No more beach time for sea turtles?

first_imgCompared with most sea turtles, green turtles (Chelonia mydas) are beach bums. Whereas other species spend virtually their entire lives at sea—coming ashore for only a few hours to nest—green turtles can be spotted throughout the year on sandy Pacific beaches. But fast-forward a few decades, and these sightings might be rarer. In an attempt to understand what makes green turtles catch their rays on the sand, scientists tracked the number of turtles sunning themselves on one Hawaii beach. Every day for 6 years, volunteers there tallied the turtles. The animals, researchers report online today in Biology Letters, tend to come ashore when the sea surface temperatures drop below 23°C. Today, this occurs during the winter months in Hawaii, the Galápagos Islands, and some Australia beaches within the sea turtles’ range. But the sea surface temperatures in these areas have been rising by about 0.04°C per year. If this rate continues, by 2039 Hawaii’s water will be warm enough that the turtles won’t get chilly enough in the winter to bask on the sand. By 2100, the researchers hypothesize, green turtles might not be seen basking on any Pacific beaches, instead keeping warm enough in the water. Because they still haven’t cleared up the biological importance of warming on land for green turtles, researchers don’t yet know whether this change could negatively impact the turtle populations.last_img read more

DD vs MI: How Delhi disintegrated and crashed to the heaviest-ever IPL defeat

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 45 of the IPL between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla. (LIVE SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE)Delhi Daredevils  Innings:23.09 IST: Mumbai Indians (212/3) crush Delhi Daredevils (66-all out) by 146 runs, record biggest win margin in IPL history. Karn 3/11, Harbhajan 3/22THAT’S THAT! We become the first team to qualify for the play-offs! ???????#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 2017Another clinical performance from Mumbai. They did the job with the bat first, with Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard hitting stunning fifties. And then, with a score of 200-plus on the board, they put Delhi on the back foot early on. Took wickets early and that put a lot of pressure on the home side’s batsmen. They couldn’t recover from that as scoreboard pressure kept mounting and succumbed the Mumbai bowlers. Especially the spinners, as Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma took 3 wickets apiece. With this, Mumbai have become the first team to quality for the playoffs.Largest margin of victory in the IPL – we have WON BY 1?4?6? runs. ?????????#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI ?????????- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201723.08 IST: Karn to Zaheer, OUT! Delhi have been bowled out for 66. This score is one less than what they had against Punjab. Tossed up on off, Zaheer Khan lofts it high towards long off where Nitish Rana fumbles initially, but then eventually manages to hold on to it. MUMBAI WIN BY 146 RUNS! This is officially the highest margin of victory for any side in the history of the Indian T20 League.advertisementThe team turned on the style tonight to record the biggest victory in @IPL history!#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201723.05 IST: This last-wicket pair of Zaheer and Mishra are just delaying the inevitable now. DD 66/9, need 147 from 4222.55 IST: Harbhajan to Shami, OUT! Goes for another one but this time he pays the price for it. One too many it seems for the tailender. Full on off, Shami looks to clear long on. Doesn’t middle it well and it’s straight down Kieron Pollard’s throat. Another one is out of here for Delhi. DD 57/9 in 10.4 ovs 5?8?/9? in 11 overs!Just one more scalp left and we will be chilling tonight.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201722.51 IST: Karn to Rabada, OUT! Edged and gone! Once again the Sharma pair does the trick. Karn bowls a flipper, Rabada looks to push at it but gets an outside edge and the ball flies straight to Rohit at first slip. Karn has his second. DD 48/8in 9.4 ovs 22.44 IST: Harbhajan to Cummins, OUT! Edged and gone! Sharp catch from Parthiv Patel! Harbhajan bowls it a flatter one outside off, spinning away enough to take the outside edge of Cummins’ bat, who prods forward to defend. Patel behind the stumps does well to hang on to the catch. The players appeal and the umpire raises his dreaded finger straightaway. This is a really poor performance from Delhi. DD 46/7 in 8.2 ovsA ‘doosra’ ball to get his ‘doosra’ wicket! ???#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 2017OUT! Another fine catch and another neat delivery! #Bhajji has his second. Will this end early?#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201722.42 IST: Harbhajan to Cummins, SIX! Clean hit! Fuller delivery on middle, Cummins clears his front leg and tonks it over mid-wicket for a biggie.22.41 IST: Karn to Samuels, OUT! Rohit Sharma has taken a stunner! Flatter around middle, spinning away just a touch. Samuels looks to play with a straight bat but gets an outside edge and it flies to the right of Rohit at first slip, where the skipper flies to take an absolute beauty of a catch. The Sharma pair gets a wicket. Marlon walks back with a forlorn face. DD 40/6 in 7.4 ovs OUT! Perfect catch by #RohitSharma and Karn keeps the pattern of taking a wicket in the first over, alive. ???#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201722.38 IST: Delhi Daredevils 37/5 in 7 overs, need 176 from 78 balls. Samuels 1*, Cummins 1*22.32 IST: Malinga to Anderson, OUT! Another one bites the dust! Short and angling away, Anderson stays tall and looks to muscle it over wide long on. Fail to get enough power behind it and the ball travels towards Karn Sharma in the deep, who takes a good, clean catch. DD 35/5 in 5.4 ovs5? down.High 5?s all around!#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201722.29 IST: Harbhajan to Samuels, Lbw shout! Served around middle, spinning in, Samuels goes back to defend but fails to get his bat back down in time. DD 31/4 in 5 ovs, need 182 from 90 balls advertisement22.27 IST: Harbhajan to Nair, OUT! Harbhajan strikes! And for the fourth time, a bowler has picked up a wicket in his first over. Singh expects Nair to come down the track and drags his length back. Nair does come down and looks to heave it over mid-wicket but fails to get elevation. Rohit Sharma at short mid-wicket takes a sharp catch. Delhi has lost their top order now. They are in a big, big trouble. DD 31/4 in 4.4 ovs3?1?/4? in 5 overs!This has been a fabulous start by our bowlers.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201722.24 IST: Bumrah to Nair, FOUR! Nair spoils Bumrah’s over with a boundary off the last ball. DD 26/3 in 4 ovs, need 187 more 22.20 IST: Bumrah to Pant, OUT! Pant holes out! Another Mumbai bowler strikes in his first over today. Slower back of a length delivery, angling away, Pant looks to pulls it but is early into his shot. The ball goes off the toe end straight to Simmons in the deep, who is not going to drop those. DD 20/3 in 3.2 ovs Pant’s down! We aren’t stopping now!#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 2017OUT! Pant is gone, once again to Bumrah! Delhi are indeed Panting at 20/3#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201722.18 IST: McClenaghan to Nair, SIX! Nair on fire! Slower short delivery, angling away, Nair gets forward a touch and pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum. He has taken the burden on his shoulder now. 14 runs from the over! DD 20/2 in 3 ovs, need 193 runs more 22.16 IST: McClenaghan to Nair, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Slower back of a length delivery, Karun stands tall and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.22.16 IST: McClenaghan to Nair, FOUR! Clever stuff from Nair! Back of a length delivery, angling away. Nair uses the pace of the ball and ramps it over the slip cordon for a boundary.22.13 IST: Disastrous start this for the home team with Iyer and Samson back in the hut so early. DD 6/2 in 2 ovsCongratulations to Lasith #Malinga on becoming the first player in the @IPL to breach the 150-wicket mark! ????#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201722.11 IST: Malinga to Iyer, OUT! Malinga strikes! Slow bouncer around off, Iyer goes for the pull but is early into his shot. Gets a top edge and the ball lobs straight to Harbhajan at short mid-wicket, who pouches it with ease. Mumbai are off to a great start! DD 5/2 in 1.5 ovs#Malinga gets his first wicket in his first over too! We smell something familiar. Wankhede comes to our minds.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201722.09 IST: Malinga shares the new ball. #Malinga is set to start proceedings from the other end.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201722.03 IST: OUT! Sanju has to walk. Gone first ball! Length delivery on middle, angling away, Samson geos through with his hevae and finds Simmons in the deep. The West Indian can do nothing wrong today. The inform Sanju Samson departs for a golden duck. Mumbai couldn’t have asked for a better start. DD: 4/1 (1 over)advertisementMatch 45. 0.1: WICKET! S Samson (0) is out, c Lendl Simmons b Mitchell McClenaghan, 0/1 #DDvMI-  IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 6, 201721.59 IST: Delhi will need another strong bating performance tonight.Another big total on the score board and a huge task ahead.C’mon Dilli!#DDvMI #DilDilliHai Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 6, 2017Mumbai Indians Innings: Delhi bowlers started off decently before receiving hammering from the two West Indian. Zaheer Khan, who returned back was the most disciplined bowler of all. Kagiso Rabada, Corey Anderson and Amith Mishra were the ones to pick up a wicket but were expensive. The least impressive of the bunch was Pat Cummins. The Australian went wicket less and conceded 59 runs in his 4 overs. However, the game is not over yet. Last time Delhi chased a target of 209 with utter ease but they are up against a mighty bowling unit. Let’s see what the second half has in store for us.It was the West Indian show as Mumbai piled up a big 212 runs on board. Lendl Simmons who came into the side tonight, got off to an excellent start. After taking his time, he went berserk and scored a 43-ball 66. The hosts would have been happy to see his back but his countryman, Keiron Pollard didn’t let them stay happy for much. He walked in at 3 and scored a magnificent 63 off just 35 balls. He remained unbeaten and with help of Hardik Pandya’s cameo at the end, took his team past the 200-run mark. Big man, big innings, big shots! Here’s how Big Polly fared tonight! ???#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201721.48 IST: Mumbai Indians post 212/3 in 20 overs against Delhi Daredevils. Simmons 66, Pollard 63*, Hardik 29* That was exhilarating! The batsmen have put us in firm control going into the innings break. ???#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201721.48 IST: Cummins to Hardik, Swing and a miss to end the innings. A good, good final over for Mumbai. Length ball straightening up a touch, Hardik Pandya swings and misses. MUMBAI FINISH ON 212/3!21.46 IST: Cummins to Hardik, SIX! Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Hardik stands tall and with the full swing of the bat, pulls it over mid-wicket. Clears the fence and gets another biggie. 22 off the over so far, still one ball left.SIX! He has sized up Cummins once again! Short and pulled away over mid-wicket.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201721.44 IST: Cummins to Hardik, SIX! He’s nailed that! Full and in his slot, Hardik Pandya puts this away. Gets underneath it properly and tonks it over long off for half a dozen. Brings up 200 for Mumbai and the 50-run stand with Pollard21.43 IST: Cummins to Hardik, FOUR! Another boundary. Full and outside off, Pandya carves this over backward point. Might not have timed it all that well but it’s enough to fetch him a boundary.21.41 IST: Cummins to Pollard, FOUR! Boundary off the first ball, just what Mumbai would have wanted. Cummins misses out on his wide yorker, instead bowls a low full toss outside off, Pollard gets bat on ball, times it well and hits it through the covers for a boundary.FOUR! Beautiful timing and surgically pierced! #Pollard has started the over favourably.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201721.40 IST: Rabada to Hardik, Yorker! dot ball to finish an excellent over from Rabada under the circumstances, just 7 runs conceded. MI 189/3 in 19 ovs21.37 IST: Rabada to Hardik, DROPPED! Length delivery around off, Pandya swings hard. Gets a top edge towards mid off. Iyer runs behind with the ball coming over him. Stretches his hands out, gets to it but can’t hold on to it. The batsmen amidst all this run hard and take three.21.35 IST: Anderon to Pollard, FOUR! Pollard connect this well and goes downtown. Murders it back down the ground and gets a boundary. 16 runs came off that over. MI 192/3 in 18 ovs 21.33 IST: Anderson to Hardik, SIX! Full and wide outside off, there to be hit and Hardik Pandya obliges. Crashes it over the wide long off rope for a flat biggie.SIX! Hardik has muscled the ball with sheer power!#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201721.30 IST: Cummins to Pollard, FOUR! Fifty for Kieron Pollard. Superb knock so far, started off on a positive not and has carried on from there. Smacks this full toss one across the long off rope for a boundary. MI 166/3 in 17 ovsFOUR! Fifty for #Pollard and he gets there with a perfectly placed drive.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201721.24 IST: Excellent over from Rabada this, maintains his rhythm and composure after the strategic break. Just 7 runs and a wicket came off it. MI 155/3 in 16 ovs21.19 IST: Rabada to Rohit, OUT! A venomous bouncer from Kagiso Rabada has undone Rohit Sharma here. At 145 clicks, it’s banged short, rises too quickly on him and he ends up getting a top edge on the pull shot. It lobs to short fine leg where Mishra ji takes it safely. MI 153/3 in 15.3 ovs Rohit looks to go for Rabada’s short ball, but top edges the ball to short fine leg.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201721.16 IST: Mumbai Indians 148/2 in 15 overs. Pollard 36*, Rohit 10*. Stand – 32 off 15 balls.Kie-runs, runs, and more runs Pollard! ?????? #DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201721.12 IST: Big over for the visitors, 17 runs came off it including the two massive SIXES from Pollard. MI 139/2 in 14 ovs21.09 IST: Mishra to Pollard, SIX!! BANG! Seeing a bit of flight, Kieron Pollard’s eyes light up and he’s hit an even bigger one this time. Gets down to this and hammers it into the third tier. Maybe even above that, that was big. Sixes from Pollard are getting bigger and bigger, this time over long-on off the same bowler. MI 134/2SIX! That is massive, destructive, belligerent! #Pollard you beauty! ??#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201721.08 IST: Mishra to Pollard, SIX! Aggressive start to the over from Kieron Pollard, seems he’s decided he’s going to go after Amit Mishra. It’s short and turning away outside off, Pollard rocks back in a jiffy and pulls it hard straight back down the ground for half a dozen. MI 128/2 in 13.1 ovs 21.03 IST: Anderson to Simmons, OUT! Simmons departs! But not before he’s played a superb knock. Super stuff as this was his first game of the season. Back of a length on the body, Simmons pulls it straight to Marlon Samuels at short fine leg. Much-needed wicket for Delhi, the set batsman is gone. MI 116/2 in 12.3 ovsSIM-MONSTER! ??#CricketMeriJaan #DDvMI #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 2017Taken! Danger man Lendl Simmons has to walk as @coreyanderson78 gets his man.#DDTweets #DDvMI #DhoomDhamaka #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 6, 201721.02 IST: Anderson to Simmons, SIX! OH WHAT A SHOT! Anderson rolls his fingers over this and takes the pace off it, but Lendl Simmons doesn’t care. He walks across and muscles the pull over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.SIX! The pace was taken off by Corey, but Simmons added a lot, by smacking the ball into the crowd.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.58 IST: Cummins to Simmons, SIX! Whoa. That’s a marvelous hit! Good length ball on middle and off, Lendl Simmons makes room for himself and hoicks it away superbly over the wide long on boundary for a maximum. Shot was pure timing. Nicely done. Completes 1000 runs in IPL. MI 109/1 in 12 ovs1?0?0?0? @IPL runs for Lendl Simmons – the second quickest in IPL history! Congratulations!#CricketMeriJaan #DDvMI #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.56 IST: Pollard survives a close stumping chance off Mishra. Leg spinner on off, dropped just back of a driving length, Pollard is drawn forward to play and is beaten. Pant behind the stumps knocks the bails off and appeals for a leg before as Kieron had his back leg out for just a second. It goes upstairs and replays show that he’s safe. MI 97/1 in 11 overs Close call but Pollard is in. #MI 97/1.#DDTweets #DDvMI #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 6, 201720.53 IST: Mishra to Pollard, SIX! BANG! That’s actually not hit off the middle, but the ball still manages to clear the fence. Such is the power of the big West Indian. Slower through the air, on the stumps, Pollard comes ahead and lofts it just over the leaping long off fielder. At first it seemed like the ball would go into his hands, but instead, it’s a biggie.SIX! We told you how he likes facing Mishra. We weren’t joking!#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.52 IST: OUTSTANDING KNOCK FROM THE WEST INDIAN! Lendl Simmons reaches his half-century in 37 balls. It’s his first this season and 10th overall. MI 85/1in 10/2 ovsFIFTY!! Lendl Simmons marks his comeback to the side with a tremendous half-century, full of flair! ?????#CricketMeriJaan #DDvMI #MI @54simmo Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.51 IST: Good over from Shami, just five runs conceded despite getting hit for a boundary. MI 84/1 in 10 overs 20.49 IST: Shami to Simmons, FOUR! This time gets it through! Full outside off, Simmons makes room and hits it over extra cover for a boundary.FOUR! Lofted brilliantly! Simmons makes room and finds the cover fence.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.46 IST: Kieron Pollard has been promoted to No. 3. Meanwhile an excellent over from Mishra, just 3 runs and a wicket off it.7?9?/1? in 9 overs!That was a tough over for us. Are you expecting some sixes from #Pollard#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.43 IST: Mishra to Parthiv, OUT! Stumped! Googly around middle and off, Patel dances down the track but gets beaten all ends up by this wrong one. Pant behind the stumps collects the ball cleanly and takes off the bails. Patel is out of his crease and the umpire rules it out. Patel’s scratchy innings comes to an end. End of a 79-run stand.Parthiv is stumped, but he has given us yet another fantastic start.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.41 IST: Shami’s first over is an expensive one, 11 runs came off it. MI 76/0 in 8 overs. Simmons 43*, Parthiv 23*20.40 IST: Shami to Simmons, FOUR! What a shot! Back of a length outside off, Simmons cuts it hard through the small gap between point and backward point for a boundary. He is off to a flier.FOUR! Caressed beautifully by Simmons! He seems to be in fine touch.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.38 IST: Shami to Simmons, FOUR! Simmons welcomes Shami into the attack with a cracking shot through point. MI 69/0 in 7.1 ovs FOUR! Back to usual proceedings! Simmons crashes one behind point to start Shami’s spell.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.37 IST: Mishra’s first over goes for just 5 runs. Delhi will have to find a way to put the brakes on the scoring rate immediately. MI 65/0 in 7 ovs, run rate – 9.2920.33 IST: Excellent effort from both openers from Mumbai in the powerplay. Simmons 31*, Parthiv 20*In the Powerplay…First 3 overs – 18/0Last 3 overs – 42/0Boundaries hit – 7??????#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.30 IST: Cummins gets smashed for four boundaries in his first over. MI 60/0 in 6 overs 6?0?/0? at the end of the Powerplay!19 runs off Cummins’ over! ??#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.29 IST: Cummins to Parthiv, FOUR! Leg byes! Length delivery down the leg side, Patel looks to flick it but misses. The ball brushes the thigh pad and runs past the keeper to the fence. 60/0 at the end of the Powerplay. Superb start by this new opening pair for Mumbai!20.29 IST: Cummins to Parthiv, FOUR! Pierced! Full outside off, Patel makes room and drills it behind point for a boundary.20.29 IST: Cummins to Parthiv, FOUR! Smashing shot! On a length outside off, Simmons backs away and smokes it over covers for a boundary.20.28 IST: Cummins to Simmons, FOUR! Smashing shot! On a length outside off, Simmons backs away and smokes it over covers for a boundary.FOUR! Creamed through cover! Simmons is getting into the groove.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.24 IST: Another expensive over from Delhi as Mumbai move on to 41/0 in 5 overs. Simmons 27*, Parthiv 11*20.19 IST: Zaheer to Simmons, SIX! Simmons on fire! Short but around leg, Simmons gets across. Gets into the position early and pulls it over backward square leg for a maximum.SIXXX!!! Lendl’s taken control of the game now! ??#CricketMeriJaan #DDvMI #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.17 IST: Rabada to Simmons, FOUR! Over the infield! On a length outside off, Lendl backs away and lofts it over cover-point for a boundary.3?1?/0? in 4 overs!Wasn’t it fun to watch Simmons cut loose, Paltan?#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.15 IST: Rabada to Simmons, SIX! Pulled handsomely! Back of a length outside off, Simmons pulls it off the front foot. It’s flat and the ball travels the distance for the first maximum of the match.Flat and powerful! Simmons is getting going!#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201720.14 IST: Zaheer to Parthiv, FOUR! First boundary of the innings! Back of a length delivery, down the leg side, Patel drags it fine past short fine leg for a boundary.The first boundary of the match comes off the last ball of the over.#ParthivPatel plays it well.MI 18/0#DDTweets#DDvMI#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 6, 201720.04 IST: Excellent first over from Zaheer, just 3 runs came off it. MI 3/0 in 1 over A very good over from #ZaheerKhan who returns from his injury.MI 3/0#DDTweets#DDvMI#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 6, 201720.00 IST: Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel to open the innings for Mumbai. Zaheer Khan to start the proceedings with the ball for Delhi.For this first time this season, we have a different set of openers – Parthiv and Lendl Simmons are ready.#DDvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201719.59 IST: Delhi Daredevils Playing XI – Here it is!Our playing XI.#CaptainZak is back!#DDTweets#DDvMI#DilDilliHai Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 6, 201719.45 IST: Mumbai Indians Playing XI – Here’s your playing 11 for today, as we make two changes from our previous game.#CricketMeriJaan #DDvMI #MI Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 201719.35 IST: TOSS! Delhi Daredevils opt to bowl against Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Zaheer Khan is back to lead the Daredevils.Brief Preview:A re-energised Delhi Daredevils would look for their third win in a row when they face table leaders Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.With back-to-back successful chases in high-scoring affairs at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Daredevils suddenly look a different side and would be aiming to build on the momentum to stay in the hunt for a play-off berth.Rishabh Pant showed on Thursday why he is touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket as his 43-ball 97 helped Daredevils pull off the second highest chase in IPL history.Such was the quality of his innings that Sachin Tendulkar called it one of the best knocks he has seen across 10 editions of the tournament.Not to forget Sanju Samson’s 61 off 31 balls at the top of the order and his 143-stand with Pant that set up a famous win for Daredevils.Provided they win the toss, the home team would be backing themselves to chase another big score after mowing down targets of 209 and 186 in the last two outings at Kotla.Daredevils know they still have a tough task at hand and need to win all their remaining matches to seal a top four spot.There is still no clarity over the availability of captain Zaheer Khan, who has not played after pulling his hamstring during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 28.The young Karun Nair has been captaining the side in Zaheer’s absence. The stylish right-hander would want to lead by example with a defining knock after not being able to convert promising starts earlier in the competition.Daredevils host Mumbai Indians, a team that is already into the play-offs but remains focused on getting the most from its remaining league games.The win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous game was their eighth in 10 games, reinforcing the assumption that they remain the team to beat in the competition.last_img read more

FIFA Club World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo goal helps Real Madrid retain title

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick goal helped Real Madrid win their third Club World Cup on Saturday.Real edged past Brazilian team Gremio 1-0 to retain the title.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored in the 53rd minute to socre the sole goal of the match.”(Ronaldo) is always there at the key moments,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Nobody can do what he does.”Madrid became the first team to retain the FIFA Club World Cup title. This was also their fifth trophy of 2017, along with the Champions League, Spanish league, European Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup.??? #RealMadrid in 2017:??? LaLiga??? UEFA Champions League??? UEFA Super Cup??? Spanish Super Cup??? FIFA Club World Cup Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 16, 2017Ronaldo celebrated the goal by rushing to Madrid’s dugout where he was embraced by his teammates. The goal increased Ronaldo’s record to seven goals in the competition. He also scored in Madrid’s 2-1 comeback win over Al Jazira in the semifinals.”What am I going to say? The numbers speak for themselves. I am very happy. The team played fantastically well and it has won another title,” Ronaldo said. “We played a very good game and deserved the victory.”Madrid equaled Barcelona’s record of three titles for the short knockout tournament between the champions of FIFA’s six continental confederations and the host nation’s league winner.European clubs have won 10 of the last 11 Club World Cups, with only Brazil’s Corinthians interrupting that streak in 2012 when it defeated Chelsea.advertisementZidane played the same starting 11 from last season’s Champions League final in June, when Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 — led by Ronaldo’s double.??????????Zinedine #Zidane…??? Champions League 2016??? UEFA Super Cup 2016??? FIFA Club World Cup 2016??? LaLiga 2017??? Champions League 2017??? UEFA Super Cup 2017??? Spanish Super Cup 2017??? FIFA Club World Cup 2017 Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 16, 2017The European champions outclassed Gremio throughout the match, but the closest they got to scoring in the first half was Dani Carvajal’s goal-bound volley in the 20th that was cleared by Pedro Geromel.Gremio had to scramble on several occasions to stop Madrid inside its own area. At the other end, a free-kick by Edilson for the South American champions swerved onto the top netting near the half-hour mark.Geromel had tried to set the tone early on with a hard tackle that left Ronaldo writhing in pain, and hoping for a booking that never came.Ronaldo had a poor first half. He twice erred in short passes with his back heel that failed to reach his teammates, and he squandered a good opportunity when he took too long to shoot when a loose ball fell to him close to the net.??? This team…#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 16, 2017All that changed after the interval. Ronaldo baited Jailson into fouling him outside the area with some fancy dribbling, setting up his winner.Ronaldo thought he had another goal moments later, but Karim Benzema was ruled offside before he passed the ball back to Ronaldo.Marcelo Grohe kept his side in the game by pushing Luka Modric’s shot onto his post and denied Ronaldo a second goal, but Gremio never mounted a serious response to get the equalizer.Mexico’s Pachuca beat Al Jazira 4-1 in the third-place match earlier Saturday.(Courtesy: AP)last_img read more

Spurs Run Over Heat, 111-92

first_imgMIAMI — Maybe in a video game. Possibly in the pregame layup line. But shoot this way in the NBA Finals, against the two-time defending champions?“It’s not something you can plan for,” San Antonio reserve Manu Ginobili said. “There was no magic plays. We just moved the ball and every shot went in.” Not quite every shot. But just about.Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 29 points, and the Spurs made a finals-record 75.8 percent of their shots in the first half in a 111-92 victory over the Miami Heat on June 10 that gave them a 2-1 lead.The Spurs made 19 of their first 21 shots and finished 25 of 33 in the first half, bettering the 75 percent shooting by Orlando against the Lakers in the 2009 finals.“It’s a hit-or-miss league,” Miami’s Dwyane Wade said. The Spurs didn’t do much missing. “I don’t think we’ll ever shoot 76 percent in a half ever again,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.The Spurs led by as much as 25 and were only briefly challenged in their second lopsided victory in the series. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had 22 points for the Heat, who host Game 4 on June 12.Returning to the arena where they were oh-so-close to winning a fifth championship last year, the Spurs came out playing like they were trying to build a lead that was impossible to blow.They shot 13 of 15 and led 41-25 lead after the first quarter, then hit their first six shots of the second in front of a stunned crowd in Miami to go ahead 55-30.Leonard scored only 18 points in the first two games, looking frustrated while getting into foul trouble trying to defend James in Game 2. But he had his outside shot working early, making his first six shots and finishing 10 of 13 from the field.“I just found a rhythm and my teammates found me the ball. I made shots,” Leonard said. The last three NBA seasons ended in this building, the last two followed by Heat championship parades.The Spurs nearly canceled the last one, building a five-point lead in the final half-minute of regulation of Game 6, a title seeming so certain that workers were already making preparations around the court.But the Heat rallied to win in overtime and took Game 7, leaving the Spurs with a summer to think about the one that got away.They’re in good shape to get another chance.With the league scrapping the 2-3-2 format for the NBA Finals —in which the lower seed played three consecutive home games — the Spurs would have a chance to wrap it up in San Antonio on June 15 in Game 5 if they can win June 12.Chris Bosh took only four shots and scored nine points for the Heat, who for the second straight year will have to overcome a 2-1 finals deficit after being blown out in Game 3.This rout came on their home floor, where they had been 8-0 this postseason and had won a franchise-record 11 in a row since the Spurs beat them in Game 1 last year.San Antonio inserted Boris Diaw into the lineup, countering Miami’s small lineup and creating more ball movement that clearly helped Leonard. The game got off to a crisp start, with the Spurs making their first five shots and Miami opening 4 for 4.Turned out the Spurs were just getting started.Coach Erik Spoelstra planned to communicate with James to make sure there were no lingering problems from the cramps that forced him to miss the final minutes of the opener.But there was no way he could rest James early, since he was the only one keeping the Heat in the game. He had 14 of their first 20 points, but even James couldn’t keep up with the Spurs’ pace.The Spurs “came out at a different gear than what we were playing at, and it just seemed we were on our heels the most part of the first half,” Spoelstra said.San Antonio led 71-50 at halftime. It was the first 70-point first half in the finals since the Lakers scored 75 against Boston in Game 2 in 1987.The Heat finally got into it in the third, running off 10 straight points to cut a 17-point deficit to 81-74 on a drive by Norris Cole, who had replaced an ineffective Mario Chalmers. That was as close as Miami would get, as the Spurs pulled away in the fourth.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Canada Routs Greece 81-50 in World Cup; US Beats Senegal

first_imgKim Gaucher scored 16 points and Canada routed Greece 81-50 on Saturday night in their World Cup opener.The Canadians, who come into the tournament ranked fifth in the world, jumped all over Greece taking a 51-25 lead at the half. Canada shot 53 percent in the opening 20 minutes to take control of the game.Nirra Fields added 13 points and Kia Nurse had 12 for Canada (1-0).Evanthia Maltsi scored 14 points to lead Greece (0-1).US BEATS SENEGAL 87-67 IN WORLD CUP OPENERWith a lack of training time as a group, each game is an opportunity to improve chemistry on the court.The opener against Senegal didn’t start out well, with the Americans trailing Senegal by eight points before wearing the African nation down in an 87-67 victory on Saturday in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.“We’ve had more actual games then we’ve had practices,” Staley said. “That’s what you saw on the floor. Sometimes didn’t look as clean as we’d like it to be.”Elena Delle Donne scored 19 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 16 to lead the U.S.The two teams played six days ago and the Americans cruised to a 51-point victory. For the first 15 minutes in this one, Senegal was the more aggressive team. The African nation took a 10-2 lead early on much to the delight of fans who were singing and waving the country’s flag proudly. When the U.S. took a 15-12 advantage, Senegal answered with five straight points to take the lead again.The game was tied at 25 midway through the second quarter before the U.S. started to assert its dominance. The Americans (1-0) closed the half with a 20-6 run keyed by Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi to take a 14-point lead at the break.Senegal tried to hang around in the third quarter and only lost the period by three points, but it could get no closer than 15 in the final 10 minutes, when the U.S. pulled away.“Senegal played a great game, came out super strong and came out super aggressive, we had to play our way through the game,” Delle Donne said. “Like Dawn said, we have a lot of depth and the game is 40 minutes long. We’re still getting used to playing together. We’ve only had a couple days. We need to continue to get better.”The victory was the Americans’ 17th in a row in the tournament and 42nd in the past 43 games in the World Cup. The only blemish over the past 20 years was a loss to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup.Bird has been a part of most of those wins. She is playing a U.S. record fifth World Cup. She has won three gold medals and could become the first player ever to win four. Bird was still wearing a mask to cover her face after breaking her nose in the WNBA playoffs.Bird and Seattle Storm teammates Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd showed up earlier this week after winning the WNBA championship. The Americans have had the entire team together for only a few days, and building continuity on the court will be key during pool play.In the past, the Americans have had a consistent core of players. This team has six players who got their first World Cup experience: Delle Donne, Loyd, Layshia Clarendon, Morgan Tuck, A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum. Delle Donne played for the U.S. in the 2016 Olympics but missed the 2014 world championship because of a thumb injury.She suffered a bone bruise in the WNBA playoffs and is still recovering.Khairy Sarr Oumoul scored 18 points for Senegal (0-1), which fell to 0-5 against the U.S. in the World Cup all-time. The U.S. won the first four meetings by an average of nearly 53 points.“This is a good way to boost our confidence. We can use it as a motivation,” Senegal coach Cheikh Sarr said.SIDELINED BRITTNEY: The U.S. was without Brittney Griner on Saturday after she tweaked her ankle in practice. She is day to day. Griner wasn’t worried about the injury, joking that they turned on the gravity in the gym and that’s why she injured her ankle. Had it been an elimination game, the Americans’ star center says she would have been on the court.“Even if I lost the whole leg I would have played,” she said, smiling.LOOKING FOR A W: African nations have struggled in the World Cup, falling to 6-90 in the competition since it first began in 1953. Senegal has been the most successful, winning four times. Nigeria lost to Australia earlier Saturday.OTHER SCORES: China defeated Latvia 64-61 in the other game in the same pool as the U.S. France beat South Korea 89-58; Australia topped Nigeria 86-68; Turkey routed Argentina 63-37 and Canada beat Greece 81-50. Spain beat Japan 84-71 and Belgium routed Puerto Rico 86-36.UP NEXTSenegal: Will play Latvia on Sunday.U.S.: Will play China on Sunday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: ‘Japan played like warriors’- Blue Samurais win hearts

first_imgJapan suffered a heartbreak as a stoppage time goal from Nacer Chadli helped Belgium win 3-2 on Monday. The victory means Belgium will now face Brazil in the quarter-finals.Chadli capped a comeback from a two-goal deficit when he scored in the fourth minute of injury time to give Belgium the victory.Japan led 2-0 on early second-half goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.World Cup 2018: Belgium overcome brave Japan to reach quarter-finalsJan Vertonghen then scored with a looping header that appeared to be a cross but dropped in under the crossbar in the 69th minute. Substitute Marouane Fellaini headed in another from Eden Hazard’s cross in the 74th.Chaldi, who came on as a substitute in the 65th, decided it in injury time.World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingBelgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois grabbed a corner kick and rolled the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who dribbled to the top of the center circle and passed to Thomas Meunier on the right. Meunier one-timed the ball across the area and Romelu Lukaku let it roll by for Chaldi to tap in with his left foot from 7 yards.The end-to-end attack took only 10 seconds.Belgium is the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit in a World Cup knockout match since West Germany beat England in extra time at the 1970 tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Asian side crashed out of World Cup 2018 but it was not before they gave Belgium a scare. Their performance earned them widespread praise on social media as they were hailed as “warriors.”advertisement#Japan played like warriors. Beautiful game! Hard luck! #BELJAP #fifaworldcup2018Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) July 2, 2018Japan, you were brilliant tonight. You filled every Asian with hope and left us with something to be proud about.Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) July 2, 2018 CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) July 2, 2018So heart broken for Japan .. they almost made the fairy tale come true .. total respect A fluke, height difference and then ambition did the underdogs spirited fight in.. hold your heads high #BELJPN Hooda (@RandeepHooda) July 2, 2018Belgium won the game but japan won our hearts #BELJPN Daga (@abhidaga09) July 2, 2018Today is a day when Japan made Asian football proud.Some times results don’t depict right picture !!#BELJPN… (@graphicalcomic) July 2, 2018Well fought Japan! You guys went further than anybody expected you to. That match was one hell of a battle. You may have lost but you sure as hell gained everyones respect! #BELJPN #FIFAWorldCup Trajano (@sonnay_) July 2, 2018I would say the best match of the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP. so much twist&turns, ups &downs then victory. Im in love with football again,,! #ssfootball #2018FIFAWORLDCUP #BELJPNsiboniso mzileni (@sbomzileni) July 2, 2018Let’s take a moment and salute JAPANFor the effort they put at the World Cup 2018 #JPN #BEL #BELJPN#WorldCup #WorldCup2018 World Cup (@TheSporTalk) July 2, 2018This is one of the most cleanest games I have seen so far this worldcup, no fouls, no cards, no divings, no VAR drama, just plain, clean, interesting football. Thank you Japan & Belgium#BELJPN (@ItsDaudi) July 2, 2018After being 0-2 down,incredible comeback from Belgium to win 3-2. But these visuals after the match of Japan fans staying behind to clean the stadium up inspite of the defeat is so wonderful. A wonderful culture and truly class. Hope few of our fans can learn and emulate#BELJPN Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 2, 2018#Japan Fans Cleaning The Stadium. They Might Have Lost The Match But The Team And Its Fans Won Our Hearts. #BELJPN #JPNBEL #WorldCup2018 #WorldCup Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) July 2, 2018last_img read more

Liverpool ride on Milner, Mane goals to clinch 2-0 win at Crystal Palace

first_imgLiverpool’s James Milner converted a penalty on the stroke of halftime and Sadio Mane added a late second goal to secure a hard-fought 2-0 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday.It was an accomplished performance from Juergen Klopp’s side who, with Virgil Van Dijk in commanding form at centre-half, looked solid at the back as well as a threat going forward.Although they had to wait for Mane’s fine solo effort to wrap up the points in stoppage time, Liverpool will be delighted that after a 4-0 opening day win over West Ham United they made it six points and two clean sheets from their opening two games.While many will feel that Liverpool’s early form has confirmed pre-season predictions that they will be the main challengers to champions Manchester City for the title this season, Klopp said he had no interest in such talk.”It’s very early. I couldn’t care less really. We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend. I was not 100 percent sure tonight in the first half that we would score,” said the German.”You have to play it as it is and be a real challenger, play ugly, do all that type of stuff. Our target is to be a difficult opponent. It is too soon to say anything after two match days. You can discuss whatever you want – just do it without us.”TURNING POINTPalace’s attacking threat was evident from early on and winger Andros Townsend sent a warning when he rattled the bar with a thundering effort from distance after cutting on to his left foot.advertisementBut the game turned as the visitors were awarded a penalty when Mamadou Sakho was ruled to have tripped Mohammed Salah.Palace felt Salah made a lot of the challenge but, despite the protests, Milner kept his cool to fire past Wayne Hennessey and send the Merseysiders into the break with the advantage.Palace’s task was made harder 15 minutes from time when defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for bringing down Salah in a goalscoring position.Mane made it 2-0 in stoppage time with great strength and skill as he broke from the halfway line, after collecting a Salah through ball, and rounded Hennessey before slotting home.Palace’s former England and Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was clearly furious with the penalty decision.”I take some comfort and pride in the team’s performance, but it won’t change my disappointment and anger,” he said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Money laundering case against Prajapati 5 IAS officers

first_imgLucknow/New Delhi: In more trouble for former Uttar Pradesh Mining Minister Gayatri Prajapati, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sunday said it has registered a case of money laundering against him, five IAS officers and others for illegal sand mining in Deoria and Fatehpur districts. A senior ED official in Delhi told IANS: “The agency has registered a case of money laundering against Prajapati, then Principal Secretary Jiwesh Nandan, Special Secretary Santosh Kumar, then District Magistrates Abhay Kumar Singh and Vivek and unknown others.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The ED said it registered a criminal case on the basis of a CBI FIR registered last month. The ED had on July 16 questioned Prajapati in Lucknow’s King George’s Medical College for three hours. Prajapati, who is in judicial custody in an alleged gang rape case, was recently shifted to hospital after he complained of being unwell. The ED has questioned Prajapati about his role in giving three sand mining licences to Shiv Singh and Sukhraj in Fatehpur district. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The official said the agency suspects that the money generated from Shiv Singh and Sukhraj was used to buy properties in cities like Lucknow, Rae Bareli and Amethi. The agency also plans to question Prajapati’s sons Anil and Anurag to identify the money trail. The CBI last month searched Bulandshahr District Magistrate Abhay Kumar Singh’s and former Deoria District Magistrate Vivek’s premises among others. Abhay Kumar Singh was earlier the District Magistrate of Fatehpur while Vivek is presently the Director of Training and Employment in Lucknow. During the searches, the CBI seized Rs 47 lakh in cash from Abhay Kumar Singh’s residence while Rs 10 lakh was found from the premises of Devi Sharan Upadhyay, a former Additional District Magistrate of Deoria, now posted as CDO, Azamgarh. The development can spell trouble for former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav since he has been linked to illegal mining. Abhay Kumar Singh has been under the CBI scanner for alleged irregularities in mining when he was the District Magistrate of Fatehpur when Akhilesh Yadav was the Chief Minister (2012-17). Akhilesh Yadav was also the Mining Minister in 2012-13. The illegal mining allegedly took place between 2012 and 2016. According to the CBI sources, a total of 22 tenders passed by the Uttar Pradesh government between 2012 and 2016 were being scrutinised. Of these, 14 were passed when Akhilesh Yadav held the mining portfolio and the rest when Prajapati was the Mining Minister. In June, the CBI searched Prajapati’s three premises in Amethi. In February, the ED registered a case of money laundering against IAS officers B. Chandrakala and others in illegal sand mining cases on the basis of the CBI FIR. The CBI registered the FIR after the Allahabad High Court directed it to investigate allegations of illegal mining in Shamli, Hamirpur, Fatehpur, Siddhartha Nagar and Deoria districts.last_img read more

Settat Businessman Handed Prison Sentence For Inappropriate Sexual Advances

Rabat – While the “Me Too” movement continues to surge in Britain and America, women’s stories of sexual harassment in and out of the workplace have garnered international attention around the world, including in several European countries and Morocco.According to Assabah in its March 28 edition, a “political leader” has been arrested and convicted for sexually harassing the women in his professional network. The incident occurred in Safi, a province in Settat. According to reports, the political leader in question—whose name has not been revealed in news reports—was handed a six-year prison sentence for demanding sexual favors from his female subordinates and other women.The Settat court verdict followed a series of appeals by a number of women (colleagues and others) who said to have received inappropriate sexual advances from the suspect. As the suspect is also a prominent businessman in the Settat region, complainants said in their files that he sexually harassed them and requested sexual favors in exchange for financial help or subvention for their projects. Speaking to the press under conditions of anonymity, a 30-year old president of a civil society organization recounted her experience with the suspect. In her statement, she reported to have paid a visit to the suspect’s office concerning a project her association was undertaking, seeking support—mainly financial—from the businessman.As she prepared to leave the suspect’s office, he told her to stay longer because he needed to “talk about something important,” the woman said, explaining that the suspect suddenly got up and kissed her. When she objected to his advances, he allegedly cooled down and told her: “Consider this as a kiss from your father.” “But my father does not kiss me in this way,” Assabah quoted the woman as saying.According to Assabah, the woman was the first to submit a complaint with the Settat Appeal Court. However, in the course of procedures preceding the trial, she discovered that her case was not an “isolated one”: many other women had been through similar experiences with the same man. Her courage emboldened the other women to sue the suspect, Assabah reported. The suspect reportedly contacted many of the women in a bid to persuade them—mainly by offering them huge sums of money—to withdraw their complaints. But his efforts were countered by many women’s rights associations that convinced the women to continue their fight, promising them support throughout the trial, Assabah added.The man was handed a six-year sentence, as well as a fee of 2,000 to 20,000 MAD if he attempts to approach or contact any of his victims read more

Poll: Losing Amazon second HQ deal was bad for New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — A new poll finds that most voters in the state say it was bad for New York when Amazon’s dropped plans to put one of its second headquarters in Queens.The Siena College poll released Monday found that 67 per cent of registered voters surveyed said the internet retailer’s decision last month was detrimental to New York. Sixty-one per cent support the state and city again offering Amazon up to $3 billion in incentives to create 25,000 jobs if Amazon reconsiders.The company scrapped plans to redevelop a Long Island City neighbourhood for one of its second HQs after the deal met mounting opposition from local elected officials who mostly objected to the incentives package.The poll of 700 registered voters was conducted March 10-14. It has margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.Chris Carola, The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral pays tribute to fallen colleagues killed in Algiers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today honoured the 17 United Nations staff members who lost their lives in last month’s terrorist attack in Algeria, telling a memorial ceremony in Geneva that their deaths were a “savage loss.” Speaking at the ceremony, held at the UN Office in Geneva, Mr. Ban said that he was “humbled by their courage, dedication and sacrifice.”The UN staff members were killed when a car bomb destroyed the offices of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and damaged those of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Algiers, the Algerian capital. A second car bomb exploded near a court building. Following a minute of silence at the ceremony, the Secretary-General – who visited the bombing site shortly after the incident – said that the recent tragedy highlights the “acts of unbelievable courage and sacrifice performed in the face of evil and death,” stressing that the fallen staff members leave behind grieving children, parents and spouses. “It is the people of Algeria and of the entire Arab and Muslim world, just as much as the United Nations, who have lost men and women in this brutal and despicable deed,” Mr. Ban noted. During the emotional event, the Secretary-General unveiled the tattered flag that had flown outside the UN offices in Algiers at the time of the attack, saying that it “stands for the sacrifice of our colleagues” and “for our determination to persevere.” He told those gathered at the ceremony that several important lessons can be drawn from the Algiers attack. “We must do even better in explaining, to the public and the media wherever we have a presence, what we stand for and what we don’t, why we are there and who we are,” Mr. Ban stated. In addition, he underscored the importance of bolstering security for UN staff around the world. To this end, he has appointed an independent panel of experts to assess the safety and security of UN personnel worldwide, and said today that he hopes the composition of this team will be decided shortly.In a press conference after the ceremony, the Secretary-General said the Algiers attack has “strengthened my resolve and commitment to work tirelessly” to curb terrorism.He expressed sadness that the UN has become a terrorist target for the second time – a bomb destroyed the world body’s Baghdad headquarters in August 2003, killing 22 people, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.“Primarily, the responsibility of protecting United Nations staff and premises falls on the host government,” Mr. Ban told journalists.Clarifying “incorrect reporting” regarding the consultation process between the UN and the Government of Algeria, he said that he has held “extensive consultations” and has gotten the “understanding” of the countries concerned. 23 January 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today honoured the 17 United Nations staff members who lost their lives in last month’s terrorist attack in Algeria, telling a memorial ceremony in Geneva that their deaths were a “savage loss.” read more

Western Sahara UNs family visits exchange scheme set to shift to second

A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ron Redmond, told reporters today in Geneva that flights carrying Saharans will operate between Dakhla in the Territory and the Algerian town of Tindouf for about four weeks starting next Friday. Since early last month, the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been operating flights so that refugees who have lived near Tindouf for years because of the conflict in the Territory can see their relatives, and vice versa, for five-day periods. “The operation has been going extremely well,” Mr. Redmond said. “People are overjoyed at finally getting a chance to see their relatives, sometimes after a separation of nearly 30 years.” The UNHCR has registered more than 8,500 Saharans who want to take part, with priority being given to the elderly and the sick. So far the programme has been restricted to flights between Tindouf, where thousands of Saharan refugees live in five nearby camps, and the city of Laayoune in the Territory. Today another round of flights carried more than 50 people between those two areas. Mr. Redmond said that after the Dakhla phase, flights will shift to Smara and Boujdour before returning to Laayoune. The programme is designed to promote face-to-face contact between people who have been separated since the outbreak of war after Spain withdrew from the Territory in the mid-1970s. Since then, Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO (Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro) have been in conflict over Western Sahara’s future status. MINURSO has been in place since April 1991 to try to resolve the dispute. read more

ICC adds one year to Bembas conviction for attempted bribery of witnesses

The United Nations-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to another year in prison and about $325,000 in fines for interfering with his trial. Judges ordered the that the sentence be served consecutively to Mr. Bemba’s existing 18 year sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003. In their ruling, the judges ordered the fine to be paid within three months to the ICC and then transferred to the Trust Fund for Victims, according to a press release. Mr. Bemba, along with two of the four other people accused, were found guilty in October “for having jointly committed the offences of intentionally corruptly influencing 14 defence witnesses, and presenting their false evidence to the court.” Mr. Bemba was also found guilty of soliciting the giving of false testimony by the 14 defence witnesses and attempting to corruptly influence two defence witnesses. These charges were in addition to the main ruling issued in March 2016, in which the ICC found Mr. Bemba guilty beyond reasonable doubt on two counts of crimes against humanity (murder and rape) and three counts of war crimes (murder, rape and pillaging) committed in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003.Mr. Bemba had been the commander-in-chief of the former Congolese rebel group, the Movement for the Liberation of Congo, as well as a vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the 2003-2006 transition. read more

David Ortiz back in Boston after being shot in Dominican bar

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — David Ortiz was back in Boston on Monday night for medical care, a day after authorities said the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic.A plane carrying the 43-year-old retired athlete landed after a flight from the Dominican, the team said.Ortiz had been in stable condition in intensive care at a Santo Domingo hospital after doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine, according to his spokesman, Leo Lopez. He said Ortiz’s liver was also damaged in the shooting Sunday night.Ortiz is one of the most beloved figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic and Boston, a fearsome power hitter with a ready smile. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs. “He is resting … Big Papi will be around for a long time.”Dozens of fans crowded the hospital earlier Monday, causing a traffic jam. In the U.S., fans prayed for his recovery and wished him well, with New England Patriots star Julian Edelman assuring him on Instagram: “Papi, all of New England has your back.”The Red Sox offered “all available resources” and sent an air ambulance to bring him back to Boston.“He’s on the Mount Rushmore of Boston sports,” said Eddie Romero, the team’s assistant general manager.The club asked fans to observe a moment of reflection shortly before playing the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park and posted on the videoboard: “We send our love to David Ortiz.”Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo on Sunday night when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range in the torso, authorities said.The gunman was not immediately identified or arrested and the motive for the shooting was under investigation, with authorities trying to determine whether Ortiz was the target.The operator of the motorcycle that was carrying the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, authorities said.“He’s on the Mount Rushmore of Boston sports.”Eliezer Salvador, who was at the scene, said the gunman said nothing, just fired once. Salvador then drove a wounded Ortiz to the hospital, telling reporters they had a brief conversation in the car as he urged the baseball great to stay calm and breathe.“Do you have any problems with anyone?” Salvador recalled asking him, to which Ortiz replied: “No, my brother, I’ve never wronged anyone.”Salvador held up Ortiz’s bloody belongings for reporters, along with some of his jewelry. He also apologized for hitting several cars while rushing to the hospital: “That wrongdoing was justified.”Ortiz’s father, Leo, said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.“He is resting,” the elder Ortiz said. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”He added that he is pleased with the medical attention Ortiz has received but that he will be transferred to Boston so he can be with his wife and the Red Sox medical team.Two other people were wounded, including Jhoel Lopez, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Police believe Lopez was wounded by the same bullet, said National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte. Lopez was shot in the leg, and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.Police did not identify the third person or detail that person’s injuries.The bar is in a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and expensive bars that Ortiz is known to frequent.Chicago White Sox pitcher Ivan Nova, who’s from the Dominican, said the shooting rattled him.“The way that everything is going right now back in my country, I’ve got to be honest, I’m not very happy to say what is going on right now over there,” Nova said. “A lot of times I see guys who play on my team coming to the United States to live. The dream that you have as a baseball player is to have a good career, and then go back home and spend time with your family. Now you’ve got to think about if DR is a safe place for you to be in. It’s a tough situation.”Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season and lives at least part of the year in the Dominican Republic, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends, including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.The Red Sox retired his number, 34, in 2017, and Boston renamed a bridge and a stretch of road outside Fenway Park in his honour. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.Ortiz galvanized the city in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that left three people dead, bellowing through a megaphone at Fenway Park: “This is our (expletive) city!”“In 2013, when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us,” Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said Monday. “Our focus is on his health and on getting him back here for treatment.” ___ Associated Press reporter Bill Kole in Boston contributed to this report. Ortiz’s father, Leo, said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.The Red Sox offered “all available resources” and sent an air ambulance to bring him back to Boston.Two other people were wounded in the shooting. BROWSE Big Papi | david ortiz | shooting Related Stories Red Sox, Big Papi fans rally around Ortiz after shootingEx-Boston slugger David Ortiz shot at Dominican Republic bar Summary read more

Atheist parents take primary school to court as they say assembly prayers 

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Atheist parents are taking their children’s primary school to the High Court, claiming that biblical re-enactments and praying in assembly are a breach of their human rights.  Lee Harris and his wife Lizanne have won permission to bring a judicial review against Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST) after arguing that Burford Primary School is acting “unlawfully”.They allege that since ODST took over the running of the community school in 2015, they noticed “harmful aspects of evangelism spreading into assembly” and other parts of their pupils’ education. In the first case of its kind, the parents are arguing that this interferes with their children’s right to receive an education “free from religious interference”.ODST is a multi-academy trust that runs 33 schools, all of which are Church of England bar four, including  Burford Primary, which are designated as non-religious “community schools”.  The trust says on its website that it “operates within the family of the Diocese of Oxford” adding: “We are motivated by our Christian values to serve our local communities, but we do not impose those values”.Humanists UK, which is supporting Mr and Mrs Harris, believe this will be a test case to challenge schools which hold a daily act of Christian worship without providing a suitable alternative for non-Christians. Parents are arguing that this interferes with their children's right to receive an education “free from religious interference” All church and community schools are required, by law, to provide a “daily act of collective worship”. Burford Primary holds a daily assembly for children which features “exclusively Christian prayer”, Mr and Mrs Harris say.They add that once a week there is a longer assembly which involves an external Christian group “dressing as biblical characters” and acting out Christian stories including the crucifixion. When they asked to withdraw their children, aged eight and ten, from the longer assembly, they were “left to play with an iPad” while a teaching assistant watched over them, according to the parents.By failing to provide an alternative that is of “equal educational worth”, the school has breached it public sector equality duty to have “due regard” to people’s beliefs and has also breached the children’s human right by denying them education.The school also holds various functions in a Church, including a harvest event and the Year Six leavers event, where every pupil is given a bible.Mr and Mrs Harris say that they do not want their children to attend these events, which leaves them “deprived of the benefit of what should be important elements of school and community life”. This amounts to another breach of equalities laws since their children are effectively being discriminated against, they argue. In a joint statement, they say the parents say are bringing the case “reluctantly”, but added that they “feel strongly that we need to try to make our children’s education as inclusive as possible”.Andrew Copson, chief executive of Humanists UK, said: “We are the only sovereign state in the world to require schools to hold daily Christian worship, yet 80 per cent of our young people and 75 per cent of people of parental age are not Christians.”He added that requiring children to participate in religious worship and then “marginalising them if in good conscience they cannot”, ignores their right to freedom of religion or belief.Anne Davey, chief executive of ODST, said it is “not appropriate” to comment on legal proceedings while the case is ongoing.  “ODST is confident that Burford Primary School has acted entirely appropriately, and has followed statute in ways that are similar to all local or indeed national schools,” she said.  “It has provided exactly what the law requires, which includes provision for children to be withdrawn if parents so request.”  Burford Primary was judged to be “Good” in its most recent Ofsted report. Inspectors  said that pupils “speak with confidence about different faiths and cultures”, and added that pupils “have a keen sense of equalities and their work demonstrates a deep understanding of British Values”. Parents are arguing that this interferes with their children’s right to receive an education “free from religious interference” read more

Rapid access to reliable affordable power to keep pace with rebounding demand

first_imgThe collapse in commodity prices caused many projects across the African continent to stall. Companies also have been reluctant to build new projects, and the latest report from PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that the mining sector in this region has suffered $4.2 billion (R60 billion) worth of impairments. In total, the mining industry has decreased by about 30% over the past three years, and while commodity prices have increased in recent months, experts predict that the industry is likely to still see substantial volatility and slow growth in 2017. According to Colm Quinn, Regional Sales Director at APR Energy, the rebound in commodity prices should usher in new projects as well as expansions to existing operations. At the same time, he points out that the lack of investment in the sector over recent years will result in significant challenges for mining in 2017. “The availability of power will be one of the biggest challenges for mining over the coming years,” Quinn said. “Mining operations in the region historically have experienced a lot of difficulty with power failures, and the absence of new developments since 2014 means that sufficient electricity generation and distribution infrastructure are not yet available to many new sites.“Given the vast amount of power required to run a mining operation, this directly translates to a lack of production capabilities and ultimately a lack of revenue. Installing new permanent generation and distribution capacity can take anywhere from three to five years – or even longer – which would severely limit the pace of a mining recovery in Southern Africa. Permanent generation also is capital intensive, which could further slow this process,” Quinn continues. He notes that there are many other challenges to growth that still threaten mining companies in the region. “Operational costs for mines, especially in South Africa, are approaching record levels, and we have seen some mines being placed under business rescue. There are many aspects to consider, but one of the most important things for mines right now is to be able to increase production as quickly as possible, and to be able to deliver consistently with as little downtime as possible.”Quinn states that deploying mobile fast-track power to expanding and new sites as an interim solution could translate directly into revenue for a mining operation. “Simply put, the quicker a mine can start to increase its production, the quicker it can start earning revenue and attract further investment. There is also no reason to wait years for the infrastructure. Fast-track power solutions can be deployed as quickly as 30 to 60 days, bringing guaranteed power supply and uptime to an operation.”He adds that finding a fast-track power supplier that can deliver is paramount. “You need a supplier that can deploy in the shortest possible time. It is also vital to find a fuel-flexible solution because choosing the wrong kind of fuel, or not being able to switch between fuel sources as cheaper options become available, could needlessly drive up costs.”APR Energy provides a broad range mobile fast-track power solutions that can be scaled to the requirements of any operation. “APR Energy has the youngest, most advanced fleet of generating capacity in the industry, and our technology goes beyond the diesel power modules and HFO engines typically used in the mining sector. As the world’s leading provider of mobile turbine power solutions, we are the only fast-track power company able to offer the flexibility to seamlessly switch between conventional fuels like diesel and natural gas as well as readily available liquid petroleum gas (LPG). The ability to use a range of fuels depending on price and availability can result in significant cost saving for mines operations.”The company also is introducing solar hybrids, which will enable mining operations to benefit from low-cost, emission-free solar power when the sun is shining while providing the assurance of uninterrupted electricity thanks to the accompanying diesel generating capacity. “One final advantage is that APR Energy’s full-service solution includes staffing to operate and maintain the plant, allowing a mine to focus on its core activities,” Quinn states. “Global commodity prices are staging a recovery, and Southern Africa’s mining operations will need to mobilise as quickly as possible if they are going to take full advantage of the coming rebound. Access to reliable, cost-effective power should not be stumbling block,” concludes Quinn.last_img read more

Foxcom hacked again employee profiles defaced

first_imgSony might be dealing with the lion’s share of hacking fallout right now (thanks to that whole PSN fiasco), but Fox has plenty of trouble of its own to deal with. After having details of its X-factor contestants swiped recently, Fox now finds itself with a slightly larger problem on its hands.Lulz Security has struck again, this time breaking into Fox servers and making off with a database full of employee usernames and passwords — which the group then shared online. And like an unfortunately large number of Web users, many Fox employees obviously think it’s perfectly fine to use the same credentials on every site which requires registration. That discovery inevitably led the ne’er-do-wells of LulzSec to head to sites like Twitter and LinkedIn where the raid took a more social turn. In addition to posting status updates, some Fox employees have had LinkedIn profiles defaced (albeit fairly innocuously), though it now appears that LinkedIn has temporarily locked down and hidden the affected profiles.While it’s certainly unfortunate that employees — who may not have any connection to whatever it is Fox did which drew LulzSec’s ire — are caught in the crossfire, situations like this can be easily avoided by making sure you’re making intelligent password usage decisions. Don’t use one password (or even a handful of passwords) everywhere. Learn about and make use of tools like LastPass and KeePass which will automatically generate strong passwords for you and remember them so you don’t have to do all the heavy lifting. As LulzSec itself tweeted, “Don’t use the same password twice. Your laziness will not end well.”And make sure you use a unique password at work. There’s obviously no telling when or where a hack might take place nowadays, so making sure your business credentials don’t line up with any of your important personal creds (like those used for webmail, Facebook, or online banking) is critically important.More at Sophoslast_img read more

Plastic in the Ocean

first_imgBirds are now turning up dead on remote beaches with stomachs full of plastic. Certain areas of Alaska’s remote coast are now littered with debris that was carried there by ocean currents. Not only is the amount of this debris growing, but the amount of money available for cleaning it up is far too small.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Nicole Trenhom, Ocean Research ProjectCallers statewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

This Alaskan crossed the Bering Sea in an eightfoot dinghy Russia wants

first_imgThis screenshot from Russian television in November shows John W. Martin III standing in downtown Anadyr, a city of roughly 15,000 people in Russia’s far east. (Screenshot by CoastAlaska)Crossing the Bering Sea in an eight-foot dinghy is no small feat. It was a bold, dangerous, and reckless attempt on the part of John Martin III to reach China. But instead the 46-year-old Kenai man landed in far eastern Russia.Martin’s bizarre boat journey from Alaska to Russia briefly made headlines this fall.Russian television channels also picked up the story of the Alaskan who’d spent 11 days at sea before washing up on shore in Russia’s Far East.Four months later, Martin remains in legal limbo while Russian authorities figure out what to do with him. All along he’s insisted his landfall in Russia was an accident.“Well, I was trying to reach China. Of course I didn’t make it,” he said by phone.Here’s the long-story-short: Martin doesn’t have a passport — he said it was revoked over unpaid child support.Intent on crossing the Pacific anyway, he bought an eight-foot Walker Bay sailboat this summer. Packed with provisions, he floated down the Tanana and Yukon rivers with the aim of crossing to Asia. His blog details his wife and son in China whom he hasn’t seen in more than a decade.But ocean currents carried him north up the Bering Strait. He eventually made landfall at a fish camp near the tiny village of Lavrentia.A family took him in.“They dried my clothes for me, they let me dry out and they let me sleep in their bed,” Martin recalled. “And when I woke up the authorities had arrived.”He was flown to Anadyr, the administrative capital of Chukotka, in Russia’s extreme northeast.At first he was confined to the hospital. But the local courts accepted his defense that he’d crossed into Russia accidentally and acquitted him. That was in mid-October.“I have not been under guard since then,” he said. “So really what they did was give me some great freedom being in Russia without documentation, and yet I’m free to come and go within the city as I please.”Martin is writing a book about his journey. He keeps a blog: No Ocean Too Wide. It details his journey and his life in the Russian city where he remains a curiosity.This is the route of John W. Martin III’s journey so far. (Map courtesy of his discharge from the hospital last month, Martin has been staying with a family and living off the kindness of strangers.“When winter started coming, just the clothes that showed up and the jackets and boots and shoes and just everything that you would need,” Martin said. “Just people have been really good to me here.”He’s used to public attention. In 2011, he camped out in front of the Anchorage mayor’s office for five months to protest the city’s crackdown on homeless camps.“Because we’ve chased so many out of the woods, we have people doing time in jail for nothing else than trying to survive,” he testified to the Anchorage Assembly that year.He had demanded a meeting with then-mayor Dan Sullivan.The mayor refused and reportedly grew irritated over the Martin’s relentless vigil.“I really try and limit my conversations with first-degree sex offenders,” Sullivan said at a press conference. “I really don’t know what the discussion would be. If he needs social service help, there are social service agencies that can help him.”Sullivan was referencing Martin’s 1997 conviction for sexual abuse of a minor. It involved a 15-year-old foster child that had lived in his household when he was 23.Following his arrest, he spent eight years in prison, his wife divorced him and he lost contact with his kids.He’s no longer on the sex offender registry. But he says his passport was revoked in 2007 for unpaid child support. That’s why he attempted the dangerous ocean crossing rather than buy an airplane ticket.But Martin’s strange chapter in Russia is likely coming to a close. Four months after he’d first arrived, a judge ruled he was in the country illegally after all. Now, he said, Russian authorities have begun the deportation process. He’s appealing but resigned to the fact he’ll likely be sent back to the States.“But even once they do deport me, you know, I do hope to reach China,” Martin said Monday. “So my focus I suppose will be to get my book finished and try to get it published so that I can make enough money to pay the child support and get my passport back.”To be repatriated by the Russian government, the U.S. citizen would need documents issued by an American consulate.U.S. officials at the consulate in Vladivostok didn’t respond to multiple inquiries into the case.That leaves basic questions unanswered, like who pays for the travel or whether Martin will fly around the globe or back over the Bering Strait.Editor’s note: A previous version of this story characterized the sexual abuse of a minor as an “affair.” An affair is generally considered to be a consensual sexual relationship, and minors are legally unable to consent to sexual relations with adults, so the term “affair” is inaccurate. 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Protesters target SAExploration in Texas over Arctic Refuge

first_imgProtesters filmed themselves in the Houston office of SAExploration. (Photo: Facebook Live)A group of Native American protesters went to the offices of SAExploration in Houston today to object to work the company wants to do in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Protesters streamed video of their event in Texas on Facebook. It showed the group crowded into the reception area of the company’s office. They left a stack of boxes they said contained more than 100,000 messages urging SAExploration to give up its ANWR project.Organizers included the Sierra Club and Alaskan Bernadette Demientieff, director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee.SAExploration has applied for permission to conduct a seismic survey in the refuge this winter and next, using a fleet of tracked vehicles to thump the ground. The plan is to survey the entire 1002 area, the coastal plain that Congress opened for leasing.Before the partial government shutdown, the company was in talks with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to resolve concerns about denning polar bears. The CEO told the Anchorage Daily News last month the shutdown was delaying their plans.The company did not respond to phone and email messages Monday.Despite the shutdown, the Bureau of Land Management is advancing a plan to hold a lease sale in the refuge this year.last_img read more