I dont lack motivation, wont call it quits, says Gambhir

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S ChoudhuryNew Delhi, Dec 20 (PTI) With age not on his side, the chances of a national comeback look relatively bleak for Gautam Gambhir despite his golden run in domestic cricket, but the feisty India opener says he wont give up just yet.For Gambhir, regarded one of the most complete batsmen in Indian cricket, what matters is “motivation” and the day he loses it, he wont shy away from calling it quits.Gambhir continues to turn up for Delhi, which made it to the final of the premier Ranji Trophy this season after 10 years.Gambhir might be out of national reckoning, but he has been in ominous form this season and that is precisely one of the reasons behind Delhis success.”Keep scoring runs, that is what you can control and you can do. You cant control things which are not in your hands. The only thing you can control is to get a bat in your hand, go out there, perform and score as many runs as possible,” Gambhir told PTI in an interview.”That is what you are meant to do and that is what I am trying to do. This year is no difference from what I used to do last year. The motivation is exactly the same. The day I dont feel the same I will not hang around.”At 36, it is unlikely that Gambhir would get a look in for the national team again, especially in a fitness freak Virat Kohlis team, but that hardly bothers the feisty left hander, who was once Indias regular in all three formats of the game.advertisement”I dont speak to the selectors and I dont need to speak to the selectors. Ultimately, my job is to score runs and that is what I only focus on,” Gambhir said.Way back in January 2008 it was under then skipper Gambhir, Delhi made the final of the Ranji Trophy last time. That season Gambhir played a key role with the bat and this year too the left-hander was one of the reasons behind Delhis rise.In this Ranji season, Gambhir has scored 632 runs which includes three centuries and two fifties. He is eight in the top-scorers chart.”We reached the finals so obviously the achievement is great. Hopefully we can go one step ahead and win it after 10 years which is going to be great,” Gambhir said.”So far its been decent. Obviously, when you get 600 plus runs its good. The most important is that you have contributed in the games which are very crucial as well, whether it was the quarterfinal or the semi-final. As a senior player you have to be good in the crunch games and there is still one more game to go,” he said about his own form.Gambhir has always been known to be outspoken and didnt shy away from confronting even Delhi Ranji coach KP Bhaskar over differences in the handling of the team last year.Gambhir was handed a suspended four-match ban from first-class cricket for his ugly confrontation with Bhaskar.”Ultimately, its not the coach or the support staff that matters. What matters is the performance of the team. If the players are performing that is all that matters,” he said.Refusing to pinpoint any particular player for the success this season, the senior-most player in the Ranji team, however, feels that Delhi has a long way to go to be in the leagues of sides like Mumbai and Karnataka.”I dont like mentioning about one or two because its unfair to mention one or two names. Most of the guys have grabbed their opportunities and that is why we are where we are. I dont believe in talking about individuals in a team sport. People have done well, people have taken their opportunities and that is a good sign for Delhi cricket,” he said.”There is still a long way to go. Consistency is all that matters. Look at someone like Karnataka, look at some like Mumbai they have won so many times consistently. They are the most consistent teams going around.”Lets see how we do next year because the follow-up year is very important and that is what will show where you stand. Any team can have one good one season but ultimately it is the consistency that really matters,” Gambhir signed off. PTI SSC PM SSClast_img read more

Have belief in my boys: Karthik optimistic despite KKR’s slump in form in IPL 2019

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik said the team is trying its best to keep the atmosphere in the dressing room good amid their slump in form in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. KKR had started the season with four wins from five matches but they have lost six on the trot to slip to the sixth spot on IPL 2019 points table.A four-day break between games didn’t help them reverse their fortunes as Kolkata Knight Riders suffered their sixth straight defeat of the season on Thursday at Eden Gardens to Rajasthan Royals. Captain Dinesh Karthik waged a lot battle with the bat as he notched up his highest score in IPL cricket — 97 but it wasn’t enough to help the team snap their losing streak.Kolkata Knight Riders managed only 175 despite Karthik’s efforts as Andre Russell suffered a rare failure at the Eden Gardens. Rajasthan Royals were reeling at 98 for 5 in their chase of 176 but late cameos from 17-year-old Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal helped them seal two crucial points.Speaking to the media after the three-wicket loss, kKR captain Karthik said that his teammates are trusting him and it’s his job to lead from the front when things are not going KKR’s way.Having lost seven from 11 matches, KKR need to win all their remaining matches to stand a chance of making the playoffs. KKR, RR and Royal Challengers Bangalore are tied on 8 points each but KKR have a better Net Run Rate than the other two.advertisement”It’s very difficult [to explain the emotions]. We are trying hard but we’re just not able to cross the line,” Karthik said.”Obviously when the results don’t go your way these questions will be asked and I understand. But as a team we’re trying to do a lot of things right. There is no such thing that we’re not attending to. We are trying to make the right changes. We are trying to get the right combination. We’re coming into every game believing we can win,” Karthik added.”We are trying to keep everybody in good space and make sure the dressing room atmosphere is good. They all trust in the leader. It’s my job to lead from the front but when results don’t go our way, it’s a tough thing to mend. But we’re trying hard as a team and I am sure I have belief in my boys and we will come strong every game.”Our bowling has been found wanting: Dinesh KarthikKarthik also said KKR believed 175 was a par score on the Eden Gardens wicket but slammed his bowling attack for being under-par throughout the season. With Kuldeep Yadav struggling for form, KKR have looked an ordinary bowling side in IPL 2019.On Thursday, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine put brakes on Rajasthan’s scoring rate but expensive spells from pacers Prasidh Krishna and Andre Russell hurt the team.”Tough question to answer [175 par score?]. The match went right down to the last over. A couple of good overs in the middle and we would have won the game. So, it looks like 175 was a good score. If we had batted the first initial bit, with a bit more boundaries, we would have got more. Having said that, from the situation we were in, we would take 175,” Karthik said.”Our bowling has been found wanting a little bit. I think batting as well a lot of times. That’s why we haven’t been able to close out a lot of games even if scored a lot of runs. The fact is that that’s something we need look into. It can get better and the boys are aware of it,” Karthik added.Also Read | Grateful to Rajasthan Royals for taking a chance on me: Jofra ArcherAlso Read | 2000 up! Steve Smith enters Indian Premier League listAlso See:last_img read more

The stats don’t lie – the breakdown has cost England the Six Nations

first_imgShare on Facebook Cautious CJ Stander keeps Ireland’s Six Nations champagne on ice Share on Twitter features The 28% increase in the number of penalties conceded at the breakdown is largely explained by more being awarded against the attacking team as the emphasis turns from continuity to generating a contest for possession, with turnover ball providing the best means for attack. It was only last year that the Wales and Lions’ captain, Sam Warburton, reflected on how much harder it was to secure turnovers after a tackle because of the emphasis referees were placing on defenders not placing their arms beyond the ball. Read more Sign up for The Breakdown. That trend has continued in the Six Nations. The sight of the France centre Mathieu Bastareaud making a tackle should have acted as a red flag in Paris but three minutes into the second half, after players had digested advice from their coaches, he tackled Mako Vunipola in the home 22, quickly got back on to his feet, forced the prop to hold on and won a penalty.No one arrived to clear out Bastareaud. Contrast that with Ireland at home to Wales in the previous round when they took the ball into 141 rucks and failed to secure it only once. Every time Josh Navidi, who had forced turnovers from Scotland, got over the ball he was smashed out of the way by a support player before the carrier could be done for holding on.“You could argue that English rugby can take this as an opportunity to learn,” said the Bath director of rugby, Todd Blackadder, a former New Zealand flanker who coached Richie McCaw, “and a lot of good may come out of it for the game here. One of Richie’s great qualities was that he adjusted and adapted to the way the breakdown was refereed so that changes in the law made no difference to his effectiveness. England’s problems at the breakdown were exposed by Samoa in November at Twickenham. They were turned over 20 times during a comfortable victory that afternoon: the ball-carrier was often isolated and the home side found themselves regularly outnumbered as they focused on what to do with the ball in the next phase of play rather than secure it. Six Nations 2018 Six Nations … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Exeter are the Premiership masters at taking the ball into contact and recycling it, keeping hold of possession in the manner of Ireland. It was a reason Don Armand was called into the squad this week, but Exeter were outplayed at the breakdown in both matches against Leinster in December. The Irish province created 164 rucks at Sandy Park and got the ball back every time.That is what England will be up against on Saturday when it will not just be a matter of slowing down or filching Ireland’s ball but getting the clear-out right and securing their own ball to put their backs on the front foot. Topics • This is an extract taken from our weekly rugby union email, the Breakdown. To subscribe, just visit this page and follow the instructions, or sign up above. The Breakdown Share on Pinterest Rugby union Don Armand ready to turn on England power supply against Ireland Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp England rugby union team Share on LinkedIn England were penalised only once in the 2017 Six Nations for not releasing after a tackle. They exceeded that number in the first half in Paris last weekend and a reason they invited Van der Westhuizen to training rather than an English referee is that the way the breakdown is being controlled at Test level is out of kilter with the Premiership. This is not the case in the Pro 14, where the entertainment factor is strong as it looks to grow commercially, or the Top 14.“Referees in the Premiership lean to the attack so much that it is a waste of time competing in the first 10 minutes,” said one former English club coach this week. “When did you see the first breakdown penalty in a league game go to the defence? It’s a reason why you do not get genuine open-side flankers in England. Rugby union is all about contesting for the ball, or it should be.” With one round to go England have conceded almost double the number of penalties at the breakdown as they did in five matches last year, 30 compared to 16. It may not bode well that the referee on Saturday, Australia’s Angus Gardner, spoke to Dylan Hartley 20 minutes into the 2017 opener against France at Twickenham to recommend that the captain remind his players about the laws after Tom Wood twice went off his feet.England are not the only team to have been penalised more at the breakdown this year, but only Italy have been blown proportionately more. Unless there is an amnesty in the final weekend every one of the six teams will see an increase in their penalty count from 2017: England, Scotland, Italy and Ireland have already passed last year’s total while France and Wales have equalled their tally. France rugby union team One statistic highlights why Ireland have taken over from England as the Six Nations champions and explains why Eddie Jones invited the South African referee Marius van der Westhuizen to training this week before the match against their successors on Saturday.No team have created more rucks in this year’s Six Nations than Ireland but no side has conceded fewer penalties at the breakdown. By contrast, England have given away more than anyone and account for nearly one quarter of the total penalties awarded in the tackle area this year compared to 16 % in 2017. Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share via Email Read more Read more “There is no question that teams are targeting England at the breakdown. Ireland are successful because their clearers do a really good job and allow them to win quick ball. Giving penalties away kills you, but there are certainly top-quality open-side flankers in England. Things just need to be thought about in a different way.”One of Eddie Jones’s problems is that arguably the best wing-forward turnover specialists in the Premiership are not English, Bath’s Francois Louw and Wasps’ Thomas Young, but that is not an issue on defence rather than when England take the ball into contact. Dan Cole and Joe Launchbury used to be effective in the clear-out but serious neck injuries have reduced their impact.Jones said it was not his job to try to influence the way the breakdown is refereed in the Premiership. He has throughout his time in England had a policy of non-interference with the clubs, exerting his control only when it is his time to have the players.But is it coincidence that the struggle in the Six Nations followed a low-key European Champions Cup group stage by Premiership clubs? Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Rooney backs Maguire for Man Utd

first_imgHarry Maguire would be a good signing for Manchester United if they can lure him from Leicester City, says Wayne Rooney.Maguire is reportedly a target for United, as well as Premier League rivals Manchester City, but the Foxes are said to value the England international at £80 million ($97.3m), which would be a world-record fee for a defender.Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Leicester have already turned down two offers for the England international, who missed training on Monday, although James Maddison joked on social media his team-mate’s absence was due to an upset stomach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? United’s need for defensive reinforcements was exacerbated on Tuesday when it was confirmed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Eric Bailly could be out for five months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.Reports in Spain have suggested United are interested in Barcelona and France defender Samuel Umtiti, but the club’s all-time leading goalscorer Rooney has backed Maguire to be a success at Old Trafford.”I think Harry’s a good player and over the last few years he’s improved as a player,” Rooney said to ESPN FC.”He’s gotten better, and he’s been a main player for Leicester City, but also for England. I think he’d be a good signing if they can get him.” While Maguire may arrive at Old Trafford ahead of the transfer deadline on August 8, Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away.Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola confirmed this month he is working on a deal for the midfielder, who has been touted as a target for Real Madrid and former club Juventus.”It’s obviously down to the club, to the board, to the manager, but I think also to the player,” Rooney added when asked about the World Cup winner.”If the player wants to stay, he’ll stay and prove what a good player he is.”Behind the scenes, I’m sure they’re working on whether to keep him or whether to let him go.”last_img read more

Pain-free Andy Murray targets competitive return after hip surgery

first_img Next Pain-free Andy Murray targets competitive return after hip surgeryThree-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said before his first round exit at the Australian Open in January that the tournament could be his last as a professional due to severe hip pain, with the surgery aimed at improving his quality of life.advertisement Reuters LondonMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 18:48 IST Andy Murray is looking to make a comeback to the tennis circuit (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray may play doubles at Wimbledon following hip surgery in JanuaryMurray also said he would give himself “seven or eight months” before taking a call on his career”I want to continue playing for sure. I have no pain in my hip anymore,” Murray saidAndy Murray is looking to make a comeback to the tennis circuit and possibly play doubles at Wimbledon after he revealed he is now pain free following hip resurfacing surgery in January this year.Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray said before his first round exit at the Australian Open in January that the tournament could be his last as a professional due to severe hip pain, with the surgery aimed at improving his quality of life.”I want to continue playing for sure. I have no pain in my hip anymore,” Murray told Sky News.”The rehab is slow but going pretty well. I just need to wait and see how things progress. If it’s possible I’d love to compete again.”All of the surgeons that I’ve spoken to have been very honest about that and we just have to wait and see.”Murray had also hoped to play at this year’s Wimbledon, a tournament he has won twice. But the 31-year-old said he might consider playing doubles, like American Bob Bryan did after a similar procedure, as it put less stress on the hip.”I think for singles, most likely it would be [too soon to play at Wimbledon]. I can’t say for sure,” Murray added.”But doubles, I mean Bob Bryan was back playing at the Australian Open after 5-1/2 months so Wimbledon comes pretty much 5-1/2 months after I’d had my operation.”I communicate with him daily about starting the rehab that he was doing and things that worked and didn’t.”advertisementMurray also said he would give himself “seven or eight months” before taking a call on whether he would continue playing competitively.”By then I’ll know definitively this is as good as it’s going to get. That’s kind of the time frame that I’ve set myself in my head that if things aren’t going well,” he said.”It takes time for muscles and things to heal properly and me to get used to moving around with it. But I’d say that would be a fair amount of time before I’d be able to say definitively this isn’t good enough or this actually feels great.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Andy Murraylast_img read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 7, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.5. iSchedule, HotSchedules6. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. Pocket City, Bobby Li9. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi10. Papa’s Freezer To Go!, Flipline StudiosTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Run Race 3D, Good Job Games2. Roller Splat!, Voodoo3. AMAZE!!!, Crazy Labs4. Tiles Hop – EDM Rush, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.5. Draw it, Kwalee6. Pick Me Up, tastypill7. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC8. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.9. Clips, Apple10. Color Bump 3D, Good Job GamesTop Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 5, Time Base Technology Limited5. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB6. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU7. T.A.B.S Pocket Edition, FOREVER GAME STUDIO LTD8. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations9. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB10. Bloons TD 6, Ninja KiwiTop Free iPad Apps:1. Run Race 3D, Good Job Games2. Tiles Hop – EDM Rush, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.3. Roller Splat!, Voodoo4. Clips, Apple5. Draw it , Kwalee6. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games7. Mr Bullet – Spy Puzzles, Lion Studios8. Pick Me Up, tastypill9. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC10. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Press read more

Foreign military in attendance as Army kicks off military exercise

‘Exercise – Cormorant Strike VIII – 2017’, the Field Training Exercise (FTX), organized by the Sri Lanka Army, started off for the 8th consecutive year with the participation of Sri Lankan tri-forces and 69 foreign participants at Infantry Training Centre (ITC), Minneriya in the East.The introductory meeting was conducted at the Exercise Operational Headquarters in Minneriya. Foreign participants from Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Russia, USA, Brazil, Sudan, Iraq, Israel, Oman, Turkey, Iran and Kenya were educated on the conduct of the exercise. More than 2675 Army, Navy and Air Force troops, including 69 foreign military participants and observers, mechanized infantrymen, commandos and special forces of the Sri Lanka Army, 370 naval and 197 Air Force personnel are taking part together with their foreign counterparts at the annual joint exercise. read more

Football Urban Meyer might have found his next gem in Tate Martell

OSU freshman quarterback Tate Martell addresses the media on National Signing Day on Feb. 1. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe return of Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett for his final year of eligibility might have fans excited, but the presence of freshman Tate Martell should have Buckeye backers all the more eager for the upcoming football season.Martell came to OSU as a four-star dual-threat quarterback from Bishop Gorman High School, the proverbial football powerhouse that has cranked out such college studs as DeMarco Murray of the Tennessee Titans and Ronnie Stanley from the Baltimore Ravens. He was the No. 2 dual-threat signal caller in the nation, behind only Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa.Martell comes in as a potential star in an OSU offense that thrives on quarterbacks who know how to win. Win is exactly what Martell did at Gorman, compiling 113 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in three years.He also helped lead the Gaels to a 45-0 record as a starter. OSU coach Urban Meyer knows exactly what that kind of ability can bring to a team.“We are a very evaluation-friendly business as a coach and as a quarterback and some people measure it by throwing yards … some people measure their success,” he said. “However, we measure it very simply, how do you win? And Tate is a winner.”Martell will most likely find himself behind incumbent starter Barrett when spring practices start, but he makes an extremely valid case for being the predecessor for Barrett after he closes the book on his final chapter as a Buckeye.“I’m not thinking about 12 months, I’m thinking about right now,” Martell said. “I want to play. I know that I’m just going to go out there and if I don’t play, that’s on me. I know coach Meyer is going to play the best guy, and if I go prove that, then that’s not my decision to make or anything.”Martell’s biggest competition will come from backups redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow and redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins. Burrow has appeared in six games, completing 78.6 percent of his passes with a pair of touchdowns through the air, as well as a score on the ground. However, Burrow’s numbers have come against largely ineffective and below average defenses when the Buckeyes were dominating. As for Haskins, a former four-star recruit, the hype from his high school career isn’t quite there compared to Martell’s, and he lacks the kind of mobility that Martell brings.And we haven’t even mentioned top dual-threat quarterback and 2018 commit Emory Jones.Either way, the quarterback competition could very well heat up for the 2017-18 season. And if it does, Martell is ready to make his mark.“You’ve got to come to compete,” Martell said. “Like I said before, if you want to make it to the NFL, you’re not going to be competing against average guys. You’re going to be competing against the best anyway.” read more

Apple Japan confirms iPhone 4S on October 14

first_imgWe’re mere minutes away from the official announcement of the next iPhone, and we still have information coming in. It appears that Apple’s Japanese site has leaked info about the launch of the iPhone 4S on October 14. When the leaks come from Apple’s own website, that’s about as big a confirmation as you can get.Of course this not only says that October 14 is the likely launch date in the US as well, but it also describes the iPhone 4S – not the iPhone 5. Unless we are seeing two iPhones today (we probably aren’t), or the crazy rumor about Sprint getting the iPhone 5 exclusively are true (they almost certainly aren’t) it looks like the iPhone 4S is going to be the name of the next iPhone.Anticipation is building at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, and we should be hearing more about the fabled 4S in the next hour. Stay tuned to Geek for all of the latest updates as they unfold.Updating… We should have confirmation soon.Apple Store page via Engadgetlast_img read more

Aftermath of floods hit home

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Brisbane residents are slowly beginning to return home, faced with a massive clean up in the wake of Queensland’s devastating floods. More than 1000 residents took shelter in evacuation centres as the Brisbane River peaked on Thursday. Chris Kazonis, who was forced to evacuate his West End home, returned to his house late Thursday afternoon. “We were one of the first to go back; we just wanted to start cleaning,” Mr Kazonis told Neos Kosmos. Though the water receded very quickly on Thursday, Mr Kazonis said his family’s house had one metre of water through it. “They were talking about the tide coming in but we’ve started cleaning, disinfecting and bleaching,” he said, adding “we spent about five or six hours cleaning. There’s a lot of slush, mud from the river that has all come into the house. We just had to hose the whole bottom level of our house and go through cleaning out all the kitchen cupboards”. Mr Kazonis sandbagged his house but water still got in and came through the stormwater areas, he said. “Our house had a metre and a half of water after the floods in 1974, so we thought with the Wivenhoe dam in place now that would make about a metre’s difference, but it didn’t,” he said, quick to add “it could have been worse”.While the water is still on electricity is yet to be turned back on, Mr Kazonis said. Roads are open but covered in mud and slush, so people have been advised to drive very carefully. Mr Kazonis, who is also involved with the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, said a couple of community members in lower areas of West End had their houses totally submerged in water whilst many others have had water through their houses. Some train lines are operating again, Ms Laoudikos said, as she was able to travel by train on Friday from South Brisbane into the CBD. “I am surprised how quickly the water is receding, but also amazed at how far the water came up. From Brisbane River it would have crossed four streets,” she said. Some supermarkets were closed on Friday and many were forced to close after running out of stock. “I had to go to a few different supermarkets to find things,” Ms Laoudikos said. “People initially were panicking and stocking up, so there wasn’t much stuff left on the shelves. I’m not sure when they will open up again”. The Greek community supplied their elderly respite clients with food to take home earlier in the week, however due to power cuts the food wouldn’t last longer than a couple of days, Ms Laoudikos said. “We’re now ringing clients to make sure they’re okay, to see if they need food or if they have any concerns, and we’ll take it from there. Hopefully most people will be okay”.The death toll currently stands at 15, while 61 people are still reported as missing in the Lockyer Valley and Ipswich regions in Queensland.last_img read more

Zika virus will burn itself out within 3 years thanks to herd

first_imgThe Rio 2016 Olympics begins in a little over two weeks. Athletes will be asking themselves two questions in the run up to their events, though – can I win and will I catch the Zika virus?It’s a question that has seen some athletes decide not to attend, and it’s safe to assume more than a few people considering traveling to Rio to watch the best athletes in the world compete have changed their minds. Anyone who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant definitely shouldn’t travel to Rio due to the serious birth defects it can cause.Zika virus capsid, colored per chainsZika is an epidemic in Latin America and will continue to spread, but for how long and how far across the globe? According to a team at the Imperial College London, Zika will burn itself out within 3 years. And that could happen as soon as the end of 2017.We have herd immunity to thank for the promised short life of the Zika disaster. Herd immunity basically means that once a person is infected they can’t be infected again, so before long there’s not enough people left to infect to continue the spread of the virus. In fact, the spread may actually stop before a vaccine is ready.Zika won’t disappear, and it could reappear elsewhere for a new population creating a new epidemic several years from now. But if that does happen, then hopefully the vaccine currently being developed will be ready meaning the spread is contained quickly. On the other hand, certain areas of the world are taking their own measures in case of a Zika outbreak. In New York, that means bats.last_img read more

Cam Releases New Song Road To Happiness

first_img Facebook The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter strips back for a gorgeous meditation on happiness Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 12, 2018 – 2:16 pm It’s the million dollar question: How do we find happiness? It’s also the theme of Cam’s latest track, “Road To Happiness,” a gorgeous contemplation on just where we might look for the elusiveness emotion.The GRAMMY-nominated country singer/songwriter strips back to basics on “Road To Happiness,” letting her soulful voice take center stage accompanied by acoustic guitar. As opposed to an instruction manual, the song provides another perspective on happiness and appreciating the here and now, as Cam ponders in the chorus whether “the future that we’re chasing worth the right nows that we miss.” She allows the listener time for meditation at the end with an ethereal pedal steel and accordion instrumental outro.”Road To Happiness” follows the 2017 release of Cam’s “Diane,” a response to Dolly Parton’s famed “Jolene.” This latest song will likely appear on Cam’s sophomore album, which has yet to find a release date. It would be the first album since Cam’s 2015 debut Untamed, which included the GRAMMY-nominated hit “Burning House.”In the meantime, if you want to contemplate how to find happiness with Cam, you can find her on tour with Sam Smith during his Thrill Of It All North American trek. Also be on the look out for additional show dates via her website through Oct. 6.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter Cam Releases New Song “Road To Happiness” News Email Hear Cam’s “Road To Happiness” cam-releases-new-song-road-happinesslast_img read more

Trainee IAS officials meet PJTSAU VC Dr V Praveen Rao

first_imgHyderabad: Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), Vice-Chancellor Dr V Praveen Rao said there is a need to encourage farmers to cultivate paddy under drip irrigation and educate them on effective water management. Interacting with a seven-member Telangana cadre trainee IAS officers who visited the university on Monday, he said the university is striving hard to improve the productivity in rice and other crops. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Besides, the university has prepared a food consumption report and mandal-level soil fertility maps for effective soil health management and also planning to bring out ‘farmer’s level soil fertility maps’ for micro-level planning. The visiting IAS trainees held detailed discussions with the university officials on various issues related to agriculture in the State. They enquired whether it is possible to replicate Ankapur Seed Village model in the State.last_img read more

Workshop on cell culture ends in SPMVV

first_imgTirupati: The Technology Business Incubator (TBI) of Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam (SPMVV) in collaboration with Department of Biology, IISER organised one-week hands on workshop on ‘Cell Culture Techniques’ which concluded on Saturday. Convenor of the workshop Dr D Sujatha said that it was designed for beginners and focuses on hands-on training in cell-culture, plating, counting, sub-culturing, cell-based assays, primary cell culture and staining. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The training imparted in this workshop can be effectively used in research on various human diseases, bio-pharmaceutical, drug screening, tissue engineering, gene therapy, toxicology and traditional applications such as immunology, cell and molecular biology. Certificates were given to the participants in the presence of TBI CEO Y Mallikarjuna Reddy and Dr Vasudharani Devanathan of IISER. Dr Ambarish Saxena of Pfizer and Dr Vasudharani Devanathan have shared their views during inaugural session. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Participants from SRM, SV University, SV Veterinary University, Yogi Vemana University and SV Agricultural College have undergone training in the workshop. SSSIIE-TBI is an initiative of SPMVV and the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. SSIIE-TBI offers budding entrepreneurs much needed infrastructure support, state-of-art labs (in collaboration with IIT, Tirupati) and critical mentoring. In this regard, CEO of SSIIE-TBI Y Mallikarjuna Reddy requested participants to send start-up ideas/ prototypes to ceo@spmvv-tbi.com.last_img read more

Bigg Boss Tamil 3 contestant names Priya Anand Premji VJ Sidhu and

first_imgBigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutTamil audience is eagerly waiting for the third season of Bigg Boss Tamil 2 take off. They are curious to know the names of the contestants who will take part in the third season of Kamal Haasan-hosted show.Recently, there were rumours that Chandini Tamilarasan, Sudha Chandran, Laila Mehdin and Sakshi Agarwal had agreed to be contestants in Bigg Boss Tamil 3. Among the four, Chandini and Laila clarified that there was no truth to the rumours.Now, yet another set of names have cropped up on the internet. According to the latest buzz, Vijay TV has approached Premji, T Rajendar, Priya Anand, Kasthuri, VJ Siddhu and Radha Ravi to take part in the show.However, sources close to the development states that Premji and Priya Anand are not taking part in Bigg Boss Tamil 3, while VJ Siddhu and Kasthuri are still considering the offer. And T Rajendar and Radha Ravi have not been approached at all.Interestingly, Kasthuri was approached for the previous two seasons as well and she had turned down the offers for the reasons best known to her.The first season of Kamal Haasan-hosted show had the participation of 19 contestants that include four wild-card entrants, the second season had 17 contestants that include one wild-card entrant.While Aarav won the trophy in the inaugural edition, Riythvika emerged victorious in the following season.Meanwhile, Vijay Television has released a promo of Bigg Boss Tamil 2.last_img read more

3 of a family infected with Nipah virus

first_imgThree members of a family from Baliadangi Upazila’s Ujarmoni village in Thakurgaon are suspected to have been infected with the deadly Nipah Virus, reports UNB.The victims have been named as Dulali Begum, 28, wife of Nasirul Islam, her son Siam, 8 and daughter Nitu, 4.They were taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Thursday, said ABM Maniruzzaman, the resident medical officer of Baliadangi Upazila Health Complex.He said the victims had been suffering from fever for the last three days. They also reported headache and vomiting. The trio was first taken to Thakurgaon Modern Sadar Hospital and later shifted to RMCH.Nipah virus is transmitted from animals to humans and can also be transmitted through contaminated food or directly between people, according to World Health Organisation. There is no vaccine for the virus, which is spread through body fluids and can cause inflammation of the brain.Dulali’s husband Nasirul Islam said his wife and children fell sick after eating jujube on Wednesday night.Thakurgaon civil surgeon Abu Mohammad Khairul Kabir said their blood samples had been collected for testing. A medical team from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research is scheduled to visit RMCH.In February, five members of a family died mysteriously in Baliadanga upazila. It is unclear what caused their deaths.In 2001, Nipah virus was identified as the causative agent in an outbreak of human disease occurring in Bangladesh.Genetic sequencing confirmed this virus as Nipah virus, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.last_img read more

Trump Heath Care Bill Withdrawn Due to Lack Of Support From Democrats

first_imgSpeaking at a  press conference right after Republican leaders  abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, president Trump said that he would be ‘open’ to tackling health care again if ‘Obamacare’ law implodes. The Republicans withdrew their health care bill after realizing that they were short of votes, and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. “We came really close today, but we came up short”, Ryan said at a separate press conference.Just a day earlier, Trump had demanded a House vote and said if the measure lost, he would move on to other issues. Sharelast_img read more

Lawmakers Raise Concerns About Safety Of Migrant Children At Texas Detention Camp

first_imgIvan Pierre Aguirre via APIn this Nov. 15, 2018 photo provided by Ivan Pierre Aguirre, migrant teens held inside the Tornillo detention camp look at protesters waving at them outside the fences surrounding the facility in Tornillo, Texas.Lawmakers are raising concerns about the safety of migrant children held at a detention camp in West Texas.An Associated Press investigation published this week revealed the Trump administration waived rigorous FBI fingerprint background checks for roughly 2,100 staff members working at the Tornillo tent city.That temporary shelter falls within the district of Democratic State Representative Mary Gonzalez. She says she’s been worried about the lack of transparency at this detention site since it was first established in June.“So we heard when it was initially established it was only for 300 kids, for 30 days. Now we’re at over 2,000 kids indefinitely. So for me, what’s really important is that when you keep changing the game, it’s really hard to maintain transparency and accountability,” Gonzalez said.Republican Congressman Will Hurd released a statement Wednesday describing the problems in Tornillo as “shameful” and added that “detaining kids in Tornillo is the most expensive and least effective policy approach that fails to address root causes of migration flows or make anyone safer.”Because the Tornillo facility is on federal land, it is not currently subject to state inspections. The shelter’s current contract lasts through the end of December.The Texas Legislature begins its new legislative session on January 8. Sharelast_img read more

Martha Allen Beloved Baltimore Matriarch Feted on 100th Birthday

first_imgBy Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROWife. Mother.Teacher.  Philanthropist and supporter of community causes. Loving heart of the Allen family home.  Those were among the titles and accolades showered on Martha P. Allen as she celebrated her 100th birthday among family and friends at Baltimore’s Bright Ideas Studio on Sept. 22.Allen, wife of the late Milton Burke Allen, Baltimore’s first African-American state’s attorney and City Circuit Court judge, was an influential presence among Baltimore’s Black elite, offering a warm family atmosphere within the doors of their home.Martha P. Allen celebrated her 100th birthday with many well wishers on Sept. 22. (Photo by Deborah Bailey)“My advice is to be a friend to everyone. You’ll never regret it You’ll be surprised that you’ll find they will be a friend to you,” Allen said in response to the tributes from family and friends throughout the afternoon.It was the open doors of the Allen home that many people hailed during their tributes. Whether it was for the scores of supporters who would stop in during her spouse’s election campaigns, church or community work, or to take in friends of the family, Martha Allen’s home became a place where dreams were launched into reality and a community could gather to plan a hope and a future.“This is a great occasion for both of us.  I didn’t mind her being a mother to all the people who came through the house,” said David B. Allen, the centenarian’s oldest son.“It was coming at us a mile a minute. The political office and her working for the United Negro College Fund. I did appreciate that I was in a special place with special people,” added middle son, Peter Allen.Youngest son, Milton  said he always sensed he was growing up in a special home that was extended to a community that embraced him.“Mom and Dad were just loving and opened the doors to so many in the Baltimore community. I have a lot of brothers,” he said.Allen taught in the Baltimore City Public School System at the elementary level from 1938-1963 and served as chairperson of the United Negro College Fund for five consecutive years in the mid 1970s  with successive increases in fundraising for UNCF college students each year.Allen is a lifetime member of the NAACP and of Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church. She is also a member of Frederick Douglas High School Alumni, class of 1936, and the Coppin State University Alumni Chapter, class of 1938.In recognition of the contributions Mrs. Allen has made to the city of Baltimore, proclamations from Congressman Elijah Cummings, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and 8th District Councilman Kristerfer Burnett were read.Allen’s niece, Joan Patterson-Taylor, closed the festivities by asking those gathered to show a sign of recognition to the 100 years of love and service Martha Allen brought to the lives of all gathered.“She’s been there for every single one of us,” said her great-nephew Adam Mayden, one of scores of millennials gathered to celebrate. He added, “She gives us an example of how we should want to live.last_img read more

Be more LGBTI inclusive – Catholic archdiocese

first_imgThe future of the Australian Catholic Church should be more inclusive and welcoming to the LGBT community, according to a working document produced by an Australian archdiocese. Church should be more inclusive: draft report Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The draft document, which was released by the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, makes suggestions on ‘the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.’Among LGBTI inclusivity it also calls for women deacons, women chaplains and married priests, as reported on conservative website LifeSiteNews.‘God’s love is inclusive,’ it says. ‘The church has spent too much time excluding rather than including, eg, women, LGBT people, the divorced, people of other religions.’The document is a draft list of suggestions which could be brought before with the countrywide Plenary Council due to take place in 2020.The council is being described as the “highest form of gathering of local church and has legislative and governance authority,’ to discuss the future of the Catholic Church in Australia.center_img The last time Australia held a Plenary Council was 81 years ago.The Church under Pope FrancisWhile it remains a divisive topic, the Catholic Church’s attitude towards homosexuality and the LGBTI rights has mellowed in recent years.This has been particularly true since under the leadership of Pope Francis. While the pope has remained opposed to issues such as same-sex marriages, he has often made comments which have caused many to consider him as progressive with regards to LGBTI rights.In 2013 the pope shocked members of the Catholic Church and of LGBTI communities by saying ‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?Earlier this year, the pope told a gay man that ‘God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The Pope loves you like this.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Catholic Archdiocese stops priest from burning Pride flag in ChicagoRead Pope Francis’ letter on sexual abuse: ‘We abandoned the little ones’Pope recognises LGBT for first time, but is it repentance?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/be-more-lgbti-inclusive-catholic-archdiocese/ GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more