Rahul, Sonia must explain role in Augusta-Westland chopper deal: Maharashtra CM

first_imgMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday wondered why the Gandhi family’s name always surfaces in cases of wrongdoings in defence deals. Addressing a press conference here, he demanded that the Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former party president Sonia Gandhi explain their role in the Augusta-Westland VVIP chopper deal amid allegations of them having received kickbacks. Mr. Fadnavis also attacked Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, who in a statement on Sunday had supported the Gandhis and said power is being misused by the ruling party to target opposition. “Congress now has an advocate as big as Sharad Pawar. Even he has no option but to speak for the Congress,” he said.“The Italian court order regarding Augusta-Westland has named Sonia Gandhi four times. Christian Michel, the key accused, has named Ms. Gandhi and ‘her son who could become Prime Minister’. It is clear that commission worth ₹225 crore is being fixed in this case of which ₹125 crore has been delivered. We demand that the Gandhi family must come out in open and explain to the country about this,” he said.Meanwhile, Maharashtra unit Congress president Ashok Chavan slammed the CM and questioned his priorities. “Over 17,000 farmers have committed suicides in the State, explosives were found at the home of a right-wing activist of Sanatan Sanstha, loan waiver announced by the government is not yet over and CM never thought about addressing a press conference on these issues. He should decide whether he is the party leader or leading the state,” Mr. Chavan said.It was the UPA government, led by Congress, which initiated probe into the VVIP chopper case through CBI, he said. “The ruling BJP is using this case to intimidate the opposition. We have nothing to hide. Rather it was this BJP which removed the said company from the black list and even brought it in Make in India. Our government had initiated even the recovery of money from this company,” the Congress leader said.last_img read more

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TNT acquires Onwubere as Phoenix makes moves

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sidney Onwubere was picked eighth in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT continued to retool in preparation for the upcoming season as it is set to acquire versatile rookie Sidney Onwubere from Phoenix.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 23-year-old, who was picked eighth overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, was shipped to the KaTropa in exchange for Jon Gabriel and Justin Chua from the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Fernandez knows ‘underdog’ San Beda will come out big vs Lyceum LATEST STORIES Onwubere will be a welcome addition for TNT as coach Nash Racela will have the luxury of trotting out the hardworking Fil-Nigerian out of Emilio Aguinaldo College this coming season.Meanwhile, Gabriel, the 11th overall pick in the recent rookie selection, and seldom-used Chua will both be banked on to reinforce Phoenix’s lean frontline.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Fuel Masters also continued to make moves in the offseason, trading big man Michael Miranda to the rebuilding NLEX.In exchange, the Road Warriors sent TNT’s 2018 second round pick in the deal. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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ICC ban on bowlers responsible for our early exit: Mashrafe Mortaza

first_imgBangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza on Sunday blamed the ICC’s suspension of two of its key bowlers for illegal actions for his side’s exit from the World Twenty20.Bangladesh were bundled out of the tournament after four straight losses in the Super 10 group stage – including a crushing 75-run defeat to New Zealand on Saturday.But Mortaza said they were hobbled by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to bar key paceman Taskin Ahmed and left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny early in the group stages.Bangladesh, whose side finished runners-up to India in the Asia Cup just before the World T20, made a failed frantic appeal to the ICC to have Taskin’s suspension overturned.”In the last eight matches, Taskin’s economy rate was the best in the world. So it was always difficult to lose him,” Mortaza said at Dhaka airport after returning home.”The way he was bowling, we had our plan set around him. We had to change the entire game plan. Before the Australia game when he was banned we could not hold our emotions due to this shock.”We accepted that Sunny’s action has problems. Even Sunny himself accepted it. But Taskin’s ban was a complete shock for us,” he said.Bangladesh qualified for the group stages after commanding wins over the Netherlands and Oman, and Mortaza said the tournament had been a good learning experience.”From now on, whoever we face, if we don’t keep making small mistakes, it will not be easy to beat us. This is what I believe. We could not do this in Twenty20 in the past.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Federation Cup: Bengaluru FC beat Aizawl FC to enter final

first_imgBengaluru FC (BFC) here on Sunday defeated Aizawl FC 1-0 in a hard-fought encounter to enter the final of the 2017 Federation Cup football tournament.Cameron Watson converted a penalty to score the only goal of the semi-final in the eighth minute.BFC held on to the slender lead despite numerous chances at either end.Aizawl were awarded a penalty in the final seconds but BFC goalkeeper Amrinder Singh parried away a poor effort from Lalram Chullova to knockout the recently crowned I-League champions out of the tournament.This is the second time that BFC have entered the final of the Federation Cup.They had last qualified for the summit clash during the 2014-15 season when they defeated Goan outfit Dempo SC 2-1 to clinch the title.BFC took the upper hand early on when Alwyn George was brought down inside the Aizawl FC penalty box by a clumsy challenge and the referee pointed straight to the spot.Watson stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner to hand BFC the lead.At the back, BFC’s defensive pair of John Johnson and Sandesh Jhingan gave the Aizawl forwards a torrid time.In the 12th minute, Aizawl striker Kamo Bayi found himself in possession inside the BFC box, but a sweetly timed tackle by John Johnson robbed him of the ball before he could take a shot.Four minutes later, Lalram Chullova cut into the BFC box from the left flank before unleashing a shot, which was intercepted by the tall figure of Sandesh Jhingan and went out for a throw-in.advertisementPlaying on the counter, BFC came close to doubling their lead in the 21st minute after Eugeneson Lyngdoh released C.K. Vineeth onto goal with a well-weighted through ball.Vineeth’s shot, however, was met with Aizawl defender Kingsley Eze’s hurling body. Vineeth passed the rebound for an onrushing Alwyn George to capitalise. But George shot the ball over the bar.At the other end, Aizawl FC were handed a golden opportunity to score the equaliser after Kamo was found on the far post by a delicious Lalram Chullova cross.The Ivorian, however, could not make clean contact with the ball and headed it wide of the goal.Watson hit the post in the 39th minute when the BFC midfielder curled in a shot from outside the Aizawl penalty box.The rebound fell for Lyndoh who was unmarked just outside the six-yard box but his close range attempt was saved by Aizawl goalkeeper Albino Gomes.Aizawl coach Khalid Jamil revamped his side’s tactics in the second half and Syrian import Mahmoud Al-Amna who was sitting deep in the first half was given more freedom around the BFC box.The Syrian, however, was booked for simulation after he beat two defenders to get into the BFC box but fell, in hopes of a penalty, with minimal contact.Aizawl played with a high line and an offside trap that outfoxed the BFC forwards more than twice. Every time Al-Amna got the ball, the Syrian ran into the BFC box in hope of fostering a goal scoring chance.That chance remained elusive for Aizawl FC as BFC’s compact defence kept them at bay.Lalram Chullova missed from the penalty spot right in the final seconds as a diving Amrinder blocked the ball. The rebound fell to an onrushing Lalram Chullova but Amrinder cleared the danger as the referee blew the final whistle.last_img read more

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Dharun eyes medal at Asian Championships

first_imgBy Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) Brimming with confidence after winning a silver at the Asian Games, India’s 400m hurdler Dharun Ayyasamy has set his eyes on winning a medal at the Asian Championships next year. “My next immediate target is to win a medal at Asian championship. I don’t know what medal it would be but I’m confident of returning with a medal. Also there is World Championship (also in Qatar) and I want to do well in that also,” said Dharun who had clocked 48.96 seconds in Jakarta. “I am targeting 48.50 next year. If I can do that and keep improving and produce 48.2 or 48.1 in 2020 Olympics, it will be good enough to get into the final. In track and field, getting into the final is a big achievement. So that is the target now,” said the 21-year-old, who hails from a village called Ravuthampalayam in Tiruppur district in Tamil Nadu. Dharun lost his father to tuberculosis when he was eight years old. He was in class IV then. It was his mother, a school teacher, who supported him and his sister, once a budding volleyball player, with a meagre salary of Rs 14,000. “I don’t know where I would have been if it was not for my mother. She always gave me the freedom to follow my dreams. I am trying for a job. Now I have a few offers from Army, Navy and Railways but nothing is confirmed yet,” said Dharun, a TY Human Resources student at Alva’s College of Arts at Moodabidri in Karnataka.advertisement Talking about his Asian Games silver, Dharun said: “After qualification round I felt confident. I was in second position. Before the final, I was targeting the bronze. I knew beating the Qatar runner will be difficult and also there was a Japanese who would run below 49 sec, but during the race I had a lot of energy and I managed to get silver.” Dharun, who represented his state in kho-kho before switching to athletics, burst onto the national scene when he won the 400m hurdles gold at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati with a time of 50.54 seconds. He was a part of the Rio Olympics 4×400 relay team. His journey to Asian Games silver has been a tough one. “After the Olympics, I was injured for a year. It was a shin bone injury and then six months I had to go through rehabilitation. It was difficult to make a comeback,” said Dharun. Ahead of the Asian Games in May, Dharun was in Poland for a five-week training exposure tour but he injured himself there. “After reaching Poland, I had a hamstring injury after a week. I took rest for 10 days but there was still pain when I stated training. So I told my coach that I need to take 20 days rest and ran straight in competition,” said Dharun, who created a new meet record at the National Inter-State Athletics Championship in June in Guwahati. Dharun, who had broken Joseph Abraham’s 400m hurdles national record with a timing of 49.45 sec at the Federation Cup in March, also went for a training camp in Czech Republic. “Czech Republic was good for me as there was training and competition also. And European countries are suitable. We could work hard and recover also. I ran in 4-5 competition and executed a few things. That experience was good for me. It boosted my confidence as I went from Asian Games,” he said. The government felicitated the athletes with cash awards Tuesday night and Dharun said he wants to buy a sports bike for himself. “I want to buy a sports bike and keep a little for myself, rest I will give to my mother,” said Dharun, who is suffering from an infection below his left eye. PTI ATK PDSPDSlast_img read more

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I was scared after reaching 90s, says Rishabh Pant after record 159* in Sydney

first_imgIndia’s newest sensation Rishabh Pant once again gave the world a glimpse of the immense talent that he possess as he scored his second hundred in Test cricket in the ongoing match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.Pant remained unbeaten on 159 as India declared its first innings after posting 622 for 7 on the board. The hosts came out to bat for 10 overs late in the final session on Day 2 and scored 24 runs before the stumps were drawn for the day. Australia trail India by 598 runs with Marcus Harris (19*) and Usman Khawaja (5*) at the crease.Pant’s score was the second highest by a wicketkeeper in Australia and the highest by an Indian stumper to slam a hundred Down Under.Talking about his knock the left-handed Delhi batsman said that he was really nervous after entering the 90s and was relieved to cross the three-figure mark eventually.”I was a little nervous because when we were playing in India against the West Indies, in the last two innings I got out on 92 both times. I was scared slightly but I got through that phase early.”I loved my celebration I didn’t think that I’ll do something like that, whatever expression came out of me I just did that,” Pant said at the press conference after the day’s play.A moment to remember for Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/J8uK3gQPJhcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019Pant’s resilience meant he joined Budhi Kunderan (192), Nayan Mongia (152) and MS Dhoni (224) as only the fourth Indian wicketkeeper to score 150 in Test cricket. Incidentally, three of those four innings (Mongia, Dhoni and Pant) have come against Australia. Budhi Kunderan’s 192 came against England.advertisementThis was his second hundred in Test cricket after the brilliant 114 he had scored in the fifth Test against England at The Oval last year.He had missed on a couple of hundreds in the first and second Test against the West Indies immediately after the knock in England as he got on 92 in both the matches.Talking about his latest century, Pant said batting with recognised batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja helped his case as he could take his time and play out more deliveries to get settled.Pant added 89 runs for the sixth-wicket with Pujara before stitching a record 204-run stand with Jadeja for the seventh wicket. He had the chance to break AB de Villiers’ record of the highest score by a wicketkeeper in Australia but fell short as Virat Kohli decided to declare after Jadeja’s wicket.Pujara top-scored for the Indians with 193 runs while Jadeja made 81 as the tourists made the Aussie bowlers toil hard for nearly two days in hot conditions in Sydney.An unconventional shot of the day from Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/HOqsjHtgKIcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019″Every hundred which I score at the international level will be special for me because I have just started my career. I don’t think about hundreds, I just think about what the team needs from me.”I don’t think anything changed for me (technique wise) main thing was that I was playing with a proper batsman this time. Most of the times when I got the start I was playing with the tail. When I’m batting with the tail I have to think differently because most of the time I have to score runs.”When you’re batting with a proper batsman it’s different. As a wicketkeeper we just look forward to be positive because it’s not a one-ball game,” Pant added.Also Read | Pujara 193, Pant 159* leave Australia gasping in SydneyAlso Read | Tim Paine speaking: Australian captain answers phone call intended for reporterAlso Read | Tim Paine and pacers were not on the same page, says Australia’s bowling coachAlso Read | India vs Australia 4th Test Day 2 Highlightslast_img read more

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Oklahoma State Looks Destined for the Alamo or Russell Athletic Bowl

first_imgMy buddy Amilian asked me a few weeks ago how disappointed I would be with a worst case scenario of a 10-2 season and Alamo Bowl appearance against a Pac-12 team. Achievement unlocked!Here’s how it all works.The Big 12 is tied to the Sugar Bowl so the Big 12 champ goes to the Sugar Bowl unless it goes to the College Football Playoff. OU is going to the College Football Playoff so the second-place Big 12 team goes to the Sugar Bowl.There’s going to be a three-way tie for second between TCU, OSU and Baylor if Baylor wins next weekend. The Sugar Bowl confirmed that the conference tiebreaker determines who goes to its bowl.@tcufrogs83 Correct; if the champ goes to the playoff, the Big 12 will determine its 2nd place team for the Sugar Bowl.— Allstate Sugar Bowl (@SugarBowlNola) November 29, 2015So let’s go to the conference tiebreaker.These three teams all lost to each other and OU. That means we have to go to scoring differential among the three games they played against each other.Scoring differential among the tied teams. The team with the lowest difference between points scored and points allowed in games vs. the tied teams are eliminated from consideration.Nice grammar there, Big 12. “Team … are.”Anyway, the way I understand this, TCU is eliminated first because it has the worst scoring differential of the three in their games against each other. Then OSU and Baylor are compared head to head. That means Baylor wins the tiebreaker and goes to the Sugar Bowl. It doesn’t make a ton of sense, but hey, the Big 12 doesn’t make a ton of sense in general.So then OSU would go to the Alamo over TCU, I think.UPDATE: I was still using the tiebreaker (in this case, head-t0-head) in saying OSU would go over TCU to the Alamo Bowl. When you get past the New Year’s Day Six,  bowls actually then get to pick rather than using tiebreakers so TCU could potentially go over OSU to the Alamo Bowl if the Alamo Bowl picks them.The Alamo gets first pick of Big 12 teams after the New Year’s Day stuff is decided. Would they pick TCU over OSU? Probably. That would leave OSU in the Russell Wilson Athletic Bowl on December 29 against an ACC team (UNC?). If the Alamo Bowl picks OSU, that game is January 2 against a Pac-12 team in San Antonio.Of course if Texas wins next week, OSU goes to the Sugar Bowl. This all stinks of course, but it could be worse. Think about this from TCU’s perspective. They’re a two-point conversion in Norman from being the Big 12 champs.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

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Aguero hits 200th European top-flight goal

first_imgManchester City Aguero hits 200th European top-flight goal with Watford double Last updated 2 years ago 23:00 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Watford Getty Manchester City Premier League Watford v Manchester City Watford The Argentine smashed twice in the first half to reach the milestone, while also closing in on a record held by Robin van Persie Sergio Aguero reached 200 goals in European top-flight matches as he netted against Watford on Saturday.The Manchester City striker opened the scoring at Vicarage Road and was on hand again to convert from close range against the Hornets after sterling work from Benjamin Mendy on the flank. Man City and Palace 8/1 to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And with that strike, Aguero celebrated his double century.200 – Sergio Aguero has scored his 200th goal in European top-flight matches. Machine. pic.twitter.com/PtZtoSHRDN— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 16 de septiembre de 2017He has currently scored 126 times in the Premier League for the Manchester Club, having previously racked up 74 in La Liga for Atletico Madrid.Aguero also bothered the scorekeepers for his eighth consecutive away league match, closing in on a record held by Robin Van Persie. 8 – Sergio Aguero has scored in 8 consecutive away @premierleague starts, only Robin van Persie (9) has embarked upon a longer run. Streak.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 16 de septiembre de 2017The former Arsenal man had set the benchmark by scoring in nine consecutive away games during a fantastic run at the start of 2011, helping the Gunners to fourth place that season. And if City and Aguero continue in the same vein it will be extremely difficult to keep Pep Guardiola’s side from going much further and taking the title. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Solskjaer still has to earn Man Utd job – Neville

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer could earn “the break of his life” at Manchester United, says Gary Neville, but the club’s interim boss still has “a lot of work” to do before earning a permanent position.The Red Devils turned to a familiar face for assistance following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in December.A treble-winning hero from the past was charged with the task of clearing up the mess at Old Trafford and salvaging a season which was in danger of being left in ruins. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Six successive victories have seen Solskjaer make a dream start to life in a high-profile post and forced him firmly into the frame for an extended stay in the dugout.Former team-mate Neville has, however, pointed out that there is still a long way to go in the pursuit of a top-four finish and major silverware and that no decision on managerial appointments can be made at this stage.He told Sky Sports after seeing United claim their most notable scalp to date during a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium: “Before the game, I said if Manchester United lost the game, the result should not determine the outcome of the next United manager.“One thing I will say is because Manchester won, it shouldn’t determine the outcome of the Manchester United manager.“It shouldn’t be like that. We shouldn’t flip from week to week as to whether Solskjaer should be the Manchester United manager at the end of the season or not.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer“It’s something that I think will need to be looked at in April or May when there’s been a body of work put in.“But it’s been a wonderful start. I’m delighted for him as a person because he’s a brilliant person. He’s a thinker of the game and you’ve seen that in the first half against Tottenham.“He’s come through the coaching ranks in the right way.“He’s done his grounding, if you like, in the reserves at Manchester United. He’s gone away to Norway and done well at Molde. He’s come back and had his bad experience at Cardiff which I think most managers would say that you need. He’s gone back to Molde and now he’s got a little break.“It might be the break of his life but there’s still a lot of work to do. He won’t be getting carried away because he’ll recognise there’s still a lot of work to be done.”United remain sixth in the Premier League table despite edging out Spurs but are making up ground on the Champions League spots.They have drawn level on points with Arsenal, while they are now just six behind Chelsea and a further point back on Tottenham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Chris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squad

first_imgChris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squadWest Indies announced their 15-man squad led by Jason Holder for the 2019 World Cup on Thursday. Notable exclusions were off-spinner Sunil Narine and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. The duo have not been considered due to injuriesadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 23:36 IST Chris Gayle has been named in West Indies’ 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIn-form Chris Gayle has been named in the 15-man squad for the 2019 World CupOff-spinner Sunil Narine and pacer Alzarri Joseph are missing out due to injuriesBig-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell finds a place in the squad led by Jason HolderChris Gayle and Andre Russell were among 15 players in the West Indies squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup named on Wednesday. Jason Holder, the all-rounder, will lead West Indies as they seek to win a World Cup for the first time since 1979.Chris Gayle is 39 but he has been in spectacular form for Kings XI Punjab in the 2019 Indian Premier League. He has scored 444 runs including 4 fifties from 10 matches at a strike-rate of 162.04. Andre Russell has hit 392 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2019 IPL and has the highest strike-rate this season: 217.77.”Based on the new selection policy approach which allowed us to consider a number of players that have not regularly appeared in the side over the last two years, we had a wide base of talent from which to choose,” interim chairman of the Cricket West Indies selection panel Robert Haynes said.Haynes noted that off-spinner Sunil Narine and emerging fast bowler Alzarri Joseph were not considered, due to finger and shoulder injuries, respectively.”There were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15, including ensuring there was some continuity in the side, but we believe we have chosen a strong squad of players taking into consideration such factors as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.”BREAKING: @windiescricket name their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/Ca61nyDmc8 Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 24, 2019″In keeping with tournament regulations, we submitted our squad prior to the deadline date of yesterday. All players named for the Tri-Nations Series could, however, stake a claim to be in the final 15-member squad that will be submitted after the Tri-Series and before the final deadline next month.”advertisementGayle will be making a record fifth World Cup appearance for West Indies and needs just 253 runs to overtake fellow left-hander Brian Lara and become the leading batsman for the Caribbean side in One-day Internationals. The self-proclaimed, “Universe Boss” is the headline act of a batting line-up capable of changing the complexion of any game with enterprising stroke-play.”To have a player the calibre of Chris in the side to lead the batting with his vast experience and his ability to play match-winning or game-changing innings is a blessing for us and the motivation of becoming the leading scorer for West Indies in ODIs is something which I think he will relish,” said Haynes.”Looking at the condition of pitches in ODIs over the last few years in England and Wales, it appears that big totals will be the order of the day, so we believe we have a line-up that can put big totals on the board or chase them, as we have seen from recent matches.”With players like the captain, Jason Holder, as well as Andre Russell in the lower middle-order, we believe we have good depth to our batting which will allow us to play the brand of cricket that will give us the best of chance of winning the World Cup.”Also Read | Harbhajan plays down concerns over Kuldeep Yadav’s form ahead of World CupAlso Read | BCCI Ombudsman issues notices to Sachin Tendulkar, VVS LaxmanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow West Indies Cricket TeamFollow Chris GayleFollow Andre RussellFollow Kieron PollardFollow Sunil NarineFollow Nicholas Pooranlast_img read more

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Whiskey-Scented Blankets? Whiskey-Scented Blankets

first_img The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Whiskey Sour Guys, we have great news for you. Scientists have recently developed a new technology that allows textiles to permanently give off a certain smell, and two of our favorite companies —Johnnie Walker and Harris Tweed Hebrides— have leveraged this technology to produce a line of whiskey-scented blankets. Seriously.Johnnie Walker started by developing a new scent, called Aqua Alba, that replicates the aromas released from a glass of whiskey. According to JW, it smells of “rich malt, golden vanilla, red fruit, and dark chocolate tones” — just like a bottle of Black Label.This aroma is then applied to textiles using a new micro-encapsulation technology, wherein scents are layered in the fabric throughout the finishing process, allowing them to survive the dry-cleaning process — so you can always smell like you accidentally fell into a swimming pool full of single-malt islay, even after washing the blanket multiple times.No word on when you can actually get your hands on one of these boozy blankets, but HT did hint that the first in its upcoming range of whiskey-scented products will come from Milan-based designer Angelos Bratis, and will be unveiled in Berlin sometime soon. We’ll keep you posted on availability! The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United Stateslast_img read more

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Fisheries groups opposing Nova Scotia mills proposed effluent treatment plant

first_imgHALIFAX – Opposition is mounting against a plan by a kraft pulp mill in Nova Scotia to pump treated waste into the Northumberland Strait, with a group of Maritime fisheries organizations saying the effluent could harm marine life.The group, which includes the Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia, said the proposal from Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corp. could see the release of up to 90 million litres of effluent per day into the strait, posing a threat to fish species and protected areas along the coastline.The other members of the group include the Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board, the Maritime Fishermen’s Union, the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association and the New Brunswick Fisheries Association.Under provincial legislation, Northern Pulp has until 2020 to replace its current effluent treatment plant in Boat Harbour near Pictou, N.S. — a deadline the company has said will be tough to meet.The group said other options should be explored, such as a land-based effluent treatment facility. They said rigorous scientific research is needed to assess the impact.“The provincial government is asking us to take 100 per cent of the risk. Our concern is what is in the effluent. What’s going to do to our fishery? What’s the construction of the pipe going to do to our fishery?” said Ron Heighton, president of the Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board.Local fishermen, Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs and Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan are among those who have voiced concerns about Northern Pulp’s plan, saying it could have unintended consequences for fisheries in the area.Kathy Cloutier, spokeswoman for Paper Excellence Canada, which owns Northern Pulp, said in an email statement that effluent has been flowing into the strait for 50 years, and the proposed drainage site is not far from the current one.“The new system will make it so that the treated effluent, in part due to planned in-mill improvements, will be of better quality with a smaller environmental footprint than what is currently in place,” Cloutier said.She said the company investigated its treatment options and determined it needed a drainage point to pump waste.“The bottom line is no pipe equals no mill,” she said.Cloutier added: “Scientific studies are being completed with rigour, and First Nations, community and stakeholder engagement is occurring throughout the study.”The mill in Abercrombie, N.S., announced plans for a new treatment plant in December and is to submit an environmental assessment to Nova Scotia’s Environment Department in July.According to the company’s plan, waste would be treated at a new facility near the mill using a system that would meet all federal environmental standards.The effluent would be carried by polyethylene pipe across Pictou Harbour and then released through six pipes into the strait.Nova Scotia’s deputy environment minister Frances Martin faced questions about the plan at a public accounts committee meeting last month. She said she made the decision to go with a Class 1 environmental assessment last June after Northern Pulp filed a project description with the department at the end of April.She said it was clear to her the project required a Class 1 assessment instead of the more lengthy Class 2 under provincial regulations. Martin said Class 2 assessments are used in cases of larger projects, such as the building of a petro-chemical plant or pulp mill.But Heighton said he would like to see a federal environmental assessment.“We need every bit of science so we can understand what’s going on,” said Heighton. “We cannot accept anything less.”— Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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La Mamounia in Marrakech Best Urban Hotel in the World

Rabat – The prestigious hotel la Mamounia of Marrakech has been awarded “Best Urban Hotel in the World” in the Spanish version of UK travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.Managing Director Pierre Jochem received the award Thursday, May 10, during the 10th ceremony of “Traveler 2018 Awards.”The hotel has won numerous awards since it reopened in 2009. The award confirms la Mamounia’s position as the flagship of the Moroccan hotel industry. La Mamounia was built in 1923 but received a makeover at the hands of French designer Jacques Garcia in 2009.In traditional Moroccan style, complete with intricate patterns and arabesques based on Berber and Arab-Andalusian architecture, la Mamounia is set in royal gardens, marked by Moorish opulence. The hotel, situated near the famous Jamaa El Fna Square has 209 rooms (including 71 suites), gardens, a spa with hammams (Moroccan traditional baths), and three riads.In 2016, the British newspaper The Independent ranked la Mamounia’s garden  the fourth best garden retreat in the world.In 2015, the hotel was ranked the world’s best hotel in Conde Nast Traveller’s annual reader poll.La Mamounia’s spa was named the world’s best hotel spa by the same magazine in 2011, Hotel of the Year in 2010 by Tatler Travel Guide, and Best Resort in 2010 by Travel and Leisure. read more

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UNESCO joins forces with Belgian tennis ace to encourage sporting values

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is teaming up next week with the world’s top female tennis player, Belgium’s Justine Henin, to promote sporting values such as fair play and honesty and to warn of the dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs.The agency is taking part in the Paris Stade Français Youth Tennis Open – BNP Paribas Cup, an international tournament for players aged 13 or 14 years that starts on Monday at the Stade Français tennis club in Paris.At a village set up at the tournament site, UNESCO will conduct a series of educational workshops, interactive games and other activities that will be open to the young players and also to parents and coaches. The workshops will focus on doping in sports and on the importance of developing good values, particularly team spirit, integrity and mutual respect.On Monday, Ms. Henin – who won the BNP Paribas Cup herself in 1996 – will speak to the junior players about doping in sports and sporting ethics. The 25-year-old, the number-one ranked player in the world and the winner of six Grand Slam titles during her career, reached the semi-finals of the women’s singles event at Wimbledon this week.This is the fifth year that UNESCO has been involved in the running of the tournament, which is expected to bring together teenage tennis stars from more than 60 countries. 6 July 2007The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is teaming up next week with the world’s top female tennis player, Belgium’s Justine Henin, to promote sporting values such as fair play and honesty and to warn of the dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs. read more

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Closing Bell TSX in the red ahead of corporate earnings economic data

TORONTO — A drop in energy stocks helped push the Toronto stock market slightly lower Monday as traders brace for a heavy slate of earnings reports this week, particularly from the resource sector.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,445.22 -9.82 -0.06%S&P 500 —  1,978.91 0.57  0.03%Dow — 16,982.59 22.02  0.13%Nasdaq — 4,444.91 -4.65 -0.10%The S&P/TSX composite index gave back 9.82 points to 15,445.22.“This week will be jam-packed with information for investors to digest,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.The Canadian dollar rose 0.12 of a cent at 92.59 cents US.New York markets were mainly positive as the Dow Jones industrials moved ahead 22.02 points at 16,982.59, the Nasdaq lost 4.65 points to 4,444.91 and the S&P 500 index was up 0.57 of a point to 1,978.91.Big names in the Canadian gold mining and energy sector, such as Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU), report their second-quarter results this week. Those two sectors are the best performing on the TSX year to date with energy up about 19% while the gold sector is up about 28% — but that’s after being cut in half last year. The energy sector is actually the leading advancer since its market weighting is far heavier than gold.“This is an important week for the TSX because those two areas, gold and energy, have been the areas that have led the TSX to a 15% total return so far this year — huge gains in those sectors,” added Fehr.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) also reports its results Thursday. Its shares are close to its 52-week low of $3.44 and investors will be looking for an update on the development of the company’s crucial CSeries airliner, which has been beset by a series of delays. Its shares slipped four cents to $3.61.The energy sector led TSX decliners, down 0.84% as September crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 42 cents to US$101.67 a barrel.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH) shares fell 47 cents or 6.83% to $6.41 as the company seeks to reassure investors that it is working to close a $1.23-billion oilsands asset sale to PetroChina.Techs were also weak with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 37 cents to $10.75 after CEO John Chen told Bloomberg Television that he has no acquisition offers on his desk. He said BlackBerry is focused on turning its ailing business around independently, and its chances of success are “better than 80/20.”The TSX closed well off the worst levels of the session as the gold sector finished positive, up about 0.8% as August bullion closed unchanged at US$1,303.30 an ounce.The TSX base metals sector led TSX advancers, up 1.11% while September copper was unchanged at US$3.24 a pound.There was also major acquisition activity in the U.S. where Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about US$8.5 billion.The data calendar for Canada is light this week with only one major report. Statistics Canada posts May gross domestic product figures on Thursday. Economists are looking for a 0.3% gain for the month.In the U.S., traders will look to second-quarter GDP data out Tuesday, the Federal Reserve makes its scheduled announcement on interest rates on Wednesday and on Friday, the U.S. government releases its employment report for July.TOP STORIESAthabasca Oil shares dive on worries over PetroChina $1.23-billion paymentCMHC turns up scrutiny of condo investors as concerns of overheated market growBlackBerry CEO says turnaround’s chances of success ‘better than 80/20,’ no buyout offers on tableRussia ordered to pay $50-billion to shareholders, 10 years after it seized oil giant YukosWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADAUNITED STATES9 a.m.S&P Case-Shiller home price index (May): Economists expect 0.3% rise, 9.9% rise year over year Homeownership and residential vacancy rates (Q2) 10 a.m.Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (July): Economists expect reading of 85.5 CORPORATE NEWSCANADAGeorge Weston Limited    Q2 earnings: Analysts expect    $1.13 a share Norbord Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 9¢ a share Talisman Energy Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 3¢ a share Timmins Gold Corp    Q2 earnings: Analysts expect    4¢ a share Westjet Airlines Ltd    Q2 earnings: Analysts expect    27¢ a share UNITED STATESAmgen  Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.07  a share American Express Company Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.39 a share Marriott International Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 67¢ a share   McGraw Hill Financial Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 98¢ a share Newmont Mining Corp.  Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 19¢ a share Pfizer Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 57¢ a share United Parcel Service, Inc. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.25 a share read more

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Anchorage centre unveils largest state rooftop solar project

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The municipality of Anchorage has unveiled the state’s largest rooftop solar project at the Egan Civic and Convention Center.Alaska Public Media reported Monday that the project is also the first effort by the municipality to operate a large rooftop solar power project.Officials say 216 solar panels are expected to power up to 9% of the convention centre’s electricity needs for the year.The $200,000 project was funded from a pool set aside for capital improvements from the Convention Center Room Tax Fund.Artic Solar Ventures CEO Stephen Trimble says the panels the company installed are expected to save the centre between $20,000 and $25,000 annually.Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says the project is an example of the city trying something new that could add clean energy jobs.___Information from: KSKA-FM, http://www.kska.orgThe Associated Press read more

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Canadas big three telcos add nearly 200000 new wireless customers in Q2

Canada’s big three telcos add nearly 200,000 new wireless customers in Q2 by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 5, 2016 4:47 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Canada’s three telecommunications giants added nearly 200,000 new wireless customers in their most recent financial quarter, outpacing expectations.Telus Corp. (TSX:T), which reported its second-quarter earnings Friday, said it increased its net postpaid subscriber base by 61,000 customers.Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) added 65,000 and BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) gained 69,848 new postpaid subscribers during their second quarter. Both companies reported their results prior to Telus.Analysts expected more modest wireless subscriber growth this quarter.Telus president and CEO Darren Entwistle said he can’t explain the growth for the entire industry, but said it’s nice to see strong performance in the industry.Telus’s gain, in particular, “is a pretty good result overall particularly in the face of softness within the province of Alberta,” he said in a conference call with investors.He attributed some of the growth to the company’s ongoing focus on value and customer service.The company’s net profit, adjusted earnings and revenue were up from the same time last year as it attracted more customers not only to its wireless division, but also its residential Internet and Optik TV services.At the end of the quarter, Telus had 12.49 million subscriber connections to all services, up from 12.34 million a year earlier. Declines in home landline phone customers and satellite TV offset some of the gains elsewhere.The Vancouver-based company’s net income was $416 million — up 22 per cent from $341 million a year ago when Telus recorded a number of unusual items that reduced its net income.After excluding certain items such as the impact of closing the Blacks retail stores last year, adjusted earnings were up 2.2 per cent, rising to $415 million from $406 million.This year’s second-quarter profit amounted to 70 cents per Telus share, both before and after adjustments. Last year’s profit was 56 cents per share in net income and 66 cents per share in adjusted earnings.Revenue advanced 1.5 per cent to nearly $3.15 billion from $3.10 billion in the second quarter of 2015.Analysts had estimated 69 cents per share of profit and $3.19 billion in revenue, according to Thomson Reuters data. read more

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Facebook and Instagram could be hit by new laws if they do

Earlier this month the head of the NHS said “fake news” by anti-vaxers on social media had fuelled a tripling in measles cases and was risking lives.Simon Stevens said the promotion of misguided messages on Instagram and YouTube was one of the factors behind an alarming dip in vaccine coverage.Official figures show 913 cases of measles in England between January and October last year – compared with 259 in the whole of the previous year.Mr Stevens said parents who failed to get their children vaccinated were as irresponsible as if they failed to teach their children to look left and right before crossing the road. Mr Hancock later told the BBC’s Today programme: “We are looking at legislating for the duty of care that social media companies in particular have towards the people on their sites – this is an important part of that duty of care alongside all the other things that social media companies need to do, like tackling material that promotes suicide and self-harm and, of course, terrorism.” The chief executive of NHS England said parents were being given false information.“We are not being helped on this front by the fact that although nine in ten parents say they support vaccination half of them say that they have seen fake messages around vaccination on social media,” he said.Mr Stevens warned that uptake of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is now at 87.5 percent against the 95 per cent that the World Health Organisation target, despite “unimpeachable” evidence that it saves lives.In a statement Facebook, which owns Instagram, said: “We are working to tackle vaccine misinformation…by reducing its distribution and providing people with authoritative information on the topic.” Earlier this week, crowdfunding platform GoFundMe announced it would ban anti-vaxxers from using its platform to raise money, in a bid to stop the spread of misinformation about vaccines online. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Social media firms could be hit with new laws to stop them allowing the spread of anti-vaxxers’ myths online, the Health Secretary has said.Matt Hancock said social networking sites must do more to police the spread of anti-vaccination propaganda.Speaking on BBC Breakfast, the cabinet minister suggested spreading lies about vaccines online could become illegal.Earlier this month Facebook said it would ban adverts with anti-vaccination content.And Instagram announced it would block anti-vaxxer hashtags like #vaccinesarepoison to try to stop the spread of the opinions.”This is exactly the sort of thing we should be spending our time on and talking about and, if necessary, legislating for,” Mr Hancock said.“As a country we can make decisions on these sorts of things. I want to see social media companies doing far, far more to take down this material which is so damaging.” read more

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