2nd Test: Mohammed Shami surprised by low bounce on Centurion wicket

first_imgMohammed Shami expressed his surprise at the nature of the wicket at Centurion after India were reduced to 35/3 on the fourth day of the second Test vs South Africa on Tuesday.India are batting fourth, looking to chase 287 in order to level the three-match series 1-1.India had lost the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town by 72 runs.WATCHShami, intrigued by the low bounce in the wicket, said that they have never seen a wicket quite as slow and with low bounce in overseas conditions.”I did not expect the ball to stay so low in this wicket. Till now in overseas conditions, we have not seen such slow and low bounce wickets. So I don’t know what they were thinking when they made this wicket. But whatever it is we have to play on it and the conditions are same for both teams. Tomorrow we will try to win,” Shami said at the post-match press conference. Mohammed Shami at the post-match press conference after the fourth day of the second Test at Centurion. (Photo: BCCI)”The wicket has been slow since the beginning, even on the first day you saw that it going low continuously. And even today, it went slow and low and you needed a lot of extra effort. We tried to give 110-120 percent. That was more important for us,” he added.Shami took 4/49 in the South African second innings as the hosts were bowled out for 258. He took three wickets in the morning session, but bowled only the last over of the post-lunch session. He did not even come on to bowl when he had the chance of taking a five-wicket haul.advertisement”It depends on the captain when he wants to bowl which bowler. It also depends on the conditions. I bowled before lunch so I could not bowl immediately. The captain is also thinking that we should bowl with rotation. The plan was that whenever I will get chance I will come to bowl,” said Shami.”There are some stages in front of you that you want to bowl more but the captain thinks that we should get them out quickly. So you cannot mind that, but yes, sometimes you do feel inside that maybe I could have got five wickets. But if you see from the team’s point of view, you will not feel like this,” he added.South Africa’s lower-order stonewalled the Indian bowling post lunch and India did not take the second new ball available to them. Faf du Plessis during the fourth day of the second Test between India and South Africa at Centurion. (Photo: Reuters)Asked if India should have attacked more, Shami said, “Today, the whole day, we were looking to give away as few runs as possible and we wanted to attack them fully. We went all out on attack and gave away as few runs as possible. We wanted to bowl in good areas as we had given them 28-run lead. So we wanted to restrict them to as low a score as possible and bowl in good areas.”For any bowler, it is a lot of frustration when the fielder is there and edges are coming. What you want is happening but the batsman isn’t getting out. So there is a little frustration mentally but you need to be mentally strong at that stage and how long you can persist with it, that is more important. Like Quinton de Kock got three boundaries on three consecutive good balls but I did the same again and I got result on that,” he added.Talking about missed chances in slip cordon, he said, “When you make a unit and get 15 guys to play for the country then you should have self belief, and mix up with each other, so that this is our best and we will make him stand in slips.”It is part of the game that you will drop some catches but we are not robots or machines that we will catch all of them. We can only try and then the rest is dependent on luck.”Having already lost three wickets, India have a tough ask ahead of them on day five on Wednesday.Asked about the teams chances, Shami said, “About the result, we have stopped them at a very good target and the rest is about luck.”(Courtesy: PTI)last_img read more

Australian GP: Valtteri Bottas looking for head start to 2018 season in Melbourne

first_imgValtteri Bottas knows he needs to step up his game from last season if he is to have any chance of keeping his place at Mercedes and has targeted a top-two finish at this weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.The 28-year-old won only three races last year despite getting a drive for the dominant Mercedes team alongside world champion Lewis Hamilton.With a host of other drivers coveting the Mercedes seat for next year when Bottas’s contract is up, the Finn knows this term he has to produce – starting at Albert Park on Sunday.”I do have big goals,” he told reporters at the track on Tuesday.”I need to try and step up my game and want to start the season well here in Melbourne. Last year, I was third in the race so for sure need to do better than that.”Before last year’s podium, Bottas had a pretty poor record in Australia with 14th, eighth and fifth places in his three races for former team Williams.He failed to even start the 2015 race in Melbourne after suffering a back injury in qualifying which required an overnight stay in hospital.”I haven’t found it to be one of my strongest circuits in the past,” he added.”You know, I’ve always had a bit of mixed results but that’s something I want to change. I can’t have bad races for myself.”I want to be consistent in every place, so I think there were some positives in the race last year, so hopefully we can build on that and be quick in the qualifying as well.”advertisementHis team mate Hamilton has won only twice in Australia and finished second for the second year in a row last season on his way to his fourth world title.Bottas is very much aware that his primary function as Mercedes chase a fifth successive constructors’ and drivers’ title double is to step into the breach should something go wrong for the Briton.”If Lewis is having a bad day, or bad race for any reason then I need to be able to fight for the win of the race,” he said.”So I’m just going to really focus on my performance, go day-by-day, session-by-session, lap-by-lap and try to be at my best every single time I’m on track.”last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Brazil rely on Neymar, Coutinho vs unpredictable Mexico

first_imgBrazil will hope their quadrat of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Willian arrive in some fashion at the FIFA World Cup 2018 when they face the counter-attacking threat of Mexico at the Samara Arena on Monday.Coutinho and Tite’s tactics have been the shining light for Brazil in what has been an underwhelming performance otherwise. However, if their match against Serbia is anything to go by, Brazil are getting better by the day.After their 1-1 draw against Switzerland, where they dazzled in the first half only to lose that spark in the second half, Brazil registered a fighting 2-0 win over Costa Rica.Even as the 2-0 scoreline sounds comfortable, it was far from it. Two goals in the stoppage time was what Brazil required to get past Costa Rica.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIn the final group game though, Neymar and Willian stepped up their game, looked much sharper and better as Brazil book their last 16 spot with a comfortable win.Neymar’s PSG teammates Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani have set the Round of 16 to fire with their sensational performances and Brazil captain Thiago Silva is hoping that it rubs off on Neymar too.”We hope tomorrow will be a great day and that Neymar is inspired as much as the other players,” said Silva, who also plays for Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar drew concern early in the tournament because of what appeared to be a right ankle injury following Brazil’s opener. He was fouled 10 times during the match and later was seen limping after practice before the team’s second match against Costa Rica, but the team said it was only a precaution.advertisementThe Brazilian soccer confederation has said Neymar’s ankle problem had nothing to do with the foot injury that sidelined him for about three months earlier this year. Brazil coach Tite said before the tournament started that Neymar wouldn’t likely be fully fit until the third match of the group stage. It’s now time for the knockout rounds.”He’s resumed his top performance,” Tite said.”The idea is that things are going to improve. This is the fourth match. I think this team is well prepared,” Silva said Sunday. “We have to face this match with a lot of focus and a lot of determination. I think the coach has given us the tools.”Brazil, who have won five World Cup titles, have advanced out of the group stage in the last 13 tournaments. The team has made the quarter-finals six straight times.The last time that Brazil lost in the round of 16 was back in 1990, a 1-0 loss to Argentina in Italy.MEXICO LOOK FOR ANOTHER PIECE OF HISTORY FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexico are eyeing their first quarter-final since 1986. (Reuters Photo)Mexico have already made history in Russia, beating defending champion Germany 1-0 in the group opener. It was Mexico’s first victory over the Germans in a competitive match – and first in any game since 1985. The loss would later figure in Germany’s elimination in Russia.A victory over Brazil would give Mexico their first knockout-round victory since 1986. Mexico have put their focus on the “quinto partido,” or fifth game, which means the fifth game (quarter-finals).Four years ago in Brazil, the teams played to a scoreless draw in their group. Brazil had won the three previous World Cup meetings over Mexico.Mexico’s last victory over Brazil came in 2012 in a friendly match at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. El Tri memorably won the match 2-0 before a crowd of more than 84,000 fans.Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was asked about whether the team was concerned about Neymar’s reputation earlier in the tournament – deserved or not – for flopping. There was a lot of chatter on social media about Neymar’s alleged diving, and a pub back home in Brazil even offered free drinks each time he fell against Serbia.”I will not discriminate or criticize someone,” Osorio said. “He is a great player, and tomorrow the referee will be in charge. I hope it’s a fair game.”INJURY AND SUSPENSIONS FIFA World Cup 2018: Marcelo will not be available for Brazil vs Mexico due to back injury. (Reuters Photo)Mexico will be without defender Hector Moreno because of yellow card accumulation, while Brazil could be missing several players because of a spate of injuries.Tite has confirmed that Danilo, who suffered a hip injury, was available for the match against Mexico but Marcelo will not be.Marcelo had a back injury sustained against Serbia.”We are not going to pay the price with health,” Tite said.advertisementWinger Douglas Costa, who plays for Juventus, continues to recover from a right thigh injury he sustained in the group stage and will not play against Mexico. But he could return if the team advances to the quarterfinals.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Film Study: Why Kenny Hill Is TCU’s Biggest X-Factor

first_imgJust two years ago, Texas A&M’s sophomore phenom Kenny Hill was one of the biggest names in college football. Now, after sitting out for a season, the talented yet occasionally erratic signal caller leads a TCU team that is riding high following a 62-22 victory at Baylor.Hill is still a skilled quarterback, but his current numbers don’t come close to his production at A&M. This season, the junior has thrown for almost 2,700 yards and 14 touchdowns but has also thrown 10 interceptions. Here’s a quick analysis on the Horned Frogs’ starting QB.Hill has a rocket arm and frequently gives his receivers one-on-one opportunities down the field.oneononetdHe is also a gifted runner and has seven rushing touchdowns on the season.  He is often used both in the read option game.qbreaduseAnd in the red zone on simple sprint zone plays like this one.qbsprintWhen it comes to prototypes, Hill is the epitome of a gunslinger; he never plays conservatively. He is also a true dual-threat quarterback, and he uses his feet to extend plays and put pressure on the defense. Sometimes that produces some awe-inspiring plays.scrambletdBut Hill can occasionally get antsy in the pocket and make mistakes.antsypickAnd he has a tendency to stare down receivers.pickSo why is this important? Well, as we’ve seen, Hill is a skilled passer when given time, and he has proven the ability to make plays and scramble outside of the pocket.But sometimes defensive pressure and his aggressive mentality lead him to make mistakes. If the Cowboys keep the same defensive philosophy that they’ve used in the past couple of games, Hill will just have to sit back and command an offensive system that is designed to pick apart soft zone defenses.If the Cowboys play aggressively, and they try to confuse and pressure Hill, they could effectively rattle the junior and end up forcing a turnover or two (which has happened a lot to TCU this year).screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-1-53-56-pmHow aggressive do you think OSU’s defensive game plan will be? Leave your opinions below in the comments!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

2011 NYC Most Valuable Players

first_imgThe players were presented with their awards in the lead up to the 18’s Girls finals on Saturday at Stockland Park. Australian Capital TerritoryGirls – Jacinta WilliamsBoys – Rob McCarthyBrisbane City CobrasGirls – Sharni KaatzBoys – LJ WaddupsCentral Queensland BullsBoys – James WesternHunter Western HornetsGirls – Tamika FullerBoys – Daniel EvansNorth Queensland Tropical CyclonesGirls – Maggie StylesBoys – Clint ConwayNorthern EaglesGirls – Liz SkillenBoys – Sam MurrayNorthern TerritoryGirls – Caitlyn CostelloBoys – Shaun LeyNew South Wales Combined Catholic CollegesGirls – Laura PeattieBoys – Luke TonegatoNew South Wales Combined High Schools Girls – Ashleigh QuinlanBoys – Jake PickeringNew South Wales Combined Independent Schools Girls – Grace StrawbridgeBoys – Jarrad McCarthyQueensland Secondary Schools Touch Girls – Charlotte CaslickBoys – Jason NorfordSouth Australia HeatGirls – Kelly RoweBoys – Matt ForesterSouth Queensland SharksGirls – Jess AlderBoys – Kevin HuggettSouth West QueenslandGirls – Ashleigh KearneySunshine Coast PineapplesGirls – Emma BlanchBoys – Brennan GriffinSydney RebelsGirls – Talia YardenSydney ScorpionsGirls – Hollie TurnerBoys – Ciaran TonerTasmaniaGirls – Erin BatchelorBoys – Michael BarrettVictoriaGirls – Megan LorkinBoys – Morgon DummettWestern TigersBoys – Matt Leddylast_img read more

Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant Reportedly Canceled His Visit To This School

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is on the transfer market. After Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney benched Bryant in favor of Trevor Lawrence, it didn’t take long for the senior to reveal his decision to transfer from the program.After his announcement, Bryant visited several teams including Arkansas, North Carolina, Missouri and Mississippi State. With one official visit left, Bryant reportedly planned to visit Miami, but made a change at the last second.Instead of a trip to see the Hurricanes in action, Bryant reportedly plans to visit Auburn.Here’s the news from Rivals reporter Woody Wommack.News: Source tells me that former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant has scrapped his official visit to Miami this weekend and will instead use his last official visit to go to Auburn next week.@CaneSport @JLeeAURivals— Woody Wommack (@RivalsWoody) November 20, 2018Bryant’s visit coincides with the Tigers’ toughest test of the season in Alabama. Whether he’ll be at the game in Tuscaloosa remains to be seen, but the former Clemson star is headed to Alabama (the state) for his final visit.Where will the former starter transfer? Bryant plans to announce his decision on December 4.last_img read more

What Urban Meyer Plans On Doing After Leaving Ohio State

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer will coach just one more game at Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ head coach will be retiring following the Rose Bowl.Ohio State announced the news this morning and a press conference will be held this afternoon at 2 p.m. E.T.What will Meyer do after leaving Ohio State?Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel has the details:Meyer is expected to spend more time with his family, which includes one grandchild and another on the way. He may consider television work and could potentially do work with the Ohio State athletic department in some capacity. That role could include mentoring coaches and leaders, as Meyer has maintained a strong relationship with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith.Meyer has three children and one grandchild, and another one is coming in early 2019.Ohio State will be led moving forward by Ryan Day, who will take over as the Buckeyes’ head coach following the Rose Bowl.More details on Urban Meyer and his decision to retire will be out later today.last_img read more

Jack Spade Debuts Their First Watch Collection

first_img How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped Retinol For Men: What to Know and What to Buy Jack Spade seems to have taken some growing pills lately because we can’t stop hearing about the brand. Well done guys! Recently, they launched their first watch collection that is lookin’ mighty fine.What we love about this company is their wide range of influences from sports, art and architecture. Taking this into consideration the roll out comprises 37 models in five categories including a Swatch-esque graphic series (we are fans of the repp stripe), Dual Time Zone, Sport, Pillow Tank and Dress referencing trends from the 60s to the 80s.We love that the Dual Time Zone range features a movement developed just for Jack Spade that can tell an alternative time zone with its fourth sweep hand. The Sport, Dress and Pillow Tank include Swiss movements and a sapphire crystal. Alternatively the Graphic group has Japanese quartz movements and amusingly announces on the dial that it has no jewels nor is it Swiss made.The collection has a wide price range from $98-$500. Take a gander and see what strikes your fancy. North Canon Drive Residence Is Worth Every Penny of Its $45 Million Price Tag An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer Editors’ Recommendations The 13 Best Stephen King Books, Rankedlast_img read more

Child Abuse Prevention and Parenting Education Campaigns to Roll Out

first_img The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is stepping up its efforts to empower parents with the knowledge and skills to effectively raise their children.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, in a statement in the Senate on Friday (Nov. 24), said the entity will roll out a campaign focused on the issue of abuse, beginning with a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to be aired early next week.On December 1, the NPSC will launch its parenting education programme in Region 4, which comprises Westmoreland, Hanover, and St. James.The Education Minister informed that parenting education interventions are now being rolled out to other regions.The Minister’s statement to the Senate comes against the background of recent debate on corporal punishment coming out of videos posted on social media, which showed children being brutally beaten as a form of discipline.The Minister said he was “deeply moved” by the videos, which he said represented “the negative manifestation of the breakdown in the family.”He said that the society cannot condone acts of violence meted out against children in the name of discipline “not in the homes, not in schools and not in the wider society”.“We cannot continue to grow our children this way and expect them to be emotionally well adjusted teenagers growing into mature adults,” he argued.The Minister said the Government “takes these issues (of violence) seriously,” and has undertaken specific action in relation to the videos, offering support and guidance where necessary. Highlighting the gravity of the matter, Mr. Reid cited statistics from the Office of the Children’s Registry, which show increased reports of physical abuse linked to corporal punishments.A total of 3, 214 physical abuse reports were received in 2014 while 3,639 reports were received in 2015.In addition, the Investigation Unit of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) indicated that close to 2,000 of the matters investigated up to October 2017, were related to physical abuse.The Minister said the lesson that must not be missed coming out of these incidents of abuse is that “our men are largely absent and mothers are often frustrated and stressed.”“There is clear need for us to understand the factors that have driven and influenced parents to plan or not plan for their families’ lives. We cannot ignore the clear signs of danger. We must at this time effect critical interventions to change current and future parental practices for Jamaica,” he said.The Education Minister said the Government has been working to enhance the support it provides to families through various interventions, citing the merger of the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the OCR to create the CPFSA as one such move.The CPFSA gives practical support by offering advice and counselling with a view to improving children’s emotional health and behaviour as well as maintaining stability within families. The agency has an active counselling response team which reaches out to children, families and communities which that experienced trauma from sexual or other forms of violence, disaster or displacement.The CPFSA also engages in community outreach and public education to raise awareness about child rights, child abuse and parenting. The CPFSA also engages in community outreach and public education to raise awareness about child rights, child abuse and parenting. Story Highlightscenter_img The Education Minister informed that parenting education interventions are now being rolled out to other regions. The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is stepping up its efforts to empower parents with the knowledge and skills to effectively raise their children.last_img read more

Customs new guidelines to ensure foreigners accused of smuggling face law in

first_imgNew Delhi: The customs department has made a major change in the existing guidelines to ensure foreigners accused of smuggling do not run away and face speedy prosecution in India, an official said Wednesday.The move came as the government was informed about the steep rise in cases of outright smuggling of gold and foreign currency by foreign nationals. “It was brought to the notice of the government that these accused persons have no interest/assets in India; and once released on bail, they are not available to face trial,” the customs official said, quoting an official order in this regard. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCTherefore, service of show cause notice by a designated court to these foreigners becomes difficult, thus delaying the prosecution process, he said. The matter was examined and it has been decided to modify guidelines issued in 2015 on launching of prosecution. “Further, in cases involving foreign national(s), prosecution may be launched at the earliest, even before issuance of the show cause notice,” the order said. Normally, prosecution is launched immediately on completion of adjudication proceedings, it said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”However, in respect of cases involving offences relating to items, viz. gold, foreign currency, fake Indian currency notes, arms, ammunition and explosives, antiques, art treasures, wildlife items and endangered species of flora and fauna, prosecution may preferably be launched immediately after issuance of show cause notice under the Customs Act, 2916,” the order said. The change in the existing guidelines will ensure that the foreigners accused of smuggling face the law here, the customs official said. “It really becomes very difficult to chase these accused foreigners once they have got bail in the offence allegedly committed by them as they do not have much stake or asset in India. The latest modification in the existing guidelines will also help in ensuring speedy prosecution process for these foreign nationals,” he said.last_img read more

Canada urges calm in response to Trumps NAFTA threats as talks continue

first_imgVANCOUVER – Canada’s international trade minister is urging calm in the wake of renewed threats from Donald Trump to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement.Francois-Philippe Champagne says it is important not to react to every remark and comment made about the trade deal.Champagne says there is nothing worrisome about what he described as a push to modernize NAFTA, which has happened several times since the deal came into effect in the 1990s.A second round of talks is scheduled to begin at the end of the week between Canada, the United States and Mexico.Champagne was in Vancouver for a luncheon hosted by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.He also lauded the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union, which will slash more than 98 per cent of transatlantic tariffs when it comes into effect on Sept. 22.last_img read more

Tips for keeping kids safe from cannabis exposure

first_imgPoison centres across Canada and the childhood injury-prevention charity Parachute will mount a social media awareness campaign beginning Wednesday about the detrimental effects of cannabis on children and how to prevent inadvertent exposure, using the hashtag #PotCanPoisonKids.Here are some safety tips for parents and other adults to ensure children are not accidentally exposed to the drug:— Store all cannabis products as you would medications and other potentially toxic products — locked up and out of reach in child-resistant containers. Clearly label cannabis edibles and store them in their original packaging.— Never consume cannabis in any form in front of children, either for medical or recreational purposes. Not only can seeing the products create temptation, but using them may impair your ability to provide a safe environment. Always put marijuana products back into the child-resistant packaging and in a locked and out-of-reach location immediately after use.— Grandparents, other family members, neighbours, friends and babysitters can be sources of cannabis exposure. Ask anyone whose home your children spend time in if they use cannabis. If so, make sure he or she stores it safely and does not use the drug in front of your children or while caring for them.— Keep the number of your local poison control centre near the phone. If your child eats cannabis unintentionally, contact your provincial poison centre. If your province or territory does not have a poison control centre, call 911.last_img read more

Two charged with Paris murder

The two suspects, both born in Sri Lanka in 1979, were arrested Sunday and are being held in custody in Paris. He had served more than three years in prison after being arrested in 2007.The Tamil Tigers fought for the independence of the Tamil state in Sri Lanka, and at one point controlled one-third of the island.Their 37-year campaign ended in 2009 when their leadership was obliterated by government forces.Mathinthiran’s daughter on Monday accused the Sri Lankan government of involvement in her father’s murder. “There is every chance that it was the Sri Lankan government,” Saarrah Mathinthiran said at an impromptu memorial service near the site of the shooting, adding that the two men involved in the attack “knew how to shoot very well”.  (Expatica.com) They have been charged with murder and immigration offences.Mathinthiran was a leader in the Paris division of the CCTF, and in February was sentenced to five years in prison for extortion and financing terrorism. Two Sri Lankan men were charged Tuesday with the murder of a former commander of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers rebel group in Paris, a French judicial source said.Nadarajah Mathinthiran was gunned down Thursday night as he was leaving the headquarters of the Tamil Coordination Committee in France (CCTF), an organisation regarded as a front for what remains of the Tigers. According to the judicial source, one of the men is suspected of ordering the murder and the other of carrying out the hit on the Sri Lankan-born French national, who died in a hail of bullets. read more

Lankans housed in a camp in Tiruchi observe fast

Eleven Sri Lankan Tamils housed in a Special Camp in Tiruchi, India resorted to a relay fast yesterday (Friday) demanding their release, The Hindu newspaper reported.The Lankan Tamils resorted to this step in the morning. They have been lodged in the camp since a case had been booked against them by the Q Branch CID police in Nagercoil for allegedly trying to illegally ferry Sri Lankan Tamils to Australia, police sources said. Some of them had attempted to escape on the ferry.

Religious leaders endorse UNICEFbacked declaration on violence against children

Senior religious leaders from across the globe today endorsed the Declaration on Violence against Children, an instrument aimed at combating violence against society’s youngest members that was developed with the help of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Delegates representing more than 70 inter-religious groups made the endorsement at the Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Kyoto, Japan. The Declaration commits religious and faith communities to confront violence against children and protect children in their communities.The document was developed during a global consultation this past May in Toledo, Spain, which was convened by UNICEF and Religions for Peace, a coalition of leaders representing the world’s major faiths.“UNICEF has a long history of working with religious communities across the globe. Their moral authority and their vast constituencies make them uniquely powerful allies for children,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Ann Veneman. “This Declaration is a rallying call for religious groups to unite around this common cause: the protection of children from violence of all kinds.”The Declaration will be presented, along with a report on violence against children, to the General Assembly on 9 October. read more

Holiday Bowl Matchup

No. 20 Utah (9-4, Pac-12) vs Northwestern (8-5, Big Ten), Dec. 31, 7 p.m. ESTLOCATION: San DiegoTOP PLAYERSUtah: LB Chase Hansen, team-high 114 tackles, including 22 for loss; five sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.Northwestern: QB Clayton Thorson, 2,675 yards passing, 14 touchdowns.NOTABLEUtah: The Utes won the Pac-12 South before losing to Washington in the conference title game, 10-3.Northwestern: The Wildcats won the Big Ten West before losing to Ohio State in the conference championship game, 45-24.LAST TIMEUtah 42, Northwestern 0 (Sept. 26, 1981)BOWL HISTORYUtah: First appearance in the Holiday Bowl, 13th bowl appearance under coach Kyle Whittingham and 22nd bowl game overall.Northwestern: First appearance in the Holiday Bowl, ninth bowl appearance in the last 11 seasons and 15th overall.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Crew tie FC Dallas in rescheduled match after lightning strike injures fan

The Columbus Crew and FC Dallas were able to reconvene for their inter-conference match Sunday, after “extenuating circumstances” during a pregame severe weather alert saw a fan get struck by lightning in Crew Stadium’s parking lot Saturday.A downpour of rain and lightning striking visibly close to the stadium had led to the issuance of an emergency alert that urged fans to seek shelter just before the scheduled kickoff of 8 p.m.Stu Tudor, an off-duty lieutenant of the Columbus Fire Department, was one of thousands of fans waiting to see if the weather would let up. A bolt of lightning struck near a bank of portable restrooms by the southwest corner of the stadium and seriously injured him.“First responders were called to Crew Stadium to address an incident surrounding the inclement weather that delayed tonight’s contest,” the Crew said in an press release via email at 10:07 p.m. Saturday. “Due to these extenuating circumstances, the match was postponed. During tonight’s thunderstorm that caused the severe weather delay, an individual was injured during the inclement weather and was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.”Bystanders said Tudor was unresponsive when emergency services arrived to provide care, according to multiple reports.He was later reported as being in critical condition.In a Sunday press release, MLS Executive Vice President Dan Courtemanche said the decisions to both postpone and subsequently reschedule the match for Sunday afternoon were made by the league, keeping fan safety in mind.“Due to the inclement weather in Ohio and the unfortunate incident that occurred in the parking lot outside Columbus Crew Stadium last night, Major League Soccer made the decision to postpone the game between FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew,” Courtemanche said. “The health and safety of our fans is always our top priority, and we believe it was the right decision to postpone the match.”Courtemanche also said it was “standard policy” to reschedule the game for the following day, if it is possible and feasible for both teams.“All of us—including Dallas as well—you prepare all day for a match, and then it gets delayed and you hear something like that. You don’t want to play,” midfielder Justin Meram said after the match of the team’s mindset after learning of Tudor’s injury Saturday evening. “I think it was the right thing to do (to postpone the match).”So on Sunday, the Crew (4-5-7) and FC Dallas (6-7-5) kicked off at 2 p.m. and played to a 0-0 tie in both teams’ first regular season action since June 7 and 11, respectively. MLS instituted a break in play for the FIFA World Cup, just as the NHL did while the 2014 Winter Olympics were taking place in Sochi, Russia.Columbus played efficiently in the first half and notched two shots on goal on five attempts.Midfielders Ben Speas and Tony Tchani stepped up early to direct traffic and set the pace of attacking sequences, often relying on fellow midfielders Wil Trapp and Hector Jimenez to cross balls in from the side to generate scoring opportunities.The Black and Gold possessed and skillfully passed the ball often, attaining a 61.5 percent control advantage and 90.6 percent in passing accuracy in the second half.In the 13th minute, Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark moved forward to confront a Dallas attack and went down with contact in the penalty area, but play continued with no foul call. Defender Michael Parkhurst manned the goal in Clark’s stead and was able to block an accurate shot from Dallas midfielder Michel to keep the game scoreless.“It’s very important, me as a goalkeeper. It’s a very tight line between success and failure when you come out of your net like that,” Clark said after the match. “Michael’s been there for me all year and we have each other’s backs. And he had me today. It’s a really big save for the team and for me as well.”Clark later came up big in the 83rd minute when he stopped the ball on the goal line after a header from Dallas forward David Texeira. Sunday’s clean sheet marked his second consecutive shutout after not surrendering any goals at D.C. United June 7.Defender Eric Gehrig used his head to deflect a bending cross kicked from the left side of Dallas’ attacking half by Michel in the 61st minute, and Gehrig was consistently in position to defend the barrage of three consecutive Dallas corner kicks that happened next.“Every game, I always experience a time where it’s about survival mode. No matter what game it is, there’s always been a five-, 10-minute stretch where it’s about digging in and fighting and getting out of it. I think that was one of those cases,” Gehrig said of the task of defending three straight corners. “The message to the guys is just hold on and hang in there and not let that decide the game. I thought we bent a little bit but didn’t break.”Showing their support for the hospitalized Tudor, numerous Crew players—including Gehrig, Trapp, and defender Bernardo Anor—walked over to the Nordecke fan section after the match to sign a fan-made banner that read, “Get Well Stu.”The coaches of both teams also wore red ribbons pinned to their shirts as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity for Tudor.“This is something you have to do, this is your job. You have to kind of put it behind you … as well as, you know, play for him (Tudor),” Meram said.Columbus is slated to travel west to take on the Colorado Rapids next on the July 4 holiday. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday at 9:30 p.m. read more

Derek Jeter Says Hell Learn on the Job as

Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter talks to reporters during a news conference, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Back in the ballgame, Derek Jeter says he’ll be a hands-on owner for the Miami Marlins who will learn on the job and rely heavily this offseason on the president of baseball operations Michael Hill.Jeter and new controlling owner Bruce Sherman spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about their group’s $1.2 billion purchase of the Marlins. The news conference came two days after the Marlins concluded their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors.“We are a rebuilding franchise,” said Jeter, who played on five World Series champions with the New York Yankees. “We are putting the right people in place.”While Jeter acknowledged he’s a novice at running the team, he already has learned not to tip his hand. He declined to shed any light on whether slugger Giancarlo Stanton, manager Don Mattingly or others have a future with the Marlins, or what sort of direction he envisions for the team.“You’re trying to get me to tell you what I’m going to do?” Jeter said. “Some things you keep private. But yeah, we do have to rebuild.”Jeter and Sherman wouldn’t even discuss plans for the garish Marlins Park home run sculpture — loved by some, hated by many.“I read I was getting rid of it,” said Jeter, who added that’s not necessarily true.“Every one of our partners has an opinion,” Sherman said with a smile.There are at least eight other investors. Sherman has the highest equity stake at about 46 percent. Jeter has about a 4 percent stake, and he’ll lead baseball and business operations.“I’m not coming in here thinking I know everything about team ownership. I do not,” the former Yankees captain said. “One thing I’m good at is knowing what I do not know. I surround myself with people who are much smarter than I am.“We have some wonderful people who are working in this organization now. We are going to add some quality people as well to help us turn this organization around.”Among those staying — for now, at least — will be Hill, who has been with the Marlins for their entire 14-year playoff drought.Jeter said he hasn’t met with any players, and declined to discuss the future of Stanton, the major league home run and RBI champion, whose salary will nearly double next year to $25 million. That could make him unaffordable for the revenue-challenged franchise, and Jeter alluded to speculation that a payroll purge looms.“I don’t like the word teardown,” Jeter said. “Moving forward, there are going to at times be unpopular decisions we make. We have a plan, but at the same time we have to have patience.”Writing on the Players’ Tribune website earlier Tuesday, Jeter recalled his first trip to Florida, when he was 17 and being recruited by the Miami Hurricanes.“To this day I still remember how it felt,” he wrote. “The music, the weather, the diversity — I remember how alive Miami was.”Jeter said the new ownership group will celebrate the culture and diversity of South Florida.He described the purchase of the team as a long process that was “draining at times.” But he said Miami has always made him feel welcome, and it’s time to return the favor.“Doing things the right way, over and over, leads to sustained success,” he wrote. “That journey starts today. It will not happen overnight. But our ownership group is focused on building a team that this community can be proud of.” read more

Man 22 dead of apparent suicide

first_imgA man found dead Thursday morning in Lacamas Park at Round Lake in Camas is believed to have committed suicide, according to a bulletin from the Camas Police Department.Carlos E. Slaughter, 22, died of asphyxia, according to an autopsy by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. An investigation by Camas police is ongoing. Slaughter’s body was discovered at about 7:10 a.m. Thursday.last_img

AWCC In Need Of Meat And Fish Donations

first_imgAWCC is dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education and quality animal care, AWCC takes in orphaned and injured animals and provides them care and spacious enclosures.  Animals that cannot be released back into the wild are given a permanent home at the Center. According to Robin Moore the Sales and Marketing Manager with AWCC, the need for donations is not due to a lack of resources. The center however relies on support from businesses and individuals in the state. The center is in need of donations of game, fish, red meat, poultry, animal treats, bones and produce. Donations cannot be freezer burnt, seasoned or smoked, as it could be harmful to the animals. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is in need of meat and fish donations for the wildlife on site. Donations can be dropped off anytime during hours of operations or if you have questions call 907-783-0058.last_img read more