Sri Lanka’s disastrous run in ODIs in 2017: What went wrong for the former world champions

first_imgThey started the 1996 ICC World Cup as underdogs but stunned the world when they were crowned world champions. Sri Lanka, once known to be a force to reckon with, are struggling to find their feet in the limited-overs cricket, especially in one day internationals.Arjuna Ranatunga, Arvinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharana, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath — these are the few names the world once feared.They always started ICC tournaments as favourites and even reached the 2011 World Cup final, which they lost to India at Mumbai.Sri Lanka have been on a 12-match losing streak, their worst since 1987-88 when they lost 14 consecutive ODIs.Sri Lanka have been whitewashed three times this year in five-match series — South Africa, India and Pakistan. Interestingly, between 1982 and 2016, they suffered only one 5-0 series sweep — against India in 2014.This year, Sri Lanka have won only four ODIs while have lost 21 and one no result.Reuters Photo Sri Lanka’s disastrous run started in 2017 when they were crushed 5-0 in South Africa before they returned home to salvage a draw against Bangladesh in a three-match series 1-1.However, they showed they still have their fighting spirit intact when they stunned India by 7 wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy in England earlier this year. However, they lacked motivation in other games and were ousted in the first round itself.In their next assignment at home, Sri Lanka hosted Zimbabwe in a full-fledged series. While they won the Tests, Zimbabwe fought back to clinch the ODI series 3-2. This led to Angelo Mathews to step down as captain of the side.advertisementWhile Dinesh Chandimal was elavated to the Test skipper, Upul Tharanga was handed over the reigns of the limited-overs sides.Sri Lanka awaited a dominant Indian side led by Virat Kohli. But the change in guard had no affect on the results. India won all the matches on tour to finish with 9-0 across all formats and Kohli became the first Indian captain to sweep an ODI series away from home and also the first Indian skipper beat Sri Lanka in their own den twice.While Sri Lanka have been decent in the whites, their 50-overs game has gone from bad to worse.DOWNFALLThe downfall started after legendary batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene called time on their careers post World Cup in 2015.Since their retirements, Sri Lanka have won only three ODI series and those three victories have come against West Indies (3-0), Ireland (2-0) and a tri-series triumph in Zimbabwe, with West Indies being the third team.AP Photo In this period, they have lost twice to Pakistan, and once each to New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India.Sri Lanka have not been able to cope with pressure and also lack the leadership qualities. Injuries to key players have also played a big role in their disastrous display while they have also failed to fire in unison.LACK OF DOMESTIC STRUCTUREAs many as 24 teams play first-class cricket in Sri Lanka. Ten teams who played in the second division were accorded first-class status over the last one year alone. The standard of cricket was obviously compromised, possibly to appease the various factions of Sri Lankan cricket. Sri Lanka’s domestic players hardly play enough cricket and even when they do, the quality is nowhere close to the kind of domestic cricket their peers in India, England, Australia and South Africa are accustomed to.last_img read more

Sri Lankan cricketers get 15-day amnesty from ICC to report corruption

first_imgSri Lankan cricketers have been granted a 15-day amnesty to report previously undisclosed information relating to corruption in the sport, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.The amnesty will apply to all participants under both the ICC and Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) anti-corruption codes who have previously failed to report information relating to wrongdoing.Players can be suspended for failing to pass on information about corruption but anything reported between Jan. 16-31 will not attract a charge, the ICC said in a statement.Failure to do so, however, could result in a ban from cricket for up to five years.The move comes in the wake of a series of corruption cases involving former Sri Lanka internationals and administrators.”This is the first time the ICC has held an amnesty and it is in response to the very specific challenges we face in Sri Lanka,” the general manager of the ICC’s anti-corruption unit Alex Marshall said.”Allowing retrospective reporting of alleged approaches to engage in corrupt conduct will assist in our ongoing and wide-ranging investigations, as well as enabling us to continue to develop a comprehensive picture of the situation there.”Following a meeting in Dubai last month, Sri Lanka’s sports minister Harin Fernando said the ICC had ranked the country’s cricket administration “corrupt from top to bottom”.Former captain and selector Sanath Jayasuriya was charged in October by the ICC for refusing to cooperate with ICC’s anti-corruption unit. He denied any wrongdoing.Former Sri Lankan bowler Dilhara Lokuhettige was charged last year for violating the anti-corruption code relating to a 10-over league in the United Arab Emirates, while the country’s former paceman and bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was provisionally suspended by SLC over match-fixing accusations.advertisementNeither Lokuhettige nor Zoysa has responded publicly to the charges against them.Also Watch:last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley manager Dyche admits seeking outside help to solve form slump

first_imgBurnley manager Dyche admits seeking outside help to solve form slumpby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley manager Sean Dyche has revealed he’s sought outside assistance to help him get to the bottom of their form woes.Dyche has asked trusted football contacts to watch games at Turf Moor in order to give an independent view on what is going wrong.”We get feedback from the staff and the players and I have people outside the club as well who I listen to, who I trust or who I ask to come to our games. They are very honest people who look through the results,” he said.”I certainly don’t think I’ve got all the answers. You’re in the wrong business if you think you have got all the answers because it’s a very tough business to have any answer.”We out-ran Everton in virtually every metric,” he said. “How could we have 50-50 possession, 11 against 10 shots, 23 crosses against 19 (without commitment). It is an impossibility.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Finnlines Buys Back MS Europalink

first_imgzoom In response to growing volumes, Finland-based RoRo and passenger services operator Finnlines has decided to expand its fleet with MS Europalink, a Star-class passenger-freight vessel. Specifically, Finnlines’ Swedish subsidiary, Rederi Aktiebolaget Nordö-Link, bought the 2007-built ship from the Grimaldi Group on January 26, in accordance with the purchase agreement signed earlier.Back in 2013, the ship was sold by Finnlines to the parent company because of insufficient volumes in the Baltic. However, volume trends have reversed and the vessel will join the company on the Germany/Sweden trade.As informed, MS Europalink will be fitted with exhaust gas scrubbers in mid-March and it will start sailing under the Swedish flag on the Malmö–Travemünde route.The vessel, which has a capacity of 4,215 lane meters and 554 passengers, will undergo refurbishment in the public areas, according to the company.Last year, the company launched an investment program to lengthen four of its Breeze-series RoRo ships, including the two optional ones.The first lengthened vessel from the batch, MS Finntide, was delivered to the company in November 2017.Finnlines said that the second vessel, MS Finnwave, has also completed lengthening and is now 30 meters longer. The capacity of the vessel is now 4,192 lane meters, which means that the lengthening added 1,000 lane meters. MS Finnwave has returned to the normal traffic on Uusikaupunki/Turku–Travemünde route.By the end of May, a further two vessels, MS Finnsun and MS Finnsky, will be lengthened.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A temporary detour is in place. Staff from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal are assessing the repairs that are needed. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Road Belmont Road, from Trunk 2 north to Onslow Mountain Road, and Belmont Road Underpass, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, ditching, paving and guardrail work until Saturday, June 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 KINGS COUNTY: Horton Bridge, Highway 101 Horton Bridge, Highway 101, about one kilometre west of Exit 9, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Thursday, May 31. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-7085 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, East of Exit 27A Traffic on Highway 104 will be detoured east of Exit 27A for about half a kilometre until Saturday, June 30, to complete construction work for the twinning project. Detour will be 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 is closed between Trunk 2 and Exit 12 for repairs on the Lower Debert Bridge at Elm River. Please use alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-893-5760 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodical reduced to one lane for realignment and paving work for the Highway 104 Twinning Project. Construction is expected to be finished by Saturday, June 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2, Springhill Junction Structure The Springhill junction bridge on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Monday, June 25. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586center_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Terence Bay Bridge Traffic on the Terence Bay Bridge, on River Road near the intersection of the Terrence Bay Road, will be restricted to five tonnes. Lane widths have also been reduced. Materials to repair the bridge have been ordered and work is expected to begin by the end of the week. Repairs are expected to be complete by mid-June. All drivers should use extra caution in construction zones. Local Area Office: 902-832-4316 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 376 Route 376, from Durham Road to Trunk 4, Trunk 4 to Exit 19, and Four Mile Brook Bridge to Route 376, will be reduced to one lane for repair and paving until Saturday, June 30. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-921-1142 INVERNESS COUNTY: Point Cross Bridge The Point Cross Bridge on the Cabot Trail, south of Cheticamp, is closed to traffic to replace the bridge. A four-kilometre detour, using Le Forte Road, Cheticamp Back Road and Redman Road, is available. Drivers should use extra caution in the construction area. Work is scheduled to be finished by the end of June. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane to pave and install a curb until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 4 Highway 4, Folly Lake to about eight kilometres west of Glenholme, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, May 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106, from Exit 2 north to the Pictou Rotary, for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, installation of rumble strips until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. The speed limit is reduced in the work zone and expect delays. Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George River Bridge George River Bridge on George River Road will be closed for repairs until Sunday, June 10. There is a detour on Scotch Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

Street checks should be strictly limited – or banned outright NS report

first_imgHALIFAX — A new report on street checks and racial profiling by Halifax-area police has found they have a disproportionate and negative impact on the African Nova Scotia community, contributing to the criminalization of black youth.The independent report released today by Scot Wortley, a University of Toronto criminology professor, recommends banning or strongly regulating police street checks in the province.He says police street checks have contributed to an erosion of trust in law enforcement and undermined the perceived legitimacy of the entire criminal justice system.Ontario banned police carding in specific situations in 2017 — a controversial practice that is similar to street checks.Wortley’s report, commissioned by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 2017, comes more than two years after data showed black people were three times more likely than whites to be subjected to the controversial practice in the city.In community consultations and surveys, Wortley says black Nova Scotians spoke of being treated rudely or with disrespect by police, and felt intimidated or afraid of police in their community.The 180-page report includes an analysis of street check data, an examination of potential racial bias and recommendations to improve or curb the practice.The report found that in Halifax, the odds of being stopped for a street check was highest for black men, followed by Arab males and black females.Across Canada, the report found the average annual street check rate was highest in Toronto, with Halifax in second place.Despite an overall reduction in street checks in Halifax in recent years, Wortley says the over-representation of minorities has remained constant.Wortley also held a dozen consultation meetings with police, who said street checks — when conducted properly — can solve crimes and increase public safety.But some officers said many street checks are of questionable quality, the result of a performance evaluation system and efforts to “get their numbers up.”In response to why black people are over-represented in street check statistics, police said the data reflect the reality that black people in Halifax are over-represented in serious, violent crime — including gun and gang activity.The report found that of 142,456 street checks conducted in Halifax between 2006 and 2017, 32.8 per cent involved an individual who had not been charged with a crime, while 58 per cent had been charged at least once.Wortley was hired after a report from the Halifax RCMP in January 2017 found that in the first 10 months of 2016, 41 per cent of 1,246 street checks involved African-Nova Scotians.Halifax Regional Police figures showed that of the roughly 37,000 people checked between 2005 and 2016, almost 4,100 were black — about 11 per cent of checks — despite making up only 3.59 per cent of the city’s population, according to the 2011 census.Wortley told a board of police commissioners meeting in the fall of 2017 that the crime-fighting potential of police street checks must be weighed against the possible negative impact.Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais has argued in the past that the valid street checks performed by police officers in Halifax differ from the random stops or carding practices that are now restricted in Ontario.  Brett Bundale, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

First Nations leaders assess Liberal track record ahead of federal election

first_imgAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde reiterated his core message of the past year that the federal government has made progress on First Nations rights but have much work ahead. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Liberal government’s track record and First Nations influence in this fall’s federal election were front and centre Tuesday in Fredericton as the 2019 Assembly of First Nations’ Annual General Assembly got underway.“First Nations priorities are Canada’s priorities. First Nations issues are Canada’s issues,” AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde told delegates gathered at the Fredericton Convention Centre in unceded Wolatoqey territory, as federal representatives  Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, Bennett’s Parliamentary Secretary Marc Miller and Conservative Opposition Critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Cathy McLeod looked on.“So if you want to become prime minister or a member of parliament you better listen to our people and our issues and concerns because we vote now and we are important and we have impact. That’s what’s going to happen in October. We’re not going to be pushed to the side anymore.”Bellegarde’s message followed recap of what the AFN leader noted as successes on policy and legislative fronts, including the recent passing of the Indigenous languages and child welfare legislation.But every achievement Bellegarde noted, like the dozens of long term drinking water advisories that have been lifted under the Trudeau government’s tenure, was accompanied by acknowledgements of remaining crises.“Yes we’ve seen the boil water advisories on reserve go down from over 130 down to 57. Good movement, positive movement,” Bellegarde said in his address.“But yet today the people of Attiwapiskat and Eabametoong can’t drink their water, can’t bathe in their water. There’s still a water crisis.”Bennett later addressed the assembly, echoing Bellegarde’s admission that more needs to be done, but assured leaders the government is working on a path of reconciliation and decolonization.“You have a constitutionally protected right to self-determination and self-government, but it has to be based on how you want to define and govern yourselves, based on your laws and your traditional practices, and how you want to describe your relationship with the Crown,” he said.“Only together can we address Canada’s legacy of colonialism and the barriers you have faced under the Indian Act which still regulates almost every aspect of community life on reserve, literally from cradle to beyond the grave. We need to make it easier for your nations to get out from under the Indian Act. You are doing the hard work and setting the path for decolonization and reconciliation.”But some delegates weren’t happy with the minister’s platitudes.“She talks about nation to nation, and so does Trudeau. He says the same thing: nation to nation and reconciliation,” said Hart Perley, proxy for Tobique First Nation Chief Ross Perley.“Well, you know what? Canada is not a nation. It never was and it never will be. Canada is a corporate state. And as soon as you look at that and recognize that and admit it, then maybe the Indigenous peoples across this land will start believing what comes out of your mouth,” she said as some delegates applauded her message.When AFN organizers encouraged her to wrap up, Perley asked Bennett directly: “When, Ms. Bennett, did Canada become a nation? And when, Ms. Bennett, are you going to stop lying to the Indigenous peoples right across this country?”Multiple leaders criticized the Liberals for splitting Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada into two departments in 2017 without consulting First Nations.The result was Bennett’s new department, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services Canada.While Bennett lauded the move, saying it would facilitate First Nations’ move toward self-determination, some argued Tuesday that decisions of such significance shouldn’t be done without First Nations’ inclusion and support.The federal election will remain a focus Wednesday when Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, McLeod, and NDP MP Guy Caron all address leaders.The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ final report will be a featured topic of discussion Wednesday, as will the Trudeau government’s efforts to overhaul major policies dealing with First Nations Aboriginal and land read more

5yearold girl raped murdered accused neighbour arrested

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested a 19-year old boy in connection with the rape and murder of a five-year-old girl in Muradnagar area of Ghaziabad. Police said that the accused kidnapped the girl on Saturday morning when she was playing outside her house while her body was found at a farm, a few meters away from her house on Sunday morning.As per police, the arrested man was identified as Mahajan, who also resided in the same village as of victim. Cops said that the accused is a rickshaw puller and he told police that he strangled her throat with hands after raping her as he was afraid that the girl would reveal him to her family. Victim’s father told Millennium Post that he and his wife work as labour and had left house on Saturday morning while all the four children, three girls and a boy, were present at home. “Me and my wife had left home around 10 am on Saturday while the kids were playing outside the house. When we returned home in the evening, we didn’t find my younger daughter at home and went on a search. When we failed to trace her for the whole night we immediately informed police,” said victim’s father. Cops said that they received information from a farmer who spotted the body lying in his farm while victim’s father was called who identified her. “Following the incident, police launched an investigation into the case while a few suspects were held for questioning. Upon sustained interrogations, the accused identified as Mahajan, spilled the beans and revealed the incident,” said Neeraj Kumar Jadaun, Superintendent of Police (rural), Ghaziabad. The officer further said that the accused strangled girl to death under the fear of getting exposed. “The accused told police that he lives in victim’s neighbourhood and lured the girl to a farm where he raped her. He then panicked that she would reveal about the incident to her parents and hence he strangled her to death,” Jadaun said. The accused dumped her body at a distance from the spot and she was found around 10 am on Sunday. The body was taken to a hospital where autopsy revealed that she was sexually assaulted.last_img read more

Officials PGE equipment sparked deadly California wildfire

SAN FRANCISCO — California fire authorities say Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines sparked the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.Cal Fire said Wednesday the lines in the Pulga area ignited the Nov. 8 fire that killed 85 people in Paradise.The investigation also identified a second nearby ignition site involving vegetation and electrical distribution lines, also owned and operated by the San Francisco-based utility.The second fire was quickly consumed by the initial fire.Lynsey Paulo, a spokeswoman for PG&E, did not immediately comment.The fire in Butte County destroyed nearly 15,000 homes.The nation’s largest utility filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January as it faced tens of billions of dollars in potential liability costs related to wildfires in 2017 and 2018.Janie Har, The Associated Press read more

Ace goal scorers to shoot against poverty in UN football match

The fourth “Match Against Poverty: Ronaldo and friends vs. Zidane and friends” will be played on 19 March at the Stade du Vélodrome in Marseille, France, with the two stars, both Goodwill Ambassadors for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), each captaining an international team in a friendly aimed at mobilizing the public in the fight against poverty. “It has been really encouraging to see the response from the public and the media to the previous games,” said AC Milan striker Ronaldo, who with former French captain Zidane has been the driving force behind the Match Against Poverty since 2003. “We really want to continue mobilizing the world of football in helping to raise awareness and overcome poverty.” This will be the first game in Europe for Zidane since he retired from international football at the end of the 2006 World Cup. “I have retired from professional football, but I am determined to continue playing in my capacity as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for such a good cause, and to contribute to this annual gathering with my friend Ronaldo,” he said. The MDGs, adopted by the leaders of 191 countries at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, seek to halve world poverty by 2015 by setting targets for rolling back hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. “It is a tremendous message when our Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo, Zidane and Drogba say they are scoring goals – not just for the game – but against poverty,” UNDP Associate Administrator Ad Melkert said, including Côte d’Ivoire soccer star Didier Drogba, a top scorer in the English Premiership, who became a UNDP a Goodwill Ambassador last month. “Through the Match Against Poverty, millions of fans witness their heroes in soccer become heroes in the fight against extreme poverty. This message is so important because only in partnership with governments, the private sector, civil society and individuals like Ronaldo, Zidane and Drogba will we be able to truly overcome poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” he added. Proceeds from the first three Matches have benefited anti-poverty projects ranging from support to female entrepreneurs to the construction of sports centres for street children and the disadvantaged in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Bhutan, Comoros, Cuba, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Morocco, Namibia, Sri Lanka, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Viet Nam. Once again, all proceeds from ticket sales will go to projects selected by UNDP in Asia, Africa and Latin America. As in the previous games football’s governing body, FIFA, supports the match, while sporting-goods manufacturers Nike and Adidas are contributing equipment for the teams. In partnership with UNDP, the match is being organized with the support of the City of Marseille, which is hosting the game at the Stade du Vélodrome, and the Olympique de Marseille team, which is providing technical assistance. 21 February 2007Football legends Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane are inviting some of the world’s top players to join them in an all-star line-up for a match against poverty next month as part of a push to raise awareness of and funds for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more

UN experts urge Iranian authorities to free jailed Bahai community leaders

“The Iranian Government should demonstrate its commitment to freedom of religion by immediately and unconditionally releasing these prisoners of conscience,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said in a news release that also urged the international community, including faith leaders worldwide, to join in the appeal.“These cases are apparently characterized by failures to safeguard fair trial standards and jeopardizes overall religious freedom in Iran” which does not officially recognize Baha’i.On 14 May 2008, authorities in Tehran arrested Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm. A seventh Baha’i leader, Mahvash Sabet, was earlier arrested on 5 March in the northern city of Mashhad near the borders of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. The seven had formed an ad hoc national administrative group for Iranian Baha’is called the Yaran.Authorities reportedly held the seven in custody for over 20 months without charges and cut their access to lawyers, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) whose UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention denounced the detentions in 2008.Each member of the group received a 20-year prison sentences in August 2010 on charges of espionage, ‘propaganda against the regime,’ ‘collusion and collaboration for the purpose of endangering the national security,’ and ‘spreading corruption on earth.’“These seven Baha’is are imprisoned solely for managing the religious and administrative affairs of their community,” said human rights expert El Hadji Malick Sow, who currently heads the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. “These persons were condemned after trials which did not meet the guarantees for a fair trial established by international law. UN bodies, including the Human Rights Committee, have repeatedly expressed concern for discriminatory laws and policies that restrict Baha’is from forming religious institutions, entering universities and gaining public sector employment in Iran.The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, warned that Baha’is in Iran are facing numerous limitations on their ability to worship freely, “I again remind the Government that, as a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it cannot distinguish between favoured and un-favoured groups as far as freedom of religion is concerned.”The UN Independent Expert on Minorities issues, Rita Izsák, recalled that Baha’is is Iran’s largest non-Muslim religious minority. “Their existence and religious identity must be protected under the UN Declaration on Minorities,” she stressed.Hundreds of Baha’is have been reportedly arrested for acts including organizing religious gatherings and advocating for the right to education. In his March 2013 report to the UN Human Right Council, the Special Rapporteur on Iran noted that at least 110 Baha’is were imprisoned in the country at the start of the year.Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Opinion Columbus Blue Jackets coaching change a desperate but hopeful move

John Tortorella is introduced with alumni from the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship team at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on March 17, 2014.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets have had a terrible start to the year with a 1-8-0 start. They lost the first eight games they played, but fired then-coach Todd Richards after an 0-7 start and brought on John Tortorella.Tortorella is someone who the team believes is going to give these Blue Jackets a wakeup call they desperately need. The choice of getting rid of Richards was not an easy one, as the Blue Jackets had a lot of success with him being the winningest coach in team’s short history.Richards had taken the Blue Jackets to the playoffs and helped guide their first victory in the postseason, as well as the only postseason victory at Nationwide Arena. Richards was a good coach who got fired for something that was not his fault: the play of the players.Coming into this season, the Blue Jackets had the highest expectations in franchise history and were being talked about as a possible winner of the Metropolitan Division, a first for the franchise if accomplished. Columbus played a good, hard-fought first game until it came unraveled in the third period. After that, the Blue Jackets didn’t look anything like they did in the preseason. Something had to be done.At the time of Richards’ canning, the team was coming close to history by losing seven games in a row. The last time an NHL team had lost as many games as the Blue Jackets to start a season was in 1943, when the New York Rangers started out 0-11-0.The Blue Jackets lost the debut of Tortorella, but battled to a close finish, falling 3-2 against the Minnesota Wild on the road, which set the franchise-worst eight straight losses to open the season. They came back and won the ninth game of the year on Saturday, pulling to .500 under Tortorella. Since being hired on, the team has looked more and more like the team many thought they could be. Maybe this is all because of Tortorella and what he brings to the table for the Blue Jackets.Tortorella is a very well-respected hockey coach around the league. The man is the all-time winningest American-born coach in NHL history. He has led three different clubs — the Rangers, Tampa Bay Lighting and Vancouver Canucks — compiling a record of 446-375-37-78 (ties were a part of the league until it introduced the shootout in 2005). His career winning percentage is .538, while he joins a team that has a franchise winning percentage of .394.He has won a championship in 2004 with the Lighting and took the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012. He also has a tendency to not be quite as friendly to media as others. Just ask the New York media who had to cover him. That could be what this club — and city — needs. He could restore the team’s blue collar attitude that it held for the last few years, as it finished above .500 in each of the past three seasons.Tortorella has to get this club to wake up. We saw the potential in this team at the end of last season, and the Blue Jackets have had a history the past few years of starting slow but still making a run. The team still has a lot of the same core players that it had last year. All Tortorella has to do is get the players back to the level of play they had, and the confidence they had as well.The Blue Jackets’ biggest weakness has been on the defensive side, starting with the defensemen not looking anything like last year, and Sergei Bobrovsky carrying a 4.45 goals-against average and a 1-6 record. The Blue Jackets showed flashes during their losing streak, but have looked consistently better since Tortorella arrived.Columbus is not the first team to fire a coach this early in the season. In 2013, the Philadelphia Flyers fired Peter Laviolette after just three games and the team still made the playoffs. In the last 25 years, four other teams have fired their coach 10 games or fewer into a season, two of which ended up making the playoffs.The Blue Jackets have some serious odds against them. Going into their 10th game, they are already 12 points behind the Rangers for the top spot in the division. They are also seven points out of a wild card spot.They have an opportunity to get it turned around, but they have to come together with their new coach or it could be another long, postseason-free season for the franchise. read more

Per Sandstrom a new wall of MT Melsungen

← Previous Story Katarina Bulatović suspended from Budućnost Podgorica Next Story → Jerome Fernandez back to native Toulouse Swedish goalkeeper, Per Sandstrom (30) will move from HSV Hamburg to MT Melsungen. He signed two seasons contract with a stabile member of Toyota Handball Bundesliga. Before HSV Hamburg, where he spend five years, Sandstrom won two Swedish title with Savehof. In the mintime, he had 56 appearances for Swedish national team. MT MelsungenPer Sandstrom

SHOCKING VIDEO Battle for sports in Maglaj begins

← Previous Story Women’s Junior WCh 2014: First bad day for Norway and Germany Next Story → Al Ahli Sports Club gets Wild Card for IHF Super Globe 2014! Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia suffered a huge damage after the cataclysmic floods last May. Many cities was totaly under water, a lot of people lost everything they had and many serious infrastructure problems stayed after the water ceased to wild…One of the cities which was totally flooded is Maglaj in Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the symbol of this small town, place of gathering of the whole sports local population and the only place where children can play sports – Sports hall is totally devastated.There is no more sports activity in Maglaj. How long will sports team and schools will be out of the home – nobody can predict. Damage is estimated at 400.000 EUR. That sum is necessary for the reconstruction.Media and every kind of action began! The most popular Maglaj’s athletes right now, twins brothers, handball players, goalkeeper Benjamin and line-player Senjamin Buric, who were part of the Bosnian team who qualified over Iceland for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar made the VIDEO in cooperation with in order to show the world the level of catastrophe in their born city.„Let’s back sports, handball in Maglaj“ – say brothers.„This battle will be long and tough, but we had to fight for the sponsors who will help us“ – add RK Gorenje players.If you can and want to help – please donate some small sum on the account for the „reconstruction of Maglaj’s hall“ or just share this link.#HELPMAGLAJACCOUNT NUMBER1990460003561840 Sparkasse Bank Benjamin and Senjamin Burichandball videoMaglaj read more

Encoding trick lets Mac malware authors disguise Trojan binaries

first_imgMalware authors have figured out a new way to trick unsuspecting Mac users into infecting their systems: by altering file extensions so that their poisonous apps appear to be innocuous PDF or DOC files. There’s a twist, however. The extensions have to be entered backwards.OS X doesn’t normally allow .app files to be tinkered with this way. If the system notices a change, it automatically appends .app to the end again, thereby exposing the attempted deception. How do the bad guys get around it? By utilizing right-to-left encoding.It’s simple enough to do using the OS X Character Viewer. Once an executable’s extension has been reversed, Finder will display it as whatever the extension purports it to be. But while it might look like a .PDF in Finder, the operating system still recognizes it as an executable. When a user attempts to open it, the malware installer springs into action.Normally, OS X still has a way to prevent this sort of attack. Gatekeeper’s settings allow users to specify that only executables delivered from the Mac App Store or apps signed with a valid Apple developer ID can be installed. So how does a malware author sidestep this check? By signing the file with a valid dev ID, of course.Tech-savvy folks know that it’s all down to responsible computer use. Stay away from shady websites that offer too-good-to-be-true downloads (like a free full version of Photoshop) and you’ll avoid malware infections.Unfortunately, not all Mac users in 2013 are up to speed. There are those who believe their shiny Apple system is invincible — despite Apple’s change in message — and that they can surf, click, and install with impunity. Malware authors know this, and they’re finding some clever new ways to capitalize on such foolhardy computing behavior.last_img read more

9/12 WWE Results: Calgary, Alberta (Reigns vs. Wyatt)

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Ronda Rousey Pinterest WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Shawn Michaels WWE Now: IIconics overcome their fears with Cathy Kelley on EdgeWalk of CN Tower 9/12 WWE Results: Calgary, Alberta, Canada* Cesaro def. Luke Harper.* R-Truth def. Bo Dallas.* Natalya def. Alicia Fox.* WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. The Prime Time Players.* WWE World Heavyweight & U.S. Champion Seth Rollins def. Dean Ambrose.* Curtis Axel & Damien Sandow def. The Ascension.* Chris Jericho def. Kevin Owens.* Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt in a street fight match.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Videos Articlescenter_img Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle Now Playing Up Next Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live Facebook Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Now Playing Up Next “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Now Playing Up Next Google+last_img read more

Foreign and Commonwealth Office appoints chief mouser

first_imgSomething for the weekend: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has appointed Palmerston the cat as chief mouser.Palmerston joins the UK government department from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, which has been caring for him since March.Palmerston, who has been named after former prime minister and foreign secretary Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, will be responsible for catching rodents in the Foreign Office.When not on duty, he will stay in the office of permanent under-secretary Sir Simon McDonald.Palmerston will be able to roam through the majority of offices and official rooms in the FCO, and will be cared for by members of staff.The black and white moggy follows in the paw prints of other government cats, including Larry, another Battersea cat who was rehomed at 10 Downing Street, and Freya, previously owned by Chancellor George Osborne and a frequent visitor to the Foreign Office.Lindsey Quinlan, head of catteries at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, said: “Palmerston will have no problems making friends and foes in the Foreign Office. He’s a very confident cat, loves being with people, and enjoys a good chin rub.“But nothing escapes the attention of this Battersea moggy and we know he’ll have an eagle eye out for unwanted visitors, whiskers twitching and ready to pounce at the right moment, to keep his new home free of rodent interlopers. If his behaviour at Battersea is anything to go by, we predict Palmerston will be a formidable feline, very deserving of his new name.”McDonald added: “I am delighted to welcome Palmerston to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In his role as FCO chief mouser, he will assist our pest controllers in keeping down the number of mice in our King Charles Street building. I hope that Palmerston’s impact will be as considerable as his namesake’s.”The Employee Benefits team wishes Palmerston the best of luck in his new rodent-catting role, and wonders what other animals may be well-suited to a position in the UK government…last_img read more

Alaskas US senators split on abortion vote

first_imgU.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The U.S. Senate on Monday rejected a bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of only two Republicans to vote “no” on the procedural motion.Listen nowMurkowski says she opposes late-term abortion and could be in favor of a ban on elective procedures after 20 weeks, provided the bill has adequate exceptions, in cases of rape and incest, or if the woman is at risk of grave harm to her health. Murkowski says the bill fell short.“I think there are some exceptions that have been included that are very narrow, and in my view almost unworkable,” Murkowski said, immediately after the vote.Murkowski says the bill was an effort to send a political message, rather than a realistic effort to pass a limitation on the procedure. If there had been an opportunity to amend the bill, supporters might have picked up more votes, including hers, Murkowski said.Sen. Dan Sullivan voted yes, as did most Republicans, including Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa. Ernst says a fetus at that stage is a child.“At five months, babies have grown nails on their fingers and on their toes, hair has just begun to grow on their heads,” Ernst said, “And an ultrasound can tell an expectant mother and father whether their baby is a boy or a girl. ”As expected, the procedural vote fell far short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster. The tally was 51 to 46.last_img read more

MWC 2013 Sony Unveils Worlds Thinnest Android Waterproof Xperia Tablet Z

first_imgSony has unveiled the Xperia Tablet Z, claimed to be the world’s thinnest tablet, at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Sony Unveils ‘World’s Thinnest’ Android Waterproof Xperia Tablet ZThe tablet, which made its official debut at the Comsumer Electronics Show in January, will hit stores in the second quarter of 2013. The 10.1-inch Xperia Z, measuring 6.9mm in thickness and weighing 495 grams, is the slimmest and lightest tablet so far in the market.”Xperia Tablet Z sets new standards in entertainment by matching premium specifications and Sony technology with cross-device connectivity and a consistent user-experience,” said Kaz Tajima, Corporate Vice President, Head of UX Creative Design and Planning, at Sony Mobile Communications.”Xperia Tablet Z reinforces our intention to be a leading player in the premium Android device market, by building on the principles established by Xperia Z and perfectly optimising them for the tablet form factor.”The Xperia Tablet Z’s screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels that’s backed by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro asynchronous quad-core processor. According to reports, Xperia Tablet Z is the first to house this processor. The tablet runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, packs 2GB of RAM and will come in 16GB and 32GB models. Sony Unveils ‘World’s Thinnest’ Android Waterproof Xperia Tablet ZThe tablet sports an 8-megapixel rear camera which is equipped with Exmor R feature for mobile and a 2-megapixel HD front-facing camera. The tablet will be available in black and white models and will have LTE and WIFI versions. The most notable feature of the Sony Xperia Z tablet is its One-touch function which enables users to share songs, photos and videos to other NFC-enabled devices with ease and at fast speeds. Another feature is its Universal IR Remote that can control TV and other devices directly from the tablet.The tablet a packs 6,000mAH battery and is a dust proof and water resistant. The 16GB version of the tablet will be priced at $500 while the 32GB version will be available for $600.last_img read more