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‘I want to help Ronaldo break more records’ Sarri claims on working at Juventus

first_imgImage Courtesy: SportimageAdvertisementMaurizio Sarri has been very excited about his new job at Turin as the successor to Massimiliano Allegri and wants to help the club superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to “break some new records”.Image Courtesy: SportimageThe former Chelsea boss left Stamford Bridge last week to return to Italy. Although having managed Napoli previously, Sarri believes working with the Serie A champions and Ronaldo will be a step ahread of his managerial career.He spoke to the reporters about why he left the Premier league for Juventus.“At Chelsea I coached some very strong players, but training Cristiano will be yet another step forward. I’d like to help him break some new records.”“The Premier League was a great experience, but in the latter half (of the season), I felt professional and personal needs to return to Italy.”“I feel that I have respected everyone and I gave my all.”Sarri also explained why he chose the Old Lady over going back to Naples.“Juve are the best Italian club right now and offered me a chance to return to Italy. It’s the crowning achievement of a long career, that for 80 per cent of it was extremely tough.”“I have never seen so much determination on the part of a club to hire a coach. They had a great attitude which convinced me, they were very strong feelings.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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BKT scores global agreement with LaLiga

first_imgAdvertisementThe multinational company from India, specializing in Off-Highway tires,becomes Official Global Partner of LaLiga with three-year agreement.BKT aims for performance without limits – just like a sport. And like Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LaLiga), it has a global presence that reaches people all around the world. These conditions create fertile ground for a new partnership.It seems to be the perfect match. Indeed, BKT and LaLiga have entered into an agreement that will see BKT become “Official Global Partner of LaLiga”.The partnership takes immediate effect and will run for three years until the end of the 2021/2022 season.“LaLiga stands for excellence and is a synonym for football with a capital ‘F’,” Rajiv Poddar, Joint Managing Director of BKT, stated. “From today on, we are following a new marketing initiative within the Spanish football world, and I am really glad and proud of it. LaLiga is a brand of unquestionable value. It is an honor to act side by side this name!”“It is a great pleasure that we can strengthen the bond between BKT and the world of sport, and above all the football world with both its rules and dynamics that we find fully in line with our own values, along with determination and the uncompromising wish to win,” Lucia Salmaso, Managing Director of BKT Europe, says.Óscar Mayo, International Development Director of LaLiga added: “LaLiga can help brands to significantly increase their exposure worldwide. Our competition has millions of fans around the world and therefore represents a huge audience for brands to engage with. We look forward to working with BKT over the coming years and helping it to achieve its objectives.”This is a decisive goal on BKT’s path of increasing its brand awareness. The company is extraordinarily active when it comes to communication and promotion – a unique and distinguishing feature. Sport is an instrument that perfectly supports BKT’s message on a global level thanks to its characteristic traits such as fair play, respect for the opponent, competition and strategy, values that are shared by LaLiga.Becoming Official Global Partner of LaLiga is another initiative that adds to the numerous sports events that BKT has been actively supporting worldwide. These include the 2014-agreement with the Monster Jam circuit, the American motorsport show where giant Monster Trucks fitted with BKT tires perform astonishing stunts; the sponsorship agreement with Lega Nazionale Professionisti B, the governing body of the Italian second league championship, which was undertaken last year being effective till June 2021, and which has changed its name into “Serie BKT”.In addition, BKT sponsors the French “Coupe de la Ligue BKT” football competition, to which the company has given its name till June 2024, as well as the partnership with the Australian cricket championship with the KFC Big Bash League, which is valid for two more years.At a local level, Spain is a strategic market for BKT, one of the major ones in Europe, especially in the farming sector. BKT provides tires operating in several specialist sectors. Yet it is right that agriculture is where everything started, as the company has literally taken the field.The BKT brand is particularly recognized and appreciated by Spanish users, and it is the perfect moment to strengthen the existing bond. Could there be a better means than sport? Side by side anywhere – no matter whether it is a farming or a playing field.Advertisementlast_img read more

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It’s the right time to face a new challenge, says Manchester United’s Pogba

first_imgPaul Pogba set to make Manchester United return EPL: Manchester United lose David de Gea, Paul Pogba ahead of Liverpool encounter Need to be ruthless: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this — to have a new challenge somewhere else.” Despite scoring 16 goals this season, half of which came from the penalty spot, Pogba was often criticised for his contribution under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United limped to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League. Should Pogba move on, United are likely to seek a higher fee than they spent on the midfielder in 2016. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has expressed an interest in bringing his countryman to the Spanish capital, while Juve are said to be looking to slash their wage bill in order to lure Pogba back to Turin. The summer overhaul in the transfer market at Old Trafford has already begun with the signing of Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea for an initial £15 million ($19 million) fee this week. The Red Devils have also been linked with bids for defenders Harry Maguire and Issa Diop and Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Tokyo: Paul Pogba has given the strongest indication yet that he wants to leave Manchester United this summer to seek a “new challenge”. The French World Cup winner rejoined United from Juventus for a then world record £89 million ($112 million) fee three years ago, but has largely failed to live up to expectations. Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid or a return to Juventus with United having failed to qualify for the Champions League next season. “There is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking,” the 26-year-old told reporters in Tokyo on Sunday. “I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great — some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody and like everywhere else.Related Newslast_img read more

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Can’t play Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja all the time: Ravi Shastri to India Today

first_imgFor the second time in successive series, India’s top two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been ‘rested’ from the limited-overs team. The duo missed the recently-concluded limited-overs series against Sri Lanka and have been rested for the first three ODIs against Australia as well.The decision taken by the MSK Prasad-led selection committee raised a few eyebrows with some in cricketing circles with some even wondering if the champion Test bowlers had been dropped from the ODI squad.Team India head coach Ravi Shastri though clarified to India Today’s Boria Majumdar that the team’s priority was Test cricket which is why the spin twins cannot play in every limited-overs series.”We can’t play Ashwin and Jadeja all the time. There is enough time for Ashwin to get back into the team because the World Cup is still two years away. Emphasis has to be on Test cricket,” Shastri told Boria Majumdar in an exclusive chat.WATCH FULL VIDEO HEREThe series against Sri Lanka saw the inclusion of young spinners Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in Ashwin and Jadeja’s absence.The three provided completely different options for captain Virat Kohli during the series with Axar being a left-arm off-spinner, Kuldeep being a chinaman and Chahal being a conventional right-arm leg-spinner.Since the West Indies tour last year, Ashwin has bowled 1014 overs in 20 Tests picking up 116 wickets at an average of 25.06.During the same period Jadeja has bowled 855 overs in 16 matches and picked up 87 wickets at an average of 23.47.advertisementOn the other hand, in the last two years Ashwin has played just 11 ODIs getting 10 wickets at 55.79 and an economy rate of 5.93 while Jadeja has played 15 matches picking up 11 wickets at 67.09 with an economy of 5.27.With the World Cup another two years away, the team management is making a conscious effort to give a longer rope to Axar, Chahal and Kuldeep which has reduced the workload on Ashwin and Jadeja, who are being used more carefully in the limited-overs formats.last_img read more

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India, Canada ink six pacts

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 23 (PTI) India and Canada today signed six agreements, including in the area of nuclear science, energy cooperation and information communication technology.A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Indias Department of Atomic Energy and the Department of Natural Resources of Canada for co-operation in the fields of science, technology and innovation.India and Canada have already signed an agreement on peaceful use of nuclear energy.To step up cooperation in the field of energy, terms of reference for the India-Canada Ministerial Energy Dialogue were exchanged between the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Department of Natural Resources of Canada.A joint declaration of intent between the Ministry of Electronics And Information Technology and the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada on cooperation in the field of Information Communications Technology and Electronics was also signed.An MoU between the two countries for cooperation in higher education was also signed. India sends second largest number of students to the North American country for higher education.An agreement was signed between Indias Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Department of Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada) on cooperation in sports.An MoU was also signed between Indias Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office Concerning Cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights. PTI PR PR ABH ABH –last_img read more

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SIOUX CITY WOMAN CHARGED IN PARK VANDALISM

first_imgA Sioux City woman has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing a building in a Le Mars park.34 year old Autumn Archer is charged with criminal mischief, a class D felony.Le Mars Police say Archer is accused of throwing a rock through the glass door of the restroom building in the newly renovated building at the city’s municipal park.That caused around $1,500 in damages.Police say a tip from crime stoppers led to Archer’s arrest in the case.She was booked into the Plymouth County Jail.Photo courtesy Le Mars Police/KLEMlast_img read more

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a month ago​Marco Silva wants to see ‘real Everton’ for Sheffield Wednesday clash

first_img​Marco Silva wants to see ‘real Everton’ for Sheffield Wednesday clashby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Silva wants to see more from his Everton players ahead of a crucial Carabao Cup clash.The Blues have suffered in recent games, losing their most recent clash against Sheffield United.And now Everton have a chance to bounce back against Sheffield Wednesday in the cup.Silva wants to see the “real Everton” from his players.Silva said to reporters: “Play football play in our way and be aggressive, go there and afterwards we see the result.100% commitment, 100% attitude, be aggressive on the pitch – when you talk about Everton Football Club these things always need to be there – always, always, always until the last minute.”We have to show the personality and desire this club demands. Playing for this club you are asking about the pressure of the reaction (from fans) as well, playing at this type of club, you have to show that reaction, whoever you are.”To be an Everton football player, an Everton manager to represent this club you have to show a really strong personality and character, and that desire we have to put from the first until the end, and after we will see the results.”If it is always there, then most of the time the result will be good for us.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Office of the Prime Minister to Meet with Media over Interview Protocols

first_imgThe Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) will be having discussions with the heads of media houses, news editors/directors and the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) in a series of meetings on the matter of protocols governing media interviews with the Prime Minister.The meetings are being held against the background of recent encounters where journalists seeking impromptu interviews with the Prime Minister have been doing so in a manner that physically impedes the Prime Minister’s movements, and where recording and audio equipment have been thrust dangerously at the Prime Minister creating serious concerns among the Prime Minister’s security staff.Recent efforts by the Prime Minister’s security detail to ensure adherence to standard operating procedures including unimpeded movement by the Prime Minister into and out of Gordon House have been met with disapproval and criticism by sections of the media.The scheduled meetings, including a planned meeting with the PAJ this Thursday will be attended by the Minister with responsibility for Information in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Hon. Sandrea Falconer and members of the Prime Minister’s Personal Support Unit.The Office of the Prime Minister is committed to facilitating the media in its work to gather and present honest, open and truthful information to the public and holds the principle and practice of a free press as being sacred and fundamental tenets of democratic governance.The OPM is clear however, that in the pursuit of information by the media there are rights and responsibilities that must be exercised by all within a context of decency, respect, good order and a shared understanding. The OPM remains faithful in its conduct of professional, mutually respectful and cordial relations with the media.Communications Unit – OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmWebsite: www.opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Canso Causeway

first_imgThe Canso Causeway has re-opened. It was closed earlier because of a motor vehicle collision. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal continues to advise motorists to take extra precautions when driving on Cape Breton island because of weather conditions. If you are planning to travel, listen to local weather reports, call 511 or check the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal highway cameras atwww.gov.ns.ca/tran/cameras for updated conditions before leaving. Drivers might consider delaying travel. -30-last_img read more

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Yearend Results

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its year-end results today, June 18, for April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. Total sales were up 5.8 per cent to $662.1 million, with $628.9 million in beverage alcohol sales and $33.2 million in recreational cannabis sales. There were 866,800 cannabis transactions with an average dollar value of $38.29. The average dollar value of each beverage alcohol transaction grew by 0.9 per cent to $30.67 The growth in local beverage alcohol product categories continues to be strong. Nova Scotia ready-to-drink sales, which are mostly ciders, were up 80.9 per cent to $7.8 million while craft beer sales were up 27.3 per cent to $16.7 million. Nova Scotia spirit sales grew by 28.5 per cent to $7.8 million while Nova Scotia wine sales, using locally grown grapes, were up by 2.5 per cent to $11.7 million. Compared to the previous fiscal year, net income for the NSLC was $237 million, down $1.2 million, while total sales were up by $36.4 million to $662.1 million. A detailed news release can be found on the NSLC website at https://www.mynslc.com/en/About-NSLC/Media-Centre/News-Releases/NSLC-Announces-2019-Year-End-Results . -30-last_img read more

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Homeowners baseball bat handy in halting home invasion in Abbotsford BC

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A feisty homeowner in Abbotsford, B.C., made quick work of what could have been a home invasion.Abbotsford Police Const. Ian Macdonald says the man, in his 60s, answered a knock on his door just before 6:30 Tuesday night and was confronted by a man trying to push his way into the house.Macdonald says the homeowner grabbed a baseball bat near the door and gave the intruder a swat across the chest.The resident and a woman in her 70s then held the intruder until police arrived.Macdonald says the 37-year-old suspect appeared to be under the influence of drugs and both he and the woman were checked in hospital.Police say charges of assault and break-and-enter are expected.Macdonald doesn’t think the presence of the close-at-hand baseball bat is a sign that the homeowner was worried about violence.“This is a residential area. They just maybe, as part of habit — they hadn’t be victimized or anything like that in the past — they keep a baseball bat by the front door. And so it came to be useful for them,” he says.last_img read more

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The Latest Telescope lawyers call petition meritless

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — The Latest on efforts to resume construction of a giant telescope on a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred (all times local):1 p.m.Attorneys for a $1.4 billion telescope project say a petition filed in court seeking to halt construction on Hawaii’s tallest mountain has no merit.In seeking a temporary restraining order, opponents say the project must post a security bond equivalent to the construction contract cost before starting construction.Thirty Meter Telescope attorney Doug Ing says the lawsuit is just another delay tactic.Protesters continue to gather at the base of Mauna Kea on Tuesday, the day after officials closed the road to the summit in preparation for trucks to begin taking equipment to the top.Opponents say the telescope will desecrate land that’s sacred to some Native Hawaiians.About a dozen elders sat in chairs at the start of the road on Monday. Another eight attached themselves to each other over a grate in the road.There have been no arrests so far.____MidnightProtesters vowed to continue demonstrating against the construction of a giant telescope on top of a mountain some Native Hawaiians consider sacred after they spent the day blocking the road to the project site.About a dozen elders, or kupuna, sat in chairs at the start of the road on Monday, committed to being arrested if need be. Another eight shackled themselves to each other over a grate in the road.They acted after state officials announced they would close the road to the summit of Mauna Kea so they could begin bringing equipment to the construction site in coming days.The confrontation was a dramatic start to what could be weeks or more of protests pitting scientific discovery against cultural preservation and indigenous rights.Authorities didn’t arrest anyone, saying their priority was installing concrete barriers along a nearby highway to create a buffer between speeding cars and the large numbers of people congregating in the area. No construction vehicles went up to the summit.Hundreds of protesters remained at the scene and many promised to continue their fight.The Associated Press read more

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UN pays tribute to memory of Ismat Kittani master of diplomacy

The United Nations today paid tribute to Ismat Kittani, a veteran UN official who had served five Secretaries-General, including the current UN leader, Kofi Annan. Speaking at a memorial service in New York, the Secretary-General said that Mr. Kittani, who had died in October, was considered a “master of diplomacy,” one of the “clearest political minds in the business,” a “father-figure and a mentor” as well as an “inspiration and a friend.” Mr. Kittani, who was born in Madiya, Iraq, in 1929, “embodied the kind of unassuming leadership that made those around him feel motivated rather than intimidated; the kind of optimism that made you feel that with every problem there was really an opportunity; and the kind of integrity that made you realize he was not interested in scoring points – except at the poker table,” Mr. Annan said.”He was a man who cared deeply about the United Nations and cared deeply about other people, and he was not afraid to show it,” said the Secretary-General, adding, “he was a gentleman – in the best and the truest sense of the word.” read more

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UN conference adopts declaration calling for urgent action on education for sustainable

The Aichi-Nagoya Declaration calls on all nations to implement the Global Action Programme on ESD to move the relevant agenda forward.In his closing remarks, Qian Tang, who is Assistant Director-General for Education at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – a conference co-organizer along with Japan – said the declaration is instrumental in helping streamline education in national post-2015 development agendas. “We were able to share successful initiatives from all over the world, to help government representatives and other key stakeholders formulate new goals and objectives. We have shaped these into a Roadmap for ESD that will implement the Global Action Programme,” Mr. Tang said. More than 1,000 participants gathered for the three-day conference under the theme “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future.” Among them were 76 ministerial-level representatives of UNESCO Member States, non-governmental organizations, academia, the private sector and UN agencies, as well as individual experts and youth participants from 150 countries. The Action Plan is a follow up to the UN Decade of ESD, which is ending this year. It will generate and scale up ESD actions in each of five priority areas of policy support, whole –institution approaches, educators, youth, and local communities. UNESCO has called on stakeholders to make specific contributions to launch the GAP. Stakeholders from 80 countries have responded with 363 commitments.The Aichi-Nagoya Declaration adopted unanimously today, builds on the achievements of the Decade and the deliberations and stakeholder meetings which were held last week in Okayama. The Declaration also ensures that the outcomes of the Conference will be taken into account at the World Education Forum 2015 to be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea.Representing the host country, Japan’s State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Hideki Niwa said “ESD will not end with the last year of the Decade of ESD. Instead let us recharge our efforts for ESD with even greater commitment, making the most of the experiences we have gained so far.” read more

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UN seeks 80 million to support refugees in Ethiopia

In a news release issued Wednesday, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that food ration was cut by 20 per cent last year to below the 2,100 kilocalories per day required to sustain an average person.The agencies are warning of deeper cuts from April unless new funding is received in March.“After fleeing conflict and deprivation in their home countries, refugees deserve to be protected and supported,” said Samir Wanmali, WFP’s Acting Country Director in Ethiopia.Ethiopia hosts more than 900,000 refugees, including those from Eritrea, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.Without new contributions, 650,000 refugees living in camps could soon become even more hungry and may eventually face severe hunger that could put lives at risk.Particularly at risk are young children who risk becoming stunted if they do not receive the right nutrients during the first 1,000 days of life.“The malnutrition rates in the camps are already high – further ration cuts could have a devastating effect,” said UNHCR Deputy Representative Matthew Crentsil.Recent assessments show that malnutrition rates among children under the age of five are above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent in nearly half of the 26 refugee camps.Conflict and drought in neighbouring countries continues to force people to seek refuge in Ethiopia, which has a long tradition of hosting refugees. In 2017, nearly 110,000 refugees arrived in Ethiopia. read more

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CPL 2018 Playing for pride Tridents to clash with Patriots tonight

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Stars miss chance for revenge after rain puts paid to Patriots fixtureAugust 31, 2018In “latest news”Fixtures for CPL 2018 announced as Russell, Holder ‘can’t wait to be back’June 5, 2018In “Sports”CPL 2018 playoff: Tallawahs, Patriots battle tonight, loser goes homeSeptember 12, 2018In “latest news” With a nil – 5 record on their home soil, the Barbados Tridents started this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a bang, but lost momentum before the half-way mark, and never quite regained their stride.Patriots vs Stars in their last encounterThey still sit at the bottom of the table, and have had dashed their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs, while the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots secured their spot in the playoffs with a 7-wicket victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs.Tridents will now need to play for pride when they take on the Patriots in their penultimate match of the prelims at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts from 18:00h.Martin Guptill will need to step-up his game, as it has been heart-breaking to watch the burly New Zealand batsman produce below-par averages in back-to-back seasons of the CPL.Thus far, he has produced a total of five single-digit scores in the last seven games, with a batting average of 16.57.Hashim Amla, who was one of the big signings, looked good in the previous game against the Stars with 35 before being run out, but has performed poorly this season, as he, too, has fallen short of expectations, averaging 13.80.For a seasoned player like Dwayne Smith, his season would have been expected to go two ways; but, sadly, it has gone the wrong way, with him scoring only one 50 and averaging 21.14 for the Tridents.To make matters worse, an abdominal strain has prematurely ended the classy right-handed batsman Steve Smith’s campaign, leaving a big hole in the Tridents’ middle order.Shai Hope has impressed with the bat, averaging 37.28 for most of the tournament; and he is expected to impress in the Tridents’ last two games.However, one aspect that hasn’t been a letdown for the Tridents in this year’s CPL is the Pakistani pace duo of Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz.In the tournament so far, it has been a joy to watch Irfan bowl — the towering pacer demonstrating what is the true meaning of pace bowling by exploiting plenty of pace and bounce out of these Caribbean wickets. He now has 8 wickets to his name, and the best bowling figures in the world: 2-1.Barbados must win their remaining two games if they want to avoid finishing last at the end of this season.At this stage of the tournament, the Patriots will be frantically trying to establish the best possible XI to try and take them to the title in the CPL 2018 tournament. With inclusion of the experienced South African domestic cricketer Rassie van der Dussen, the Patriots have finally been allowed to part ways with Tom Cooper, who has had a horrendous season with the bat, averaging an even 9.With the Patriots securing their spot in the playoffs, there is no doubt that Gayle and van der Dussen will play major roles in their play-off campaign.With Elvin Lewis and Anton Devcich having their own troubles with the willow, it is impossible to deny the amount of depth the Patriots possess in their line-up. With Gayle, Van Der Dussen and Lewis at the top of the order; followed by a variety of all-rounders such as Mahmudullah, Ben Cutting, Devcich and Carlos Braithwaite, and attacking wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas, Patriots don’t have a lot to do with the ball, since they hold a major advantage over the opposition.Though Patriots haven’t dropped off in their bowling, they can always rely on the experience of Australian all-rounder Cutting, who has been a fantastic pace option, bagging 10 wickets in the tournament; and Braithwaite, who hasn’t been required to do much with the bat, but has chipped in with the ball, like Cutting.The sturdy Sheldon Cottrell will continue to lead the Patriots’ bowling attack ahead of the playoffs, as he has claimed 9 wickets and still looms as a major threat with the new ball. read more

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Tiedup ferry Taku is for sale

first_imgThe ferry Taku waits to load passengers in Sitka while it was still sailing. It’s been tied up and now is for sale. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The state ferry Taku is for sale. The minimum price for the 54-year-old ship is $1.5 million.Listen nowAlaska Marine Highway officials announced the invitation to bid Saturday. The deadline for proposals is May 9.The Taku is tied up at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove. It was taken out of service in June of 2015 due to budget cuts and other factors.Ferry chief Mike Neussl said it doesn’t meet the department’s needs anymore.“With the state’s budget crisis and budget challenges that we have and the marine highway have, it’s not possible to run an 11-ship fleet. We just don’t have the maintenance funding and the operational funds to do that,” Neussl said.The Taku was built for long sailings, with room for about 350 passengers and 50 vehicles. It has 40 staterooms, a cafeteria, observation lounges and a covered solarium.Marine highway spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said it’s not a derelict vessel. She said it can still sail, but needs some certifications and maybe some work.“It’s being sold as-is, where-is. So whoever wins that bid would have the responsibility of transporting the vessel, paying for the cost to transporting it, or if they decide that they want to store it still, to assume that cost,” Bailey said.The marine highway had to win federal approval before moving ahead with the sale, because federal funds were used for maintenance. It also had to offer the ship to other state and local government agencies. There were no takers.Another state vessel, the fast ferry Chenega, is also in long-term storage.But Neussl said it’s still part of the fleet.“The decision has not been made that that vessel is excess to the state’s needs, like we have made for the Taku. So that vessel is just in kind of inactive status right now, pending the outcome of the budgetary process and what it looks like we can afford to operate,” Neussl said.Neussl said about a dozen people or organizations expressed interest in buying the Taku before it went out to bid.last_img read more

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Mammoottys Unda trailer released promises to be a realistic action thriller

first_imgYouTube ScreenshotAfter months of anxious wait, the trailer of Mammootty’s ‘Unda’ has been finally released, and within one hour, the video clip has racked up more than 1,20,000 views on YouTube. The trailer indicates that this film will be a realistic action movie, and audiences will once again see Mammootty playing the role of a daredevil police officer.Unlike other police movies where Mammootty used to play the role of top-ranked officers, ‘Unda’ seems to be standing out, as, in this film, the actor will be seen essaying the role of a conferred sub-inspector named Manikandan.The basic premise of ‘Unda’ is also very interesting. The film will portray the journey of a Kerala police team travelling to a Naxal affected area in North India for election duty. In their journey, they face many problems, and one among them is the shortage of ammunition.In one scene, we can a Kerala policeman saying that they have age-old weapons, less number of bullets, and a lathi. Through this movie, the director is apparently trying to talk the necessity of advancing the Kerala police force, especially in this time where issues like terrorism and Maoism have started knocking the doors of the South Indian state.Mammootty looks raw and stylish in the trailer and it is sheer pleasure to see the megastar portraying roles that suit his age. The supporting star cast including Shine Tom Chacko, Jacob Gregory, Renjith, and Arjun Ashokan was also given ample screen space in the trailer.’Unda’ is directed by Khalid Rahman who made his grand debut in Mollywood with the movie ‘Anuraga Karikkin Vellam’. Prashant Pillai has composed the music of the movie, while the camera is cranked by Sajith Purushan. The film is produced by Krishnan Sethukumar in the banner of Movie Mill and Gemini Studios.’Unda’ is expected to hit the theatres on June 15.last_img read more

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Harris County Expands Program Sending LowLevel Offenders To Mental Health Treatment Instead

first_img Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaThe new Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center was dedicated on October 1st.More low-level misdemeanor offenders will be sent to Harris County’s Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center instead of jail, local officials announced Wednesday.New guidelines make adult offenders eligible for diversion when mental illness appears to be a factor in a low-level misdemeanor, as long as the person does not present a threat to public safety. Excluded are offenses involving DWIs, weapons, assault, domestic violence, terroristic threats, burglary of a motor vehicle or any offense compromising public safety. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Harris County has saved an estimated $9 million while helping more than 1,000 people since the center first opened in September focusing on trespassing cases, District Attorney Kim Ogg said. She expects the expansion to double or triple the number of people diverted.Before the diversion center opened officers had few options when they came across an incident or a resident called to complain, Ogg said.“People don’t know where to call, they call the police, and the police up until now have basically had one primary resource – the jail,” she said.Law enforcement officers are now able to consult with the district attorney’s office and divert offenders before ever charging and booking them at the Harris County Jail. An average of 34% of inmates at the jail are prescribed psychotropic medication, according to the county. The diversion center is part of an effort to reduce that.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaInside the new Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center in Midtown“Many of these individuals will otherwise stay in jail [and] cycle back out into the community without any real resources or support only to commit some kind of offense again,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.The diversion center has 29 beds available and employs around 50 people including nurses, counselors and psychiatrists.last_img read more

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