first_imgBahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday said the attack on Dalits at the event by members of the “saffron brigade” was a “fascist attempt to crush Dalit pride”. Ms. Mayawati alleged that the Bhima-Koregaon incident was a “result of the involvement and conspiracy of the BJP” to fuel a “caste war” similar to the one in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh last year, when Dalits clashed with Thakurs, leading to police action against Bhim Sena.last_img

first_imgThe Odisha government and Tata Trust will jointly spend ₹1,000 crore for development of cancer care facilities in the State over the next five years.The decision was taken at the first advisory committee meeting of the Odisha Comprehensive Cancer Care Programme that was held on Monday under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi.Under the programme, a state-of-the-art Tata Memorial Hospital will be set up in Bhubaneswar. The State will provide 25 acres of land free of cost for the hospital. The existing Acharya Harihar Cancer Care Hospital at Cuttack will also be upgraded.A special purpose vehicle called the Odisha Cancer Care Foundation will be constituted as the management entity. It will be under the chairmanship of the Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department.It was also decided that 15 clinical units having different levels of cancer treatment facilities will be set up across the State.Comprehensive diagnostic facilities will be made available in government medical colleges at Burla, Bhawanipatna, Berhampur, Koraput, and Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.Daycare and diagnostic facilities will be set up at government hospitals in Jharsuguda, Kendujhar, Baripada, Balasore, Balangir, Bargarh, Nabarangpur and Angul.last_img read more

first_imgI was disappointed that the article “Durga’s Arms,” (Sept 2008) by Nilanjana Bhowmick focused only on the business side of the idols of Ma Durga. It said nothing about the religious significance, nothing about the artistic skills, or the steps that are taken to transform bamboo, straw, clay and color to make the worshipful dieties.I was also dismayed that unlike the past, when the entire murti was made of biodegradable materials, now plastic and synthetic materials are being used, which will pollute the rivers that the idols are immersed in at the end of the 10-day festival. A RamachandraShrewsbury, Mass. Nothing can describe nostal-gia better that “Aye Mere Bichade Chaman,” (July 2008). I felt as if Shekhar Deshpande had stolen all my thoughts and magically transformed them into a masterpiece.The commentators Melville DeMello and Bobby Talyarkhan were my favorites too. The line “Even in defeat, we could celebrate the superb performance of a Gary Sobers,” summarizes the experience so well. Your description of radio as a family member was superbly imaginative – and true. The real golden age for film music, I think, was the decade of 1951-1960 when all composers were at their peak. You write, “Nostalgia also breeds arrogance about how great things were.” Well, I want to be arrogant on this issue. In this age of lyrical lunacy, how I miss the great songs and lyricists. God, if I am not asking for too much, give all the magnificent composers of yesteryears another chance to create melodies. And, God, if you want in exchange the music directors of today, you can have three for one. Deshpande also wrote beautifully about the newspapers, the uncomplicated heroes and charming heroines of that time.Ashok BhatIselin, N. J.Lakshmi Palecanda’s article “A Latte to Think About” made for interesting reading, with its novel narrative style and humor. I understand that while she is trying to make a point of how inflation has deprived her of her joy of enjoying a latte, has she ever considered making one at home?Coffee in South India (the instant Bru/Nescafe variety) is easy to make. I make it everyday. How do Indians get so spoiled after they come here to the United States? Just because they are software engineers or doctors, they have taken to drinking brand name coffees, paying $4 a cup for a latte. On top of that they try to act generous (as in her case) by saying “Keep the change,” taking after characters in an English movie.Has anyone considered Africa where kids are starving for one single meal or even a cup of clean water? Why are we Indians living so indulgent lives worried about our latte? I make myself a cup of cold coffee, just milk, instant coffee and a teaspoon of sugar. I whisk it well till it becomes frothy and I have a latte for under 19 cents (which includes my labor of whisking). It is the self-indulgence of people like Palecanda that has enabled the greedy corporate coffee giants to thrive. After her latte narrative, she dives into nostalgic details on how her parents handled money and her privilege of putting money away in their steel Godrej Almirah. Still, their frugal way of living does not jolt her back into spending responsibly. All she cares about is her latte and her fear of missing out on her latte. Makes me feel that we are pampering ourselves a lot and not caring about our neighbor who is starving (whether in USA or Africa).I hope we wake up and smell the coffee in our own kitchens and not guzzle $4 coffee in a cup every single day. It seems to me that for Palecanda this was more of a writing exercise – patting her ego, putting on false airs (because she is getting published) more than the actual latte itself. There is time for her to change. Better latte than never.Jacob David Houston, TexasThank you! Thank you! Finally, someone spoke up to point out that Amitabh Bachchan is a second grade actor, notwithstanding his star appeal (Shekhar Deshpande, “God Awful Actor,” Oct. 2008). It is great to find a publication willing to bring this greatly overrated actor down to earth. Granted Bachchan has been very successful and is immensely popular with Indian movie enthusiasts. But it is tiring to read the sappy articles on him in the Indian media, which don’t seriously look at his professional skills. So your article was a breath of fresh air.K. N. RamVia email  Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Former Boston Celtics Paul Pierce holds the NBA championship trophy that he won with the team during a ceremony to retire his number following a basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Paul Pierce used to walk onto the court at TD Garden and imagine seeing his number hanging from the rafters.“The Truth” doesn’t have to dream about that day anymore.ADVERTISEMENT “This is just a special day,” Pierce said afterward. “If I never make the Hall of Fame or anything, to go up in the rafters as a retired number for the Celtics — that’s just enough. That’s enough for me. … When you’re forever with the Celtics, you’re forever.”The 40-year-old Pierce retired after last season. He tops the Celtics’ all-time lists in 3-pointers made (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583).He is Boston’s second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 points, trailing only John Havlicek. His 15 seasons also trail only Havlicek’s 16 for the longest stint with the team.Current Celtics players gathered to watch the ceremony, and legends including Robert Parish, Cedric Maxwell and Tom “Satch” Sanders sat on the court.Pierce credited his mother, Lorraine Hosey, and brothers Jamal and Steve Hosey, for inspiring him.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I just think it always cements it. When you win a title you become a main man, and that made Paul,” Rivers said. “He would have had this night regardless of winning the title, but winning the title makes this day pretty special.”A touching moment came near the end of Pierce’s speech when his son, Prince, placed a No. 34 cap atop the 2008 trophy.“I did the trifecta,” Pierce said. “I left a legacy. I had my high school jersey retired. My college jersey retired. But there’s no greater honor than having your NBA jersey retired for the Boston Celtics.” Rusty Serena defeated on long-awaited return Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Celtics retired Pierce’s No. 34 on Sunday following the Celtics’ 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He became the 23rd person in franchise history to have his number or name enshrined by the Celtics organization.The honor capped a 19-year career for Pierce, who was named NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics captured their 17th championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter the game, Pierce, clad in a green plaid blazer, entered the court via the newly named Paul Pierce Players’ Tunnel. The team said the tunnel, featuring Pierce’s signature, will serve as a reminder to current and future players of what “being a Celtic” means.When his jersey was raised, Pierce was serenaded with chants of “Thank You, Paul Pierce!” “It starts at home. It starts where you come from,” Pierce said.He later cried when acknowledging his wife, Julie, and their three children.Pierce sat next to the 2008 championship trophy as the team showered him with tributes.Along with having his number retired, Pierce also received a framed replica of the banner that his No. 34 will be added to, a Rolex watch, a piece of the Celtics’ parquet floor and a stained-glass backboard adorned with his number.A weekend of festivities in honor of Pierce began with a private dinner hosted by the Celtics on Saturday night. Parish attended along with several of Pierce’s former teammates, including Antoine Walker, Walter McCarty, Brian Scalabrine and Leon Powe.Pierce said the honors reminded him of how much he sacrificed during his career. He said being a Celtic was “meant to be.”During the game, the Celtics showed video segments that highlighted Pierce’s basketball journey. The clips went as far back as his Inglewood High School days and included interviews with friends, family and former teammates.There were also surprise recorded tributes from NBA greats Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant. Pierce smiled as Bryant said in his message that Pierce made “all the Celtics legends proud.”Pierce sat courtside with his family and Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck. Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers and teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo — all part of the 2008 title run — sat together nearby.Rivers told the crowd about conversations he and Pierce used to have about the day his number would be retired. He said the 2008 championship solidified Pierce’s status as an all-time great in Boston. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWeeks of sweltering temperatures have caused more than 160 deaths in southern and eastern parts of the country , officials said, warning that any relief from monsoon rains was still likely weeks away. IN PICS Most of the heat-wave victims were laborers and farmers in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, though temperatures elsewhere in country have also hit 45 degrees Celsius.Schools were closed last week in Odisha until at least April 26. Officials in Andhra Pradesh were giving out free water and buttermilk to help people stay hydrated. And everywhere, people have been urged to stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day.YK Reddy, a state meteorological official, said the temperatures were about 4-5 degrees Celsius hotter than normal for April. “Normally such high temperatures are recorded in the month of May,” he said.Source: IMDPolice have reported 55 heat-related deaths in Odisha and at least 45 in Andhra Pradesh. Sixty-six were reported in Telangana, though the state’s Deputy Chief Minister, Mohammed Mahmood Ali, said the causes of death were still being verified.Meanwhile, a 12-year-old girl in the drought-stricken Maharashtra died from the heat while fetching water on Wednesday.Making matters worse, India is grappling with severe water shortages and drought affecting more than 300 million people – a quarter of the country’s population. Thousands of distressed farmers have committed suicide, tens of thousands of farm animals have died, and crops have perished, with rivers, lakes and ponds drying up and groundwater tables sinking.Scrambling to deal with the crisis, officials have sent water tankers to worst-hit regions in Maharashtra, banning people from drilling deep wells and ordering farmers to shift away from growing water-guzzling sugarcane crops.advertisementThe heat wave in India coincides with record-high temperatures across the globe. On Tuesday, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said March’s average global temperature of 12.7 degrees Celsius  was not only the hottest March, but continues a record 11-month streak that started last May.Source: IMDFor southern India, this is the second consecutive year marred by a deadly heat wave. Last year, around 2,500 people died in scorching temperatures before the monsoon rains in early June.But while heat waves are relatively common during summers, authorities have done little to ensure water security or prepare urban populations for the risks.last_img read more

first_imgDubai, Apr 25 (PTI) The ICC today said that certain comments and actions by some of the West Indies players after clinching the World T20 were “inappropriate, disrespectful and brought the event into disrepute”. After clinching the World T20 on April 4 following a thrilling last-over win over England in the finals, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy had launched a scathing attack on West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in an emotional speech at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The ICC Board, which held its second meeting this year at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai yesterday, said: “The Board considered the behaviour of some of the West Indies players in the immediate aftermath of the final, and unanimously agreed that certain comments and actions were inappropriate, disrespectful and brought the event into disrepute. “The Board acknowledged an apology by the WICB but was disappointed to note that such behaviour had detracted from the success of what was otherwise a magnificent tournament and final,” it added. Apart from Sammy, West Indies cricketers Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle were also very critical of the WICB, against whom they have been involved in a long and bitter pay dispute. “The Board also noted that very serious consideration had been given to bringing Code of Conduct charges in respect of the behaviour of the West Indies players and emphasised that this was not acceptable conduct at ICC Events played out on a world stage in front of millions of people around the globe,” ICC said in a release. ICC Chairman Mr Shashank Manohar said: “The sport of cricket is proud of its unique spirit and this involves being gracious in victory as well as defeat and respectful at all times to the game, ones opponents, the sponsors and the fans.” Among the decisions made and reports received during the meeting, the ICC suspended the Membership of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN). “In light of the ongoing court case involving the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and the Ad hoc Committee established by the Nepalese National Sports Council (NSC), which has led to a vacuum of cricket leadership in Nepal, the Board suspended the Membership of CAN for breach of Article 2.9 of the ICCs Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections,” the ICC said. “The suspension means that CAN will not be entitled to receive any ICC funding. However, the Board, in its absolute discretion and considering that the players should not suffer due to this suspension, decided that the Nepal cricket teams would be able to continue to feature in ICC events.” PTI ATK ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgA day after Virat Kohli stormed past the 4000-run mark and overtook Suresh Raina as the highest scorer in all IPL, the Uttar Pradesh batsman reclaimed the mantle that has belonged to him for several years. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)Gujarat Lions skipper and former Chennai Super Kings southpaw Raina needed 18 to overtake Kohli’s 4002 before the game against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders.On Wednesday, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Kohli hadbecome the first man to cross 4,000 runs in the tournament’s nine-year historyand record over 800 runs in a single edition of the IPL, during a 50-ball 113against Kings XI Punjab. (Virat Kohli unreal, superhuman and beyond comparison)RAINA RECLAIMS HIS RECORD WITH A SIX! Raina snatched his record back from Kohli in style as he smacked an 87-metre six off Morne Morkel over covers in the sixth over of the match against the Knight Riders. He helped himself to an unbeaten 53 from 36 balls to steer his team to a six-wicket win at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur on Thursday. (Also Read: Kohli on record-shattering fourth hundred: It was unbelievable!)Raina had missed the last game against RCB to be with his wife Priyanka for the birth of their first child in the Netherlands. That was the first instance in nine seasons that he missed a game in the IPL.LADY LUCK SHINES ON RAINA “When I saw my baby – It’s been the best feeling ever. I’ve been playing all these years and it’s the best reason to miss a couple of games,” Raina said after the match.advertisementRaina is on provisional pole at the moment with 4038 runs in 144 matches at an average of 33.93. Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma completes the top-three with 3844 runs from 141 games. Both Raina and Rohit have hit one century each in nine seasons so far while Kohli has four tons to his credit, all of which have come in this season.last_img read more

first_imgAs he gets set to face undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather in their multi-million dollar bout on Saturday in Las Vegas, much is being made of Conor McGregor’s lack of pro boxing experience, but it may turn out to be his greatest strength.Mayweather has faced 49 boxers and beaten them all – 49 men who have studied the craft for years and years, and yet none of them could find a way through his submarine-tight defence and stinging attack.But even though he has little by way of experience, McGregor — and in particular his left hand — still poses a huge danger to Mayweather’s proud unbeaten record.A beautiful skull and a beautiful belt to add to my collection of skulls and belts. pic.twitter.com/O2TuneQQtu- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) 24 August 2017Conor McGregor personifying his own quote. He is the calmness in the chaos. ?? @jeffbottari #MayweatherMcGregor pic.twitter.com/yXTYRdjar7- Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) 22 August 2017Despite the fact that he is about to become the best-paid boxing debutant in history, McGregor, who started boxing as a boy before making the switch to mixed martial arts, has never had a top-level encounter as a boxer.That is not to say that he is a complete novice when it comes to the “sweet science,” as boxing aficionados love to call their sport.Wake up Floyd. It’s all over. pic.twitter.com/XfssL4HrjV- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) 21 August 2017Mixed martial arts is exactly that – a cocktail of combat disciplines with whoever manages to mix up the most potent brew from their striking and grappling skills coming out on top in what can be brutal, gruelling encounters.advertisementFloyd’s 0 has got to go. Get 49/1 on me to win with @betsafe:https://t.co/LVBJF8bfjG #49to1 pic.twitter.com/htMuaEdjD7- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) 24 August 2017McGregor’s striking is second to none, and his devastating left hand has powered his ascent to the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he became the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously.He showed his knockout power when decking Jose Aldo after 13 seconds to win the featherweight belt, and it was his laser precision in a flurry of four punches that sent Eddie Alvarez crashing down as he won the lightweight crown last year.His movement is also mesmerizing – quick on his feet, his head bobbing slightly but constantly as he seeks new angles of attack.Always meticulous in his preparations, it is unlikely that Mayweather has ever faced a southpaw with McGregor’s power and style of movement before, and unlike his previous 49 opponents, there is little or no footage of McGregor sparring for him to study.Good work tonight at the @UFCPI pic.twitter.com/QE3Xe3kEfo- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) 20 August 2017There are question marks over McGregor’s endurance following his submission loss to Nate Diaz in 2016, where he emptied the gas tank looking for a big knockout and ended up putty in the hands of the rangy Californian.Together with his head coach John Kavanagh and his vastly knowledgeable striking coach Owen Roddy, McGregor has been working to ensure that he can last the distance over 12 rounds of boxing.McGregor can fight going forward or choose to sit back and counter-punch, but it is highly unlikely that Mayweather will seek to take the fight to his taller opponent, meaning the Irishman will have to take the initiative.That means cutting off the ring and chasing down the elusive 40-year-old American if he is to have any chance of delivering on his promise of a knockout blow from his eight-ounce gloves within two rounds.last_img read more

first_imgChievo v Milan Milan boss Montella relishing Juve clash after Chievo rout Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 07:18 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) VincenzoMontella-cropped Getty Images Chievo v Milan Milan Chievo Serie A Following his side’s 4-1 win over Chievo, the Milan manager believes his team has renewed belief heading into the match with the Serie A champions Vincenzo Montella is looking ahead to this weekend’s blockbuster showdown against Italian champions Juventus with excitement after AC Milan’s pressure-relieving victory on Wednesday.Milan eased the pressure on under-fire head coach Montella by routing Chievo 4-1 in Serie A action midweek.Milan 3/1 to beat Juve with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Suso, Hakan Calhanoglu and Nikola Kalinic were on target as Milan returned to winning ways in the league, having managed just one victory in six games in all competitions.Montella, whose Milan are eighth and nine points behind Massimiliano Allegri’s men, is now preparing for Saturday’s visit of Juve with renewed belief.”It’s a victory that gives us belief and strength. We had already seen significant improvements in the quality of football over recent games and I am very satisfied with this performance,” Montella told Mediaset Premium.After a @suso30oficial show, goals from @hakanc10 and #NK7 seal the 1-4 win. Read the #ChievoMilan report in full https://t.co/HCEfuntMGY pic.twitter.com/5vXcMzebFW— AC Milan (@acmilan) October 25, 2017″I am already looking forward to Saturday’s game with Juventus and we don’t have much time to celebrate, even if we do want to enjoy the moment.”We had a psychological block, all sorts of things happened and the team had to shake some things off. In the second half, the lads were more enterprising and I hope from now on these players will be able to express their immense talent with more freedom.”I want to see the spark we’re looking for and hope that Juve underestimate us a bit on Saturday.”Grande partita. Vittoria importante. Grandi ragazzi!!! //A great game, an important win. Well done guys!!! … https://t.co/4UR12cSTiw pic.twitter.com/QQ9DEdTqC0— Leonardo Bonucci (@bonucci_leo19) October 25, 2017Milan’s drought-ending victory came in the absence of captain Leonardo Bonucci, who was sent off in the 0-0 draw at home to Genoa last week.Asked if Milan benefited with the under-performing Bonucci sidelined, Montella replied: “You can criticise Bonucci for some performances, but can’t put his quality in doubt, otherwise we may as well go and do a different profession.”last_img read more

first_imgManchester City Otamendi signs two-year Man City contract extension Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Nicolas Otamendi Manchester City United Getty Images Manchester City Premier League The 29-year-old centre-back still had three years to run on the contract he signed in 2015, but has been rewarded for a fine season so far Nicolas Otamendi has signed a two-year contract extension with Manchester City, Goal can reveal.The 29-year-old has become an important part of Pep Guardiola’s side this season and he has been rewarded for his fine performances in recent months. He has started all but two of City’s games across the Premier League and Champions League, scoring five goals in his 23 appearances.He is the latest star whose deal City have moved to renew ahead of next summer’s World Cup in a bid to ward off interest from Europe’s top clubs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal reported earlier this week that Fernandinho, whose contract was due to expire in the summer, has already put pen to paper on a one year extension, with the option for a further year.Gabriel Jesus has also agreed a new deal until 2023 and will sign it in the coming weeks, while Kevin De Bruyne will sign his new agreement once City and his agent agree upon the valuation of his image rights.Otamendi, like Fernandinho, has already signed his contract.The Argentina centre-back signed a five-year deal when he signed for City in 2015, and has now extended his stay until 2022. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgWest Indies cricket team Jonny Bairstow blasts critics ‘waiting for England to fail’ at Cricket World Cup Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Read more Since you’re here… Cricket World Cup 2019 Share on Pinterest West Indies went into the game with one win, against Pakistan back on 31 May, but such is the mapping of the tournament, and the unexpected flaws of the big four, of England, that they were still in with a chance of the semi-finals should the dice fall kindly.It didn’t, West Indies are out, though belatedly they discovered that they did not have to bowl short, knocking timely holes in the India innings.Kemar Roach, short and bottom heavy, small and scurrying, bowled full and accurately – and was the pick with three for 36; Holder kept it tight and snaffled Kohli when a hundred looked inevitable.When Rohit Sharma fell early, Kohli and KL Rahul put on 69, before Rahul was bowled, unexpectedly, by Holder two short of his fifty. As wickets fell about him Kohli kept some momentum, angling the runs into the gaps and whizzing swift singles, with the occasional whiffs of perfect arrogance, up on his tip-toes guiding the ball for four. When he fell between 50 and 100 for the fourth time in succession the baton fell to Dhoni, who had a life on eight after Hope badly fluffed a stumping. Dhoni was oddly leaden at times, the feet heavy, the reflexes less than quick. But it did not stop him hitting the first ball of the last over for six, and, after changing his bat for the last ball, doing it again.“We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their positive gameplans,” Kohli said. “He is one guy in the middle who always sends out a message for the team. He has such a keen understanding of the game. He has always been that way, that is his strength, to play calculated cricket, to always stay in the game, equal to the opposition and then find ways of winning.”Right now, that is not a problem for India. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Topics Virat Kohli It wasn’t a day for the cock of the walks, from either side. Could Chris Gayle, the day after announcing the reversal of his retirement from Tests, say goodbye to Old Trafford in style? No, gone for six. Could Carlos Brathwaite, the big-hitting almost-miracle maker, do it again? No, out, almost inevitably, for one. Even India’s batsman were not at their big-hitting best, though the man of the match award went to Virat Kohli for his 72.The plaudits instead went to the bowlers in blue, the fragile, the elongated, the idiosyncratic. The clockwork doll with the cocked wrist, the tiny will-o’-the-wisp, the spinning teddy bear and the second thought, Mohammed Shami, hat-trick taker against Afghanistan and playing only because of injury to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.They tore into a West Indies side chasing 269, never giving them freedom to play. Jasprit Bumrah and Shami tested and teased until in the fifth over Gayle’s impatience got the better of him and he misjudged the bounce from Shami and dollied the ball to Kedar Jadhav at mid-off. When Shai Hope, having been softened up by Bumrah, tried to drive at Shami and was bowled for five, West Indies were 16 for two.Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran rebuilt, but slowly, and a score of 29 for two after 10 overs was the worst powerplay of the competition. But they plugged away, as Kohli juggled his bowlers and Ambris square-drove Hardik Pandya with some panache. But a couple of overs later, Pandya got his revenge when Ambris stuck his leg in front of a straight one and was gone for 31 – the highest score of the innings. From there West Indies lost the next seven wickets for 72 runs in 14 overs.Shimron Hetmyer survived an lbw review by an inside edge but Pooran slogged Kuldeep Yadav to long-off, Jason Holder had a half-baked drive at Yuzvendra Chahal, before Bumrah took two wickets in two balls – Brathwaite pushing awkwardly to give a one-handed diving catch to the ungainly looking MS Dhoni, and Fabian Allen lbw. Shami and Chahal wrapped up nine, 10, jack: Shami finishing with four for 16, Bumrah two for nine and Chahal two for 39. A worrying prospect indeed for England. India cricket team Read more Cricket India’s World Cup gaze is unwavering; only Afghanistan and the rain have caused even a blink. As West Indies played their final faltering hand, India eased seamlessly to the verge of the semi-finals – needing just a win from their remaining three games to fasten the seatbelt in place. Their next opponent? England, who they now replace at the top of the one-day rankings.It was a hot Old Trafford. A stadium filled with vuvuzelas and India flags that hung from every vantage point, from the balconies of the Hilton hotel, the shoulders of fans, from the glass front of the Point and most of all from the bare bones of the temporary stand, where they billowed in the breeze as layer upon layer of blue shirts filed in and up.Perhaps the fans primed by the West Indies v New Zealand thriller, by the glory of the Pakistan run chase at Edgbaston on Wednesday, may have left slightly disappointed. Perhaps they were after something explosive and thrilling. But the pitch, exhausted by the efforts of the weekend, was too stop-start, too sticky. The opposition too flawed, too eager to flail or fall. So instead spectators got professional, they got careful and in the end they got comfortable – victory by 125 runs with just over 15 overs to spare. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn match reports Share via Email India beat West Indies by 125 runs: Cricket World Cup 2019 – as it happenedlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazzari backing Muriel for big Fiorentina successby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Fiorentina star Andrea Lazzari says fans will enjoy new signing Luis Muriel.The attacker has arrived on-loan from Sevilla.“Luis can make Florence fall in love,” Lazzari told Radio Bruno Toscana.“He has the characteristics of a champion. His movement is reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo, though I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two.“I don’t see him as an out-and-out striker, I prefer it when he plays a bit further from the goal. That’s the area of the pitch where his qualities shine best.“He’s also a good lad who gives everything in training and is really committed.” last_img read more

first_imgzoom An anchored heavy lift vessel was boarded by six robbers armed with machine guns and knives in the Conakry Anchorage, Guinea, according to data from the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC).During the attack, which occurred on July 3, the robbers attacked the duty ordinary seaman causing injuries and took the second officer hostage.IMB PRC further said that the robbers opened fire to threaten the crew members and damaged the accommodation.They robbed the crew members of their cash and personal belongings under gun threat before escaping from the vessel.Master tried to contact the port control, but received no response, IMB PRC noted.“The incident was reported to Port Authorities through the local agents. After an hour a security boat came to the location,” according to IMB PRC.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu were on Wednesday named among the standbys for India’s World Cup squad, reigniting their dashed hopes of making the trip to the UK in case an injury setback hits the side. Speedster Navdeep Saini also found a place in the list of three back-ups for the mega-event starting on May 30. Pant and Rayudu’s exclusion from the squad of 15 had created quite a stir on Monday. While Sunil Gavaskar called Pant’s omission surprising, the snub to Rayudu was questioned by Gautam Gambhir. With the ICC doing away with the practice of letting countries announce a probables’ list before the final squad, the BCCI also has the option of including anyone apart from these three but it is unlikely to happen. “Just like ICC Champions Trophy, we have three standbys. Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are the first and second standbys while Saini is the bowler in the list. So if anyone gets injured, as per requirement, one of the three will be going,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday. Rayudu took to Twitter to take a dig at his omission from the squad of 15 on Tuesday. “Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” Rayudu wrote on his twitter handle Tuesday. This was after chairman of selectors MSK Prasad justified preferring Vijay Shankar over Rayudu, citing the former’s “three-dimensional qualities”. While Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar will be travelling with the team purely as net bowlers, they can also be drafted in if the management feels so. “Khaleel, Avesh and Deepak are not designated standbys. In case of bowlers, that possibility is there but when it comes purely to batsmen, it will be either Rishabh or Rayudu,” the official said.last_img read more

first_imgOasis de Gabès, une beauté naturelle menacée par l’extension urbaineSituée en Tunisie, l’oasis de Gabès se trouve aujourd’hui menacée par l’extension urbaine notamment à Zrig. Des dizaines de palmiers se trouvent arrachés alors même qu’un colloque sur l’environnement avait en 2012 demandé la mise sous protection par l’Unesco de l’oasis.Il est un endroit de verdure et d’eau jaillissante à 406 kilomètres de Tunis. Là tout n’est qu’ordre, luxe et volupté. La ville de Gabès est la seule à présenter une oasis maritime à la biodiversité étonnante. Une oasis traditionnelle littorale aux sols sablonneux et aux nappes d’eaux profondes. Mais la vraie richesse demeure dans sa culture de palmiers dattiers permettant un climat particulier.En effet, nombreuses sont les espèces à venir s’abriter sous ses arbres, profitant de l’ombre. L’oasis est également un refuge pour les oiseaux en migration. Néanmoins, un phénomène inquiétant d’agrandissement des villes prend place depuis quelques années. Ainsi, cet écosystème idéal au développement d’espèces végétales et animales se trouve mis en danger par l’extension urbaine qui s’est amorcée sans plus sembler ralentir.Interdire ou maîtriser  De nombreuses associations ont décidé de réagir pour limiter les dégâts ou du moins les maîtriser. L’Association pour la sauvegarde de la ville de Gabès désire publier un document d’ici peu de temps. L’idée serait de déterminer les interventions à réaliser afin de protéger l’oasis. Au terme de plusieurs ateliers de travail, les propositions affluent. Sensibiliser est le mot : arracher les palmiers est un crime. Mais les défenseurs demandent plus de sévérité quant à l’arrachage des arbres, la mise en circulation de patrouilles de surveillance ainsi que la création d’un observatoire de protection de la région. Manque de place, mais pas que Le phénomène d’extension urbaine dans le Golfe de Gabès est assez récent et tient à plusieurs explications pour lesquelles le gouvernement tunisien a sa part de responsabilité. Le quartier de Zrig pour exemple fait face à de fortes inégalités. Si les populations fortunées peuvent accéder à toutes leur envies (y compris le logement) les plus pauvres eux font face aux carences d’eau et d’électricité. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De plus, ils souffrent d’un manque d’infrastructures et de services publics. Il leur paraît donc normal de s’étendre plus loin quitte à le faire dans le dos des autorités. C’est alors un phénomène d’expansion anarchique, là où on peut, avec les moyens du bord. La petite paysannerie investit les lieux, tout comme les gros investisseurs. Rappelons que le tourisme est une composante très importante de l’économie tunisienne. Ses 1.300 kilomètres de côtes ou encore son climat méditerranéen, attire le monde entier, au détriment cependant de la population.Véritable patrimoine de la Tunisie, l’oasis de Gabès est menacée par ses propres habitants sous contraintes d’un développement excessif du paysage et des échanges. Des siècles d’artisanat et de bonne entente avec la nature risquent d’être remis en question. Il ne reste donc plus qu’à compter sur le soutien des opposants qui appellent de plus en plus l’Unesco à agir et tentent d’interpeller la communauté internationale.   Le 26 avril 2013 à 15:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgRonaldinho admits that he is worried over how his former club Barcelona will cope once Lionel Messi finally decides to retireThe Argentina international signed a new contract with the Catalan giants last year that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.But Messi will turn 31 this June and he recently admitted that the upcoming World Cup in Russia will likely be his last chance at winning the trophy.While acknowledging that he cannot go on forever, Ronaldinho admitted that the thought of there being no more Messi at the Nou Camp was a rather scary prospect.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We just have to cross our fingers and hope that someone comes along with half of his ability,” said Ronaldinho, according to Yahoo.“That would already be enough.“I will never get tired of eulogising Léo. He’s not just a great player; he’s a great person, a great human being. That’s the kind of thing we must never tire of praising.“And when he gets on that field… well then we could end speaking for a whole year about Messi. He evolves with every game. Léo is a living legend and we must treat him with so much respect.”last_img read more

first_imgA Vancouver man pleaded guilty Wednesday to allegations he kidnapped and raped a 13-year-old girl this summer.Samuel Chapman III, 28, entered his plea to second-degree rape of a child, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and felony harassment.Because his conviction involves a sex offense, a corrections officer must perform a presentence report on him to be considered by a judge for sentencing.Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson set a review hearing for Oct. 14. At that time, a sentencing date will be set.Deputy Prosecutor Anna Klein said she will recommend a punishment of between 10 and 13 years in prison.According to court documents, Chapman was arrested July 31 after he kidnapped the girl from an apartment in the 1600 block of Murton Road in the Harney Heights neighborhood. A relative of the girl’s who lives at the apartment told police that he grabbed the girl by the ponytail and slammed the girl’s face into the wall before dragging her into a minivan and driving off.Once inside the van, Chapman met up with a friend and allegedly encouraged the man to perform sex acts on the girl. He told the friend she was 18 or 19, according to court documents.Later, Chapman dropped the girl back off in the street outside the Murton Road apartment. Officers, who were on the scene questioning witnesses, followed the van and detained Chapman.The victim later told police she had met Chapman at a park in January and was allegedly forced to have sexual contact with him several times. She told police she only knew him by the moniker “So Low,” according to court documents.last_img read more

first_imgMEDLEY, FLA. (WSVN) – Mario Kart fans in Medley got a taste of what it’s like to be in a real-life video game race.The Mushroom Rally, hosted at K1 Speed near Okeechobee Road, brought the beloved Nintendo video game to life, Saturday.Children and adults alike showed up as their favorite video game characters.“It’s a really good event, and I’m happy that our wives did something like this where four of us can come down, hang out, do something silly,” said attendee Mike Boretski. “We’re all grown men, and we got full-time jobs and kids, and here we are dressed up as our favorite video game characters from back in the ’90s.”The Mushroom Rally will continue to hit cities across the country. Miami was the fourth stop on the list.The winner of Saturday’s race will compete in the championship later this year in Las Vegas.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — First Choice Remodeling and Wilmington-based Local Heroes are holding a Veterans Poker Night on Saturday April 13, 2019, from 6pm to 9pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Players must be registered by 6pm. Tournament will start at 7pm.$100 buy in if paid in advance. $125 buy in at the door. To register, sponsor a table or make a donation, email localheroesinc@yahoo.com. Prizes will be paid to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.Proceeds will benefit Local Heroes Inc., a Wilmington-based organization that supports veterans.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”Local Heroes To Hold Annual Car Show On September 15In “Community”1st Annual Cornhole Battle Of The WHS Football Alumni Set For September 21In “Community”last_img read more