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Kumble’s Perfect-10 to Sehwag’s Multan-triple: Iconic performances in India’s 500-Test history

first_imgIndia, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, will be embarking on a long home season spanning over 13 Tests. The first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur starting Thursday will be a historic one with India playing their 500th Test match.There have been certain individual performances that played an important part in shaping up the glorious history of Indian cricket. Anil Kumble’s 10-for in an innings to VVS Laxman’s epic knock of 281, here’s a look at few top individual performers.THE RISE OF SUNIL GAVASKARAfter two series defeats, India finally returned back from the Caribbean successful. Led by Ajit Wadekar, India won the five-match Test series 1-0 and more importantly the tour saw the emergence of none other than Sunil Gavaskar. In the first drawn Test, Gavaskar didn’t play but in the second match at Queen’s Park Oval, he made a significant contribution helping India to victory.In his first Test innings, Gavaskar scored 65 and 67 in the second essay to lead India to a memorable win chasing West Indies’ target of 124. India managed to hold on to their 1-0 lead with the remaining three Tests ending in draws, though Gary Sobers’ team had a chance in the fifth and final Test. There also, young Gavaskar battling tooth pain stood in their way like a rock by scoring 124 in the first innings and 220 in the second – thus securing the series for India. Gavaskar finished the series with 774 runs from four Tests, which included four hundreds and one double hundred.advertisementAnil KUMBLE’S PERFECT 10Anil Kumble emulated England’s Jim Laker’s feat by finishing with 10-74 in an innings as India routed Pakistan by 212 runs in the second Test at the Ferozshah Kotla. Pakistan had no answer to Kumble on a dusty Kotla track chasing a mammoth 420 and were bundled out for 207 an hour after tea on the fourth day. That remains the best bowling performance by an Indian bowler till date. (Also read: ICC chairman Shashank Manohar congratulates BCCI for India’s 500th Test)VVS LAXMAN’S EPIC 281This particular knock from VVS Laxman in a way gave direction to Indian cricket and a belief. Laxman scored 59 runs in India’s first innings total of 171 of the second Test against Australia at the Eden Gardens. India asked to follow-on, Laxman was promoted up the order at No. 3 and then the rest is history as he counter-attacked to turn the tables. He put up a 376-run partnership with Rahul Dravid (180) with India not losing a single wicket on Day 4. India came from behind to win the Test on the last day but thanks to a Laxman epic.SACHIN TENDULKAR GOES PAST SUNIL GAVASKAROn day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka in 2005, at the Ferozshah Kotla, Sachin Tendulkar became Test cricket’s most prolific century scorer. He reached his 35th Test century, going past Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test centuries. It was in 1983, Gavaskar achieved the record of having scored the most number of Test centuries, which stood for 22 years.RAHUL DRAVID CONQUERS ADELAIDEIt was Steve Waugh’s farewell series and Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman again played a part in spoiling his party. Before it was in Kolkata, 2001, where both put up a stand to halt Australia’s unbeaten streak. This time the stage was Adelaide. Australia had put up a mammoth 556 in the first innings and India were reeling at 85/4, when Laxman joined Dravid at the crease. The duo put up a 303-run stand for the fifth wicket with Laxman scoring 148 and Dravid 233, as India remained 33 runs short of Australia’s first innings total. (Also read: India historically a dominant force vs New Zealand: A stats preview)India were set a target of 230 and Dravid was not done yet and finished things for the visitors with a boundary. India won the match with four wickets to spare.VIRENDER SEHWAG’S 309 BURIES PAKISTANOn March 29, 2004, Virender Sehwag scored the first ever triple century (309) in Test match cricket for India in Multan. A feat no other Indian greats had achieved and he also broke the highest Indian Test knock of 281, scored by VVS Laxman in 2001.In 2008, he repeated the feat again and this time in Chennai, when he hammered 319 against South Africa in Chennai. SHIKHAR DHAWAN ON THE FAST LANEShikhar Dhawan created history by scoring fastest-ever century on debut in Test cricket. The left-handed batsman also became the 13th Indian batsman to slam a century on debut, scoring 104 not out off just 85 balls against Australia in the third Test at Mohali in 2013.Dhawan attacked right from the outset and scored his century in just one session. (Also read: India will be too strong for New Zealand, says Brett Lee)WHEN KAPIL DEV WAS ON TOP OF THE WORLD advertisementOn February 8, 1994, Kapil Dev surpassed Sir Richard Hadlee’s long-standing record of 431 Test wickets. His 432nd victim was Sri Lanka’s Hashan Tillakaratne in the third Test in Ahmedabad. Kapil reached the milestone in his 130th Test.The 1983 World Cup-winning captain held the record till 2000 until it was broken by Courtney Walsh.last_img read more

‘I nearly quit’ – Richarlison reveals journey to Brazil first team

first_imgNew Brazil star Richarlison has revealed that he almost hung up his boots as a disillusioned youngster before finding the form that would catapult him to fame.The former Fluminense and Watford player has become an instant favourite with new club Everton, hitting three goals in his first three Premier League games after becoming the Toffees’ most expensive player in history over the summer. That form saw him included in the Brazil squad for friendlies against the United States and El Salvador, the latter seeing Richarlison net two goals in a 5-0 rout on Tuesday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But having been born in the relative football backwater of Espiritu Santo, he admits that his path to stardom was anything but smooth. “I haven’t got enough fingers to count the number of clubs who rejected me,” he told AS after his scoring turn. “I was ready to give up football, but I lifted my head and I went to Belo Horizonte with just the money for an outward ticket for the last trial I had, with America MG. If I didn’t make it, I had no money to get home to Espiritu Santo, 600 kilometres away. “I gave my all that morning and I passed. If I had given up after the first no I would never have made it where I am today.” Richarlison also detailed the hardships of his upbringing, revealing the sacrifices he had to make in order to pursue a career as a footballer. O primeiro pela #SeleçãoBrasileira é inesquecível! 🐦⚽️ @richarlison97 #BRAxESA #DançadoPombo📷 Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/NiYuGMmEp5— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) 12 de septiembre de 2018″I had to live in my uncle’s house because it was closer to where I used to train and I had no money for the bus,” he added. “I used to sell candy and ice creams in the street and I worked in the fields to help my parents. I couldn’t have done it otherwise, because everyone did what they could so I could fulfil my dream of being a footballer. “I have learned that you need to have patience, perseverance and faith in people to reach your goals.” The player confessed that the “cold” of England tested his resolve upon swapping Rio de Janeiro for Watford in 2017, but that he now feels at home in the Premier League and is enjoying the further challenge of English classes. And when it comes to an idol on the pitch, there is only one man that Richarlison looks up to. “Ronaldo, O Fenomeno. He is a special player and deserves the nickname he has,” he stated. “The other day I had the pleasure of meeting him and it was hugely exciting. I have a ritual that I always do on the bus on the way to games. “I pick up my tablet and put on videos of his goals to warm myself up.”last_img read more


first_imgTHE NEBRASKA STATE PATROL HAS SET A RECORD IN 2018 FOR DRUG SEIZURES AND FELONY ARRESTS.COL JOHN BOLDUC, THE HEAD OF THE PATROL, SAYS HIS TROOPERS SEIZED OVER 8000 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA AND MORE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/NSP.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………OUR COMMUNITIES. ;19BOLDUC SAYS FENTANYL HAS CREATED A HUGE PROBLEM FOR BOTH THE PUBLIC AND HIS OFFICERS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/NSP2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….VERY COSTLY. ;22TROOPERS HAVE SEIZED 136 POUNDS OF THAT DRUG IN 2018.BOLDUC SAYS THE INCREASED DRUG TRAFFIC HAS LED TO A RECORD NUMBER OF FELONY ARRESTS THIS YEAR:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/NSP3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………KIND OF THINGS. :21BOLDUC TALKED ABOUT HIS DEPARTMENT’S EFFORTS AT A NEWS CONFERENCE WITH GOVERNOR PETE RICKETTS.last_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Kai Lightner

first_img Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Today we speak to the very young (16) adidas sponsored competition climber Kia Lightner.I was born in Cleveland, Ohio but my family quickly relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina before I could walk. After years of climbing everything in sight, I took up the sport of rock climbing. I visited my first climbing gym at age six, and have spent 2-5 days a week rock climbing ever since.I qualified (and attended) my first national climbing competition at the age of seven. At age 10, I won my first Youth National Championship title and was fortunate enough to follow that achievement up with seven subsequent Youth National titles, three Pan American titles and became a youth world champion in 2014. In March 2015, at age 15, I won the US Open/Adult National Championship.When I am not in the gym training for competitions, I love traveling around the world climbing outside and enjoying nature with my friends. Although outdoor climbing has been more centered on fun and adventure for me, I have managed to climb a number of difficult 5.14 graded routes in the US, Spain and Norway. Fortunately, I am able to fit all of these things in between maintaining high grades as an 11th grade honors student at Reid Ross Classical High School.As for my personal style (when I am not in my school uniform). It’s a little adidas heavy but hey, they are my sponsor!Jeans: Prana Axiom jeansShirts: adidas singlet racerbacks (when climbing)Pants: adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift Multi pants or adidas Tiro 15 training pants Suits: I try to avoid them when possible!Shoes: adidas Outdoor Daroga Two 11Outerwear: adidas Outdoor Terrex Korum HoodieYour favorite App: Youtube & Instagram (check out his videos and posts)Favorite piece of technology: Samsung Galaxy S6Next tech purchase:  Samsung Galaxy Tab S10.5 An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Editors’ Recommendations World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 last_img read more

Spring Road Weight Restrictions Coming

first_imgThe Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is monitoring air and road temperatures and expects spring weight restrictions to be put in place on Monday, March 10. Because the restrictions have a significant impact on the trucking industry, the department strives to provide as much advance notice as possible. The department works closely with the trucking industry and Environment Canada to determine a date that will best protect road surfaces while giving sufficient notice to truckers. Weight restrictions are necessary during the spring thaw to help protect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather. When weight restrictions are imposed, a list of roads that are exempt will be published in newspapers across the province.last_img

ABVP manifesto proposes east west DU campus

first_imgNew Delhi: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) released its manifesto on Saturday for the Delhi University students’ union polls and promised a five-point model that revolves around campus, course, admission, examination and results.The RSS-affiliated outfit also released a separate manifesto for female students, promising to organise ‘Mission Sahasi (courage) 2.0’ and reach 20,000 female students to train them in self-defence techniques under the initiative. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe five Ps are ‘parisar’ (campus), ‘pathyakram’ (course), ‘pravesh’ (admission), ‘pareeksha’ (examination) and ‘parinam’ (result). Under its plan for courses, the ABVP envisaged that the curriculum should be developed following three Rs –review, rational debate and representation. “The academic council of DU must have student representatives,” it said. “There should be remedial classes for SC/ST students and English classes for needy students to make them more employable and confident.” Some of the demands that the party has put forth under the campus model are science laboratories in all the colleges with latest equipments, good sanitation, clean and green campus and new hostels. It also proposed the establishment of east and west campus on the lines of the existing north and south campuses.last_img read more


first_imgSUITS: PATRICK J. ADAMS OFFICIALLY RETURNING FOR FINAL SEASONPatrick J. Adams is suiting back up as Mike Ross: The actor will reprise his role during the ninth and final season of Suits.Adams will appear in Episode 5 when his alter ego ends up “getting embroiled in a case against Harvey and Samantha,” executive producer Aaron Korsh tells Deadline. “He doesn’t exactly know that Samantha is going to be involved when he comes back, but he does know Harvey is going to be.” Additionally, there will be “some fun scenes and some emotional scenes with Mike and the old gang. He will interact with more than Harvey and Samantha.” READ MORE‘SUITS’: PATRICK J. ADAMS TO RETURN FOR FINAL SEASON; CREATOR AARON KORSH PROVIDES DETAILS & WHAT ABOUT MEGHAN MARKLEOriginal Suits star Patrick J. Adams will return for the series’ upcoming 10-episode final season. He will reprise his character of Mike Ross in Episode 5 of the USA Network series as he gets involved in a case that puts him toe to toe with Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl). While that is Adams’ only confirmed involvement so far, I hear he also is expected to make an appearance in Suits‘ series finale. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Mandatory Credit: Photo by Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock (2344355w)Patrick J. AdamsUSA Upfront Presentation, New York, America – 16 May 2013 “I couldn’t be happier to be part of the final chapter of Suits. I’ve missed my TV family, and am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Mike Ross can stir up at the firm one last time,” Adams told Deadline before adding, “But if the wardrobe department thinks they’re getting back the suits I stole when I left, they’re going to be very disappointed.” READ MOREPATRICK J. ADAMS TO RETURN TO ‘SUITS’ FOR FINAL SEASONVariety has learned that Patrick J. Adams will return for the final season of “Suits”.Adams will reprise his role as Mike Ross at mid-season to get involved in a case that will put him toe to toe with his former mentor Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl).Adams previously starred on the hit USA series, but departed the show in its seventh season. In the beginning of the series, Ross was able to impress Specter with his encyclopedic knowledge of the law despite never having officially passed the bar, securing Ross a position at Specter’s law firm. In the end of Season 7, Ross left the firm to move to Seattle with his wife, Rachel (Meghan Markle). READ MORE ‘SUITS’: PATRICK J. ADAMS TO RETURN FOR FINAL SEASON ARCMike Ross is coming home.Patrick J. Adams is set to return for a multi-episode arc in the ninth and final season of Suits, ET has confirmed.Adams, who left the USA Network legal drama at the end of season seven, will first appear midway through the 10-episode farewell season. READ MORE Advertisementlast_img read more

TSX rebounds on boost from key sectors loonie falls on lower crude

first_imgThe Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up in late-morning trading, boosted by the influential financial, industrial and materials sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 70.56 points at 14,433.21.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 167.79 points at 23,760.77. The S&P 500 index was up 11.75 points at 2,557.69, while the Nasdaq composite was up 47.81 points at 6,801.54.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.32 cents US compared with an average of 74.63 cents US on Monday.The February crude contract was down US$2.13 at US$48.07 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up 15.4 cents at US$3.68 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$1.50 at US$1,250.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 6.95 cents at US$2.68 a pound.last_img read more

Two of Canadas AI gurus warn of war by algorithm as they

Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Two of Canada’s artificial intelligence pioneers are warning about the consequences of AI in robotic weapons and outsourcing lethal decisions to machines, calling for an international agreement on its deployment as Canada marches toward the binary battlefield.Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio, who along with computer scientist Yann LeCun won the Turing Award on Wednesday — known as the Nobel Prize of the technology industry — say so-called weaponized AI and killer robots could spell danger for civilians.“I think we need to worry about lethal autonomous weapons,” said Hinton, a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and a senior researcher at Google Brain.“Those are things that aren’t a worry about the distant future; those are things that are coming now. The technology is already capable of producing these things and they’re desperately in need of regulation.”Hinton compared robotic weapons such as drones with land mines, which were banned in a 1997 international treaty. “They’re very stupid, but they’re lethal and they’re autonomous,” he said of the explosives.Facial recognition technology and other forms of computer vision or surveillance could soon be deployed to identify individuals or locations for drone strikes, said Bengio, a professor at the Universite de Montreal.“You could basically select a particular list of people and have them killed.”Bengio said that even if an international convention were not signed by key players — the United States, China and Russia declined to sign the Ottawa Treaty banning mines — the awareness it stirs up can deter proliferation.“The American companies gradually stopped producing land mines because of the moral stigma that became attached to doing this. So those treaties play not just a legal role, but also set social norms in ways that end up influencing behaviour,” he said.Last year, Google opted not to renew a contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven — the U.S. military’s “pathfinder” AI program — after more than 3,000 employees signed a protest letter.The technology at work in Project Maven, which uses machine learning to scan drone video for targets, has already been deployed in the Middle East and Africa, with the eventual aim of loading the software onto drones to locate people and objects on the fly.The Canadian Armed Forces are now exploring how to use AI, with the air force conducting experiments, according to army Maj. Geoffrey Priems.“My personal view is we need to look at this and approach it very methodically and get it right, as opposed to rushing and screwing it up,” said Priems, who is tasked with sketching out a concept by June 2020 for AI deployment.“Nobody wants to cause a death through some friggin’ computer, unless we chose for that to happen, intentionally.”Retaining human agency — and accountability — in decisions of life and death is one issue. Another is digital defects or built-in biases, said Graham Taylor, who heads a new AI ethics centre at the University of Guelph.“Military organizations may be trying to frame these systems such that they reduce the civilian casualties,” he said. “On the other hand, there is always the capability of these systems making mistakes where a human is not directly in charge…and it becomes difficult to place responsibility on a particular individual.”Privacy concerns also factor into the reams of data spawned by surveillance images.“It’s an area that’s under development right now, but there’s no widespread regulation regarding the use of specifically AI technologies in the military,” he said.The Department of National Defence says international law should form the basis for emerging weapons protocols, and that “more discussion around this complex and multi-faceted issue is needed at the international level and within Canada.”An expert group established by the United Nations’ Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons held its inaugural meeting in November 2017, but progress toward a treaty has been slow, Bengio says.“The way the UN works is not very functional. It’s enough that a few countries oppose to slow things considerably,” he said.Bengio was among 400 participants at a November 2017 forum that produced the Montreal Declaration on the Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence. It lays out a principle that “the decision to kill must always be made by human beings, and responsibility for this decision must not be transferred to an AI.” read more

Hearings to identify causes of conflict kick off in Darfur reports UNAU

22 June 2009Public hearings got underway across Darfur over the weekend to examine the root causes of the conflict in the war-torn western region of Sudan, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in the region, known as UNAMID, announced today. Public hearings got underway across Darfur over the weekend to examine the root causes of the conflict in the war-torn western region of Sudan, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in the region, known as UNAMID, announced today.The high-level AU Panel on Darfur (AUPD) kicked off the hearings on 20 June in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, before moving to the South Darfur capital of Nyala on Sunday, listening to Darfurians and other stakeholders in a bid to determine a route to an effective peace process.Chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki and made up of other African dignitaries, the AUPD also held hearings with administrators, women, youth and representatives from the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement /Abdul Waheed faction in the North Darfur village of En Siro, and with Sudanese political parties in Khartoum last week.This week another round of hearings into the six years of fighting between the Government, allied militia and rebel groups in Darfur – which has led to over 300,000 deaths and uprooted over 2.7 million people – will take place in the West Darfur towns of El Geneina and Zalingei, said UNAMID.Meanwhile, the mission reported that nearly 100 Gambian police officers have arrived in Darfur over the past week to join the ranks of some 13,455 personnel already there – out of a total Security Council authorized force of 19,555. read more

Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Wednesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Wed Tue 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2264 1.2371 1.3461 1.2847 British Pound 1.6008 1.6094 1.7354 1.7248 Japanese Yen 0.0113 0.0114 0.0123 0.0126 Euro in U.S. 1.1928 1.1909 1.1270 1.1246 Euro in Cdn 1.4628 1.4733 1.5170 1.4448Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

Singer Sami Yusuf joins roster of UN Global Ambassadors Against Hunger

“I am honoured and delighted that Sami is adding his powerful voice to the push for zero hunger,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin in a statement to the press. “He has demonstrated a deep commitment to helping WFP address the needs of the hungry and in his new role as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger he can take this to a whole new level.” Mr. Yusuf, who is a long-time supporter of WFP, will use his new status to raise awareness about the agency’s life-saving work on the frontlines of hunger and to advocate on behalf of the hungry and vulnerable. He has already visited WFP operations providing food assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and he has seen how WFP works to improve access to nutritious food in Egypt. In the past, he has donated proceeds from the sale of his records to support WFP’s work in response to the Horn of Africa drought in 2011 and, more recently, he dedicated one of his songs to the survivors of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. “Hunger is a tragic contradiction in an age that’s known for mass production and consumption,” said Mr. Yusuf. “It’s a sad reality that kills not only bodies but also a people’s spirit and hopes for future prosperity and peace of mind.” “It is a privilege to have been appointed Global Ambassador Against Hunger for WFP and to be given the opportunity to serve such a noble and noteworthy cause. I will strive to do my utmost to help eradicate hunger – something that simply should not exist in our time,” he added. As a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, Mr. Yusuf joins an influential group of international celebrities, including actress Drew Barrymore, singer Cristina Aguilera, Chelsea Football Club Manager Jose Mourinho and the footballer Kaka. Mr. Yusuf, who has a huge international following, actively engages with his loyal fan base on social media, reaching out to millions through his profiles on Facebook and Twitter, which he has used to draw attention to the activities of WFP in response to hunger crises around the world. According to WFP, some 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat and poor nutrition causes nearly half of all deaths among children under the age of 5 years. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In 2013, it assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries. read more

Food prices drop to fouryear low – UN agency

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) price index – which measures monthly changes in the global price of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar – averaged 196.6 points in August 2014 which is a 7.3 point (3.6 per cent) decrease compared to July. With the exception of meats, prices for all of the commodities measured by the index dipped markedly. According to a statement to the press, FAO’s sub-index for dairy products averaged 200.8 points in August, down 25.3 points (11.2 per cent) versus July and 46.8 points (18.9 per cent) compared to a year ago- the result of abundant supplies for export coupled with reduced import demand.Russia’s prohibition at the beginning of the month on imports of dairy products from several countries helped depress prices, while slackening imports of whole milk powder by China (the world’s largest importer) also contributed to market uncertainty. Meanwhile, the vegetable oils sub-index clocked in at 166.6 points in August, 14.5 points (8 per cent) less than the previous month and the lowest level since November 2009. Sugar prices averaged 244.3 points last month, down by 14.8 points (5.7 per cent) from July. FAO’s price index for cereals averaged 182.5 points in August, down 2.8 points (1.5 per cent) from last month and 24.2 points (11.7 per cent) versus August 2013.With 2014 being another record year for wheat production, prices for the staple grain continued to slide in August, reaching their lowest value since July 2010. Similarly, near ideal growing conditions in key producing areas, coupled with abundant stocks, have seen maize prices retreat to a four year low, the index reported.However, the price of rice rose in August, reflecting increased import demand, lower-than-expected releases from stockpiles by Thailand, and unfavourable weather in Asia. “Rice prices appear to be ample worldwide, but stocks are very much concentrated in a small number of countries, and often owned by Governments. This means that these countries can very much influence world prices, by deciding whether to let those supplies flow to the market or not,” said FAO economist Concepción Calpe.Meanwhile, FAO’s monthly Cereal Supply and Demand Brief, also released today, has upped the Organization’s forecast for 2014 world cereal production by 14 million tonnes. At 2.5 billion tonnes, the projection would be 0.5 per cent short of last year’s record. Wheat production is now expected to reach 716.5 million tonnes – also just shy of last year’s record harvest. Wheat crops in China, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the United States are now projected to be larger than previously anticipated. Production in Argentina, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, and Russia has increased significantly, offsetting reductions in Australia, the United States and especially Canada – where the latest official forecast points to a decline of almost 10 million tonnes (26 per cent). In addition, rice production outlook has worsened compared to July by about 3 million tonnes, as an erratic rainfall pattern and concerns over weather impacts on crops early next year marred prospects in China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. read more

US Open 2012 Tiger Woods Tied For Lead

Tiger Woods, sticking to a conservative, patient game plan on a dried-out Olympic Club course, overcame a string of three straight bogeys to share the U.S. Open 2012 lead heading into weekend play in San Francisco.Woods shot even-par 70 yesterday to follow his opening- round 69 and is tied with fellow Americans Jim Furyk and David Toms at 1 under overall. Woods will be paired today with 2003 U.S. Open winner Furyk, his frequent partner in Ryder Cup and President’s Cup matches. The duo is scheduled to tee off at 3:05 p.m. local time.“I’m in a good spot,” Woods told reporters. “I’m looking forward to it.”For two days, Woods frequently has dismissed his driver in favor of long-flying irons on the majority of his tee shots to avoid thick rough lining the course’s fast-rolling fairways. The plan has worked so far. He leads all players with a driving accuracy of 75 percent, hitting the fairway 21 of 28 times.“It’s one thing to game plan, but you also have to execute the game plan,” Woods said. “I’ve done a pretty good job of that for the first two days.”Woods, who is seeking to end a four-year winless drought with his 15th major golf title, briefly held the lead by himself early in yesterday’s round when he sank a five-foot birdie putt on the par-3 third hole.One hole later, he began a stretch of three straight bogeys that left him at 1 over — three shots off the lead at one point. He had a three-putt bogey on the seventh, a hole that has surrendered 105 birdies over two days, when he knocked a six- foot birdie putt four feet past the hole and missed the comeback attempt.Tough Stretch“It was a tough little stretch,” Woods said.He recovered with birdies on the 10th and 13th holes to regain a share of the lead with Furyk and Toms, the 2001 PGA Championship winner.Toms, a 13-time winner on the U.S. PGA Tour, had missed the 36-hole cut in his previous two tournaments.“Just to be able to turn it around and play really solid golf after the way I’ve played has been nice,” Toms told reporters.Beau Hossler, a 17-year-old high school junior from Southern California, briefly held the tournament lead at 2 under yesterday before making three bogeys and a double bogey in a five-hole span.“I felt I was getting into a little bit of a zone,” Hossler, who has braces on his teeth, told reporters. “Unfortunately I kind of lost it coming in.”Source: businessweek.com read more

Basketball team ready for war

It’s been more than six months since the Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking, double-overtime loss to Siena that ended its NCAA tournament and its season. For the past half-year, the Buckeyes have been working to make sure their 2009-10 season ends on a better note.Starting the season strong will be especially important this year, with OSU facing the defending national champion North Carolina in its third regular season game.  Sophomore guard Walter Offutt says the impending matchup has served as motivation during their offseason preparations.“North Carolina is a big game,” he said. “It’s one of the first nationally televised games in the country, plus they’re a great team and it’s at one of the best basketball venues in the country in Madison Square Garden.”The team’s preparation included a trip last month to Windsor, Ontario. OSU won all three of its exhibition games against Canadian universities by a combined score of 282-154.While he acknowledges that the University of Western Ontario and the University of Windsor may not be North Carolina and Michigan State, Offutt says the experience is still important in getting ready for the season.“Even though the competition level isn’t what we’re going to be facing in the future, it obviously still helped us get familiar with the new defense, the new offense and the new playing style that coach [Thad] Matta is putting in and that’s going to help us in the future to be successful.”Lighty back from injuryIt’s not often that a team begins its season by adding a player with experience as a team captain and 51 career starts, but with the return of junior forward David Lighty from injury, that’s exactly what the Buckeyes will do.Just seven games into his 2008-09 season, Lighty broke a bone in his foot which required surgery and caused him to miss the rest of the season. His last game was actually a career-best, as he totaled a personal high of 21 points. Having to sit out the remainder of the season was a frustrating experience for Lighty.“It was real tough,” he said. “You want to go out there and help your team as much as possible. Just sitting there watching and knowing you don’t have an effect on the outcome of the game was hard.”But the offseason has brought good news for Lighty. First, he was granted a medical redshirt year, meaning he will still have two more years of eligibility for OSU. Second, his recovery has gone as well as anyone could hope for.“I’m back to 100 percent now, no pain at all. I’m running like I can, jumping like I can, I’m doing everything like I was doing before I got hurt,” he said.The trip to Canada provided Lighty his first opportunity to test out his surgically repaired foot against an opposing team.  He played in all three games, averaging 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game. “It might even be a little stronger now that they got that screw in there,” he said with a chuckle.Replacing MullensLike Greg Oden and Michael Conley before him, prized recruit BJ Mullens is gone after only one year, leaving a gap in the post rotation for the Buckeyes. Though he only started two games last season, Mullens made the most of his time on the court, leading the team in rebounds per minute and finishing second in points per minute. Replacing his presence inside will be an important factor in the team’s success this season.“Obviously that messed us up a lot when BJ left,” Offutt said. “Our wings are going to have to pick up scoring like they’re capable of, and Dallas [Lauderdale] is going to have to continue to be big in the middle.”Junior Dallas Lauderdale surprised many when he earned the starting position in the post last year. But he capitalized on the opportunity, leading the team in blocks. And although he scored fewer than five points-per-game, he did so efficiently, shooting 71.8 percent from the field, also a team-best. If the games in Canada are any indication, fans should look for Lauderdale to surprise again this year. He upped his scoring to 12 points per game for the trip, while still managing to shoot 76 percent from the field.As for the wings, Coach Matta seems to be currently settled on starting four of them alongside Lauderdale. Juniors Evan Turner, David Lighty and Jon Diebler, along with sophomore William Buford, started all three games in Canada. All four are listed as either shooting guards or small forwards.Offutt’s hope of increased scoring shouldn’t be a problem with that lineup, as the group consists of the team’s four leading scorers from last season. read more

Ricardo Garib appointed new Weir Minerals Division Managing Director

first_imgThe Weir Group has appointed Ricardo Garib to its Group Executive as Divisional Managing Director of the Weir Minerals Division with effect from January 1, 2016. He will succeed Dean Jenkins, who as previously announced will join the Board as Chief Operating Officer, also effective from that date. Garib has led Weir Minerals’ operations in Latin America since 2001 having previously been Managing Director of the business in Chile. He is a graduate mechanical engineer, Vice President of the Association of Industrial Mining Suppliers and an elected Counsellor for the Board of the Chilean Federation of Industry.last_img

This is the county with the worst broadband access in Ireland

first_imgThis is the county with the worst broadband access in Ireland Just over a third of the premises in Roscommon have access to high-speed broadband. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 37,477 Views By Fora Staff Image: Google Maps Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 9:30 AM Feb 16th 2017, 9:30 AM Share Tweet Email2 Take me to Foracenter_img Image: Google Maps 55 Comments Short URL ROSCOMMON IS THE county that the worst high-speed internet access in Ireland, according to a new study.The finding is contained in a report produced by business group Ibec, which profiled a range of ‘economic indicators’ across all 31 local authority areas such as how much money is made from tourism.For one of the key indicators, broadband connectivity, it examined the number of premises in a county that should have access high-speed broadband from commercial operators in 2016.Using statistics from the Department of Communications, the Ibec report found that, nationally, 57% of premises were on course to be connected to high-speed broadband as of that year.The remaining 43% of premises fell within the National Broadband Plan intervention area. The broadband plan is an initiative aimed at bringing government-subsidised high-speed internet to parts of the country that commercial operators won’t touch.All premises in the country were due to have access to high-speed broadband by 2020 under the plan, however in April the government pushed out that completion date to 2022.Western lagThe Ibec report said that Dublin, unsurprisingly, had the best connectivity out of the 26 counties. Some 99% of premises were on course to have access to high-speed broadband.Roscommon was found to have the worst connectivity, with just 36% of premises having access to high-speed broadband.Counties in the west of the country generally had worse broadband access than those in the east. The connectivity in Leitrim was 40%, while the figure was also 40% in Mayo. Source: IbecClick here for a larger image“The requirement for state intervention rises as you move westwards across the country, with the western region having the most premises within the planned intervention area,” the Ibec report said.“The digital economy plays an increasingly crucial role in the exchange of goods and services. Insufficient broadband connectivity leaves local businesses and householders at a significant disadvantage.”It added: “Data intensive industries are increasingly mobile and have provided vital boosts in job creation around the country.“Attracting these industries, that rely on reliable high quality connections, remains a challenge in some local authority areas.”Broadband speedsThe areas with the worst connectivity also tend to have the slowest average broadband speeds.Data from price comparison website and switching service Switcher.ie from November found that the worst town for broadband speeds is Legan in Longford, with an average download speed of 1.98Mbps.While Longford came out the with the slowest average speed, Leitrim, Roscommon, and Mayo are all in the bottom five.Ibec senior policy executive Aidan Sweeney said: “The findings in our report show that we must progress the National Planning Framework without delay to address the growing imbalance between Dublin and the rest of the country.”The National Planning Framework, which the state is starting to draw up, is the government’s long-term plan for what Ireland should be like in about twenty years time.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: http://jrnl.ie/3242432 last_img read more

Nivea pulls racist advert that bore the message white is purity

first_img SKINCARE BRAND NIVEA has removed an advert that was criticised as discriminatory and racist.Promoting its invisible deodorant range, it featured a woman photographed from the back with the message “white is purity”.Although condemned widely on social media, the advert was also shared across alt-right social media accounts.Used on their Facebook page, in a post that was geographically targeted to appear for users in the Middle East, the caption underneath read “Keep it clean, keep it bright. Don’t let anything ruin it”.Nivea apologised and admitted that the post was misleading.Its parent company Beiersdorf said that the post had been deleted and it was “deeply sorry to anyone who may take offence to this specific post. Diversity and equal opportunity are crucial values to Nivea.”It added in a statement to the BBC that “after realising that the post is misleading, it was immediately withdrawn. We value difference. Direct or indirect discrimination must be ruled out in all decisions by, and in all areas of our activities. Short URL 85 Comments Come on #Nivea. This is so racist that I do not even know where to begin.😠 Speechless. In future, refer to clothes or products, not colors. pic.twitter.com/m0KTSALFKo— Scott Bellows (@ScottProfessor) April 4, 2017 https://jrnl.ie/3324565 Image: Nivea/Facebook Share Tweet Email1 By Sean Murray Apr 5th 2017, 7:22 AM center_img Nivea pulls ‘racist’ advert that bore the message ‘white is purity’ This wasn’t the first occasion that Nivea’s advertisements have drawn public condemnation. Source: Scott Bellows/Twitter Nivea also addressed people who complained about it directly on Twitter. Source: NiveaUK/Twitter 17,276 Views Image: Nivea/Facebook Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 7:22 AM The post was widely criticised on social media, but also welcomed in some quarters with one alt-right twitter account calling Nivea the “official anti-perspirant of the #AltRight”.This wasn’t the first occasion that Nivea’s advertisements have drawn public condemnation.This advert featured a black man along with the caption “re-civilise yourself”, along with the smaller caption “look like you give a damn”.It features the clean cut man about to throw away the head of a black man with a messier hair style. Source: NiveaRead: MI6 seeking spies with first ever cinema advertRead: Criticism for Labour ad showing Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin as gay couple on wedding daylast_img read more

Bahamas Nomination Day UDP pulling out of elections

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 20, 2017 – Nassau – It appears that the UDP or United Democratic Party is fizzling out as now both its leader and deputy party leader have bowed out of the election race.  John Pinder, yesterday confirmed that he will no longer offer for the Fox Hill seat.  The Bahamas Public Services Union leader said there have many pulling out of their bid for constituencies within his party; basically explaining that timing does not seem right for the UDP.In January, the UDP began the year with a roll out of its some of its candidates and party agenda going into the 2017 run-off; now with momentum gone following the back-out of party leader Gregory Moss in March, others have followed suit.The announcement of a no-go for Pinder came just hours before the start of national nomination day, which is today, when the elections office will know for certain who is or is not offering themselves for one of the 29 constituencies country wide.   Among the items nominees need are five endorsements from constituents, financial declarations and $400.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamasnominationday#UDPpullingoutofelections Related Items:#Bahamasnominationday, #magneticmedianews, #UDPpullingoutofelections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Severe weather leaves Nassau powerless

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 28, 2017 – Nassau – For hours, Nassau residents were without electricity yesterday due to severe weather – a #lightningstorm and heavy downpours dominated weather in the Capital on Tuesday.   However, it was not only New Providence impacted by the showers and thunderstorms but Abaco, Berry Islands and Cat Island.The forecast said there could even be hail and waterspouts and boaters were advised to seek safe harbour.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#lightningstorm, #magneticmedianewslast_img