India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli was the difference in the game, says Aaron Finch

first_imgIndia vs Australia 2nd ODI Brief Score: India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54). Full ScorecardAustralia captain Aaron Finch lauded his side’s effort after going down by 8 runs in the second one day international at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday. India captain Virat Kohli smashed his 40th hundred to help India take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Kohli scored 116 off 120 balls after India were sent in and were bowled out for 250 in the 49th over. In reply, Australia were all out for 242 in 49.2 overs.”Virat Kohli was the difference in the game, if one of our main batters had done the job, we would have got across the line,” Finch said at the post match presentation ceremony.Australia were in the chase until the last over when, needing 11 to win with two wickets left, Marcus Stoinis was trapped leg before wicket on 52 by medium-pacer Vijay Shankar off the first ball, and Adam Zampa was bowled two balls later.”It was close, was one of the games that we wanted to take as deep as we can. [Marcus] Stoinis played a really superb innings but we couldn’t get across the line. I thought if Stoinis takes a risk early and gets out, we have no chance at all. It was important for him to take it deep and I am sure he will learn from this. In the future, we will get across the line,” Finch said.advertisement”[Australia were never ahead] Not at any stage really, not on this pitch against this Indian attack.”Finch, who has been struggling for form for quite some time now, hit 37 off 53 and looked in good touch.”Would have been good to get more, starts don’t win you games,” he said.The third ODI will be played in Ranchi on Friday.Also Read | I was waiting for this opportunity: Vijay Shankar after last-over heroics vs AustraliaAlso Read | MS Dhoni chased around by pitch invader in Nagpur, Virat Kohli not amusedAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja joins Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev in elite listlast_img read more


first_imgA Yankton man has been sentenced to up to 18 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.Curt Wayne Adams Sr. was sentenced at the Yankton County Courthouse after entering a no contest plea to Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.Back in December of 2016, Adams exchanged gunfire with a state trooper who had tried to pull Adams over for making an illegal U-turn.Adams led Trooper Kayne Weaver on a 20-mile pursuit which ended with Adams firing a volley of shots at the patrolman who returned fire.Adams was injured in the gunfire exchange and taken into custody.last_img read more

‘Decision on Pogba surgery next week’

first_imgPaul Pogba Decision on Pogba surgery next week, reveals surgeon Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 21:27 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Paul Pogba Manchester United Southampton v Manchester United Southampton Premier League The France international is suffering from a hamstring injury, and could be forced out of action for an extended period. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will find out if he will go under the knife to cure his hamstring troubles next week, Finnish surgeon Sakari Orava has revealed.Oraval, who also worked on Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, will hold talks with the France international over whether an operation would be best for him to get back on his feet.Man Utd 9/1 to beat Palace 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The 24-year-old suffered an injury in the early stages of Manchester United’s Champions League win over Basel earlier this month, but may not necessarily need a procedure.“His injury is a little different to Dembele because he can heal without surgery,” he told HS. “A decision will be taken next week.”Orava explained why the injury probably came about. “This kind of problem is usually a sum of many coincidences and is affected by muscle fatigue as well as rapid stopping and quick turning, with the brain going quicker than the feet,” he said.The 72-year-old surgeon reckons he has conducted nearly 1000 operations on hamstrings and perhaps double that on Achilles injuries. Among his patients have been David Beckham and Dembele, who went under the knife for the first time under the Finn’s hand earlier this week.The Barcelona star’s rehabilitation has been programmed at around three-and-a-half months following surgery, and Manchester United will hope Pogba won’t be out nearly as long as his France team-mate.last_img read more

Watch: Alabama-LSU Sideline Shoving Match Results In 4 Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalties

first_imgAlabama and LSU players fight on the field.YouTube/Nick SussTonight’s Alabama-LSU game got very feisty in the third quarter. A sideline fracas resulted in four different penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct.Alabama defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne and LSU’s Colin Jeter got tangled up in a tackle attempt that went out of bounds. It eventually devolved into a large-scale shoving match between Crimson Tide and Tiger players that fell short of becoming a brawl, but did earn the two teams a combined four unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.Unsportsmanlike conduct in abundance— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) November 6, 2016Fans on Twitter are not happy with the result at all. Three of the penalties were on Alabama, to one for LSU, but the penalties still completely offset.I turned to the LSU Bama game and Bama had 3 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and LSU had 1. But somehow all offset? ??? okay then.— Taylor Sabo (@SaboIsland) November 6, 2016Alabama had 3 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on 1 play and their cheap shot started all of it. LSU had one. Offsetting. Makes sense.— KDK (@vach1244) November 6, 2016That unsportsmanlike penalty against LSU was so garbage, but then again the refs looking out for Alabama, what surprise ?— Pedro Rodriguez (@Pedro_1876) November 6, 2016Please explain how 3 Unsportsmanlike on Bama vs 1 on LSU is offsetting each other ?????? #BAMAvsLSU #refereeBULL— Misty Tipler (@mistydawntipler) November 6, 2016Early in the fourth quarter, we just got our first score in this defensive slugfest: a 21-yard Jalen Hurts touchdown run. The game is pretty reminiscent of the awesome 2011 battle between these two SEC West rivals, which LSU won 6-3. Of course, Alabama got its revenge in the national championship later in the year, dominating the Tigers 21-0.There is still plenty of time, of course, although the Tigers offense has had little luck against Alabama excellent defense. A win would be massive for interim head coach Ed Orgeron, as he tries to lock up the full time job at LSU.Alabama leads 7-0 with 13:08 to play.last_img read more

There is still time before women cricketers get equal pay, says Mithali Raj

first_imgThere is still time before women cricketers get equal pay, says Mithali RajIndia women’s cricket team stars Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur are open to the idea of playing mixed gender matches in the future. The two India captains along with Smriti Mandhana will be in action in the Women’s T20 Challenge, starting May 6 in Jaipur. advertisement Rasesh Mandani JaipurMay 6, 2019UPDATED: May 6, 2019 20:39 IST We should have mixed matches in the future: India ODI captain Mithali Raj (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMithali Raj and Harmanpreet are backing mixed gender matches in cricketPeople wonder how it would happen because we have never tried it: HarmanpreetWould pick Jasprit Bumrah in my team: Mithali RajThe Women’s T20 Challenge is here to serve as an audition for Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Meanwhile, India’s cricket superstars Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Virat Kohli have been fronting up for equality in cricket, inviting fans to vote for a mixed gender cricket match.Are they just lending a helping hand to a fashionable debate or are they for seeing cricket going gender neutral?On the tennis court, we have had Leander Paes gelling and excelling with Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis. Mixed gender events have been approved in athletics, swimming, table tennis and triathlon for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.A lot of misconceptions about women’s cricket: Mithali RajBut can India’s favourite sport cricket, where women’s cricket remains on the shadows of the men’s game, ever go mixed?”There are a lot of misconceptions that we can’t play fast bowling or we can’t bowl fast. We should have mixed matches. I have also played a lot of matches against boys because that’s how we train. So it is very natural for us to play alongside boys and men but it’s very unusual for people to see men and women play in the same team. In that perspective it’s very important to spread that message across,” ODI captain of Indian women’s team, Mithali Raj tells India Today.Gender neutrality in sport has been on discussion tables for the longest time but most voices have been discouraging, predicting it would be a mismatch.Indian T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur disagrees. “You never know. We practice with the boys. In four, five years, it may happen. This game (Royal Challenge sports drink #ChallengeAccepted match) may kick start things. There may be tournaments in the future.advertisementIt’s all about practice. It’s not that only men’s cricket has fast bowlers, we have them too. They may not be in the same numbers. Right now people wonder how it would happen because we have never tried it,” she argues. Women’s T20 Challenge gets underway from May 6 in jaipur (IANS Photo)Mithali says many miss the point that practising with boys is normal in women’s cricket. “It’s always been like that. Even at home I always play with the boys, I only play with the girls when I am closer to the tournament or a series.Even in the nets with the Indian team, we get a lot of net bowlers who are boys or men. We try to play good bowlers because that becomes more challenging. Sometimes you have really quick bowlers bowling at you. But it’s important to push your boundaries,” she says.With the advent of T20 and improved fitness standards, the women’s game is changing too. “We had no knowledge before T20 came in about the importance of strength. So with improved fitness, there is more increase in pace and ratio of clearing the boundaries and ability to play quicker bowlers. We used to bowl at 105/110km/hr and its now 120/121 km/hr,” Mithali says.Only if we play (mixed match) would we know if it can work out. Maybe not in the near future but at some point, we would get to see it,” she opines.Would pick Bumrah in my team: Mithali RajMake the leading ladies of Indian cricket, captains of mixed sides! Who is the first male cricketer they would pick?”Jasprit Bumrah. As a batter, I would want to see that the best bowler is in my side so I don’t have to face him,” Mithali replies prudently.”I would pick Virender Sehwag. I have always idolized him. My dad comes first and then Virender Sehwag because of whom I began to take the game seriously,” Harmanpreet evokes sentiment.”I have always dreamt of playing with Virender Sehwag and if that can be made possible what else do you want? We have seen he has his own style. To experience it first hand, I can’t tell you what that would feel like. I am waiting to get that opportunity where I get to play with him and maybe I can pick up a point or two that may help me in my career,” adds Harmanpreet, clearly enamoured by Sehwag’s game.Back to bridging the gap, Mithali says Indian cricket is lagging behind. “We are doing it now but English and Australian boards have been doing these sort of campaigns for a long time. They have been doing well in promoting women’s cricket in their own country. It’s only now that we have men and women cricketers trying to promote cricket as one sport and not as men’s cricket and women’s cricket,” she points out.advertisementMithali calls for more forums where leading men and women cricketers can exchange ideas. “This interaction helps to bridge the gap. That can only happen when you meet enough and not once in two-three years at an event which is not an appropriate place to talk about finer aspects of the game. We can become more friendly in discussing cricket only if we meet more,” she says.Mithali not drumming up for equal payInterestingly while she advocates the urgent need to promote women’s cricket, Mithali is not drumming up for equal pay like tennis. She knows cricket is far from being tennis yet.”A lot of people have a different perspective on this but my personal view is that while things have become more professional with we being centrally contracted, we don’t play as regularly as the men do. The number of matches we play is too less as compared to men.Also where men’s cricket is today has taken a lot of years to get there and perhaps women’s cricket is going through the same process. It will take time and it will only get better because the more matches we get to see, the more branding of the sport, the more branding of the players. So once more people get to watch us, the more they will queue up at the stadiums and that’s how you can generate more revenue. Until then what BCCI is doing is great,” she observes.Ask them about picking one thing that women’s cricket has that men’s cricket does not, both admit women’s cricket is still playing the catch up game whether it’s the pace of action or innovation.Until Mithali finds a point to make. “We have got more classical stroke play. This is what we used to watch earlier in the men’s game too but perhaps now with the power game and crazy hitting that we see, the technical aspects that we were taught, we get to see them only in women’s cricket,” she states.Can’t question that!Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | IPL 2019 Playoffs Line-up: MI vs CSK in Qualifier 1, DC vs SRH in EliminatorAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mithali RajFollow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Women’s T20 ChallengeFollow India women’s cricket teamFollow Virender SehwagFollow Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more

Enter the Teeling whiskey Funked Up Fixie bike giveaway

first_img Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:48Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Editors’ Recommendations Enter the Teeling whiskey Funked Up Fixie bike giveaway Close All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Looking for a new fixed gear bike for your summer excursions? Look no further my friend. Our boys over at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin partnered with their neighbors, Funked Up, to create a slick ride that could be yours (this baby retails for $575 folks).How did this collaboration come about you may ask? Both the Teeling Whiskey Distillery & Funked Up are based in the historic Liberties, in the heart of Dublin city centre. A new distillery and a new generation of craftsmen making the best in Irish produce. That’s the Spirit of Dublin. Related: A new era of Irish Whiskey with TeelingThis handsome Teeling Whiskey Funked Up Fixie will be sure to get you far on your summer adventures!Simply click below to register and then pour yourself a Teeling Whiskey to celebrate.Contest ends Friday May 13th. Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Woodford Reserve Adds a Wheat Whiskey to the Distillery’s Core Rangelast_img read more

1 Canadian dead 3 injured in bus crash in Mexico

first_imgOne Canadian is dead and three others are injured after a bus crashed in Mexico, Global Affairs Canada confirmed on Wednesday.“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those affected by the bus crash in Mexico. We have been informed by Mexican authorities that one Canadian citizen was killed as a result of this accident, and three others injured,” spokesperson Philip Hannan said in a statement.“Consular officials in Ottawa and in Playa del Carmen, Mexico are in contact with affected Canadian citizens as well as family members and are providing consular assistance as required.”Hannan said, due to privacy considerations, no further details will be released at this time.Authorities in Mexico say of the 31 people on the bus, at least 12 people were killed and 18 were injured Tuesday.The bus was carrying cruise ship passengers to Mayan ruins when it flipped over on a highway.Quintana Roo state Civil Defence spokesman Vicente Martin says seven Americans and two Swedes were among the injured, but says authorities hadn’t yet established the nationalities of the dead.ABC News originally reported that four Canadians had been killed in the crash.Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises says in a statement that passengers from two of its ships, the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, were involved.Video images from the scene show the bus on its side in vegetation off the two-lane highway, with some survivors lying on the pavement and others walking around.Public Security of Quintana Roo state said in a statement that emergency responders took the injured to hospitals in Bacalar, Chetumal and Tulum.The agency says Mexican officials have been in contact with consular offices to assist families of the victims and injured, including citizens of the U.S., Sweden and Brazil.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Man who pledged 75M donation to hockey team pleads guilty in unrelated

first_imgCRANBROOK, B.C. – A man who pledged $7.5 million to a British Columbia junior hockey team has pleaded guilty to an unrelated fraud charge.Mike Gould of Calgary was charged with fraud and using a forged document over allegations he wrote bad cheques to a Cranbrook, B.C., restaurant.The owner of Northwest Grill claimed Gould hosted a dinner for the hockey team and others after making the multimillion-dollar announcement last October, but the $8,000 banquet bill went unpaid.Restaurant owner Jolene Salanski claimed cheques were provided to cover the costs, but there were insufficient funds in the accounts.Gould’s lawyer made the guilty plea to the fraud charge on Gould’s behalf in Cranbrook provincial court on Tuesday.He still faces the second charge of using a forged document and the case has been put over for disposition to Feb. 26.Gould could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.He pledged to donate the cash to the Kimberley Dynamiters hockey club during a home game.At the time the announcement was made, Gould said he was born in Kimberley and grew up playing hockey there.He said he has two boys who play hockey in the city and the donation was a celebration of his love for family and the game.Gould has said he won a 2008 jackpot in a EuroMillions lottery but didn’t disclose the value.The team said it has yet to receive any money.Gould said in an interview in November that issues with his bank prevented the money from being transferred.The donation was also intended to provide funds for the Kimberley Minor Hockey Association, which said it has seen a drop in corporate sponsorship because of Gould’s pledge.(Cranbrook Daily Townsman)last_img read more

Aboriginal Day Live unveils stellar lineup

first_imgAPTN National NewsAboriginal Day Live 2014 unveils its stellar lineup for this year’s celebrations. The eighth annual event will have stages in both Winnipeg and Halifax and will be broadcast across the country to celebrate National Aboriginal Day.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson reports.last_img

Utility asked last month to hike bills over California fires

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — A utility facing severe financial pressure amid speculation its equipment may have sparked a deadly Northern California wildfire asked U.S. energy regulators last month for permission to raise its customers’ monthly bills to harden its system against wildfires and deliver a sizable increase in profits to shareholders.In an October filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. laid out a variety of dangers confronting its transmission lines running through Northern California, saying its system faced a higher risk of wildfires than any other utility.“The implications of PG&E’s exposure to potential liabilities associated with wildfires are dramatically magnified,” the filing said. “Overcoming the negative financial impact of any significant damages that might ultimately be attributed to PG&E will require an ongoing commitment of capital from investors.”San Francisco-based PG&E — one of the nation’s largest electric utilities serving most of Northern and central California — made the request a month before the Camp Fire broke out Nov. 8 and quickly ballooned into the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century. No cause has been determined, but speculation has centred on PG&E, which reported an outage around when and where the fire ignited.The company has lost $15 billion in market value, its shares plummeting 60 per cent in a week.PG&E already faced financial pressure from its suspected role in a series of deadly fires in California wine country last year. The company’s filing last month said it needed to boost revenue to keep investors from fleeing, noting that its credit rating was downgraded and its shares had plummeted since the 2017 fires.Wildfires threaten PG&E’s ability to attract and maintain the investment necessary to support its system and meet California’s clean energy goals, company spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said.“PG&E’s electrical system is not immune from the impact of increases in the frequency and severity of extreme weather,” Paulo said.The company said in its rate-hike request that the extreme wildfire risk justified a higher profit than an average utility is allowed to earn. It cites a California legal standard holding utilities entirely liable for damage caused by their equipment regardless of whether the company was negligent.A state law approved this year makes it easier for the company to raise rates to pay off lawsuits, but the company says it still faces high risk and got no relief for fires that start this year.The precipitous drop in the stock price shows investors are taking into account not just the fires but also the risk of future wildfires for which the utility could be responsible, analysts said.“It’s going to be very difficult for PG&E to finance its needs in the short run, so we think at this point, regulators need to step in and give the market some reassurance,” said Travis Miller, a strategist at Morningstar.PG&E is asking for a 9.5 per cent increase in transmission charges — the cost of high-voltage lines that move power across large distances. That amounts to about $1.50 more per month for the average residential customer, Paulo said.Advocates for utility customers have balked at PG&E’s contention that it needs to raise rates because of wildfires. They say its problems are the result of poor management decisions.“We don’t pay electric bills in order to keep bailing PG&E out from its own negligence and incompetence, and we can’t afford it,” said Mindy Spatt, communications director for The Utility Reform Network.PG&E reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission this week that it had renewed its insurance coverage for wildfires to about $1.4 billion for the year covering this fire season. But an analyst at Citi Investment Research estimated damages could exceed $15 billion. And the company’s potential liability for last year’s fires has been pegged at upward of $10 billion.Some analysts believe PG&E will be able to survive financially as long as there isn’t another major catastrophe. But wildfires are getting bigger, deadlier and more destructive as housing pushes into rural areas and drought and high temperatures tied to climate change become the norm.“The business doesn’t earn enough money to pay for that in any kind of regular way,” said Michael Wara, director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program at Stanford University. “These have to be extreme, once-in-a-generation events.”PG&E’s ability to raise capital will be constrained, so it will probably be forced to cut back on expenses such as replacing aging equipment, analysts said. California utilities also need to invest in the type of upgrades that will allow the state to meet its aggressive renewable energy and carbon reduction goals.Fire investigators have blamed PG&E equipment for 12 of last year’s wildfires, including two that killed 15 people combined. In eight of those fires, investigators said they found evidence of violations of state law and forwarded the findings to prosecutors.The company is facing dozens of lawsuits from insurers and people who lost their homes in last year. And a lawsuit this week blames PG&E for the latest fire, accusing the company failing to effectively maintain power lines.California regulators generally allow utilities to pass on the costs of those lawsuits to their customers, but only if the company can show it prudently managed its equipment. The new state law makes it easier for utilities to bill customers if they can show a fire got worse from things outside their control, like severe weather. But lawmakers didn’t drop the standard that puts all the liability on the utility, which is unique to two states.“Very large damage payments of the size faced by California utilities are very unusual in other states,” said Hugh Wynne of Sector and Sovereign Research, an investment research firm.___Bussewitz reported from New York.Jonathan J. Cooper, Cathy Bussewitz And Garance Burke, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trump names pick for FAA job as agency faces new scrutiny

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is announcing the nomination of a permanent administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration as the agency faces new scrutiny over its oversight of industry in the wake of a pair of deadly crashes involving a new Boeing aircraft.The White House announced Trump has selected former Delta Air Lines pilot and executive Steve Dickson for the post, which has been filled in an acting capacity for 14 months by Daniel Elwell. Dickson must be confirmed by the Senate.The FAA is under pressure over its approval of the Boeing 737 Max jets after French aviation investigators concluded there were “clear similarities” in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 last week and a Lion Air jet in October.The Associated Press read more

West African floods spark warning from UN humanitarian wing

31 July 2008United Nations relief officials warned today that heavy rains across West Africa have brought renewed flooding to the region, threatening the homes and livelihoods of tens of thousands of people and jeopardizing the already fragile food security situation. More than 50,000 people in seven West African countries have been affected by floods so far, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).In Mali, at least six people are reported to have died in the capital, Bamako, because of the floods, while the rising waters of the Senegal River have displaced about 4,600 people in southern Mauritania.Another 10,000 people have been forced from their homes in Togo and that country’s trade links with Burkina Faso have been disrupted after the rains made nine bridges unusable.OCHA’s West African chief Hervè Ludovic de Lys told UN Radio that much of the region has yet to recover from last year’s season of devastating floods, and this year’s inundations combined with rising food prices could leave thousands of people needing food assistance.Mr. de Lys said landlocked countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad have been suffering especially hard from the global food and energy crisis, and may find it difficult to respond to further pressure such as the floods.Earlier this week the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced it was expanding its West African operations to feed an additional 1.4 million people in Guinea, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso and Senegal who are struggling as a result of the food crisis. read more

Sudan UNAU coordination group takes note of peacekeeping progress in Darfur

The Tripartite Coordination Mechanism, which met at UN Headquarters on Saturday encouraged UNAMID to support the peace process in Darfur by engaging other groups and preparing for internal dialogue and the Darfur political process.The mechanism brings together senior representative from the African Union (AU), United Nations and the Sudanese Government to reinforce cooperation in support of UNAMID’s mandate of protecting civilians in Darfur.In recent meetings, participants proposed that UNAMID shift its focus from troop deployment to the effective use of its resources for the full implementation of its mandate.On the security situation, UNAMID noted that inter-ethnic violence had declined in recent months and that the number of overall deaths in Darfur fell from 2,321 in 2010 to 724 so far this year. The number of incidents of carjacking also fell due to mitigation measures undertaken by UNAMID and the Government.However, participants voiced concern over attacks on peacekeepers and humanitarian personnel in Darfur, including the abduction of an international aid worker who remains in captivity. They also took note of the Government’s commitment to securing the safe release of the hostage and bringing the perpetrators to justice.Other issues discussed included access and freedom of movement, the conference on water resources in June, and the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.Participants took note of increased UNAMID patrols and an access restriction rate of less than one percent. UNAMID’s Operation Spring Basket had contributed to the expansion of humanitarian access to previously inaccessible parts of Jebel Marra and elsewhere in Darfur.They welcomed efforts to resolve restrictions of movement through a subcommittee of UNAMID, local authorities and Government security entities.Participants in the meeting were Rahamtalla Mohamed Osman, the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Sudanese Government Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Susan Malcorra, UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Ibrahim Gambari, the AU-UN Joint Special Representative and head of UNAMID.The participants agreed to meet again in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, possibly in January next year, when they will focus attention on strategic issues, including how better to utilize the mission’s resources, the road map for the Darfur peace process and a forthcoming review of uniformed personnel requirements for UNAMID. 25 September 2011A tripartite coordination group of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has concluded that the mission has made progress and that cooperation and coordination with the Sudanese Government has improved, as have security conditions on the ground. read more

Switzerland needs to do more to keep dirty money at bay urges

“Despite significant efforts in adopting legislation and improving procedures to detect suspicious transactions, the risk that the Swiss financial market is used for money laundering remains,” said Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, in a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Facilitated by weak institutions and lack of good governance in countries of origin and financial opacity in countries of destination, illicit financial flows, such as money laundering are a particular concern in developing and under developed countries, syphoning money and resources which could have otherwise used for public services. In the case of Switzerland, the UN expert noted that the risk of money laundering is particularly highlighted by the involvement of several banks in the Petrobas corruption scandal and in the suspicious cash flows linked to the Malaysian sovereign fund 1MDB. “It is especially troubling that these events are not from years ago – the money was still being accepted until quite recently,” added Mr. Bohoslavsky, who today concluded his first official visit to the European nation. In the news release, the expert also underlined that criminal sanctions in Switzerland for assisting foreigners to evade taxes remained relatively weak noting that criminal liability arises only if the tax evaded in a foreign jurisdiction exceeds 300,000 CHF (about $307,500). He also urged that the staffing, resources and powers of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority needed to be proportional to the size of the Swiss financial market, and those who infringed standards needed to be named to ensure individual corporate accountability. Further, noting that favourable tax arrangements in Switzerland made it attractive for multinational corporations to establish their headquarters in the country, but also provided incentives for profit-shifting, affecting tax revenues in foreign countries. “I call upon the Swiss authorities to carry out a social and human rights impact assessment of the proposed corporate tax reform package, which should include an analysis of how the reforms will impact on tax revenues available for the realization of economic and social rights within Switzerland and for individuals living abroad, in particular in developing countries,” said the UN expert. Mr. Bohoslavsky visited the country at the invitation of the Swiss authorities, where he met with Government officials as well as with leaders in the banking, financial and trading sectors, civil society and the academia in Bern (the capital), Basel, Geneva and Zurich. His findings and key recommendations will be presented in a comprehensive report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council – the highest UN intergovernmental forum on rights issues – in March 2018. Independent Experts and Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

How Two GradeSchoolers Set Off A Tennis Revolution

Evonne Goolagong (left) and Peaches Bartkowicz at Wimbledon in 1970. Daily Express/Getty Images By Carl Bialik When Peaches Bartkowicz and Chris Evert put their left hands above their right hands to grip their tennis racquets, they were girls in grade school unknowingly defying tennis orthodoxy to hit backhands the way that felt most comfortable. Today, more than half a century later, a little girl who hit backhands without using both hands would be the one defying tennis orthodoxy. One-handed backhands have almost completely disappeared from women’s tennis. And that’s thanks in part to the success that Bartkowicz and Evert had with their two-handed backhands. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The two-handed backhand’s dominance has continued: Its users have won 35 of the last 36 women’s major titles. Every woman in the top 10 and 48 of the top 50 use it. It’s also become the dominant backhand in men’s tennis, though with accomplished one-handed holdouts such as Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem. (Tennis-nerd note: Every player occasionally hits backhands with one hand, especially in defensive positions, either to slice the ball or when forced to take a hand off the racquet to reach the ball. What we’re talking about are how players hit the backhand when they have time to get to the ball and drive it offensively.)Bartkowicz and Evert hit their backhands with two hands because they felt just one didn’t give them enough strength. The two-hander took over pro tennis for similar reasons. Using their off hand on backhands lets players hit with additional power, which gives the ball more speed and spin, especially in concert with the latest racquet and string technology. The one-hander’s advantages — better feel for the ball, more equipped for wide reaches and low bounces, smoother transition to one-handed backhand volleys at net — count less in a game played rarely on low-bouncing, volley-friendly grass and usually contested behind the baseline.The two-handed backhand is especially valuable when returning serves, as the extra support helps to absorb and redirect powerful, high-bouncing shots. Tennis analyst Jeff Sackmann has shown that in men’s pro tennis, players with two-handed backhands get the return in play more often, and win the point more often when they do. Data collected through Sackmann’s crowdsourced Match Charting Project for the women’s game shows the same general trends: Players with two-handed backhands have more success returning serves than do players with one-handed backhands. It’s hard to reach firm conclusions because there are simply so few women hitting one-handed backhands.The dearth of top women using one-handed backhands may be the most compelling data point demonstrating the two-handed backhand’s dominance: If it weren’t the best option, more women would be hitting backhands with one hand. Tennis, like all sports, has its share of domineering coaches, but it is also primarily an individual and individualistic sport. Players command their own games and choose the shots and tactics that will win the most. That makes tennis a sport that breeds innovation, whether it’s among pros at a Slam or among two young girls who chose the backhand that best suited them. And if the one-handed backhand ever makes a comeback in women’s tennis, it might begin with a girl defying orthodoxy and taking one hand off the racquet.Emma Morgenstern contributed research.This is part of our new podcast series “Ahead Of Their Time,” profiling players and managers in various sports who were underappreciated in their era. In the latest installment in our documentary podcast series Ahead Of Their Time, we look at Bartkowicz and Evert, the innovators who brought the two-handed backhand to women’s tennis in a major way. Evert’s story is well-known: She rode her backhand, accuracy and focus to 18 Grand Slam singles titles. Bartkowicz’s is more obscure: After an extraordinary juniors career, she never reached a Grand Slam semifinal as a pro and played her last Slam soon after turning 22. But Bartkowicz’s backhand was ahead of her time. When she was just 12, a photo of her swinging with two hands at the Southern Girls Tennis Tournament appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal. The caption began with the all-caps “TWO HANDS!” and called the shot a “baseball backhand.” When she won the 1965 U.S. Open girls title, The New York Times commended her “tremendous marksmanship” with that shot. By the time she closed out her junior career without a loss at the 1967 U.S. Open, the Philadelphia Inquirer called her “the foremost exponent of the two-handed backhand in women’s competition.”Evert is nearly six years younger than Bartkowicz and was unknown when Bartkowicz’s baseball backhand became famous. But Evert soon surpassed her older rival. She played her first Grand Slam at the 1971 U.S. Open — just two months after Bartkowicz played her last major at Wimbledon — and made the semifinals at age 16. In 1974, Evert won her first two Grand Slam titles, and the first two on record by a woman who hits a two-handed backhand. (A few notable men used two-handed backhands in the 1930s and 1940s, but the shot had mostly fallen back out of favor among men, too, when Bartkowicz and Evert were starting out.) By the time Evert won her last major, in 1986, her signature shot was tightening its grip in the sport, thanks also to its use by men’s champions Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg. And two years after Evert’s retirement, Monica Seles won three of four majors while using two hands on both backhands and forehands.By 2014, when The Economist tracked the decline of one-handed backhands in the pro game, just one woman with a one-handed backhand had won a major since 2008: Francesca Schiavone, at the 2010 French Open. Embed Code read more

Geek deals 100 off Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 noise isolating earphones

first_imgLogitech has emerged as a surprising contender in the premium headphone/earphone arena over the past couple of years. While we all know and generally love Logitech as a supplier of PC input gadgets and speakers, they’ve been expanding their ethos of top-notch design and quality at a reasonable price to other markets.Their Ultimate Ears SuperFi earphones have been well regarded in the audio circles and lauded in reviews. If there was any holdback, it is the relatively steep MSRP of $129.99. Logitech must be feeling generous, as they are offering an impressive $80 instant savings and a stackable $20 coupon on their SuperFi 4 Noise Isolating Earphones. This brings the price down to just $29.99 with free shipping.AdChoices广告As you would expect, this deal is rather limited. The coupon expires April 29 or after a limited number of uses, while supplies last, and you are limited to three items per person.Visit LogicBuy to buy the Logitech Ultimate Ears SuperFi 4 Noise Isolating Earphoneslast_img read more

Theyre pretending to be a police service PSNI strongly condemns recent Belfast

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson The people responsible are doing this for their own selfish and egotistical ends. They are trying to exercise control in the community and trying to pretend they are a police service, which they are not.“The only police service in west Belfast is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”He continued to say that car crime had dropped by 40% in the past 10 years because their work with the community.“Working with the community we have seen nearly 1,000 less crimes less crimes this year than there was last year, we have seen a significant reduction in burglary, robbery and crimes against older persons.”The superintendent said that there would be increased patrols and asked members of the community to work with police “to put these people out of business”.If you witnessed anything suspicious in the area of Monagh Road, in particular after 10pm yesterday evening, to come forward to police by calling 101 and asking for detectives at Musgrave or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.The PSNI also advised that the information can be passed on to a member of the clergy or a local elected community representative.Read: ‘The people who did this have no moral compass’: Couple in their 50s shot in the legs in BelfastRead: Man hospitalised following paramilitary-style shooting in Belfast 8,331 Views Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 7:58 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE POLICE SERVICE in Northern Ireland has publicly condemned the paramilitary-style shootings of four people in west Belfast over the past three weeks.Last Friday, a married couple in their 50s were both shot in the legs at a house in the Turf Lodge area shortly after 6pm.A week prior to that, a 21-year-old man was hospitalised after being shot in both legs in the Ardnamonagh Parade area of Belfast.Speaking at a press event at Musgrave Police Station this afternoon, Commander Chief Superintendent Chris Noble condemned the latest shooting of a 26-year-old male – once in each leg – on Monagh Road in west Belfast.Noble said that it was too early to say if recent shootings were linked, but confirmed that there was “an active line of inquiry around the involvement of violent dissident republicans”.The senior police officer had some strong words for those who carried out each of the individual shootings:center_img Jan 18th 2017, 7:58 PM Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share Tweet Email 12 Comments ‘They’re pretending to be a police service’: PSNI strongly condemns recent Belfast shootings “The only police service in west Belfast is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”last_img read more

Economie dénergie  une goutte de sang contre un peu de lumière

first_imgEconomie d’énergie : une goutte de sang contre un peu de lumièreMike Thompson, un designer américain, a mis au point une lampe n’éclairant qu’au contact de quelques gouttes de sang humain. Une invention destinée à faire prendre conscience de la valeur de l’énergie. Comment faire prendre conscience du prix de l’énergie que nous consommons à outrance chaque jour ? Mike Thompson, un designer américain a poussé la réflexion à l’extrême en inventant une lampe qui s’allume seulement au contact du sang humain. Le principe est le suivant : le luminaire se présente sous la forme d’une grosse ampoule de verre, qu’il faut ouvrir en brisant le goulot. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les débris laissés servent par la suite à se couper légèrement le doigt, de telle manière à pouvoir laisser tomber des gouttes de sang à l’intérieur du globe rempli de produits chimiques. La réaction engendrée par le sang au contact du mélange produit alors une lumière intense de couleur bleue qui suffit à éclaire les alentours. Selon Mike Thompson, l’inquiétante invention est en fait une initiative destinée à nous faire réfléchir sur les risques de la surconsommation qui augmente de plus en plus dans la société actuelle. “L’Américain moyen utilise en moyenne 3383 Kilowatt-heure d’énergie par an, ce qui équivaut à laisser la lumière allumée en continu dans quatre chambres durant 12 mois”, indique le designer sur son site web. Il poursuit : “Tout comme une trop grosse perte de sang peut mettre votre vie en danger, une trop grosse consommation d’énergie engendre des risques sur l’environnement”. En créant ce concept de luminaires, Mike Thompson force ainsi les utilisateurs à prendre en considération la valeur de l’énergie pour en faire usage lorsque celle-ci est réellement nécessaire, évitant ainsi toute forme de gaspillage. Le 30 mai 2012 à 10:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more