Overseas players keen on Women’s IPL

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgIndia’s triumph over Pakistan in the final of the first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2007 drew not only worldwide attention towards T20 cricket but also led to the creation of the Indian Premier League by the BCCI a year later. With further introduction of leagues around the world, the shortest format has taken the centre stage given it is just a three-hour spectacle, unlike One-Day Internationals.Down Under, Cricket Australia moved a step further and staged Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) alongside the Big Bash League, for both locals and overseas players. The England Cricket Board (ECB), in an attempt to water the same garden, started Kia Super League (KSL) shortly. In an exclusive interaction with ANI, star players Suzie Bates, Danielle Wyatt, Stafanie Taylor, Sophie Devine, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp, shared not only how these tournaments developed their games but also revealed that a full-fledged IPL-style women’s league is long overdue.”It (WBBL and KSL) has really contributed to the improvement of the women’s game globally, not only with the skill level but also in attracting new fans to the game,” New Zealand all-rounder Devine said. “To be able to play alongside players from different countries and in different conditions has been hugely beneficial for my own game.”Devine’s smashing sister and world number one T20 batswoman Bates commented, “They (leagues) have really challenged me to expand my game and I have enjoyed getting to know other players from around the world and how they go about their cricket and the different challenges players face from other countries.” While South Africa captain van Niekerk pointed out, “The best play against the best and that is what you want outside of international cricket. It has changed women’s cricket and truly made it a global sport for all girls and women. As a player, you grow and learn so much in these leagues.”advertisementSince the WBBL started, Wyatt has donned the Melbourne Renegades’ jersey. The England opener said, “Melbourne is a great place to play cricket and to test myself against some of the best cricketers in the world. It is the same for KSL. I love playing in these different T20 tournaments across the world. It is a lot of fun making friends and playing together but it is also a massive challenge on the pitch which I love as I want to carry on improving and getting better. The ECB has done a fantastic job with the KSL and it is great to see (the same) in other tournaments across the world.”In August 2004, New Zealand defeated England in the first Women’s T20I. Since then, women’s cricket has made rapid progress but that has created its own challenges — from empty stands to fewer matches broadcast, the reach of women cricketers is still limited. The BCCI had organised a one-off Women’s T20 Challenger last year. Overseas players including Wyatt, Bates and Devine featured in the inaugural match consisting two teams — Harmanpreet Kaur-led Supernovas and Trailblazers captained by Smriti Mandhana, respectively, which was conducted as a means to test the feasibility of starting women’s IPL.Considering it was all last minute, Wyatt admitted, “It went very well as it is an amazing opportunity to be playing with and against the best players in the world and to test ourselves.” Bates, who bagged the Player of the Match, is hopeful that it “is the start of something big for the women’s game in India and future female cricketers.” While Devine added, “It was great fun to be able to play alongside both domestic and international Indian players and get a glimpse into how they go about their cricket.”Following an unexpected yet satisfying baby step, the BCCI has returned with the concept on a slightly larger scale and added a third team — Velocity, led by Mithali Raj. The Women’s T20 Challenger, beginning May 6, will see the participation of 12 overseas players. The T20 World Cup 2016 winning captain Taylor said, “I think that a similar set up to that of men’s IPL will be ideal (to make women’s game a success). However, the duration should be shorter than the men’s.”South Africa all-rounder Kapp will be busy hosting Pakistan for the ICC Women’s Championship but she stated, “I personally think what works really well in the Women’s Big Bash and Kia Super League is that you basically have the same type of setup up as the men’s teams.” Kapp’s teammate van Niekerk, who is nursing a neck injury, added, “I think we need the support from the fans. Without the fans, it will struggle to be a success. Also, the best players from all the countries should take part to make it truly competitive.”advertisement Players like Anjum Chopra, Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami are considered pioneers, for cricket before them was hardly telecast. However, the dedication of players and administration is commendable. After the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, the Indian team started getting its share of name and fans, which has doubled with a brilliant performance at the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.”The athleticism, talent of the young players coming into the women’s squad and the fearless cricket they play,” has impressed Bates. While Kapp likes the Indian batting for “the way they are hitting the ball and amount of skill that some of the players have.””Players like Kaur and Mandhana have shown they can clear the boundaries with ease and there are a number of other players coming through that can do the same. Also, the fielding has improved massively — some of the catches taken not only in last year’s T20 exhibition match but the recent World T20 in the West Indies were outstanding,” Devine expressed.Taylor highlighted, “The organisation and commitment to the development of the sport have impressed me the most. India is the biggest consumer of cricket and it is evident by their dominance in international cricket. The meticulous planning and training by both the men’s and women’s teams show the importance of cricket to not just the players but the administrators as well.””First of all, the fans are incredible in India. Watching the IPL at home and seeing the crowds turn up, just amazing to see. Secondly, after the 2017 ODI World Cup, the Indian Women’s team has taken off massively. Exciting new players have made a name for themselves. Their attacking brand of cricket is exciting to see,” van Niekerk said.The one-off exhibition was a last-ball thriller and telecast by the board’s host broadcaster, but the crowd presence at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai was thin, partly because the game had a 2 pm (IST) start. Now in its second year, the tournament will commence at 7:30 pm except the second game, which will start at 3:30 pm as it clashes with the men’s eliminator match. Three teams will square up against each other in one round-robin league, with all games to be held at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.Wyatt acknowledged, “Nobody came to watch us in Mumbai (during the ICC Women’s Championship in February) but we had quite big crowds in Guwahati (for T20Is) so hopefully the people of Jaipur will be excited and we can get big crowds in.” Keeping aside the venue, Kapp said, “As long as the games are being promoted properly, people will show up and support the women’s game. Indians absolutely love their cricket and I believe they will support women’s IPL.”Temperature in Jaipur is relatively high during summer. Wyatt, who claims to “love the heat”, said, “The conditions are obviously quite different to home and that takes a bit of getting used to. It is a lot hotter but you have to deal with it and just enjoy it I guess.” While Bates added, “It is difficult adjusting to the heat of playing in India but the more you play around the world the more you learn about what to expect and therefore plan and have strategies to keep cool. I try not to over think conditions and keep my game simple and stick to my strengths.”advertisementBCCI’s attempt to build a full-fledged league may take a few more years, but to strengthen women’s game at the grass-roots level and inspire more girls to take up cricket professionally, these high-profile overseas players promise big motivation to lead that route. Van Niekerk said, “You might not know everything but if you can help one person with a bit of advice that is a win. I think that you need to showcase the cream of women’s cricket. It gets girls and women interested in the game. You need them to participate, to have grassroots to strengthen. Grassroots are important, but if this era of women cricketers get it right, the girls at grassroots will benefit from it ten folds.”Taylor called for “words of encouragement about cricket and life off the cricket field” to influence the next generation and added, “We have to start somewhere and these T20 exhibition matches would only help to fuel interest from young girls entering into grassroots cricket. It will also make the administrators take a closer look at what improvements can be done to existing programs.”Bates said, “It (inspiring local players) is not just about your performances on the field but what you can bring to a team off it. I always try to have a professional and positive attitude and be open to chatting to local players about my game and answering any questions they may have but also showing them how fun the game of cricket can be when you put in the hard work.” Devine remarked, “If we can all help one another then the standard of women’s cricket will continue to grow. It (women’s league) is a great product that is working hard to balance not only the top women cricketers but also exposing domestic players to the next level up.”At the international level, India played New Zealand in double-headers setup early this year. The recent Women’s Big Bash League was staged alongside Big Bash League to get in more crowds. However, Cricket Australia has decided to provide separate platforms for its future domestic leagues. Even the ICC is set to organise standalone T20 World Cup 2020 for both men and women.Contemplating the future of women’s league in India, Kapp said, “Double-headers is a good idea, especially maybe just for the first year of the women’s IPL, just to make people aware of the women’s game. However, after that, I think it should be a standalone tournament.” Wyatt, however, disagreed, “Maybe in the long-term, they will serve a different role, but I think that is the way forward for now. Obviously, we want to get the crowds in and hopefully, they will come in early and watch us first. We want all the fans to see that actually women cricketers are amazing, as well as men cricketers.”Devine, who was part of the New Zealand team during the double-headers, said, “The timing is crucial to playing double-headers as there is a massive gap between games. It can be a long time for spectators to have to wait around. Also, the time of day and location of matches can have a huge impact. I know at the World T20 back in 2010 in West Indies the men played their final before the women and there was a great crowd that stayed on for our match.”There is definitely a place for women’s T20 leagues and the IPL obviously offers a great platform to the aspirations of women cricketers. The Jaipur event holds the key for a possible women’s IPL in the near future.Also Read | Jasia Akhtar 1st cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir to feature in Women’s T20 ChallengeAlso Read | Women’s T20 challenge: Chance to make statement as BCCI eye women’s IPLlast_img read more


Terry confirms metatarsal fracture

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgJohn Terry Terry fractures metatarsal to leave Bruce fearing three-month lay-off Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 05:40 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JohnTerry - cropped Getty Images Aston Villa Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Wednesday Championship The former Chelsea star vowed to “get back fit as soon as possible” after the he confirmed he has broken a bone in his foot Aston Villa captain John Terry sustained a broken metatarsal in Saturday’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and manager Steve Bruce is concerned he could be out for three months.Adam Reach put the Owls ahead after just 16 seconds and matters were made worse for Villa when former England international Terry was forced off through injury in the 21st minute.Arsenal 11/2 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jordan Rhodes added a second for Wednesday just after the centre-back left the pitch, with Villa also losing Robert Snodgrass during the opening period of the 2-1 defeat.The news was not positive for Terry, who posted a picture of his right foot in a support brace on Instagram after the match.”Devastated is an understatement to how I’m feeling tonight,” he wrote in an accompanying message.”I have just had the news that I have broken my fifth metatarsal.”I will be doing everything I can to get back fit as soon as possible.”Manager Bruce could not hide his frustration as Villa lost ground on the Championship’s top four, lamenting the injury blow suffered by Terry.”When you analyse it tomorrow that’s when it will dawn on us that it’s not just been a poor afternoon where we’ve got beat – which you accept – but the loss of key players is key for us all going forward, especially your captain,” said Bruce, before the metatarsal break was confirmed.Lost some momentum and JT injury a huge blow but we will go into the next xmas stretch positive— keith wyness (@retsub12) November 4, 2017″That’s the s*** industry we’re in. A bad day gets worse and you’re going along nicely and it kicks you in the b*******. Excuse my French, I do apologise.”Let’s hope it’s not too bad. Let’s hope it’s six weeks rather than 12 weeks.”last_img read more


9 months agoBournemouth fullback Clyne: I didn’t intend to hurt Warnock

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth fullback Clyne: I didn’t intend to hurt Warnockby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth fullback Nathaniel Clyne insists he didn’t seek to insult Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock when leaving Liverpool for Dean Court.The 70-year-old Warnock branded Liverpool a ‘disgrace’ and said they lacked class, while he was unhappy not to receive a phone call from the player.”My intention wasn’t to hurt anyone. It’s down to footballing reasons,” said Clyne as he explained his decision at a Bournemouth press conference.”Me and Neil Warnock have a good relationship.”I enjoyed working with him at Crystal Palace and I have a lot of respect for the man.” last_img read more


IMO Confirms New Secretary-General

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgzoom The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved the appointment of Kitack Lim from the Republic of Korea as its new Secretary-General, with effect from 1 January 2016, for an initial term of four years.Lim was president of Busan Port Authority, until the end of July 2015. He also served as the Republic of Korea’s Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO from 2006 to 2009 and was Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI) from 2002 to 2004.“IMO currently faces an array of challenges and issues such as implementation of Member State Audit Scheme, emissions from ships, application of Goal Based Standards, increasing traffic in polar waters, introduction of e-Navigation, the Ballast Water Management Convention, counter-piracy activities, cyber security and safety standards for passenger ships and fishing vessels, etc.“However, with the collective wisdom and insight of all Member States and stakeholders, I am confident that we can withstand the storm and resolve such difficult issues. I hope we can come together as one to pave a new future for IMO, based on the noble efforts and achievements to date,” Lim said.On the occasion, the outgoing Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu handed over to Lim a comprehensive briefing paper on IMO’s recent achievements and ongoing objectives, the secretariat’s structure and support work, the organization’s financial arrangements and other relevant topics.The IMO council, which is made up of 40 member states, elected Lim as Secretary-General in June, subject to the approval of the Assembly, which is meeting until 2 December.last_img read more


ER Schiffahrt in Talks to Sell Three Bulkers

Posted On Oct 23 2019 by

first_imgzoom Hamburg-based ship management company E.R. Schiffahrt has initiated talks to sell three Capesize bulk carriers to Greek shipping company Seanergy Maritime Corp, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The company is reportedly looking to dispose of three 179,400 dwt bulkers, namely, ER Bayern, ER Bavaria and ER Boston.All three ships were built in 2010 at South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy, respectively.VesselsValue added that the parties are discussing a price of USD 20.7 million per bulker.Valued at USD 20.8 million, the ships, which feature a length of 292 meters and a width of 45 meters, are a part of E.R. Schiffahrt’s fleet of 20 bulk carriers which have a total carrying capacity of 2.2 million dwt.The company has more than 70 containerships in service, with a total capacity of around 450,000 TEU.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Fabletics Announces The Demi Lovato For Fabletics Collaboration In Support Of Girl

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgFabletics, the innovative activewear brand co-founded by Kate Hudson in 2013, is excited to announce its first-ever collaboration. With the Fabletics mission to empower women by making a healthy, active lifestyle accessible to everyone – regardless of size, shape, age or ability – the new Demi Lovato for Fabletics limited-edition capsule collection reinforces their shared commitment to inclusion, female empowerment and body positivity.Featuring standout pieces inspired by her mission and her music, the first Demi Lovato for Fabletics collection reflects Demi’s authentic voice of female empowerment and unique style. The collection will support the brand’s ongoing partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign – a “by girls, for girls” movement that empowers girls to become a force for change for girls everywhere.“When we first met, I remember being so impressed by how intelligent, accomplished and confident Demi was, even at such a young age. I loved her spirit, her honesty and how she was open to showing vulnerability, because that shows so much strength. She naturally came to mind as I was thinking about creating our first collaboration for Fabletics. Demi embodies so many elements of the Fabletics brand in such a unique way; she’s a definitive voice for female empowerment and body positivity – especially for the younger generation – which is something we believe in very strongly at Fabletics,” said Kate Hudson.The Demi Lovato for Fabletics collection will launch with an initial limited edition capsule collection in mid May 2017, which will include an assortment of tops and leggings, followed by a full performance collection in August 2017 ranging from bras and leggings to layering pieces including tops, jackets and much more. The collection reflects the fashion meets performance DNA of Fabletics, blended with styles inspired by Demi’s mission, music, and voice of female empowerment.Of the collaboration, Demi Lovato said: “When I was approached by Kate to do a collaboration for Fabletics, I couldn’t have been more excited. I am thrilled to lend my voice to such a powerful brand and organization, both of which represent many of the values I stand for – particularly the importance of empowering girls. Being involved in the creative design process while being able to have a daily impact on young girls’ lives around the world is so rewarding to me, making this initiative very dear to my heart.”As part of the Fabletics partnership with Girl Up, the brand is dedicated to creating a community that nurtures inspiring, confident, and spirited girls who are able to realize their best selves. By integrating Demi’s authentic voice and passionate influence, Fabletics will further strengthen its efforts to raise funds and awareness for some of the world’s most marginalized adolescent girls, ensuring that they are educated, happy, healthy, safe, and positioned to be leaders in their communities, specifically, with the aim to support one of Girl Up’s priority initiatives, SchoolCycle. With approximately 130 million girls out of school globally, getting girls to school and keeping them there is of utmost importance. Girl Up’s SchoolCycle initiative works with UNFPA to give girls bikes – along with spare parts and maintenance training – so they can continue their education and travel quickly and safely to and from school. The bikes also give girls independence and mobility to create a better future for themselves, their families, and communities.The Demi Lovato for Fabletics capsule collection will be sold across 8 countries and will be available on the official website as well as in the 21 Fabletics stores nationwide.last_img read more


Ren Stimpys Canadian creator accused of sexual misconduct with teens in the

Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgRen and Stimpy (EI SCAN) Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Byrd said that Kricfalusi, now 62, first began to write to her when she was 14. She had reached out to him after becoming enamoured with his work and the idea of being an animator. When she was 16, she said, he flew her to Los Angeles, where she says he touched her genitals through her pyjamas.In the summer of 1997, she lived with him while working as an intern at his animation studio, Spumco. At the time, she said, she considered their relationship romantic, though it was often turbulent. She moved out of his house permanently in 2002. By that point, the act of drawing had become so associated with Kricfalusi for her that she had all but stopped doing it, she said.center_img Advertisement It’s been more than 15 years, but Robyn Byrd is drawing again.Byrd, 37, is one of two women who last week accused John Kricfalusi, the Canadian creator of the influential cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show, of grooming her for a sexual relationship when she was a minor in the 1990s.In a report in BuzzFeed News and subsequent interviews with The New York Times, Byrd and Katie Rice, 36, said that the animator began to correspond with them when they were teenagers. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more


Moroccan Troops to Join Gulf Forces

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Marrakech – The Arab daily Al Massae, reports that the Gulf countries are trying to persuade Morocco and Jordan to join their forces in the war against the Islamic State terrorist organization. Requests were also sent to Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt.  Defense News  reported that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was seeking to form a military bloc with Morocco and Jordan to resolve manpower issues. A Jordanian official said that the proposal had been presented to Morocco and Jordan in March and was under consideration.Al Massae said that the armed forces included Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Morocco, Jordan and possibly Egypt. Saudi Arabia was pushing for Egyptian involvement. The newspaper reported that a force of 300,000 troops from Morocco, Jordan and possibly Egypt would be added to the GCC forces. The report pointed to significant Gulf investment in Jordan and Morocco, and the need to form a joint military command for the force. The GCC joint military command is likely to achieve a force of 100,000 troops, according to Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, Saudi Arabia’s Minister for the National Guard.The United States is selling weapons to the GCC ahead of the announcement of the joint command, the newspaper concluded. read more


Three CH47D Chinook Transport Helicopters Arrive in Tangier

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat – Three refurbished US Army CH-47D Chinook transport helicopters arrived on Saturday to Tangier-Med port in the presence of US experts who were in charge of the transfer process.After a seven month refurbishment period by Columbia Helicopters, a US maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) company, the three helicopters arrived in Tangier and will be delivered to Morocco’s Royal Army.In addition to the three helicopters, the US sale included “the training of Moroccan crew, tools, publications and spare parts all valued at $78.9 million.” The $6 million contract alone included a complete interior and exterior refurbishment, airframe touch-ups, engine overhauls and painting of the aircrafts in the Moroccan army colors.Last month, the US-Africa Command division chief of Regional Operations at USASAC Scott Huther said “Three very capable aircrafts are being provided under budget to the Moroccans. Providing these helicopters will enable Morocco to use them for a variety of purposes and have inter-operability with the U.S. military and its equipment in future missions.”Huther added that the purchase has been in development since 2010, but “due to Morocco’s budget constraints the delivery could not be expedited.”Morocco’s Royal Air Force operates a large fleet of helicopters which includes 19 Aerospatiale SA-342 Gazelles, between 10 and 12 Agusta-Bell AB-206 (Bell 206) Jet Rangers, 25 AB-205As, two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks, and 24 SA-330 Pumas. read more


UN to launch flash appeal for hurricane victims in Nicaragua

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

7 September 2007United Nations relief officials are preparing to launch a flash appeal for victims of Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua, where over 34,000 people have been affected and nearly 8,500 houses damaged, according preliminary Government figures. These figures are likely to increase as rescue brigades reach communities isolated by the rain and swollen rivers in the Central American country’s northern Caribbean region. Meanwhile, a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is still in neighbouring Honduras to assess the hurricane’s aftermath there, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told a news briefing in Geneva today. On the ground in Nicaragua, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing blankets and water purification equipment. “UNICEF will help the national authorities guarantee the supply of safe water, hygiene and nutrition to small children,” the agency’s country representative Debora Comini said. As part of this commitment, blankets and supplies worth $32,971 were sent on Wednesday as an immediate response for hurricane victims. The first urgent aid package sent through the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health included four mobile water chlorination units, each with the capacity to purify water for 1,600 people a day. Together with the other UN agencies and in coordination with the national and regional authorities, UNICEF is working to respond to the crisis, coordinating with the Ministry of Education to organize emergency shelters, implement “educational bridges” to stop the school year being interrupted, and evaluate school infrastructure. It has so far been reported that 80 per cent of schools have lost their roofs. read more


GuineaBissau UN Fund to spend 6 million on peacebuilding efforts

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

28 April 2008The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, set up to help countries emerging from conflict avoid relapsing into violence, has agreed to provide Guinea-Bissau with $6 million to support the Government’s efforts relating to the upcoming legislative elections, security sector reform, the judiciary, the police and youth employment. Senior UN peacebuilding officials have provisionally approved Guinea-Bissau’s Interim Priority Plan on priority issues for funding. This follows Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision last month to declare Guinea-Bissau eligible for support from the Fund following the request of the Peacebuilding Commission. A National Steering Committee co-chaired by the Secretary-General’s Representative in Guinea-Bissau, Shola Omoregie, was sworn in earlier this month, coinciding with the visit to the country of a delegation from the Peacebuilding Commission. Bringing together representatives of the UN, the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors and civil society, the Committee is tasked with overseeing the selection of projects and the allocation of funding. Set up last year by the Secretary-General, the Peacebuilding Fund is designed to serve as a bridge between the phases of conflict and recovery, a period when other forms of financing are often not available to struggling nations. So far more than $248 million have been committed. read more


Nepal UN underscores need to act now before monsoon rains risk further

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

“The monsoon is just four weeks away, and will bring with it a high possibility of increased landslides, making it extremely difficult – if not impossible – to bring timely relief aid and recovery support to communities in rural areas,” said Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. “These areas are in dire need,” he stressed, noting that 85 to 90 per cent of houses have been destroyed or are unsafe.The second earthquake of a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale that struck Nepal on 12 May has worsened the living conditions of the survivors of the first quake that struck on 25 April, particularly in the severely-affected districts. Some humanitarian agencies like the UN World Food Programme (WFP) say they are turning to a team of elite mountain climbers is help reach earthquake survivors in some of Nepal’s toughest mountain terrain, where helicopters and trucks cannot go.“As part of WFP’s Operation Mountain Express, the mountaineers abandoned plans to climb one of the Himalaya peaks and instead have undertaken a relief mission by using their skills and training to help get food and other supplies to people in need,” according to WFP.Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said “the psychological impact of these two major earthquakes in less than three weeks cannot be underestimated, with increasing needs for psychosocial interventions and safe spaces for children to be together, feel supported and receive psychosocial support.”“Road travel is threatened by landslides and unstable buildings,” UNICEF said, adding that “this threat has an emotional impact on field staff while also challenging relief operations.”The World Health Organization, in its latest update, reported some 8,500 deaths from the quakes. In addition, more than 25 hospitals and over 900 smaller facilities, predominantly village health posts which supply basic medicines and other routine services in remote communities outside the Kathmandu valley, were completely or partly damaged.WHO also warned that the security of health workers remains an issue in the remote villages where landslides have been reported. With the annual monsoon season a month away, Nepalese communities in remote areas are now facing a new challenge – isolation from desperately-needed aid and assistance to restore and rebuild their homes and livelihoods.Mr. Martínez-Solimán, who saw first-hand the levels of destruction caused by the earthquakes in a country that was fragile and vulnerable even before the disaster, likened the fallen houses and heaps of rubble to a war zone.The coming monsoon risked a secondary disaster for the many Nepalese living in remote, inaccessible communities in this rugged, mountainous country, he said.Mr. Martínez-Solimán’s visit, involving meetings with the Nepalese Government, international development partners and affected communities, is part of UNDP’s push to hash out a robust recovery plan for the country that protects and restores infrastructure, services and livelihoods, even as immediate efforts to meet people’s most basic needs continue.As the lead UN agency on disaster recovery, UNDP works in crisis situations to minimize the longer-term impacts on affected communities, whether caused by natural disasters or manmade conflict. “The onset of the monsoon has sounded an alarm,” he said. “We must act now.” read more


Six hour hunt for wolf released from sanctuary by suspected animal rights

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

first_img Steve Parsons/PA Wire The wolf was put on a lead and walked homeCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Wire The entrance to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust’s premises Credit:Steve Parsons/PA Wire “Officers have sight of the wolf and are working with staff from the sanctuary to detain it.”Members of the public may notice an increased presence in the area and are advised not to approach the wolf if they see it.”Sian Champkin, whose husband works at Elstree Independent Boys Preparatory School, in nearby Woolhampton, said its pupils were told not to go outside.”He phoned me to tell me about it because we have a child, a dog and a cat and not to go outside,” the 37-year-old said. “I was slightly shocked, nothing like this has ever happened before.” Around mid-morning yesterday teams searching for Torak caught sight of him in woodland. An hour later there were reports he was heading north, near the A34/M4 junction.Thames Valley issued a statement on the force’s Facebook page, saying: “Officers are currently in Beenham, West Berkshire. At around 8am today the force received a call from a member of the public reporting a wolf had escaped from a sanctuary in Picklepythe Lane. The wolf was put on a lead and walked home Ms Palmer and her staff assured people that Torak was an “easy-going wolf” and a “gentle giant”, but Thames Valley Police were taking no chances.People were warned not to approach the animal – whose favourite foods are pheasant, deer, meaty ice lollies and bananas – and armed officers were on stand-by prepared to shoot him if needed. Animal rights activists have been blamed for releasing a wolf into the wild, sparking a desperate search for the animal yesterday.Police sharpshooters were mobilised and residents urged to stay indoors – but in the end Torak the wolf allowed himself to be led back to captivity like a puppy.Indeed, during his brief taste of freedom the Alaskan timber wolf even sauntered through a field of sheep without harming any of them, despite warnings that he posed a danger to man and beast.Still, it did take nearly six hours for him to be tracked down and recaptured by police and staff from the sanctuary where he normally lives.Staff at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, in Beenham, Berkshire, discovered on Thursday morning that Torak’s cage may have been tampered with.The Trust’s founder, Teresa Palmer, said: “When I got to the front of the enclosure I found that the gate was open. I think somebody deliberately opened the gate. A lot of people don’t particularly believe in having animals in captivity.” Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire Eventually the hunting party caught up with Torak near the West Berkshire village of Curridge, eight miles from his sanctuary.Here Ms Palmer, 62, managed to coach him into a trailer, where he allowed himself to be put on a lead.”The fact he went through a field of sheep on his way shows he would never be a threat to the public,” said Ms Palmer. “Now he’s given up. He’s had his moment of freedom.” Locals implored police to use a tranquiliser gun rather than bullets to capture Torak, after another escaped wolf was shot dead last year after escaping its cage.Three-year-old Eurasian wolf Ember, who gave birth to five cubs earlier that year, was killed by a keeper after being discovered outsider her enclosure at Cotswold Safari Park. The entrance to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust's premises  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.last_img read more


English legends laud Windies win as one for the times

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies win was Atherton’s biggest Test upsetAugust 30, 2017In “latest news”ICC should take another look at over-rate rules …but players must also take responsibilityFebruary 6, 2019In “latest news”‘Embarrassing’ gamesmanship of legendary Windies aided team’s steep decline – LaraSeptember 5, 2017In “Sports” LEEDS, England (CMC) — Two noted legends of English cricket have hailed the West Indies’ stunning second -Test win over England at Headingley as one of the finest sporting triumphs in recent memory.Michael Atherton (Photo: Khelnama Sports)Ian Botham, arguably England’s greatest cricketer of all time, and Michael Atherton, one of their most capped players and captains, showered praise on Jason Holder’s team after their fearless and fascinating triumph at the historic ground on Tuesday.Chasing 322 for victory on the final day, West Indies pulled off a remarkable five-wicket win, 11 days following a humiliating innings defeat inside three days in the first Test at Edgbaston.Writing in The Times newspaper yesterday, Atherton said most observers expected a shellacking but the Windies changed the narrative and performed “a resurrection … of a once-proud cricketing nation fallen on hard times”.“This was one of the great modern Test matches, one that produced a truly astonishing result,” Atherton wrote.“In my time watching, playing and commentating on Test cricket, I cannot think of a bigger upset when taking into account the low expectations for a team with a horrendous away record who had subsided to a three-day defeat only the week before.”Botham echoed the sentiments of many over the world when he noted: “What Test cricket needs is a vibrant West Indian team. They bring everything — the colour, the party atmosphere.“After being totally embarrassed at Birmingham, something they would have been devastated about, Windies managed to pick themselves up. It was great to watch and for Windies to show guts like that was a top performance.”Botham, a highly respected pundit with Sky Sports, was speaking at the venue where he performed one of cricket’s greatest feats — a back-to-the-wall-century against Australia in the 1981 Ashes.Atherton, who is also a Sky Sports pundit, is familiar with the cricketing landscape in the Caribbean, having toured the region on two occasions, and also lived in Barbados.“There were many heroes of the hour: (Jason) Holder, the young captain who took the criticism full on after Edgbaston and who batted with real authority when West Indies were wobbling in their first innings, and then bowled with heart and discipline throughout; Shannon Gabriel, who returned to lead the attack as a strike bowler should; but most of all two young batsmen around whom the semblance of a sturdy Test match batting line-up can be glimpsed,” Atherton wrote.“Kraigg Brathwaite, from Wanderers Cricket Club and Combermere School, the alma mater of Sir Frank Worrell, and Shai Hope, of Pickwick Cricket Club and, latterly and briefly, of Bede’s School in East Sussex, led the charge, following up their hundreds in the first innings with magnificent contributions in the second.“They were partners in both innings for 390 runs, more than half their team’s total in the match, and they were the rocks upon which England’s ship foundered.”Hope, a stylish, 23-year-old right-hander, stroked an unbeaten 118 to follow up his first-innings 147, in the process becoming the first batsman to score twin hundreds at Headingley in 127 years of first class cricket at the venue.Opener Brathwaite made 134 in the first innings and 95 in the second. read more


ASOBAL Round 30 Naturhouse La Rioja to Champions League Academia Octavio relegated

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

academia octavioAdemar LeonASOBALbm cangasNaturhouse La Riojaraul nantesvilla de aranda ← Previous Story SKA Minsk verifies Cup Challenge Cup title with another victory Next Story → HC Montpellier Agglomeration wins French Cup! The final round of the ASOBAL league brought the answers to the questions that were left unanswered after the end of the 29th round. As much as 5 teams competed against being the final team to relegate alongside Palma del Rio. In the end, the league saw Academia Octavio being the one relegated after all the opponents gained important wins – while they were defeated in the final seconds of the match to BM Huesca 30-29, meanwhile despite BM Cangas being defeated in the direct duel against Villa de Aranda, they will both remain in the league.The third place and the Champions League place goes to Naturhouse la Rioja. The team from Logrono were better in Palacio de los Deportes de Leon over Ademar Leon and won 32-30, with Manolo Cadenas being saluted by the “aficion” before he departs to Poland. Raul Nantes was the top scorer of the game with huge 10 goals.Scores round 30: Ademar Leon 30-32 Naturhouse La Rioja, BM Aragon 31-29 Anaitasuna, Barcelona 39-23 Guadalajara, BM Huesca 30-29 Octavio Posada, Cuenca 25-26 Puerto Sagunto, Granollers 30-22 Palma del Rio, Valladolid 30-25 Atletico Madrid, Villa de Aranda 25-23 BM Cangas read more


Fast food giant Leon to open first Irish branch on site of

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgFast food giant Leon to open first Irish branch on site of former Temple Bar landmark The healthy fast food outlet will be located on Crown Alley, in the building of the former Eager Beaver shop. 54,706 Views By Hayley Halpin 34 Comments Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 4:48 PM Short URL Source: LEON via Legacy CommunicationsLEON, A HEALTHY fast food chain, has announced that it is to open its first Irish outlet in Dublin’s Temple Bar. The natural fast food outlet will be located on Crown Alley, in the building of the former Eager Beaver clothes shop.The company plans to open 20 restaurants nationwide by 2023, creating 600 new jobs.The Temple Bar branch is due to open this coming May. The London-based chain plans to open its second outlet in Dundrum Town Centre later this year.LEON’s food is based around the Mediterranean diet. The company said it will be working with local Irish suppliers to bring its menu to Ireland. The restaurant group currently has 63 outlets worldwide in the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and the US. Most recently, it opened its first US restaurant in Washington DC.  Leon’s Stuart Fitzgerald Source: Leon via Legacy CommunicationsThe people responsible for bringing LEON to Ireland are Stuart Fitzgerald, Alan O’Neill and Brian McIntyre.“We are absolutely delighted to finally reveal that Ireland’s first LEON will be located at the former Eager Beaver shop in Temple Bar,” Fitzgerald said.“Temple Bar is a melting pot of culture, creativity and individuality which makes it the perfect setting for LEON’s Irish launch.”More information about LEON in Ireland can be found on its website here. Share491 Tweet Email6 https://jrnl.ie/4550558 Mar 19th 2019, 4:48 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Boy crashes while riding bicycle with no brakes

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgSheriff’s deputies were called to Callaham’s mobile home park, 10804 N.E. Highway 99, about 8:35 p.m. Sunday on a reported car-pedestrian accident.Turns out a 14-year-old boy was given a bike without brakes and told to not ride it outside the mobile home park, said Sgt. Randon Walker with Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Instead, the boy rode onto Highway 99, could not stop, and went over the handle bars and landed on his head near 104th Street.A Good Samaritan in a pickup truck took the boy back to the mobile home park.Walker said the boy was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for treatment.last_img read more


Barnes Noble Digital Sales Quadruple Retail Sales Decline

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgBookseller and newsstand provider Barnes and Noble had a strong first quarter with its digital content, sales in that channel quadrupled. Though digital sales have had some tenacious growth, sales at retail decreased by more than $25.7 million or 3 percent. “Our strategy of growing market share in the exploding digital content business while maximizing cash flow and EBITDA from our retail operations is paying off,” Lynch says in a news release. “We plan to continue investing in the significant growth areas of our business, and in fiscal 2012, we expect to see leverage as our digital sales growth is projected to exceed the growth of investment spend. The return on investment is expected to increase in future years, as readers purchase increasing amounts of digital content on the platform we have built.” The NOOK business increased 140 percent in the first quarter to $277 million.Though the company’s EBITDA did improve by 23 percent in the first quarter of 2012 it still represented a negative figure—EBITDA went from -$30.7 million in July 2010 to -$23.5 million in July 2011.For the first quarter, the company reported a consolidated net loss of $57 million.center_img Total sales for fiscal first quarter 2012 were up 2 percent to $1.4 billion and sales through the company’s website, BN.com, saw a 37 percent increase to $198 million. The business says a strong demand for its digital eReading devices—the NOOK, NOOK Color and the NOOK Simple Touch Reader—have had a high demand and helped the company’s overall success for the quarter.Barnes and Noble retail sales went from 28.8 percent of the company’s gross margin to 29.5 percent. Barnes and Noble website sales went from 3.7 percent of the company’s gross margin up to 27.3 percent compared to the same period last year. Gross profit from Barnes and Noble’s website went from $5.3 million in the first quarter last year to $41.5 million.“Our NOOK eReaders and applications continue to be cited as the finest digital reading products on the market, with the new NOOK SimpleTouch Reader recently rated a the best eReader,” says Barnes and Noble CEO William Lynch, according to a news release. “The company is encouraged by the progress achieved against our strategy and believes in our plan to continue to appropriately invest in the massive digital opportunity, while delivering strong earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) growth this year.”last_img read more


Ward 8 Community News

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgAcross the street from Hope’s Corridor, the 100th block of Wayne Place SE is transitional housing for homeless vets, transitional housing for youth transitioning out of foster care, anchored (and supported!) by a neighborhood of middle class homeowners, which enable Washingtonians, of all ages, to enjoy a new lease on life.last_img


Super Mario Run Jumps to Android in March

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_img Super Mario Run Didn’t Meet Nintendo’s ExpectationsSuper Mario Run Comes to Android This Week Stay on target Super Mario Run made its debut on iOS late last year and broke various download records upon its release. Nintendo announced that it would bring the endless runner to Android, but never specified an exact date. Today, Nintendo has revealed when Android users can get their hands on this mobile game.Super Mario Run will make its way to Android in March. This is an interesting release window considering how a little system called the Nintendo Switch will also launch in March. This announcement comes from Nintendo’s Twitter account. You can see that tweet below.#SuperMarioRun will arrive on Android in March. You can pre-register in Google Play to be notified when it launches! https://t.co/u4H9bxVi9R pic.twitter.com/Hd5uzRcYcK— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 19, 2017Like with the iOS version, users can play the first three levels of Super Mario Run for free. To unlock the full game, players have to plunk down $10. The full game includes the Kingdom Builder feature, Toad Rally, and Friendly Run mode.When Super Mario Run was launched, many were upset by the game’s price. Considering how the most expensive mobile games usually top out at $5, it’s understandable why some would consider $10 to be an exorbitant price — especially since Super Mario Run is just an endless runner. However, unlike with a lot of mobile games, Super Mario Run doesn’t pester players with microtransactions. $10 is a lot for a mobile game, but that was the most anyone would ever have to pay.Will Super Mario Run be a success on Android? It will probably enjoy success at launch, but considering all of the bad press that it has gotten over the past few weeks, folks may decide that they can spend their money elsewhere.You can pre-register on Google Play and be notified when Super Mario Run launches by following this link.last_img read more