Opposition slams Maharashtra govt. for not giving kharif loan waiver

first_imgPushing for big-ticket infrastructure projects in the interim Budget, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Wednesday tried to do a balancing act by proposing the maximum allocation of ₹8,733 crore for irrigation, with a focus on Vidarbha and Marathwada and the drought-prone regions.Criticising the interim Budget for neglecting farmers, Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Radakrishna Vikhe-Patil said it has not only failed to address the farmers’ demands but also pushed the drought-affected farmers to the brink of losing hope.The government had in October last year declared drought in 151 talukas in 26 of total 36 districts. A provision of ₹1,500 crore has been made for the government’s flagship Jalyukt Shivar scheme, which proposes to make 22,000 villages drought free by May 2019.Underlining the government’s focus on irrigation and agriculture, Mr. Mungantiwar said, “A provision of ₹5,187 crore has been made for micro-irrigation, wells and farm ponds along with the works under Employment guarantee scheme (EGS). An outlay of ₹3,498 crore has been proposed for agriculture schemes.”An outlay of ₹900 crore has been proposed for electric connections to agriculture pump sets. Reaching out to various sections of society, the government made a provision of ₹572 crore for an educational scholarship scheme for economically backward class students. “This (allocation) will help in effective implementation of the Centre’s decision for 10% quota for economically weaker sections (among General category),” he said.The interim budget also allocates ₹6,306 crore for development of basic energy infrastructure facilities, ₹101 crore for modernisation of bus stations, and ₹5,210 crore for concessions in power tariff for agri consumers.“An outlay of ₹1,097 crore has been proposed for providing nutritious food to children between age of six months to three years, pregnant as well as lactating mothers,” the finance minister said. The government has also proposed an amnesty scheme for settlement of pending and disputed taxes, interest, fines and late fees, which will benefit traders and help government recover pending taxes.“Of the budget outlay of ₹4.08 lakh crore last year, the government has actually spent only 65% of total allocations,” said Mr. Vikhe-Patil. He also slammed the minister for not announcing complete loan waiver on kharif crop loan for 2018. “Most of the provisions in this budget are inadequate for departments such as Woman and Child Development, Rural Development as well as for development of airports in the State,” former finance minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jayant Patil said.Leader of Opposition in the Council and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde said the interim Budget is cut off from reality.last_img read more

Asian Games: Manjit Singh wins India’s first gold in 800m in 36 years!

first_imgAdvertisementOvernight Manjit Singh went from unknown athlete to a national sensation by winning the Gold medal at the men’s 800m, thus delivering India’s first gold at the respective sporting event.Fellow Indian Jinson Johnson claimed the Silver medal, although it was very unexpected by the sports experts that Manjit would be able to strike gold as Jinson was the medal favorite.28-year-old Manjit ran his personal best of 1 minute 46.15 seconds to win his first major international medal. Johnson finished with a time of 1 minute 46.35 seconds. In June, he had smashed Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old 800m record. Abdul Abubaker of Qatar finished third with 1 minute 46.35 seconds.It’s India’s first gold in 800m since 1982, when Charles Borromeo won it with a timing of 1:46.81.The last time Indian duo had won an Asiad gold-silver in the 800m was 67 years ago in the inaugural edition in New Delhi in 1951 through Ranjit Singh and Kulwant Singh.The 28-year old lad from Haryana in an interview to Indian Express said:“I saw videos of my races at national and international events and analyzed the mistakes. I was motivated to improve myself. I never thought of bettering the national mark. I just wanted to give my best. I don’t have a job but my coach is from the Army.”“I was very hopeful. I had prepared accordingly. I never thought of bettering the national mark. I just wanted to give my best. I had strategized to follow runners initially and then push towards the last 100-150m. I did it and won gold for my country.”Jinson who won the silver said, “It’s always good when two from the same country are running,” he would say. “I was running well, but I never expected Manjit to come along fast.”This is India’s third Gold medal at athletics after Tejinder Pal Singh, Neeraj Chopra.VIDEO:Video Playerhttps://www.sportsindiashow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/qpMop12uVQD9iGGX.mp400:0000:0000:41Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img“It is the only international hockey tournament in the “It is the only international hockey tournament in the world named after a person. It is also the longest running invitational tournament,” says Rahim. “A lot of other tournaments began during the past few decades, but they could not continue long.” Involved in several capacities from player, administrator and patron of the game that he was fond of, the Late Sultan Azlan Shahs persistence ensured that top hockey talent from around the world came and exhibited their dazzling skills in front of admiring audiences in Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh. Chief organiser Rahim said the tournament always sought to promote Asian hockey and with that focus in mind, the organisers had always invited four Asian teams. This decision has recently endorsed by the Asian Hockey Federation. He said the event has always run smoothly, except for the torrential rains in 2010 that flooded the pitch on the day of the final encounter. “The FIHs tournament director that year was a South African, who had never encountered such a situation,” said Rahim. “The the problem was resolved when the Sultan directed him to declare India and South Korea as the joint champions.” The declaration of joint champions had never happened before but in Ipoh that day, it was the perfect solution. PTI Cor SSC SSClast_img read more

India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 1: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Day 1 of the third Test between India and New Zealand in Indore. (LIVE SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL COVERAGE)17.05 IST: India are well poised at the moment to score big and push the Black Caps on the back foot on a track which is providing substantial support tothe seamers as well as the spinners. It will be a difficult task for theKiwis to come back from here. If India come out tomorrow and counterattack, the visiting side will further slip into a hole. The New Zealand bowlers need to put their best efforts and break this threateningpartnership. Who knows, if a wicket falls, a string of wickets may falland they may claw back into the match.17.00 IST: India have dominated the final session big time on the back of Kohli’sbrilliant ton and Rahane’s half century. They have feasted on the Kiwibowlers and creamed them around with controlled aggression. Both of them ensured that the scoreboard kept ticking around and didn’t allow theKiwi spinners and seamers to settle down.16.58 IST: And that’s it! India 267/3 at stumps. Kohli 103*, Rahane 79*16.46 IST: This is also the first century of this series. Kudos to Kohli!The first century of the @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ series goes to #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/uLwNEAjVv8 BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201616.38 IST: Kohli slams 13th Test century, also his 1st ton in India as captain. IND 257/3 in 85 overs Drama on the century ball! On a length outside off, Kohli camps back and plays it with soft hands towards point. He sets off for a single and the fielder hurls in a direct throw at the bowler’s end. He dived full length to get back. There is an appeal from the Kiwis for a run out but Virat looks confident out there. He is about to raise his hands in the air. Has he got his century? It has been referred upstairs. The replays show that the Indian skipper has made the crease easily. He is not out and finally celebrates. The crowd roars in jubilation and applauds the terrific knock!advertisementVIRAAAAAAAAAAT 13th Test hundred. Follow the game – https://t.co/0e3wZWCAUV #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/MbmMWQc8NX BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201616.26 IST: FOUR! Risky! Shortish outside off, Rahane guides it over the second slip and gully fielder for a boundary. Just used the pace of the bat, was edgy though. IND 246/3 in 83 overs16.05 IST: FOUR! Beautiful wristwork from the skipper! Around middle and leg, Kohli flicks it wristily through mid-wicket and the ball rolls on the carpet through to the boundary. The captain moves into the 80s. IND 222/3 in 78 overs16.01 IST: That’s fifty for Rahane, his 10th in Test cricket. IND 214/3 in 76.1 oversFIFTY! @ajinkyarahane88 brings up his half-century with a six in the third @Paytm Test #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/4OYBFMWQgT BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201615.39 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have now added 101 runs in their partnership for the fourth wicket. India 201/3 in 72 overs 15.33 IST: Kohli has finally ended his barren run with his fifty. The last fifty-plus score he hit was in West Indies when he had scored a double century in July. He has taken eight innings to come back to form. India 194/3 in 71 overs15.10 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Good length ball on off, Kohli flicks it through square leg. The ball wins the race and goes past the rope as the fielder is not quick enough. IND 178/3 in 65 overs AP Photo  FIFTY! @imVkohli brings up his 13th half century @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/BpHERQt2u5 BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201614.49 IST: FOUR! That’s a tremendous shot! Fullish outside off, Rahane comes down the track and smacks it over the bowler’s head for a boundary. IND 165/3 in 61 overs14.44 IST: FOUR! That’s a lovely shot! Fuller length ball outside off, Kohli leans into it and drives it through the cover region for a boundary. IND 161/3 in 60 overs14.40 IST: That’s fifty for Virat Kohli, first of this series and 13th overall in Tests. IND 157/3in 59 overs14.32 IST: 50-run stand comes up between Kohli and Rahane. This has been a really important partnership for India, especially in this situation. IND 151/3 in 57 overs14.30 IST: The players are out in the middle. The weather has improved a bit. Jeetan Patel to take the ball first.14.25 IST: Jeetan Patel and Mitchell Santner bowled intelligently and varied their pace nicely. They extracted ample amount of assistance from the pitch and made Kohli and Rahane work hard for every run. Henry and Boult also sprinted in and gave it their all. However, the duo have seen the session through and would like to add as much as possible when they come back to bat in the final session. On the other hand, the Black Caps would like to strike early and make a dent. Stay tuned as the play will resume in a short while.advertisementTake a look at the session summary at Tea on Day 1 of the 3rd Test match. #TeamIndia are 148/3 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/1ct4xLqWIZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201614.20 IST: It was quite an interesting session with the pitch starting to play tricks in the first day itself. India have done well to score 73 runs in 30 overs for the loss of only one wicket. The Kiwis began the session on a bright note as Santner bamboozled Pujara with a beauty and castled his stumps. After that, Kohli and Rahane have fought bravely in the middle with the former getting a bit lucky at times.14.10 IST: India 148/3 at tea. Kohli 45*, Rahane 19*, Santner 1/2614.06 IST: EDGED! FOUR! Kohli is really lucky out there! Flighted outside off, Kohli tries to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge and just past the slip fielder. Taylor fielding there doesn’t move at all as he is caught by surprise. The ball goes past the fence too.AP Photo14.03 IST: FOUR! Landed outside off, Rahane steers it through the backward point region. The ball goes through the gap for a boundary. IND 140/3 in 54 overs 13.56 IST: FOUR! But that was almost a catch! Rahane got out in a similar fashion in the second Test, lucky not to now. Boult brings out the short one from out of nowhere and angles it in to Rahane. He rocks back and half-pulls it in the air over mid-wicket. The fielder out in the deep comes running in and dives in an attempt to take it, but the ball falls just short of him. It then goes past him and to the fence behind. Boundary signalled by the umpire. IND 133/3 in 52 overs13.40 IST: FOUR! THAT’S KOHLI AT HIS BEST! That’s the only way to describe that. Back of a length delivery on the stumps, it keeps a bit low and Kohli adjusts himself beautifully here. Goes back, swivels across and pulls it through the gap in the mid-wicket region to pick up a boundary.13.39 IST: Rahane today became the 36th Indian player to reach the milestone of 2000 Test runs. 2000 Test runs for @ajinkyarahane88 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/Qc8IeTMEeu BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201613.25 IST: CLOSE! Banged in short on off from Henry, Rahane tries to fend but the ball rises a tad more and it goes off the arm guard towards the first slip fielder where Taylor takes the catch and New Zealand appeal. The umpire says not out as it went off the arm guard. Pretty good decision, that. IND 115/3 in 45 overs13.17 IST: Rahane completes 2000 runs in Test cricket. These runs have come from all over the world. IND 112/3 42.3 oversadvertisement12.56 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot! Fullish outside off, Kohli drives it confidently through the mid off region. The ball races away to the fence in a flash. IND 105/3 in 37 overs12.52: OUT! Bowled ’em! Superb delivery! Tossed up delivery on middle and off, Pujara goes onto his back foot to defend but the ball spins away a touch after landing. Pujara misses it and the ball goes through to disturb the off stump. IND 100/3 in 36 overs. Ajinkya Rahane walks in next12.50 IST: 100 up for India in the 36th over. 12.43 IST: FOUR! That’s a solid shot! Shortish on off, Pujara goes onto his back foot and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. IND 94/2 in 34 overs12.40 IST: Mitchell Santner is back on! New Zealand would hope to get a breakthrough.  12.22 IST: Appeal for an LBW! Flighted outside off, Kohli tries to defend it off his back foot but gets hit on the pads. Jeetan Patel appeals confidently but the umpire says not out as the impact was outside off probably. IND 81/2 in 29 overs12.10 IST: We are back for the second session! Pujara and Kohli stride out. Jeetan Patel to bowl. Here we go…11.50 IST: Gambhir and Pujara joined hands and were stitching together a promising partnership. Gambhir was looking good out in the middle and was playing with intent and solidity before he was rapped LBW by Boult. Pujara and Kohli have started to build up the innings again and would be eager to carry on. On the other hand, New Zealand would look to break the partnership and make it difficult for the home side. Join us for the post-lunch session in a short while.AP Photo 11:45 IST: It was an even session and we can say that both sides have shared it. Williamson introduced Jeetan Patel early on and it was an intelligent bit of captaincy. It worked as Patel struck in his first over and sent Vijay back to the hut. Gambhir and Pujara joined hands and stitched together a healthy partnership. Gambhir was looking good out in the middle.11.30 IST: And that’s lunch! India 75/2 at lunch. Pujara 29*, Kohli 7*, Boult 1/23, Patel 1/711.24 IST: Here’s Sachin Tendulkar paying tribute to the warriors of the sky on the occasion of 84th anniversary of Indian Air Force Day.Salute to our brave warriors of the sky on the occasion of 84th anniversary of Indian #AirForceDay pic.twitter.com/4kIh2GEOdu BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201611.04 IST: OUT! Boults gets his man, traps Gambhir lbw for 29. Gambhir departs and Bould does the damage! Fullish length delivery around off, Gambhir looks to defend but plays down the wrong line and is rapped low on the back pad. There is a loud appeal for LBW and the umpire obliges and rules it out. it looked plumb to the naked eye and the replays show that it was quite adjacent. IND 60/2 in 19.5 overs. Captain Kohli is the next man in.10:47 IST: Nothing much on offer for the quicks off the deck with Gambhir and Pujara looking quite settled at the crease. IND 52/1. Indore roaring with chants of India, gives Test ckt rousing welcome. future of Test ckt is small cities. @BCCI @JM_Scindia #indvsnz pic.twitter.com/jQ6jidirgZ Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) October 8, 201610.32 IST: FOUR! Controlled! Good length ball outside off, Pujara steers it at the last moment through the gap between slips and gully for a boundary again. Fifty comes up for India. Gambhir 28*, Pujara 12*10.30 IST: FOUR! FOUR! Quick outfield! Fuller length ball outside off, Pujara drives it through the cover region. The ball races away to the fence in no time.10.23 IST: Trent Boult is back into the attack! No first and second slips for him.10.20 IST: Gambhir has been in superb from in domestic cricket. Scored 1580 runs in first-class since playing his last Test in 2014. Only Abhinav Mukund has scored more runs than Gambhir as an opener in that period. IND 41/1 in 11 overs10.07 IST: FOUR! Tad short outside off from Patel and Gambhir steers it late to the third man region. The ball goes past the fence and Gambhir gets another boundary. IND 35/1 in 7 overs10.05 IST: Here are some interesting stats on the comeback man, Gautam Gambhir. Gautam Gambhirfirst 50 inns: 2692 runs, ave 57.28, 100s/50: 9/10last 50 inns: 1354 runs, ave 28.21, 100s/50s: 0/11#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 8, 201610.02 IST: FOUR! Nicely played! Angles it on the pads, Gambhir tickles it to the fine leg region. No fielder in the deep and GG gets another boundary. IND 30/1 in 6 overs9.58 IST: OUT! Spin does the trick for NZ. Jeetan Patel gets rid of Vijay (10). Flighted ball on off, stops a bit, Vijay tries to defend but the ball goes off the inside half of the bat and straight to Latham at short leg. Vijay can’t believe it. Patel gets the early breakthrough. The ball didn’t go straight in Latham’s hands though, went off the arm first and then into this hands. IND 26/1 in 5 overs. Pujara is the next batsman in.9.53 IST: SIX! Another biggie! Short of a length ball on middle and leg, Gambhir pulls it over the long leg region. The fielder in the deep tries to get under the ball but it sails over the rope for back-to-back sixes. The crowd is totally enjoying this. Gambhir moves to 16 off just 9 balls. IND 26/0 in 4 overs9.51 IST: SIX! That is some short! Banged in short on middle and leg, Gambhir rocks back and pulls it over the square leg region. The ball goes all the way for a biggie! 9.48 IST: FOUR! Overpitched again and same result! Fuller length ball outside off, Vijay drives it through the cover region for another boundary.9.46 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot! Fuller length ball around off, Vijay leans onto it and drives it beautifully through the extra cover region. The ball races away to the fence and the crowd start cheering “Indiaaa Indiaaaa!”9.44 IST: FOUR! Gambhir is off the mark in style! Tad short outside off, Gambhir rocks back and cuts it confidently through the point region. Beats the fielder there and gets a boundary to get going. IND 6/0 in 2 overs9.39 IST: Murali Vijay off the mark with a single of the last ball. IND 1/0 in 1 over9.34 IST: Extraordinary! First ball and the seam is completely gone. Never seen this before! New ball has been taken. 9.30 IST: Trent Boult to start the proceedings for NZ. Murali Vijay opens for India. It is overcast right now in Indore.TOSS KA BOSS!Virat Kohli’s love affair with the toss continues. The Indian captain has won seven consecutive tosses at home, including this match.A file image of Virat Kohli. (AP Photo) 3rd Test – #TeamIndia win the toss and elect to bat first @Paytm Test Cricket #IndvNZ pic.twitter.com/9PyH7qWgkC BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 2016Playing XIs: India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh YadavNew Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (wk), Jeetan Patel, Matt Henry, Trent Boult Kane Williamson: It is important we put them under pressure, hope we can do that. I have recovered over the last two days and two changes for us as well – Neesham for Wagner and myself for Nicholls.Virat Kohli: It has been pretty good to win two out of two, now winning the third one, would like to bat first. Just want to put up a good total on the board. It is all about creating good habits and keeping up with it. At the same time, we can’t be complacent and all the boys are eagerly waiting for this Test match as well. It is a historic day for Indore and the association as well – first ever Test match. It has always been a batting-friendly wicket. Spinners will come into play on days 3 and 4. It is a hard surface and it will be an even contest. The bowlers will be in it if they bowl well and batsmen can score runs too. Two changes – Gambhir for Dhawan and Umesh for Bhuvi. Toss and team news: India won the toss and have opted to bat. Gautam Gambhir replaces an injured Shikhar Dhawan while Umesh Yadav comes in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham are the changes for New Zealand. #TeamIndia win the toss and will bat first #IndvNZ @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/MwMDo8tUnV BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 2016Preview: The series already in their pocket and the number one ranking cemented, a dominant India go into the third Test against New Zealand aiming yet another clean sweep of a Test series at home.The hosts had blanked Australia 4-0 in 2012-13 and the West Indies in the next season.They nearly repeated the feat against South Africa last year and this impressive history in recent past makes India favourites in the first-ever Test being hosted by this city which has a long tradition in the game. New Zealand, who have competed well in phases against the rampaging home team so far, have an enviable task of stopping the Virat Kohli-led side from notching up their 12th win at home from 14 encounters.The Kiwis would hope that captain Kane Williamson, who missed the second game due to illness, regains full fitness to lead them for one last-ditch effort to score a rare victory on the Indian soil. (Virat Kohli’s India look to extend unbeaten run at home)In Williamson’s absence the Kiwis folded up without much of a fight for totals of 204 and 197 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. His return is very important especially with the other top batsman in the ranks, Ross Taylor struggling for runs.New Zealand spinners too have been unable to exert sustained pressure on the Indian batsmen after the new ball bowlers make early inroads and this too has had a bearing on the series. Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi have shown the way to some extent in batting against the Indian spin-oriented attack, but others need to step up.India would certainly miss the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is out with a back injury after bowling sustained spells and grabbing a five-wicket haul in the first innings at Kolkata. (Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir’s return evokes nostalgia)Umesh Yadav, who played in the first game, is expected to be back to lend support to the impressive Mohammed Shami who bowled well in Kolkata even when his daughter was in the ICU of a local hospital. The commitment and skills with the old ball shown by Shami had been exemplary. The biggest threat for the Kiwi batsmen are Ashwin, with his variety in off spin, and Jadeja, who bowls left arm spin with pin-point accuracy with subtle variations.The Black Caps, on the other hand, have depended on their pace attack led well by Trent Boult and Matt Henry who was brought in to play in Kolkata to make it a three-pronged pace attack after the visitors had gone in with a three-pronged spin formation in the series-opener.last_img read more

Oppo R11 with dual rear-camera set up, Android Nougat 7.1 goes official

first_imgThe Oppo R11 which has been subjected to several leaks and rumour off late, has now finally become official.  The phone has been listed on company’s official retail partner and will go on sale from June 10 in China.The site reveals that the phone will come in three colour options- Gold, Rose Gold and Black. However, listing does not mention the price of the phone but pas rumours suggest that the phone may cost around $500 which equals to Rs 32,190.The listing reveals that the phone will come with 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The phone seen on the site sports a metal unibody design with a rectangular home button on the front which also doubles up as the fingerprint scanner. Power button is placed on the right while Volume rocker is seen on the left edge of the smartphone. The device is seen sporting dual cameras on the back and company logo at the centre of the back. The Oppo R11 sports a 20-megapixel and another 16-megapixel sensor with a dual-LED flash at the back.The Oppo R11 is runs Android 7.1 Nougat with company’s ColorOS on top. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card. The Oppo R11 is backed by a 2900mAh battery with connectivity options 3.5mmjack, 4G LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth onboard. There are no words on the India availability yet.Only last month, Oppo launched its F3 smartphone in India. The smartphone with dual front camera system and costs Rs 19,990. The phone is a successor to Oppo F3 Plus which also comes with same front dual camera system. The Oppo F3 uses smart recognition to detect when three or more people in the frame and automatically change it to wide-angle mode, says Oppo. One rear, the phone packs a 13MP camera with with LED flash, optical image stabilisation and  phase detection autofocus features. The Oppo F3 also comes with same 64GB internal storage which is expandable but runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based ColorOS 3.0.advertisementAlso Read: Oppo F3 review: Buy it for its superb selfie cameralast_img read more

Pakistan’s salvation, Sri Lanka’s downfall highlight an eventful 2017

first_imgThis year has been an eventful one in the world of cricket for various reasons.From Pakistan’s extraordinary effort to beat a red-hot India in the Champions Trophy final to Sri Lanka’s torrid run in limited-overs cricket, 2017 has been a year to remember.Talking of runs, how can one not talk about India’s dominating performance in 2017? India made the most of their home season, winning 14 series this year across the formats.Not only these three, the game also saw new additions. To spice up things, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to introduce four-day Test cricket and also grant Test status to two more teams, Afghanistan and Ireland. And recently, in Sharjah, a new format of the game kicked-off in the form of T-10 cricket.ALSO WATCHWhile these were the good things, a year without controversy isn’t really possible. Is it?England’s ace all-rounder Ben Stokes along with Alex Hales were reportedly involved in a heated incident at a Bristol bar while Jonny Bairstow was also fined by the ECB for staying out late ahead of a match day. While Hales was let off and was available for selection just recently, Stokes is still out of international cricket. He, however, has been added to England’s limited-overs squad against the Aussies.Not only that, Cricket Australia too had a tough time dealing with its players with the country’s game representatives declaring that they won’t be playing for Australia until and unless their demands are met and a better contract offer was on the table. But that got sorted just in time for tours and they went ahead.advertisementSo here’s a look at all the highlights of the year 2017.PAKISTAN’S CHAMPIONS TROPHY TRIUMPHLed by Sarfraz Ahmed, the ‘noisy neighbours’ of Indian cricket, silenced critics by hammering the defending champions by 180 runs at the Oval.Riding on Fakhar Zaman’s 114, Pakistan posted a stiff total of 338/4 from their 50 overs. In reply, the Indian openers — Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma — who were in tremendous form throughout the series, failed to fire. Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali bowled with pace and accuracy and Virat Kohli couldn’t help the cause as well. India were reduced to 5/54 from 13.3 overs and all hopes were lost. Hardik Pandya did try to wage a lone war but was run-out for a 46-ball 76 and the defending champions finally succumbed to defeat.Prior to the final, India had won all their three games, beating South Africa and Pakistan as well. They only lost to Sri Lanka in the group stages and defeated Bangladesh in the semis to make it to the final. Pakistan, on the other hand, lost to India in the group stages and defeated Sri Lanka and South Africa. The eventual winners eased past hosts England by eight wickets in the semis to reach the final.Nobody gave them a chance in the final. But riding on inspiring performances from Fakhar and the pacers, Pakistan lifted their first-ever Champions Trophy.Following their Champions Trophy triumph, cricket in the country also resurrected.The World XI led by Faf Du Plessis toured Pakistan for a three-match T20 series that the hosts won and the West Indies are also going to tour them in 2018 for three T20Is.Cricket has returned to the country after a gap of eight years.SRI LANKA’S DOWNFALLSri Lanka were on a torrid run in 50-over cricket before finally beating India at Dharamsala.Their losing streak started on July 8, 2017 when they lost to Zimbabwe back to back at Hambantota by four and three wickets. After that, they lost five-straight games to India and Pakistan in Sri Lanka and UAE, respectively to go 12 games straight without a win.The island nation suffered their third straight series whitewash in 2017 when Pakistan beat them 5-0 in October. Earlier, they had lost to South Africa and India. Before the Lankans, no team had been whitewashed more than twice in a year in bilateral series of five or more games. They were only whitewashed once in 34 years (1982-2016) in a five-match series and the team to do so was India in 2015.Before this horrendous run, they had lost 14 in a row between 1987 and 1988. None of the eight oldest full-member teams have suffered more than 11 losses in a row. England and West Indies are the only two teams to have lost 11 matches in a row.INDIA’S DOMINANCE Virat Kohli took over the team at the start of the year after Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to step down.India defeated England (ODIs and T20Is), Bangladesh (Test), Australia (Tests, ODIs), West Indies (ODIs), Sri Lanka (Tests, ODIs and T20Is), New Zealand (ODIs and T20Is) and then again Sri Lanka (Tests, ODIs and T20Is).advertisementWith the series win against the Lankans, India finished the year with 37 victories this year, seven of them in Tests, 21 in ODIs and nine in T20Is.NEW TEAMS IN TESTSTwo new teams were added to the roster in the form of Afghanistan and Ireland.As new full members of the ICC, Ireland and Afghanistan took the total of Test-playing countries to 12.Afghanistan are going to play their first-ever Test against India. However, the dates of the series are yet to be finalised.Until 1982 there were only seven full members of the ICC but that year Sri Lanka were admitted. Zimbabwe then joined in 1992 and Bangladesh wew the last to join in 2000.Cricket has a long history in Afghanistan but the country was amongst the sports minnows until gaining one-day international (ODI) status in 2011.In 2015, Afghanistan played in their first 50-over World Cup and they have also featured in the World Twenty20 competition.Ireland have steadily progressed in the game and first qualified for the World Cup in 2007, when they pulled off a shock win over Pakistan and they have qualified for both World Cups since then.INNOVATIONS IN THE GAMEICC approved the idea of four-day Tests and the first-ever four-day game is being played between South Africa and Zimbabwe. The game started on December 26 at Port Elizabeth. Along with being a four-day Test, it is also be a day-night Test.A minimum of 98 overs were to be played on each day and a first-innings lead of 150 was to be enough to enforce the follow-on in the day-night fixture in Port Elizabeth. Play was also to be extended for an extra 30 minutes to accommodate the additional eight overs.The match ended in two days and inside five sessions as the hosts hammered the visitors by an innings and 120 runs.Up north, the shortest format of the game also went underway.The likes of Virender Sehwag, Mohammed Amir, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Alex Hales were signed up by six teams for the T10 league in Sharjah between December 14-17.Shahid Afridi also picked up a hat-trick in one of the matches to set a record.CONTROVERSIES Ben Stokes was arrested after an incident in Bristol and was detained before being released without charge.Hales, who was with teammate Stokes at the time of his arrest, returned to Bristol in southwest England on Tuesday to help police with the investigation.The duo were handed suspensions and Stokes was also dropped from the Ashes squad. However, Hales was cleared for selection recently and Stokes was added to the limited-overs series squad against Australia.Stokes later decided to travel to New Zealand and play cricket for Canterburry. He started off slowly before hitting a brilliant 92 in his third match.Moving on to England’s Ashes rivals, the Aussies. They also had their fair share of controversies. The players decided against representing their countries if they were not given better contracts by June 30. However, nothing was solved and more than 203 people were ‘technically’ unemployed for over a month. After a war of words and cold vibes, the Aussie players decided to put pen on paper and go ahead with their tours of Bangladesh and India.advertisementSPECIAL MENTION: ASHESAlastair Cook has become the first England batsman to carry his bat since @Athersmike in 1997.https://t.co/5X7v95YLjf pic.twitter.com/NtnQwrQuNz- England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 28, 2017Talking of the Ashes, the Aussies regained the prestigious urn after beating England in the first-three Tests. The fourth Test is inclined towards England after Alastair Cook’s double hundred. Cook, who managed only 82 runs in the first three Tests and was heavily criticised for his technique. The southpaw came back and struck a fighting double ton — his fifth in Tests to take England to a commanding position.last_img read more

9 months agoTottenham manager Pochettino: Solskjaer has no extra motivation to beat me

first_imgTottenham manager Pochettino: Solskjaer has no extra motivation to beat meby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no extra motivation to beat his side on Sunday.Pochettino is the favourite to take over from Solskjaer when his caretaker stint at Old Trafford is expected to end at the end of the season.But the Argentine doesn’t believe that will motivate Solksjaer to get one over him at Wembley.”The motivation is already going to be there. When you are a manager or a coach, you cannot be focused on all the rumours. The most important thing is to have motivation to do our jobs in the best way,” Pochettino said.”Of course United will come to win and for him there is massive motivation or challenge to manage Manchester United. For me it’s a massive challenge to be at Tottenham.”We are so competitive, we are people that love to win and hate to lose. It’s always about wanting to win. The motivation in the Premier League is already there.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jessie J To Perform At Delete Blood Cancer Gala

first_imgDelete Blood Cancer co-founder and board member Katharina Harf will co-host the 2014 Delete Blood Cancer Gala along with Honorary Gala Chairman Michele Scannavini CEO CotyInc on Wednesday, May 7.The evening will honor EvanSohn and The Sohn Conference Foundation and feature an unforgettable performance by Jessie J.Delete Blood Cancer started with one family’s search for a bone marrow donor and is today part of the world’s largest bone marrow donor center. They have registered more than 4.2 million potential donors and facilitated more than 41,000 life-saving transplants.Also expected to attend the event are Georgia May Jagger, Dita von Teese, Veronica Webb, Kimberly Chandler, Angela Bellotte (model), Anastasia Ganias (actress), Anne Slowey (Elle Magazine) and Michele Scannavini, among others.WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2014WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street55 Wall Street, New York CityFind out more here.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Pardons 292 Convicts on King and Peoples Revolution

Rabat – King Mohammed VI granted his pardon to 292 convicts to mark the 61st anniversary of the King and People’s Revolution Day, celebrated on Wednesday (August 20th), the Justice ministry said on Tuesday.The detained beneficiaries of the pardon are:– 272 prisoners had their prison terms reduced.– 2 inmates’ life sentences commuted to limited prison terms. The free beneficiaries of the pardon:– 6 convicts benefited from pardon over their imprisonment terms.– 12 had their fines annulled.The royal pardon is granted to a number of prisoners by King Mohammed VI on the occasion of religious and major national celebrations.

Ban urges restraint as Madagascar protests turn deadly

8 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties in Madagascar to resolve their differences peacefully, while condemning the violence that erupted in the island nation’s capital yesterday reportedly killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens. “He deplores the violence and lack of restraint on all sides that led to this tragedy,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The Secretary-General calls upon all concerned parties to resolve their differences through peaceful and democratic means and through the exercise of responsible leadership,” the statement added. Prior to Saturday’s events, at least 68 people died in riots that erupted a week ago amid a dispute between the country’s President, Marc Ravalomanana, and Andry Rajoelina, the Mayor of its capital and largest city, Anatananarivo.In the wake of the crisis, Mr. Ban dispatched senior United Nations political aide Haile Menkerios to assess the situation in the country and explore what the world body could do to help avert further violence and contribute towards peace and stability.Mr. Menkerios is scheduled to meet with Government officials and others concerned during his 7 to 10 February visit.Mr. Ban urged the Malagasy authorities to urgently initiate a fair process by which those responsible for the violence will be brought to justice. “The Secretary-General stands ready to provide all the necessary support for the rapid and peaceful resolution of this crisis,” according to today’s statement. read more

Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges – UN report

The development follows the release of a report into the circumstances surrounding the mass exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya people from Myanmar, beginning in mid-August last year – events previously described by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.The crimes committed include murder, rape, torture, sexual slavery, persecution and enslavement, according to the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.Speaking to journalists in Geneva, the investigators – Marzuki Darusman, Radhika Coomaraswamy and Christopher Sidoti – underlined the horrific and organized nature of the brutality meted out on civilians in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 2011, as well as Kachin and Shan states.“The fact-finding Mission has concluded, on reasonable grounds, that the patterns of gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law that it is found, amount to the gravest crime under international law,” Mr. Sidoti said.“These have principally been committed by the military, the Tatmadaw,” he added, referring to Myanmar’s armed forces. “The Mission has concluded that criminal investigation and prosecution is warranted, focusing on the top Tatmadaw generals, in relation to the three categories of crimes under international law; genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” Included in the list of alleged perpetrators are Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing and five other commanders.“In Myanmar, there is a very clear chain of command,” Mr. Sidot explained, and added: “There is no doubt in our minds whatsoever that what we saw happen in Rakhine as a whole, would not have happened without it, firstly, being within the knowledge of the senior military leadership and secondly, under their effective control. And it’s because of the clarity of the chain of command in Myanmar that we have recommended the investigation and prosecution of these six.”Of well over 800 testimonies gathered, one in particular highlighted the extent of the abuse, that of a survivor who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. “I was lucky, I was only raped by three men,” she is quoted as saying.Such was the extent of the horrific violations that Ms. Coomaraswamy – a former UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict – said she was shocked by what she had found.“The scale, brutality, and systematic nature of rape and violence indicate that they are part of a deliberate strategy to intimidate, terrorize, or punish the civilian population,” she said. “They’re used as a tactic of war that we found include rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, forced nudity and mutilations.” UN Photo/Violaine MartinMarzuki Darusman, Chair of the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar (centre), flanked by Mission members Christopher Sidoti (l) and Radhika Coomaraswamy (r), briefs the press on their report, UN Office at Geneva, 27 August 2018.Before the fact-finding Mission delivers its findings to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in September, Chairperson Marzuki Darusman highlighted that one of the panel’s key recommendations required the attention of the UN Security Council:“The Mission called for the situation in Myanmar to be referred to the international criminal court and that, of course, is the task of the Security Council to undertake. And so, the message to the Security Council is of course, ‘Refer Myanmar to the [International Criminal Court].’” read more

Syrian crisis is clearest example of foreign investment in terrorism Deputy Prime

Mr. Al-Moualem said terrorists have plagued Syria for more than eight years, causing death, destruction and a humanitarian crisis.  “The case of Syria has been the clearest example of such foreign investment in terrorism,” he said.   “Tens of thousands of foreign terrorist fighters have been brought to Syria from more than a hundred countries, with the support and cover of States that are known to all. Even more, these same States deny us the right to defend our people against terrorists, which they consider ‘freedom fighters’ or ‘Syrian armed opposition’, as some like to call them.” Mr. Al-Moualem called Idlib the most recent example of this situation, stating that the north-western city hosts the largest gathering of foreign terrorist fighters in the world. Their crimes include continued rocket and mortar attacks against nearby civilian areas, using civilians as human shields, and preventing people from leaving via a humanitarian corridor established by the Government, he stated. “Would one of your governments stand and watch if faced with a similar situation?” he asked.  “Would you ever forfeit your right and duty to defend your people and liberate your country from terrorists and foreigners?” The Foreign Minister added that this Government has engaged in international political initiatives on Idlib, including an agreement by Russia and Turkey on the creation of de-escalation zones.   “Meanwhile, in the interim, the Turkish regime has failed to fulfill its commitments under these agreements. Instead, it has provided terrorists with all forms of support, including weapons that are more sophisticated,” he stated. “The Turkish regime is now rushing, with the support of some Western countries, to protect Al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups there just as they have done before.” The Foreign Minister reported on his administration’s recent political efforts, such as agreement on the terms of reference for a Constitutional Committee.   In this regard, he affirmed the Government’s readiness to work with the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, and “friendly countries”, though stressing that the process must be Syrian owned and led. Mr. Al-Moualem said the Government also is making “tremendous efforts” to improve the humanitarian situation. The UN estimates that more than 11.5 million people across Syria require humanitarian assistance.  He urged “peace-loving countries that uphold international law” to counter what he called an “illegal and inhumane blockade” which has restricted access to medicine, oil for electricity, and other needed items. read more

Teams needed for Brock soccer tournament

As soccer fever continues to captivate audiences around the globe, Brock International Services is preparing to host a tournament of its own.Held in celebration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a public outdoor co-ed soccer tournament will take over Brock’s Alumni Field Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.The knockout-style (single elimination) tournament is open to anyone aged 12 and older.While entry is free, donations of non-perishable food items are encouraged for the Brock University Students’ Union Food First program, which reopens in September. The intramural rules tournament will consist of a maximum of eight teams, who can expect to play on a half field for 20 minutes per half with a five-minute intermission. Prizes and commemorative medals will be awarded to the first-place team.Food will be available to purchase.Interested participants can sign-up individually or as a team by Wednesday, July 11 at noon.For more information or to register for the events, visit Brock International’s website. read more

Commentary Lance Armstrongs impact away from cycling will live on

After years of adamantly denying doping allegations, Lance Armstrong has finally decided to come clean: He used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. The admission came during a 2 1/2-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey that was taped Monday and will air over the course of Thursday and Friday night. The confession was a shocking turnaround, considering the multiple statements and interviews in recent years in which Armstrong vehemently denied his use of performance-enhancing drugs – allegations that he has been hit with since his first Tour de France victory in 1999. But does this in itself make him a bad person?  There’s no denying the fact that Armstrong, whose seven Tour de France titles and bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics were stripped from him, has faced stiff opposition – from officials and the public alike – and many are quick to condemn him for his dishonesty. But let’s look at Armstrong as a duality: There is Armstrong the athlete, and then there’s Armstrong the philanthropist. As a kid, I often heard an adage to the effect of this: “It’s not what you do on the field but what you do off the field that makes you who you are.” Viewing Armstrong with this mindset, we can see that he wasn’t so bad. In 1997 Armstrong founded the Livestrong Foundation, formerly known as the Lance Armstrong Foundation, an organization with the goal of supporting people who have been affected by cancer. Since its inception, it has raised more than $470 million, with 81 cents of every dollar going toward programs and services for cancer survivors, according to Livestrong.org.  Armstrong, much like his Major League Baseball counterparts – Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa – who were all denied entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this month because they were linked to using performance-enhancing drugs, might have tarnished his reputation, but his legacy as a proponent of helping those affected by cancer will live on. I’d say that’s a pretty good trade-off. read more

Softball Ohio State prepares for slugging fest against Northwestern

Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 22 Ohio State softball team begins its road series with Northwestern fresh off sweeping a doubleheader against Penn State Wednesday. Junior second baseman Emily Clark, as well as Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly, said that the Buckeyes (26-8, 7-4 Big Ten) can move into the Northwestern (23-13, 6-5 Big Ten) series confident in their ability to beat up on solid pitching given what they did against the Nittany Lions.“It’s good that we faced pretty decent pitching,” Clark said. “We did well and we succeeded on that, so I think that will give us confidence as this weekend approaches.”Northwestern will enter the series with a pair of starting pitchers who maintain ERAs below 4.00 in Kenna Wilkey and Morgan Newport. Overall, the team has found success in the circle, recording a 3.99 team ERA in 235.1 innings of work.Kovach Schoenly said Northwestern brings more to the table than just its pitching staff, however. She said Northwestern is a team more than capable of scoring runs in bulk and that the two high-powered offenses could be in for a back-and-forth battle.But again reflecting upon the Penn State series, Kovach Schoenly believes her team has what it takes to come out on top against the Wildcats.“The way we battled back when Penn State scored every time and then we would score, and we knew that we just had to keep scoring,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I feel like it’s going to be those types of games.”Clark also agreed saying the series will be “a slugging fest.”Though Ohio State brings an impressive offense to the matchup, Northwestern has the Buckeyes beat soundly in total offensive production. Northwestern has scored 271 runs compared to Ohio State’s 188. But the Buckeyes aren’t looking at the numbers feeling too anxious about their chances.“They run a lot so that plays into our game,” Kovach Schoenly said. “Becca [Gavin] is a really strong catcher so we’ll be up for that challenge.” Kovach Schoenly said that although she would love to have her shutout this juggernaut offense, she anticipates Northwestern’s ability to put the ball into play will force her team to make some big plays for any shutout to be possible. “They may score a run,” Kovach Schoenly said, “It’s kind of one of those concepts of, we’ll bend but don’t break, like giving one run, not four, so keeping it small each inning.”Kovach Schoenly said Northwestern has an offense similar to Ohio State, given the comparable ability to hit the long ball.“I just know that they can hit,” Kovach Schoenly said. “They’re kind of similar to our offense in that they have some kids that can hit the long ball.”Ohio State currently has 45 home runs so far this season, led by junior shortstop Lilli Piper with 16, while Northwestern has 30, led by freshman utility player Rachel Lewis’ 12.The two teams will battle it out starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston, Illinois. read more

6 things we learned from Luke Ming Flanagans Cannabis Regulation Bill

first_imgA person shall not drive or attempt to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle in a public place while there is present in his or her body a quantity of cannabis such that, within 3 hours after so driving or attempting to drive, the concentration of cannabis in his or her blood will exceed a concentration of -(a) Five nanograms of cannabis per one millilitre of blood, or(b) in case the person is a specified person, three nanograms of cannabis per one millilitre of blood. (Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive)Flanagan said the provisions for advertising were not designed to encourage more people to take up using the drug.People make a decision on what they take based on whether or not it’s legal. We give people at the age of 18 a choice to use alcohol, which is more harmful than cannabis. If they have the choice to use cannabis by legalising it, they’ll be less likely to drink alcohol, giving people an option to use a safer drug. If people end up using cannabis instead of alcohol, that would obviously be a good thing.While sponsorship would be allowed, this would not be the case at sporting events and no advertising of cannabis or cannabis-infused products would be allowed at these events either.There’d be a big demand for gardenersThe bill states that commercial cultivation licences would only be granted to a person of good standing in the law who also holds a qualification in horticulture or significant practical experience in cultivating plants.We’d get to have some of those trendy cannabis coffee shops they have in Amsterdam (Image: Shutterstock)Home cultivation would be permitted if this bill became law, though there would be a limit of six plants.In the case of a residential premises where a child or vulnerable person is living, the person growing the plants would be required to have a self-contained, lockable space fit for cultivation.It would be legal to drive after using the drug and the workplace smoking ban would be extendedAn amendment to the Road Traffic Act 2010 would mean that a person would not be allowed to legally drive while under the influence of the drug “to such an extent to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle”.However there would not be a zero tolerance regime in place and a person would be allowed to drive after using the drug, so long as they have just a small amount of it in their blood.Under the bill: When questioned on this point, the indepdendent TD said that having a limit of zero would be “highly impractical”.“In the same way as it’s impractical with alcohol – sure you could eat a freshly baked loaf of bread and end up over the limit,” he said. The limit in the bill is the limit in Colorado and after looking at the issue they’ve found it to be safe.”In the workplace, the smoking ban would be extended to include a ban on smoking cannabis products. However, the new ‘Cannabis Research Institute’ would work on encouraging employers to review their drug-free policies, “including elements of such policies concerning hiring, sanctioning, termination and drug testing”.Advertising would be allowed, but not at sporting eventsProducers and retailers would be allowed to advertise online and in adult oriented magazines but not in newspapers or using any model aimed at children.center_img INDEPENDENT TD LUKE ‘Ming’ Flanagan today launched his Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013, which would legalise cannabis use and allow for the cultivation of plants for both personal and commercial purposes.Speaking ahead of the launch, the TD, who has been a strong advocate of legalisation, said it is “an exciting time for anyone involved in attempting to repeal prohibition in relation to cannabis anywhere in world”.“This bill comes at a time when legalisation of cannabis is being looked at in new light all around the planet,” he said referring developments in America in recent years that have seen a number of states legalising the drug.Flanagan said the bill would provide a “practical way to regulate the scale and use of the drug and “minimalise harm to minors and harm to adults”.We’ve had a look through the bill in full, which you can read yourself here, and here are some of the main points:Children would not be allowed to use the drugThere is an age limit of 18 for possession and use of cannabis. The bill also sets out criminal sanctions against minors who are found in possession of the drug.On the first occassion they are found with it, they would have to attend a ‘cannabis education course’. After the second, or subsequent times, they could face up to three months detention at a prescribed juvenile detention facility.Anyone found to be selling cannabis to a child would also face sanctions.It would be legal to carry it for personal use and grow it at homeThere would be a limit of one ounce for personal possession and anyone found carrying more than that could face jail time. A person found with a quantity of cannabis greater than 20 ounces would be liable on conviction to a fine of up to €500,000 or imprisonment for as many as ten years. (Image: budget travel accommodation/Flickr)Deputy Flanagan’s bill would allow for businesses to obtain ‘Cannabis Coffee Shop Licences’ for the sale of cannabis-infused products, like the traditional hash brownie, for example.Sale of any products containing addictive substances like nicotine, caffeine or alcohol as well as cannabis would not be allowed.These coffee shops would be subject to regulation and it would be an offence to sell any of these products to a child.If you’d like to read the full bill, you’ll find it here.What’s your take on the topic? Tell us in the comments below.Related: Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand?>Poll: Should we legalise cannabis?>Column: If we care about our society, we should legalise cannabis>last_img read more

Two more men and a woman arrested by armed gardaí in investigation

first_img 8 Comments Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 2:24 PM Two more men and a woman arrested by armed gardaí in investigation into Lucan park murder The arrests took place in Clondalkin. GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED another two men in connection with the execution of suspected ‘serial killer’ Mark Desmond.The men were arrested in west Dublin this morning by gardaí from the the local Detective Unit, Regional Armed Support Unit and other local units. A 42-year-old woman was arrested this afternoon.The arrests took place in Clondalkin.They are being detained in a station in west Dublin.Two other men were arrested yesterday.Desmond was murdered in a park in Lucan, west Dublin in December last year. He was shot at least three times with a revolver handgun – once to the head, once to the body and at least one shot into his groin.Desmond was aged in his 30s and has been known to gardaí since his teens.Gardaí have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed anything in around the Griffeen Valley Park area on the evening of 2 December, 2016 to contact Lucan Garda Station on 01- 6667300, The Garda Confidential Telephone line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Armed gardaí arrest two men in investigation into murder of well-known criminal Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share1 Tweet Email1 Short URL Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3443130 Jun 14th 2017, 2:24 PM 18,291 Views last_img read more

Jim Parish named to college foundation

first_imgVancouver – The Clark College Foundation named Jim Parish, owner of Parish Partners Inc., to its board of directors.The Foundation touted Parish’s experience at his company, an investment and consulting firm for restaurants, as well as his board experience for public and private companies among his qualifications.The Clark College Foundation is the nonprofit arm of Clark College and raises funds for the school.last_img

61 cite reputational risk as a key concern around gender pay reporting

first_imgMore than half (61%) of employer respondents cite reputational risk as one of their top three concerns around gender pay reporting, according to research by Mercer.Its Gender pay reporting survey, which surveyed 114 public and private organisations, also found that 41% name equal pay cases as a top three concern, and 39% are worried about publication in gender pay gap league tables.The research also found:51% of respondents anticipate the new gender pay reporting measures to be difficult or very difficult.75% of respondents feel they are ready or somewhat ready for the reporting regulations.46% of respondents believe that the mandatory gender pay reporting regulations will make some difference, 27% feel they will make little difference, and 22% are unsure.74% of respondents agree or strongly agree with the concept of gender pay reporting.41% of respondents have conducted some analysis around gender pay bias in the last three years, including examining pay differentials by grade or level (36%).Only 3% of respondents have considered post maternity analysis in the past three years, and 11% have carried out analysis of starting salaries for men and women performing the same work.83% of respondents plan on analysing their pay gap in the next 18 months.40% of respondents describe the government’s definition of pay as complex, 31% as illogical, and 31% as burdensome.Chris Charman, principle in talent business at Mercer, said: “The unclear way that pay is defined in the proposed regulations is not appreciated by businesses as it not only differs from existing equal pay legislation, but is quite alien to how [organisations] actually manage and define pay, bonus, shift pay and other reward programmes.”last_img read more