England vs. India: Essex prove tough for the Blues in warm-up fixture

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: Indian ExpressThe three-day warm-up fixture between India and Essex ended in a dull draw after rains forced early stumps leaving several questions for the Men In Blue ahead of the 5-match test series against England.🌧=🏃‍♂️💨💨💨💨 pic.twitter.com/Gi0o05xj9s— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 27, 2018Umesh Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers after picking up four wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was sorely missed as the Indian pace department failed to trouble the opposition.Essex took advantage of the lacklustre bowling as they toiled their way to 359-8, just 36 short of what the Indians posted in the first innings.DECLARATION: Essex bring their innings to an end when they declare on 359 for 8. Aron Nijjar 29*, Feroze Khushi 14*.#ESSvINDWatch live here: https://t.co/0WMzSvtsrw— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 27, 2018Shikhar Dhawan’s torrid game continued as he registered his second duck in the match. Cheteshwar Pujara too failed to impress after poor showings in both the innings’.1️⃣ Bravo, @Quinny_Cricket! 👏…Dhawan goes for 0. #ESSvIND pic.twitter.com/qi2Ba35x3f— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 27, 2018As the Indian contingent head to Birmingham for the first test, lost of questions remain unanswered which include the team combination and the role of spinners.Read Also:Cricket: Bangladesh choke in a final over chase…AGAINCricket: Essex bowlers reveal the plans they followed to get Kohli and Dhawan’s wicket Advertisementlast_img read more

Anurag Thakur proposes 10 years of jail term for fixers in private bill

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary and Lok Sabha MP, Anurag Thakur, has introduced three private member bills, including a significant ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ bill which recommends “10 years of jail term” for any sportsperson indulging in match-fixing.The BCCI has been mired by fixing scandal that rocked the 2013 Indian Premier League, witnessing the arrest of three tainted cricketers, including former India pacer S Sreesanth along with Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan.”It is only fair to bring in accountability to be fair to sports lovers. As such there is no law which is there to curb match-fixing. It is absolutely mandatory to have a law that can combat the menace,” Thakur said, when asked as to what made him introduce the bill in Lok Sabha.According to the bill that has been placed in the Lower House, it’s objective is “to establish a national sports ethics body to ensure ethical practices in sports as well as strive towards elimination of doping practices, match fixing and fair play, fraud of age, gender and sexual harassment of women in sports.”The bill further states: “This comes as an aftermath of the recent corruption and match fixing charges that were thrown up in Indian Cricket and other sports by multiple players.”The concerned players are currently charged under inappropriate sections of Dishonesty and Cheating under Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as Prevention of Corruption Act in the courts but the sportspersons often get easily free because these laws don’t apply for sports.”advertisementThe private member bill by Thakur, if passed, will not only impose a life ban but also 10 years of jail time as well as fine of five times the bribe amount in cases of match fixing.For cases of fraud of age or gender, a jail time of six months as well as a fine of Rs 1 lakh will be viable. Not just sportspersons but coaches, members of sports federations who assist in such criminal activities would be punished with similar provisions.Hence, the private member bill seeks to set up a ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ consisting of judges as well as eminent sports personalities. The commission would conduct trials of such cases, frame rules and bye-laws of practices along with help of sports associations.The other private member bill is seeking amendment of constitution where he has sought Sports to be taken from the State list to Concurrent list to encourage co-ordinated and more focused approach.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

David Warner targets Virat Kohli in IPL final to defuse RCB’s batting

first_imgDavid Warner did a Virat Kohli today in a must-win game by playing a captain’s knock for his team and leading Sunrisers Hyderabad to their maiden IPL final.Sunrisers got off to a jittery start chasing Gujarat Lions’ target of 163, but Warner held on to one end by raking up a composed 93* and taking his team through in a tricky chase. Bipul Sharma chipped in with a crucial 27 not out as Sunrisers sealed a final date with Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.After his match-winning 93*, Warner immediately shifted his focus to the big match on Sunday and desperately wants to take out Kohli early to defuse RCB’s batting.BIG FINAL AND KOHLI”I thought we have to come back strong from the last time we played them (RCB). Virat Kohli, what a player! We will try to get him out but the other players bat well around him. When he fails, there’s ABD,” Warner said.”It’s about executing our skills and not worrying about the player they have. It’s all about having a gameplan, that is all we can do,” Warner added.MODEST WARNER”I tried to hang on and get partnerships going. Knew if one of us were in, we would win on this good batting surface. I am not going to take any credit, we all must come out and do the job as well as we can,” says Warner after his match-winning knock.LAUDS BIPUL”Lot of credit to Bipul for playing the way he did. Bipul’s being bowling well, got good change of pace and his work ethic is fantastic. The way he came in and did that for us today was fantastic,” Warner on Bipul’s crucial cameo.advertisementlast_img read more

Ashes: Moeen Ali, Steven Finn injured ahead of warm-up game vs Western Australia

first_imgEngland have fitness concerns over pace bowler Steven Finn and all-rounder Moeen Ali after the duo sustained injuries during training for the upcoming Ashes series against Australia.Finn, who replaced all-rounder Ben Stokes in the touring squad, injured his left knee while batting during Thursday’s session in Perth, while 30-year-old Moeen skipped practice due to a sore left side.Both players will undergo scans on Friday to discover the extent of their injuries and are expected to miss the two-day warm-up match against Western Australia in Perth this weekend.Ali has played 44 Tests for England and his exclusion from any part of the five-Test series could prove costly for the visitors as they aim to retain the Ashes.The first Test of the series starts in Brisbane on November 23.last_img read more

Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul future uncertain as Supreme Court adjourns BCCI-COA hearing

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Committee of Administrators (CoA) case hearing after appointing PS Narasimha as the new Amicus curiae, who will assist the court with the case after senior advocate Gopal Subramanium stepped down from the role.The next hearing will be held after the new Amicus curiae can appear before the court.There were differences of opnions over the appointment of the ombudsman. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the BCCI, said that an ombudsman cannot be foisted on. He said the BCCI is a private and elected body.Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) on the other hand, said it had no objection to the appointment of an ombudsman provided he was appointed by the Indian cricket board.MCA lawyer told the court that they have not received funds from the BCCI and are facing serious problems. In reply, the CoA lawyer pointed out that state units not complying to the Lodha reforms will not receive money from the board.The said lawyer from MCA also told the court that the CoA can’t continue and the BCCI should be allowed to be constituted by election.Meanwhile, the CoA lawyer pointed out that an ombudsman is necessary and cited the delay in the handling of the Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul case. CoA lawyer also insisted that the two players can’t return to playing cricket until the ombudsman decides their plea.Notably, both the cricketers were suspended pending an inquiry following their controversial comments on Koffee with Karan.advertisementCOA also submitted its status report before the Supreme Court. They also pointed out that once the draft constitution had been approved by the court, no amendments could be made by state associations.Not a single state association has yet fully complied with the RM Lodha recommendations which were approved by the Supreme Court in 2016.Several other issues were also brought to the notice of the Supreme Court on Thursday.AM Singhvi of Porbandar Cricket Association said the Saurashtra association was violating their rights: “I am not being given voting rights in the Saurashtra Cricket Association because we allow any individual to become a member and don’t require enrolment of district associations.”BCCI’s lawyers also pointed out that there was stalemate between the two CoA members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji. Rai and Edulji have had serious differences over three main issues: the Rahul Johri sexual harassment allegation, the appointment of the women’s cricket team coach and the Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul case.last_img read more

Mathare United recalls duo for Tusker test

first_imgKPL Mathare United recalls duo for Tusker test Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:52 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi. Goal Kenya. KPL Tusker v Mathare United Tusker Mathare United The fresh legs have replaced Andrew Juma and Victor Ashinga even as the trio of Daniel Mwaura, Samuel Olwande and Wycliffe Kasaya remains sidelined Harrison Mwendwa returns to Mathare United matchday squad after an extended time out due to a knock on his knee.Tyson Otieno is also back after missing Mathare United 3-0 defeat by Kariobangi Sharks last Wednesday at Moi Sports, Centre, Kasarani.The fresh legs have replaced Andrew Juma and Victor Ashinga even as the trio of Daniel Mwaura, Samuel Olwande and Wycliffe Kasaya remains sidelined due to injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Alphonce Ndonye also made a return to training but could not be cleared for this fixture, same as Ahmed Ahmad who are yet to make full recovery.​Goalkeepers: Levis Opiyo, Mark Kioko; Defenders: George Owino (C), Derrick Nzosi, Lennox Ogutu, Martin Ongori; Midfielders: Edward Seda, David Owino, Roy Okal, Tyson Otieno, Chrispin Oduor, Ronald Reagan, John Mwangi, Harrison Mwendwa; Forwards:Brian Nyakan, Chris Ochieng, Derrick Onyango, Elijah Mwanzialast_img read more

Barcelona v Inter: revisiting their Champions League classic in 2010

first_imgReuse this content Barcelona Read more The semi-final was fraught with significance for Mourinho: his predecessor, Roberto Mancini, had won three consecutive Scudetti but paid the price for failing in Europe. He never really recovered from home and away defeats to Liverpool in the last-16 of the Champions League in 2008. Mourinho was hired a few weeks later, with the club hoping he would bring success on the continent. In Mourinho’s first season at Inter, he did no better than Mancini. Inter were outthought and outfought by Manchester United in the last-16 of the Champions League, with Mourinho left to rue his safety-first approach in the first leg, a goalless draw at the Giuseppe Meazza in which Inter did not produce a single shot on target.The undeniable personal enmity developing between Barcelona and Mourinho also added some flavour to the tie. To many Barça fans he was still “the translator”, a pejorative reference to his stint as Bobby Robson’s assistant. A series of ill-tempered duels between Barcelona and Chelsea had only heightened the friction in recent years. On top of all that, Barcelona interviewed but overlooked Mourinho when Frank Rijkaard left in 2008, with the club ultimately opting to give Guardiola his first job in management.Mourinho’s chilliness towards Barça had been apparent the previous summer when asked about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move from Milan to Catalonia: “I told him that if he wins the Champions League with Barcelona, he won’t be doing anything extraordinary, seeing as the Catalans have won it twice in three years. I like doing something extraordinary, not what’s normal.” José Mourinho The atmosphere inside the Camp Nou throbbed with the roars of 96,000 enraptured fans during the second leg. Mourinho, as usual, was happy to play the role of pantomime villain on the touchline. Having warned of Barcelona’s appetite for theatrics before the game, he applauded sarcastically to jeers from Barça supporters when Thiago Motta was sent off in the 28th minute a highly dubious second yellow card. Motta had already been booked, but Sergio Busquets’ dramatic reaction to a high hand did the Inter player little favours with the referee.Still, Mourinho’s well-drilled Inter proved unflinchingly obdurate in the face of Barcelona’s attack. Gerard Piqué’s late goal set up a frantic finale but the Italians held firm for a famous aggregate victory. Nothing could curb Mourinho’s euphoria as he surged on to the turf, enraging Barça fans and Victor Valdés alike with his exuberant celebrations.“It’s the greatest moment of my career,” said Mourinho. “We were a team of heroes. We sweated blood.” It was a victory full of significance. Speculation was already rife that this season would be his last in Italy, intensifying after his post-match words: “I love Inter, but not Italian football.” He had sent a clear message to his prospective future employers, Real Madrid, by ensuring that Barcelona would not win the Champions League at the Bernabéu. Pinterest Pep Guardiola gives Zlatan Ibrahimovic instructions during the semi-final between Barcelona and Inter in April 2010. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP The narrative before the tie had focused on the perceived contrast between Barcelona’s exuberance and Inter’s pragmatism but, when the teams met at San Siro for the first leg, it was the Italian side who produced an unexpectedly thrilling display of high pressing and marauding attacking to roar into a 3-1 lead. Barcelona took the lead through Pedro but were outmanoeuvred by Mourinho’s explosive Inter, who scored through Wesley Sneijder, Maicon and Diego Milito.Guardiola’s men had been forced to make an arduous 700km journey to Milan by coach as a result of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic ash cloud. “It is not the ideal thing, after you have played a league game, to travel for 14 hours to play a Champions League semi-final against a strong team,” said Guardiola. “It is not ideal. But the problem is a volcano and there is nothing we can do. In Barcelona, we will attack. We will put water on the pitch so the ball moves quicker, which they didn’t do here.”Mourinho knew the tie was far from over and chose to deploy some mind games before the second leg by highlighting his former employers’ determination to win the Champions League at the Bernabéu, where the final was due to be played. “It is not a dream for Barça – it is an obsession,” said Mourinho. “The obsession is reaching the final in Madrid. I experienced what it is like here. I have won cups – against Betis in 1997 – at the Bernabéu, where everyone was wrapped in Catalan flags. I know what it is about – it is anti-Madridismo. It is an obsession. A dream is more pure than an obsession, an obsession is more about pride.”An unperturbed Guardiola, however, was quick to dismiss suggestions he had a personal rivalry with the man he had pipped to the Barcelona job. “I have a very good relationship with Mourinho,” insisted Guardiola. “We haven’t exchanged phone numbers, but I consider him the best, and we’ll try to beat him.” What makes a great football stadium? Facebook Share via Email Facebook features Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho meet for the second leg at the Camp Nou. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images Pinterest Champions League Mourinho’s provocative celebrations also torpedoed one of the last obstacles standing between him and Madrid: his personal connection with Barcelona. After the game, he accepted he would never follow in Robson’s footsteps. “I’m not stupid enough to think this hate can be turned into love,” he said. “I respect Barça and I’ll never forget what the club gave me in the four years I was here, but something has been created around me that is hard to make positive. It is clear that I will end my career without having coached Barça.”Guardiola, for his part, was magnanimous after the defeat. “We lost to a great team and a great coach,” he reflected. “We will be back.” Mourinho had won this battle but, with the battle lines drawn, the two would be seeing a lot more of each other in the future.• This article is from These Football Times• Find These Football Times and Fergal McAlinden on Twitter Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook José Mourinho enjoys the moment on the turf at the Camp Nou. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images Zlatan Ibrahimovic Internazionale’s return to the Champions League for the first time in six seasons will produce a flood of memories for the club’s fans, but few occasions will evoke as much nostalgia as their trip to Barcelona this week. Luciano Spalletti takes his team to the Camp Nou – the scene of a stirring triumph on their way to winning the competition in 2010 – knowing his players have a long journey ahead if they are to emulate José Mourinho’s treble winners.The semi-final in 2010 pitted Mourinho against Pep Guardiola in an early instalment of a rivalry that has proven so enduring through the years. As ever, it was billed a clash of styles: Barça had won an unprecedented six trophies in 2009, they boasted the newly anointed Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, and were showing the world a brand of football most teams could only dream of playing.Inter, meanwhile, were a somewhat less florid outfit. Mourinho had steered the club to a league and cup double in his first season but, even amid the traditionally cerebral fare of Serie A, he had faced criticism for his overly cautious approach. In Mourinho’s first season at the club, Inter scored 70 league goals; Barcelona, meanwhile, scored 105. 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10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier League

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says two of his fellow Portuguese are the Premier League managers who are closest to him.In an interview with Soccer AM, he revealed who his best pal is among the current crop of Premier League bosses. “Nuno (Espirito Santo) was my player so I have a relationship with him from before,” he said.”Marco (Silva at Everton) I have known for years and he’s a good guy too.”Former goalkeeper Nuno was at Porto for years in two separate spells, with Mourinho his boss from 2002-04.When asked if he ever had a night on the town with Nuno, Mourinho was a little more coy.”In spite of the fact that we are both now managers I think we have a thing that I was your manager and you were my player,” he added.”That’s nice for me. There is always that little thing in the relationship.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ICC ODI rankings: Kohli, Bumrah retain top spots despite series defeat to Australia

first_imgICC ODI rankings: Kohli, Bumrah retain top spots despite series defeat to AustraliaICC ODI rankings: Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah maintained their top spot in batsmen and bowlers rankings, respectively, even though India lost to Australia 2-3 in the ODI series at home.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 17:11 IST ICC ODI rankings: Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah remained the No.1 batsman and bowler, respectively. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli remained the No.1 ODI batsman after scoring 310 in the series vs AustraliaJasprit Bumrah sat atop the ODI bowlers list with 774 pointsKedar Jadhav jumped up 11 places for a career- high 24India skipper Virat Kohli and pacer Jasprit Bumrah have retained their top positions in the batsmen and bowlers’ list of the latest ICC ODI rankings issued Sunday.Kohli remained at number one spot after scoring 310 in the recently-concluded home series against Australia while his deputy Rohit Sharma hit 202 runs to maintain the No.2 spot in the batting chart.Kedar Jadhav’s all-round effort has helped him move up 11 places to a career-best 24th after the five-match series, which India lost 2-3.Meanwhile, South Africa opener Quinton de Kock has grabbed fourth position among batsmen after playing a huge part in his team’s 5-0 victory over Sri Lanka in a home series that ended in Cape Town on Saturday.The 26-year-old left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman’s 353 runs in the series, which included a century and three half-centuries, has helped him win the player of the series award and gain four slots in the rankings.New Zealand’s Ross Taylor has maintained the number three spot.In the bowlers list, Bumrah is sitting at the top with 774 points.Among others, New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult has moved up a place to second after finishing with six wickets against Bangladesh, pushing Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan to No.3, while South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has gained seven slots to reach fourth place after taking nine wickets against Sri Lanka.The all-rounders’ table continued to be headed by Rashid Khan. However, no Indian figures in the top-5.In the ODI team rankings, England and India are at the top two positions.advertisementNew Zealand have narrowly edged past South Africa to third spot while Australia have gone past Pakistan to fifth place.South Africa have gained one point while Sri Lanka have lost two points.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Kedar JadhavFollow India vs AustraliaFollow South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow Rashid KhanFollow ICC ODI rankingslast_img read more

Local Films for Festival in Trinidad Sept. 18-25

first_img Four local films will premiere at the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), slated for September 18 to 25 in Port-of-Spain. The projects are ‘Agwe’ by Ina Sortiva; ‘Flight’, Kia Williams; ‘Lovers in the City’, Mezan Morrison and ‘Safe Harbour’, Kaiel Eytle. Story Highlights Four local films will premiere at the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), slated for September 18 to 25 in Port-of-Spain.The projects are ‘Agwe’ by Ina Sortiva; ‘Flight’, Kia Williams; ‘Lovers in the City’, Mezan Morrison and ‘Safe Harbour’, Kaiel Eytle.While at the festival, the film-makers will be marketing their films for distribution and widening their networks on the international film circuit, with the aim of expanding the reach of Jamaican content globally.The opportunity came from the Propella Initiative, a thrust by Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA), to support the talent of Jamaican film-makers and garner international exposure for the culture through film.Speaking with JIS News, Film Commissioner at JAMPRO, Renée Robinson, explained that Propella is a script-to-screen programme that nurtures Jamaican content creators and enables them to tell their stories cinematically by providing funding and technical support.Ms. Robinson noted that the four new Jamaican short films were selected through a blind process and were produced over the summer period with financial support of $500,000 each, from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.“We did not know who we were selecting…It was based on the merit of the project, and after that process was completed, we had a series of interviews to ensure that the finalists were at the production stage where they could deliver the project, and that is how we came up with the top four,” the Film Commissioner said.The film-makers underwent capacity-building boot camps on script development, directing, producing, pitching, festival strategy and distribution.The Film Commissioner noted that the programme has produced excellent content, and opens the door for film-makers in international markets, which is a crucial element of JAMPRO’s film development strategy.“The programme itself has seen many significant wins. We now have a catalogue of short films ready to represent the potential of talent in the sector. Over the years, several of the shorts have secured financial interest in further development into features or TV episodics; and key on-screen talent have been discovered internationally through this platform,” she highlighted.She added that the festival is an excellent platform for regional film-makers to meet each other to create collaboration opportunities and also a starting point for many of these projects to identify partners, executive producers or future distributors.Ms. Robinson noted that JAMPRO will also lead a delegation to the Toronto International Film Festival in September.In January, she noted that a delegation, including Jamaican actress, Shantol Jackson and other participants in the Idris Elba film, Yardie, attended the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA.In June, local director, Storm Saulter and his team attended the American Black Film Festival and won three of the top awards.The Jamaica Film Commission, housed at JAMPRO, is mandated to promote the Jamaican film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export and employment in the sector. While at the festival, the film-makers will be marketing their films for distribution and widening their networks on the international film circuit, with the aim of expanding the reach of Jamaican content globally.last_img read more

RCMP probe centres on roles duties of suspended legislature officials adviser

first_imgVICTORIA — A special adviser to the Speaker at British Columbia’s legislature says an ongoing RCMP investigation is focusing on the roles and administrative duties of the clerk of the house and its sergeant-at-arms.Clerk Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz were escorted out of the building Tuesday after members of the legislature voted unanimously to place the two top officers on paid administrative leave.Special adviser Alan Mullen said Wednesday he cannot provide further details about the investigation.“It’s to do with their roles as clerk and sergeant-at-arms and it’s to do with their administrative duties,” he said in an interview. “We’re looking at a lot of different things but I couldn’t comment further because the investigation is ongoing.”On Tuesday, Mullen said there is a “criminal investigation” in the case.The RCMP would not confirm it is conducting a criminal investigation. The B.C. Prosecution Service and two special prosecutors overseeing the case declined comment Wednesday when asked if a criminal investigation is being conducted.Later on Wednesday, Mullen said he was hired in January by Speaker Darryl Plecas to work on issues of concern, which included issues related to the legislature investigation.“I was brought in for a number of different reasons, including this,” he told a news conference at the legislature.Mullen said he and Plecas know each other professionally and are friends after working together at federal prisons in B.C.’s Fraser Valley.Plecas, who has yet to comment on the investigation, is a criminologist. As a federal prison judge he conducted hearings where inmates were charged by prison officials for engaging in behaviours that pose threats to the safety of corrections staff and other inmates. Mullen said he conducted numerous investigations while employed as the correctional manager at the Kent Institution for a decade.Mullen did not provide details of what information has been gathered since last January but he said it was provided to the RCMP in late August.Neither Lenz nor James could be reached for comment on Wednesday.As he was leaving the legislature on Tuesday, James said he didn’t know why he was placed on leave.“I have no idea but I’m sure I’ll find out in due course,” he said. “I think we have a right to know immediately what it is, and I hope that we soon find out what it is and we can go from there.”Lenz did not comment as he was leaving the building.The RCMP said in a statement Tuesday an investigation is underway and B.C.’s prosecution service said two special prosecutors were appointed Oct. 1 “in relation to an investigation being conducted into the activities of senior staff at the British Columbia legislature.” The RCMP and the prosecution service did not say in their statements who is the subject of the investigation.The Mounties gave no indication on how long the investigation might take.Gerald Baier, a University of British Columbia political science professor, said proceedings at the legislature will continue as deputies assume the duties of the clerk and sergeant-at-arms but some people might be concerned about the impression the situation leaves on the political institution.“The one thing that worries me is if people get a bad impression of our institutions as a result of this,” he said. “Does this give a negative impression of politics or political institutions?”The sergeant-at-arms is responsible for maintaining order in the legislative chamber and other areas used for the business of the house. The clerk of the house gives non-partisan advice to the Speaker, can be consulted on procedural matters and maintains a record of all the legislature’s proceedings.Lenz is a former RCMP detachment commander in nearby Sidney, B.C., who was appointed the legislature’s sergeant-at-arms in February 2009. James was appointed clerk of the house in 2011.Attorney General David Eby and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth declined comment Wednesday because of the ongoing investigation.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Andy Roddick And John Legend Raise Over 1 Million At Charity Gala

first_imgFriday night’s Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) gala raised more than $1 million.The seventh annual charity gala featured nine-time Grammy Award winning musician and philanthropist John Legend, and was held at the W Hotel Austin and ACL Live Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.Andy Roddick will use event proceeds to help fund youth programs at a new 10,000 square-foot, eight-court tennis and learning facility in Austin, and other youth programs run by its partner organizations. Joined by Matthew McConaughey, Roddick and wife Brooklyn Decker, and Legend’s fiancee, Chrissy Teigen, over 1,000 attendees were treated to live pre-concert music, dinner, live and silent auctions, and a concert performance by Legend. McConaughey and wife Camila Alves won an $18,000 bid on a VIP all-access package for the Austin radio program The Bobby Bones Show.Newly retired Roddick is now focusing his efforts on ARF programs, and is thrilled that the event was a success. “The foundation is growing, and this event gives us strong momentum going into 2013.” Roddick has always made giving back a part of his career. In 2000, he established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities, and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts.During the gala, Roddick introduced ARF’s new informational video, highlighting local and regional statistics on youth poverty, obesity, drop-out rates, and substance abuse. Jeff Lau, ARF’s new CEO stated, “The statistics we’ve uncovered in our research demonstrate a great need for our continued and focused efforts to impact the lives of youths. We want to spread opportunity and nurture each individual’s talent.” The video can be viewed at www.arfoundation.org.All proceeds raised from the gala go to support the Andy Roddick Foundation and its partners. Sponsors of the event included SAP and GREY GOOSE Vodka.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Joanna Lumley Supports Safe Water Inventions

first_imgJoanna Lumley will introduce two new systems designed to provide safe drinking water at the British Invention Awards Show in London next week.The systems were developed by Alexander Bushell, and will be featured at the show on Wednesday 23 at 4pm.Joanna has been excited and inspired by Alexander’s body of work. To date she has invested funding in both the Solar Desalination and Raincatcher systems.“I see great potential in both of these systems specifically to help improve the provision of safe drinking water to those people across the world who are in dire need of this valuable resource,” she said. “Of course these inventions, brilliant as they are, will not in themselves solve the problem, but we should try to do what we can and hopefully inspire others to do even more. We, in the so called ‘developed world’, take for granted that when we need a drink we can go to the nearest tap and take a giant swig of lovely sweet water. Every time I do that, I think about those less fortunate for whom that is not an option and I feel a little ashamed and very sad. Together with Alexander, we want to try to help as many of them as possible.“I intend to encourage Alexander to continue in his work and I hope, with partners, to be able to help him in even more of his projects. My next aim is to find partners to help bring to the market a fantastic invention that is very special to me. Millions of women die unnecessarily due to complications during childbirth. Alexander has created a wonderful Mobile Operating Theatre -­‐ in a box! Solar Powered but with built in options of mains, generator or pedal power. The whole unit fits into a packing case designed to then fit easily into the back of a 4WD vehicle. This amazing unit could start saving lives immediately and not just those of women in labour.“In fact there are so many other wonderful products: A Solar Powered Oxygen Generating System, Portable Bacterial Detection products and a Solar Powered Blood Filtration System with both Aids and Kidney Dialysis applications. The potential to help people is so exciting and motivating but I cannot do it all on my own.”Alexander says, “Joanna’s help and encouragement in these two projects has been absolutely instrumental in bringing them to life. I am an inventor and perhaps a little naive in the ways of investors and partnership funding options, but Joanna and her team have been wonderful and their partnership has allowed me to concentrate on the final developments of these systems while planning future projects.”The show takes place at the Barbican Events Centre, and more info can be found here.last_img read more

City of Hope Announces 14th Annual Songs of Hope on September 13

first_imgCity of Hope, a world-renowned independent cancer research and treatment center, today announced an initial blockbuster lineup of presenters and honorees who will celebrate the song and songwriter at its Songs of Hope XIV event.Among the music and entertainment industry VIPs in attendance will be legendary music executive and record producer Clive Davis; record producer/songwriter and Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award winner Benny Blanco; Grammy-winning songwriter/record producer Mike Will Made-It; CEO/Chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Songwriters Hall of Fame Patron of the Arts Award winner Marty Bandier; hit-making songwriter Sarah Aarons; Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning composer, conductor, and music producer James Newton Howard; and more. Legendary Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and producer Jimmy Jam returns as Master of Ceremonies.Songs of Hope XIV will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the exclusive residence of hit-maker Alex da Kid, the KIDinaKORNER Kampus, in Sherman Oaks, CA. Last year, Songs of Hope XIII was hosted at the Kampus for the first time, raising more than $400,000 for City of Hope.Award presenters and recipients will include:Clive Davis “Legend in Songwriting” Award, presented by Clive Davis to Benny Blanco and Mike Will Made-ItMartin Bandier “Vanguard” Award, presented by Marty Bandier to Sarah AaronsElectronic Arts “Composer of the Year” Award presented by Steve Schnur to James Newton HowardSongs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award* presented by Zach Horowitz to international expert in leukemia, lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation, Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope.Universal Music Publishing Group, Spotify and Warner/Chappell Music will also present awards to honorees, with more information provided closer to the event.For the 14th consecutive year, the event is co-chaired by David Renzer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Group; Doug Davis, Founder/Principal of The Davis Firm; Evan Lamberg, President of Universal Music Publishing Group, North America; and Steve Schnur, President of Music, Electronic Arts.Schnur said, “For 14 years, Songs of Hope has brought our industry together for an evening of music that is literally lifesaving. And thanks to the ongoing support of friends and colleagues, our shared commitment to City of Hope’s vital mission is stronger than ever. This year, my co-chairs David, Doug, Evan and I invite you to join what will be an event that redefines respect, compassion and celebration.”Lamberg said, “On behalf of myself and my co-chairs we could not be more proud that Songs of Hope continues, stronger than ever, in its 14th year. City of Hope makes a huge, positive difference in the lives of its patients and their families. Its doctors, researchers and all of its employees are very special people doing extraordinary things when it comes to changing lives for the better.”Davis said, “As a cancer survivor, it is imperative to raise funds to further City of Hope’s compassionate patient care and groundbreaking research. This night has become one of my favorite nights in music, and I am thrilled to again co-chair Songs of Hope and this wonderful celebration of the song and the songwriter, which are often overshadowed by the recording and the artist. Songs of Hope is meaningful for me this year because I get to also work hand-in-hand with my father, Clive Davis, who will present the Clive Davis Legend In Songwriting Award to my friends Mike Will Made-It and Benny Blanco.”Renzer said, “I am so honored to be co-chairing the 14th Songs of Hope with my incredible co-chairs Evan, Doug and Steve. It’s wonderful to see the event achieve new heights every year, contributing to the important life-saving work done by City of Hope. Thanks to all for supporting and attending this special event.”This year’s music and entertainment sponsors include Spotify, Clive Davis, Sony/ATV, Electronic Arts, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Warner/Chappell Music.Songs of Hope brings together the biggest names in music and entertainment to support City of Hope in the fight against cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The star-studded event, silent auction and CharityBuzz.com auction raise money to support lifesaving research at City of Hope. Prior Songs of Hope honorees and participants have included Jack Antonoff, Burt Bacharach, Glen Ballard, Martin Bandier, Aloe Blacc, Colbie Caillat, The Chainsmokers, Clive Davis, Desmond Child, Natalie Cole, Gavin DeGraw, The Doobie Brothers, Jermaine Dupri, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Zach Horowitz, Max Martin, Mark Mothersbaugh, Ne-Yo, Lionel Richie, Dave Stewart, Swizz Beatz, will.i.am, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Charli XCX, and Hans Zimmer, among others.To purchase tickets for Songs of Hope XIV, visit www.cityofhope.org/music/songs or contact City of Hope at 626-218-6313 or mfei@coh.org.last_img read more

Nova Scotia band wants to ban drug dealers from community

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National News A long time band councillor and former chief wants to ban drug dealers from his Mi’kmaq community in Nova Scotia.According to Alex McDonald, drug-related crimes in the Sipekne’Katik First Nation are getting worse and he wants action.“As a band government we need to step up and do something about it and stop being afraid and showing fear,” said McDonald. “Because I’m not the only councillor that had a problem.”At 2:00 am on March 2, McDonald woke up to his dog barking and his neighbor banging on his door. Someone had thrown a Molotov cocktail on his truck in the driveway. He panicked and ranoutside in his bare feet, throwing snow on the hood of his truck.“I’m glad that we had neighbors that heard the bottle hit the vehicle and came and told us because it would’ve been worse,” said McDonald. “It could’ve set the houses on fire and people would’ve beenhomeless including me and my family.”McDonald has no doubts why he was targeted.“It’s about drugs,” he said. “I’m against the drugs in the community. I like to see people clean up. It’s about, you know it’s about people trying to be a big king pin in our community.”The incident with McDonald’s truck follows on the heels of a violent home invasion two weeks ago and stories of tires getting slashed. Though, most people aren’t willing to come forward.“It has gotten worse,” said McDonald. “It’s just that people are quiet about it because they’re scared.”Darren Sylvester is a Mi’kmaq Constable with the RCMP. He said he’s worked in Sipekne’Katik for over five years – and from a policing perspective, the drug problems haven’t gotten better or worse overthat time.“I find when it seems like it’s a big concern when certain people are affected,” said Sylvester.But he said he isn’t downplaying the drug problem. For the most part, the drugs of choice on reserve here are prescription pills, cocaine and marijuana. No signs of the lethal fentanyl yet.McDonald has been critical of the RCMP.“The police are not doing their job,” he said. “They’re not arresting anybody, they’re not doing raids on homes. They know who the dope pushers are.”While stories about who’s pushing and who’s slashing tires as payback make the rounds in the community, Sylvester said police need more than that.“The thing is, as police officers, we don’t just act on rumours and stuff that we hear on Facebook,” said Sylvester. “We need good information for us to actually do something about the drug problem in thecommunity.”That can be challenging in a relatively small reserve where everyone knows each other.“A lot of people are scared to speak up, they’re scared to be labelled as a rat,” said Sylvester. “And in smaller communities, word gets around and if they are labelled as a rat, things could happen to themfor speaking out.”And that is exactly why Alex McDonald wants the band to take action by banning anyone charged with drug related offences from the reserve.“It sucks that you have to kick people out of your community but sometimes it has to happen,” said McDonald. “Other communities have done it and they had good results.”On Tuesday, chief and council had their regular meeting and talked at length about options for banning drug dealers from the reserve. No answers just yet.Some people in Sipekne’Katik, not willing to talk on the record, told APTN that they weren’t sure a ban was the way to go and preferred a more positive emphasis on programs.McDonald pointed out that there’s already programs and services offered through the health centre and the Native Alcohol and Drug Association.“But when you have someone always pushing drugs in the community, who has other individuals drug dealing for him, it’s hard,” said McDonald. “It’s hard for anybody who has an addiction problem to get away from the drugs if it’s always in their face.”“What is needed is for the community and the police to work together,” said Sylvester, driving through the reserve in his patrol car.Sylvester doesn’t paint a negative picture of the community, though, or his role in it. “Indian Brook’s a great place to work a lot of great people here. It’s too bad there’s a drug problem.”He said part of policing is making arrests. But an important aspect is working with the community and engaging with Mi’kmaq youth. He points to the on-reserve school as he drives.“We’ll bring in the RCMP and we’ll play sports with the students just to get them familiar with who the police officers are and to have that trust with the police,” said Sylvester. “So they’re able to speak with them when they have to go somewhere for help.”McDonald wants a solution that’s more immediate and feels banning drug dealers or anyone charged with a violent crime is the way to go.“A lot of people are tired of the violence, tired of people preying on their family members, on their children, given their family drugs getting them addicted and then getting them to do the dirty work,” said McDonald.He’s confident that the council will step up and ban drug dealers. But isn’t sure when it will happen, or what exactly the band council resolution might look like. The band is currently having its legal team look at what options might work best.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

13 killed in South Africa church collapse

first_imgJohannesburg: At least 13 people have died and many injured in South Africa after a wall collapsed at a Pentecostal church at the start of an Easter service, authorities said. The incident happened on Thursday night in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal and emergency medical services spokesperson Robert McKenzie linked the tragedy to heavy rainfall in the area, South Africa’s online news publication News24 reported. Authorities said 29 people were rushed to hospital after the collapse of the wall at the front of the Pentecostal Holiness Church and six of them were seriously injured. Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the area experienced a storm and heavy winds which are believed to have resulted in the incident. People were sleeping in the church when the brick wall collapsed, she added. Following the incident, a special prayer service was held in front of the church on Friday, according to local eNCA TV station.last_img read more

Top UN envoy deplores recent attacks against Afghan civilians

22 October 2008The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has condemned recent attacks against civilians in the violence-wracked nation, including a suicide bombing on Monday that killed five children in Kunduz, the murder of a number of passengers on a bus in Kandahar and the killing of a foreign aid worker in the capital, Kabul. “I have stressed many times over the past months the need for proper protection of civilians during combat. With these incidents there was no combat,” Kai Eide, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said in a statement issued yesterday.“The purpose of such attacks is to stoke fear among the wider population,” he noted. “I strongly condemn all such acts.” The Special Representative said his thoughts, as well as those of all those working for the UN in Afghanistan, are with the families and friends of those who have been killed and of those that remain missing.Gayle Williams, a 34-year-old dual British-South African national who worked for the Christian non-governmental organization (NGO) known as SERVE Afghanistan as a volunteer on projects assisting the disabled, was shot dead on Monday as she walked to work in Kabul. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out against the killing as well as those of two local UN staff members in Somalia during the past week, and voiced his alarm at the growing number of attacks against humanitarian workers in both countries. Also on Monday, five children were among those killed in a suicide car bomb attack in the northern province of Kunduz.Meanwhile, Taliban militants seized a bus in the volatile southern province of Kandahar over the weekend and reportedly executed at least two dozen passengers, beheading some of them. read more

Security Council welcomes release of Algerian diplomats in Northern Mali

The 15-member body also condemned the assassination of another Algerian diplomat and expressed deep regret about the death while in captivity of the Algerian Consul. They expressed their deep condolences to the family of the two victims and stressed that those responsible must be held accountable. The Government of Mali must swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. The Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that all acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable. At the same time, States have a responsibility to ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with international law, in particular international human rights and humanitarian law.Countries should prevent terrorists from benefiting directly or indirectly from ransom payments or from political concessions and to secure the safe release of hostages. Council members also reiterated their full support for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and the French forces who support it and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the Mission. read more

Iraq Ambiguity over legal age of marriage could devastate childhoods warn UN

“It is a matter of concern that these draft amendments are silent on the minimum age of consent to marriage and do not apply to all components of Iraqi society,” said Representatives of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, in a joint statement Monday, urging reconsideration of the drafts.According to the https://childrenandarmedconflict.un.org/joint-statement-by-the-special-representatives-of-the-secretary-general-on-sexual-violence-in-conflict-and-for-children-and-armed-conflict-regarding-proposed-amendments-to-the-iraqi-personal-status-la/”>statement, the Iraqi Council of Representative’s approval in principle of the draft law – that does not explicitly set the minimum age of marriage to 18-years for both women and men – represents a significant step back from commitments to prevent and address sexual violence.The two UN senior officials also raised fears of increase in divisions within the country at a time when Iraq is recovering from the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh).They also cautioned that the proposed amendments could lead to possible breaches of Iraq’s legally binding commitments under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as well as the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).“My Office was repeatedly assured by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Speaker of the Council of Representatives Salim al-Jabouri that the fulfilment of each of the pillars of the Joint Communiqué are essential to Iraq’s post-Da’esh reconstruction,” Ms. Patten stated.A key pillar of the Joint Communiqué (signed by the Iraqi Foreign Minister with the UN, formally committing to prevent and address conflict-related sexual violence) is to ‘support legislative and policy reform to strengthen protection from and service response to sexual violence crimes.Noting that the boys and girls of Iraq, already victims of grave violations resulting from years of conflict with Da’esh, are now “at risk of being deprived of their childhood,” Ms. Gamba called on the Government to “take all necessary actions to protect every child by preventing the adoption of policies that can harm children already exposed to armed conflict.” SRSG Patten and Gamba concluded by strongly “urging the Government of Iraq to reconsider these proposed amendments to the Personal Status Law” and reaffirming their commitment “to stand with both the Government and people of Iraq to ensure that the scourge of sexual violence is eliminated and that children affected by armed conflict are protected.” read more

Rocketmine drone survey contracts with Rossing Uranium and Exxaro Resources

first_imgRocketmine, a subsidiary of the international Delta Drone Group, says it “continues to affirm its’ position as the drone service providing leader in UAV (drone) solutions for the mining sector.” The company has procured contracts with mining majors throughout Africa. A contract renewal with South African mining giant, Exxaro Resources Group sees Rocketmine providing survey and mapping solutions to the Grootegeluk site in the Limpopo Province. This forms part of their plan to evolve towards the “digitised mine of the future” concept where real-time mine planning and execution can be conducted to improve mining efficiency and production.Grootegeluk mine is Exxaro’s largest opencast mine in the southern hemisphere. This particular site inhabits various hazards and dangers to the surveyors. The survey and mapping solution was aimed to get surveyors out of dangerous areas to increase safety and data turnaround time. One of Exxaro’s primary driving force in optimising efficiency of their operations is to meet the demand requirements of the Medupi power station. “Our professional service and accurate data have been our greatest advocates. While safety and our cost-effective approaches contribute to a more streamlined and productive output on-site assisting the client achieve their targets,” explains Rocketmine MD, Christopher Clark.The second contract acquisition sees Rocketmine taking to the skies in Namibia. Rio Tinto’s first commercial uranium mine, Rössing Uranium, had supplied a total of 132,610 t of uranium oxide to the world by the end of 2017. To achieve the best possible grade of uranium, the Rössing Uranium mine achieves this by optimising the accuracy of planning. This requires regular and accurate stockpile movements. “The integration of drone technology at Rössing Uranium Mine will enhance operational efficiencies pertaining to planning by providing expeditious accurate data,” said Clark.Rocketmine secured two other contracts in West Africa. Newcrest Mining Limited in Côte d’Ivoire and Newmont Akyem to provide mine blast monitoring and fragmentation analysis and survey mapping respectively. “A global cumulative amount for these African projects over the next three years equates close to €1,000,000. These mines are clear cases that the future of the mining will utilise technology not only to find innovative solutions but to decrease their carbon footprint,” concludes Clark.last_img read more