10 Feb

WICB’s Nanthan slams Sammy

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):The vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Emmanuel Nanthan, yesterday launched a major broadside against Darren Sammy 48 hours after he led West Indies into the history books by becoming the first team to capture the T20 World Cup twice.Nanton has blasted as “irrelevant, demeaning, insulting, and unfortunate” comments made by Sammy minutes after West Indies pulled off a stunning four-wicket victory over England to seal the title.Sammy courted controversy when he hit out at the WICB for its lack of support and praised Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell and CARICOM for messages of support, which inspired his team.”So to try to make it look like the board was inefficient in any way is rather unfortunate,” declared Nanton in a radio interview in Dominica.”To spoil what was a tremendous achievement for the Caribbean civilisation with comments that are totally irrelevant and demeaning and insulting to the Caribbean people I believe was rather unfortunate”.Contracts disputeSammy’s comments were also made against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB before the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse.The WICB vice-president also took issue with the players for complaining about a reduction in their fee structure for the World Cup while not disclosing increases in fees for the regional competition.”So the players complained that for the World Cup, their fees went down maybe by US$20,000 or thereabout. But they did not say that the week before they got the World Cup contract, all of them signed contracts for the regional competition, where their fees went up by US$80,000, $140,000, $145,000, and $75,000. They did not say that,” said Nanthan.”But they are saying that they had a loss of US$20,000 each on the World Cup. The World Cup is every other year. Our regional competition is every year. So really and truly, they weremaking noise for losing $20,000 on one side but gaining $150,000 or $280,000 in some instances on the other hand and never ever said that to anybody.”Praised new managerOn Sunday, Sammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who, he said, went to extraordinary lengths to solve a uniform problem during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.But Nanthan has dismissed Sammy’s comments on this issue as misleading, blaming the impasse for the delay in printing numbers on the uniforms.”The date was coming. The players had not consented to go to play, so the company delivered the uniforms without the numbers in them because we were not sure which players we going to play,” he said.”So when the logistics officer left the Caribbean for Dubai, he had a ticket in his hands to go to pick up the uniforms in Calcutta, put the numbers on them, and carry them himself to the team well before the World Cup.”Earlier, the WICB, in a release, had described Sammy’s comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation with a view to taking necessary action.Nanthan’s comments are likely to fuel more tension between the champion West Indies side, which has garnered massive support in the region, and an embattled Dave Cameron-led WICB, which is coming under mounting public pressure to step down.last_img read more

20 Dec

San Jose Sharks react to Joe Thornton’s one-game suspension

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.LAS VEGAS — The Sharks on Tuesday were disappointed but not altogether surprised that Joe Thornton was suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward Tomas Nosek in Game 3.Thornton received the suspension Monday, hours after he, general manager Doug Wilson and coach Pete DeBoer had a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Thornton will sit out Tuesday’s Game 4 of the …last_img read more

3 Dec

Bihar flood toll touches 119; over 4 lakh evacuated

first_imgThe flood situation in Bihar and West Bengal continues to be grim as waters from the overflowing rivers in Nepal sweep south, while there has been a slight improvement in Assam.Nearly one crore people have been affected by the floods in Bihar that have claimed 119 lives so far, an official said on Friday. The Bihar disaster management department official said over 98 lakh people in 1,532 panchayats under 139 blocks in 16 districts have been hit with thousands of huts washed away, buildings and roads damaged and standing crops worth crores submerged.According to the official, 4,08,903 people have been evacuated by the Army, NDRF, SDRF and other rescue teams in the last four days. The State government has set up 1,238 relief camps housing 310,041 people in the flood-hit districts.Respite from rainThough rain has let up in West Bengal, about 400 villages in Malda district are facing massive waterlogging with the Mahananda, Fulhar and Purnarbhaba river overflowing.Speaking to The Hindu on Friday, Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee said, “Malda has become our main concern now. Due to the flood waters from Nepal and Bihar, the Mahananda river is already flowing above the extreme danger level and the water level is expected to rise.”  “Currently there are about 70,000 people in 116 relief shelters in the district,” district magistrate of Malda Kaushik Bhattacharya said. According to district officials at least eight lakh people have been affected. Twelve teams from two battalions of the NDRF have been deployed in Malda, Uttar and South Dinajpur districts.Assam toll risesWith 11 more deaths on Friday, the death toll in the second phase of floods in Assam has gone up to 60 since August 10 even as the authorities said there were some “signs of improvement” in the overall situation.According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 25.93 lakh people were affected by the floods in the State. Morigaon was the worst-hit district with 5.29 lakh affected people, followed by Dhubri with 4.76 lakh people. As many as 2,210 villages were under water, it said.7 rhinos deadOver 140 animals including seven rhinos and two elephants have perished in the second wave of floods in Assam that inundated 80% of the the Kaziranga National Park Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rohini Ballav Saikia said here on Thursday.(With inputs from PTI & IANS) Three family members drown as bridge collapses in Biharlast_img read more

29 Nov

Yap owns up to missed free throws in loss to TNT

first_img“Those mistakes are mine, I will owe up to those misses,” said Yap, who had a game-high 23 points but went 3-of-7 from the free throw line. “I shut down the distractions, but I missed. The other one went in and out, but those misses are parts of the game.”Yap’s first two misses came with 51 seconds left with the game tied at 101.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingTNT’s rookie guard RR Pogoy took advantage of Yap’s errors and drilled a long jumper that put the KaTropa ahead for good, 103-101, with 26 seconds remaining.Yap had another chance to tie the game but the most he got was a split. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments Kerber first top seed to lose in 1st round of French Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I regret missing those free throws, if only I could turn back time but I missed. I can’t do anything about it,” said Yap, who finished the conference with a 63 percent conversion rate from the line.“I will own up to my mistakes and move on from there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine swingman James Yap took full responsibility of his late-game blunders that allowed TNT to take a 105-102 victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here.Those mistakes included three straight missed free throws in the final minute of the game that could’ve tilted the game into the Elasto Painters’ favor.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

28 Nov

Prove CWG detractors wrong: South African President

first_img“Prove them wrong as we did!” is what South African President Jacob Zuma told a visiting Indian delegation, commenting on the detractors’ views who believed it was a wrong decision to give the Commonwealth Games to India.Zuma was reacting to the concerns expressed by many countries over India’s level of preparedness for the Commonwealth Games starting in New Delhi on Sunday.”Like India, we faced the naysayers who doubted our ability to host a successful tournament,” he said at a banquet last night to mark the end of the first regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Africa.”Earlier this year, we hosted the first and I might add, very successfully hosted the first FIFA 2010 World Cup on African soil. If ever there was proof of our country’s ability to deliver, then that was it,” Zuma said to a loud applause from the South African and Indian guests that included Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and Minister of State for Human Resources Development D Purandeshwari.”I take this opportunity to wish India well on the hosting of the CWG,” the President added.Before the World Cup, there had been many negative reports, especially in Western media, about South Africa?s readiness for the biggest sporting spectacle in the world.In the end, the two-month spectacle not only went off without a hitch, but also united the people of the country in an unprecedented way.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

28 Nov

Govt should try to develop other sports, says BCCI

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday asked the government to lay off its cricket turf. BCCI Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Ratnakar Shetty asked Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken to improve the state of other sports and not to interfere in the functioning of the autonomous body. He said that BCCI’s functioning has been praised time and again by various global sporting bodies. “I think the sports ministry will work better in finding out what needs to be done for the development of the other sports. The amount of problems the other federations face, they (government) should be concentrating on that and try to develop other sports rather than concentrating on cricket which is already well established,” Shetty said. Congress MP and BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla said, “I have not seen the draft bill. Show me the draft bill. How can it be under RTI when it does not take any grant from the government?” Young BJP MP and BCCI member Anurag Thakur opposed the proposal to bring the board under RTI. Thakur told Headlines Today that it could be used to harass the cricket body. “I oppose Sports Bill. RTI is a tool to harass. There is no age limit for politicians and prime minister. First the (sports) ministry should look into Sports Authority of India. It is an attempt to hide Commonwealth Games scam. Politicians are required in sport bodies,” Thakur insisted. “As far as age-limit is concerned, I think that there is no age-limit for the prime minister or ministers. Then why should there be an age-limit for the head of a sports body,” he questioned.advertisementlast_img read more

18 Nov

iPhone 8 will be launched on September 12, Apple ramps up production in China

first_imgApple will launch the iPhone 8, possibly along with the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and a new Apple Watch that supports SIM card, on September 12. Although this is a date that has been much rumoured as the day when Apple will unveil the iPhone 8, now Wall Street Journal confirms it.The business newspaper in the US has been told by its sources, who have been briefed about the next iPhone launch, that Apple will indeed launch the new iPhone 8 on September 12. The report also notes the new iPhone 8, along with the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus, will go on sale around 10 days after its unveil. Although no price for the phone has been mentioned, rumours earlier hinted that the iPhone 8, which is going to be the anniversary edition, will be the costliest iPhone yet.The iPhone 8 will also possibly come with a new design, whereas the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus will be iterative updates to the current iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Here is what we know about the iPhone 8 so far:The iPhone 8 is expected to come with a price tag of around $1000 (expect India price of nearly Rs 1 lakh).The iPhone 8 possibly comes with a new design, which is said to include two layers of glass with a metal frame sandwiched between them.Currently, it is not clear how big will be the screen size of the iPhone 8. Although some rumours have hinted that this could be a 5.8-inch screen. We have also heard of the OLED panel, unlike the LCD panel that current iPhones use. The OLED panel, often seen in phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8, shows punchier, deeper colours. Although there is no consensus on the screen size, it has been hinted by analysts that follow Apple that the iPhone 8 will have a design with very thin bezels around the screen.The iPhone 8 is expected to do away with the physical home button. As for the TouchID, there are two rumours. One hints that the TouchID will move to the Apple logo on the back cover while another one says that it will be under the glass on the screen.The iPhone 8 is expected to come with a redesigned camera. Just like the iPhone 7 Plus, it will have two cameras on the rear: one a regular camera, and the other one with a telephoto lens for the portrait photos and closeups. But — and so say rumours — this time around Apple is also going to use a bigger image sensor in the iPhone 8 so that it competes with the camera performance of the Google Pixel and the Galaxy S8 in a better way, especially when it comes to low light performance.The redesign will possibly allow Apple to offer wireless charging with the iPhone 8, although reports say that the charging speed won’t be as fast as what consumers get with the Galaxy S8, which too supports wireless charging.It has been speculated that Apple is also beefing up the front and back cameras in the iPhone 8 to offer better augmented reality experience. If you remember, Apple introduced artificial reality APIs in the iOS 11, the software that is going to be inside the iPhone 8.The iPhone 8 will be powered by the Apple A11 processor and is sure to come with at least 32GB internal storage. To support better AR experience, it will also possibly come with 3GM RAM.The Apple iPhone 8 will support face recognition and users will be able to unlock the phone using face recognition technology. The phone will probably sport a sensor on the front that will help users get better face recognition even when the light is low.According to WSJ, the iPhone 8 will be unveiled at an event in Apple’s new office that has an auditorium with seating capacity of 1000 people. Apple has also reportedly, anticipating big demand for the iPhone 8 that is going to be the anniversary edition considering the fact that the first iPhone was launched in 2007, increased the production of the phone in China. Currently, there is one manufacturing plant in China making the iPhone 8, says WSJ. But soon the production is expected to expand to other plants where Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn make iPhones.advertisementAlso Read: Is this Apple’s anniversary edition iPhone 8?last_img read more

7 Nov

Tight at the Top – Australian Women’s Snatch Last Gasp Victory

first_imgRelated LinksWomen’s Match Report In a very tight tussle, it was Australia who somehow managed to keep their composure under fire and close out an amazing win considering they only hit the lead late in the second half. For coach, Swain Rovelli it was welcome relief and a good win first-up. “It was good to get that one over with and it’s good to get started with a good win.“We were ready to go but then we started to settle and once we got a read on what we had to do, we got on top and took it away from there.“Our changeovers were a bit slow and once we started going direct and once we nailed that, we knew that we could score tries and hold them out.“We knew what we needed to do and where to get to and thankfully Marikki’s try sealed it at the end for us.”New Zealand came firing out of the blocks early against Australia with Tenika Willison and Charlotte Davis crossing early for the Kiwis.The captains quickly got in on the act with Lizzie Campbell crossing the stripe in the middle section then New Zealand captain, Jean Marsh following Australia’s Hayley Maddick’s touchdown on debut.Tenika Willison went over for her double and was then followed by Samantha Hopkin on the spot of Campbell’s earlier touchdown.In the second half it was Mia Johnstone who then drew Australia level with New Zealand at 4-all with 13 minutes remaining.Shellie Davis put Australia in front for the first time in the match scoring her first Trans Tasman touchdown soon-after with Leah Percy pushing Australia out by two (6-4).The Kiwis’ Hayley Lee was the recipient of a great long ball left crossing out wide edging New Zealand closer before Charlotte Davis scored locking the game up at 6-all with minutes remaining.Then at the very death and following the script of the earlier Mixed Open match, Marikki Watego crossed right on full-time to deliver Australia a last gasp 7-6 victory and an opportunity to wrap the series up tomorrow.FINAL SCORE: Australia 7 (Campbell, Hopkin, Maddick, Johnstone, Percy, S Davis, Watego) defeated New Zealand 6 (C Davis 2, Willison 2, Marsh, Lee) last_img read more

13 Oct

Councils wants more options for Bylaw enforcement due to parking and illegal

first_imgMayor Ackerman wants the report to look at any actions that can be taken on behalf of the City to motivate those with illegal suites and as the Mayor said, “know darn well they have that suite, to rectify that.”Mayor Lori Ackerman shared other actions are required by the City to motivate people with illegal suites. “I think on the principle of safety, this needs to be dealt with,” said Ackerman in terms of the congestion in neighbourhoods that have several vehicles that block sidewalks and roads, causing visibility and safety issues.Council agreed this report was necessary to know what it will take to equip Bylaw officers with the tools they require for their toolbox to end this problem. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At Monday’s Council meeting Councillor Grimsrud on behalf of Councillor Bolin put forward a resolution to help improve enforcement and parking issues due to neighbourhoods that have illegal suites.Grimsrud asked that Council direct staff to provide a report on the current staffing hours of Bylaw enforcement employees and to look at when vehicles are allowed to park on the street.Mayor Ackerman said she heard the public’s concerns at the recent Trade Show as well as receiving an email regarding specifically 104 A Avenue.last_img read more

12 Oct

Delhi HC seeks Ayush Ministry reply on plea against decision on Aadhaar-based attendance in colleges

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought the response of the Ministry of Ayush on a plea challenging its decision to install Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system in colleges.Justice C Hari Shankar asked the ministry and Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) to file their counter affidavits on the plea and listed the matter for further hearing on May 23. The petition filed by Uttarakhand-based Uttaranchal Ayurvedic College sought quashing of the January 9 minutes of the meeting by which the ministry directed CCIM to conduct surprise inspections of all colleges possessing five-year permission claiming it is in contravention of the ministry’s July 2012 notification and the law laid down by the Supreme Court. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!It said the apex court has held that the inspection may be done on a complaint or otherwise by a team appointed by central council only. The petition, filed through advocate Amit Sahni, said a decision was also taken in the January meeting for implementation of Aadhaar enabled geo-location based biometric attendance system for staff and faculty of the colleges. It claimed that the minutes of meeting are bad in law and liable to be quashed as this attendance system is in violation of the apex court constitution bench judgment in the K S Puttaswamy case in which it was held that Aadhaar and its usage cannot be forced upon any individual. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The minutes of meetings were not sent to all ayurvedic colleges and also the same was not uploaded on the official website of the Ministry of Ayush. “The authorities may proceed with the decision taken in minutes of meeting dated January 9, 2019, therefore the present petition,” it said. During the hearing, the court made it clear that if any action is taken by the authorities before the next date of hearing, on the basis of the decision which has been challenged in the petition, they would abide by the outcome of these proceedings. It also issued notice to the authorities on the plea to stay the minutes of meeting and listed it for March 27. The plea also alleged that the ministry has passed several directions which are contrary to law viz, to conduct inspections even in Ayurvedic, Homoeopathic, Unani and Siddha colleges, which were granted permission for five years. The minutes of meeting also stated that the colleges shall have to recruit faculty or staff registered in that particular state, it said.last_img read more