first_imgDharamsala, Mar 22 (PTI) The scoreboard of the match Dharamsala, Mar 22 (PTI) The scoreboard of the match between India and England in the ICC Womens World T20 here today: India Women innings: Vellaswamy Vanithac Greenway b Knight0 Smriti Mandhanab Shrubsole12 Mithali Rajc Greenway b Sciver20 Shikha Pandeyc Brunt b Knight12 Harmanpreet Kaurrun out (Taylor)26 Veda Krishnamurthyb Knight2 Jhulan Goswamic Taylor b Shrubsole2 Anuja Patilrun out (Taylor)13 Ekta Bishtnot out0 Extras(B 1, LB 1, W 1)3 Total(8 wickets; 20 overs)90 Fall of wickets 1-0, 2-15, 3-44, 4-47, 5-52, 6-65, 7-87, 8-90 Bowling: Heather Knight 4-0-15-3, Katherine Brunt 4-0-24-0, Anya Shrubsole4-0-12-2, Jenny Gunn 4-0-16-0, Rebecca Grundy2-0-14-0, Natalie Sciver 2-0-7-1. MORE PTI BS KHSlast_img

Pakistan to host first Davis Cup tie in 13 years

first_imgPakistan will host its first Davis Cup tie in 13 years against Iran in February, the country’s tennis federation has said.”The International Tennis Federation has considered that security has improved,” Pakistan Tennis Federation Secretary Khalid Rehmani said on Wednesday, reports Efe.The matches will be held from February 3-5 in Islamabad, Rehmani said, adding that the Iranian team would be provided the same level of security as visiting foreign leaders.Pakistan has hosted few international sports events since 2001 due to high levels of extremist violence.Pakistan last played in the Davis Cup on its soil in 2004, when it took on New Zealand. Since then, Pakistan has only played in other countries.In the case of cricket, the national sport, an attack in 2009 on the Sri Lankan team that left nine people dead forced Pakistan to play all home matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), except for several matches against Zimbabwe in 2015.The level of violence, however, has decreased considerably since an army operation was launched in the tribal regions in June 2014.Recently, Pakistan has hosted several international squash tournaments and acquired four armoured buses to transport visiting cricket teams.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal ready for big improvement on recent Wimbledon woes

first_imgRafael Nadal is adamant that he will not be discouraged by the memory of recent Wimbledon woes as he prepares to follow up his landmark 10th French Open triumph with a third success on the sport’s most storied lawns.Nadal spurned the chance of a warm-up tournament at Queen’s Club to put less pressure on his body after his exertions at Roland Garros. He opted to fine tune his game in Mallorca instead.Now, Spain’s two-times champion is determined to improve on a series of shock defeats he has suffered to unheralded opposition at Wimbledon since winning his last title in 2010 and reaching the final the following year.Nadal lost to Lukas Rosol in the second round in 2012 when struggling with knee problems, Steve Darcis in 2013 (first round), the then new boy Nick Kyrgios in 2014 (fourth round) and Dustin Brown in 2015 (second round) before missing last year with a wrist injury.Yet he is adamant that the losses have not left a scar.”My motivation is always high in all the events that I play. If not, I am not playing,” said Nadal, whose victory in Paris took his grand slam total to 15.”It’s true that what happened with my knees in 2012 was more difficult (but) at the same time, it’s true that in 2014 I played a good event when I lost in the fourth round against Nick. But I had my chances, too.”After that, last year I couldn’t play (and) 2015 was not my year, of course.”Let’s see what’s going on this year. I know it’s always difficult. I am excited to be playing again here, in a tournament that I really love. But at the same time I tell you, it’s a tournament that you can go out very early.advertisement”But if I am able to go through at the beginning, I think I am with confidence. I am playing well since the beginning of the season, so let’s see.”This is somewhat of an understatement from the modest 31-year-old.Since reaching the Australian Open final at the start of the year, where only a dazzlingly rejuvenated Roger Federer could eclipse him, Nadal has won four clay titles. At times he has looked something near to his rampaging finest.Nadal confirmed that his coach Carlos Moya would not be attending Wimbledon with him but added that his uncle Toni would be part of his “great team”.He sounded refreshed by his spell training at home. “It was great,” he said.”I would love to have been playing in Queen’s, obviously, but after the last three months and after what happened in Roland Garros, we decided that for my body it was better to have a slower change to the grass.”last_img read more

Oval Test, Day 3: England thwarted by rain after Toby Roland-Jones’ fifer vs South Africa

first_imgToby Roland-Jones saw his dream debut continue as he completed a five-wicket haul to end South Africa’s belated resistance and ensure England maintained their domination of the third Test at The Oval on Saturday. (SCORECARD )Yet the home side’s push for victory to move 2-1 ahead in the four-test series was threatened by the south London weather as afternoon rain ended up wiping out half the day’s play with England on 74-1 in their second innings, 252 runs ahead.Roland-Jones had spearheaded the dismissal of South Africa for 175 on the third morning of the 100th Oval test to give England a 178-run first innings lead before another newcomer Tom Westley then helped hammer home the advantage.The Essex new boy Westley, just as in his first innings 25, looked perfectly at home on 28 not out as he and Keaton Jennings, who rode his luck to reach 34, both fought impressively to secure their England futures before the rain came.Earlier, Temba Bavuma’s fine half-century had led a spirited rearguard action from the South African tail, but Roland-Jones eventually dismissed him for 52 to finish off the innings and boast remarkable debut figures of 5-57 off 16.4 overs.Reuters Photo Roland-Jones, the 29-year-old Middlesex seamer who had ripped through the Proteas’ top four on Friday in his first 33 balls, became the first England bowler since Graham Onions against West Indies at Lord’s in 2009 to take a five-wicket haul in a Test debut first innings.Little Bavuma, who came in with the South Africans in disarray at 47-4 on Friday, demonstrated considerable calmness and real spirit to ensure they made a decent recovery from their worst plight when 61-7 on Friday evening.advertisementHe was given support from Morne Morkel, with a stubborn 39-ball 17, and last man Vernon Philander, fit to bat after being discharged from hospital following tests for the stomach ailment that had kept him off the field for much of the first two days.Bavuma, who ensured the follow-on was avoided with a lovely cover driven four, survived a tough chance on 40 off Stuart Broad when Ben Stokes could not hold on to his flying one-handed attempt in the gully.Otherwise, Bavuma always seemed in control, going past 1,000 runs in Tests before fighting on to his half-century off 111 balls with eight boundaries.James Anderson eked out Morkel, caught at slip, before Roland-Jones, who had earlier been given the first crack at landing his ‘five for’ by captain Joe Root, was recalled for a second spell and had Bavuma caught behind by Jonny Bairstow.When England batted again, Jennings, on six, was dropped by Dean Elgar in the gully off Philander just before rain brought an early lunch and on the resumption, Morkel worked over Alastair Cook before bowling him for seven.Jennings was given out, either lbw or for a catch, by umpire Joel Wilson on 33 only to survive on review but Westley looked confident, striking six boundaries in his 38-ball stay.With two days still to play, South Africa’s main concern remained with Philander, who was reported to be still vomiting and suffering abdominal pain from his viral infection and had to leave the field again after his sixth over.last_img read more

Virat Kohli moves up to No.2 in ICC Test rankings for batsmen

first_imgVirat Kohli has moved up from No.6 to No.2 in the ICC Test rankings (with 893 rating points) for batsmen after a sensational series against Sri Lanka where he finished with 610 runs.Kohli scored two back-to-back double hundreds in Nagpur and Delhi including a career-best 243 at the Feroz Shah Kotla. He was named man-of-the-series as India won their ninth successive series under him.Kohli finished 2017 with 1059 Test runs from 10 matches including five hundreds – three of them were double tons.Kohli is already No.1 in the ODI and T20I rankings.In the course of the year, Kohli also overtook Brian Lara to score most double hundreds as Test captain. No other Indian apart from Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, has scored more double centuries than Kohli (6).Virat Kohli is now….. No. 1 in ICC T20I RankingsNo. 1 in ICC ODI RankingsNo. 2 in ICC Test Rankings#Virat #INDvSL@imVkohli- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 7, 2017The 29-year-old India captain, last season, became the first man to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.He was going through a bit of a lean patch in Test cricket in 2017 after his double hundred against Bangladesh in February. However, he bounced back, first with a hundred in Sri Lanka and then with scores of 104 not out, 213, 243 and 50 against Sri Lanka at home to finish the year on a high.The batting list is still topped by Australian captain Steve Smith (938 rating points). England captain Joe Root is third with 879 points while Kohli’s India teammate Cheteshwar Pujara is fourth with 873 points.advertisementKohli finished 2017 with 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds across all formats. He has been rested for the limited-overs phase against Sri Lanka and will not play the three ODIs and three T20Is against the islanders.Kohli started the series against Sri Lanka in sixth position but leapfrogged David Warner, Pujara, Kane Williamson and  Root after the stupendous run which saw him average 152.50.Kohli would be eyeing the chance of reaching the zenith in all three formats since he is the current No. 1 in ODIs and T20Is.Smith, 45 points ahead of Kohli in the Test rankings, though has been in a different league and last week reached 941 points, the joint fifth-highest in terms of the highest points tally in batting history in Tests.Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is the only batsman to have been at the top in all three formats at the same time in December-January 2005-06, while his compatriot Matthew Hayden is the other batsman to have topped all three formats.(With inputs from ICC Media Release)last_img read more

Why the Jones and Gatland rivalry will fuel passion for Cardiff showdown

first_imgEddie Jones and Warren Gatland are going to have some fun next week. So far we’ve heard them both desperately vying to be the underdog – it’s the only time coaches ever compliment each other – but when we get into Test week we’ll see a few grenades launched from each side of the border.Personally, I love it. It’s two coaches who have huge respect for each other casually flirting in public. It’s hollow – because what they are saying publicly and what they are saying privately are two completely different things – but it’s great entertainment. We don’t have to encourage it, just sit back and enjoy it. Too often in sport coaches and players do not tell us what they think so Eddie and Warren should be applauded.It’s the beauty of rugby. I make a comparison to with football and if you look at all the rivalries between the so-called super coaches over the years, most of them have felt really quite sour. The only rivalry I remember that was different was José Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson – plenty of chat in the buildup but then an expensive bottle of red wine enjoyed afterwards. Eddie and Warren share a similar respect. Since you’re here… I remember speaking to Chris Ashton who was saying: “I just wanted to be in the wider training squad”. He felt that if he could just get into that squad he backed himself when he got there. Everyone will be thinking the same thing and you have seven or eight players on the outside at the moment. Take Chris Robshaw, he’s only played a couple of matches since his injury and others have usurped him in the squad – and now he’s fighting for his World Cup place.He won’t whinge, he will get his head down and; he is a fighter and that is exactly what Eddie wants. Sportblog Wales rugby union team Share via Email Six Nations 2019 Twitter Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of facing England in Six Nations after setback … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union Topics Read more Mark Wilson breaks clear during the England v France game at Twickenham. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian England rugby union team Pinterest Share on Facebookcenter_img features Share on WhatsApp Six Nations Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Eddie Jones The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Facebook Warren Gatland All of that will be rehashed in the coming week – the fact that there are two weeks to build up to the match is something special about the Six Nations – but the thing that really pleases me about the England camp at the moment is how they have realised the mistakes they made last year and learned from them. It can often be all we ever hear – “taking the learnings” – but I really think England have done that if you look at what they were doing this time 12 months ago.In the buildup to the Scotland match they were training against Georgia. You have this tier-two nation rocking up and relishing the opportunity to train against some of the best players in the world. Take nothing away from Scotland – on they day the they deserved the win without doubt – but speaking to some of the England players, they were shattered going into that match. England seem to have learned from that and have treated this first fallow week as a chance for the players to have an MOT, to top up a bit of fitness if that’s what is required, to nurse a few knocks and get some game-time into a few of the players, such as Dan Robson and Dan Cole.It makes obvious sense because those are the kind of players desperate to cement their place in the England squad with the World Cup on the horizon. Last year Eddie said he knew about 90% of his squad for Japan. That strikes me as precisely where you want to be less than 12 months before the World Cup, but there is clearly wriggle room.Someone like Mark Wilson has not so much wriggled into the squad as broken down the door. That kind of added competition only feeds one person – and that’s Eddie. If you’re not in this winning side at the moment you’ve got to be sweating for your position. You don’t want to be a spectator for success when there are so few matches left. Some of the guys not selected through injury or form are watching this team get better and better, and the confidence is going through the roof. You’ll be happy but there will be some envy. Share on Twitter Reuse this content They share a huge amount of experience and success, and they respect each other for that. Warren has won grand slams with Wales, he’s their longest-serving head coach and Eddie has done fantastically well to transform England after the fallout from the 2015 World Cup. Equally there is a huge amount of tribalism when Wales play England, they are both outspoken coaches and that fuels the passion for this fixture. It can also be almost as entertaining as the match itself. It’s like any good heavyweight fight.I said last week that it looked like all roads were leading to Cardiff and that’s where we find ourselves. If you’re picking a winner on form there is only one team in this Six Nations – England have maximum points and have only conceded three tries. But if you were picking a team on emotion you would lean towards Wales in Cardiff, not least because it is Warren’s last Six Nations.I found it interesting to listen to Joe Schmidt’s comments after Ireland’s loss to defeat by England. It was along the lines of if you poke the bear enough times it will bite back at some point. That was England’s recent history against Ireland coming to fruition – they went to Dublin for revenge and Wales will be in a similar position this week. You think back to last year and the TMO decision to deny them a try, and the fact that they conceded only two penalties all match – when has an away team ever conceded just two penalties and not ended up winning the game? On top of that, they were almost there two years ago in Cardiff until Elliot Daly’s late try squeezed England home. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Streaming: sports films for the sporting agnostic

first_imgIf you prefer a more international focus, Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s The Two Escobars absorbingly intertwines the fates of drug lord Pablo and Colombian footballer Andrés, who was murdered shortly after scoring an own goal in the 1994 World Cup. More rousingly, the Morgan Freeman-produced The 16th Man examines Nelson Mandela’s role in South Africa’s memorable underdog victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.All in all, it’s a rich, often revelatory range of stories, though if you thrill more to the narrative of sport itself, you may find yourself being sucked into its well-preserved mini-archive of classic boxing matches, featuring the likes of Ali, Joe Frazier and Sugar Ray Robinson. It’s another unexpected treat in a streaming service with more to it than meets the eye. Who knows, maybe I’ll get into lacrosse next.New to DVD and streaming this week Twitter Reuse this content Digging deeper into the 30 for 30 selection reveals a mixed bag. There’s the occasional bit of hero-athlete hagiography that you can imagine sporting networks using to fill rain breaks in play, but many of the films are artfully probing and gripping, even if you have no interest in the background sport at hand. The pick of the bunch is Maysles’s Muhammad and Larry, co-directed with Bradley Kaplan. One of the trailblazing documentarians behind such films as Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter, Maysles brings a stunning wealth of self-shot archive footage to an electric study of the build-up of and fallout from Muhammad Ali’s penultimate fight in 1980, in which he was humiliatingly clobbered by Larry Holmes. Treating the event with frank, end-of-an-era gravity, the film sets the heart pounding before shattering it to bits.I was also taken with Barry Levinson’s The Band That Wouldn’t Die, which extends the Baltimore-based director’s run of screen valentines to his home city – from Diner to the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street – to the documentary form. It’s a gentle, poignant community portrait, centred on the devoted marching band left behind when Baltimore’s SuperBowl-winning Colts football team was relocated to another city. For a tougher social study, Hoop Dreams director Steve James’s No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson is a riveting, even-handed feat of cine-journalism that delves into the past of the eponymous basketball star – specifically, the racially charged assault conviction that landed him in prison as a teenager. Guy Lodge’s streaming and DVDs Sport TV Share on Facebook Twitter Since you’re here… Facebook Share on WhatsApp Electric… Larry Holmes v Muhammad Ali, 1980, as captured in Muhammad and Larry. Photograph: PR Company Handout Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook features Pinterest center_img Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Ash Is Purest White. Photograph: © 2018 Xstream Pictures Topics Watch a trailer for The Band That Woudn’t Die. Pinterest Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Ash Is Purest White(Drakes Avenue, 15)Zhao Tao astonishes as a gangster’s moll on a revenge mission in Jia Zhangke’s absorbingly dense, chewy underworld epic, laden with political critique on 21st-century China.Birds of Passage(Curzon Artificial Eye, 15)In another bracing international genre twist, Colombian directors Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego bring a wealth of indigenous folklore to a humid crime-family saga, to ravishing effect.The Aftermath(Fox, 15)There isn’t much to this post-second world war romance, in which Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård fall beautifully for each other in the ruins of Hamburg, but as cashmere-clad, rainy-afternoon viewing, it’s diverting enough.The Hole in the Ground(Universal, 15)An effectively nervy bit of Irish gothic, first-time director Lee Cronin’s haunted-child horror film generally plays by the genre rules, but does so with some flair.Swing Time(Sony, PG)The most readily swoon-worthy of Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals – the one that gave the world The Way You Look Tonight – holds all its silvery lustre in this Criterion edition. Film From the increasingly vast buffet of specialist streaming services to choose from, I freely admit that ESPN Player was low on my list of ones to sample. I’m a selective, fairweather sports watcher to begin with; at first glance, the international on-demand arm of the leading American sports network, promising hour upon hour of catch-up coverage of college football, lacrosse and junior national volleyball, seemed to declare Not For Me in foot-high letters. (If you’re curious, however, or just a homesick American, it’s a £70-a-year banquet, with a free trial option.)Look closer, however, and ESPN Player has something to offer even a lacrosse agnostic like me: a bounty of sports-themed documentaries from such major non-fiction directors as Steve James, Barbara Kopple, Alex Gibney and Albert Maysles, alongside dabbling commercial film-makers like Ron Shelton and the late John Singleton.They all form part of the channel’s 30 for 30 series, which began in 2009, commissioning a broad range of talent to make films about selected moments of sports history. Much acclaimed in the US, garlanded with an Emmy and an International Documentary Association award, the films went generally unnoticed abroad – hardly surprising, given that most of them focus on the oddly insular American sporting world.The 30 for 30 entry that broke the pattern was Ezra Edelman’s mammoth, eight-hour OJ: Made in America – tangentially sports-related, of course, and first billed as a “miniseries event” before a 2016 cinema release brought greater mainstream exposure and an Oscar win. ESPN Player currently has it exclusively available to stream in all its grim glory, and if you’ve never seen it, it’s worth investigating. Engrossing as a thorough procedural analysis of the OJ Simpson trial, it bristles with wider concerns over the American justice system and enduring racial division. Pinterest Share on Messenger Facebook last_img read more

4 days agoBianchi hails ex-Man City powerbrokers Shinawatra, Eriksson

first_imgBianchi hails ex-Man City powerbrokers Shinawatra, Erikssonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi says he values his spell in England.The former Torino centre-forward played for City during the Thaksin Shinawatra era.He told TMW: “Shinawatra wanted to win, he didn’t want to waste time. Then he had his problems at home and was forced to sell. I knew City would grow.”I always liked him, he was always present with us when he was in Manchester, he didn’t miss anything, he treated us like a god. We were envied, the player had a single room in retreat, difficult to see in football. So the athletes can self-manage, can rest, they are small but fundamental things.”On playing for Sven-Goran Eriksson, he added: “Very great coach, able to manage the players, he made you have fun. He had an important elegance, he was old-fashioned.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Rashford & Pogba front Man Utd partnership with Remington

first_imgManchester United have entered into a multi-year partnership with Remington which will see a global leader in personal care become the club’s first official electrical styling partner.The deal includes both the men and women’s teams at Old Trafford and is intended to help deliver “high-impact marketing campaigns to grow the Remington brand globally”.AdChoices广告Early promotions will focus on a celebration of “individuality and the power of inner confidence”. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? ‘The Story of You’ will underpin the brand’s mission recognising that “everyone’s journeys, experiences, values and aspirations make up who they are as individuals”.United boast several high-profile figures on their books whose personalities and image stretch well beyond the boundaries of a football field.Manchester United Remington Juan Mata Marcus RashfordAmong those is England international Marcus Rashford, with the in-form forward saying of his desire to shine in both his professional and private life: “If I see an opportunity to do something flashy or a bit different, then I do that and I think it’s the same off the pitch.”Paul Pogba is another of those who takes as much pride in his appearance as he does his performances as a World Cup-winning midfielder.The Frenchman said as part of the ‘Story of You’ campaign: “You can’t really hide anymore – people see you, they watch the game. Football has become even more famous, it’s everywhere and taking pictures is normal. So, you try to look good.”The Story of You. The players chat football and style with our new partner @RemingtonUK…— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 7, 2019United are delighted to have added another global brand to their ever-growing list of partners, with group managing director Richard Arnold telling the club’s official website: “Remington is one of the most famous and established brands in their field and they are a great addition to our family of commercial partners.“Our partnership is not only about bringing our fans high-end styling products, it aims to inspire and encourage individuality though powerful activations and campaigns with both Manchester United’s men’s and women’s team.”Manchester United Remington Paul PogbaTim Wright, vice president for appliances at Spectrum Holdings, added: “Our partnership with Manchester United provides us with a fantastic opportunity to showcase the quality and versatility of Remington products with passionate fans of the world’s biggest and most revered sports brand.“We have an impressive record of breaking the mould with our product innovation, and this will be translated into our partnership with Manchester United, and in particular our involvement with both the men’s and women’s teams.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

A College GameDay Fan Has Graphic Sign About Lee Corso

first_imgEvander Holyfield on College GameDay.On Saturday morning, ESPN’s College GameDay kicked off from Baton Rouge ahead of the day’s biggest college football game. No. 1 Alabama travels to Death Valley to take on the No. 3 LSU Tigers in what promises to be an exciting match-up.We may finally learn what it takes to slow down Alabama, or we’ll learn the tide truly has no equal this season. Death Valley may be where dreams go to die, but we’ll have to wait and see.In the meantime, LSU fans flocked to College Gameday with their signs hours before kickoff. As is the case each and every Saturday, there were a few NSFW signs out there.One had a graphic comment about Lee Corso.fam— nick (@nick_pants) November 3, 2018“I want Corso in my torso” isn’t the most subtle sign we’ve seen on College GameDay.Regardless, it looks like the SEC’s finest are out bright and early before the big dance. Alabama and LSU kick off tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.last_img read more

BCEs Cope says heavy spending on Bell networks showing results with subscribers

first_imgTORONTO – BCE Inc. reported strong subscriber growth on Thursday, which company executives said were fuelled by Bell Canada’s network improvements and new services.The company added a total of 198,005 internet, IPTV and postpaid wireless customers — up 8.8 per cent from last year — although it also saw declines in pre-paid wireless, legacy wireline and satellite TV services.Several analysts said in research notes and on a conference call with BCE executives that they were surprised by the strength of additions in IPTV, the fibre-optic television service that competes most directly with cable companies.Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities raised his price target by $1 for BCE stock to $62 per share — slightly above its current market price — and noted IPTV subscriber growth exceeded satellite TV losses by 2,000 activations.He wrote that “we believe BCE is laying the groundwork to strengthen its wireline competitive position in 2018 and beyond.”But he added that, over the long term, RBC expects there will be a “stalemate” in the competitive battle between Canada’s main telecom and cable rivals because most of them own both wireless and wireline services.Chief executive George Cope told analysts said that Bell’s introduction of the Alt-TV product, a user-installed service that charges $10 to $15 per month less than its main fibre optic products, had been popular with condo dwellers.“We think that positions us very well . . . from a price-competitive perspective,” Cope said.Among the newer players in Canada’s television industry have been over-the-top services such as Netflix, which compete against the telecom and cable companies on price and an alternative lineup of content.BCE’s (TSX:BCE) network enhancements also come as Canadian cable companies — including Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) and Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) — are nurturing a new generation of TV service.Shaw, which competes more with Telus (TSX:T) in western Canada’s TV market, has already begun to offer its new video offering based on X1 technology from Comcast — the U.S. cable giant.Rogers, which is a more direct competitor with BCE in television in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, said last month that it’s still in the testing and planning stages for bringing out its new X1 service in stages next year.Wade Oosterman, group president for Bell Canada and BCE, said the company has been able to grow its IPTV landline subscriber base quarter after quarter.“We are obviously working on things to keep our product ahead of theirs. And time will tell to see if that differentiation is valued by consumers. Our bet is that it will be,” Oosterman said in an interview after the conference call.BCE added 44,424 high-speed internet subscribers during the quarter, bringing the total to 3.8 million. It also added 36,399 internet-protocol TV subscribers during the quarter, bringing the total subscriber base of IPTV to 1.5 million.Bell added 117,000 additional post-paid subscribers to its wireless services in the three months ended Sept. 30 — the best third-quarter for BCE since 2012Cope declined to answer analyst questions about how customers are responding to the new Apple iPhone X — coming out Friday — or the iPhone 8 that has been on the market since late in the third quarter ended Sept. 30.“We’re just happy to have products for the fourth quarter. It should create a lot of excitement and a lot of traffic in a very important selling season with a lot of advertising support,” Cope told analysts.Earlier Thursday, BCE announced that it earned $770 million attributable to shareholders in its latest quarter, up from $752 million a year ago. Operating revenue totalled $5.68 billion, up 5.0 per cent from $5.41 billion.The profit amounted to 86 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, down from 87 cents per share in the same quarter last year when it had fewer shares outstanding.Some of the year-over-year growth was due to BCE’s acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services, which closed in March, for $3.9 billion in cash and shares.last_img read more

Schumacher in critical condition doctors say

first_imgPARIS- German legendary formula one race driver Michael Schumacher is in a critical condition after he hit his head on a rock in a skiing accident in the French Alps.The seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is in a critical condition after a skiing accident in the French Alps, his doctors said in a press conference.The former race driver, who was unconscious when he was brought in a helicopter to the Grenoble hospital in southeast France, has suffered serious head injury and will have to undergo surgery, the hospital said in a statement. Formula 1 racer Olivier Panis, the last French race driver to win the Formula One Grand Prix, said he tried to visit Schumacher at Grenoble hospital.Brazilian Formula 1 racer Felipe Massa, currently driving for Ferrari, shared a picture of Schumacher on the online photo-sharing site, Instagram, and expressed his sympathies.‘’Michael, I’m praying for you my dear brother,’’ he wrote. ‘’I hope you get well as soon as possible, may God protect you,’’ he wrote on his Instagram.French Formula One driver Romain Grosjean wrote, ‘’All we can think about right now is Schumi and his family; I hope he gets well soon,’’ on his twitter account.The two doctors treating Schumacher, whose birthday is on January 3, said a new press meeting is going to be held today on Schumacher’s condition.last_img read more

World not living up to its responsibility to protect in Darfur Iraq

Highlighting in particular the killings in Darfur, along with those in neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland regretted that the “world woke up too late,” having failed to stop the violence when there was still time in 2003 or 2004.”We as an international community have solemnly sworn a responsibility to protect. And we are not living up to that responsibility to protect in this part of the world, nor in the other areas, like Iraq … or in Gaza – which I called a ticking time bomb earlier this year”, Mr. Egeland told reporters in his last press conference to be held in Geneva.Looking back on his three and a half years as Emergency Relief Coordinator, he said there had been almost as many failures and successes in the international community, highlighting developments in Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nepal and northern Uganda as showing how these formerly conflict-wracked States were rebuilding.Mr. Egeland also said that the mortality rates of Darfurians displaced by the violence and who are now living in camps had gone down because it was the best-organized humanitarian operation on earth despite all the difficulties involved, although it was still only a temporary solution.“Were they willing to tolerate in 2006 that millions and millions of civilians lived in fear of their lives month after month after month?… My point is that it is [an] unsustainable [situation]. Every 10 months there is a million more people in a desperate situation needing emergency relief assistance to survive,” he said.Four million people – two thirds of Darfur’s population – are now in need of emergency assistance, while at least 200,000 people are estimated to have been killed as a result of the conflict between Government forces, allied militias and rebels seeking greater autonomy, with more than 2 million others having been displaced.Mr. Egeland also lamented increasing violence in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan and described the loss of life in Iraq as an “outrage,” noting that his first visit as head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had been in 2003 to see the bombed out UN headquarters where his colleague and predecessor, Sergio Vieira de Mello, had been killed.“One hundred or more dead people every day and night is an outrage… I know of no other place on Earth where so many people are killed, massacred and tortured to death as in Iraq.”Turning to more positive developments over the past few years, Mr. Egeland cited increased cooperation between non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the UN, as well as the establishment of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – the multi-million-dollar UN mechanism set up this year to provide funding for humanitarian activities in response to sudden emergencies.However he also warned that the Security Council sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), imposed after their recent nuclear test, could lead the donor community to be less generous in aid to North Korea. read more

Central African Republic deploring recent violence UN envoy says dialogue is only

In a statement, UN Special Representative Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, also reassured the population about the presence in the field of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which he heads up, and its partners to avoid an escalation of violence.“MINUSCA strongly condemns the use of violence to resolve differences. We call for restraint to ensure that recent unfortunate events will not lead to a larger drama, including more human life losses and material damages and a step back for peace consolidation,” Onanga-Anyanga stated in a message aired on Tuesday on Guira FM, the mission’s radio station. Mr. Onanga-Anyanga’s call for calm came in the wake of incidents Monday and Tuesday in Bangui. The Mission had also reported that incidents farther afield in Bambari and Bira were quickly brought under control.“We make an appeal to all people of good will,” he added while urging religious leaders, community leaders, civil society, politicians and national authorities to raise their voices “to avoid an escalation and [senseless] violence.”In his message, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga reassured the population, stressing the coordination between MINUSCA and its partners, namely the Sangaris (French forces) operation, to avoid the escalation of violence. “We worked very closely with Sangaris. Our forces have been at work all night. We are present, we are in the most difficult neighbourhoods,” he said, while reaffirming that MINUSCA would work with all Central Africans, “whatever their differences, so that the country to move out of this simply unacceptable situation.” He went on to condemn reported violence against the international forces including MINUSCA on Tuesday and aid workers in September. “This violence must stop. The international presence in the country is nothing but helping the country move forward throughout these difficult times and to support the reconciliation process which is essential for the return of peace, stability and prosperity for all in CAR,” Onanga-Anyanga concluded.The Mission had earlier condemned an attack that took place Monday in Bangui against a delegation of the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique, ex-Seleka (Union for Peace in Central African Republic, or UPC], which had reportedly traveled from Bambari to participate in consultations with the Forces Vives. The delegation was attacked by “unknown elements” in the eighth district of the capital. One person was seriously wounded, and was taken to the MINUSCA Level II Hospital in Bangui. The whereabouts of at least three of the delegates is currently being investigated.“MINUSCA calls on the actors behind this violent attack to release any hostages they might be illegally detaining. The Mission also exhorts all actors to calm and restraint and to resolve their differences through dialogue,” said a statement.In addition, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga called on all armed groups to abide by the Brazzaville Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed on July 2014 as well as the disarmament, demobilization and reconciliation agreement, signed in Bangui in May 2015. “Violence will never be a solution; dialogue and reconciliation are the only way for the Central African Republic to overcome this crisis,” Mr. Onanga-Anyanga stated.He also noted that MINUSCA reported that the attack coincided with the consensus-building dialogue currently in progress, which seeks to establish an electoral calendar between the Head of State of the Transition, the national authorities, and the international community. MINUSCA denounced the attack as a “direct attempt to use violence to disrupt, once again, the positive developments underway,” and called on those behind it to release any hostages they might be illegally detaining. read more

AIMEX to provide customised iOS app for visitors

first_imgAIMEX 2013 visitors will be able to use a customised app at the event for Apple iPhone and Ipad app to more easily navigate the exhibition, get the latest information updates form exhibitors and network with colleagues. AIMEX will be held at the Sydney Showground from August 20-23. The AIMEX 2013 app, available through Apple’s App Store on iTunes, incorporates full details on the exhibition, including interactive floorplans – cross-referenced to full exhibitor details – event information and the exhibition program. The app also allows visitors to plan their AIMEX visit in advance, including using its Favourites feature to identify and highlight stands they want to see, and making contact with AIMEX visitors and exhibitors through its People feature.Visitors can create a profile, including contact details and information about themselves or their company – and have the option to share this with other AIMEX App users as a way of making contact and networking.The AIMEX 2013 App is available as a free download from Apple’s App Store on iTunes, by searching for “AIMEX”. It is compatible with iPhone 5/4/4G/3G, iPads and iPod Touch 3rd to 5th generation.It is strongly recommended that visitors download the AIMEX 2013 App before coming to the exhibition. The App also gives users the option of downloading all AIMEX content to their iOS device prior to visiting the exhibition.last_img read more

Analysis How an RTÉ satire possibly helped bring down a government

first_imgI was once accosted by a politician, who shall remain unnamed, on a bridge crossing the Shannon in Limerick and he attacked me over Hall’s Pictorial Weekly, and said that it was disgracefully irreverent and very unkind to politicians, etc., etc., and as he walked away he said, ‘but if there’s any chance of a mention, don’t forget me’.When Hall died in 1995, his obituary in The Independent focussed largely on that programme, with the opening line noting ‘His fans claim that Frank Hall had the distinction of single-handedly capsizing the stern-faced Irish government of Liam Cosgrave in 1977′.  Though having offered somewhat differing views in the past, Frank Kelly concluded in 2011:With the wisdom of hindsight and more maturity, I think that can happen, but it’s an accident waiting to happen, but it doesn’t mean that the agenda of the programme is to bring down the government.  It means that it’s in the right place at the right time to do it.  It just takes something to tip everything over.The 1977 election There was widespread expectation among journalists, Fine Gael supporters and other political observers that the coalition would be the first in the history of the state to be returned for a second term.  On the eve of the 1977 election, the Sunday Independent ran the headline ‘Coalition are favourites’, while the British Embassy in Dublin felt the coalition ‘could well gain a slightly increased majority’.And at Fine Gael’s Ard Fheis on the weekend of 21 and 22 May 1977, there was a mood of confidence among delegates.  The exception was a young Indian-Irish girl who, in March 1976, used tarot cards for the Sunday Independent to predict Cosgrave’s defeat!But behind the scenes, there were some warnings that re-election was not inevitable. A memorandum sent to members of the cabinet in 1975 indicated a level of awareness of the tipping point of which Frank Kelly spoke. Marked ‘top secret’, it warned that it was ‘self-deluding to pretend that the possibility of electoral defeat is not a real one’.  Inflation, farmer incomes and unemployment were identified as the key areas likely to cause defeat.While satirical sketches kept the spotlight on the government’s often unpopular decisions, it seems more probable that it was the impact of such decisions, rather than Hall’s Pictorial Weekly, that caused the defeat of Liam Cosgrave’s government.Dr Ciara Meehan is lecturer in history at the University of Hertfordshire. The fortunes of the Fine Gael-Labour government are explored in her newly published book A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-87 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) WITH ADVANCE PUBLICITY for Oliver Callan’s New Year’s Eve special promising sketches featuring President Michael D Higgins and his aide Kevin McCarthy, RTÉ reportedly asked that the satirist tone down his portrayal of the President and his right-hand man. Politicians have questioned the consequences of political satire on numerous occasions in the past. Perhaps most notable is the association of Hall’s Pictorial Weekly with the defeat of the Fine Gael-Labour government at the 1977 general election.Broadcast on RTÉ between 1971 and 1980, the satirical programme was the creation of Frank Hall and it featured a newsroom set in the fictitious village of Ballymagash. The Fine Gael-Labour coalition, formed after the 1973 election, offered Hall and his team much to work with.The cabinet included such larger-than-life figures as Garret FitzGerald, who famously wore odd shoes on one occasion, and Conor Cruise O’Brien, prone to making remarks that contradicted the official government line. And with a global economic crisis occurring just months after the coalition took power, characters such as the Minister for Hardship were easily created.The Minister, also known as ‘Richie Ruin’, was the Finance Minister Richie Ryan who had the unenviable task of handling the state’s finances at a particularly turbulent time. Praised by The Irish Times in 1973 for delivering the ‘greatest social welfare budget of all time’, Ryan found his 1976 budget speech the subject of a Hall’s sketch three years later. In it, he was seen to promise the provision of bowls of gruel to mothers and children, the reopening of the workhouses and the return of the ration book.(Video: The treatment of the Fianna Fáil government formed after the 1977 general election was not as severe.  Critical observers attributed this to Hall’s alleged political leanings towards that party.  Hall rejected these accusations, and instead explained that the difference in treatment was due to the nature of the new cabinet.  Fianna Fáil Ministers were less likely to pursue a solo agenda, while there was no particular ‘stand-out’ personality around the cabinet table, Hall argued.  He recalled one episode featuring Martin O’Donoghue, the new Minister for Economic Planning and Development, but that viewers struggled to identify the politician being satirised.Reaction from politiciansIn a research interview for A Just Society for Ireland?, Frank Kelly, who played several roles in the programme, recounted how the actors themselves had much input into the sketches: “If you characterised a thing a certain way and he liked it, he’d extend that.  He’d go on writing that way”.When asked if any politicians ever complained to him about the way they were portrayed, he recalled one particular incident:last_img read more

WIN Predict Irelands score in their World Cup opener and win match

first_imgFANCY A BANK Holiday weekend freebie?Ireland’s cricketers — you know, those lads who won every trophy in sight last year — begin their T20 World Cup challenge when they take on Zimbabwe in Bangladesh tomorrow.Here’s where you come in. Thanks to the lovely people at Cricket Ireland, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for either of Ireland’s internationals against Sri Lanka this May.Tickets for the games in Clontarf are still available through — but we want to give you them for free. Here’s how to win:All you have to do is predict the total number of runs Ireland will score against Zimbabwe tomorrow and post your answer in the comments section. That’s as easy as we can make it!(To give you a little bit of guidance, Ireland scored 123 and 129 runs in their two games at the last T20 World Cup in 2012.)Closest answer wins and in the event of a tie, we’ll pull the winner from a hat.Competition closes on Monday, 17 March at 9am sharp. Only one entry per person/ Twitter account. In the event of a dispute regarding rules, conduct or the results of a competition the decision of Journal Media will be final.Ireland’s Six Nations champions return home to a heroes’ welcomelast_img read more

Poll Do you think restaurants should have to display calorie counts on

first_img Share406 Tweet Email By Ceimin Burke Feb 28th 2019, 10:00 AM YesNoI don’t knowVote Image: Shutterstock/veryulissa Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE IDEA HAS been floated many times over the years but restaurants may finally be forced to display the calorie count of the food they serve.Health Minister Simon Harris first said he would introduce the measure when he launched an obesity policy action plan shortly after he took over the Department of Health in 2016.The Wicklow politician told RTÉ’S Operation Transformation programme last week that he now plans to publish the legislation by the end of the year.However the move is likely to be met with stiff opposition from the restaurant industry, as it has been in the past.“This is about giving consumers information and that is surely a good thing and should be embraced,” Minister Harris told The Irish Daily Mail this week.The reemergence of the issue has, once again, sparked a debate online about whether it is a good idea.So today we’re asking: Do you think restaurants should have to display calorie counts on menus? Yes (6930) No (5384) center_img Poll: Do you think restaurants should have to display calorie counts on menus? The issue has reemerged after Health Minister Simon Harris revealed plans to introduce a calorie count law before the end of the year. I don’t know (293) Image: Shutterstock/veryulissa Short URL Poll Results: Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 10:00 AM 30,646 Views 156 Comments last_img read more

University of Alaska braces for cuts warns of economic impacts

first_imgUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks (Creative Commons photo by Jimmy Emerson)As the legislature’s conference committee hashes out the state’s operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the University of Alaska is standing by, waiting to see just how large the fiscal dent will be.Download AudioDepending on legislative action, the University of Alaska will face between a $50 million to $75 million budget shortfall this year.That leads to one commonly-asked question of UA President Jim Johnsen – is there more you can cut?“Of course there’s more that could be cut,” Johnsen said. “At the same time, every single program, every degree, every single service that we provide meets a need to some extent, number one, and number two, there’s a constituency for it.”“We didn’t make up these programs.”So far, nearly 60 academic programs are on track for elimination, with another 24 under consideration.And as the university whittles down academic programs and other services, jobs are affected as well.One-hundred-thirty positions have been cut through lay-offs or attrition, and almost 170 more are impacted by furloughs.Depending on the legislature’s funding decisions, those numbers could grow substantially. And, Johnsen says, with each staff reduction, comes a direct economic impact extending beyond the university.“But, there’s a tradeoff with every single one of them,” Johnsen said. “You can say, ‘cut the beurocracy.’ OK, well what does that mean? Pick a number – 200 people, who are not gonna be shopping at Fred Meyer’s anymore, or Safeway or wherever. They’re not gonna by cars at Kendall’s or wherever. They’re gonna leave the state.”“Whatever it might be, it has a major economic impact.”Johnsen says if the cuts are more gradual, the university should be able to take a more measured approach to its reductions.But, if the cuts skew toward the higher end of the spectrum, Johnsen says that might not be the case:“We wouldn’t have the luxury of the time to consciously, carefully weigh these trade-offs, we would simply have to make some tough decisions very quickly in order to hit these numbers in the coming fiscal year with some serious impacts, certainly, on our ability to serve the state’s needs,” he said.Aside from operating budget cuts, Johnsen says he’s not optimistic about the funding situation in the capital budget.The Board of Regents asked for $34.8 million to complete construction of UAF’s Engineering Building. Governor Bill Walker, however, did not include funding for the project in his proposed capital budget.The partially built Engineering Building currently costs the university $1.4 million per year to maintain.last_img read more