Gold standards: Many NBA players considering 2020 Olympics

first_imgMOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry passes during the NBA basketball team’s media day in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Curry, Thompson, Green and Lillard all openly expressed their interest in various interviews after the World Cup. At media days since, James, George, Leonard, Drummond, Harden, Aaron Gordon, Russell Westbrook and Devin Booker were among those who said they may want to play — health-permitting.“I’m actually kind of planning my wedding around it,” Green said Monday at Warriors media day. “So hopefully I make the team.”Gordon said his interest “goes without saying.” And James wants to have a conversation with U.S. coach Gregg Popovich about the plan for 2020.“We’ll see how I can do throughout this season, and I will address that at some point, and hopefully have an opportunity to have a conversation with Coach Pop and see what his direction is going forward with Team USA,” James, a two-time gold medalist, replied when asked at Lakers media day last week if he may play in Tokyo. “But I will always bleed red, white and blue, that’s for sure.”There is a clear wait-and-see approach by some players, and obviously injuries or deep playoff runs would change some player availability. USA Basketball is expected to open its Olympic camp in early July, possibly two weeks or so after a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT July 2020 is a long way away, but there’s clear reason for hope.“It’s great to see that the response is what it is,” Colangelo said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect That’s part of the reason why Colangelo and Popovich don’t intend to start formally recruiting for at least a couple more months. For now, they’re listening — and liking what they hear.“I would love to play in the Olympics,” Drummond said at Detroit media day Monday. “Who wouldn’t want to play in the Olympics? That’s definitely a big, big-time thing to be a part of. I’ve been part of USA Basketball for a long time. … Playing for that gold medal is huge, so I would be very honored to play for them.”Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook and James Harden, right, are photographed together during NBA basketball media day Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)There were many reasons why some players wouldn’t or couldn’t play this summer. Davis changed teams and wanted time to acclimate to the Lakers. Tobias Harris was dealing with a foot injury and just signed a $180 million contract with Philadelphia. James was filming a movie. Thompson and Kevin Durant — another potential 2020 candidate — got hurt in the NBA Finals.“Representing your country, playing in the Olympics, all those things have been dreams of mine,” Booker said at Phoenix’s media day Monday. “So hopefully if I ever get the opportunity, I’d take full advantage of it. … Representing the country with USA basketball is one of the most prestigious things you can do.”USA Basketball cycled through more than 50 candidates before settling on a 12-player roster for this summer’s World Cup, and only had to cut two players along the way. Everyone else pulled out for schedule or injury reasons.The expectation is that competition for the 12 Olympic spots will be more heated.“As long as I’m healthy,” George said at Clippers media day. “When I get to that point and I’m healthy, I’m in. I want to be a part of that group.”So do some of the players who were on this World Cup team — Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, Boston’s Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Brooklyn’s Joe Harris and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are among those who said if Colangelo or Popovich call them again, they’ll be ready to play.“No matter what the results were this summer, if I ever get the opportunity to represent my country, I will,” Middleton said.The U.S. is bidding for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal next summer. If the Americans pull it off, it would be their longest run of consecutive Olympic golds since winning the inaugural seven tournaments from 1936 through 1968. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical UP coach Bo Perasol to appeal 3-game ban, says it’s ‘too much’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James poses for photos during the NBA basketball team’s media day in El Segundo, Calif., Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)USA Basketball had a tough summer.The outlook for 2020 is already much brighter.ADVERTISEMENT Plenty of NBA standouts — elite names like Stephen Curry, James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green and Paul George among them — are clearly intrigued by the notion of winning Olympic gold in Tokyo next summer. And that’s thrilling to USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, who wasn’t pleased by some players backing out of commitments and the Americans ultimately finishing only seventh at this summer’s World Cup.“In some ways, it’s what I expected — because I really, truly believed that the reason so many did not play this summer was because of the back-to-back competitions and FIBA moving the World Cup to a year before the Olympics,” Colangelo said Monday. “You might have even projected it would work out that way. Obviously, what they’re saying right now is appreciated.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Associated Press conducted an informal survey of possible U.S. Olympic candidates at their team media days, and of those approached none said they were not interested in playing in the Tokyo Games. Some issued stronger statements of interest than others, but playing for gold is clearly on the minds of many. Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson and Andre Drummond all affirmed their interest at media days, as did plenty of others.“Definitely, I want to be able to play USA Basketball next summer,” Washington guard Bradley Beal said Monday. “I want to play in the Olympics. That was definitely a goal of mine. … If the opportunity presents itself then sure, that’s an automatic yes for me.” Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man View commentslast_img read more

Akamai Releases Second Quarter 2016

first_img(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with Busineswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.) Akamai Releases Second Quarter 2016 State of the Internet / Security ReportBengaluru, Karnataka, India, September 15, 2016(Business Wire India) *Q2 report spotlights a 129 percent YoY increase in total DDoS attacks and a record 276 percent increase in NTP reflection attacks *Web application attacks increased by 14 percent; SQL Injection and Local File Inclusion (LFI) continue growth as most common attack vectorsAkamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today released its Second Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet / Security Report. The report, using data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform?, highlights the cloud security landscape, specifically trends with DDoS and web application attacks, as well as malicious traffic from bots.Download the latest State of the Internet / Security Report for data, analysis, and graphics attack sizes are decreasing, we continue to see an uptick in the number of attacks as launch tools grow increasingly pervasive and easy to use and monetize,? said Martin McKeay, Editor-in-Chief, State of the Internet / Security Report. (MORE) BUS TLS JSMlast_img read more

Sandeep Sharma happy to deliver dream performance after Preity Zinta gives him tickets for family

first_imgKings XI Punjab fast bowler Sandeep Sharma on Friday achieved a rare feat when he became the first bowler to dismiss Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the same match.The Punjab outfit produced an excellent bowling performance to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs in their IPL tie in Bengaluru.Defending a low total of 138 runs, Punjab dismissed the star-studded RCB batting line-up for 119 runs in 19 overs. It was the fourth time when RCB were bowled out in this year’s IPL.Sandeep (3/22 in 4 overs) played a big role blowing away the top-order to set up the win.The 23-year-old gave an exhibition of controlled swing bowling to get the “Big Three” Gayle (0), Kohli (6) and De Villiers (10) quickly.Gayle got one that swung away as he slashed it straight to point. Kohli gave the charge to a delivery that swung back into knock the leg stump back.De Villiers pulled Sandeep to the mid-wicket stands but bowled a full outswinger which was edged to Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps.Soon after the match, Sandeep revealed that he had actually thought about taking the wickets of Gayle, Kohli and De Villiers before the game.”Felt very good after taking three wickets and winning the man-of-the-match. I was thinking before the match that if I could get Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli out, it will be so amazing. Everybody will talk about it. So whatever I was thinking, it came out to be true and I am very for that,” Sandeep said in an interview to Sandeep for his magnificent feat, Kings XI Punjab co-owner and Bollywood actor Preity Zinta said the fast bowler had promised taking four wickets in the match in lieu of tickets for his family.”Sandeep asked me for tickets before the game and I told him that there were no tickets available. But he needed the tickets for his family at the last minute. I asked him what will you give me? So, he said four wickets… but its okay he bagged three,” Zinta, who was also present in the interview, said.Meanwhile, Axar Patel, who turned the match on its head with his all-round effort, said mentor Virender Sehwag’s advice during the strategic Time Out proved to be decisive for the team.First, Axar smashed his way to an unbeaten 38 off 17 balls as KXIP managed 138/7 and then grabbed 3/11 in in 3 overs with RCB skittled out for 119 in 19 overs.”During the Time Out in the 16th over of our innings, Viru Sir (Virender Sehwag) told me to stay at the crease till the end because if we have a batsman till the 20th over, it will be good for the team. The wicket was behaving so we knew that even 140 would not be easy to chase. I was just thinking to take the team to 140 and it happened. At the end we won and that’s what really matters,” Axar said.last_img read more

Olympic champion Chen Long bows out of French Open

first_imgOlympic champion Chen Long experienced a disappointing loss as he was beaten by Anders Antonsen in round 16 at the BWF World Superseries French Open here.Chen got the upper hand in the opening game and won 21-15. However, Antonsen, who eliminated Chen’s teammate Huang Yuxiang on Wednesday, led 5-0 early in the second, before finishing the game at 21-16 on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency.Chen built a 6-3 lead into the decider, only to concede three points in a row for a 6-all. He saved three match points but Antonsen secured his place in last eight at 21-16.”I played aggressively and patiently in the first game. He played quite well at the start of the second game, and when I got back the game at 14-12, I didn’t take that chance, which was a turning point of the match,” Chen said.”Also for the decider, when I led 6-3, maybe I played too cautiously,” he added.After finishing on podium at the World Championships in Glasgow, Chen was upset in consecutive tournaments, including his first round exit at China’s National Games and the Denmark Open last week.”I’m not in a good form now, just since the World Championships,” admitted Chen, while looking at his poor performance in recent weeks from a positive view.”Every time when you touch the bottom, it seems that you can expect to bounce back from it. I need to accept it,” he said.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I: Highlights

first_imgTrent Boult starred with 4/65 to help New Zealand beat India by 40 runs to level the three-match series 1-1. (Scorecard)India Innings:22.25 IST: NEW ZEALAND WINNING BY 40 RUNS. We will have a decider in Thiruvananthapuram. Excellent bowling from New Zealand. Not quite sure whether 196 was a big enough score to defend but they have certainly made it look like that. The win has not been an over or two where the game might have swung. It is by a massive 40 runs which shows the strength of their bowling unit.19.3: WICKET! MS Dhoni (49) is out, c Mitchell Santner b Trent Boult, 154/7- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 20172nd Twenty20. 18.5: A Milne to MS Dhoni (42), 4 runs, 147/6 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201722:16 IST: 18.1: A Milne to MS Dhoni, FOUR.17.3: WICKET! A Patel (5) is out, c Kane Williamson b Trent Boult, 130/6- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 20172nd Twenty20. 17.2: T Boult to A Patel (5), 4 runs, 130/5 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201722:08 IST: WICKET! 16.3: M Santner to V Kohli, Stumped? Caught? It is a dismissal and that is what matters for New Zealand. Big moment in the game. Santner fires this onto the pads on seeing Kohli come down the track and the batsman looks to go inside out. He misses and the keeper collects the ball on the second attempt, after fumbling initially. He is overjoyed and appeals for the catch but then has the presence of mind to whip the bails off. Kohli knows he has edged it and does not even bother to get back. He departs for 65. The 56-run stand is broken but it consumed 44 balls. Did that consume the skipper? India now need 74 from 21 balls. India 123/5 (16.3 overs) vs New Zealand 196/2advertisement2nd Twenty20. 15.5: I Sodhi to MS Dhoni (23), 6 runs, 121/4 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 20172nd Twenty20. 14.5: A Milne to V Kohli (62), 4 runs, 111/4 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201721:54 IST: 13.2: Ish Sodhi to MS Dhoni, SIX. WHOOSH! That is why you should not miss chances, especially against MSD! Floated on middle, Dhani dances down the track and sends it swinging over long on!21:53 IST: 13.1: Ish Sodhi to MS Dhoni, GREAT EFFORT BUT A MISSED STUMPING! Excellent bowling from Sodhi. Slows this up beautifully outside off and beats Dhoni in the air as he jumps down the track. It is a victory for the bowler as MSD misses the ball but unfortunately for Sodhi, Glenn Phillips misses it too and the ball goes through towards the third man boundary. Colin Munro chases it down from short third man and dives near the ropes. The umpires check it upstairs to see whether it is a boundary and after numerous replays, are happy that those are two runs saved. Byes signalled.2nd Twenty20. 12.3: C Munro to V Kohli (55), 4 runs, 93/4 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 20172nd Twenty20. 11.5: M Santner to V Kohli (49), 4 runs, 86/4 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201721:48 IST: FIFTY! Virat Kohli slams 18th fifty. India 87/4 (12 overs) vs New Zealand 196/221:47 IST: 11.5: M Santner to V Kohli, FOUR! Terrific shot. Sees the flight and jumps down the track to take it on the half volley. Thumps it over the bowler down the ground for another boundary in that region.2nd Twenty20. 10.6: C Munro to V Kohli (44), 4 runs, 79/4 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201721:39 IST: MS Dhoni is the new man in. The crowd is roaring high for him. Let’s see if he can hit some biggies tonight.21:38 IST: WICKET! India 67/4 (9.1 overs) vs New Zealand 196/221:35 IST: Hardik Pandya walks in next. India need 132 from 68 balls. Remember, he was out for a duck in the last game21:35 IST: WICKET! 8.4: C Munro to S Iyer. Munro strikes! He can do nothing wrong today! What a day this man is having! Bowls a slower delivery outside off, Iyer looks to big down the ground. India 65/3 (8.4 overs) vs New Zealand 196/221:31 IST: 7.5: M Santner to V Kohli, SIX! 50-run stand comes up in just 35 balls! Floated delivery around middle, Kohli dances down the track and lofts it with pure timing over the long on fence for a maximum.21:28 IST: NOT OUT! New Zealand have taken an LBW review against Kohli. Seems to be an inside edge there. An arm ball around middle and leg, Kohli tries to be cheeky here. He attempts for the reverse sweep but seems to have gotten an inside edge there. Santner keeps appealing but the rest of the fielders are caught napping. The batsmen run through for a single. Mitchell has a word with Williamson and takes the review. Snick shows no inside edge. Hawk Eye shows it’s in line but would have missed the leg stump. NZ waste a review here! A leg bye added to the total.advertisement2nd Twenty20. 7.1: M Santner to V Kohli (20), 4 runs, 49/2 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201721:26 IST: 7.1: M Santner to V Kohli, FOUR. Sliced! Full toss on the stumps, Kohli comes down the track to drive but slices it between cover and point for a boundary.21:20 IST: MILESTONE! Virat Kohli becomes second highest run-getter in T20Is. India 38/2 (5.1 overs) vs New Zealand 196/22nd Twenty20. 3.6: T Boult to V Kohli (10), 4 runs, 35/2 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201721:13 IST: 3.4: T Boult to S Iyer, FOUR. Crashed it! Anything in the channel outside off, Iyer has decided to go after it. He cuts it square on the off side and i goes racing towards the fence.21:12 IST: 3.1: T Boult to V Kohli, FOUR! Just a chip! Fuller in a length, a bit of curl inward, Kohli just chips it down the ground. All about timing as the ball goes over the man at mid on for a boundary.2.6: C de Grandhomme to S Iyer (14), 4 runs, 21/2 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 20172.1: C de Grandhomme to S Iyer (9), 4 runs, 15/2 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201721:08 IST: WICKET! Two wickets in the same over for Boult! What a start for the Kiwis! Both the Indian openers are sent packing early. Once again Boult slants it away on a length outside off, Sharma just tries to use the pace and guide it away. It goes towards the keeper and New Zealand put in a loud appeal. The umpire after thinking for a while raises his finger. Rohit walks back dejected. India 11/2 (2 overs) vs New Zealand 196/22nd Twenty20. 1.3: T Boult to S Iyer (4), 4 runs, 10/1 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201721:04 IST: WICKET! Trent Boult is up and running! Perfect start for the Kiwis this! He bowls a length delivery, angling in from around off. Dhawan tries to heave it across the line but misses and sees his middle stump pegged back. India 6/1 (1.2 overs) vs New Zealand 196/220.58 IST: Milne to Rohit, FOUR! Rohit Sharma is underway! Milne drops it short outside off, sits up at a good height too. Rohit stands tall and pulls it handsomely over mid-wicket for a boundary.20:46 IST: A floodlight failure at the ground causes delay in India’s chase of 197.New Zealand Innings:New Zealand 196/2 in 20 overs (Munro 109*, Guptill 45) #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201720.29 IST: NEW ZEALAND FINISH ON 196/2! If you have just tuned in, you might say – Oh dear – 197 is too tall a task. But just 22 runs came in the last 3 overs which shows how well India have done to curtail New Zealand under 200. They did not pick a single wicket in the last 5 overs but will be happy with the target set.advertisementColin Munro’s blistering 109 powers India to 196/2 in the 2nd #INDvNZ T20I.Will it be enough? ICC (@ICC) November 4, 201720:22 IST: CENTURY! Colin Munro slams his second century off 54 balls. A wonderful innings. Filled with luck and lives but that does not take away the beauty of the knock. Full and wide outside off, Munro drives it through sweeper cover and comes back for the second. Becomes only the FOURTH PLAYER after Gayle, McCullum and Evin Lewis to have multiple T20I hundreds. New Zealand 183/2 (18.3 overs) vs IndiaWhat a ?? from @manuz05 that was some quality hitting of a cricket ball- Luke Ronchi (@ronchi04) November 4, 2017Munro into the 90s and one hit away from a second T20I century… will he do it? #indvnz BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 4, 201720:13 IST: 16.4: M Siraj to Tom Bruce, FOUR. Cheeky! Full and around off, Bruce gets across and paddles it over the keeper and short fine leg for a boundary. Cannot keep a fielder there.2nd Twenty20. 16.1: M Siraj to C Munro (90), 6 runs, 164/2 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 20172nd Twenty20. 15.6: B Kumar to T Bruce (6), 4 runs, 158/2 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 20172nd Twenty20. 15.4: B Kumar to C Munro (84), 4 runs, 153/2 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201720:07 IST: 15.1: B Kumar to C Munro, DROPPED! Another poor effort in the field. It was New Zealand the other night. It is India here. Outside off, on a length. Munro backs away and looks to go inside out but miscues it in the air. It should have been a catch and Yuzvendra Chahal runs back from point, calls for it, gets to the ball but puts it down. Might have been easier for Virat Kohli running in from sweeper cover. A single taken.20:06 IST: Here is BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR. In the third ODI, the duo of Bhuvi and Bumrah defended 35 off 4 overs successfully in the death. Can they restrict the Kiwis under 200 here?2nd Twenty20. 14.5: M Siraj to C Munro (78), 4 runs, 146/2 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201720:02 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Siraj gets his maiden international wicket. New Zealand 140/2 (14.2 overs) vs India19:59 IST: 13.6: H Pandya to C Munro, SIX. Another one. A short ball, around off, Munro goes for the pull but gets a bit high on the bat. However, again those 5 letters – P-O-W-E-R – take the ball over deep mid-wicket. 14 runs from Pandya’s first over.19:58 IST: 13.3: H Pandya to C Munro, FOUR. How has he hit that? Unbelievable raw power. A low full toss outside off, Munro looks to hit it towards long off but toe ends it. But the power is such that it beats Shreyas Iyer at the fence who had to move just 10 yards to his left.12.6: A Patel to K Williamson (7), 4 runs, 122/1 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 20172nd Twenty20. 12.4: A Patel to C Munro (59), 6 runs, 117/1 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201719:50 IST: 11.4: Y Chahal to K Williamson, NOT OUT. Not quite sure why this was taken in the first place. Dhoni said that he was blinded and Kohli has gone purely by his bowler’s instincts. Full and outside off, Williamson looks to sweep but misses. The ball lobs off something in the air and takes the catch. Chahal appeals but nothing from Dhoni. Snickometer shows a disturbance as the ball passes the bat, not quite sure from where. But the third umpire is convinced that it is not the edge.19:46 IST: 11.1: Y Chahal to M Guptill, OUT! Stop the press. A wicket has fallen. Excellent bowling from Chahal. He gives this just a little bit of more loop than the previous one and Guptill lines himself up for the slog sweep. But he is not to the pitch of the ball and ends up mistiming it high in the air. Hardik Pandya at long off keeps his eyes on the ball and takes it easily. No half century for Guptill but he has played a wonderful innings. Can his team make use of this 105-run opening stand? New Zealand 105/1 (11.1 overs) vs India19:44 IST: 10.6: FIFTY! A Patel to C Munro, DROPPED! SIX! Oh dear… Shreyas Iyer is the culprit. Colin Munro completes his fourth fifty. Short and outside off, Munro goes back and looks to pull it over long on. Does not time it well and Iyer in the deep settles himself for the catch but to his horror, the ball bounces off his palms over the boundary. Kohli shakes his head. 21 runs from the over!19:43 IST: 10.5: A Patel to C Munro, SIX! WHAM! Who wants to be a bowler on this surface? Full and outside off, slogged over deep mid-wicket for half a dozen.19:42 IST: 10.3: A Patel to C Munro, FIVE WIDES! Axar is smiling and looking helplessly at Dhoni, as if to suggest he should have taken that. Full and fired down the leg side, pretty intentional, perhaps expecting the batsman to come down the track. Munro doesn’t. Stays back and looks to flick but misses. Dhoni is blinded and cannot collect.19:40 IST: 9.6: Y Chahal to C Munro, In the air… what an effort from Kumar in the deep! Superb work from Bhuv there. A bit short on middle, Munro camps back to pull but seems to have mistimed it. The ball travels high in the air towards mid-wicket where Kumar keeps his eyes on the ball, leaps and then pushes the ball back in play. Saves 5 runs for his side and Rohit Sharma likes it.19:38 IST: 9.3: Y Chahal to M Guptill, SIX. That’s gone into the orbit! Noting Chahal can do about it. He saw Guptill coming down the track and so fires it around the pads. Guptill in this mood doesn’t miss out. He gets down and slogs it with all his might. High and over deep square leg for a maximum.19:34 IST: Axar Patel is brought into the attack. He was very economical in Delhi. Can he draw first blood?19:33 IST: 7.6: M Siraj to C Munro, SIX. That’s gone the distance! Siraj is having a tough time! Once again bowls a slower one, it’s on a perfect length to be hit. Munro thumps it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Seemed like he mistimes it but who cares? 16 from this over. Siraj has already given 26 in 2 overs.19:32 IST: 7.4: M Siraj to C Munro, SIX. He has muscled it! A flat maximum! Superb hit, what power! Length delivery from Siraj, Munro clears his front leg and goes bang down the ground. Sails it easily over the long on fence.2nd Twenty20. 5.5: J Bumrah to C Munro (15), 4 runs, 48/0 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201719:21 IST: 4.4: Y Chahal to M Guptill, SIX. He has nailed it! Guptill wasn’t even looking at it. He knew he has picked the bones out of that one. Loopy delivery around middle and off, Guptill gets down and wallops it off the meat of the bat over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. That swirled up very high in the air.19:20 IST: 4.3: Y Chahal to M Guptill, FOUR. Easily done! More flight, a bit fuller on the stumps, Guptill once again launches it over Rohit Sharma at mid on and picks up a boundary this time.19:20 IST: 4.2: Y Chahal to M Guptill, SIX! Shot! Guptill goes through with his shot! Chahal tosses it up on the stumps, Guptill clears the front leg and smokes it over long on for a maximum.19:14 IST: 2.6: B Kumar to C Munro, FOUR! Kumar goes around the wicket and bangs in a short ball on middle. Munro just helps it through square leg. Dhawan in the deep tries to stop it but the outfield is quick to deny him.2nd Twenty20. 1.4: M Siraj to M Guptill (8), 4 runs, 14/0 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 20172nd Twenty20. 1.1: M Siraj to C Munro (4), 4 runs, 9/0 #IndvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201719:02 IST: 0.3: B Kumar to M Guptill, FOUR. And New Zealand are underway! Kumar targets the stumps but is a bit too straight on this occasion. Guptill takes full toll of it as he swings it cleanly over mid-wicket to pick up a boundary to his name.19:00 IST: It’s done and dusted. And now it’s time to get underway. The Indian team is in a mandatory huddle. Mohammed Siraj, the debutant is all ears to the words being shared by Virat Kohli. Out walk the Kiwi openers, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. The former will be itching to get going here tonight and he couldn’t have asked for a better surface. It shall be Bhuvneshwar Kumar to steam in first up. A slip in place for him.18:55 IST: The teams are out for their respective national anthems. It will be New Zealand followed by India’sCovering all bases #TeamIndia gears up for the 2nd T20I against New Zealand #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201718:40 IST: TEAMS!New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent BoultIndia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed SirajNew Zealand wins the toss. Elects to bat first in the 2nd T20I #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201718:31 IST: TOSS! New Zealand have won the toss and have opted to bat first vs India. Siraj replaces Ashish Nehra in the playing XI. For the visitors, Tom Latham and Tim Southee make way for Glenn Phillips and Adam Milne.A moment to cherish for young Mohammed Siraj as he makes his debut for India today #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 201718.24 IST: Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj handed his maiden international cap by coach Ravi Shastri.MATCHDAY! No better inspiration than Mahi bhai and Ro showering us with their blessings ??? hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) November 4, 2017Mitch Santner in Rajkot and ready for the second Twenty20 against India! #indvnz BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 4, 2017India are poised for their third T20 International series triumph but would be wary of a strong fightback from the usually plucky New Zealand when the two sides clash in the second game in Rajkot today.The comprehensive 53-run victory in the series opener at Delhi has put India firmly in the position to take a 2-0 lead at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Kandheri.Namaste from Rajkot ??? Akshar patel (@akshar2026) November 3, 2017The resounding victory, riding on the exhilarating batting exploits of their top-order and, in particular openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, was the country’s first-ever over the Black Caps in the shortest form of the game.The 2007 World T20 champions have produced impressive death bowling with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah leading the pace department, while the spinners also pitched in with some excellent bowling in the middle overs.Skipper Virat Kohli requires 12 runs to go past Tillakaratne as second highest run-getter in T20 internationals. Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum leads the list with 2140 runs.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.last_img read more

Nathan Chen beats out Yuzuru Hanyu to defend world figure skating title

first_imgTopics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest American Nathan Chen overcame a world record free skate by Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan’s double Olympic champion, with an even more sensational routine to successfully defend his world figure skating championship on Saturday in Saitama, Japan.Chen, a pre-med student at Yale University, is now the first US man to win back-to-back world titles since Scott Hamilton won four in a row from 1981-1984.Vincent Zhou of the US won the bronze with a season-best free skate (186.99) and total score (281.16), giving the Americans a pair of skaters on the men’s podium at worlds for the first time since 1996, when Todd Eldredge won gold and Rudy Galindo took the bronze in Edmonton, Canada.Chen built on a strong lead in the short program with a dynamic porgram that included four clean quadruple jumps and had the crowd at Saitama Super Arena, just north of Tokyo, clapping along by the end.The 19-year-old Chen broke the world record for both the free skate and total points, set moments before by Hanyu, surging to victory with 216.02 and a total of 323.42.“As soon as I stepped on the ice, I felt that energy already there. He (Hanyu) has been pushing the sport making the sport so enjoyable, so competitive, and that definitely made me so much better of a skater,” said Chen.Hanyu, 24 and competing in Japan for the first time in several years, brought the house down with a routine that began with a clean quadruple loop and hit two more clean quads, with a quad Salchow under-rotated.In a routine that was haunting and energetic, Hanyu, who had not competed for four months due to an ankle injury, racked up 206.10 points in the free skate and 300.97 in total, breaking the record he set in a Helsinki Grand Prix event in 2018.Yet it was only enough for silver.“I had one mistake in my free program but I am pleased I could perform well at the world championships,” said Hanyu, whose fans cheered ecstatically when he landed his jumps.Hanyu, who is known as a perfectionist, added that he was far from satisfied with the result.“I really want to win. I think I did my best, but the problem is that in figure skating competition consists of two days, and I am losing in both,” he said. Figure skating Support The Guardian US sports Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Crown says man should be convicted of Monica Jacks murder based on

first_imgThe Canadian PressA man charged with murdering 12-year-old Monica Jack in British Columbia over 40 years ago went on trial Monday.Crown prosecutor Mark Sheardown outlined the case against Garry Handlen saying he should be found guilty after confessing to undercover police that he abducted, sexually assaulted and killed her.Sheardown told jurors Handlen also took police to the crime scene and provided details about snatching the girl while she was riding her new bike near Merritt, in the province’s read more

Off the Charts Holiday heartbreak for retailers

NEW YORK — The holiday season was a brutal one for U.S. retailers, especially department stores and companies that sell luxury products, and companies and investors alike didn’t see it coming.The U.S. economy has been growing at a steady pace, and unemployment is low and consumer confidence is high. That seemed to set the stage for strong sales over the holidays, but companies including Macy’s, Nordstrom and Signet all said they struggled badly over the critical December shopping period.The stock market itself may have been part of the problem: extreme volatility in December may have shaken up wealthy shoppers more than it hurt average consumers.Earlier this month, Macy’s suffered the biggest one-day stock drop in its history as a public company. The retailer said sales fell off after Black Friday and Cyber Monday until the week of Christmas, and it cut its sales forecast. The surprise report rattled companies throughout the industry.The next week, Nordstrom helped confirm the trend when it said sales of full-priced clothes slowed in November and December and that the company offered more discounts.Signet Jewelers, the owner of brands including Kay and Jared, dropped almost 25 per cent after saying its holiday season had been difficult and slashing its annual forecasts. Signet said competition grew tougher in December and sales of some key products were weak. The company also said fewer customers came to its stores last month.Iconic jeweler Tiffany said uncertainty surrounding the stock market and Britain’s departure from the European Union also hurt its sales, along with protests in France that forced it to close a store during some weekends.Tiffany became the latest luxury brand to run into trouble. Several companies have said in recent months that shoppers from China have also cut back on spending as the Chinese economy weakened, and the strong dollar has made it more expensive to buy Tiffany jewelry outside of its stores in China.Hard times for department stores and luxury companies don’t mean the entire holiday shopping season was a total disaster. Experts believe shoppers spent more money online than any other year. That’s bad for mall-based retailers, and the trend toward shelling out for “experiences” like spas and restaurant meals might be making things worse.Investors are also being deprived of data they might appreciate at a time like this. The Commerce Department isn’t issuing its monthly report on retail sales or a great deal of other economic data as a result of the partial shutdown of the federal government.As of Wednesday, the shutdown has lasted more than a month, and federal employees have either been furloughed or are working without paychecks, and some government contracts or services have been disrupted. While federal employees will eventually be paid back, experts say consumer spending and economic growth might still be hindered in a significant way.Marley Jay, The Associated Press read more

Laptop likely holds key to missing 180 million in cryptocurrency experts

HALIFAX — Experts in the cryptocurrency industry say there’s a slim chance technicians will be able to recover the $180 million in digital assets believed to be in the laptop of the late founder of the insolvent QuadrigaCX exchange platform.Alfred Lehar, a finance professor at the University of Calgary, says access to Gerald Cotten’s computer is probably protected by some form of digital security — but Lehar says those barriers could be overcome with the right tools.However, Lehar says the big question is whether Cotten’s laptop contains the private digital keys needed to unlock the highly secure offline locations where the cryptocurrency is being stored — known as cold wallets.Cotten, a Nova Scotia resident and CEO of QuadrigaCX, was travelling in India on Dec. 9 when he died suddenly.His widow, Jennifer Robertson, has said Cotten was the only person with access to the laptop and the private keys.Manie Eagar, CEO of Vancouver-based DigitalFutures, says if the private keys aren’t in the laptop, it will be impossible to recover the funds because the encryption used is beyond what can be hacked with existing computers.The Canadian Press read more

Eight fishermen arrested for poaching in Lankan waters

The Sri Lanka Navy assisted the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to arrest eight Indian fishermen along with two Indian fishing boats poaching in Sri Lankan waters North West of Kovilan Point in Kareinagar, the Navy media unit said today.The Nay said that the fishermen along with the fishing boats were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Kankasanthurai. (Colombo Gazette)

Bank of America earnings fall 11 per cent missing analysts estimates

by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2015 5:59 am MDT Bank of America earnings fall 11 per cent, missing analysts’ estimates People walk past a branch of Bank of America, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 in New York. Bank of America reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bank of America reported an 11 per cent drop in fourth-quarter earnings Thursday, caused partly by the slowdown in trading revenue that has hit Wall Street.Its shares fell more than 3 per cent in morning trading.The bank earned $3.05 billion, or 25 cents a share, for the three-month period ending in December, compared with a profit of $3.44 billion, or 29 cents a share, a year earlier.It had three one-time items that lowered its quarterly earnings by 7 cents a share. Those items were tied to the valuation of the bank’s debt and other underlying securities. Rival banks have also readjusted the value of similar items to deal with new accounting rules following the financial crisis.Total revenue at Bank of America fell 12.6 per cent to $18.96 billion.The results fell short of estimates, with analysts surveyed by FactSet expecting earnings of 31 cents a share on revenue of $21.08 billion.Like JPMorgan Chase, who reported its results Wednesday, Bank of America reported a drop in quarterly fixed-income trading revenue to $1.5 billion from $19 billion a year earlier. The decline was tied to a slowdown in client trading activity, the bank said.For the full year, Bank of America earned $3.79 billion, a drop from $10.08 billion in 2013. Most of that drop in profit came from legal expenses of $16.4 billion, primarily a result of BofA settling lawsuits and investigations into its role in the housing bubble and financial crisis.Shares of Bank of America Corp. fell 59 cents, or 3.7 per cent, to $15.46 in morning trading. The bank’s shares are down more than 9 per cent over the past year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mens Hockey No 15 Ohio State to face rival No 17 Michigan

Ohio State’s junior-forward Mason Jobst (26) steals the puck away from Notre Dame’s sophomore forward Mike O’Leary (19) during a Big Ten conference matchup at the Schottenstein Center on November 3, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 1-4. Credit: Alex Hulvalchick | For the LanternThe No. 15 Ohio State men’s hockey team (6-3-3, 1-3-0-0 in Big Ten) will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, after an off week to face off against No. 17 Michigan (6-4-2, 2-2-2-1 in Big Ten) in a battle between one of the nation’s best offenses and the Buckeyes’ shutdown defense.The Wolverines are tied for third in the nation in scoring offense at 3.83 goals per game, which includes putting in 11 goals in a series against then-No. 4 Minnesota. That series ended in an 5-4 overtime win and a 6-6 shootout loss for Michigan. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 in scoring defense, allowing only 2.29 goals per game.The Buckeyes match the impressive offensive numbers with a scoring defense that is also tied for third in the country, allowing only two goals per game. Head coach Steve Rohlik said  the success is more about his own team performing well than preparing specifically for the opponent.“It’s about our detail, it’s five-man defense five-man offense and that’s what we’ve been stressing all year,” Rohlik said. “It’s about how we play and what we do, we know how good they are, we know what they can do, and again it’s about us going out there and executing our game plan.”Senior forward Tony Calderone is Michigan’s most powerful scorer this season, netting 10 goals on just 44 shots, good for fifth in the NCAA. Michigan’s key playmaker all year has been sophomore forward Cooper Marody, who is fourth in the nation with 20 points, and tied for second with 16 assists.“They can beat you with a lot of different guys and certainly guys like [Calderone] have been putting points up on the board, again I think it’s just about our team defense, it’s not about one guy, it’s about our five guys on the ice,” Rohlik said.Michigan changed head coaches for the first time in 33 years this offseason with the retirement of former NHL player Red Berenson. Berenson led the Wolverines to 11 NCAA Final Fours and two national championships. He was replaced by Mel Pearson, who was Berenson’s assistant coach from 1987-2011.“As a young coach being able to stand there and look down at a legendary Hall-of-Famer in Red, it’s almost like every game you walk away going ‘that’s unbelievable,’” Rohlik said. “Certainly Red’s missed … but Mel’s doing a heck of a job up there.”The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry transcends every sport, and hockey is no exception. Most games within this matchup are filled with big hits and trash talking. In a game last season, the bad blood escalated into a massive fight after an 8-6 Michigan victory last season.Michigan has won 11 of the 18 matchups against Ohio State in the past five seasons, but the Buckeyes have won five of the past eight meetings against their rivals.“We don’t like those guys and we know that they don’t like us,” junior forward Dakota Joshua said. “I think it’s really cut throat and we really take those games to another level.”Joshua is one of five Ohio State players born in Michigan, and he said there is an added intensity to perform in his home state.“Switching over sides, coming down to Ohio State was a big deal, and going back to Michigan there’s always some extra pride, extra chip on your shoulder that you want to stick it to them and prove them wrong.”This weekend series is the first of two the teams will share this season. With both teams teetering on the edge of the USCHO rankings week after week, these games may mean more than ever when when determining which teams make the NCAA tournament at the end of the year.Puck drop is set at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Friday game will be shown live on Big Ten Network. read more

Britain cannot keep up with Russian military advances head of Army to

first_imgHe will tell the Royal United Service Institute: “The time to address these threats is now – we cannot afford to sit back.” Britain is struggling to keep up with Russian military advances, the head of the Army will say on Monday as he makes the case for more funding. Gen Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff, will say Vladimir Putin’s aggressive modernisation of Russian forces means the Kremlin already has battlefield abilities that the UK would find difficult to match, and that we risk falling further behind.center_img Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, is currently involved in an ongoing Cabinet fight with the Treasury to avoid cuts to the Armed Forces. But the intervention from Sir Nick…last_img read more

US sending 1600 immigration detainees to federal prisons

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO,  (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are transferring into federal prisons about 1,600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees, officials told Reuters yesterday, in the first large-scale use of federal prisons to hold detainees amid a Trump administration crackdown on people entering the country illegally.An ICE spokeswoman told Reuters five federal prisons will temporarily take in detainees awaiting civil immigration court hearings, including potential asylum seekers, with one prison in Victorville, California, preparing to house 1,000 people.President Donald Trump has made his hard-line stance on immigration an integral part of his presidency and has promised to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to stem the flow of migrants. He has also promised to keep immigrants targeted for deportation locked up “pending the outcome of their removal proceedings.”Under former President Barack Obama, many immigrants without serious criminal records were allowed to await their court dates while living in the United States. Others were housed in immigration detention facilities or local jails. ICE has used federal prisons in the past but not on this scale, sources said.The new policy drew criticism from immigration advocates and former officials.Kevin Landy, a former ICE assistant director responsible for the Office of Detention Policy and Planning under the Obama administration, said the move to house so many detainees at once in federal prisons was “highly unusual” and raises oversight concerns.“A large percent of ICE detainees have no criminal record and are more vulnerable in a prison setting – security staff and administrators at BOP facilities have spent their careers dealing with hardened criminals serving long sentences for serious felonies, and the procedures and staff training reflect that,” he said. “This sudden mass transfer could result in some serious problems.”Officials of a prison employees’ union said the influx of ICE detainees, who were arrested at the border or elsewhere in the United States by immigration officials, raises questions about prison staffing and safety.Union leaders at prisons in California, Texas and Washington state who spoke to Reuters said they had little time to prepare for the large intake of detainees.At Victorville, the prison getting the largest number of people, workers are moving about 500 inmates in a medium-security facility to make space, said John Kostelnik, local president for the American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prison Locals union.“There is so much movement going on,” said Kostelnik. “Everyone is running around like a chicken without their head.”In addition to Victorville, other prisons that have received or will receive detainees include ones in Washington state, Oregon, Arizona and Texas.ICE spokeswoman Dani Bennett said ICE is “working to meet the demand for additional immigration detention space” due to a surge in illegal border crossings and a U.S. Department of Justice zero-tolerance policy.“To meet this need, ICE is collaborating with the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), private detention facility operators and local government agencies,” she said in a statement to Reuters.In April 2018, nearly 51,000 people were apprehended at or near the southern border, up from about 16,000 in the same month a year earlier.A new agreement between ICE and the Justice Department makes about 1,600 prison beds available and is expected to last 120 days, giving ICE time to secure more space for detainees. It comes amid a crackdown by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on both illegal border crossings and people seeking asylum.Recently, Sessions said the Justice Department planned to prosecute every person who crosses the border illegally and to separate migrant children from their parents. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHundreds of immigrants arrested in ‘routine’ U.S. enforcement surgeFebruary 11, 2017In “World”Trump says immigrants ‘unhappy’ with detention centres should stay homeJuly 4, 2019In “latest news”Separate mothers and children: How a Trump threat deterred illegal migrantsApril 13, 2017In “World” Trump in the spring signed a memorandum ending “catch and release,” in which illegal immigrants were released from detention while awaiting court hearings.According to ICE data, the average daily population of detainees in its facilities as of May 26 was 41,134, up from the 2017 daily average of 38,106.Immigration advocates immediately decried the news of sending detainees to federal penitentiaries.“Our federal prisons are set up to detain the worst of the worst. They should not be used for immigration purposes,” said Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum.“Federal prisons are for hardened criminals. They are not physically set up for immigrant landscapers looking for a job or fleeing violence,” Noorani said. read more

Tone Tiselj to coach Slovenias female team

After Robert Begus, Primoz Pori and Ivica Rimanic, the Slovenian national female team got a new coach. Fourth in four years. And it’s again a familiar face, it’s Tone Tiselj.He was already before coaching the Men’s team (2004) and Women’s (2000-2002), and can be rightfully considered maybe Slovenia’s best coach, after having brought the silver to Slovenia with the men’s team. Now he will try to bring a medal to Slovenia, after many years of failed chances. And he has time, the contract is valid until 3rd of December ← Previous Story EURO 2012 Qual.(Round 3): Swedish “back to reality” – Denmark, Poland and Germany lost! Next Story → France to host World Cup 2017 for men? read more

Careful out there the weathers still rotten and road conditions arent great

first_img LIMERICK:M7 Dublin/Limerick Rd reopened s’bound between J27 Birdhill and J28 Castletroy following serious collision.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) March 2, 2017 Image: Shutterstock/wacharaklin Source: AA Roadwatch/Twitter By Daragh Brophy 7 Comments A WIND WARNING remains in place across the middle of the country this morning – and there are reports of trees down and other problems on the roads, after a night of high winds and rain.The M7 Dublin-Limerick Rd has just reopened southbound between Junction 27 for Birdhill and Junction 28 for Castletroy following a serious collision, AA Roadwatch reports.In Dublin, the Back Road in Malahide – a busy route on weekday mornings – is closed between Malahide Road Junction and the Castle due to a fallen tree. Closer to the city centre, according to the AA, traffic lights are out of action at the junction of D’Olier St and Fleet St and nearby on Pearse St and Townsend St at the Garda Station. Image: Shutterstock/wacharaklin Short URLcenter_img Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 7:23 AM Careful out there – the weather’s still rotten, and road conditions aren’t great There’s a wind warning in place – and more heavy showers on the way later. 17,046 Views Mar 2nd 2017, 7:23 AM The ‘yellow alert’ wind warning covers the counties of Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wicklow, Offaly, Mayo and Roscommon.It lasts until 9am, and according to Met Éireann: Westerly winds will reach mean speeds of 55 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km.The winds may ease later – but conditions won’t be improving very much, forecasters say.Heavy, persistent rain will affect parts of the west and southwest this afternoon and evening, according to Met Éireann, with scattered showers of rain, sleet and snow elsewhere.Further heavy showers – some of sleet and snow – are expected tonight, and tomorrow will be a cloudy day with heavy rain. It will be a cold day tomorrow too – with temperatures of just one to five degrees.This is the outlook for the weekend, according to this morning’s forecast:Continuing cold and unsettled with further heavy downpours. Snow likely also in places with some heavy falls possible over higher elevations. Some sunny spells breaking through but overall a good deal of cloud. Daytime temperatures ranging 4 to 9 degrees.Read: Opinion poll puts Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil neck and neck >Read: Trump’s attorney general had contact with Russia during campaign > Share29 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Steven Moffat On A Future After Doctor Who

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster With just 13 episodes standing between him and freedom, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat waxes lyrical about his 13 years working on the sci-fi phenomenon.In a recent interview with World Screen, the Scottish writer and producer talked hard work, companions (fictional and physical), advice, and the future.BBC“I’d like to go and find a new thing to fail at”A lifelong fan of the show, Moffat’s first solo Who work, a short story called “Continuity Errors,” was published in 1996. Three years later, he scripted the parody Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day charity telethon.In 2004, he was tapped to write for the revival of the classic program, penning award-winning scripts “The Empty Child,” “The Doctor Dances,” “The Girl in the Fireplace,” and “Blink.” Doctor Who changed hands after its fourth season, when Moffat took over from Russell T Davies as head writer and executive producer.“I’m astonished at how long I’ve been doing it,” he told World Screen, admitting that working on Who is the “longest I’ve ever done anything.”“I sort of miss my own job of making up television shows and doing the new things, which is the real job of a writer,” Moffat continued. “You’re never more a writer than when you write something new; you try something different. I miss all that. I miss being, as it were, a proper writer. I’d like to go and find a new thing to fail at.”BBC“There is no process of leaving”In January 2016, Moffat announced his retirement from the long-running BBC series; last month, he confirmed plans to also give up his writing gig, allowing incoming chief Chris Chibnall to “put his own stamp on the show.”But his tenure with the TARDIS is not over yet, and Moffat is “still absolutely in the storm of Doctor Who.”In the throes of writing his last season finale and last Christmas special (in which Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi will regenerate into a new iteration of the Time Lord), Moffat described the process as “still full on.”“There is no process of leaving,” he said. “One day you’re doing the job fully and completely, the next day you’re not. It will be as simple as that.”BBC“It does feel like a brand new beginning”The BBC on Monday released a 60-second trailer for series 10, which introduces new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie)—a chance for the show, and audiences, to start fresh.“When a new person comes on board the TARDIS, a new person has to learn the rules of time travel and the TARDIS, has to worry about who the Doctor is and slowly decode what he’s up to and whether he’s a hero or a villain,” Moffat mused. “It does feel like a brand new beginning.”As promised, the first episode of the new season is “specifically designed” to act as a refresher for fans and an introduction for newbies, like showrunner-in-waiting Chris Chibnall.BBC“It is a monstrous workload”The Broadchurch creator is set to take over season 11 (slated for 2018). But he doesn’t need instruction on how to run Doctor Who, according to Moffat, who offered suggestions on “how to have a life while you’re running Doctor Who.“He’s a family man, like myself,” the current boss said. “You’ve got to make sure that you survive it. … It’s really about, you’ve got to see your kids now and then. You’ve got to go home now and then. You’ve got to keep living. It is a monstrous workload, Doctor Who, monstrous.”Moffat knows a thing or two about monstrous projects, having created and helmed the BBC’s other behemoth, Sherlock, since 2010. But unlike Chibnall, who promised himself some TLC between work, Moffat is already eyeing the next enterprise.“I’ve got some things I fancy doing,” he teased, hinting at productions that are “quite different” and less “showbizzy.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Education Ministry To Spend 775 Million To Purchase Textbooks

first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for you Related Items:Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, jamaica, Minister of Education, textbooks Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 22 (JIS): It will cost the Ministry of Education some $775 million to procure textbooks for the upcoming school year beginning in September.Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, made the disclosure while addressing the House of Representatives on July 21.He pointed out that the textbooks reflect the content of the Revised Primary Curriculum and the syllabi for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQJ), Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) and the City and Guilds.“With the exception of texts for Literatures in English, the texts provided at both levels for content disciplines are sufficiently adequate to support and reinforce the learning experiences of the students,” Rev. Thwaites said.He added that the Ministry continues to monitor closely the use of other texts to augment its provisions, in light of the exorbitant amount that parents are expected to invest in textbooks, some of which are often not used.The Minister also informed that the Ministry has issued guidelines for the purchase of textbooks for primary and secondary school students for the 2015/16 Academic Year.Rev. Thwaites noted that for grades one to three, no more than two supplementary books are needed; and for grades four to six, only one workbook each is needed for science, social studies, language arts and mathematics.He added that for grades seven to nine, no more than two supplementary texts are needed and, on average, three Literature books, approximately one per term.Rev. Thwaites also stressed that books that are required for purchase outside of these guidelines must be based on children’s unique learning needs.“In addition, parents may also be required to purchase dictionaries, atlases and technical equipment,” he said.last_img read more