Ind vs WI, 4th ODI: India beat West Indies by 59 runs

first_imgWest Indies won the toss and elected to field first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of the 4th One-day International between India and West Indies from the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium in Dharamsala.ScorecardIt was a comfortable 59-run win for India, even though they let West Indies score freely after picking up early wickets. When West Indies were reduced to 121/5, it looked like India were quickly going to wrap things up, but Samuels and Russell hit some lusty blows to keep the game wide open. Samuels scored his 7th ODI hundred, but the Indian bowlers managed to get the breakthroughs at the fag end to dent the visitors. Well, it was announced initially that West Indies are calling off the remainder of the tour after this match, but they’ve made a U-turn, with their board denying any such claims. A decision is expected to be taken after the end of this match and at the moment, no one knows what is happening. We will get some clarity at the presentation. Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to field first against India.Bolstered by their dramatic come-from-behind win in the last game, India will look to keep the winning momentum going when they meet West Indies in the fourth cricket one-dayer on Friday on what is expected to be a pacy track.The series is locked at 1-1 and the picturesque HPCA Stadium will provide the perfect setting as the two teams square off to seize the initiative before the final match of the series is played at Eden Gardens on October 20.advertisementIndia’s series-levelling victory at the Kotla was combination of West Indies’ self destruction while cruising towards an easy win and also inability to play on a track where there is some turn on offer.Spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra exploited the helpful conditions perfectly as West Indies lost eight wickets for 45 runs in their pursuit of a competitive total of 263.However, India might find it difficult for their spinners to extract same kind of help from the track here as they have done from 22-yard strip in Delhi.Notwithstanding the erratic display from the Caribbean batsmen, the battle in the backdrop of the Dhauladar mountain range should be exciting, considering the fast and bouncy nature of the pitch.There is always a chance of rain in the hills. Therefore even a light spell of shower will further aid the pacemen besides making the conditions colder.The teams chose to stay put in Delhi post the match on Oct 11 and arrived at a much-higher altitude here only on the eve of the match.Facing a decent West Indies pace attack on a lively surface will be a test for the Indian batsmen. The home team had a tough time batting first here against England in January 2013, when it lost half its men for 79 runs before going on to lose the match.The best thing to come out of the Kotla game for India is Virat Kohli hitting some sort of form after a prolonged lean patch.A gritty 62 on a typically low and slow Kotla wicket must have done his confidence a world of good. It also proved Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to drop Kohli down the batting order at four behind Ambati Rayudu worked and the skipper is expected to stick to the same sequence.Chief curator Sunil Chauhan has promised the wicket will assist the fast bowlers and that might make either captain consider a four-pronged pace attack. In that scenario, leggie Amit Mishra could make way for Ishant Sharma.With pitch offering some bounce and lateral movement, Ishant’s hit-the-deck type of bowling might just be ideal for this kind of track.The World Cup not being far away and Ishant would like to throw his hat in the ring for being one of Dhoni’s trusted lieutenant in the pace bowling department when the marquee event starts in February next year.While the Indian pacers haven’t exactly set the stage on fire during the two ODIs, one man, who has surely impressed is Mohammed Shami.Shami, with eight wickets from two games, is now the highest wicket-taker in the series and by far looked the best pacer on view during the death overs with his consistent deliveries in the blockhole.Though young left-arm spinner Akshar Patel has been included in the squad for the last two ODIs, he is unlikely to make it to the playing XI as two left-arm spinners would make the attack one-dimensional.advertisementIt also seems rookie chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will have to wait longer for his international debut.Anyway, it will be a challenge for the Indian bowlers to contain the in-form Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels, who have been the stand-out performers with the willow, for the visitors.While Samuels hit an unbeaten 126 in the first game at Kochi that the West Indies won convincingly, Smith was guilty of throwing his wicket away at the cusp of century (97) in the second game in the Capital.Overall, it will be interesting to see how the unpredictable visitors bat on a tricky surface.On the bowling front, West indies skipper Dwayne Bravo would surely expect his fast bowlers to come to the party. He has the option of bringing in speedster Kemar Roach to support Ravi Rampaul and Jerome Taylor.Allrounder Andre Russell will be expected to keep things tight in the middle overs.Teams(from):India: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, M Vijay, Kuldeep YadavWest Indies: Dwayne Bravo(c), Dwayne Smith, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Leon Johnson, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin(wk), Sulieman Benn, Jason Holder, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylorlast_img read more

‘Beautiful stage ends’

first_imgKevin De Bruyne: Manchester City have to put in hard work to retain EPL crown Montevideo: Uruguay great Diego Forlan, who played for Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, has retired from the professional game. Forlan, 40, who also played for the likes of Inter and Villarreal, along with a memorable run with Atletico Madrid during a fine career in Europe, confirmed his retirement on Tuesday. ‘Great memories’Taking to Twitter to reveal his decision, Forlan wrote: “After 21 years I made the decision to end my career as a professional footballer. A beautiful stage closes full of great memories and emotions but another of new challenges will begin. Thanks to all who in one way or another accompanied me on this path!” Forlan spoke about his decision on the US TV channel, TeleMundo. “What I lived in these 21 years…I have no words. I never imagined. It is much, much, much more than what I dreamed as a child,” he said.Related News ‘Starstruck’ David Beckham shares photo with Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke “It would have been nice to close my career in Penarol, but it did not happen, the negotiations did not come to fruition. I would have loved it.” He continued: “It hasn’t been easy, I didn’t want the time to come, but I knew it was going to come. I have decided to stop playing football professionally,” he added. Suarez thanks ForlanMeanwhile, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez praised Forlan for helping him develop with the national team. “I will never forget how you treated me from the beginning, I am grateful for the moments shared with you. Love you very much,” Suarez tweeted. Forlan started his professional career with Independiente in Argentina before earning a move to Manchester United in January 2002. He won the Premier League with Manchester United in 2002-03 and the FA Cup the following season before joining Villarreal in 2004. Forlan won the Golden Ball award for the best player at the 2010 World Cup — where Uruguay reached the semi-finals. He also played for the Indian Super League club Mumbai City FC and most recently Kitchee in Hong Kong. center_img Mid-day hosts first-of-its-kind girls football tournament | Ranis of Rink 2019 Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Buried Alive? What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed At Work

first_imgWe’ve all experienced it: your boss walks into your office and hands you a new project, just as your phone rings about a daily deadline and an email pops into your inbox about meeting in five minutes. Your heart starts to race, your palms start to sweat, and it’s hard to catch your breath. You’re just getting your work day started and you’re already totally overwhelmed.With so much to do and so little time to do it in, feeling overwhelmed, and the sensations of stress and anxiety that accompany it, are common to most workers. But the question of how you deal with it can determine whether your day is a success or a total feeling.Here are some of our top tips for dealing with an overwhelming day at the office:Make a listWhen you’ve got too many things to do, one of two things can happen. Either you become so overwhelmed by your work that you freeze, or you start trying to tackle 8 projects simultaneously, which means that nothing ends up getting done.Before you go into full on crisis-attack or panic-stricken mode, stop to make a list. Make one for what needs to get done today, one for what needs to get done tomorrow, and what needs to be done by the end of the week. Taking 20 minutes to review all of your projects can really help you prioritize your thoughts and plans (and help you realize that maybe it’s not so overwhelming after all.)Talk to your bossSometimes you really do have too many things that need to be done at once. That’s why, in these situations, you need to talk to your boss. Sure, it’s tempting to tell yourself that you can get everything all done, if you just sleep at the office and don’t go home for the next five days. But is that realistic?Rather than find yourself totally overwhelmed and behind on your projects, talk to your boss. Explain the situation, and that you need some help determining which projects to address first. By keeping your boss in the loop, you’ll be able to manage their expectations of what they expect you to have done, and also give them a heads up on projects that may need to temporarily move to the back burner.DelegateIf you’ve got people who report to you, or others on your team who are helping you out, now is the time to delegate. You might want to think you can do it all yourself, but chances are that you can’t, and even if you could, you’re much more likely to make a mistake if you’re completely overwhelmed.As you look over all of your projects, check to see what parts you absolutely need to do yourself. Then divide up what’s left, and give them to your team members who have the skills to deliver.Turn off your email, voicemail, and all other sorts of mailHow many times are we all interrupted by phone during the day? How many times have you said “oh, I’ll just answer this one email” to look up and see you lost two hours to Outlook? Answering a call or writing an email might only take a few minutes here and there, but when you add them all together, it can be a major drain on your day.While most of us like to be accessible throughout the work day, on certain crisis days it is perfectly acceptable to send your calls directly to voicemail or put an out-of-office notice on your email. This will free your schedule to focus only on what needs to be done. And all those voicemails and emails? They’ll be there when you get in tomorrow.Say noThe truth of the matter is that many of us become overwhelmed because we just don’t say no. And in this economy, with many worried about heir job security, it’s only become more and more common to take on extra work. But as much as you want to please your boss, co-workers, and board of directors, stop the next time someone asks you to take on an additional project. Evaluate your workload and see if you really have the space on your calendar to take it on. If you don’t, be honest. Your co-workers and supervisors would rather have you tell them the truth about your workload than deliver an incomplete project because you didn’t really have the time to do it. – By Noël Rozny, myFootpath Web Editor & Content Manger Interested in more from MyFootpath…Who’s The Boss? How to Deal with a PromotionClimbing the Corporate Ladder: How to Get PromotedWeekend Tips for a More Successful Work Weeklast_img read more

Piccadilly Circus billboard lights turned off for upgradation

first_imgLondon, Jan 16 (PTI) For the first time since World War II, the iconic billboard lights at Londons Piccadilly Circus was switched off today as work begins on a new state-of-the- art advertising screen that would be unveiled in autumn.The billboard, which has displayed electrical advertisements for more than a century, went dark at 08:30 am for work to take place.It is the first time since World War II the lights have gone off, except for power cuts and special events, the BBC reported.The screens will be replaced with one curved screen of the same size that will be the highest resolution LED display of its size in the world, The Evening Standard said.The work is set to be finished by Autumn.A temporary advertising banner will replace the lights.As well as being an advertising board, it will be able to provide live video streaming and give updates about events such as the weather and sports results.Ros Morgan, chief executive of the Heart of London business alliance, said the new screen would “bring visitors an enhanced entertainment experience”.About 100 million people are estimated to pass through Piccadilly Circus each year.The lights have previously gone out in 1939 to comply with World War II blackouts. They were not switched back on until 1949.Since then, they have only been turned off as a mark of respect, including during the funerals of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana, and in support of environmental campaigns.The occasional power cut and the imposed three-day week in the 1970s have also plunged Piccadilly Circus into darkness.advertisementThe new display, which will be the same size as the current space, will be shared by six advertisers.Coca-Cola has been advertising in Piccadilly Circus since 1954 and will continue its residency, while Samsung will also have a spot.Vasiliki Arvaniti, portfolio manager at Land Securities, said the new screen would offer brands “pioneering new ways to connect” with people. PTI AKJ AKJlast_img read more


first_imgAuthorities have filed a first degree murder charge in the June death of a rural Castana, Iowa woman.The Monona County Attorney says 21-year-old Eliot Stowe was arrested Tuesday and charged with the death of 66-year-old Cheryl Stowe, whose body was found a mile and a half from her home on June 27th.That was the day after co-workers asked the Monona County Sheriff to check on her welfare because she did not show up for workEliot Stowe is the grandson of Cheryl Stowe and resided at her residence during the time frame of the alleged homicide.Elliot Stowe is currently being held at the Monona County Correctional Facility under a one million dollar cash bond.————————last_img

MS Dhoni run out after umpiring error? Fans raise questions after India lose World Cup semi-final

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 08:10 IST MS Dhoni was run out on 50 in the World Cup 2019 semi-final vs New Zealand on Wednesday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was run out for 50 in the 49th over of the semi-finalIn a viral video clip, 6 New Zealand fielders can be spotted standing outside the 30-yard circleIndia lost the semi-final by 18 runs in Manchester on WednesdayDuring the World Cup 2019 semi-final between India and New Zealand, there was pindrop silence in the Manchester crowd after MS Dhoni was run out as the wicketkeeper-batsman’s wicket was the final nail in the coffin for India in their 240-run chase on Wednesday.With MS Dhoni at the crease, there was still belief that India would be able to gun down the total and seal a ticket to the Lord’s final on July 14. India were jolted early in their chase of 240 as they lost Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul cheaply inside the first 4 overs.MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja took India from 92 for 6 to 208 after which the two batsmen got out in quick succession. India eventually fell short of the target by 18 runs and were knocked out of World Cup 2019.WHAT A MOMENT OF BRILLIANCE!Martin Guptill was to run out MS Dhoni and help send New Zealand to their second consecutive @cricketworldcup final! #CWC19 (@ICC) July 10, 2019However, after the heartbreaking semi-final defeat to New Zealand, a video has been doing the rounds on social media around the legality of the ball on which Dhoni was run-out.In the pictures and video going viral, a small graphic could be seen where 6 New Zealand players were standing outside the ring. According to ICC rules, only 5 fielders can be outside of the 30-yard circle in the 3rd powerplay. Thus, if the pictures stand true, the delivery should have been called a no-ball.There were 6 fielders outside the 30 yard circle when Dhoni was run out. Shame on Umpires for this level of awareness and that too in World Cup Semi-final ?????? (@PrasidthJ) July 10, 2019Glaring umpiring error? Could they afford this in a World Cup semi final? 6 players outside the circle… how long did they play like that in P3? #INDvNZL #Dhoni Narasimhan (@AnchorAnandN) July 10, 2019Issue is not the fact that there would anyway have been a run out off a no ball. Had Guptill been the fielder inside the circle Dhoni may not have gone for the 2nd run.Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) July 10, 2019MS Dhoni would have still been run out even if the umpire had called it a no-ball. However, fans are questioning if Dhoni would have taken the risk and pushed for the 2nd run had he known it was a no-ball.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also confessed that MS Dhoni run out was the turning point of the game.”We all know the game is a fine line in a number of ways. But that run-out was significant. We have seen Dhoni finish games from those similar positions on a number of occasions,” Kane Williamson said after the match.”It was a tough surface so nothing promised but naturally to dismiss Dhoni in whatever fashion is extremely important, but for a direct hit run-out very similar to Jadeja’s I think was a big moment in the game.”Also Read | New Zealand captain Kane Williamson stays a step ahead of the opposition: Sachin TendulkarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow India vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019Follow Ravindra JadejaFollow Martin Guptill MS Dhoni run out after umpiring error? Fans raise questions after India lose World Cup semi-finalICC Cricket World Cup: In a video clip going viral online, 6 New Zealand fielders are seen positioned outside the 30-yard circle in the delivery that MS Dhoni was run out. According to the rules of the game, only 5 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Nova Scotia Come to life Gains Strength in Numbers

first_imgThirty associations and businesses, including Atlantic Canada’s largest professional orchestra and one of North America’s largest regional communications providers, have become ambassadors for the province by becoming charter members of Nova Scotia “Come to life.” Nova Scotia “Come to life” now has the backing of 194 charter members. They help raise awareness about the province and the benefits of living, working, learning and doing business in Nova Scotia. Symphony Nova Scotia signed the charter at a ceremony at Pier 21 today, July 3. Musicians Hilary Brown, cello, Jennifer Jones, violin, Binnie Brennan, viola, and Celeste Jankowski, second violin, performed a special arrangement of the “Come to life” theme song, written by Nova Scotian singer/songwriter Bruce Guthro. “Coming to Nova Scotia nearly five years ago was an exciting prospect, for I really didn’t know what to expect,” said Symphony Nova Scotia’s music director Bernhard Gueller. “Canadians are friendly, I had been told, but no one prepared me for the welcome of Nova Scotians. There’s a tranquility here that matches the beauty of the province; a warmth and generosity that is truly staggering.” Aliant also joined “Come to life” as a charter member at the ceremony. “As one the largest employers in Nova Scotia, Aliant is proud to be partnering with Nova Scotia “Come to life” in celebrating all that this province has to offer for those who live and work here,” said Chuck Hartlen, Aliant’s senior vice president of customer experience. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the public and private sector to collaborate, promote Nova Scotia as destination of choice for business, and ultimately ensure our sustainability and long-term success.” Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald welcomed the new supporters. “Nova Scotia ‘Come to life’ is providing one vision, one voice for all of Nova Scotia, educating the world about our province and our many advantages,” said Premier MacDonald. “By working together, we will attract more businesses, immigrants, visitors and students. That will benefit us all.” The charter formalizes the involvement of public and private sector organizations in the “Come to life” initiative. The two sectors are coming together to promote Nova Scotia to business leaders, immigrants, visitors and students. As a charter member, each organization agrees to help develop and support those goals. More information about Nova Scotia “Come to life,” including details about the initiative’s charter members, is available at .last_img read more

Supreme Court urged to clarify law on journalist source protection

first_imgTORONTO – Protection for a journalist’s sources currently exists in legal void that needs filling given the importance of media to our democracy, a new application to the Supreme Court of Canada states.In seeking leave to fight an RCMP demand for a reporter’s background materials, Vice Media and journalist Ben Makuch argue Canada’s top court has never dealt with journalist-source communications.“Clarification is desperately needed,” their leave memorandum states. “Many key questions remain unanswered or are the subject of conflicting appellate decisions.”The materials in question relate to three stories Makuch wrote in 2014 on a Calgary man, Farah Shirdon, charged in absentia with six terrorism-related offences. The articles were largely based on conversations Makuch and Shirdon had via Kik Messenger, an instant messaging app.RCMP want access to Makuch’s screen captures of those chats. He and others argue that could lead to source “chill” — making people reluctant to provide important information to the media. Two lower courts, however, have sided with police.“Law enforcement seeks an order to compel an innocent journalist and media outlet, which are not being investigated by any government agency, to produce every available record of their communications with an individual whom the journalist spent months cultivating as a source,” the leave memo states.“The decisions below give short shrift to the chilling effect on the ability of journalists to gather and report important news stories, and place an unjustified high value on law enforcement’s interests, without explanation or analysis.”In 1991, the Supreme Court mandated carefully balancing the rights of the media in a democratic society against the public interest in crime fighting. However, the court has yet to deal with the “chilling effects” that arise when police want access to communications with a reporter to prosecute the source, the application states.The current legal battle, which has attracted attention from numerous media rights and civil liberties groups, is likely to be repeated with rising frequency in future given that journalists are increasingly communicating electronically with sources in adversarial relationships with the state, the leave memo states.“The stakes are high. The law is unsettled. The results of the decided cases are concerning,” the application states. “These issues are recurring and this court’s guidance is necessary.”Vice and Makuch argue that it’s unlikely Shirdon will ever face trial in Canada, given that it’s not known whether he is alive or where he is. They also maintain the RCMP already has a significant amount of evidence against him and don’t need the extra materials.However, in upholding the RCMP production order, Superior Court Justice Ian MacDonnell said last year the screen shots were important evidence in relation to “very serious allegations.” He found a strong public interest in effective investigation and prosecution, and downplayed Makuch’s contention — shared by the various rights groups — that being forced to turn over the materials would compromise the media’s ability to gather news.Ontario’s highest court said in rejecting a Vice appeal that MacDonnell had been “clearly alive” to concerns about source “chill” and had made no errors in his ruling. Shirdon had never asked for confidentiality and had in fact been keen to share his views publicly, the court noted.A key issue that needs resolving, the leave application states, is that lower courts have consistently tilted toward law enforcement when balancing media rights against crime-fighting needs.“Far from being given particularly careful consideration, even where journalist-source communications are at stake, lower courts give short shrift to the pernicious effects of warrants and production orders on the media’s ability to gather or report the news,” the application states.The government has until June 19 to file its response.last_img read more

Michener Award finalists announced for outstanding publicservice journalism

first_imgOTTAWA — The Michener Awards Foundation has named the finalists for its 2018 award to honour excellence in public-service journalism.The nominees include work by the Waterloo Region Record; the St. Catharines Standard; the Telegraph-Journal of Saint John; CBC TV News; the Toronto Star, CBC News and Radio-Canada; and APTN and CBC North.Gov. Gen. Julie Payette is to announce the winner at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 14. The Michener Award was founded in 1970 by former governor general Roland Michener.The Waterloo Region Record is nominated for Greg Mercer’s months-long investigation of the health problems inflicted on workers by the once-important rubber industry in Kitchener, Ont.The St. Catharines Standard earned its nomination for reporter Grant LaFleche’s year-long investigation that led to more than 50 stories on a conspiracy behind the hiring of the top bureaucrat in Ontario’s Niagara region.The Telegraph-Journal is nominated for an 18-month investigation that exposed problems with New Brunswick’s ambulance service. The newspaper uncovered a severe shortage of paramedics that left ambulances sitting empty, which meant some people in emergency situations were transported in regular vehicles.CBC TV News is nominated for an investigation by the program “The Fifth Estate” into longstanding claims by Transport Canada that school buses are safer without seatbelts, contrary to the department’s own conclusion that they would have prevented numerous deaths and thousands of injuries.The Toronto Star, CBC News and Radio-Canada received a joint nod for their collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that shone a light on lax approval, regulation and oversight of the country’s medical-device industry.APTN and CBC North earned a joint nomination after they exposed failures in the child-welfare system that led to physical abuse and neglect of Indigenous teens. The reporting led to a public apology by the Yukon government for its failure to protect the youths as well as corrective actions.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ukraines comedianturnedpresident makes North American debut in Toronto

first_imgOTTAWA — Ukraine’s new president makes his North American debut in Toronto later today — more than a month before he is to visit the United States — and the country’s envoy says that’s no mistake.Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, says that’s an indication of just how important President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sees the ties between the two countries that have grown in the last 28 years.Zelenskiy, a popular actor and comedian with no previous political experience, is to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a major international conference on his future that opens today, and that Canada is hosting.Zelenskiy easily won this spring’s presidential election, unseating Petro Poroshenko, and sparking concern about whether someone who played the Ukrainian president in a fictional TV drama was cut out for the actual job.But Zelenskiy has worked quickly, dissolving his country’s parliament and pushing forward with new elections for that assembly later this month, a timeline that was months ahead of its previous schedule.Shevchenko says the three-day conference will see representatives from 30 countries participating as well as representatives from major international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.It will help Zelenskiy set his agenda for his term in office, which includes fending off ongoing threats from Russia, said Shevchenko.In 2014, Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in the worst breach of Europe’s borders since the Second World War, an act Canada and its Western allies view as illegal. Russia has also fomented a pro-Kremlin insurgency in the country’s east that has left more than 13,000 dead.In November, Russia detained 24 Ukrainian sailors and seized three ships in the Kerch Strait, which connects the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea off the Crimean coast. Last month, a United Nations maritime tribunal said Russia must free the sailors and their ships. Russia says the tribunal has no jurisdiction over it.“The president will ask Canada to support our fight for the sailors imprisoned by Russian after the incident in Kerch,” said Shevchenko.Canada became the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union.“He (Zelenskiy) wants to have this personal connection, this personal touch. He wants to reassure this very important connection between the countries,” Shevchenko said.Canada has supplied Ukraine with $785 million worth of military, legal, financial, development and political assistance since 2014 when President Vladimir Putin tried to bring the country back into Russia’s sphere of influence just as Ukraine was poised to deepen its integration with the European Union.Trudeau’s office has said he and Zelenskiy will discuss Ukraine’s reform efforts and its path toward integration with Europe.Canadian is also home to 1.3 million people of Ukrainian descent, which makes it one of the country’s most influential diaspora communities, which has big domestic political implications with the October federal election looming.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s own Ukrainian heritage has helped keep the country near the top of her agenda.She is hosting the conference and is to give a major speech.Freeland was one of the first Western politicians to visit Zelenskiy in Kyiv after he was declared the victor of the presidential race last month.Canada has offered Zelenskiy’s officials training in how to actually run a government because they lack experience and are running a country whose institutions are not as strong as those in the West.Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN envoy to Kosovo says plan for standards more important than ever

Mr. Holkeri said that while not every ethnic community was involved in producing the plan, it still contained provisions that ought to protect all residents of Kosovo, regardless of their background.The plan is a detailed guide that sets specific goals in such areas as the building of democratic institutions, the enforcement of rights for minorities and the creation of a functioning economy. Its provisions include the holding of free and fair elections and the establishment of an impartial legal system.Mr. Holkeri – who was joined by Kosovo’s Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi for the launch – said the province “is still a long way from recovering from the violence of two weeks ago,” but the importance of the standards is clearer than ever.The UN Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today also released updated information on the recent violence. In total, 19 people were killed – 11 Kosovo Albanians and eight Kosovo Serbs – and more than 900 people were injured, including dozens of international police officers. Some 29 churches and monasteries, 800 houses and more than 150 vehicles were destroyed or badly damaged. read more

Womens lacrosse Buckeyes drop home contest to Northwestern

The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (6-9, 0-4 Big Ten) not only had to weather a windy and rainy night, but also a storm of goals from Northwestern Wildcats’ (7-6, 3-0 Big Ten) senior attack Danita Stroup. Stroup’s six goals on the night helped to down the Scarlet and Gray, 15-8.“I thought we were prepared,” said OSU coach Alexis Venechanos. “I thought we would come out aggressive and I think they kind of punched us in the gut in the beginning. We did settle in a little bit, but we never got over that hump.”Northwestern jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead with two goals coming within the first 1:30 of the contest. Stroup scored the second goal for the Wildcats — her 20th of the year — before freshman midfielder Lindsey McKone scored her third of the season. OSU responded when sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott sliced through the Wildcat defense and scored her first of the day. The goal pulled her team within two of Northwestern, but that line wouldn’t hold.Stroup bounced a shot past OSU freshman goalkeeper Jillian Rizzo for her second goal of the day. The Wildcats added onto their lead when sophomore attack Liza Elder netted her first of the day putting them ahead 5-1.Freshman attack Sage Darling continued her solid season, finding the back of the goal for the 12th time this year for the Buckeyes’ second goal of the game.Northwestern’s Stroup secured her hat trick with five minutes remaining until the halftime break. The score was assisted by junior attack Shelby Fredericks, who scored the Wildcats’ first goal, and sent them into the locker room with a 6-2 lead over the Scarlet and Gray.Scoring came early and often for both teams in the second half, as both sides traded two goals each. The Buckeyes’ leading points getter, junior attack Molly Wood pushed past the 40-goal threshold for the year and just five goals shy of cracking the top 10 for goals scored in a season.“That’s pretty exciting,” Wood said. “But right now, we’re just focusing on getting one more win. We have two games left against two very good opponents and we want to win both.”With the score then at 8-4 in favor of Northwestern, the Wildcats’ second-leading goal scorer, Stroup, continued to have a stand out day as she netted her fifth goal of the night. “We didn’t have the possessions and attack we needed and we didn’t make the stops defensively,” Venechanos said. “But overall the effort, you can’t fault that. I thought the effort was strong.”With 18:41 left in the game, Buckeyes’ sophomore midfielder Erika Keselman had her shot saved by Wildcats’ sophomore goaltender Mallory Weisse. As Weisse went to make the pass, the ball slipped out of her stick and into the Northwestern goal. The odd own-goal was credited to Keselman for her 17th of the year and it pulled OSU to within four of the Wildcats yet again. Fredericks extended that lead back out to five for her team when she netted her second of the contest with 15:17 left in the game.Back-to-back goals from the Wildcats’ Catie Ingrilli and Christina Esposito gave them their largest lead of the game, putting them up 12-5. Esposito has been Northwestern’s leading scorer this season, but had a single goal outing for just the fifth time this season. Northwestern added another goal before the Buckeyes finally ended their scoring drought, as sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Maring found the back of the net her 10th time of the year. The goal left the Buckeyes down seven with just over seven and a half minutes left in the poor weather conditions.It definitely makes the ball a lot more slippery, you really have to focus on the fundamentals,” Wood said. “It was tough to get used to and both teams struggled with turnovers but obviously you can’t blame the conditions on the outcome of the game.”OSU continued to inch their way back in the game when Parrott got fouled in front of the Northwestern net and found Wood for a goal off of the free position opportunity with 5:04 left.Northwestern shut the door completely on the Buckeyes when Stroup scored again for her second-half hat trick, followed by Fredericks third goal of the night. The Wildcats went on to collect the 15-8 win over OSU.The Buckeyes were held to 14 less shots than the Wildcats and, for the sixth time this season, failed to score more than 10 goals.“They put a zone on us and in these conditions, you had to be more crisp with your passing and a little finesse to break the zone. That kind of got us rattled for a bit,” Venechanos said. “So credit to them, we didn’t step up and execute.”Next UpThe Buckeyes will head out to College Park, Maryland, on April 15 to take on the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins at noon. read more

Teacher causes uproar by giving nonalcoholic beer to primary school class

first_imgREMEMBER THE DAYS when having the video rolled into class was the most exciting thing that happened in primary school?The times are definitely changing.An elementary school teacher has caused uproar in the United States by providing non-alcoholic beer to minors during class time.Superintendent Ed Koledo told The Flint Journal that a class of fifth grade students at Hyatt Elementary School had been given the opportunity to sample non-alcoholic beer O’Doul’s as part of a history lesson.The children – aged between 10 and 11 years old – were studying the food and drink consumed during colonial times, when ale was commonly favoured due to a lack of clean says the beer – which contains less than 0.5% alcohol -was actually purchased by a parent and brought to class with cornbread by a student.A letter about the incident was sent home to parents. It featured an explanation from the teacher in question, published online by WXYZ: One of the students asked if they could bring in a non-alcoholic beer.  I said they could as long as there was no alcohol involved.  The project was authentic to the time period and very controlled in the classroom, so the students had a small taste of the O’Douls beverage.  Students did not have to drink it if they chose not to.Koledo said the teacher had made an “honest mistake” and told The Flint Journal that there had been very little backlash within the school community.Nobody complained to the teacher, principal or me. We monitored the situation the next day. It was a dead topic so we just left it at that.However, DiAnne Hukill, president of Hyatt Elementary Parents Active in Linden Schools said the group had not been informed about the incident and expressed her surprise at the idea of a parent being allowed to bring the beer in.Liquor Control Commission spokeswoman Andrea Miller said the teacher could have been charged with a misdemeanor under Michigan state law.Koledo did not reveal whether she was facing disciplinary action but confirmed that the student involved would not be disciplined.Read: Schoolboy leads mass protest asking for extra homework>More: Thousands support bullied boy whose My Little Pony bag was banned by school>last_img read more

Fiancé of author Helen Bailey found guilty of murdering her and hiding

first_img Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images Feb 22nd 2017, 12:46 PM Fiancé of author Helen Bailey found guilty of murdering her and hiding body for 3 months The court heard that he drugged Helen before killing her and hiding her body, he then sent her text messages and emails in a bid to cover his tracks. 23,832 Views No Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img By Cliodhna Russell Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 12:46 PM THE PARTNER OF British children’s author Helen Bailey has been convicted of murder.The court heard that Ian Stewart drugged and suffocated his fiancée before hiding her body in a cesspit.The 56-year-old was convicted of killing children’s author Helen Bailey following a six-week trial at St Albans Crown Court.The court heard how Stewart drugged Helen using sleeping tablets and then, after killing her and hiding her body, sent her text messages and emails in a bid to cover his tracks.Helen’s body was discovered under the home she shared with Stewart in Royston, Hertfordshire, on 15 July 2016 – three months after her death. Share1 Tweet Email1 Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesCharles White, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said:Ian Stewart murdered Helen Bailey and then conducted a cynical, deceitful and calculated charade as he watched the police conduct a futile missing person investigation.“The prosecution presented a case to the jury which clearly showed how Stewart was linked to Helen’s disappearance through mobile phone, computer and CCTV evidence.“Our thoughts are with Helen’s family and friends, who have been devastated by her death. I hope today’s conviction reassures them that justice has been done.”Stewart will be sentenced at a later date.Comments have been disabled as the case is still before the courts for sentencing.Read: Partner charged with murder of missing author Helen Bailey>last_img read more

Bentleys factory in Crewe now produces 77 megawatts of solar power

first_img 0 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible: Unparalleled grand touring Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer Tags More From Roadshow Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid first drive: One posh plug-incenter_img Enlarge ImageBentley’s factory in Crewe, England now generates 7.7 megawatts of solar power, and all of the electricity used by the factory comes from renewable resources. Bentley Bentley has decided to go even more green, in more than the traditional “British Racing” way. It has completed the installation of 10,000 solar panels in what it claims is the largest solar carport in the UK.According to a news release Wednesday, the covered parking area will house some 1,378 parking spaces and produce 2.7 megawatts of power. This is enough to ensure that all of the electricity used by the Crewe factory comes from renewable resources, and that’s pretty cool.”It’s important to look ahead and prepare the business for the next 100 years by investing significantly in our products, our people and our site infrastructure,” Peter Bosch, a member of Bentley’s board, said in a statement. “This includes new initiatives that reinforce our commitment to the environment.”This isn’t Bentley’s first dalliance with solar power. The company said it installed nearly 21,000 solar panels on the roof of its factory back in 2013 and now, along with the carport system, the factory generates 7.7 megawatts of solar electricity. That’s not bad for a luxury car company based in a country famous for its gloomy weather. Share your voice 26 Photos Post a comment Car Industry Bentleylast_img read more

Jet stares at another loan default as lenders seek more funds from

first_imgA Jet Airways passenger aircraft prepares to land at the airport in Ahmedabad in this file photo. The cash-strapped airline is staring at another default. Reuters fileEven as the cash-strapped Jet Airways is staring at another loan repayment default, its lenders have asked founder Naresh Goyal and foreign partner Etihad Airways to bring in the funds they are expected to contribute under the provisional debt resolution plan, media reports say. However, another report says, a recent board meeting of United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based national carrier Etihad has could not take a decision on further investment in the Jet.Jet Airways has to repay by March 28 up to $109 million to the HSBC Bank Middle East towards a $140-million loan taken in 2014. Abu Dhabi-headquartered United Arab Emirates (UAE) national carrier Etihad, which owns 24 per cent of its equity, is the guarantor for the loan. On March 11, Jet defaulted on repayment of $31 million against payable to HSBC, again guaranteed by Etihad.Meanwhile, a report in the Mint citing unidentified sources said Etihad is unlikely to agree to the provisional debt resolution plan that the consortium of lenders proposed and the shareholders of Jet approved on February 14. A meeting of the board of Etihad in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday apparently remained inconclusive, with several members expressing reservations about the terms of the plan.”We have made our stand clear. We (lenders) are supporting the arrangement (resolution). Let us see the resp­onse from other stakeholders. We will accordingly take a call,” Dinabandhu Mohapatra, managing director and chief executive officer of Bank of India, one of the lenders to the ailing airline, told Business Standard. The report also quoted Sunil Mehta, chief of Punjab National Bank, as saying the lenders were going to decide jointly on further lending to the airline. He added that the decision would come with the participation of all stakeholders. Jet Airways has defaulted on its repayment of the loans for several times in the past. Credit: ReutersIndustry sources estimate that Jet has a debt of over Rs 8,000 crore and needs to urgently meet repayment obligation of up to Rs 1,700 crore end of this month. The airline has defaulted already on external commercial borrowing repayments with many of its leased aircraft grounded for non-payment of lease instalments. From the airline’s fleet of 119 aircraft, planes available for daily operation has dropped to more than half, leading to the cancellation of nearly 200 flights daily. The airline is also burdened with several months’ salary payment backlog to its pilots and engineers along with other senior staff. The airline is also finding it difficult to retain qualified staff who are vulnerable to poaching by other airlines.The Jet Airways board approved the provisional debt resolution plan on February 14, but founder chairman Naresh Goyal has been finding it difficult to get Etihad to approve it. Etihad wanted the lenders’ consortium led by the State Bank of India (SBI) to get stock market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to waive the requirement of making a mandatory open offer if its equity participation exceeded a certain limit. The lenders could not guarantee such a waiver. The proposal envisages the conversion of the airline’s debt to the banks into 114 million shares at a price of Rs 1 apiece based on Reserve Bank of India norms.last_img read more

3 Bangladeshi women jailed in India

first_imgLogo of arrestThe police of India’s Bengal detained three Bangladeshi women on Monday for ‘entering Indian territory illegally’.The detainees are residents of Jashore.Quoting the detainees, the Indian police said brokers brought them to India promising to provide jobs.They entered the Indian territory, according to the police, through Angrail border area of Uttar 24 Pargana district. The brokers then kept them at a house in Chandpara area of the India district.The Bangladeshi nationals were detained after local people informed the police about their suspicious stay there. The detainees were produced before Bongaon City Jucial Magistrate court on Monday.The court sent them to jail.last_img

Most Still Favor Stricter Gun Laws But Its Fading As A 2018

first_img“This finding raises a cautionary flag for voters who want gun policy to be front and center this election cycle,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Still, a majority of Americans, overall, want stricter gun control, support efforts to curb gun violence over gun rights, unlike in the aftermath of Sandy Hook, and believe the Parkland students have already had an impact on the gun reform debate.”Seventeen people were killed in the shooting at a Parkland, Fla., school in February. In December 2012, 26 people, including 20 children, were killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.As survivors of the Parkland attack plan a national walkout this Friday to coincide with the anniversary of the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, most Americans think the teens are having at least some impact.A third of U.S. adults said the teenagers are having a major impact with their crusade for more gun control, while 46 percent say they’re having a minor impact and 18 percent say they’re having no impact at all.Those numbers have shifted toward safety concerns outweighing gun ownership over the years. Back in March 2013, just months after the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, U.S. adults were split on the question. Eighty-one percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents would oppose candidates who want to arm teachers. Republicans support letting teachers carry guns by a 2-to-1 margin, 60 percent to 30 percent.Fifty-six percent of voters say they would definitely vote for candidates who want to ban the sales of semi-automatic assault weapons such as the AK-47 or AR-15, while 38 percent say they would vote against a candidate who backs such a proposal.Nearly three-quarters of Democrats and just over half of independents would also back a candidate who supports an assault-weapons ban. Half of Republicans would oppose a candidate who calls for a ban, but 42 percent of GOP voters say they would definitely vote for a candidate who wants this type of ban.Just over half of voters (52 percent) say knowing that a candidate has received contributions from the National Rifle Association would spur them to vote against that person, while 36 percent said it would mean they definitely would support that candidate.This question draws the biggest partisan divide on the issue — 80 percent of Democrats would oppose candidate who had been funded by NRA donations, while 65 percent of Republicans say knowing a candidate had been backed by the gun rights group would mean they would support that person.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit There is even broad bipartisan support for requiring background checks for gun purchases at gun shows or through other private sales — 86 percent of registered voters said they would back candidates who want to implement those stricter measures, including 85 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of gun owners.But other ideas are more divisive, chief among them a plan, which has been endorsed by President Trump, to allow schoolteachers to carry guns. By a 22-point margin, voters say they would definitely oppose a candidate who wants to arm educators (58 percent) versus those who definitely support a candidate who wants to do that (36 percent). By October 2017, though, in the wake of a shooting at a Las Vegas music festival that killed 58 people, stopping gun violence over protecting gun rights won out by a 7-point margin. Now, that has more than doubled. And more than half of voters also say stricter gun laws should be an immediate priority in Congress.But there are some mixed views among GOP voters — 62 percent said protecting gun rights should be the priority, but almost one-third do say controlling gun violence should be the most important.Those numbers have shifted toward safety concerns outweighing gun ownership over the years. Back in March 2013, just months after the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, U.S. adults were split on the question.By October 2017, though, in the wake of a shooting at a Las Vegas music festival that killed 58 people, stopping gun violence over protecting gun rights won out by a 7-point margin. Now, that has more than doubled. And more than half of voters also say stricter gun laws should be an immediate priority in Congress.Voters also say they would back candidates who want certain gun control measures. By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, voters say they would definitely vote for a candidate who wants stricter gun control laws, with 33 percent saying they would definitely vote against such a candidate.Eighty-three percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents would back candidates who want stronger gun laws. Among Republicans, 57 percent would oppose such candidates, while 32 percent of GOP voters do say they would definitely vote for a candidate who wants stricter gun laws.Some of those specific measures garner more support than others do. Voters are most unified behind candidates who want increased funding for mental health screening and treatment — 91 percent of all voters say they would definitely vote for a candidate who wants such measures. That support is unified across party lines.center_img Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesDemonstrators march toward Las Vegas City Hall during the March for Our Lives rally last month in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed in an October 2017 mass shooting.The gun issue is beginning to wane in voters’ minds ahead of the November midterm elections, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds.While almost half of all registered voters (46 percent) say a candidate’s position on gun policy will be a major factor in deciding whom to vote for, that number is down 13 points from February, when a shooting at a Florida high school sparked outrage.So if Democrats are counting on guns to motivate their voters to get to the polls, maybe they shouldn’t. There has been a major drop among Democrats on the issue — down 21 points over the past two months. In February, 74 percent of Democrats called it a major factor in deciding their vote in February, but now just 53 percent say so.The issue has faded among independents, too, dropping from 54 percent to 42 percent who said gun policy would have a major impact on their vote. Sharelast_img read more