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  • Windies batting fails in loss to India

    first_imgKOLKATA, India, CMC:West Indies’ batting failed miserably as they slumped to a 45-run defeat to hosts India in their opening official warm-up match of the Twenty20 World Cup at Eden Gardens here yesterday.Chasing a challenging 186 for victory, only opener Chris Gayle was good enough to reach the 20s as the Caribbean side were bundled out for 140 in the final over.The left-handed Gayle got exactly 20 from 11 balls, and fellow Jamaican AndrÈ Russell was the next best scorer with 19 from 13 deliveries.West Indies’ run chase was ruined by left-arm spinners Pawan Negi (2-15) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-26), along with seamers Hardik Pandya (2-25) and Mohammed Shami (2-30), all of whom took two wickets each.India had earlier tallied 185 for six from their 20 overs, with opener Rohit Sharma narrowly missing out on three figures with an unbeaten 98.Left-hander Yuvraj Singh chipped in with 31, while opener Shikhar Dhawan got 21.Fast bowler Jerome Taylor (2-26) and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn (2-30) were the best bowlers on show for West Indies.Rohit put on 32 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Dhawan and posted a further 24 for the second wicket with Ajinkya Rahane, who made seven.However, Benn bowled the left-handed Dhawan in the fifth over and had Rahane stumped in the ninth, to leave India on 56 for two.Rohit then dominated the innings in an 89-run, third-wicket stand with Yuvraj, facing 57 deliveries and counting nine fours and seven sixes.In reply, Gayle and Johnson Charles (18) gave West Indies a robust start, gathering 26 from the first two overs. They had put on 36 off just 21 deliveries when Gayle was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah after striking three fours and a six.Charles, who counted two fours off 13 balls, followed in the next over to a catch at the wicket off Mohammed Shami and Denesh Ramdin, promoted to number four, perished for six at 59 for three at the end of the eighth over.Marlon Samuels, who made 17, and Dwayne Bravo, 13, then carried West Indies to 72 without further loss and seemed to be guiding the side out of trouble.But Samuels was bowled by Jadeja at the start of the 12th over, and with just six runs added in the next over, Bravo also followed as West Indies lost their last seven wickets in quick time for 68 runs.last_img read more

  • Women Get Equal Pay But Not Equal Billing At Wimbledon

    WOMEN’S SHARE OF MATCHESTIME Wimbledon’s scheduling isn’t just a matter of gender equality. It’s also about logistics. The scheduling can backfire on men. They don’t want to have to change courts mid-match or, worse, finish a match on what should be their day off. That’s more likely when they’re playing the second men’s match in a day on a court without lights, since as we’ve seen, men’s matches, on average, are longer than women’s. On three successive days of play this year, the second men’s match on No. 1 Court went five sets and had to be suspended or moved because of darkness.No. 1 Serena Williams and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki criticized the scheduling in media conferences here. “The women really haven’t gotten the opportunity here to play on the big courts,” Wozniacki said. She pointed out that on most days this year when men and women were both playing, No. 1 Court and Centre Court each had only one women’s match. (Men were less critical: Roger Federer said of the schedulers, “of course, they would try to be fair,” and Gilles Simon said, “I don’t see any big problems about the scheduling.”)Williams and Wozniacki have less to complain about than some of their peers, though: On days when she was competing with men for court time, Williams was on Centre for three of her four matches and on No. 1 for the other one. Wozniacki got one match on each of the two big courts.Yet former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who has two major titles to Wozniacki’s none, didn’t get on the two biggest courts in any of her first four matches. Neither did Lucie Safarova, the sixth-ranked woman and French Open finalist, in her four singles matches. Serena Williams’s sister Venus Williams, a five-time champ here, played three matches off the big two courts before finally getting to Centre — against Serena.A spokesman for the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which hosts and runs Wimbledon, declined to comment beyond providing the club’s general position on order of play. “The major marquee players will normally be scheduled on the stadium courts with Centre Court and then No.1 Court seeing the leading names,” the club said in the statement. “This is expected by both the paying public and TV audiences alike.”Without further comment, it’s hard to know how the club determines who the major marquee players are.One factor I thought might have driven the unbalanced scheduling is the high-profile upsets in the women’s tournament, which might have left fewer marquee women available to feature.I checked, and that doesn’t seem to be the case, at least using several possible definitions of “marquee players.” Nine women who’d won Grand Slam titles (with a combined 41 major titles, 13 of them at Wimbledon) competed in singles at Wimbledon, compared with seven men with Grand Slam victories (46 majors, 13 of them at Wimbledon). The women major winners had 27 matches through this Monday. Their male counterparts had just 23 matches. Just 44 percent of these marquee women’s matches made it onto Centre or No. 1 — barely half the proportion of the men’s matches, with 87 percent. Add in former No. 1s and top 10 seeds, and the picture is even worse: The top women made it onto the top two courts 35 percent of the time, while the top men did 74 percent of the time.Simon and other male players have argued that women should get less prize money than men because, according to them, the men’s game is more popular than the women’s. With Wimbledon’s scheduling this year, the women have had half the opportunity to gain an audience and a fan base. Australian Open54%42% French Open4939 Wimbledon3828 U.S. Open5242 LONDON — It wasn’t until 2007 that Wimbledon became the last of the four tennis Grand Slams to award equal prize money to women and men. Women are still waiting on equal playing time in the tournament’s biggest stadiums.At Wimbledon this year, women got just 38 percent of the assignments to Centre Court and No. 1 Court (which is, confusingly, the second-biggest court) through Monday, including just 39 percent on Centre Court. That rate is different from the other Grand Slams. At the most recent editions of the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open, schedulers maintained balance between men’s and women’s singles on prime courts, at least by number of matches. At each event, when they were competing with men for prime court assignments, the women got between 49 percent and 54 percent of matches on the top two courts — including at least half the matches on the biggest court.1The gory details for this analysis: Along with Centre Court and No. 1 Court at Wimbledon, I used Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena for the Australian Open, Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne-Lenglen at the French Open, and Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium at the U.S. Open. I only included days in the tournament when both men’s and women’s singles matches were scheduled on more than one court — generally through the fourth round or quarterfinals, until the early or middle part of the second week of the tournament. I didn’t count walkovers. And I counted matches based on which court and day they started on. The websites of the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open don’t list total minutes of the match, so I added the minutes for each set. Any slight differences with official stats shouldn’t affect comparisons between men and women. For one French Open match that had no times listed, I estimated time based on the average time each point took in the other women’s singles matches that day.Who gets on which court is up to tournament schedulers. The top players want to play on a Grand Slam’s two main courts, which each have more than 10,000 seats. That’s where the most fans get to watch them and where journalists and broadcasters focus their attention. For the first week and a half or so of each two-week event, organizers must decide how to allocate that valuable real estate to matches from the men’s and women’s singles competitions.Counting matches understates the extent to which men’s tennis has hogged the spotlight at Wimbledon this year. Men’s matches, on average, take longer because men play best-of-five-sets while women play best-of-three at Slams. As a result, women got just 28 percent of match time on the top two courts at Wimbledon, compared with 39 percent to 42 percent at the other three majors. read more

  • Crack Down on Illegal Street Side Vendors

    first_img Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Related Items:Colin Farquhar, royal turks and caicos police force Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 24 Sept 2014 – Police encouraged to crack down on illegal street side vendors by Cabinet yesterday during the regular fortnightly meeting; this following a detailed report from the outgoing TCI Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar. The plan and priorities presentation reportedly included details on providing all the islands with safe and secure communities… a way for the Force to optimise resources and explained and explored the benefits of a reserve police unit; likely to build the manpower of the Police departments. Freeze proposed on new security firms Security firms lodge complain about former Police Commissioner Farquhar new joblast_img read more

  • HHS Reviewing Six Bases to House Unaccompanied Minors

    first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is conducting site assessments at six military installations to potentially house unaccompanied children to accommodate the latest surge of undocumented children illegally crossing into the United States through the Mexican border, defense officials have told lawmakers.In an email to Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Matthew Rhoades, policy chief for DOD’s office of legislative affairs, said HHS will assess the viability of the following bases for use as a temporary shelter for unaccompanied children:Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base (Gunter Annex), Ala.Tyndall AFB, Fla.Grand Forks AFB, N.D.Naval Support Activity Philadelphia, Pa.Hanscom AFB, Mass.Travis AFB, Calif.“Please note this is only a preliminary assessment — no final decision has been made regarding the use of any of these facilities,” Rhoades noted.360 reported earlier this month that the federal government was considering Grand Forks AFB as a candidate shelter. In December, the Alamogordo Daily News reported that Defense Secretary Ash Carter directed Holloman AFB, N.M., to provide temporary housing for up to 400 refugee children from Central America beginning in January.The federal government’s actions appear to be a response to a second surge of unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border to escape gang violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. In 2014 the government used three installations — Fort Sill, Okla.; Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas; and Naval Base Ventura, Port Hueneme, Calif. — to house a total of 7,700 immigrant children over a period of several months.Those shelters were shut down due to exorbitant costs and a sudden drop in the number of minors crossing the border illegally, reported Fox News Latino.Lawmakers from several of the locations newly under consideration have criticized the possible use of those bases to house detainees. Roby called it a “terrible idea.”“A military base is no place to house illegal immigrant children. Bases like Maxwell are engaged in real military activities — training, education, cyberwarfare — many times in classified settings that are very sensitive. Their mission does not need to be distracted by housing, feeding and securing hundreds of detainees,” Roby wrote in a letter to the secretaries of defense, homeland security, and health and human services.last_img read more

  • Kangana Ranaut offered Rs 24 crore for Jayalalithaa biopic becomes highest paid

    first_imgKangana Ranaut to play J Jayalalithaa in Thalaivi.InstagramFew years ago, female led films were not expected to rake in big numbers at the Box Office. However, actresses like Kangana Ranaut have changed that. From having the highest number of Rs 100 crore films to highest single day collections for a female led film, Kangana clearly leads the pack. And hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise the Ms Ranaut has been reportedly offered Rs 24 crore for Jayalalithaa biopic, highest ever for any Bollywood actor for any South venture.On Kangana’s birthday, it was announced that she has signed the bilingual on the legendary actress turned politician. Tiltled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the film is being helmed by Vijay, who is considered one of the most accomplished directors in South, and written by KV Vijayendra Prasad. According to a source close to the development, “Kangana is being paid to the tune of Rs 24 crore for the bilingual project, which will be made in Hindi and Tamil. The makers are sure that her star power will help reach a pan-India audience. The producers have already signed a contract with her.”Another notable aspect of the project is that whenever Hindi artistes have done South movies, they have always shared screen space with a top star from the region. But, in this case, Kangana will be leading from the front as the movie revolves around her character’s journey. Reportedly, many other accomplished actresses like Vidya Balan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were also being considered for the role. However, the producers decided to sign Kangana, and she also immediately agreed to be a part of the film as she has closely followed the life of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.Kangana is currently working on Mental Hai Kya and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Panga, post which, she will start work on the Jayalalithaa biopic.last_img read more

  • CJ Sinha undergoes medical tests

    first_imgSurendra Kumar SinhaChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, whose one-month leave on health grounds sparked speculations, underwent medical tests on Sunday at ICDDR,B in the capital’s Mohakhali.  A source confirmed Prothom Alo that Surendra Kumar Sinha went to the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh around 8:00am and had several medical tests at the Diagnostic Unit of the ICDDR,B.A Supreme Court source said the chief justice with his wife obtained Australian visas for three years and may soon travel to Australia where Sinha’s eldest daughter Suchana Sinha lives.On 2 October, the chief justice went on one-month leave on health grounds.The chief justice was vehemently criticised by ministers and ruling party leaders for his observations made in the verdict that had annulled the 16th amendment to the constitution.Sinha assumed office on 17 January, 2015 as the country’s 21st chief justice. He is scheduled to go on retirement on 31 January next year.Read more:CJ Sinha, wife get Australian visa CJ’s one hour outside his residenceSK Sinha applies for Australian visalast_img read more

  • Digital broadcast laws to be scrapped if BNP returns to power Moudud

    first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. — File photoSenior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday said the party will repeal the ‘Digital Security Act’ and approved the ‘Broadcast Bill’ within a week, if it is voted to power, to ensure press freedom.”These two laws have been enacted so that our newspapers and media can’t present news independently. Their (journalists’) hand and legs are tied and their voice gagged while the freedom of speech is snatched through the laws,” he said.UNB reports, speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader further said, “I would like to say these two laws will be revoked within seven days if we return to power.”Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal organised the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding the withdrawal of ‘dictated’ verdicts against BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman in August-21 grenade attack cases.On Monday, the cabinet approved in principle the draft Broadcast Bill 2018.Under the bill, if anyone broadcasts false or confusing information in a discussion programme or anything against the spirit and principles of the Liberation War or against the state policy, he or she will face a maximum jail term of three years or a fine of Tk 5 crore, or both.On 8 October, president Abdul Hamid signed the Digital Security Bill turning it into a law.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the entire nation is now united under the banner of Jatiya Oikyafront as it was formed as per the desires of people of all walks of life.He said the ruling party leaders’ unguarded comments against the Jatiya Oikyafront have demonstrated that BNP’s decision of forging the unity is right one.”We’ll intensify our unity further and ensure our leader (Khaleda’s) release and force the government to hold the election under a neutral administration through it,” he said.The BNP leader warned the government that it will not be allowed to hold another unilateral election like that the 2014 one.He criticised the government for denying Oikyafront permission to hold its maiden rally in Sylhet on October 23. “A party (Jatiya Party) is holding a rally today (Saturday) with much enthusiasm without any obstruction. They allow all, except us, to hold rallies as it’s a fascist and autocratic regime. It fears people and doesn’t believe in the rule of law.”Claiming that Tarique was convicted in August-21 cases ‘unlawfully’ out of political vengeance, Moudud said people do not accept such ‘dictated’ verdicts.He said Tarique will appeal in the High Court against the verdicts once he returns home. “He’ll prove wrong the verdicts given against him. I believe he’ll be acquitted from the High Court through the appeal.”last_img read more

  • HISD Changes Direction on Superintendent Replacement

    first_img Share The Houston Independent School District will not go forward with plans to replace interim superintendent Grenita Lathan with former superintendent Abelardo Saavedra. Saavedra was HISD’s superintendent from 2004 to 2009, and has recently served as superintendent of South San Antonio ISD. In a 5-4 vote last week, the board tapped Saavedra to take over. The move came as a surprise to several board members and prompted backlash.HISD board members announced Sunday night they would no longer be hiring Saavedra and would address the issue at a press conference Monday. “This is a good outcome for today,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement on Sunday evening. “But our children need a board with trustees working together, harmoniously, for the good of the children now and in the future.” “People have become impatient with a dysfunctional board,” Turner added. “There is no tolerance for bad behavior, regardless of who the bad actors are, when it comes at the expense of what’s best for our children.”The anticipated announcement that @HoustonISD trustees will reverse course on the appointment of a new interim superintendent is a positive sign. My statement: https://t.co/wim2CfKpKR]— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) October 15, 2018Speaking to the rest of the board last week, Trustee Elizabeth Santos expressed frustration at the tone of recent meetings.“This meeting tonight, everything has been chaos, month, after month, after month,” Santos said. “I can’t even listen to my colleagues speak. We can’t even have discussion on this.”Lathan became interim superintendent after Richard Carranza left the district to lead the New York City Department of Education, earlier this year.last_img read more

  • National Poetry Month My Dog Barfed By BJ Love

    first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X My Dog Barfedon our walkthis morning.It was mostly bilejust bright yellowspots on the side-walk. Like littlesuns lightingup an otherwisegray sky, his pukepooled and appearedalmost pleasant.Like the car fireI saw the other daythat burnt blueand purple andpowerful as itconsumed the wholevehicle and theattentions of everyperson who drovepast it. This poemis about light, is aboutall the places we canfind light if we justtry harder to find it.It’s something newI’m trying with mylife, which, surehas a lot to dowith turning 40but what doesn’t?Look, the sky hereis clear and the dayis that perfect mixof cool air andwarm sun. Dayslike these are fewand far betweenin SoutheastTexas and so I wasreally trying toenjoy myself as Iwalked the dogfirst one extra blockand then another.But I overworkedhim and he puked–Everybody in lineat the taco truckbreathed in heavyand let the smellof eggs and potatoesand jamon filltheir heads witha kind of revelryusually reservedfor god or beingnaked with someoneyou love. I pickedhim up and carriedhim back to the house.The sun shone a littlethrough the live oaks.Specks of yellow lightlittered the sidewalk. Listen This poem is reprinted with permission of the author.Music used: Morgen, op. 27, no. 4 (excerpt) by Richard Strauss from Timothy Hester: The Classical 91.7 Sessions, Un grand amour (excerpt) by Marguerite Monnot/Edith Piaf from Antonio Pompa-Baldi: The Rascal and the Sparrow and Gymnopedie No. 1 (excerpt) by Erik Satie from Jean-Yves Thibaudet: Satie, The Complete Solo Piano MusicTo learn more about this series, go here. 00:00 /06:43center_img Putney Student TravelBJ Love In this sound portrait, we meet poet BJ Love. He talks about finding inspiration in small moments of everyday life, being married to another poet and how poetry is like a time machine. He reads his poem, “My Dog Barfed.”BJ Love teaches English and creative writing at The Emery/Weiner School in Houston. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has taught poetry all over the world. His recent work can be found in Gulf Coast, The Indianapolis Review, Moon City Review and Stirring: A Literary Collection. Sharelast_img read more

  • Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday April 6

    first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uAs we wind down the 2017 legislative session in Annapolis, veteran reporter Charles Robinson of Maryland Public Television’s, “State Circle,” reviews some of the most compelling storylines of 2017. Also, Jackie Robarge, founder and director of Power Inside, an organization that advocates for vulnerable women impacted by incarceration and gender based violence, will discuss the group’s testimony about abuse of women by Baltimore City Police, at today’s consent decree hearing.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more