Sania crashes out of Wimbledon singles

first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza crashed out in the first round of the women singles event in the Wimbledon after slumping to a straight set defeat against Angelique Kerber of Germany here on Monday.The 113th ranked Sania, who is making her comeback to the courts after a three-month injury lay-off, lost 4-6 1-6 to the 55th ranked Kerber in little more than an hour.Sania, who recently married Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, still has a chance to make amends for the opening round loss in the singles as she will compete in the doubles event of the grass court Grand Slam, partnering Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.The Indo-Dane duo wil be up against Anne Keothavong and Melanie South of Great Britain in the opening round.last_img

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Sachin to get honorary IAF post

first_imgSachin Tendulkar is set to have another feather on his cap with the Indian Air Force (IAF) deciding to confer him an honorary group captain’s post.  Sources said the IAF had considered giving Sachin an honorary wing commander’s post but top officials decided that the rank wasn’t befitting Sachin’s stature.  A group captain’s rank in the air force is equivalent to that of a colonel in the Army.  Sources said Sachin may also be invited by the IAF to fly a fighter jet this year to earn ‘wings’.last_img

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Birthday Special: Katy Perry’s 5 best song in honour of her 31st birthday

first_imgThe ET singer gained fame in 2008 after releasing her controversial hit sing, I Kissed A Girl. The US Billboard Top 100 featured her five songs that topped the charts making her the first female to achieve the feat.RELATED: It’s Beyonce’s birthday and we are celebrating it with her all time hit songs She has also been voted Woman of the Year by Billboard in 2012 and in 2014 and became the first person to reach 50 million Twitter followers.Katy has written songs for Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea and Ashley Tisdale.Here are Katy’s five best songs.RoarDark horseFireworksE.TI kissed a girllast_img

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Virat Kohli relishes India’s historic 9-0 sweep of Sri Lanka

first_imgVirat Kohli was at his aggressive best in the only T20 international of the tour as he guided India to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Colombo.Chasing a challenging 171 for a victory, Kohli blasted 82 off only 54 balls to take the game away from Sri Lanka, who reduced the visitors 42/2 in 5.4 overs.However, Kohli found an ideal partner in Manish Pandey, who played the second fiddle and also scored his maiden fifty, and the duo was involved a record 119-run stand for the third wicket that helped India seal the game that had a delayed start due to wet outfield.After sweeping the Test series 3-0 and ODI series 5-0, India also maintained their dominance in the only T20 game to complete the tour 9-0, thus becoming the second team after Australia to achieve the feat.”Very special, hasn’t been done before. Credit to all the hard work the boys have put in. The bench strength is coming up beautifully. Very, very happy as a captain,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.Kohli during his blistering knock broke a plethora of records. He became the leading run-getter in chases in the shortest format and was also the fastest to 15,000 runs in international cricket.”I look to back my strengths in T20 cricket. It’s something I’ve practiced very hard to mould my game to all formats. When you’re two-down chasing 171, we knew it won’t be easy. Manish was outstanding as well today,” he said.India now return home for a gruelling eight-match limited-overs (5 ODIs and 3 T20Is) series against Australia starting September 17.advertisementlast_img read more

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Report: Brighton 0 Burnley 0

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion 0 Burnley 0: Murray pays the penalty for Seagulls Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 12/17/17 Glenn Murray - cropped Getty Images Brighton and Hove Albion shared the spoils with Burnley despite chances for both sides to find a winner. Glenn Murray’s first-half penalty miss cost Brighton and Hove Albion a much-needed victory as Burnley held on for a 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.Gifted the chance to score just his side’s second goal in six Premier League matches, Murray wastefully fired into the stands as the home side had to settle for a point and the end of a three-match losing run.Brighton, without a win in six league outings, defied their concerning run of form in an entertaining opening 45 minutes that somehow failed to produce a goal. 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 Murray should have calmed the nerves from the spot when he tangled with James Tarkowski in the 36th minute, only to wildly hit his attempt over the crossbar.Burnley improved after the interval and might have snatched three points but for the intervention of Mat Ryan, who produced a double save from Scott Arfield and later denied Chris Wood in a one-on-one situation.While the inability to take those chances means Sean Dyche’s side lose ground in the fight for an unlikely top-four spot, their lofty top-half position will still be looked upon with envy by Chris Hughton’s men as they battle to arrest their slide.FT: Albion claim another point at the Amex but will feel unfortunate to not claim all three. Murray fired a penalty over the bar in the first half and Knockaert also struck the post. Positive display but the Seagulls needed a better end product. #BHAFC 0 #BFC 0 #BHABUR pic.twitter.com/GyZJo2iQ9a— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) December 16, 2017Brighton commanded possession over the opening exchanges and began to probe with purpose by the 15th minute.Lewis Dunk’s promising volley was inadvertently blocked by team-mate Shane Duffy, before Murray headed straight at Nick Pope from Bruno’s teasing cross.They soon went even closer to the opener. After Ryan dealt with Johann Gudmundsson’s effort, the hosts raced up the other end and saw Anthony Knockaert turn Pascal Gross’ cut-back against the near-post.And the Clarets appeared to be hanging on when Phil Bardsley was required to nod Dunk’s goal-bound header off the line.The sustained pressure should have resulted in a lead shortly after the half-hour. Tarkowski clumsily bundled Murray over inside the area, but the striker poorly blasted over the bar from the resultant spot-kick.PENALTY MISSEDMurray is awarded a penalty following a foul by Tarkowski, but he sends the ball over from the spot#BHABUR— Premier League (@premierleague) December 16, 2017Burnley set about asserting more authority after the restart with Wood, holding his place ahead of midweek match-winner Ashley Barnes, side-footing a tame finish at Ryan on the counter.The goalkeeper had more work to do on the hour, producing a smart double save at close-range to keep out Arfield’s hurried pair of left-footed efforts.And the Australian shot-stopper came to his team’s rescue once more with just over 15 minutes remaining, racing off his line and remaining big to smother a golden one-on-one opportunity for Wood following substitute Ashley Barnes’ through-ball. Key Opta stats:- Brighton have picked up just three points in their last seven Premier League games (D3 L4), after accruing 11 in the seven before that (W3 D2 L2).- Burnley’s Premier League games this season have produced a divisional-low 28 goals this season (16 for, 12 against).- The Seagulls have netted just one goal in their last six Premier League games, after scoring eight in the six before that.- Only Manchester United (10) have kept more Premier League clean sheets this season than Burnley (9, level with Arsenal).- The Clarets have only made 15 changes to their starting line-up in the Premier League this season, nine fewer than any other side.- Glenn Murray has now missed three of his last five Premier League penalties. read morelast_img read more

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Gareth Southgate faces Harry Kane dilemma as Belgium match approaches

first_imgShare on Twitter England can certainly be emboldened by the fact they have won their opening two fixtures for only the third time since 1950, that the team are playing with energy and effervescence and that Kane, in particular, seems absolutely determined to leave his mark on this tournament.Kane’s five-goal haul against Tunisia and Panama would already have been enough to win the Golden Boot outright in 1962 and jointly with Miroslav Klose in 2006 and Thomas Müller in 2010. He is one short of Mario Kempes’s winning total in 1978, Paolo Rossi in 1982, Gary Lineker in 1986, Totò Schillaci in 1990, Hristo Stoichkov and Oleg Salenko in 1994 and Davor Suker in 1998. Kane gives the impression he is as driven by these awards as Cristiano Ronaldo, so much so that Southgate wondered whether his captain might “have the hump” for being substituted against Panama. For Kane, it is almost an obsession to see his name at the top of the scoring charts. All of which might warrant a delicate conversation if Southgate, as he appears to be leaning, has any plans to leave Kane out of the match against Belgium on Thursday that will determine which of the two teams, both already qualified, goes through as Group G winners. England Belgium will definitely make widespread changes, with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku among the players expected to be rested, and in Southgate’s case there are four outfield players – Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill and Trent Alexander-Arnold – who have not played a single minute. Dele Alli hopes to be fit again and Kieran Trippier will be closely monitored after being substituted, as a precaution, against Panama.By the time the game kicks off, England will also have a much better idea of the pros and cons of finishing first or second and the best route to avoid a potential quarter-final showdown with Germany or Brazil. It may work out better in the long run to go through as runners-up in a group where England and Belgium are currently separated only by their bookings count. Nobody, however, should believe England, currently top, will go to Kaliningrad with the specific intention of surrendering that position.“For our country, that would be a very difficult mindset to have,” Southgate said. “We want to win every game of football we go into. I don’t know how we would go into a game not wanting to win and play well, so I think that’s dangerous territory if we start trying to plot and predict where we might end up.”Besides, if there is one lesson from Euro 2016 it is that England should not be so cocky to look any further than their first knockout tie, against Japan, Senegal or Colombia. “We had a really favourable draw, we all thought, in the last tournament [against Iceland] and it didn’t work out that way,” Southgate said. “We just have to keep playing as well as we can, keep preparing the team the right way, keep the momentum and I have to keep the squad involved. That’s the one thing I think is really important.” England has a football team to get behind – after decades of shame on and off the pitch Gareth Southgate This video has been removed. This could be because it launched early, our rights have expired, there was a legal issue, or for another reason. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. As England’s footballers continue to rewrite the way they are perceived around the world, from the Spanish sports daily Marca dubbing Harry Kane “the Hurricane” to La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy noting “a security and spectacularity that historically they never usually have”, Gareth Southgate has been encouraging his players to soak it in and enjoy the moment. It was time, according to the manager, to “get the music on and have a couple of beers”.Only a couple, mind. Zaliv, the one nightclub in Repino, is open late only on Fridays and Saturdays and not, perhaps, a typical haunt for England’s players, given Frankie Boyle’s description of it on his BBC documentary before the tournament as “last orders at your cousin’s wedding”. World Cup 2018 Share on Messenger Pinterest Belgium Share on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Share on Pinterestcenter_img Harry Kane Share on WhatsApp “We have to consider everything,” Southgate said, noting his use of substitutes in the 6-1 defeat of Panama. “I felt it was important for [Jamie] Vardy, [Fabian] Delph and [Danny] Rose, who have trained so well and been such an important part of the group. There were four or five others I’d have liked to get on the pitch. I have to think through all those things – the competition for places, the players who need match minutes and keeping the unity of the squad.” World Cup Gareth Southgate must weigh up options for England v Belgium decider The team chose instead to stay at their hotel, toasting their early qualification for the last 16. And why not when they are even getting praise, of sorts, from an old enemy? “It is time for all of Scotland to be afraid,” according to the Daily Record, which noted England would regret it for ever if Southgate – “a bit of a dry lunch, but so what?” – did not get his hands on the “big lump of glorious gold almost winking in their direction, beckoning them to step forward and claim it for their own”.At which point it is probably worth reiterating that England’s victories so far have come against moderate sides and, to be picky, that Southgate’s men have not managed a clean sheet in either match, with some legitimate misgivings about how they might cope at the back against more efficient opponents.All the same, it does not feel outlandish to report a new wave of optimism inside the camp. Southgate has never gone as far as saying England are here to bring the trophy home. But he has never said it cannot happen, either. “I’ve said all along I don’t want to limit what they [the players] feel is possible,” he said. “That’s still how I feel.” And it is safe to assume Kyle Walker, for one, might have revised his position that it would need “a miracle”. Plenty of luck, perhaps, and a spirit of togetherness and durability that has been conspicuous by its absence during the undistinguished sequence of only six knockout victories in major tournaments since 1966. But not necessarily a miracle. Read more Belgium’s Roberto Martínez: ‘Nobody has a place guaranteed at the moment’ – video Share on Facebook Read more Gareth Southgate looks on during an England training session on Monday. Photograph: Alex Morton/Getty Images Share via Email news Topics Southgate, choosing his words carefully, seemed to recognise that might not go down well with his captain when he said: “Obviously it will be very important for Harry [to go for the Golden Boot]. He’s sitting proudly at the top. He’s gone ahead of some major names in English football history in terms of World Cup goals and that should make him incredibly proud. But he also knows the team is the most important thing and we have to make decisions that are right for the team. I always have to balance what’s right for the squad.”That suggests Southgate is contemplating keeping him back for England’s first knockout tie, either in Rostov on Monday or Moscow the following day. Kane, of course, has let it be known he does not want a rest. Yet Southgate has also said that his priority is to look after some of the players who have not featured so far and, more than once, he has mentioned “the harmony” of the group. Steven Gerrard once referred to the England camp as a “five-star prison” and, behind the gates of the team hotel, Southgate is aware of the potential for the non-playing members of his squad to start feeling down and that, in turn, to create problems. 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MS Dhoni lucky to get away with small fine: Sanjay Manjrekar on IPL 2019 no-ball row

first_img scorecard MS Dhoni lucky to get away with small fine: Sanjay Manjrekar on IPL 2019 no-ball rowChennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee over an angry outburst at an on-field umpire during their IPL 2019 match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday commentary advertisement graphscenter_img No data available! view more view less India Today Web Desk JaipurApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 13:13 IST IPL 2019: MS Dhoni is lucky to have gotten away with a small fine, says Sanjay Manjrekar ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSHave always been a big Dhoni admirer, but he was clearly out of line walking out like that: ManjrekarMS Dhoni stormed onto the pitch and confronted an on-field umpire over a no-ball callDhoni has been criticised by former players after the CSK captain’s angry outburst at the umpires on ThursdayFormer India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has said MS Dhoni was “clearly out of the line” when he walked onto the pitch and confronted on-field umpires during Chennai Super Kings’ tense chase against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match on Thursday in Jaipur.MS Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee after he was found in breach of IPL’s Code of Conduct. An IPL press release stated Dhoni had admitted to admitted to the Level 2 offence of the tournament’s Code of Conduct.”MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur.””Mr Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,” the release said.Dhoni, in an uncharacteristic act, stormed onto the field at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium and had an intense argument with on-field umpire Ulhas Gandhe after the latter retracted a no-ball call during a tense Chennai Super Kings chase.Dhoni, who made a 43-ball 58, was dismissed off the previous ball by Ben Stokes. CSK had needed nine runs from the last three balls when Gandhe signalled a no-ball against Stokes before retracting his decision after leg-umpire Bruce Oxenford ruled out a waist-high no-ball.Miffed with Gandhe’s calls, Dhoni made his way into the middle and reasoned with the two on-field umpires after Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner were seen arguing with the umpire. Ben Stokes tried to calm things down but Dhoni was in no mood to listen to anyone. The CSK captain had to walk back disappointed as Gandhe stuck to his reverted decision.advertisementStressing Dhoni has escaped a sterner punishment, Manjrekar took to social media and wrote: “Have always been a big Dhoni admirer, but he was clearly out of line walking out like that. Lucky to get away with just a small fine.”Have always been a big Dhoni admirer, but he was clearly out of line walking out like that. Lucky to get away with just a small fine. #VIVOIPLSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 12, 2019Manjrekar, who is a popular on-air commentator now, also pointed out that players are bossing the game a bit too much these days.”Have felt this for a while now, players just bossing the game too much these days, often to the detriment of it. Over rates, No day night Tests, just a couple of examples.”For a player who has been charged under a Level 2 offense (first offense), the range of permissible sanctions is: “The imposition of a fine of between 50-100% of applicable Match Fee and/or a suspension of up to two (2) Matches.”Chennai Super Kings though managed to gun down a 151-run target and extend their lead at the top of the IPL 2019 points table.Shedding light on Dhoni’s outburst at the umpires, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said the celebrated India player wanted clarity about the no-ball call and thus entered the pitch.”MS was after some clarity and it didn’t seem to be coming. So, he took the opportunity to go out in there and discuss it with the umpires. That’s how I saw it and that’s how I discussed it with him afterward.”Meanwhile, Fleming also said that MS Dhoni will be questioned about Thursday’s outburst at the umpire for a “long, long time” but refused to be drawn into answering whether what the CSK captain did was right or wrong.”He only just wanted clarity. The rights and wrongs will be discussed by everybody, including Mahi (Dhoni), I’m sure. But, I think, it’ll be a discussion for the umpires afterward and I am a watcher as you guys are, for now.”Also Read | Unlike Captain Cool: MS Dhoni slammed for confronting umpire after no-ball controversyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Sanjay ManjrekarFollow IPL 2019Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Chennai Super Kingslast_img read more

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Injury-hit Naomi Osaka heads to French Open after “rocky” clay season

first_imgInjury-hit Naomi Osaka heads to French Open after “rocky” clay seasonAfter pulling out of last week’s Italian Open due to injury Osaka arrives in Paris with concerns over both her form and fitness. Osaka proved herself a powerful hardcourt player but her record on clay is less impressive.advertisement Next Reuters TokyoMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 15:38 IST Injury-hit Osaka heads to French Open. (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka pulled out of Italian Open quarters due to injuryOsaka head into French Open concerned about both her form and fitnessOsaka has won Australian Open and US Open last yearAfter pulling out of last week’s Italian Open due to injury, World number one Naomi Osaka admitted she has had a rocky claycourt season heading into the French Open.Osaka, who won the Australian Open in January to follow on from her dramatic victory over Serena Williams at the U.S. Open in 2018, is looking to become just the 11th woman to claim a third consecutive Grand Slam title.However, following the hand injury that forced her out of a quarter-final clash with Kiki Bertens in Rome and an abdominal injury suffered in Stuttgart last month, Osaka arrives in Paris with concerns over both her form and fitness.The 21-year-old has proved herself a destructive and powerful hardcourt player with her two Grand Slam wins in the past year, but her record on clay is less impressive.Osaka has never won a top-level WTA event on the surface and has failed to progress past the third round previously at Roland Garros.”I would describe (my clay season) as rocky, Osaka said in Rome.”But I can’t necessarily say it’s been ups and downs because if I think about it, it’s definitely been going up. Every match I’ve played I’ve learned a lot. I’ve tried to take what I’ve learned into the next match and I think I’ve done that well.Anyone tempted to doubt Osaka ahead of the French Open, which begins next week, should consider her Grand Slam record.Osaka saves her best performances for the biggest stage; she has won 76% of all of her Grand Slam matches. Her win ratio at other tournaments is in the 50s.advertisementDuring a recent interview with the Financial Times, Osaka admitted to feeling the pressure that comes with being world number one.”I’ve never been number one and a lot of people were talking about it and I think I let it get to my head a little bit, she said.”When you’re number one you’re not really supposed to lose. At least, that’s how I feel. Of course, people lose all the time. But I just felt like I should at least win a tournament every month or something.”Osaka’s compatriot Kei Nishikori looks a far cry from the player who last reached the French Open quarter-finals in 2017.The 29-year-old is still coming back from a wrist injury suffered in 2017 but did win his first title in three years at the Brisbane International in January.However, since then the world number seven has struggled, going out before the quarter-final stage at five of his eight tournaments since the Australian Open.He lost to Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the Rome quarters.Also Read | Andy Murray admits he might not play singles at WimbledonAlso Read | Novak Djokovic remains world No. 1 despite loss in RomeAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow OsakaFollow French OpenFollow Australian OpenFollow Kei Nishikorilast_img read more

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Members of the House Pay Tribute to Ambassador Mullings

first_img “He left us a legacy that we must take seriously if we want to build that Jamaica we desire,” Members of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, October 15 paid glowing tributes to the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Seymour Mullings, describing him as a patriot and selfless. In her contribution, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said Mr. Mullings was faithful in promoting the well-being of his constituents. Members of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, October 15 paid glowing tributes to the late former Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister, and Ambassador to Washington, Mr. Seymour Mullings, describing him as a patriot and selfless, who was dedicated to the advancement of his constituents, and the country as a whole.In her contribution, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said Mr. Mullings was faithful in promoting the well-being of his constituents and understood the importance of representation.She stressed that he was a “genuine people person,” who could relate to individuals at all levels of the society. The Prime Minister noted that the former South East St. Ann Member of Parliament was a fair and astute leader, whose meekness and selflessness were appropriately balanced with his dedication to the upliftment of all Jamaicans.Mrs. Simpson Miller said Mr. Mullings struck a fine balance between representation and his Cabinet role, pointing out that his fairness was “of exceptionally high quality,” and that he was not blinded by political favouritism.“He left us a legacy that we must take seriously if we want to build that Jamaica we desire,”  the Prime Minister emphasized.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader, Mr. Andrew Holness, said Mr. Mullings was a man of great integrity, who was warm and welcoming. “I found him to be very personable, and he was also a mentor…he was a role model for politicians, he was the epitome of civility, a true son of Jamaica.”In his remarks, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, said Mr. Mullings was “endowed with humility, patience and endurance. He could aptly be described as a man who walked with kings, but never lost the common touch.”Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for North Central St. Andrew, Mr. Karl Samuda, said Mr. Mullings was one of the finest political figures, and “one of the finest men this country has ever produced…a great and quiet strategist he was.”Member of Parliament for North East Manchester, Audley Shaw, said Mr. Mullings had set a good example for all Parliamentarians to follow.Finance and Planning Minister,  Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said there was perhaps no other Jamaican politician  who had, unstintingly, given so much of himself to the country, and described the former Deputy Prime Minister as a patriot and servant of the people.Both sides also recounted Mr. Mullings’ swift wit, kindness and lightheartedness, and offered condolences to his widow, Lilieth and daughter, Rose.Ambassador Mullings died on October 9, at the age of 82. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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InterManager to Look into Minimum Manning Levels

first_imgzoom InterManager, the international trade association of ship managers, has set its sights on examining two key areas which could have significant benefits for the shipping industry.First in its list of priorities is an investigation of minimum manning levels for different types of vessels trading on different trade routes and carrying different cargo types. The aim is to determine whether and how these need to be reviewed, better understood for their implications to safety and efficiency and then discussed at flag state level to take into account required rest hours as set under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), the association said.The rules currently in place stipulate the minimum number of personnel needed to move a ship safely from one port to another.“InterManager is concerned, however, that these rules were not just meant to set a crew complement number but were intended to also serve as a mechanism to improve overall operational status. Given today’s operating realities, this may not actually be what is happening,” Intermanager said.InterManager’s Executive Committee agreed to engage with industry stakeholders to consider how best to ensure sustainable and safe manning levels, taking into account the current operating and legislative environment, onboard administrative burdens and fatigue issues.Gerardo Borromeo, InterManager President, said: “For example, a VLCC calling at seven ports a year may have a minimum manning level of 18 but a smaller chemical tanker, calling at over 100 ports in the same period may be required to operate with a much lower crew complement of say 12. This has concerning implications when you consider the number of ports such a vessel may be visiting in a very short period of time.”“We want flag states to look at each vessel type, the cargo it is carrying and the voyages it is on and to set up and agree on legislation to ensure there are always sufficient people on board to operate that vessel safely while catering for the necessary rest hours. We, of course, need to be realistic in approaching this issue as it involves not only safety and efficiency, but economics as well. At the end of the day, InterManager is looking to drive sustainable solutions that benefit the entire industry and the general public.”A second area that InterManager intends to examine is the issue of “the paperless ship” and work to draw up guidelines aimed at reducing the amount of paperwork officers and their crew have to undertake while at sea.According to Borromeo, the burden of administrative tasks falling on seafarers in today’s shipping industry is significant.“Industry surveys have indicated that the volume of red tape is one of the factor’s adversely affecting recruitment. InterManager aims to improve this situation not just for today’s seafarers but also for tomorrow’s,” he added.These new projects follow confirmation this week that InterManager has achieved its pre-set aim of delivering a comparable set of operational KPIs to the shipping industry as a whole by passing over ownership of the scheme to BIMCO.last_img read more

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Eimskip Hammers Out Wage Deal, Dodges Strike

first_imgzoom Senior officers aboard Eimskip vessels have postponed their announced strike until mid February having reached a collective agreement with Eimskip on Monday night.The strike has been put on hold to allow for the workers’ unions to vote on the proposed new agreement.Up to 100 workers were threatening to strike having been unable to hash out a wage deal that would increase the officers’ wages after several rounds of negotiations.The workers have been without a contract since last summer, according to local media.The walk-out that was scheduled for midnight would have affected unloading operations of five Eimskip vessels and two Samskip ships. What is more, a potential strike would have had a major impact on Iceland’s imports, as the country is highly dependent on imported goods, food in particular.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Priority for non‐motorised modes of transport in Port City

The vision for internal transport within the Colombo Port City will give first priority to non‐motorised modes of transport such as pedestrian walking and cyclists; second priority to public transportation; and third priority to private motorised transport.According to the recently released Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) report, Colombo Port City will be dependent on an efficient transport system in order to be competitive in the international market. For this reason, the report says it is important to deliver the vision of Colombo Port City on the foundation of a sound Transport Plan, which will be based on a separate Transport Impact Assessment study (TIA) that will be carried out under the Phase 2 EIA. The report sees the Bicycle Strategy as a sustainable form of transport since the cycle is hard matched in terms of green credentials, speed and accessibility. The distances within Colombo Port City are highly suitable for cycling as any journey by bike can be done within 10 minutes. In addition the complete lack of gradients within the development lends itself well to cycling. Accordingly, strategic road sections with a segregated cycle‐way will be provided along with ample cycle parking.The SEIA stresses that a fundamental requirement of a sustainable city concept is to develop an efficient network of public transport. The Master Plan has been developed to incorporate a fast and reliable public transport system where the sections will be designed to provide a segregated space so that public transport is unaffected by general traffic and congestion. Furthermore, it is envisaged a ferry will service the tourist district to the north‐ eastern part of Port City and link to the Marina in the southeast. This service will make intermediate stops along the canal in order to complement the other forms of public transport. Motor traffic will be allowed throughout the development with exception of a few cycles and walkways adjacent to water and through parkland. Cars will have access to all parts of Port City, but this mode has the lowest priority. This means that signals will be setup to serve walking, cycling and public transport users first, and private motor traffic last. Within Port City the principle will be to spread traffic across as many of the roads as possible. Private car parks will serve areas primarily comprised of office and residential, where possible. A proportion of spaces equipped with charging points will be reserved for electric vehicles. They shall be located in the most attractive part of the car park (close to pedestrian access and access points, lifts etc.). All public car parks will be equipped with detectors in order to keep track of entering and exiting cars so that variable signs can indicate if there are parking spaces available or not. (Colombo Gazette) In the Pedestrian Strategy, walking has been given the highest of priority in the Colombo Port City Master Plan. The most challenging aspect of walking is the weather. The high humidity and hot temperatures as well as the heavy rains that occur from time to time detract from the walking experience. Effort has been placed to negate these aspects within the Master Plan. By planting trees along the pathways and building arcades along the Boulevards, the pedestrians will be shaded. Also, by orienting the building structures to maximize the breeze, the climate on street level will be pleasant. Malls and offices will be linked with high level, roofed, pedestrian walkways. The walkways will also provide straight links along the spine of the development where the population of Colombo Port City can cover an extensive distance by foot without suffering from the elements. read more

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Event hits a home run

Brock Badgers Baseball alumnus, Mike Walker (BBE ’10)Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack because Brock Baseball Alumni Day is an event you’ll not want to miss.The Brock Baseball Alumni Day takes place on Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at 10 a.m. with an alumni versus alumni game, followed by a doubleheader at 2 p.m. against the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks. A live band will play between games, which will be held at Community Park in St. Catharines.The 2009-10 Male Athlete of the Year, Mike Walker (BBE ’10) will participate in this event as both athlete and spectator. Walker was a member of the Brock baseball team for five years, captain for his last two years and was commonly seen out in left field. Walker understands that athletics were a great way for him to make connections. Upon graduation, Walker interned for the Toronto Blue Jays because of a connection he made during his five years on the team.Brock taught him the value of a hard work ethic and being a Badger taught him about leadership, so it’s no surprise that Walker is heading to Laurier in the fall to pursue his MBA. He is looking forward to taking a break from his studies to play in the Sept. 18 game as “it’s always great to catch up with old teammates and friends, as well as meet alumni from years prior.”Coach Jeff Lounsbury appreciates the impact that each player made while on the team. Lounsbury says, “I cared for each and every one of the people involved with the program and I look forward to connecting with them at this event every year.”As a young alumnus, Walker advises new graduates to “stay in touch as much as possible with the people that are important to you.” The day of baseball will be great way to get together and catch up with old friends, teammates, colleagues and faculty while supporting Brock.The following weekend, Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Sept. 25, is Brock Days Badger Weekend, which is dedicated to athletic events on and off campus. The RBC Steel Blade Hockey Tournament will be at the Seymour-Hannah Centre all weekend and soccer, rugby and basketball games will take place on campus. Visit brocku.ca/brock-days or gobadgers.ca to see the full game listings and times.For more information on Brock Days events, visit brocku.ca/brock-days and watch your mail for the 2011 Brock Days brochure. read more

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Transat shareholders approve Air Canada takeover narrowing competition

Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ, TSX:AC) The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Transat shareholders have approved Air Canada’s $720-million acquisition offer, a milestone on a twisting road toward a takeover.In a special meeting in Montreal Friday, shareholders of the Quebec-based tour operator voted to accept the $18-per-share bid from the country’s largest airline.A total of 94.77 per cent of votes cast were in favour, well above the required two-thirds threshold.The thumbs-up would narrow the field of carrier competition, securing for Air Canada about 60 per cent of the transatlantic market from Canada and helping the company maintain a firm hold on Montreal air travel.The takeover is expected to face intense scrutiny from the Competition Bureau and other regulatory authorities.The go-ahead comes after months of turbulence. Transat’s biggest shareholder, Letko Brosseau and Associates, had said it would vote against Air Canada’s initial offer of $13 per share, first put forward in June following months of negotiation.That proposal prompted other expressions of interest from players such as Group Mach, whose partial bid of $14 a share resulted in a securities tribunal ruling that barred the Quebec developer’s offer. It also precipitated Air Canada boosting its bid by $200 million to the current price.Quebec business magnate Pierre Karl Peladeau hinted last week he planned to make an offer of his own if the vote failed, and to use his 1.6 per cent stake in Air Transat’s parent company to vote against the Air Canada deal, which the former politician has said is “contrary to the public interest.” read more

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Saputo defends commitment to end animal cruelty after facing challenge at meeting

LAVAL, Que. – Saputo was under fire Tuesday from an animal rights activist who said it hasn’t done enough to prevent animal cruelty since undercover videos revealed cows being kicked, punched and beaten with pipes at a diary operation that supplies milk used by the cheese maker.Chief executive Lino Saputo Jr. defended the company after a member of Mercy For Animals spoke out at the Saputo shareholder meeting and challenged its commitment to “sweeping change” for the dairy industry.“We will not let this item go until there is some change in the industry,” Saputo said following the annual meeting.“We are not specialists in this field. However we will use our power and our clout to get the attention of those people that have the experience in this field to create some reform in the industry.”The Montreal-based company says it took a legal risk when it stopped accepting milk from Chilliwack Cattle Sales for two days because of the evidence of animal cruelty. Saputo says it’s required by law to purchase milk from provincial marketing boards and is only permitted to reject milk for safety reasons.It wants legal reform to give supply managed boards the power to refuse milk based on cruelty, adoption of industry codes of practice and regular farm inspections.But Krista Osborne, executive director of Mercy For Animals, which shot the video, said she isn’t satisfied with the dairy giant’s response.The group wants cameras installed in dairies with live streaming of cows to the Internet because it suspects such events are happening across the country.“There is no concrete evidence of any changes made whatsoever and quite frankly Lino Saputo would have no knowledge of what occurred in the Chilliwack cattle sale organization if it wasn’t for our undercover investigation,” she said.“They have on multiple occasions indicated that their supply chain is beyond reproach and their supply chain quite frankly is nothing but absolute cruelty.”Chilliwack Cattle fired eight employees after the group took the video to authorities. Saputo resumed accepting milk from the operation following independent verification of its practices from inspectors from Wisconsin and Ontario.During the shareholder meeting, Saputo credited the animal rights group for bringing the issue to light, saying as a dairy products consumer he was “appalled” by what he saw.The issue surfaced as Saputo (TSX:SAP) announced it was raising its quarterly dividend and splitting its stock after recent acquisitions helped improve results.The company said will increase its dividend by three cents to 26 cents per share.Net earnings grew 6.3 per cent to $145.3 million, or 73 cents per share, for the period ended June 30, which compared to $136.7 million or 69 cents per share a year ago.Saputo’s adjusted earnings were 73 cents per share, which was four cents below analyst expectations according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.Revenues increased more than 20 per cent to $2.62 billion.The results were helped by the company’s acquisition of a majority interest in Australia’s Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory.Saputo also plans what’s essentially a two-for-one stock split as it pays shareholders a stock dividend of one common share for each Saputo share they hold.The chief executive told shareholders he has confidence in the company’s outlook and its opportunities for growth.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the results fell short of expectations due to market factors in the U.S., but the outlook was more favourable than last quarter.“Underlying operations remain strong, with management focused on both optimizing profitability of the existing operations, and on expanding the company’s global presence via acquisitions,” she wrote in a report, noting the company said it could pursue a deal worth up to $3.5 billion.During a conference call, Saputo said the company faced “a perfect storm” of higher commodity prices and lower average block cheese prices.Canadian dairy revenues increased six per cent to $949 million, after falling nine per cent in the fourth quarter. U.S. revenues grew 23 per cent to $1.29 billion, while international revenues were up 69 per cent to $380 million due to the Australian acquisition.Saputo Jr. say the company may seek to acquire the remaining 12 per cent stake in Warrnambool following the expiry of a cooling off period to take the company private.Meanwhile, he said the bakery division, which is now incorporated in the Canadian division’s results, is stable but efforts to extend its sales in the United States has lost momentum since a change of ownership at Hostess. Saputo’s Vachon division and Hostess, maker of Twinkies, both make snack cakes for the grocery industry.As for the federal government’s efforts to secure a trade deal in Asia, Saputo said he can understand why some U.S. politicians want Canada expelled from the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks if its supply management system isn’t on the table.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Saputo’s shares rose $1.02 at $68.59 in afternoon trading.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 5, 2014 8:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saputo defends commitment to end animal cruelty after facing challenge at meeting read more

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Column South American soccer leadership fails players fans

South America’s soccer leaders have thrown in the towel. They are incapable of staging the biggest annual game on their own continent.A confederation of 10 nations can’t find anywhere safe enough for River Plate and Boca Juniors to complete their Copa Libertadores final after proving incapable of securing the streets for the abandoned second leg in Buenos Aires.The tournament named after the “liberators” of South America from Spanish rule is now reliant on the old colonial conquer. Argentine fans will have to make a costly 24-hour round trip to Madrid next weekend.“They are teams from a country and a part of the world which is obviously is very closely tied to Spain,” Spanish Football Association President Luis Rubiales said Friday. “So we are really pleased.”But it’s humiliating for Alejandro Dominguez, president of the South American soccer body CONMEBOL, that “his final to end all finals” will be played so far away.With the SuperClasico final enjoying unprecedented global hype, CONMEBOL reveled in stoking the already fierce rivalry between the Argentine teams but proved far from competent in responding to the dangerous upshot last Saturday.For the mayhem on the streets at the second leg, the city’s security minister accepted fault by resigning. But even after River fans attacked the bus carrying Boca players into the second leg at the Monumental de Nunez stadium, CONMEBOL failed in its duty to the players.The soccer body’s concern seemed to be ensuring a game was played and its trophy handed out. It was obvious the game should have been abandoned immediately, when the extent of the violence became apparent.Rocks, bottles and wood had just been hurled at the Boca bus. Did CONMEBOL really think players were in a fit state to take to the field? Glass on the bus windows shattered around them. They might be hardened athletes, but they were clearly in shock. Boca captain Pablo Perez was also injured in one eye. Teammates were visibly affected by tear gas and pepper spray fired by police in an attempt to disperse River fans.But CONMEBOL still thought the final, locked at 2-2, could go ahead. The decision on a postponement kept being put back on Saturday, and everyone was even brought back to try again within 24 hours.Dominguez prevaricated rather than showing the leadership required in an organization still on a mission to regain its credibility after corruption scandals.River coach Marcelo Gallardo flouted a ban from carrying out his duties at the semifinal second leg against Brazil’s Gremio by appearing in the dressing room. River midfielder Bruno Zuculini played in the round of 16 despite a suspension.But River remained in the competition despite the transgressions, setting the tone for the bungled management of the final.Dominguez’s command is now cast in an even harsher spotlight.Ahead of the game, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino in town, Dominguez seemed more preoccupied trying to preen on the world stage by reshaping the global game rather than focusing on matters closer to home. The Paraguayan went public in asking for the World Cup to be played every two years. The Copa Libertadores chaos showed just why Dominguez might prefer FIFA to be organizing more events rather than his own staff.And after floating a proposal that will rile European soccer leaders at UEFA, Dominguez has now been bailed out by the continent to save his final.“In Spain we find the necessary tranquility,” Dominguez said. “I don’t think the essence of the Libertadores will be lost because the game will be played in Spain.”The Spanish federation is now open to accusations of hypocrisy. At just the time Rubiales is blocking a Barcelona league game being transported to Miami in January, La Liga finds the federation has dumped a far bigger fixture on Spanish territory.La Liga’s court case has surely just been strengthened by Rubiales’ conflicting positions.What will entice audiences in Spain and beyond next Sunday night: Title-chasing Sevilla at Alaves or the highly charged meeting of Argentine foes at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.The Game of the Century will have taken a month to complete. CONMEBOL could be paying the price even longer for its dereliction of management.The Centenary World Cup could be at stake. Argentina intends to bid with Paraguay and Uruguay for the 2030 tournament while Spain has talked about a joint bid with Morocco and Portugal. Now Spain has been handed a PR coup.The showpiece club finals for Europe and South America will be played in Madrid at two different stadiums now within six months. Europe has the chance to send the message to world that it, rather than South America, is a more reliable partner for soccer.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReportsRob Harris, The Associated Press read more

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Football JK Dobbins recognized as Big Ten CoFreshman of the Week

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game in Ohio Stadium on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRunning back J.K. Dobbins continues to make his presence felt this season as he was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week Monday. The recognition follow his performance Saturday against Army, when the true freshman ran for 172 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown. He shares the honor with Rutgers quarterback Johnathan Lewis.This is the second week the award was given to Dobbins as he was was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week following a record-breaking performance in which he rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries against Indiana. That was the most rushing yards ever by an Ohio State first-year running back in his debut.Dobbins has not only been a key cog in Ohio State’s offense so far this year, but he has also been among the most productive running backs in the nation. His 451 total rushing yards are eighth in the country, and his average of 7.73 yards per carry sits at 13th-best among FBS players.Dobbins joins only Archie Griffin (1972) and Maurice Clarett (2002) as the only two freshman to total 170 yards in a game twice in a single season. Neither former Buckeye running back reached a third game with that total.Dobbins will attempt to become the first Ohio State freshman running back to do just that when he and the rest of the Buckeyes take on UNLV Saturday in Ohio Stadium at noon. read more

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Gallery Mens Basketball vs UNC Pembroke

Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. (4) blocks a member of UNC Pembroke’s offense during the first half of the game on Nov. 1. Ohio State won 81-63. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State Men’s Basketball team took on UNC Pembroke in its final exhibition on Nov. 1 at Value City Arena. Ohio State won 81-63. Photos by Amal Saeed and Casey Cascaldo.

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Gardaí investigating after shots fired outside Dublin nightclub

first_img Image: Google Maps By Cormac Fitzgerald 44,885 Views https://jrnl.ie/4613797 Short URL The entrance to the Red Cow Complex. The entrance to the Red Cow Complex. Image: Google Maps Share59 Tweet Email2 center_img Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 9:43 PM GARDAÍ HAVE APPEALED for witnesses after shots were fired from a gun near to the entrance of a nightclub in Clondalkin. Gardaí are investigating after a firearm was discharged close to the entrance of a nightclub at the Red Cow Complex on the Naas Road in Clondalkin in the early hours of Sunday morning.Investigating gardaí said they are anxious to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of the Red Cow between midnight and 3.30am on Sunday. Gardaí said they also want to speak to any taxi driver or other motorists who may have passed through the area during that time and who may have dash cam footage. They also want to appeal to anyone who may have noticed a dark coloured Audi A3 hatchback car travelling by road in the general Clondalkin area between 2.30am and 3.30am.Investigating Gardaí can be contacted at 01-6667600. The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. 20 Comments Apr 30th 2019, 9:43 PM Gardaí investigating after shots fired outside Dublin nightclub The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Evangelismos church reopens to celebrate namesake holiday

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Almost two years after the devastating fire that left it severly damaged, the iconic Church of Evangelismos, a landmark for the Greek Community of Melbourne reopened its gates last Saturday, in time to celebrate the Holy Annunciation, after which it was named.On the eve of the annunciation, celebrated on March 25th, according to the Greek Orthodox calendar, a vesper service took place, presided over by His Grace Bishop Ezekiel, with the participation of the church’s vicar, Father Kosmas Damianidis. On Sunday, His Grace Bishop Iakovos presided over the Holy Annunciation Divine Liturgy.On both days, celebrations were attended by hundreds of parishioners, as well as prominent members of the Greek community, such as the General Consul of Greece, Dimitrios Michalopoulos and the President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis.Both services were very emotional, as it was the first time that churchgoers were allowed to the areas destroyed by the fire. The church will be open for Easter celebrations. The second phase of the project, which includes the reinstatement of iconography, fittings and fixtures, is about to start soon.last_img read more

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