Agarwal has shown other Indian batsmen how to put Lyon under pressure: Clarke

first_imgMichael Clarke was very impressed with the batting application and performance of debutant Mayank Agarwal as the Karnataka batsman scored 76 off 161 deliveries in his very first Test innings and that too in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Wednesday. Agarwal, after scoring a bulk of runs in domestic cricket, finally got his chance in the Indian team after openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay faced an axe following their poor performances, and proved that he belonged to the international stage.For Clarke, Agarwal stood out because of the way he batted against Nathan Lyon, who has eight-wicket hauls to his name in both the previous Tests in Adelaide and Perth.”The standout for me [the way he batted against Lyon]. Firstly you give a guy his debut and he scores 76, unbelievable performance but it was his intent against Nathan Lyon. I actually think he has shown the other Indian batsmen how to put Nathan Lyon under pressure,” Clarke said on Sony Sports during the post-tea show.India vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 1 in Melbourne: Live Cricket Score”He made Lyon bowl majority of his overs from around the wicket, which Nathan would prefer to bowl over. He has been able to bowl over in the first two Test matches so because of his [Agarwal] intent as he opened up scoring on both sides of the wicket.”Clarke was also happy with the way Agarwal had forced his way into the Test side and praised India on their ability to produce quality cricketers time and again.advertisement”I like the fact that he has earned the right to be called for the Indian team and that only shows how India keep producing class batsman again and again. You need guys who score a bulk of runs away from international cricket to knock the doors and then he has shown he can be good in international cricket as well,” Clarke said.Former India cricket Murali Karthik called Agarwal the “leading light” in terms of the way he batted against Lyon.”I think he has been the leading light in a way to tell the other batsmen how to play Nathan Lyon.”Karthik further praised Agarwal for the calmness and surity he displayed in the middle.”Definitely [India would still be happy]. If at the start of the day you tell any team that they are going to be 128-2 at tea, they’ll take it. The best thing was the way Mayank Agarwal batted. You have given a young man a Test cap debut and that too when it’s not been the best of times at Perth, two openers have been axed and then he walks in, plays brilliantly. I thought he was absolutely calm and composed, except for the initial nerves which I’m pretty sure anybody would feel – he did not try and overhit anything.”Agarwal became the 27th Indian batsman to score a fifty on Test debut. He is also only the second Indian opener to make his debut on Australian soil. Amir Elahi, the 40th player to represent the country, had made his debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground way back in 1947-48.The Bangalore-born cricketer is also the second Indian to score a half-century on debut in Australia after Dattu Phadkar (51 vs Australia at SCG in 1947).Also Read | Boxing Day Test: Australian fans welcome Virat Kohli with boos at MCGAlso Read | Boxing Day Test: Mayank Agarwal creates history for India on debut in AustraliaAlso Read | India vs Australia 3rd Test: Mayank Agarwal becomes first Indian opener to debut in MelbourneAlso See:last_img read more

Lower-order runs were good positives: Virat Kohli after loss to NZ in World Cup warm-up

first_imgIndia’s top-order may fail to fire under overcast conditions in England and the batsmen down the order must be battle ready to bail out the team during the ICC World Cup beginning next week, said skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday.Electing to bat in the warm-up game against New Zealand, India suffered an early collapse in slightly bowling-friendly conditions at the Oval before being bowled out for 179 in 39.2 overs. Ravindra Jadeja’s 54 off 50 balls and Hardik Pandya’s 37-ball 30 were the only substantial scores.Kohli admitted his side couldn’t execute their plans.”Didn’t go to plan. Good challenge up front though. We can expect that in some places in England when conditions are overcast. From 50 for 4 to get to 180 was a good effort,” Kohli said after New Zealand overhauled the 180-run target in 37.1 overs to hand India a six-wicket defeat in the first warm-up match of the World Cup.”In a tournament like the World Cup, the top order can go off sometimes, so Hardik getting runs, MS (Dhoni) absorbing pressure and Jadeja’s fifty, those were good positives.”Talking about India’s bowling effort, Kohli said: “We bowled well – they were going at 4, 4.5 per over – and looking at that in isolation we did well. Fielders are going to play a crucial role, half chances will be massive. We’ll have to be precise in all three departments.”New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was happy with the effort of his seamers and he plans to use the spinners more in the second warm-up match.advertisement”With the new ball, there was a little bit of seam movement, not too much swing. We didn’t get too much from the spinners but hopefully we can get them some work in the second warm-up game,” he said.”It was quicker in the first innings than the second innings, it got slower later on.”Williamson said his team was trying to be flexible in their batting unit.”Henry (Nicholls) can bat at the top and in the middle. And with Tom’s (Curran) finger being injured, we wanted to have (Colin) Munro up there to give us options. We are trying to be flexible as we know Munro can be destructive.”Facing a quality side like India and scoring some runs is always good,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019 warm-up: India lose to New Zealand after star batsmen flopAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Collingwood takes field for England after multiple injury scares vs Australialast_img read more

Morata: Conte believes in me

first_imgMorata Morata: Conte believes in me so I can be at my best Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:34 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Antonio Conte & Alvaro Morata Getty Images Morata Chelsea Atlético Madrid Premier League The Blues striker joined the club to play more games at the top level, and his start has been close to perfect as he keeps scoring key goals. Alvaro Morata lauded Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after the striker netted a vital goal at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday. The 24-year-old joined Chelsea for £55 million in the summer and he met Eden Hazard’s cross to score his seventh goal in seven games for the club. Morata 4/1 to be Premier League top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The former Real Madrid striker celebrated his equaliser with Conte and ran to him during his goal celebration. Michy Batshuayi then came on for Morata and went on to score the winner in the 94th minute.Morata is grateful that his move to London has turned around completely after he missed a penalty in a shootout defeat against Arsenal in the Community Shield. “I came to Chelsea because one club and one coach believed in me. Now I have all of these things and I’m very happy,” Morata said at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. “The first official match I made a mistake and I suffer for a few days.”The people doesn’t see the situation, but I grow up, take out my character and now the things are OK and we hope to continue like this. It’s always a difficult challenge [to adapt to England]. It’s the most competitive league in the world.Antonio Conte & Alvaro Morata“Yes, it’s physical and it’s the league with the most teams who can win the title. Strong teams. I’m very happy, not just for me, but for all the team. It’s very important. It’s very important for us because we saw the Chelsea level for all the European teams.”Atletico is always fighting for the title and we’ll take three points today. And we’re very happy because we’re fighting for the Premier League too. We have another big match [against Manchester City next], another Premier League big match. It’s very important for us before the international break to take the three points.”Chelsea played with two forwards in Madrid as Conte got the better of Diego Simeone tactically on the night. Conte chose to line up with Morata and Eden Hazard leading the line and the Spain international hailed his on-pitch chemistry with his team-mate. “It’s not difficult playing with this kind of player [Hazard]. He’s one of the three better players in the world. It’s easy for me playing with him.”last_img read more

Women’s Open Team – 2019 Touch World Cup

first_imgThe following players have been selected to represent Australia in the Women’s Open team at the 2019 Touch World Cup.The 2019 Touch World Cup will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28th April – 4th May 2019.WOMEN’S OPEN TEAMMadison CroweDanielle DavisHannah DyballEmily HennesseySamantha HopkinAshleigh KearneyHayley MaddickJessica McCallFaith NathanLaura PeattieAsh QuinlanSamantha RodgersCatherine SargentKim Sue SeeTamika UptonMarikki WategoCoach: Swain RovelliAsst Coach: Michael MoussaAsst Coach: Craig MorrowManager: Kim SolmanPhotography: Glen Eatonlast_img read more

2 Russian spies sentenced in Montenegro in Coup attempt

first_imgPodgorica (Montenegro): A Montenegro court on Thursday sentenced 13 people, including two Russian secret service operatives, to up to 15 years in prison after they were convicted of plotting to overthrow the Balkan country’s government and prevent it from joining NATO. Chief judge Suzana Mugosa said the two Russians, identified as Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov, were convicted of “attempted terrorism” and “creating a criminal organisation.” The two were tried in absentia. Shishmakov received a 15-year prison term while Popov got 12 years. Two leading ethnic Serb opposition politicians, Andrija Mandic and Milan Knezevic, were sentenced to five years each. The verdict said the group planned to take over parliament on election day on October 16, 2016, assassinate then-Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and install a pro-Russia, anti-NATO leadership. Montenegro joined NATO in June 2017 as the Western military alliance’s 29th member despite strong opposition from Moscow, which considers the small Adriatic country a historic Slavic ally and is opposed to NATO’s enlargement. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied involvement in the coup attempt. Montenegro’s police thwarted the action after receiving tips from Western spy organizations, authorities said. The Russian pair, said to be members of the Russian military secret service agency GRU, coordinated the attempted coup from neighbouring Serbia, the verdict said. They were allowed by Serbia’s pro-Russia authorities to leave for Moscow despite reports that they operated with sophisticated spy equipment. The judge said that the Russians provided at least 200,000 euros for the purchase of rifles and guns. She said two tried to recruit “as many people as possible to come to the protest” and try to “change the electoral will” and “prevent Montenegro from joining NATO.”last_img read more

AI releases damning report on Lanka

Today many hundreds of Sri Lankan security detainees remain in facilities ranging from prisons to ‘rehabilitation’ camps. The country has no central registry of detainees, making it difficult to gain information on those still detained.During the armed conflict, thousands of Tamils suspected of links to the LTTE were detained by authorities under security legislation including counter-terrorism and emergency laws, for the purpose of investigation or “rehabilitation”.According to witnesses, when the Sri Lankan government defeated the LTTE in May 2009, the army called anyone who had spent “even a day” with the LTTE to voluntarily “surrender” for “rehabilitation”. Many “surrendees” were indefinitely detained, some were tortured. “The LTTE had a horrific record of abuse, including killing and imprisoning its critics, but that did not, and does not, excuse the widespread and systematic mistreatment of detainees by the Sri Lankan government,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director. On 10 December 2011, two political activists organizing a demonstration by families demanding the release of Tamil detainees held without charge disappeared in Jaffna.  Colleagues allege that they were abducted by the army and suspect they are held being incommunicado. Counter-terrorism legislation allows authorities to arrest people without evidence and to hold them without charge or trial for extended periods. For years, the Sri Lankan government justified this legislation as necessary for combating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It is not only state forces who have escaped accountability. “As a result of the Sri Lankan government’s reliance on illegal detentions, it has been difficult to provide proper justice and accountability for the abuses perpetrated by the LTTE, as many potential suspects are held without proper charges and certainly without a trial that can help establish the truth and provide accountability and compensation to the victims,” Zarifi said.On 30 August 2011, Sri Lanka ended the state of emergency in place since 1971, and promised to release or charge people detained under the emergency laws. However, authorities at the same time introduced new provisions under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) allowing for the extended detention of LTTE suspects without charge or trial.Many people detained or ‘rehabilitated’ were held without charge or trial for years, some with no access to legal counsel or family.People released from detention have remained under surveillance by intelligence forces.The Sri Lankan Army continues to have a large presence in the north and is deployed for civil policing. The Special Task Force (STF), an elite police commando unit with a history of human rights violations, remains active across the country.Former detainees have been harassed and rearrested, and physically attacked. Killings and enforced disappearances of newly released detainees have also been reported.Sri Lanka’s constitution prohibits arbitrary detention and torture, in line with international law.“Sri Lanka’s security regime violates the spirit of its own constitution, while decades of unlawful arrest and detention have damaged the criminal justice system immeasurably,” said Zarifi.“If Sri Lanka is serious about ending impunity and committed to reconciling communities torn apart by conflict, the rule of law needs to be a large part of that equation.  While governments have the right to address national security concerns, human rights abuses are never justified.“The war crimes alleged in Sri Lanka in the final stages of the war are of such magnitude that if unchallenged risk fundamentally undermining international justice mechanisms – the UN must support an independent international investigation into these alleged crimes.” Sri Lankan authorities detain those deemed to be threats to security such as suspected members of armed groups, but they also arrest their families and colleagues. Peaceful critics of the government, including journalists, have been subject to threats and arrest.Reports of illegal detentions persist. Since October 2011, 32 people have been “abducted” or  subjected to abduction-style arrests that may qualify as enforced disappearances.Many of these people are still missing. “The security regime that was a hallmark of war continues after the LTTE’s defeat – little has changed. Authorities take advantage of laws allowing them to imprison people for months or years, with no need for prosecution in a court of law.”“A lack of accountability for alleged war crimes gives the green light to Sri Lankan authorities to act with impunity. Meanwhile the message coming from the Sri Lankan government is that those who dare criticise it risk harassment, or even disappearance.” Hundreds of people languish in arbitrary, illegal and often incommunicado detention in Sri Lanka, vulnerable to torture and extrajudicial execution, despite the end of the country’s long conflict, Amnesty International said in a new report.Locked away: Sri Lanka’s security detainees reveals that arbitrary and illegal detention and enforced disappearances remain routine in Sri Lanka, where human rights abuses of all types go uninvestigated and unpunished. read more

UN expert to visit Ecuador next week to study crisis facing independent

UN Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, had originally wanted to visit Ecuador in February, citing urgent concerns over judicial independence after a move by Congress to replace 27 of the 31 Supreme Court judges with magistrates of its own choosing and the resignation of the court’s president.But the Government suggested the first week of May, due to reasons of availability. After further requests from Mr. Despouy, the Government agreed to a visit before he presents his reports to the Commission on 1 April.The trip will now take place from 13 to 17 March, during which the Rapporteur will meet with President Lucio Gutierrez, various ministers and other senior officials at national and local levels, and judges from courts at various levels, as well as with judicial associations, university chancellors and professors, international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).In a statement last week announcing the Government’s agreement to move up the visit, Mr. Despouy said he was undertaking the visit “in light of the serious crisis affecting the Ecuadorian judiciary, in particular in the context of measures adopted with regard to the Supreme Court and the Constitutional and Electoral Courts.“In the view of the Special Rapporteur, such measures could irreversibly affect the independence of the judiciary in Ecuador,” he added. read more

Broncos try to extend late surge against reeling Bengals

CINCINNATI — A.J. Green has a collection of stories about quarterback Jeff Driskel’s athletic exploits, such as the way he can dribble between his legs and dunk.Or outrun teammates. Or play multiple positions in practice.Green suggested that Driskel might be the best all-around athlete on the Bengals.“Nice,” Driskel said in response. “But I don’t know about that.”Everybody will find out about Driskel on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium when he makes his first career start against the Denver Broncos (5-6), a matchup of teams headed in opposite directions as the final month of the season approaches.The third-year veteran is filling in the rest of the way after Andy Dalton injured the thumb on his passing hand.The reeling Bengals (5-6) have lost five of six because of significant injuries and breakdowns on offence, defence and special teams. They got steamrolled at home by the lowly Browns last Sunday, with Dalton hurting his thumb while trying to recover a fumble.It’s up to the backup quarterback to keep the Bengals’ slim hopes alive.“Jeff is the most athletic guy on our team,” said Green, who expects to play Sunday after missing three games with a toe injury. “He’s a guy who can play any position, has a strong arm, very smart. My job is to go out there and make his job easy.”Although the teams have identical records, they’re on totally different trajectories .The Broncos are coming off a 23-22 win over the Chargers in Los Angeles and a 24-17 home victory over the AFC North-leading Steelers . They seemed all but eliminated after a 3-6 start, but have been given a second — and final — chance to salvage their season.A win on Sunday is mandatory for a team that’s starting to feel it can still accomplish big things.“You kind of want guys to walk with their chest out, right?” Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “But at the same time, you’ve got to have perspective. There’s a difference between confidence and arrogance.”Some things to watch on Sunday:CAREFUL KEENUMCase Keenum was picked off 11 times in the first eight games but hasn’t thrown an interception in the past three, a thread in the Broncos’ revival. Keenum is getting more comfortable, and it’s rubbing off on the rest of the offence. He faces the NFL’s worst defence on Sunday. Baker Mayfield threw for four touchdowns without an interception in Cleveland’s 35-20 win last week at Paul Brown Stadium. Keenum’s goal is to keep up the trend.“I’m throwing it to our guys, not throwing it to the other team,” Keenum said. “Who knew?”KEEP RAMBLINGBroncos running back Phillip Lindsay ranks second among NFL rookies with 780 yards rushing. Clinton Portis set the club record for yards rushing by a rookie with 1,508 in 2002. Lindsay has 967 yards from scrimmage, leaving him on the verge of becoming the eighth Broncos rookie with 1,000 in a season and the first since Knowshon Moreno had 1,160 in 2009.DRISKEL’S DEBUTAfter Dalton left the game last Sunday with his thumb injury, Driskel threw his first NFL touchdown pass and ran for another score. He had problems getting the offence on the same page — five false-start penalties in the fourth quarter alone.Some rust was expected with a quarterback who hadn’t worked with the starting offence all season. The biggest challenge will be staying calm enough to keep everything under control. Driskel’s had a week to think about his first NFL start, so the Bengals expect some nerves early.“If it was me, I’d be more nervous if I knew all week,” offensive co-ordinator Bill Lazor said. “I’d have more butterflies.”GREEN’S RETURNThe Bengals’ offence struggled during the three games Green missed. His return — even if he’s not 100 per cent — would impact the game significantly. The Bengals are a far more dangerous offence when Green is lining up.“Absolutely they are,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. “He’s no different than Antonio Brown. You have to take him out of the game, and if not he can beat you.”STRONG SCHEDULESOnly one team — the Broncos — have faced a tougher schedule so far than the Bengals, based on opponents’ winning percentage. The Broncos’ opponents are 69-50-1 for a .579 winning percentage. The Bengals’ opponents are 67-52-2 for a .562 winning percentage.The Broncos just became the first team since the winless 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers to face three consecutive opponents riding at least a five-game winning streak.After Houston escaped Denver with its sixth straight win after Brandon McManus’ 51-yard field goal sailed wide right, the Broncos bounced back to end six-game winning streaks by the Chargers and Steelers.___AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton in Englewood, Colorado, contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJoe Kay, The Associated Press read more

Craig Anderson earns 27save shutout as Senators blank Rangers 30

OTTAWA — Craig Anderson stopped all 27 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season as the Ottawa Senators blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.It was Anderson’s 10th win of the season, his first shutout since Dec. 16 and 41st clean sheet of his career.Matt Duchene led Ottawa (11-12-3) with a goal and an assist.Drake Batherson and Magnus Paajarvi also scored as the Senators won their second game in a row, having beat Philadelphia 4-3 on Tuesday.Henrik Lundqvist had a rough start, but finished with 31 saves for New York (13-11-2).Trailing 2-0 the Rangers thought they had cut the Senators lead in half near the midway point of the season, but the goal was waved off as the referee had blown the whistle prior to the puck crossing the line.With the Senators dominating most of the action Colin White nearly made it 3-0 ringing a shot off the post.Ottawa did take a 3-0 lead late in the second off an impressive passing display that ended with Duchene scoring his team-leading 12th.With an assist on Duchene’s goal Ryan Dzingel picked up his 100th career point.The Senators jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead.Batherson scored his third of the season off a great pass from Duchene in the second minute of the game, while Paajarvi made it 2-0 with his second of the year and first point in 11 games as he snuck a shot under Lundqvist’s right arm.On Saturday the Senators will host the San Jose Sharks marking the return of former Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson.Notes: Max McCormick was a healthy scratch for the Senators.Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press read more

Imposing weight limits for interior roads will see escalation in prices

The complaints from truckers about the deplorable state of interior roads preceded Government’s declaration that weight limits would be imposed on vehicles traversing the interior.The state of roads in the interiorThe announcement is being greeted by worry that the additional cost would be passed onto customers.Speaking specifically about the situation in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), Opposition Member of Parliament, Alister Charlie acknowledged that the roads were in a sorry state and trucks were one contributory factor.“We’re looking at the roads specifically,” he said adding that “Lethem is a beautiful place, but minus the roads. Our roads at this time are in a deplorable state. Trucks traversing along the roads in hinterland regions is one contributing factor to the deterioration of the roads.”But noting Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson’s recent utterances that a weight limit will be imposed on all trucks traversing these roads, Charlie expressed worry that the measure would hamper the delivery of goods and services to those in need.“Because we will see the escalation of prices, prices start to rise and everything goes with it. When we were in Government, we did road maintenance across this Region, inclusive of the Lethem-Linden roads. We did road maintenance two times annually – one before the rainy season and one after.”“We did not wait until the road was in such a deplorable state and then we go to fix it. The Minister (had) alluded that in August some road work would be done, but at this time it would not be feasible. So, we are facing a problem that might take us to year-end.”Declaring that overweight trucks were chiefly responsible for wreaking havoc on interior roads in Guyana, Government had announced that moves would be made to amend the relevant laws in order to enforce weight limits on the roadways.In fact, the legislative instrument to enable the change in the law is currently with the Chambers of the Attorney General for vetting. Three heavy-duty scales have already been procured, and Government will be moving to have them installed at key locations shortly.Of the $2.3 billion allocated to the Public Infrastructure Ministry for use on hinterland roads, some 82 per cent of those funds has been committed to contracts, with 43 per cent of the money committed to contracts having already been disbursed to contractors.Patterson, who made his announcement at the beginning of the 67th Sitting of the National Assembly, was responding to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Juan Edghill, who queried what measures were being put in place to address the plight of truckers moving goods and providing services to interior locations using roads such as the Linden-Lethem road link.In presenting an update to members of the National Assembly, Patterson elucidated the damage done by overweight trucks traversing the interior roads, and pointed out that the pontoon at the Puruni crossing in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) was only recently damaged by a truck.He explained that the limit for drums on a truck is 50, but that truck that damaged the pontoon at the time was carrying 130 drums of diesel. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTruckers lament deplorable interior roads, economic downturnJune 24, 2017In “Business”Weight control measures to be enacted for vehicles traversing Hinterland roads – GovtJuly 7, 2017In “latest news”Sand trucks on Linden/Soesdyke Highway major offenders of axle overload – surveyMay 9, 2019In “Business” read more

Group B Battle for 14 Final – Serbia VS Hungary

Only last fourth place is still free for the quarter-final from the Group B of Men’s Olympic Tournament in London. Serbia against Hungary. Serbs need only single point (tie) to secure match against Iceland…Monday 9.30 local time Olympic handballSerbia VS Hungary ← Previous Story Amazing Icelanders showed that France is beatable again! Next Story → Group A: “Battle for 1/4 Final” – Tunisia or Argentina?

Ancient Olympia lights torch for 2018 Winter Olympics

first_imgThe ancient tradition continues to this day: the Olympic torch was lit in ancient Olympia marking the start of the Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea for the first time, the second Asian nation to host the Winter Olympics.Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung was the first South Korean to run with the torch, picking up the flame from Apostolos Aggelis, the first torch bearer, just outside the ancient stadium. However the weather offered clouds and light rain reports noted, forcing the high priestess to use the back-up flame. Traditionally a reflector is used, drawing upon the sun’s rays to light the torch. Despite increasing tensions between North and South Korea, Games chief Lee Hee-beom was optimistic when talking to reporters about the positive impact the Games will have on the international community.“We want the international community to understand that we are committed to hosting a safe and secure Olympic winter Games,” Hee-beom told Reuters. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said the ceremony and the Olympic Games “send a very important message to the world”. The flame has continued to make its way around Greece, having arrived at the Acropolis on Monday with the ceremony to hand over the flame to the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee held at the Panathenaic Stadium on Tuesday. The torch is set to arrive at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony which will be held 9 February 2018. The PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games 2018 will take place from Friday 9 February to Wednesday 21 February 2018. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

France huit produits de lissage capillaire retirés du marché

first_imgFrance : huit produits de lissage capillaire retirés du marchéLes autorités françaises ont pris la décision de retirer du marché huit produits de lissage capillaire, soupçonnés de représenter un risque important pour la santé en raison de la présence de formaldéhyde.Au total, ce sont huit produits de lissage capillaire que les coiffeurs ne pourront plus utiliser en France. Ils ont été retirés du marché car ils contiendraient du formaldéhyde à trop haute dose par rapport à la limite réglementaire. Le formaldéhyde est considéré comme une substance cancérogène pouvant irriter la respiration et les yeux, explique l’AFP. Cette décision a été prise par l’Agence des produits de santé (Afssaps) ainsi que la Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (DGCCRF).Pour les personnes ayant utilisé ce produit et qui ressentent des symptomes comme des “irritations oculaires, respiratoires ou cutanées, des réactions allergiques, survenant pendant ou à la suite de la réalisation d’un lissage capillaire”, il est recommandé de consulter un médecin dans les plus brefs délais. Les produits incriminés sont le plus souvent utilisés dans les salons de coiffure et sont également vendus sur Internet.Les produits retirés de la vente :- Body and Clothes Brazil : BHOME, Brazilian Hair treatment at home Choco Kératine.
- Copomon Enterprises, USA : Coppola Keratin Complex Blonde Hair, et Coppola Keratin Complex Smoothing.- Goleshlee : Goleshlee Professional – Keratin Hair Therapy.
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BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES PUSHING TO SAVE BAFSL FROM COLLAPSE

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Dec 2014 – The PNP Administration and the Opposition PDM both want to see British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd saved from being closed down; the case is now deferred to January but the matter is still in limbo. Hon Sharlene Robinson, was the first government official to speak to the serious situation where millions are needed if there were to be a bail out… but 30 years of investment for some would be lost if there were a collapse of the institution. QUOTE. The company is reportedly well over six million dollars in the red; some online are complaining about extremely high salaries being paid out even while the company was struggling to make ends meet. The FSC is said to be under some sort of investigation itself for its handling of the matter; the FSC and PWC are ready to liquidate but the policy holders say ‘no.’ The Premier asked for time and consideration; the Finance Minister also pledged the administration’s support but as for that meeting Hon Rufus Ewing said would happen; the Opposition Leader said this: “No, in fact I heard in the media that he is going to sit down with me. I have never been invited to a sit down. Of course, when it first happened we issued a press release and we also wrote to the Governor calling for an investigation outlining why we thought there should have been an investigation. And then we also wrote to the Premier and the Minister of Finance asking for a meeting.” Related Items:British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd, liquidation, Pdm, pnp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

Endeavor Business Media Buys Several PennWell Titles from Clarion Events

first_imgDentistry GroupDental EconomicsRegistered Dental Hygenist magazineDigital properties Dentistry IQ, Perio-Implant Advisory, a series of related e-newsletters and two events businesses Water and Utility GroupWaterWorldIndustrial WaterWorldUtility Products magazineDigital-only Water and Wastewater International Industrial Technology GroupBioOptics WorldCabling and Installation MaintenanceIndustrial Laser SolutionsThe Intelligent Aerospace NetworkLaser Focus WorldLEDs magazineMilitary and Aerospace Electronics Vision Systems DesignDigital-only publications Broadband Technology Report and LightwaveRelated events Laser and Phototonics Marketplace Seminar, Strategies in Light/Sapphire Awards and the Horticultural Lighting Conference Chris FerrellLess than a year after acquiring B2B publisher PennWell Corp. as part of a bid to expand its presence in the United States, London-based trade show producer Clarion Events has divested some 20-plus PennWell media brands and related events considered incidental to its future plans.The buyer, once again, is Nashville-based Endeavor Business Media, the private equity-backed publisher that has amassed more than 40 print and digital B2B media brands and nearly 400 employees in nine separate acquisitions since its formation by former SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell a year ago (more on Endeavor’s previous deals here, here and here).Endeavor “jumped at the chance,” says Ferrell, to acquire the former PennWell brands, which span multiple industries including oil/gas, industrial technology and dentistry, among others, several of which—such as Offshore magazine, Oil & Gas Journal and WaterWorld—present clear synergies with other media brands and events in Endeavor’s portfolio (scroll down for the full list).“Since Clarion acquired us last March, we have been working diligently on the transition, which included a deliberate plan to find a good home for PennWell businesses in markets that were not central to Clarion’s future goals,” said Mark Wilmoth, PennWell’s president and CEO, in a statement. Endeavor’s first acquisition of 2019 and its largest to date, the deal was funded by the private equity firm Resolute Capital Partners—which has backed the company since last May—as well as Nashville-based FirstBank.The Nashville Post [paywall] adds that local investor Townes Duncan—who until late 2016 had been managing partner at SouthComm’s former VC backer Solidus—also invested in the deal through his new investment fund, Invergarry Holdings.Ferrell closed 2018 by acquiring California-based Forester Media, whose events and trade magazines are mostly focused on the water utilities space, as well as Vendome Group’s Healthcare Informatics, before merging that brand with Health Management Technology to form a new title, Healthcare Innovation, last month.“We are very pleased with the progress the Endeavor team is making toward building an outstanding portfolio of event and media properties,” added Resolute Capital partner Caroline Ducas.Below is the full list of properties acquired in the deal, as provided by Endeavor:Oil & Gas GroupOffshore magazineOil & Gas JournalOil, Gas & Petrochem EquipmentRelated digital properties and newsletters, including Oil & Gas Financial Journal and PennEnergyRelated events businesses, including Subsea Tieback Forum, Deepwater Operations and Topsides, Offshore Wind Executive Summit and the Petroleum Network Education Conferencelast_img read more

Toyota Supra GT4 Concept races into our hearts in Geneva

first_img Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard 6 Photos Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Toyota Supra GT4 Concept could be for future privateers Now playing: Watch this: See All reading • Toyota Supra GT4 Concept races into our hearts in Geneva Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Concept Cars Performance Cars Coupes Car Culture Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US More From Roadshow Geneva Motor Show 2019 Get ready to race in Toyota’s GR Supra GT4 concept Post a comment Tags • 0 1:22 Share your voice The GT4 racing class is made up entirely of amateurs. “People of means” buy a race car from the factory and take it out racing, it’s pretty simple. There are a wide variety of cars available for GT4 racing, and in the future, the Toyota Supra might be part of that group, according to its latest concept.Toyota on Friday unveiled the Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept, ahead of its actual debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next week. The GT4 concept is just that for now — a concept, a study into feasibility — but it could eventually turn into a legitimate race car for privateers to purchase and race. Enlarge ImageGT4 is one of the less expensive ways to get into this caliber of racing, but it’s still far from cheap. Toyota The automaker didn’t do too much to the Supra’s exterior to gussy it up for GT4 duty. There’s a larger front lip that builds upon the winglets present on the production car, and of course, there’s a honkin’ wing out back for downforce and a pretty ol’ livery everywhere in-between. Heck, even the rear diffuser doesn’t look much, if any different from the stock one. There is a set of lightweight OZ Racing wheels on each corner, though.Inside, Toyota removed most of the junk that’ll only slow a race car down, like the floor mats, transmission tunnel carpeting and all that jazz. The standard seats and steering wheel have been swapped out in favor of OMP-branded parts, but by and large, most of the stock switchgear is still in place, including the turn signal stalk. There’s a roll cage in there, but it’s been wrapped in leather.While this is just a concept for now, it should be noted that the Supra has already entered other motorsport series, so adding GT4 to the list wouldn’t necessarily be a stretch. There’s a Supra-styled body in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, and in terms of racing series that bear more than a tenuous-at-best connection to real cars, it’s also participating in the next Nürburgring 24 Hours race, as well as in Japan’s Super GT series. Geneva Motor Show 2019 Toyota 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy Toyotalast_img read more

VA Sec Visits Point Hope Kotzebue Bush Vets Share The Woes of

first_imgWalking among the old sod and whalebone houses on the edge of the Bering Sea, it’s easy to let the world around you fade away. We’ve come to Point Hope, Alaska, one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America, 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle.Download AudioMcDonald at a listening session in Point Hope. Photo: Mitch Borden, KNOMThe barrier between the old abandoned town site and the new community is the airport, which sees multiple small-plane departures and arrivals each day, though today is a bit different. Today a pearly white plane is parked on the runway. On the side it reads “United States of America,” which feels like a million miles away from where we are.The official aircraft came all the way from Washington, D.C. to made good on a request from local. Leonard Barger, Transportation Director of the Native Village of Point Hope, wrote to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, last year requesting a visit to honor the community’s veterans.Barger explained the importance of McDonald’s visit to the 49thstate. With the highest number of veterans per capita in the country, even the most remote communities throughout Alaska have vets. Along with Point Hope, Barger acknowledged the veterans in communities like Barrow, Point Lay, and Unalakleet. “All these people in Alaska, they’re going to Afghanistan,” Barger said, “they’re leaving their family, but they’re serving their country, they’re sacrificing their lives for us.”At the listening session in Kotzebue, McDonald gave veterans a coin with his seal and signature. Photo: Mitch Borden, KNOMAlong with visiting Point Hope, McDonald also held a listening session that day in Kotzebue. It took Walter Sampson, a Vietnam vet living in Kotzebue, 11 years to get serviced by the VA in Anchorage, a 500-mile journey and a $600 plane ticket away from home. Sampson made sure to remind McDonald of the unique challenges that many of Alaska’s vets face in accessing the benefits they’ve earned.“Remember that we’re in bush Alaska,” Sampson said, “we’re in roadless communities.” While Fairbanks and Anchorage have the clinics, the VA officers, and the hospitals, he stressed that, “for bush Alaska we’ve got nothing at all.”Without the VA facilities and representatives, information has a hard time reaching vets in bush Alaska. Sampson expressed a feeling that many vets seemed to share. “As a veteran, do I really know who [the] VA is?” Sampson asked himself. “What benefits does it have for me?Sampson is frustrated by the convoluted nature of the VA support system, which often requires multiple phone calls, website logins, and, in the end a system too complex for its own good. McDonald was quick to acknowledge those inefficiencies.“Walter’s right,” McDonald admitted, “we’ve got too many 1-800 numbers, it’s too confusing.” With over 900 1-800 numbers and 14 websites that require different usernames and passwords, many vets get lost in the system before they ever get help. “We’re going to go to one 1-800 number, we’re going to go to one website,” McDonald promised, “it’s just too complex, we’ve got to simplify it, that’s what we’re working to do.”But a simplified system is only one step towards getting vets throughout Alaska the benefits they deserve. With McDonald gone and many questions left unanswered, the support system that seems the most promising comes from within the state.Chester Ballot, another Vietnam vet in Kotzebue, was trained in Anchorage as a tribal veteran representative and now works to sign up fellow vets to the VA. The Alaska VA also sent two representatives to both Point Hope and Kotzebue to sign up and inform vets of their benefits. So far the Alaska VA has sent representatives to 39 of the state’s nearly 300 villages.Although McDonald is back in D.C., Leonard Barger hopes this will not be his last visit to Point Hope. Barger and other community members encouraged him to return in the spring to take part in a whale hunt, one of the many benefits of living on the edge of the Bering Sea.McDonald greets veterans and their family members at the Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue. Photo: Mitch Borden, KNOMlast_img read more

Restaurant chains to pay 835K in unpaid overtime damages

first_imgTwo Alaska restaurant chains have to pay employees about $835,000 in overtime pay and damages. The state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development investigated Taco King and Gallo’s Mexican Restaurants after receiving several complaints by employees since 2007 and a number of anonymous calls.Listen NowThe unpaid overtime wages and damages will be distributed to 159 employees. The damages are equal to the unpaid amount, meaning the employees will receive double what their wages would have originally been.Deborah Kelly, director of labor standards and safety, said this is the largest case of unpaid wages in recent memory, and company-wide audits like these are rare.“Our goal is to ensure that employees are paid properly and employers are educated so they know the requirements of the law,” Kelly said. “And if they continue to not pay their employees properly they could potentially see a case such as this one.”Kelly said employees should track their own hours and pay and report discrepancies to her division.Taco King and Gallo’s have locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks. All of restaurants that were audited are owned by Abraham Gallo. The state did not assess any fines, and all of the money will go to the employees.Investigator Donna Nass, who looked into the matter, said Gallo and his staff were very cooperative and are fixing their payroll practices. Her department will follow up with surprise investigations to make sure the restaurants are still in compliance, she said.last_img read more

Costa Ricas cumulative inflation decreases during first semester

first_imgAccumulated inflation between January and June this year dropped 0.12 percent from the same months of 2011, according to the Consumer Price Index presented by the National Statistics and Census Institute (INEC).The data suggest that for the first semester, cumulative variation reached 2.66 percent. Last year’s figure was 2.78 percent.According to INEC figures, the goods and services sector showed the most positive variation. That figure includes prices on food and beverages, alcohol and cigarettes. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more