RCB vs KKR: Sunil Narine equals fastest fifty record in IPL

first_imgSunil Narine slammed the fastest fifty in the history of the Indian Premier League off just 15 balls as the Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 159 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore to win by six wickets in Bengaluru on Sunday.He equalled Yusuf Pathan’s 15-ball effort versus the Sunrisers Hyderabad back in 2014 in Kolkata.This is also the fastest fifty in this year’s IPL. Narine overtook his strike-partner Chris Lynn, who had scored a 19-ball fifty during his unbeaten knock of 93 in KKR’s first game of the season against the Gujarat Lions.Gautam Gambhir dropped down the order allowing Narine to open the innings along with the returning Lynn and he hit the ground running right from the word go. Lynn started hitting the bowlers all around the park and Narine soon followed suit. Once he started, there was no stopping him as he dominated strike and the bowlers, especially Samuel Badree, whom he smashed for three back-to-back sixes, taking 25 runs off the over.He continued the assault in the next over, hitting three back-to-back boundaries off Sreenath Aravind, before finally getting to his fifty with a huge six over long-on.However, his assault finally came to an end when he was out for 54 off just 17 balls after top edging a Aniket Choudhary bouncer to Kedar Jadhav.Narine hit six fours and four sixes in his career-best T20 knock of 54.This is the second time the Trinadadian took a liking for the RCB bowlers and Samuel Badree in particular as he hammered 34 the last time these two sides met in Kolkata. Kolkata bowled out Bangalore for a record 49 in that match and won by 82 runs and Narine ended as the top scorer.advertisementHis power-hitting also ensured that KKR (105/0) score the most runs in the power-play, overtaking Chennai Super Kings, who had scored 100/2 against the Mumbai Indians back in 2014.last_img read more

NY Shootout: Nets Whack Knicks

first_imgNEW YORK — Deron Williams’ ankle problems are over and so is the New York Knicks’ winning streak in Brooklyn.Williams scored a season-high 29 points and the Nets beat the Knicks 110-99 on Nov. 7 in the first meeting this season between the city rivals.Brook Lopez added 20 points and nine rebounds, and Joe Johnson scored 18 for the Nets, who had beaten the Knicks just once on their home floor since moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012.The Knicks had won the last three meetings here, but the Nets clearly looked like the best team in the Big Apple on this night.That was largely because of Williams, who had off-season surgery on both ankles after battling problems ever since the Nets changed addresses.“Last two years have been a struggle,” Williams said. “They’re behind me now, looking forward to this one and we got a great win tonight.”Williams had only one 30-point game last season, but might’ve gotten there if this one was close and he had to play more. The former All-Star danced around the Knicks for 10-of-15 shooting and six assists.Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points but shot 5-of-20 for the Knicks, who dropped their third in a row. They came in 29th in the NBA in scoring at 89.8 points per game, but the bigger problem was a defense that allowed the Nets to shoot 51 percent from the field and make 14 of 24 3-pointers (58 percent).“I thought that kept us in the lead. Every time they made a run we’d hit a 3,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “The shooting was spectacular.”With point guards Jose Calderon (strained right calf) and Pablo Prigioni (sprained right ankle) sidelined, the Knicks started Tim Hardaway Jr. in the backcourt with Iman Shumpert. Hardaway scored 16 points and Shumpert had 11.The crowd was divided as usual, though the Nets fans were much louder as the lead grew, while filmmaker and Knicks fan Spike Lee sat glumly near the Knicks’ bench for much of the second half.There were high hopes for the rivalry when the Nets moved to Brooklyn, and the teams split four meetings that first season and plenty of trash talk the following summer. But it was a dud last season, when none of the four games was close.This one was more of the same, with the Nets making their first five 3-pointers in racing to a 30-20 lead after one quarter. They shot only 5-of-17 overall in the second, but still pushed their lead to 55-42 at halftime.A 9-2 burst out of the locker room made it 64-44 on a three-point play by Lopez, and the Nets were comfortably ahead from there.“We’ve got to put out a lot more effort on the defensive end for sure,” Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire said. “We’re still learning the offense, but in the process of doing that we’ve got to make sure we have the effort defensively. We’re letting the offense affect us defensively and we’ve got to stop that.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bowlers are in a great space but batsmen need to step up in Australia: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia’s main focus at this point in time remains on the batsmen will perform on the tour of Australia as that was the only area where the team was found lacking in their previous Test series in England, according to captain Virat Kohli.Earlier this year the Indian team toured England for a series of five Test matches in which Kohli emerged as the highest run-scorer from either side with 593 runs at an average of over 59 but the rest of the batsmen from the home team failed to match up to those levels.KL Rahul had the next best tally with 299 runs while Cheteshwar Pujara had the next best average at 39.71.Also Read – Watch out Australia! Virat Kohli is coming and he is not aloneBut it was the collective failure of the top-order which led to India’s downfall in the series which they lost 4-1. Kohli was time and again seen waging a lone battle in the Test matches with minimal support from the other end.That is why the team is more focussed on improving its performance with the bat in Australia, where they will play a series of four Tests starting December 6.Also Read – Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah remain on top of ICC ODI rankings”We are all feeling good about the fact that we have a great bowling attack but the batsmen need to step up as well, which we have spoken as a team after the England tour. And everyone’s really keen to correct those things and put in a complete performance,” Kohli said at a press conference in Mumbai on Thursday before their departure to Australia.advertisementAustralia without Smith, Warner is like India minus Kohli, Rohit: Sourav Ganguly”We put in a complete performance for a game in England (3rd Test at Nottingham) but we want that to last for a series, which is why people have to take more ownership in every Test match that we play. And our focus more will be on how the batsmen bat well together on this tour,” he added.Indian bowlers were at the top of their game in England where they managed to pick up 20 wickets in three Tests (Birmingham, Nottingham and Southampton).Read – Australia brace for a summer of battle against Virat KohliThe bowling attack was led by the experienced Ishant Sharma, who finished as the second highest wicket-taker with 18 scalps. Mohammed Shami (16 wickets), Jasprit Bumrah (14 wickets) and Hardik Pandya (10 wickets) also performed better than their English counterparts on some occasions which is why the team is feeling very confident of a similar performance in Australia.Also Read – India’s pace battery begins preparations for Australia tour”The bowlers are in a great space and they know exactly what they have to do. After a long time we feel like we can pick up 20 wickets in every Test match. Which is a great feeling to have but the whole combination has to come together for us to win a series and not just one Test match and feel happy about it,” Kohli said.The 30-year-old also feels that the current team is also fitter than the one which toured in Australia in 2014-15.”From the last time we went there, the fitness levels are way up. Which I think is the most important factor in Australia because the pitches there can get boring sometimes.”The Kookaburra ball doesn’t move so much there. It’s about patience and it’s about maintaining that pace which you start your day with and maintaining that same pace throughout the day.India’s tour of Australia will begin with a series of 3 T20Is from November 21 following which they will play four Tests from December 6. The tour will conclude with a three-match ODI series from January 12-18 next year.last_img read more

CBSE Board Exams 2019: Check the list of least taken exams

first_imgThe Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has concluded the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams. The board has begun with the evaluation process for more than 31 lakh students who appeared for the board exams this year. This year, the board exam for Physical Education witnessed the highest number of students i.e. more than 7 lakh students appeared for the exam.CBSE Board Exams 2019: Least taken subjects: According to the data released by the board, the least taken subjects include:Carnatic MusicMohiniyattam DanceHealth Centre ManagementTheatre studiesLibrary information science for Class 12Languages like Bhutia, Lepcha, Limboo, Tanghkul etc.CBSE Board Exams 2019: Take a look at the dataAs per the information, only one student appeared for Human Rights exam and Theatre Studies exam in the state of Haryana.Only five students appeared for Library and Information Science across the nation.Apart from this, only 12 students appeared for Philosophy.CBSE Board Exam 2019: Special Exam PolicyThis year, CBSE also introduced ‘Special Exam Policy’ for students who participate in national, international level sports recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports at ‘mutually convenient dates’.As per the official statement by the board, the advantage of ‘Special Exam Policy’ was availed in 14 cases.Read: TS Inter Result 2019: Here’s how to check Telangana Board result for 1st, 2nd year @ results.cgg.gov.inAlso read: This school promises to provide extra 10 marks to students who urge parents to votelast_img read more

India my favourite team since the start of World Cup 2019: Kamran Akmal

first_imgPakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal wished good luck to both India and New Zealand ahead of the first semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup and said India has been his favourite team since the start of the tournament.India won 7 out of their 9 league matches to top the table. Australia finished second, England were third while New Zealand who shared 11 points with Pakistan, qualified for the semi-finals thanks to a superior net run rate.India had defeated Pakistan in Manchester on June 16. The Pakistan team was slammed for its insipid performance in the high-profile game. However, Pakistan bounced back to stay in the hunt for the semis after that defeat. But they needed a huge victory margin over Bangladesh to stand a chance of qualifying for the last four,First semifinal of #cwc19 good luck to both teams…but from the start of the tournament my favourite is team india #indiavsNewzealand may the best team winsKamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) July 9, 2019India and New Zealand were the only unbeaten teams in the World Cup for a while before the Black Caps lost 3 matches. India lost their only game to hosts England and that result further complicated Pakistan’s chances of reaching the knockout stage.This is the 7th time India are in the semi-finals of a World Cup while New Zealand have made it to semis for the 8th time.Also Read | World Cup 2019: You might call it a semi-final, for us it’s another game, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Rohit Sharma’s form in World Cup 2019 no surprise, says Ravi Shastriadvertisementlast_img read more



Notebook: Oklahoma State and Central Arkansas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I posted my 10 thoughts on OSU and Central Arkansas earlier tonight, but it’s time to empty the notebook. Here are all the things I took note of or thought during OSU’s 32-8 win over Central Arkansas.• I’m not sure how many of you had to endure, like I did, the pregame of the Baylor-Lamar game, but I’ve seen better-produced stuff from the office bedroom I work out of. It was grotesque. And then Baylor almost scored 70. Le sigh.• Sometimes it feels like Mike Yurcich treats Mason Rudolph like he’s Donovan Woods, doesn’t it?• Did the field get a makeover from last year or am I still traumatized from all those years of yellow-orange “Cowboys” and fake grass that looked more black than it did green?• I’m glad we didn’t schedule Stamford.• The announcing crew (which was halfway decent for a FXSW game) noted that J.W. was really handling losing his starting job well and praised him for staying at OSU when almost every team in the country wanted him. Is that a true narrative or are we just saying it until we believe it?• Two quickies on the offense: 1. It’s wild how when you go deep to playmakers, good things happen, isn’t it? 2. If you’re not going to go deep, you could throw 8-yard comebacks until you got to the other team’s 10-yard-line. Like, I think Mason Rudolph could start on OSU 1-yard-line and complete 11 straight 8-yard-comebacks underneath to Brandon Sheperd. Why do we only attempt to do this a handful of times a game (and I’m being generous)?• Speaking of routes, the out to James Washington is one of my favorites. They’ve completed it in both games so far this year. And speaking of James Washington …James Washington with the circus catch on a pass interference call. pic.twitter.com/u5jDt5R7J1— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2015• OSU had 12 different receivers catch passes on Saturday. That’s more than an Army QB finds over the course of a four-year career even if he starts all four years. I searched for the school and NCAA records but couldn’t find either. Somebody let me know if you have them.• The referee could have been Markel Brown’s uncle.• It goes without saying, but 4.7 yards per attempt rushing against FCS teams is not going to get the job done.• True or false: There will be at least one OSU family who lists “Jalen McCleskey” as the cause of death on a death certificate for an elderly family member over the next four years.• Yes.Going to take a lot more than that to keep @david6glidden out of the endzone. #okstate pic.twitter.com/W9tREv0Lcy— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 13, 2015• How down does OSU play to its competition (especially on offense). That’s one big picture thing I’d love to change about the Gundy era. You should be burying teams like Central Arkansas.• I absolutely loved UCA’s flea flicker and subsequent two-point conversion. Not that it matters a ton, but they showed more giddy-up in those two plays than OSU has on offense all season. Like they just enjoyed being out there making Dana Holgorsen proud.• One of my favorite parts of the game was Glenn Spencer running down Ashton Lampkin in the middle of the fourth quarter after he made a third down play in a FCS game that had long been put away. That’s what makes him Glenn Spencer.• UCA had as many fourth down conversions (2/3) as it did third down conversions (2/15).• On putting the game away: Nobody ever thought that outcome was in question, right? The poor announcer were trying to pump up UCA during the stretch when OSU only led by 12 and talk everybody into the fact that this could be Jacksonville State-Auburn II. No.• I would rather Rudolph not be throwing big blocks on reverses in the fourth quarter against FCS teams. Might just be me though.• What’s our YPA on quick-snap runs over the course of the Mike Gundy era? Can’t be higher than like 1.5 yards, but man, we sure like that call. Like a high school pitcher who struck somebody out with a nasty splitter in 9th grade and then hung the next 39 consecutively.• The throw of the game was Rudolph2Glidden deep over the middle in the fourth quarter. Seed.Thought this was the throw of the game tonight. pic.twitter.com/6mmwrhlkko— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 13, 2015• Gundy continues to use J.W. perfectly inside the red zone. I absolutely love what he brings to the table as a specialty QB who can even roll out and throw it a little bit. The ultimate X-factor.• Was that the quietest near-600-yard outing in Oklahoma State history?• Zero turnovers for UCA on Saturday. Do you think Glenn Spencer will eat an intern or just rock out 500 skull crushers before Monday morning?• Player (and play?) of the game.Ta-da! #okstate pic.twitter.com/mh73mJENoJ— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) September 13, 2015last_img read more

England more in the know despite losing series in West Indies

first_img Support The Guardian Cricket Read more Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Instead, for two entire Test matches West Indies were more disciplined and more streetwise than their opponents, daring in their choice of playing surfaces yet canny in their play. They systematically overcame England because their bowlers were unrelenting as well as hostile and their batsmen unfashionably patient.In short until arriving in St Lucia they were more professional than Root’s side, who were tempted into playing fancy, over-theoretical cricket at the start of the series. After England’s success in Sri Lanka perhaps they thought they could skip the hard yards.Now, in advance of a momentous summer, it is time to try to make sense of it all from an English perspective and who better to turn to at such a difficult time than Donald Rumsfeld? There are some known unknowns but the known knowns should come first. They are not very encouraging since they focus mostly on players about to be discarded. England cricket team Show The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. features Trevor Bayliss offered encouraging words about Keaton Jennings. “He’s desperate to do well and we probably haven’t got a harder worker on the team. He does a lot of work away from the group in sessions with Mark Ramprakash and he’s a student of the game,” he said, but that does not reassure. Jennings does everything right off the field and still he struggles to deliver.Likewise Adil Rashid is unlikely to encounter a red ball in an England shirt for a while, if ever again. That may just be possible in Sri Lanka in 13 months but a lot can happen in that time. More unjustly Ben Foakes has been discarded as England revert to their old regime in the batting order. “Jonny [Bairstow] is happier down the list,” said Bayliss, “and his record down there is one of our better ones.” This raised two questions: is the experiment with Bairstow at No 3 over? Is that bad news for Foakes? Which prompted the answers “Yes” and “Yes, unfortunately”. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe It has been a puzzling series which defied the bookmakers and the pundits. For West Indies it was an uplifting one as they regained the Wisden Trophy in the space of seven days’ play, yet there was still the feeling at the end of the final Test that their resurgence is as fragile as a spider’s web.Take away the captain, Jason Holder, as happened on their recent tour of Bangladesh and in St Lucia this week, and the bright new edifice can crumple. Yet West Indies overran England in Barbados and Antigua not thanks to freakish career-best contributions from two of their team, which was the case at Headingley in 2017 when Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope held sway after Joe Root’s declaration. The most encouraging known known has stemmed from the form of Ben Stokes. Since the incident in Bristol Stokes the batsman had been a less dangerous proposition. Eighteen months ago opponents were fearful of what he might do at the crease but since then he has batted so responsibly that he could always be controlled if not dismissed. As a breed, bowlers like that kind of comfort.Bayliss welcomes a change of emphasis. “We saw Stokes get back to his free-flowing approach, trying to dominate the attack.” The coach is clearly aware of the peculiar challenges that Stokes has endured over the past 18 months. “You don’t know how that affects people. He can be fairly hard to read sometimes. He keeps things pretty close to the chest. Deep down he is a good guy, a family man.“He is a very sensitive bloke as well but he is a tough character on the field and he will not back down from anything. He is a leader within the team whether he has vice-captain next to his name or not, and they follow him.” We can take it as a known known that Bayliss is desperate to have him on board in this summer’s Ashes campaign. Root joins Murray and Southgate in standing up for social tolerance Now for the known unknowns. Bayliss acknowledges that finding a functioning top three remains a problem and it is still no clearer who they should be. So it is possible to plonk Rory Burns and Joe Denly in the category of known unknowns. Glimpse them for half an hour in a Test they do not look out of place – and they are lumbered with batting when life is most difficult – but Burns in particular has an all too familiar return after six Tests (he averages 25).Some familiar alternatives were mentioned by Bayliss: Jason Roy and James Vince. “If those two guys come out and score runs, they’ll be in the mix,” he said. Then someone mentioned Ian Bell – apparently Michael Vaughan has yo-yoed him back into contention – and a slightly surprised Bayliss eventually responded, “You never say never at all.”More positively Mark Wood has graduated into a known unknown. He bowled fast in St Lucia and it was a captivating sight for punters and coaches alike.Bayliss recalled telling him he was out of the one-day team last year. “He was a little angry and went into the nets and tried to knock the batter’s head off. And I said to him afterwards: ‘Mate, that’s it. That is what we want to see from you every single time you bowl.’” Wood delivered in St Lucia and Bayliss was excited but it is by no means certain whether he can do it again and again. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more West Indies cricket team Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Tim de Lisle England in West Indies 2019 Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Topics Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Was this helpful? … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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10 months agoRoma great Pruzzo calls for Mourinho move

first_imgRoma great Pruzzo calls for Mourinho moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma great Roberto Pruzzo would like to see them move for former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.Eusebio di Francesco is under pressure at Roma and Pruzzo believes Mourinho should be considered.Pruzzo told Corriere dello Sport: “One wonders why some players have been sold and why others have been bought because there is no playing model in Rome. “This team, more than anything, does not excite. It lacks great champions. “If Di Francesco were to be fired, Roma would need someone like Mourinho, even though it may be a dream.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Virat Kohli chills out at Jolly beach with teammates ahead of 1st Test vs West Indies

first_imgVirat Kohli chills out at Jolly beach with teammates ahead of 1st Test vs West IndiesThe Indian team players relaxed at the beach in North Sound before their first Test against West Indies in Antigua which starts from August 22.advertisement India Today Web Desk AntiguaAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 16:32 IST This picture was posted by Virat Kohli on his Instagram page (Virat Kohli Instagram Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli along with some of his teammates and India support staff hit the beach in AntiguaIndia and West Indies will square off in the 2-match Test series starting in North Sound on August 22India had whitewashed the Windies in both the T20I and ODI seriesTeam India players took a much-needed break from their hectic schedule and training sessions to spend a day out on the beach in North Sound before they take on the West Indies in the first Test of the two-match series in Antigua on Thursday.Captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Mayank Agarwal were seen flaunting their abs in a picture they took along with the support staff members on the picturesque Jolly beach.”Stunning day at the beach with the boys,” Virat Kohli captioned the picture posted on his Instagram page.Kohli has quite a few upcoming milestones to look forward to ahead of the Test series as he is bidding to become the first Indian captain to win two Test series in the West Indies. The 30-year-old had won his first Test series outside the sub-continent in the West Indies when the Indian team had last toured here in 2016.Kohli is also a win away from equalling MS Dhoni’s record as the most victories by an Indian skipper in the longest format. He currently has 26 wins from 46 matches while his predecessor had 27 wins in 60. A 2-0 series win will see Kohli become India’s most successful captain in Tests.advertisementUnder Kohli’s captaincy, India have won 23 and lost 8 out of the 38 Tests they have played since 2016 to end up with a win-loss ratio of 2.875 which is the best among all other Test-playing nations.Another win for Kohli will also see him overtake Sourav Ganguly’s record for the most overseas Test wins by an Indian skipper with 12. If Kohli hits a century in the next two Tests he will also equal Australia’s Ricky Ponting’s tally of 19 Test tons as a skipper.Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith is at the top spot with 25 centuries to his name in 109 Test matches, including 17 centuries in 56 overseas Tests.India had whitewashed Windies in both the T20I and ODI series and are expected to do the same in the two-match Test series, which will also see the two teams beginning their campaign in World Test Championship.Also Read | India look to maintain 17-year unbeaten streak in Test cricket against West IndiesAlso Read | Competition in Test cricket has gone up two-folds in last couple of years: Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit or Rahane? Big selection dilemma for Kohli ahead of 1st TestFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Rohit Sharmalast_img read more

Four Sauce and Spice Producers to Be Certified

first_img The funds will also be used to implement a marketing programme for the sauces and spices industry in four states in the United States of America. Four companies that produce sauces and spices are to receive food-safety certification this fiscal year as the Government works to increase the competitiveness of food-processing entities, particularly in the export markets. Four companies that produce sauces and spices are to receive food-safety certification this fiscal year as the Government works to increase the competitiveness of food-processing entities, particularly in the export markets.This will bring to six the number of firms in this industry to receive certification under the Economic Partnership Agreement II (EPA II) Capacity Building Project.The project aims to support the Government in addressing trade deficits, accelerate exports, enhance competitiveness and integrate the economy into global markets.A sum of $108.3 million has been allotted in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure for the project to undertake the certification exercise along with other activities.The funds will also be used to implement a marketing programme for the sauces and spices industry in four states in the United States of America.In addition, the money will go towards the completion of a farmer-registration programme for the coffee industry, as well as the launch of a financing and insurance programme and completion of a seedling distribution programme.Up to December 2017, the project supported 10 firms in the sauces and spices industry and four others in the coffee industry.Additionally, the laboratories of the Plant Protection Unit within the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries were upgraded.The project, which was originally slated to end in December 2017, was extended and is now scheduled to end in December 2019.It is being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) with funding support from the European Union (EU). The project aims to support the Government in addressing trade deficits, accelerate exports, enhance competitiveness and integrate the economy into global markets. Story Highlightslast_img read more

World’s Largest Asphalt Carrier to Sail Under BV Class

first_imgzoom French classification society Bureau Veritas is classing the 37,000 dwt asphalt carrier Asphalt Splendor, recently delivered to US-based transport company Sargeant Marine. Asphalt Splendor can carry hot liquid asphalt at temperatures up to 170 degrees C in sixteen independent tanks with a total capacity of 35,666 cum.“The high cargo temperatures in asphalt carriers place special demands on structure, construction quality and equipment,” Philippe Donche-Gay, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas, said.Featuring a length of 179.90 meters and a breadth of 30.6 meters, the vessel, built at Avic Dingheng, China, is one of a series of two designed by Chinese design institute SDARI in co-operation with Sargeant.“We are looking forward to the second of these new vessels, also BV classed, which give us a distinct advantage in the marketplace, as there is truly nothing like this out there,” Dan Sargeant, President, Sargeant Marine, said.last_img read more

Fairview Terminal Expansion Completed at Rupert Port

first_imgzoom Canada’s Port of Prince Rupert can now accommodate the largest container vessels in the world, following DP World’s expansion of the port’s Fairview Container Terminal.Following the conclusion of the two-year “Phase 2 North” expansion project, the terminal’s annual throughput capacity will grow from 850,000 to 1.35 million TEUs.The terminal now includes a second vessel berth serviced by three new “big ship ready” Malacca-max cranes, allowing 20,000+ TEU vessels to access the terminal through one of the deepest port harbors in the world. In addition, 6,000 more feet of on-dock rail and an 11-hectare increase to the terminal footprint are expected to improve terminal services.Since its conversion from a break-bulk facility in 2007, Fairview Container Terminal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing container terminals in North America, according to the Port of Prince Rupert.“Prince Rupert’s success has been driven by its … geographical position on the trans-Pacific trade route, its high terminal productivity, and its consistently low dwell times that have sustained despite our significant growth in throughput over the past two years. However, as global trade has grown, so have container vessels. In order to meet the needs of our customer and capitalize on other opportunities, we needed an upgrade,” Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World Canada, commented.Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert, said the expansion is an important part of the port’s future growth strategy: “We continue to build on our strengths, and ensure that as we grow as a port we will maintain the velocity and fluidity that got us here. This project is a significant addition to Canada’s trade infrastructure, and provides … value to our shippers and many partners.”Fairview Container Terminal was the first dedicated intermodal container terminal in North America when it began operation in 2007, and has grown to become a major trans-Pacific trade gateway. Through an agreement with the Prince Rupert Port Authority, Maher Terminals Holding Corporation of New Jersey operated the terminal from its opening until 2015, when DP World Canada purchased the right to operate the terminal. The original design capacity of the terminal was 500,000 TEU.last_img read more

RAM and FRMF Implement Exceptional Deal to Transport Moroccan Supporters to

Rabat – The Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) have set up a program of flights between Casablanca, Tangiers, Oujda, Marrakech and the cities of Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Kaliningrad, allowing supporters to fly to Russia to support the Atlas Lions in the 2018 World Cup.In a joint statement, RAM, the FRMF, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports indicate that in order to allow supporters to travel to Russia to encourage the national team, Royal Air Maroc will mobilize 13 aircraft to allow nearly 2,500 passengers to attend the competition.According to the same source, these additional flights will be specially programmed to allow the fans to attend the match and return home after the end of the tournament at the subsidized fixed price of MAD 5,000. The offer, exclusively for match ticket holders, went on sale on Tuesday, May 29, through the commercial agencies of the company and through the network of travel agencies. This program comes in addition to the initial offer presented by Royal Air Maroc last January, which covers approximately 3,000 tickets to Moscow and St. Petersburg, particularly the Russian capital, the statement said. read more

King Mohammed VI to Review Draft Law of 2019 Budget

Rabat- King Mohammed VI is expected to chair a Council of Ministers tomorrow which will focus on a review of the 2019 budget draft law.Before the Ministerial Council, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani will chair a government council.During the meeting, Morocco’s Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun is expected to give a presentation on Morocco’s draft budget law, reported local media. The meeting will also discuss the African Union convention against corruption.King Mohammed VI said in a message addressed to the 31st African Union Heads of State Summit in July that corruption may have serious effects on sustainable development goals.Read Also: New Law for Moroccan Housemaids Stirs UproarHe added that the fight against corruption can be applied through “coordination of experience and the pooling of expertise.”He also recalled Morocco’s adoption of the National Strategy against Corruption in 2015 and the National Anti-Corruption Commission, which has been tasked with implementing the strategy. read more

Over 160 triservice members and their family leave for India

Over 160 tri-service members and their family left for India today on pilgrimage, the Army media unit said.The Army said that 160 tri-service personnel and their family members, including 82 Army participants, left on a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya for the first time in their lifetime, thanks to a comprehensive friendly package, introduced by the Commander of the Army in collaboration with the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army and the High Commission of India. The itinerary, prepared by the office of the Indian Chief of the Army Staff, the host of the tour would provide food, accommodation and all transport to the touring tri-service group at their cost. A few hours prior to their departure, the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake and the Indian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu accompanied by senior officers of the sister services met the group belonging to the tri-services and wished them a happy journey.An Indian Air Force aircraft flew the group to Bodhgaya showing the Indian Army’s goodwill towards the Sri Lankan Defence Forces, the Army said. (Colombo Gazette) The project, designed closely by the Commander of the Army under the India-Sri Lanka Exchange Programme (Army to Army) in close cooperation with the High Commission of India enables pilgrims to visit Bodhgaya and other historical places of worship during their three-day stay (24-26) in India. read more

Georgia UN atomic energy agency helps recover radioactive cylinders

The cylinders, containing the radioactive element strontium, were recovered on Sunday and transferred for safe storage to a secure temporary storage site in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. IAEA experts say that the cylinders, which are the size of a human hand, were originally shielded and housed in portable electrical generators that were widely used in the former Soviet Union for generating electricity, heat, and battery power for remote communication systems.Three people who found the cylinders last month have suffered “serious injuries” as a result of exposure to their radiation. The condition of two of the patients – still hospitalized – remains serious, but has not changed significantly over the past few days. The third has been treated and released from the hospital. A meeting between Georgian authorities and experts from the IAEA and four other countries has been scheduled for later this week to discuss plans for locating, recovering and safely storing any other discarded radioactive materials in the country. Georgia is one of more than 50 countries participating in a large IAEA technical assistance project to upgrade national capabilities for the safety and security of radioactive sources. read more

At conference UN envoy highlights importance of reconciliation process in Libya

“Reconciliation is necessary for establishing security and launching human development in all its dimensions. It is a forward looking and long-term process. It is not just mediation, temporary fixes for conflicts, easing tensions or extinguishing some fires,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Tarek Mitri.“This process, if managed well without haste or partisanship, can set the broad lines of a new social contract that would be the first cornerstone of the new constitution,” he added.The UN envoy was addressing the start of a two-day conference, entitled ‘Truth and Reconciliation in Libya: the Way Forward,’ organized by the Fact-Finding and Reconciliation Commission and the Human Rights Committee of the General National Congress (GNC), in partnership with UNSMIL and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The gathering has brought together Libyan officials and activists as well as experts from both Libya and abroad to discuss the relevance and challenges of truth-seeking, the role of victim groups as well as the legal and institutional framework required for truth-seeking. The conference is also looking at the role of the Commission and that of tribal leaders in reconciliation. Libya has been undergoing a transition toward a modern democratic State, after decades of autocratic rule and toppling of the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi. The former leader ruled the North African country for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising last year – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime.Key steps in the transition have included the elections for the GNC, and that body’s election of a President and two Vice-Presidents, in accordance with the country’s Constitutional Declaration. UNSMIL has been assisting the country’s transition process. Incidents of renewed fighting in various parts of the country are among the security challenges facing the North African nation, which also needs to prepare a new constitution, promote rule of law, protect human rights, and counter illicit arms proliferation.In his remarks, Mr. Mitri stressed that seeking truth and justice and moving down the path of reconciliation is not a call for amnesty for past crimes and does not morally equate between the aggressor and the victim.“Rather, it is a call for combating revenge and collective punishment tendencies that do not ensure the accountability of individuals for their acts, but punishes them for acts of others with whom they happen to share family, tribal, local or cultural ties and affiliations,” he said. read more

The waiting game Santana continues to hit while awaiting callup

The Cleveland Indians have had a rough start to the 2010 season with a 10-14 record, and many fans are ready to see if some of the top prospects from the Class AAA Columbus Clippers can make a difference.The player that many are eager to see in an Indians uniform is Columbus Clippers catcher Carlos Santana.In 2008, Santana was acquired along with pitcher Jon Meloan in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Casey Blake.Santana, a switch-hitter, has proven to be valuable on offense and defense for the Clippers, and is considered the top prospect in the Indians’ organization.Offensively, Santana has started off the 2010 season with a .324 batting average, five home runs, and 22 RBIs.“I think he has a really great bat,” Clippers infielder Brian Bixler said. “He’s a great player. He has a plan when he’s at the plate and you can see that.”Santana leads the team in walks, home runs, RBIs and on-base percentage, and was the International League Player of the Week in his first week with the Clippers.“Right now, I’m happy to be thought of as a top prospect,” Santana said. “I’m continuing to put in the hard work especially on the defensive end.”Last year, Santana played for the Class AA Akron Aeros, for which he hit .290 with 23 home runs and 97 RBIs.Santana was named the MVP of the Eastern League in 2009, becoming only the third Aero to earn the award along with Jordan Brown and Victor Martinez.This was his second-straight league MVP award as he earned MVP of the California League in 2008.While he spent the final six weeks of the 2008 season with the Class A Kinston Indians in the Carolina League, he finished second in the California League with a .323 batting average. He also had 96 RBIs, 69 walks and a .431 on-base percentage.The Indians hope that Santana can step in and produce as they try to replace departed catchers Victor Martinez and Kelly Shoppach.Martinez was traded last July for pitching prospects Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price. Martinez, who played for the Indians for eight seasons, consistently hit for power and a strong batting average.Shoppach was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after the 2009 season for pitchers Saul Rivera and Mitch Talbot. Shoppach showed some promise for the Indians, batting .261 with 21 home runs in 2008.The Indians have featured two catchers this season, Lou Marson and Mike Redmond.Marson has received the majority of the playing time and has a .224 batting average, with no home runs or RBIs in 16 games played.Redmond has a .233 batting average with two RBIs and no home runs in nine games.While Santana has only played catcher for three years, he has proven to have the talent and arm strength to contribute from the position. He previously had played third base and outfield.“It’s a great feeling as a pitcher to have somebody back there with a really good arm, and knowing that you have somebody behind the plate that will give you a good chance of throwing a runner out if you make a bad pitch,” Clippers relief pitcher Jess Todd said.In spring training with the Indians, Santana batted .250 in eight games, but was sent to the Clippers for the start of the season to improve his defense.“I think I’m having a good season,” Santana said. “I’m just working with the pitchers and trying to improve at game-calling. After playing with the Indians in spring training, I feel comfortable with their pitchers. I know what kind of arms they have and some of their pitches so I would be comfortable with them.”There has been no word of a possible call-up to the Indians at this point in the season, even given the struggles of Marson and Redmond. For now, Clippers fans have an opportunity to watch one of baseball’s top prospects in a minor league uniform.“He’s here until further notice,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. read more

Two men hospitalised after stabbing incidents in Co Tyrone overnight

first_imgA MAN WAS stabbed in the head and another man was stabbed several times in the body in Co. Tyrone last night in a series of incidents police believe to be linked.Police investigating the disturbances in Cookstown have arrested a total of eight men aged between 17 and 30 on suspicion of a number of offences including attempted murder. Other charges include burglary and grievous bodily harm with intent.The first stabbing took place in the William Street area at around 2.30am when a man in his 20′s received a stab wound to his head. The second happened about an hour later in the Milburn Street and Moneymore Road area where a second man, also in his 20′s, suffered multiple stab wounds to his body.Both men were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries which are not believed to be life threatening. One of the men has since been discharged.Investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed either incident to contact the PSNI in Cookstown on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously via Crimestoppers.last_img read more