Pacers Bhuvneshwar, Shami outshine the spinners at Eden Gardens

first_imgIt’s not too often that Indian cricket fans get to see their fast bowlers outperform the spinners in a Test match. The spin-friendly pitches in the sub-continent makes it very difficult for the pacers to restrict the flow of runs and pick up wickets on regular intervals. (Scorecard)But every once in a while when Indian curators do decide to make hard pitches and leave a tinge of grass on them, fast bowlers take over the job of taking wickets and outshine the spinners. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 3: Live Blog)The ongoing second Test in Kolkata is one such example where Indian pace bowlers picked up majority of the wickets to fall. The Eden Gardens track for the past few years has been more helpful for the fast bowlers. The newly-laid surface in the ongoing match between India and New Zealand has seen 15 wickets being taken by the fast bowlers in the first two innings. (Comeback-man Bhuvneshwar Kumar repays Virat Kohli’s faith again with five-wicket haul)Black Caps pacers Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner together dismissed seven Indian batsmen in the first innings while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami ran through the opposition batting lineup on the second and the third day to hand India a big lead in match. (Ganguly credits Kumble, Kohli for including Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Kolkata Test)Bhuvneshwar, who replaced Umesh Yadav in the playing XI for this game, was the star performer for the hosts as he picked up five wickets for 48 runs, while Shami grabbed three for 70 as New Zealand got bowled out for 204 to hand India a 112-run first innings lead. This was Bhuvneshwar’s maiden five-wicket haul on home soil and his fourth overall in Test cricket. Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja could only manage one wicket apiece. (Also read: Kolkata Test: Five-star Bhuvneshwar dismantles New Zealand after India’s 316)advertisementThere have been very few Tests played in India where pacers have got the better of the batsmen. Here is a list of the previous five instances:INDIA vs WEST INDIES, 1st TEST, EDEN GARDENS (NOVEMBER 2013)Sachin Tendulkar’s penultimate Test match was overshadowed by the debut of pace sensation Mohammed Shami at the Eden Gardens. Shami displayed an awesome exhibition of fast bowling and was specially lethal with the old ball as he finished the match with figures of 9/118. It was the best performance by an Indian fast bowler on debut, beating Munaf Patel’s 7/97 against England at Mohali in 2006. Shami got 4 wickets in the first innings and his maiden five-wicket haul in the second as India won the match by an innings and 51 runs. Shami and Bhuvneshwar clinched 11 of the 20 wickets in that Test match. (Also read: Bhuvneshwar Kumar rates Ross Taylor’s scalp as the best among five)INDIA vs WEST INDIES, 2nd TEST, EDEN GARDENS (NOVEMBER 2011)Once again Eden Gardens dished out a pace-friendly track and once again the opposition was the West Indies. Umesh Yadav, playing in just his second Test and comfortably India’s fastest bowler in the side, clinched three wickets in the first innings and four in the second to hand India a series clinching win by an innings and 15 runs.INDIA vs NEW ZEALAND, 3rd TEST, NAGPUR (NOVEMBER 2010)It was a series-deciding Test and both the teams had everything to play for after the first two matches ended in draws. A young Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth stepped up for the hosts and destroyed the Black Caps to clinch an innings victory for India. Ishant finished with seven wickets in the match as India claimed the series at the VCA stadium in Jamtha.INDIA vs AUSTRALIA, 1st TEST, MOHALI (OCTOBER 2010)The Boder-Gavaskar Trophy consisted of just two Test matches in 2010 with India facing Australia in the first match at Mohali. This famous Test will be remembered for the 11-run partnership between VVS Laxman and Pragyan Ojha for the last wicket which got India over the line in chase of 215. The match was also one of those rare occasions were pace dominated spin and Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma picked up 11 wickets between them in the match. Zaheer got eight wickets in total including a five-for in the first innings as India took an unassailable lead in the series.INDIA vs AUSTRALIA, 1st TEST, M CHINNASWAMY STADIUM (OCTOBER 2008)Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma were in top form during the time and the Aussies bore the brunt of it as the duo picked up 13 wickets in the first match in Bangalore. Zaheer took a five-wicket haul in the first innings while Ishant clinched four wickets as Australia got bowled out for 430. Ishant then pipped his fast-bowling partner to take three wickets in the second innings, Zaheer scalped one as the match ended in a draw.advertisementlast_img read more

Berg goal keeps Panathinaikos going

first_imgPanathinaikos shook off another bad night in Europe on Thursday to defeat Atromitos in the league on Sunday and cut the distance from the top to four points, at least for 24 hours as leader Olympiakos is in action on Monday at PAS Giannina.The Greens had Marcus Berg to thank for their only goal in their second consecutive 1-0 league win under new manager Marinos Ouzounidis, this time behind closed doors at Peristeri.This was one of just 12 goals scored in seven weekend games, four of which came from AEK that thrashed 10-man Levadiakos 4-0 on Saturday. The Yellows leaped up to third at the table, six points off the pace through goals by Andre Simoes, Tomas Pekhart, Costas Galanopoulos and Patito Rodriguez.Xanthi has risen to a surprising joint third with a Thodoris Vassilakakis goal that gave the Thrace club a 1-0 home win over Larissa.Panionios is a point behind AEK and Xanthi, in fifth, after beating Kerkyra 1-0, and Panetolikos moved away from trouble with a 2-0 victory over Iraklis.PAOK lies ninth after its 3-0 win over Platanias in Thessaloniki, while Asteras Tripolis was unable to beat lowly Veria (0-0).Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Romelu Lukaku double helps Belgium thrash Panama 3-0

first_imgA Romelu Lukaku double and a Dries Mertens stunner helped Belgium beat World Cup first-timers Panama 3-0 at the at the Fisht Stadium on Monday.Mertens opened the scoring with a superb volley two minutes into the second half as he sent the ball over goalkeeper Jaime Penedo after Panama failed to clear a cross.Lukaku’s work rate worked well for him when he headed home a Kevin De Bruyne cross off the outside off his foot to make it 2-0 in the 69th minute. He went on to add one more when he rushed goal wards after Eden Hazard found him with a great ball and then he chipped the ball over the keeper to complete his brace.Belgium stretched their unbeaten streak to 20 games after their win over Panama. This was also their 10th straight game unbeaten in the group stages of the World Cup. They have now won five and drawn five each.Job done for @BelRedDevils #BELPAN // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/8uWR1saqrWFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018Earlier, the announcement of the first team to represent the Central American nation at the World Cup finals was greeted by an ear-splitting roar from the thousands of flag-waving Panamanian fans dotted in clusters around the Fisht Stadium.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe debutants suffered a shaky start as Lukaku went close for Belgium in the opening minute after an incisive pass from De Bruyne set Yannick Carrasco free down the left, but the striker fired wide.advertisementDespite being forced to spend much of the game defending, the Panamanians showed strength, speed and trickery when they did break forward, and they created chances of their own in a scoreless first half.Indian kid creates history during Belgium-Panama matchBelgium wasted no time in the second period with Mertens opening the scoring two minutes in, and as the underdogs started to chase an equaliser the space opened up.The Belgians showcased an array of clever set-pieces and will be happy with their performance against a physical Panama side ahead of games against Tunisia and England, who meet in Volgograd later on Monday.The opening goal came as a relief to the Belgians, who have seen other favourites struggle against well-organised opponents in the opening round of World Cup games.The Belgians put their slow start behind them in the second half as their passing game started to click, but Panama still managed to find opportunities for counter-attacks and were unlucky not to score.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

IPL 2019: No need to panic yet, assures RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgRajasthan Royals might have lost four out of five matches in the ongoing IPL but captain Ajinkya Rahane feels there is no need to hit the panic button just yet.After restricting Rajasthan Royals to 139 for 3 in 20 overs, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Sunil Narine (47) and Chris Lynn (50) tore their bowling attack to shreds, sharing 91 runs for the opening stand in 8.3 overs to reach the target with 6.1 overs to spare.”I think there’s no need for us to panic yet. Out of the five matches that we played, we lost badly in just one game. We played well in our last four matches, out of which we could have won three,” Rahane said at the post match press conference.”When you’re losing, you can risk overthinking. But when you’re winning, you don’t dwell on things that much.”It’s not too late for us. If we can improve and apply ourselves, the desired results will surely follow,” he added.Rahane said that the batsmen need to stay longer at the crease and take calculated risks, while bowlers are expected to quickly get the hang of the wicket and execute the plans accordingly.”Execution is the key for us as a batting and bowling unit. Risk is an integral part of the T20 format and players need to often back themselves. It’s not the responsibility of an individual, but rather the whole team. We win as a team, we lose as a team. We need to improve as a team.”The set batsmen need to stay on the crease longer and take the game deeper, while also taking calculated risks. Similarly, the bowlers need to execute their plans based on the understanding of the wicket, and by observing the difficulties that the batsmen are facing with regards to playing any shots,” he explained.advertisementRahane said 150-160 would have been a fighting total against KKR here on Sunday night.”It was important for us to post 150-160 on board, which we felt would be a challenging total on that wicket. We struggled to get to 140, which is possibly a learning for the bowling unit. While playing at home, we need to adjust to the wicket as soon as possible, while also being aware of the correct line and length that is to be bowled.Our skipper is confident that the team will improve and bounce back in the games ahead.We look forward to Thursday now! #HallaBol pic.twitter.com/jLC0Lw2qK3Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 8, 2019A ball from Dhawal Kulkarni got an inside edge off Lynn to hit the stumps but did not dislodge the bails. In fact, the ball travelled past the boundary ropes and was awarded a boundary in favour of the batsman.Rahane said he had approached the umpire and asked him to declare it a dead ball but to no avail.”The rules are rules. Having said that, maybe the boundary could have not been counted or it could have been called a dead ball. The game is already heavily tilted in the favour of batsmen. That was my conversation with the umpire. Though, there is no point of discussing aspects that we cannot control,” he said.Rahane backed all-rounder Ben Stokes, who during his 22-minute uncomfortable stay at the crease scored just 7 off 14 balls, to come good in the upcoming games.”Ben has been a vital cog for us and he has an impact on match but unfortunately it did not happen this time. The way he bowled in the last match and has been batting I don’t feel his selection for this match was wrong. I am sure he would be performing in the coming matches too.”As a team we have to back our players. It is not that any particular player is to perform in every match,” he insisted.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik lauds KKR’s clinical effort with ball and batlast_img read more

Sam Allardyce would have struggled with fan demands ‘if 15 years younger’

first_imgShare on Messenger Reuse this content Share via Email news Brighton & Hove Albion Sam Allardyce Read more Chris Hughton Sam Allardyce has claimed he would have struggled to cope with the pressure on Premier League managers when he was younger and blamed inflated transfer fees for increasing demands among supporters.The Everton manager was spared a hostile reception at Goodison Park on Saturday as his team produced an encouraging display and comfortable 2-0 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion. The January signing Cenk Tosun and an own goal from Gaëtan Bong gave Everton their ninth home league win of the season – equalling their number of away defeats – as Chris Hughton’s side, reduced to 10 men when Anthony Knockaert received a straight red card for an idiotic challenge on Leighton Baines, endured their first defeat in eight games. Evertoncenter_img Share on Twitter Allardyce had received fierce criticism after the defeat at Burnley the previous week and said he had sleepless nights in the buildup to the game against Brighton. Only his experience, the 63-year-old admitted, enabled him to handle the pressure – and he savoured victory by watching Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.On the prospect of fans turning on him on Saturday, Allardyce said: “We all knew that could happen and it rears its head again next week if we play badly [at Stoke City]. It is just what we live with. I would say that I am all right where I am now but I wouldn’t be all right if I was 15 years younger. The pressure. If I was young and just breaking in here, I am not so sure I could cope with the sort of pressures that are put on managers today. Not without the experience I have now.“My job is to absorb the pressure and keep it off the players and take the stick. There is that much information and that much knowledge put out there for fans, it makes them more demanding and the more demanding it makes them the more we have to try to deliver. And again that demand comes from inflated prices and how much we have to pay for players. Then in turn that makes the fans think the player should be delivering more and that gets them more upset.”The Everton manager added his post-match celebrations are more restrained than in his younger days, however. “I can chill out now and actually sleep quite well. In the younger days I would have been out with all my mates, not football mates, the mates I know, and celebrating. Tonight I can take it easy and watch Ant and Dec.”Everton’s display was orchestrated by Wayne Rooney from a holding midfield role, with the 32-year-old asked to sit deep in the absence of Idrissa Gana Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin through illness. Allardyce admitted Rooney could continue in that role when Gueye recovers.The manager said: “I asked him if he was all right with it and he always says ‘yes’. If you look at how many positions Wayne played in for Manchester United – wide right, wide left, in the hole, up front. Here he has been midfield, front line, in behind the front man and now the sitting midfielder in a three and he prompted the game very well. It is not always the case a midfielder in that position has to be a good defender. He has to be a really good passer for me and if he is a really good passer then we do less defending and get more attacking movements.”Hughton, by contrast, was bewildered by Brighton’s subdued performance and the challenge that will mean Knockaert misses Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United through suspension.“I have no answer for it,” said the Brighton manager, who will discipline the midfielder. “It is a red card and I can’t defend it. We can’t afford to lose players. We have got eight league games left and we play four of the big teams, so it is an incredibly tough finish for us. With that run-in we will need the performances that we have put in in recent games and we will need as many players as possible.” Share on WhatsApp Everton wear down Brighton to ease the pressure on Sam Allardyce Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Topicslast_img read more

Halifax Send Off for Nova Scotia Tree for Boston

first_imgHundreds gathered for a special send off for the Nova Scotia Tree for Boston, and enjoyed musical performances by Dave Gunning and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, today, Nov. 18, in Halifax’s Grand Parade. Each year, Nova Scotia sends a Christmas tree to the people of Boston to say thank you for their help in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion in 1917. This year’s tree is a 15-metre (49-feet), 72-year-old white spruce from Bill and Andrea MacEachern of Lorne, Pictou Co. “Every year, a Nova Scotia family, like the MacEacherns, comes forward and offers to keep this tradition going, in the spirit of friendship,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I experienced the gratitude of the people in Boston last year when I had the honour of representing Nova Scotia at the tree lighting, and tens of thousands of people gathered to see our tree lit.” The tree made its way through Halifax today via Halifax Police and Fire escort and stopped at St. Stephen’s Elementary School, which became pen pals with Mather Elementary school in Boston to learn more about the tree tradition. “Boston’s residents treasure our long-lasting bond with the people of Nova Scotia,” said Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston. “The arrival of the tree is a sign that the holidays are upon us and the goodwill we showed toward our friends to the north in 1917 has been appreciated and returned year after year.” The tradition inspired a song called We Will See You Through, composed by Mark Despault of Digby, Tom Leighton of Moncton and Suzanne Pasternak, a former Massachusetts resident, who was at the ceremony for its first performance today. “This annual tradition is a stellar example of both international relations and one of the finest models of hope and courage born from the most tragic events in Canadian history,” said Ms. Pasternak. “It is a great honour for me to be the representative from the writing team at such an important, heartfelt event.” The tree is now en route to Boston on a Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal flatbed truck. It will stop at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro and in Victoria Square, Amherst for a public viewing and photo opportunity. It will arrive at Boston Common on Friday, Nov. 20th, under police escort, and will be decorated with thousands of LED lights. The tree-lighting ceremony on Boston Common, Thursday, Dec. 3, will feature a live musical performance by Pictou County artist Dave Gunning. The ceremony attracts about 30,000 people and is broadcast live on the ABC Boston television channel to an audience of about 300,000. “I’m always proud to represent my home province of Nova Scotia. And coincidentally it turns out that this year’s tree and I both grew up in Pictou County,” said Mr. Gunning. To learn more, go to novascotia.ca/TreeforBoston . Follow the tree’s journey on Twitter through @treeforBoston and “like” the tree on Facebook at www.facebook.com/treeforboston .last_img read more

Humboldt Broncos dealing with loss of 15 of their own

first_imgThe death toll is now 15, after the horrible crash involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus and a semi in northern Saskatchewan.RCMP said it may be a long time before investigators can determine what caused the collision Friday, as the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team was headed to a playoff game in Nipawin.Among the dead who have been identified, are head coach Darcy Haugan, Broncos captain Logan Schatz, forward Jaxon Joseph and play-by-play broadcaster Tyler Bieber.The 14 other people who were on the bus were injured, some critically.Airdrie’s Ryan Straschnitzki has a broken back and was due to undergo surgery Saturday afternoon.The entire hockey community across Canada is rallying around in shock and to offer support.“We know that this is a moment when we must come together to support, comfort and to lean on one another,” said Kevin Garinger, President of the Humbodlt Broncos Hockey Club.Humboldt’s Mayor Rob Muench said he knows this tragedy will be hard to erase from people’s memories, but they will get through this grief period.“We will never forget April 6, 2018, and we will never forget the members of our Broncos family who were taken from us and who were injured,” he said.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, said the investigation will be looking at all aspects of the crash to figure out what happened.The truck driver was not hurt and was detained by police before being released. A GoFundMe  account has been set up for the victims and their families, so far over $3 million has been donated with an end goal of $4 million.last_img read more

No Mention of Human Rights Mechanism in Kimoons Final Report on

New York- The phone call held between King Mohammed VI of Morocco and the ban ki-moon has been instrumental in pushing the UN chief to review his report and take Morocco’s concerns into account. While the advance copy of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the establishment of a human rights monitoring mechanism in the Sahara and the Tindouf camps, the final report, which has been made available on the UN website, makes no mention of such a mechanism.In the advance copy, which was released on April 10th, while welcoming the efforts made by Morocco to improve human rights in the Sahara and both parties’ readiness (Morocco and the Polisario) to cooperate with United Nations human rights bodies, the UNSG stressed that “such positive developments should  contribute to a more balanced and comprehensive monitoring of human rights. He went on to say that “The end goal nevertheless remains a sustained, independent and impartial human rights monitoring mechanism, covering both the Territory and the camps.”But, after the phone conversation between Morocco’s king and the UN chief, the word “mechanism” was deleted from the final UN report on the “Situation in the Western Sahara”. Accordingly paragraph 100 of the report reads as follows: “The end goal nevertheless remains the sustained, independent and impartial monitoring of human rights, covering both the Territory and the camps.”During the conversation he held with Ban ki-moon, King Mohammed reiterated Morocco’s “constant commitment and constructive cooperation to reach a final political settlement to this regional dispute, within Moroccan sovereignty.”The King further emphasized the “imperative need to preserve the negotiations parameters as they were defined by the Security Council, safeguard the current framework and modalities of the UN involvement and avoid biased approaches and risky options.”“Any straying from this track will be fatal for the ongoing process and holds dangers for any UN involvement in the issue,” king added.  The UN Security Council is scheduled to vote on April 23rd on the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in the Western Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

MR accuses US EU of backing regime change

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) of backing regime change in Sri Lanka.Rajapaksa said that the US, EU and Britain had often accused his Government of human rights abuses but are blind to the abuses being conducted by the new Government. “When we did things they accused us,” Rajapaksa said.He said that under his Government a Chief Justice was removed by conducting investigations and obtaining Parliament support while in the case of Mohan Peiris, his office was taken over and he was forced to resign. Rajapaksa also said that Sri Lanka Freedom Party members have become the target of revenge acts by the Government.He also refuted allegations made by the Government that he is one of the most richest people around and that he had made money when he was in power.The former President said that the pro-LTTE diaspora is also involved in some of the unlawful acts being committed against him, his family and members of the former Government. He says the removal of former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris by the new Government was undemocratic but yet the West is silent on the matter. “They wanted regime change. Once they put us aside they are very happy,” the former President said at an event in Ampara. He says the diaspora promised to take revenge on him for defeating the LTTE six years ago and they are doing that by using the Government which is now in power. (Colombo Gazette) read more

More details of Easter Sunday suicide bombers emerge

Hours later, as police raided their mansion in an exclusive neighbourhood of Colombo, Ilham’s pregnant wife Fatima blew herself up, killing her three children and three officers. The bombers then enter the Table One eatery almost unnoticed while hotel guests are having breakfast before he detonates his deadly weapon.In a split second the plush restaurant becomes a scene of horror as the bomb explodes in a cloud of smoke and bright red flame.The other brother Inshaf blew himself up at the Cinnamon Grand in the wave of almost simultaneous attacks on Sunday morning. Wearing backpacks, the two men appear to discuss their plans in the elevator on the second floor in the final moments before the Easter Sunday massacre. Wearing a light shirt, dark baseball cap and a large backpack, the attacker hesitates – shuffling from foot to foot before detonating his suicide vest at 9.12am.According to the Daily Mail, Inshaf had reportedly checked into the hotel the previous night using a fake name and claiming to be on a business trip.Earlier, footage revealed that his brother Ilham and an accomplice bomber took a lift to the restaurant of the five-star Shangri-La hotel before blowing themselves up. Inshaf (pictured far right at a business awards), 38, lived with his wife and their four children – an eight-year-old daughter and three boys aged six, four and two – in a £1.5million six-bed mansion on one of the most exclusive streets in ColomboCCTV footage has revealed the moment one of the bomber brothers, Inshaf,  nervously shuffling back and forth before deciding to blow himself up at the Cinnamon Grand hotel.The footage from a camera in the hotel’s packed Taprobane restaurant shows the bomber hovering just inches away from diners. Their attacks claimed the lives of at least 41 foreigners, including eight British holidaymakers – three of whom were children. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Ilham IbrahimAnother bomb tore through a restaurant at the nearby Kingsbury hotel while similar explosions devastated three churches.Authorities investigating the attack, which has killed more than 300 people, have described the heavy backpacks worn by the suicide bombers as ‘crude devices made locally’.Earlier chilling CCTV footage captured one of the suicide bombers patting a little girl on the head moments before he launched his attack at St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.The terrorist can be seen sauntering towards St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo while wearing a large backpack containing a ‘crude device made locally’ that was used to massacre Christian worshippers.It is believed the clip shows the attacker touching the granddaughter of Dilip Fernando, who said: ‘At the end of the mass [my family] saw one young man go into the church in with a heavy bag. He touched my granddaughter’s head on the way past. It was the bomber.’The Ibrahim brothers were at the centre of the little-known but highly organised Islamic State terror cell which detonated six bombs in hotels and churches across Sri Lanka.But while the profile of suicide bombers tends to be of poverty-stricken men with criminal backgrounds, the brothers were the sons of millionaire spice trader Yoonus Ibrahim and were privately educated in Colombo.The pair, who had six other brothers and three sisters, were widely considered to be moderate Muslims who did not hold extreme views.Their pictures, taken from a UN database, were identified by a senior police source as well as their brother-in-law, Ashkhan Alawdeen, several neighbours and staff at Inshaf’s copper factory.Inshaf, 38, lived with his wife and their four children – an eight-year-old daughter and three boys aged six, four and two – in a £1.5million six-bed mansion on one of the most exclusive streets in Colombo.The house, which has its own gym and a fleet of high-end cars, is owned by Inshaf’s brother-in-law Mr Alawdeen, a jewellery trader.Inshaf was a successful businessman and owned a copper factory thought to be where the suicide bombs were made.He was described by relatives and employees as affluent, calm and devout.The father-of-four told his wife that he was flying to Zambia on business on Friday, adding that she should ‘be strong’ before killing himself and multiple others.Around 100 police officers raided the factory in Wellampitiya, on the outskirts of Colombo on Sunday night. They arrested nine staff, including the manager.Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks on its news outlet as it emerged at least one suspect travelled Syria to join the terror group before returning. (Colombo Gazette) More details have emerged on the Easter Sunday suicide bombers with the Daily Mail releasing the first pictures to be made public of two brothers involved in the attacks.Wealthy brothers Inshaf and Ilham Ibrahim calmly walked into the luxury Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels and detonated their vests as guests were eating breakfast. read more

HIV children in Africa to have better treatment under new UNbacked accord

Children living with HIV/AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa will have greater access to antiretrovirals and other treatments under an agreement signed this week between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Baylor College of Medicine of Texas. “This collaboration is good news for children living with HIV and AIDS in the countries of this region, where far too many still don’t receive the care and treatment they need,”UNICEF Regional Director Per Engebak said.“It marks a step forward in the Global Campaign on Children and AIDS, which was launched last year specifically to encourage collaborative efforts such as this one to prevent children from becoming infected with HIV and to improve treatment, care and support for children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.”Some 2.3 million children are living with HIV and more than 5 million have died from the pandemic so far, most of them in Africa.Antiretroviral therapies (ARTs) have only recently become available to greater numbers of people in Africa, but children remain often undiagnosed and underserved. Pediatric formulations of most ARTs are not readily available and health care providers throughout the region lack training in treating children for AIDS.Also, far too few children receive even low-cost antibiotics to prevent or treat the common opportunistic infections they often endure. The new collaboration between Baylor and UNICEF is heralded as a critical step in transforming pediatric AIDS treatment in the region. “This new partnership will help Baylor and UNICEF catalyze expanded access to treatment for HIV-infected children and families across 20 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa,” said the Vice President of International Affairs of Baylor’s Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Michael B. Mizwa, who signed the agreement together with Mr. Engebak.“These countries are the hardest hit by HIV/AIDS compared to any others on the face of the globe,” he added. read more

Baseball season preview Coach aims for history books

Over the years, Ohio State has seen many talented coaches turn teams into national powerhouses. One man who has made OSU his home away from home is baseball manager Bob Todd. Todd began coaching the Buckeyes in the 1988-89 season and hasn’t left. Since his appearance in Columbus, Todd has become the winningest coach in the history of the program — the oldest varsity sport in OSU history.This longevity will allow Todd to join a selective group. With three more wins, Todd will be the 41st coach to win 1,000 games in the history of college baseball.Todd has guided the Buckeyes to a winning record every season.“This just shows I have had some talented players,” he said.Todd may have been trying to be modest by giving his players credit, but every year players find themselves with postseason awards. Todd has had numerous players win Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and so on.Todd’s latest standout pitcher is junior Alex Wimmers. Last year, Wimmers threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in OSU history against Michigan.“It would be a great honor to be on the field to get [Todd’s] 1,000 win,” Wimmers said.Todd’s teams haven’t always been great but they find ways to shine.In 1991, Todd’s fourth season, the team set a school record with 52 wins and made it to the NCAA Tournament. In 2002, the Buckeyes had to win 15 of the last 17 games just to make it into the Big Ten Tournament. Once in the tournament, they won four of five games to win the tournament and secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament.Todd has also produced players to go on and play professional baseball. Just this year former Buckeye great Nick Swisher was celebrating a World Series title with the New York Yankees.In 1999, OSU was one of two northern schools to host an NCAA regional. That same year OSU found itself one game away from the College World Series before getting knocked out.The Buckeyes start their season this Friday, looking to defend their Big Ten regular season title. read more

Greyhound getting legal advice over alleged abuse of staff during strike

first_imgUpdated 10.30amSIPTU MEMBERS WHO claim they have been ‘locked out’ of their jobs at Greyhound Recycling will march to City Hall today.SIPTU members who are locked out of their work at the company’s plant in Clondalkin will march to Dublin City Hall this afternoon.The union has pickets at two Greyhound plants in Dublin as part of an ongoing dispute over wage cuts.The event will begin with a rally at Liberty Hall at 3.30 p.m., followed by the workers and their supporters marching to City Hall for the start of the Dublin City Council meeting at 5.30 p.m.The workers have been locked out at the waste disposal company since 17 June.Management at the company are attempting to force workers to accept wage cuts of up to 35% and have employed relief staff to carry out waste collections during the dispute.SIPTU Dublin District Council Chairman, Jack McGinley, has called on trade unionists and the general public to show their support for the workers by participating in the march on Monday.“This dispute goes to the very heart of the struggle for workers rights. What these low paid workers are facing is an attempt by management to severely cut their incomes in order to increase profits. The company is using its hold over an essential service in an attempt to wring every last penny out of a dedicated workforce.”He added: “It is essential that trade unionists and the citizens of Dublin show support for these workers in this struggle for dignity and the right to earn a living for their families.”Last Wednesday, the High Court lifted three interim injunction orders granted to Greyhound. The decision meant that management could not interfere with official union pickets or prevent workers from describing its actions as a lockout.Greyhound Household has a contract to collect household waste for Dublin City Council. They say that services have not been interfered with.“Greyhound welcomes the court undertaking by the collection crews not to interfere with entry and exit from our depots and are happy the High Court injunction is no longer necessary.​ We would again like to reassure our customers that normal service is being maintained.”Dublin City Council meetingGreyhound Household said today it is calling on Dublin City Councillors at their meeting to urge striking Greyhound workers to:Abide by the collective bargaining agreementReturn to work under protestAnd agree to further, binding, Labour Court talks.​ The company is also calling on the striking workers “to desist from impeding or obstructing staff coming in and out of our depots and to honour the undertaking they gave to the High Court”.The company alleges that “serious health and safety issues” have arisen by picketing workers suddenly blocking vehicles entering and leaving the depots.It also alleges there has been “a campaign of intimidation and abuse of staff entering and leaving work” since the company agreed to lift a High Court injunction.Greyhound is consulting with its legal representatives and will seek further protection from the courts if necessary.Greyhound says it has maintained a consistent level of service throughout the strike period by using fully licenced and qualified agency crews that it already employs from time to time to cover holidays and sick leave.It says these staff have led to “a significant improvement in service levels” and the company “is committed to continue to deliver a high level of quality and consistent service to all of our customers”.It also stated that under the Labour Court cost savings​ plan, the collection crews operating in Dublin City will still be paid 10% above industry average rates.Dublin City CouncilAt its meeting tonight, Dublin City Council will discuss an emergency motion calling for a review of employment practices at waste collection companies.Labour Party Councillors, Brendan Carr and Alison Gilliland, have called on the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council to carry out the review.Cllr Carr said:The objective of this would be to allow city councillors to form an opinion on the suitability of the service as it is currently structured. It also seeks to address the immediate problems which may result in the non-collection of waste around the city. We are asking the Chief Executive to immediately enter into discussions with the trade unions to try and agree an arrangement whereby the domestic waste collection service is brought back under the direct labour of the local authorities.An addendum to the motion calls on Greyhound to stop using agency workers immediately and to return to the negotiating table, and for Greyhound customers to be able to dispose their waste free of charge at any of the DOC facilities until the current dispute is resolved.- Additional reporting Aoife BarryRead: Greyhound rejects that industrial dispute is ‘like an episode of The Sopranos’Read: SIPTU shop steward hit by van at Greyhound picketlast_img read more

Fisherman catches fish that grew around plastic drink wrapper

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – A fisherman in Canada posted a photo to prove the effects of littering: he caught a fish that grew around a discarded drink wrapper.“Pick up your garbage. This is a Powerade wrapper which takes up no room in your pocket until you get to a garbage can. Please share!” Adam Turnbull, of Sarnia, Ontario, wrote on a Facebook post.The image quickly went viral with over 18,000 shares.According to Fox News, Turnbull removed the wrapper and released the fish back into the water.“I was very surprised a fish could even survive like this,” Turnbull said, adding that he has never caught anything like it before.“I spoke to a biologist and the blockage was just behind its stomach so it would have been able to eat normally, just longer for digestion to take place,” he said. last_img read more

Show Business Icon Rose Marie Dies At 94

first_imgActors Rose Marie and Dick Van Dyke, who starred in the 1960s television comedy series The Dick Van Dyke Show, pose as they arrive at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles in 2006.Rose Marie, as she was known, had quite a career as an entertainer — it spanned nine decades. On Thursday she died in Van Nuys, Calif. She was 94.Shortly after winning a talent contest at the age of 3, Rose Marie Mazzetta was on her way to becoming a child star. She began her professional career as Baby Rose Marie and performed under that name until she was a teenager.It is with broken hearts that we share the terribly sad news that our beloved Rose Marie passed away this afternoon. https://t.co/boHpy71Fjx pic.twitter.com/qv9w8pNuOz— Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) December 29, 2017She may be best remembered for playing writer Sally Rogers on the 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and she was nominated for three Emmy Awards. The show was nominated for 25 and won 15.There’s a good chance even younger generations have heard of Rose Marie. That’s because she never stopped working.Last month, the documentary Wait For Your Laugh was released. It chronicled her long career.She was a child radio star and singer, appeared on Broadway in the Phil Silvers musical Top Banana and subsequent film, was a nightclub entertainer and acted in many television shows.After The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mazzetta appeared frequently on the original version of Hollywood Squares which aired from 1966 to 1980.Rose Marie’s memoir called Hold the Roses was published in 2003.Her black hair bow became a signature look on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and when making public appearances, she always wore it.Mazzatta was so recognized for that look that the bow ended up at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2008.She has never publicly revealed why the bow was so important to her — even when asked by Smithsonian.com: “It’s a very private personal reason,” she says. “I said I would only give up (the bow) if the Smithsonian wants it.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Top Fox News DC Reporter James Rosen Left Network After Harassment Claims

first_img Share Shannon Stapleton/ReutersA Fox News channel sign is seen on a television vehicle outside the News Corp building in New York City. Former colleagues allege former Fox News reporter James Rosen was ousted after sexually harassing female co-workers.On the Friday before Christmas, Fox News confirmed that its chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen, had left the network. He had worked there for 18 years and had become something of a legend. The U.S. Justice Department under the Obama administration was so frustrated by his reporting on U.S. intelligence about North Korea that it conducted a leak investigation into his sources.The network cited no reason for Rosen’s exit and did not announce it on the air. According to Rosen’s former colleagues, however, he had an established pattern of flirting aggressively with many peers and had made sexual advances toward three female Fox News journalists, including two reporters and a producer. And his departure followed increased scrutiny of his behavior at the network, according to colleagues.This story is based on interviews with eight of Rosen’s former colleagues at the Fox News bureau in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Rosen declined to comment to NPR after it set out in detail what it intended to report.Rosen’s behavior was drawing attention from Fox News at a time when its controlling owner, Rupert Murdoch, declared there had been no allegations of sexual misconduct at the network since the ouster of the late Fox News chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes, in July 2016.“There was a problem with our chief executive, sort of, over the years, isolated incidents,” Murdoch said in a mid-December interview with Sky News, another news outlet in which he has a controlling stake. He then said Ailes was gone in three or four days after complaints were made. (Murdoch actually ousted Ailes 13 days after former host Gretchen Carlson filed suit against Ailes on July 6, 2016. Five years earlier, Fox News had paid $3 million to settle allegations from a former network booker that Ailes had coerced sex from her. The Murdochs say they were not aware of the payment at the time.)Murdoch went on: “There’s been nothing else since then. That was largely political because we’re conservative.”Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, Fox’s parent company, had to issue a statement cleaning up the damage caused by those remarks among outraged female employees. Many female former Fox News journalists other than Carlson had come forward to attest to sexual harassment by Ailes (all of which he denied through his lawyer before Ailes’ death in 2017).Yet Ailes was not the only prominent Fox figure accused of sexual harassment. Top prime-time host Bill O’Reilly was bought out of his contract by Fox in the spring of 2017 after The New York Times detailed the scope of multiple sexual harassment allegations against him for which he agreed to pay settlements totaling approximately $45 million to quiet them; the host Eric Bolling was fired after being accused of sending unsolicited sexually explicit texts to several female colleagues; and other top executives were ushered out as having facilitated or tolerated such behavior. A mid-level Fox News executive, Francisco Cortes, was also fired in 2017 after being accused of sexually assaulting a former Fox News contributor.O’Reilly, Bolling and Cortes have each denied any wrongdoing. A judge this week dismissed Cortes’ allegations contained in a lawsuit against 21st Century Fox that it fired him and leaked news of the accusation to scapegoat him as a public relations ploy.21st Century Fox and Fox News say the removal of those executives and a raft of new procedures show the network’s commitment to offering a fair and welcoming workplace for women.The Ailes and O’Reilly sexual harassment scandals inspired further revelations about related accusations against powerful figures across numerous media institutions, including NPR, which fired two male news executives last fall.Current and former Fox News Washington journalists characterize the Washington bureau as retaining something of a Mad Men ethos, with some male reporters frequently sending racy “topline” notes through the network’s internal messaging service.The accusations against Rosen, who is married with young children, are more severe than that. He developed a reputation as a talented and ambitious journalist called “the professor” by former political anchor Brit Hume on the air for his interest in Watergate (Rosen wrote a book focusing on the life of former Attorney General John Mitchell that argued for a kinder re-assessment of his role in that Nixon-era scandal). Rosen has sent such messages, according to his former female co-workers. But in three instances he made overt physical and sexual overtures, according to the accounts of numerous former Fox News colleagues who heard about the incidents contemporaneously.In the winter following the September 2001 terror attacks, a female Fox News reporter joined the bureau from New York. In a shared cab ride back from a meal, Rosen groped her, grabbing her breast. After she rebuffed his advance, Rosen sought to steal away her sources and stories related to his interests in diplomacy and national security. That’s according to four colleagues who say she relayed the episode as a warning about Rosen’s behavior. The reporter declined to comment for this story. (NPR has decided not to name the women in this article as they have not granted permission to do so.)In a subsequent episode several years later, a female producer covering the State Department alleged that Rosen had directly sexually harassed her. A foreign national, she subsequently accepted a deal from Fox that enabled her to extend her stay in the U.S. in exchange for not making her complaint public, according to several of her former colleagues. The producer, who now works for a foreign-based news organization, is abroad with family and did not respond to several detailed messages left by email and phone seeking comment.Late last spring, Rosen turned his attention to a younger female reporter, according to two colleagues who say she told them of the incident shortly after. Returning from a lunch together, Rosen physically tried to kiss her in the elevator ride back to the office, and once refused, attempted forcibly to kiss her again. According to a colleague, he then asked the reporter to keep the approach quiet and offered her unsolicited help in getting more time on Bret Baier’s nightly political newscast, Special Report. The female reporter declined to comment for this story.Fox News executives say privately it takes time to reverse problems in a culture set from the top by Ailes.Under a new top human resources executive, Fox News last summer placed a human resources employee in the bureau for the first time. In response to detailed questions, Fox News declined to comment on its Washington bureau or Rosen beyond affirming his departure.Yet some female employees at Fox’s D.C. bureau say the company seemed late to turn its attention southward from its main headquarters in New York City, given the Ailes scandal. The bureau is a large outpost and a mainstay of the network’s coverage. Its reporters, producers and hosts serve up stories, segments and shows that help fuel Fox programming throughout the day and evening.And employees interviewed pointed to earlier related incidents in D.C. The former Fox News correspondent Rudi Bakhtiar alleged that she was dismissed in 2007 after she made complaints that the new Washington bureau chief, Brian Wilson, had propositioned her. After she filed an internal complaint, Fox’s Ailes informed her she was being let go because of her performance. She was paid an undisclosed sum in a private settlement.In another instance, Catherine Herridge, a former Fox weekend host who is now a Washington-based national security correspondent for the network, made a range of allegations in a November 2010 complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — including sexual and age discrimination, unequal pay, and job retaliation for raising complaints internally. She alleged she had been subjected to a “glass ceiling.” She also said that Fox News’ general counsel Dianne Brandi had conducted the internal investigation, even though she was one of the people identified in Herridge’s complaint.The EEOC said it did not have sufficient evidence to support many of Herridge’s accusations but ultimately sued Fox News, alleging it had unlawfully retaliated against her. The suit was dismissed. Herridge and Fox signed a new contract and she remains on the air.Brandi, then the network’s top lawyer, characterized the EEOC’s suit as “politically motivated.” Brandi is now on extended leave from Fox News, which is the focus of an ongoing criminal inquiry by federal prosecutors for its handling of payments to women who alleged sexual harassment there.Rosen’s departure was a surprise — with no celebration of his achievements on the air, no announcement to viewers, nor much warning to colleagues: Rosen had attended a holiday party for Baier’s show Special Report just a few days earlier.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Ward 8 Center Launches 3D Mammography Services

first_imgBreast Care for Washington co-founder Dr. Regina Hampton, Md. explains the 3D mammography to Blanca Pena during her consultation.Residents of Ward 8 remain among the most underserved in the Washington metropolitan area.  Particularly among minority women, accessing life-saving specialized services, such as mammograms, requires navigating both geographical and cultural barriers.  To answer the call for quality and accessible health care, Breast Care for Washington launched 3D mammography services at Conway Health and Resource Center, in the heart of Southeast.The free screening event, in partnership with local nonprofit Nueva Vida, introduced the breakthrough technology of 3D imaging to patients whose scans would allow physicians to examine breast tissue layer by layer.  The Genius 3D Mammography locates 41 percent more invasive or lethal cancers than traditional mammograms, and reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms by up 40 percent.Technological breakthroughs with 3D imaging allow physicians to examine breast tissue one layer at a time to make more accurate and definitive diagnoses.Founded by Beth Beck and Dr. Regina Hampton, Breast Cancer for Washington provides the only 3D mammography service east of the river. “Being involved in the ‘breast world’ we were both tired of saying the same old thing about disparities in Wards 7 and 8 and in Prince Georges County.  We decided to take action.  So, we decided to bring 3D mammography to Ward 8,” said Hampton, the Centers’ medical director.  “There is only one mammography provider here in Ward 8 and there is not one in Ward 7.  To bring this level of quality – because I believe these women deserve high quality service – we partnered with Hologic, who donated the machine. So, we have the only 3D mammography east of the river.”For Hampton, reaching the women living in Ward 7, Ward 8, and Prince Georges County is critical. Women in this area have some of the highest rates of breast cancer mortality in the country.“It’s not just about putting an imaging machine in the community and expecting women to show up.  There is a lot of work to do around combating myths that we are undertaking.  We want to develop relationships so that the women feel comfortable and safe in coming here for their services and that we really do care.  I don’t think you can go to any other mammography center and see a place set aside for kids because it is hard to get child care, so we want them to bring the kids on in as well, so long as they get the services they need,” Hampton said.Fernando Ascencio, executive director of Nueva Vida, echoed Hampton’s sentiments, saying Breast Care for Washington’s community outreach promotes access to high-quality health care services irrespective of the ability to pay and other barriers.“D.C. is the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor so it becomes a huge experiment in how to provide quality care so that everyone is receiving the same everywhere.  Both Nueva Vida and Breast Care for Washington have identified levels of disparity.  With [Nueva Vida] we focus on specifically Latina women and the barriers are not just financial, so giving everyone health insurance is not going to fix it,” Ascencio said.Sheila Perritt, one of the first Southwest residents to have a mammogram at the Center, said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and the time taken by the staff to explain.“My sister passed recently from breast cancer.  It was like she found out the diagnosis one month and passed away the next.  If early detection is the key, then we owe it to ourselves to come here and get checked. Some people are afraid, but there are no excuses for not living the very best that you can,” Perritt said.last_img read more

Hankenson Wraps Up First Day at the Texas Relays

first_imgHeptathlon Shot Put11. Holly Hankenson – 11.48m/37-08 Hankenson will complete the heptathlon on Thursday, beginning at 12 p.m. The remaining events are the javelin throw, long jump, and 800m. Women’s Heptathlon Points (through 4 events)24. Holly Hankenson – 2,332 points Story Links Heptathlon High JumpHolly Hankenson – NH Print Friendly Version Hankenson clocked a time of 14.72 in the 100m hurdles to finish 18th, earning 879 points.  She finished 11th in the 200m with a time of 25.67.   She also finished 11th in the shot put with a throw of 11.48m/37-08 for 627 points. AUSTIN, Texas – After one day of competition, the University of Louisville’s Holly Hankenson stands in 24th place of the heptathlon with 2,332 points through four events at the Texas Relays. Heptathlon 200m Hurdles11. Holly Hankenson – 25.67 Heptathlon 100m hurdles18. Holly Hankenson – 14.72last_img read more

Govt working on war footing to ensure uninterrupted power supply during Mela

first_imgSagar Island: In order to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the Gangasagar Mela, the state Power department has taken up several measures to increase the capacity of the substation at Rudranagar, near here, in South 24-Parganas district. The Power department has been working hard to increase the capacity of the 33/11 kV substation, a senior official of the department said. “We are working on war footing to increase the capacity of the substation at Rudranagar. This is being done for the last few months to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the Gangasagar Mela scheduled to be held in January,” the official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been decided to ensure uninterrupted power supply to 54 points within the Mela premises and surrounding areas, he added. In the previous years, 40 points in and around the Mela used to get uninterrupted power supply, the official said. Work related to laying of underground cables between Kachuberia and Rudranagar have been undergoing to ensure automated power supply through the diesel generated (DG) system in case of any problem related to power supply in any area, he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn fact, the state administration made elaborate arrangements to ensure the security of the extra high-voltage (EHV) substation in Kakdwip, which has been kept on stand-by. The Power department had nearly doubled the power supply from 8.9 million units per day to 16 million units per day, during the Gangasagar Mela last year. An additional 800 KW of power, excluding 250 KW generated by the State Electricity Board at the Mela ground, 150 KW power at Chemaguri and 170 KW power at Kachuberia, would be generated as well, the official said. The official also said that proper arrangements have been made to provide adequate power supply to the pilgrims as well, when they camp near the Maidan area in Kolkata for a few days, before beginning the last leg of their journey to Gangasagar. “Arrangements have been made to ensure that the pilgrims do not face any problems during their stay at the ground before going to Gangasagar and while going back to their respective destinations,” he said.last_img read more