Category: bmrxcjkks

Datebook 5/16

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsArleta Neighborhood Council will meet, 6:30 p.m., Beachy Avenue Elementary School auditorium, 9757 Beachy Ave. Call (818) 896-5860. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. TODAY Pierce College job fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 719-6454. Author Tony Kienitz will discuss his book “The Year I Ate My Yard,” 11 a.m., Southern California Garden Club, Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 781-4537. Democratic Club of the Conejo Valley luncheon, 12:30 p.m., 1125 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Cost: $16.50. For reservations, call (805) 675-8785. last_img read more

Read more…

ISPCA DEFENDS ITS HANDLING OF DONEGAL DOG CASE

first_imgThe ISPCA in Donegal has defended its handling of a case in which up to 30 dogs were taken from a man at an address in Lifford.The dogs were found in a poor state.It follows local criticism of the incident with locals claiming the man had been investigated before for similar incidents.The dogs, most springer spaniels, were found in a poor state at the man’s premises. However the ISPCA said they are satisfied that all the correct procedures were followed in the case.A statement from the ISPCA said “The ISPCA considered all the facts in this case. It would not have been appropriate for the ISPCA to refer this matter to an Garda Siochana.“None of the dogs were hungry, sick, injured, or had suffered physical abuse. Ill-health has caused failings in the correct management of the dogs which resulted in unrestricted breeding.“It is the policy of the ISPCA to work with people who ask for help, particularly when there are extenuating circumstances in order to ensure the best outcome for both people and their animals. “After careful assessment of the entire situation, including the owner’s current health status and the facilities at their disposal, it was agreed that a number of dogs could be retained. We will continue to monitor the situation and offer help and advice.”ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley said the owner thankfully sought help in the circumstances.“It appears that there was an explosion in the number of dogs in a relatively short period of time and the owners were unable to cope. Thankfully, they sought help before the situation deteriorated further”.He said said the man now has five dogs that he is able to care for, but the ISPCA would carry out regular inspections “just to make sure standards are being kept up”.ISPCA DEFENDS ITS HANDLING OF DONEGAL DOG CASE was last modified: January 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dogsInspector Kevin McGInleyISPCALiffordlast_img read more

Read more…

Paddy is popular winner of new car in B&S Credit Union draw

first_imgPaddy McGlynn, from Kilrawn, Cloghan, was the very popular winner of a brand new Hyundai i10 in the first B&S Credit Union Members Draw of 2018.The first of two draws took place on Tuesday) at the B&S Ballybofey branch – the second will be held in July.A retired farmer, the affable Paddy (77) said he was relaxing at his home in the Glenfin Gaeltacht and almost ‘fell off the chair’ when he got a telephone call from Ms Pauline Tourish, manager of B&S Credit Union. “Oh, I got some shock when Pauline told me the good news,” he said. “I was sitting down relaxing and nearly fell off the chair when I heard I had won a new car. “I’d actually forgotten that I’d even entered the draw, but it was a wonderful surprise. It’s a lovely car and thanks to everyone at B&S Credit Union, they are really a great asset to the local community.”A driver of a ten-year-old jeep, he says he has yet to decide what to do with his new motor.There were also €5,250 in cash prizes and another €750 in spot prizes and vouchers for local businesses for those who attended on the day. Winners of €1,000 each were, Sean Tourish, Crossroads, Killygordon, Kieran Temple, Ard McCool, Stranorlar and Anne Marie Kelly, Cross, Killygordon. Those who snapped up €500 each were Peggy Galvin, Alysia Nunez and Bernadette Callaghan, all from Ballybofey.Paddy is popular winner of new car in B&S Credit Union draw was last modified: February 1st, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Read more…

Elegant Hair 15″ Clip in Hair Extensions – Straight – Jet #1 – Full Head – 8 Pcs 150g – High Quality Heat Resistant Synthetic Fibre – Looks and Feels like Real Hair by – So worth the money!

first_img Posted on February 3, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags Elegant Hair What additional can u talk to for for 10 pound. I consider these r superb value for income i have slender highlighted hair and it looks lush and thick with these in. Even tho they are unique colour to my hair they mix in wonderfully n give me distinctive color blonds and browns with a little bit of duration way too. I like them and will deffo buy a lot more. I cannot really consider how fantastic these ended up for the price tag and they came the very nest working day. Very joyful and experienced loads of compliments.I failed to know whether or not to buy these at initially for the reason that i’ve had hair extensions prior to (not from this vendor) that have bought tatty really immediately, but i’m so glad i splashed out on them. For starters, they are a place-on color match with my personal hippy-chick highlighted hair, which is about a million unique shades of color, ranging from white platinum blonde bits as a result of each and every shade of blonde and brown to mid/darkish brown bits. The common situation i have with extensions is getting some that have enough colors in them to blend in with my own highlights – if you get ones that aren’t highlighted ample they stand out a mile, but these are fab simply because of the variety of highlights in them. Subsequent – they are charming and smooth and silky. Other reviewers have said that the hair fell out, but i imagine they have to have just been unfortunate with a dodgy set, because mine have not fallen to bits at all, and if you glimpse intently at them, the hair is pretty firmly sewn and hooked up to the clips. I acquired the longest length, the 24′, as my very own hair would not feel to grow any lengthier than the center of my again, and i wished lengthy hair. I will be truthful, the extensions do tangle a bit – but only if you never glimpse following them and do absurd designs with them. Extensions are like real hair in that they will need to be cared for and appeared soon after just as you would your have hair – if you do not brush your own hair then it tangles, and the same goes for these. Also i imagine that the duration has a good deal to do with it – if you have definitely extended extensions like mine then they will naturally tangle less complicated than shorter ones simply because there is extra hair – it truly is just prevalent feeling. And i use the phrase ‘tangle’ in the least probable perception – it’s not significant tangling that you can not untangle, it is really just a couple hairs obtaining caught up with other people, that a little bit of mild pulling apart with your fingers will fix straight away.Reviews from purchasers :I think these r excellent value for money I have thin highlighted hair and Grandaughter wanted blue hair like shine from shimmer and shine and these are the clip in hair extensions. Just been given my 2nd pair of these extensions. My to start with pair ended up 24′ and i purchased the 22′ for a more voluminous glance. They are these great quality and are considerably superior quality than what you’d hope for this wonderful price tag. I design mine by curling them with heated rollers rather than with heated equipment these as ghd and the curls transform out terrific and very last so prolonged. I have not washed them nonetheless but the clips are pretty solid and give a excellent keep as well.. These are uncomplicated to attach and a good colour. Occur really very long so we trimmed to match my daughters hair size.Lovely delicate and straight adore it many thanks x.Totally brilliant to use and an amazing cost will be purchasing some much more quickly, color mixed effectively with my organic color.I acquired them for a extravagant costume social gathering and was so impressed that i just purchased another 2 colors. They are fairly practical and are easy to attach to your possess hair.I purchased these on the off probability that they might be good at least if they wasnt then id only be losing a tenner but i was entirely stunned there outstanding actually shiny and in excellent issue right after i have worn them rather alot.These are terrific worth for income and very rapid shipping and delivery. I do not use straighteners, i just ruffle the hair up a little bit and spray with a powerful hairspray right until dry, when set, i then clip on to my own hair.Acquired the working day just after purchasing. Excellent quality for the price.On to issue i’d say is the hair falls place abit when you first put on it.I bought these and they shedded like hell but i sealed them with some weft sealer and they lose alot considerably less than ahead of, they also tangle alot but never use a normal comb use a large tooth comb, other than that they are fantastic.Would advocate this merchandise to each individual girl out there , straightforward to use and command would consider distinct colours everytime.Wonderful merchandise, fast postage many thanks :).Beautiful coloured hair extensions.The hair is gorgeous looking at it is synthetic an there’s a great deal of hair in the established, however i have had complications with the hair falling out of the extensions which has previously direct to some extensions getting incredibly skinny.Pretty speedy shipping and delivery happy with my product or service. Incredibly excellent value for cash pretty delicate silky synthetic hair. I have observed that when i purchase hair extensions i implement tremendous glue to the leading where by the clips are and the stitching and it stops them multing so rapidly. Would defiantly advise to close friends great for a speedy correct.Love the hair price you for income would obtain again looks superior and fills fab and close friends question me wherever i bought them from.SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-02-03 20:15:27Reviewed Item 15″ Clip in Hair Extensions – Straight – Jet Black #1 – Full Head – 8 Pcs 150g – High Quality Heat Resistant Synthetic Fibre – Looks and Feels like Real Hair by Elegant HairRating 4.0 / 5  stars, based on  93  reviewscenter_img Definitely gorgeous seriously happy with these the colour is location on to my individual higlighted hair colour, also a perfect duration i went for the eighteen inches not way too lengthy just natural wanting. Edited my overview -they looked pretty at initial but following a couple of weeks they have long gone seriously coarse like horse tail sensation, and all tangled up even right after brushing furthermore they get rid of really a bit, but for the cost you cant actually complain. Would still reccommend for a quick time of use.Not undesirable hair utilized it for more than a month does get tatty after a number of times but i just straighten them and they search great as new once again.Very pleased with my get, rapid shipping and delivery. Best colour match & attractive and soft.Here are the specifications for the Elegant Hair 15″ Clip in Hair Extensions – Straight – Jet #1 – Full Head – 8 Pcs 150g – High Quality Heat Resistant Synthetic Fibre – Looks and Feels like Real Hair by:Are you having bad hair day, have thin hair or short hair? Our clip in hair extensions will give you an instant long lush, thick glamorous look all in less than 5 minutesHigh Quality Heat Resistant Fibre – Feels silky and soft just like real hairNon Slip Secure Clips. Clips are attached and ready to useDescription of Wefts: 2 x 8″ 3 Clips, 2 x 6″ 3 Clips, 2 x 4″ 2 Clips, 2 x 2″ 1 ClipWashable and reusable. Can be Straightened and Curled. UK Supplier.last_img read more

Read more…

Efforts to recognize the hard working youth in the livestock barns are expanding

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For many years now, the Outstanding Market Exhibitor Program has rewarded and recognized junior market exhibitors who perform the best in the show ring, skillathon and showmanship with funds generated in the Youth Reserve Program. Now, there are increasing efforts to highlight the hard working youth exhibitors beyond the market shows with more emphasis being placed on the areas of junior breeding livestock at the Ohio State Fair.Austin Hunker from Huron County and Hannah Topmiller from Warren County are examples of the expanding number of youth exhibitors being highlighted in new programs at the Ohio State Fair. Topmiller was the second place overall Beef Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor. Austin Hunker of Huron County was the first place winner. In the swine barn Seth Fearon from Darke County, Lindsey Dore from Delaware County and Devon Snyder of Clinton County were the top three Outstanding Breeding Exhibitors.“We’re now a couple years into a new program — the Premier Breeding Exhibitor. It is an opportunity for the kids to garner recognition in showmanship, how they place in the breeding show and the skillathon,” said Bill Tom, Ohio State Fair Beef Department director. “It allows us to expand into the breeding program and get more kids involved. The steer exhibitors have always gotten the premier exhibitor award and it is a nice event and I thought it was important that the kids in the breeding program had an equal opportunity, so we started that program two years ago. And we are on our third year for the Best of the Buckeye. We have that for our heifer and steer programs for any cattle that are born and bred in the state of Ohio that exhibitors qualify for scholarships and three categories of prizes and points. We have tried really hard to make the program much more appealing to the average 4-Her..”A similar effort is being implemented for junior sheep exhibitors.“We created the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association LEAD Council to have youth programming for the sheep industry with sponsorships and breed association contributions going to highlight the youth across all segments of the industry,” said Roger High with OSIA. “LEAD Council is about the kids and the money we generate through that goes to them. We are starting a new era with the breeding sheep to raise money to get it out to the kids through showmanship, the breed champions and reserves or the supreme champions. Hopefully it will grow and it will become as big as what we see with the market lamb program.”There has also been plenty of excitement in the hog barn with new efforts to benefit a broader spectrum of youth exhibitors there as well.“The exhibitors were extremely excited. This was the first time we have ever been able to pick the top 10 outstanding market exhibitors for the breeding kids. This has been something a long time coming. The Supreme Champion Gilt exhibitors received a popper courtesy of EBY and the reserve champions received a show box. They have gotten special picture certificates and we have upgraded to showmanship chairs and jackets,” said Michelle Kuhlwein, Ohio Youth Swine Committee chairman. “It has really grown. When we started this seven years ago I never dreamed that we would be able to put $50,000 in a single fair, but that is exactly what we did this year. We went from 10 sponsors when we started to 32 sponsors and going strong.”The expanding programs impact more youth exhibitors.“One of the things we believe in is the future of our youth. We are touching all of the kids in the barn and that is one of the things that makes this special. We are doing things for the several hundred kids in the barn rather than just concentrating on the champions,” Kuhlwein said. “I can’t believe the positive feedback we have gotten. When we gave away that popper the other day to a young man with the Supreme Champion Gilt he was so happy. That joy in his eyes makes this all worthwhile for me. Then at the end of the fair, before we picked the champion, the top 30 in the barn and the top 10 breeding kids were recognized. I wrote out checks for over $13,000 in premiums those kids will take directly home with them. The champions are great, but in my eyes all of the kids who come here and do this are champions, not just the ones who get the banners.”last_img read more

Read more…

Miso: A Foursquare-Like App for Homebodies

first_imgTags:#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces If your Foursquare check-ins could be limited to backyard outings and trips to the mailbox, you may be interested in a new mobile application called Miso. With this service, a startup from Bazaar Labs, also the makers of a social network called Flixup! for movie chatter, you can perform Foursquare-like “check-ins” when watching a particular TV show or movie. Homebodies, this app is for you.With Miso, instead of checking in to locations outside of your home, like bars, restaurants and events as you do with popular mobile applications like Foursquare, Brightkite, Loopt and Gowalla, the Miso app takes the “check-in” model and uses it to connect people enjoying TV shows and movies. Although you could check-in when watching a movie at a local theater, the app is just as useful to those who tend to stay at home. Foursquare for the Boring? For those with the heyday of youth behind them, social outings to bars and restaurants and other “fun” events are slowly replaced with more boring trips to the grocery store, playgroup meetups and other errands unworthy of sharing with a mobile social network. In addition, tighter household budgets forced upon families by the down economy has many trading weekly evenings out for low-cost movie nights at home, cuddled up with the latest Netflix DVD – or even just good ol’ fashioned cable TV.Thanks to Miso, even homebodies like this can participate in the check-in craze. Although you can still share what you see at the theater, if desired, the beauty of this app is that you don’t need a social life to socialize via your mobile. Instead, you can just chat it up with other fans of home entertainment, where you discuss the latest episode of “Lost” or the newest HBO original movie, for example. Using MisoTo use the app, you “check in” by sharing what you’re watching. And as with Foursquare, you can unlock badges the more use participate on the network. (At last – couch potatoes can have badges too!) These badges help you show off your interests to other Miso users so you can connect with similarly like-minded folks.According to news from MobileBeat, a new version of the app is set to go live this week during the South by Southwest conference. In the updated release, you’ll have the ability to add location along with your check-in – in case you ever make it out to the local cinemaplex after all. You can grab your copy of Miso from here (iTunes link). center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts last_img read more

Read more…

Are Pakistanis Really Cheats?

first_imgIn an incident that could make a great case-study for any law school syllabus, Pakistan forfeited a Test match against England after it was accused of ball-tampering. Are the Pakistanis a rogue team in world cricket? Or are they being unfairly treated for their past misdeeds?Blame it on an evil eye, the proverbial buree-nazar.  How else can one explain that one of the most harmoniously conducted cricket series between Pakistan and England in recent memory – no controversial decisions, no temper tantrums, no hint of acrimony between teams – was marred by forfeiture! The two countries, history shows, have never been the best of opponents. And their matches have hardly been the most sporting or amicable of contests. Until the International Cricket Council adopted the neutral-umpire policy, the umpiring by Pakistan’s home umpires was a major bone of contention. In the past, a frustrated touring English team is known to have got a particularly biased Pakistani umpire tight and sozzled, and then dunked him in their hotel swimming-pool at the end of the Test series.The more recent change to a more civil – even cordial? – exchange between the Pakistani and the English cricketers on and off the field stemmed from three developments. First, the appointment of an Englishman Bob Woolmer as Pakistan’s cricket coach, who could help the Pakistanis tide over their cultural angularities in the propah-old-chap English setting. Second, the selection of the relatively laid-back Inzamam-ul-Haq (compared to a firebrand trouble-maker like, say, Javed Miandad) as Pakistan’s cricket captain. Third, the growing number of Pakistani cricketers playing professional county cricket in England when not doing duty for their country.And then this. On the fourth day of the fourth and last Test match at the Kennington Oval in London, television viewers across the globe were witness to some of the strangest happenings ever on or off a cricket field between cricketers and officialdom. The result was a first in Test cricket history: a team forfeiting a match over a no-show protest triggered by allegations of cheating – in this case, ball-tampering. The incident, unprecedented in 129 years of international cricket during which 1,814 Tests have been played, has cast a shadow not only on the rest of the tour, which includes five one-day internationals between England and Pakistan. It also threatens to have serious implications on how the game is administered and umpired.Before all else, let’s enumerate the facts of the case. Pakistan was in a strong position to win the Test when the first sign of trouble came. Australian umpire Darrell Hair picked up the ball a half-hour before the tea intermission. He brought its roughed-up condition to the attention of his fellow-umpire West Indian Billy Doctrove and of the Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq. Hair then proceeded to penalize Pakistan five runs for ball-tampering and allowed the English batsmen, as per the rules, to select an alternative ball. (A word on ball-tampering for the uninitiated. Unlike other ball-games, the state of a cricket ball has telling consequences on its behaviour in the air and off the pitch – more so in the case of fast or seam bowlers. By scuffing up its seam, the ball can be made to behave in ways that defy conventional swing-balling norms, a bowling style that’s called “reverse swing” and that’s acknowledged to be the most deadly weapon even against seasoned batsmen. But here’s the rub: whereas the laws of cricket allow applications of perspiration and saliva on the ball and its rubbing on trousers to keep its shine and delay its deterioration, any structural change with the help of finger-nails or with substances like clay or sawdust or with implements, such as soda-bottle caps, is severely frowned upon and the offender can be booked under Law 42.3, which deals with any fielder changing the condition of the ball unfairly.)Inzy was seen to protest verbally on-field against Hair’s decision, but Hair was unmoved and play carried on till tea. After the tea-break, the umpires and the English batsmen went onto the field, but the Pakistani team stayed put in their dressing-room. The delay was apparently a form of protest. Having waited for the fielding team in vain for about 20 minutes, the umpires knocked off the bails (signifying end of play) and returned to the pavilion with the batsmen. A few minutes later, Inzy led his team out to the ground and they too returned to the pavilion when they saw only groundsmen there.This is as much the television cameras saw, or – to be precise – as much as the television viewers got to see. Later that evening, news trickled out of the Oval that England had been awarded the match under Law 21, which states, in essence, that a match shall be lost by a side which in the opinion of the umpires refuses to play. Arguing that changing the umpire’s decision “would not be in keeping with the Laws of Cricket,” the ICC’s official statement added: “The issue of a charge or charges to be laid against Pakistan under the ICC’s code of conduct will now be dealt with at the earliest possible opportunity. Pakistan has been charged under Level Two of the code, which relates to changing the condition of the match ball.”Okay, so we all know England won. But who was the loser? Was it Pakistan? Or, was it the game of cricket we love so much.If the events of that fateful day are analyzed from a cold legal perspective, they could be clubbed into two distinct sets of issues. The first relates to the alleged offence of ball-tampering, the second to the business of forfeiting the match.In the first instance, the only clear inference one can arrive at is that the crucial facts are still unclear. Let me clarify. That the ball was roughed-up is not in any way a disputed or disputable fact. It was, after all, nearly 55 overs old and was repeatedly tonked into the stands during those overs by at least one mercilessly hard-hitting English batsman Kevin Pietersen. That the umpire in question was well within his rights to stop play, inspect the ball and rule on its condition is again, in no way, challenged. The crucial evidence here is the sighting of the ball being scuffed by a Pakistani player. And that evidence, from all accounts, is not yet available. Neither Hair nor any ICC official has come up with the offender’s name, and none of the 26 live-television cameras showed any untoward activity with the ball during the entire duration of the England innings. This fact too was admitted by the television commentators.But that raises the knotty question: Do we always need to see a criminal actually commit the crime in order to hold him guilty and punish him, or is the evidence – albeit circumstantial – enough of a smoking gun?  Some would argue that the former requisite would make it almost impossible to prosecute any killer who has ensured there were no eye-witnesses to the killing. This line of reasoning would be prone to view the corpse and any other relevant “fact” – such as the presence of none else but the killer at the murder site or even the motive of the accused – as sufficient reason to hang the man.Others would be more circumspect, and demand more weighty and compelling evidence before reaching a verdict. In a modern cricketing venue (like a stadium) where every on-field act attracts the scrutiny not only of thousands of spectators, but also dozens of professional reporters, commentators and hi-tech cameras, is it too much to expect an authority accusing a team of ball-tampering to produce evidence or even the name of the so-called offender?As for forfeiture, the Pakistanis are on thinner ice. Those who merely watched the live-television coverage without reading the various news reports that followed the incident would wonder – quite legitimately – if Umpire Hair had not jumped the gun. TV viewers saw no shot of either umpire visiting the Pakistani dressing-room to ascertain whether or not the team was planning to take the field. But subsequent news reports confirmed what they didn’t see. The umpires, we now learn, did approach Inzy who showed no inclination to continue playing.This last bit of news was somehow – unwittingly or otherwise – kept away from TV viewers. To confound their confusion, they instead saw Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan telling interviewer Michael Holding on live camera that but for a “brief, five-minute” protest-delay by his team, the Pakistanis were ready to play, and describing the turn of events as “most unfortunate.”What is the rest of the world to make of the entire Oval incident?As an Indian writer, let me play neutral umpire and lay the blame squarely on both parties involved in this imbroglio, mindful that both have ultimately fallen victims to their own dubious reputations. Here goes:THE PAKISTANI CRICKETERS, Even if one agrees with Shahryar Khan that Hair has been particularly unsympathetic toward Pakistan, their refusal to play was nothing short of biting the bait. The saner option was to continue playing the match and then lodge a strong written protest against Hair for making unfounded accusations. They would then have earned a huge dollop of sympathy from cricket-lovers across the world who are awed by their mercurial talent.But these same cricket-lovers also know that the needle of suspicion is never far away from the Pakistanis when it comes to ball-tampering. The first accusations came in 1993 from (who else?) the Englishmen who alleged – without proof but with a lot of silent nods from non-Pakistani cricketers – that Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis scuffed the ball and lifted its seam to make it reverse swing. The latter (he is the present bowling coach, no less, of the Pakistan team!) was officially suspended in 2000 for the same offence in an ODI against South Africa, while Shoaib Akhtar was banned for two games in Sri Lanka in 2002-2003 for his illegal shenanigans with the cricket ball.To be sure, there have been cricketers from other nations at fault too. English fast bowler John Lever stealthily applied Vaseline on the ball to wreck an Indian innings, and the then Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi had to forfeit his English county contract for blowing the whistle on him. TV cameras caught English captain Michael Atherton rubbing sawdust on the ball in a 1994 Test against South Africa. And our own Sachin Tendulkar, otherwise squeaky clean on cricketing matters, was suspended for ball-tampering in 2001.But while these are seen as one-off exceptions, the perception – perhaps unfounded – that the Pakistanis as a rule are cheats has taken firm root. And there are whispers that they’re wily enough to work on the ball between overs when the television cameras are switched off for commercial breaks. True, the on-field umpires aren’t blind, but you can never under-estimate the “talented” Pakistanis, their detractors assert. Another case of the crooks being smarter than the cops?DARRELL HAIR Talking of reputations and perceptions, the word “cop” has special relevance for this Aussie umpire. Not that he ever worked in the police force, but his policeman-like petulant demeanour and his reported zeal to come down hard and fast on rule-violations by South Asians are as quirky as they are legendary. He no-balled Muttiah Murlidharan in Australia for chucking in 1995-1996, didn’t officiate for nearly a decade thereafter in any match involving Sri Lanka and when he finally did, apparently thought the action was fine, even though he described it as “diabolical” in his autobiography.Apart from this inconsistency, Hair is generally regarded as a “correct” umpire. His problem though is that he might in fact be “too correct.” No denying that Test cricket needs to be played in all seriousness, but an over-exacting or over-suspicious umpire can kill the spirit of the game by an over-adherence to the letter of the law.  A diametric opposite of clowning umpires like Billy Bowden and Dicky Bird, Hair needs to take a more moderate stance without letting up on the rules, the kind of balanced attitude that have made David Shepherd and Simon Taufel the world’s best.As I write this, my cell-phone is abuzz with calls from reporter-friends. Did England’s coach Duncan Fletcher incite the action against the alleged ball-tampering by sidling up to the authorities and letting on some damning clues? Is Inzy being targeted by ICC for bringing the game into disrepute? Is Hair being targeted by PCB which wants him to officiate in no future ties involving Pakistan? Is there a “deal” in the offing, with ICC easing Hair out of the Elite Umpire Panel and PCB replacing Inzy with Younis Khan as captain?It’s indeed sad that so much is being written and spoken about matters that don’t involve actual performances on the cricket field. I’d rather my cell-phone buzzed, for a change, with a discussion of an exquisite square-cut or a perfect yorker. Related Itemslast_img read more

Read more…

Argentina Again Facing Early Elimination at Copa America

first_imgBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — A year later, Argentina is again facing the prospect of an early elimination.After struggling in the group stage of the World Cup in Russia, Argentina also got off to a bad start at the Copa America in Brazil.And another setback on Wednesday against Paraguay will leave the team in danger of enduring its worst fiasco in nearly four decades. The last time Argentina failed to advance past the group stage in the South American competition was in 1983.Trying to end a title drought of 26 years, Argentina opened its Copa America campaign with a demoralizing 2-0 loss to Colombia, falling to last place in Group B after Paraguay and Qatar earned a point each from their 2-2 draw.At last year’s World Cup, Argentina needed a win over Nigeria in the final group match to avoid elimination. The team got it, but they then lost to France in the last 16.Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni was part of the staff of then-coach Jorge Sampaoli, who was fired after the loss to the eventual champions. Scaloni, a former player, now faces the urgency of a good result against Paraguay at the Mineirao Stadium.With a squad with less than half of the players who were in Russia, Argentina has shown little progress since the World Cup. The loss to Colombia revealed many of the mistakes the team endured in Russia, including the lack of efficiency in attack despite the leadership of Lionel Messi.Colombia’s James Rodriguez, 2nd right, and Argentina’s Lionel Messi, 2nd left, at the end of the Copa America Group B soccer match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, June 15, 2019. Colombia won 2-0.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Messi was far from his best against Colombia but remained optimistic.“This group is ready for this challenge and we will try to succeed,” said the 31-year-old Messi, the team’s oldest player at this year’s Copa America. “This group is strong and united. We can make it.”Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are the only survivors from the group that lost the finals of the World Cup in 2014 and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016. Aguero and Di Maria also struggled against Colombia, being heavily criticized back home.Aguero had only one significant attempt on goal early in the game, while Di Maria was never a real threat against the Colombian defense. Udinese captain Rodrigo De Paul is now touted as a possible replacement for Di Maria after entering the match against Colombia and adding a spark to the Argentina attack.Aguero had not been in Scaloni’s plans before the Copa America but his good season with Manchester City made it nearly impossible to leave the striker out of the squad. Scaloni previously had favored strikers with a greater presence in the area, such as Lautaro Martinez.In defense, a lackluster performance by Renzo Saravia could lead to him being replaced by Milton Casco.Paraguay has never beaten Argentina in 24 Copa America matches, but it has always proven a tough opponent thanks to its solid defensive system. Paraguay didn’t concede in its last two matches against its neighbor.To make it even harder for Argentina, the Paraguayan defense is likely to be boosted by the return of Palmeiras defender Gustavo Gomez, who was suspended for the first match against Qatar.By: Déborah Rey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Read more…

Mary Kom wins sixth world championship, named best boxer

first_imgIndia’s MC Mary Kom won a historic sixth gold medal in world championships on Saturday morning, beating Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in a unanimous 5-0 verdict in the 48 kg category summit clash.Kom now has an incredible six gold and one silver in the showpiece, the last yellow metal coming in 2010 in Bridgetown.The results read 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favour of Mary Kom who had beaten the opponent in a tournament in Poland this year.Speaking to reporters after her victory, Mary Kom said: “I would like to dedicate this win to my country.” Soon after her victory, wishes started pouring inA proud moment for Indian sports.Congratulations to Mary Kom for winning a Gold in the Women’s World Boxing Championships. The diligence with which she’s pursued sports and excelled at the world stage is extremely inspiring. Her win is truly special. @MangteCNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2018Even Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter and uploaded a picture of the gloves gifted to him by Mary Kom and expressed how proud he is.T 3005 – MARY KOM .. what a huge honour you bring to the Country .. 6 times Gold medalist World Championship !! CONGRATULATIONS !I ever value your BOXING GLOVES that you gifted me ! they are MY gold medals !!?????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/alTP5ZOFVWAmitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 24, 2018Priyanka Chopra, who played Mary Kom in reel life, has always been inspired by the sportswoman and seemed elated at her victoryWow! Only you could do it!! What an achievement… the first female boxer to win the #WorldChampionship for an unprecedented 6th time! Congratulations @MangteC… It’s a proud moment for the nation & you are and always will be my inspiration.. Here’s to #MagnificentMary ????advertisementPRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) November 24, 2018Soon after winning the title, Kom was adjudged the best pugilist of the 10th World Women’s Boxing Championships here.The AIBA panel which chose the Indian as the best among the competitors was a richly deserved honour to the 35-year-old Manipuri, whose endurance, perseverance and the never-say-die attitude is unparalleled in the history.Speaking during the official press conference, Mary Kom recalled her participation in the New Delhi event held in 2006. “At that time, boxers from fewer countries had participated. It was not even included in the Olympics. Though we won eight medals, four gold included but competition is much tough nowadays and considering the fact, our results here (one gold, a silver and two bronze medals) were great,” said Mary.”As far as organization, this one was better than what it was in 2006.” Asked to compare the win here with earlier gold medals, the Manipuri said it was difficult to remember.”But this one was very special. I was under pressure and had to change my weight category also. I won my last Worlds gold in 2010 and then the change of weight for the Olympics happened. The pressure was something I always felt but don’t know how to put this gold alongside the earlier five,” she reasoned.About Mary KomMangte Chungneijang (MC) Mary Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion from India and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.Nicknamed ‘Magnificent Mary,’ she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kilograms) category and winning the bronze medal.She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category.She became the first Indian woman boxer to get the gold medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.Also read: Celebrating Mary Kom, the boxer who brushed away discouraging words and became an inspirationInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Read more…

a month agoReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior: Why Osasuna goal brought me to tears

first_imgReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior: Why Osasuna goal brought me to tearsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior has explained his tears after scoring in victory over Osasuna.Vinicius says he cried as being injured it had been a “little difficult” for him to rediscover the form of last season.He said, “I cried because after my injury it was a bit complicated. It was taking a long time to play as before. I was not so happy. “Today I was calmer and nothing better than before a derby. After so many games, I had never been so many without scoring. “I am delighted to have scored again.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Read more…