MS Dhoni gears up for 300th ODI: Cool Ranchi dude to a cricket giant in 14 years

first_imgNearly 14 years after storming into the international arena, MS Dhoni is set to become the sixth Indian to play 300 one-day internationals.The former skipper is now the fourth highest leading run-scorer for India in ODIs and will go down in history as one of the limited-overs greats. He is an ODI giant.The long-haired, brutally aggressive Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman was a breath of fresh air in the Indian team. He was fearless and he could do anything you wanted him to. His wicket-keeping skills were still developing but boy, could he wield the long handle?WATCH FULL VIDEOThere was nothing artistic about Dhoni’s batting, there was none of the wizardry of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly or Rahul Dravid. Mahi walked in with his own blend of technique – his helicopter shots first amused the opposition and later put the fear of the almighty in the hearts of their bowlers.Despite the obvious lack of copybook technique, Dhoni is now only behind Tendulkar, Ganguly and Dravid as India’s leading scorer in ODIs. He will go into his 300th ODI with 9608 runs, out of which 3738 came in 115 matches at No.6 and 2693 from 67 matches at No.5. Not that he did not do well up the order. (Also Read: There is no one who can replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni till 2019 World Cup, says Virender Sehwag)At No.3, Dhoni scored two out of his 10 hundreds and scored 993 runs from 16 matches including his career best of 183 not out against Sri Lanka. At No.4, Dhoni was equally successful, scoring 1223 runs from 26 matches including a hundred.advertisementDhoni pushed himself lower down the order when he took over as captain to finish games off. That was something he did with alarming regularity. For all of his career, he defined composure and played with the grit of a man, who was driven to win.And when the time came, he walked up the order again to steer India to their second World Cup triumph. He had an ordinary run right through the tournament but with Muttiah Muralitharan in the attack, he had to come out and take him on. The rest is history.Dhoni is now the senior statesman in the team. He gave up the limited-overs captaincy in January and has since regained his mojo with the bat. His presence in the middle-order brings with it a sense of assurance. The Kandy victories might well have been eventually carved out by younger players but Dhoni’s role was just as significant. (Also Read: 2nd ODI: MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar steal victory in tight thriller as India take 2-0 series lead)There is no way Kohli would go to battle in the 2019 World Cup without Dhoni. There is no way India would want to go to England without Dhoni. The Mahi way is still far from over.last_img read more

Ministry provides financial boost to Netball Jamaica ahead of World Cup in Liverpool

first_img “I am happy to present this cheque of 3.5 million dollars to Netball Jamaica which will be of great assistance as you prepare for the World Cup. Jamaica is fortunate. This is the year of the girls, our Sunshine Girls are going to England in July and our Reggae Girls to France in June. We are looking for great things,“ Minister Grange said. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has contributed 3.5 million dollars to Netball Jamaica to help send the Sunshine Girls to the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. The Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange presented the cheque to Patricia Robinson, 1st Vice President of Netball Jamaica today. Story Highlights The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has contributed 3.5 million dollars to Netball Jamaica to help send the Sunshine Girls to the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England.The Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange presented the cheque to Patricia Robinson, 1st Vice President of Netball Jamaica today.“I am happy to present this cheque of 3.5 million dollars to Netball Jamaica which will be of great assistance as you prepare for the World Cup. Jamaica is fortunate. This is the year of the girls, our Sunshine Girls are going to England in July and our Reggae Girls to France in June. We are looking for great things,“ Minister Grange said.The Sunshine Girls who are ranked third in the world have qualified for the World Cup every year since 2015.The Ministry’s contribution to the Sunshine Girls is being provided through the Sports Development Foundation.last_img read more

Our NCAA Bracket Will Update Live But Heres Where You Can Find

With so much parity in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament tournament this year, one game has the potential to affect everyone else’s odds of advancing. For instance, Dayton’s upset Thursday of Ohio State gives Syracuse an easier potential opponent in the second round and raises the odds the Orange will make a deep run.The FiveThirtyEight NCAA tournament projections will update shortly after the conclusion of each game. The forecasts will also update if there are significant new injuries during the tournament.These updates do, however, create problems with transparency. Shouldn’t you be able to see how our original predictions did? After all, you don’t get to change your bracket after the tournament is underway.We have a solution. If you want to see original numbers — as of Tuesday afternoon before the first “play-in” games in Dayton, Ohio — you can find them in this CSV file at GitHub.We’ll be posting a complete archive of our updates at GitHub. The numbers included in the name of the files indicate how far through the tournament the update took place. For example, the file labeled bracket-05.csv will show our data after the conclusion of the first five games (counting Tuesday and Wednesday’s play-in matchups). read more

CARICOM gets 2b for hurricane rebuild better initiative

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #UNtohelphurricanedevastatedislands Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, November 24, 2017 – New York – UN delivers $2b, The United Nations has pledged $2b to help Caribbean countries build back better; the news comes out of an International Donor’s Conference held in New York over two days and which wrapped up yesterday.   UN news reports that nearly 400 high-level representatives from governments, multilateral and civil society organizations and the private sector gathered in New York, along with the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to help the affected countries “build back better.”For CARICOM the outcome was exactly what the trading bloc wanted; it was announced that $2b is what CARICOM was going for to help Barbuda, Dominica, Turks and Caicos and British Virgin Islands among others – all Members and Associate Member nations of the bloc.   Addressing the conference yesterday, Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres noted that countries in the Caribbean need support now to rebuild, and to take effective climate action.“We need a new generation of infrastructure that is risk-informed, to underpin resilient economies, communities and livelihoods,” he told the gathering.#MagneticMediaNews#UNtohelphurricanedevastatedislands Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pulisic vows to fight for Chelsea spot

first_imgNew Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic understands that his price tag doesn’t guarantee him a place at Stamford Bridge.Pulisic joined Chelsea on Wednesday for a fee of €64m but will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.The 20-year-old became the third most expensive signing in Chelsea history, a tag he knows meant hard work.“You have to go in and earn your spot and prove you are worthy of being on the field,” he told ESPN.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I think they definitely see me in one of the wider areas, but I think they also know that I can play kind anywhere across the attack. So I’m ready for wherever I need to be filled in really.”Pulisic also revealed that he hasn’t had a chance to speak with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.“No, nothing like that,” he said.The Dortmund player will join up with Chelsea in next summer’s pre-season tour.last_img read more

Ronaldo expected to plead guilty in tax fraud case today in

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is expected to enter a guilty plea to tax charges during his time at Real Madrid for a suspended prison sentenceThe Portuguese superstar is set to arrive at Madrid later today to attend a court hearing over accusations that he defrauded the government over income through image rights.Ronaldo is accused of using shell companies outside of Spain to hide the earnings he made from 2011 to 2014, which generates up to €14.7m.Despite the 33-year-old having protested his innocence on the matter since 2017, the investigation remains ongoing and the Juventus forward will now have to appear before a judge today.Sky Sports reports that a deal has been struck with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities, which will see Ronaldo plead guilty in exchange for a suspended two-year sentence.Spanish law dictates that first-time offenders can receive suspended sentences for two years or less, which means Ronaldo will not have to go to jail.However, he will be expected to pay up to nearly €19m in fines as a result of this arrangement.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The hearing today in the Spanish capital will likely not last long with Ronaldo expected to appear in person after turning down the option of attending the court via video conference.Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso will also be at the courts today to answer to charges related to tax fraud of around €2m between 2010 to 2012 from image rights.Alonso previously spoke about the case in March and announced his confidence that he will be found innocent.“My tax situation? I am calm and I believe I have done everything right, step by step, I trust that this will end well,” said AlonsoBut the 37-year-old Spaniard, who played for Real between 2009 to 2014, could have up to five years in prison and a fine of €4m.Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Javier Mascherano, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchez, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao have all faced similar charges in Spain in recent years.last_img read more

Del Mar City Council approves animal control services contract with SD Humane

first_img May 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom DEL MAR (KUSI) — The Del Mar City Council unanimously approved Monday a three-year contract with the San Diego Humane Society for animal control services beginning July 1 of this year.San Diego Humane Society has been preparing for this opportunity for more than a year to ensure we’re ready to provide our high-level of services to the animals and their families who live in Del Mar.In addition to providing shelter and care of animals, San Diego Humane Society will provide a law enforcement patrol, including the beach, a desk at city hall to conduct local field service duties and community engagement services.President and CEO of San Diego Humane Society Gary Weitzman said the organization will be able to enhance existing services for both human and animal constituents by streamlining operating efficiencies, expanding hours of services and coverage, and creating a safety-net for pet families throughout the city.“We are honored to be allowed the privilege of performing animal services for a community that values their animals,” said Weitzman. “We appreciate all the work city staff has done to pull this contract together in time for us to keep homeless and injured animals in Del Mar safe.A year ago March, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors announced it would no longer offer animal services to six contract cities: Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach.The current contract terms will expire on June 30. San Diego Humane Society was the only organization to respond to manage these cities’ more than 20,000 homeless animals.The cities of Carlsbad, Santee and San Diego have already agreed to contract animal services from San Diego Humane Society. San Diego Humane Society is still in negotiations with the final two cities: Solana Beach, which will vote on the contract May 9, and Encinitas, scheduled to vote on May 23. Posted: May 7, 2018 Del Mar City Council approves animal control services contract with SD Humane Society Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Del Mar City Council, San Diego Humane Society FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

AL pampers terrorism Fakhrul

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir addressing a press conference at Chittagong Circuit House on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday alleged that the Awami League government is spreading propaganda over the attack on its chairperson’s convoy in Feni to confuse people.”The vehicles of journalists and our leaders were damaged in the attack. Several newsmen were injured in it. Now everybody knows who made the attack. Their identities were also published in the media,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.The BNP leader made the remarks at a press conference at Chittagong Circuit House, reports UNB.He further said, “The ruling AL party is now carrying out propaganda over the attack. They also spread a propaganda involving BNP’s Chittagong city president [Shahdat Hossan]. But, he had no involvement in it. We want to say you [AL] won’t be able to confuse people through false campaigns. People have realised that Awami League is destroying the democratic norms to hush up facts.”He said their party had a hope that AL general secretary Obaidul Quader at least condemned the incident and instructed the authorities concern to track down the attackers and put them on trial, but they did not do it.”Instead, they’re pampering terrorism with their assertion on the incident as they’ve started a process to destroy politics. We strongly condemn it.”Fakhrul said there is still time for the government to express sorrow over the incident and bring the attackers to book by arresting them.On Saturday morning, Khaleda set out for Chittagong and her Cox’s Bazar-bound convoy came under attack at Mohammad Ali Bazar near Feni district town in the afternoon.At least 20 vehicles – most of different media outlets including Channel i, DBC, Ekattor, and Baishakhi Television – were damaged in the attack and several newsmen and leaders and activists of BNP who were coming with Khaleda Zia to Cox’s Bazar were injured in the attack.last_img read more

Pollution board teams to check cracker norm violation in city

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) has decided to deploy seven teams in the city and its surrounding areas on the occasion of Kali Puja and Diwali to check adherence to the 90-decibel limit and the recent Supreme Court order on bursting firecrackers. The Supreme Court last month stipulated a two-hour window, from 8pm to 10pm, for bursting low-emission crackers. The 90-decibel norm has been in force in the state since late 90s in accordance with Calcutta High Court. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life There will be seven teams of pollution board officials in Kolkata and its nearby areas, while personnel would also be deployed in the districts to check violation of rules, WBPCB Chairman Kalyan Rudra told PTI here. The teams will act in coordination with the police and the administration, and particularly keep vigil near high-rises and areas adjacent to Kali Puja pandals, he said. “The board has given 180 sound-monitoring devices to the police, which was in addition to 317 more devices given last year. These devices can be effectively put to use to check the decibel level on spot,” Rudra noted. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The WBPCB control room will be working from 5 pm to 12 am on both the days, he said. “We had held a series of meetings with residents of high-rises in the past week, where we pointed out that the measures, as stipulated in the SC order, were for public benefit. If you burst a toxic cracker, you are endangering your health, as well as that of your family members,” the WBPCB chairman explained. Rudra also said that reports from 17 air quality monitoring stations in Kolkata were being separately tabulated to check any change of air quality in the run-up to the festival and afterwards. “The board has been assessing air quality in the city for the past seven days and the practice will continue till November 14 to detect any change in air quality in the run-up to the festival, during the peak festival hours and also afterwards,” he said, adding that the findings from the last few days would be analysed shortly.last_img read more

A Glimmer of Compromise on Net Neutrality as FCC Comment Period Ends

first_img A proposal quietly filed two months ago by AT&T that would allow Internet “fast lanes” but with consumers in the driver’s seat is abruptly receiving a flurry of attention.The proposal would reestablish the general ban on “paid prioritization,” the jargon term for fast lanes, unless the consumer authorized greater speed for preferred services. The idea was outlined in a July 17 blog post by Bob Quinn, AT&T’s senior vice president for federal regulation and the corporation’s chief privacy officer. It was little noticed prior to a Washington Post article published Monday.Related: The Latest FCC Net Neutrality Rules Should Be OpposedQuinn, noting that AT&T supported the 2010 Open Internet Order that was largely struck down in January by a federal court, wrote the corporation had filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission supporting a ban “paid prioritization – where an ISP [Internet Service Provider] prioritizes packets over the consumer’s last mile broadband Internet access service without being directed to perform that prioritization by the consumer.”Taken at face value, the AT&T position would remove a key complaint from net neutrality advocates that the current rule proposal allowing “fast lanes” would allow ISPs to cut lucrative deals with content providers rich enough to afford them, leaving everyone else behind.At the opposite end of the debate, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has advocated the FCC reclassify ISPs as “common carriers” subject to regulation as utilities, as the old landline phone company was, but with “forbearance” to limit the application of unwieldy regulations never intended for the Internet.”So while we call on the FCC to do the right and sensible thing and reclassify (ISPs as common carriers), we must simultaneously demand that the FCC explicitly reject any telecommunications regulations beyond specific and narrow prohibitions and requirements designed to create a fair and level playing field for innovation and user choice,” the EFF wrote in a blog post. The proposed FCC rule that would allow the so-called fast lanes received roughly 1.5 million comments, ranging from profanity-laced tirades against cable companies to legal briefs. The public discussion period ended Monday. An analysis of the comments by the Sunlight Foundation found barely 1 percent support rule proposal. For the most part, the internet service providers (ISPs), including AT&T and its peers Verizon, Time Warner Cable and Comcast, along with aligned industry organizations and Republican lawmakers, support the rule but almost no one else does.Related: WATCH: Comedian John Oliver Takes On FCC in Witty Net Neutrality RantThe debate has gradually shifted from a vague concept of “net neutrality” to a call from edge providers and activists for reclassifying ISPs as utilities subject to much tighter FCC regulation under Title II of the Federal Communications Act. Several Senate Democrats support Title II regulation, as do many “edge providers,” the regulator’s term for businesses that use the Internet to sell goods and services. Many successful companies, such as Etsy, have argued passionately for reclassification, claiming they could not have taken root if unaffordable “fast lanes” were the rule when they launched.The ISPs have argued regulating them like the old landline phone company will stymie investment in greater broadband infrastructure, if only because of the uncertainty that will certainly follow such a major regulatory reordering, and actually move ISPs into a regulatory framework that allows paid prioritization.FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said the commission has sufficient authority under the existing regulatory designation to protect net neutrality but, in his response to the letter from Senate Democrats, he wrote ” the Commission is also seriously considering moving forward to adopt rules using Title II of the Communications Act as the foundation for our legal authority.” Net neutrality advocates contend the federal court decision that overturned the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet Rule makes it clear the commission’s previous rule is justified for regulating ISPs but unenforceable unless ISPs are reclassified as “common carriers” under Title II.Wheeler has said the commission will decide the issue by the end of this year.Related: U.S. Court of Appeals Overturns Net Neutrality Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer September 16, 2014 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.center_img 4 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more