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AP CM urges setting up health, education centres near temples

first_imgVijayawada, Sep 11 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today said the state government is planning to develop surroundings of all major temples to include health, education and wellness centres in them. “Temple premises should also house educational institutions, spiritual and wellness centres and Ayush centres (for health) so that an entire ecosystem is created in the region,” the AP CM said. He said that if wellness increases, it would bring down healthcare spending. Addressing participants at a review meeting of the Endowments Department at the CMs Camp Office here, he said, “Feeding people should be mandatory in every temple. No person in temple surroundings should go hungry. We should be able to feed every person in the vicinity. Simultaneously, hygiene and sanitation should be maintained along with beautification and landscaping,” he said. Naidu also underscored the need to protect endowment lands. “Come up with innovative ways to build parks and sports facilities in these areas,” he said. Stating that temples should become part of peoples lives, he suggested that on occasions like birth, marriage and death, temple priests should visit houses and perform rituals. “If a baby is born, the local priest can visit the house and bless them. A similar practice can be followed for marriages. In the case of death, they can perform shuddhi puja and other rituals. This practice of connecting with people will bring goodwill,” he said. He asked the Endowments Department to set up a call centre to seek feedback from them. “The call centre should monitor all temples and their daily activities regularly,” he said. (MORE) PTI RS BA DBS RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2017, Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to our live coverage of the Indian Premier League match between the Kings XI Punjab and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. (SCORECARD)That’s all for today.KXIP Innings:23:14 IST: Punjab captain, Glenn Maxwell says that it has been a great start for them. Credits the bowlers for keeping the visitors down to a low total. Adds that it has been great from them to execute their skills. Mentions that Axar Patel is a true professional and he delivered. Feels that he is a quality spinners and is bowling very nicely. Adds that the boys are backing them up and he can’t ask them for more. Reckons that Amla’s knock was brilliant and hopes that he will continue his good run with the bat for Punjab. 23:10 IST: Axar Patel gets the Man-of-the-Match23:07 IST: Bangalore captain, Shane Watson says that the start with the bat was not good. Blames himself too for getting out in the first over. Admits that they lost too many wickets early on. Mentions that a few more runs would have been handy. Thinks that there was a little bit of more dew in the second innings and they didn’t execute their plan well. Says that Stanlake is getting better as the tournament progresses.23:06 IST: Viru is happy.Home-RCB Inspite of Mr360 last 18balls-6,1,0,6,1,6,2, 6,0,4,6,6,0, 1,1,0,6,6Secret Code-HAMLA,Gujju,GM,VA,SS,MV#ViruIPLDiaries#KXIPvRCB- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 10, 201723:05 IST: Hashim scored a breezy half century and his skipper, joined hands with him and played in his usual flamboyant style! He scored a quickfire 43 from 22 and took his side over the finishing line with more than five overs to spare. The Bangalore bowlers tried hard but they didn’t have enough on this decent track.23:04 IST: Another terrific display from Punjab and they have marched through to a comprehensive victory! They are making it a habit of chasing down targets with utmost ease. The two openers, Amla and Vohra gave their side the start they wanted. In the sixth over, Amla got a life and Mandeep fell in the same over later to the guile of Mills. That was the most eventful over of the innings. But apart from that, it was complete domination from Amla and Maxwell.advertisement23:02 IST: Great start by Punjab.Another great crowd at Indore, thank you Sheron! Our next home game is on 20th April at Indore against @mipaltan.#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201722:56 IST: SIX! Chahal loops this one outside off, Maxwell clears his front leg and slams it over long off for a maximum. The captain has led from the front in both the matches. He also completes 1000 tournament runs with that ball. GAME OVER. Maxwell hammers one over long-off to give Punjab a eight-wicket victory. Amla 58*, Maxwell 43* We finish on 150/2 after just 14.3 overs. Hashim Amla with a superb 58 not out off 38 balls & #GlennMaxwell 43 not out off 22.#KXIPvRCB- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201722:54 IST: SIX! Short of a length outside off, Maxwell backs away and carves it over point for a biggie. Captain leading from the front. Just six runs to win for Punjab from 36 balls. Amla 57*, Maxwell 37*22:51 IST: SIX! Not where he intended but gets the desired result! Short and room on offer, Maxwell looks to cut it over point but ends up carving it over third man for a maximum.22:50 IST: Eight runs from the over. KXIP 127/2 after 13 overs, still need 22 runs to win. Amla 55*, Maxwell 23* 22:48 IST: FOUR!  Maxwell is in the mood to finish it early! Tossed up delivery, Maxwell kneels and smokes it over mid-wicket for a boundary.22:47 IST: Pawan Negi into the attack.22:45 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! Short delivery down the leg side, Amla helps it on it’s way and the ball races to the fence. Brings up his fifty in style. A great knock from him. His second in the tournament already.That is 50 for @amlahash as he plays a pull shot off the edge for 4 runs to fine leg. Great knock, keep going!115/2 off 11.5#KXIPvRCB- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201722:42 IST: SIX! Clubbed! Tossed up on middle, Amla goes downtown. Has hit that with so much of power that the ball clears the long on fence with utmost ease. KXIP 107/2 after 12 overs, still need 42 runs to win. Amla 47*, Maxwell 13*Big 6? from @amlahash over the media box! Lovely shot over mid-on.107/2 off 11 overs, keep going boys!#KXIPvRCB #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201722:39 IST: 12 from the over. KXIP 97/2 after 10 overs, still need 52 runs to win. Amla 39*, Maxwell 11*22:38 IST: SIX! These modern day bats, I tell you. Mills hurls a full ball and outside off, Maxwell goes back and slices it over covers for a biggie. It was timed so well that the sweeper cover couldn’t have done anything about that.advertisement6? runs to #GlennMaxwell as he gives himself room to hit the ball over cover!97/2 off 10 overs.#KXIPvRCB #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201722:37 IST: FOUR! What a shot! Fuller delivery and on the stumps, Maxwell backs away and lofts it over the bowler’s head for a boundary.22:34 IST: Nine overs gone, KXIP 85/2, Amla 38*, Maxwell 1*22:33 IST: SIX! Lovely shot from Hashim Amla. Chahal gives this one flight and keeps it on the stumps, Amla clears his front leg and lofts it over the bowler’s head for a biggie.22:32 IST: Glenn Maxwell comes out int the middle.22:30 IST: OUT! Yuzi strikes. Axar departs for 9. KXIP 78/2 after 8.1 overs. Amla 32*Axar plays all around one from Yuzi! He’s bowled, #KXIP 78/2 #KXIPvRCB #PlayBold Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 201722:29 IST: SIX! Axar hammers Abdulla for a maximum. 11 from the over. KXIP 78/1 after eight overs. Amla 32*, Vohra 9* 22:26 IST: Spin from both ends. Abdulla takes over from Mills. Surprising decision from Watson to take Mills off.22:25 IST: Five runs from the over. KXIP 67/1 after seven overs, still need 82 runs to win. Amla 30*, Axar 1*22:24 IST: This was the second highest power play for KXIP vs RCB.22:24 IST: Amla looks in sublime touch.22:23 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack.Yuzi comes into the attack. He’s been our best so far this season, can he do it again tonight? #KXIPvRCB #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 201722:22 IST: Axar Patel walks out to bat.22:20 IST: It’s time for the strategic time-out.22:18 IST: OUT! Wow, what a ball. Vohra is caught off guard! Mills bowls a slower full delivery, Manan Vohra gets stuck in the crease looking to flick and misses. He gets rapped on the pads. Mills starts appealing and up goes the finger. Mills could’ve got both the batsmen in one over had Billy Stanlake caught Amla on the second ball. Vohra departs for 34. KXIP 62/1 from 6 overs, still need 87 runs to win. Amla 26*Mills strikes! Vohra is trapped plumb in front, #KXIP 62/1 in 6 overs #KXIPvRCB #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 201722:16 IST: FOUR! Supreme shot that. Mills bowls this full and outside off, Vohra brings his bat down in time and sends the ball past the mid on fielder for a boundary. 22:15 IST: DROPPED and a six! Mills bowls a back of a length delivery around leg, Amla swivels across and pulls it towards fine leg. Stanlake runs across gets his finger tips to the ball but fails to catch it and parries it over the fence. Very poor effort that!22:14 IST: Tymal Mills into the attack.22:11 IST: FOUR! This time it’s Amla who hits it for a boundary.22:08 IST: 17 runs off the over.. KXIP 43/0, still need 106 runs to win. Vohra 27*, Amla 15*22:06 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! On a length outside off, Vohra goes downtown. Hasn’t got it off the meat of the bat but still manages to clear the leaping fielder at mid off. Earns himself another boundary.advertisement22:06 IST: FOUR! Shot! Back of a length outside off, Vohra cuts it beautifully over point and the ball whistles away to the fence.22:05 IST: Shane Watson into the attack.22:04 IST: Great start for Punjab. Three overs gone, KXIP 26/0, still need 123 runs to win. Amla 14*, Vohra 11*22:02 IST: SIX! Streaky maximum! Shortish ball on off, Vohra goes for the hook but gets a top edge and the ball still flies over the third man fence.22:01 IST: Stanlake keeping it tight. 22:00 IST: Good over for the Punjab side. Eight off it. KXIP 14/0 after two. Amla 12*, Vohra 2*21:58 IST: FOUR! Brilliant! Tossed up outside off, Amla goes inside out over covers and hits it really well to earn his second boundary.Good four through cover by @amlahash!- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201721:56 IST: Iqbal Abdulla to share the new ball with Stanlake.21:55 IST: Good over from Stanlake. KXIP 6/0 after one over. Amla 5*, Vohra 1*21:53 IST: FOUR! Well played! Back of a length ball on middle, Amla gets up on his toes and works it through backward square leg for the first boundary of the innings.21:53 IST: Stanlake starts off with a peach! Bowls a back of a length delivery outside off and gets it to seam away after landing. Vohra feels for it but gets beaten all ends up.21:52 IST: Manan Vohra and Hashim Amla open for KXIP while Billy Stanlake has taken the ball for RCB.21:51 IST: And the players are back. Can KXIP do it? 21:48 IST: AB was seeing the ball like a football it seems.BCCI Photo21.41 IST: It was the AB de Villiers show at the Holkar Stadium as the South African slammed 9 sixes in his innings of 89 to guide his side to a total of 148. It was his first game of the tournament and boy oh boy has he announced himself! Bangalore scored 77 runs in the last 5 overs to gain some momentum going back into the dressing room. It wasn’t as if the Punjab bowlers bowled poorly but the might of de Villiers was such that the inexperienced bowling line-up found it too hard to cope with.21.40 IST: SIX! Take a bow, de Villiers! He ends the innings with the biggest hit of the night so far. De Villiers walks across to this fullish delivery and smashes it over mid-wicket. Has hit that amazingly well and the ball is out of the park once again.21.39 IST: SIX! Is there anything that AB de Villiers can’t do? Outrageous hitting this! He charges down the track. Seeing this Mohit bowls it wide outside off, De Villiers kneels, takes it on the full and clobbers it over long on for a huge maximum.He may be on the opposition team, but you have to admire #ABDevilliers ability to play all over the ground.RCB 133/4 off 19.#KXIPvRCB- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 2017Match 8. 18.4: Sandeep Sharma to AB de Villiers, 6 runs, 132/4 #KXIPvRCB- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2017. @ABdeVilliers17 is putting on a masterclass here! Another six over the roof and outta the ground! #KXIPvRCB #PlayBold Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 2017RCB 115/4 off 18 overs. Two overs left, lets get a few more wickets and keep those runs down!#KXIPvRCB #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201721.23 IST: FOUR! That’s a terrific shot! Fuller length ball outside off, Binny forces it over covers and the ball rockets to the fence.21.22 IST: SIX! Slammed! On a length on off, Binny gets underneath it and smokes it over deep mid-wicket for back-to-back maximums.21.20 IST: FIFTY! AB de Villiers reaches his 22nd half-century in style. It’s another ABD show we are witnessing here. Royal Challengers Bangalore 96/4 (17 overs) vs Kings XI Punjab21.18 IST: SIX! That’s flat and handsome from De Villiers. Good length delivery around off, de Villiers clears his front leg and tonks it over mid-wicket. Has hit it ever so well and the ball clears the fence with ease. Royal Challengers Bangalore 87/4 (16.3 overs) vs Kings XI Punjab21:13 IST: It’s time for the strategic time-out. RCB 80/4 after 16 overs. de Villiers 38*, Binny 3*21:12 IST: AB is slowly building the innings.BCCI Photo21:10 IST: SIX! AB goes downtown.21:07 IST: Great over from Axar. RCB 71/4 after 15 overs. de Villiers 31*, Binny 2*21:05 IST: Punjab strike back. RCB 70/4 after 14 overs.21:03 IST: Stuart Binny comes into bat.21:02 IST: OUT! Take a bow, Wriddhiman Saha! Short delivery outside off, Singh looks to go for a pull across the line but ends up top edging it behind Saha. The fielder from third man is running in but Saha calls for the catch. Keeps his eyes on the ball but misjudges a bit in the air. RCB 68/4. de Villiers 30* WICKET!!!! What a catch by @Wriddhipops having to run back a long way, looking over his head & diving to complete a great piece of keeping!- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201720:59 IST: Good work being done by AB and Mandeep. RCB 68/3 after 13 overs. de Villiers 30*, Mandeep 28* 20:57 IST: Good over from Stoinis, only six runs from the over. RCB 65/3 after 12 overs. de Villiers 29* , Mandeep 26*20:54 IST: Rebuilding well. RCB 59/3 after 11 overs. de Villiers 26*, Mandeep 23*20:53 IST: Look who’s supporting RCB.Rebuilding coming on well @RCBTweets keep it going guys Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake) April 10, 201720:52 IST: Axar back into the attack.20:51 IST: Half way through. RCB 53/3 after 10 overs. de Villiers 24*, Mandeep 19*20:49 IST: 50 up for Bangalore.20:48 IST: We’re back and Marcus Stoinis is introduced into the attack.20:45 IST: Punjab on top as the teams go into the strategic time-out. RCB 47/3 after nine overs. de Villiers 20*, Mandeep 17*BCCI Photo20:44 IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery, outside off, Mandeep Singh gets low and edges it intentionally past the keeper for a boundary.20:43 IST: SIX! He has absolutely clobbered that. Bowls a back of a length delivery, on middle, Mandeep Singh gets on his back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie. That was the 100th six of the tournament.20:39 IST: Punjab on top. RCB 34/3 after eight overs. de Villiers 19*, Mandeep 6*20:35 IST: You just don’t want to run AB out.Nearly a run out there, but @amlahash’s throw is just wide of the stumps!RCB 31/3 off 7.3 overs. #KXIPvRCB #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201720:34 IST: FOUR! Outstanding shot. Aaron bowls this very full and on the sticks, AB de Villiers stands in his crease and flicks it past the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. RCB 31/3 after seven overs.20:31 IST: de Villiers hits the ground running right from the word go.VIDEO: Hows that for timing? The @ABdeVilliers17 touch to the fence #IPL #KXIPvRCB @RCBTweets- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 201720:29 IST: Bangalore in a spot of bother after six overs. RCB 23/3 after six overs. de Villiers 14*, Mandeep 0*20:26 IST: Mandeep Singh walks in.20:25 IST: OUT! The dangerman has to take the long walk back to the pavilion. Varun Aaron bowls a inswinging back of a length ball, Kedar Jadhav is cramped up for room as he looks to clip. But the ball nips back in and pings him on the knee roll. Aaron starts appealing and the umpire obliges. Replays, however, suggest that it was not hitting. The poor umpiring in the tournament continues. RCB 22/3 after five overs.20:24 IST: Kedar Jadhav currently on fourth position in the highest scorers list.20:20 IST: Varun Aaron introduced into the attack.20:17 IST: KXIP on top at the moment. RCB 19/2 after four overs. de Villiers 11, Jadhav 0*20:16 IST: Kedar Jadhav strides out to bat. He played a breathtaking knock against Delhi in their last game. Can he continue his good form with the bat?20:15 IST: OUT! The experience got better of the opener there. Sandeep Sharma serves a back of a length delivery, outside off, Vishnu Vinod steps out and looks to go downtown. However, he miscues and the ball flies high up in the air and goes towards Glenn Maxwell at long on who reverse cups it comfortably. The fielder was placed there exactly for that shot and the batsman fell for it. RCB 18/2 from 3.3 overs.WICKET!!!! Our captain #GlennMaxwell takes a comfortable catch at long-on off @sandeep25a bowling to dismiss Vishnu Vinod.RCB 18/2 off 3.3- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201720:14 IST:SIX! As good as it gets! Mohit Sharma bowls this full and slightly outside off, AB de Villiers stays in his crease, gets under the ball and drives it over extra cover for a biggie. Ends the over with a maximum. RCB 18/1 after three overs. de Villiers 10*, Vinod 7* 20:10 IST: FOUR! Not timed to the perfection, but Vishnu Vinod gets the desired result. Length ball and around off, Vishnu Vinod slap-pulls it over Glenn Maxwell at mid on. And the ball races away to the fence for a boundary.20:09 IST: Mohit Sharma introduced into the attack.20:08 IST: Great start for KXIP. RCB 7/1 from two overs.20:07 IST: FOUR! AB de Villiers is off the mark in some style. Sandeep Sharma bowls this full and outside off, de Villiers just guides it past the point fielder. The third man fielder hared across to stop it but to no avail.20:06 IST: Crowd shouts louder as AB gets the stike.20:03 IST: OUT! CHOPPED ON! Axar Patel loops this slightly outside off, Watson looks to cut it but the width was never there. He is cramped up for room and inside edges the ball onto the stumps. The early trick of spin has worked for Punjab. The captain departs for 1 run.. RCB 2/1 after one over. 19:59 IST: Shane Watson and Vishnu Vinod to open for RCB Axar Patel starts it off for KXIP19:58 IST: The umpires are out.19:51 IST: Blast from the pastCant wait for #KXIPvRCB, meanwhile lets quickly see our best moments against the hosts in the past. #PlayBold Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 201719:43 IST: The RCB playing XI RCB XI: S Watson, V Vinod, AB de Villiers, K Jadhav, M Singh, S Binny, P Negi, I Abdulla, T Mills, B Stanlake, Y Chahal- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 201719:42 IST: The Kings XI playing XIKXIP XI: M Vohra, H Amla, W Saha, G Maxwell, D Miller, MP Stoinis, A Patel, M Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, V Aaron, T Natarajan- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 201719:41 IST: RCB is all set to rock the Holkar.Here’s how our Royal Challengers boarded the team bus before heading to the Holkar Cricket Stadium tonight! #PlayBold #KXIPvRCB Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 10, 201719:40 IST: Beautiful night in Indore.A beautiful night for the @RCBTweets to take on the @lionsdenkxip #ipl2017 Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) April 10, 201719:36 IST: Big news! AB de Villiers returns for RCB in place of Chris Gayle.19:31 IST: RCB win toss, elect to bat first19:22 IST: Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh is impressed with Kevin Pietersen’s style.Looking sharp in those yellow socks mate ??? @KP24 @IPL hope your well yours truly the piechucker ????- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 10, 201719:21 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal says he likes playing Chess and has played Chess for five years for India.19:15 IST: Less than an hour to go.Only 45 minutes left before game time, the crowd’s building up. Should be a cracking game! #KXIPvRCB #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi ???- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 10, 201719:12 IST: Or will Glenn Maxwell come out on top and trump another Australian counterpart in Shane Watson after brushing aside Steve Smith’s Rsiing Pune Supergiant?19:06 IST: Chris Gayle hasn’t been in good form lately. But he has a fantastic record against Punjab, with just 25 runs away from 10,000, will today be his day?18:46 IST: Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is all set to challenge the Kings.All set for tonight game against Punjab #RCB? #PlayBold?? #JaiMataDi?????? yuZvendra Chahal23 (@yuzi_chahal) April 10, 201718:44 IST: Punjab owner Preity Zinta wishes her team all the luck ahead of the clash.All the best to @lionsdenkxip & to all our fans for the game tonight ??? Looking forward to a rocking game ???Ting??? #KXIPvsRCB #Ipl2017 #Indore- Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) April 10, 2017Royal Challengers Bagalore have got their Indian Premier League campaign back on track and would seek to maintain the momentum when they take on high-flying Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Stadium in Indore tonight. (Also read: Royal Challengers Bangalore fans miss injury-hit Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers)Bangalore defended a paltry total against a depleted Delhi Daredevils side despite the absence of two of the world’s best in the business — Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, started their campaign on a high with a victory over Rising Pune Supergiant. Their captain Glenn Maxwell showed why he’s called the ‘Big Show’ with a thuderous knock against RPS.Maxwell was making his captaincy debut in the match against RPS and he would look to continue in the same vein against RCB.While RCB’s stand-in skipper Shane Watson hinted at the return of both Kohli and De Villiers for tonight’s game, it is still not clear wether the duo has gained full fitness.Out-of-form Chris Gayle is on the cusp of creating history. He requires only 25 runs to become the first batsman to amass 10000 runs in Twenty20 cricket. Gayle, who is yet to fire, has scored 32 and 6 in the two matches so far but is in danger of being left out if De Villiers is declared fit for the match.Last season, RCB won both their matches against KXIP but in the presence of Kohli, who was in a smashing form in 2016 with a record 973 runs in the season.KXIP bought eight players in the IPL auction, including some well known names like Eoin Morgan, Darren Sammy, Martin Guptill and Varun Aaron.The KXIP squad has been training at the Holkar Stadium, their second home venue along with Mohali, for about 10 days now and should be well-versed with the conditions.The team was dealt a blow in the run up to the IPL when senior batsman Murali Vijay was ruled due to an injury. Pacer Ishant Sharma, who went unsold in the auction, was named Vijay’s replacement.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves FIFA Confederations Cup after birth of his twins

first_imgPortugal skipper and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed that he had become the father of twin sons during the ongoing Confederations Cup.”I was in the service of the national team, as always, body and soul, even though my two sons were born,” he wrote on Facebook.Portugal lost to Chile in the semi-finals via penalty shoot-out 3-0 to bow out of the competition. Ronaldo on Wednesday ruled himself out of the third place clash.”Unfortunately, we have not been able to achieve the main sporting objective that we wanted, but I am sure we will continue to give joy to the Portuguese.”The president of the Portuguese Football Federation and the national team have today had an attitude that has touched me and I will not forget,” he said.”I’m very happy to finally be with my children for the first time.”Ronaldo’s first son, Cristiano Ronaldo Junior, turned seven earlier this month.last_img read more

Smith and Warner’s leadership will be crucial for Australia at 2019 World Cup: Justin Langer

first_imgTitled. Untitled. Entitled. Australia coach Justin Langer doesn’t care too much about labels in the process of reintegrating the ex-captain and vice-captain into his World Cup squad following 12-month bans.Steve Smith and David Warner are in camp with the defending champion Australian squad less than a month out from their World Cup opener against Afghanistan in England, and Langer said there’s “not even a hint of tension”.Smith remains barred from leadership positions in the Australian team for at least another 12 months, and Warner will never again be selected as captain or vice-captain because of their roles in a ball-tampering scandal last year in South Africa. But that doesn’t bother Langer.”Whether it’s titled or untitled, we expect all our players to be leaders. They’re (Smith and Warner) both natural leaders,” Langer told a news conference Friday at the national cricket academy, where the Australians will play three warm-up matches against a New Zealand XI next week. “We’ll draw on their experience on and off the field. We’d be absolutely crazy not to.”Their leadership will be crucial for us to win on the field, and win off the field. We’re looking forward to them developing that.”Langer took over as coach after Darren Lehmann quit last March following the ball-tampering episode that sent Australian cricket into turmoil. Smith, Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft were rubbed out of the game by Cricket Australia for lengthy periods for their parts in a plot to tamper with the red leather ball in a Test match in Cape Town.advertisementThe sanctions were significantly harsher than anything ever imposed by the International Cricket Council for ball tampering, but reflected a deeply held sentiment in Australia that the players who represent the country in the national sport should be above that kind of cheating.Langer, a gritty opening batsman for Australia in its era of domination around the turn of the millennium, guided the remnants of the team through a domestic summer that included a first-ever Test series loss on home soil to India and an extended drought in limited-overs cricket.Things have only just turned around, with the Australians recovering from 2-0 down in a five-match limited-overs series in India to win it 3-2, and then securing a series sweep against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Aaron Finch, who took over as one-day captain in the absence of fellow World Cup winners Smith and Warner, struggled to make runs until he went on a roll of high scores that now has created a problem for selectors of where to include the returning star batsmen in the lineup.Suddenly, the Australians have risen from being rank outsiders to strong contenders to win the World Cup for a sixth time. England is ranked No. 1 and is playing at home, and Langer regards the hosts as the favorites.Being in England, the Australian players can expect some extra attention from the Barmy Army, the vociferous band of England cricket supporters who’re renowned for their songs and chants. That applies particularly to Warner, who has made himself a target for their attention in previous trips to England.Warner returned to competitive cricket with 692 runs in 12 games in the Indian Premier League last month, immediately hitting form in Twenty20 cricket that makes him one of the most destructive batsmen in the shorter formats of the game.Langer said he’d learned during his own career not to antagonize the Barmy Army, and would be advising Warner and his teammates to ignore them or, at the very least, treat them with respect.It’s a mantra that Langer uses across the board as he bids to reintegrate two of the best Australian players of the last decade back into a team that struggled in the enforced absence of the pair. He regularly uses the words humility, recognizing that Smith and Warner will need to show a lot of it after losing their titles as team leaders and having to play under a new captain despite having a wealth of experience, and respect for rivals, fans and for the game.”We’ve had a very humbling experience, and we brought it on ourselves,” Langer said. “I still have that vision of Steve almost being almost frog-marched out of South Africa. Sad vision.”Now, obviously every opportunity we get of celebrating Australian cricket, and to make Australians proud of us again … is important for us. We’ll make sure we make the most of every opportunity that comes up, including this World Cup.”Also Read | Thank you Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith bids goodbye to IPL 2019Also Read | Will miss you: SRH after David Warner leaves for Australia’s World Cup campadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA Spencer, Iowa man has been convicted of insurance fraud related crimes for the second time this year.Scott Leininger was convicted of 2nd Degree Theft in Clay County District Court for filing multiple fraudulent insurance claims with his insurance carrier seeking reimbursement for damages which he alleged to have occurred to a motorized wheelchair, a biometric hand device and an elliptical rehabilitation machine.Prosecutors say Leininger supplied the insurance carrier fabricated repair quotes and invoices for which he received insurance proceeds totaling $57,471 through his insurance policy.Leininger was convicted Tuesday for the theft of insurance proceeds from his insurer.He was sentenced to a five year suspended prison sentence and ordered to serve five years of probation.Back on February 25th, Leininger was convicted of Forgery in Plymouth County District Court in Le Mars for altering business invoice receipts for the same repairs to the three devices listed in the Clay County complaint.He also received a five year suspended prison sentence and five years probation at that time.Both sentences will be served concurrently.last_img read more

Sources: Rapids closing in on Kiwi coach

first_imgMLS Sources: Rapids closing in on New Zealand boss Anthony Hudson as new coach Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 04:09 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Anthony Hudson New Zealand 06212017 MLS Colorado Rapids The Colorado Rapids are closing in on hiring current New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson as their new manager, sources have confirm to Goal The Colorado Rapids are drawing closer to landing their long-term head coaching option and sources tell Goal they are closing in on an American-born option, but not one who has coached in the United States in a while.The Rapids are close to hiring current New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson to be the team’s new head coach, multiple sources have confirmed.It remains unclear when Hudson would take over as Rapids coach, or if his appointment is contingent on New Zealand missing out on the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The development comes as New Zealand is preparing to play in a World Cup playoff against Peru, with the first leg scheduled for Nov. 11 in Wellington, New Zealand, and second leg slated for Nov. 15 in Lima, Peru.The 36-year-old Hudson is very much a vagabond coach. The son of one-time NASL Seattle Sounders captain and Chelsea standout Alan Hudson, Anthony was born in Seattle, but was raised in England. After a modest pro playing career that consisted of a brief failed stint in the Netherlands before a short time with American lower-division side Wilmington Hammerheads, Hudson embarked on a coaching career that began in 2008 with then USL-2 side Real Maryland, a team he led to a fifth-place finish in a nine-team league in 2009 before a last-place finish in 2010 in his final season there. Real Maryland halted operations two years later.After spending time working under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham, Hudson eventually found his way into international management, first as a Bahrain U-23 national team coach before taking over as senior team coach. His tenure as Bahrain’s manager lasted close to a full calendar year before he stepped down in July of 2014. He was named New Zealand coach less than a month later, and has coached the Kiwis for the past three years.Hudson’s New Zealand played in the 2016 Confederations Cup, losing all three group matches, but turning in admirable performances in a 2-0 loss to Russia and most memorably a 2-1 loss to Mexico that saw the Kiwis leading at halftime.Now, Hudson’s New Zealand is heading into a World Cup playoff against Peru as an 11/2 underdog to advance, extremely long odds which might explain why Hudson is preparing his next career move. Sources tell Goal that the Rapids plan to keep the same technical staff in place, including former interim coach Steve Cooke and assistant Conor Casey, with Hudson expected to step in to try and help the Rapids recover after a terrible 2017 campaign that saw the team collapse after having enjoyed an outstanding 2016 season.”We know who we want, and I’m very happy to say that we’re in the final stages,” Rapids sporting director Padraig Smith said of the team’s coaching search in a recent radio interview. Smith also confirmed the Rapids wouldn’t be retaining Cooke as head coach, but that he would remain on the coaching staff.Smith may have tipped his hand on the hire when he mentioned having searched in, among other places, Oceania, for a new coach.”We wanted to be true to our commitment to make this a global search,” Smith told Altitude 950 in Colorado. “So we went out to Europe, we went to South America, Oceania. We really conducted a very thorough search to make sure we got the right person.”Sources tell Goal that the Rapids also considered American candidates as well, including U.S. Under-17 coach John Hackworth, Columbus Crew assistant Josh Woff and Stanford University coach Jeremy Gunn.last_img read more

Report: Besiktas 1 Porto 1

first_imgBesiktas 1 Porto 1: Talisca leveller sends hosts through Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 02:50 11/22/17 Talisca Getty Images Anderson Talisca’s equaliser earned a 1-1 draw for Besiktas against Porto, sending the Black Eagles through in the Champions League. Besiktas qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history thanks to an entertaining 1-1 draw at home to Porto on Tuesday.The Turkish champions knew any positive result would confirm their historic progression – and top spot in Group G – but they had to come from behind at a typically raucous Vodafone Park.Porto took the lead against the run of play after 29 minutes, Alex Telles combining with Ricardo Pereira from a set piece to tee up Felipe for a stunning first-time strike. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Besiktas scored a deserved equaliser before the interval, Cenk Tosun doing brilliantly to set up attacking partner Anderson Talisca for a straightforward close-range finish.Both sides had chances to win the game in the second half, Ryan Babel hitting the crossbar with a speculative strike and Ricardo Pereira wasting a fine opening, but the points were shared.Porto will host Monaco on the final matchday, the Portuguese side not yet sure of their place in the next round despite having seven points on the board.Cenk Tosun + Talisca = #UCL— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 21, 2017Besiktas almost opened the scoring after six minutes when an inviting cross from Ricardo Quaresma on the right was marginally too high for Tosun and Talisca.Babel – who wrapped up Besiktas’ 3-1 win at Porto earlier in the group – then forced Jose Sa into an unconvincing save with a swerving effort from long range.But despite the hosts’ strong start in an intimidating Istanbul atmosphere, the crowd was silenced after 29 minutes.A quick free-kick was fed to Ricardo Pereira, the winger’s low cross thumped home by Felipe’s first-time strike that gave goalkeeper Fabri no chance.Quaresma burst in behind the Porto defence to force a smart stop from Sa as Besiktas responded well, but the visitors should have doubled their lead when Vincent Aboubakar blasted Ricardo Pereira’s cross over the crossbar.And that miss was swiftly punished as Besiktas levelled five minutes before the break.With the help from Cenk Tosun,Beşiktaş 1-1 Porto— Beşiktaş JK English (@BesiktasEnglish) November 21, 2017Babel’s flick freed Tosun, the striker finding space with an impudent touch over Maxi Pereira’s head and showing great awareness to square for Talisca to roll the ball into the open goal.Besiktas maintained their dominance after the interval and Babel was inches away from scoring a sensational goal after 57 minutes, cutting inside and thudding a 25-yard drive against the crossbar.Sa then turned away a powerful Quaresma drive and Porto spurned a glorious chance moments later, former Besiktas striker Aboubakar bursting into the box to set up Ricardo Pereira, who refused to shoot with his left foot and instead bent a poor effort wide with the outside of his right boot.Both teams appeared to settle for a draw in the closing stages, leaving Besiktas to celebrate a historic night, while Porto face a nervy matchday six clash with Ligue 1 champions Monaco. read morelast_img read more

Buffon: Replacing Rakitic at WC not a good idea!

first_imgGianluigi Buffon ‘Replacing you at the World Cup might not be a great idea!’ – Buffon grateful for Rakitic tribute Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 16:34 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) buffon - Cropped Getty Images Ivan Rakitić Italy v Sweden Juventus v Barcelona WC Qualification Europe Croatia Sweden Italy Greece Barcelona Juventus UEFA Champions League Greece v Croatia The Italian goalkeeper does not think it is a great idea to play for Croatia at the World Cup, but was grateful for the midfielder’s comments Ivan Rakitic spoke for a generation of football fans when he described the difficulty of witnessing Gianluigi Buffon’s international heartbreak, but his offer of a place in Croatia’s midfield has been kindly rejected by the Italy great.Buffon’s 175-cap career for the Azzurri ended in tears as Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time in 60 years following a play-off defeat to Sweden.Like millions watching the world over, Rakitic found it tough to see a legend of the game miss out in such agonising fashion and spoke glowingly of the Juventus stalwart ahead of Barcelona’s trip to Turin in the Champions League on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I would give up my place in the World Cup for him; when you see him crying, you want to cry too,” said Rakitic. “A player like him cannot say goodbye like that.”Barca team-mate Jordi Alba was also effusive in his praise for Buffon, calling him “the best goalkeeper in history”.And Buffon was grateful to receive the support of his opponents, but turned down Rakitic’s offer to replace him in Croatia’s midfield.Croatia 28/1 to win World CupGigi Buffon PSDear @ivanrakitic , as a goalkeeper I might still play but playing for Croatia as a midfielder in your place might not be a great idea: I am saying it for your good sake. Joking apart, your words have been a great gift. Thanks to you and @JordiAlba : my jersey is waiting for you— Gianluigi Buffon (@gianluigibuffon) November 21, 2017 “Dear @ivanrakitic, as a goalkeeper I might still play but playing for Croatia as a midfielder in your place might not be a great idea: I am saying it for your good sake,” he wrote on Twitter.”Joking apart, your words have been a great gift. Thanks to you and @JordiAlba: my jersey is waiting for you.”last_img read more

Credit Unions to Help More Small Businesses

first_imgNova Scotia’s small businesses will have better access to loans through improvements to the Credit Union Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, April 14, government will keep its promise to increase the provincial guarantee on term loans from 75 per cent to 90 per cent. The total available for program lending will also increase from $25 million to $50 million. “Nova Scotia entrepreneurs need access to capital to expand, hire new workers, and reinvest in their communities today and into the future,” said Premier McNeil. “This program has a proven track record of providing the support small businesses need, especially in rural areas of the province, while being responsible with tax dollars.” Credit unions administer the program and provide loans to small businesses and social enterprises, ensuring lending decisions are made in the community. Government partners with the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council to provide the guarantee. S.G. Levy and Sons Limited used a credit union loan to purchase forestry equipment. As a result, the business has quadrupled log and fiber output. “The last few years have been incredibly difficult for the lumber industry, and that meant getting a loan from a traditional lender was not possible,” said S.G. Levy and Sons Limited manager Greg Levy. “Simply put, we could not have made these improvements without the credit union loan program.” Government is also increasing the maximum loan guarantee for social enterprises from $150,000 to $500,000. “The demand and the success rate of loans issued under this program are truly outstanding,” said Nova Scotia Co-operative Council president and CEO Dianne Kelderman. “By strengthening the guarantee and increasing the amount we are able to lend, government and credit unions are ensuring hundreds of small businesses will have access to the financing they need for years to come.” About 95 per cent of the loans are repaid in full. Over the past 10 years, credit unions have approved loans worth $56 million, helping more than 1,200 small businesses. Loans are available throughout the province. For more information, visit or .last_img read more

AID FOR AIDS To Host My Hero Gala

first_imgAID FOR AIDS, the international non-profit organization committed to empowering communities at risk of HIV and other vulnerable situations, has announced the honorees for this year’s annual “My Hero Gala.”Iconic scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci will receive the My Hero Award for decades of substantial contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immunodeficiencies, both as a scientist and as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Television star and activist Daniel (Danny) Pintauro will be presented the Courage Award by his “who’s the Boss” co-star Tony Danza for his efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination.Additionally, the organization has announced that ABC national news special correspondent Gio Benitez will be the emcee for the evening, and Latin pop star Guto Bittencourt will perform, debuting the song “Rolling” from his upcoming album. 100% of the royalties from his new single will be donated to AID FOR AIDS international (AFA).Now in its 19th year of its international life-saving work providing 1st world medicines to developing, world populations, founder and Executive Director Jesus Aguais said, “Now in its 19th year, AFA celebrates being recognized internationally as a successful model of empowerment. As we close in on our 20th anniversary our ambitious goal is to continue reducing stigma and discrimination associated with HIV, as well as to expand our high social impact programs that enable the development of leadership, adopting prevention and comprehensive health as a lifestyle for a better quality of life.”The “MY HERO Gala” will be held November 4th at the new Cipriani on Broadway in downtown New York City.In addition to those named above, supporters expected at the gala include: Kelly Rutherford; Nicole Miller; Miss Universe Paulina Vega; Tony Danza, Danny Pintauro, Madeline Brewer from Orange is the New Black, Clay Aiken, designer Angel Sanchez; Board member- scientist Dr. Bill Haseltine (known for his groundbreaking work on HIV/AIDS meds and the human genome); Venezuelan humanitarian and President of Aid for AIDS, Maria Eugenia Maury; Founder and Executive Director, Jesus Aguais; David Roth; Donald Dye; and Laura Pilson among others.last_img read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgApp Store Official Charts for the week ending November 18, 2018:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc.,Ndemic Creations4. Bloons TD 6,Ninja Kiwi5. NBA 2K19, 2K6. 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure, Robot Gentleman7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. Bloons TD 5,Ninja Kiwi9. The Game of Life, Marmalade Game Studios10. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish LimitedTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Bitlife-Life Simulator, Candywriter, LLC2. Swing Star, Good Job Games3. Fire Balls 3D, Voodoo4. 2, Voodoo5. Find Differences: Detective,Fastone Games6. My Talking Tom 2, Outfit7 Limited7. Stickman Hook, MADBOX8. Flip Trickster, Lion Studios9. Helix Jump, Voodoo10. Words Story, ZHOU JIAPINGTop Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure, Robot Gentleman3. My City: Dentist Visit, My Town Games LTD4. Castle of Illusion, Disney5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB6. Bloons TD 6,Ninja Kiwi7. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Limited8. Plauge Inc., Ndemic Creations9. NBA 2K19, 2K10. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.Top Free iPad Apps:1. Swing Star, Good Job Games2. My Talking Tom 2, Outfit7 Limited3. 2, Voodoo4. Fire Balls 3D, Voodoo5. Flip Trickster, Lion Studios6. Helix Jump, Voodoo7. Happy Glass, Lion Studios8., Voodoo9. Golfmasters-Fun Golf Game, Playgendary10., Good Job Games__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

City taking action on six properties with illegal suites

first_imgThe following six properties have been issued the notices:8804 – 77 Street PID Number 029-580-8388806 – 77 Street PID Number 029-580-8469113 – 101 Avenue PID Number 028-982-0299111 – 101 Avenue PID Number 028-982-03711024 – 104A Avenue PID Number 029-145-00711026 – 104A Avenue PID Number 029-144-990Jamurat explained that the process contains checks and balances to help the City determine whether the illegal suites on the properties can be made to adhere to bylaws.In their report, the City’s building inspectors stated that since the suites on the properties contravened zoning and building codes, and were built without permits, they weren’t able to confirm that they were built to code and that there were approvals in place.Jamurat said that the Bylaw Contravention Notice on the properties’ titles mean that the current and future owners of the properties will be made aware of the issues.She said that though titles have been issued for the properties, the City won’t be taking the approach of getting property owners to have the illegal suites removed.“Our intent is to go through a process where we have any flagged properties to bring those forward in a very logical approach to Council.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is going to be taking action against six properties after councillors voted in favour of issuing Bylaw Contravention Notices on the properties’ titles at Monday’s Council meeting.The City’s Planning Manager Renee Jamurat said that the notices have been put onto the properties’ titles under Section 57 of the Community Charter, which is part of the procedure that local governments need to follow. A duplex at 8804 and 8806 77 St. that had bylaw contravention notices issued during the summer for illegal secondary suites. Photo by Chris Newton A duplex at 8804 and 8806 77 St. that had bylaw contravention notices issued during the summer for illegal secondary suites. Photo by Chris Newton A duplex at 9111 and 9113 101 Ave. that has had bylaw contravention notices issued for illegal secondary suites. Photo by Chris Newton A duplex at 9111 and 9113 101 Ave. that has had bylaw contravention notices issued for illegal secondary suites. Photo by Chris Newton A duplex at 11024 and 11026 104A Ave. that has had bylaw contravention notices issued for illegal secondary suites. Photo by Chris Newton A duplex at 11024 and 11026 104A Ave. that has had bylaw contravention notices issued for illegal secondary suites. Photo by Chris Newton Jamurat said that staff has another set of properties that it’s working on getting notices onto titles but would not divulge any specifics.According to Jamurat, this is the first time that the City has taken this approach in dealing with illegal suites, due to problems caused by secondary suites only having become an issue in recent years.last_img read more

Controversial Pokemon Go game launched in Sri Lanka

The controversial Pokemon Go game has been launched in Sri Lanka. The game, which some believed to be a security risk, was launched in Sri Lanka and South Asia.Niantic launched the massively popular AR-powered mobile game Pokémon Go in India and other South Asian countries today (14 December), nearly five months since its release in July. The hit smartphone game is now available for download in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for iOS and Android, IB Times reported. To bring the popular game to India, Niantic partnered with local carrier Reliance Jio, transforming thousands of Reliance Digital stores and select partner premises across the country into PokéStops or Gyms. Local Pokémon Go fans will also be able to access an exclusive Pokémon Go Channel via Jio’s social messaging app that allows them to connect with other players, get daily tips and clues and participate in contests and events. “To our Trainers in India — we appreciate your patience during the last few months while we worked on bringing Pokémon Go to your country,” the developer wrote in a blog post on 13 December. “The Niantic team had to resolve a few administrative challenges before launching in order to ensure we could provide the best experience possible.” “We are delighted to partner with Jio to launch Pokémon GO in India.” John Hanke, CEO and founder of Niantic, said in a statement. “It’s exciting to see Pokémon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokémon and Jio’s disruptive high speed 4G LTE Network will be an excellent way to experience the game.”The developer also noted that Jio’s SIM customers will also be able to download and play the game without incurring data charges during its “Happy New Year” offer. (Colombo Gazette) read more

No pattern of discrimination in UN employment practices report finds

The report, which was compiled by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) and released today, covers possible discrimination within the United Nations due to nationality, race, sex, religion or language.It concludes that there does not seem be any “systematic and consistent preference or exclusion” that impaired equal opportunity for any given region, whether in appointments, promotions or reappointments, during the past six years. However, there have been instances where, at certain levels, regional differences do exist.The report also notes that while some strides have been made in achieving gender parity, process has been slow; men have been more likely to be hired, promoted and reappointed, particularly at the higher grades. “More attention needs to be given to recruiting and promoting women at the higher levels and to counteract the rising separation rate of women from the Organization,” the report says.Among its recommendations, OIOS says that the complaint mechanisms for dealing with discrimination within the UN need to be strengthened, in part by making the Panel on Discrimination and other Grievances more effective.The Office also suggests that Secretary-General Kofi Annan issue a bulletin in which he articulates a policy on discrimination for the UN.In a note accompanying the report, the Secretary-General reaffirms his commitment to ensuring that discrimination is not tolerated at the UN and that any allegations of discrimination will be promptly addressed.Concurring with the report’s recommendations, Mr. Annan notes that he recently appointed an Ombudsman, Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, to help resolve conflicts, including allegations of discrimination. read more

CAL announces cancellations due to Hurricane Maria

Caribbean Airlines (CAL), earlier today, said that it has cancelled a number of flights scheduled for September 18 due to threats from Hurricane Maria.The airline in a press release said Hurricane Maria has caused the closure of George FL Charles International Airport in St Lucia and Strong Storm Winds in Barbados forcing the cancellation of flights.CAL announced that flights BW434, BW435, BW412, BW413, and  BW459 departing from Port of Spain to St Lucia, St Lucia to Port of Spain, Port of Spain to Barbados, Barbados to Port of Spain and Kingston to Antigua respectively, have been cancelled.The airline said that it is permitting affected customers to rebook their reservations without penalty, subject to the following conditions:• Passengers must have a confirmed ticket issued before September 18, 2017.• Passengers must book to travel during the period September 18-20, 2017.• Changes on the routing (origin/destination) of the original booking are not permitted.Meanwhile CAL said it will not be responsible for arrangements to/from alternative airports or for any hotel/overnight expenses incurred.The airline said that full refunds (without penalty) will be allowed on tickets issued for travel between 18 and 20 September 2017 only, with the last date for requesting refund being September 27, the airline said.Customers are advised to visit www.caribbean‐ to check their flight status before going to the airport or call the Caribbean Airlines call centres for further details. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCAL offers relief flights after cancellations due to weatherAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”Several CAL flights cancelled over storm warningJune 19, 2017In “latest news”CAL cancels Florida flights as Irma approachesSeptember 7, 2017In “latest news” read more

EYEWITNESS Its not a gas…

…with gasBack in the day, original hipsters like Frank Sinatra introduced the Irish expression “It’s a gas!” — meaning a fun activity — into the general lexicon. The pronouncements of the Guyana Government on the gas found off our shores by Exxon associated with petroleum show clearly that their spokesmen are no hipsters! But yet, like Frank, they insist on doing things “their way”; though, in the end, Guyana gets it in the end!Let’s step back a bit with this gas business, shall we, dear reader? Right after their oil strike in May 2015, Exxon announced they would be using some of the gas to run the operations of their FPSO, and inject the remainder back under the seabed — where it would help to push out some more oil. They never planned on sending any to our shores.After trying all sorts of sleights of hand to convince Guyanese better days are coming, however, the Government’s latest dodge is to convince Exxon to send the gas ashore to fire up some GPL generators.GPL, as we know from the writings of some of the Government’s staunchest supporters, has taken us back to the (dark) days of Burnham, when blackouts were the order of the day (and night)! So the gas talk is supposed to give the longsuffering Guyanese some hope.Anyhow, the Government, as is standard in these matters, ordered a feasibility study. After all, it’s not just a matter of pumping the gas from under the sea and then sending it out to our GPL plants in rubber hoses like the ones you have attached to your stove. It’s a tad more complicated than that; but don’t tell the Govt!!Firstly, the gas, which is mostly methane, has to be cleansed of a host of compounds that are quite polluting. This takes money. While it can be done on the FPSO – in larger quantities than for its own use – there’s the cost. Also, the cost of gas pipelines from 120 miles out in the deep Atlantic, and the cost of retrofitting the present GPL generators to consume methane. But before any of this has been costed, the Government insists “It’s feasible!!”But another hitch has popped up on the gas front.Norway had committed US$80 million for “renewable energy” in general, and Amaila in particular. The Govt, of course, balked at Amaila because it’s Jagdeo’s idea, and are now trying to convince Norway they can’t withhold their money ‘cause natural gas is “renewable” and “non-polluting”!!Sure – renewable in 65 billion years!!! But still burns into carbon dioxide!!When these guys in the Government speak, it’s a gas!!…with police on bicyclesYour Eyewitness thought the “police on bicycles” plan was confined to the city of Georgetown – where the City Constabulary has become exhausted from running down vendors and other hapless citizens on foot to shake them down!! But the bicycled cops are now also deployed on the West Coast, where they will be thrown into the ongoing fight against crime.It’s evidently one more attempt by the Police to present a “kinder gentler” face to the public. It mightn’t be the ruddy-cheeked cops on the beat who handed out candy to kids at Christmas time, like we saw in the old movies, but it’s a start, right? But it was a bit of a stretch to suggest the bicycled cops would be better in crowd control! They’ll form a bicycle cordon?Then one wonders if Policemen on horseback will also be deployed outside of Georgetown. They’ll also get to crime scenes “in minutes”, as promised with the bicycles, but they’ll be easier to feed!…on new oil fieldsOK…Janet Jagan gave away too many fields to Exxon. But she DIDN’T know the fields had oil. It was a gamble.But why no bidding by Trotman for new fields – AFTER the “world class” oil find by Exxon? Political investments? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Troubled by…January 9, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Just a gyaff…September 20, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Déjà vu…July 11, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Suspected arson attack on offduty gardaí cars condemned as investigation launched

first_img File Photo Updated Apr 10th 2019, 10:34 PM CRIMINALS BEHIND A suspected arson attack on cars believed to belong to off-duty gardaí in county Louth have been condemned.The three cars were parked in a private housing estate in Knockbridge and at this stage it is thought that one was set on fire which resulted in damage being caused to the cars parked beside it. The overnight incident has been described as “intimidation” by local Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach.Breathnach, who lives in Knockbridge, has said “intimidation of gardaí or officers of our State is not something the vast majority of citizens of this State support”.“I condemn such actions by those criminals who’s activity in my area is not reflective of the residents of Knockbridge or Co Louth,” he added. The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has also condemned the attack. “Regrettably, the targeting of gardaí working to protect communities is becoming more common and shows the need for regular risk assessments to be carried out for officers investigating violent and serious crime,” GRA general secretary Pat Ennis said. “On behalf of all GRA members, I extend our support to these officers and offer any assistance we can,” he said.Attacking the property of committed public servants who have been victimised for carrying out their duty is a serious crime and I very much hope those responsible are brought to justice as soon as possible and dealt with appropriately by the courts.Ennis urged anyone with information in relation to the attack to contact gardaí.  The Garda Press Office did not confirm who owned the vehicles.In a statement it said: “Gardaí in Dundalk are investigating an incident of criminal damage that occurred to a car at a house in Knockbridge, Dundalk in the early hours this morning.”It said that no one was injured and “investigations are ongoing”.With reporting by Hayley Halpin Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 10:34 PM Suspected arson attack on off-duty gardaí cars condemned as investigation launched The incident has been described as ‘intimidation’ by local Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach. Share75 Tweet Email File Photo 34,032 Views 22 Comments Apr 10th 2019, 11:27 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Elaine Keoghlast_img read more

Thank you and a thumbs up Seán Cox addresses public for the

first_img Subscribe By Emma Duffy Short URL Share284 Tweet Email2 Apr 11th 2019, 8:50 AM ‘Thank you’ and a thumbs up – Seán Cox addresses public for the first time since attack The injured Liverpool fan has a special message for supporters ahead of tomorrow night’s charity match at the Aviva Stadium. 27 Comments All going to plan, the 53-year-old will be in attendance as a Republic of Ireland XI take on Liverpool legends. It will be the first time he has been outside a medical setting in almost a year.Cox sustained life-changing injuries when he was attacked outside Anfield, the Reds’ home ground, before a Champions League football match against Roma last year. The brain injuries he suffered as a result of the vicious assault meant that he will need ongoing care for years to come. Almost €2 million has been raised to help his family.He is currently receiving treatment at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire.Tickets for tomorrow night’s charity match can be purchased through Ticketmaster and donations can made to Seán and his family on the Go Fund Me page Support Sean Cox.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: INJURED LIVERPOOL FAN Seán Cox has addressed the public for the first time since last year’s attack, giving well-wishers a thumbs up and a ‘thank you’ in a short video clip.The Meathman’s family released the four-second video on Twitter this morning, ahead of tomorrow night’s charity match in his honour at the Aviva Stadium.Bake sale, bag pack or bingo.If you are one of the thousands who organised/attended a fundraiser to #supportseanSean Cox has this message for you x— Support Sean (@coxynwa) April 11, 2019 34,214 Views Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 8:50 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Advantage Kokkinakis

first_imgThanasi Kokkinakis will be in the best shape of his career at his second Australian Open appearance, and has been tipped for Melbourne Park success by world number one Novak Djokovic.With a full year on tour under his belt, the 18-year-old from Adelaide told Neos Kosmos this week that he was raring to go and keen to build on his success at last year’s Open when he won his first ever grand slam match against Igor Sijsling.“I was fortunate enough to get a wild card last year and I feel I’ve improved a lot, so hopefully I can go a bit further this year.”World number one Djokovic told Fox Sports this week that he expected Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios to do well in front of a home crowd. “They’re very talented players,” he said, “and I’m sure with the crowd behind them they’ll be very tough opponents.”Kokkinakis, who is currently ranked 149th in the ATP world rankings, said that his goal was to play well enough at the Australian Open to crack the top 100.“That’s not easy, but I feel that I’ve got the game to compete with the top one hundred players … I feel I can do it.“There’s a bit more pressure than last year but I’ve got to trust the work I did in the off-season, so I should be right.”Asked how he handles the media attention that comes with being picked for a senior grand slam event (he reached two junior grand slam finals in 2013), Kokkinakis said it was a matter of embracing the experience.“You just have to make sure you’re dedicated on and off the court, put in all the focus every session, and be as well prepared as you can.“You have to chill out, not get too distracted by social media, and have a good time.”Last year Kokkinakis suffered from cramps during his first round victory, before being defeated three sets to love by Raphael Nadal in the second round.This time around Thanasi feels he has more to give and the stamina to compete with the best.“Physically I’ve improved, in all areas I think I’ve improved. Hopefully I’m a bit fitter and stronger.”Thanasi Kokkinakis has been drawn against 11th seed Ernests Gulbis in the opening round. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more