Virat Kohli looked dangerous, Australia lucky to get him out cheaply: Michael Hussey

first_imgVirat Kohli looked like he was on his way to a big score against Australia in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Michael Hussey said on Thursday.Kohli was dismissed for 23 in the first over after tea by Josh Hazlewood but India still finished the opening day on 303 for 4 thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara (130 not out) and Mayank Agarwal (77).Kohli, who had scored four hundreds in four Tests in Australia in 2014-15, has not been as prolific this year. He was in stupendous form in 2018 and finished the year as the highest scorer in Tests (and ODIs) after hitting 593 runs in five Tests in England.In Australia, Kohli has scored 282 runs so far – he has the chance to add to his tally if India bat again in Sydney but Kohli would rue at a missed opportunity on Thursday.Kohli had looked good in the course of his 23 but then he tried to work a Hazlewood delivery fine – he only managed to get his gloves to the ball and Tim Paine caught it as Australia breathed a sigh of relief.Michael Hussey believed Kohli was unlucky to be caught out like that. The first day in Sydney was of course all about Pujara and Agarwal but Hussey weighed in on the quality of the Kohli innings that was taking shape.”Pujara was fantastic but I thought Virat Kohli also looked dangerous. He was a bit unlucky to be caught down the leg side. It generally happens only once or twice a season,” Hussey wrote in his column for Fox Sports.advertisement”He usually goes on to make big scores in Australia after getting his eye in, and now he’s fallen for 34, 82 and 23 within this series. But I wouldn’t read too much into it. I don’t think he’s done anything different from his other Australian tours to lose his wicket a few times after a good start. It’s just the way batting goes sometimes.”I thought he looked really good at the crease today. He looked sharp, his defence looked good and I thought he was set for a big one, so the Australians will be happy they got him out really cheaply.”Also Read | Virat Kohli’s pink bat in Sydney for cancer awarenessAlso Read | Kadaknath over grilled chicken: Virat Kohli, BCCI get a diet recommendationlast_img read more

Champions League: Allegri lauds Ronaldo as Juventus held to a draw at Ajax

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo produced yet another quality goal to add to his collection and help Juventus to a 1-1 draw at Ajax Amsterdam in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday.Juventus took the lead on the stroke of halftime as Portuguese forward Ronaldo began an attacking move inside his own half before sprinting down field and diving to head in a clever chip from Joao Cancelo.”Ronaldo proved again he is from a different level, the timing of his player is so different from the others,” said an admiring Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.Ajax equalised 30 seconds into the second half after Cancelo lost control of the ball to allow David Neres to run down the left wing, cut inside and curl the ball past Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.The result leaves the Serie A side in a strong position to advance to the semi-finals in next week’s return leg in Turin. However, they will be mindful of Ajax’s 4-1 away win over Real Madrid in the last round that eliminated the holders 5-3 on aggregate.Hakim Ziyech had several efforts at goal in a lively start for the youthful Dutch team, who have come through the pre-group phase qualifying round to reach the last eight.Donny van de Beek scraped the outside of the upright with a 25th minute effort from close range after opening up space for himself in the penalty area in Ajax’s best chance of the first half.But Juventus, with the 34-year-old Ronaldo central to their attacks, worked their way into the contest and came close themselves when the forward set up Federico Bernardeschi to turn and shoot in the 37th minute. But he was just off target.advertisementRonaldo, who scored a hat-trick in the previous round against Atletico Madrid, then scored a 125th Champions League goal with the last move of the first half.”He is a predator in the box. He waited for a gap and then sprinted past two players,” conceded Ajax’s teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt.PENALTY CLAIMAfter equalising, Ajax then dominated possession but were guilty of over-elaborate passing and were also fortunate not to have given away a penalty when defender Nicolas Tagliafico was tugging on the jersey of Juventus captain Mario Mandzukic.Spanish referee Carlos del Cerro Grande paused briefly in the 53rd minute to presumably hear from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) but resumed play before TV replays showed that Juventus had been denied a decent claim.Tagliafico will miss the second leg next Tuesday after being booked late in the first half.Juve hit the upright in the closing stages through substitute Douglas Costa although Ajax could have had the last say as Dusan Tadic missed a good chance in stoppage time.”A 1-1 score is not what we had hoped for but we are still well in,” said Ajax coach Erik ten Hag. “We had a lot of patient possession and we created one or two good chances.”More than 100 Juventus supporters were detained by Dutch police before the match while home fans were also arrested as a water cannon was used outside the ground.Also Read | Champions League quarters: United boss Solskjaer hoping for PSG repeat against BarcelonaAlso See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Kevin Pietersen’s advice to tackle Jasprit Bumrah

first_imgFormer England batsman Kevin Pietersen has offered a piece of advice to all batters, especially right-handers — to help tackle Indian fast bowling spearhead and ICC world no 1. Jasprit Bumrah during the ongoing edition of the World Cup.The key for the right-handed batsman while facing Bumrah is to take an off-stump guard and try and hit him between straight down the pitch and square leg, Pietersen took to Twitter to help the batters in the showpiece event.”Quick memo to all right-handed batters – get onto off stump against Bumrah and look to hit him from, straight back at the stumps to square leg. Eliminate the off side completely!” tweeted Pietersen.In the opening World Cup game against South Africa, Bumrah was once again at his menacing best as he scalped two wickets and broke the back of the Proteas top-order. His figures of 2/35 along with Yuzvendra Chahal’s 4/51, helped India restrict Proteas to 227 which the Men in Blue chased down with six wickets in hand at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.Bumrah, 25, has so far taken 87 wickets in 50 matches he has played at an average of 22.0 and strike rate of 29.5. Since his ODI debut, no bowler has taken more wickets in death overs than Bumrah’s 44.India will face Australia in their next World Cup encounter on Sunday and the onus will once against be on Bumrah to take the Men in Blue off to a good start with the ball.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India have the ammunition to tackle Australia at The Oval, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Morris wants fans to back battered South AfricaAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

Nagelsmann warns Bayern over Wagner transfer

first_imgTransfers ‘We do not have to sell’ – Nagelsmann warns Bayern Munich over Wagner transfer Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 01:18 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sandro Wagner TSG Hoffenheim Getty Transfers Bayern München Hoffenheim Bundesliga The 29-year-old striker wants to return home to Munich, and the Bavarian side have begun negotiations over a move Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann has fired a warning to Bayern Munich over striker Sandro Wagner, saying his club do not have to sell.On Friday, Bayern Munich confirmed they have begun talks with Hoffenheim over a move for Wagner.Hertha Berlin 2/1 to beat M’gladbach Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Earlier in the week Nagelsmann said the Germany international striker desires a move to Munich, his childhood club.But Nagelsmann has insisted that a move to Bayern isn’t a foregone conclusion for the striker. “We are open for negotiations but it will depend on the transfer fee,” Nagelsmann told Sky.”We do not have to improve our negotiating position, we’re not under pressure and do not have to sell.”The 29-year-old came up through Bayern’s youth academy but failed to secure a first-team position before moving on in a career that has seen stops at several different German clubs. With Bayern in the market for a second striker to help support Robert Lewandowski, the club have begun negotiations for the Hoffenheim forward. ‘We have met with (Hoffenheim sporting director) Alexander Rosenand [and] talked about a transfer,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told Sky.”Of course it will depend on the transfer fee. We are relaxed and don’t have too much pressure.”Wagner has scored six goals in 16 appearances in all competitions for Hoffenheim this season.last_img read more


first_imgAll draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEDAY TWO SUMMARYMENS 20’s:The Sharks started their day by recording their first win, a 7-2 result over the Hornets who were on top of the ladder after day one.The Northern Eagles look to be picking up the pace, their 8-3 win over the Barbarians was good for them but not so good for the Barbarians.They followed it up with a 4-2 win over the defending champions, the Southern Suns and cemented their position, second on the ladder at the end of day two.The Sydney Mets are sitting on top after day two, but with a bye still to come the Northern Eagles and Brisbane City Cobras should overtake them before the finals begin.The Cobras spent day two in cruise mode, a 10-2 win over the Barbarians and a 9-2 win over the ACT gave them the chance to relax before the competition heats up again tomorrow.For the ACT and Barbarians the tournament has not been as successful as they would have hoped, winless after 6 rounds the competition will certainly be on to record a win in tomorrow’s final round matches. WOMENS 20’s:The ACT are looking as though they will be tough to be, an impressive 7-1 win over the Sydney Mets (who were undefeated prior to this) sending them to the top of their pool after day two, followed closely by the Mets and the Cobras.The Southern Suns and Hunter Western Hornets both continued on their winning ways, with the Suns winning comfortably 8-2 over the Rebels and the Hornets finding it a little tougher to score, beating the Cyclones 3-1. The Hornets have followed up their good form from the Under 18 Championships last September and are currently sitting on top of pool one, courtesy of their earlier win over the Sharks. They will be tested tomorrow by the Southern Suns in their final round match. The Sharks may have stumbled in their quest for a seventh title in eight years yesterday, but they recovered from their shock loss to inflict maximum pain on a struggling Sydney Scorpions side, 18-0. They then ground out a tough 5-2 win over the Suns to move them to third in their pool.Credit must go to the Scorpions girls, who are still out there and enjoying themselves despite some heavy losses.MIXED OPEN:The first round of the Mixed went as expected, with all the favourites coming out on top. The Mets beat the Cyclones 8-2, the Suns beat the Rustlers 6-3, the Scorpions hurt the Barbarians 12-4 and the Cobras finished with a 10-5 win over the Rebels. The Sharks sat out the first round with a bye, no doubt watching the four teams likely to challenge for the title. The Barbarians and North Queensland Cyclones are the only two Mixed Open teams yet to record a win, although both teams will take positives from the event as they have displayed plenty of good Touch.With three rounds to be played before the finals, it would take a massive effort from the Southern Suns or Queensland Rustlers (sitting two wins behind the Scorpions in fourth place) to knock any of the top four teams off their perch.It looks as though the Mets, Sharks, Cobras and Scorpions are all safely through in the Mixed Open division for 2006.WOMENS OPEN:The Womens Open has been the steadiest of all divisions, with results falling generally as expected. The Rustlers, Sharks and Hornets all cruised through their first day two matches in pool two, but it was the afternoon match between the Cobras and Sharks that grabbed the most attention.In a close and exciting match, featuring some brilliant defense from both sides, the Sharks held off rivals the Cobras 3-1 in a win that lifted them to second on the ladder.The Hunter Western Hornets are sitting third in pool two, but with matches against the Cobras and Sharks tomorrow, they may find the going a little tougher.Despite sitting on top of the ladder in pool two, the Queensland Rustlers were subjected to their first loss of the tournament, a tense 3-2 win to the Cobras sealing the deal that the fight in pool two should be between the leading Queenslanders.MENS OPEN:In pool one of the Mens Open the day began as a one sided affair, the Cobras held no mercy for the ACT, a 12-0 win was one the ACT would like to forget. The Mets and Sharks recorded similar results, 12-4 for the Mets over the Cyclones, while the Sharks left no stone unturned with a 13-2 win over the Rebels.Pool two began in a similar fashion, the Southern Suns destroying the Crusaders 15-1. From all reports it looks as though the Suns have hit their stride and may be more than just a contender come finals time.The Rustlers also came out firing, a 13-2 win over the Eagles making it an all around miserable start for the bottom half of each pool in the Mens Open competition.The one exception to the trend of the morning was the match between the Hornets and Barbarians, with the Hornets emerging narrow 6-4 winners. It was a much improved Barbarians side, with their up and coming young guns providing promise for future events. At the end of day three it is the Suns and Scorpions clearly ahead in pool two, while the Mets, Cobras and Sharks battle it out in pool one.Stay tuned tomorrow for the final round matches and quarter finals at the 2006 NTL!last_img read more

Feel Good Fridays – Sea Bags

first_img 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Material Summer is wrapping up but we can be reminded of our salty sailing expeditions all year round when we tote around bags from Sea Bags. The company has been creating bags and accessories from reclaimed sailcloth in the historic Old Port district of Portland, Maine since 1999. Today they have a wide assortment of not just duffles and tote bags but wine totes (hello!), iPad cases, dog bowls and shaving cases. All the sails have been used in the past so markings, weathering and various stamps and stripes are part of their charm.Seabags has collaborated with many different companies but recently they worked with a great charity, Gulf of Maine Research Institute to create a limited edition tote bag and bucket bag. Fifty percent of every bag purchased will benefit GMRI’s scientific research around the sustainability of our natural resources and working waterfronts.“Commitment to community has always been a cornerstone to our business model,” said Beth Shissler, President of Sea Bags. “This project underscores the broad sense of community around our largest natural resource and our traditional working waterfronts. And GMRI’s mission nicely complements our company’s commitment to sustainable practices.”The special design features interconnecting bright green and vibrant blue waves – made from recycled spinnaker – wrapped around the white Dacron bag. Each bag is unique. Inside the large tote (14″ h x 18″) there is a hanging zip pocket in additional to the typical slip pocket located between the rope handles. The bucket bag is 9.5″h x 7″w and hangs by a rope handle knotted through grommets.Even though beach days are over, these are great weekend bags, grocery bags (eco-shopping bro!) or even a laundry bag at school. And take note all you boat owners, send in your sails and they will make you a bag. Now that’s sailing sustainability! Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Manlast_img read more

Trekking: The Cold Forge Hoody offers no more than need be

first_img A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.Sometimes it’s best to return to the basics. Although the Manual prides itself in many things — often highlighting the best beard oils on the market and the latest-and-greatest in the realm of hi-fi sound, for instance — we also know that not everyone has the means and the desire to splurge on a $1,500 jacket or pair of designer shoes. Fortunately, there’s a welcome abundance of outdoor manufacturers that revel in more approachable offerings, with the infamous Black Diamond being one of them.The Black Diamond Cold Forge Hoody ($300) is one such offering. It doesn’t revel in frivolous bells and whistles, allowing it to function as a comfortable midweight insulator for a day on the slopes or a quick ascension up your favorite climbing route. It’s filled with PrimaLoft Gold, a blend comprised of 70 percent down and 30 percent synthetic insulation, giving you the best of both worlds in a single jacket. The lightweight down provides you with high-loft properties and packability, while the water-resistant traits of the synthetic material ensure you’ll retain heat even in wettest of conditions. Furthermore, the sleek jacket boasts an adjustable helmet-compatible hood and two internal pockets for storing a bevy of small gear, along with your standard drawcord hem and pair of stretch cuffs. There’s little more to it than that, aside from a few zippered pockets on the front, but what more do you need?Check out Black Diamond online for more information, to make a purchase, or peruse the company’s excellent collection of outdoor apparel and wares. The Best Ultralight Backpacking Gear Actually Worth the Price Tag last_img read more

Maritime Museum Celebrates Ships DO Start Here Christmas at Sea

first_imgThe Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is continuing the shipbuilding celebration with Ships DO Start Here, a new initiative to encourage discussion and pride in the shipbuilding industry. As part of the celebration, the museum is hosting a free open house Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11. The museum is the oldest and largest museum of its kind in Canada. It collects and interprets items of maritime heritage including shipbuilding and stories of notable seafarers. “Shipbuilding is a major part of who we are and it will continue to shape our future,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “We invite everyone to explore the museum’s galleries, exhibits and artifacts to learn more about this fascinating part of our history.” People are also invited to help kick off the museum’s Christmas at Sea program. Visitors can see what it would have been like for a captain and his family to celebrate Christmas on a square-rigged ship at the turn of the century. Daily activities will allow visitors to create traditional Christmas and nautical crafts. As part of the Christmas as Sea program, the museum is participating in the Halifax Mission to Seafarers Shoebox initiative. Visitors are encouraged to bring personal care items, mittens and scarves, and souvenirs from Nova Scotia to the museum as a donation. Donations go to international merchant seafarers stationed at Halifax Harbour during the holidays. Donations to Feed Nova Scotia will also be accepted. “We see the museum as a community gathering place, especially during the holidays,” said Kim Reinhardt, manager, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. “We’re excited to welcome everyone to our open house to celebrate Ships DO Start Here. It’s the season for learning and giving back to others.” For more information on activities and the Halifax Mission to Seafarers Shoebox program, visit the museum website at or call 902-424-7490. The museum is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.last_img read more

HC seeks order copy transferring Karti case to special court

first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court has directed the prosecution to produce a copy of a lower court order transferring the cases against Karti Chidambaram to a special court designated to deal with cases involving MPs and MLAs. Justice PD Audikesavalu gave the directive on Monday while hearing a petition against the transfer to the special court the criminal prosecution initiated by I-T Department against Karti and his wife Srinidhi pending before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Egmore. The judge then posted the matter after a week. When the matter came up, a counter affidavit was filed by the Registrar General of the high court, justifying the transfer of cases. The Registrar General, in the counter, said, the transfer of cases were made according to the orders of Supreme Court on September 12, 2018 and the offences alleged to have been committed by the petitioners are classified under section 279 A of Income Tax Act.” He said the penal provision for which the petitioners were charged provides for an imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend up to seven years with fine. The counter further said the EOW court in the cadre of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate does not have exclusive jurisdiction to try cases relating to violations of Income Tax Act. It said the impugned transfer of the case to special Court in deference to the directions issued by the Supreme Court does not suffer from any legal infirmity as contended by the petitioners. Senior counsel ARL Sunderesan, appearing for Karthi, submitted they were served with the copy of the circular of Registrar General only but not with the copy of the order passed by the magistrate concerned transferring the cases to the special court. “If the copy of the order of magistrate is served only then we will come to know whether the transfer was made on the basis of high court circular or as per the Supreme Court order,” Sunderesan said.last_img read more

We must end longstanding conflicts with harmony Sri Sri Ravishankar

first_imgBengaluru: Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar, appointed by the Supreme Court as a member of a panel to mediate the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, on Friday said everybody must move together to end long-standing conflicts. The three-member panel is headed by former apex court judge F M I Kallifulla and also includes senior advocate Sriram Panchu. “We must all move together towards ending long-standing conflicts happily by maintaining harmony in society,” Sri Sri Ravishankar said. “Respecting everyone, turning dreams to reality, ending long-standing conflicts happily and maintaining harmony in society – we must all move together towards these goals. #ayodhyamediation,” he tweeted. The Supreme Court on Friday referred the politically sensitive case for mediation and gave the panel eight weeks to complete the process. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the panel should file a progress report of the proceedings within four weeks and complete the process within eight weeks.last_img read more

UK national arrested with over 100 stolen WC tickets

The police spokesman told the Colombo Gazette that the British man had stolen 103 tickets for tomorrow’s match between England and Sri Lanka. “He had 4 ticket books and separately another 3 tickets with him which he had stolen from the ICC Twenty 20 World Cup ticket counter,” the police spokesman said. A British national was arrested today with over 100 stolen tickets for the Twenty 20 World Cup match involving England, the police said.Police spokesman SSP Ajith Roahan said that the 54 year old man from Manchester had stolen the tickets from the ICC ticket office at Stanley Tilakaratna Mawath in Colombo. The foreigner had arrived in Sri Lanka to watch the world cup matches and had initially visited the ticket counter to purchase tickets. (Colombo Gazette)

Victims held at gunpoint during robbery attempt in Hamilton

Hamilton police are investigating after two people were held at gunpoint during an attempted robbery on Tuesday. Shortly before 1 p.m., Hamilton police were called to the area of Barton St. and Sanford Ave. for reports of a robbery.Police say two people were walking along Barton St. when a man approached them from behind. The suspect demanded money from the pair and pointed what is believed to be a handgun at the victims. The suspect fled the area after the duo managed to get away unharmed. The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, and was wearing a black coat, black pants and a bandana on his head. Anyone with information that could help police in the investigation is asked to contact Acting Detective Sergeant Ewart at 905-546-3833.

AP Interview Serie A CEO cites billion lost to TV piracy

ROME — The accumulated damage to Italian soccer by illegal television streaming services is “well beyond a billion euros,” according to Serie A’s CEO.Speaking in the aftermath of a Europe-wide crackdown this week against allegedly fraudulent pay-TV subscription services, Luigi De Siervo also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that the Italian league has “applied pressure” on Italian Super Cup host Saudi Arabia to eliminate widely reported piracy within its boundaries.EU judicial co-ordination agency Eurojust announced on Wednesday that one person had been arrested and 22 suspects were identified during a co-ordinated operation against piracy across the continent. The agency said that more than 200 servers were taken offline in Germany, France and the Netherlands.The investigation started in Italy, where Serie A’s new governance has made anti-piracy a priority since Gaetano Miccichè was elected president of the top division last year.Serie A’s co-ordination with law enforcement agencies helped lead to Wednesday’s crackdown, De Siervo said, adding that a major piracy distribution centre in Naples was dismantled as a direct result.“This is a long process and these are just the initial results,” De Siervo said. “We’re talking about losses of 200-300 million euros per year to the football system in Italy by way of our TV partners. We have a series of bonuses linked to subscribers for DAZN and Sky, so those losses get trickled down to our clubs.”Satellite provider Sky Italia and online streaming service DAZN are paying Serie A nearly 1 billion euros (more than $1 billion) per season for domestic rights to Serie A from 2018-21 — the largest source of revenue for the league’s financially strained clubs.Both Sky and DAZN have lost subscribers — the key number when rights packages come up for sale — to illegal streaming sites charging customers cut-rate prices or showing games for free.“The damage to Italian football has been well beyond a billion euros,” De Siervo said.Some 38% of the people who watch sports in Italy do so illegally, according to the league .“Italian football is poorer today because of the damage that these pirates are carrying out,” De Siervo said.With such a strong stand against piracy, Serie A’s Super Cup deal with Saudi Arabia has come under increasing scrutiny.On Monday, a FIFA-led investigation co-ordinated with Europe’s top leagues concluded that a Saudi Arabia-backed satellite company is “without question” behind pirated match broadcasts that steals content from Qatar’s beIN Sports, intensifying a sports dispute linked to the Persian Gulf diplomatic standoff.The soccer organizations — including Serie A — made a joint announcement after they commissioned a report into the operations of the beoutQ channels, which have been accused by beIN Sports of illegally pirating its broadcasts of soccer matches and other sports.“Under FIFA’s lead, we’re also fighting against BeoutQ, which is an incredible phenomenon of piracy present in the Middle East,” De Siervo said. “We’re discussing it. It’s important — very important — for us to play in countries that uphold policies against piracy.”Still, the Italian league plans to uphold its deal with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority to play three Super Cups over five years in the country, the first of which was held last January despite protests over piracy as well as human rights concerns.There have been more protests over this season’s Super Cup, which will be played in December or January.The Saudi deal provides more than 20 million euros ($22 million) to Serie A and nearly 3.5 million euros to participating clubs.“We have applied pressure,” De Siervo said when asked if the league has ever reconsidered its contract with the Saudis because of piracy.During the opening two weekends of this season’s Serie A, banners saying “Piracy kills football,” were displayed at every league match as a part of an initiative that De Siervo said is also being extended to Saudi Arabia.___More AP soccer: and Dampf on Twitter: Dampf, The Associated Press read more

UN oceans treaty essential to combat unprecedented pressure on the worlds seas

“In the past four decades, plastic pollution in the sea has increased ten-fold”, he told the meeting. A third of fish stocks are now overexploited; de-oxygenated dead zones are growing rapidly in extent and number; and ocean acidification, sea level rise and other impacts of climate change are “taking a massive toll”. The 29th Meeting of States Parties to the @UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (17-19 June) is ongoing at @UNHQ in New York. Looking for more information about the Law of the Sea? #AskDag— UN Library (@UNLibrary) June 17, 2019 Commemorating 25 years since its entry into force, Mr. Guterres dubbed the Convention “the constitution for our oceans”. With “nearly universal acceptance”, it provides a “comprehensive framework for the peaceful, cooperative and sustainable use of seas, oceans and their resources”, he elaborated.“And it has provided a foundation for the progressive development of the Law of the Sea”, he said, calling it “essential” to have a well-defined and extensive body of international law establishing the rights and responsibilities of countries.The UN chief stressed that activities must be sustainable; relationships among parties adequately regulated; needs and challenges addressed; and peace and security maintained. He spoke about his recent visit to Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu in the Pacific, where he saw the consequences already taking their toll. Battle Plan“Thankfully” he said, “we have a battle plan”, namely the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 14 with its 10 targets from addressing marine pollution and acidification, to ending overfishing and protecting ecosystems.However, for this to be effective “we need the full implementation of the legal regime for the oceans as set out by the Convention and other relevant international instrument”. According to the UN chief, the overall 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “commits us to this aim”, as it specifically calls for enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans by implementing international law, as reflected in the Convention. In the past four decades, plastic pollution in the sea has increased ten-fold – UN chief“This is one of the key-means to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 and other ocean-related targets” he flagged, noting that the 2030 Agenda also embraces the pledge to leave no one behind, including people who depend on the oceans for food security, tourism, transportation, heritage and climate regulation. Mr. Guterres maintained that acknowledging the “human dimension of the oceans” was critical.“Conflicting demands from industry, fishing, shipping, mining and tourism are creating unsustainable levels of stress on marine and coastal ecosystems”, he laid out, adding “we must act across an array of sectors to address these challenges”.Pointing to the UN Law of the Sea Convention as “one of our best tools”, Mr. Guterres appealed to all States Parties to “approach the task of the Convention’s full implementation with renewed commitment and vigour”. “Let us be the generation that reverses the cycle of continuous decline in our oceans and ensures their conservation and sustainable use, for the benefit of current and future generations”, concluded the Secretary-General. read more

Cammi Prantl heads into senior season with high aspirations for Ohio State

OSU then-freshman outfielder/catcher Cammi Prantl (22) lays down a bunt during a game against Penn State on April 13, 2013. OSU won 16-7. Credit: Courtesy of OSUFor Cammi Prantl of the Ohio State softball team, being a part of the Buckeye community is the most important thing. The senior catcher and outfielder grew up in Ashville, Ohio, a small village about 30 minutes south of OSU’s campus. For her, community remains close to her heart.“Representing Ohio is the most important thing to me. That’s why I stayed close to home,” she said. “To be close to my school and my community, and it all adds to the great team aspect here.”Over the past three seasons, Prantl has risen to nearly every occasion, starting all 163 games she has played in. With an overall .336 batting average and 44 career doubles, she is looking to play her final year without losing her competitive edge.Her coaches and teammates expect nothing less.“She’s going to continue what she’s been doing, if not better,” OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said. “She’s been one of the most consistent kids we’ve had in the program.” Consistent, yes, because Prantl has never hit below .325 in a season and has contributed 100 total RBIs across her three campaigns in scarlet and gray.She said her goals for her final collegiate season are to cap off her career with All-American or All-Region honors and for her team to win the Big Ten championship. Because of those large aspirations, her teammates are not worried that Prantl will lose her edge as a competitor. “I think the main thing that Cammi has taught me is to compete,” redshirt senior middle infielder Maddy McIntyre said. “Competing is something that comes so natural to her, and Cammi brings it every time. It’s great to be around a teammate who’s willing to do that.”Schoenly described Prantl as a “small little thing” when she came into the program, but that only made her more of a star with players from around the area. Prantl, who gives hitting lessons locally, has become somewhat of a celebrity and role model for girls who hope to one day play for the Buckeyes.Pitcher Morgan Ray falls into that category of those looking up to Prantl, as the freshman has been putting her trust in the senior catcher.“I trust Cammi with all my heart. She pushes me every time and doesn’t let me get away with a bad pitch,” Ray said.After this season, Prantl leaves behind a big presence to fill. Schoenly said she wants the younger players to develop the same competitive edge and fire that the senior has given to the team.“I don’t think I could ever ask someone to replace her,” Schoenly said. “I really don’t want her to graduate.”For many athletes, a senior season is a victory lap, but not for Prantl, who is looking to either work in the pharmaceutical industry or go to culinary school.“Definitely bittersweet,” she said when asked about her final season at OSU. “But I think I’m more excited than sad to see it end because it’s just been such a great journey here.”Wherever Prantl’s future takes her, her heart, along with her biggest fans, will always be in central Ohio.“She’s like the ultimate competitor,” Schoenly said. “She wants to be the best.”Prantl’s final season with the OSU softball team is set to begin with a pair of doubleheaders in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Feb. 12 and 13. read more

Five questions for Ohio State – Michigan

Do Ohio State players realize how impressive their streak of dominance against the “team up north” is? OSU has won eight of nine games against Michigan since coach Jim Tressel took over, including six in a row. Center Mike Brewster said part of the reason for the team’s success against the Maize and Blue is that the players never stop thinking about the game. “The Michigan thing, it’s always on our mind, even since camp, when we have our Maize and Blue period,” Brewster said. “That’s always very important to us.” Also at stake this year is a record-tying sixth consecutive Big Ten championship, which would be No. 35 in OSU football history. Will OSU approach Wisconsin-like rushing numbers against an overmatched Wolverine defense? Last week against Wisconsin, Michigan gave up 357 yards rushing even though the Badgers played without running back John Clay, reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. At one point, the Badgers ran the ball 28 consecutively against the Wolverines. Expect more of the same on Saturday against the nation’s No. 92 rush defense. Running back Dan “Boom” Herron could extend his streak of 10 straight games with a touchdown and cross the 1,000-yard threshold this season. How long can Denard Robinson keep Michigan in the game? One thing the Wolverines have going for them is quarterback Denard Robinson, their one-man offensive wrecking crew. Last week, Robinson became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 1,500 yards and rush for 1,500 yards in the same season. He leads the Big Ten in rushing and has accounted for 30 total touchdowns this year. Tressel knows his defense faces a tall task in containing the 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore from Deerfield Beach, Fla. “He’s got great quickness. He’s tough and he’s got a live arm,” Tressel said. “He’s hard to get on the ground. He’s just a great player.” Is this Rich Rodriguez’s last trip to Columbus as Michigan’s coach? Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is running out of reasons to keep Rodriguez, who has a career record of 15-20 and a dreadful 6-17 conference record. He’s winless against OSU and Michigan State, the program’s top two rivals. However, this season has brought small improvement. At 7-4, the Wolverines are bowl-eligible for the first time under Rodriguez. On the other hand, a blowout loss to OSU, coupled with a poor bowl game showing, might be enough for Michigan to move in another direction. What would an OSU win mean for the team’s BCS bowl hopes? Unless Wisconsin falls to Northwestern on Saturday, OSU likely won’t play in the Rose Bowl. Not only did the Badgers beat the Buckeyes, but they also rank ahead of OSU in the BCS standings. Even if OSU was to beat the Wolverines by 80, it probably wouldn’t be enough to jump Wisconsin. However, a win for OSU on Saturday virtually assures the team of another BCS bowl appearance, possibly the Sugar Bowl, making it OSU’s eighth BCS appearance in 10 years under Tressel. read more

ProIslamic State social media users claim London attack was revenge for RAFs

first_imgAn RAF source said: “The sentiment of the message written on the weapon is understandable and such writing has history in the RAF, so the individual concerned will not be taken to task.” The RAF confirmed the photograph, which was widely shared on social media last week, was genuine and showed a message on a Paveway IV bomb loaded on a British jet carrying out air strikes from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.There had earlier been accusations that the photo was a fake. An RAF spokesperson said: “The RAF can confirm the photo was genuine”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.center_img Pro-Islamic State social media users claimed the London attacks were revenge for the RAF’s “love from Manchester” air strike, according to the Site intelligence monitoring group.A photograph emerged last week of an RAF bomb with the message “love from Manchester” written on it. It was on its way to strike Isil targets in Syria.One Twitter user, who was retweeted by the Site director, posted the image and wrote: “This is your merchandise and tonight we responded.”There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the London attacks, which left at least seven people dead.last_img read more

Museum presents Food for Thought

first_imgThe Clark County Historical Museum will open its latest exhibit — “Food for Thought: Clark County’s Food History” — at this month’s First Thursday presentation.It will offer a look at Clark County’s shifting landscape of food as researched by students from Washington State University Vancouver and illustrated using artifacts, documents and images from the museum’s collection.Thursday’s opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. will be held in conjunction with the First Thursday Museum After Hours event. At 7 p.m., guest curator and WSU Vancouver professor Candice Goucher will discuss local food history. Refreshments will be provided by the Grant House. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18 and free with membership. The exhibit runs until April 30, 2015.last_img read more

Southeast Divers Finish Up Sea Cucumber Season

first_imgIt was a relatively quick season for Southeast Alaska sea cucumber divers. The season closed in mid-November after the fleet landed a little more than a million pounds of the seafood delicacy. Meanwhile, it looks like diving for geoduck clams might not be over so quickly.Download AudioDivers had reached or nearly reached guideline harvest levels in seventeen different areas of Southeast by mid-November. The largest hauls this year came out of Moira Sound and Dall Island near Prince of Wales Island, Ernest Sound closer to Wrangell and in Peril Strait near Sitka.Processed sea cucumbers (File photo courtesy of ADF&G)Phil Doherty is executive director of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association, a Ketchikan based industry group. “I didn’t hear any problems out on the grounds,” Doherty said. “Our quota was just a little over one million pounds which is down quite a bit from some of the levels we’ve seen in the past few years. The season lasted approximately six or seven weeks which is a fast season.”With larger guideline harvest levels the season has typically remained open past Thanksgiving and into December.Doherty expected the price to wind up somewhere around $4-4.50 a pound. That’s in line with the price from the last few years and would put the value of the fishery above four million dollars at the docks. To compare, last year’s harvest hit one and a half million pounds and at nearly four dollars a pound the fishery was worth over six million dollars at the docks. The number of divers participating has stayed just below 200 for the past decade and divers have earned an average of around 30,000 dollars in the past two years.Meanwhile, another dive fishery that also opened this fall won’t be over as quickly. Around half of the 750,000 pound guideline harvest level for geoduck clams has been harvested but Doherty said divers will be slowing down their harvest in the colder months. Divers have decided to cut the length of Thursday openings from six hours to three hours.“So we’ve really slowed down the harvest of geoducks to try and meet the demands of the market,” he said. “It’s a live market animal and if we put too many geoducks on the market at one time along with what Washington state and what British Columbia are doing then the price goes down. So we’ve slowed down our harvest. The season’s going to last for a while.”Divers did not fish on Thanksgiving Thursday but planned to go back to work in December. “Normally after the Thanksgiving break, we start to lose a little bit of effort in the geoduck fishery as some of the divers who fished sea cucumbers don’t come back after the break. So we may ramp up the amount of hours that we’re fishing here as we get closer to the Christmas break.”The price for geoduck clams has ranged between 4-6 dollars a pound in the early season.Last year the fleet landed over half a million pounds of clams, averaging nearly eight dollars a pound. That made the fishery worth over four million dollars at the docks. For the past few years, just under 70 divers have made geoduck clam landings.last_img read more