Sindhu Srikanth Kashyap in semifinal

first_imgNew Delhi: Former champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth stayed on course to reclaim titles while a vintage Parupalli Kashyap too regained some form, sealing his place in the men’s singles semi-finals of the $350,000 India Open here on Friday. Sindhu, a 2017 champion and 2016 finalist, edged out Denmark’s eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt 21-19 22-20 in a closely-fought contest to set up a clash with China’s He Bingjiao on Saturday. “I should have finished it earlier. I made too many errors. He Bingjiao and she is a tricky player. I have to be more patient,” Sindhu said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSrikanth finally snapped his series of quarter-final finishes, outwitting compatriot B Sai Praneeth 21-23 21-11 21-19 in a 62 minute pulsating contest, while Kashyap entered his first semi-finals of a top-tier event (World Tour Super 500 or Superseries) in almost four years, beating Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei 21-16 21-11. Srikanth will face China’s Huang Yuxiang, while Kashyap takes on former world champion and former world no 1 Viktor Axelsen. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterH S Prannoy couldn’t match up with the second seeded Axelsen, going down 10-21 16-21 in a match that had some tight fights in the second game. Srikanth had made eight quarter-final finishes in last nine tournaments and the Indian didn’t look to make the last 8 after he lost the opening game narrowly and lagged 1-7 in the second. But a gritty Srikanth saved five game points, fighting back from 16-20 down before Praneeth staved off the challenge to take the opening game. Praneeth managed to grab a 7-1 lead to raise hopes of an upset but Srikanth came back strongly and took the match to the decider. In the third game, the Gopichand Academy colleagues split the initial 14 points before Praneeth edged ahead to 11-8 lead. But a fighting Srikanth again drew parity at 13-13 and eventually managed to produce those two points at 19-19 to seal a semi-final place. “The turning point of the match was in the second game when I was 1-7 down and I fought back. From there, things changed. At 19-19 in the decider it could have gone either way. But I played well in the crucial points. So happy with my performance,” Srikanth said. On the adjacent court, Kashyap made a confident start, leading 6-3 early on but three successive returns at the forehand corner of Wang going out allowed his opponent to keep pace with the Indian who enjoyed a 11-8 lead at the break. Wang made it 16-16 with Kashyap committing a few mistakes at the net but hit flat jabs and punches to the back of the court, pocketing the opening game. Kashyap took control of the net and retrieved everything, while Wang looked erratic with his smashes. Kashyap led 6-3 again in the second game. Wang again clawed back at 8-8 but Kashyap managed to keep his nose ahead at 11-9 at the interval. The Indian marched ahead, varying the pace with his strokes, using angles and measured returns, cramming his opponent for space. He led 18-11. A smash and drop took Kashyap closer to seal the match and he celebrated after Wang hit one long. “I feel good. I didn’t think about semi-final. “I had a good draw and a good run and I am just happy. I have fitness issues but I don’t know why my body is feeling at ease,” said Kashyap, who had reached the finals at 2017 US Open and won the 2018 Austrian Open.last_img read more

SBI cuts lending rates by marginal 5 bps

first_imgMumbai: The nation’s largest lender State Bank of India Tuesday reduced the lending rates by a marginal 5 basis points across all tenors, effective April 10. The revised one-year marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) stands at 8.50 percent down from 8.55 percent earlier, the bank said in a statement. The lender has also cut interest rates on housing loans up to Rs 30 lakh by 10 bps. Accordingly, the interest rate on housing loans below Rs 30 lakh will be in the range of 8.60-8.90 percent, from 8.70-9 percent earlier. The move follows a 25 basis points cut in repo rate by the Reserve Bank in its first monetary policy review announced last week. In the February policy review also the monetary authority had lowered the key rates by a similar quantum. In a 4:2 majority vote, the central bank had cut the repo rate to 6 percent from 6.25 percent earleir, citing the need to support growth that has been sluggish since many months.last_img read more

Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom arrested

The President’s office said that President Yameen had declared a state of emergency, under Article 253 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives, for the next 15 days.The state of emergency was declared as the Maldives Government and the supreme court went head to head over a court ruling to free several political prisoners, including former President Mohamed Nasheed.The Maldives Government refused to comply with the supreme court ruling saying it posed several challenges. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom ruled the country as the President of Maldives from 1978 to 2008. He has, in the recent past, supported the opposition against President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s daughter Yumna Maumoon said the police broke down the door and arrested her father and her husband. A tense situation prevailed in the Maldives since the court order was issued with several protests being staged demanding that the court order be implemented. (Colombo Gazette) Nasheed, who is in self-exile, said the declaration of a state of emergency was unconstitutional and illegal. The Maldives media reported that Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son-in-law were arrested on the charges of plotting to overthrow the Government.The move came just minutes after President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency. Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son-in-law were arrested by the Maldives authorities.In a late night operation after declaring a state of emergency, the Maldives security forces broke into Gayoom’s house and arrested him as well as his son-in-law. read more

Canada calls for timebound plan to implement Sri Lankas resolution

Canada called on Sri Lanka to meet its domestic and international human rights obligations to ensure a peaceful, reconciled and prosperous future for all Sri Lankans. Canada today called  on the Sri Lankan Government to ensure a time-bound action plan to implement UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1.“While noting positive initial first steps, Canada urged the Government with the technical support from the OHCHR to set a time-bound strategy for full implementation of Resolution 30/1,” Canada said in a statement. Canada also welcomed the Special Representative’s report on Sri Lanka, Canada noted that the report highlighted that “continued effort is needed on transitional justice, including reparations, truth seeking and accountability mechanisms, and on implementing confidence-building measures critical to reconciliation, such as repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Disturbed at reported attacks in Afghanistan Annan urges international response

“The Secretary-General is dismayed at the persistent failure of the warring parties to abide by international humanitarian norms and to hold those responsible for gross violations of human rights accountable for their actions,” said Manoel de Almeida e Silva, a spokesman for Mr. Annan. “He urges the international community and human rights organizations to explore new approaches that would prevent further abuses and put an end to the climate of impunity.”The spokesman said the Secretary-General was particularly disturbed at “alarming” reports from Afghanistan of indiscriminate bombing, including attacks on the District Hospital and local aid agency facilities, and violence against civilians, during the takeover of Yakawlang by Taliban forces on 11 June.Reports of the widespread burning of homes and other property as well as the detention of a large number of civilians were “especially alarming in the context of past human rights abuses in the area by Taliban commanders,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said. Meanwhile, at the request of the Taliban, the UN has agreed to continue talks on a World Food Programme (WFP) proposal to hire women to conduct a survey which is needed to preserve a key WFP project in Kabul.WFP had originally set today as a deadline for suspending the project, which benefits close to 300,000 people in Kabul through local bakeries. The agency warned that it would be forced to put the operation on hold if the Taliban rejects its proposal for conducting the survey. read more

For Ohio State mens basketball rematch against Wisconsin is game on

CHICAGO-Ohio State will play in the Big Ten tournament championship game after beating Michigan State Saturday evening, the likely high point of the Buckeyes’ season thus far. The low mark of the year came against Wisconsin Feb. 17, during a 71-49 drubbing by the Badgers in Madison. OSU’s opponent for the conference title at the United Center in Chicago Sunday afternoon? Wisconsin, which upset No. 1 seed Indiana, 68-56, before the Buckeyes and Spartans took the floor. Since the defeat at the hands of the Badgers in the middle of February, OSU has rattled off seven-straight wins. “Ever since we suffered that loss at Wisconsin, we’ve gone into every game with a business-type mindset. Every game is business. There’s no ‘He-he, ha-ha,’” said redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel. Sunday, the Buckeyes will look to hand the Badgers a spoonful of revenge for the embarrassing loss they suffered that Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center. OSU is a much improved team since that Feb. 17 contest. So, though, are the Badgers. “We’re a better basketball team than the last time we played them, but unfortunately, so are they. I think Wisconsin is playing at a very high level right now,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. OSU players attribute their success since that rout to them coming together as a complete unit. Everyone is contributing on both ends of the floor, they say. “We kind of came together as a team and said, ‘We can’t rely on just one guy to play offense or one guy to play defense,’” said junior guard Aaron Craft, who scored 20 points in the Buckeyes’ 61-58 defeat of the Spartans Saturday. Wisconsin has been playing cohesively as well. The Badgers had four players in double figures against the Hoosiers and shot 51 percent from the floor. Wisconsin has won five of its seven games since its beatdown of OSU at home. Sunday’s contest will almost assuredly look very different than the two team’s last matchup. “We’re two totally different teams,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. “Now that we get another crack at them, it’s game on.” Analyzing the opponent Record: 23-10, 14-6 Big Ten Against OSU in the regular season: 1-1 Jan. 29, OSU 58, Wisconsin 49, in Columbus Feb. 17, Wisconsin 71, OSU 49 in Madison Matchup to watch: OSU’s perimeter defense vs. Wisconsin’s outside shooting OSU hangs its defensive hat on the heads of Craft and sophomore guard Shannon Scott, who routinely disrupt opponents’ guard play. Wisconsin relies heavily on the three ball. In their win against Indiana Saturday, the Badgers made seven threes. In their shellacking of the Buckeyes on Feb. 17, Wisconsin totaled seven makes from deep. If Craft and Scott can hold Wisconsin’s guards in check, limiting the Badgers’ looks from behind the line, OSU would be in good shape. OSU and Wisconsin are set to tip-off at 3:30 p.m. from the United Center in Chicago Sunday. OSU is playing for its fourth Big Ten tournament title under Matta. read more

Skeptical Football Matthew Stafford Is Gunning For Peyton Mannings Throne

On Sunday night, I put out a call on Twitter for burning NFL questions. Among the responses, some guy asked:Whoa, boss. This is a question for which everyone seems to have an answer, but about which few people have anything new to say.Assessing how good someone is at something is easy if that thing is directly measurable, like running 100 meters, or is independent enough to be measured over time, like hitting a baseball. In sports like basketball or hockey, contributions may be harder to measure, but can often be imputed indirectly: There’s often enough data to see how a team performs with or without individual players.1At the very least we can model how various statistical markers (like points, rebounds or assists) predict how a team performs with or without individual players. All of these metrics are basically variations of “statistical plus-minus” — even ones that came before, like John Hollinger’s PER.But in football, a player’s contribution is impossible to measure directly, because there are too many variables that go into every result. And it can’t be measured indirectly, because the sample sizes are too small (that is, there are relatively few games and not as much data). Thus, player valuation is a quagmire of guesswork and debate.This is why I prefer questions of limited scope, like, “How certain are you that Peyton Manning is a good quarterback?” For which, the answer is “really extra pretty super-duper certain.” OK, that seems obvious, but ask me the same question about Joe Montana — whom many regard as the greatest quarterback of all time — and I’m not sure. It seems very, very likely to me that Montana was a good quarterback, but I am literally thousands of times less certain of that fact than I am when evaluating Manning.But that doesn’t even prove that Manning was better than Montana, though I tend to think the odds are tilted a bit in his favor. The problem with saying anyone is “the best” is that he has to be better than Montana, then better than Dan Marino, then better than Lawrence Taylor, etc. And it’s even possible that the true winner could be someone with incredible skills who was never in the right situation. Like, what if Jeff George had played for Bill Walsh? Anything is possible.So we can’t know for sure. But we constantly have to act on things we don’t know for sure. Thus, if my life depended on guessing who was the best NFL player of all time, I’d pick Peyton Manning.2But, oops, the answer was Randall Cunningham, and now I’m dead. Not because he’s clearly the best, but because he seems to have the best odds of being the best.Why do I think that? Have you got all day? OK then, short version, there are four main axes to the issue:3Any one of which could probably be a series of posts in its own right. Answering this isn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds.For the largest gap between a player’s TD per game and the baseline for his era, the answer is Peyton Manning. Not only is he the all-time pass touchdown per game leader, but he’s about .7 touchdowns per game higher than the league average for his era. But as a ratio between a passer’s TD per game and that of the entire league during the period he played, he is only in second place. For the highest, you have to go all the way back into the 20s, when Benjamin “Benny” Friedman of the New York Giants got it done:Manning has 1.51 times more TD passes per game than his era, but Friedman had 1.65 times more.If you look at the details, that 1.65 might not even do it justice. In 1929, Friedman had 20 TD passes. The next highest total that season: six. The entire league (12 teams) had only 81 TD passes; Friedman accounted for nearly one quarter of them. And he was way ahead of his time — the NFL wouldn’t even reach .6 touchdown passes per game until after Friedman retired.Also worth consideration is Dan Marino. While technically his TD rate may not have been as far above average as Manning’s, he played in an era when no one else was even close.8He also did it in an era that didn’t feature any massive changes to the game, unlike Friedman’s era and possibly the present one. Note that Manning has a lot of company in the two TD/game zone, including Aaron Rodgers right beneath him.I had to do a double take at first because there are so many modern players on that list, despite the fact that the measurement is relative to era. In other words, the current era isn’t just an era of pass-happy offenses, it’s an era in which some offenses are way more pass-happy than others.Rookie QB watchThis week we saw the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles score his first win (despite throwing three interceptions, he was the first rookie to win a game since last month), and Teddy Bridgewater score his first touchdown pass for the Minnesota Vikings. With the Cleveland Browns’ Manziel still on the bench, the rookie QB game seems to be all about Bortles, Bridgewater and the Raiders’ Derek Carr. Each of these now has at least four full games under their belt — that’s a big achievement unlocked. So let’s start comparing some real stats.What we learn about rookies is very different from what we learn from other QBs. Normally we care a lot about efficiency and how much a QB helps his team win, but for rookies we’re normally looking for raw production. But let’s take a peek at efficiency anyway, shall we?Here’s a table comparing the rate at which each QB’s drives end in a touchdown or interception, and the average Expected Points Added (EPA) per drive:Carr currently leads all three categories. Note that their EPAs are all negative, meaning they are scoring fewer points per drive than a typical NFL team — but Carr is doing the least-worst.Kicking awardsIt was kind of a crazy week for kicking, with the entire NFL making just three of eight tries from 50+ yards, but going 45 for 46 on all other attempts. (That’s why you see a large cluster of kickers just to the right of zero in the chart).Last week I talked about the golden triad of young kickers, which includes Blair Walsh, Justin Tucker and Dan Bailey. All three made all of their kicks in Week 7, and Walsh took the MVK award, largely due to his 55-yard make just before the half. It’s like the Hacker Gods were paying attention and wanted to justify my devoting a large section of this column every week to kickers.9Though, admittedly, my perception that one event resulted directly from the other could just be a fiction. From the Hacker Gods’ perspective, they may have simply programmed me and the universe to recognize Walsh at the same time.Cairo Santos also deserves recognition for hitting a 48-yard game-winning field goal, but the points vs. expectation model isn’t impressed by a 48-yard attempt.10As of this moment, the MVP algorithm doesn’t distinguish between close games that you won and close games that you lost.This week Walsh was one of two kickers (along with Shayne Graham of the New Orleans Saints) who had points above expectation higher than the margin of victory or defeat in their games. Unfortunately, both of their teams lost their games, so no kicker earns a “win” just yet. (My definition of a kicker “win” is that their points above expectation must have been the difference in the game –not just their actual points scored. Kicker “wins” are extremely rare. There have been none so far in 2014, and there were seven in 2013, with Justin Tucker taking two of them. In 2012 there were none.)Gunslinger of the weekMatthew Stafford led his team back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit — still down 13 points with under 4 minutes to go — to win against the New Orleans Saints. Oh, and he threw an interception in the fourth quarter with his team still down 10.Stafford, for all his woes as QB of the Lions, seems to have a game well suited to the gunslinger paradigm.Among QBs with 20 or more games with comeback opportunities (down 9+ in the second half), Stafford now has the third-highest winning percentage, behind only Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. This is, of course, despite his relatively high interception rate (e.g., over twice as high as Aaron Rodgers’s):That he did this for lowly Detroit is particularly remarkable to me, since Stafford has gotten some of the worst team support in football.There’s a basic way to test how much support a QB gets. Winning Percentage Added (WPA) is a stat that measures how a team’s chances of winning a game (based on league-wide models for a typical team) change after each play. Thus, a QB’s WPA for a game is how much his team’s chances of winning increased on the plays he was involved with. All else being equal, his team should win a game about 50 percent of the time plus the QB’s WPA.11If you’re clever you can adjust this for home/away, etc.If you take this estimate and then subtract from the actual result, you get a figure equal to the amount of winning percentage added by elements of the team that are NOT the passing game (including running, defense, and special teams). We can plot a comparison between these two like so:Some QBs like Tom Brady and Joe Flacco actually win more often than their passing would suggest, meaning the non-passing part of their team is contributing as well. Others have to overcome bad teams. Stafford is a great example of this, as he typically adds close to 10 percent to his teams chances, only to see even more stripped in the plays where he isn’t an active participant. In fact, Stafford gets the worst support of any QB with a positive WPA.Most empirically significant game of Week 8Lots of great and/or interesting QB matchups in Week 8, such as:Philip Rivers vs. Peyton ManningMatthew Stafford vs. Matt RyanJay Cutler vs. Tom BradyAndrew Luck vs. Ben RoethlisbergerAaron Rodgers vs. Drew BreesJoe Flacco vs. Andy DaltonRussell Wilson vs. Cam NewtonOoh, the final matchup is an interesting one. Two 25-year-old former rookie Pro Bowlers known for their running abilities — one 5 feet 11 inches and the other 6 feet 6 inches.Last week, Wilson joined the illustrious list of QBs who passed for 300 yards and ran for 100 in the same game:Yet the Seahawks picked up their third loss, equaling Wilson’s total from last season. As the boss notes, the Seahawks are in a precarious spot, such that, even aside from the information value of a loss, it may get very hard for the Hawks to make the playoffs even if they’re really good, considering their schedule and division. Are the Seahawks going to be a dynasty like the Pats or teams-Peyton-Manning-is-QBing? Or will they regress to the mean and/or burn out like most teams do?Both teams are 3-3 (though Carolina also has a tie). Historically, teams that start 4-3 make the playoffs about 30 percentage points more often than teams that start 3-4 (about 50 percent vs. about 20 percent). So it’s a high-leverage game on both sides.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. A player’s location on the y-axis represents the number of TDs he has thrown per game played for his entire career. The horizontal lines show the span of his career. The bubble at the end of each career shows you how many touchdown passes he threw in total. The thick black line shows you the NFL’s average TD’s thrown per game by year. What do we take away from this?First, NFL teams have gotten better at passing for touchdowns, though I was a little surprised at how many touchdowns were thrown in the 50s and 60s. Johnny Unitas, for example, wasn’t nearly the outlier I assumed he would be: While he did break what was then a long-standing record (ultimately by a very large amount), he was also a product of a very passing-friendly era.Manning now has the largest bubble, obviously, and in a shorter career than Brett Favre’s — so far. But the record-setting QBs are a pretty elite group.So, relatedly, here’s another question I got on Twitter: Stats: No matter how you slice and dice the stats — career stats, drive stats, winning stats, efficiency stats, or whatever you want — Manning generally comes out on top. But players in the NFL aren’t responsible for their stats to nearly the degree players are in baseball or basketball, so without more corroborating evidence, this doesn’t mean as much as people think.But perhaps even more important than the stats themselves is consistency: Manning’s consistency is preternatural. Since 2001, he has completed 65 percent or more of his passes every year and only once passed for fewer than 4,000 yards.4He had 3,747 in 2005. Most quarterbacks’ performance varies significantly from year to year, largely as a result of the changing variables around them. But Manning essentially does the same thing year in and year out.Lack of entanglement: Manning has played for four different coaches and two different teams now, and hasn’t failed to win 10 games since 2001.5Also, the Colts stunk the one year they were without him or Andrew Luck, though I’d discount this a bit because it isn’t clear that they were trying very hard to win. Of course, it’s still possible that he has been surrounded by superior talent, but that’s a lot of lucky to get. Looking at dynasties in NFL history, who has ever been so good for so long? The 49ers, who had three different coaches and two great QBs; the Patriots, with one quarterback and one great coach; and Peyton Manning. Winning consistently in the NFL is hard, especially in the salary cap era.But the playoffs: Manning gets knocked for performing below expectations in the playoffs, and I won’t dismiss the issue out of hand. As I’ve shown before, Manning handles tough defenses well.6In some preliminary research, I’ve also found that Manning performs slightly better in the playoffs against teams that he also played in the regular season. So there are basically three possibilities: first, Manning has gotten unlucky in the playoffs; second, Manning has gotten lucky in the regular season; or third, Manning just plays worse in the playoffs for some reason. I can’t disprove the third possibility, and I’m not above believing that sort of thing, but I haven’t seen a plausible explanation yet.The second and third axes are probably undervalued. Manning’s unnatural consistency in a number of different scenarios is a unique phenomenon. And this is what Bayesian inference is all about: I’ve just witnessed a phenomenon, and I want to know what the most likely causes are. To do this, I consider the likelihood of each potential cause, and the likelihood of those causes creating that effect.And so in this case the question is really, which is more likely: that Manning has been uniquely, historically, fortunate in having many great players and coaches around him constantly, or that Manning is a unique, historical talent?Chart of the weekOne area where Manning seems unassailable is in the record books, but in fairness to everyone else, he has presided over a distinctly offensive era. So how does his career touchdown record stack up to history?Let’s summarize every NFL QB’s career in one chart:7Like The New York Times did, but different. read more

Construction worker remanded for ganja trafficking

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConstruction Worker remanded for marijuana possessionMarch 20, 2014In “Crime”Prison officer remanded for smuggling ganja into jailJune 19, 2019In “Court”Kitty man remanded on narco trafficking chargeAugust 18, 2017In “Court” A construction worker, who was allegedly caught with 35 grams of marijuana was charged and remanded to prison on Friday.Thirty-eight-year-old Keith Abel of Eccles, East Bank Demerara denied the charge which stated that on June 26, 2019, at Water Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession 35 grams of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.He appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Abel told the court that the officers found the narcotics in a stand close to where he sells groceries. Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail being granted to the defendant on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts.The prosecutor further stated that the defendant gave three conflicting addresses to the Police and the court. Abel was remanded to prison and the case will continue on July 19. read more

WI must learn from England

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedODI status denied to some World Cup Qualifier gamesJanuary 15, 2018In “latest news”McCullum leaves the international stage as one of cricket’s finest leading menFebruary 18, 2016In “Sports”Windies Women to have WC preparation camp in EnglandJanuary 9, 2017In “latest news” (Reprinted from Jamaica Observer) In all the years since the very first such tournament in 1975, England and New Zealand had never won the ICC Cricket (One Day International) World Cup.Three times previous to yesterday England had reached the final only to lose.New Zealand — beaten by Australia in the 2015 final — has been among the most consistent teams at ODI cricket World Cup tournaments; reaching the semi finals eight times out of 12.It’s appropriate, then, that yesterday’s final between the two would end up as the most thrilling in the history of World Cup cricket, and arguably the most extraordinary game in all of One-Day International (ODI) history.As it turned out, England, with the help of considerable good fortune, won the trophy on the basis of a tie-break, super over.For those who weren’t paying attention, New Zealand first made 241 for eight wickets in their 50 overs, only for England to tie the game with 241 in 50 overs.The tie necessitated an additional over, the super over, in order to decide a winner.England made 15 in their six-ball over, only for New Zealand to also make 15 resulting in the game being decided in the Englishmen’s favour on boundary count.Excitement apart, perhaps the most noticeable aspect of this final was the obviously high level of mental and physical preparedness.Top-level physical fitness, meticulous planning, and mental strength in aid of proper execution were all to the fore in a game which ended in defeat for New Zealand only because there had to be a winner.Indeed, the New Zealanders will feel, justifiably, that they lost because a throw to their wicketkeeper hit the sliding bat of England’s Mr Ben Stokes and was deflected to the boundary.New Zealand’s national cricket teams have always had a reputation for careful planning and preparation.England, less so.But, after a disastrous World Cup tournament in 2015, England, led by their strong-willed captain, Mr Eoin Morgan — a native of the Republic of Ireland who played for that country before joining the English — transformed his adopted country’s approach.Backed by a large backroom staff and plentiful resources, England focused on aggressive, no holds barred, but efficient cricket, and set about correcting weaknesses and building on strengths.In the quest for success on home soil, they even sacrificed principle. Recognising that the former Barbados and West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Mr Joffra Archer would strengthen their team, England cut their residential eligibility requirement from seven years to three in order to have him for the World Cup.The move paid off. Mr Archer was England’s most successful bowler at the tournament and was the man called on for the super over at crunch time yesterday.How can the West Indies cricket team, which performed so poorly at this World Cup despite an abundance of raw talent, benefit from England’s triumph?First and last, it seems to us, the lesson must be taken to heart that hard work, meticulous planning and preparation, as well as efficient execution are mandatory if success is to be achieved.That project should begin immediately with a view to the next ICC Cricket (ODI) World Cup in four years’ time. read more

Warriors Zouks ready to bring the party to Providence

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2019: Warriors clash with Zouks at Providence stadium tomorrowSeptember 4, 2019In “latest news”CPL 2019: Warriors seeking to extend unbeaten streak against TallawahsSeptember 18, 2019In “latest news”CPL 2019: Oil giant ExxonMobil fuels Guyana Amazon WarriorsSeptember 3, 2019In “latest news” Head coaches and captains of the GAW and Zouks teamsIn the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament, the first match to be played at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence will feature the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) and the St Lucia Zouks. The action begins today, Thursday September 5, from 18:00 hours local time.On the eve of this scintillating clash, the captains and coaches of the respective teams addressed media operatives at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown. GAW Head Coach Johan Botha disclosed that team members are rearing to go after a few good days of practice at Providence. He said all the players are touching base, and the team has implemented all the necessary plans.With a lot expected from batting star Shimron Hetmyer, Botha disclosed, the batsmen around Hetmyer will have to support well.The calm and composed GAW captain Shoaib Malik said his team members have been gelling well.“From the practice matches played, the team has been doing well. It’s like there is no senior or junior element in our team,” Malik explained. With senior players guiding their younger counterparts, Malik explained, the scenario is key for consistent success.Meanwhile, St Lucia Zouks’ Head Coach James Foster shared similar sentiments as he explained that his team is ‘ready to rumble’ in this 2019 Hero CPL.He said Rahkeem Cornwall and John Campbell were due to arrive last night, before this opening match, and the rest of the Zouks squad is already here.Zouks’ captain Darren Sammy, one of the better T20 West Indies captains, was first and foremost happy with the change of the team name (from Stars to Zouks). He disclosed that his Zouks team will be looking to kick-start proceedings on a positive note after their ordinary campaign in 2018.GAW Squad reads: Shadab Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Shoaib Malik, Shimron Hetmyer, Ben Lauglin, Chris Green, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Keagan Simmons, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Veerasammy Permaul, Anthony Bramble, and Clinton Pestano.St Lucia Zouks squad: Andre Fletcher, Ronald Cato, Andre McCarthy, Keddy Lesporis, Nitish Kumar, Darren Sammy, Kesrick Williams, John Campbell, Christopher Barnwell, Thisara Perera, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jeavor Royal, Harous Viljoen, Khrismar Santokie, Fawad Ahmed, Obed McCoy, Beuran Hendricks and Kaveem Hodge. read more

SMT Scharf plans to grow in tunnel logistics as it looks to

first_imgLeading supplier of diesel and electric monorail solutions for mining, as well as battery electric mobile equipment via RDH Scharf, SMT Scharf AG says it is currently reviewing the possibility of acquiring significant assets from subsidiaries of the underground tunnelling equipment and solutions company Mühlhäuser GmbH, headquartered in Freienbach, Switzerland. Specifically, SMT Scharf AG is considering in detail the acquisition of significant assets of Karl H Mühlhäuser GmbH & Co KG and Mühlhäuser-Obermann GmbH, both in Michelstadt, Germany, both of which saw preliminary insolvency proceedings open on June 28, 2019.“SMT Scharf AG aims to continue with its existing growth strategy. Through the potential acquisition of significance assets and investments, SMT Scharf AG aims to extend its portfolio to include expertise in the ‘Tunnel Logistics’ area. SMT Scharf AG subsidiary SMT Scharf GmbH, Hamm, Germany, had already concluded a cooperation agreement with Mühlhäuser in 2016.”Mühlhäuser supplies in tunnelling logistics all types and sizes of muck cars with various discharging methods, a wide range of concrete remixers, mortar and silo cars as well as a complete program according to customers’ requirements for transport of all types of goods as well as menriders and special cars such as crane cars or emergency cars. It has also developed the MÜHLHÄUSER Service Vehicles product line – these are diesel, electric or hybrid-powered transport vehicles running on pneumatic tyres. The number of driven wheels can be varied, according to customer requirements. MSVs™ have driver’s cabins at both ends (except the MSV 37) enabling to travel in both directions.last_img read more

Ontario Government backs NORCAT aboveground expansion

first_imgThe Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) is to receive more than C$1.1 million ($833,117) from the Ontario Government to upgrade underground infrastructure and construct a permanent, above-ground building at its NORCAT Underground Centre.The announcement was made yesterday by Vic Fedeli (pictured), Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, on behalf of Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, when visiting the facility in the province.This latest pledge brings Ontario’s investment in the project to more than $1.65 million, according to the government. It comes on top of the C$1.4 million FedNor agreed to invest in the new 12,000 sq.ft (1,115 sq.m) above-ground facility and underground upgrade. The City of Greater Sudbury has also agreed to invest C$300,000 in the project, according to NORCAT.The NORCAT Underground Centre, in Onaping, Ontario, enables companies of all sizes to develop, test and showcase innovative and emerging technologies in an operating mine environment. It also serves as a hands-on training and skills development centre, ensuring mine workers are up-to-date on the most modern equipment and processes.The above-ground structure will provide office, meeting and workshop space, which is key to attracting and retaining international mining companies who will use the services or expand their operations at the centre, the government said. Upgrading underground infrastructure will provide companies with access to cutting-edge technology and create new training and education opportunities.“With our government’s support, we are making it possible for mining companies to develop new technologies, invest and create good jobs in the North,” Minister Fedeli said. “We are keen to show the world that Ontario and its mining sector are open for business and open for jobs – and that also means being open for research and training.”last_img read more

Enterprise Ireland to open offices in Texas and Istanbul

first_imgMINISTER FOR JOBS, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has today announced the opening of two new Enterprise Ireland offices in Istanbul, Turkey and Austin, Texas in the US.Enterprise Ireland said the new office openings follow extensive research, the completion of successful trade missions and increased client demand, “confirming the benefit of these offices to support Irish companies”.Speaking today, Minister Bruton said it is the government’s “determination to build a powerful engine of Irish exporting businesses”.“Today’s announcement will mean that Irish companies in these two markets have top-class access to Enterprise Ireland’s suite of supports, networks and contacts, and will provide a real boost for exports and ultimately jobs in Ireland,” he said.Read: Ireland sees drop in exports during July>Read: Irish Exporters Association: 2014 must be the last year of austerity>last_img read more

VIDEO This granny has the dance moves you need tonight

first_img FeoleTHIS GRANNY IS 88 years old. And she has MOVES.Feel free to use them when you hit the club tonight.Our favourite bits:The hip-thrusting around the 1:40 mark.The last three seconds. (Language NSFW.)VIDEO: This man’s nearly-naked dance wins the internet>VIDEO: Vintage aerobics in Trinity College Dublin>last_img

Un nouveau calendrier pour lorigine de lÉgypte ancienne

first_imgUn nouveau calendrier pour l’origine de l’Égypte ancienneDes chercheurs britanniques ont procédé à une datation high-tech de divers vestiges de l’ancienne Égypte, ce qui leur a permis d’établir, pour la naissance de cette civilisation, un calendrier plus précis et plus ‘serré’ que celui admis jusqu’à présent. La chronologie des débuts de la civilisation égyptienne (période prédynastique et 1ère dynastie) demeurait jusqu’à présent incertaine. En effet, faute de textes écrits (même en hiéroglyphes…) remontant à cette époque, les estimations des archéologues se basaient essentiellement sur la succession des différents styles de céramique trouvés dans des tombes. Mais des chercheurs de l’Université d’Oxford (Royaume-Uni) viennent de changer la donne.Comment ? En datant au radiocarbone divers échantillons de cheveux, d’os et de plantes mis au jour sur des sites funéraires, en se fondant sur des données archéologiques bien établies ainsi qu’en utilisant des modélisations informatiques. Ceci leur a permis d’estimer les débuts de la période prédynastique – celle durant laquelle des fermiers commencèrent à s’établir de façon disparate sur les bords du Nil – à 3.700 ou 3.600 av. JC – et non 4.000, comme on le pensait.De la même façon, ils ont positionné les débuts de la 1ère dynastie – la naissance d’un véritable État, dirigé par un monarque – vers 3.100 av. J.C., et daté les règnes des 8 souverains de cette dynastie (Aha, Djer, Djet, la reine Merneith, Den, Anedjib, Semerkhet et Qa’a). De ces nouvelles données, il ressort que la formation de l’Égypte antique – autrement dit, l’apparition du premier État de l’Histoire – a eu lieu en un laps de temps étonnamment restreint.Un évènement unique mais courtÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Cette période [de création] est plus courte que ce que l’on pensait – environ 300 ou 400 ans plus courte. L’Égypte est un État qui a émergé rapidement. Et durant cette période, il y a eu d’immenses changements sociaux. C’est intéressant, quand on compare à d’autres lieux : en Mésopotamie, par exemple, on a de l’agriculture durant plusieurs milliers d’années avant d’avoir quelque chose comme un État”, explique le Dr Michael Dee, qui a dirigé l’étude publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society A.”La création de l’Égypte a été [un évènement] unique dans le monde antique. C’était un État territorial, un État qui, depuis le moment où il s’est formé, avait établi des frontières sur un territoire de la même manière que nous concevons les nations aujourd’hui. Essayer de comprendre ce qui s’est passé dans l’histoire humaine pour amener les gens à mettre en place ce genre de système politique nous a semblé (…) [nécessaire]”, conclut ainsi l’archéologue.Le 5 septembre 2013 à 09:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fabinho says Liverpool must enjoy EPL race

first_imgThe Reds footballer believes his team has to retain the same winning mentality that lifted them to first place in order to become champions.Liverpool is currently in the second position of the English Premier League table with 65 points.The Reds are tied with Manchester City, who are first but have one more game played.Liverpool has won 20 out of 26 matches, drawing five times and losing once.But the goal difference is what has them in second place instead of on the first place they were almost all season.And if the team wants to become champions of the Premier League, they will have to continue with their winning mentality said Brazil international and Reds footballer Fabinho.“I know it is really hard to win a league, especially the Premier League, but we have experienced players here at Liverpool,” he told the club’s official website.“We know we are [competing] at the top of the table and it is important to be there at this point in the league, but we cannot think just about the title every time because that can put extra pressure on us.”“I had a good season with Monaco, we scored a lot of goals and we had joy playing football – and we have to do it here as well,” he added.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Enjoy the games and go on the pitch with happiness and go game by game.”Liverpool will play next week against German Bundesliga record-title-holders Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.Then they will visit Manchester United before hosting Watford, both matches in the Premier League.Day one tactical drills ✅Time for a post-training competitive game of foot-tennis……Firmino and Lijnders VS Klopp and Mane! 🎾💪— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 13, 2019last_img read more

Meadow Foods employees set for fourday strike over 2 pay offer

first_imgEmployees at dairy-based ingredient supplier Meadow Foods’ factory in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor are set to strike for four days over a 2% pay offer for the year starting July 2018.Staff at the East Yorkshire chocolate crumb manufacturer are due to walk at 6pm on 12 January until 6pm on 15 January, affecting night and day shifts.The trade union Unite, which represents more than half of the 71 employees, called the 2% offer “shoddy” and stated that workers were seeking a pay increase in line with the retail price index of inflation, currently at 3.2%.Dave Monaghan, Unite regional officer, said: “This modest demand is in sharp and glaring contrast with the excessive 82% increase that the company directors pocketed, as highlighted in the latest accounts. It’s no wonder that our members are furious at the huge them-and-us disparity between the pay of the bosses compared with those that actually generate the profits.“This site produces ingredients for other manufacturers and, if the strike goes ahead, we predict it will have a negative impact on the factory’s ability to keep up with customer demand.”Unite members voted 73% in favour of strike action.Meadow Foods were unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

Myanmar delegates to interact with Rohingyas

first_imgRohingya Camp. File PhotoA Myanmar delegation will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday to interact with Rohingyas.Myanmar foreign affairs permanent secretary Myint Thu will lead the delegation which will have officials from its Social Welfare Ministry and the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine.”They’ll mainly have interaction with Rohingyas,” Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) Mohammed Abul Kalam told UNB.He said the team will also have a meeting with the members of repatriation taskforce on the same day (Saturday).The Myanmar delegation members will brief Rohingyas about steps they are taking for safe return of Rohingyas, officials said.Earlier, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen urged the Myanmar side to come and give assurance to Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar camp. “There’s a trust deficit (among Rohingyas). You need to remove the mistrust.”The foreign minister said Myanmar, after Bangladesh’s extensive discussions with China, is showing a kind of willingness regarding repatriation. “They (Myanmar) also invited me. I said I’ll surely visit,” he said adding that he will visit to see the people who will be repatriated in the first batch.Expecting to see the commencement of Rohingya repatriation before September, Bangladesh has urged the UN to work more in Rakhine state of Myanmar to help create a conducive environment there so that Rohingyas can get back confidence to return to their place of origin.Momen hoped that the first batch of Rohingya repatriation will begin before September or before the UN General Assembly but things depend on Myanmar as they created the problem.”It’s my belief. But all depend on Myanmar who created the problem. Solution lies in Myanmar,” he said indicating that Myanmar wants to avoid criticisms in the UNGA.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal in November 2017.The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on 15 November last year but it was halted amid unwillingness of Rohingyas to return amid lack of a conducive environment in Rakhine state.last_img read more

Vintage Wishes Creates Vintage Queens an all Female Cypher in DC

first_imgBy Charise Wallace, Special to the AFROThe rap industry may be dominated by males, but females continue to write their own history, which is why DMV based producer Ramone Messam is launching Vintage Wishes, a royal hip-hop gala that includes a fashion show and an all-female cypher, Vintage Queens.Messam originally introduced high school cyphers under his company Kno-Effort and now he’s taking on a new hip hop inspired venture. A group of eight females called Vintage Queens is his newest project.“I’m trying to create a whole new outlook when it comes to women,” said Messam to the AFRO.The D.C. artists include Annamaze, Sheila D Yeah, Chee-Chee the Motivator, JZL, Mia Sparrow, Dominiforelli and more.Two weeks leading up to the regal evening on July 15th at the Carnegie Institution of Science, each female will be given their own unique platform to put their lyrical skills to test in a cypher video.“They are completely in their own lane, it’s like night day,”  said Messam.As Messam puts it, the “Femcees” will showcase their fashion sense and flow to stand out from the modern day icons like Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.“I told them that I feel like right now in the industry it’s too many women that are not going back to the Lauryn Hill status,” he said. “I told them that we’re trying to push a new visual. We want to show young women that are doing their thing right now that you don’t have to be like a Cardi B or a Nicki Minaj.  You can be a queen.”In the music video, the lyricists are wearing local designs by Sankara XT and Afrovelvet to name a few and their garments will be presented at the royal celebration. “Females in this area are really tapping into their originality,” said Messam. “I don’t really meet too many women who have the same style.”Vintage Wishes is also the title of Messam’s retro boutique line that he will showcase at the event. “I wanted the whole theme of the project to cater to a vintage look,” he said.Not only does he want the artists to feel like royalty, but the audience as well. “Underrated and unknown artist get one lavish night to express themselves lyrically and stylistically…treating artists and everyone invited like queens and kings.”Attendees are expected to wear white, gold and/or purple while they enjoy a night of music, entertainment, fashion, networking and Caribbean food.“People don’t know what to expect…they’re not even going to expect what’s coming,” he said.Watch the Vintage Queens trailer on YouTube and follow updates on the full release and ticket purchasing by following Messam’s Instagram @mistamone.last_img read more

Nov PNote investments dip to 39 bn

first_imgThe level of investments in domestic shares through participatory notes (P-Notes) declined to Rs 2.5 lakh crore ($39 billion) in November after hitting nearly a 7-year high in the preceding month.According to the data released by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the total value of P-Note investments in Indian markets (equity, debt and derivatives) dropped to Rs 2,49,210 crore last month from Rs 2,65,675 crore ($43 billion) in October. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashInvestment in October was the highest level since February 2008, when the cumulative value of such investments stood at Rs 3,22,743 crore.P-Notes allow foreign investors to enter markets through registered foreign institutional investors (FIIs) and exempts them from getting registered directly with Sebi. This saves time and costs for investors, but the flip side is that the route can also be used for round tripping of black money.The quantum of foreign institutional investors’ (FII) investments through P-Notes dropped to 11 per cent last month from 12.2 per cent in October. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsTill a few years ago, P-Notes used to account for more than 50 per cent of the total FII investments, but their share has fallen after Sebi tightened the disclosure norms and other regulations for such investments.P-Notes have been accounting for mostly 15-20 per cent of the total FII holdings in India since 2009, while it used to be much higher — in the range of 25-40 per cent — in 2008.It was as high as over 50 per cent at the peak of Indian stock market bull run during 2007.Last month, Sebi directed foreign investors to ensure compliance with all necessary norms before issuing such notes with immediate effect amid concerns about possible misuse of Offshore Derivative Instruments, or P-Notes, for money laundering and other such purposes.last_img read more