Acid attack on U.P. rape victim again

first_imgA 38-year-old rape and acid attack survivor from the Dalit community, faced her fourth acid attack here on Saturday evening in the compound of the hostel she is living in, though she has been accorded police protection. She suffered injuries on her face and chest.The woman, a mother of two, works at a cafe in the State capital run by acid attack survivors. She was admitted to the King George Medical University, and is being treated at the trauma centre.No FIR filedNo FIR has been registered yet, but the police are investigating the case.The victim was earlier attacked in March. Miscreants forced acid down her throat while she was on a train to Lucknow from her village in Rae Bareli.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had then visited her in hospital and announced an assistance of ₹1 lakh.On the Chief Minister’s direction, an armed guard was provided for her security round the clock.Additional Director-General of police, Lucknow, Abhay Kumar Prasad said it was likely that the woman was attacked while she was talking on the phone in the dark. “We have informed her relatives. Investigation has started,” Mr. Prasad said. S.N. Sankhwar, chief medical superintendent of the hospital, said the woman had received 10% burns on the lateral part of the right side of her face and upper part of the chest.“She is fine, her vitals are stable. The plastic surgeon and the critical cases department are treating the burns,” he said.The attack has raised serious questions about lapses in security. Police said the attack happened during the shift change of the two gunners who were assigned to guard the woman.SP Lucknow Sarvesh Kumar said the police would probe all angles, including the security lapse as the campus was a secured one. “The victim’s family has a long-running dispute with another family in Rae Bareli. We will explore that as well,” said Mr. Kumar.The police are also investigating the previous attacks on her and have rounded up the two men who were arrested — but later granted bail — in connection with the attack in March.The police does not have any CCTV footage so far and has been unable to track from where the miscreants entered the compound of the working women’s hostel in Aliganj locality.According to Stop Acid Attacks, an NGO working with acid attack survivors, the woman was allegedly gangraped in 2009.After she filed a complaint, the two accused allegedly physically assaulted her in 2011 and on December 25, 2013 attacked her with acid.last_img read more

MCA challenges High Court’s order to move IPL matches out of Mumbai

first_imgThe Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has challenged the Bombay the High Court’s order to move the Indian Premier League matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra. The matter will come up for hearing on April 25. (Maharashtra government ropes in Tendulkar to combat drought)The High Court had ordered moving all IPL matches from April 30 onward out of the Maharashtra, which affected the schedule of 13 matches in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. BCCI’s request to hold the May 1 game in Pune as scheduled was agreed upon by the High Court.A public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Foundation for Democratic Reforms and Loksatta Movement forced the IPL matches out of the state after it highlighted that over 60 lakh litre of water will be used to maintain the pitches at the three venues while the state was fighting a drought.Interestingly, Mumbai had opted for Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Stadium as their ‘adopted’ home for the games moved out of Wankhede Stadium. But the Rajasthan High Court pulled up the state government and asked it to reply how it can allow IPL to be held when the state was facing acute shortage of water.The Wankhede Stadium is home to defending champions Mumbai Indians while debutants Rising Pune Supergiants have the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune as their base.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Singapore best destination in world for expats: Report

first_imgMumbai, Oct 2 (PTI) Singapore has topped the list of destinations for expats as they feel the island nation offers better career opportunities and quality of life, says a report.According to HSBCs report from the Expat Explorer series, expatriates enjoy some of the worlds best financial rewards and career opportunities in Singapore, while benefiting from an excellent quality of life and a safe, family-friendly environment.It has topped the overall Expat Explorer country league table for the second year running, as almost two-thirds of expats said they earn more and have a better quality of life.The survey covered 26,871 expatriates from 190 countries, including India, through an online questionnaire in March and April 2016.While London and New York have featured as the places to boost job prospects, Sydney has attracted more than half of expats to its wealth of parks, beaches and sports.For culture, expats prefer Paris and Toronto for security as it is a safer place to live.”Expats consistently tell us that moving abroad has helped them achieve their ambitions and long-term financial goals, from getting access to better education for their children to buying property or saving more for retirement.”Most expats also find that their quality of life has improved since making the move and that they are integrating well with the local people and culture,” HSBC India Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management S Ramakrishnan said.Millennials are drawn to expat life to find more purpose in their careers, the survey said, adding nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of expats aged 18-34 moved abroad to find more purpose in their career.advertisementIt revealed that, millennials are finding the purpose they seek, with almost half (49 per cent) saying they are more fulfilled at work than they were in their home country.Expat life accelerates progress towards financial goals towards their long-term financial goals, it said. PTI SM RSY ADI MKJ JMlast_img read more

‘Emery needs three windows to get targets’

first_imgUnai Emery has Arsenal “going the right way”, says Ray Parlour, but will need “maybe three transfer windows” in which to get the players he wants.The Spaniard was given no recruitment warchest when inheriting the reins from Arsene Wenger over the summer.As a result, he had to make only minor tweaks to the ranks at Emirates Stadium, with experience added across the backline and exciting potential drafted into midfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has been able to deliver impressive results with those at this disposal, with the Gunners currently on a 16-game unbeaten run.Growing confidence at Emirates Stadium is built on a belief that there is even more to come, with Emery offering cause for optimism as he prepares to further bolster his ranks with more players that fit his system.Former Arsenal star Parlour told the Daily Star on the present and future in north London: “I think the club is all going the right way now. “Everybody’s sticking together, fans are behind the team, which is very important. “Last year we saw fans weren’t turning up and suddenly everyone wants to go to the games. “So you’ve got to give the manager two, maybe three transfer windows because they’ll be certain players he might be looking at now to try and bring in. “He’s got the system he wants to try and play.”Emery is still looking for Arsenal to dominate games, as Wenger did before him.He has, however, tried to make the Gunners harder to beat, with the club often accused of having a soft centre when the going got tough under their former boss.A change in approach has delivered rich rewards so far, with an ongoing push for a top-four finish in the Premier League complementing productive runs through Carabao Cup and Europa League competition. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI Highlights: How Shikhar Dhawan and spinners destroyed Sri Lanka in series decider

first_imgIndia registered their eighth consecutive ODI series victory after beating Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the third and final ODI at Visakhapatnam. (Scorecard)India Innings:That’s it and that’s a wrap. #TeamIndia do it in style and win the series 2-1 #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201720:04 IST: A dominating performance by India to clinch the series! They have made a mockery of the run chase. Sri Lanka did strike early with the wicket of Rohit Sharma and with the ball turning and doing all sorts of things it looked like the visitors would make a match of this. But such was not the case. The attacking due of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, gave no respite to the Lankan bowlers. Right from the outset they played their shots and in no time took the game away from the visitors by stitching a 135-run stand. The latter once again threw his wicket after getting to a half century but the former took his side home and remained unbeaten on a ton. Dinesh Karthik did his part too after the wicket of Iyer, ensuring there were no further hiccups.19:54 IST: INDIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS! They do it in style. A full by on off, Karthik goes inside out over covers for a boundary. Hand shakes all around. India have made quick work of this run chase.19:52 IST: CENTURY! 31.5: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR! Century for Dhawan! His 12th. Take a bow, what an innings this has been. A thoroughly entertaining one. He has gone after the bowling right from the start and made sure he has stayed till the end. A full ball on leg stump by Asela. Dhawan brings out the sweep shot which he has played really well. He does so again, through mid-wicket for a boundary.advertisement19:50 IST: 31.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR! A boundary away! and India only need 7. A hit me ball by Asela. A full delivery on the pads. Dhawan flicks it down towards fine leg for a boundary.3rd ODI. 30.3: A Mathews to S Dhawan (91), 4 runs, 198/2 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201719:42 IST: 29.4: D Gunathilaka to S Dhawan, FOUR! 14 runs away now! He sweeps the ball through mid-wicket and fetches himself a boundary.19:41 IST: 29.2: D Gunathilaka to S Dhawan, SIX! He moves into the 80s. He needs 18 more for a hundred and India need 29. He comes down the track and lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie.19:36 IST: 28.1: A Mathews to S Dhawan, FOUR! He is eyeing a hundred here! A full ball on middle by Mathews. Dhawan, goes down on one knee and whips it over square leg for a boundary.3rd ODI. 26.4: NTLC Perera to S Dhawan (68), 4 runs, 168/2 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201719:25 IST: MILESTONE! 25.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, 4000 ODI runs for Shikhar Dhawan! Becomes the second fastest Indian and 6th overall to do so. Well done! Fuller ball on off, Shikhar drives it towards long off for one.19:19 IST: 24.2: T Perera to D Karthik, FOUR. Karthik’s first boundary! A fuller in length delivery on middle, Karthik walks across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 57 runs more needed.19:18 IST: 23.6: S Pathirana to D Karthik, NOT OUT! Dhawan has made it! Pathirana tosses it up on off, Karthik tries to force it through the off side but gets it off the inner half towards mid on. He calls for a run and his partner obliges. The fielder is quick to the ball and scores a bull’s eye at the striker’s end. The players appeal and the umpire goes upstairs. Replays show Dhawan has just about made his crease. He survives.19:12 IST: WICKET! 22.4: T Perera to S Iyer. A wicket but a bit too late? Iyer once again throws his wicket away. He moves away to the leg side expecting a fuller one. Perera bowls a short ball, cramping him for room. Iyer tries to pull but is late on the shot. He mistimes it to Lakmal who takes it at mid on. No real celebrations from the Lankans. A dejected Iyer walks back to a standing ovation as it has been an enterprising innings by him. The 135-run stand is broken. India need just 67 more runs to win. India 149/2 (22.4 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21519:09 IST: 21.5: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR. Short and wide outside off, Dhawan cuts it past the point fielder to fetch himself another boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for India.19:09 IST: 21.4: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR BYES! Dhawan goes down on one knee to the full ball in an attempt to sweep. He misses, the ball turns away. Dickwella fails to collect it and the ball races to the third man fence.advertisement19:08 IST: 21.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, EDGED BUT DOES NOT CARRY! Asela bowls it slower on off, gets it to turn away. Dhawan tries to defend but gets an outside edge which falls short of first slip.19:05 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, WIDE! Three in a row! Once again he bowls it down the leg side. Iyer lets it be and the umpire calls it a wide.19:05 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, FIVE WIDES! He has not got it right here! Sri Lanka can’t give away such easy runs. Asela again fires it down the leg side. Dickwella fails to collect and the ball races to the fine leg fence.19:04 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, WIDE! Starts off with a wide down the leg side. Iyer misses the flick and the umpire signals a wide. He start the last ODI with a wide also.The Dhawan Domination continues. Second consecutive half century for @SDhawan25 #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:55 IST: FIFTY! 19.3: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, SIX! The leg spinner googly picks it and sends it into the sands. That also brings up his fifty. His 24th and like his partner he too has back-to-back half centuries. Akila tosses it up on off, a leg spinner by him. Dhawan sees it early goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a maximum.18:53 IST: 18.4: T Perera to S Dhawan, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Perera is just not learning! Short balls at his pace is not threatening. He bangs it short on middle, Dhawan gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.And young Shreyas Iyer gets to a well-made half century. His second in ODIs. Such an impact innings this #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 15.4: S Pathirana to S Iyer (54), 4 runs, 103/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:37 IST: FIFTY! 15.2: S Pathirana to S Iyer, 1 run. Back-to-back fifties for him. His second in ODIs and he has brought it up in quick time. A brilliant counter-attacking innings which has probably taken the game away from the Lankans. Shreyas drives the flighted ball outside off through covers to get to the milestone. India 98/1 (15.2 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21518:37 IST: 15.1: S Pathirana to S Iyer, SIX. Shreyas Iyer loves using his feet to the spinner. We saw that in the last ODI and we can see the same now. He comes down the track and launches the ball over mid-wicket for a maximum.3rd ODI. 14.3: N Pradeep to S Iyer (42), 4 runs, 90/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:31 IST: 13.5: S Pathirana to S Iyer, FOUR! Not convincing but Iyer will take it! He comes down the track, does not get to the pitch of the ball but still goes forward with the shot. He gets a thick inside edge through square leg for a boundary. India only need another 130 now.advertisement18:23 IST: NOT OUT! 11.6: S Pathirana to S IyerMissing leg indeed! Sri Lanka loose a review. It never looked out to be honest. Pathirana bowls an arm ball on middle, Iyer plays for the turn and is beaten as he tries to defend. The ball hits him on the front pad. The bowler makes a very confident appeal and the umpire shakes his head. Perera after a chat with his teammates opts to review. Replays show there is no inside edge but the ball is missing the leg pole. The on field decision stays.18:22 IST: Howzaaat! A huge appeal for an LBW by Pathirana, not given. After consulting the keeper and the bowler, Perera opts to review. Missing leg I feel.18:20 IST: 11.1: S Pathirana to S Iyer, FOUR.18:18 IST: 10.5: A Mathews to S Iyer, FOUR. The fifty-run stand between the two is up in no time and it is brought up in style. Mathews bowls a full ball on off, Iyer leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.3rd ODI. 10.2: A Mathews to S Iyer (18), 4 runs, 60/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:13 IST: 9.4: A Dananjaya to S Iyer, FOUR.18:12 IST: 9.2: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, FOUR. A freebie and it has been put away! A short ball by Akila on middle, Dhawan rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He is dealing in boundaries.18:10 IST: 8.6: S Lakmal to S Dhawan, FOUR. Full this time and it is caressed! Lakmal dishes out a full ball outside off. Dhawan leans into it and drives it through covers for another boundary. Second in the over. 13 runs from it.3rd ODI. 8.4: S Lakmal to S Dhawan (18), 4 runs, 41/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 5.5: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan (11), 5 runs, 26/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201717:55 IST: 5.1: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, FOUR.17:53 IST: 4.4: S Lakmal to S Iyer, That was close! Lakmal again bowls it outside off but this time closer to the off pole. Iyer covers his off stump and makes a watchful leave.17:48 IST: WICKET! 3.4: A Dananjaya to R Sharma. Akila draws first blood and it is a big one of Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper. A great comeback by the youngster after being hit for a biggie. He tosses this one up on off, it is the googly by him. The ball turns back in, also stays a touch low. Sharma tries to defend but is beaten by the low bounce and the ball hits the stumps. The experiment of starting off with a spinner has paid off. Rohit Sharma walks back cheaply and an early wicket, just what the doctor ordered for Lanka. India 14/1 (3.4 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21517:47 IST: 3.2: A Dananjaya to R Sharma, SIX! Boom boom goes Sharma! Sharma comes down the track to the flighted ball, gets to the pitch of it and goes over long on for a biggie.3rd ODI. 2.6: S Lakmal to S Dhawan (6), 4 runs, 8/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201717:40 IST: 1.3: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, Lovely fielding effort! Just what the Lankans need as they are not defending a big total. Dhawan this time nails the sweep shot to the ball on leg stump towards short fine leg. The fielder there, dives full stretch to his right and makes an excellent stop. He can’t prevent a single tough.17:39 IST: 1.2: A Dananjaya to R Sharma, In the air… but does not carry! Sharma trying to take the attack to Akila. He comes down the track and tries to go big. He does not connect that well and the ball goes on the bounce to the fielder at long on. The batsmen take a run.17:31 IST: Welcome back for the run chase. The Lankan players along with the umpires walk out to the middle. Followed by the two Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma who is fresh of a double ton in the last game. Suranga Lakmal will bowl with the first new ball. He has two slips in place. Can he get an early wicket? Sri Lanka will hope so.AP PhotoSri Lanka Innings:16:55 IST: A stunning comeback by the Indians have seen them head into the break as the happier side. After winning the toss and putting the opposition into bat. The Sri Lankans got off to a flier with a 124-run stand Upul Tharanga and Sadeera Samarawickrama.16:52 IST: SRI LANKA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 215! 44.5: B Kumar to A Gunaratne, OUT! That’s it! Kumar wraps it up. He gets his first of the match. He lands it on a length outside off, Gunaratne tries to guide it down towards third man but gets an outside edge to Dhoni who pouches it.16:31 IST: WICKET! 40.1: H Pandya to S Lakmal! Lakmal is walking back now! Pandya with his second. He lands it on off, gets it to shape back in. Lakmal tries to drive but is beaten by the inswing. The ball hits him on the front pad and the Indians appeal. Pandya is celebrating even before he has started appealing. Sri Lanka 211/9 (40.1 overs) vs India39.5: WICKET! A Dananjaya (1) is out, b Kuldeep Yadav, 210/8 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201716:21 IST: WICKET! 38.4: H Pandya to S Pathirana! In the air… gone! Pandya gets his first! Pathirana wanted to go big but fails to get the timing right. A length delivery on the stumps, Sachith swings his bat but gets it off the toe-end of the bat towards mid on. Chahal there backpedals a bit and takes a safe catch. What a turnaround this is from India. Will Sri Lanka play out their quota of 50 overs? Sri Lanka 208/7 (38.4 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 35.4: Y Chahal to S Pathirana (4), 4 runs, 201/6 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201716:07 IST: WICKET! 35.1: Y Chahal to T Perera! That is plumb! The Indian spinners have turned it around completely. Chahal gets his third and the dangerous Perera is walking back. Once again, the turning ball is causing the problems for the Sri Lankan batsmen. Chahal lands it outside off and gets it to turn back sharply. The ball was also bowled a touch quicker and hence beating Thisara as he is late to defend it off the back foot. The ball sneaks through and hits the back pad. The Indian players appeal and the umpire raises his finger immediately. Perera walks up to his partner and after a chat reviews it. Replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows there is no bat involved and Hawk Eye shows umpires call which is out. Perera is given his marching orders. Sri Lanka though don’t lose a review as it is umpires call. Another one bits the dust for the Lankans and now the Indians will hope to wrap it up quickly.16:04 IST: Thisara is a goner! He has been adjudged LBW but after a chat with Asela he reviews. To be honest only an inside edge can save him there.15:57 IST: WICKET! 33.5: Y Chahal to A Mathews. TIMBER! Mathews is walking back. A huge wicket for the Indians as he has been in terrific form. This is also the first time he has been dismissed in this series and it had to a gem to get him out. Chahal bowls a flighted ball, which first drifts into the batsman, pitches on middle and then turns away sharply. Mathews lunges forward and does not play for the turn as he is undone by it. The ball hits the top of off and Yuzvendra is ecstatic. Mathews can’t believe it as his look says it all. Sri Lanka are completely losing the plot and the Indian spinners are once again weaving their magic. Sri Lanka 189/5 (33.5 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 32.3: J Bumrah to A Mathews (15), 4 runs, 186/4 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715:28 IST: WICKET! 27.5: K Yadav to N Dickwella. Sri Lanka have lost their fourth wicket. Guided straight to first slip! Two quick wickets and Kuldeep has turned it on here! The bowling change has worked for Rohit Sharma. Dickwella comes and perishes! Smart bowling! Yadav once again bowls a slower delivery outside off, Dickwella just like what he did on the previous ball tries to do it again. Gets back but this time guides it straight into the hands of Shreyas Iyer at first slip. Sri Lanka in a bit of bother now.15:27 IST: 27.4: K Yadav to N Dickwella, FOUR. Nicely done! Slower through the air, outside off, Dickwella goes back and guides it past the first slip fielder for another boundary. Pandya in the deep does well to stop but the ball still wins the race.15:26 IST: 27.2: K Yadav to N Dickwella, FOUR. Dickwella is off the mark straightaway! On middle and leg, Niroshan gets down and paddle sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary to get going.He’s got eyes like a Hawk. How good was that from @msdhoni #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715:24 IST: WICKET! 27.1: K Yadav to U Tharanga! Stumped! Yadav comes and strikes immediately! But credit to one man, MS Dhoni! He is just too good behind the stumps, isn’t he? Another timely wicket as Tharanga was looking really dangerous. Kuldeep tosses it up outside off, Upul looks to drive it but the ball turns away and he gets beaten. Dhoni behind the stumps collects the ball and waits for a bit and then takes the bails off. He appeals and the umpire refers it upstairs. Replays show Tharanga hasn’t dragged his back leg behind. It’s firmly on the crease and the Giant Screen flashes OUT!15:22 IST: And an appeal straightaway. Dhoni removes the bails and appeals for a stumping. It has been taken upstairs. He isn’t that confident though. Has Tharanga dragged his leg behind the line? Let’s wait and find out.15.16 IST: 25.2: Pandya to Mathews, FOUR!3rd ODI. 25.3: H Pandya to A Mathews (5), 4 runs, 151/2 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715.14 IST: 24.5: Chahal to Tharanga, SIX! 3rd ODI. 24.5: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (86), 6 runs, 145/2 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715.08 IST: Angelo Mathews walks out to the middle. He is fresh of a ton in the last game. Can he replicate his from here?15.05 IST: 22.3: Chahal to Sadeera, OUT! Chahal provides the breakthrough and the crowd erupts. A much-needed one for the Indians. A false shot again by Sadeera, he has been riding his luck throughout his innings but this time he runs out of it. Yuzvendra tosses it up outside off, gets it to turn away. Samarawickrama comes down the track but does not quite get to the pitch of the ball. He still tries to go inside out but only manages to slice it to the man at sweeper covers. Dhawan there positions himslef under it and takes it. He also performs his trademark celebration by turning towards the crowd. Sadeera walks back after getting a start. The 121-run stand comes to an end. Can India now build on this?22.3: WICKET! S Samarawickrama (42) is out, c Shikhar Dhawan b Yuzvendra Chahal, 136/2- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:57 IST: 20.6: Y Chahal to U Tharanga, FOUR.3rd ODI. 20.6: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (79), 4 runs, 129/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:52 IST: DROPPED! 19.2: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama. A touch one but should have been taken at this level. Yadav gives it air on middle. Seeing the flight, Sadeera comes down the track and tries to flick it over mid-wicket. He does not get the elevation desired. The ball goes towards Dinesh Karthik who jumps high and tries to take it but can’t. He then recovers and tries to take it on the second attempt but fails to get to it.3rd ODI. 18.6: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (73), 4 runs, 117/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:50 IST: 18.3: Y Chahal to U Tharanga, SIX! That has gone up and over the fence! What a shot! Chahal gives it air on middle, Tharanga lofts it over the bowler’s head for a maximum.14:42 IST: Drinks are on the field. This is some start for Sri Lanka. They have come out with a lot of intent and it has worked so far for them. Tharanga has already notched up his fifty while Samarawickrama has done justice to his selection. The Indians need to break this stand and it will be interesting to see if the spinners can put a lid on the scoring rate now.3rd ODI. 15.1: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama (24), 4 runs, 93/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:31 IST: 13.5: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama, No run. Another appeal and this one is very close! India don’t review again and have they missed a chance? Kuldeep once again bowls it on off, but a touch fuller this time. He gets it to turn into the batsman who tries to flick but misses. Sadeera is struck on the front pad and the Indians appeal. The umpire shakes his head. Rohit after having a word with Dhoni opts not to review. But the Indians should have there, Haw Eye later shows three reds and yes India have missed a chance.14:28 IST: 13.2: K Yadav to U Tharanga, Cracking delivery! Kuldeep bowls a googly which completely foxes Upul. He fails to read it and tries to defend it leaving a gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and goes extremely close to the off pole.14:26 IST: 12.5: B Kumar to S Samarawickrama, OUCH! That has hit him flush on his helmet! Kumar once again bangs it short on middle, Samarawickrama comes down the track and tries to pull. But is late on the shot this time and is hit on the helmet. The ball rolls towards square leg and the batsmen take a leg bye. The good thing here is the batsman is fine.3rd ODI. 12.4: B Kumar to S Samarawickrama (14), 4 runs, 80/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:20 IST: FIFTY! 11.1: K Yadav to U Tharanga, 1 run. Tharanga’s 36th in ODIs. It has been a very exciting one here. Kuldeep dishes out a fuller ball on off, Upul drives it towards long off for a run. He has to make it big if Sri Lanka are to get to a decent total here. Sri Lanka 73/1 (11.1 overs) vs India14:19 IST: Time for spin! Kuldeep Yadav is into the attack.3rd ODI. 10.5: H Pandya to S Samarawickrama (10), 4 runs, 72/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:10 IST: 8.5: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR. 5 in a row! Upul Tharanga is in the mood now! This is the best of the lot! Once again keeps it full, slower in pace. UT stands tall and hits it off the meat over mid off for another boundary. Runs coming at a quick pace for the Lankans.14:10 IST: 8.4: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR. Edgyyyy! Pandya doesn’t know what to do now! Slower this time, just outside off, Tharanga looks to drive again but gets another edge towards Dhoni. The ball dies down in front of the keeper who in spite a dive to his left couldn’t stop it. The races away towards the fence again. 16 already from the over!14:09 IST: 8.3: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! Up and past the man at mid off! Fuller in length and outside off, Tharanga decided to go after it. Chips it aerially past the diving mid off fielder for the third boundary of the over.14:08 IST: 8.2: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! And again! Not off the middle but had enough the clear mid on! Fuller and angling in, Upul chips it over mid on. The fielder there was interested but the ball sails over him and goes to the fence for back-to-back boundaries.14:08 IST: 8.1: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! Edged and away! Pandya from around the wicket, hurls a length delivery outside off, Tharanga looks to go hard at it. Gets a thick outside edge throuh the vacant slip cordon for a boundary to start the over.3rd ODI. 6.2: H Pandya to WU Tharanga (28), 4 runs, 45/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:56 IST: 5.3: J Bumrah to U Tharanga, FOUR. They are dealing in boundaries here! Poor line again! Bumrah again sprays it on the pads, Tharanga gets across and tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Back-to-back for Lanka.13:55 IST: 5.2: J Bumrah to U Tharanga, FOUR. Sprays on the pads, too easy for Tharanga, he loves it there. He flicks it over square leg to fetch himself another boundary.3rd ODI. 4.5: B Kumar to WU Tharanga (12), 4 runs, 29/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:53 IST: 4.5: B Kumar to U Tharanga, FOUR. Crunched! 10 runs from the last 3 balls. Shorter in length around middle, Tharanga gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.3rd ODI. 4.3: B Kumar to WU Tharanga (6), 4 runs, 23/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 3.5: J Bumrah to S Samarawickrama (4), 4 runs, 19/1 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:46 IST: WICKET! 3.4: J Bumrah to D Gunathilaka, OUT c Rohit Sharma b Jasprit Bumrah. Sri Lanka have lost their first wicket. Sri Lanka 15/1 (3.4 overs) vs India13:43 IST: 2.6: B Kumar to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Gunathilaka has opted for the attacking approach! He comes down the track to the ball which is not that short. He pulls it through square leg and fetches himslef a boundary. He might have been given the license from the dressing room to go after the bowlers.3rd ODI. 0.3: B Kumar to D Gunathilaka (4), 4 runs, 4/0 #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:29 IST: Bright sunshine welcomes us here in Visakhapatnam. The Indian team are in a huddle near the boundary ropes and now they walk to the middle. Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka will open the batting the batting for Sri Lanka. They will hope to provide their team with a good star. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the bowling for India. He has two slips in place.13:24 IST: Both the teams along with the umpires walk out for their respective national anthems. The away side will sing their first, followed by the Indians.13:06 IST: TEAMS!Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan PradeepIndia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal13:01 IST: TOSS! India have won the toss and they will bowl first.12:45 IST: Pitch report! Sunil Gavaskar and Russel Arnold feel this is a very good batting pitch. Further add it is nice and hard. Reckon the bowlers can get a little bounce and lift as there is a little grass in the middle. Opine the cracks won’t make a difference as it is a one-dayer. Win the toss and bowl first as dew might come into play later on say the two.And we are gearing up for the series finale #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2017India will be eyeing their seventh straight ODI series victory when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam on Sunday.One day to go for the final @paytm #INDvSL ODI and #TeamIndia made sure they are fully prepared. BCCI (@BCCI) December 16, 2017Captaining the Indian cricket team for the first time, Rohit Sharma will aim to continue the momentum from the second match at Mohali in order to win his maiden series as captain.India lost the first ODI in Dharamsala by a massive seven wickets, where the Indian batting line-up went through a dramatic collapse. However, led by captain Rohit, who created history by becoming the first batsman to score a third double ton in ODIs, India roared back to form in Mohali and levelled the series with a 141-run victory.Ahead of South Africa tour, India will look to keep up their dominant form at home that has seen them win every series since the defeat to South Africa in October 2015.On the contrary, if Sri Lanka pull off a win on Sunday, it will be their first bilateral ODI series win in India.If India’s past record at this venue is anything to go by, they have an excellent chance to keep their winning run going.The hosts have lost only one of the seven matches they have played at this ground and a generally unimpressive Sri Lanka will have to be at the top their game to get past the Indians here.last_img read more

U17 World Cup LIVE: Spain vs Niger

first_imgU17 World Cup: Spain 4-0 Niger: La Rojita maul Menas in four-goal masterclass Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 19:39 10/10/17 Abel Ruiz Spain 2017 Getty FC Barcelona’ Abel Ruiz scored a brace as Spain won their first game in Kochi… Spain reacted to their loss against Brazil with a scintillating 4-0 win against FIFA U-17 World Cup new boys Niger in their second game of Group D at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Tuesday.Abel Ruiz (21′ & 41′) and César Gelabert (45+1) scored in the first half followed a Sergio Gómez (82′) curler towards the end of the second as Spain exploited the spaces offered to them all over the field.​Mohamed Moukhliss started in midfield for Spain alongside Antonio Blanco. Ferran Torres, who impressed against Brazil in the first game, was fielded on the right once again, with Cesar Gelaber in behind striker and skipper Abel Ruiz.Salim Abdourahmane lead the line for Niger, with Karim Tinni and Ibrahim Boubacar providing support from the flanks.Spain threatened right from the get-go, with Mohamed Moukhliss impressing in the double pivot. Niger found it difficult to deal with the one-touch passes, flicks and tricks of the Spanish attack.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez didn’t have the greatest of starts to the game, as Niger, despite their opponent’s technical superiority, pressed high up the pitch.La Rojita’s dominance was finally rewarded with the opening goal in the 21st minute. Left back Juan Miranda set off on a marauding run, beat his marker and crossed low into the box into the feet of Abel Ruiz and the striker tapped it in to make it 1-0.Both Spain full-backs were spending most of their time in the attacking third and with Niger refusing to sit back and defend, they were spaces to utilize.Goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez started the game on a sketchy note but when called into action in the 37th minute, he was quick and alert. Tinni’s diagonal run was perfectly timed but Fernandez came off his line to launch it away.Four minutes before the break, Spain doubled their lead. A free-kick from outside the box was launched into the box and Abel Ruiz latched onto it like a fox in the box. Khaled Lawali blocked his initial shot but unfortunately for the keeper, the rebound fell to the Ruiz again, who made no mistake in scoring his second goal of the game.Niger was struggling to get a grip in midfield. They were open spaces to pick out and just before the break, Spain struck the third blow. Sergio Gomez, who worked his socks off against Brazil on the left flank, picked out Cesar Gelabert’s late central run into the box. The attacking midfielder diverted the ball into the top left corner of the net to make it 3-0 at the half-time whistle. La Rojita started the second half just as they did the first. Precise passes, flicks and late runs by midfielders and from the flanks. One such period of play in the 54th minute resulted in Gelabert sliding in a precise through ball into the path of a surging Moukhliss but the midfield engine lost his balance and Rachid Soumana pounced on his tiny window of opportunity to clear the ball away from the area.Abel Ruiz almost scored his third goal when Miranda’s cross after an overlap on the left met his right foot inside the box but the end product wasn’t on target.Cesar Gelabert dazzled the crowd with his touches on the ball through the centre of the pitch. He showed great composure on the ball and ran the show as Spain continued to threaten the Niger defence. The crowd applauded him off the field, as he was replaced by Jose Lara in the 78th minute.Sergio Gomez struck the final nail in the coffin in the 82nd minute when he curled a low left-footed shot into the bottom right corner to make it a dominant 4-0.Spain passed their way towards the final whistle and there was Niger could do to claw their way back into the game. The winning side looked hungry and threatened with every surge forward.Spain will now take on DPR Korea whereas Niger will hope to keep their hopes alive against tournament favourites Brazil. read morelast_img read more

The Best Duffels For Fall Adventures

first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities A good duffel bag is essential for packing up your adventure gear. Whether you’re planning a weekend on the road, morning mountain bike excursion, or fly fishing sunset, having the right tool to haul your gear makes your work getting to and from your getaway easier. We’ve been beating on a few of the best duffels on long weekends in the mountains and these are our favorites.Related: 5 Best Mountain Town Adventures | Stio Mountain Apparel For The WeekenderCotopaxi Chumpi 35L Duffel, $100Cotopaxi’s new Chumpi is the perfect weekend roadtrip workhorse. The burley nylon-cotton outer fabric stands up to everything from overzealous TSA baggage inspectors to long days on the road. A contrast color liner makes it easy to spot your essential gear. Stowaway backpack straps add some extra carrying options when you have to get it to a secluded cabin or mountain lodge.Gear Hauling StorageStio Basin Tech Tote 59L, $109For long days filled with serious amounts of fun, you need to bring along mountain bike helmets, hiking boots, climbing shoes, and all your other adventure gear. Stio’s Basin Tech Tote is a modern take on a classic tote bag design. This mighty little duffel is deceptively huge. When the compression straps are left wide, it easily swallowed all our downhill riding armor, a change of clothes, and favorite biking pack for a day on the trails in Big Sky, Montana. The side panels of the body are lined with mesh organizer pockets, so you’ll always have your battery packs, snacks, and other small items within reach. The 600-d nylon body will take multiple years’ worth of hard use. In short, this is the ultimate mountain life bag.Waterproof AdventureSealLine WideMouth Waterproof Duffel, $90You need dry gear whether you’re out exploring on a SUP, going canyoneering in Zion National Park, or just enjoying a mellow day at the beach. We love the WideMouth for its simplicity – the roll top closure has printed instructions on it – and ease of use. It will keep forty liters of gear dry for days on end. Our favorite use is keeping food and clothes dry while paddling into remote campsites on our SUPs. The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

Gov’t will Ensure Cannabis Industry Meets Int’l Standards

first_img The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) award of Orphan Drug Status for ‘Chrysoeriol’ which has been developed by Flavocure Biotech LLC (FBL) to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). While emphasising the need to be “absolutely careful and certain” about how the matter is treated, Mr. Holness said treading on the side of caution “will inure to the benefit of the country in the long term”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be exercising caution in how cannabis is leveraged in the development of Jamaica’s nutraceutical industry. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be exercising caution in how cannabis is leveraged in the development of Jamaica’s nutraceutical industry.He said the Administration has to ensure that Jamaica does not breach international rules and standards and that activities are being carried out lawfully.“These are not just standards to do with medicine or compliance to do with health. It is also financial and banking standards to ensure that our market is not being used for illegal activities (by persons) parading under a licence,” he pointed out.“The Government of Jamaica has to ensure that we are compliant with international standards, because cannabis and the (medication) that could potentially come from it are still not recognised in many countries, and some countries still consider it illegal,” he noted further.The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) award of Orphan Drug Status for ‘Chrysoeriol’ which has been developed by Flavocure Biotech LLC (FBL) to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).The ceremony was held at Eden Gardens Wellness and Spa in St. Andrew on Wednesday, July 12.While emphasising the need to be “absolutely careful and certain” about how the matter is treated, Mr. Holness said treading on the side of caution “will inure to the benefit of the country in the long term”.The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, also referred to as the Ganja Reform Law, created the framework for the decriminalisation of offences under the Act, making possession of less than two ounces of ganja a ticketable offence.The legislation also created the framework for the development of legal medical marijuana, hemp and nutraceutical industries, and for the establishment of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to oversee the implementation of regulations for licences, permits and other authorisations for the cultivation, processing, distribution, sale and transportation of ganja.Flavocure Biotech LLC, based in Maryland in the United States, is owned and operated by the Eden Gardens Group of Companies, which is headed by noted Jamaican scientist, Dr. Henry Lowe.last_img read more

Vanessa Redgrave To Be Honored At amfAR New York Gala

first_imgamfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research will hold its annual New York Gala on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.The Foundation will honor revered actresses and producers Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, and photographer Peter Lindbergh, for their exceptional contributions to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS.The black-tie benefit will be held at Cipriani Wall Street, and will feature a special performance by Nile Rodgers and Chic. Bulgari and Wells Fargo will generously serve as the event’s presenting sponsors. Wells Fargo has long been a strong and loyal supporter of amfAR and many other AIDS related charities. Bulgari began its relationship with amfAR as one of the Foundation’s earliest corporate sponsors, pledging its support in honor of amfAR co-founder Dame Elizabeth Taylor for her passionate and tireless work in the fight against AIDS.Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson, mother and sister of the late Natasha Richardson, who was a much loved amfAR Trustee, have carried on Natasha’s legacy in the fight against AIDS with their steadfast support of amfAR. Celebrated photographer Peter Lindbergh has made many generous contributions to amfAR through the years, and has been one of the leaders of the fashion community’s brave response to the AIDS crisis.The event’s signature sponsors include M•A•C Viva Glam, Mercedes-Benz, and Mandarin Oriental, New York. The New York Gala, now in its 16th year, will kick off Fashion Week with a black-tie gala dinner, live auction, honoree tributes, and a performance by disco legends Nile Rodgers and Chic, who will also be seen performing with Daft Punk at the Grammys later this month.Chairs of the event include Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, Harry Belafonte, Veronica Bulgari, Kim Cattrall, R. Martin Chavez, Chelsea Clinton, Andy Cohen, Kenneth Cole, Alan Cumming, John Demsey, Joan Didion, Madame Hind El Achchabi, Karen Elson, Linda Evangelista, Anne Fulenwider, Nina Garcia, Milutin Gatsby, Aileen Getty, Tim Hanlon, Donna Karan, Brian C. Kelly, Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., David and Lauren Bush Lauren, Cindi Leive, Laura Linney, Julianna Margulies, Liam Neeson, Vincent Roberti, Carine Roitfeld, Hilary Swank, Diana Taylor, Stefano Tonchi, Stanley Tucci, and Harvey Weinstein.The amfAR New York Gala is one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefits. Previous honorees include President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Roberto Cavalli, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Clive Davis, Peter Dolan/Bristol-Myers Squibb, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Heidi Klum, Patti LaBelle, Lorne Michaels, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Sumner Redstone/Viacom, Natasha Richardson, Bill Roedy/MTV Networks, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Julian Schnabel, Bobby Shriver, Sharon Stone, Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, and Anna Wintour.Gloria Ferrer is the event’s wine sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR. The amfAR New York Gala is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions.Find out more here.last_img read more

Bourita Calls Guinea Exceptional Friend of Morocco Thanks Country for Support

Rabat – Nasser Bourita, Moroccan foreign affairs minister, has called Guinea a “true and exceptional” friend of Morocco’s, hailing the “unique” and “historical” relations between Rabat and the West African country.Bourita made the comments in the company of Mamadi Toure, Guinea’s foreign affairs minister, who is currently on a working visit to Rabat. Speaking at a joint press conference yesterday, July 23, the Moroccan minister welcomed Guinea’s “constant and clear” support for Morocco’s stance on the Western Sahara territorial dispute. Under the leadership of its president Alpha Conde, who was elected as the chairman of the African Union (AU) as Morocco joined the organization two years ago, the West African country has been one of the loudest continental supporters of Morocco’s return to African club. Guinea has also been one of the African countries to have backed up Rabat’s Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara. Bourita said that Guinea’s support for a host of Morocco-friendly agendas is the culmination of historical bonds which are illustrated in the closeness between successive Guinean governments and the Moroccan monarchy. Recently, however, Bourita stressed, the friendship between the two countries has been particularly helped by King Mohammed’s Africa-centered diplomacy and his commitment to Morocco’s historical allies.“Our relations considerably progressed recently, notably after the King’s two visits [to Conakry], during which we signed agreements to realize concrete projects.” According to Bourita, the host of development projects Morocco is accompanying and supervising in the West African country, as well as the solid friendship between King Mohammed VI and President Conde, have refreshed what was already a strong, “special” bilateral relationship.“Since the King’s visits, our bilateral cooperation has become stronger and multi-dimensional. It includes academic and vocational training, city planning projects in the city of Conakry, and the training of imams,” he said. All these, he elaborated, are “dimensions that reflect the wealth of the historical and unique friendship between Guinea and Morocco.”Bourita’s insistence on the academic and vocational training spoke simultaneously of Morocco’s desire to project itself as a continental hub for academic matters, as well as Guinea’s reliance on its North African partner for training its elite.Read also : Morocco’s Bourita to Lead Delegation to 2nd Western Sahara RoundtableAs one of the primary beneficiaries of the scheme of scholarships and study grants Morocco offers on a yearly basis to a number of African countries, Guinea’s support for Morocco has increased in recent years. Guinean students who spoke to Morocco World News late last year were full of praise for the North African country. “Morocco has one of the best education systems in the world,” one said, as he spoke with enthusiasm about his academic experience in Morocco.But the most striking illustration of Morocco’s appeal among Guinea’s Morocco-trained youth and elite was most visible when Guinea failed to vote for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid. Guineans took to social media to lambast what many of them labeled a “shameful betrayal” of a historical ally. Most cited Morocco’s support for the country when it faced the Ebola in 2014-2015.In response to Bourita’s call on Guinea to continue coordinating with Morocco on “all continental and regional issues,” Toure reaffirmed his country’s commitment to upholding the “exceptional friendship” binding it to Morocco. Like Bourita, the Guinean minister lingered over the two nation’s “historical closeness,” expressing gratitude for Morocco’s support in a string of ongoing development projects in guinea. read more

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Lakers Ramon Sessions To Become A Free Agent

Ramon Sessions, acquired to add speed to the Los Angeles Lakers’ backcourt, hardly did that, and now he is forcing the Lakers to commit to him as their point guard of the future.Sessions chose against exercising the final year of his contract to stay with the Lakers next season and will explore the free-agency market, his agent said Tuesday.“Ramon has carefully considered this decision,” said Sessions’ agent, Jared Karnes, in a statement. “He had to make a career decision and ultimately decided to do what was best in providing stability and longevity for him in the NBA, and this could only be achieved through a multi-year contract.”Sessions, 26, was acquired by the Lakers at the trade deadline from Cleveland to replace 37-year-old Derek Fisher, who was moved to Houston.The 6-foot-3, 190-pound point Sessions averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds on 47.9 percent shooting from the field and 48.6 percent shooting on 3-pointers in 23 regular season games with the Lakers. Sessions’ numbers plummeted in the playoffs, however, as he averaged just 6.8 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 35.3 percent in the Western Conference semifinals against Oklahoma City.It was his first trip to the postseason in his five-year career after starting off with cellar-dwelling teams in Milwaukee, Minnesota and Cleveland.Sessions would have made $4.55 million next season had he opted in to the final year remaining on his contract. Free agency begins on July 1st. Steve Blake, who has two years remaining on his deal, paying him $4 million annually, is the only Lakers point guard under contract. read more

LeBron Is Still Getting Better

LeBron James might remain the best player in the NBA. He might remain the most valuable. He might even remain a player around whom a team can build a perennial Finals contender. But the question right now is, “Can LeBron remain this good for the rest of the season?” Because this LeBron is very close to as good as we’ve ever seen, in ways we’ve never seen before.Just so everyone’s clear at the top: James is not the sun-eater he was in 2012-13, with the third and greatest of his Miami Heat teams. He may not be quite as incontestable as he was at the end of his first tenure in Cleveland, when he won back-to-back MVPs and dragged meager rosters on long and doomed and occasionally brilliant playoff runs.But James is posting career highs in true shooting percentage (66.4), 3-point percentage (41.6), assist percentage (42.9) and block percentage (2.6). His free throw percentage (77.3) is the second-highest of his career. He’s shooting 80.7 percent within 3 feet of the basket and going to the rim about as often as he ever has. He has created more shots for teammates than anyone but Russell Westbrook, according to data from Second Spectrum, and he’s done it while playing 37 minutes per night — a heavy load for a player in his 15th season (who has also logged more than 200 playoff games).The easy answer to the obvious question — How? — is that his jumper is falling. According to data from Second Spectrum, James is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 58.8 on step-back shots and 63 on pull-up jumpers — his two most common shot types after brute-force drives. Those dwarf his normal rate of makes on those shots over the last three seasons.The large and sensible parts of the brain say this is unsustainable. That it’s fun to watch James play-act past glories while understanding that the underlying foundations have shifted, moved on — that James’s MVP-level start is a mirage of risky habits and clustered luck. The smaller, more rascally regions wonder: What if this is how LeBron goes late-Jordan?James is one of the most amorphous stars I’ve ever watched from season to season. In various offseasons over the past decade, he’s picked up a post game, lost and recovered his 3-point stroke, added sneaky perimeter dribble feints and pivots, and refined the drive-and-kick game to its most basic and brutally effective elements. Who’s to say he hasn’t gone out and added the step-back midrange game that Michael made art and Kobe made genre fiction?I mean, just look at this:I’ve been watching LeBron for a lot of years, and I don’t remember him looking so fluid on those shots, so smooth through the hips and shoulders. That shot has always been available to him, it’s just always looked more calculated than natural — a computer making an arcane chess move more than a master moving in on the hunt. Now, it looks more graceful, a little tighter in the footwork. They aren’t suddenly perfect shots — there’s still the occasional (and occasionally more than occasional) wild launch from 35 feet or with a foot on or just inside the line, but they look better in aggregate. Maybe it’s easier to see it like that because it’s going in; that’s one danger of applying the eye test.But it also makes sense given how well James has shot both from distance and point-blank. There’s simply more room to maneuver in the midrange if defenses must treat him as a 40-percent 3-point shooter and an 80-percent finisher at the rim — while also playing the lanes because he’s passing more than ever. That’s going to remain true for as long as James is canning 3s like this and remains unstoppable at the rim. The jumper can come and go, but it has been relatively steady since it went missing in 2015-16. The drives are more reliable.The Cavs score 125 points per 100 possessions when James drives and finishes himself, passes to a teammate for a shot or is fouled (or he makes a turnover), and 118 points per 100 possessions on scoring chances that come from multiple passes after a James drive, according to Second Spectrum. Both rank first among players with at least 100 drives this season, and both are unlikely to change as long as James remains unstoppable, crashing into defenders and creating space where the defender had previously been standing.One caveat: This isn’t the indomitable James. The onslaught is not exactly unrelenting. The pitch is not fevered. James is finding more success driving to the rim, but he’s also drawing fouls at a career-worst rate — his .294 rate of free throws per field goal attempt is down considerably from his career average .418 — and his turnovers are a hair under his career worst (from last season). These may be clues that James’s underlying skills have tailed off and his results will soon follow. Or they may be evidence that LeBron isn’t actually trying yet.His defensive numbers confirm that he hasn’t returned to his peak. The Cleveland defense has been nearly 11 points better per 100 possessions when he sits, and ESPN’s defensive Real Plus-Minus has him in the negatives, below James Harden and Kyle Lowry. RPM is famously skewed toward defensive-minded big men, but James has historically performed much better in the stat. So, no, James isn’t the clamp-down bear trap he was in his Heat years. But he’s in the top 40 for shots defended (a good sign he’s not getting blown out of plays) and opponents are shooting just a 46.6 effective field goal percentage against him (a very good number). While he’s giving up “good” shots (expected value 52.8 eFG percentage, adjusting for who’s shooting, which is one of the worst figures in the league), he’s depressing value on those shots by 6.2 eFG percentage points, sandwiching him between standout defenders like Kevin Durant and Paul Millsap once he’s actually engaged in the play.We expect more from James because we’ve seen more from him. We’ve seen him slip from the best player in history to merely the best at this moment, and so his deficiencies call out in a way other players’ do not. Maybe he’s playing catch-up defense these days, or not drawing fouls the way he used to, or not willing Jae Crowder into making his wide-damn-open 3s. But 15 seasons into his career, he’s still getting better, and so far this season, the pieces he’s added have more than made up for the ones that have fallen away.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Government crackdown on McMafia organised crime sees Russian billionaires ask Kremlin to

first_imgNone of the entrepreneurs on the list were named or identified by Mr Titov, but he said further applications may come his way.However, he told the Tass news agency that they had all “managed to flee the country [Russia] not to be detained there.””This may continue for decades, and some people live outside for 20 years without a chance to return, as the criminal proceedings continue. There may be no claims against them, even Interpol may take them off the list, but the case in Moscow still continues,” he said.Officials in the UK estimate that around £90billion of illegal funds is laundered through the UK every year.The establishment of UWOs will enable the authorities to freeze and recover property if individuals are unable to explain how they acquired assets in excess of £50,000. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Wealthy Russian oligarchs have written to the Kremlin asking if they can return home without fear of arrest after the Government vowed to use its “full force” to tackle corruption in the UK, it was reported last night.The country’s business ombudsman Boris Titov said a list of ten businessman had been passed to President Vladimir Putin, which contained names of individuals who had allegedly fled the country “not to be detained there”.It comes after security minister Ben Wallace vowed to crackdown on foreign criminals and corrupt politicians who are said to use Britain as a haven to allegedly carry out suspected corruption.Officials will use new unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) – which came into effect last week – to seize suspicious assets until they have been properly accounted for.The move came as London’s role as a playground for Russian gangsters and the super rich has been highlighted by the BBC drama series McMafia.Mr Wallace said ministers wanted to exploit the success of the programme – based on the factual book of the same name by Misha Glenny – to raise public awareness of the issue of corruption.last_img read more

Netflix accused of hypocrisy after it says use of phrase chick flick

Netflix has been contacted for comment. Netflix has been accused of hypocrisy after saying that the phrase “chick flicks” is sexist, but letting people search for the category on its website.The Netflix Film Twitter account chided those who label romantic films as such, and that it should only be used to describe films that involve chickens.The series of tweets read: “Can we stop calling films “chick flicks” unless the films are literally about small baby chickens? Here’s why this phrase should absolutely be retired.”For starters, ‘chick flicks’ are traditionally synonymous with romantic comedies. This suggests that women are the only people interested in 1. Romance 2. Comedy. Which…simply isn’t true.”There aren’t sweeping categories specific to men. You don’t hear people asking to watch “man movies” – instead, pretty much every intersection of genre is on the table and seen as for men, except of course, the aforementioned rom-coms.”And nicknaming films “chick flicks” drives home that there’s something trivial about watching them. But what’s trivial about watching a film that makes you feel 1,000 emotions in ~90 minutes?” The account also said that “there’s nothing inherently gendered about liking a light-hearted film with a strong female lead and emotional arc.”However, a quick search for “Chick Flicks” on Netflix’s website brings up such films as Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia! and What To Expect When You’re Expecting. One follower wrote: ” Hmm. Have you given this hot take to your algorithm?”, tweeting evidence that the site lets users search for “chick flicks”.Another said: “Netflix has a content category titled ‘Chick Flick.'”Writers of work often labeled “chick lit” have said the decision is misguided.Author Rebecca Reid, who said is “proud to have written a book which is chick lit with murder”, said: “Perhaps Netflix think that scrapping the label ‘chick flick’ will change public perception, but honestly there’s a wider problem at play here. Films about the female experience, especially romantic ones, are regarded as less valid or serious than any other, in line with the way that we as a society generally regard anything for or by women. Chick flicks are some of the most popular and high grossing films around, and many of them (like pretty woman or how to lose a guy in ten days) are absolute classics. We should be owning the label, not shying away from it.”Another author, Lucy Vine, who writes books about sex, life and millennial women said she does not mind her work being called “chick lit”.She told The Telegraph: “I actually don’t mind being referred to as chick lit. I’ve always loved all the books that would be put in that category, so I don’t think it’s a negative. It’s all about context really. Obviously, if a bunch of middle-aged men are saying it sneeringly and using it as another way to dismiss female fiction, I don’t love it, but I also don’t really care what they think of what I do.” Quick PSA: Can we stop calling films “chick flicks” unless the films are literally about small baby chickens? Here’s why this phrase should absolutely be retired (thread):— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) April 15, 2019 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more