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Fajardo wreaks havoc as San Miguel ousts TNT, advances to semis

first_imgTyphoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games The Beermen had an early lead, 42-30, with a big first half, but TNT managed to get back into the game and even took a 70-67 lead with 3:12 left in the third quarter before the defending champions pulled away for good.Other Beermen joined the scoring party as Marcio Lassiter fired 20 points, five boards, two assists, and two steals, while Chris Ross contributed 13 points, seven dimes, three rebounds, and three steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutArwind Santos finished with 15 markers, seven boards, four assists, four steals, and four blocks before being ejected for his second technical foul with 1:20 to play after his scuffle with TNT guard Jericho Cruz.“This is the hardest game we ever had against TNT because they’ve been through two knockout games and they blew them all out. I was worried, but I have to be credit to the boys, especially June Mar Fajardo,” said an emotional coach Leo Austria, who had his attentions divided after his wife underwent kidney transplant earlier in the day. “He was so focused in this game. We followed our game plan to the letter.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus TNT’s Tautuaa ejected in 3rd quarter of Game 1 vs SMB Read Next SAN MIGUEL 106 — Fajardo 35, Lassiter 20, Santos 15, Ross 13, Cabagnot 8, Heruela 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, De Ocampo 3, Pessumal 2, Espinas 1.TNT 93 — Castro 19, Rosario 19, Pogoy 17, Semerad 16, Williams 15, Cruz 3, Garcia 2, Torres 2, Carey 0, Paredes 0, Reyes 0, Tautuaa 0.Quarters: 31-23, 52-44, 77-72, 106-93.RELATED VIDEO John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT had no answers for June Mar Fajardo as the four-peat-seeking San Miguel Beer progressed to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals with a 106-93 thumping Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The four-time PBA Most Valuable Player unleashed 35 points on an ultra-efficient 15-of-19 shooting from the field, while also gathering 11 rebounds and two blocks to aid the twice-to-beat Beermen in ousting the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel now awaits its date in the best-of-seven semifinals against the victor of the Ginebra-Rain or Shine quarterfinals series.The Beermen broke away from a 79-all deadlock after Brian Heruela and a pair of Santos treys went down to establish an 88-83 lead.Though Kelly Williams and Anthony Semerad tried to bring TNT within two, 90-88, with 4:10 left, Santos was there again to hit a tough fadeaway before Fajardo followed it up with two more buckets, the last of which an uncontested jumper over Williams with 2:03 on the clock that virtually put the game out of reach.Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario led eight-seed TNT with 19 points apiece as the KaTropa made an early exit in the all-Filipino conference.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Preserve Dhoni for the World Cup next year, says S Kannan

first_imgCaptain M S DhoniFor long, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been seen as very benevolent towards Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In about 24 hours, the beleaguered captain will be leading the demoralised Indian side against England in a tough ODI series.Given the pressure which goes with the job – home or away – it’s hard for Dhoni to motivate the side after the drubbing in the Test series. For its part, the Board has tried to take attention away from the main issues by ‘giving a break’ to two assistant coaches, Joe Dawes and Trevor Penney, and naming Ravi Shastri as team director.If you look at the overall picture, captain Dhoni and head coach Duncan Fletcher are still there. But the time has come when the Board needs to take some sensible decisions and not fool the public which loves the sport so dearly.S KannanWatching Dhoni these days makes for painful viewing. He looks tired, more so when he hasn’t shaved and the grey beard glistens. Years of travel and the turmoil of facing defeats overseas in tough series does hurt, though the common perception is that ‘captain cool’ remains unruffled.The time has come when it’s not just the selection committee which needs to take a call on the future of Dhoni but the big bosses in the Board as well. Even a typically myopic Board should have the vision to spare him of the burden of Test captaincy, especially overseas.Ideally, Virat Kohli would have been the right man for the job but one disastrous series in England has changed perception about this superstar who now has the dubious distinction of repeatedly falling to outgoing deliveries. The next Test series is at home against the West Indies and it really does not matter whether India win or lose.advertisementThe bigger challenge will be the tough Test series in Australia, where the hosts are waiting to have a go at the Indians. So it makes sense to groom a new Test captain even if the results are initially adverse. Coming back to Dhoni, as he is most likely going to lead India in the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, it will be good if he handles the responsibility in just ODIs.The debate about how good or bad a Test captain Dhoni is will continue for a long time and statistics will always be used to compare his flop shows with other former India captains. What cannot be ignored is his horrendous record as captain in England and Australia, so it’s best at this stage to entrust him with just one job.There is a school of thought which believes Dhoni did not do badly in the Tests in England as he batted freely for valuable runs. Yet, if one is serious about building a side for the World Cup and hoping that India can once again do well, Dhoni needs mental peace.The pressure of leading the Indian cricket side is just too intense and at 33, he is not getting any younger. As one who figures in the Forbes ‘Richie Rich’ list with a total earnings of US$ 30 million, Dhoni is still hot property. Out of that figure, the value of his endorsements is a whopping US$ 26 million – that is the commercial value of this man.Having said that, if the Board is serious about preserving Dhoni for the World Cup, he needs to be spared this trauma of leading India in every format and then getting caned for poor shows overseas.As an ODI player, Dhoni brings with him immense maturity and value. His ability to finish matches in the short format is well known and that is how we need to remember the man who has won India the World T20 in 2007 and the ICC World Cup in 2011.In India, no top athlete wants to walk into sunset while at the top. Even though Dhoni is the butt of ridicule now, just like coach Fletcher, one cannot write off his rich contribution to Indian cricket.At a time when the Board is only concerned about how many more zeroes it will add to its huge bank balance, the time has come when only sane people can ensure Dhoni is preserved for the World Cup next year.Repeatedly subjecting him to humiliation will reduce him to a caricature and that’s not required. There may be some in the Board who will be tempted to persist with Dhoni in Tests but that will be doing him a disservice.advertisementIt’s hard to see this man wanting to be India captain after the next World Cup as he hardly has anything left to prove to the world. If the Board wants to be bolder, it can even rest Dhoni totally from Test cricket at home.In the next few weeks, depending on how the team fares against England in the ODIs, we will hear more about Dhoni. Hopefully, there will be something good.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more


first_imgHaving never lost an election in his public life, Pawar Having never lost an election in his public life, Pawar came back stronger and demolished Mahendras challenge with a 20-10 verdict. It was 2005 and when Dalmiyas slide started. There were court cases galore, he was summoned on charges of financial irregularities concerning 1996 World Cup and in 2006, he was ousted in an Estraordinary GB meeting in Jaipur. Subsequently, he had relinquish his CAB presidency to then Kolkata Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee. Interestingly, Dalmiya had defeated Mukherjee 61-56 at state cricket bodys election where the then Chief mInister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee had openly declared Mukherjee as his candidate. In fact once a sittting Police Commissioner with all his power and might lost against Dalmiya, it made CM Bhattacharjee make the now famous statement:”It was a victory of evil against good”. So even when Mukherjee took over from Dalmiya in early 2007, he had to relinquish the post very next year after the courts cleared him of any wrongdoing. He convingly defeated Mukherjee to get his presidency back and remained at the helm till he breathed his last. However people close to him in CAB believe that those three years where he faced ignominy of financial irregularities, was ousted from the board and fought legal cases all over the country took its toll on its health and he was never the same man post 2008. By 2011, the sharpness that world associated with Dalmiya was not there but even though someone who would be found difficult to ignore as his elevation to the post president completed a circle for the veteran Kolkatan. From Srinivasan to Modi, Pawar to Manohar, whether they liked or disliked Dalmiya, one thing they knew was his ability to bring votes to the table. Even during his final days as administrator, he enjoyed a lot of support from the eastern zone units. However his third term as the president that started from March 2 this year was mostly marred by his ill-health and talks of not being able to conduct meetings properly. Most of the meetings were held in Kolkata but it was basically secretary Anurag Thakur, who was calling the shots. Jagmohan Dalmiya might have passed away but he had certainly left an ever-lasting legacy in Indian and world cricket administration. PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Car fraud: High profile cheat arrested in Delhi’s Mahipalpur area

first_imgA high profile cheat, involved in cheating crores of rupees, has been arrested by the Delhi Police today.The police team managed to arrest one Sanjeev Behel from Mahipalpur area and recovered Rs 1.23 lakh from him. Sanjeev Behel used to cheat people on the pretext of providing diplomatic cars at throwaway prices.On the basis of a complaint filed by Nitin Berry, a resident of Dehradun, the cops arrested the accused.CAR FRAUD Sanjeev had introduced himself to Nitin as the sole exporter of diplomatic cars from the embassies and from auto expos. Sanjeev had told the complainant and his three friends that he has a diplomatic car pool and he can help him buy new cars, SUVs at 20-30 per cent discount from the German embassy in New Delhi.The accused promised to provide one BMW, one Honda City, two XUV 500s, one Ford Eco Sport, one Skoda Octavia and one I-20 car to the complainant and his friends at very cheap prices.DEMANDED MORE MONEY After this offer, Sanjeev called the complainant and his friends at his office at Mahipalpur and received token money of Rs 1 lakh and got deposited Rs 24.60 lakh through RTGS in his bank accounts in the year 2014 and 2015. He also mailed them regarding the confirmation of the booking of cars and demanded more money. A few days passed but Sanjeev did not provided them the promised cars. When the complainant and his friends demanded their money back and he gave them post-dated cheques which bounced later. He also started ignoring the phone calls of the complainant.advertisementHOW COPS ARRESTED HIM During investigation, the police team obtained and verified the bank details of accused Sanjeev. Raids were conducted and close watch was kept at the office of accused in Mahipalpur but he did not turn up. On 26th of August, after getting specific input about the presence of Sanjeev in his office, the police team conducted raids. Sanjeev came outside his office in his car and on seeing the police team accelerated the speed of his car and escaped from the spot. The police team chased his car on the Mehrauli-Mahipalpur Road which later struck in traffic jam and the police team overpowered the cheat.ALSO READ:Delhi Police bust job racket, 2 Nigerian nationals arrested Delhi Police arrest accused in daylight robbery of 80 lakhslast_img read more

Grujic returns to Hertha on season-long loan

first_imgHertha Berlin have signed Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic on a season-long loan.The Serbia international will return to the German capital for a second successive campaign, having turned down offers from Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt.Liverpool will receive a £2 million loan fee as part of the deal, plus potential bonuses of £500,000, while Hertha will cover his wages in full and there will also be a penalty structure on game time, meaning the Bundesliga club will be charged if Grujic does not play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Grujic impressed with Hertha last term, making 23 appearances and scoring five goals. The 23-year-old was desperate to secure first-team football this season in order to aid his development.Frankfurt could have offered European football, while Bremen used international team-mate Milos Veljkovic and manager Florian Kohfeldt to make their case, but Grujic settled well in Berlin last season and is happy to continue his career at the Olympiastadion.Liverpool will hope he can continue to showcase the talent which convinced them to sign him from Red Star Belgrade in 2016. Grujic was a regular starter for Hertha when fit, but saw his progress hampered by a pair of ill-timed ankle injuries.The tall, powerful midfield man has already made 14 senior appearances for the Reds but the last came in December 2017.However, sources have told Goal that the plan is still very much for Grujic to return to Liverpool and become an important part of the squad for the 2020-21 season. Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with Grujic’s attitude and maturity in choosing Hertha again as the Reds boss believes it is an ideal move for the player’s development on the road to being used by Liverpool.It is also considered significant that both Cardiff and Hertha, where Grujic has been on loan in recent seasons, have both been desperate to keep him for another season.Liverpool fielded enquiries from a number of European clubs in recent weeks, including Atalanta, Atletico Madrid and Premier League side Brighton, but Grujic’s preference was for a loan deal with Hertha. He has trained hard while on holiday in Mykonos this summer, and has joined up with his new team-mates for the first day of pre-season training on Monday.His departure is one of many anticipated at Anfield in the coming weeks. Rafa Camacho has already left for Sporting Lisbon, while Sheyi Ojo joined Rangers on loan earlier this month.Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria and Herbie Kane should secure loans to Championship clubs – Hull are keen on both Kane and Woodburn – while Kamil Grabara has interest from Germany, Belgium and England after his impressive performances at the European Under-21 Championship.Ryan Kent is wanted by Rangers, Aston Villa, Leeds and Middlesbrough, while Harry Wilson is expecting to go on Liverpool’s tour of the USA before a decision is made on his future.Anderson Arroyo and Taiwo Awoniyi are two more players who will depart, likely on loan.last_img read more

SSC Exam Result 2019 declared, new app launched for student grievance

first_imgSSC Exam Result 2019 declared, new app launched for student grievanceThis year a separate login will be provided to all schools for downloading the SSC Public Exam 2019 result as consolidate statement for quick reference, without waiting for the results of individual candidates.advertisement India Today Web Desk May 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 13:57 IST This year a separate login will be provided to all schools for downloading the SSC Public Exam 2019 result as consolidate statement for quick reference, without waiting for the results of individual candidates.SSC Public Examination on Monday, the Directorate of Government Examinations has launched a student grievance mobile app. Students and their parents can submit their grievance, if any, in the SSC result through ‘TSSSCBOARD’ mobile application which can be downloaded from Google playstore on any android phone. An app link is also provided on the website bse.telangana.gov.in for download.SSC Examination 2019 mobile app: How to use After downloading and installing the app on the mobile phone, students need to login using their hall ticket number and date of birth.Upon successful login, the name, school details and roll number will be displayed on the screen.The candidates have to enter their mobile twice which is mandatory field while email address is optional.Later, students need to select grievances type from drop-down list and write a complaint in the textbox and submit the same.Upon submission, a confirmation message will be sent to the mobile number provided.However, grievance submission is allowed only once.Read: NIMCET admit card 2019 to be out today: Steps to download, NITs participating & format of the examSSC Public exam result 2019The results of SSC Public Examinations are to be declared on Monday at 11.30 am and can be checked on the websites bse.telangana.gov.in, results.cgg.gov.in, manabadi.com, www.indiaresults.com, www.exametc.com and www.examresults.net.The directorate has taken a slew of measures including incorporating checks and balances before declaring class 10 results.This time, a separate login will be provided to all schools for downloading the results as consolidate statement for quick reference, without waiting for the results of individual candidates.advertisementIt decided to cross-check the results of students, who secure zero or marked absent in a single subject and pass in other subjects. Similarly, a mechanism for checking results of students, who fail in a single subject and passed in other subjects, was put in place.Read: Playing recreational sports may boost your college grades: StudyGet 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 byKajari Goswami Tags :Follow SSC Exam 2019last_img read more

Nova Scotia Celebrates First Provincial Acadian Day

first_img Premier John Hamm and Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremontwould like to wish everyone a happy Provincial Acadian Day,Sunday, Aug. 15. “Acadian culture is such an important part of Nova Scotia’shistory as well as its future,” said Premier Hamm. “It’s anhonour that Nova Scotia is the province hosting the Congrèsmondial in a year that is such an important milestone forAcadians and our province.” Premier Hamm has participated in a number of Congrès events,including the official opening in Church Point and the Festivaldu Mitan in Cheticamp. He will also participate in the closingmass in Grand Pré on Sunday, Aug. 15. This year Provincial Acadian Day will fall on the final day ofthe Congrès mondial acadien festivities. “It is fitting that Provincial Acadian Day be proclaimed thisyear as Acadians and friends of Acadians from around the worldcome to Nova Scotia to celebrate the 400th anniversary of theirarrival in North America,” said Mr. d’Entremont. Mr. d’Entremont also took part in the in the official opening ofthe Congrès, has attended numerous Acadian family reunions andwill attend the closing mass at Grand Pré. Since 1881, Acadians have recognized Aug. 15 as their nationalholiday. It has been proclaimed National Acadian Day by thefederal government. Earlier this year, the Nova Scotialegislature unanimously passed Bill 51, enshrining Aug. 15 intolaw as Provincial Acadian Day. PREMIER’S OFFICE/ACADIAN AFFAIRS–Nova Scotia Celebrates FirstProvincial Acadian Daylast_img read more

Body mixup at Nova Scotia funeral home unacceptable minister says

first_imgHALIFAX – The recent mix-up of bodies at a Nova Scotia funeral home is unacceptable and should never happen again, a provincial cabinet minister said Thursday.Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan said the tragic mistake is being investigated by the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, which regulates funeral homes and includes one of his staff members.“This can’t happen again,” MacLellan, whose department issues licences for funeral homes, said following a cabinet meeting.“As a government, and a regulatory body for this board, we’ve got to instill the confidence of Nova Scotians that we’re handling these matters properly.”The family of Sandra Bennett have said they were stunned when they went to Serenity Funeral Home in Berwick on Dec. 27 for a visitation following her death a week earlier, only to be presented with the bodies of two other women — and then told their loved one had accidentally been cremated.MacLellan said it’s believed the situation is a one-off, but he’s open to recommendations from the board following its investigation. He said he would be open to policy changes if required.Serenity Funeral Home did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday.Bennett’s sister, Carolyn Dominey, has said the family planned to have an open casket service, but when they looked inside, they saw the body of another woman dressed in Bennett’s clothing.“I was shocked,” Dominey said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s like they degraded my sister’s body against her wishes.”Dominey and her daughter, JoAnne, said staff at the funeral home insisted the woman in the casket was in fact Bennett. When they realized it wasn’t, the family says they were presented with another body in the casket purchased by Bennett’s husband, Gary.Again, it was not Bennett.JoAnne Dominey said the family was then told Bennett was mistakenly cremated. But she said it’s not clear that the ashes they were given were actually those of Bennett, who died after a prolonged illness.MacLellan offered his condolences to the family on Thursday.“Losing somebody and a death in the family is the hardest thing you’ll go through. It takes every bit of your strength mentally, emotionally and physically just to deal with the process,” he said.“To have this happen and impact these families in this way is tragic, it’s devastating, and quite frankly from the government’s perspective, it’s unacceptable.”The provincial funeral directors board said Wednesday it is likely the first time it has looked into such a case.Board chairman Adam Tipert said they are examining how the home handled Bennett’s remains and ultimately how the 65-year-old woman was cremated, despite wishes from her family that she not be cremated.Tipert said the board was in the preliminary stages of gathering information on the chain of custody for her body, what discussions were held with the family and what documentation was in place.last_img read more

I really felt my mothers presence 60s Scoop adoptee comes home

first_imgReach Kathleen via email kmartens@aptn.ca or on Twitter @katmarte Natasha Pittman has embraced her northwestern B.C. Namegees culture.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA hairdresser from Ontario has traced her roots to British Columbia after she says her family was separated by the ‘60s Scoop.Natasha Pittman says she has searched for and located an astounding six birth siblings.“I was reunited with my birth brother today!” she posted Sept. 29 on Facebook.“We found each other when our DNA matched through Ancestry.com.”Pittman and her biological siblings wear traditional cedar hats and button blankets.Pittman credits the power of Ancestry.com, the reach of Facebook and the memories of people in her birth mother’s home community for her success.“One afternoon with the locals gave me more information than I could ever get from the government,” she says.Unfortunately, Pittman was unable to meet her late mother, Marion Johnson, and her father remains a mystery man.But she has put word on Facebook and among ‘60s Scoop survivor pages: “Looking for my birth father, who would have been around Edmonton, Alberta in the mid 80s but ancestry goes back to northern Saskatchewan.“My birth name was Natasha Angela Shirley Johnson. I was born in Edmonton, Alberta in August of 1985 and apprehended 4 weeks later.”Pittman’s mother was Marion or Angelina Johnson.Her birth mother also used the name Angelina Johnson. She was from Alert Bay, B.C., where Pittman moved in 2015.“I packed up my Jeep and dog and drove across the country,” she says. “I opened a (hair) salon here.”Pittman says the connection with her Indigenous Namgis history was instant.“As soon as I stepped into the (community) big house, I knew I was home,” she says.“I really felt my mother’s presence.”Pittman has embraced her culture. She wears a traditional cedar hat in her Facebook profile photo.But along with the good comes the bad. Her birth mother attended an Indian residential school and suffered with addiction as an adult. Four sons and three daughters were seized by provincial child welfare authorities and adopted by non-Indigenous families.The majority of these adoptions or foster placements involving First Nations, Métis and Inuit children occurred in the 1960s but the practice continued until the mid-’80s.Pittman says her adoptive family – especially her adoptive mother – supports her quest to learn her identity.“I had a really wonderful upbringing. I was definitely one of the lucky ones,” she says.Now Pittman is ready to see where the next part of the search takes her, as she tries to find two more siblings and her birth father.It looks like it may be the Prairies.She has traced her birth father’s origins to Flying Dust First Nation in northern Saskatchewan.“Ikan noke (my heart is happy),” she says.last_img read more

Fence goes up around lot next to Totem Mall to stop dumping

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the Totem Mall say that no imminent development is taking place on the vacant lot located across 96a St. from the mall, and that a steel temporary fence erected around the lot is to ward off trespassers.A mall official, who declined to be named, said that the lot has been used as a parking area by truckers for the past several years, especially after the mall and the City upgraded sewers in the area. The official said that the truckers that park on the lot have been dumping oil and other fluids, while RV drivers have even been disposing of toilet refuse on the lot.“It’s disgusting,” said the official. The mall’s owner, the Canadian Tire Real Estate Investment Trust, also owns the piece of land between the mall and Wal-Mart and decided that the fence needed to be erected to stop the trespassing and illegal dumping.last_img read more

Dhoni fined 50 match fee faces flak for behaviour

first_imgJaipur: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. The incident took place in the last over of the Chennai innings. With eight runs required off the last three balls, Ben Stokes bowled slower full toss. While leg umpire Bruce Oxenford didn’t raise his arm, Ulhas Gandhe did and the buzzer also went off in the stadium which signifies that a no-ball has been called. But seeing Oxenford’s reaction, Gandhe then dropped his arm and changed the earlier call. This saw M S Dhoni storm into the field and have a long debate with both the umpires. In fact, he was seen constantly saying that Gandhe did call it a no-ball before the decision was overturned.last_img read more

Moroccan Shot in New Jersey Grateful for Support Hopeful for the

Rabat – On the evening of Friday January 10th, 2014, Moroccan born Adil Boutahli arrived at the Pennsauken 7-11 for his usual graveyard shift, unaware of the startling events that awaited him.Just as Boutahli’s midnight shift began, three masked men entered the store and demanded he hand over cartons of cigarettes and all of the cash in the register. When he did not oblige quickly, one of the masked men knocked him in the head with a pistol, sending him to the floor while continuing to pressure him for money.“When it’s a robbery, they need [the register to open] right away but the first time, it didn’t open,” said Boutahli about the attack. While trying to regain his balance after collapsing, Boutahli finally opened the register.Boutahli was then shot four times– twice in the abdomen and once in each arm– by the fleeing criminals, marking the moment when his life would change forever.The following days of Boutahli’s life were spent in a coma at Cooper Hospital in Camden, and the following months in a rehab facility in Philadelphia.“Life is hard, in general. Something can always happen; accidents, gunshots…” said Boutahli, sitting in the wheelchair that he hopes to abandon soon.Adapting to life in a wheelchair, chronic back pain, and only being able to walk one mile at a time without an aid are only some of the many drastic changes that the attack brought to Boutahli’s life.“My mind is always changing. I used to drive. I used to play soccer. If I want to go somewhere, I can’t go by myself. I don’t sleep good, I have stress sometimes,” he says.Boutahli says that the hardest struggle has been having to give up his athletic lifestyle and career. Before the attack, he was the goalkeeper in a club soccer league in North Jersey and looking for work and an education.The public was enraged at the lack of security in the 7-11 and devastated to hear about the attack. Boutahli was popular amongst the community, with one resident referring to him as his “younger brother.”Boutahli says that instead of focusing on his long, painful recovery, he would like the media to highlight the people who have helped him get through it, starting with the customer that found him sprawled on the floor of the 7-11.“The client, I do not know right now but I would like to meet him in the future,” comments Boutahli. “I’m appreciative of everybody. Thank God, and the medical staff, and police and firemen. I want to help people. I can like everybody, and I can respect everybody. But I can’t help anybody right now. Right now I have to care for myself. I’m thinking all the time about what happened,” he says.The ex-goalie’s latest medical consultations have discussed the possibility of reconstructive surgery that would remove his colostomy bag, allowing him to use the bathroom regularly.Through his long struggle and recovery, Boutahli has not lost all hope. He is determined to eventually return to the world of sports by coaching soccer in Morocco.Boutahli draws inspiration from the moment in which he awoke from his coma. “I started to open my eyes,” he said. “At that moment, a new life began. I feel born again.” read more

Terrorist Attack on Istanbul Nightclub Kills at Least 35 People

New York – Over 35 people were killed in an attack on a high end nightclub located in the Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul, according to Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu.A police officer was also among the victims, according to Istanbul’s governor, Vasip Sahin stated, who said it was a “terrorist attack.”According to Istanbul’s governor, the attack was carried out by three people. “Once person first kills the police officer, and then a civilian,” the governor said. Inside he rained bullets brutally, mercilessly over innocent people who were there just to celebrate the new year and have fun,” he added.The attack occurred as people were celebrating New Year. There were at least 600 inside the nightclub when attackers opened fire, Turkish officials said.The attack, which took place in the Reina nightclub, in the Ortakoy area at about 01:30 local time (23:30 GMT) left at least other 40 people injured.The authors of the attack are still on the run, according to the same source. No organization has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.The attack has occurred less than two weeks after off-duty Turkish policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas assassinated Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov on December 19. read more

Financials help lift stocks in Toronto US stock markets also head higher

TORONTO — Strength in the financial sector helped lift Canada’s main stock index higher in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets also gained ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 43.91 points at 16,307.78.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 64.71 points at 26,243.84. The S&P 500 index was up 14.88 points at 2,882.12, while the Nasdaq composite was up 77.40 points at 7,926.09.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.07 cents US compared with an average of 74.94 cent US on Tuesday.The May crude contract was up eight cents at US$62.66 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was down 2.4 cents at US$2.66 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was down US$1.40 at US$1,294.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was up 2.95 cents at US$2.93 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more

UN environment agency announces new projects to boost clean energy

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced the launch of a pair of projects worth some $100 million in the tea and sugar industries designed to boost the use of clean energy and stimulate development in Africa. Both projects aim to develop new forms of local energy generation to help rural areas overcome poverty, cut dependency on imported and expensive fossil fuels, and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, UNEP said in a news release. The tea initiative, which will deliver small-scale hydro-electric power to plantations across East Africa, is expected to reach over 8 million people in the tea industry. Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia are among the countries which have already endorsed the initiative. “Tea is known to be good for you; now it is also getting better for the environment,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. He also hailed the decision by some countries in East Africa to establish power purchase agreements, which are contracts that allow unconventional generators of electricity to sell surplus power back to the grid, saying it “has opened up a raft of new opportunities for cleaner and renewable energy generation.” In a separate but related initiative, a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will help farmers use waste from the sugar industry to generate electricity – a move UNEP said will fuel sustainable economic growth. The project aims to reach approximately 10 million sugar farmers and their dependants in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda and Tanzania. The sugar initiative builds on the successes achieved in Mauritius, where up to 40 per cent of the country’s electricity needs are met by waste by-products from the sugar industry, UNEP said. 8 November 2007The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced the launch of a pair of projects worth some $100 million in the tea and sugar industries designed to boost the use of clean energy and stimulate development in Africa. read more

Funding gap threatens response to child measles outbreak in West Central Africa

23 April 2010Countries in West and Central Africa have been hit by a measles outbreak affecting more than 22,000 children, with a shortage of resources for immunizations threatening to roll back progress on curbing child mortality in the region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. Countries in West and Central Africa have been hit by a measles outbreak affecting more than 22,000 children, with a shortage of resources for immunizations threatening to roll back progress on curbing child mortality in the region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.A funding shortfall of $16 million for follow-up vaccination campaigns jeopardizes the health of children in Africa, including the 16 nations in the throes of the latest outbreak, according to the agency.In most West and Central African countries, only 80 percent or less of their populations have been immunized, short of the 95 per cent recommended by the UN World Health Organization (WHO).“Such a figure means they can expect to have large, sustained outbreaks every three to four years” said the agency’s Regional Director for Africa, Luis Gomes Sambo.Nearly 200 child deaths from measles have been reported in the 16 nations affected by the outbreak in the past year.“We fail to vaccinate every child. That is why we have a pool of susceptible victims which builds up as a perfect breeding ground for measles outbreaks,” according to UNICEF’s Director for West and Central Africa, Gianfranco Rotigliano.Measles are among the world’s most contagious diseases, easily spread through coughing or sneezing, and is one of the leading causes of death among children around the world.Last year, a major outbreak in Burkina Faso killed 340 people and caused more than 50,000 to get sick, while more than 16,000 other cases and 68 deaths were reported in Benin, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal.The UN has sought to slash deaths from measles by 90 per cent in the decade between 2000 and 2010, but the world body’s agencies stressed that if nothing is done to counter the resurgence of the disease, progress made so far will be reversed. “The funding gap must be met so that countries can continue to undertake large-scale campaigns to prevent child deaths and sustain the gains,” Mr. Sambo of WHO said. “Reaching the 2010 goal will also require strengthening routine immunization and disease surveillance systems to rapidly detect and control outbreaks.”Immunization and follow-up vaccination campaigns, funding permitting, are planned this year in Burkina Faso, Congo, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.“Our work is not over. We need a sustained political and financial commitment to fight this leading killer of children. We cannot drop our guard,” said UNICEF’s Mr. Rotigliano. read more

Newfoundland Emera to proceed with 77B Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia utility company Emera have decided to proceed with development of the $7.7-billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project despite lingering cost and environmental concerns.Premier Kathy Dunderdale made the announcement late Monday in the lobby of the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature in St. John’s, saying the decision marks a significant moment in her province’s history.Harnessing the vast hydroelectric power of the Lower Churchill is a promise that has been hovering on the horizon for 50 years“Harnessing the vast hydroelectric power of the Lower Churchill is a promise that has been hovering on the horizon for 50 years but has remained just out of reach for successive governments of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Dunderdale told a crowd of supporters.“The most important benefit of this development is that it allows us as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to stand tall and proud on the national stage, knowing that as our forebears persevered to etch an existence on the edge of the North Atlantic, so will we with unrelenting focus and steadfast determination overcome all obstacles and transform challenges into success.”The development, which is expected to start generating power in 2017, is a joint venture between Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown utility company, and Emera.Nalcor Energy would be responsible for the construction of the dam and power station in Labrador as well as transmission lines on the island of Newfoundland. That is expected to cost about $6.2-billion.Emera would build a 180-kilometre subsea link that would transmit the power from Cape Ray in southwestern Newfoundland to Lingan, N.S., in Cape Breton.At a news conference late Monday in Halifax to announce Emera’s decision, company CEO Chris Huskilson said the cost of the subsea link has been revised to $1.52-billion.In Newfoundland and Labrador, opponents say Dunderdale has not proven the case for Muskrat Falls, accusing her of fast-tracking a project without legislative committee scrutiny or debate that could burden future generations if it soars over budget.She has countered the criticism by releasing a series of government-commissioned reports in recent weeks. They conclude the project is a viable, clean source of renewable energy that would wean the province off fossil fuels.Dunderdale has refused further review by the province’s Public Utilities Board since it declined to endorse Muskrat Falls last spring, citing a lack of updated information.Muskrat Falls would be capable of generating up to 824 megawatts of electricity, 170 megawatts of which would go to Nova Scotia annually for 35 years. That would serve about 10 per cent of that province’s power needs.Muskrat Falls got a boost last month when Ottawa offered a federal loan guarantee for the project that would cut borrowing costs by about $1-billion.Preliminary work on a road to the site near Happy Valley-Goose Bay has already started.The project has been on the drawing board in one form or another for decades. In 1980, it passed an environmental assessment but was set aside due to market access and financing issues. read more

Palmyrah Fund launched to develop the North and East

The Prime Minister said that all the funds allocated for the development of the country must be fully utilised this year.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan, and other TNA MPs were among those who attended the event. The Palmyrah Fund was launched by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today to develop the North and East.Speaking at the launch, the Prime Minister said that the new fund will help expedite the development the North and East. He said that when Parliamentarians submit project proposals for the North and East those proposals will be implemented through the fund. He said that the Finance Ministry has already allocated funds to the Palmyrah Fund and more funds will be allocated during the year. read more

Annan holds frank and useful talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister

Kofi Annan and Mr. Naji SabriFollowing the meeting, which was held in two parts, comprising morning and afternoon sessions, Mr. Sabri said both sides had presented their concerns, adding, “we had a positive and constructive exchange of views on these concerns.”The Foreign Minister confirmed that the meeting would resume in mid-April “to continue our dialogue.” “So far, so good,” the Secretary-General told reporters after the end of this morning’s session with Foreign Minister Naji Sabri. After the conclusion of the second meeting in the afternoon, Mr. Annan’s spokesman said the Secretary-General had found the talks “both frank and useful.” They focused on core issues that included the return of UN weapons inspectors to Iraq; Kuwaiti and Iraqi missing persons; and the return of Kuwaiti property. Agreement was reached “that a concrete way will be found for Iraq to return some Kuwaiti property through the UN” as required by Security Council resolutions, spokesman Fred Eckhard said.”The Iraqi side raised a number of specific concerns, such as the lifting of sanctions, no-fly zones and establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East,” he noted. “It was agreed that the two parties would meet for further discussions in mid-April, based on a well-defined agenda agreed in advance.”Mr. Annan, who is scheduled to brief the Council on the talks during closed consultations on Friday, told reporters on arrival at UN Headquarters in New York this morning that the UN delegation would be “pressing for the return of the [weapons] inspectors” who have not been able to operate in the country since 1998.”The questions of the inspectors and return of the inspectors has been one of the key bones of contentions between the United Nations and Iraq,” he said, expressing hope that the Baghdad delegation would work “in a constructive spirit.”Asked about the issue of lifting the economic measures that have been in place against Baghdad since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait, he replied, “The eventual suspension of sanctions, once Iraq has performed, is part of the discussion.”Responding to a question about the possibility of military action, the Secretary-General said he “wouldn’t want to see a widening conflict” in the region.”I think we have our hands full with the tragedy that is going there already, so I would want to see a situation where we are able to resolve our differences diplomatically and that Iraq comes into compliance,” he said. “If that is done I don’t think the Council will take any further action.”Regional leaders, he added, “would want to see this issue settled peacefully, and they are all looking forward to a positive outcome that they would also ensure to take it up in Beirut in the [upcoming] Arab [League] Summit.” read more

DISH TV launches new Cuban channel in the US

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2016 10:38 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DISH TV launches new Cuban channel in the US MIAMI – DISH and Sling TV are launching a new channel that will bring Cuban movies and television shows to the U.S.The companies say CUBAMAX TV will be the first channel in the United States to provide a variety of programs such as telenovelas, movies, children’s shows and music videos by Cuban artists.The new channel’s goal is to reconnect Cuban-Americans with the heritage of their country of origin.One of the featured shows on the network will be “Vivir del Cuento,” one of the most popular shows in Cuba. The show stars an 80-year-old retired man named Panfilo, played by actor and comedian Luis Silva, who jokes about his life struggles.Panfilo appeared in two sketches with President Barack Obama tied to his visit earlier this year. read more