India Hockey team returns with silver from Azlan Shah cup,India Hockey team returns with silver from Azlan Shah cup

first_img COMMENT × hockey April 18, 2016 India lost the finals to Australia to end with the silver medal at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament. File Photo   –  PTI The Indian hockey team returned home after clinching the silver medal at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.The 2016 performance was the team’s best since 2010, when they won the gold at the tournament. India beat Japan, Canada, Pakistan and Malaysia in the tournament but lost the finals to Australia to end with the silver medal.Fielding an experimental team, which featured a lot of young, inexperienced faces, they scored 18 goals in the tournament, the second most by any side.Speaking after arriving in the country, captain Sardar Singh said, “This was a good experience for youngsters, who were playing with the senior team for the first time. In particular, Harmanpreet, Surender and Harjeet showed that they are capable of playing at the higher level and fit into the team perfectly.”Coach Roelant Oltmans also added, “It is a good preparation for Rio. We have identified some of our weaknesses, which a tournament like this highlights, and can now work on them extensively to make sure we can have a strong showing at the Olympics.” SHAREcenter_img The team had scored 18 goals in the tournament, the second most by any side. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on India lost the finals to Australia to end with the silver medal at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament. File Photo   –  PTI COMMENTSlast_img read more

Manika Batra Defends Training Base Move After Bitter Separation from Childhood Coach

first_img manika batratable tennis First Published: November 6, 2019, 11:55 PM IST New Delhi: India’s star female table tennis player Manika Batra feels she has made significant strides ever since moving her training base to Pune in February, justifying her bitter separation from childhood coach Sandeep Gupta.The 24-year-old knew “people” will make a “big deal” out of her decision to part ways with Gupta, who was bestowed with the Dronacharya Award in August, but she felt the call was needed to improve her game. Their two-decade old association went so sour that they are not on talking terms anymore. She now trains with Sanmay Paranjape.The “improvement” is also reflecting in the ITTF rankings in which she jumped 18 places in the last two months to be world number 61, following her round of 32 finish in German and Sweden Open.”I felt a lot more confident about my game and my movement in Germany and at Sweden Open. I can see the improvement. The playing environment in Pune really is positive and all my training partners are working hard with me as well for themselves,” Manika, who is now an Asics athlete, told PTI in an interaction.Manika, a multiple-time CWG gold medallist and Asian Games bronze medallist, is confident of returning to the top-50 soon.”Physically I need to be stronger so that I can move better around the table. In table tennis, reflexes are very important. Everyone says I am tall so I can reach easily but reaching with hands is not enough, you have to be equally fast with your leg movement. I am working on that,” said the paddler who plays with a pimpled rubber.Playing with a pimpled rubber doesn’t surprise the opponents the way it used to in the past, making Manika’s task tougher.She had stunned Olympic medallist Feng Tianwei twice en route her stellar campaign at 2018 Commonwealth Games but the better-prepared Singaporean humbled the Indian 4-0 in Germany last month.”Yes, the players are more used to the rubber now and that is why I need to keep reinventing my game, keep improving, keep surprising the opponent. For that, I am working on a few things,” said Manika who plans to twiddle her racket, while playing a point, at a much faster pace.”And for that I need to improve my movement. I plan to use the pimpled rubber a lot more while I am twiddling,” she said.Manika said the lack of a coach since the 2018 Asian Games is not affecting her preparations for the Olympic qualifiers as she prefers training on her own.”But yes, team bonding is required and that happens in national camps. The camps will happen once the new coach comes in. Also camps are needed if you have to prepare for the doubles events,” she said.Her bronze at the Asian Games alongside veteran Sharath Kamal has given hopes of an Olympic medal, something which was “unthinkable” not so long ago. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Mancini, Bowe Join Boxing Hall

first_imgCANASTOTA, N.Y. — When Ray Mancini got the call, he was caught off guard.“It was pretty incredible. Who gets in the Hall of Fame?” the boxer known as “Boom Boom” marveled at his selection for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. “I don’t know exactly what it takes to get in there. It’s the culmination of a career. It’s terrific.“I’m so honored to be with my heroes, and there’s a couple of guys I beat pretty good,” said Mancini, chuckling. “I never thought of myself as a Hall of Famer. It never even crossed my mind.”The rest of the class of 2015 announced Dec. 5 includes heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, featherweight champion “Prince” Naseem Hamed of England, light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken of Japan, manager Rafael Mendoza of Mexico, referee Steve Smoger of Norfolk, Virginia, journalist Nigel Collins of England, and broadcaster Jim Lampley of Asheville, North Carolina.Posthumous honorees include Japanese flyweight Masao Ohba, middleweight Ken Overlin of Decatur, Illinois, and publicist John F.X. Condon of New York.Mancini, the pride of Youngstown, Ohio, followed his late father, Lenny, into boxing and turned pro in 1979. He captured the NABF lightweight title in 1981 from Jorge Morales and in 1982 scored a first-round knockout of Arturo Frias to win the WBA lightweight title.That might have been his crowning moment. His dad was “Boom Boom” first, a promising fighter who never got that title fight he was oh-so-close to achieving when World War II intervened.“My father was my inspiration. My mother was my motivation,” Mancini said. “She always told me I could be anything I want in this world. I had a great balance. I wish they were here with me. They’d be floating. They’d be so proud, so happy.”Though his career was brief, Mancini was wildly popular and left an impact on the sport.In November 1982, he defended his title against 23-year-old challenger Duk Koo Kim of South Korea at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in an outdoor bout televised live by CBS. Mancini scored a knockout in the 14th round, but Kim suffered brain injuries that led to his death four days later.The WBA immediately shortened its title fights to 12 rounds and by 1990 all sanctioning organizations had followed suit. But Kim’s death was a cruel reminder of the perils of the sport.Mancini also made successful defenses against Ernesto Espana, Orlando Romero, and Hall of Famer Bobby Chacon before losing the title to Livingstone Bramble in 1984 and in their rematch the next year. He officially retired in 1992 with a pro record of 29-5 (23 KOs).“I want to be remembered as a guy who gave everything he had — left it all in the ring — a pretty good fighter,” Mancini said.Bowe compiled a 104-18 amateur record that included a super heavyweight silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, losing the gold-medal fight to Lennox Lewis. Bowe became the undisputed heavyweight champ when he scored a decision against Evander Holyfield in 1992 for the three major crowns.One of 13 siblings who grew up in poverty in Brooklyn, Bowe had somehow made his way to the pinnacle of the sport.A 6-foot-5, 235-pounder, Bowe won his first 31 fights to get a shot at the title, knocking out all but two of them. He fought only 10 times after taking the crown and won nine of them, but it was evident his career was declining when he had to get up off the canvas to stop Holyfield in their third and final meeting.Bowe suffered two straight beatings from Andrew Golota in 1996, although he won both fights because Golota hit him with low blows. In interviews after the second fight, Bowe’s speech was badly slurred and former manager Rock Newman persuaded him to retire.Bowe then joined the Marines before quitting after only a few days of basic training. Out of the ring, his marriage quickly unraveled and he kidnapped his ex-wife and kids at gunpoint for what he thought would be a reconciliation.He served time in federal prison and after his release returned to the ring in 2004 and won three more fights, the last in 2008 to improve his pro record to 43-1 (33 KOs).“He was just a big, wonderful kid,” Newman told the AP in a 2000 interview. “In the middle of all this, he survived without using drugs or alcohol or anything.”Hamed learned to box at age 7 and turned pro in 1992. In the ensuing decade, he captured bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight titles and had an impressive string of 15 successful title defenses before retiring in 2002 with a pro record of 36-1 (31 KOs).The Tokyo-born Ohba turned pro in 1966 and compiled a 25-2-1 record before winning the WBA flyweight championship in 1970.He successfully defended the title five times over the next three years and in his lone bout outside his native country stopped Rocky Garcia in the ninth round in the United States.His last fight was a successful title defense over Thailand’s Chartchai Chionoi in January 1973. Three weeks later, he died at 23 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident, finishing with a pro record of 35-2-1 (16 KOs).Overlin learned to box in the Navy and turned pro in 1931. Perhaps his finest moment was a 10-round victory over future heavyweight king Ezzard Charles. He retired in 1944 with a record of 135-19-9-2NC (23 KOs) and died in 1969 in Reno, Nevada.Inductees were selected by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. They will be enshrined in June at the Hall of Fame in upstate New York.(JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jason Mohammed replaces Andre Russell in West Indies T20I squad for India series

first_imgThe interim selection panel of Cricket West Indies has named Jason Mohammed as the replacement for Andre Russell for the first and second matches of the three-match Twenty20 International series.Mohammed (32) has so far played nine T20 internationals and has also captained the West Indies in T20 internationals and the 50-over format.Russell was named in the original 14-member squad for the first and second matches to be played in the US subject to him passing a fitness assessment prior to the series.The all-rounder experienced some discomfort while playing in the GT20 tournament in Canada and informed the interim selection panel of his unavailability for the upcoming series.The West Indies are the reigning ICC World T20 champions and will face India at the Broward County Stadium in Florida on Saturday and Sunday. The final match of the series will be played in Guyana on Tuesday.”We welcome Jason Mohammed into the squad for the first two T20 matches here in Florida. He is a player with a lot of experience in all three formats and has done well for Trinidad & Tobago as well as for Guyana Amazon Warriors,” said Floyd Reifer, the interim head coach of the West Indies.”It is not easy to the fill the shoes of someone like Andre Russell, who has dominated T20 cricket all over the world and helped the West Indies win the ICC T20 World Cup on two occasions. We believe Jason is capable of good performances and we back him to perform at this level and win games as well,” Reifer added.advertisementAlso Read | India vs West Indies T20Is: Can Virat Kohli upstage Rohit Sharma in Florida?Also Read | Definitely one day I want to become India coach: Sourav Gangulylast_img read more

Carnival Cruise Line is Brewing Beer on the High Seas

first_img Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions Editors’ Recommendations Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer Carnival Cruise Line announced that is newest ship, Carnival Horizon, will be serving up will be serving up fresh beer brewed on the ocean liner.Four varieties — a smoked porter, farmhouse ale, toasted amber ale, and West Coast IPA — will be produced under the ParchedPig brand by Carnival brewmaster Colin Presby. They will be served at Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que, created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri.Presby and Carnival vice president of beverage operations Edward Allen made the new brewery announcement at a keg-tapping ceremony held aboard Carnival Vista.Carnival Horizon“I’m excited about launching my newest shipboard eatery at Carnival,” Fieri said. “I know what it takes to make real-deal barbecue — quality meats smoked ‘low and slow’ and top-notch sides using the freshest ingredients.  And when you combine down-home barbecue with a cold beer brewed right on board, you have a truly outta bounds experience!”The restaurant is a “unique culinary concept and we’ve created four fantastic brewed-on-board craft beers that not only showcase different tastes and brewing styles but also serve as the ideal accompaniment to the venue’s delicious array of barbecue offerings,” said Presby, who comes by way of Weyerbacher Brewing and Stoudts Brewing.The smoked porter is made with in-house smoked malt, lending hickory smoke notes to the molasses-laced porter, while the toasted amber ale features caramel and biscuit backbone. The West Coast IPA is packed with hops with notes of citrus and pine. The farmhouse ale is fruity and spicy with a dry finish. All will pair nicely with the menu at Fieri’s restaurant, which includes brisket, Memphis-style ribs, dry-rubbed chicken, pulled pork, and salmon.Brewmaster Colin PresbyThe beers are the next evolution of Carnival’s ThristyFrog beers, which first debuted on the Carnival Magic’s RegFrog Pub in 2011. When an expanded RedFrog Pub & Brewery opened on the Carnival Vista, it was the first brewery on a North American-based ship.Carinval Horizon hits the waves on April 2 and makes its Stateside debut in May with a 14-day, trans-Atlantic trip from Barcelona to New York. Following its relocation to New York, Carnival Horizon will make four-day trips to Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean voyages during the summer. Year-round cruises will begin with six- and eight-day trips around the Caribbean.Now that the Carnival fleet’s second North American-based brewery is afloat, Presby appears to be another step closer to his goal  — a goal the cruise line has intentions on adding to in the future.“I want fleet brewmaster,” Presby joked when the Carnival Vista brewery opened. “Brew admiral is another one; I think when we have five ships with breweries than I can become an admiral.” The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.last_img read more

How a Lamborghini Huracan Performante Helped Me Get Out Of My Head

first_img Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 Sam Bendall 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Next Sam Bendall Sam Bendall Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Sam Bendall Sam Bendall Sam Bendall Sam Bendall Editors’ Recommendations Sam Bendall I was once told — either by my grandmother or mother — that God doesn’t send you down a path you can’t preserve through. If God is real, and he or she does indeed have some grand design or mettle’s in human affairs, for the life of all that is holy, maybe give me a break?Suffice it to say, it’s been beyond rough. That’s why, when a Lamborghini as white as the freshly cut cocaine that likely propelled its designer to manically sharpen edges, add wild wings, grant the engine an exhaust note worthy of Zeus himself, and a spine-tingling power-band, showed up on my doorstep just a few weeks ago, I welcomed the lunacy of this reprieve.My plan, if there really was a plan, for my three-day “psychological vacation” was to conquer the arterial-like tarmac of Angeles Crest Highway outside of Los Angeles proper in the Lamborghini Huracan Performante Bianco Icarus. Nature, however, like life, had other plans. Plans that involved enough rain to close roads, decimate homes, and turn my half-concocted plan to turn Angeles Crest into Le Mans on its heads. My projected roads had been all-but closed — what was I to do? How does one experience a 640-horsepower Italian demon, a monster with real downforce and active aerodynamics that give it the ability to turn in like a million-plus-dollar hypercar, without taking it into one of the most enjoyable sections of road on the planet?Sam BendallI wasn’t sure what to do, but when the rain lifted, I left the safety of my enclosed parking garage and yowled into the echo chamber-like city streets around downtown Los Angeles.There would be no blasts down the highway — although, after a short run up through second gear, I was stopped by a sheriff who asked that I temper my exuberance. My time with the Lamborghini turned into something much more needed than pretending Angeles Crest was Le Mans or the Nurburgring. It became a sanctuary from the hell that was so bent on breaking my spirit. A time away from my nagging thoughts, allowing me to focus just on the lightning-fast supercar, its fiery persona, and how every time you flip the starter cover up and depress the big red ignition, you get the biggest shit-eating smile of your life plastered across your stupid grinning mug.All hail, Lamborghini, and the wonderfully childish insanity the company has toward the automobile!With that starter pressed my cares, worries, and thoughts of, “How else was the universe planning to fuck me?” washed away with the howl of that glorious V-10 fusillade. All hail, Lamborghini, and the wonderfully childish insanity the company has toward the automobile!Sensibility and restraint aren’t in Lamborghini’s lexicon and does that ever show when slicing through the ruined and battered city streets of old Los Angeles. As some of its residents struggle for food, and the buildings that once housed much of the cities food stocks crumble, the Lamborghini looks out of place. The swan-white exterior, coupled with the crushed carbon fiber aero pieces, including its mini picnic table rear wing, are straight out of my elementary school car drawings. Mirrored in the countless puddles that had accumulated throughout downtown, the Huracan Performante appears otherworldly. This is a supercar meant for the racetrack. A supercar that demolished the Nurburgring and did so faster than Porsche’s 918 Spyder hypercar. This is not it’s natural habitat. But driving down the pitted streets, you’d never know it due to just how comfortable the car rides. Sam Bendall Sam Bendall center_img Sam Bendall Previous Sam Bendall Sam Bendall Now, I’m not saying it’s a Rolls-Royce. It most definitely isn’t. But neither is it as racy as its stats, performance and stupidly (awesomely) psychotic exterior would have you believe. With the Performante’s adjustable suspension in its softest setting, the craggy bumps and oft buckled pieces of concrete throughout the city’s infrastructure are rarely transmitted past the shocks and dampers into the cabin to the driver. You’ll hear the bumps more than you’ll feel them. It actually could make the hellacious Lamborghini a candidate for your next daily driver, so long as your bank account is large enough.Lamborghini’s Huracan Performante feels like the last of a generation. Beethoven’s final symphony. It’s a magical noise.Inside the cabin, everything is Alcantara. The bucket seats, steering wheel, headliner; everything. There’s also a pretty good stereo. But honestly, Lamborghini could have left it out completely as the only thing you’ll want to listen to is that naturally aspirated V-10.The supercar world at large is one that is gradually reducing its decibels. Gone are the naturally aspirated engines of old — those chest-thumping V-8s, the wolf-like V-10s, the screaming V-12s. In their place, turbocharged or hybridized power plants without the noise of their ancestors. The world, as one friend of mine described it, is going quiet. Lamborghini’s Huracan Performante feels like the last of a generation. Beethoven’s final symphony. It’s a magical noise. One that thoroughly invades every fiber of your being. Through all your cells, your molecules, your atoms. All you’ll want to do is find another straight to bury the gas pedal and listen to it as the motor revs to a 9,000-rpm redline. Then bang a shift and listen to it all over again. Though if you’d do shift past second gear with your right foot flat, maybe just do it at a racetrack.Sam BendallWith the rain returning, I headed back to the safety of the garage. The roads weren’t the ones I had anticipated. Nor was the experience. I desperately wanted time to conquer canyons, reduce tarmac to rubble, and tire myself out as I wrestled the Huracan Performante through tight corners, long straights, and cambered apexes. But what I found through my uncharacteristic Lamborghini experience is that, when driving a Lamborghini, it honestly doesn’t matter where you go or how you use the car. Lamborghinis are these otherworldly weapons devoid of sensibility and the mundane. They give unique experiences no matter the day, weather, time, or driver. I also found a mindset that normally only comes when I ride a motorcycle. I wasn’t thinking of all the hell in my life. I wasn’t thinking of what was to come. I was purely in the moment. Nothing but the drive swirled through my head.Do I still want to cane the Huracan Performante through those coiled roads? Hell yeah. This is a car that’s built for demolishing racetracks, roads, and your preconceptions of what an entry-level Lamborghini can do. It yearns for it. And on a racetrack, it’s breathtakingly fast. After my day out in the rain and a previous track visit, the Huracan Performante is one of those cars that, if I had the money (or if I robbed a bank), I’d drop the $274,390 to have it in my garage. When it came time to give the Performante back, I recalled those words about preserving that my family told me. Maybe the Lamborghini was that little respite in a sea of awful? Maybe it was my island? Maybe I can get through this? Maybe I just need a Lamborghini? Yeah, definitely that last one. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Sam Bendall Sam Bendall Sam Bendall Sam Bendall On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip 1 of 18 Sam Bendall Sam Bendall last_img read more

ICBC Leasing Orders Six VLOCs at Qingdao Beihai

first_imgzoom ICBC Leasing has signed the contract for the construction of six very large ore carriers (VLOCs) at Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, according to local media.Reports suggest that the vessels would be delivered from the shipyard, which is a part of the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, starting from late 2019 to 2021.The deal allegedly includes options for three more carriers. Each unit has a price tag of around USD 75 million. Featuring a length of 340 meters and a width of 62 meters, the LNG-ready ships would transport cargo from Brazil to Asia.World Maritime News contacted ICBC Leasing for confirmation and more details on the matter, however, the company is yet to reply.The newbuilding orders were placed as part of the long-term contract of affreightment (COA) signed in April 2016 with Brazil’s mining giant Vale. The 27-year iron ore transport deal would see some 16 million tons of iron ore transpored on an anual basis, starting from the first half of 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Mise à jour sur les feux de forêt le jeudi 11 août

first_img Les conditions météorologiques semblent plus favorables aujourd’hui, avec une alternance de soleil et de nuages, et 60 p. 100 de probabilité d’averses. Il y a un risque d’orage en après-midi, avec des vents du sud-ouest à 20 km/h. Le feu de forêt de Seven Mile Lake, dans le comté d’Annapolis, brûle toujours sur environ 377 hectares. Les équipes font des progrès et le feu demeure circonscrit dans une proportion de 35 p. 100. Le feu de forêt à Ten Mile Lake, dans le comté de Queens, est circonscrit et s’étend sur environ 8,3 hectares. Les feux de Perch Lake, dans le comté de Pictou, et de Maitland Bridge, dans le comté d’Annapolis, sont entièrement circonscrits et s’étendent sur 10 hectares et 21 hectares respectivement. Les feux de Greenfield, comté de Queens, West Dalhousie, comté d’Annapolis, Clyde River, comté de Shelburne, et Round Hill, comté d’Annapolis, sont entièrement circonscrits et font l’objet de patrouilles. Un plus petit feu à Coldbrook, comté de Kings, et trois petits feux près de Morganville, comté de Digby, sont éteints. Ils s’étendaient sur environ 0,01 hectare chacun. La route 8 demeure fermée en raison de l’arrosage aérien dans la région. Depuis le 9 août, les activités et les déplacements dans les régions boisées sont interdits. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité, et l’interdiction de brûlage demeure en vigueur. Pour de plus amples renseignements : Voici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le jeudi 11 août à 9 h. -30-last_img read more

Rohit Kohli steal show as India post 3365 against Pak

first_imgManchester: India’s captain and vice-captain ran the show in their much-awaited World Cup clash against Pakistan here on Sunday. While Rohit Sharma smashed a masterful 140 off 113 balls (4×14, 6×3), skipper Virat Kohli hit a 65-ball 77 (4×7) as India scored 336/5 in the allotted 50 overs. Put into bat by Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, K.L. Rahul walked out with Rohit to open the innings for India. Rahul quelled any doubts as to whether he can fill injured Shikhar Dhawan’s shoes at the top of the order by holding up one end as he and Rohit gave India a perfect start. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe openers put up 136 runs with Rohit doing the bulk of the scoring. Both players crossed their half-centuries and it was the fourth instance of an Indian pair recording a century stand against Pakistan in a World Cup. Pakistan finally got the breakthrough in the form of Rahul. Bowling the 24th over, Wahab Riaz changed his angle to round the wicket after he got a warning from umpire Marais Erasmis for running into the protected area of the pitch in his follow through. He sent in a full delivery and Rahul was early to his drive. He ended up hitting it straight to Babar Azam at cover after having made 57 off 78 deliveries (4×3, 6×2). Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsBut Pakistan were never let off the hook throughout the Indian innings. Kohli replaced Rahul and played second fiddle as Rohit continued the onslaught. The pair also put pressure on the Pakistan fielders with swift running between the wickets and soon Rohit notched up his 23rd ODI century. Rohit raced to the three-figure mark in just 85 balls after which he uppped the ante. The pair continued to pick singles and doubles as Rohit attacked spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan. The Indian vice-captain’s dismissal, however, came completely against the run of play with Rohit looking set to cross 150 and even get to a fourth ODI double hundred. In the 39th over, Rohit looked to scoop Hasan Ali over short fine leg, only to find Wahab Riaz placed at that paricular position. The dismissal ended a 98-run second wicket stand between Rohit and Kohli. Pakistan picked up wickets more frequently after that but could not manage to dismiss Kohli. The Indian captain soldiered on and soon crossed 11,000 ODI runs, becoming the fastest to reach the milestone. Hardik Pandya came in at number four and tried to accelerate the Indian innings. He was successful to a certain extent, putting up 51 runs with Kohli before falling to Mohammad Amir by holing out at long-on for 26 (24 balls; 4×2, 6×1). Amir then dismissed Mahendra Singh Dhoni for just one in the 46th over as Vijay Shankar, playing in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, joined Kohli in the middle. Shankar was given out off Wahab after seemingly edging one to the wicketkeeper, but he successfully reviewed the decision. There was a temporary halt in the proceedings after that with the rain coming down, as was the forecast on the eve of the match. But the rains did not last long and the teams were back in the middle without any over being deducted. After resumption in the 48th over, Amir banged one short as Kohli looked to pull the delivery. He only got what looked like a faint edge and Sarfraz made no mistake behind the stumps. Interestingly, it was Kohli who walked while the umpire never raised his finger. Replays indicated there was gap between bat and ball. After the skipper’s dismissal, Shankar and Kedar Jadhav added 22 runs to take India to 336/5 at the end of 50 overs. Brief scores: India: 336/5 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 140, Virat Kohli 77; Mohammad Amir 3/47) against Pakistan.last_img read more

Ottawa introduces legislation aimed at overhauling criminal justice system

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has introduced legislation aimed at overhauling the criminal justice system — including making good on a promise to change the way juries are selected.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled a massive bill today that also includes measures aimed at tackling court backlogs plaguing the criminal justice system that has seen more than 200 charges dismissed following a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 2016 on court delays.They include restricting the use of preliminary inquiries to cases where the offender is facing the possibility of a lifesentence.The bill would also eliminate the use of peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates during the selection process.A number of visibly Indigenous people were excluded from the jury that last month acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Speaking through a family friend, Boushie’s mother Debbie Baptiste says she’s pleased about the proposed changes and hopes the presence of Indigenous jurors will translate into more justice for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.The bill will also address a Liberal campaign promise to crack down on intimate partner violence, including by reversing the onus on bail for those previously convicted of violence against a current or former spouse, common-law partner or dating partner.Intimate partner violence would also be considered an aggravating factor in sentencing.last_img read more

Housing market affordable in all 7 big cities except Mumbai

first_imgNew Delhi: Stable prices and lower interest rates on home loans have made housing market affordable in all major cities of the country except Mumbai, according to property consultant JLL India.Hyderabad was the most affordable housing market in 2018, followed by Kolkata and Pune, the consultant said in its annual Home Purchase Affordability Index (JLL HPAI) launched on Wednesday. The index analyses affordability across key seven cities (Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata) for 2011 to 2018 after factoring in home loan interest rates, average household income and price of a 1,000 sq ft apartment. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe index signifies whether a household earning an average annual income (at an overall city level) is eligible for a housing loan to buy a 1,000 sq ft residential property in the city at the prevailing market price and home loan interest rate. “It is interesting to note that only Hyderabad out of the seven cities covered as a part of our study was affordable in 2013 whereas the situation flipped positively by 2018. In 2018, all the cities except Mumbai crossed the affordability threshold as per JLL HPAI,” the consultant said. JLL India’s CEO & Country Head Ramesh Nair said the company aims to share a holistic perspective which could act as a feeder into strategic decision making for developers and policy makers. “Favourable home loan rates backed by stable price have resulted in improved affordability across cities from 2014,” Nair added. JLL India’s Chief Economist and Head of Research Samanthak Das said the affordability levels would continue to improve over the next three years for all seven cities.last_img read more

Morocco Sends 1500 Soldiers to Participate in Ground Operations in Yemen

Rabat – Morocco is set to take part in a ground operations in Yemen to oust the Irani-backed Houti rebels and forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdullah Saleh former from the  capital Sanna.According to Moroccan daily Assabah in its Friday issue, Morocco has sent 1,500 elite soldiers to Yemen to participate in the Arab Coalition’s ground military offensive, which will be carried out under the command of Saudi Arabia.“1,500 soldiers who took part in the African Lion 2015, during the Moroccan-American maneuvers held last May in Tan-Tan, will take part in the Arab Coalition’s ground offensive battle against the Houthi rebels,” Assabah said. According to the same source, a contingent of Moroccan military police (gendarmerie) is expected to arrive in the coming days in King Khaled Air Base in Saudi Arabia.“The first contingent expected in Saudi Arabia consists of elite units of the military police. “There are 1,500 of paratroopers who have been specially trained recently in Tan-Tan, for a ground intervention in Yemen,” Assabah added.“The units in question have operational experience and prepared to be involved in armed conflicts.”According to the same source, the training carried out during the 2015 African Lion focused on the latest developments of military aviation, including F16, technical and tactical coordination, refueling fighter bombers in the air, in addition to humanitarian interventions in disaster areas.The mobilization of Moroccan troops on the ground was made in coordination with the United States, the same source added.Morocco has been participating in the Saudi-led airstrikes carried out by the Arab Coalition against the Houti rebels. Since the beginning of the operations last March, Morocco expressed its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its “Decisive Storm,” aimed at restoring legitimacy in Yemen. read more

Video of Imam Leading Prayer amid Earthquake in Indonesia Goes Viral

Rabat – The massive earthquake did not stop him from performing his prayers. A video of an imam in Bali, leading the maghreb (sunset) prayer despite massive tremors went viral on social media, generating thousands of reactions and millions of views.The 64-second video showed the imam supporting himself against the wall as the room shook violently. He was joined by some worshipers. Social media users praised the imam for his “courage” and “strong faith” during the very traumatic event. “I am crying… he did not even flinch, even though it is allowed to leave your prayer during an earthquake,” said Indonesian scholar Yusuf Mansur, who shared the clip to his 2 million followers on Instagram, as translated by Agence France Presse (AFP).On Sunday, June 6, Indonesia was struck by an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude that has killed more than 90 people and damaged thousands of buildings. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 10.56 points to 15,073.72, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 20.24 points to 21,832.33. The S&P 500 index was up 1.04 points to 2,445.08 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 1.30 points to 6,277.11.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.86 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 79.59 cents US.The October crude contract was down 64 cents to US$47.77 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up three cents to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $3.00 to US$1,291.70 an ounce and the September copper contract was up four cents to US$3.02 a pound. read more

At world conference Annan calls for broad burdensharing in Iraq

“[Iraqis] look to this conference for a clear sign that the international community will be their determined and dedicated companions on the tough road that they must walk to achieve a stable, peaceful, democratic Iraq,” Mr. Annan told the one-day conference co-hosted by the European Union and the United States.”By our words, and more importantly by our deeds, we must reassure them that we will not let them down,” he added.He said that the large and diverse Iraqi delegation had put a comprehensive vision of the future before the conference, and he praised the people of Iraq for their hard-won political progress. Iraq’s newly elected authorities now bear the burden of leading their country successfully through the next steps of the transition, he stressed, including the important drafting of a new, inclusive constitution.”Compromise and reconciliation are the way forward, not hatred and violence,” he said. “Iraqis must find it within themselves to reach out to one another and address issues on which they may differ.”In addition to progress in the political realm, faster progress is needed in reconstruction, development and humanitarian assistance, the Secretary-General said. He expressed hope that the conference would enable Iraq’s Government to avail itself fully of expertise and resources being offered from both inside and outside Iraq, and that next month’s donor meeting in Amman would ensure that the resources would, indeed, be available.In closing the conference this afternoon, Mr. Annan called the event a “watershed,” as a sovereign elected Government of Iraq had presented its views to the international community, which, in turn committed itself to respond to those needs in its joint declaration. At the same time, he reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to Iraq.”While I remain mindful of the security situation in Iraq, I pledge today to the people of Iraq that the United Nations is determined to respond to their expectations and to accompany them all the way on their historic journey of transition,” he said.”We are proud of the contributions that we have made so far under extremely challenging conditions, which many of you have generously acknowledged. We in turn acknowledge that still more needs to be done as circumstances permit.Earlier, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, told conference participants that the short time remaining before the August deadline for drafting that country’s constitution represented a “critical phase” in its political transition. Despite the limited time, he said, there is optimism that an inclusive public discussion, vital for a credible constitution-drafting process, will take place, ensuring acceptance of the draft in the 15 October referendum and allowing December elections to take place under the new constitution.The support for these activities provided by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) is, he said, constrained by security concerns. “Nevertheless,” Mr. Qazi continued, “the measure of UNAMI’s success does not lie in numbers alone, but in the quality of its assistance.” In that context, he said, it was important to keep in mind that political progress, economic reconstruction, job creation, human rights and the rule of law were all interlinked, as the themes of the conference indicated.During the course of the day-long conference, Secretary-General Annan met individually with world leaders and other key participants, including United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, with whom he discussed UN reform and the situation in Uzbekistan among other issues, according to a UN spokeswoman.Mr. Annan spoke with the Prime Minister of Belgium, Guy Verhofstadt, and the country’s Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht, about the possibility of Belgian assistance in the constitutional drafting process, as well as UN reform and the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the spokeswoman said. With Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, he discussed the continuing dialogue on nuclear issues between Iran and the governments of Britain, France and Germany.Other participants he met today included Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing; Arab League head Amr Moussa; British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw; Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zubari; and Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura. read more

Much unfinished business on antipoverty goals Czech Prime Ministers tells UN

Progress on the universally accepted global targets is uneven and there is a lot of unfinished business, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic today said, reiterating his Government’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Addressing the United Nations General Assembly high-level debate in New York, Prime Minister Jirí Rusnok said he supports the establishment of a “single overarching post-2015 framework” for the time-frame after the MDGs deadline, which will “link eradication of poverty in all its dimensions and the promotion of sustainable development.” He urged future goals to be universal for all countries, but also realistic and taking into account the actual possibilities of each country. In his statement, Mr. Rusnok noted that the Czech Republic, with its historic experience of an undemocratic regime, is ready to share its experience from its democratic transition process. Turning to other topics in his speech, the Prime Minister reiterated the need for a politically negotiated settlement in Syria in line with the implement the 2012 Geneva Communiqué.“The Czech Republic is supporting and will continue to support the efforts of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to relieve the growing humanitarian needs in Syria and in the neighbouring countries,” said Mr. Rusnok. He also noted developments in Myanmar and “strongly encouraged” the Government’s announcement to actively pursue the process of amending the national constitution to improve democratic standards in the country.In his speech, Mr. Rusnok also highlighted the importance of UN peacekeeping operations around the world, and announced his country’s intention to “substantially increase” the presence of its military in those operations.The General Debate continues through 1 October. read more

Dump truck supplier Belaz to launch onto Australian market at AIMEX

first_imgAustralasian Pacific Engineering Group (APEG) will launch Belaz, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mining dump trucks, onto the Australian market at AIMEX, held in Sydney from August 20-23. Belaz recently started offering its trucks in Australia, with the opening of a new distribution and support facility near Newcastle which has links to the coal-rich Hunter Valley. Belaz manufactures the largest mining trucks outside of the US, and during 2013 plans to release a 450 tonne capacity truck – which will be the world’s largest.In Australia, Belaz has recently appointed the Australasian Pacific Engineering Group (APEG) as its distribution and support partner. Shane Halliwell, APEG Director said “We see this as a big development for the Australian resources sector. Belaz views the Australian market as being very solid in the medium to long term and this move is a key part of a global expansion program by the company.”With over 14,000 employees in operations covering 33 countries, Halliwell said Belaz is one of the world’s largest producers of dump trucks.“Around the globe, one in three operating dump trucks is manufactured by Belaz – giving an idea of the size and reach of the company.”Belaz trucks are designed and built in a modern manufacturing centre in Zhodino, Belarus, which is currently producing 2000 units a year. Halliwell said the Belaz range offered mining companies and contractors a number of benefits.“Firstly, while the initial purchase price certainly delivers significant savings over better-known brands, independent studies conducted over a 10-year operating cycle have shown that Belaz trucks are considerably cheaper to operate. Secondly, our delivery times are typically significantly shorter than some other brands; for example, a 240 tonne dump truck can be assembled in our factory and be ready to go within four days – giving delivery times between three and five months. For some competitive product there’s up to an 18-month wait,” he said.APEG has recently supplied Belaz dump trucks to one of Australia’s leading mining houses, and since April 2013 has had five units operating on a ‘hire-to-buy’ basis while being evaluated against its existing fleet. Halliwell said that initially APEG will be supplying two models in Australia, the 240 tonne and 360 tonne capacity trucks.“These are all built to ISO standards and specced to meet the stringent mine site requirements of our client. Due to our flexible production line, the factory is capable of making changes to the trucks as required to ensure they meet Australian mining spec standards. This ensures there is no need for re-engineering when the unit gets here, something which is both costly for the client and can dramatically affects delivery times.”Belaz trucks will be sold and supported in Australia through APEG, working in conjunction with Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs to provide service and repairs. Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs has facilities in Mackay and Dalby in central Queensland, and has recently opened a new facility in Rutherford, in the upper Hunter Valley.last_img read more

WS Tyler engineering team forms new Innovation Department

first_imgW.S. Tyler, the screening solutions company in the mining, aggregate and industrial mineral industries, says it has dedicated a team of engineers to a new department “focused specifically on innovation, design and engineering” says Tyler. “The Innovation Department constantly works with its global subsidiaries within the Haver & Tyler group, to develop new breakthroughs that improve machine performance and customer profitability.” Haver & Tyler originally formed an Innovation Department in Germany in 2008 to “keep a clear focus on innovation.” The new W.S. Tyler department based in North America builds on that success.Dieter Takev, Engineering and Technology manager, says the W.S. Tyler Innovation Department is developing new technologies and incorporating advancements from other companies within the Haver & Tyler group. By forming a department strictly focused on improvements for existing machinery and brand-new technologies, W.S. Tyler is able to provide more advanced technologies and products, as well as better service for customers. “We’ve dedicated specific resources to our company’s research and development. To offer our customers tools to be successful, we need to reinforce our position as the industry leader in continually developing solutions that enhance profitability,” Takev said. “This department does that, and the results are stronger partnerships in helping customers grow.”W.S. Tyler’s Innovation Department is working to develop high-pressure washing technology for typical applications in North America, where high tonnage outputs and mobile units are in high demand. Further, the team has been developing its vibration analysis technology for vibrating screens so it can be integrated with Wi-Fi and cloud-based technologies. Since it was formed, the Innovation Department developed the 10 ft tandem F-Class machines and has invested in component improvements to reduce stresses by 60%, all while keeping the same footprint, weight and price for the machines.Takev said the combination of North and South America-specific solution development with technologies established for the European market makes this concept uncommon in the industry. “We don’t just do research and development,” he said. “We combine our global talent to ensure that the innovation we bring to each continent meets and exceeds the needs of the customers there.”last_img read more

Drones go to sea at BHPs ocean freight operations

first_imgBHP was an early adopter of drones across its mine sites, employing the aerial technology across the group for post-blasting clearance, traffic monitoring, building inspections and operation surveillance. Now, the major diversified miner is looking to drones to improve safety and provide efficiency gains at its ocean freight operations.While still in the trial phase, BHP’s Vice President of Marketing Freight, Rashpal Bhatti, sees the potential for drones to be a key part of a tablet-based technological package, incorporating artificial intelligence that provides captains a digital view of their ship.“All of our chartered ships receive a tablet when they berth. And on the tablet they can read the tension of the mooring line which has major safety benefits,” he said.“The question now is: can the same tablet become a holistic technological package by also delivering ship hold inspection data, draft readings and other critical information captured by drones? It’s all a bit futuristic but that is the direction we are going.”BHP ships more than 300 Mt/y of iron ore, coal and copper to customers around the world. More than 1,500 voyages are made, making BHP one of the largest charterers of dry bulk carriers in the world.Like the drones being used across other parts of BHP’s operations, marine drones can be programed to carry a range of specific tasks, the company said.“In the ocean freight business, there are clear and immediate advantages from using drones in the inspection of holds and in the taking of draft readings. Then there is their nimbleness in the seemingly simple but important task of advising the ship’s bridge on the water position of the rudder,” BHP said.Hold inspection reports would continue to be independent assessments, but the use of drones promises to cut inspection times per hold from an hour to 15 minutes, according to the company.Bhatti said: “The hold inspection process involves ships which have five to nine holds which a person checks by climbing down ladders. The inspector has to be physically fit, use fall protection, and carry a parrot (oxygen meter) to make sure there is enough air in the hold. And it takes a lot of time.“With drones, we can fly them into a hold and capture 4K images, but also infra-red, and other types of cameras that can show cracks or other specific parameters that cannot be seen with the naked eye.”There are essentially three or four types of ships with hold sizes about the same, according to Bhatti. “So once you programme a drone to go in to a certain ship, it can become an autonomous process.’’This provides a better way to assess the condition of the hold, and removes a person from a potentially hazardous situation, Bhatti said.BHP is also testing the use of drones to improve the safety, time and cost of ship draft readings. This is usually done from a boat when the ship is berthed and ready for a cargo.One of the logistical challenges to overcome is to get the drones on ships when they are offshore at anchorage, as distinct from being berthed.“We are working with ship owners on this and other ways to use technology to improve safety and productivity,’’ Bhatti said.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_img No Comments Feb 11th 2018, 7:49 PM Share1 Tweet Email Source: David Blevins/Twitter Get our daily news round up: Short URL 18,408 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha The scene of the Russian plane crash – about 40km from the Domodedovo airport, Moscow. Source: AP/PA Images#RUSSIA: A plane carrying 65 passengers and six crew members crashed outside Moscow – a government minister said there were no survivors.#MANCHESTER: A search is underway in Manchester after a man attempted to rape a 10-year-old girl yesterday afternoon.#OHIO: Two police officers responding to a 911 hang-up call were fatally shot yesterday after entering a home in a Columbus suburb.PARTING SHOTIn an interview with the BBC, it was put to Sinn Féin’s new leader Mary Lou McDonald that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had described her as “cranky”.So she was asked – what one word would she use to describe Varadkar? You can listen to her response here, and decide for yourself if you agree. Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 7:49 PM NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Science Gallery Dublin commissioned a special explosive performance this weekend to celebrate the innovative gallery’s 10-year anniversary. Source: Mark Stedman via RollingNews.ieAn investigation is under way after a senior garda was found dead at Ballymun Garda StationAn international hotel chain “unwittingly accepted millions of euro in Irish drug money” linked to the Kinahan drug cartelThe family of a five-year-old boy who died yesterday after being swept away in a river in Antrim described him as “happy-go-lucky” boy who “melted your heart”Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke about his stance on abortion, saying that “things aren’t as black and white as they appear in your 20s”Ireland’s biggest development firms are fighting back against local councils that have placed their land on the vacant sites registerExtra staff will be on Irish Rail trains to help deal with allocated seating issuesAs the west of the country was covered with snow, another snow-ice warning is in place nationwide from midnight tonight until tomorrow.WORLD Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday The death of a garda at a station in Ballymun, and 71 dead after a plane crash near Moscow – here’s today’s news. He called her “cranky” so what does @MaryLouMcDonald call Leo Varadkar? She’s rarely lost for words but it took the new @sinnfeinireland leader a moment to find one. Watch full interview on @SkyNews at 10am.— David Blevins (@skydavidblevins) February 11, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more