Dhoni praises Raina, Vijay for the victory

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday heaped praise on Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay for setting the platform for the comfortable 97-run victory over Wayamba in Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament in Centurion.Raina (87 off 44) and Vijay (68 off 48) shared a 137-run second wicket partnership, that came off just 72 deliveries, to help Chennai post a mammoth 200 for three and set the tone for the convincing win at the SuperSport Park.”We did not want to bat first because in this ground it is very hard to defend. But once we were sent into bat, we needed couple of extra runs, something over 180.”And exactly thats what the batsmen did. They started off cautiously and after that Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay batted brilliantly. They were easily picking up boundaries and in the end 200 is a very good score to defend,” Dhoni said after his side had inched a step closer towards semifinals following their second consecutive win in Group A.”We want to win each and every game that we play. But we always talk about not to think too much about the result, instead prepare well for the game. It is really important to prepare well and execute your plans on the field,” he said.The Chennai skipper also lauded his quick bowlers Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel for their impressive display upfront.”It is important to have a quick bowler in the side. Dougie (Bollinger) came in as a replacement for us and all of a sudden the team looked different with his inclusion because pace really matters,” Dhoni said.advertisement”Equally important was Albie Morkel’s spell because he has got the neck of picking wickets,” he added.His Wayamba counterpart Jehan Mubarak was of the view that his bowlers awful performance in the middle overs cost his side the match.He also lauded Chennai for their clinical display.”They are a very good team and we knew we had to play our best cricket if we desire to beat them. But they brought out their best game today. Suresh (Raina) batted extremely well,” Mubarak said.”We got a good start with (Ajantha) Mendis opening the bowling but there were four big overs in the middle which produced in excess of 20 runs and I think this cost us the game,” he insisted.Mubarak said opting to bat after winning the toss was not a wrong decision but his batters struggled from the onset of their innings.”In Twenty20 cricket, the wicket and toss don’t play a big difference. The wicket was the pretty much the same all throughout the game but we struggled with the bat.”We lost too many wickets early on and when you need to chase 10 an over from the start there is additional pressure on the batsmen,” he said.Man-of-the-match Suresh Raina was also of the view that his second-wicket partnership with Vijay did the trick for his side.”Vijay batted really well. Me and Vijay got a very good partnership which set the tone but at the end of the day credit goes to the team. We executed our plan really well,” he said.last_img read more

India Today’s Sharda Ugra on why Team India’s World Cup 2007 campaign is in trouble

first_imgRahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar look for hopeImpossible as it may sound, the last time India were in trouble in southern Africa, things were actually worse. Smoke was emerging from Parliament, mock funeral services for the team were held outside the Eden Gardens and heads were demanded on plates. The,Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar look for hopeImpossible as it may sound, the last time India were in trouble in southern Africa, things were actually worse. Smoke was emerging from Parliament, mock funeral services for the team were held outside the Eden Gardens and heads were demanded on plates. The Indians had been clobbered by a Kwa Zulu Natal 2nd XI, embarrassed by Holland and then flattened by Australia.This was the World Cup, the only meaningful prize in the ODI game and the buck stopped dead at India’s door.To recover from a forgettable tour of New Zealand, and the loss of five ODIs in a row, the 2003 team had done all they say India 2006 has not: lined up net bowlers before landing, arrived well in advance, camped in the Durban nets. But still the batsmen struggled, still India was being steamrolled.So, at a meeting before a must-win game vs Zimbabwe, the mighty bats were all banished to the hotel swimming pool and asked to fix the problem amongst themselves. They returned with a re-ordered line-up. The next day, Tendulkar produced a precious 50 as opener, Zimbabwe were beaten and India got its groove back.The veterans of 2003 know that team fortunes can turn on trifles but three years later in South Africa, no one has been able to tap that tipping point. India have again lost five ODIs in a row. They have failed to bat out 50 overs in five of their last eight matches, seven of their last 16. “It’s like one team is playing the 100-overs game and India is playing 20-20,” says former India and Kenya coach Sandeep Patil mournfully.advertisementOne traveller with the India party says, “What’s frightening is that for the first time, we can’t see hope.” After the Port Elizabeth ODI that cost India the series, Sunil Gavaskar proclaimed, “Unless a strong message is sent for the Test series, you can kiss the World Cup good bye.” Stripping Virender Sehwag of the vice captaincy was a message alright, but it needs sound follow through. Between now and the World Cup, the team has eight matches to find faith and Indian cricket has few questions to answer.Q. Is it time to return to the OLD GUARD?Yes. First came the scramble for VVS Laxman and then the selection of Mr G for the Tests. Like both Mrs Gs, Mr G is an individual, an idea and an influence. The first hint of Sourav Ganguly’s return to the Test squad and a former selector dripped acid, “It seems there is no other cricketer in India.”Stats of the last 15 ODI results of the top teamsClick here to EnlargeBut the injury to Yuvraj Singh and his iffy World Cup chances could mean a yawning hole in the already stuttering middle order. Yuvraj’s experience, match nous and fielding are hard to replace but of all players, only Ganguly and Laxman qualify on two out of three counts.It may mean choosing between Laxman’s fire-fighting skills and the added dimension of Ganguly’s medium pace and also which of the two will be easier to handle. Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappell are firm with what they consider youthful petulance (Sreesanth was apparently dropped from the Champions Trophy as a warning).The arrival of older, stronger personalities will not be Dravid’s and Chappell’s recipe for harmony going into a big event. Patil brushes aside all objections, “It doesn’t matter if you don’t like someone’s face. The bottomline is this: youngsters are not delivering, you have too little time, so don’t go by personal grudges, bring your trusted warriors back-Laxman, Ganguly Kumble, Zaheer.”Former India coach John Wright’s advice to the Indian management is muted but focussed: “Get your top three right and know who your best bowlers are.”Q. Should the coach or captain be SACKED?No. Because it’s just too late. “It would put tremendous pressure on the team,” says one Board member. “What would the other captain or coach achieve in four months?” What the Indian think tank could contemplate is a new tack of leadership.OLD WARRIORS: VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly find favour againMore than the famous ‘Now or Never’, India’s 2003 World Cup campaign was built around the idea: keep winning, stay together. Along the way it took a while to engage with the humble single, finals came and went, there were frustrating stumbles. But as Javagal Srinath, a key member in 2003, remarks, “Our bad form may have been temporary, but the environment- of reinforcement and freedom- remained constant.”Maybe perform or perish, worthy idea as it may be, does not work for a team repeatedly perishing. Maybe Dravid and Chappell, self-starting high achievers both, are just too similar. Maybe there is too much stick and too little carrot. Along with the daily business of planning and preparation, one between Dravid and Chappell needs to actively work to minimize the distance between officers and men.advertisementQ. Does the team need a bowling COACH?Yes. Even chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar thinks so. But, for jeepers’ sakes, choose smartly. With his aggressive posturing and unsympathetic dissection of Irfan Pathan, (once considered his protege), Wasim Akram may please the frontbenchers, but at a big ticket event, go native.Number of batsmen fielded by India in various positions in last 10 ODIs this seasonClick here to EnlargeAt the World Cup, it may help to find a savvy local, say Andy Roberts, who understands local conditions. Bruce Reid did in Australia, 2003-04. The local nails down the right lengths to bowl, short-cuts a touring team’s trials and errors, and passes on his knowledge.Former South African paceman Fanie De Villiers offered a tip to the tourists, “The Indian bowlers need to use the crease better because of the extra bounce.” And then asked, “Are they doing it? Are they getting good advice?”. The team’s assistant coach, biomechanist Ian Frazer was an opening batsman in Australian first-class cricket.The bowling unit of every team needs guidance from a senior practising colleague or an old master. At the 2003 World Cup, the bowlers’ team used technology as a basis for every bowler’s net sessions. If the bowlers had worked out that Inzamam was susceptible to the incoming ball early in his innings, at net sessions the call would go out, “okay boys, this is Inzamam, now…”Each bowler would then try to replicate the strategy formulated for Inzamam during the computer sessions out on the training ground. In the end, the bowling unit made of diverse and eccentric talents, who played together for nearly a year took India into the World Cup final.Q. Are resources well used? Is the bench really EMPTY?No. Cards in a Las Vegas casino are shuffled less than the Indian batting. Four different batsmen and four pairs have opened for India this season, though admittedly injury played a part. Six different batsmen were played at No. 3 in 10 ODIs this season, five each at No. 4, 5 and 7.BRINGING BACK ZAK: Suddenly Zaheer Khan leads the bowlersThe batsmen in those slots have between them averaged 18.52 runs. Is there a connection? What comes first? Confidence or security? Former chairman of selectors Kiran More who was known to be in sync with the current team management, says, “We have the bench strength but it needs to be developed.”He recommends expanding the current touring squad strength from 15 to 16 and taking two rookies on for experience. Did his selection committee blood put too much faith in the young players blooded last season? Did no one anticipate such a rash of second season blues?advertisementMore says in reply, “Unless you are an exceptional talent, it always helps to play two-three seasons of domestic cricket.. I also think we should have more regular A-tours to tough countries and not Zimbabwe and Kenya. It is where you will spot players who perform in foreign conditions.”Q. Is blaming the system a mere FIG LEAF?Yes. No country ever went into such a wide-ranging debate on macro issues of national psychology and institutional cultures when the problem at hand is careless batting and inexperienced bowling. Ever seen Pakistan, New Zealand or even West Indies teams lose on tour and embark on dissertations about their first-class cricket?GLOOM: Ntini snares Virender SehwagPakistan’s first-class cricket is a slowly germinating idea, the West Indies Board is made up of fractious national bodies, and there have been machine guns brandished in Sri Lankan board elections.New Zealand have the smallest of player pools to choose from but even that, their head of coaching Rick Charlesworth recently declared, is out of bounds as an excuse for failure. All these teams have better recent results than India’s-by a good distance.The BCCI’s domestic structure has holes you can drive a Super Sopper through but it is not the source of all ills, a punching bag for failures on tour. “Definitely not,” says former India player and first-class veteran Sanjay Bangar, “People who have not gone through the grind, tend to downplay first class cricket. Those who have been through it really know how to appreciate what it offers.”While it is tough to replicate Perth and Durban in Pune and Dhanbad, under a two divisional format, the Ranji Trophy in particular is more competitive than it has been. Teams now have to travel outside their zones and during the course of a season criss-cross the country to play on a variety of wickets with varying conditions.This has been a season of the busting of myths, the unmaking of reputations and, in the light of recent results, the emptiness of jargon. All that the Indians have to do now is ask themselves one question: who can win them the World Cup in the West Indies?Not who they hope can, who they think can, who they wish would do so, but who, on the basis of the evidence at hand and the time at India’s disposal, have it in them to deliver.last_img read more

Wenger hits back at Neville after ‘spineless’ jibe

first_imgArsenal Wenger hits back at Neville after Arsenal called ‘spineless’ & a ‘disgrace’ Joe Wright 21:38 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsène Wenger The Gunners boss believes criticism of his team’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City is unfair, given the quality of their opponents Arsene Wenger has defended his Arsenal players after Gary Neville called them ‘spineless’ and an ‘absolute disgrace’ for their performance in the Carabao Cup final.Arsenal were beaten 3-0 at Wembley by Manchester City on Sunday and Wenger’s side produced a meek display in the game.The performance prompted former Manchester United captain Neville to tear into Arsenal and he criticised Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil for walking. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Wenger rejected the suggestion some of his players did not produce at the expected level against City.“You could find that [walking] on both sides,” Wenger said. “You can always get out pictures from a game that justifies what you think.”You find in every single game, on both sides, moments where a player doesn’t track. You have to analyse why. Has he made two runs before to go in behind and was exhausted, or did he not track because he didn’t want to? That is different.“Of course, the players gave me everything. I am long enough in the game to know that when you lose a big game, people always say that the players don’t want it enough.”Did we lose the game because of that? I am not convinced. When there is a big difference like 3-0 you always get that impression. For me, it is not the main reason.“We got to the final and you don’t get there by coincidence. You have to fight to get there and we did. We didn’t play against a poor team in the semi-final, we played against Chelsea and we have shown that we can fight.”We have to live with the criticism, it’s part of the modern game. People who comment – their job is to comment, so you have to live with that. What is important is how we respond.”Wenger also believes his team’s critics should show “a bit of perspective” as he feels the final was close and insists it should not be considered shameful to lose to a team with a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League.He added: “I felt it was a very tight game until the 2-0. When you look at the end, Man City had three shots on target, we had two, so overall I believe we have to turn the decisive moment in our favour and play with more freedom.”I think we played a bit apprehensively. It’s important that force is part of our game.”I’m quite amazed at how people analyse; it looks like we lost against a team in division five. We lost against a team that dominates English football at the moment. We have to take a bit of perspective.”Nacho Monreal was forced off in the first half of the defeat and Wenger fears the defender could miss up to four matches, including Premier League clashes with City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford and the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie against AC Milan.”Nacho is out for the two games,” said Wenger. “He might be out for two more: Milan, and maybe one more.”He had an inflamed back – a disc problem. Everyone else is fit.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

ESPN Computer Ranks The Only 10 Real CFB Playoff Contenders

first_imgGeorgia's band playing on the field at the National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs Marching Band on field prior to the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Through four weeks, we’ve already seen a number of potential College Football Playoff contenders rise and fall. While most of the teams that were considered legitimate contenders entering the year still have a shot, it is still a very limited group.ESPN Sports Analytics has a formula that calculates teams’ chances to make the College Football Playoff, make the National Championship Game, and win the National Championship.Entering Week 5, ESPN only sees 1- programs as legitimate College Football Playoff contenders, with a 10-percent chance or better of making the field. Every other team is at 2-percent or worse, so it is a big gap.Nine of those teams have a better than 1-percent chance to taking home a title.Via ESPN, here are the only 10 teams that have a legitimate shot at the College Football Playoff, as of today.Team:Make CFP:Make NCG:Win Title:Alabama81%58%39%Clemson62%30%13%Georgia58%31%15%Ohio State51%28%13%Penn State40%19%8%Notre Dame35%11%3%Oklahoma28%10%4%Washington13%4%1%Stanford11%3%<1%Michigan10%4%2%On the methodology used:The Playoff Predictor provides every team’s chance to reach the Playoff in the preseason and each and every day of the college football season. It’s telling us not who would make the Playoff at the end of the day, but rather, who will get in on selection day. This isn’t some arbitrary formula based on the feeling of a few people in Bristol: it was created by studying the selection committee’s rankings during the season and on selection day each of the last four seasons.West Virginia and Michigan State are next up, with two-percent chances to make the Playoff, while Auburn, Miami, LSU, and Wisconsin have a one-percent shot. Every other team is under one-percent.Obviously, some teams could emerge out of nowhere and surprise, but usually you have a good idea of the general field at this point. It would be surprising to see a team outside of this list in the real playoff hunt down the stretch.[ESPN]last_img read more

A History of Brennivín Aquavit: The Black Death of Iceland

first_img Editors’ Recommendations All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall If you think you know your Scandinavian aquavits, think again. Brennivín is an Icelandic spirit that is slowly winning over hearts and palates in American bars. Given that it has only been available in the U.S. since 2014 and its small batch nature, Brennivín’s growing popularity is a testament to liquor itself.Joe Spiegel, founder of Brennivín America, is the exclusive importer of this coveted beverage. His friends and bar owners fell in love with the bottles of Brennivín he would bring back from his trips to Iceland. Realizing there was a market for traditional aquavits in the U.S., Spiegel set out on a two-year-long mission to bring Brennivín to bars and liquor stores across the country, finally succeeding in 2014.What Is Brennivín?Made from grains/potatoes, depending on country-specific regulations, aquavits (or akvavits ) are sources of national pride throughout Scandinavia. Aquavits are clear liquors commonly compared to gin, but typically boast caraway and dill as opposed to juniper berries. Their popularity abroad has led to many American versions of the spirit, but many still crave the real deal.Brennivín only uses caraway seeds for flavor (though some special versions used angelica or wormwood as well, the latter presenting as a more approachable Malört), but its subtle sweetness stems from the Icelandic water used. With a pH of about 8.9 and lack of limestone present in the water, most native Icelandic drinks take on a distinctive flavor profile.The first and main spirit of Iceland, Brennivín was introduced to the public in 1935 when the government partially repealed prohibition. The stark label (which has only been slightly modified for legal reasons) was created to appeal to the temperance movement, but its design inadvertently drew more people to it. Colloquially known as the “black death,” due to the label and the Icelandic slang for drunk literally translating to “dead,” the clear spirit has been “killing” Icelanders for decades.To this day, Brennivín is typically served neat and cold (re: nearly freezing) to the point where it has a very viscous mouthfeel, but it was often used for beer cocktails. Before the full repeal of prohibition in 1989, beer was still illegal, so locals would often pour a shot of Brennivín into a non-alcoholic beer. Though alcohol consumption and advertising is still heavily regulated, the floodgates have opened and so have the craft cocktail uses for the spirit.How Do You Drink Brennivín?Like most aquavits, the easiest way to think about Brennivín is as a gin replacement, but it also works well in lieu of white rum and…rye whiskey. You can make gin cocktails less sweet and whiskey cocktails more palatable with a simple switch.“Brennivín kind of tastes like what you always imagined rye whiskey is going to taste like and it never does,” laughed Spiegel as he explained his beloved Brennivín Old Fashioned in which the akvavit replaces half of the whiskey. “The taste of rye bread is actually the caraway seeds.”Before you start experimenting with Brennivín, you should probably get used to having it neat. Walking the line between sweet and savory, in addition to its texture, the cocktail possibilities are endless and only dependent on your personal preferences.“Being single botanical is very helpful because we’re a building block spirit,” said Spiegel. “It provides a unique herbal but savory flavor, so folks who come at it from a culinary background enjoy working with Brennivín.”If you’re not particularly imaginative when it comes to cocktails, here are a few tried and true Brennivín elixirs to get you started:Black RoseJeff Grdinich, The Rose, Jackson Hole, WY1 ½ oz Brennivín1 ¼ oz Lillet Rose¼ oz Kina D’Avion d’OrMethod: Stir ingredients together. Strain into coupe glass.Stone CrushChaim Dauermann, Up&Up, NYC1½ oz Brennivín aquavit ½ ounce Dolin Blanc vermouth ¼ ounce Rabarbaro Zucca amaro 1 ounce Stiegl Goldbräu pilsner beer 1 cucumber, sliced 1 lemonMethod: In a mixing glass, muddle three or four slices of cucumber into a juicy pulp. Fill the mixing glass with ice, then add the Brennivín, vermouth and Zucca. Stir well. Lastly, add the Stiegl beer. Strain the drink through a fine-mesh sieve into an ice-filled rocks glass. With a paring knife or peeler, cut off a strip of lemon peel and twist it over the drink to express the lemon oil. Discard the peel. Garnish with more slices of cucumber and serve.Arctic SolsticeVilli K., B5, Reykjavik2 oz Brennivín1 oz Chambord or Chateau Monet Creme Framboise1 oz Fresh squeezed lime juiceSoda waterMethod: Shake with ice. Strain into a Collins glass and top with soda water to fill. Garnish with mint sprig and slice of grapefruit.Feature Image Courtesy of Iceland Naturally America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey How to Make a Whiskey Sour It’s Time to Take Moonshine Seriouslylast_img read more

Premier to Host Rally in Support of Canadian Military

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald today, Nov. 2, invited all Nova Scotians to a military appreciation rally in support of Canadian Forces personnel and their families. The rally will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. on Granville Street between George Street and Prince Street in Halifax. “Each and every day, brave men and women of the Canadian Forces help shape our communities and help shape a safer, more stable world community,” said Premier MacDonald. “The military appreciation rally is an opportunity for Nova Scotians to demonstrate to these men, women and their families how grateful we are for their hard work, dedication and sacrifice.” There are about 14,500 military personnel, reservists and civilian employees in Nova Scotia. The rally will take place rain or shine.last_img read more

Evacuation of Alberta hamlet after train derailment possible chemical exposure

first_imgIRVINE, Alta. — Residents near a community in southeastern Alberta are being told to evacuate the area as a precaution following a train derailment.The Alberta government issued the emergency alert for people living within 6.5 kilometres of the hamlet of Irvine.The community of about 300 is located east of Medicine Hat along the Trans-Canada Highway.The province says the derailment involves chemical exposure, as well as damage to the rail line and disruption of road access.Officials did not say what the train was carrying and whether there was a spill.Residents have been told to go to a reception centre in nearby Dunmore.The province says part of the Tans-Canada Highway is closed near the derailment.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Ministry of Culture Announces Submissions for Morocco Book Award 2015

Marrakech- The Ministry of Culture announced they are accepting submissions for the 2015 Morocco Book Award.The prize will be awarded at the opening of the twenty-first session of the International Exhibition of Books and Publishing in Casablanca from February 12 to 22.The Morocco Book Award covers several fields, including the humanities, social sciences, literature, art, linguistic studies, and poetry. The Ministry called on Moroccan writers, poets, critics, scholars, thinkers, and translators to participate in the contest. The candidates must submit eight copies of a book they published in 2014, either in Morocco or abroad.Additionally, if the book is translated, candidates need to submit the confirmation of the translation rights. Te deadline for accepting request applications will be January 7.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

UN to assist Uganda rebuild burned World Heritage List site

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today that a mission of experts it had sent at the Government’s request had determined that reconstruction of the Tombs, which were badly damaged in the 16 March fire, is feasible.Only the walls and some of the frame of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the building that housed the four royal tombs, still stand, and they have been seriously weakened. Situated on the Kasubi Hill, five kilometres from the centre of Kampala, the capital, the building was thatched with dry grass and wood which burned in the fire.“I am glad to report that an expert mission confirms the feasibility of this unique World Heritage site’s reconstruction,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said. “UNESCO will do everything in its power to help the Ugandan authorities mobilize the resources needed to bring this site back to life and to ensure its future safeguarding. We are already activating emergency funds for this purpose.” The Tombs of Buganda Kings were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001 when they were recognized as a masterpiece of human creativity, bearing eloquent witness to the living cultural traditions of the Baganda people, Uganda’s largest ethnic group. The site has been an important centre of religious activity for the Baganda since it was established at the end of the 19th century.“The know-how and material resources used in building the original edifice in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are still readily available locally,” said Lazare Eloundou, Chief of the Africa Unit at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, who led the mission.“The main priority even before reconstruction has to be the building of temporary shelters for the royal tombs to allow ritual ceremonies and practices to be maintained and the collection of all available documentary data about the property.” The mission’s report will be examined by the World Heritage Committee during its next session in Brazil in July and August. The Committee is expected to mobilize international support for the reconstruction and the mission urged the Ugandan authorities to wait for international input, both material and technical, before they start rebuilding the property. Two people were killed during protests sparked by anger at the destruction a day after the fire, the cause of which remains unclear. 13 April 2010The United Nations will help Uganda mobilize resources to restore the Tombs of Buganda Kings, a World Heritage List site, following their near-destruction in a fire last month. read more

Kosovo UN envoy stresses need for dialogue to resolve outstanding issues

Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), told the Security Council that efforts to properly resolve issues between Belgrade and Pristina – the respective capitals of Serbia and Kosovo – had been hindered by the anticipated issuance of the advisory opinion.On 22 July, judges at the ICJ concluded that the February 2008 declaration does not breach either general international law, Security Council resolution 1244 adopted in 1999 following the end of fighting in Kosovo, or the constitutional framework that was adopted by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on behalf of UNMIK.“The issuance of the ICJ opinion, therefore, should now open a new phase and allow Belgrade and Pristina to engage in a constructive dialogue with a view to the resolution of these issues,” said Mr. Zannier, adding that this dialogue would be very important for the stability and the development of the region.He also noted that the UN’s preliminary legal assessment is that the opinion does not affect the status of UNMIK, or its status-neutral policy. Overall, Mr. Zannier reported, the situation in Kosovo has been relatively stable during the period from mid-March to mid-July.However, as incidents in northern Kosovo in early July demonstrated, the potential for instability remains, he said, referring to the violence in Mitrovica prompted by the opening of a civil service centre by the Ministry of Interior of Kosovo.“The recent violence in northern Mitrovica reminds us of the need for all sides to commit to dialogue as a necessary precondition for addressing the challenges faced in northern Kosovo,” said Mr. Zannier. “Kosovo’s communities are going to have to work together to rebuild the trust that has been destroyed.”In his latest report to the Security Council on UNMIK, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote that “sensitive issues related to northern Kosovo can only be addressed peacefully and through continuing consultation and coordination between all relevant actors, taking into account the specific circumstances and concerns of all communities.”Mr. Ban added that progress on the return of displaced persons to Kosovo remains “disappointingly” low and that there is a need for greater focus on reconciliation between the communities.“The absence of significant progress in reconciliation between the communities, coupled with economic difficulties, continues to present a challenge and to foster the risk of unrest,” wrote the Secretary-General.“It is my assessment that this period has not seen sufficient progress in addressing outstanding challenges related to Kosovo, in advancing regional cooperation, or in finding solutions to issues of common concern to communities, as well as to Pristina and Belgrade. “It is also my assessment that the period following the issuance of the advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s declaration of independence will provide for further opportunities in this regard,” states Mr. Ban. “These opportunities can be best explored through a coherent and inclusive approach by the international actors engaged in Kosovo.”UNMIK administered Kosovo from 1999 when North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid bloody fighting between ethnic Serbs and Albanians, but it gave up its administrative role in 2008 when Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG) declared independence. Serbia rejects Kosovo’s declaration of independence and continues to expect a robust role on the part of the UN mission. 3 August 2010With the International Court of Justice having rendered the much anticipated advisory opinion on the legality of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia, the two sides should now engage in constructive dialogue to resolve outstanding issues between them, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

Canadians mostly happy with grocers despite breadprice fixing scheme survey

TORONTO — A new survey suggests Canadians still have a strong relationship with their grocer — with only about a third of respondents saying their view of their favoured retailer has worsened following revelations of an alleged industry-wide bread price-fixing scandal.The annual online survey by Argyle Public Relationships and Leger Research found 47 per cent of respondents said their views about their grocer didn’t change following allegations that at least seven Canadian grocers and bakery wholesalers co-ordinated the price of bread and related products for more than a decade.Nine per cent said the revelations significantly worsened their view, while 13 per cent said it improved their opinion of their retailer.Survey respondents over 45 years of age, as well as those who shop at Sobeys, Freshco or Loblaws were the most concerned.The annual relationships index found Canadians’ relationship with grocers is stronger than with brands in any other category surveyed since 2016, including banks and airlines.Grocery retailers scored between 68 and 74 out of 100 possible points in a public relations index that averages public ratings of how the brand respondents know best performs on six items, including trust, satisfaction and concern for people.Three Loblaw Companies Ltd. banners — No Frills, Loblaws and the Real Canadian Superstore — received the lowest scores of the 10 grocery retailers included in the survey, despite offering customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture in light of the company’s participation in the alleged price-fixing scheme.Their competitors’ banners, including Sobeys and Metro, outperformed them slightly with scores of 72 and above.More than 1,500 Canadians were surveyed online between January 22 and 25, and February 12 and 15 for this edition of the index.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:MRU) read more

As new quake rocks Afghan villages UN sends team to assess damage

The epicentre of the quake – which was estimated to have a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter Scale – was in Dawabi and Khojakheder, two villages located in the Hindu Kush Mountains in northern Afghanistan. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Afghanistan confirmed that 27 people died in the earthquake, while an additional 120 were injured. Responding to the disaster, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) helicopter travelled to the affected villages, carrying an emergency assessment team comprised of staff from WFP and other UN agencies. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, today departed for an eight-day official trip to the region, according to agency spokesman Ron Redmond. During his visit to Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the High Commissioner “will be emphasising the importance of ensuring that the growing number of Afghans going home be given the longer-term support they need to make their return sustainable,” Mr. Redmond told the press in Geneva.The spokesman welcomed the continuing cross-border returns, calling them “a vote of confidence by Afghanistan’s war-weary refugee population.” He voiced hope that the situation inside the country would continue to stabilize and that donors’ support for the Government’s rehabilitation and development efforts would remain strong. read more

Stressed GP allowed to keep job despite driving home after drinking almost

first_imgEarlier, the doctor – who ran a medical practice in Hartlepool, in Co Durham, and was also director of Hartlepool and District Hospice – had been seen driving erratically along busy main roads during his 22-mile commute home.He was seen braking and speeding up for no apparent reason and “swerving across the road narrowly missing other vehicles”.Another driver followed the GP home due to concerns over his driving and called police while Peverley parked his car on the driveway of his £500,000 house in Nunthorpe, near Middlesbrough. The doctor was later given a suspended jail term and a three-year driving ban.At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, Peverley – who has not worked since his arrest – admitted misconduct charges but escaped with a six-month suspension after claiming he was suffering from “accumulated stress caused by professional and financial problems”. He will undergo a review in June where it is expected he will ask to be allowed to treat patients again.Much of the Manchester hearing was held in private after lawyers for Peverley argued there was “no particular public interest in his financial arrangements”. The drink driving incident occurred at 6.50pm on April 15 last year after the GP bought a 70cl bottle of vodka during his lunch break and then had two doubles before consulting patients.He drank three-quarters of the bottle while completing paperwork before driving home.Peverley was breathalysed at the police station where the lowest reading was 153 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg. Later that month, he admitted drink-driving at Teeside magistrates’ court and was banned from driving for 36 months, given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £115 charges and £85 costs.The GP voluntarily referred himself to the GMC for a disciplinary hearing. A GP who drove home after drinking almost an entire bottle of vodka at his surgery has been allowed to keep his job after medical watchdogs heard he was stressed at looking after 3,500 patients.Dr Martin Peverley, 51, had been drinking doubles in between treating patients and completing paperwork and was so drunk that police had to carry him to their patrol car when they confronted him outside his home.The family doctor, who was four times the drink-drive limit, could barely speak when officers tried to talk to him following his 50-minute journey home and he was too intoxicated to get out of the driver’s seat, a hearing was told.As officers attempted to remove him from his car, Peverley fell to the ground then had to be lifted into the police vehicle and taken to the station where he was ordered to take a breath test. Peverley’s lawyer Jonathan Holl-Allen said his client had been under “significant professional pressure” because for two years he had undertaken sole responsibility for the medical practice – which has 3,500 patients – following the retirement of the other GP partner.He said the GP, who qualified in 1990 and joined the surgery in 2005, was also under “financial pressures” because a misunderstanding over funding from NHS England led to the practice incurring considerable debts in fees for locum doctors.Apologising for his drink-driving, Peverley himself admitted making a “very serious error of judgement, but said his actions were out of character and occurred against a background of “accumulating stress, caused by professional and financial problems, which had come to a head.” He said he had taken “steps” to deal with his bouts of stress and his wife was standing by him. Tribunal chairman Sean Ell told Peverley: “The actions which led to your conviction were very serious, and had the potential to cause harm to members of the public, but the tribunal did not have any direct allegation of you having caused harm to your patients.”The tribunal noted that you were under significant professional pressure at the time of the incident, having been solely responsible, following the retirement of your GP partner, for 3,500 patients at your surgery for over two years without consistent support from a permanent second GP.”It is clear that on the day of your arrest that you displayed an extreme and concerning reaction to the pressures upon you, consuming a significant amount of alcohol in a short period of time whilst at your workplace, and then driving home with the obvious potential to cause serious harm to the public.” Dr Martin Peverley leaving his hearing at the General Medical Council in Manchestercenter_img Dr Martin Peverley leaving his hearing at the General Medical Council in ManchesterCredit:Pat Isaacs/Cavendish You were under significant professional pressure… having been solely responsible, following the retirement of your GP partner, for 3,500 patients at your surgerytribunal chairman Sean Ell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Armed Forces head uneasy at decision to remove aircraft carrier commander from

Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest, Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, was reassigned over allegations he misused an official car “There is concern that the allegations against Cdre Cooke-Priest have not been properly investigated.”The decision to ‘reassign’ Cdre Cooke-Priest would have required the approval of the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones.Senior military officers in other services who have worked with Cdre Cooke-Priest have also spoken of their surprise that such a well-regarded officer, who has held a number of important command roles, should have been treated in this manner over allegations of a relatively minor infringement.“There is a view in other parts of the military that this is a complete over-reaction on the part of the Navy,” a senior officer told the Telegraph.“There are a number of concerns that this matter has not been properly investigated, and that Cooke-Priest was not given a proper opportunity to respond to the allegations against him.” The head of the Armed Forces has expressed his disquiet over the Royal Navy’s decision to remove from post the commanding officer of Britain’s most powerful aircraft carrier, the Telegraph understands.General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, is said to be “concerned” over the treatment of Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest amid claims he misused an official car at weekends.Cdre Cooke-Priest was ignominiously stripped of his command of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the fleet’s newest aircraft carrier, over an allegation that he drove the ship’s Ford Galaxy in his spare time “like it was his own”.The decision to “reassign” the commodore to another role has sparked misgivings at the very top of the Armed Forces, it is understood, with Sir Nick expressing reservations over the handling of the complaint against Cdre Cooke-Priest.It is understood the Armed Forces head has raised concerns over whether the allegations were properly investigated and whether Cdre Cooke-Priest was provided with proper representation.There is also a worry that the commodore with a previously unblemished record has been punished too severely for such a minor alleged misdemeanour. The Navy is now under pressure to conduct a full investigation into its handling of the case.The Telegraph disclosed further embarrassment for the Navy on Tuesday when it emerged that Cdre Cooke-Priest had had to be recalled to take temporary charge of the ship.Naval chiefs realised there was no one available to take the helm in bringing the £3billion ship  back to her home on the south coast. Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest, Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, was reassigned over allegations he misused an official carCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A family friend of the 50-year-old commodore said he had been “flown to Rosyth to sail the ship back to Portsmouth”. Cdre Cooke-Priest, who joined the Navy in 1990, had been in charge of HMS Queen Elizabeth since October.It is understood he was found to have been guilty of an “error of judgment” in using the Ford Galaxy for private journeys although he had paid for the petrol himself and there is no allegation of fraud.Cdre Cooke-Priest will be replaced on May 28 by Captain Steve Moorhouse, the current commanding officer of HMS Prince of Wales, a second aircraft carrier due for commissioning in 2020.Penny Mordaunt, the Defence Secretary, said she understood the “concern when we have invested in an individual and they are not able to carry out the tasks for which [they were] trained”.But Ms Mordaunt insisted the matter was “for the Royal Navy to deal with”. “Sir Nick was very surprised when he heard that the Navy was taking such precipitate action against a senior officer with such a distinguished track record,” a senior Whitehall source told The  Telegraph. read more

Dozen capybaras die at Heathrow Airport after being kept in cramped conditions

“It is incredibly sorry and takes this matter most seriously.”Following the incident, the airline sent a bulletin to staff members in order to avoid a possible repetition of the tragic events.”The sales and operation team in Lima shall be informed of the correct way of transporting live animals,” said Mr Smith. A dozen capybaras died at Heathrow Airport after being kept on plane for 56 hours in cramped conditions without water, a court heard.The mammals were among 20 which had started their journey in Lima, Peru, before being flown from Madrid to Beijing via London Heathrow.Capybaras are a large South American rodent whose friendly and gentle nature make them very popular with exotic animal collectors.Iberia admitted causing unnecessary suffering to 20 capybaras by failing to supply enough water during transportation at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today.The court was told that the Spanish airline is “mortified” and “incredibly sorry”.Staff at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre immediately became concerned when the Iberia plane landed on October 28 last year.Prosecutor Jaysen Sharp said: “The crates did not have dispenser bars and insufficient ventilation. “The animals were inspected and two were found to be deceased on arrival. The remaining 18 animals appeared to be in bad shape.”Another 10 animals died in the reception centre and the survivors were eventually put on a flight to Beijing.Iberia now faces sentence at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Friday.Edward Smith, defending the airline, said: “It is absolutely mortified by this incident. It has no previous convictions of anything like this. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Kuru Kururu benefits from free dental programme spearheaded by GTT

The village of Kuru Kururu, along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, has been the first of many communities to benefit from a medical outreach dental programme spearheaded by telephone giant GTT.GTT’s medical outreach at Kuru Kururu, Linden/Soesdyke Highway, on SundayVillagers braved the mid-morning heat on Sunday at the Kuru Kururu Primary School Annex to benefit from free dental care that was offered by GTT, in collaboration with the Smile Guyana Dental Services, ANSA McAL, and the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central – the latter of which donated a bus in which several dentists provided the service.GTT’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Allison Parker highlighted that Sunday’s programme formed part of the phone company’s corporate social responsibility, and according to her, GTT has been leading others in this regard.“We have teamed up with Dr Theodore from Smile Guyana – aligning with her was quite easy… We are doing extractions, fillings, cleaning, everything dental for the community. It’s free of charge, and we want to thank all those persons who partnered with us…Colgate, ANSA McAL, Dr Theodore, the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central, and of course GTT, the main driver behind this dental outreach,” Parker observed.She added that the initiative will continue in the future. “This is something we plan to do going forward. This (Kuru Kururu) is the first community. This ties in with the million-dollar promotion. We initially said 50 children, but the children and their parents came, so we are not going to turn anybody back,” she added.Speaking on why the village was selected, Parker said the village, which has over 6000 residents, is diverse and is situated just outside of Georgetown.She also reminded the public that the GTT final draw for the Million-Dollar Smile promotion is December 18, where 4 million-dollar winners would be chosen. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKuru-Kururu residents without internet, landline servicesSeptember 8, 2018In “Business”Squatting and illegal land allocation addressed during outreach in Kuru KururuJuly 2, 2013In “Local News”Mother still critical after chopping incident, attacker takes lifeNovember 28, 2018In “Crime” read more

Tourist industry facing tough 2012

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following a very positive 2011 during which foreign visitors totalled 16.5 million, the first signs for 2012 appear less promising, suggesting a challenging year ahead for the tourist industry. The UK market, a benchmark market for Greece, showed that pre-reservations have fallen 75 per cent in the last few weeks (based on a sample accounting for 10 per cent of UK tourists). Pre-reservations from the UK market were down 5-7 per cent on average so far. Speaking to reporters, ahead of a Philoxenia travel fair in Thessaloniki, Andreas Andreadis, the president of SETE (The Association of Tourism Businesses) said a mixture of negative factors were impacting on Greek tourism in 2012 and were related with global uncertainty and fears of an economic recession, the creation of a continuing bad image of the country abroad and a partial recovery of northern African markets, particularly Tunisia and Egypt. Andreadis said a new government should immediately proceed with actions aimed at strengthening the tourism sector. He called for a 50 per cent cut in airport taxes (burdening passengers by 42 euros in Athens, compared with 16 euros in Istanbul or Barcelona), saying the state could have three or five times more revenues as it would attract more airline companies and more tourists in the country. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

Roberto Carlos asks for patience in Madrids fans

first_imgThe former Los Merengues footballer believes the team’s decision not to replace Cristiano Ronaldo was the correct oneAfter Cristiano Ronaldo left Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid for Italian Lega Serie A giants Juventus, many were thinking who could replace himBut the superstar was never replaced by Los Blancos and many fans were not happy about it.Former Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos said on Saturday that he believes this was the right call by the club.“In football, there are so many great football players like Eden Hazard, Roberto Lewandowski, and Neymar. Real Madrid is always after the best talent,” he was quoted by 360 Sport.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“At the club, there are some very good footballers even after Cristiano Ronaldo left. The president Florentino Perez stays calm and doesn’t rush to sign players for the sake of it.”“It is up to the club if they want to sign a player and it is important they identify players who can fit into the team’s style of play. If they find a player, then they will have to make a decision to try and sign him,” he explained.“He was playing for Real Madrid and we want to thank him for what he did for the club.”“Yes, Real Madrid has made a very good contract,” he added.“They have a good organization within the group. Some football players went out and some came in. Same with coaches with Julen coming in. Real Madrid is like that and he is building a team to become champions.”last_img read more

Umbrellas fly on Main Street

first_img“Flying Umbrellas” looked daring and dazzling in the brilliant Sunday sun.The sculpture had been dedicated Friday night before more than 200 people at the northwest corner of Evergreen Boulevard and Main Street.Gazing at the artwork Sunday afternoon, Alyson Peter, 22, of Battle Ground said, “I think it’s very fitting because it rains so much. … It kind of fits with the artwork in the new library (just two blocks away).”“It’s interesting because it gives the illusion that it’s falling over, but it’s not. I think it’s pretty,” said her friend Roxy Gregg, 24, of Tualatin, Ore. “I think it will be cool when it rains to see how the rain falls off it.”Where will that rain go?“It’s been the question of the hour,” said artist Jennifer Corio, who built the commissioned work with her husband, Dave Frei. They own Cobalt Designworks a few blocks away, at McLoughlin Boulevard and C Street. “I think a lot of people like to find out about artists’ process.”The artists explained that the top upside-down umbrella has a drain that goes into the shaft of the next two umbrellas and into the umbrella stand. It then is sent through a tube into the concrete base and is dispersed into the planted area.Main Street strollers Peter and Gregg were on Main Street Sunday with Vancouver’s Morgan Joe, 24, evaluating the sculpture.“The umbrella is Vancouver’s mascot,” Joe said, and, “Lime green is my favorite color.”That’s psycho lime green, artist Frei noted. And the other two colors are lollypop red and lollypop purple.And it’s not just paint.Frei explained that the aluminum umbrellas have a sanding pattern in them. A translucent powder coating is applied and then a clear powder coat finishes the work. The handles and struts are of stainless steel and the stand is made of mild steel.last_img read more

Justice done to victim of medical negligence

first_imgSecunderabad (NSS): The Telangana Consumer Disputes and Redressal Centre once again came to the aid of a victim of medical negligence. A Yoga master, who hailed from poor family and suffered severe health complications due to a doctor’s negligence, was given compensation of Rs 8 lakh. The case was solved in less than one-month time. The Commissioner for Civil Supplies Akun Sabharwal presented the cheque for Rs 8 lakhs to Devaiah on Sunday. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Devaiah (31) hailing from Kothapelli village in Rajanna Siriclla district was working as a yoga instructor. He worked for some time in National Police Academy and won a bronze medal at an international competition. His family is very poor and he is a sole bread earner. He developed piles problem and contacted a piles clinic in Secunderabad on February 24, 2018. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The clinic advised him to undergo an operation which cost Rs 25,000 for treatment. After three hours of operation, he was discharged from the hospital. But soon after that severe bleeding was experienced by him. Devaiah went to the same hospital again for the treatment. As the situation was going out of control, the doctors referred him to go to Yashoda Hospital. Advertise With Us Devaiah’s family members and friends came to know that the expenditure for his treatment would be very expensive. So, they approached TRS working president KTR for help. KTR responded very quickly and immediately got sanctioned Rs 5.50 lakh from CM Relief Fund for the hospital expenditure. But as treatment was taking more time, expenditure was also increasing. For about one-and-a-half months, he took treatment in the hospital for which he paid Rs 18 lakh. To meet the hospital expenditure, Devaiah had to sell his small piece of land and also took money on debt from others. It took some time for healing and soon after that Devaiah decided to fight against the clinic for their negligence. He came to know about the Telangana Consumer Redressal Centre and approached them on June 29. As soon as the Redressal Centre heard his plea, they issued notice to the clinic which agreed to pay compensation. Devaiah thanked KTR and Akun Sabharwal for coming to his aid. He said that the Consumer Redressal Centre greatly helped him in getting compensation in less than one month. He said that he was very happy that he got help from the center free of cost. Sabharwal said that the aggrieved consumers can register their complaints at Telangana Consumers Redressal Cell Toll Free No 180042500333. They can also log onto Facebook: ConsumerInformation RedressalCentre, Twitter: Telangana ConsumerInfo and Redressal Center and also on wedsite www.consumeradvice.in to get the help from them, he noted (NSS)last_img read more