When UK Under Thatcher Saw Risk of Severe Damage to India Ties

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Ind vs Aus 1st Test: Pacers give India the edge

first_imgIndia paceman struck thick and fast to push Australia on the match for the second time in the Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Score | PhotosOn Wednesday, a day when the wicket or was it the weather that was assisting the pacers, Umesh Yadav, who according to Aussie opener Ed Cowan has the “X-factor” claimed four wickets to reduce the hosts to 179/8 – a lead of 230 runs in the second innings.As many as 15 wicket fell on the way that saw pacemen from both camps rejoice. First it was Aussie Ben Hilfenhaus who did it with aplomb, claiming a five-for and later it was Yadav, who ended the day with four scalps.In the morning session, Aussie paceman Ben Hilfenhaus turned the tables on India with his five-wicket haul. Hilfenhaus along with Peter Siddle, who claimed three wickets in the innings, sent India packing on 282 and helping the hosts end the first session with a lead of 51 runs.First Hilfenhaus got rid of overnight batsman Rahul Dravid, who was looking iffy. He clean bowled without a single being added to India’s overnight total of 214/3. New man in the middle VVS Laxman too didn’t get too many runs on the board and fell to Siddle.Hilfenhaus was already five wickets up in the innings by the time lunch approached.Clearly the bowlers were having a field day at the MCG on Wednesday as post lunch, pacer Umesh Yadav brought India back in the game with his double-strike.advertisementOn the first ball of the eight over an inside edge rattled opener David Warner’s wicket on five and two balls later Yadav got the other opener Ed Cowan trapping him leg-before with his length ball that was pitched on the line. Cowan fell for 8 and Australia were reduced to 16/2 early in their innings.But Yadav hadn’t finished. He came around to get rid of Shaun Marsh to reduce the hosts to 24/3. The ball was just a touch wider outside off and the batsman went for it, but failed to connect properly and an inside edged went straight down to the stumps.Taking cue Ishant Sharma, who was bowling a probing line but hadn’t had any luck with the wickets, opened his account with Aussie captain Michael Clarke’s wicket. The ball curved in took the inside edge of Clarke’s bat and cleared the bails off in a jiffy. And Australia were down to 27/4.Finally the Aussie batsmen got their rhythm back, maybe to some extent, but veterans Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey stabilised the innings after the Indian pacers had done away with their top order. At tea the hosts were batting on 81/4 – a lead of 132 runs.The final session saw the two batsmen keep their bats straight even as India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni employed a paceman, Umesh Yadav, and a spinner, R Ashwin, in tandem.Ponting and Hussey provided Australia the much-needed stability, adding 115-runs for the fifth wicket. But just when Australia were gradually coming back into the game, India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan struck to remove for the former Aussie captain with Virender Sehwag performing the final honours at gully. He fell for 60, and Australia lost their fifth wicket on 142.Soon new man in the middle Brad Haddin was back in the pavilion with Zaheer Khan claiming his second victim of the innings and Aussies were down to 148/6. Later Yadav came around to remove Peter Siddle cheaply. Off spinner R Aswin,who was feeling left out joined the pacers party by getting rid of Nathan Lyon and Australia were looking down the barrel with 166/8 on board.At close on Day Three Aussies were 179/8 with the man they love to call Mr Cricket, Hussey not out on 79 with tail-ender James Pattinson by his side.PS: In case you have noted the Aussies are wearing black armbands. That is to express sympathy with their media manager Lachy Patterson. His twin girls died at childbirth.last_img read more

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Tickets bought by Indian fans for the finals shows how fanatical the support for…

first_imgAdvertisementThousands of English and Kiwi fans spent the eve of their team’s final by cajoling Indian supporters who have pre-booked most of the seats at Lords, to sell them their tickets at a reasonable price.New Zealand All-Rounder Jimmy Neesham and English fast bowler Stuart Broad appealed to the fans on the behalf of their supporters. According to a close source to ICC, roughly 41 per-cent of the 30,000 tickets are still with the Indian fans.Neesham who has been a crucial player for the Kiwis in this edition of the world cup, tweeted : “Dear Indian cricket fans. If you don’t want to come to the final anymore then please be kind and resell your tickets via the official platform. I know it’s tempting to try to make a large profit but please give all genuine cricket fans a chance to go, not just the wealthy,” he tweeted. Through another tweet, he also tried to put things in perspective. “I mean, I can see why people would want to make a couple of quid and that’s fine, but the asking price of some I’ve seen is absolutely ludicrous.”Deco Rator , a decorated English fan who follows the team all around the world finds himself ticketless and was requesting people for a spare ticket on different social media platforms.Something similar happened , albeit on a lower scale during the second-semifinal between Austalia and England at Edgabaston, where the Indian fans frantically bought the tickets, but Australia’s loss to South Africa changed the semi-final fixtures.The ICC though are hopeful that it would be a full house at Lords during the finals as the British-Indians will come to support the English team.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Van Persie admits Arsenal didn’t want him anymore before the United transfer took place

first_imgAdvertisementRobin Van Persie was one of the most prolific Arsenal strikers of the modern era and the Dutchman was well loved and respected by Arsenal fans. However, the relationship took a turn for the worse and got sour when RvP’s switch to arch-rivals Manchester United was confirmed.Speaking to BT Sport , ahead of the Arsenal’s match against Burnley, the ‘flying’ Dutchman spoke in length of how Arsenal fans were anyway sick of him before he made the switch.‘I think you can compare it with being married,’ he told BT Sport. ‘Me and Arsenal were married for eight years and after eight years my wife got a bit tired of me. I felt that.‘I had loads of chats with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis about signing a new contract but they didn’t offer me a new deal so I had to explore my options.’Given his performances the previous season, which saw him score 44 goals in 57 games for club and country, the move was irritating majorly for Arsenal fans.‘I knew how they would react, but I had to make a decision because I didn’t have an offer (from Arsenal),’ he added. ‘I have no regrets about my decision, and I hold no grudge towards Arsenal.‘I understand that fans form their opinions based on the information they have but in every marriage things happen behind the scenes.‘I’ve chosen not to speak about why I left for seven years, but it’s important that they know why. Arsenal is a beautiful club with beautiful fans and Arsene gave me the chance to play in the best league in the world.’‘There were three options, one from abroad, which disappeared pretty quickly, and then Manchester United or Manchester City,’ he said.‘Sir Alex gave me the best feeling. It was a fresh challenge and that is what you go for. You look at the teams, coaching staff, team-mates, as well as the area your family will live. It was the right choice at that time.’Advertisementlast_img read more

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I am lot more familiar with DRS now: Peter Handscomb

first_imgYoung Australia batsman Peter Handscomb, who took the blame for his captain Steve Smith’s “brain-fade” fiasco, today said he is now familiar with the DRS rules and it’s time to move on from the incident that sparked a huge controversy.Handscomb had admitted that it was he who suggested Smith to seek dressing room opinion after being LBW off Umesh Yadav during their second innings of the second Test against India. (Also read: BCCI throws its weight behind Virat Kohli as DRS row heats up)”No, just completely unaware that you couldn’t do that. (Also read: India Today Exclusive with Michael Clarke makes waves in international media)But now I know I have been well and truly informed and I’m just looking forward to moving on from this. It’s still new in my international career, so I haven’t had a lot to do with the DRS and I’m now a lot more familiar with it,” said the 25-year-old right-hander. (Also read: Exclusive: Michael Clarke endorses Virat Kohli’s stance on Steve Smith’s DRS controversy)There was significant amount of banter on display from both the Indian and Australian players during the second Test with home team skipper Kohli leading from the front.But, Handscomb said the visitors are not too worried about what their opposition do.”I thought we handled him (Kohli) quite well on the field. Like I said before we just go about our business, not too worried about trying to get into verbal stash. We know what we have been doing, we were definitely not chatting that’s for sure. We are in the public eye and we understand that views were being exchanged,” Handscomb, who is on his first overseas tour, said.advertisementlast_img read more

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A nonprofit marketing mantra

first_imgIt’s not about me. It’s not about me, because it’s about the people who support and benefit from my cause. It’s not about my words, because it’s more powerful to listen than to lecture. It’s not about my mind, because it’s about others’ hearts. The less I focus on myself and the more I focus on others, the greater the collective change.last_img

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The difference between talking and communicating

first_imgIf you do nothing else as a communicator, do this one thing: Look at yourself (your message, your website, your appeal, your case, etc.) through the eyes of your audience. It will prompt you to make changes that allow you to better connect with those you want to influence and inspire. Every time I fear I’ve said this too many times, or that it’s too obvious, I review a website or lead a workshop and see the problems that stem from failing to step out of our own perspectives. This week alone, I reviewed a dozen websites for a Network for Good webinar (free access here), and the top mistake was the sites were focused on the organizations, not the visitors to their pages. And I gave a speech to a group of partners who often struggled to communicate – for the same reason. They were operating from their own mindsets rather than exploring their partners’ perspectives.Remember: Communications is not about what you say, it’s about what people hear.Your message is no match for the mental machinations of your audience’s mind.If you don’t get what makes that mind tick, you’re not communicating. You’re just talking.last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid’s Koke thrilled with return of Diego Costa

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Koke Resurreccion said that he was delighted to be welcoming back striker Diego Costa to the capital football club after the Spanish international’s three years at Chelsea.Chelsea and Atletico announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement for the Brazilian-born Spaniard to rejoin his former team in a transfer deal worth $74 million, reports Efe.”I am always glad when an important player joins the group to help us to improve,” Koke said during a promotional event on Thursday.”I had a special link with Diego. Every time I had the ball, I knew his next move, and he knew that I was going to give it to him, virtually every pass was a goal,” he added.Koke noted that Costa was a major contributor during his previous spell with Atletico, helping the club win La Liga and the Copa del Rey.”He is very, very important in the soccer world. He will join (the team) in January. He knows there are great players in the team. There is plenty of competition. He will have to earn a place. We are having a great season and it is good that Diego comes to make us better,” Koke said.At the same event, Koke’s teammate Angel Correa said that the return of Costa would push the rest of the squad to do their best.”I try to keep improving and making the most of every minute I play to do my best. Without a doubt, the arrival of Diego will push all the forwards to the limit and this is good for the team,” Correa said.advertisementlast_img read more

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US Has Bold Plan to Stall Climate Change

first_imgThis post originally appeared on CNN.In baseball, there’s a traditional comeback after a tough season: “Wait ’til next year!” For climate change “next year” is now. This year is the time and the United Nations’ international climate negotiations in Paris in December are the place to secure strong global agreement to curb heat-trapping emissions. A successful climate pact will send a signal around the world that a shift to a low-carbon economy is underway.The United States has made clear that it is ready to step up to the plate on climate change. The U.S. administration on Tuesday unveiled details about its proposal to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This common-sense and achievable plan to decarbonize the U.S. economy will result in significant cost savings from cleaner technologies and create more American energy jobs to power our homes and businesses.This is an area where the United States needs to lead, and doing so will create a better planet for our children and a more prosperous future for our country.The United States isn’t alone in this global climate effort. In a landmark joint announcement with the United States in November, China unveiled its intent to peak its carbon emissions around 2030 and to double its share of zero-carbon energy to 20 percent. This shift will require substantial effort from China to retool its economy, increase investment in renewable energy and divest from coal. As the world’s No. 1 investor in renewable energy, China has already taken important steps forward.At the same time, India has set the audacious goal of installing 100 gigawatts of solar power capacity by 2022, a 30-fold increase from current levels and eight times more solar capacity than the United States has today.Cities and corporations are joining in as well. More than 200 cities, home to 436 million people, have voluntarily committed to saving 13 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury. And more than a thousand companies, along with 73 countries, voiced support for putting a price on carbon and moving to cleaner energy technologies. Leading companies, like Apple and Google, are making major bets on renewable energy. And another 25 businesses have signed onto the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles—these companies represent energy demand equal to more than 1 million homes.Increasing examples demonstrate that strong climate action can be good for the economy. For instance, renewable sources now provide one-fifth of the world’s electricity, while solar manufacturing costs have dropped 80 percent in the last seven years. Wind turbines installed now are 100 times better at generating power than turbines were 30 years ago. Clean technology investments surged to $310 billion last year. In the United States, carbon emissions fell by 10 percent from 2007 to 2013, the largest absolute emissions reduction recorded, even as the United States has recovered from the Great Recession.Many of these shifts are unprecedented and could not have been anticipated even five years ago. Yet these trends alone are not enough to counter the mounting climate-related impacts that we are already seeing. A global climate agreement in Paris this December can send more signals to markets and drive more ambitious climate action for decades to come.A Paris agreement would represent a new form of international cooperation and a fundamental change in the global approach to climate action — a shift from burden-sharing to the creation of mutual opportunities; from cost to investment; from economic threat to a spur to economic development.With the United States showing the way, and with cooperation from other countries, businesses, investors, cities and citizens, we can achieve a prosperous and secure future for all.Each year, baseball returns and hope springs eternal. Now, it’s time for all countries to get in the game.last_img read more

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Socceroos dealt major blow as Tim Cahill limps out of A-League clash

first_imgnews Share via Email Reuse this content Australia Tim Cahill World Cup 2018 qualifiers Read more A-League Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Australia sportcenter_img It remains to be seen whether the 37-year-old, picked as one of Ange Postecoglou’s 25-man squad for the World Cup qualifiers, will be fit for the national team. The veteran forward didn’t stay to see out the match, travelling to hospital for an MRI on his right ankle.He is due to fly to Honduras on the weekend ahead of the first leg on Friday 10 November (Saturday 11 November AEDT) in San Pedro Sula.Without a clean bill of health he won’t be travelling, and could be either saved for the home leg in Sydney on Wednesday November 15 – or left out completely.Fox Sports reported Cahill would be in “serious doubt” to travel after Cahill’s ankle “blew up significantly” in the change rooms. Cahill was seen putting weight on his ankle, walking and even jumping on the spot in an inspection for City medical staff.Luke Wilkshire’s first A-League goal gave the Sky Blues a 1-0 win to put Graham Arnold’s side on top of the competition for the first time this season.City coach Warren Joyce decided to throw Cahill in for his first start of the season against the title-holders, looking to build on his side’s perfect start to the A-League campaign. But City’s gain turned into Australian football’s pain on the quarter-hour mark.Cahill landed awkwardly as he attempted to hurdle Sydney FC’s Jordi Buijs after a challenge. Five minutes later, he collapsed on the pitch, signalling to the City bench that his night was over.Postecoglou and Australia fans will eagerly await the outcome of Cahill’s scans ahead of the intercontinental playoff. The striker netted a double in last month’s second leg against Syria to ensure Australia qualified from the Asian playoff. Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn David Squires on … another week of Australian football eating itself Share on Pinterest Melbourne City Socceroos star Tim Cahill was sent to hospital and is in doubt for Australia’s win-or-bust World Cup qualifiers with Honduras after limping out of Melbourne City’s A-League match on Friday night.Cahill hurt his ankle in a clash with Sydney FC’s Jordi Buijs at AAMI Park and was substituted just 25 minutes into the match. Australia’s all-time leading scorer cast a forlorn figure as he struggled off the pitch and down the tunnel. Topics Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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a month agoXherdan Shaqiri on Liverpool situation: I’m downbeat

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri on Liverpool situation: I’m downbeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveXherdan Shaqiri says he’s prepared to accept his situation at Liverpool.But he admitted he feels ‘downbeat’ in response to his lack of minutes this term.Shaqiri told Teleclub: “It is not easy for me, of course I am a little downbeat.”You have to be able to handle that and you have to accept it, I was always still in the squad.”You cannot ask the coach to play every match.”And Shaqiri also insisted: “I feel very comfortable here. We have a great coach, a great club. There’s a family feel.”I hope we can bring the Premier League back to Liverpool after 30 years.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Michigan Could Dominate 2019 NFL Draft

first_imgmichigan star chase winovich celebrates a win over wisconsinANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Chase Winovich #15 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field celebrating a 38-13 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan football is having a breakout season under Jim Harbaugh, currently ranked No. 4 in the country and on the precipice of a potential College Football Playoff berth.Obviously, the Wolverines have plenty of talent. A number of those players will be playing on Sundays.ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. recently updated his draft board, and Michigan players are all over the top position lists.Two Michigan football players made Mel Kiper’s Top 10, and five others land on his positional lists.Linebacker Devin Bush Jr. and defensive lineman Rashan Gary are both potential top 10 picks, per Kiper. He has them at Nos. 6 and 8 respectively in his top prospects list.As noted by the Detroit Free Press, seven Michigan players in total are ranked within the top 10 of their positions.Senior Karan Higdon is Kiper’s No. 5-ranked running back while junior Ben Bredeson is his No. 3-ranked offensive guard.Defensively, Gary is the No. 2 defensive end while Bush comes in as the No. 2 inside linebacker. Junior cornerbacks David Long and Lavert Hill rank Nos. 7 and 8, respectively.Kiper lists senior defensive end Chase Winovich as an outside linebacker prospect. Winovich is No. 5 on that list.Things continue to improve for Michigan. Beat Ohio State next week, and things will be at a fever pitch in Ann Arbor.[Detroit Free Press; ESPN]last_img read more

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How Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are key to solving India’s middle-order puzzle

first_imgHow Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are key to solving India’s middle-order puzzleIndia tour of West Indies: Overlooked in the past, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer have made it to the limited-overs squads for the West Indies tour, starting August 3. The two middle-order batsman are going to be key as India are looking ahead with a road map for the future.advertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 18:41 IST Can Manish Pandey solve India’s middle-order woes? (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSPandey and Iyer have been named in India squads for West Indies tourThe 2 batsmen were overlooked several times in the pastIndia are looking ahead with a road map for the future after World Cup 2019India’s selection committee chairman MSK Prasad addressed one of the most anticipated press conferences in the recent history of Indian cricket. The dust around India’s World Cup 2019 has settled and as Prasad insisted, the roadmap for the future has become the new buzz phrase.MS Dhoni, Prasad confirmed, has made himself unavailable for the upcoming limited-overs series in the West Indies. Dinesh Karthik who was part of the World Cup squad as reserve wicketkeeper-batsman has been dropped.All eyes are now on how India are going to address the middle-order issues that dominated the narrative during their World Cup 2019 campaign that ended in the semi-final.Who will be India’s new No. 4 batsman? The uncertainty over the No.4 spot in the ODI squad did create a lot of confusion in the lead up to the World Cup. More than 10 players were tried at the crucial spot in the middle order since the 2015 World Cup but India struggled to fix a player at the World Cup.Ambati Rayudu, who was looked at as a viable option, retired during the World Cup after being ignored for the squad. All-rounder Vijay Shankar, who made his ODI debut in 2019, was earmarked for the role at the World Cup but KL Rahul started at the coveted spot. After Rahul moved to open the batting, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was handed the responsibility to bat at No.4.None of the moves worked.Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer: Overlooked in the past, now called up to solve middle-order woesadvertisementHowever, with India looking ahead, there is a good opportunity to solve the middle-order puzzle that has haunted Virat Kohli’s men in the past.A glimpse at India’s ODI squad for their tour to the West Indies, starting August 3, will give a hint on what the selectors and the team management are thinking.Two names — Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer — who have been overlooked in the past are now being looked at as options to solve the middle-order conundrum.Both Manish and Shreyas have been part of India’s ODI squads in the past. Manish made his ODI debut as early as 2015 and has played 23 ODIs and Shreyas broke into the senior national team in 2017 and has played 6 ODIs.Manish Pandey stole the limelight when he hit a hundred on his maiden tour of Australia in 2016. The Karnataka batsman, is no doubt, among the most talented players in the circuit but consistency has been an issue for him.Pandey averages 36.66 in ODIs and a longer run will certainly give him the space to work on his shortcomings. The India batsman has been in good touch in the ongoing India A tour of West Indies, scoring 155 runs in 4 unofficial ODIs. Pandey hit a match-winning hundred in Antigua as recently as July 16.Pandey’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 numbers should have also played a part in his selection for the West Indies tour. He had hit 344 runs at an impressive strike rate of 130.79 and finished as only the third highest run-scorer for Sunrisers Hyderabad behind David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.Iyer’s wait pays off, can he seal a spot now? Shreyas Iyer (AP Photo)On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer has got very little opportunities at the senior level — 6 ODIs since his debut that came 3 years ago. At point in time, Iyer even made a public statement that he has stopped thinking about selection and just wants to enjoy the game.It seems he did that and now he has an opportunity to not just help himself but also the team. The Mumbai batsman has amassed truckloads of runs in the domestic circuit and has been knocking at the selectors door for quite sometime now.Iyer’s approach to IPL 2019 was refreshing. As the skipper of Delhi Capitals, he led the team from the front, scoring 463 runs in 16 matches.Manish Pandey can also be used as a floater if Iyer takes the No. 4 spot to start the series in the West Indies. Pandey’s numbers at No. 6 are impressive as he has scored 137 runs at an average of 45.66 at the spot in ODIs for India. Pandey’s ability will become crucial, especially when Kedar Jadhav isn’t looking at his best. When Hardik Pandya, who has been rested, comes back into the scheme of things, Pandey can still find a place in the side, provided he performs and makes himself inevitable.Both Iyer and Pandey are busy players as the two young batsmen have the proven ability of keeping the scoreboard moving even under pressure situations.advertisementAll eyes will be on the team management as it will be interesting to see how they use the duo in the ODIs against the West Indies.Rishabh Pant, who batted at No. 4 in the World Cup, might move down a spot in the absence of MS Dhoni.On the other hand, KL Rahul, who started out at No. 4 seems to be more comfortable at the opener’s spot. However, the Karnataka star might have to give up a spot in the playing XI, considering Shikhar Dhawan is fit again and has been included in the limited-overs squads.What about Shubman Gill then? The 19-year-old batsman has been opening the batting for India A in the West Indies and has scored 2 fifties in 4 outings. While he looks at ease at the opener’s spot, Gill has shown the potential to succeed at whatever position he is asked to bat at.India will be well served if the musical chair for the middle-order roles stop. The likes of Iyer and Pandey would love a longer rope that wasn’t given to them in the past.Also Read | Ambati Rayudu was emotional but the selectors are emotional too: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso Read | MSK Prasad reveals why Mayank Agarwal was ignored for WI tourAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Manish PandeyFollow shreyas iyerFollow India cricket teamFollow India tour of West IndiesFollow MS DhoniFollow Rishabh PantFollow Virat KohliFollow KL Rahullast_img read more

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Pakistan rules out shifting of Davis Cup tie against India to neutral venue

first_imgPakistan rules out shifting of Davis Cup tie against India to neutral venuePakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) chief Saleem Saifullah told that the federation was making all the preparations to host the tie at the Islamabad Sports Complex.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiAugust 11, 2019UPDATED: August 11, 2019 18:55 IST Pakistan rules out shifting of Davis Cup tie against India to neutral venue (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPTF chief Saleem Saifullah told PTI that the federation was making all the preparations to host the tiePTF chief Saifullah said the Indian tennis team will be perfectly safe in PakistanITF said it will ask the International Tennis Federation to move the Davis Cup tie to a neutral venueThe Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) Sunday ruled out shifting of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group-1 tie against India to be played in Islamabad on September 14-15 to a neutral venue.PTF chief Saleem Saifullah told PTI that the federation was making all the preparations to host the tie at the Islamabad Sports Complex.”We are sticking to our original programme of hosting the tie on 14-15 September and I don’t see any problem or reason for the Indian team to feel unsafe to come to Islamabad,” Saifullah said.The escalating tension between the two countries in the aftermath of Indian government’s scrapping of Article 370 which had accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir has made the tie uncertain.The Indian Tennis Federation has said it will ask the International Tennis Federation to move the Davis Cup tie to a neutral venue.But Saifullah said the Indian tennis team will be perfectly safe in Pakistan.”They will stay for four days in Islamabad which is a safe city. We have made top-level security arrangements for them at their hotel and at the venue. So what is the problem for them to play in Islamabad? If they want, we will not even have spectators for the tie,” he said.Saifullah said the ITF has not yet contacted the PTF on shifting the tie to a neutral venue.He said the tie was very important for Pakistan in terms of promoting tennis in the country and earning revenues.He said the PTF was in already in touch with concerned ministries to ensure the Davis Cup tie was held on schedule in Islamabad.advertisement”As it is after a long time we have started hosting our Davis Cup ties at home,” the PTF chief noted.The Indian tennis federation on Saturday confirmed that it will approach world governing body ITF, seeking a neutral venue for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan, saying it’s not an “unreasonable request” considering the escalating tension between the two nations.”We have assessed the situation and feel that the atmosphere is not conducive to play in Pakistan. We have decided to write to the ITF on Monday to provide a neutral venue for the tie,” AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee had told PTI.”It’s now up to the ITF. They will put it before the Davis Cup committee but it’s likely that they will accept our request. We are not making an unreasonable request. It’s a genuine request. In current circumstances, it is not conducive to play there,” he said.Read more | Rogers Cup: Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov crash out semi-finalsAlso see:For 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Davis CupFollow ITFFollow AITAFollow Pakistan Nextlast_img read more

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Prime Minister Says Jamaica Could Attract Six Million Visitors in a Single Year

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says given Jamaica’s favourable macroeconomic conditions, it is no longer far fetched to believe that Jamaica could attract some six million visitors in a single year. Situated on the private peninsula of Oyster Bay, Trelawny, the resort offers an adult-only all-inclusive experience to a select high-end clientele. It features 315 suites, inclusive of 800 square ft. junior suites and 2,000 square ft. upper suites with panoramic ocean views and direct beach access. “I am challenging [Tourism] Minister [Edmund] Bartlett and his team to be even more aggressive and ambitious,” Mr. Holness said, adding that given the favourable economic conditions, “we won’t be talking about five million visitors by 2021; we will up that to six million visitors. It can be done… . Yes, it can be done.” Story Highlights Giving the keynote address at the official opening of the Excellence Oyster Bay Hotel in Trelawny on October 18, the Prime Minister said he has been watching very closely as Jamaica had its best year ever with 4.3 million in visitor arrivals in 2017, and he has every reason to believe that more magic is in the air. The Excellence Group is a family-owned and -operated resort chain, specialising in hotel management and worldwide real estate development, with a primary presence in the Caribbean. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says given Jamaica’s favourable macroeconomic conditions, it is no longer far fetched to believe that Jamaica could attract some six million visitors in a single year.Giving the keynote address at the official opening of the Excellence Oyster Bay Hotel in Trelawny on October 18, the Prime Minister said he has been watching very closely as Jamaica had its best year ever with 4.3 million in visitor arrivals in 2017, and he has every reason to believe that more magic is in the air.“I am challenging [Tourism] Minister [Edmund] Bartlett and his team to be even more aggressive and ambitious,” Mr. Holness said, adding that given the favourable economic conditions, “we won’t be talking about five million visitors by 2021; we will up that to six million visitors. It can be done… . Yes, it can be done.”The Prime Minister said the Government will continue to do its part in creating a business-friendly environment where investors will be happy to come to Jamaica to get their share of “paradise”.He said that for investors here at home and abroad, these are the best of times where the climate is ripe for investment in not just tourism but also in many other areas of interest.“We will be showing our commitment to their investments. We will do this by ensuring good governance, safety and security, and a stable macroeconomic environment,” Mr. Holness said.He further noted that in order to attract even more visitors to the island, industry players and government must work in tandem with each other, so as to maximize the full potential of the tourism sector.“The complementary infrastructure must also be rejuvenated and enhanced. All of this helps to improve the customer experience. It’s not just the experience in and outside of the property, but also the experience you feel when you land for the first time in Jamaica,” the Prime Minister said.Mr. Holness also cited the warmth of the Jamaican people as a major plus for the sector, noting that many lifelong friendships have been formed based on the level of interactions that have taken place over the years.last_img read more

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Suspected opioid use in Sarnia Ont leaves 1 dead 2 in hospital

first_imgSARNIA, Ont. – Police in Sarnia, Ont., have issued a public safety notice after one person died and two others were taken to hospital on Wednesday evening due to suspected drug overdoses.Police say the drug involved was thought to be cocaine but is now believed to have been laced with the dangerous opioid fentanyl and are asking anyone who recently bought street drugs to not use them due to the possibility of an overdose.Residents are also being urged to “not be afraid” to call 911 in an emergency and state what drugs were involved so first responders can provide the proper course of treatment.Police say the three overdoses occurred over five hours.Many Canadian cities have grappled with drug overdose deaths in recent months, perhaps the most notable being Vancouver, which recorded 25 deaths and nearly 600 overdose calls in June alone.More than 1,000 people died of overdoses in British Columbia last year and the coroner says fentanyl was involved in many of those deaths.Toronto police had issued a public safety alert last month after four people died of suspected opioid overdoses over three days.last_img read more

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Sewing ribbon skirt stitches the bonds of a community

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsThe ribbon skirt workshop at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre in Ottawa is filled with colorful ribbons, yards of material, the whirring sounds of sewing machines, and laughter.People are scattered around the room sewing, some for the first time.Colleen Paxton is a volunteer at the friendship centre and is helping people make their own ribbons skirts.“People can express their individuality through their skirts and feel part of the community,” says Paxton.Ribbon skirts vary in length, color and design.Some touch the ground, and some have slits up the sides.“As far as I’m concerned, your ribbon skirt is your personality, if you want two ribbons on it, you put two, if you want six, you go ahead and put on six,” says Paxton.She pointed out that each person in the workshop has a different style of skirt. She advises to ask the grandmother who is facilitating the ceremony what type of skirt is appropriate.“You listen to them respectfully and then you make your skirt how you feel comfortable with it and then knowing you are going to go that ceremony with that skirt,” says Paxton.Ribbon skirts are worn by woman at ceremonies, and honour women and teachings. They are long to connect with mother earth, so she would know who was touching her.Barbara O’Neil says she comes to the friendship centre because it’s a place of healing and therapy.The workshop provides a space to make skirts, moccasins, and regalia to participate in ceremonies.“We have to have a skirt for our ceremonies and especially for the drumming for the women we make contact with mother earth as well and that’s the reason for the long skirt,” says O’Neil.She is also learning so she can teach her children.“I have eight grandchildren which I learn this stuff and teach back to them and that’s my duty.”Jaime Morse came to the friendship centre a few years ago when she moved from Alberta.She says you can walk into any centre and see a friendly face and learn from other communities.“It’s helped me to connect with my community and even to help share what I know as a Metis person from out west with Ottawa folks,” says Morse.amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenlast_img read more

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Georgia Annan recommends sixmonth extension for UN observer mission

“I remain convinced that UNOMIG’s presence is essential for creating the conditions for a political process towards a settlement of the conflict, and for moving this process forward,” the Secretary-General says in his latest report to the Security Council on the situation in Abkhazia, which was released today at UN Headquarters in New York.The Secretary-General says that concerted efforts by his Special Representative, Dieter Boden, with the full support of the Group of Friends, will continue in order to achieve a breakthrough on the key issue of starting political status negotiations between the two sides.He also appeals to the Abkhaz side in particular to agree to a discussion on the substance of the paper on competences, and to use the opportunity to begin negotiations on a settlement that would guarantee the rights and interests of the multi-ethnic population of Abkhazia.Turning to the Mission, Mr. Annan urges both the Georgian and the Abkhaz sides to respect their responsibility for safeguarding UNOMIG personnel at all times, “especially when hazardous conditions prevail, and to ensure that the Mission’s air and road movements are not restricted.”He says that the technical investigation into the shooting down of a UN helicopter last October has reached its final stages. “I urge the sides to undertake all requisite measures to bring the perpetrators of this barbaric act to justice, as well as those responsible for the 21 September 1998 Sukhumi ambush and for previous hostage-taking incidents,” the Secretary-General writes.The Council is expected to discuss the report on Wednesday. read more

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