Chucks! Shucks!

first_imgCricket watchers have, of late, been witness to an unprecedented number of no-balls being bowled in the international arena. Strangely enough, not all of them have come from the bent arms of the “chuckers” at the bowling crease. The International Cricket Council, which – for all practical purposes – is the final authority on the game, has itself been guilty of bowling a few off the field. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.Earlier this year – more specifically at the end of the recent Australian Test series in Sri Lanka – the ICC suddenly called into question the bowling action of Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. I say “suddenly” because the controversial matter lay dormant for almost a decade after an initial burst of outrage from Sri Lankans when Australian umpire Darryl Hair no-balled Murali for his suspect action.The latest investigation, triggered by a confidential report to the ICC from match-referee Chris Broad, raised more than a few eyebrows not only for the circumstances in which it was conducted, but also for its findings.Before we get into the details of the investigation, a backgrounder for the uninitiated. In cricket, a bowler’s action – and therefore his consequent delivery – is deemed illegal or a “no-ball” if it involves the straightening of his bowling arm at the elbow at the point of delivering the ball. In other words, if your arm changes from a bent to the straight position as you bowl, you can – and should – be penalized for “throwing” or “chucking” the ball.Cricket history is replete with examples of chuckers – the most memorable for Indian fans being West Indian paceman Charlie Griffith whose bowling nearly killed Nari Contractor at Barbados in 1962. Chronic chuckers either continue playing by mixing such deliveries cleverly among legal ones or correct their action or simply fade away from the scene. Australia’s Brett Lee and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi are living examples of the first ilk, India’s Harbhajan Singh of the second kind, and Sri Lankan Kumara Dharmasena of the third. Although the obvious chuckers can be detected easily with the naked eye, newer technologies – notably the frame-by-frame slow-motion replay facility in television – are capable of exposing even the slightest deviation from the norm. Pakistan’s Shoaib AkhtarTwo of the most talked-about instances of chucking in modern-day cricket are the bowling actions of Muttiah Muralitharan and Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar. Is this because sophisticated technology is showing up cases which would have gone unnoticed in earlier times? As a general explanation, yes. But in these two specific cases, hardly. On the contrary, the surprise is that these bowlers continue to bowl the way they do without being pulled up, despite the scrutiny afforded by such equipment. And also despite several former cricketers of repute openly questioning their action.India’s past captain and one of the world’s greatest ever left-arm spinners Bishen Singh Bedi, who is prone to hrefer to a spade as a bloody shovel, has in fact gone on record to say that Akhtar and Murali are not bowlers but javelin-throwers.Whereas Akhtar chucks at the average rate of about twice every over, Murali chucks every ball. I repeat, every ball! And because their actions – albeit illegal – have resulted in so many wickets and victories for their countries, their respective cricketing establishments (i.e. the Cricket Boards of Lanka and Pakistan) have found a medical fig-leaf to cover their transgressions. In Murali’s case, it’s called a “fixed-flexion elbow deformity” while Shoaib is said to be born with “a hyper-extensible elbow joint.”Using this orthopedic jargon, the two Boards, with the active connivance of the ICC, have successfully hoodwinked billions of cricket fans worldwide into believing that Murali and Shoaib are freaks of nature who developed into geniuses with the cricket ball. Pakistan’s Shoaib AkhtarThe freak-of-nature label is a formidable one. It zips up the mouths of critics forever because no one wants to be seen as a cruel and heartless so-and-so who ruined the career of a physically deformed but promising bowler.The reality is, in fact, just the opposite: Murali and Shoaib have been literally enjoying a field day, while other bowlers struggle in this batsman-dominated game to take wickets with legal deliveries. And talking of freaks, they aren’t unheard of in cricket. India’s B.S. Chandrasekhar took heaps of wickets with a polio-affected arm and Tiger Pataudi excelled as a batsman and captain even after losing an eye in a car accident.But the crucial difference is that neither Chandrasekhar nor Pataudi sought any concessions because of their physical handicap. Chandra never chucked. He actually bowled with a sling-arm action which is the antithesis of chuckingand nobody ever overheard Pataudi asking the opposition bowlers to bowl slow at him. They played within the laws of the game, and if Chandra got an extra tweak because of a flexible wrist, well, it definitely wasn’t an illegal advantage.Then why aren’t Murali and Shoaib being asked to play in the cricket-for-the-handicapped series with its own set of rules, and are instead showcased as stars in the game’s regular format? Pakistan’s Shoaib AkhtarThe reasons are complex and multi-layered. There is of course the question of big money. As performers and entertainers, Murali and Shoaib draw crowds to stadiums and viewers to television-sets in much the same way Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar do. Take Murali and Shoaib out of the scene, and you are left with two sub-continental teams with a largely sub-standard bowling attack and in the danger of wilting against stronger teams from elsewhere in the world.As individuals, both have their unique personal charisma. Shoaib is infamous for his off-the-field antics which include, but are not restricted to, zinging across Rawalpindi city on a high-powered motorcycle and getting into fisticuffs. People love to hear such big-boys-play-at-night stories and, as was the case with England’s Ian Botham and Akhtar’s own compatriot Imran Khan, the colourful escapades (real or imaginary) somehow liven up proceedings on the field as well. That’s part of what sporting stardom is all about.Murali is, in some ways, diametrically opposite. His charm is his good-boy reputation (ever heard of this soft-spoken guy involved in a drunken brawl?), and his continued presence on the cricket field has a strong socio-political rationale. Sri Lankans idolize him as a national treasure responsible for giving the self-effacing people of a small island a palpable sense of pride and self-worth on the world stage. Every wicket he takes is another stride that his relatively young nation-state takes towards international glory, leaving behind its long history of colonial submission. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.As the lone Tamilian in a predominantly Sinhalese team, he is also the shining symbol of Sri Lankan unity at a time when the country is being torn asunder in a civil war sparked off by Tamil separatists.A spectacular caught-and-bowled by Muralitharan is worth more than a dozen arduous rounds of peace talks between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and LTTE honcho Prabhakaran. Only at extreme national peril can Murali be dropped from the Lankan team.But why should the ICC be a willing, if indirect, party to the cultification of a Rawalpindi street ruffian or care for the internecine ethnic squabbles in Sri Lanka?Especially considering that the ICC is not overly famous for being sympathetic to errant Asian cricketers? Recall the umpteen times that players from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have been severely penalized with fines and suspensions even as their white-skinned opponents get away with light tap-on-the-knuckle warnings for demonstrably worse reactions to being adjudged out or to rejected appeals – and you get a sense of why the ICC has acquired a racist taint.But the colour of big money is neither black nor white nor brown. And so, the august body, while flagrantly castigating individual Asian players for seemingly innocuous misdemeanours, appears wary of taking decisions that would jeopardize the mass-appeal of Asian teams whose fans have collectively made international cricket officialdom as rich as it now is. Result: the stars in these teams merrily transcend the pale of cricket laws.And big money means big deals. What, one might ask, happened to a confidential report believed to have been submitted by a panel of experts on his suspect bowling action soon after Shoaib Akhtar debuted in the international cricket circuit? Perhaps the ICC can enlighten us. It can also let us know why Umpire Darryl Hair, who no-balled Muralitharan for chucking way back in 1996, has never again officiated in a match involving the Sri Lankans. And why Chris Broad, who blew the whistle on Murali’s bowling action more recently, was promptly replaced by Mike Proctor as matchreferee in the ongoing series between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah MuralitharanWhich brings us back to the latest investigation against Muralitharan. Has there been a greater sham in world cricket? The tests on Murali’s action were conducted in a laboratory in Australia. In a laboratory! It is one thing to call up the bowler’s TV clips recorded during a match without his knowledge and analyze them with the help of physiological data culled from the bowler’s arm. It’s quite another – and quite moronic at that – to ask him to bowl again in the lab in the hope that he will replicate his match action perfectly in controlled conditions.The “control” here is the bowler’s, not the tester’s. Bowlers at the international level are seasoned enough to bowl differently (i.e. with different arm actions) in different situations. With his entire career at stake, would you expect even the good-boy Murali to give away his only real weapon?Australian keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist protested against the tests on this very ground. His statements are as direct and uncluttered as his explosive batting. And remember, Gilchrist is one straight guy who created history when he walked to a leg-before appeal in the 2003 World Cup semifinal.The conclusions based on Muralitharan’s lab-test results were even more ridiculous than the setting in which the tests were carried out. The ICC ruled that while Murali’s arm was bent less than five degrees when he bowled his “normal” off-spinning delivery and was therefore okay, it exceeded this allowable limit when he bowled his “doosra” – a delivery which takes the ball in the opposite direction after it lands, as if it were a leg-break. It has therefore decreed that Murali cannot bowl the latter kind of delivery. Amazing, isn’t it!To begin with, granting this five-degree limit for bowling actions is flawed in principle. The ICC has in effect cravenly bent the rules of cricket because the bowlers in question continue stubbornly to bowl with bent arms. It is somewhat akin to a student being given grace marks (within a limit stipulated by the examining authority) to help him or her to make the passing grade.The vital distinction of course is that such grace is granted keeping in mind the student’s overall academic ability and his/her performance in other tests. It is downright dangerous to adopt such a measure in cricket. Simply because it will encourage rampant chucking at all levels of the game. After all, who will keep a realistic check on whether a bowler’s arm keeps within the five-degree limit?Would it be humanly possible for an umpire to detect violations of this limit with the naked eye in the course of an ongoing match? Would it be feasible for match organizers to arrange for equipment that would instantly detect the violations during play?Have such user-friendly machines been invented, let alone developed on a large enough scale? Or will the data have to be transmitted to a laboratory in Australia for complex and elaborate testing before an umpire can no-ball a bowler for chucking? Questions, questions.As for Murali, some more questions. When will we ever know if he violates the five-degree limit? And will he be no-balled every time he bowls the away-going delivery? What if he can actually manage to bowl it without violating the limit? Will he have to apply to the ICC for a re-examination?And what if a delivery bowled with his so-called normal action hits a crack or an uneven part of the pitch, and goes the other way? Would that be deemed a no-ball too? And what happens to the bowling records he has amassed in his career? Do we now replay all those wickets and weed out the ones he captured with his “doosra”? Interestingly, what do you think Murali did when told about the ban?He cocked a snook at the ICC decision and proceeded to bowl the same “doosra” innumerable times in the very next match. His wicket-keeper and close-in fielders applauded every such delivery. And no, he wasn’t no-balled. Is the ICC waiting for him to hreform on his own?Someone high up in the ICC hierarchy should see through this entire nonsense, and stop it before it snowballs into widespread mayhem. You can outlaw deliveries, which are say, beyond the reach of batsmen or which can potentially do them physical harm.But it’s ridiculous to ban certain deliveries on the suspicion that they have been bowled with an improper action and allow other deliveries from the same bowler delivered with a similar, if not identical, action. If a bowler has a suspect action, suspend him till he corrects every delivery. And why allow a bowler to bowl even with a fractionally bent arm? Has the human race evolved to a point where straight-arm bowlers have become an endangered species? The compromise doesn’t make for sane, rational thinking.It’s a truism that laws aren’t, and shouldn’t be, written in stone. They should be open to change as and when they outlive their utility. Has the time come for cricket to stop being cricket? One of the finest sights in all sport is a bowler with a smooth rhythmic run-up delivering the ball with an arched back and a flawless straight-arm action. At its best, it’s nothing short of poetry in motion. But the ICC is all set to deprive us of this hrefined pleasure in its quest for short-term profits from thrill-seekers who just want to see stumps rattled and batsmen bamboozled – and never mind how the ball was bowled. We may as well stop playing cricket altogether. And start playing its crude cousin, baseball, instead.What then will Murali, Shoaib and others of their ilk do? In case they find no foothold in baseball, I’d suggest we wait for the Athens Olympics later this summer. We might find them competing for their respective countries – in the javelin-throw event.[Coming Next: Was The Indo-Pak Series Fixed?)   Related Itemslast_img read more

Argentina vs Venezuela: Messi paves the way for Argentina win

first_imgIf rising to the occasion is an art, Lionel Messi once again showed that he was a master at that, even as the crowd got the biggest treat of their lives at the Yuba Bharati Kirangan on Friday. He came, he weaved his magic and he conquered the hearts of his millions of fans even as the Venezuela players – especially defenders – watched. PhotosMaking inroads left, right and centre, he had the Venezuela backline in a daze. If he wasn’t going for goals, he was setting up the perfect passes for his striking partners and it was apt that it was from his corner in the 67th min that Nicolas Otamendi headed in at the near post as Argentina beat Venezuela 1-0 in the FIFA international friendly.Even though the debate of his standards as a club and country player might go on till the day he hangs his boot, every Kolkatan at the ground on Friday would vouch that he weaved just magic and nothing else.Argentina meant business from the word go as most of the opening minutes were played in the Venezuela half with the Venezuela strikers soaking in the humid Kolkata weather.But it wasn’t until the ninth minute that Messi crafted his first move towards goal and for once even he would have forgotten that he was miles away from his home as the crowd went berserk. The Argentina captain lived up to the chanting as he dodged passed three Venezuela defenders to set up the perfect ball for Angel Di Maria. But Maria failed to touch the ball, let alone score.advertisementBut that was just the beginning as Messi started putting up an electrifying show, much to the delight of the 80,000-odd football fanatics. He weaved the very magic which has made him a household name across the globe.He was back with another vicious attack in the 18th as he moved in from the right to once again set up the perfect ball for Maria, but Maria failed to match up to Messi’s pin-point pass as he hit the back post, much to the dismay of the fans.Maria was definitely finding it difficult to set the radar as he missed another chance in the 24th. Having tried to set up the perfect passes for his forwards, Messi finally took it upon himself in the 30th to make an inroad into the Venezuela half as the vociferous crowd egged him on. But his weak left-footer wasn’t enough to beat an agile goalkeeper Rafael Romo.Venezuela finally went on the counter in the 34th when Nicolas Fedor moved in from the right to set up the ball for Frank Feltscher. But the pass was a bit too fast for him and he failed to connect. But that didn’t deter them and they had their only attempt at goal – in the first half — in the 43rd when Cesar Gonzalez hit the net with his sharp right-footer.The second half saw a subdued Argentina side as Venezuela started off with more purpose. But all that changed as Messi warmed up after the breather. It was all Venezuela till the 59th before Messi had had enough.Having waited for his colleagues to hog the limelight, he finally took over and went on an attacking spree, moving into the Venezuela half with a hat-trick of attacks in the 62nd, 66th and 67th minute. And it was finally in the 67th minute that it resulted in a goal.Dodging past as many as 4 players, Messi went in for his characteristic left-footer from just outside the box, but Romo came up with a scorcher of a save. But he couldn’t do much to the resulting corner as Otamendi headed home.It was all Argentina from there on as Kolkata’s football fanatics got the best Durga Puja gift they could wish for. Even the referee got so overwhelmed that he called it time with a whole minute left in the game.last_img read more

Pelicans begin interviews for general manager post

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Griffin, 45, was the Cavaliers GM from 2014 to 2017, during which LeBron James returned from Miami to Cleveland and the Cavs won an NBA title. But his contract was not renewed after the 2016-17 season and James joined the Los Angele Lakers in free agency a year later.Harris, 56, spent nearly two decades with Milwaukee’s front office, starting in scouting and working his way up to general manager from 2003 to 2007. He has been with the Warriors since 2008.Langdon is a former Duke and NBA player who also played professionally in Europe. The 42-year-old has served as Nets assistant GM since 2016 and has helped rebuild Brooklyn into a squad that entered Thursday’s games on the cusp of qualifying for the Eastern Conference playoffs.Rosas, a native of Colombia, has more than a decade of NBA front office experience, primarily with the Houston Rockets and also has worked with USA Basketball as an international player scout.Sheppard stepped into his current interim post this week after the Wizards’ fired Ernie Grunfeld, and it is unclear how the 50-year-old’s potential for advancement with his current team could affect his interest in joining the Pelicans.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans interim general manager Danny Ferry, left, and coach Alvin Gentry watch players warm up for the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in New Orleans. A person familiar with the process says the Pelicans have begun interviewing candidates to become the club’s new general manager. The person says the list of candidates includes Ferry, as well as former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, Golden State assistant GM Larry Harris, Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Trajan Langon, Houston Rockets assistant GM Gersson Rosas and interim Washington president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, File)NEW ORLEANS— The New Orleans Pelicans began interviewing candidates to become the club’s new general manager on Thursday, a person familiar with the process said.The list of candidates includes current Pelicans interim general manager Danny Ferry, as well as former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, Golden State assistant GM Larry Harris, Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Trajan Langon, Houston Rockets assistant GM Gersson Rosas and interim Washington president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard, the person told The Associated Press.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the club has not announced any candidates to fill the job that opened when ninth-year GM Dell Demps was fired amid the fallout from All-Star Anthony Davis’ trade request.New Orleans’ next GM is expected to oversee a Davis trade — which could take place as early as this offseason — that has the potential to set the course of the franchise for years to come. That person also could decide the fate of coach Alvin Gentry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Pelicans’ record is 32-47, and they will miss the playoffs for the third time in four years.Ferry, who was serving as a Pelicans front office consultant the past three seasons, was tapped to fill in for Demps for at least the rest of this season. The 52-year-old has been a general manager twice before with Cleveland and Atlanta. He also worked in San Antonio’s front office. He built a playoff team in Atlanta, but was bought out in 2015 amid controversy when a recording of him speaking derisively about a player’s African ancestry was made public. Ferry, a former Duke and NBA player, has maintained he was reading from someone else’s scouting report when the recording was made. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bucks clinch top seed in the East with win over 76erslast_img read more

San Miguel, Magnolia on level playing field in Game 7, says June Mar Fajardo

first_imgLATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Arwind Santos, SMB raring to pull off another title series comeback Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s journey in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup has been one of its toughest in the last five years.The Beermen experienced fair share of challenges in their first four Philippine Cup campaigns under Leo Austria and this season hasn’t had any shortage of adversities.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo, a two-time Finals MVP, added that no team will hold any advantage over the other in Game 7 as winning a do-or-die for all the marbles boils down to which team has the greater desire.“There really is no advantage because they beat us three times, it’s really a level field” said Fajardo, who finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds. “The one who will win is whoever will give their best in Game 7.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Its 7-4 finish for the No. 5 spot in the standings was the lowest San Miguel finished in the elimination round under Austria and reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo knows all too well that the Beermen did have a hard time this conference.This will be the third Game 7 in a Philippine Cup final that Austria’s Beermen will undertake after going back-and-forth against Magnolia through six games with neither team able to win two in a row so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was hard, it was really hard because the other teams have improved so much, there are no weak teams now,” said Fajardo in Filipino after leading the Beermen to a 98-86 win over the Hotshots Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Magnolia is a really strong team, and reaching Game 7 is hard enough. Magnolia is tough, and you really can’t underestimate them.” MOST READlast_img read more

Alexis Sanchez Joins Inter Milan on Season-long Loan from Manchester United

first_imgLondon: Alexis Sanchez joined Italian giants Inter Milan on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United, both clubs announced on Thursday.Sanchez, 30, has endured a miserable time in Manchester since joining the Red Devils in January 2018 as reportedly the highest paid player in the Premier League. The Chilean scored just five goals in 45 appearances for United and has not featured so far this season.”Alexis Sanchez is officially an Inter player. The Chilean has joined the Nerazzurri from Manchester United on a loan deal that will last until 30 June 2020,” Inter said in a statement.Sanchez will join forces with a former United teammate Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Italy in a 65-million-euro ($73 million) move earlier this month, as Inter hope to end Juventus’ eight-year domination of Italian football in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge.| THIS PLAYER…#NotForEveryone @Alexis_Sanchez #WelcomeAlexis— Inter (@Inter) August 29, 2019Lukaku scored as Conte’s reign as Inter coach got off to a perfect start with a 4-0 win over promoted Lecce on Monday.However, reviving Sanchez’s fortunes will be a bigger ask of Conte’s management after 18 months in the doldrums at Old Trafford.United have cut their losses on the former Barcelona and Arsenal star, but are still reportedly set to pay a large chunk of Sanchez’s £400,000 a week wages after his form and fitness deserted him over the past two seasons.United announced his arrival in a swap deal that sent Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal to much fanfare, having beaten local rivals Manchester City to his signature.However, his four-and-a-half year contract has since become a noose around United’s neck, with possible suitors put off by his huge salary.Sanchez scored just one goal and completed 90 minutes in the Premier League just once last season as he fell behind Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the fight for places up front under both the departed Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexis sanchezfootballFootball transfer windowinter milan First Published: August 30, 2019, 11:13 AM ISTlast_img read more

La Liga: Real Madrid jeered at home after 4th straight draw; Atletico go on top

first_imgReal Madrid was held by Eibar at home on Sunday, drawing for the fourth straight time and dropping out of the Spanish league lead.Fans jeered Madrid after the 1-1 tie at the Santiago Bernabeu, which allowed Atletico Madrid to provisionally take over first place following its 2-0 win at Valencia. Atletico and Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid, which had led since the first round, each have 15 points from seven matches but Atletico has a better goal difference.Barcelona plays at Celta Vigo later Sunday and can go first on points with a win.Midfielder Fran Rico put Eibar ahead with a header in the sixth minute and Gareth Bale equalized from close range in the 17th, but Madrid was not able to capitalize on its scoring chances until the end, prompting some booing from fans. “That is normal when the results are not good,” Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas said of the crowd’s reaction. “The fans come here looking for the victory. They are upset, just like we are.”Alvaro Morata, who replaced Karim Benzema at halftime, had a goal disallowed for offside in the 54th, after Cristiano Ronaldo just missed with a close-range header. Bale struck the post with a header in the 60th.Madrid was coming off league draws against Villarreal, also at home, and at Las Palmas. It also drew at Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League match. (Also read: Real Madrid’s La Liga winning streak ends in 1-1 draw with Villarreal)It was the first time that the Spanish powerhouse failed to earn a victory in three consecutive league matches under Zidane.advertisementThe coach still couldn’t count on key players because of injuries, including Marcelo, Casemiro and Luka Modric, who earlier Sunday successfully underwent arthroscopy on his left knee to extract a fragment of damaged cartilage.It was the first point earned by Eibar against Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. The small Basque club is eighth in the 20-team standings with 11 points from seven matches. “It was historic,” Rico said. “Many players can spend years without being able to do what we did here today. We are very happy, we know it’s not something you get to achieve every day.”VALENCIA 0, ATLETICO 2Two penalty saves by Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves were not enough to stop Atletico Madrid.Antoine Griezmann scored in the 63rd minute and Kevin Gameiro in injury time to give Atletico the win at Valencia despite Alves’ saves in each half.Alves stopped Griezmann’s penalty in the 44th, but the France forward was able to open the scoring with a left-footed shot from inside the area early in the second half. Griezmann had already missed from the spot in the team’s 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday. He also missed in the Champions League final last season, when Atletico lost to Real Madrid.The Brazilian goalkeeper also saved Gabi Fernandez’s penalty in the 69th, but Gameiro sealed victory for the visitors in injury time.”The two penalties mean nothing to me,” Alves said. “I wanted to win the match.”It was the fourth win in the last five league matches for Atletico, with the only setback being a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou.Valencia, coming off two straight victories, remains near the relegation zone. The team announced Saturday a deal with former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli until June 2018. Interim coach Salvador “Voro” Gonzalez was still in charge on Sunday.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo double as Real ride luck to beat Sporting

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo continued his rich vein of form by scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 2-1 home win over struggling Sporting Gijon on Saturday, although the La Liga leaders got a lucky break when the visitors squandered a second-half penalty.The prolific Portuguese put Real ahead from the spot in the fifth minute and dived in to head the second in the 18th, claiming his eighth goal in four league games to go top of the scoring charts with 10 strikes this season.Despite the early goals, Real struggled to control the game on a rainswept afternoon at the Bernabeu, and Carlos Carmona pulled one back for the visiting side 10 minutes before halftime. (Real Madrid lose Gareth Bale for at least a month)Sporting had a golden opportunity to level in the 78th minute after Nacho was punished for a shove on Victor Rodriguez but Duje Cop sent the penalty sailing over the bar to hand Real a somewhat fortuitous sixth successive league victory.Real top the standings on 33 points, seven ahead of Barcelona, who visit Real Sociedad on Sunday. Sevilla, third on 24 points, host Valencia later on Saturday.Sporting went to the Bernabeu in the relegation zone and without a win in their last nine games but gave Real two early frights, Cop firing wide after a misplaced pass by Danilo, and Carmona also failing to hit the target inside the box. (Real Madrid history will be ‘before and after’ Cristiano Ronaldo!)The league leaders quickly made them pay.Standing in for the injured Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez won a penalty after being tripped by Sergio Alvarez.advertisementRonaldo squeezed the penalty under the grasp of Diego Marino to add to his hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid last week and did not have to wait long for his second, sliding in to nod home Nacho’s cross.The slippery surface lead to numerous misplaced passes from both sides and it was an uncharacteristically sloppy ball from Luka Modric that led to Sporting striking back, Carmona turning Isma Lopez’s cross past Keylor Navas after Moi Gomez had robbed Real’s Croatian maestro.Ronaldo and Karim Benzema spurned chances to seal the points against a dogged Sporting side and should have been punished by Cop, but the Croatian lacked the composure needed to silence the Bernabeu and Real survived.last_img read more

Russia Fears Ban Over Doping

first_imgMOSCOW — In an effort to avoid a ban from track and field, Russia offered “broad cooperation” on doping reforms on Nov. 13, including the creation of a new anti-doping agency.Track’s governing body is to decide later whether to suspend Russia from competition following a World Anti-Doping Agency commission’s report that alleged a vast state-sponsored doping program. That would be the first step toward banning Russia’s track team from next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.While Russia remains sharply critical of the report, senior officials have become increasingly focused on reconciliation.“We are prepared to re-certify the laboratory, or to reform, or to create a new anti-doping organization,” Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told Russia’s R-Sport news agency. “We’re prepared for broad cooperation.”It was not immediately clear whether the proposed new organization would replace Russia’s national drug-testing laboratory or the country’s national anti-doping agency, both of which were accused in Monday’s report of covering up failed tests by Russian athletes.Mutko told Russian news agencies that he has asked WADA President Craig Reedie to provide a “road map” that the country could follow. He also said it was possible that Russia would take some action itself ahead of the decision.Mutko said he wanted to solve Russia’s doping problem once and for all.“We can’t allow ourselves to change the situation and then in a while a film comes out and there’s another commission,” Mutko said. “That’s what is being discussed, honest joint work to bring order. We’re prepared for that.”On Nov. 12, Mutko told The Associated Press that Russia would not boycott the Olympics, even if the track team is suspended.In the doping report, the Russian track federation’s athletes and officials were accused of “extensive” use of performance-enhancing drugs, obstructing doping tests and helping to cover up drug use.The report concluded that the Russian track federation should be banned from competition, but Russian officials including President Vladimir Putin say that would constitute unfair collective punishment.Clean athletes “shouldn’t be held responsible” for doping by others, Putin said. On Nov. 12, IAAF Vice President Sergei Bubka told the AP that he also opposes a blanket ban.“It is our duty to protect the clean athletes,” the Ukrainian pole vault great said, drawing a parallel with his own experience of being prevented from competing at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles because of a Soviet boycott.Bubka will be an influential voice when the IAAF’s 27-member governing council holds a teleconference Friday to decide on Russia’s fate.(JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Napoli will walk off and forfeit match if subjected to racism again, says Ancelotti

first_imgNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti has threatened to lead his team off the pitch the next time one of his players is subject to continued racist abuse.Ancelotti asked several times for Napoli’s match at Inter Milan to be halted on Wednesday after racist chanting. Announcements were made on the stadium tannoy system warning fans that would happen but no further action was taken.”We asked three times for the match to be halted because of racist chants,” Ancelotti said. “Announcements were made but the match continued. Next time we’ll stop the match by leaving the pitch, even if that means maybe forfeiting the match.”Ancelotti believes the inaction by officials led to the dismissal of defender Kalidou Koulibaly 10 minutes from time.The Senegal international, who had had monkey noises directed at him throughout the Serie A game, received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first. Kalidou Koulibaly had monkey noises directed at him throughout Inter Milan vs Napoli by Inter fans. (AP Photo)”Koulibaly was agitated and nervous, which is normal,” Ancelotti said. “It’s not good for us and it’s not good for Italian football.”Napoli went on to lose the match 1-0 after Lautaro Martinez netted a stoppage-time winner for Inter.Koulibaly posted on Twitter of his pride of being born in France to Senegalese parents.”I’m sorry about the defeat and especially to have left my brothers! But I am proud of the color of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man,” he wrote.advertisementMi dispiace la sconfitta e sopratutto avere lasciato i miei fratelli!Però sono orgoglioso del colore della mia pelle. Di essere francese, senegalese, napoletano: uomo.#InterNapoli 1-0#KK26 #famiglia#ForzaNapoliSempre#DifendoLaCittà Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 26, 2018It is the latest incident of racism to blight Italian football.Sulley Muntari walked off the field during a Serie A game in April 2017 in response to racial abuse. The Pescara midfielder was infuriated after unsuccessfully trying to get the referee to halt the game at Cagliari.Also Read | Chelsea fans under scanner for anti-Semitic chants during Europa League match vs VidiAlso Read | Chelsea ban fans over alleged racial abuse of Manchester City forward Raheem SterlingAlso Read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrestedAlso See:last_img read more

70th Anniversary of Moose River Mine Collapse

first_img The trapped men were lawyer Herman Magill and Dr. David Robertson, both of Toronto, and the mine timekeeper, Alf Scadding. Within minutes of the cave-in, men from the community arrived at the scene and immediately began rescue operations. They were soon joined by miners from nearby Caribou Gold Mines and within days several hundred men, some from as far away as Ontario, had answered the call for, “single men with guts.” Women in the community worked day and night to feed the rescuers and provide places for them to stay. After six grueling days of rescue efforts there was still no sign of survivors. Just when officials were about to abandon the rescue work, a government diamond drill reached the 43 metre level and contact was made with the three men. Sadly, Herman Magill died hours later of pneumonia, before the men could be brought to the surface. It would take another four days to rescue Dr. Robertson and Mr. Scadding, who were brought to the surface just after midnight on April 23 amid wild cheers from fellow miners. Today, the Moose River Gold Mines Museum tells the story of the daring rescue. Open during the summer, the museum offers a collection of gold mining artifacts and a vivid account of the area’s rich gold mining history. The museum is located at the Moose River Gold Mines provincial park, just off the Mooseland Road between Tangier and Elmsdale. Men near rescue; Magill has perished Climax nears in race with death Rescue work races madly to finish Men fight mounting odds Men are rescued; miners sing hymn Thank God they live Seventy years ago radio and newspaper audiences around the world were captivated by the drama of a mining disaster in Moose River Gold Mines, Halifax County. On April 12, 1936, three men were trapped 43 metres below the surface when a tunnel caved in. Their rescue was headline news on more than 700 radio stations across Canada, the United States and England. Reporters rushed to the site to provide the first live radio news coverage in Canada. To get the signal out, they strung wire along the ground, up into trees, and eventually tied in to the telegraph lines of the Canadian Pacific Railway. J. Frank Willis of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Company (later the CBC) set a record for consecutive live broadcasts from one location. Some of the newspaper headlines captured the drama, proclaiming:last_img read more

ONCF Launches App to Answer RailRelated Queries in Morocco

Rabat – The National Office of Railways (ONCF) on Friday launched “ONCF TRAFIC”, a mobile application showing the status of trains in order to let passengers know about delays on their routes. The application, which is free to download, has been designed to work as a fully fledged inquiry system providing information on arrivals, departures, delays, cancellations, ways to reach the nearest station, and daily correspondences.“[The application] is updated instantly and provides information with accuracy around 100 percent,” said the railway company. The launch of this mobile application forms part of the services recently offered by the company to better meet the evolving needs of its customers.

Mawazine 2018 The Chainsmokers Explosive Concert Shakes OLM Souissi Stage

Rabat – American DJ and producer duo the Chainsmokers were on fire Tuesday night at the OLM Souissi stage, giving the audience a night to remember for the fifth day of the 2018 Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World.Sife ElamineThe energetic duo, composed by Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, showed how passionate they were to perform in Morocco, investing the stage with their incredible ability to mix trap, house, and rock, a versatility that conquered the receptive festival-goers.Sife ElamineSife ElamineThe most influential DJ duo of the moment played their most famous tracks, including “Roses,” produced in collaboration with American singer Rozes; “Until You Were Gonna;” “Somebody,” released in collaboration with Drew Love,; and “Paris.” The crowd was unstoppable, shouting while the two DJs did some pretty impressive remixing of popular hits, such as Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha say,” Drake’s “God’s plan,” and Beyonce’s “Run the world (girls).”Sife ElamineSeduced by the dazzling staging, the festival-goers were also treated to a mash-up of the duo’s songs, sung by Andrew Taggart, in addition to their famous hits “Something Just Like tThis,” “Closer,” and “Don’t Let Me Down.”Sife ElamineWith electronic music, light shows, breathtaking staging, and fireworks, all the ingredients were present to create a symbiosis between a charmed audience and artists at the top of their careers. The two DJs who enlightened the capital left the scene allowing their drummer, Matt Mcguire, to show the full extent of his talent, producing a rhythmic sound with an infernal cadenza that carried the audience in an unprecedented frenzy.Andrew Taggart was born in 1989 in Oregon and Alex Pall was born in 1985 in New York. In 2012, they formed the duo called “The Chainsmokers.”Sife ElamineThe promising DJ duo is at the origin of a unique pop sound that hits the world. At the same time producer, author, and composer, the group has received four Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy Award, an MTV Music Award, and achieved more than 5 billion cumulative views on YouTube.The festival-goers of the international stage of OLM Souissi will have to prepare themselves for another night of madness, starting tonight at 10 p.m. with the funky pop sensation and international superstar Bruno Mars. Stay tuned! read more

Prison superintendent will remain

Files belonging to the prisoners were also destroyed when the protestors set fire to a building inside the prison.They also pelted stones towards the baseline road disrupting the traffic. Some prisoners had been nabbed attempting smuggle heroin into the prison premises concealed inside lunch packets. The Superintendent of the Welikada prison will not be replaced despite the protest by prisoners on Tuesday, the Minister in charge of Prisons Chandrasiri Gajadeera said.He told The Sunday Leader that the prisoners were demanding the removal of the superintendent after he nabbed suspects attempting to smuggle drugs into the prison. Inmates of the Welikada prison staged massive protest on Tuesday demanding the removal of the superintendent and the protest subsequently turned violent resulting in over 31 people being injured. Gajadeera said that over Rs. 6 million in dmages was caused as a result of the prison riot. read more

In push to make mobile payments popular Visa hooks up with Samsung

In push to make mobile payments popular, Visa hooks up with Samsung, PayPal doesn’t care by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2013 3:17 am MDT BARCELONA, Spain – Mobile money may seem like a hot concept, but consumers aren’t warming to it.At the world’s largest cellphone trade show, here in Barcelona this week, the 70,000 attendees are encouraged to use their cellphones —instead their keycards— to get past the turnstiles at the door. But very few people took the chance to do that. The process of setting up the phone to act as a keycard proved too much of a hassle.It’s a poor omen for an industry that’s eager to have the cellphone replace both tickets and credit cards. Companies are building chips antennas into phones that let the gadgets interact with “tap to pay” terminals and other devices equipped with short-range sensors, like subway turnstiles. But getting the technology to do something useful and convincing people to adopt it is a slow process.To make a payment in a store with your cellphone, “you need a lot of things to align,” said Reed Peterson, who heads the Near-Field Communications initiative for the GSM Association, a global trade group for the wireless industry. The phone needs to be properly equipped with NFC hardware and software; the store needs to have the proper equipment and training. The phone company needs to support the transaction, and banks and payment processors need to be in on it.Some of these things have fallen into place, Peterson said, but the network of commercial agreements that supports these payments needs to expand. And consumer demand remains elusive.“I want to get to the point where the consumer goes into the store and says ‘Show me only the phones that have NFC’,” Peterson said.Today, a buyer is quite likely to go into a store and ask for an iPhone, and that’s an obstacle to NFC adoption. Apple Inc. is the lone holdout among major smartphone makers, and hasn’t built NFC into any of its devices yet.Visa, the global payments network, announced a coup at the show: it has struck a deal with Samsung Electronics to take charge of the “secure element” in the next flagship phone from the South Korean company. The Galaxy S IV is expected to be launched at an event in New York on Mar. 14, though the name has not been confirmed.The “secure element” is sort of like a safe inside the phone. Whoever controls access to it decides which credit cards, transit passes or other verified “documents” the phone can store. A bank that wants to let customers use their Samsung smartphones as virtual credit cards will have to go through Visa.Control of the secure element is a crucial battleground for NFC. The GSMA, which is dominated by cellphone carriers, advocates putting the secure element not in the phone itself, but in the subscriber identity module, or SIM card, which plugs into the phone to identify the user and supply a phone number to the network. SIM cards are issued and controlled by the carriers who would like to be the ones in control of the secure element.While Visa, phone companies and Google (which has its own payment initiative) duel over the secure element, eBay Inc.’s PayPal is wondering what all the fuss is about. The online payment network thinks NFC is a lot more trouble than it’s worth. The company isn’t afraid to say so at the wireless industry tradeshow.“If you want to change something, you have to solve problems that people have in everyday life,” said David Marcus, the president of PayPal. “It’s not like everyone is thinking ‘Oh, I wish someone came up with something better’” than paper money and credit cards.PayPal is putting a lot of effort into making cellphones central to the way we shop, but is focusing on the shopping experience itself, rather than payments. The company’s ideal vision for buying a cup of coffee: You pull out your phone on the way to the store, fire up PayPal’s app to order your double-skim latte and pay for it in advance. When you arrive at the counter, the barista has your picture and your coffee, and gives it to you right away. Then you’re out the door.Thirty years ago, Marcus said, store clerks knew the people in their neighbourhood and greeted them by name.“We think with this technology, we could recreate that personal connection,” he said. “We feel this is going to leapfrog the efforts of NFC.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Libya UN envoy hopes new draft of political deal can be agreed

Speaking to the press yesterday, Bernardino León, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, said the UN is preparing a new draft political deal on the future of the country, which would be handed to parties in the first week of June. He expects the new draft to address the concerns of all parties, but made it clear that it was impossible to have a text that has 100 per cent of the wishes and ideas of everyone reflected.“There will be an agreement if they understand clearly that they have to give up on important issues, that they have to be flexible,” he said. “A political agreement with concessions, even if it does not reflect the key concerns of the parties will be better than continuing this conflict that is going nowhere.”Efforts went beyond the political, he said, pointing to a security track, where negotiations were ongoing with different armed actors, the army, armed groups, militias and others. He stressed the role of the international community, the UN and the European Union (EU) in future security arrangements.“These two elements – political and security – have to work together if we want a stable Libya which will soundly return to democracy in the future,” he said.He said that the second session of meetings focused on the role of the EU and the Organization’s partnership with the UN, noting that dialogue-centred approaches were “in the DNA” of both organizations and stressing the convergence that exists between them.“Our views are the same about Libya,” he said. “It has to be a Libyan-owned process, a Libyan-Libyan solution with the support of the International community.”The EU’s historical links to Libya in terms of trade, economics and politics were extensive and Mr León said the EU was a very important partner, as well as Libya’s neighbours, with whom the UN was also working closely. He underscored it was “difficult to say” whether the new draft would bring about agreement within three or four weeks but he underlined the existence of the possibility and stressed that Libyans have a very clear idea that such an agreement was the only solution to their current predicament.“Libya is on the verge of economic and financial collapse,” he explained, noting that the country is “facing a huge security threat” in the form of Da’esh (also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or ISIL), as well as increasing political division.“Da’esh is trying to build strong bases in Libya. Libya also is facing an increasing political division with these competing institutions in the east and in the west, so all these challenges will oppose the possibility of an agreement,” he said, stressing: “This is the context in which we are working, the context in which we are proposing this agreement and in three, four weeks we will see whether it is working or not.” read more

Childlike sex dolls are being sold on websites such as eBay and

first_imgIt is not a crime to make these dolls, to distribute them or to possess them. This is bafflingPeter Wanless, the NSPCC, Chief Executive David Turner, 72, had attempted to argue that the 3ft 10in doll, which was dressed in children’s clothing, was not “indecent or obscene”, but in a landmark ruling the judge rejected the legal challenge.The married pensioner was caught in November last year after Border Force officials intercepted a parcel containing another doll he was attempting to import from China. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Child-like sex dolls are being sold on websites such as eBay and Amazon, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned, as campaigners urge the government to outlaw the disturbing trade.More than 120 dolls, which are manufactured in the Far East and cost up to £1,000, have been seized by customs officials in recent months.But a loophole in the law means while it is illegal to bring them into the country, it is not against the law to possess, distribute or manufacture them.Officials from the NCA – dubbed Britain’s FBI – said people with a sexual interest in children were purchasing the products from legitimate websites such as eBay and Amazon, and said the trade was proving difficult to tackle because they could be difficult to distinguish from perfectly legal adult sex dolls.Yesterday a former school governor and churchwarden became the latest person to be convicted of importing one of the child sex dolls into Britain.center_img Dan Scully, deputy director for intelligence operations at the Border Force, said this showed those who ordered the models often strayed into sex crimes.He said: “By identifying these importations, working with partners, what we’ve identified is a whole set of people with interests in sexual activity with children who were completely unknown.”The NSPCC has now written to Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, to ask that the gap in legislation is urgently addressed.In a letter seen by the Daily Telegraph, Peter Wanless, the NSPCC, Chief Executive, said: “It is not a crime to make these dolls, to distribute them or to possess them. This is baffling and needs to be changed so that the law in relation to child sex dolls is brought in line with the law on prohibited images of children.”An NSPCC spokesman added: “Until this loophole is closed, online retailers who have these items available to purchase should immediately remove them from sale.”Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said: “The importation of child sex dolls into the UK is an extremely disturbing new phenomenon and one that needs to be tackled with robust legislation and enforcement.He added: “Evidence from the NCA shows there’s a clear connection between possessing these dolls and a sexual interest in children, with owners being charged with offences such as being in possession of indecent images of children.” When he arrested him at his home in Ramsgate, Kent, they found another anatomically correct doll which he had had sex with, but he claimed he had purchased as a “companion” for he and his wife.Turner, who was also found to have in his possession 34,000 indecent images of children,  faces up to 14 years in jail for the offences when he is sentenced in September.After being arrested Turner resigned as a school governor of St Ethelbert’s Church Primary School in Margate and from St Ethelbert’s and Gertrude Church where he was a warden.Analysis of Turner’s computers showed he viewed websites selling items advertised as “flat chest love doll” and “mini silicone sex doll 65cms little breasts”.But Hazel Stewart, of the NCA’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command, said the products were also on sale on sites such as eBay and Amazon.She said law enforcement officials had been in touch with the companies, but likened stopping the trade to “turning round a tanker”.A spokesman for Amazon said: “All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account.”Border Force officers have seized 123 dolls in little more than a year since March 2016 and so far seven people have been charged with importing them, including one man who was jailed last month.last_img read more

Mazaruni River tragedy Autopsy confirms one of the victims died due

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo feared dead as boat sink in Makari BackdamFebruary 25, 2018In “latest news”PME reveals man was murdered before body dumped in Mazaruni riverNovember 11, 2016In “Crime”Two missing following Mazaruni Boat crashDecember 14, 2015In “Crime” Two men are now dead after the boat in which they were transporting a dredge sank in the vicinity of Makari Backdam, Mazaruni River, on Saturday evening.One of the dead men has been identified as 26-year-old Jeffrey Dirwar of Lot 111 Miles Mahdia, Region Eight, while the other man has only been identified as “Fineman”.An autopsy performed by Government Pathologist, Dr. Nehaul Singh on the body of Dirwar today (Monday), has confirmed that he died as a result of drowning and trauma to the head.  Based on reports received, the two now dead men along with three others were transporting a dredge on a small boat powered by a 15HP outboard engine on Saturday evening. During their journey, the engine reportedly encountered mechanical issues and due to the rough water, the boat capsized and finally sank.Three of the men successfully swam to shore but the two others went under the water and never resurfaced. The body of Girwer who is also referred to as “Dougla” was fished out the river on Sunday afternoon while that of “Fineman” was found late Sunday evening.Relatives of “Fineman” are said to be on their way to Georgetown to make a positive identification before an autopsy is done.An investigation into the incident has been launched. read more

CYi software upgraded to include DMS classification cyclones

first_imgMultotec’s CY-i suite of cyclone sizing and selection software has been upgraded to include the sizing of DMS and classification cyclones and incorporates several other program enhancements. Launched in 2010, this innovative software suite has been developed to equip Multotec customers with a scientific and structured approach to making the initial selection of a DMS or classification cyclone solution, by using variables within their own plant configuration to determine cyclone configuration.Ian du Plessis, Product Manager (Classification Cyclones) at Multotec, says: “The latest enhancements have laid an excellent foundation for the development of an even more sophisticated version of CY-i which will provide engineering companies with a greater depth of information with which to make fully informed decisions. The next version will be set up to give access to a component selection section that allows engineers to define more variables.“There is a real need for this kind of software in the industry, to make absolutely sure that the most appropriate cyclone is selected for a particular application. There are so many different cyclones available and in some instances, we are not privy to all the information around the customer’s decision-making process. By applying the CY-i software in-house, customers reduce the uncertainly about the right choice and this makes for a win-win situation. Our customers are able to reduce risk associated with success of their project, while we can proceed confidently with the manufacture of the cyclone product, knowing that the right cyclone has been selected for the particular process.”The CY-i software allows for a spectrum of data to be selected and then calculates a mass and water balance. After using the initial selection software, customers have the option of automatically generating an e-mail communicating this data to Multotec’s cyclone specialists.  These engineers refine the data, using a greater selection of variables to provide the best solution for specific applications together with a technical and commercial proposal.The software also provides access to detailed product information on the Multotec range of cyclones, which further enables an informed decision.The new DMS software is similar to that of the classification selection software, but goes even further to provide guided inputs for the selected industry. Du Plessis says this eliminates a lot of guesswork and makes the process much simpler.  “CY-i is the product of more than a year’s intensive research and aligns with world technology trends. We are one of few companies making this kind of program available as freeware, as a value-added service to our customers,” he adds.last_img read more

Ferdinand sceptical of Liverpools inform SAS partnership

first_imgLIVERPOOL PAIR Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have lots of work to do to become a special strike partnership, according to Rio Ferdinand.The duo have made a stunning start to the 2013-14 season, scoring a combined total of 14 goals as Liverpool have surged to third in the Premier League table.Of the five games they have played together, the Suarez and Sturridge partnership — christened the ‘SAS’ by Liverpool fans – has scored 10 times, leading to several pundits describing them as the best strikeforce in the country.However, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand feels the pair must prove themselves over the course of the season to deserve such a title. And although he admitted to being impressed by their form, the 34-year-old says the jury is still out.“In this country and in football in general I think we build people up too quickly,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.“That’s not to say they’re not a great partnership — they’re proven at the moment. They’re on top of their game and they’re playing very, very well. They’ve scored some great goals.“But I think you judge partnerships over a period of time. Look at (Dwight) Yorke and (Andy) Cole, (Teddy) Sheringham and (Alan) Shearer.“These types of partnerships aren’t developed overnight over a course of part of a season, it’s over a period of time. So I think it’s better to give these people time.”The Suarez and Sturridge partnership will next be tested by Arsenal, with Liverpool travelling to the table-toppers on Saturday.The worst corner kick you’ll see todayLiverpool right to hold firm on Suarez, says Rodgerslast_img read more