Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant lead Wizards to crucial win over Magic

first_imgBryant and Parker each started on the bench but both went 9 of 12 from the field, and they combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter. Bryant has made 43 starts this season but was dropped from Brooks’ first five in late February following some inconsistent performances.It was another such effort that led to Bryant seeking out his coach’s counsel.“The thing I loved about it is we met yesterday and he was frustrated,” Brooks said. “I like guys that care and are bothered by it when they play bad. I don’t want it to just roll off your back and not (be) a big deal.”Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando, which has lost four of five heading into its own five-game homestand. D.J. Augustin added 16 points for the Magic, who scored only 37 after halftime.“We’re just not playing like a team that wants to go to the playoffs, period,” said guard Evan Fournier, who finished with eight points. “This time of the year it’s going to get harder. Teams are trying to get in and you’ve got to elevate your intensity, your focus, and we’re just not doing that.”ADVERTISEMENT Bryant shook off those memories to score 21 points and grab 10 rebounds Wednesday night, and the Wizards made up a little ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 100-90 win over the Orlando Magic.“I was putting too much stress on myself,” said Bryant, limited to two points and one rebound in 14 minutes during Monday’s victory over Sacramento. “He just told me to relax and play the game. You’re going to go through funks sometimes, so don’t let it get you down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBradley Beal scored 23 points and Jabari Parker added 19 to help the 11th-place Wizards move within 1 1/2 games of ninth-place Orlando and Charlotte. The Magic and Hornets are two back of eighth-place Miami, which blew out Detroit.Washington improved to 2-0 on its five-game homestand. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PBA D-League: Ateneo dismantles AMA for 3rd win in 4 games Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end UP NEXTMagic: Begin their homestand Thursday against Cleveland.Wizards: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) looks to pass as Orlando Magic center Khem Birch (24) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 100-90. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — After one of his worst games of the season, Washington forward Thomas Bryant had a heart-to-heart with Wizards coach Scott Brooks.Apparently, it helped.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief After the Magic opened the second half on an 8-0 run to tie it at 61, neither team led by more than six until Parker scored the final six points of an 11-2 spurt to put Washington up 91-82.A few possessions later, Beal’s 3-pointer in transition stretched it to 94-84 with 3:48 left. The Wizards led by at least four the rest of the way, pushing it back to 10 on Bryant’s dunk with 52 seconds to play.“TB came in and gave us great energy and we needed every ounce of energy he had tonight,” Brooks said. “We fought. We didn’t have everything going for us offensively, but I thought in that fourth quarter we did a good job.”TIP-INSMagic: Vucevic recorded his 50th double-double before the end of the third quarter. . Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon each finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. . Gordon played despite bruised ribs sustained in Sunday’s loss at Memphis.Wizards: Committed only one first-half turnover. . Beal hit a pull-up jumper at the third-quarter buzzer to give Washington a 76-74 lead. … Bryant posted his ninth double-double. . F Sam Dekker sat out with lower back soreness.VERDICT ON THE BENCHThe Wizards won largely on the strength of their reserves, who outscored the Magic’s second unit 59-20.“Look at that box score,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. “It’s more than effort. I mean, they crushed us. We were like minus-25. You’re not going to win any game if you get outscored like that from your bench. You’ve got no shot.”Washington needed it, because Beal was its only starter to score in double figures. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Manchester United ‘Disgusted’ by Racist Abuse of Paul Pogba

first_imgLondon: Manchester United said they “utterly condemn” the racist abuse their World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba received after he missed a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.The 26-year-old Frenchman has missed four penalties since the start of last season — the most by a Premier League player — while team-mate and fellow penalty-taker Marcus Rashford has converted all four of his attempts in that time. Pogba was assailed on social media, becoming the third player in England to have received racist abuse in the past week due to missing a penalty.United said they were “disgusted” by the abuse and “utterly condemn” it.”The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and it is encouraging to see the vast majority of our fans condemn this on social media also,” the club said in a statement.”Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our #AllRedAllEqual initiative.Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination. #allredallequal— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 20, 2019 “We will work to identify the few involved in these incidents and take the strongest course of action available to us. We also encourage social media companies to take action in these cases.”Rashford tweeted his support for Pogba.”Manchester United is a family. @paulpogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all…” the England international said.Manchester United is a family. @paulpogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all… @ManUtd— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) August 20, 2019 Disgusting. Social media need to do something about it… Every account that is opened should be verified by a passport/driving licence. Stop these pathetic trolls making numerous accounts to abuse people. @Twitter @instagram— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) August 20, 2019 Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Championship side Reading’s Yakou Meite have suffered similar abuse in the past week.Abraham missed the crucial penalty in the shootout loss to Liverpool in the Super Cup last Wednesday. The posts aimed at him were described as “abhorrent” by Chelsea and manager Frank Lampard said he was “disgusted”.Lampard also called for social media sites to do more to prevent players being abused while Abraham has said he wants to “silence the haters” with his performances on the pitch.Chelsea banned a supporter for life in July for racially abusing Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.Five others were excluded for periods of between one and two years for abusive language.Ivory Coast international Meite missed a penalty in time added on for Reading on Sunday against Cardiff but his side had the match already wrapped up at 3-0.Some of the tweets aimed at Pogba were later deleted while several accounts appeared to have been taken down. Twitter’s terms and conditions say it “takes action against behaviour that targets individuals with hateful conduct”. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. chelseafootballFrank LampardManchester United First Published: August 20, 2019, 6:19 PM ISTlast_img read more

FA Cup: Van Dijk makes dream debut, scores winner for Liverpool vs Everton

first_imgIt couldn’t have gone any better for Virgil van Dijk on his Liverpool debut as he scored the winner against Everton at Anfield six minutes from full-time as the Reds reached the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.Signed last week for $100 million as the world’s most expensive defender, Van Dijk scored an 84th-minute winner against Everton – Liverpool’s fierce local rival – in front of the storied Kop stand at Anfield in the third round.”Playing at Anfield for Liverpool is a dream for every player,” the Netherlands defender said after the 2-1 win in the 230th Merseyside derby. “To score a goal is even more special.”Kevin Keegan, Michael Owen, Luis Suarez and Mohamed Salah are among those to have scored on their Liverpool debuts.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said the center back wasn’t “fine-tuned” following his big-money move from Southampton and he wasn’t even going to start him until the morning of the match, when he changed his mind.Van Dijk looked a bit rusty with the ball at his feet but was commanding in the air throughout, no more so than when he leapt in front of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at a corner to head the ball into an empty net.”I think something like that is quite special,” Klopp said.James Milner put Liverpool ahead in the 35th minute by converting a penalty, contentiously awarded after Adam Lallana fell to the ground after Mason Holgate placed his hands on the chest of the Liverpool midfielder.advertisementEverton barely threatened in the first half but was much more dangerous after the break, equalizing through Gylfi Sigurdsson after a counterattack following a Liverpool corner.The most explosive incident in a typically high-octane derby came just after Milner’s goal when Holgate shoved Roberto Firmino into – and over – the advertising boards. A clearly unhappy Firmino vaulted back onto the field and sprinted toward Holgate, swearing in Portuguese, and was lucky that referee Bobby Madley stepped in between them to intervene.Holgate then became aggrieved, and appeared to complain to Madley that he had been verbally abused by Firmino. Madley spoke to his the fourth official, before play continued.Liverpool hasn’t lost to Everton in 16 matches – a club record – and Everton’s winless run at the home of its great rival extended to 21 games, dating back to 1999.FLEETWOOD HOLD LEICESTERThird-tier Fleetwood Town kicked off a hectic FA Cup third-round schedule by holding Premier League Leicester City to a 0-0 draw at their Highbury Stadium on Saturday.Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, who once played for Fleetwood, was not included in the Midlands club’s lineup, spending a chilly lunchtime watching from the stands.A large crowd on the Lancashire coast had precious little to cheer with defences dominating a dull game, although Fleetwood had the better chances.Leicester, Premier League champions in 2016, were restricted to half chances and failed to have an attempt on target.Fleetwood came closest to winning in stoppage time when Ashley Hunter’s deflected shot from 25 metres hit the post, came off the face of Leicester keeper Eldin Jakupovic, then hit the upright again.last_img read more

Most Sustainable Seagoing Ship Arrived in Rotterdam

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom According to the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) the Olympus, a product tanker of the Swedish shipping company Sirius Rederi, is the most sustainable ship to arrive in the port of Rotterdam in 2013. The tanker scored highly on this index of 2354 ships on a worldwide level as well. There the ship occupies fourth position worldwide, with 65.7 points. With 78.3 points the LNG tankers Al Marrouna Al Areesh and Al Daayen from Teekay Shipping are the most sustainable ships sailing the world’s seas.It is the third time that the Port Authority – one of the initiators of the development of the ESI – has awarded the prize for the most sustainable ship. In 2011 vehicle carrier Morning Carol won the prize, in 2012 it was container ship Cosco Pride and now it is the Olympus. In 2013 the Port Authority invested approximately €3.5 million in sustainable shipping by sponsoring ESI and the Green Award Foundation. Ships which score well in this certification system receive incentives valued at around five percent of the port tariffs payable. Olympus’ sustainable performanceThe Olympus is currently moored in the Port of Rotterdam. She arrived this evening at Vopak in the Botlek. The product tanker achieved such a high ESI score, because a catalytic converter has been installed in her, which reduces the nitrogen (NOx) emissions by 90%. The ship has the technology to meet the strict requirements which will soon apply to new ships on the North Sea (in 2016 or – highly likely – 2021). ”This ship’s reduction is even higher than that of engines running on LNG (liquefied natural gas). Currently the market does not yet offer any LNG engines which can satisfy that future legislation. They will probably come about. For sulphur emission the Olympus will mainly sail in the SECA: Sulphur Emission Control Area. That means that the fuel must contain less than 1% sulphur at sea. From 2015 this will be 0.1%, with 0.1% sulphur in the port. Heavy fuel oil is therefore not an option for the Olympus. The ship has no scrubber for extra sulphur dioxide reduction. She therefore does not score in this area as well as ships which use LNG for fuel,” according to Fer van der Laar, European director of the International Association for Ports and Harbors (IAPH).Environmental Ship IndexThe ESI is a certificate issued on 1 January 2011 by the World Port Climate Initiative, on request of the ship owners. The index shows how ships perform environmentally in their emissions of air pollution (NOx and SOx) and CO2. Ports and other nautical service providers all around the world can use the index to reward ships and thus stimulate sustainable behaviour in shipping. Twenty-seven ports and other nautical service providers now award bonuses to ‘ESI ships’ that attain a certain score. These ports include Rotterdam, Antwerp, Los Angeles, New York, Sohar and Vancouver.The World Ports Climate Initiative is a collective of 55 leading ports which actively make an effort to reduce air pollution and the emission of CO2 in particular. It does this under the auspices of the International Association of Ports and Harbors, the international representative of sea ports.ESI Top 20 Worldwide 20131. Olympus 65,72. Tharsis 64,73. Global Laguna 56,64. Flinterbirka 54,95. Ever Leading 546. Hyundai Together 53,97. YM Upsurgence 53,98. Cosco Glory 53,89. Rio Thompson 53,510. Hyundai Smart Cosco 53,411. Development 53,312. Adamas 53,113. Cosco Excellence 53,114. Cosco Faith 52,715. Cosco Fortune 52,716. Cosco Pride 52,717. Cosco Harmony 52,318. Cosco Hope 52,319. Hyundai Tenacity 52,120. Wilson Norfolk 52,1 ESI Top 20 Rotterdam 20131. Al Marrouna 78,32. Al Areesh 78,33. Al Daayen 78,34. Olympus 65,75. Tharsis 64,7 Port of Rotterdam, February 7, 2014center_img Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

2 workers die after inhaling toxic gas inside tank

first_imgNew Delhi: Two workers died after apparently inhaling toxic gas when they entered a tank of a flour mill in northwest Delhi, police said on Wednesday. The investigating agency said that they have arrested two persons including the owner in the case.The fire department was alerted about a gas leakage in Keshav Puram area around 9.20 pm on Tuesday and six fire tenders rushed to the spot. Two persons were found unconscious and the rescue operation lasted for almost five hours, officials said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe duo was rushed to a hospital where they were declared dead. The deceased have been identified as Baibal Khan, 35, and Mobin Khan, 30, residents of Jaipur, the police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Vijayanta Arya said that the owner of the mill, Paras, and supervisor Anoop have been arrested. A case under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) has been registered. The two workers had entered a tank used in the mill to clean it. The family member’s of deceased said that Bebal and Mobin did not have the job to clean tank. “First Mobin entered but when he did not give any response Baibal entered the tank,” said Baibal’s brother Habib Khan adding that later Bebal also lost his consciousness. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe family further alleged that both the deceased’s did not get oxygen and help at the right time otherwise they might have survived. Another relative Imamudin said that deceased job was not to clean the tank. “His owner told him to clean the tank. Baibal was responsible for the quality supply of food items in the market,” further said the relative adding that they were not provided safety equipment. The family of Mobin said that he was the only bread and butter earner. “Mobin was about to live today or tomorrow to his native place for his mother treatment but now he is dead,” said Kallu Khan, Mobin’s relative. According to family members, the tank in which they have entered was closed for several months due to which there was poisonous gas inside. The post-mortem of the bodies have been conducted and the police are trying to ascertain the nature of the gas, the officer added.last_img read more

Horgan Weaver look to Liberals for help in keeping BC legislature afloat

first_imgVICTORIA – The leaders of British Columbia’s New Democrats and Greens say it is not unprecedented for an Opposition member to serve as Speaker as they prepare to navigate a potentially tricky political situation in the provincial legislature.NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver are using former Liberal MP Peter Milliken as an example, saying he served as Speaker in the House of Commons during a minority Conservative government.“Peter Milliken, elected Speaker after five ballots under (former prime minister) Jean Chretien back in 2001, served as the Speaker through successive Conservative minority and majority governments,” Weaver said Wednesday.B.C.’s election last month did not produce a clear winner in the 87-seat legislature with Christy Clark’s Liberals winning 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens three.The NDP and the Greens have a deal that would see the New Democrats form a minority government if the Liberals are defeated in the legislature.Clark said when politicians return to the house on June 22 the Liberals will put forward a member to serve as Speaker.But if her minority government is defeated, political tradition dictates a new Speaker be elected and that person normally comes from the government side of the house, which would mean electing a New Democrat to the position.In that scenario, there would be a 43-43 tie in the legislature.Horgan suggested the person who becomes Speaker next week, likely a member of Clark’s caucus, should remain in the position following the expected defeat of the Liberal government in a confidence vote later this month.“This is how I see it,” said Horgan. “The government, current, is going to put forward a Speaker. Good. That Speaker should be in place as a non-partisan for the term of the parliament.”Attorney General Andrew Wilkinson suggested it is up to the NDP and Greens to supply the Speaker if the NDP forms a minority government.“If the Greens and the NDP are purporting to be able to provide a stable government for British Columbians, then they have to do it from within their own resources,” he said.Experts have said an impasse over the Speaker could send voters back to the polls.The Speaker’s role is to enforce the rules in the legislature and he or she only votes in the event of a tie, and even then only to maintain the status quo, as per tradition.last_img read more

Deadpool 2 accident a rarity in industry that takes precautions stunt pros

first_imgTORONTO – Monday’s deadly crash on the set of “Deadpool 2” in Vancouver was a rarity in an industry that takes extreme precautions to ensure safety, say stunt professionals, who nevertheless accept there is always an element of risk involved.“Most of us know each other and everybody was shocked, because this stuff just doesn’t really happen, in Canada, anyway,” says Neven Pajkic, a 39-year-old Toronto-based stunt performer whose credits include Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film “The Shape of Water” and the TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”“It just doesn’t happen and it’s heartbreaking.”Joi (SJ) Harris, a 40-year-old female stunt driver from New York, died after her motorcycle crashed into a window of a building during production. Details have not emerged as to exactly what happened but some witnesses said she appeared to lose control of the vehicle.The incident came about a month after the death of a stuntman on the set of “The Walking Dead.”“It is a rarity but the possibility exists that it can happen,” says Rick Forsayeth, a Toronto-based stunt co-ordinator, noting in his 35 years in the industry — working on films including “X-Men,” “Resident Evil: Extinction” and “AVP: Alien vs. Predator” — there’s never been a fatality on set.Adam Winlove-Smith, a 34-year-old stunt performer from Toronto whose credits include the upcoming “Code 8” film starring Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell, agrees that catastrophic accidents “are super rare” but professionals accept there are risks.“It is risky but everybody knows that going into the industry, so you have to have that personality to deal with that risk that may occur.”Stunt performers hail from various backgrounds, including martial arts, boxing, motorsports, mountain climbing, gymnastics, circus arts and swordfighting.Pajkic got into the industry after being a professional boxer and has since taken various industry certification courses, including one for rappelling.Meanwhile, Winlove-Smith says he was trained in extreme sports growing up, including freestyle skiing, martial arts, knife fighting and acrobatics.Both are members are Canada’s performers’ union and say stunt co-ordinators research the background of all talent in order to ensure they have the proper skills.“Nobody’s going to pick you to do a stunt if you don’t have sufficient training,” says Pajkic.“You can’t just go out there and pretend you’re a stunt guy. That doesn’t happen, ever.”Pajkic can’t speak for the industry in British Columbia but says in Ontario and Quebec, where he’s worked, “it’s an utmost controlled and safety-oriented place.”“I had more bumps and bruises in my boxing career,” he says. “You’ve got to understand, there are people who’ve done stunts for 40 years in this city. You don’t do something for 40 years if it’s that dangerous.”Both he and Winlove-Smith say they’ve never been seriously injured on set, or felt unsafe.“Most of my friends who are stunt performers tend to get injured when they’re doing their own training,” says Winlove-Smith“There’s only a few people I’ve known that have actually gotten hurt on set but it hasn’t been to the extent of career-ending. You get bumps and bruises, but that comes with the territory.”Pajkic says the one time he felt uncomfortable with a stunt he was asked to do, the stunt co-ordinator understood and found someone more specialized to do it. Pajkic was still paid for that day’s work.“They’re never willing to take risks with lives,” he says. “When there’s a high-speed chase, there’s always a risk. When there’s a stair fall, there’s always a risk.“We take precautions…. This is very extensive training to get into the industry. But you get killed walking a doggie nowadays, a car runs you over…. You can only control so much. There is obviously an X-factor with our industry that’s a little bit higher.”Safety precautions vary according to the stunt being performed. When a scene involves rappelling, the cables and wires used to rehearse are switched out with new ones for the day of shooting, says Forsayeth.If a scene involves a car crash or car chase, they may use fuel cells, which bypass the gas tank and contain just enough fuel for the scene in order to avoid explosions. Such a scene may also involve roll cages and safety bars.Stunt scenes are often extensively rehearsed at a different site and then again once more on the site of production before cameras start rolling.“Any co-ordinator will do his max (to prepare) … then it’s out of your hands as those cameras roll and somebody calls ‘action,’” says Forsayeth.He expects Monday’s crash will prompt the industry to “certainly have a close look at it and see whether it was preventable.”“These situations sometimes open eyes and get more people involved.”last_img read more

AllStar Cast For Alzheimers Play

first_imgUS against ALZHEIMER’S is announcing an all-star cast for the ensemble reading of the acclaimed play, “Surviving Grace”, written by Trish Vradenburg (“Designing Women”, “Family Ties” and “Kate & Allie”) on Wednesday, June 19th at a fundraising benefit at Warner Bros Studio.The play, which was successfully performed at The Union Square Theatre in New York and The Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC is inspired by Vradenburg’s Mother’s battle with the disease, and the first act will be read on stage by a stellar cast, to be announced shortly, at the Los Angeles fundraiser to fight the battle against this deadly disease. Award winning director James Burrows will supervise the reading of this black comedy.The events host committee include Ann-Margret, Seth Rogen, Diahann Carroll, Joan Collins, Peter Gallagher, Molly Sims, Elizabeth Banks, George Hamilton, Linda Gray, Michael Feinstein, Loni Anderson, Sherry Lansing, Maura Tierney, Morgan Fairchild, Stefanie Powers and Marilu Henner.This will be the first of a four city tour with fundraisers headed to San Diego, Dallas and Florida. For more information about US against ALZHEIMER’S visit the website, June 19thEVENT:US against ALZHEIMER’SWHERE:Stephen J Ross Theatre @ Warner Bros Studio, BurbankTIME:6.00pm— red carpet arrivals7.00pm— play reading followed by receptionSource:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Roland Garros raises prize money launches new court

first_imgParis: French Open organisers have announced an eight per cent increase in the total prize money to 42.6 million euros ($48.35 million) and also inaugurated a new court that is the famed Grand Slam tennis tournament’s third-biggest. Prize money will jump the most for men and women who are ousted in the qualifying stage or who lose in the first round, with the latter now set to earn 46,000 euros ($52,333) apiece, an increase of 15 percent over last year, Efe news reported on Friday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe winners of the men’s and women’s singles will each receive 2.3 million euros ($2.6 million), up 4.55 percent from last year, while the singles finalists will earn 1.18 million euros, an increase of 5.36 percent. On Thursday, tournament organisers also inaugurated a new 5,000-seat court that is the first piece of a renovation project launched in 2018 at tennis’ clay-court Grand Slam. Known as Court Simonne Mathieu, it is named after a star French player of the 1920s and 1930s who won two Roland Garros women’s singles titles (when the tournament was known as the French Championships). Mathieu (1908-1980) also was a runner-up at that tournament on six occasions and became a French resistance fighter during World War II.last_img read more

We were outplayed by Mumbai Indians CSK coach Fleming

first_imgChennai: Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has admitted that his side were outplayed by Mumbai Indians in the IPL Qualifier-1, with the Rohit Sharma-led side adjusting better to the slow Chepauk track than the home side. Fleming said MI played a “nice brand of cricket even in our conditions” as the visiting side chased down the target of 132 in 18.3 overs to win the match by six wickets to enter the final. “They (MI) were confident, playing well and putting us under pressure. They were playing a nice brand of cricket even in our conditions…they have simply outplayed us,” Fleming said at the post-match conference on Tuesday. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”They (MI) have got some players who are more suited to the conditions. They have a pretty good record in Chennai and adjust to the conditions. They are in form and have a nice, balanced side. It is a good challenge when you come up against a side like that it can always be 50-50,” he added. Fleming said his batsmen needed to pace the innings better during the PowerPlay overs if the team was to post match-winning totals and give the bowlers a defendable target. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”It (pacing the innings) is tough. That is the problem we are finding, we are so far behind in powerplays. We are doing things right from overs 6 to 20, the run rate today I think was 7 and (then) 10 (in the last six overs). We’re getting the right runs there, (but) we are just finding ourselves behind in powerplays,” he said. The New Zealander said the slow starts had not helped the side’s cause and adding a score of 40 or more in the powerplays would have helped. “You run the risk if you over-attacked in the middle in those conditions, you can find yourself bowled out for 100. So you’ve got to have an element of safety. By the time you get that it’s around 14 overs, from there we were able to go at 10 an over which got us through to a competitive score. “But we need to have more balance in the first six overs — around 40 would be nice. That may get you to a score of 150-160 which can be a match-winning score. We’re just falling behind at different stages but it’s the first six that’s holding us back. Maybe we just throw the shackles off and have a crack in the next game and see if we can just get ourselves into form and confidence,” Fleming said. The CSK batting line-up, including last year’s top run-getter Shane Watson, has not clicked but Fleming defended the decison to back the misfiring batsmen and said he did not believe in chopping and changing. “You have got to back them. We back players because they’re proven performers, doing all the right things, but it is just not working. This can be a cruel game, especially when you’re playing in conditions like this for over half the season,” said the head coach. “So we make quite balanced decisions or have quite robust discussions around it. And this year we’ve just backed the players we’ve got and will continue to do so.”last_img read more

3 Hizbul men among 4 militants killed in JK

first_imgSrinagar: Four militants, including three Hizbul men were killed on Saturday in two separate gunfights in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama and Baramulla districts. Following an overnight gun battle between security forces and a group of hiding terrorists in Punzgam village of Pulwama, three Kashmiri men belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were brought down early in the day, police said. They were identified as Showkat Ahmad Dar, Irfan Ahmad and Muzaffar Ahmed. While Showkat was from the Punzgam and both he and Muzaffar belonged to Pulwama district, Irfan Ahmad belonged to Sopore area of Baramulla district. Later a fresh gun battle was fought in Hathlangoo village of Baramulla after a hiding militant fired at a cordon and search party. “As the cordon was tightened, there was firing from the hide out triggering the encounter. All exit points from the village were sealed and the militant was brought down,” an officer said. Bodies of all four militants have been recovered. Identity of the Sopore militant was yet to be disclosed. Mobile Internet services in Sopore and Awantipora area was suspended. Train services between Srinagar and Bannihal town of Jammu region have also been suspended.last_img read more

SouthSouth Cooperation Major Pillar of Moroccos Foreign Policy Official

Antalya- Morocco works tirelessly to enhance capacity building in the least developed countries (LDCs) through the South-South cooperation, which constitutes a major pillar of the kingdom’s foreign policy, Moroccan deputy minister in charge of foreign trade, Mohammed Abbou, said Saturday in Antalya (southern Turkey).Morocco’s commitment to this kind of partnership is reflected by the various tours of King Mohammed VI in Africa, particularly in LDCs, during which the Sovereign kicked off multiple projects, and chaired the signing of several agreements, Abbou said at the Midterm Review conference for the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries.In addition to its actions in terms of economic, technical, social and cultural development, Morocco, aware that human capital should be central to any development strategy, has made training and capacity building an essential component of its South-South cooperation programs with LDCs, Abbou added. He also said that the Kingdom, which attaches great importance to promoting trade with its African partners, has set up a legal framework adapted to the level required by Morocco-Africa partnership, by concluding more than 500 agreements with over 40 countries of the continent to encourage the private sector to strengthen trade and increase investment flows to those countries.He highlighted the decision of King Mohammed VI to cancel the debt of African LDCs and provide duty and quota free access for most of their export products.This initiative contributed to strengthening trade and investment relations between Morocco and African LDCs, resulting in a significant increase in exports to Morocco, he said, adding that trade between Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa jumped by 300 per cent between 2000 and 2010.Abbou also recalled that Morocco is the second African country investing in the continent and the first in West Africa. read more

Top UN official in Nepal deplores violence against protesters

19 February 2008The Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Nepal today expressed deep concern over the recent violence in the Terai region which has claimed one life and seriously injured many others. Children were reportedly involved in the violence, and police used tear gas, rubber bullets and even live ammunition. Meanwhile, protesters threw stones at police, injuring them, and vandalized property. “I have appealed to the Home Minister to take all possible measures to avoid excessive use of force, and to leaders of the United Democratic Madhesi Front to call on protesters to remain peaceful and to avoid the involvement of children in demonstrations,” Ian Martin, who also heads the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), said in a statement issued in the capital, Kathmandu. He added that UNMIN has repeatedly appealed for the grievances of Madhesi and other marginalized groups to be dealt with peacefully through dialogue by the Government and the Seven-Party Alliance. “I hope that all concerned will draw back from the brink of escalating violence and pursue the common interest of an inclusive Constituent Assembly election in a conducive climate,” Mr. Martin said. Those polls – which were postponed twice last year – are now set to be held on 10 April. Once elected, the Constituent Assembly is supposed to draft a new constitution for Nepal, where an estimated 13,000 people were killed during the decade-long civil conflict that formally ended when the Government and Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. read more

UN expert on the right to free expression postpones mission to Iran

Ambeyi Ligabo, a Special Rapporteur with the UN Commission on Human Rights, had been scheduled to travel to Iran on Thursday for 10 days of meetings with senior government officials and magistrates. He was also scheduled to meet with representatives of the UN system, civil society, media and academics.Mr. Ligabo gathers relevant information on discrimination, the use of violence and harassment directed at persons seeking to exercise the right to freedom of opinion and expression.The Special Rapporteur and Iranian authorities are discussing rescheduling the visit for later this year.

Uber Labor accused of lack of will

first_imgAs hard-hit taxi operators fight for a level playing field, the Victorian government is dragging its feet over ride-sharing and turning a blind eye to Uber’s flagrant disregard for the law. So says Mr George Kapnias, managing director of one of Melbourne’s most respected hire car companies.“Legitimate operators, who comply with the laws and are licenced and insured, are being decimated by this government’s lack of will to simply impose the existing rules.”Mr Kapnias, of Southern Cross Chauffeur Drive, is one of many industry figures who are registering their growing impatience over the government’s introduction of a regulatory framework that can deal with the impact of Uber.“UberX has been allowed to flourish exponentially during this government’s tenure,” said Mr Kapnias, “and it’s simply not good enough.”“What we want to see is the laws that were enacted in 2014 to be applied equally to operators of commercial passenger vehicles throughout Victoria.“Legitimate operators, who comply with the laws and are licenced and insured, are being decimated by this government’s lack of will to simply impose the existing rules.”Just 11 Uber drivers are facing court action so far for operating without a commercial passenger vehicle licence; charges that date back to August 2014 when the Liberal Party was in government.“This is old news and represents a drop in the ocean, as that number has grown during the term of the Andrews government to many thousands,” said Mr Kapnias.The Southern Cross chief resorted to writing to Minister Jenny Mikakos asking for clarification of the government’s position on ride-sharing , after what he described as “fruitless” efforts to gain a response from Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan’s department.Mr Kapnias said he entered into correspondence with Ms Mikakos as, prior to the 2014 state election, she had expressed “passionate displeasure” at how the previous Liberal government had allowed the Fels review recommendations “to erode the capital held in licences by existing industry participants”.As a result of the review, new laws were enacted that meant anyone operating a pre-booked commercial passenger vehicle service had to acquire a Pre-Booked Only (PBO) licence – available from the Taxi Services Commission at $36,000.“Since that time, we have witnessed the explosion of UberX – a pre-booked commercial passenger vehicle service that has – in contradiction of the law – been allowed to operate without the requirement of carrying a PBO licence on each vehicle.”In her written reply, Ms Mikakos said the government was aware of the concerns in the taxi industry, but that there was support for ride-sharing “from many within the community”, before adding that the government would “work through this issue” and “seek to ensure that a level playing field is required”.Opposition leader Matthew Guy continues to be unequivocal in his view that Victoria must embrace Uber and has urged the government to allow it to further integrate into the state’s public transport sector.“We have a situation where Uber is operating,” Mr Guy said. “Uber is here and here to stay.”“What we need from the Andrews Labor government is a clear direction forward about how Uber is going to be embraced as part of the operating transport movements of this state.”Meanwhile, Mr Kapnias said the Liberal leader’s statements contradicted his party’s previous policy.“The problem with Mr Guy’s position is that it runs contrary to the legislation that was enacted as a result of the Fels review, which was commissioned and passed by the government, of which he was a senior minister.“Ride-sharing isn’t new. It’s what the industry has been doing for years. It’s a flash marketing term,” said the Southern Cross MD.“What we need to concentrate on is ensuring the travelling public is safe and insured, and that the law applies equally to anyone offering a taxi or hire car service – irrespective of the technology used to book that service.”Meanwhile, Minister Allan told Neos Kosmos this week that the emergence of ride share services like Uber “needed careful consideration, not only of the needs and wants of customers, but also the safety of the public, conditions placed on other taxi and hire car services, and how a new ride share market would fit into this mix.” Ms Allan said a working group of the Taxi and Hire Car Ministerial Forum would report back to the forum in July.In a backgrounding statement also provided by her department, the government accepted that UberX did not comply with Victorian law, saying, “its vehicles are not licensed and many of its drivers are not accredited”. The statement added that UberX was “an illegal hire car service” and that the outcome of the current court action against the 11 Uber drivers would “inform the timeline and nature of any government action”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nine people charged in Greece over terrorismrelated offences

first_imgEight men and a woman have been charged on terrorism-related offences in Greece following early morning raids by anti-terror police on Tuesday across three locations in Athens.The nine Turkish citizens were charged on Wednesday, and were brought in bulletproof vests to court where a small group of supporters were shouting slogans in solidarity.Police managed to seize materials “available on the market that could potentially be used to make explosives” as well as travel documents and digital material.They defendants were charged with forming and participating in a terrorist organisation, violating legislation on possession of explosives and weapons, and resistance against authority.The terrorist organisation in question is the far-left militant group DHKP/C who have been responsible for a host of suicide bombings in Turkey since 1990, including the 2013 suicide bombing of the American embassy in Ankara.While they have yet to enter a formal plea, according to their lawyer Alexandra Zorbala, the accused have denied any wrongdoing and will be pleading not guilty.“They are refugees,” said Ms Zorbala. “Some have sought, others have received asylum … they are fighters who are struggling against a fascist regime, against torture and thousands of arrests.” According to police, one of the men arrested was already on the wanted listed in connection with a previous case of transferring guns from the Turkish coast to Chios in July 2013. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

John Terry denies retirement rumours

first_imgFormer England captain John Terry has refuted claims that he has decided to retire from playing professional football in favour of a Sky Sports punditry roleReports had emerged over the weekend that claimed that Terry had decided to call time on his glittering playing career in order to replace Thierry Henry as a Sky Sports pundit, following the Frenchman’s decision to leave in order to focus on his pursuit of a coaching role.But Terry has denied that he has retired with the Chelsea legend adamant that he is still “weighing up” his options.The 37-year-old wrote on Instagram: “Just to confirm I haven’t retired. I’m currently enjoying my holidays with my family and weighing up ALL my options.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Terry left Sky Bet Championship side Aston Villa after just one season at the club following their play0ff final defeat to Fulham.last_img read more

Valverde Messi is still the best player in the world

first_imgBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is certain that Lionel Messi remains the world’s best, despite not making the final three shortlist of FIFA’s The Best awardDespite playing a key role in Barcelona’s domestic double last season, Messi was overlooked for football’s biggest individual award.Instead, it was Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric who claimed the award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.Speaking ahead to Barcelona’s game away to Leganes tonight though, Valverde insists there are no doubts over Messi.“Everyone will have their opinion, I have mine,” said the Spaniard in a press conference.“I do not think it’s time to compare players, but for us, Messi is the best. I have nothing else to say, [other than] Modric is a great player who has had a great year.”James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.Valverde feels that football is starting to become more like show business nowadays due to the extensive coverage on individual prizes, like the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s.“Years ago there weren’t his many awards, so there wasn’t as much press coverage,” he said.“Now there’s lots of them, every gala is a homage to something or someone. They bring stars from all over the world and they have to sell that.“It’s covered by more press, so it becomes more controversial. It sells, in a certain way. I put it [controversy around awards] down to that.“It’s maybe excessive, but this is what it is. It’s a sport, but more and more it’s becoming show business.”last_img read more

Sandals Foundation Spreads Christmas Cheer to Hundreds of kids with Annual Toy

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 21, 2017 – Providenciales – The donations were sponsored through the Sandals Foundation- the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International- which supports community, environment and educational causes within the Caribbean region.Public Relations Manager of Beaches Turks & Caicos, Elanor Krzanowski, commented on the successful toy drive.   “It’s always a pleasure to spread holiday cheer,” She continued, “With all that has happened this year, we wanted to make the little ones feel extra special.  We’re happy to partner with the schools and the various organizations in making the holidays brighter for children of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”Toys were donated to the entire student body of the Enid Capron Primary School – the hotel’s sponsored school-where students were treated to toys and treats during a Christmas party hosted by the hotel’s staff and Sandals Foundation volunteers. “On behalf of Enid Capron Primary School, staff, students and parents, we are eternally gratefully to Beaches Turks and Caicos for their kind donation in the form of the annual toy drive,” said Sophia Garland, Principal at Enid Capron.Garland continued; “We do appreciate the fact that our students matter to this resort as a corporate citizen.   Our parents and students are appreciative of the happiness that giving and receiving brings.   We continue to thank Beaches Resort for their continued support to our institution.”For a consecutive year, the hotel also brought cheer to the Living Word Center Ministries through donation of toys.Bishop Alvin Harvey expressed; “We really appreciate the help from Beaches which helps to make our Christmas Party happen every year.   It was very good, we used the toys at our annual Christmas ceremony and the donations helped us to reach our goals.”The hotel also makes a donation to the National Cancer Society.  “Beaches have always been one of our corporate sponsors,” commented Rosemary Jolly, President of the National Cancer Society of the TCI.   “Beaches is always very supportive. Today we are very grateful for the offer of toys to the children through the National Cancer Society.   Elanor (Beaches PR Manager) offered these toys without even asking here.   Knowing that we decided to give toys this year from proceeds of In the Pink to the children, this will go a long way and we are very appreciative to Beaches for its constant support of our initiatives.”Meanwhile the hosted a holiday party for the children of staff members who took part in face painting, games, dancing, and bouncing castles.Press Release: Sandals Resortlast_img read more