Sindhu, Sakshi save India from drawing a blank in Rio Games

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Rio de Janeiro, Aug 21 (PTI) Three unassuming women became the redeemers for India at the Rio Olympics as the country concluded its campaign with some good, bad and ugly memories. Defying all odds and showing killer instincts, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar became the unlikely heroines and saved the countrys pride from returning empty-handed for the first time since Barcelona 1992. The trio notched a few firsts for India; Sindhu, at 21, became the youngest to win an Olympic medal, a silver which was never achieved in badminton; and Sakshis bronze was also a first for womens wrestling. Indias first female gymnast Dipa went on to miss a bronze by 0.15 points but her clean finish in the high-risk Produnova vault won the hearts of a nation. Lalita Babar became the second Indian woman to qualify for the final of a track vent at the Olympics in 32 years (PT Usha being the previous one in Los Angeles 1984) and finished 10th in the 3000m steeplechase. An 18-year-old golfer Aditi Ashok slipped away from being in top-10 at the end of second round to finish 41st with an overall score of seven-over 291. But there were some ugly moments as well, when wrestler Narsingh Yadav was slapped with a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration of Sports which overturned the clean chit given by the National Anti-Doping Agency. The dope shame had returned to haunt India again, even as Narsingh claimed innocence. The grappler cried conspiracy but was evicted from the Games Village. In more off-field controversy ports minister Viay Goels entourage was called rude by the Organising Committee, which threatened to cancel his accreditation for trying to bring non-accredited people at the accredited areas of venues. Indian athletics contingents middle and long distance coach Nikolai Snesarev was “detained” at a local police station for half a day and later released by the police after a lady doctor at the Games Village made a complaint of misbehaviour. Far away from home, Indias Independence Day celebration also made news for all the wrong reasons when the players were served merely peanuts in the programme hosted by the Embassy of India in Brazil and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport. On field-show too was hardly inspiring. Competing in 15 disciplines with their biggest-ever contingent numbering 118, India hoped to go past their best ever tally of six medals in London 2012. But the country stumbled on a tricky road in Rio when shooters fired a blank for the first time since Athens 2004, and boxers lacked punch, also a first in eight years. PTI TAP SSR PMadvertisementlast_img read more

What is inside iPhone 7: Here are 7 things to expect from Apple’s next phone

first_imgApple will launch the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus on September 7. No, this is not yet officially confirmed. What has been confirmed is that Apple will hold a media even on the said date and that means only one thing – the iPhone 7 is coming. Also Read: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus to launch on September 7 Usually, Apple’s device launches are wrapped up in fair amount of secrecy. We don’t know what is coming and in what shape. But the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are probably the most leaked iPhones yet. Almost everything about the upcoming iPhones has been leaked. The only details that are yet to come out are the finer ones. For example, it is fairly well known now that the iPhone 7S Plus will have two rear cameras. What is not that well known is how Apple intends to use this hardware and how these two cameras will work. Also Read: Apple faces revenue decline even after iPhone 7 launch: ReportYet, unless Apple is hoodwinking everyone, from the anonymous leakers in China to Apple-specialists like Mark Gurman, a journalist, and Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst, we are fairly certain that you can expect to see the 7 following things in the new iPhones:The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7S Plus will have a design similar to that of the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. But the new iPhones will sport redesigned antenna lines – they will move towards the edges – and will lack the headphone jack.It is fairly certain that the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus will be powered by the Apple A10 processor, most likely manufactured on either 14nm TSMC and Samsung fabs or created using 10nm fab at TSMC. For now there is no certainty about the core count in A10. But then it doesn’t matter. With 2 cores the A9 is world’s best mobile phone processor and A10 will probably will have the similar number of cores.It is almost given that with the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple will kill 16GB iPhone (Hallelujah!). Instead the phones will come with minimum 32GB storage.Expect big camera improvements. The main image sensor inside the two phones is likely to remain same. This means same 12-megapixel images. But the iPhone 7 Plus will get a dual-camera set-up on the rear while the iPhone 7 will likely to have a brighter, wider lens with bigger aperture of F2 or F1.9. This will improve low light photography.The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus will use the iOS 10. This is given. There is no doubt about it. The iOS 10 is already out in beta version. On the iPhone launch day, it will be out in its finished form.The new iPhones will also be available in a darker shade of blue. This will like black iPhone but with a very subtle blue hue. If the leaked images are accurate, this colour may look really classy.The iconic home button will see some sort of redesign. This is one part that users complain fails too much, too fast. Looks like Apple is hoping to eliminate the problem by putting force touch – a kind of mechanism that would give the click impression – even though the button won’t actually move. By eliminating the movement, Apple hopes ensure that there is no friction and hence less chances of failure. advertisementlast_img read more

‘Still question marks over £67m man Alisson’

first_imgThere remains “a question mark” against Alisson despite Liverpool’s record-breaking deal, says Graeme Souness, but the Reds are set to be the side that Manchester City will “fear the most”.Jurgen Klopp has spent big this summer in an effort to push his side closer to the top-flight crown, with those at Anfield having finished 25 points off record-breaking pace last season.Brazil international Alisson is among those to have been drafted in, with a £67 million ($87m) deal making him the most expensive goalkeeper in history. 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! The 25-year-old impressed on his pre-season bow against Napoli on Saturday, but Souness believes he still has plenty to prove if he is to be the answer in a problematic area for Liverpool.The former Reds captain wrote in a column for the Sunday Times: “A goalkeeper was clearly a priority and Liverpool have broken the world record for that position by signing Alisson from Roma for £67m.“He played in Brazil and Portugal, then was initially kept out of the Roma team by Wojciech Szczesny, who found English football difficult at Arsenal.“So he’s not coming with 300-400 games at the highest level under his belt and, despite the fee, there has to be a question mark against him.”While Souness is yet to be convinced by Alisson, he has been impressed by the work overseen by Klopp.Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri have also been added to the Liverpool squad this summer, leading to a feeling on Merseyside that the Reds can challenge for major honours in 2018-19.“If their signings work out, if the goalkeeper is a proper one and the new midfielders are workaholics who can handle our football, Liverpool will push City all the way in the two big competitions this season – the Premier League and the Champions League,” added Souness.“They are the team that City will fear most, unless somebody goes on a late summer spending spree. They must put Pep Guardiola’s side under pressure and see if they crack.”Liverpool have one more friendly fixture to take in before competitive action resumes, against Torino on Tuesday.They will open their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on August 12, before going on to face Crystal Palace and Brighton in the first month of the season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Angelique Kerber plays down Wimbledon prospects after claycourt calamity

first_imgWorld number one Angelique Kerber says she has put her disastrous claycourt season firmly behind her and will have to start “from zero” at Wimbledon as she attempts to rediscover her best tennis over the next few months.The German suffered a humiliating first-round exit at the French Open in May, losing to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova and becoming the first top seed to be eliminated from the tournament at the very first hurdle in the professional era.She was also forced to withdraw from a warm-up tournament in Birmingham last month with a hamstring injury, but said on Saturday that she had recovered from that setback.”It’s great to be back,” Kerber told a news conference ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on Monday. “I’m feeling good … I’m healthy so far, so this is very important for me.”I’m not thinking about Paris, about the claycourt season any more … I’m starting from zero here. My mind is just day-by-day here, like last year. I will try to play good tennis again.”Kerber finished runner-up at Wimbledon last year, losing to Serena Williams in the final. And with expectant mother Williams not defending her title at SW19 this year, Kerber said the tournament would have a different feel about it.”Of course, it’s different if Serena is not here,” the German added.”I will not put the pressure too far, too high. I’m here to really try to focus day-by-day, not thinking too far, not thinking about other things, making the things maybe, again, a little bit not too complicated.advertisement”I mean, everything is possible, in two weeks especially. It’s a long time. So we will see.”Such has been the deterioration in Kerber’s form over the past few months that the German said it could take her months to get back to her best.”I will not put the pressure on Wimbledon,” she added. “I have still the next months where I have big tournaments.”Of course I am here to play good tennis, try to win every single match. But I will think more about the next half-year … I think this is more in my mind to not put too much pressure now for this tournament on my belt.”Kerber kicks off her campaign on Monday against American Irina Falconi, who is ranked 246th in the world.last_img read more

Its now time for a table tennis league

first_imgBy Shyam Sundar Chennai, Jul 12 (PTI) Top Indian paddlers will rub shoulders with the best in business as Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), countrys first ever professional league, kicks off here tomorrow. Table tennis has become the latest sport in India to jump on the Pro league bandwagon after badminton, football, hockey, wrestling and kabaddi, aiming to raise profile of the racket sport in the country. Unlike other city-based leagues, UTT will have six franchise-based clubs fighting it out for top honours. What is expected to give the venture a big fillip is that all matches will be broadcast live with film star Amir Khan being the leagues biggest ambassador. While the top Chinese players have given the project a miss, one can still expect some high-quality table tennis from the likes of mens world number 8 Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong and womens number nine Han Ying of Germany, who are headlining the field.The first match of the opening leg here will see RP-SG Mavericks, featuring Indian ace Sharath Kamal, Stefan Fegerl and Sabine Winter, take on Falcons TTC comprising Wu Yang, Lee Ho Chong, Par Gerell and Sanil Shetty.The other franchises in the fray are Shaze Challengers, Dabang Smashers TTC, Maharashtra United and Oilmax-Stag Yodhas.Eight matches would be played in Chennai from July 13 to 20 before the league moves to Delhi (July 21 to 25). The final leg would be held from July 26 in Mumbai.A foreign coach and Indian coach will be with each franchise with the matches being played in a best of three format, different to the best of seven and best of five played on the international circuit. The list of foreign coaches includes Elena Timina, Peter Engel, Ilija Lupulesku, Francisco Santos, Joao Geraldo and Ferenc Karsai.advertisementSpeaking ahead of the tournament, India number one Sharath said he was excited to play in his own backyard, years after playing leagues in Europe. “I think personally as far as Indian players are concerned, its a very good platform where we play foreign players and we?ll also play one of the mixed doubles, so we?ll have enough matches where the Indians are also playing against the foreign players,” said the world number 43. Former national champion Kamlesh Mehta, who is one of the brains behind the league, said UTT was a dream come true with ground work having started two years ago. “It is finally happening. There were naturally some teething issues but we are off the blocks. The biggest challenge was to convince foreign players to come and be part of the league. “When they go back and give positive feedback to their teammates, I am sure more players in the future will be part of the league,” Mehta, who is a director with league organisers 11Even Sports, told PTI. UTT was originally planned to take place last year but was postponed due to the Rio Olympics. PTI SS BS AT ATlast_img read more

BWF World Tour Finals 2018: Mentally prepared, says PV Sindhu after reaching final

first_imgPV Sindhu is almost a new player in the fag end of 2018, as she stormed into the final of the women’s singles event at the BWF World Tour Finals.Sindhu defeated Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes to reach her second straight final in Guangzhou, China on Saturday.After the match, Sindhu when asked what is different given her chance in ‘fortunes’ she said it was all in her head. Sindhu revealed that she has improved a bit in the mental aspect of the sport, and she is no longer losing those ‘crucial points’.”I have improved a bit [in mental fortitude] because sometimes, couple of times before if I was leading and say she would fight back and take the lead, I would get nervous but now I have been comparatively much more stronger. I think it’s okay, she has taken a good point and why not just appreciate it and focus on the next point rather than thinking what and why did it go wrong. In that case, I tend to think and lose crucial points,” Sindhu said, when asked about the mental aspect of the game by indiatoday.in.World No. 6 Sindhu has lost a list of major finals – including the Rio Olympics, two World Championships in 2017 and 2018, Commonwealth Games and the Jakarta Asian Games – to settle for silvers, in the last two years.With the win, Sindhu remained unbeaten in the tournament as she won all three of her group games and came into the semi-final on the back of some superlative performances and she showed her repertoire of strokes against Ratchanok Intanon.advertisementSindhu had come into the match with a 3-4 record against the Thai player but she was buoyed by her recent results as she has not lost to Intanon in the last two years.Sindhu and Inthanon started on an equal note, splitting the initial 14 points. Sindhu tried to attack the long serves of Intanon, putting pressure on the Thai with her power-packed returns to lead 10-7. The Indian missed a couple of points before entering the break with a small 11-9 advantage.Intanon quickly erased the deficit with a brilliant angled return at the net. While the Thai shuttler tried to target Sindhu’s body, she also committed errors of judgement and went wide allowing Sindhu to stay a step ahead always.Sindhu tried to put some lovely touch to her returns, leaving Intanon wrong footed many times. She also unleashed some powerful smashes to trouble the Thai player.Sindhu grabbed four game points when Intanon went wide and sealed it when the Thai player’s angled return got buried in the net.After the change of sides, Sindhu rushed away with the first four points but the deceptive Intanon narrowed down the lead to 5-6 with counter-attacking cross-court smash and then drew parity at 7-7 when Sindhu sent one wide.But another shot going long and Sindhu was back in the lead and she made it 10-7 when the Thai player made another error in judging the shuttle on the line.A 27-shot rally ended with a powerful smash from Intanon, who again levelled the scores at 10-10 and went to the break with an 11-10 advantage when Sindhu committed two unforced errors.Sindhu reeled off four points to again go into the lead but Intanon produced a superb net dribble and a precise smash at the deep corner to keep breathing down the Indian’s neck.Intanon equalled again when Sindhu went wide and then led 16-15 with another body smash.Errors again caught up with Intanon as she missed the line and then went long as Sindhu led 18-16. But the Thailand shuttler again drew parity at 18-18 with another brilliant smash and a lucky net chord placed the game evenly-poised 19-19.Intanon unleashed a superb cross-court smash to move to a game point advantage. Sindhu responded with her trademark smash before hitting one out as it was advantage Intanon again.An angled backhand return at the nets helped Sindhu make it 21-21 and she immediately grabbed her first match point with another smash.Intanon saved it with another smash at the deep forehand corner and shot to lead when Sindhu found the net. But she stumbled on two unforced errors to hand Sindhu the match point. Sindhu converted it with a smash from near the net following a fierce rally. “I was leading but then in the end, she came back and took the lead. I never really thought that oh I am leading but she played well. I was mostly making negative and small errors but I think when I was making those errors, which I shouldn’t, I was nervous ‘like what is going on’ but then I remained patient and kept going and after 20-20, it was anybody’s game. Even though I had won the first game, I thought each point was important and I had to finish it off,” Sindhu said after the match.advertisement”I think some points I was just playing, like even if it was mid-court, I was playing high toss and pushes and I was making simple errors. I thought just hit and see what happens next. But then I was successful and I think it was a good finish overall and even she played well,” Sindhu said.The Olympic silver medallist will now fight for the title with Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, to whom she had lost an epic World Championship final, last year.”It’s going to be a long match [chuckles], a good match but I think it’s not going to be easy because we know each others game. Over there we need to strategise and play accordingly,” Sindhu said when asked about the final.When posed with the question what it will mean for her to claim gold on Sunday, she replied “very important”.”Definitely it will mean a lot [gold medal instead of silver]. I will not say that like pressure but I will just play like I have played the last four matches and definitely if I win it will be very important for me,” Sindhu said.As for the mental aspect for Sindhu, she said she will just have to keep the shuttle on the court.”Well, it [mental aspect] will be important, patience will be very important because whenever we play there are long rallies and we both have to be patient enough and be there on the court as much as possible and otherwise I think with her, there’s not much of strategy but just that I have to keep the shuttle on the court,” Sidhu signed off.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar goofs up while wishing newlyweds Saina and Kashyap, uses Srikanth’s photoAlso Read | Saina Nehwal marries Parupalli Kashyap: ‘A perfect match that resulted in a tie’last_img read more

Beehag Inspires Female Coaches

first_imgThe participants of the New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Women’s Coaching Forum received a real treat on Saturday, with New South Wales Swifts ANZ Championships Netball coach, Lisa Beehag, teaching the participants about her experiences in coaching. Beehag presented to the forum about ‘managing people and personalities’ and spoke about her coaching philosophies with the group. Beehag says that it was a great opportunity to speak to some of New South Wales’ best up-and-coming female coaches and teach them a bit about what she has learnt along the way in her coaching career. “I’ve always been pretty lucky in that I’ve had a number of these opportunities to be the person sitting here and listening to some great coaches over the years,” Beehag said. “It’s nice to be able to give something back and to do it at a different sport is really good because you hear the different ideas and I think it also tells people that they are not alone. A lot of the things that are happening in Touch are the same things that are happening in Netball, are the same things that are happening in Football, it doesn’t change that much, so there are a lot of people that you can help.”The Women’s Coaching Forum is in its second year, having been aligned with the conference for the first time in 2011, and Beehag says that she thinks it’s a fantastic concept.“We do things differently, we are different to the men and I think it’s important that we acknowledge that and that the way we go about things may be different and we all get the same result so being able to just get some more ideas from each other is really important.”Beehag has played Touch Football in the past, having played with NSWTA General Manager, Dean Russell and NSWTA and Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame member, Stacey Black (Gregory) over the years. “It was very much a summer thing for me because of Netball in winter. It was great, it was more fun than anything else. I played with Stacey Gregory for many years and obviously she’s done pretty well in Touch so we played Netball together and a lot a Mixed Touch.”Related LinksWomen’s Coaching Forumlast_img read more

Cavorting in Cavalier Country: The Best of Charlottesville, Virginia

first_img Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Charlottesville, Virginia and the surrounding area boasts something for all visitors — including culinary finds, wine tours, and even fly-fishing. Nestled into the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains you can spend a day on an urban foodie and shopping excursion, tour a plethora of vineyards or simply hike around Shenandoah National Park. Read on to find out what to do if you ever find yourself entering Cavalier country.EAT & DRINKRed Pump KitchenWe have heard that fine dining is back in effect and we couldn’t be happier. When we want to spend good money on dinner, we want an environment that makes us feel a tad special. Besides all the candles, the greenery and the friendly hospitality, the food, of course, is the star.The brainchild of the Easton Porter Group, The Red Pump offered a refreshing beet salad with goat cheese fondue, Atlantic Grouper with Black Garlic and some seriously decadent gelato for dessert. This is a must for one excellent night out.Brasserie SaisonAll hail the first brewery to open on Charlottesville’s downtown mall. Serving up Franco-Belgian delicacies such as traditional mussels as well as more off the radar items like pork & peanut paté. See if they have the blueberry & crème fraîche ice cream served with macerated local blueberries on the menu for dessert. If so, stay.Oakhurst Inn CaféLocated in an old house, hit up this laid back spot for breakfast. The Buckwheat Shortcakes were memorable as was the Baked Local Farm Egg. Sit outside and bring your pup.Ace Biscuit and BarbecueThis may look like a hole in the wall spot for locals, but believe us, the word is out. Chef Brian Ashwood has lines out the door on Saturday and Sunday mornings. And for good reason. The biscuits, covered in gravy and topped with fried chicken just can’t be beaten. Get ready for a food coma after hitting up this joint.Mudhouse CoffeeBack in 1993 everyone thought Lynelle and John were crazy to open their own coffee cart. 22 years later they have an actual storefront and are the center for local buzz and hanging out. In 2012 they started roasting their own coffee and now they even have gift subscriptions for those missing their local favorites.Old Cabell Hall on campus of University of Virginia DOMonticelloYou may yawn at most house tours, but those houses weren’t built by one of America’s smartest, wackiest and fascinating men. Thomas Jefferson built and rebuilt Monticello over and over until he got it right and it’s still cuckoo. There is a clock with counter weights that lower into the floor. There is a mantle that has a side panel where wine could be hoisted up from the cellar and Mr. Jefferson even built himself a walk-in closet above his bed that was only accessible by ladder. The grounds are pretty amazing as well including his 1,000-foot vegetable garden, the constant excavation around the property and the cemetery that is still in use.Pippin HillOk, so we have been to many a wine tasting. Usually, you park, enter a massive building and stand around with strangers trying tiny sips of several wines, get the slightest bit of a buzz and then leave. Not at Pippin Hill. This place is like wine Oz. We drove up a sweeping drive and parked across from a stunning barn and huge white tent. When we walked up to the barn we were greeted with one of the best damn views in Virginia. We were then sat down at a table overlooking said view where we ordered Spring Time Asparagus Salad, Fava Bean Ragout, Tapas and finished off with Crème Brûlée with flowering mint. Between courses, we could wander up to the tasting tables and sample a variety of their award-winning wines. And yes, we got pretty tipsy and ended up running through the vineyards. A cartwheel may have happened. This place is vino paradise.Virginia Distillery CompanySo if you aren’t a wine fan, we know Malt Whisky may raise some hairs. Now open, the company imports Malt Whisky from Scotland and finishes it in Virginia port-style wine casks. We were not able to visit  because it wasn’t open yet, but now that it is, we will report back once we return! The product is already in some of the best bars in New York and we can vouch for its rich, hearty taste.The Albemarle AnglerIf you are a fan of fly fishing, ring up these boys and head out on a day’s adventure to one of the many great trout and smallmouth bass streams in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Jackson River, the James River and the Shenandoah River. If you don’t have time to fish, their store is stocked with awesome gear.Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, VirginiaSHOPJ.M. Stock ProvisionsJ.M. Stock is Central Virginia’s premier purveyor & retailer of local, grass-fed beef and pasture raised meats. This is where the locals go to get the best beef, pork, and poultry around. Go check out this whole animal butcher shop and see how they do everything from snout to tail.  You can also find a curated selection of pantry items, in-house prepared foods, beer, wine, and a fine selection of artisan cheese from around the globe to take for a picnic or as a souvenir.The Monticello Gift ShopThis is pretty much Virginia in a nutshell. You have hundreds of books, locally made products and snacks, wines, kids toys and even plants, seeds and of course, a bust of Thomas Jefferson.Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, VirginiaNew Dominion BookshopToday we all just click and buy so it is refreshing to darken the door of an old-fashioned book shop. Independently owned on the festive historic downtown mall, New Dominion is the oldest bookseller in Virginia. Go in and get lost in their aisles and pick up some souvenirs.The Men’s and Boy’s ShopSo old school they don’t even have a website, this is the kind of spot your grandfather would approve of. While some of the brands are a tad boring, you can’t beat Filson, Barbour, and Pendleton. And come fall, you can’t go wrong with their socks, scarves, flannels and tweed caps.And GeorgeWhile this isn’t the most masculine of shops, if you are traveling with your lady she will thank you for stopping in. Full of cool antiques and custom made pieces; it is definitely worth a wander round.SLEEPOakhurst InnWe love the concept of Oakhurst; it is comprised of several old houses all converted into well appointed (but not stuffy) hotel rooms. So you get the B&B feel with the luxury of turn down service and fresh baked cookies on your bedside table. Added bonus is the café just a short walk away in, you guessed it, an old house converted to a cozy café. Oakhurst is conveniently situated right behind UVA if you are there visiting friends for a college reunion.Oakhurst InnClifton InnOn the flossy side of things, the Clifton Inn has 17 luxury rooms on 100 acres. You can even rent out an entire farmhouse if you are having a family reunion or wedding weekend. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Citieslast_img read more

ICC suspends Zimbabwe from international cricket

first_imgLondon: The ICC on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect violation of global body’s constitution which doesn’t allow any government intervention. The current elected members of Zimbabwe board were suspended by government agency Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) which was violation of articles 2.4 (c) and d. “Zimbabwe Cricket has been suspended with immediate effect. The ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution which imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and / or administration for cricket respectively,” the ICC said in a statement. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAs a consequence of suspension, ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events. The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting. The ICC Board heard from both the Sports and Recreation Committee representatives of the Zimbabwe Government and Zimbabwe Cricket before making their decision. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “We do not take the decision to suspend a Member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference. What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC Constitution and we cannot allow it to continue unchecked. “The ICC wants cricket to continue in Zimbabwe in accordance with the ICC Constitution,” Manohar said. The Croatia, Morocco and Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for continuing to be non compliant. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe cricketers, including Sikandar Raza, were left shocked and heartbroken after the ICC suspended Zimbabwe cricket for government interference, a decision which they believe ended their careers and reduced the team to a bunch of strangers. The ICC on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect violation of global body’s constitution which doesn’t allow any government intervention. In an emotional post in twitter, Raza said this is not how he wanted to bid goodbye to the sport. “How one decision has made a team, strangers, How one decision has made so many people unemployed, How one decision affects so many families, How one decision has ended so many careers, Certainly not how I wanted to say goodbye to international cricket @ICC,” posted from his twitter handle. Former Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor said the heartbreaking decision ended the careers of many people who have been associated with the sport in the country. “@ICC It’s heartbreaking to hear your verdict and suspend cricket in Zimbabwe. The @ZimbabweSrc has no government back round yet our Chairman is an MP? Hundreds of honest people, players, support staff, ground staff totally devoted to ZC out of a job, just like that,” Taylor tweeted. Zimbabwe fast bowler Kyle Jarvis too expressed his disappointment on social media. “A lot of good people have just been put out of work @ICC,” he wrote in his twitter handle before adding: “Gutted”.last_img read more

Pro BBQ Competition Beer And Watermelon Festival To Raise Awareness Of Homelessness

first_imgAmerican Family Housing (AFH) is hosting their 2nd annual Pigs, Ribs and Watermelon Professional BBQ competition and Beer festival at the Huntington State Beach parking area of Pacific Coast Hwy and Beach Blvd.Pigs, Ribs and Watermelon Professional BBQ Competition and Beer FestivalCredit/Copyright: Misty Schwartz PRThis is a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event and competing for the $10,000.00 purse will be 50 of the top west coast and some nationally ranked BBQ teams including teams from the TLC reality television show on BBQ Pitmasters. The 2nd Annual Pigs, Ribs and Watermelon Professional BBQ will provide beach goers the opportunity to revel in enjoyment of professionally prepared BBQ treats, craft beers and ice-cold watermelon in Huntington Beach.The public is invited to stop by and meet these BBQ masters in person, purchase and taste competitor’s meats, and meet their favorite celebrity guests. Tastings include: chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket. The public will also get to choose the winner of the “Taste of BBQ” during the event by voting for their favorite BBQ team on Saturday from noon until 5:00 p.m.Event details:Friday, August 16 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.Saturday, August 17 from noon until 10:00 p.m. (Kids BBQ competition for children ages 6-15 that is open to the public)Sunday, August 18 from noon until 8:00 p.m.Each day the event will be visited by celebrities such as Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Good Vibes), Scott L. Schwartz (Ocean’s 11, 12, 13, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), David “Shark” Fralick (The Young And The Restless, Days Of Our Lives). They will also have BBQ and watermelon inspired cupcakes from Cupcake Wars Winner (Aloha Cupcakes) Erieka Pimentel of Bubba Sweets.FREE watermelon for all with watermelon carving demonstrations, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting for distance contest, and other watermelon activities plus a chance to meet and greet the celebrities. On stage constant stream festivities such as rib eating contests, rock, blues, rockabilly music, they are providing something for everyone. The beer festival returns and will feature over a dozen flavors of small lot craft along with the flavorful BBQ meat.American Family Housing was founded in May of 1985 by Executive Director, Jim Miller, as he noticed the growing numbers of homeless families living in parks in Orange County. American Family Housing has evolved from meeting the basic needs of providing food and clothing to an organization of 61 properties providing services of emergency housing, transitional housing, and permanent housing to assist its clients toward stability and renew their way of living. Housing Facilities are located in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. For more information on American Family Housing visit www.afhusa.org or call (714) 897-3221 or Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons visit www.rpwbbq.com.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Stars Attend Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards

first_imgFood Bank For New York City — the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs — raised more than $2 million this week at the organization’s annual Can Do Awards Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street.Mario Batali at Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards DinnerCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesDorothea Bongiovi, MSNBC and Toyota were honored for their commitment to eradicating poverty and hunger.Presenters included Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio and Chris Canty. Notable attendees included Jon Bon Jovi, Selita Ebanks, Josh Charles, Rachael Ray, Ted Allen, Michael Stipe, Michael Potts, Lori Silverbush, Lauren Bush Lauren, David Lauren, Jill Hennessy, David Burke, Katie Lee, Kelly Bensimon, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Nastia Liukin, Sasha Cohen, Alysia Reiner, Joe Morton, Bevy Smith, David Alan Basche, Mary Giuliani and Phillip Baltz.Aaron Neville was the evening’s special musical guest. Cat Greenleaf, host of NBC’s “Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf,” emceed the event.The Can Do Awards Dinner is the premiere Food Bank For New York City event that helps support the nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on their programs and services to put food on the table. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of community-based member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.last_img read more

Top Chefs Gather For City Harvest

first_imgCity Harvest’s 35th Anniversary Gala is set to take place at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24th. José Andrés, Bill & Wendy Mills, Robin Hood, and Chrissy Teigen will be honored during the evening.The gala raises funds to support City Harvest’s work rescuing good food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to New Yorkers in need.The 35th Anniversary Gala Benefit Committee includes Alex Guarnaschelli, Anita Lo, Bill Telepan, Dana Cowin, Dominique Ansel, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Marc Murphy, Margaret and Geoffrey Zakarian, Rocco DiSpirito, Ron Ben-Israel, Scott Conant, and Ted Allen.last_img read more

CANADIAN ACTOR JONATHAN WATTON ON HOW PAUL RYAN INSPIRED HIS HANDMAIDS TALE

first_imgTORONTO — As he prepared to play a cutthroat commander in the new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Jonathan Watton of Corner Brook, N.L., heard from the writers that the character was similar to a certain Republican south of the border.“They said, ‘Look, there’s a particular political person in the States who we’ve thought of and he’s younger, he’s ambitious, politically astute, and in some ways out for himself,’” Watton said in an interview.And who was that person? Jonathan Watton poses for a portrait in Toronto, on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. As he prepared to play a cuttthroat commander in the new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Jonathan Watton of Corner Brook, N.L., heard from the writers that the character was similar to a certain Republican south of the border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Lahodynskyj Facebook Advertisement “Should I say?” the affable Watton said with a laugh. “Well, they modelled him a little bit after Paul Ryan (the former U.S. House Speaker). Not in terms of necessarily where he comes from but just where he slots into that power structure: Politically astute, intelligent and yet just intensely after a goal. That was helpful for me. It just clarified what his motivations are.”Watton plays American Cmdr. Mathew Calhoun in season 3 of the Emmy-winning dystopian drama, which is shot in Toronto and around southern Ontario. He first appears in episode 3, set to air Sunday, and is in five episodes in total. The series is on Bravo and Crave in Canada.Season 1 was based on Toronto author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, while the rest of the series created by Bruce Miller explores what happens after the book ends.Calhoun is a new commander in the Republic of Gilead, a theocracy in which women are treated as a property of the state and some are forced to bear children to combat an infertility epidemic.Elisabeth Moss stars as protagonist June (a.k.a. Offred), who continues to defy the power structure along with a resistance movement that stretches into Canada, prompting Calhoun to take a hard line.“He feels the power structure needs to clamp down, that we need to be stronger here, rule with an iron fist and show no mercy,” said Watton, 41.“Anyone who shows any weakness, especially of the more established commanders who we’re starting to look at with questions, like Waterford for example, he thinks they need to step aside and we need to come down hard. He doesn’t think of himself as a bad guy, but he’s definitely in this world a bad guy.”Cmdr. Waterford is played by Joseph Fiennes, while Yvonne Strahovski plays his wife, Serena Joy. The characters have June in their household as a handmaid.“The tagline this year is ‘Blessed be the fight,’” said Watton, noting the season shows the resistance taking different “and maybe unexpected forms.”There’s also “a sense of hope, a sense of agency” for the resistance, he added.“We see June start to make some strong choices and some difficult ones, of where her loyalties lie and what she’s going to do to take down Gilead.”Watton’s previous credits include David Cronenberg’s film “Maps to the Stars,” and the shows “Private Eyes,” “Saving Hope” and “Murdoch Mysteries,” in which he was a series regular as Dr. Darcy Garland.He was a fan of Atwood’s novel and the series before signing on, and was able to get input directly from series writer Yahlin Chang onset, where the cast was “so welcoming.”“The Handmaid’s Tale” has brought his career to a new level, he said, “just because it’s become part of such a conversation critically with the work that goes on in the show, and also culturally it’s just become part of such a conversation that people are having and need to have now.”“There are many instances where sadly we see a lot of parallels between the very things that are going on in the world of the show, and in the world around us, so it’s an honour to be a part of that conversation,” Watton said.“Who would have thought we’d be having conversations about women’s reproductive rights now in 2019? And it’s very much on the table — more than on the table, it’s being stripped away from people in state legislatures across the U.S.”By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

EVM glitches inconvenience voters across city

first_imgKolkata: The seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state were marred by a few instances of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) glitches.Rampant malfunctioning of EVMs was reported from both Kolkata North and Kolkata South, as well as some other constituencies. In some places, voters including elderly citizens were seriously inconvenienced after the EVMs developed technical glitches leading to suspension of the voting process for a while. The Election Commission officials soon addressed the crisis and voting resumed in the affected booths. The voters who queued up at a polling booth in Kolkata South in the morning, complained about poor management by the Election Commission and the malfunctioning voting machines. Senior citizens were found waiting in long queues at multiple booths. An elderly voter standing in the queue outside a polling station under Kolkata South constituency said that he had reached the polling booth at 7 am and had to wait for more than 45 minutes as an EVM developed technical problem. It may be recalled that after taking cue from the previous phases of elections, the Election Commission had earlier assured that there would be alternative arrangements of EVMs in various booths. Senior Trinamool Congress leader and Mayor Firhad Hakim said polling could not be conducted smoothly at various booths of Kolkata South in the morning. In some places, polling was suspended for nearly one and half hour in the morning, Hakim said. While answering media questions on allegations of violence against Trinamool by Opposition parties, Hakim said: “The Opposition parties in the state have lost their footing and hence they are coming up with cooked-up stories. The Central Forces and BJP tried hard but the people of the state are with Trinamool Congress. We will win all the nine constituencies that went to poll on Sunday, with a minimum margin of 2-3 lakh votes. We will win all 42 seats in the state.” Trinamool Congress candidate from Kolkata North Sudip Bandyopadhyay also voiced his protest against the malfunctioning of EVMs. He said that 15 out of 22 EVMs from the polling stations in Chowringhee area had malfunctioned. “I have spoken to some Election officials and they have admitted to the malfunctioning of EVMs,” he added. After the final phase of elections concluded, Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab said: “The number of EVMs malfunctioning was under the permissible limit and they were replaced in all affected places.”last_img read more