Rishabh Pant high on the radar for India selectors, assured of “long career”

first_imgRishabh Pant may not have been named in India’s 15-member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy but he is pretty much in the scheme of things for the future, said chief selector MSK Prasad.The selection committee recalled fit-again Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami into the fold while named Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik in the stand-by players list.Pant has been in an impressive form in the ongoing 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, with 281 runs from 11 matches.Prasad said Pant has a long future and was left out of the 15-man squad because of team combination.”We are completely impressed by how Rishabh Pant is playing. It’s just combination because of which he missed out.He is one cricketer we are looking at for our future. He is definitely a solution for our future,” Prasad said.WATCH: BCCI NAMES SQUAD FOR ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHYThe selection committee chairman believed that the Delhi youngster has a long career and the BCCI will do everything possible to enhance the wicketkeeper-batsman’s skills.”There is no need to worry as he has a long career ahead of him. We will groom him and back him. We will ensure that he is successful in future,” the chairman explained.Pant is seen as replacement for MS Dhoni after he retires from international cricket. The 19-year-old got his maiden India call during the three-match Twenty20 internationals series against England in January this year.last_img read more

HIL to make grand return in Nov-Dec 2019: Hockey India CEO

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S ChoudhuryBhubaneswar, Dec 6 (PTI) Hockey India League (HIL) will make a grand return in 2019 and will serve as the season- ending event to a busy international calendar, Hockey India CEO Elena Norman confirmed today.There had been doubts over the leagues future after the organisers scrapped the 2018 edition.While postponing, the organisers had claimed that the move was needed to review the five seasons of the league.Putting to rest doubts over its future, the HI CEO said HIL will come back stronger in November-December 2019. Exact dates of the event were yet to be finalised.”HIL will return at the end of 2019. It is on track. We are working with FIH for the window. We havent finalised the exact window yet,” Norman said on the sidelines of the ongoing Hockey World League (HWL) Final here.”Everyone likes to make money. Everyone likes to make sure that you have the best possible scenario in place. We still have little bit of time to relook at everything. We have already confirmed to our broadcaster for 2019.”We will need to reconfirm with FIH because they will also have a qualifying event leading upto 2020 Tokyo Olympics and that will happen before the HIL so that the players are free,” added Norman, who is also a member of the HIL Governing Committee.The next mens hockey World Cup is scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Stadium here from November 28 to December 16 next year and the HI CEO said they have got the necessary approvals for the conduct of the tournament.advertisementPakistan are one of 16 participating teams in the World Cup, but their participation remains in doubt as they failed to turn up for last years Junior World Cup in Lucknow owing to diplomatic tensions between the two nations.Norman said like any other competing nation, Pakistan is also welcome and it is upto them to follow the procedures and ensure smooth processing of visas.”They (Pakistan) are welcome here like every other team. We have got permission from Ministry of Youth Affairs for the conduct of the tournament, which includes 16 teams, and Pakistan is part of the 16 teams.”We have also written to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs and we have got permission from one of the two and the other approval is expected soon,” Norman said.”Now its upto Pakistan. Every country has a set of requirements which they need to complete for applying for visas. They need to provide all details.”She rubbished rumours that the World Cup might be shifted out of Bhubaneswar.”Absolutely not. I am not sure from where anyone heard that,” a bemused Norman said.The HI CEO said the Kalinga Stadium will sport a completely new look for next years mega-event.”This pitch is three years old and it will be changed for the World Cup. The practice pitches will be changed. Construction work will finish by the end of May. After that we will be laying the pitch and it will require two months for that. Before the monsoon everything will be complete,” Norman said. PTI SSC AH AHlast_img read more

ISL: FC Pune City crack Jamshedpur FC’s defence for 1-0 victory

first_imgFC Pune City joined the toppers in the Indian Super League after claiming a well deserved 1-0 victory over Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Sunday.FC Pune City defender Adil Khan’s goal at the half hour mark proved to be the difference between the two sides as Pune registered their third win in five matches to accumulate nine points, the same as leaders Bengaluru FC, FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC.Lalchhuanmawia Fanai was sent off for Pune but Ranko Popovic’s side defended resolutely to take all three points and hand Jamshedpur FC their first loss in the league.A first goal of the #HeroISL season for Adil Khan proved to be the difference as @FCPuneCity handed @JamshedpurFC their maiden loss!More videos: https://t.co/cVyUhTONeX#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #JAMPUN pic.twitter.com/9fjrPD9zXD- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 10, 2017It took FC Pune City 30 minutes to break through the Jamshedpur FC defence that had kept four consecutive clean sheets in the ISL. Mehtab Hossain’s foul on Marcelinho gave Pune a chance to launch one into the opposition box where Adil Khan converted at the back post. Pune won the first header from Marcelinho’s free-kick and Khan side-footed it home.Steve Coppell’s men reacted well after going a goal down. The home team immediately put Pune under an extended spell of pressure and in the 44th minute, they had the ball in the opposition net.Matheus Trindade’s cross from the left was turned into a Pune goal by Izu Azuka, but the Nigerian was flagged offside before he could celebrate.advertisementIzu Azuka with a bullet header in the back of the net, but he was denied by the flag!Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: https://t.co/wngPyyyV79 JioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #ISLMoments #JAMPUN #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/zDOaRWf4YE- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 10, 2017Two minutes into the second half, Pune had a great chance to double their lead. Emiliano Alfaro released Diego Carlos on the right who drilled in a low cross across the face of the goal. Both Marcelinho and Isaac were in the box but failed to turn the ball home.Unable to break through the Pune defence, Steve Coppell brought on Kervens Belfort to replace Trindade in the 66th minute but it was Popovic’s side that looked likely to pull one more ahead.With just 10 minutes left on the clock, Pune’s efforts to take all three points suffered a big blow after Lalchhuanmawia Fanai was given the marching orders for his foul on Bikash Jairu. The Pune left-back was already on a yellow card when he was adjudged to have caught Jairu with his flailing arm..@FCPuneCity’s Fanai received his second yellow card of the night and was sent off! Deserved?Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: https://t.co/wngPyyyV79 JioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app. #ISLMoments #JAMPUN #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/eM1jm2QjMU- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 10, 2017But even with a man down, the visitors held on to their lead to secure full points.last_img read more

BCCI election to take place on October 22

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will finally have its election on October 22 as per the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai. The CoA met in the Capital on Tuesday and the decision was reached by the three-member committee.The elections of the state associations are to be completed by September 14 and the names of representatives of state associations to BCCI are to be sent by September 23.The appointment of the Electoral Officer by the BCCI and preparation of the electoral protocol by the Electoral Officer of BCCI in consultation with the CoA shall be communicated to all by June 30.Speaking after the meeting, Rai said that while the elections will be held on October 22, the apex council of the state associations will now have 19 members in place of nine as discussed with the Amicus Curiae.”The Amicus was asked to hold mediations with the state associations as they had filed about 80 IAs in the court. The court told the amicus that you hold mediations with them and come back to us. The state associations have come forward and accepted all the recommendations and about 30-odd state associations have now been rendered compliant.”From the main constitution, only one concession has been made by the Amicus and that is that the Apex Council of the BCCI had a limitation of 9 members, which was supposed to be mirrored to the states also. But there were some practical difficulties and it was felt that we needed to increase this number and make it more flexible. It was jointly decided that it would be 19 which would also include the three appointed members. The amicus said the time is ripe to hold elections. The BCCI election will be held on October 22. Those who haven’t complied will have to comply,” he said.advertisementAlso Read | Keep it funny, not personal: Moeen Ali urges fans to go easy on Smith and WarnerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Bangladesh out to prove doubters wrong after Tri-nation series winAlso Seelast_img read more

IDC Demands Release of Arrested Benin Dockworkers

first_imgzoom The International Dockworkers Council (IDC) has called for the unconditional freeing of the twenty sacked, fined and arrested dockworkers at the Port of Cotonou (PAC), Benin before and on May 11.On Friday, May 5, SYNFOMAP-BENIN, a movement of dissatisfaction paralyzed all activities at the Autonomous Port of Cotonou from 3 pm to midnight, as informed by IDC.The protest came following a conflict between the port workers and their employer the Beninese Port Handling Corporation (SOBEMAP).“The conflict resulted from the observations alluding to the workers´ refusal to comply with the recommendations put forth by SOBEMAP to improve the living and working conditions of dockworkers, and in the Synthesis Report of the Working Committee (SOBEMAP-UNIONS Dockers), decided by the Minister who had visited Ports in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal in December 2016 to draw inspiration from the working conditions and management of the dockers of these countries,” IDC said.As explained by the union, the port workers are faced with the lack of regulation of their trade, precarious jobs with a derisory income level of Euro 3.50 per work week, and a high mortality rate: 70 fatalities were reported in the first quarter of 2017.The International Dockworkers Council described the workers’ demands as legitimate, voicing their unwavering support, and demanding that the imprisoned workers are released unconditionally and that SOBEMAP reinstates dockers licensed in their rights.“We call for the opening of a constructive dialogue between the port authorities, the employer SOBEMAP and SYNFOMAP,” the union said.“At the international level, IDC remains attentive to the developments of this case. The solution to the conflict necessarily involves social dialogue.”According to the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney Branch, that addressed the Embassy of the Republic of Benin on behalf of IDC, the arrests by the local authorities are also believed to be connected to the participation of workers in an IDC meeting.“All efforts by the IDC to reach out to the local authorities on behalf of these 20 dockworkers have been ignored. For this reason we ask you to contact the Government of Benin to demand intervention on behalf of these 20 workers,” the MUA branch said in a letter.Should the government fail to react, the union said it would organize industrial action in all ports in Benin.“We hope you will take efforts to make sure this extreme situation is avoided, and help us seek a good situation for all,” the letter further reads.last_img read more

New study says the human brain is lazy

first_imgThe human brain appears to be “hardwired” for laziness, that’s according to new research from the University of British Columbia. According to the study, the researchers recruited young adults, sat them in front of a computer and gave them control of an on-screen avatar. Small images were flashed one at a time that either depicted physical activity or physical inactivity, the subjects then had to move their avatars quickly to the image. They used electrodes and discovered participants were faster at moving towards pictures of activity but it also required their brains to work harder. “What public policy has tried to re-enforce right now is the intention to be physically active but if you don’t work on the other part, the automatic part, that prevents you to be so due to automatic processes in the brain you won’t serve the program,” researcher Matthieu Boisgontier said.Boisgontier added the question now is whether people’s brains can be re-trained.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson Celebrates Opening Of Vegan Restaurant In SaintTropez

first_imgAfter winning hearts on and off screen for decades, Honorary PETA Director Pamela Anderson is now delighting diners with her tasty vegan pop-up restaurant, La Table du Marché by Pamela, which opened in Ramatuelle near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera this week.Pamela Anderson Celebrates Opening of Vegan Pop-Up Restaurant in Saint-TropezUnder chandelier light and the stars, guests dined on black rice risotto, with wine-marinated vine-ripened tomatoes and sautéed eggplant, crusty onion pie, fire-roasted root vegetables, and dark chocolate–drizzled regional garden fruits.The pop-up eatery will be open every evening for the summer.last_img read more

INTERVIEW WITH SHOOT THE MESSENGER PRODUCERS SUDZ SUTHERLAND AND JENNIFER HOLNESS

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Koliah Bourne recently had the opportunity to chat with Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness, producers of CBC’s latest drama series Shoot the Messenger. Canada’s top TV production duo talked about diversity in film and television, the recent U.S. election, advice for up and coming producers, and their latest and biggest project.Koliah Bourne: So thank you first off. I am just getting to know you. I love your stuff.Sudz Sutherland: Thank you so much. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Jennifer Holness: We appreciate you saying that. Thank you.Koliah: So you both are becoming one of the more well-known producers in Canada. Tell us a bit about your journey into the industry.Jennifer: You know we started out…we met in the university first of all. You know we are married.Koliah: Yes.Jennifer: And we met in university. And at first we were dating. We actually dated for about seven months. Sudz was in film and I was in politics, and after about seven months of dating, he proposed.You know I did not expect it. We were in a world where the world can be funny. We were in our early twenties. As young Black people you have a certain idea about how to run your world. You hope you graduate and then get married. So I was quite surprised. So we thought, we love each other and then the “yes” and we got connected. I actually got quite sick, I had a brain aneurysm.Koliah: Oh my goodness.Jennifer: Two days after he proposed actually.Koliah: Oh my goodness. Wow!Jennifer: Yeah absolutely. The part of the story that’s really lovely was that Sudz was there for me every single day. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Loyalty program legal settlement helps Safeway net income jump in 4th quarter

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 11:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loyalty program, legal settlement helps Safeway net income jump in 4th quarter PLEASANTON, Calif. – Bring on the deal hunters.Grocery store operator Safeway said Thursday its customer loyalty program helped its fourth-quarter net income jump 13 per cent in the fourth quarter, far surpassing expectations.Shares jumped more than 13 per cent in afternoon trading on the better-than-expected results.Supermarkets have struggled to find the balance between customers’ need for low price food and fluctuating food costs. Also, in addition to competition from retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart, traditional supermarkets are competing more with drugstore chains and dollar stores.Safeway’s solution has been investing heavily in its “Just for U” customer loyalty program, which offers personalized discounts based on past purchases. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based grocer said Thursday the program is driving market share gains and profits, evidence that the investment is beginning to pay off.CEO Steven Burd said about 45 per cent of its sales are from people registered for its loyalty program. The goal is 65 per cent. So far the program is performing better than expectations, Burd said.“Our best customers are becoming increasingly more loyal and buying more items per trip,” Burd said.The mobile component of the program, which includes apps for most smartphones and an iPad app launched last quarter, has had higher usage than expected. Digital coupons have also performed well, an area that Safeway wants to expand, Burd said.“As people become more digital, there is an opportunity which we are working hard at to actually get out of the paper ads and make the ad itself personalized for every household,” he said.Safeway Inc., which runs its namesake chain as well as Vons, Dominick’s and others in the U.S. and western Canada, said that in the three months ended Dec. 29, net income rose 13 per cent to $244 million, or $1.02 per share. That compares with $215.6 million, or 67 cents per share, in the prior year. Excluding a benefit from a legal settlement, it earned 94 cents per share. That handily beat analyst expectations of 76 cents per share, according to a FactSet poll.A 26 per cent decline in the number of Safeway shares helped make the value of each remaining share higher.Revenue edged up 1 per cent to $13.77 billion from $13.6 billion in the prior year. Analysts expected $13.69 billion.Revenue was helped by higher prepaid and gift card sales. Revenue in stores open at least one year, a key retail metric, rose 0.8 per cent, hurt by a customer shift to generic drugs.For the year, net income rose 15 per cent to $596.5 million, or $2.41 per share. That compares with $516.7 million, or $1.49 per share in the prior year. Revenue rose 1 per cent to $44.21 billion from $43.63 billion in the prior year.The company did not give specific guidance but CEO Burd said eight weeks into the quarter revenue in stores open at least one year is up 2 per cent, so that figure could be up 1.8 per cent to 2 per cent in the quarter.“As Just for U matures, and as the fuel and wellness initiatives are rolled out, we feel our volume, our market share, and our (revenue in stores open at least one year) should only continue to improve,” he said.The company plans to give detailed guidance at an investor event on March 6.Its shares rose $2.72, or 13.5 per cent, to $22.84 in afternoon trading after rising as high as $23.96 earlier in the session. That was its highest level since July 2011. read more

Harris has gone from roster bubble to key cog in Denver

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After the Broncos’ stirring win over the Steelers, Vance Joseph held a game ball up high and called for the man he once wanted to cut.“Shelby Harris!” Joseph hollered . “What a great week. He had a new baby girl on Friday. And a game-winning interception” in Denver’s 24-17 victory that shook up the AFC playoff picture.In between, he had a shared sack, a pass breakup and three hard hits on Ben Roethlisberger, one of which led to a second interception and another that was tantalizingly close to a safety after he bowled over centre Maurkice Pouncey and dropped Roethlisberger on his back in the end zone.Cut a half-dozen times by the Raiders, Jets and Cowboys, Harris signed a futures contract in Denver two weeks after Joseph was hired as head coach in January 2017.Having missed most of the 2016 season after getting cut in camp by the Jets and signing with Dallas just before Christmas, Harris said, “I felt like Denver was my last chance.”That didn’t translate to making a good first impression, though.“He’s got about a week before we cut him,” Joseph said he told defensive line coach Bill Kollar then.“He was just that bad that spring,” Joseph recalled earlier this week. “I guess the light came on, and the guy’s been playing really good football for a year and a-half since.”Harris heeded his coach’s admonition to start hustling on every single down every single day.“They might have thought that he’s a week away from cutting, but the next thing you know he’s leading our defensive tackles in sacks last year,” linebacker Shane Ray said. “And he’s made huge plays this year. That says a lot about his character.”In 2017, Harris played in all 16 games for the first time in his career and was second on the team with 5 1/2 sacks. This year, he’s been especially stout in the run game but can still make his mark in the pass rush.Kollar said it all began with a heart-to-heart talk with Harris.“What happens when you get up here, everybody’s good, everybody’s tough. So, to me, you’ve got to take it to next level. When you’re a guy who’s just never made it, dude, you’ve got to change your (stuff),” Kollar said Wednesday. “So, that’s what I told him: ‘You’ve got to work your butt off or you’re not going to make it. I want you working harder than those guys you’re playing across from.’”Kollar said it was a classic case of pairing determination with natural ability.“My job is to get it out of them, to do it all the time,” Kollar said. “But I ride everybody’s (behind) on the D-line.”It turns out Kollar was the perfect headmaster for Harris.“Bill got me in better shape, I’ll say that,” Harris said. “But really, we do a lot of reps and then he goes and explains it and it kind of opens your eyes a little bit the way he explains it, the certain blocks and the way you’re supposed to take them on. And the technique that he teaches is kind of natural for me. And so, everything’s kind of just fallen into place with Bill.”Harris also credited his teammates for helping bring out his best.“The players on the D-line have really helped me out to just become a better player, a better person,” Harris said. “The whole D-line and Coach Kollar have helped turn my game into what it is today.”Harris said he’s taken tidbits from Derek Wolfe, Domata Peko, Adam Gotsis and Zach Kerr: “I try to take little pieces from all of them and add them into my game, and it’s kind of worked out perfectly.”Harris’ only other career interception came for Illinois State against Indiana State in 2013.The only other time he got a game ball came in 2015, when he made a touchdown-saving tackle against the Chargers, when he was also running on adrenalin from sleep deprivation.“You want to know something crazy? The first time was after I had my son,” Harris said. “And I missed the Thursday practice that time and half of Friday and came back Friday night.”He missed practice last Friday for the birth of his daughter .“It was funny. I was joking around with Zach: ‘You know, every time I have a kid, something good happens,” Harris recounted. “It was just like a joke we had going on — and then you saw what happened.”Harris insists, however, that it won’t go down as his best game in the pros.“There’s a lot of room to improve,” Harris said. “I want to put together a complete game where I’m going out there and being dominant in the run and dominant in the pass.”___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLArnie Stapleton, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State womens volleyball swept by No 6 Penn State

Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell (14) spikes the ball during a match against Michigan on Oct. 25 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerThe No. 6 Penn State women’s volleyball team extended its win streak to five as it took down No. 17 Ohio State in a clean sweep.OSU lost by scores of 15-25, 22-25 and 12-25 Tuesday night in State College, Pa.The Buckeyes (16-7, 7-4) committed 23 attacking errors against the Nittany Lions (21-3, 9-2), who had seven total attacking errors and committed none in the first set. The Nittany Lions also had 12 blocks, seven of which came from senior setter Micha Hancock.In the first set, the Nittany Lions jumped out to a 19-11 lead, before going on a 6-4 run to take the early 1-0 set lead.In the second set, despite OSU earning a lead of four, the Nittany Lions came back and took over, 18-17. The Buckeyes went on to score five more points, but still lost, 25-22.The Nittany Lions’ largest lead of the third set was 13, after starting the final frame on a 12-4 run.Hancock led all players in assists with 31 and added five kills and four digs. Penn State senior defensive specialist Dominique Gonzalez and Buckeye junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell each had a match-high eight digs.Campbell led all players in kills with 12. Freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer had seven kills and eight errors on 26 total attacks for a -0.038 hitting percentage. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin assisted on 30 of the Buckeyes’ 33 total kills.Junior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits also started her second match of the season, providing the Buckeyes with three digs, two kills and their only service ace.The sweep was the Nittany Lions’ fourth in a row. They also won at Indiana and at home against Michigan and Michigan State. They have now won their last 15 matches against the Buckeyes, with their last loss coming in Columbus on Nov. 8, 2006.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Nittany Lions again on Friday at St. John Arena. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more

If There Are Questions About Ray Rice Former Honey

Remember the “Honey Badger,” the LSU safety who seemingly ruined his NFL career because he could not stop smoking marijuana? Remember how he was ridiculed when he was kicked off the No. 1 team in the country, how he seemed to be the sad example of talent wasted?Well, look at him now. Tyrann Mathieu is a star safety for the Arizona Cardinals, one of the league’s top defenders. He missed the Atlanta Falcons game last week because of injury, one reason the Falcons were able to pass the ball so well.Mathieu could miss a few more games with the broken thumb. But he’s already established himself in his second season as a force on the field and reliable off of it.He goes by his name now, not the moniker because, while catchy, it symbolizes a time in his life that he regrets.It took losing his college career and the threat of a pro career for Mathieu to smarten up.“I didn’t have everything together back in college,” he said to SI.com when he arrived in Arizona. “I had everything together as far as football, but when it came to my social life, my personal life, I didn’t have everything intact. I didn’t have my emotions intact. Spiritually, I wasn’t intact.“Once you take football away, you are able to work on the person. These last six months, that is all I had was Tyrann the person. I attacked the person, I attacked my issues. . . Back when I was the Honey Badger, I didn’t have everything intact. Going forward, I am going to focus on being Tyrann Mathieu and that is the person I want to control right now.”Coach Bruce Arians said: “He’s a good kid. . . he knew his mistakes, owned up to his mistakes and he was just looking for an opportunity. The football part spoke for itself, and he’s been nothing but a dream to coach ever since.”Mathieu’s case of taking advantage of his opportunity comes at a time when Ray Rice is seeking a second chance, too. The cases are different but the same in this way: They are talented athletes who made mistakes. Mathieu’s errors hurt him; Rice’s actions hurt his wife, making some feel he should not set foot on an NFL field again as a player.Mathieu shows that a second chance can be a real life-saver. . . if handled properly. He went into rehab, moved by himself to Florida where he cleared his head and lungs and committed himself to a better life.That better life meant no drugs, understanding that if he stayed true to that personal mandate, the NFL was his to be had. To this point, Mathieu has been on point. He’s the playmaker scouts projected him to be.Rice is a proven football commodity who surely has been scared straight. He’s paid a penance. And for those looking for examples of second-chancers who kept it together, look to Mathieu. That’s something few would have even considered less than two years ago. read more

Former Ohio State player Jared Sullinger needs to turn NBA career around

Former OSU basketball player Jared Sullinger (center) plays in a game against Iowa. Sullinger plays as a forward for the Boston Celtics and appeared in 45 games in his rookie season. Credit: Lantern file photoFormer Ohio State basketball star Jared Sullinger has had a less than easy transition into the NBA, personally, physically and mentally.Sullinger appeared in just 45 games in his rookie season as a forward for the Boston Celtics, averaging just 19.8 minutes a game.A back injury kept the former two-time AP All-American from meeting his full potential. Sullinger underwent surgery to repair a lumbar disk in February, which sidelined him for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.At a Sept. 30 press conference, before the start of training camp, Sullinger told reporters that his back is “not close” to game fit and he wasn’t sure whether he would be available for the start of the regular season. Sullinger told the media, “I got a lot of work to do. And only training camp can help that.”The next day, Sullinger brushed off the situation, saying that his back was 100 percent healthy. He clarified, telling reporters that from his point of view he didn’t feel close to game fit. He seems to be proving himself wrong. The Celtics have played four preseason games and Sullinger is averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Though, Sullinger still relents that he isn’t where he feels he should be fitness wise. Having not touched a ball for six months, his fitness level will rise with time.On top of his injury, Sullinger was arrested in September.Sullinger appeared in Waltham District Courthouse for the second time Sept. 23, facing charges of assault and battery, intimidation of a witness and destruction of personal property, stemming from a confrontation with his then-girlfriend, Deann Smith Aug. 31. Prosecutors plan to pursue domestic assault charges on the 21-year-old, even though Smith has dropped all charges. Sullinger will return for a second pretrial hearing Oct. 28.The Columbus native pled not guilty to all charges after he turned himself in but took full responsibility for his actions and said “the experience was humbling and embarrassing” for him.If the former Buckeye great doesn’t turn things around quickly, he could very easily become another in the long line of OSU big men who flare out in the NBA. That will take a big time change, though, in his life.Since being selected 21st overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, Sullinger hasn’t been given the opportunity to prove himself, and his sophomore season could be that chance.Boston is rebuilding after losing coach Doc Rivers and forwards Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the offseason. If he is able to stay healthy and realize his full potential, this year could be the time for him to step up and show the NBA what he is all about.He still has a long way to go, including resolving his off-the-court issues and making sure he’s no longer in the news for the wrong reasons. But, if he is able to make these changes, he could make a comeback. read more

Monty Python and the Holy Grail film fell foul of censors for

first_imgMonty Python and The Holy Grail Credit:Pictures/EMI/REX/Shutterstock 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. Think of a Monty Python film with blasphemous content, and Life of Brian springs to mind.Yet previously unseen files from the British Board of Film Classification show that the comedy team’s earlier offering, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, fell foul of the censors for repeated use of the words ‘Jesus Christ!’A scene in which King Arthur encounters a taunting Frenchman played by John Cleese – “I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries” – is followed by the French catapulting cows over the ramparts at the king and his men. Under modern classifications, the film is a 12A with ‘moderate sex references’ and ‘comic violence’.Michael Palin told his local paper, the Camden New Journal, that even the film’s investors thought it too violent. “Then, with an audience off the street, they howled with laughter – in fact, some people said there should have been even more violence included because it was so funny.”Concern over The Holy Grail’s controversial content was played out behind the scenes. But when Life of Brian was released in 1979, it outraged the nation.Thirty-nine local authorities either imposed an outright ban or an X-certificate. Cleese and Palin faced Malcolm Muggeridge and the Bishop of Southwark, Mervyn Stockwood, in a notorious television debate.Cleese maintained that Life of Brian was questioning blind adherence to faith but was not a mockery of Christianity. The Holy Grail is considered a British classic – the Knights who say Ni, the killer bunny rabbit, and the riding of pretend horses (the BBC budget did not stretch to real ones) are all beloved by comedy fans. The repetition of ‘Jesus Christ’ in the film seems to us unnecessaryStephen Murphy, then BBFC secretary Monty Python and The Holy Grail In the version that appeared in cinemas on the film’s 1975 release, King Arthur yells: “Jesus Christ!” as a cow missed him by inches. But in the uncut original, he said it three times, and the BBFC was not impressed.“We are less than enchanted by your funny Frenchman,” wrote Stephen Murphy, then BBFC secretary, in a letter to John Cleese.“The repetition of ‘Jesus Christ’ in the film seems to us unnecessary. There is good evidence that this does distress people who would otherwise enjoy the film. Can you look not only in Reel 2 but in other places to see if you can reduce the incidence of this usage.”Mr Wright also requested that a scene in which a nun used a four-letter word should be excised. But Mr Murphy wrote that the film has “one or two places where, in our view, the humour is not very effective”.The letter also listed a number of scenes considered too gory.The BBFC initially saw a script for the film and advised an ‘X’ certificate, as it was deemed to have crude sexual references and very strong language.The script was duly toned down and submitted for classification in early 1975. At this point Mr Wright wrote his letter, which resulted in two incidences of ‘Jesus Christ’ being removed.last_img read more

6 busted with guns ammo in Grove likely to be charged

The six suspects who were caught after they reportedly attempted to rob a Chinese poultry farmer are still in custody and according to police sources, the suspects are likely to be charged and placed before the court in the new week since investigators are still working on compiling the case file.From left: Nabadinghi Gobin, Edward Skeete, Steve HerculesSteve Hercules, 30, a taxi driver of Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD); Nabadingi Gobin, 33, a trader of Charlotte Street, Georgetown; Renard Khan, 31, a fish vendor of Cooper Street, Albouystown, Georgetown; Mark Prince, 39, a taxi driver, of Parfaite Harmonie, WBD; Edward Skeete, 30, a trader of Independence Boulevard, Albouystown and Marvin Blackman, 27, a fish vendor of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, were arrested on Tuesday evening just before 08:00hrs during a roadblock at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) moments after the foiled robbery attempt.From left: Marvin Blackman, Renard Khan, Mark PrinceThey were found in possession of two 9 mm Glock Pistols along with 22 live rounds; one Beretta Pistol with 11 live rounds; one .32 Taurus Pistol with six live rounds; one sledgehammer, two pairs of latex gloves, and trade plates.Ranks at the Grove Police Station had received a report of a foiled robbery at the Lot 13 Supply, EBD premises of a 69-year-old Chinese national and subsequently set up a roadblock, which proved successful.According to reports received, Michael Chang Yuen was at home with his wife and his two sons relaxing when they heard a noise coming from outside their house about 19:30h. Upon checking, Yuen saw four men at the eastern door of his property and raised an alarm.The men quickly returned to the awaiting vehicle and escaped.The guns, ammunition and items recovered from the stolen car that the men were busted inThe house was outfitted with surveillance camera, which the suspects were unaware of. The footage captured showed a motor car pulling up and three suspects, existed and scaled the fence into Yuen’s yard. Two others exited the car but stayed there, apparently keeping watch, while the sixth suspect remained in the driver’s seat.The three suspects in the yard proceeded to the eastern backdoor where one of them used what appeared to be a sledged hammer to hit the door. Shortly after, they were seen retreating and jumped over the fence, rushing into the car. The vehicle then sped off heading in the northern direction.The businessman contacted the police at the Grove Police Station, who then established the roadblock. Officers subsequently discovered that the motorcar, with licence plate HC 4543, was stolen from a Princes Street, Georgetown resident on March 25, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSupply foiled robbery: 1 of 6 pleads guilty to guns, ammo possession chargesApril 17, 2018In “Court”Taxi Driver charged with Tucville murderAugust 3, 2015In “Crime”Fish depot robber lands in Court again …remanded for illegal possession of firearm, ammoAugust 14, 2017In “ammo” read more

He was in so much pain Teenager moved to Cork hospital for

first_img 91 Comments Image: Damien Tiernan/WLR FM Share14 Tweet Email1 When asked was racism involved, Christy said “no, Tega is Irish as well.”This is really unfair, it shouldn’t be happening to anybody. I don’t want it to happen to anyone else’s child, or anyone else.Christy said the Gardaí had been very supportive of the family, and thanked them.When asked by reporter Damien Tiernan how she felt when she heard the news, she said: “I felt like the whole world was on top of me. I feel angry.”Initially when I was asking myself… they could have looked for me to pour the acid on me? Why my son? Why him? Tega has had trials with Crystal Palace and Tottenham, his mother said, and has played for Ireland for the under 15s and under 16s national football teams.He’s a normal child, he started playing soccer when he was five years old.Tega is due to do his Leaving Cert in June.Second victimTeenager Padraig Sullivan, who was also injured in the attack, and his father Mark have this afternoon spoken to RTÉ’s News at One about the incident. “I was having a cup of tea and Padraig came running in. It was like he was after running through a bomb fire. His face was … pure pale, white and shock. It was like he was after seeing a ghost,” Mark said. Padraig suffered injuries to his thigh, calf and heal. He is going to need a skin graft on all three areas, his father said. The teenager detailed the pain of the attack on air. It was kind of like someone had a lighter constantly on my leg. It was just constantly burning and burning.“After a while it was like my body kind of numbed it and then all the nerves, as we were told, were burnt and all that, so we couldn’t really feel anything after the doctors gave us the morphine,” Padraig said.“We’re all starting to kind of get sore again now as they’re starting to heal.”Padraig said he hasn’t been sleeping well since the incident. “It’s broken sleep constantly,” he said. Like Tega, Padraig is also due to do his Leaving Cert in June.Over the next two weeks, the teenager will have to travel back and forth to the hospital for appointments before undergoing surgery. His father Mark said: “He’s doing his Leaving Cert in six weeks and he’s meant to be starting an apprenticeship in July and his hurling career … I hope it doesn’t interrupt everything.Hopefully now we’ll get proper justice and that’ll be a bit of a pick up for him. “The whole of Ireland needs to know about this, it can’t be hush, hush.” Commenting on the attack, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said: “I’m very worried about the situation in Waterford which I was told about this morning. I sought a full report.“It seems to me that a criminal act has taken place, gardaí are investigating and I would urge anybody in Waterford, particularly young people in Waterford to cooperate fully with An Garda Siochana.“This type of behaviour is unacceptable in a civilised society.”On Saturday, four male youths aged in their late teens were arrested and released without charge in relation to the incident. A file will be prepared for the Director for Public Prosecutions, Gardaí said today.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the Earlscourt area of Waterford at the time of the incident to come forward.Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterford Garda Station on 051 305300 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.With reporting by Hayley Halpin 75,911 Views Apr 30th 2019, 7:39 AM https://jrnl.ie/4611847 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Damien Tiernan/WLR FM Updated Apr 30th 2019, 1:54 PM A TEENAGE BOY is being treated for serious injuries in a Cork hospital after a chemical was thrown on his face in Co Waterford. Gardaí are investigating the incident, in which a number of youths were involved in an altercation occurred at Earlscourt, Co Waterford last Thursday night at about 11pm.Tega Agberhiere was one of three teenage boys attacked with a chemical in Waterford; his mother Christy told WLRFM last night that he was still in hospital receiving treatment for his injuries.Today, he was moved to a Cork hospital due to the severity of his injuries, which are understood to be first-degree burns.Tega told WLRFM today that he was “getting better”, and that he was able to see a bit more every day. He said that after the incident he thought he would never be able to see again.His mother told the local radio station that Tega and his friends were confronted by four people wearing ‘skeleton’ masks on Thursday evening. One of the four was holding a golf club, Tega’s mother said, and another was holding a bottle with a liquid in it. He splashed it on the three teenagers, hitting Tega in the face.“It was like an acid burning his face, and they ran away,” his mother said.She said that the neighbours rang the guards. They went to a nearby garage where a sales attendant splashed water on Tega’s face. “The attendant said that this was beyond water,” Christy said, and he was then rushed to hospital by gardaí.“He was in so much pain, it was terrible. He was in serious pain. But at least the guards took him to the hospital early or it would have been worse.” ‘He was in so much pain’: Teenager moved to Cork hospital for treatment after chemical attack Tega Agberhiere was one of three teenage boys attacked with a chemical in Waterford last Thursday. The burns are first-degree burns, the good thing is that he was wearing contact lenses. Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 1:54 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ASA Strongly Opposes Amendments to 2002 Farm Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) joined other farm organizations today at a press conference in Washington, D.C., to express strong opposition to any amendments to the 2002 Farm Bill. ASA First Vice President Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa, spoke at the press conference about the need to maintain the spending allocations as outlined in the new Farm Bill.”After two years of uncertainty over new farm legislation, and historically low prices, farmers now need stability to make long-term plans for their operations and their families,” Heck said. “The last thing we need is for congress to reopen the 2002 act and start reducing or modifying our safety net.”ASA was a strong supporter of provisions outside the commodity title of the 2002 Act that benefit U.S. soybean producers. These include increased tonnages under various food aid programs, and higher funding for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program and Market Access Program (MAP). ASA also supported the expanded scope of conservation initiatives, including the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the conservation security program for working lands. In addition, ASA expects soybeans to benefit from provisions of the energy title of the bill, including incentives for increased use of biodiesel and other soy-based bioproducts.”ASA is opposed to reducing spending in the Farm Bill to fund other programs, including disaster assistance,” Heck said. “ASA joins other farm groups in strongly opposing amendments to the 2002 Farm Bill.”last_img read more

2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country lands with 46095 starting price

first_img 2019 Volvo S60: All the things you need, nothing you… Tags 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country: Svelte Swede is a sweet steed Post a comment Volvo More From Roadshow 20 Photos 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever Preview • 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact If you want to gussy up the exterior, there’s a set of 19-inch alloy wheels (18s are standard) for $800, and you can get dual tailpipe outlets on each side as a $285 accessory. There’s no charge to switch between the three leather interior options and the excellent City Weave plaid cloth layout.There are a few options packages available. You can heat the rear seats and the steering wheel for just $750. The $2,200 Luxury Package adds massaging ventilated seats, and it upgrades the interior’s leather to the softer Nappa variety. The $2,800 Cross Country Pro package adds a new interior inlay, memory for the passenger seats, power lumbar support for the front seats, ambient interior lighting, four-zone automatic climate control and some exterior styling. Finally, there’s the $2,500 Advanced Package, which adds all the safety-related bits, like a surround-view camera, pressure washers for the headlights, a head-up display and Pilot Assist, Volvo’s hands-on lane-holding adaptive cruise control system.Spec as many options and packages as you can, and the price rises to $55,275 including destination. That’s not too bad, considering the V60 and its multiple powertrain options can shoot north of $60,000. 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Troupercenter_img 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country first drive: Small changes make a big impact Wagons Crossovers Enlarge ImageIf adding a lift kit is what it takes to get people into wagons, I’ll embrace the move with open arms. Volvo The Volvo V60 Cross Country is a wagon for people who occasionally venture off the beaten path. With a higher ride height and additional body cladding, the V60 Cross Country looks and feels slightly more rugged than the standard V60 wagon. While we drove it quite some time ago, we weren’t sure how much it would end up costing, but now we know.The 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country starts at $46,095, comprising a $45,100 base price and the mandatory $995 destination charge. That will net you a V60 Cross Country in Ice White (the only free paint color) with Volvo’s T5 powertrain — a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 with 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Mated to standard all-wheel drive, it’s good for an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway.You do get a good amount of kit for that price. The base V60 Cross Country comes standard with a 9-inch Sensus Connect infotainment system, embedded navigation, keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist. 0 Share your voice 5:33 More about 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD Now playing: Watch this: Volvolast_img read more

Prof Jayashankars services lauded

first_imgVikarabad: MLA Dr M Anand called upon people to realise the dreams of Prof Jayashankar for Telangana state. He garlanded the statue of Prof Jayashankar at MPDO office and paid rich tributes to the ideologue of Telangana movement here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, the MLA said Prof Jayashankar played a key role in achieving Telangana state. MPDOs Satyaiah, Subhashini, EORD, general secretary of Telangana Employees Association Nandakumar, Vijay, Bhakthavatsalam, Ramnivas Rathi, former ZPTC Muthahar Sireesh and others were present.last_img read more

Airport customs official bullethit while checking gun

first_img.A customs official sustained bullet injuries while checking the firearm of a protocol officer of the European Union high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday.The incident took place when Federica Mogherini’s first protocol officer was showing his gun to customs officials for checking, said Dhaka Customs House assistant commissioner Saidul Islam.Armed Police Battalion (APBn) assistant superintendent Tariq Ahmed also confirmed the matter to Prothom Alo.Customs official Rabiul Islam, who received the gunshot at his right leg, was admitted to Kurmitola Hospital.Later, the law enforcement confiscated the pistol and released the protocol officer after taking an undertaking from the EU embassy in Dhaka.The ministries of home and foreign affairs were informed about the incident.Earlier, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy/vice-president of the European Commission Federica Mogherini arrived in Dhaka around 8:45am on Sunday to discuss the protracted Rohingya crisis with government officials.last_img read more