Inzamam-ul-Haq quits as Afghanistan coach, set to take Pakistan job

first_imgFormer Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is set to be appointed as the country’s chief selector after he was released from his role as Afghanistan’s head coach.The 46-year-old Inzamam guided Afghanistan to the Super 10 stage of the recent World Twenty20 in India, during which they defeated eventual champions West Indies. He had a contract with the Afghan board (ACB) until the end of the year.ACB Chief Shafiq Stanikzai said he had received a request from his Pakistan Cricket Board counterpart Shaharyar Khan to release the former batting great from his contract.”Today Shaharyar Khan called me and asked a favour to release Inzamam-ul-Haq as they are keen to hire him,” Stanikzai told reporters.Pakistan exited the World Twenty20 after losing three of their four games in the Super 10 stage prompting head coach Waqar Younis to resign.Inzamam played 378 one-day internationals and 120 Tests for Pakistan and also served as the team’s batting consultant for a brief period in 2012.last_img read more

CoA chief Vinod Rai confirms meet with Virat Kohli over pay hike

first_imgCommittee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai on Tuesday confirmed that he will meet India skipper Virat Kohli and other concerned persons to discuss a possible pay hike for cricketers.Earlier, Anil Kumble, former head coach of the Indian team, had met the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Hyderabad on behalf of the team to discuss salary raise for centrally contracted players and coaching staff.He also gave a presentation to the BCCI office bearers on the revised compensation structure.In a telephonic interview with ANI, Rai informed that he has already met the team members twice and this will be the third meeting in this regard.Rai said, “We have met them twice already. First time was when Anil Kumble made his presentation.”He added, “We are during the course of the Test match (Delhi Test match against Sri Lanka) going to meet them again. We are going to meet them as we have prepared the entire compensation package for players which we want to bounce it off them.”Rai, however, did not confirm about the time of meeting.It is believed that Kohli, former India Skipper MS Dhoni and head coach Ravi Shastri will meet Rai in the national capital during the third and concluding Test match against Sri Lanka.The meeting can have a discussion on ‘cramped scheduling’ of Indian cricket team matches, which was recently brought out by Kohli, ahead of the second Nagpur Test.The BCCI currently pays Rs 2 crore to Grade A players, Rs 1 crore to Grade B players and Rs 50 lakh to Grade C players.advertisementlast_img read more

Montoya Wins Indy 500 in Duel

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Juan Pablo Montoya insisted he had the best car in the Team Penske stable — even to his three teammates, who all believed they were legitimate contenders to win the Indianapolis 500.With the same confidence he showed 15 years ago when he routed the field, Montoya sliced his way through the field twice and won his second Indianapolis 500 on May 24.“This is too much,” he said in victory lane, the winner’s wreath around his neck and the traditional bottle of milk in his hand. Flanked by his children, he looked everywhere for his wife.It was a far different scene from 2000, when the fearless Colombian was single, childless and using Indy cars as a stepping stone to Formula One.But his career has been a series of ups-and-downs through F1, NASCAR and finally back to IndyCar with motorsports icon Roger Penske.His win gave Penske his 16th Indianapolis 500 win, and first since Helio Castroneves in 2009. Penske also joined Chip Ganassi as the only owners to win the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in the same year. Ganassi did it in 2010; Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 for Penske in February.The 15 years between Indy 500 victories are a record for a driver, surpassing A.J. Foyt, who needed 10 years between his third and fourth wins. That first win for Montoya? It came when he drove for Ganassi.This victory was almost certainly going to go to a Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing driver. With a combined nine cars in the field, the two owners showed over the last two weeks that their organizations were head-and-shoulders above the competition.Proving that Indianapolis is their own personal playground, Penske and Ganassi drivers led the majority of the laps on Sunday and turned the final restart with 15 laps to go into a three-car thriller between Penske teammates Montoya and Will Power, and Ganassi driver Scott Dixon.Power finished second and Ganassi drivers Charlie Kimball and Dixon were third and fourth. The two team owners embraced on pit road as Montoya headed to grab his bottle of milk.It was thought that the leader on the final lap would be a sitting duck, but Montoya didn’t care as he charged past Power with three laps remaining and stayed out front until the checkered flag.“Montoya got that last run and maybe I was a bit nice to him into (turn) 1 and lifted,” said Power. “That was some serious racing there, a lot of fun.”(JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greek-American 10K Star Pappas, in Virginia, Says Willpower Key

first_imgA former star runner for Dartmouth and holder of the Greek women’s record for the 10-kilometer event, Alexia Pappas – in running gear – told an audience in Lynchburg, VA, where she was the special guest for the 46th Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, what her secret was: willpower.Pappas, who has dual citizenship and ran for the Greek Olympic team in the 2016 games – she’s also an actress – shared her message on willpower, but she added, quote: “It’s important to be as kind to yourself as you are hard on yourself,” the local CBS news station reported.Pappas said that it was really special speaking to mostly female businesswomen at a luncheon at the Regional Business Alliance, a role to which she can relate as an athlete, her acting also in her role as a writer. She also spoke at the University of Lynchburg.She set a Greek national record for 10,000 meters at 31:46:83 and bettered that at the 2016 Olympics with a time of 31:36:16 to place 17th in a fiercely competitive field. As a filmmaker, Alexi co-wrote and starred in Tracktown, directed by her husband, filmmaker Jeremy Teicher.TweetPinShare88 Shareslast_img read more

AFC Asian Cup 2019: After dream start vs Thailand, India brace for tougher test against UAE

first_img Press Trust of India Abu DhabiJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 9, 2019 17:54 IST India are ranked seven places below hosts UAE in the FIFA rankings for Asia (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia easily defeated Thailand 4-1 in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 openerHosts UAE were held by Bahrain 1-1 in the tournament openerUAE are currently ranked 79th to India’s 97th in the FIFA rankingsIf Thailand was big, India are faced with a bigger test in hosts United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup here Thursday, overcoming whom will require them to play out of their skins.Four days after creating a flutter with a stunning 4-1 drubbing of Thailand, India are now looking an upbeat lot in the continental showpiece.While the result against Thailand, who have three J-League players in their ranks, was no mean feat, it will be a bigger achievement if the Indians are able to put it across the hosts who are gunning for the title.Currently ranked 79th to India’s 97th, the United Arab Emirates were placed as high as 24 in the FIFA chart in January 2015.Coach Stephen Constantine will be pleased with how the second half against Thailand turned out. India not only managed to shut down a lethal Thai attack after being tied 1-1 at the break, but also threatened at the other end through quick transitions in attack.That stupendous show earned India three valuable points, a place on top of the group and a goal average of plus three.”We have a very young side here and they are excited. Of course, hosts UAE will be a different game. They are a very good side but they are just another team standing in our way,” said Constantine.As far as the Indian team is concerned, Sunil Chhetri hogs the limelight wherever he goes, and the Blue Tigers will again look up to him upfront.advertisementIt will not exactly be appropriate to say that Chhetri will be high on confidence after his double strikes against Thailand, which saw him go past Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the goal-scoring chart among active international players, because that is an ingredient the Indian talisman never lacked. He is never overconfident, though.In a team sport like football, a squad heavily dependent on Chhetri would not have experienced a 13-match unbeaten run on way to qualifying for the tournament.Over reliance on the 34-year-old striker would not have seen them maul Thailand the way the did.And that is a good sign for Constantine’s team, which will enhance its prospects of qualifying for the second round of the tournament for the first time in over 50 years if it is able to win or at least draw against the UAE.It is even better for the team that for all his achievements over the years, Chhetri remains grounded.Minutes after coming off the bench against Thailand, Jeje Lalpekhlua found the back of the net, and so did young Anirudh Thapa.However, the surprise package was rookie forward Ashique Kuruniyan, Udanta Singh being the livewire down wide right.Udanta, in fact, set up a couple of goals including the inch-perfect cross from right flank, which Chhetri slammed home for India’s second goal.Chhetri and Ashique had their eyes on goal whenever they were on the ball and the direct running of the latter and the technique and finishing prowess of the former left the opposition’s defence helpless. More of the could be expected against a superior opponent in UAE.India can expect the UAE to come hard at them after a 1-1 stalemate against Bahrain in the tournament opener.They wouldn’t be satisfied with their performances, especially in the attacking third. It was the late goal by substitute Ahmed Khalil that saved them the blushes.Midfielder Ismail Hammadi is also a key player in UAE’s scheme of things.UAE will look to dominate the midfield where Anirudh Thapa and Pronay Halder will come up against a tightly-knit unit.India will also be required to be vigilant at the back as the likes of Ali Mabkhout and 2015 Asian Player of the Year Ahmed Khalil are goal-scorers with predatory instincts in the attacking third.Mabkhout is seven goals shy of becoming UAE’s all-time top scorer. The central defensive pairing of Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika will be kept busy at the back, and so could be goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.India’s grand opening seem to have also left the UAE football association concerned, which has adopted a unique strategy to fill the stands at the stadium with fans of the home team.It has been reported that the UAE FA has purchased 5,000 tickets for the game against India and plans to distribute it only among the local fans on the match day for free to pack the stands with home support.India will hope to not get carried away by all these, something their coach stressed a day after the win against Thailand.advertisement”We don’t go into a match expecting to win 4-1 or 5-1. However, we are not trying to get carried away with the emotion. We still have two games left and we still need another two points to qualify from the group stages,” Constantine had said.”After we have qualified, we can get a little bit excited, but our primary job is still to qualify out of the group stages.”Only time will tell what’s in store.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri’s team donates fines worth Rs 50,000 to Indian Blind Football FederationAlso Read | India not getting carried away with the win, says Stephen ConstantineAlso Read | Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play againstFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byPTI Tags :Follow AFC Asian Cup 2019Follow AFC Asian CupFollow India vs UAEFollow IndiaFollow United Arab EmiratesFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow Indian football AFC Asian Cup 2019: After dream start vs Thailand, India brace for tougher test against UAEAFC Asian Cup 2019: India will look to put one foot in the Round of 16 with a positive result against hosts United Arab Emiratesadvertisementlast_img read more

Province Playing Host to Tall Ships Challenge 2004

first_imgWATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Province Playing Host to Tall ShipsChallenge 2004 Nova Scotians will have front-row seats to the world’s largestgathering of tall ships this year as the province plays host toTall Ships Challenge 2004 from July 29 to Aug. 2 . Between 30 and 40 tall ships will be at the heart of thefestivities on the Halifax waterfront. Among the ships will be atleast six A-class vessels — show-stoppers that can be up to 110metres (360 feet) in length — such as Poland’s Iskra andPogoria, Romania’s Mircea, Britian’s Tenacious, andEagle from the United States. Some of Nova Scotia’s own vesselsare also participating, including Silva, Picton Castle, Caledoniaand Bluenose II. The tall ships’ fourth visit to Nova Scotia is taking placeduring the World Acadian Congress and is specially themed “ASalute to l’Acadie”. The Waterfront Development Corp. is hostingthe event with many activities planned, paying special tribute toAcadian culture. “The community — including all levels of government, the privatesector, volunteers and various groups — has rallied together,providing the support and resources needed to welcome the tallships back to our province,” said Premier John Hamm. “As aresult, Nova Scotia is hosting the largest event on this year’stall ships tour, and we are guaranteed that it will be agathering not to be missed.” The five-day event will be Halifax’s biggest celebration thissummer. For this year only, the Grou Tyme Acadian Festival willtake place over the weekend and will feature the Grou TymeVillage with world-class entertainers from Atlantic Canada,Louisiana, France and Quebec. Also included in the festivitieswill be the annual Natal Day celebration, highlighting the city’smulticultural entertainers, as well as traditional East Coastartists. “Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) has become a favourite stopfor international tall ships events and as we’ve demonstrated inthe past, we’re up to the challenge,” said HRM Mayor Peter Kelly.”Halifax was voted best port by race participants when we hostedthe event in 1984 and 2000 — and this year will be nodifferent.” More information on Tall Ships Challenge 2004 – A Salute tol’Acadie will be available in the coming months on the CBCwebsite, www.cbc.ca/tallships2004 , and the provincial governmentwebsite at www.novascotia.com/tallships .last_img read more

Province Supports Valley Fire Departments Emergency Responders for New Equipment

first_imgFire departments and emergency responders in the Annapolis Valley area will be able to purchase equipment to help them better protect communities with provincial support announced today, Aug. 15. Through the Emergency Services Provider Fund, the province is investing more than $96,000 in nine organizations in Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis, and Hants counties. “Funds provided through this program help fire departments and first responders purchase equipment to help them carry out their duties safely and effectively,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We are committed to making our communities safe, healthy places for Nova Scotians.” The funds will be used to purchase essential equipment used in the response to a fire or an emergency. This includes personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, communication equipment, and hoses and pumps. “The Emergency Services Providers Fund has provided the necessary funds for vehicle rescue equipment, enabling our department to provide emergency rescue services to those in need,” says Todd Swinamer, fire chief, Uniacke and District Volunteer Fire Department. The program provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs for approved projects, to a maximum contribution of $20,000. In total, the program is providing about $500,000 to 55 organizations.last_img read more

Government emails contradict Liberal claims on fate of First Nation education dollars

first_imgEarlier that same day, an Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson emailed APTN a response from department bureaucrats on the First Nation education money confirming $1.2 billion still existed on the books.“The remaining funds are still available,” said spokesperson Amanda Gordon, who was in the office of former Aboriginal affairs minister Bernard Valcourt, in an Oct. 2, 2015, email.Months earlier in April during the lock-up for what would prove to be the last Harper federal budget, a federal Finance official repeatedly stated the $1.2 billion for First Nation education remained on the books in the “fiscal framework.”The $1.2 billion figure was what was left over from the $1.9 billion the Harper government tied to passage of the controversial First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act which was rejected in 2014 by First Nation chiefs.The Harper government said at the time the money would only flow if the Assembly of First Nations supported the bill.Knowing education to be a sore political spot in the relationship between First Nations and the Harper government, the Liberals jumped out early with the $2.6 billion education promise which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled on the campaign trail last August.The NDP pounced, accusing the Liberals of making a promise based on money that did not exist.A close inspection of the promise revealed the Liberals were really only committing $900 million in new money which would be added to $1.7 billion the party believed the Conservatives had set aside for education.The Liberals, it seems, made a big assumption in their promise. A large chunk of the promised money, about $500 million, came from a 4.5 per cent escalator in education funding the Conservatives also tied to passage of the ill-fated legislation on education.As the record shows, only $1.2 billion was ever set aside for First Nation education. It remains unclear why the Liberals chose to base their election education promise on money that was never there.Now it seems the Liberal government is trying to prepare the groundwork ahead of the next federal budget which may contain education funding that won’t match what was promised by the party to First Nation students on the campaign trail.APTN contacted Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bennett’s office seeking clarification on the contradictions between the record and the statement by the Indigenous Affairs minister.A spokesperson for Finance said in an emailed statement that there was now only $241 million left in the fiscal framework.“In budget 2015 much of this provisioned allocation was removed, but not announced,” said David Barnabe, a spokesperson for the department.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s claim the previous Conservative government spent all the money set aside for First Nation education—leaving her government in a hole when it comes to fulfilling its $2.6 billion promise on the issue—is not supported by the record.Bennett said in the House of Commons during question period Friday the previous Conservative government of Stephen Harper “removed” money set aside for First Nation education from the federal Finance department’s books.After repeatedly dodging APTN’s questions on the issue, Bennett finally admitted the money on which the Liberals based their $2.6 billion election education promise doesn’t exist.“Sadly, I can confirm that the previous government removed the promised additional funding for first nations education that it had promised,” said Bennett, responding to questions from the NDP on the issue. “I am saddened by that revelation, but we are committed to making the appropriate investments to close that gap.”However, the minister’s claim it’s the Conservative’s fault contradicts information supplied to APTN by Finance and Aboriginal Affairs (as the department was known at the time) officials in October, near the end of last year’s federal campaign.Those departments stated there was $1.2 billion set aside in the books for First Nation education, but it would be up to the next federal government to decide what to do with the money.“The funds remain in the fiscal framework. Following the federal election, the government will determine the best use of these funds,” said Stephanie Rubec, a spokesperson for the Department of Finance, in an Oct. 2, 2015, email.Click to enlarge screenshot of emailslast_img read more

The Latest Steve Wynn again denies misconduct accusations

BOSTON — The Latest on hearings in Massachusetts on sexual misconduct allegations at Wynn Resorts (all times local):3:45 p.m.Steve Wynn is again denying accusations of sexual misconduct after gambling regulators in Massachusetts released a report on how his former company responded to the allegations.The casino mogul wasn’t in attendance Tuesday when the state’s gaming commission opened a series of hearings into the response.Lawyer Brian Kelly says in a statement his client denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.He also stressed that Steve Wynn isn’t the focus of the hearings. Regulators aren’t focused on the truth of the allegations but rather how long company officials were aware of them and how they responded.The hearings have implications for the company’s Massachusetts casino license and Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.6 billion resort it plans to open in June.___11:30 a.m.A report by Massachusetts casino regulators has found that Wynn Resorts executives concealed for years allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn.The report by the state Gaming Commission’s investigative team doesn’t make a recommendation to regulators but concludes saying the five-member panel should evaluate the company’s recent reforms in the context of the report’s findings.The report was released Tuesday as the commission opened a series of hearings on whether Wynn officials knowingly hid information about the allegations, which Steve Wynn has denied, when it sought a casino license in 2013. The hearings have implications for Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.6 billion Boston-area resort the company plans to open in June.Wynn Resorts didn’t dispute the facts of the nearly 200-page report and said it represents a “complete review.”—-1:18 a.m.Massachusetts gambling regulators are holding hearings and releasing a long-awaited report into how Wynn Resorts handled allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn.The state Gaming Commission has been investigating, in part, whether company officials knowingly hid information about the allegations when the state was considering its application for a license in 2014.The series of hearings opening Tuesday in Boston have implications for the Las Vegas company’s Massachusetts casino license and Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.6 billion resort in Everett it plans to open in June.Wynn Resorts recently went through a similar review in Nevada where it was handed down a record $20 million fine but allowed to keep its casino license. Steve Wynn has denied the claims but resigned as CEO last year.The Associated Press read more

UN conference pledges to stamp out illiteracy in East Asia SouthEast Asia

“We cannot in all conscience abandon millions of adults and young people to a fate of lifelong illiteracy,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura at the opening of the two-day meeting in Beijing. “This is unacceptable in the 21st century.”Those attending the conference – education ministers, first ladies, policymakers, civil society representatives, education experts and members of international organizations – discussed family literacy, intergenerational teaching, and literacy to promote health and economic self-sufficiency.Compared to the global illiteracy rate of 20 per cent – or 774 million people being able to neither read nor write – there is a high literacy rate in East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific of 91.7 per cent.Yet while countries such as China and Indonesia have made great strides in curtailing illiteracy in recent decades, there is a wide disparity among nations in the region. In the Pacific, Papua New Guinea has a 60 per cent literacy rate, while Tonga and Samoa have a 98 per cent rate. It is estimated that 125 million adults in the region have poor reading and writing skills. Reflecting persistent gender inequality, women account for 70 per cent of those who are illiterate.“Women who can read are more likely to be advocates for their own children’s education,” said United States First Lady Laura Bush, who serves as Honorary Ambassador for the UN Decade of Literacy, in a video address to the conference.At the close of the meeting, participants highlighted the need to ensure literacy in people’s mother tongues before national languages, as well as the importance of teaching migrants to read and write.“External aid remains insufficient to meeting the Education For All goals,” Mr. Matsuura noted, appealing for increased support to end illiteracy from the international community and donors.Only $2.4 billion was earmarked for the Education For All programme, far short of the estimated $11 billion necessary to meet goals.The conference in Beijing – called Literacy Challenges in East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific: Building Partnerships and Promoting Innovative Approaches – is one of the six regional conferences being convened to bolster literacy worldwide. The first took place in Doha, Qatar, this March, and four others are slated to take place by the end of next year in Mali, India, Costa Rica and Azerbaijan. 2 August 2007A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference to tackle illiteracy in East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific has wrapped up, with participants calling for strong political commitment and close cooperation between governments and civil society organizations. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse hoping to lock up top4 finish in ECAC

Ohio State men’s lacrosse looks to lock up a top-four finish in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and a berth in the conference playoffs this weekend against Air Force. OSU (8-3, 3-2) is currently tied for third in the ECAC with Fairfield. About two weeks ago, the OSU men’s lacrosse team was reeling. The Buckeyes were coming off a 9-4 loss to Loyola (Md.) to cap off a month that saw them lose three of six games and drop to 1-2 in ECAC play. With dreams of making it to the postseason slowly slipping into fantasy, OSU needed to turn things around. But two games later, the Buckeyes are coming off back-to-back conference wins against Hobart and Michigan as they head to Colorado to seal a top-four finish and a playoff spot. Senior attacker Nick Liddil said it was about getting back to basics for OSU. “We just had to focus on us and do the things that we know how to do and play within ourselves,” Liddil said. “That’s what got us out of our rough patch.” A big issue for the Buckeyes during March was an inconsistent offense. Only scoring four times each during losses against Notre Dame and Loyola, OSU was struggling. In recent weeks, though, Logan Schuss has helped turn the team around. The senior attacker’s five goals led the Buckeyes to a 17-8 victory against Michigan Saturday. OSU coach Nick Myers said Schuss getting back in the swing of things was a contributing factor in OSU’s turnaround. “Offensively, we hit a bit of a wall I think,” Myers said. “After that Loyola game, we hit the rest button a little bit and got back to basics, focused on fundamentals, got a little faster. We’re sharing the ball and it’s been great to see Logan get back in a rhythm.” Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander said he knows, though, the trip to the playoffs can be hard. “The juniors and seniors, we’ve been up there before, and we know this is no cakewalk,” Alexander said. “Our coaches explained to us today that there are still two spots left in our conference tournament and about five teams that are competing for that.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Air Force in United States Air Force Academy, Colo., Saturday at 2 p.m. read more

Barry Chuckle was fighting secret bone cancer battle when he died brother

Barry (left) and Paul Elliott were on TV for decades Mr Patton said he was “amazed” his brother performed in panto last year despite being ill.He said Mr Elliott’s death had been particularly hard on his comedy partner Paul.”Paul was closest to Barry you see and he is devastated, we all are – it’s very sad,” he told The Sun. 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. Barry (left) and Paul Elliott were on TV for decadesCredit:Yui Mok/PA Entertainer Barry Chuckle was diagnosed with bone cancer but kept it secret from his fans, his brother claimed.The veteran entertainer, real name Barry Elliott, died at the weekend at the age of 73. He found fame performing alongside his brother Paul Elliott as the Chuckle Brothers, in BBC comedy show ChuckleVision, which ran for 21 series from 1987 to 2009.Mr Elliott’s eldest brother Jimmy Patton said the TV star had been suffering from bone cancer which had spread to his lungs, but kept news of the disease private.Mr Patton told The Sun: “We are all devastated. Barry had bone cancer which had spread to his lungs.”He was ill for years, but kept it hidden. We knew about it, but kept it quiet, and all the family are really hurting right now.” read more

Expanded Super50 a great stepping stone — Adams

(CMC) The region’s new director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, believes this year’s expanded Regional Super50 was a major stepping stone in helping players to set new standards of achievement.During the tournament last month, the eight teams divided into two groups and played each other twice, leading to an extended preliminary round.Jimmy Adams (Photo: CMC)Adams, who last month took over the high-profile role from Englishman Richard Pybus, said the new development was critical to the long-term improvement of the game.“I think the first thing for me is that we got a chance [to play so many games]. I’m thankful for the opportunity the players got to play such a long tournament,” the former Test captain noted.“I think the first thing for me was how much cricket we play and certainly to get the finalists to play 10 games, the losing semi-finalists nine, and everybody else eight games, I think was a step in the right direction.”He added: “But just to play as many games as we did play and getting batsmen [among the runs]. We had quite a few three-figure performances from some of our top batsmen. Going back a few years, they were a rarity.“So I think it helps … to have the amount of games that we had played, so that for me was a big plus.”Eleven hundreds were scored in the tournament, with the returning Kieran Powell notching three and current West Indies players Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope getting two apiece.Two centuries came in the first semi-final, courtesy of Chadwick Walton and Jermaine Blackwood, as Jamaica Scorpions piled up a regional List A record 434 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.Last year there were only three centuries scored and not a single score over 300.Adams, who played 54 Tests and 127 One-Day Internationals for West Indies, said the standard set in the recent Super50 was one which needed to be maintained, but pointed out that getting acclimatised to the new professional level would take time.“Some of the performances we got in Barbados and Antigua were very encouraging, and just to have players who are starting to appreciate more and more what sort of standard is expected from players who are trying to make it to the next level, I think that helps as well – communicating that very clearly,” he explained. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFirst class season a chance to impress selectors, says AdamsOctober 4, 2017In “latest news”Adams endorses review of “unsustainable” eligibility ruleFebruary 28, 2017In “latest news”CWI opens doors for Narine, Pollard and Bravo comebacks into national sideJuly 24, 2018In “latest news” read more

Homeless Action Plan survey seeks feedback

first_imgClark County – Council for the Homeless is surveying community members, service providers and people experiencing homelessness as part of its effort to update the Clark County Homeless Action Plan.The survey gathers feedback on certain themes:How should meeting basic human needs be balanced with the need for stable, permanent housing?Which subpopulations (e.g. families, senior citizens, etc.) would you prioritize?What solutions have worked elsewhere that our community should pursue?The survey, available online at www.councilforthehomeless.org/homeless-action-plan/, takes five to 10 minutes to complete. It’s open through July 13.Clark County Department of Community Services contracted with Council for the Homeless to update the Homeless Action Plan, a document that guides investment in homeless programs that was last updated in 2015.“The 2015 plan was written in the context of the recession and really before the housing crisis caused an increase in homelessness,” Kate Budd, executive director of Council for the Homeless, said in a news release. “The updated Homeless Action Plan creates a present-day framework for our collective efforts.”Over the last several weeks Council for the Homeless has held public forums, gathered input at emergency shelters and other service providers, as well as presented to city councils around the county. Budd will present to Vancouver City Council on Monday.The updated plan will be brought to Clark County Council later this year.last_img read more

Oikya Front to protest vote rigging Wednesday

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front.File photoJatiya Oikya Front will form a human chain wearing black badge in the capital on Wednesday, protesting what it said ‘vote robbery’ in the 30 December election, reports UNB.The programme will begin at 3pm in front of the National Press Club and conclude at 4 pm with the participation of Oikya Front leaders and activists.Senior leaders of the alliance will address the programme, said Gano Forum training affairs secretary Rafiqul Islam Pathik.On 31 January last, Jatiya Oikya Front spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programme after a meeting of the steering committee of the alliance at Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber.The alliance will hold a public hearing with the participation of Oikya Front candidates and victimised voters on 24 February on the same ground.Jatiya Oikya Front, a platform of five parties, including BNP and Gano Forum, turned down the 30 December election results, bringing the allegations of massive ‘vote robbery’.last_img read more

A perfect weekend getaway

first_imgThe land which echoes enchantment and romance that can put you in trance, a place where every bit of nature’s wonders are at its zenith, a site which could bring solace to your soul – it is the one and only Henry’s Island. As history outlines, this place is named after a British explorer who surveyed the beach and the adjoining areas back in the 19th century. For those who want to take a break from their mundane lifestyles and breathe in ‘fresh air’, Henry’s Island could be a peerless weekend gateway with your friends and family. Apart from its lush greenery, the uniqueness of Henry’s Island lies on the fact that it is an abode of serenity and tranquility. The gift of its nature is hidden in the pleasure of taking joy in silence, which speaks volumes unlike any other noisy, overcrowded urban set ups. Forget about gadgets and, of course, your mobiles and embrace the peace of mind you had the thirst for. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLocated approximately 140 kilometers away from Kolkata, Henry’s Island near Bakkhali in West Bengal is a must-visit destination because of its major attractions, including a watch-tower where one can climb and get a panoramic view of the entire beach, woods of the mangrove and the Bheri. If you are interested in fisheries, then Bheris – large shallow lakes dedicated to pisciculture – could offer you to have a look at varied types of fishes (if you are lucky enough). Nearly thirty of these Bheris are scattered across the beach. Fishes are also up for purchase at a government price. Some birds like Lesser Whistling Ducks, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Snipe, Black-Rumped Flameback, Kingfisher, Gadwall, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, and Streak-throated Woodpecker, among others also add charm to its beauty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveYour excursion to this silent island could be paradisiacal as soon as you step a foot on it. Amidst complete calmness of its own kind, one can truly live up the moments of love with your loved ones. The cool breeze of fresh air, slight movement of leaves of the Casuarina trees, sun-kissed horizon at the onset of dawn, star-lit sky at the time of the on-fall of dusk clubbed with the pacifying sounds of the natural flow of Bay of Bengal, a trip to Henry’s Island is a magnanimous experience for all the nature lovers to unearth true meaning of life. Reaching the destination by rail or road is not a tough job at all. There is an easy access of WBSTC bus service from Karunamoyee or Esplanade. Also, you can hire private cars as an alternative, which would take approximately 3 to 4 hours to reach the island. You can also take delight in the journey by train. The nearest railway station to Henry Island is Namkhana. There are trains at regular intervals from Sealdah via Lakhsmi kantapur and Kakdwip to Namkhana. If you prefer to start early, then catch the first train which starts at around 4 am. Sabyasachi Nath, who is the resident of Kolkata and a travel enthusiast, says, “To add frolic to your journey, it is advisable to take a break at Diamond Harbour and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the river if you start your expedition late. After travelling a certain distance ahead, stop at the ferry ghat of river Hatania Doania creek on your way to the white-sand beach as you and your car require crossing the river by launch. Also, this particular area is swarming with fishermen and comprises a small market for locals to buy their daily products.”Arya Bandyopadhyay, who is a photographer by profession and an avid traveller also highlights, “If you want to enjoy peace, Henry’s Island is the ideal destination. West Bengal Fisheries Department maintains their own guest houses near the island at a decent price.” Henry’s Island doesn’t have much to offer in terms of food. However, it will not disappoint you. Food is available only at the resorts you check in. Luchi-Alubhaja, rice, dal, desi-murgir jhol and the likes are served hot and fresh. Do not expect to be ‘digital’ in any way – there are no ATM’s in and around the private beach. So, carry cash. Neelkantha Barman, manager of Hotel Amarabati at Bakkhali opines that “Henry’s Island is blessed with its magnificent beauty. The best time to visit here is from December to January. However, areas in and around the island needs to be further maintained by the government as far as cleanliness is concerned. To reach there, vessel service should have a quicker access to tourists. I personally think that a little attention to the development of this region would certainly improve the beauty of the adjoining areas and help in promoting West Bengal Tourism.” Apart from all the other spots, Benfish harbor and Fraserganj beach are the two interesting spots on your way to the island. Moreover, Crocodile Park or the Crocodile Breeding Center at Bakkhali near Henry’s Island could also be a great option to switch to. This park is less-known and has a huge collection of crocodiles – ranging from babies to old crocodiles. The coastal area has something beautiful in its store to offer every time you visit there. Discover the surprises which describe the island as being possessed with its arresting glamour.last_img read more

Dashlane wants to automate passwords in 2018

first_imgDashlane wants to automate passwords in 2018 by Martin Brinkmann on January 06, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 7 commentsPasswords are everywhere. You use them to sign in to operating systems and devices, web services, email accounts, computer games, audio and video chat services, or websites that you have user accounts at.If you are tech savvy, you know that it is important to use unique secure passwords for accounts. This is best done with the help of a password manager unless you only use a single account on the Internet.Password managers of today assist users in multiple ways. They store passwords, come with sure password generation options, and allow you to sync between devices often for that extra bit of comfort.What most don’t do is make the managing of passwords easier. Dashlane, makers of the popular Dashlane password manager, wants to change that.Tip: Check out our review of Dashlane 5 here.The company announced Project Mirror the other day. Project Mirror is Dashlane’s attempt at giving “you back control of your digital identity” so that the “logins and all other digital identification data are safe,” “accessed only by you” and “entirely automated.”While you could say that most password managers ensure the first two goals, it is different when it comes to the third. Sure, LastPass, Dashlane and some other password managers support the automatic changing of passwords for select services, but only for a limited number of supported sites. Dashlane introduced inbox scan in 2015 to improve automation further.Project Mirror is an evolution of earlier automation technologies according to Dashlane. The company wants to release a feature it calls Critical Account Protection as the first step towards that ambitious goal.What does it do?In a single click, this feature will import and secure your most important passwords in Dashlane, identifying any high-risk accounts and automatically resetting and securing those credentials.From your iPhone or Android device, you will be able to effortlessly identify, secure, and store your entire portfolio of passwords.The feature imports and identifies important passwords from email accounts you connect to the service. It runs a risk analysis of all accounts then and highlights accounts that have a high-risk assessment.The most interesting bit of the process is that users will be able to use Dashlane to automatically reset and secure the credentials (by updating them from within the application with minimal effort on the user’s side).In seconds, Critical Account Protection will allow you to link your email accounts, scan and view a detailed Critical Account report, and lock down any accounts you want completely protected.Dashlane published a video that demonstrates the functionality.Closing WordsThe information is scarce at this point in time. It seems however that Dashlane will use information about data breaches and hacks in the account analysis. This closes the information gap somewhat that exists and assists users who don’t follow IT news in securing their accounts after breaches.It is unclear right now if Dashlane will support only select accounts with the automation functionality — resetting and setting new passwords — or if automation covers the bulk of services out there.Now You: What’s your take on Dashlane’s initiative?SummaryArticle NameDashlane wants to automate passwords in 2018DescriptionDashlane announced Project Mirror recently; Project Mirror is Dashlane’s attempt at giving “you back control of your digital identity” so that the “logins and all other digital identification data are safe,” “accessed only by you” and “entirely automated.”Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   In a segment called “Way Too Early Predictions for Super Bowl LI,” Sessler picks the Arizona Cardinals to meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIII for all the marbles next season.“The Cardinals, really, collapsed against Carolina in the playoffs, but for so many weeks of the season, they were the most electrifying offense in football,” Sessler said. “I think they can absolutely can get back — they get Tyrann Mathieu back on defense.“This is a team that drafts very well and knows exactly how to fit free agents in. So Steelers-Cardinals? Book it.”The Cardinals did stumble down the stretch in 2015. After pounding the Green Bay Packers 38-8 in Week 16 to wrap up a first-round bye in the NFC Playoffs, they were throttled by the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17 and struggled to get by Green Bay in the Divisional Round, needing overtime to win 26-20.Of course, that led into a 49-15 rout at the hands of Carolina in the NFC Championship Game.According to early odds from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Cardinals have very good Super Bowl odds. Bruce Arians’ team opened with 10-1 odds to win it all next season, tied with Green Bay for the second-best odds in the league. Seattle, New England and Pittsburgh all opened with 8-1 odds. The same sports book has the Cardinals at 5-1 to win the NFC championship. It’s over.After 22 weeks of action, the 2015 NFL season came to an end last Sunday when the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.But as we all know, the NFL wheel never really stops spinning — even in the absence of games.Many analysts are already making predictions on what two teams will meet for the Lombardi Trophy in Houston next February. One of those pundits is Marc Sessler from NFL Network. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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