Russian Naval ship reaches Visakhapatnam

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 3 (PTI) Russian Naval rescue ship Igor Belousov, which also briefly pitched in for the search of the Indian Air Forces missing AN 32 aircraft, reached Visakhapatnam today carrying on board a delegation on a four-day visit.The ship, which was sailing from Colombo, transited through the search area on August 1, and conjoined search operations by Indian naval ships from that afternoon to yesterday morning using its side scan sonar, defence sources said.However, no detections were made and the ship proceeded on its journey to Visakhapatnam.On arrival, Captain 1st Rank Maksim S Allikin, who is heading a senior Russian Navy delegation and Captain 3rd Rank Alexey Nekhodtsev, Commanding Officer Russian Naval Rescue Ship Igor Belousov called on Rear Admiral S V Bhokare, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet and Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindru, Flag Officer Submarines.The visit of the Russian Naval Ship and the delegation will encompass interaction between personnel of both the navies in various professional, cultural, social and sports events.Apart from engaging in friendly football and volleyball matches with the Eastern Fleet teams, the Russian Naval personnel will also visit places of interest in Visakhapatnam prior to their departure on August 6.Inducted into the Russian Navys Pacific Ocean Fleet search-and-rescue force in November 2015, Igor Belousov is used for search-and-rescue of crew in distressed surface vessels and submarines.It can also be used for providing emergency response and ship salvage.The on-board lifesaving equipment include a 700m deep-diving vehicle and two deep-diving submersibles used for search and lifting of underwater objects from the seabed and rescue of crews in distressed submarines. PTI SAP DIP ZMN NSDadvertisementlast_img read more

Cape Town Test: Seam-friendly wicket at Newlands favours South Africa

first_imgAnother seam-friendly wicket stacks the odds overwhelmingly in favour of hosts South Africa when they take on Sri Lanka in the second Test at Newlands, starting on Monday.The middle contest in a three-match series comes just two days after South Africa completed a 206-run victory at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth in the Boxing Day Test.That surface was supposedly the closest Sri Lanka would get on their tour to conditions that would allow spin spearhead Rangana Herath to make an impact.Even then, it proved a contest where the home side were in firm control, though the visitors did provide some dogged resistance at times.At Newlands, the bowling trio of Kyle Abbott, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada will again be looking to dominate the batsmen, with captain Faf du Plessis insisting three seamers would be enough, even if it does put their stamina to the test with just two free days between matches.”The seam attack has proven we can do it with three,” he said after the first Test success. “The key is obviously not to have anyone breaking down.”Last year’s New Year’s test at Newlands saw South Africa battered by Ben Stokes’ record-breaking 258 from 198 balls as they lost a home series to England and their place as the top Test side in the International Cricket Council rankings.But, even without talismanic AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn, South Africa have since beaten New Zealand and Australia and set their target on a much improved 2017 in which they will go to England and then host Bangladesh and India.advertisement”It’s important for this team that even though we are playing really well, we must make sure that we look at areas, especially when we are winning, where we can improve,” said du Plessis.Sri Lanka are likely to make changes to strengthen their batting line-up with Upul Tharanga expected to replace Kusal Perera at number three. Defeat in Port Elizabeth ended a run of five successive test victories for Sri Lanka, whose last home series was a convincing whitewash of Australia in mid-year but they remain unconvincing on the road.They have lost nine of 11 previous Tests in South Africa. Sri Lanka were beaten by an innings and 229 runs and by 10 wickets in their two previous Tests at Newlands.last_img read more

Boris Becker not ruling out returning to train Novak Djokovic

first_imgBecker and Djokovic split at the end of last year after almost three years together, but the German stressed that they are still in touch, reports Efe.Asked about a possible return, the German said that he will always be a friend and in the Serbian’s corner. (Also read: Defending champion Novak Djokovic crashes out of Australian Open)”We are on very good terms. I don’t know, let’s see what happens,” Becker said on Thursday.After the Serbian was knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open, Becker pointed out that Djokovic was not at his peak form.The six-time major champion also noted before the Australian Open that Djokovic was not focused in the second half of last season.last_img read more

Live Cricket Score, SA vs IND, 3rd Test Day 1: Kohli falls to Ngidi after gritty 54

first_imgWhat an absorbing day of play we have witnessed at the Wanderers! 82.4 overs, 193 runs and 11 wickets — that sums up that the bowlers have had a ball. India were ominous in the final 25 odd minutes of the day and got the prized scalp of Markram as well. Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah breathed fire and got a lot of movement to trouble the Proteas.Earlier, the visitors were skittled out under 200. A couple of factors were the reason for their poor show with the bat. One was that some batsmen gifted their wickets away and another reason was that the South African pace battery bowled with a lot of heart. Only Pujara and Kohli managed to get themselves in and scored important fifties.Right then! Only a day has gone by but the bowlers have got exaggerated movement and have ruled like a king. Tough times lie ahead for the batsmen. Will the Proteas fight fire with fire? Or will there be another surrender on display? Join us to catch all the action from Day 2 of the third and final Test tomorrow at 1pm IST. Some fast-paced cricketing action beckons us. Till then, cheers!South Africa 1st Innings:21.02 IST: STUMPS! South Africa 6/1 after 6 overs, traling India (187) by 181 runs. Dean Elgar 4*, Kagiso Rabada 0*. Bhuvneshwar 1/3.20.46 IST: Bhuvneshwar to Markram, OUT! The strike bowler for India delivers! He is so good upfront and it is rarely he disappoints. Runs in with good rhythm from overs the wicket and bowls a back of a length ball around off. The ball shapes in after pitching as well. Markram hops and tries to defend it but gets a faint nick behind. Patel moves to his right and accepts it gleefully. Just the start India wanted. South Africa 3/1 after 2.3 overs.advertisement20.43 IST: 2 overs down and a maiden over later from Bumrah, South are 3/0.20.37 IST: Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, SINGLE! Elgar gets off the mark straightaway with a single. Positive start for South Africa.20.36 IST: Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar begin the innings for South Africa while Bhuvneshwar Kumar begins the attack for India.India 1st Innings:A meek surrender from India has meant that they have ended with a way below par-score. The visitors elected to bat first on a conducive track for swing bowling and were found wanting. They lost their openers very cheaply and were struggling to come to terms with the pace and bounce on offer. Kohli came in and along with Pujara started the revival work. They played cautiously and saw off the new ball. There were times when the duo got lucky but still, credit needs to be given to them for fighting it out.20.27 IST: Rabada to Bhuvneshwar, OUT! That’s the final nail in the coffin! Short ball, angling in and climbing on Kumar. He gets into an awkward position and still goes through with his pull shot. Ends up getting a top edge that swirls in the sky towards short mid-wicket. Phehlukwayo backtracks and takes a fine catch. INDIA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 187 after 76.4 overs. Kohli (54), Pujara (50), Rabada (3/39)20.20 IST: Ngidi to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR! Another solid shot from the seamer. He looks solid and is really helping India survive in the match. India 186/9 after 75.2 overs.20.16 IST: Rabada to Bhuvneshwar, DROPPED! Ngidi completely misjudges that and Bhuvneshwar and India survive.20.11 IST: Philander to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR! A good strong strike from Bhuvneshwar straight. India 176/9 after 73.2 overs.20.07 IST: Rabada to Bumrah, FOUR! That’s a leg bye four! South Africa take a review because they feel it hit Bumrah on the pads but eventually lose it.20.04 IST: Rabada to Ishant, OUT! After quite many misses, Ishant finally edges the ball and Faf du Plessis takes a good low catch at second slip. India 166/9 after 72.1 overs.19.42 IST: Philander to Shami, OUT! Shami plays a rash shot and Rabada takes an easy catch. This had been coming with Shami teasing the fielders since some time now. India are 163/8 after 67.5 overs.19.26 IST: Morkel to Shami, FOUR! Nice shot! A short ball outside off, Shami arches back and flashes it over – what is that? A man somewhere between short third man and third man – and gets a boundary! Morkel is not happy with that field placement and wants that man at a traditional third man position!19.24 IST: Phehlukwayo to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR! Fine shot. On a length outside off, Kumar punches this off the back foot through the covers for a boundary!19.22 IST: Phehlukwayo to Pandya, OUT! Horrible shot by Pandya, top edges a short ball from Phehlukwayo and de Kock took the catch once more. Indian batting is disappointing once more. India 144/7 after 63.2 overs.advertisement19.18 IST: Morkel to Parthiv, OUT! Caught behind! That is a bad, bad shot. The ball was not the best, short and wide outside off, Patel leaps and tries to punch but is comfortably beaten by the extra bounce. Only manages a thick nick and that is gobbled by the keeper. Two quick wickets for South Africa. India are 144/6.19.12 IST: Phehlukwayo to Pujara, OUT! The least impressive of the bowlers has taken out the most prized wicket! Indecision costs Pujara. Outside off, pretty wide, Pujara is not sure whether he should play at that or leave it. He is across his stumps and pushes at the ball. Halfway through the shot, he realizes that the ball can be left alone. Now, he tries to withdraw his bat but his commitment to the earlier cause does not allow him to get the bat behind much. The ball moves just enough to take whatever piece of willow is available and goes to the keeper! End of a long vigil.18.54 IST: Ngidi to Pujara, FOUR! Another loose delivery from Ngidi and Pujara whacks it to the boundary. India 135/4 after 58.2 overs.3rd Test. 58.2: L Ngidi to C Pujara (42), 4 runs, 135/4 #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201818.48 IST: India are 129/4 after 57.2 overs. Parthiv 0* (12) and Pujara 38 (162).18.36 IST: Ngidi to Pujara, FOUR! A rare loosener, short and wide outside off, Pujara cuts it through the covers and gets a boundary.18.31 IST: India (114/4) at tea vs South Africa. Kohli (54), Pujara (27*), Philander (1/22), Ngidi (1/7)India started the session well though, with AB de Villiers handing another life to Virat Kohli and the stand between him and Pujara building on. But the new kid on the block, Lungi Ngidi, got rid of the Indian captain for the second time in a row, this time AB taking a superb catch. Rahane then survived a caught behind appeal off a no ball but then was dismissed soon after.End of session two on day one of the 3rd #SunfoilTest in the #FreedomSeries. Two late-ish wickets for SA have left India on 114/4. Rahane (9) going to Morkel and the big one, Kohli (54), taken out by Ngidi #ProteaFire #SAvIND Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 2018Amidst all the rumble, Cheteshwar Pujara has stood out royally. His runs scored and the strike rate might be a cause of concern for some but in reality, had he not been there, India might well have been bowled out. Only two batsmen have managed double figures so far and the visitors will hope to see off the day without losing more than a wicket.In command, are South Africa. Every bowler except for Andile Phehlukwayo has taken a wicket and all of them have been extremely economical. The over rate is a worry but then if the Proteas manage to dismiss India tonight itself, captain Faf du Plessis will not complain. He will be looking to get to the bowlers quickly after Tea and perhaps even dream of batting tonight, if the opportunity presents itself. No sign of rain so far, thankfully.advertisement18.04 IST: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Morkel 9 (27 balls). The decision stays as it is! Umpire’s call! Hard, hard luck for Rahane. Only a small part of the ball is hitting the leg stump but that will do for South Africa. Good bowling by Morkel, getting this full after the previous short one and tailing it in. Rahane looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Morkel appeals, umpire Ian Gould thinks for a while and then raises his finger! Rahane has a long chat with Pujara and then signals for the review. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be clipping the outer half of leg stump. The no ball life earlier does not count for Rahane. India do not lose a review though… if that can be called as a cloud with a silver lining… India 113/4 in 51.4 overs WICKET!!! Big strike from SA as Rahane is trapped LBW for 9. He reviews the decision, but this time the hosts get the benefit as replays show it’s umpires call. India 113/4 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201818.00 IST: Morkel to Rahane, FOUR!3rd Test. 50.6: V Philander to C Pujara (26), 4 runs, 109/3 #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201817.57 IST: India 105/3 in 50.4 overs17.48 IST: Ajinkya Rahane is VERY VERY LUCKY! He gets caught behind off Vernon Philander but the bowler overstepped the line. NO BALL. India 101/4 in 48.3 overs. IT IS A NO BALL! What a lifeline for Rahane! He has had a pretty uncomfortable last 10 minutes and was nearly consumed by this peach. The ball lands on a length around off and Rahane commits himself to play at that. But then the ball moves away and the batsman thinks, should I leave it? Rahane tries to withdraw his bat but is a bit late and the ball goes off the edge to the keeper! The Proteas appeal but Rahane starts to walk even before the umpire raises his finger. Oh wait… he is asked to stop as Aleem Dar wants to check for the no ball. And replays show that Philander has nothing behind the line! The foot has landed right on the crease! Come back, Rahane!Frustration for Du Plessis here as Philander gets a wicket of a no-ball. The third time India have a reprieve in the innings. Rahane survives being caught behind on 3. India 102/3 #SAvIND #SunfoilTest Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201817.20 IST: WICKET! Virat Kohli 54 c de Villiers, b Ngidi (106 balls). Kohli does not chase the previous one but he chases this one and is gone! AB de Villiers dropped him on the previous occasion but not this time. Full and wide outside off, could have been left alone, Kohli reaches out for that without moving his feet much and gets a thick outside edge. AB de Villiers at third slip is initially not sure to have his hands in reverse cup position or the bucket-like one and in the end, goes for the second choice. The decision has to be made in a split second as the ball travels really fast to him. Mr. 360 degrees takes that decision quickly, keeps his hands bucket-like and takes the catch. He then lands surprised on the ground, thanking his stars that he did not go reverse cup for that. End of a fine, fine knock from Kohli, taking the bull by the horns. The stand is broken at 84, still no triple digit partnership for India in this series. Ngidi’s parents have a proud moment in the stands, applauding their kid’s wicket. This is the first time they are watching a live cricket match. Great moment. India 97/3 in 42.4 overs WICKET!!! A big strike by @NgidiLungi as he gets Kohli for 54. The captain edging to De Villiers to slip. He had two lives earlier remember. India 97/3 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201817.15 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Brings up his 16th Test fifty in style, took 101 balls to get there. In total command is King Kohli! A short ball outside off, Kohli swivels again, this time getting on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for a boundary! Brings up his half century as well. Superb knock. Now for the big one. India 94/2 in 41.3 overs The 50 has just come up for the India captain and it has been a fighting one for his side. It has taken 101 balls with India up to 97/2 #SAvIND #SunfoilTest #FreedomSeries Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201817.02 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR!17.01 IST: Ngidi to Kohli, Ah ah… Kohli taps it towards the off side and sets off for a single. Pujara is not interested at all and the Indian captain reluctantly goes back. Don’t think there was a run available, even if Hardik Pandya would have been at the non-striker’s end. Kohli is doing his best to make Pujara run hard between the wickets for singles but the Saurashtra batsman is going nowhere. India 84/2 in 39 overs 16.48 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Full and outside off, Kohli leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary!Ah ah… Kohli taps it towards the off side and sets off for a single. Pujara is not interested at all and the Indian captain reluctantly goes back. Don’t think there was a run available, even if Hardik Pandya would have been at the non-striker’s end.16.43 IST: Morkel to Kohli, FOUR! STREAKY FOUR! Luck is on the Indians’ side at the moment. Morkel lands this on a length outside off and gets it to jag back in. Kohli looks to defend but is cramped up. An inside edge is induced but the ball goes over the stumps to the fine leg fence!3rd Test. 34.4: M Morkel to V Kohli (42), 4 runs, 77/2 #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201816.41 IST: Morkel to Kohli, FOUR! MARVELLOUS! Made that look really easy. Not exactly a half volley, it is on a length outside off but Kohli gets across and drives it as straight as a rocket down the ground for a boundary.16.32 IST: Morkel to Kohli, DROPPED AGAIN on 32 this time by AB de Villiers at 2nd slip! Would you believe it that AB de Villiers is the culprit? Short and room on offer, reckless approach from Kohli who reaches out to it and tries to cut it. Only manages to get a bottom edge that flies towards AB at third slip. He crouches and attempts to catch it as the ball dips in. Only gets his fingertips to it and the ball bursts through towards third man. Two runs taken. This is the second time the Indian skipper has been dropped. He is certainly leading a charmed life.16.31 IST: Vernon Philander bowls yet another maiden over, his 8th in 11 overs. India 63/2 in 32 overs, run rate – 1.9716.21 IST: Philander to Pujara, FOUR! All of a sudden, the runs are flowing. Three boundaries have been scored in the last 4 balls. Shortish again and well outside off, Pujara pounces on the opportunity and slaps it through covers to find the fence. For the first time, Philanders has been off the radar. The protection is there for the drive but he is bowling too short for the liking of his side. That brings up the 50-run stand between the duo. It has been a fighting one.3rd Test. 29.3: V Philander to C Pujara (15), 4 runs, 59/2 #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201816.21 IST: Philander to Pujara, FOUR! Poor delivery and gets the treatment! Short and room to play with, Pujara rises on his toes and crunches it through point. The fielder hares after it but only comes second best.16.18 IST: Morkel to Kohli, FOUR! Gorgeous cover drive yielding four runs for the captain. Pleasing to the eyes! Full and outside off, Kohli strides ahead and times his punch beautifully through wide mid off to pick up a boundary.16.14 IST: Vernon Philander bowls a terrific over post lunch giving away just 1 run. India 46/2 in 28 overs 16.09 IST: We are back for the afternoon session. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to continue their innings. Will the Indians attempt to up the scoring rate? Or will it be again a rearguard action from them? Vernon Philander to bowl first up after Lunch. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go…15.30 IST: India (45/2) vs South Africa at lunch. Kohli (24*), Pujara (5*), Philander (1/1), Rabada (1/15)A top start to the game for the Proteas. They didn’t win the toss but got the desired choice of bowling first on a conducive track. They have been all over the Indians, picked up early wickets and kept a stern check on the run-flow as well. The ball has swung like a banana, bounced steeply, seamed off the deck substantially to test the batsmen. The Big Vern was in the thick of things once again as he got rid of Rahul with a beauty of a delivery. There was another case of a batsman throwing his wicket away in the form of Vijay. So, it seems that he has not learnt from his mistakes.Over and lunch. End of the opening session of the 3rd and final #SunfoilTest of the #FreedomSeries. SA struck two early blows, but India are holding firm for now on 45/2. Kohli has 24* #ProteaFire #SAvIND Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 2018The duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli have been watchful and have been lucky to have survived so far. The Indian skipper was dropped on 11 by Philander and it was not a difficult chance. Faf du Plessis also missed a trick as Ngidi trapped Pujara in front of the stumps once but he didn’t challenge the decision. However, credit to the experienced duo for fighting it out. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi have played the perfect foil to Vernon Philander to keep the batsmen guessing. Will the Proteas continue to have a firm grip over the proceedings? Or will the visitors show strong resilience and settle in? Join us shortly to find out.At Lunch on Day 1 of the 3rd Test India are 45/2 (Virat 24*, Pujara 5*)Follow the game here – #SAvIND #FreedomSeries BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201815.15 IST: Ngidi to Kohli. So Close!! Back of a length ball around off, some nibble in the air. Kohli wants to leave it initially but then is caught in two minds. Is late to let it go and the ball catches the inside edge of the bat to strike him on the back leg. Fortunately for him, the ball deflects past the off stump and goes towards the keeper.15.01 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR!!3rd Test. 20.4: K Rabada to V Kohli (15), 4 runs, 31/2 #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201815.01 IST: Rabada to Kohli, DROPPED!! Virat Kohli goes for the pull, skies it and the catch is dropped.14.59 IST: FIFTY balls for Pujara without getting of the mark.14.50 IST: Ngidi to Pujara, takes a single but its off the thigh pad so the umpire signals leg-bye. The wait continues for Che!14.48 IST: Vernon Philander has bowled 8 overs which include 7 maiden overs and given away just 1 run with a wicket in his kitty. India 20/2 in 17 overs 14.40 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara has now faced 37 deliveries without getting off the mark. India 20/2 in 15 overs14.36 IST: Vernon Philander bowls a maiden after the drinks break. India 19/2 in 14 overs 14.30 IST: First hour of play is done and its now time for a Drinks Break! India 19/2 in 13 overs. Virat Kohli 6*, Cheteshwar Pujara 0* Drinks were taken a few minutes ago. The first hour and a bit of the Test match has been bossed by SA with India 20/2. A wicket each for @VDP_24 and @KagisoRabada25 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest #FreedomSeries Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201814.27 IST: 26 balls he’s faced now but Cheteshwar Pujara has still not gotten off the mark. India 17/2 in 12 overs 14.20 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Glorious! Trademark Kohli cover drive. Fullish ball outside off, the Indian skipper leans ahead and caresses it through extra cover to find the fence. This will get him going.3rd Test. 10.4: K Rabada to V Kohli (4), 4 runs, 17/2 #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201814.13 IST: The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli strides out to bat. He has been the only batsman among the top six who has looked in decent form. A captain’s knock is the need of the hour.14.12 IST: WICKET! Murali Vijay c de Kock b Rabada 8 (32 balls). India 13/2 in 8.4 overs WICKET!!! Into the attack comes home boy @KagisoRabada25 and he takes just 4 deliveries to strike as a Vijay edge is taken by De Kock for 8. India 13/2 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201814.09 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is yet to get off the mark even after facing 14 deliveries. India 13/1 in 8 overs 14.00 IST: NOT OUT! Definitely close but the batsman just survives! Fuller in length in the avenue of apprehension, seaming in after pitching. Pujara comes forward gingerly to block it but misses to get hit flush on the front pad. Philander roars in an appeal along with his teammates but the umpire stays put. He tells his skipper to go for the review to which he agrees. Snicko doesn’t spot any nick. Time for the Hawk Eye. The impact is in line but it is clipping the top of middle. Hence, the on-field call stays and India retain their review. Fifth maiden on the trot, the pressure is certainly on India.Huge appeal by Philander against Pujara and it’s not given. SA opt to review but replays show it as umpires call. Batsman survives and India remain on 7/1 #SAvIND #SunfoilTest Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201813.58 IST: Philander to Pujara, Wrapped on the pads and the South Africans go up in a loud appeal. Umpire says NOT OUT. The Proteas take the review.13.50 IST: Vernon Philander bowls a wicket-maiden. India 7/1 in 4 overs 13.46 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara strides out to bat. He has had a poor tour so far. Can he stand tall on this occasion?13.45 IST: WICKET! KL Rahul c de Kock b Philander 0 (7 balls). Philander draws first blood! He has begun on a positive note in his 50th Test match to provide the ideal start for his side. Bowls a length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty and gets it to move in late after pitching. Rahul is caught in the crease as he feels for it with a big gap between his bat and pad. Ends up getting a faint inside edge and de Kock behind the stumps is alert. He gets low to his left and takes a fine catch. Good stuff from Philander. He brought some balls in and swung some away to catch the batsman off guard. You are always unsure when the bowler is bowling that way. Yet another failure for Lokesh Rahul in this series. The South African players are jubilant! India 7/1 in 3.1 overs WICKET!!! Great start for SA as @VDP_24 strikes in the fourth over. A great start to his 50th Test as Rahul edges behind to De Kock for a duck #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201813.40 IST: Vernon Philander, who is playing in his 50th Test match, starts off with a maiden over. India 7/0 in 2 overs Two overs gone as @mornemorkel65 and @VDP_24 take the new ball. India are 7/0 after winning the toss and batting #ProteaFire #SAvIND #FreedomSeries Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201813,38 IST: Vernon Philander to share the new ball from the other end. This is his 50th Test match and he will be eager to make it a memorable one.13.37 IST: Good first over from Morkel, India 7/0 in 1 over13.33 IST: Morkel to Vijay, FOUR! Streaky way to open the account for himself! Full delivery outside off, encouraging Vijay to go for an ambitious shot. He fiddles at it with minimal foot movement and gets a thick outside edge which goes past the right side of the gully fielder and runs through to the fence.13.31 IST: The players get ready for their respective national anthems. After the completion, we are set to get underway. Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul to open the batting for India. Morne Morkel to start off the proceedings with the brand new cherry. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go…Pre-match updates:13.13 IST: Meanwhile, South Africa have also benched their spinner Keshav Maharaj and brought in Andile PhehlukwayoGood morning and welcome to Johannesburg for the final #SunfoilTest of this #FreedomSeries. Will it be a clean sweep by SA or will India salvage some pride? #ProteaFire #SAvIND Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201813.04 IST: Ajinkya Rahane comes in for Rohit Sharma while Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaces R Ashwin in the Indian playing13.00 IST: Virat Kohli wins the toss, India opt to bat vs South Africa at Johannesburg. Proteas lead 3-match series 2-0#TeamIndia has won the toss and elected to bat first in the 3rd Test #SAvIND BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201812.40 IST: Johannesburg track looks like its going to be a nightmare for the batsmenGood morning from the @BullringZA. We’re almost an hour away from the 3rd Sunfoil Freedom Test. Preparations are in full steam #SAvIND Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 2018Match Preview:India will be playig only for pride when Virat Kohli and Co. take the field for the third and final Test at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.South Africa have the oppoutunity to complete a first clean-sweep of a three-Test series against India, and skipper Faf du Plessis have promised a ruthless approach.South Africa defeated India in the first Test by 72 runs in Cape Town and then again won the second by 135 runs at Centurion. It is India’s first series loss under Kohli’s captinacy and another loss in the third Test would make it 3-0. But won’t be enough for South Africa to take over from India at the top of the International Cricket Council’s rankings, but would move them to within decimal points of doing so.With a four-Test series to come against Australia in March, top spot would be tantalisingly close.”I don’t think we’ll make changes for the third Test just for the sake of giving opportunities. We want to keep our foot on the gas and apply as much pressure as possible,” Du Plessis told reporters.”It doesn’t happen a lot that you get the chance to beat a team 3-0 and I would favour dominating India and being ruthless.”We can use the ODIs and T20s to try and rotate players. We have an amazing opportunity as a team to win 3-0, and that makes us even more hungry to go where no team has gone before.”South Africa will on Tuesday hand a fitness Test to in-form opening batsman Aiden Markram, who injured his thigh in the second Test.If he is ruled out, his replacement is likely to be Theunis de Bruyn, with Temba Bavuma already out for four weeks with a fractured finger.Virat Kohli is the only Indian batsman to score a century in the series, was especially disappointed with their display in Pretoria on a wicket that was more suited to their game than South Africa’s.Another defeat would be devastating for him as skipper, and he believes his side can get the better of their hosts.last_img read more

How US Heartland States Make Renewable Energy Work

first_imgIn the U.S. heartland, where retail electricity costs less than the national average, states from Iowa to Utah to Nevada are investing in renewable energy to protect against fossil fuel price volatility and save customers money. Operating in these states, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy is a perfect example, recently announcing goals to double its investment in renewable energy to $30 billion.States and utilities are doing more than just investing. They are actively pursuing ways to lower the cost of renewable energy. PacifiCorp, serving six western states including parts of California, is increasing grid reliability and efficiency by participating in the Energy Imbalance Market. Joining an energy imbalance market lets utilities buy and sell power much more widely and increase the share of renewable energy. Other states and utilities are using special rate structures called green tariffs to allow large corporate customers to access additional renewable energy more easily. Northern and southern Nevada already have these rates, and Utah granted approval for a green tariff in March.States’ and utilities’ increased investment and new service offerings underscore what’s become increasingly clear: renewable energy makes good business sense and can provide attractive returns for utilities and benefits for customers.State Economic Development Attracts Big BusinessInvestment in renewable energy brings additional economic benefits to a region, helping retain and attract the increasing number of large, iconic corporations looking for renewable energy. These companies know it’s good for their bottom line and helps meet their sustainability goals.Jonathan Weisgall, vice president at Berkshire Hathaway Energy, made this point last week at the Utah Energy Development Summit in Salt Lake City. One of Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s subsidiaries, Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy, has utilized its significant wind power capacity to meet the renewable energy needs of large data center customers, making Iowa more competitive in the site selection process.Why Renewable Energy Works for UtilitiesTraditional investor-owned electric utilities rely on a guaranteed return on equity set by electricity regulators. Utilities typically earn this return by investing in generation systems such as coal and gas power plants or solar and wind farms (assets) and selling electricity to recover their investment, plus a return. In Iowa, MidAmerican has gone beyond this model to lower retail costs by selling their excess wind power to the local regional transmission organization. This let them increase the total amount of wind power on the grid and balance overall power generation. This has been so effective that MidAmerican plans to invest another $900 million in wind energy in Iowa, bringing the company’s total wind investment to $6.7 billion. The western Energy Imbalance Market, in turn, may let other Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiaries replicate this success.Expanding Returns from Renewable EnergyUtilities have helped customers by investing directly in renewable energy, using electricity markets to increase system efficiency and integrate more renewables, and enabling large customers to access renewable energy from new projects through emerging green tariffs. And there are new configurations that have the potential to help even more. For example, regulators in Utah approved a tariff, schedule 32, which pays Rocky Mountain Power for brown power – supplemental power needed when renewable generation does not meet demand – and other services when customers sign contracts for renewable energy from independent generators.There remain untapped opportunities to design more renewable energy offerings and increase their effectiveness, including new green tariffs. Utility participation in energy markets also creates new opportunities for customers to utilize innovative technologies such as dynamic load management and customer-side storage. Seizing these opportunities will require continued open dialogue between utilities, large customers, regulators and other stakeholders. But the payoff may be the ability to attract new businesses and reduce costs for the utility and all customers.last_img read more

Who are the Highest Rated Recruits to Sign with OSU?

first_imgOklahoma State is recruiting at a high level nationally in the 2017 class, with the current ranking sitting at No. 30 nationally, and No. 2 in the Big 12 behind OU. They seem to fly just below the top tier schools nationally overall, but have had some good luck signing top prospects in years past on occasion.So who are the highest rated prospects to sign with OSU? Here are the top 11: (Note: These rankings all based on the 247sports composite.)11. Tyreek Hill. Hill was a high four-star junior college transfer from Garden City Community College, who as most know only spent one season in Stillwater. He had 31 receptions for 281 yards and a touchdown, to go with more than 500 yards on the ground. He shined for OSU in the return game, though, averaging more than 24 yards per kick return and three total return touchdowns, including an iconic Bedlam moment in Norman. -KB10. J.W. Walsh. Walsh was a major college recruit out of Denton Guyer High School, who was one of the first commitments of a major 2011 recruiting haul for Mike Gundy and Co. He had an up-and-down career in Stillwater with several quarterback battles and injuries that derailed some of his precious time. He ended it on a high note with his senior year rushing for 359 yards and 13 touchdowns, and was a major reason why the Cowboys won 10 games in 2015. -KB9. Tramonda Moore. Moore picked the Pokes over several other big-time offers, but is a freshman at a community college and will be once again a top OSU target next year, when he’s eligible to pick a school to attend in 2018. I wouldn’t be surprised if he picks elsewhere for his future signing destination. -KB8. Shaun Lewis. One of the biggest contributors on this list, Lewis was a two-time All Big 12 linebacker who finished his career with 248 tackles, and 7 forced fumbles. He was a major reason for OSU’s success on defense, and was a key cog in OSU’s Big 12 title team in 2011. -KB7. Dexter Pratt. *Googles Dexter Pratt.* April 29, 2010: “Redshirt freshman running back Dexter Pratt has decided to leave the Oklahoma State program after one redshirt year, officials said on Wednesday. Pratt came to Oklahoma State as the No. 15 running back in the country according to Scouts Inc., and No. 139 on the 2009 ESPNU 150. The team didn’t release the reason for Pratt’s exit, but it seems pretty simple. Perhaps personal reasons are involved, but my best guess is he doesn’t want to play in new coordinator Dana Holgorsen’s offense.”Yep! -KB6. Tatum Bell. Bell finished his career at OSU with 3,500 rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns. He’s No. 7 on the all-time leading rusher list in total yards just ahead of Joe Randle, and was drafted in the second round by the Denver Broncos. He bounced around in the NFL between the Broncos, Lions, and Broncos again, before finishing his career in the UFL in 2010. -KB5. Herschel Sims. His career didn’t last long, but Sims was an Army-All American before picking OSU over a plethora of other options. He finished his freshman year with 240 rush yards, but was dismissed from the program before his sophomore season. He then bounced to Lamar, and left there to play his final years at Abilene Christian. Overall a pretty disappointing story of “what if” with Sims. -KB4. Richetti Jones. Richetti is a great example of an elite HS player who was just all right in college. At Alabama or Ohio State this is not a big deal because you have 10 other elite HS players, four of whom hit it big in college. At OSU, it feels like a bigger disappointment than it actually should be. Plus Jones won a B12 title his senior year. He had 81 tackles and 11 sacks during his four years in Stillwater. -KP3. Dez Bryant. This turned out pretty well [tries to forget end of 2009 season and Zac trying to make do with Hubert Anyiam]. -KP2. Xavier Lawson-Kennedy. This might have been our football program’s version of “wait, Butch Pierre got WHO to come here?” XLK was always the poster boy for players who we were always told were going to be better in the future than they ever actually were in the present (a poor man’s Marcell Ateman in that sense). He was all right as a player, but you would expect more from the No. 2 recruit in school history.“There always are going to be players that come in highly regarded that don’t quote perform up to the national consensus,” Gundy told the Oklahoman in 2006. “Then there are guys who come in that aren’t (highly regarded) and play better like Barry Sanders.”Still, XLK loved Stillwater.“I was sad we didn’t get the victory, but I was also sad it was my last game at Boone Pickens (Stadium),” he told the Oklahoman. “I still remember my first game. It goes by so fast. It’s been great despite all the trials and tribulations I went through.” -KP1. Bobby Reid. Bobby Reid was a big deal for this program in a number of different ways. He sort of bridged the gap from the Les Miles Era into the Mike Gundy Era before The Rant made way for Zac Robinson which was the gateway into the program we know today. There will always be controversy surrounding Reid’s time in Stillwater, but his commitment to OSU and subsequent exit were both symbolic for the last 20 years of the Oklahoma State football program. -KP If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

How YOU consumed WC qualifiers

first_imgWorld Cup Italy’s apocalypse and the best World Cup jerseys – How YOU consume International football Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:35 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Italy Sweden Getty Images World Cup Goal have assembled some of the most passionate football fans – 60 users from six key regions shared their thoughts on the Road to Russia 2018 So here we all are. The final remaining slots have been filled and now we have the full compliment of nations for what promises to be a dramatic World Cup in Russia next year.That meant it was time to call in Goal’s Global Fan Panel to find out how you consumed the biggest footballing stories over the past fortnight.Consisting of the some of the most devoted fans of the beautiful game, of all ages, genders and ethnicities, from all across the world, Goal are giving football fans a voice with our Global Fan Panel.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And this week, after a dramatic few days that saw Italy miss out and Peru make their first World Cup finals in 35 years, we now also know what many of the competitors will be wearing as some of the world’s biggest sporting brands get ready to market their new threads. Take a look at our findings below and see if your sentiments are shared by your fellow football enthusiasts, both home and abroad. Fan Panel 1As if the final round of the regular World Cup qualifying wasn’t thrilling enough, last week brought a remarkable climax to the process. Dreams were realised and, in Italy’s case, an apocalypse struck.Two-legged affairs across the globe gripped world football’s consciousness like few domestic competitions ever could.And a huge majority of Global Fan Panel members from all across the globe tuned into the action, with the lowest turnout – in Africa – still seeing over three quarters of fans enjoy the contests.Fan Panel 2The aforementioned Italian catastrophe was unsurprisingly the most-watched encounter of the final rounds, which attracted onlookers in huge numbers from all across the world.A 1-0 victory for the hosts in the first leg in Solena left the tie wonderfully poised ahead of the second-leg in Milan.And a stunning goalless draw saw four-times world champions Italy suffer the unthinkable.The only other match that could even come close to it was Peru’s clash with New Zealand, though even that attracted only local football fans – with 25% of South American fans tuning in to see the Kiwis’ hopes dashed as Peru made a long-awaited return to the world stage.Fan Panel 3We all love our national teams and every four years the World Cup unites nations like few other events in the world. But we’re also all lovers of the game as a whole, and some of us will adopt other countries to cheer along in Russia next year.That is certainly the case with our Global Fan Panel, who almost unanimously agreed they would wear jerseys of a country that is not their own.A whopping 86% of APAC and MENA football fans said they wear different colours, likely due to the smaller number of representatives at the World Cup from those regions.Europe will once again be the most-represented continent at the World Cup and so it came as no surprise that only 58% of European football fans will stick to supporting their own team in 2018.Fan Panel 4As the tournament approaches, many of us will go shopping in preparation for the festival of football.We all want the latest gear to pledge solidarity with our teams, and the world’s leading sporting brands will go to war for their market share over the next few months.Adidas was the most popular choice of manufacturer among our Fan Panel, though many will be after the latest Nike strips.Germany and Argentina were the most popular choice of shirts but, interestingly, the threads worn by Belgium’s golden generation proved particularly popular in North America.last_img read more

TVS Sport launched in Sri Lanka

first_imgTVS Sport launched in Sri LankaTVS Sport is powered by a 99.7 cc, 4-stroke, Duralife engine that makes 7.8 PS and 7.8 Nm of torque. It is offered with a 4-speed constant mesh transmission.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 09:35 IST TVS Sport is one of the largest selling bikes of the company.HIGHLIGHTSTVS Sport comes with 17-inch tyres.The bike gets Synchronized Braking Technology.Sport will be available in Sri Lanka in three colour options.TVS Motor Company has launched Sport motorcycle in Sri Lanka. While the two-wheeler manufacturer has not specified the price at which the very popular bike has been launched in the island nation, we do know that TVS Sport will be available there in three colour options — Black Blue, Black Red and Volcano Red.Powering TVS Sport is a 99.7 cc, 4-stroke, Duralife engine that makes 7.8 PS and 7.8 Nm of torque. It is offered with a 4-speed constant mesh transmission. The suspension duties are performed by telescopic hydraulic front forks and 5-step adjustable shock absorber at the rear. There are 17-inch tyres with 130 mm drum at the front and 110 mm drum at the rear. The motorcycle also gets Synchronized Braking Technology.TVS Sport comes with features like all gear electric start, economy mode and power mode, long seat, 3D Chrome logo, pillion handle and sporty headlamp and taillamp.”We are delighted to bring our popular motorcycle TVS Sport to Sri Lanka. TVS Sport caters to a robust customer base of close to 2.5 million customers globally. In Sri Lanka, where two-wheeler mobility is on a rise, TVS Sport is the ideal motorcycle to traverse long distance with excellent fuel efficiency. The motorcycle is a blend of style and comfort thus making it a complete package for the customers in our key international market, Sri Lanka,” TVS Motor Company International Business Senior Vice President R Dilip said.”We are happy to add the 100 cc economy motorcycle TVS Sport to the extensive TVS Lanka product portfolio in Sri Lanka. The motorcycle will be available in over 400 touchpoints across the country with state-of-the-art service and spare facilities. We are confident it will find favour with customers,” TVS Lanka Director Operations SV Nana Rau said.advertisementAlthough we do not know the price at which TVS Sport has been launched in Sri Lanka, we definitely know how much it costs in India. Below are variant-wise TVS Sport prices (ex-showroom, Delhi).– Kick Start Spoke Wheel – Rs 39,900– Kick Start Alloy Wheel – Rs 45,500– Electric Start Alloy Wheel – Rs 48,291– Kick Start Long Seat – Rs 46,700– Electric Start Long Seat – Rs 49,491ALSO READ | Hyundai Kona for Rs 25 lakh or Hyundai Creta for Rs 16 lakh: Which will save you more money in long term?ALSO READ | Govt selling vehicle and DL data of Indians for Rs 3 crore, 87 private companies already bought itALSO READ | Hyundai Kona: Charging options, range, price, features and other important details about the new electric SUVGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow TVS SportFollow TVS Sport Sri Lanka launch Nextlast_img read more

Feel Good Friday: Harry’s Gives a Shave

first_imgMany a man is aware that the price of shaving is a steep one. Expensive blades, pricey razors (that look like they were designed for The Terminator), and quality shave cream can all hit the bank a little too hard. Luckily the co-founders of Warby Parker, Jeffrey Raider and Andy Katz-Mayfield have recently launched Harry’s.Like Warby, Harry’s has cut out the middle man and manufactures their own product. And continuing in the Warby ethos they also give back to various organizations that help out our fellow man.We had a chat with Jeff and Andy to hear more about the concept and what makes their shaving cream really so great.It seems like you are on a roll with this ‘avoid the middle man’ approach. Do you think other companies may catch up?Jeff: We view Harry’s and Warby Parker first as brands. We think selling direct online enables us to build really close personal relationships with our customers. At Harry’s we view our website as our flagship store and over time would love to partner with like-minded brands and retailers to make our product accessible to lots of people.How did you decide to focus on the grooming world?Andy: Harry’s began with an all-too-common experience that I had at the drugstore. After waiting 10 minutes for an employee to open the case where the razor blades were locked away, then paying more than 20 dollars for razor blades and a can of shave cream, I felt like I had overpaid for products that didn’t really speak to me as a consumer. I just thought there had to be a better way and started working with Jeff to find it.Tell us more about the shaving cream. What’s in it that makes it so great?Jeff: We find that most men over-invest in blades and under-invest in shaving cream. So we worked hard to create a premium cream that we thought will enhance the overall shaving experience and be a great skin care product after the shave in addition to protecting the face during the shave.Andy: To elaborate, most shave creams on the market do an OK job protecting the face during the shave, but don’t do a great job soothing and moisturizing the skin after the shave. We thought there was an opportunity to create a cream that did both. That’s why we formulated our cream with ingredients that you would find in a luxury skincare product – extracts from licorice, milk thistle and cucumber to cool the skin, Vitamins E and B5 to protect the skin, and marula and coconut oils to moisturize long after a shave is finished.I love that you give back. The Mission Continues is a great organization. How do you decide who to help?Andy: As a grooming company, we think it’s especially important to give back to organizations that share our goals of helping people look and feel good, ultimately giving them the confidence to achieve their goals. That’s what “we give a shave” about and why we strive to make really high quality product. Our first partner, The Mission Continues, is an amazing organization and their mission of empowering veterans of recent wars to continue their service here at home really inspired us. We’re always on the lookout for other organizations who similarly are dedicated to helping people look and feel  great and helping them achieve their goals. Over time, we’ll be really interested to see what our customers “Give a Shave” about as we seek to expand our social impact.Harry’s Founders Jeffrey Raider and Andy Katz-Mayfield How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster Give Your Dad the Gift of a Good Shave with These Razor and Shave Kits Editors’ Recommendations The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The Best Anti-Aging Creams and Skincare Products for Men How to Grow and Maintain Stubble last_img read more

China: Construction of Belait CSS 1 Nears Completion

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom STX Marine (STXM) reported that the company performed the undocking of the Belait CSS 1, the maintenance version of the popular Compact Semi Sub design, on 7th Dec 2013, at Fujian Mawei Shipyard SE China.The Fit for Purpose CSS is a multi-function well-intervention, supply and light construction vessel. The primary features of the vessel are a 150 T lattice boom crane, a telescopic heave compensated gangway, a moonpool, a 12.8 T rated helideck, DP-2 rating and accommodation for 199 people.The vessel is destined for Brunei to perform Well Head maintenance activity mid 2014. Print  Close STX Marine, December 12, 2013last_img read more

South Korean Shipyard Workers to Go on Joint Strike

first_imgzoom Unionized workers at South Korea’s Big Three shipyards – Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), will, together with workers from five other smaller shipyards, go on a joint strike to oppose the recently announced restructuring plans, the Yonhap news agency reports.The partial 4-hour strike is announced for this Wednesday, and is expected to include up to 30,000 workers.HHI will also see its unionized workers go on a strike on Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, according to Yonhap. SHI already experienced industrial action last week when the workers carried out a sit-in protest in Seoul over the company’s restructuring plans.South Korea’s shipbuilding industry has for the last eight years been severely affected by the global financial crisis and rising competition from Chinese shipyards. The Big Three accumulated a combined operating loss of USD 7.4 billion last year alone, with DSME responsible for nearly two thirds of the total loss.All three major shipyards have recently started with major restructuring plans. DSME received an approval from its creditors to start with the USD 4.47 self-rescue scheme in June. The plan includes the sale of two of the company’s five floating docks.SHI’s USD 1.27 billion restructuring plan, provisionally approved by the shipyard’s creditors, calls for 1,500 early retirements by the end of the year. The plan also requires the executives to return around 30 percent of their salaries as of July.The company’s self-rescue plan also proposes the sale of KRW 200 billion (USD 170.7 million) worth of real estate assets, and the sale of the shipbuilder’s stake in Doosan Engine.HHI plans to implement a USD 3 billion self-rescue plan which includes the sale of its shares of Hyundai Motor and KCC, its stakes in Hyundai Avancis, and certain properties and receivables.The shipbuilder also plans to make further savings with employee salary cuts and work-sharing.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Roger Daltrey And Pete Townshend Announce Launch Of Teen Cancer America

first_imgThe Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend attended a National Press Club luncheon on November 12 to announce the launch of Teen Cancer America.“What we’re trying to do here is make you aware of the situation,” said Daltrey. “You should build a community within your hospital at the point of diagnosis for teenagers with cancer, so that instead of them being isolated they are … with other teenagers who have been through the process.”Teen Cancer America is the US affiliate of the UK’s Teenage Cancer Trust. TCA aims to set up units in hospitals and medical centers in the US to cater for the needs of teenagers suffering from cancer.“The music business, without teenagers and their support, would not exist,” said Daltrey, who is a patron on the TCT. “So all you rich rock stars out there: get off your butts! Get involved, raise some money.”To read a full account of the luncheon, click here.last_img read more

AFN Election By the numbers

first_imgBy Tim FontaineAPTN National NewsTORONTO–Hundreds of chiefs and potentially thousands of people are expected to descend on Toronto this week for the Assembly of First Nations annual assembly that will decide who will lead the organization for the next three years.The AFN has a long history acting as the collective voice of First Nations chiefs. It began as the National Indian Brotherhood which was created in reaction to the 1969 White Paper.Here are some quick facts about the organization which has become, in many cases, the face of First Nations for many Canadians.BC has the most possible votes, with 198 chiefs. Followed by ON (126), SK (70), MB (63), AB (45), QC (39), YT (16), NWT (26), NB (15), NS (13), NL (4) and PEI (2).There have been ten National Chiefs since the formation of the Assembly of First Nations (then called the National Indian Brotherhood).Saskatchewan has produced the most National Chiefs of any province or territory (3). Followed by Manitoba (2), BC (2), Ontario (1), Quebec (1) and Northwest Territories (1).There has never been a National Chief from Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut or Yukon.The longest serving National Chief was Phil Fontaine, who held the position for 9 years, a record 3 terms.At the 2009 AFN convention in Calgary, voting for National Chief lasted a record 8 ballots, over 23 hours.Since 1982, 8 women have run for the office of National Chief but none have been elected.In this 2012 election, 4 women are running for the office of National Chief – a record.At age 29, Noel Starblanket became the youngest National Chief in read more

Kenya steps up diplomatic efforts to resolve the South Sudan crisis

first_imgNAIROBI – Kenya has stepped up diplomatic efforts to resolve the South Sudan crisis even as it continued with evacuation of its nationals from the country. The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday confirmed that a mediation team appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, which include two top peace negotiators who have previously been involved with South Sudan , Ambassador Bethwel Kiplagat and Elija Sumbeiwo, were already in Juba.“Efforts to resolve the crisis through dialogue are in top gear and our mediation team are already in Juba,” Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Dr. Karanja Kibicho, told AA. He also confirmed that evacuation efforts involving the use of military planes was still on, adding that 107 more Kenyans arrived in Nairobi on Monday while another 150 were expected home today.However, 1,600 Kenyans are still stuck in the UN camp in Bor, Jonglei State which is now in the hands of rebels under the command of the former South Sudan Vice President Dr. Rieck Machar.It has been difficult for Kenyan military planes to land in Bor, where even a US military plane on rescue mission of its nationals came under fire from the rebels. The weary Kenyans who arrived Monday evening described harrowing experiences.“We could not take anything. Many people have been shot dead and many others injured. We just ran to the UN camp in Juba with what we could carry and the children,”  Prisca Waithera told AA on arrival.Most of the Kenyans evacuated were involved in doing business and lost a lot of property.“I have lost everything I have worked for the last three years. The soldiers and local people looted all my property. I am not going back there,” said John Kariuki who had a chain of shops in Juba.The government has dispatched more buses to Juba through Uganda after getting guarantees of the safety and protection from the South Sudanese government.“The corridor from Juba through Kampala is safe and we are sending more buses to help with the evacuation,” said Dr. Kibicho.“I am happy to be back home, safe with my family but I don’t know how I will survive with my family as I lost everything and I have been away from home for the last four years,” said Elijah Mulanda from western Kenya.The government has announced that those evacuated will be given some financial aid for survival as they settle.Meanwhile, cargo destined for South Sudan yesterday was piling up at the Mombasa Port following the crisis which has made transportation difficult.Kenya Airport Authority officials said there was a growing pile up of cargo which will affect the port’s storage capacity if the crisis is not resolved quickly to speed up the transportation of the cargo.Reporting by William Oloolast_img read more

UN experts urge US to ensure no Guantánamo detainees are forcibly returned

21 July 2010While welcoming United States efforts to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, two independent United Nations human rights experts have called on the Government to ensure that it does not forcibly transfer anyone to another State where the person could be subject to torture. The UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture, Manfred Nowak, and on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, Martin Scheinin, drew attention to two recent decisions by the US Supreme Court, which paved the way for the transfer of two Algerian detainees held in Guantánamo.“We are extremely worried that the lives of two Algerian detainees could be put in danger without a proper assessment of the risks they could face if returned against their will to their country of origin,” the experts stated in a news release. The decision by President Barack Obama, upon taking office in January 2009, to close the facility was hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, who were encouraged that the US leader has given the highest priority to ensuring respect for fundamental rights.“While we appreciate the efforts of the authorities to close the Guantánamo detention facility, the risk assessment should be a meaningful and fair process, and the courts should be part of it,” said the Special Rapporteurs. One of the two men in question, Abdul Aziz Naji, has already been repatriated to Algeria, according to media reports. He was among a group of six Algerian nationals held in Guantánamo, who feared that, if returned to Algeria, they could be subject to torture or other forms of ill-treatment by the security services or non-State actors. “Diplomatic assurances are unreliable or difficult to monitor and cannot substitute the sending country’s obligation to assess the real risk facing the individual,” said the experts, who added that this could become the first involuntary transfers of Guantánamo detainees of the Obama administration.UN Special Rapporteurs carry out their work in an independent and unpaid capacity and report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. read more

Massive Gampola cutout removed

CaFFE believe that through continuous campaigning and lobbying the misuse of state property, election law violations and election related instances of violence could be minimized ensuring a free and fair election. The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says that the large election cutout of UPFA candidate Anuradha Jayarathne, erected at the Old Bridge along the Gampola – Nuwara Eliya road was removed today (August 9).This action was taken after CaFFE complained to the Commissioner of Election of this brazen election law violation and managed to generate massive media publicity through continuous campaigning, a CaFFE statement said. “The usage of illegal election propaganda materials has lessened to a degree through continuous lobbying and publicity given by the media. We are glad that relevant authorities are taking action regarding illegal election propaganda as continuation of such brazen activities would have lead to a further election law violations,” said CaFFE Executive Director, Keerthi Tennakoon. “It was revealed by several stakeholders that the Gampola police provided security for the illegal propaganda material and that there is an election office of Jayarathne near the cutout. We are glad to note that the Commissioner has taken action regarding this cutout within two days. In addition other illegal propaganda material in Central and Northwestern Provinces have been largely removed due to continuous lobbying, campaigning and awareness building by CaFFE and the publicity given by media institutions,” CaFFE said. read more

Muskrat Falls protests ramp up as flooding set to begin in swath

by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2016 7:08 am MDT Last Updated Oct 20, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Muskrat Falls protests ramp up as flooding set to begin in swath of Labrador The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Police have arrested some protesters who were blocking the entrance of the Muskrat Falls work site in Newfoundland and Labrador. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Long-standing protests over the Muskrat Falls hydro project are escalating — including nine arrests Monday, a march on the provincial legislature and a hunger strike — as reservoir flooding in Labrador is set to start.“You can’t do this to people. This is still Canada,” said Denise Cole of Goose Bay. She helped organize a peaceful protest followed by a sit-in that temporarily limited public access to the legislature in St. John’s.At issue are concerns raised by Harvard University researchers that the flooding as part of dam and powerhouse construction may contaminate fish and other wild foods with methylmercury.The resulting reservoir will cover an area of about 41 square kilometres near Happy Valley-Goose Bay. It will also be upstream from 2,000 Inuit in the Lake Melville region who rely on fish and seal meat.“Those are my people that are getting arrested and it’s the downstream population … whose health is being threatened,” said Cole. The demonstrators left the legislature voluntarily after about five hours, saying their requests to meet with government officials were ignored.Labrador Liberal MP Yvonne Jones, who is also parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, called the arrests “unfortunate.”“I’m disappointed that people were arrested,” said Jones. “I know these people personally. They’re absolutely outstanding citizens and they have legitimate concerns.”Jones said she wants to see Premier Dwight Ball and Nalcor sit down and look at how the concerns can be addressed before any flooding is done.“There is time to really look at what needs to be done here to help mitigate any impact,” she said.Researchers have suggested clear-cutting the land and removing top soil could limit the risks of methylmercury. The neurotoxin is created as mercury blends with bacteria and is linked to heart issues, intellectual problems in children and other effects.The province has so far balked at full clearance. Crown corporation Nalcor Energy says it’s monitoring mercury levels but has said its projections indicate contamination in Lake Melville will be diluted to “no measurable effects.”Gilbert Bennett, Nalcor’s executive vice-president in charge of power development at Muskrat Falls, said Monday in a statement that preparation continues before reservoir flooding begins “later this month.”Water levels are expected to gradually rise this fall by about one metre per day to 25 metres, he said. After that, levels will go up to 39 metres by 2019.Gilbert said provincial officials recently met with the Nunatsiavut Government, representing five Inuit communities in Labrador, to discuss its request to fully clear the reservoir.“Nalcor has subsequently undertaken additional water quality monitoring and we are working with both governments on this program.”Environment Minister Perry Trimper said in a statement Monday Nalcor has obligations to supply energy to Nova Scotia and complete the project under terms of a federal loan guarantee.“Nalcor Energy has $7 billion in contractual and legal commitments,” he said.Still, Trimper said the Nunatsiavut Government, Innu Nation and the NunatuKavut Community Council representing Inuit-Metis in southern Labrador will be part of an independent advisory committee. It will discuss “further clearing of the reservoir between the 25 to 39 metre mark.”Nunatsiavut president Johannes Lampe isn’t waiting. He wrote Monday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premier calling for a halt to any flooding.He said Harvard University research funded in part by the independent National Science Foundation in the U.S. with support from his government “is not being used to inform the monitoring program.”“This is extremely disappointing and has added to the level of frustration” with the province, he said in a statement.NunatuKavut president Todd Russell called the arrests Monday a “heavy-handed” affront to democratic rights.“We continue to be shocked at the intransigence of the provincial government and Nalcor to not do the right thing.”NDP member Gerry Rogers said the previous Progressive Conservative government, which lost power last fall, was deaf to concerns about a project touted as a cleaner energy option.“The Liberal government has said that they have to deal with the mess that was left behind. They, too, will not listen to scientific evidence.”Angus Andersen from the Inuit community of Nain in northern Labrador stood before the legislature early Monday near a woman holding a baby and a sign: “Please don’t poison me.”“It’s wrong from the start, and it’s wrong now,” he said of Muskrat Falls, a troubled project that with financing has soared to an estimated $11.4 billion from $7.4 billion four years ago. First power is now delayed until 2019.Nine people protesting at the construction site in Labrador were arrested early Monday after Nalcor got an injunction Sunday forbidding obstruction of its main entrance.RCMP said they each face one count of disobeying a court order.Their arrests came on Day 4 of a hunger strike by Inuk artist Billy Gauthier of North West River near Happy Valley-Goose Bay. He posted a video to his Facebook page Thursday night of what he said will be his last meal until Nalcor agrees to fully clear the reservoir area.He ate wild salmon from Rigolet.“I feel as though in a way this is an attack not just on me, not just on my family, but also on my culture which is Inuit,” he says in the video that has been viewed almost 35,000 times.“It’s also an attack on every Labradorian who actually respects the land.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter. read more

UN experts urge World Bank to adopt human rights standards in its

“All activities supported by the World Bank, not only its investment lending, should be included in the review to ensure consistency with international human rights standards,” said the group of experts in a news release.“Doing so would improve development outcomes and strengthen the protection of the world’s poorest from unintended adverse impacts of activities financed by the Bank,” they said. The group consists of: the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter and the Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Cephas Lumina.Their call was made ahead of the conclusion of the first consultation period this weekend of a two-year review of the World Bank’s social and environmental policies – also known as safeguard policies. The review is an opportunity to broaden the World Bank’s scope in areas related to human rights such as disability, gender, labour, land tenure, and the rights of indigenous people. A first draft of the revised policies, which will be open for public comment, is expected in the next few months.“Unfortunately, economic development can have negative as well as positive impacts,” said Ms. Sepúlveda. “Often, the poorest of the poor do not benefit from development, or even worse, it is undertaken at their expense.”For Mr. Anaya, the review “is an opportunity for the World Bank to heed the call of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which provides that States, intergovernmental organizations, and UN specialized agencies, including the World Bank, shall promote respect for full application and realization of, its provisions.”Mr. De Schutter said that large-scale World Bank projects often have a negative impact on land used by small-scale farmers, affecting their right to food.“The updated safeguard policies must ensure that the voice of affected communities is more effectively heard, through inclusive and participatory impact assessments and through effective accountability mechanisms that provide effective remedies for any harm caused,” he said.Mr. Lumina said it was no longer acceptable to use the excuse that the World Bank is precluded by its Articles of Agreement from taking human rights into consideration in the design and implementation of its policies and projects.“The Articles allow, and in some circumstances, enjoin the Bank to recognize the human rights implications of its development policies and activities,” Mr. Lumina said. “We should not forget that States must also adhere to their international law obligations when they act through international organizations. The World Bank is no exception.” read more

Chug Run Repeat

Members of the Women’s Elite race chug beers at the starting line of the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships in Austin Kirby Lee for Flocasts AUSTIN, Texas — Beer miles are won and lost in the “party zone.” When participants in the world’s most athletic binge-drinking event cross into it, they stop running, hastily down a minimum 5 percent ABV beer and then take off again. The zone is only 10 meters long.The best male beer-milers spend somewhere between 4 and 6 seconds in their first stop in the party zone; the best women stay for about 11 seconds. By their fourth time through — the beer mile requires four laps of running, four beers of chugging — the competitors slow. With shaky legs and winded lungs, these same men average about 14 seconds and the women about 31 seconds.1For this calculation, I did not include the final beer split of Kelly Williamson at the Beer Mile World Championships because the time was such an outlier at 1 minute and 30 seconds.But things are different at the Beer Mile World Championships, which were held here for the first time in early December. The champions drank their final beers almost twice as fast as the average elite runner in the competition — 7 seconds and 21 seconds for the male and female winners, respectively. In a race with the motto: “Chug, Run, Repeat,” the fiercest competitors guzzle through the party zone as fast as Olympic triathletes put on their post-swim socks. “This thing has been going on for 30 years with thousands of results and no one’s really paid attention, and then all of a sudden it’s on national news and people are noticing,” Nielsen said. The video of his world record-setting mile has been viewed 1.35 million times.Some of the participants at the World Championships admitted to running the beer mile in part to dispel the myth that elite runners are some strange breed of nutrition-obsessed freaks. “People think we hang out in a cabin eating chia seeds,” said 42-year-old Luis Armenteros, who placed third in the men’s sub-elite division with a time of 6:03.2. “I can’t drink everyone under the table, but I can drink a lot.”“There is the perception that elite runners are machines whose bodies are temples, but we have our vices,” said Jack Colreavy, a 25-year-old runner who traveled from Sydney, Australia, to race in the elite men’s group, but who was unable to finish. “And mine is drinking beer.” “Who’s got the legs, lungs and stomach to hold it all down?”The bald announcer was trying to get the crowd going before the races began. The event was meant to be held at Yellow Jacket Stadium, a proper 1,600-meter indoor running track. But last-minute concerns from the track’s owners about the imminent binge-drinking forced the race to move to a motor-racing track on the outskirts of Austin. Beneath an empty grandstand with seating for thousands, what would be the homestretch of a Formula 1 race had been transformed into a makeshift track — an oblong oval marked off by orange construction cones. The turns were too tight and the straightaways too long, but for an event that is as much about drinking as it is running, it was good enough.On the final straightaway loomed the party zone, straddled by two tables with beer lined up in rows of four. Each of the 117 participants got to choose his or her own beer, and the best runners could drink the night’s special “Beer Mile Brew.” Hops & Grain, a local Austin brewery and event sponsor, brewed the German-style blonde ale to contain only 2.2 volumes of CO2, down from a typical 2.6 volumes. Chuggability is critical in a beer mile.The women were up first, adjusting track shorts-wedgies with one hand and holding their first beers with the other as they waited to start. When the gun fired, the group of twelve toned, lean women cracked open their cans. While drinking, they waddled like drunk penguins from the back of the party zone to the front, then took off running. In the crowd, some people were sporting shirts reading, “You just got beat by a mother of six.” They were the friends and family of Chris Kimbrough, a 45-year-old Austin local, who broke the women’s world record in October on her first attempt with a time of 6:28.6.At the World Championships, though, Kimbrough was struggling; by the third beer she was doing that pre-vomit shiver that a body does when it wants to stop — and it would take her 32.3 seconds to finish beer No. 4. She stood no chance against Elizabeth Herndon, a 29-year-old professor and marathoner who came out of beer mile obscurity (and Ohio) to down her fourth beer, a New Belgium Fat Tire, in just 21.4 seconds. Herndon smashed the world record with a time of 6:17.8. Kimbrough placed fourth.Just minutes after organizers rinsed away the liquid vomit from the women’s race, 10 tank-top wearing men lined up at the same starting line for the elite men’s final. One guy was wearing jorts.James Nielsen, the highly contentious current world record-holder with a time of 4:57.0, was not among them. Nielsen said he “physically could not make it that week.” Others interpreted his absence as a clear indicator that he couldn’t defend his world record because it wasn’t legitimate.In a video he posted to YouTube, Nielsen downs his second beer in less than four seconds — a feat that other beer milers say is physically impossible. Symmonds and fan-favorite Corey Gallagher were both vying to break the elusive sub-five minute beer mile, if only to put Nielsen in his place.Bud Light Platinums featured heavily in the men’s elite race, and when the starting gun fired, iridescent blue bottles tilted skyward. Gallagher, wearing a single glove on his beer-chugging hand, downed the first in an astonishing 6.1 seconds, but coasted through lap one in 67 seconds (6 seconds slower than his final lap), allowing the guy in jorts to take the lead. But no one could drink like Gallagher. It didn’t take him longer than 10 seconds to finish any one beer, and with the final lap in sight he demolished his fourth beer faster than his previous two — in just 7.3 seconds. He rounded the last turn well ahead of the pack, the crowd screaming as he looked on pace to break 5 minutes. But he crashed through the finishing tape without breaking the threshold: 5.00.23.“This is the world record, James Nielsen is a cheat and a fake,” Gallagher declared post-race, swigging a replenishment drink from his silver plastic trophy.Nielsen vehemently denies all accusations of cheating. “I think people can drink beers even faster than me,” he said when reached by phone. “I am definitely not the human limit on how fast a beer can be drank out of a can — I’ve seen faster.” Since its rather hazy inception at Burlington Central High School in Burlington, Ontario, in 1989, people from all over the world have attempted the beer mile: a four-lap, four-beer testament to just how insane elite runners really are. As the beer mile migrated south from Canada, the event gained traction on college campuses in the United States as an unofficial tradition to celebrate the end of track season, when young runners were in peak physical shape and seeking reprieve from a notoriously regimented sport.Seanna Robinson, the former women’s beer mile world record-holder, went to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, when the beer mile rules were still being ironed out. The competition still operates on the “Kingston Rules,” which outline the penalty lap that is incurred if a runner vomits before finishing. “The naked run, the Timbits challenge and the beer mile were just some of the many things we did that played at running and celebrating,” Robinson said. When Robinson started running beer miles at Queen’s University, women were only required to drink three beers, skipping the first. She argued for the beer mile to be the same for men and women.At around the same time Robinson was pioneering for four-beer gender equality, and setting her longstanding record, Patrick Butler — at the time a member of the Wesleyan University track team — purchased the domain He’d seen the Kingston Rules online and wanted to adopt them in the U.S., as well as to create a place to aggregate and keep track of “official” beer mile results from all over the world. That was in 1998, and there were 452 beer miles logged on the site that year. Now there are about 40,000 total races — 4,439 of them coming this year (as of Dec. 3).Butler knows the database isn’t complete — he estimates that less than 10 percent of beer mile results are actually submitted to the site. But it’s prominent enough that some competitors want out. “I probably get five or six emails a week from people saying, ‘Can you take my name off of your site? I’m trying to get a job,’” said Butler, who maintains the database himself as a passion project.Nick Symmonds, an Olympic middle-distance runner, isn’t concerned about being associated with the beer mile. If anything, he’s a proponent of the sport. “Most people don’t know what a 1:42.9 in the 800 means — which is what I did at the Olympics — but they understand what a 5:19 beer mile is,” he told me in Austin. Symmonds runs professionally for Brooks and definitely does not need to run beer miles in his spare time — for the prize money or the notoriety — but he schlepped to Austin from Seattle to create continued interest in track and field. When asked why he came to the World Championships, he said, “There’s a chance they’ll continue to watch us in two years [at the 2016 Olympics].” Canadian Corey Gallagher heads down the straight away trailed closely by Australian Jack Colreavy at the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships in Austin Josh Baker for Flocasts Athletes competing in the open heat of the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championship crack open their first beers at Circuit of the Americas in Austin Kirby Lee for Flocasts read more

6 things you really want to know but hate finding out

first_img Source: Reactiongifs6. What’s in the Tupperware“I’d better clean out the fridge. Hmm, can’t remember what I put in this carton.” Source: jtbrennanAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH. Source: ImgurAnd then the process of trying to put it in the bin while simultaneously running away from it. Source: OhmagifThanks Roisin Burke8 everyday problems that should have been solved by 2014>Naked man gets stuck in washing machine, has to be freed with olive oil> 1. Your bank balance Source: Photocall IrelandYou’ve had a big weekend. (Or even a couple.) But there’s still an unimaginably long time until pay day, like two and a half weeks or something.You know, with every rational atom in your body, that it is important to find out how much money you have left. But OH GOD THE TERROR. Source: Reactiongifs2. Why your girlfriend/boyfriend is angry Source: ShutterstockObviously you need to discover this information. But you know, for a solid-as-rock fact, that it will not be good news.Will it be the ‘waiting game’ approach, or the ‘confrontation’ approach? Each has its drawbacks. YOU MUST CHOOSE. Source: Reactiongifs3. What the voicemail is Source: skampyOK, it COULD be the Lotto calling you to say that you’re now a millionaire because of a ticket someone bought in your name.But more likely, it’s someone with terrible news. Almost certainly the taxman. Or your BANK… please God, not the bank. Source: Imgur4. How you were conceived Source: ShutterstockSo this is interesting, obviously. But it *will* bring with it thoughts of the most distressing order. Source: Reactiongifs5. What you did last night Source: ImgurUGGGHHH MY HEAD. It was fine last night, right? You were fine. You were probably fine.last_img read more