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The historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the country’s first pink-ball cricket match later this month.In an effort to test the pink cherry before India host New Zealand for a day-night Test later this year, the final of the Super League, a local tournament in Bengal, will be played with the pink Kookaburra ball.’SUPER LEAGUE FINAL AN EXPERIMENT’ Sourav Ganguly, the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, said the cricket world needed to embrace the change and carry on with more day-night Tests. He added that he expected the Super League final to help India host the floodlight Test successfully. (Also read: Ranji matches to played at neutral venues, Duleep’s zonal system scrapped) “Test cricket’s popularity has been steadily declining and we must do something to arrest the slide. The pink-ball Test in Australia last year received an overwhelmingly positive response and we must embrace the change,” Ganguly told the Indian Express.”The Super League final under lights is an experiment with an eye to hosting day-night Tests in the near future. I think it would be a very good experience,” he added.PREPARATION FOR FIRST DAY-NIGHT TEST Notably, the Duleep Trophy tournament will be played with pink balls under floodlights after the Ganguly-headed Technical Committee announced a major restructuring of domestic cricket in India.The committee which met in Bengaluru last month also said all matches would be played with Kookaburra balls and that a few other sports goods firms are also in discussions to manufacture pink balls for day-night games.advertisementNew Zealand Cricket (NZC) had also said it was receptive to the idea of playing a day-night Test in India if the trials conducted by the country satisfied the board.Mumbai is likely to be the venue for the first day-night Test in the country, according to the BCCI.ISSUES WITH THE PINK BALL BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said the objective of playing day-night Duleep Trophy matches was to see how the pink ball behaved under lights in sub-continental conditions.There were complaints that the pink ball wore out quickly and it became difficult to pick up for both batsmen and bowlers. During the inaugural day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand, the ground staff had to add extra patches of grass to stop the ball from deteriorating quickly, which resulted in excessive movement under lights.CAB secretary Abhishek Dalmiya said the board has spoken to Kookaburra’s subcontinent head to make the ball suitable to the conditions in the country.”Certain conditions are required for the pink ball to hold up for a substantial period. We have spoken to Kookaburra’s subcontinent head and will follow the advice.”
New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) The Sports Ministry today said it will bear the cost of kits and uniforms of the Asian Games-bound athletes, whose federations are not affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association, after the IOA refused to cover these expenses. “NO team participating in #AsianGames2018 will have to bear the expenses of kit & uniform by themselves I have directed @IndiaSports @Media_SAI to issue kits and apparel to EVERY team representing India,” Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tweeted. Earlier, the IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said expenses of the ceremonial dress and playing kits of the athletes do not come from its coffers. He claimed that cost will be borne by the sponsors who have signed a contract with it to deal with only the affiliated federations. He said the IOA cannot force the sponsors Li Ning (apparel) and Raymond (ceremonial dress) to also take care of those athletes, who are from non-affiliated federations. Mehta said this has been an established norm and the IOA has never foot the bill of non-Olympic sports and the ones not affiliated with it. He also said the Rs 50 lakh insurance offer to the athletes by Edelweiss does not the cover players from non-affiliated federations. “We are sending more than 540 athletes and more than 200 officials and the expenses for their attire run into crores and IOA has limited resources. So we signed these contracts with the sponsors but they cover only the players of the federations affiliated to the IOA and not outside it,” Mehta told PTI.advertisement “The sponsors get commercial value from association with us. They (sponsors) get commercial mileage from it, say from the interviews, branding or endorsement of their products by the top athletes, so they get benefit from these contracts. We cannot force them to deal with athletes not affiliated to us,” he added. He said even in the 2014 Asian Games, the IOA had not borne the expenses of the attire of the athletes. “Everybody knows the government bears all these expenses, we are not a rich organisation,” Mehta said. “The federations who are not affiliated to us but have recognition from the government will get their reimbursement later,” he added. Asked about federations such as kurash, spot climbing and pencak silat who are neither affiliated to the IOA nor recognised by the Sports Ministry, Mehta said, “If they have got recognition from Olympic Council of Asia (hence taking part in the Asian Games) but are yet to get recognition from the Sports Ministry, what can we do? We are not involved in that.” Out of the 37 sports India is competing in the Asian Games, seven governing federations — bridge, kurash, pencak silat, roller skating, sambo, sepaktakraw, soft tennis, and sport climbing — are not recognised by IOA. These sports constitute 114 athletes out of the 541 announced so far by the IOA. Out of these bridge, pencak silat, roller skating, sepaktakraw and soft tennis are recognised by the Sports Ministry while kurash, sambo and sports climbing federations are not recognised. PTI PDS PM PM PM
CMPATTYDSCMP%YPATDINT Rudolph’s stats aren’t eye-popping but they are efficient. The problem is that stats aren’t everything. If you took a person who just watched the game and another person who just looked at the stats and asked them both to tell you how Rudolph did, they would likely have very different answers.Ideally, his performance will soon start to match his stats, and when that happens, he will solidify himself as one of the best quarterbacks not only in the Big 12, but in the country as well.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 143231203961.98.83132 Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has had an exceptional season so far, but he hasn’t been completely perfect. The Cowboys are headed into the back half of a tough Big 12 schedule featuring an undefeated West Virginia at home and Kansas State, TCU and Oklahoma all on the road.Rudolph’s play will be one of the most important factors in all of these games, so in anticipation for an excellent back half of the season, let’s take a look at how Rudolph has performed thus far.Rudolph has shown the ability to make the tough throws time and time again. There have been plenty of plays where he fit the ball in a small window down the field:And he’s proven that he can effectively lead his receivers on the deep ball to the sideline:Where Rudolph has struggled is in the short and intermediate game. Oftentimes, especially on RPO (run-pass option) throws, Rudolph’s high throws result in either killing any possible YAC for the receiver:Or sailing over the receiver’s head:He has also, on occasion, missed some wide-open receivers downfield:OSU head coach Mike Gundy said that Rudolph’s physical limitations contributed to his lack of intermediate accuracy. “He got hit in the Texas game and wasn’t very effective, in my opinion, on some throws in the next game because he just couldn’t really rotate his body a little bit,” Gundy said. “And that caused some issues with him.”There were rumors that he was banged up in a few early games as well.Hopefully Rudolph has used the bye week to fully recover, because once he cleans up his missed throws in the short game, he becomes an elite quarterback. Rudolph is seventh in the nation in passing yards per game and he’s one of only two players in the FBS who have over 200 pass attempts and only two interceptions.
Patrick Vieira ‘I’m where I want to be’ – Arsenal legend Vieira has no interest in European clubs or USA national post Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 21:31 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Greg Bartram MLS New York City United States Arsenal Premier League The former Gunners and Manchester City midfielder intends to see out his contract with New York City before making any decision on his future Patrick Vieira insists “I am where I want to be” as he rubbishes talk of leaving New York City for Europe or the United States national team.The World Cup winner has forged quite a name for himself in coaching circles since calling time on a playing career which took in spells at the likes of Arsenal, Juventus, Inter and Manchester City.Arsenal 5/1 to beat Man City Article continues below 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 A productive spell in MLS has helped to raise his profile even further, leading to him being touted as a possible successor to Bruce Arena following a failure by the U.S to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.Various club sides have also been mooted as possible landing spots for Vieira, who has conceded in the recent past that he held talks with Ligue 1 side St Etienne over the summer.The 41-year-old opted to stay put then, though, and maintains that he has no intention of leaving his current role in New York.Vieira told The Guardian: “I am happy here.“It is flattering to be linked with different clubs around Europe but it is just journalist talk.“I am doing what I love and am where I want to be.“It was just speculation [regarding the USA job] and the best way to kill speculation is to be true and to be honest straight away and people will not talk about it anymore.”Vieira still has one more season left to run on his current contract and says he has not ruled out the prospect of extending those terms beyond 2018.He added: “Why not? I don’t have any reason why not.”Vieira moved into coaching with Manchester City after hanging up his boots, as he took on a role as football development executive within the club’s academy system.He then claimed his first managerial job with New York City in November 2015.The Frenchman led the club to their first play-off appearance in his debut campaign at the helm, before coming unstuck at the conference semi-final stage against Toronto FC.NYC FC are back in the play-offs for 2017, with Vieira hoping to guide his side past Columbus Crew in a two-legged encounter which gets underway on Tuesday.
For the past two years there have been two teams who have dominated at the National Youth Championships (NYC) – NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) and Queensland School Sport Touch (QSST).The pair have been unstoppable in their respective divisions since 2010.NSWCHS have won the girls championship and QSST have taken out the boys equivalent for the last two years.It is an impressive record that could continue when the NYC’s get underway in Port Macquarie tomorrow (Wednesday, September 19).Although their rivals will be gunning for them this week, the pressure of a three-peat is not a concern for NSWCHS coach Brooke Playford.“I would love to win a third title but I wouldn’t say it is added pressure,” Playford said.“We have been there before but we are not worried about that at this stage. We are focussing on reaching the semi-finals first.”NSWCHS have the player roster to win a third straight title.Last year’s Player of the Series Ashleigh Quinlan will lead the team and she will be well-supported by Ashlee Jaegar, Breannan Singman and Tanisha Stanton.However, NSWCHS will be without Emma Crear and Danielle Davis who both picked up injuries forcing them out of the championships.NSWCHS get their campaign underway against Touch New Zealand under 15s at 9am tomorrow.It will be a new-look QSST aiming for a third men’s crown.Ashley Taylor is the only player from last year’s champion team backing up.QSST coach Jason Boyd said having a whole new side won’t be a problem.“Overall the boys have combined well and they will be up for the challenge,” Boyd said.“We definitely can win again. They have plenty of skill and determination.”Once again perennial finalists NSW Combined Catholic Colleges will be a threat in the boys competition as will Central Queensland Bulls and NSWCHS.QSST take on Touch New Zealand under 15s in their first match at 10.40am tomorrow.Related LinksSearching for a three-peat
Alabama Football/InstagramAlabama is ready for football.Are you?You will be after watching the following hype video.The Crimson Tide released this, “Who is ready for some Alabama football?” hype video on Instagram.Check it out:Alabama, No. 1 in both the preseason polls, opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 3 against USC at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
This year’s Diaspora Conference will be held from July 23-26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’. The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) will officially announce its Jamaica 55 project at the staging of the 7th Biennial Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in July. Story Highlights The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) will officially announce its Jamaica 55 project at the staging of the 7th Biennial Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in July.The ‘Pledge2Build’ campaign, which is valued at US$2 million, targets early-childhood and primary schools.The funds will be used to upgrade schools across the island. Diaspora Board Member for West/Mid-West, United States of America and Chair of JDETF, Leo Gilling, told JIS News that the project will be executed in collaboration with Jamaica National (JN), adding that it has been declared a Jamaica 55 project for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.The funds will be used to upgrade schools across the island. Diaspora Board Member for West/Mid-West, United States of America and Chair of JDETF, Leo Gilling, told JIS News that the project will be executed in collaboration with Jamaica National (JN), adding that it has been declared a Jamaica 55 project for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.Mr. Gilling pointed out that one of the duties of the Task Force is to broaden the support for education by Jamaicans and organisations in the diaspora through active engagement, and to upgrade the infrastructure of early-childhood and primary schools through fundraising initiatives.“We are an action-oriented unit, so I encourage everyone in the diaspora who wishes to give back to Jamaica and advance education to join our regular conference, discussions, fora and summits and give of their expertise to help our homeland,” he urged.“We are an action-oriented unit, so I encourage everyone in the diaspora who wishes to give back to Jamaica and advance education to join our regular conference, discussions, fora and summits and give of their expertise to help our homeland,” he urged.Since the Task Force was formed, it has been giving unwavering support to the advancement of education at various levels of the education system in Jamaica.The Task Force has collaborated with the Ministry, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in conducting two biennial education summits to facilitate professional development and information exchange between Jamaican teachers and the diaspora.Several other educational initiatives were undertaken by the JDETF. These included a five-week education camp for at-risk grade-three students. This programme, which is valued at US$500,000 and sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Issa Trust Foundation and Food For The Poor, is aimed at improving the literacy and numeracy mastery level of these low-performing grade-three students.This programme, which is valued at US$500,000 and sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Issa Trust Foundation and Food For The Poor, is aimed at improving the literacy and numeracy mastery level of these low-performing grade-three students.Presently, five teachers are participating in the Excellence in STEM Experimental Education (EXSEED) in California.Through this initiative, a partnership was forged between the JTA and Loma Linda University in the US to train teachers in how to use iPads to teach STEM subjects in the classrooms. More than 100 teachers have benefited from the programme since its inception in 2014.More than 100 teachers have benefited from the programme since its inception in 2014. Mr. Gilling explained that JDETF focuses on capacity building through professional development training, workshops and seminars for student teachers’ advancement.Meanwhile, in collaboration with Broward Alliance Caribbean Educators in Florida and the JTA, the Education Task Force facilitated more than 250 teachers from across the island in a two-day middle managers workshop. They were exposed to training in areas of classroom management, leadership and best practices.They were exposed to training in areas of classroom management, leadership and best practices.Mr. Gilling noted that, going forward, the Task Force will continue to engage educators at their biennial summit in Florida; continue the five-year plan for the Pledge2Build campaign; build on the school-twinning project and expand the STEM education training and professional development for Jamaican teachers.This year’s Diaspora Conference will be held from July 23-26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’.
Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship, Councillor Homer Davis, says the flood mitigation programme, which was implemented by the St. James Municipal Corporation in the city following last November’s deluge, was the catalyst for prevention of a similar recurrence on March 9.The Mayor, who is also Chairman of the Corporation, said heavy rainfall in the hills above Montego Bay sent water cascading towards the city centre, which overwhelmed the drainage system.Nevertheless, he said, due to the flood mitigation programme which involves the regular deployment of a “drain cleaning crew” assigned specifically to the streets of Montego Bay, the water receded in rapid time.“They (drain cleaners) go nowhere else (but Montego Bay). Because most of the drains in the city are some little culverts, they have to have these man-made shovels that they push under and scrape up (debris). I must point out that the North Gully was cleaned less than two weeks ago. There wasn’t any blockage,” Councillor Davis said.He also attributed the situation where water rose in the vicinity of El Greco on Queens Drive as well as at Cornwall College to age-old geological challenges.“There is a long-standing problem there (Cornwall), because there is no natural waterway up there. There are some sinkholes, which are located in the cemetery, but based on the body of water and the volume of rain that fell, the water could not move away fast enough in the sinkhole, and as a result of that, it rose to probably about five feet,” he pointed out.“I went there Saturday morning and it had receded to about three or four feet… by Saturday evening to Sunday it was gone. But by virtue of it coming off the hill, it ripped up the asphalt. So as a result of that, some work has to be done there,” he added.Mayor Davis reiterated that the Corporation is doing its part to undertake additional mitigation measures but that this will “take some time”.He said a Motion was recently moved in the Corporation for the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development to undertake a “comprehensive study of drains that come into the harbour”, as there are some “fundamental problems in Montego Bay as it relates to drains”.“We have done the Resolution and it has been sent off to the Ministry and they will probably send down their technical team to look at what is happening down here, because it just has to be dealt with,” Mayor Davis said. “They (drain cleaners) go nowhere else (but Montego Bay). Because most of the drains in the city are some little culverts, they have to have these man-made shovels that they push under and scrape up (debris). I must point out that the North Gully was cleaned less than two weeks ago. There wasn’t any blockage,” Councillor Davis said. Nevertheless, he said, due to the flood mitigation programme which involves the regular deployment of a “drain cleaning crew” assigned specifically to the streets of Montego Bay, the water receded in rapid time. Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship, Councillor Homer Davis, says the flood mitigation programme, which was implemented by the St. James Municipal Corporation in the city following last November’s deluge, was the catalyst for prevention of a similar recurrence on March 9. Story Highlights
Epic, November 5, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close zoom EPIC Pantheon International Gas Shipping Ltd. (Epic) announced on November 1st that the Company has made appointments of Chairman of the Board, Member of the Board of Directors and Director. In addition to the announced ongoing new building program Epic has entered into a dialogue with a leading shipyard for pressurised gas carrier construction with the aim to further expand its fleet.The new Chairman of the Board, Chris Buttery, says, “As Chairman I am very pleased to welcome Paul Over and Ryoji Mochizuki to Epic. With strong support from our new shareholders, with whom we have worked so successfully in the past in building Pacific Basin, I believe Epic is very well positioned for growth and to create shareholder value going forward.”Chris Buttery and Paul Over were two of the founders of Pacific Basin.”I am very excited being part of a company with a strong track record and substantial opportunities again and I hope that my 37 years of experience in the industry will contribute to the success of Epic going forward.”, says Paul Over.Ryoji Mochizuki, who is based in Tokyo, has been working as a shipbroker and in the capacity as owner’s representative in the local and international shipping markets for more than 36 years. With strong representation in Japan Epic moves even closer to its important clients. Ryoji Mochizuki says,”It is a pleasure for me to be working with such a reputable ship-owner, an experienced management team and with a company with great prospects.”Lars Vang Christensen, Chief Executive Officer, says,”We all have high expectations for Epic with its well tested and professional management team in this competitive and ever changing world of shipping. We will endeavour to ensure that Epic continuously improves its services and remains our customers’ carrier of choice. Our new building program is a clear evidence of Epic’s strong commitment to our client base of leading oil majors, commodity trading houses and to the ship building industry in Japan and we look forward to building on that momentum.”Currently Epic has established a newbuilding program at Sasaki Shipyard Co. Ltd. and at Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.Delivery of the new buildings commences January 2014, continues through 2015 and with the latest initiative into 2016. The new building program will allow Epic to replace older tonnage in its control and will further demonstrate firm commitment to Epic’s loyal customers by being able to offer an even wider choice of modern, environmentally safe high quality tonnage. My location
Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to help a task force develop recommendations on a heritage strategy for the province. The Voluntary Planning Heritage Strategy Task Force will conduct a series of public meetings around the province between Nov. 7 and Nov. 24. The task force will consult with Nova Scotians to find out what they value most about heritage including the aspects of it they want to see celebrated and protected. Some of the things the task force may consider, for example, include: all types of archives; historic places and buildings; museums; natural heritage; and language, folklore and traditions. “We want to learn what heritage means to Nova Scotians and what they value most about their heritage,” said Maureen Reid, chair of the task force. “And we want to hear their ideas and suggestions on how to protect and advance heritage in the future.” After hearing from individual Nova Scotians, stakeholder organizations and experts – the task force will issue an interim report before the end of March 2006 containing their preliminary recommendations. The public will then have an opportunity to provide input to the interim report before a final report and recommendations for a heritage strategy will be presented to government later in the spring. A discussion paper on heritage is now available online at www.gov.ns.ca/vp . Written submissions can be made online at www.gov.ns.ca/vp; e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; faxed to 902-424-0580; or mailed to Voluntary Planning, Suite 600, 1690 Hollis St., Halifax, N.S., B3J 3J9. All submissions must be received by Thursday, Dec. 15. Following are the meeting locations across the province. All meetings take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The task force members in attendance will make introductory comments before hearing from individual speakers. The session will conclude with an open discussion as time permits. Monday, Nov. 7Cheticamp — Centre Acadien, 35 Baron Rd. Tuesday, Nov. 8Kentville — Kentville Fire Hall, 463 Main St. Wednesday, Nov. 9Membertou — Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard St. (off Alexandra Street in Sydney)Annapolis Royal — Annapolis Royal Fire Hall, 5 St. Anthony St.Lake Charlotte — The Cookhouse, Memory Lane Village Thursday, Nov. 10Church Point — Amphitheatre B34, Universite Sainte-Anne, 1695 Route 1Sherbrooke — Lion’s Hall, #7996 Highway 7 Tuesday, Nov. 15Shelburne — Osprey Arts Centre, 107 Water St. Baddeck — Alexander Graham Bell Museum, 559 Chebucto St.Truro — Glengarry Inn, 150 Willow St. Wednesday, Nov. 16Pubnico — West Pubnico Fire Hall, #897, Route 335Amherst — Lion’s Club, 9 Electric St.Port Hawkesbury — Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 606 Reeves St. Thursday, Nov. 17Yarmouth — Yarmouth County Museum, 22 Collins St.Parrsboro — Parrsboro Fire Hall, 235 Willow St. Tuesday, Nov. 22Dartmouth — Black Cultural Centre, 1149 Main St.Lunenburg — Fire Hall, 25 Medway St.Antigonish — St. Ninian’s Place, 120 St. Ninian St. Wednesday, Nov. 23Liverpool — Legion Branch 38, 64 Henry Hensey Dr.Halifax — Holiday Inn, 1980 Robie St.Canso — The Lion’s Den, 98 Queen St. Thursday, Nov. 24Stellarton — Museum of Industry, 147 North Foord St. For more information on the public meetings contact Voluntary Planning at 902-424-8648, toll free at 1-866-858-5850 or visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/vp . Meeting dates and locations will be advertised in local papers. Voluntary Planning is an arm’s length board of the government of Nova Scotia mandated to engage Nova Scotians on the important policy issues for our future.
Pre-registration is required. To register, call 902-424-5444 or toll free at 1-866-226-7577, or visit the website at http://gov.ns.ca/natr . The cost of the course is $10. A directory of non-timber forest products, produced by the Department of Natural Resources in collaboration with forestry organizations in Atlantic Canada and Maine, will be available in April. Nova Scotians can learn more about the province’s non-timber forest products by attending one of three courses offered by the Department of Natural Resources. Non-timber forest products are goods and services other than conventional wood products like timber and pulpwood. Examples include fiddleheads, wild mushrooms, bentwood furniture, Christmas trees and greenery, berry wines, essential oils, and eco-tourism. “In difficult economic times, it’s important for us to appreciate just how many diverse marketable products our forests can offer,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Natural Resources. “We have a great opportunity to start realizing the potential of these products and their added value in woodlots across Nova Scotia.” Through information-sharing sessions, these courses will create greater awareness of various products and services available in Nova Scotia’s forests and the opportunities they provide. “We hope these discussions will help promote local products and lead to new business opportunities,” said Simon Mutabazi, extension forester. “It is a chance for woodlot owners to learn what non-timber forest product opportunities may be found in their woodlands.” The courses will be held from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, March 17, in Truro at Nova Scotia Community College, 36 Arthur St., Room 306, Forrester Hall Wednesday, March 18, in Coxheath at the Department of Natural Resources office, 300 Mountain Rd. Thursday, April 2, in Bridgewater at the Nova Scotia Community College, 75 High St., Room C112
New Delhi: Leading up to the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, there was a lot of debate on the kind of wickets that will be on offer. Some even went to the extent of judging from India’s tour of England last summer and said that Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav would rule the roost. But the wickets in the first few games of the showpiece event haven’t been turners at all. While there has been some assistance for the spinners, nothing to write home about. Even as critics are now contemplating on how effective India’s spin attack will be, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal isn’t perturbed. These are the exact wickets that he had hoped for when boarding the flight to London. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunChahal said that while people on the outside may think that all spinners want rank turners, he likes wickets which are flat and have a bit of bounce on offer — just like the ones being prepared in this World Cup. In fact, he made it clear that he has more faith in his own abilities than looking at tracks for assistance. “There was a bit of turn for the spinners even during the England-Pakistan series before the World Cup. But a lot will depend on the overhead conditions. Personally, I don’t like rank turners. I love bowling on flat wickets with a bit of bounce. “That personally suits my game. Also, as a wrist spinner you do induce turn irrespective of how the wicket is and I have never believed in looking at tracks for assistance.”
Rabat – In efforts to promote direct negotiations over the Western Sahara conflict, the United Nations Secretary-General Envoy Horst Kohler has invited the two parties to “separate meetings” scheduled for January 24 and 26 in Berlin, Germany.Akhbar Al Yaoum reported on Monday that Kohler aspires to open a new round of negotiations to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict through the talks to be held in Berlin.Moroccan news outlet Le360, quoting an unidentified source, said that the meetings will be “separate.” It has been 10 years now since Morocco and the separatist group held talks. The last meeting of the two parties dates back to January 2008 in New York, where a series of talks, dubbed “the Manhasset negotiations,” were held between the Moroccan government and representatives of Polisario. The previous series of talks were aimed at reaching a mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict.According to Akhbar Al Yaoum, Kohler was expected to meet with Polisario’s leader, Ibrahim Ghali, and his representatives at the camps of Tindouf on January 24 and 26. However, according to Moroccan and international press, Kohler wants the meeting to be held in his homeland, Germany.The idea of direct negotiations was welcomed by the separatist front, while Morocco seems “reluctant” to meet with Polisario, an unidentified source told Akhbar Al Yaoum.In recent months, the front has been conducting a series of illegal maneuvers near the Guerguerat buffer zone, moves denounced by Morocco, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and MINURSO.Kohler promises a new vision that might help to end the conflict between Morocco and Polisario. Earlier this month, the envoy for the Western Sahara met with African officials in order to promote collaborations with African leaders to reach a mutually acceptable solution to the territorial dispute.Kohler held talks with African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, about the conflict between Morocco and the Algeria-backed Polisario.Kohler aims, through this strategy, to provide the African Union with an opportunity to propose solutions that would help to put an end to the conflict.It remains to be seen will be amenable to the new approach adopted by the UNSG personal envoy and whether it will accept any involvement of the AU in the UN-led political process.
“The meeting was productive and the main focus was to finalize the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) withdrawal,” UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Acting Commander Brig.-General J.P. Nehra said in a statement. “The situation around Gadjar was discussed with a view of ensuring a speedy withdrawal of IDF from the area,” the statement added, referring to the village straddling the line separating the two countries, the only position Israel still holds following its final withdrawal from all other positions on 1 October.During the meeting, the IDF provided UNIFIL with the maps of minefields in South Lebanon as of June 2000, when it withdrew after an earlier 18-year occupation of a band of Lebanese territory. UNIFIL handed the maps over to the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre and to the Lebanese armed forces for review.A complete Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, together with Lebanese army deployment in the area, is a key clause in UN Resolution 1701 that ended the 34 days of fighting in August.The Resolution also mandates strengthening UNIFIL to a maximum of 15,000 troops. At present it has some 5,000 troops on the ground, but the second phase of deployment may be delayed by up to a month due to problems of logistics and capacity, the UN Joint Logistics Centre (UNJLC) said in it latest update. In a related development, the three-member Commission of Inquiry on Lebanon, mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the systematic targeting and killing of civilians by Israel in Lebanon, concluded their mission there on Saturday and have returned to Geneva. The Commission, which met with top officials of the Lebanese Government as well as with Members of Parliament, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies and local and international press, visited south Beirut, the Bekaa Valley and Byblos, and spent four days in southern Lebanon, gathering information directly from municipalities, communities and citizens. It will now prepare its report to the Council.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 31, 2013 7:43 am MDT US home prices rise at slower rate in Oct. from Sept., but annual gain best in nearly 8 years WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices rose in October from the previous year at the fastest pace in almost eight years. But price gains slowed in most U.S. cities from September to October, suggesting the increases are levelling off.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 0.2 per cent from September to October, down from a 0.7 per cent increase from August to September.Monthly price gains slowed in 18 of the 20 cities tracked by the index. And prices declined in nine cities, including Chicago, Denver, and Washington.For the year, prices are still strong, reflecting big gains in earlier months. They have risen 13.6 per cent over the past 12 months, the fastest since February 2006.“Annual returns have been in double-digit territory since March 2013 and increasing,” said David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P Dow Jones index committee. “However, monthly numbers show we are living on borrowed time and the boom is fading.”The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. It isn’t adjusted for seasonal variations, so the change partly reflects slower buying in the fall. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The October figures are the latest available.The housing market has been recovering since 2012 and has helped drive economic growth over the past year.But the gains have slowed in recent months, as increases in mortgage rates and home prices have crimped affordability. The partial government shutdown in October also delayed some sales.Sales of existing homes have fallen from September to November, the National Association of Realtors said earlier this month.Despite the declines, home re-sales should reach 5.1 million in 2013, the best total in seven years, the Realtors forecast. That’s 10 per cent higher than 2012. But it is still below the 5.5 million that is consistent with healthier housing markets.Strong price gains in 2013, fueled in part by a limited supply of homes for sale, may be pricing some buyers out of the market. Prices are up more than 19 per cent year over year in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, according to the Case-Shiller index.Mortgage rates have also risen by roughly a full percentage point since the spring, though they remain low by historical standards. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said last week that the average rate on the 30-year loan is 4.48 per cent.Many economists say the Case-Shiller figures overstate recent price gains because they include foreclosures. Foreclosed homes usually sell at steep discounts. As the proportion of those sales declines, the index rises more sharply.
If winning a Rose Bowl wasn’t enough to make Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee eat his words, perhaps a billboard will be. On Thursday afternoon, 20 billboards around the Columbus area began displaying a message congratulating TCU on its 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The ad takes a direct shot at Gee, who hurled insults at TCU and other non-BCS conference schools in late November. “I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like a murderer’s row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Gee told The Associated Press on Nov. 24. Gee was also chancellor at Vanderbilt from 2000–07. That infamous line capped off the billboard, which read, “Congratulations to TCU for their Rose Bowl victory — Little Sisters of the Poor.” The ad runs on the digital billboards once per minute, for eight seconds. After receiving public backlash, Gee acknowledged that his comments were out of line. “What do I know about college football? I look like Orville Redenbacher,” Gee told The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 1. “I have no business talking about college football.” Gee was not immediately available for comment. Robert Rankin, president and general manager of Clear Channel Outdoor Columbus, which operates the digital display, would not disclose the price of the billboard ad or reveal who purchased the ad space. “It’s certainly TCU interests, and they are outside of the state,” Rankin said. “I haven’t sensed that there’s anything going on here except for gamesmanship. There’s no malice.” TCU officials denied any university affiliation with the billboards. “TCU did not create the billboards surrounding Ohio State, nor did it have a role in placing them there,” said Lisa Albert, TCU spokeswoman. “The university does not have any information about who did create these billboards.” Rankin did not say when the billboard would be removed. “It’s a short-term proposition,” he said. “We’re not sure yet how short-term.” Rankin did say the process in which the message was proposed, and then accepted, was fairly quick. This can be typical of digital ads, he said. “This all came down in short order, certainly less than 72 hours,” he said. “That’s one of the beauties of what is still a relatively new medium, in central Ohio anyway.” TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte responded to Gee’s comments in November, by challenging the Buckeyes on Dallas radio station KESN-FM. “Anytime, anyplace, anywhere,” Del Conte said. “Buckeyes against the Horned Frogs. Tee it up. Let’s go.” TCU will join the Big East Conference, effective July 1, 2012. The Big East is one of six conferences that have an automatic qualifier for a BCS bowl.