Benchmark and Crown review rents at West End schemes

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Green on the horizon

first_imgHorizon at Thornlands is being marketed as the Bayside’s “best value” community.IT is being marketed as the Bayside’s “best value” community, and so far the sales are going gangbusters.Just 51 homesites are available at Horizon estate in Thornlands, and so far more than 30 per cent of lots have been sold totalling more than $5 million.At 60m above sea level, its elevated status is proving popular with buyers, as is its proximity to Moreton Bay. Situated in the Redland City region, Thornlands is located within a koala corridor and is just 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.Development managers LH Property Partners (LHPP) have committed over 70 per cent of the masterplan to preserved and rehabilitated bushland.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“With a protected habitat and fauna corridor neighbouring Horizon to the south and Hilliards Creek to the west, we really wanted to embrace the abundant green space in the area,” LHPP director Rob Laffey.But while it may be surrounded by bushland, Horizon is also within easy reach of Cleveland and Victoria Point, the Redlands Hospital, a number of shopping centres, the Raby Bay marina, and Sirromet Winery.Lots at Horizon start from $279,000, with Urbane Homes offering more than 30 four- bedroom house and land packages from $499,900. A four-bedroom, single-storey design comes with a feature facade, split-system airconditioning, a large kitchen with a 3m island bench and breakfast bar, stainless-steel appliances, landscaping and much more.“The stunning bayside lifestyle combined with relative affordability is such a rare mix, and it’s why we were so excited to be involved with Horizon Estate,” Urbane Homes director Jon Rivera said.The median house sales price in Thornlands is $615,000, according to the latest data from CoreLogic.That figures represents a 19.2 per cent increase in just five years.last_img read more

Experts ponder euthanasia link in old-age suicide rate 27 August 2013Elderly men are taking their lives at a high rate, and the chief coroner has raised the possibility of a link with euthanasia.Suicide figures published yesterday highlighted the lack of information about people who died through euthanasia, which was illegal in New Zealand, chief coroner Judge Neil MacLean said.“Euthanasia is suicide – we don’t go into details about the euthanasia rate.”The figures show that, in the past year, men aged 85 or older were more likely to take their own lives than any other group.Judge MacLean said more research was needed into elderly suicides. “Is it in rest homes, in the community, in hospitals?”He said the research was necessary even though those aged 85 and older made up only a small proportion of the 541 people who killed themselves last year. Nine men in that age group took their lives in the 12 months to June 30, pushing their suicide rate to 31 per 100,000 people.Older women were far less likely to commit suicide, with only three taking their lives last year. read more

Witness provides compelling account of Jamaican ‘garrisons’

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Share 26 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Witness provides compelling account of Jamaican ‘garrisons’ by: – May 25, 2012 Share Christopher ‘Dudus’ CokeNEW YORK, USA — In a document filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Monday in connection with the sentencing of Jamaican drug lord, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, an unnamed witness provided a compelling account of Coke’s activities in Tivoli Gardens, one of the so-called “garrison” communities in Kingston, and the scene of a violent confrontation in May 2010 between local residents and Jamaican security forces, who were seeking to arrest Coke.A raid by police and troops on Tivoli Gardens to capture Coke, a Robin Hood figure with deep support in the ramshackle slums of West Kingston, ended in the deaths of 73 civilians.The son of one of Jamaica’s most legendary dons, Lester Coke, also known as Jim Brown, who died in 1992 in a mysterious fire after being taken into custody, Coke made a name for himself as a businessman, political player and chief of the “Shower Posse”. Coke’s gang effectively controlled Tivoli Gardens, an impoverished area of western Kingston where he created a mini-economy providing both livelihoods and protection to residents desperately seeking both.The witness described himself as one of Brown’s bodyguards in the late 1980s and subsequently played a similar role for Coke, who succeeded his father and brother as head of the Shower Posse, which was headquartered in Tivoli Gardens and was involved in activities such as murder, extortion, armed robbery, narcotics trafficking and firearms trafficking, in Jamaica and in the United States.Posse members who relocated to the United States from Jamaica were obligated to contribute a portion of their illegal gains back to Jamaica to support the gang. Contributions could be made in the form of cash, goods such as clothing or appliances, or firearms. Relatives of these US­ based Shower Posse members who remained in Jamaica were at risk of physical harm by members of the gang if these contributions were not forthcoming, the witness said.The witness referred to Tivoli Gardens as a “garrison community”, which means, he said, a neighbourhood whose members are armed by the leader of the community and also a neighbourhood that is loyal to and affiliated with one of the major Jamaican political parties — in the case of Tivoli Gardens at that time and through the present time, the Jamaican Labour Party (JLP).The residents of the Tivoli Gardens community (and of similar “garrison” communities in Kingston) are generally among the poorer citizens of Jamaica. The housing in which most residents of Tivoli Gardens live was built by the government, when the JLP was in power. The vast majority of these residents do not pay rent, nor do they pay for utilities such as electricity and water, the witness explained.As the area leader, Coke, like his father and brother, provided certain services to the community. For example, he assigned paid work to members of the community arising out of government contracts that he obtained — such as contracts to clean streets, fix roads or engage in other construction projects. For these projects, Coke would deduct from the salaries paid a portion of funds as a contribution to the “System” — essentially a required payment to the gang, which the witness said was used to purchase guns and ammunition and also to provide assistance to the members of the community.Coke also provided funds to individuals on an as needed basis — generally for food, medical care, school supplies or other necessities. He also held what was known as “treats”, which are community events where various artistes would perform for the community, for free, and at which necessities would be handed out to community members, such as school supplies, packages of food and holiday gifts.In addition, Coke held “dances” — events that were also open to outsiders as well as community members, for a fee. Dances were held to raise money for medical care or other community needs.The witness said Coke imposed a strict code of behaviour and discipline within the community, which was enforced at times through violence.The witness described how Coke, like his father and brother before him, maintained a group of loyal, armed men referred to as “Shotters.” There were approximately two hundred Shotters at any one time, although not all were active. The Shotters were paid by Coke and their duties included protecting Coke and the Tivoli Gardens community from attacks by members of rival communities and to prevent law enforcement or military personnel from entering Tivoli Gardens.The Shotters also enforced the code of community discipline imposed by Duddus, including by engaging in acts of violence.As a result of the Shotters’ activities, the witness said, very few crimes were committed within Tivoli Gardens and the surrounding communities, except those crimes that Duddus authorized. Shotters were also deployed to “campaign” on behalf of the JLP, primarily outside the Tivoli Gardens community. In that capacity, the Shotters (who were armed at the time) went door-to-door in different areas to ensure that voters living in those areas supported the JLP, including through use of intimidation.During the time that Coke was in control of Tivoli Gardens, he, like Jim Brown, imposed a strict code of conduct upon members of the community, which he personally enforced. Residents of Tivoli Gardens and surrounding areas such Denham Town did not report crimes or acts of violence to the Jamaican Constabulary Force. Instead, residents of Tivoli Gardens reported such incidents to Coke directly, the witness said.Coke would listen to both parties and make a determination about who was right and who was wrong, then directing the Shotters or other senior members of the gang to impose a penalty.For domestic disputes brought to Coke’s attention that could not be settled amicably, Coke would typically direct that a beating be given to the party that was in the wrong, whether male or female.When the wrong involved stealing, for example from stalls in Coronation Market, the penalty would be a shooting, usually in the hand or foot.The witness said he had several conversations about firearms with Coke, who said he needed heavy firepower to maintain his control over the gang and within Jamaica. Coke told the witness that he obtained the majority of his firearms from Miami and New York and that he was primarily interested in receiving rifles or “long guns” because he already had a lot of handguns or “short guns”.Coke explained to the witness that firearms sent from the United States were packaged in appliances, refrigerators and deep freezes and that handguns and ammunition could also be sent down in foodstuffs, including rice and flour, as well as in soap boxes.The witness said he has seen the Shotters and high-level members of the Shower Posse, in Coke’s presence, dismantling these appliances and taking apart the foodstuffs to retrieve the firearms.Like his father and brother before him, the witness said Coke directed that he was the only person within the community of Tivoli Gardens and the surrounding area who could sell crack cocaine.The witness also described how Coke arranged for females to transport cocaine into the United States, giving them partial payment in US dollars and airplane tickets — to either New York or Miami. They would be paid in full when they returned to Jamaica.Many of the females were said to be “higglers” — informal commercial importers who sold various types of goods in the local markets in Kingston such as clothing and foodstuffs. The females had visas allowing them to travel to the US.The witness also described how Coke engaged in extortion in Coronation Market, a large area within Tivoli Gardens where individual vendors sold food, clothing and other items.The vendors were required by law to pay the Jamaican government for the space to sell their goods and Coke also required that vendors pay a fee to him in order to sell their goods in the market area. Coke tasked a senior member of the gang to inform vendors that they had to pay this fee, and to collect the fee. The fee was collected on a monthly basis and anyone who did not pay the fee was told that he or she could not sell in the marketplace anymore. The witness said he was aware of anyone who refused to pay the fee, but it was well-known that those who did not pay would be subject to physical harm by members of the gang if they continued to sell their goods in market. In addition, when a “treat” or other community event was held, other senior members of the gang, at Coke’s direction, would require the local businesses to contribute goods, or cash. If the businesses refused to do so, they would not be allowed to operate in the area.Following his eventual capture in Jamaica, Coke was extradited to the US, where he pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy for trafficking large quantities of marijuana and cocaine into the United States, as well as to conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering for approving the stabbing of a marijuana dealer in New York City.A sentencing hearing is currently underway in New York federal court. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Bulldogs Grapplers Participate At Rushville 5-Way Meet

first_imgThe Batesville wrestling team traveled to Rushville to compete in the Rushville 5-way wrestling duals.  Competing teams include: Batesville, Centerville, Connersville, Greensburg, and Rushville. The Rushville Lions ended the day in first place winning all dual match-ups.Despite losing the overall team dual scores the Bulldogs had many good individual wins on the day.  This was led by senior Chris Schene ending his day with four wins and zero losses in the 152 lb class.  Additional Bulldogs leading the team include Caleb Bischoff-Niese and JT Linkel (a pair of freshman) earning three wins on the day each.Team results: Batesville 30, Centerville 48; Batesville 30, Greensburg 45; Batesville 21, Connersville 51; Batesville 21, Rushville 48.Individual varsity results: 106 lb – Caleb Bischoff-Niese 3-1, 113 lb – Forfeit, 120 lb – Forfeit, 126 lb – JT Linkel 3-1, 132 lb -Jonah Chase 1-3, 138 lb – Jon Vincent 2-2, 145 lb – Ethan Meyer 1-1, Conner Batchelor 0-2, 152 lb – Chris Schene 4-0, 160 lb – Nick Schneider 0-4, 170 lb – Axel Garcia 1-3, 182 lb – Abram Garcia 0-4, 195 lb – Jon Kurtz 2-1, 220 lb – Drew Garbarini 1-3, 285 lb – Forfeit.Individual Reserve results: Dallas Lamping 2-0, Malachi Kirby 1-0, Mason Green 0-1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img read more

Pedestrian struck and killed in Rising Sun

first_imgRising Sun, In. — An Ohio man was struck and killed in Rising Sun Friday evening.A report from the Indiana State Police says Onlie Gulley, 83, of Morrow, Ohio, was crossing State Road 56 near Lincoln Street at 7:50 p.m. when he was struck by a car driven by Gary Turner, 77, of Rising Sun.Gulley was transported to a local hospital where he later died. The driver of the car, Turner was not injured.Alcohol and drugs are not suspected, but Turner has submitted to a toxicology test.last_img

Rhodes not for sale – Blackburn

first_img “The owners of Blackburn Rovers wish to reassure fans that their intention is not to sell Jordan Rhodes as they, along with the manager and board of directors, feel that he is integral to our bid to gain promotion back to the Premier League.” The news will come as a blow to Tigers manager Steve Bruce, who said on Saturday morning that the two clubs remained in negotiations for the 24-year-old. “I knew last night that there were conversations going on between the two clubs; that’s as far as I know really so far,” Bruce told Sky Sports News HQ. “It’s something that we’re trying to progress, if that’s possible. It’s always difficult when you’re talking about other people’s players but there has been a bid lodged. “I believe the first bid was refused but I do believe the two clubs are still talking.” However, the subsequent statement from Rovers suggests Bruce will have to search elsewhere as he looks to replace Shane Long following his sale to Southampton. Blackburn paid a club-record fee of £8million to sign Rhodes from Huddersfield in 2012 and he only signed a new contract last month to take his deal at Ewood Park up until the summer of 2019. Rovers fans feared the need to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations could see Rhodes jettisoned, though, with the east Lancashire club having posted pre-tax losses of £36.5m for the 2012-13 season. The Tigers’ initial bid, believed to be around £8million, for Scotland international Rhodes was instantly turned down on Thursday and their follow-up enquiry has also met a dead end. And Rovers released a statement on their official website on Saturday morning which read: “We have recently received two official bids for the services of Jordan Rhodes from Hull City FC, both have been respectfully and categorically rejected. But Saturday’s statement from the club stressed that Rhodes, who has scored 53 goals in 99 appearances, remains an integral part of Gary Bowyer’s team. The statement continued: “Despite the necessity to comply with and address the pending restrictions of FFP regulations, the owners feel it would be a detrimental step to lose our top goalscorer and such an icon of this football club. “We made our intentions clear this summer when we rewarded Jordan with a new-and-improved contract and we stand by that. “We want to give Gary Bowyer and the team the best possible opportunity to get back to the top flight and Jordan has been, and remains, a significant part of that aim. “It is also important to acknowledge that Jordan has acted, unsurprisingly, in a totally professional manner during this period of speculation.” Rhodes is set to make his 100th appearance at Ewood Park later on Saturday when Rovers host Bournemouth. Blackburn have told Hull they have no intention of selling striker Jordan Rhodes after rejecting two offers from the Barclays Premier League club. Press Associationlast_img read more

CDC says to avoid all ‘nonessential’ trips to China amid coronavirus outbreak

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised travelers to avoid all non-essential trips to China amid a coronavirus outbreak that has sickened thousands, and killed hundreds.The CDC has issued a Level 3 travel advisory to all of China.Authorities say the coronavirus was first discovered last month in Wuhan, China. It has since spread at a rapid rate to nearly three dozen other countries, including the United States, where health officials have confirmed five cases of the viral infection. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to #China due to the ongoing #2019nCoV (#coronavirus) outbreak. The outbreak is growing and there is limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas.— CDC Travel Health (@CDCtravel) January 27, 2020last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — A day after postponing the Tokyo Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is invoking comments by President Donald Trump to defend himself from criticism.Bach spoke to about 400 reporters on a conference call and was asked why it took so long to postpone the Tokyo Games amid growing concern among athletes about the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that many governments have imposed social limits only into next month or early May and pointed to Trump’s hope of easing restrictions by mid-April.Bach said “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday that the outbreak was accelerating.The Tokyo Games were scheduled to begin July 24. Several countries last weekend called for the Olympics to be postponed until next year, but the IOC did not decide to push back the games until Tuesday.In other developments news related to the pandemic: Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins says there were no signs of foul play and that the Whitman County coroner will determine the cause of death.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-DAVID EDWARDSFormer Texas A&M basketball player David Edwards dead at 48COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Former Texas A&M basketball player David Edwards has died at 48. General manager Jim Rutherford says Guentzel has not encountered any setbacks after undergoing shoulder surgery on Dec. 31. Guentzel was expected to need 4 to 6 months to recover, but Rutherford indicated his high-scoring forward is near the front end of the timetable.Guentzel had 20 goals and 43 points in 39 games this season before the injury.TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLUS Justice Department: Don’t treat trans athletes as girlsHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. — The Colts have added another piece to their defense by signing Sheldon Day. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. He’s the second former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle to join the Colts since free agency opened last week, joining All-Pro DeForest Buckner. Day has played in 56 games over four seasons with Jacksonville and San Francisco.NFL-BILLS-OBITEx-Bill Stratton diesUNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Bills say former star linebacker Mike Stratton has died due to heart complications stemming from a recent fall. He was 78.Stratton was part of a Bills defense that holds the pro football record of not allowing a touchdown rushing in 17 consecutive games, spanning the 1964-65 seasons. Associated Press March 25, 2020 Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing against the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the state’s high school athletic competitions.The conference allows athletes to compete as the gender with which they identify, arguing it is following a state law that requires high school students be treated according to their gender identity. It also argues the policy is in accordance with Title IX, the federal law that allows girls equal educational opportunities, including in athletics.The lawsuit was filed in February by three female runners who say they have been deprived of wins, state titles and athletic opportunities by being forced to compete against transgender athletes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Selected by Buffalo in the 1962 draft, Stratton spent his first 11 seasons with the Bills and finished his career with the 1973 Chargers. He was a three-time All-AFL player and earned second-team AFL All-1960s team honors.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-BEEKMANPolice: Washington State safety Bryce Beekman found deadPULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State senior defensive back Bryce Beekman has died.Police in Pullman, Washington, say the 22-year-old was found dead in his apartment by an officer who responded to a call for help involving “breathing problems.” — Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market. MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date. Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.— The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week. That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting. Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.— Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother is hospitalized and in a medically induced coma after contracting the new coronavirus. Towns said both his parents went to the hospital recently and were tested for the disease. While his father was released and told to quarantine at home, his mother’s condition deteriorated to the point where she was put on a ventilator and placed in a coma.— NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified, and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. NASCAR was scheduled to race at Atlanta March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.— Experts are pointing to a Feb. 19 soccer game as one of the biggest reasons why the Italian city of Bergamo (BEHR’-gah-moh) has become an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. On that day a third of the Italian city’s population made the short trip to Milan to watch their team play Spanish club Valencia. Nearly 2,500 fans from Spain also traveled to the match. Two days later, the region’s first case of locally transmitted COVID-19 was reported. More than a third of Valencia’s team eventually became infected following what some are calling “Game Zero.” Former teammate Charles Henderson posted on social media that Edwards died of complications from the new coronavirus. The Associated Press couldn’t independently confirm Henderson’s account.Edwards held the single-season school record for assists for more than 25 years. He averaged 13.5 points for the Aggies and is second to Alex Caruso on A&M’s career lists with 602 steals and 228 steals.NHL-PENGUINS-GUENTZELGuentzel progressing nicelyPITTSBURGH (AP) — It’s possible that Pittsburgh Penguins All-Star forward Jake Guentzel (GEHNT’-sul) could return sometime this season if the NHL is able to resume the campaign. Update on the latest sports COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOPPIN-NBAToppin entering NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Dayton All-American forward Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) is entering the NBA draft after leading the Flyers to a 29-2 record and No. 3 ranking as a redshirt sophomore.Toppin led the way in one of Dayton’s greatest seasons, averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds. He was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-America first team and He beat Iowa’s Luke Garza for AP player of the year honors.NFL-PANTHERS — Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is pitching an idea to help big league teams squeeze in more games once the season resumes. Atkins is floating the prospect of playing seven-inning doubleheaders, allowing MLB to add more games in a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs. Seven-inning twinbills have long been a staple of minor league baseball.— Injured Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge still hasn’t resumed baseball activities. Judge didn’t play in any spring training games because of discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. The Yankees said March 6 that the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year had a stress fracture to his first right rib, an injury likely dating from a diving catch late last season. Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Judge will be evaluated again in a few weeks.— Major League Baseball will air 30 games across its digital platforms on Thursday, giving fans plenty of hardball to choose from on an opening day postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. With its season delayed until at least mid-May, MLB will air one memorable game for each franchise on its YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIOC chief invokes Trump in defense of Olympic decision Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSMLB Free agency could happen if season in postponedUNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts and all the players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still get that chance if there is no baseball this year. That’s part of a broad deal being negotiated by the commissioner’s office and the players’ association. A person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press the agreement would credit major leaguers with the same service time this year that they earned in 2019 if there’s no season because of the new coronavirus.Major League Baseball and the union would agree to try to play as many regular season games as possible, the person said. They also would agree to explore one-time changes to the postseason, which would create the possibility of expanded playoffs this year.Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, Mets hurler Marcus Stroman, Astros outfielder George Springer and Phillies catcher JT Realmuto (ree=al-MOO’-toh) also would be eligible for free agency, even if the season is canceled.In other baseball news:— Commissioner Rob Manfred says the investigation of the Red Sox’s alleged cheating is complete, telling ESPN a verdict will be announced before the start of the season. Manfred’s office looked into Boston’s potential involvement in sign stealing. The Red Sox parted ways with manager and former Astros bench coach Alex Cora in January over his involvement in sign stealing while with Houston. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.— The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better in North America. The officer says it is difficult to predict when cases of COVID-19 might peak or decrease. That uncertainty makes it unclear when players might be able to get back on the ice in small groups, let alone when games might resume. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly believes it’s too early to know whether fans would be allowed in whenever hockey is back.— The NHL has announced that it is postponing the scouting combine, the league awards ceremony and the draft due to the ongoing uncertainly resulting from the coronavirus. All three events were scheduled to be held in June, an impossibility if the league resumes its regular season and holds a full playoff schedule. The NHL added that the draft and draft lottery will be announced when plans are finalized.— The Kontinental Hockey League has given up on trying to reschedule its playoffs and canceled the remainder of the season. The Russia-based KHL is widely considered to be the strongest league outside the NHL. It was due to play its conference semifinals when play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.— The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden. The Bruins call the moves “temporary business stabilization measures” and go into effect April 1. The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Hockey Hall of Famer Jeremy Jacobs. Forbes Magazine estimates the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion. Bridgewater inks dealUNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have officially signed free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year contract.A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press last week that the contract is worth $63 million.Bridgewater replaces 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, who was released on Tuesday after nine seasons with the team. Bridgewater enters his seventh NFL season after spending four seasons with the Vikings and two with the Saints.Also around the NFL:last_img read more

Smith ton helps Australia to 300 …Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav shines on debut with 4-68

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyDHARAMSALA, India- (Reuters)-Australia skipper Steve Smith’s third century of the series and India spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s memorable debut left the fourth and final Test between the teams evenly poised on Saturday.Smith, comfortably the leading scorer of the series, made 111 as he and David Warner, who scored 56, added 134 runs for the second wicket to help Australia dominate the morning session after opting to bat.Left-arm wrist-spinner Yadav, an inspirational selection in India’s bold move to go with five bowlers, led the hosts’ strong comeback in the post-lunch session when five wickets tumbled for 64 runs.Matthew Wade made 57 down the order to help Australia reach 300 before the tourists folded leaving India to bat the final over of the day, a maiden one from Josh Hazlewood.Wade conceded Australia lost an opportunity to post a bigger total.“(Australia were) one for 140, so after lunch you hope to push but credit to the Indians who bowled really well through the middle session,” he told reporters.“We had to find a way to grind out 300. To get there in the end was a good effort.”Openers Lokesh Rahul, who faced all six deliveries from Hazlewood, and Murali Vijay will hope to give India a strong start when they resume today.The hosts received a jolt even before a ball was bowled when regular skipper Virat Kohli was ruled out of the match with a shoulder injury he had sustained in the drawn third test in Ranchi.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, replacing fellow paceman Ishant Sharma, swung the first ball of the match to induce an edge from Warner but Karun Nair spilled it at third slip.India did not have to wait long for the breakthrough though.In the next over, Umesh Yadav pushed one through Matt Renshaw’s gate and pegged back his off-stump to dismiss the opener for one.Smith and Warner laid the foundation for a big first innings total with a century partnership during which Smith’s characteristic fluency contrasted Warner’s scratchy knock.Warner brought up his first fifty of the series after Smith had reached his own, before Kuldeep led India’s fightback after lunch with brilliant display of wrist-spin bowling.The 22-year-old generated extra bounce and the ball flew off the shoulder of Warner’s bat en route to India’s stop-gap skipper Ajinkya Rahane at slip.Umesh dismissed Shaun Marsh for four before Kuldeep (4-68) returned to further torment the tourists.The Uttar Pradesh player disturbed Peter Handscomb’s stumps and then bamboozled Glenn Maxwell with a brilliant googly to peg back Australia.Smith brought up his 20th Test century in 150 balls to steer Australia past the 200-run mark before edging Ravichandran Ashwin to Rahane in the slip.Smith faced 173 balls during his composed knock, hitting 14 boundaries.Wade and Pat Cummins, who made 21, defied the Indian bowlers for nearly 13 overs before being separated.“All four wickets are special but I guess the first wicket (of Warner) was important from the team’s point of view,” Kuldeep said.“They did not take a chance against me and were largely content taking singles. I didn’t face any problem.”The four-Test series is level at 1-1.AUSTRALIA 1st inningsD. Warner c Rahane b K. Yadav 56M. Renshaw b U. Yadav 1S. Smith c Rahane b R. Ashwin 111S. Marsh c Saha b U. Yadav 4P. Handscomb b K. Yadav 8G. Maxwell b K. Yadav 8M. Wade b Jadeja 57P. Cummins c&b K. Yadav 21S. O’Keefe run out (Saha) 8N. Lyon c Pujara b B. Kumar 13J. Hazlewood not out 2Extras (b-1 lb-10) 11Total (all out, 88.3 overs) 300Fall of wickets: 1-10 M. Renshaw,2-144 D. Warner,3-153 S. Marsh,4-168 P. Handscomb,5-178 G. Maxwell,6-208 S. Smith,7-245 P. Cummins,8-269 S. O’Keefe,9-298 M. Wade,10-300 N. LyonBowling: B. Kumar 12.3 – 2 – 41 – 1,U. Yadav 15 – 1 – 69 – 2,R. Ashwin 23 – 5 – 54 – 1,R. Jadeja 15 – 1 – 57 – 1, K. Yadav 23 – 3 – 68 – 4.last_img read more