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Bhuvneshwar, Kuldeep return for India’s limited-overs series against Windies

first_img(REUTERS) – Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav returned to India’s squads for next month’s limited-overs home series against West Indies, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said yesterday.Bhuvneshwar has been nursing a hamstring strain since returning from the limited-overs leg of the West Indies tour in August.The 29-year-old returns to the fold for three Twenty20 internationals and three one-dayers alongside Kuldeep, who also makes a comeback for the first time in three months.Captain Virat Kohli, who had been rested for the T20I leg of the Bangladesh series, is back to lead the team.Fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who last featured in a T20I in 2017, was also picked, while selectors left out Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur.Deepak Chahar was included in the one-day squad after he produced the best-ever T20I figures against Bangladesh, while young all-rounder Shivam Dube retained his place in the shortest format.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja returns to the limited-overs squad for Krunal Pandya as a like-for-like replacement.India play West Indies in the first T20 in Mumbai on December 6.T20I squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar KumarODI squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.last_img read more

Zambia’s women footballers qualify for first Olympic Games

first_imgZAMBIA’S women’s football team qualified for the first Olympic Games in their history when beating Cameroon 2-1 in Lusaka to qualify on away goals.Trailing 3-2 from the first leg, Zambia won through on away goals after drawing 4-4 on aggregate.Mary Mwakapila and Hellen Mubanga scored first-half goals for the Copper Queens, before Nchout Ajara’s 92nd-minute goal ensured a nervy finish.Yet joyous scenes filled the Nkoloma Stadium as Zambia reached Tokyo.Zambia are only the fifth African side to reach the Olympics’ women’s football tournament, after Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.Cameroon now have one final chance to qualify, meeting Chile in a two-leg playoff next month.The tie is scheduled to take place in Cameroon on April 9 with the return leg in Chile six days later. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Mayers cites possible English weak point in Root’s absence

first_imgBy Stephan Sookram WEST INDIES all-rounder Kyle Mayers believes that the bowling department of the side’s first Test will look to target that weakened top order with the absence of Joe Root.Mayers, speaking to the media after his dazzling 74 not out believes that ‘mainstay’ Root’s absence will make for an easier run through the English batting.“Joe Root is the mainstay in the England’s test team and top order; When you hear about England, you hear about Joe Root so with him missing, I think the bowlers will be rearing to go and overtake England.”“I think we have a very good chance; I mean having beaten England back home and preparation has been going smooth so far here so I think we have a very good chance.“As you could see, today [yesterday], and this innings, the main test bowlers did the job and in the first game the batsmen came to the party so overall, I think its gelling well together and hopefully we play some solid cricket.”On the topic of Jason Holder’s failure to make any impact with the bat during the warm up games, Mayers was quick to defend his countryman, saying, “He’s a very quality player, the number one test all-rounder in the world. A few practice games not scoring runs, I don’t think will change his mind set at all. Coming into test cricket it’s a different feeling hopefully he contributes as usual.”Personal inningsOn a personal note, Mayers believes that his 74 not out yesterday was an innings of positivity.“It was a good one for me, coming up against West Indies test bowlers; I thought it was a good innings. I played my natural game. Obviously my team was struggling in this first innings but I just stuck to the basics and tried to be as positive as possible.”While he admitted it worked out for him in the end, he was disappointed that he didn’t achieve the team result. The Barbadian noted the importance of learning from the senior players in the squad, citing the step from first class level to test has been a ‘big step’, adding that “Learning is a must and is very crucial at this level.”At the moment, he contended that he is taking in as much as possible and focusing on working hard.When quizzed about his stellar first class season and transferring that form to the warm up games, Mayers said he was focused more on his batting coming back from Injury, working one on one with the coaches at times to ensure that he felt comfortable.Sir Everton loss felt across borders Mayers also took the time out to ackolwedge and pay homage to Barbadian and West Indian Great Sir Everton Weeks.“I thought it was a very sad moment, Sir Weeks played a very big role in West Indies cricket, especially Barbados Cricket and the Guys were really hurt by the sad news.”The side held a moment of silence before yesterday’s final day to honor the last of the legendary West Indian ‘Three W’s combination.And on the recent shellacking that coach Phil Simmons took for attending the funeral of a loved one and then later proceeding into self-isolation, the Bajan had this to say.“You can’t control what people say from the outside. It good to have coach [Phil Simmons] back. It’s always good to have the coach with the team before the big start to the test so we can’t really control what people say.”The West Indies travel to South Hampton today where they begin their final bout of preparation for the first test there which begins on July 8.last_img read more

HS Group Media Forum Raises the Alarm over Nigeria’s Rio2016 Participation

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s poor preparations for major competitions especially for the fast approaching 2016 Rio Olympics has become a source of concern to leading sports editors and managers of the country’s newspapers and electronic organs as well as former Olympians.The forum therefore called for the restructuring of Sports in Nigeria which should involve deliberate plans to revive School Sports and getting passionate and credible persons with ideas to run the sports federations.“The forum called for deliberate plans to incorporate funding from the private sector with attractive waivers to get corporate organisations more involved in sports, while the government should ensure conducive environment through the provision and maintenance of sports facilities.It also noted with sadness that “there is an unprecedentedly high turnover of sports ministers in Nigeria, which in itself is an indication of having wrong people in charge of this very important area of our national life.”The forum therefore “called on President Muhammadu Buhari should forthwith ensure that only knowledgeable person is made to head the Sports Ministry.”Special Guest speakers at the gathering include Nigeria’s greatest quarter-miler of all time and Olympic silver medalist, Falilat Ogunkoya-Omotayo and Sydney 2000 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist,EnefiokUdo-Obong  and the Chairman/CEO HS Media Group, Mr. Taye Ige, who was the chief host.A communiqué issued at the end of an Editors’ Forum hosted by HS Media Group at its corporate headquarters in Oregun, Lagos last Friday, noted that the non-preparation was a reflection of an almost total collapse of sports structure in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimović Joins Visa Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

first_imgZlatan is not only known for his prowess in sport, but for his character and global appeal. Born in Sweden to a Bosnian father and Croatian mother, this football legend, United Nations ambassador and business owner, speaks five languages and embodies the global nature of the Visa brand and its acceptance.“We have always been aware of Zlatan’s impressive on-field accomplishments, global appeal and colorful personality,” said Lynne Biggar, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Visa Inc. “At Visa, we are thrilled to partner with Zlatan to bring our FIFA World Cup™ campaign and product innovation to life and connect with fans around the globe, showing once again Visa is ‘Everywhere You Want To Be’.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) tuesday announced professional footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimović, will be the new face of its global marketing campaign in anticipation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. As the Official Payment Services Partner of FIFA, Visa, in collaboration with Zlatan, will help fans not miss a moment of the action this summer.“I am incredibly proud to work with Visa, the global leader in payments,” said Zlatan Ibrahimović, star athlete and new face of Visa’s FIFA World Cup™ campaign. “I always try to be the best in football, so a partnership with Visa represents what I continue to strive to be—the best.”As one of the most decorated active footballers in the world, Zlatan has won 33 trophies in his career playing for nine teams across England, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United States. Zlatan is regarded as one of the best strikers in the game and footballers of his generation.last_img read more

Syracuse releases women’s basketball nonconference slate

first_img Published on September 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Thirteen games highlight the Syracuse women’s basketball teams nonconference slate, with seven being held at the Carrier Dome, four in tournaments and two in true road games, according to an SU Athletics release on Friday.The Orange could face up to four teams who finished in the Associated Press Poll’s top 20 last season. It might play No. 8 South Carolina depending on the results from the first day of the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas on Nov. 27-28.SU also hosts No. 14 Penn State on Dec. 4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge before games against No. 5 Baylor on Dec. 19 and No. 20 Michigan State on Dec. 21 in the Florida Sunshine Tournament.The Orange opens the season on Nov. 16 against 2014 Atlantic 10 Champion Fordham at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.Here’s what the entire nonconference schedule looks like:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFordham, Nov. 16, 2 p.m.At Duquesne, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.At Jacksonville, Nov. 21, 3 p.m.East Carolina, Nov. 27, 2 p.m. (Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas)South Carolina/Wisconsin, Nov. 28, TBD (Junkanoo Jam)Vermont, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.Penn State, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)North Carolina Central, Dec. 14, 1 p.m.Canisius, Dec. 16, 7 p.m.Baylor, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. (Florida Sunshine Tournament in Orlando, Florida)Michigan State, Dec. 21, 4 p.m. (Florida Sunshine Tournament)Cornell, Dec. 28. 2 p.m.Central Connecticut State, Dec. 30, 7 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

New political polling app launches to collect voter feedback

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Presidential primaries are right around the corner and one company is making strides to ensure political candidates are receiving your feedback and putting power back in the people’s hands.New York app designer, Troy Fritzhand, and his brothers recently launched the app, Let them Know. The new platform allows voters to take polls that will inform politicians on community reactions to a variety of political topics.Fritzhand says, “It actually came to me in a thought at the gym. and I was like, ‘If I was president, I would want to reach out to every single American and ask them what I should do on every single everyday decision from the biggest decisions to maybe like tax reform to something small like where should I have Fourth of July celebrations.”The app will allow constituents to vote on non–biased, non–leading questions on any range of political issues, from simple to complex. This is in hopes that political leaders will make decisions based on the responses, and not on personal beliefs.Fritzhand adds,”We don’t give them any personally identifying information, but what we do do, is we give them aggregate statistics. So we’re able to tell them people in a certain age group, of a certain gender, of a certain race believe this way, and it gives them the tools to then say, you know, my people, my constituents – this is how they feel.”The app is still being updated as more and more politicians sign up utilize the platform. Just this weekend, a corresponding website was launched for those who prefer to use the service on a desktop. The app is already live and offers both state and national polls.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: app, Election, Let Them Know, polling, primary, vote, VotingContinue ReadingPrevious Hunters Harvest for Charity holds 40th annual “Men’s Night Out”Next District Health Department #4 gives an update on Coronaviruslast_img read more

Angels acquire hard-throwing reliever John Curtiss from Twins

General Manager Billy Eppler has said often that he is looking for pitchers who have big strikeout numbers and throw hard, as well as those who induce ground balls. It was the recipe that led the Angels to pick up Luis Garcia earlier this offseason.Curtiss has options, which makes him particularly valuable to the Angels.Ozoria, 18, hit .222 with a .293 on-base percentage in two minor league seasons, both at rookie ball.Bridwell was designated for assignment for the third time this offseason, twice by the Angels. The Yankees claimed him and DFA’d him in between.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros The Angels acquired another hard-throwing reliever with a penchant for strikeouts when they picked up right-hander John Curtiss from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria on Tuesday.The Angels designated Parker Bridwell for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Curtiss.Curtiss, 25, has pitched 15 innings for the Twins over the past two seasons, with 17 strikeouts. He has allowed 12 runs.In the minors, Curtiss has a career 2.94 ERA over five seasons, with 306 strikeouts in 251 innings. Curtiss has thrown as hard as 99 mph in the majors, and he averaged 94 mph in his brief big league stint last season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone read more

Wellington City Council and SRMC board meet 2 hours in executive session to discuss issues… Was it legal?

first_imgBy James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council spent two hours in a private executive session at a joint work session meeting with the hospital board Monday evening. The work session meeting was set to talk about financing the struggling hospital. Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel said she wanted to have the meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page in the same room. She said everyone wants the hospital to survive, and thrive.“Tonight is the first step to get us going in the right direction,” she said.As the meeting was about to begin, city attorney Mike Brown suggested the executive session.He cited attorney client privilege as a reason for the executive session.All city council members present — Bill Butts was not there — voted to go into executive session. After an hour the executive session was continued for another hour. At that point Hansel said those in executive session had been having some good discussion but they were not finished. They voted to extend the session.Last year the city gave the hospital nearly $900,000 after a long executive session. They also forgave utility bills at that time. The hospital has not paid utility bills this year, and that has recently become an issue as the city faces budget problems of its own.After the two-hour executive session Hansel said the hospital would continue to try to work better, faster and stronger.“We have talked about ways to cut costs and do everything that we are already doing. We are all committed to working for the betterment of the hospital, its employees and the citizens of Wellington,” she said.She added it was a “good frank discussion.”As far as the executive session she said the city had to do what it had to do.“In order to have a productive conversation it was necessary,” she said.Hansel added that actual numbers and employees were discussed, which made for executive session material, even though those were not the reasons given for the executive session. ••••• Sumner Newscow looked up the definition of whether or not an executive session was legal in this situation with the Kansas Attorney’s Office. We found a couple of exceptions that may come into question on the validity of having an executive session on a work session.  Here is part of a Q and A from the Kansas Attorney General website concerning Kansas Open Meeting Laws.What constitutes a privileged relationship? 1. The body’s attorney (or attorneys) must be present; 2. The communication must be privileged, and 3. No other third parties may be present.Can a public body discuss a legal matter under this exception, even if their attorney is not with them? No. This exception in the KOMA cannot be used to discuss legal matters, such as a letter received from attorney, if the attorney is not present. The attorney for the body must be present somehow (by telephone is allowed) and participating in the discussion (not enough to simply have the attorney present).Does the discussion have to be on litigation or threatened litigation? No. The KOMA does not require that the legal matter involve litigation. Can someone who is not a member of the client organization or the attorney(s) for that entity be included in an executive session called under this exception? No. The presence of a third-party who is not part of the client organization or an attorney for that body will destroy the privileged nature of the communication. Does the KOMA allow use of the “personnel exception” to privately discuss employees of some other public body or entity? No. The KOMA allows a public body to privately discuss their own employees, not the employees of some other employer.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (22) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down g sugar · 265 weeks ago Oh Geez! They need to be able to have a “good frank discussion”. They need to talk to each other without the media and whole community misinterpreting/misquoting/misjudging what was said. No decisions/deals were made behind closed doors. Let’s keep both parties talking: to each other! Report Reply 2 replies · active 265 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 265 weeks ago Again, thanks for the detail. On target with question about the distinction between executive session and the open meetings laws. I wondered about that myself. I hope Wellington folks are following the exchanges between council/ city manager, HAB, the doctors. Loss of the hospital or diminishing of it’s functions would be a economic punch to Wellington (per John Cooks blog). Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Jane Cole · 265 weeks ago I think this is a great start to a very long process. When everyone is on the same page it makes it harder for rumors and speculation to take over. I would imagine that there are a lot of small town hospitals in the same predicament. I do hope that part of the process going forward looks in to the possibility of doing what the hospital in Caldwell did a few years back. No one likes to make cuts. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down craig · 265 weeks ago Secret, “executive sessions” beg more questions. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 265 weeks ago Is there still a townhall meeting tonight…if so when and where? I’ve not seen any other mention of it since the previous story concerning the hospital and there is no notice on the City’s webpage. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down 2CENTS · 265 weeks ago THE EMPLOYEES TOOK A 6% PAY CUT A LONG TIME AGO AND THEY HAVE ALSO CUT ALMOST 30 OR MORE JOBS ALREADY. DOES ANY ONE REMEMBER THAT THE COMMUNITY AGREED TO A HALF CENT RAISE TO HELP THE HOSPITAL SO OBVIOUSLY THE COMMUNITY WANTS TO KEEP SRMC. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Frustrated · 265 weeks ago It’s great that the city and the hospital board know what’s going on, now can we at least get some general information for the public and the employees of SRMC? Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down ItsMe · 265 weeks ago They violated the open meetings act. Unfortunately, punishment for such a violation, is weak at best, so there’s that. The money being used to continually bail out the hospital is public money, therefore this “good frank discussion” should have happened in open session. The mayor and an attorney for the city condoned this, wow. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down JLKB · 265 weeks ago Our own council promised more disclosure and openness. Certainly doesn’t appear they are following through. An executive session during a work session seems inappropriate even if it is legal, which is questionable. Report Reply 1 reply · active 265 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Common knowledge · 265 weeks ago Our mayor is sure not starting out on a good note. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Gone too soon

first_imgThe life of a brilliant high-school footballer was tragically cut short yesterday.Jordan Foote, who almost single-handedly led the unheralded Holy Trinity High School to the FLOW Super Cup final in 2014, lost his battle with bone cancer at 10 a.m. in the University Hospital of the West Indies.His mother Nadine Sutherland said the footballer died peacefully. Her home, she said, was “full of persons showing support” despite heavy afternoon rain.”His last moment was peaceful as he saw everybody he wanted to see,” Sutherland said. “Words can’t explain how I am feeling. The family was right there with him through it all,” she told The Sunday Gleaner. “We are all taking it hard. He was our hero and pet,” added a tearful Sutherland.Foote took his last breath with his mother, a brother, cousin and school coach Devon Anderson by his side.Last year, Foote started feeling pain in his knee during preseason preparations for the Manning Cup. He was diagnosed with bone cancer and had his leg amputated last December. There were plans to get him a prosthetic leg but he was readmitted to hospital earlier this year.Foote, the third of four sons for his mother, was born on June 1, 1997 and attended Elletson Primary School before moving on to Holy Trinity High.COACH SHAKEN UPAnderson, who admits to sharing a fatherly relationship with his former charge, said he was shaken up.”It’s difficult to say how I feel right now,” said Anderson, adding he was at Holy Trinity High trying to gather his thoughts and reflecting.The late footballer was ruled out of last season’s FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup as well as school.His former principal, Margaret Bolt, described him as “a young man with potential and a lot to give back to society”.”He wasn’t a brilliant academic student, but he really tried. At football, he was unbeatable, he was the life of our team and put our school on the map,” Bolt underlined.Several organisations, including schoolboy football sponsors FLOW, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association and the Premier League Clubs Association had made monetary contributions to help with Foote’s medical bills.”Condolences to his family on behalf of myself and FLOW. It is very sad news to hear of his passing. We want to remember Jordan as the bright, positive and happy young man he was,” FLOW’s head of marketing and products, Carlo Redwood, said.President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, expressed sincerest condolences to the family, friends, schoolmates and former teammates of the footballer.”It is with deep sadness that we hear the news of his passing” Captain Burrell stated. “Many of us remember not just his skills on the field, especially in the 2014 season, but his positive attitude and encouragement to his teammates at Holy Trinity, even when he was in hospital.”This spirit, even in adversity, we are sure, impacted many. Our heartfelt thoughts also extend to his former coaching staff, the ISSA fraternity and the principal and staff of Holy Trinity.”last_img read more