Rohit Sharma declares India’s intentions for South Africa tour: ‘Want nothing less than victories’

first_imgRohit Sharma has now set his sights on the upcoming tour of South Africa after leading the Indian team to an ODI and T20I series victory against Sri Lanka, in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli.India are set to face South Africa away from home in a full-fledged series, consisting of three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is, starting in Cape Town from January 5.Rohit made it clear that the South Africa series has been on the minds of the Indian dressing room and they are looking for nothing less than a win overseas.”We have already been talking a lot about it (Test series in South Africa) in the team dressing room during the matches against Sri Lanka,” Rohit told Aaj Tak in an exclusive interview.”Our team, with the kind of cricket we have been playing for the last few years, will be a force to reckon with. We want to go there to win and not settle for a draw. Can’t win thinking of a draw, not even of drawing the last two games after winning the first Test. We have to win everything. The last time we went to South Africa, we had an opportunity to win the series but things didn’t work out. The first Test ended in a draw and we made a mess of the second Test after being in a strong position,” said the swashbuckling opener who scored a ton each in Test, ODI and T20 series against Sri Lanka, recently.advertisementThe 30-year-old from Mumbai has been in the spotlight for the past few weeks, first making an unbeaten 102 not out in the Nagpur Test against Sri Lanka and then following it up with 208 not out — his third ODI double hundred — in Mohali. Rohit did not stop there and made the T20 series also his hunting ground. Before Sri Lanka departed home, Rohit smashed a 35-ball century, the joint-fastest in T20 internationals, at Indore’s Holkar Stadium.”I try to play the ball on merit,” Rohit said before continuing in detail about his style of batting. “We don’t have the strength of a (Chris) Gayle or an ABD (AB de Villiers) so timing is important. You don’t need to hit a 120-yard six, just clearing the boundary for a six is sufficient. So, after getting a good start, or maybe crossing a half-century, I know that the bowlers can’t do much.”Test cricket is different though. There you would get bowlers who bowl at good spots and try to get you out in every session. But in ODIs, you get out more because of your own mistake. I have tried to make less mistakes and make sure I last long. When you open, you have the opportunity to play from the first ball till the 300th. Even the number two, like Shikhar Dhawan, does not get this opportunity as I play the first ball,” he said.However, Rohit did not start with batting like many would think and it is only gradually that the opener’s abilities got unearthed.”I didn’t have the so called ‘god-gifted’ talent in batting. I was selected as an off-spinner in my school team. My coach Dinesh Lad told me to focus on batting after a few months. I then batted at No 7 or 8 and scored about 40 runs in a game which impressed my coach. He gave me an opportunity to bat at a higher position and I played a 140-run knock. I used to only bat in gully cricket before that so there was no natural talent. I worked really hard on my batting,” revealed Rohit, whose 264 is the highest individual score made by any batsman in the history of ODI cricket.Rohit, now also known as the ‘Hitman’, admits that he has made a lot of mistakes early on in his career but he is happy with the way he has played in the past few years.”Right now, I am really happy with the way I have been batting for the last few years. I used to bat lower down the order earlier. I grabbed some opportunities and missed many too. I couldn’t understand the situation, the up-and-down journey. I was only about 20 and failed to understand the situation. My reading of the game situation wasn’t that good earlier, I must admit. Failures taught me a lot like how to cope with such situations and learn from the fellow players. Now my understanding of the game, the shot selection, how to play in different situations, is quite good. That is also the reason why I have been able to put my team in better situations right now.”advertisementThe ‘last few years’ Rohit talked about is his journey since 2013 Champions Trophy. The right-hander has not really looked back ever since the then ODI skipper MS Dhoni asked him to open the innings.”Dhoni’s decision to promote me as an opener in the 2013 Champions Trophy changed things for me. I used to bat in the middle order before that and we had a set opening pair in Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan. My batting slot was four but Dinesh Karthik scored hundreds in practice games at the same spot so MSD was a bit confused. He came to me and asked if I would like to open. I told him yes as I had opened in two games against England in a home series before that.”You have to change your game as per the batting slot but more important is changing your frame of mind, on how to tackle the new ball and how to leave ball and avoid playing certain shots which could be your strength too. I was ready for it. I was just waiting for the opportunity. Had he told me to bat at No. 7, I would have done that too. It (Champions Trophy 2013) was such a big tournament for our country. I had missed the 2011 World Cup and didn’t want to miss this one. By God’s grace, tournament went well for me and India won it too. Things have been good since then,” Rohit recalled the event.While the ODIs have been a roller-coaster ride, Rohit’s Test career has had seen more tumultuous times. The century in Nagpur a few weeks ago was his first in four years. “I feel bad on missing so many Tests after making my Test debut and also the four-year gap between hundreds. You know, my father loves Test cricket the most. He does not take much interest in ODIs and is really happy whenever I get an opportunity to play Test cricket. That is the reason I want do well in Tests, to fulfill my father’s dream. My father sends me best wishes whenever I am due to play Test cricket. I have always loved the longer format of the game more, right from making my Ranji Trophy debut. That is the real test.”In Nagpur too, I wanted to grab the opportunity. I had not thought we will bat for so long but Virat gave me an opportunity since two days were remaining. My father sent me a voice message after I made the century. I was playing a Test after nearly 450 or 500 days so my father was really happy that I did well and got the runs.”Come Cape Town in the next few weeks and Rohit Sharma could be India’s No. 6 batsman on the much-awaited tour. The Mumbaikar has played enough to know that nothing comes easy in international cricket, that too on an away tour.advertisement”Yes, people say that I change game within a short span of time but they should also realise that sometimes while playing the same shots, I can get out. At the end of the day, I have to deliver what the team wants. Like (Cheteshwar) Pujara does the job at No. 3, he has the game for that spot, to take team out of troubled situations on a seaming track. Just like him, every slot has a role to perform. We succeed sometimes and fail as well.”Initially, my strength had become weakness too. I used to play too many shots. My understanding of the game or shot selection wasn’t much that time. I realised that it couldn’t continue, I had to change my game. I have to bat consistently for India and it is not matter of a few knocks. So you see now I take time at the crease initially and then start playing my shots.”Seeing off the new ball is important for me. I know that once I do that, the only way I could get out could be from my own mistake. Bowlers can’t get me out. I watched my dismissals and saw that I was getting out due to my own mistakes and not because of good bowling. It is a mix of everything, luck, bad shot selection. Like in Sri Lanka, just two or three overs before tea, I got out just after completing half century. I didn’t capitalise on fifties then. I should have converted them into big scores. Situation would have been different today had I done that.”Rohit believes that this time around, India has a bowling unit which is ready to deliver the goods against the Proteas.”I think we have the bowlers to take 20 wickets. We have world’s best spinners and our pacers have matured a lot since the last time we went to South Africa. Now they go to the skipper and tell him that they want this particular field setting and this is the plan to get the batsman out. It never used to happen earlier. Recently too, we succeeded in our plan and executed it to near perfection in the series against Sri Lanka.”In the just-concluded series against Sri Lanka, skipper Rohit had one man standing by his side who he believes still “brings a lot to the table” and backed MS Dhoni to continue playing limited-overs cricket for India.”We started playing cricket under the leadership of MS Dhoni. He stood by us when there was nobody. He has guided and helped so many youngsters. He knows how to take team out of difficult situations. By virtue of his experience, he reads the situations perfectly. Just recently, he took the team out of troubled waters a couple of times. First batting with Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar) and then batting with me. His two innings against Australia too stood out.”In recent times, his performance has been no less than that of any other player in the team. You could see for yourself how Bumrah, Kuldeep, Chahal or any other bowler seek Dhoni’s advice. Standing behind the stumps, he (Dhoni) knows what the bowler is trying to do. Thus, he brings a lot to the table which many cannot understand. His inputs to bowlers are so important. He has won so many tournaments for India. His experience is huge. He is still in the team as a leader. He continues to guide all the boys and his inputs are valuable.”last_img read more

Dawid Malan called up as cover for Tom Curran for first T20I vs India

first_imgBatsman Dawid Malan has been called up as cover for injured England paceman Tom Curran for the first Twenty20 International against India on Tuesday.Seamer Curran, who last played for England in the one-day international win over New Zealand in March, is recovering from a side strain and is expected to be fit for the rest of the series.”Dawid Malan has been added to our IT20 squad for the match at Emirates Old Trafford,” the national team said on their official Twitter account.”He will cover for Tom Curran, who is still recovering from a side strain.”Malan, 30, has played five T20 matches for England, scoring 250 runs at a strike rate of 150.60. He has scored a half-century in all but one of his T20 appearances for his nation.After the three-match T20 series, England will host India in three ODIs and five Tests.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Asus ZenFone 6 leaks with unique Flip Camera, Snapdragon 855 chipset and massive 5000mAh battery

first_imgLast week, Asus teased its upcoming flagship smartphone for its global markets – the ZenFone 6. With limited leaks on the web and only a few official teasers (one of them confirming the headphone jack), it was seeming that the ZenFone 6 could be one of the few smartphones to launch after a while without any major leak. Turns out that this notion is negated as the entire specification list of the ZenFone 6 has been leaked along with official renders. And as always, Asus has surprised massively with a unique feature.The ZenFone 6 leak comes from a Chinese website called Sogi and reveals everything that we would have otherwise known only on May 16 at Asus’ global launch event. Similar to what the official teasers suggested, the ZenFone 6 gets a fullscreen display with slim bezels all around and a slightly thicker chin. Apart from the volume rockers and the power button, there’s a third button that seems to be what Asus teased as the Action Key – probably for initiating the camera or Google Assistant.The rear is where it gets interesting. Quite unusually, there’s a dual camera setup sitting on a weird Flip module. As the renders suggest, the rear camera flips and probably acts as the front camera. This implementation is quite similar to the camera arrangement on Samsung Galaxy A80 unveiled a few weeks ago. However, instead of the module sliding upward, the camera will flip open and turn around to act as the selfie camera. It’s still a mystery as to how the flip camera opens – is it motorised or controlled via a motor?advertisement Asus ZenFone 6 leaked rendersThe leak also gives out a specification sheet that seems believable for an Asus smartphone. As with all 2019 flagships, the ZenFone 6 is shown sporting a Snapdragon 855 chipset with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Weirdly, for a 2019 flagship, the phone is supposed to come with Android 8.1possibly with Asus’ ZenUI skin on top. Similar to its budget smartphones, Asus will shove a giant 5000mAh battery inside. The Flip module will hold a 48-megapixel primary camera along with a 12-megapxiel secondary camera.Lastly, the display with no notch will measure 6.3-inches. While the leak doesn’t mention what panel it will use, we assume that it could be an LCD panel given the thicker chin. The speculation for an LCD is also promoted by the fact there’s a fingerprint sensor at the back.At this point, it’s hard to believe this leak considering the previous leaks have talked about a sliding display. However, since the leak is also verified by Roland Quandt – a tipster who has a very good track record with smartphone leaks, the ZenFone 6 could end up very much like this. The unique camera arrangement could push the ZenFone 6 as a rival to the recently launched OnePlus 7 Pro.Asus will launch the ZenFone 6 on May 16 in Valencia and India is also supposed to get the phone very soon.ALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 6 specifications leak: Could be OnePlus 7 Pro rival with Snapdragon 855, headphone jackALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 6 spotted on AnTuTu with Snapdragon 855, scores slightly higher than Galaxy S10ALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 6 leak suggests it will be a conventional Android flagship with Snapdragon 855last_img read more

Joe Wickline, shots fired

first_imgI like to think Les Miles called a handful of plays for OSU last year. This conspiracy runs deep.— David Ubben (@davidubben) March 5, 2014Bizarre stuff, for sure, and OSU-Texas in November at a chilly BPS will be colder than it feels outside. I have no doubt that Gundy’s ego is outsized in Stillwater by only Marcus Smart’s guns. But Wick is on the wrong side of three wins in the last four years now and it’s not like Glenn Spencer and his defense need the bulletin board material.[1. I’m pretty sure the bulletin board in Glenn Spencer’s film room is just his tweets cut and pinned by some grad assistant making $11,000 a year.]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Here’s a quote from Wickline in that Oklahoman By no means…was it an easy decision, because of just the love for the (Stillwater) community and the love for the area and the respect for Oklahoma State, the Oklahoma people as a whole.Then the playcalling topic got brought up.Asked new Texas OC Joe Wickline if he ever called any plays at OSU: “We did it by committee there, also. How’s that?”— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) March 5, 2014Okkk…As Ubben pointed out, the 2013 OSU playcalling mess might be on an episode of CSI in 10 years.Who exactly was calling plays when at OSU last season may be the greatest mystery of our generation.— David Ubben (@davidubben) March 5, 2014 Joe Wickline emptied his chamber on Wednesday at a media outing in Austin. He was asked about Oklahoma State and ohh boy…Wickline on Shawn Watson, who is older than 40: “It’s good to work with a guy who doesn’t have a giant ego.”— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) March 5, 2014Hi, Gundy!He then said the decision to leave Stillwater for Austin was not as difficult as he made it out to be a few months ago..@GSwaim Before the ego answer, Wickline was asked if it was “difficult at all to leave Oklahoma State.” He said, “No, it wasn’t.”— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) March 5, 2014last_img read more

Venepandi Warns Ships of Incidents during Inspections

first_imgzoom During the mandatory antidrug underwater inspections in Venezuela prior to sailing, an increasing number of alleged incidents has been recorded, according to Venezuela’s P&I correspondent Venepandi.Namely, Masters of the ships being inspected were subject to extort and blackmail by the divers appointed by the terminals.Venezuelan local authorities established mandatory underwater inspections prior to sail overseas a few years ago within the efforts to fight drug smuggling. The inspections were introduced due to the recurring incidents with narcotics or other foreign objects being either attached to the ship’s hull, placed in the rudder trunk or inside any grid.The inspections must be usually covered by the terminal and the diving crew or company is also appointed by the terminal.“Unfortunately, we’ve recorded an increase number of incidents in some ports locally (specially Puerto Ordaz and Puerto la Cruz) with divers reporting, upon completion of the inspection, that either nuts, bolts and/or pin lock were found missing with the subsequent request to the Master to pay in cash to replace all the missing parts prior vessel departure or, in case of refusal, request the authorities to arrest the vessel on a basis that the underwater areas were ready to place foreign objects such as drugs,” Venepandi informed.The authority further said that the divers could be a possible cause for the parts to be missing and that therefore they have been doing this practice as a way to extort the vessels and receive extra cash in foreign currency for carrying out the parts replacement.To prevent such incidents from taking place, Venepandi informed that if no objects were found, the Master may simply refuse to pay the divers for the reinstalling of the parts as the ship-owners have the right to repair the ship anywhere else.Additionally, a verification may be conducted, with the presence of the National Guard if possible, upon each diver in order to ensure that they do not carry any tool they could use to remove the parts and blackmail the Master later.Further measures include appointing private divers and informing the P&I correspondent immediately in order to ensure that proper actions are taken timely and delays or arrest upon the vessels are avoided.last_img read more

School District selects name for new elementary school

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After months of decision making, the School District 60 Board of Trustees have finally decided on a name for the new elementary school that is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital.The new elementary school will now be known as Anne Roberts Young, the first registered nurse in Fort St. John.Board Chair, Ida Campbell, says the Board and Superintendent, Dave Sloan, decided to go with Anne Roberts Young, not only for historical reasoning but for the school’s proximity to the hospital. “Superintendent Dave Sloan believes the name is fitting given to the new school’s location across the street from the Fort St. John Hospital and Birthing Centre and the fact that Anne Roberts Young has dedicated so much of her professional life to providing healthcare in our community.”The new elementary school is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital at a cost of $31.3 million. Construction started in 2018 and will be complete by the Fall of 2020.last_img read more

Morocco and France Crisis Was Settled While Respecting National Sovereignty Head

Rabat – Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane said, on Thursday, that the crisis between Morocco and France was solved within a framework that respects national sovereignty and secures rights.Benkirane, who chaired the weekly cabinet meeting, congratulated the Justice Minister, on behalf of the government, for successfully conducting the mission that King Mohammed VI entrusted to him, concerning the settlement of the crisis between Morocco and France, within a framework that respects national sovereignty, secures rights and opens the way for reinforcing the strategic partnership with France, said Communication Minister, Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi at a press briefing following the meeting.El Khalfi added that the head of government commended the adoption by the house of representatives of the draft law on medicine which allows investors to have access to the capital of private clinics while providing guarantees concerning the independence of medical decisions. He also welcomed the initiative by the Ministry of Economy and Finance on the reference price for real estate transactions in the city of Casablanca, which is a revolutionary action that fosters tax fairness and trust between taxpayers and administration and ensures transparency in real estate transactions. read more

Stock markets dollar back off amid big misses in March job creation

North American stock markets were lower Friday as big disappointments from jobs statistics in both Canada and the United States raised fresh worries about the pace of the economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite index was off the worst levels of the session but still down 66.26 points at 12,296.79 after Statistics Canada reported the economy shed 54,500 jobs — all full time — in March. The unemployment rate rose by 0.2 per cent to 7.2 per cent.Generally speaking, economists had expected about 6,500 jobs to have been created last month, although BMO Capital Markets had suggested it might be as high as 18,000.The Canadian dollar tumbled 0.92 cents to 97.86 cents US in the wake of the weak data. The dollar was also punished by other data that showed a big increase in Canada’s merchandise trade deficit.U.S. markets also fell after the Labour Department reported that the economy only managed to crank out 88,000 jobs last month even as the jobless rate declined 0.1 per cent to 7.6 per cent.The Dow Jones industrials lost 98.88 points to 14,507.23, the Nasdaq composite index lost 32.97 points to 3,192.01 and the S&P 500 index shed 12.33 points to 1,547.65.“There’s not a lot to get joyful about in this mess,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital. “You have to say, it’s nice to be optimistic. But you have to get back to the land of reality and at the present time there’s more negative news than positive news.”Traders had started the week off expecting that the U.S. non-farm payrolls report would show that about 190,000 jobs were produced in March following a reading of 220,000 in February. But that was before the release of data over the past few days showing slower than expected expansion in both the manufacturing and service sectors, capped off with a report from payroll firm ADP that the economy created fewer than expected jobs in the private sector.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada also reported that the trade deficit widened from $746 million in January to $1 billion in February. Exports decreased 0.6 per cent to $38.5 billion, with shipments of metal and non-metallic mineral products contributing the most to the decline. The agency said that this was partially offset by an increase in motor vehicles and parts. Imports edged up 0.1 per cent to $39.5 billion.It has been a tough week on markets, with the TSX moving into the negative column for the year to date on worries about the pace of the U.S. economy and purchasing managers indexes from China that, while showing expansion, missed expectations.The resource-based TSX has been particularly pressured by mining stocks. Base metals are down 17.5 per cent so far this year, reflecting weak commodity prices amid a slow global economic recovery. And the gold sector has fallen 22.2 per cent as gold companies have suffered from bullion costs that haven’t kept pace with growing costs of getting the precious metal out of the ground.The more broadly-based Dow industrials is still up around 10 per cent for the year.Financials led the declines, down 1.6 per cent amid signs of further weakness in the Canadian economy and concerns that interest rates will stay ultra-low for even longer than expected.“Those people who have been saying interest rates will stay low until year end, I think they’re probably getting reinforcement of their opinion because I don’t see any reason why anybody would even think about raising rates in this environment,” added Ketchen.TD Bank fell $1.02 to $80.98 while Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) gave back 64 cents to $57.10. Industrials were down 0.68 per cent and Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) dropped 67 cents to $97.31.Prices for oil and metals were lower as May copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange slipped a penny to US$3.34 a pound. The metals sector lost 0.86 per cent as First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) declined 25 cents to C$18.36.TSX losses would have been even steeper if not for a one per cent gain in the gold sector as the weak jobs data pushed bullion prices higher after a string of declines this week, rising $13.50 to US$1,565.90 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 57 cents to C$32.52.The energy sector turned positive, up 0.16 per cent while the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 90 cents to US$92.36 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was 18 cents higher at C$31.10.Losses on European markets picked up after the jobs report as London’s FTSE 100 index, Frankfurt’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 all fell about 2.2 per cent.On the corporate front, clothing retailer Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. (TSX:RET.A) reported a net loss of $1.1 million or a penny per diluted share in its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter, reversing year-earlier profits of $4.7 million or seven cents per share. Revenue for the fourth quarter ended Feb. 2 totalled $267.7 million, up three per cent from just under $260 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2012 and its shares dropped 33 cents to $9.41. read more

US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline likely punting decision until after

US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline, likely punting decision until after Election Day President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 18, 2014, where he presented the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team. The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, indefinitely extending its review of the project.In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision — but declined to say how much longer. Officials said the decision will have to wait for the dust to settle in Nebraska, where a judge in February overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline’s path through the state.Nebraska’s Supreme Court isn’t expected to hear an appeal to that ruling until September or October, and there could be more legal manoeuvring after the high court rules. So President Barack Obama will almost surely have until after the November congressional elections to make the final call about whether the pipeline carrying oil from Canada should be built.Approving the pipeline before the election would rankle Obama’s allies and donors in the environmental community, but nixing it could be politically damaging to vulnerable Democrats running this year in conservative-leaning areas.“This decision is irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable,” said Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who faces a difficult re-election in oil-rich Louisiana. Landrieu said Obama was signalling that a small minority can tie up the process in the courts, sacrificing 42,000 jobs and billions in economic activity.In an ironic show of bipartisanship, Republicans joined Landrieu and other Democrats like Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska in immediately condemning the announcement — the latest in a string of delays in a review process that has dragged on for more than five years.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused Obama of kowtowing to “radical activists” from the environmental community, while House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the decision “shameful” and said there were no credible reasons for further delay.“This job-creating project has cleared every environmental hurdle and overwhelmingly passed the test of public opinion, yet it’s been blocked for more than 2,000 days,” Boehner said in a statement.But environmental groups fighting the pipeline hailed the delay, arguing that it shows the State Department is taking the arguments against the pipeline seriously.“This is definitely great news,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice-president for the League of Conservation Voters. “We are very confident as they continue to examine the issues with the lack of legal route in Nebraska and the terrible climate impacts, at the end of the day the pipeline will be rejected.”Keystone XL would carry oil from western Canada’s tar sands to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. The project requires State Department approval because it crosses an international border. The State Department vowed to move forward with other aspects of its review even while the situation in Nebraska remains in limbo.“The agency consultation process is not starting over,” the State Department said in a statement.State Department officials said other U.S. agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, won’t be notified of their new deadline for comment until the legal situation in Nebraska becomes clearer. At the core of the delay is a concern that the legal wrangling could lead to a change in the pipeline’s route that would affect agencies’ assessments, said the officials, who weren’t authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity.The White House has insisted that Secretary of State John Kerry is in charge of the process, which involves making a determination about whether the pipeline is in America’s national interest. But Obama is widely expected to make the final call.In a nod to environmentalists’ concerns, Obama has said the pipeline will be deemed not in the U.S. interest if it contributes significantly to increasing carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change. Environmentalists argue that the oil that’s pulled out of Canada’s tar sands is among the dirtiest on the planet.The White House declined to comment on the State Department’s announcement, which came on Friday afternoon, when many Americans were observing Good Friday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, accused the administration of “a stunning act of political cowardice” by waiting until most Americans would be too busy preparing for Easter or observing Passover to notice the delay.Obama and environmental groups dispute the notion that the pipeline would create many permanent jobs or have a substantial economic impact, but Obama has refused to say whether he will nix it. The 1,179-mile pipeline would travel through Montana and South Dakota to a hub in Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries in Texas.This isn’t the first time that machinations in Nebraska have delayed a Keystone XL decision. The pipeline’s initial route had to be redrawn to address concerns that it would threaten the Nebraska Sandhills, a region of grass-covered dunes used as ranchland.“We are disappointed that politics continue to delay a decision on Keystone XL,” said Jason MacDonald, a spokesman for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.The pipeline project has become a proxy for a larger battle between environmental activists and energy advocates over climate change and the future of American energy — much to the dismay of Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., which has proposed the pipeline. The company’s CEO, Russ Girling, said the company was “extremely disappointed and frustrated” with the latest delay.Environmentalists’ hopes that Obama would reject the pipeline were dealt a blow in January when the State Department, in a highly anticipated environmental report, said that building the pipeline would not significantly boost emissions because the oil was likely to find its way to market one way or another. The State Department concluded that transporting the oil by rail or truck would have an even worse environmental affect than building the pipeline.___Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee in Washington, Grant Schulte in Lincoln, Neb., and Charmaine Noronha in Toronto contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Lederman And Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2014 1:35 pm MDT read more

Fed survey US economy is improving across the country helped by warmer

Fed survey: US economy is improving across the country, helped by warmer weather AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2014 1:30 pm MDT WASHINGTON – A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy strengthening over the past two months in areas from manufacturing and construction to retail sales and bank lending.Seven of the Fed’s 12 regions — Boston, New York, Richmond, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco — reported “moderate” growth during the early spring, while the remaining five described growth as “modest,” according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday.Retail sales were reviving, helped by pent-up demand for new cars after the harsh winter, the survey found. Manufacturing was expanding in all regions, along with lending. One weakness was home sales, held back in large part by a tight supply of available homes.The Beige Book is based on anecdotal reports from businesses and will be considered along with other data when Fed policymakers meet June 17-18.Nothing in the report is likely to alter the widespread view that the Fed thinks the economy is reviving after a winter slowdown.“The picture painted by the collective anecdotes in today’s Beige Book may not illustrate robust growth, but it suggests the economy is at least moving in the right direction,” said Dana Saporta, an economist at Credit Suisse.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said it marked the 24th time out of 28 reports going back to early 2011 that the Fed has used “modest,” ”moderate” or often both words to describe the economy.Economists generally believe the Fed in June will pare its pace of monthly bond purchases by another $10 billion and pledge to keep its key short-term interest rate at a record low near zero for a “considerable” period after its bond purchases end.Beginning in December, the Fed has been reducing its bond purchases, which were designed to keep long-term rates low to spur spending and economic growth. The purchases, now at $45 billion a month, will likely be phased out entirely this fall.The Beige Book suggests that despite the spring rebound in activity, inflation remains contained and wage pressures subdued. Low inflation has given the Fed the leeway to keep interest rates exceptionally low to try to boost growth and lower unemployment.The Fed survey said the job market in much of the country has improved since its last Beige Book. Cleveland and Chicago reported increased demand for temporary workers. Several districts reported that employers were having trouble finding skilled workers.Manufacturing activity expanded in all 12 districts, with robust gains reported in the Boston, New York, Atlanta and Kansas City districts. Growth was especially strong at factories connected to the auto, aerospace and metal industries.Two-thirds of the Fed’s districts reported rising demand for bank loans. Particular strength was seen in New York and San Francisco. Demand for auto loans was strong, coinciding with reports of robust new-car sales.But the Boston, New York and Kansas City regions reported that home sales were being held back by low or dwindling supplies of available homes. Other regions also described availability as low.Fed Chair Janet Yellen has said that the Fed is monitoring conditions for any signs that the housing recovery is faltering. read more

All Of A Sudden The Rockets Are Dominant On Defense Too

Related: The Lab Back in October, when Draymond Green of the Warriors was asked to assess the Rockets’ offseason efforts to narrow the gap between Houston and Golden State, Green didn’t mince words.“They want [a matchup with us] to be a shootout, which is fine,” he said. “But we’re gonna play some defense. Yeah, we score pretty well. But we’re a damn good defensive team, too.” Green, last season’s defensive player of the year, was clearly implying that the same couldn’t be said for Houston, which ranked in the lower half of the league defensively the past two seasons.Green also seized upon a remark from Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni about neither team being able to stop the other. “I don’t know how serious they take defense with that comment,” he said.But a quarter of the way through the season, that question is no longer up for debate: Houston’s defense is elite, and it could finally make the Rockets balanced enough to challenge Golden State. With an immense focus on the Houston offense — specifically, its addition of nine-time All-Star Chris Paul and its continuing 3-point shot crusade — the team’s vast improvement on defense has flown beneath the radar. Entering Thursday’s game with the red-hot Utah Jazz, Houston’s defense is surrendering just 100.9 points per 100 possessions, fifth-best in the league. That defensive rating is slightly better than the Warriors’ and represents a night-and-day difference from last season, when the Rockets ranked just 18th, allowing 106.4 points per 100 possessions.A handful of things explain why the club’s defense has performed so well after a pair of lackluster defensive seasons. Among them: The Rockets have gotten much better at protecting the rim and other high-value spots on the court that once troubled them; the team’s weakest defenders are performing better (or getting luckier?) than they did in the past; and Houston has used its own scoring ability to pay dividends on the other end.Of course many of these improvements, if not all of them, stem from the same thing: the club’s getting solid, versatile defenders during the offseason. Paul’s track record on that end is well chronicled — he’s a perennial leader in steals. But because he was replacing fellow all-defensive first-team member Patrick Beverley, other pickups have had even greater opportunities to take the unit to new heights.Wing players PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute have been game changers for this defense, giving the Rockets — who already had one of the league’s very best perimeter defenders in an overburdened Trevor Ariza — the ability to switch assignments on the fly when teams set screens against them. They communicate well and don’t get lost backdoor (an area the Rockets struggled mightily with last season). And because both players are tall and strong enough to defend three different positions, Houston can use extremely quick smallball lineups with them, Paul and MVP candidate James Harden, who for years was criticized for his inattentive defense.To get a sense of how just valuable Tucker and Mbah a Moute have been as primary and help defenders, consider this: The Rockets are allowing just 94.1 points per 100 possessions with that duo on the floor this season, third-best in the NBA among two-man lineups that have shared at least 300 minutes together thus far. (Only Boston’s Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart and OKC’s Paul George and Andre Roberson have been better.) At times, Houston almost looks as though it’s playing a zone — with each defender responsible for a man and a half — because of how synchronized the defense is with Tucker and Mbah a Moute. Watch here, as the Nets struggle to get anywhere near the lane because of how every ballhandler sees two Rockets ready to make a play on the ball.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/almostzone.mp400:0000:0000:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Even when only one of them is in the game, reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, who has been fantastic this season on both ends, is another option aside from Ariza. And because of the trust that Tucker and Mbah a Moute have helped establish, Clint Capela and Nene, the team’s bigs, have felt comfortable wandering farther out on the perimeter to meet opposing ballhandlers. That was often a big mistake last season, when the Rockets ranked dead last in rim protection and allowed opponents to shoot 67 percent from inside the restricted area. (This season, Houston has leaped into the top half of the league on that defensive metric.)With smarter, more switchable defenders on the floor, the Rockets have also taken away many of the corner 3-point opportunities that were there for opponents in years past. And so far this season, Houston ranks among the NBA’s top 10 in limiting those attempts. That’s a big shift from last year, when the Rockets were among the 10 worst teams at stifling 3-point attempts from the corner, and the year before, when Houston’s opponents took a greater share of their 3-point attempts from the corner than any other team’s.Perhaps the biggest shift that has taken place this season: Out of nowhere, Houston has become the NBA’s best defensive-rebounding club, nabbing 81.4 percent of opponent’s misses. Limiting second chances is key for the Rockets, who ranked 21st last year and were last in 2015-16, Dwight Howard’s final season with the team.None of this is to say that the Rockets aren’t capable of backsliding on defense. One area they haven’t gotten better in, transition defense, is something an uptempo team like the Warriors could exploit. (We illustrated last season that Harden — despite his ridiculous passing ability — often gets back on defense slowly after a turnover or what he perceives to be a missed call.) And even though the Rockets have had no issues getting stops in half-court situations, there are indications that they’ve been the beneficiaries of good fortune at times. Only three teams (Cleveland, Orlando and New York) are surrendering higher-quality shots than Houston, according to data from Second Spectrum.Some of those looks have stemmed from opponents getting wide-eyed when they see an opportunity to go 1-on-1 against Harden or the slow-footed Ryan Anderson,1Anderson does look far better defensively than he has in years past, in part because of some weight he dropped during the offseason. who has been isolated more than anyone this season outside of the Lakers’ Julius Randle. Both players have held their own — especially Harden, who’s allowing one of the lowest scoring rates among guards2Who defend at least one isolation play per game and have played in at least 15 games. on those plays, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology. But it’s unclear whether that would hold up for an entire season (Anderson’s case is worth watching, because teams are challenging him 2.5 times a game).If anything, though, there’s reason to suspect that the Rockets could get even better on defense before the season concludes. Much has been made of the Harden-Paul duo, which has yet to fully jell because of Paul’s early-season injury. But if those two figure out how to play off each other and make an already impeccable offense even better, it will pay enormous dividends on the other side of the ball.Houston is sloppy with the ball and bad in transition defense, but they lead the NBA in defensive efficiency after a made basket this season, allowing just 95 points per 100 possessions, according to Inpredictable.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/fullgameposs.mp400:0000:0000:23Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.So, when it’s Rockets vs. Warriors, we aren’t going to see a 1990s-style Eastern Conference slugfest, in which the first team to 90 points wins, break out anytime soon. These teams shoot too well for that to happen. But it’s time to stop wondering whether Houston has the defensive horses to be mentioned in the same sentence with Golden State — this Rockets team is different. This Might Be James Harden’s Year read more

Midsomer Murders only has equal opportunities killers star says

The gratuitous  violence against women in crime dramas has infuriated critics for years, with accusations that female corpses far outweigh the men.Not so in Midsomer Murders, its star has claimed, after he insists it is an equal opportunities show.Neil Dudgeon, who has played DCI John Barnaby for seven years, has dismissed the criticism levelled at “Scandi noir and its dark British equivalents”, insisting their preference for murdering women did not extend to Midsomer.”We’ll bump off anybody on Midsomer Murders, we’re not at all choosy,” he told the Radio Times. “We wouldn’t do anything bad to an animal, and certainly not to children, but otherwise, we’re very equal ops murderers.” Neil Dudgeon, centre, as DCI Barnaby in Midsomer Murders Asked whether television crime drama had changed much throughout his career, the 57-year-old actor said: “Today you’ve got to have several murders and serial killers. “When I was a boy, watching Z Cars and Softly, Softly, they might have a bit of burglary, or shoplifting. “Now, if there were aliens who wanted to find out about our civilisation by watching television, they’d think half the planet spends all its time trying to figure out how to kill the other half.” Neil Dudgeon, centre, as DCI Barnaby in Midsomer Murders The torture of Elizabeth Debicki’s character in The Night Manager caused controversy  The torture of Elizabeth Debicki's character in The Night Manager caused controversy  Asked whether society was “scarred by all that killing” on screen, he added: “Nobody is watching Midsomer Murders and thinking, ‘Oh, that guy was on the roof of his castle when he saw a headless horseman and fell to his death from the roof… My God, that could have been me!’ Dramas including The Fall, The Bridge, and The Night Manager, have faced criticism for the level of violence against women shown on screen. Midsomer Murders has faced no such difficulties, building a dedicated fan club over its 20 years on screen and noted for its extraordinary death toll in the otherwise peaceful countryside.   Gillian Anderson in The Fall “Or seeing people who are supposed to have been kidnapped by aliens and entombed in plastic shells with goo inside. No one thinks, ‘That could happen to me when I’m walking the dog!'” Gillian Anderson in The Fall Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

INTERNATIONALLY Saudi Arabias ban on women driving officially ends

Saudi women are officially allowed to get behind the wheel, after a decades-old driving ban was lifted.The change was announced last September and Saudi Arabia issued the first licences to women earlier this month.It was the only country left in the world where women could not drive and families had to hire private chauffeurs for female relatives.However, the move comes amid an intensified crackdown on activists who campaigned for the right to drive.At least eight women’s rights activists are being detained and could face trial in a counter-terrorism court and long prison sentences for their activism, human rights group Amnesty says.They include Loujain al-Hathloul, a well-known figure in the campaign for women’s driving rights.Amnesty has also called for wider reforms in Saudi Arabia, where women remain subject to male guardianship laws.Human rights groups in the kingdom have campaigned for years to allow women to drive. Dozens of women were arrested for driving in Riyadh in 1990 and some Saudi women began posting videos of themselves at the wheel in 2008, and between 2011 and 2014.Thousands of women could soon take to the roads. (BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIMF chief warns of ‘dark future’ over climate changeOctober 24, 2017In “Environment”Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric, 46 others, CNN reportsJanuary 2, 2016In “latest news”Khashoggi murder “planned days in advance” – Turkey’s ErdoganOctober 23, 2018In “World” read more

Golden Star achieves full ICMI certification at BogosoPrestea gold mine

first_imgGolden Star Resources has been fully certified by the International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) at its Bogoso/Prestea mine. Tom Mair, President and CEO, said, “We are very pleased to have completed the process for certification under ICMI standards at Bogoso. We now have both our operating sites certified. This accomplishment is a clear demonstration that Golden Star is dedicated to working to the highest standards to protect our environment, our employees, and the communities in which we operate.”Golden Star holds a 90% equity interest in Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Ltd and Golden Star (Wassa) Ltd, which respectively own the Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa/HBB open-pit gold mines in Ghana. In addition, Golden Star has an 81% interest in the currently inactive Prestea underground mine in Ghana, as well as gold exploration interests elsewhere in Ghana, in other parts of West Africa, and in Brazil.last_img read more

Argentina beats Brazil wins PanAmerican games

argentinabrazilpan americanpan-american gamesepanamerican ← Previous Story Tahirovic accepts HSV Hamburg offer, signs 1-year deal! Next Story → Gheorghe Tadici again Romania (W) coach! Argentinians have triumphed yet again against their fiercest rivals at the Pan-American games. In a very tight match, the   “Gauchos” beat Brazil with 22-21, despite the Brazilians having the last attack – they hadn’t had enough time to conclude their attack, and this saw Argentina winning the gold medal again, now their 3rd victory against Brazil in a row at major PanAmerican events.Chile won the third place with a 36-27 victory over Uruguay. read more

Pacific Northwest timber industry: As prices slide, job fears grow

first_imgLumber prices have plummeted over the past 10 months, casting an uncertain pall on a sector that’s been a harbinger of economic downturn in the past. It’s worrying news for Cowlitz County, home to more forest product jobs than any other county in the state.After peaking at $582 per 1,000 board feet in May 2018, the price of Douglas fir is down to $390 this month, according to Nasdaq commodities data, and experts are unsure of what to expect next.“We’ll see some slowness this year, maybe continuing into 2020, but then longterm the potential is still there for growth,” forecasts Daniel Stuber, vice president of operations at Forest2Market, which reports on the industry. But that growth is far from certain.Prices reached record highs last year and the drop could be a rebound back to normal, Stuber said. But global tariffs are slowing lumber exports, and investments in the southern U.S. could make Pacific Northwest lumber less competitive. And there are troubling hints of slowing housing construction, with housing starts and building permits both lower this year than in 2018.If construction continues to stall, the 12,300 Cowlitz County residents whose jobs are tied to logging and wood products processing could be the first to feel an economic slowdown that has the potential to reach far beyond local sawmills.last_img read more

Guardiola hails Man Citys outstanding victory

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was full of praise for his side following their 3-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions LeagueThe Citizens swept aside their Ukrainian opponents through goals from David Silva, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva at the Metalist Stadium.In what could have been a tricky game, City completely dominated proceedings and sit top of Group F with six points from three games.“First half we were outstanding,” said Guardiola on the club website. “We made a very good performance. We controlled it.“Second half, they push a lot with five, six players in front. It was complicated but every time we regained the ball and ran, we made a good chance on the counter-attack.“It’s an amazing result. We have recovered [from defeat to Lyon] with the result in Germany and here.“It’s in our hands. Win our games at home and we will be in the next stage.”City managed a total of 24 shots in the game and were unfortunate to not have scored more goals after Silva hit the woodwork twice and Raheem Sterling’s shot also hit the bar in injury time.“We are together three seasons, we know each other better,” Guardiola said.“We work a lot and know what we can do better. It’s normal.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Three years together, we are better than the first year.”The Catalan coach is aware that City’s Champions League fate is now in their hands and added that finishing in first place in Group F is the target.“If we can beat Shakhtar next game, they cannot get it [qualification],” he said.“We want to finish first in the group.“After the defeat to Lyon, we were under pressure. Today we played really good. We were able to win here. Today we played very well.”FULL-TIME | How great was that, hey?First English team to win at Shakhtar? City, that… 👏🔶 0-3 💙 #fcsdvcity #mancity pic.twitter.com/QWsyKThrTE— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 23, 2018last_img read more

14yearold accused of carjacking punching elderly man unloading groceries

first_imgPolice say the 14-year-old suspect is now facing charges of carjacking, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and elderly abuse.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SAN JOSE, Calif. (WSVN) — A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after he was accused of carjacking and punching an elderly man outside of his California man.According to KTVU, Hector Estrada, 72, said he was unloading groceries from his car when a teenager confronted him with a gun and demanded his keys.Estrada refused, but the teen grabbed the keys anyway and and jumped into the car.Surveillance video shows Estrada trying to pull the teen out of the car, but the teen then starts punching him multiple times.Estrada said the teen’s punches ended up breaking his glasses, leaving him with cuts on his face.“That’s how I got all these cuts. Then I started bleeding so I couldn’t see anymore,” said Estrada.The suspect ultimately got away. However police said he ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle. He was arrested shortly after fleeing that scene. last_img read more

Deputy Chief Mnister Amzath Basha asks Muslims to strive for

first_imgKadapa: Bakrid (Eid-al-Adha) festival was celebrated with religious fervour across the district on Monday and Muslims in large numbers offered special prayers at the mosques since morning.Deputy Chief Mnister Amzath Basha performed prayers at Halima Sadia grounds at Mamillapalle grounds and addressed the gathering. He said Eid-al-Adha is meant to sacrifice. While wishing India to be in the top position in all fronts irrespective of religions, the deputy chief minister has called upon the Muslims to play crucial role in protecting the integrity of the nation. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us He hoped there would be timely rains and the farmers would get rich yield in cultivation. He said that government is keen on improving the living standards of Muslims by introducing various welfare schemes. He said that state is witnessing rampant development in all fronts under the leadership of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. Religious elders and leaders were present.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 Only these three characters will survive the

first_imgGame of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeIn the final season of Game of Thrones, we are going to see the death of several of our beloved characters. It won’t come as a surprise if fan favorite characters like Daenerys Targaryen, Jaime Lannister, and others will die before the end. As per recent speculation, there are only three characters that will survive Game of Thrones’ ending and if these theories are true then there are going to be several heartbreaks in the upcoming season.In the very beginning, when George RR Martin planned the book series, there were five characters designed to survive all the books. In his letters that date back to 1993, Martin stated that Daenerys, Arya, Jon, Bran, and Tyrion will survive as his stories were about characters “growing from children to adults and changing themselves and the world in the process. In a sense, my trilogy is almost a generational saga, telling the life stories of these five characters.”Although the story has gone through several changes and thus the fate of Game of Thrones characters have changed drastically. That being said, the future of several of our beloved characters is in the grey area. Jon Snow reunion with Arya StarkGame of Thrones/FacebookHowever, as per a recent Reddit speculation, there are only a few characters who will survive the end. As per the speculations, only the true Starks will survive the final battle. That means Bran, Arya, and Sansa Stark will make it to the end. Since Jon Snow is not a Stark per se, he may die by the hands of Night King or Cersei Lannister. At the same time, George RR Martin has promised a bittersweet ending so anything can be possible.Meanwhile, Game of Thrones alum, Sean Bean has also talked about the survival of fittest in the show. In the fantasy drama, Sean played the role of Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, Warden of the North, who was executed in the very first season. As per the acclaimed actor, only Arya Stark will be the only Stark kid who will survive the final battle.In an earlier interview, Sean Bean predicted that out of the remaining Stark kids, only Arya will last and maybe “she’ll be on the throne.” It makes sense that Arya survives Game of Thrones ending. She is a trained assassin as she has proved her skills in the previous seasons. She can also change face at any moment, which can help her killing people from her kill list.Game of Thrones is returning with its last and final season in April and we will soon get to know which characters are surviving the end or to break all the hearts, all men will die!last_img read more