Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton on brink of F1 titles

first_imgLewis Hamilton could be crowned Britain’s first four-times Formula One world champion in Texas this weekend while Mercedes are on the brink of a fourth consecutive constructor’s title.The chances of Mercedes, 145 points clear of Ferrari with four races remaining, wrapping things up in Austin appear to be overwhelming.Everything is also stacking up for Hamilton to become only the fifth driver to win more than three championships since the first in 1950, with British bookmakers offering odds of 1/50 on him taking the title.That compares to 14/1 for Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton’s closest rival, and 300/1 on Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.While the team may be celebrating on Sunday night, Hamilton may find he has to wait, however.To do it in Austin, the Briton must finish in the top two and then see where Vettel ends up.Hamilton currently enjoys a hefty 59-point advantage, with 100 still to be won. He must score 16 more than his German rival on Sunday to prevent the title battle continuing to Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on the following weekend.Third place is worth 15 points and will not be enough.Even if Hamilton wins in Austin, he will be champion only if Vettel finishes no higher than sixth. If the Briton comes second, then Vettel has to finish eighth or higher to stay in the game.Reliability, or lack of it, will be a key concern on both sides.Vettel has failed to finish two of the last three races in Asia, one due to a first lap collision and the other a spark plug problem, and cannot afford any further unreliability on Ferrari’s part.advertisementHowever, before his nightmare run the German had not finished lower than seventh since Malaysia in Oct. 2016, when he retired with damaged suspension after a collision.He was fourth in Austin last year, when Mercedes had a one-two finish.This year Vettel has finished all but six races on the podium and three of those outside the top three were fourth places.Hamilton has won eight times and finished second three times in 16 races.Austin has also been particularly good to him with four wins in five years including the last three. Vettel won with Red Bull in 2013.Even if Mercedes dominate one-two, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen prove to be the closest rivals, the chances are that Vettel will still finish in the top five in a race without incident.In the constructors’ championship, Ferrari need to outscore Mercedes by 17 points to prevent them retaining the title in Austin.The only occasion Ferrari have done that this season was in Monaco in May when Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished one-two while Hamilton was seventh and team mate Valtteri Bottas ended up fourth.last_img read more

Report: Roma 0 Atletico Madrid 0

first_imgRoma 0 Atletico Madrid 0: Di Francesco debut ends in stalemate Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 04:45 13/9/2017 radjanainggolan-cropped Getty Images Atletico Madrid dominated their Champions League Group C opener against Roma but had to settle for a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma ground out a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid to give coach Eusebio Di Francesco a point from his first Champions League game at the Stadio Olimpico.The Giallorossi spent much of the evening on the back foot as the experienced European campaigners in Diego Simeone’s Atletico squad piled on the pressure, but Di Francesco was at least given a clean sheet to build on at the start of his debut season as a coach in Europe’s top club competition.The home crowd were demanding after a 3-1 home defeat to Inter in Roma’s last competitive fixture but Atletico pinned their hosts back for long periods of the game and cancelled out the threat posed by dangerman Edin Dzeko. 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 Radja Nainggolan was one of few Roma players to emerge with credit after a busy performance and a first-half shot that was saved by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak at full stretch.Simeone’s men will rue their wastefulness in front of goal after Saul Niguez missed golden opportunities to score in either half and Koke had a first-half attempt cleared off the line, but on the evidence of this game it is the Spaniards who look like the sternest test awaiting Group C’s other sides, Chelsea and Qarabag.Saul gave the hosts a scare after three minutes when he was played in by Filipe Luis and flashed a first-time shot from the edge of the box just past the post.Roma looked fragile at the back as Atletico pressed early on, with Saul pulling the strings for the visitors, and Luciano Vietto stung the palms of Giallorossi goalkeeper Alisson with a powerful shot from the edge of the box after 15 minutes.As the home crowd looked to Nainggolan for inspiration, the Belgium midfielder responded with a defence-splitting pass to Gregoire Defrel but the Sassuolo loanee snatched at his shot and sent the ball wide after 17 minutes.Diego Perotti sailed a dipping drive over the crossbar from 25 yards just before the half-hour mark, and the game then burst into life.Nainggolan hammered a low drive towards goal that almost squirmed under the body of Oblak, before play swung to the other end of the field where Roma’s Kostas Manolas had to scramble back to clear Koke’s shot off the goal-line.No goals yet in this one – but plenty of chances from both sides!#ASRoma #UCL #RomaAtleti— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) September 12, 2017Atletico attacked early in the second half and after 56 minutes Saul played a superb pass to Vietto who scooped the ball over Alisson but the shot had too much power on it and drifted over the crossbar.Juanfran broke down the right three minutes later and cut the ball back to the edge of the box where Saul met it with a side-footed shot, but he aimed too close to Alisson who gratefully gathered.Just after the hour mark, Antoine Griezmann played in substitute Angel Correa who drifted through the penalty area before poking the ball towards goal, only for Alisson to parry the ball away with a good one-handed save.There was a moment of hope around the stadium when Juanfran appeared to bring down Perotti in the penalty area after 75 minutes, but the referee awarded a goal-kick, before, at the other end, Correa drew an excellent save from Alisson with a powerful drive from the edge of the box.Saul went incredibly close to breaking the deadlock in injury time, crashing a header towards goal from Koke’s corner and, when Alisson parried the ball back into his path, his first-time shot hit the outside of the post allowing the stadium to breathe a sigh of relief.Key Opta stats: – Alisson made nine saves, more than any other goalkeeper in the Champions League on Tuesday.- The only shot on target by Roma in the game was from Radja Nainggolan in the first half – no team attempted fewer in the Champions League on Tuesday.- Roma haven’t found the net in their last four Champions League games, their longest goalless drought in the CL (since 1992-93).- Roma have won only one of their last 13 Champions League games (5D, 7L), against Bayer Leverkusen in November 2015 (3-2).- Atletico are unbeaten against Italian sides in the Champions League (3W, 2D). read morelast_img read more

2012 NTL Media Coverage

first_imgA number of Port Macquarie’s leading players will compete for the Northern Eagles in the X-Blades National Touch League.This year the competition will be played at Port Macquarie’s Regional Sports Stadium and the Tuffins Lane fields from Thursday this week until Sunday. Touch ContingentThe Cairns Post 24.02.2012Twenty-five Cairns touch football players will head to Port Macquarie next month to represent Queensland in the National Touch League.The players have been selected to represent Cairns in a number of age groups at the national championships.In the men’s open team, Cairns touch stalwart Col Beckitt will coach fellow Far North representatives Lawrence Oberleutter and Theo Majid.Connie Finlay will play in her first open women’s team and Chanel Ryan and Evie Everden were chosen in the open mixed division.Troy Hastie earned another call-up for the over-40 men’s alongside three other Cairns players, while 12 representatives will be in the over 50 and over-55 teams. Mel Dunne, Kym Finlay and Katina Davis will represent Cairns in the over-35 women’s team.Six locals picked for National LeagueGoulburn Post, 05/01/2012Six locals will don the green and gold strip of the Southern Suns when they join 4000 players at the National Touch League in Port Macquarie. Chris Roberts has been named in Barry Jackson’s 13-strong under 20s men’s team, Joel Macpherson in the male open squad, Emma Price, Rachael Ross and Courtney Wallace in the women’s open team and Sophie Broadhead in the mixed open outfit. Aside from performing well at an individual level, the sextet is eager to buck the Southern Suns’ lean spell at the nationwide tournament when it taps off on March 8. Of the teams to be represented by Goulburnians, only the men’s 20s have a won a National Touch League in the last 15 years. A handful of home-made touch footballers will help re-write the record books if they have their way at the four-day carnival. To view, please click on the links below. If you see a story in your local media about the NTL that you’d like to see on the website, please email Set For NTLAustralia’s best players, coaches and referees will unite at Port Macquarie next week for four days of action-packed touch football.The National Touch League (NTL) is Australia’s premier touch football event featuring affiliated regional and state representative teams from all states and territories throughout Australia. To Provide Spark For SwansYouth will be the key for the South West Queensland Swans when the National Touch League kicks off in Port Macquarie on Thursday.After finishing runner-up at the state championships last year, the open women’s side is hoping to go one better on the national stage. Eagles Take On All Comers On Home Turflast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd keeper De Gea: Winning a Prem title unlike anything in the world

first_imgMan Utd keeper De Gea: Winning a Prem title unlike anything in the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea feels he can with another Premier League title.De Gea penned new terms with United last week.He said, “Everyone sees it, it’s passion. It’s hard to describe in words what it means to win a Premier title. “It is the most competitive league in the world with a lot of difference and I think it is very valuable to win a Premier title.”On his new contract, De Gea added: “It is a special club, the biggest in England, and it is a pride and pleasure to be in this club for many years.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Chennai: Raids in premises of spiritual guru leads to big haul of Rs 500 crore

first_img Press Trust of India ChennaiOctober 18, 2019UPDATED: October 18, 2019 21:35 IST Kalki, the self-styled godman (File Photo)Searches in multiple premises spread across the Southern States in firms and trusts founded by spiritual guru ‘Kalki’ Bhagwan has led to the detection of undisclosed income of more than Rs 500 crore, the Income Tax department said on Friday.The undisclosed income covers unaccounted cash receipts of about Rs 409 crore.A total of Rs 43.9 crore in cash and US currency worth Rs 18 crore was seized and the total value of the seizure is about Rs 93 crore, which includes gold and diamonds, a tax department official release said.It was found that the group was investing in tax havens and the tax department is probing “diversion of income taxable in India to offshore entities.”A string of 40 premises connected to a conglomerate of trusts and companies founded by the spiritual guru that ran “wellness courses” were searched on Wednesday.The searches, which are still in progress, has covered premises in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Varadaiahpalem in Andhra Pradesh, a stone’s throw from the Tamil Nadu border.The entities founded by the guru, who propounded “oneness philosophy, “offered “wellness courses” and training programmes in philosophy and spirituality at various sprawling residential campuses at Varadaiahpalem, Chennai and Bengaluru.The courses attract residential customers from abroad and the group earns substantial receipts in foreign exchange.The group, with interests in several sectors, including real estate, construction and sports in India and abroad, “is presently managed and controlled by the spiritual leader who laid the foundation of the group, and his son.”Raids were initiated on a tip-off that the group has been suppressing receipts that are ploughed into investments in abroad and landed property in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, according to the department. During the searches, evidence was found that the group has been regularly suppressing its receipts at its various centres or ashrams.advertisementEvidence was found with key employees, who maintained a record of cash collections that were kept outside the accounts for use in making investments elsewhere and also for paying for properties over and above documented values.”It is learnt that the group also earned unaccounted income in receiving cash from property sales over and above documented values.A preliminary estimate of such unaccounted cash receipts is Rs 409 crore from Financial Year 2014-15 onwards,” the release added.Such unaccounted cash receipts are also evidenced by huge quantities of cash and other valuables found at the residences of the spiritual guru and his son, and at one of the campuses.A total sum of Rs 43.9 crore in cash was seized by the department during searches.American currency worth about Rs 18 crore and foreign exchange in other currencies were also seized.Undisclosed gold jewellery of about 88 kg valued at over Rs 26 crore, and similarly diamonds (1,271 carats), valued at about Rs five crore, were also seized.”The total value of the seizure so far is approximately Rs 93 crore. The undisclosed income of the group detected so far is estimated at more than Rs 500 crore. The search proceedings are still in progress,” the department said.A key finding of the search is that the group has been investing in a number of companies in India and abroad, including in tax havens.Some of these companies based in China, USA, Singapore, UAE, are found to be receiving payments from foreign clients who attend the various residential “wellness” courses offered in India.The department is probing diversion of income taxable in India to offshore entities by the group in this process.Aspects like receiving donations and returning it under the garb of expenses and receiving a small percentage as a fee, were found.Instances have also been found where the group was not accounting money received from foreign clients in cash in foreign currency and then exchanging the same in the grey market.”All these leads are being pursued and an investigation is in progress.”The tax department, however, refrained from naming Kalki Bhagwan and instead confined itself to describing him as a spiritual guru with “oneness” philosophy.ALSO READ | I-T raid self-styled godman Kalki Bhagwan’s ashram in Andhra PradeshALSO WATCH | Guthka scam: CBI raids 40 locations across Tamil NaduGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma Chennai: Raids in premises of spiritual guru leads to big haul of Rs 500 croreSearches in multiple premises spread across the Southern States in firms and trusts founded by spiritual guru ‘Kalki’ Bhagwan has led to the detection of undisclosed income of more than Rs 500 crore, the Income Tax department said on Friday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

MSI: Tanker Earnings to See Muted Upside by April

first_imgzoom Tanker market earnings should experience a limited upside from current levels by April with time charter rates being under pressure as a result of growing supply of large crude and products tonnage, Maritime Strategies International reports in its latest Tanker Freight Forecaster.After what was a strong last quarter of the year, the tanker freight market witnessed a substantial downdraft across the first half of Q1 2016.“Spot earnings for VLCCs have effectively halved from their December highs and are currently at around USD 50,000/day. Product tanker rates have also drifted substantially lower after a spike at the start of the year,” MSI writes.According to MSI, global oil demand growth is likely to be higher this year than the cautious estimates of the IEA, supported by low prices, although this is predicated on macroeconomic stability.Floating storage provides a potential offset to a weaker trade growth scenario for crude and product tanker markets in what will be another year of excess oil supply at the global level.T/C rates to come under pressure in 2016“Strong Middle Eastern production, potential for rising US crude imports, and China’s appetite for crude driven by both new import licenses and storage builds should provide support this year for crude tankers, but risks on the demand-side are growing. Our spot rate outlook sees muted upside from current levels by April whilst we expect to see T/C rates start to come under pressure this year as a result of growing fleet supply, particularly at the larger ends of both the crude and products segments,” Tim Smith, Senior Analyst at MSI, said.As in the crude tanker sector, floating storage is expected to play a growing role for products tankers this year, particularly larger sizes, and could act as a useful brake on what will be high rates of fleet growth for LR2s.A growing middle distillates glut in Asia combined with an influx of large crude tanker newbuilds could see an increase in clean products stored and moved on these vessels’ maiden voyages. According to MSI, diesel inventories in Europe are swollen and the influx is set to continue in Q1 2016 as global exports from regions such as the Middle East, Asia and US show little sign of let up.last_img read more

StoltNielsen ISS Ink South African Port Agency Deal

first_imgzoom Maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has won a new contract with Oslo-listed shipowner Stolt-Nielsen Limited for port agency in South Africa.Under the agency agreement, ISS South Africa would handle the port calls of Stolt Tankers at Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town and Mosel Bay, ISS said.The company added that ISS South Africa is helping to ensure quick vessel turnaround at the ports, along with port accounting, dispatching of cargo documents and full port call management control.ISS is also providing full cost control, financial visibility and performance information to Stolt Tankers.According to Tim Whitmore, ISS Key Account Manager, Liquid & Gas Specialist, the scope of services for Stolt-Nielsen includes three-times-a-day reporting, frequent visits to vessels, problem solving, and assistance to principals and Masters.Last week, ISS has also signed an agreement with Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S for crew logistics and husbandry services. Within the contract, ISS will co-ordinate over 2,800 crew changes per year across 32 vessels worldwide, as well as husbandry and disbursement account processing.last_img read more

Voting marathon continues as Tories protest shut down of WilsonRaybould motion

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Members of Parliament are continuing their marathon voting session as opposition parties protest the Trudeau government’s efforts to shut down any further investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair.The Liberal majority shot down a Conservative motion calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to let former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testify more fully about her allegation that she was improperly pressured to drop a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.The motion was defeated by a vote of 161-134.That set the stage for a Conservative-sponsored filibuster Wednesday night, requiring 257 separate votes on items in the government’s spending estimates.Since any vote involving government spending is automatically considered a confidence vote, Liberals were required to be out in force to avoid potential defeat of the government.The voting could theoretically last 36 hours, but the Conservatives have only to keep it going until just after 10 a.m. today to scrub the remainder of the parliamentary day.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Are you in the mood for a new adventure? Then the new Netflix series Another Life may be just the TV show for you. The space drama, created by Aaron Martin (Slasher, Being Erica), follows astronaut Niko Brekenridge (Katee Sackhoff) and her crew as they go on a high-risk mission to explore the origins of an alien artifact. The 10 episode series also follows Niko’s scientist husband Erik (Justin Chatwin), who stays behind on Earth with their young daughter to try and figure out how to communicate with a strange glowing structure that’s recently arrived.If the promise of a space adventure isn’t enough for you, then we here at The TV Junkies are offering up even more reasons to tune in. All 10 episodes are now available on Netflix. Read on for why Another Life should most definitely be your next binge! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rogers CEO companys efforts to improve customer service paying off

first_imgTORONTO – The telecommunications industry isn’t known for having great customer service, but it’s got to do better in a world where Amazon and others have raised the bar for everybody, Rogers chief executive Joe Natale said Friday.“I think the industry has been too narrow in the definition of customer service,” Natale said after Rogers Communications Inc. held its annual shareholders meeting in Toronto.Coincidentally, the meeting was held almost exactly a year after Natale — a former CEO at Telus Corp. — took over the top management job at Rogers.“I’m trying to create a culture of absolute continuous improvement,” Natale said in an interview. “It’s more of a cultural revolution than just a set of processes to fix.”He acknowledged that Rogers — which typically is the target of about 10 per cent of all cases processed by the CCTS, Canada’s industry-funded complaint resolution body for telecommuniations — has lots of room for improvement.But he also said Rogers has laid the foundation for improving its customer service by instituting a policy that links half of every employee’s annual bonus to customer-relevant performance metrics.“Unfortunately, people on the front line are often left with dealing with the complexity and all the things that have gone wrong, all the way up the chain in middle management and product areas and the like.”But Natale said that the people defining products, deciding on store merchandising, setting accounting and legal policies and providing customer information have to feel as accountable to the customer as the person answering the phone.“It’s a team sport,” he said.During the shareholders meeting at Rogers headquarters, Natale said “the bar is constantly rising. . . . And global players like Amazon set the standard.”Natale wouldn’t comment on Shaw Communications Inc.’s plan to create a more app-based approach for receiving and processing customer orders, as well as a greater emphasis on customer-installed equipment delivered to their home.But Rogers believes its value to customers will include delivering and setting up its new generation of home entertainment — called Ignite TV — when it begins to roll it out later this year.“Because the goal is not just about TV. The goal is to create a platform for the smart home, for the connected home.”“If the customer had all the knowledge and insight to do it themselves, then they wouldn’t need us.”In fact, Rogers and its peers in the cable industry are betting they can halt and reverse a years-long erosion of their television customer base to traditional rivals in the telephone industry and new competitors such as Netflix, the leading over-the-top service in Canada.Convergence Research president Brahm Eiley said in an interview Friday that the success of Netflix, Amazon Prime and other over-the-top services has been their “value proposition” — the balance of price and performance that they offer.“There’s a big differential between what you’re going to pay for Netflix and what you’re going to pay for Rogers or Comcast or Shaw or anybody else. The numbers just speak for themselves.”Canadian revenue flowing to over-the-top services — including Netflix, Amazon, Bell’s Crave TV — grew 29 per cent in 2017 to $872 million and it’s forecast rise to $1.11 billion for 2018, and $1.58 billion for 2020.By 2020, Convergence estimates that there will be there will be more households subscribing to over-the-top services than to conventional TV services delivered by the cable and phone companies.“It’s a long road ahead. Television’s not going to die tomorrow. Roger’s not going to stop offering TV access. But we’re now into something structural, something secular.”Eiley said the Canadian network providers probably have better customer service than the over-the-top providers, but global players like Netflix and Amazon will be able to use their deep pockets to deliver a better value for consumers.“It’s dollar and cents. It’s the value proposition.”For the most part, analysts said the Rogers first-quarter results announced late Thursday were better than expected, but they remained wary of how sustainable they would be, given the level of competition that Rogers will face.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more

Alberta buying its own rail cars to move oil without feds Notley

first_imgOTTAWA –  Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her province is buying enough new rail cars to ship another 120,000 barrels of oil a day, without the federal government’s help.The premier was in Ottawa Wednesday to deliver a speech steps from Parliament. She said she’s disappointed the federal government hasn’t even officially responded to her request to help buy more rail cars to make up for a shortage of pipeline capacity.“The federal government should be at the table on this,” she said. “There’s no excuse for their absence.” While she continues to press Ottawa to step up, she isn’t going to wait for it. Alberta has already started talks with a third party to buy enough rail cars and locomotives to put two more oil trains a day on the tracks, she said. The details of exactly how many cars, who the negotiations are with and how much it will cost are being kept secret pending the outcome but Notley said the deal will be final within weeks.“Alberta’s energy industry and the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who depend on it deserve nothing less,” Notley said to a receptive audience at the Canadian Club, in a ballroom at the Chateau Laurier.Earlier this week the federal government pledged to do everything it can to help Ontario auto workers being laid off next year when General Motors closes its Oshawa, Ont., factory. Notley said she does not begrudge Ontario that help but that Alberta has been in a crisis for months as oil prices sink lower and lower, largely due to transportation problems that are keeping producers from getting oil to buyers.“The federal government needs to understand that this, too, is a crisis,” Notley said.Notley said Alberta and federal officials are talking and she hopes to speak directly with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about this next week when the premiers and Trudeau have a first-ministers’ meeting in Montreal.The price for Alberta crude fell to about $10 a barrel Tuesday, said Notley, which is about $40 less than it should be getting when compared to other world oil prices, because buyers are less interested in a product that’s stuck in Canada’s interior. She said a year ago, Alberta was losing about $40 million a day because of that difference. Now, with the price of Canadian oil plunging in recent weeks, that differential has grown to $80 million a day. Notley credited the federal government for buying the Trans Mountain pipeline in an effort to get it expanded and carry more Alberta oil to the B.C. coast, but she said that purchase hasn’t solved the problem yet. The Federal Court of Appeal overturned federal approvals for the project, citing insufficient consultation with Indigenous communities and a lack of attention to the impact on the marine environment off British Columbia.Notley said Ottawa has an obligation to Albertans, and to Canadians, to step up and help find other solutions even as it tries to get the Trans Mountain project back on track.last_img read more

England new boy Archer relaxed over WC chances

first_imgDublin: Jofra Archer insisted he had received a warm welcome into the England set-up but stressed he would have no complaints if he failed in a late bid to make it into the tournament hosts’ World Cup squad. The Barbados-born fast bowler made his much talked about England debut in a tense four-wicket win away to Ireland in a lone one-day international in Dublin on Friday. Archer, 24, was all set to be unavailable for the World Cup until the England and Wales Cricket Board reduced its residency qualification rule from seven years to three. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe Sussex star has made an impact on the Twenty20 franchise circuit but doubts have been expressed as to whether England, top of the ODI rankings, should ‘parachute’ him into their World Cup squad at this late stage. Archer showed his quality when he bowled Mark Adair with a 90mph yorker to claim his first international wicket. Before this match, several England bowlers — David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood — whose places in the World Cup squad could be threatened by Archer’s inclusion were somewhat reticent when asked about his imminent promotion to the international scene. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBut the new recruit insisted he had felt no hostility when joining up with Eoin Morgan’s men. “It’s been very welcoming,” said Archer, who could also play in Sunday’s Twenty20 against Pakistan in Cardiff. “Sometimes the media can get things wrong and misquote people. Since I’ve been here I didn’t feel any malice at all. It’s a really welcoming bunch of lads. “I knew most of the guys before coming here and it’s nice to come into a new team with some people you know. I’m here with a great team at a great time. I’m happy.” England selection chief Ed Smith is due to unveil his final 15-man squad for the World Cup on May 23 Willey, Wood and Woakes were named alongside Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran as the specialist seam pacemen in the preliminary pick last month. “Anyone would think about it (the World Cup) but I’ll just try to play well and hope, I guess,” said Archer. “I’ll try not to set my heart on it. “Obviously the guys have been together a long time and they probably do deserve it so I won’t feel too bad if I’m left out. “If I do well here it will probably put my case forward but I’m not focusing on the World Cup spot.”last_img read more

After 37 years last of Burundian refugees return home under UNbacked scheme

“They are to travel by rail from the same train station where they arrived 37 years ago when they fled the eruption of ethnic violence which claimed the lives of an estimated 200,000 Burundian civilians,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic.Since March 2008, UNHCR has helped 53,500 Burundian refugees from the so-called “old settlements” to repatriate under a joint programme with the Tanzanian Government, which also saw some 162,000 of the 1972 refugees opting to apply for citizenship in their host nation.Tanzania has naturalized 29,000 of the refugees and expects to complete the process of the remaining 133,000 by the end of the year.“Tanzania also hosts Burundian refugees who fled their country in 1993,” Mr. Mahecic told reporters in Geneva, noting that all but one of the camps – where 36,000 are sheltered – hosting this group has now been closed. At the peak of the crisis in Burundi in the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of people escaped clashes, sheltering in makeshift sites along the border with Tanzania. “With the gradual return of peace in Burundi, more than half a million Burundian refugees have returned home, including more than 430,000 from camps in Tanzania [since 2004],” the UNHCR spokesman said. Meanwhile over 20,000 Burundians, who fled their country in the 1990s, remain in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda, said Mr. Mahecic.In Burundi, UNHCR is assisting returnees with issues in reclaiming property by providing temporary shelter and supporting the peaceful resolution of land disputes arising from their long absence. In addition, the Government and its “UN partners are also helping landless returnees settle in specially constructed villages, six of which have been opened in 2008 and 2009.” 30 October 2009Ending one of the world’s longest-running refugee sagas, the United Nations announced that some 400 Burundians left Tanzania today returning to the Central African homeland they escaped in 1972. read more

Ohio State mens soccer topples Indiana in overtime

OSU senior forward Kenny Cunningham (19) celbrates after a goal during a game agaisnt Penn State on Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU tied 1-1.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternSenior defender Liam Doyle converted a penalty kick in overtime, extending the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s unbeaten streak to seven with a 1-0 victory at Indiana.The Buckeyes improved to 6-4-2 overall and 2-1-1 in Big Ten play, while the Hoosiers fell to 7-4-1 on the season and 1-3-0 in Big Ten conference action.The Hoosiers came out strong as they immediately took charge of the game.By the 12th minute in the first half, shots were 2-0 Indiana.The Hoosiers continued to pile up offense, but OSU redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer came across with two saves in the 17th minute to prevent the Hoosiers from putting a point on the board.In the 21st minute Indiana earned a corner kick, but Froschauer blocked the corner attempt keeping the game scoreless.The Hoosiers came close to scoring in the 29th minute when a shot hit off the post in a one-on-one break.Froschauer gained his fifth save of the game in the 30th minute after a diving save to keep the Indiana off the board.OSU junior forward Danny Jensen tried to get it going for the Buckeyes when he attempted a header near post off a free kick. However, Indiana’s junior goalkeeper Colin Webb was able to save it. The final action of the first half came from the Buckeyes when OSU earned its first corner kick of the night in the 38th minute, but the kick was knocked away leaving the score at 0-0 heading into the second half.After a scoreless first half, both teams began the second frame looking to break the game open. In the 52nd minute, OSU earned another free kick that was taken by OSU senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle. His shot barely missed sophomore forward Marcus McCrary in front of the net.The Hoosiers went for a shot attempt in the 61st minute, but Froschauer came up with another diving stop to keep the game scoreless. In the 73rd minute, Doyle took another free kick for the Buckeyes but Webb denied the attempt, keeping his clean sheet intact for the time being. McCrary fired another shot from a distance in the 85th minute, but his shot went wide of the net.The final five minutes of play resulted neither team finding the back of the net, sending the match to overtime. Neither team could manage to score as it headed into the final three minutes of overtime.In the last three minutes of the game, the Hoosiers earned a yellow card, giving the Buckeyes an opportunity for a penalty kick.Doyle made that opportunity count, finding the back of the net to win the game for the Buckeyes.Overall shots were 18-4 in favor of the Hoosiers, with a 6-2 lead in corner kicks.Froschauer had a season-high seven saves and improved to 6-4-2 on the season.The Buckeyes will continue on the road against Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Lexington, Kentucky. read more

Fianna Fáil thinks Seanad abolition is transparently ridiculous but Fine Gael disagrees

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL AND Fine Gael both launched their Seanad referendum campaigns today with one party calling for a No vote, and the other for a Yes at the ballot box on 4 October.The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said that the government’s proposal to abolish the upper house is not “transformative reform” but “transparently ridiculous”.Speaking at the party’s campaign launch in Dublin this morning he said that abolition would “cement absolute ministerial control over the political system” and said the referendum is about “being able to claim a record of reform without actually having to deliver it”.Fianna Fáil has a budget of up to €80,000 for the referendum campaign and will be distributing one million leaflets as well as canvassing in every constituency in the country.Though reform is not an option on the ballot paper Martin said that he did not dispute the need for reform of the Seanad as it currently stands saying “its deficiencies are clear and no one disputes them”.If the referendum were rejected Fianna Fáil wants a reformed upper house.It proposes that the Seanad be reduced from 60 to 51 members and for there to be elections for the majority of seats on the same year that local and European elections are held. It also wants representation in the chamber from Northern Ireland.‘A very straight choice’ But Fine Gael will hope for a Yes vote next month that will allow for the Seanad to be abolished entirely at the next general election.Putting forward his party’s case today, director of elections and Minister Richard Bruton said the Seanad is “a watchdog that only barks once every 50 years” saying this “is not an effective watchdog”.He suggested that the €20 million his party claims could be saved from abolition could pay for the employment of 350 primary school teachers.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the referendum “is a very straight choice, yes or no” and insisted there is no third option.Holding up a copy of the Constitution, Kenny said: “I think it’s fundamentally important to bear in mind that this Constitution, [article] 28.4, says clearly that it is the Constitutional responsibility of Dáil Eireann to hold the government to account, that is its constitutional responsibility, it is not vested in the Seanad.”Kenny added that it is “no coincidence” that the three parties formerly in government – Fianna Fáil, the Greens and the now defunct Progressive Democrats through ex-leader Micheal McDowell – oppose Seanad abolition.He said it was symptomatic of their administrations and their “cautiousness, defensiveness and fear of change”.Pic: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandLike politics? Then why not ‘Like’ Politics on Facebook to keep up to date with all that’s happening in and outside of Leinster House.Read: Martin to Taoiseach: Let’s have a TV debate, Enda: Let’s do it at Leaders’ QuestionsWatch: ‘Do I get the brown envelope?’: Minister meets mixed reaction on Dublin canvasslast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1. #STRIKE: Workers are ESB have issued a threat of strike action. Unions at the semi-state company have accepted an invitation to talks with management, but have stated that strike notice will also be put in place after that meeting concludes.2. #RIP: Tipperary priest Fr Alec Reid, who was one of the architects of the peace process, has died at the age of 82. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he was “deeply saddened” at the news, while Gerry Adams described his friend of 40 years as “non-judgemental” and “tenacious”.3. #LONDON: The three women kept in domestic servitude for decades in London are said to be doing “remarkably well”.  The three, including an Irish woman aged 57, were rescued from a home in the south of the city last month.4. #FARE: A student who was falsely accused of dodging a taxi fare has been granted a temporary stay on the costs awarded against him in a case against six newspapers over their reporting of his legal dispute with Google and Facebook.5. #COCAINE: 120 kilos of cocaine has washed up on a beach south of Tokyo. The haul is valued at around €53 million. That’s 20 times the amount of the drug seized by Japanese police last year.last_img read more

Man who fatally stabbed a man 30 years ago apologises to family

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I can’t remember the actual incident and it’s not me being selective in my memory, I was extremely intoxicated. I can’t remember if I’d taken drugs on that evening, we would have taken magic mushrooms in the past and medication from parents and that.“I just know I ended up in the garda station, we left the scene immediately. I was not aware that young man was fatally injured.”He said he can’t remember stabbing Fox but he saw the blood afterwards and he knew had a knife in his hand.I always put my hands up and I always admitted I was involved, a young man lost his life because of my actions but it wasn’t murder. I had no intentions whatsoever of ever using a knife, of ever taking that man’s young life.“I was extremely intoxicated in the garda station. One of the police officers put his head around the door and said, ‘You’re fucked now Kelly, that man is dead.’ That’s how I found out.”Remorse  Kelly apologised to the family of John Fox, saying, “I wish John was with us today.“I am immensely remorseful, I’m always mindful of the immense impact my actions had.If I could turn back time to have John Fox back with his family again, I would make it happen in a heartbeat.“It is a terrible thing to know you’ve ended someone’s life. Humans are supposed to be givers of life, not takers of life and I do fully understand that taking a life is a crime against man and nature.”Kelly was sentenced to 10 years in prison and served 6 and a half years.Describing why he was carrying a knife on the night in question, Kelly said, “I bought that knife because I went hunting and fishing with my Dad and I used the knife to prepare game.“As a teenager I carried that knife on numerous occasions, when I was out and about going about my daily life.  I never thought much of it.  My friends and I had grown up with movies like Rambo, Crocodile Dundee and thought we would emulate these movies by carrying knives.“Now as a mature man I know it sounds ridiculous, but this was the eighties and movies like Rambo and Crocodile Dundee were socially acceptable.  In our eyes carrying a hunting knife was a cool joke.As a young man, I was uneducated, not really wise to the dangers of carrying a knife. We thought it was a bit of fun and a bit of craic to bring a knife with us and to show it off to friends. I never in a million years expected to stab someone to death with it, what happened that night should never have happened.He said his father was lost for words when he discovered what his son had done.“He was walking around and didn’t know what to do. He didn’t bring me up to do any harm to people.”Kelly added, “I can’t undo what happened but if I can stop one young man from carrying a knife it would be worth it.”Read: Documentary tells story of ‘cancer bus’ that takes patients from Donegal to Galway every week> Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland 56 Comments Short URL Man who fatally stabbed a man 30 years ago apologises to family on Liveline “If I could turn back time to have John Fox back with his family again, I would make it happen in a heartbeat.” 30,153 Views Share Tweet Email3 center_img Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 8:49 PM ON 1 MARCH 1987, John Fox died after he was stabbed in the back by a stranger on a night out in Sligo town.Richard Kelly, who was sentenced for the manslaughter of Fox, apologised to the victim’s family today saying he wished he could turn back time.John Fox was just 23 years old when he died.Speaking to Joe Duffy on Liveline on RTÉ 1, Kelly said, “I’m a mature man now, I’m close to 50, back then I was just gone 19. I was extremely immature, I was uneducated and I was an extremely careless young man.“I was a little bit wild and kind of did my own thing.”Describing the night in question, Kelly said, “We were on the way home having a bit of craic, messing, and we got into an argument with another group of lads. Unfortunately, that’s what happened and a lad sadly lost his life because of my actions. By Cliodhna Russell Apr 19th 2017, 8:49 PM last_img read more

Teenager stands trial for sexually abusing 14yearold girl while she was asleep

first_img No Comments Share1 Tweet Email1 27,041 Views Image: Shutterstock/Billion Photos By Tom Tuite Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Teenager stands trial for sexually abusing 14-year-old girl while she was asleep It is alleged the girl woke up and pushed the teen away in the assault. Image: Shutterstock/Billion Photos Apr 24th 2017, 6:05 PM A YOUTH is facing trial accused of sexually assaulting a young girl after she fell asleep.The 18-year-old man appeared before Judge John O’Connor at the Dublin Children’s Court today.He is charged with sexual assault of the girl, then aged 14, at an apartment in north Dublin on date last July.The youth was aged 17, a juvenile at the time of the alleged incident.The teenager was later arrested in a midlands town and charged.The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed that the case could be dealt with at Children’s Court level and not in the Circuit Court, which can impose lengthier sentences.Detective garda Michael Harkin said it was alleged that the girl’s sister was in a relationship with a member of the youth’s family.It was alleged the girl fell asleep on a couch in the apartment and the youth attempted to penetrate her digitally but she woke up and pushed him away.It was reported immediately to gardaí and the girl was taken to a sexual assault treatment unit for an examination. The court heard she has been left very traumatised.Judge O’Connor deferred ruling on the trial venue issue. The teenager, who was accompanied by his solicitor and a youth worker, was remanded on bail.He has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charge.Judge O’Connor said the decision by the DPP for the case to be dealt with in the juvenile court would not have been made lightly but he wanted more information to be given to the court before he made a ruling on the trial venue issue.The teen’s solicitor Aisling Mulligan said that without further details she would be unable to make submissions. Disclosure of prosecution evidence to the defence has been ordered.The case resumes in May.Comments have been closed as this case is before the courtsRead: Applause from family of teenager Daniel McAnaspie as man is sentenced to 13 years for manslaughterRead: Man jailed for five years for orally raping partner’s son (7) Short URL Monday 24 Apr 2017, 6:05 PMlast_img read more

Gudetama Is Even Lazy When Made Into Springtime Desserts

first_img Are you a Gudetama fan? Do you even know what Gudetama is? He’s a Sanrio character that originally came out in 2013, and he’s actually an egg. He’s super lazy, hard to get motivated, and is always negative. He thinks someday he’ll be eaten, and seems desperate to be. That’s pretty weird, but he’s pretty cute. One thing’s for certain: He’s definitely about to get eaten, especially at the Gudetama x Dessert Oukoku Collab Cafe.This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you, since there are so many different cafes and collaborations out there with different anime characters and whatnot. There’s a special springtime dessert menu at Yokohama’s Queen Isetan, where the Gudetama x Dessert Oukoku Collab Cafe is running right now. There’s a pretty wide selection of different desserts to fit lots of different tastes, including Gudetama angel cake, parfaits, and puddings with fruity flavors and more tastings to keep you coming back for more. I just ate a steak, and I’m ready for this sumptuous offering.If you don’t like desserts or you’ve come to eat a bunch of savory for instead, you can opt for the 40 different dishes available on the buffet. They include pasta, salads, and more with fruits in season like melon, oranges, ruby grapefruit, and strawberries. You can pay 1990 yen for adults and 1940 yen for younger children. This lets you stay 70 minutes for lunch and 90 minutes for dinner.You’ll want to go in with a vendetta like you want to eat everything Gudetama-related in that buffet because you have a time limit and you’ll have to be pretty strategic about inhaling everything in your presence. Maybe that’s just my own weirdness. If you’re interested in heading to the buffet and seeing what’s on offer, make sure you’re in town to try out the special Gudetama collaboration before it goes away!Photos via Stay on target Read A ‘Gude’ Book With Gudetama’s ‘Eggistential Thoughts’ Book last_img read more

WWE attendance 327331 NXT WrestleMania TV tapings

first_imgFacebook Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Triple H Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Impact announces tickets remain for this weekend’s End of Summer Tour in California center_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Impact offers Military Personnel free entry to this weekend’s California events WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter WWE attendance figures for March 27 to March 31, 2015.* 3/27 NXT live event in San Jose, California: 4,700 fans (sellout).* 3/29 WrestleMania 31 PPV in Santa Clara, California: 67,000 fans.* 3/30 RAW/Superstars TV tapings in San Jose, California: 11,000 fans (sellout).* 3/31 Smackdown/Main Event TV tapings in Fresno, California: 11,000 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Impact Wrestling leaving channel 5Spike in the UK, New deal with 5STAR announcedlast_img read more