Sri Lanka Cricket board is miffed with this batting legend. Here’s why

first_imgSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has expressed disappointment at former captain Mahela Jayawardene taking up the role of consultant with the England team for the upcoming ICC World T20.Jayawardene is to continue his batting mentor’s role with the England team, a job he had already performed with them in the UAE in the last series against Pakistan. (Lasith Malinga hints at retirement post World Twenty20) “A cricketer joining another nation so close to his retirement is not a good thing, SLC chairman Thilanga Sumathipala said yesterday.”I am of the view that a player who retires from international cricket should not be allowed to work as an expert of another team at least for a period of two years,” Sumathipala said.”This is because he will be aware of inside information on strengths and weaknesses. These are strategic secrets. (India women thrash Sri Lanka to complete series whitewash) This is a question of ethics in sport not anything personally against Mahela Jayawardene. I respect him for his vast knowledge of the game.”Jayawardene retired from international cricket in 2014 and since then Sri Lanka’s international rankings have nose dived.This was exacerbated by the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara.Sri Lanka lost two home series to India and Pakistan last year since their retirement, and also lost the number one ranking in T20 cricket.Interestingly, both Sri Lanka and England are clubbed in the same group in the World T20.Jayawardene had previously worked with England for two Tests, during their tour to the UAE in 2015. He played his last ODI for Sri Lanka in March last year, but had quit T20s in April 2014.advertisementlast_img read more

Martial’s late strike sends Manchester United into FA Cup final

first_imgAnthony Martial’s stoppage-time goal sent Manchester United into its first FA Cup final in nine years as they registered a 2-1 victory over Everton at the Wembley stadium on Saturday, giving Louis van Gaal a chance to end an underwhelming season with a major trophy.Marouane Fellaini scored against former club Everton in the 34th minute and United goalkeeper David de Gea saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty, but Chris Smalling scored an own goal with 15 minutes remaining.Just as the semifinal was heading into extra time, Martial netted in the third minute of added time at Wembley Stadium.United will play the winner of Sunday’s semifinal between Crystal Palace and Watford in the final on May 21 when the 11-time FA Cup winners will seek its first major trophy since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.last_img read more

We must enjoy this journey, says Jhulan Goswami post World Cup final heartbreak

first_imgAfter her side’s journey ended a whisker away from winning the ICC Women’s World Cup title, Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has called on her team to shake off the loss and look ahead to working on bettering themselves.Under the heartbreak of a final defeat of nine runs at the hands of hosts England at the Lord’s, India was able to reflect on one of the biggest moments in its women’s cricket history, a Lord’s showcase few had expected it to reach.That was a path hard to take notice of in the heat of the moment when coming so close to victory, but Goswami is hopeful this could be the start of something very special.Indeed, India was the only team to beat England en-route to the hosts’ third title in three attempts at home, but while the individual performances were there, the task is now to follow it up with more and more team displays heading into future tournaments.”The important thing is that nobody from the first day thought we would be a finalist,” Goswami said.”We performed and started to believe in ourselves after that match, and in each given day everybody tried to contribute, as a team we believed that if we did well we could do it our way.”We tried to contribute from all of us from the beginning. At this moment we must enjoy this journey, the whole team must enjoy the way we played, unfortunately this one was not to go our way.advertisement”In the games we’ve had people perform, individually, but when it comes to a group there are things that we can work on.”Experience doesn’t come much greater than that of Goswami, the highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs with 195 dismissals to her name.Her Lord’s outing also took her to 36 in world cups – the joint third highest – while her three for 23 threatened to take the game away from the host and favourite England when they made 228 for eight.In the end, it proved just a shade too much of a tally to chase, though it didn’t stop her boasting a plethora of memories from her second, match-changing spell in front of 25,000 fans at Lord’s.”We didn’t get any early breakthrough and there wasn’t much pace in the wicket, so for me it was about bowling a tight line and length.”I tried to bowl in the right areas and not give them much room, they were using the crease and shuffling towards off stump, so we wanted to try and get them to play straight.”Sometimes plans work, sometimes they don’t, but they came at the right time to break that partnership.”Whenever a team requires it, I try to contribute from my side – my best bowling figures are the ones where England win the match,” she added.last_img read more

Nets Hold Off Pistons, 110-105

first_imgNEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets had an easy time in their first game this season without Deron Williams — until the last few seconds.Mason Plumlee scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Brooklyn held off a late rally for a 110-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 21.After Mirza Teletovic’s layup with 5:31 remaining gave the Nets a seemingly comfortable 98-83 lead, the Pistons pulled to 106-105 on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 3-pointer with 9 seconds left.Joe Johnson, who scored 16 points, followed with two free throws. Caldwell-Pope, who finished with 20 points, then missed on a long 3-pointer and Andre Drummond committed a loose ball foul on the rebound“Sometimes we get to the point where we try and protect the lead instead of just playing basketball,” Johnson said. “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot and let them right back into the game.Kevin Garnett missed the two ensuing free throws. Josh Smith grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled by Sergey Karasev.Smith also missed both free throws, Garnett grabbed another rebound and this time made both for the final score.Jarrett Jack, who replaced the injured Williams, finished with 15 points and contributed 10 assists as the Nets tied a season high with 29 assists.“I thought the brand of basketball we put out there tonight was very, very contagious,” Jack said. “I just thought it was an enjoyable brand of basketball. Obviously, we need to clean up some things at the end.” Williams has a strained right calf.Plumlee shot 9-of-10 from the field and had 12 rebounds.“He’s going to be a great player. You can see his progress,” said Drummond, who finished with 18 points and 20 rebounds. “He played a great game tonight. Brooklyn is utilizing him the right way. He’s going to thrive here.”Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points, Teletovic finished with 13 and Garnett added 10 for the Nets.Greg Monroe had 16 points, Smith and Jodie Meeks finished with 13, and Jonas Jerebko added 10 for the Pistons.“Our defense is just not giving us a chance to win games,” said coach Stan Van Gundy. “You’re going to give 53 percent, 110 points, 29 free throw attempts, we don’t have a chance. That’s got to improve or we’re not going to have a chance to win.”(JEFFREY BERNSTEIN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stubbornness and lack of talent: the factors that doomed USA’s World Cup

first_imgThe shock is just now beginning to subside after the US men’s national team was eliminated from contention for the next summer’s World Cup in Russia. Every result that could have doomed them on Tuesday night came about, with Honduras and Panama’s respective wins combining with the US’s own 2-1 loss at already eliminated Trinidad & Tobago to knock Bruce Arena’s men out.The list of what didn’t doom the United States’ qualifying campaign is lengthy – vastly greater resources and spending power relative to the rest of the Concacaf region, first and foremost – but before the autopsy begins in earnest, below are four things that consigned the US to desperate failure.Home defeats to Mexico and Costa RicaCoach Bruce Arena’s comment that the “hotshot” European powerhouses should try to qualify out of Concacaf, and the insinuation that it is somehow more challenging than in other federations, inspired much guffawing. TDMás (@tdmas_cr)Esa bola nunca entró ¡Árbitro vulgar! 11, 2017 Share via Email Those scorning Arena had justification. (Good luck surviving a bad draw in Uefa or CAF, Bruce). There’s a case to be made that Concacaf has the most lenient road to the World Cup. In few other regions could Mexico have made it to Brazil three years ago with just two wins out of 10 qualifiers, for example, or with just three, as the US would have if El Tri and Costa Rica had done them a favor on Tuesday night.What Arena was alluding to, however, were the logistical and practical concerns that are unique to Central America and the Caribbean. In few other regions, for example, do visitors have to wade through a moat to get to practice the day before the match. Stories of inhospitable kickoff times and late-night phone calls to team hotels are legion.What that all means is that taking care of business at home is paramount. Win your home games, and you’re in, no matter what happens on those pesky road trips.The United States failed to obey that cardinal rule. The USMNT fell to Mexico in what had previously been the fortress of Mapfre Stadium – two days after the election of President Donald Trump, some of a certain political persuasion will remind you with the same dark comedy that inspired Omar Gonzalez’s own goal on Tuesday – and lost to Costa Rica in New Jersey last month.That Costa Rica loss, especially, coming when it did, put the US in a position in which they absolutely needed an away result. As we saw so vividly, that can come back to bite teams.Lack of difference-makers in their primes Read more Read more World Cup 2018 Pinterest Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Any of the three fluky plays that sank the US would’ve been extraordinary on its own. First, Gonzalez sliced an attempted clearance off the outside of his boot and into his own net, an own goal that would’ve been stylish even if he had been attempting to score. Then Honduras boinked their game-winner off the crossbar, off the back of the Mexican goalkeeper’s head and over the line. Panama’s tying goal didn’t even make it that far – replays conclusively showed that Blas Perez’s shot next made it completely over the goalline – but it was credited anyway (fans hoping for a reprieve on that one may well be disappointed: it sounds like US Soccer won’t appeal. “As far as I know there is no recourse. Decisions of the referee are final,” spokesman Michael Kammarman told CBS Sports.)Taken together, it’s fine to acknowledge that this was a remarkable bit of ill fortune to strike in the same night. It’s also fair to point out that the US has so much going for it relative to its peers that it never should have been so susceptible to bad luck so late in the campaign – and that this result will have repercussions for years to come. The days when veteran players such as Tim Howard could dominate USA games are over. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Topics USA Sportblog Pulisic has legitimate, game-changing quality. He’s already as gifted as just about any other American soccer player, ever, and it is a great shame for football fans everywhere was that he has been robbed of a turn on the World Cup stage. Pulisic was dominant last Friday night against Panama and scored a world-class goal against T&T. He’s also young, and sometimes inconsistent, like when he struggled to establish himself in that aforementioned Costa Rica match.Such are the dangers of leaning too heavily on players either on the back end of their careers or still growing into their prime.A stubborn willingness to stick with coaches through more than one World Cup cycleTo write off this collapse as merely a function of a down talent cycle is to be far too lenient on the powers that be. Even without difference-makers in that age group, this team had more than enough talent to qualify. MLS, the domestic league, is as strong as it’s ever been. Pulisic plays for Borussia Dortmund, one of the biggest club teams in the world.Blame should also be pointed squarely at Arena, at former coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who oversaw the home loss to Mexico and the 4-0 hiding in Costa Rica, as well as at federation president Sunil Gulati, who hired both of them.This has been a trend since the first time Arena was in charge. His 2002 squad made the deepest run of any US team in the modern era, taking Germany to the wire in the World Cup quarter-finals. At the end of his second cycle in 2006, though, the team flopped, going three-and-out in Germany. Bob Bradley also guided the US to the World Cup knockout rounds a year after a stirring run to the 2009 Confederations Cup final … and was let go midway through his second cycle after the team’s form fell off.So Klinsmann’s trajectory should’ve been easily to chart when he inked a contract extension the year before his US team reached the round of 16 in 2014. Instead, he stuck around long enough to dig the hole this group could not climb out of.A couple of bad breaks Twitter As explained in depth by Brian Sciaretta over at American Soccer Now earlier this month, the USMNT are plagued by a puzzling dearth of talent between the ages of 23 and 27. The reasons behind that glaring development gap are myriad – that players those ages were born before Major League Soccer came into existence, that every nation ebbs and flows with its talent production – but its impact was clear enough this campaign.The US leaned too heavily on veterans who had clearly lost a step, like poor Tim Howard, who was so lauded for his heroics against Belgium in Brazil but has lacked his former reflexes for a while now. It has also heaped far too much responsibility onto the shoulders of 19-year-old Christian Pulisic. World Cup Panama features Woeful USA fail to make 2018 World Cup after loss to Trinidad & Tobago World Cup 2018 qualifiers US sports Share on Pinterest ‘It’s only working for the white kids’: American soccer’s diversity problem Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoNew absence for Real Madrid attacker Bale

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New absence for Real Madrid attacker Baleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Bale is set to be missing for another two weeks at Real Madrid.The Welsh international suffered a calf problem in the 2-2 draw against Villarreal.First tests have revealed he will be sidelined for around two weeks, although he will undergo further tests. Therefore, Bale will miss the games against Real Sociedad, Leganes (Copa del Rey) and Real Betis, but he could re-appear for the second leg of the Copa del Rey clash with Leganes if all goes well. If he doesn’t make that on time, his objective will be to be fit again for the vital league game against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Jan. 19. last_img read more

Watford vs Chelsea: Blues named unchanged XI

first_imgChelsea will attempt to put their loss to Leicester behind them when they face Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.Maurizio Sarri’s side suffered their first home defeat of the season last week when they were beaten 1-0 by the Foxes and the Italian is eager to return to winning ways.Watford, meanwhile, are flying high this season and will pose a serious threat to the Blues, particularly on their own patch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? In contrast to their visitors, the Hornets come into the game on the back of a victory, having triumphed 2-0 over West Ham in their last outing. Game Watford vs Chelsea Date Wednesday, December 26 Time 7:30pm GMT / 2:30pm ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fuboTV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky 1 and Sky Sports Main Event. It can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League / Sky 1 / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Watford squad Goalkeepers Gomes, Dahlberg, Foster Defenders Janmaat, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Navarro, Wilmot, Holebas, Kabasele Midfielders Cleverley, Sema, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Quina, Capoue, Pereyra Forwards Deulofeu, Deeney, Success, Penaranda, Gray, Okaka Watford are without Andre Gray, while Will Hughes and Sebastian Prodl are also out. Like Chelsea, the Hornets have named an unchanged side from their weekend fixture – a 2-0 win over West Ham. Watford starting XI: Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenia; Doucoure, Capoue, Sema, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney. Position Chelsea squad Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu Midfielders Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, McEachran Forwards Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Morata, Willian, Hudson-Odoi Andreas Christensen is out with a hamstring injury while a healthy Alvaro Morata misses out on the 18, as Chelsea are unchanged from their defeat at Leicester at the weekend.Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante; Pedro, Willian, Hazard.Betting & Match Odds Chelsea are strong favourites to win the match, with bet365 giving odds of 13/20 on the Blues to triumph. Watford’s chances of victory are rated 17/4 and a draw is available at 11/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Maurizio Sarri Chelsea ICC 2018Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester at the weekend was a serious set-back in their bid for the Premier League title and leaves them in a position where they now have a fight on their hands to secure a top four finish, with Arsenal breathing down their neck heading into the new year.Sarri was furious with the loss – their third of the season – but indicated the silver lining was that his players have little time to dwell on the nature of their shortcomings in the game.”After the goal the reaction was, for me, a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players and so it was very strange,” said the Chelsea boss.”It’s important to play again in four days, maybe positive, maybe negative, it depends on our reaction after the match.”In the match we had a bad reaction, now it depends on the reaction in the next three days, I think it’s important to play immediately.”With another away game against London rivals Crystal Palace to come four days after the meeting with the Hornets, the Italian will be desperate for his team to make their way into 2019 on a high. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

IPL 2019: Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn thrilled to be reunited as RCB win 2 in a row

first_img graphs Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) 2/25 (4) (20.0) Indian Premier League, 2019 No data available! 161/7 (20.0) Bangalore BLR Match Ended 161/7 53 (37) 160/8 view more view less (20.0) Dale Steyn (BLR) D. Steyn (BLR) India Today Web Desk BengaluruApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 12:29 IST IPL 2019: Virat Kohli and Dale Steyn caught up after RCB’s 1-run win over CSK (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRCB defeated CSK by just 1 run in a last-ball thrillerMS Dhoni career-best unbeaten 48-ball 84 went in vainDale Steyn took the wickets of Shane Watson and Suresh RainaRoyal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday defeated Chennai Super Kings in a last-ball thriller at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, as the hosts came out victorious despite a MS Dhoni classic.Dhoni registered his career-best score in the Indian Premier League, scoring an unbeaten 84 from 48 balls but it was not enough to take CSK across the line. Dhoni almost got the required 26 runs off the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav before Parthiv Patel’s ‘Dhoni like calm’ behind the stumps ensured RCB’s victory by one run.Dale Steyn was one of the stars for RCB with the ball as he gave the hosts the perfect start when he dismissed Shane Watson and Suresh Raina on back-to-back deliveries. Steyn finished with 2/29 from his four wickets and has been a real game changer for RCB since his signing a few days ago.Delighted to have Steyn back in the team – Virat KohliOn their @RCBTweets reunion, watch what happens when @imVkohli and @DaleSteyn62 discover a 9 year old treasure! By @RajalArora. #RCBvCSKFull video – (@IPL) April 22, 2019After the end of the match, RCB skipper Virat Kohli and Steyn looked back at their 10-year challenge photos. Steyn’s previous stint with the RCB was 9 years ago, as he played 15 matches for the Royal Challengers and picked 15 wickets with a best of 3 for 18.In 2011, Dale Steyn moved to Deccan Chargers before playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad from 2013 to 2015. In 2016, he played 1 game for Gujarat Lions but did not feature in the next two editions of the Indian Premier League.advertisement”We have won three games of the last four we have played. Feels outstanding. We have something really interesting here. There was a little competition, or thing, that came on social media recently – the 10-year challenge,” Kohli said in an interview with the IPL website.”I want everyone to look at this. Me and Dale Styen on the left in 2010 and me and Dale Steyn in 2019. Dale Styen looks the same as you can see on the left, it is a different human being and on the right is a different one,” Kohli added.Kohli went onto add how it felt for him that Steyn is back playing for RCB.”Feels amazing to be able to celebrate with this man after 10 years. We would have never thought that after parting ways in 2010, we would be doing the same thing in Chinnaswamy all over again,” Kohli said.Kohli also asked Steyn for how he felt, to which the South African said: “It’s fanstastic. you know that photo, you are right… it brings back some good memories. The photo just shows how well you’ve done. This man has gone on and taken the world by storm. One of the best if not the best batsmen in the world. I was lucky enough to watch him in the beginning, meeting me in the eyes as an 18-year-old and the man that stands in front of me today… the Indian captain. It is amazing so it is an honour. Thank you.”Kohli praised Steyn further saying that Steyn is one of the nicest people to have played for RCB.”This team has been full of very very nice people. He’s been one of the nicest that has ever played for RCB and we are so delighted to have him back. Good luck to him,” Kohli said.Also Read | MS Dhoni magic leaves cricket fraternity in awe: Cricket needs Dhoni to write it’s scriptsAlso Read | MS Dhoni 1st Indian to hit 200 sixes in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | MS Dhoni gave us a massive scare: Virat Kohli after RCB’s thrilling 1-run win over CSKFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Dale SteynFollow RCBFollow 10 Year ChallengeFollow Royal Challengers Bangalore Match Ended Bangalore beat Chennai by 1 run Super Over – Series Status: Player Of The Match: Parthiv Patel Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 39 (20.0) 84 (48) Parthiv Patel (BLR) P. Patel (BLR) Bangalore BLR Bangalore Top Bowlers Top Bowlers commentary advertisement Toss: CHE elected to field Top Batsmen Top Batsmen IPL 2019: Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn thrilled to be reunited as RCB win 2 in a rowVirat Kohli and Dale Styen looked at side-by-side photos of them celebrating a win in 2010 and 2019 after Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 run on Sunday. 2/29 (4) Scorecard Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: Vineet Kulkarni (IND), Rod Tucker (AUS) and Anil Chaudhary (IND) Chennai CHE Chennai view full scorecard Deepak Chahar (CHE) D. Chahar (CHE) vs MS Dhoni (CHE) MS Dhoni (CHE) 160/8 Chennai CHE last_img read more

Bergen Group to Upgrade ‘Floatel Superior’

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location Bergen Group, February 3, 2014 zoom Bergen Group Hanøytangen has now been awarded a final agreement from Floatel International for a three week long yard stay and rig modification for the semi-submersible accommodation vessel Floatel Superior.The agreement comprises various yard services and modification work to be carried out during the stay. Floatel Superior is scheduled for arrival at Hanøytangen I mid-February.Floatel Superior is an accommodation and construction support vessel with 440 bed accommodations, all single bed cabins, or 512 using double bed occupancy. The vessel is designed to meet the most demanding regulatory requirements for operating in the harshest environmental conditions in the world. Floatel Superior was delivered from Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in early 2010.Bergen Group Hanøytangen has developed a functional and efficient offshore yard and service area on Askøy north of Bergen. The company has over the last years carried out several extensive operations on different drilling rigs.last_img read more

Bill to amend POCSO Act with death penalty for child rape introduced

first_imgNew Delhi: A Bill entailing amendments to the POCSO Act by including death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children, besides providing stringent punishments for other crimes against minors, was introduced in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.Moving the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said: “The amendments I move today are ensuring that those who rape our children, especially cases of gang rape, will be met by death”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The proposed changes in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act also provide for fines and imprisonment to curb child pornography. The minister observed that many cases have come to light which show how children have become more vulnerable with evolving technology and therefore, one of the biggest amendments to the Bill is the definition of child pornography. “Today, through this amendment we seek to define child pornography but we don’t limit it only to videos. The amendment through definition of child pornography expands it to visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor or a child which will include photographs, video, digital or photo generated images,” Irani said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KElaborating on the provisions of the Bill, she said, it proposes that under Section 15, a fine of Rs 5,000 is introduced on the first occasion with regards to punishment for storage of pornographic material involving a child. On the second occasion, a fine of Rs 10,000 is proposed for not reporting child pornographic material with an intention to share/transmit it, which can be extended to imprisonment if such material is transmitted, displayed, distributed or propagated, the minister informed. “If such material is used for commercial purposes, then this amendment proposes to extend a minimum punishment by imprisonment for not less than 3 years which may extend to 5 years with fine or with both,” Irani said. She highlighted that the amendments brought for the consideration of the House for the first time also elaborately seeks to penalise and punish those who persuade, induce, entice or coerce a child to be administered by a chemical substance so that the child attains early sexual maturity. Irani said the amendment with regards to injection of hormones and chemical substances was also necessitated by the fact that some cases came to light related to implanting of birth control into the upper arm of children. Depraved cases of the extent to which a human being can go to exploit a child have necessitated these amendments, she said. “Today the amendments proposed under POCSO make this particular (Bill), and in consonance with the Criminal Law Amendment 2018, make this very case for penal action for those who commit a rape (of) a child under the age of 18 to be punished for 20 years which may extend to imprisonment for life,” Irani said. The minister said she speaks for 39 per cent of India’s population with provisional data of the census saying that 47 crore of our citizens are aged upto 18 years. The minister expressed hope that the guidance emanating from a productive discussion in the House on the proposed amendments strengthen the government’s resolve to provide more legal and administrative protection to the country’s children, “who are not vote banks but the foundation of a New India”.last_img read more

Two students arrested following threats to Vancouver Island schools

first_imgCOMOX, B.C. – Police say two students have been arrested following threats that forced the closure of three schools on Vancouver Island.Three high schools in the Comox Valley School District did not open Thursday following notification from police that one of the schools was not safe.RCMP say in a news release that police investigated and two students were arrested for uttering threats before being released to their parents.No details have been released about the students’ identities.Const. Rob Gardner says the force takes all threats seriously, and investigations take time to ensure the safety of everyone involved.All three of the schools were open again on Friday.last_img read more

Quebec Human Rights commission says majority of hate attacks go unreported

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s human rights commission says the vast majority of xenophobic and Islamophobic hatred in the province goes unreported to competent authorities.The organization has released the results of a two-year study that recommends the provincial government recognize the phenomenon and prioritize measures aimed at combating it.The commission’s president says in 78 per cent of the cases it examined, the person experiencing the discrimination didn’t report the matter to authorities despite the fact it constitutes a serious form of prejudice.Participants cited a number of reasons for not reporting, including distrust in institutions, minimization of the acts, lack of awareness of the available remedies or concerns of racial profiling by police.The study looked at 86 people who reported experiencing xenophobic or Islamophobic hate in various regions of Quebec.It was commissioned by the previous Liberal government under its anti-radicalization measures.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Women in Entertainment Announces 4th Annual Summit

first_imgWomen In Entertainment (WIE) announced today that it will host its fourth annual summit in Los Angeles, on October 11, 2018, at the iconic Skirball Cultural Center.Over the course of the day, WIE will once again gather some of the most creative game-changing minds in television, film, and sports for a series of powerful keynotes, thought-provoking panel discussions, and inspirational fireside chats. Founded by two innovative leaders in the entertainment and marketing worlds Gretchen McCourt and Renee Rossi (Relativity Ventures), WIE is designed to address a range of pivotal and timely issues that affect women. Topics to include: the rise of women’s leadership, addressing our evolving world in the wake of the Me Too movement, how storytelling can impact social change, and empowering the next generation of extraordinary women creatives.This year DreamWorks Animation Television will present the “She-Ra: Evolution of a Warrior Princess” panel at WIE ahead of it’s highly anticipated Netflix Original Series release November 16th. This fascinating panel will feature a number of the incredible team behind the re-imagining of this beloved animated heroine including: executive producer Noelle Stevenson, directors Jen Bennett & Kiki Monrique, art director Liz Kresin and story editor Josie Campbell.“Our goal for the summit is to continually open conversations and in turn, open more doors for women in the entertainment world,” said Renee Rossi, co-founder of Women in Entertainment. “The women featured this year are dynamic visionaries and we are thrilled to have them share their knowledge with our audience.”WIE 2018 speakers include: Geena Davis, Actor, Producer and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Raelle Tucker, an executive producer on Netflix’s “Jessica Jones,” and HBO’s “True Blood”; Kristin Campo of Chernin Entertainment; Veronica Gentilli of entertainment One; Julie McNamara of CBS; Susan Cartsonis of Resonate Entertainment; Tina Exarhos of NowThis; Natascha French of VNTANA; Bernadette McCabe of MoviePass; Claudine Cazian Britz of Instagram; Anna Holmes, the founder of Jezebel; Winnie Kemp of Super Deluxe; Michelle Kantor of Cinefemme and “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; Deadra Bastarache of Anomaly Factor; Rachel Rusch of Bad Robot; Julie Candalaria of All About the 360, Inc.; Noelle Stevenson, executive producer, Jen Bennett and Kiki Monrique, directors , Liz Kresin, art director, and Josie Campbell, story editor of DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power among others still to be announced.This years summit will once again conclude the day with groundbreaking female led cinema with a screening of Lisa D’Apolito’s captivating and moving documentary “Love, Gilda” followed by a panel discussion for the WIE attendees. In limited release now through Magnolia Pictures, this fascinating documentary chronicles the life of beloved comedian, actress and “Saturday Night Live” icon, Gilda Radner, through diaries, audiotapes, videotapes and testimonies from her friends and colleagues offering insight into the life and career.This years WIE sponsors include: Dreamworks Animation Television, MoviePass, Starz, and CBS.This yearly event gathers women and men who are dedicated to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry, here in Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Eventbrite Link here. More information can be found at read more

BJP made someone who used word Hindu terror minister: Digvijay

first_imgBhopal: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh claimed Saturday that the BJP made the person who used the term “Hindu terror” in official parlance a Union minister. He was apparently referring to R K Singh, a Union home secretary during the UPA regime who later joined the BJP and became minister. The BJP has often targeted Digvijay Singh for `tarnishing the Hindu community’ by using the term Hindu or saffron terror. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday defended the BJP’s decision to field Pragya Singh Thakur, Malegaon blast accused, from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, saying it was a symbolic answer to all those who falsely bracketed the rich Hindu civilisation as “terrorist”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Modi was apparently referring to Digvijay, who is the Congress’ candidate from Bhopal. “I think they do not have the knowledge of Hindu civilisation. The person who, as home secretary, issued a statement with the word Hindu terror was given Lok Sabha ticket by the BJP and was made a Union minister,” Singh told reporters here. “Will (BJP chief) Amit Shah speak about it?” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister asked. Amid the political row over the term Hindu terrorism, the Congress had pointed earlier that it was used by Union minister R K Singh when he was home secretary. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Digvijay also said the word Hindutva did not exist for him. “Why do you use the word Hindutva? The word does not exist in my dictionary,” he said. The Congress leader refused to comment on the Election Commission’s notice to Thakur over her remark that former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because she had cursed the police officer for torturing her during the blast probe. “Ask the EC. Why are you asking me? I don’t want to get into it,” the Congress leader said. Asked if he was now in “silent mode”, Singh, known for kicking off controversy with his provocative statements, replied amid laughter, “Have I taken a contract to create news?” Interestingly, Singh, whose outlandish theories about the Mumbai attack and the Batla House encounter have incurred him the wrath of the right wing, has desisted from making any comment on Thakur’s comment on Karkare.last_img

Dubai Story of Man Not Allowing Lifeguards to Save His Daughter…

Rabat – After making headlines worldwide, the news of an Asian father who let his daughter die rather than be touched by strange rescuers turned out to be a 19 year old story.On Monday, Agence France Press ran a story claiming that “police in Dubai arrested an Asian man who prevented a team of lifeguards from rescuing his drowning daughter, telling them if they touched his daughter it would ‘dishonor her’.”Reputed international websites including The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Metro and even Sky News jumped on the story and reported it as a recent event. In fact, the story is 19 year old news, as it happened in 1996. A curious reader followed up and told The Guardian that lifeguards had been asked to recount the strangest things that had happened to them.“They mentioned this case of the Asian man who prevented his daughter’s rescue, but here’s the catch – it was from 1996.” read more

Sixth annual Brock Cares Day of Service scheduled for Sept 20

The sixth annual Brock Cares Day of Service is scheduled for Sept. 20. Hosted by Student Life and Community Experience, faculty and staff are invited to join hundreds of students who will register for the opportunity to show that Brock cares by volunteering and giving back to the Niagara community.Additionally, anyone who is part of, or has ties with any community agency or organization that has a project happening or would benefit from having a group of volunteers for a few hours is asked to contact organizers.Contributing agencies from the September 2013 event included Lincoln County Humane Society, United Way, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Niagara Wine Festival, Canadian Blood Services and many more. Community organizations have come forward with both indoor and outdoor projects including tasks such as serving food and refreshments, painting, gardening, administrative tasks, marketing and event assistance.Invitations to Brock Cares Day of Service 2014 can be filled out online. For more information, contact Taylor. read more

Economic and Social Council acts on wide range of human rights texts

Acting on a range of measures recommended by the top United Nations human rights body, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has approved guidelines on victims’ rights to a remedy and reparation for gross human rights violations, as well as the creation of a working group to probe the use of mercenaries to derail human rights.Taking up recommendations forwarded by the recent session of the UN’s Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights, on matters ranging from human rights assistance to Somalia, to elimination of violence against women and the rights of minorities, the 54-member ECOSOC acted yesterday on some 43 texts.The text on guidelines for remedy and reparation for victims of gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law – adopted by a vote of 43 in favour and none against, with 5 abstentions – contained an annex outlining non-binding “victim-centred” principles that could be useful for States in providing equal and effective access to justice, adequate and prompt reparation for harm and access to relevant information, among other things.Approved by a vote of 29 in favour to 18 against, the text on the use of mercenaries to violate human rights and impede the right to self-determination endorsed the Commission’s decision to end the mandate of its Special Rapporteur dealing with the issue and to instead establish a panel made up of five independent experts representing each of the UN regional groups, to study the subject for a period of three years.Among country-specific decisions, texts were adopted relating to Myanmar, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Belarus, Sudan, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Afghanistan and Haiti.Some speakers expressed concern at the continuing practice of adopting such texts, which they said sought to exert political pressure on developing countries through confrontation and humiliation. It was recommended that the international community promote human rights through dialogue with the concerned parties instead. read more

Scotiabank to pay 300M for 51 stake in Cencosuds Chilean credit card

Scotiabank to pay $300M for 51% stake in Cencosud’s Chilean credit card business by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2014 4:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) says it will acquire a 51 per cent interest in the credit card and consumer loans business of Cencosud SA, the largest retailer in Chile, in a deal valued at $300 million.The transaction includes a 15-year partnership between Scotiabank and Cencosud.The financial services arm of Cencosud will continue to operate as a standalone business, with oversight from a board of directors representing the two partner companies.The transaction will make Scotiabank the third-largest credit card supplier in Chile, one of the countries that it has identified as an area of growth.Scotiabank chief executive Brian Porter told shareholders in April that the bank wants to sharpen its focus in Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Chile.Cencosud is a retail conglomerate operating in five countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Colombia and its financial service arm currently has 2.5 million credit cards with more than US$1.2 billion in Chile.“Scotiabank is excited about this acquisition because it will strengthen our credit card offerings for our customers and attract new customers to the bank,” said Wendy Hannam, Scotiabank’s executive vice-president for Latin America. read more

UAB Shows Us How To Revive A College Football Program

Just six months after UAB President Ray Watts made what he termed an agonizing decision to shut down the school’s football program because of its pending financial insolvency, he announced Monday that Blazer football is back. Sometime in the next couple of years — once UAB has re-recruited its players, reassembled its coaching staff and regained admission to the Football Bowl Subdivision — Birmingham will once again have a (relatively) big-time college football program.A whole lot changed in the interim, including the data being used to back up the decisions. In his announcement of the reversal, Watts cited an influx of outside financial pledges to the football team as the key reason a program is once again viable. Some observers, including Paul Finebaum, a popular sports-talk-radio host in the South, point to the fervent outpouring of support for the team after its demise. (Online, the #freeuab movement has been particularly impressive and has often been coupled with the #fireraywatts hashtag.) Local politicians have also been pressuring Watts into reinstatement, perhaps because much of the pressure behind the decision to shut down the program seems to have come from Tuscaloosa, where the University of Alabama football program has often been hostile toward UAB’s. But the biggest change seems to be which model of Blazer football’s financial future Watts and UAB are choosing to trust.Over the past year, entities within UAB have commissioned three separate forecasts from three consulting groups to analyze the financial prospects of its athletic department with and without football. Universities often lean on projections from outside consultants when making major decisions, but these projections are controlled by the formulas the consultants use — formulas that aren’t always statistically rigorous. In this case, despite having access to much of the same data, the reports contain completely different projections about the program’s impact on the university. One says it will cost the university millions of dollars a year. Another says the program will roughly break even. And another — the one UAB tried to cancel midway through — says football will be a huge financial boon. Small differences the consultants made in the assumptions behind the models created huge effects in the data sets. As a result, their recommendations were completely different.When Watts announced the death of the program in December, he cited a report from CarrSports Consulting projecting that if the athletic department kept football, it would lose more than $5 million a year and would need to spend an additional $20 million to improve facilities. CarrSports got those numbers by pairing generous calculations for the cost of fielding what it termed a competitive Conference USA team with modest increases in ticket sales, donations and student fees. “When considering a model that best protects the financial future and prominence of the athletic department, football is simply not sustainable,” Watts wrote at the time.Pushback in the wake of the decision, combined with complaints over the discovery that some may have been planning for the cancellation before the review even started, led UAB’s Athletic Assessment Task Force to commission another study. This time the consultants were College Sports Solutions (CSS). CSS said that although an athletic department with a football team would lose roughly $3 million a year compared with a department without football, mainly because of financial aid for players, almost all of that would be made up by increased enrollment, donations and other revenue resulting from the national prominence a football team brings. The study concluded that either resurrecting the program or leaving it for dead were “viable options”; Watts leaned on this report when announcing football’s return.There was another study, too, that fell between CSS’s and CarrSports’s. The task force had originally engaged a firm called OSKR to lead the review before the administration vetoed its hiring in March. Allen Bolton, UAB vice president of financial affairs and administration, said he was worried that the OSKR team had already made up its mind that UAB should keep the sport, explaining that “due to their very own comments this firm does not meet the critical threshold for many of providing a fresh, new, unbiased analysis.” OSKR finished its review anyway and found that keeping football would add an additional $2 million a year to the university’s coffers once benefits from donations and exposure were accounted for. OSKR’s projections are the most optimistic, and they seem to be the most rigorous. They model not only expected changes in the athletic budget over time, but also the impact of the team on the university’s media coverage, out-of-state enrollment and conference affiliation.Two major factors caused the $7 million swing in annual projections that led to the disparate recommendations: First are projections on how fast football-related revenue will grow. CarrSports projects that with football, the athletic department’s revenue will grow a measly $300,000 or so a year, while OSKR and CSS both project more than $1 million each year in added revenues. The larger forecast makes sense considering that Conference USA’s TV deal with Fox Sports alone is worth more than $1 million a year to each team.Second are assumptions about expenses. Both the CarrSports and CSS reports treat athletic scholarships as, basically, gifts that cost the university about $4 million to give each year. In his Tumblr, OSKR consultant Andy Schwarz argues that this is willful manipulation because the actual expense to the school to feed, educate and house its players is much, much lower than the projected $52,000 each scholarship “costs.” In addition, he notes that the program attracts full-tuition-paying walk-ons who are transferring out now that the program has been shuttered. By OSKR’s math, scholarships cost the university only about a million dollars a year.Once you add in the reports’ different assumptions about football’s impact on student enrollment and alumni donations and the need to upgrade facilities to be competitive, you’re left with the final mess, in which UAB’s president can totally reverse course — and still have a model that backs him up. read more