UDAN to connect Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar islands with sea planes

first_imgSea plane routes connecting the various islands of Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar as well as Hyderabad’s Prakasam Barrage with Nagarjunasagar in Telangana are among the routes being offered to airlines under the fourth round of UDAN scheme.The Ministry of Civil Aviation invited bids for 134 routes under the low-cost flying scheme, also known as Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), on Friday. Interested players can submit their proposals by February 22.Islands of Agatti, Kavaratti, and Mincoy in Lakshadweep have been offered for bidding. Popular islands of Andaman and Nicobar such as Hutbay, Neil, Long Island,Havelock have also been sought to be connected with sea planes under this round of UDAN.On the request of the State government, the Ministry has also invited interest for connecting Prakasam Barrage over Krishna river with Hyderabad as well as Nagarjunasagar dam in Telangana.Last month, the Ministry awarded 235 routes after the successful completion of the third round of bidding for UDAN routes. Players have six months to commence services. These included unserved airports of Andaman and Nicobar at Campbell Bay, Shibpur, Car Nicobar, and six watedromes at Guwahati River Front and Umrangso Reservoir in Assam, Nagarjuna Sagar dam in Telangana, and Shatrunjay Dam and Statue of Unity in Gujarat.Several airports in the northeast region such as Tezpur, Shillong, Passighat and Aizawl have also been offered again for bidding after 56 routes were withdrawn from Air Deccan and Air Odisha because of their failure to provide regular services.Of the 428 routes awarded to airlines under the first two rounds of bidding, 138 have taken off so far.last_img read more

Who will be India’s reserve opener and backup wicketkeeper for Australia Tests?

first_imgIndia easily defeated West Indies, and that too inside three days, in both Tests of the two-match series. Positives from the short series may be few, but youngsters Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant cementing their places in the XI for the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on December 6, could be one of them.As for the squad composition, headaches will be aplenty for the team management and the national selection committee, when they sit down to pick the Test squad for Australia. The primary concerns being a reserve opener and a backup wicketkeeper for the four Test matches starting December 6.KL Rahul came in for some criticism for his lack of composure at the crease but the team management’s persistence is set to continue, his 14 failures in 17 innings withstanding. The role of a reserve opener will become very important in the larger context of the series.”I am sure KL will look at his errors and look to rectify them. There is no doubt about his attitude and how he goes about his game. He is very positive in his head and he is someone who also appreciates people telling him his faults which is a quality to have,” Kohli said after the second Test in Hyderabad which India won by 10 wickets.The skipper’s certificate seals the deal with Shaw and Rahul at least getting one more shot as a pair in Adelaide. But what if Rahul fails again? Currently, neither the team management nor the selectors have a clear idea about it.advertisement Mayank Agarwal, who was the third opener for the West Indies series, is a contender for the yet-to-be-decided squad that will travel Down Under.Agarwal has scored truckloads of runs but unlike Shaw, there are doubts about whether he has the game for the highest level and wherewithal to cope with Mitchell Starc’s disconcerting bounce, Josh Hazlewood’s ‘fourth’ stump attack and Pat Cummins’ quick deliveries.It is learnt that selectors are still wary of having Agarwal, Shaw and Rahul as three specialist openers as the line-up will be too thin on experience. And Rahul’s poor form will also put pressure on the two youngsters.In that case, Agarwal might just be unlucky like his statemate Karun Nair as at least one experienced opener will be the order of the day.In an ideal situation, it would have been veteran Murali Vijay, technically the most accomplished Indian opener of recent times.However, Vijay’s failures in South Africa and England along with his much publicised difference of opinions with chairman of selectors MSK Prasad will be an issue.But after being dropped from the Indian team, scores of 56, 100, 85 and 80 for Essex in the English County would keep him in good stead. However, the first couple of Ranji matches will be a big Test for him.”I think it will be Mayank and Vijay opening in the New Zealand A series where the better performer will be selected. I find it the most logical way of doing things. No selection committee wants controversies and this committee will also want the same,” former India opener and wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta told PTI on Monday.”You would like people to know if Vijay is preferred over Mayank without giving the latter the reasons for not selecting him,” he added. The other choice could be Shikhar Dhawan but then he would hardly get any domestic matches to prove his red ball form as he would be playing limited-overs series against the West Indies from start to finish.Also Dhawan’s red ball form in home conditions has never been a clear indicator of his ability as he has consistently failed in pace-friendly conditions.There is a belief that since Dhawan is a good horizontal bat player, he can be tried in Australia where the kookaburra’s seam would go flat after the first 20 overs.But then, Dhawan has not shown signs of surviving those initial overs either even in England even though his effort can’t be questioned.Dasgupta said, “I think it’s time to move ahead since Prithvi and Rahul have already sealed the first two spots. Plus, Vijay had two very good innings in Australia.” Coming to the wicketkeepers, the options are even less with Wriddhiman Saha yet to attain full fitness. He is unlikely to be selected for the Australian Test tour.Even if he is selected, Pant has shown that he is a far superior batsman than the Bengal stumper and has the ability to win games for the country.What happens when Saha comes back?, Sanjay Majrekar asked Ravi Shastri after the second Test and the India coach just answered in a short sentence, “We will go by current form.”advertisementA good enough indication that Saha is not in the scheme of things at least for the time being.The next option for the second keeper’s slot is Kona Bharath, who has been playing for India A and recently got a hundred in a four-day game against Australia A.”Bharath has been playing for India A for the last six months so you would like to think it will be him,” Dasgupta said of him.”But as I have said earlier, I won’t mind looking at someone like Parthiv, who can hit horizontal bat shots well. He can be a reserve opener as well as the second keeper,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Arsenal will sell Alexis Sanchez on one condition

first_imgTransfers Arsenal will sell Alexis Sanchez to Man City on one condition Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 19:23 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Arsenal Premier League A. Sánchez The Gunners are expected to allow the Chilean to join City if they can sign a replacement before the 11pm UK deadline Arsenal will only sanction the sale of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City if they can bring in a world class replacement for Thursday’s 11pm UK time transfer deadline, Goal understands.Chilean star Sanchez, 28, has been courted by City all summer and wants to link up with his former manager Pep Guardiola who sees him as the final piece in the puzzle to mount a title challenge this season.Arsenal 7/1 to win Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Alexis has rejected the offer of a new deal at the Emirates Stadium with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2018, and City have been confident for several months that the player’s stance will lead to Arsenal eventually giving into his demands.City had been confident of bringing Alexis to the Etihad Stadium, but the Gunners have been steadfast in their insistence that the Chile international is not for sale and rejected a £50 million offer from the Etihad side as recently as Tuesday.However, the Gunners are prepared to let last season’s star man leave the club for a fee in the region of £70m if they can bring in a replacement of similar quality, with Paris Saint-Germain star Julian Draxler one of several options the club are looking at.Sanchez is expected to start for Chile in their World Cup qualifier against Paraguay tonight which kicks off 30 minutes after the transfer window closes in the United Kingdom.last_img read more

NYC Day One Results

first_imgDay one commenced without any major upsets early, with the favourites starting off well. In the 18’s Girls, QSST beat the Sunshine Coast 10-1, while the 2nd ranked Southern Suns defeated North Queensland 9-3. 3rd seeds SQBD Sharks were also victorious in the first round of 20’s Boys beating Victoria 12-7. Sharks kicked off their campaign in impressive style, beating Northern Territory 14-2 in the 18’s Boys division. Under 18’s Boys top seeds Sydney Mets were challenged in their 10.50am game, winning 4-2 against the 12th seeded Western Tigers. The Mets 18 Girls did it a bit easier, beating Tasmania 11-0. North Queensland nearly caused an upset against NSWCHS in the 18’s Boys, losing by one try. 6th seeds Hornets were too good for the Northern Eagles in the 20’s Boys, winning 10-3 and ACT beat the Sunshine Coast 12-8 in a high scoring affair.The 20’s Mets and Scorpions teams met in a local derby at 11.40am, with the Mets easily accounting for the Scorpions 9-2. Other winners included the Cobra’s over the Rebels and the Sharks over the Scorpions in the 20’s girls. In the 18’s Boys, Sharks beat the Scorpions in the 20’s Girls and the 14th seed Northern Eagles caused an upset by beating the 3rd ranked Cobras side 4-0.Suns 20’s Girls kicked off their campaign in style beating West Tigers 10-2 and Mets beat Sunshine Coast 10-0. Local hopes Northern Eagles had an easy win over Victoria 8-1 in the 20’s girls, as did NSWCHS over Northern Territory in the 18’s Girls division.Suns 20’s Boys beat Victoria 7-1 and the SQBD Sharks beat the Northern Eagles 10-3.QSST easily accounted for Mets 14-0 in the 18’s boys as did 16th seeds North Queensland, who beat 3rd seeds Cobras 10-4 in an upset. 2nd seed in the 20’s Girls, the Cobras, were too good for Scorpions winning 12-0, with Sunshine Coast beating ACT in similar fashion. Late in the day, NSWCHS beat South Australia convincingly, as did QSST against Mets, winning 16-0 in the 18’s Girls division. 1st seed Suns also did it easy against Victoria in the 20’s girls and the 6th placed Mets won a close one against the 7th ranked Rebels in the same division.To watch day one footage: www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865last_img read more

Ranji Trophy semifinal: Umesh Yadav’s 7-wicket haul puts Vidarbha on top vs Kerala

first_img India Today Web Desk WayanadJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 19:41 IST Ranji Trophy semifinal: Umesh Yadav returned with figures of 7 for 48 in the first innings for Vidarbha vs Kerala. (Reuters Photo)Brief scores: Vidarbha 171/5 (45 overs) at stumps vs Kerala (160 all-out) in Wayanad. Vishnu Vinod (37), Umesh Yadav (7/48), Faiz Fazal (75), Sandeep Warrier (2/46).Umesh Yadav destroyed Kerala with figures of 7 for 48 to put Vidarbha on top on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal in Wayanad. Umesh, who played only one Test in Australia, has been in outstanding form in two matches for his state team.In the quarterfinal against Uttarakhand, Umesh returned figures of 4 for 90 and 5 for 23 as Vidarbha won by an innings and 115 runs. On Thursday, Kerala, who are playing their first Ranji Trophy semi-final, found Umesh too hot to handle.The 31-year-old Umesh picked his 12th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and with Rajneesh Gurbani (3 for 38) ended Kerala’s first innings in only 28.4 overs.The defending champion reached 171 for 5 in 45 overs after winning the toss and bundling out Kerala for 105 in the first innings.Ranji Trophy Semifinals Day 1 Highlights: Vidarbha vs KeralaYadav, who was part of the India team that won the Test series in Australia recently, ran through the host batting line-up, took a personal best of 7 for 48.Vishnu Vinod, captain Sachin Baby and Basil Thampi were the only Kerala batsmen to make double digit scores.On a pitch which was on the bouncier side, the burly pacemen posed the Kerala batsmen a lot of trouble and was ably assisted by Rajneesh Gurbani (3 for 38), the star of Vidarbha’s maiden Ranji triumph last season.Yadav also reached the 100-wicket milestone in Ranji Trophy during his brilliant spell.His first victim was opener Mohammed Azharudeen caught by Y R Thakur for 8.advertisementHe then had Sijomon Joseph taken by R Sanjay for a duck.When Gurbani sent opener P Rahul for 9, Kerala looked in a spot of bother at 27 for 3.There was no respite as Yadav kept up the pressure by bowling with fire and discipline.Loss of wickets at regular intervals left the host in deep trouble and there was a danger of being shot out for a sub-100 first innings total.The usually reliable Jalan Saxena, who came up with a crucial knock in the second innings of the Quarterfinals against Gujarat, fell for a single digit score.Vishnu Vinod, the top scorer with 37 (50 balls) went for his shots and added 25 runs with no.11 M D Nidheesh (7) to take Kerala past 100 before Gurbani dismissed the latter.In reply, skipper Faiz Fazal (75) and Sanjay (19) provided Vidarbha a solid start before the latter was castled by Nidheesh.Veteran Wasim Jaffer, who joined Fazal, helped the reigning champions consolidate with a superb 80-run stand.The two played some delightful strokes on both sides of the wicket and showed how to bat on what was not an easy track.The stylish Jaffer breached the1,000- runs mark for a second time in his Ranji Trophy career.Hebecame the first batsman in Ranji history to achieve this landmark on two separate occasions.During the 2008-09 season, he had aggregated 1,260 runs for Mumbai.Jaffer (34) departed to a catch by K B Arun Karthick off Nidheesh’s bowling.Fazal, who led from the front with a fine knock, added57 runs for the fourth wicket with Atharva Taide (24).Fazal’s exit, to Sandeep Warrier for a well compiled 75, sparked a mini collapse as Vidarbha lost three wickets for one run to end the day at 171 for 5, a lead of 66 runs.In the other semi-final, Karanataka went to stumps on 264/9.Also Read | Wasim Jaffer 1st batsman to score 1000 runs in a Ranji Trophy season twiceFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Umesh YadavFollow Faiz FaizalFollow Wasim JafferFollow Vidarbha vs KeralaFollow Ranji Trophy Ranji Trophy semifinal: Umesh Yadav’s 7-wicket haul puts Vidarbha on top vs KeralaRanji Trophy semifinal: Umesh Yadav picked 7 wickets while Rajneesh Gurbani picked 3 wickets as Vidarbha took the opening day honours in the Ranji Trophy semifinal against Kerala.advertisementlast_img read more

Study Finds No Negative Impact for Cleanup

first_imgDozens of scientists, engineers, and technical specialists from three environmental engineering firms say the Tar Ponds cleanup project will have no significant negative effects on the environment. “Construction practices identified in the report can successfully manage all potential negative effects of the project,” said Gregory Gillis, senior project manager with AMEC Earth and Environmental, lead firm in the consortium that produced the environmental impact statement. Mr. Gillis spoke at a technical briefing, today, Jan. 3, on the environmental impact statement prepared for the joint panel review of the cleanup project. In addition AMEC, two other environmental consulting firms, Jacques Whitford and ADI Ltd., contributed to the report. “This is a very reassuring report,” said Frank Potter, the Sydney native who became acting CEO of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency on Jan. 1. “It confirms that the impact of the cleanup will be overwhelmingly positive. It will make Sydney a better place to live, work, play, and invest.” The seven-volume, 3,000-page report is available on the agency’s website at www.TarPondsCleanup.ca . The agency has also released a 27-page summary in plain language. Copies of the plain language summary are available by calling 567-1035, or by e-mailing summary@tarpondscleanup.ca. The public has until Thursday, Feb. 16, to comment on the environmental impact statement. Comments should be addressed to the Joint Panel Review, P.O. Box 431, Sydney, N.S. B1P 6G9.last_img read more

Barring stray incidents of stonepelting situation comfortable in JK

first_imgJammu: Barring stray incidents of stone-pelting, the situation was “comfortable” in all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday. Security forces had arrested over 100 people, including political leaders and activists, as they were considered a threat to peace and tranquillity in the Kashmir valley, they added. See P7last_img

Starbucks Canada closes stores for training on race bias inclusion

first_imgStarbucks closed about 1,100 Canadian locations this afternoon for training on race, bias and inclusion.This @Starbucks on 5 St. and 6 Ave SW is one of about 1,100 locations across Canada closing early for inclusiveness training today. #yyc pic.twitter.com/Pvs7qIVm6e— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) June 11, 2018In a letter to customers, Starbucks Canada president Michael Conway says the training will involve sharing experiences, listening to experts, reflecting on the realities of bias in society and talking about how employees can create public spaces where everyone feels like they belong.The training comes after the Seattle-based company publicly apologized for the arrest of two black men who had been refused permission to use the washroom of a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia.In his letter, Conway calls the incident “reprehensible” and says the training isn’t just about what happened in Philadelphia, but about humanity and making sure all customers feel safe and welcome.In late May, 8,000 U.S. locations were shut for an afternoon for similar training.last_img read more

Security Council discusses latest violence engulfing Kenya

30 January 2008The Security Council today heard a closed-door briefing on the situation in Kenya, where post-electoral violence has claimed hundreds of lives, including dozens in recent days, while forcing more than a quarter of a million others to flee their homes. In New York, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe briefed the Council on the latest developments in the East African nation, where nearly 700 people are believed to have been killed in the violence, which first began a few weeks ago after Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga in December elections.Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Mr. Pascoe said that there is a “need for the parties to work together” to bring the violence to an end.Voicing support for the mediation efforts of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, he said the Organization has been deeply involved from the start to bring the situation under control. Additionally, he said that numerous humanitarian organizations have been active on the ground and providing assistance to those forced to flee their homes.During the Council meeting, members “called on Kenya’s leaders to do all what is in their power to bring the violence to an end and to restore calm,” Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi of Libya, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, told the press.Meanwhile in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the situation with the African Union Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konaré, ahead of his address to the AU summit tomorrow.The two leaders agreed that the AU and UN should support the current efforts by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, according to a spokesperson for the world body.UN agencies are warning that Kenya’s crisis has taken a sharp turn for the worse in recent days with violence claiming many more lives and hampering relief efforts. read more

UNIraq talks to be held over three days starting tomorrow

Mr. Annan is scheduled to open meetings with Foreign Minister Naji Sabri at noon, and talks will resume in the afternoon with full delegations.On Thursday, the Secretary-General will be in Washington, DC, but the UN-Iraq talks will continue at the expert level, according to the spokesman’s office. Mr. Annan and the Foreign Minister, along with their delegations, will resume their talks on Friday morning.The previous round of meetings between the Secretary-General and Foreign Minister Sabri was held in New York on 7 March.In another development, Iraq last week continued its suspension of petroleum exports under the United Nations ‘oil-for-food’ programme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its crude revenue to purchase humanitarian relief, the UN office running the effort announced today.Revenue loss as a result of the suspension, which began on 8 April, is now estimated at $1.2 billion, according to the Office of the Iraq Programme. There are currently no funds available to cover 1,192 approved contracts for the purchase of various humanitarian supplies and equipment valued at $2.9 billion.Meanwhile, the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Iraq has released from hold 46 contracts worth almost $130 million, while placing 36 new contracts worth $60 million on hold. The total value of “holds” stands at around $5.1 billion. read more

Hunt still ongoing for remaining prison escapees Top Cop

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRecaptured criminal was getting desperate, planning to leave the country – PoliceOctober 12, 2017In “Crime”3 recaptured prison escapees jailed for 1 year each, while man mistaken for escapee succumbsJuly 27, 2017In “Crime”Camp Street unrest: Escapee Uree Varswyck ID’ed as late officer Wickham’s shooter- SamuelsAugust 1, 2017In “Crime” … says greater focus being placed in the Linden areaActing Police Commissioner David RamnarineActing Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine on Thursday confirmed that searches are still ongoing for the three remaining prison escapees, and he urging citizens to continue to cooperate with ranks.According to Ramnarine during an interview with media operatives on Thursday at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, several searches have been launched over the past few weeks as a result of information provided to police as to the whereabouts of Lusignan Prison escapee, Paul Goriah.“Over the last few weeks, we have launched a number of operations which basically include searches, combing of certain back lands. The last I recall, well in fact there were two a few days ago in the Yarrowkabra area, where we got the information that Paul Goriah and someone was seen in that area,” he explained.He further noted that after two lengthy consecutive searches led by a senior officer and his team, there has still not been any success.However, he asserted that at this point, a bigger focus is being placed in the Linden area, where it is believed that Bartica Massacre murder convict, Mark Durant Williams aka Smallie is hiding out.“There is a bigger focus that’s going on and that’s in the Linden area,” Ramnarine posited, while noting that efforts to disrupt possible support for Williams in the area, has proven to be successful.“We had done some work to kind of disrupt possible support [for the fugitive], which has proven to be effective. It is that disruption that led to the demise- if I can put it that way- of Uree Varyswyck.”Ramnarine explained that even with the $5M reward still open to persons who can lead to the whereabouts of the wanted men, there is nothing definitive to report as yet.Nevertheless, he maintained that the Guyana Police Force is continuing to do all they can to ensure the wanted men are brought back into lawful custody.On July 9 2017, several hardcore prisoners staged an attack on correctional officers at the Camp Street Prison and set the building alight, before making good their escape.Following that disastrous fire, in excess of 1,000 prisoners were transferred to the Lusignan Prison walled area, where another set of prisoners managed to escape.The Police were able to recapture most of the prison escapees while the others were subsequently transferred to other penitentiaries. The “hard core” ones from the walled area were returned to the rehabilitated Camp Street brick block.However, while most of the criminals were recaptured –and one recently killed during an exchange of fire with police at Linden- Williams, Goriah and Stephens remain at large.(Ramona Luthi) read more

Better ways to produce gold

first_imgThe January issue of International Mining magazine will include our annual look at the latest technologies being used in the gold sector – exploration, mining, processing and environmental management. If you have news of innovations please send details to john@im-mining.com. Already the draft article includes news of new ideas in cyanide production and management, simple processing systems for small projects, gravity separation practice, various new plants and more.There will also be our annual articles on conveying technology (all the latest equipment and solutions) and South African technology and services – contact paul@im-mining.com.Rob (Robert@im-mining.com) is working on an article on critical materials, examining the specialised methods  of extracting and processing some of the lesser known materials, from rare earths to lithium, cobalt, vanadium and others, covering projects from around the world.That January issue also includes and article on Endeavour Mining, a specialist and growing West African gold producer. It owns four gold mines producing more than 450,000 oz/y in Mali (Tabakoto mine), Ghana (Nzema), Burkina Faso (Youga), and Côte d’Ivoire (Agbaou – the newest mine).Contact us if you have editorial input for this issue.last_img read more

Four Irishmen included on longlist for ERC European Player of the Year

first_imgCian Healy (Leinster Rugby) Fritz Lee (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Who’s your early favourite for the award? Are there any players missing from the ERC’s list?- Originally posted 17.30Earls’ skills perfectly suited to starring roles for Munster and IrelandHappy 35th, BOD: 13 reasons we all love Brian O’Driscoll Steffon Armitage (Toulon) Miles Benjamin (Leicester Tigers) Alex Goode (Saracens) THE ERC [EUROPEAN Rugby Cup] has announced the longlist for the ERC European Player of the Year award following the conclusion of the pool stages of the Heineken Cup.There are four Irishmen amongst the selected names, in Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony, while Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar is unsurprisingly included too.Three players from reigning champions Toulon have been recognised for their strong individual performances, last year’s winner Jonny Wilkinson among them, while Clermont have two of their most important men involved.Recognition of Cronin’s form for Leinster is welcome as he heads into the Six Nations to compete with Rory Best for Ireland’s number two shirt. The Limerick man has improved his line-out throwing up to an 86% success rate in Europe, while his work around the pitch is as impressive as ever.Healy’s explosive return to the starting team for Leinster against the Ospreys surely played a part in his nomination, and the Ireland loosehead looks set to finish out the season in superb form now. Both O’Connell and O’Mahony have been excellent in helping Munster to five wins from six games in Pool 6.The judging panel of Stuart Barnes [Sky Sports], Mick Cleary [Daily Telegraph rugby correspondent], Emmanuel Massicard [editor of Midi Olympique], Emile Ntamack [three-time Heineken Cup winner] and Gerry Thornley [Irish Times rugby correspondent] were responsible for compiling this initial list, with the eventual winner to be named following the Heineken Cup final in May.As well as the above panel of esteemed judges, all 44 clubs involved in the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup this season will have the chance to vote in the award, while supporters will be able to get involved on Twitter and Facebook.ERC European Player of the Year 2014 longlist: Ruan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby) Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon) Louis Picamoles (Toulouse) Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse) Sean Cronin (Leinster Rugby) Paul O’Connell (Munster Rugby) George North (Northampton Saints) Sitiveni Sivivatu (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Matt Giteau (Toulon) Peter O’Mahony (Munster Rugby)last_img read more

Tunisia coach calls for changes following poor World Cup campaign

first_imgTunisia boss Nabil Maaloul has called for changes in North Africa following their early exit from the World Cup in disappointing fashionThe Carthage Eagles have lost their first two games of Group G against England and Belgium with the latter of them being a 5-2 thrashing.Therefore, Tunisia’s campaign at Russia is already over ahead of their final group game against fellow eliminated side Panama.Fellow North African sides Egypt and Morocco also suffered early exits at the group stages and Maaloul feels that it will take them about “two more generations” of players in order to reach the required level to compete with the biggest nations.Nigeria v Burkina Faso - 2013 Africa Cup of Nations FinalMatch Preview: Tunisia vs Nigeria Boro Tanchev – July 17, 2019 Tunisia and Nigeria will go head to head for the bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tonight in 21:00 (CET).“We have common problems,” said Maaloul, according to Goal.“I don’t think we have high-quality performance, we need to change our lifestyle because it is not in line with high-level football, we need to change the way we train. We need two more generations to reach (the top) level of performance in terms of fitness and physical strength. We are far from the required level.”Tunisia will meet Panama in their Group G game at the Mordovia Arena at 20:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Haitian Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 16, 2017 – Nassau – Haitian Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Jean Victor Geneus, left, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, August 14, 2017.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)last_img

Sketch released of sexual assault suspect who reportedly attacked woman who mistook

first_img Posted: March 16, 2018 March 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit Division are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate an unknown suspect wanted for a sexual assault.On March 14 at about 11:00 p.m., an adult female victim left a business located along University Avenue in the Hillcrest area and approached a vehicle that was waiting in the roadway. Believing it was the ride that was requested, the victim entered the vehicle and it drove away.A short time later, the male driver of the vehicle sexually assaulted the victim. The victim was released and police were called. Detectives are currently searching for additional witnesses and evidence.The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, about 40-years-old, having a receding hair line, and a mustache. The vehicle was described as being a dark colored 4-door sedan.Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspect should call SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit, Detective J. Margolis at (619) 531-2939 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. KUSI Newsroom, Sketch released of sexual assault suspect who reportedly attacked woman who mistook him for ride-sharing driver Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Woman pleads guilty in driveby attack

first_imgConnie C. Gadberry, 20, has admitted participating in an August gang-related shooting in Vancouver.Gadberry pleaded guilty Friday in Clark County Superior Court to a charge of drive-by shooting. She had been charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, but her attorneys struck a deal with prosecutors to allow her to plead guilty to reduced charges.The Vancouver woman is scheduled to be sentenced July 24.Her boyfriend, Stefan A. Duran, and Gregorio Robert Chavez, both 21, are accused of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. Duran and Chavez are scheduled for trial April 8 and May 20, respectively.Chavez, a Sureno street gang member who goes by the name “Frost,” is accused of shooting fellow gang member Jose Reyes in the right leg and foot either late Aug. 24 or early Aug. 25. The motive was revenge for a fight between two groups of gangsters, according to a probable cause affidavit. Court documents indicate that one of the gang members attempted to stab Duran during the fight, and he had to jump a fence to escape.Chavez, Duran and Gadberry allegedly drove past Reyes in a vehicle on East 18th Street near Norris Road, and words were exchanged, according to court records. Then Chavez allegedly shot Reyes.Duran said he was scared when Chavez shot Reyes because he thought Chavez only intended to fight with the victim, a probable cause affidavit states.last_img read more

Former Trump Campaign Aide Nunberg Questioned By Grand Jury

first_img Share (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg, left, arrives at the U.S. District Courthouse to appear before a grand jury, Friday, March 9, 2018 in Washington. Nunberg had insisted in a series of defiant interviews earlier in the week that he intended to defy a subpoena issued by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, which is investigating potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)A former Trump campaign aide appeared for hours before a grand jury Friday, after he defiantly insisted in a series of news interviews just days earlier that he intended to defy a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.Sam Nunberg did not respond to reporters’ questions as he entered the federal courthouse with a lawyer shortly after 9 a.m. He remained behind closed doors into mid-afternoon.In extraordinary public statements about a secretive federal investigation, Nunberg on Monday had balked at complying with a subpoena that sought his appearance before the grand jury as well as correspondence with multiple other campaign officials. In doing so, he became the first witness in the Mueller probe to openly threaten to defy a subpoena.But later that night, Nunberg, who initially suggested that he considered Mueller’s document demands unreasonable, told The Associated Press that he had relented and predicted that he’d wind up complying after all.“I’m going to end up cooperating with them,” he said.Nunberg said he worked for hours to produce the thousands of emails and other communications requested by Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign improperly coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.“I thought it was a teachable moment,” he said of his 24 hours in the limelight.So far, 19 people and three companies have been charged in Mueller’s investigation. Among them are President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and the former White House national security adviser. Five people have pleaded guilty.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday August 7

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll dive into last night’s GOP debate in Cleveland with political commentators Barry Rascovar, John Bullock of Towson University and the AFRO’s Roberto Alejandro. Plus, more on 21st Century Jim Crow in Pocomoke City, MD. and the firing of that town’s first Black police chief, with our regular contributors, Alejandro and Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

DC AllBoys High School Set to Open in Fall 2016

first_imgWashington, D.C.’s only all-male, college preparatory high school is set to open in the fall. And, its principal, Dr. Benjamin Williams, can’t wait for the premiere of the Empowering Males High School, located on the campus of the former Ronald Brown Middle School in Northeast D.C.“For 15 years, I have thought about leading a school that catered to young men,” he said. “I wanted a place where young men could come and be comfortable with who they are. That dream came true last year.”On Jan. 21, 2015, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the implementation of an all-male public high school. This was part of an initiative to improve the academic performance of boys of color in the District’s public school system. Bowser’s actions are a complement to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper,” an effort to improve the lives of young men of color.Despite concerns by D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and the local chapter of the ACLU that an all-male public school may be unconstitutional, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D) ruled that the school is on solid legal ground.Williams said the school is open to all males of any color and every economic class. “We want to create a climate of academic success that will prepare young men for success in the post-high school world,” Williams said.In a break from the educational norm of focusing academically on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the school will specialize in the humanities, including modern and classical languages such as Spanish and Latin as well as studying literature and writing.“This is not a STEM school,” William said. “We will have a STEM component in terms of math and science but we want our students to focus on the liberal arts and such disciplines as music. We want our students to be college ready with the ability to think critically.”For example, Williams said his students are taking Latin – considered a “dead” language because it is no longer spoken or written – because it can help them break down the meaning of words that they might not initially recognize.“I learned the value of Latin while teaching at the School Without Walls (a grade school in Northwest D.C.),” he said. “Latin is the basis of English and other languages and if you understand Latin, you can pick up the other languages easier.”There is a belief among some educators that all-male institutions must be disciplinarily harsh in practice. Williams rejects that theory. “I believe in disciplining young men and I think the way to reach them is to set high expectations,” he said. “I find that if the young man sees that he can trust you, he will strive harder to be a better student. You may see instances that the young men will police themselves if the trust is there.“We will also emphasize young men talking through situations instead of dealing with problems through confrontations.”Williams said he wants a racially and gender diverse staff to work at the school including teachers who want to work with young men. He said it didn’t matter whether the teacher is a graduate of a historically Black college or university or a Teach for America recruit, “they must be at the school for the right reasons.”“We will support teachers who want young men to be successful and will provide professional development to that end,” Williams said.Teaching has been a central part of Williams’s life. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Virginia and started as a high school social studies teacher in Charlottesville, Va. His most recent position was as the associate principal at the elementary school-middle school portion of the School Without Walls at the Francis-Stevens Education Campus in Northwest D.C.Tierra Jolly, Ward 8 D.C. Board of Education member, is scheduled to meet with Williams in the near future and is looking forward to the interaction. “The Empowering Males of Color initiative is a good starting point for our young men to become achievers in the classroom,” she said.Jolly hopes the District school system will work on a similar program for young women soon.The school will start classes in August with just ninth-graders and will add a grade each year. The first graduating class is expected in 2020.last_img read more