ICC Champions Trophy, Semi-final: England vs Pakistan, Highlights

first_imgPakistan beat England by eight wickets to reach their first-ever ICC Champions Trophy final. Pakistan Innings:21.39 IST: Pakistan dressing room erupts in joy! Coach Mickey Arthur, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed are all pumped up. This shows how much this win means to them. They have knocked out the hosts and boy, they did so in an emphatic manner. After winning the toss and putting England into bat, their bowlers did a fabulous job to restrict them to a low total. The odds were in their favour and a good start was what they needed. Young, Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali started off in electric manner with the former going great guns.???#ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/0FvKivirvm- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017?? The winning moment! #CT17 pic.twitter.com/tGb6j5Nvpf- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017Pakistan beat England by 8 wickets to reach the final of the Champions Trophy! #CT17 pic.twitter.com/ngzkxmJpDs- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201721.38 IST: FOUR! That’s it! Pakistan are through to the finals. Hafeez finishes it off in style, short ball on the stumps, the batsman rocks back and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. Pakistan beat England by eight wickets to reach their first-ever ICC Champions Trophy final. (Azhar 76, Fakhar 57)21.38 IST: FOUR! POOR LENGTH! Short and wide outside off, Hafeez cuts it through for another boundary. 2 required now. Srafraz Ahmed is all smiles at the balcony.21.37 IST: FOUR! Short ball outside off, Hafeez cuts it through cover-point for a boundary. Pakistan are one hit away now.21.35 IST: 36 overs gone. PAK 202/2. Need 10 runs to win.   advertisement21.34 IST: FOUR! CLASSY SHOT! Full outside off, Azam drives it through covers. 200 up for Pakistan they need 12 more now. 21.31 IST: SIX! BANG! Bowls a short ball outside off, Hafeez tennis bats it over mid on for a maximum. A biggie on the free hit.21.27 IST: 35 overs gone. PAK 187/2. Need 25 runs to win.21.23 IST: SIX! TOP SHOT! Rashid gives it a lot of air and bowls it full, Hafeez lofts it over mid off for a maximum. PAK 183/2 from 34 overs. Need 28 runs to win.21.16 IST: Ball to Azhar OUT! Azhar Ali departs after a very good innings. He has turned the match Pakistan’s way. Bowls a very short bouncer on leg stump, Ali comes down the track and goes for the pull but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. It is too late for England. Pakistan need only 39 off 106 balls. PAK 173/2 in 32.2 overs21.04 IST: Plunkett to Azhar FOUR!20.58 IST: Rashid to Babar Azam FOUR! 20.49 IST: Azhar Ali and Babar Azam need 70 runs at the half way stage. PAK 142/1 in 25 oversTwo ODIs, two fifties for Fakhar Zaman!?? WATCH: https://t.co/oLifGcw9NF pic.twitter.com/Xja9EduvU4- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201720.43 IST: Rashid to Babar Azam SIX!20.35 IST: Adil Rashid removes Fakhar Zaman , after scoring 57, Pakistan. Adil serves a lovely googly around middle, Zaman clears his front leg to go big over the leg side but misses as the ball turns the other way. He loses his balance as well and Buttler behind the stumps whips the bails off quickly.WICKET! England finally get a breakthrough, Fakhar Zaman stumped by Buttler off Rashid for 57Pakistan 118/1?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/o4D11QywZg- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201720.28 IST: Azhar Ali reaches 51 from 68 balls PakistanFifty for Azhar Ali!Pakistan 115/0 from 20.1?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/1NzabqllyL- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201720.13 IST: Fakhar Zaman reaches 50 from 49 balls, bringing up 100 for Pakistan?? partnership for Pakistan’s opening duo!#ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/aDktysacjH- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017Back-to-back #CT17 fifties for Fakhar Zaman! #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/iYmh4aEB1x- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201719.54 IST: Stokes to Azhar SIX! Azhar Ali takes 12 runs from a Stokes over and Pakistan are cruising #ENGvPAK78/0 from 13 overs?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/D02AHLarZx- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201719.52 IST: Plunkett to Fakhar FOUR! 19.42 IST: Ball to Fakhar Zaman FOUR! 19.31 IST: Pakistan need 177 runs in 42.0 oversFakhar Zaman does not mess about! ???#ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/VWCfyCPCfO- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017When they bowled Pak did not concede a six in 50 overs When they batted Pak have got a six in the first over of the innings!#ENGvPAK #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 14, 201719.07 IST: M. Wood to F. Zaman Six! Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali will open the batting for Pakistan. Mark Wood will bowl with the first new ball. He has two slips in place.England Innings:Brilliant performance from Pakistan with the ball…can they chase these down now?- Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) June 14, 2017What an effort with the ball by Pakistan! ????advertisementTheir fans certainly appreciated it! ???#ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/XHINVXT0sn- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017Last time England did not have a single six in an ODI innings that went in to the 50th over was 4 years ago- v NZ at Lord’s.#ENGvPAK #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 14, 2017What a bowling display from Pakistan!Only three boundaries conceded in last 20 overs, no six at all!#ENGvPAK #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 14, 201718.37 IST: Junaid to M Wood OUT! England have been bowled out for 212! Short ball on middle, Jake Ball misses his attempted pull shot and blindly tries to steal a bye. Sarfraz collects the ball and has an underarm shy at the striker’s end. He hits and Mark Wood was nowhere in the frame.18.30 IST: R Raees to Plunkett OUT! Liam Plunkett looks to pull but doesn’t get enough behind the shot. The ball travels towards deep square leg where Azhar Ali takes a fine catch.18.25 IST: Hasan Ali to Stokes OUT! Ben Stokes’ struggling knock comes to an end! Hasan Ali once again changes the pace, hurls a length ball on leg, Ben Stokes once again gets trapped as he looks to go across the line. The ball lobs off the leading edge towards covers and Mohammad Hafeez settles safely under it. Exceptional from Ali as he now becomes the leading wicket-taker this year.18.22 IST: England reach 200 in the 48th over. 18.04 IST: Rashid Run Out!  Rashid misses the ball from Hasan Ali and is hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards covers but Hasan is busy appealing for an LBW. The umpire shakes his head and the batsmen look for a leg bye. In the meanwhile, Ahmed Shehzad (sub) charges towards the ball and has a shy at the bowler’s end and he hits. They take it upstairs and replays find the English leggie short. ENG 181/6 in 43.2 overs17.42 IST: Junaid to M. Ali OUT! Junaid digs in a short one on middle, Ali goes for a pull but gets a top edge down to deep backward square leg. Where Zaman makes great ground to his left, keeps his eye on the ball, stretches his hand out and takes an absolute blinder. Junaid Khan celebrates it in unique way. England have lost their 6th wiht only 162 on the board. ENG 162/6 in 38.3 overs 17.39 IST: Hafeez to M. Ali  FOUR! 17.24 IST: Junaid  to Buttler OUT! Junaid khan bowls a lovely length ball on middle which moves away off the deck. Buttler tries to run it down to third man but gets a faint outside edge to his opposite number. England are in trouble here. They have half the side back in the hut. Pakistan are all pumped and the crowd is going ecstatic. ENG 148/5 in 34.1 overs17.10 IST:  Hasan Ali to Morgan OUT! A tad fuller outside off, Morgan comes down the track and slashes at the ball. Gets an outside edge to the Sarfraz. They all go up and the umpire gives it. What a bowling change by the captain Sarfraz. The in-form Morgan has to depart. He is now the join highest wicket taker in the tournament. ENG 141/4 in 31.3 oversadvertisement16.59 IST: Shadab to Morgan, FOUR!16.52 IST: Shadab to Root, OUT! c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan. England have lost their third wicket. Extra bounce does Root in! Shadab Khan has gotten a big fish here! Bowls a loopy leg break outside off and it turns away with a bit of extra bounce. Root looks to cut it through the line but gets a feather to it. Sarfraz behind the stumps gobbles a sharp catch and goes up almost instantly. They appeal and this time umpire Rod Tucker raises his finger. Root stays rotted inside the crease as he misses out on his half century. A vital 48-run stand comes to an end. ENG 128/3 in 27.3 oversWICKET! Shadab Khan with the breakthrough as Joe Root edges behind for 46England 128/3?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/Z4AGhi5gDD- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201716.46 IST: Shadab to Morgan, FOUR! That’s drilled! Morgan spoils the over for the leggie. A googly but it’s a bit overpitched, Morgan makes room and drills it through extra cover to end the over with a boundary. ENG 123/2 in 26 oversAn elite club!@Eoin16 passes 5,000 ODI runs for @englandcricket – only the 3rd batsman to do so! ???#ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/5kgjUiFjqz- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201716.37 IST: Hassan and Shadab have have slipped in a few quiet overs after the fall of Bairstow’s wicket. ENG 111/2 in 24 overs Love watching the Pakistan seamers bowl … Very unpredictable … Reverse swing will be arriving soon as well … !! #CT17 #ENGvPAK- Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 14, 201716.23 IST: England 93/2 in 20 overs. Run rate – 4.65. Root 31*, Morgan 5*16.06 IST: Hassan to Bairstow, OUT! c Mohammad Hafeez b Hasan Ali for 43 (57 balls). In the air… gone! Hasan Ali strikes in his very first over. And then the celebration – both the arms aloft and then punches downwards. A short ball, angling in, Bairstow looks to pull but doesn’t get enough meat behind the shot. It goes straight to Hafeez at deep square leg who makes no mistake. ENG 80/2 in 16.3 overs WICKET! Jonny Bairstow picks out Hafeez in the deep off HasanEngland 80/2?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/RCYXlfWzPZ- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201716.03 IST: Shadab to Bairstow, DROPPED! There was a slip place for that and Babar Azam has spilled one. Nicely tossed up around off, Bairstow looks to drive without any foot movement and gets an outside edge. Azam at first slip fails to hold on to that one and Hasan Ali from short third man comes running in to take it but the ball falls short of him. Sarfraz can’t believe it. But give it up to his captaincy. Bairstow gets another reprieve. ENG 80/1 in 16 overs15.59 IST: Bairtsow and Root have already added 40 runs off 50 balls for the second wicket.What do you think so far?We are 65-1 after the first 12 oversFollow ?? https://t.co/MtcKzN5loP pic.twitter.com/0Olo9naua3- England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 14, 201715.51 IST: Shadab to Root, FOUR! POOR LENGTH! Drags it short on the stumps, Root has ample of time and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.15.46 IST: End of the first powerplay, England 52/1 in 10 overs. Bairstow 29*, Root 10*15.38 IST: Raees to Root, FOUR! POOR LINE! Bowls it on the pads, Root flicks it past square leg for a boundary. ENG 44/1 in 8 overs15.35 IST: Imad Wasim’s first over goes for just three runs. ENG 37/1 in 7 overs15.32 IST: Successful over from Raees, a wicket and 5 runs came off it. ENG 34/1 in 6 oversMust go for an all-out attack and banish fear of losing https://t.co/AoNRDCFJfd- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 14, 201715.29 IST: Raees to Hales, OUT! c Babar Azam b Rumman Raees. The debutant strikes. That would settle his nerves. He nearly got him in the previous over but the review saved him, but there is doubt this time. Bowls it on a length on off, Hales comes down the track and tries to go inside out. Does not get the elevation he wanted and hits it straight to covers. Where Babar Azam takes a simple catch. Hales has to depart. Pakistan get their first Rumman has a big smile on his face.WICKET! Alex Hales spoons a catch to cover and Raees has his maiden ODI wicket #ENGvPAKEngland 34/1?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/zBaT3aYqCi- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201715.27 IST: Raees to Bairstwo, FOUR! LOVELY TIMING! Lands it on a length on off, Bairstow pushes it straight back past the bowler for a boundary. The fielder at mid off does try to dive and stop it but fails to do so.15.25 IST: Junaid to Hales, FOUR! That is a throwdown. Slower ball very full. Hales just hits it through covers for a boundary.This is the BIG GAME! We can’t afford to make any mistakes today. A game as big as the final. Go Green ???? #HopeNotOut- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 14, 201715.21 IST: NOT OUT! It is all going Englands way. Rumman Raees bowls it full it shapes in a little. Hales goes for the flick but misses and is struck on the pads. Pakistani players go up and the umpire gives it this time. Hales and Bairstow have a long chat in the middle and Hales finnaly decides to review it. There is no insde edge on it. But the ball is pitching outside leg. OH MY! That is the only thing which could save him. A successful review for England. Mickey Aurther the Pakistan coach cannot believe it. ENG 24/0 in 4 oversEngland survive two close LBW shouts to reach 29/0 from 5 overs #ENGvPAKFollow live ?? https://t.co/acLuLL3IBn pic.twitter.com/Hg3Qbuw7k7- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201715.21 IST: Raees to Hales, Alex Hales has been given out LBW. He goes for a review. Looks out to the naked eye. Only pitching can be a concern.15.14: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries. length ball on middle, Bairstow pulls it over the square leg fielder for a boundary. After a nervy start he is underway now.15.14: FOUR! Bowls it on the pads, Bairstow clips it through square leg for a boundary. That should get him going.15.05 IST: FOUR! Full ball on off, Hales leans into the drive and drives it past mid off for a boundary. Hales hits the first boundary of the day. What an eventful over.15.03 IST: NOT OUT! Drama straightaway. Pakistan have taken a review for LBW against Jonny Bairstow. Has it pitched outside leg? TV umpire is asked for some assistance. Bairstow survives. That was so close. Junaid bowls it on a length, Bairstow goes for the flick but misses it and is struck on the pads, Paksitan players go up for an appeal and the umpire gives it not out. The bowler wanted to review it and Sarfraz Ahmed does take the review. There was no bat involved. It pitched in line, struck him in line but just clipping the top of off. So the on field call remains.Pre-match Updates:14.35 IST: Here is England’s Playing XI for today – Our team for today – come on boys! #EngvPak #CT17Follow: https://t.co/MtcKzN5loP pic.twitter.com/GMPVfv75dp- England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 14, 201714.33 IST: TOSS! Sarfaraz Ahmed wins the toss, Pakistan opt to bowl first vs England. Mohammad Amir ruled out with back spasm, while England have replaced Jason Roy with Jonny Bairstow.Pakistan has won the toss and elected to bowl v England! #ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/6niSPEarEx- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201714.28 IST: This is what the pitch looks like for today’s game.Used pitch. What would you do if we win the toss? #ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/FDpczTjMwQ- England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 14, 201714.23 IST: Latest pictures from Sophia Gardens, courtesy ICC.?? Warming up in #Cardiff! #ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/uEtyBnOobN- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 201714.20 IST: The players have arrived at the ground and are all set for the big game.Pakistan ???? arriving for today’s Semi Final! #ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/0INXCwioai- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017England arriving at the ground today for a big Semi Final match v Pakistan! #ENGvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/n4scyHvF4p- ICC (@ICC) June 14, 2017Brief Preview:Having swept aside all opposition in the group stage, hosts England are expected to face a strong pace attack when they take on Pakistan in the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament here on Wednesday.Pakistan managed to bundle out a formidable Sri Lankan batting line-up for 236 runs in their last Group B match after deciding to bowl first at the Cardiff Wales Stadium here on Monday.The Pakistan bowling attack comprising pacers Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali and their lone spinner Imad Wasim will look to test the strong England batting line-up as well.Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir were in excellent form in the previous match against Sri Lanka and will aim to recreate some of that magic against the hosts.Some of the deliveries by the duo against Sri Lanka were almost unplayable and a similar performance at the same venue on Wednesday could prove to be ominious for England.If Pakistan do manage to upstage the hosts, it will be their first appearance in the final of a 50-over International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament since losing to Australia in the title clash of the 1999 World Cup.The last time they qualified for a 50-over ICC tournament was at the 2011 World Cup when they lost a thriller to arch-rivals India in Mohali.However, Pakistan’s power-packed line-up of fast bowlers is offset to some extent by the lack of too much firepower in their batting.Most of the Pakistan batsmen have struggled during the group matches. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and opener Fakhar Zaman are the only Pakistan batsmen who have shown some kind of form in this tournament.Sarfaraz struck an unbeaten 61 runs in the must-win last group game against Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won by three wickets to qualify for the last-four stage.England, on the other hand, were the dominant team in Group A. They dominated teams like Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand in home conditions for an all-win record in the group stage and will look to maintain their winning streak.England’s batting line-up, boasting the likes of Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morga, Ben Stokes and Jos Butler, has looked to be in an impressive form but is expected to face a stern test against the Pakistan bowling attack.The bowling department for England has also looked good, trying to provide an equal balance to the side under the likes of pacers Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Ben Stokes and their spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali who have consistently delivered for their side.last_img read more

Steve Smith eager to improve body language ahead of Ashes series

first_imgAustralia cricket captain Steve Smith believes he must improve his body language on the field as he gears up for one of the biggest challenges of his captaincy in the five-Test Ashes series against England.Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh said recently that, with television cameras fixed on him, the 28-year-old had to keep his emotions in check.”It’s something that I’ve been working on for a while,” Smith told a news conference on Friday. “I probably don’t do myself any favours with my hand gestures … I’ve tried a few different techniques.”The hosts won the series 5-0 the last time England visited Australia four years ago, but lost 3-2 in England in 2015, when Smith was vice-captain to Michael Clarke.”Ashes series are always big,” Smith said. “This is my first Ashes series as captain and it’s going to be a good challenge.”Smith has not scored a century since Australia’s tour of India wrapped up in March, but, on the eve of New South Wales’s Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia, said he felt close to improving his form.”I haven’t felt great for a little while now … haven’t felt quite right the last couple of weeks,” Smith said.”I’ve made some progress the last couple of days. It’ll be good to spend some time in the middle to just reaffirm that. Had a good hit today, felt like I figured things out at the end.”last_img read more

US Teen Wins World High Jump

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — Teenager Vashti Cunningham’s upcoming to-do list includes prom, a trip to Disneyland and graduation.Turning pro and making the American team in the high jump for the Rio Olympics rank pretty high up there, too.The daughter of longtime NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham may even be one of the favorites this summer, especially after winning gold at the world indoor track and field championships on March 20.“I’m excited on the inside and keeping it calm on the outside,” said Cunningham, who cleared 6 feet, 5 inches to become the youngest female ever to capture a title at world indoors. “It means a lot to be the world champion this young. I did not think that I would not be here right now at 18 years old.”This is the latest honor in the rapid rise of Cunningham, who set the American high school record in the event at the U.S. indoor championship last weekend.Randall Cunningham, who is also his daughter’s coach, leapt to his feet when she was pronounced the winner — along with the rest of the crowd at the Portland Convention Center.“The people have been so supportive of her,” Randall Cunningham said in a phone interview afterward. “Vashti has never had people clap when she’s about to jump. And they know exactly when to clap. They’re like the Seattle Seahawks — the 12th man.”The United States finished the event with a record 23 medals, including 13 golds, in a championship that didn’t include Russia, which was absent because of pending doping charges. Other American gold medalists on the final day of the championship included Matthew Centrowitz in the 1,500 meters and Marquis Dendy in the long jump.The U.S. also won both the men’s and women’s 4×400 relay.Just like the week before at nationals, Cunningham stole the show. Ruth Beitia of Spain, who is 18 years older than Cunningham, claimed the silver and Kamila Licwinko of Poland finished third.Afterward, Cunningham announced she is strongly leaning toward going pro instead of college. She’ll now try to make the U.S. team for the Olympics this summer in Brazil.But first she has to graduate from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas — and no, her new title doesn’t get her excused from class. “She has to go back to school tomorrow,” her father said.Centrowitz celebrated his victory by pointing to the USA emblazoned across his jersey. He became the first American man to win the 1,500 with a final-lap surge that pulled him in front of silver medalist Jakup Holusa of the Czech Republic. New Zealand’s Nicholas Willis poured it on down the stretch to finish with the bronze.“Now it’s time to go get an Olympic medal,” Centrowitz said.Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia, who holds the indoor world record in the 3,000 meters, fell to the back of a conservative pack at the start of the final, but pulled out in front about halfway through and defended her title easily in 8:47.43. Fellow Ethiopian Meseret Defar, coming off an extended break for the birth of her daughter, was second, and American Shannon Rowbury was third.Rowbury, an Olympian who trains in Portland, won the U.S. indoor championship last week, moving up from her usual 1,500.“The end of the race was tough, but the crowd carried me through to the finish,” Rowbury said.On the men’s side, Ethiopian teenager Yomif Kejelcha won the gold in 7:57.21, but American Ryan Hill had a thrilling surge to move up from fifth on the final lap to finish with the silver. Kenya’s Augustine Kiprono Choge took the bronze.Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi held off American Ajee Wilson to finish the women’s 800 meters in 2:00.01 for her nation’s first gold and the world’s best time in the event this year. Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera Wambui finished third.Dendy, who also won last week at nationals, topped silver medalist Fabrice Lapierre of Australia and bronze winner Changzhou Huang of China with a leap of 27 feet, 1 1/4 inches.Jamaica’s Omar McLeod topped the podium in the 60-meter hurdles in a world-leading 7.41 seconds, followed by France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Dimitri Bascou.The event in a cavernous hall at the Oregon Convention Center was well attended, selling out Saturday night’s session and Sunday with more than 7,000 fans. But track has traditionally done well in Oregon, the home of the late track legend Steve Prefontaine and the birthplace of Nike.The U.S. indoor championship in Portland last weekend before the worlds kicked off a busy year for the sport in Oregon. Eugene’s Hayward Field will host the U.S. Olympic Trials this summer, which will determine the Americans who make the team for the Rio Games. This year’s NCAA championships will also take place at Hayward.But the timing — at least for an American audience — wasn’t the greatest for the international championship, bumped up against the NCAA basketball tournament.Vin Lananna, President of meet organizer TrackTownUSA, acknowledged there’s no getting around the fact that the world championships are held in March.“I think we would have liked the emphasis to be just on this,” he said. “(But) I think in the United States March madness is a big deal. I think we have the opportunity to do both.”___By Anne M. Peterson. AP Sports Writer Pat Graham contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

“Easy” for Olympiacos, PAOK Meets Ajax Again

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Olympicos received a rather “easy” draw for the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round (Champions Route) and will play the winner between Sheriff Tiraspol and Hapoel Beer Sheva. PAOK will meet Ajax once again in the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round (League Route). The first legs will take place July 26/27 and the return legs will be held one week later.Olympiacos was seeded in today’s draw for the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round (Champions Route). They were paired with the winner of the match between Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova) and Hapoel Beer Sheva (Israel), who are currently playing in the 2nd Qualifying Round. Hapoel Beer-Sheva won the first leg 3-2 in Israel. It is a good draw on paper, with Olympiacos avoiding teams like Rosenborg and Crvena Zvezda. The first leg will be in Greece on July 26/27 and the return leg will be played away on Aug 2/3. In 2010, Olympiacos was paired with Sheriff Tiraspol in Champions League Qualifying where the Greeks won 0-2 away and 1-0 in Greece to advance to the Group Stage.PAOK was unseeded in today’s draw for the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round (League Route). They were paired with Ajax, who finished 2nd in last year’s Dutch Eredivisie. It is a tough draw on paper as a more favorable opponent would have been Anderlecht or Sparta Praha. Since the League Route consists of non-domestic league champions (the higher domestic league champions qualify automatically for the Group Stage), the opponents are much more difficult that the Champions Route. The first leg will be in Holland on July 26/27 and the return leg will be played in Greece on Aug 2/3. In 2011, PAOK was paired with Ajax in the Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round with both games ending in a draw (1-1, 3-3). However, Ajax advanced on away goals after drawing PAOK 3-3 in Thessaloniki. Current PAOK coach, Vladan Ivic, scored PAOK’s only goal in Holland during the first leg’s 1-1 draw. Source: AGONAsport.com! (Facebook – Instagram)last_img read more

Messi misses penalty as Iceland hold Argentina

first_imgArgentina 1 Iceland 1: Finnbogason makes history as Messi fluffs his big chance Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 22:54 6/16/18 Messi_miss_cropped Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland in an eventful Group D opener. Hannes Thor Halldorsson was the hero for Iceland as the goalkeeper’s penalty save from Lionel Messi secured his side a sensational 1-1 draw against Argentina.With Diego Maradona watching on from the stands, Messi failed to convert from the spot in the second half of an eventful Group D opener at the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow.Sergio Aguero had fired the beaten finalists from four years ago ahead in the 19th minute, finally breaking his World Cup duck at the ninth attempt with a rising left-footed drive. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Yet debutants Iceland refused to melt on the main stage, Alfred Finnbogason capitalising on Willy Caballero’s weak punch to score his country’s maiden goal in the history of the tournament just four minutes later.Iceland were indebted to Halldorsson for picking up a point, though, as he kept out Messi’s spot-kick shortly after the hour mark.Argentina will hope to inject some impetus into their campaign when they face Croatia in Nizhny on Thursday, while Iceland go up against Nigeria in Volgograd the following day.1 – Alfred Finnbogason has scored Iceland’s first goal in a World Cup finals tournament, just four minutes & 15 seconds after Argentina opened the scoring. Thunderclap.#ARGISL #ISL #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/gXbYZ8FPWT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 16, 2018After Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning display for Portugal against Spain in Sochi less than 24 hours earlier, all eyes were on rival Messi in the Russian capital.The Argentina captain was twice denied by Halldorsson from distance in the first half, but Aguero did find a way to beat the Iceland keeper.The Manchester City forward seized on team-mate Marcos Rojo’s wayward shot, controlling the off-target effort inside the penalty area before sending a fierce shot into the net.Argentina’s opener arrived after a glaring miss at the other end, the late-arriving Birkir Bjarnason carelessly pushing a side-footed effort wide of the target when the ball had broken kindly into his path.However, undeterred by the setback of conceding first,Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side hit back. Finnbogason was on hand to score his country’s maiden World Cup, knocking home a rebound after Caballero had parried a low cross straight to the Augsburg forward.With their lead disappearing in a hurry, Argentina set about trying to find a second goal against determined opponents happy to sit back and defend.11 – Lionel Messi had 11 shots v Iceland, the highest tally without scoring in a World cup match for an Argentinian player since Opta keep full World Cup data (1966). Frozen. pic.twitter.com/m31bYFvQzt— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 16, 2018They were gifted the chance to go ahead again when Hordur Magnusson’s clumsy push on Maximiliano Meza was spotted by referee Szymon Marciniak without the aid of technology.Yet Halldorsson guessed correctly, diving to his right to frustrate Messi, meaning the Barcelona star has now missed four of his last seven attempts from the spot for club and country.The keeper also produced a late save to keep out an attempt from substitute Cristian Pavon as Iceland – who also drew 1-1 with eventual winners Portugal in their Euro 2016 opener – held on to clinch another famous result in their footballing history. Key Opta stats: – Argentina failed to win their opening match at a World Cup tournament for the first time since losing to Cameroon in 1990. They eventually reached the final of that edition, losing out to Germany.- This was Iceland’s first World Cup game – Senegal were the last side to win on their debut in the competition (vs France in 2002), while Croatia were the last European side to do so (vs Jamaica in 1998).- Javier Mascherano made his 144th appearance for Argentina in this match, overtaking Javier Zanetti as their most capped player.- Alfred Finnbogason’s goal was Iceland’s first shot on target in the competition.   read morelast_img read more

Former Michigan Football Star Reportedly Landing Head Coaching Job

first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Former Michigan star and Wolverine assistant coach Tyrone Wheatley is reportedly set to take over his own program. Wheatley has landed a head coaching job, according Football Scoop.Football Scoop’s Zach Burnett reports that Wheatley is expected to be named the new coach at Morgan State. The Bears played the 2018 season under interim head coach Ernest Jones, going 4-7.Wheatley spent the last two seasons as the running backs coach of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the running backs coach at his alma mater under Jim Harbaugh in 2015-16.Wheatley also has stints with the Buffalo Bills (2013-14) and Syracuse (2010-12) on his resume. His only previous head coaching experience was at his former high school, Dearborn Heights (Mich.) Robichaud in 2007.Tyrone Wheatley is expected to be the next head coach at Morgan State, sources told @FootballScoop https://t.co/ThiJIYjLCq— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) February 5, 2019Wheatley was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 1992 and a three-time All-Big Ten first team selection from 1992-94. He was then selected in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.Wheatley played 10 years in the NFL, four with the Giants and six with the Oakland Raiders, retiring after the 2004 campaign.Additionally, Wheatley has had a pair of sons play college football. Tyrone Jr. played for Michigan before transferring to Stony Brook, where he appeared in 11 games in 2018. Terius Wheatley played in 10 games this season at Virginia Tech.last_img read more

Hi-Fi Corner: Astell&Kern’s new AK Jr portable makes hi-res affordable(ish)

first_img Editors’ Recommendations World Beard Champion Madison Rowley is Cutting His Beard to Fight Addiction 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Astell&Kern makes some of the most gorgeous pieces of high resolution portable gear  — inside and out — that you’ll find on the market. But for many listeners, even the company’s entry level units have approached the point of being cost prohibitive. Not anymore. AK today introduced the newest member of its high-resolution brood, the AK Jr, priced at $499.If $500 seems like a pretty penny for a portable player, it’s actually extremely competitive in the world of high resolution audio on the go. The Jr matches well with Neil Young’s $400 Pono Player (if you can find one) and it’s practically a steal in comparison to the company’s flagship AK240, which comes in at around $2,500. And although you won’t find the AK240’s sprawling feature set, or glistening internal components like a double shot of Cirrus Logic 4398 DACs, the new upstart is no slouch.Related: Trade out your clunky gear for this silver sonic jack of all tradesWhile the name might not inspire loads of confidence outside of Indiana Jones fans (Junior!), the AK Jr boasts the same Wolfson WM8740 DAC as the original AK100 offered, which is also a preferred chip for top quality digital audio conversion throughout the hi-fi world. The device also offers 64GB of native storage, as well as a microSD slot for up to 64GB of add-on storage to accommodate your high-resolution files. As you’d expect, the resolution tops out at 24bit/192kHz, and the player can handle most common file formats like WAV, FLAC, and Apple’s ALAC, as well as single-rate DSD files.There’s no balanced output like you’ll find with the AK240, so the AK Jr won’t be as ideal as the hub of your home’s hi-fi system, but the player does include unbalanced 3.5mm output with an impedance of 2 0hms, which should be enough to push most high end headphones. And like the rest of AK’s line, the player can also double as a USB DAC for your PC to bypass your internal sound card.While no word has been given yet for the AK Jr’s release date, the device will be on display at High End Munich from May 14-17, and at the T.H.E. Show Newport from May 29-31.This post first appeared on our brother site, Digital Trends.Image by Alex An The Best Flip-Flops for Men that are Both Stylish and Practical The Dive Motel Brings Legit 70s-Era Swagger to Nashville last_img read more

MSC Cruises Partners Up with China’s CAISSA Touristic

first_imgzoom Switzerland-based cruise line MSC Cruises and China’s outbound tourism service provider CAISSA Touristic Group have entered into a strategic partnership, described by the two as “the longest-running and financially most significant” between a cruise line and a tour operator in the history of cruising in China.As part of the agreement, from May 2016, MSC Lirica will homeport in Shanghai to serve the Chinese home market.World Maritime News reported earlier in August of MSC’s plans to debut in China, with the newly-renovated MSC Lirica calling in Shanghai on May 1, 2016.The 65,000-GRT ship will make the company’s maiden call in China’s biggest megalopolis after a 60-day round-the-world Grand Voyage which departs on March 3, 2016 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.CAISSA Touristic’s President Chen Xiaobing emphasized the popularity of MSC Cruises’ European and South American routes with travellers from around the world and that it had recently been named number one cruise line in Europe.  “This partnership standouts from other traditional agreements between China-based tour agencies and cruise lines by the emphasis that will be placed on the training of the entire on-board staff to ensure that guests receive MSC Cruises’ best-in-class experience and service as well as the degree of the adaptation of the ship’s hardware and software (like facilities renovation, service design and operation, on-board commodities and more) to fit the customs and tastes of the Chinese guests that it is designed to serve,” Chen Xiaobing added.last_img read more

After death of 8th child Ikea relaunches dresser recall in US and

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Ikea relaunched a recall of 29 million chests and dressers in the U.S. and Canada Tuesday after the death of an eighth child.CEO Lars Petersson said Ikea wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall.The death of a California toddler, who was found trapped underneath an Ikea Malm dresser in May, has raised questions about whether Ikea has effectively spread the word about the recall, which was first announced in June 2016. The Swedish retailer and the federal safety regulators are asking customers to take immediate action to secure the dressers, or to return them.Petersson said Ikea has had an “extensive communication” campaign through social media, its website and television and print ads. The company emailed 13 million people about the recall two months ago, he said.Still, he said heightening awareness of the recall is necessary “because we think that it’s so important to reach as many people as possible.”Acting CPSC chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said that people who own the furniture can take care of any potential hazards by contacting Ikea.The recall, which applies only to customers in the U.S. and Canada, is for children’s chests and drawers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches. Customers should contact Ikea for a free wall-mounting kit. The company is also offering to send crews to attach them in the home.Ikea is offering full refunds for anyone who no longer wants the furniture. Customers can bring them to a store, or Ikea will pick them up.At least eight children under the age of three have been killed when an Ikea dresser fell on them, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The first death occurred 28 years ago and the others occurred after 2002.The latest death was Jozef Dudek, 2, of Buena Park, California. The toddler had been put down for a nap when his father went in to check on him and found him under the dresser, according to details released by lawyers retained by the family.Alan Feldman, one of the lawyers representing the Dudek family, said Ikea’s recall has been “poorly publicized” and “ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children’s bedrooms.”The same team of lawyers represented the families of three toddlers who died when Ikea dressers fell on them. Ikea reached a $50 million settlement with the families last December.Petersson said that more than 1 million dressers of have been returned for a refund or have been secured to walls with Ikea’s help since 2015, when the company first offered free wall-mounting kits.Buerkle said Ikea has “worked hard to make this an effective recall.” She said it presents customers with an array of options “and is as least burdensome to the consumer as it could be.”Ikea said the recalled products are sold with instructions that they had to be attached to walls. Petersson emphasized the recalled units are safe when this is done.The recall is for all Ikea chest and dressers that do not comply with U.S. voluntary industry standards. They included 8 million Malm chest and dressers that were sold from 2002 through June 2016.Peterson said that Ikea has stopped selling products that do not adhere to U.S. voluntary standards.last_img read more

UN officials welcome release of Myanmars Aung San Suu Kyi

13 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights chief welcomed the freeing on Saturday of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and urged the authorities in Myanmar to release all remaining political prisoners. Ms. Suu Kyi, the head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, had been under house arrest for much of the past two decades. Her release comes one week after the South-east Asian nation held its first elections in 20 years.“Her dignity and courage in the face of injustice have been an inspiration to many people around the world, including the Secretary-General, who has long advocated her freedom,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General expects that no further restrictions will be placed on her, and he urges the Myanmar authorities to build on today’s action by releasing all remaining political prisoners.” The statement also noted that it was “deeply regrettable” that Ms. Suu Kyi was effectively excluded from participating in the recent elections. “Democracy and national reconciliation require that all citizens of Myanmar are free to participate as they wish in the political life of their country.” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called Ms. Suu Kyi’s release a “positive signal” that the Myanmar authorities are willing to move forward with the serious challenge of democratic transition. “Clearly, Aung San Suu Kyi can make a major contribution to this process,” Ms. Pillay stated, adding that she remained “extremely disappointed” that the pro-democracy leader was not released before the elections. The High Commissioner urged the authorities to now release the other 2,200 political prisoners as “a clear sign that the new Government intends to respect human rights and forge a new future for the country.” read more

Amid rising insecurity in Cameroon senior UN relief official calls for beefed

“Efforts to ensure security and provide protection to civilians must be beefed up, and aid organizations must be able to secure greater access to populations in need of assistance,” Ms. Kyung-wha Kang reiterated yesterday as the first Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States convened on regional security in Cameroon’s capital of Yaoundé. In a statement released on the heels of her travels throughout the country visiting refugee camps and meeting with displaced people, Ms. Kang warned that Cameroon is facing an increasingly complex and multifaceted humanitarian situation: a refugee influx in the east from the conflict in Central African Republic (CAR), a surge of displacements in the northern region due to Boko Haram attacks, repeated cycles of droughts and floods, malnutrition and recurrent epidemics. Ms. Kang, who is also UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, expressed deep concern about the growing impact of attacks by Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria and Cameroon which has prompted some 40,000 Nigerians to seek refuge in Cameroon and displacing tens of thousands of Cameroonians. “I am particularly concerned by reports of attacks on villages, kidnapping of civilians, recruitment of young men and indoctrination of children,” she said.Given these developments, the humanitarian appeal for Cameroon has more than doubled in a year: the 2015 Strategic Response Plan seeks $264 million compared to $126 million in 2014. Insecurity has also halted economic activity and harvesting in many areas in the far northern region and is impeding humanitarians from accessing the affected people.During her visit in the country last week, Ms. Kang, travelled to eastern Cameroon, on the border with CAR, where more than 150,000 Central Africans have sought refuge from the violence. She visited the Gado refugee camp, where the majority of refugees are women and children and heard testimonies about the horrors of their months-long journey in the bush to escape violence. Many died of exhaustion, disease or at the hands of armed groups, she recalled. Earlier in her trip, Ms. Kang also visited several pockets inside CAR with internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were in dire need and unwilling to go back home unless security was assured. She stressed that for Central African IDPs and refugees to feel safe returning to their areas of origin, violence must stop and discrimination against minorities and accountability for violations need to be addressed.Ms. Kang also called for grass-roots mechanisms to foster reconciliation and mend the sectarian divide that has deepened by the armed conflict that broke out in CAR in December 2013. She reiterated that “enabling women to play a leadership role in their communities is essential to foster reconciliation, recovery and peace.”Cameroon is also affected by the ongoing food security crisis in the Sahel region which has left more than a million people in need of life-saving food and nutritional assistance. The UN and partners recently launched the Sahel humanitarian appeal for 2015. The appeal is part of a regional multi-year strategy to respond to the chronic challenges in the region. In Yaoundé, Ms. Kang met with representatives of UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners as well as donor representatives, emphasizing that investing in areas such as education and youth employment could contribute to reducing the impact of Boko Haram. read more

Serena Williams Puts Aside Shaky Start to Beat Pliskova

Serena Williams, of the United States, serves to Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams began her U.S. Open quarterfinal tentatively. Her shots lacked their usual sting, her attitude its usual conviction.She was facing the last player she lost to at Flushing Meadows. She kept looking up her coach, as if seeking solutions. After just 20 minutes Tuesday night, Williams was in danger of trailing by two service breaks. Not much later, the outcome was no longer in doubt, because the 23-time Grand Slam champion suddenly was in complete control.Williams put aside some early shakiness and an early deficit, turning things around with an eight-game run en route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova for a spot in the semifinals. It was Williams’ first win over a top-10 player this season.“I was playing really not a good game,” said Williams, who was a point from trailing 4-1 and did fall behind 4-2 while making 22 of her 30 unforced errors in the first set. “I was thinking, ‘You know, I can play better.’ So that was the good news.”Pliskova offered this guess about what was happening to Williams: “Maybe she was a little bit nervous.”Maybe. But that didn’t last long.Pliskova is a big server and hitter in her own right, someone who briefly spent time at No. 1 in the WTA rankings and was the runner-up at the U.S. Open in 2016, when she beat Williams in the semifinals. The 36-year-old American did not compete in New York a year ago, because she gave birth to her daughter during the tournament.Go back to 2015, and that was another semifinal departure for Williams, whose bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam was shockingly ended by Roberta Vinci.“Well, I want to just be able to get past the semis here. It’s been a few, couple, rough semis for me,” Williams said. “But regardless, this has been a great road.”This time, Williams’ semifinal opponent will be No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, who surprisingly beat defending champion Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-3 earlier Tuesday.Stephens, who said she had been dealing with a sinus infection, rued all of her wasted opportunities, most notably the seven break points she failed to convert in the first set. She sure didn’t attempt to hide her frustration, either, repeatedly gesturing toward or speaking in the direction of her coach, Kamau Murray, up in the stands.When someone urged her to raise her level in the second set, Stephens replied, “I’m trying!”“When you don’t play big points well, the match can get away from you,” Stephens said. “I think that’s what happened today. I didn’t convert.”Sevastova, who retired in 2013 because of injuries and returned nearly two years later, advanced to her first Slam semifinal.“Still long way to go, I think,” she said.Especially considering that the next step will come against Williams, who’s heading into her 36th semi at a major, 12th at Flushing Meadows.Williams already proved at Wimbledon that she is capable of the sort of dominant performances she has shown over the years, making all the way to the final at the All England Club before losing. She’ll hope to do one better now and claim a seventh U.S. Open title.Her sluggish start against Pliskova came in the same 90-degree heat and 50-percent humidity that hampered John Isner in his quarterfinal loss to Juan Martin del Potro on Tuesday afternoon, and Roger Federer in his fourth-round exit against John Millman a night earlier and prompted the tournament to suspend play in junior matches for a few hours. It also made things tough on No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 9 Dominic Thiem during their 4-hour, 49-minute tussle that ended just past 2 a.m. on Wednesday, with Nadal pulling out the 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) victory to return to the semifinals.With her older sister, Venus — the woman she beat in the third round — in her guest box, Williams looked tight. Her timing was off. She put a backhand into the net to get broken to 2-1 at the outset. Then, down 3-1, she faced three break points; if Pliskova won any, she would have led 4-1. But Pliskova did not manage to put any of Williams’ serves in play on those key points.“Too strong,” Pliskova said.Soon after that, Williams went from trailing 4-2 to not only taking the first set but also leading 4-0 in the second.By the end, Williams compiled a 13-3 edge in aces, and 35-12 in total winners.“She’s playing with the same power. She can still serve well. I don’t think there’s any change with her game,” Pliskova said. “She’s just going for her shots.” read more

Leo models himself on Macron and Trudeau but hes not living up

first_img‘Leo models himself on Macron and Trudeau, but he’s not living up to them when it comes to gender balance’ Who runs the world… girls? http://jrnl.ie/3454802 Those two leaders in France and Canada have explicitly moved to ensure better gender representation in their Cabinets by their choice of ministers.Bacik said it “is a real shame and a real missed opportunity” that Varadkar has not done the same in Ireland.In a statement, Labour Women condemned the Taoiseach’s failure to promote women, describing it as “a shameful decision which really shows our Taoiseach’s true colours when it comes to liberal values”.Chair of Labour Women Sinéad Ahern said following gender quotas, the highest ever number of women were elected last year.Taoiseach Varadkar wasn’t exactly stuck for choice when it came to considering women from his own party.“For a man of his generation to be leading the country he had a real opportunity to lead the way in promoting women in the workplace, and it’s shocking that he didn’t,” added Ahern.A government source described the criticism as “unfair” and pointed out that Regina Doherty and Helen McEntee have both been promoted to “very important roles”. They added that people are appointed on merit.“Fine Gael are the party of gender quotas,” said the source.It is understood that it is the party and the Taoiseach’s hope to increase representation of women in the Dáil.Read: Proposals to limit smaller party speaking times is ‘attempt to silence radical voices’ in Dáil>Read: Commissioner refuses to name retired officer who was signatory on ‘suspicious’ account> O’Connor said it is crucial there be a whole of Cabinet approach to prioritising policies of women’s equality.Female TDs and senators were also not happy with the numbers. It’s understood the matter will be raised at the Oireachtas Women’s Caucus in the coming weeks. Source: Jan O’Sullivan/Twitter We now have 19 Ministers of State. That is one more than the total number of women who have sat at Cabinet since 1919. #Dáil https://t.co/4WvXlOvgo7— Orla O’Connor (@OrlaNWCI) June 20, 2017 26,087 Views It is very disappointing that there was not more promotion of women in the Cabinet, but in the junior Minister appointments the Taoiseach has missed an opportunity by demoting one very able woman and by not promoting any new women into the ranks of the junior ministers. Leo Varadkar with his new junior ministers. Image: Leah Farrell Speaking in the Seanad today, Senator Ivana Bacik said she is “hugely disappointed” to see the lack of commitment to ensuring we have a more balanced gender representation among Cabinet and junior Ministers.She said: Image: Leah Farrell Source: Orla O’Connor/Twitter Leo unveils his new junior ministers pic.twitter.com/ubQLw4cqvG— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) June 20, 2017 68 Comments The number of women appointed to Minister of State positions remains at three out of 19. Marcella Corcoran Kennedy lost her junior ministry today.Orla O’Connor, Director of National Women’s Council of Ireland said the numbers are stark.“It is disappointing that in this 32nd Dáil which houses the highest number of women TDs ever elected, that we are not seeing similar increases in the numbers of women in senior decision-making positions.“Only 18 women have been appointed to Cabinet since Countess Markievicz became Minister for Labour in 1919. This is one woman less than the current number of Ministers for State,” she said. By Christina Finn THE NEW TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has been criticised for appointing fewer females than Enda Kenny to junior ministry roles.He faced similar criticism last week when Labour’s Joan Burton described the Cabinet reshuffle as a “bad day for women”.Of the 34 positions that Varadkar had to fill, seven are female.With women appointed to just four senior Cabinet positions, this number remains the same as the number appointed to the previous Cabinet.Mary Mitchell O’Connor was the only casualty in Leo Varadkar’s Cabinet reshuffle, demoted from Minister for Jobs to super junior minister for higher education.Arts Minister Heather Humphreys also had her ministerial portfolio reduced, with rural affairs being transferred to newly appointed Minister Michael Ring. For one who has very overtly and explicitly modelled himself on Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau I believe it is a terrible shame the Taoiseach has missed this opportunity. @women4election @NWCI @labourwomen very disappointing to see fewer women in Minister of State ranks as well as round cabinet table— Jan O’Sullivan (@JanOSullivanTD) June 20, 2017 Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Short URL Leo Varadkar with his new junior ministers. Share708 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 20th 2017, 6:28 PM Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 6:28 PM Many of us thought that the Taoiseach might use the junior minister appointments today as a means of addressing the imbalance that exists in the Cabinet.last_img read more

128 firearms turned in at Miami Police gun buyback

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – More than a hundred firearms are now off the streets of Miami, thanks to a gun buyback event held Saturday.People turned in a total of 128 handguns, shotguns and rifles, no questions asked, at the event hosted by the City of Miami Police Department at Henderson Park. The gun buy back totaled 128 unwanted firearms turned in! Good job by all those who made the gun buy back a success. pic.twitter.com/SaIkMRzpM8— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) March 17, 2018Participants received gift cards worth up to $250.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Markets Hit by Delay in Monsoon Rising Crude Oil Prices

first_imgThe recent volatile trading sessions seen in domestic stock markets have left investors confused over the future direction of the markets; however, many analysts see more downside for the equity markets citing a delayed monsoon rainfall and rising crude oil prices in the international markets.The benchmark BSE Sensex plunged 470 points or 1.75% on Thursday to close at 26,370.98 points, erasing all the gains it witnessed in the previous session. The Nifty index was down 2% to close at 7,965, breaking the psychologically important level of 8,000 for the first time in more than seven months.”People who were holding on to their stock so far and were not selling till now will sell their stocks to book profit once 8,000 is broken. It is possible that we can see levels of 7,800 over the next few days,” an Independent analyst Ambareesh Baliga told NDTV Profit.Sectors such as auto, banking, capital goods, consumer durables, power, realty, IT and oil & gas indices were down in a range of 1.3-2.4% on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Tata Power was the biggest Nifty loser, down 5.2% to close at Rs 70.Idea Cellular, Asian Paints, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Bosch, Punjab National Bank, UltraTech Cements and Tata Motors were the other major losers falling by 3.6%-4.5%.Analysts said that delay in monsoon rainfall is the main concern for the market besides rising international crude oil prices. The outcome of monsoon remains important for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to ease policy rates further.A second year of deficient monsoon rainfall will severely affect the agricultural sector, bringing down the output and rising food prices. A rise in inflation will curtail the prospects of further rate cuts by the central bank.Indian companies are hungry for funds and a delay in liquidity injection into the system would undermine the investment plans of the companies.A rebounce in crude oil prices by nearly 50% is expected to hurt the external balances of the nation. India’s current account deficit has been steadily falling in recent months on the back of a plunge in crude oil prices due to oversupply concerns.The recent spike in oil prices is likely to push the inflation rates up, making the central bank to remain on hold for long.Besides, slow pace of reforms by the Modi government is dampening the sentiment of foreign investors, who have been offloading their shares at an aggressive pace in the recent past.A weak monsoon is expected to put further pressure on the passing of crucial bill like Land Acquisition bill, a bill which was delayed due to strong opposition in the Parliament.last_img read more

Sanitation worker finds foetus in drain at Parnasree

first_imgKolkata: A sanitation worker of Kolkata Municipal Corporation found a foetus inside a drain on Monday on the Becharam Chatterjee Street in Parnasree.The local councilor and the police were immediately informed and the foetus was sent for an autopsy examination. According to local residents, sanitation workers on Monday morning opened a manhole to clean the pit. One of them saw the foetus floating on the water. Local councilor Ratna Roy Chowdhury and Parnasree police station were informed. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BosePolice sent the foetus for an autopsy examination. According to source, the foetus was terminated at an advanced stage of pregnancy and the gender of the unborn baby could not be established. The details could be ascertained after the autopsy report is examined. Police officers are trying to know if any abortion was recently carried out at nearby hospitals and nursing homes. Officers are also checking if any accidental abortion case was recently reported. Police said since the abortion was carried out at an advanced stage of pregnancy, the woman who underwent the procedure might have been under medical treatment as well. It is suspected that someone from nearby areas could have disposed the foetus to erase any possible crime evidence.last_img read more

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WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK Fiscal cliff follows Obama

first_imgAssociated PressBANGKOK (AP) – Even in the temples of Asia, President Barack Obama cannot escape thoughts of that fiscal cliff back home.Touring the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok, a sprawling compound of temples, gardens and man-made waterfalls, Obama was overheard chatting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and with their monk guide.Clinton made a reference to budget negotiations back in Washington, where a damaging series of tax increases and spending cuts loom. “Yes,” Obama replied. “We’re working on this budget. We’re going to need a lot of prayer for that.”At a news conference later, Obama said he was not joking about the need for prayer.“I always believe in prayers,” he said. “I believe in prayer when I go to church back home, and If a Buddhist monk is wishing me well, I’ll take whatever good vibes he can give me to try to deal with some challenges back home.”___Obama and Clinton were led by a monk in saffron robes as they walked around a golden statue of a sitting Buddha.Clinton later remarked about how peaceful it was in the temple, an iconic cultural landmark popular with tourists. The tour’s high point is a giant statue of a reclining Buddha that extends for 46 meters (150 feet).Obama observed that when there are 80,000 people visiting the temple, “it’s probably not as peaceful.”Both visitors noted how lucky they were to get a private tour.___Obama and Clinton met with King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who turns 85 in December and has been staying at a hospital since 2009 because he is ill.Obama entered a hospital meeting room with Clinton behind him. The king remained seated as Obama greeted him and grasped his hand. “It’s a great honor,” Obama said. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk ___Later, Obama was asked during a news conference with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra what his favorite Thai food is. He replied that he likes it all and was pleased when he saw the menu for the state dinner.“It looks very good,” said Obama, who had traveled about 19 hours from Washington, where it was early Sunday morning as the news conference took place. “I’m also very hungry. I saved my appetite and I am looking forward to some authentic Thai food.”___The dinner took place in a large dining hall in the same government house complex, where a dozen circular tables were set up under a glittery chandelier.The prime minister gave the first toast, congratulating Obama on his election victory. She said the dinner was “a celebration for your second term in office. I believe your presidency will be a successful one and fruitful” for fostering Thai-U.S. relations.Obama said his visit to Thailand was far too brief, but said he has already felt the warmth of the Thai people and their dignity and strength. “This is the `Land of Smiles,’ and I’ve felt it everywhere I’ve gone,” Obama said, calling Thailand the United States’ “oldest friend” in Asia. Obama said he told King Bhumibol, who was born in Massachusetts, that his friend Tammy Duckworth of Illinois was the first Thai-American elected to Congress. Duckworth won election on Nov. 6.___In a hand-written message in the guest book at the Thailand Government House, Obama said it was “an honor to visit Thailand _ America’s oldest treaty ally in Asia. The bonds between our peoples have endured for nearly 180 years. Grounded in mutual respect and guided by our common aspirations for peace and prosperity, may the bonds and friendship between us endure for many years to come.”___Associated Press writers Julie Pace in Bangkok and Matthew Daly in Washington contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Obama said he brought greetings from the American people “who are so grateful for the friendship of our two countries and are great admirers of yours _ your wisdom and your leadership.”The king responded in a soft tone.Obama smiled and said, “Elections in the United States are very long, but it’s very gratifying to know people still have confidence in me. I thought it was very important that my first trip after the elections was to Thailand, which is such a great ally.”___During his visit, the king gave Obama a few gifts, including one for first lady Michelle Obama.“She’ll look very good in that color, Mr. President,” Clinton said. Reporters could not see the gift.Obama then picked up a photo album, which he said contained photos of all the U.S. presidents and first ladies the king has met, starting with Dwight Eisenhower and continuing through George W Bush.“We left the last page blank” so a photo of Obama’s visit could be added to the book, Obama said.A framed lithograph was on an easel nearby depicting the Thai and U.S. flags. Obama said it was specially commissioned for the king, who is an art lover, “to symbolize friendship” between the two countries. 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WTTC statement of support to destinations impacted by Hurricane Irma

first_imgWTTC statement of support to destinations impacted by Hurricane IrmaWTTC statement of support to destinations impacted by Hurricane IrmaToday, the Chairman and the President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) issued a joint statement in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, extending the Council’s full support to all impacted destinations.Chairman Gerald Lawless and President & CEO Gloria Guevara offered the services of WTTC and called upon WTTC Members to come forward and understand the ways in which assistance can be provided to the devastated destinations in the Caribbean and southern United States to ensure a rapid recovery for their essential tourism industries.WTTC also offered to send a High Level delegation and advisors, when it is appropriate to do so, to evaluate and provide recommendations for solutions to assist with the recovery process.Ms Guevara said: “Tourism is a significant driver of the Caribbean countries’ economies and local livelihoods, and the Caribbean has been a popular and high profile destination for many years. WTTC therefore commits to play a part in the region’s recovery, standing by to assist with the restoration of tourism markets and infrastructure as the Hurricane passes, impacts are measured, and the rebuilding can commence.”“The Caribbean is a beautiful tourist destination. Travel & Tourism generated 15 percent of the Caribbean’s GDP and 13 percent of the region’s employment in 2016. I strongly believe that both the travellers and the destinations will show their resilience and that once damage is assessed and the businesses re-open, travellers will return. WTTC offers to help in all stages of recovery,” added Mr Lawless.Source = World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)last_img read more