BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curator

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said he is shocked with what has transpired this morning after India Today conducted a sting operation on the Pune pitch curator and caught him revealing details about the wicket on camera.India Today reporters caught the MCA pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar on camera allowing people to tamper with the pitch and even agreed to doctor the pitch according to their needs just hours before the first ball is bowled in the second ODI between India and New Zealand.”The BCCI has zero tolerance on such issues. I am not yet aware of the full thing. I will attend to it immediately and take strictest action. The guilty will not be spared,” Chaudhary told India Today.MCA president Abhay Apte also spoke to India Today right after the sting operation and promised strick action.”We will look into the matter. Rest assured, if anyone found guilty, strict action will be taken,” Apte said while on his way to the stadium.The reporters, who posed as bookies/fixers, asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and if it can be arranged to which Salgaonkar replied, “it will be done”.Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.Salgaonkar even allowed our reporters to inspect the pitch in person, clearly violating the laws as set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).advertisementRemember the pitch in question here is the same one which was rated poor by the ICC after the India-Australia Test match which was played in February this year.Australia had thrashed India by 333 runs on a rank-turner after the hosts were bowled out for 105 and 107 in both innings and the match finished within three days.India are trailing 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first match by 6 wickets at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.last_img read more

Hypertension Week activities begin in North Middle Caicos Tuesday

first_img PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Agriculture Police consultation meeting announced Related Items:hypertension week, middle caicos, North caicos Recommended for you New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 May 2015 – North and Middle Caicos the activities begin with you tomorrow when it comes to Hypertension awareness from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. There will be a presentation, diet and nutrition ideas including low sodium recipes. Brochures will be handed out by the Ministry of Health team and there will be free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screening. These sessions will take place in the morning at the Conch Bar Clinic and the afternoon at the Community Center in Kew. As is the trend in North Caicos; a separate and second educational and free testing session is planned for Bottle Creek at 10am at the clinic there on Wednesday. By Thursday the hypertension mobile team moves into Providenciales, at the Smart Grocery store from 10am to 2pm; this will include free screenings and free dietary advice as well. See the full schedule when you follow Magnetic Media. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Police Investigate weekend Robberies

first_img Related Items:#BlueHillsrobberies, #helpstopcrimeinTCI, #weekendrobberiesinProvo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a number of Robberies that occurred over the weekend in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.Around 5:08am on Sunday 3rd March 2017, a complainant reported that he heard rambling from his neighbor’s apartment as if someone was burglarizing it.   Police responded to the scene located on Bay Road where the victim was met.   He told officers that he had just arrived home when two men (one short and the other tall) with firearms approached him demanding money. He gave them a small amount of cash.   The culprits took him to his room where they assaulted him, took his cell phone and another sum of money.Another male reported that while at the same location, as he was about to exit his vehicle an unknown masked man approached him with a gun and demanded money.  The gunman ordered him to lay on the ground as he searched the victim.   A black Samsung cellphone was stolen.  Checks were made in the area for persons fitting the descriptions given but no one was found.  Investigation are ongoing in both matters.If anyone has information relating to this incident contact the police at Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 or contact Crime stoppers at 1-800-8477.   The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.   We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF#BlueHillsrobberies#weekendrobberiesinProvo#helpstopcrimeinTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Civilian Ambassadors Forge Links between Grand Forks AFB Community

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A group of civilian ambassadors appointed by the wing commander of Grand Forks Air Force Base has been staying busy, keeping the Grand Forks community in eastern North Dakota up to date about activities at the installation, organizing military appreciation day events and traveling to Washington to meet with Pentagon officials.“Having a close relationship between the community and the base is very important. We always want the community to know what we’re doing out here, so we’re not a mystery,” said Wing Commander Col. Paul Bauman, who has been at the installation for about two years.The ambassadors are briefed on Air Force and air base activities during at least one event annually, and are invited to attend events planned for visiting high-ranking military leaders and other important visitors, reported the Grand Forks Herald. There currently are eight base ambassadors.The base ambassador program is an outgrowth of the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, and the ambassadors typically work with the committee on military appreciation day events. But Bauman drew a distinction with the community support groups that are active in most defense communities.“It’s unique,” he said. “One of the things that’s been interesting is feeling the closeness of the community to the base.”The tight connection between the installation and the community likely stems from the series of crises the two have been forced to cope with, including earlier BRAC rounds when the base was targeted for closure and the devastating flooding of the Red River in 1997.“A lot of that has forged close ties between the base and the community,” Bauman said. “Not every community has gone through that degree of trauma, so that adds to the uniqueness.”last_img read more

Avengers Endgame postcredit scene explained Spoilers

first_imgAvengers: Endgame posterTwitterAvengers: Endgame movie will release worldwide on April 26. Ahead of its worldwide release, the movie was released in China and fans were left in shock to see that there was no mid-credit or post-credit scenes in the feature. However, there was something else and here we are going to discuss that for all of you.Major spoiler for Avengers: Endgame:The mid-credit and post-credit sequences have become a tradition in Marvel movies. Usually, viewers leave the theaters whenever the end credits start to roll but not the Marvel fans. When an MCU movie ends, fans stick to their seats to enjoy the mid-credit and post-credit sequences. Almost all the times, these mid-credit and post-credit sequences reveal what to expect from the next feature film.For example, in the 2018 release Avengers: Infinity War’s post-credit sequence, we saw Nick Fury sending an SOS to Captain Marvel. This gave us something to look forward to in the following months. Whereas, the mid-credit sequence of Captain Marvel showed Carol Danvers coming back to planet Earth to join the Avengers in their fight against Mad Titan Thanos.But Marvel fans will be disappointed after learning that there are no mid-credit or post-credit sequence in Avengers: Endgame movie. Tom Holland on the poster of Avengers: EndgameInstagramAs we all know, Avengers: Endgame is finally bringing closure to the ongoing Marvel’s phase 3. There were reports that Spider-Man: Far From Home will actually be the end of Phase 3 so fans will be hoping to see something in the end.To the fans’ surprise, when the Avengers: Endgame will release this weekend, they will find an audio stinger at the end, when the Marvel logo appears. The metal hitting metal sounds may suggest that it is Tony Stark who is actually forging his first Iron Man armor — the one he made in the very first Iron Man movie. As of now, that metal hitting metal sound is open to interpretation and fans can even come up with their own theories about it.As of now, we can simply wait for Kevin Feige or other Marvel head to spill the beans about the Avengers: Endgame post-credit scenes. Avengers: Endgame movie has already broken several box-office records in India and China. Movie experts are predicting that it will earn $1 billion within the first week only.last_img read more

SpiceJet shares soar after airline records highest load factor in January

first_imgSpiceJet’s stock soared over 4 percent Friday after industry data showed that the budget carrier had recorded the highest load factor among Indian carriers in January.SpiceJet shares were trading Rs 68.60 at 2.15 p.m. on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), up 4.8 percent compared to the previous closing price of Rs 65.70.Ajay Singh-led SpiceJet recorded the highest passenger load factor of 92.1 percent in January, followed by GoAir and IndiGo, at 84.9 percent and 84.7 percent, respectively, according to data released Thursday by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Passenger load factor is a measure of capacity utilisation by an airline.SpiceJet posted a net profit of Rs 238.40 crore in the Oct-Dec quarter, as against a loss of Rs 275 crore in the corresponding quarter a year earlier.  The carrier plans to buy airplanes worth Rs 75,000 crore either from Boeing Co or Airbus Group, but wants the delivery of the aircraft to be on time.Overall, domestic air passenger traffic increased 22.58 percent to 76.55 lakh passengers in the month, compared to the 62.45 lakh registered in January 2015.IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, remained the largest carrier in the domestic air traffic market in January, followed by Jet Airways and state-owned Air India. IndiGo’s share stood at 35.6 percent, followed by Jet Airways and Air India with 18.7 percent and 16 percent, respectively.InterGlobe Aviation’s stock price was down 0.3 percent to trade at Rs 846, while Jet Airways shares rose 2.5 percent to trade at Rs 556.Jet Airways shares surged following the reports of stake sale in the airline to Eithad Airways. A report by the Financial Express said Eithad Airways has finalised a deal with Naresh Goyal-promoted Jet Airways to raise its stake in the airline by 25 percent to 49 percent.last_img read more

Man killed in Natore road crash

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloA man was killed and two others injured after a bus hit a rickshaw van at Bonpara in Boraigram upazila of Natore on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased was Sripad Das, 55, resident of Kalikapur village in the upazila.Police said that the accident took place around 10:30am when the passenger bus hit the battery-run rickshaw van in front of Bonpara police camp, leaving the three injured.Among the injured, Sripad died on the way to hospital.last_img

Simone Biles Soars To AP Female Athlete of The Year

first_img Share Florian Martin/Texan Olympian Gold medalist Simone Biles thanks the crowd awaiting her at George Bush Intercontinental airport as she arrived from Brazil on Wednesday August 24th, 2016.Simone Biles tried to treat the 2016 Summer Olympics like just your average ordinary gymnastics meet. So what if the stage and the stakes were different?The floor was still the floor. The vault still the vault. The uneven bars still uneven. The balance beam still a four-inch wide test of nerves.And the 19-year-old with the electric smile and boundless talent was still the best in the world. Maybe the best of all-time.Over the course of 10 days in August, the biggest meet of her life ended like pretty much all the others in the four years that came before it: with Biles standing atop the podium, a gold medal around her neck and the sport she’s redefining one boundary-pushing routine at a time staring up at her. Not that she remembers any of it.“It’s kind of a blur,” Biles said.Maybe to Biles, but not to the rest of the world. Her massive haul in Rio de Janeiro — a record-tying four golds to go along with a bronze for the dominant U.S. women’s team — propelled her to stardom and rendered her last name superfluous. Now there’s one more honor to add to what on Twitter is known simply as #SimoneThings: Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors announced Monday, Biles received 31 votes out of a possible 59 votes. U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, who won four golds and a silver in Rio, finished second with 20 votes. Serena Williams, who won Wimbledon for the seventh time to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles, and three-time AP women’s NCAA basketball Player of the Year Breanna Stewart tied for third with four votes each.The AP Male Athlete of the Year will be announced Tuesday.Biles became the fifth gymnast to win the honor, joining Olga Korbut in 1972, Nadia Comaneci in 1976, Mary Lou Retton in 1984 and Gabby Douglas in 2012. It’s company Biles joined while completing a run of dominance that included three straight all-around World Championships, an unprecedented run at the top in a sport where peaks are often measured in months, not years.The teenager from Spring, Texas, hardly seemed burdened by the outsized expectations. If anything, she embraced them. She opted out of a verbal commitment to compete collegiately at UCLA to turn professional so she could cash in on the lucrative opportunities afforded an Olympic champion, a bit of a gamble considering the window is so narrow and directly tied to success at the Games.Yet Biles seemed immune to it. At least on the outside. Inside, there were more than a few butterflies when she stepped onto the floor during team preliminaries on Aug. 7. They vanished the moment she stepped onto the green and cream colored floor at Rio Olympic Arena as she and the rest of her “Final Five” teammates — Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian — put on a clinic that showcased how substantial the gap between the Americans and the rest of the world has grown.Then again, the gulf between Biles and every other gymnast on the planet — even her good friends in red, white and blue — may be even wider.“In prelims I did very well I kind of shocked myself,” Biles said. “I came in thinking, ‘I’ve been to three worlds.’ I knew the gist of it. Once I got (prelims) out of the way, I just kind of relaxed.”What followed was a run of brilliance: a team gold as a fitting send off to retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi. Another in the all-around two days later, where her score of 62.198 bettered Raisman by more than two full points, the gymnastics equivalent of winning a football game by three touchdowns. A third gold came on vault, the first ever by an American woman at the Olympics and Biles’ first in major international competition to fill the only hole in her increasingly peerless resume.A bronze on beam followed thanks to a messy landing on a front flip, her only major form break in Rio. No matter, she put the exclamation point on her gold rush with a gravity-escaping floor routine that ended with Biles rushing to embrace longtime coach Aimee Boorman as their long journey to this moment ended in triumph.The ensuing four months have been a whirlwind. Biles carried the U.S. flag at closing ceremonies, published her autobiography, took part in a post-Olympic tour with her teammates (including performing in eight shows despite a fractured rib) and hung out at the White House with the president. She remains open to giving it another shot in Tokyo in 2020. That’s for later. In January she’ll sit down and plot out her goals for the upcoming year. For the first time since she can remember, gymnastics won’t be on the list.It’ll be weird, sure. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.“I miss training with the girls and having a good time,” Biles said. “Whenever I go to the gym to visit them and I see them, I do not miss this part at all right now.”last_img read more

DC Public Library Rewards Summer Readers With Prizes

first_imgThis summer, parents looking for ways to get their kids to read can look to the DC Public Library. Thanks to partners like the Washington Nationals and Chipotle, children and teens will earn prizes for reading this summer.Starting this month and running through August, the DC Public Library will give readers a free kids meal or burrito from Chipotle halfway through the Summer Reading program. In addition, school-aged children and teens who finish the program will earn two tickets to a Washington Nationals game.“Students in the District deserve a summer enrichment experience that helps them return to school in the fall ready to tackle the next grade,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. “Thanks to the support of sponsors like the Washington Nationals and Chipotle, DC Public Library’s Summer Reading program will ensure that kids are reading and learning all year long.”The Library is offering over 100 programs tailored to early readers, children, and teens. Activities include science, technology, engineering, art and math themed programs; book clubs; story times and special performances. In July, Washington Nationals players will also visit some neighborhood libraries.The library’s summer reading program helps counter summer learning loss.  Research shows that children and teens can lose close to two months of what they’ve learned in the previous school year when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.  This means that even with student progress during the school year, the District’s improvements in education can slow down unless more children and teens read over the summer.The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in N.W. D.C.To learn more about the Library’s summer reading program, visit your local library or online at dclibrary.org/summerreading.last_img read more

Now this is DC Black Residents Offer Own Ad Campaign for City

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROWhen Angel Anderson saw {Washingtonian Magazine} launch a social media campaign that did not include Black residents while claiming to represent the District of Columbia, the first call she made was to local activist Tony Lewis.“I felt neglected, just kind of left out and immediately, Tony and I got on the phone and we’re like, ‘We need to do something, we need to put out a counter image, a counter narrative,’ because there are Black people in D.C. and there are natives in D.C. and so it’s important for us to do this and use our social media platform,” Anderson told the AFRO.District natives Angel Anderson and Tony Lewis Jr. gathered D.C. residents to showcase the true diversity of Washingtonians. (Photo by Lenore Adkins)Together, the duo put together the “I’m Not a Tourist, I’m From Here” social media campaign. Its May 20 photo shoot brought hundreds of Black residents to Union Market, which Lewis dubbed “Old Florida Avenue Market”Dressed in Black T-shirts that read “Native,” “Chocolate City,” “I’m Not A Tourist. I’ve Been Here,” “So Southeast” and other messages, residents clapped back in a show of unity against Washingtonian’s “I’m Not a Tourist. I Live Here” marketing campaign.Lewis and Anderson launched their counter campaign days after Washingtonian previewed its marketing campaign on Instagram that showed non-Black residents wearing T-shirts with the slogan, “I’m not a tourist. I live here.” The tone-deaf campaign drew widespread backlash over complaints that Washingtonian was attempting to whitewash the city, which is still majority Black, despite ongoing gentrification. The magazine eventually deleted the offending post and apologized for the lack of diversity.Lewis said he’ll keep the momentum going by mobilizing the photoshoot’s participants to fight for education, political representation, economic equity, safer neighborhoods and a better quality of life.“Pay attention, we’re still here,” Lewis told the AFRO. “We ain’t going nowhere.”The images from the “I’m not a tourist. I’ve been here” photoshoot are available on Anderson and Lewis’s Instagram handles, which are @TheSpiceSuite and @mrtonylewis. You can also find images using the hashtag #DCNATIVE.last_img read more

We are not afraid to experiment

first_imgWhere does the name of your band come from? When the band started off, each one of us had a different musical background in-terms of the genre. So, it was more like a wave or a frequency. Guitarist was fond of Blues and Jazz, the Bassist was into Alternative rock and the vocalist into Metal. Hence, we thought it’s like a frequency: high and low. Hence the band name.Tell us about how you guys started off…Frequency started off as a school band, studying, playing and learning together. After school hours, we used to practice and then leave for our tuition together. After we got done with our schooling, the band went through a lot of lineup changes. Hence, we recruited new members and did not end the journey there. Now, Kushal Thapa is the only founding member in the band. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is your original brand of music? Do you guys have a signature sound? The band was formed while having a picture of a band that can produce Electronic/Experimental sound with heavy guitar riffs and groovy bass lines, equally supported by heavy vocals. We still have the same sound, however we are not afraid of experiments that we do with our music, either live or in the studio.Tell us about the initial years after kick-off till how it has been thus far Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe journey has been full of memories to be honest! Our band was formed in September 2006 and now its 2013. So we’ve been in the circuit for nearly 7 years now. We are lucky to have such an  audience who has stood by us over the years and always encouraged us to make good music. We got our first major recognition at Channel [V] Launchpad 2007 when we landed up as the top four finalists. This high was carried forward by Sandeep Chowta, a well known music producer from Bollywood, who offered us for a deal to make music for him. Top all of that with a kitty full of gigs that we’ve done in India. So, to summarize all of it, in these 7 years, we’ve seen and learnt a lot. And, we thank each and every person, who’s been a part of the Frequency family. How does it feel to perform with three other bands? It was a great experience for us to play with such awesomely talented musicians. They knew their instruments. The great crowd interaction led these bands to deliver a successful show.What plans for 2013? We are planning to launch our 4 Track EP this month followed by a major cities’ tour in order to promote our newly written material and simultaneously work in our studio for our full length album, that we plan to launch by the end of this year.What got you to take part in Metanoia and how do you see this working for you?After the success of Pandemonium, Cacophony Networks approached us for this show and we couldn’t say no to them. Considering the show lineup, we pulled up our socks and were ready to deliver a gig full of excitement and fun.last_img read more

How jogging helps you stay sharp

first_imgExercise can enhance the development of new brain cells that play an important role in learning and memory of adults, new research has found.The process of developing new brain cells in the adult brain is called adult neurogenesis, the scientists explained.The researchers found that mice that spent time running on wheels not only developed twice the normal number of new neurons, but also showed an increased ability to distinguish new objects from familiar objects.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Our research indicates that exercise-induced increase in neurogenesis improves pattern separation by supporting unique and detailed long-term representations of similar but nevertheless different memory items,” explained lead investigator Josef Bischofberger, professor at University of Basel in Switzerland.“Pattern separation is involved in many memory tasks of everyday life. For example, when learning the game of chess, it is critically important to remember the different shapes of pieces like the pawn and bishop,” Bischofberger explained. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the study, the researchers tested two groups of mice that were housed either without (sedentary) or with running wheels (voluntarily running) using a novel object recognition task to assess learning and long-term memory. The researchers found that whereas distinct objects were remembered and recognized by both cohorts of mice, only the running mice could faithfully distinguish similar looking objects. Investigators determined therefore that the running mice had developed better pattern separation capabilities than sedentary mice.The study was published in the journal of Brain Plasticity.last_img read more

5 students injured after WBTC bus collides with school bus

first_imgKolkata: A West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) bus collided with a school bus under Kankurgachi rail bridge on Wednesday morning injuring five students less than 13 years of age. All of them were rushed to ESI Hospital near the HUDCO crossing where the doctors treated and discharged them.According to police sources, an empty WBTC bus that was being used for Gangasagar pilgrims was headed towards Maniktala from Kankurgachi. At the same time, a school bus full of students of a private English-medium school in the Ruby Park area was also headed towards Kankurgachi. Under Kankurgachi rail bridge, the WBTC bus hit the right portion of the school bus as a result of which five students fell inside the bus and got injured. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalOn-duty traffic police personnel rushed to the spot and evacuated the students. With assistance from locals, police rushed the injured students to ESI hospital. Meanwhile, the school authority was informed and another bus was arranged. After a while, the other school bus arrived and picked up the other students and dropped them at school. They were all taken for a check-up to a local hospital but none was found to be injured. Later, police seized both the buses and detained the drivers. Both the buses were removed to Phoolbagan police station. A case against the offending WBTC bus driver was initiated on charges of rash driving or riding on a public way (279 IPC) and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (338 IPC).last_img read more

Momentous day for NCL with Norwegian Sky in Havana

first_img Share Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Tags: Cuba, Norwegian Cruise Line HAVANA — Norwegian Sky celebrated its maiden call in Havana with NCL executives including Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings President & CEO Frank Del Rio and Norwegian Cruise Line President & CEO Andy Stuart. Norwegian Sky is NCL’s first ship to sail to Cuba.“Today is a momentous day for Norwegian Cruise Line, our guests and our travel agent partners, as we open our doors to Cuba’s natural beauty, warm people and historical treasures,” said Del Rio. He added that “sailing into the Havana harbour today, we were welcomed by the Cuban people with open arms and excitement to share their incredible culture with our guests.”The Havana call marked the first of Norwegian Sky’s weekly roundtrip cruises from Miami to Cuba.  The ship will sail a total of 53 four-day voyages to Cuba, with 52 including an overnight stay Havana. The four-day itineraries also include a stop at NCL’s private island Great Stirrup Cay. Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by “Momentous day” for NCL with Norwegian Sky in Havanalast_img read more