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Ishant Sharma’s resurgence welcome news for India’s pace stocks

first_imgIndia’s batsmen plundered runs and spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin got among the wickets against Sri Lanka but it was the resurgence of paceman Ishant Sharma that probably pleased captain Virat Kohli most ahead of their tour of South Africa.Sri Lanka had lost 9-0 to India across all formats a few months back and were therefore never expected to provide the ideal preparation for what will be a challenging trip to South Africa for the world’s top-ranked Test team.After the rain-curtailed opening match at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens ended in a draw, Kohli’s men crushed the visitors by an innings and 239 runs in the second Test, matching their biggest winning margin in the longest format.India’s batsmen compiled up a mammoth first-innings total against Sri Lanka’s toothless attack, while the spin duo of Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja combined to pick up 13 of the touring side’s 20 wickets in Nagpur.But it was Ishant’s match haul of 5-80 that the skipper described as the standout bowling performance of the match.”Even on this wicket, to have that kind of bounce and trouble the batsmen regularly, I think Ishant was outstanding,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation on Monday.”Although the spinners obviously did a good job for us, I think Ishant was the standout bowler in this game.”India’s biggest victory margin until Monday’s win was against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2007, a Test in which Ishant made his debut as a 18-year-old.The lanky right-arm paceman was marked as the future leader of India’s fast bowling attack and while he has gone on to play 78 Tests he has failed to live up to those lofty expectations.advertisementAfter falling behind Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav in the pecking order, the emergence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar as a swing bowler has only made it tougher for Ishant and his chances have largely come due to the unavailability of other fast bowlers.He played three out of four Tests against Australia earlier this year after Shami was ruled out with a knee injury but played no part in three Tests in Sri Lanka in July-August, though he kept himself fit and in form by picking up 20 wickets in four matches for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy.Ishant would probably not have played in Nagpur had Bhuvneshwar not withdrawn from the final two Tests to get married and Shami was not ruled out due to a slight injury concern.In Nagpur, he extracted good bounce and movement from a batting-friendly track, which could prove crucial in South Africa with India set to face wickets that are expected to aid the faster bowlers.”The way Umesh and Shami and even Bhuvi were bowling was tremendous. I didn’t take much wickets in the last 12 Tests I played, specially in India. They deserved to get a chance before me,” Ishant said after Monday’s win.”The problem for me was the wicket column was always empty. But now I am getting wickets, I am felling pretty good about myself.”It’s a healthy competition the way everyone is performing. When you get an opportunity you have to take wickets.”last_img read more

Man Utd: Alex Ferguson in Intensive Care after Brain Surgery

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in intensive care after emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage on Saturday amid an outpouring of affection and get-well messages from across football.Since retiring from United after almost 27 years in charge in 2013, the 76-year-old Ferguson has continued to attend matches at Old Trafford, participate in coaching initiatives, and has been a regular at horse racing as a prominent owner.“Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain hemorrhage,” United said in a statement. “The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimize his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter.”The most successful manager in British football history, Ferguson has appeared in good health since ending his intense direct involvement in coaching. The Scot had surgery to fit a pacemaker in 2004 after a heart irregularity was discovered and had a hip operation five years ago shortly after retiring from United.Since leaving the dugout, Ferguson has traveled the world passing on his vast football knowledge to a new generation of coaches and fans through books and talks, including at Harvard University, on how he won 49 honors in his career including 38 titles at United.Starting work as a teenager in a Glasgow shipyard instilled a socialist ethos that the former Glasgow Rangers player carried throughout a career that included a spell coaching Scotland at the 1986 World Cup and eventually saw him knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, during a Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Manchester United said Saturday May 5, 2018, that former manager Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, FILE)He also helped to made households names of two of the game’s biggest stars: David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.“My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend,” Ronaldo wrote on social media accounts. “Be strong, Boss!”Alongside a picture of him signing a contract as a youngster, former United midfielder David Beckham wrote on Instagram : “Keep fighting Boss. Sending prayers and love to (wife) Cathy and the whole family.”Beckham broke into the team in the 1990s as Ferguson turned United into the country’s most successful club. Hired from Aberdeen in 1986, Ferguson held onto his United job despite taking until 1993 to end the club’s title drought. Ferguson retired a champion in 2013, lifting the Premier League trophy for a 13th time to take the club’s haul of English championship crowns to a record 20.Ferguson’s only significant career regret was he managed to win the Champions League only twice, but the first triumph was part of the 1999 treble that also included the Premier League and FA Cup.The scale of Ferguson’s achievements during his dynastic reign is underscored by United’s failure under three managers to win the Premier League in the five years since his retirement.Ferguson stepped away from management just as neighbor Manchester City, which posed little threat until a 2008 takeover by oil-rich Abu Dhabi, became the English team with the biggest spending power.“Hang in there Sir Alex,” said City captain Vincent Kompany, who has won the Premier League three times since 2012. “Thoughts are with the family and close ones.”It is just a week since Ferguson was on the Old Trafford pitch paying tribute to long-time managerial adversary Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman, whose control of Arsenal was reminiscent of Ferguson’s at United, is preparing to leave the London club after 22 years as manager.The first indications of a health emergency came after Ferguson’s son, Darren, the manager at Doncaster, missed the third-tier club’s final match of the season earlier Saturday.The detail on Ferguson’s condition was limited to the statement from United. Headway, the brain injury association, said a hemorrhage can be the result of a ruptured aneurysm or a blow to the head, including a minor injury.“The long-term implications are very difficult to predict,” Headway’s Luke Griggs said. “Every brain injury is unique, as is every individual’s recovery.”—By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Videotape shows murder victim walking into medical students Halifax apartment

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax jury watched the last known sighting of a Dalhousie University student Thursday — Taylor Samson walked into his alleged killer’s apartment, but was never seen walking out.The surveillance tape was shown at the first-degree murder trial of medical student William Sandeson, who is accused of killing the 22-year-old during a drug deal.The video captures Samson following the accused into Sandeson’s apartment on Aug. 15, 2015, carrying a big black bag.Samson had brought 20 pounds of marijuana to sell to Sandeson.The 24-year-old told police Samson was shot in the back of the head by two men dressed in black who came into his apartment. Sandeson said he cleaned up after they left, and turned off his surveillance system at their request.The surveillance tape never shows Samson leaving the apartment, but Sandeson is seen carrying garbage bags and other items to his vehicle over the next few days.Detective Constable Roger Sayer, an investigator on the case, testified Thursday that Sandeson texted Samson, “I’m on my way down,” right when he is seen on video walking down a white hallway outside his apartment to go meet Samson.The jury later watched Sandeson walk out of his apartment several times, once completely shirtless, leaving an item on a shoe rack in the hallway.Surveillance footage captured Sandeson’s actions on subsequent days as well.On the morning of Aug. 16, the day after Samson went missing, surveillance footage shows Sandeson leaving his apartment early in the morning with his girlfriend. It also shows him putting items and bags into the back of his car.On Aug. 17, the footage shows Sandeson carrying more items out of his apartment, including a black Dalhousie backpack and a large white box.“These items were seized, and found to be containing what was 20 pounds of marijuana,” said Sayer about these items.On Aug. 18, he is seen carrying out full garbage bags with gloves on his hands and placing them in the back of his car.He was charged with murder the next day.Sayer told the court the investigation is still ongoing because Samson’s body has not been found.last_img read more

No eway bill if GST returns not filed for 2 months

first_imgNew Delhi: Non-filers of GST returns for two straight months will be barred from generating e-way bills for transporting goods effective June 21, the finance ministry said. Businesses under GST composition scheme, however, will be barred from generating e-way bill if they fail to file tax returns for two consecutive filing periods, which is six months. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has notified June 21, 2019, as the day from which any “consignor, consignee, transporter, e-commerce operator or courier agency” would be barred from generating electronic way or e-way bill for failure to file tax returns for the stipulated time period as mentioned in the GST rules. As per rules, a composition scheme taxpayer who has not furnished the returns for two consecutive tax periods and a regular taxpayer who has not filed returns for a consecutive period of two months would be restricted from generating e-way bill.last_img read more

UN envoy cites need to deal with underlying causes of DR Congo

9 November 2009While the crisis that plagued eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last year and threatened to engulf the entire region has eased, some of the factors that led to the fierce fighting and the displacement of hundred of thousands must still be dealt with, a senior United Nations envoy said today. “The slide to war that threatened the region last year was effectively reversed,” Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, told the Security Council today.“But what we have successfully treated were only the symptoms, not the underlying ailments that have led to repeated crises in the region,” he added. “Without dealing effectively with the underlying issues, peace can neither be durable nor irreversible.”Some 250,000 people were uprooted last year – on top of the 800,000 who were already displaced in the region – as the Congolese national armed forces, known as the FARDC, battled with the mainly Tutsi National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP), formerly led by renegade general Laurent Nkunda.Months of negotiations, facilitated by Mr. Obasanjo and his co-mediator and African Union (AU) Special Envoy Benjamin Mkapa, resulted in the signing on 23 March of the peace agreements between the Government, the CNDP and the other armed groups. Among the “substantial, if intermittent” progress with respect to the 23 March agreements, Mr. Obasanjo cited the transformation of the CNDP and other armed groups into political parties, the return of many internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their homes and a “notable warming” in regional relationships, particularly between the leaders of DRC and Rwanda. At the same time, important provisions of the agreements still remain unimplemented, he said. These include, perhaps most importantly, the identification of means to foster the participation of elements of the former armed group more directly in the political life of the nation, as well as the establishment of a national reconciliation mechanism and reforms in the area of good governance and the proper control of natural resources.“That these provisions remain to be implemented represents risks to the gains that we have witnessed,” said Mr. Obasanjo. He said that he has informed Congolese President Joseph Kabila of his intention to step back from an active role in the peace process in the eastern DRC and the Great Lakes region.Also, in about a month, his Senior Special Adviser will lead a team to the DRC to make a further assessment of progress. Following that, at the end of January, Mr. Obasanjo and Mr. Mkapa, will submit a final report to AU leaders. The Special Envoy said he is now working to retool his existing support office in Nairobi as a small, dedicated “listening post” that would continue to assess the implementation of the 23 March agreements and regional rapprochement.He recalled that the relationships in the region had been so fractured at this time last year that Presidents Kabila and Paul Kagame of Rwanda would neither shake hands nor speak to one another when they attended an emergency summit in Nairobi last November.If anything gave him hope for the future, said Mr. Obasanjo, it was the rapprochement between the DRC and Rwanda and between the two leaders, the fruits of which have been seen in, among other actions, the joint operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed militia involved in clashes in North Kivu.“Generally, an atmosphere of détente and cooperation has developed in the region,” he told reporters after briefing the Council, adding that the 23 March agreements have prepared the foundation for peace and order on which to continue building.Also welcoming the rapprochement between the DRC and Rwanda were members of the Security Council who encouraged the countries “to build further upon this positive momentum,” Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, which holds the rotating Council presidency for this month, told the press.They also reiterated their deep concern about the impact of the military activities in eastern DRC on civilians since the beginning of 2009, and expressed their support for the recent decision by the UN peacekeeping force in the country, known as MONUC, not to work with units of the FARDC implicated in grave human rights violations. read more

Beware Your digital tattoo will not disappear from the web says cyber

MONTREAL — Cyber criminals will still be out in force in 2014, but privacy is expected to come to the forefront of digital concerns.Along with scams, cyber security firms see a continued risk to citizens’ privacy with basic activities such as posting on social media sites, downloading apps on their smartphones and, of course, through indiscretions.The bad guys are trying to steal your privacy, too“The bad guys are trying to steal your privacy, too,” said Kevin Haley of the security software firm Symantec.But Haley said recent news events revealing how personal information can be scooped up online will get people thinking about their digital privacy.“I think it finally gives people the perspective, the concept, of how much information can be gathered about them online,” said Haley, a director with Symantec’s security response team in Culver City, Calif.For example, documents obtained from former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden showed that the organization gathered as many as five billion records every day from hundreds of millions of cellphones worldwide by tapping into cables that carry international data traffic.Also reported by media outlets were American and British intelligence operations spying on gamers across the world. Reports suggested that the world’s most powerful espionage agencies sent undercover agents into virtual universes to monitor activity in online fantasy games such as “World of Warcraft.”In Canada, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association has filed a lawsuit against the Communications Security Establishment Canada, or CSEC. The group claims Canadian data is being swept up as CSEC monitors emails, phone calls and text messages of foreign targets, when those targets are communicating with Canadians.Haley said he expects privacy concerns will push app makers to offer users increased data protection.“We will see a lot of failed attempts and partial solutions. We’re not going to solve this problem in 2014, but we’ll begin to make steps and people will begin to do things to try to create a sense of privacy,” he said.Online users, especially younger ones, will move to more obscure or niche social media sites, believing they will have better privacy.“Security by obscurity, in this particular case, by using not as popular or non-popular social media sites is just not going to do it,” Haley said.People will also try to create false identities that only their circle of friends will know, he added.Raj Samani of McAfee Inc. said online users need to understand their “digital tattoo.”“When they put something or post something online, it’s there for life,” said Samani, vice president and chief technology officer for McAfee in Europe, Middle East and Africa.Samani notes that in some cases parents are signing up their children for social media sites when they’re actually underage. Facebook users must be at least 13 years old.“Parents in many cases are enabling children to be on the Internet without any safeguards at all,” he said from London.Both Symantec and McAfee said they expect to see more threats from mobile apps for smartphones next year and consumers should be aware of what they could be consenting to — such as having data and locations collected and sold — when they download an app. Some apps have a list of permissions that must be agreed to before they can be installed — and they can sometimes open the door to malware attacks.Samani said in some cases a user’s camera or microphone can be taken control of by a third party.Added Haley: “People download apps or do things on a phone that they would probably never do on a PC.” read more

How The 68 Raiders Can Still Make The Playoffs

The Oakland Raiders have less than a 1 percent chance to make the playoffs. But that means there’s still a chance! To see how they can make it to a wild-card game, watch the video above.

Medical exams underway on staff of navy ships where asbestos detected

first_imgMEDICAL SCREENINGS ON civilian employees who worked on the navy ships where asbestos was detected are being carried out.According to the Minister of State at the Departments of An Taoiseach and Defence Paul Kehoe, all staff on board LE Ciara, LE Orla and in the Naval Service dockyard, including the civilian workforce, have been briefed on the situation to date.Answering a parliamentary question, he said that all Naval Service personnel who may have come into contact with asbestos have been screened by the Naval Medical Officer. “Medical screening of civilian employees by an occupational health practitioner has commenced and will be completed in the coming weeks,” said Kehoe.Asbestos Earlier this year while work was being carried out on both LE Orla and LE Ciara material which was suspected as being asbestos was found on both ships. A full survey and analysis of the ships confirmed that the material was asbestos.Kehoe said that the HSA launched its own investigation into the incident and this is ongoing.“I am advised that the HSA has visited the Naval Base a number of times and has served the Naval Service with an improvement notice under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005,” he said.Since the discovery of asbestos, air sampling and monitoring has been conducted by an external contractor on both ships and in the transport workshops and the samples taken were found to be safe.As part of the requirements under the HSA improvement notice, the Naval Service has engaged an external company, Abestaways, who are specialists in asbestos removals, to undertake the deep “environmental clean” of the two ships.This clean-up commenced on 26 May and is estimated to take a number of weeks.On completion of this process an independent asbestos consultancy company, Phoenix Environmental, will carry out air monitoring, analysis and third party assurance and reissue a re-occupational certificate as required by the HSA.Kehoe said that in the early 2000s, an external asbestos company was brought in to inspect the ships. The company gave the fleet the all clear,despite asbsetos being present in some of the ships.“That consultancy is no longer in business,” said Kehoe.Serious situation “I am advised by the Naval Service that a full asbestos audit of all ships in the fleet will be carried out and in the interim a full asbestos risk assessment will be carried out prior to any work commencing. As I mentioned previously, this matter is being treated with the utmost seriousness and attention by the Department of Defence and the Naval Service,” he said.Kehoe said the Naval Service will be launching a formal accident investigation team to investigate all aspects behind this occurrence and “to ensure that there is no repetition in the future”.The minister said that while the cleaning is underway, the Naval Service is only currently operating six of its ships, just 75 per cent of its resources.Read: Asbestos found on LÉ Aoife this week should have been removed a decade ago>Read: Hundreds of Irish soldiers were exposed to asbestos while serving overseas EXCLUSIVE>last_img read more

The government is backing the man who caused Alan Shatter to resign

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT WILL pay the legal costs of the barrister whose scathing report led to Alan Shatter’s resignation as justice minister in May.Shatter is taking legal action in the High Court to quash some of Seán Guerin’s findings in his report into the handling of allegations of garda malpractice by whistleblower Maurice McCabe.The report’s findings led to the resignation of Shatter who has since heavily criticised its conclusions and the conduct of Guerin in two separate Dáil speeches, particularly the senior counsel’s failure to interview him during the course of his inquiry.In his court action filed last week the Fine Gael backbencher alleged objective bias, absence of fair procedures and “indecent haste” on the part of Guerin in how he compiled his report into the handling of the allegations.He wants some of the reports allegations quashed but the government will be backing Guerin in the High Court case, confirming today it plans to cover any of his legal costs.“We’re going to indemnify him,” a government spokesperson said this afternoon.Background: How has Alan Shatter gone from Department of Justice to High Court?Analysis: Here’s why Alan Shatter’s legal challenge could cause the government more problemslast_img read more

Homeowner adopts kitten found stuck in wall inside Lauderhill home

first_imgThe homeowner then decided to adopt the kitten.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Lt Gomez and E30’s crew with the 🐱 rescue today. Kitten was found crying behind a wall. #notjustfires #kittenrescue #LAUDERHILL pic.twitter.com/6Tn4z4MEWC— Lauderhill Fire PIO (@LauderhillFDPIO) May 2, 2019Firefighters arrived and found where in the wall the meowing was coming from.Officials said firefighters made a small hole to free the feline. LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A homeowner has adopted a kitten who was found stuck behind a wall inside his Lauderhill home.Lauderhill Fire Rescue units were called out to the home along the 1100 block of Northwest 42nd Way, just before 7 p.m., Thursday.According to fire rescue, the homeowner heard the feline meowing in his wall but said it was not his cat.last_img read more