For the first time since India played their first ever Test here in 1933, no Mumbai player could make it to the playing eleven of a Test match being played at the country’s ‘home of cricket.’ (Mumbai Test: Key highlights)Although Mumbai player Shardul Thakur was included in the squad for the fourth India-England Test that started on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium, he was not included in the playing XI at the eleventh hour to mark a rare happening.Since 1933 when the Bombay Gymkhana, also in South Mumbai, played host to the first Test not only in this city but in the entire country, no Indian team has been without a Mumbai player in the eleven. (Keaton Jennings 19th Englishman to slam hundred on Test debut)However, with Ajinkya Rahane being ruled out of the remainder of the series after sustaining a finger injury during practice on Wednesday and Thakur, who was in the squad as a cover for Mohammed Shami, also not included, meant there was no representation from Mumbai.There have been instances in the past when a playing eleven had six to seven players from Mumbai.This is also the 25th Test being played at this ground, since the first one in 1974-75, and 44th overall with the Brabourne Stadium, on the south side of the Churchgate railway station, having hosted 18 games from 1948 to 1972.
Sunil Gavaskar batted for the inclusion of Prithvi Shaw in India’s playing XI as an opener for the fifth and final Test at Oval against England. India have already lost the five-match series.England beat India by 60 runs at Southampton to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series and the final Test at Oval in London will just be India’s opportunity to salvage some pride.Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have all not been able to hit their stride and have struggled for runs. Vijay was dropped from the side for the third Test after the second Test at Lord’s, where he was bowled out twice on duck. Subsequently, he was dropped for the final two Tests of the series and was replaced by an inform Shaw, who has been scoring runs for fun with India A.India’s openers in the fourth Test — Dhawan and Rahul — have managed 158 and 113 runs in six and eight innings respectively and Gavaskar feels this is a good opportunity to bring Prithvi Shaw in the senior team.WATCH FULL VIDEO”I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to blood Prithvi Shaw. I would look at him and Karun Nair if you want to go with an extra batsman. If you want to keep the same balance, then Ravindra Jadeja might get a look because I don’t know if Ravichandran Ashwin is fit to bowl,” Gavaskar told India Today.India go into the Oval Test having already lost the series and since the past 37 years, India have not won a Test match at the ground in London.advertisementGavaskar feels it is a pitch that suits India but in the past years, the Oval Test is usually the last match by when India already lose the series and therefore, such a timid record.Also read – Shikhar Dhawan’s perfect response to people who tried to troll Team India”I think it’s one of the pitches that should suit India, ball comes on nicely to the bat and there’s a bit of pace in the wicket and less of lateral movement. I don’t really know how the wicket is like yet. I will go later and have a look at the pitch and the conditions.”Playing the final Test after losing a series is not a good mental state to be in and perhaps this is why we have such a record at this ground where we have folded within three or four days,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar also had his say on Indian head coach Ravi Shastri’s controversial statement where he declared this Indian team as the best touring side in the past 15-20 years.In the press conference on Wednesday, Shastri said that this Indian team have won nine overseas matches and he could not remember any Indian team of the past 15-20 years who had “that kind of run in such a short span of time”.What he failed to mention was the fact that five of these nine overseas wins have come in Sri Lanka.”In Sri Lanka, not too many Indian captains and teams have won. West Indies, England and South Africa, previous teams have won matches in the last 15-20 years. I think this was his [Ravi Shastri] view and perhaps only he can speak about it.Also read – Virat Kohli, Joe Root best active batsmen in the world: Brian Lara”What I can say is teams in 1980s have won in England and West Indies. Rahul Dravid also won series in West Indies in 2005, won matches in England in 2007 and captained India when they beat South Africa for the first time. Dravid gets very little credit for his leadership and his team’s wins. There have been teams who have won overseas.”I will not discount wins in Sri Lanka because they are tough to beat at home but when we talk of wins, it is in England, South Africa and Australia and India have won in England before but have never won a series in South Africa and Australia,” Gavaskar assessed.There have been unanimous echoes that this Indian team has the abilities to be the best touring side in the world right now but with series in South Africa and England, they have failed to live up to the potential.Also read – Shastri, Bangar should be held accountable for India’s overseas results: GangulyGavaskar feels an assessment has to be made of the performances and where the management went wrong but that can be done after the series. With one Test still left to go, he understands why the management is speaking so highly of the team.advertisement”I think that’s something [performance failure] that needs to be looked at by the end of the series. During the series, I understand the management saying that the team is still very good, which is to keep the morale up. There is still one Test to go. A real assessment has to be made on September 12, when the series ends.”Gavaskar also had his views on why the Indian batsmen have been found wanting in the series against England and he thinks too much of white ball cricket has a role to play.”Too much of one-day cricket means people can play through the line but with the kind of movement red ball generates, it is not possible. To play spin bowling, you need to use your feet and the lack of footwork has not helped this team.”
Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Pinterest Crystal Palace Perhaps more likely is that victory against Chelsea would have emboldened Liverpool to win all their remaining games, as City did to take the title, and there is even the possibility that a display of invincibility from the leaders might have daunted or disheartened Manuel Pellegrini’s chasers.Those thoughts must have been uppermost in the minds of the Liverpool supporters who thronged the streets around Anfield as the home-team coach arrived for the Chelsea game, slowing its progress despite the police escort, setting off celebratory flares and sending the players to their work with chants of “we’re going to win the league”.Anyone who knows anything about hubris will understand that the gods do not go about putting humans in their place without a sense of humour, and so it was that with the game still scoreless in first-half stoppage time, the Liverpool captain and world’s most frustrated man at the lack of a league title since 1990 made a double faux pas, first miscontrolling a pass from Mamadou Sakho then stumbling in his attempt to recover. As terrace songs recall to this day, Demba Ba was on it in an instant, and from going a goal down Liverpool never recovered in the game or the title race. features Reuse this content That setback led to further points being dropped at Leicester and it is just possible the defeat by Spurs in the Champions League in midweek will have a similarly draining effect on confidence, though City have a home leg to redress the situation and, with only four wins, Palace’s home form is not that great.When Palace were helping deny Liverpool’s title hopefuls five years ago Tony Pulis was on his way to the manager of the year award for his astonishing transformation of relegation candidates into a mid-table force. So it could be said, if it makes Gerrard feel any better, that in 2014 Liverpool were knocked off course by two phenomenal managers. If there is to be a twist in this season’s title tale engineered by Sarri or Hodgson, the moment has now arrived. Read more Liverpool Topics Jürgen Klopp condemns ‘disgusting’ Mohamed Salah chants by Chelsea fans Chelsea’s Demba Ba capitalises on Gerrard’s slip to give his side the lead. Photograph: Matt West/BPI/Rex Chelsea Manchester City Tommy Smith, former Liverpool defender and captain, dies aged 74 Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Twitter What lessons have been learned since? Liverpool have tightened up their defence under Jürgen Klopp. They have conceded only 20 goals all season, one fewer than City to boast the best record in the league, and have lost only one game to their rivals’ four.But City under Pep Guardiola are even more inexorable than they were in Pellegrini’s first season. They have already surrendered the initiative once through unexpected defeats around the turn of the year, and won it back again due to Liverpool’s propensity for drawing games.Looking at Sunday’s matches, at least Liverpool know they will not be facing a defence organised by a genius. In retrospect the erstwhile Special One’s masterclass in neutralising then beating a rampant Liverpool, complete with wry jokes about why it was not being greeted as a beautiful victory, can be seen as peak Mourinho, one of the last examples of the much-maligned manager doing what he does best.Chelsea have peak Eden Hazard at the moment and maybe not for much longer, though whether Maurizio Sarri is capable of springing an ambush in the Mourinho fashion is less clear. Chelsea need points to stay in the top four but on Merseyside a month ago were comfortably beaten by Everton.City have won eight league matches in a row since their surprising defeat at Newcastle in January and it would be a surprise were the sequence to be interrupted at Selhurst Park, though not as monumental a shock as the 3-2 win Roy Hodgson’s team achieved at the Etihad just before Christmas. Sportblog Share via Email Some would argue that one momentary slip did not by itself cost Liverpool the title, pointing to Willian’s late second goal and points subsequently dropped to Palace, though actually it did. A draw against Chelsea would probably have sufficed for Liverpool, and José Mourinho would happily have settled for a scoreless outcome before an upcoming Champions League semi-final.Brendan Rodgers accused his opposite number of parking two buses, adding that only one team had been trying to win the game, both comments sitting uneasily with a final scoreline of 2-0.Without the gift to Ba, Liverpool might have been more resolute at Palace, where they let a three-goal lead slip in the last 12 minutes, but even had they held on to win that game they would have finished only level with City, and their goal difference was inferior.Both City and Liverpool reached a century of league goals in 2013-14, the first time two teams had managed the feat in the same season and a testament to the potency of Sergio Agüero and Edin Dzeko on one side and Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge on the other.Yet while the goals-scored columns were similar, Pellegrini’s defence conceded 13 goals fewer, hence the goal difference margin of 14 that would have acted as insurance for City in almost any event following Chelsea’s win at Anfield. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Steven Gerrard is probably looking away already, for while the fifth anniversary of his infamous slip against Chelsea is still a couple of weeks away, deja vu is inescapable when today’s fixtures offer an exact repeat of the situation when Liverpool last saw a title slide out of view.Their rivals then, as now, were Manchester City, away at Crystal Palace on 27 April 2014 as Liverpool prepared to meet second-placed Chelsea at Anfield. The difference is that five years ago Liverpool were in the driving seat, a 16-game unbeaten run that included thumping wins against Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham having taken them top of the Premier League with 80 points. Chelsea were five behind with three games remaining, City trailed by six and had also lost at Anfield but, crucially, had four games left to play.There seems little doubt that had Liverpool beaten Chelsea they would have gone on to win the league. In those circumstances they could even have afforded the 3-3 draw at Selhurst Park eight days later and still finished top by a point.
Chelsea Cesc Fabregas desperate for more FA Cup glory – after losing first winner’s medal Goal 07:54 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Chelsea FA Cup Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United The Spain international was on the winning side with Arsenal back in 2005, but admits that he has since misplaced his prize from that day Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has revealed his extra motivation ahead of the FA Cup final: winning a medal to replace the one he previously lost! Fabregas finished on the winning side for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal back in 2004-5, when the Gunners overcame Manchester United, Chelsea’s opponents at Wembley on Saturday, in the final. Patrick Vieira proved the difference by scoring the winning Gunners penalty after a 0-0 draw, marking Cesc’s debut season with a trophy as an 18-year-old prospect. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Unfortunately, however, he later misplaced his medal and is yet to track it down. “This one, I cannot find it,” Fabregas told reporters on Friday.“I promise. My dad used to keep them and once I grew up, one day I said, ‘Listen, where are all my medals and stuff?’”He nearly lost the World Cup one even! It was in my mum’s house in a box. I have nearly all of them but I’ve lost two or three.“I found [the World Cup] one. But this FA Cup one, I cannot find it.”The FA Cup is seen as merely a consolation prize for Chelsea after relinquishing their Premier League title and failing to qualify for the Champions League – but Cesc affirmed that all the Blues players were desperate for victory. “To be honest, to go and win a trophy is not that easy. Nowadays, how many top teams that are in Europe and you see at the end of the season, a lot of them do not win anything. Maybe they are close, maybe not. It is not easy to win titles in the league. In the Champions League, you play against Barcelona, they are one of the top teams in the world. You can win, you can lose. That can happen. In the FA Cup, we have done well.“In the league, it is a little bit where we should have done better, we were not consistent enough in our performances and there is no explanation why one day we can be very good, one day after we are just not good enough,” he added. “This is on us as players. We should have put it right when we had the chance to do it. We didn’t and we paid for it. It is a big disappointment, I’m sure for the club as well, because they want to be and are used to being in the Champions League every year.”All we can do now is go on, win the final and give the fans a good end of the season.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-AC Milan director Gandini questions Elliott directionby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan director Umberto Gandini has questioned Elliott Management’s handling of the club.Gandini commented on the work of chief exec Ivan Gazidis.He said, “This is a very different club to all the others, because the owners aren’t involved in football. Their objective is to restructure Milan, get it close to what it ought to be worth and then monetize on their investment.“I’ve known Gazidis for many years and I told him that being a CEO in Italy is very different to in other nations, as he’d have to answer for his decisions.“Up until recently, I asked myself who are Milan, as they need to have a face and right now, they don’t. Is it the owner who decides, Gazidis, the President or the Coach? Before, their face was Gennaro Gattuso.”
The move is the latest in the company’s portfolio of sustainability initiatives MIAMI, June 9, 2019 – As of June 8, 2019, all plastic straws will be eliminated across the entire Crystal fleet. The company announced the initiative as the latest part of its Crystal Cares program, which comprises a broad spectrum of environmental efforts and sustainable practices. Paper straws will be available throughout the dining venues aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity as well as aboard the company’s yacht, Crystal Esprit, and the Crystal River Cruises fleet. New ships will never carry plastic straws. The move coincides with the annual observance of World Oceans Day, also on June 8, designed to increase awareness of the need to preserve and protect the oceans. “Crystal has always recognized that the world we travel is precious and deserving of our utmost care, and that all measures contributing to the preservation of our marine environments can make a significant impact,” said Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber. “This initiative, as well as the others under our Crystal Cares program, ensure that we are continuing our focus of caring for our world in meaningful ways.” The company also recently announced a partnership with ORCA – a leading conservation organization dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises – which will bring Cruise Conservationists aboard select Alaska voyages for training, research and data collection as part of its OceanWatch program. Under its comprehensive Crystal Cares program, Crystal applies stringent “green” standards across its ships including energy efficiency and water conservation protocols and dedicated recycling programs. Additionally, the company has used a state-of-the-art water filtration system for six years in all its dining venues, producing still and sparkling drinking water reducing the use of plastic bottles. Crystal also prioritizes partnerships with organizations and vendors around the world who adhere to responsible environmental and sustainability practices. The company is also committed to extending its extraordinary service to the communities it explores and the planet. The line invites guests and crew to participate in complimentary excursions ashore that assist organizations in the communities its voyages call on in its “You Care, We Care” Crystal Voluntourism Adventures. About Crystal Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or visitwww.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises and #WhereLuxuryisPersonal.
Brad Paisley joined President Obama for a surprise trip to Afghanistan in the weekend to thank American troops and civilians stationed at Bagram Air Base for their service.Brad Paisley Performs In AfghanistanCredit/Copyright: Pete Souza, The White House via BradPaisley.comBrad played an hour-long acoustic set for the 3000 people at Bagram, before President Obama gave his address to the troops.“Tomorrow is Memorial Day,” said Obama. “At bases here in Afghanistan and towns across America, we will pause and we’ll pay tribute to all those who’ve laid down their lives for our freedom. And that includes nearly 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice, that last, full measure of devotion, right here in Afghanistan. I know you’ve stood in front of those battle crosses. I know many of you carry the memories of your fallen comrades in your heart today. We will honor every single one of them — not just tomorrow, but forever.“I thank you as your Commander-in-Chief because you inspire me. Your willingness to serve, to step forward at a time of war, and say ‘send me,’ is the reason the United States stays strong and free. Of all the honors that I have serving as President, nothing matches serving as your Commander-in-Chief.”Read the full speech here.
“Trade is a zero-sum game.” “There can only be one winner and one loser, and the United States is losing.” That’s the message Donald Trump has been hammering since before he even came into office. The biggest villain in his nationalist nightmares, beating and cheating the US in the cutthroat game of global economics? China, of course. The narrative used to justify his escalating tariff war goes something like this: The trade deficit is out of control because China plays dirty. It keeps U.S. products out of its domestic market, undervalues its currency in order to sell things cheaper, subsidises its state-owned companies, and steals “our” technology to improve its own products. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyHe promises that higher tariffs, which to put it simply are really just increased taxes on imports, will knock some sense into the Chinese and show them America won’t be bullied. Attempting to rally his flagging political base, he claims to wage his trade battle on behalf of the American worker, vowing never to back down until “Beijing stops cheating our workers and stealing our jobs.” The same game has been played by managers and bosses forever. They try to get their workers to identify their interests with those of the company and compete with other companies and other workers. We’re all on the same team here, don’t you know? Also Read – The future is here!It’s troubling when some, like Teamsters union leader James Hoffa, Jr., repeat Trump’s message. Speaking on PBS recently, he echoed the rhetoric of the president, saying: “We need tariffs against China…to level the playing field…. They’ve had it one way all this time…. They have really kind of gone wild over there. And we have got to get them back to our senses.” The oversimplified explanation that Trump gives, and which sounds appealing on the surface, is that the country will be making money in the short run from Chinese tariff payments and will have more jobs in the long run when China finally cracks. But the reality is that that just isn’t how capitalism works and it is not how this trade war is shaking out. The latest calculations from researchers at UCLA show that the American consumer bore the full brunt of increased import taxes in 2018, amounting to nearly $69 billion, or an average of $213 per person. If you bought a new car or washing machine last year, you probably went well over that average. U.S. companies just passed the cost on to all of us. And the real kicker for those who believed Trump’s trade rhetoric? The UCLA team concluded that “workers in heavily Republican counties were the most negatively affected by the trade war.” The impact has been harshest for farmers in some of those same counties. They have watched helplessly as Chinese markets for their soybeans and other crops evaporated in response to U.S. tariffs, while the costs of their tractors went up. For the average American worker and farmer, the trade war has so far been a bust. So why is Trump really engaging in this economic brinksmanship with China, and why now? For a long time, China has been the world’s low-wage workshop. As a poorer developing country in the late 1970s, China had little choice but to open itself to foreign investors looking for cheap labor. Its factories kept the shelves stocked at Walmart, and in return, the United States sold China tech-intensive goods like airplanes and computer parts. China benefitted from the investment, obviously, but whether it was imports or exports, most of the profits usually flowed toward U.S. companies. But some things are starting to change. China is building the basis for its own high-tech economy and no longer needs to just be a manufacturer of textiles and plastic goods. Chinese solar panels now dominate the world market for renewables, Huawei phones compete globally with older brands like Apple and Samsung, and Weibo’s 462 million monthly users dwarf Twitter’s 270 million. In the nearly 75 years since the end of World War II, US has had no real competitors in the capitalist world. Only the Soviet Union presented a challenge, but it has been gone for over a quarter century already. China’s rapid growth and development—especially its ambitious “Made in China 2025” plan and its effort to build an international alternative to U.S-dominated trade with its “Belt and Road Initiative”—promises to reset everything. As for our domestic troubles, the US-China trade deficit is not the main danger threatening the U.S. economy. Graver problems are a public spending regime that showers billions on the military; underfunded education, health, and social services that are starved by tax cuts for the rich; crumbling infrastructure; the refusal of right-wing politicians and corporations to raise wages; and gender and racial pay gaps that maintain systemic sexism and racism. Of course, that doesn’t mean every Chinese trade practice is beyond question. The world has become an even more complex place since the end of the Cold War when socialism and capitalism presented distinct alternatives. Now, we have a competition between the U.S.-dominated model of global capitalism and a rising power that is not quite capitalist, but also not quite socialist. With these two systems so intertwined, unlike the U.S. and Soviet economies that stood largely apart from one another, the world is in a situation like none ever seen. It is obvious that compromise and negotiation are the only way forward. The imposition of more tariffs by either the U.S. or China is not going to lead to a resolution that benefits the mass of the people in either country. Trump wants American workers to shift their anger over lost jobs and shrinking wages to China and the Chinese workers there who get paid even less. He says look abroad, not at home, for the source of your troubles. But it must be remembered that it wasn’t China that closed U.S. plants, it wasn’t China that busted U.S. unions, and it wasn’t China that slashed wages and cut public services. Building reckless tariff walls (or border walls) isn’t the way to protect U.S. workers from the impact of developing countries’ move up the international value chain. Instead, the United States needs to focus on ways to “green” its economy with investments in renewable energy. We should put public money toward public needs that create good jobs, like infrastructure and mass transit. For workers who are displaced by cheaper imported goods, we have to provide retraining and income assistance—including long-term financial help. We should be requiring companies to pay a living wage to all workers and guarantee them the right to organise into unions by reversing “Right to Work” (for less) laws. We can fund a lot of these things if we slash the bloated military budget and stop engaging in unnecessary wars. And to make sure that U.S. workers and those in developing countries aren’t continuously forced into a competition for who will sell their labor power for thelowest price, all existing and future trade agreements—like the new NAFTA—should include guarantees for workers’ rights, wages, and working conditions on all sides of the deal.Those are the things that would really help U.S. workers, not some trade war that is only aimed at playing an imperial game against China, protecting corporate giants, and funneling money toward certain favored segments of the capitalist class.(The author is the Managing Editor, People’s World. Views expressed are strictly personal)
By Constance RentonToronto – The White House released a list of 78 terrorist attacks they say the media has consistently under reported.At a recent visit to MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, President Donald Trump alluded to attacks happening “all over Europe” and that “it’s gotten to the point where it’s not even being reported.” Trump expanded his commentary on the media, saying “… in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.” The media, already on the defensive, was pushed further into its own spotlight when the White House issued its list of 78 terrorist attacks on Monday, which it says went under-reported or not reported at all.On Monday night’s edition of CNN’s The Lead, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius said “As a journalist I’m really troubled by this.” He went on to say he has approximately 100 examples of strong reporting that he would like to show the President. Ignatius underscored his remarks saying, “We have brave colleagues who everyday are taking big risks to cover these stories.”“I Know Because I was There”Appearing on the same program, CNN’s Anderson Cooper also robustly defended his colleagues and his network’s coverage. “Not only did we cover many of the attacks on that list the White House has released, we covered them heavily. I know because I was there on the ground reporting a number of them.”These remarks were followed by footage of Cooper reporting on attacks in cities such as Ottawa in 2014, Paris and San Bernardino in 2015 and Orlando in 2016. “To be sure, we as a program did not cover each and every incident on the list, however, other programs as well as CNN International covered most if not all of them, many of them exhaustively.”In an interview on the subject with Anderson Cooper, CNN’s Jim Acosta saw the tempest in a teapot as “a talking point in search of a set of facts that doesn’t exist.”Others took critical note of the fact that the White House list only included attacks motivated by so-called Islamic terrorism. There was no mention of home grown terrorist attacks over the same time-period. For example, the church massacre in South Carolina which left 11 worshippers dead, and the massacre in Quebec City in which 6 Muslim men died while at evening prayers, were omitted, some say conveniently.This has left plenty of room for reflecting on Trump’s repeated use of Islamic terrorist attacks, or the mere threat of such, as a reason for justifying his recent immigration and refugee ban. He has also repeatedly referred to any news organizations which have been critical of him as reporting “fake news.”
25 March 2011The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the death of journalist Jamal Ahmed Al-Sharabi, who was killed when gunmen opened fire on protesters in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, last week. A number of other people were also killed and dozens injured in the crackdown against the demonstrators on 18 March, the agency said in a news release. According to the International Press Institute (IPI), Mr. Al-Sharabi was covering the demonstration for the Al-Masdar independent newspaper.“The killing of Jamal Ahmed al-Sharabi is an attack against the basic human right of the people of Yemen to freedom of expression,” stated UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “It is the duty of the authorities to ensure that journalists are able to carry out their professional duties in the safest possible conditions. It is also their duty to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of this death – which occurred during a confrontation that also tragically cost many other lives – and bring the perpetrators to justice.” Earlier this week, the UN human rights office voiced alarm about the situation in Yemen, where a state of emergency has been declared and armed clashes between security forces and protesters continue. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) deplored the reported killing of dozens of peaceful protestors last week, including reportedly by snipers shooting from rooftops, and stressed that all violations of human rights must be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice. It also expressed concern about the suppression of the right to freedom of expression in the region, including the Yemeni Government’s decision to deport two Al Jazeera correspondents on 19 March.Yemen is among several countries in the Middle East and North Africa that are witnessing demonstrations calling for democratic reforms. Similar protests have already led to the ouster of long-serving leaders in Tunisia and Egypt in January and February, while in Libya Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi is waging a fierce military offensive against the opposition there.
Global prices of key staple food commodities rose in April, marking a third consecutive monthly increase after four years of decline, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 151.8 points in April, a 0.7 per cent increase from March. That is about 10 per cent below its level of a year ago and more than a third off its 2011 highs. The gradual increase is far from even across the board. April’s increase was driven by palm oil prices and, in a minor key, cereals, while sugar prices tapered down after a strong increase in March. The trade-weighted index tracks international market prices for five key commodity groups: major cereals, vegetable oils, dairy, meat and sugar. Its decline over the past year reflects ample food supplies, a slowing global economy and a stronger US dollar. Vegetable oil prices rose 4.1 per cent, due largely to a grim 2016 production outlook for palm oil coupled with a growing worldwide demand. Cereal prices rose 1.5 per cent on the month, due primarily to international maize quotations, themselves influenced by a weaker US dollar and spillover from the oilseeds complex. However, rice prices declined marginally, while wheat markets posted limited gains amid expectations of large supplies in the new season for the crop. Dairy prices dropped 2.2 per cent as stocks of butter and cheese in major exporters continued to grow. Meat prices rose 0.8 per cent, pushed up by strengthening United States demand for Australian beef. Sugar prices, meanwhile, dropped 1.7 per cent in April after a dramatic 17 per cent increase the previous month. While concerns about global sugar production remain, Brazil – by far the main exporter – has had its second-highest crop ever and the country’s use of sugarcane for ethanol is expected to decline. Sugar and vegetable oils are the only sub-indexes currently at levels higher than those of April 2015.FAO Economist Peter Thoenes talks about the behaviour of the five key commodity groups taken into consideration by FAO Food Price Index. Credit: FAOOutlook for cereals output improvesFAO raised its forecast for world cereal production in 2016 slightly to nearly 2,526 million tonnes, virtually the same as in 2015 and potentially on course to be the second-largest global harvest ever, according to FAO’s Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, also released today. The larger figure results almost entirely from improved prospects for wheat production, as winter weather conditions have been favourable for prospective yields in the European Union, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. At 717 million tonnes, the 2016 wheat output forecast remains 16 million tonnes short of last year’s record. FAO’s new production forecast for global coarse grains – including barley, maize, millet, oats, rye and sorghum – stands at 1,314 million tonnes, about one per cent below the 2015 output. FAO left unchanged its worldwide rice production forecast at 495 million tonnes, about one percent higher than the previous year, although the full impact of the El Niño weather phenomenon will not be clear for a few more months.
The search for the University’s next President and Vice-Chancellor is underway. In a letter sent today to the Brock community, Board of Trustees Vice-Chair Gary Comerford, who also chairs the Advisory Committee on the Presidency, said the search will be “comprehensive in scope with an integral portion being a process of consultation” with the Brock communityTo facilitate that consultation, Comerford’s letter links to a questionnaire where, until Jan. 9, people can offer opinions and advice on the search process.It has also been announced that Brock has retained Laverne Smith & Associates as the consultant who will facilitate and manage the presidential search.
https://jrnl.ie/4603836 No Comments By Ruaidhrí Giblin Patrick Quirke murder trial nears end as jury to continue deliberations tomorrow Patrick Quirke has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan. 11,444 Views THE JURY IN the trial of a 50-year-old farmer charged with murdering his alleged love rival, and hiding his body in an underground tank, have paused their deliberations for the night to resume on Wednesday morning.Earlier, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told the jury of six men and six women that they must not be influenced by emotion, sympathy, anger or disgust, and must treat circumstantial evidence against the accused with care. Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ going by the name Mr Moonlight. Ryan went missing on 3 June 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s home at about 6.30am. His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Ms Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Tipperary, 22 months later in April 2013.The prosecution claims that Quirke murdered Mr Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Lowry (52).The two verdicts open to the jury are: guilty of murder or, alternatively, not guilty. The jury begun their deliberations shortly after 2pm and retired just after 4pm.A short time into their deliberations, the jury sought all of Quirke’s interviews with gardaí as well as phone records, which were handed in. They will resume again tomorrow at 11am.In her charge to the jury this morning, Ms Justice Creedon said it had been a long trial that had lasted many weeks. She told the jury that their verdict must be unanimous until circumstances arise that can allow a majority verdict be returned by 10 of them. She said the first rule for the jury, and a fundamental cornerstone of the criminal process, was the presumption of innocence which Quirke enjoyed right until the end. She said the onus of proof remained fairly and squarely on the prosecution and that the defence did not have to prove a thing. The judge added that an accused does not have to give evidence, and that a jury must not hold that against an accused, because they are entitled to remain silent.Ms Justice Creedon said the jury were entitled to consider the impression a witness makes on them. She said they were entitled to bring their life experiences to these considerations, and that everybody assesses people in their lives constantly. Circumstantial evidenceShe said the prosecution relied on circumstantial evidence to prove Quirke’s guilt, and that, on the prosecution’s case, various circumstances taken together lead to the sure conclusion that Mr Quirke committed the crime. She said the prosecution relied on evidence of the “intimate relationship” between Mary Lowry and Patrick Quirke between 2008 to 2010, and the subsequent “cooling” of that relationship.She said the prosecution’s case was that Bobby Ryan stayed with Mary Lowry on the night of 3 June 2011, and left the following morning fully-clothed. It was the prosecution’s case, Ms Justice Creedon said, that Bobby Ryan was violently assaulted after he left Mary Lowry’s house and placed into the tank by Patrick Quirke. She said the prosecution contend that the discovery of Mr Ryan’s body by Patrick Quirke was “staged” because “he knew where the body was”. The judge said the prosecution further relied on the circumstantial evidence of the discovery of the body and what the accused said about water levels in the tank.She said they relied on the observations of Gda Conor Ryan on the water levels in the tank and conversations with the accused and the clothes he was wearing on the day of the discovery.They further relied on an A4 sheet found in Patrick Quirke’s home and what was written on that sheet, according to experts, Ms Justice Creedon said. Computer evidenceShe said they relied on evidence from the hard drive found in Patrick Quirke’s home and on internet searches on the decomposition of human bodies, that some of the searches were made prior to the death of Quirke’s son, and Quirke’s assertions that his son’s death was the reason for the searches. She said they further relied on correspondence between solicitors regarding the termination of the lease and on background evidence of the financial relationship between Mary Lowry and Patrick Quirke.She said the prosecution further relied on Patrick Quirke’s alleged financial difficulties and demands for money.Ms Justice Creedon said the prosecution draws all of this evidence together and contrasts it with what they say are lies told by Mr Quirke, in his garda interviews, to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that he murdered Bobby Ryan. The prosecution contends that any other conclusion is not rational. She warned the jury that circumstantial evidence can be powerful but it must be treated with care. She told the jury to consider whether it revealed issues that “destroys” the prosecution case.She said there was usually more than one way of looking at circumstantial evidence and if a rational explanation pointed to Quirke’s innocence, they must adopt the view favourable to the accused.The defence, she said, contend that the evidence was insufficient to prove murder beyond a reasonable doubt, and was more consistent with innocence.She said the defence point to “inconsistencies” in Mary Lowry’s evidence, contending that she was “not a reliable witness”. Those inconsistencies relate to the alleged assault of her by Quirke, her passport being taken and her memory of staying in the Cliff House Hotel. She said the defence contend there was no evidence Patrick Quirke was in financial difficulty. They also contend that the garda investigation was inadequate and that certain evidence was not put before the jury. She said the defence point to the garda’s failure to search Mary Lowry’s house at Fawnagown and the pathologist’s failure to attend the scene. They point to the fact that the recovery of the body was not video recorded, that a hair clip was recovered from the tank and not properly analysed, and that fingerprints from the van were not followed up. She said the defence contend that evidence of computer searches was not sufficient to prove anything and was not directed to the facts of the case. The computer searches could be explained by inquisitiveness of curiosity on the part of Mr Quirke, according to the defence.She said the defence contend that much of the background evidence was unreliable and insufficient to prove Mr Quirke’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and that they must acquit.Ms Justice Creedon told the jury that they must be satisfied of Quirke’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It was not a “fanciful” doubt or a “flimsy” doubt but a reasonable doubt, that might make them pause or think about decisions they make in their own lives. She told the jury that they couldn’t come back to court next week and say ‘I’ve had another think about that’. “It’s not enough to say ‘I think he’s guilty or probably guilty’. If that’s where you are you must acquit,” she told the jury. She said they had to certain, satisfied and have no reasonable doubt about the matter. She told them they were “required to be objective, dispassionate and must not be influenced by emotion, sympathy, anger or disgust.”Comments are off as legal proceedings are ongoing. Tuesday 23 Apr 2019, 6:20 PM Share Tweet Email2 Patrick Quirke arriving at the Central Criminal Court. Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Short URL Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Apr 23rd 2019, 6:21 PM Patrick Quirke arriving at the Central Criminal Court. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
More than two-thirds of homeowners are ahead of their mortgage according to CBA research. Of 1.8 million home loan borrowers, 68% are ahead of their mortgage repayments, by an average of seven payments.Assist Finance chief executive Jason Di Iulio said the increased focus on debt repayment and savings illustrates that people are nervous about the economy and their jobs.“They are reducing debt at the expense of luxury spending.” He says the trend of maintaining mortgage payments at the same level even when rates are cut is a smart move.“It will reduce debt faster and take real advantage of the rate cuts. If you have non-income-producing debt, you should be paying it off as fast as possible, which will benefit you later in life.”Source: Broker News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Piratage : la mort de Barack Obama annoncée sur TwitterCe lundi 4 juillet au matin, alors que les Etats-Unis célèbrent leur fête nationale, la page Twitter de la chaîne Fox News annonce la mort de Barack Obama ! Une plaisanterie de très mauvais goût réalisée par des pirates informatiques.En ce jour de fête nationale américaine, les abonnés au compte Twitter (lien non disponible) de la chaîne Fox News ont pu lire un dramatique message. “Barack Obama vient tout juste de décéder. Le président est mort. Un bien triste 4 juillet. Le président Obama est mort”, annonce un premier tweet bientôt suivi d’une information plus précise sur les circonstances du drame : “On lui a tiré dessus deux fois au restaurant Ross dans l’Iowa”. Puis dans un dernier tweet, les pirates souhaitent “bonne chance” au vice-président Joe Biden, censé prendre la tête du pays.À lire aussiAntiSec : le FBI conteste les accusationsCette très mauvaise plaisanterie, relayée par des milliers d’internautes, a bien vite été démentie. Loin de l’Iowa, Barack Obama est aujourd’hui à Washington, pour assister avec sa famille aux célébrations du 4 juillet. La Fox News a présenté ses excuses à tous ceux qui ont lu ces messages, se disant “désolée de la peine que ces faux tweets ont causé”. La chaîne a en outre annoncé mener une enquête pour découvrir qui en est à l’origine. Selon le site de France Soir, le piratage aurait été réalisé par un groupe baptisé The Script Kiddies, une expression péjorative qui désigne les pirates inexpérimentés utilisant les programmes développés par d’autres. Ce groupe se dit proche des Anonymous et du groupe AntiSec, né après la dissolution de LulzSec le mois dernier.Le 4 juillet 2011 à 16:40 • Emmanuel Perrin
1/6August 2016 ANTI-HERO Loot Crate, with all the stuff inside. 1/6Turn the box inside-out and assemble the included cardboard handle, and you get a mallet! 1/6Archer t-shirt. 1/6Harley Quinn Q-Fig figure. 1/6Hellboy piggy bank. 1/6Kill Bill socks. <> August 2016’s Loot Crate theme is ANTI-HERO. They’re like regular heroes, only they act like dicks and screw up regularly. It’s a popular category, even if the term itself is poorly defined and bafflingly vague. Does a character save people? Hero. Does a character punch people in the dick and insult them, then save them at the last minute? Anti-hero. Does a character not save anyone, but futilely struggle to follow a damaged moral compass that provides them with an ethos that’s, at best, completely Quixotic? Eddian anti-hero.Anyway, here’s what’s in the ANTI-HERO Loot Crate:Archer t-shirtKill Bill socksHarley Quinn Q-Fix figurine (Batrman: The Animated Series version)Ceramic Hellboy piggy bankSylvanas Windrunner pin Not bad, but there’s one extra little addition that doesn’t really fit on the list, because it’s part of the packaging itself. The crate comes with a small piece of cardboard that can be folded into a triangular rod. The crate also has a triangular hole in one side and two slits on the other. It turns the crate into a mallet!It doesn’t matter if you didn’t like Suicide Squad, because the Harley in the box is from the DCAU anyway, and she used a mallet then, too. And this is just one of the most clever things Loot Crate has done with its boxes yet. It’s a hammer! It’s a cardboard hammer, sure, but it’s still a cute little extra.As for the other items, it’s an all-around solid Loot Crate. The Archer t-shirt is a bit too busy and topical (it’s a fake campaign t-shirt for Archer as president of the Danger Zone), but it’s still fun, and the socks are great. And again, Harley is DCAU, so no complaints with the figurine. The Hellboy bank’s coin slot is a bit too big, and it spilled a few nickels when I moved it around, but otherwise it’s pretty sweet, and lets me do a big red fistful of dollars joke.Loot Crate sends out boxes of geeky collectibles every month for $13.95/month plus shipping. Besides the main Loot Crate, there’s Loot Anime for anime fans, Loot Gaming for gamers, and Loot Pets for pet lovers (the regular Loot Crate runs the gamut of interests, but if you have specific likes then the other crates are great alternatives). There’s also Loot Crate DX if you want an even bigger box, and LootWear if you specifically want some sweet hoodies, shirts, and accessories. It’s a lot of loot, delivered monthly.
Vancouver-based pizza chain Papa Murphy’s has posted a $1.9 million loss for its third fiscal quarter. The loss amounts to an 11 cent drop per diluted share.The losses continue a skid for the take-and-bake-pizza purveyor. Through the first nine months of the year, the company posted losses of $13.4 million, compared with $1.2 million in income for the same period one year earlier.Weldon Spangler, who was named CEO in June, said the quarter was disappointing, but pizza sales within company-owned stores did show an upward tick. However, Papa Murphy’s is still aiming to sell off many of its company-owned stores and return to being 95-percent franchised.Shares in Papa Murphy’s, traded on the Nasdaq Exchange as FRSH, closed trading at $5.52 on Wednesday, down 13 cents.
SPOKANE — A federal agency has discovered genetically altered wheat plants growing in Washington state that were engineered to be resistant to the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide.Agency officials haven’t given any more details about where the plants were found.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS, said in a news release earlier this month that genetically engineered wheat plants were found “in an unplanted agricultural field” in Washington and that the plants were altered to be resistant to glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in the popular and controversial Monsanto herbicide Roundup.“At this time, we are still gathering information,” APHIS spokesman Rick Coker said in an email response to questions. “We will provide additional information on this event as soon as we can.”The genetically altered wheat is designed to allow farmers to spray herbicide on the crop to kill all other plants without damaging the wheat. The announcement is important because several wheat-importing countries have reacted strongly to past discoveries of genetically engineered wheat, which was last discovered growing in Washington in 2016.Several Asian countries temporarily halted purchases of U.S. soft white wheat after genetically modified wheat was found unexpectedly in a field on an Oregon farm in 2013. It also popped up in a field at a university research center in Montana in 2014.
PAGCOR puts freeze on approval of new POGO applications PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 Load More Australian-listed Frontier Capital Group (FCG) says it will resume operations at Casablanca Casino, located within the Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines, after confirming it has the necessary funds to settle a Php225 million PAGCOR escrow payment.FCG completed a takeover of Hotel Stotsenberg, which houses Casablanca Casino, in February 2016 for a cost of AU$26 million in a deal that included an AU$25 million profit guarantee over five years from the operator of the hotel and gaming business, E!xcite Gaming and Entertainment. RelatedPosts Self-contained POGO hubs aimed at separating Chinese workers from locals: PAGCOR However, the company was forced to close casino operations on 5 February 2017 after the Philippines gaming regulator ordered the escrow payment, with the E!xcite agreement also terminated at that time.In a filing with the Australian Securities Exchange this week, FCG said it has now secured the necessary funds to satisfy PAGCOR requirements to reopen Casablanca Casino, a move it described as “imminent.”FCG also revealed that AU$1.5 million of those funds have come via the termination of an agreement to operate the Mongolian National Lottery, resulting in the return of the company’s initial cash balance.In a statement, FCG Chairman Henri Ho said, “The company has worked diligently to satisfy PAGCOR’s operational requirements and to secure the return of the Mongolian National Lottery deposit. I am pleased that both have now been achieved.“FCG will soon recommence operations at the Casablanca Casino, with a healthy bank balance.”
Here, FOLIO: checks in with Nick Thompson (pictured below), editor of NewYorker.com, to get the details on the new science vertical and why it was launched. FOLIO: Why is NewYorker.com launching a specific science and technology vertical?Nick Thompson: Science and technology coverage is something that The New Yorker has traditionally been very good at. If you look at something like Josh Rothman’s piece, “Nine Decades of Science in The New Yorker,” you can get a sense of the breadth and depth of our long-time science coverage. But, it’s something that didn’t have a real home on the website. We’ve had a bucket for our news stories, a bucket for our culture stories and a blog for our books essays. There wasn’t a natural place for science and tech stories to fit.I have a tech background and I had been blogging on it, and some of them were running on the news desk while others ran with the culture desk. It is something we’re good at and we can give a unique, New Yorker take on, and it’s something the website hasn’t done. We proposed it, got corporate support for it, went out and hired our science and tech editor Matt Buchanan and launched it.FOLIO: There are a ton of other tech blogs and science sites out there. How will The New Yorker compete with them?Thompson: The same way that The New Yorker has traditionally competed with other publications on other topics. We’ll try to cover it in a more literary way, to the extent you can, and we’ll try to cover it in a deeper way. We’ll try to bring the kind of writer that has been on staff or written for The New Yorker to these subject areas. We’re going to try and take The New Yorker’s DNA and use it in covering science and technology. We want readers to sort of feel the way they do after they read the magazine after reading a blog. We’re not going after another blog; we’re trying to do it the way The New Yorker does things. FOLIO: Did you find that the site was getting more traffic to science and tech columns?Thompson: We had seen for a while that people liked our science and technology coverage. There has also been a large surge in traffic to the site in general due to our increased ambitions and the number of things we’ve added. We did notice that our science coverage tends to do quite well. FOLIO: What are your plans going forward? Will you be tying any of this coverage back to the print magazine?Thompson: We’ll certainly be taking stories that run in the print magazine and we’ll be putting them online. We’ll also be taking topics that might have been in a long print story and we’ll add follow up blog posts on it, or special extra additions. What makes a piece perfect for print is different from what makes a piece perfect for the Web. I don’t think things will run the other way, turning a blog post into a magazine post, but we’ll certainly see a lot of overlap in that the people who write for the magazine will be blogging a lot. The editors that work on the print and Web sides will be talking about people and ideas to cover, so there will be certain kinds of overlap. We’re going to keep trying to live up to the standards and ideals that the magazine has had for so long, and do that while engaging with the rest of the Internet on the conversations of the moment.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! The New Yorker today added another category to its main nav bar—Science & Tech. The vertical is the latest in a series of new content features added to the site in the last year, including the Humor Channel and the Political Scene hub.With all the new content—including audio, video, photography, cartoons and at least a dozen new articles each day—the site’s traffic hit 9.6 million unique visitors in January 2013, up 111 percent from the prior year. Pageviews jumped 74 percent to 33 million in the same month.