International Cricket Council president Zaheer Abbas willing to take over as Pakistan Cricket Board chief

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain and current International Cricket Council (ICC) president, Zaheer Abbas, has joined the race to head the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), following calls for sacking the top brass after the national team’s disastrous show in the Asia Cup and World T20.Abbas told reporters in Lahore at a function of Punjab Sports Board that he would be willing to head the PCB if given an offer.”I am always available for Pakistan in any capacity. My term as ICC president ends this year but even while I have the ICC post I can also head the Board if required,” he said.Widely regarded as one of the best batsmen of his era, Abbas gave the examples of BCCI officials, who have held dual positions in the ICC and the Indian board.”At the moment no one has approached me for any position in the board but yes if I am approached and invited to head the PCB I will not back down,” he said.Abbas said the PCB’s choice to appoint former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq as chief selector was a wise one but Pakistan cricket’s system needed overhauling.”Inzamam should do a good job but at the same time we need the right people in other positions as well including the most important post of head coach,” he said.Abbas said that the recent performances of the Pakistan team had been disappointing for everyone but there was talent in the country and there was a need to set the system right.advertisement”We have to strengthen our domestic structure and also clearly designate job descriptions so that there is no confusion or meddling in other person’s domain,” he added.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Shaminda Eranga reported for suspect action; Euro snub doesn’t bother Pirlo

first_imgSri Lanka’s Shaminda Eranga reported for suspect actionSri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been reported for suspect bowling action after the conclusion of the second Test against England in Chester-le-Street.Virat Kohli and David Warner: Two of a kindIndian Premier League 2016 will be remembered for Virat Kohli and David Warner and how they inspired a bunch of players to reach for greater heights.Virat Kohli is a special blend of consistency and power, says HaydenVirat Kohli, who is presently going through a purple patch, scored 900-plus runs in the recently concluded Indian Premier League which included four centuries and seven fifties.Andrea Pirlo says no hard feelings over Euro omission Andrea Pirlo says he has no hard feelings towards Italy coach Antonio Conte after the veteran playmaker was overlooked for next month’s European Championship in France.PSG defender Serge Aurier arrested in Paris after argument with police  Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier has been arrested following an argument with police after a night out in Paris, a police official told.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal turns coach, helps husband Parupalli Kashyap at Malaysia Masters

first_imgSaina Nehwal managed to survive a tough test in the opening round of the season-opening Malaysia Masters tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday as she came back from behind to beat unseeded Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18.Saina had a tentative start to her campaign in the World Tour Super 500 tournament but she came back strongly to win a tightly-fought second game. The Indian shuttler managed to stay ahead of her opponent in the third and final game and even kept her cool to survive a late fightback from Deng Xuan to seal a second-round berth.Despite spending more than an hour on court, Saina returned to coach her compatriot and husband Parupalli Kashyap. The former Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who has finally managed to recover from long-standing injury concerns, survived a stiff test against Rasmus Gemke 19-21, 21-19, 21-10 in the first round earlier in the day.Kashyap, who tied the knot with Saina last month, took to social media after the hard-fought first-round win and thanked his “coach”.Saina also shared a picture of herself and husband Kashyap after their wins on Wednesday. While the seventh-seeded Saina will face another tough test against unseeded Yip Pui Yin, qualifier Kashyap will take on sixth-seeded Anthony Ginting of Indonesia.Through to the second round at the #MalaysiaMastersSuper500 after a three set win against #rasmusgemke . Looking forward to a good match tomorrow against @sinisukanthony . ???? Thank you coach @NSaina ?????? pic.twitter.com/nGBi4vb5kzParupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) January 16, 2019Good first round wins for both of us #MalaysiaMastersSuper500 ??? .. Looking forward for the pre-quarters tomorrow ?? #kualalumpur pic.twitter.com/5T4nVsCFbMadvertisementSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 16, 2019Notably, Saina had revealed that she has benefited a lot from the way Kashyap has been able to help her with the technical aspects of the game. While praising coach Pullela Gopichand for his efforts, Saina told India Today that her husband has been able to influence her game in the recent past.”Frankly speaking, he [Kashyap] also started helping me, I am able to see a change in my game,” Saina said during her appearance on Jab We Met along with Kashyap.”It’s not easy to be top-level players at the stage because all of them [contemporaries] are playing well. It takes a little bit of time to understand. I was struggling to understand that after my knee surgery. But Gopi sir and Kashyap have helped me out,” Saina added.Also Read | Never had a fight with Pullela Gopichand, says Saina NehwalAlso See:last_img read more

Italy earn much-needed three points

first_imgItaly 1 Israel 0: Immobile edges Azzurri towards World Cup play-offs Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 04:45 9/6/17 CiroImmobile - cropped Getty Images Ciro Immobile struck the only goal as Italy beat Israel to take a significant step towards a World Cup play-off place. Italy offered an underwhelming response to their World Cup qualifying defeat against Spain but now only need one point to secure a top-two finish in Group G following a 1-0 win over Israel in Reggio Emilia.Giampiero Ventura’s men were outclassed in Madrid on Saturday, losing 3-0, but they would have been expecting a far simpler task back on home turf as they aimed to tighten their grip on a play-off place, eventually doing so through Ciro Immobile.While Israel lacked Spain’s quality across the pitch, they had the energy to match Italy for long periods and threatened on the break as they soaked up pressure in a turgid first half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The pressure built after the interval, however, and Immobile – a scorer in a 3-1 Azzurri win in Haifa a year earlier – deservedly won the points with a fine 53rd-minute header.This result takes Israel out of the running for next year’s tournament in Russia, while Albania’s 1-1 draw in Macedonia means Italy are all-but guaranteed at least a runners-up spot.There is still work for Italy to do in the play-off race – and there remains an outside chance of toppling pool leaders Spain – as they must avoid ending the campaign as Europe’s worst second-placed side, but they may well look back on this as a pivotal victory following the disappointment of their humbling at the weekend.| FT Italy 1-0 IsraelCiro #Immobile’s header decided matters in #ReggioEmilia. #EuropeanQualifiers #ITAISR pic.twitter.com/F8xDLCFkAg— Italy (@azzurri) September 5, 2017Italy tore forward inside the first minute and Andrea Belotti arrowed a right-footed shot just wide, but they soon settled into a patient passing game that rather lacked the same early cutting edge.Daniele De Rossi – becoming his country’s joint-fourth most-capped player – twice blazed high over the crossbar from a promising position and only the timely challenge of Andrea Conti halted Marwan Kabha’s dangerous run into the area at the other end.Gianluigi Buffon then came to the Azzurri’s rescue as Almog Cohen curled a 20-yard effort towards the top-right corner late in the first half.Finally, in stoppage time, Israel goalkeeper Ariel Harush was tested for the first time, but he blocked brilliantly from Lorenzo Insigne and then gratefully accepted a tame Belotti finish.Italy continued to improve from the restart and Immobile should have buried his sixth of the campaign as he instead nodded wide in front of goal.Immobile was then denied by Harush after a low near-post strike, but the same man quickly made amends as he directed Antonio Candreva’s deep delivery back across the goalkeeper and into the top-right corner.3 – Three of Ciro Immobile’s six goals for Italy under Giampiero Ventura have been assisted by Antonio Candreva. Understanding.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 5, 2017Harush was back at his best to keep out Belotti’s header with a stooping save, before later scrambling across the goal line to block off Andrea Barzagli’s route to goal.Again the keeper shut down a frustrated Belotti, but his fine work counted for little as Israel’s attacking threat waned and the hosts saw out the closing stages.Their top-two place was all-but confirmed when Aleksandar Trajkovski netted a late penalty for Macedonia against Albania, leaving Italy on the verge of a play-off place. read morelast_img read more

Harvesting Under Gov’t’s Cannabis Cultivation Pilot Expected in Four Months

first_imgStory Highlights Farmers in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, who are part of the Government’s cannabis cultivation pilot project are expected to commence harvesting the plant within four months. “The Accompong (farmers) already got their seedlings and they are about to move them out of the greenhouse and into the open field. We have already had 10 acres prepared, and those 10 acres are going to be planted with legal marijuana. We are hoping that we will be reaping within another three to four months,” the Minister informed. This is according to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson.center_img Farmers in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, who are part of the Government’s cannabis cultivation pilot project are expected to commence harvesting the plant within four months.This is according to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson.“The Accompong (farmers) already got their seedlings and they are about to move them out of the greenhouse and into the open field. We have already had 10 acres prepared, and those 10 acres are going to be planted with legal marijuana. We are hoping that we will be reaping within another three to four months,” the Minister informed.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson (left), greets young patrons at the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show, which was held at the Montpelier Showground in St. James on Monday (April 22). He was addressing patrons and participants attending the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show, which was held at the Montpelier Showground in St. James on Monday (April 22).As part of the project, the Government is looking to cultivate 50 acres of the plant for use as raw material in a variety of commercial products, including oils and animal feed.The programme complements the Alternative Development Programme (ADP) that was implemented in Accompong and other communities in March, to provide small-scale farmers with a channel through which to benefit from the cannabis (ganja) industry.The ADP aims to prevent and eliminate illicit ganja cultivation and channel the process through legal streams.The pilot has been initiated in Accompong, St. Elizabeth and Orange Hill, Westmoreland.“We are (also) going to be moving into other areas where we are going to ask the traditional ganja planters to get themselves into groups so we can come and provide you with all the necessary information, so that you can be growing cannabis legally,” Mr. Hutchinson further highlighted.The Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show was organised by the St. James Association of Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).It is staged annually to promote the work of farmers in western Jamaica.last_img read more

Porto Central Inks Port Construction Deal with Van Oord

first_imgzoom Brazilian joint venture Porto Central and Dutch dredging firm Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors signed an agreement for the development and construction of Porto Central. As a joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and TPK Logística, Porto Central is a greenfield multipurpose port being developed in Espírito Santo, Brazil.Under the agreement, the parties have established an integrated team, which works on a fast-track process from conceptual design to construction and operation of the port.During the first phase of the development, the focus will be on the clients of Porto Central. Also, the conditions and requirements of the necessary permits and approvals will be fully incorporated in the designs and plans. The second phase deals with optimizing construction methods and schedules to enable the port operators to start with their operations as soon as possible. The third phase of the cooperation is the actual construction of the port.The development of Porto Central will serve several industries, such as oil & gas, mining, agribulk, offshore supply, shipyard and others.Various cargos will be handled such as containers, soybeans, crude oil, oil products, LNG, iron ore, vehicles, marble and granite, fertilizers and other general cargos.The port will be developed in phases to a deep-water port with up to 25 meters draft, capable of receiving deep-draught vessels such as the largest bulk carriers in the world and Very Large Crude Oil Carriers (VLCCs).Consisting of an area of around 2.000 hectares, Porto Central will be able to accommodate various large-scale terminals along its 10 km of berths and piers.last_img read more

The Elders Urge EU To Deploy Stabilization Force In Central African Republic

first_imgAs European heads of state meet in Brussels, The Elders urge them to quickly deploy a stabilization force to the Central African Republic (CAR) to complement the African and French troops already on the ground.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “Events in Ukraine have taken over the news cycle, but the EU must not lose sight of the terrible tragedy unfolding in the Central African Republic.”On 10 February, Europe’s leaders pledged to set up a force of 800-1000 troops to help stabilize the CAR, which has been racked by violent clashes that have left countless dead and injured and is triggering massive sectarian displacement. The force was supposed to deploy this week, but has not been able to do so because troop-contributing states have not yet met their commitments.“The protection of civilians is paramount. The rapid deployment of the promised European force, as well as a robust UN peacekeeping operation, will help to halt the violence against defenceless people,” Kofi Annan added.Last month, the Elders called on the international community, notably the UN Security Council, to take swift and decisive action to restore peace and security to the CAR.last_img read more

Provincial judge calls for review of Winnipeg Remand Centre medical unit after

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA provincial judge has recommended that the Manitoba Government complete an independent review of the medical unit at the Winnipeg Remand Centre in an inquest report after the death of Errol Greene.The 26 year old was brought to Winnipeg’s remand centre on April 29, 2016 for breach of probation on a mischief charge.He died May 1, 2018 after suffering two seizures.Shortly after Greene’s death, his widow Rochelle Pranteau called for better medical care for inmates.“It’s a life and death situation and you shouldn’t neglect anybody, we are human, doesn’t matter if you’re in jail or not, you should be treated better.”In 2018 a mandatory inquest into Greene’s death was held by provincial Judge Heather Pullan.She’s now calling for a full review of health care services at the remand centre in Winnipeg.Pullan strongly criticized Manitoba Corrections.“The medical unit at the Remand Centre is not accredited. It’s not clear why this is the case,” the report states.“If the focus on healthcare delivery in an institution is on quality and excellence, surely being held to an objective standard, assessed externally, is the best means by which excellence can be achieved and maintained.”Pullan made 11 recommendations. One of the recommendations calls for the recognition of the specific role correctional officers play in the Winnipeg Remand Centre, that seizure specific training, including recognition of behaviour that could be seizure related and respond appropriately while awaiting the arrival of medical staff.APTN News spoke with Pranteau’s lawyer Corey Shefman about the release of the report.“We were happy to see the recommendations, but at the end of the day they’re not binding,” said Shefman.“But we are hopeful the government will implement them.”Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen didn’t make a firm commitment to any of recommendations.However, Cullen says some of his senior officials will review the inquest report.“I’m confident this report will help us strengthen protocols and procedures so we can prevent future in custody deaths,” he said.He said the government has made some changes since Greene’s death three years ago.“We’re ensuring that a physician is schedule to attend the Remand Centre everyday to review medications, including weekends,” he said.“We also improved record keeping and file storage at the facility to ensure health information is meticulously recorded.”Ultimately, the Minister says there’s room for more improvement.“We’ll continue to make improvements in terms of training of our corrections staff and medical staff and correctional officers and invest in new technology to better monitor inmates.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Are retail jobs in a funk Its complicated

NEW YORK — The overall economy is adding jobs, but there’s one spot that appears to be in a funk: retail.Overall, U.S. employers added 263,000 jobs in April, according to the government data released Friday. The retail sector lost 12,000 jobs that same month.That decline wasn’t a blip; the sector has shed 49,100 jobs in the past 12 months despite the faster pace of economic growth.Retail job losses appear to reflect broader changes in the economy as more Americans have shifted their spending online and stores close after decades of overexpansion.But the government figures don’t tell the whole story. Government statisticians still haven’t caught up with the booming growth in e-commerce. In fact, jobs in areas like distribution warehouses where job growth is soaring are counted under the warehouse industry category, not retail. That method excludes 4 million retail jobs, or 20% of the retail industry, estimates Mark Mathews, vice-president of research development and industry analysis at the National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group.Retailers are also still struggling to find qualified workers. There were 840,000 openings for retail jobs at physical stores in February, more than double the number from February 2013, according to the most recent government figures.“People have extra money,” said Andy Challenger, vice-president at Challenger Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based global outplacement firm. “But the jobs in retail are really shifting away from the front of the store to the back like warehousing jobs.”Here are the top factors affecting retail job losses:SHIFT AWAY FROM PHYSICAL STORESIncreasingly, shoppers are spending more of their purchases online. That’s causing stores that haven’t been keeping up with shoppers’ shifting habits to either shrink their physical stores or shutter poor-performing ones.In February, Payless ShoeSource announced it was closing all of its 2,100 U.S. stores, making it one of the biggest store liquidations. Also accounting for a big chunk of store closures this year is children’s retailer Gymboree, which is closing its remaining 750 stores.As of last month, store closures this year have exceeded the total recorded for the full year 2018, says Coresight Research, a key global research and advisory firm. U.S. retailers have announced 6,150 store closures, and 2,671 store openings. That compares to 5,864 closures and 3,239 openings for the full year 2018.RISE OF THE ROBOTSRetailers, including Walmart and Target, are increasingly automating menial tasks for workers. Under pressure from Amazon, they are turning their physical stores into shipping hubs, speeding up deliveries and helping to defray costs.“Retailers are moving into things like artificial intelligence to boost productivity, and that’s creeping into stores and limiting job growth,” said Ken Perkins, president of RetailMetrics LLC, a research firm.Walmart, for instance, is rolling out robots to a cluster of stores that help keep tabs of what’s on and off the shelves and communicating that information to the automatic conveyor system that is backed up to truck bays. It is also testing computer vision to help manage the store.Workers at a number of retailers are using new apps on their hand-held devices to manage routine tasks like price changes on the spot.EXPERIENCES INSTEAD OF CLOTHESShoppers are continuing to focus more on experiences like spas and away from clothing. Aging boomers are also less interested in buying clothing as much as they used to.NPD Group, a market research group, estimates that as much as 40 per cent of shoppers bought experiences as gifts during the last holiday season, up from 25% just a few years ago.When shoppers do buy clothing, they tend to go online or increasingly focus on discount stores like T.J. Maxx. Department stores have cut 23,200 jobs in the past 12 months, according to the government data. Clothiers have let go of 23,300 workers during that same time period.GOVERNMENT LAGS BEHIND ECOMMERCEIf you work for a retailer but don’t work in a building where the retailing of goods is the principal activity, you don’t count as a retail employee.That’s because the Bureau of Labor Statistics determines the number of workers based on the main function of that site, says Mathews of the National Retail Federation. That misses the growth of hiring of workers at call centres, fulfilmentcentres and shipping sites. In fact, workers in the transportation and warehousing sector rose 11,100 in April and 176,200 in the past 12 months, according to the latest government data.“We are working to get around this,” Mathews said.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak in Washington contributed to this report.______Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Transnational crime threatens global stability head of UN agency warns

Delivering the keynote address at a symposium organized by the Australian Institute of Criminology, Pino Arlacchi said the opportunities for globalization had not only been taken up by legitimate enterprises, but had been embraced by organized crime groups that engage in illegal activities or deal in illicit goods. “Organized crime, except for some cross-border smuggling, used to be a largely local and later national affair,” the head of the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) told the Fourth National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia. “Today it is a truly transnational phenomenon and is a subject of international concern. The risk to regional and even global stability is a very real one.” According to Mr. Arlacchi, transnational organized crime groups are, in many ways, profiting the most from globalization. “Legitimate business is still constrained by domestic and host country laws and regulations,” he said. “Transnational crime syndicates and networks manage, with the help of corruption, blackmail and intimidation, to use the open markets and open societies to their full advantage.” Warning that the scope of transnational crime and its rapid growth were grounds for serious concern, the ODCCP chief said that the response now taking shape was cause for optimism. Last December, 124 countries had signed the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and since then additional international legal instruments have been prepared, he said, noting that the UN General Assembly was also proceeding with negotiations on a convention against corruption. The commitment to fighting organized crime “will only persist if it reflects a commitment by the public to ensure that we do not move towards a world in which democracy and human security are undermined by these new threats,” Mr. Arlacchi concluded. read more

Strong Iraqi exports reported under UNs oilforfood programme

According to the weekly update from the UN Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP), the exports, which averaged 2.4 million barrels per day, generated 404 million euros or $356 million. During the current phase of the programme, which runs through 30 November, Iraqi oil exports have generated $1.1 billion. Under the terms of the plan, Baghdad is allowed to use a portion of its petroleum revenues – 72 per cent – to purchase humanitarian relief.In a related development, OIP reported that the Security Council sanctions committee released from hold 78 contracts worth $265 million, with the total value of contracts currently on hold dropping to some $3.4 billion, from $3.5 billion the week before. “In all, 1,418 contracts are on hold, of which 969 worth over $2.9 billion are for humanitarian supplies and 449 contracts worth $434 million for oil industry spare parts and equipment,” OIP said. read more

Annan urges remaining countries to sign and ratify nuclear testban treaty

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is still not in force, seven years after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in a bid to bring to an end half a century of nuclear testing.The CTBT contains an international monitoring system, unannounced on-site inspections and other verification provisions to ensure countries comply with the convention.So far 172 nations have signed the CTBT and 116 have ratified it, but it will not have force until all 44 States which have nuclear power or research reactors have ratified it. Only 12 of those States have not ratified: China, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Egypt, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, the United States and Viet Nam.In a message to the launch of the joint ministerial statement of the 42 nations, delivered on his behalf by Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Nobuyasu Abe, Mr. Annan said the longer the treaty’s entry into force “is delayed, the more likely that nuclear testing will resume.”Were this to happen, it would be a major setback in non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament efforts. In the era in which we live, we cannot afford such a setback.” read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,063.16, up 78.20 points):Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up 60 cents, or 1.63 per cent, to $37.45 on 9.1 million shares.Redknee Solutions Inc. Rights (TSX:RKN.RT). Application software. Down two cents, or 28.57 per cent, to five cents on 3.8 million shares.TSO3 Inc. (TSX:TOS). Health care. Down 23 cents, or 8.95 per cent, to $2.34 on 3.2 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 27 cents, or 0.69 per cent, to $39.41 on 3.2 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 45 cents, or 3.32 per cent, to $13.99 on 2.9 million shares.Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up 27 cents, or 3.74 per cent, to $7.49 on 2.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Up $1.00, or 1.09 per cent, to $93.01 on 2.3 million shares. Canada’s largest bank reported nearly $2.8 billion of net income ($1.85 per share) for its fiscal third quarter and boosted its quarterly dividend by five per cent to 91 cents. Total revenue for the quarter was $9.99 billion, down 2.6 per cent from a year ago.Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A). Publishing. Up nine cents, or 0.37 per cent, to $24.23 on 104,373 shares. Newly-formed Gravite Media has bought six French language publications from Quebec-based Transcontinental for an undisclosed price. The publications include Le Journal Saint-Francois, Le Soleil de Chateauguay, Brossard Eclair, Le Courrier du Sud, L’information d’Affaires Rive-Sud and Le Reflet, as well as their related web properties. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2017 2:34 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Sweet shot Aaron Craft lifts Buckeyes to Sweet 16

DAYTON – In the middle of an arena packed to the rafters with crazed fans standing anxiously, on a court with defenders eying him and teammates yelling for the ball, Aaron Craft remained calm. The score of the third-round NCAA Tournament game between No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 10 seed Iowa State was tied, 75-75, with the shot clock off and the contest’s final seconds ticking down. Craft dribbled the ball just outside the right wing, with Georges Niang, a freshman forward, isolated on him. “Give me the ball!” shouted junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who clapped twice after screaming at his junior point guard from the top of the key. “I’m open! I’m open!” roared junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who stood unguarded in the right corner. Craft waved them off. He had run the play coach Thad Matta drew up in the huddle – a pick-and-roll intended to free Thomas for an open look – but Iowa State doubled the junior forward, meaning a big man was left to defend OSU’s rosy-cheeked floor leader. “He made the right read. (Thomas) was going to have to catch it with his back to the basket. I was fine with it. I’ve said from day one, I’ll live with any decision that kid makes,” Matta said. Craft waited until the game clock reached three, dribbled hard to the 3-point line, rose up, and fired a shot. Swish. Following a late desperation heave from the Cyclones, that wouldn’t have counted if it had gone in, OSU had reached its fourth straight Sweet 16, upending Iowa State, 78-75, at the University of Dayton Arena Sunday afternoon. Craft, who scored 18 total points, received a hug from each of his teammates. The fans in attendance – most of whom were Buckeyes fans – cheered and jumped in jubilation. In a West Region where the No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds had already been eliminated, OSU remained alive in its hunt for a second consecutive Final Four berth. “I think it’s a great way to win like this. Every game can’t be a blowout. The fact that we won this game gives us a lot of momentum headed to LA,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. Waiting for the Buckeyes at the Staples Center in Los Angeles is No. 6 seed Arizona, a squad Matta called “loaded,” and “the best team on the West Coast.” For long stretches of the game Sunday, though, OSU’s spot in the West Region’s semi-finals was in serious doubt. The Cyclones jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, making the Buckeyes look flustered and nervous. OSU settled for contested jumpers on the offensive end and gave up open shots on defense. “Settle down,” Craft barked to his teammates. OSU fought back, going on a 12-2 run sparked by Scott’s play off the bench. The sophomore guard, however, was called for a technical foul after an and-one layup in transition when he tossed the basketball at an Iowa State defender. The Buckeyes’ momentum halted, and OSU scraped into halftime with a 38-36 lead. Out of the break, the Buckeyes looked like they had taken control of the contest. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross had a 10-point stretch midway through the final half, pushing OSU to a 69-56 lead with 6:04 remaining. “I think coming off the bench I have an advantage because I get to watch the pace of the game,” Ross said, who totaled 17 points. “I was able to come in the game and set a few screens for Aaron and get open.” Iowa State then rattled off 13 straight points and took the lead on a 3-pointer from the right corner by senior guard Tyrus McGee with 3:24 left. “Their coach had a great game plan with us, pinning us down with their bigs against the basket and getting their guards out,” Scott said. The Cyclones, who had four players in double figures, made 12 3-pointers on the day, including five from redshirt senior guard Korie Lucious, a transfer from Michigan State. “I think they’re probably the best 3-point shooting team we’ve ever played against,” Scott said. While the Buckeyes looked like they were wavering during Iowa State’s second-half run, the players insist they were not. One aspect of the game they did falter in, admittedly, was toughness. Iowa State out-rebounded OSU, 36-22, repeatedly getting second chance opportunities at the offensive end. “For a little segment there, they were the tougher team,” Smith said. OSU and Iowa State traded free throws and baskets in the game’s final minutes. Craft, the game’s hero, was at times the scapegoat for a potential loss, as he missed two critical free throws down the stretch. “I was just trying to stay focused and poised. I did some things down the stretch I normally don’t do,” Craft said. With 58 seconds left and the ball in the hands of Iowa State and the game tied, 75-75, Thomas did something he normally doesn’t do, too. This rare occurrence, however, benefited the Buckeyes, as the junior forward forced a Cyclones turnover, giving OSU the ball back. “People always talk about my defense, questioning it, but it was a great defensive stop,” Thomas said, who led OSU with 22 points. I was on (Niang), and they were running that play all game and they scored four points off of it. So I was like, I know they’re going to run this play, and they ran it. I saw a guy run up and I just went over there and got the ball and got the steal.” Craft got the ball and missed a jumper from the right wing, but Iowa State tipped the ball out of bounds. Following a timeout from Matta, Craft, with the confidence of his teammates, knocked down the game-winning shot. “As long as it wasn’t him on the free throw line at that point, I was like, ‘Man, he’s going to make that shot,’” Smith said with a smile. “Big-time players step up and make plays at the end of the game.” Craft’s reaction to the made bucket surprised one of his teammates. “When we made the shot, he didn’t even get excited. He was just like, ‘Play D! Play D!’” Thomas said. “That’s the thing about Craft, we love him, he works on and off the court, and you need a guy like that on your side.” OSU and Arizona will play Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. read more

Significant concerns raised over fire safety in Kerry nursing home

first_imgThis was a repeat non-compliance and a similar issue had formed part of a serious concern previously notified to the Office of the Chief Inspector. This poor practice had the potential for a serious errorIn addition, discrepancies were noted in the duplication of signing times and days and not all drugs were transcribed properly. For example, paracetamol was transcribed in the drug administration sheet without a dosage or times of administration for the resident involved.When it came to the food nutrition of the residents, inspectors found the food to be plentiful and nicely presented but noted in the report that “one resident who had been assessed as requiring a chopped diet was seen to be served a pork chop on the day of inspection”.In response to the inspection, the home said a fire risk assessment is currently being completed and it has engaged an external consultant to mentor the management team and staff on implementation of recommendations arising from the report.  AN INSPECTION REPORT on a nursing home in Kerry has raised concerns after inspectors identified a “significant risk to the lives of residents and staff” in relation to its fire safety management. The unannounced inspection at Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home took place between 7 and 8 November. Nine areas, such as management and social needs, were examined by the Health Quality and Information Authority (Hiqa) during the inspection. Eleven areas were found to be non-complaint. Lystoll Lodge was one of 34 nursing homes recently inspected by Hiqa. Inspectors found evidence of non-compliance in 15 of the centres for older people. In these centres, the care provider failed to ensure that the service delivered to residents was effectively monitored in line with the regulations and standards. On the day of inspection at Lystoll Lodge, there were 46 residents present. The inspectors met with the residents, relatives and staff members.Residents told inspectors that they were happy with the staff and their accommodation.Mattress evacuation In the report, inspectors found a “significant risk to the lives of residents and staff” in relation to fire safety management of the nursing home and that adequate precautions against the risk of fire had not been taken. Inspectors noted that three oxygen cylinders were stored in a bedroom with two residents, neither of which required oxygen. Staff were not aware of their location and there was no signage in place to indicate the presence of oxygen, nor were they stored on a suitable stand.Fire doors at the centre required urgent review as inspectors found they did not appear to be capable of “adequately containing smoke and fire due to gaps down the centre where the smoke seals were located”. Monday 4 Mar 2019, 12:52 PM Mar 4th 2019, 12:52 PM https://jrnl.ie/4522709 Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home , Co Kerry. Image: Google Maps 14,351 Views Lystoll Lodge Nursing Home , Co Kerry. Short URLcenter_img A smoke seal on one door was seen to be repaired with sticky tape and there was a section of the smoke seal missing on the door of the smokers’ room where three residents regularly smoked.The fire door to the laundry room was held open with a wooden wedge while there was a lot of dust and lint visible on the back of the tumble drier, which presented a high risk of fire.When it came to the fire drills, they did not include a simulated full or partial evacuation of the upstairs area where there were a large number of highly dependent residents requiring evacuation on a mattress. ”Staff had no practical experience of doing this type of evacuation. It was therefore not possible to ascertain if all residents in the centre could be evacuated to a place of safety in a timely manner in the event of a fire,” the inspection stated. Fire evacuation equipment was also found to be not adequate. Inspectors stated that they could not identify, “nor were staff able to demonstrate that appropriate assistive equipment was available for residents who require them to evacuate”.“Fire evacuation ‘ski-sheets’ were not available for all residents requiring same. There were only 4 such evacuation aids on the premises.”When it came to the fire alarms there was no evidence that it was serviced on a quarterly basis. ‘Significant concern’The report also found deficiencies when it came to records. Resident records were found to be not securely stored. The staff roster was not complete as all staff were not included on this, mostly the cleaning, laundry, activity and the kitchen staff.Four staff, three of which were on duty during the inspection did not have the required garda vetting in place. Inspectors also found that not all staff had the required two references on file and that not all CVs were complete. Inspectors noted that a “significant concern” remained in relation to the absence of the signatures of some nurses who checked or administered the controlled drugs.Signatures were not available for all such transactions, similar to findings on the previous inspection. Image: Google Maps ‘Significant concerns’ raised over fire safety in Kerry nursing home During an unannounced inspection, 11 areas were found to be non-compliant at Lystoll Lodge. Share42 Tweet Email7 By Adam Daly No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ODOT sets I84 work long waits expected

first_imgTwo construction projects could combine into a traffic nightmare for Portland-bound commuters who don’t plan ahead for about the next two weeks.The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced the westbound Interstate 84 ramp to northbound Interstate 5 will be closed for the next 12 days. The closure, scheduled to begin at 10 tonight, is expected to last until 5 a.m. Aug. 6. Beginning 5 a.m. on Friday, only the I-84 westbound left lane will be open at the I-5 interchange, with all traffic exiting to southbound I-5.“This could be a tremendously disruptive closure,” said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton. “We’re fearing major traffic backups on westbound I-84 Thursday morning … there could be delays on southbound I-205 and northbound I-205 both getting onto I-84 westbound into downtown Portland.”It is the second of three construction-related ramp closures that could cause significant delays, the agency said in a news release.ODOT estimates it could take as long as three hours to travel between I-205 and I-5 along I-84. To make the situation worse, traffic is anticipated to spill off the highway and into surface streets as drivers search for quicker routes.ODOT made similar announcements about the first ramp closure that ran from July 8 through Monday. C-Tran also anticipated and warned its passengers of “major gridlock” when ODOT closed the ramp that connects I-5 southbound to I-84 eastbound.However, C-Tran spokeswoman Christine Selk said conditions were not nearly as bad as anticipated and the agency didn’t have to rely on the extra buses it had lined up to accommodate the delays.last_img read more

In Other News Tinker AFB Edwards AFB Gain Role in Supporting B21

first_imgThe Air Force has selected Tinker AFB, Okla., to coordinate maintenance and sustainment of the B-21 Raider and Edwards AFB, Calif., to lead testing and evaluation of the next-generation, long-range strike bomber, officials announced Friday. Robins AFB, Ga., and Hill AFB, Utah, will support Tinker to ensure the B-21 is maintained and, when necessary, overhauled and upgraded, according to a press release. Edwards is home to the Air Force Test Center. The Air Force expects to stand up the first B-21 operational units around 2025, reported Air Force Times. The service plans to purchase at least 100 of the advanced stealth bombers. … The master developer for 145 acres at the former Fort McPherson in south Atlanta has submitted a reuse plan calling for 525,000 square feet of office space, a 600-student school, 235,000 square feet of retail, 46,000 square feet of restaurants, 100 hotel rooms and 2,800 residential units. The property represents the portion of the Army post that remained after the Fort Mac LRA sold 330 acres of the site in 2015 to filmmaker Tyler Perry to build a movie and television production complex. “We believe we can turn Fort Mac into a destination for entertainment, film, gaming and music,” Stephen Macauley, principal of master developer Macauley Investments, told the Atlanta Business Chronicle last year. “We also want to find a way to feature the performing and visual arts, along with [attracting] technology companies.”Illustration courtesy of U.S. Air Force Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Minister A Indrakaran Reddy distributes compensation cheques to

first_imgNirmal: Endowments and Law and Order Minister A Indrakaran Reddy said the government’s top concern is the welfare of farmers and has been implementing various scheme for them, while speaking at a grievance cell here on Wednesday.He distributed compensation cheques worth Rs 13,03,94,000 to 202 farmers, who gave away their land for Kaleshwaram project, under the project package number 27. Also Read – School students take out rallies seeking justice for Harshini in Mahbubnagar Advertise With Us Addressing the gathering, the Minister said that the government is moving water from Kaleshwaram project to Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) to packages 27 and 28 through canals to provide irrigation water to one lakh acres. The government is paying a compensation of Rs 9.75 lakhs per acre to the farmers, who lost their farmlands due to canal construction under Kaleshwaram project. Mudhole MLA G Vittal Reddy, Nirmal District Collector M Prashanthi, Joint Collector A Bhaskar Rao, FACS chairman Ramkishan Reddy, Library chairman Dharmaji Ravender, RDO Prasunamba, Dr Ramana Reddy and others were present.last_img read more

Jeff Bezos Recreates Stranger Things Christmas Lights Scene

first_imgStay on target Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos can’t get enough of the Netflix sci-fi drama Stranger Things: This week, Bezos shared a photo on Instagram, which showed the series’ iconic Christmas lights/alphabet display and a box of Eggo waffles.On Tuesday, Bezos posted the Stranger Things-themed picture on Instagram with the caption “Binged Stranger Things Season 3 yesterday with my kids and a few of their friends. God, Eggos are good, and the show was even better. Awesome season.”center_img In the picture, a wall backdrop shows the Christmas lights and 26 letters in a neat linear format. In Stranger Things, Joyce Byers uses the Christmas lights and alphabet to communicate with her son, Will Byers, when he is trapped in a bizarre parallel universe during the show’s first season.Bezos also paid tribute to another key Stranger Things character, Eleven, who is known for her obsession with Eggo waffles throughout the series.Hello? Is anyone out there? If you can see this, then you know there are limited-edition 1985 Eggo boxes available. https://t.co/eYX82vkHlc pic.twitter.com/rfMoVySfSq— Eggo® (@eggo) June 20, 2019Bezos’ post, which has racked up more than 68,000 likes, also shocked some Instagram users, who were surprised that he would promote a Netflix show.“Supporting Netflix, really?” One user commented.Another wrote “Are you jealous it’s not on Prime Video?”Eggo Waffles’ U.S. Instagram account even picked up on the funny post and responded with “If you’re in a fresh market, you can extend that ’80s feeling by getting your hands on our rare retro Eggo boxes.”Stranger Things Season 3, which stars Millie Bobby Brown,Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and Finn Wolfhard, is now streaming on Netflix.More on Geek.com:Maya Hawke’s Dad Posts Cute ‘Stranger Things’ Instagram Tribute ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Final Trailer Is a Horrifying Summer AdventureThe Best ‘Stranger Things’ Toyslast_img read more