinitely longer and infinitely harder. Every day there are challenges to their survival and development. Context is important. I’ve been privileged enough to have seen that context at first hand. They live in the middle of nowhere. There is no water. There is poor sanitation. There is a shortage of food. There is lack of education. Conditions are inconceivably hard: they are incredible, until you have seen them with your own eyes, until you have lived in their midst, even for the shortest while.“What I learned in Guinea is that we are all responsible for the state of our world. The world – and the system by which we trade, share, cooperate and conflict – is clearly not working. We are only as strong as our weakest members. UNICEF is run at every level by strong, relentlessly energetic, deeply capable people who use that strength, energy and capability to help those who need it most: the weakest, most disadvantaged women and children of our world. All I can do now is help make people aware of what is happening, of what they are doing. That is all that I can do. For now.”To read the full blog post, click here.last_img read more

Federal budget day in Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was federal budget day in Canada.A time when the federal government lays out its priorities and looks to the future.It’s also a time when Aboriginal People find out whether or not their issues and concerns will be addressed.last_img

At DFC in Thunder Bay art club is more than just an

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN News Saturday15-year-old Ariana Chikane from North Caribou Lake enjoys the extracurricular activities at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFC).“I didn’t have supplies back home like I saw an art club here and it looked fun and I joined it,” she said.“That’s how I got into it.”DFC Student Ariana Chikane from North Caribou Lake.The talent that comes from this club is on display all over DFC.It’s also hanging in the city’s airport, and in exhibitions at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.The art club is an outlet for students like Chikane who are attending high school away from home and family.North Caribou Lake where Ariana is from for instance is a fly in community located 500 km north of Thunder Bay.In fact, many of the 100 students attending DFC come from remote First Nations spread out across northern Ontario.The students have worked with well-known Anishinabe artists like Saul Williams in the past.“It’s like once a week but then I do art every day after school.”This year, they tried something new with local art educator Elizabeth Buset.“Stenciling is a medium that I work with,” said Buset. “I don’t really consider myself a graffiti artist because I don’t do like freehand spray painting but I do do stencil work.”The completed project is a spray painted wall mural.It reflects the different subjects at DFC.“They selected all the images and then from there we designed the stencils, they hand cut them all and then it came up to the actual spray painting of the mural, they chose where it would be positioned on the wall, what colors it would be, the layering, it was all collaborative from start to finish,” said Buset.Ariana and her cousin Robyn did a piece by the late Anishinabe artist Roy Thomas.“I learned about him, found out about him in art class,” said Ariana.Thomas’ wife Louise owns Ahnisnabae Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.The DFC art club presents Louise Thomas with a spray painted version of her late husband’s art. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN She said it’s important to support the young artists at DFC.“There’s a lot of wonderful artists that are coming out of this school,” said Thomas. “When you look at these young people, our people, we have just natural talent.”Thomas said she hopes the art club can inspire youth.“We need to have these things to inspire other artists even if you’re not from this school, there’s lots of talent out there,” she said.“I always encourage artists don’t waste your talent, do something with your talent.”For Ariana, it’s all about the fun experience.“I like bringing stuff to life.”wfiddler@aptn.ca@WillowBlasizzolast_img read more

CPP Fund posts 116 return thanks partly to last years stock markets

first_imgTORONTO – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board achieved an 11.6 per cent rate of return in fiscal 2018, keeping it on track to provide long-term financial support for the country’s largest retirement fund, according to figures released Thursday.The CPP Fund increased its assets by $39.4 billion over the financial year ended March 31, slightly more than the $37.8 billion increase in fiscal 2017 and much better than the $14.3 billion increase in 2016.At the end of March, the CPP Fund had net assets of $356.1 billion, up from $316.7 billion at the end of fiscal 2017 and $278.9 billion at the end of fiscal 2016, which included nine months in calendar 2015.Investment gains have offset shrinking employer and employee contributions, which fell to $2.7 billion in fiscal 2018 from $4.3 billion in fiscal 2017 and $5.2 billion in fiscal 2016.Canada’s chief actuary estimates the CPP Fund can meet its obligations with an average return of 3.9 per cent over 75 years.The investment portfolio’s 10-year real rate of return, which is comparable to the chief actuary’s benchmark estimate, was 6.2 per cent in fiscal 2018 while the five-year rate of return was 10.4 per cent.While CPPIB chief executive officer Mark Machin declined to predict Thursday how investment returns will turn out this year, he said the portfolio actually anticipates that there will be losing years from time to time.“Hopefully, it doesn’t happen this coming year but statistically that’s going to happen at least one year in 10.”Right now “the world still is in synchronized growth in most markets, so that continues to be supportive,” Machin said.Economic growth hasn’t been hurt by the Federal Reserve’s tightening of the U.S. money supply through higher interest rates and other measures, which were offset by a major drop in U.S. government tax rates.“The fiscal stimulus in the U.S. — while it’s a one-off — will have a benefit this year and next. So it’s gone from hyperstimulative conditions to just stimulative conditions in the U.S.,” Machin said in an interview.Nevertheless, Machin acknowledged that higher interest rates may be negative for some of CPPIB’s asset classes.“For example, real estate and infrastructure types of investments can be quite sensitive to rises in interest rates. As well, bonds can be sensitive to a rise in interest rates,” Machin said.He said CPPIB’s best protection against changing market conditions is its broad diversification among a wide rate of asset classes and geographic markets.last_img read more

Willie Nelson other stars take Farm Aid benefit concert to upstate NY

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALBANY, N.Y. – Singer Willie Nelson is taking his annual Farm Aid benefit concert to upstate New York with an all-day festival of music and locally grown food in September.The event in Saratoga Springs, 28 miles north of Albany, will feature Nelson and other Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, as well as other artists to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale to Farm Aid members June 18 and to the general public June 28, the Farm Aid organization announced on Friday.The concert will be Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.At a stop in Albany on Thursday, Nelson said the Northeast is fertile ground for new farmers and sustainable agriculture. Farm Aid’s mission is to keep family farmers on the land and support the movement toward healthy, locally grown food, he said.“There’s a whole lot of small family farmers in upstate New York,” Nelson told reporters on his tour bus in Albany before heading south for an appearance at a country music festival at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills. “I think this is a great place to try to reach some family farmers.”Nelson said Farm Aid exists because government agricultural policies often favour large corporate-owned farms rather than small farmers. “Small family farmers really need help; the big corporate farmers are doing OK,” he said.Nelson said he wants to encourage more young farmers to get back on the land and encourage people to feed their families wholesome food from farms closer to their homes. “More and more people are asking about where their breakfast comes from, why it comes from 1,500 miles away when there’s a farm next door,” Nelson said. “A lot of people are thinking about what we’re feeding our kids. Young people are trying to stay healthy, wondering who’s watching out for our food supply.”In New York, there’s a heated debate in farm country over shale gas development, which currently is under a moratorium while state officials complete an environmental and health review. Some farmers see gas leases as a solution to their financial struggles, while others oppose gas drilling for fear of accidents causing water and air pollution.“I’m against it,” Nelson said. “It’s bad for the land, bad for the farmers, bad for the soil. It’s just all-around a bad idea.”“If farmers could make a good enough living farming, they wouldn’t feel pressured to lease their land for drilling,” said Cara Fraver, an organic farmer from Easton in Washington County who spoke to reporters on Nelson’s bus.“We need to guarantee farmers a living wage for what they do,” Nelson said.Farm Aid, which has been held almost every year since 1985, provides concert-goers with a Homegrown Village that features local farmers and foods as well as educational activities related to the Good Food Movement, which promotes humane, organic, sustainable agriculture.The organization has raised more than $43 million since 1985 to support programs that help small family farms, expand the Good Food Movement and promote locally grown food. Farm Aid has made grants of more than $2.5 million in the Northeast during the past 28 years, according to the organization. Willie Nelson, other stars take Farm Aid benefit concert to upstate NY in September by Mary Esch, The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2013 12:27 am MDT read more

Crude oil rises 74 cents on durable goods report still down 29

Crude oil rises 74 cents on durable goods report, still down 2.9% on the week by The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2013 3:24 pm MDT The price of oil rose Friday after a positive U.S. economic report, but finished with a loss for the week as supplies remain plentiful.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery gained 74 cents to close at US$97.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Still, oil ended the week down $2.96 a barrel, or 2.9 per cent, largely due to concerns among traders that the market is oversupplied.On Friday, a jump in demand for commercial airplanes boosted orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods by 3.7 per cent in September.But reports from the Energy Information Administration this week showed that U.S. oil inventories rose by 9.2 million barrels in the two weeks ended Oct. 18, a possible symptom of subdued demand and overproduction.“Demand isn’t looking great and it’s not anything to do with fuel efficiency in today’s cars. It’s the fact that there’s high unemployment, weak job creation,” said Carl Larry of Oil Outlooks and Opinions.Brent crude, a benchmark for international crude also used by U.S. refineries, fell six cents to US$106.90 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline was flat at US$2.59 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose one cent to US$2.91 a gallon and natural gas added eight cents to US$3.71 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE)Note to readers: REPEATS fixing service slug read more

NLT receives Australian approval for underground tracking solution

first_imgNLT Australia, a subsidiary of NL Technologies (NLT) in Canada and known throughout the mining industry for product innovation, has received certification of Intrinsic Safety (IS) from Test Safe in Australia for its integrated Tracking Cap Lamp.NLT’s underground tracking solution uses standard wireless networking technology with WiFi and RFID tags to offer immediate and accurate tracking of personnel and equipment for improved safety and efficiency (IM, May 2006, pp40-45. NLT integrates tracking tags into its Northern Light® cap lamps to eliminate the need for tag battery replacement while reducing the number of devices workers have to carry.Location information is managed through NLT’s Tracking software. The software divides the mine into zones and allows users to search for specific workers or assets and view assets in a particular area from any Web browser in real-time.According to Tim Haight, Managing Director of NLT’s Centre of Excellence for Intrinsic Safety in Brisbane Australia, there is a huge push for IS-certified product in the coal industry. “The coal industry sees the benefits of digital communication systems and applications and is ready to move forward. Tracking offers immeasurable safety benefits- it will greatly enhance mine rescue operations by enabling visibility underground.”Tracking and other communication systems are currently available from NLT. In addition, NLT is moving quickly to secure IS approval in the USA. These approvals are expected in the third quarters of 2006. Northern Light Digital™ Mine systems will be compliant with the new rules recently established by the MINER act.NLT has been designing and manufacturing equipment for the underground mining industry for over 20 years. In 2004, NLT leveraged its expertise to launch the Northern Light Digital™ brand, which designs underground tracking and communications systems aimed at improving safety, efficiency and preventing mine emergencies. www.nltinc.comlast_img read more

After 12 reviews and at least a few discordant words Noonan and

first_imgPublic Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said the officials had been “happy to sign off” as “they believe we’re in a robust state; that the mistakes that were made that plunged us into the economic mess have been largely addressed”.Asked about their personal working relationships with the troika team, Noonan said that he found them to be “very effective people”.“They kind of became honourary Irish people after a while.“They were very committed to getting us out of the difficulties we were in.“It’s a bit of a cliché, but they worked well above the call of duty, late into the night and at weekends and everything — both here and in Brussels, in the interest of Ireland.”Howlin said there had been “a lot of intensive discussion” during the review process.“I suppose discordant words were exchanged, some differences of understanding happened over that period, but by-and-large all three elements of the troika became strong friends of Ireland, and within their institutions became advocates for Ireland — explaining what was happening here to people who were a little bit more distant they were”.The Minister said however he was “glad to end the business communication” and looked forward to meeting the officials in the future in “less formal” circumstances.Read: First poll finds large majority in favour of same sex marriageAlso: Buongiorno Enrico! Taoiseach meets with Italian prime minister today MICHAEL NOONAN WELCOMED the conclusion of the twelfth and final troika review of Ireland’s bailout programme this morning, saying that “enormous progress” had been made over the last three years.Describing it as a “red letter day” for the country, the Finance Minister also said that the measures taken as part of the programme had been “difficult and very hard on the Irish people at all levels of society”.Acknowledging the EU/IMF officials’ efforts on Ireland’s behalf, Noonan said today’s conclusion of their final mission here flew in the face of some of the worst predictions that were made when the bailout was first announced.“A lot of people predicted this would never happen and that we’d be mired in bailouts indefinitely,” Noonan said.The Minister said the country remained on course to exit the scheme on 15 December and make a full return to the markets.On the subject of whether he’d be making use of a further precautionary line of credit, Noonan said the Government would be moving on “to making a decision on the best methodology for exit”.“We’re fortunate that the economy is strong again and we have choices.”last_img read more

Were not legends yet – Gerrard

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard insists he and his players are not legends yet as they stand on the brink of an European record.Victory or a draw against Spartak Moscow on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League and this current team will reach 11 successive European games unbeaten in a single season, surpassing the record set by Walter Smith’s team of 1992/93 campaign.Gerrard insists his side are nowhere near the level of the great Rangers teams of the past, however, his only concern is that the team remain top of their Europa League group at the halfway point after games against Villareal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak.Speaking about the chance to make a small slice of history, Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail:‘I wasn’t aware of that stat. It’s news to me, to be honest.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Milestones like that are always nice, but it’s not our focus.”“And listen, we’re not ready to be spoken about in the same breath as successful teams in the past.”“We are nowhere near ready to be put on a par with teams like that. We cannot be spoken about in the same breath as that. We have a long, long way to go.”“We are on the back of a nice run in Europe. We need to protect that and try and extend it for as long as possible. But in terms of putting us back alongside teams of ten years ago or 20 years ago then we’re not ready for that yet.”last_img read more