Green Card Relief

first_imgA new immigration bill co-sponsored by 51 Congressmen would grant green-card holders the same rights as citizens to bring their spouses and children to the U.S.The bill also increases the numerical caps on visas for India, China, Mexico and Philippines. Presently spouses and children of green card holders from these four countries experience delays of five to seven years, because of a backlog.Visa Cut-off dates  VISA Category CHINAINDIA  MEXICO PHILIPPINES ALL OTHERS 1. Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens01/08/0301/08/03 01/01/9109/15/9301/08/03 2A Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents01/15/0501/15/0509/22/0201/15/0501/15/05 2B Unmarried Adult Sons & Daughters of Permanent Residents05/01/0105/01/0105/08/9205/01/98 05/01/01  3 Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens 11/01/00 11/01/00 07/01/9108/08/9111/01/00 4 Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizen12/22/9812/22/9808/01/95  09/08/86 12/22/98        Related Itemslast_img read more

Marinerong Pilipino sails to playoffs, caps comeback by sinking AMA

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. No SEA Games hosting, PSC’s Ramirez insists Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Von Tambeling led the Rhum Masters’ balanced attack with 13 points, while James Martinez added 12 markers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “This is a good win for us going to the playoffs, but I always remind the players that the playoffs is a different animal and it’s a good thing that we have veterans who’ve been there before,” said coach Koy Banal.Mark Isip fired 11 of his 15 points in the second quarter pull-away as Marinerong Pilipino erected a decisive 64-39 halftime lead. The veteran forward also added three rebounds and three assists, all coming in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJulian Sargent dropped 10 of his 20 markers in the third quarter as the Skippers widened the lead to as high as 56, 121-65, late in the game.Tanduay, meanwhile, continued to gain steam and tripped Racal Motors, 81-72, for an 8-2 slate. Mark Isip. PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino completed its dream voyage to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs with an emphatic 125-71 sinking of AMA Online Education Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Not even the torrential rains could derail the Skippers from cruising to their fifth straight win as they ended their maiden eliminations campaign with a 6-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View commentslast_img read more

Bhuvneshwar Kumar backs Sunrisers Hyderabad middle-order to fire in playoffs

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels the flurry of wickets in the middle overs led to his side’s defeat by 22 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Sunday.  (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table)SRH lost three crucial wickets — Yuvraj Singh (19), Deepak Hooda (2) and Kane Williamson (7) — between the 13th and 17th overs which severely dented them. At one stage, they were set to cruise past KKR’s total of 171/6.”We got the start we wanted but in the middle overs we lost two-three quick wickets. We lost it there. Shikhar’s (Dhawan) wicket was important,” Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match media conference.NO ISSUES WITH THE MIDDLE-ORDERAsked if there was a problem with their middle order as they crumbled under pressure, Bhuvneshwar said: “In most matches, the top order has fired. So the middle order has got lesser chances to make runs.”But you see the likes of Yuvraj Singh have chipped in when needed, if they get more time they will make runs.”LOSS OF MOMENTUM The right-arm medium pacer also said they need to prepare well for the play-offs after losing two straight games.”We wanted some momentum going into the playoffs, we did not get it. It should not affect us much as we are through quite convincingly,” he said.ELIMINATOR vs KOLKATASunrisers have now slipped from their top-two spot and will face Kolkata Knight Riders again in the Eliminator at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday. Bhuvneshwar stresses on being focussed even after losing a bit of momentum.advertisement”We need to prepare well as we have lost the last two matches,” he added.ZIMBABWE, WEST INDIES TOUR The 26-year-old is also hopeful of getting into the national squad for the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and the West Indies.”I am hopeful of being selected tomorrow. But I am presently concentrating on play-offs and how to do well in the last few matches. Selection is not in my hands but getting into the team will be great,” he said.LEARNT FROM MUSTAFIZUR Asked what he has picked up from team-mate and Bangladesh speedster Mustafizur Rahman, he said: “You can share a bit, learn a few tricks. But you cannot pick anything from him. His action is very different from others, so he is very effective.”There is also a language problem. He shares little secrets. It has helped me and hopefully in the future it will help the Indian team while playing against Bangladesh.”last_img read more

Playing India at home is one of the toughest challenges, says Kane Williamson

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson and coach Mike Hesson agreed that it will be “bit of scrap” for the batsmen to face Ravichandran Ashwin and other Indian spinners when the Test series gets underway from September 22. They also added that their own spinners need to adapt quickly to Indian conditions and the SG Test ball from the usual Kookaburra ball to have a say in the series.Williamson had no second thoughts in saying that spin will play a major role in the series.”In the previous series, spin played a huge part. At times batting was difficult. No doubt it will be bit of a scrap. We have three very good spinners as well. It will be a challenge. Playing India at home is one of the toughest challenges. As a team we are excited to get involved,” said Williamson. (Also read: Virat Kohli’s ability to dominate in all formats makes him special: Kane Williamson)Coach Hesson also agreed to the fact that it is going to be difficult to replicate the sub-continent’s spin friendly conditions back home in New Zealand “Look we spent a lot of time in Bulawayo. It was a spin dominant series and the wickets were slow and similar pace of what we get in India. Replicating those conditions at home is difficult.”Hesson is hopeful that New Zealand spinners like Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi will be able to adapt to the ‘SG Test’ ball from the ‘Kookaburra’.”Look there have been a number of overseas spinners who done have well in these conditions. Our spin group is young and the challenge is adjusting to a different ball to ‘SG Test’ from ‘Kookaburra’,” said Hesson. (Also read: Adapting quickly to Indian conditions will be key for New Zealand: Ish Sodhi to India Today)advertisement”There are changes in seam angles. Our bowlers are not going to bowl like sub-continental bowlers but we have to create opportunities.”When asked about the roles of fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee, the Kiwi coach said that the surface will play a big factor in deciding their roles. “Certainly there will be element of reverse swing. You need to adapt with tactics and selection. As we get to first Test, we need to see the surface. That will be huge factor.”But Hesson reckoned reverse swing will be a huge factor when one plays in these conditions where ball reverses. (Also read: New Zealand eye reverse swing to escape India’s spin trap)”I think it’s a huge component of playing cricket overseas. In abrasive surfaces where there’s not much seam movement, we need to find another way. We are keen to get reverse in legitimate fashion. We have to work on them in coming days.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

IPL 2017, GL vs KXIP Highlights: How Hashim Amla, KC Cariappa decimated Gujarat

first_imgA clinical finish from Punjab and they have ended their 4-match losingstreak. The hosts got off to a poor start as they lost their prolificrun-scorer McCullum cheaply. Raina came in and along with Finch gave the momentum to the innings. However, the departure of Finch and Raina inquick succession turned the tide in favour of the visitors. (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE)Dinesh Karthik scored a good fifty but he didn’t get good support fromthe other end. The tourists’ bowlers were right on the money and kept on mounting the pressure on the opposition. The middle order lost the plot and crumbled under pressure. KC Cariappa was brilliant and the homeside found it difficult to read him. He ended with figures of 4-024-2and was the standout bowler. Mohit Sharma bowled a miserly spell too and Sandeep and Patel were among the wickets too.Glenn Maxwell: Very good toss to lose. Wicket got a bit slower and our bowlers bowled really well. Got some wickets in the Poweplay and we were clinical. Amla and Marsh are outstanding. Classical batsmen, and for them to get as deep as they did, it allowed the hitters to play their game. Making handy contributions most games, but I would like to make a bit more to make it easier on the lower order. I can’t say enough about Cariappa, he bowled the right lengths, him and Axar Patel did a great holding job and kept the run-rate up for them. We have a great group of guys who are easily motivated. The guys have celebrated Hashim and Manan’s outstanding innings the other day. I’m uncertain of Hashim’s fitness issues, he was pretty sure when I was out there batting with him. Anytime you lose a run of games in a row, you desperately need to turn it around. For us to win this game, after losing the game, on a good wicket, I’m pleased about the character they showed.advertisementSuresh Raina: You can’t chase 190 every time. Bowlers have to do something. We haven’t won any 4 pm games. It’s a learning curve for us. Spinners have to step up. Nathu got cramps, so I had to bowl Smith in the second last over. The bowlers are lacking confidence. They are not executing on match day, they do well in the nets, but not on match day. We thought we could still chase it down, but while we were batting, the wicket got slower and Sandeep and Mohit bowled good slower balls and made it hard for us to hit. At this stage, I can’t say anything. We have to go there. Couple of injury issues, but we have to win more games, we can’t just talk in training. We’ll go to Bangalore, regroup and hopefully we can win.Hashim Amla is the man of the match for his 40-ball 65. HIGHLIGHTS:GUJARAT INNINGS:19.29 IST: All over! Fuller length outside off, Karthik looks to put it away but cannot put bat to ball. That’s it, PUNJAB WIN BY 26 RUNS!19.26 IST: FOUR! Inside edge! Sandeep bowls it full on the stumps, Thampi gets hisbat down in time but only gets an inside edge through fine leg for aboundary. 32 needed in 5 balls.19.25 IST: Sandeep Sharma to bowl the final over of the innings.19.24 IST: Mohit Sharma Slants it outside off on a length, Karthik looks to swipe it away butfails to put bat to ball. What an over, just 5 runs from the over. 36needed in 6 balls. Do Gujarat have a Yuvraj among them?19.19 IST: Natarajan Spears it full and wide outside off, Thampi looks to drive but isbeaten. A top over from Natarajan. Gujarat need 41 more in 12 balls.19.13 IST: FOUR! Well played, Karthik! Fuller outside off, Karthik gets intoposition and reverse sweeps it between short third man and backwardpoint for a boundary. He has played a brilliant knock here. Gujarat need 47 more in 18 balls. 13th IPL fifty for Dinesh Karthik.19.11 IST: OUT! Sandeep Sharma castles Tye for 22. Full and straight works! Sandeep spears in a yorker on middle, Tye plays all over it and is bowled. That is a brilliant ball. End of a handycameo by Tye. Gujarat need 52 more in 20 balls. GL 137/7 in 16.4 overs, chasing 189 vs KXIP 19.10 IST: FOUR! More boundaries! Shorter in length outside off, Tye goes for thepull shot. He gets it off the top edge over the head of the keeper for a boundary.19.08 IST: FOUR! Low full toss on the pads, Dinesh Karthik gets behind it andsweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary. Top start to theover.advertisement19.08 IST: Sandeep Sharma returns for his final spell.19.05 IST: Gujarat Lions are 128/6 in 16 overs, chasing 189 vs Kings XI Punjab. Karthik 43*, Tye 18*. Time out taken!19.00 IST: FOUR! Handy runs! Lands it on middle and leg, Tye looks to sweep butgets it off the gloves to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Gujaratneed 68 more in 30 balls.18.58 IST: SIX! Into the stands! Patel lands it around off and middle, Tye gets under it and swings it over mid-wicket for a 90m maximum.18.55 IST: No hat-trick! Cariappa bowls it outside off, Tye looks to drive but gets beaten all ends up. The keeper collects the ball and appeals long andhard. Nothing from the umpire, rightly so. There was noise but it was of the bat hitting the pad.18.54 IST: OUT! Cariappa removes Nath for a duck. Another one bites the dust! Bowls it full and on middle and leg, Nathlooks to clip it through but is hit on his boot. The players appeal foran lbw and the umpire rules it out. A duck for Akshdeep! Gujarat sinkfurther. GL 102/6 in 13.1 overs, chasing 189 vs KXIP. Andrew Tye comes out to bat. Cariappa is on a hat-trick.18.52 IST: OUT! Axar removes Dwayne Smith for 4. Smith throws it away! Patel bowls it on middle, Smith looks to go bigover long off but completely mistimes it. The ball flies down the throat of long off where Stoinis takes the catch easily. The end is nigh forthe home side? GL 102/5 in 13 overs, chasing 189 vs KXIP. Akshdeep Nath is the next man in.18.48 IST: OUT! Cariappa removes Jadeja for 9. Soft dismissal, top catch KC Cariappa! Bowls it around off, holds up atouch, Jadeja ends up pushing it back down the wicket. The bowler divesto his left and takes it well inches off the ground. That is a bigwicket for the visitors. GL 94/4 in 12 overs, chasing 189 vs KXIP. Dwayne Smith strides out to bat. Gujarat need 94 from 48 balls. Punjab are on top at the moment.18.43 IST: FOUR! Just past the fielder! Shorter outside off, Jadeja makes most ofit and cuts it past the diving point fielder for a boundary. GL 90/3 in 11 overs, chasing 189 18.39 IST: FOUR! Shot! A touch short on middle and leg, Karthik pulls it through backward square leg and the ball races to the fence. GL 82/3 in 10 overs, chasing 18918.36 IST: 50 wickets for Axar Patel in the Indian Premier League.18.35 IST: OUT! Axar Patel removes Raina for 32. Great composure by Maxwell to pull off a superb catch! Short delivery,Raina rocks back and pulls it uppishly towards deep mid-wicket. GlennMaxwell, stationed there stays calm, leaps and judges it to perfectionto pouch it brilliantly. GL 70/3 in 9 overs, chasing 189. Ravindra Jadeja comes out to bat. He has been promoted above Dwayne Smith here.18.32 IST: FOUR! Dispatched with disdain! Short delivery on middle, Karthik rocks back and pulls it over square leg for a boundary.advertisement18.31 IST: Axar Patel comes on for a bowl.18.29 IST: Karthik uses his feet and drives the fullish delivery to long off for asingle and he will retain the strike. A tidy over from Natarajan, only 5 from it. Gujarat need 126 from 72 balls with 8 wickets in hand. Thematch is nicely poised at the moment. Gujarat Lions are 63/2 in 8 overs, chasing 189 vs Kings XI Punjab. Raina 31*, Karthik 13*. Time out signalled.18.24 IST: FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short outside off, spinning away. Karthik cuts it hard through covers for a rocketing boundary. GL 58/2 in 7 overs, chasing 189 vs KXIP18.20 IST: FOUR! Shortish delivery on off, Karthik pulls it through backward square leg and the ball races to the fence. Gets off the mark in style! Fifty up for Gujarat Lions in 6 overs18.18 IST: OUT! Mohit Sharma removes Finch for 13. Terrific take, Stoinis! Finch looks to back away again and Sharma bowlsit full outside off, Finch gives himself room and drives it towardsStoinis at extra cover. He dives to his left and seems to have taken abrilliant catch. Finch feels that Stoinis hasn’t grabbed it cleanly andthe umpires walk across to each other and refer it upstairs. The thirdumpires has a good look at it with a lot of replays. Marcus’s fingersseems to be underneath it as he took it inches above the ground. Feelsthat it is conclusive enough and the soft signal is upheld. GL 46/2 in 5.3 overs, chasing 189 vs KXIP. Dinesh Karthik is the new man in.18.11 IST: FOUR! The boundaries are coming at ease now! Shorter delivery on off,Raina pulls it through mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep puts in adesperate dive but fails to stop it. GL 43/1 in 5 overs, chasing 18918.10 IST: KC Cariapaa to bowl now.18.09 IST: SIX! Bang! On a length outside off, Finch tonks it over wide long off for a maximum. He picked that up with so much ease. GL 36/1 in 4 overs18.04 IST: Thangarasu Natarajan brought on for a bowl.18.03 IST: FOUR! Well played! Low full toss well outside off, Raina reaches out and carves it behind point for a boundary. GL 25/1 in 3 overs, chasing 18918.02 IST: Run out chance missed! Finch gives himself room and punches it towardsStoinis at covers. He dives to his left and is aware of the situation.Raina has taken off and Stoinis aims at the bowler’s end but misses.Raina is a country mile away from the crease. Patel who is backing uphits the bull’s eye as Raina looks to get back in. The umpire refer itupstairs but Raina is safely in.18.00 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! On a length on leg stump, Raina moves inside theline and tickles it in between the keeper and short fine leg fielder for a boundary.17.59 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! On a length on leg stump, Raina moves inside theline and tickles it in between the keeper and short fine leg fielder for a boundary. GL 14/1 in 2 overs, chasing 18917.57 IST: In the air… but safe! Good length delivery outside off, Finch looks to go downtown but mistimes it towards mid off. Shaun Marsh at the edge of the circle leaps to take it but the ball just goes over him. Two runstaken.17.53 IST: OUT! Sandeep Sharma removes McCullum for 6. Sharma strikes! Bowls a low full toss on off, Brendon McCullum looks towhip it through mid-wicket but misses it completely to get rapped on the back pad. Up go the Punjab players in unison and the umpire has nohesitation in ruling it out. GL 6/1 in 1 over, chasing 189. Suresh Raina comes out to bat.17.50 IST: FOUR! McCullum is off the mark in style! Back of a length outside off, he stays back and cuts it behind point for a boundary.17.48 IST: Welcome back for the chase. The two Gujarat openers are Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch. Punjab begin with Sandeep Sharma. A slip in place forhim. Here we go…Punjab Innings:17.36 IST: Axar Patel hit 18 runs off the Dwayne Smith over to ensure his sidecrossed the 180-run mark. It could well be the difference between thetwo sides in the end. Andrew Tye and Ravindra Jadeja were economical and took wickets as well. The rest, as has been the case with the homeside, got a hammering. Gujarat will feel that they have done fairly well on this high-scoring ground to keep Punjab to a score which they mightthink can be chased down. The wicket has held up a touch. The Punjabbowlers coming off a pasting from Mumbai, will hope they do well. Itsets up a fascinating chase. Join us in a while for it.17.34 IST: A good finish for Gujarat despite the big over from Dwayne Smith towards the end. They began well taking the wicket of Manan Vohra early but the pair of Shaun Marsh and Hashim Amla added 70 runs for the secondwicket. The southpaw departed after a start but Amla registered hisfifty. Maxwell and Amla threatened to take the game away but the hostsstruck in time to send both of them back in the hut before they could do a lot of damage.17.30 IST: OUT! Punjab finish on 188/7. Yorker outside off, Saha only manages tojam it down the track. Sharma takes off from the other end and Saharesponds. Basil Thampi collects it on his followthrough, runs back tothe bowler’s end and flicks the bails off calmly. Saha is out of thecrease by a country mile. More importantly, it is a crucial dot ball for the hosts.17.27 IST: SIX! Handy maximum! Searches for the yorker but ends up bowling a lowfull toss outside off. It’s in the slot and Saha clubs it over deepmid-wicket for a biggie.17.23 IST: OUT! Smith removes Axar Patel for 34. Patel departs after a breezy knock! Slower back of a length deliveryaround off, Patel pulls it towards wide long on. Finch has a lot ofground to covers and does so with ease. Takes a brilliantly well-judgedcatch to his left near the ropes. KXIP 174/6 in 18.4 overs 17.21 IST: SIX, FOUR, SIX… Axar Patel taking Smith to the cleaners. KXIP 174/5 in 18.3 overs 17.16 IST: OUT! Tye removes Stoinis for 7. The slower ball has done the trick! Tye rolls his fingers on it onceagain and bowls it outside off, Stoinis looks to go downtown but miscues it towards long off. Brendon McCullum stationed there takes an easycatch. KXIP 157/5 in 17.5 overs. Wriddhiman Saha comes out to bat.17.13 IST: Nine runs came off that over from Thampi. Kings XI 152/4 in 17 overs. Axar 14*, Stoinis 4*17.06 IST: Tye to Axar, FOUR! Hits a boundary straight back past the bowler. Kings XI 143/4 in 16 ovs17.02 IST: Good over from Jadeja, just seven runs came off it along with a wicket. Kings XI 135/4 in 15 ovsJust 7 runs coming off #Jaddu’s last over and a wicket. He finished with 4 overs, 32 runs and 1 wicket. #GameMaariChhe #GLvKXIP- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 23, 201717.00 IST: Jadeja to Maxwell, OUT! Jadeja strikes and he has got the big fish! Both the set batsmen are back in the hut now. Tosses it up around off, comes in with the arm. Maxwell goes for the reverse sweep but fails to connect. Is pinged on the front pad and there is a huge appeal for an LBW to which the umpire obliges. Glenn departs after a fine cameo. Good passage of play for the hosts. Kings XI 132/4 in 14.2 ovs WICKET. #Jaddu comes to the party and gets the wicket of the dangerous #GlennMaxwell #KXIP 132/4. #GameMaariChhe #GLvKXIP- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 23, 201716.55 IST: Agarwal to Amla, OUT! Amla departs after a brilliant knock! Shorter in length on off, Amla backs away and flat-bats it straight towards Agarwal. He is alert and bends to take a sharp catch. That is a massive wicket, Amla was looking ominous. This is also the first Indian T20 League wicket for Shubham Agarwal. The young man is elated! Kings XI 128/3 in 14 overs WICKET. And this is a huge one for the Lions. Shubham Agarwal takes a stunner. Amla departs. #GameMaariChhe #GLvKXIP pic.twitter.com/5tlFqojY6F- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 23, 201716.49 IST: 13 runs came off that over from Thampi. Kings XI 104/2 in 12 overs. Amla 56*, Maxwell 12*16.44 IST: Tye to Amla, FOUR! Well played, Hashim Amla! He makes most of the reprieve. Tye angles it on middle, Amla works it off the toe end of the bat wide of the short fine leg for a boundary. He brings up his fifty and will be eager to make it big again. Scores his third half-century of the season as Kings XI reach 91/2 in 11 ovs .@amlahash following up his 100 with a half century! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #GLvKXIP pic.twitter.com/6nKQB7qhLB- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 23, 2017What a way to bring up your fifty! Flicks the ball down to fine leg for yet another boundary! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #GLvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 23, 201716.38 IST: Tye to Marsh, OUT! The bowling change works, another soft dismissal for Shaun Marsh, he has had plenty of them in his career! Another knuckle ball around off, Marsh is early into his shot. The ball goes off the face of the bat and lobs towards Suresh Raina. He goes to his right a touch and takes it easily. Marsh departs after a start, yet again. Kings XI 81/2 in 9.2 oversThat’s OUT. @aj191 with a beautiful slower delivery foxes Shaun Marsh. Simple catch for #SureshRaina #KXIP 81/2 #GameMaariChhe #GLvKXIP pic.twitter.com/pSLMTdKjmR- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 23, 201716.33 IST: Jadeja to Amla, FOUR! Flatter on the pads, Amla tucks it fine past the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. Jadeja concedes 13 runs off his over. Kings XI 80/1 in 9 ovs 13 runs off the 9th over as the strategic time-out is called. We’re 80/1 with @amlahashon 45 & @shaunmarsh9 on 30! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 23, 201716.33 IST: Jadeja to Amla, SIX! Over covers, goes Amla! Fuller outside off, Amla gets under it and just carves it over extra cover for a maximum. This could be the shot of the match.16.29 IST: Agarwal to Marsh, FOUR! Brings up the fifty-run partnership between Amla (32*) and Marsh (26*). Fires it wide outside off expecting the charge, Marsh though manages to get his bat to it and sends it packing through extra covers for a boundary.16.29 IST: Agarwal to Marsh, SIX! Lovely hit! Floats it around off, Marsh comes down the wicket and launches it over long off for a clean hit. That was well timed.16.28 IST: Jadeja concedes just 3 runs from his first over. Kings XI 53/1 in 7 ovs.16.25 IST: Tye to Amla, SIX! Just over the ropes! Slants it on a length outside off, Amla gets under it and launches it over long on. The elevation does not seem to be enough but it just flies over the fielder at long on as Kings XI reach 50/1 in 6 overs. Amla 31*, Marsh 15* SIX! @amlahash just manages to evade the man at long on for the first maximum of the game. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #GLvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 23, 201716.23 IST: Tye to Amla, FOUR! Up and over! Bowls it outside off, Amla gets under it and thumps it over the head of the bowler for a boundary.16.21 IST: Thampi to Marsh, FOUR! Kings XI 36/1 in 5 ovs 16.16 IST: Kings XI 25/1 in 4 ovs. Amla 15*, Marsh 7* 16.05 IST: Nathu to Vohra, WICKET! Superb catch! Nathu Singh bowls it outside off on a good length, Manan Vohra looks to dab it down to third man but gets an outside edge. Dinesh Karthik dives to his right and catches the ball. Brilliant effort and Nathu Singh has his maiden Indian T20 League wicket. Kings XI 11/1 in 1.2 ovsWicket! @ImMananVohra edges one and Dinesh Kartik makes no mistake. It’s 11/1. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #GLvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 23, 201716.00 IST: Punjab have started the attack with leg-spinner Shubham Agarwal.15.45 IST: For Gujarat – Nathu Singh, Shubham Agarwal, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath come in for Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, James Faulkner and Ishan Kishan.Here’s our Playing XI for today’s match. #GameMaariChhe #GLvKXIP pic.twitter.com/i2zI6i05Od- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 23, 201715.40 IST: Kings XI have made three changes to their side – Starting XI: H Amla, M Vohra, G Maxwell, W Saha, S Marsh, MP Stoinis, A Patel, KC Cariappa, T Natarajan, M Sharma, Sandeep Sharma. #GLvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 23, 20173 changes to the team as @ImMananVohra, KC Cariappa and Natarajan make their way back into the starting XI. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #GLvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 23, 201715.36 IST: BIG BLOW FOR GL! Apart from the four changes that Gujarat have made for this match, Raina also revealed at the toss that Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament. Going to miss this Champion! Unfortunately he has been ruled out this season due to injury! I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/XkKiMN9ojt- Keshav Bansal (@KeshavBansal08) April 23, 201715.30 IST: TOSS! Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina wins the toss and opts to bowl vs Glenn Maxwell’s Kings XI PunjabTOSS: Captain #SureshRaina has won the toss and the Lions will be bowling first. #GameMaariChhe #GLvKIP pic.twitter.com/aiQfEAMhqv- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 23, 2017Brief Preview:Motivated by the morale-boosting four-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their last Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Gujarat Lions will be aiming to keep the momentum going when they face Kings XI Punjab at home on Sunday.EXCLUSIVE: Suresh Raina shows off his singing skillsThe Lions rode on skipper Suresh Raina’s brilliant 46-ball-84 at the Eden Gardens on Friday to their second victory of the season while Kings XI will be eager to end their four-match losing streak at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here.On paper, there is not much to choose between the two teams even though Punjab, despite being on a losing streak, are placed fifth with four points while Gujarat are seventh with the same number of points.For Gujarat, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum with 258 runs and Raina with 243 runs, are among the top five run-getters in the tournament so far.Punjab will take solace from the fact that they scored a near 200 total (198) against the Mumbai Indians with South African Hashim Amla scoring a terrific hundred and skipper Glenn Maxwell also hitting some lusty blows.However, the problem area for both the teams has been bowling which has let them down on most occasions.Both the teams are heavily dependent on the Indian bowlers, who have failed to rise to the occasion when their teams needed them the most.last_img read more

Tyson Gay fails to qualify for World Championships in athletics

first_imgFormer world champion Tyson Gay will not be able to compete at this year’s world athletics championships, after failing to reach the final of either of his preferred sprint events at the US athletics championships.Gay missed the final of the 200 meters on Sunday after finishing in a time of 21.37 seconds in his semi-final. The 34-year-old finished third place in his 100-meter heat on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency.Despite the failure, Gay, who has struggled with form since the shooting death of his teenaged daughter in Kentucky in October, told reporters that he had no intention of ending his career just yet.”I’m going to try to race at least a couple more times, hopefully,” Gay said.”I’m still fit, I’ve just got to put it together.”Gay owned the second-fastest time over 100 metres ever set – behind Usain Bolt’s world record of 9.58 seconds.last_img read more

Florida Backup QB Austin Appleby Calls Hit On Luke Del Rio “Dirty”

first_imgFlorida QB Luke Del Rio throwing a pass just before getting tackled.Backup quarterback Austin Appleby called out North Texas after a “dirty” hit on starting quarterback Luke Del Rio.Luke Del Rio was sidelined with a knee injury he sustained during the Gators game against North Texas on Saturday. Florida’s backup, Austin Appleby, replaced Del Rio for the remainder of the game and completed 2-of-4 passing attempts for 30 yards.Appleby addressed the media after the Gators 32-0 win. He believes that hit on Del Rio was “dirty.””My heart goes out to him. My heart breaks for him. In my mind that hit was dirty.” Appleby on Del Rio pic.twitter.com/SzaQJIKlbJ— Grace Remington CBS4 (@Grace_Remi) September 18, 2016Del Rio took the hit to his lower leg in the third quarter of the Gators’ win on Saturday. Florida head coach Jim McElwain was visibly upset after the hit and was seen charging midfield to have a word with the officials and the North Texas sideline.Appleby is a former starting quarterback for the Purdue Boilermakers. The former transfer threw for 2,777 yards and 19 touchdowns in 16 games during a three-year run with the Boilermakers.The Gators face off against the Tennessee Volunteers in a matchup of ranked 3-0 teams vying for supremacy in the SEC East.last_img read more

Rahmat Shah becomes 1st Afghanistan cricketer to hit Test hundred

first_imgRahmat Shah becomes 1st Afghanistan cricketer to hit Test hundredBangladesh vs Afghanistan, one-off Test: Rahmat Shah scored 102 on Day 1, thereby becoming the first-ever Afghanistan batsman to hit a hundred in the longest format of the game.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChattogramSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 15:28 IST Rahmat Shah became the 1st Afghan player to score a Test century (Twitter: @ICC)HIGHLIGHTSRahmat Shah entered history books after his maiden Test hundred on ThursdayShah hit 10 boundaries and 2 sixes on Day 1 vs Bangladesh in ChattogramShah and Ashgar Afghan steered Afghanistan out of trouble with a 120-run standRahmat Shah created history on Thursday by becoming the 1st-ever Test centurion from Afghanistan. The 26-year-old achieved the feat during Day 1 of the ongoing one-off Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Chattogram.Rahmat Shah got to the landmark right after the Tea break on Day 1 in a stoke-filled innings filled with class. Shah hit 10 boundaries and 2 sixes as he dominated the spin-only Bangladesh bowling attack on Thursday.Rahmat Shah missed out on achieving the record earlier this year as he was dismissed on 98 against Ireland in their Test match in Dehradun. Shah had also fallen 24 short of a hundred in the 2nd innings of the Test which they went on to win by 7 wickets.First Test centurions forCharles BannermanAminul IslamWG GraceLala AmarnathKevin O’BrienStewie DempsterNazar MohammadJimmy SinclairSidath WettimunyClifford RoachDave HoughtonRAHMAT SHAH pic.twitter.com/aeeA9L9M13ICC (@ICC) September 5, 2019Rahmat Shah was batting on 98 in Nayeem Hasan’s over after Lunch and played an expansive late cut to get to the milestone. Captain Rashid Khan and the entire dressing room was up on their feet to laud the special knock from Rahmat Shah.Incidentally, Rahmat Shah was dismissed in the following ball when he tried to drive Nayeem Hasan through the covers. As Shah walked back after scoring 102, Bangladesh players walked up to him and congratulated him.Rahmat Shah also stitched a record 4th-wicket 120 runs with senior batsman Ashgar Afghan as the duo steered Afghanistan out of trouble after they were in a spot of bother at 77 for 3.advertisementNayeem Hasan though brought back Bangladesh into the Test by picking up the wickets of Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi in the same over.Earlier in the day, Rashid Khan today became the youngest ever Test skipper when he showed up for the toss.At 20 years and 350 days old, Rashid beat the previous record held by former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu by a mere 8 days. Taibu was 7 days short of his 21st birthday when he led his side against Sri Lanka in Harare on May 6, 2004.Notably, the ongoing one-off Test in Chattogram is not part of the World Test Championship.Also Read | Rohit Sharma will be itching to grab Test opener role: Sourav Ganguly after KL Rahul’s West Indies failuresAlso Read | Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan beats Tatenda Taibu to become youngest ever Test captainFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Bangladesh vs AfghanistanFollow Rahmat ShahFollow Rashid Khan Nextlast_img read more

Europe’s 4 most wallet-friendly destinations in the wake of Brexit

first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Britain’s vote to abscond from the European Union sparked a stark devaluing of the pound (it’s near 30-year lows!) and even the Euro against the American dollar. Whichever side of the Brexit debate you fall on, this downturn has brought a bevy of dirt-cheap European vacation options to travelers. Here are four destinations where your dollar is already going further:HungaryHungary has long been known as one of Europe’s friendliest, most wallet-friendly countries. It may seem obvious, but your first trip to the country should start in Budapest. The city’s two sides, Buda and Pest, offer a wide array of experiences, from budget restaurants to  indoor/outdoor thermal pools to the beautiful seaside resorts of Lake Balaton. While the country is well-known for goulash (which gets a bit of a bad wrap), the culinary offerings are more extensive than you’ve heard. Don’t miss: the hydrofoil ferry that connects Vienna to downtown Budapest via the Danube River.Related: 4 Amazing Destinations You Need to Visit in 2016CroatiaThree words: Game of Thrones. While the show is all fiction, many of its stunning, storybook backdrops are very real. We’re loath to use the term “can’t-miss”, but Dubrovnik is as must-see as it gets. The stunning medieval city in the country’s far south boasts marble streets, hundred-year-old stone buildings, and a unique, mystical charm all set against the backdrop of the Adriatic Sea. Don’t miss: the UNESCO World Heritage site of Plitvice Lakes National Park — an impossibly beautiful collection of lakes, caves, and waterfalls.Wales, United KingdomOf course, few European destinations have been harder hit by Brexit than the U.K. itself. Wales has fast become a favorite hotspot for adventure travelers seeking an all-in-one destination with a wide variety of outdoor activities. Ziplining, mountain biking, hiking — Wales has it all and then some. Don’t miss: coasteering. This new “sport” explores a destination’s coastline via an extreme combination of cliff-jumping, climbing, and swimming.Czech RepublicWhile Prague is a stunning destination in its own right, there’s more to the Czech Republic than its capital city. Hřensko is a tiny, picturesque village two hours from Prague and serves as the gateway to the country’s spectacular Bohemian Switzerland National Park. This youngest of Czech Republic’s national parks is arguably its most stunning which creates a huge draw for outdoor- and adventure-loving travelers. Don’t miss: Pravčická brána — Europe’s largest sandstone arch that serves as a symbol for the country’s entire national park system. Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider last_img read more

Beginning of End of Print Journalism as The Independent Announces End

By Jonathan WalshRabat – The Independent, one of the most well-known British newspapers, will cease to exist in print format starting in March this year, and will continue only as an online service, the paper’s owner has said.In its prime 25 years ago, around 428,000 copies were being sold per day. Today that figures stands closer to 28,000. What does this mean for print journalism? Is it doomed to a slow, irreversible decline or is this simply a one-off? Can we still write balanced, informed news pieces and gain popularity, or are uninformative ‘shock’ headlines the only means of survival?Some more subdued commentators have claimed that all print media are destined to go the way of The Independent.Speaking on BBC the day before the move was confirmed, Independent co-founder Stepehen Glover claimed this was the beginning of the end for many print news outlets:“The Financial Times and the Guardian could also stop producing print editions within the next few years, and in 10 to 15 years there would not be very many printed newspapers,” he said.Journalism expert Brian Cathcart used his article in the Guardian to back up this view. “No one can say in what order it will happen, but it will happen to the most venerable titles, even to the top-selling Sun and Mail.”From a personal perspective, I believe the change has come around for three key reasons: time, cost and attention span.The Internet age has made the vast majority of people less willing to wait for services when they don’t necessarily need to. Why walk to the local newsstand to buy a newspaper when a potentially more updated version of events is already available online or on your phone?The cost of newspapers is also an avoidable expense. Currently, tabloid paper ‘The Sun’ is the biggest seller in Britain, and costs only 40p. The Independent, on the other hand, costs £1.60.Obviously the Sun can afford this, as the style of journalism they produce is less subtle, and subtlety doesn’t sell. The blatantly inflammatory ‘1 in 5 Muslims’ headline they printed in November of last year, claiming that 20 percent of Muslims sympathize with jihad, is a great example of this. The fear that this was true encouraged sales, as it made people feel unsafe, and they felt they needed to protect themselves. Obviously The Sun had to apologize, as it was revealed the accusation was false, but they knew that even before they published it.More serious news-oriented papers like The Independent cannot print that sort of headline. People would generally have to be interested in the paper before buying it. This makes their job more difficult.For the reasons of time and cost as I stated above, I can’t personally say I buy newspapers other than the occasional purchase of The Independent’s cheaper and more compact sister paper ‘The I’, though even with the same price of 40 pence this doesn’t achieve anywhere near the sales of the Sun. Does this mean that journalism can no longer exist unless it is dumbed down, and informed discussion is dead? Perhaps not.For me, online sources of information such as Twitter, alongside online news, generally popularize the sorts of discussions papers like The Independent encouraged, displaying opinions in new and varied ways.If the death of printed broadsheet journalism is nearly here as so many predict, it is important to see that their function of informing discussion has not become obsolete, but only the format in which they present it. read more

Ban hails work of UNICEF chief after she announces plan to step

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to Ann Veneman, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), after she announced that she will not be seeking a second five-year term in the top post at the UN agency.Mr. Ban learned “with great regret” that Ms. Veneman does not plan to pursue a second term next spring, the Secretary-General said in a statement issued this afternoon at UN Headquarters in New York.Ms. Veneman, a former United States agriculture secretary who has been Executive Director since May 2005, will be leaving a legacy of “an organization that is financially and intellectually strong and well-equipped to meet the challenges children face in the 21st century,” according to the statement.“She has fulfilled her mandate with immense dedication, and I have been impressed by her extraordinary energy and determination to improve children’s health, education and well-being around the world,” Mr. Ban said.“Under her leadership, UNICEF has become a catalyst for global action to help children reach their full potential, promoting collaborations that deliver the best possible results for children based on expert knowledge, sound evidence and data.“She has been a champion of UN coherence and a strong voice for children as well as MDG implementation,” Mr. Ban added, referring to the eight Millennium Development Goals – such as slashing poverty and hunger, improving maternal health and boosting environmental sustainability – which world leaders have agreed to strive to achieve by 2015. 23 December 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to Ann Veneman, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), after she announced that she will not be seeking a second five-year term in the top post at the UN agency. read more

Some 578 million Africans protected by antimalaria nets UN reports

But new commitments for malaria control appear to have levelled off in 2010 at $1.8 billion, still far short of the estimated $6 billion required for the year in the battle against a disease that kills a child in the world every 45 seconds, nearly 90 per cent of them in Africa, the World Malaria Report 2010 says. The survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) notes that indoor residual spraying protected 75 million people, or 10 per cent of the population at risk in 2009, and describes how the drive to provide access to anti-malarial programmes to all those who need them is producing results. “The results set out in this report are the best seen in decades,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said. “After so many years of deterioration and stagnation in the malaria situation, countries and their development partners are now on the offensive. Current strategies work.” But although significant, the recent gains are fragile and must be sustained. “It is critical that the international community ensure sufficient and predictable funding to meet the ambitious targets set for malaria control as part of the drive to reach the health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” WHO said in a news release, referring to the ambitious targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 to slash a host of social ills, including malaria. In Africa, a total of 11 countries showed a greater than 50 per cent reduction in either confirmed malaria cases or malaria admissions and deaths over the past decade, the report shows. A decrease of more than 50 per cent in the number of confirmed cases of malaria was also found in 32 of the 56 malaria-endemic countries outside Africa during the same period, while downward trends of 25 per cent to 50 per cent were seen in eight additional countries. Morocco and Turkmenistan were certified by WHO in 2009 as having eliminated malaria. In 2009, the WHO European Region for the first time reported no cases of Plasmodium falciparum malaria, which has the highest rate of complications and mortality. “The phenomenal expansion in access to malaria control interventions is translating directly into lives saved, as the WHO World Malaria Report 2010 clearly indicates,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers said. “The strategic scale-up that is eroding malaria’s influence is a critical step in the effort to combat poverty-related health threats. By maintaining these essential gains, we can end malaria deaths by 2015.” Inexpensive, quality-assured rapid diagnostic tests are now available that can be used by all health care workers, including at peripheral health facilities and at the community level. Using these tests improves the quality of care for individual patients, cuts down the over-prescribing of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) and guards against the spread of resistance to these medicines. While progress in reducing the burden of malaria has been remarkable, resurgences in cases were observed in parts of at least three African countries, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, and Zambia. The reasons are not known with certainty but illustrate the fragility of malaria control and the need to maintain intervention coverage even if case numbers have been reduced substantially. The report stresses that much work remains to attain international targets for malaria control. Financial disbursements reached their highest ever in 2009 at $1.5 billion, but new commitments for malaria control appear to have levelled off in 2010, at $1.8 billion. In 2010, more African households (42 per cent) owned at least one ITN, and more children under five years of age were using an ITN (35 per cent) compared to previous years. Household ITN ownership reached more than 50 per cent in 19 African countries. The percentage of children using ITNs is still below the World Health Assembly target of 80 per cent partly because up to the end of 2009, ITN ownership remained low in some of the largest African countries. By the end of 2009, 11 African countries were providing sufficient courses of ACTs to cover more than 100 per cent of malaria cases seen in the public sector; a further five African countries delivered sufficient courses to treat 50 to 100 per cent of cases. These figures represent a substantial increase since 2005, when only five countries were providing sufficient ACT to cover more than 50 per cent of patients treated in the public sector. The number of deaths due to malaria is estimated to have decreased from 985,000 in 2000 to 781,000 in 2009. Decreases in malaria deaths have been observed in all WHO regions, with the largest proportional decreases noted in the European region, followed by the Americas. The largest absolute decreases in deaths were observed in Africa. 14 December 2010A massive scale-up in malaria control programmes between 2008 and 2010 has resulted in the provision of enough insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) to protect more than 578 million people at risk in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a United Nations report issued today. read more

More refugees from Central African Republic flee into Chad UN reports

The influx, steadily increasing over the last four days, brings the total number of refugees and returning Chadians around towns and border villages to an estimated 21,000 people. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that plans are underway to set up a camp for the refugees and to transport the returning Chadians home. Following a fresh government offensive against rebels in the northern part of the CAR last week, Elike Segbor, the UNHCR’s Representative for the CAR and Chad, estimates that as many as 1,000 people a day – some of them wounded and many others near exhaustion from walking over 200 kilometres to safety – are streaming across the border into neighbouring Chad. Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency is making arrangements to re-establish a presence in Chad following the closure of its office there more than a year ago. This morning, a staff member attached to the Chadian Government’s National Refugee Committee (NRC) was sent from the capital, Ndjamena, to the southern border areas to continue monitoring the situation and to help with preparations to transport Chadian nationals to their areas of origin, mainly in the Salamat prefecture. UNHCR is also preparing to deploy an emergency team consisting of a site-planner, legal personnel and field staff who are expected to establish a new camp for the Central African refugees. read more

UN food aid agency drops lifesaving supplies for refugees in South Sudan

On Wednesday afternoon, 32 metric tons of wheat was flown to refugee settlements in Maban County in the year-old nation’s Upper Nile State, WFP’s Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, said in a statement. The UN official has been in the country for the past two days. There are some 170,000 Sudanese refugees currently in South Sudan, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with more arriving from Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states every day after fleeing conflict and food shortages. Most of the new arrivals are dehydrated and malnourished. Ms. Cousin, who has been meeting with refugees assisted by the WFP, said that today’s wheat shipment was flown in from Ethiopia and was enough to feed 2,100 people for a month, but the ultimate aim was to build resiliency.“WFP’s goal is not just to meet the immediate needs of those we serve, but to work to ensure that these mothers can, in time, feed their own children,” she said “Building the resilience of the people is foremost in our minds as we work in partnership with the South Sudanese Government.” South Kordofan and Blue Nile, which lie on the border with South Sudan, have been beset by fighting between Sudanese forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) since last year. The SPLM-N was previously part of the rebel movement that fought for the independence of South Sudan. read more

Most intense Ebola transmission in West Africa reported in western Sierra Leone

“Infections in Liberia’s Eastern border region have spiked recently as tight-knit cross-border communities spread the disease across the often porous border,” the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a press release, adding that 49 new Ebola cases had been recorded in the border county of Grand Cape Mount in December, including 12 in the past four days.UNDP Director for Liberia, Kamil Kamaluddeen, was quoted as saying that “the official border crossings from Sierra Leone into Grand Cape Mount are all patrolled, however, there are a number of places where it’s possible to cross without detection.”Motorbikes, tents, communications equipment and personal protective equipment will be also be provided for eight border crossings in remote areas bordering Sierra Leone, which will allow immigration as well as health workers to operate at the border, according to the development agency.The outgoing head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury, has acknowledged the difficulty in getting response workers to some of the remote areas, but noted the importance being present out in the districts. Mr. Banbury’s tour of duty ends on January 3, 2015 and he will be succeeded by Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as the head of UNMEER.WHO, in its latest update issued today, said the number of Ebola cases was fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia, although Liberia reported more cases in the week ending 28 December than in the previous week. WHO also said there are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. “However,” it noted, “the west of the country is still experiencing the most intense transmission of all affected countries.” To date, Ebola has affected more than 20,000 people with over 7,800 deaths, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “Interventions in the three countries continue to progress in line with the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response aim to conduct 100% of burials safely and with dignity, and to isolate and treat 100 per cent of EVD [Ebola Virus Disease] cases by 1 January, 2015,”according to WHO.A total of 678 health-care workers are known to have been infected with Ebola up to the end of 28 December 2014, according to WHO, 382 of whom have died. The total case count includes 2 healthcare workers in Mali, 11 in Nigeria, 1 infected in Spain while treating an Ebola-positive patient, 1 in the United Kingdom who became infected in Sierra Leone, and 3 in the United States including 1 infected in Guinea, and 2 others infected during the care of a patient in Texas.WHO also reported that the so-called Western Area Surge – an operation by the Government of Sierra Leone, WHO and UN partners – is intensifying efforts to curb the disease in the western parts of the country, particularly Freetown and neighbouring areas, to break chains of transmission, identify cases for early isolation and treatment, and conduct safe burials. UNMEER said that in support of the Western Area Surge, USAID airlifted two urgently needed ambulances from Monrovia to Freetown, and the World Food Programme (WFP) has taken a series of measures to strengthen the capacities of its forward logistics bases.The UN Mission also reported that the logistics commission of the National Ebola Response Cell of Guinea has said it needed more than 4,300 thermometers, including the thermo-flash, no-contact variety for medical facilities country-wide, as well as some 5.6 million pairs of surgical gloves for all health facilities. In Guinea, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) handed over 10 ambulances to national authorities for the fight against Ebola, and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) more than $1 million worth of materials, including kits for Ebola survivors and pregnant women, as well as hand washing kits for maternity and youth centres. The donation also included 222 bikes and 36 motorcycles to facilitate contact tracing in affected communities. read more

Overtime goal inches OSU closer to conference title

The Ohio State women’s soccer team seems to have a flair for the dramatic.For the second time in as many home games, the Buckeyes earned a 1-0 win with a goal in either the last minute of regulation or in overtime. The most recent thriller came Sunday when OSU came away with an overtime victory against Purdue. The Boilermakers came into the game with a seven-game winning streak against the Buckeyes, and coach Lori Walker understood the importance of breaking that streak.“Since 2004, Purdue has really manhandled us,” Walker said. “For us to finally steal a win back from Purdue is huge on a day like today.”The first 20 minutes provided several chances for OSU, including two corner kicks. However, Jenny Bradfisch, the Boilermaker goalkeeper, continually turned the Buckeyes away.Neither team could muster up much offensively for the remainder of the half, as the teams entered the locker rooms for halftime in a scoreless tie. The second half brought much of the same. OSU recorded six shots in the half, only one of which was on goal. As Purdue seemed content to sit back and play defense, the Buckeyes again failed to capitalize on a number of chances deep in Purdue’s zone. “It was a little frustrating,” sophomore defender Colleen Brady said. “We just kept our heads up, and we were dominating so we knew [a goal] was coming. We could feel it.”At the end of regulation, the score remained tied 0-0, but Walker said her team wasn’t upset about the missed opportunities.“What we’ve tried to work on this year, and something we’ve struggled with in the past, is we get frustrated when things don’t go our way,” Walker said. “Now we’ve learned to celebrate every opportunity, celebrate little things like earning a corner kick, because that can be the difference in the game.”The game-winning goal came when Brady headed in a corner kick just over a minute into the overtime period. “[Junior Lauren Steuer] took the kick from the left side,” Brady said. “We all lined up, and it just came right to my head. I headed it and watched it roll into the back of the net right past the keeper.”The win moves OSU to 13-2-2 for the season and 6-1-1 in the Big Ten, keeping them at the top of conference standings. With two games to go on the schedule, the Buckeyes are closing in on a conference championship, and Walker said it has everything to do with their effort on the field.“This team is meeting all of its expectations,” Walker said. “I’m just pleased that we are creating those opportunities, and they are making all the difference.” read more

Police officers who delayed attending a 999 call to go to McDonalds

first_imgThe delay in attending was not justified, you should have proceeded to the address straight awayAkbar Khan, Chairman The officers did not attend the call immediately (stock image)Credit:Alamy  Chairman Akbar Khan said: “This matter arises from an incident that took place on the 15 April 2015 when PC Bateman, the driver and PC Stephenson was the operator.”The allegations are admitted by both, they accepted a breach of standard of professional behaviour.”However they state that the behaviour amounted to only misconduct and then gross misconduct.”The late attendance should not be conflated with the sad death of Miss Begum.”Turning therefore to the facts, by accepting the CAD (computer aided dispatch) you indicated that you were en route to Miss Begum’s address.”You were not acting in accordance with the user manual because you were not actually en route.”The delay in attending was not justified, you should have proceeded to the address straight away.” As the panel delivered it’s ruling PC Bateman’s dad, who sat at the back of the room, gave a sigh of relief.The chairman said: “It was accepted that the IPCC concluded that the call should have been graded an ‘I’ grade from the outset, however no weight should be placed on this.”An ‘S’ grade requires a police officer at the scene within 0-60 minutes, but this does not mean you have 60 minutes to get there, this is the maximum you should take.”Both officers accepted poor judgement in decision to have tea on the go instead of going straight to the address and this poor decision making was no more than an honest mistake, the panel accepts these submissions.”On the balance of probabilities that officers have breached the standards as alleged by the appropriate authority.”In all of the circumstances the breach of standards of professional behaviour in relation to police officers amounts to misconduct only and not gross misconduct.”  Police car Two police officers who delayed attending a 999 call about a suicide to get refreshments from McDonald’s are likely to keep their jobs, a disciplinary hearing has ruled. PCs Gavin Bateman and Tony Stephenson, of the Metropolitan Police,  spent half-an-hour drinking tea and filling out paperwork before attending the home of a 22-year-old woman who had sent a suicidal message to a friend. But Fahima Begum was found dead when the officers arrived at her home, almost 40 minutes after a friend had called 999 and asked for an ambulance.  On Monday the disciplinary hearing accepted that the officer’s actions were an “honest mistake” and concluded that they had committed misconduct, but not gross misconduct meaning they will likely stay in the force.  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.last_img read more

Who says Greeks dont work hard

first_imgEvery new year sees a whole lot of statistics and reports on the previous year. The 2017 edition of the OECD Employment Outlook reviews with all the recent labour market trends and short-term prospects in OECD countries has just been released, including the statistical annex on the average annual hours actually worked per person in employment.The report shows significant differences between certain countries. According to the annex, Mexicans are at the top of the list clocking in far longer shifts than any other country per anum hitting a total of 2,246 hours on average. As Forbes reports Mexicans work 467 more hours than the average American every year and for less than a fifth of the pay.South Korea remains in second place with a good 2,113 hour shift per average person every year and not much further stands Greece with its citizens working 2,042 hours a year, the most annual hours compared to any country in Europe. Even though Greece’s financial crisis has many a time been connected to its people’s “laziness” statistics prove otherwise. Meanwhile, it is not only Greeks in Greece that tend to work more; diaspora Greeks also present more hours of work per year than their colleagues.In the U.S. workers do a 1,779 per year; in Canada 1,691 while in France the average amounts to 1,482 hours of work. Germany, however, has its workers clock about 1,371 hours yearly on average; that is 40 per cent less than a Greek citizen. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more