England took an iron grip on the Ashes by bowling out Australia for a record low score of 98 and then scoring 157 without loss on Sunday’s opening day of the fourth Test.England can secure a successful Ashes defence by winning this Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and it would take an extraordinary turn of events to prevent the tourists doing that after a dominant first day on Sunday.Sent in by England captain Andrew Strauss, Australia were bundled out for their lowest ever score against England at the MCG. All ten wickets fell to catches behind the wicket as the hosts failed to show the disciplined batting required on a seaming pitch.England’s opening pair put on a commanding performance, with Alastair Cook on 80 and Strauss on 64 at stumps. They showed the judiciousness and discipline that Australia’s batsmen so glaringly lacked.Australia’s score reached all kinds of low: their lowest ever against England at the MCG (with the previous worst of 104 dating back to the first ever Test, played in 1877); their lowest ever first innings at the MCG; the second time Australia have been bowled out for less than 100 in this calendar year; their lowest score on Australian soil since 1984; their lowest at the MCG since 1981; their lowest against England since 1968; and lowest against England in Australia since 1936.On one of the most disheartening days in Australian cricket history, even the MCG’s attempt to break the all-time test attendance record was not met. Pre-game predictions of the requisite 91,000 proved overoptimistic with only 84,345 fans taking their post-Christmas hangovers to the ground.advertisementBy the end of play it was considerably less, and organisers will be lucky to get half that many for the remaining days of a game already drifting toward a foregone conclusion, hurting Australian cricket’s bank balance as much as its on-field fortunes.Strauss had no hesitation in sending Australia in on a grey morning, and with the MCG pitch notoriously difficult to bat upon in the opening session of a Test.Australia’s tentative batting display, the consistently good line and length of the England bowlers, and then the reverse of both in England’s innings meant the tourists led on first innings just 72.2 overs into the first day.It took England less than two rain-shortened sessions to bowl Australia out in 42.5 overs, with six catches taken by wicketkeeper Matt Prior, two in the slips and two at gully, illustrating the ill-discipline of Australia’s batsmen, who were constantly tempted to play at balls they should have left alone.James Anderson and Chris Tremlett ended with four wickets each. England’s performance with the ball was excellent, bowling very few bad deliveries and allowing Strauss to set an attacking field on this helpful surface. Tremlett’s height and seam movement were devastating early in the first session.Following the tea break, England strolled to a first innings lead without losing a wicket. It took them only 30.3 overs of their innings to go past Australia. Any thoughts of a miraculous comeback by Australia was put out of their minds by Strauss and Cook’s punishing display.They never looked worried by the bowling as the Australians struggled to get any movement on a drying pitch. Captain Ricky Ponting, fielding at mid-off to protect his broken left little finger, lost patience with Mitchell Johnson after his first spell of three overs cost 17 runs.Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was the most overworked man in the field, constantly diving down the legside to try to save wayward deliveries from all the bowlers.Australia named an unchanged side for this Test, sticking with a four-man pace attack and foregoing spinner Michael Beer. That decision may have paid off if Australia had won the toss and bowled first, but now the hosts face the prospect of trying to bowl out a confident England lineup without the services of a spinner on a pitch that will increasingly take turn.England made one change, bringing in Tim Bresnan for Steven Finn in a like-for-like switch of pacemen.
The hero of India’s second innings VVS Laxman feels that it will be important to get Jacques Kallis out quickly on Wednesday in order to level the series.2nd Test: India fancy their chance at Durban”Kallis’ wicket will be important for us. If we can get his wicket early tomorrow morning, we can create real pressure on other batsmen. Wicket is doing a bit, so our bowlers can put them in trouble. That is why I think 300 runs are quite enough,” Laxman, whose superb 96 has given India hopes of victory told the reporters at the day end media conference.”If the match goes down to the wire, then I am sure that Indian team will be able to hold nerves and do the needful to win this match,” the Hyderabadi stylist said.Laxman admitted that he was a touch disappointed of finishing four runs shy off what would have been his 17th Test century.”I feel happy that I have contributed to the team’s cause but a little but disappointed for not getting hundred. I have not scored hundred here in South Africa. But having stretched our lead past 300-run mark was good feeling,” he said.The veteran of 119 Test matches feels that it’s been difficult batting on the Kingsmead strip.”Kingsmead wicket is not easy to bat on. You can never say that I am feeling settled on this wicket. Wicket is doing something all the time and you just cannot afford to relax even for few balls. That is why I think that so many batsmen have got out after getting set.”advertisementLaxman also praised Zaheer Khan and young Cheteshwar Pujara who gave him good support in his bid to put up a challenging target for the hosts.”In the second innings, it was just a matter of getting one good partnership and luckily Zaheer played well and supported me. I think Pujara also batted well. He is playing for the first time here in South Africa. He applied himself well and showed a lot of character,” Laxman said about the Saurashtra lad.For someone who has now perfected the art of batting along with tail, Laxman feels that lot of credit should go to coach Gary Kirsten for changing mindset of the tailenders.”Today Zaheer played aggressive innings. Our tailenders work hard in the nets. They take lot of pride in their batting. Gary has told them that 25-odd runs scored by any bowler can make huge difference to the team total.””Normally I believe in rotating the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. If any batsman is not comfortable with any particular bowler, then only I will try to keep the strike,” he concluded.With inputs from PTI
Andy Murray’s reign as Wimbledon champion ended Wednesday with a straight-set loss in the quarterfinals to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, making his breakthrough after years of being touted as the game’s next top player.Dimitrov completely outplayed Murray on Centre Court, winning 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal.The 11th-seeded Dimitrov broke Murray five times, including in the final game, to become the first Bulgarian man to advance to the final four of a major. It was his first victory over a top 10 player at a Grand Slam.Murray last year became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years. He came into the quarterfinals riding a 17-match winning streak at the All England Club and had not dropped a set this tournament.
BOSTON — Carmelo Anthony and his New York Knicks teammates finally enjoyed a winning feeling again.Anthony scored 22 points, Amare Stoudemire had 20 and the Knicks snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 101-95 victory over the Boston Celtics on Dec. 12.“It’s always hard when you’re climbing uphill, then you get that one game like today. It’s kind of like relief,” Anthony said. “It gives you a chance to feel what winning a basketball game is like.”Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 points and Jason Smith 12 as New York snapped its longest losing streak since the 2005-06 team lost 10 straight from Jan. 28-Feb 13 en route to a 23-59 record.It had been nearly three weeks since the Knicks’ last win, a 91-83 victory over the lowly Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 22.“I’m just happy we won,” said a smiling guard Iman Shumpert, who was lost with a dislocated left shoulder in the second quarter. “If I’ve got to separate my shoulder or dislocated my shoulder to get wins, I’ll dislocate it every day. I’m just trying to get wins.”It was just the Knicks’ second road win of the season. They won their first, beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers in his return to Cleveland before losing the next 11.Jeff Green had 28 points and Tyler Zeller 19 for the Celtics, who dropped their third straight. Before the game, Boston coach Brad Stevens quickly squashed a question about worrying about a letdown against a struggling opponent without the possibility of its top scorer.He was right. The Celtics turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 43.5 percent, missing 15 of 22 on 3-point attempts while having trouble stopping Anthony.Anthony, who entered leading the Knicks with 22.9 points per game, missed a Dec. 10 loss at San Antonio with a sore left knee, but he started after feeling good during a shootaround earlier in the day.“Like I said before the game, if he plays or doesn’t play, if we don’t play well, we don’t win,” Stevens said. Green was bothered by the Celtics’ play. “I want to win,” Green said. “That’s what I’m frustrated about. I know we have the pieces here.”Boston sliced it to 75-73 on the first basket of the fourth quarter, Marcus Thornton’s 3-pointer from the right wing, before the Knicks went on a game-breaking 11-0 run over the ensuing 2 minutes. Shane Larkin started the burst with a 3-pointer.Boston was held to just two baskets in the opening 7 minutes of the fourth, missing nine of its initial 11 shots. Anthony’s baseline jumper increased it to 90-75 with 5:43 to play.The Celtics made a late charge, closing it to 99-95 on Phil Pressey’s free throw with 16.8 seconds left, but Anthony’s two free throws sealed it. The Knicks shot 55 percent in the opening half and led 51-46 at intermission.(KEN POWTAK)TweetPinShare0 Shares
USA’s Allyson Felix surpasses Usain Bolt’s world record tally of gold medals at World ChampionshipsAllyson Felix went past Jamaican great Usain Bolt as the most decorated athlete in the history of IAAF World Athletics Championships as she helped her team to the 4x400m mixed relay gold in Doha.advertisement Associated Press DohaSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 13:10 IST The United States team of Allyson Felix, Wilbert London, Michael Cherry and Courtney Okolo after winning the gold (AP)HIGHLIGHTSAllyson Felix now has 12 golds in 5 different events at the World ChampionshipsGold medallist mothers Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made it a day to remember for USA at the ChampionshipsFrasaer-Pryce called it ‘a victory for motherhood’Only moments after Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce zoomed past the finish line Sunday night, she scooped up something more precious than gold.Her 2-year-old son Zyon came down to the track to join her for the victory lap. What a fitting way to celebrate the Jamaican speedster’s fourth and hardest-earned 100-meter title at world championships.”A victory for motherhood!” Fraser-Pryce said.Sure is. And if 2019 has been the Year of the Mother in track and field, then Sunday was Mother’s Day.Only moments before Fraser-Pryce this time with her long hair arranged in a rainbow-pastel pastiche blasted past the field in a season-best 10.71 seconds , new mom Allyson Felix surpassed none other than Usain Bolt with her record 12th gold medal at worlds. This one came in the brand new mixed relay, in which two men and two women team up for four trips around the track.Felix was among the Americans who banded together in protest this summer, getting Nike to change a long-standing policy that stopped payments to pregnant athletes in this sport. Her 10-month-old daughter, Camryn, was with her at the stadium. Felix said she got goose bumps watching Fraser-Pryce cross the finish line first 0.12 seconds ahead of Dina Asher-Smith of Britain.”What she’s done is amazing,” Felix said. “She’s had a hard road, too. She keeps encouraging me. Her first year wasn’t the best, but her second year, she’s better than ever. Women are amazing and she’s leading the way.”Fraser-Pryce said she sat on her bed and cried the day she found out she was pregnant. Not too much after that, she heard people saying it might be time to quit.advertisement”Everyone’s entitled to their opinion,” she said. “I knew how I felt and I knew I wasn’t ready to go. I had something left to do, and I stayed focused on the goal.”And that, in many ways, has been the point of this year for her, for Felix, for any woman who has ever been told it’s over once she decides to start having kids.Felix spent more than a decade cultivating a reputation as a classy champion, but a very private person. When she went public with her issues with Nike, it served as a tipping point to the movement begun earlier in the summer by Alysia Montano in track, and members of the U.S. women’s soccer team, who were fighting a similar battle on different turf for equal pay during their run to a World Cup victory.All of it eventually made a difference not only in the terms Nike was willing to rework in its endorsement contracts for elite athletes, but in the message it sent about equality.”I think everything I went through this year … it just brings it all back that it’s so much bigger than myself,” Felix said.There were others competing in the quarter-full stadium Sunday night, including Christian Taylor, who won his third straight triple-jump world championship .And pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia, who cleared 4.95 meters to beat American Sandi Morris for the gold. Sidorova is competing as a neutral athlete because of Russia’s doping problems and will receive her medal Monday night with the IAAF’s “anthem,” not Russia’s, playing in the background.Another mother won gold in the women’s 20-kilometer walk early Monday morning. Liu Hong of China took the 2017 and 2018 seasons off to have a child before returning triumphantly in 2019. She led a Chinese podium sweep.Another gold medalist was Courtney Okolo Felix’s 25-year-old relay teammate.”It’s definitely an inspiration to all women,” Okolo said of the 33-year-old Felix. “You see the journey she’s been on this year, and now you’re seeing a lot of women can do that and come back successfully. I know that when the time comes for me to have kids, it’s something I can do, as well.”Between them, Fraser-Pryce and Felix have piled up a combined 27 medals at world championships over the past 14 years. They are, by almost any measure, the two most dominating sprinters of their time.Even so, these two golds are destined to stand out for them, mainly for the work they put in simply to make it back to the track.On top of the normal stresses of pregnancy, both women delivered via cesarean sections that ravage the core muscles critical for sprinters trying to burst out of the blocks.”For 10 weeks, I couldn’t lift weights (while lying) on my back,” Fraser-Pryce said. “And mentally, it’s even harder because you’re 30, you’re having a baby, the females are out there running fast. You wonder if you can come back. For me, I just worked really hard.”advertisementFelix’s baby came two months prematurely and spent around a month in the neonatal intensive-care unit.”It puts things in perspective,” Felix said.Any doubts about what this night was all about were more than put to rest as Fraser-Pryce circled the track, with Zyon resting his head on her shoulder.So many Jamaican victory laps in the past whether by Bolt or Fraser-Pryce, who now has a total of eight world golds to go with two from the Olympics have been topped off with Bob Marley tunes to fuel up a crowd on its way to a party.This time, it was a selection from “The Lion King” playing over the PA system as the sprinter they’re now calling the “Mommy Rocket” exited stage right with her son in her arms.The song: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”Also Read | No flag, no anthem for Russian pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova who won gold at IAAF World ChampionshipsAlso Read | World Athletics Championships: India finish 7th in 4x400m mixed relay final, USA win goldFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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As the nation observes Road Safety Awareness Month, IGL Blue’s ‘Top Gas Truck Driver of the Year’, Mr. Devon Campbell, has a message for all drivers and road users – “drive with care and be responsible on our roads.”Although this call has been made for years, Mr. Campbell tells JIS News that it is not too much to stress, as with six months into the year, over 160 persons have died because of road crashes.He believes all road crashes which occurred since the start of the year could have been prevented, had those who died or drivers responsible for road fatalities, heard the message more often.“I’ve been driving since 1982 and I practise defensive driving. I do a lot of that and I do proper overtaking… but I remember to be responsible on our roads because I remember the message,” Mr. Campbell says.Just like members of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining and the National Road Safety Council, Mr. Campbell believes road fatalities can be brought down significantly if all drivers, riders and other road users obey the nation’s road rules.“If we all follow the rules of the road and adhere to the laws, then I believe we would have much less road crashes and road fatalities, and perhaps no fatalities at all,” he says.Mr. Campbell was awarded IGL Blue’s Top Driver of the Year at the company’s sixth annual Health, Safety and Environment Road Safety Incentive Awards Ceremony on June 13, at the company’s office located on Spanish Town Road, in Kingston.Health, Safety and Environment Manager, IGL Blue Limited, Mr. Dwight Campbell, says Mr. Campbell practises what he preaches regarding road safety, thus the reason the Managers selected him as the top driver from the entire group of drivers.“Devon Campbell was the most rounded driver for 2017, incident free, accident free in terms of unsafe acts, reporting potential incidents, training records were about 100 per cent and his attendance 100 per cent. Based on the number of kilometres driven over the last year, he is the top driver for 2017,” Mr. Campbell tells JIS News.Present at the awards ceremony was Accident Analyst/Statistician in the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Ms. Francine White, who congratulated Mr. Campbell.She tells JIS News she is pleased that the message of road safety is what he (Mr. Devon Campbell) will take with him during his reign as IGL’s Top Truck Driver of the Year.“We all must take responsibility for our actions. We must develop awareness for safety and remain committed to attacking this particular challenge as a nation. It is very important that we play our part in advancing proper use of the nation’s road,” Ms. White says.“We at the Road Safety Unit have been totally disheartened by the level of indiscipline being displayed on our roads, causing various forms of tragedy and trauma. It hurts me every time we lose one of our citizens to a traffic accident that could possibly be avoided,” she adds.Annually, the month of June is observed as Road Safety Awareness Month. This year, the launch took place on June 6, staged by the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association at the Total Red Hills Road Service Station, in St. Andrew.The theme for this year is: ‘Leave sooner, drive slower and live longer’. Activities during the month will focus heavily on the most vulnerable road users, such as children, the elderly, motorcyclists and pedestrians. “I’ve been driving since 1982 and I practise defensive driving. I do a lot of that and I do proper overtaking… but I remember to be responsible on our roads because I remember the message,” Mr. Campbell says. Although this call has been made for years, Mr. Campbell tells JIS News that it is not too much to stress, as with six months into the year, over 160 persons have died because of road crashes. As the nation observes Road Safety Awareness Month, IGL Blue’s ‘Top Gas Truck Driver of the Year’, Mr. Devon Campbell, has a message for all drivers and road users – “drive with care and be responsible on our roads.” Story Highlights
New Delhi: A cloud of doubt has gathered over the upcoming Davis Cup tie between India and Pakistan slated to be held in Islamabad next month as tension has mounted between the two Asian neighbours over the decision to revoke Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. On Monday, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) selection committee had named the squad which will travel to Pakistan for the Group I tie scheduled to be held in Islamabad on September 14-15. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHowever, after the Parliament scrapped Article 35A and Article 370 of the Constitution on Tuesday, Pakistan has decided to downgrade relations with India. AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee on Thursday said that presently, the conditions are not conducive to play in Pakistan and that’s why they will wait for a couple of days and will then request the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to shift the Davis Cup tie from Islamabad to a neutral venue. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We will wait for two days to see how the situation is and will then approach the ITF to if possible, shift the venue to a neutral place so that players can play comfortably. Right now, the situation is not very conducive for the players to go and play in Pakistan,” Chatterjee said. If India don’t play the ties, they will be slapped with a fine like Hong Kong were after they refused to play an away tie in Pakistan. They were not only fined but also relegated to a lower division. An Indian tennis team last went to Pakistan in 1964, with the visitors securing a 4-0 victory. Since the draw was out in February, there was a lot of talk around India going to Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama attack and the strained political ties between the countries.
Brasilia: Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.” “We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro, told the G1 news website. Lorenzoni was referring to a USD 20 million pledge made at the G7 summit in France to fight the rainforest blaze. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site. What does he intend to teach our country?” He continued, referring to the fire in April that devastated the Notre-Dame cathedral. The presidency later confirmed the comments to AFP. Brazilian environment Minister Ricardo Salles had earlier told reporters they had welcomed the G7 funding to fight the fires that have swept across 950,000 hectares (2.3 million acres) and prompted the deployment of the army. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls But after a meeting between Bolsonaro and his ministers, the Brazilian government changed course. “Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron,” Lorenzoni said. Tensions have risen between France and Brazil after Macron tweeted that the fires burning in the Amazon basin amounted to an international crisis and should be discussed as a top priority at the G7 summit. Bolsonaro reacted by blasting Macron for having a “colonialist mentality.”
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Investigators say a Canadian Pacific freight train was parked and began to move on its own before it derailed and killed three crew members on the Alberta-British Columbia boundary.The Transportation Safety Board says the westbound train had been parked on a grade for two hours near Field, B.C., when the westbound train started rolling.Carmichael describes how treacherous this terrain is. From Lake Louise to Golden it is very rough, though CP would be better poised to answer exactly what challenges are present pic.twitter.com/HkLwl6XRz6— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) February 5, 2019The board says the crew had just boarded the train but weren’t yet ready to depart.It says the train gained speed well in excess of the 32 km/h maximum for the tight turns in the mountain pass.READ MORE: Three workers dead in B.C. train derailmentSome 99 cars carrying grain and two locomotives derailed at a curve ahead of a bridge.The derailment claimed the lives of three workers who were living in Calgary: conductor Dylan Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer.James Carmichael with the TSB started the afternoon by offering his condolences to the families of the three men who were killed.The TSB investigation will now focus on why the loss of control took place. Carmichael pointed out that it’s too early to say what contributing factors were present during the crash and they are dealing with the most challenging railway territory in North AmericaEvery other factors, from weather, to maintenance history will be examined before a conclusion can be offered. It is too early to say what the contributing factors are. Carmichael adds this is some of the most challenging railway territory in North America.— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) February 5, 2019 Electronic communications from the crew will be reviewed. Carmichael cannot say if CP was in regular contact with the crew while the train was parked— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) February 5, 2019The union representing the workers, Teamsters Canada, said its focus now is on remembering the victims but is calling for change from the federal government on rail-related crashes.It noted eight people have lost their lives in rail incidents within the past year.WATCH: Three workers dead following CP rail derailment in B.C. WATCH: Field in fear of more derailments With files from The Canadian Press
5 September 2008The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has urged countries to make good on the promises they made this week at a high-level conference in Ghana devoted to making international aid more effective. In 2005, over 100 countries, international organizations and civil society groups came together at the Second High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness to examine how to improve aid delivery and effectiveness. They agreed on the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, which includes 56 partnership commitments to strengthen ownership, harmonization, managing for results, and mutual accountability.The Third High-Level Forum, held this week in Accra, focused on taking stock of progress since the Paris commitments. The meeting concluded yesterday with the adoption of the Accra Agenda for Action which aims to deepen implementation of the Paris Declaration and respond to emerging aid effectiveness issues.“We are happy that the discussions in Accra went beyond aid quality and addressed the development context and the catalytic role of aid,” said Kemal Dervis, UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group, which unites 28 UN entities to deliver more effective support to developing countries.“The Accra Agenda for Action calls for an urgent response: we must follow through on these commitments. We cannot wait,” he added in a statement issued yesterday.Mr. Dervis stressed the need to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the set of anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015 – and “make a difference in the lives of poor people.”The Administrator added that the commitment and urgency with which the promises made in Accra have been made must be carried forward to the high-level event on the MDGs to be convened on 25 September in New York, as well as the Doha Financing for Development Review Conference at the end of November.“These opportunities do not come every day, or indeed every year,” he stated. “This is the year not only of commitments, but of action through better quality aid, more development resources and visible results.”According to a new UN report released yesterday, trade and aid are still major barriers to achieving the MDGs, despite significant progress in debt relief for the poorest States.“Delivering on the Global Partnership for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” – prepared by the MDG Gap Task Force – found that donors will need to boost their development assistance by $18 billion a year between now and 2010 if they are to meet the Goals.
30 September 2010The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Portugal have joined forces to bring laptops to schools in developing countries. The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Portugal have joined forces to bring laptops to schools in developing countries.Under ITU’s “Connect a School, Connect a Community” initiative, Portugal, through its own eSchool International programme, will help provide comprehensive technological solutions for schools in several countries. Twenty nations will take part in the first phase, which will test innovative approaches to using information and communication technology (ICT) in the classroom and measure their impact.One school in each of the 20 participating countries will receive up to 50 new laptops equipped with software and educational content, along with wireless modems and broadband Internet connectivity.“We are on the edge of an exciting new frontier,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré, congratulating Portugal for its leadership and willingness to share its experiences with other countries.“With the help of broadband-supported applications in schools, we now have the chance to bring information and knowledge to children all around the world.”Launched last year, “Connect a School, Connect a Community” aims to facilitate public-private partnerships to connect all schools to broadband Internet services so that schools can also serve as community centres for ICT.
In a ceremony in Tillo, Sudan’s Joint Military Commission (JMC) officially handed over the duties it has been undertaking for the past three years to the UN Mission, in accordance with a comprehensive peace agreement reached in January between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), which ended Africa’s longest civil war. UNMIS will eventually deploy some 10,000 UN Security Council-mandated troops and 700 civilian police to monitor the peace agreement, maintain stability in southern Sudan and ensure the safe return home of millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs). In his speech during the hand-over ceremony, UNMIS Chief Jan Pronk commended the JMC for their professionalism and their outstanding performance. He praised JMC for the full cooperation it extended to the UN mission. Mr. Pronk pledged that UNMIS will do its utmost to live up to the legacy that JMC will be leaving behind and to build on it. “That’s what the people in Nuba Mountains expect and that’s what we promise to deliver” he said.
OSU redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) dives towards the end zone during the first quarter of a game against Western Michigan at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 26. OSU won, 38-12. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State’s defense performed well once again, but redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones got most of the headlines as the Buckeyes’ offense finally began to show signs of life again.OSU racked up 511 yards of total offense and 25 first downs as the Buckeyes steamrolled a tough WMU side that really made the Scarlet and Gray work. Jones improved remarkably from his last outing as he threw for 288 yards on 19 of 33 attempts for two touchdowns and an interception. Ezekiel Elliott added 124 yards and a touchdown on the ground on 16 carries to lead the rushing attack.OSU’s offense, which looked nothing short of horrible last week, made big plays throughout the game.Jones threw two touchdowns of over 35 yards. The first was to redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas and the second was to redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall.Sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel had two plays of 40 yards: a reception in the second quarter and an electrifying rushing touchdown in the second half.Senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington added an interception return for a touchdown as the Buckeye defense scored for the third straight week.WMU’s offense played very well throughout the game, racking up 338 yards of offense and 20 first downs while dominating the time of possession battle. However, it was unable to break down the OSU defense, save some spectacular plays by junior receiver Daniel Braverman, who OSU coach Urban Meyer admitted was the best receiver the Buckeyes have come across in the 2015 campaign so far.Braverman tallied 10 receptions for 123 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown reception, to help lead the WMU offense. Freshman running back Jamauri Bogan added 93 yards on the ground on 23 carries, while junior quarterback Zach Terrell compiled 169 yards and two touchdowns through the air.By the numbers:9 – The number of consecutive games that Elliott has tallied 100 yards or more on the ground.288 – Jones’ career high in passing yards, which he set on Saturday.26 and 13 – WMU is the first common opponent that No. 2 Michigan State and OSU have played. MSU beat the broncos by 13 at home earlier this year, while the Buckeyes won by 26.27 – Although WMU falls to 1-3 on the season, the future is bright for the program. Next year, WMU has the highest-ranked recruiting class outside of the Power 5 conferences at No. 27 (which is higher than teams like Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern). OSU, meanwhile, has the top-ranked recruiting class for next year.100 – The number of weeks all-time that OSU has been ranked No. 1 in AP poll, as the Week Five poll still has the Buckeyes in the top spot. Oklahoma holds the record, at 101 weeks.
DETBOS, OKC+1.4 (Note that all of these gains and losses are for 2014-15 only — they don’t take into account draft picks exchanged or even the future implications of picking up a player and his contract.)As SB Nation’s Paul Flannery noted, this trade deadline didn’t really make much difference despite all the chaos in the final hectic minutes.Sure, the top team, Miami, added about 2.4 wins over the rest of the season, and Phoenix brought up the rear with a loss of more than 3 WAR when the dust settled. The moves may have kept the Heat afloat for the playoffs (especially in light of the subsequent news that Chris Bosh would be lost for the season with blood clots) and signaled the death knell for the Suns’ postseason chances.But the rest of the biggest movers and shakers on deadline day either had already locked up a playoff slot (Washington and Oklahoma City took steps back but are near 100 percent playoff probability by our projections anyway) or didn’t have a prayer no matter what they did (the Celtics, for all their improvements on deadline day, are still staring at a mere 12.1 percent chance of making the playoffs).The exception to this might be the Detroit Pistons. Two weeks ago, the Pistons clung to a meager 9.9 percent probability of making the playoffs, according to our model. Now they have a 47.8 percent chance of making the postseason and have jumped from 21st to 16th in the power rankings — some of that thanks to the 1.4-WAR boost they picked up at the trade deadline with Reggie Jackson (an upgrade made doubly positive by the discarding of sub-replacement level guard D.J. Augustin).Aside from the Pistons, however, it seems as though few of Thursday’s moves will upend the playoff picture in either conference.At any rate, many of the trades yielded positive WAR simply by jettisoning a poor player from the roster. Take, for instance, Sacramento’s trade of Ramon Sessions to Washington. It netted a solid player in return — Andre Miller is expected to generate 0.8 WAR for the Kings over the rest of the season — but removing Sessions was the bigger windfall in terms of 2014-15 WAR. Sessions’ -5.1 predictive RPM combined with an expectation of 17 minutes per game to potentially deliver -1.0 WAR to Sacramento before it traded him away.As for the rankings themselves, the New Orleans Pelicans were the biggest movers since two Mondays ago — and in a very bad way. They lost all-everything forward Anthony Davis to a shoulder sprain that will cost him several weeks of action, which coupled with an ongoing injury to Jrue Holiday — and the addition of RPM disaster Norris Cole — to drop the Pelicans 11 ranking slots. RPM says their depleted roster projects to be the fourth-worst in basketball over the next week.The Dallas Mavericks dropped eight slots in this edition of the rankings. Adding Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t help, but the biggest changes were an injury to Chandler Parsons and the return of statistical enigma Rajon Rondo to their lineup. Rondo’s having a subpar season by the numbers, and short-term RPM gives him a rating near the replacement level. But at least Dallas is still 99.5 percent likely to make the playoffs, according to our simulations.Looking for good news? The Los Angeles Clippers rose six spots in the rankings from two weeks ago. Usually changes to the power ratings are due to player movement, injuries or other reallocations of minutes, but in the case of the Clippers, the improved play of Jamal Crawford has also played a role. Crawford still carries a negative RPM rating, but he’s averaging 22.8 points per game over his last four outings and has been present for some of the Clippers’ best basketball — they’ve averaged a +17.5 scoring margin per game with him on the floor over the past two weeks.Finally, let’s give a hand to the New York Knicks. While they’ve been a fun punchline all season, they’ve been in a dogfight with the Philadelphia 76ers for last place in our rankings all season. But after a season-ending injury to Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have separated themselves from the pack, easily ranking as the least-talented team in the NBA this week. With the likes of RPM ne’er-do-wells Jose Calderon, Jason Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. projected to soak up huge minutes for the rest of the season, Jim Dolan’s team is truly a fitting “Hope Diamond in his loser’s tiara.” DENPHI, POR+0.7 MILPHO+0.0 PHODET, MIA, MIL-3.2 After a week’s hiatus because of the All-Star break, we’re back with FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.There are more than a few trade deadline-related changes to the rankings this week, but before I get to those, a quick explanation of how these numbers work: Teams are ranked according to a projection of their strength over the upcoming week using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on these numbers, see our introductory rankings post.In many ways, ranking the league after a reshuffling of players — like Thursday’s trade deadline — is precisely what power ratings such as these are intended to do. Because they’re based on the underlying talent of the players on each team’s roster, they ought to be able to account for player movement more quickly than ratings that require the new-look teams to play together a bunch of times.So, how much did the deadline really shake up the league? Here’s a look at the statistical effect of deadline trades on each team, in terms of the RPM wins above replacement (WAR) they are projected to gain or lose over the remainder of the 2014-15 schedule: NYKHOU-0.5 MIANOP, PHO+2.4 PORDEN+0.4 NOPMIA, OKC, PHO-0.1 BOSDET+2.1 UTAOKC+0.2 MINBRK-0.2 TEAMTRADED WITHNET WAR PHIDEN, HOU, MIL-0.1 SACWAS+1.8 OKCNOP, UTA-0.7 WASSAC-0.9 BRKMIN+0.4 HOUNYK, PHI+0.3
It’s certainly no secret that tablets — especially Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 — are hot. Consumer interest continues building as new models arrive on retail shelves. Motorola, Asus, and Acer have all had moderate success with their Android tablets and HP’s TouchPad is set to launch on July 1st.Speaking at Open Mobile Summit, analyst Richard Windsor feels that tablet pricing is about to begin a major slide. With Samsung firing up its new display manufacturing facility, and PC vendors (who are used to operating on slim profit margins) arriving on the scene, Windsor says sought-after tablets — including future offerings from Apple — should sell for about $300. It’s probably worth noting that a select few tablets are already available at this price — Viewsonic’s 1Ghz Tegra 2G tablet has even been sale priced as low as $249 on some sites.That’s not the only reason Windsor’s claim certainly doesn’t sound like a revelation. Tablets are, after all, just getting started as a mainstream gadget. When netbooks first started selling, an underpowered 7″ cost around $500 — now you can pick up a dual-core Atom netbook for less than $200. Historically, gadgets have always gotten cheaper as time passes.Does that necessarily mean Apple will need to drop its prices to maintain brisk sales? Definitely not. This is, after all, a company that was rumored to be launching a netbook competitor and then outed the MacBook Air at around $1,000. Apple will continue selling its products at prices consumers are willing to pay in order to be a part of its experience.Read more at Cnet
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A gender imbalance at the highest levels of South Australia’s legal profession will be targeted by new moves to enable more women to become barristers and judges, according to an ABC report.The report says the Courts Administration Authority (CAA) is in the process of creating a position that will make it easier for female lawyers to be admitted to the Bar.There are currently 14 judge’s associate positions in the South Australian Supreme Court. The roles are often sought by law graduates.The new associate role, available exclusively to practising female solicitors, will help women gain the experience needed to be considered for acceptance to the Bar.South Australia’s Chief Justice Chris Kourakis said he hoped a larger pool of female barristers would lead to more women becoming judges in the future.“You really have to tailor individual measures and solutions to the environment that you’re tackling,” Justice Kourakis told 891 ABC Adelaide.“More than 50 per cent of legal practitioners generally are women but only 25 per cent of barristers are women.”Justice Kourakis said it was unacceptable that women continue to be underrepresented in senior ranks within the legal profession.“For several decades now, an equal number of women have graduated from our law schools as men. So we can’t any longer say it’ll just happen with time,” he said.“We have to take special measures.“This is an additional special position for women who’ve been in practice for several years. It will be rotated every year to 18 months.”The CAA has submitted an application to the Equal Opportunities Tribunal seeking permission to only advertise the position to female candidates.“It’s startling that we have to, in effect, acknowledge that we’ve got this problem to request permission for a special measure,” Justice Kourakis said.“The acknowledgement is as important as the position we’re creating.”
Antonio Rudiger is confident his “quality” team-mate Gonzalo Higuain will deliver the goals for Chelsea in today’s Carabao Cup final.The Argentine striker ended a disappointing five-month loan spell at AC Milan in January after managing just six goals in 15 Serie A games in favour of a reunion with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.After initially turning down a move to Stamford Bridge last summer, Higuain chose to go ahead with a loan switch to Chelsea this time around in an effort to rediscover the brilliant form he once displayed under Sarri.Aside from a brace in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on February 2, however, Higuain has since failed to find the net in his last two appearances.But Sarri is expected to start Higuain in today’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley and Rudiger is confident the 31-year-old will bring home the goals with the right service from the Chelsea team.“Everyone knows Gonzalo is a goalscorer,” Rudiger told the club website.“You have to adapt to things but he played in Spain and he played in Italy and he has always mainly played for big clubs and he knows the pressure.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Of course at the moment it is difficult for him because the team has been struggling but still he is for me a quality striker and if he gets the chance and he gets the service, he will be great for us.”The last time Chelsea met City ended in a humiliating 6-0 defeat in the Premier League just two weeks ago.And Rudiger has warned the Blues that a repeat performance is unacceptable given what’s at stake today.“First of all, it is a final, a trophy is on the line,” said the German defender.“In the league, the other week people were not thinking that we would get beaten 6-0, and this is something we need to be careful of because that kills reputations.“In this final, we have to put a different performance than in the last game against City. We have to go with the right approach in this match.”The Carabao Cup final between City and Chelsea will begin at 5:30 PM (CET) at Wembley today.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores his team’s third goal past Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who, they said, robbed a bank in Northwest Miami-Dade, Saturday afternoon.According to the FBI, the subject entered the Bank of America in the area of Northwest 186th Street and 67th Avenue, near Miami Lakes, at around 1:20 p.m.The robber, shown in surveillance stills wearing a white T-shirt over a gray pullover, demanded money from a cashier before escaping on foot with an undisclosed sum of cash.There were customers inside the bank at the time, but no one was hurt.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Regional carrier Air Costa has obtained permission to run flights across the country and it is expected to operate flights to Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Varanasi and Pune from next summer.The airline, promoted by Vijayawada-based construction firm LEPL Group, has received a no-objection certificate (NoC) from the ministry of civil aviation to have a pan-India presence.”Pan-India operations shall commence from the summer schedule 2016,” said Vivek Choudhary, deputy chief executive officer at Air Costa.Currently, the South Indian regional airline runs 32 daily flights linking nine cities such Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Tirupati, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.The carrier will expand its fleet to five aircraft by February 2016 by adding two Embraer E190 (110 seater) aircraft, Choudhary said.Air Costa, which started its operations two years ago, currently holds a market share of 1% in domestic traffic.But Air Costa’s pan-India plans may be difficult to execute as many regional carriers had failed to taste success as they were hit by huge cost and poor demand.Owing to poor bookings, Religare Voyages Ltd, which runs Air Mantra, had shut down its operations just after eight months of running flights, Mint reported. Air Mantra operated daily flights connecting Amritsar and Chandigarh.Similarly, MDLR Airlines Pvt. Ltd stopped its operations in October 2009. The operators such as Star Aviation Pvt. Ltd, ZAV Airways Pvt. Ltd, Jagson Airlines Ltd and King Air Pvt. Ltd, who got approval to run regional flights, staying away from starting operations due to “high jet fuel prices and the economic slowdown of 2008”.However, Air Costa chairman Ramesh Lingamaneni is optimistic about the airline’s growth as he sees “next big growth” coming from tier II and III cities. He said that the carrier is looking to purchase more planes to run flight to these cities.