A captain plays what is, in his own words, the best Twenty20 innings of his life, his team gets a rare victory, and suddenly it runs into the most well-oiled machine in the tournament. That is what awaits the Delhi Daredevils when they take on the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.Virender Sehwags masterful 119 against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad on Thursday was perhaps the innings of the tournament so far, given the magnitude of the target, Delhis lacklustre start and the fact that the next highest contribution to the cause was James Hopess 17 not out.However, it will be up to Sehwag to do it again, since the Daredevils run so far shows that only when he succeeds do they have a chance of winning. The Nawab of Najafgarh has fired on all cylinders three times – registering scores of 119, 80 and 77 – and on each of those occasions, Delhi have ended up victorious.Their only other victory – against Pune in Navi Mumbai – also featured a short Sehwag blitz, though there were solid contributions from David Warner and Venugopal Rao too.Warner, who missed the last match, is expected to be back in the scheme of things.According to the skipper, hardly anybody is expecting Delhi to make the play- offs in any case – just the kind of lowpressure scenario their inexperienced and inconsistent line-up needs.Not much improvement can be expected of the bowling – this being Twenty20 after all – though that has been Delhis stronger suit in any case. It is the fielding that will give coach Greg Shipperd something to work on, since the Daredevils players – old and young – have been guilty of letting the opposition score much more than they should thanks to sloppy ground fielding and dropped catches.advertisementAt the other end will be the master and his bunch of match- winners, who have only lost twice to lead the points table.Be it Tendulkar, who has led the way with remarkable consistency, Ambati Rayudu, who has looked every inch the prospect he was once said to be, or Rohit Sharma, who seems to change gears every time he spots the acronym ‘IPL around the ground – the batting has seldom been worrisome.Tirumalasetti Suman too played a sterling hand against Pune Warriors on Wednesday, while the big guns like Kieron Pollard and Andrew Symonds have hardly been called upon to unleash their brute force.But even more than the batting, it is their bowling that would give Delhi nightmares. They came up against Mumbai at the Ferozeshah Kotla in their first match of the tournament and Lasith Malinga duly served up yorker after yorker to end with figures of five for 13 and sent the Daredevils crashing to 95 all out. He is the leading wicket- taker in the tournament with 22, a mind- boggling 10 clear of the chasing bunch. Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel too have been extremely hard to get away, with economy rates of 6.24 and 6.19 respectively, and the rest of the bowlers have been protected well by the spectacular fielding Mumbai have put on display.It looks like another mismatch on the cards but it will be interesting to see how Tendulkar and his think- tank curb Sehwag, since getting him early could hand them the match on a platter.shreyas. sharma@ mailtoday. in
Brisbane, Nov 20 (PTI) Skipper Aaron Finch Tuesday reckoned the T20 Internationals will be Australia’s best chance to challenge an upbeat India in the absence of leading batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner. The three T20 Internationals starting here tomorrow will open what will be a string of big-ticket clashes between the two rivals. Finch said that the shortest format allows the hosts to be aggressive and more competitive against a strong Indian side. “Although we lost to Pakistan in the UAE, we are a very good T20 side. I think we played some good cricket in Zimbabwe and before that in the tri-series against New Zealand and England last year. We are very confident in this format,” Finch said. “India have been in great form in all formats over a long time now. But it is going to be a great opportunity for us to come out, play aggressively and express ourselves. We can take the game on and really try to take it to India.” The first match will be played at the Gabba. The T20 Internationals will be followed by a four-match Test series and three ODIs. “T20s are fast-paced short games obviously. At times it can take one bit of brilliance with bat or ball, or even in the field, and it can change the dynamics of the match or even the whole series. “So it is a great advantage to be able to start off against India in this format. They have been so dominant in this format that people forget where they are playing at times,” he added.advertisement Australia fielded an all-pace attack in their one-off T20I against South Africa on Saturday. That is expected to change with a lone spinner to come to the playing eleven. “That will be in the calculations. With the size of this ground and how good our spinners have bowled here, while they haven’t been huge wicket-takers, they have bowled well. We have options in Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa. “Traditionally, there is pace and bounce in this wicket. Indian batsmen have been here before, so there isn’t an element of surprise with the amount of cricket being played nowadays. But we will still look to use it to our advantage. The boundaries are bigger here than in India, and it could alter strategies. “You cannot hit as many sixes to influence the game as soon as you come to the crease, and you might have to steal doubles instead. I think the team that deals with it the better will win this series,” Finch said. The ball tampering scandal and its aftermath is still making headlines here. On Tuesday, Cricket Australia refused to shorten the bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. “It would have been great to see the guys playing some domestic cricket at the backend of this summer, but we have to respect Cricket Australia’s decision and for the ban to stand. We have to move on (to the series at hand).” Finch said that it didn’t make a difference to their preparations, and that Australia are still a side that is desperate to win. “We’re still intense and desperate to win and we are going about that the right way. Playing hard is the Australian way but to different people that means different things. It’s not all about verbal and things like that. “You talk about being tough and aggressive, and that means verbal, but I don’t see it as that. It’s about your body language and presence on the ground. That’s what Australia always prides itself on in all sport. That’s presence, that’s fierceness and tough cricket.” When asked about countering Virat Kohli and his pre-tour statement about not feeling the need to be aggressive anymore, he replied, “Virat plays the game that gets the best out of himself, and I think that at times, for him that’s about being verbal for his team, and pumping them up and being right in the contest. He loves that. “He plays the same way for everyone, whether for India or in the IPL. So, the verbal won’t change whatsoever I think what he was referring to was his aggression, but ‘verbal’ is encouragement for teammates. It’s not abuse or anything like that.” PTI CN AH
Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann has said India are well ahead of their opponents after some “ruthless” batting display on Day 2 of the ongoing fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Lehmann also pointed out that Australia need to bat well, especially in the first innings if they are to avoid a defeat in the series finale of the ongoing four-match rubber.India have already sealed an unassailable 2-1 lead and have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and are well-placed to make it 3-1 in Sydney as they posted a huge first innings total of 622 for 7 declared. Australia reached stumps on Day 2 at 24 for 0 after Usman Khawaja was handed a reprieve by Rishabh Pant, who made a cracking 159* earlier in the day.Pant and Ravindra Jadeja broke the record for the highest seventh-wicket stand by a visiting pair in Australia as they stitched a 204-run partnership to add salt to Australia’s wounds. Jadeja smashed a 114-ball 81 before which Cheteshwar Pujara had hurt the hosts, adding 63 runs to his overnight score of 130.”Ruthless, absolutely ruthless [with the bat]. They were fantastic. Pujara just doesn’t get out, does he? He has faced over a 1000 balls. The way he went about it today, it was brilliant. In the backend, when you had Rishabh Pant and Jadeja take the game forward so quickly and score over 600 runs, they are well ahead in the game,” Lehmann told Sony Six on Friday.An unconventional shot of the day from Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/HOqsjHtgKIadvertisementcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019″Yes, it’s a good track. It is a really good track. I am expecting to stay good for the next day and a half then take spin as the game goes on. The challenge for Australia will be to bat well, they haven’t done well so far. The challenge will be how can they bat, especially in the first innings? They have to bat big enough in the first innings, not the second one.”It’s important to close down the chance of an Indian victory, but they are well in front at the moment. They played brilliantly well today.”Australia bowlers are tired: LehmannLehmann also said it’s tough to blame the Australian bowlers as they were tired even before the start of the final Test of the fourth-match series in Sydney.Australian bowlers have bowled more than 700 overs in the ongoing series, way more than their Indian counterparts. In Melbourne, they were made to work hard and spend a lot of time on the field as India went about scoring their runs at a relatively slower pace on a docile wicket.The fatigue was on showcase during Day 2 of the Sydney Test as India had scored at close to run-a-ball in the final session.”They are pretty tired, mate. They have bowled for a long time. They couldn’t get off the ground quick enough. To be fair, they were pretty tired after lunch today and that’s expected. Lyon bowled over 50 overs. They took the third new ball, which Shane Warne believes is the most overrated thing in cricket. I tend to agree. They have toiled hard without too much success. Tough day for them,” Lehmann added.The end of an epic knock from Cheteshwar Pujara!#AUSvIND | @toyota_aus pic.twitter.com/J2php55Ktlcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019Having posted a mammoth total on the board in the first innings, India will be hoping to go all out on Australia on Saturday and inch closer towards a historic 3-1 win in the series.Also Read | I was scared after reaching 90s, says Rishabh Pant after record 159* in SydneyAlso Read | Rishabh Pant’s perfect birthday gift for his mother: A record-breaking hundredAlso Read | Tim Paine and pacers were not on the same page, says Australia’s bowling coachAlso See:
Kyle B. has predicted that freshman Keondre Wudtee will be QB3 going into the season opener, leap-frogging John Kolar but not surpassing the Oil Baron Taylor Cornelius. Mike Gundy addressed the exciting young freshman (and probable future face of the program) at fan appreciation day on Saturday.“Well, he understands football,” said Gundy.That’s a good place to start.“Seems that a lot of what we can’t coach comes natural to him. I like his demeanor, I like his work ethic, I like his attitude up to this point. He has a quick release and gets rid of the ball fast. He’s a true freshman; he’s got a ways to go in throwing, just like all of them have. He doesn’t have a lot of wasted motion.“And I think he’s going to be able to figure out the offense fairly quick, which then allows him to improve at a faster rate because he understands like all of us if we understand what direction we are going in we will get there faster. If we are not sure, we are hesitant. I don’t see that with him at this point. I think he is going to pick up pretty fast.”That doesn’t necessarily sound like somebody Gundy plans on definitely redshirting.“His skills are a little different,” added Gundy. “Obviously, he is a little more elusive and can take off and run. As I mentioned, I like his release, I like how he’s throwing the ball now at this stage in his career. Whether it’s Mason (Rudolph), or Taylor (Cornelius), or Wudtee or (John) Kolar, we have a base offense that we refine for each one of those guys, even while they are practicing out here. Some of the plays that we think Mason is good at, Kolar may not run them, or Wudtee may not run them, or vice versa. We can do that in practice.”????? pic.twitter.com/xDmjBpp8YV— Keondre Wudtee (@K_wudteeQB) August 3, 2016Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich agreed with the head man on Wudtee’s elusiveness.“I’m going to hold on [talking about his development] because time’s going to tell on him,” said Yurcich last week. “Obviously, he’s got great athleticism, he’s got great arm strength and he’s a smart kid, but he has less experience in the system, so it’s going to take a few more practices to get him moving to where we can evaluate him a little bit better.”The athleticism is not a question. Take one look at Wudtee’s high school film and he wows.I don’t actually think Gundy will pull the trigger on Wudtee as QB2 but stranger things have happened. And I wouldn’t be surprised like Kyle B. to see him as QB3 heading into the first game. And we all know how much QB3s have played in the past.“By the end of next week, we should have a plan for what we’re going to do with our backup quarterback. We have a couple of guys that are improving each day. There are only so many reps, so by that time, we need to come up with a plan.”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!
Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1: Giroud’s special winner lights up drab encounter Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 02:55 10/20/17 Getty Images After 85 minutes of cagey fare, Olivier Giroud produced a special bit of skill to snatch Arsenal a win over Red Star Belgrade. Arsenal limped past Red Star Belgrade 1-0 as Olivier Giroud’s stunning goal lit up an otherwise entirely forgettable Europa League encounter.After sparkling inter-play between Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, Giroud executed an overhead kick into the top corner five minutes from time to lift returning pressure from Arsene Wenger.The weekend’s defeat to Watford, after which the Hornets captain Troy Deeney claimed the Gunners lacked “Cojones”, reopened some Arsenal fans’ frustrations with Wenger and the players – and this performance did little to help. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger reverted to the patchwork approach he has taken to European team selections this season, Mathieu Debuchy playing for the first time in nearly a year, while Mohamed Elneny featured alongside the Frenchman in a back three and Reiss Nelson, scorer of six goals in five Under-23 games this season, was deployed at wing-back.The result was a stunted performance in attack, until Red Star defender Milan Rodic was dismissed in the 80th minute and the Premier League side’s three most senior players linked up to brilliant effect at Rajko Mitic Stadium.Progression from Group H now looks a certainty, with the Gunners sat five points clear in first place after three wins from as many matches.Nine points from a possible nine in Group H #RSBvAFC pic.twitter.com/ScJYfRTeEl — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 Red Star’s raucous fans never relented despite the tepid nature of the majority of the game, although their side had the better of the first-half chances.After Milan Borjan denied Walcott with his legs from close-range, Richmond Boakye felt he should have had a penalty when Petr Cech tripped him.Referee Benoit Bastien instead awarded a contentious corner, from which the Ghanaian hit the crossbar with a free header, further compounding his angst.The home side kept the pressure on, though, and Cech came to the rescue when he denied a swivelling snapshot from Nemanja Radonjic, who saw a follow-up attempt smothered by Nelson.Following a typical pre-match offering, Red Star’s fans bucked tradition and unfurled another huge banner for the start of the second half, but it could not lift the stodgy fare on the pitch.Walcott scuffed his attempt from a cut-back by Nelson, who drew Borjan into a regulation near-post save.Nenad Krsticic stung the palms of Cech with a header after arriving late in the box, and Radonjic brought the veteran into another stop soon after.Red Star’s advances were curtailed when Rodic led with his arm in an aerial challenge with Francis Coquelin to earn a second caution, and it sparked Arsenal into their glittering best.Starting 30 yards from goal, Wilshere burst past two men before feeding Walcott and flicking a brilliant return to the winger, who nodded across the six-yard box, where Giroud turned and picked out the top corner over his shoulder, providing a satisfying aftertaste to another otherwise bland display, a trip to another out-of-sorts side, Everton, on Sunday will require greater gumption.What a move! @theowalcott and @JackWilshere swap passes before teeing up Oli for an overhead kick@_OlivierGiroud_ #RSBvAFC 0-1 (86) pic.twitter.com/hdyStlI9M5 — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017 Key Opta stats:- Arsenal have won their last four Europa League/UEFA Cup away games, after losing five of the previous six (D1).- The Gunners have kept their first clean sheet away from home in European competition since beating Olympiacos 3-0 in December 2015.- Olivier Giroud has been directly involved in eight goals in his last eight starts in Europe for Arsenal (seven goals, one assist).- Theo Walcott has been directly involved in four goals in his last four European appearances for Arsenal (three goals, one assist).- Walcott’s assist was his 11th for Olivier Giroud in all competitions; only Mesut Ozil has provided more assists for the Frenchman (15). read more
World Cup World Cup Golden Ball: What is it, who has won it & who are the contenders for Russia 2018 best player award? Cady Siregar Last updated 1 year ago 03:08 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Lionel Messi Goal takes a look at the Golden Ball award presented to the best player at the World Cup finals, including past recipients and potential winners The FIFA Golden Ball award is the prize given to the tournament’s best player, with Lionel Messi last being presented with the award despite Argentina finishing as runners-up in 2014 after losing the final to Germany.Ahead of this summer’s World Cup, Goal takes a look at the Golden Ball award – and how it differentiates from the Golden Boot – and names some potential contenders as well as past recipients of the prize.What is the Golden Ball? The Golden Ball award is presented to the best player at each World Cup finals, with the shortlist being drawn up by the FIFA technical committee and the winner subsequently chosen by media representatives. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now It is not to be confused with the Golden Boot award, which is given to the player who scored the most goals during the tournament.The current Golden Ball award was first introduced during the 1982 World Cup, sponsored by Adidas, to Italy’s Paolo Rossi.Players who are chosen as runners-up in the vote for the award are presented with the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball as the second and third best players in the tournament, respectively.Who are previous winners? Messi is the most recent Golden Ball winner after receiving the award in 2014, where his Argentina side lost to Germany in the final after a Mario Gotze goal in extra-time. Obviously, the Barcelona superstar did not win the tournament, but his individual efforts were still lauded – as he scored four goals provided one assist and played in seven fixtures.Thomas Muller, who did win the tournament with Germany, was awarded the Silver Ball and Arjen Robben, whose Netherlands side finished third, was presented with the Bronze Ball.In past tournaments, previous winners for the Golden Boot include Diego Forlan (2010), Zinedine Zidane (2006), Oliver Kahn (2002), Ronaldo (1998), Romario (1994), Salvatore Schillaci (1990), Diego Maradona (1986), Paolo Rossi (1982).The last time that the Golden Boot award was awarded to a player whose team won the tournament was in 1994, when Romario won the World Cup with Brazil.Who are the 2018 World Cup Golden Ball contenders?Trying to predict future Golden Ball winners is always tough – as there seems to be little qualifications of what makes you the “best” footballer, only that it cannot be awarded for finishing as the top scorer as that is reserved for the Golden Boot.Past winners are typically playmakers or game-changing squad players who manage to inject inspiration and creative flair into their side – such as Messi or Zidane – though former Germany goalkeeper Kahn scooped up the prize in 2002.A strong contender for the award is Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who already picked up not only the Premier League Golden Boot award as he finished as the league’s top scorer but also won the Players’ Player of the Year Award and the Football Writers’ Award. Salah, though a prolific goalscorer, is also gifted with his pace and creativity – able to assist and provide attacking options in addition to his netting of goals. The Liverpool forward already did his part for his national side after firing the Pharoahs to their first World Cup finals in almost three decades in the qualification match against Congo where he scored a 95th-minute penalty.Kevin De Bruyne is also another potential Golden Ball winner with Belgium, and is already blessed with a strong national team that has the potential to go far this summer in Russia. The midfielder was instrumental in Manchester City’s Premier League title win – dominating the midfield – and is one of the most gifted playmakers in the world.Messi may very well be in contention to win another Golden Ball as he will be extra motivated to carry his Argentina side to glory as Russia will potentially be his last and best chance to finally lift the World Cup. His rival Cristiano Ronaldo is also another favourite, as he will be looking to cap off his Euro 2016 win with a shot at World Cup glory – though he notoriously underperforms at the World Cup, having only scored three goals in the finals.
Man Utd ace Mata relaunches blog: Let’s be positiveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAfter victory at Cardiff City, Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is again writing for his personal blog.He opined: “Without doubt, it is one of the busiest times of the year in terms of the amount of games there are in English football.”We have two games at Old Trafford and we want to close out December in the best possible way: with two wins.”Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.”As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way. “It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching New Year. “It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup promises to be the biggest event of its kind yet.Taking place in France across nine venues, the action gets underway on Friday, June 7 when the host nation, and one of the favourites, tackle South Korea at Paris Saint-Germain’s Parc des Princes in the capital, a match that was rapidly sold out.There is particular interest from the home nations, too, with England and Scotland paired together in Group D along with Argentina and Japan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Already, there has been a massive upsurge in interest in the women’s game in the UK, with over 43,000 fans taking to Wembley to watch Manchester City’s 3-0 win over West Ham in the Women’s FA Cup final, while Scotland attracted a record attendance for their pre-tournament friendly against Jamaica – a match they won 3-2 at Hampden.FIFA reported in May that 720,000 tickets for the competition had been sold, putting it on track to be better attended than the competition in Canada four years ago. As such, the World Cup is likely to be a big draw and here’s how you can follow the action from across the Channel.The BBC will be carrying live coverage of the tournament from France, with matches available across the station’s channels and interactive coverage. BBC One will carry the biggest games, including the opener, those involving England and the World Cup final, which takes place in Lyon, home of the Women’s Champions League winners, on Sunday, July 7 with a 16:00 BST kick-off time.While there will be a handful of games on BBC Two, all other matches will be available to watch on BBC Red Button.Meanwhile, every match will be available to watch across the BBC’s digital platforms, including BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Live.The iPlayer app can be downloaded from the app store on a variety of devices and will allow the user to follow the action in France live.To watch games without leaving your laptop or PC, simply visit the BBC Sport website and follow the links to the live match coverage from there.
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 23: Members of the Iowa Hawkeye marching band perform before the match-up against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 23, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Over the weekend, allegations of inappropriate conduct by fans in Ames towards the Iowa marching band during the Cy-Hawk game surfaced. Details of what went down have not been released, but now, the two in-state rivals are on the same page about things.Earlier this week, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard passed on commenting, as he said he had not yet been informed of what happened. He and Iowa’s Gary Barta have apparently discussed the alleged incident.The two rival athletic directors put out a joint statement, saying that both bands have been the subject of poor treatment by the fan bases on the road. They’re now calling for both fan bases to do better in being welcoming of the opposing fans during the Cy-Hawk rivalry.Via KCRG: “Both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone attending events on their respective campuses. This includes members of the school’s marching bands. Unfortunately, both the Hawkeye and Cyclone marching bands have been the target of unacceptable behavior at football games in Iowa City and Ames in recent years. Some of the conduct directed at the students in our respective marching bands recently has been rude, vulgar, and in some cases, violent. We should all feel embarrassed when students in the bands don’t feel safe when performing at an away game. Each of our athletics departments is committed to doing whatever is necessary to improve the environment for visiting school marching bands in the future. A significant part of the solution is insisting our fans help address this issue by showing more respect to our visitors. We owe it to these hardworking performers to have a safe stage on which they can showcase their spirit and talent.”The statement once again stops short of describing what actually happened in Ames. It doesn’t sound like it will be released in any official capacity.Saturday’s game was marred a bit by a number of bizarre circumstances.The game was put into weather delay on multiple instances, and stretched way beyond the time frame for a normal mid-afternoon game.The end of the game fit the bill as well. Iowa State muffed a late Iowa punt, giving the Hawkeyes possession and sealing the win for Iowa, 18-17.[KCRG]
Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) have teamed up to provide motorists with an easier way of paying their Motor Vehicle Fitness Fees. These fees can now be paid on line at www.jamaicatax.gov.jm and motorists will no longer have to visit a Tax Office to do so. Story Highlights The online payment service is expected to be rolled out in Port Antonio, Port Maria, Falmouth, Lucea and Black River Depots by the end of the calendar year. The Savanna-la-mar depot which is currently under construction will come on stream upon completion. More Information can be had by calling 1-888-Tax Help (1-888-829-4357) toll free or visit the Pay Motor Vehicle Fees hub on the TAJ website www.jamaica tax.gov.jm. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) have teamed up to provide motorists with an easier way of paying their Motor Vehicle Fitness Fees. These fees can now be paid on line at www.jamaicatax.gov.jm and motorists will no longer have to visit a Tax Office to do so.The ITA Depots that will facilitate the processing of Fitness Certificates paid for on line are:SwallowfieldHarbour View and Spanish Town Road in KingstonThomasSpanish Town in St.CatherineMandeville in ManchesterAnn’s Bay in St Ann and Montego Bay, St. James.The online payment service is expected to be rolled out in Port Antonio, Port Maria, Falmouth, Lucea and Black River Depots by the end of the calendar year. The Savanna-la-mar depot which is currently under construction will come on stream upon completion.Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry, says the new service provision on line is in keeping with his Ministry’s thrust to make it easier for motorists to do business with government, reduce waiting time at tax offices, as well as, reducing if not eliminating opportunities for corruption. According to Minister Henry, the use of technology in the provision of services, is not only convenient, but is secure and less time consuming, as in many instances the importance of ‘TIME’ has been removed from the lives of many Jamaicans in their daily activities. The Island Traffic Authority has been implementing a New Electronic System on a phased basis since the start of the year.Meanwhile, Chief Corporate Communications Officer, at the TAJ, Meris Haughton, says the process is simple and requires motorists to log into the TAJ Payment Portal using their client login or creating an account (where applicable).According to Ms. Haughton, the customer may click on the ‘Pay Your Motor Vehicle Fees’ tab or select ‘The Motor Vehicle Fees’ option under ‘Pay Other Taxes and Fees’ and choose the option for their vehicle type. A TRN, a branch number where applicable and a valid credit are required to complete the transaction.The motorist may then print the Statement of Payment or record the Reference Number before proceeding to any of the participating ITA Depots to have the vehicle inspected and certified. Upon arrival at the ITA Depot motorists may then present The Statement of Payment or Reference Number, TRN and the date the fee was purchased.Ms. Haughton is also encouraging motorists to use the new online facility, because the onsite payment facility at the Swallowfield Depot will be eventually phased out.More Information can be had by calling 1-888-Tax Help (1-888-829-4357) toll free or visit the Pay Motor Vehicle Fees hub on the TAJ websitewww.jamaica tax.gov.jm.
MONTREAL – The Montreal area’s construction boom is threatening to permanently evict Quebec’s “most urban” species of snake, according to a biologist working to protect the population in the province.The brown snake is found in only one place in the province, and that’s the Greater Montreal area, according to Pierre-Alexandre Bourgeois.“Scientists can’t find the reason,” he said in a phone interview.“The other populations are found in Ontario, Vermont, and New York state. But in between, there are no brown snakes.”Since 2015, Bourgeois and his team at the Ecomuseum Zoo in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que. have been working to protect and enhance the snakes’ habitat, which is increasingly threatened by development.The snake, which reaches 25 to 35 cm in length, thrives in areas with long grass where it feeds mainly on slugs, snails and earthworms.Unfortunately, those open areas are usually the first to be developed, Bourgeois says.“We protect the forests first, and of course the wetlands,” he said. “But open areas are the ones we tend to destroy more rapidly, and right now there’s a very rapid decline.”While the ideal solution would be to preserve open fields — which are also important to other species such as birds and monarch butterflies — Bourgeois acknowledges that’s not always realistic.So for now, he and his team are focusing on adding some infrastructure to existing conservation areas to make them more hospitable to the reptiles.They’ll use a grant from Hydro-Quebec’s environmental foundation to install underground hibernation sites in three nature parks in the Montreal area, as well as adding rocks where the snakes can bask in the sun and hide from predators.Bourgeois says the Quebec government is evaluating whether the brown snake should be put on the endangered species list.He says the brown snake’s shy nature and habitat make it difficult to count exactly how many are left, but biologists believe the species is already endangered.Part of the grant money will also go to education, in a bid to help the public understand the importance of preserving a species that isn’t fluffy or cute.Bourgeois says brown snakes aren’t venomous and they serve an important role in urban ecosystems by feeding on common garden pests.In turn, the snakes become prey for other species, including foxes, raccoons and birds of prey.“Brown snakes are brown, it’s not the most charismatic colour,” he said. “But if you look closely, it’s a very beautiful and useful species.”
TORONTO — The cases against two students accused in alleged sex assaults at a private Toronto school have concluded.Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General will not say, however, what the outcomes of the cases against the St. Michael’s College students were, citing restrictions under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.Police laid charges against seven teens at the all-boys Catholic school last year that related to two alleged sexual assaults and one alleged assault on campus.The two students in the recently concluded matters each faced charges of gang sex assault, assault with a weapon and assault in two separate incidents.The conclusion of their cases comes after sexual assault and assault charges were withdrawn against another student in early August, with the Crown saying a conviction in that matter was unlikely.The cases of four other teens remain before the courts, with hearings in those matters set for September and October.A lawyer for one of the students whose case was concluded says he could not comment due to publication bans under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, while a lawyer for the second student did not immediately respond to a request for comment.A spokeswoman with the Ministry of the Attorney General says the Youth Criminal Justice Act places strict restrictions on youth court records, including information on the offence and the resolution of the case.“These restrictions are meant to protect young persons from the stigma of the criminal justice system and foster their rehabilitation and reintegration into society,” said Shenaia Shields.An independent committee tasked with examining culture at St. Michael’s released a report last week that found bullying continues to be a systemic issue at the prestigious school despite measures introduced in the wake of the allegations that came to light last fall.The Canadian Press
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“This is the first programme, both in scope and magnitude, tackling the dangerous problems that low income urban families face,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Jorge Chediek said. “For the first time in history, the precarious conditions in which people live are being addressed.”Located in downtown Lima, a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage site and once capital of Spain’s lavish Viceroyalty, Rimac has suffered from centuries of precarious housing conditions although it has the oldest bullfight arena in the Americas and other colonial architectural jewels.Seeking to improve the situation and diminish disaster risks, UNDP has been working with the Peruvian government since 2004 in a programme to revitalize landmarks and poor urban communities. The programme “Rimac Renace” (in English Rimac Reborn) aims to grant dignified living conditions to nearly 200,000 people.It has produced an assessment of the risks incurred by the population and, in 2010, it will begin registering property titles and working with Rimac’s Municipality to restore the historical landmarks.The coast of Peru, where Lima lies, experiences frequent earthquakes. Living in collapsing historical landmarks leaves the poor community even more vulnerable to natural disasters.Founded in 1532, Lima was almost fully rebuilt after a massive earthquake in 1746. To respond to mid-18th century natural disasters, masonry construction with bricks and stones bound by mortar was forbidden and replaced by native techniques that used mud and straw.The mud houses, though resistant to earthquakes, decay easily if not properly renovated. Rimac is almost entirely built with such rapidly degenerating materials. During the 20th century, Lima’s downtown was progressively abandoned by affluent landlords. Houses were left to poor migrants paying very low rent, but receiving no infrastructure maintenance nor formal contract. Sanitation facilities and pipes are rotten beyond repair, and water access is limited. To further exacerbate the situation, despite rapid urbanization, Rimac lacked a development plan.At the request of the municipality UNDP in 2005 implemented a property assessment, which declared 96 per cent of the households at risk of collapse and showed a vicious cycle – tenants lack financial means to invest in properties, that in some cases have been with the families for several generations, but to which they were not entitled to. This October, the Peruvian Congress passed a new law enabling property rights claims. Rimac tenants now will be legally entitled to their properties – and some may even receive bank loans to buy the houses. This is crucial because legal ownership will be an incentive for tenants to maintain and restore historical houses.In the third phase of the project, UNDP will support the Municipality in implementing a registration mechanism. Starting in 2010, about 15,000 people will register their property titles, requesting financial assistance and restoring the places they have inhabited for generations.As a result of this long-term initiative, Rimac will be revamped, but keep its cultural identity. Deep rooted religious traditions and emblematic stories of colonial time scandals also feed this eclectic neighbourhood’s fables. The “Reborn Rimac” will be an added attraction to Lima’s growing downtown touristic circuit. 31 December 2009As part of a United Nations-backed plan to restore historical architectural gems that have deteriorated into slums, residents of Rimac, one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Peru’s capital, Lima, will start registering property titles as of 2010 in an effort to restore the priceless landmarks.
20 September 2011Participants have gathered at a high-level United Nations meeting today to highlight the need for stronger action to protect the world’s drylands, which are home to two billion people, stressing that doing so will help reduce poverty and improve development prospects. More than 12 million hectares of productive land are lost due to desertification every year, the equivalent of losing an area the size of South Africa every decade, according to the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). While the term desertification often conjures up visions of land turning into barren tracts of sand, it actually refers to a less dramatic but equally destructive process – the loss of the capacity to grow crops or raise livestock in arid, semi-arid or dry sub-humid areas, the so-called drylands. While productive land becomes scarcer, providing food for the nine billion people predicted to live on Earth in 2050 will require a 70 per cent increase in global food production. “Drought and land degradation must therefore move to the centre of policy development,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the meeting, one of several high-level events taking place this week on the margins of the 66th session of the General Assembly. “By refocusing our development agenda to include the potential of drylands, we can break the links between poverty and desertification, drought and land degradation,” he said. Mr. Ban drew attention to the drylands of the Horn of Africa, which are experiencing the most severe food crisis in the world, leaving more than 13 million people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in urgent need of humanitarian aid. “Drought does not have to become famine,” he stated. “Too often the international community reacts too late. Too often decisions are taken based on false economies. In the end, we count the cost not just in human lives but in the extra expense of responding to crises that could have been averted for a fraction of the price. “The world’s drylands are too often an investment desert – seen by governments and the international community as a lost cause. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he added, noting that drylands hold the potential to drive national economic growth and sustainable human development. The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said that desertification is one of the most complex challenges today, with serious environmental, economic, political and social impacts that affect people, most of whom are poor. “The economic, social and human cost of desertification is tremendous and I call upon the international community to take immediate and decisive action to address its impacts and to take measures for both its prevention and reversal,” said Mr. Al-Nasser. He highlighted the need for major innovative policy interventions and shifts in sustainable land management strategies to address the impacts of desertification, which must be done with the active engagement of all stakeholders and local communities. “Effectively addressing desertification and land degradation can only be done in the context of other major global challenges, such as climate change, poverty eradication, food security, deforestation and biodiversity loss,” the President added. Established in 1994, UNCCD is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment, development and the promotion of healthy soils. The convention’s 194 parties work to alleviate poverty in the drylands, maintain and restore the land’s productivity and mitigate the effects of drought. UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja told the meeting that this is the first time that the convention’s core issues are being taken up by such a high-level political gathering since its entry into force in 1996. “Among the main challenges in implementing the convention, low political recognition and lack of mainstreaming in national strategic plans come first,” he noted. “However, addressing land degradation is not a burden for public budgets, but rather a driving force for sustainable and inclusive economic development.” He said that “to sustain life on Earth, we must build a land degradation-neutral world,” which will involve a global commitment leading to effective action at all levels. “I urge you as the leaders of our planet to take policy measures which will lead to a paradigm shift in the way we manage our land resources.” Speaking to reporters later in the day, Mr. Gnacadja noted that many people used to believe that land degradation and desertification were problems that only affected a few people in some remote places, but that has changed thanks in part to the convention.“Land degradation is happening everywhere in the world,” he stated, stressing that attention at the highest political levels must be given to this issue.As the day-long meeting came to a close, Mr. Al-Nasser stressed that “we must act on what we know: that prevention is the most effective way to cope with desertification.”Efforts to reduce pressures on drylands and combat desertification need to go hand in hand with efforts to eradicate poverty and will contribute to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he added, referring to the globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No tentative deal between GM and Cami assembly workers, talks still ongoing by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2013 2:26 pm MDT INGERSOLL, Ont. – The union representing 2,900 workers at a General Motors plant in Ingersoll, Ont., says it needs more time for negotiations.The Canadian Auto Workers union originally wanted to present a tentative agreement to its members at a meeting scheduled for Sunday, but it has cancelled the gathering to give negotiators more time to reach a deal.Local 88, which represents the workers at Cami Automotive Inc., have been in talks with General Motors for the past several weeks.Local president Dan Borthwick, who said negotiations are expected to continue next week, added he was confident a deal will be reached before the current contract ends in September.The CAMI plant produces the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossover vehicles.Earlier this month, GM announced it was investing $250 million in new equipment at the plant so it could build a wider variety of vehicles at a lower cost.
Brock University and Niagara College will continue to facilitate youth entrepreneurship after successfully managing the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program and ncTakeOff hub for the last two years.Applications for this year’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program can be submitted through BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator until Sept. 25.Matt Clarke, an accounting student at Brock’s Goodman School of Business, has experienced the value of the KSE program.Last year, Clarke founded Express Deliveries, a local delivery company that has already served over 8,000 customers in Niagara with the help of the program.“It helped us a lot,” Clarke said. “They teach you about marketing, accounting, finance – and actually help you get through the beginning stages of your business. They provide you with mentorship, and some competitions we were part of us really taught us how to talk to investors and present ourselves.”Born out of a class project, Danielle Speck, a second-year student in Niagara College’s Business – General program, founded Mojo Hydrotherapy, an artisanal bath bomb social enterprise. In under six months, Danielle won the Entrepreneur Challenge, a Niagara College business plan contest supported by ncTakeOff, received a $3000 Summer Company grant via the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre, and has established a distribution network with local markets and retailers, including Niagara College’s Benchmarket.“After my entrepreneurship class project, I had so much support from my teacher, Rachel Crane, and couldn’t have imagined the umbrella of opportunities and guidance that would come from her and Niagara College,” Speck said. “ncTakeOff connected me with shop owners, photographers, media, local business support centres, business social events, grant opportunities and more I even thought was available to us.”There will be several signature events co-hosted by Brock University and Niagara College, as well as standalone resources which will be offered on respective campuses and tailored to meet the unique needs of each student population.Planned for Nov. 4-6, the annual Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend will see young entrepreneurs form a team, build and pitch a business idea all in one weekend. The weekend will also include a keynote speaker, business development training, and mentorship opportunities for youth aged 18-29 who are technically skilled or curious about entrepreneurship.Other key events include Entrepreneurship Week in March which will feature pitch competitions and networking opportunities, and a showcase in April to celebrate student entrepreneur successes.
WORCESTER, Mass. — Austin Butler scored 14 points with seven rebounds and three steals, Jehyve Floyd added 12 points, 13 boards, six blocks and four assists, and Holy Cross pulled away in the second half to beat Fairleigh Dickinson 67-49 on Saturday for the Knights’ third straight loss.Jacob Grandison scored 13 points with seven boards and Caleb Green scored 10 with six assists for the Crusaders (5-3), who held the Knights to 30 per cent shooting and forced 19 turnovers.Butler’s layup capped a 16-8 run for a 40-33 Holy Cross lead early in the second half and the Crusaders led by 10 on his free throw. The Knights went scoreless for 5:28 and the Crusaders pulled away on a 10-0 run for a 54-35 lead on Grandison’s jumper with 4:26 to play and led by double digits from there.Holy Cross led 14-6 on Kyle Copeland’s 3, but Mike Holloway Jr.’s free throw tied it at 16 and the Knights scored seven straight for a 23-16 lead on Xzavier Malone-Key’s dunk. The Crusaders finished on an 8-2 run and trailed 25-24 at halftime on Grandison’s layup.Elyjah Williams scored 11 points, Darnell Edge and Jahlil Jenkins added 10 apiece, and Holloway grabbed 13 rebounds for Fairleigh Dickinson (3-4).The Associated Press
Children should be left to play during school holidays Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit: REUTERS Beeston Hall, a co-educational preparatory school for children aged four to 13, sends it alumni to the country’s leading public schools such as Eton College, Harrow School and Radley College. Pushy parents should leave their children alone during school holidays so that they can develop resilience and independence, the headmaster at one of Britain’s leading preparatory schools has said. Rather than forcing youngsters into “tightly controlled schedules” full of CV-building activities such as musical instrument lessons, parents should let their children to entertain themselves. Fred de Falbe, headmaster of the £23,000-a-year Beeston Hall School in Norfolk, said that it would be far better for a child’s personal development to allow them to become bored, so that they can then find creative ways to occupy their time. Writing in the summer edition of Attain magazine, he said: “Practising the violin swells the heart of every ambitious parent, but doodling with a diabolo or yoyo, seeing if you can make a glass sing with your index finger or if you can raise a single eyebrow are not yet – as far as I know – skills that are proudly added to the CV.” It was thought to be under consideration by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a potential school for Prince George, had they decided to live make Amner Hall in Norfolk their permanent residence. He suggests instead that children should be left to play with paper darts, unicycle, stilts, or a Rubik’s cube. “Not only does this add into the broth of resilience…it can prod problem-solving and self-esteem too – further totems of successful personal development,” he said.“Those left-field activities are often the consequences of boredom (rather than a tightly controlled holiday schedule) and evidence of it as a necessary motivational process. “Boredom drags children into territory where they are obliged to think for themselves, to confront a kind of loneliness and to tackle a task independently.” 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.
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. Jack Vallender told the court: “By sheer accident we walked out the store and we forgot to pay.”Credit:Brais G. Rouco/Central News Jack, who lived in Stroud in Gloucestershire with his mother at the time and attended Marling Grammer School, said: “JP Morgan is one of the top firms for investment banking. If I could get my foot in the door, that would really help me.”If I could get that internship, that would be massive – it was the one thing I wanted to do. I was worried about not having enough time to do the application.” Douglas Vallender owns Valle Construction and Valdon Developments based in St Ives, Cornwall and also owns two coffee companies, Kwick.Coffee and Exspesso (corr).Douglas and Jack Vallender, of St Ives, Cornwall were each cleared of one count of theft. A father and son have been cleared of stealing champagne from Fortnum & Mason after the younger man told a court he was rushing to complete a JP Morgan job application. Douglas Vallender, 52, and Jack Vallender, 18, were alleged to have swiped champagne from the famous Piccadilly department store in London’s West End on 1 May 2017.The Cornwall based businessman and his son walked out with the bottles of bubbly worth £348 without paying. The jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts for the pair after just 48 minutes of deliberations.It was claimed they entered the upmarket store at about 12.15pm and between them smuggled out the box of champers before being stopped in the street.Prosecutor James Cartwright said that it was a “thought out and planned theft” but the Vallenders insisted they had simply forgotten to pay.Jack told Southwark Crown Court that he was in a rush to fill out an application for an internship with banking giant JP Morgan. David Campbell, defending Douglas Vallender, told jurors that the pair admitted walking out of the shop with the bottles but they simply “made a mistake”. ‘The fact is that they are human,’ Mr Campbell said.Addressing the jury, judge Michael Howard QC said: ‘You have come to your verdict extremely quickly.’Both of them are, of course, entitled to be released immediately.’Speaking outside the courtroom, Douglas Vallender said: “We are very grateful that the correct decision was reached and can’t thank our legal team enough. It has caused a lot of hurt and upset to the family.”Asked if Fortnum & Mason should apologise, Douglas Vallender said: ‘I think they should, it’s because of them that this has come about.’A tearful Jack told reporters: ‘I used to love coming to London but now it seems like the only reason I have come up really is because of this. People see it and they just assume the worst.” If I could get that internship, that would be massive – it was the one thing I wanted to do. I was worried about not having enough time to do the applicationJack Vallender He said: “By sheer accident we walked out the store and we forgot to pay.”Referring to his son, Douglas Vallender said: “He was getting in a bit of a flap and I said, “okay, okay,” and we walked straight out of the shop, never batted an eyelid and all the rest of it.”