India will go after Swann, says Dravid

first_imgThe Indian team will take on England in a much-awaited series, which includes four Test matches followed by a lone T20 match and five one-dayers, and star Indian middle-order batsman Rahul Dravid has picked Graeme Swann and James Anderson as the bowlers to watch out for.Dravid said that the English attack will be quite a handful in their home conditions.”James Anderson has bowled really well. He’s been the trump card. Obviously Graeme Swann is a top-class spinner. We first saw him in England bowling here last time and the boys rated him.”He’s come on leaps and bounds from then and has become one of their lead bowlers. Swann and Anderson are the key,” the veteran batsman said in the August issue of The Cricketer magazine.Dravid, who averages over 65 in Tests in England, said that attack would be the best option against the off- spinner, who is widely regarded as the best in the world.”He’s (Swann) an attacking bowler and that’s one of the things that is different. He’s not just looking to contain, he’s looking to take wickets. He’s not scared to toss the ball up and gets turn with good sideways spin. It will be a good contest against batsmen who are good players against spin, who will not be scared to take him on.”The upcoming Test series and the subsequent five ODIs has assumed enormous proportions, with the England team making it clear they intend to beat India and go for the No. 1 spot in Test rankings.advertisementDravid admitted that the England series is one of the more important series of recent times. “All series are important series. But this one is important because it’s a series between two teams that have had good recent records, which gives it a bit more context.”We won in England last time, so from that point of view England will want to do better this time,” he said.For India, the key would be the pacers, as was the case the last time when India won 1-0 in England.According to Dravid, if India can keep their fast bowlers fit, it would add another dimension to the team. “It’s a hard one to call. England are playing at home, so they have that advantage. We’re a good side, a settled side, and we’ve been playing good cricket over the last couple of years. If we can keep our fast bowlers fit, then we’ll be very competitive.” Looking back at his Test career which has lasted 15 years, Dravid said the highlight of it has been India’s rise as the world’s best Test team.”I’m really proud that India is the No. 1 Test team. I’ve seen Indian cricket since 1996 and to be part of this journey and to see India become the No. 1 Test team – not just for a short period of time because we’ve now been there for more than a year – it’s something I’m very proud of.” The first Test begins at Lord’s on July 21.last_img read more

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Volvo XC60 first drive review

first_imgVolvo is on what can be called a dream run worldwide. The first of its new generation cars, the large SUV, the XC90 has become a bestseller while the other cars of the 90-series are doing very well as well. After Volvo is done with the 90-series, it is launching new gen cars of the 60-series and like the 90 line-up, it is the SUV that undergoes the scalpel first. Even though the XC60 had its best ever year in terms of sales in 2016, it is due to be phased out this year with the new gen car, and so the new car has to be really special.To be honest, the new XC60 looks great but looks much more like a cross-over than a true-blue SUV. It is less muscular than the outgoing XC60 and even less muscular than the XC90. It is meant to provide a less intimidating SUV to the urban folk who want the friendliness of a car but the utility of an SUV. Once the positioning of the car has been defined, things begin to fall into place. It is lower than the outgoing car and in fact has very little in common with it as even the platform that is now used.All new Volvo XC60The XC60 is based on the same SPA under-pinning on which the XC90 is built and is ready for both normal and plug-in hybrid powertrains. At its reveal in Geneva, the XC60 is shown with both diesel and petrol powertrains featuring 4-cylinder engines but there will three cylinder engines on offer later on as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain.advertisementThe interiors of the XC60 are similar to the ones on the XC90 and have the same luxury feel to them as the 90-series cars. In fact there are some nice iterations to the interiors beginning with the vertical wood grains that have been employed on the wood inserts on the dashboard and the doors.  In addition to that, one of the best infotainment systems gets even better with changes to the touch icons and the layout of the vertical touchscreen.If Volvo has got the positioning of the XC60 right as more of a crossover then it is sure to carry forward the successes of the 90-series further into the 60-series of cars.All new Volvo XC60Drive in BarcelonaEven though the new XC60 is based on a totally new platform, the SPA (Scalable Platform Architecture) that also underpins the XC90, it is nearly of the same dimensions as the outgoing car, albeit with some significant changes. Although it is broader than the current XC60, it is both lower and shorter. And despite being shorter, it has a larger wheelbase, which leads to better utilization of in-cabin space.Design:On the outside, the Volvo genes are apparent, and the XC60 bears a striking resemblance to the XC90 and sports similar design cues, but modified for the smaller sibling. The Thor’s Hammer DRLs, though present now have a sleeker and sharper look, all with the intention of making the car sportier and less butch. The Volvo logo on the front grille is the same but the grille itself is different. Of course the stance of the cars is totally different.All new Volvo XC60What is coming to India?In India the car will go on sale towards the end of the year and to start off with be available only in the top-end Inscription variant with all the bells and whistles as standard including pneumatic suspension. This will include all the driver assistant systems and for the first time also the radar based systems including Pilot Assist and many of the safety systems. Also, to start off with only the D5 diesel engine would be available though a T6 is also under consideration.First Impressions:So we picked an Inscription D5 for the drive and from the airport itself headed towards the hills surrounding Barcelona.All new Volvo XC60Whether it is seen on the show floor in a motor show or in the VIP parking lot of Barcelona airport, the XC60 is for sure a looker Whether it is the distinctive front or the even more distinctive rear with the edgy tail-lamps and the unmistakably Volvo silhouette, the XC60 is even better looking than its older sibling.All new Volvo XC60 Step inside and for a minute we think that we are stepping inside the XC90 – the same finesse, the same excellent interiors that set the benchmark for the XC90 – everything is repeated here though with some changes. There is now a wood strip that goes around and cradles the dashboard – and is again very distinct, with a driftwood finish, adding a Scandinavian charm to the cabin. The same 9in vertical touchscreen sits in the centre but with a reworking of the icons, making them even easier to use with even larger touch areas and a simpler layout. The instrument panel is digital, displayed on a high res LCD screen, and the heads-up display adds another information source for the driver.advertisementThe start-stop knob though is now unidirectional, and has to be turned in clockwise to both start and shut-off the engine. The drive mode select knob is also a replication of the XC90.All new Volvo XC60Engine:The 4-cylinder 235bhp diesel engine is also the same as that on the XC90 and comes complete with PowerPulse tech for the doing away of turbo lag. On starting it is smooth and actually never feels stressed mated to the 8-speed automatic transmission.All new Volvo XC60Drive Feel:The car has excellent all round visibility and despite the lower stance, gives a commanding driving position. In the comfort mode the air suspension is very soft and stops being just short of wallowy – and although the roads around Barcelona are nice, we have to say that the ride quality is much improved from the outgoing XC60. And despite the 20in wheels, the car feels gravitating towards comfort. In India though we might get 18in or 19in wheels. The car is not a crisp handler even after putting the drive select mode in the Sport mode but that is not something that any on us in India will mind as the suspension does get taut and the response from the engine and the steering, all gets much more sporty.All new Volvo XC60Features:No one could have though that Volvos would be leading the class in terms of technology on board but the XC60 continues to raise the bar that has been taken pretty high by Volvo. Yes, though most of the systems are safety related, the list of tech coming to the aid of the driver for his or her comfort is impressive as well. Whether it be pilot assist or blind spot alerts or steering assist, the XC60 leads the pack and in fact has some systems that are making its debut on a Volvo for the first time, like the amalgamation of steering assist with blind spot warning where the car actually steers away from a potentially hazardous situation.All new Volvo XC60Verdict:All in all the India spec car with be loaded with all the systems, features and equipment available anywhere on an XC60. This would include all the radar based safety systems that have been missing from the Indian cars, air suspension, a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, wood inlays, Napa leather perforated seats and a heads up display.advertisementAll new Volvo XC60Given the length and breadth of the features and equipment list, the fact that the car is spacious and can seat five easily plus the pricing strategy that Volvo employs in India, the XC60 will be the pick of the cars in its segment as things stand and it remains to be seen whether the new Audi Q5 or the upcoming new BMW X3 can match up.ALSO READ:First Drive review: Volvo S60 PolestarALSO READ:Volvo V90 Cross Country first drive reviewlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli and Co. celebrate Independence Day in Pallekele after Sri Lanka series whitewash

first_imgCaptain Virat Kohli led the Indian team to a series whitewash in Sri Lanka and then hoisted the tri-colour at Pallekele. India is celebrating its 71st Independence Day today and the cricket team gave the country a perfect gift by beating Sri Lanka in the third Test to clinch the series 3-0 on Monday.Kohli hoisted the national flag with head coach Ravi Shastri after which the whole team lined up alongside the duo for the national anthem.#TeamIndia gathered at Kandy to hoist the tri-colour on the occasion of Independence Day #IndependenceDayIndia https://t.co/SyRLmE4Let- BCCI (@BCCI) August 15, 2017India thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs on the third day of the third and final Test match to sweep the series 3-0 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.Chasing the first innings deficit of 352 runs after being asked to follow on, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 181 in their second innings. India had posted a total of 487 runs before dismissing the hosts for 135 in the first innings.For India, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed four wickets and pacer Mohammad Shami three.India had won the first match of the series by 304 runs and then thrashed the hosts by an innings and 53 runs in the second Test.This is the first time that India have whitewashed Sri Lanka in a Test series in their own country.last_img read more

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Priyanka Chopra to return with Quantico on April 26

first_imgLos Angeles, Jan 10 (PTI) The third season of actor Priyanka Chopras TV show “Quantico” is all set to air on April 26.The 35-year-old actor will reprise her role as FBI agent Alex Parrish in the new installment of the ABC series.Priyanka took to Twitter to announce the news.”And shes back… Cant wait to share this with you! #April26 #QuanticoSeason3 #TheReturnOfAlexParrish,” the actor wrote.She also shared her first look from the action-drama in monochrome, sporting a beachy hairdo and shades.Besides “Quantico”, Priyanka has Hollywood projects such as “A Kid Like Jake” and “Isnt It Romantic” in her kitty. PTI RDS RDSlast_img read more

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Hasan Ali set to marry Indian girl in Dubai

first_imgAccording to a Geo News report, Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali will marry an Indian girl named Shamia Arzoo. The report stated the nikkah ceremony will be held on August 20 in Dubai.The report further said Shamia, who works for a private airline, hails from Haryana. She studied engineering from England and lives with her parents in Dubai, with some of the family members in New Delhi, said the report.Quoting family sources, Geo News further said that Hasan first met Shamia through a close friend in Dubai.Hasan, who has played nine Tests and 53 ODIs, played an instrumental role in Pakistan’s 2017 Champions Trophy triumph.However, his form and stock has plummeted in the past few years. The 25-year-old struggled at the World Cup in England and Wales and was dropped from the playing XI midway in the tournament.Earlier, Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik had married Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on April 12, 2010. The couple also have a son named Izhaan Mirza-Malik who was born on October 30, 2018.Read more | World Test Championship will be like World Cup: Michael ClarkeAlso see:last_img read more

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The Weekly DT: The Wearable Tech Fashion Competition

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer The Best American Liqueur This post originally ran on our brother site, DigitalTrends.Hot or not? We’re about to find out.Every major technology company is pushing into wearable devices, with futuristic visions of tech such as Google Glass, to the usable and everyday gear from companies like Fitbit and Samsung. But like a new restaurant in New York City, many are struggling to find an audience. Why? Today’s bulky smartwatches lack proper fashion sensibility. Heck, some of them are straight up ugly.Making wearables wearable is one reason people keep asking about this rumored Apple iWatch: The company has a penchant for taking ordinary products and designing the hell out of them, until they become so beautiful and iconic that you simply have to have one. But does it exist? Or will Samsung’s next model hit it out of the park? Who will get there first with wearables?We’ll know for sure shortly.In partnership with Nike, Intel, and Project Runway, Digital Trends presents FashioNXT’s first annual Wearable Technology Fashion Competition. The design that wins this competition – and ultimately breaks through in this space – will at last bring fashion, style and elegance together in a complete package, making a must-have for the wearable tech world.I’ll be judging the competition, to be held during the FashionNXT event October 8 – 11 in Portland, Ore., along with some big names in fashion and technology:Howard Nuk, Head of Industrial Design for Samsung Design AmericaMichelle Lesniak, winning fashion designer from season 11 of the hit TV show “Project Runway”Eden Dawn, Style Editor of Portland Monthly MagazineRuss Stromberg, Account Director of Synapse Product DevelopmentMatt Rhoades, Design Lead at NikeMark Francis, Venture Lead for the New Business Initiative group at IntelThe prize package for the best design includes a new computer system and a $1,000 prize, and the winner will have his or her design showcased on the runway at the event.“To cross the chasm to mainstream adoption, the technology of wearable products needs to blend beautifully into the essence of the product,” Francis said. “The FashioNXT Wearable Competition is a great way to bring forward new perspectives and innovative approaches from designers and entrepreneurs.”How to EnterThe contest is open to anyone with a great idea. To participate, submit your design concept online here, including a 200-word description and conceptual drawings or sketches, and a 1-minute video if you’ve got it. No need for 3D renderings, designers – sketches will do just fine.Contestants are required to submit their design concept by September 5, 2014. We’ll pick three finalists on September 15 — based on fashion forwardness, functionality, and innovation — who will have their designs showcased at the FashioNXT Runway Show on October 9.Bottom line, we’re looking for wearables you’ll actually wear – the Nike Fuelband is a great example, a smart-looking gizmo that’s as practical and utilitarian as it is beautiful. The Xybernaut Poma? Not so much.So send in your smart watches, your Internet-enabled t-shirts, your design for the world’s best online sneakers. We’ll pick the best of the best. 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Knowlast_img read more

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Worlds Largest Boxship Readies to Join THE Alliance

first_imgzoom The world’s largest containership MOL Triumph, freshly delivered to Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) earlier this week, is gearing up for its debut in THE Alliance’s Asia-Europe trade in April.The giant boxship was delivered from South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) on March 27.On the occasion of the ship’s delivery, Junichiro Ikeda, President and CEO of MOL, commented: “The MOL Group is honored to unveil this new vessel, which is the largest containership in the world. The vessel is equipped with various new sustainable technologies to provide more efficient fuel consumption and improved environmental performance.”To be deployed in THE Alliance’s FE2 service, MOL Triumph will start its maiden voyage from Xingang and sail to Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian and Singapore. The ship will then transit through the Suez Canal and visit Tangier, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Le Havre, before calling at Tangier and Jebel Ali on the way back to Asia.The 20,150 TEU MOL Triumph, which is 400 meters long and 58.8 meters wide, was named at SHI shipyard in Geoje on March 15.The newbuilding is the first of four 20,150 TEU containerships ordered by MOL in February 2015. The four ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) were ordered as part of a deal for construction of six 20,000 TEU containerships.The second ship from the batch is expected to be delivered to MOL in May. The remaining boxships will also be deployed on the Asia-North Europe route.THE Alliance, which comprises Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Yang Ming, plans to deploy more than 240 ships in 32 services connecting over 75 major ports throughout Asia, North Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.last_img read more

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Phoenix legal defeat prompts FAA to address noise concerns

first_imgPHOENIX – Nearly 100 people strolled through the high school cafeteria throughout the evening, studying colored graphs of flight takeoffs and jotting down comments for officials.More than three years after they awoke to find window-rattling flights rerouted in an airborne highway above their homes, residents of Phoenix’s downtown historic districts said they finally felt the Federal Aviation Administration was listening.A court victory by Phoenix and neighbourhood groups over the FAA last year has prompted the agency to be more responsive to residents as it continues to beat back noise complaints around the United States over the air traffic modernization plan known as “NextGen.”While challenges by residents of Washington’s Georgetown neighbourhood and other jurisdictions are still being heard in court, people in other affected areas such as Santa Cruz, California, have not sued the agency because they believe their complaints are being considered. Phoenix residents said they appreciated the FAA’s current approach.“They are being transparent now,” Opal Wagner, a resident of the vintage Willo district and vice-president of the Phoenix Historic Neighbourhoods Coalition, said at the first of three FAA public workshops held last week. She and others expressed disappointment that a fourth one wasn’t scheduled downtown where most noise complaints originated.“I think that it’s good that they are now dialoguing with the public,” Wagner said. “Maybe if they had done this in the beginning, there wouldn’t have been a lawsuit.”The historic districts and the city sued the agency after the FAA changed Phoenix Sky Harbor’s flight routes in September 2014, bringing airplane noise to public parks and the quiet neighbourhoods of charming bungalows, ranch houses and Spanish revival homes, some dating to the 1920s and earlier. About 2,500 households were affected. The noise got so bad for some, they sold their homes and moved.The FAA started revising flight paths and procedures around the United States in 2014 under the NextGen plan, which uses more precise, satellite-based navigation to save time, increase how many planes airports can handle, and reduce fuel burn and emissions. Noise complaints poured in from Orange County, California, to Washington, D.C., as flights took off at lower altitudes, in narrower paths and on more frequent schedules.The rollout of the procedures in Phoenix initially represented NextGen’s “most problematic implementation,” said Chris Oswald, vice-president of safety and regulatory affairs with Airports Council International-North America, a trade association that represents commercial airports in the U.S. and Canada. He said he was cautiously optimistic about the FAA’s more open approach.In the Phoenix case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Aug. 29 agreed with the city and historic districts that the FAA was “arbitrary and capricious” in its flight procedure revisions in that area. The court said by leaving people in the dark, the agency made it impossible for the public to express views on the project’s potential effects — something the FAA is especially required to do for historic places and parks.Phoenix residents said they received no forewarning about the flight changes after FAA officials determined they would have no adverse impact and claimed a “categorical exclusion.”Following the court ruling, Phoenix and the FAA on Nov. 30 announced a joint plan aimed at resolving the dispute. Under the plan filed with the appellate court, the FAA agreed to reach out to residents while temporarily resuming the previous departure routes starting April 1.In a second step, it will develop satellite-based procedures for the original routes, seeking community feedback throughout the process.“I think we will get a considerable amount of relief with the return of the flights to their previous paths,” said Brent Kleinman, president of the Encanto-Palmcroft Historic Preservation Association in central Phoenix.“But the majority of the work is going to be in the second part of the process,” he said, which will decide the final flight paths.During last week’s workshops, Phoenix residents received printed material and mingled with FAA environmental experts and the airspace designers who fashion flight paths.“This is a format that we’ve used at other workshops, and it works really well,” said Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the FAA’s Pacific Division, who attended all three sessions. “The people who have actually designed these procedures are on hand to answer questions.”Phoenix isn’t the only place where people say the FAA didn’t explain new routes or give them an opportunity to comment.In the Washington metro area, Georgetown University and neighbourhood groups have said the agency left them out of the loop about changes at Ronald Reagan National Airport. In nearby Maryland, residents objected to aircraft noise from both Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.But in Santa Cruz County, residents who initially complained about noise from planes headed to San Francisco said the FAA has been responsive to their worries. A dozen residents chosen by members of Congress in the three affected districts met with FAA representatives weekly throughout much of 2016 to come up with less obtrusive flight approach procedures.A new approach to the airport that is at least as quiet as it was before NextGen should take effect in August, said Denise Stansfield, founder of the Save our Skies citizen group. Technical problems temporarily increased noise for some residents recently, but once that pathway is permanently adopted, “you’re going to see the biggest celebration ever,” Stansfield said.___Anita Snow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/asnowreportslast_img read more

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General Assembly President holds talks with Republic of Koreas Prime Minister

25 August 2008United Nations reform, climate change and food security have topped the agenda during official talks today in Seoul between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and Han Seung-soo, the Republic of Korea’s Prime Minister. In his talks with Mr. Han, Mr. Kerim stressed the “need for more of the UN, and not less” in dealing with major global challenges such as climate change and the current crisis over soaring food prices in many parts of the world.Mr. Kerim also emphasized the importance of bringing in all stakeholders, including non-State actors, in devising ways to tackle global problems, according to the Assembly President’s spokesperson.During their discussions, Mr. Kerim and Mr. Han also conferred on the most recent developments concerning possible reform of the size and structure of the Security Council, and the Assembly President thanked the Republic of Korea for its supportive approach to the UN’s work.Later, Mr. Kerim delivered a lecture to the Graduate School of International Studies of the Korea University on the relevance of the UN in a globalized world, saying a new culture of international relations was needed to reflect the increasing interdependence in the world.“We need to capture the dynamism and fluidity of our changing world, where adaptability and sustainability are becoming the attributes of power and success,” he said.The Assembly President, who arrived in Seoul yesterday for a three-day visit, also held a working lunch with members of the UN Association of the Republic of Korea. Tomorrow he is expected to visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and hold official meetings with President Lee Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan. read more

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China plays down Indian concerns on Lanka ties

He was answering queries on how China planned to allay Indian fears over increasing forays by its ships and submarines into the Indian Ocean region after Beijing last month released its first ever report outlining a new military strategy enhancing its navy’s duties for the first time to “open seas protection”. China today played down Indian concerns on Chinese submarines visiting Sri Lanka and Pakistan recently.The Indian Ocean (IO) region was not India’s backyard and upholding this perception could trigger clashes, the Chinese military cautioned, with analysts seeing it as sabre-rattling by the northern neighbour to gain dominance in the strategically crucial territory, the Hindustan Times reported. “The word backyard is not very appropriate to use for an open sea and international areas of sea,” senior captain Zhao Yi, associate professor of the Institute of Strategy in China’s National Defence University, told a group of Indian journalists. “I admit geographically speaking India has a special role to play in stabilising Indian Ocean and the South Asian region.”Questions about PLA navy’s maritime strategies were raised in the context of Chinese submarines visiting Sri Lanka and Pakistan recently, but officers played down Indian concerns. “The Chinese government has been very prudent in handling PLA navy’s navigation to the IO. Most of the time when our submarines go to the Indian Ocean, we diplomatically inform our neighbouring countries,” said Zhang Wei, a researcher with the PLA Navy Academic Institute. “We should enhance cooperation in order to enhance mutual trust at the level of military and government.”Zhao quoted a US scholar who said the IO region was likely to be a focus area and at the epicentre of maritime clashes in the 21st century.“This scholar indicated that there would be severe clashes in the IO areas. I did not agree with him. But if someone views (the region) as its backyard, I am afraid this possibility (of clashes) cannot be eliminated,” the officer noted. Beijing, however, did recognise New Delhi’s stabilising influence in the IO and South Asia region, said a senior officer from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the largest defence forces in the world. The Indian Ocean region was very important to China as well as other countries as it was an important channel for international trade and that is why Beijing sought relevant navigational rights through it, Zhao said. read more

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Former Army Commander Rohan Daluwatte passed away

During his tenure in the Army he held important positions such as Chief Instructor of Officer Cadet School in ATC from 1979 to 1981, Commanding Officer, 1st Reconnaissance Regiment Sri Lanka Armoured Corps, Commanding Officer of Sri Lanka Army Service Corps, Coordinating Officer Commanding Troops in Mannar, Director-Supplies and Transport, Commandant of Army Training Centre and Military Secretary, Army Headquarters. As commander, Daluwatte lead Operation Riviresa against the LTTE during Eelam War III. Former Army Commander, General (retired) Rohan Daluwatte, passed away today. He was 77 years old at the time of his death.Daluwatte joined the Sri Lanka Army in 1961 as an officer cadet. On 1 May 1996, he was appointed as 13th Army Commander by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. He was instrumental in establishing the Army Command and Staff College. After his retirement he was promoted to the rank of General and was appointed as the Head of the newly formed Joint Operations Command and later as the Chief of Defense Staff. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Hamilton police investigating 2 targeted home invasions

Hamilton police are investigating two separate home invasions that happened over the weekend in the city.On Saturday evening, police were called to a home near Upper Horning Rd. and Mohawk St.Officers found a man suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. Police learned the victim had invited a man to his home and it’s believed that person allowed another man inside.During the incident, one of the suspects pulled out a black handgun. Police are looking for two men who are described as white and roughly six-foot-one. One of the men had a thin build, dark hair, and was wearing a black jacket. They were both seen leaving in a red Jeep Compass.The second incident happened just before 3 p.m. on Sunday. Police were called to a home near Limeridge Rd. West and West 5th St.Police say three men broke into a home where a woman, her child and a man were inside. The child was not physically hurt during the incident but the man and woman suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police say the victims are not cooperating.Investigators say both home invasions were targeted and anyone with information can contact Hamilton police or Crime Stoppers. read more

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Football Ohio State vs Illinois – By the Numbers

Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJust about everything that could have gone right for No. 9 Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) went right. The Buckeyes steamrolled Illinois (2-9, 0-8 Big Ten) 52-14 Saturday in Ohio Stadium. This was the final home game for the 19 Ohio State seniors, and the Buckeyes’ final test before traveling on the road to face No. 24 Michigan.5 – Illinois first downs. Ohio State dominated in nearly all facets of the game Saturday, and it showed in the offensive numbers put up by Illinois. The Fighting Illini offense was unable to get anything going all day, and it took until there was just 3:37 left in the second half for Illinois to come up with a first down. All told, the Fighting Illini were able to muster just five first downs in the game. Ohio State’s defense was suffocating, and the inaccuracy of Illinois’ quarterback did not help. Quarterback Chayce Crouch was just 4-for-14 and had five (counting) incomplete passes on third down tries, contributing to the 8 percent third-down conversion rating. The weather also contributed to the struggles of the Fighting Illini, affecting multiple receivers who dropped third-down passes. Though holding the Illini to few first downs, Ohio State’s defensive strength was just as responsible as Illinois’ offensive futility. 18:05 – Time spent by J.T. Barrett under center. On his senior day, quarterback J.T. Barrett spent a total of 18:05 playing quarterback for Ohio State. He was in the game for all of the first quarter, two full drives in the second quarter and two in the third quarter when he was subbed back in for the backups. Ohio State had possession of the ball for 37:16 in the game.Barrett’s final game in the ‘Shoe was exactly how many expected it would be: a blowout victory and early curtain call. The only reason Barrett returned at all for the third quarter was because backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins fumbled the football and saw the defense return it for a touchdown. Barrett then came out, had a three-and-out and then regained possession of the ball when Illinois muffed the punt. It was an early and expected hook for the three-time captain in a blowout as he attempts to stay healthy for Ohio State’s matchup against Michigan. He finished the game going 11-for-19 with 141 passing yards, two touchdowns. He added 33 rushing yards on five carries and a touchdown. 4 – Ohio State rushing touchdowns. Ohio State put up its most impressive rushing display of the season last game against Michigan State with 335 yards on 42 carries and four touchdowns. Though the Buckeyes did not have quite that much success against the Illini, its 325 rushing yards were good for second-most this season and the four rushing touchdowns were tied for the most. While a lot of the rushing yardage came toward the end, when Ohio State was just trying to run out the clock, the rushing touchdowns for Ohio State in the first half were more the product of a team relying on its biggest offensive strength. Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber punched in two on the ground in the first quarter, Barrett also had one in the first and freshman running back J.K. Dobbins had one in the second quarter. This was the second consecutive game where even in meaningful minutes, Ohio State relied heavily on its running backs once again for the majority of its offensive production, and the offensive line was able to provide the backs with the space to run. Ohio State seems to have found where its offense has the most success, and heading into a matchup against two of the best rushing defenses in the nation in Michigan and Wisconsin, it will need to hope the offensive line holds up against a pair of potent pass-rushes.55 – Illinois penalty yards. When it rains, it pours. And for Illinois, the rain was just the struggles to keep up with the gap in talent between the two teams. But so often, Ohio State poured it on the Illini by their penalties committed. Illinois had two penalties that resulted in the Ohio State offense receiving a first down, three penalties that pushed its own offense back and two on special teams. When it was all said and done, Illinois had a total of 55 penalty yards on seven penalties. For most of the season, Ohio State has been the team that has been penalized. Ohio State’s 72.2 penalty yards per game were the 10th-most by any team in the nation heading into the game. While the Buckeyes ultimately finished with more penalty yardage (68) and the same number of penalties, Ohio State’s advantage in talent helped minimize the damage felt by its penalties. The lack of discipline by Illinois was not the difference maker in the game, but it certainly did not help an already overmatched Illinois team.100 – Dwayne Haskins all-purpose yards. Ohio State was ahead by so much that it was able to send backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins into the game in the second quarter to get some playing time. And while he could not get anything going during his first two drives and fumbled on his third, he quickly turned things around and finished the game with 100 all-purpose yards, 77 through the air and 23 on the ground.Haskins was just one of three Ohio State quarterbacks to play in the game — he received the second-most playing time — but he still fell just 6 yards shy of surpassing the total yardage of the entire Illinois offense. His performance was far from perfect, but even he was able to lead Ohio State to more offensive success on just his small handful of drives than the Illinois’ offense was able to produce the entire game. read more

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PCB limits Pakistan players to only two T20 leagues per year

Pakistan’s top cricketers are set to take further financial hits after the PCB imposed caps on their participation in T20 leagues around the world.File: Ahmed Shehzad (C) and Imad Wasim (R) of Pakistan celebrate the dismissal of Kieran Powell (L) of the West Indies during the 3rd and final ODI match between West Indies and Pakistan at Guyana National Stadium, Providence, Guyana, April 11, 2017. (Photo: AFP)The PCB has formed a new NOC (No-Objection Certificate) policy that limits their centrally-contracted players to playing only two leagues per season, which may or may not include the Pakistan Super League (PSL). That effectively means an in-demand cricketer such as legspinner Shadab Khan can only play in one league other than the PSL in a year.Already among the lowest-paid professionals in world cricket, and not allowed in the IPL, the PCB’s decision will come as a big blow.Last season, a number of contracted players featured in the world’s major T20 leagues – apart from the IPL – forcing national coaches and selectors to raise concerns over their fitness and vulnerability to injuries from the workload. Those concerns came to a head in the last few months with head coach Mickey Arthur pushingfor higher fitness standards across the board.Arthur’s worries first came up during Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand last winter after the players returned for national duty from lengthy lay-offs. Given that players took part in the Bangladesh Premier League, the Big Bash and the newly formed T10 league, the management has now decided on a more hands-on approach to controlling how much a player plays outside Pakistan duty.The policy was made at a meeting last week between major stakeholders such as Mudassar Nazar, who heads the academies, chief selector Inzamam ul Haq and Haroon Rashid, director cricket operations.“Centrally contracted players will be allowed to participate in two leagues only in a cricket season,” the board said. “The non-contracted players are bound to play at least three domestic first-class matches for them to be entitled to receive the NOC. While retired players do not need any NOC from PCB, however as per ICC’s rule they are bound to obtain an NOC from PCB for two years from the date of their retirement.”Given that the Pakistan domestic season starts in September and ends in March, and that the BPL, the T10 League, and the BBL all take place in that time, it leaves the Caribbean Premier League and the T20 Blast as the major tournaments top cricketers can target.A decision was also taken at the meeting to leave this season’s domestic structure broadly unchanged, bar a few tweaks in fixtures. The national one-day tournament will be held alongside the first-class tournament, each one-day game following a day’s break after the first-class match.Last season, the teams in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy were put through a strenuous schedule of seven four-day games in just 41 days.The first-class format remains intact for the third year running, with 16 teams (eight regional and eight departments), but the selection process was tweaked last year, allowing eight players to be picked through the draft process. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies mull playing T20s in PakistanJanuary 3, 2017In “latest news”CWI offering players ‘US$25,000 to tour Pakistan’March 19, 2018In “latest news”Sunil Narine’s bowling action reported in PSLMarch 16, 2018In “Sports” read more

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St Kitts Opposition files no confidence motion against Government

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris (Caribbean News Now image) BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — Opposition Leader Dr Denzil Douglas has filed a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, whom he says presents a “clear and present danger to democracy” in St Kitts-Nevis.In the motion, which was sent to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sonia Boddie-Thompson on Tuesday, Douglas, a former prime minister, also alleges that the activities of the incumbent “have belittled and denigrated the esteemed Office of the Prime Minister and has tarnished the good name and standing of this country both regionally and internationally”.Douglas is calling on legislators to support the motion and ensure the “immediate resignation” of Harris, who led his coalition Team Unity grouping into office in the February 16, 2015 general election.In the motion, Douglas claims that since being sworn into office, Harris has governed the twin island Federation “in a manner that has seen a rapid erosion of the democratic and good governance standards that are enshrined in the Constitution” and that the “rights, liberties and democratic interests of citizens are being trampled upon using methods that are reminiscent of a full blown dictatorship”.He also alleges that Prime Minister Harris “has consistently failed to uphold the principles of accountability, fairness, openness, transparency, inclusivity or respect the rule of law which has led to the maladministration of public services and the mismanagement of the economic and fiscal affairs of St Kitts and Nevis”.Douglas, the leader of the main opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), said that Prime Minister Harris “constantly tries to influence the work of the Electoral Office and its ranking officers in contravention of the electoral laws of the Federation and which has led to the disenfranchisement of numerous voters without due process”.Douglas has listed several other allegations in the motion calling for the removal of the prime minister, including his refusal “ consent to the publication of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) country surveillance report, thereby denying the citizens of the country their right to information contained therein”.Prime Minister Harris is due to present the national budget to Parliament later today. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLeader of Opposition met Chairman of CARICOM and teamJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news”St Kitts-Nevis PM claims parliamentary majorityJune 26, 2013In “Regional”Region turned its back on St Kitts unlike Guyana over no confidence impasse – says opposition leaderDecember 2, 2014In “Regional” read more

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Anna Gordy Gaye inspiration for Marvin Gaye hit Pride and Joy dies

first_imgANNA GORDY GAYE, the ex-wife of late soul legend Marvin Gaye and the older sister of Motown record label founder Berry Gordy Jr, died in Los Angeles on Friday at the age of 92, the family publicist said.“She died today at her Los Angeles home. She passed away from natural causes. They discovered her body at 3am,” said Maureen O’Connor, executive vice president of publicists Rogers & Cowan.The songwriter and businesswoman was married to Gaye from 1964 to 1977 and helped compose two songs, “Flying High (In the Friendly Sky)” and “God is Love,” on Gaye’s classic album “What’s Going On.”She was also the inspiration for his hit “Pride and Joy.”When Marvin Gaye was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, she attended the ceremony. The singer died in 1984 at the age of 44 after he was shot by his father.The couple had one son, Marvin Gaye III.Her last public appearance was with Berry Gordy in 2008. The rise of the Motown label and the role of the two siblings is chronicled in the hit Broadway show “Motown: The Musical.”Read: Folk legend Pete Seeger dies at 94>last_img read more

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€300000 worth of cannabis plants seized in Leitrim

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED €300,000 worth of cannabis plants in Leitrim today.As part of an intelligence-led operation, a planned search of a house in Church Manor, Carrigallen was carried out this morning.The cannabis plants were discovered as part of the search and a 43-year-old man was arrested at the scene.He is currently being held at Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station.Gardaí said today that there was another seizure of some 250 plants at two adjoining properties in Kerry yesterday. This haul has a street value of around €200,000.Read: Hundreds of cannabis plants discovered in two adjoining Kerry properties>Read: Over 80 per cent of drug seizures in Europe are for cannabis>last_img read more

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Final results for special election announced

first_imgAfter the April 23 special levy election in Battle Ground, the gap between the “yeas” and “nays” widened slightly as the final ballots were counted, according to the Clark County Elections Office.In Battle Ground, the four-year maintenance and operations levy was approved by 56.28 percent, or 11,661 votes in favor to 9,057 votes opposed.In the Green Mountain school district, the bond issue was approved by 57.66 percent, or 143 votes in favor to 105 votes opposed.In La Center, the bond issue for the district’s sports field was defeated by 53.18 percent, or 1,303 votes against the measure to 1,147 in favor.last_img read more

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Detective files records lawsuit against Woodland

first_imgA Woodland Police Department detective filed a lawsuit this week accusing the city of delaying the release of public records. Detective David Plaza filed the lawsuit Monday in connection with a tort claim he filed about two months ago making numerous allegations of misconduct and harassment against former interim police Chief Sgt. Brad Gillaspie. In his claim, Plaza accused Gillaspie of using racial slurs, sexually harassing young women, and invasions of privacy.The claim also warned that Plaza was preparing to sue the city for at least $2 million. Since learning about the claim, the city replaced Gillaspie as interim chief with former Cowlitz County Sheriff Bill Mahoney.Mayor Grover Laseke also said the city’s insurance carrier is investigating the allegations against Gillaspie.last_img read more

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Facebook takes steps to protect you from discriminatory ads

first_imgFacebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg  James Martin/CNET Facebook is making changes to a range of ads on the social network in an effort to protect its users who are searching for a job or housing from discrimination. Advertisers that run housing, employment and credit ads will no longer be able to target users based on age, gender or ZIP code, and will also have fewer options when it comes to targeting users, Facebook said Tuesday. The company also said it’s building a tool so users can search for housing ads throughout the US. “Housing, employment and credit ads are crucial to helping people buy new homes, start great careers, and gain access to credit,” said Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in a blog post. “They should never be used to exclude or harm people.”The changes are part of a settlement that Facebook reached with civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed lawsuits against the social network alleging that Facebook allowed advertisers to discriminate against users by excluding people from seeing certain housing, employment and credit ads based on gender, age and where they lived. Civil rights groups, labor organizations, workers and consumers filed five discrimination lawsuits against Facebook between 2016 and 2018, according to the settlement posted by the ACLU. The changes also affect ads placed on Facebook-owned Instagram and messaging app Messenger. Facebook has been under mounting pressure to change its advertising tools after ProPublica reported in 2016 that the world’s largest social network allowed advertisers to place housing ads that excluded users by race, which is illegal under federal law. In response, Facebook pulled a tool that allowed advertisers to exclude users from seeing housing, employment and credit ads based on their “ethnic affinity.”But Facebook continued to receive more complaints that its advertising tools were also being used by employers to post job ads that excluded women or older workers. “Discrimination in advertising for jobs, housing and credit has been unlawful since the 1960s and ’70s with the enactment of our civil rights laws,” said Galen Sherwin, senior staff attorney at the ACLU during a conference call. “But the ability to target ads to users based on their data and online behavior has been threatening to give this kind of discrimination a new life in the 21st century.” Sherwin said advertisers will have to certify whether they’re placing a housing, employment or credit ad on Facebook. Targeting options for these advertisers will decrease from tens of thousands to a few hundred, she said. These advertisers, for example, won’t be able to target soccer moms, new dads and wheelchair users or people who are similar to their current customers. And they won’t be able to target users less than 15 miles away from a specific address or the center of a city, according to the ACLU.Civil rights groups will also be testing housing, employment and credit ads on Facebook to make sure the company implements the changes it’s promising. Advocacy groups will also be on the lookout for any advertisers who are trying to skirt Facebook’s new ad rules. A Facebook spokesperson said the company doesn’t break out how many housing, employment or credit ads are placed on the social network every month or year. Originally published March 19, 11:39 a.m. PTUpdate, 2:09 p.m. PT: Includes remarks from ACLU’s conference calls, details about the settlement and comment from a Facebook spokesperson. Now playing: Watch this: 3 Comments Tags Facebook is a moneymaking machinecenter_img 2:28 Facebook Share your voice Internet Services Tech Industry Mobile Appslast_img read more

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