Cricket: ICC include three greats of the game into the Hall Of Fame

first_img⚡️ “Dravid, Ponting, Taylor inducted to ICC Hall of Fame”— ICC (@ICC) July 1, 2018 Advertisement Former cricketers Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid and Claire Taylor were this year’s candidates to step into ICC’s prestigious Hall Of Fame. Dravid became the fifth Indian to be included in the mix after Bishan Singh Bedi, Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.The former No.3 batsman for India addressed the world in a video message where he thanked everyone who had a role in his career. Dravid is currently in England due to his coaching commitments with the India A team.Although coaching commitments mean Rahul couldn’t be here tonight, he has sent this brief message from India as he takes his place among cricket’s all-time greats #ICCHallofFame— ICC (@ICC) July 1, 2018 The Wall is in The Hall!Here’s his #ICCHallOfFame cap 👀— ICC (@ICC) July 1, 2018Ponting also had a few words on his induction. The former Australian captain said:“I feel deeply honoured to be recognised by the ICC in this way. I loved every moment of my journey as a player and am so very proud of the team and personal achievements along the way.“These would not have been possible without the help of so many people including my teammates, coaches and support staff that played such an integral part in my playing career. I would like to especially thank my family for their constant support and direction. Honours like this are just as much for them as it is for me,”BREAKING: Ricky Ponting inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. The most successful cricketer of all time, ‘Punter’ won three consecutive ICC Cricket World Cups in 1999, 2003, and 2007 and more international matches than any other player in history.#ICCHallOfFame— ICC (@ICC) July 1, 2018Former England wicket-keeper Claire Taylor was a pioneer in women’s cricket. The 42-year old managed to aggregate 4000 runs in ODI cricket and effected 78 dismissals over her career. Here’s what Taylor had to say about her inclusion into the Hall Of Fame:“It’s a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame alongside some of the greatest names of the men’s and women’s game from across the world and throughout the generations, players who I looked up to during my playing career and hold in great esteem.”Claire Taylor becomes the latest inductee into the #ICCHallofFame.WATCH 👀— ICC (@ICC) July 1, 2018Read Also:Cricket: Vidharbha pacer Shrikant Wagh achieves rare feat in EnglandCricket: Replacements named for the injured duo in India’s T20 squad against England Advertisementlast_img read more

Anil Kumble’s appoitment as India’s coach was a great move: Courtney Walsh

first_imgWest Indies legend Courtney Walsh lauded BCCI’s decision to appoint Anil Kumble as the head coach of India. He said that Kumble is person who has “his heart in right place”.”I think it is a very good move. He is a very well respected person, and someone who is involved with the ICC as well,” Walsh said.Walsh is a national selector himself and was present in St Kitts to watch the warm-up agmes. He was also seen enjoying with the Indian coach in a dinner session.”He (Kumble) has always wanted to contribute and give something back to cricket and his heart is in the right place. I am sure he will do everything in his power to ensure that Indian cricket stays at the top or even gets better. At the same time, I think he will help build the game further, and to me that is the bigger picture. Sure he wants the Indian team to be number one, but he will not look after them alone. He is someone who wants to sort out Test cricket and the health of international cricket is at the top of his list as well. Having someone like him giving an input at the international level will be great,” he added.What makes Kumble special according to Walsh, is the leg-spinners ability to command respect. (Also read: How Anil Kumble quashed Ravichandran Ashwin’s notion about ‘celebrities’)”They will have immense respect for him because they will have seen him play all those years. Plus, Kumble has been involved with cricket quite a lot since he stopped playing and he knows the ins and outs of the current-day game. His passion is second to none, and it reflects in the way they are led by captain Virat Kohli. I like to read body language and you can tell they want to play good cricket, and that this series will be a good one,” said the West Indies’ selector.advertisementTalking about the prospective relationship between captain and coach, Walsh said,”Well, I think Kumble will succeed in keeping him calm. But at the same time, I don’t think Kohli is a player who wants to go out there and not express himself.”He leaves everything on the field and as a leader is passionate about the game and his performances. Kohli is like Kumble in that respect, and as coach, he will be able to guide and help him to achieve success.” (Also read: Love Virat Kohli’s aggression, says Anil Kumble)Walsh also rated Virat Kohli as one of the top three batsman in world cricket rigtht now.”I do believe that Virat Kohli is one of the top three batsmen in the world. They also have other exciting batting talents, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma. All of them will be looking to make a mark in this series. I am excited to see them play here, but at the same time, I also don’t want them to get too many runs against my team,” he added, with a smile.The former West Indian pacer was the first one to go past Kapil Dev’s world record Test tally of 434 wickets. He later set the mark himself by picking up 519 scalps. A majority of his wickets came on Caribbean pitches which were pacer friendly but has slowed down at an alarming pace recently.”I am certain they are hoping to make better pitches for the Test series. I am not holding a lot of hope though, because the wickets have definitely slowed down, perhaps a little too much. If we can somehow get more life in them, maybe leave a little more grass and get some good bounce, it would be reasonable,” said the legendary bowler.Walsh said that he can’t recollect an Indian team coming with 3-4 genuine quick bowlers. (Also read: Shardul Thakur expects slow tracks during West Indies Tests)”And the Indian pacers will like bowling here. They have some pace. I don’t remember seeing an Indian team that had 3-4 fast bowlers who could bowl at that pace, and this team has that. They are running in and looking purposeful. Ishant Sharma looks like the leader of the attack, in control, and he knows what he is doing. Beyond that, I have no clue which ones they will pick for the first Test, which in a way is a good thing for the team management,” he added.Most importantly, this four match Test series will soften the strained relationship between the BCCI and West Indies’ cricket board, after the Dwane Bravo-led team left the Indian tour midway in 2014.advertisement”I am happy things are back to normal, and it is good to have this series going. It is a great opportunity for the young West Indies team to play Tests again. They are just beginning to make a mark for themselves and they haven’t played Test cricket since the Australian tour.”An Indian team’s tour in the Caribbean is something the public here always looks forward to, and the players as well. They look eager to perform, and we are in for an interesting and intriguing Test summer.”(With PTI Inputs)last_img read more

Dubai World Superseries Finals: PV Sindhu starts campaign with victory, Kidambi Srikanth loses

first_imgIt was a mixed day for Indian badminton fans as PV Sindhu kicked off her Dubai World Superseries Finals campaign with a win over China’s He Bingjiao while Kidambi Srikanth lost to Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.PV Sindhu defeated China’s He Bingjiao 21-11, 15-21, 21-18  in 64 minutes in the Group A encounter while Srikanth lost to World No. 1 Axelsen 13-21, 17-21 in his Group B match on Wednesday.World No.3 Sindhu looked like she would win the match pretty easily, after wrapping up the first game in just 14 minutes. But the world No.9 Bingjiao fought back in the second game with deft work at the net and stooping drops. The third and final game was more evenly fought, but it was Sindhu with her big smashes that forced errors from her opponent and to give her the win.Sindhu was making Bingjiao go through the paces in the first game as she raced to a 11-6 lead as the players took the first break. The left handed Chinese was finding it increasingly difficult to handle Sindhu’s crosscourt smashes. The only Indian woman in the fray, made sure to use the full width of the court with her well-placed shots , shooting to a 16-8 lead. She finally took the first game 21-11.After trailing in the initial stages of the second game, she came fought back to make it 7-7 at one point only to trail 11-9 going into the break. She briefly tried to stage a comeback, but her hopes of a straight game victory was snuffed out as the Chinese shuttler staved off all resistance, taking the second game 16-21, to take the match into a third decider.   advertisementIn the third and last game, it was neck and neck from the very beginning as the two shuttlers exchanged blows. But it was the Indian who went into the break leading at 11-7 post some unforced errors from Bingjiao.Sindhu will face Sayaka Sato in her second match on Thursday.In the other match, Srikanth failed to counter the barrage of smashes from Axelsen and lost the match. World No. 2 Srikanth was coming back to action after a long injury break and the lack of fitness was in display. He failed to move swiftly and in the end gave up to the eight seeded player in the tournament in just 38 minutes.Srikanth will next take on Chou Tien Chen of Taipei on Thursday.The top eight men’s and women’s singles players in the world, based on ranking points earned throughout the year, meet in the BWF Dubai World Superseries Finals.Sindhu and Srikanth both came into to the year-ending tournament after a very successful year. Sindhu clinched the India Open and Korea Open, besides bagging a silver at Glasgow World Championship and finishing runners-up at Hong Kong Open last month. Srikanth on the other hand won a record four Super Series titles this year.last_img read more

Mohammed Mudhasir 1st player from Jammu and Kashmir to grab hat-trick in Ranji Trophy

first_imgJammu and Kashmir’s Mohammed Mudhasir took the first hat-trick of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season on Friday when he took four wickets in four balls.Mudhasir got the wickets of Chetan Bist, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Rahul Chahar and Tanvir Mashart Ul-Haq to achieve the incredible feat.The 30-year-old pacer also became the first bowler in professional cricket to dismiss four batsmen LBW in four successive deliveries when J&K took on Rajasthan in the Elite Group C fixture.He is second bowler overall to take four wickets in four balls in Ranji Trophy. Shankar Saini was the first person to achieve the feat in 1988, when he played for Delhi in a match against Himachal Pradesh.He was also the 77th bowler to take a hat-trick in the tournament. The last person to take a hat-trick in the tournament was Rajneesh Gurbani, when he grabbed 6/59 against Delhi in last year’s final at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.Mudhasir is, however, the first player from the region to grab a hat-trick in the competition.Mudhasir’s four in four in the 99th over of the innings helped J&K bowl out Rajasthan for 379 from an overnight score of 300/3. Mudhasir returned figures of 5/90. Mudhasir was ably supported by Rohit Sharma (2/69), while Umar Nazir had grabbed two wickets and skipper Parvez Rasool picked a wicket yesterday.Wicket-keeper batsman Chetan Bist top-scored with 159 off 294 balls for Rajasthan before falling to Mudhasir.In reply, Rajasthan bowlers reduced J&K to 186/7 at stumps on day 2, with the visitors trailing by 193 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.advertisementCaptain Parvez Rasool played a handy knock of 47, while Shubham Khajuria and Paras Sharma chipped in with identical scores of 40 as J&K struggled to get the runs on the board.Fazil Rashid and Mudhasir remained not out on 8 and 15 respectively.TM Ul-Haq and Rahul Chahar picked up three wickets each for the home side. Aniket Choudhary picked up the other wicket.last_img read more

India made the wrong choice by leaving Rishabh Pant out of World Cup squad: Ricky Ponting

first_imgBatting great and head coach of Delhi Capitals, Ricky Ponting said on Monday that Team India have erred by not picking Rishabh Pant in the 15-man squad for 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Reiterating that Pant was disappointed after being left out of the World Cup squad, Ponting said the Delhi Capitals star batsman would have been “absolutely devastating” in English conditions at the quadrennial cricketing spectacle.Ricky Ponting’s comments came after Rishabh Pant smashed a match-winning 78 not out in just 36 balls in Jaipur against Rajasthan Royals to help Delhi Capitals seal the top spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 points table and inch closer to the playoffs.Pant has played less than 30 international matches for India across the three formats but the young Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman has achieved considerable success at the highest level. Pant’s big-hitting ability makes him an X-factor for whichever team he plays for. The 21-year-old has been a proven finisher in IPL over the last two seasons.However, Pant was not included in India’s World Cup squad as the selection committee prefered Dinesh Karthik over the Delhi star. Selection committee chairman MSK Prasad conceded Pant was unlucky to have missed out but pointed that Pant has a long career ahead of him at the international level.Speaking to the official broadcasters on Monday, Ricky Ponting said: “I know how disappointed he was to miss out on the World Cup. In my opinion as well, I think India made the wrong choice there. I think he would have been absolutely devastating in English conditions through those middle over against spinners.advertisementHe added: “Would have loved to see what he could have done in the World Cup. As I said at the time he was left out, he’s got the potential to play three or four more World Cups if he keeps himself fit and healthy.””Someone as explosive as Rishabh likes a bit more pace on the ball. And we saw that tonight. Once he gets those sort of wickets he’s lethal. He got a wicket like that in Mumbai and he hit 70-odd off 20-odd balls.”Pant had been a bit inconsistent after he smashed a 27-ball 78 against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on March 24. However, Pant’s return to form has come as a huge boost to Delhi Capitals in the lead up to the business end of the tournament.Delhi Capitals are on the top spot of the IPL 2019 points table with 14 points from 11 matches so far. On Monday, DC gunned down a 192-run target with four balls to spare, thanks to some power hitting from Shikhar Dhawan and Pant.Talking up the role of youngsters, including captain Shreyas Iyer and young Prithvi Shaw in the squad, Ponting said: “There are some awesome young talents. The average age of group is about 25. Guys like Prithvi and Pant and to an extend Shreyas, they are just kids and to a certain degree, they are learning a bit about the game and bit of themselves.”Rishabh himself, he is on a different planet. He is an ultra-talented guy. He is a real competitor and a winner. He loves these conditions. Some really good signs there going forward in the tournament.”Also Read | Delhi Capitals dethrone CSK as No.1 after Pant, Dhawan heroicsAlso Read | World Cup selection played on my mind: Rishabh Pant after destroying RRlast_img read more

Dortmund snap up Barcelona starlet Gomez

first_imgTransfers Dortmund snap up Barcelona starlet Gomez Matthew Scott 05:07 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gomez - cropped Borussia Dortmund Transfers Borussia Dortmund Barcelona Primera División Bundesliga The playmaker scored two goals for Spain in the Under-17 World Cup final and has signed a long-term deal at Signal Iduna Park Borussia Dortmund have signed Spain youth international Sergio Gomez from Barcelona on a long-term contract.The Bundesliga side activated the release clause in Gomez’s Barca deal, reported to be in the region of €3 million.Gomez, 17, was a member of the Spain side that reached the Under-17 World Cup final in October and scored his side’s goals as they went down 5-2 to England in India. 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 The playmaker has drawn comparisons to Camp Nou great Andres Iniesta but follows the likes of Jadon Sancho (Manchester City) and Dan-Axel Zagadou (PSG) in leaving the academy of a European heavyweight for Dortmund.”Sergio Gomez is undoubtedly one of the strongest players of his age in the world,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.”We have been interested in him for some time now and we are happy that he has decided to go to Borussia Dortmund despite the offers from many European top clubs.”Sergio will be training directly with the senior squad and gaining match practice in our Under-19s by the summer.”last_img read more

Rural Road Rehabilitation Project Gets $401 Million

first_imgSome $401.9 million has been provided to continue work in four parishes, under phase two of the government’s Rural Road Rehabilitation Project.The allocation, which is set out in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of the House, aims to rehabilitate approximately 47 kilometres of road and supporting infrastructure in sections of Clarendon, Trelawny, Manchester and St. Catherine.These corridors include: just over 22 kilometres of roadway from Sour Sop Turn to Danks, and Danks to Mears Bridge (Trout Hall) in Clarendon; 16 kilometres of road linking Stettin with Highgate Hall in Trelawny; and the 8.8 kilometre Williamsfield to Greenvale road.Jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the project, which commenced in April 2008, has seen implementing agency, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, undertaking several activities up to the end of February 2013.These include: completion of land acquisition surveys; approval of 407 of 507 parcels of land by the National Land Agency (NLA), for acquisition; and commencement of negotiations with the property owners for the acquisition of the lands.Activities slated for execution during 2013/14 include: surveying of 198 parcels of land for acquisition between Danks and Trout Hall in Clarendon, and commencement of the land acquisition process for 98 parcels between Sour Sop Turn and Chapelton in the parish and awarding the contract to effect road works along that corridor; and relocation of 139 utility poles.The project, which has been extended twice, is slated for completion in June 2014.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Liberals urge patience on nofly fixes as families press government for action

first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is working to resolve ongoing airport hassles children face due to security snags — and passing a federal bill now before Parliament is the first step.Families from the group known as the No Fly List Kids came to Ottawa to make their case to MPs and ministers Monday with the aim of ensuring that funding for a new computer system to fix the problem is included in the 2018 federal budget.Parents of children who have repeatedly endured nerve-racking airport delays because a youngster’s name matches one on a no-fly list say the federal legislation will do nothing in the short term to ease their woes.The government is proposing an amendment to the Secure Air Travel Act that would allow the public safety minister to tell parents that their child is not on the Canadian no-fly list, meaning the name simply matches that of someone who is actually listed. The government says this would provide assurance to parents about their child’s status.The legislation, part of a broad package of security-related measures, would also allow federal officials to electronically screen air passenger information against the list, a process currently in the hands of airlines. The government says this would prevent false name matches by enabling it to issue unique redress numbers for pre-flight verification of identity.But it also means creating a new computer system to do the job.Goodale said Monday the overall solution entails passing the legislation, enacting regulations and building the computer system from the ground up.“It is a complicated process, sadly. The mistake was made several years ago when this thing was set up in a backwards fashion,” he said before the daily question period.“We’ve got to change the system and that’s what we’re working on.”Families were disappointed funds for the new system did not turn up in the last federal budget and they’re beginning to lose patience.“This is a technical problem that requires a technical solution,” said Sulemaan Ahmed, whose son Adam, 8, has been held up many times before boarding a flight.“The families are not willing to wait longer for more excuses.”In June 2016 the government created an inquiries office to help resolve travellers’ problems. But the No Fly List Kids group, which now includes more than 100 youngsters, says the difficulties persist.“Every time we fly it happens,” said Heather Harder of London, Ont., whose son Sebastian, 3, has been repeatedly flagged.“My family is from Saskatchewan. And so we go back to visit them fairly often. Every leg of the trip we’re stopped,” she said Monday after a news conference.“We’ve only flown domestically. We’re actually too nervous to fly internationally.”Ahmed and his wife Khadija Cajee stressed the need for a more effective redress system last month in a presentation on behalf of the group to a House of Commons committee conducting consultations on the next budget.“Some of our children have been denied initial boarding and delayed to the point that they have missed flights internationally. Older No Fly List Kids avoid travel due to the potential for stigmatization,” the submission said.“All families find the security screenings become increasingly invasive as their children have gotten older.”Ahmed worries about children who have been caught in the no-fly web for years and now find themselves travelling abroad as young adults, with no guardians nearby to sort out problems.“This goes beyond the no-fly list, actually,” he said in an interview. “This could impact their employment, this could impact security clearance, this could impact admission into universities and schools.”In addition, the group says, the mismatches often involve Muslim-sounding or Arabic-sounding names, raising the question of charter of rights guarantees of equality under the law.“The darker side here is that we know that things go terribly wrong when it comes to information-sharing and lists of this sort that get shared with governments around the world,” said Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, who attended the news conference.“It can even lead to unjust imprisonment, disappearances and torture. That’s why we need to take this seriously.”The No Fly List Kids group has enlisted support from MPs of all stripes who have written letters to encourage Finance Minister Bill Morneau to include the redress measure in the next budget.Among them is Toronto Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, who chaired the House of Commons public safety committee when it issued a report on national security calling on the government to provide the financial resources for the new system.“Through expert witnesses, it became apparent to our committee that the no-fly list’s social cost, without an appropriate redress system, greatly outweighs its security benefit,” Oliphant says in the August letter.“Affected Canadians find their ability to visit family members, travel for leisure or travel for the economic benefit of Canada severely limited and sometimes revoked.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Safer cheaper greener Canada releases new 5 and 10 polymer bills

LONGUEUIL, Que. — The last of Canada’s polymer bills have been released by the Bank of Canada.[np_storybar title=”Here’s what Canada’s new $5 and $10 polymer bills look like” link=””%5D [/np_storybar]The $5 and $10 notes were made public at joint news conferences Thursday in Vancouver and Longueuil, Que.The $5 bill symbolizes Canada’s contribution to space exploration, depicting Canadarm 2 and Dextre on the back of the bill.On hand at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Longueuil was astronaut Chris Hadfield, who unveiled the bill while on the International Space Station last April.The $10 bill pays tribute to Canada’s railway, featuring the ceremonial last spike of the CP Railway.Polymer versions of the $100, $50 and $20 have already been released.The new notes were introduced into circulation gradually beginning in 2011.The last denominations are being put into circulation beginning Thursday.The bills are touted as “safer, cheaper and greener.”Canada’s central bank says the notes are expected to last between two and three times longer than their predecessors. read more

Lalkantha remanded over drunk driving accident

The Police said that Lalkantha was arrested in Anuradhapura following the accident and produced before a Magistrate today.The Magistrate ordered that he be remanded till March 14. (Colombo Gazette) Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) politburo member K.D. Lalkantha was ordered to be remanded today till March 14 over a drunk driving accident.He was arrested yesterday over a road accident after he had allegedly been driving under the influence of liquor.

Fed cuts key rate for first time in more than a decade

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter threats ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump’s trade wars to chronically low inflation and a dim global outlook.Stocks tumbled soon after the Fed issued its statement at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which had been nearly flat before the announcement, sank about 300 points an hour later just as Chairman Jerome Powell was holding a news conference. Investors seemed disappointed that Powell said the Fed doesn’t envision a long series of rate cuts to follow Wednesday’s. But later in his news conference, he seemed to shift his message to leave open the possibility that the Fed would cut rates again. Stocks then pared their losses.The central bank reduced its benchmark rate — which affects many loans for households and businesses — by a quarter-point to a range of 2% to 2.25%. It’s the first rate cut since December 2008 during the depths of the Great Recession, when the Fed slashed its rate to a record low near zero and kept it there until 2015. The economy is far healthier now despite risks to what’s become the longest expansion on record.In addition to its rate cut, the Fed also said it would stop shrinking its enormous bond portfolio in August, two months earlier than planned. This step is intended to avoid putting upward pressure on long-term borrowing rates. The Fed had aggressively bought Treasury and mortgage bonds after the financial crisis to drive down long-term rates but had been gradually shrinking its balance sheet as the economy strengthened.The Fed’s action Wednesday was approved 8-2 vote, with two dissents: Esther George, president of the Fed’s Kansas City regional bank, and Eric Rosengren, head of the Boston Fed, wanted to keep rates unchanged. It was the first time there have been as many as two dissents since December 2017 and suggested that Powell may face opposition if he seeks further rate cuts this year.Compared with when the Fed previously cut rates more than a decade ago, the economy is now solid by most measures, if not spectacular. Consumers are spending. Unemployment is close to a half-century low. A recession hardly seems imminent.Yet the Fed under Powell has signalled that rising economic pressures, notably from Trump’s trade wars and from weakness in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, have become cause for concern. So has an inflation rate that remains stubbornly below the Fed’s 2 per cent target level.So the Fed has decided that a rate cut now — and possibly one or more additional cuts to follow — could provide a kind of insurance policy against an economic downturn. The idea is that lowering its key short-term rate could encourage borrowing and spending and energize growth. Wall Street has welcomed that prospect with a stock market rally since the start of the year.A key concern expressed by the Powell Fed is that Trump’s pursuit of trade conflicts, with his punishing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in Chinese and European goods, have escalated uncertainties for American companies. Some companies have put off plans to expand and invest.Powell has also expressed concern about undesirably low inflation. In delivering the Fed’s semiannual monetary report to Congress this month, he noted that the central bank needs to prevent the economy from sinking into a low-inflation trap like the one that has bedeviled Japan’s economy for more than two decades. Ultra-low inflation can slow growth by causing consumers to postpone purchases, which, in turn, slows consumer spending, the economy’s main fuel.Another source of pressure for the Fed has been a relentless series of public attacks by Trump over its rate policy under Powell. Trump has blamed the Fed’s four rate hikes in 2018 as a key reason why the U.S. economy is slowing.This week, the president said he wanted to see a “large cut” in rates as well as an immediate halt in the reduction of the Fed’s bond holdings, to avoid putting upward pressure on long-term rates.Powell has asserted that Trump’s pressure has had no effect on the rate policies of the Fed, which is considered an independent agency. But the president’s incessant criticism raises the question of whether the attacks could eventually undermine confidence that the Fed will remain politically independent and not try to boost the economy before next year’s presidential election.Recent government reports— on economic growth, consumer spending and orders for durable manufactured goods — have confirmed that the economy remains on firm footing even with pressures at home and abroad. As a result, some analysts believe the Fed may pause after Wednesday’s rate cut to see if the economic outlook further brightens before deciding on any further easing.And skeptics wonder whether Fed rate cuts at this point would really do much to bolster an economy whose borrowing rates are already low. Some even worry that the central bank will be taking a needless risk: By cutting rates now, the Fed is disarming itself of some ammunition it would need in case the economy did slide toward a recession. Some also suggest that by driving rates ever lower, the Fed might be helping to fuel dangerous bubbles in stocks or other risky assets.Yet many market traders foresee two or even three rate cuts this year as the Fed tries to counter global threats that risk spreading to the United States.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

General Assembly elects Permanent Representative of Fiji as President of 71st session

Mr. Thomson, who will replace current General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, will begin his tenure in September at the commencement of the 71st General Assembly session. The new President-elect defeated Andreas Mavroyiannis of Cyprus by a secret-ballot vote of 94 to 90, with one abstention. The selection of the President of the General Assembly follows a geographical rotation system, with respective regional groups putting forward a consensus candidate every year. If a group cannot reach consensus on a nominee, a vote by secret ballot will take place. Following the voting, Mr. Thomson highlighted that his election marked the first time that a representative of a Pacific small island developing State will serve as Assembly President. He added that as a representative of such a State, he planned to be vocal on the issue of climate change. Mr. Thomson also noted that the Assembly’s 71st session would bring momentum to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and serve to achieve progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In that regard, he pledged to serve the Assembly and UN in a spirit of fidelity and commitment to the common good. For his part, Mr. Lykketoft noted that Mr. Thomson brought extensive experience in matters of rural development, as well as in international affairs for many years. Expressing his support for Mr. Thomson’s preparations to assume the presidency on 13 September, Mr. Lykketoft said that much work remained to be done during the current session, including preparing for a high-level event on large movements of refugees and migrants in September, and further informal dialogues with candidates for the position of Secretary-General, as necessary. Congratulating Mr. Thomson on his new role, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted that the President-elect brings a broad perspective to his new post, having years of experience in the international arena, both working for the Government of Fiji and in the private sector. “I am confident that he will seek the views of others to forge consensus. As the new President-elect once said, ‘Progress at the United Nations does not emanate from adversarial corners, but from cooperation by those who meet in the middle,” Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General noted that during Mr. Thomson’s posting as Permanent Representative, he made his mark as Chairman of the Group of 77 and China. Mr. Ban also said that Mr. Thomson gained extensive knowledge of the UN development system as Chair of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Moreover, Mr. Ban highlighted Mr. Thomson’s experience as Vice President of the General Assembly from 2010 to 2011. “In addition to his staunch commitment to development, the new President-elect brings the very valuable perspective of a small island developing State to this post. He is a staunch advocate of both sustainable development and climate action. I count on him to help us carry out both the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change,” the Secretary-General said. The UN chief also said that Mr. Thomson will have an opportunity to build on the “extraordinary progress” seen under the leadership of Mr. Lykketoft. “At this time, I would like to take this opportunity to particularly commend Mr. Lykketoft for his many important initiatives,” the Secretary-General said. “Already this month, the Assembly has adopted an action-oriented political declaration on ending AIDS. He has convened thematic debates on pressing global challenges – and he has travelled to the frontlines of crisis,” he added. Mr. Ban also noted that Mr. Lykketoft has brought new transparency to the selection process for the next Secretary-General. “This has drawn unprecedented and very welcome attention around the world,” Mr. Ban said. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the UN, the General Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the UN Charter. It meets in regular session intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required. read more

Windies T20 tour of Pakistan likely to be postponed

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies to tour Pakistan in March for T20 seriesNovember 11, 2017In “Sports”PCB wants Windies for day/night TestApril 28, 2016In “latest news”Windies could play T20 series in HoustonFebruary 12, 2018In “latest news” LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC) — The proposed historic three-match Twenty20 series between West Indies and Pakistan scheduled for later this month here, is now unlikely to come off before after March next year.A Pakistan Cricket Board official told a local media house here Monday that the series was expected to be postponed because of an issue with smog in the city and the commitment of the leading West Indies players to the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.“The PCB and the West Indies Cricket Board had agreed that West Indies will tour Pakistan in November, but now it is unlikely to happen because of the smog and some other reasons,” a senior PCB official told Dawn News.The “other reasons” refer to the unavailability of several West Indies players as the series, scheduled for late November clashes with the BPL, which started last weekend and wraps up December 12.The likes of T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, off-spinner Sunil Narine and batsmen Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Evin Lewis, are all playing for various franchises in the T20 tournament.Additionally, West Indies are set to embark on a two-Test tour of New Zealand later this month, followed by a three-match one-day series and a three-match T20 series which starts late December and runs until January 3.According to the PCB source, the weather issue was also a serious one, with meteorological officials unable to say when the heavy smog over the city would ease.Smog over Lahore has been at a recent all-time worst, creating visibility issues especially at night. And with the floodlights at the Gaddafi Stadium having failed once in a match during the World XI series last September, the PCB believes proceeding with the Windies series in heavy smog could prove problematic.Other media reports said Cricket West Indies and the PCB also failed to agree on dates to have the series played this year, after the proposed November 23-26 itinerary proved impractical.CWI were pushing for the itinerary to be rescheduled until December but PCB officials were said to be worried by the threat of seasonal rains during that month.The news of the postponement will be a huge blow for the PCB as they were using the proposed tour as part of their campaign to have international cricket returned to the country after a long break, due to the country’s volatile security situation.Sri Lanka last month played the final T20 of their three-match series in Lahore after the first two contests were hosted in United Arab Emirates, and the Windies tour would have represented the first full bilateral series to be played in Pakistan in eight years, since militants attacked a Sri Lankan team bus en route to the Gaddafi Stadium.CWI announced last August it was “advancing discussions” with the PCB with the view to proceeding with the series but stressed the tour would be subject to the safe conclusion of the World XI series the following month and the “affirmation of manageable security”.The three-match series was successfully staged. read more

SAFEmines new SafetyCentre for traffic safety in surface mines

first_imgToo many displays and alarms in the cab? Too much to handle for truck operators? Too many technologies and suppliers? SAFEmine has developed what it describes as “the world’s first all-in-one Collision Avoidance System, the SafetyCentre. The patented SafetyCentre de-clutters the cabin of mining equipment and optimises traffic safety alarms by intelligently integrating SAFEmine Collision Avoidance, radar, cameras, and other traffic safety related systems onto a single monitor. To assist the operator and to focus his attention, the SafetyCentre prioritises the information on this monitor as well as the respective alarms according to the specific situation. All real-world testing was highly successful and the first 150 systems will be rolled out before the end of the year. During MinExpo 2012 in Las Vegas in September, SAFEmine launched and demonstrated this next generation collision avoidance system (CAS), the first of its kind, which integrates three different proximity awareness and collision avoidance technologies into a single intelligent system. SAFEmine’s SafetyCentre System (SCS) is designed to combine SAFEmine CAS, radar, and cameras into a single user-friendly interface. The SCS takes advantage of the strengths of each technology and prioritises information and alarms so that the most critical threat is always identified and brought to the operator’s attention.The SCS uses GPS-based SAFEmine CAS to detect vehicles and plant equipment which are fitted with SAFEmine systems. Radar is used to detect untagged personnel and obstacles, while cameras provide greater visual awareness for operators. Centralised vehicle tracking, reporting and alerting for pre-programmed situations are also provided by using GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) and Wi-Fi networking. Optionally, the SCS can be equipped with active personnel protection to detect nearby workers on the ground. It can provide additional functionality, such as alerting nearby staff in case of an emergency.To identify the driver and prevent unauthorised use of a vehicle, a DriverID system, compatible with industry standard security RFID cards, can also be seamlessly integrated into the SafetyCentre. “This is a new generation solution and an innovative step in extracting the best features from various technologies and combining them into a single compact product. The SafetyCentre presents all information in a unified and simple way on a single traffic safety screen, which can complement the screen used for fleet management and vehicle dispatching” says Peter Stegmaier, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of SAFEmine. Information provided by the SCS to the operator  includes:A TopView showing all nearby vehicle movements in real-time, including the respective vehicle IDsSmart switching between TopView and images from multiple cameras, depending on the situationMovement detection on camerasGraphic and audible collision alertsAlerts for events such as speeding and obstacles, e.g., overhead power linesAdditional information such as alerts when approaching blasting zones, sharp turns, and rampsHealth and status messages from the system itself and/or dispatch centresAdditional driver and vehicle safety-related information such as monitoring of seatbelts, handbrakes, etc.In addition, the SCS can detect and report soiled camera lenses and provide incident analysis reports customised to site rules, including recorded camera videos. It is fully compatible with existing SAFEmine installations, protecting respective investments.  “The SafetyCentre’s technology can be fully configured to the mine’s requirements and is “future-proof” as it allows for the addition of further sensors and technologies, such as fatigue monitoring and driver ID as well as for the integration into mine management systems.” says Urs Rothacher, CEO of SAFEmine. “The SafetyCentre  shows SAFEmine’s continued commitment to the improvement of traffic safety in surface mining.” The SafetyCentre was developed in close cooperation with Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine (Anglo American) and Trysome, both in South Africa.last_img read more

Vancouver has plenty of scary houses to visit

first_imgIn terms of lawn decorations, it’s the scariest time of the year. No, not campaign sign season: Halloween.And plenty of Clark County residents go all out with Halloween decorations. The Columbian asked readers to send in some of the most terrifying or elaborate decorations from around the country, and here’s what we heard:• Visitors to 16309 N.E. 37th Circle, Vancouver, will need to watch out while walking to the door. The lawn is littered with bones and tombstones. There’s also a casket partially opened with a chained zombie trying to claw his way out? Hopefully you won’t have to find out how much give is in that chain.• Ceci and Jim Mains’ house, 4616 N.W. Franklin St., Vancouver, has been a Halloween hot spot for more than 30 years. Guests can expect “live” and “not so live” creatures dressed up in the yard, including life-size witches with brewing cauldrons and skeletons walking in a full cemetery. Just because the ground is frightening doesn’t mean the skies are safe, though. There will also be two skeletons on the roof, joined by a spirit floating around the house. On Halloween, the Mainses give out treats from 6 to 9 p.m.• Those who are bigger fans of scarecrows than scary homes can follow the yellow brick road to 11812 N.W. 18th Ave., Vancouver, where they will find a “Wizard of Oz” themed house. There will be appearances from all the major characters in the film, including a large witch on the roof. The family will also have the original film playing on loop while the decorations are illuminated.• Anyone who loves spiders should make their way to 1003 S.E. 99th Ave., Vancouver, where they can find a spider-themed Halloween display, complete with giant spiders and tons of webbing.last_img read more

Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by car in Little Havana

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews took one man to the hospital after, officials said, he was hit by a car in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, Saturday morning, police said.According to City of Miami Police, the crash took place in the area of 2400 SW 4th St.Paramedics transported the pedestrian to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he is listed in critical condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

UBM Americas CEO Sally Shankland Stepping Down

first_imgAfter eight months as CEO of the newly formed UBM Americas division, Sally Shankland announced she is stepping down. More recently, Shankland has been assisting with the integration of the $972 billion Advanstar acquisition and the continued realignment of the company under an events-first strategy. According to the company, an internal candidate will be promoted to CEO and announced ahead of Shankland’s departure. Her time at the top role at UBM Americas may have been short, but she was with the company for 28 years. Shankland was elevated to the CEO spot last fall when parent company CEO Tim Cobbold merged UBM’s North and South American groups into the $335 million UBM Americas. Before that, she led UBM’s healthcare and marketing services groups. Shankland is taking a position at an undisclosed company and will leave UBM at the end of June.  “Sally’s commitment to UBM has been significant,” says UBM plc CEO Tim Cobbold in a statement. “She has seen the Group transformed from a print-heavy conglomerate into an events-focussed media and communications business. Her role within this transformation has been noteworthy, particularly her long tenure as leader of our US medical media assets. I thank her warmly for her contribution and wish her every success in her new role.” Update: Shankland landed at McGraw Hill Education as president of its higher education group. She’ll start on June 29: Release.last_img read more

2017 Arctic Council ministerial meeting will be in Fairbanks

first_imgFairbanks has been selected to host the next ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in 2017.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports U.S. special representative to the Arctic Adm. Robert Papp revealed the location Monday at the Arctic Frontiers 2016 meeting in Norway. Next year’s meeting is scheduled for May 2017.The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum that allows nations with Arctic assets to meet and discuss policy. It includes the U.S., Canada, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Denmark.The ministerial meetings take place every two years at the handing over of the chairmanship. Secretary of State John Kerry is serving as the U.S. minister and as chair of the Arctic Council during the U.S. chairmanship, which ends in 2017.The 2015 conference was held in Canada.last_img read more

Private hospitals warned over delivery casesCollector

first_imgEluru: West Godavari District Collector R Muthyla Raju has warned the private hospitals not to take up delivery cases, unless they are permitted to do so. Addressing medical and health officials at a review meeting, the Collector ordered the officials to take appropriate measures to ensure delivery cases approach government hospitals. From the report of pregnancy, women should be advised to undergo tests necessary till delivery at the government hospitals and make it a point that all deliveries should be normal deliveries. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said the private hospitals were not allowed to tackle the delivery cases without permission. If any private hospital violates the rules, stern action would be initiated. Those doing so should be prepared to face police cases and arrests, he warned. The Collector directed the officials to submit report with hospital wise delivery cases. He said the report should also specify the observations of officials while they are inspecting the private hospitals. He also sought report from the officials on the number of cases in government hospitals and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the district. He would inspect the PHCs next week and action would follow if patients face any inconvenience or doctors found absconding duties.last_img read more

Make in India Bharat ForgeRafeal JV to Manufacture Spike AntiTank Missile in

first_imgKeeping in tune with ‘Make in India’ programme in the defence sector, Kalyani Group, owners of Bharat Forge the world’s second biggest forging company, announced a joint venture (JV) with Rafael Advanced Defence System from Israel.The venture will be based in Hyderabad and Kalyani Group will hold 51% in the JV with the rest vesting with Rafael. Baba Kalyani, managing director and chairman of India’s Bharat Forge Ltd, the world’s No.2 forging company,ReutersThe Spike anti-tank guided missile will be manufactured under the venture with the help of Rafael, which will transfer the necessary technology to its Indian partner. The missile will then be supplied to the Indian Armed Forces. “We believe in the vision of ‘Make in India’ and our proposed joint venture with Rafael is a step in this direction,” The Economic Times quoted chairman of Kalyani Group, Baba Kalyani as saying on Thursday.”The government’s defence focus plan gives us huge scope of work. We plan to add the group’s muscle, might to the ‘Make In India’ plan.”While the financial details of the deal have not been revealed, it is understood that Bharat Forge is set to make a substantial investment over a period of time and will manufacture high-tech systems in remote weapons and missiles. An undated file picture shows an Israeli soldier firing an anti-tank missile Spike-LR, manufactured by an Israeli Defense contractor.ReutersKalyani noted that Rafael has been working with the Indian defence sector for over two decades and that defence production would become a strategic area for Bharat Forge. “As part of our global strategy, we form alliances to develop military applications based on our proprietary technologies,” said Itzhak Gat, chairman of Rafael.”In Kalyani Group we see lot of synergy and opportunities for growth in new markets and especially in India which is a strategic market for us.”The announcement was made as Asia’s largest aviation expo Aero India 2015 is into its second day, with the Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon attending the event.last_img read more