Hockey: Poland make India work hard for win

first_imgIndia suffered few anxious moments before emerging victorious 4-2 against Poland and sealed their spot in the final of the men’s hockey Olympic qualifier with a 100 per cent winning record on Friday.The hosts’ fifth consecutive win also paved the way for France’s entry into the title clash on Sunday.Sandeep Singh added another brace to his goal tally while fellow drag-flicker VR Raghunath and Shivendra Singh also found the target.Poland needed a draw against India in order to qualify for final after France held Canada to a 1-1 draw earlier in the day at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.The Poles fought bravely and their goalkeeper Mariusz Chyla was the star performer for them.India’s matches have got tougher and tougher as the tournament has progressed and they will have a few things to work on before the all-important final, the winner of which will book a ticket to the London Olympics.For the first time in the qualifier, India went behind in the 13th minute when Tomasz Dutkiewicz took advantage of a clever dummy on their first penalty corner to beat rival skipper Bharat Chetri in goal.India had dominated proceedings till then with the action, more or less, concentrated in the Polish half. But the forward line of Shivendra Singh, Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Tushar Khandker were guilty of poor finishing. The Poles were dangerous on counter- attacks and the Indian defence was put under pressure on a few occasions.India’s first three penalty corners also did not bear fruit before Sandeep found the top left corner on the 26th minute.As always, India started the second half with a blitzkrieg but found it difficult to beat the Polish defence.India had to wait almost till the hour mark to take the lead when Sarvanjit Singh’s hit into the circle was deflected by Shivendra. But the lead was shortlived as Miroslaw Juszczak’s unstoppable drag- flick made it 2-2.With France’s fortunes also dependent on the last round-robin match, Raghunath put India ahead once again when he converted team’s eighth penalty corner with five minutes left.The Poles did not lose heart but Sandeep added the finishing touches to the game with another deadly flick in the last action of the game.Chief coach Michael Nobbs was not happy with the team’s finishing.”Our movement and intensity was excellent. The forwards got into good positions, but the finishing was not up to the mark,” the Australian said.Nobbs was effusive in his praise for the Polish goalkeeper. “He is one of the best in the world. We had 44 circle penetrations and 14 shots, but he stood tall,” he said. India beat France 6-2 earlier in the competition, but Nobbs expects a tighter match on Sunday.”It is a grand final. It won’t be the same as the earlier matches. We will analyse the French team tomorrow,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry makes $1 million donation to Villanova

first_imgToronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)PHILADELPHIA — When Villanova officials first contacted Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry about making a $1 million donation to his alma mater, he was skeptical.“A million dollars?” Lowry recalled saying.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA volleyball: Lady Chiefs drop a set, but improve to 4-0 ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid When he found out the money would be used for upgrades to the Pavillion, the facility where he spends the offseason working out, he quickly came around.“If I wasn’t there every day, if I wasn’t around the players and using the facilities as much as I do, it would be a little different,” Lowry said. “But this place I call home. I’m literally here all summer, so it was easy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe school announced the largest donation by a former Villanova basketball player on Monday, a few hours before the Raptors faced the Philadelphia 76ers in Lowry’s hometown. Villanova’s locker room will be named after Lowry, who spent two seasons with the Wildcats before leaving for the NBA as a first-round pick of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2006.“It’s not about the money, it’s about family,” Lowry said. “I’m able to give back to this great university that helped me get to where I am: 31 years old, three-time All-Star, wife and kids, married. I know it’s crazy, right?” Villanova coach Jay Wright attended the announcement at Wells Fargo Center, where the top-ranked Wildcats are playing this season while their home court undergoes a $60 million renovation.“Kyle has done so much to make us proud,” Wright said. “A generous gift like this is really impactful to the entire university, to all athletes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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World Cup: South Africa outplay Afghanistan by nine wickets for first win

first_imgPublished on Afghanistan South Africa’s Imran Tahir celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan.   –  Reuters cricket June 16, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE × South Africa COMMENT South Africa’s Imran Tahir celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan.   –  Reuters Leggie Imran Tahir starred in South Africa’s impressive bowling performance over Afghanistan, leading the Proteas to their first win of the World Cup here and keeping them alive in the tournament. Tahir (4/29) triggered Afghanistan’s dramatic batting collapse which saw them being bundled out for 125 in 34.1 overs from 56 for one in the 16th over. South Africa, in another rain affected tie that was reduced to 48 overs a side after the second interruption, chased down the paltry target in 28.1 overs with openers Quinton de Kock (68) and Hashim Amla (41 not out) sharing a 104-run stand. It was a much needed win for South Africa who had lost their first three games before they shared a point with the West Indies following a washout. For Afghanistan, it was their fourth loss in as many games after another disappointing batting performance.South Africa captain Faf du Plessis listed out the positives from the game on Saturday. “Morris (Chris) and Tahir were fantastic in the middle overs as they got wickets. He (Tahir) has single handedly made us a strong team in the last two years with his ability to take wickets in the middle overs. Naturally Quinton plays quite freely but it was important for him to see off the new ball,” he said.“It was important for Amla to get amongst the runs, he will be important for us in the upcoming games. In the next four games, net run rate is not going to play a massive role if you win those games. So we need Hashim to score runs for us, hence he needed a not-out innings today.” Sent into bat, Afghanistan were slow and steady to reach 69 for two at the end of the 20th over when rain came for the second time and when play resumed after a one-hour break, they lost four quick wickets for the addition of just eight runs. They were reduced to 77 for seven in the 26th over, losing five wickets in the space of 4.4 overs.The Afghanistan innings was also halted for 25 minutes in the sixth over due to rain. After the second rain interruption, the match was reduced to a 48-over side with South Africa set a revised-target of 127. Morris chipped in with three wickets while his pace colleagues Andile Phehlukwayo and Kagiso Rabada took two and one wicket respectively as the Afghans hardly put up any fight against the Proteas. Phehlukwayo removed a struggling Hashmatullah Shahidi (8 off 22 balls) in the fourth ball after the long rain interruption before Tahir took two wickets in the next over, dismissing well-set Noor Ali Zadran (32 off 58 balls) and Asghar Afghan (0) in the space of five deliveries. Phehlukwayo then had Mohammad Nabi (1) in the next over before Tahir got his third wicket of the day in the 26th over in the form of captain Gulbadin Naib (5) to leave Afghanistan innings in disarray.It was number nine and top-scorer Rashid Khan who delayed the end of Afghanistan innings with a 25-ball 35. He stitched a 34-run stand with wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil (9 off 33 balls) for the eighth wicket before falling in the penultimate over of the innings. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Red Devils on a roll

first_img Z Alkmaar thrashed Astana 5-0 in Kazakhstan to keep control of the race for second place in Group L behind United, eliminating their hosts and moving four points clear of Partizan. Olivier Ntcham scored a dramatic injury-time winner to grab Celtic a 2-1 victory at Lazio. Neil Lennon’s outfit remain top of Group E with two games remaining, seven points clear of third-placed Lazio after their second straight win over the Romans. “It’s great to have qualified with two games to spare,” Celtic manager Lennon told  Other key results Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever EPL: Saturday shock and thrills Rangers 2-0 Porto Feyenoord 1-1 Young Boys Wolfsburg 1-3 Gent Turkey 4-0 Moldova Monchengladbach 2-1 Roma Paris: Teenager Mason Greenwood scored as Manchester United cruised into the Europa League last 32 with a 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford on Thursday, while Celtic stunned Lazio with a last-gasp goal in Rome to progress.  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United knew that a third victory in four Group L games would be enough to send them through. Greenwood, 18, broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute with a cool finish to score his third goal of the season and second in this competition. Anthony Martial doubled the advantage after the half-hour mark with a brilliant individual goal, before Marcus Rashford lashed home the third four minutes after the interval. The comfortable victory saw United bounce back after a 1-0 loss at Bournemouth last weekend had ended a three-game winning run. “I think it was a good performance, but there are things we can improve on,” Rashford said. “We managed to score three goals, but it could have been a lot more.”Related News Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand and wife Kate Wright enjoy fun dates, crazy night outs Lionel Messi goes a step ahead of Cristiano Ronaldolast_img read more

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Jallikattu: Protests enter third day, CM meets PM

first_imgChennai, Jan 19 (PTI) Massive protests in support of Jallikattu continued for the third day today at the Marina here and other parts of Tamil Nadu, with hundreds more joining the agitationUnfazed by the Chief Ministers call to withdraw protests, thousands of volunteers remained steadfast on their demand for holding the bull-taming sport in the state. They vowed to continue the stir till they got a positive response on it.Agitations continued in various parts of the state, including Alanganallur, the usual hub of the Jallikattu event, with students and many others joining the stir.Yesterday, Panneerselvam as well as AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala had reiterated their commitment to holding Jallikattu with the former air-dashing to Delhi to meet Modi and seek an ordinance for its conduct.Sasikala had also assured that the government will move a resolution in the ensuing session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly and unanimously adopt it with the support of all parties in the House. PTI SA TVS ROH DVlast_img read more

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As tension along LoC continues, Army all set to acquire new machine guns, carbines

first_imgAs the border with Pakistan continue to remain volatile with repeated ceasefire violations, the Indian Army will now be buying 41,000 Light-Machine Guns (LMG) and 3.5 lakh carbines for close quarter battle at an estimated cost of over Rs 7600 crore.These weapons are an essential to a soldiers fighting equipment and it will provide a major fillip to the fighting capability of the troops, the MoD said in a statement.Earlier today, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) the highest body in the defence ministry that decides on acquisitions headed by the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave the go ahead for the purchases.Over 850 incidents of cross-border firing was reported last year – an all time high in many years. More than 300 incidents of ceasefire violations have already been reported in the first two months of 2018.The purchase will be made under the Make in India scheme and will leverage both the private sector and the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) Defence Public Sector undertakings.The private sector will be providing at least three-fourths of weapons while the rest will be manufactured by the OFB. The idea to split-up the supplies between the private and PSU sector is geared to acquire critical technologies to build indigenous capability in small arms manufacturing.The carbines will replace the existing personal weapons the Russian made AK-47s and the Indian made INSAS rifles.Earlier, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said instead of equipping every infantry solider, the Army was open to equipping only a certain component the key war fighting component of every battalion – with new rifles.advertisementThe new carbines acquired by the military will weigh less than 3 kilograms and will be effective up to at least 200 meters.Todays green signal for the military to acquire next generation carbines and LMGs is in addition to emergency purchases of at least 93,000 carbines that was cleared earlier this year. These were for fast track purchase, while today’s proposal is for Make in India.Is it time for India to cut off all sports, cultural connections with Pakistan?last_img read more

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IPL 2018: In-form Chris Gayle relaxed as he recuperates from soreness

first_imgThe Universe Boss was seen sleeping in the gym after a dream start to his Indian Premier League season this year.Chris Gayle, who missed Kings XI Punjab’s last match against Delhi Daredevils due to fitness issues at the Feroz Shah Kotla, posted a photo of his on Instagram with the caption: “You can’t dream if you don’t sleep.”Another video of him also surfaced on social media, where he was seen dancing to Sapna Chaudhary’s hit Haryanvi song ‘Teri Ankhya Ka Yo Kajal’.Gayle’s love for dancing is well known — be it on the field or off it and this time too the burly Jamaican has matched the lyrics of the songs step-by-step.The video was posted by the former Bigg Boss contestant Sapna Chaudhary on her Instagram, Gayle seems to be enjoying the popular song and showcases his moves perfectly.The 38-year-old had a sensational beginning to his IPL 2018 campaign and perhaps needed this much needed break to recover himself and continue his assault. Gayle so far has smashed 229 runs from three matches.In his first match of the season against Chennai Super Kings, the towering batsman hit his second fastest IPL 50 off just 22 balls to help KXIP secure a vital win.ALSO READ: Chris Gayle had blasted record-shattering 175 not out exactly five years agoadvertisementIn his second match, Gayle went berserk as he smashed his 6th IPL hundred (104*) to hand Sunrisers Hyderabad their first defeat of the season.Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Gayle made an unbeaten 62 off 38 balls to help his team win by nine wickets.The 34-year-old’s purple patch is a massive turnaround in fortunes for a player who almost went unsold in the 2018 auction.Gayle was picked up by KXIP in the auction for his base price of INR 2 crore in the third round after he went unsold in the first two rounds.He’s currently averaging 229 for KXIP while he averaged 43.32 playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore and 30.86 when he played for KKR.Gayle’s absence could also hamper KXIP’s winning run, who have won four of their five matches, including the last three. Punjab are currently second in the points table.However, he is expected to return for KXIP’s next match versus Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 26.last_img read more

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Early Spread For Alabama vs. Clemson National Title Game Released

first_imgDeshaun Watson shedding Reuben Foster's tackle.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Reuben Foster #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide attempts to tackle Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Late in the third quarter of the Orange Bowl, it certainly looks like we’re getting the third Alabama vs. Clemson national championship match-up in four years.Clemson dominated the Cotton Bowl this afternoon, keeping Notre Dame out of the end zone en route to a 30-3 win.Alabama leads Oklahoma 31-20. Kyler Murray just connected with Charleston Rambo on a gorgeous 49-yard touchdown pass.The play has given Oklahoma some life here, but Alabama is still a heavy favorite to finish this one off.It is probably still a bit premature, but we’re already starting to see some odds on that projected match-up.Per Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, Alabama is currently being treated as a 6.5-point favorite against Clemson.The Crimson Tide have gone pretty much wire-to-wire as the top team in the country this season.Still, Clemson hasn’t been too far off. The Tigers are also undefeated, and looked truly dominant against Notre Dame..@SuperBookUSA has already released @CFBPlayoff title odds:Alabama favored by 6 1/2 over Clemson— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 30, 2018With Tua Tagovailoa looking pretty healthy in Miami tonight, and Trevor Lawrence improving by the week, along with two of the best defensive fronts in college football, on paper this is a great match-up.Alabama is 8-5 against the spread this season. Clemson is 8-6 with today’s easy cover.last_img read more

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Europa League: Arsenal stunned at BATE, Chelsea beat Malmo 2-1

first_img Next Europa League: Arsenal stunned at BATE, Chelsea beat Malmo 2-1Europa League last 32 fist leg: Arsenal had scored 10 goals in two matches against BATE Borisov in the same competition in 2017 but never looked like being as prolific in the freezing temperatures of Belarus.advertisement Reuters LondonFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 09:50 IST Europa League: Lacazette was shown a red card five minutes from time for felling Aleksandar Filipovic with an elbow (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSArsenal suffered 1-0 loss at BATE after Alexandre Lacazette was sent offArsenal’s London neighbours Chelsea did much better in similar temperatures, overcoming Malmo 2-1 in SwedenRoss Barkley and Olivier Giroud scored for ChelseaArsenal suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at BATE Borisov on a night forward Alexandre Lacazette will want to forget after being sent off late on, while Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli all won away in Europa League last 32 first-leg ties on Thursday.Spanish sides Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal also tasted victory on the road, while Benfica, Club Brugge and Plzen have the upper hand heading into next week’s second legs.Arsenal had scored 10 goals in two matches against BATE Borisov in the same competition in 2017 but never looked like being as prolific in the freezing temperatures of Belarus.BATE took the lead when Stanislav Dragun nodded a free kick past Arsenal goalkeeper Peter Cech seconds before halftime after Lacazette put a header wide midway through the first half.The Frenchman thought he had made up for his miss 10 minutes after the break but his effort was ruled out for offside.To compound his misery Lacazette was shown a red card five minutes from time for felling Aleksandar Filipovic with an elbow after the defender held him back and was also booked.Arsenal’s London neighbours Chelsea did much better in similar temperatures, overcoming Malmo 2-1 in Sweden.Ross Barkley gave the 2013 winners the lead when he stabbed home from close range on the half-hour and Olivier Giroud got his fifth goal in four Europa League matches with a slick back heel from a Willian cross 14 minutes into the second half.Malmo’s Anders Christiansen scored a lovely goal on the break to make it 2-1 but the Swedes could not level the tie.advertisementNapoli, Inter Milan clinch comfortable winsItalian clubs also enjoyed success with Napoli beating Zurich 3-1 in Switzerland, while Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez netted a 39th minute penalty for a 1-0 win at Rapid Vienna.Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne put the visitors ahead after 12 minutes as he capitalised on a dreadful mistake by keeper Yanick Brecher and Jose Callejon doubled their lead in the 21st when he slotted home from Kevin Malcuit’s low cross.Piotr Zielinski got the third 13 minutes from time before Benjamin Kololli grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot.In the only tie featuring two teams who dropped down from the Champions League, visitors Benfica beat Galatasaray 2-1 after taking the lead in the 27th minute when Salvio converted a penalty given for handball.Christian Luyindama equalised for the home side nine minutes into the second period but Benfica’s top scorer Haris Seferovic clinched the win with a fine solo goal 10 minutes later.Good night for Spanish clubsIt was also a good night for Spanish clubs, with Valencia, Sevilla and Villarreal winning away and Real Betis rescuing a last-gasp draw at Stade Rennes.In Glasgow, Denis Cheryshev gave Valencia the lead against Celtic three minutes before halftime when he finished off a fine counter attack by Ruben Sobrino.The roles were reversed in the second half when Sobrino tapped home after Cheryshev did the hard work on the break.Alfonso Pedraza’s goal after three minutes was enough to give Villarreal a 1-0 win over Sporting and maintain their unbeaten run in this year’s competition.Sevilla beat Lazio by the same scoreline in Rome thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder’s close-range strike in the 22nd minute.Real Betis were 2-0 down after 10 minutes at Rennes, a team making their first knockout round appearance in Europe.Also Read | La Liga issues complaint over Gareth Bale’s provocative celebration in Madrid derbyAlso Read | Former Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui open to Premier League switchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ArsenalFollow ChelseaFollow Europa LeagueFollow Olivier GiroudFollow Alexandre Lacazettelast_img read more

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Hardik Pandya slammed on social media for his cheeky birthday wish for Zaheer Khan

first_img Next Hardik Pandya slammed on social media for his cheeky birthday wish for Zaheer KhanHardik Pandya had wished Zaheer Khan by tweeting a video of him hitting the former India fast bowler for a six and wrote a cheeky caption but cricket fans found it diresepectful.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 8, 2019UPDATED: October 8, 2019 15:08 IST Hardik Pandya is currently recovering from a lower-back surgery that he underwent in London (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCricket fans found Hardik Pandya’s birthday wish for Zaheer Khan “direspectful”Pandya underwent a back surgery on October 5 and is expected to be out of action for five monthsPandya has so far played 11 Tests, 54 ODIs and 40 T20Is for India since making his debut in 2016India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons as his cheeky birthday wish for former fast bowling great Zaheer Khan on Monday didn’t go down too well with cricket fans.Wishes poured in from the entire cricketing fraternity on social media for Zaheer Khan, who turned 41 on Monday (October 7), but it was Pandya’s tweet which got caught in the eye of the storm.”Happy birthday Zak … Hope you smash it out of the park like I did here,” Pandya tweeted along with a video of him smashing Zaheer for a six in a domestic match.Happy birthday Zak … Hope you smash it out of the park like I did here @ImZaheer pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 7, 2019But Pandya immediately faced backlash from cricket fans who found his post disrespectful towards his former Mumbai Indians teammate, who picked 610 international wickets across all three formats for India.Just like you did ‘Aaj main karke aaya’ Bhai Einstein | Desh Bhakt (@DesiPoliticks) October 7, 2019Thanks Mr. Nobody. Here’s your 20 sec of Fame.Zaheer Khan (@Duggal_Shab) October 7, 2019Ahankaar tujhe le dobega mere bhai pandya…stay humble not foolishDesi Woke (@desilazi) October 7, 2019@klrahul11 expecting too much October 7, 2019Hope you start giving good performances outside of Talk shows and win a worldcup for India like he did @hardikpandya7Amit (@yesimAmit) October 7, 2019Says a mediocre ‘all rounder’ more (in)famous for his antics off the field than on it to a champion bowler who’s taken 600 combined ODI/Test wickets!advertisementKaustubh Pethe (@kauspet) October 7, 2019Such a poor taste…Hardik…you may be good at cricket…but every time you fail to be a good sportsperson…learn from others…as there are not many cricket years left that you need learn to live normal life..Bhanu Shyam Nakka (@bhanushyam) October 8, 2019Pandya is currently on a break from international cricket due to an acute lower-back injury for which he underwent a successful surgery in London.”Surgery done successfully. Extremely grateful to everyone for your wishes. Will be back in no time! Till then miss me,” Hardik posted a message with a picture on his Instagram account on October 5.Pandya is expected to be out of action for five months. He played the T20I series against South Africa earlier this month before being ruled out of the Test series because of the injury. He will miss the T20Is against Bangladesh as well.Pandya first sustained the injury during the Asia Cup in UAE last September. He recovered in time to play in the IPL and the World Cup before the injury resurfaced.Pandya, who has played 11 Tests, 54 ODIs and 40 T20Is, will be an integral part of the Indian team during the next year’s World T20 slated to be held in Australia.Also Read | Wishes pour in for Zaheer Khan as former India pacer turns 41Also Read | Hardik Pandya likely to be on sidelines for five months after undergoing surgeryFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Zaheer Khanlast_img read more

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Keep your beer fresh and cool with the Hydro Flask Growler

first_img Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene When it’s hot out and you’re on the go, a growler can be your best friend. Now we bet that a lot of you are asking, “What is a growler?” For starters, a growler is simply a vessel that was used to transport beer freshly poured from the tap at your local pub back to the comfort of your own home. The growler got its name from the loud noise it made from the CO2 as soon as the lid was taken off. They were popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but slowly died out as sales of prepackaged beer became more commonplace.Related: Guide to GrowlersIt may be around a century since growlers were first popular, but now, thanks to Hydro Flask, there’s a new growler on the market, perfect for bringing beer around with you. Hydro Flask’s newest growler is vacuum insulated, and features two full interior threads for a leak-proof seal that keeps the beer’s carbonation going for longer periods of time, as well as honeycomb insulation, which is located inside the cap for additional temperature control. It also comes with an easy-carry handle that allows you to hold and pour the growler with ease, an 11 mm lip, which saves your every little drop of beer by reducing the amount of dripping, and it comes in a 32-ounce or 64-ounce size and five different colors. It also has double wall insulation, is made from pro-grade stainless steel and is BPA free.This summer — or all year round — use the Hydro Flask Growler to carry tap-fresh craft beer from your local brewery or Whole Foods and straight to your own home, where you can enjoy iced-cold beer right from the tap.For more information, visit The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queenslast_img read more

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Genesis Buys Jones Act Tanker

first_imgzoom Genesis Energy, L.P. has bought the 49,000 dwt products tanker M/T American Phoenix from Mid Ocean Tanker Company, and two related charters and management agreements for around USD 157 million, the Houston-based company said in a release.The American Phoenix, completed in 2012, is a double-hulled, Jones Act qualified tanker with 330,000 barrels of cargo capacity. The vessel is operating under long term charters into 2020.“This asset fits squarely within our focus of providing the logistical capability to get the right barrel to the right location,” said Grant Sims, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis.The company will use a part of its USD 1 billion revolving credit facility to finance the purchase.Genesis Energy, L.P. is a midstream energy master limited partnership involved in pipeline transportation, refinery services and supply and logistics. The company’s supply and logistics division is engaged in the transportation, storage and supply and marketing of energy products, including crude oil, refined products, and certain industrial gases.Genesis’ operations are primarily located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Recreation Facility Funding for Cape Breton Projects

first_imgFunding for two projects in Cape Breton will support community and physical activity for Nova Scotians. New Waterford Minor Baseball will use $33,000 to upgrade facilities at some baseball fields in the community. Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Active Transportation group will use $71,000 to add 4.5 km to the Grand Lake Road Multi-Use Trail. “Sport and recreation facilities like the New Waterford baseball fields and recreation multi-use path are important for Nova Scotians to lead healthy lifestyles,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “These investments will help people make physical and community activity a part of their daily lives.” Through the Recreational Facilities Development Program, government will invest more than $1.8 million for 65 new and upgraded facilities around the province. “New Waterford Minor Baseball has experienced a resurgence in our program over the last several years,” said Chris Hillier, board member. “We are investing directly in our youth with this project. The upgrades we are making today will benefit the youth and the community of New Waterford for the next 25 years.” “We are pleased to partner with the province on developing infrastructure for active living and sport,” said CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke. “We appreciate the province’s contribution to these projects and look forward to continued investment in sport and recreation.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields for sport and recreation.last_img read more

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Local skateboard shop gifted holy grail of skating

first_imgCity’s old skate park on 94th street. Photo by John Luke kieper.The shipping of the granite cost the company several thousand dollars, but the company cofounder Moses Itkonen explained that spending that money doesn’t matter when its to help grow the sport nationally.Skids of granite Moses Itkonen sent to local skate shops across Canada. Photo by Moses Itkonen’s Instagram.“You have certain amount of marketing dollars in business, so you can either take guys to the golf course or you can ship granite to people. We chose the ladder.” Moses Itkonen stated.RDS was founded in 1996 in North Vancouver by a group of professional skateboarders. According Itkonen, the company’s goal is to spearhead the growth of Canadian skateboarding.Moses Itkonen skating at the Slam City Jam 1995. Photo by Ryan McKeller Photography/Flickr. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Victory Skateboards in Fort St. John was just one of many local skate shops that were gifted the “holy grail” of skating by the company Red Dragons (RDS).RDS donated a total of 60 slabs of granite to shops all over Canada including Fort St. John, and sent the slabs as far as Moncton, New Brunswick.Cole Andrews, owner of Victory Skateboards in Fort St. John, explained that granite is the “holy grail” for boarders to skate on, with nothing else feeling quite like it. Andrews is hoping that with the city’s help they will be able to install the granite into the old skate park on 94th street. The one catch Cole Andrews had with acquiring the granite from RDS was that the slabs needed to be put in a place where the public could use it. Andrews hopes to have the city install the granite into the old skate park for the summer. After the summer he plans to put the granite in his shop for local skaters to use.Cole Andrews in front of his shop Victory Skateboards. Photo by John Luke Kieper“The sickest thing is you have groups of Canadians skating all over the country on the exact same granite.” said Andrews.last_img read more

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Rs 3 lakh cr pvt power investment at risk as discoms delay

first_imgNew Delhi: As much as Rs 3 lakh crore of investment in a dozen power plants of the private sector is at risk of turning into NPA as states buying power have not been making payment for months, official data and sources said. According to data available on the PRAAPTI portal of the Ministry of Power, 12 power generating companies belonging to firms such as GMR and Adani Group and public sector generators like NTPC have about Rs 41,730 crore outstanding from state distribution companies (discoms) as of December 2018. Dues as on date run into an estimated Rs 60,000 crore, half of it being towards independent power producers in power sector. The Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh has the most outstanding dues of Rs 6,497 crore, followed by Maharashtra at Rs 6,179 crore. Other states not paying power generating companies on time include Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. According to PRAAPTI portal, Uttar Pradesh takes 544 days to clear its dues while Maharashtra takes 580 days. More than 80 per cent of the outstanding is accounted for by India’s most industrialised states such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu who are biggest consumers of electricity. The top-10 states take an average of 562 days for payments. Sources said the delay in payment is posing severe working capital issues at the private power plants. Delay in realisation of receivables from the state distribution companies (DISCOMs) weakens the ability of project developers to service debt in a timely manner and leads to exhaustion of working capital in some cases, they said adding delayed payments risk projects being termed non-performing assets (NPAs) under the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) new classification rules. In some cases, the discoms continue to press for renegotiating terms of power purchase agreement (PPA). This coupled with non-payment of penalties/late payment surcharges is causing financial stress for such projects, sources said. Bajaj Group-owned Lalitput Power Generation Company Ltd reportedly is unable to clear salaries of nearly 3,000 staff because of pending dues of over Rs 2,185 crore from discoms of Uttar Pradesh. So acute is the situation that the company is unable to maintain requisite coal stocks. A recent World Bank study reviewing the power sector’s performance points to challenges such as outstanding payments of generating companies pending with discoms. Sources said 37,823 megawatt (MW) capacity in the private sector, which was built at an investment of over Rs 3 lakh crore, is at risk due to delayed payments and run the possibility of being declared NPAs if timely repayment of bank debt is not made. Out of the Rs 41,730 crore outstanding as on December 2018, Adani Group has to get Rs 7,433.47 crore and GMR another Rs 1,788.18 crore. Sembcorp has an outstanding payment of Rs 1,497.07 crore. State-owned NTPC has unpaid bills of Rs 17,187 crore.last_img read more

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AC Milan Did not Keep Adil Taarabt Because of His Drinking

Rabat- Italian former football player Fulvio Collovati said that AC Milan would have signed Adel Taarabt on a permanent basis if the Moroccan international did not like to drink too much.Speaking to Italian television Canale 24, the winner of the 1982 FIFA World Cup said that Taarabt’s drinking habit was the reason behind AC Milan’s decision not to extend his stay at the Rossoneri side.“I take full responsibility for what I say,” he added. Taarabt signed for Milan on 30 January 2014 on loan until the end of the season.In the 2014 summer season, he returned to Queens Park Rangers only to create more controversy. QPR manager Harry Redknapp called him ‘overweight’ and not fit to play football. Taarabt responded that the manager was making excuses because the team was losing.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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Most ISIS Members Killed in Combat Are Moroccans and Tunisians

Rabat – Among the many Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) combatants who have died in Iraq and Syria, Moroccan and Tunisian citizens have been killed more than any other nationality, according to Akhbar al Youm.Abu Jaled al Yazraui, a director of ISIS, confirmed that these nationalities are the leaders in body count, followed by Chechens and Russians.The source adds that about 100 Moroccan soldiers have been killed in combat in Iraq and Syria. A large number of Moroccans were killed during ISIS’s battle against the Kurds in the Syrian city of Kobane. Many deaths have been suicides or occurred at the hands of the Iraqi army, rival militias, and the coalition headed by the United States. Jaled Chakraui, a Moroccan specialist in jihadi groups, told the newspaper that Maghreb fighters that have not taken leadership roles in the organization plan to move up the ISIS ladder and compensate for their “ideological weakness with savagery in battle.”Chakraui added that ethnic rivalries have a substantial amount of weight in the organization, and that competition to gain notoriety in the group is intense.According to recent statistics, more than 1,300 Moroccans are fighting in the ranks of terrorist groups in areas of tension such as Syria, where 246 have been killed, and Iraq, where another 40 have been killed. read more

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Alaska businesses remain closed 4 months after earthquake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska earthquake four months ago is still causing disruptions for businesses whose buildings were damaged.The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday that companies and organizations in Anchorage remain shuttered or temporarily relocated following a Nov. 30 earthquake in southcentral Alaska.The newspaper reports that the 7.1-magnitude quake caused structural damage to numerous buildings that have slowed or interrupted operations for varying lengths of time.City officials say that as of March 26, 10 commercial properties in Anchorage still carried red tags marking them as unsafe to occupy, while about 60 more commercial properties have yellow tags meaning their occupancy and use are restricted.The newspaper reports that affected businesses and organizations include the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Salvation Army, television station KTVA, and the Westmark Hotel.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press read more

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Finance Ministry documents account for only Rs 1 trillion received

President Maithripala Sirisena said of the out of Rs 10 trillion loans taken, only about Rs 1 trillion could be properly accounted for in the assets as per documents at the Finance Ministry. He made this revelation at a media briefing with newspaper editors and heads of media institutions at the Presidents House in Colombo today.Furthermore, a large sum of funds that should have been deposited with the treasury have gone to private companies and institutions and that has been done in a systematic manner to avoid disclosure, he said. He said that there were sale of state owned institutions and state properties during the last three years of the current Government, and some of these deals were done without even informing the cabinet of ministers. President Sirisena, stating that the Government is fully committed to hold a free and fair election and assured fullest support to the Election Commission in this endeavour. (Colombo Gazette) The President also referred to the cost of living and mentioned that some imported items worth Rs 500 were sold for exorbitant prices such as Rs 1,500. He said that there were some political hands interfering in price fixing and expressed concern about the delays on the part of the Consumer authority to check such trade practices. He said that he would take every possible step to find early solutions to these issues. He said they had met the day before when Parliament decided to hold the debate after the election.President Sirisena said after receiving the bond commission report by him, the opposition had continuously urged to hold a debate on it and to make it a public document immediately. “By then I had not read the full report. Within three days time, I went through it and made a statement with regard to it after consulting senior legal experts and senior public servants including Presidential Secretary Austin Fernando. Then, the bond commission and PRECIFAC reports were presented in Parliament,”He said, however, surprisingly these parties were silent after presenting these two reports to the Parliament and they had decided to hold the debate after the Local Government election. The President said that an unholy alliance of elite robbers both in the Government and the opposition had managed to delay the debate on the Central Bank bond commission report and the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into serious acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power (PRECIFAC). He challenged them to hold the debate on the bond commission and PRECIFAC report before February 10, prior to the Local Government elections.President Sirisena said a coalition of VIP ‘robbers’ involved in the bond scam attached to the Government and the opposition had gathered at a house in Borella and decided to delay the debate on both reports. “I left the ministerial post in the last Government and became the common candidate with the promise of ending frauds, bribery and corruption and I will continue my crusade against corruption and malpractices without giving any consideration to the political party or status of the persons involved in such deals,” he said. He added that many individuals in the Government and the opposition were angry about the steps he has taken in that direction, but vowed that he would continue the fight against corruption. read more

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New VP Research aiming to build Brocks momentum

It was Brock’s reputation as an ambitious university striving to reach its next level of research excellence that drew Tim Kenyon’s interest.And now, as the new Vice-President, Research, Kenyon has confirmed what his instincts previously told him: that Brock is “an institution poised to do great things.”“Brock has been committed to increased research intensity and declared itself as a comprehensive university some years ago,” he said the week following his Jan. 1 appointment. “It has been making real strides to make that a reality.”Kenyon joined Brock from the academic ranks at the University of Waterloo, where he most recently served as a Philosophy professor and the Associate Dean of Arts (Research).In his new role, Kenyon is looking forward to being a part of Brock’s continued upward trajectory, providing support to colleagues and helping to ensure their dynamic, comprehensive research is being properly celebrated.“There are researchers, professors and graduate students, among others, doing scholarship and research at Brock that really is excellent,” he said. “That work is making a huge difference within academic disciplines; it’s also having extraordinary impact beyond the academic sphere.”Recognition of those contributions is critical because it provides colleagues a “shared understanding of what a big difference they’re making in the world,” Kenyon said. “That keeps everyone’s spirits elevated and keeps them focused on the value of their work.”At the same time, this recognition also plays a pivotal role in showcasing to stakeholders, funders, government agencies and community members the significance and strength of the research underway at the University, he said.“It helps them commit to supporting and sustaining research.“We want to make sure that the world, the country, the province, and the region know about the great research that’s happening at Brock.”Kenyon said the University was “extraordinarily well served” by his predecessor, Joffre Mercier, who led the University’s research administration on an interim basis for 16 months before a permanent replacement was found. Mercier previously held the Associate Vice-President, Research role prior to taking on the interim position.“He did a great job, and without the support of an Associate Vice-President, Research — that’s incredibly difficult,” Kenyon said.With the reins now passed on and work underway to create a sense of continuity in the University’s research realm, Kenyon is looking forward to being part of a “more strategic environmental scan that says where we are now, where we want to be and what it’s going to take to get there,” he said.“That’s something the University as a whole has to decide.”In addition to his administration work at Brock, Kenyon intends to continue his own research at the University. A philosopher of language who has written a widely-used critical thinking textbook, Kenyon’s current research takes language pragmatics, and insights from cognitive and social psychology, and applies them to problems in social epistemology and in critical thinking pedagogy.He believes having experience both as a researcher and in research administration is a big part of providing successful leadership.“If you have never been a researcher, you’ve never been faced with questions like: How do I apply for grants? How do I collaborate with and mentor colleagues? How do I support graduate students? How do I balance the research, teaching and service components of my career?” he said. “Without that experience, it would be too easy to miss the heart of the university research experience.”Splitting his PhD studies in Philosophy between the University of St. Andrews and Western University, Kenyon received his degree in 1998, and began his career first at Aberdeen University, and then at the University of Waterloo in 2000 as an assistant professor. By 2006, he had begun a six-year run as Chair of the Philosophy Department. His achievements include the University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award, and he is a three-time recipient of the University of Waterloo Outstanding Performance Award. Kenyon was also selected by his peers to serve as President of the Canadian Philosophy Association. read more

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