Teng drops 30 pts anew

first_imgMuch as he had done for most of the tournament, Jeron Teng took charge in the second half as Flying V turned back Tanduay, 104-89, on Thursday to extend its unbeaten start to six games in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teng poured 19 of his 30 points in the last two quarters as the Thunder put away the Rhum Masters with a blistering second half to tighten their grip of the top spot ahead of Cignal HD, which held off Batangas, 70-66, in the first game.It marked the third time in the tournament that the former De La Salle standout breached the 30-point mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We knew that in the first half the defense was concentrated on Jeron,” said Thunder coach Eric Altamirano. “So we wanted to move the ball around first and be unpredictable.”Teng scored or assisted on the Thunder’s last 14 points in the third period, which Flying V closed out with a 12-0 run. —WITH CARLO ANOLIN AND KRISTOFER PURNELL LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Filipino-German stars in Gilas PH tuneuplast_img read more

With key players out, UST Tigresses still figuring out best lineup for UAAP Season 81

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Golden Tigresses will head on to the 2019 tournament without EJ Laure, the Season 77 co-Rookie of the Year with Kath Arado, and Tin Francisco due to injuries but Reyes is confident his team can back from their dreadful Season 80 campaign.UST finished Season 80 with the second-worst record in the league at 4-10, just a couple of games ahead of eighth seed University of the East at 2-12, but Reyes said they can turn things around.“It was really a roller coaster ride on what happened to us last season where we just plummeted,” said Reyes. “We had a lot of unfortunate incidents at the start where we had a couple of injuries so we weren’t able to compete with a full roster.”Alessandrini, who eventually became Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, and libero Rica Rivera both missed several games in 2018 due to injuries and the Golden Tigresses failed to recover from the set back the rest of the year.UST started out the tournament with a pedestrian 2-2 record but lost five straight to practically rule itself out of the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kei Nishikori comes up aces, rolls into 3rd round in Australia Open Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—The UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament is about to start in a month’s time but University of Santo Tomas still has to finalize its lineup.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Head coach Kung Fu Reyes said only a handful are assured of spots in the Golden Tigresses’ roster with some still being deliberated on.Reyes said Cherry Rondina, Milena Alessandrini, rookie Eya Laure, Dimdim Pacres, and Caitlyn Viray are the ones assured of representing UST in the UAAP while the other players still have to fight for the vacant spots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Sisi, Eya, Milena, Dimdim, because we lack players in the wing, and Caitlyn because we don’t have a middle blocker so she’ll become our go-to in that area,” said Reyes in Filipino during the team’s Thursday practice at Quadricentennial Pavilion.“There are three possible rookies who might be included but I really can’t name names for now because there’s still no official lineup yet although we’ve submitted a list to the UAAP already.” “There were a lot of factors but at the end of the day we are the ones responsible for all of these,” said Reyes. “Our campaign this season considerably looks brighter from the one before because the players are healthy, I just wish Tin is here so we can have a full lineup.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

I’ll give my heart for gold: Sindhu

first_imgSindhu’s smashing play fires up the nation Ecstatic but unruffled by burden of expectations after storming into the Olympic finals, Indian shuttler P V Sindhu today said she is in fact looking forward to end ace shooter Abhinav Bindra’s reign as the country’s sole individual Olympic gold-medallist.The two-time World Championship bronze-medallist notched up a sensational 21-19 21-10 victory over the All England Champion from Japan in a pulsating semi-final that lasted 49 minutes.The World No. 10 from Hyderabad will next take on two-time World Champion and top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in the summit clash tomorrow.“My target will be to win the gold and I will give my heart out. I feel I really worked hard each and every time.Everybody’s aim is to get a medal at the Olympics, one more match to go. Definitely I feel that I’ve a chance,” Sindhu said.“It’s nothing like pressure. It’s just that I have to give my 100 per cent. There’s one more match to go, I’m really prepared for tomorrow’s match. It’s not going to be easy. She is a really tough opponent. It’s the Olympic final, and she’s playing really well. It depends who gives her best and does well will win the final tomorrow.Moments after her win that has assured India a silver, Bindra tweeted, “You’ve no idea how lonely it’s been, I’m waiting for you to join me in the club.”Responding to the tweet, Sindhu said: “I would make that wish come true. I would give my heart out for that and play my best.”Excited to make the final in her maiden Olympics, the lanky girl said: “I hope I would give my best tomorrow as well. First time in Olympics and also playing the final tomorrow, is a very great feeling. Just one more match to go. I’m really very focused. Let’s hope for the best.”The secret of her success is sheer hard work and determination and Sindhu said she just took one match at a time, like any other champion does.“I did not think so far. I just kept on going every single match. The immediate target was to win the next match. If you keep on winning you are going to get a medal.”Her assured medal comes less than 12 hours after another woman Sakshi Malik ended the anxious wait by clinching the 58kg freestyle bronze through repechage in wrestling.Congratulating Sakshi, Sindhu said: “I did not meet her. I saw her on TV and I will definitely congratulate her for her bronze. She played really well. It’s a great thing for India.”On her strategy tomorrow against the left-handed Marin, a two time World Championship winner, Sindhu said she would just have to go by her coach Pullela Gopichand.“She’s playing really well. It’s going to be good match. I will be really prepared for everything. It wont’ be easy. Each one has a different style of play and strategy. It just depends on that day. She’s left-handed. I have my coach he will tell me the strategies. It will be a different condition.”In her moment of glory, Sindhu did not forget top laud her rival.“It was anybody’s game in the first even as I was leading 18-17. She did not give up also. When It was 19-18, those two points were really very important. In the second game, it was equal till 10 points. I took a break. I took a huge a lead from there on. I never took it easy, as you never know what would happen after that,” she said.“Each and every point was very important and I was really focused. I’m very happy. there were long rallies, she played really well and there were so many unforced errors. My coach kept me going. I was really alert for every point,” she added.Asked if she was prepared for the hard yards she had to put in today’s match, Sindhu said she knew it wasn’t going to be easy.“I never thought it would be an easy match. You just don’t look at the scores, there were a lot of rallies long, and she was not leaving anything. Each and every point was very important for me,” he said.“Even though I had a few unforced errors with my tap into the net, coach said ‘never mind and just keep going and I became alert for every point’,” she elaborated. Sindhu sails into final, assures India another medal August 18, 2016 Really happy to win a silver, gave my heart out: Sindhu SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS SHARE RELATED null COMMENT RIO OLYMPICS 2016It’s silver for P V Sindhu sindhu   –  PTI sport × sindhu   –  PTI Published onlast_img read more

China’s Swimming Star Sun Yang Faces CAS Hearing Over Doping Charges

first_img Court of Arbitration for SportDopingSun Yangswimming First Published: November 14, 2019, 7:10 PM IST Montreux: China’s swimming star Sun Yang, accused of smashing a blood vial with a hammer, faces an eight-year ban if charges against him are upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday.Triple Olympic champion Sun, winner of 11 world titles and a national hero back home, will appear in person at the hearing in a bid to clear his name of allegations he missed an out-of-competition doping test in September last year. FINA, the international swimming federation, confirmed in January that the swimmer had used a hammer to smash a vial containing his own blood sample.But the federation sided with the swimmer and cleared him of wrongdoing, finding that testers had failed to produce adequate identification or follow correct protocol during the procedure.The ruling outraged the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) who took the matter to CAS demanding a ban of between two and eight years for Sun, who served a doping suspension in 2014, for missing the out-of-competition test.Sun “will be present” at Friday’s CAS hearing and “is expected to testify,” CAS secretary Matthieu Reeb told AFP.After being cleared by FINA Sun was able to compete in the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July, where he won two golds but became a focus of protests from rivals.Australian Mack Horton refused to share the podium with Sun after coming second to him in the 400m freestyle. Horton received an ovation from fellow swimmers at the athletes’ dining hall for his protest.The court proceedings have been moved from the CAS headquarters in Lausanne to Montreux to cope with an expected high influx of media and will for only the second time in the tribunal’s history be conducted in public.Proceedings will be live-streamed on the CAS website.The first hearing in public, in 1999, also involved FINA, which had found Irish swimmer Michelle Smith De Bruin guilty of doping. Smith requested an open hearing. CAS ruled for FINA, who had found that Smith had tried to dilute her urine sample with alcohol.The request for a public hearing this time came from Sun, who has battled to clear his name since the scandal blew up.”Public opinion, badly informed, has twisted the facts,” Sun said recently on social media.CAS said a ruling will not be issued Thursday but at a later date following court deliberations. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

India U-17 beat Italy 2-0 in U-17 football friendly

first_imgThe India U-17 football team defeated Italy U-17 2-0 in a friendly match on Friday.Abhijit Sarkar (31st minute) and Rahul Praveen (80th) scored for the Indians either side of the break.The match is part of the exposure tour of Europe for the Indian boys as they gear up for the U-17 World Cup to be held in India later this year.The Indian boys dominated possession for a major part of the game and created more chances.The Indians were stronger off the blocks gave the hosts a tough time early on.Komal Thatal’s eighth minute strike almost beat the Italian custodian as the Indians gunned for an early lead.In the 13th minute, Aniket came close to scoring for India but his effort went straight down the goalkeeper’s throat resulting in an easy save.In the 31st minute however, Sarkar’s cross took a wicked deflection off the Italian defence line and ended up in the back of the opposition net to give India the lead.In the 59th minute, Aniket missed a one on one chance against the Italian goalkeeper after he rounded the opposition custodian but failed to convert.In the 75th minute, Rahul came close to scoring but failed to tap the rebound home from close range after Aniket’s shot was met with a superb save by the Italian custodian.Scoring chances every now and then for the Indians and they made their domination count in the 80th minute when Rahul scored from inside the Italian penalty box.advertisementlast_img read more

Carl Lewis on Usain Bolt: Men will come and go and athletics will always remain

first_imgThe last decade in world athletics belonged to Usain Bolt but the legendary Carl Lewis is not happy with the singular focus on the Jamaican showman.Considered the greatest athlete of all time, Jamaican Bolt drew curtains on his illustrious career after a disappointing performance at the World Championship in London, where he could only win a bronze in the 100m.”The sport is not just about one person. Nobody is irreplaceable. Track and field survived many civilizations. Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and now Usain Bolt. Men will all come and go but the sport will always remain,” Lewis, who has won nine Olympic gold medals, told PTI in an exclusive interview.With Bolt’s retirement, Lewis feels that it’s time to build on the sport now that people will get over their obsession with a singular man.”We need to do more to build on the sport. We don’t need to follow that trend that we have been in the last eight years, which was just about following one person (Bolt),” Lewis didn’t mince words as he spoke on the sidelines of the 29th Summer Universiade here.”Our job is to fill the void. In the last 10 years, the sport has not grown as the focus was just on one man. The point is we need to build competition. We now have a unique chance to rebuild and grow our sport. Now we have a chance to make a difference, grow our sport and not just grow yourself,” Lewis’ sarcasm on Bolt’s cult status was pretty much evident.advertisementLewis, who won Long Jump gold in four successive Olympic Games (1984, 88, 92 and 96), is not at all amused that ‘Brand Bolt’ became bigger than the sport.”We were just so caught up trying to make one person all about the whole sport and now we have a unique opportunity to spread it across the board and really allow it grow,” said Lewis.Lewis termed World Championship 100m silver medallist Christian Coleman and Rio bronze medallist Canadian Andre de Grasse are the ones to watch out for in the coming years.”Christian Coleman was second (in World Championships) behind Justin Gatlin and he had the fastest time this year. Gatlin is 35 years old and that was probably his last Major championship. I think De Grasse and Coleman are both great athletes and I am really excited about them,” Lewis is confident that they can maintain the standard set by Bolt.Lewis, is in Taiwan as the assistant coach of the US track and field University team and named young Cameron Burrell as the next big thing among American track and field.Young Cameron competes both in 100m and long jump like Lewis and is the son of Lewis’ former teammate Leroy Burrell (a 1991 World Championship 100m bronze medallist) and Olympic relay champion.Lewis and Burrell Sr also competed together for the famous Santa Monica Track Club.”I was a long jumper who ran sprints. And now Cameron is trying to do that. I would love to see that. He is a great kid and he has the potential to become an Olympic champion,” Lewis opined.With Cameron’s reference, Lewis took another dig at Bolt. “That’s the great thing about our sport and I think Cameron is going to be an Olympics champion one day and Coleman is also going to be an Olympic champion.”Everyone just wants to talk about the garden centre instead of lumber area or the clothing area. We have a great sport that we need to spread it across and talk about the unique relationships. Don’t let people get into the box where it is about just one person.”Lewis, however, did not like the booing of Gatlin after winning the 100m dash at the recent World Championships ahead of Bolt and termed it as “childish”.”It was unfair. I am not saying what he has done is right. But it was childish,” he said.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Should Be Running out of Players on Defense

first_imgWe all know Oklahoma State and other Big 12 teams give up a lot of points because they face more plays on defense than other teams across the country. For some reason, the CFP committee can’t figure out points per drive, even though a bunch of us working in our parents’ basements can hand the stats to you faster than Baylor would score on Iowa in a bowl game.The stunning thing to me is how much tension OSU has put on its defense this season (part of that, of course, is the defense’s inability to get off the field). It’s a defense that has already lost Ryan Simmons and Jimmy Bean. It’s a defense that surprisingly hasn’t lost more than that. Oklahoma State has faced 157 more plays on defense than Alabama has. That’s three games worth in the SEC. Two in the Big 12.Go deeper, though. No team in the AP top 10 leaves its defense on the field as much as Oklahoma State. Look at this. 1Clemson78.262.415.8 7Baylor81.278.03.2 10Florida67.264.92.3 Now go even further. Oklahoma State has seen 368 plays on defense in the last four weeks. Three of those games were 90+ outings. It’s a wonder Glenn Spencer is even fielding a unit against OU.#okstate has defended 90+ plays 4 times this year, most in college football.— Oklahoma State Stats (@OSUStats) November 23, 2015 2Alabama71.964.47.5 5Oklahoma79.175.04.1 6Michigan State71.264.27.0 4Notre Dame66.765.51.2 “Maybe at the end there was some fatigue and we didn’t have any guys to roll in there, but it was just a bad matchup tonight,” said Glenn Spencer on Saturday after the Baylor game. “They have a good team,, and I wasn’t pleased with our execution.”Now it’s sort of easy to see why Mike Gundy has shifted his scholarship philosophy so much over the past decade.“I made a decision – I think 4 years ago – that if we’re going to be a contender in this conference, we needed to play more consistent defensively,” said Gundy two weeks ago. “Obviously I have a background in offense and I feel like you can ‘scheme’ more on offense than you can on defense, and we could make up for those lost numbers. It used to be 41-41-3 (offense-defense-special teams); we went 38-44-3 and it’s been consistent that way. It’s allowed us to keep two more defensive linemen and a backer on scholarship.”It’s been a great move so far, never more so than this year when OSU’s depth and conditioning on defense has shined.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! And don’t tell me, “well, those SEC games are tougher anyway.”QUICK REFRESHER: Avg. # of P5 Opp. per conference Pac-12 (9.92)Big 12 (9.80)ACC (9.50)B1G (9.36)SEC (8.86)— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) November 16, 2015 9Oklahoma State75.378.6-3.4 3Iowa70.167.72.4 8Ohio State67.168.8-1.7 AP RankTeamOffense Plays/GameDefense Plays/GameDifferencelast_img read more

Mavericks investigate claims franchise is hostile workplace for women

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn The report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. The team said Sneed had been fired, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report. Pittman and Sneed declined to comment to SI.The NBA said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed.“This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees,” the league said. “Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter.”SI contacted six female former Mavericks or American Airlines Center employees who claimed they left the sports sector because of a structure that left them feeling vulnerable and devalued while protecting powerful men who misbehaved. A male former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men.”A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The woman said she had been told by others to be wary of Ussery. “Obviously there’s a problem in the Mavericks organization and we’ve got to fix it,” Cuban told the magazine. “I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed.”Two women claimed the Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings. Ussery had left Nike to join the Mavericks and had previously served as commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association. He was praised by former NBA commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks’ alternate governor with the league.“I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me,” Ussery said. “During my nearly 20-year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct.”Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn’t address those concerns.“I believe these misleading claims about me are part of an attempt to shift blame for the failure to remove employees who created an uncomfortable and hostile work environment within the Mavericks organization,” Ussery said.Cuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees. He is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included.  Reuse this content Read more The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015. Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI. … 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.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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. Support The Guardian Share via Email Topics Basketball Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp NBA Dallas Mavericks Share on Facebook Share on Messenger LeBron James responds to Fox host’s controversial ‘shut up and dribble’ comment news US sportslast_img read more

Rode returns to Frankfurt from Dortmund

first_imgSebastian Rode has completed his return to Eintracht Frankfurt, signing a five-year deal after leaving Borussia Dortmund.Rode spent the second half of last season on loan at Eintracht, making 20 appearances in all competitions.And last season’s Europa League semi-finalists have now sealed a permanent deal for the midfielder, with a €4 million transfer fee reported to have changed hands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Rode spent four years in Frankfurt earlier in his career before joining Bayern Munich for a short spell in 2014.”I’ve seen how strong Eintracht have become in the last six months,” Rode told the club’s official website. “I’m happy to remain a part of that.”The club’s hierarchy enthused about the signing of Rode, both for his on-field impact and his connection to the city.“We all saw how important Sebastian was for us,” former Germany international Fredi Bobic, now an executive with the Bundesliga club said.“He improved our game significantly when he joined last January. He’s also a local lad, and we’ve always said we’ll try and bring players like that to the club.“The fact we’ve been able to do that shows we’re taking the next step in our development.Rode could miss the start of the new Bundesliga season as he is still recovering from a knee injury sustained in the Europa League last-four tie against Chelsea, but the club say he’s making ‘excellent progress’ in his rehabilitation.Frankfurt had a disappointing finish to the 2018-19 season which promised much as they entered the final stages.They were in fourth place in the Bundesliga with weeks to go in the season, a position which would have brought them Champions League football.They slipped away though, allowing Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg to bypass them as they dropped to seventh, meaning they must play Europa League qualification matches.They won the first leg of their qualifier 2-1 away against Flora Tallinn of Estonia.Their semi-final defeat by Chelsea in that competition last season snuffed out their hopes of making Europe’s premier club competition by that route, but their lead from the game against Flora will give them hope they can compete for entrance to the Champions League on two fronts again next season.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: Where and How to Watch IND vs NZ cricket match

first_img India Today Web Desk HamiltonFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 10:22 IST India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: Where and How to Watch IND vs NZ cricket match (BCCI Photo)India made a strong comeback by hammering New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International to draw level the three-match series at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.After suffering their biggest loss in T20 Internationals in terms of runs on Wednesday night, India bounced back in style and registered a 7-wicket win over New Zealand.What time does the 3rd T20I between India vs New Zealand start?The third T20I between India and New Zealand starts at 12.00 PM IST on February 10, Sunday at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand be played?The 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton from 12.00 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on are the squads for the 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand?advertisementIndia: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow MS DhoniFollow Rishabh Pant India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: Where and How to Watch IND vs NZ cricket matchIndia vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 3rd T20I Live Streaming: India take on New Zealand in the third and final Twenty20 International at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. New Zealand won the first T20 by 80 runs while India won the second match by 7 runs. The series is currently locked at 1-1.advertisementlast_img read more

Started from the bottom: Jasprit Bumrah posts picture of his teenage days

first_imgStarted from the bottom: Jasprit Bumrah posts picture of his teenage daysIndia bowling sensation Jasprit Bumrah has shared a latest image of his teenage days which read: “Started from the bottom now we’re here”.advertisement Asian News International AhmedabadOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 17:28 IST India pacer Jasprit Bumrah in action (File Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSStarted from the bottom now we’re here, Jasprit Bumrah tweetedBumrah lost his father when he was five years oldBumrah is now the number one bowler in the One Day International (ODI) cricketIndia pacer Jasprit Bumrah on Wednesday shared a major throwback picture of himself from his early days.The first image is of a teenager Bumrah taking an award, while the other shows the right-handed bowler being adjudged as Man of the Match.”Started from the bottom now we’re here,” Bumrah tweeted.Started from the bottom now we’re here. Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) October 16, 2019The 25-year old cricketer, who shot to fame within a short span of time, had previously talked about his struggling days. The cricketer lost his father when he was five years old.Talking about the same Bumrah had said, “After that, we couldn’t afford anything. I had one pair of shoes. I used to have one pair of T-shirts. I used to wash them and use it again and again.””So, as a child, you know you hear stories that sometimes these things happen that some people come and watch you and you get picked up like this. But it actually happened,” he added.Earlier, Mumbai Indians posted a video on their Twitter handle that shows Bumrah and his mother Daljit speaking about the early days.”Talent can come from anywhere and reach the pinnacle of success. I would like to share with you the transformational journey of a young boy who was discovered by Mumbai Indians” the video showed franchise owner Nita Ambani, who was speaking at the Sports Business Summit in London.Talent can come from anywhere and reach the pinnacle of success.Watch the transformational journey of @Jaspritbumrah93 from a rookie to a world-beater #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #LeaderInSport #LeadersWeek #NitaAmbani @ril_foundation Indians (@mipaltan) October 9, 2019Daljit said she could not stop crying the first time she saw Jasprit playing an IPL game.”The first time when I saw him on that IPL match on television, I couldn’t stop crying. He has seen me struggle financially and physically also,” Daljit said.Bumrah said the hardships he had to face as a child made him stronger.”All these tough times make you strong because you’ve seen tougher days before,” he said.Bumrah is now the number one bowler in the One Day International (ODI) cricket, according to the ICC ODI Player Rankings.Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow India pacer Nextlast_img read more

Former US vicepresident condemns Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion on Twitter

first_imgVANCOUVER – Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is destructive and should be stopped.The environmentalist posted a tweet Thursday saying the pipeline carrying “dirty tar sands oil” would be a step backward in efforts to solve the climate crisis.Tar sands is considered a derogatory term by some for the oilsands in Alberta.Gore says he stands with B.C. Premier John Horgan, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and all of the other Canadians, including First Nations, who are fighting to stop the pipeline owned by Kinder Morgan.The pipeline expansion would triple the flow of heavy oil products from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Thursday she’s confident talks aimed at getting construction of the pipeline expansion back on track will be successful before a May 31 deadline.Notley says she can’t divulge details of talks with Kinder Morgan, but they are focused on the financial viability of the $7.4-billion project and on getting construction restarted this summer.Alberta and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government are in discussions with the company to strike a joint financial arrangement to ensure the project gets built. Trudeau’s government approved expansion of the Trans Mountain line in 2016, but the B.C. government has been fighting it.Last month, Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential spending on the project and said it wants assurances by the end of this month that the expansion can proceed.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Details may be coming on harassment complaint against Manitoba backbencher

first_imgWINNIPEG – A top Manitoba cabinet minister is hinting that the public may soon learn some details of a harassment complaint against a Tory government backbencher.Justice Minister Cliff Cullen says he has no personal knowledge of an inappropriate comment reportedly made by MLA Cliff Graydon to a woman who works for the party caucus.Cullen says elected officials should be held to a higher standard and he expects there will be some information in the coming days.The Winnipeg Free Press and CBC both quote unnamed sources as saying Graydon told the woman she should sit on his lap during a luncheon where there was a shortage of chairs.The Free Press reports that the issue was resolved within a matter of hours to the woman’s satisfaction and that the Tory caucus may vote later this month on whether to sanction or kick Graydon out.Graydon told The Canadian Press on the weekend that the matter has been dealt with satisfactorily and he has no reason to contemplate resigning his seat.Cullen said Monday he was not in the room when the comment was reportedly made, and the government has a policy in place for dealing with harassment complaints.“My understanding is it’s been dealt with internally,” said Cullen, the only cabinet minister made available to the media on Monday. “Our focus is making sure we have a respectful workplace and we’re doing everything we can to have that respectful workplace.”Cullen said he is not aware of any other complaints against Graydon from staff.Tory caucus chair Wayne Ewasko said there is a reason the government has not released details.“Our primary goal is to protect the impacted individual who has requested that details of the matter remain confidential. Therefore we have no further comment at this time,” Ewasko said in a written statement.Graydon was in hot water last winter for social media posts criticizing asylum-seekers and the prime minister.Graydon, who represents the Emerson, Man. area, where asylum-seekers have been walking across the border from the United States, called immigrants a “drain on society” and retweeted other people’s posts that called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a traitor, a scumbag and a disgrace.Graydon apologized, deleted the tweets and agreed to step back from social media and undergo sensitivity training.Graydon, in his early 70s, has not ruled out running for re-election in 2020. He has had health challenges in recent years but said Saturday he has yet to make up his mind about running again.Graydon also sits as a government representative on the board of Crown-owned Manitoba Hydro.last_img read more

Jennifer Garner Introduces Save The Children Documentary

first_imgYouTube channel WIGS’ new documentary Judie & Yolanda highlights the inspiring stories of two women working for Save the Children, one of the world’s leading independent organizations that strives to create lasting change for children in need.One of their biggest supporters, Jennifer Garner, offers her advocacy in an emotional introduction.This touching documentary, which premieres on Saturday, September 1, offers insight into Judie Jerald and Yolanda Minor’s inspiring and moving work for Save the Children.US Programs Childhood Advisor Judie Jerald works for Save the Children in Barrow Burroughs, Vermont. As a key figure at the organization, she launched the “Early Steps for School Success Program,” which is now been implemented around globally. The program targets children three and under and their parents, offering proper tools for enhancing childhood learning with the goal that parents will learn to support their child through the process.Yolanda Minor, Early Childhood Coordinator, works for Save the Children in Gloster, Mississippi. She works closely with neighborhood families to help them understand that learning begins at home. Through at-home visits, she guides and mentors parents, teaching them how to enhance their child’s development at an early age.This touching documentary can be found at on Saturday, September 1.last_img read more

Greater accountability end to impunity key to stability in Kenya – UN

A report released today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) states that more than 1,200 Kenyans were reported killed during the violence that engulfed the East African nation since the December 2007 elections in which President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga. Thousands more were injured, over 300,000 people displaced and around 42,000 houses and many businesses were looted or destroyed, according to the 20-page report, prepared by a fact-finding team that visited Kenya from 6 to 28 February. Among the underlying causes that fuelled the violence are pre-existing violations of economic and social rights “as evidenced in the lack of access to water, food, health, decent housing together with the rate of youth unemployment and the gross inequality reported by civil society organizations,” states the report. Furthermore, “the actual and perceived discrimination in the distribution of wealth, economic and political power amongst various communities and social segments together with the absence of adequate protection and effective remedy has fed serious grievances within the Kenyan population.” The report identifies three “distinct but sometimes concurrent patterns of violence – spontaneous, organised and retaliatory.” The first phase began immediately after the election results were announced, when opposition supporters took to the streets in protest, especially in Kisumu and the slum areas of the capital, Nairobi. The second wave consisted of organised attacks in the Rift Valley “which appear to have targeted non-Kalenjin communities and those perceived as opponents of the opposition ODM party, including the Kikuyu, Kisii and Luyha communities.” In retaliation, gangs of Kikuyu youths then attacked non-Kikuyu groups in Naivasha, Nakuru and Mathare. The report indicates that in most districts, the Kenyan police were unable to maintain and enforce law and order. “According to most of the victims and witnesses interviewed, the police were often present but were either overwhelmed or passive during the attacks.” Meanwhile, in some areas “the policing of demonstrations and crowds was conducted with excessive use of force resulting in death and injuries of many, including children.” According to the Government’s figures, 123 people were killed by the police, but hospital reports suggest the actual number may be higher. The report adds that during the crisis, the State “appears to have failed to take appropriate measures to prevent or stop the violence and the human rights violations.” The team welcomes the 28 February power-sharing agreement reached within the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation process, and emphasizes the need for greater accountability and an end to impunity to address underlying issues and boost the prospects for democratic stability in the country. The accords include an Independent Review Committee to investigate all aspects of the 2007 Presidential electoral process; a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission; a constitutional review process, and a Commission of Inquiry with a mandate to investigate the circumstances surrounding the violence that occurred during the two months following the election. Among its recommendations, the report stresses the need for the authorities to ensure that the hundreds of thousands that were displaced in the violence are able to freely decide when or whether to return, resettle or reintegrate through a voluntary and informed choice, free from political considerations or other pressures. In carrying out its mission, the UN team visited 15 of the worst affected locations, and interviewed 188 victims and witnesses of post-electoral violence, as well as members of the Government and opposition parties, law enforcement agencies, members of civil society, non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, diplomats and other interested parties. 19 March 2008While the violence that swept across Kenya several months ago was triggered by disputed presidential polls, the crisis was fuelled by underlying causes including poverty and discrimination, United Nations human rights officials said today, urging greater accountability and an end to impunity to address those issues and prevent further outbreaks. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes higher amid Ukraine ceasefire hopes traders look to

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday as markets hoped a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine will take hold.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,657.63 +38.55 0.25%S&P 500 —  2,000.72-1.56-0.08%Dow — 17,078.28+10.72 10.06%Nasdaq — 4,572.56-25.62-0.56%The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 38.55 points to a record high close of 15,657.63.The Canadian dollar rose 0.35 of a cent to 91.84 cents US as the Bank of Canada said it was leaving its key rate unchanged at one%. Markets generally expect the central bank to start upping rates around the middle of next year.U.S. indexes were tepid even as the latest snapshot on the economy by the U.S. Federal Reserve showed that the American economy strengthened in all regions in July and August. However, the so-called Beige Book found no clear evidence that the economy is expanding so fast that the Fed might soon need to begin raising interest rates to cool inflation.The Dow Jones industrials gained 10.72 points to 17,078.28, while the Nasdaq slipped 25.62 points to 4,572.57 amid a 4% slump in Apple shares. Its rival, Samsung, introduced Galaxy smartphones with displays aimed at quick access to frequently used applications. Analysts expect Apple to unveil new iPhones with bigger screens next week.The S&P 500 index slipped 1.56 points to 2,000.72.There was cautious relief on the markets after Russia and Ukraine said Wednesday they are working on a deal to halt months of fighting in eastern UkraineHowever, there have been previous statements of agreements on steps for peace, but the conflict has only intensified. “This is Russia and this is Ukraine talking,” said Ben Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver. “This is not the leaders for the rebels — so can Russia negotiate for the rebels? That’s the real question.”Still, a ceasefire would be welcome for a variety of reasons, including the possibility that sanctions against Russia would be cancelled, which would in turn be good for the Europe, where growth has stalled and price pressures are so weak that deflation is a major worry.Meanwhile, the financial costs of the tensions between Ukraine and Russia were highlighted in the latest business activity gauge for the eurozone from financial information company Markit. Its purchasing managers’ index fell to 52.5 points in August from July’s three-month high of 53.8.Investors are looking to Thursday and the latest announcement on interest rates from the European Central Bank. But markets are particularly interested in what ECB president Mario Draghi has to say about whether the ECB will inject further stimulus into the economy.Traders were also cautious ahead of the release Friday of the U.S. government’s employment report for August. Economists forecast that the American economy created about 220,000 jobs last month.Most TSX sectors were positive, paced by a 1.5% rise in the base metals component even as December copper declined three cents to US$3.13 a pound.Financials also provided lift, up 0.4%.December bullion rose $5.30 to US$1,270.30 an ounce but the gold sector faded 0.7%.The energy sector was off 0.1% as October crude gained $2.66 to US$95.54 a barrel after tumbling $3 on Tuesday.In corporate developments, convenience store and gasoline station operator Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) reported its quarterly net income rose 5.7% to $269.5 million or 47 cents a share. It also announced that it’s increasing its quarterly shareholder dividend by half a cent to 4.5 cents per share, and its shares ran ahead $2.22 to $35.45.TOP STORIESBank of Canada stays neutral on 1% policy rate as economic slack persistsOn the eve of what was supposed to be Tim Cook’s greatest triumph, Apple is in disarraySamsung unveils Galaxy Note 4 with crisper 5.7-inch screen in a metal frameCanada slips in WEF competitiveness ranking as Switzerland, Singapore, U.S. take top spotsWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Merchandise trade balance (July): Economists expect $1.25-billion surplus UNITED STATES7:30 a.m.Challenger Layoff report (Aug)8:15 a.m. ADP National Employment Report (Aug): Economists expect gain of 220,000 jobs8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect gain of 300,000 jobs Productivity (Q2): Economists expect 2.4% rise Goods and Services trade balance (July): Economists expect a deficit of $42.4-billion 10 a.m.Non-manufacturing ISM index (Aug): Economists expect reading of 57.6 CORPORATE NEWSCANADADescartes Systems Group Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 18¢ a share Major Drilling Group Intl    Q1 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 2¢ a share Vixs Systems Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 8¢ a share UNITED STATES Joy Global Inc.  Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 84¢ a share read more

Claims smugglers pay for navy escort

They allege that some boats are even escorted out of Sri Lankan waters, while others not party to its operations are stopped. Some members of the Sri Lankan navy are accused of being among the main players in the island’s people-smuggling operations, helping asylum seekers leave the country in boats bound for Australia.The navy – a recipient of equipment and training from Australia to combat people-smuggling operations – is accused by returned asylum seekers, Tamil politicians, community leaders and NGOs of allowing certain refugee boats to pass. The Sri Lankan Navy has denied the claims. Mr Carr’s office passed the allegations to the Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare for further investigation. ”There is currently no specific evidence that we are aware of to support these claims,” a spokeswoman said.In a deal announced in December, Australia will give the Sri Lankan Navy surveillance and search-and-rescue equipment to help it interdict people smuggling boats.This year, Sri Lankan naval officers will train in Australia in maritime air surveillance, and the two countries will hold joint intelligence training programs. One returned asylum seeker, Rajesh*, said he was told part of the 1.2 million rupees ($9000) he paid for passage to Australia would be used to pay off ”authority people, the navy and police”. He said the government, still fearful of a resurgence of the terrorist Tamil Tigers, was happy for Tamil men of fighting age to leave Sri Lanka. ”When I left, about 2800 people had been caught by the navy, but we went out the same way. I am sure there must have been involvement by the navy to let us go.”Another asylum seeker, Kannan, said the first time he fled to Australia, his boat was stopped by a naval patrol boat and the passengers counted. ”The skipper of the boat was on the phone talking to the navy in Sinhala language, trying to negotiate to let us go. He was trying to pay some money so that the navy would let us leave Sri Lankan waters.” After two hours, talks collapsed, the boat was taken in by the navy and the asylum seekers arrested.”But when I went the second time after several months, the captain this time said he had paid the money to the authorities, and we would be safe. We were not stopped. We went straight out late at night.”Australia has known of the allegations for several months. The issue was first raised directly with Foreign Minister Bob Carr in December when he met representatives of the Tamil community. Last year, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested more than 3000 people trying to leave for Australia, 6428 made it across the Indian Ocean. It is unknown how many people were lost at sea.Sri Lankan Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said allegations of naval complicity were baseless. They were being made to discredit Sri Lanka’s government.”There is no truth to them. No one has ever presented any proof that the navy, or any government personnel is involved. The Sri Lankan Navy stopped more than 3000 people from leaving Sri Lankan waters last year. This proves we are making the maximum effort to stop people leaving the country. I categorically deny these allegations, no Sri Lankan naval personnel are involved in this illegal migration activity.”A prominent Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian, Suresh Premachandran, said: ”I believe some navy personnel are involved in this smuggling.” A fellow TNA parliamentarian and leading Sri Lankan lawyer, MA Sumanthiran, said the navy’s involvement was common knowledge.”There is no doubt there is a level of naval complicity in the people smuggling. It is quite clear that some people are given the chance to go through, and we have even heard of stories where the navy has escorted boats out of Sri Lanka’s territorial waters. About one boat in 10 they catch and bring back, and announce it to the country.”The Sri Lankan Navy’s omnipresence around the island made leaving without its knowledge almost impossible, the co-ordinator of Civil Society, Batticaloa, S. Mamangarajah said. Batticaloa, on the east coast, is a main point of departure for asylum seekers.”This is known all over the district, when these people are trying to go to Australia, the navy is there. There are four big naval camps in the east of Sri Lanka now, and the whole coastline is entirely occupied by the navy.”*The names of asylum seekers have been changed. (Courtesy the Sydney Morning Herald) ”We are aware of these claims, there has also been reporting in Sri Lanka of naval personnel being arrested for being involved,” a spokesman for Mr Carr said. read more

Renault signs deal for venture in Iran as its economy opens

The Renault Talisman on display during the first press day at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The Paris Auto Show will open its gates to the public from Oct. 1st to 16th. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) by The Associated Press Posted Sep 30, 2016 4:16 am MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – Renault has reached a deal with Iran’s government to open a plant making at least 150,000 vehicles a year, as European companies race for a share of Iran’s market now that international sanctions have been lifted.The French carmaker announced the deal with the Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran on Friday, during the Paris auto show.The plant in a Tehran suburb will produce Duster and Symbol cars starting in 2018. Renault will be majority shareholder, and have its own distribution network in Iran for the first time, according to a company statement. Financial details were not released.Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said Iran could have demand for 2 million cars in 2020, making it a market with “undeniable potential.”“The Iranian government wants to attract foreign investment in the Iranian car industry to bring competitive new products benefiting Iranian customers with respect to standard, quality and safety,” Industry Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said in the statement.He said Renault was chosen because it has been in the country for 12 years, though activities were frozen while Iran was under sanctions over its nuclear program.The deal is in addition to a joint venture between Renault and Iran signed earlier this year to revive production at a plant where Renault’s activities had been suspended.Renault’s crosstown rival PSA Peugeot-Citroen was especially active in Iran before the sanctions, and has also revived activities this year.The Iranian minister visited the Peugeot-Citroen stand at the Paris auto show, and CEO Carlos Tavares said the company will produce 150,000 vehicles this year and wants to double that in 2017.Iran’s automobile industry builds some 900,000 vehicles a year, though authorities hope to build 3 million annually by 2025. Over 90 per cent of market share is controlled by two local companies: Iran Khodro, which assembles Peugeot-branded vehicles from kits, and SAIPA, which has made Citroens and Kias. Both manufacturers also build Renaults.Since Iran reached a landmark deal with international powers to curb its nuclear program, analysts have predicted the auto industry would grow if Iran’s economy improves. However, the trickle-down effect of the accord has yet to be seen in the streets, as unemployment remains high. Renault signs deal for venture in Iran as its economy opens read more

UN chief concerned about political developments in the Maldives

“The Secretary-General is monitoring with concern the developments in the Maldives since Wednesday,” his spokesperson said in a statement issued last night. Mr. Nasheed has been inside the Indian High Commission in the capital city of Malé since 13 February when police attempted to arrest him in a case relating to accusations that he illegally detained a judge during the last days of his rule, according to media reports.The former leader was elected in 2008 in the first multi-party presidential elections in the country in three decades. He resigned in February of last year in contested circumstances, succeeded by his former deputy, Mohammed Waheed Hassan.The Government set up a National Commission of Inquiry to probe the events leading to the regime change, with the Commission presenting its findings in August.His supporters say the legal case against Mr. Nasheed is meant to bar him from running in the presidential elections, scheduled for 7 September 2013.In last night’s statement, the Secretary-General urged all political actors “to exercise restraint, renew their commitment to the Constitution and work toward creating conducive conditions for fair, peaceful and inclusive elections.” He added that all parties should field the candidates of their choice “in accordance with the rule of law and the Constitution.” read more

Mens gymnastics coach Miles Avery resigns

Ohio State men’s gymnastics coach Miles Avery resigned his position with the team Wednesday to pursue other opportunities. “We appreciate everything coach Avery has done to keep Ohio State as one of the elite men’s gymnastics programs in the nation,” said Heather Lyke, associate athletics director for sport administration, in a press release. “He has built traditions, sustained success and positively impacted the lives of our student-athletes, developing them into leaders academically, athletically and personally.” Avery will be exploring different ventures including gymnastics camps, clinics and public speaking. “If ever I was going to do it, now’s the time,” Avery told The Lantern. Avery served as assistant coach with the Buckeyes from 1989 to 1997 and took the reins as head coach in 1998. In his 13 years at the helm for the Buckeyes, he earned one NCAA title and five Big Ten championships. He is a three-time recipient of USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year and five-time recipient of Big Ten coaching honors. “One of the highlights of my college coaching career is that I could win an NCAA title at home,” Avery said. His coaching expertise extends beyond his work with OSU. He served as assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic teams in the last four Olympic games. Last season, former Buckeye Brandon Wynn won a national championship with an NCAA-high 16.3 on rings, etching his name in the OSU record book. Wynn is one of six Buckeyes who earned a national title under Avery. “We’ll see if hopefully Brandon Wynn makes that next run and that I can be there at the next one (Olympic games) to help him achieve his goal of being an Olympic medalist,” Avery said. The decision is effective immediately and assistant coaches Blaine Wilson and Doug Stibel have been named as interim co-head coaches. Wilson and Blaine are in their seventh and 10th seasons, respectively, with the Buckeyes. Avery has complete confidence in the tenacity of the pair. “Without a doubt Blaine Wilson, three-time Olympian, that just about says it all,” Avery said. read more