Comments by Windies players inappropriate, disrespectful: ICC

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

Etihad says not feasible to reinvest in Jet Airways

first_imgNew Delhi: Gulf carrier Etihad, which holds 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways, on Monday said it has decided not to reinvest in the airline due to unresolved issues concerning liabilities. Jet Airways, which shuttered operations on April 17, is undergoing insolvency proceedings and at least three entities have put in initial bids for the carrier. In a statement, Etihad said it declined to lodge an Expression of Interest (EoI) to reinvest in Jet Airways because of unresolved issues concerning the airline’s liabilities. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe deadline for submission of EoIs was August 10. While noting that it was “neither feasible for nor responsible of Etihad to reinvest in Jet Airways at this time, Etihad asserted that the decision does not affect its commitment to India. “Since then, Etihad has consistently and constructively sought and advanced solutions to help resolve Jet’s issues. But as a minority shareholder, Etihad has had limited capacity to secure required changes,” the statement said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe national carrier of the UAE picked up 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways in 2013. Earlier this year, Etihad said it made a conditional expression of interest to reinvest in the Indian airline as a minority stakeholder, with an agreed partner, but unfortunately this did not materialise. “Etihad remained engaged in the process, but despite the endeavours of everyone involved, there remained very significant issues relating to Jet’s previous liabilities,” the statement noted. “Regrettably, in these circumstances, it was neither feasible for nor responsible of Etihad to reinvest in Jet at this time. This decision is unrelated to and does not affect Etihad’s continued commitment to India, the airline’s largest single market, and one which it has served for 15 years,” it said. According to the statement, Etihad flies between Abu Dhabi and 10 destinations in India, and is continually increasing the frequency of its flights, the size of its aircraft, the quality of its product and the international route connections it offers beyond its hub in Abu Dhabi.last_img read more

Stretch sweat and soothe

first_imgSangeet Natak Akademi is organising a multi-dimensional festival titled Yog Parv on June 21, announced by UN General Assembly as International Yoga Day. The festival highlights the essence, philosophy and virtues of yoga for spiritual uplifting, healing and holistic development that influences all aspects of life — physical, mental and spiritual through partaking and direct public participation in various events.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival encompasses over 300 selected works of art, dance and music performances, workshops, and other presentations by 150 plus artistes from across India and overseas.“Yuj — to unite is the root word for yoga. Performing arts is understood in the context of Yoga as Naad yoga, Asanas, Mudras, Pranayam, Bandhas, Kriyas and Dhyana (meditation). In both disciplines the practice combines physical exercise, has meditative and spiritual pursuits that connect humanity.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYog Parva is a festival to celebrate the International Day of Yoga by presenting performing and visual arts, wellness haat, organic cafe and many other activities to spread the value of Yoga,” says Helen Acharya, secretary, Sangeet Natak Akademi. The exhibition Yoga Chakra – Tradition and Modernity, will highlight an all encompassing philosophy of life sustaining practices across ages, cultures and continents for meditation and stress relief. It will showcase illustrated manuscripts, paintings, photographs, books, interactive installations, digital work, and films.  The other aspects of the festival that is integral to the concept of yoga include dance performances, music concerts, theater, lecture demonstrations, discourses, talks, workshops, meditation sessions, consultations with Yoga experts as well as an interactive arena to experience a host of herbal remedies and organic cuisine from across the country. Other institutions like — National Museum New Delhi, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Art New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademy New Delhi, Indian Museum Kolkata, Allahabad Museum will be highlighting the importance of this traditional Indian practice that is more than 5000 years old. The best of art works that bring out the essence of the spirit of Yoga will be showcased. “The act of creating art itself is a yogic practice for the artistes and the rasikas reflected in the vast corpus of visual arts. The project focuses on the philosophy and dynamics of Yoga, as a way of life, for an interface between mind, body and soul that continue to engage artists across cultures and eras,” says Sushma K Bahl (curator cultural projects).The exhibition will provide a wholesome experience to visitors giving them an opportunity to feel and understand the concept of Yoga as it is practiced today, encompassing the traditional within the contemporary context of modern lifestyles. The festival will be a celebration for enhancing our lifestyle by providing focus on how to improve our wellness and good health through different aspects of Yoga. So mark your calender and head over!Where: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra BhawanWhen: June 21 -27  Timing: 9 am till 8 pmlast_img read more

The Collections 25 leak of 22 billion email addresses might have your

first_imgIn recent years, hackers have breached companies like Dropbox and LinkedIn by stealing 71 million and 117 million passwords, respectively. This month, Troy Hunt, security researcher identified the first portion of the data dump, named Collection #1, which has a set of breached databases. He represented 773 million unique usernames and passwords. Other researchers have now obtained and analyzed an additional vast database called Collections #2–5. It has 845 gigabytes of stolen data and 25 billion records in all. German news site Heise reported that Collection of 2.2 billion unique usernames and associated passwords has been distributed on hacker forums and torrents. According to the researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute, 611 million credentials in Collections #2–5 weren’t included in the Collection #1 database. Chris Rouland, a cybersecurity researcher and founder of the IoT security firm, who also pulled Collections #1–5 from torrented files, said, “This is the biggest collection of breaches we’ve ever seen.” According to Rouland, as the collection has already been circulated amongst hackers, the tracker file which he downloaded was being seeded by more than 130 people who possessed the data dump. It has also been downloaded more than 1,000 times. In a statement to WIRED, Rouland said, “It’s an unprecedented amount of information and credentials that will eventually get out into the public domain.” According to WIRED, most of the stolen data appears to come from previous thefts, like the breaches of LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Dropbox. WIRED has examined a sample of the data and further confirmed that the credentials are valid, but mostly represent passwords from the previous years’ data leaks. This collection could be used as a powerful tool for unskilled hackers as they can try a technique called credential stuffing. With this technique, users can try previously leaked usernames and passwords on any website with the hope that people have reused passwords. Rouland said, “For the internet as a whole, this is still very impactful.” Who knows if we are targeted too? What should one do? Users can check for their usernames in the breach using Hasso Plattner Institute’s tool. This identity leak checker asks for users’ email address then uses that email ID to generate a list of information including users’ name, IP address, and password, if applicable. It tells the users if a password has been matched to their email address. It can also tell how recent that password actually is. One should change passwords for any breached sites it flags. It is advisable to not reuse passwords, and use a password manager. A password manager can automatically generate unique, secure passwords for the services a user uses. Users should turn on the two-factor authentication wherever possible. Though the two-factor authentication isn’t foolproof, it provides a layer of security. Troy Hunt’s service HaveIBeenPwned helps in checking if the passwords have been compromised, though it doesn’t yet include Collections #2-5. Read Next Internal memo reveals NASA suffered a data breach compromising employees social security numbers Former Senior VP’s take on the Mariott data breach; NYT reports suspects Chinese hacking ties Equifax data breach could have been “entirely preventable”, says House oversight and government reform committee staff reportlast_img read more