South Korean First Lady steals hearts at Ayodhya

December 3, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgDraped in a sari and soaking in the Deepavali festivities, South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook soon became the toast of the pilgrim town on Tuesday.From the moment Ms. Kim, wife of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, arrived here on Tuesday till she left, the people, especially the youth, cheered her on at the multiple events she attended along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.She landed here in a helicopter from Lucknow near the Ram Katha Park venue around 2.30 p.m. to claps and chants of “Jai Shri Ram”. She began her Ayodhya tour by offering tributes at the Queen Heo Memorial, which is dedicated to the legendary princess of Ayodhya, Heo Hwang-ok, who went to Korea and married a king there in AD 48.Memorial upgradeAccompanied by Mr. Adityanath, she attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the upgrade and beautification of the memorial. From there, she went to attend festivities at the Ram Katha Park, where she was greeted by artists dressed as Lord Ram and Sita, who arrived at the park in a ceremonial helicopter as part of the “Ram Durbar”. Governor Ram Naik was present.At the venue, where a huge stage in traditional Indian style was erected, she greeted the people with folded hands, sending people into raptures.In her address at the park, she recalled the historic ties between India and Korea, and said she prayed for the prosperity of both countries.Mentioning Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore in her speech, she said, “There is an Indian adage that sharing happiness multiples it. I am very happy to celebrate Deepavali in Ayodhya with all of you.” Later in the evening, she was treated to a dazzling display of over three lakh earthen lamps on the ghats of the Saryu river.She visited the Taj Mahal on Wednesday.last_img read more

Rio Olympic head Nuzman formally charged with corruption

November 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games The 75-year-old Nuzman was arrested two weeks ago and is being held in prison.Prosecutors also filed corruption charges against Nuzman’s right-hand man at the Rio Olympic organizing committee, Leonardo Gryner.In the filing, prosecutors said the two “promoted, formed, financed, and integrated a criminal organization aimed at committing the crimes of corruption and embezzlement in detriment of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Olympic Committee and the organizing committee of the Rio 2016 Olympics.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrazilian and French authorities say Nuzman helped pay $2 million to Papa Massata Diack to win votes to stage the 2016 Olympics.In the vote in 2009 to pick the host city, Lamine Diack, Papa Massata’s father, was a powerful IOC member from Senegal with sway over the African voting bloc. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Papa Massata Diack, Lamine Diack, former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, and businessman Arthur Cesar deMenezes Soares Filho were also charged in the filing.Nuzman resigned last week as the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. He has denied any wrongdoingand wrote in his resignation letter that he was “unjustly implicated.”The filing says Nuzman has undeclared assets in Switzerland, including 16, 1-kilo gold bars.“While Olympic medalists chased their dreams of gold medals, leaders of the Brazilian Olympic Committee stashed their gold in Switzerland,” prosecutor Fabiana Schenider said when Nuzman was arrested.The day after the Olympics ended, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach presented Nuzman, and former Mayor Eduardo Paes, gold “Olympic Orders” for their role in running the Rio Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2017 file photo, Carlos Nuzman, president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, is escorted by federal police officers after being taken into custody at his home, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nuzman was charged by Brazilian prosecutors Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, and running a criminal organization. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Carlos Nuzman, the head of last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has been charged by Brazilian federal prosecutors with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and running a criminal organization.Brazilian prosecutors announced the formal charges on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Alejandro lauds teammates’ fighting spirit despite loss to Ateneo “These were marvelous Olympic Games,” Bach said. “The Olympic Games Rio 2016 have shown the best of the Cariocas (Rio residents) and Brazilians to the world.”Prosecutors wrote in court documents that “There is robust evidence that Carlos Nuzman, as head of Brazil’s Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 organizing committee, had an increase in his total assets that is incompatible with his declared assets. On the other side, there are elements that suggest there was embezzlement of taxpayer money that was destined to the referred Olympic entities.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

McIlroy wastes fast start, rues ‘opportunity lost’ at British Open

November 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed putt during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England, Saturday July 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)SOUTHPORT, England — Rory McIlroy swiped the air with his putter and threw back his head in disgust after under-hitting a mid-range birdie putt on the 18th green at Royal Birkdale.It was fitting. On a low-scoring day at the British Open, McIlroy came up short.ADVERTISEMENT It all started so well for the Northern Irishman in his third round: A birdie from six feet at the first; back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. A player who was racked with self-doubt when 5 over after six holes on Thursday was now 4 under for the tournament and only three shots off the lead on Saturday.There was that familiar bounce in his step. There was a buzz around the course, with McIlroy suddenly in contention. Could this be the beginning of a charge seen so often by the four-time major winner?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDidn’t turn out that way.A hooked tee shot and a duffed chip from thick rough led to a bogey on the par-3 seventh hole. His approach to No. 8 was short of the green and another loose pitch, to 12 feet, cost him another shot. Then came the 10th hole, where it all went wrong. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim McIlroy acknowledged he took the wrong club off the tee, pulling a 3-iron into a pot bunker even though he knew he could eliminate the traps with a 1-iron or lay up with a 4-iron. He splashed out into another bunker, about 10 yards ahead, and could hit out only to the left of the green. He wound up with a double-bogey 6.“I’ve always been good, when I get off to fast starts, being able to keep it going,” he said, “and I didn’t today. And I needed to.”A 1-under 69 just didn’t cut it on a day of perfect conditions when Branden Grace was shooting 62 — the lowest ever score at a major — and Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar were shooting 65 and 66, respectively, in the final group.McIlroy will start the final round on 2 under and nine shots off Spieth, the leader.“I definitely feel like today was an opportunity lost to get right in the mix going into tomorrow,” McIlroy said.ADVERTISEMENT Man interrupts Swedish Open semi to give Nazi salute Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES “There (were) low scores out there and people, they’re not making mistakes. If you keep it in play, it’s almost hard to make a bogey out there.”That was McIlroy’s problem. He had just 43 percent accuracy off the tee and he didn’t hole enough putts on the back nine.Sloppy swings and silly errors have been part of McIlroy’s game for some time now. He arrived at Birkdale having missed the cut at three of his previous four tournaments, while the error-strewn start to his first round virtually ruled him out of contention for a second claret jug.He said he is struggling with right-to-left shots, and has been working on simplifying his putting routine after getting “bogged down in technical thoughts.”McIlroy hasn’t won a major since the U.S. PGA Championship in 2014 — a streak of 10 — and doesn’t have a victory in 2017, in which he had two separate spells out with a rib injury.“It’s not quite where I need it to be to win the biggest golf tournaments in the world,” McIlroy said. “But it’s getting there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

HS stars Kai Sotto, Joel Cagulangan build respective teams via draft for NBTC All-Star Game

November 27, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Completing Sotto’s Team Hustle are Kevin Quiambao of NU, RJ Abarrientos of FEU-Diliman, John Amores of JRU, Jonnel Policarpio of Mapua, Forthsky Padrigao of Ateneo, Bismarck Lina of UST, and Clint Escamis of Mapua.Joem Sabandal of Adamson, Aaron Fermin of Arellano, Paolo Hernandez and Dan Arches of Mapua, Joshua Yerro of UV, Mac Guadana of Lyceum, and Rafael Go of Chiang Kai Shek round out Team Heart.Chris Gavina will call the shots for Team Hustle while Charles Tiu will man the sidelines for Team Heart.For the first time in NBTC’s 12-year history, the best high school players from the UAAP, NCAA, CESAFI, and MMBL were ranked all year long with the top 24 players rightfully earning their spots in the yearly showpiece.The 2019 Chooks-to-Go SM-NBTC All-Star Game will be on Saturday, March 23, at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKai Sotto and Joel Cagulangan turned to familiarity in building their respective teams for the 2019 Chooks-to-Go SM-NBTC All-Star Game.Sotto and Cagulangan chose their teammates via drafting as captains of Team Hustle and Team Heart, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Babe Ruth’s last surviving daughter Julia Stevens dies in Nevada at 102 The towering Ateneo center picked University of Santo Tomas’ Mark Nonoy, National University’s Gerry Abadiano and Terrence Fortea, and Ateneo teammate Geo Chiu as his top selections.“We’re going to the NBTC All-Star Game to fight and win,” said Sotto, the No. 1 high school player in the country, in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCagulangan, on the other hand, went with NU’s Carl Tamayo, Inand Fornilos, La Salle’s Joshua David and Hope Christian’s Harvey Pagsanjan.“We want to play with heart in the All-Star Game,” Cagulangan said. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

Ariel Winter spotted kissing Levi Meaden

November 20, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLos Angeles, Nov 27 (PTI) “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter was spotted kissing actor Levi Meaden during their latest outing.Close to two weeks after they enjoyed a trip to Mexico, the pair continued to fuel romance rumors as they recently stepped out of a cafe in Studio City, reported E! Online.Winter sported a black-and-white ensemble as she cuddled up to Meaden, who wore a red color check shirt and black jeans.”Family dinner friendsgiving,” Winters friend Jack Griffo captioned a Snapchat of the cute couple adding, “Thats my girl with her man.”The 18-year-old actress last month revealed that she was enjoying her new single status after breaking up with ex-boyfriend, Laurent Claude Gaudette, earlier this year.”Its just nice to be able to find yourself and be alone and spend that time really like, learning to have it just be you instead of (being) co-dependent,” she shared. PTI SSN SHDlast_img read more

Papadakis, Cizeron Ice Dance Champs

November 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SHANGHAI — Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron registered the first major surprise of the figure skating world championships, vaulting from fourth place to win the gold in ice dancing on March 26 with an expressive, passion-filled free dance performance.The young French duo — Papadakis is 19 and Cizeron 20 — have made remarkable progress since moving up to the senior level last year, winning the European Championships, two Grand Prix events and now the world title. Last year, they were only 13th at the world championships.“It is like a dream,” Cizeron said. “We cried when the scores came up and we saw our placement.”Skating to Mozart’s Concerto No. 23, Papadakis and Cizeron turned in an elegant performance that ended with Papadakis swinging with legs extended from Cizeron’s neck and then collapsing in his arms on the ice. They received four scores of perfect 10.00 from the judges.“It’s a big surprise to be here right now,” Papadakis said. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to be top 10 (at the worlds) so it’s a big improvement.”American pair Madison Chock and Evan Bates took the silver medal, while the pre-tournament favorites, Canadian duo Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, got the bronze.Defending champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy finished fourth.Weaver shook her head in disapproval when their scores came up on the screen. She and Poje had been undefeated in five international events this season and were looking to improve on their silver medal from last year’s worlds.“It just makes us hungrier to work even harder and peak at the right time and make sure the next four years are ours,” Weaver said. “We’ll come for revenge at (the season-ending) World Team Trophy.”The ice dancing competition lost some of its luster this year without American pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Canadian duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who have dominated the event over the past four years, splitting four world titles and two Olympic golds.Neither pair has competed since last year’s Sochi Olympics, but they also haven’t confirmed their retirements.(JUSTIN BERGMAN)last_img read more

Cadence and UMC collaborate on certification of analog/mixed-signal flow for 28HPC+ process

November 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgCertification enables customers to leverage the integrated, comprehensive AMS solution to facilitate accelerated designs on UMC’s most ad Cadence analog/mixed-signal IC design flow has achieved certification for UMC’s 28HPC+ process technology. With this certification, mutual Cadence and UMC customers have access to a comprehensive AMS solution for designing automotive, industrial internet of things and artificial intelligence chips using 28HPC+ technology. The complete AMS flow, based on UMC’s Foundry Design Kit, includes an actual demonstration circuit with a highly automated circuit design, layout, signoff and verification flow that enables more seamless design on 28HPC+.The Cadence AMS flow incorporates the proven custom/analog, digital and verification platforms, and supports the broader Cadence Intelligent System Design strategy, accelerating SoC design excellence. The AMS flow features integrated standard cell digital capabilities that are well suited for digitally assisted analog designs, and is an ideal solution for customers developing automotive, industrial IoT and AI applications using the 28HPC+ technology.The complete, certified AMS flow includes the Virtuoso Analog Design Environment (ADE), Virtuoso Schematic Editor, Virtuoso Layout Suite, Virtuoso Space-Based Router, Spectre Accelerated Parallel Simulator (APS), Spectre AMS Designer with integrated Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulation, Voltus-Fi Custom Power Integrity Solution, Innovus Implementation System, Quantus Extraction Solution and Physical Verification System (PVS). The flow provides the following:•            Front-end design: Provides corner, statistical and reliability simulation; circuit and device checks; and analog and mixed-signal simulation and verification management.•            Custom layout design: Offers an advanced, electromigration and parasitic-aware environment that includes schematic-driven layout and module generation, wire-editor and pin-to-trunk routing, symbolic placement, electrically aware design and voltage-dependent rules.•            Post-layout parasitic simulation and electromigration and IR drop (EM-IR) analysis and integrated signoff: Includes parasitic extraction, DRC, and layout versus schematic (LVS) checks.•            Mixed-Signal OpenAccess: Enables full interoperability between the Virtuoso and Innovus platforms operating on a single OpenAccess design database, enabling mixed-signal designers to seamlessly perform digital block implementation using Innovus tools directly from within the Virtuoso cockpit.UMC’s production-ready 28HPC+ process utilizes a high-performance High-k/Metal Gate stack to support broad device options for increased flexibility and performance requirements, targeting a wide range of products such as application processors, cellular basebands, Wi-Fi, DTV/STB, mmWave, etc. The High-k-/metal gate stack and abundant options for core device Vt, various memory bit-cells and under drive/overdrive I/O capabilities help SoC designers realize unmatched cost, performance and battery life.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Using auto-zero calibration to ensure pressure-sensor accuracyNext Cervoz: rugged military grade SSD for mission critical applicationslast_img read more

Jaipur Literature Festival begins in Houston

November 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBy Seema Hakhu KachruHouston, Sep 16 (PTI) Inclement weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of hundreds of literature lovers who waited in long queues to meet their favourite authors at the inaugural Jaipur Literature Festival which began here with a soulful music performance followed by stimulating discussions. The much-awaited festival, touted as the world’s largest free literary festival, kicked off at the Asia Society of Texas on Friday with a performance by Indian Sufi singer Zila Khan that left the audience enthralled.The inaugural session also saw Congress leader and writer Shashi Tharoor discuss his book “Why i am a Hindu” with writer Namita Gokhale.”I am proud to speak about a faith which says i respect your truth please respect mine… Hinduism as society shouldn’t be conflated with Hinduism as a religion. Even in our oldest scriptures, Hinduism as a faith has been comfortable and accepting of a certain level of doubt and incertitude even about the Creator itself,” Tharoor said.”To my mind, a religion that respects different points of view and is open to the possibility of finding the truth in various, often contrasting ways, is the perfect religion for our times,” he said.”Looking at the crowd and tremendous interest, it seems JLF is here to stay for long,” Anupam Ray, CGI in Houston, who made the festival possible for Houston told PTI.The annual festival, which has now become synonymous with showcasing a range of voices from India and abroad, began in 2006 and is held annually in Jaipur.advertisementSanjoy Roy, founder and managing director of Teamwork Arts, the company that organises the festival, described the event as bringing together a “diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom, to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue”.”The kind of energy is difficult to reproduce because it comes from the young participants and the array of conversation on topics ranging from cookery to math, ancient literature to modern writing”, he said.He said writers write to present different perspectives and allow people to explore different cultures, their histories, traditions and philosophies.”You may agree or disagree with an author or his or her writing, but that’s what JLF is. It allows you that position to accept or debate,” Roy said.The festival that has gone global will also touch down in Australia, England and other American cities like New York, then Boulder in Colorado this week.”Engaging our diverse city in an array of international topics and speakers aligns perfectly with our deep commitment to promoting cultural understanding,” said Bonna Kol, president of Asia Society Texas Center. PTI SHK MRJMRJlast_img read more


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David Silva a doubt for Manchester derby

November 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgDavid Silva David Silva a Manchester derby doubt as Guardiola reveals injury concern Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) David Silva Manchester City 2017 Getty Images Manchester City Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester United Premier League Fresh off his winner against West Ham, the attacker may not be ready to face the rival Red Devils on Sunday at Old Trafford Pep Guardiola has revealed that he is not sure if David Silva will be ready to feature in the Manchester derby on Sunday.Silva scored a late winner as City came from behind to beat West Ham 2-1 on Sunday, but suffered an injury in the act of finding the net. He will not feature as City aim to finish the Champions League group stage with a 100 per cent record by beating Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, but of greater concern is his participation in the derby. 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 City already hold a commanding eight-point lead over their neighbours in the Premier League title race, and victory at Old Trafford on Sunday could, even at this early stage, prove to be a decisive blow to United’s hopes.But Guardiola will be without the services of Silva due to an unspecified “problem”.Speaking at a pre-match media conference, Guardiola said: “Kevin De Bruyne is suspended and David Silva has a little problem. I don’t know whether he will recover for Sunday.”[Silva] felt uncomfortable after his goal. He felt something. Hopefully he can play on Sunday.”#PEP: (On the #ManchesterDerby) We just play to win the game. I assure you, sooner or later we will lose, but the next day we will recover. I can promise you we are going to try to win the game. #fcsdvcity— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 5, 2017City have dropped points just once in the Premier League this season, but Guardiola is under no illusions of invincibility as they prepare to make the short trip to Old Trafford.Guardiola added: “We just play to win the game. I assure you, sooner or later we will lose, but the next day we will recover. I can promise you we are going to try to win the game.”The Shakhtar match will mark Guardiola’s 100th in the Champions League as a manager, having led Barcelona to glory twice in a celebrated spell with the Blaugrana.”It’s a nice number; it’s a lot of games in a marvellous competition. Hopefully I can enjoy this for even longer,” Guardiola said of his milestone.”We are playing well but it does not mean we will go on to win the competition. The most important thing is that last month we were okay. We believe in what we can do.”last_img read more

India vs Australia 4th Test: Australia delay announcing playing XI for SCG Test

October 25, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgIndia vs Australia 4th Test: Australia delay announcing playing XI for SCG TestIndia vs Australia, SCG Test: Australia have delayed the announcement of their playing XI as they are still contemplating the pitch and team balance.advertisement India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 14:11 IST Australia captain Tim Paine said Peter Handscomb is being considered for the playing XI of SCG Test. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia want to see SCG pitch before announcing playing XITim Paine said leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne was in the mix for SCG TestUsman Khawaja might take one opener’s slot for the 4th TestAustralia captain Tim Paine announced on Wednesday that they will not announce the playing XI for the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Test just yet as they wanted to take a look at the pitch before arriving at a decision. SCG is traditionally expected to assist the spinners and Paine said they were considering the addition of leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne into the final XI.The four-Test series is currently in favour of India 2-1 and with the Border-Gavaskar trophy already retained by India, Australia are only looking to save the series at home.Paine said even as Labuschagne remained an option, they still want to weigh up the squad and see the balance and the pitch.”It’s just team balance really,” Paine told reporters on the eve of the fourth and final Test at the SCG. “There’s ongoing discussion the last day or two but we’ll have a final look at the wicket [this afternoon] and we’ll have our last chat then.”We’re not too far away. As I said all along, we’ll be looking to pick the best XI that we think is the best combination to win this Test and the wicket will play a part in that.”Australia’s batting has been under severe scrutiny for not putting up good scores on the board for the bowlers to defend. On the other hand, Shane Warne came up hard at the bowlers after the MCG Test for not being efficient enough against the top 6 of India. India vs Australia, 4th Test: Marcus Harris’s opening partner has still not been finalised. (AP Photo)At the moment, Australia are contemplating if they want to drop Finch from the squad or just push him down the order. Usman Khawaja, who performed well as an opener in UAE, is being considered for a slot up top.advertisement”Uzzie’s opening record in Test cricket is very good,” Paine said. “He’s been on record a few times saying he’s not too fussed where he bats.”If that’s the way we go, Usman will go out and give his all as he always does. I think the way he’s handled the last month or so has been exemplary, it’s a real credit to him.”On the other hand, Peter Handscomb was seen practicing in the nets on the New Year’s day and could find himself back in the playing XI for the SCG Test.”If we think India were to play two spinners Pete could be a really important player for us,” Paine said.”We know how good a player of spin he is. That’s one of the discussions we’ll be having today, if we think India will go that way and if they are, are we prepared to bring him back in.”I’m sure if he does (play), he’s an excellent player of spin and contributes a lot to the group in the field and around the team.”He’s a bit like Marnus in that he’s a very good package, a good person around our team.”On the other hand, India announced their 13-man squad for the Sydney Test and have named three spinners in the squad. With Ashwin not 100 per cent fit and Rohit Sharma back home with wife Ritika Sajdeh after their first child was born, India have also added KL Rahul in the squad.India’s 13-man squad: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.Also Read | 7 Australian players turn up for practice at SCG on New Year’s DayAlso Read | Australian Prime Minister hosts Virat Kohli and Tim Paine’s men at official residenceAlso Read | Best babysitter: Tim Paine’s wife shares photo of Rishabh Pant with her kidsAlso Watch | Fans in Sydney enamoured with Virat Kohli ahead of New Year’s TestAlso Watch | I have been able to manage my injuries due to effort I have put in: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Tim PaineFollow India vs AustraliaFollow SCG TestFollow Marnus LabuschagneFollow Aaron FinchFollow Usman KhawajaFollow Peter Handscomblast_img read more

Maersk Resumes Ops at Almost All Ports

October 23, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgzoom Danish shipping company Maersk Line informed that almost all ports are operational and running close to normal in the aftermath of a cyber attack which hit the company’s businesses on June 27.Since June 29, the shipping line managed to reestablish business in Algeciras, Tangier, Callao Lima, Mumbai, Itajai and Buenos Aires.Maersk Line is still working on expanding its services at Pier 400 in Los Angeles, Port Elizabeth in New Jersey and Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam.In Los Angeles and New Jersey the company is able to deliver imports and receive and deliver empties, while it is trying to open up to receive exports.At Maasvlakte II the company is working on a solution to reestablish business operations. Hence, it is diverting services to other terminals in and around Rotterdam. These facilities have already restored systems and are able to gate cargo in and out.Additionally, the company said that it is now accepting bookings both via INTTRA online forms and through EDI, while its vessels remain fully operational and cargo in transit “is being handled close to normal.”“We are seeing great progress in the restoration of our infrastructure,” Maersk Line said.last_img read more

Aquaculture Fund Recipients Announced

October 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA number of Nova Scotia aquaculture projects and companies received an economic boost to support new production technologies, quality improvement and product development. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today, Oct. 22, the latest installment of a three-year, $2.5-million investment for Nova Scotia aquaculture operators and projects. The money comes from the Community Development Trust Fund. “Aquaculture has provided more than 700 jobs in our coastal communities and, given the global market for high quality seafood and marine products, it has tremendous potential for growth,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Right now, we already have 300 aquaculture sites in the province that are providing fish, shellfish and marine plants to local, national and international markets.” Established by the federal government, investment funds were provided through the Community Development Trust Fund, a $34.9-million program established in 2008 to aid communities and sectors experiencing economic challenges. “This is a $58-million industry and growing,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Government’s support of Nova Scotia aquaculture will make life better for families in every region.” More information on the Nova Scotia fund is available at . The Community Development Trust Fund is intended to enhance sustainable prosperity, diversify economic and trade opportunities, improve productivity, innovation and training, assist communities with transition planning and help workers facing adjustment challenges.last_img read more

Ottawa faces pressure to examine historic figures celebrated in Canada

October 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is facing increased pressure from Indigenous advocates to confront how historical figures are celebrated in Canada following the passage of a motion by an Ontario teachers’ union calling for the removal of Sir John A. Macdonald’s name from elementary schools in the province.A bigger conversation needs to unfold nationally about the role of historic figures in the “dark realities of colonialism”, NDP MP and Indigenous affairs critic Romeo Saganash said Friday, adding it is the responsibility of Ottawa to begin this dialogue “in the spirit of reconciliation” with Indigenous Peoples.“I also think there should be a priority placed on education regarding historic figures from the Indigenous community, which should include putting their names on important buildings,” he said in a statement.Saganash, a residential school survivor, supported Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to remove the name of Hector-Louis Langevin, a father of Confederation, from the Ottawa building that houses the Prime Minister’s Office.Trudeau made the announcement in June after Indigenous MPs and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde called for the change because Langevin was an architect of the residential school system.“We’ve heard from you and the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and from many indigenous communities over the past year that there is a deep pain in knowing that … building carries a name so closely associated with the horror of residential schools,” Trudeau said at the time.Bellegarde said he is personally encouraged Canadians are finally speaking about the harsh truths of the country’s past, including about how prominent leaders like Macdonald did not always have respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples.The federal government helped to facilitate this process by renaming the Langevin Block near Parliament Hill, he added, noting he also commends the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario for its motion.“We are not revising history, it is about being honest about our true history,” he said in an interview. “You can look at the history of Canada in a more comprehensive way and have the truth be taught.”Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, however, does not have the same assessment of the union’s motion.In a statement, she said it “missed the mark”, noting Macdonald contributed greatly to the creation of a stable federal government for Canada as a founding father of Confederation and as the country’s first prime minister.Metis National Council President Clement Chartier said Friday he is neutral on the motion, adding he believes there are far more important issues to address, including the exclusion of Metis residential schools from the residential school settlement agreement.“We can’t undo history,” he said. “Macdonald was a father of Confederation. He did have a role to play. While it may have negatively impacted the Metis Nation, I’m sure it did some good for other Canadians. There has to be a balance to it as well.”A spokesperson for Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said the federal government will engage with Indigenous groups on how to correct historical wrongs, adding it must “seize this opportunity” to acknowledge Canada’s past was from perfect.“All levels of government have a responsibility to promote dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to continue towards the path of reconciliation,” press secretary Pierre-Olivier Herbert said in a statement.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Winnipeg mayoral candidate facing racist attacks

October 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAPTN National NewsRobert Falcon-Ouelette is running for mayor of Winnipeg.He’s Cree, Metis and bilingual.So, when a debate was held in the city’s French Quarter, he spoke in French.At the time, it seemed like the thing to do and he never expected it to draw a personal attack against his race and culture.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

Thunder Bay library to offer course in Ojibway

October 14, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents across the country are back to school this week.One Thunder Bay teacher has started a unique course.APTN’s Wayne Rivers has the story.last_img

Trinamool’s Mahua Moitra declares Rs 2.64-cr assets

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKolkata: Investment banker-turned-legislator Mahua Moitra, who is a Trinamool Congress candidate from West Bengal’s Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency, has declared movable assets worth over Rs 2.64 crore, including bank deposits in the United Kingdom. Moitra had shown more than Rs 2.5-crore movable assets in 2016, while contesting the Assembly elections from Karimpur in Nadia district. In the latest affidavit filed before the Election Commission (EC), the 44-year-old MLA has declared Rs 5,000 cash and Rs 1.43 crore in banks deposits in India, besides a bank balance of over Rs 1.30 lakh in a branch of National Westminster Bank, commonly known as NatWest, in London. Moitra, who has worked as a Vice President of JP Morgan in the UK, possesses a 3.2 carat diamond ring worth Rs 70 lakh, 150 grams of gold valued at Rs 5 lakh, various silver items including vase, tea and dinner set and others worth Rs 5.68 lakh, and art pieces valued at Rs 25 lakh, and a car, which she bought in 2016. After leaving her cushy job, she joined politics in September 2008, when Rahul Gandhi drafted her in the Youth Congress as a state coordinator for his “Aam Aadmi Ka Sipahi” project. Two years later, she switched to the Trinamool Congress. Moitra, a graduate in economics and mathematics from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, claims that she does not own any immovable property. According to her affidavit, she owes over Rs 6.71 lakh to a bank in a vehicle loan. She has also declared that there is no pending criminal case against her.last_img read more

Appointment of Latvian judge boosts ranks on UN tribunal for the Balkan

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

The appointment of Uldis Kinis to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia brings the total number of ad litem (or temporary) and reserve judges serving on the ICTY to 16, the maximum amount approved last month by the Security Council. Judge Kinis, 54, will join Judge Alphons Orie (presiding) and Judge Elisabeth Gwaunza, another ad litem judge, on the trial bench sitting on the so-called Gotovina and others case. The trial of Ante Gotovina and two other Croatian generals, Ivan Cermak and Mladen Markac, who face a series of war crimes charges related to the events of a 1995 offensive in Croatia, is scheduled to begin tomorrow. As well as the ad litem judges appointed to specific trials, the ICTY has 16 permanent judges who are elected by the General Assembly. The ad litem judges are chosen by the UN Secretary-General – at the request of the Tribunal’s President – from a pool of 27 selected by the Assembly. Last month the Security Council approved a temporary increase in the number of ad litem ICTY judges from a maximum of 12 to a maximum of 16 during this year so that the Tribunal can better meet its Council-imposed target of trying all defendants by the end of 2008. 10 March 2008A Latvian judge was today sworn in before the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s so that the court can handle more of its remaining workload. read more

Bribery Commission files case against Sajin Vass

October 8, 2019 0 Comments

The case was filed today at the Colombo Chief Magistrates court. The Bribery Commission filed a case against former Parliamentarian Sajin Vass Gunawardena today over a deal he had signed when he was in charge of Mihin Lanka.Gunawardena has been accused of signing the deal with a Singapore based company without following the proper tender procedure.