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Sourav Ganguly backs ‘inevitable’ day-night Tests

first_imgDay-night Tests are starting to become a regularity in the world of cricket now.With most of the big Test-playing nations having already played a day-night Test and Adelaide hosting one every year since 2015, India is still shying away from embracing the new trend.India haven’t played a single day-night Test till now and only Ireland, who have only recently got the Test-nation status, have that statistic to show.However, despite the national setup’s reluctance on play a day-night Test, Sourav Ganguly has been the torch-bearer of pink ball cricket in India.Ganguly was the first one to bring pink ball cricket in India when the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) hosted a CAB Super League Final between Bhowanipore Club and Mohan Bagan on July 18, 2016. Since then even the Duleep Trophy has seen the usage of pink balls.Ganguly, on Thursday, backed day-night Test cricket, saying it is inevitable considering how the longest format of the sport is struggling for existence.”It is inevitable, it has to happen someday. It is very simple, a pink ball will be used instead of the red cherry and people will come and watch in the evening,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event in Kolkata.On the other hand, the CAB president also heaped praise on Rohit Sharma for scoring his third ODI double century, but felt “sorry” for the Sri Lankans.”I feel sorry for the Sri Lankans. Earlier it was (Virender) Sehwag, (Sachin) Tendulkar and now it’s (Virat) Kohli and Rohit Sharma,” Ganguly said.advertisement”It was a remarkable innings. He took just 36 balls to convert his century into a double. I was watching the Sri Lankan bowlers and I said Jesus! He just kept sweeping them into the stands,” he said.”Time has changed with T20 format. He is a serious player. His one-day record this year is probably the best in the world along side David Warner and Virat Kohli. I expect him to play the same way.”(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Lillard Has 50 and Blazers Oust Thunder in 5 Games

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After Damian Lillard hit his walk-off 3-pointer to send the Trail Blazers along in the playoffs, he waved goodbye to the Thunder bench.“That was the last word,” he afterward. “That was having the last word.”Lillard finished with a franchise playoff-record 50 points and Portland eliminated Oklahoma City from the postseason in five games with a 118-115 victory on Tuesday night.With the game tied, Lillard dribbled just inside of halfcourt near the Blazers logo and then pulled up and hit the game-winner at the buzzer from 37-feet. After his wave, Lillard was mobbed by his teammates and the crowd chanted “MVP! MVP!”Lillard finished 10 3-pointers, second-most ever in an NBA playoff game.“All of those things that we did to give ourselves a chance to win were huge,” Lillard said. “And my part in it, I think, was probably my most important performance.”Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, center, drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, and center Enes Kanter, left, during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland advances to the Western Conference semifinals to face the winner of the series between the Nuggets and San Antonio. Denver won 108-90 earlier in the night to take a 3-2 lead in that series.It was the 12th straight road playoff loss for the Thunder, who have been eliminated in the opening round for three straight seasons.Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his 10th career playoff triple-double and his second of the series. Paul George added 36 points.“Very, very disappointing. It’s as simple as that,” George said. “We let this one slip away but it is what it is.”Lillard had 34 points in the first half alone — more than Westbrook and George had combined (32) for the Thunder — but the Blazers had just a 61-60 edge going into the second half.The Thunder led 90-88 going into the final quarter. Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead while Lillard took a break on the bench.Oklahoma City went up 105-90 with 7:45 left on Dennis Schroder’s pullup jumper as Portland struggled.Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, center, drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, and center Enes Kanter, left, during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Lillard’s 3-pointer pulled the Blazers within 108-103, but Westbrook answered with his own 3. CJ McCollum’s bank shot cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 113-109 with 1:39 left. Maurice Harkless added free throws to get the Blazers within two.McCollum tied it with a jumper with just under a minute left, but George scored on the other end. Lillard’s layup re-tied it then Westbrook missed a layup with 18.3 seconds left to set up Lillard’s epic buzzer beater.“I don’t care what anybody says that’s a bad shot,” George said about Lillard’s 3. “But he made it and that story will be told, but it was a bad shot. You live with it.”McCollum finished with 17 for the Blazers and Enes Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds.The Blazers stole one in Oklahoma City, winning 111-98 on Sunday. Westbrook went cold, finishing was 5 of 21 from the field for 14 points. He missed his final 10 shots. Lillard finished with 24, including 15 in the third quarter.Portland was swept in the first round of the playoffs for the past two seasons, last year by New Orleans and the previous year by Golden State.The Blazers last trip to the Western Conference semifinals came in 2016, when they beat the Clippers in the opening round before falling to the Warriors in five games.The Thunder also got knocked out in the opening round for the past two seasons. In 2016, a year after missing the playoffs entirely, they went to the conference finals but lost to Golden State.The Thunder went up 22-12 early, and George made his first six shots from the floor. Oklahoma City held a 37-29 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Lillard led all players with 19 points. McCollum got into foul trouble and headed for the bench.Lillard’s long 30-foot 3-pointer pulled Portland within 43-39. George collected his third foul midway through the quarter after scoring 17 points.Another Lillard 3 closed the gap to 52-50 and the Blazers pulled in front 56-55 with 1:42 to go in the half on Seth Curry’s 3-pointer. The Blazers led 61-60 at the break, led by Lillard with 34 points.Kanter, who became Portland’s starter when Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg late in the season, was clearly having trouble with his left shoulder. He came down hard on it late in the half and cried out in pain but he started the second half.Kanter said afterward the original injury happened in the opening quarter and may be a separation. “We’ll see what happens,” he said, his shoulder wrapped.TIP-INSThunder: OKC coach Billy Donovan knew before the game what the Thunder were up against: “You throw everything you have into this game. It’s a matter of a collectively going out there to play to the best of their ability.” … The Tunder swept the Blazers in four games during the regular season.Trail Blazers: Lillard has had 30-plus points 13 times in the postseason. His effort on Tuesday night surpasses his previous playoff high of 40 set against the Warriors in 2016. … Klay Thompson has the playoff record with 11 3-pointers in a game for the Warriors — also against the Thunder — in 2016. … Portland has won 11 straight at home in the regular season and playoffs. …MORAL SUPPORT: The crowd roared in the final minutes when Nurkic was shown on the video scoreboard, cheering from the Blazers’ bench. It was the first time Nurkic had joined the team in the playoffs.“You guys know it, you felt it in the building when they showed him on the big screen,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “The fact that he showed up — no one knew he was going to show up. I honestly think we fed off that. There was a little good karma when he did show up.”___By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rogers Cup: Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Kevin Anderson to reach final

first_imgGreek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas has continued to enjoy his dream run as he stunned another top-10 player to reach the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.Tsitsipas saved a match point to defeat big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(7) in a thrilling semi-final on Saturday.It was the world number 27’s fourth consecutive win over a top-10 opponent at the tournament. Tsitsipas dispatched Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in the previous three rounds before battling back to send the Wimbledon runner-up packing on a sun-soaked day in Toronto.Tsitsipas dropped his racket and screamed in front of a frenzied crowd after world number six Anderson sent a backhand long on match point.That feeling you get when you reach the biggest final of your young career. @StefTsitsipas #RogersCup pic.twitter.com/mHKFzQrbXjRogers Cup (@rogerscup) August 11, 2018Tsitsipas will play his first ATP Masters 1000 final on his 20th birthday on Sunday against either Rafael Nadal or Karen Khachanov, who will play their semi-final match later on Saturday.”It never gets easier. You just get better,” Tsitsipas wrote on a camera after the match.Fourth seed Anderson was unable to break Tsitsipas’ serve on any of his four opportunities and saw his lone match point opportunity vanish when Tsitsipas smoked a backhand crosscourt winner in the third set tiebreak.Tsitsipas, who stood well back of the baseline when receiving Anderson’s blistering serves, managed the only service break of the game in the third game of the second set with an overhead smash.advertisementTsitsipas in press: Four wins against Top 10 players. I would never imagine I would pull this out in a single tournament.Says the crowd pulled him through the tough moments, felt like a Davis Cup atmosphere. #RogersCup pic.twitter.com/3zyFccMujkRogers Cup (@rogerscup) August 11, 2018With the win, Tsitsipas is projected to climb to at least number 15 when the new rankings are released on Monday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

IPL 2019: Clash of the Titans as Mumbai Indians host Chennai Super Kings

first_imgIt’s the second Wednesday of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and a potential blockbuster is on the cards. Two of the most successful teams in IPL — Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are meeting at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.CSK and MI are at the opposite ends of IPL 2019 points table as the two teams are gearing up to play their fourth matches. MS Dhoni’s men have headed to Mumbai on the back of three successive wins while Mumbai have lost two in three. After an eight-wicket thrashing against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali, MI are hoping to return to winning ways after a three-day break.The clash between the three-time champions usually creates a lot of buzz and Wednesday’s clash is no different. Chennai Super Kings off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who is gearing up to face his former club, has likened the duel between the two teams to India-Pakistan clashes. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has said he could get the feel of an El Clasico when his team faces off against Dhoni’s men.The Tiki-Taka before the El Clasico! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #MIvCSK @DJBravo47 @tommysimsek pic.twitter.com/GAjKKMqXZwChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 3, 2019Ahead of the Match 15 of IPL 2019, here’s a look at some of the interesting numbers involving CSK and MI.First things first, Chennai Super Kings have a head-to-head record of 13-11 against Mumbai Indians — their worst in IPL. Recent history also doesn’t favour CSK as they have lost four of their last five meetings to MI.advertisementHowever, CSK can take confidence from the thrilling win that got their IPL 2018 season going. Returning from a two-year suspension, Chennai clinched a one-wicket win in the last-ball thriller at the Wankhede Stadium.Mumbai Indians though will keen on getting two points on the board as a win would make them the first team in IPL to win 100 matches (including a Super Over win). CSK are second on the list of most wins by an IPL team with 93 wins.Meanwhile, an array of individual records are also up for grabs in Wednesday’s encounter.Dwayne Bravo, who will also be facing his former club, needs one more wicket to become the first bowler to collect 100 wickets for Chennai Super Kings.On the other hand, Suresh Raina needs only one catch to become the first player in IPL history to take 100 catches. Raina’s CSK teammate Harbhajan Singh is bidding to become the third bowler after Lasith Malinga (Wankhede) and Amit Mishra (Feroz Shah Kotla) to pick up 50 wickets at a venue.Also Read | Virat Kohli as captain of India and RCB: 7 successive losses since March 8Also Read | IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane relieved to get points on board after RR beat RCB for first winAlso See:last_img read more

Champions League power rankings: Manchester City are the team to beat

first_imgThe last-16 stage of the Champions League promises to be extremely competitive. Two of the semi-finalists from last season have been knocked out already; Atlético Madrid have been relegated to the Europa League and Monaco, who didn’t win a single match in their group, are out of Europe altogether.Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Chelsea – all of whom have played in at least one of the last six finals – failed to win their groups, meaning there will be some even bigger casualties when the knockout stages return in February. It is difficult to separate remaining sides in the competition but, by looking at their domestic form this season and performances in the Champions League groups, we have ranked the teams who will go into the last-16 draw on Monday.16) BaselBasel, who are currently second place in the Swiss Super League behind Young Boys, are among the underdogs in the last-16 but they deserve great credit for making it beyond the group stages for the third time in the last six years. Such consistency shows Raphael Wicky’s side should not be underestimated but they have never progressed any further in the tournament.Nevertheless, they beat Manchester United and smashed the admittedly disappointing Portuguese champions Benfica 5-0 at home. They conceded just five goals in six matches and boast an impressive young centre-back pairing in Eder Balanta and Manuel Akanji, while 20-year-old Dimitri Oberlin scored four goals.15) Shakhtar DonetskThe Ukrainian Premier League leaders are not just here to make up the numbers. Paulo Fonseca’s side were expected to finish third in a group containing Manchester City and Napoli, but they upset the odds by beating City on Wednesday night. Fonseca capped off qualification to the knockout stages by dressing as Zorro for his post-match press conference, as promised.Shakhtar struggled on their travels, losing two of their three away games, but their home form carried them through; they beat Napoli, Feyenoord and City at the Metalist Stadium. If they take confidence from their home form and their Brazilian players keep performing well, they have a chance of reaching the last eight. Read more Ligue 1 Champions League draw: who can the Premier League five meet in last 16? Momentum has been building in Paris for some time and they looked to be in frightening form this season – until this week. Kylian Mbappé and Neymar have joined Edinson Cavani and given Paris Saint-Germain the strongest front three the tournament. This trio has scored 16 goals between them in the group stage – more than Barcelona, Manchester City or Bayern Munich managed between their whole squads.They may have a slight weakness in midfield, where Marco Verratti has been some way off his best this season and Adrien Rabiot remains relatively young and inexperienced, but it would be a shock if they were knocked out before the semi-finals. Rating: 7.063) Real Madrid The defending European champions were expected to win a competitive group, but had to settle for second after their defeat to Tottenham at Wembley. Zinedine Zidane will not worry too much; they finished runners-up in their group last season but still went on to win the competition. The Champions League doesn’t really start until the second half of the season for Real Madrid and they know how to elevate their game when it matters most.Real Madrid’s defence has been underwhelming this season but Cristiano Ronaldo has been sensational in Europe. He is the top scorer in the tournament with nine goals and his curling effort against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night made him the first player in the competition’s history to have scored in every group stage match. Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro are capable of controlling the tempo of games in midfield and they will be motivated by the chance to win their third Champions League in a row. Rating: 7.062) BarcelonaThey were apparently in crisis before the start of the season but Barcelona have bounced back from their Super Cup drubbing to Real Madrid in impressive fashion under Ernesto Valverde. Unbeaten in 22 matches since that 5-1 aggregate defeat to their biggest rivals, they initially coped just fine without Neymar – but they have stagnated a little in the last month, drawing four of their last eight games. They started well in the Champions League with a convincing 3-0 win over Juventus and perhaps took their foot off the gas a little. That should change in the New Year but Luis Suárez’s form remains a real concern; he has only scored six goals this season and none of them have come in the Champions League. Lionel Messi has made up for such profligacy though, with 20 goals for club and country this season. Rating: 7.097 Share on LinkedIn La Liga Their reliance on Hazard and Álvaro Morata could prove an issue and Conte will also need to settle on his back three, having dropped David Luiz in recent weeks. Victor Moses’ return is timely but, aside from Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea look weak at the back. Rating: 6.947) Bayern MunichThey have improved since the return of Jupp Heynckes – and exacted some revenge on Paris Saint-Germain – but Bayern Munich are not the European superpower they were a few years ago. They have kept just two clean sheets in their last nine matches and are missing the injured Manuel Neuer. Robert Lewandowski is their still main man but new signing Corentin Tolisso was their top scorer in the group stage, with three goals – and one assist. Bayern will be a force once their imposing goalkeeper returns but Heynckes is unlikely to repeat the success he enjoyed the last time he led Bayern in the Champions League – when they beat Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 final at Wembley. Rating 6.956) LiverpoolAfter a second 7-0 win of the campaign on Wednesday night, Liverpool have now scored more goals in the group stage (23) than any other English team in the Champions League history. Only Paris Saint-Germain (24) scored more this season. On their day, Liverpool are a match for any side. Their magic square of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah is fluid and ruthless enough to cut through any defence.That being said, they have defensive issues, which was illustrated in their 3-3 draw with Sevilla. They need to shape up at the back if they want to make it to the last eight. Rating: 7.025) Manchester UnitedJosé Mourinho will be hoping to rely on his team’s defensive solidity and emulate Atlético Madrid’s style and success in recent years in the Champions League. Their group may have been favourable, but United conceded just three goals in six matches en route to the last 16. They also boast the meanest defence in the Premier League, where they have conceded just nine goals in 15 games.In David de Gea they have perhaps the best goalkeeper in Europe and in Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial they have an attacking trio who are well suited to playing on the break. United have a decent shot of going far in the tournament. Rating: 7.044) Paris Saint-Germain 1) Manchester CityAn understrength Manchester City fell to their first defeat of the season in Ukraine on Wednesday night but they had already won their group so their loss to Shakhtar mattered little. Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League twice and knows what it takes in the latter stages of the competition. His players have bought into his philosophy and have been rampant in the Premier League, scoring 46 goals in 15 matches.David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne can unlock most defences and City had six different goalscorers in the group stage, showing they have options throughout the team. If they live up to their status as favourites, they will secure their first European trophy since they won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970. Rating 7.104• Follow WhoScored on Twitter and Facebook• Follow Martin Laurence and Ben McAleer on Twitter WhoScored? Facebook Premier League Pinterest Read more Share on Facebook Bundesliga Play Video Pinterest Facebook 0:49 Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani have scored more goals than most teams in the competition. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images Share on Messenger 14) Besiktas Besiktas’ title defence may be floundering – they are currently fourth in the Süper Lig – but they have thrived in the Champions League this season, topping Group G above Porto, RB Leipzig and Ligue 1 champions Monaco. They are something of an unknown quality – this is their first time in the knockout stages of the Champions League – but the Turkish champions have a solid spine.Three-time Champions League winner Pepe has the necessary experience in the latter stages of the competition and he was their best player in the group stage. Their manager, Senol Gunes, has ample attacking options in Cenk Tosun and Anderson Talisca (who both scored four goals in the group stage), and Ricardo Quaresma, who helped himself to three assists (James Milner, with five, is the only player with more). Besiktas were one of four teams to go unbeaten in the group stage and they won all three of their away games. Rating: 6.4513) SevillaSevilla’s progression to the last-16 owed much to their exceptional home form. They picked up seven of their nine points at the Pizjuán, including a memorable 3-3 draw with Liverpool when they had been 3-0 down at half-time. Away from Seville, they laboured to a 1-1 draw with Maribor and were ruthlessly dismantled by Spartak Moscow, falling to a thumping 5-1 defeat in Russia.They have quality, with Éver Banega the heartbeat of the team, but they have never made it past the last-16 in the Champions League and will need a kind draw – and some better away form – to progress further. Rating: 6.8312) Roma center_img Pinterest Only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals than Harry Kane in the Champions League this season. Photograph: Stephenson/JMP/Rex/Shutterstock To win a group that included both Chelsea and Atlético Madrid was no mean feat. That said, Eusebio Di Francesco doesn’t boast many world class players capable of unlocking defences in the latter stages of the tournament. Former Manchester City players Aleksandar Kolarov (7.77) and Edin Dzeko (7.46) are, along with Diego Perotti (7.52), the team’s three highest rated performers this season across the league and Champions League.They outclassed an out of sorts Chelsea team over two games but haven’t gone past the round of 16 since they were beaten by Manchester United 8-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals in 2008. A similar achievement would not be beyond them this year but, as a side currently fourth in Serie A, they may well come unstuck thereafter. Rating: 6.82711) JuventusMarginally in front of their Italian rivals, Juventus are aiming to reach a third final in four years but they will have to improve a lot to do so. While finishing second to Barcelona in their group was no embarrassment, they couldn’t cope at Camp Nou in the group stage, which was somewhat surprising given that they beat Barcelona in the quarter-finals last season.Their domestic dominance is also stuttering. They have won Serie A for the last six seasons but are currently behind both Inter and Napoli in the table. They looked closer to their best when beating Napoli 1-0 last weekend, but they were a little underwhelmed in their victory over Olympiacos this week and that has been the case too often for Juve this season. Rating: 6.82810) PortoAs Portugal’s sole representative in the knockout stages after Benfica’s lacklustre showing, Porto will look to transfer their strong league form to the Champions League in the New Year. They are still unbeaten after 13 games in the Primeira Liga but will need to improve their European form to go much further in the competition. They lost twice in their group, including a home defeat to Besiktas.They will have been buoyed by Vincent Aboubakar’s great form in the group, with the Cameroon striker scoring five goals and providing two assists in his five starts. Their full-backs, Alex Telles and Ricardo Pereira, are also more than a match for any side on their day. Having made it beyond the last-16 just once in their last six campaigns, Porto need a favourable draw to reach the quarter-finals. Rating: 6.859) Tottenham Hotspur Serie A Football quiz: how well do you know the Manchester and Merseyside derbies? Shakhtar Donetsk manager dresses up as Zorro after Champions League win – video features Topics European club football Twitter Twitter Diego Perotti gives Roma the lead against Qarabag. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA Having crashed out of the Champions League with a whimper 12 months ago, Tottenham will be thrilled to have earned more points (16) than any other team in the group stage and finished above Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.Mauricio Pochettino has a young, vibrant squad and only Cristiano Ronaldo (nine) scored more goals than Harry Kane (six) in the group stage. They are a versatile group of players who can either dominate possession or sit back and look to hit teams on the counter. Tottenham have proven they are more than a match for any side on their day and are dark horses to lift the trophy in May. Rating: 6.908) ChelseaChelsea are finding their form again after a minor wobble earlier this season and Eden Hazard’s return to full fitness of in particular should make them a force in the competition. They were well beaten by Roma at the end of October but in the 10 matches since then they have won eight and drawn two. 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2 shot dead at Lahore international airport

first_imgLahore: A Pakistani man returning after performing Umrah was shot dead on Wednesday by two gunman due to personal enmity while another person was killed in the shootout at Lahore’s international airport, police said, causing panic among hundreds of passengers. Two suspects identified as Shan and Arshad opened fire on a man near the airport’s parking area. He said their target was Zain Ali, a 30-year-old resident of the Lakhodair area in Lahore. He died on the spot, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Ashfaq Ahmad Khan was quoted as saying by the Dawn news. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Both the assailants, who have previous criminal records, have been arrested, the report said. The suspects had a long-running dispute with Zain, police said. The second victim of the shooting was a taxi driver named Akram, who had no relation to Zain but was struck during the firing. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Two of them were gunned down in the international arrival lounge of the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore at 10 am (local time). Khan said that the suspects had duped ASF officials and entered the airport parking area with weapons. The two gunmen did not enter the main terminal’s security cordon, but the incident raised concerns as the area is heavily patrolled by police and airport security.last_img read more

Teams Race to Panama City on Tonights Episode of CTVs THE AMAZING

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2017 – Following tonight’s non-elimination leg in Panama City, Panama, all five teams will race to Regina, Sask. in next week’s all-new episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, airing Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. After contemplating giving up during the Roadblock, Karen and Bert were the last to arrive at the Pit Stop in Panama City, but were elated to find out last night’s leg of the Race was a non-elimination leg.In last night’s (Aug. 22) episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, all five teams raced to Panama City. Once they arrived, teams made their way to Biomuso, designed by the Canadian Architect, Frank Gehry. They then searched the museum for a white wolf to locate their next clue.After making their way to Paseo Esteban Huertas, teams were faced with a Roadblock, where one team member had to select one of six Molas – an elaborate embroidered panel of a Kuna woman’s traditional blouse – and memorize the design. Then, Racers searched the Casco Viejo neighbourhood, and the many women wearing similar Molas, to find their match. Once they had correctly identified their match, they received their next clue. Karen struggled to locate the women and debated taking a penalty, but after reading her clue more carefully, she realized she needed to go into the centre of town, where she found her matching Mola and received her next clue. Twitter Facebook Teams then had to select one of two Detours – “Up For a Drink” or “Down For the Count.” In “Up For a Drink,” teams tasted five specifically flavoured local craft beers, and chose from a selection of flavour labeled coasters that matched their beer. Once they successfully matched the correct flavours, Racers received their next clue. “Down For the Count” required teams to learn a series of six different boxing combinations. Once they each knocked out the six combinations perfectly, they received their next clue. Sam and Paul, Kenneth and Ryan, and Adam and Andrea, all rushed to the “Up For a Drink” Detour, but couldn’t distinguish the flavours of each beer, and all switched Detours. Korey and Ivana found their confidence while boxing, and left the Detour first.Teams then made their way to the Sport Complex, where they joined the Banda de musica Virgilio Escala del Colegio Pedro Pablo Sanchez, a high school marching band. Teams had to observe the drum Marjoette’s routine, and when they felt ready, they joined her in leading the band. Once the Bandmaster was satisfied with their task, teams received their next clue. Sam and Paul successfully led the band on their first attempt, and were the first to leave, closely followed by Korey and Ivana. Meanwhile, Adam and Andrea couldn’t find their rhythm and were the last to leave.Racers were then given a photograph of one of two matching colourful Panama signs. Teams used this photo to find Host Jon Montgomery at the Pit Stop. Korey and Ivana ended up at the wrong sign and lost out on a first place finish on this leg. After arriving to the correct sign first, dating couple Sam and Paul won this leg of the Race and earned a trip for two to New Orleans. Karen and Bert made the same mistake as Korey and Ivana and ended up at the wrong sign, putting them in last place to arrive at the mat before Jon informed them it was a non-elimination leg and they were safe.Last night’s (Aug. 22) episode encores Saturday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Visit CTV.ca to check local listings. Previous seasons are also available for streaming now on CraveTV.On the next episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), the Race touches down in Regina, Sask., where a Detour has teams working against the grain, while others struggle to sell and entertain. For some, the odds are stacked against them with a spot in the final four on the line, and a Double U-Turn ahead.The five remaining teams competing on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are:Adam and Andrea – Brother and Sister – Montréal, Que.Korey and Ivana – Best Friends – Toronto, Ont.Sam and Paul – Dating Couple – Toronto, Ont.Karen and Bert – Married Couple – Edmonton, Alta.Kenneth and Ryan – Best Friends – Collingwood, Ont.Viewers can play along with THE AMAZING RACE CANADA‘snew in-show game RACE PLAY. The game integrates race action from the broadcast into in-show polls and trivia, prompting viewers in real-time to answer on their second screens during all original broadcasts across the country. For more on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, fans can visit CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada for exclusive content, including team videos, bios, full episodes, sneak peeks, and extras including the immersive VR360 experiences that take fans inside some of the toughest challenges of the season.Season 5 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA welcomes back returning partner Chevrolet, which has been with the series for all five seasons, and BMO, which enters its third consecutive season as a partner. New partners this year are Sinorama, Canadian Tire’s Woods brand, and Campbell’s.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@AmazingRaceCDA#AmazingRaceCanadaFacebook:Facebook.com/ctvFacebook.com/AmazingRaceCDAInstagram:@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@amazingracecdaRacer Social Media Accounts:Adam – Instagram: @cavy13Andrea – Twitter: @drecavaleri| Instagram: @drecavaleriKorey – Twitter: @koachkore | Instagram: @koachkoreIvana – Twitter: @ivana_krunic | Instagram: @ivanaBodyFiTiKSam –Twitter: @slamchop1 | Instagram: @slamchopPaul – Twitter: @pmitskop | Instagram: @paulmitsKaren – Twitter: @teamrichardss| Instagram: @teamrichardss  Bert – Twitter: @teamrichardss| Instagram: @teamrichardss  Kenneth – Twitter: @team_giver | Instagram: @teamgiver & @kenneth.mcalpineRyan – Twitter: @team_giver | Instagram: @teamgiver & @ryangiverAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Winners Announced 2018 Canadian Screen Awards Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling

first_imgBest Supporting Actor, DramaAnneCBC (CBC/Netflix)(Northwood Entertainment)R. H. ThomsonBest Supporting Actress, DramaCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Allie MacDonaldBest Guest Performance, Drama SeriesMary Kills People – The Judas CradleGlobal (Corus Entertainment)(Cameron Pictures)Steven McCarthyBest Pre-School Program or SeriesPAW PatrolTVOKids (TVO)(Spin Master Entertainment)Laura Clunie, Ronnen Harary, Keith Chapman, Scott Kraft, Toni Stevens, Patricia Burns, Jonah StrohBest Animated Program or SeriesSponsor | Spin Master EntertainmentCloudy with a Chance of MeatballsYTV (Corus Entertainment)(DHX Media)Lesley Jenner, Mark Evestaff, Steven Denure, Kirsten Newlands, Ken Faier, Asaph Fipke, Josh Scherba, Rick MischelBest Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or SeriesOdd SquadTVOKids (TVO)(Sinking Ship Entertainment)J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers, Matthew J.R. Bishop, Stephen J Turnbull, Tim McKeon, Mark De Angelis, Adam Peltzman, Paul SiefkenBest Performance, Children’s or YouthL.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & DewYTV (Corus Entertainment)(Breakthrough Entertainment)Ella BallentineBest Performance, AnimationThe Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween!Treehouse TV (Corus Entertainment)(Portfolio Entertainment)Martin ShortAcademy Board of Directors’ TributeJay SwitzerBest Photography, ComedySchitt’s Creek – Grad NightCBC (CBC)(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)Gerald PackerBest Photography, DramaCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Steve CosensBest Picture Editing, ComedyBaroness von Sketch Show – It Satisfies on a Very Basic LevelCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Mike Fly, Jeremy LaLondeBest Picture Editing, DramaCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Teresa De LucaBest Live Action Short Drama | Meilleur court métrage dramatiqueFluffy – Lee FilipovskiBest Animated Short | Meilleur court métrage d’animationThe Tesla World Light – Matthew Rankin, Julie RoyBest Production Design or Art Direction, FictionAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Arv GreywalBest Costume DesignAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Simonetta MarianoBest Achievement in Make-UpSponsor | M•A•C CosmeticsOrphan Black – To Right the Wrongs of ManySpace (Bell Media)(Boat Rocker Media)Stephen LynchBest Visual EffectsVikings – On The EveHistory (Corus Entertainment)(Take 5 Productions)Bill Halliday, Dominic Remane, Michael Borrett, Paul Wishart, Ovidiu Cinazan, Jim Maxwell, Kieran McKay, Isabelle Alles, Thomas Morrison, Leann HarveyBest Achievement in CastingCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Jon Comerford, Lisa ParasynHumanitarian Award, supported by MLSEBell Let’s TalkBest Sound, AnimationPAW Patrol – Mission PAW: Quest for the CrownTVOKids (TVO)(Spin Master Entertainment)Richard Spence-Thomas, Tim Muirhead, Kyle Peters, Patton Rodrigues, Ryan OngaroBest Sound, FictionVikings – The ReckoningHistory (Corus Entertainment)(Take 5 Productions)Martin Lee, Ian Rankin, Daniel Birch, Brent Pickett, Dale Sheldrake, Steve Medeiros, Brennan Mercer, Jane Tattersall, David McCallum, Goro Koyama, Yuri GorbachowBest Original Music, AnimationCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Bacon GirlYTV (Corus Entertainment)(DHX Media)Steffan AndrewsBest Original Music, FictionCardinalCTV (Bell Media)(JCardinal Productions Inc.)Todor KobakovBest Writing, Variety or Sketch ComedyBaroness von Sketch Show – It Satisfies on a Very Basic LevelCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen, Jennifer Goodhue, Monica Heisey, Mae Martin, Zoe WhittallBest Writing, ComedyLetterkenny – RelationshipsCraveTV (Bell Media)(New Metric Media Inc.)Jacob Tierney, Jared KeesoBest Writing, Drama Program or Limited SeriesAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Sarah PolleyBest Writing, Drama SeriesOrphan Black – To Right The Wrongs of ManySpace (Bell Media)(Boat Rocker Media)Graeme Manson, Renee St. CyrBest Writing, Children’s or YouthOdd Squad – Drop Gadget Repeat / 20 QuestionsTVOKids (TVO)(Sinking Ship Entertainment)Adam Peltzman, Tim McKeonBest Writing, AnimationMysticons – Sisters in ArmsYTV (Corus Entertainment)(Nelvana Limited)Sean JaraMargaret Collier Award, supported by Halfire EntertainmentDenis McGrathBest Direction, AnimationPAW Patrol – Mission PAW: Quest for the CrownTVOKids (TVO)(Spin Master Entertainment)Charles E. BastienBest Direction, Children’s or YouthL.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & DewYTV (Corus Entertainment)(Breakthrough Entertainment)John Kent HarrisonBest Direction, Variety or Sketch ComedyBaroness von Sketch Show – It Satisfies on a Very Basic LevelCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Yael StaavBest Direction, ComedySponsor | Cinespace Film StudiosLetterkenny – The ElectionCraveTV (Bell Media)(New Metric Media Inc.)Jacob TierneyBest Direction, Drama Program or Limited SeriesAlias GraceCBC (CBC)(Halfire Entertainment)Mary HarronBest Direction, Drama SeriesSponsor | PlaybackMary Kills People – The River StyxGlobal (Corus Entertainment)(Cameron Pictures)Holly DaleBest Supporting or Guest Actor, ComedyKim’s Convenience – Cardboard Jung, Resting PlaceCBC (CBC)(Thunderbird Entertainment)Andrew PhungBest Supporting or Guest Actress, ComedySchitt’s Creek – New Car, The ThroupleCBC (CBC)(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)Emily HampshireBest Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesBaroness von Sketch ShowCBC (CBC)(Frantic Films)Jamie Brown, Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer WhalenAbout Academy of Canadian Cinema & TelevisionThe Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors.Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship.The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday March 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT).For information on membership and programming visit www.academy.ca. TORONTO – (March 7, 2018) – The 2018 Canadian Screen Week continued this evening with the Gala Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling, sponsored by Technicolor and Thunderbird Entertainment, where forty-one Canadian Screen Awards were presented to Canada’s finest in writing, guest performance, supporting roles, casting, animation, and youth and children’s programming. The winners were announced during the Gala hosted by award-winning actor and improv dynamo Andrew Phung, of CBC’s Kim Convenience, at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle.“Canada has an incredible wealth of writers, directors, editors and actors who use their talent to bring viewers into exciting comedic and dramatic worlds that allow us to fully immerse in creative stories,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “Tonight’s winners continue to reinvent, surprise and challenge viewers in new and creative ways. Their work is not just recognized here at home, but around the world, and it’s an honour to celebrate and give them the recognition they deserve.”2018 Canadian Screen Awards Creative Fiction Storytelling Category Winners Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

DR Congo UN and diplomats urge credible elections to consolidate democracy

18 November 2011The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and members of the diplomatic corps in the country today voiced support for all Congolese as they prepare to hold presidential and legislative elections later this month. At a meeting in the capital, Kinshasa, attended by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), Roger Meece, they called for “peaceful, credible and free elections as part of the consolidation of … democracy.”Gathered at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, known by its French acronym as CENI, the ambassadors and heads of mission hailed the work of the Commission, the Government, international partners and the UN in organizing the elections, which are scheduled for 28 November. They stressed that DRC institutions bore the primary responsibility to ensure credible elections.Echoing the recent statement by the Security Council, participants voiced concern over the risk posed to the electoral process by incidents of poll-related violence and urged all concerned, including candidates, to respect the Constitution and the electoral law.They called for free and open debate on issues of concern to the country ahead of the polls, and urged all parties and individuals to refrain from violence and the use of inflammatory language.On security, they called on the Government to ensure that security forces comply with legal regulations, respect the freedom of movement and expression, as well as everyone’s right to vote. read more

UN Rights Commission suspends work for week pending talks on new Council

Ambassador Manuel Rodriguez Cuadros of Peru, chairman of the session, said the Commission was facing an “extraordinary situation,” particularly because of the ongoing negotiations to create the Council which they understand would “strengthen the capacities of the United Nations human rights system.”The Commission decided by consensus to suspend its work until Monday, 20 March at 10 a.m.Mr. Rodriguez Cuadros said he expected a decision on the new Council to come on Wednesday and that the Commission would convene next Monday for its regular session whatever the result – whether the new body is established or no agreement is reached. If the Council is established, it will create a new “exceptional” situation. If not, the Commission would be obliged to hold its session under its rules.As proposed, the new Council would have a higher status and greater accountability than the Commission that meets yearly in Geneva. It would be a subsidiary body of the General Assembly, meet year round as opposed to the six-week annual session of the Commission, and its members would be elected by a majority of all 191 UN Members.On Friday, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson postponed until early this week a plenary meeting on the Council, which the United States opposes in its current proposed form, in a bid to secure wider consensus on what Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called an essential element in UN reform.The US feels that as proposed the new body does not go far enough and has called for renegotiation, a move that Mr. Annan has said “chagrined” him, warning that renegotiations could “unravel” the whole mechanism. Mr. Eliasson has said there is sympathy from many quarters for some of the US objections, adding that proposals put forward by European and other countries, which support the Council, should pave the way for consensus.Mr. Annan, in presenting his reforms a year ago, wanted elections to the Council to be by a two-thirds majority, and the proposed draft’s failure to require this is among the main US objections.But in noting that he had been unable to secure his goal on this point, Mr. Annan has repeatedly said that the Council, as proposed by Mr. Eliasson after months-long consultations, could be a basis for more effective human rights protection. read more

November growth delivers 25m YTD record for UK new car market

184,101 new cars were registered in the UK this November, with the market increasing by a steady 2.9%, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The growth has helped deliver more than 2.5 million new cars on to British roads so far this year – the first time the milestone has been reached in November.Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) remained strong in the month, growing 25.1% to 6,663 units, representing 3.6% of the market – the highest ever achieved. Petrol registrations grew 7.9% to 88,541 units, while diesels just edged ahead on market share with 88,897 vehicles registered, a fall of -2.9%.Superminis continued to be the most popular body style – making up more than a quarter (29.7%) of all cars registered in November, followed by small family cars and SUVs. Executive and city cars enjoyed the biggest growth, up 27.7% and 25% respectively. Meanwhile, fleets accounted for more than half of the market, as registrations to private buyers fell slightly by -1.2%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Our industry continues to make vehicles that are ever safer, more refined, more efficient and more enjoyable to drive – and the latest advanced technology and cutting-edge designs are continuing to attract buyers into showrooms. It’s encouraging to see that alternatively fuelled vehicles, although still a small proportion of the market, have seen strong growth this month achieving a record market share. Long-term government support and incentives are essential if these vehicles are to command a larger market share in the future. UK new car market rises 2.9% in November, with 184,101 vehicles registered on British roads.Alternatively fuelled vehicles achieve record market share of 3.6% in the month, with demand up by a quarter.12,514,764 new cars registered from January to November – a record for the period. Download the press release and data table for November 2016.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Jameis Winstons Personal Turnaround and Football Prowess Land Him

Jameis Winston is not a lost cause, after all. Mired in self-induced drama much of his second and final season at Florida State, the former Heisman Trophy winner—thought at one point to be a risk as an NFL high draft pick—has blossomed nicely into the sure-fire No. 1 selection. Turnabout is fair play.This position for Winston is almost stunning, considering he continually, immaturely raised questions about his stability to run a team, which is the last mark any quarterback wants on him. But being accused of sexual assault, stealing crab legs from a grocery store and shouting an obscenity on campus can put you in that dreaded box. Quickly.Amazing thing was that Winston continued to perform at a high level as he and his supporters continually fought off the troubles, including facing expulsion over the sexual assault case. Winston claimed consensual sex and a school investigation found that the accuser tried to extort money, had picked up Winston at a bar and overall did not have a case. The woman, in a telling act, participated in a documentary called “The Hunting Ground” about her experience with Winston.Whatever the case, Winston played on and played well. And as those who looked on after he engaged in one controversy after the next, he always spun it back to being a kid.Well, he has not only been without incident for months, he has shown marked improvement in his judgment, so much so that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers almost assuredly will take him with the No. 1 selection in the upcoming draft.That’s a major leap for a player who looked to be falling off a self-created bridge not that long ago.“I haven’t changed at all,” Winston said on ESPN. “I’ve grown.”Yes, that’s a contradiction, but his point was made.“I’ve grown into the person I am now,” he added, “the young man that I am now. And my actions have to speak [to that]. … At the end of the day, all my mistakes make me a better person. I get to learn from that.”Under scrutiny, what has been learned about Winston is encouraging that he really has become this young man who has learned from past missteps. More than that, he’s as good—or maybe even better—as he played for the Seminoles, and has the leadership qualities to match.At his Pro Day for NFL scouts, Winston was on the field two hours before he was scheduled to throw, mixing it up with teammates and encouraging them. When he did throw, reports are that he was fantastic. And he threw 100 more passes than necessary.As a comparison, Sports Illustrated pointed out that last year, quarterback coach George Whitfield designed a pro day for 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel that featured music by rapper Drake and 64 throws in helmet and shoulder pads.For Winston, Whitfield designed a workout that was devoid of music. Winston threw more than 135 times, including 35 warmup passes. Whitfield and his assistants regularly chased Winston from the pocket, sometimes with tennis rackets or a broom.“It goes to each man’s idea of how he wants to make his statement,” Whitfield said to SI. “That’s how Johnny wanted to make his statement. You go off how they want to make their statement and you try to engineer something functional around it. This is what Jameis wanted to do. Blue collar, no music, high volume [of throws], stress.”And it worked.“He had a great day,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said. “He threw a full nine innings.”The Bucs will not commit on the record to Winston, but the QB has visited the team’s offices and met with the owner. Trust that the team has vetted him through-and-through. “It’s just part of the process,” Licht said. “We’re going to use every minute of time that we have here in the next few weeks to make a decision.”Winston’s decision to grow up has helped him immeasurably. Could he slip up and fall into trouble? Of course, he could. But the feeling is that the falling is over and the only trouble he will be involved in is causing it for NFL teams next year. read more

Rare bat discovered in coat sleeve at clothes shop to be added

She said: “It’s only the 12th specimen of this species from the UK since our first specimen in 1879.”The last one we had was in 1999 so it represents a very important addition to our UK mammals collections.”The Wildlife Trust estimates there are only about 5,000 barbastelle bats left in the UK and the species is classified as “near threatened”.They live a variety of habitats and are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.The species’ seven known breeding sites are designated as a Special Areas of Conservation. 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. One of Britain’s rarest bats which was discovered in a coat sleeve at a clothes shop is to added the collection at the Natural History Museum. The barbastelle bat was discovered by stunned workers under a rack at Joules in Salisbury, Wilts. The animal was taken to a vet but passed away within hours.But it was then identified as the unfamiliar breed and taken to the Natural History Museum in London where it will be kept.Museum staff have since christened the mammal ‘Joules’.Naomi Young, who found the bat, told the BBC: “I’d just brought some coats down from the stock room and it was in with them.”It scared the living day lights out of me. I thought it was a kid’s toy, moving around. We thought it was just a normal bat.”We didn’t realise it was super rare until we had a call from a bat group saying it had been sent to the Natural History Museum.”The unusual shop visitor is thought to have been hiding in a coat sleeve before it was spotted crawling out from under a clothes rail last week.Steph West, from the museum, said the animal was a “valuable specimen” and “one of our rarest mammals”. read more

Shatter Im not trying to silence whisteblowers

first_imgUpdated at 9.12amMINISTER FOR JUSTICE Alan Shatter has stressed that he ‘is not trying to silence’ whistleblowers by requesting that the Garda Ombudsman launch an investigation into the penalty points controversy.He said the decision was made due to a ‘minority of members’ of the Public Accounts Committee ndermining its credibility by ‘pre-judging matters’.The committee is meeting today to decide whether to call the whistleblowers before it.Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Minister Shatter also said that he has ‘no doubt’ that the Garda Ombudsman will receive full co-operation from the Garda Commissioner.Commissioner Kieran Fitzgerald, speaking to the same programme earlier, had been asked on whether he had confidence in the Gardaí, responding that he ‘couldn’t give an affirmative answer right now’.Fitzgerald said that the investigation, which is planned to be launched as soon as Minister Shatter formally asks for one, may request ‘enhanced’ access to the Garda PULSE computer system as part of their investigation into penalty points.He said preparations are already under-way for a ‘wide-ranging investigation’ to take place into alleged widespread malpractice in the administration of the fixed charge notice system.He said the nature of political controversy and intense media coverage of the topic risks undermining confidence in the oversight system and the system of justice, comments echoed by the Justice Minister.The Ombudsman is prohibited from launching an investigation based on complaints from a serving member of An Garda Síochána.Fitzgerald said he would “very much welcome” a review of the Garda Siochana act to make it “fit for purpose”.Originally published 8.05am.Background: Shatter slams ‘disturbing’ PAC comments, asks Ombudsman to probe penalty points issue >More: PAC to decide whether to call serving garda sergeant to appear before it >last_img read more

Fish and Wildlife Commission to discuss Columbia River reforms

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet by teleconference at 8:30 a.m. Friday to discuss the Columbia River salmon reforms.The public may listen to the discussion at the Department of Fish and Wildlife office, 2108 Grand Blvd.Earlier this year, the Washington and Oregon commissions adopted slightly different policies regarding the overhaul of sport and commercial fishing regulations for the lower Columbia.The biggest difference is the allocation of fall chinook salmon in 2017 and 2018, plus Washington’s intention to eliminate the use of gillnets beginning in 2019.Commission members on Friday will discuss and clarify the guidance they are giving Jim Unsworth, department director, in his negotiations with Oregon.last_img

Take advantage of Clark Countys great outdoors in autumn

first_imgThe air is getting crisp, the sun is getting scarce, the clouds are coming on. It’s autumn in Clark County — time for a last little bit of outdoor exploration before gloom descends and sticks around for a while.Eye-popping colors can be found without too much trouble here, but Clark County isn’t exactly New England, where autumn “leaf peeping” is a regional pastime. While the right coast teems with explosively deciduous beauties, our Pacific Northwest is mostly home to towering evergreens. What we don’t have in rainbow colors we more than make up for in height.The following list of outdoor outings and sites to explore, right here in our own collective backyard, should keep you smiling for the next several weeks. Store up all that color — be it burning crimson-and-gold or cool forest green — for the gray months to come.Chelatchie Prairie RailroadNorth Clark County’s tourist train runs many weekends, spring through winter, but there’s never a better time than this weekend to enjoy its round-trip run through kaleidescopic scenery between downtown Yacolt and Heisson, with a stop at Moulton Station to visit Yacolt Falls. The 13-mile round trip also plunges through a 330-foot rock tunnel, so you’ll get one dark pause in all the glittering scenery.The train departs at noon and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 from Yacolt Station, 207 N. Railroad Ave.; you are strongly advised to buy tickets online ahead of time and arrive at the station 30 minutes prior to departure.last_img read more

6 hospitalized after car SUV collide in Plantation

first_img#Pfd on scene 4600 blk W Broward Blvd. #mvc level one MCI. 1 level two trauma to Broward. 2 peds, 2 adults to PGH. Bwd Blvd closed westbound pic.twitter.com/VeqQ8MkbtS— Plantation Fire (@PlantationFire) July 30, 2017Plantation Fire Rescue crews took two victims as trauma alerts to Broward Health Medical Center. They transported the pedestrians and two other victims to Plantation General Hospital in unknown condition.Authorities temporarily shut down West Broward Boulevard while they investigated. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took six people to area hospitals after, officials said, a car and an SUV collided in Plantation, causing one of the vehicles to strike two pedestrians, Sunday afternoon.According to Plantation Police, the crash took place along West Broward Boulevard and Northwest 46th Avenue.Investigators said the impact from the collision caused one of the vehicles to hit the pedestrians on a sidewalk before coming to a stop.last_img read more

ANSEP builds bridges for middle schoolers to science education

first_imgMiddle School students from around the state are participating in the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program at UAA this year. Forty-eight students from the Lower Yukon and Northwest Arctic Borough completed the two-week residential program on Friday but their learning doesn’t stop there.Download AudioA group of middle schoolers crowd around two balsa wood bridge models. A box hangs from each one and two helpers are slowly adding weights to see how much the structures can hold. Each falls into the box with a clunk until suddenly they go too far. The bridges splinter simultaneous sending bits of wood into the gasping crowd. They all cheer at the spectacle.“And that’s a good example of why we wear safety glasses,” says program director Josephine Mattison.Helpers add weights to test the strength of the ANSEP student bridges. Keto/KAKMThe students are testing their final engineering projects to measure the strength of different design types. Most of the bridges held five to ten times more than the students anticipated.Jaye Chandler from Scammon Bay, Pius Hoover II from Emmonak, and Emily Harry from Alakauk were on the winning team. Their bridge held 187 pounds including the 15 pound box that held the weights. They say they liked planning the bridge.“Map out the designs, like a blueprint,” they advise.But Pius and Jaye say the camp was about more than just the final project.“Meeting new people,” says Pius.“Meeting the new people, building the computer, and making the bridge,” chimes in Jaye. Emily nods and grins in agreement.Yeah, you heard that right. They built computers, too, by putting together wires, motherboards, and chips. They get to keep their new equipment, but in return they have to promise to finish Algebra I before starting high school. An Urban Institute evaluation of the program shows that so far, 77 percent of middle school participants have followed through.Mattison says ANSEP aims to spark the kids’ interest in math and science early, then keep them interested during high school.“And so we want students to commit to that higher level math track to better prepare them for those higher level math and science classes at high school, which will better help them enter university prepared.”Wilma Destor with the Lower Kuskokwim School District says the program is motivating her students to stay active with math and science. She says they’ve gone on to the high school accelerated program and participated in statewide science competitions.“When they get home they inspire other students. They become leaders in their school and in their classroom. And they say ‘Hey, you need to do this. We need to perform well in class because we want you to participate in the ANSEP program because it’s a very, very good program.’”And what do the kids say they want to do and be in the future?“Go to college and become a teacher,” says Mary Ford from Hooper Bay.“A civil engineer,” says Pius.“Probably get a job. Like a high paying job,” says Lanny Oktoyak from Emmonak. What kind of high paying job? “Maybe an engineer.”The ANSEP Middle School Program started in 2012. They’re running five sessions this school year and three more in the summer.last_img read more

BCCI to split captaincy Virat Kohli not to lead Team India in

first_imgVirat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.ReutersBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may split the Indian team captaincy. Rohit Sharma may probably become the ODI captain and Virat Kohli may lead the Test squad, as per a report by IANS. An official of BCCI has told IANS that the board is keen to discuss the issue of splitting captaincy as, according to him, every good team starts preparation for the next World Cup immediately after the campaign in the latest one ends. He also believes that Rohit is the right man to lead the ODI squad and the reason behind England’s World Cup 2019 win is the planning they did after getting ousted from the group stage in 2015.”This would be the right time for Rohit to take over the mantle of the captaincy in the 50-over format. There has been immense support to the present captain and the management and it is time to plan ahead for the next World Cup and for that the existing ideas and plans need a fresh look. We all know some areas need a relook. Rohit would be the right man for the job,” the official said as quoted by IANS. The entire nation will be looking up to Kohli during the World Cup. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty ImagesAccording to the official, the biggest concern at this moment are the rumours of a rift between Kohli and Rohit which can cause major damage to the team. If the team gets divided into two camps, then it will become a major roadblock for the future success of the Men in Blue. The matter will be discussed when the review meeting happens with coach Ravi Shastri, captain Kohli and chief selector M.S.K. Prasad in the presence of the Committee of Administrators (CoA).”You are aware that Vinod Rai (CoA chief) has already mentioned that a review meeting will take place. It will have to be ascertained when the review takes place and it is important to get to the bottom of these rumours,” the official added. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri together.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesA few days back Dainik Jagran reported that there are two factions in the Indian team, one supporting skipper Kohli and the other owing its allegiance to vice-captain Rohit. The biggest problem is that the players in Kohli’s camp get preferences in team selection and that is why Ambati Rayudu was not included in the squad, as per the report. The article further added that many players want Ravi Shastri to be given marching orders as they are not happy with him.India exited the World Cup after suffering defeat at the hands of New Zealand by 18 runs in the semi-finals. After the exit of Men in Blue, all these controversies started coming into the open. Now, it will be interesting to see how the future of Team India turns out to be.last_img read more

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