So called obstructions removed, sure Lodha reforms will be implemented smoothly: Ajay Shirke to India Today

first_imgAfter being shown the door by the Supreme Court for not complying with the Justice RM Lodha panel’s recommendations, dismissed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke said, “now that the obstructions have been removed, the reforms will be implemented smoothly”. (Also read: RM Lodha hails victory for cricket as Supreme Court sacks BCCI president Anurag Thakur)Speaking exclusively to India Today, Shirke said the reforms had to adopted through a majority which the BCCI failed to achieve from the state associations.”My understanding of law is limited. Once the Lodha Committee asked me to meet them, at that point I asked a clarification – it was clarified that the existing members have to come and adopt the constitution. At a loss for words to understand how a president, secretary can take responsibility for 30 members,” Shirke told India Today.On being asked whether he and Anurag Thakur obstructed the implementation of the court’s order, Shirke said: “Now that the so called obstructions have been removed, I am sure Lodha reforms will be implemented smoothly.”Shirke also said that now it is for the new dispensation of the BCCI to decide on the conduct of the upcoming India vs England ODI series.In a landmark verdict, the apex court today removed the board’s president Thakur along with Shirke for defying the Lodha panel’s recommendations to bring in structural reforms in the running of the board.A bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said that as an interim arrangement, the senior-most Vice President of the BCCI will act as the President and the Joint Secretary will act as the Secretary. (Also read: Supreme Court sacks BCCI boss Anurag Thakur, Sourav Ganguly to take over?)advertisementReacting to the decision, Shirke said he is “absolutely fine” with the court’s order but hoped that the world’s richest cricket board does not lose its face globally for all the administrative mess.”I have nothing to say. My role in BCCI is over. If SC has asked me to leave, that’s fine. I hope the new administration runs BCCI well,” he was quoted as saying by a news channel from the UK. (Also read: How BCCI lost control of cricket in India: A timeline)”I hope the new dispensation continues the good work done by the BCCI. Hope the board doesn’t lose more face globally. I also hope the Indian team is able to maintain its supremacy in all three formats of the game,” he added.”At the end of the day, the BCCI comprises of members. It is not about me or the president. It is about the members.””I have no personal attachment to the post. In the past also I have resigned and I have lots of other things to do. I came back to the board as there was a vacancy and I was elected unopposed. Now it has come to this (the Supreme Court). I am completely fine with it and I have no regrets,” he added.The court asked amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium and eminent lawyer Fali Nariman to suggest the names that will be in the committee to be headed by an administrator to oversee the functioning of the BCCI.The apex court said it will pass a separate order on January 19 for appointing the administrator.The bench also said that all the office-bearers of the BCCI and its affiliate state units, who are in conflict with the recommendation of the Lodha committee, will demit office.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

‘Virat Kohli acted like a clown in South Africa and ICC did nothing about it’

first_imgFormer South African spinner Paul Harris has compared Virat Kohli to a “clown” for his antics during the three-match Test series in South Africa in January.Harris was reacting after pacer Kagiso Rabada’s two-match suspension in the shoulder bump incident during the second Test between South Africa and Australia in Port Elizabeth.Rabada made contact with Australia skipper Steve Smith’s shoulder after dismissing him in the first innings of their six-wicket victory in Port Elizabeth.Rabada was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player” by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and will miss the rest of the four-match series.The 22-year-old Rabada, who took 11 wickets in the match, has appealed the decision.Harris took to Twitter to blame the ICC for not having any uniformity in its rules.In January, Kohli was fined 25 per cent of his match fee for arguing with the umpires during the third day of the second Test against South Africa in Centurion.”If he has to then everyone does. I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that @ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general,” Harris wrote.If he has to then everyone does. I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that @ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general.paul harris (@paulharris12) March 12, 2018However, Harris’ claim is a little strange because apart from an argument with the umpires during the Centurion Test, there was no other issue around the Indian captain, who finished with 871 runs across formats on the tour of South Africa.advertisementThe shoulder bump between Rabada and Smith was not the only incident in the match as the fired-up fast bowler also gave opening batsman David Warner a verbal send-off.In the first Test in Durban, security cameras captured a heated argument between Warner and South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock after the teams left the field for tea on the fourth day.Warner said the wicketkeeper had made “vile and disgusting” comments about his wife.Warner was fined 75 per cent of his match fee, while de Kock was fined 25 per cent. Both were given demerit points.Rabada was given three demerit points for the shoulder bump in Port Elizabeth, taking him to eight within a two-year period, which triggered an automatic two-match suspension. He was also given another demerit point for the Warner send-off.South Africa’s current captain Faf du Plessis too was confused with the level of charge levied by the ICC on Rabada.Du Plessis questioned why Rabada and Warner were booked by the ICC under the same level of offence when (according to the South African captain), Warner’s move appeared to be more aggressive.”How I understand it is, the charge against KG (Kagiso Rabada) is level two with three demerit points and the charge against Dave (David Warner) was a level two with three demerit points.”For me, if you look at both those incidents, one was brushing of a shirt, the other one is a lot more aggressive. So that was my question that why both these incidents were labelled as exactly the same. Of course for me they are not,” du Plessis told the media.Former England captain Kevin Pietersen also slammed ICC’s decision to ban Rabada.”I’m pretty happy not to be playing Test cricket when you scream a couple times with passion, give a few sends off & then get banned! My baptism into Test cricket in 2005 was a WHOLE lot worse! And, that’s what made it fun, competitive & separated men from boys!” Pietersen expressed on Twitter.Im pretty happy not to be playing Test cricket when you scream a couple times with passion, give a few sends off & then get banned!My baptism into Test cricket in 2005 was a WHOLE lot worse!And, thats what made it fun, competitive & separated men from boys!Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 13, 2018The third match starts in Cape Town on March 22.last_img read more

As captain you don’t presume all players have common sense: Dhoni

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Giving an endoscopic peek into the little details of his minimalist approach to leadership, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said there is “nothing called common sense” in cricket and spoke about how he would look to break the ice with his team-mates, as captain. On his 37th birthday, Dhoni talked about his learnings and philosophies as a leader of the national team. For India’s most successful captain, the biggest challenge during his captaincy was instilling “common sense” in some players without hurting their egos. “The biggest learning during my tenure as a captain was, that a lot of time, I used to think that this is common sense. But no, there is nothing called common sense. You think, ‘Oh, I don’t need to say or like ‘Yeh batane ke cheez nehi hai’, but in a team environment, you need to say,” Dhoni told Star Sports in an interview telecast on his 37th birthday. He spoke about how different players reacted differently in match situations and when the leader needs to step in. “There will be a few who are intelligent and they will be like ‘Areh yeh kya bol raha hai, yeh zaroorat nahi hai’ (Why is he telling this, we know this). But it’s not for them. They can figure things out. “It is for the person who does not understand. But, at the same time, it is very bad to address it to one person, because then he will know that ‘accha yeh toh mujhe hi bol raha hai’ (Okay he has singled me out).”advertisement Dhoni’s minimalist approach has often resulted in maximum benefits for the team. “We try to spend time in an environment where you feel very comfortable. You need to break that ice, unless he gives me his feedback, unless he talks to me I won’t really know what is going around in his mind. “… For me to understand the individual I need to spend time with him. Unless you know the individual it’s very difficult to advise that individual as to what he needs to do. And also the fact that you get to get inside his mind because everybody is different.” Another issue he finds sensitive is to explain to players their omissions from the playing XI. “I personally felt that in a team environment, the biggest problem was answering questions like ‘Dhoni, what is the reason for which I’m not playing the matches.” “They will then add on ‘I am asking you a question and I dont want an answer’. He then repeated his Harbhajan Singh-bike analogy, which he used prior to the IPL finals against Sunrisers Hyderabad. “Just before the finals, at the press conference, this guy asked me, Harbhajan Singh was there and he didnt bowl a single over. He is such an experienced player. And I had to give an answer.” “And I said, ‘You know I have so many bikes and cars in the garage and I take the ride out, according to what I need. Like, if it’s raining, I’ll take the car and if it’s not, then I’m happy with the bike. So, if I needed Bhajju Bhai at some point of time, I would have made him bowl. “I had like seven bowlers. Raina didn’t bowl a single over in this IPL. So, at times, when you don’t need that particular bowler, why to make him bowl?” His reticent mannerisms and measured celebrations are well known in the cricketing circles. Whenever India won a tournament under Dhoni, he would disappear in the background soon after receiving the trophy. Asked about it and he gave a reply that will make anyone sit back and think a little. “Well, don’t you think, it is unfair that you play a team sport where the captain goes and receives the trophy? It’s like an over exposure. Let’s say that you already have an over exposure of like 15 seconds and after that I dont really think that you are needed to be there. Of course, we all like the celebration and you want to be part of it. But it’s not like that you have to be with the trophy,” Dhoni said. “Thats why, in a team environment, we try to make it as simple as possible. And as I said, 15 seconds of over exposure has already happened, so no point clinging onto the trophy. Also, maybe if you dont spend enough time with the trophy, you get a chance or you want to win another one so that you get another of those 15 seconds,” he added. PTI KHSadvertisement KHS AHAHlast_img read more

Championship round-up: Robert Snodgrass winner lifts Aston Villa

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Twitter Pinterest Birmingham’s Sam Gallagher scores their third goal against Sunderland. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Facebook Birmingham City Preston moved to only three points adrift of sixth-placed Fulham after a 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest. North End went ahead after 35 minutes through Billy Bodin’s first goal since moving from Bristol Rovers.Tom Barkhuizen headed in a second on the hour and Daniel Johnson wrapped it up from the penalty spot after 83 minutes.Reading eased the pressure on their manager, Jaap Stam, with a comfortable 3-1 win at struggling Burton Albion, where Jon Dadi Bödvarsson scored twice.Stam’s side, who had been without a win in eight Championship games, were ahead after 20 minutes through the Iceland forward Bodvarsson. Burton drew level early in the second half following a penalty from Lucas Akins.Reading swiftly regained the lead through the Wales international Chris Gunter after 57 minutes and Bodvarsson added a third for the visitors after 68 minutes.It finished 0-0 between Hull and Leeds, which continued the winless Championship runs of both Yorkshire clubs, while Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday also ended in a goalless stalemate. Championship Topics Millwall Sheffield Unitedcenter_img Share on Messenger Unfit Tim Cahill made to wait before making Millwall return Sunderland Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter Robert Snodgrass scored a 90th-minute winner to give in-form Aston Villa a 1-0 win at Sheffield United. The Scotland midfielder curled in a left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area to snatch three points and secure a victory that lifts Villa up to third following a fifth straight victory. news Aston Villa Derby County Read more Steve Bruce’s side are now only a point behind second-placed Derby County who were held to a goalless draw at Millwall – meaning Wolves are 11 points clear at the top. The Australia international Tim Cahill, who left Millwall in 2004 to join Everton, was paraded to supporters after sealing a return to the club until the end of the season.The visitors could have won it late on but a goal from Ikechi Anya was ruled out for offside.Birmingham hauled themselves out of the relegation zone and left Sunderland further in trouble at the foot of the Championship with a 3-1 win at St Andrew’s. David Davis put the home side ahead after 28 minutes, a lead doubled just before half-time when Jérémie Boga headed in from close range. On 55 minutes Sam Gallagher added a third before Bryan Oviedo scored a consolation for Sunderland with seven minutes left. Birmingham moved up to 20th, while Sunderland are now second bottom.last_img read more

UCF Football Has Landed A Big Quarterback Recruiit

UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)UCF’s football program has landed one of the most-important recruits of the early signing period, snagging a top quarterback prospect out of Hawaii.Dillon Gabriel, the all-time leading passer in Hawaii high school football history, was projected by most recruiting analysts to commit to USC.247Sports’ “Crystal Ball” had him projected to commit to the Trojans, too.Gabriel, though, surprised the experts this evening when he announced his commitment. He’ll be playing for UCF.The quarterback recruit attends the same high school that star UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton attended.“Me and McKenzie talk every day. Him being there is a big plus…UCF is a place I want to be,” Gabriel said.UCF announced the big signing on social media:The all-time leading passer in Hawaii high school football is officially a Knight! ? #KnighteenMililani ⏩ UCF x2https://t.co/A3DmMfH2sV pic.twitter.com/qgEo5f6F8X— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) December 19, 2018Gabriel was one of the fastest-rising quarterback recruits in the 2019 class, getting interest from several major programs in the closing weeks.The three-star prospect chose UCF over USC and Georgia, among other programs. read more

Houston Is Hiring Dana Holgorsen To A Record-Setting Contract

first_imgDana Holgorsen celebrating against the Texas Longhorns.AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Head coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Houston is hiring West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen to a record-setting contract, according to multiple reports.Holgorsen, who’d been West Virginia’s head coach since 2011, is leaving the Mountaineers’ program to become the highest-paid head coach in Group of 5 history at Houston.SB Nation first reported the move was happening.Holgorsen and UH have an agreement in place on a five-year, $20 million deal that appears to make Holgorsen the highest-paid coach at any non-power conference school ever.As for the timing of the move, his contract in Morgantown called for him to pay WVU $2.5 million if he left before New Year’s Day 2019.That amount was slated to go down to $1 million at midnight on the first day of the year, causing Houston to wait before moving to officially hire him.You don’t see head coaches leave Power 5 jobs for non-Power 5 jobs very often (or ever, really) but this move actually makes a lot of sense.Holgorsen appeared to be growing tired of West Virginia and he’s a big fan of the state of Texas, specifically the Houston area.The Cougars are paying him like a Power 5 coach, too, and he’ll have the ability to schedule big games and win them (Tom Herman did at Houston, after all).The hiring of Holgorsen is expected to be announced at some point this week.last_img read more

Nikhil Chopra on R Ashwin’s mankad act: It’s a personal choice

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Lotteries Review Report Released

first_imgA report detailing findings and 28 recommendations about the control and regulation of ticket lotteries was released today, Nov. 6. The Advisory Panel on Ticket Lottery Controls was formed in May at the request of Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. Its mandate was to analyze the ticket lottery system and identify steps to ensure that Nova Scotians have confidence in its integrity. “I will review the report in the coming weeks and discuss the findings with other departments to determine the best way to address the recommendations of the panel,” said Mr. Parent. The report contains 28 recommendations including several legislative and regulatory changes. “The advisory panel members have delivered a thorough and high-quality report,” said Mr. Parent. “I thank them for contributing their expertise and diligence.” Panel members included: William Hogg, chair, a former deputy minister of finance, natural resources and government services; Ms. Dawn Russell, a former dean of law at Dalhousie University; David Wojcik, a lawyer and former RCMP inspector. The report is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/agd .last_img read more

Second Contract Awarded for New Jail in Pictou County

first_imgThe province is investing $1.1 million to begin site preparation work for the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility. Antigonish-based Nova Construction Company has been selected to complete this phase of the project. “We’re making good progress and are on track to open the doors in 2014,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. “This is good news for Pictou County. The state-of-the-art correctional facility will create 70 new corrections jobs and additional employment during the construction phase.” In September, Pine Breeze Logging Services cleared the trees and prepared the land for construction. The work by Nova Construction Company includes civil installation of sewer, storm and water lines, as well as driveways, parking lots and moving earth around the building area. This phase of the project will be completed in March 2012. The Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of the County of Pictou will also be working over the coming months on the water, storm and sewer infrastructure to supply the site. Architectural drawings will be completed in the next few weeks with the construction tender to follow in February. Seven general contracting companies were pre-qualified to bid on the tender. Construction is expected to begin in April and finish in late 2013 or early 2014. The Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility is expected to cost about $34-million to complete. For more information, visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/Corrections/NENS.asp .last_img read more

The Gift of Health Sight or Life Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness

first_imgMy son Adam was a talented athlete and artist whose enthusiasm and love of life inspired me. He graduated from Cape Breton University with an automotive and collision repair certificate and loved to fix cars. As a goaltender for his hockey team, he excelled and was well respected by his coaches and teammates. He had a real passion for art and that shone through in his many drawings. With a new job, a girlfriend and plans for the future, he had so much left to do in life. Tragically, all that came to abrupt end when he died in an accident on May 27, 2007. He was 21-years-old. As the doctor came out of the trauma room, held my hand, and gently told me that Adam was gone despite their valiant efforts to save him, my thoughts turned to a conversation we’d had a few weeks earlier. It was a conversation about organ and tissue donation, and he was all for it. As a family grieving the loss of our only son, we wanted to honor his wishes to be a donor. Through correspondence with the tissue bank, we learned that the life of a burn patient was saved and more than 50 other people received tissue from Adam’s selfless donation. The pride we feel knowing that something good came from something so tragic gives us the strength to go on. It also gives us comfort to think that even when we die, a part of us can live on in others through organ and tissue donation. By choosing to be a donor, you can give the gift of health, sight or mobility, or even the ultimate gift of life itself. Adam would be happy that others have benefited from his legacy. There are people in the world with a better quality of life because of our son’s gift, and it has helped lessen our grief. Because his decision to be an organ donor has helped our family, we encourage others to do the same. During Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week from April 21-27, please discuss organ donation with your family, and register as a donor. For more information, visit www.legacyoflife.ns.ca. -30-last_img read more

Voter awareness message for upcoming Lok Sabha polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Electoral office has made easy for the voters to get access to their polling station through SMS to 1950. The CEO office has managed proper drinking water and tents for voters on every polling stations keeping in mind the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to be held on May 12.As per the election mandate of Election Commission of India (ECI), it is mandatory to make the general public aware about casting of their votes and as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility activity.last_img read more

ExBarrick Gold chief Jamie Sokalsky to join junior gold explorer Probe Mines

TORONTO — Former Barrick Gold chief executive Jamie Sokalsky has been appointed a director and the next non-executive chairman of junior gold explorer Probe Mines Ltd.Sokalsky is expected to replace Patrick Reid as chairman after the company’s annual meeting on Oct. 29.Reid is not standing for re-election as a director.Sokalsky was chief financial officer at Barrick from 1999 to 2012 before he became chief executive. He formally stepped down from the top job at Barrick on Monday, following a management shakeup at the gold miner.Probe said Tuesday that Sokalsky has been granted options to acquire 500,000 shares of Probe for a period of five years with an exercise price of $2.41 per share.The junior company’s assets include the Borden gold project and Black Creek chromite deposit, both in Ontario.Shares in Probe were up a penny at $2.42 in trading on the TSX Venture Exchange.The Canadian Press read more

Technology Strategy Board launches investment fund

For more information about SMMT’s Electric Vehicle Group, please contact evgweb@smmt.co.uk. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Technology Strategy Board has announced a new £10 million investment in innovative electrical systems for low carbon vehicles. The first venture under the Integrated Delivery Programme will fund ten research programmes which operate with the aim of developing cutting-edge ultra-efficient electrical systems for electric and hybrid vehicles. The research will focus on extending the range of electric vehicles by maximising energy efficiency. The announcement coincides with the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) launch of a new plan to expand the charging points for plug-in vehicles across major cities in the UK. The development of ultra-low carbon vehicles provides an important opportunity for the UK motor industry and SMMT is determined to provide the support mechanisms needed to maximise the value to the national economy. To prepare for the expansion of ultra-low carbon technology within the UK motor industry, SMMT has set up the Electric Vehicle Group. The group comprises volume manufacturers, niche vehicle producers and component suppliers and plays an integral role in helping to develop government policy and legislation, research and development and technical regulations regarding electric vehicles. read more

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Katie Ledecky Is The Present And The Future Of Swimming

The black line is the average of the 50 best times at each distance since 2000. The top 200 times for each distance since 2000 are also plotted, with light orange lines each representing one swimmer.As you can see, Ledecky is pretty much the Secretariat of swimming.It’s a shame that the Olympic Games don’t include the women’s 1,500-meter event. Ledecky is so fast that her pace over 1,500 meters is faster than any other woman in history has managed over 800 meters. Wrap your head around that for a second: If Ledecky’s 1,500-meter record in 2015 were her only swim, she would have broken Rebecca Adlington’s 800-meter world record — that had stood since 2008 — in her first 800 meters.2Possibly in her last 800 meters, as well. I don’t have the 100-meter splits for that race, but her pace over both the first 800 and the last 700 meters was slightly faster than Adlington’s.With no real competition at distances of longer than 400 meters, we need new points of comparison. As I’ve written about before, her 800-meter record is marching its way through history as among the fastest swum by man or woman. She’s faster than the 1960 Olympic gold medal-winning men’s 800-meter relay (4×200) team, and she’s faster than any single person in history through 1975. She has cleared Tim Shaw and most of Stephen Holland’s records and could soon erase the Australian legend completely.There’s dominant and there’s dominant and there’s dominantEntering these Olympic games, at just 19 years old, Ledecky is already the most dominant freestyle swimmer in the modern era.3FINA’s downloadable archives go back to 2000. To demonstrate, I looked at the top swims by the 50 top male and female swimmers at each distance. Using those as a baseline, I charted the top swims by the top 200 swimmers for each gender at each distance, relative to the top 50 (in standard deviations). In essence, this shows us how good each swimmer is relative to the best that each event has had to offer this century, and allows us to compare across events and genders: The gray dots each represent one of the 500 swimmers (of any age) at each distance who posted the fastest times5The data goes back to 2000, though only those who posted their fastest times since 2010 are shown in this chart. and reflect those times versus the dates they were posted.Ledecky has favorable-looking trends — both over all races and for her personal bests — at every distance. She has set personal bests in the 100, 200 and 800 this year already, after having personal bests in the 50, 100, 800 and 1,500 last year. Her best events are flattening out a bit (as we would expect), but even there it is difficult to gauge because she has been so far ahead of the pack that she hasn’t been pushed.Even if Ledecky’s progression is normal, at 19 she should have years of improvement ahead. Generally, top female swimmers peak at older ages over shorter distances. The average age of a swimmer posting a personal best in the top 50 in a distance event (800m-1,500m) is 20. At middle distances (200-400m) it’s 22. At sprint distances (50-100m) it’s 25.6Specifically, those swimmers with one of the 50 best times since 2000 who posted it before 2014Ledecky’s consistent improvement at sprint distances, combined with her continuous, almost nonchalant dominance over longer distances, leaves me highly intrigued about the future possibilities.Could she be the first woman to swim 800 meters in under 8 minutes? How about the first person to set world records at four different distances since Tim Shaw more than 40 years ago? Those are both fair bets for the future — and unlikely but still on the table for these games.Beyond that, who knows? How about 1,500 meters in 15 minutes? Or becoming the first person to hold all five major distance records simultaneously since Shane Gould?She has a chance.We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here. “She has a chance.”That was the best the commentators at the 2012 Olympics could muster for the introduction of 15-year-old Katie Ledecky, who entered the finals of the 800-meter freestyle event as a virtual unknown. She had the third-fastest time in qualifying, but had no track record and no other medals in a year when the vaunted United States swim team ultimately won 31. Eight minutes, 15 seconds later, she was a gold medalist. Four years later, she is the most dominant swimmer on Earth.That Ledecky will repeat in the 800 meters this year is certain, save for whatever allowances we must make for the potential for injury or planet-killing asteroids. Her mark of 8:06.68 is over 7 seconds faster than any other woman in history. She hasn’t been challenged at this distance for so long that it’s unclear how fast she can go. She’s almost as much of a favorite in the 400-meter freestyle, where she owns the world record and is the first woman to swim the event consistently in under 4 minutes.1The first woman to swim 400 meters in under 4 minutes was Federica Pellegrini in 2009, prior to FINA’s ban on body-length and non-textile swimsuits. Since then, a sub-4-minute time has only been done by Ledecky. And despite being known as a distance swimmer, she is also the world champion in the 200-meter freestyle and the fourth-fastest woman in the event this decade.But Ledecky’s expected gold medal tally doesn’t do her justice. Not even close.Katie Ledecky is all aloneThere are swimmers with more versatile repertoires — Michael Phelps’s 18 golds (and counting) is safe for now — but Ledecky specializes in the stroke designed to get you from point A to point B as fast as possible. Her races and her career essentially follow the same pattern — the more she swims, the more she separates from the field: Ledecky’s performance at 800 meters is the most any swimmer has dominated any distance, followed by her performance at 1,500 meters. The next three most-dominant swims were all set in the controversial summer of 2009 record frenzy4In fact, Paul Biederman’s 200m, Lin Zhang’s 800m and Federica Pellegrini’s 200m freestyle records were all set on July 26, 2009. that led to FINA’s banning of full-body and nontextile swimsuits. Then there’s Ledecky’s 400 meters.And don’t sleep on her raw speed. Despite having unparalleled stamina, her 200-meter performance is nearly two standard deviations above the mean — of the top 50 of all time — in its own right. While she failed to qualify for the 100 meters at these Olympics, she is still well within the 50 fastest women (37th fastest since 2000) at that distance, and she’s still improving.Rapidly.Just the beginningWe know that the dropoff in speed that Ledecky shows over distances is uncannily flat. We don’t know how fast Ledecky can get.We do know that her trends look good at every distance. USA swimming has times from all of Ledecky’s officially recognized races going back to her youth. But let’s pick up in 2010 — just two years before her London gold — when she was 13: read more

Op Ed Whim Referendum – Total rejection repudiation of Nagamootoo and

By Dr Leslie Ramsammy Webster’s Dictionary has chosen TOXIC as the 2018 Word of the Year. Local Government Elections (LGE) 2018 dramatically pronounced the AFC and its leaders TOXIC, everywhere in Guyana. Not only the AFC did badly in the overall LGE 2018, they were toxic even in the towns and villages where their leaders were born and grew up. Nowhere were the results more alarming for the AFC than in Region 6 which had become a sort of bastion for the AFC and is the region where most of the visible leaders of the AFC were born and grew up. In this region, the AFC secured less than 0.1% of the votes. In Port Mourant, where the AFC had a pocket of support in 2015, the AFC barely secured 0.3%, even less than an independent candidate who beat them in this constituency. In Whim, the AFC and its pompous “elder Statesman”, Moses Nagamootoo, was totally rejected and repudiated, just as they were across Guyana.The AFC made Whim a referendum, insisting that Whim wants the AFC and not the PPP to represent them. Moses Nagamootoo’s vanity transformed the Whim LGE into a referendum for Whim to choose between him and Bharrat Jagdeo. Moses went to Whim the night before the election, holding a rally, emphasizing the AFC’s claim of supremacy and laying his claim he was Whim’s choice, not Bharrat Jagdeo. But Whim unequivocally used the power of the X to overwhelmingly reject the AFC and to repudiate Nagamootoo. In stark contrast, Whim showed its unreserved support and love for the PPP and Bharat Jagdeo.Nagamootoo descended on Whim on Sunday, November 11, with a convoy of security and assistants, totaling thirteen vehicles, spent more than an hour attacking Bharrat Jagdeo, Leslie Ramsammy, Zulphikar Mustapha and Dr. Ramaya. He listed major achievements of the APNU+AFC – first “Seeta went to Auchlyne School and the children wanted a water dispenser and Seeta gave them an electric water dispenser with hot and cold water” and, second, “Seeta went to Auchlyne School and the children wanted a copying machine and Seeta gave them a copying machine”. Sad, after three and a half years this was the sum total of his government’s achievement, according to Nagamootoo’s speech.Only a raging narcissist would risk his reputation by making any election a referendum on himself. The siren-blazing Prime Minister completely ignored the many things that worry people in Whim and across Guyana. He ignored the threat of his government for dramatic increases in property taxes, the poor health services, the GPL blackouts, the increasing taxes, the closure of sugar estates and loss of employment, non-payment of severance for sugar workers, the increasing cost of living, spiraling crime, crippling illicit drugs in the communities, etc. He ignored the obnoxious growth of corruption and the rise of dictatorship. Instead, for Nagamootoo, the most important LGE 2018 issue for Whim and the country was his coronation, over Bharrat Jagdeo. His obsession over Jagdeo, his hate for people he deems Jagdeo’s acolytes, made him come to Whim instructing people to use their X to prove he is number 1.Whim-Bloomfield used the power of their X and unequivocally rejected and repudiated both Nagamootoo and the AFC. It is a total rejection when even the people you claimed signed as backers for your party did not vote for you. None of the individual candidates for the AFC in the various constituencies in Whim-Bloomfield even garner enough votes to equal the number of backers they needed to become candidates in the elections. The Whim voters proved the police, a Judge and GECOM wrong – the AFC did fraudulently use people’s names as backers. The AFC did not win a single constituency or a single PR seat in Whim-Bloomfield. It was a total annihilation for the AFC and Nagamootoo in Whim. His own relatives and the people he grew up with rejected him.It is a devastating blow to Nagamootoo. The man who once walked with Cheddi surrendered his advantage of being a home-village hero when he betrayed the people and joined the PNC in fighting Cheddi’s party, the PPP. For the people of Whim, Nagamootoo was not a home-village son of renown, but a man who betrayed them, who is a traitor. They saw a man who was only interested in himself, they saw his pomposity and his burning ambition to be President, even if he has to betray them. Whim nailed the political coffin of Nagamootoo by resoundingly voting against him and the AFC, by using their X to serenade the PPP and Jagdeo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLGE 2018: Despite challenges PPP/C says it won 52 of the 80 Local Authority AreasNovember 14, 2018In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Lifting the veil…November 13, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”AFC losing ground in East Berbice as APNU struggles to salvage reputation in Linden – PPPDecember 4, 2014In “Politics” read more

Know Your Sport Take our weekly quiz

first_img You scored out of ! By Steve O’Rourke Mexico Friday 25 Nov 2016, 5:00 PM Share9 Tweet Email Lisa Maguire http://the42.ie/3101833 Jessica Ross Tolka Park INPHO Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely were you paying attention to the sports headlines this week American football Soccer Monaghan 2. Which Irish forward will win his 100th cap against Australia this weekend? Jamie Heaslip 5. The Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans played the fourth international NFL game of the season on Monday but in what country? Olivia Mehaffey Sean O’Brien Clonlara You scored out of ! Ballyea You scored out of ! 37 Carlisle Grounds 2014 INPHO Clarecastle 2015 9. Barbarian Days won the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year on Thursday. What sport is it about? 4. Which Irish golfer opted out of Q-School this week to remain amateur? 2016 Wooden Spoon Share PA Germany Bronze Nov 25th 2016, 5:00 PM 7. The Ireland women play New Zealand this weekend in the final game of the November Tests. In what year did they first beat the Black Ferns? Cavan Green Bay Packers PA Rory Best 26,457 Views Derry INPHO PA 38 Canada Share Answer all the questions to see your result!center_img Share Dallas Cowboys Gold Share your result: 1. Donaghmoyne reached the All-Ireland ladies senior club football final on Sunday. What county are they from? PA PA Pittsburgh Steelers Share your result: Tweet 17 Comments Detroit Lions Donegal The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe try again next week. PA 8. Bray Wanderers announced this week they are leaving for a new stadium but what is their current home ground called? Dalymount Park INPHO You scored out of ! 35 Rugby Tweet Rookie phenom Ezekiel Elliott helps Dallas Cowboys set franchise recordAmerican reporter’s surfing memoir wins William Hill Sports Book of the Year Share Tweet Silver Short URL 36 Cratloe Tweet PA Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. INPHO 3. Steven Gerrard retired from football this week. What age is he? Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? 10. Which of these teams did not win an NFL game on Thanksgiving? Share your result: 6. Which Clare side won their first Munster hurling title last weekend? Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. PA Devin Toner Surfing Leona Maguire INPHO United Kingdom 2013 Share your result: Richmond Park Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

KFC Doesnt Chicken Out of Social Media Stunt

first_imgYOU GUYS. It’s happening. https://t.co/evp0hU5zqv— Edge (@edgette22) October 20, 2017Details of their private conversation were not released. But presumably it involved the promise of some kind of reward, and Edgette providing a Sioux Falls address where he could receive it.Two weeks later, a “giant” package appeared on his porch. Inside: a 2.5-foot-by-2-foot painting of Col. Sanders, Edgette, and a scenic mountain view.“There was no explanation as to why I’m piggybacking the Colonel,” Edgette told local newspaper Argus Leader. The Internet is a weird and wonderful place. Just ask Mike Edgette, the proud new owner of a gold-framed portrait of himself, holding a piece of chicken while riding on KFC founder Col. Harland Sanders’ back.The South Dakotan recently spotted a hidden Easter egg in the fast food chain’s Twitter account. .@KFC follows 11 people.Those 11 people? 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb. 11 Herbs & Spices. I need time to process this.— Edge (@edgette22) October 19, 2017Edgette’s tweet went viral, blowing the minds of social media users, and garnering attention from KFC itself. Dreams DO come true. #GiddyUpColonelThanks @kfc pic.twitter.com/a4skf7MIB4— Edge (@edgette22) November 4, 2017There was, however, 52 $5 gift cards, and a bizarre letter from the late Sanders (who died in 1980).“This is a painting that I painted, with paint. And yet, it’s somehow more than that,” according to the note, as published by the Leader. “It’s a metaphor. It’s a tribute. It’s a long-awaited payoff for those years of art classes I took from Lisa in Accounting’s weird aunt.“But above all, it’s a thank you.”The TallGrass Public Relations social media manager is still enjoying his 15 minutes of fame: Edgette has become the target of a Reddit conspiracy theory, suggesting this is all part of an elaborate marketing ploy. (To be fair, there are still some unanswered questions, like where did KFC find a photo of Edgette for its design?)KFC is no stranger to odd promotions. In the last year alone, the company introduced a romance novel, launched a sandwich into space, debuted a branded smartphone, and dropped a fried chicken-scented bath bomb.It delivered a real K.O. this fall, though, when the company started following only 11 people on Twitter: All five members of ’90s Brit-pop group Spice Girls (Geri Horner, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Beckham) and six random dudes named Herb (including Green Bay Packers cornerback Herb Waters).Get it? Eleven herbs and spices? Because KFC’s original chicken is seasoned with the Colonel’s secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices?Pretty clever, if you ask me. Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Weirdest part of this whole thing is the @kfc Colonel adding me to @LinkedIn & endorsing me for social networking. Didn’t see that coming. pic.twitter.com/V8WRbNQRk6— Edge (@edgette22) October 21, 2017Twitter user Laurel Bartlett technically beat Edgette to the punch, having stumbled upon the corporate gag four days earlier.“I was on their page (avid fan) and got curious [about] which 11 people were lucky enough to be followed by KFC,” she wrote on the microblogging site. But, her tweet didn’t gain as much traction as Edgette’s, and she missed the opportunity for a truly epic work of art.“It’s irritating to see that guy everywhere but I’m hoping this whole thing will blow over soon,” Bartlett told Geek in an email.“The painting they made for him and his year supply of chicken would have been sweet,” she continued. “But KFC informed me via Twitter that they were sending me something in the mail so I’m curious to see what that is.”Me, too.Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Nov. 14 with comment from Bartlett.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

249 Million For National Identification System

first_img Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Related Items:jamaica, national identification system Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 28 (JIS): A sum of $24.9 million is to be spent this year on the continued development of a National Identification System (NIDS) for Jamaica.The funds have been made available in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project aims to establish a reliable identification system of Jamaicans and other nationals resident in the country, with a unique National Identification Number (NIN) as the primary key identifier of a person in the system.It is being implemented by the Office of the Prime Minister through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB ).Up to December, 2014, achievements under the project include: 12 terms of references developed and approved by the IDB for recruitment of consultant; and a NIDS three day seminar held in March 2012, with a focus on international trends in identity management.In addition, a NIDS policy was finalised and a Green Paper Stage Cabinet Submission developed. A Cabinet Note was previously presented May 19, 2014, with a project status update. Further, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was established July 24, 2012 between the Office of the Prime Minister and eGov Jamaica Limited to support the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) consultancies.Other achievements include: knowledge sharing strategy established and implementation commenced; NIDS Case Study Report on Jamaica and the Republic of South Korea completed; baseline research consultancy contract signed November 1, 2013 and Phase 1 completed May 19, 2014; four ICT consultancy contracts signed January 10, 2014 and consultancy completed July 2014; and Communication and Behaviour Change Strategy contract signed April 28, 2014.It is anticipated for the 2015/16, an institutional framework for the NIDs will be developed at a cost of $8.27 million. Activities under this aspect will include the preparation of a NIDS Policy White Paper, and policy implementation; NIDS Bill to be presented to Parliament and amendments made to existing laws; and institutional framework plan and signed agreement/MOU established.In addition, an implementation strategy is to be developed under the project at a cost of $16.65 million. Activities of this phase will include: secure funding for the NIDS implementation phase and sign agreement; Post Baseline Survey to be conducted; long term communication strategy to be established and undertake on-going communication campaign; and complete External Audit and Technical Evaluation.The project was initially slated to run from September, 2011 to April, 2014, but after an extension, it is expected to end in October, 2015. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

England win their firstever World Cup after the greatestever ODI match

first_imgTwitter/ICCThis turned out to be not just the greatest World Cup final of all time but one of the greatest, if not the greatest ODI match of all time. The twists and turns, ebbs and flows of this game were more thrilling than what even the most adept writer of thrillers could conjure up at the height of his creativity.It essentially came down to Ben Stokes, a New Zealand born Englishman fighting to keep his team in the match and moving onwards to World Cup glory. England seemed headed for defeat when their captain Eoin Morgan was out thanks to a magnificent catch in the deep by Lockie Ferguson and the scoreboard read 86/4.But then Jos Buttler, the most remarkable English ODI batsman of all time, teamed up with Stokes to develop one of the best partnership of the World Cup. Since the required run rate wasn’t very high, there wasn’t much risk-taking. They took singles and twos and put away the bad delivery and once Buttler was in and close to his 50, he started to play some of those outrageous strokes which make him special. Twitter/ICCBecause of their partnership, the required run-rate didn’t get out of control and remained under 7/over. But after getting to his fifty, he wanted to take control of the game fully and in attempting a big stroke, he gave his wicket away. Tim Southee, the substitute on the field took a brilliant catch.This opened the floodgates as wickets started falling at one end but Stokes, the fighter that he is, wasn’t going to give up. He kept fighting and eventually got his team into a situation where they needed 34 off 3 overs. In the 48th over, the match seemed over when Stokes went for a big hit and the ball seemed to be heading towards Trent Boult at wide long-on. He took the catch but didn’t realise how close he was to the boundary. He took one step back and stepped on the rope. Martin Guptill was close to Boult and if only the latter could have thrown the ball to him, New Zealand would have secured the World Cup there and then. But Stokes survived. Twitter/Cricket World CupEventually, it came down to 15 off the last over and Stokes was on strike. The first two deliveries were good yorkers and Stokes didn’t take the single. Just when the World Cup was about to go out of reach of England, Stokes got on his knee and smashed a six over midwicket. The next ball saw one of the biggest instances of bad luck ever to afflict a team. Stokes mistimed a full-toss to deep midwicket and was coming back for the second run and had to dive. The throw hit the bat of diving Stokes and went past the wicket-keeper for four, in effect giving England another six. Now, 3 was needed off 2. Stokes hit the next ball down to long-off and was determined to come back for the second run. But Adil Rashid was run out at the non-striker end. So, 2 was needed off 1. Stokes bunted the next delivery to long on and set off for another brace.But Trent Boult kept calm at the non-striker’s end and collected the throw and disturbed the bails to make it a tie and create the first-ever super-over in ODI cricket history.Stokes was made to walk out again to resume from where he left off along with Buttler and they got to 15 thanks to a good boundary from, who else, Stokes and some other good shots. New Zealand needed to get at least 16 because another tie would have meant that England take the cup as they had hit more boundaries in their innings.Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill came out to chase the target and when Neesham flicked Jofra Archer over the leg side for six, it seemed the Kiwis were once again on their way to glory. However, Archer, the new kid on the block and given a huge responsibility just a couple of months after making his international debut held his nerve. From 7 off 4, it came down to 3 off 2. Then came a single which gave the strike to Guptill who had a World Cup to forget till then. He could have overcome all his failures by just getting the two runs needed off the last ball but Archer bowled another good near-yorker and Guptill could only push it to the leg side and both batsmen, realising they had to get back for the second run charged but fell short and England finally had the cup they had been wanting for a long time.last_img read more