Dont compare Tendulkar and Kohli, says Jonty Rhodes

first_imgChennai, Aug 9 (PTI) Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes today said Sachin Tendulkar and current India captain Virat Kohli were both great in their own way and it was wrong to compare the duo. “I am not a great believer in records and I dont like to compare players from different eras. They are wonderful players. Both are great in their own way. Tendulkar is Tendulkar and Virat (Kohli) is Virat,” he said at a function organised by Velammal Vidyalaya here to felicitate the schools achievers in the field of sports. Asked if Kohli could break Tendulkars records, he said, “Tendulkar started at the age of 16 and played till the age of nearly 40, for almost 24 years and set several benchmarks. I dont know if Kohli can play for such a long time, given the demands of a modern-day cricketer.” On Kohli, he said, “Virat has started his career very well. His prolific run-scoring is incredible. He has made a lot of runs at a young age. Kohli must be just Kohli and should not be compared with Tendulkar.” Asked who was his favourite Indian fielder, the former South African cricketer, who is on the coaching staff of IPL team Mumbai Indians, said, “Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif were some of the better fielders around. Virat Kohli, he is ok. But Suresh Raina for me is the best fielder in India. “He goes for the ball, regardless of whether he thinks he can get it or not. He reminds me a lot of a much younger Jonty Rhodes.”advertisementTo a question if the future of Test cricket was at stake, Rhodes said, “In my opinion it is not Test cricket, but 50- overs cricket that is in trouble. T20 has changed the way the game is played now and Test cricket has become more exciting.” He said T20 cricket has improved the skills of the players in all three departments of the game. “T20 has brought a change in the manner cricket is played these days. In Test cricket, they play with a lot of freedom now, there is no fear of failure,” he said. “When I was playing in the last century, batsmen used to struggle in the 90s. The nervous nineties they called it. There were several batsmen who got out in the 90s. Now, that is not the case. Some times, batsmen reach 100 from 94 with a single shot, a six. The players are very confident these days. I dont think Test cricket is in trouble. In reality, 50-over cricket is in trouble,” Rhodes added. Rhodes, who made a name for himself with his fielding exploits, is associated with TNPL franchise Ruby Trichy Warriors as a mentor. PTI SS SSC SSClast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I in Indore: Rohit Sharma, spinners inspire India to 88-run victory

first_imgHello and Welcome to our coverage of the 2nd T20 International between India and Sri Lanka being held at the Holkar stadium in Indore.Sri Lanka innings:20.26 IST: To be honest, a real cricket fan would have never doubted this resultbut for once, Sri Lanka gave some fight. However, that can also misleadyou. When Kusal Perera was going great guns, it did seem that we couldhave a close game. But.To be honest, a real cricket fan would have never doubted this result butfor once, Sri Lanka gave some fight. However, that can also mislead you. When Kusal Perera was going great guns, it did seem that we could have a close game. But..20.20 IST: India (260/5) beat Sri Lanka (172) by 88 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series. Kusal 77, Chahal 4/52, Kuldeep 3/5222.20 IST: Pandya to Chameera, OUT! That is the end of the game. India win the match and the series.Sri Lanka fall 88 runs short. Hardik bowls an off cutter, around off,Chameera looks to turn it to the leg side but misses and the ball knocks the leg stump out of the ground. 2-0 to India. One more match left forSri Lanka to end their misery.22.14 IST: Sri Lanka 171/8 in 16 overs in chase of 261. Need 90 off 24 balls.22.13 IST: Chahal to Dananjaya, OUT! Fourth wicket for Chahal. Can he get a fifer? The googly outsideoff, Dananjaya looks to go over the top but only succeeds in findingHardik Pandya at long on.advertisement22.11 IST: Chahal to Dananjaya, FOUR! Short and outside off, Dananjaya cuts it uppishly past short extra cover and just manages to beat the man diving at the boundary.22.09 IST: Chahal to Samarawickrama, OUT! Stumped off a wide. Chahal floats this wide outside off,Samarawickrama comes down the track and is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. Swings but misses. Dhoni doesn’t. Sri Lanka 164/7 in 15.2 overs in chase of 261. Need 97 more runs to win off 28 balls.22.06 IST: Chahal to De Silva, OUT! Another one goes. Landed on middle, Chaturanga looks to play thereverse sweep but is cramped for room and ends up dragging it onto thestumps.22.04 IST: Kuldeep to Gunaratne, OUT! Stumped! MS Dhoni is seldom wrong. Full and flat outside off,Gunaratne looks to sweep but misses. In the process, his back foot isdragged out of his crease. Dhoni whips off the bails in a flash andappeals, reckoning he has his man. Replays confirm. Third wicket in theover!22.03 IST: Kuldeep to Samarawickrama, FOUR! Short and outside off, slapped through the covers for a boundary!22.01 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, OUT! A golden duck for the skipper. Full and outside off, Perera slogsacross the line and gets a top edge. Hardik runs across to his rightlike a panther and catches his prey at the ropes. Then he jokingly mocks Manish Pandey at long off saying that he should have got there instead!22.00 IST: Kuldeep to Perera, OUT! A golden duck for the skipper. Full and outside off, Perera slogsacross the line and gets a top edge. Hardik runs across to his rightlike a panther and catches his prey at the ropes. Then he jokingly mocks Manish Pandey at long off saying that he should have got there instead!21.58 IST: Chahal to Kusal, SIX! Full and outside off, Perera swings it with all his might over mid-wicket.21.57 IST: Chahal to Kusal, FOUR! Full and outside off, Perera comes down the track and smashes it straight back over the bowler for a boundary!21.57 IST: Thisara Perera comes in at number 4, ahead of Asela Gunaratne.21.55 IST: Chahal to Tharanga, OUT! The 109-run stand is broken. Finally an Indian spinner takes awicket. Full and slow, on middle, Tharanga looks to slog but gets a topedge. The ball goes straight up in the air and Chahal calls for it,taking it cleanly.21.52 IST: Sri Lanka 142/1 in 13 overs in chase of 261. Need 119 more runs to win off 42 balls. 21.51 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, FOUR!21.50 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, SIX! FETCH THAT! Kusal is putting some batting display here.Brings up the 100-run partnership between the two.21.49 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, FOUR! Innovative. Full and outside off, Kusal reverse sweeps it over point for a boundary!21.49 IST: Kuldeep is back on.21.47 IST: Chahal to Kusal, FOUR! Lovely batting again. Short and outside off, Perera blasts it over covers and gets a boundary!21.46 IST: Chahal to Kusal, SIX! Terrific shot. Full and outside off but Perera waltzes down the track and sends it sailing over mid-wicket!advertisement21.44 IST: Pandya to Kusal, SIX! Pandya is furious with himself. Full and on the pads, Perera swings it over mid-wicket and hits it into the second tier!21.41 IST: Chahal to Tharanga, SIX! Second of the over! Full and on the pads, Tharanga comes down the track and swings it over long on for another biggie! Sri Lanka 102/1 in 10 overs in chase of 261. Need 159 more runs to win off 60 balls. 21.39 IST: Chahal to Tharanga, SIX! Heave-ho! It is short and around middle, Tharanga rocks back in a flash and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie!21.38 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl now.21.37 IST: Pandya to Tahranga, FOUR! Gets a boundary. Hardik persists with that line and length outside leg and this time Kusal pulls it wide of the man at fine leg for aboundary.21.34 IST: Pandya to continue.21.33 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, SIX! But totally miscued. Kusal comes down the track a year in advanceand Kuldeep bowls it very slow, on the pads. Perera goes through withhis swing and is clearly early. Mistimes it but such is his power thatthe miscue takes the ball over long on!21.31 IST: The ropes are back again. Every 7 overs they come sweeping the ground, to relieve the bowlers of the dew.21.26 IST: Hardik Pandya comes on to bowl.21.25 IST: 19 runs coming of Kuldeep’s first over. Also the end of powerplay. Sri Lanka 61/1 in 6 overs in chase of 261. 21.24 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, SIX! Ho ho ho! He does it again! Almost an action replay of the previous ball, just that the destination is a different one. Kusal comes downthe track once again, perhaps a second early and Kuldeep spots it. Bowls it flatter and wider outside off but the southpaw gets to the pitch ofthe delivery and swings it cleanly over long on.21.24 IST: Kuldeep to Kusal, SIX! Terrific shot! Now Kusal uses his feet. Dances down the track and swings this brilliantly over long off.21.22 IST: Kuldeep to Tharanga, FOUR! CLASSY! What a shot. This guy can maketough shots look effortless. Sashays down the track, gets to the pitchof the ball and lofts it beautifully over covers for a boundary.21.22 IST: Kuldeep Yadav comes on to ball.21.19 IST:  Unadkat to Tharanga, FOUR! Nice shot. Full and outside off, Tharanga swings it straight back over the bowler’s head for a boundary!21.18 IST: Kusal Perera walks in at number 3, replacing Dickwella.21.17 IST: Unadkat to Dickwella, OUT! One wicket down. A length ball on the pads, Dickwella swings itwith all his might but perhaps the ball comes slowly off the surface.The timing is totally off and he ends up skewing a simple catch toHardik Pandya at deep square leg. Possibly the best chance for Sri Lanka would have been Dickwella firing. But…21.16 IST: Unadkat to continue.21.09 IST: Sri Lanka 27/0 in 3 overs in chase of 261.21.07 IST: Unadkat to Dickwella, FOUR! Short and outside off, cut over point for boundaries in succession!advertisement21.06 IST: Unadkat to Dickwella, FOUR! Lovely shot. Backs away a touch, Unadkat shortens his length andbowls it wide. But Dickwella is up to it and slashes it with his left leg in the air and gets it over cover for a boundary. 21.02 IST: Bumrah to Dickwella, SIX! First of the innings! A short ball, down the leg side, Dickwella just helps it with a pull over fine leg!21.02 IST: Bumrah to Dickwella, DROPPED! That should have been taken! Well, you can forgive him afterhis heroic innings. But still. Dickwella miscues his pull and the ballgoes towards mid-wicket. Rahul runs back from short mid-wicket, gets tothe ball but never gets to the catch. Fumbles multiple times andeventually puts it down. Two runs taken.21.01 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.20.57 IST: Interesting shot, poor running. Full and straight, Dickwella gets downand paddles it over the keeper. Gets more height than distance butluckily for him, Kuldeep Yadav does not get to it from short fine leg. A single taken.20.55 IST: We are back! Was that even a break? Well, seems so. Jaydev Unadkat tostart off proceedings. Two Sri Lankan batsmen are out as well.Surprising. Can they prove their mettle? Time will tell. NiroshanDickwella and Upual Tharanga are their names. Here we go…Dickwella to face.India Innings:20.46 IST: Rohit Sharma (118) and KL Rahul (89) give India (260/5) joint second highest team total in T20I history 20.45 IST: Perera to Karthik, FOUR! Length ball on the pads, slower in pace, Karthik flicks it away throughbackward square leg for a boundary. The fielder in the deep hares to his right but can’t reach it.20.44 IST: WICKET! MS Dhoni b Perera 28 (21 balls). India 255/5 in 19.4 overs BOWLED ‘EM! Thisara is right on the money with that. Full on off, Dhoniin an attempt to slam it out of the park swings across the line butmisses. The off stick is knocked over and that’s the end of Dhoni’sbreezy cameo.20.42 IST: WICKET! Shreyas Iyer lbw b Perera 0 (1). India 254/4 in 19.2 oversHe’s gone! Iyer knew that, so the review was probably for namesake.Fuller and slower on the stumps, Iyer misses the shot and is caughtflush on the pads. Appeal from Thisara, the umpire raises his finger.It’s taken upstairs and replays show that Shreyas is gone. He startedwalking even before the decision came in, the third umpire actually toask the on-field umpire to stop him. Anyway, Iyer is gone and the Lankan captain has this wicket.20.38 IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya c Samarawickrama b Pradeep 10 (3 balls). India 253/3 in 19 oversNo hat-trick for Sadeera! He manages to hold on to his third catch. Back of a length around off, Pandya just throws his bat at this. Gets a bigtop edge towards covers where Sadeera backpedals and takes a goodreverse cup catch.20.38 IST: Pradeep to Pandya, SIX! Pandya gets into the act straightaway, smacks a boundary and six off the first two balls he faced. India 253/2 in 18.5 overs20.38 IST: Pradeep to Pandya, FOUR!20.36 IST: WICKET! KL Rahul c Dickwella b Pradeep 89 (49 balls). India 243/2 in 18.3 overs A rare positive instance in this innings for Sri Lanka. That’s abrilliant take from Niroshan Dickwella. Full around off, Rahul looks togo big down the ground but edges it behind. It’s travelling fast, butDickwella dives superman-like to his right and takes a one-handedstunner. Lovely take, something for the Lankans to smile about.20.34 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, SIX! That’s as flat as an F1 race track. What a hit! Low full toss on thepads, Rahul flicks it over square leg. Gunaratne out in the deep has achance to catch it, but he maybe loses it somewhere in the lights. Goesover his head and over the boundary.20.32 IST: Chameera to Rahul, SIX! Full and outside off, just an extension of the arms. In essence a lofted cover drive, really. Rahul clears the rope and gets another biggie tohis name. Rahul enters the 80’s with that SIX off the last ball from Chameera. India 236/1 in 18 overs20.29 IST: Chameera to Rahul, SIX! Chameera bowls it with some real pace, but Rahul hits it with doublepower straight back. Really full on middle, Rahul goes deep inside hiscrease and hammers it straight back down the ground. The ball hasdisappeared deep into the stands, no idea where. But it’s gone highsomewhere.20.27 IST: Dananjaya to Rahul, SIX! Maximum to end the over! Too full from Dananjaya, Rahul leans ahead abit and lifts it so comfortably over long on for a biggie. Surprisingthe ball hasn’t been lost once with it being smacked around everywhere. 21 runs came off the over. India 223/1 in 17 overs20.26 IST: Dananjaya to Dhoni, SIX!20.24 IST: Dananjaya to Dhoni, SIX!20.24 IST: India 202/1 in 16 overs, run rate – 12.62 per over. Rahul 65*, Dhoni 12*20.16 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, FOUR! That’s actually not a bad ball but still it’s gone for a boundary. Just one of those evenings. Yorker on the stumps tailing back in, Rahul just manes to get some bat on it and it’s off the inside edge past the leg stump for a boundary.20.16 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, SIX! The back-of-the-hand slower one doesn’t work, KL Rahul picked that up quite early. Positioned himself well for the hoick and went bang over square leg for half a dozen.20.13 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, FOUR! That’s just inside the rope. Consecutive fifties for KL Rahul, his 3rd in this format. Length ball there to be hit, Rahul lofts it over mid-wicket. Looks like it’s going to go all the way but the ball falls just inside the rope. Replays confirm that. KL has been in fine touch since coming in the side, has taken full advantage of the chance given to him. India 182/1 in 14.2 overs Meanwhile, @klrahul11 gets to his half century as well. Second one on the trot for the opener #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201720.10 IST: The groundstaff is out once again. Have the big, thick rope with it to clear the dew off the field. A short halt because of it, the players take this chance to get some fluids in.20.06 IST: Dananjaya to Dhoni, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for MS Dhoni! He swings and swings hard, clears the full ball over wide mid off and sends it across the rope, beating the fielder in the deep.2nd Twenty20. 13.2: A Dananjaya to MS Dhoni (9), 4 runs, 174/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201720.06 IST: Dananjaya to Dhoni, FOUR! Overpitched from Akila and that’s dispatched. On the stumps, Dhoni drills this through mid on and away to the boundary line.20.03 IST: WICKET! Rohit Sharma c Dananjaya b Chameera 118 (43 balls). India 165/1 in 12.4 overs An imperious knock comes to an end. Short ball outside off, Rohit looks to loft it over short third man but finds Akila Dananjaya there who takes a good catch. The Indian skipper then waits as he thinks it’s a no ball for height, but the umpire doesn’t signal anything. He has to walk back, but he’s done his job, to say the least. The Indore crowd has been thoroughly entertained as Rohit Sharma walks back to a loud cheer. Thoroughly deserved.20.01 IST: Chameera to Rohit, SIX! That’s outta here! Rohit Sharma, take a bow, my man! Low full toss on the stumps, Sharma just lofts it over mid-wicket and that’s another maximum. Played that with so much ease.12.3: D Chameera to RG Sharma (118), 6 runs, 165/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201720.00 IST: Chameera to Rohit, FOUR! This is now India’s highest opening partnership. Though technically it should be in Rohit Sharma’s individual kitty. Full and wide outside off, Sharma flays it through the left of sweeper cover for a boundary.19.59 IST: Chameera to Rohit, SIX! 19.53 IST: Mathews to Rohit, FOUR! 2nd T20I hundred for Rohit Sharma! Fastest century by an Indian, joint-fastest overall. If there was any Indian equal David Miller’s record, it was surely going to be him. What a way to bring it up. Fuller length ball outside off, Sharma smacks this on the up and pierces the gap in the covers for a boundary. Sensational knock, he removes his helmet and celebrates in joy. India 148/0 in 11.2 overs35 balls, 100 runs. Stand up and salute THE HITMAN #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201719.51 IST: Perera to Rohit, SIX! Three in a row! That’s 26 off the over! He’s seeing the ball like a football. Sees the ball full outside off, Rohit sends it sailing high and handsome over the cover fence and picks up another maximum to his name. This is a crazy knock from the Indian skipper, can’t believe what’s happening here.19.50 IST: Perera to Rohit, SIX!19.50 IST: Perera to Rohit, SIX!19.49 IST: Perera to Rohit, SIX! 19.47 IST: Pradeep to Rohit, FOUR! Rohit spoils Pradeep’s over with a boundary off the last ball. India 117/0 in 10 overs19.42 IST: That was the most expensive over of the innings so far, 21 runs came off it with two sixes and two fours all from the bat of Rohit Sharma. India 108/0 in 9 overs19.41 IST: Gunaratne to Rohit, FOUR! Man has decided to let it fly here! His accelerating abilities are on show again. Crossed fifty and then go boom. With the full face of the bat, he drives it sweetly through the covers, beating the two men in the deep to the boundary line.19.41 IST: Gunaratne to Rohit, FOUR! He’s going crazy here. Sees the width offered outside off, so the Indian skipper smashes it square through point and sees the ball thud against the ad board.19.39 IST: Gunaratne to Rohit, SIX! That’s gone a loooooonnnggg waaayyyy! Straight into the third tier. Gentle loopy ball on the stumps, Rohit Sharma slog sweeps it deep into the mid-wicket stands for half a dozen. What a hit, son!19.39 IST: Gunaratne to Rohit, SIX! 13th T20I fifty for Rohit Sharma! Length delivery on middle and off, Sharma camps back and muscles the pull over mid-wicket for a maximum. Brings up his fifty for that and that’s another captain’s knock with that. He’s going to want to make this big now.Watch out! Cricket balls are lying in the stands, in the 2nd tier. This pair is on fire #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201719.38 IST: Chaturanga de Silva welcomed into the attack with two boundaries and a six from Rohit (47*) and Rahul (40*). India 87/0 in 8 overs 19.36 IST: Chaturanga to Rahul, SIX! Shot, KL! Shot! Wears his dancing shoes to get to the pitch of this delivery, lofts it cleanly and clears the fence straight over the bowler’s head.2nd Twenty20. 7.5: C de Silva to L Rahul (39), 6 runs, 86/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201719.34 IST: Chaturanga to Rohit, FOUR! This is poor, should be doing much better given the runs are anyway flowing for the Indians. Sharma cuts this towards point, the fielder there dives to his left but can’t stop it. It wasn’t too far away from him so he should have the batsmen down to maximum a single. Instead, it goes past Perera too at short third man who can’t stop it. Boundary results.19.34 IST: Chaturanga to Rohit, FOUR! He, too, is welcomed with a boundary! Rohit Sharma looking his aggressive best here. Tossed up from around the wicket outside off, Rohit smacks it over extra cover and finds the boundary with ease.19.33 IST: Rahul and Rohit both are dealing in boundaries and sixes at the moment. Captain Perera’s first over goes for 12 runs. India 71/0 in 7 overs, run rate – 10.14 per over19.31 IST: Perera to Rahul, FOUR!2nd Twenty20. 6.6: NTLC Perera to L Rahul (33), 4 runs, 71/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201719.30 IST: Perera to Rohit, FOUR! Shot. Excellent placement. Sees nobody’s out there, so picks his spot. Wide outside off, the Indian skipper cuts it hard through cover-point for a boundary.19.28 IST: End of powerplay! 16 runs came off Dananjaya’s first over with Rohit smashing two boundaries and a six. India 59/0 in 6 overs19.25 IST: Dananjaya to Rohit, SIX!2nd Twenty20. 5.4: A Dananjaya to RG Sharma (31), 6 runs, 57/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 201719.25 IST: Dananjaya to Rohit, FOUR! Full, flat and a fraction straight in line, Rohit takes advantage of it and sweeps it through fine leg for a boundary.19.24 IST: Dananjaya to Rohit, FOUR! Welcomes him into the attack with a boundary! Rohit uses his feet to Akila and takes it on the full. Pierces the gap in the mid-wicket and sends it across the boundary line, beating the man in the deep.19.24 IST: Nuwan Pradeep’s first over goes for 17 runs including two sixes and a boundary. India 43/0 in 5 overs19.21 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, SIX! Downtown! Played an excellent straight drive earlier, did something similar now but took the aerial route. Lofted this right over the bowler’s head for a biggie.19.21 IST: Pradeep to Rahul, FOUR! Poor line, all Rahul has to do is help it on its way. Picks it off his pads and works it fine down the leg side, beating short fine leg for a boundary.19.20 IST: Pradeep to Rohit, SIX! He didn’t time that shot well but it’s gone all the way! Back of a length delivery on off, Rohit Sharma stands tall and pummels it in his favourite area. Pulls it over mid-wicket and gets a maximum to his name.19.19 IST: India 26/0 in 4 overs, run rate – 6.50 per over. Rahul 16*, Rohit 10*19.17 IST: Chameera to Rahul, SIX! What a shot! Wow. KL Rahul with an absolute bomb of a shot. Brute force, this. Stands firm to this length ball outside off and hammers it over long off. In the upper tier so that’s a massive biggie. Unbelievable hit that from KL Rahul, most wouldn’t be able to even dream of hitting it like that.19.14 IST: Excellent over from the experienced Mathews, just 3 runs came off it. India 18/0 in 3 overs 19.12 IST: DROPPED! That was a dolly. Should have… Should have taken it. In and out straight! Short and wide, Rahul flays it straight to Sadeera Samarawickrama at backward point. He gets low, but the ball pops right out of his hands. Poor, that. Could very well pay for that mistake, Sri Lanka. Rahul gets a reprieve on 6. India 15/0 in 2.2 overs 19.10 IST: Another good over for the hosts! 7 runs conceded by Dushmantha Chameera in the second over. India 15/0 in 2 overs19.09 IST: Chameera to Rahul, FOUR! Good ball, but that’s a seriously good shot. Bit fullish on middle and off, Rahul with a perfectly straight blade punches this straight back down. No point in mid off going after that, he’s never going to catch up with it.19.07 IST: This is the first T20 international being played at the Holkar stadium in Indore. 170 is the average first innings score here in the IPL19.05 IST: Dushmantha Chameera will bowl from the other end.19.05 IST: Two boundaries came off the first over from Angelo Mathews. India 8/0 in 1 over19.04 IST: Mathews to Rohit, FOUR! Rubbish ball! Short, with no pace at all, gives ample time to Rohit Sharma to go back and pull it over wide mid on. Clears the infield with ease and sends it all the way for a boundary.19.03 IST: India are unchanged for this game. Sri Lanka have included Samarawickrama and Chaturanga de Silva for Vishwa Fernando and Dasun Shanaka19.02 IST: Mathews to Rohit, FOUR! That’s gone in a flash! A little room outside off, can free his arms so Rohit Sharma flays it over backward point. A couple of bounces and it’s away for a boundary. India are underway in style19.00 IST: Time to play the game! The Indian openers, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma stride out to open the innings. The stadium is echoing with the chants of Rohit! Rohit! Rohit! The skipper has become a real star now and is loved by one and all.Pre-match updates:19.00 IST: India (IND) vs Sri Lanka (SL), 2nd T20I, Indore: Live Cricket Streaming available on Hotstar from 7 PM today 18.32 IST: TOSS! Thisara Perera wins the toss, Sri Lanka opt to bowl vs India in Indore. Hosts lead 3-match series 1-018.30 IST: Rohit Sharma and Co. preparing hard for the game tonightTime for the 2nd T20I to get underway in a few minutes. Hello and welcome to Indore #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 22, 2017Brief Preview:Team India led by stand-in captain Rohit Sharma will look to seal the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka when the two sides meet in Indore for the second T20I on Friday.The hosts hammered the visitors by 93 runs in the first T20I in Cuttack after the Lankans were bowled out for 87 in chase of 181.The Indians rode on some brilliant bowling performances from young Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and the returning Jaydev Unadkat in a dew-hit Barabati on Tuesday. The leggie bagged 4/23 from his four overs while the Kuldeep picked up two wickets for just 18 runs. On the other hand, the Lankans are going through a terrible phase of transition during which they are badly in need of reliable performers.The result has been a lack of contest and one-sided results, prompting many to question the very logic of India playing such a weak side again and again.This series has hardly proved to be a good preparation for the challenging South Africa tour that awaits India next month, considering the home team’s domination in the absence of a good opposition in favourable conditions.The Indian batsmen have made merry against a toothless attack. Runs and wickets always give confidence to the players but there is a question mark over how much these performances will count in the South African conditions.Sri Lanka on the other hand, need captain Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga and Mathews to lead by example. They have been part of the side for long and only strong performances by them can infuse life and hope into this dejected side.Players such as Dusmantha Chameera and Dhananjaya De Silva have shown promise and need guidance to be consistent.last_img read more

King’s Cup: India lose 3-1 to Curacao in Igor Stimac’s first test

first_imgTalismanic captain Sunil Chhetri struck in his milestone match but India lost 1-3 to higher-ranked Curacao in their opening tie of the King’s Cup football tournament in Igor Stimac’s first game in charge here Wednesday.Chhetri became the most capped India player by surpassing Bhaichung Bhutia’s 107 international matches and he scored the lone goal for his side in the 31st minute from a spot kick for his 68th goal, though it did not make any difference to the result of the match.The 82nd ranked Caribbean island nation, which has two players plying trade in English Premier League and some others in European leagues, scored three in the space of 18 minutes — through Roly Bonevacia (16th), Elson Hooi (18th) and Leandro Bacuna (33rd).A sloppy first half in which India — ranked 101 — defended and attacked poorly, saw the team trailing 1-3 at the breather. The new defensive set up — with Rahul Bheke coming in as central defender — was looking out of sorts with lack of anticipation and communication.India played a vastly improved football in the second 45 minutes — which was played mostly under rain — but could not score another goal.Stimac’s charges made at least four chances in the second half with two coming to the 34-year-old Chhetri whose first attempt hit the upright and the other — another free header — sailing over the bar.Though high-profile Stimac, a World Cup bronze medallist and former Croatia manager, began his stint as India coach on a losing note, there were positives to be taken from the match against a more technically superior side.advertisementThe Croatian gaffer gave international debuts to as many as six players, including to 18-year-old U-17 World Cup captain Amarjit Singh, and the Indian side played possession football and mostly through ground passes. He even resorted to a three-man backline briefly after trailing by two goals.Curacao dominated the first half but surprisingly India had more possession with 53 per cent as against 47. The second half was an even contest with India threatening to score several times and they completely dominated the final 15 minutes though another goal eluded them in the end.Udanta Singh was in his usual good touch with most of the Indian attacks coming from the right flank with his fast runs creating problems from Curacao.But it was Sahal Abdul Samad who was clearly the best Indian player on the field. He was all over the pitch at the centre of the park, initiating attacking moves, making fine turns to get the better of his opponents and not afraid of holding the ball.The introduction of Amarjit and Raynier Fernandes in the second half also added impetus to the Indian attack with both having a fine match overall.”Conceding three goals in the first half against a technically superior team was always going to be difficult to come back. It’s a new team with a lot of new players coming in,” Chhetri said after the match.”We made mistakes, especially in the first half. We are going to go to the drawing board and see what we did wrong. We hope to recover fast for the third-place match and do better,” he added.Stimac, on the other hand, compared India’s performance to the weather conditions at the Thunder Castle Stadium which saw sunshine during the first half but was lashed by heavy rains in the second 45 minutes.”We were very much like the weather. At one time the sun was shining, while in the second half there was a storm. After we changed few things in the half-time, we started playing better,” he said.”I’m proud of the team especially the manner we played in the 2nd half. I think we had 5-6 good situations in the second half to score our second goal and come back, and put some pressure on them in the last 10 minutes,” he added.The experienced coach said the decision making by his attackers was not good in the final third.”For example, where we were supposed to shoot the ball, we were passing; and when we were supposed to pass the ball, we were shooting. There is a long way for us to keep learning — the learning process will be long,” he said.India play the losing team of the match between Thailand and Vietnam in the third-place play-off on Saturday.Also Read | Gianni Infantino re-elected as FIFA President until 2023Also Watch:last_img read more

4 days ago​Guardiola insists Man City not ready to win Champions League

first_img​Guardiola insists Man City not ready to win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola thinks his team is still not ready to win the Champions League.It is no secret that two-times defending Premier League champions City want to win Europe’s biggest club competition.But they have failed in the early knockout rounds for several seasons in a row.And Guardiola believes their profligacy in front of goal will cost them in Champions League matches.”We miss a lot of chances in the final third [during a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday] and we have to do that to be clinical. When the people say about the Champions League being the target, we are still not ready,” he told reporters.”We create a lot and we don’t concede, but we can still improve. We are a team in the last two seasons who score a lot and create a lot. I don’t have doubt about that, but still we have to keep going and work on that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Haryana govt likely to incur heavy cost in taking over Rapid rail

first_imgGurugram: The Haryana government officials have officially begun the process of taking over the Rapid rail metro that is also credited for being India’s first private metro system. In doing so however the government is likely to incur a heavy cost of sustaining the private metro system. Initially, run by ILF&S nation’s first private metro is under a heavy debt of Rs 1,800 crore where 10 per cent interest is being paid on a yearly basis. For operation and salaries over Rs 20 crore is being paid on a yearly basis. The Haryana government is now planning to give only operations part to the Delhi metro rail corporation for which there is a pact of paying the public agency over three crores yearly. According to sources the government is likely to take a decision on the issue after May 12. The move to acquire the metro project comes when the private metro system is reeling under heavy losses. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsBuilt on the model of public-private partnership, Gurugram’s rapid metro was set to change the landscape of public transportation model in Gurugram when it first started its operation in 2013. Five years, after all, did not go to the plan and the management served Haryana Government the notice of compensating it for Rs 1484 Crore of losses. Initially, the DLF-IL&FS consortium ran the Rapid Metro Rail Gurugram Limited (RMGL). According to sources ever since the DLF withdrew its stakes from the project and the ITNL’s parent company — Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) — ran into financial trouble, the ITNL found it difficult to operate the Gurugram private metro. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHigher costs for travelling, less focus on last mile connectivity and lesser frequency of the movement of trains are resulting in many residents still relying on other modes of transportation. According to reports, there are over 50,000 commuters who use the services of the private metro daily. This, however, is not enough for the metro to recover its costs. The management of the private metro has also been odds with the public agencies over the display of advertisements that is a major source of revenue. The major concern for the management remains over the dwindling number of commuters using the Rapid Metro services Considered to be a bane for many residents who drive on routes of Golf Course, Sikanderpur, MG road and Cybercity, the diesel run autos and private city buses continue to retain its popularity. While these transportation mediums still charge a reasonable sum from their customers, the ticket prices in the rapid metro range from a minimum sum of Rs 20 to a maximum of Rs 35. Not only are the common citizens but even the office goers have lessened their daily travels due to a cheaper mode of transport.last_img read more

KimberlyClark and Marathon Oil post gains while Tesla falls

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:Kimberly-Clark Corp., up $6.70 to $130.25The maker of Kleenex tissues and other consumer products reported a surge in profit that beat forecasts.Marathon Oil Corp., up $1.16 to $18.78The oil company and its peers are benefiting from a boost in crude prices driven by U.S. threats to block more Iranian oil exports.Rent-A-Centre Inc., up $1.53 to $22.90The rental services company will receive $92.5 million as part of a settlement from its terminated merger deal with Vintage Capital Management.Tesla Inc., down $10.51 to $262.75The electric car maker is cutting its board of directors from 11 to seven members as CEO Elon Musk’s tweeting habits face scrutiny.Medidata Solutions Inc., up $11.15 to $90.02Dassault Systemes SE considers the software firm a potential buyout target, according to media reports.KeyW Holding Corp., up $3.31 to $11.17Jacobs Engineering Group is buying the cybersecurity company for about $563 million.Intuitive Surgical Inc., down $37 to $491.06The surgical robot maker’s first-quarter profit and revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts.W.W. Grainger Inc., down $16.97 to $291.21The maintenance supplies company reported weak first quarter revenue that fell short of analysts’ forecasts.The Associated Press read more

UNICEF and Zambia say just stop it to genderbased violence

A new campaign in Zambia backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls for an end to gender-based violence, the second biggest scourge in the nation, following HIV and AIDS, according to the African nation’s leader.President Rupiah Bwezani Banda launched the campaign – whose theme is “Abuse, Just Stop It” – yesterday in the capital, Lusaka, declaring zero tolerance for perpetrators of sexual- and gender-based violence.UNICEF expressed its support to ensure that women and children are protected from violence.“This requires action and commitment from all levels of Zambian society,” said Elspeth Erickson, UNICEF’s Deputy Representative in the country.Dual Owusu-Sarfo, acting UN Resident Coordinator, hailed Zambia’s commitment to tackle gender imbalances and to “accord women and men equal rights and opportunities in development.”This commitment, he said, is evidenced by the nation’s signing of international and regional treaties including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.The campaign will include road shows held in five districts, school debates, drama shows and a mobile video van that will show films and documentaries on gender-based violence. 30 October 2009A new campaign in Zambia backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls for an end to gender-based violence, the second biggest scourge in the nation, following HIV and AIDS, according to the African nation’s leader. read more

UN training builds up professionalism of police officers in southern Sudan

The Southern Sudan Police Service (SSPS) started from scratch following the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended a two-decade north-south civil war in Sudan.During the past nearly five months, the 100 officers in Warrap were trained by the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in areas including criminal investigation, human rights, sexual harassment, and child protection.They also received training in providing security for the referendum, scheduled for next January, on whether southern Sudan should secede from the country.State Police Commissioner Major General Andrew Kuol Nyuon thanked the world body for its assistance in improving the quality of police service in the area.“Now we are in the process of building professional and ethical police forces, thanks to the unwavering support of the UN and the international community,” he said at the graduation ceremony held last week in the state capital, Kuajok.Also at the event, UNMIS Police Commander Waheed Ur Rahman voiced his full confidence in the newly-trained officers.“We at the UN hope that, as custodians of the law, you will serve your people better than you did previously,” he stressed.The training programme was funded by UNMIS and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). 30 June 2010Freshly graduated from a United Nations training programme, 100 police officers are ready to protect the people of Warrap state in southern Sudan from insecurity, mainly in the form of cattle raiding and looting. read more

Financial watchdog warns 50000 people could lose jobs due to minimum wage

TORONTO — More than 50,000 people could lose their jobs if the Ontario government goes ahead with its plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, the province’s financial watchdog said Tuesday in a report that assessed the economic impact of the proposed increase.The job losses would be concentrated among teens and young adults, while the number of minimum wage workers in Ontario would increase from just over 500,000 to 1.6 million in 2019, the Financial Accountability Office said in its report. FAO chief economist David West said the province is entering “uncharted waters” with the increase because no other jurisdiction has gone so far so quickly.While the move will have a positive impact on the province’s total labour market income — hiking it by 1.3 per cent — it will also result in job losses over a number of years.“There’s evidence to suggest these job losses could be larger given the magnitude and rapid pace of this increase,” West said.In July, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced her government would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019. The increase would be phased in gradually and would rise with inflation, as scheduled, from $11.40 currently to $11.60 in October, to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018 and $15 the following year.West said that while the FAO report makes no recommendations about the proposed policy, it does raise red flags for legislators. The report specifically sites the speed with which Ontario will phase in the change as a concern for business, he said.“It would be wrong to suggest that there won’t be some employment impact,” he said. “Some businesses will certainly struggle to accommodate these higher payroll costs and will of course look at options for automation, and will look at hiring higher paid, higher productivity workers perhaps. But one way or the other, they’re going to have to adjust.”The proposed changes are in response to a government-commissioned report released last week that included 173 recommendations addressing precarious work. The Changing Workplaces review concluded that new technology, a shrinking manufacturing sector and fewer union jobs, among other factors, have left approximately one-third of Ontario’s 6.6 million workers vulnerable.Labour Minister Kevin Flynn said Tuesday that because of the province’s strong economy the government can move forward with the minimum wage increase. He pointed to studies written in recent years by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives that support the move.“This money (people are) going to be making goes right back into the economy,” Flynn said. “This doesn’t go into trust funds or this doesn’t go offshore. This goes right back to Main Street.”Asked how businesses could prepare, Flynn suggested they will have to find ways to absorb the increase.“Well, I think they could look at pricing, obviously that’s one thing that obviously any business would do,” he said.Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown said those comments can only mean one thing; the government expects businesses will pass on the wage increase to consumers.“It just shows how out of touch this government is,” Brown said. “They think you can just raise the prices on everything. Families are struggling right now to afford their hydro bills.”Brown said he supports the minimum wage increase but would like to see it phased in over a longer period of time.NDP leader Andrea Horwath said the Liberal government rushed its plan without helping prepare small business. If it had started this transition years ago it could have mitigated the impact, she said.“That’s what happens when the Liberals do things for political purposes … and (are) trying to get a bump in the polls,” she said.Groups representing both small and large businesses across Ontario have warned that the minimum wage increase would lead to layoffs. Karl Baldauf, spokesperson for the Keep Ontario Working Coalition, said that group conducted its own economic analysis of the minimum wage increase which concluded over 185,000 jobs could be impacted by the hike. The FAO report illustrates why the government should proceed with caution, he said.“(The government) needs to conduct an independent economic analysis and they need to adjust their plan depending upon what that analysis proves to them,” Baldauf said. read more

Sri Lankan delegation to visit Reunion Island next week

On an invitation from the French Agency for Development (AFD), an Official Delegation headed by M I M Rafeek, Secretary to the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs will visit the Reunion Island from 1st to 7th of April 2017, the French Embassy in Colombo said today.The delegation is comprised of key public officers, Rathnayake, Director General of Department of External Resources, Mudalige, Director General of the Department of National Planning and representatives from Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, National Water Supply and Drainage Board and Ceylon Electricity Board. Sri Lanka although 25 times larger than the Reunion Island, shares with its Indian Ocean sister-island similar opportunities and constraints, linked to its island character, geomorphology (central mountainous area), tropical climate and climatic zones (distinctive dry and wet zones). Martin Parent, AFD Country Director, commenting on the proposed visit said that ”AFD, a partner to Sri Lanka in key sectors such as drinking water and sanitation, energy, urban development and irrigation, organizes this trip for a delegation of officials to have peer to peer discussions on the solutions developed by Reunion Island which faces similar opportunities and constraints: how to increase the share of renewable energies in an isolated power grid, how to invest sustainably in collective waste water treatment schemes, how to plan sustainable urban development in coastal tourist areas”. This visit will be an opportunity to be in contact with the highest Authorities of the Reunion Island, with a view to fostering cooperation between Sri Lanka and the Reunion Island. Discussions are also planned with the business community of Reunion Island in order to present them key infrastructure development projects to be implemented in Sri Lanka under Private and Public Partnership (PPP) basis. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Tanker truck rollover clean up is slow

(Update)Harvester Road in Burlington was closed between Appleby and Burloak for most of the day. But some lanes could be open now.A tanker truck overturned in the industrial area around 8:30 Monday night. The driver was treated for minor injuries. But the bigger problem for emergency crews was the time it took to unload 35-thousand litres of fuel and to assemble a crew to carefully upright the truck without creating any sparks. There was a small fissure in the truck tank and some fuel leaked into the catch basin. A small amount may have made its way down to Sheldon Creek. But it was cleaned up and city officials say there is no further environmental concern.Burlington Fire Platoon Chief Craig Slack: “It was a very long process to ensure safety for everyone involved. We also want to eliminate environmental damage. So we had to offload all the fuel on the vehicle and upright the tanker. It took some time to gather the resources to do that.”The lane on Harvester that is closest to the catchbasin will remain closed to traffic Wednesday while cleanup continues. Halton police haven’t determined how the truck overturned or whether any charges will be laid. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Djibouti UN agency struggles to manage thousands of asylum seekers

Citing security and economic concerns, the government of Djibouti had given illegal immigrants up to 31 August to leave the country. An estimated 10,000 people, instead of the expected 4,000, turned up at a stadium in the Djibouti capital, Djibouti, where they had been asked to gather ahead of their transfer to a transit centre at Aour-Aoussa, some 120 kilometres away. “By Saturday, the stadium was teeming with illegal immigrants mixed with asylum seekers, the former anxious to find ways of legalizing their stay in Djibouti ahead of the 31 August deadline for their departure from Djibouti,” UNHCR spokesman Rupert Coleville said in Geneva today. The large turnout at the stadium on quickly outstripped the vehicle capacity arranged by UNHCR, forcing the government to provide additional trucks to transport the waiting crowds at the stadium to the transit centre.”All activities at the transit centre were completely paralysed by the unruly mobs at the centre. Neither registration of genuine asylum seekers nor food distribution could be started over the weekend,” Mr. Coleville said.Government officials have since deployed military personnel to man the perimeter of the transit centre and police to instil order inside the facility. UNHCR staff, working with Djibouti government officials, yesterday begun to separate the large crowds of people into three distinct groups: asylum seekers with or without attestations, Somalis from areas south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu and others who are likely to include villagers from the local community. read more

Maldives approaching critical juncture with upcoming elections – UN official

The upcoming elections in the Maldives represent an important opportunity to move forward with its democratic transition, a senior United Nations official stressed today, as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the country.“We are at a critical juncture in the Maldives, and the forthcoming elections will be an important step in its democratic transition,” Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told reporters in the capital, Malé. He encouraged all stakeholders to ensure the conditions for free, fair, inclusive, credible and non-violent elections when voters in the South Asian nation go to the polls to elect a new president on 7 September. Multi-party presidential elections were held in the Maldives for the first time in 2008, ending 30 years of one-party rule. Mohamed Nasheed, who was elected in those polls, resigned in February 2012 in contested circumstances, and was succeeded by his former deputy, Mohammed Waheed Hassan. The Government set up a National Commission of Inquiry to probe the events leading to the regime change, with the Commission presenting its findings last August. “I stressed that while respecting the Constitution, the credibility of the electoral process and acceptability of the results depends on whether all candidates wishing to participate in the presidential elections are able to do so,” said Mr. Fernandez-Taranco.“I made it clear to all that elections by themselves are not sufficient to address the long-term social and economic challenges facing the country,” he added. “In the public interest, and with a view to the day after elections, I called on political leaders to commit to dialogue and focus their campaigns on needs and concrete proposals to meet them.”Mr. Fernandez-Taranco also called for the strengthening of the justice sector and the independence of the judiciary. The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, found during her visit to the country in February that judicial officials there are not sufficiently independent from external pressures and interferences. “The concept of independence of the judiciary has been misconstrued and misinterpreted in the Maldives, including among judicial actors,” she had stated, adding that there was insufficient dialogue, respect for the new Constitution created in 2008, transparency and access to information, and accountability to allow the judiciary to function property.She had also noted a relatively low number of sitting female judges, lack of education and training possibilities for persons in the judicial sector, and the lack of trust the general public has in the country’s judiciary.Also wrapping up a visit to the country was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, who said the upcoming polls provide a key opportunity to safeguard the rights of children.“I am confident that the unique opportunity to promote a lasting consensus around children’s well-being and protection will be seized by Maldives, and this vision will inform the future of this country,” she said in a statement, following a five-day visit that concluded yesterday.The Special Representative expressed her support to national efforts to address concerns about a 15-year-old girl who was a victim of sexual abuse and was sentenced to flogging. “I welcome the expression of condemnation by the President and other Maldivian authorities, as well as civil society, of the sentence issued against this girl,” said Ms. Santos Pais, who added that the case is emblematic of the wider situation of violence against children.The case also provides an important opportunity to push for change to prevent similar cases from happening again, she stated. In this regard, she welcomed the decision of the President to set up a Child Protection Committee to identify loopholes in the child protection system, and to present recommendations to overcome existing challenges.She noted that the country had a “sound foundation” to effectively prevent and address incidents of violence against children. “Nevertheless, incidents of violence remain hidden and concealed, are sensitive to be raised as a public concern, and difficult to report.”Ms. Santos Pais stressed that it is crucial to prevent social acceptance of violence against children by investing in awareness-raising about children’s rights amongst the public-at-large and supporting families in their child-rearing responsibilities to protect children from violence.There is also an urgent need to promote capacity-building and training initiatives for teachers, social workers, law enforcement officials, judges, prosecutors and other child protection actors, as well as to ensure the legal prohibition of all forms of violence against children, including in the home, in care and justice institutions, and as a form of criminal sentencing, she added. read more

Colin Zeng a potential champion for Ohio State diving

OSU sophomore Colin Zeng is a 5-time Big Ten Diver of the Week for the 2015-16 season. Credit: Courtesy of OSUCoach Justin Sochor took over an Ohio State men’s diving team in 2013 that was laden with juniors and seniors. That meant Sochor had one year of recruiting to revamp the Buckeyes after an exodus of talent.“I wasn’t trying to change an old team,” he said. “I was trying to build a new one.” Sochor said he wanted talented students who would make good teammates to represent the diving team, as well as the university, positively. He found that in sophomore diver Colin Zeng.Zeng, a Fujian, China, native, started to dive after his parents suggested it at a young age. He said he discovered early on that the diving training in China was very strenuous.“I didn’t do a lot of competition,” Zeng said. “It’s very intense. We (train) at least six hours a day, seven days a week.”Then, in 2010, Zeng came to the United States to focus on developing his diving skills even further. “I was at the training camp at Stanford,” Zeng said. “After I got my student visa, I started to focus more on competing.”According to DiveMeets, Zeng finished first in all of the competitions he competed in during high school. The sustained dominance made him a hot target for collegiate programs across the nation. This led him to start looking at colleges in his junior year, he said. OSU proved to be a good fit.  Sochor agreed.“A lot of Colin’s traits were what I was looking for,” Sochor said.  “He’s got a high skill level, he gets along with his teammates, and he is smart.”Zeng came to OSU looking to succeed in what the coach called one of the most prestigious conferences in the nation.“Physically, diving-wise, experience with his training, he will stack right up with the divers in the Big Ten,” Sochor said. “He is a potential champion, but so are they. There are a lot of potential champions in (the conference), and he’s on the same dance floor as them.”Zeng has proved that this year. A five-time Big Ten Diver of the Week award winner, Zeng has finished first in all but three events in the 2015-16 season. In the trio of events he didn’t win, he was close, claiming second place each time. OSU sophomore Colin Zeng dives during a meet. Credit: Courtesy of OSUHe said he looks to continue his success at the Big Ten Championships, in which he will compete in three events: the 1-meter, 3-meter and the platform. After that, the NCAA Championship in late March is on the docket for Zeng.Like any competitor, he said he wants to win, but rather than setting his sights on those sorts of accolades, his plan is to just become the best diver he can be.“I’m just trying to focus and get more consistent on my dives,” Zeng said.Despite his success athletically, Zeng places a great deal of emphasis on excelling in the classroom too, his coach said. “The majority of his focus is academics,” Sochor said. “Training just happens in the part of the day we can get him. Once he gets into that Big Ten meet, there is no more tutoring and study table hours… It’s all diving.”As the conference championships approach at the end of February, Zeng is fine-tuning his dives to make them as perfect as can be. The biggest thing, he said, is just becoming as comfortable and consistent as possible. Sochor said he thinks that his star diver is ready to go and show the Big Ten what he is all about.“Colin gets pretty mean when he is competing,” Sochor said. “He is not going to be easy to beat.” read more

Leo Varadkar says it is scandalous that the Childrens Hospital cost estimations

first_img TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said that it was “scandalous” that some government agents got the estimated cost for the National Children’s Hospital “so wrong”.He was reacting to a statement made by Minister for Health Simon Harris last week, where he said that “the only scandal” would be if the project was cancelled.“Our agents made some mistakes in calculating the costs,” Varadkar said, but added that “nobody would be sorry” when the hospital opens, which is scheduled for 2023.Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, he spoke about Brexit, the National Broadband Plan, and recounted his “disbelief” to hearing about the extent of the overspend on what he called the “ill-fated but much-needed” Children’s Hospital.“I wasn’t entirely surprised that the costs had overrun, but I really couldn’t believe that it was €400-and-something million more than we thought it would. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share539 Tweet Email3 I don’t think if we’d been having meetings every week about it, that it would have been cheaper to build. There are lots of things that could have been done better… Would it have been cheaper if we did those things? No, I don’t think so.“We can’t take credit for getting things right if we don’t take responsibility for this,” he added.Speaking about Brexit, the Taoiseach said that he’s “not surprised at all” that he’s being portrayed as the “bogeyman” by elements of the British media. 44,040 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 28th 2019, 9:03 AM Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images Obviously the first thing was to say ‘No get lost, go back to the contractors, tell them we’re not paying, negotiate this down’.He said that the government has tried to tackle the overspend, and said that one of the contractors for the Children’s Hospital had its fees renegotiated from €200 million down to €60 million.He said that although there are things that could have been done better, such as informing the public quicker, it wouldn’t have made the hospital cheaper to build. Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 9:03 AM There are elements of the British establishment that don’t like an Irish government or Taoiseach standing up for Ireland. That they don’t understand why we’re not leaving too. They don’t understand why, to use their language ‘fall in line’. “They don’t understand why we’re not helping them out instead of remaining with the European Union – I’m not apologising for that.“We made a decision a hundred years ago to be independent … We’re going to travel a different road that the United Kingdom apparently, but it’s a better road.”He said that a deal was better than an extension, and an extension was better than a no-deal Brexit. He also said that he would prefer that the UK would reverse its decision to leave the European Union, but when asked whether he would like to see a second referendum, the Taoiseach said “that’s not my business”: Short URL I know how sensitive some British politicians and the British media can be so there is nothing they would like more than for me to call for a second referendum so they can then jump all over that, so I’m not going to walk into that one.He said that no decision had been made about when there would be a reshuffle, and that although “the logical time” was to hold one after local elections in May, although that could be pushed back to June or July further if there’s an extension to Brexit day (which is currently 20 March).He also said that the level of talent among Fine Gael backbenchers meant that he could “probably appoint a Cabinet of all new ministers”. 84 Comments Leo Varadkar says it is ‘scandalous’ that the Children’s Hospital cost estimations were so far off Speaking about Brexit, the Taoiseach also said that he’s “not surprised” that he’s the “boogeyman” of the British media.last_img read more

Le centre de la parole ne se trouve pas là où on

first_imgLe centre de la parole ne se trouve pas là où on le pensaitDans le cerveau, le centre de la parole n’est pas situé à l’endroit où les scientifiques le pensaient depuis la fin du XIXe siècle. Une découverte annoncée par une équipe de chercheurs américains, qui pourrait bien bouleverser la neurologie.Le siège de la parole ne se situe pas sur l’arrière du cortex cérébral, près du cortex auditif où sont reçus les sons, comme le pensaient les scientifiques jusqu’alors, et ce depuis la fin du XIXe siècle. Une équipe de chercheurs américains s’apprête en effet à bouleverser la neurologie, en affirmant que cette aire dite de Wernicke, du nom du neurologue qui l’a située au XIXe siècle, se trouve en réalité trois centimètres plus près de l’avant du cerveau, de l’autre côté du cortex auditif. À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Cette découverte annoncée dans les Annales de l’Académie nationale américaine des sciences (PNAS) a été réalisée grâce à l’analyse de plus de plus de cent études d’images du cerveau. Si elle est confirmée, “tous les manuels de neurologie et de médecine devront être réécrits”, affirme le Dr Josef Rauschecker, du département de sciences neurologiques de l’université de Georgetown, à Washington. Mais cette localisation du centre de la parole pourrait permettre d’offrir des soins plus efficaces aux personnes souffrant de lésions cérébrales ou de troubles du langage. Elle est également d’une importance capitale car l’emplacement de ce siège est situé au même endroit qu’une zone récemment découverte chez des primates, et qui leur permet d’émettre ou comprendre des sons. Une preuve pour les scientifiques que “les origines de la parole chez les humains et les singes sont plus proches qu’on ne le pensait”, souligne le chercheur. Cité par l’AFP, le Dr Rauschecker conclut ainsi : “cette avancée laisse penser que l’architecture cérébrale et le traitement de la parole entre les deux espèces sont plus similaires que ce que beaucoup de personnes pensent”.Le 1 février 2012 à 13:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Wrong way crash kills one person in Downtown

first_img January 13, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One person was killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 in downtown San Diego this afternoon, a fire official said.California Highway Patrol dispatchers were first alerted to the crash at 4:06 p.m. on southbound I-5 just before state Route 163.A black sedan and a white minivan reportedly hit each other head-on. The collision left the driver of one car dead, and one person was trapped inside the other car, San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Rick Ballard said.It wasn’t immediately clear which car was traveling the wrong way. One of the vehicles exploded after the crash, dispatchers were told.Firefighters were blocking three lanes of southbound I-5 near the accident scene, according to the CHP. Posted: January 13, 2019 Updated: 5:50 PM KUSI Newsroom Wrong way crash kills one person in Downtown KUSI Newsroom, SB I-5 at SR-163, three left lanes blocked due to a multi-vehicle traffic collision. #SDCaltransAlert— Caltrans San Diego (@SDCaltrans) January 14, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bonneville Dam fish count 611

first_imgTuesday — 2,568 adult spring chinook, 459 jack chinook, 234 steelhead, 64,581 shad, 1,648 sockeye. Temperature was 61.2 degrees. Streamflow this morning was 295,000 cubic feet per second.last_img

Wilmingtons Cumberland Farms Launches 8th Annual Cups For Kids Fundraiser

first_img(NOTE: Cumberland Farms in located at 205 Main Street in Wilmington.)WESTBOROUGH, MA —  Leading coffee, convenience and gasoline retailer Cumberland Farms has launched its 8th annual Cups for Kids campaign, a month-long fundraiser that benefits pediatric care programs at five regional hospitals, including Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout the month of August, five cents from iced coffee or Chill Zone beverages purchased (the beverage varies by hospital) across the Northeast will be donated directly to pediatric care programs at partnering children’s hospitals.“It’s incredible to think that this is our eighth annual Cups for Kids fundraiser,” said Gwen Forman, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Cumberland Farms. “Supporting the communities we serve has always been something we believe in, and this campaign is a key part of our commitment. Since the beginning of the program we’ve donated a total of over $800,000 to our hospital partners and we’re looking forward to adding to that number this year. We encourage everyone to stop by their local Cumberland Farms this month to participate.”In Massachusetts, Cumberland Farms is partnering with Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, a full service children’s hospital in Boston with a mission to improve the lives of children and their families. During the month of August, five cents from iced coffee purchased at participating retail locations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be donated directly to pediatric care programs at Floating Hospital. Representing Floating Hospital during this year’s fundraiser is 12-year-old Sheila Parma from Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Sheila was diagnosed with an auto immune disease called Necrotizing Myositis, which is an extremely rare soft tissue infection involving muscle. She visits Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center for monthly infusions in addition to other medical appointments. She loves visiting with the Child Life team when visiting the hospital. The Child Life Specialists keep her spirits high and make her life easier during her treatments. In her free time, she likes to cook and participate in her school drama club.“Floating Hospital for Children has been honored to be a beneficiary of the Cups for Kids campaign for the past six years,” said Geoffrey G. Binney, Jr., MD, MPH, Acting Pediatrician-in-Chief at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. “We are grateful for Cumberland Farms and their dedication to our patients and encourage everyone to head to their local Cumberland Farms during August to make a difference in our patients’ lives.”Below is the complete list of participating hospitals, as well as their selected Cumberland Farms beverage for the fundraiser:Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center – Iced CoffeeChildren’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock – Iced CoffeeBernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med – Chill Zone BeveragesConnecticut Children’s – Chill Zone BeveragesThe Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center – Chill Zone BeveragesFor more information about the Cups for Kids campaign, please visit To find a participating store location, visit Please note the location at 205 Main Street in Wilmington IS participating. About Cumberland FarmsCumberland Farms makes life easier for busy people every day. What started in 1939 with a cow and a dream has grown into a network of nearly 600 convenience stores across 8 states. Three generations later, Cumberland Farms is still family owned and operated, and continues to reflect the values it was built upon: envisioning a better way to serve customers by providing the best possible products at the best possible prices. Whether you’re buying a cold Chill Zone drink, a hot or iced cup of Farmhouse Blend Coffee, or filling the gas tank, convenience and customer service are key. Cumberland Farms also has a long heritage of giving back to the communities where it operates, from feeding the hungry to supporting local sports teams and fundraising. For more information, please visit us at Tufts Medical CenterTufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children’s hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of nearly 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit or The above press release is from Cumberland Farms.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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Amnesty for release of FIFA council member Mahfuza

first_imgBangladeshi authorities must immediately and unconditionally release the international football governing body FIFA’s council member Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, who faces two years behind bars simply for exercising her right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International said on Monday.Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, who is also chairperson of the women’s wing of the Bangladesh Football Federation, was arrested from her home in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi neighbourhood on 16 March. She is facing defamation charges for accusing prime minister Sheikh Hasina of favouring cricket over football, and was denied bail by a Dhaka court.”Championing football is not a crime. Mahfuza Akhter Kiron was merely exercising her right to freedom of expression by stating that the Prime Minister favoured cricket over football. If the implications of a defamation case were not so serious, it would be laughable. Mahfuza Akther Kiron must be released immediately and unconditionally,” said Saad Hammadi, South Asia Campaigner at Amnesty International.If she is found guilty, Mahfuza Akther Kiron could be sentenced to a maximum of two years under Bangladesh’s Penal Code.The arrest of the FIFA official marks the latest attack on freedom of expression in Bangladesh. Following the enactment of the draconian Digital Security Act (DSA) last year, there has been a chilling effect felt across civil society and the media, giving rise to self-censorship.Under the vaguely worded DSA, anyone can be imprisoned for up to 10 years and face heavy fines for sharing their legitimate views online. The punishment for a repeat offence can be life imprisonment.Over the past five months, the Bangladeshi authorities have arrested more than 60 people under the DSA for online comments critical of the Prime Minister and her family.Last August, renowned photographer Shahidul Alam was arrested by the Bangladeshi police imprisoned for more than 100 days for comments he made in an interview with Al-Jazeera English, where he criticized the government’s heavy-handed crackdown on student protests calling for safer roads.”The crackdown on freedom of expression is one of the main reasons why Bangladesh’s image has been tainted globally. As long as these arrests continue, and as long as these repressive laws remain in force, Bangladesh will be unable to claim its place as a rising economy that upholds human rights,” said Saad Hammadi.last_img read more