London Olympics: France upset US to win freestyle swimming relay gold

first_imgThe French stunned the heavily favoured US and Australian teams to win Olympic gold in the men’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay on Sunday. The US had a half-second lead going into Ryan Lochte’s final leg, but French specialist Yannick Agnel overtook him on the final straight to claim the gold in 3 mintues 9.93 seconds.The Americans, who were 0.7 seconds ahead after Michael Phelps’ second leg, were half a second behind for silver, while Russia stole the bronze, leaving the Australians out of the medals in fourth.”We are the best four guys,” Lochte said. “We went out there to win, but we came up short. When we come out of the blocks we always want to win.”France’s trio of Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gilot and Clement Lefert held the country in third behind the Americans and Australians in the first three legs, before Agnel’s turbo 100.The US fielded Nathan Adrian for the first leg, Phelps on the second, returning with Cullen Jones and then Lochte.Russia put out a talented team including Beijing silver medallist Nikita Lobintsev, who was joined by Andrey Grechin, Vladimir Morozov and Danila Izotov.Izotov outpaced Australia’s James Roberts to bring home the bronze on the final leg.last_img read more

IPL 2017, SRH vs KKR Highlights: How David Warner, bowlers helped Hyderabad down Kolkata

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 37 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders at the at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE)KOLKATA INNINGS:00.19 IST: HYDERABAD WIN BY 48 RUNS! Emphatic win for Hyderabad! They delivered a clinical performance against the team on top of the points table and outclassed them in all the facets of the game. Powered by David Warner’s 59-ball 126, they amassed a big total on the board and then their bowlers completed the job quite efficiently. All the three leading pacers picked two wickets apiece and always kept the visiting team on the back foot. Hyderabad remain unbeaten at home this season and maintain their third spot on the points table.Kolkata didn’t turn up for this game. Their bowling was toothless to say the least and the batsmen also failed to come to party. Apart from Robin Uthappa, who stroked yet another fluent half century, there wasn’t much fight shown by the two-time champions. Even after this loss, they stay on top of the table and won’t be too disheartened.Match 37. 18.6: WICKET! S Jackson (16) is out, c Rashid Khan b Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 154/6 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2017Match 37. 17.4: M Siraj to C de Grandhomme, 6 runs, 146/5 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2017Match 37. 16.2: B Kumar to C de Grandhomme, 4 runs, 135/5 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201723.58 IST: Time Out taken. Hyderabad are in the driver’s seat now after removing half the Kolkata side. It seems only formality is left now.advertisement23.58 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan ends his spell with a wicket. Yusuf Pathan looked uncomfortable during his 13-ball stay at the crease. Finally something to cheer for Rashid Khan! Scrambled seam delivery on the shorter side around off. Pathan goes back and looks to pull it but gets a top edge and the ball balloons towards Kaul at short third man, who doesn’t make any mistake. Kolkata Knight Riders 130/5 (16 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 209/3Match 37. 13.6: R Khan to S Jackson, 4 runs, 118/4 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201723.42 IST: WICKET! Robin Uthappa falls for 53 off 29 balls. Uthappa holes out! Siraj has his second. Length slower delivery wide outside off. Uthappa goes for a flat bat shot over mid off but gets it off the toe end. Warner there takes the catch comfortably, turns, pumps his fist in the air towards the crowd. He is delighted and why won’t he be. It’s a huge wicket of Robin Uthappa. Kolkata Knight Riders 109/4 (12.3 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 209/323.37 IST: FIFTY! Robin Uthappa slams his 22nd fifty. Second fifty for Uthappa against Hyderabad this season! Back of a length delivery, Uthappa latches onto it in a flash. Goes back and pulls it way over mid-wicket for a huge biggie. Kolkata Knight Riders 104/3 (11.4 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 209/3Match 37. 11.1: M Henriques to R Uthappa, 6 runs, 96/3 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201723.34 IST: WICKET! Pandey’s struggling knock comes to an end. Length delivery around off. Pandey looks to work it on the leg side but is early in closing the face of his bat. Gets a leading edge and the ball lobs straight back at Bhuvi, who fumbles but gobbles it cleanly on his second attempt. Kolkata Knight Riders 90/3 (11 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 209/3#Bhuvi is back into the attack. Time for some block-hole stuff.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 30, 201723.19 IST: FOUR! Short on middle and off, Uthappa goes back and smashes it over the bowler’s head for a boundary. Uthappa off to a flier after the break.23.19 IST: SIX! Googly on middle and leg. Uthappa clears his front leg and clubs it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Once again Uthappa starts Rashid’s over with a maximum.6? singles in 6? balls in the first over after resumption.After 8 overs, we are 5?8? / 2?.#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 30, 201723.15 IST: Right then, the covers are off completely and the players are coming back on the field. 158 needed off 78 balls. It will be Moises Henriques to begin proceedings. Pandey on strike.#IPL Match 37: Play about to start at 11:15 PM IST. No reduction in overs #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/cCJJo83LK4- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201723.02 IST: Covers are coming off and the match is expected to restart at 23.15 IST permitting no more rain. No overs deducted yet.Knight Riders, some good news for you. The covers are coming off. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 30, 2017#IPL Match 37: DLS Par – 7 overs 69/2, @KKRiders are 17 runs behind #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/FnRJdwIbdXadvertisement- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201722.36 IST: D/L par score for KKR is 69 after 7 overs.22.31 IST: Rain stops play at Uppal. The rain is coming down hard and the umpires have called for covers. The players are walking off. Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh are having a chat, maybe regarding that shoulder push to Siddarth Kaul. Yuvraj is not pleased and it seems Robin smiles and admits his mistake. For now, the game is halted and we will have to wait for the rain to ease off. Stay tuned. Kolkata Knight Riders 52/2 (7 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 209/322.27 IST: SIX! That’s huge! Khan starts with a wrong ‘un. Uthappa reads it and slogs it over mid-wicket for a biggie. That’s gone 101 metres. KKR 50/2 (6.2 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 209/322.26 IST: Time for some leg spin. The magical Afghan, Rashid Khan is introduced into the attack. A slip in place.Match 37. 5.6: M Henriques to M Pandey, 4 runs, 44/2 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2017Match 37. 4.5: S Kaul to M Pandey, 4 runs, 35/2 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2017Match 37. 4.2: S Kaul to M Pandey, 4 runs, 29/2 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201722.15 IST: FOUR! Delicate! Smart work from Uthappa. He used the pace of the delivery and guided it through the gap between gully and wicketkeeper for a boundary.22.15 IST: FOUR! Fullish delivery outside off, Uthappa leans into the shot and drives it crisply past the extra-cover fielder for a boundary.Match 37. 2.6: S Kaul to R Uthappa, 4 runs, 16/2 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201722.06 IST: WICKET! Kaul removes Gambhir for 11. The skipper has to depart! Back of a length slower delivery, angling away. Gambhir has a slog at it but miscues it big time. Gets a top edge and the ball balloons in the air. Rashid Khan at mid-wicket, backpedals, gets underneath it and pouches it calmly. That’s a huge wicket. Just the start Hyderabad wanted! KKR 12/2 in 2.3 overs. Manish Pandey in at number 4 with Kolkata in early trouble.22.01 IST: WICKET! Siraj removes Narine for 1. Siraj strikes! Short and angling across, Narine makes room and looks to slap it over the infield on the off side. Mistimes it to the right of mid off. Warner, runs to it and gobbles it safely. Just the start they wanted. No cameo from Narine tonight. KKR 9/1 in 1.2 overs, chasing 210. The batsman in red-hot form this season, Robin Uthappa arrives at number 3.21.28 IST: FOUR! Full toss around off, driven crisply through mid off for a boundary.21.57 IST: FOUR! Off the mark with a boundary. Length delivery around leg, Gambhir opens up and heaves it. Gets it off the inner half but there’s a big gap square on the leg side and the ball races to the fence.21.55 IST: Time for the chase! Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir are the openers. It’s going to be Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl first up. No slip in place but there is a short leg in place. Here we go, a monumental task for Kolkata…advertisementHYDERABAD INNINGS:21.40 IST: OUT! Williamson is run out! Too full in length on middle, Yuvraj forces it through mid-wicket and rushes to the other end. Kane wants the second run, rightly so as it’s the last ball but Yuvraj for some reasons sends him back. The throw however reaches the keeper before that and Williamson is run out. He is livid with his partner. Warner is also not happy. Every run matters in this format. HYDERABAD END ON 209/3Match 37. 18.3: C Woakes to K Williamson, 4 runs, 192/2 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201721.28 IST: FOUR! Fine shot! Another full toss by Coulter-Nile, Williamson stylishly leans into his shot and chips it inside-out over extra cover for a beautiful boundary.21.21 IST: WICKET! End of the David Warner show! But what a knock! Stand and applaud this outstanding batsman. Take a bow, Warner! Woakes takes the pace off the delivery and lands it on a length around middle, Warner is deceived a bit as he is early into his heave over the leg side. It catches the top edge, Gambhir settles underneath it by moving across a bit from extra cover and manages to hold on to the pressure catch. Not a clean one but he somehow keeps it under control by sticking it near his heart. Can Kolkata stop Hyderabad under 200? Sunrisers Hyderabad 171/2 (16.2 ovs) vs Kolkata Knight Riders21.17 IST: Warner surpasses Virender Sehwag for highest score by a captain in IPL.Match 37. 15.3: S Narine to D Warner, 4 runs, 166/1 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201721.14 IST: FOUR! What a shot! Goes deep inside the crease, is cramped a bit for room but still manages to pump it over covers for a boundary. Unstoppable!Match 37. 15.1: S Narine to D Warner, 4 runs, 158/1 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2017https://t.co/8AZb7QpBHm- KP (@KP24) April 30, 201721.05 IST: NOT OUT! A wrong ‘un outside off, Williamson tries to swing across the line but misses. Uthappa collects the ball, breaks the stumps and appeals. It’s referred upstairs but Kane is found to be safe in the replays.21.01 IST: WICKET! Dhawan is run out! That looked the only way Kolkata would have got a wicket. A slower short ball, Dhawan pulls it towards short fine leg and sets off for a single. Kuldeep Yadav attacks the ball and scores a direct hit at the non-striker’s end to find Dhawan short. They appeal and the umpire gives it out. End of an outstanding partnership in which Dhawan played the second fiddle. Sunrisers Hyderabad 139/1 (12.4 ovs) vs Kolkata Knight RidersGood stop from @imkuldeep18, saves a certain boundary. After 12 overs, SRH are 1?3?3? / 0?.#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 30, 201720.53 IST: CENTURY FOR DAVID WARNER! What a player! What an outstanding player! Spears in a fuller length ball on middle, Warner clips it through mid-wicket and rushes back for the second rum. Here comes his famous leap of joy. A 43-ball hundred for him and he has completely destroyed Kolkata’s bowling here. Take a bow, Davey!Match 37. 9.6: K Yadav to D Warner, 6 runs, 123/0 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2017Match 37. 9.5: K Yadav to D Warner, 6 runs, 117/0 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2017That SIX by #DavidWarner brings up the 100 run partnership between the two. ??? #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 30, 2017After 8 overs, we’re at 94/0. Close to another 100 run opening partnership. The troops are killing it! ???#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 30, 201720.35 IST: Run out chance! Too full and down the leg side, Dhawan tries to flick but misses. It goes off his pads to the keeper who makes a good stop. Not realizing that, Shikhar gets out of the crease in search of a run. He is sent back immediately as Uthappa fumbles while picking up the ball.20.33 IST: SIX! Dismissed! A length delivery angling away from the batsman, Warner fetches it from outside off and powers it over mid-wicket for a maximum.Highest powerplay score for the troops – 79/0 after 6 overs. Boy, we’re looking good.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 30, 2017Match 37. 5.3: K Yadav to D Warner, 4 runs, 77/0 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201720.28 IST: Oh dear, Uthappa has missed a great stumping chance. Tossed up around middle and off, turning in. Dhawan dances down the track but gets completely outfoxed by the wrong one. However, Uthappa behind the stumps makes a mess of it. Fails to collect it and the chance goes begging. Reprieve for Dhawan.An aggressive looking strike from #Shikhar to have that race to the boundary for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 30, 2017The young Chinaman, @imkuldeep18, has a good record against David Warner in T20s. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/aZznYU2Caz- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 30, 201720.23 IST: FOUR! Narine drags his length short outside off, quicker in pace, Warner rocks back and spanks it through cover-point for a powerful boundary.20.22 IST: FIFTY! David Warner slams his 36th IPL fifty. Incredible batting this. A fifty off just 20 balls! An off spinner outside off, Warner brings out his extravagant reverse sweep and nails it over backward point for a maximum.20.19 IST: SIX! Pathan is not learning, delivers another half-tracker around middle, Warner immediately gets back and rocket-pulls it over mid-wicket.20.18 IST: FOUR! What a shot! Pathan fires this in, short and around off, Warner goes deep inside the crease and smashes it over cover-point for a boundary.20.17 IST: FOUR! Nicely done! Quicker delivery, around leg and skidding down, Warner goes down on one knee and dinks it over short fine leg for a boundary.20.17 IST: SIX! Shikhar Dhawan joins the party. Woakes once again hurls across a slower length ball outside off, Dhawan climbs onto the opportunity to free his arms and heaves it over mid-wicket for a maximum. 17 runs off the over! Sunrisers Hyderabad 35/0 (3 overs) vs Kolkata Knight RidersSIX! Davey strikes that way past the ropes on fine leg. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 30, 2017Match 37. 2.1: C Woakes to D Warner, 4 runs, 22/0 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201720.12 IST: In the air…just safe! Yadav hurls in a slower back of a length delivery around middle, Warner stands back to pull but gets a big top edge. Woakes backtracks from mid on, attempts to take the catch with a dive but it falls just short of him. He further unintentionally kicks it towards the rope and then gets up to collect it back. Three runs added to the total.Match 37. 1.3: U Yadav to D Warner, 6 runs, 13/0 https://t.co/vyaT3s9KXd #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201720.05 IST: NOT OUT! The umpires have gone upstairs to see whether that ball carried to Umesh Yadav at mid off. Seems to be fallen well short. Full in length and outside off, Warner packs a punch, goes hard at it and hits it in the air towards mid off. Umesh Yadav fielding there goes down low to take the catch but it seems to have fallen just short of him. Still the fielder ain’t sure and so the umpire decides to go upstairs. The replays confirm that it didn’t carry.20.04 IST: FOUR! Cracking shot! NCN pitches it up and outside off, Warner latches onto the room and hammers it over mid off for a boundary. The battle between these two Aussies is a treat to watch. 1000 T20 runs at this ground for Warner!19.58 IST: It’s time to play the game! David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan are the Hyderabad openers. It’s going to be Nathan Coulter-Nile to begin proceedings. He has been brilliant both with the new and old ball.The team batting second has won 7 out of the last 11 @IPL games (since 2016) at this venue. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 30, 201719.37 IST: TEAMS!Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed SirajKolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Sheldon Jackson, Yusuf Pathan, Colin de Grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav19.31 IST: TOSS! Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and they have opted to bowl against Sunrisers Hyderabad.Deepak Hooda and Ashish Nehra make way for Bipul Sharma and Mohd Siraj, KKR go in with an unchanged squad.Coulter-Nile is on the verge of completing 1?0?0? T20 wickets. All the best, Nathan! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/VYEE1rLgfv- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 30, 2017The clouds just ahead of the #SRHvKKR battle at Hyderabad. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange pic.twitter.com/360TnM8LiN- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 30, 2017#Bhuvi has taken 19 wickets against KKR in IPL. More to be added in his kitty tonight.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange pic.twitter.com/CHO0xhvju6- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 30, 2017Brief Preview:Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be hot favourites to do the double on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad when the two sides lock horns in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.KKR have looked to be the team to beat this season and are on a roll winning four back-to-back games. On Friday at the Eden Gardens, the men in purple swatted aside lacklustre Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets with 22 balls to spare.At the forefront of the destruction was skipper Gautam Gambhir whose unbeaten 71 made sure he continued his rich vein of form. Robin Uthappa played a perfect foil once again, smashing a 33-ball 59.The left-hand, right-hand pair have looked deadly in tandem coupled with the fiery bowling of Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile who has kept the more accomplished Trent Boult on the bench.It is the manner in which KKR have decimated teams that makes them tournament favourites and against Hyderabad in their first meeting at the Eden, the two-time IPL champions had won by 17 runs.KKR are top of the points table having 14 points from nine games and a win on Sunday should all but seal their play-offs berth.Hyderabad, third in the table with 11 points from nine outings, have also played well so far, losing just thrice.On Friday against Kings XI Punjab, skipper David Warner led from the front with a sparkling 27-ball 51 as Shikhar Dhawan (77) more than supported the dashing Australian left-hander.New Zealand’s Kane Williamson’s whirlwind 27-ball 54 ensured the batting heavy side crossed the 200-mark and then restricted Punjab to 181/9 in 20 overs.Wickets to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been at his imperious best with the most number of wickets in IPL 10 at 18, and Ashish Nehra augurs well for them against KKR who can do no wrong with the bat. Rashid Khan’s economical bowling should also help the men in orange.Against Hyderabad, KKR have won seven times and lost just three in their 10 meetings so far.Squads:Kolkata: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, Colin de GrandhommeHyderabad: David Warner (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Singh, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Siraj, Eklavya Dwivedi, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Nabi, Ben Laughlin, Tanmay Agarwal, Pravin Tambelast_img read more

Swapna Barman yet to receive customised shoes despite government assurances

first_imgAsian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman has revealed that she is yet to own a proper pair of shoes in order to compete in the upcoming competitions. This revelation comes only a month after she became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in women’s heptathlon in the Asian Games.Barman has 12 toes – six on each foot – and it pained with every landing she made during the Asian Games. She did not wear customised shoes. In fact made do with normal shoes worn by people with 10 toes.Earlier this month, SAI Director General Neelam Kapur had told PTI that they had taken up the matter of Barman’s specialised shoes to Adidas and they have agreed to get customised shoes for her.However, Barman is still waiting for the action plan.Also read – Swapna Barman seeks government help to get a house near training baseSpeaking to ANI, Barman said, “Shoes have not been made yet. The state and the central government had given the assurance of making shoes. However, I am yet to receive any shoe to be tried. I might go to Germany for the same.”Reflecting on her next target, the athlete clearly stated that she is eying the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”My next main target is 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There is one Asian Championship before that, but there is time for that. Let’s see what happens,” she said.Also read – No surgery for SwapnaWhile Barman has her eyes on the Olympics, her coach Subhas Sarkar feels it’s not a realistic target for the 21-year-old and it would be wise to train eyes on defending her Asian Games gold.advertisement”Our aim is to win successive Asian Games gold which has not happened before. As far as Olympics is concerned, the qualification mark is 6200 points. She needs to achieve that first,” Sarkar said.Barman missed out on the Arjuna Award and though she was disappointed on not winning India’s second-biggest sporting laurel but said those who won were more deserving than her.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Swapna Barman wins India’s first ever gold in heptathlon”I would be lying if I tell you that I wasn’t disappointed not to see my name in the list but at the end of the day only three could have won it from track and field. Jinson (Johnson), Hima (Das) and (Muhammed) Anas were the more deserving candidate than me. I can always win it next year,” she said.Swapna’s coach revealed she wasn’t nominated at the beginning but Sports Authority of India (SAI) asked the heptathlete to apply for the laurel.Also read – Swapna Barman’s Asian Games 2018 gold treads a new path for homecoming”We didn’t apply at first because the limited number of entries AFI (Athletics Federation of India) could make but SAI asked us to apply few days before the award committee meeting and we responded dully. She couldn’t win it for the same reason again,”Sarkar said.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Man Utd team news: Rashford starts ahead of Martial

first_imgStoke City v Manchester United Man Utd team news: Rashford starts ahead of Martial at Stoke Last updated 2 years ago 23:39 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Man Utd Getty Images Stoke City v Manchester United Manchester United Stoke City Premier League The 19-year-old has already bagged a goal and an assist in three Premier League matches this season, and will look to add to that total at Stoke. Marcus Rashford was named ahead of Anthony Martial in Manchester United’s starting XI against Stoke City on Saturday. The England international comes into the game on the back of his match-winning display for the Three Lions against Slovakia on Monday, and is preferred to Martial. The Frenchman came off the bench to net late goals against West Ham and Swansea, while Martial started the last game against Leicester at Old Trafford before Rashford came off the bench to score the opening goal in a 2-0 win. 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 Elsewhere, Matteo Darmian comes in for Daley Blind at left-back, while Ander Herrera makes his first league start of the season ahead of compatriot Juan Mata as Jose Mourinho changes shape to a likely 4-3-3 formation.United will look to make it four wins from four Premier League games when they take on the Potters at the bet365 Stadium.Man Utd XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Darmian, Matic, Pogba, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, LukakuSubs: Romero, Blind, Smalling, Carrick, Mata, Lingard, MartialStoke City XI: Butland; Cameron, Zouma, Wimmer; Diouf, Fletcher, Allen, Pieters; Shaqiri, Jese; Choupo-MotingSubs: Grant; Berahino, Tymon, Martins Indi, Adam, Crouch, Ramadan.last_img read more

Johanna Konta pulls out of Sydney International for the second time

first_imgJohanna Konta’s troublesome start to the new year took another turn for the worse on Monday when, a week before the Australian Open, she pulled out of the Sydney International for a second time in two days . Johanna Konta Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Messenger Australian Open Topics The British No 1 was scheduled to play Kiki Bertens as a lucky loser in the first round after having retired from her second-round qualifying match with a neck injury on Sunday, before news of her withdrawal was announced. No reason has yet been given for the decision.Konta was a quarter-finalist at the 2017 Australian Open after having reached the semi-final a year earlier, but was knocked out in the second round in 2018. She swapped coaches in October when she ditched the American Michael Joyce after less than a full season and in came the Frenchman Dimitri Zavialoff. “We’d kind of come to the end of our road,” said Konta recently.Meanwhile, Britain’s Cameron Norrie secured his spot in the second round of the ASB Classic in Auckland with a straight-sets victory over Frenchman Benoît Paire. The 23-year-old saved all four break points faced as he raced to a 6-3, 6-2 win in just under an hour.Norrie, who also won 79% of his first-serve points, broke his opponent once in the opening set and twice in the second for his first victory of 2019. He will now face Portugal’s João Sousa in the next round.Qualifier Heather Watson made a swift exit from the Hobart International after suffering a first-round defeat by Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu. Watson, who fought her way past the Australian Isabelle Wallace to claim a place in the main draw, went down 6-1, 6-4. The Briton lost six games on the trot as the first set slipped away and although she made a better fist of the second, she was unable to drag herself back into the match.Konta and Watson have been selected along with Katie Swan, Katie Boulter and debutant Harriet Dart for the Fed Cup tie at Bath in February when Great Britain will be hosts for the first time in more than 25 years.“I’m delighted to name our strongest possible team,” said the captain, Anne Keothavong. “It won’t be easy, that’s for sure, but it’s a challenge we relish and hope to give the home crowd something to cheer about.”Great Britain are one of eight teams taking part in the Europe/Africa Group One zonal event shared with Poland with the winner of each tie going into the World Group Two play-offs in April. The teams will be split into two groups at a draw due to take place on 14 January. Britain have suffered frustration in recent times, reaching the play-offs four times in the past seven years before failing to progress, their most recent reverse in April when defeated by Japan. Johanna Konta gives British hopes a lift after injury scare in Sydney Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Heather Watson Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Tennis Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Kaka blames Mourinho for Madrid struggles

first_imgFormer Brazil star Kaka claims that Jose Mourinho is partly responsible for his disappointing spell at Real Madrid.The Ballon d’Or winner joined Madrid from AC Milan in 2009, becoming the second most expensive player ever, but saw injury problems blight his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu. When he regained fitness, Mourinho had taken over as head coach and often left Kaka out of the starting XI.Kaka believes a combination of the two factors ruined his chance of becoming a star for Real, with Mourinho preferring Mesut Ozil to him in attacking midfield. 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? “The problem in Madrid was continuity,” Kaka told SporTV. “First, it was because of the injuries. The first year I had a hip problem. I pushed to reach the World Cup and then I had an adductor injury.”After the Cup I have a knee operation and I’m out for six months. And when I return I have Mourinho. My problem in Madrid was continuity. “First for the physical issue and then for the choice of the coach. I spent three years trying to convince Mourinho that he could give me opportunities. But it was his choice, it was beyond my reach.”Despite the disagreements between the two during their time in Madrid, Kaka says that he has forgiven Mourinho and understands why he left him out of the lineup.”There is no problem between us,” he continued. “I was in Manchester for a sponsorship gig and I stayed at the hotel where Mourinho lived and we talked for two hours. “At some point we had a misunderstanding because I believed that I had to play and he believed that I did not. But they were respectful disagreements. “I never rebelled and told him ‘I’m leaving here’, nor did I go before the press to complain. I told him: ‘It’s your choice, but I think you could have other options because I think I should have a chance to play. Now, you must choose.’ “He had no arguments. He told me he was not going to play because the position was for Ozil. I thought I could contribute.”Mourinho is really what you see in the cameras. He has his explosive moments, but he’s a very smart guy. What people see at press conferences is all prepared and planned and knows exactly what they are going to say. The problem I had with him was because of his choices. I thought he was wrong. But the team worked. We won a ;eague and we reached the Champions League semi-finals.”last_img read more

THE STAGE IS SET FOR COUNTRY STARDOM CANADIANS HAVE SELECTED THREE FINALISTS

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We have some incredible artists in Top of The Country this season and I’m looking forward to seeing what they accomplish in the finale,” said Tracy Martin, President, CCMA. “We’re looking forward to celebrating their undeniable growth as artists when they take to the stage at Country Music Week. Congratulations and good luck to the three finalists!”Later this year, the three Top of the Country finalists will participate in a week-long SOCAN songwriting trip to Nashville, perform at a major country music festival and attend an exclusive mentorship session in Toronto with influential people from across the industry.The grand prize winner will be chosen live at SiriusXM Top of the Country Finale during Country Music Week 2019 in Calgary, AB from September 5-8. Finalists will compete live on stage before a soon-to-be-announced headlining act, airing live on SiriusXM. The winner will receive the $25,000 grand prize, plus an international SOCAN songwriting camp and more.SiriusXM Top of the Country in partnership with the CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing commitment to promoting and elevating the best in emerging Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 55 million listeners.To watch the finalist videos, please visit: siriusxm.ca/topcountry.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies ten years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2019 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker, the Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook TORONTO, May 27, 2019 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is thrilled to announce the three finalists for the second annual SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA). These three artists will duke it out in a live onstage battle to be crowned Canada’s next big country star and win a $25,000 cash prize and an international SOCAN songwriting camp.The 2019 SiriusXM Top of the Country finalists, selected by Canadians are:Matt Lang (Hometown — Maniwaki, QC)Kelsi Mayne (Hometown — Windsor, ON)Tim & The Glory Boys (Hometown — Winnipeg, MB)“The talent competing in the first phase of SiriusXM Top of The Country was exceptional, and now the group is down to three,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada. “Our finalists now have the opportunity to show off their craft to some very big audiences this summer. We can’t wait to see them perform at the finale during Country Music Week.”last_img read more

Need a love story which befits my personality John Abraham

first_imgMumbai: John Abraham started his journey with romantic thriller Jism, but he soon switched to comedy followed by action. The actor says he now wants to feature in a love story. The 46-year-old actor, who established himself as one of the biggest action stars in Bollywood, says he is waiting for a script in the genre which suits his personality. “I would love to do an out-and-out romantic film. But lately, I haven’t found anything which works for me.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”It is a beautiful genre. I need a love story which befits my personality and physicality and the kind of person I am. I am definitely looking out for a story in that space,” said John. Till the time he finds his perfect love story, the actor plans to focus on his ambitious action franchise “Attack”. “We are still developing the script of ‘Attack’. It is something we are really excited about. The problem with the action is that it is something in which you need to get the emotion right. One can do the best action in the world, but if the emotion is not correct, it’s not going to work,” he says. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaFor an action hero, John says it is important to get the attitude right. “What matters is the emotion, with which one is performing the action. If you have the emotion and the attitude in place, you are on the right track,” he adds. The actor, whose latest release RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter) opened to positive reviews, is also working on Nikkhil Advani’s Batla House, a biker film by Rensil D’Silva as well as a film on football titled 1911.last_img read more

Bouaida meets with delegation of German Marshall Fund of the United

first_imgRabat – Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida met, on Tuesday in Rabat, with a delegation of top officials from the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).Bouaida stressed the importance of regular visits to Morocco by GMF officials, which reinforce the orientations of the Kingdom based on dialogue , openness and the promoting of exchanges with international organizations.She called on the GMF to support Morocco’s initiatives at the regional and transatlantic levels, and which are part of the vision of the Kingdom regarding the consolidation of cooperation, security and prosperity of countries bordering the Atlantic, particularly the southern basin. The minister also underlined Morocco’s commitment to contribute to efforts to better manage risks threatening peace and stability, recalling the “Initiative of African countries bordering the Atlantic”, proposed by Morocco in August 2009.last_img read more

Two policemen interdicted

A female police constable and another policeman have been interdicted after a suspect had fled police custody in Madampe today.The police said that the suspect had fled when he was taken to the Chilaw court over a heroin case. The police DIG in charge of the Chilaw police division investigated the incident and ordered the two police constables to be interdicted.The DIG had said that the police constables had failed in their duty and so were interdicted pending further investigations. Meanwhile the suspect who fled police custody was arrested at his house. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Over 130 killed in massive South Asian quake

“I was in my car and, when I stopped my car, the car itself was shaking as if someone was pushing it back and forth.”The quake was 213 km (132 miles) deep and centered 254 km (158 miles) northeast of Kabul in Badakhshan province. The U.S. Geological Survey initially measured the magnitude at 7.7, then revised it down to 7.5.Just over a decade ago, a 7.6 magnitude quake in another part of northern Pakistan killed about 75,000 people. “They fell under the feet of other students,” said Abdul Razaq Zinda, provincial head of the Afghan National Disaster Management Agency, who reported heavy damage in Takhar. A major earthquake struck the remote Afghan northeast on Monday, killing at least 135 people in Afghanistan and nearby northern Pakistan and sending shock waves as far as New Delhi, officials said.The death toll could climb in coming days because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range where the quake was centered. In Pakistan, 102 deaths were reported by early evening, most in northern and northwestern regions bordering Afghanistan, officials told Reuters.Particularly hard-hit in Pakistan was the northern area of Chitral, where 20 people were killed, police official Shah Jehan said. The death toll was likely to rise because so many areas were cut off from communications, he said.Journalist Gul Hammad Farooqi, 47, said his house had collapsed. “I was thrown from one side of the road to the other by the strength of the earthquake. I’ve never experienced anything like it,” he said. In one of the worst incidents, at least 12 girls were killed in a stampede to flee their school building in the northeastern Afghan province of Takhar, just west of Badakhshan province where the tremor’s epicenter was located. Shockwaves were felt in New Delhi in northern India and across northern Pakistan, where hundreds of people ran out of buildings as the ground rolled beneath them. No deaths were reported in India.“We were very scared … We saw people leaving buildings, and we were remembering our God,” Pakistani journalist Zubair Khan said by telephone from the Swat Valley northwest of the capital Islamabad. In Afghanistan, a total of 33 were reported dead on Monday. In addition to the 12 schoolgirls in Takhar, seven people died in the eastern province of Nangarhar, two in Nuristan province in the northeast, three in eastern Kunar province and nine in Badakhshan, officials said. “There is a great deal of destruction here, and my house has collapsed, but thankfully my children and I escaped.”Further south, the city of Peshawar reported two deaths but at least 150 injured people were being treated at the city’s main hospital, the provincial health chief said.In Afghanistan, international aid agencies working in northern areas reported that cell phone coverage in the affected areas remained down in the hours after the initial quake.“The problem is we just don’t know. A lot of the phone lines are still down,” said Scott Anderson, deputy head of office for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Kabul.Badakhshan provincial governor Shah Waliullah Adib said about 400 houses were destroyed but he had no figures on casualties.“Right now we are collecting information,” he said.The earthquake struck almost exactly six months after Nepal suffered its worst quake on record on April 25. Including the toll from a major aftershock in May, 9,000 people lost their lives and 900,000 homes were damaged or destroyed there.The Hindu Kush mountain region is seismically active, with earthquakes the result of the Indian subcontinent driving into and under the Eurasian landmass. Sudden tectonic shifts can cause enormous and destructive releases of energy. (Courtesy Reuters) read more

Iraqi petroleum exports under UN oilforfood programme rise slightly

In its weekly update, the Office of the Iraq Programme said Baghdad had exported 15.9 million barrels of oil in the week ending 19 October, registering a slight increase from the previous week’s total of 14.7 million barrels.The exports were worth an estimated €310 million (euros), or $280 million, bringing to just over $4 billion the total estimated revenue earned from the sale of Iraqi oil in the programme’s current phase, which ends on 30 November.At a briefing on the implementation of the programme in the agricultural sector to the Security Council’s 661 sanctions committee, which oversees the plan, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expressed concern at the level of contracts placed on hold by the committee, especially in view of the impact on this sector of two consecutive years of severe drought in Iraq.According to FAO, as of 30 September, almost $3 billion worth of agricultural supply and equipment contracts had been submitted for approval, of which 81 per cent, or $2.4 billion worth, had been approved. Another 14 per cent, or $420 million worth, had been placed on hold pending further review. read more

Save the Children boss quit over unsuitable and thoughtless texts to female

first_imgPenny Mordaunt, International Development Secretary Baroness Stowell has been chosen by the Government to lead the Charity Commission The former chief executive of Save the Children resigned after he admitted making “unsuitable and thoughtless” comments to three young female members of staff, it emerged on Tuesday.Justin Forsyth, who is now deputy executive director at Unicef, “apologised unreservedly” to the women after sending them text messages commenting on how they looked and what they were wearing.It represents the latest scandal facing the charity sector after it emerged that senior Oxfam staff paid prostitutes while working in Haiti following an earthquake in 2010.Mr Forsyth’s resignation from Save the Children came just four months after Brendan Cox, a friend of Mr Forsyth and former chief strategist at the charity, quit following separate allegations of sexual misconduct. Mr Foryth and Mr Cox worked together at Oxfam and later again as advisors to Gordon Brown in Downing Street. Mr Cox, the widower of the late Jo Cox who was murdered in 2016, admitted at the weekend that he had caused the women “hurt and offence”. Meanwhile, Save the Children admitted last night it should have conducted a further review into Mr Forsyth’s conduct and “matters should not have been left”.The women who complained about Mr Forsyth’s behaviour told the BBC he sent them a “barrage” of text messages which left them feeling deeply uncomfortable. If they did not respond he allegedly sent them emails, and if they still refused to engage they were called over by Mr Forsyth for a private “chat”. Save the Children is said to have dealt with each complaint by having a mediation process where Mr Forsyth apologised to the women involved. One of the complainants, who remained anonymous, said: “The complaints of harassment were not treated with the appropriate degree of seriousness. “It seems there was more interest in preventing the exposure of misconduct than in protecting its female employees from predatory behaviour.” Brendan Cox has apologised following allegations of sexual harassment Mr Goldring disclosed that Oxfam had given Roland van Hauwermeiren, the charity’s former director of operations in Haiti, a reference which omitted the fact he had used prostitutes. He subsequently went on to work for another charity.Ms Mordaunt said: “They did not provide a full report to the Charity Commission, they did not provide a full report to their donors, they did not provide a full report to prosecutors. In my view they misled, quite possibly deliberately.” Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam Penny Mordaunt, International Development Secretary A spokesman for Unicef, where Mr Forsyth now works, said: “We are aware of media reports related to past complaints against Justin Forsyth about events that occurred before he joined UNICEF.  We welcome Mr Forsyth’s decision to come forward and acknowledge past mistakes. We are discussing this matter with Mr Forsyth and his former employer so we can take appropriate action.”The charitable sector has come under fire since it emerged that Oxfam allowed aid workers in Haiti to resign after it emerged they had been using prostitutes. Brendan Cox has apologised following allegations of sexual harassment Save the Children admitted on Tuesday that it dealt with 193 child protection and 35 sexual harassment cases last year, which led to 30 dismissals. Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, accused Oxfam executives of “betraying the public” and said they may have deliberately misled charity regulators and the authorities.She also warned that Britain could withdraw funding for the United Nations unless it stops exploitation and abuse. Oxfam revealed on Tuesday it had received 26 new allegations of sexual misconduct and 7,000 donors have cancelled their subscriptions in the fortnight since the Haiti sex scandal emerged.A total of 16 alleged incidents took place in countries where Oxfam ran aid operations, seven in high street charity shops in the UK and three from “other UK-based divisions”. “Other women tell you to watch out for certain senior people. You start to hear rumours about some of the directors but of course, until it happens to you, which it did, you don’t really appreciate how hard it is to deal with.”One former senior staff member added: “The centre of this crisis was not in Haiti or in Chad, it was here in London and it went all the way to the top.”In a statement last night Mr Forsyth said: “I made some personal mistakes during my time at Save the Children. “I recognise that on a few occasions I had unsuitable and thoughtless conversations with colleagues which I now know caused offence and hurt. “When this was brought to my attention on two separate occasions I apologised unreservedly to the three colleagues involved and my apologies were accepted and I thought the issue was closed many years ago.” Neither Mr Forsyth nor Mr Cox were subject to a formal discplinary hearing. Save the Children said on Tuesday night that trustees had carried out two internal investigations into the complaints against Mr Forsyth in 2011 and 2015. A spokesperson for Save the Children said: “The review will commence by the end of this week and report in June 2018. The final report will be published, shared with the Charity Commission and made available to Government and every single member of staff.”We apologise for any pain these matters have caused and sincerely hope that the complainants feel able to help us with the review in the coming weeks. This is so that we can better support our skilled and highly valued staff as they help change the lives of millions of children around the world every day.” Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam Baroness Stowell has been chosen by the Government to lead the Charity Commission The new disclosures came as MPs blocked the appointment of the Government’s candidate to head the Charity Commission, questioning her lack of experience in the charity section. Baroness Stowell of Beeston, a Tory peer, struggled to answer questions posed to her by the Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee yesterday. She had been due to replace William Shawcross, who is due to complete his five-year term on Friday. It will now be up to Matt Hancock, the Culture Secretary, to decide whether to overrule the committee and confirm her appointment, or back down and seek an alternative candidate.  Another told the BBC: “It was my dream to work for an organisation like Save the Children but the longer you are there the more you are exposed to some of their bravado and that’s both at head office and in the field. The cases range from 1995 to the present. Mark Goldring, the chief executive at Oxfam GB, apologised on Tuesday to the committee for the actions of some Oxfam staff who sexually exploited young Haitian woman and for an interview last week in which he appeared to downplay the gravity of the scandal.  He said he had been stressed when he claimed the “ferocity” of the attacks on Oxfam made it seem as if staff had “murdered babies in their cots”. He also apologised for saying he made the comments after six nights without sleep.He said: “I repeat Oxfam’s broader apology and my personal apology. I am sorry, we are sorry, for the damage Oxfam has done both to the people of Haiti but also to wider efforts for aid and development by possibly undermining public support.”As well as donors who have cancelled their subscriptions, Mr Goldring also disclosed that corporate sponsors are considering whether to continue giving Oxfam money.Pauline Latham, a Tory member of the committee, questioned whether he was the “right person for the job” after he failed to look into allegations that staff had paid prostitutes in Haiti when he was appointed in 2013.She said some Oxfam staff had treated women and girls in Haiti if they were “trinkets and you can pay for them”. 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.last_img read more

Lino Cervar wants change of rules We need shot clock in handball

← Previous Story Gille and Basic for better Chambery! Next Story → Klemen Cehte for Qatari Al Sadd, but also National Team?  Loading … Shot clock in handball? YES, we need it! NoView Results Legendary Croatian coach Lino Cervar, world and Olympic champion with Croatia in 2003 and 2004, and in the last few years one of the founder of Macedonian handball “miracle”, RK Metalurg, speaks for Balkan-Handball.com about the necessity of inovation in handball – time limit for attack:– I absolutely agree. Length limit attacks would result in changes in the dynamics of the game. That will cause a better coaching work. It does not matter whether it would be 20,25,30 seconds, the coach and the players would have to show what they know in that period, not to walk around the defense with no idea. Creativity and innovation would come to the fore, without there are no progress in any part of the life. As Einstein said “work in the same way is the best way to make mistake” – it was clear Červar.Some other worldwide known handball names had also same opinion as Croaitan coach.What do you think? Do we need this change? Lino Cervartime clock handball read more

A PUBLIC ENTERPRISE, GGC UNDER THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT? THAT DOES…

first_imgmembers of the Board “… shall be selected from persons of integrity, competence and maturity of judgment. A member of the National Assembly, the holder of a political office or an officer of a political party shall not be qualified to be appointed to the Board of Directors or other governing body of a Public Enterprise”.The aim is to have an institution which would be able to effectively and efficiently operate without political interference.It is therefore very interesting to hear that such an enterprise is being transformed into a quasi government department or quasi ministry.Foroyaa will proceed to investigate what is responsible for this extraordinary decision. ]]>last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For August 10 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, August 10, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.At Wilmington High School: The Auditorium Naming Committee is meeting at 9am in the High School Principal’s Conference Room. The Committee is planning the event to name the High School Auditorium after Joanne Benton.In The Community: Come and enjoy music-themed movies on the Swain Green every! Family friendly movies will be shown on Friday nights in August starting at 7:45pm. Tonight’s film is Pitch Perfect. Check the library’s Facebook page in case of inclement weather. This program is presented by the Wilmington Memorial Library in partnership with the Wilmington Rotary.At The Library: The Library is closed from 9am to noon due to Staff Training. Teen Escape Rooms from 2pm to 5pm. Summer Movie on the Swain at 7:45pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 2, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

2020 GMC Sierra HD tows 30000 pounds has Xray camera tech

first_imgIn one of the bigger unveil events of the year, General Motor’s GMC premium truck and SUV brand has just revealed its new 2020 GMC Sierra HD. The heavy-duty, full-size pickup is touted as “the crown jewel of the GMC lineup” and the model that most lives up to the brand’s “Professional Grade” motto, so it’s important that they get it right with this new generation.Let’s cut right to the most important detail you need to know about the 2020 GMC Sierra HD: when properly equipped, it has an estimated towing capacity in excess of 30,000 pounds. If you could find a trailer big enough to carry an F-250 Super Duty, a Nissan Titan XD and the previous generation Sierra HD, this new 2020 Sierra HD could tow ’em all. That’s like two African elephants (or 3,000 cats) worth of mass; we’re talking serious pulling power. 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech GMC also brings its MultiPro tailgate from the smaller Sierra to the HD party. This soft-opening tailgate has a smaller tailgate nested within it that allows a total of six functions including full-open, half-open, easy access, step-up and extended loading modes. The bed also features box steps on all sides, 12 tie-down points and an available in-bed 120-volt outlet. Inside, the Sierra’s dashboard is home to the familiar GMC Infotainment System — a dark reskin of General Motors’ MyLink/IntelliLink software — featuring snappy navigation, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Like other Sierra and Silverado models, the Sierra HD will also feature available USB-A and USB-C ports, 120-volt outlets and available wireless charging to keep any devices onboard juiced up. Denali and AT4 GMC tells us that more than half of the Sierras it sells are the pricier, premium Denali trim level. So, the 2020 Sierra HD will step up its game to appeal to those buyers with premium leather seating, open-pore real wood trim and dark-finish aluminum details. New for 2020 is an off-road focused AT4 trim level that matches trail-busting capability with the Sierra HD’s heavy-duty capacities. The Sierra HD AT4 will feature an off-road suspension with Rancho Shocks, an Eaton locking rear differential, skid plates and, of course, bright red tow hooks. The rubber meets the dirt road at 18-inch wheels — or optional 20s — wrapped in Michelin all-terrain tires. 2020 GMC Sierra HDThe heavy-hauling 2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD will hit the road later this year in premium Denali and new AT4 trim levels. GMC In addition to the hardware, the AT4 will also get a special off-road software setting for its Traction Select System with hill descent control and hill start assist features. The Sierra’s 15-inch head-up display gets augmented with an off-road inclinometer that shows how severely you’re ascending or descending at a glance and a standard surround-vision camera helps the driver spot the vehicle’s surroundings on tight trails. The 2020 Sierra HD goes on sale later this year in 2500HD and 3500HD dually and single rear wheel configurations. Pricing, packaging and more complete specifications will be announced later closer to launch. More From Roadshow Trucks Tags Share your voice 2020 GMC Sierra HD revealed with new camera tech, off-road AT4 model Comments 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2020 GMC Sierra HD has super strength, X-ray vision 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel 55 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 1:40 2 GMC General Motors 4G LTE Towing and tech That towing prowess is made possible by a larger, beefier frame, a new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission — the first 10-speed in this heavy-duty pickup class — and GMC’s 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel. Thanks to improved breathing and cooling, the Duramax is now good for 445 horsepower and a whopping 910 pound-feet of torque, which can be put to the road with better control thanks to the transmission’s close-spaced gear ratios. Towing, you may have guessed, is a big reason people consider heavy-duty pickups, so GMC has loaded the Sierra HD with a laundry list of trailering technologies and electronic traction and stability control acronyms and even integrations with the ProGrade Trailering System’s in-vehicle Trailering App.  By stitching together multiple camera views, the 2020 GMC Sierra HD’s Transparent Trailer feature can see through a towed payload. GMC I’m most impressed, however, by the new camera-based trailering technologies. The Sierra HD boasts a ridiculous 15 selectable camera views and a class-first Rear Camera Mirror that allow the driver to get the best view of the road around the large pickup and its payload. None of those 15 views is more impressive than the “Transparent Trailer” mode that stitches together views from two tailgate cameras and an accessory remote camera mounted at the back of the trailer to make the trailer appear invisible when viewed through the dashboard display. It’s like your very own x-ray machine that lets you see through the trailer you’re towing.Easier to work and live with Aesthetically, the Sierra HD is looking pretty good, leading off with a grille and headlamp design that’s much less… divisive than its recently debuted cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado HD. The Sierra HD’s C-shaped LED light signature doesn’t differ too much from the standard-scale Sierra, but its grille is significantly beefier. That grille isn’t the only thing that’s larger. The 2020 Sierra HD is longer with a taller hoodline than the 2019 model, which gives it a more imposing look. However, GMC has designed the Sierra HD to be more approachable and easier to live with, thanks to details like a 1-inch lower bed height that makes for easier loading. last_img read more

DJIs Osmo Mobile 3 is the phone stabilizer weve been waiting for

first_img 0 DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is a smaller, lighter phone camera stabilizer 12 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2:50 Share your voice Post a comment Mobile Tags The redesigned Osmo Mobile 3 lets you fold and go.  Joshua Goldman/CNET Motorized phone camera stabilizers are great for getting smooth and steady shots from your phone — assuming you use it. For me, it’s one of those products you buy with the best intentions and then don’t use because it’s simply too large, awkward and fragile to bring with you all the time. DJI’s Osmo Mobile 3 tackles this with a unique folding design that makes it more compact and easier to toss in a bag and go. And it’s $10 less than its predecessor.Available today for $119, the redesigned gimbal unlocks and folds fast and has locks to keep it from swiveling around. You can even throw it into a standby mode so you can partially shut it down, fold it and move to a new location and then quickly unfold and immediately start shooting. The whole device is lighter and more compact than previous models, but still runs for up to 15 hours on a single charge.Note that CNET may get a commission when you buy through any of the links on our site.See it at DJIThe new design also addresses a few issues users had with the Osmo Mobile 2. The gimbal no longer blocks the ports on your phone so you can connect an external mic and charge your device off the Osmo’s battery. You also no longer need to manually rotate your phone from landscape to portrait as it can now do it with a button press and position the camera right-side up.DJI Osmo Mobile 3From left to right: DJI Osmo Mobile, Mobile 2 and the new Mobile 3. Joshua Goldman/CNET A slider on the grip’s side lets you activate your phone’s zoom and a trigger in front will automatically switch between your phone’s front and rear camera. In selfie mode you can even use hand gestures to start a self-timer for photos and video. The trigger will also do things like recenter the camera and start DJI’s ActiveTrack feature that automatically tracks a subject and keeps them centered in the frame.The Osmo Mobile 3 uses DJI’s Mimo app it introduced with the palm-sized Osmo Pocket in November 2018. Although you can use the Osmo Mobile 3 with your phone’s camera app, Mimo is what gives you all the unique features like ActiveTrack and gesture controls. Mimo also enables you to create panoramas and shoot motion time-lapse and hyper-lapse videos. There’s a Story mode as well that will take your videos and edit them into short, social-friendly clips using one of 13 templates.Though mainly known for its camera drones, DJI has spent much of the past year building out other categories. Last month it introduced a first-person view HD video transmission system for drone racing and a compact motorized gimbal for pro cameras. In June, DJI introduced a $500 RC robot rover with a mini cannon made for students. It launched its first action cam in May, the DJI Osmo Action. DJI’s Osmo Pocket is an amazingly small stabilized 4K… DJIlast_img read more

Defiant vigil starts healing in New Zealand after massacre

first_imgStudents hold candles during a vigil in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, three days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city that claimed the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers. New Zealand will tighten gun laws in the wake of its worst modern-day massacre, the government said on March 18, as it emerged that the white supremacist accused of carrying out the killings at two mosques will represent himself in court. AFPThey came together as one, more than 1,000 students from rival Christchurch schools and different religions, joining voices to honor the 50 lives lost in a massacre that has deeply wounded the cozy New Zealand city.In a park across from the Al Noor mosque, where dozens were killed by a white supremacist gunman, the students sat on the grass in Monday’s fading daylight, lifting flickering candles to the sky as they sang a traditional Maori song.Hundreds then stood to perform a passionate, defiant haka, the famed ceremonial dance of the indigenous Maori people.For many, joining the vigil for the victims of the mass shooting was a much-needed opportunity to soothe their minds after a wrenching few days.Most of the students spent hours locked down in their schools on Friday as police tried to determine if any other shooters were involved in the attacks.Those at the vigil told harrowing tales of being forced to hide under classroom tables or on a school stage behind a curtain, of being instructed not to speak, and to urinate in a bucket rather than risk leaving the classroom for a bathroom.Sarah Liddell, 17, said many of her peers felt intense anxiety since the attack. There was a sense of safety in coming together on Monday, she said.”I feel like it’s just really important to show everyone that one act of violence doesn’t define a whole city,” she said. “This is one of the best ways to show everyone coming together. Some schools have little funny rivalries, but in times like this we all just come together and that’s all forgotten.”The students draped a fence along the park with chains of colorful paper notes, each emblazoned with messages of love and hope and sorrow: “You are not alone.” ”This is your home. You are part of us.” ”We all bleed the same colour.”For 17-year-old Portia Raharaha, who attended the vigil with other students from her Catholic high school, watching the haka was particularly moving.”All the races combining, all students, all ages, both genders, we’re all just coming together,” Raharaha said. “It definitely makes you feel like New Zealand really does come together in a time of darkness and we can really just be who we are,” she said. “Nothing has really changed. Maybe it’s shaken us, but it really hasn’t changed us.”After the ceremony officially ended, many lingered, standing in circles, arms draped around each other’s shoulders, singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Maori songs. People wandered around with “free hugs” signs, embracing those in need. There were tears, but also smiles.The students’ vigil was a striking and healing counterpoint to Monday’s developments in the mass shooting.A Christchurch gun shop acknowledged selling guns online to the 28-year-old white supremacist accused of killing 50 people in shootings at two mosques that have upturned New Zealand’s reputation as one of the world’s most tolerant and safe nations.At a news conference, Gun City owner David Tipple said the store sold four guns and ammunition to Brenton Harrison Tarrant through a “police-verified online mail order process.” The store “detected nothing extraordinary” about the buyer, he said.Separately, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said gun law reforms would be announced within 10 days and an inquiry conducted into intelligence and security services that failed to detect the risk from the attacker or his plans. There have been concerns intelligence agencies were overly focused on the Muslim community in detecting and preventing security risks.Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police are certain that Tarrant was the only gunman but aren’t ruling out that he had support.”I would like tostate that we believe absolutelythere was only one attackerresponsible for this,” he said at a news conference. “That doesn’tmean there weren’t possibly otherpeople in support and that continuesto form a very, very important partof our investigation.”None of the guns sold to Tarrant were military-style, semi-automatic weapons, according to Tipple. It was not clear if any of the firearms Tarrant purchased from Gun City were used in the shootings.In vowing to tighten gun laws, Ardern has said the attacker used five guns, two of them semi-automatic, which were purchased with an ordinary gun license and modified.Tipple said he was disgusted by the killings but felt no responsibility for the tragedy and refused to say whether he believed gun ownership laws should change in New Zealand, insisting that a debate over guns should be held at another time.His store has been criticized, in the wake of the shootings, for leaving out a roadside advertising billboard that shows a parent helping children with rifle target practice.Tarrant, an Australian citizen who lived in New Zealand, appeared Saturday in court, where the judge read one murder charge and said more would likely follow.Tarrant had posted a muddled, 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto online before the attacks and apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to stream live video of the slaughter.Relatives of the dead are now anxiously awaiting word on when they can bury their loved ones. Islamic tradition calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours.Ardern has said authorities hope to release all the bodies by Wednesday and police said authorities are working with pathologists and coroners to complete the task as soon as they can.Members of the Muslim community and police were at a cemetery that has been fenced off and obscured with white netting. Backhoes had stopped digging and police officers said they were setting up a media area inside the cemetery.Kawthar Abulaban, 54, who survived the shooting at the Al Noor mosque, came to the cemetery to see the preparations. She did not mind the row of photographers and reporters lined up outside.”It’s good for the world to see what’s happened because people around the world, they thought we were terrorists because some stupid people, they said they are Muslims, they go and kill innocent people,” said Abulaban, who migrated to New Zealand from Jordan 17 years ago.”I will not change my opinion about New Zealand. It’s my country,” she said. “You know I have lots of support, lots of love, lots of kindness from all of the New Zealand people.”last_img read more