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Comeback-man Bhuvneshwar Kumar repays Virat Kohli’s faith again with five-wicket haul

first_imgBhuvneshwar Kumar picked up another five-wicket haul as India pressed home advantage on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.Bhuvneshwar bowled with precision as he ran through New Zealand batting line-up to grab his first five-wicket haul in India, making his dream come true. His previous three five-wicket hauls have come in England (Nottingham and Lord’s) and West Indies (Gros Islet).”It was one of my dreams to take five wickets in India. When I saw that the wicket would help me, I told myself I want to take five wickets,” Bhuvneshwar said.Second day’s play was hampered by rain just before tea and almost two hours of play was lost due to bad weather in Kolkata. However, India returned to bag three more wickets for 43 runs as New Zealand reached 128/7 at stumps, still trailing India (316) by 188 runs.It was also Bhuvneshwar’s second five-wicket haul in three Tests. His previous one came against the West Indies at Gros Islet in August when he made a Test comeback after a gap of almost 19 months. (Five-star Bhuvneshwar dismantles New Zealand on Day 2)The 26-year-old pacer said he wanted to make use of the “rare” Indian wicket.”In India you rarely get this kind of wicket, so I wanted to make full use of it,” Bhuvneshwar added.Bhuvneshwar, who was dropped for the first Test in Kanpur despite a good show in the Caribbean where India won 2-0, said he wanted to make the best use of the opportunity.advertisement”I really wanted to make use of the opportunity and I’m very happy with how I bowled. Ross Taylor was my best wicket out of the five today,” he said.Last five instances when Indian seamers have taken five wickets at home:  Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5/33 vs New Zealand Kolkata 2016-17 Mohammed Shami 5/47 vs West Indies Kolkata 2013-14 Zaheer Khan 5/94 vs Australia Mohali 2010-11 Zaheer Khan 5/72 vs Sri Lanka Mumbai BS 2009-10 S Sreesanth 5/75 vs Sri Lanka Kanpur 2009-10India’s most successful seam bowlers in Test cricket since Bhuvneshwar made his Test debut: BOWLER MATCHES WICKETS AVERAGE STRIKE RATE 5I 10M Bhuvneshwar Kumar 15 40 27.67 55.57 4 0 Mohammed Shami 18 61 34.13 56.01 2 0 Ishant Sharma 25 72 34.27 64.67 4 0 Umesh Yadav 11 27 39.85 65.67 0 0 Zaheer Khan 4 16 43.87 73.31 1 0 Varun Aaron 8 15 54.53 66.47 0 0 Stuart Binny 6 3 86.00 150.00 0 0 Pankaj Singh 2 2 146.00 225.00 0 0last_img read more

Indian batting needs to show greater character

first_imgIt’s going to be a long and hot summer for Team India Down Under. Three days at the Adelaide Oval in the first Test against Australia, there are plenty of pointers to how the long form of cricket is still exciting.With rain interrupting play for a while on Day Three, there was more of the patience game to be played. After the below-par batting show from India in the first innings, barring the monk-like monumental effort from Cheteshwar Pujara, there were plenty of mistakes repeated.Fishing outside the off-stump has been an old problem for the Indian batsmen abroad, be it today or even before. There have been true classical Test batsmen before for India. If one recalls the showing in around the last three and a half decades, one has to put Sunil Gavaskar on top of the list. If Gavaskar defined perfect technique and patience, wristy GR Vishwanath and elegant Dilip Vengsarkar knew where their off stump was.Time and again, when India have played abroad, the problem of fishing outside the off-stump has been a bane. Be it in England on tracks where the ball wobbles so much, and in South Africa, where pitches were designed for the tearaway fast bowlers, India have struggled.This time around, in Adelaide, the old flailing was there to see. One would expect the dull and dour Murali Vijay, who now has plenty of experience and KL Rahul to be sure about their off stump. It wasn’t so.The Indian bowlers, who have shown in recent tours at home and abroad they have the ability to deliver, came good again. Ishant Sharma, for whom this is possibly his last tour to Australia, Jasprit Bumrah and the ever-reliable R Ashwin made up in a big way.advertisementIn many ways, even before the first ball was fired in this series, experts have tended to tip India as the favourite. It has never happened before in the past but with the Aussies hampered by some of their famous cricketers serving bans, on paper, this series was supposed to be good for India.Ishant has not lost steam and for that matter, the two other fast bowlers Bumrah and Mohammad Shami generated fair pace. These days, when watching cricket on television offers you so much into the pace of deliveries, movement and so on, it’s a treat to watch these speed merchants.In the second innings, India have certainly done well but a lot more needs to be done. Saturday’s contest between Nathan Lyon and the star Indian batsmen brought out the subtle nuances of Test cricket. There is nothing much to worry about this Adelaide track, though the team batting in the fourth innings will certainly find it difficult. The fast bowlers have created a rough and for someone like Ashwin, this will be the right chance to exploit the conditions.Back to the batsman who defines what authority is about while planting himself at the crease. In an era when not too many Test batsmen play the classical style, Pujara is definitely the master at the crease. He defines patience, technique and shows the willingness to defend, grind and stay there.A Test hundred in the first innings and unbeaten in the second innings means Pujara will have to again show his characteristic patience. Both Pujara and Virat Kohli, who had to cut out aggression on Saturday, batted as the situation demanded. They dealt with Lyon’s guile in the most adroit way. More than just scoring runs, it was important to remain there.The challenge ahead, with Rahane now at the crease, is for India to build on the stage. Anything in the 350-region would be the ideal score to hunt down the Aussies. It may be tempting to say India are in the driver’s seat, but having watched them make a hash of it in the past, it’s better to hope they show grit and willingness to build further.Rahane, a delight for the purists who enjoy classical Test batting, has the big chance ahead. It’s not like the old days when the Aussie fast bowlers were going to go hammer and tong. This Aussie bowling attack is definitely mean but the Indian batsmen need to show they have learnt lessons from the past.Coach Ravi Shastri, who has said before this is the best touring Indian side, would do well to give his batsmen a pep talk on valuing their wicket. The last thing one wants to see in this series is batsmen failing outside the off-stump.advertisementlast_img read more

Fognini lands maiden Masters title in Monte Carlo

first_imgFlamboyant Italian Fabio Fognini followed up his shock victory over Rafael Nadal with a 6-3 6-4 win over Serbian Dusan Lajovic to claim his maiden Masters title in Monte Carlo on Sunday.The 31-year-old triumphed despite suffering from an apparent muscle problem to became the lowest seeded player, at 13, to claim the title since Gustavo Kuerten in 1999.Five weeks before the French Open kicks off at Roland Garros, Fognini produced some brilliant tennis on Monte Carlo’s red clay to snatch his ninth ATP singles title.Lajovic, who had not lost a set this week before Sunday, did not have the weapons to counter Fognini’s tactical nous.Fognini made several unforced errors early on, allowing Lajovic to break in the third game. But the Serbian failed to capitalise as he dropped serve in the next game.Fognini won three games in a row and held off Lajovic to seal the opening set with a stunning backhand winner down the line.It was the first set Lajovic conceded in the tournament and the Serbian appeared quite shocked, dropping serve in the first game of the second set.After a brief fightback Lajovic, who was also looking to win his first Masters title, was overwhelmed again and Fognini again broke to move 3-2 up.In the following game, the Italian had his right leg strapped by the trainer and Lajovic tried to make the rallies longer.But Fognini cleverly ended some of them with dropshots as he held serve for 4-2.He ended the contest on his second match point.advertisementAlso Read | Cristiano Ronaldo 1000 percent certain to stay at JuventusAlso Read | Ashleigh Barty guides Australia into Fed Cup finalAlso Seelast_img read more

Conservative MP decries ridiculous nonresponse from PM on ethics probe

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly said he is happy to co-operate with the federal ethics commissioner and answer any questions she might have about his controversial Caribbean vacation.That was the line when it emerged that ethics commissioner Mary Dawson was looking into the prime minister’s private helicopter flight during a vacation at an island owned by the Aga Khan, the billionaire leader of the Ismaili Muslims and a long-time Trudeau friend.It was also the line when it came out that she was investigating the so-called cash-for-access fundraisers involving Trudeau, for which he has since been cleared.It’s a line Trudeau has repeated ad nauseam at news conferences and during question period, every time the opposition parties have pressed for more details.So it should hardly be a surprise, then, that it’s the line the Liberals gave Conservative MP Chris Warkentin in response to an order paper question, sort of an access-to-information request system available to MPs.Warkentin asked, in writing, for more details of any meetings Trudeau has held with Dawson since his government was sworn in.The answer, also in writing: “The prime minister is happy to engage with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner and answer any questions she may have,” said the single-sentence response tabled in the House of Commons.Warkentin described the answer as “an insult to Canadians.”“This is completely ridiculous. It lacks any form of transparency,” he said Tuesday.“We’re not asking in-depth details about the investigation. We’re simply asking (whether) or not the prime minister has met with the ethics commissioner.”There was no more clarity to be had from Dawson, either.“You have asked if we can provide information about any meetings that Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson may have had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since November 4, 2015,” her spokeswoman, Jocelyne Brisebois, wrote in an email Tuesday.“No, we cannot.“Any dealings that the commissioner may have with individual public office holders or Members about their compliance with the Conflict of Interest Act or the Conflict of Interest Code for members of the House of Commons are confidential, as are any meetings that may take place in the context of an ongoing examination under the Act or inquiry under the code.”She said Dawson spells out the process in a report following an examination or inquiry.Trudeau’s office did not comment Tuesday.Meanwhile, Trudeau is back in the business of fundraising — this time under new rules the Liberals developed in the wake of accusations they were providing preferential access to the prime minister and his cabinet in exchange for dollars from wealthy donors in private homes.The new system involves holding fundraisers featuring the prime minister or ministers only in public places, announcing them in advance, allowing the media to attend and disclosing the guest list within 45 days.Trudeau will appear at a fundraiser in Montreal this Thursday, where ticket prices top out at $250, and one in Vancouver May 18, where the cost ranges from $125 to $750.The Liberals are calling on the opposition parties to follow suit, but they might end up not having a choice.Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould has been tasked with developing legislation that would require similar disclosure for events involving party leaders and leadership candidates, in addition to cabinet ministers.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Imagine Dragons To Perform At Tyler Robinson Foundation Gala

first_imgThe Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) is following up on their successful first gala hosted by Imagine Dragons with a second event at the Four Seasons Las Vegas in September.Video: The Path To Heaven – Tyler Robinson Foundation & Imagine Dragons (OFFICIAL Foundation Video)Along with an acoustic performance by Imagine Dragons, the following corporation and individuals will be honored with a 2015 TRF Humanitarian Award: Hamish Dodds, CEO, Hard Rock; Jonathan Agin, childhood cancer advocate, lobbyist, and writer; Lauren Hill, former Mount St. Joseph’s University women’s basketball player; Mikaela Shiffrin, U.S. Ski Team member; and Geoffrey Alintoff, Youth Fundraiser of the Year. This esteemed award is given to individuals and organizations who have directly benefitted pediatric cancer families and/or the mission of The Tyler Robinson Foundation.In 2015 approximately 10,450 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. Moreover, cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children. Unbelievably, there’s an additional burden to manage when parents get this terrifying diagnosis: the financial fallout from pediatric cancer is often catastrophic. There are costs associated with childhood cancer that few people talk about, such as the cost of completely sanitizing the family home each month, childcare for the other children, tutoring, travel, and the loss of income when a parent quits a job to care for the ill child.“This year’s TRF Humanitarian Award winners exemplify the remarkable, dedicated people who have made sacrifices to further the cause of pediatric cancer children and their struggling families,” said Mac Reynolds, TRF Chairman of the Board and Imagine Dragons’ manager.The Tyler Robinson Foundation assists families with these and many other unseen costs associated with pediatric cancer, while also providing emotional support when families need it most. The TRF’s ultimate goal is to alleviate financial stress, by providing families with sound financial strategies and monetary grants, while also providing emotional support, via a TRF Advocate, so families battling pediatric cancer can focus on what matters most: each other.The TRF is a 501c3 Utah-based organization founded by the Grammy award-winning band, Imagine Dragons and the Robinson family. Tyler fought through several bouts with cancer before succumbing at the age of 17. His joyful and inspiring life forever changed the perspective of Imagine Dragons, the Robinson family, and fans worldwide. Since its inception in April 2013, The TRF has raised over $1,000,000 and helped more than 200 families.Find out more about the 2015 TRF Gala here.last_img read more

European Commission for Fisheries Included Western Sahara in MoroccoEU Agreement

Rabat – European Commission for Fisheries has reaffirmed that Western Sahara and its waters are included in the fisheries agreement between the European Union and Morocco.This came on May 29 in a written response to a question from 13 members of the European Parliament.The members of the European parliament called into question the applicability of the agreement in the Sahara, raising the issue of the consent of the “people of Western Sahara, as well as the legality of the agreement.” The MPs based their question on the European Court of Justice’s decision on December 21 to rule the agricultural agreement as “not applicable” to the Sahara.“The waters off the coast of Western Sahara are included in the fisheries agreement between the Union and Morocco,” said Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and fisheries, in his response to the MPs’ questions.The official also noted that the agreement contains “provisions to ensure that the agreement fully respects international law” and serves the interests of all the populations concerned.He added that these provisions include, among other things, Morocco’s realization of reports on the economic and social effects of the “sectorial support” provided for in the protocol, including their “geographic distribution.”The Council of European Union adopted on May 29 a negotiating mandate allowing the amendment of the agreement between Morocco and the European Union.This mandate aims at applying preferential tariffs provided for in the agreement between Morocco and the EU concerning goods from the Sahara region. read more

Report sough on Mahamodera deaths

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena told parliament today that he has sought a report on the infant deaths at the Mahamodera hospital.Responding to a question raised by UNP MP Sajith Premadasa in parliament today the Health Minister said that the report on the deaths is expected by Monday. He said that a Health Ministry team has already been sent to the hospital to investigate the deaths and until they submit the report he is unable to make any further comments.At least 10 infants had died at the hospital over the past couple of weeks. read more

Las Vegas stadium for relocating Raiders gets Allegiant name

LAS VEGAS — The $1.9 billion stadium being built for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders when they move to Las Vegas is being named for Allegiant Travel Co.Officials made the announcement Monday during a ceremony marking installation of the final steel beam for the roof of the 65,000-seat indoor stadium.Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel is the corporate parent of Allegiant Air.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in May the company had filed to trademark the name “Allegiant Stadium.”Terms of the agreement weren’t made public, but experts on similar deals tell the Review-Journal that Allegiant might pay up to $25 million annually in cash and in-kind services for naming rights.The Raiders are moving after the upcoming season.The Associated Press read more

Both The Raptors And The Warriors Lost In Game 5

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed On Monday night, the Golden State Warriors kept their hopes alive for another championship ring, sending the NBA Finals back to Oracle Arena for Game 6. But the Warriors were not celebrating. Kevin Durant returned in Game 5 after a calf injury had kept him out of the playoffs since the Houston series, but he went down in the second quarter clutching his right leg. His Achilles injury could keep him off the court for another year. Neil, Geoff and Sara react to the injury and discuss what’s ahead for Durant, the Warriors and the NBA Finals.The NHL is also nearing an end to a dramatic Stanley Cup Final. Boston will host St. Louis for Game 7 on Wednesday night. The Blues have looked strong in this series and claim that they’re confident going into the final matchup. However, historical precedent would suggest that the Bruins are better-positioned to take the title. Our team debates who has the stronger case for the Cup.Finally, Sara indulges in the success of her favorite team, the Minnesota Twins, in this week’s Rabbit Hole.What we’re looking at this week:In case you missed it, catch our moment-by-moment analysis on the FiveThirtyEight NBA Game 5 live blog.Neil’s analysis of what Kevin Durant’s injury means for the finals and free agency.Stats to know in advance of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.Details of the Minnesota Twins’ high-powered offense from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Embed Code FiveThirtyEight read more

Thomas Markle father of the bride pulls out of royal wedding ceremony

Meghan Markle’s father will not walk the Royal bride down the aisle, after he pulled out of his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry.Thomas Markle, 73, said he would no longer be flying to Britain, after embarrassing disclosures about his dealings with the paparazzi.Mr Markle reportedly told the US showbusiness website TMZ that he had suffered a heart attack six days ago, but had checked himself out of hospital and had been intending to travel for the ceremony on Saturday.But he will no longer make the journey to meet his future son-in-law Prince Harry, he said, or keep appointments with the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.The decision leaves arrangements for the Royal wedding in doubt, and Ms Markle without her father on the biggest day of her life.It also raises the question that her mother, Doria Ragland, may walk her down the aisle, or that she will be accompanied by a member of the Royal family or make the journey alone. A spokesman said:  “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding.”She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.”Ms Markle is understood to be distressed and deeply worried about her father, who has been struggling to cope with being in the spotlight as a result of her engagement.She is now being supported by Prince Harry as she contemplates her wedding going ahead without him. Palace aides, who have been attempting to provide active help to Mr Markle in dealing with media interest, have previously expressed concern about the pressure he had been under. On Monday evening, TMZ reported that Mr Markle was suffering further chest pains and quoted him as saying he was taking Valium while he was suffering both physically and emotionally. The celebrity gossip website previously quoted Mr Markle as saying he meant no harm to Ms Markle or Prince Harry after taking part in an arranged photoshoot with a paparazzi agency. Samantha Grant, who is no longer in contact with Ms Markle, said she had suggested their father pose for “positive” photographs “for the benefit of the Royal Family”.Instead, the images caused deep embarrassment, appearing to show Mr Markle colluding with photographers despite Kensington Palace’s repeated insistence that he was a private individual who had no interest in working with the media.Ms Grant, writing on Twitter, said: “The bad press over my father doing staged photos is my fault.”The media was unfairly making him look bad so I suggested he do positive photos for his benefit and the benefit of the royal family.“We had no idea he would be taken advantage of. It was not for money.” And speaking on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday morning, she said he was pressured into a “dangerous situation”.”He was living a very quiet peaceful life, not as a recluse,” she said. “He’s a very intelligent man, he’s been gregarious and worked in entertainment for 40 years.”He had spoken with press and was doing just that, but when he called me panicking on the freeway because he’s in a dangerous situation being followed by seven or eight cars, I think there have been examples in history of how dangerous that can be.”So he was so stressed out they rented the house next to him in Mexico, four or five of them, he can’t open his blinds, he can’t go anywhere without being followed and really it’s quite atrocious and intrusive and I think it’s highly unethical.” Thomas Markle with his daughter MeghanCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED  An official engagement photo released by Kensington Palace of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Thomas Markle with baby MeghanCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED Pressed on whether he had been paid for his cooperation, Ms Grant said: “I have no idea but if he did I’m going to assume it was a pittance, because they don’t pay that much.“It was really so that the world could see him doing the healthy things that he’s doing.”Asked about the effect on Kensington Palace, after aides repeatedly insisted Mr Markle did not wish to be photographed, she conceded: “I can understand why it would be awkward.” Hours earlier, Meghan Markle’s half-sister claimed responsibility for a setting up a controversial paparazzi photoshoot for her father. Her brother, also called Thomas, has said that Mr Markle “won’t saying anything publicly but he’ll apologise sincerely to Meg and the Royal Family”.  Mr Markle has been receiving the support of Kensington Palace since news of Ms Markle’s engagement brought him into the public eye, with a source saying aides would “continue to make interventions with the media out of concern for his safety and security”.Kensington Palace has previously issued warnings to the media not to publish pictures of Mr Markle or Ms Markles mother, Doria Ragland, taken under circumstances of harassment, insisting they had no wish to take part in any personal publicity.But a series of photographs, printed in the tabloid press, aroused suspicion after showing Mr Markle exercising in public, reading a book called “Images of Britain”, being measured for a suit, and looking up pictures of his daughter in an internet cafe.This weekend, the Mail on Sunday published CCTV images appearance to show him collaborating with a photographer, walking into the cafe with him and setting up the best angle. An official engagement photo released by Kensington Palace of Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:Reuters Thomas Markle with baby Meghan Thomas Markle with his daughter Meghan Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He allegedly claimed he had not made the decision because of money, but in order to recast his image after a series of unflattering photographs were taken.“He’s now decided not to go [to the wedding] because he doesn’t want to embarrass the Royal Family or his daughter,” TMZ reported. Kensington Palace did not confirm that Mr Markle would be missing the wedding, but issued a statement asking for understanding. She did not directly answer whether her sister still wants him at the wedding, but instead Samantha Markle said: “He was really having heart pains and suffered a heart attack, it was an unbelievable amount of stress.” Appearing on Loose Women on Monday, she elaborated to say that she was “entirely the culprit” in staging the photographs, convincing her father that it would be to his advantage to show himself in a positive light.“It was my suggestion that to benefit him and to benefit the Royal Family and that everyone looked good, and they depict you as you are,” she said. read more

Windows 7 1 an et 240 millions de licences vendues

first_imgWindows 7 : 1 an et 240 millions de licences venduesApparu il y a tout juste un an (le 22/10/2009), le système d’exploitation Windows 7 s’est vendu à 240 millions d’exemplaires. Il représenterait actuellement 17% des parts de marché.Microsoft n’a pas boudé son plaisir et pour fêter le premier anniversaire de Windows 7, en a profité pour rappeler que l’OS était le système d’exploitation qui s’était le plus rapidement vendu de toute l’Histoire. La firme précise que 6 mois après son lancement, tous les partenaires fabricants proposaient déjà Windows 7. Dépassant Windows Vista en juillet, Windows 7 reste pourtant très loin derrière Windows XP (60,03% des parts de marché). A l’occasion des un an, Microsoft propose à nouveau son Pack Famille, qui réunit trois licences et permet d’installer le système sur trois postes différents au sein d’un même foyer. Le 25 octobre 2010 à 15:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouvers only ice rink to remain open after approved sale

first_imgVancouver’s lone ice rink is here to stay, after all.After announcing an impending closure in early April, Mountain View Ice Arena owners announced Friday that it will remain open. City Bible Church elders approved the building’s sale Thursday evening, officially shuttering the church’s plan to build a school in its place.Rink owner and church member Bruce Wood said he and rink manager Bob Knoerl delivered a letter of intent to purchase the rink to the church Tuesday. The sale was approved at approximately $4.1 million and included the reimbursement of costs incurred by City Christian Schools to convert the rink to a school.“We’ve begun a journey to purchase the Mountain View Ice Arena and make it our permanent home,” Knoerl said in a letter addressed to rink users.That marks a change of direction from an April 4 post on Mountain View Ice Arena’s Facebook page notifying patrons the rink would close Aug. 31. City Bible Church planned to convert the ice rink into a 20,000-square-foot school for students in kindergarten to fifth grade, according to a 2016 preliminary application with the city of Vancouver.Wood had been working on locating a new location for the rink for more than a year and met with officials at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in recent months as a potential site.last_img read more

Solari Nobody guaranteed a starting spot at Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari insists there are no undisputed starters amid the uncertainty surrounding Isco’s role in the teamLos Blancos will be back in action on Thursday night, where they will host the second leg of their Copa del Rey tie with Spanish third division side UD Melilla.Real head into the game with a 4-0 lead from the first-leg after goals from Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola and Cristo.Therefore, with such a strong advantage, Solari is expected to rest some of his key players with the out-of-favour Isco set to get the nod for Thursday.The Spain international is yet to handed a start by Solari in his seven games in charge after making a 10-minute cameo in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Valencia.“There are 24 players in the squad, plus the Castilla kids who can play,” said Solari on ESPN, when asked about Isco’s lack of starts.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“They all have to work with intensity and motivation and spirit. That is what we all want, to see that reflected on the pitch.“I don’t believe in the concept of undisputed starters — I didn’t as a player, either. I think it’s great that everything is disputed, up for grabs.“In football, players can have a dip in form or be in fantastic form. The coach’s job is to choose well, and try not to make mistakes.“Of course there are players who play very well always, so they are starters for 10 years in a team. But no player is indisputable for their name.”Gareth Bale (thigh) and Toni Kroos (knee) are sidelined for Real this week, although Solari suggested that the Welshman will turn up for this Sunday’s La Liga game at SD Huesca.last_img read more

4 veterans take flight for first time in years in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of military veterans took to the sky for the first time in several years.Thanks to the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, 90-year-old Rev. Art Stejkal, 93-year old Dick Wells, 85-year-old Ralph Dirksen and 79-year-old Doria Tjong were able to take off from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Friday morning.Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in 2011 to honor living U.S. military vets residing in long-term care facilities.The group, who always dreamed of flying in the sky again, boarded a 1942 Boeing Stearman — the same plane that was used to train military aviators in the 1940s.Each participant took a heart-pounding 20-minute flight more than 1,000 feet in the air, soaring over the heads of neighbor’s and friends.Wells enlisted in the Army back in 1943. He was trained as a bombardier, but he didn’t get the chance to fly during the war.“We were all crewed up and ready to go overseas, and the war ended, so I didn’t get overseas at all,” Wells said. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Decades later, he finally got the chance.“It was something I’ll not forget,” said Wells. “I just can’t express how wonderful it was.”Dirksen, an Army private, is a veteran of the Korean War.“It’s fun to be able to see the area — I’m somewhat familiar with the area — to see it from a different perspective and to get out over the ocean, and it looks different from even standing on the shore, so I had a wonderful time,” Dirksen said.Tjong, the only woman on Friday’s flight, was a little girl in Germany during World War II. She said seeing squadrons of planes flying overhead and even watching bombing runs piqued her curiosity about flying.“As a little kid, I always dreamt of flying someday. Yeah, I flew, but I never learned how to fly, but even though that dream didn’t fulfill itself, I have the opportunity for closure to that wish,” Tjong said. “Today, I got the chance — in my old age — to go out up in the air in a small plane, open cockpit and it was great. I love it.”To date, the foundation has provided more than 3,000 dream flights to veterans nationwide last_img read more

UK trade secretary at CES tech indispensable to postBrexit prosperity

first_img Politics 85 Photos Share your voice Tags CES 2019 0center_img Post a comment All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Dr. Liam Fox, the UK Secretary of State for International Trade, defended Britain’s presence at the world’s largest tech show, calling the sector “indispensable” to the country’s prosperity in a post-Brexit world.During a speech at CES in Las Vegas, Fox said the British Department of International Trade (DIT) had brought the largest delegation delegation of UK tech companies ever to annual tech show. That, he said, was indicative of the UK’s global outlook.  was  “There is a world outside Europe and there’ll be a time beyond Brexit,” Fox told a room of representatives from the UK tech industry. “We need to prepare for it.”This year the UK government brought more than 100 companies to the show, up from 60 in 2018 and 56 in 2017. It signals a step-change in attitude by the UK, which has been overshadowed by big delegations from other countries, such as France, in the past. The decision to engage with the wider tech world on the international stage at CES is a timely one, given that the UK is due to leave the EU and strike out on its own in March this year. Fox came under fire for his trip to LA and Las Vegas. Morgan Lieberman/Getty Two years ago, Gary Shapiro, CEO of the CTA, which organizes the tech show, hit out at the UK on stage at CES, saying the country’s lack of support for its tech companies should be a “source of embarrassment.” Shapiro said government ministers had previously told him they could get approval to go to other tech events, but CES was “frowned upon” because it’s in Las Vegas. It’s a problem Fox is facing right now. The government minister has been criticized for attending not only CES, but the Golden Globes during key Brexit negotiations. The prominent Brexit-supporting politician says he wants to use the show as an opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of the world what UK tech is made of, and strengthen relationships with key partners in the US. The UK boasts one of the strongest tech industries in Europe, and will want to ensure that remains the case following its divorce from the EU. It attracted more foreign venture capital funding in the first half of 2018 than France, Germany and Sweden combined and contributed roughly £40 billion ($51BN) in digital exports to the economy last year. The country specializes in fintech and AI, such as Google’s DeepMind, and is making significant investments in driverless cars and 5G.”UK tech is some of the best in the world — it’s ambitious and confident and ready to grow,” he said. “We’re living in an increasingly globally competitive environment, and whether it’s DIT or other government departments, we need to lend the support to British business, to promote British business in a way that some of our competitors in the past have done better than ourselves.” last_img read more

FGG wants Governor to take action on Vigilance report on land

first_imgHyderabad: Pointing out that the State government has failed to take action on Vigilance and Enforcement Report on the misuse of government lands and allotment of plots by the office bearers of Andhra Pradesh Secretariat Mutually Aided Cooperative Housing Society, Forum for Good Governance (FGG) on Friday demanded that Governor E S L Narasimhan take action on the report given by the V&E. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Forum for Good Governance Secretary M Padmanabha Reddy said that government allotted 674 acres of land to AP Secretariat Mutually Aided Cooperative Housing Society, which had eleven service associations representing each category of employees. The V&E noticed irregularities such as allotment of plots was done against the rules and by-laws of the society, persons already having houses in some other societies were allotted plots, the work of development of area was given to ex-office bearers, management paid huge money to contractors without checking quality of work leading to large scale misappropriation of funds etc. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us The V&E had recommended cancelation of allotment made against the by-laws, resume all vacant lands, freeze accounts of society and ensure that no further expenditure is booked out of the money collected from members, allotment of plots with excess area should be charged at market value, take action against president, secretary and other office bearers for lapses and irregularities. Advertise With Us Padmanabha Reddy said it has been nine years since the report of V&E came out but there was no action taken by the government. “Government land in prime location was allotted to employees but due to irregularities committed by president management committee and it did not achieve the desired result,” said Padmanabha Reddy. He also said that when it was inquired about action taken on the report, the commissioner for cooperation stated that the report was placed before general body of the society on June 9, 2016 and the body rejected the charges of V&E. It is now clear how serious irregularities brought out by vigilance can be rejected by general body of the society, said Padmanabha Reddy. He urged Governor Narasimhan to order immediate action on the report of V&E.last_img read more

Heres why rebel MLAs failed to meet Karnataka Assembly Speaker

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:32Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:30?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Ramalinga ReddyTwitterCongress MLA Ramalinga Reddy and K Gopalaiah from Janata Dal-Secular failed to appear before Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Monday afternoon.Reddy told News9 that he had gone to visit the doctor and couldn’t meet the Speaker on time due to traffic. “Speaker’s office will call me, I will go today or tomorrow, whenever they call me. The reason for the resignation was internal. I will have to come for the floor test, my resignation is not accepted,” said Reddy.The Congress leader later took to Twitter to rubbish the news of him flying to Mumbai. “Some people are unnecessarily spreading the news that I am flying to Mumbai. I have made it very clear that I am in Bengaluru. Request media friends to abstain from the rumours,” wrote Reddy. The Supreme Court passed a judgment regarding the resignation of the 15 rebel MLAs on Wednesday. The court stated that the Speaker can take as much time as he wants to make a decision regarding the resignations of the MLAs. The court added that the rebel MLAs cannot be forced to take part in assembly proceedings until the decision is made.Reddy, who is the only rebelling MLA in Bengaluru while the others are in Mumbai, was not clear regarding his presence during the trust vote scheduled to take place in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Thursday.This vote will seal the fate of the Karnataka government with the balance in favour of the Opposition, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party.When asked whether he will withdraw his resignation if offered the deputy CM post, Reddy said that he doesn’t go hunting for power. Talking about the multiple resignations in the assembly which left the state government in turmoil, Reddy said that the reason for his resignation is separate and everyone has their own reason to resign. Reddy could not make it clearer that he did not influence anyone with their resignation. Closecenter_img Karnataka political crisis | Kumaraswamy won’t resign after Thursday’s cabinet meetlast_img read more

Preparing For Harvey And Predicting Its Impact

first_imgMichael HagertyShelves once stocked with bottled water lay bare as shoppers at the Kroger at 1801 S. Voss Rd. prepare for Harvey to hit the Texas coast.Tropical Storm Harvey is gaining strength and could become a hurricane before making landfall Friday. What’s in store for Greater Houston? We find out by talking to several guests.Jeff Lindner updates us on the latest timeline for landfall and what areas of the region could be hit hardest. Lindner is a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District.Then, some are already comparing the storm to 2001’s Tropical Storm Allison. News 88.7’s Ed Mayberry joins us to draw comparisons. In addition to covering Allison, Mayberry lost his home to the storm.Then, we turn to some experts to tell you how to prepare for Harvey. Lex Frieden advises those with disabilities how to prepare for the storm. Frieden is a professor at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and the director of the Independent Living Research Utilization Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann.And then we turn to Dr. Lori Teller with the Meyerland Animal Clinic who helps us know how keep our pets safe in severe weather. Sharelast_img read more

Congressional Gold Medal Solidifies Tuskegee Airman Honor

first_imgBy GLENN ROLFE, Delaware State NewsGEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — Georgetown native Artishia Mae Conaway Stephens finally has her Tuskegee Airman wings.And they are golden.Seven-plus years after her death at age 87 in June 2011, Ms. Conaway Stephens — who served in the U.S. Army/Air Force from 1945-49 — posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest distinguished civilian award, during a luncheon ceremony Saturday at the CHEER Community Center.In this Nov. 17, 2018 photo, from left, Stephanie Stephens (daughter), Robert Ruffin Jr. (grandson) and Marcealeate Ruffin (daughter), pose with a photo of Artishia Mae Conaway Stephens pose at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown, Del. Ms. Conaway Stephens posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal, recognizing her as a vetted documented original Tuskegee Airman. (Glenn Rolfe/Delaware State News via AP)Family members, including daughters Marcealeate Ruffin of Georgetown and Stephanie Stephens of Claymont and grandson Robert Ruffin Jr. of Boston, accepted the Congressional Gold Medal presented by U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester. The medal recognizes Ms. Conaway Stephens being officially vetted as a documented original Tuskegee Airman.“It’s pure excitement,” said Ms. Ruffin. “When we were younger, we heard the stories, but it was like — whatever. But now that we are older, we understand what an accomplishment that it was. My family and I have been overwhelmed with the love, the honor and the respect you have shown to our mother.”“I’m beyond proud. I’m virtually speechless,” said Stephanie Stephens. “I just wish she was here to witness this and receive all of the accolades. That is the only sad part about today.”“I’ve got to echo my mom and my aunt,” said Mr. Ruffin. “I’m very proud and very excited that my grandmother is being honored in this way. It brings back a lot of lessons that she taught me when I was young — to be brave, to be a leader and to think that you can accomplish anything. I think her participation in the Tuskegee Airmen and being one of the leaders there is something that has been a driving force in my life and inspiration.”A graduate of Howard High School in Wilmington and the Berean Business College in Philadelphia, Ms. Conaway Stephens served in the U.S. Army/Air Force from 1945-49 as a clerk-typist/stenographer. She was assigned to the 99th Squadron, a division of the Tuskegee Airmen commanded by the late four-star Gen Benjamin O. Davis Jr. She attained the rank of staff sergeant.The Tuskegee Airmen, often called the Tuskegee Experiment, was an Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African Americans who were pilots, navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, ground crew, flight instructors and support personnel who kept planes in the air and in service.Ms. Conaway Stephens enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in June 1945 and was honorably discharged as a highly decorated airman on Dec. 23, 1949. During her military assignments she was awarded the: World War II Victory Medal; Good Conduct Medal; and Army Commendation Ribbon.”Today, we honor a documented original Tuskegee Airman,” said retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David B. Rich, of the John H. Porter First State Chapter/Tuskegee Airmen Inc. “It is truly our honor to know that Tuskegee Airmen are still represented and honoring those who served. As we know a lot of our originals have passed, but not forgotten. We are proud we were able to get this done with the family here to say, ‘Thank you.’”After military service, Ms. Conaway Stephens worked for 39 years as a state of Delaware employee, for many years as secretary at the William C. Jason Comprehensive High School in Georgetown, and after that school closed as a bookkeeper at Delaware Technical & Community College’s Georgetown Owens Campus.Tuskegee Airmen served during an era of racial inequality. A Tuskegee Airmen battle cry is that before the Air Force shattered the sound barrier, these airmen shattered the race barrier.Retired USAF Brig. Gen. Ernest Talbert of the John H. Porter First State Chapter said Artishia Stephens’ story is truly remarkable.“Tuskegee Airmen spoke about the ‘Double V’ — victory overseas and victory at home,” said Mr. Talbert. “Miss Stephens fought a third battle and that was the battle for women to establish their place in the airmen’s society as well. So, we honor her for a number of things here this evening.”“Tuskegee Airmen helped win a war and they helped change our nation,” added Mr. Talbert. “The medal that we’re doing is a small part to ensure that the story of Artishia Stephens will be told and honored for generations.”Rep. Blunt Rochester filled with emotion during the medal presentation.“All of a sudden I got very emotional. And I think it is because when I look at this picture, it reminds me that I am standing here . . . . representing our state and being a servant because of a woman who came before me and who was of service; a person who served,” said Rep. Blunt Rochester. “This medal is the highest civilian honor that Congress gives out. She is being awarded the highest medal for service to our country, service to our state whether it was working in the field of education and service to our community. I am humbled to be here on behalf of the United States Congress, presenting this gold medal to Staff Sgt. Artishia Stephens.”Recognition of the Tuskegee Airmen reached a high point Feb. 28, 2006, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen, the largest group ever to receive the award. On March 27, 2006, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation, authorizing then-President George W. Bush to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen.Dr. Reba Hollingsworth, who was a teacher at the William C. Jason High School, shared some remembrances.“Artishia Stephens was a professional all the way, a no-nonsense secretary who was dedicated to the students, the faculty and the community. She was the liaison between the administration and the faculty. Artishia Stephens was one of a kind,” said Dr. Hollingsworth.“As I have gotten older, I see how a woman who maybe 4 feet 11, maybe 100 pounds was never ever afraid to tell me whatever was on her mind,” said Mr. Ruffin of his grandmother. “It is a blessing. It means the world to us that you are all here.”“Being the child of a military person can be interesting,” said Ms. Ruffin, the oldest of Ms. Conaway Stephens’ two daughters. “She was in the military during a time that you could stay in once you got married, which she did, but once you became pregnant you had to leave. So, when she became pregnant with me, she left. Had the policy been what it is today she would have been career. She loved her family, but the military was a close second. Many people have said to me, ‘I didn’t know your mother was in the military.’ But then they said that once they learned, it wasn’t surprising, because she was sharp, to the point and no nonsense.”___Information from: Delaware State News, http://delawarestatenews.netlast_img read more