Become autonomous or face sanctions: ICC to member boards

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday amended its constitution to provide freedom to its member countries from political interference.The game’s world governing body gave 12 months to implement the changed rule in their national boards – and a grace period of another year, till June 2013, if they failed to do so earlier – so that they become immune to political influence.ICC chief Sharad Pawar with PCB chairman Ijaz Butt.Any board doesn’t implement new rule it could be penalised, warned the ICC. The decision, the ICC claimed in a statement, was taken “unanimously” at a general body meeting in Hong Kong.The ICC annual conference unanimously supported a proposal to amend the ICC Articles of Association to provide for the important principle of free elections and the independence of member boards,” the statement said.”It was agreed that all member boards must implement the provisions before annual conference in June 2012 and a further 12 months (to June 2013) would be allowed before any sanctions would be considered.”The constitutional amendment says the ICC, “designed to prevent undue interference by governments … including but not limited interference in operational matters, the selection and management of teams, the appointment of coaches or support personnel or activities of a member”. The issue has been on the ICC agenda since February.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would be the most affected its Patron is also the President Pakistan and he handpicks the board chairman, unlike in India where the board president is elected independently.The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), where the government impacts their elections and decisions, and to a lesser extent at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), where the sports ministry constantly interferes in its working, as well as Zimbabwe will also be affected. BCB’s president Mustafa Kamal is a sitting member of Parliament.advertisementInterestingly, the PCB said it opposed the ICC amendment and claimed that the issue wasn’t even raised on Thursday. “This is totally incorrect – you can quote on that. The issue did not come up at today’s executive board meeting,” Butt told MAIL TODAY from Hong Kong.The former Test player said that the ICC can’t impose a rule. “This will take three years. The ICC will first amend their constitution and send it to us. We’ll then take it to our government, before it’s passed,” he said at the of the five-day ICC annual conference.While pointing out that PCB has “sued” the ICC over the issue, Butt smelt foul play.Some vested interests are doing this. The goras (foreigners) are getting together to bulldoze us, but will not allow us to be bulldozed,” he said without naming country.”It’s all directed towards India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.” The governance issue cropped up when former Aussie Prime Minister John Howard, a joint choice of Australia and New Zealand, was last year nominated as an ICC vice-presidential candidate so that he could replace Sharad Pawar as the president in 2014.But a majority of the ICC member countries, including the Indian board, opposed Howard’s candidature due to his past comments on Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling action, resulting in a huge controversy.Alan Isaac of New Zealand was eventually nominated as vice-president. Butt even claimed that the PCB had enough support to defeat the proposed amendment, but refrained from doing it as a decision on the method of electing ICC presidents deferred till October.Interestingly, opinion is divided in Pakistan as former ICC president Ehsan Mani and former captain Imran Khan welcomed the ICC move.”It’s a good move. Politics cricket should not be mixed. A good example is India and Pakistan governments not allowing their teams to play against each other. And, over the last two years, relationship between the PCB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has gone bad,” Mani told MAIL TODAY.India too has had politicians in BCCI, like the late Madhavrao Scindia, and now Arun Jaitley, but they have come through a system,” said the England-based Pakistani.The BCCI, say experts, would benefit from the amendment.Unlike in Pakistan, Bangladesh Sri Lanka, BCCI officials are democratically chosen, so we have nothing to fear. In fact, the change make the BCCI stronger in its fight against the sports ministry’s draft national sports development that includes age and tenure limits for national sports federations’ (NSFs) officials,” a top BCCI official told MAIL TODAY.The sports ministry wants the BCCI to meet the requirements just like all other NSFs. The ministry is set to present the bill during the monsoon session of Parliament in July.advertisementGenesis of the sagaThe proposal was reportedly mooted first by the Pakistan board at an ICC executive board meet in FebruaryIn April, the Pakistan board did a U-turn and objected to the proposal, and sent a legal notice to ICC on that. The notice was prepared by Mark Gay, a sports law specialist with DLA PiperThe notice terms the ICC move ‘unfair prejudice for the purpose of section 184(1) of the B VI of the Business Companies Act 2004 (the B VI Act)’ICC on Thursday asked Boards to implement the change in rule by June 2012. If they can’t, a grace period of one year, till June 2013, will be givenIf countries don’t fall in line by 2013, ICC could impose sanctions on boards or suspend them.last_img read more

Imams to use social media to counter ISIS influence

first_imgKolkata, Jul 15 (PTI) In a bid to dissuade the youth from getting attracted to ISIS and other terror organisations, Imams here are contemplating using social media to spread the message of peace and educate them on the true meaning of Islam.The social media initiative, led by Qari Fazlur Rehman, a senior cleric of Bengal, comes after reports that ISIS is extensively using social media to radicalise youngsters.”Nothing has been finalised as of now. I am talking to various clerics, and Islamic scholars on this issue. What I have seen is that various groups including ISIS is misleading the youth by misinterpreting the versions of Islam and Quran,” Rehman said.”This has to be countered. Islam doesnt teach us violence or bloodshed. Islam teaches us peace and brotherhood. And our aim is to spread the true version of Islam on social media in various languages so that it has the maximum reach,” he said.After the matter is finalised, languages such as Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi and English will be used to spread the message on social media as part of a concerted campaign.Rehman said that terror groups were luring the youth across the globe through sites like Facebook, Whatsapp and Youtube.A few days ago, a youth, Mohammed Musiruddin, with suspected links to the ISIS and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), who had gone to Kashmir to train, was arrested in the state.”If you have to combat this trend you have to use the social media so that young minds dont get polluted by the malicious campaign. I am talking to authorities and a number of organisations in this regard and we will come to a concrete decision very soon,” he said. MORE PTI PNT MD PR BSAadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Bolt didn’t disgrace himself’

first_imgCentral Coast Mariners boss Mike Mulvey gave a cautious thumbs-up to Usain Bolt’s first outing for the club, saying the world’s fastest man “didn’t disgrace himself” on his football debut.Bolt came on after 71 minutes of the Mariners’ 6-1 defeat of a Central Coast Select XI and caused some nervy moments for the visiting defence with one run and shot forcing the goalkeeper into a decent save.The 32-year-old was inches away from getting on the scoresheet shortly after, as he just failed to connect with a loose ball at the left-hand post with the goal gaping. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And while he appeared a work in progress, Mulvey was reasonably encouraged.”He didn’t disgrace himself, he did himself proud, he was on there for 20 mins,” Mulvey told Fox Sports. “I said before the game that football movements are different to athletic movements, but he showed he has got some skills, he did okay.”Asked for a timeframe for when Bolt may make his A-League debut, Mulvey added: “He’s here for the long haul if necessary, but my main focus is on getting the team ready to go for the start of the season. We have seven weeks to go.”There was a bumper attendance for the pre-season friendly but Mulvey was quick to hail the global focus Bolt has brought to Gosford, a northern suburb of Sydney. “He doesn’t lack self-confidence but he’s not arrogant,” he said. “He’s a good guy to have around, he’s had a positive impact on the club, the community, the A-League and within Australia.”This game has gone out to over 60 countries so he’s globalised the competition so that can’t be a bad thing.”Look who’s made his debut in professional football…Congratulations @usainbolt pic.twitter.com/Ju4A7Vu72H— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) August 31, 2018Bolt admitted he still has some way to go in terms of his football understanding but vowed to continue learning.He said: “The biggest thing is to understand how the guys play, where I should be when the ball is at a certain point on the field and I am learning that. It takes time to understand and the more I play, the more I listen and train, it will get better.”It will take time to get to know everyone, but the boys have accepted me, always encouraged me.”The given crowd of 9,958 also raised a few eyebrows, with Bolt’s fastest-ever 100 metres clocked at 9.58 seconds.”It’s God’s way of doing what he does,” smiled the Jamaican.last_img read more

David Warner walks off the filed after being sledged, returns to smash 259-ball 157

first_imgDavid Warner walked off the field mid-innings after he was sledged by an opposition player during a Sydney grade cricket match on Saturday.Warner, who is serving his 12-month ban from international and state cricket for his role in the ball tampering scandal, is representing Randwick Petersham and his team was playing a match against Western Suburbs at Pratten Park in Ashfield in Sydney.In the match, Randwick Petersham won the toss and elected to bat and opening the batting, Warner breezed into the 30s before the whole drama unfolded.According to reports, Warner was offended by a sledge from a Wests player and told the umpires that he was not going to play further part in the came and left the crease and walked off the field, thus, forcing the game to stop for a bit.Reports also add that the player concerned was Jason Hughes — the brother of former Test player Phil Hughes — used the word “disgrace”.But if spectators are to be believed, the southpaw’s teammates convinced him to return to the wicket and after a short break in play, Warner returned to the field of play and resumed his innings.However, there was some confusion regarding Warner returning because according to the rules of cricket, if a batsman leaves the field of play, he cannot come back to bat — unless he was off due to an injury. But, it is believed that the Western Suburbs players allowed Warner to return to the crease as they didn’t want him to end his innings in such a way.advertisementWarner however, made the most of his return and smashed 157 off 259 balls before being dismissed as Randwick Petersham ended the day at 6/316.Also read – David Warner joins Sylhet Sixers for Bangladesh Premier League 2019Before this incident, on Friday, Warner announced that he will play in the seventh edition of the Bangladesh Premier League early next year.He will represent the Sylhet Sixers in the tournament, that will be held from January 5 to February 8 in 2019.”I’m very excited to let you know that I’m now a Sixer. I can’t wait to be a part of the Sylhet Sixers family. See you soon,” Warner said in a video posted by the franchise on their facebook page.last_img read more

Mark Allen quits match with 11 reds left on ‘disgusting’ World Grand Prix table

first_imgTopics Share on Twitter Read more Share on LinkedIn “We all make mistakes. I read in the paper the other day that Sergio García hacked up a couple of greens and went into one in a bunker and you think to yourself ‘What’s he got to worry about?’“But you get so entrenched in what you’re doing and you are so frustrated, because it is your life. This sport is my life and golf is Sergio’s life and it doesn’t make an excuse but it gives a reason.”The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association rules state that “each member shall perform and compete to the best of his ability in each tournament in which he competes” and players are subject to disciplinary action if they concede a frame it is mathematically possible to win. Snooker Since you’re here… news Reuse this content Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img The Northern Irishman immediately conceded the frame, and with it the match, to gift Carter a place in the quarter-finals, where he will play David Gilbert.Asked if he regretted his actions, Allen said: “Not at all. I don’t regret much that I’ve done over the years.”Describing the condition of the match table as “disgusting”, Allen added: “It’s out of character but it’s just the way I felt today. What’s the point of the audience watching me miss more and more?“I felt like I had to hit the ball so hard to move the white. It was really heavy and then you get annoyed because you look over at table two and it looks to be playing beautifully. I think if I had played on I would have smashed my cue up.”Allen, who is sixth in the world rankings, later took to Twitter to apologise for his performance: “Bad day at the office. Sorry to anyone who had to watch that..”Carter told ITV4: “We both started missing a lot and I think Mark missed the yellow there and he just saw red. We’ve all done it and fortunately for me it gives me the match, but I didn’t want to win like that. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share via Email Support The Guardian Mark Allen faces a fine from World Snooker after conceding a match-winning frame with 11 reds still left on the table at the World Grand Prix.The former Masters champion was 3-1 down to Ali Carter and trailing 20 points to two in the fifth frame when he missed a straightforward yellow and screwed the white ball back into the middle pocket. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Ronnie O’Sullivan hits out over ‘urine’ smell at English Open snooker venuelast_img read more

World Cup 2019 Points Table: Race for top-four finish heats up

first_img Rohan Sen New DelhiJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 16:54 IST Virat Kohli’s team survived a major scare on Saturday with India’s narrow win over Afghanistan (AP Photo)More than half of the World Cup 2019 is over and we are yet to find out the final four teams that will battle it out in the semi-finals of the showpiece event.New Zealand, Australia, India and England have a slender lead over the remaining teams in the points table at the moment and look set to advance in the knockout stage but they have Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies and Pakistan close on their heels.There are no guarantees in the one-day international cricket which is why the teams in the second-half of the table cannot be counted out just yet.West Indies, South Africa and Pakistan are in a must-win situation at this stage with them being tied on 3 points each. A loss for either South Africa or Pakistan in the 30th match at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday will be the final nail in the coffin.Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are still in a position to cause a few upsets and sneak into the last-four of the competition but that will be easier said than done. (India Today Photo)NEW ZEALAND – 11 points (P6, W5, L0, NR1)Kane Williamson’s team registered a thrilling win over the Windies on Saturday night to reclaim the top spot in the table with five wins from six games. Their match against India was washed out without a ball being bowled and it was the only game where both teams dropped a point. The Blackcaps will seal their spot in the semis if they win their next match against Pakistan on June 26.advertisementAUSTRALIA – 10 points (P6, W5, L1, NR0)The defending champions’ only loss in their six games came against India but since then they have pulled up their socks and defeated Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to consolidate their position in the top-four with 10 points.INDIA – 9 points (P5, W4, L0, NR1)The two-time world champions survived a major scare in their last game against Afghanistan but prevailed by 11 runs to keep remain unbeaten in the tournament along with the Kiwis. India started their campaign a week later than the rest but have been in rampaging form since then beating the likes of South Africa, Australia and Pakistan with ease but got a major wake-up call against the Afghans. They head into their next game against the Windies as favourites on June 27.ENGLAND – 8 points (P6, W4, L2, NR0)The hosts were being touted as the favourites to lift their maiden 50-over World Cup trophy this time but they got a reality check from Sri Lanka in their last game after failing to chase down 233 in Headingley. It was the second time they lost a game in this edition after their 14-run loss defeat against Pakistan earlier this month. England have 8 points from 6 games so far and will face Australia, India and New Zealand in their remaining three games and have the toughest road ahead out of the other teams in the top four.For 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 Posted byrohan sen Next World Cup 2019 Points Table: Race for top-four finish heats upWorld Cup 2019: New Zealand, Australia, India and England have a slender lead over the remaining teams in the points table at the moment and look set to enter the semi-finals.advertisementlast_img read more

Combatant Gentleman Lands at Bloomingdale’s

first_img 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Guys who prefer an old-school shopping experience over clicks and virtual try-ons have reason to celebrate: Combatant Gentleman, the menswear resource that has become a key player online with its affordable collection of suits and complementary merchandise, has put its footprint down in select Bloomingdale’s stores.The new retail partnership officially rolled out on Friday and includes a dedicated Combatant Gentleman area on the menswear floor of four Bloomingdale’s locations: South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California; SoHo in New York City; Tysons Corner in Washington, DC; and North Michigan in Chicago. The selling areas include a specially selected assortment of suits, outerwear, shirts, accessories such as neckties and the brand’s Toecap shoe line with cool, dressy models that start at just $65.In addition, these shops-within-a-shop will be the exclusive, temporary sellers of the brand’s new Summit Italy line, a collection of six suits and two blazers that were designed by master suit maker Alberto Caruso, are made in Italy and start at $240. Summit Italy will launch on the Combatant Gentleman site on Friday.Aside from the ready-made items, the areas also allow customers to order made-to-measure and made-to-order pieces via touchscreens, physical fabric swatch books and the advice of trained tailors. Combatant Gentleman’s creative director and co-founder Vishaal Melwani says that these special order items will take four to six weeks to produce and that he hopes to bring the brand to additional branches of the famous department store in the near future.Four-year-old Combatant Gentleman also has its own standalone store in Santa Monica – another option for any Internetphobes who nonetheless want great style at a super affordable price. How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damnlast_img read more

Students Urged To Say No to Smoking

first_imgHigh school students have been urged to say no to voluntary and involuntary smoking,  in the drive to promote a smoke-free environment in Jamaica. This message was given through various presentations at the fourth staging of the Jamaica Cancer Society’s Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum, held on February 20 under the theme: ‘No joking, no smoking- serious ting’,  at the Girl Guides Association of Jamaica, in Kingston. In his address, President of the Caribbean Public Health Association, Milton Pinnock, informed students of the debilitating effects that smoking has on an individual’s body, while noting that smoking weakens and incapacitates the lung. “There is always residual air in your lung once you start breathing, and if that residual air is contaminated or  polluted, that will create a problem in the lung,” he pointed out. He informed the students that all the chemical components contained in the cigarette form a ‘sticky’ or ‘glue-like’ substance, often called coal tar, which ends up in the lung. Mr. Pinnock  emphasised  that “smoking causes the elasticity of the lungs, that is the ability of the lungs to expand, to become very restricted, allowing the vital capacity of the lung to be impaired.” He  warns that this results in shortness of breath in persons who smoke, adding that  smoking can also lead to the development of long and short term illnesses, due to the harmful carcinogenic chemicals that are in the cigarettes. The  illnesses include asthma, emphysema, heart disease and  rheumatoid arthritis. There can also be a decline in physical fitness, increased production of phlegm, osteoporosis and cancer of the lung, throat and mouth; and respiratory infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Mr. Pinnock added that smoking can cause headaches, nausea and allergic reactions in the eyes, nose and throat. The forum was held as part of the Cancer Society’s effort to promote a smoke-free environment and to encourage healthy lifestyles among Jamaica’s youth population.last_img read more

Transport minister orders new fatigue rules amidst oil by rail ramp up

first_imgThe order comes amidst an ongoing ramp-up in crude oil transport by rail and follows Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s pledge to buy new oil tanker cars that could eventually move an additional 120,000 barrels a day in response to a lack of pipeline capacity.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has cited sleep-related fatigue as a contributing factor in 19 major freight train accidents since 1994, including the Lac-Megantic tragedy in July 2013 when an oil train explosion killed 47 people. Since then, the amount of crude shipped by rail has doubled to a record 269,829 barrels a day in September 2018.The railways, in consultation with unions, must submit rules to Transport Canada by May 19 for approval by the end of June. OTTAWA, O.N. – Transport Minister Marc Garneau is ordering railway companies to update rules to address employee fatigue.The minister says requirements on work-rest periods for rail employees, introduced in 2002 with mainly minor changes since then, should reflect the latest science and fatigue management practices.Calling for “changes now,” Garneau says the new rules should address issues such as shift length, minimum rest periods and advance notice for work schedules.last_img read more

Mexico cancels Chinese highspeed rail contract opening the door for Bombardier

MONTREAL – Mexico has cancelled a high-speed rail contract granted earlier this week to a Chinese-led consortium, opening the door for a possible bid from Bombardier, the Canadian transportation company said Friday.“I can’t tell you a definite yes but obviously we will be interested. We will be looking into that bid once more,” spokesman Marc Laforge said in an interview.He said the company didn’t submit a bid last time because the request for an extension from several companies was not granted.The Chinese group comprised of China Railway and CSR was the only bidder on the project.A statement from President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office said the process will be reopened to give others a chance to submit bids. It says the decision to extend bidding, reportedly for six months, was made for reasons of transparency.The manner in which the US$3.7-billion project was awarded has been criticized by some opposition lawmakers.Bombardier Transportation has had active in Mexico for 22 years and sees good opportunities as the country modernizes its infrastructure.Laforge said the Chinese would likely offer stiff competition in another round of bidding given its low-cost operations. “They are part of the competition and it’s up to us to adapt,” he said.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said the new bid could also attract interest from Germany’s Siemens and Alstom of France.“While the Chinese-led consortium will likely remain very competitive in any rebid process, we believe Bombardier will have a real opportunity to win the contract,” he wrote in a report.A visit earlier this year to Bombardier’s Mexican rolling stock manufacturing facilities left the analyst believing the company was well positioned to win the majority of nearly US$8 billion of contracts in the country.About 70 per cent of Mexico’s trains have been supplied by Bombardier and it is the only major manufacturer in the region with regional design, manufacturing and service operations, Spracklin said.Mexico’s first high-speed train is intended to travel 210 kilometres between Mexico City and the central city of Queretaro, where Bombardier Aerospace has a large manufacturing presence.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @RossMarowits on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mexico cancels Chinese high-speed rail contract, opening the door for Bombardier by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 12:45 pm MDT read more

Petra Kvitova Is The Most Unpredictable Player In Womens Tennis

Petra Kvitova, the tennis star from the Czech Republic, is 6-feet tall, left-handed and can crush her forehand and serve. She has won Wimbledon twice in her career, the only currently active woman to accomplish that feat besides Venus and Serena Williams, who each won their first two from 2000 to 2003. At the moment, Kvitova is ranked No. 6 in the world, and was once ranked No. 2. The week before this year’s Australian Open began, she won the Sydney International by thumping four players, including three-time Slam champion Angelique Kerber, and beating the relentless Ashleigh Barty in a three-set final.Oh, one more thing: There’s good reason to believe she won’t last long in this month’s Australian Open. Of all the women with at least two major titles since 1968, when the Open Era began, none have lost as often, on average, at Slams as Kvitova, the master of disaster.On Monday in Melbourne, Kvitova had an unusual performance: She easily won her first round match by beating Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Kvitova looked a bit shaky in the first set, when she lost her serve twice and landed just 45 percent of her first serves. But she was much cleaner in the second set, and now — maybe — she can relax and have a strong tournament. She also could improve her winning percentage at majors, which was 70.2 percent at the start of the tournament, the lowest figure among the two-or-better Slam winners in the women’s Open Era. Margaret Court961090.6%– Jennifer Capriati1404077.8%– Virginia Wade1224971.3%– Chris Evert2993789.0%– Kim Clijsters1323181.0%– Mary Pierce1425074.0%– Amelie Mauresmo1314375.3%– Tracy Austin611580.3%– Billie Jean King1272484.1%– Maria Sharapova1944979.8%– Martina Hingis1533282.7%– Li Na903174.4%– There are seven other active women who, like Kvitova, have won at least two major titles. All of them have won more of their matches at Slams (Kerber, who had 10 first-round major losses in her first five years on the tour, is still ahead of Kvitova with 70.5 percent). Since Kvitova’s second Slam victory, she has gone no further than the quarterfinals at a major. She has only done that twice, both times at the U.S. Open, in 2015 and 2017. In the rest of her majors she has not gotten past the fourth round. In her career, Kvitova has lost in the first round of a Slam nine times. Serena Williams, who has won 23 majors, is 331-45 at Slams (88 percent) and has lost in the first round only once.Two of Kvitova’s first-round losses occurred last year, in the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the best tournament for her game. (At Wimbledon, she lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0 in the third set of their match. Sasnovich had never gone past the third round of a Slam.)So how can a player with so much talent, and so much power, end up looking timid and uncertain? After a promising career start, Kvitova approaches the early rounds of Slams as calmly as when parachuting from an airplane. “When I was younger, I played better on the Grand Slams than the other tournaments,” she said after losing in the first round of Wimbledon last year. “Now is the time when I’m playing better on the other tournaments.” Asked more about the defeat, she said: “The nerves were there again.”Worries at the beginning of a Grand Slam tournament are not uncommon — even Roger Federer, who has won 20, has spoken about being nervous in the first round. But the best players in the world usually overcome that.Some of Kvitova’s more recent woes could be due to the time she was attacked at home by a man with a knife in December of 2016. She didn’t return to the game until the 2017 French Open, which she lost in the second round (she had the same result at Wimbledon). But later that year at the U.S. Open, she reached the quarterfinals, her best result since 2015.Kvitova still has time to cure her Grand Slam disease. She is 28 years old and a natural on the grass of Wimbledon, despite her first-round loss there last year. At the Australian Open, she has an excellent draw, facing unranked players until the fourth round. Her opponent in that round could be Aryna Sabalenka, an up-and-coming 20-year-old who was beaten in straight sets by Kvitova in the Sydney International. Sabalenka is seeded No. 11.Even if Kvitova never improves her Slam winning percentage and finishes her career in last place, well, someone has to be there. She could just call herself the most unpredictable multi-Slam winner in women’s tennis history — not ideal, but definitely unique. Hana Mandlikova1424078.0%– Steffi Graf2783289.7%– Monica Seles1803185.3%– Lindsay Davenport1985179.5%– Victoria Azarenka1244274.7%– Petra Kvitova923970.2%– Arantxa Sanchez Vicario2105479.5%– Evonne Goolagong Cawley1292782.7%– Serena Williams3314588.0%– PlayerWinsLosesWin% Justine Henin1412883.4%– Garbine Muguruza602273.2%– Svetlana Kuznetsova1526171.4%– *Excluding this year’s Australian OpenSource: WTA Venus Williams2667278.7%– Angelique Kerber984170.5%– Kvitova’s Slam performances are the worst of her peersWinners of multiple Grand Slams by Grand Slam record, 1968-2018* Martina Navratilova3064986.2%– read more

Womens basketball Ohio State looks to avenge tournament loss to Purdue on

Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) drives against Penn State’s Teniya Page (11) in the second half at the Schottenstein in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 30. The Buckeyes won, 94-64. Credit: Courtesy of TNSWith five victories in its last six games, No. 16 Ohio State (21-6, 10-3 Big Ten) looks to capture another win against Purdue 1 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. This will be the two teams’ first matchup since last season when Purdue ended the Buckeyes’ run in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. The Boilermakers (17-10, 8-5 Big Ten) don’t have a dazzling record, but certain wins stand out. Four of their victores have come against ranked teams, and Ohio State has lost to three of those teams. With two games left this season, this game has two added layers of significance: a chance at redemption for Ohio State and Senior Day for five players, including Big Ten all-time leading scorer Kelsey Mitchell.Mitchell shot a woeful 3-of-22 in the two teams’ previous meeting. She said Senior Day takes a backseat because of the Buckeyes’ opponent.“It has nothing for me, it has nothing to do with senior night, it has to do with all about the fact that we lost to Purdue last year,” Mitchell said. “[We were] at a point where we had a chance to get to the championship in the Big Ten Tournament and we lost to Purdue.”Mitchell was even surprised to find out Purdue upset Maryland, which holds a 22-4 record and is the tenth-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25.“Wow, really? They’re good, I’ve always thought they were good. We have really good teams in the Big Ten, especially teams that sneak up on you, when you feel like things are going so well,” Mitchell said. “It makes it even more of a game that we got to focus on. As a leader, as a point guard, you got to focus on.”Purdue is currently second in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing just 62 points per game. On the other hand, Ohio State ranks first in scoring with 85.5 points per game. Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said the Purdue defense will cause a challenge for his usually prolific-scoring offense. “They play a great zone, they don’t give you anything easy, they really try and keep ball away from the basket and make you score from the perimeter,” he said. “So if you’re a little off there they can be really tough on you. They’re very discipline and deliberant on offense.”The Boilermakers currently have three players who average more than 10 points and another averaging 9.7. The focus will have to be on forward Ae’Rianna Harris, who is third on the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game while shooting 75 percent from the court. She also brings in 8.7 rebounds per game along with 3.1 blocks.These last two games are important for Ohio State and the Big Ten tournament. With some help down the stretch, it has a chance to come out and place with the first seed. While it isn’t a very likely scenario, with all the amount of upsets this season, it isn’t too far of a stretch.Senior celebrationSunday’s game comes with some extra emotion attached to it, for it is the team’s senior day. Mitchell has set numerous records not only in the Big Ten, but in all divisions of college. As the final chapter of her impressive collegiate career enters its final pages, Mitchell said senior day still “means a lot.” “You don’t get a chance to play here no more in regards to regular season games,” Mitchell said. “You don’t get a chance to play on the Ohio State court no more. Everything you’ve been through has finally come to an end in regards to the four years. I don’t know when it’s actually gonna hit me. I don’t know what’s actually gonna happen or how i’m gonna feel about it, but I’m gonna enjoy every moment, so we’ll see.”Since becoming Ohio State’s head coach, this class essentially became the first which he developed and coached as freshmen through seniors.“The thing i’ve enjoyed most is they’re great kids, I’ve enjoyed watching them grow and develop,” McGuff said. “And thinking about what they have each of them, because they’re going to be incredibly successful on and off the court. That’s the thing I’ve probably enjoyed the most about them.” read more

La Lune séloigne de plus en plus de la Terre

first_imgLa Lune s’éloigne de plus en plus de la TerreChaque année, la Lune s’éloigne un peu plus de la Terre. Un phénomène bien connu mais qui pourrait perturber la stabilité de notre planète et la vie qu’elle abrite. Heureusement tout ceci ne se produirait pas avant plusieurs milliards d’années, selon les spécialistes.La Lune n’a pas toujours été aussi éloignée de la Terre. Selon les scientifiques, la distance qui la sépare de notre planète aurait même considérablement augmenté depuis sa formation il y a 4,5 milliards d’années.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn effet, la Lune résulte des débris d’une collision entre une planète de la taille de Mars et la Terre. Un événement que les scientifiques sont parvenus à simuler par ordinateur. D’après leurs résultats, à cette époque, la distance Terre-Lune avoisinait environ les 22.500 kilomètres. C’est bien inférieur aux 400.000 kilomètres qui séparent les deux astres aujourd’hui. Ainsi, depuis sa formation, la Lune ne cesserait de tourner et de s’éloigner de notre planète à une vitesse estimée à 3,78 centimètres par an. Un phénomène essentiellement dû, selon les spécialistes, aux marées terrestres. L’onde créée par le déplacement des eaux exercerait une force gravitationnelle sur la Lune qui accélèrerait son mouvement et entrainerait son lent éloignement.Devant la distance actuelle qui sépare la Lune de la Terre, les 3,8 centimètres paraissent peu. Mais à terme, ce phénomène pourrait ralentir la rotation de notre planète au point de perturber sa stabilité et de ce fait, menacer la vie qu’elle abrite. “Si la rotation de la Terre ralentit, toute notre planète pourrait vaciller et cela aurait un effet dévastateur sur nos saisons”, explique à la BBC le Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, spécialiste de l’espace. Par ailleurs, cela aurait également un impact sur la longueur des jours.Heureusement, il faudra attendre plusieurs milliards d’années avant que l’éloignement de la Lune ne produise ces changements. Mais les scientifiques s’interrogent déjà sur la survie de l’homme dans de telles conditions. Il est probable que celui-ci parvienne à s’adapter. Il n’en serait cependant pas de même pour la majorité des animaux.Le 3 février 2011 à 12:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Amber Alert issued for Fort Myers 9yearold

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. (WSVN) — A Florida Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 9-year-old girl from Fort Myers.Diana Alvares was last seen Sunday, in the 3500 Block of Unique Circle, in Fort Myers, wearing a short-sleeve shirt and shorts.Alvares is a white, Hispanic girl standing 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 95 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.Officials believe the girl may be in the company of Jorge Guerrero, who is a 28-year-old white, Hispanic male.Guerrero stands at 5 feet 5 inches and weighs about 145 pounds. He is known to have ties to the Orange County and Okeechobee County areas.Guerrero is also believed to be traveling in a tan Chevrolet Malibu with Florida tag number 78NHD, according to officials. If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call police.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

You can order the new green Nintendo Switch JoyCons now

first_img Walmart 1:13 Three new iPhones in 2019, Nintendo sued over Switch… See It Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) $289 Share your voice Nintendo Switch Now playing: Watch this: See it Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details $299 See It 0 Post a commentcenter_img See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Best Buy Amazon Nintendo’s new Joy-Con is a fun green.  Screenshot/Best Buy Nintendo Switch fans have more than just new consoles coming, the Joy-Con controllers are also getting a bright new look. Best Buy is taking preorders now for a spunky green color it’s carrying exclusively. The green Joy-Cons will be available on Oct. 27 for $79.99. If green’s not your thing, the controllers will also be available in two other new color schemes, according to a GameSpot story Monday. Users can buy a blue and neon yellow Joy-Con pair or a set in neon purple and neon orange, and those are scheduled to arrive a few weeks earlier on Oct. 4. (Editors’ note: CNET and GameSpot are both owned by CBS.)Nintendo Switch buyers used to have one console to choose from, but soon there will be three. The Nintendo Switch Lite, a handheld-only version of the console that costs $100 less than the original, will go on sale in September. And the original Nintendo Switch is set to get an upgrade this month with better battery life. Nintendo is also reportedly working with Sharp to bring IGZO screens to the Switch, though it’s unclear which model might get the improved display.Nintendo didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.  Tags Best Buy Nintendo $299 Consoles Gaming Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go CNET may get a commission from retail offers. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 $299last_img read more

DOT diverts 13M meant for Anchorage bike infrastructure to other projects

first_imgMore than $1 million originally planned for Anchorage bike infrastructure in 2012 is now being allocated for use on other road projects instead.Download AudioBack in 2012 more than 125 people wrote to AMATS asking for more money to be put toward building things like bike lanes and putting up signs to make the city safer. AMATS is Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions — the federally funded group that’s responsible for transportation projects in the Muni. $1 million had already been set aside for design. Advocates convinced AMATS to add another $1.3 million.The state’s Department of Transportation was supposed to obligate that $1.3 million for project design by September of 2014. They didn’t. DOT Project manager David Post says the department was running late in finding a project manager to do the design work. Once they found one, he says they thought the original $1 million was enough.(Alaska Public Media photo)“And I think they’ve got plenty of money to keep them moving forward, certainly at the rate they’re progressing,” he said.The money is enough to design 10 to 12 bike infrastructure projects. The bike plan includes nearly 300. They range in size from painting stripes on the side of the road to designate a bike lane all the way up to building new off-road bike trails. Some of the projects are already elements of larger transportation projects.“So we went ahead and de-obligated that money, or let it go on to other projects,” said DOT spokesperson Jill Reese. “It’s really difficult to trace down what those projects are, but that’s really beside the point.”The decision to move the money was made in September. It was included in a report to AMATS but never publicly highlighted or discussed. But minutes from the November 2014 AMATS Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) detail comments from DOT representatives that said the full $2.3 million had been obligated for bike plan implementation.Bike Anchorage president Brian Litmans is a member of the BPAC. He discovered that the money had been removed from the bike project. He says the move is a major setback for implementing the bike plan because more design work would have made more projects ready for construction funding.“DOT referred to it as –quote– ‘a little snafu’” during the March BPAC meeting, he said. “And I find that unfortunate, especially when we are lacking bicycle infrastructure in this city. We only have 10 miles of bike lanes and most other cities that have the number of bicyclists that we do have much more bicycle infrastructure and as a result their cities are much safer than ours.”City transportation planning manager Craig Lyon says he did not know the money was moved until recently and that DOT has never previously mentioned that they did not need the $1.3 million for design work. He says he is trying to locate pots of money left over from completed projects to put toward the bike plan, but ultimately it is up to the AMATS policy committee to commit funds.last_img read more

VisakhapatnamBhubaneswar express cancelled

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Owing to proposed safety related modernisation works to enhance passenger convenience and safety in Khurda Road- Palasa section, the following trains will be cancelled: Train No.22820 Visakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar Intercity express leaving Visakhapatnam on 26 and 27 July, train No. 22819 Bhubaneswar-Visakhapatnam Intercity express leaving Bhubaneswar on 27 and 28 July are cancelled. Passengers are requested to make a note of the changed schedule.last_img

10 agents to be asked to explain recruitment monopoly

first_imgMalaysiaThe government will serve show-cause notices to 10 private recruiting agencies that once enjoyed monopoly in sending workers to Malaysia, the minister concerned said.The move followed Kuala Lumpur’s move to suspend recruitment of Bangladeshi workers from 1 September.“I was always against the 10 recruiting agencies and still I am against them. I don’t believe in syndicate. We will serve show-cause notices to them,” expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam said at a ‘meet the press’.Reporters for Bangladeshi Migrants (RBM) organised the ‘meet’ at the ministry in Prabashi Kalyan Bhaban in Eskaton area on Tuesday.On the suspension of any more hiring of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia, the minister expressed optimism that the Malaysian government may change the recruitment system.He also made it clear that around 30,000 aspirant workers, who have completed all procedures for employment in Malaysia, will be able to go there.According to stakeholders, the 10 recruiting agencies in collusion with influential quarters in Malaysia, controlled the labour market and take workers from Bangladesh.The 10 agencies are: Unique Eastern, Carrier Overseas, Catharsis International, HSMT Human Resource, Sanjary International, Rabby International, Passage Associates, Amin Tours and Travels, Prantik Travels and Tourism and Al Islam Overseas.On 14 August, at a meeting of special committee on foreign workers’ management in parliament, new prime minister Mahathir Muhammad reportedly decided a halt in hiring workers from Bangladesh since 1 September.Mahathir then said his government would open up the recruitment of workers from Bangladesh to all agencies, New Straits Times of Malaysia reported.“Currently, only 10 agencies are allowed to process prospective Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia. This is a form of monopoly,” the Malaysian leader was quoted to have said.last_img read more

Evenings and couplets for Mirza Ghalib

first_imgA two-day event will be organised on the 144th death anniversary of Mirza Ghalib to showcase his rich legacy, an organisation dedicated to the legendary Urdu poet announced. Yadgar-e-Ghalib will be held on 26-27 April, the Ghalib Memorial Movement (GMM) said.The event will feature the release and screening of a film on Ghalib produced by Kathak dancer Uma Sharma. In addition recital of couplets of the poet by author Pawan K. Verma, and a mushaira will create the atmosphere of a bygone era. ‘While the couplets have been specially selected for the occasion that will leave the listeners spellbound, the dancers will capture moods befitting the death anniversary,’ GMM said.last_img

Steps to check arbitrary fare hike by auto drivers around Behala

first_imgKolkata: The state Transport department is going to hold a meeting next week to bring an end to the menace of arbitrary fare hike by auto-rickshaw drivers in and around Behala after the caving-in of the Majerhat bridge.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, said: “The matter has come to our notice and necessary steps would be taken up in this connection. It is true that some auto-rickshaws are charging arbitrary fare whenever they get the opportunity in Taratala and Behala area.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe further said that there will be a meeting in this connection next week after Viswakarma Puja. People’s representatives from the area, officers of the Kolkata Police, personnel from the depot at Thakurpukur and Taratala will be present in the meeting. “The matter will be sorted out soon as it has been done for the Ultadanga to Sector V route. There are no more complaints in connection with the Ultadanga to Sector V route. Similarly, the issue at Behala and Thakurpukur will also be resolved,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAdhikari further added that similar to the “Pathadisha” app that helps to check real-time movement of buses, an app to check the same for vessels that operate through inland waterways will also be introduced. While speaking about the surge fare in app-based cabs, the minister added: “As of now the role of Ola in this connection is satisfactory contradictory to that of Uber. Ola is complying with the advisory of the state Transport department and our officials went to the Ola centre and found that they are maintaining the advisory. But Uber is delaying the process and has not taken out officials to its centre. So I have said that the role of Ola is satisfactory while it is not so in the case of Uber in terms of surge fare.” Moreover, in the programme that was held on Thursday, around 50 cars were handed over to driver partners as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the West Bengal Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (WBTIDCL) and Ola in the Bengal Global Business Summit 2018 to create 5,000 employment opportunities.last_img read more