Ind vs NZ 1st Test Live Blog; Live cricket scores and commentary

first_imgAn emphatic innings and 115 runs win for India against the Kiwis here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Sunday. Score | PhotosThe star of the Indian batting was young Cheteshwar Pujara. His 159 helped India put on 438 runs. The New Zealand top order offered a bit more resistance as compared to their first innings, but it just wasn’t enough. A couple of LBW decisions went against them including that of a well set McCullum today morning. It will require a huge effort to make any sort of comeback in the second Test in Bangalore. R Ashwin scalped six wickets each in both innings, while his bowling partner left-rm spinner Pragyan Ojha took six wickets in the match.  FACTOID: Surprisingly, all the Indian bowlers took the same number of wicket in each innings. While Ashwin took six each, Ojha claim three each and paceman Umesh Yadav claimed one each in both innings.India vs New Zealand Day 4MS Dhoni: Congratulations to India U-19, Chand batted really well. As far as this match is concerned, Pujara batted well. It was getting difficult for the bowlers. We were also battling the weather. The bowlers bowled brilliantly. They did not give any lose deliveries. That made the difference. Brilliant catching in this game. ViruPa got a few good catches, so did Virat. We have done well in all the aspects in this game. It was important for Pujara as he was coming back from injury. He has a good temperament. He can bat for a long period and we can play around him. It was just a question of time. India were going to win it easily. The rain only delayed the inevitable. New Zealand have looked really flat. 12/85 stand the figures for R Ashwin. These are the best match figures for an Indian in Tests against New Zealand. Together the spin-twins Ojha and Ashwin have 18 Kiwi wickets. advertisementChris Martin, right handed bat, comes to the crease 4:04 pm | 79.2 overs: WICKET! INDIA WIN….Ashwin to Boult, out Caught by Sehwag!! 11th wicket in the match for Ashwin. Floated up outside off, Boult looks to push at it and gets a thick outside edge, carries to Sehwag at first slip who goes forward and takes it neatly. 4th catch in the match for Sehwag. He is enjoying himself out there. Boult c Sehwag b Ashwin 0(6) (NZ 164/10 in 79.2 overs)Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the crease 3:58 pm | 77.2 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to van Wyk, out Lbw!! 4th wicket for Ashwin. 10 wicket haul in the match. Flatter on middle, Wyk attempts the reverse sweep and misses, is hit right in front of middle stump as he is hit on the back pad. A bit too adventurous from the wicket-keeper batsman. van Wyk lbw b Ashwin 13(34) [4s-2] (NZ 164/9 in 77.2 overs) Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the crease 3:40 pm | 77.2 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to van Wyk, out Lbw!! 4th wicket for Ashwin. 10 wicket haul in the match. Flatter on middle, Wyk attempts the reverse sweep and misses, is hit right in front of middle stump as he is hit on the back pad. A bit too adventurous from the wicket-keeper batsman. van Wyk lbw b Ashwin 13(34) [4s-2] (NZ 160/8 in in 77.2 overs)3: 30 pm | 74.6 overs: WICKET! Ojha to Doug Bracewell, out Caught by Virat Kohli!! Third wicket for Ojha. He has bowled beautifully today. Floated up nicely outside off, Bracewell gets forward and edges it, Kohli at second slip dives forward and picks it up inches above the ground. 3 more to go. Doug Bracewell c Virat Kohli b Ojha 1(16). (NZ 148/7 in 74.6 overs)3:35 pm | 73.6 overs: Ashwin to Bracewell, no run, defended to the leg side to end the over. NZ are 147/6 at the stage.Day 4, FINAL SESSION15:20 pm | TEA: A fantastic session that for India. 54/5 is the score for the session and they can smell victory already. Umesh Yadav started the process with the wicket of McCullum and India continued to peg away with the spinners taking over. Williamson fought hard for his fifty but failed to carry on. It could all end soon after the break. Join us for the same in just a short while. (NZ 146/6 at the stage with Kurger Van Wyk and Doug Bracewell in the middle) Doug Bracewell, right handed bat, comes to the crease3:00 pm | 69.6 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to Franklin, out Caught by Sehwag!! Well India are not missing Dravid at first slip for now. If Sehwag can take blinders like those that spot will always be his. Good turn and bounce again for Ashwin. Franklin was not going hard at it but it flies off the edge and to the right of Sehwag at first slip. He reacts instinctively and plucks it out with his right hand. That makes the crowd and his team-mates go delirious. Franklin c Sehwag b Ashwin 5(17) [4s-1]  (NZ 145/6 in 69.6 overs)advertisementKruger van Wyk, right handed bat, comes to the crease 2:50 pm | 67.2 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to Flynn, out Lbw!! Ashwin gets Flynn for the second time in the match in similar fashion too. Flynn reaches out for an expansive sweep but misses and is struck in line with middle and off. It was turning away but Steve Davis was quick to raise the finger. 8th wicket for Ashiwn and New Zealand inch closer to defeat. Flynn lbw b Ashwin 11(54) [4s-1] (NZ 142/5 in 67.2 overs ).Franklin takes time to mark his guard. 2:30 pm | 64.2 overs: WICKET! Ojha to Williamson, out Caught by Sehwag!! Williamson’s defiant stay comes to an end and Ojha strikes in the first over of his new spell. Very good bowling again. It was flighted and extracted good turn and bounce from the track. Williamson stretched out to defend but it takes the shoulder of the bat and loops up low in front of Sehwag at first slip. He makes no mistake and this is big blow for New Zealand before tea. Williamson c Sehwag b Ojha 52(163) [4s-4] (NZ 138/4 in 64.2 overs).Daniel Flynn, left handed bat, comes to the crease1:37 pm | 48.3 overs: WICKET! Ashwin to Ross Taylor, out Bowled!! Ashwin gets his 7th of the match. Beautifully bowled and terrible judgement by Taylor. He shoulders arms on a turning track and pays the price. It did not pitch too far outside off but Taylor decides to leave anyway. The ball turns in sharply and crashes into the stumps much to the Indians delight. Ross Taylor b Ashwin 7(9) (NZ 105/3 in 48.3 overs)Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease 1:20 pm | 45.1 overs: WICKET! Umesh Yadav to Brendon McCullum, out Lbw!! Big reverse swing for Umesh Yadav but McCullum is not happy. Rightly so too. There was a big inside edge on that one. Umesh Yadav was a little late to go up in appeal too but Steve Davis was convinced. It was full and tailing in. McCullum jammed the ball into his front pad. It would have gone on to hit the stumps but you’ve got to say McCullum was very unlucky there. A big blow for New Zealand too. Brendon McCullum lbw b Umesh Yadav 42(130) [4s-3] (NZ 98/1 in 45.1 overs)2ND SESSION1st SESSION SUMMARY: Fantastic effort from Williamson and Brendon McCullum. They have played the spinners effectively and have not given their wickets away. The pitch has slowed up a touch and the Indian bowlers have their work cut out. Join us in 30 minutes for the post-lunch session. 12:30 pm | 42.6 overs: Ashwin to Williamson, FOUR, again Ashwin drags this delivery down short and on leg stump, Williamson swats it to the deep square leg fence, that will be lunch advertisement11:26 am | 26.6 overs: Ojha to Williamson, no run, loopy delivery on off stump, Williamson nudges it to square leg. NZ are 60/1 at the stage with opener Brendon McCullum on 22 and Kane Williamson on 16.11: 08 am | 20.1 overs: Ojha to Brendon McCullum, 1 run, edged but safe, this delivery drifts back in and it spins away, McCullum lunges forward and pushes at it, the outside edge rolls to short third man.Two slips and a silly point in place. 11:00 am | Out come the two NZ players. Brendon McCullum and Williamson have a massive task ahead of them. The Indian players are out in the huddle. 10:20 am | All the covers have been removed and the umpires are having an inspection. The super-soppers are doing the rounds to drain the ground of the excess water. James Franklin: The conditions are not good for cricket but we hope to hang in there. The weather gods are helping us but any help from above we will take it. I just went about my plans and I employed a solid defensive technique. There is a lot more turn in this innings. Both Ashwin and Ojha did not bowl many bad balls. 9:30 am | Hello and welcome to day 4 of the first Test between India and New Zealand from Hyderabad. First, the gloomy news. It is currently raining in Hyderabad and the start will be delayed. Stay tuned for updates   Day 3:2:58 pm |  Play has been called off. So rain has the final say in a day dominated by India, thanks to R Ashwin’s impressive six-wicket haul in the first innings. Still 2 more days to go, so plenty of time for India to bowl New Zealand out (and then bat again if necessary). All of that though, only if weather permits. Following on, New Zealand are 41/1 in the second innings.  1st innings: India 348 (Pujara 159), NZ (Franklin 43 n.o. ; Ashwin 6/31, Ojha 3/44)last_img read more

Huawei Mate 10 launching on Oct 16, teaser reveals dual Leica cameras

first_imgHuawei’s Mate 9 successor aka Mate 10 is coming on October 16, confirms company’s new leaked teaser. The image shows the Mate 10 clicked along with Huawei P9, P10 and Mate 9 all aligned chronologically.  The image further confirms that the phone will come with Leica’s dual cameras at the back., aligned vertically. Further, the teaser seemingly takes a dig on Samsung using a hashtag #beyondthegalaxy.Earlier, this month we saw a press invite sent out by the company for October 16 launch in Germany.Amidst other rumours about the Mate 10, the phone could come with a bezel less display. There are talks that the upcoming Mate 10 could sport a bezel less display and 2K resolution. The phone could sport a metal unibody design.  According to the image revealed by Chinese website Weibo, the Mate 10 could come with fingerprint sensor placed right below the camera module.Also Read: Huawei Mate 10 first look out, set to launch on October 16There are rumours that the Huawei Mate 10 could feature a massive 6.1-inch display with Quad HD resolution. Company’s CEO Richard Yu has also hinted that Huawei Mate 10 could come with no bezels as the company is planning to shifting to all screen display. There are also speculations that the Mate 10 could come with iris scanner, facial recognition, AR compatibility and 3D sensor.  The Mate 10 could be powered by HiSilcon Kirin 970 SoC developed on the 10nm process. The phone would run Android 8.0 with Huawei’s own UI on top. Also expect two storage variants of the Mate 10- 6GB and 8GB model.advertisementlast_img read more

Mignolet reveals most fined Liverpool players

first_imgWTF Mignolet reveals the most fined Liverpool players Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:15 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Simon Mignolet Liverpool Getty Images WTF Liverpool Sadio Mané Premier League The Reds goalkeeper says Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold often see their wages docked for an unconventional reason Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed that Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the most fined players at Anfield — and the explanation is rather unusual.Reds Evens for the top 4While a player may typically be fined for such infractions as being late to a team meeting or violating the dress code while traveling, the Reds duo have been guilty of not keeping the club’s staff up to date on their sleeping habits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Addressing the topic in a lighthearted interview with Sky Sports, Mignolet said: “We have to fill in an app every morning saying how much sleep we had, how good we feel, to go before every training, and they keep forgetting.”Mignolet offered a variety of opinions about his Liverpool team-mates during the interview, referring to Philippe Coutinho as the top “player’s player,” calling Jon Flanagan the team’s main jokester, hailing Daniel Sturridge’s dance moves and shaming Adam Lallana’s as the Anfield teacher’s pet. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Top Oklahoma Football Recruit Reacts To The Mike Stoops Firing

first_imgOklahoma flag is run on field ahead of home game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 08: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Bruins 49-21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s football program announced this morning the official decision to part ways with defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, the younger brother of former OU head coach Bob Stoops.Mike Stoops served two stints on Oklahoma’s staff. He was most-recently the defensive coordinator from 2012-18.“I have great respect for Mike,” head coach Lincoln Riley said. “He’s a quality football coach, great man and a close friend. It became time for a change in our program and that happens sometimes in football, but we cannot lose sight of the accomplishments Mike had at Oklahoma. He was responsible for a lot of success and deserves the gratitude of everyone associated with Sooner football, not only for his role in the winning, but for coaching with integrity.”One of Oklahoma football’s top defensive recruits, four-star Jaden Davis, reacted to the news on social media.“I stand by this through it all, Boomer Sooner…” he wrote.I stand by this through it all, Boomer Sooner… https://t.co/HAtIW4w7K7— IV (@Jayd4_) October 8, 2018Davis was recruited by Stoops.The four-star defensive back is ranked the No. 27 CB in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He chose Oklahoma over Florida and Penn State, among other programs.last_img read more

Todd McShay: Dwayne Haskins Could Fall In The NFL Draft

first_imgDwayne Haskins throws a pass for Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)For a while, Dwayne Haskins looked like the top quarterback on the board. With Kyler Murray’s surge, there is now a situation in which the Buckeye signal caller could wind up tumbling a bit.That is not a unique situation for a quarterback. Because there are only so many teams with a need at the position, there is often a QB once thought of as a potential top pick that goes much later than expected.Perhaps the most famous example is Aaron Rodgers, who fell into the Packers’ laps towards the end of the 2005 NFL Draft’s first round. We saw a similar situation with Teddy Bridgewater a few years ago, and last year, Lamar Jackson lasted until the last pick of the first round, when the Baltimore Ravens traded up to land him.ESPN’s Todd McShay thinks there’s a chance a similar thing happens to Dwayne Haskins in this year’s NFL Draft.He appeared on ESPN’s Get Up!, and while he still has Haskins going to the Giants at No. 6, he acknowledged that there are whispers that the New York franchise aren’t enamored with the Buckeye QB.Instead, he said the team could consider holding out and going for Drew Lock later in the round, if they have similar grades on the two players.As transcribed by Saturday Tradition:“If any of these quarterback are going to fall a little bit, it might be Haskins,” McShay said on Get Up! “It will be interesting to see. I keep hearing the Giants may not be in love with Haskins. I put him there because it’s kind of the only place in the top 10 I felt good about putting him. I do think, ultimately, he’ll wind up going somewhere in that range. But it may be a team moving up. The Giants could just pass on him and wind up taking Drew Lock a little bit later with that 17th pick.[…]“Haskins is the most interesting of the three (quarterbacks),” McShay said. “As you get closer, look at Lock. All of the teams are starting to say 46 games, Lock’s a veteran, been through a lot, the confidence. Haskins is only a one-year starter. I’m getting more and more information from teams that Haskins could wind up falling a little bit further than both Mel [Kiper Jr.] and I have him going at No. 6.”The Cardinals are expected to take Kyler Murray No. 1, and there’s a chance he doesn’t get past the Oakland Raiders at No. 4. From there, the Giants (No. 6), Denver Broncos (No. 10), Miami Dolphins (No. 13), and Washington Redskins (No. 15) could all look at quarterback, but there is definitely no guarantee.Still, Haskins is an impressive prospect, and as of now, looks like a solid bet to be a first rounder.last_img read more

2019 World Cup: Hamid Hassan surprise pick in Afghanistan 15-man squad

first_img Reuters MumbaiApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 12:45 IST Afghanistan will be playing their second 50-over World Cup in 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHamid Hassan was a surpise selection for Afghanistan in their World Cup squadHassan, who is aged 31, has played 32 one-day internationals for AfghanistanHassan last played for Afghanistan back in July 2016Afghanistan named fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who last played for the side in July 2016, in their 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup on Monday.Hassan, 31, has played 32 one-day internationals for the war-torn nation and was also part of Afghanistan’s maiden appearance at the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand four years back.”Luckily for us, the comeback of senior fast bowler Hamid Hassan is a good news,” Afghanistan chief selector Dawlat Ahmadzai said in a statement.”However, we will take into account his form and fitness during upcoming practice matches.”Thoughts on the Afghanistan #CWC19 squad? pic.twitter.com/bvYPeAj4x8Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 22, 2019Earlier this month, Afghanistan replaced long-serving ODI captain Asghar Afghan with Gulbadin Naib as part of wholesale changes to the team’s leadership structure across formats.While several senior players questioned the timing of the leadership changes before the May 30-July 14 World Cup, Afghan kept his place in the squad.The spinners are the biggest strength of Afghanistan, touted as the ‘dark horse’, and they named three specialist world class slow bowlers in Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.Rashid, 20, is the top-ranked bowler in the shortest Twenty20 format and third in the list of bowlers for the 50-over format.”It has been a six-month preparation process for the ICC Cricket World Cup,” Ahmadzai said. “The mission is to play inspirational cricket in the tournament; I know there are strong teams but we will do our level best to achieve our goals.advertisement”As chief selector, it is my duty to select a competitive team. However, there were some challenges that we needed to handle. We selected the best squad considering factors such as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.”We hope to play great cricket without any fear and with a fighting spirit in the tournament.”Wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Ali Khil and the pace duo of Karim Janat and Sayed Shirzad were named reserve players for the team, who begin their campaign against Australia on June 1.Squad: Gulbadin Naib (captain), Mohammad Shahzad (wicketkeeper), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.Also Read | Out-of-form Hashim Amla makes 15-man South Africa squadAlso Read | Dinesh Chandimal not named in Sri Lanka’s 15-member squad for 2019 World CupAlso Read | Mohammad Amir not named in Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan squadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow 2019 ICC World CupFollow Hamid HassanFollow AfghanistanFollow 15-man squadFollow Rashid KhanFollow Mohammad NabiFollow Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2019 World Cup: Hamid Hassan surprise pick in Afghanistan 15-man squadRashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will lead a strong spin department as Afghanistan named their 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Highway 102 Southbound Lanes Closed

first_imgCOLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Southbound Lanes Closed The southbound lanes of Highway 102 are closed near Truro due to a motor vehicle collision. Traffic is being re-routed to Trunk 2 at Exit 13 and back on to Highway 102 at Exit 12 at Brookfield. -30-last_img

CCTV cameras in all Delhi govt schools by November Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: After long struggles, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched a project for installation of CCTV cameras in all government schools in the city, saying it will be a “historic milestone”.Launching the project at Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Lajpat Nagar, Kejriwal said over 1,000 Delhi government schools will be equipped with CCTV cameras by November this year. Private schools have already been directed to install CCTV cameras, he said, adding that they will be “strictly” asked to implement the order. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsKejriwal said that his government had to struggle against misinformation campaign of the opposition parties against the project. “It’s a historic milestone in school education in the country and the world as live feed from classrooms will be provided to parents on their mobile phones through an app,” Kejriwal said. Dismissing concerns that the CCTV cameras will compromise privacy of the schoolchildren, the chief minister said the initiative will help improve results of Delhi government schools next year. “There will be no privacy breach, children go to school for education, to learn discipline and become good citizens of the country… they do not go there for anything private,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKejriwal said the CCTVs will ensure direct answerability of the government towards people. “We would not provide live feed to the parents if the schools were not running properly,” he said, adding that the cameras will also ensure children’s safety and instil discipline in them. Parents of children studying in Delhi government schools will be able to get live feed of the CCTV cameras through ‘DGS Live’ app which can be downloaded from Google Play Store. After downloading the app, they will receive an SMS from the government control room. They will be able to access live classroom feed after proper verification. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya has become the country’s first government school to have CCTV camera coverage. He interacted with a few parents who supported the move. Citing various benefits of the CCTV cameras, he claimed students and teachers also supported the move. Deputy chief minister also explained the rationale for installing CCTVs in classrooms. He said, “All of you remember that a child died in a private school almost two years ago, and the police investigation into the matter is still on. That’s when the Chief Minister directed the installation of CCTVs in government school classrooms. First we installed CCTVs in the school campus. In the meantime another accident occured where one of our teachers was killed. That incident had happened inside a class room.” “Teachers face allegations of absenteeism from classrooms. No one will now be able to wrongly accuse teachers of skipping classes. During the pilot of this project, I was concerned that everyone may not like CCTVs inside classrooms, but I was surprised to find that both students and teachers gave a positive response for the project. We have observed an identifiable improvement in the behaviour of children in the schools where this project was piloted.” Sisodia said. As part of the project, two CCTV cameras will be installed in each classroom. Entire school premises, barring the washrooms, will be under 360 degree coverage of the cameras and their feed will be monitored from a control room.last_img read more

Canada slips to 55th place in global freedomofinformation law rankings

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada has slipped six places to 55th spot on an annual list of global freedom-of-information rankings, and is now tied with Bulgaria and Uruguay.The Halifax-based Centre for Law and Democracy and human rights organization Access Info Europe published the list to mark International Right to Know Day.The rating system, launched in 2011, uses a 150-point scale to indicate the strengths and weaknesses of freedom-of-information laws around the world.Canada has dropped down the list partly because other countries have leapfrogged it by introducing better laws, the latest report card says.War-torn Afghanistan, working to rebuild its public institutions, tops the rankings this year, followed by Mexico, Serbia and Sri Lanka.It is tremendous that Afghanistan has passed such “an incredibly strong” right-to-information law, said Toby Mendel, executive director of the non-profit Centre for Law and Democracy.“Although implementation is always a challenge, this law will at least give the country the tools it needs to ensure its citizens can access information from public authorities.”The compilers of the list say they hope Canada’s “poor showing” will be a wake-up call that spurs Ottawa to improve the federal Access to Information Act, which hasn’t been significantly updated since its inception in 1983.The law allows people who pay $5 to ask for records ranging from internal studies and meeting minutes to correspondence and travel receipts. Departments are supposed to answer within 30 days or provide valid reasons why they need more time.The global rankings are based on elements including a law’s general right of access, scope, requesting procedures, exceptions and refusals, and appeal process.Canada’s lax timelines, imposition of access fees, lack of a proper public-interest override, and blanket exemptions for certain political offices all contravene international standards for the right of access, says the report published Friday.“Canada’s antiquated approach to access to information is also the result of a lack of political will to improve the situation.”The Liberal government introduced legislation last year to help modernize the federal law. The bill, currently before the Senate, would give the information commissioner — an ombudsman for users — new authority to order the release of records as well as entrench the practice of routinely releasing documents such as briefing notes and expense reports.But many who testified at a House of Commons committee dismissed the legislation as a step backward.In an analysis of the proposed changes last year, the Centre for Law and Democracy said the measures would give Canada only a modest boost in the global rankings.It said the bill does nothing to narrow or close exceptions in the law that allow federal agencies to withhold information from release.The bill also backpedals on a campaign promise to fully apply the Access to Information Act to ministerial offices.During a public question-and-answer session Friday, part of Right to Know week, information commissioner Caroline Maynard said she plans to flag problematic elements of the bill to the Senate committee studying the legislation.She’s concerned about a provision that would allow an agency to decline to handle a request — with approval from the commissioner — because it is deemed to be too vague or frivolous.“We have concern that this will be limiting some access, and it’s not necessary,” she said.Maynard suggested any such difficulties can be remedied by an existing provision in the law that requires agencies to assist requesters with their applications.The commissioner also outlined some insights into how she plans to clear a backlog of 3,500 complaints that have piled up from dissatisfied requesters over the years.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Celebrities Support Bullhook Ban In Oakland

first_imgWith Oakland poised to join Los Angeles in banning bullhooks — weapons resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end that circuses and other animal exhibitors use to beat and threaten elephants — a bevy of celebrity PETA supporters are speaking out to encourage the City Council to approve the ban during tomorrow’s meeting.Davey Havok, the lead singer of the über-popular band AFI and an Oakland native, says, “The use of a bullhook is cruel and unjust. We need only imagine being held captive and beaten for the sake of another’s entertainment to know that this tool of torture and slavery should be banned.”Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who has long been vocal against circus bullhook abuse, says, “I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe elephants in their natural habitat in South Africa. The magnificent animals I encountered weren’t performing headstands or standing on tubs like they do at the circus, where they’re routinely beaten with bullhooks. Instead, they were tending to their young, running free, and living in peace. I urge the Oakland City Council to ban this weapon that causes elephants such immense suffering.”Adds the NFL’s David Carter, “As a former player for the Raiders who loves the great city of Oakland, I hope the City Council will follow in the compassionate footsteps of Los Angeles — where I played college football — and take a stand for elephants by banning bullhooks.”Television icon Bob Barker’s opposition to the use of bullhooks on elephants is also clear: “Nothing — and certainly not a few minutes of entertainment — justifies abusing these extremely sensitive, intelligent, and majestic animals with painful bullhooks, which leave puncture wounds and scarring.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — has been a longtime proponent of bullhook bans.Source:PETAlast_img read more

Harry Connick Jr Urges People 50 and Older to Get Screened for

first_imgGrammy and Emmy award winner, and Tony award nominee, the multi-talented musician, singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. and his wife of 24 years and former model, Jill Connick, recently marked the fifth anniversary of Jill’s recovery from breast cancer.As Jill credits timely screening and early detection for being a cancer survivor today, she is joining Harry to share their experience and to raise awareness of another cancer for which timely screening is critical: colon cancer. Their efforts will support The New 50, a public education campaign sponsored by Exact Sciences, that debuts today during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The initiative aims to encourage people 50 and older to talk with their healthcare provider about screening, including the modern, noninvasive options that can fit into any schedule of this busy on-the-go “new 50” generation.Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women combined, claiming over 50,000 lives each year. Despite this, approximately 35 million people are not current with screening, as recommended. The New 50 campaign aims to make a difference in those numbers as 90 percent of colon cancers can be treated if detected early.“I know firsthand the value of early detection,” said Connick. “Sadly, my own mother lost her battle with ovarian cancer when I was only 13 years old, but Jill and I are so grateful that a routine mammogram and sonogram found her breast cancer in the early stages, which we believe saved her life. Now that we are on the other side of that experience, we want to spread the word about the life-saving importance of timely screening, in particular for colon cancer, a disease for which screening rates are way too low.”Connick, who was recently screened for colon cancer, added, “I was surprised to learn that colon cancer is the most preventable yet least prevented cancer. Jill and I are eager to do what we can to remind folks 50 and older how important and easy it is now to get screened.”Sponsored by Exact Sciences, the initiative is also supported by leading colon cancer advocacy groups, including the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC), and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. These organizations have made it their mission to support people impacted by colon cancer through education, support and research.About The New 50 and Noninvasive Screening MethodsThanks to advances in science and medicine, people are living longer and healthier than previous generations – changing what it means to be 50 today. The New 50 campaign spotlights a modern screening option, Cologuard, which uses advanced technology to detect changes in stool DNA that indicate cancer and precancer.“Many of my patients understand the importance of colon cancer screening, but fear the more traditional tests which involve uncomfortable preparation, sedation and time off work,” said Dr. Jacqueline Champlain, a family medicine physician at Austin Regional Clinic. “Modern screening options, like Cologuard, break down these barriers, and give me the opportunity to offer my patients an effective and convenient solution that can be used in the privacy of home and does not interrupt their lives. That’s the beauty of being 50 today – patients have options and they just need to talk to their healthcare provider to determine the one that is right for them – because that is the one that will get done.”Over the next year, as part of The New 50 campaign, Harry and Jill will travel cross-country – to Austin, Denver, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa and Harry’s hometown of New Orleans – to host community events where they will share their experience with cancer and educate people on the importance of timely colon cancer screening. In both local and national forums, the Connicks will invite the thousands of people age 50 and older who have not yet been screened to join them in the #ScreenWithMe Challenge which includes pledging to take action to get screened and encouraging three of their loved ones to do the same. The challenge will generate a $1 donation per pledge to support colon cancer research and advocacy undertaken by campaign partners: Fight Colorectal Cancer, Colorectal Cancer Alliance and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.To learn more, visit www.New50.com.last_img read more

Am I a bad feminist written by MARGARET ATWOOD

first_imgAdvertisement My fundamental position is that women are human beings, with the full range of saintly and demonic behaviours this entails, including criminal ones. They’re not angels, incapable of wrongdoing. If they were, we wouldn’t need a legal system. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 40 books of poetry, fiction and essays, including The Handmaid’s Tale.It seems that I am a “Bad Feminist.” I can add that to the other things I’ve been accused of since 1972, such as climbing to fame up a pyramid of decapitated men’s heads (a leftie journal), of being a dominatrix bent on the subjugation of men (a rightie one, complete with an illustration of me in leather boots and a whip) and of being an awful person who can annihilate – with her magic White Witch powers – anyone critical of her at Toronto dinner tables. I’m so scary! And now, it seems, I am conducting a War on Women, like the misogynistic, rape-enabling Bad Feminist that I am.What would a Good Feminist look like, in the eyes of my accusers? Twitterlast_img read more

Nepal UN to start second phase of monitoring Maoist army personnel

12 June 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Nepal today announced the planned start this week of the second phase of monitoring Maoist army personnel in the country to ensure that no minors are serving. “This is a crucial stage of the implementation of the Agreement on the Monitoring of Arms and Armies,” said Ian Martin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, announcing that the process will begin Thursday in Ilam, in Nepal’s east. Teams led by the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) will individually verify the details of each registered Maoist army member to ensure that they were over the age of 18 before 25 May 2006 and that they joined the Maoist army before this cut-off date. Child protection officers from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and registration personnel from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will participate in the effort.UNMIN teams completed the first phase of registering weapons and personnel in mid-February, when more than 30,850 Maoist personnel were registered and 2,855 weapons were stored under 24-hour UN monitoring. An equivalent number of weapons of the Nepal Army was also stored under UN-monitoring as part of this process.The verification process will be undertaken through individual interviews of each person registered as a Maoist combatant, and will be done in each of the seven main cantonment sites one after the other, the mission said.“As soon as the findings of verification at the first site are complete, they will be discussed with Maoist representatives so that the orderly discharge and reintegration of those who are to leave the cantonments can be carried out as soon as possible,” said Mr. Martin. “UNICEF and its partners will be making arrangements for the reintegration of those found to be minors.”In his first public statement since the eight parties agreed that the Constituent Assembly election should be held before mid-December, the envoy stated that “UNMIN’s presence in Nepal and all aspects of its work are for the purpose of assisting in creating a free and fair atmosphere for this election.”He emphasized that “the challenges involved in creating satisfactory conditions for a late November election are very considerable,” noting that “they require not just the fixing of a date, but a realistic plan and timetable to which all parties commit themselves, and which will ensure rapid progress on simultaneous fronts…encompassing not only the technical and logistical preparations but also political and security issues.”The major electoral issue currently before the Interim Legislature-Parliament is to determine the electoral system. Mr. Martin called for dialogue with traditionally marginalized groups – Madhesis, Janajatis, Dalits, women and others – so that they are able to gain a reasonable degree of assurance that their legitimate demands for representation are being met by the electoral system.“To ensure a successful election there is no substitute for a process which commands broad confidence,” he said.Mr. Martin also pressed for talks and cooperation between the Home Ministry, the police, the Maoists and others on how to achieve public security, especially in districts and villages, in order to allow all parties to conduct their activities without facing intimidation and violence.On the Young Communist League, the youth wing of the Maoist party, the envoy said he had had recent meetings with Maoist chairman Prachanda and that he has “urged that he make public the instructions under which the YCL operates, making clear that these are fully in accordance with the law and with human rights standards – in particular, that they must no use violence of any kind and must assist law enforcement only by acting as citizens cooperating with the police within the law.”Mr. Martin also referred to the first visit of the UN Electoral Expert Monitoring Team, which arrived in Nepal this week. The five-member team, led by Spanish expert Dr Rafael Lopez-Pintor, will make a series of visits to Nepal during electoral process in order to determine whether it is proceeding in a manner which will lead to a result that accurately reflects the will of the Nepalese people.The team reports to the Secretary-General who will make its findings available to the Government and the Election Commission.Separate to the Electoral Expert Monitoring Team, UNMIN provides technical assistance to Nepal’s Election Commission for the planning, preparation and conduct of the Constituent Assembly election.UNMIN is a special political mission established by the Security Council in January to support the peace process in Nepal, especially by assisting in the conduct of the Constituent Assembly election in a free and fair atmosphere. read more

Protesters end occupation of Manitoba hydro dam after agreeing to negotiations

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Protesters end occupation of Manitoba hydro dam after agreeing to negotiations CROSS LAKE, Man. – A six-week occupation of a northern Manitoba hydro dam is over after First Nation protesters reached a deal for negotiations.Protesters from Cross Lake First Nation have agreed to leave the site of the Jenpeg generating station after agreeing to talks that will address some key concerns including revenue-sharing, a shoreline cleanup and help with residential hydro bills that hover around $600 a month in the winter.Cross Lake Chief Catherine Merrick said they also have a signed letter from Premier Greg Selinger agreeing to come to the community “as soon as practicable” to deliver a letter of apology for the harms caused by the dam.“The agreement is a starting point for the work and talks to come rather than a conclusion,” Merrick said in a statement. “The agreement is based on the acknowledgment that the northern hydropower system ‘resulted in, and continues to result in, adverse effects on the lands, pursuits, activities and lifestyles of citizens of Pimicikamak’.”Hundreds of protesters from the First Nation north of Lake Winnipeg marched to the hydro dam on Oct. 16. The generating station continued to operate during the occupation, but protesters wouldn’t let anyone in or out.The band signed an agreement in 1977 after the Jenpeg dam was built, but Merrick said Manitoba Hydro and the provincial government didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Traditional lands are regularly flooded and none of the promised economic development and employment programs materialized, she said.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, who is also responsible for Manitoba Hydro, said the negotiations will explore the implementation of the 1977 agreement. It will also look at ways to lower hydro bills on the First Nation, he said.While the community lives in the shadow of the dam, the First Nation says many people have their electricity cut off because they can’t afford to pay their bills.“Many homes in the north are not energy-efficient and need upgrading to reduce their electricity consumption and lower their energy bills,” Robinson told the legislature Friday. “Existing power-smart programs at Cross Lake will be extended to help address these challenges.”Jon Gerrard, Manitoba’s lone Liberal MLA, said he visited Cross Lake a few weeks ago and the community was promised in the 1970s it would reap economic benefits from the dam.“It’s important to be vigilant and make sure that the commitments are actually met and we’re able to increase the employment opportunities for the people of Cross Lake,” he said.Jenpeg, which cost $310 million to build, is about 525 kilometres north of Winnipeg and is key in Manitoba Hydro’s northern electricity generation. The dam helps regulate the level of Lake Winnipeg, which has become swollen in recent years due to flooding. It also acts as a reservoir for other northern generating stations.— By Chinta Puxley in Winnipeg by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2014 12:21 pm MDT read more

UN Mission en route to assess reports of deadly fighting in South

“The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has received information from local officials from Walgak in west Akobo that an attack took place on Friday, 8 February, in the Manitor area,” Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, told journalists today at a briefing in New York.According to media reports, the people of Walgok were migrating north to the wetlands with cattle when they came under attack by an armed force. That information has not been confirmed by the UN Mission.The investigative team, which includes UN personnel and officials from the Government of South Sudan, will “investigate, obtain accurate information, assess the needs of the affected population and determine what is required by the South Sudanese authorities to address the situation,” the spokesperson added.As part of its mandated role in the country, UNMISS investigates allegations of human rights abuses and supports efforts to protect civilians.The Mission has been active in consolidating peace and security, and helping to establish conditions for development in the world’s newest country since South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July 2011. read more

Haiti UN peacekeeping mission voices concern at recent violence in several cities

The head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré, noted the resurgence of violence and killings perpetrated in Cité Soleil, as well as violent incidents around schools in Cap Haitian. “Such crimes are particularly disturbing as they endanger the safety of all, and the social peace that Haiti needs to move forward on the path of strengthening rule of law and socio-economic development,” she stated in a news release.The Mission urged all Haitians, civil society and other actors, including political, religious and community leaders, to continue working for peace. MINUSTAH also reiterated its commitment to support Haitian authorities, especially the Haitian National Police, to prevent violence and to strengthen the rule of law institutions in line with its mandate. Last month the UN Security Council extended MINUSTAH’s mandate until mid-October 2014. In doing so, it reiterated that building the capacity of the Haitian National Police remains “a most critical task” for the Mission. read more

Frence Round 1 D1M Montpellier Dunkerque Paris HC and Chambery all win

ChamberycreteilFrance handballIvryligue francais handballLNHMontpellierparistremblay ← Previous Story ASOBAL Round 2: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona both win Next Story → Bundesliga Round 5: Fuchse stops THW Kiel, end winning series The “big four” of the French handball this season, have all won their respective games. Montpellier trashed Billere Handball in the opening game of the French Championship with 50:24. Dunkerque, the surprising winner of the French Super Cup had some hard time against St Raphael, but in the end won the game with 31:28. Paris Handball beat Cesson Rennes at home with 34:23, while Chambery snatched a victory at Tremblay with 23:20.In the other games, HBC Nantes beat Selestat Alsace with 29:24, and the first draw occured in Toulouse where the hosts played only 34:34 against Pays Aix UC. In the last game today at 16:45, Creteil hosts Ivry.The big derby comes on the 30th this month, in the 3rd round, Paris HC vs Montpellier. read more

PETA decides Super Mario 3D Land promotes animal cruelty

first_imgPETA is a well-known foundation setup to protect the rights of all animals. However, some of their tactics for doing so are questionable (which other animal rights organization is launching its own porn site?), even if they do end up getting the group a lot of coverage in the press.Video games seem to be a favorite target for PETA, and you may remember Cooking Mama coming under fire for promoting cooking and eating meat. PETA went so far as to recreate the game online, renaming it Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals.This week, the group has a new target due to the release of Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS. Apparently, through releasing that game both Nintendo and Mario are promoting animal cruelty due to the use of the Tanooki Tail Power-Suit.PETA points out the fact that tanuki are raccoon dogs that are skinned alive for their fur. By using fur as a Tanooki suit, Mario is “sending the message” that buying and wearing the real fur is acceptable.To help get the point across, PETA has drawn Mario in his Tanooki suit holding a racoon’s head with blood dripping all over the floor. You can also play Super Tanooki Skin 2D the game, which puts you in the role of a skinned raccoon performing jumps as you try to catch a flying Mario who is wearing your blood-drenched skin.At best this is a leap by PETA to associate the game with the cruelty. I bet most players don’t even notice a link between a suit Mario wears in the game and the fur trade. I have never played a Mario game and wanted to go out and kill me some raccoons, either.While this is sure to get PETA some healthy coverage, as this article demonstrates, I think their efforts would do more good targeting those who actually purchase the raccoon fur in the first place and then the stores that stock it.You can play the game on the Mario Kills Tanooki web page, via IGNlast_img read more

Brazils Ronaldo believes Salah is similar to Messi

first_imgBrazil great Ronaldo has admitted that he is a big fan of Mohamed Salah’s and even compared him to Lionel MessiThe Egyptian has scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool in what has been a stunning maiden campaign for the Premier League side.Salah’s 10 goals in the Champions League has helped fire Liverpool to their first appearance in the final since 2007 and he is expected to be the main threat in their attempt to deny Real Madrid a third successive crown.Ronaldo, who only won the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1998, has become a fan of Salah’s himself and believes that he shares similarities with Messi.“Salah, I love him. He is an incredible player with a tremendous quality,” said the Brazilian, according to beINSPORTS.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He looks like Messi. I recently read him saying that I had been his inspiration and I was excited.”However, the 41-year-old is expecting his former club Real to overcome Liverpool in the final.“My result is 3-2 for Madrid,” said Ronaldo.“If they win the final it will be an unprecedented event in their history. I am very optimistic.“There were doubts during the year, but Real Madrid came together and have achieved something historic.”last_img read more

Plastic plagued Purdue Nuggets taken off TCI store shelves

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:perdue chicken nuggets, recall Salmonella contamination forces Dole Spinach recall Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Mar 2016 – If you have the recalled Purdue chicken nuggets then return them to local supplier, Graceway Supermarkets. The Animal Health Service Division of the Department of Agriculture has advised that some of the chicken nuggets contaminated by plastic materials did come to the TCI. Nearly 4,500 pounds of the tainted nuggets have been recalled in the US; they were issued by Perdue Foods, in Gainesville, GA which were produced for Applegate Farms. Agriculture has already seen that the Purdue Chicken nuggets were removed from local store shelves, but issued the warning to return the item for those who may have bought them before the March 6th recall. NIAGARA bottled water recall Health Department gives dangers on Stomach Flu & Kraft Mac & Cheeselast_img read more