US Journalist Covering Sterlite Asked To Leave India For Allegedly Violating Visa Rules

first_imgA freelance journalist from the United States who was covering the Sterlite copper plant case in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district was asked to leave India for allegedly violating visa rules, reports said on Tuesday. Superintendent of Police Murali Rambha said he, as foreigner registration officer in Thoothukudi district, issued Mark Scialla a Leave India Notice, The Hindu reported.Read it at Scroll Related Itemslast_img

Cricket: Remembering Kaif’s crucial partnership with Yuvraj in the Natwest series final

first_imgAdvertisement(Image Courtesy: ESPNCricinfo)There use to be a time in Indian cricket when people used to switch off their televisions when Sachin Tendulkar got out. Similarly in the 2002 Natwest series final vs England many did the same after the fall of the little master’s wicket. But what followed after his wicket was set to change the way people saw Indian Cricket.India was set a stiff target of 326 to chase after the hosts scored a mammoth total of 325-5 with opener Marcus Trescothick and captain Nasser Hussain scoring centuries.Openers Ganguly and Sehwag got India off to a flying start scoring 106 runs in just 14 overs. But both of them fell quickly leaving India in a spot of bother. Dravid, Mongia and tendulkar too fell soon to put India in a spot of bother.India needed another 180 runs to be scored in 26 overs but had lost half their side. Youngsters Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh then joined hands to continue the run chase.People at this point of time had already given up on India. Everyone felt that England were going to come out victorious. But what followed after that left everyone surprised.Kaif and Yuvraj constructed a 121 partnership to put the team right back into the game. Yuvraj scored a brilliant 69 before falling to Collingwood. Kaif then stitched small partnership with Harbhajan Singh to take India within the reach of the target. He then guided his lower order partners to cross the finish line.Scenes that followed the match will always be etched in Indian people’s memory. Kaif stood tall scoring 87* for which he was adjudged the man of the match. This remarkable innings from him and the partnership he stitched with Yuvraj paved way for a new beginning and changed the view of how people saw Indian Cricket.Today marks the 16 years of this remarkable win at Lord’s. These memories will also be fresh on the current Indian team members who take on England at Lord’s tomorrow. It’ll be interesting to see how they fare.Also Read:Cricket: Mohammed Kaif calls it a day! Advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2016 teams: Checkout the list of teams and players

With the short break after the World T20 coming to an end, the IPL fever is all set to take over. The 2016 season of the tournament is scheduled to be played between April 9 and May 29, 2016. Adding novelty to the cricket carnival, the ninth season of the IPL will be played across 10 venues in India.Image: IPL Facebook Here are the teams, players and their worth for the 2016 IPL tournament:Delhi Daredevils (DD): Owner: GMR Sports Pvt LtdCoach: Paddy UptonCaptain: Zaheer KhanBatting Coach: Rahul DravidVenue: Ferozeshah KotlaAuction buys:Sanju Samson (Rs. 4.2 crore), Chris Morris (Rs. 7 crore), Carlos Brathwaite (Rs. 4.2 crore), Karun Nair (Rs. 4 crore), Rishabh Pant (Rs 1.9 crore), Pawan Negi (Rs 8.5 crore), Sam Billings (Rs 30 lakhs), SK Ahmed (Rs 10 lakhs), Pratyush Singh (Rs 10 lakhs), Joel Paris (Rs 30 lakhs), Pawan Suyal (Rs 10 lakhs), Chama Milind (Rs 10 lakhs), Akhil Herwadkar (Rs 10 lakhs), Mahipal Lomror (Rs 10 lakhs).Image: Sportskeeda Retained players: Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammad Shami, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Albie Morkel – South Africa, Imran Tahir – South Africa, JP Duminy (captain) – South Africa, Quinton de Kock – South Africa, Nathan Coulter-Nile – Australia     Gujarat Lions (GL):Owner: Intex TechnologiesCoach: Brad HodgeCaptain: Suresh Raina        Auction buys: Dinesh Karthik (Rs. 2.3 crore), Dhawal Kulkarni (Rs. 2 crore), Praveen Kumar (Rs. 3.5 crore), Dale Steyn (Rs. 2.3 crore), Dwayne Smith (Rs. 2.3 crore), Paras Dogra (Rs 10 lakhs), Ishan Kishan (Rs 30 lakhs), Eklavya Dwivedi (Rs 1 crore). Pradeep Sangwan (Rs 20 lakhs), Pravin Tambe (Rs 20 lakhs), Shivil Kaushik (Rs 10 lakhs), Sarabajit Ladda (Rs 10 lakhs), Aaron Finch (Rs 1 crore), Umang Sharma (Rs 10 lakhs), Andrew Tye (Rs 50 lakhs), Shadab Jakati (Rs 20 lakhs), Aksh Deep Nath (Rs 10 lakhs), Jaydev Shah (Rs 20 lakhs), Amit Mishra (Rs 10 lakhs).advertisement Drafted players: Suresh Raina (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum – New Zealand,  James Faulkner – Australia, Dwayne Bravo – West Indies.Kings XI Punjab (KXIP):Owner: KPH Dream Cricket Private LimitedCoach: Sanjay BangarCaptain: David MillerVenue: Punjab Cricket Association StadiumAuction buys:Mohit Sharma (Rs. 6.5 crore), Marcus Stonis (Rs. 55 Lakhs), Kyle Abbott (Rs. 2.1 crore), K C Cariappa (Rs 80 Lakhs), Arman Jaffer (Rs 10 Lakhs), Pradeep Sahu (Rs 10 Lakhs), Swapnil SIngh (Rs 10 Lakhs), Farhaan Behardein (Rs 30 Lakhs)Image: YouTube Retained players:Axar Patel, Anureet Singh, Gurkeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller  – South Africa, Glenn Maxwell – Australia, Mitchell Johnson – Australia, Shaun Marsh – Australia.Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR):Owner: Knight Riders Sports Private LtdCoach: Trevor BaylissCaptain: Gautam GambhirVenue: Eden GardensAuction buys:Colin Munro (Rs. 30 lakhs), John Hastings (Rs. 1.3 crore), Jaydev Unadkat (Rs. 1.6 crore), Ankit Rajpoot (Rs 1.5 crore), Jason Holder (Rs 70 Lakhs), R Sathish (Rs 20 Lakhs), Manan Sharma (Rs 10 Lakhs).Image: YouTube Retained players: Gautam Gambhir  (captain), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell – West Indies, Sunil Narine – West Indies, Brad Hogg – Australia, Chris Lynn – Australia, Shakib Al Hasan – Bangladesh, Morne Morkel – South Africa.Mumbai Indians (MI):Owner: Indiawin Sports Pvt. LtdCoach: Ricky PontingCaptain: Rohit SharmaVenue: Wankhede StadiumAuction buys:Jos Buttler (Rs. 3.8 crore), Tim Southee (Rs. 2.5 crore), Nathu Singh (Rs 3.2 crore), Jitesh Sharma (Rs 10 Lakhs), KP Kamath (1.4 crore), Krunal Pandya (Rs 2 crore), Deepak Punia (Rs 10 Lakhs).Image: BCCI Retained players: Rohit Sharma (captain), Akshay Wakhare, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, J Suchith, Jasprit Bumrah, Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel, Vinay Kumar, Shreyas Gopal, Siddhesh Lad, Unmukt Chand  ,Corey Anderson – New Zealand, Mitchell McClenaghan – New Zealand, Kieron Pollard – West Indies, Lendl Simmons – West Indies, Lasith Malinga – Sri Lanka, Marchant de Lange – South Africa.Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS):Owner: RPSG GroupCoach: Stephen FlemingCaptain: MS DhoniVenue: MCA International StadiumAuction buys: Ishant Sharma (Rs. 3.8 crore), Irfan Pathan (Rs. 1 crore), Kevin Pietersen (Rs. 3.3 crore), Mitchell Marsh (Rs. 4.8 crore), RP Singh (Rs. 30 Lakhs), Ankit Sharma (Rs 10 Lakhs), Rajat Bhatia (Rs 60 Lakhs), Ishwar Pandey (Rs 20 Lakhs), Murugan Ashwin (4.5 crore), Ankush Bains (Rs 10 Lakhs), Peter Handscomb (Rs 30 Lakhs), Thisara Perrera (Rs 1 crore), Baba Aparajith (Rs 10 Lakhs), Deepak Chahar (Rs 10 Lakhs), Ashok Dinda (Rs 50 Lakhs), Scott Boland (Rs 50 Lakhs), Adam Zampa (Rs 30 Lakhs), Jaskaran Singh (Rs 10 Lakhs). Drafted players: MS Dhoni (captain),  R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith – Australia, Faf du Plessis – South Africa                    Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):                    Owner: Royal Challengers Sports Private LtdCoach: Daniel VettoriCaptain: Virat KohliVenue: M. Chinnaswamy StadiumAuction buys: Stuart Binny (Rs. 2 crore), Shane Watson (Rs. 9.5 crore), Travis Head (Rs. 50 Lakhs), Sachin Baby (Rs 10 Lakhs), Iqbal Abdulla (Rs 10 Lakhs), Praven Dubey (Rs 35 Lakhs), Akshay Karenwar (Rs 10 Lakhs), Kane Richardson (Rs 2 crore), Samuel Badree (Rs 50 Lakhs), V Malik (Rs 20 Lakhs), Vikas Tokas (Rs 10 Lakhs).advertisementImage: YouTube Retained players: Virat Kohli (captain), Abu Nechim, Harshal Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Sreenath Aravind,  Varun Aaron, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers – South Africa,  David Wiese – South Africa,  Adam Milne – New Zealand, Chris Gayle – West Indies,  Mitchell Starc – Australia.Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH):Owner: SUN TV NetworkCoach: Tom MoodyCaptain: David WarnerVenue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket StadiumAuction buys:Yuvraj Singh (Rs. 7 Crore), Ashish Nehra (Rs. 5.5 Crore), Mustafizur Rahman (Rs. 1.4 crore), Barinder Sran (Rs. 1.2 crore), Abhimanyu Mithun (Rs. 30 Lakhs), Aditya Tare (Rs 1.2 crore), Deepak Hooda (Rs 4.2 crore), T Suman (Rs 10 Lakhs), Ben Cutting (Rs 50 Lakhs), Vijay Shankar (Rs 35 Lakhs).Image: YouTube Retained players: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Ashish Reddy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Karn Sharma,  KL Rahul,  Naman Ojha, Parveez Rasool, Ricky Bhui, Siddharth Kaul, David Warner – Australia, Moises Henriques – Australia, Eoin Morgan – England, Kane Williamson – New Zealand, Trent Boult – New Zealand.Tell us about your favourite team(s) in the comment section below! 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Wolves Devour The Knicks, 115-99

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves were coming off consecutive blowout losses to end a six-game road trip, were missing three starters and had two other key veterans getting IV fluids before the game just to suit up.Then came the cure for what ails any reeling NBA franchise these days — the New York Knicks.Kevin Martin shook off an illness to score 37 points and the Timberwolves snapped a five-game losing skid with a 115-99 over the Knicks on Nov. 19.“I know a lot of guys just wanted to lay down,” Martin said after the Wolves went 1-5 on a six-game trip in which Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic were injured and Thaddeus Young left the team after the death of his mother.“And Flip (Saunders) came in here and had one of the most intense practices I’ve seen in the last 10 years. … We knew we had to respond so we don’t have another one of those practices.”Martin tied a career high with seven 3-pointers and Shabazz Muhammad had 17 points and eight rebounds in his first career start for the Wolves.Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and Amare Stoudemire added 19 for the Knicks. But New York’s 23 turnovers led to 28 points by Minnesota, and the Knicks got swept in the Milwaukee-Minnesota back-to-back.Anthony and Stoudemire combined to shoot 14 of 19 and the rest of the Knicks were just 20 for 50.“I just don’t want to get used to feeling this feeling, you know, losing basketball games, games that we should be winning,” Anthony said. “Just letting it slip out of our hands, regardless if it’s early in the season or not.”The Wolves were playing their first home game in 18 days and both Martin and Corey Brewer needed fluids before the game in order to play. Martin then scored 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the first quarter to get the Wolves rolling.The Knicks have been among the worst teams in the league at defending the 3-pointer this season, which invited even the Timberwolves to let it fly. They entered the night last in the league in 3-point attempts per game at just over 14 tries a night.Martin hit 3-of-4 from deep in the first quarter and the Wolves made eight by halftime, which was more than they had made in an entire game this season. They finished with 11.The gimpy Stoudemire was spry in the first half against the depleted front line, but both he and Anthony combined for just four points in the entire second half.“A lot of things have to change,” new Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “It’s not really to talk about. It’s for us to do the work and get there.(JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Martin Guptill’s World Cup story: Poor run with the bat, crucial run-outs and a heartbreaking overthrow

first_imgMartin Guptill, even in his wildest dreams, wouldn’t have imagined the kind of World Cup 2019 which he eventually ended up with. Being the highest scorer during the 2015 edition, New Zealand team had high expectations from their firebrand opener. After all, Guptill was and still is the only cricketer in the Southern Hemisphere to have hit a double century in ODIs and that innings had come in the 2015 World Cup. After New Zealand’s inaugural game of the World Cup 2019, the side’s belief in Guptill must have only got stronger.Guptill scored a quickfire unbeaten 51-ball-73 as New Zealand walloped Sri Lanka’s total of 136 in a mere 16.1 overs without breaking a sweat. What followed later, however, was hardly believable for Guptill the batsman.25, 0, 35, 0, 5, 20, 8, 1, 19: read Guptill’s scores in the next 9 games including the final against England at Lord’s. With a total of 186 runs in World Cup 2019, Guptill’s horror run with the bat continued to haunt his side throughout the tournament.Despite all this, Guptill still played some pivotal roles in the World Cup. The first big moment arrived during the game against Australia when Guptill leaped in the air at short-fine-leg to pluck the ball out of thin air after the dangerous Steve Smith had made a good connection with the pull off Lockie Ferguson. Smith was left stunned and so were Guptill’s teammates.But the moment when Guptill’s fielding became the true talking point of the World Cup 2019 was when with one-and-a-half stumps to aim at, his direct-hit from fine-leg struck timber bringing the curtains down on a brilliant counter-attacking innings from India’s talisman MS Dhoni. It was this moment when New Zealand finally knew that they were going to the final while Dhoni – one of the fastest sprinters in world cricket – started his long walk back to the pavilion in possibly his last World Cup innings.advertisementBy now the clip of Guptill’s throw to run-out Dhoni was being played across social media platforms all over the world. Guptill, on the other hand, was itching to make an impact in possibly the greatest match of his life at Lord’s.At the fag end of the final of the World Cup 2019, England had looked down and out as New Zealand’s death bowlers seemed to have created a vice-like grip over the match, not giving Ben Stokes room to hit the big shots. In the final over of England’s chase with the team needing 9 to win off 3 balls, Guptill’s throw from deep mid-wicket region struck a diving Ben Stokes’s bat on the full at the striker’s end and the ball raced away to the boundary behind the wicketkeeper. Thus, instead of 2 runs, England got awarded 6 bringing the equation down to 3 required off 2 balls – a much more achievable target, even though Trent Boult ensured a tie.When the match went into the Super Over, Guptill found himself on the field again but this time he had the responsibility to score 16 off 6 balls to bring New Zealand home their maiden World Cup. On the last delivery of the Super Over Guptill was on strike with his side needing 2 off 1 but he only managed to dig out Jofra Archer’s full delivery to Jason Roy at deep mid-wicket. As he scampered for the 2nd run, Roy’s throw found Jos Buttler’s gloves at the striker’s end, who dislodged the stumps in a flash. Guptill desperately dived to cross the crease but was found well short when the bails were dislodged bringing an end to a crazy Lord’s evening.As the England players celebrated in ecstasy, Guptill stayed motionless with his head sulking trying to make sense of what had just transpired. Soon he was being comforted by his teammates and even Chris Woakes came up to him to offer words of encouragement. When the dust finally settles on the exhilarating Lord’s evening, Guptill wouldn’t be faulted for still wondering what went on with him at World Cup 2019. He couldn’t have imagined the events of the past 6 weeks before, but he is sure to be revisited by them for a long time to come.Also Read | As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winnersAlso Read | Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidateslast_img read more

WATCH: Liga MX goals of the week

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX Goals of the Week: The best from Jornada 8 of the Clausura Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 02:08 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andre-Pierre Gignac Tigres Azael Rodriguez Liga MX Necaxa Morelia v Lobos BUAP Cruz Azul v Puebla Tigres UANL v Atlas León v Querétaro Tijuana v Pumas Necaxa v Monterrey Guadalajara v Pachuca Toluca v Santos Laguna Veracruz v América Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Monterrey Querétaro Atlas Tigres UANL Pumas Toluca Santos Laguna América Headed goals from Andre-Pierre Gignac and Fernando Uribe make the countdown, but it’s a nice partnership that takes top honors It was another Liga MX weekend full of goals, with every single match seeing at least two goals scored.That gave us plenty to work with as Goal took on the weekly task of deciding which goals scored were the finest of the Liga MX weekend. Our esteemed committee has settled on these three as the absolute finest from Jornada 8:AdChoices广告3. Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres) – 2-0 vs. Atlas#NoTeLoPierdas G⚽️⚽️⚽️L de André-Pierre Gignac @TigresOficial 2-0 @atlasfc #Jornada8 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX ⚽️ #SienteTuLiga ⚽️#CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 18, 2018Andre-Pierre Gignac makes an appearance in the Goal of the Week countdown yet again, this time for the second of his two goals against Atlas this weekend. He has to adapt quickly, realizing the early ball from Ismael Sosa will fall somewhere neither the defenders nor goalkeeper can get it but also won’t come to his foot. Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Frenchman lets the ball take a bounce and then snaps his head forward to meet it and make sure the ball sneaks just inside the goalkeeper’s post to lock up the three points.2. Fernando Uribe (Toluca) – 2-0 vs. Santos Laguna#NoTeLoPierdas G⚽️⚽️⚽️L de Fernando Uribe @TolucaFC 2-0 @ClubSantos #Jornada8 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX ⚽️ #SienteTuLiga ⚽️#CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 18, 2018This goal fits in the category of being a fine finish but earning its spot on the list thanks to what came before it. Rubens Sambueza, at the age of 34, continues to have one of the best deliveries in all of Mexico and may have the best left foot in the Americas.It was showcased again Sunday afternoon, when Sambueza sent this free kick into the box missing only a touch of the head for it to find the back of the net. Uribe applies exactly that, and the ball is behind Jonathan Orozco before the Santos Laguna goalkeeper can even make an attempt to make it look like he had any say in the situation.1. Victor Davila (Necaxa) – 2-0 vs. Monterrey#NoTeLoPierdas G⚽️⚽️⚽️L de Víctor Dávila @ClubNecaxa 2-0 @Rayados #Jornada8 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX ⚽️ #SienteTuLiga ⚽️#CreandoOportunidades #PorLaEducación— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) February 18, 2018The glory this week goes to Victor Davila, but plenty of the credit has to go to Roberto Navarro. The Mexican teenager starts in his own half, dashing past a defender and eventually finding Davila. He gets the ball back and keeps possession despite a few attempts from Monterrey defenders to take it off him. Then, he’s able to find Davila once again.Davila still has work to do, though. He fakes the shot with his right foot to send Efrain Velarde past him. From there, he has only a few seconds to unleash his left-footed effort. Davila makes the most of it, doubling the lead for the Rayos on the way to an upset win over Rayados and earning Goal’s Liga MX Goal of the Week prize in the process.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea tell Valencia: Batshuayi your problem

first_imgChelsea tell Valencia: Batshuayi your problemby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia chiefs are in overdrive trying to negotiate a release from their loan with Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgium striker is on a season-long deal at VCF, but coach Marcelino has no interest in counting on Batshuayi when the second-half of the Spanish season kicks off.AS says Chelsea have told Valencia they do not want Batshuayi back – so leaving the ball in VCF’s court to find the player a new club.Despite his problems with Marcelino, Batshuayi isn’t short of suitors ahead of the winter market’s opening.AS Monaco are keen, while AC Milan and AS Roma are also interested in the striker. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSNAPPED! Ex-Arsenal striker Bendtner begins 50-day house arrest

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say SNAPPED! Ex-Arsenal striker Bendtner begins 50-day house arrestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRosenborg striker Nicklas Bendtner has begun his 50-day house arrest sentence.The former Arsenal striker has started his sentence for assaulting a taxi driver and posted an Instagram picture of his electronic ankle tag.The 30-year-old, who currently plays for Norwegian side Rosenborg, is serving his sentence at home in Denmark.Having quarrelled over the £4.80 fare, Bendtner punched the driver in the jaw before kicking him as he lay on the ground.The 30-year-old striker posted an Instagram picture of his electronic ankle tagBendtner was handed an unconditional sentence and told to pay the driver £1,330 in compensation. The cab driver was acquitted of violence but fined £355 for using his telephone while driving and not wearing his seat belt.Nicklas Bendtner began his 50-day prison sentence today.Back in September, he was arrested for assaulting a taxi driver that left the man needing surgery to correct a broken jaw.— Photos of Football (@photosofootball) January 3, 2019 last_img read more

The Game Changers: Women in sports

first_img Suhani Singh New Delhi December 29, 2018 ISSUE DATE: January 7, 2019UPDATED: December 29, 2018 17:49 IST Indian women who rocked the world of sports in 2018.Beyonce didn’t bluff when she sang, Who run the world? Girls. It rang true in sports in 2018 as women hit new milestones. Mary Kom made history as the first female boxer to win six gold medals at the World Championships, matching Cuban pugilist Felix Savon’s haul of six medals.Beyonce didn’t bluff when she sang, Who run the world? Girls. It rang true in sports in 2018 as women hit new milestones. Mary Kom made history as the first female boxer to win six gold medals at the World Championships, matching Cuban pugilist Felix Savon’s haul of six medals. Shuttler PV Sindhu ended 2018 on a high, becoming the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour finals, a tournament that rewards the most consistently good players on tour. In Hima Das, a star was born. After being crowned the under-20 champion in 400 metres, the Assamese sprinter lived up to the hype at the Asian Games with two medals, which include gold in 4 x 400 m relay. Swapna Barman, 22: Her gritty heptathlon performance at the Asian Games got India the gold. (Photo: Reuters)Swapna Barman acquainted Indians with the heptathlon, giving a gutsy gold-winning performance at the Asian Games. And Vinesh Phogat became one of three Indianswrestler Bajrang Punia and javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra being the othersto score the double this year: gold in both the Comm­onwealth and Asian Games.Kom, at 35, demonstrated that age and motherhood are no bar when it comes to excelling in a gruelling sport as she defeated a much younger competitor to win her first world title in seven years. MC Mary Kom 35: The first female boxer to win six gold medals at the World Championships (Photo: Pankaj Nangia)Sindhu, 23, was the epitome of patience and resilience after being a losing finalist at this year’s World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Facing incessant questions about her mental fortitude, Sindhu illustrated that the tag of choker’ was not for her as she defeated arch-rival Nozomi Okuhara to win the year-ending tournament. I feel really happy and I think I have no words because this is my first win [title] this year, she said, emphasising the magnitude of the victory. Separated by 12 years, Kom and Sindhu remain two of the most popular sporting icons, winning people over with their true grit.advertisement PV Sindhu, 23: Refusing to let the choker’ tag stick, she became the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour final. (Photo: Reuters)In Das, the Indian sporting scene got a much-welcomed flamboyant sportswoman whose persona is as big as her talent. Not since PT Usha has Indian athletics had a poster girl, and Das has been more than ready to fill the void with her candidness and tomboyish swagger, much of it evident in the photographs she shares on Twitter as it is in her demeanour on track. Hima Das, 18: With two Asian Games medals, including the 4 x 400 metres gold, she proved she was no hype. (Photo: Reuters)I have said that I was very mischievous, headstrong and a bit of a bodmash (hellraiser), said Das in an interview to india today in July 2018. I do not fear anything… I believe in time and in God. Nothing else bothers me. Time indeed will be the biggest hurdle for the 18-year-old athlete, who moves to senior level and runs against tougher competition to clock in a time that gets her a ticket to Tokyo.Das could learn a thing or two from six-time national wrestling champion Phogat. In what is seen as a man’s domain, the Phogat sisters continue to impress, with Vinesh, cousin of Geeta and Babita, proving that women are not far behind in the combative sport. With gold at the Asian and Commonwealth Games each and a silver at the Asian Championships in 2018, Vinesh, who missed the World Championships due to an elbow injury, won a Grade A contract with the Wrestling Federation of India. It’s just the encouragement she needs as she begins her qualification campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh Phogat, 24: No stopping this wrestler who bagged gold medals in both the Commonwealth and Asian Games. (Photo: PTI)The quintet is India’s strongest bet at the Olympics where each will be aiming for nothing short of gold. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sindhu was just a step away from the podium; Vinesh suffered a knee injury in her first bout, which ended her campaign, and Kom failed to qualify. The next edition is perhaps her last shot to improve on her bronze at the London Games in 2012. She’ll want to end her innings with a powerful punch.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNishtha Gupta Next The Game Changers: Women in sportsWonder women whose combative performances in the international arena brought India gold and glory and changed the trajectory of the country’s sports.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli equals Sourav Ganguly’s record of most overseas Test wins as India captain

first_imgVirat Kohli equals Sourav Ganguly’s record of most overseas Test wins as India captainVirat Kohli is now the first-ever Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy on Australian soil.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri New DelhiDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 12:41 IST India have taken an unassailable 2-1 lead over Australia in the four-match series. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has the record of never losing a Test match after winning the tossVirat Kohli’s men now have the most away Test wins by an Indian team in a calendar yearJasprit Bumrah broke four bowling record with his magical spell of 9 for 86Virat Kohli is now the joint-most successful Indian Test captain in overseas conditions after Team India registered a historic win in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. With the win at the MCG, India have now taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.The Boxing Day Test win at the MCG gave Virat Kohli his 11th away Test win as captain in just 24 Tests and he went equal with Ganguly on the record, who had achieved 11 away Test wins in 28 Tests as captain. On top of that, Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia. India had defeated Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series during their tour of India in 2016/17.Kohli had said that this year would be an extremely important one for Team India given the Tests away from home. While India put up some good performances (especially Kohli and the pacers), they failed to win series in South Africa and England. However, in Australia, Virat Kohli’s India came out all guns blazing to at least get them into a position from where they cannot lose the series now.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: REPORT | DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDHowever, Kohli is in no mood to let up and is already marshalling his troops for the final Test in Sydney, starting January 2.”We are not going to stop here. This has given us more confidence to play more positive cricket in Sydney.”We’ve done well in all three departments, which is why we’ve retained the trophy. But we want to continue. This is how we played in South Africa too, and we’re ready for the final game,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.advertisementTeam India achieved a plethora of records after the Boxing Day Test victory, here are all of them:Ishant Sharma has now taken the sixth most wickets for India in Tests. Ishant picked the last wicket of Nathan Lyon to wrap up the Boxing Day Test, which took his tally to 267 and he overcame Bishan Singh Bedi’s 266 wickets. He trails Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417), Ravichandran Ashwin (342) and Zaheer Khan (311).With four Test wins in 2018 away from home, Virat Kohli’s men now have the most away Test wins by an Indian team in a calendar year. The previous record was three Test wins, all in New Zealand, in 1968.Virat Kohli has never lost a Test match when he has won the toss. In the 21 Test matches he has won tosses in, he has won 18 of them while three ended in a draw. In the nine away Test matches he won the toss in, India won eight and drew one.Cheteshwar Pujara is the only batsman to register scores of 50+ in all of the four Test matches India have won in 2018 (Johannesburg, Trent Bridge, Adelaide and MCG)Rishabh Pant is the joint-most successful wicket-keeper in terms of dismissals inflicted in his debut year in Test cricket. Both Pant and Brad Haddin (2008) have 42 dismissals to their name in their debut year.Jasprit Bumrah’s 9 for 86 is the best-ever figures by an Indian pacer in Australia. He overhauled Kapil Dev’s 8 for 109 in Adelaide, 1985 and Ajit Agarkar’s 8 for 160 in Adelaide, 2003.Jasprit Bumrah has the most number of Test wickets (48) for an Indian in their debut calendar year while he is third in the overall list, behind Terry Alderman (54 in 1981) and Curtly Ambrose (49 in 1988).Rishabh Pant is the first Indian wicket-keeper to affect 20 dismissals (all catches) in a Test seriesJasprit Bumrah is the first Indian pacer to have taken nine wickets in a single Test match in AustraliaFor the second time in their history, India have won more than one Test match in a series in Australia. They previously won two in 1977-78 series.Jasprit Bumrah has taken the most number of wickets (48) among Indian pacers in the first nine Test matches of his career. Venkatesh Prasad is behind him with 40 wickets in the first nine.For Australia: This is their third worst collective batting averages in a year in the past 100 years. They finished 2018 with a collective batting average of just 26.03.Also Read | Boxing Day Test: Virat Kohli shares dressing room photos after crushing AustraliaAlso Read | Tim Paine cries foul after Australia lose: We served India pitches that suit themAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar thrilled with historic Boxing Day Test win: Incredible effort by IndiaAlso Read | India in Boxing Day Tests in Australia: 5 losses, 2 draws and finally a win! A recapAlso Read | Always dreamt of playing Test cricket: Jasprit Bumrah after record-breaking 9-wicket hauladvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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House Approves National Identification and Registration Bill

first_imgThe House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 19) approved the National Identification and Registration Bill with 100 amendments.The Bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica; and establishment of a National Civil and Identification Database to generate national identification cards.It also provides for the establishment of the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) as the National Identification and Registration Authority, which will have responsibility for the project’s implementation.In his contribution to the debate, Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, while acknowledging the importance of the Bill, raised concerns about the protection of sensitive data received from persons.Similar concerns were raised by Opposition Spokesman on Information and the Knowledge Economy, Julian Robinson, who questioned how soon the Data Protection Bill will be brought to the House.In his response, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in emphasising the importance of the Bill, noted that too many persons are unknown and undocumented, and, as a result, are “invisible to the State”.“This legislation is not intended to take away people’s rights; it is not intended to limit their ability to access service. It is not intended to take away their right to privacy. This Bill is about empowering people to interact and interface with the State in an orderly way. That is all the Bill is proposing to do,” he explained.Regarding the protection of data, the Prime Minister informed that the cybersecurity that will be placed around the National Identification System (NIDS) database would be “what they call military grade”.“This means that it will not be commercial-level security. We will have the highest level of security around it,” he said.He also informed that the Data Protection Bill is ready and will be tabled in the Lower House within two weeks.“Data protection is not just for the National Identification System; this is needed for every single thing we are doing now. Jamaica has to become a digital society, and we are well placed to become an example in this region as to how we can become a digital society,” Mr. Holness said.“This move to uniquely identify all individuals and set up a process by which identity can be verified places us way ahead of all other countries within this region in terms of the transition to becoming a digital society,” he added.To be rolled out in 2018, NIDs will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store the personal identity information of all citizens.Under the system, which will have anti-fraud features, every Jamaican will have a unique nine-digit identification number that will support identity authentication and verification in a consistent way across government agencies as well as for the benefit of the private sector.last_img read more

Epic Gas Back at Sasaki for Gas Carrier No. 3

first_imgzoom Epic Gas Ltd. said today that it has acquired a third 7,500cbm fully pressurised gas carrier to be built at Sasaki Shipbuilding of Japan. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2016.St. Vincent, a 5,000 cbm pressurised gas carrier built at Sasaki in 2008The latest newbuild will be vessel No. 8 in Epic Gas’ fleet built at Sasaki Shipbuilding.Epic Gas, headquartered in Singapore, owns and operates a fleet of fully pressurised gas carriers providing seaborne services for the transportation of liquefied petroleum gas and petrochemicals.The company controls a fleet of 45 vessels (13 of which are newbuilds), which serve as a link in the international gas and petrochemical supply chains throughout Asia, Europe, West Africa and the Americas.Press Release; June 26, 2014last_img read more

Iraq Security Council voices concern over reported violence in Kirkuk

According to media reports, the city was reportedly seized by Iraqi Government forces from Kurds. “Council members called on all sides to refrain from the threat and use of force, and to engage in constructive dialogue as a pathway to de-escalation and a means to preserve Iraqi unity while upholding the provisions of the Iraqi constitution,” said a press statement issued by the 15-member body. The Council reaffirmed its respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and unity of Iraq, as well as the importance of remaining focused on efforts to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh). The Council likewise voiced its full support for UN efforts to facilitate dialogue between Iraqi stakeholders.

Sino Gold wins Chinese Development of the Year award

first_imgSino Gold, an Australian based gold producer with a focus on China, received the Development of the Year Award for its White Mountain gold mine, at the China Mining Congress – the country’s largest international mining conference. Sino Gold’s Chief Executive Officer, Jake Klein, on receiving this award, said: “Many people have contributed to the development of White Mountain and this award provides some recognition of their efforts. The award also recognises the project’s high standards of safety, environment and community relations. The strong support of local and provincial government agencies contributed enormously to the successful development of the project.” White Mountain is located 230 km south-southeast of Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province in northeast China. Sino Gold owns 95% of the project and the surrounding 128 km2 exploration licences. A major northeast trending regional fault zone hosts the gold mineralisation at White Mountain, with mineralisation known to extend 1.5 km along strike. Mineral resources total 12.4 Mt at 3.0 g/t gold, containing 1.2 Moz gold, and ore reserves total 6.5 Mt at 3.8 g/t gold, containing 784,000 oz.White Mountain is primarily comprised of an underground mine and a CIL processing plant. Gold production averaging 65,000 oz/y is planned to result from design mill throughput of some 650,000 t/y and overall gold recoveries averaging 80%. Production is expected to ramp up to these levels during 2009.Sino Gold has signed two landmark agreements forming partnerships that are complementary to its existing environment and community programs. Commenting on this, Sino Gold Chief Executive Officer Jake Klein said: “The first partnership is with the University of Sydney and the Guizhou Provincial Environmental Protection Authority. This initiative is aimed at providing government officers with an in-depth understanding of sustainable development policies and practices. The second is a community development program with the Zhenfeng County Government. This initiative marks the first partnership of its type between any mining enterprise and county government in China. These two important partnerships are further evidence of Sino Gold’s unique and sustainable approach to the exciting and rapidly evolving gold industry in today’s China.”The goal of the Guizhou Environmental Management for Sustainable Development Leadership Project is to contribute to sustainable economic and social development of Guizhou Province with the focus on enhancement of environment and natural resources management policies and practices. The five-year project comprises five 13-day training programs that are to be conducted in Guizhou Province, China and Sydney, Australia. It is envisaged that more than 125 Guizhou government officers will participate in the program, thus creating a pool of experienced public sector managers with in-depth understanding of environmentally-sustainable policies and practices and strong management skills.Robyn McConchie, Director of the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Sydney, commented: “We look forward to working with Sino Gold and many Guizhou government officers over the coming five years. The leaders trained by this innovative initiative are likely to provide a variety of long-term benefits to Guizhou Province.”Sino Gold’s Jinfeng mine and the Zhenfeng County Government, Guizhou Province have signed a Sustainable Community Development Cooperation Agreement for a three-phase sustainable community development program over the next ten years. This initiative is aimed at helping the three administrative villages (Lannigou, Jinshan and Niluo) near the Jinfeng Mine realize sustainable social and economic development, and explore an effective, sustainable model for the Chinese mine sector. Projects will include education, health and sanitation, environment, and agriculture production, as well as capacity building for community-based organizations and farmers.As part of this initiative, Zhenfeng County’s Poverty Alleviation Office (PAO) will be the lead government agency and has committed to providing “whole village promotion programs”. Together, these partners will positively impact approximately 3,400 people, most of whom are Buyi ethnic minority.A Community Development Department has been established at Jinfeng Mine and it is the first such department in Guizhou Province. With technical support from the community-based Conservation and Development Research Centre at Guizhou Normal University, the department will facilitate collaboration with a range of government agencies, the business and non-government organisation sectors, Jinfeng Mine employees and the three administrative villages.last_img read more

Preorders for iPhone 5 now available at Deutsche Telekom

first_imgThe mobile networks are always eager for new smartphone releases as it signals an opportunity to sell some new two-year contracts to existing customers as well as grab some new ones. The smartphone every carrier wants to offer first is whatever the next iPhone is, and at the moment that’s the iPhone 5 expected to appear sometime in the next couple of months.Deutsche Telekom (DT), known as T-Mobile outside of Germany, decided it couldn’t wait any longer and has decided to start offering pre-orders for the iPhone 5. The problem with that is no one knows when the next iPhone will arrive, what its price will be, and whether it will be a compelling upgrade (not that anyone would bet against it being a must-have device).DT have got around that problem by offering a voucher, which they are calling a “premiere ticket” to anyone who wants to reserve the phone now. The reason for deciding to do this? DT believes demand is going to be so high they wanted to start offering consumers the chance to guarantee they will get one of the limited stock the company will receive. It also ensures to a large extent they will sell all iPhone 5 stock they get for the launch without having to rely on people queuing up or straining their web store to order one.We’re not sure how Apple will feel about this, but it doesn’t look as though any money is changing hands. Instead new customers have to sign a contract, and existing subscribers sign a contract extension signalling they are serious about buying an iPhone 5 at launch. In order to do this you have to visit a DT store as it isn’t being offered online.Some may be tempted by the ability to ensure a launch day iPhone 5, but then if thousands try and reserve the smartphone it’s not going to be a guarantee you’ll get it on day one. That all depends on how many iPhone 5 handsets DT is allocated by Apple.More at AppleInsider and Online Focus (translated)last_img read more

Luas red line reopens after person injured in incident near Heuston Station

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Luas/Twitter Source: Ken LomenaThe incident occurred on Steeven’s Lane, which runs between the Heuston Station and St James’s Luas stops. Updated 2.50pmTHE LUAS RED line has reopened following an earlier incident near Heuston Station.It is understood a man was injured and was removed from underneath a Luas tram.He has been transferred to hospital by ambulance with injuries to the chest area. Source: Luas/Twitter Short URL Luas red line reopens after person injured in incident near Heuston Station Emergency services were at the scene. By Aoife Barry There is currently no service between Blackhorse and the Point.center_img Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 1:54 PM Service Disruption on the Red Line, click /for more information,We apologise for any inconvenience.— Luas (@Luas) April 4, 2017 21,838 Views 15 Comments Apr 4th 2017, 1:54 PM Emergency services were at the scene, including two fire trucks, two Dublin Fire Brigade ambulances, and gardaí. Please see updated information for Red Line No service between Blackhorse and The Point.— Luas (@Luas) April 4, 2017 Share2 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Apocalyptic Fallout 76 Beta Bug Raises Our Morbid Curiosity

first_img The Fallout franchise is about things being broken. A post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland is a broken world. A constant social clash between mutants, neo-minutemen militia, synthetic people, amoral science groups, and dudes in powered armored is a broken system. You pay for scrap metal in bottle caps.But even outside the in-game lore Fallout is about being broken, especially since Bethesda took over in 2008. Realizing these huge, intricate clockwork worlds requires technology that’s equally impressive and unstable. Modern Fallout has always featured glitches and bugs ranging from gamebreaking crashes to hilarious mashups of fierce combat behind casual dialogue sequences. And the upcoming Fallout 76 looks to continue this broken legacy as a particularly nasty bug in the ongoing PC beta has us morbidly curious for the final November 14 release. Play ‘Fallout 76’ Nuclear Winter Battle Royale as Long as Yo…Fallout 76’s Bags Are Broken, Too Stay on targetcenter_img The Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. (Break-it Early Test Application) has been recently rolling out on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It’s coming to PC, too. But hours before launch Bethesda gave players a seasonally appropriate spooky warning not to press any buttons at all while the client downloaded. The help forums were down but over on the Fallout 76 Reddit you can learn that a clicking a button while downloading could accidentally delete the entire 50GB file before even playing. This bug could break the game literally before you even start it. The upside is, Bethesda is extending the length of the beta so tech issues don’t cheat players out of their hands-on time.I guess we should have seen this coming. Fallout games were broken enough when they were strictly single-player affairs. But Fallout 76’s main hook is giving players a connected online multiplayer wasteland world to survive in. Testing that is much more complex, which was why this beta was even needed in the first place. And before the beta began Bethesda practically begged fans not to get too upset about the “spectacular” bugs and performance issues they would surely encounter.But man, Fallout 76 is only two weeks away. If we’re seeing bugs like this now, the most entertaining part about this game might not be playing it while it works but witnessing just what could happen when it doesn’t. For more on Fallout check out the Vault Dweller’s cookbook and the best Fallout Funko Pops.last_img read more

Whos the Boss

first_img ADC AUTHOR Politico noticed a recent Pentagon announcement referred to the acting secretary of defense as “Pat Shanahan” but that most DOD materials refer to him as “Patrick.”“So we asked Shanahan’s office what he likes to be called,” David Brown wrote Wednesday in Politico’s Morning Defense newsletter. “It’s Pat.”DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smithlast_img

Death of 4 in Anchorage Believed To Be Domestic Violence No Suspect

first_imgThe Anchorage Police Department has directed substantial resources towards investigating the deaths, according to Sgt. Mike Couturier.Download Audio:The death of four people, two small children and their parents, in a South Anchorage residence appears to be a domestic incident, with no outstanding suspects.Evidence from the Anchorage Police Department suggests one of the parents is responsible for the deaths, but just a day into the investigation detectives are not yet able to say conclusively what took place.All four occupants of the rental unit at E. 74th Avenue suffered gunshot wounds, and a firearm was recovered at the crime scene.“At this point of the investigation we believe this is an isolated domestic violence-related incident, and are not looking for any additional suspects,” Sargent Mike Couturier told reporters during a briefing Thursday.Detectives don’t yet have a motive in the case, but collected electronic devices to look for clues about what might have taken place.The family was discovered by the father of one of the victims, Desiree Leandra Gonzales, 27, during a welfare check Wednesday morning after the children’s father, 24-year-old Curtis Young III, did not drop them off as planned earlier in the day.Couturier said that during police follow-ups in the neighborhood multiple neighbors reported hearing shots during the night between 1:37am and 4am, but no call was made to APD.The other two victims were identified as Zaiden and Zarielle Young, both under the age of five.This is a developing story and will be updated as details become available.last_img read more

Rice Students Win Flood Policy Contest For MultiHome Buyout Idea

first_imgAllison LeeDebris piled in front of a home in Houston’s Meyerland neighborhood after Hurricane Harvey. The homeowners said their house has flooded three times.Since Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast about six months ago, officials in the Houston area have been pursuing ways to remove houses from flood-prone areas.But how do you buy out homes without splitting up communities?A team of Rice University students sought to answer that question in a recent flood policy contest. The judges said they might be onto something.In the contest, students looked for ways to deal with the repeated flooding that’s devastated Houston’s Meyerland neighborhood.Connor Rothschild and his teammate Sapna Suresh won for their idea to give more money to neighbors if their homes are bought out together.“We would offer kind of like a flat subsidy on top of how much their home would originally be bought out for,” Rothschild explained. “So if my house is going to be bought out for $100,000, and my neighbor’s would be bought out for $110,000 if we did it independently, if we go into this together, we each receive an extra – just as an example – $20,000.”Some have worried buyouts could splinter Meyerland’s close-knit Jewish community. The students’ idea encourages residents to make buyout decisions in a more collective manner, rather than homes disappearing one at a time.Rothschild said policymakers should be thinking more about these kind of community-based solutions to reduce flood risks. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /00:45 Sharelast_img read more