Still not assured of a place in the next stage of the ongoing Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians would be hoping to book their berth in the play-offs with a win over out-of-contention Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.Though Mumbai are sitting pretty with 16 points from 12 games, they still need one victory out of their remaining two games to secure their place in the four-team play-offs. Mumbai cannot afford to wait till the last away league tie against Kolkata Knight Riders on May 22, incidentally the final round-robin game before the play-off phase begins on May 24.But the Royals would be equally eager to stop Mumbai from clinching the berth. The match would also provide Mumbai an opportunity to avenge their humiliating seven-wicket defeat against Royals in in Jaipur last month when they were restricted for a 94 for eight. Tendulkar would be keen to reverse that result on a track which is likely to assist the slow bowlers at the fag end of the season.The packed gathering at the Wankhede Stadium will witness the leg-spinner, who is retiring from all forms of cricket after the tie, confronting the Tendulkar who would be smarting from the Warne retort against his comments about the pitch in Jaipur after the previous engagement between the two teams on April 29. Mumbai would be down on confidence going into their penultimate round robin game having suffered backto- back defeats against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali and against Deccan Chargers at home.Mumbai’s mighty batting line-up has shown signs of vulnerability once the three main run-getters – Tendulkar (408 runs from 12 games), Ambati Rayudu (364 from 12) and Rohit Sharma (291 from 12) – are sent packing cheaply. The overseas batsmen have simply not stepped up to the plate and delivered, though big-hitting Kieron Pollard showed some signs of rediscovering his lost form in the last game against the Chargers. The biggest problem confronting the hosts is the lack of an effective opening partner for Tendulkar.advertisementThe latest opening partner to the master batsman, Australian Aiden Blizzard has generally struggled against the spinning ball at the beginning of the innings. Andrew Symonds has been a big disappointment with both bat (135 runs from 10 games) and ball (1 wicket) while Pollard (102 runs and 9 wickets from 12 games) has only done slightly better. In such a scenario, the Mumbai batting will largely depend on the top order against the Royals’ spin-heavy attack. Mumbai’s bowling has delivered for the most part though Munaf Patel (17 wickets in 12 games) had an off day against the Chargers in the last match.Pace spearhead Lasith Malinga (27 wickets in 12 games) and Harbhajan Singh (13 wickets in 11 games) have bowled splendidly. ON THE other hand, Rajasthan have been let down by the below-par show of opener Shane Watson (241 runs in 10 games). Botha, a batsman with far less ability, has been more effective (230 from nine).Rahul Dravid has scored the most runs for the team (300 from 11 at a strike rate of over 106).Apart from that, lack of consistency from other Indian batsmen like Maneria and Ajinkya Rahane has also upset the Royals’ plans. On the bowling front, Warne has emerged as the leading wicket-taker for Royals with 12 scalps while Botha (seven wickets), Amit Singh (eight from eight) and Siddharth Trivedi (10 from 11) have made useful contributions. Though Watson has been economical, his lack of penetration (three wickets from 10 games) has not helped Royals while Shaun Tait (six wickets from four games) has not played enough matches to make a difference.- With PTI inputs
Rafael Nadal is all set for his Wimbledon quarter-final clash against Mardy Fish on Wednesday, but if one goes by British media reports, it is as if the defending champion is as good as finished.Watching the world No. 1 battle through the pain barrier to eventually outmanoeuvre Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-6(8/ 6), 3-6, 7-6(6/ 4), 6-4 in a high quality match which ended past 9 pm on Monday, it is clear Nadal is going to do whatever it takes to defend his title.At the post-match conference, Nadal did speak about the pain. “I have to get an MRI done. I felt really bad during that half of the first set at 6-5, when I felt I broke my foot. I asked for the trainer at that moment and I didn’t know I would have a chance to continue playing,” said Nadal.However, as the match progressed and the intensity kept rising, Nadal looked fully focussed and played with felicity. “But with the taping, I think we changed a little bit the direction of the support, and probably didn’t hurt me much. But to run to my forehand was very, very tough for me,” said Nadal.The packed audience at the Centre Court, however, was treated to some delectable forehand drives from Nadal in the final set. The way he ripped inside-out forehand winners to leave del Potro stranded in the corner was proof of how badly Nadal wanted to win the match.In the good old days, when Pete Sampras won his seven Wimbledon titles, he also had to keep fighting niggles and injuries. If people think Nadal is not going to be fit against Mardy Fish, they are fooling themselves.advertisementNovad Djokovic faces qualifier Bernard Tomic in Wimbledon quarters. APTop pros do whatever it takes to be on court in a Grand Slam and a day’s rest will do Nadal a lot of good.Way back in 2000, when Sampras won his last Wimbledon title, he had to take all kinds of treatment to stay fight for seven matches in a row. At that time, rather than conventional treatment, Sampras used the Chinese needle therapy to battle pain and eventually defeated Pat Rafter in a thrilling five-set final.The point is, Nadal may not be a 100 per cent fit but with top quality treatment available, he is going to go out and give it his best shot against Mardy Fish, who is the lone American now in fray.”Yeah, Mardy is playing fantastic. I saw him a little bit against Robin Haase. He’s playing at a very, very high level. He’s a dangerous player, so I will try my best to be very competitive on Wednesday. I need be at my hundred percent. If not, it’s going to be impossible against him,” added Nadal.And what about Roger Federer, who badly wants to win the title this time? On Monday night, Federer did drop a set against Mikhail Youzhny before winning 6-7 (5/ 7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.But barring the first set, Federer did not have to exert himself in the remaining three sets.The classical backhand volleys were also executed with finesse against an opponent who is not a grass court specialist.”Even though I lost the first set, it was good tennis. I thought overall we played a good match from start to finish. There were good rallies, good atmosphere and it was fun,” said Federer.Roger Federer will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. APLooking ahead at his quarterfinal against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Federer said: “Tsonga is a great player. He’s proven it on numerous occasions. I played a really good match I thought against him in Qatar. I think we both played well in the semis there.” Federer says he is going to be ready for the battle. “I think he’s got the weapons to be a huge threat on grass, make a run here. It’s a tough draw, but I’m ready for it,” said Federer.Among the other quarterfinals, Novad Djokovic faces dangerous qualifier Bernard Tomic and Andy Murray plays Feliciano Lopez.Last eightRafael Nadal (ESP x1) vs Mardy Fish (USA x10)Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB x2)Andy Murray (GBR x4) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x12) vs Roger Federer (SUI x3)
Los Angeles, May 29 (PTI) Actors Chris ODowd and Zhang Ziyi are the latest addition to the cast of JJ Abrams “God Particle”.The movie already stars the likes of David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl and Elizabeth Debicki, said The Hollywood Reporter.The sci-fi film revolves around a team of astronauts aboard a space station, who find themselves alone after a scientific experiment causes Earth to disappear.”God Particle” will be produced by Abrams Bad Robot Productions, while Julius Onah directs. Oren Uziel has penned the script.The thriller will arrive in cinemas on February 24, 2017. PTI SHD ARK
Former Pakistan Test all-rounder Azhar Mahmood has been offered the assistant coach’s job with the national cricket squad, which is set to tour England this summer.The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan confirmed that Azhar had been offered the job, which would also include duties of a bowling coach.”Azhar has agreed to take up the assignment but will confirm once he has settled some contractual obligations with his county in England,” Khan said.He said Azhar’s appointment has been made after consultations with new head coach Mickey Arthur. (Also read: Mohammad Amir told to behave on England tour) “Mickey Arthur had specifically asked us to appoint a Pakistani assistant coach with him as this would make it easier for him to settle down quickly in the team and also communicate and understand the players psyche better,” Khan said.Arthur reached Lahore on Thursday after a delay to officially take charge of the squad, which is already announced for the four-Test series in England.According to a reliable source in the PCB, Arthur had been keen to have former Test leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed as his assistant coach but the PCB said the latter couldn’t be released from his duties at the National Cricket Academy since a new Director of academies Mudassar Nazar was due to take over from June 15th.Azhar was also appointed bowling coach on a special short-term assignment for the World T20 in India, where Pakistan faltered badly and this led to changes in the team management with head coach Waqar Younis stepping down and the national selection committee being disbanded.advertisementInterestingly, according to the board source Azhar had also submitted his own report on the team culture and performance after the mega event and he was critical about the lack of professionalism in the team.
OnePlus is one of those few smartphone manufacturers who prefer keeping themselves in the limelight by unveiling special edition iterations of their flagships. The trend began with last year’s OnePlus 5 and has been continued on to the present model as well – the OnePlus 6T Lavender Purple. However, OnePlus isn’t content with just one special edition version and has already teased another special edition version in collaboration with McLaren. And thanks to leaked information, we now know it won’t be just an ordinary version with a different paint job.According to some leaked information from MySmartPrice, OnePlus’ upcoming special edition variant will not only sport a new paint job but also come with a sizeable bump in its specifications. The 6T McLaren edition will be the first OnePlus smartphone to feature 10GB of RAM. The addition of an extra dollop of RAM makes it one of the few smartphones in the market with 10GB of RAM. In fact, the 6T McLaren edition will eventually become one of the first smartphones to offer a whopping 10GB of RAM in the Indian market. Sadly, there’s no other information regarding the special edition variant.OnePlus has been stressing on speed as its priority for the McLaren edition 6T and coupled with the rumours, there could be a high chance of this rumour turning in to reality. McLaren is a sports car manufacturer based out of Woking, UK and is known to create some of the best sports cars the world of auto has ever seen. McLaren was credited with manufacturing the world’s fastest car in the 90’s by the name of McLaren F1. Even the present models from the British manufacturer stress on speed and driving involvement as their priority.advertisementALSO READ | OnePlus 3, 3T get support for Type-C Bullets earphones via OTA updateThe OnePlus 6T McLaren edition could most probably end up being priced a tad higher than the 256GB variant of the standard OnePlus 6T. We could be expecting a pricing of around Rs 50,000, considering the additional RAM and all the special addition additions. The 6T Mclaren edition will be made official on December 11, with sales of the device expected to begin soon after.
Even during a clinically efficient win, Roger Federer still produced enough masterstrokes to have the French Open crowd purring as he moved past German qualifier Oscar Otte into the third round while Marin Cilic was stunned by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the second round on Wednesday.The 37-year-old, welcomed back to Roland Garros with open arms after missing the last three editions, was kept on his toes throughout the Court Philippe Chatrier contest, but raised his game when needed to prevail 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.With perfect Swiss timing, he broke serve once in each set in the 10th game of the first, the eighth game of the second and the ninth game of the third to subdue the world number 144.Just for good measure Federer finished the one-hour 36 minute match off with a signature flourish on the Parisian clay, a glorious drop volley played with casual ease.Third seed Federer, whose only French Open title came 10 years ago, has won his first six sets and with a favourable draw he looks in the form to mount another challenge.Next up for the 20-times Grand Slam champion is Norway’s 63rd-ranked Casper Ruud.In the other men’s singles, Dimitrov twice came from a set behind to outlast 11th seed Cilic in a heavyweight second-round clash at the French Open on Wednesday.The former world number three, unseeded this year at Roland Garros after falling to 46th in the rankings, produced a gutsy display laced with pure shot-making to win 6-7 6-4 4-6 7-6 6-3.advertisementDimitrov moved 5-2 ahead in the decider with two breaks, but Cilic was not going out without a fight and saved a match point with a booming forehand as he repaired some of the damage.Cilic netted a backhand in the next game, however, to hand Dimitrov a notable victory.Dimitrov has never been past the third round at Roland Garros and if he is to extend his stay beyond that this year, he will have to do it the hard way.His next opponent is 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka.Also Read | French Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs TsongaAlso Read | Rohan Bopanna and Marius Copil knock out 6th seeds from French OpenAlso See
India Thursday dethroned England to rise to the top of One-day International rankings, just three days ahead of their blockbuster World Cup clash.As per the latest rankings released by the ICC, India led the chart with 123 points, followed by World Cup hosts England (122) and New Zealand (114).The first team to reach the semifinals of the ongoing edition, defending champions Australia are placed fourth with 112 points.However, if India lose to the West Indies on Thursday, they will slip one point behind England.India and England are due to play in Birmingham on June 30.If India win that match after beating the West Indies, they will move to 124 points with England dropping to 121. On the other hand, if England win, they will move back to top position with 123 points and India a point behind them.If India lose to the West Indies but beat England, they will remain ahead with 122 points to England’s 121.However, England will gain a lead of three points if they beat India after India lose to the West Indies. England will reach 123 points in such a scenario with India on 120 points.India have exhibited top form in the showpiece, winning four matches with one game being washed out. While England wobbled after a good start and will need to do well in their last two matches.Also Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal sparks off controversyAlso See
Manchester United Rashford’s rise from training with Pogba as a 12-year-old to teenage phenomenon Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Getty Manchester United Marcus Rashford Premier League The wonderkid always had the temperament for the big time and has the backing of United greats such as Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole SPECIAL REPORT To the world watching outside, Marcus Rashford’s Europa League brace against Midtjylland in February 2016 was the beginning of the teenager’s mesmeric rise. Having since become a regular for Manchester United and England, the 19-year-old has a story often spoken of as having its origins in that cold evening at Old Trafford, when Anthony Martial’s hamstring tightened during the warm-up shortly before kick-off.Rashford 4/1 to score last at StokeBut to those who had seen Rashford prior to that statement performance, it didn’t come entirely as a surprise. A local Wythenshawe product and one-time member of the same Fletcher Moss Rangers youth team as the likes of Danny Welbeck and Wes Brown, he quickly became regarded as one to watch during his early years and was first invited to join United’s youth scheme at just eight years of age. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 “He joined us aged eight, and he’d been playing in the street with his mates, playing constantly,” former United under-18s manager Paul McGuinness explained to the Manchester Evening News. “He carried on, even though he was at United. We didn’t stop him!”He’d play with Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison [seniors by a full five years], it was 13-a-side and looked like a scramble, so you had to have the quick-witted skills and the techniques to survive. You had the future world’s most expensive footballer playing with you when you were 12, doing tricks, flicking it over heads, one-twos, drag-backs, the things he does now.”Marcus was a privileged spectator, right next to Pogba on the pitch, learning by osmosis.”Rashford’s temperament, just as today, was something that really stood out for many who followed and aided his progress.”Marcus is such a confident young man who has taken everything that we try to teach the boys and girls here and put it on the greatest stage in the world,” David Horrocks, the academy development officer at Fletcher Moss, told BBC Sport.”You can never have a crystal ball but as far as Marcus is concerned, yes — you can see things, especially when he scores 12 goals in a 20-goal game. Marcus was a very shy kid, nothing flamboyant about him, not cocky or anything like that. He was just a lovely kid.”It was a foreshadowing of what was to come that in 2013-14 he was fast-tracked into the United under-18s side under McGuinness despite still being eligible for the U16 team. To begin with he found himself playing on the wing or in wide forward positions, with McGuinness keen to make the most of his ability in the channels.He continued to build his reputation by starring for the under-19s during their truncated UEFA Youth League involvement in 2015-16, scoring twice in a particularly impressive 3-0 victory away to PSV Eindhoven to open the group campaign. Only destiny would ensure that it wouldn’t be his most notable impact on the European stage that season.But at the beginning of 2016, a first-team call looked to be the last thing on the cards for Rashford. Wayne Rooney had rediscovered his scoring touch, netting seven goals in seven games to begin the calendar year, while Anthony Martial was making a real statement in his first season at the club. Elsewhere, Will Keane had been recalled from a loan spell at Preston to add to the striker stocks, scoring 10 goals in his first six appearances back in the under-21s.While all this was happening Rashford’s form was somewhat hit and miss. Although he was beginning to find himself called into the reserve ranks due to the depleted numbers being run up by manager Louis van Gaal, he found the net only three times — once from the penalty spot — in 15 matches during the three months prior to his first-team debut.But then an injury crisis struck, with Rooney playing on to the end of a 2-1 loss at Sunderland with a knee injury and then Keane damaging his groin moments into a substitute appearance in the FA Cup win at Shrewsbury.The injuries meant Rashford was making his way up the system all of a sudden, and he was named on the bench for the home leg of the Europa League tie against Midtjylland just 10 days after making his first-ever start at reserve-team level in a narrow win over Reading. His sole 90-minute appearance in Warren Joyce’s reserve side came as a No. 10 the Saturday before his surprise first-team bow against Midtjylland, and United great Lou Macari remembers that the second-string derby outing didn’t exactly go to plan for the young front man.”This is a kid who wasn’t a regular in the reserves and I remember the week before he made his debut here he had a bit of a stinker in the game I did for MUTV,” he explains. “So when he came in and scored the goals [against Midtjylland] I was thinking, ‘Is it one of those flashes in the pan?'”Speaking to Goal, treble-winning United striker Dwight Yorke explains that it can often be when you least expect an opportunity that the chance to shine comes along.”Sometimes you just look for a little break and even though you think that you might not have a look-in you come up to the first team and suddenly you’ve got another level to go to,” says Yorke.”Rashford has done that, and I think he’s a quality player. I have no doubt that he will be a fantastic player for us and he’ll probably go on to break a number of records because he’s got the attributes. He’s got the pace, he’s got the desire. I saw him training in the gym two weeks before the pre-season tour, and that tells me that he’s got the right attitude.”Andy Cole tells Goal that Rashford’s response to United’s need to fast-track him in is an example for any young footballer to follow.”I don’t think anything was expected of him. We’ve got to be very honest here, he was chucked in at the deep end when the injury crisis up front was such that there was no one else to go with,” says the former goal-getter. “But the way he’s addressed it is absolutely fantastic, he’s been a revelation. I think any young players, especially at Manchester United, will look at that and say ‘If I get an opportunity I’d like to take it just like him’.”Another prolific United front-man, Ruud van Nistelrooy, adds that such a quick accession into an otherwise-faltering squad makes his progress over the last 18 months even more remarkable.”He’s done spectacularly well, Rashford, as a young lad coming in to a team that didn’t score that many goals,” he explains to Goal. “He’s done brilliantly, so I think the development he’s gone through means he will only get better now.”It was his ability to take everything in his stride that made Rashford such an overnight success, and that same temperament and humility is something which shines through to many ex-United stars. To former midfielder and now the head of United’s academy Nicky Butt, it is a principle by which all the club’s players should be measured.As he explained at the club’s Player of the Year ceremony in May 2017: “I was sat down earlier and I saw Axel Tuanzebe, I saw Marcus, I saw Jesse, I saw Paul Pogba all walk past and shake some staff members’ hands, all the people that were at the school with them.”And that’s the most important thing for me, that they are good people. Because it’s really easy to get good players to come to Man Utd because it’s the biggest club in the world, all the best players want to come here. But when you get good boys like this who look after you and they’re still good human beings, I think that’s the most important thing.”Since his breakthrough there has been huge debate as to where Rashford should be played. Despite playing all across the front line during his youth-team days, many have claimed he is being misused as a wide player by manager Jose Mourinho. But Cole believes that he will only become a better player due to such versatility.”What’s Marcus, 19? He’s nowhere near the peak of his powers now, I think we all know that and appreciate that. Just to watch him improve week-in, week-out, and just to watch him learn off the other boys, I think he will get his opportunity at centre forward when the time is right, but to learn a little bit off the left and every now and then he might come off the right, I think that adds strings to your bow.”Yorke, who himself broke through as a more versatile forward with Aston Villa, concurs.“That’s the thing, we all started at some stage when we came into these big occasions and he’s blossomed in his own right. People tend to forget that he’s still only 19 years of age, and he will learn.”He probably ideally wants to play centre forward but we all started off at left wing or right wing and you kind of develop your trade and you learn from that. Eventually he will no doubt be the number one striker at Manchester United Football Club for a number of years to come.”He’s come from a humble background and he appreciates where he is and understands clearly that this is just the beginning. With all the hype he just needs to continue to work and keep his feet on the ground, and continue to produce the goods like he has been doing.”The humble boy from Wythenshawe has become one of the most raved-about figures in English football. But the lad who tested his technique against much older stars, then took his chance when he least expected it, has the backing of everyone at Manchester United to go on and become a true great.
Video: Memphis Ties Game Against Bowling Green With Ridiculous Double-Reverse Flea Flicker Touchdown
Twitter/@Tom_Schad The early games of this college football Saturday haven’t been great, but group of five powers Memphis and Bowling Green are putting on a show. With BGSU up 41-35 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers drew up a double reverse flea flicker for a game-tying 50 yard touchdown pass. You’ll want to watch this one a few times.Memphis and Bowling Green are trading TDs on @ESPN3 (41-41!). None prettier than this incredible flea-flicker. WATCH: http://t.co/7lOOFLAhzS— ESPN (@espn) September 19, 2015Memphis’ double-reverse-flea-flicker: pic.twitter.com/wICN50r7au— Tom Schad (@Tom_Schad) September 19, 2015Memphis has tacked on a go ahead field goal, and leads Bowling Green 44-41 midway through the fourth quarter. This could go down as the day’s best game.
Residents of Guysborough and area will have soon have better access to family doctors, nurses and other health-care providers as the province and district health authority begin planning renovations to the Guysborough Memorial Hospital. A new clinic will be part of renovations and extension of the 24-year-old hospital, offering quick access for patients and health-care providers to the emergency department and other hospital services. Jim Boudreau, MLA for Guysborough-Sheet Harbour, made the announcement today, Nov. 23, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson, as part of the province’s new capital plan to make life better for families. “Receiving the right level of care, at the right time, is key to making life better for families in Guysborough and across the province,” said Mr. Boudreau. “A modern facility will provide the community with better health care and help Guysborough recruit and retain a variety of health care professionals.” More than $1 million has been set aside to plan and design the renovations. The hospital serves communities in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough including Larry’s River, Country Harbour, Canso and Guysborough. Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority CEO Liz Millett said this project is another successful step forward for the district. “We are very pleased with today’s announcement. This funding will allow us to move into the detailed design phase of this project, “said Ms. Millett. “The renovations and redevelopment of this space will improve access to services, will facilitate referrals to other health professionals and will provide for enhanced co-ordination and communication among services and providers.” “We have a highly trained staff who keep their knowledge expanded with their continued training,” said Dr. Anita Foley, a long-time physician in the community. “But to have modern facilities with room to work will make great strides in the care of our people in Guysborough.” The community will make a significant contribution to this project. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough, the Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Hospital Auxiliary will provide a quarter of the project’s total cost. This is the third straight year the province will release the capital plan before the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the year ahead, and gives the private sector greater opportunity to prepare for projects, creating efficiencies and cost savings for the province.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) proposed to supply 24×7 drinking water by 2023 with special measures to stop its wastage, said Mayor Firhad Hakim on Friday.He was addressing a gathering to celebrate 20 years of partnership between the KMC and Asian Development Bank (ADB). A book was released to mark the occasion. Hakim took part in a discussion titled ‘Kolkata: A partnership for a more sustainable, inclusive and more resilient city’ at a Central Kolkata hotel on Friday afternoon. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTwo books, namely Kolkata by Neeta Pokhrel and Partnering for development by KMC were released on the occasion. Subrata Gupta, Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department, Khalil Ahmed, Municipal Commissioner and Jadav Mondol of Kolkata Environment Improvement Investment Programme (KEIIP), along with senior civic officials were present at the function. Takehiko Nakao, president ADB, was also present. Hakim said KMC has always considered ADB as a partner in providing better amenities to the people of Kolkata and not merely a lending agency. “It is not that KMC is borrower and ADB a lending agency. On the contrary, KMC has always considered ADB to be a partner in providing better amenities to the people of Kolkata,” the Mayor said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe said KMC had partnered with ADB for the first time way back in 1998, when Kolkata Environment Improvement Project (KEIP) was taken up. ADB has played a major role in improving the drainage and sewerage system of Kolkata, he added. Hakim also urged ADB to provide funds to augment the drainage systems in Jadavpur, Garden Reach, Behala and Howrah. The ADB officials said that they have got the proposal and will consider the matter. KEIP is conducting a survey regarding the same. Hakim said Kolkata is one of the largest cities in India and lakhs of people come to the city from the districts everyday for work. The KMC supplies 350 million gallons of potable water per day and clears 4,000 metric tonnes of solid waste daily. The KMC is determined to provide better amenities to the people of Kolkata. It has given emphasis on its own revenue and reduced its dependence on the state government. Hakim said the ADB funds have been used mainly to improve the drainage system and conserve water bodies. He also said that the programme Talk to Mayor has become immensely popular, where the people get a chance to talk directly with the Mayor and their problems are addressed immediately.
WHITEHORSE – More than 100 aftershocks had shivered across the Alaska Panhandle, southern Yukon and parts of northwestern British Columbia by early Tuesday following two powerful earthquakes a day earlier, but seismologists say while people need to be prepared, it isn’t time to be alarmed.The U.S. Geological Survey reported the aftershocks, including at least a dozen Tuesday morning, in the wake of the 6.2 and 6.3 magnitude earthquakes Monday that were centred near Skagway, Alaska, but were felt as far away as Whitehorse and Ross River, which is more than 300 kilometres away.Earthquakes Canada also reported a 4.5 magnitude quake jolted the Carcross region, about 75 kilometres south of Whitehorse on Tuesday morning.Earthquake seismologist Alison Bird of the Geological Survey of Canada said continued shaking is expected.“It’s sort of a swarm of activity, there seems to be some intense earthquakes,” she said.“It’s fairly normal to have this sort of thing. This is an area that gets a lot of earthquakes anyway, but sometimes it sort of flares up in sudden activity.”Powerful earthquakes almost always spawn aftershocks that can continue for years, she said, adding that the level of seismic activity in the Haida Gwaii region of B.C. remains elevated, five years after a magnitude 7.8 quake there.Following Monday’s earthquakes, the Yukon government issued messages via Twitter confirming that the school in Ross River, about 200 kilometres northeast of Whitehorse, remained closed as engineers checked for safety.The four-storey Lynn Building in downtown Whitehorse was also closed after being evacuated Monday when large cracks were spotted in its foundation but other structures, as well as the clay cliffs overlooking downtown Whitehorse had been checked and declared safe.“It is a good reminder that we can have large earthquakes in that area and they can get much larger than this, so people up there tend to be prepared for that sort of thing,” said Bird.
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The jury in gruesome Alberta triple murder trial has a difficult road ahead even after they finish their deliberations, says a former juror who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the jury box.Deliberations are to begin Wednesday in the case of Derek Saretzky, 24, who is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2015 deaths of Terry Blanchette, his two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and Hanne Meketech, who was killed five days before the father and daughter.“It’s a pretty awful one. I get about three-quarters through an article and I think, you know what, that’s enough,” said jurors’ rights advocate Mark Farrant in an interview with The Canadian Press from Toronto.Farrant spent five months at the 2014 trial of Farshad Badakhshan, who was ultimately convicted of murdering his 23-year-old girlfriend, Carina Petrache.Farrant was later diagnosed with PTSD and has become an outspoken advocate for the need to provide counselling for jurors hearing horrific cases.He said the jurors at the Saretzky trial have been bombarded with horrific images of blood and death. When some of the graphic evidence was shown during the trial, some jurors broke into tears and needed a break before they could continue.That takes its toll every day, Farrant said.“It’s impossible not to take that home with you. That stuff lives with you. You are so wrapped up in that case, I would be surprised if you are thinking about anything else,” said Farrant.“Especially in a case as disturbing and heinous as the one involving Saretzky. I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t be wrapped up in that.”The jury has heard a video confessions where the accused told police he bludgeoned and stabbed both Blanchette and Meketech. He also admitted to choking the little girl and then dismembering, cannibalizing and burning her body.Although no real motive emerged during the trial, Saretzky told police he was being told by the devil to do bad things.He has pleaded not guilty to three charges of first-degree murder and to a count of causing an indignity to the girl’s body.Court has heard Saretzky knew all three victims, as well as Hailey’s mother, Cheyenne Dunbar, who he claimed to have dated. Dunbar testified that they were only friends.Farrant said a jury has to separate emotion from the simple facts of the case.“You might feel through the case a number of emotions — revulsion, you might feel hostility toward that person and anger — but really you can’t let that cloud what you do at the end of the day.”Fourteen jurors have heard all the evidence, but in the end only 12 will determine guilt. Farrant feels sympathy for the two alternates who are dismissed.“I’ve heard that from a number of jurors saying that in some ways is barbaric. The feeling that I sat through months and months of this and am told through a lottery that I’m not the one to see this through,” Farrant said.Farrant said jurors shouldn’t wait to seek counselling once the case is over.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOn day parole in an Edmonton halfway house, Frank Okimaw learned Thursday night he may not have to return for curfew.That’s because he won an appeal lowering his sentence for aggravated assault and weapon charges Aug. 19, only no one had told him.Okimaw got the news from an APTN reporter writing him on Facebook about the case having read the Court of Appeal of Alberta decision, and sent it to him to confirm.“Yes that’s me,” he wrote. “Is this for real?”Very real, but there’s more.No one had also told Okimaw his appeal was being heard in June, as he thought he applied too late.“I didn’t know I was going for an appeal till you just told me,” he said. “I’ll let my parole officer know in the morning. This is crazy.”Okimaw was sentenced in November to 30 months, with a credit of seven and half months of time already served. That lowered his actual sentence to 22.5 months in provincial custody stemming from an incident at an Edmonton liquor store in 2013.The court of appeal essentially lowered the sentence to 13.5 months, meaning he should be able to leave the halfway house, as his original statutory release was in January.After sentencing Okimaw applied to Legal Aid to have them fund his appeal and never heard anything back. He got day parole in March and said he never thought of the appeal again.Legal Aid picked Edmonton lawyer Graham Johnson to represent Okimaw at his appeal. Johnson told APTN he had no way of reaching Okimaw but had been trying to since the appellate court’s decision.“By the time I got appointed to act he was no longer at whatever remand centre he was in when he first applied for coverage, so I had no contact information from him,” said Johnson.He said if Okimaw had still been in custody he would have found out right away.“But I guess he was already on parole, so wouldn’t have automatically found out. I’m happy you managed to track him down,” said Johnson.So not only did Okimaw win, but his case could be the “roadmap” for sentencing judges with Indigenous offenders in their court.The court of appeal found Okimaw is the “artefact” of colonization in a detailed decision outlining how Okimaw’s life is the prime example of how Gladue principles should be applied to Indigenous offenders.“Our hope … is that these reasons may succeed in providing a useful roadmap to sentencing judges when crafting a sentence for an Aboriginal offender,” wrote the panel of three judges in its unanimous decision.The sentencing judge found Okimaw’s past, severely affected by residential schools and colonization, didn’t lessen his “moral blameworthiness” and the sentence needed to fit the crime. The appellate court disagreed.“Although the sentencing judge found that the mitigating factors in this case included ‘at least to some extent, the existence of systemic Gladue factors’, he did not find such factors had any bearing on Okimaw’s moral blameworthiness for these offences. We disagree…,” the court ruled.The appellate court said a sentence of 30 months would have been fair in most cases, but not for someone has “suffered the personal difficulties, systemic discrimination, and cultural challenges faced by Okimaw, a lesser sentence is called for in light of his reduced moral culpability.”In short, Okimaw’s life didn’t start off well. In fact it was put in jeopardy while his mom was pregnant, as she drank a lot, according to the court.Soon he found himself fighting his own addictions, and before long he was caught up in gang life until he walked away from that life at 21. A few years later he was attacked and stabbed in a swarming. Ever since then he would carry a paring knife with him for protection.At 27, he was slapped by a woman after an incident inside the Edmonton liquor store and her boyfriend and Okimaw exchanged words. A fight broke out and Okimaw stabbed the boyfriend with the knife multiple times. He argued it was in self-defence. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and never gave the court a victim impact statement.The court describes Okimaw as a good father who wants to be there for his kids.He’s currently working with a moving email@example.comUpdate: Shortly after this story was published Friday Frank Okimaw said he was being released from his halfway house and going to visit his kids.
The Canadian Press VICTORIA _ New research released by the federal government says there are minimal risks of farmed Atlantic salmon from British Columbia’s Discovery Islands transferring a deadly viral disease to wild sockeye making their way to the Fraser River.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said Wednesday the findings are the first in a series of investigations to assess the risk of pathogen transfer associated with aquaculture activities to wild fish in the islands, which are near Campbell River on Vancouver Island.The department said management practices on fish health at the B.C. farms, including a vaccine that is 95 per cent effective, minimizes the risk.“This full detailed risk assessment is the first robust analysis that has ever been completed for examining population-level effects of fish pathogen transfer from farmed fish to wild fish,” said Jay Parsons, the department’s director of aquaculture.The research was released as part of a science advisory report on Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, a disease that affects fish and trout raised in fresh and salt water.Parsons said the department will conduct risk assessments on nine other diseases known to impact farmed salmon.The risk assessments are part of the work it is doing to address recommendations in an October 2012 commission of inquiry report into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.Justice Bruce Cohen made recommendations for improving the future sustainability of the fishery including placing a freeze on net-pen salmon farms in the Discovery Islands until September 2020.Cohen also said the Fisheries Department should prohibit farms in the area completely if it concludes the operations pose more than a minimal risk to Fraser River sockeye.The B.C. government announced Wednesday it will review fish processing plants to ensure waste materials from the operations do not affect wild salmon stocks.Jeremy Dunn of the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association said the industry welcomes both government reviews and will co-operate fully.The area around the Broughton Archipelago off northern Vancouver Island has been the site of ongoing protests at Atlantic salmon farms this year by Indigenous people who say they fear the loss of wild salmon populations.
More than 1,500 Tamil Nadu fishermen were chased away by the Sri Lankan navy while they were allegedly fishing close to the Katchatheevu islet, a state mechanised boat association claimed on Tuesday, the Press Trust of India reported.The fishermen from had ventured into sea in 383 boats yesterday and were fishing near Katchatheevu when Sri Lankan naval personnel came to the spot and drove them away, it said. On January 23, about 2,000 fishermen from here were chased away by the Lankan navy which hurled stones and snapped fishing nets of 50 boats for allegedly fishing close to their territorial waters off the Katchatheevu islet. (Colombo Gazette) Following this, all of them returned to the shore this morning without a catch, Tamil Nadu Sea Shore Mechanised Boat Association president P Sesuraja said. He urged the Centre to intervene and take steps to put an end to the recurring attacks on Indian fishermen and to secure the release of 133 fisher-folks languishing in the island nation’s prisons. Besides 175 boats are also in Sri Lanka’s custody, Sesuraja claimed.Meanwhile, a group of fishermen from Ramanathapuram district staged a demonstration condemning the continuing attacks on their brethren by the Sri Lankan Navy.
His message to most of the journalists was that he cannot be shaken and that the only way the crisis could be resolved was by convening Parliament.Asked by The Sunday Morning if he had the full support of his own party (UNP), Wickremesinghe confirmed that he commanded its full backing.Wickremesinghe was sacked mainly over the accusation that he had failed to take strong steps to investigate the alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena. United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that his party was preparing its next course of action in the event of Parliament not being reconvened this week.Wickremesinghe told The Sunday Morning in an exclusive brief interview that he remained confident that he would have the numbers to show in Parliament and remain as Prime Minister. He said that he was still the Prime Minister and the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister was unconstitutional. Asked what his next step would be if Parliament is not convened before 16 November, Wickremesinghe said that they had a plan in mind and would implement it.Last week, Wickremesinghe met several foreign journalists who had arrived in Sri Lanka to report on the crisis. However, Wickremesinghe said the Police had launched an investigation into the allegations and that it was being seriously looked into. Wickremesinghe, who was recently removed from his position by President Maithripala Sirisena, continued to occupy Temple Trees last week.
Dozens of babies are being born in Darfur to mothers raped during the ongoing conflict in western Sudan and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working to ensure that both mothers and children are not discriminated against, and have opportunities for education and access to health care.“They must have an opportunity to be integrated into a larger society and not face discrimination as a result of being the victim of sexual violence,” said UNICEF’s adviser on sexual violence, Pamela Shifman.A recent UN report into war crimes in the region highlighted widespread attacks on women and girls, some as young as 10, in the two-year conflict between Government and rebel forces in which more than 2.5 million people have been affected and marauding Janjaweed militias have forced communities to abandon their villages and flee to urban areas or camps in neighbouring Chad.Sexual violence is used in war to humiliate and weaken communities and the report describes how in Kutum in March 2004, for example, 150 soldiers and Janjaweed abducted and raped 16 girls. The legacy of such atrocities lives on when babies are born and there is a fear among humanitarian aid workers that young mothers and their children could be ostracized as a result of what they’ve been through.“What we know in Darfur, like many places in the world, often the women and the girls who are raped feel shame,” Ms. Shifman said. “They experience stigma, discrimination as a result of the rape. So UNICEF is working to ensure that the stigma of the rape is attached to the perpetrator where it belongs and not to the women and girls who are the victims. And this extends to children who are born as a result of rape.”She noted that the communities she talked with in Darfur insisted that they would not ostracize rape victims and the children born under these circumstances. But the children may be closely monitored while growing up for any characteristics that resemble their violent fathers, she added.She said one of the main concerns women and girls raise is the constant threat of rape they face when they leave camp to collect firewood. “Darfur is largely a desert and women and girls are walking for miles and miles to collect enough firewood to feed themselves and their families,” she explained.To minimize the exposure of women and girls to attack, UNICEF is working to develop locally produced, fuel-effective stoves which use much less firewood. These would cut down the time spent outside the relative safety of the camps.
This year’s winner of the international Swedish Steel Prize is America’s Mack Trucks, part of Volvo Group. The prize was awarded for the company’s innovative suspension system, which takes full advantage of the properties of high-strength steel. “Mack Trucks has laid the foundation for a pioneering improvement of a long-established feature of heavy goods vehicles,” said Melker Jernberg, Chair of the jury, and Head of the EMEA business area within SSAB.Transport using heavy goods vehicles is an essential aspect of developed societies the world over, and even small improvements can make a considerable impact. Reduced wear and tear, reduced environmental impact, and improved safety are of great importance.Mack Trucks’ new suspension solution offers improved handling and reduces tyre wear by up to 25%. The new suspension also results in safer vehicles and increased driver comfort. The Mack Twin Y Air Suspension is the trucking industry’s first suspension to use high-strength steel in a unique Y-shaped design. The strong, yet lightweight design greatly reduces suspension windup and significantly improves tyre traction and braking control. The Twin Y was introduced in January 2013. It uses two stamped high-strength steel Y-shaped blades at each wheel end. Along with improved tyre traction and braking control, the suspension also offers a more stable ride, better handling and gains in fuel efficiency. Because of the greater flexibility of the steel and the reduced torque reactivity and lighter weight design of the Twin Y, truck components last longer and tyre life is extended. “Mack Trucks demonstrates how innovative and skilled development can help us to take advantage of high-strength steel to make stronger, lighter, and more sustainable products, which is one aspect of what the prize is intended for,” explained Jernberg, who stressed that competition was fierce among the many strong entries.The Swedish Steel Prize is awarded in conjunction with a three-day event where participants from around the world gather to share the latest findings on high-strength steel. The award ceremony took place during the closing dinner held at Stockholm’s new event centre – Stockholm Waterfront.Nominees included Condeco Technologies from Switzerland, Pesa Bydgoszcz from Poland, and Tuff Trailers from Australia, who were runners up in the Swedish Steel Prize 2013.The Swedish Steel Prize was established by SSAB in 1999 to inspire and disseminate knowledge about high-strength steel and how it can be used to develop lighter, stronger, and more sustainable products.
The Government, ICTU and IBEC are also of the view that a final effort should be made to resolve the matter without further strike action, which would be very disruptive for commuters and could have very serious consequences for the company, its employees and for the economy.Bus drivers went on strike for three days last month after a dispute with management about cost-cutting measures aimed at saving €11.7 million, of which €7.7 million would come from direct payroll costs.More: Plans to reduce services in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann contractsRead: No breakthrough in talks between HSE and junior doctors A GROUP HAS been established with a sole aim of resolving the ongoing dispute at Dublin Bus.The government set up the group following a joint proposal from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and IBEC. The organisations want an urgent investigation to find a way to progress the Labour Court recommendation relating to cost reduction measures.Dublin Bus workers (at driving grade) have rejected the company’s savings plans and have voted for industrial action.The Department of Transport said that the group, which has already held its first meeting, is making “immediate arrangements to engage external expertise to carry out a detailed investigation on its behalf, including discussions with management, trade unions and drivers”.It is tasked with identifying the issues in the proposals which have led to their rejection by drivers, as well as possible solutions. It will also make recommendations, including a timescale for implementation.Members include the Secretary Generals of the transport and jobs departments, ICTU general secretary David Begg and IBEC chief Danny McCoy.In a statement today, the Department of Transport said that the government, ICTU and IBEC are all “conscious that the continued deferral of the implementation of cost reduction measures places employment in the company at increased risk”.