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India vs Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath ruled out of Delhi Test

first_imgVeteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will take no further part in Sri Lanka’s third and final Test against India in Delhi due to a back problem.Leg-break bowler Jeffrey Vandersay was on Tuesday called up to the Sri Lankan side.Vandersay has played 11 ODIs and seven T20Is for Sri Lanka but is yet to make his Test debut.Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara was Sri Lanka Cricket’s first choice to replace Herath but the 30-year-old failed the fitness test. Meanwhile, Herath is due to fly home on Thursday.”We were hoping that Rangana Herath will feel okay for Delhi. But having spoken to him and physio we feel that he should come back,” SLC chief selector Graeme Labrooy said.”We have got lot of cricket ahead and he is important for us. Our plan was to fly in Malinda Pushpakumara, but he has failed a fitness test. Vandersay will now be the replacement,” he added.Herath, who is Sri Lanka’s leading wicket-taker in Tests in the current squad, bowled a total of eight overs in seaming conditions in Kolkata, but in Nagpur he bowled 39 overs in the only innings that India batted in the second game.He ended with figures of 1/81 but scored a vital 67 in the first match in Kolkata.Sri Lanka drew the first Test before suffering a heavy innings and 239-run defeat in the second.Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Dasun Shanaka and Roshen Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay.advertisementlast_img read more

16 years after NatWest Series heroics, Mohammad Kaif retires

first_imgMohammad Kaif announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket on Friday, on the 16th anniversary of the historic NatWest Series win.On July 13 2002, Kaif played an unbeaten knock of 87 as India chased down an imposing total of 326 to beat England by two wickets in the NatWest Series final.The 37-year-old took to Twitter to announce his decision, almost 12 years after he last played for the Indian team in which he stood out as much for his acrobatic fielding as for his effective lower-order batting.”I’m calling it a day and announcing my retirement from all first-class cricket. It made sense to do so on July 13. Each of our professional lives is defined by one moment more than any other, 16 years ago today, July 13 2002, was that moment for me, at the NatWest Series Final at Lord’s. It seems apt to bid goodbye on this day,” wrote Kaif.When I started playing Cricket,the dream was to play in the India Cap one day.Have been very fortunate to step on to the field & represent my country on 190 days of my life. Today is an apt day for me to announce my retirement from all competetive Cricket. Thank you everyone pic.twitter.com/HzKZDWgXBoMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 13, 2018Kaif played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India. He was a part of the Indian team that reached the World Cup final in South Africa. Along with Yuvraj Singh, Kaif was among the stars to emerge from the U-19 India stable after leading the Colts to a maiden Junior World Cup triumph in 2000.advertisementKaif, who has won the Ranji Trophy for UP, last played first class cricket for Chattisgarh.Kaif will always be remembered as being one of the finest fielders that India has ever produced.You’ve chosen the best day to announce your retirement, @MohammadKaif. Those memories are still fresh in our minds. May Lord bless you with more and more success, just like the one at Lord’s back in 2002. My best wishes to you always. pic.twitter.com/4vMeVKjyfySachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2018Congratulations on a fantastic career Kaif. You can be very proud of your efforts and my best wishes to you and your familyVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 13, 2018Well done on ur career bhaisaab @MohammadKaif you were the one who changed the mind set of the fielding in Indian cricket.even though I would have liked u to stay slightly behind on d 30yard circle bT I knew u had d best intention;) Wish you all d luck for ur future endeavoursIrfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 13, 201813-07-02 a new era of Indian power cricket began.13-07-18 the hero of that game retires.Thanks @MohammadKaif for being a great friend and a loyal lover of this game which connects us all.Wishing you all the happiness and success in life ahead.Good luck.Bhai shab pic.twitter.com/UvQke0lYamHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 13, 2018During the five years that he was an India regular, it was his electric reflexes inside the 30 yard circle, especially the cover region, that made him special.Along with Yuvraj Singh at point, Kaif formed the backbone of Indian fielding during the time Sourav Ganguly led the Indian cricketing renaissance. One of the fittest cricketers of his time, a batting average of 32 in 125 ODIs, with only two hundreds, don’t tell the story of Kaif’s fighting abilities coming at No 6 or 7 with only few deliveries to play.In his 13 Test appearances, Kaif logged 2753 runs at an average of 32.01, including two hundreds and 17 half-centuries.An apt day to make this announcement pic.twitter.com/F97vuKaoKAMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 13, 2018Apart from his Lord’s knock, Kaif’s hundred against Zimbabwe in the Champions Trophy 2002 will also remain in memory as he lifted the team from the dumps after the top order found itself back in the pavilion for less than 100 on the board.However, issues with his technique made him vulnerable against top quality pacers, something that was exposed thoroughly during the 2006 tour of South Africa.He never played for India again but remained a quality player in domestic cricket leading UP for many years.He finished with 7581 first class runs with 15 hundreds across 129 matches.Kaif is already a cricket analyst and a respected hindi commentator.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Weighlifter Sanjita Chanu vows to prove innocence after doping allegations

first_imgCommonwealth Games 2018 (CWG) gold medallitst Sanjita Chanu has said that she will fight to prove her innocence after being accused of doping.Sanjita had won gold in the women’s 53kg category of weightlifting in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast.”I will fight to prove myself clean in this doping issue. I have done nothing wrong. After CWG, I had planned a lot of things, especially for the Asian Games. I had planned to perform well in the Asian Games and get gold for the country. However, it won’t be possible now,” Channu said.”The IWF had made mistake in coding. How they can say it lightly?”Also read – 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Gold medallist Sanjita Chanu fails dope testEarlier, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) sent a letter to the government saying that the Indian Wrestling Federation (IWF) admitted to to committing a mistake in giving proper and right details of two different urine sample of the weightlifter.On May 15, the IWF provisionally suspended Chanu for four years after her ‘A’ sample was tested positive for a banned anabolic agent.Reflecting on the same, the 24-year-old stated that she is hurt by the allegation and that want a proper inquiry into the matter.Meanwhile, the IWF refused to comment on the NADA letter to the Government of India and said that no further statement would be issued until the case is closed.Chanu, who was also the champion of Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, won the gold medal for the country at the Gold Coast CWG in the 53kg category in weightlifting, as she lifted 84kg in the snatch category and 108kg in the clean and jerk category.advertisement(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

ISL: Pune City face the NorthEast juggernaut (Preview)

first_imgPune, Nov 26 (IANS) A resurgent FC Pune City, buoyed by their new found attacking prowess, are now looking at changing the game plan in the ongoing edition of Indian Super League (ISL) as they get ready to take on next opponent NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Tuesday.Even though it seems quite unlikely given the competition and the current points position among the present top four, Pune with only five points from eight matches, are hoping to turn the fortunes with a good run of results to propel them further in contention for a play-off spot.However, the international break seems to have helped Pune get some semblance into their season as they finally managed to register their first win by downing Jamshedpur FC last week at home. The Stallions have also been boosted with the signing of star striker Iain Hume, who coming out of a long injury showed flashes of brilliance in his brief time on the field.On the wings, Ashique Kuruniyan has been in sublime form for the home side and has troubled the opposition defenders with his pace and dribbling skills. Pune’s coach Pradyum Reddy will hope that Marcelinho can get back to his best as when the Brazilian is on song, he can penetrate any defence at will.Reddy has vowed to take the game to NEUFC and will be hoping his star forwards trouble the Highlanders.”We tried in a couple of games before the break to go with a more conservative approach and it didn’t necessarily get us the results that we wanted. With the attacking options that we have in our squad, I think it is best for us to go with more of an attacking mindset because we need to get three points,” Reddy said.”If you look at the way the league table is now, we need to get closer to Kerala, the team immediately above us (in seventh). We have to have that kind of an attacking mindset,” he added.NorthEast United, on the other hand, won a thriller against Kerala Blasters with two goals in injury time. The win last week would have further boosted their confidence and belief that they can qualify for the play-offs for the very first time in five seasons.Interestingly, unlike the seasons gone by, NorthEast have a mean defence and have only conceded eight goals from seven games. This has given a lot of teeth to their forwards. Bartholomew Ogbeche has scored seven goals and is very much in the race for the Golden Boot alongside Ferran Corominas (8) and Sunil Chhetri (5).”Pune are under more pressure than us. We need to maintain where we are and (meet) expectations and Pune need to climb up. It will be an interesting game,” NEUFC coach Eelco Schattorie stated.”Pune have a squad with a lot of individual quality. They have some really good individual players that can make a difference. The weakness of Pune, for me, is very clear and hopefully, we can exploit them,” he added.–IANSkk/sedadvertisementlast_img read more

21 days agoBarcelona chief Abidal had scout watch one player for Man City defeat of Dinamo Zagreb

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona chief Abidal had scout watch one player for Man City defeat of Dinamo Zagrebby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona sports chief Eric Abidal had a high level scout posted to Manchester City’s Champions League win at Dinamo Zagreb.Mundo Deportivo says Abidal had Goran Vusevic attend the tie with one player in his notebook.Vusevic was there to watch the 22-year-old Amer Gojak. The midfielder, who came into play for the last 30 minutes of the match, also is attracting the interest of the likes of Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham. Gojak is tied to Dinamo to 2022. last_img read more

‘Run in & I’ll find you!’ – Lukaku predicted Alexis goal v Arsenal

first_imgRomelu Lukaku showed his psychic abilities by predicting that Manchester United team-mate Alexis Sanchez would score against Arsenal in Friday’s FA Cup showdown.Sanchez broke the deadlock in a 3-1 win over his former club, with Lukaku having played a key role in the Chilean’s goal.And the Belgium international insisted he saw it coming, revealing that he told Alexis to make the run that led to his opener when the pair were talking in training. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I told him in training, ‘Listen, you’re going to score’,” the former Chelsea striker told MUTV.”I said to him I’d give him the ball as long as he ran inside if I couldn’t shoot. I said to him, ‘Just run in and I’ll find you’. “I think you could see when I got the ball I was looking for him and he made the right run and the finish for him was incredible.About last night… #MUFC pic.twitter.com/X8r2ybAnqR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2019″We knew they would leave space for me and Alexis with the full-backs pushing on, so it would end up being three v three or three v two and we had a lot of moments when we could have countered better, especially in the second half.”I think we could have scored two or three more goals to be honest, but 3-1 at Arsenal is very good.”The result saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extend his remarkable run at the helm to eight consecutive victories and Lukaku urged his team-mates to maintain those high standards.”We feel great but it’s the same in training,” he said.”We play a lot of games in a lot of competitions and every time you come into the games you know the situations and you have to keep on maintaining the pressure on the other team and keep on delivering the quality, that’s what it’s about, and on the counter-attack we’re really dangerous.”We’re growing steadily and winning games, which is the most important thing.”Next up for United is the visit of Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday, with Arsenal hosting Cardiff City in their next fixture.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: I give myself 6 out of 10- KL Rahul rates his 57 against Pakistan

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: I give myself 6 out of 10 – KL Rahul rates his 57 against PakistanKL Rahul rated his performance against arch-rivals Pakistan and said he will get better after he was promoted to the opening slot. Rahul opened the innings with Rohit Sharma in his 1st international match against Pakistan, as Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of three World Cup 2019 gamesadvertisement Next Press Trust of India ManchesterJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 09:34 IST KL Rahul rated his performance against Pakistan. ( Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul made 57 off 78 balls as part of an 136-run opening stand with Rohit SharmaIndia’s best 1st-wicket stand in a WC match against Pakistan was the 136-run partnershipNext, India will be against Afghanistan on June 22 in SouthamptonPromoted to the opening slot, KL Rahul rated his performance against Pakistan at six out of ten, saying he will only get better after his composed fifty helped India set up a challenging total against the arch-rivals.With Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of three World Cup games following a hairline fracture on his thumb, Rahul opened the innings with Rohit Sharma in his first international match against Pakistan here Sunday.Rahul, who made 57 off 78 balls as part of the record 136-run opening partnership with Rohit, said he is grateful to get the opportunity to realise his dream of representing his country against Pakistan.”Shikhar and Rohit, in the last three or four years, have been such a dangerous combo. Their partnerships, if you see anywhere in the world, they’ve played so well for the country and they’ve been No.1 and 2 they’ve owned those positions,” said Rahul.”I’ve had to wait for my chance and I’m just happy that I got to bat in the top three. It’s my first international game against Pakistan and it has come in a World Cup so I couldn’t ask for anything bigger or better.”As a kid or as a young cricketer growing up this is what you dream to do I’m really happy that I got the opportunity and I give myself six out of ten! Hopefully I carry on the confidence and get better.”The 136-run partnership was India’s best first-wicket stand in an World Cup match against Pakistan as the two-time champions set an intimidating total of 336/5 against their arch-rivals.advertisementRahul stressed on the need to fight in the initial few overs to build up a partnership.”With the new ball, against any bowler, it’s important to see off the first few overs. That was especially true here because we didn’t know what to expect from the wicket as it had been under covers for the past few days,” he said.”Once we got through those, we felt a lot more comfortable. For an opening batsman it’s important to hit a few balls in the middle of the bat and get a few boundaries going.”Then you start to focus on the game and all the pressure, the hype of India-Pakistan and the World Cup stage just goes away from your head. The initial few overs are the fight, so we were happy to get through that and happy to get the win.Also Read | They are allowed to have burgers: Harbhajan Singh defends Sarfaraz Ahmed after social media trollsAlso Read | Heads I win, tails you lose: Tendulkar on ICC video comparing his Centurion six with Rohit’sAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow KL RahulFollow India vs Pakistanlast_img read more

ATL Wins Its Largest Contract

first_imgzoom Atlantic Towing Limited (ATL) has secured a new ten (10)-year firm contract, plus a total of 15 years of options with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) for four new state-of-the art Platform Supply Vessels operating out of St John’s, NL.PSV 3300 CD’s from Damen ShipyardsThe first ships for the contract will be delivered in 2016 and will join Atlantic Towing’s current fleet of eight offshore support vessels in Atlantic Canada. The new contract means 100 new jobs at Atlantic Towing’s offshore fleet home port of St. John’s, NL.“ExxonMobil has been a valued customer and we are proud and honored to have the opportunity to support the Hibernia and Hebron operations offshore Newfoundland and Labrador with the highest standard of safety and service,” said Wayne Power, Vice President, Atlantic Towing.The new ships, to be designed and built by Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands, will deliver a number of environmental benefits including Clean Design designation with a diesel electric power plant, the latest environmental control equipment, wave piercing bow design, and enhanced crew comfort.“This exceptional contract – the largest in our company’s history – will increase our fleet size, our workforce and our overall contribution to the economy in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Sean Leet, General Manager, Atlantic Towing. “We expect hiring of approximately 100 new positions, which will provide a great opportunity for local seafarers, to begin in December 2015.” May 19, 2014last_img read more

LongTime Employer Improves Productivity Competitiveness

first_imgMaritime Paper Products Ltd. is increasing competitiveness and productivity at its operation in Dartmouth with support from the province. The investment is part of jobsHere, the province’s plan to create good jobs and grow the economy. Premier Darrell Dexter was joined by Steve MacDonald, vice-president, finance at Maritime Paper and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) today, March 9, to announce support that will help the company increase competitiveness, improve productivity and sustain more than 100 high-value jobs in Nova Scotia. “Increasing competitiveness for Nova Scotia companies is one of the pillars of jobsHere and this investment is a perfect example of the types of projects that strengthen the economy,” said Premier Dexter. “The investment will support continued efforts by Maritime Paper to become even more competitive in this global industry, securing high-value jobs for Nova Scotians.” Maritime Paper will receive a $2.1-million NSBI term loan to help finance the new printing press. NSBI will also provide a four-year $201,375 payroll rebate, tied to the company maintaining its 118 full-time production employees. “After introducing a new printing press, which replaced two older models, we’ve seen improvements to product quality and to the efficiency of our overall production,” said Mr. MacDonald. “This investment will allow our company to continue delivering a superior product to our clients around the world.” In 2004, the company began a modernization plan to update its Dartmouth facility, which continues with today’s announcement. “NSBI uses its financial tools to help Nova Scotia companies as they make investments in their future growth,” said Mr. Lund. “It can support them with the purchase of new equipment, productivity enhancements and process improvements — with the intent of building stronger, more competitive companies.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, we assist local companies and attract international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and follow online at www.nsbi.ca/connect .last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,347.16 , up 24.30 points).Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Gold. Down 62 cents, or 3.36 per cent, to $17.81 on 46.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 31 cents, or 4.57 per cent, to $7.09 on 9.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up 10 cents, or 4.93 per cent to $2.13 on 8.9 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 30 cents, or 3.82 per cent, to $8.15 on 8.2 million shares.Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Health care. Up 9.5 cents, or 37.25 per cent, to 35 cents on 6.8 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up four cents, or 1.66 per cent, to $2.45 on 5.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Stingray Group Inc. (TSX:RAY.A). Down 21 cents, or 3.11 per cent to $6.54. Stingray Group has dropped its takeover attempt of Music Choice. The Montreal-based company, which provides music and in-store media, had made the unsolicited bid for the U.S. company in August last year. The offer was worth US$120 million. Music Choice produces music programming and music-related content for digital cable television, mobile phone and cable modem users. Stingray announced Monday a distribution agreement with Altice USA, which will bring 50 Stingray music audio channels and hundreds of music videos from its on-demand catalogue to Altice USA’s subscribers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Delhi Cong leaves decision on alliance with AAP up to Rahul

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit and other leaders of the unit on Monday discussed the possibility of an alliance with the AAP for the Lok Sabha polls in the city in a meeting with party chief Rahul Gandhi. The opinion remained divided on the issue and everyone in the meeting was unanimous that Gandhi should take a final call on it in the larger interest of the party, said a participant of the meeting.Sources said four former Delhi Congress presidents — Ajay Maken, Subhash Chopra, Tajdar Babar and Arvinder Singh Lovely favoured an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi. “AICC in-charge of Delhi Congress PC Chacko also handed over signed letters of 12 district Congress presidents, leaders of the party and councilors in three municipal corporation, in favour of the alliance, to Gandhi,” they said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFormer Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit has repeatedly voiced her opinion against the alliance, however, she has also said that the final decision will be taken by the party leadership. On the other hand, AAP has announced candidates for all 7 Lok Sabha seats while Rahul Gandhi, too, has said that Congress will fight to win all the seven seats in Delhi. Both the parties have however, continued to send to feelers to each other as leaders of both have time and again come out to say talks are on for an alliance. Earlier it was reported that NCP chief Sharad Pawar is mediating between the two arch-rivals to agree on an alliance in order to defeat the BJP. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAmid the confusion, Rahul Gandhi’s crucial meeting with the Delhi Congress leaders is expected to come to a final decision before the Lok Sabha elections commence from April 11. “Once Rahul Gandhi takes an ‘in-principle decision’ on allying with AAP, which is expected in next few days and if it’s in favour of alliance, a committee will be constituted to negotiate with AAP for sharing seats in Delhi and Haryana,” they added. Delhi votes for its seven Lok Sabha seats on May 12.last_img read more

SOS Maroc Terroir Festival Highlights Importance of EcoSensitivity in Local AgriProducts

Rabat – SOS Maroc Terroir hosted its first ever eco-festival, entitled Young Climate Symposium, on April 16 in Fes, showcasing an array of agro-alimentary products from the region of Fes-Meknes and highlighting the importance of sensitivity to environmental issues.Considered a pioneer in production, the region of Fes-Meknes produces about 70% of all the agricultural products in the kingdom. To highlight this richness, SOS Maroc Terroir (which translates as “SOS Morocco Earth”), a member of the Moroccan Alliance for Climate and Sustainable Development (AMCDD), held its first”Young Climate Symposium,”adopting the motto,”All for the development of the region, enhancement and quality assurance, health and product safety.”“Centering a debate around local products is intended to highlight the importance of these products in agriculture and human development by improving the income of farmers, particularly in rural areas of the Fez-Meknes region,” said Mounia Belghazi, the president of SOS Maroc Terroir, according to online publication LesEco.ma. “In the framework of preparations for COP22,” she said,”the symposium is intended to give an overview of the role of the products with respect to the reduction of greenhouse gases and stabilization of local populations to adapt to climate change.” The symposium also is intended to facilitate funding for scientific research to help rural organizations and promote the marketing of their products.The symposium created a space for young university doctoral students, professors, doctors and pharmacists, and other stakeholders to network and exchange their experiences. The conference was an opportunity to highlight and raise awareness on the importance of local products, as well as research projects for construction and innovation for the preservation of biodiversity.The symposium also highlighted the disastrous consequences of climate change. After the symposium, guests were invited to a special tasting reception of the region’s products, including honey, saffran, and olive oil.SOS Morocco Terroir is planning its next series of four workshops in different rural areas. Benghazi is also preparing a publication of a paperback book, entitled “Young Climate Symposium,”with 10,000 copies to be distributed to raise awareness of climate change. Benghazi, a producer herself, produces a high quality extra virgin olive oil under her own label L’mta. read more

At least 30 injured after 2 passenger buses collide

At least 30 people were injured when two passenger buses collided in Gonahena this morning, the police said.Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said that out of those injured, three were in critical condition and had been transferred to the Colombo National Hospital. The remaining 27 injured had been admitted to the Horana Hospital by the local residents.Police have arrested the driver of one of the buses who had been responsible for the accident.Further investigations have been launched into the incident. read more

Celebrity chefs serve up free meals from discarded food – UN environment

If you were in Bangkok, Thailand, this week, those were some of dishes prominent chefs and other food lovers from Thailand and Australia were preparing with ingredients that are usually discarded, to promote awareness of 1.3 billion tons of food wasted each year.The Think.Eat.Save event was organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Australian food charity OzHarvest in support of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals target to halve global food waste along production and supply chains by 2030.“UNEP is tackling food waste head-on with its Think.Eat.Save methodology for waste prevention at city, country and company-level,” Kaveh Zahedi, UNEP Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, said in a press release.Modelled on OzHarvest’s annual Think.Eat.Save events, which feed thousands of people across Australia, the Bangkok event had celebrity chefs like Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava, Dylan ‘Lan’ Jones, Chris Miller and Australian OzHarvest ‘Chef for a Cause,’ Travis Harvey, who in May this year opened Australia’s first-ever food waste pop-up café, design a lunch menu using surplus produce saved from landfill or sourced from local farmers and suppliers.The event is part of the Think.Eat.Save campaign which was launched by the UNEP, the Food and Agricultural Organization and partners in 2013 to change the culture of food waste which results in 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted globally each year, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The total carbon footprint of food produced but not eaten is 3.3 Gt of carbon dioxide equivalent. An estimated 20 to 40 per cent of food is lost or wasted along the supply chain in Asia Pacific because food is lost in transit between rural production areas and urban consumers and because of poor quality roads, hot and humid weather conditions, and poor packaging, according to UNEP. read more

The Rams Are Dead To Me So I Answered 3352 Questions To

3Kansas City4487719468.8 Distance from team’s stadium to St. Louis, in miles0.94 Top teams by Blythe’s most heavily weighted criteria More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Suspensions of players since 2007; extra weight to crimes against women1.98 Not all of these are perfect — for instance, the NFL suspends players for all manner of benign behavior — but imperfections like that should wash out somewhat in the aggregate. When the dust settled on the data analysis, my 2016 team was unveiled: the Green Bay Packers. OK, I could deal with that. My football memory didn’t include a lot of anger toward the team or its fans (which always helps), and I don’t mind having the chance to cheer for a winner. Their appearance at the top wasn’t altogether surprising, partly because of their unique ownership structure. They also scored high in player likability, future wins and team tradition, with above-average marks in off-field behavior as well.Green Bay was followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. In dead last? The Tennessee Titans.5Oh, hey, former Oilers. (Check out our 2016 NFL predictions for every team.) Here were my top 10 rankings, along with each team’s score in the four categories I gave the most weight: Stylishness of uniform, according to Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas0.12 Players’ effort on the field and likability off it1.74 Projected wins over next five seasons1.62 Wins per fan dollars spent1.16 10Baltimore690904256.8 Courtesy toward fans; how well a team uses technology to reach them1.02 Thanks a lot, Kroenke, you’ve put my niece fully in the Packers’ camp. 7Seattle299410010062.8 Are the team’s next five years likely to be better than their previous five?1.28 Size of market in terms of population, where bigger is better0.04 Strength of on-field leadership0.42 Quality of venue; fan-friendliness; frequency of promotions0.46 By Blythe Terrell Blythe’s criteria for a perfect team Overall includes rankings from all criteria, not just those listed here. What do you do when your pro sports team goes away? It’s a question fans have had to ask again and again, when a Colts or an Oilers or a SuperSonics or an Expos team closes up shop and hits the road. This year, it was a question I had to ask myself.I’ve been a St. Louis Rams fan since they rolled into my hometown in 1995. I was 12 years old and knew next to nothing about football, but my mom, who loves the sport almost as much as she loves college basketball, was more than ready to board the Rams bus. My parents shelled out the cash for the personal seat licenses and then the tickets, and my siblings and I took turns eating nachos and learning the game in domed comfort1I was extremely jealous of all the teams with open-air stadiums. over the ensuing two decades. I was introduced to football by Jerome Bettis and Isaac Bruce, and was fully immersed by the time Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and the Greatest Show on Turf rolled through town. After the boom times, we stuck it out through seasons of weak, sometimes atrocious, football (what’s up, 2009?). And we had a next-generation fan in the making: My toddler niece went to her first — and last — St. Louis Rams game last season.2My brother-in-law is a Packers fan, so don’t worry, she has a backup.So when hometown villain Stan Kroenke3Did you know his first name is Enos, and he was named after Cardinals baseball legends Enos Slaughter and Stan Musial? Fun fact that is in no way infuriating to St. Louisans. pulled the plug and hauled the Rams back to California — leaving behind some choice words that left fans fuming — my fellow fans and I were left to puzzle out what’s next. The way I saw it, these were my options:Support the Los Angeles Rams (nope).Give up the NFL, or, the lite version, be the person who watches solely to cheer for the dudes on her fantasy team but has no real loyalty.Back my husband’s team, the cross-state Kansas City Chiefs — the NFL equivalent of the nice Midwestern boy I knew as a kid but who went to a different high school.Pick the more appealing New York team, since I live in the city, and even bars with, like, two TVs would probably be showing the game.Turn it into a math problem.Since I’m an editor at FiveThirtyEight, the choice was clear.In search of the analysis, I went hat in hand to my colleague Neil Paine. Could we figure out the ideal team for me to support? A team with less terrible ownership that was unlikely to leave me (and a city full of supporters) feeling like a fool? And could I pick a team based also on other factors that matter to me, such as whether a team’s players are publicly known or suspected to have committed violent crimes against women?It was all possible, and Neil was on board. I pledged to support the team dictated by the data for at least one full season, even if it was the Seahawks or — deep breath — the Patriots.Neil’s analysis graded each team in 16 categories — some of which were taken from ESPN the Magazine’s long-running “ultimate standings” (which use surveys conducted by opinion research firms in a similar attempt to quantify the benefits of rooting for each pro franchise in the U.S. and Canada), and some we calculated ourselves. Each reflected a component of a team’s identity, including ownership, uniforms, the club’s fan-friendliness and winning tradition. Plugging those factors into the website All Our Ideas, he created a form that would be able to weight each category by its importance to my own fandom. 2Pittsburgh6997848172.9 6Carolina4474779064.0 Ownership honesty and loyalty to core players and the community1.92 Then it was my turn. I went through randomly generated head-to-head matchups among those 16, selecting the factor that mattered more to me in each case. For example, I might have to choose between player behavior and fan relations, and then uniforms versus ownership. I repeated this exercise with different randomly selected permutations until I had voted 3,352 times,4This took me most of six hours. There’s no significance to this number; we just wanted a big sample. at which point I had personalized rankings of — and weights for — each of the 16 factors. Here they are, sorted by the amount of influence each had on the team-picking process; you can find a sample version here. 8Indianapolis1648872660.1 1Green Bay69100977779.7 Price of tickets, parking and concessions0.62 Podcast: Listen to Blythe discuss how she discovered her new team. Size of market in terms of population, where smaller is better0.52 TEAM RATING CRITERIAWEIGHT Distance from team’s stadium to New York, in miles1.00 TEAMPLAYER SUSPENSIONSOWNERSHIPPLAYER EFFORT AND LIKABILITYPROJECTED WINSOVERALL Championships/division titles/wins in team’s entire history1.20 4New England7765948768.4 9Arizona5671818459.8 5Buffalo6977586866.5 (If you’d like to run this exercise yourself, you can find a list of every team’s rating in every category on GitHub.)So the data has spoken: I’m trading in the blue and gold for the green and gold. As for the fans in L.A., congratulations. I hope your experience with the Rams is a good one, and I’m sure many of you are excited to have them back. I’m just sorry they came attached to this guy.Neil Paine contributed data analysis.[VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team read more

You or your kids heading to One Direction tonight There are some

first_imgTHE FIRST OF three One Direction concerts takes place in Dublin’s Croke Park tonight amid fresh complaints from local residents about security arrangements.Gardaí say that cordons will be in place from 4pm at the latest and are “strongly advising” people attending that, as with last night, there is a restricted area around the stadium with overnight queuing not allowed.Gardaí say that if people do turn up to the restricted points around the stadium ahead of time they will be turned away.Stiles open at Croke Park from 5pm this afternoon, support act 5 Seconds of Summer are due to come on stage at 6.15 pm with One Direction starting at 8.15 pm.82,000 people are expected to attend each of the concerts over the next three nights and gardaí are requesting that as many people as possible use public transport and park-and-ride facilities.Two parental pick-up points are being put in place to allow parents and guardians to meet up with their children. They’re at the Mater Dei Institute, on the Clonliffe Road, and at Mountjoy Square East. However, access will be on foot only.Gardaí are urging parents to take note there’s be no meeting point outside the stadium on Jones Road, post-concert.Residents have been critical in the past number of days about private security guards manning barriers around the stadium as the stage was being constructed. The residents say that access to their homes have been restricted by the private security guards.Bussing in the voteThe restrictions around the stadium have also led to concerns about access to polling stations for today’s elections. One local councillor has even arranged a bus for locals concerned that they won’t be able to vote.Independent Nial Ring said gardaí have given him the okay to run the hourly service after elderly residents raised concerns that the streets around Croke Park would be too crowded to make it to the local polling station at O’Connell’s School on the North Circular Road.“A few of them were saying were saying I don’t think I’ll bother voting. The main affected areas would be Tolka Road, Distillery Road and Clonliffe Gardens,” Ring said.The buses will be running from Clonliffe Road on the hour, with the last service going at around 9 pm.“And it’ll be going two directions too, not just one.”-Additional reporting by Daragh BrophyRead: Thought of how your kids will be getting to the One Direction gigs? Here’s the crowd-control arrangements… >Read: ‘We will negotiate in the High Court’: Residents not backing down over Garth Brooks gigs >last_img read more

Make sure to check out the Supermoon tonight

first_imgWeather permitting, tonight may be a good night to take the family outdoors to witness the return of the “Supermoon.” Tonight’s full moon will appear to be 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average monthly occurrence, it will make for prime viewing of our rocky satellite as it will be on its closest approach of the year.Known officially as a “perigee” full moon, the heavenly body will be just 221,802 miles away, presenting a unique opportunity to study its surface with the naked eye. Check out the video above from NASA explaining the phenomenon.The best thing about tonight’s Supermoon is that you won’t need anything except a clear night (keep those fingers crossed), a lawn chair and a bit of coffee to witness the lunar event. Unlike other nighttime eyecandy that seem to always take place at 2 AM, tonight’s event will take place starting at 11:34 PM EST. This is when the full moon will take place, with the rocky satellite reaching its perigee just one minute later at 11:35 PM EST. This is extraordinary timing as the last time the Earth witnessed a Supermoon, March 19th of last year, it took 50 minutes after the full moon appeared for it to reach its perigee. Talk about convenient star-gazing!Now, to alleviate any fears of natural disasters caused by the proximity of the moon due to any rumors you might have heard, this event is not going to cause any kind of flooding or world-ending apocalypse. Yes it’s true that high-tide will be an inch higher than normal, but that isn’t enough to overwhelm coastal locations. So rest easy, and sit back and enjoy this rare lunar event knowing that the world isn’t going to end tonight.While the moon will only linger at its perigee location for a few minutes, it will still remain large and bright for several hours. So if you miss the exact time mentioned above, you can still get to enjoy the sight as long as the weather is cooperating in your area.last_img read more

Griezmann Zidane would be a great coach for France

first_imgAntoine Griezmann backed Zinedine Zidane as the best choice to replace Didier Deschamps as France manager – if he decided to leaveDeschamps has been in charge of Les Bleus since 2012 and has overseen 55 victories in 88 games.The 50-year-old famously led France to their second World Cup title in the summer at Russia and appears set to remain in the dugout until Euro 2020 – at the earliest.But Deschamps himself has even admitted he sees Zidane as the most likely man to replace him at France.The former Real Madrid boss has been out of work since May after guiding the club to a third straight Champions League crown.And Griezmann revealed that Zidane has his vote if Deschamps ever decides to step down from his role at France.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I don’t know how long Deschamps wants to remain as national manager,” Griezmann told ESPN.“He has earned the respect he has, and I think he will be on the job as much as he wants.“However, I believe Zidane could be the best manager available (for the French national team).“Actually, Deschamps has done a terrific job.”Juventus and Manchester United have also been touted as possible destinations for Zidane.last_img read more

Governor Newsom unveils 20192020 state budget

first_img January 10, 2019 Posted: January 10, 2019 Sasha Foo, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Governor Newsom unveils 2019-2020 state budget 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – State politicians from San Diego praised Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget proposal today, primarily for its dedicated support for expanding housing, affordable education and social services.Newsom released his proposed $209 billion budget for fiscal year 2019-2020, a four percent increase over former Gov. Jerry Brown’s fiscal year 2018-2019 budget, his last in office.The budget includes a $144 billion general fund and a projected $21.4 billion surplus, the largest since at least 2000.On a more granular level, Newsom’s budget includes $1.3 billion in one-time funding for housing development projects, $40 million in funding to cover two full years of tuition for first-time community college students enrolled full-time and doubling the number of state residents who have access to the state’s earned-income tax credit.San Diego’s representatives in the state legislature lauded Newsom’s budget for its ambitious funding propositions. State Sens. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, called the proposal “outstanding” in a joint statement. Atkins and Mitchell sit on the Senate’s Rules and Budget and Fiscal Review committees, respectively.“We are pleased that the governor shares our commitment to investing in early childhood and higher education, affordable housing, alleviating poverty and homelessness, expanding access to health care, paid family leave and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and overhauling California’s emergency preparedness,” Atkins and Mitchell said in the statement.Newsom also earmarked funding to assist undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers who have recently entered the U.S. as well as the humanitarian organizations that support them.In a visit to the Otay Mesa Immigration Detention Center Nov. 29, Newsom said the state needed to exert more effort to support recently arrived immigrants, who often lack proper support networks and can end up homeless in areas like San Diego and Imperial counties.“My constituents have seen an influx of migrants being dropped on San Diego streets by federal officials without the support system to help them,” said Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego. “I want to particularly thank Gov. Newsom for including $25 million (including an immediate $5 million) to assist our community-based organizations in providing services to address this crisis.”The budget includes an attempt to take an ax to the state’s unfunded pension liabilities as well, allocating $13.6 billion to eliminate budgetary debt, build reserves and pay down pensions. According to Newsom’s office, such spending supports the state’s financial foundation and protects against possible economic strife.“To make the California Dream available to all, our state must be fiscally sound,” Newsom said. “This budget lays a strong financial foundation for our state by eliminating debts, expanding the rainy-day fund and paying down our unfunded liabilities.”Newsom’s office and state legislators will negotiate the budget’s details through June, when the final budget must be submitted. California’s 2019-2020 fiscal year begins July 1, 2019. Sasha Foo last_img read more

Gingrich Washington samesex law OK if voters agree

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declined Friday to outright reject a new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state, saying if it is approved by voters it will at least be enacted “the right way.”The former House speaker’s comments came on a visit to the state Capitol where he also met privately with Republican legislators. Washington’s Democratic governor signed the gay marriage bill last week and it will take effect in June unless opponents can gather enough signatures to force a fall referendum.Gingrich cited the possibility of a public vote in appraising the hot-button issue, noting that judges have authorized same-sex marriage in other places.“I think at least they’re doing it the right way, which is going through voters, giving them a chance to vote and not having a handful of judges arbitrarily impose their will,” Gingrich said.A November referendum is not guaranteed. Opponents of the Washington law need more than 120,000 valid voter signatures needed by June 6 to put the law on hold pending a referendum.Gingrich made clear he opposes gay marriage personally and would vote no on such a referendum if one ever came up in his home state.His posture was different than rival Rick Santorum, who campaigned in Washington the same day the law was signed.Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, questioned the effectiveness of having states decide the definition of marriage. He supports a federal constitutional amendment making marriage exclusively between a man and a woman.last_img read more

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