Advertisement AdvertisementIndian Test Cricket Team Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane has been in and out of the Indian squad when it comes to limited overs cricket. In order to escalate his game, Rahane has broken onto the English County scenario.Rahane debuted for his side Hamshire when they took on Nottinghamshire in a Division One match, and he could not have asked for a better debut for himself as he ended up scoring a marvellous century.The other Indian cricketers who have achieved a comparable feat in the past include Murli Vijay and Piyush Chawla, both of them too scored a ton when they first showed up for their respective county sides.Rahane, however, was not the rosiest as he was departed for a paltry score of 10 runs in the first innings. The elegant batsman showed character when he walked in to bat in the second innings as he struck 119 runs off 260 balls out of which he sent 14 deliveries outside the fence.Matthew Carten finally dismissed Rahne to put an end to his marathon innings. He came to an end after coming into bat at number 3 position and capitalized on the opportunity that was provided to him.
Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan has said that the absence of injured skipper Virat Kohli could be a factor that would help the defending champions against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener on April 5.However, he also warned his teammates that there are other seasoned campaigners like AB de Villiers in the visiting side, who have the capability to hurt them.”We are not relaxed and we are looking forward to the first game. Of course, Virat is one of the biggest players in their side. He leads from the front and had an exceptional year last year.”It’s good for us that he (Kohli) is not there for us. But still, there are big guns in their side. Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson are there. We are preparing well and we are on our toes actually to start on a winning note,” he said.Having spent a few months out of the Indian team, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan today said he would look to perform well in domestic competitions, including in the IPL, so that he can be in the reckoning for the national side once again.Dhawan, who began his Test career in a match against Australia in 2012-13 by scoring the fastest century by a debutant, said he felt sad over not being part of the Indian team against Australia.”I was a bit sad because I feel I got that ability to play international cricket. Nothing that it’s Australia or any other side. I would love to be back in the national side. For that, I would love to perform big in domestic cricket. I am working hard and keeping my process strong and enjoying my game,” Dhawan, who is a crucial batsman for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL, told mediapersons here.advertisement”From the time I have been out of the Indian side, every tournament has been important, be it T20, domestic one, the one dayers for my Delhi side,” said 31-year-old Dhawan, who has had a lean period but came up with an impressive performance in the Deodhar Trophy recently.”Unfortunately, it did not go the way I wanted to. But now, by the grace of god, I think things are going my way, I would like to take that good form for long,” he said.Expressing confidence to do well for SRH in the IPL, scheduled to start here on April 5, he said he would like to approach the tournament with a calm mind.”Really looking forward to play the first game and I am going to make sure I keep my nerves in control and just play with a cool mind,” he said.SRH, the defending champion of IPL, take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium in Hyderabad on April 5.
Napoli have announced that they have postponed Marek Hamsik’s transfer to the Chinese Super League due to concerns about the payment of the transfer fee.The 31-year-old had been expected to complete a move to Dalian Yifang for a fee in the region of €15 million (£13m/$17m) this week.However, Napoli have called a halt to the deal, blaming a problem with the agreed “payment methods”, although they do not specify with which club in China they have been negotiating. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Napoli have decided to suspend the sale of Marek Hamsik to the Chinese club because the methods of payment of the agreed amount do not line up with the agreements previously reached,” the club said in a statement.There is no indication as to whether the deal has collapsed entirely or if Hamsik’s move may still go ahead. The Chinese transfer window is open until February 28.Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed last week that Hamsik had asked to leave Napoli after 12 years at the club.The Slovakia international midfielder has made 520 appearances for Napoli to date, managing one goal in 19 appearances this season.If he was to eventually complete his move to Dalian Yifang, he’d join the likes of Nicolas Gaitan and Yannick Carrasco, who have also left European football for the Chinese club in recent years.Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis said of the club’s record goalscorer: “I have told Hamsik that this is his home. Even if he wants to come back, we’ll be happy to welcome him back.”It’s a beautiful story. He has always done his duty. He is impeccable.”Napoli face Fiorentina in Serie A on Saturday and it remains to be seen whether Hamsik will be involved.
Have you heard the news? There are 53 million Americans working as freelancers!That was the big finding in our new study on freelancing in America, but it points to a much larger shift happening in the economy as a whole. Namely, freelancers are everywhere — and a lot of them probably don’t even think of themselves in those terms.Why? Because it’s not just some fringe movement anymore — it’s the face of the new workforce.Here’s a quick breakdown of our findings:53 million freelancers is 34% of the workforce, or 1 in 3 American workers (tweet this):It’s more than the combined populations of 25 states (tweet this):It means that if we all stood on each other’s shoulders, we’d be really, really tall (tweet this):And it means that we’re contributing a lot to the economy! In fact, if all 53 million freelancers combined their income, they’d have a combined total of $715 billion! That’s more than the combined value of Facebook, Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks, and McDonalds (tweet this):So are you one of the 53 million? There’s a 1 in 3 chance that you are — and we’ve made it easy for you to find out. Check this flowchart and see for yourself! (Tweet this)So are you a freelancer? Send a tweet and let the world know that you’re one of the #53millionbosses shaping the future of work!
From 2001 to 2011, Brazil’s per capita GDP more than tripled. At the heart of this domestic economic boom is the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES).BNDES is Brazil’s key financial institution for domestic long-term financing, and it’s one of the main financial engines behind Brazil’s take-off as a leading Latin American economy. Its lending and equity investments are becoming increasingly important internationally.But what’s driving all of this growth? And what standards exist to ensure that Brazil’s overseas investments aren’t coming at the expense of the environment and human well-being? WRI seeks to address these questions and more in its new slide deck, “Emerging Actors in Development Finance: A closer look at Brazil’s Growth, Influence and the Role of BNDES.” Brazil’s Economic BoomThe development finance landscape is changing rapidly. While this type of finance has historically flowed from developed to developing nations, over the last decade, major emerging economies such as China and Brazil have fueled a growing trend of South-South development flows, increasingly channeling their overseas investments to other developing nations. For example, BNDES dominates investment flows in Andean and Southern Cone countries. It’s also making significant strategic investments in other Latin American and sub-Saharan African nations. WRI’s Emerging Actors WorkWRI’s research on Brazil’s outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) flows is part of our Emerging Actors in Development Finance work stream under the International Financial Flows and the Environment objective. WRI’s Emerging Actors team also engages in similar work in China. As we note in the slide deck, BNDES has extended its international development finance role through a variety of initiatives. A few include: the—creation of an investment arm; an export-import branch; a subsidiary in London that helps with internationalization of Brazilian companies; and management of new financial instruments such as the Amazon Fund and Brazil’s Climate Fund.These Investments Have Social and Environmental ImplicationsWhile spurring economic growth, BNDES faces multiple challenges in ensuring that its investments are environmentally sound and socially just. For example, BNDES makes significant investments in Latin American and sub-Saharan African nations, some of which may have weak governance systems to control the impacts of investments from overseas.Adequately addressing these challenges requires a set of guidelines to ensure that investments are made in a socially just and environmentally beneficial manner. BNDES is increasingly interested in being recognized as a responsible global investor, already putting in place initiatives like its socio-environmental policies. But it’s important that BNDES—and Brazil as a country—achieve greater commitments and safeguards.WRI’s Emerging Actors Work in BrazilTo that end, the goal of WRI’s International Financial Flows and the Environment objective is to improve the environmental, social, and climate change policies that govern international investments. We hope to ensure that the local communities and civil society organizations impacted by investments are able to engage with investors and policy makers more effectively. WRI has recognized Brazil as an emerging actor in overseas development finance, and we’re now scaling up our efforts in the country.Brazil took a leadership role this year in promoting a global green economy and sustainable development—especially as host of the Rio+20 conference in June. Now it’s time for governments, the private sector, civil society, and financial institutions like BNDES to work together to promote and achieve greater environmental and social safeguards for overseas investments.This slide deck is based on preliminary research conducted by Bruce Jenkins, WRI consultant. Catarina Freitas, Alisa Zomer, Kirk Herbertson, and Roland Widmer continued this research. The data is designed to stimulate timely discussion, solicit critical feedback, and influence ongoing debate on emerging issues. We’ll continue to update the information to reflect our thinking on how to improve the sustainability of Brazil’s overseas investments. Emerging Actors in Development Finance: A Closer Look at Brazil’s Growth, Influence and the Role of BNDES from World Resources Institute (WRI)
Sioux Falls police have identified the suspect charged in the murder of a Vermillion, South Dakota man.Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Michael Wood of Sioux Falls has been charged with murder, manslaughter and other felonies in the death of Zachary Adam Barta.Barta was stabbed once in the chest Wednesday, and died at a Sioux Falls hospital.Wood was arrested later Wednesday after a foot chase.Court documents say that while he was running, Wood discarded a knife that appeared to have dried blood on the blade.Police say the fatal stabbing was the result of a botched drug deal.Wood refused to make his initial court appearance Thursday.Three other suspects charged with lesser offenses in the case made their initial appearances Thursday.
Transfers Time for Monaco to move on from Mbappe saga – Vasilyev Alex Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 02:00 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Monaco Ligue 1 Kylian Mbappé The France international’s exit rumbled on until deadline day and the Ligue 1 champions’ vice-president is keen to consign it to history Vadim Vasilyev is keen to move on from the Kylian Mbappe transfer saga and focus on the future of Monaco under Leonardo Jardim.Mbappe was linked with a move away from the Stade Louis II throughout the window, with Real Madrid , Manchester City and Arsenal among those highly interested in his signature.Monaco 17/20 to beat Nice Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 He opted to stay in Ligue 1, though, after signing with rivals Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan which is expected to be made permanent for €180million.The Mbappe saga rumbled on until deadline day, but Monaco vice-president Vasilyev is keen to consign it all to the history books and look forward.”At the beginning, the idea was that he was staying at Monaco,” he told a media conference at the presentation of new signings Keita Balde, Stevan Jovetic, Adama Diakhaby and Rachid Ghezzal.#Recrues2017 @DiakhabyAdama Ghezzal@sjovetic @keitabalde14 #WelcomeToMonaco pic.twitter.com/5BrDXCWM7M — AS Monaco (@AS_Monaco) September 7, 2017 “Afterwards there were several meetings and at one point he informed me of his decision to join PSG.”I did not want him to go to Paris, it’s true, but I understood because I respect Kylian as a player and a man.”Now we have to turn the page. He is where he wanted to be and we must concentrate on our season. I wish him the best, I am very glad that he wrote a beautiful chapter in our club’s history.”Mbappe was not the only one to leave the Ligue 1 champions as Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva joined Manchester City, while Tiemoue Bakayoko moved to fellow Premier League side Chelsea.Monaco wasted no time strengthening their squad with 10 new faces – including Keita and Jovetic in late August – and Vasilyev is pleased with their recruitment.He added: “They are high-quality recruits who fit perfectly into our strategy, they have all been chased by other clubs and have all chosen to come to Monaco.”It was a long transfer window but I think it was successful. “We have a very strong team, but when you have so many new players you must allow time to gel, you cannot expect a miracle. I do not know who is favourite this season but I’m very happy with the team we have.”
BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Several college football games are either canceled, moved, or postponed as the East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence to make landfall. Now, another game can be added to the list.East Carolina University announced it won’t travel to Blacksburg to play the Virginia Tech Hokies this weekend.ECU cited “significant imminent safety concerns” for its decision not to travel for the game. In addition, the school also announced it plans to cancel classes for the rest of the week.Here’s the announcement from the program.Safety Concerns, Catastrophic Florence Forecast Forces ECU To Cancel Blacksburg Trip. Full story (https://t.co/Rgt1tN1Yet) #ECUAthletics #ECUFootball pic.twitter.com/lZZ2evuDr9— ECU Athletics (@ECUAthletics) September 11, 2018Virginia Tech sits at No. 13 in the nation after wins over Florida State and William and Mary. Meanwhile, ECU put in an impressive effort last weekend against North Carolina with a 41-19 over the Tar Heels.The school announced it hopes to reschedule the game against Virginia Tech, though with the current schedules of each program, that seems unlikely.Stay tuned for more weather updates as Hurricane Florence approaches.
graphs No data available! India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Rain forces abandonment after Chris Gayle flop showRain delayed the start of play for nearly two hours and then interrupted the game twice after West Indies were put into bat by India. India Today Web Desk GuyanaAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 00:55 IST Rain played hide-n-seek throughout the day in Guyana (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPlay was interrupted twice after the match started with 13 overs being bowled in totalWest Indies had reached 54 for 1 when the umpires decided to call off the matchThe two teams will now move to Port of Spain for the 2nd ODI to be played on August 11Rain played spoilsport from start to an early finish in the first ODI between West Indies and India with the umpires finally deciding to call the match off after 13 overs in the first innings, bringing an end to the players and fans’ agony in Guyana on Thursday.Rain had delayed the toss for nearly two hours and when it finally did happen, India captain Virat Kohli had no hesitation in opting to bowl first against the Windies with the match being reduced to 43-overs-per side.West Indies reached 9 for no loss in 5.4 overs when the rain came down hard once again. The interruption caused more overs to be reduced. Multiple inspections later it was decided to reduce the game to 40 overs-per-side.The players came back on the field once the sun came out but waited for the ground staff to complete their job as a damp outfield further delayed the resumption.The players went back into their respective dressing rooms and then came back out again after a lengthy delay with the match being further reduced to 34 overs-per-side.Unfortunately, the wet weather has meant the first ODI been West Indies and India has been called off.#WIvIND pic.twitter.com/oRNWfpLU3KICC (@ICC) August 8, 2019Kuldeep Yadav managed to pick up the wicket of Chris Gayle for 4 soon after the resumption in the 11th over even as Evin Lewis started upping the ante from the other end.But the game lasted just a few more minutes as rain once again stopped play at the Providence stadium.advertisementThe second interruption after the match started came after the 13th over with West Indies reaching 54 for 1 with Evin Lewis (40 not out) and Shai Hope (6 not out) at the crease.All this while the outfield kept deteriorating with damp patches forming on the ground. The groundstaff covered them with sawdust but it was barely helping matters.The umpires and officials finally had enough of the hide-n-seek between rain and the sun. Finally they decided to call off the match without a result.The two teams will now move to Port of Spain for the second match of the three-ODI series which will be played on August 11.Also Read | India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli dances with Chris Gayle during rain break in 1st ODIAlso Read | Prefer it when you are on my side: Krunal Pandya to Kieron PollardAlso Read | What’s common between Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Chris GayleFollow India tour of West IndiesFollow Virat Kohli commentary scorecard advertisement view more view less
zoom Fincantieri’s subsidiary Vard Holdings Limited (Vard) has signed a letter of intent with an undisclosed international cruise company for the design and construction of two small-sized cruise vessels. The hulls will be built by Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, while the delivery of the units is scheduled, respectively, in Q1 2019 and Q1 2020 from Vard Langsten in Norway, Fincantieri said.As disclosed, the parties have a common intention to enter into contracts at the beginning of Q3 2016.“This success enhances Vard’s diversification strategy, carried out in close collaboration with Fincantieri, which has already given important outcomes with the achievement of prestigious goals, as the signing of the Letter of Intent for 4 small-sized luxury cruise ships for the French ship owner Ponant, a subsidiary of Artemis Group,” Fincantieri added.The vessels, for which Fincantieri would supply some important parts to be built in Italy, are specially designed in cooperation with the unnamed cruise company by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway.The ice-class ships will be 137 metres long, 22 metres wide and approximately 14,500 gross tons, being able to accommodate on board 240 passengers in 120 cabins.
This Halloween, cruelty-free champions Lucy and Tiffany Watson have teamed up with Humane Society International (HSI) UK to expose the spooky truth about what’s really inside some trick or treat sweets.Lucy and Tiffany Watson Dress Up to Reveal the Scary Side of Gelatine Sweets this HalloweenIn a campaign video launched today, the sisters dress in Halloween costumes to raise awareness that many jelly sweets contain gelatine, a substance made of boiled up bones, skin, ligaments and tendons of pigs and cows, many of whom will have suffered horrific lives on factory farms.On factory farms, animals are crammed together, often kept in cages and crates where they are unable to see sunlight, breathe fresh air or even fully extend their limbs. In the UK, around 2.6 million cattle and 10 million pigs, are killed each year. A large amount of gelatine in sweets sold in the UK also comes from animals bred and slaughtered overseas, including in countries that have little or no animal protection laws, such as China.Lucy and Tiffany donned their black cat and Harley Quinn costumes, and took to a spooky set to explain how gelatine is produced and why it should be avoided. Gelatine is found in many big brands of sweets, it can also be found in cosmetics, candles, cakes, sports drinks, ice cream, and yogurts where it acts as a gelling agent.Lucy Watson said “No one looks at jelly sweets in their colourful packaging and thinks that they might contain parts of animals who have spent their entire lives suffering on factory farms. It’s especially weird when you’re buying sweets that look like cute animals but they actually contain animal parts such as bones, skin and tissue!”Tiffany Watson said “I hope this video helps people make more informed decisions about the sweets they are giving out to trick or treaters this Halloween. The thought of children unwittingly eating bits of pig and cow disguised in gummy sweets is super scary.”Humane Society International UK Executive Director Claire Bass said “Halloween sweets in the shape of teeth, eyeballs and skulls are alarmingly close to the reality of their ingredients in some cases. Gelatine production is like something from a horror film, huge vats of gloopy grey sludge bubbling with bits of skin, bones and other animal body parts, so it’s not surprising that more and more shoppers are opting for the many gelatine-free sweets now available. Gelatine production is often part of the factory farming industry that is driving demand for, and profiting from, animals being bred and killed in cruel conditions, so opting for gelatine-free sweets and products is the best way to ensure you’re not buying into that suffering.”The good news is that you don’t need to use gruesome ingredients to make sweets. There are many vegan alternatives that are just as delicious, but instead of the body parts of animals, use animal friendly ingredients like agar-agar and carrageen, both derived from seaweed.
7 September 2011Peace and SecuritySecretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to provide additional resources to Somalia’s transitional leaders following their adoption of a plan to bring unity, peace and stability to a country that has been torn by factional strife for the past 20 years. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to provide additional resources to Somalia’s transitional leaders following their adoption of a plan to bring unity, peace and stability to a country that has been torn by factional strife for the past 20 years.The fact that the consultative meeting that adopted a detailed plan for completing the current transitional period took place in Mogadishu, the capital – until last month the scene of daily violence with Al-Shabaab Islamic militants – was an encouraging step forward, he said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.The Roadmap, agreed on yesterday at the end of the UN-backed consultative meeting, spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current transitional governing arrangements end next August, in the areas of security, writing a constitution, reconciliation and good governance.The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) is called upon to lead the implementation, working with the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP), regional entities, and all sectors of society, including women, the business community, religious leaders, elders and youth.Early last month Al-Shabaab insurgents withdrew from Mogadishu under pressure from the 6,200-strong UN-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a move that provided what Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, called an “extraordinary moment” of opportunity for progress in a country that had not had a functioning national government since Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime collapsed in 1991.Mr. Ban also welcomed the signing of the ceasefire accord between the Puntland and Galmudug administrations, two of Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions that had clashed over a border dispute last week. Mr. Mahiga noted earlier this week that Puntland and Galmudug are “on Somalia’s front lines in the ongoing fight against violent extremists that increasingly are relying on terror tactics to try and disrupt the peace process.”
Shiranthi Rajapaksa had been asked to appear before the FCID to be questioned on the Carlton Siriliya Saviya project. Reports said that Mrs. Rajapaksa was accompanied by her husband, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, when she left to meet FCID officers this morning. Anoma Weliwita, Media Co-ordinating Officer to the former First Lady said that when Mrs. Rajapaksa was on her way to the FCID she was informed of a large crowd outside the FCID office.As a result Mrs. Rajapaksa met FCID officers at another location and made a statement and then left. Former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa appeared before officers of the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today and made a statement, Mrs. Rajapaksa’s spokesperson said. Weliwita had said earlier that Mrs. Rajapaksa never got involved in politics and instead focused her time on humanitarian work, mostly involving children.Weliwita said that Mrs. Rajapaksa had obtained funds from overseas for her work and she did so in a transparent manner. (Colombo Gazette)By Ashanthi Warunasuriya
The study reveals that, while new cases fell steadily up until 2016, the number rose from 217 million to 219 million in 2017: the targets set by the WHO Global technical strategy for malaria 2016–2030 call for a drop in malaria case incidence and death rates of at least 40 per cent by 2020.In response, WHO, the main United Nations health agency, and its partners have launched a country-led ‘high burden to high impact’ response plan – to coincide with the release of the report – with the aim of scaling up prevention, treatment and investment to protect vulnerable people, and get reductions in malaria deaths and disease back on track.The plan builds on the principle that no one should die from a disease that can be easily prevented and diagnosed, and that is entirely curable with available treatments: “The world faces a new reality: as progress stagnates, we are at risk of squandering years of toil, investment and success in reducing the number of people suffering from the disease,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We recognize we have to do something different – now.”Around 70 per cent of all deaths in 2017 were concentrated in India, and 10 African countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania).Although India – which represents 4 per cent of the global malaria burden – showed progress in reducing the disease (a drop of almost a quarter), cases in the African countries rose by 3.5 million compared to the previous year.A positive note was struck in Paraguay, which has this year been certified as malaria free, the first country in the Americas to receive this status in 45 years: the number of countries nearing elimination has now grown from 37 to 46, and three countries – Algeria, Argentina and Uzbekistan – have requested official malaria-free certification from WHO.Domestic financing has been identified as key to the success of the WHO’s malaria strategy: the UN agency says that funding, which has levelled off, needs to reach at least US$6.6 billion annually by 2020 – more than double the amount available today.
Sales taxes on higher emitting cars have little effect on CO2 emissions and create an unwelcome market distortion. That’s the view of SMMT to news that buyers of new cars with CO2 above 160g/km will have to pay a supplement to VED on first purchase from 2009. For cars emitting more than 255g/km CO2 this rises to £950 (£455 of which is VED) “Since the introduction of CO2-based road tax in 2001, there has been a clear trend towards lower-CO2 new cars,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. “Encouraging even more buyers to choose models with class-leading emissions should be the priority. We are therefore pleased to see an increase in the number of bands to 13 from 2009. “However, introducing what is effectively a sales tax for many new cars is a retrograde step. Trying to force people out of high-value cars has no environmental merit and will be seen as a smokescreen for revenue-raising.” ….. Download full release hereDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The fourth Festival of the Arts – Industrial Fabric4, showcasing the remarkable talents of students enrolled in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, will be held March-April 2014.This two-month festival signals that time of year when students bring their in-class, independent or studio projects to the public.We invite you to celebrate their achievements on stage, in studios and galleries, and at regional venues.As part of the culminating activities that signal the end of the academic year, Industrial Fabric4 offers a dynamic range of creative events open to the University and community at large – from theatre to musical performances to art exhibitions.Enjoy original student-written and performed plays produced as part of the Department of Dramatic Arts’ Gimme 2 or One Acts Festival, a production by fourth-year students called Fragmentos, a Theatrical Design exhibit, The Rosina Project, and the Keavy Lynch Thesis Project.Experience a rich selection of concerts from the Department of Music including its RBC Foundation Music@Noon series held on Tuesdays featuring student and faculty recitals, the ENCORE! Professional Concert Series, the VIVA VOCE! Choral Series, a Student Recital, and the University Wind Ensemble.Take in exhibitions by students of the Department of Visual Arts reflecting their achievements in intermedia works and a two-part fourth-year honours exhibition hosted by Rodman Hall Art Centre.“Industrial Fabric4 represents the creative thread that binds students in common effort bringing their creativity to audiences both large and small, on and off campus,” said Derek Knight, director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. “These spirited encounters build on collective and individual talent supported by the experienced hand of our dedicated faculty and staff. It is the extraordinary range and calibre of our student creativity that never fails to surprise and pique our imagination year after year and minus testimony to the strength and depth of our academic programs in dramatic arts, music, visual arts, and arts and culture.”For a calendar of events, click here.
A burst water main flooded a South London high street in the early hours of this morning, causing rush hour disruption. Tooting High Street was closed in the early hours, and emergency services were called to deal with the chaos.Motorists and pedestrians were warned to steer clear of the high street whilst Thames Water assure that they are working on handling the issue “as soon as possible.”This comes after thousands of south London homes were left without water in the aftermath of Storm Emma. 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFamily mourning death of elderly Melanie woman following early morning accidentMarch 4, 2018In “Crime”Elderly Melanie woman killed in early morning accidentMarch 4, 2018In “Crime”Causing death charge dismissed against lorry driverJanuary 18, 2019In “Court” Narsigh Jagsar, of Supply, Mahaica, East Coast Demarara was on Thursday released on $300,000 bail after he appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh in the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.Dead: Lydia RodriguezJagsar was remanded to prison on March 5, 2018 for causing the death of 87-year-old Lydia Rodriguez, called “Aunty Baby”, of Lot 51 North Melanie who was struck down around 06:00hrs on the Melanie Public Road.Reports stated that minibus BKK 6714, which was being driven by Jagsar was proceeding west along the southern lane of the said road while the pedestrian was standing on the northern side of the road.However, as the minibus approached, Rodriguez began to cross the road from north to south, ending up on the southern lane. As such, she was struck by the vehicle.Rodriguez, who sustained head injuries, was picked up by public-spirited persons in an unconscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.A breathalyser test conducted on Jagsar showed no trace on alcohol in his system.The accused, who is represented by Bernard Da Silva, is expected to return to court on April 5.
PSG Handball won the first trophy in the new season “Trophe des Champions” against Saint Raphael 29:27 (14:13). Hansen, Karabatic (got injured) and Co. had tough job to overplay the guys from the Coast, but at the end, Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic and his boys did the job in the way they wanted…PSG HANDBALL – SAINT RAPHAËL VAR HANDBALL 29:27 (14:13)PSG Handball : Omeyer (13 saves, 33%), Annonay (0/1 pén); Melic, Mollgaard (1/3), Vori (0/2), Kounkoud (4/4), Barachet (1/7), Gunnarsson (0/0), L. Karabatic (5/5), Hansen (11/19 dont 7/7 pén), Narcisse (4/5), Onufryienko (0/3), Honrubia (0/1), N. Karabatic (3/5)Saint Raphaël VHB : Djukanovic (8 saves, 277%), Popescu (4 saves, 33%); Krantz, Atlason (2/6), Simicu (6/12), Lyngaard (5/8), Jurka (1/2) Caucheteux (9/10 dont 5/5 pén), Garain, Stehlik (0/1), Vigneron (1/2), Di Panda (3/8), Djeric, HmamPHOTO: PSG HandballLNH TDC 2015 Finale Paris St Raphael by LNH PSG Handballsaint raphael ← Previous Story Kadetten Schaffhausen win Swiss Super Cup! Next Story → SEHA GAZPROM SUNDAY: PPD Zagreb beat Meshkov in Brest!
I BROODED THROUGH 2011. Denis had said dropping me was a hurling decision, but I didn’t buy that. I believed there was more to his decision than my on-field displays, particularly when I was the only one dropped.Cork didn’t do well in 2011 and the board didn’t want to continue with Denis. Names started to float around as possible replacements, including Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s, and around mid-August he gave me a call.That was out of the blue. Since he’d stepped down in 2000, we’d have rarely met or spoken. He wanted to meet for lunch and a chat, so we met in the Commons Bar with a mutual friend of ours, Mick Higgins. Not the most private of places, in retrospect, particularly when his name was floating around as Cork senior manager, but we had our sandwich and our soup and he got down to it.‘What exactly happened with you and Denis?’ was his first question. I told him, and his answer was, ‘That was wrong. Jeez, I feel partly responsible because I was on the committee that appointed him.’He went on to say that he hadn’t been offered the job of Cork hurling manager – that he hadn’t applied for it – but he asked if I’d still be interested in going back playing for Cork if approached.I said I would, but that I’d come back only if the set-up was good. In particular I pointed out that the physical trainer would be a crucial appointment. He said fine, and that was that.New BossThe board waited another few weeks before announcing Jimmy’s appointment. A couple of weeks after that, in early October, I got another call from him.‘Just following up on our talk in August,’ he said. ‘I’m just conscious your views might have changed. What do you think?’I said I was still interested, and we agreed I’d call out to his house that Friday. He brought me to his study, out the back. He said he was delighted that I was still interested in playing for Cork.Jimmy said there were no guarantees but that I’d be on the extended training squad for the winter ahead. They’d carry up to forty players and cut it down in the new year.Celebrating Cork’s All-Ireland final win in 1999Pic: INPHO/Tom Honan TrainingOur first session was a fitness test, the October Bank Holiday weekend. We trained out on the pitch in CIT the following Tuesday, endurance work, and we didn’t touch a hurley until Christmas.Training was hard: two gym sessions, two endurance sessions and then, on a Saturday, a hill-running session in the old quarry out in Beaumont, a walking path at an angle that would test you when you ran it.The running sessions were competitive and I was struggling to keep pace with the top group, which consisted of Cathal Naughton, Damien Cahalane, Christopher Joyce, Billy Joyce and Daniel Kearney. Cathal Naughton has got to be one of the greatest athletes I’ve trained with. A running machine.The player rep system that had come in with Dónal O’Grady was still in place and, after one meeting of the player reps, Dónal Óg said to me, ‘Jimmy is delighted with you, he’s saying you’ve exceeded his expectations.’ After Christmas I played in challenge games and was named in the league panel.Having played most of the pre-season games and all of the National League games at either half-back or midfield, I found myself out of contention come the championship.I was naturally disappointed at not making the starting fifteen. What would have been nice was some communication from the management team, an explanation of why I was being left out, but none was forthcoming. The only people who made some acknowledgement were Ger Cunningham and Dónal Óg, who said, ‘Hard luck.’The league had ended badly, with Kilkenny destroying us in Thurles, and my relationship with Jimmy had seemed to change after that. Until then he would have been full of jokes and chat, and would often ask me how the body felt. Now, management were keeping their distance from me. I’d been around long enough to know whether one was welcomed or not.Kilkenny Eoin Larkin and Seán Óg Ó hAilpín in action in 2012Pic: INPHO/Ryan ByrneOn the field the year panned out reasonably well, despite losing to Tipperary in the Munster championship: the draw was kind to us at every turn after that.The only conversation I had with Jimmy during the summer was after the Tipp defeat. I didn’t play that day, and towards the end of a midweek weights session down in Páirc Uí Chaoimh he came up to me. I was on my own.‘I can see you’re disappointed,’ he said. ‘I am,’ I said, ‘but I know you have a job to do’. ‘Hang in there,’ he said. ‘I’ll assure you you’ll get a chance. I should have spoken to you before the Tipp game but I never got a chance.’After that conversation I thought the ice had been broken and maybe things were about to improve, but they remained the same. Cork faced Offaly in the qualifiers, and because it was so soon after the Tipp game I didn’t expect to start. But Offaly gave Cork enough of it and when the game was in the balance I felt they’d throw in John (Gardiner) or myself. They didn’t.Towards the closing stages of the game, myself and John were completing our last stint of warm-up, when I turned to him and said, ‘John, read the tea leaves here.’‘I know.’After the game there was no communication, no feedback from management. We drew Wexford, the softest draw we could have got. By that stage I had resigned myself to the fact that I definitely wasn’t part of the management’s plans, and I wondered if it was a huge mistake coming back.Back In ActionThe game went much the same way as the previous day out, with Wexford asking plenty of questions. With ten minutes remaining I was warming up, when Dave Matthews came over to me.‘Get ready, you’re coming on,’ he said. ‘You’re joking,’ I said. I was shocked – I wasn’t expecting to get a run. I got ready and came on for William Egan. We won by a comfortable margin in the end, but Wexford had given us a scare.For the quarter-final, we drew Waterford. In truth by that stage my motivation was waning. Teu and Siobhán were fantastic. They always convinced me to remain patient. Another tower of strength for me was the fourth brother I never had, John Gardiner. His positive attitude towards training and to the panel was exemplary. I learned an awful lot from him during this time.I got my first start of the championship against Waterford. I was anxious to prove a point and what happened? John Mullane ran me ragged in the first half. Christ, was I filthy with myself at the half-time break. ‘After all this, you put in that crap display,’ I thought. ‘Maybe the management were right all along.’If I’d been pulled off at half-time I wouldn’t have had any complaints. Things improved in the second half, and I managed a point late on. John Gardiner came on and made a couple of vital interventions.We’d probably exceeded expectations by getting to an All-Ireland semi-final. Our opponent was Galway. After we had played a promising first half, they took control in the second half and were too strong for us in the end.Afterwards I don’t recall any big speeches from management, though Galway manager Anthony Cunningham came in and was very humble, very articulate in his commiserations. Seán Óg Ó hAilpín wins a high ball against Galway.Pic: INPHO/Colm O’NeillThere’s grub for the players after those games in a lounge on the fourth floor of the Hogan Stand, and I was last into it as usual. But there was a different reason this time: I sensed it was my last time in a dressing-room in Croke Park. I knew the management team was in place for another couple of years and I certainly wasn’t going to figure.Niall Mac, my old mate in dawdling in dressing-rooms, was there as well. I didn’t know it at the time, but Niall was thinking of travelling, and would head off soon for Asia, so he was in a reflective mood as well.We had a chat about the great days we’d experienced in this very dressing-room and we wondered, would we see the good days again. Then he headed off, and I was on my own. The steward who was assigned to the dressing-room for the duration of the game popped his head in. I gave him a sliotar. You’d get to know those guys from going up there, very decent guys, and he asked if everything was okay. ‘Grand,’ I said, and headed up to join the team.When I came out of the dressing-room there were kids from Glenariff, in the Glens of Antrim, looking for signatures and photos to be taken. I was chatting to them for a while and then a journalist caught me for a few words. I was asked about the future and I said I’d have to think about it over the winter.Dr Con, who had come down from the players’ lounge, spotted me, and after I finished he warned me not to make any snap decisions. He said, ‘You’ve a lot to offer. Don’t do anything rash.’Journeys home after a defeat are always long and this one must have been the longest. I knew that today was my last day in a Cork shirt, but equally knew I was still good enough to play on.By the time the bus let us off at the Rochestown Park Hotel, I was steering more towards taking the Doc’s advice to hang in there. I didn’t hear anything until I got a phone call from Dónal Óg in late October. Dónal Óg had ruptured his Achilles tendon in the spring and missed the whole playing season as a result. He was keen to get back.‘I’m meeting Jimmy tomorrow,’ he said. ‘I don’t have a good feeling about this one. My instinct is that it’s bad news.’ I’d had no contact with the management, so I didn’t know the lie of the land. But it would never have occurred to me they’d want to . . .‘Get rid of you? I wouldn’t think so.’ ‘As soon as I’m finished the meeting, I’ll ring you,’ he said. He called me the next day around twelve. ‘How’d the meeting go?’ ‘Bad.’ He said Jimmy had taken the captaincy off him and that he wouldn’t be the number-one keeper next season. It was a huge blow for him.Dónal Óg also said that myself and John would be getting phone calls from Jimmy and to brace ourselves because it wasn’t going to be good news. We weren’t surprised, given the way we’d been blanked all summer.Cork’s Donal Og CusackPic: INPHO/Cathal NoonanI was in all-too-familiar territory now, having gone through this before with Denis Walsh. Jimmy rang me – the same day I spoke to Dónal Óg on the phone – and said he wanted to meet as soon as possible. I asked why, and he said he wanted to discuss next year.We arranged to meet up in the car park of the Kingsley Hotel on a Friday night. He hopped into my car, we had some small talk, and then we got to business.‘What are your intentions for next year?’ he said. ‘I’ve been thinking about it,’ I said. ‘But I want to hear your plans first.’‘Look, the management team sat down recently. Realistically we’re not going to win anything for the next two to three years, so we’re going to go a new direction next year and throw our full lot with youth, be it good, bad or indifferent.‘We’re going to work with these guys for the next few years. We don’t know if you’ll be still playing around then. We don’t see a place for you there.’‘A place on the team or the panel?’‘The panel,’ he said. ‘Look, we saw the frustration on your face during the summer when you weren’t making the first fifteen.’I was thinking to myself, wouldn’t anyone who was serious about high-performance sport be unhappy? I told Jimmy that I was very grateful for the opportunity he gave me to come back, but I hadn’t come back to sit on the bench.I asked him two questions. Firstly, I asked him to rate my year. Glowing report from Jimmy: ‘I couldn’t have asked for any more from you in training, you played well in the games that you played and you bailed us out towards the end of the year when other guys were struggling for form.’‘Name a half-back that’s better at the moment, then?’ He couldn’t name anyone, but with the youth policy they were undertaking, he was hoping ‘someone might come up trumps next year,’ he said.I said that that was the one reason I felt I should be around – I felt I could offer something to the younger guys coming up. But he was having none of it, and kept going on about his ‘youth policy’.That was curtains for me. I had well and truly played my last game for Cork. I said, ‘Thanks for your time,’ and he hopped out.I wasn’t as gutted as I had been two years previously, but I was still gutted. On the trip home I kept thinking that if I’d known it was going to end like this, I would have stayed happily retired. I felt Jimmy had called it wrong.I’m alive to my own inconsistencies. I was the one bidding a mental farewell to Croke Park in August, then getting thick that I was being jettisoned two months later in October. But any athlete, any competitor, will want to continue. I’m no different.I’m also able to hold my hand up when I’m wrong. As I write, the Cork team that Jimmy has assembled through his ‘youth policy’ are counting down the days to an All-Ireland hurling final with Clare, a final pairing few people would have predicted when the two teams met in a league relegation playoff in April.On that basis Jimmy could say he was justified, certainly, in cutting me adrift. It’s a results business and the team he picked got the results for him. I’m a competitor and I’d love to have taken that journey with them. I’m also a proud Cork man and I salute them: Corcaigh Abu.Myself and Siobhán were going to New York the week after the conversation in my car with Jimmy. I didn’t want to create a big stir about packing it in. I went to the GPA, gave my statement to Siobhán Earley in the office there and told her to release it when I was in the air en route to JFK.In New York we visited a friend of ours, Phil O’Shea, who comes over every summer. His wife Elizabeth gave us a great dinner and I told him I’d retired and he came back with his news – he’d retired from the NYPD as well.‘Now, two retirements,’ he said. ‘What are they gonna do without us?’My mobile doesn’t accept calls or messages abroad, thank God, so we had a great holiday. When I came back and switched it on, it nearly melted down with the volume of texts and voicemails, but that was immaterial. I was an ex-intercounty player and, strange as it may sound, a relieved one at that. I was finally at peace – no more dramas, no more disappointments and no more false dawns.**********Seán Óg Ó hAilpín: The Autobiography is published by Penguin Ireland. More details can be found hereBeing dropped from Cork panel by Denis Walsh in 2010 – Seán Óg book extract4 from 1999 All-Ireland final team named as new Cork football selectors1999 All-Ireland winning captain Landers to coach Cork minors