U.S.’s Smithsonian Secretary to Step Down in 2014

first_imgSix years is all Secretary G. Wayne Clough is willing to give the Smithsonian Institution, a partially federally funded organization consisting of 19 museums, a zoo, and six science research centers. Clough, 71, started as secretary in July 2008 and announced yesterday that he will step down in October 2014. Clough, a civil engineer and member of the National Academy of Engineering, had served as president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years before taking the helm of the Smithsonian. When he arrived, the institution was still reeling from the controversial tenure of the previous secretary, Lawrence Small, who resigned amid scandals about extravagant expenses.Clough says his focus from the start was on “restoring the vitality and forward-looking ethic” of the organization. Concerned about the Smithsonian’s reputation as “the nation’s attic,” which suggested that most of its 137 million specimens and objects were mostly hidden away gathering dust, Clough conducted vigorous outreach. He promoted the institution’s research activities in the U.S. Congress, to potential donors and the public, expanded the Smithsonian’s education programs, and used the Internet to expand access to collections and interactive programs. One example of the new Smithsonian, he says, is Leafsnap, a mobile phone application for identifying trees: Volunteers upload their tree identifications, adding to a database.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Clough also pushed for more interactions among the Smithsonian’s components. Toward that end, he developed a long-range strategic plan that emphasizes four cross-disciplinary themes: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, Valuing World Cultures, and Understanding the American Experience, then raised $10 million as seed money to fund pilot interdisciplinary activities.  Clough also laid the groundwork for the Smithsonian’s first national capital campaign. It won’t officially kick off until after he leaves, but it has already netted $893 million in private contributions since 2008. That includes $10 million for a marine observatories network; $35 million for a new dinosaur hall; and $4 million for the planned Giant Magellan Telescope, set to be built in Chile over the next decade. “I feel very good about the depth and breadth [of fundraisers] that we now have,” he says.Clough came to the Smithsonian promising to stay 5 years, but didn’t want to commit to another five. “You can’t do [this job] at 80 or 90%, you have to do it at 110%.” He says he’s been thinking about leaving for about a year, a decision motivated in part by recently having to depart early from a reunion with former Ph.D. students at Glacier National Park in Montana because of work. “I wanted to stay,” he recalls.Starting a year from now, he’ll have that flexibility. Still, Clough insists that he’s not retiring, but admits, “I don’t want to get up at 8 a.m. 5 days a week and have to report to duty.” He says he wants to spend more time with family and on book projects, including one about the natural history of the American South, where he grew up, and another about the future of the Smithsonian.The Board of Regents that oversees the Smithsonian says it will be launching an international search for Clough’s successor.last_img read more

Portrait of a Lady

first_imgUP Chief Minister Mayawati flew her private jet “empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand” of sandals, according to a 2008 cable by the Political Consul at the US Embassy in Delhi.She is described in a colorful report titled “Portrait of a Lady,” as “a  virtual paranoid dictator replete with food tasters and a  security entourage to rival a head of state.”The cable, disclosed by Wikileaks as part of its trove of almost 250,000 U.S. cables, relates a story from a Lucknow journalist “in which a State Minister was forced to do sit-ups in front of her as penance for not first asking permission to call on UP’s governor.”The report says Mayawati “employs nine cooks (two to cook, the others to watch over them) and two food tasters,” adding that “In addition to this outsized security apparatus, she constructed a private road from her residence to her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination.The cable reports that “Mayawati is obsessed with becoming Prime Minister,” suggesting that With all signs pointing to another coalition government in Delhi, Mayawati could be a powerbroker and perhaps even a king (or queen) maker.”The report says that journlaists in the state are cowered, with some telling the reports authors that “the government has tapped their phones as well as those of civil servants.”Reacting to the leaks, Mayawati said in a speech said Wikileaks’ Julian Assange has “either gone mad or is working with our opponents” and “we can make room for him in the Agra mental asylum.” She added that “If Wikileaks and BJP leaders are making such a wild claim, then I would like to ask them if they also flew down in that plane to get me those special sandals?…. The politicians who have said that I have 9 cooks appear to be washing dishes in my house, that is why they claim to have such detailed knowledge of what happens there.” October 2008 U.S. Embassy Cable on Mayawati C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 NEW DELHI 002783SIPDISDEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INSE.O. 12958: DECL: 04/25/2017TAGS: PGOV PREL SOCI PINR KISL INSUBJECT: MAYAWATI: PORTRAIT OF A LADYREF: A. NEW DELHI 2012     B. NEW DELHI 825Classified By: A/PolCouns Pushpinder Dhillon for Reasons 1.4 (B, D)1. (C) Summary: Poloff traveled to three cities in Uttar Pradesh (UP) during the week of October 13-17 to gauge the political state of play. A wide range of business, political, academic and media contacts generally agreed that Chief Minister Mayawati and her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have done little to promote development since her May 2007 election. According to several journalists, the law and order situation in UP has improved only in that Mayawati has centralized corruption in her own hands.She has become a virtual paranoid dictator replete with food tasters and a security entourage to rival a head of state.Civil servants will not speak to the press for fear of losing their positions. Journalists admitted they feared retribution should they print anything negative about Mayawati. One journalist claimed that all civil servants’ and most journalists’ phones are tapped. Politically, contacts noted that while Mayawati’s support from Brahmins and Muslims may be waning, she remains extremely popular with her Dalit vote base.Mayawati is obsessed with becoming Prime Minister and the BSP will spend huge sums in next year’s national polls. With all signs pointing to another coalition government in Delhi, Mayawati could be a powerbroker and perhaps even a king (or queen) maker. End Summary. L’Etat, C’est Moi2. (C) Poloff me a host of contacts in the UP capital, Lucknow, as well as Kanpur and Varanasi. Those contacts that must deal with the government (which in state-centric India means nearly everyone) remarked on Mayawati’s vice-like grip on all levers of power. All decisions must run through Mayawati or her very small coterie of advisors.One Lucknow journalist related a story in which a State Minister was forced to do sit-ups in front of her as penance for not first asking permission to call on UP’s governor.Mayawati forced a civil servant to resign when she learned his daughter had joined the Congress Party in Delhi. Other than BSP stalwarts, none expressed an even begrudging approval of Mayawati’s rule. Institutionalized Corruption3. (C) Most contacts acknowledged that the law and order situation in the state had improved somewhat from the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) government of Mulayam Singh Yadav. However, this is not because Mayawati has put more police on the streets or reduced corruption. Rival mafia gangs shooting each other in the streets while vying for dominance characterized the SP’s rule. Now Mayawati has institutionalized corruption with competitive fealty payments to her replacing shootouts. Just to run as a BSP parliamentary candidate costs roughly 250,000 dollars. This does not ensure victory of course, but with the BSP likely to field candidates in over 300 constituencies nationally, it does ensure Mayawati’s campaign coffers will be full, in addition to all her other revenue sources including payoffs and kickbacks from almost every interaction that large businesses have with the state government, standard practices in UP. In comparison, several commercial contacts in Lucknow and Kanpur spoke glowingly of the business climate in Gujarat and its Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. Eccentric Paranoia4. (C) Mayawati’s full majority victory in May 2007 UP State Assembly elections left her beholden to no one and has allowed her to act on her eccentricities, whims and insecurities.When she needed new sandals, her private jet flew empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand. According to Lucknow journalists, she employs nine cooks (two to cook, the others to watch over them) and two food tasters.She fears assassination and demanded from the central government the highest level of protection available. In addition to this outsized security apparatus, she constructed a private road from her residence to her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination. India has seen such political personalities before, and never failed to deal with them eventually at the ballot box. Press Cowered5. (C) Mayawati rarely speaks with the media and when she does hold a press conference, questions are not allowed. More worrying, Lucknow journalists claimed the government has tapped their phones as well as those of civil servants. Most civil servants now refuse to talk to the press. Reporters fear losing their jobs should they print anything negative about Mayawati. Caving to political pressure, the Hindustan Times removed its Lucknow correspondent after she published a satirical piece about the Chief Minister. The newspaper’s owners also operate sugar mills and chemical factories in UP. Caste Politics Dominates6. (C) Comment: A coalition of Dalits and Brahmins (and a small percentage of Muslims) elected Mayawati in 2007. Dalits will remain with Mayawati regardless of poor governance, simply because the fact that one of their own is Chief Minister provides them heretofore unimaginable pride. With the virtual collapse of the Congress Party and the weakening of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in UP over the last several years, the higher castes fled to the BSP to end the lawlessness of the SP’s rule. But after more than a year, only a narrow sliver of Brahmins who are close to Mayawati’s Brahmin advisor (and virtual number two), Satish Mishra, have seen any return for their support. They could go back to the Congress or the BJP. Though the Congress Party secured the support of the SP for the June 22 confidence vote over the Indo-US civil nuclear initiative (Ref A), the two parties appear to be making little headway yet in reaching a seat-sharing agreement for UP. If the parties form a strong alliance, they can credibly challenge the BSP. However, if terrorist bombings continue, many Hindus will likely polarize to the BJP and Muslims will flock back to their traditional SP home. In this case the SP would see little to gain from a pre-poll alliance with Congress and would prefer to play the field.7. (C) Comment Continued: As for Mayawati’s dream of becoming Prime Minister, the most plausible scenario would entail weak performances nationwide by both the Congress Party and the BJP and a strong showing by Mayawati and other regional parties. This would allow the BSP to dictate terms of a third front (non-Congress, non-BJP) coalition in Delhi. While inflation, development and terrorism will be the “issues” in the coming national polls, caste remains the DNA of UP politics, and no one has demonstrated more ability at playing caste politics than Mayawati. End Comment.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Will carry my fathers legacy forward, says Dalmiya daughter

first_imgKolkata, Apr 4 (PTI) Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiyas daughter Vaishali, who is fighting West Bengal Assembly polls on a Trinamool Congress ticket, says she wants to carry the rich legacy of her father in public life.”Many people know me because of my father. And since I belong to the family so they trust me more. I have inherited the legacy of my father and will take it forward in public life,” Dalmiya told PTI.The 47-year-old, active in social work since an early age, is contesting from Bally constituency in neighbouring Howrah district.She admits her late fathers name is a big plus point for her in the electoral battlefield.Dalmiya, who died last year at the age of 75, inevitably figures in her conversations as she carries out a door-to-door campaign to meet voters.”Some would say they knew him. Others admired him for his administrative skills. Sports is a common passion among people here,” she says, claiming that her friend and former Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly will campaign for her ahead of polling on April 25 in the fourth phase.”We are planning a football match where he will be present and campaign for me,” she says explaining how sports has become a campaign tool for her.So far, the 47-year-old single mother has been taking care of their family business in the construction industry and running NGO Mission Ullas to help rural and downtrodden people. She had also produced a Bengali film some years back.”I am known as a businesswoman as well as a social worker. Now I am just adding a new dimension of politics into it,” she says, adding that she is making good use of her marketing skills she learnt with her father in business. (MORE) PTI NIK SUS RTadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMeanwhile Coe called for reform of WADA to enable the Meanwhile Coe called for reform of WADA to enable the global body to be effective in the ongoing campaign to rid sport of doping.”WADA was created 17 years ago and it has done a phenomenally good job, but the world has dramatically changed in that period,” Coe said.”The discussions should be focused on the challenges of having an organisation that has the dual policy of policing and regulation, whether its the same authority or same organisation thats done that.”Dont misunderstand me, WADA is here to stay. But what it needs is greater independence and actually needs to look at its sources of funding.” AFP AH AHlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy, Day 4: Ashok Dinda shines in Bengal’s draw vs Mumbai, Jharkhand beats Assam

first_imgIn Nagpur, Bengal and Mumbai played out a draw on the last day of their Ranji match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground.Chasing 308, Shubham Ranjane (76) and Dhawal Kulkarni (6) ended the day for Mumbai.For Bengal, Ashok Dinda picked 4/74. (DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS)In Vizianagaram, Jharkhand defeated Assam by five wickets in the Group B match at the Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex.The win pushed Jharkhand to first place on the Group B points table with 32 from seven matches.Chasing 110, Ishan Kishan (9) and Sumit Kumar (10) finished the proceedings for Jharkhand with five wickets remaining. (DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS)Delhi and Vidarbha played out a draw in Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match at the Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Ground here on Friday.Rain played a spoilsport as only 19 overs could be bowled on the fourth day where Delhi picked up three points against Vidarbha due to their first innings lead and Vidarbha got one.After the penultimate day was washed, Delhi declared on their day-two total of 250/8, with a lead of 67. (DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS)In reply, Vidarbha scored 37/3, with seamers Sumit Narwal, Navdeep Saini and Vikas Tokas picking up one wicket each.In Patiala, Saurashtra defeated Maharashtra by four wickets at the Dhruve Pandove Stadium.Chasing a small target of 58 runs, lower-order batsmen Arpit Vasavada (8 not out) and Prerak Mankad (14 not out) completed the proceedings for Saurashtra.For Maharashtra, Krishnappa Gowtham scalped four wickets while Abrar Kazi took two wickets.Arup Das scalped three wickets while Dhiraj Goswami took two wickets for Assam.advertisementIn Rajkot, Uttar Pradesh bowled the Railways out for 155 to complete a comprehensive 221-run victory that lifted them out of bottom place in Group A.last_img read more

DSPORT acquires broadcast rights of the PGA championships

first_img*Discovery Communications sports channel DSPORT today said it has acquired long term India broadcast rights of the PGA championships.The 99th PGA championships is set to be held at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina, which will host a Golf Major for the very first time, between August 10-13, 2017, the channel said in a statement.A total of 156 golfers, including Indias Anirban Lahiri will be participating in the championship. * * * * * * Naaptol to offer 70% off on products during Independence day *Home shopping platform Naaptol today said it is offering up to 70 per cent discount on products, to commemorate Indias 70th Independence Day, between August 10 to 15.The discount prices are available on products including sarees, mobile devices, kitchen solutions and appliances, Electronic items, Jewellery and Fashion accessories, Naaptol said in a statement.Naaptol Founder and CEO Manu Agarwal said: “We will be offering attractive discounts of up to 70 per cent on a vast and varied collection of categories and products.” * * * * * * Piramal Enterprises pours Rs 400 cr into Hema Engineering *Piramal Enterprises today said it has financed Rs 400 crore to Hema Engineering Industries Ltd through its subsidiary Piramal Finance Ltd.Proceeds from this loan will be used to refinance existing term lenders and fund the companys capex plans, the company statement said.The deal was made through Corporate Finance Group (CFG), erstwhile Structured Finance Group, of Piramal Finance Ltd. PTI PRJ SRKlast_img read more

Virat Kohli fan calls Essex ‘Internet Explorer of cricket’ after cheeky tweet

first_imgEssex Cricket’s cheeky tweet during Virat Kohli’s innings against them in the three-day practice game didn’t go down well with the Indian cricket team fans.Kohli, who came to bat after India lost three early wickets, scored a 93-ball 68 to steady the Indian innings and help them score 395 in their first innings. During the innings, as Kohli brought up his fifty, the official Twitter handle of Essex Cricket uploaded a video, where the Indian captain is seen flicking a ball and taking a double to reach the landmark.However, along with the video, the county cricket club wrote “This guy’s not bad at cricket…50 up for Virat Kohli off 67 balls!” to congratulate him but that didn’t go down too well with his fans.Kohli’s fans took to Twitter to remind the official handle that they are living in the past and he’s no longer ‘not bad’ at cricket but a legend of the game.This guys not bad at cricket…50 up for @imVkohli off 67 balls! #ESSvIND pic.twitter.com/CS6ObCNweTEssex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 25, 2018He will score atleast 3 centuries this summer to shut the mouth of people like you !!Gaurav Kalra (@daredevilgaurav) July 25, 2018you’re being internet explorer of cricket. What u said was being said in 2009. Now, @imVkohli is legend.Manish Gadre (@GadManCrazy) July 26, 2018That would be 3 more centuries than he has managed in his whole test career in England so far?? Good luck with that…Seb Miller (@SebYeboahMiller) July 25, 2018Essex be prepared for u will live to regret this statement at the end of the series. England will be chewed raw by Virar Kohli this summer.. just wait & watch. Meanwhile I will wait for your tweet on Virar at the end of the series!advertisementdeepak yewale (@deepakyewale1) July 29, 2018So at last you too knew it, though you were the last to know it. Anyway it’s better late than never.Ashok Goenka (@ashokgoenka) July 28, 2018The drab warm-up game ended in a draw but provided the Indian batsmen with much-needed batting practice.Kohli didn’t get to bat in the second innings but the form of Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya will be a positive sign going into the first Test at Edgbaston, starting on August 1.But, two areas that remain a concern for Kohli and the team management will be the form of Shikhar Dhawan and the bowlers’ inability to take wickets against a second string Essex batting line-up. While Dhawan scored ducks in both the innings of the Test match, India’s bowlers failed to take 10 wickets in the match as well.While Jasprit Bumrah is ruled out of the first Test, Ravichandran Ashwin also remains doubtful.After the first Test at Edgbaston, India and England will play Test matches at Lord’s (August 9 to August 13), Trent Bridge (August 18 to August 22), The Rose Bowl (August 30 to September 3) and Kennington Oval (September 7 to September 11).last_img read more

Kroos: Clasico needs no extra motivation

first_imgReal Madrid v Barcelona Kroos: No extra motivation needed for Clasico Allen Ramsey 06:04 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Toni Kroos Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid v Grêmio Real Madrid Grêmio Barcelona FIFA Club World Cup Primera División The midfielder was thrilled to be a world champion once again, but says what happens before the Clasico matters little Toni Kroos and Real Madrid are world champions once again after the club took a 1-0 win over Gremio in the Club World Cup final, but the club will have little time to celebrate. A Clasico clash with Barcelona looms in less than a week, and Los Blancos can’t afford a loss to their bitter rivals, who have already opened up an eight-point gap on Madrid in the league table. While the German midfielder was pleased to have another title on his resume, he claimed the win over the South American champions would add little for his side ahead of their crucial La Liga clash.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “For this game [against Barcelona] you don’t need anything special before or any motivation or anything,” he told reporters. “It’s better to go with a good feeling back to Madrid but this game is special whatever happens before.”Cristiano Ronaldo was crucial to Madrid’s triumph in Abu Dhabi, scoring the game’s only goal after also netting in the semi-final to help his club reach the title game.And Kroos believes Ronaldo’s greatness now goes without saying. “We know if he is on the pitch he tries to help us,” the German said.”He tries to score and he did it again in both matches. We don’t need to speak about how important he is to us.”While the Clasico will take all the headlines over the next week, Real Madrid have also picked up a tricky draw in the Champions League round of 16, with Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain on tap for the defending champions. The matchup pits two of the top sides in Europe against each other, but Kroos is looking forward to the challenge of facing Ligue 1’s top team. “The experience from the last year is that you have to beat the best to win this competition,” he said. “We did last year. We beat Bayern, we beat Atletico Madrid. We played Juventus, they put out Barcelona before.”You need to beat the best and it’s a great challenge and I like that.”last_img read more

Ashes 2019: stellar images from an unforgettable summer

first_imgFifth Test: The Oval The first match of the series featured the return to Test cricket of the Australian trio Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft following suspensions for their respective parts in the ball-tampering scandal of 2018, aka “Sandpapergate”. Needless to say, few England fans were willing to let bygones be bygones.Warner, one of the Australian openers, soon fell to a delivery by Stuart Broad – a recurring theme in the series – and copped an earful from the home fans as he departed. But what of Smith? The former Australian captain struck a superb 144, helping the tourists to recover from a disastrous 122-8 to eventually post 284 all out. In reply, England’s Rory Burns scored 133 – his maiden Test century – as England made 374 all out. It’s nice to get a hundred. It’s almost a little more sour when you can’t get the win.Player of the match Ben Stokes Headingley 2019: the greatest Test match ever played? Discuss.For sheer drama and down-to-the-wire brilliance, the final day of the third Test will go down in legend; so too will its key protagonists. Ben Stokes and Jack Leach hauled England to an unthinkable victory with a show of great resilience – the latter earning himself a lifetime supply of Specsavers glasses to boot.But how did it ever come to that? For the second Test running, the start of play was delayed by rain. Australia collapsed to 179 all out in their first innings and Archer ended with figures of six for 45. However, England were woeful in reply: all out for only 67, it was their 12th lowest Test score of all time. Josh Hazlewood picked up a five-wicket haul for the visitors and England looked like they had thrown the Ashes away. Fourth Test: Old Traffford Edgbaston’s Hollies Stand is recognised worldwide for its fancy dress and carnival atmosphere. Fans came in various guises including a group dressed as the England 1966 World Cup winners (replete with the Jules Rimet trophy) and a Donald Trump baby blimp. Many brought pieces of sandpaper to bate the Aussies. It’s the best kiss I’ve ever had!England’s Ben Stokes on Jack Leach The second Australian innings saw another century for Smith – his 10th Ashes ton – and 110 for Matthew Wade. Australia declared on 487 for 7, leaving England chasing 398 to win. Australian bowlers Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyons were in inspired form when England returned to the crease, taking all 10 wickets for only 146 runs. England’s misery in defeat was worsened by the news that their seam bowler James Anderson, who bowled only four overs in the Test, would miss the rest of the series with a calf injury. In the dying stages, when England needed just two runs, Nathan Lyon fumbled a brilliant chance to run out Leach who was miles from his crease. The next ball looked like a plumb lbw shout but Australia had burned all their reviews. Leach then scrambled a single off Pat Cummins before Stokes hammered through the covers to complete an astonishing victory.As delirious celebrations swept the ground, Leach planted a smacker on Stokes. England had not only saved the Ashes, they’d given themselves a chance to go on and win it. Only one thing remained to be settled in the fifth Test: could Australia win the Ashes series outright, or could England force a creditable draw? Remarkably, Australia’s captain, Tim Paine, put England in to bat after winning the toss – one of his many questionable decisions in the series – allowing the home side to chalk up 294 in their first innings. Jos Buttler top scored with 70.In return, Warner fell cheaply again as Archer took six for 62. Woakes removed Smith lbw, but not before the Australian had plundered another 80 runs. After the delirium of Leeds, England’s performance at Old Trafford fell flat. The Aussies ran rampant in their first innings, racking up 497 for 8 before declaring. Steve Smith was once again the main architect of their innings, scoring 211 before being caught by Joe Denly off Joe Root. England narrowly avoided the follow-on when they posted 301 in reply – Stokes could only muster 26 in his first stint at the crease – but even the arrival of storm clouds couldn’t alter the course of the Test. First Test: Edgbaston In their second innings, Australia scored 246 all out to give themselves a lead of 358, meaning England needed their highest ever successful run-chase in Test cricket.England reached day four of the Test on 156 for 3, giving themselves a ray of hope. But Joe Root was then caught behind before Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad all departed in the space of 16 crippling overs. England had only one wicket remaining with 73 more runs needed for victory. It looked impossible.Jack Leach joined Ben Stokes in the middle and the two men created a partnership for the ages. Stokes reached his century with a masterful display of batting, while Leach, whose glasses frequently steamed up as the pressure mounted, was the perfect defensive foil. At times, Stokes was so nervous he was unable to watch his partner on strike. England’s second innings saw Joe Root out for a golden duck to Cummins on day four, before rain brought proceedings to a premature end. A sprightly batting display from Ben Stokes, who bludgeoned 115 from 165 balls, allowed the hosts to declare on 258 for 5 in order to chase a late win. However, Labuschagne and Travis Head proved obstinate for Australia, putting on 85 runs for the fourth wicket.Ultimately, despite placing numerous fielders at close quarters in the dying light, England could not skittle Australia and the match was drawn. England’s 329 runs in their second innings teed up the prospect of victory. But for that to happen, they’d surely have to find a way through Smith. Unexpectedly, Smith fell cheaply by his standards but Matthew Wade made 117 off 166 balls. The innings featured an increasingly hostile battle between Wade and Archer as the Australians scrambled in vain. Their target, 399, was never in sight and when Root caught Hazelwood off Leach’s delivery in the 76th over, England sealed victory and salvaged a series draw. Second Test: Lord’s Smith top scored (again) in the second innings as Australia declared on 186 for six, setting England a run-chase of 383. When Burns fell for a duck and was instantly followed by Root – out first ball to a monstrous delivery by Pat Cummins – late on day four, England were 0 for 2. Jason Roy defended the hat-trick ball and survived until the close of play, but England’s hopes were in tatters.A brief rally on day five gave Australia the jitters – Jos Buttler, Craig Overton and Jack Leach all provided solid resistance to Australia’s otherwise inspired trio of Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne and Josh Hazlewood. The latter eventually took Overton’s wicket lbw to end the contest and ensure Australia retained the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001. ‘I have never doubted my ability … it has been a dream comeback.’Australia’s Steve Smith The sight of Jofra Archer blitzing Smith in the second Test will live long in the memory; it echoed the infamous Bodyline series of 1932-33, which is still talked about today.Archer hit speeds in excess of 96mph and caught Smith twice in quick succession with bouncers in Australia’s first innings. The first cracked Smith on the forearm; the second careered into the back of his neck and sent him sprawling to the floor. After a concussion assessment and a brief rest, Smith was allowed to carry on, but he was later forced to retire from the Test.Prior to that, the two sides had only traded metaphorical blows. After a washout on day one, Australia had won the toss and sent England – who wore red caps in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation – in to bat. England made 258 all out.Warner fell in the fifth over of the visitors’ reply – his third single-digit score of the series – bowled again by his nemesis Broad. Then Archer claimed his first Test wicket, dismissing Cameron Bancroft lbw. With Smith losing his wicket LBW to Chris Woakes only eight runs short of another century, Australia’s tailenders tumbled before tea and the tourists finished with a total of 250. Third Test: Headingley The urn may not be coming home, but it’s been a whirlwind few months for English cricket. First a World Cup win in the one-day format, then the heroics of Headingley in a tumultuous Ashes series. A cricketing summer never to be forgotten.last_img read more

13 days agoMan Utd defender Maguire fears dodgy club form hurting England

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Maguire fears dodgy club form hurting Englandby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire fears club issues are having a negative effect on England’s beleaguered defenders.Maguire concedes that club struggles may be hurting international form.He said: “Maybe it is a confidence thing because we bring our club football to the international level.“It was a difficult game. We started sloppy and we took the lead in the game when we probably didn’t deserve to.“In the second half, we controlled the game a lot more but we gave them a sloppy goal to win the game.“So we do need to improve on that. It’s hard to lose any football game, but we were not at our best and got punished.” last_img read more

St. Mary’s All-Age Celebrates 175 Years

first_img The quiet, farming community of Above Rocks in St Catherine, is home to the St. Mary’s All-Age School, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.The Roman Catholic institution was established by Father Joseph Dupont in 1842. The original structure, part of which is out of use, was erected in 1940, with additional buildings erected in 1988.Currently, the school has a population of 263 students, with a staff complement of 16 teachers.Residents of Above Rocks have a close affinity to the institution. Many generations of family members are proud to say they have walked the halls of St Mary’s All-Age and have returned to the school to work as teachers and other members of staff.Among them is Jacquelin Brown-Hope, who is the institution’s vice-principal.“What makes it special for me here is the fact that we are a family,” she tells JIS News.“It has been an integral part of me to ensure that I give back more than what I got as a student, and seeing the children excel and moving from one level to the other has been my greatest achievement,” she notes. The quiet, farming community of Above Rocks in St Catherine, is home to the St. Mary’s All-Age School, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. Principal, Simone Gillespie, says the school has been doing well academically. She notes that the institution received a reading room from the Digicel Foundation, which has helped to improve literacy and numeracy levels. Principal, Simone Gillespie, says the school has been doing well academically. She notes that the institution received a reading room from the Digicel Foundation, which has helped to improve literacy and numeracy levels.The facility, which opened in April 2013, caters to students who are below grade level and those who are advanced.Ms. Gillespie notes that focus is placed on ensuring that students are well rounded as “we are mindful that it’s not just academics that make the students become good leaders in society”.“We think that because we have a rounded approach to how we teach and develop our children… they perform well academically,” she says.“That contributes to the academic performance – all those extracurricular activities – because if you are motivated and driven in other areas of life, it naturally spills over into your academics; so we try to take a holistic approach,” she adds.She informs that a programme was created to tackle behavioural problems among boys, which not only resulted in a dramatic improvement in behaviour, but also academics.“We know that… boys are not performing as well as girls right across the board. So here we have a unique approach. We have our Building Outstanding Students for Society (BOSS Club), where we target boys of a certain age to kind of give them mentorship. We have male teachers who mentor them, so that we can drive them towards academic success,” Ms. Gillespie notes.Other clubs and societies at the school include literacy (reading and spelling), mathematics, environmental, and school challenge.St. Mary’s All-age has also been doing well in sports, particularly table tennis. They were all island primary school champions between 2007 and 2014, placing third between 2016 and 2017.With the success of the table tennis team, a number of students were invited to the national junior team, including grade-six student, Shamoy Lamont.Shamoy recalls the joy of representing Jamaica at a regional table tennis competition.“It made me feel very happy because while I was playing, the (team) was encouraging me and I was encouraging them. I was happy and we all worked together and put in effort to make our country place second in the championship, because Dominican Republic beat us by six points,” Shamoy says.Activities to mark the school’s 175-year milestone includes a fun run on February 27; open day and concert on April 24; and a football match on June 17.center_img Residents of Above Rocks have a close affinity to the institution. Many generations of family members are proud to say they have walked the halls of St Mary’s All-Age and have returned to the school to work as teachers and other members of staff. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Province Announces Partnerships to Benefit Children Youth and Families

first_imgChildren, youth and families living in Dartmouth North and other parts of Nova Scotia will benefit from two new partnerships announced today, March 31, by the province. The province signed an agreement with United Way Halifax and the Nova Scotia School Boards Association (NSSBA) recognizing their ability and expertise to work with communities and their partners across the province to address specific issues affecting children, youth and families in a co-ordinated and connected way. “We know that in areas such as education, mental health, social services, and public safety there are many individuals and families who are not able to reach their potential” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “We’re partnering with United Way Halifax and the NSSBA to open up discussions with residents and others to identify needs and make sure resources are maximized for children, youth and families.” United Way Halifax will work specifically with Dartmouth North residents and organizations. It will build on work that the province started in March 2015 called Between the Bridges. “I’m proud of this unique partnership between the province of Nova Scotia and United Way Halifax,” said Sara Napier, president and CEO, United Way Halifax. “The invitation to manage Between the Bridges shows great trust in United Way’s ability to work with communities for successful change. We are looking forward to expanding relationships and discovering new partners to make community change a possibility, from cradle to career in Dartmouth North.” The new partnership with the NSSBA is called Inspiring Communities. It will use the knowledge gained from the Between the Bridges project to support the expansion of this type of work into other communities. “The Nova Scotia School Boards Association is happy to be partnering with this project to support the expansion into other communities around the province,” said Sue Ritchie, president, Nova Scotia School Boards Association. “We are pleased to be providing a provincial scope to the Inspiring Communities project.” Cheyenne Hardy is a teen and resident of Dartmouth North who participated along with hundreds of others in consultations about the issues and opportunities in the community. It’s part of the work launched a year ago by provincial ministers from the departments of Education and Early Childhood Development, Community Services, Health and Wellness and Justice who wanted a new approach on how programs and services are delivered to children and families starting with Dartmouth North. “As a student, I realize, maybe for the first time in my life, just how many people there are working towards the common goal of keeping us safe and educated,” said Ms. Hardy. “People we don’t even know, are fighting for our youth and our community so we can grow up with every available opportunity to make something of ourselves.” “The true success of this initiative lies in the community’s ability to take a leading role in setting and implementing community-wide goals for children and families,” said Ms. Casey. “I have every confidence the residents of Dartmouth North are up for the challenge and that momentum can carry on across Nova Scotia.”last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Hands Off My Parts

first_imgThis week, actor and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Board Member Leonardo DiCaprio helped launch WWF’s Hands Off My Parts initiative.The initiative represents a week-long effort tied to WWF’s Stop Wildlife Crime campaign to raise awareness and mobilize support to end the illegal trade of wildlife.Wildlife crime has reached levels never seen before in WWF’s 50-year history. Rhinos, tigers, and elephants are being killed at alarming rates for their skins, bones, tusks, horns and other body parts.Tens of thousands of elephants are being poached every year for their ivory. Thailand is home to the biggest unregulated ivory market in the world. Exploiting a legal loophole that permits the sale of ivory from Thailand’s domesticated elephants, criminals are getting away with selling massive amounts of illegally poached African ivory alongside legal ivory in the country.In addition to raising awareness of this global crisis, the Hands Off My Parts initiative highlights what people can do to help, including spreading the word and signing a global petition calling on Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to ban all ivory trade in Thailand.In support of this effort, DiCaprio sent a personal email to WWF supporters, celebrities and other influencers encouraging them to join the wildlife crime campaign and sign the petition.“Illegal wildlife trade is the most urgent threat facing species like tigers, rhinos and elephants. These animals are being killed every day to feed an escalating demand for their body parts,” said Leonardo DiCaprio. “Whole populations are at risk of being wiped out if we don’t take immediate action to shut down this illicit trade. As a key step, I am joining WWF and others calling on Thailand’s government to show leadership on elephant conservation by shutting down its ivory market before the country hosts a meeting of 177 nations on wildlife trade in March 2013.”“With knowledge comes the imperative to act,” said Carter Roberts, president & CEO of WWF. “This story needs to be told. We’re grateful to Leonardo DiCaprio and others for being the voice for animals who cannot speak for themselves.”Other prominent voices joining this initiative include: Emily VanCamp, Josh Bowman, Stacy Keibler, Alyssa Milano, Ian Somerhalder, and Ethan Suplee.“Hands Off My Parts” is the latest initiative in WWF’s global campaign to raise awareness about illicit wildlife trade as a serious crime with far-reaching implications for species and communities around the world. To learn more and what you can do to help, please visit worldwildlife.org/wildlifecrime or HandsOffMyParts.org.last_img read more

Is Big Tech too big A look at growing antitrust scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO — Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup?The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are moving to investigate Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple over their aggressive business practices, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced an unprecedented antitrust probe , promising “a top-to-bottom review of the market power held by giant tech platforms.”In addition, at least two 2020 presidential hopefuls have expressed support for breaking up some of technology’s biggest players amid concerns they have become too powerful.Experts say breakups are unlikely in the short term, and Rep. David Cicilline, the Rhode Island Democrat who leads the subcommittee pursuing the House investigation, called such measures a “last resort.” But even without that, Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple could face new restrictions on their power.Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple declined to comment on the investigations.Here’s a look at the cases that could be brought against them and what their defences could be.FACEBOOKWith 2.4 billion users, $56 billion in revenue last year and a name that’s synonymous with social media, Facebook is certainly big. But is it an illegal, competition-crushing monopoly?Federal regulators are already investigating the company’s privacy practices. But the antitrust question has been rumbling in the background, with critics calling for spinning off WhatsApp and Instagram. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has called for breaking up Big Tech, as has Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook. Former Vice-President Joe Biden has said that he is open to the idea .Critics believe a breakup is needed because Facebook can squash competitors either by buying them or using its enormous resources to mimic services they offer — as it’s done with Snapchat, for example.Facebook executives have been calling broadly for regulation, though nothing that comes close to breaking it up. In a recent statement, the company’s vice-president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, said Facebook “accepts that with success comes accountability. But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company.” CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called for “new rules” in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.Facebook has also stressed that it has competitors in messaging and digital communication, including Apple and Google.New York University law professor Eleanor Fox said that because antitrust law focuses on companies that raise prices too much, and Facebook is free, it will be a tough to break up the business. And Facebook commands less than a quarter of worldwide digital advertising, well behind Google.Warren, however, has laid out plans for legislation that targets companies with more than $25 billion of annual revenue. It would limit their ability to expand and force parts of their business to operate as separate entities.GOOGLEAs Google becomes a leading mail provider, search engine and advertising platform, federal regulators are starting to wonder if it needs to be knocked down a bit.Critics say Google’s dominance in search has allowed it to squash rivals — notably because Google can show its own products above competitors’ or feature its own ads prominently.Google might argue it doesn’t have an obligation to do business with its rivals at all — an argument that other companies have made when faced with similar challenges, said Sandeep Vaheesan, legal director for Open Markets Institute, which advocates breaking up monopolies.It’s Google’s technology and Google can use it as it wishes, goes one line of reasoning.Google has also faced scrutiny over the practices it uses to get its search and other products featured on smartphones. Some say Google imposes too many self-serving regulations on smartphone makers who use Google’s Android operating system.But Google might simply argue that Android users like Google products and want them on their phones.Under existing laws, it is difficult to make the case that Google has monopoly power, “even though I think a lot of people think it’s really obvious,” Fox said.APPLESince its opening in 2008, Apple’s pioneering app store has given customers instant access to services that entertain, enlighten and engage. But it’s also a place where Apple controls all the access and sets commission rates for subscriptions and other purchases made through the apps.If it opens an investigation, the Justice Department is most likely to focus on whether Apple is abusing its veto and pricing power to throttle and gouge its competition. The commissions it collects are also the subject of a consumer lawsuit that the Supreme Court recently cleared to proceed.App makers periodically allege that they are blocked because Apple wants people to use its own services. In a recent example, several makers of apps for managing the amount of time kids can use their iPhones say they were kicked out of the store not long after Apple introduced its own screen-management controls.Apple says it typically blocks only apps with buggy software or features that invade users’ privacy. The company likens its rules to merchants deciding what products to carry. Apple also says its store includes apps that compete with its own products, including Google Maps and Google’s Chrome browser.Also under criticism is the 30 per cent cut that Apple pockets on new subscription sign-ups during the first year and a 15 per cent slice for renewals. The app store is expected to generate about $16 billion in revenue this year.Apple says the commissions cover costs for running the app store, including hiring people to review apps.Antitrust regulators could try to impose requirements that lower Apple’s commissions or, in a worst-case scenario, force it to spin off the app store. The latter option, though, could hurt consumers by making iPhones and other Apple products more cumbersome to use.Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives likened a breakup to “a complex and almost impossible Siamese twin operation.”AMAZONFrom an online bookseller, Amazon has grown into a gigantic e-commerce player with its tentacles in everything from web hosting to streaming video to groceries.The European Union’s antitrust chief has been conducting an early-stage probe into whether Amazon is using data to gain an edge on third-party merchants, who are both its customers and rivals. Italy has been looking into whether Amazon abused its dominance by offering preferential treatment to companies that used Amazon’s own delivery-management services.Cicilline, the congressman, said Amazon has identified bestselling products elsewhere, rolled out replicas under its own brand and then steered customers to its own products over those of its rivals.When Warren tweeted in April that big tech companies like Amazon should be broken up, Amazon tweeted back: “Walmart is much larger.”Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos made a similar case in a recent letter to shareholders: “Amazon today remains a small player in global retail. We represent a low single-digit percentage of the retail market, and there are much larger retailers in every country where we operate. And that’s largely because nearly 90% of retail remains offline, in brick and mortar stores.”But Amazon does dominate online. Market research company eMarketer expects Amazon to account for 52% of all online sales in the U.S. this year, up from 48% last year._____Associated Press writers Mae Anderson in New York; Michael Liedtke in Cupertino, California; Matt O’Brien in Providence, Rhode Island; and Joseph Pisani in Las Vegas contributed to this story.Barbara Ortutay And Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

Union announces plans to try to form a union at the National

TORONTO — Workers at Postmedia’s National Post newspaper have announced plans to try to form a union.CWA Canada says it’s working to organize the employees amid significant challenges in the media business.Postmedia has made significant cuts across its operations, including the National Post, in recent years as it has worked to slash costs.The unionization drive follows a controversy over bonuses paid to several top Postmedia executives while the company cut staff.“We see unionizing as the best way to protect both ourselves and our readers across the country, who suffer every time the newspaper loses a great reporter, photographer, editor or designer to a buyout or a better-paid job with a competitor,” the union’s organizing committee said in a statement.Postmedia (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The National Post was launched in 1998.CWA Canada, which represents staff at news organizations including The Canadian Press, says the Post is Canada’s only major non-unionized newsroom.Postmedia Network Canada Corp., the newspaper’s parent company, reported a profit of $13 million in its most recent quarter, boosted by one-time, non-cash items including a $22.8-million gain related to changes in the company’s employee benefit plans and a decrease in impairment charges. The result compared with a loss of $23.7 million a year earlier.Revenue dropped to $194.0 million for the quarter ended May 31, down from $218.3 million in the year ago quarter. read more

Burt says UK concerns on Lanka no secret

He said this in response to a statement made by British MP Simon Danczuk who had visited Sri Lanka recently to seek justice for the murder of a British national in Tangalle in December 2011. Speaking on the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to be held in Sri Lanka, Burt said the United Kingdom has still not made a decision on its attendance at CHOGM but it looks to Sri Lanka to demonstrate the Commonwealth principles of good governance, respect for human rights and adherence to the rule of law. (Colombo Gazette) British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Alistair Burt says the concerns of his government on Sri Lanka’s human rights issue is no secret.Speaking at the House of Commons yesterday (Wednesday) Burt said that the United Kingdom has a number of concerns about progress in Sri Lanka. He also spoke on the impeachment of former Chief Justice Shirani Banadaranayake and said it was disappointing that the government denied access to legal experts of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute who planned to visit Sri Lanka to investigate the impeachment.The British Minister also said that until investigations takes place into some of the incidents reported on the war it will be difficult for the Sri Lankan people to move forward. “It is important to note that we have a long-standing and strong relationship with Sri Lanka. Our close ties are formed through history, educational links and culture, as well as the Sri Lankan community in the United Kingdom, which contributes so much to our rich and diverse culture. We value those links, which we are determined to maintain,” Burt said. Related story: http://colombogazette.com/2013/03/20/uk-mp-raises-lankan-issue-in-parliament/ “We are clear that all allegations must be investigated, whether committed by the LTTE or Government forces, and that those responsible must be brought to justice. We believe that fully addressing and condemning events of the past is crucial to ensuring that justice is done and that Sri Lanka can begin to look forward, not back, but so too are wider measures recommended by Sri Lanka’s own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. In order to ensure that the dividend of peace can be enjoyed by all Sri Lankans, it is vital that the Sri Lankan Government make concrete progress in implementing the recommendations, which include investigation of alleged extra-judicial killings and disappearances and implementation of a mechanism to resolve land disputes impartially,” he said.At the same time he said it was also important to recognise that the Sri Lankan Government has made some progress.“I saw the situation for myself during my visit to Sri Lanka in January. Infrastructure had been rebuilt, and I saw roads being repaved in the northern area. I also heard from non-governmental organisations about extensive de-mining work done in former conflict zones. We recognise and welcome such progress. We also recognise that there are obstacles to progress in some areas, and that the way forward will never be clear of stumbling blocks. Much more work is needed to guarantee a stable future for Sri Lanka and ensure justice for all its citizens. The appropriate application of the rule of law is clearly a key factor,” he said. read more

Mateta goal enough for Mainz to win 10 in Duesseldorf

DUESSELDORF, Germany — French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta scored to give Mainz a 1-0 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf in the Bundesliga on Friday, lifting the side eighth ahead of the rest of the 13th round.Mateta, who joined Mainz from Le Havre in the off-season, timed his run for Robin Quaison’s through ball perfectly, and the 21-year-old eluded Duesseldorf defender Robin Bormuth before shooting. Michael Rensing got his hand to the ball but couldn’t stop it bobbling inside the far post.Duesseldorf, which snatched a 3-3 draw at Bayern Munich last weekend, had been the better team, and the home side pushed hard for an equalizer without taking chances.Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner got his fingertips to Niko Giesselmann’s effort in injury time.Duesseldorf, promoted last season, remained second from bottom and may yet be overtaken by Stuttgart, which hosts Augsburg on Saturday.___More AP Bundesliga coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/Bundesliga and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Young mother gets bundle of joy for Christmas

Hansaranie Latchana and her bouncing baby boy.Christmas is the most joyful time of the year and the Latchana family’s holiday was made even more special with the arrival of a tiny bundle of joy.Hansaranie Latchana of Lot 100 Belvedere Corentyne, delivered the first Christmas baby at the New Amsterdam Hospital at 03:49 h on December 25. The young mother gave birth to a baby boy.According to Latchana, this is her first child. She commended the doctor and nurses present during her delivery, whose professionalism helped her to overcome her initial nervousness.The mother explained that she was scheduled to deliver in January, but took in with cramps and was taken to the hospital where she delivered her baby boy.While Latchana was the only mother that delivered at the New Amsterdam Hospital for Christmas morning,  another mother was currently in labour and was expected to give birth.Latchana was presented with a token, compliments of Massy Distribution, for being the first mother to deliver a Christmas baby at New Amsterdam Hospital. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice Christmas baby defies odds, arrives four weeks earlyDecember 28, 2016In “latest news”Baby boy is GPHC’s first newborn for 2019January 1, 2019In “Health”Still-born two headed baby delivered at New Amsterdam HospitalDecember 19, 2017In “Health” read more

Andrea Lekic to miss EHF EURO 2014 start

IHF World Handball Player 2013, Serbian playmaker Andrea Lekic has suffered ankle sprain injury during the match between her ZRK Vardar and ZRK Buducnost 24:24 in Skopje on Sunday. She had to be carried out from the court of SC “Jane Sandanski” in ninth minute of the match. The first prediction is that Lekic won’t be able to run in the next three weeks. That could be a reason for head-ache of Serbian NT coach Saša Bošković, who can’t count on her in preparation for the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Croatia and Hungary – Mobelringen Cup in Norway.It is to early to get answer on question, whether she will be ready for the Preliminary Round matches against Montenegro, France and Slovakia in Osijek between December 7-11. Andrea LekicAndrea Lekic injured ← Previous Story EHF CL Round 5: First defeat for PSG – Metalurg and Alingsas only 0-5 Next Story → Over 110.000 votes in first week of WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 read more