Shikhar Dhawan dropped to No.9 in the latest ICC rankings for batsmen in ODIs after failing to impress in the recently concluded five-match ODI series versus West Indies.Dhawan scored only 112 runs from five matches and therefore, slipped four places to be ninth.Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma on the other hand, consolidated their positions after scoring hoard of runs in the series.Kohli completed 10,000 ODI runs during the series, where he finished with 453 runs from five games. He earned 15 points, which lifted him to 899 points, 29 ahead of second-placed Rohit, who accumulated 29 points to reach 871 — his highest till date.In the bowlers ranking, Yuzvendra Chahal broke into the top 10 to attain a career high spot of No.8. Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjay aand Ravindra Jadeja also made big strides in the rankings that continued to be led by Jasprit Bumrah, who achieved a career-high of 841 rating points — the highest since Shaun Pollock had 894 points in 2008.Bumrah leads third-ranked Kuldeep Yadav by 118 points. Yadav is also at a career-high 723 rating points. Yuzvendra Chahal jumped three places to No.8 in the latest rankings for bowlers (AP Photo)Chahal has entered the top-10 for the first time in his career by rising three places to eighth, Sri Lanka’s Dananjaya has achieved a career-high ranking of 13th after his nine wickets helped him jump eight places, and Jadeja has climbed 16 places to move to 25th spot after picking up 7 wickets.For the West Indies, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer are the biggest gainers in the batsmen rankings.advertisementHope scored 250 runs in the series at 62.50 and has been rewarded with a jump of 22 places that has not only put him in 25th position but has also confirmed his status as the highest-ranked Windies batsman.Hetmyer, who captained the Windies to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title in 2016, was his side’s leading run-getter with 259 runs at 51.80. This performance reflects in the latest batting table as the left-hander has vaulted 31 places to claim 26th position.The two batsmen are enjoying their career-high rankings and are now separated by only nine points. But, more importantly, the Windies now have two representatives inside the top-30 among batsmen.England are the number-one ranked side, while India are second. India trail England by five points, but lead third-ranked New Zealand by nine points.(With inputs from PTI)
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: Offensive coordinator Tim Beck of the Texas Longhorns watches as Sam Ehlinger #11 warms up before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The issue of colleges paying money to student-athletes is a debate that has raged for decades, with it likely to continue for many more years. Adding his thoughts to the recent discussion is Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who took the NCAA system to task in a recent Twitter storm.On Thursday, Ehlinger called out the NCAA system by comparing the type of work he and other athletes do to a “full-time, unpaid internship.” He explained that the value that the athletes bring to their respective institutions far outweighs the value benefits, not to mention the added hazard of potentially serious injuries.Within this internship, you risk your short-term and long-term health on a daily basis. You endure this internship with less than a 2% chance to advance in your industry and obtain a full-time paid job.— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) March 7, 2019He used the “full-time unpaid internship” example to call support to a new Congressional bill being proposed that would allow athletes to profit from their name and image.Would you accept this position?Now consider the full-time unpaid internship as College Athletics and the full-time paid job as Professional Sports.Support Congressman @RepMarkWalker and his proposal!https://t.co/2L78eadzKt— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) March 7, 2019Ehlinger qualified his statement by adding that he is grateful for the opportunity given to him by the University of Texas.Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to get an incredible degree and play the sport I love at such a prestigious University. I am extremely blessed.It’s an important debate to be had for sure.The American sports landscape is filled to the brim with stories of athletes who got their chance to play college sports, only to find themselves without a paddle when their professional dreams didn’t materialize.The Fab Five of the Michigan basketball team famously received no money from the school despite influencing millions of dollars in added revenue.What do you think of Ehlinger’s Twitter statement?
SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 05: Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN attends the Party At The Playoff at The GlassHouse on January 5, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for ESPN)Week 2 of the college football season is in the books. Several teams made statements over the weekend.LSU took down Texas in a battle of top-10 teams. Cal stunned Washington, while Maryland destroyed Syracuse.All three of those schools made Kirk Herbstreit’s list of the top five team performances of Week 2. They were joined by Pac-12 members Colorado and USC.The Buffaloes rallied from a double-digit deficit to take down Nebraska while USC looked impressive in taking down Stanford. My top performances of WEEK 2Teams1-@LSUfootball2-@USC_Athletics3-@TerpsFootball4-@CUBuffsFootball 5-@CalFootballCoaches1-Blake Anderson Arkansas St2-Steve Ensminger/Joe Brady LSU OCs3-Clay Helton/Graham Harrell USC OC4-Brent Venables Clemson DC5-Ryan Day Ohio State— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 9, 2019As you can see, Herbstreit named his five top coaches of the week as well. Seeing Blake Anderson atop the list is heartwarming, as he made his return to the sideline just a few weeks after the tragic death of his wife.Anderson’s wife Wendy passed away after a lengthy bout of cancer. His Arkansas State team beat UNLV 43-17 on Saturday.Herbstreit will also reveal his top five team performances of Week 2 today.
Akshay Ramesh MonacoFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 13:49 IST Novak Djokovic attended the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday along with his wife, Jelena (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic was named the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time in his careerNovak Djokovic will be bidding to complete a Calendar Slam at Roland Garros after having won the Wimbledon, US Open and the Australian OpenDjokovic said it’s ideal to look inwards and find answers during the time of adversitySerbian tennis great Novak Djokovic conceded he had struggled to find the motivation to continue playing the sport after an injury-marred season in 2017. Speaking at the Laureus Sports Awards, Djokovic reflected on his comeback journey and thanked his wife, Jelena for helping him overcome the toughest period of his celebrated career.Djokovic, on Monday, pipped the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Eliud Kipchoge, and LeBron James to be named the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time in his career.Djokovic revealed his comeback journey from the elbow injury seems like a fairytale and that he did a lot of inner engineering to find the “purpose and meaning” for playing tennis.Djokovic was looking down and out after being knocked out of Australian Open 2018 in the fourth round. The Serb had said he was unsure about a return to dominant form after early exits in the Sunshine tournaments last season. Djokovic also admitted that he had rushed his comeback from the long-standing elbow injury that had cut short his season in 2017.”I would like to thank my wife for taking time and for presenting me in a different light and I think that the rare occasions we can share our personal journeys and who we are behind the curtain and I think you’ve done it much better than I would do it,” Djokovic said.Welcome to #Laureus19 @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/9zixe31T9a#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019pic.twitter.com/FqmXFY3paeNovak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) February 18, 2019″Your support has been tremendously significant to me in those moments when I was questioning everything when I was going through my doubts and dilemmas whether I want to keep on playing tennis. And yes I did think about leaving tennis and I did think about everything else and I just didn’t find myself in a good balance in life at that point.advertisement”I did feel like I let myself down when I had surgery – you were right – and it took me several months to find that purpose, find the meaning again.”I’ve had to do a lot of inner engineering as I like to call it, especially in the last 15 months, coming back from a major injury and having surgery and being very impatient and anxious to come back,” Djokovic added.”And then being on the verge to leave the racquet aside and now I’m standing in front of you and reflecting on that journey, it seems like a fairytale story but it tells me one thing.”In those moments when you’re facing adversity and feeling challenged, you should look inside because that’s where the answer lies. I did not understand that fully, I had heard that before but I think when I went through this journey I understood what this means and I now know where I can always find strength and motivation to keep me going.”It was fitting that we gave the last words of #Laureus19 to an athlete who epitomises so much of what we admire in our sporting heroes.What a speech @DjokerNole… pic.twitter.com/kQpZm5RK1M#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019Djokovic roared back to form at the Wimbledon in 2018, clinching his fourth crown at the All England Club. Ever since he has been dominant and has reached the No. 1 spot in the men’s singles rankings. Djokovic added the US Open title to his famous trophy cabinet last year and begun 2019 on a high, winning the Australian Open title after beating Rafael Nadal in straight sets in a one-sided final.Also Read | Paes, Sania and Bhupathi need to work together for Indian tennis: Boris BeckerAlso Read | Split with coach Sascha Bajin not over money, clarifies Naomi OsakaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Novak DjokovicFollow Jelena DjokovicFollow Laureus Sports awardsFollow Kylian Mbappe Wanted to quit tennis: Novak Djokovic delivers emotional speech at Laureus Sports AwardsNovak Djokovic, on Monday, pipped the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Eliud Kipchoge, and LeBron James to be named the Laureus Sportsman of the Year for the fourth time in his career. advertisement Next
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir planning to settle down in the UKPakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket last week and said he wants to focus on white-ball cricket. advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 11:37 IST Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir is planning to settle down in the UK (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammad Amir is planning to obtain a British passport, according to PTIAmir has been married to a British national Nargis Malik since September, 2016Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket at 27Left-arm Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, who quit Test cricket recently, is planning to obtain a British passport and settle down in the United Kingdom, a source said.Amir has been married to a British national, Nargis Malik since September, 2016 and is eligible for a spouse visa, which allows him to stay in England for 30 months.”He is clearly planning to obtain a British passport and permanently settle down in England in future,” a well-informed source said.”With a spouse visa he can work freely and enjoy other benefits as a permanent resident of UK which is why he is planning to also purchase a house in England,” the source added.Amir, 27, has plenty of cricket left and the news about his plans to settle down in the UK came as a surprise for his fans.The source said Amir is eligible for the spouse visa despite spending some time in a juvenile jail for a few months during the spot-fixing scandal in 2010-2011.”He travels to England regularly and also plays county cricket since last year. So, there are no hurdles for him now.”Amir announced his retirement from the longest format on Friday having played 36 Tests in his chequered career that saw him being banned for spot-fixing.Amir’s decision, however, to didn’t go down well with Pakistani pace stalwarts, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar.Former captain Rameez Raja too was not impressed by Amir’s decision.Akram and Akhtar, in particular, hit out at Amir for retiring from Test cricket, noting that Pakistan had invested a lot in him and now was the time for the pacer to pay back to the country.advertisement”I am disappointed and sad at his decision at this time. At 27 years of age he is at his peak and should been available for Pakistan in Test cricket,” Akhtar said.He said unfortunately the modern day pacers were only interested in playing T20 cricket and even avoided 50-overs cricket.”I fear we might also see others like Hassan Ali and Wahab Riaz follow Amir in quitting test cricket.”Akram said he was surprised by Aamir’s decision as Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game and a cricketer attains greatness only by proving his worth in the longest format.Amir’s teammates have also been taken aback by his decision to quit Test cricket.Also Read | Mohammad Amir’s Test retirement at 27 leaves Shoaib Akhtar thoroughly disappointedAlso Read | Virat Kohli picks MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant in kabaddi team of India cricketersAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mohammad AmirFollow Pakistan cricket team
Jonathon Klein/The Manual A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual While most of the world wistfully remember the 1980s and ’90s, car lovers do. This period of history saw the rise of the poster car, an all-out horsepower war between Japanese manufacturers, the best period for motorsports — i.e. F1, World Rally, sportscar, NASCAR, and Le Mans — and a handful of auto manufacturers that came and went in a matter of days. It was an era of rad, which is where the name Radwood comes from.The celebration, still very much in its nascent stage, comes together once or twice a year and celebrates all things automotive built during those two decades. The hope for the event is for it to become like the Goodwood Festival of Speed or the Goodwood Revival, with period dress encouraged. There are talks of incorporating a racing portion further down the road.On June 14, 2018, I schlepped up to San Francisco to the fourth gathering of Radwood (complete in Magnum P.I. attire) and toured the over 400 cars that showed up to the event. There were many Porsche 944s, many BMW E30s, and two heaping handfuls of Porsche 911s. Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Previous Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 Next Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Courtesy of Jonathon Klein/The Manual There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual However, throughout the crowd, there was also a Porsche 959, a Ferrari F40 that competed at the Bonneville Salt Flats and achieved a record 221 mph, three Lancia Delta Integrales in various setups, two Dodge Vipers, an off-road Audi sedan, a delightful Harlequin VW Golf, stand-up jetskis being towed by a first generation Golf, and my favorite Ferrari, the F50.For those who love the ’80s and ’90s — and love their ’80s and ’90s cars — Radwood is becoming the go-to destination. And from what the organizers told us about the plans for the future, things are only going to get more rad from here on out. I can’t wait to see what is in store. Also, please feel free to rate my Tom Selleck cosplay! Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Jonathon Klein/The Manual Jonathon Klein/The Manual 1 of 24 Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66
Story Highlights The new limit will now be calculated as the difference in price of the NHT’s two-bedroom unit in the scheme where the lot is located and the price of the lot. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the loan limit for construction on National Housing Trust (NHT) serviced lots has been increased. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the loan limit for construction on National Housing Trust (NHT) serviced lots has been increased.The new limit will now be calculated as the difference in price of the NHT’s two-bedroom unit in the scheme where the lot is located and the price of the lot.“The limit on this loan will remain at two times the individual’s loan limit less the mortgage on the lot in cases of co-application by two NHT contributors,” the Prime Minister said while making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.He noted that, previously, the construction loan limit was between $2 million and $2.5 million – the difference between the price of the serviced lot and the NHT loan limit – which was deemed insufficient.“The data collected from the surveys conducted by the Trust on the Serviced Lot Programme, revealed that approximately 65 per cent of the recipients of this product type opined that the amount allowed by the NHT for the construction of a unit on the lot is inadequate,” he said.To encourage uptake of this loan type, Mr. Holness said that the NHT will apply the necessary moratorium to facilitate ease of paying rent while enabling persons to simultaneously service their mortgage.“However, recipients will be expected to begin building within three years of the loan being disbursed. Failure to commence construction will result in the lot reverting to the NHT,” Mr. Holness advised.With the new arrangement, the Prime Minister noted that a person who purchases a serviced lot “now has a greater capacity to actually start construction”. “The limit on this loan will remain at two times the individual’s loan limit less the mortgage on the lot in cases of co-application by two NHT contributors,” the Prime Minister said while making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.
Story Highlights Some $160 million has been allocated to upgrade Main Street, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, as part of the multimillion-dollar redevelopment project being undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in the resort town.The project, which is being funded through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), will see 400 metres of roadway being rehabilitated over eight months.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, who is also Member of Parliament for the area, welcomed the move by the UDC and encouraged the stakeholders to work together.Addressing a stakeholders’ meeting at the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Ocho Rios on September 14, the Minister said there is much work to be done, “as we continue to strive to make Ocho Rios the place that it ought to be”.The project, which is being managed by the National Works Agency (NWA), has been dubbed, ‘Turtle Walk’, and will be undertaken from Turtle River Road to the Ocho Rios Shopping Centre.According to Regional Manager for the NWA, Mr. Devon Lilly, Chin’s Construction has been awarded to carry out the roadworks, and efforts will be made to ensure that minimal disruption is caused to motorists and pedestrians.In addition to upgrading of the roadway, work will be done on the drains and on the sidewalks.For his part, Mr. Joseph Lewis, who represented the UDC, outlined that a series of projects have been ongoing as part of the Ocho Rios redevelopment project.“The improvements that we were hoping for, even in terms of the flow of traffic, the Port Authority of Jamaica is realising that benefit now,” he said.So far, the terminal building at the cruise ship pier, as well as the Turtle River Road, have been upgraded, and the parking lot has been reordered. A promenade is currently being built along the beach to the Ocho Rios cruise terminal. Some $160 million has been allocated to upgrade Main Street, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, as part of the multimillion-dollar redevelopment project being undertaken by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in the resort town. dressing a stakeholders’ meeting at the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Ocho Rios on September 14, the Minister said there is much work to be done, “as we continue to strive to make Ocho Rios the place that it ought to be”.
Mumbai: Veteran actress Zeenat Aman has joined the cast of Ashutosh Gowarikers magnum opus “Panipat” for a cameo. Zeenat will be seen in a special guest appearance in the film as a feisty character named Sakina Begum. Sakina led the province of Hoshiyarganj and lived within the confines of her kingdom, away from the politics of the region. She played an important part in the Third Battle of Panipat when the Peshwas turned to her for help. For Gowariker, it is an “honour and a fan moment” to be directing Zeenat. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “There are many many of her films that I have loved and especially her work in them. What is most fascinating about her, is her humility despite all the stardom. I am excited to reveal her look in the film,” he said in a statement. Years ago, Ashutosh had worked with Zeenat as an actor in Anant Balani’s 1989 mystery film “Gawaahi”. The actress will begin shooting for “Panipat” by the end of this week. “Panipat” is based on the Third Battle of Panipat, which is one of the most epic wars in India’s history. The film also features Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in pivotal roles, and is produced by Sunita Gowariker under their home banner AGPPL in association with Rohit Shelatkar’s company – Vision World. The film is scheduled to release on December 6.
BALURGHAT: A minor girl’s marriage was thwarted in Hili after intervention of block officials, police and the officials of district legal services authority. Police said the marriage was scheduled to be held on Sunday night.According to Suraj Das, coordinator of a Hili-based NGO, received a phone call and the caller told him that the marriage of a 15-year-old minor girl is scheduled on Sunday and prior to that rituals before the marriage have been conducted by her parents without taking her consent. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsWithout wasting time, block development officer of Hili, Sanjay Subba, acting officer-in-charge of Hili police station T S Lepcha along with the members of that NGO Biprajit Sarkar and Rita Mohanta reached the house of the minor to stop the marriage. The girl’s parents told the officials that they would not marry their daughter off till she reaches the age of 18. The girl belongs to lower-middle class family and the family has financial compulsions. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe 15-year old girl is a student of a local high school, a police source said. Later, the parents of the girl provided a written declaration to the police saying that they will not commit the mistake again. Secretary of district legal services authority, Soumendranath Roy said: “The villagers informed us of the matter. We had sprung into action immediately, contacted block officials and police seeking their help.”
New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at the Centre on alleged slowdown in the Indian economy, saying the government can only “destroy” what was built over decades. “The BJP Government can’t build anything. It can only destroy what was built over decades with passion and hard work,” he said on Twitter. Gandhi tagged some media reports on a noted businessman warning of of an economic slowdown, BSNL, MTNL failing to pay July salaries, the railways planning to hive off employees and auto sector witnessing lowest ever sales in July in over two decades.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA – Hunter Tootoo, the former Nunavut speaker of the legislator, was named minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, ensuring an Inuk will again sit in the federal cabinet Wednesday.Tootoo is the second Inuk MP to hold a cabinet position – he beat out former MP Leona Aglukkaq who held several cabinet positions under the former Stephen Harper government.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet were sworn in Wednesday morning at Rideau Hall that included throat singing by two Inuk girls from Ottawa.The #SwearingIn of PM @JustinTrudeau is highlighted with throat singing by two #Ottawa Inuit girls. #PM23 pic.twitter.com/wkxUXtwzKv— OSGG / BSGG (@RideauHall) November 4, 2015There was speculation that Tootoo would be named to Trudeau’s cabinet prior to Wednesday.Many people took to social media to congratulate Tootoo, who is related to NHL hockey player Jordin Tootoo.Congrats @HunterTootoo new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard #cdnpoli #nupoli— ITK (@ITK_CanadaInuit) November 4, 2015Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed attended the swearing-in ceremony and said in an interview with APTN National News “it is a proud day for Inuit” and that he spoke to Tootoo shortly after he was sworn in as a minister.“This is a portfolio he holds that is quite near and dear to the hearts of the Inuit,” said Natan, adding he’ll be meeting formally with Tootoo soon. “He knows formal meetings are coming and there will be very difficult things (language and suicide prevention) I’ll be asking of him and I think he is ready for that.”The ITK is the national Inuit organization that represents nearly 60,000 Inuit.Other Aboriginal leaders like Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde also congratulated Tootoo and Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak who tweeted:Very happy/hopeful that we now have an Indigenous Fisheries and Oceans Minister. Congratulations Hunter Tootoo— Sheila North Wilson (@shenorthwilson) November 4, 2015Others included former APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin.HUNTER TOOTOO is the DFO Minster! We have an Inuk in charge of Fisheries and Oceans! And the Coast Guard too! #CantEven!— Ossie Michelin (@Osmich) November 4, 2015
Kabul: US forces in Afghanistan revised on Tuesday the death toll from a Taliban attack the previous day near the main American base in the country, saying three service members were killed but not a contractor who was initially reported among the fatalities. The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission issued a statement “to clarify initial reporting” about Monday’s roadside bombing of an American convoy near the main U.S. base. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The Pentagon said later that all three service members killed were Marines. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe mission said a roadside bomb hit the convoy near the Bagram Airfield, killing three American service members, and said “the contractor who was reported as killed, is alive.” The statement said “the contractor, an Afghan citizen, was initially treated along with other injured civilians, later identified as a contractor and treated at Bagram Airfield.” Three other U.S. service members were also wounded in the attack. The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main U.S. air facility in the country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe wounded were evacuated and are receiving medical care, the statement said. Christopher Slutman, a 15-year New York City fire department member, was among the three Marines killed. He leaves behind his wife, Shannon, and three daughters. “Firefighter Slutman bravely wore two uniforms and committed his life to public service both as a New York City firefighter and as a member of the United States Marine Corps,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a written statement. The Pentagon identified the two other Marines killed as Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York, and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania. In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban said they launched the attack and that one of their suicide bombers detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the NATO base. The conflicting accounts could not be immediately reconciled. On Tuesday, local Afghan officials said at least five Afghan civilians were wounded in the commotion after the attack on the American convoy. Four were passersby and the fifth was a driver of a car going down the road, said Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief. Abdul Shakor Qudosi, the district administrative chief in Bagram, said American soldiers opened fire immediately after their convoy was bombed. Monday’s U.S. fatalities bring to seven the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscoring the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America’s longest. There are about 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, supporting embattled Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts facing a resurgent Taliban who now hold sway over almost half the country and also the Islamic State affiliate, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed “caliphate” has crumbled in Syria and Iraq.
CAIRO – Militants set off four roadside bombs targeting a security convoy in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding five, the army said.The convoy was travelling from Rafah, on the Gaza border, towards the North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish further west, when the bombers struck.Militants then traded fire with security forces before fleeing, army spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali said on his official Facebook page. One member of the security forces and a civilian were killed, and five security personnel wounded, Ali said.The army has poured troops and armour into the Sinai to try to crush militant activity, which has surged since it overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.A subsequent crackdown on Islamists has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide.In the Sinai, dozens of soldiers and policemen have been killed in near daily attacks.Since Morsi’s ouster, attacks have also targeted Egypt’s interior minister as well as Christian homes and churches.An Al-Qaeda-inspired group in the Sinai, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, said it was responsible for a car bombing on Saturday in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya that wounded six soldiers and a failed attempt to assassinate the interior minister last month.The military says it has killed or captured dozens of Islamist militants, some of whom proclaim allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has promised to send 40,000 MT of fertilizer to Sri Lanka.President Maithripala Sirisena said that the assurance was given by Pakistan on a request made by Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
The recommendation came in a report released today at UN Headquarters in New York by a Panel of Experts that was re-established by the Security Council in February to investigate Liberia’s compliance with a resolution adopted last year. Among its provisions, that resolution demanded that the Government stop its financial and military support of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in neighbouring Sierra Leone, and imposed an arms embargo on Liberia, restricted its diamond exports and banned the country’s senior officials from travelling abroad. Today’s report makes further recommendations in a number of other areas, including air transportation, travel by Liberian officials and diamond sales, where it urges UN Member States to help set up a credible certification scheme for the precious gems before a suspension of the diamond ban can be considered by the Council. The experts also link arms transport with Liberia’s Bureau of Maritime Affairs, noting that the country has the world’s second largest maritime fleet. The report concludes that while it found credible evidence of small clusters of ex-RUF forces fighting in Liberia as guns for hire, there did not seem to be a connection with the rebel group’s new political party in Sierra Leone. Speaking this afternoon at a UN press conference, panel members Harjit Singh Sandhu of India and Johan Peleman of Belgium agreed that in light of the changed circumstances on the ground, it was time for the Security Council to adopt a new resolution. “We still think that the situation in Liberia poses a threat to the stability to the sub-region, or a risk at least,” Mr. Peleman said. “However, given the positive peace process in Sierra Leone, we think that this new reality should be reflected indeed under a new rationale for a resolution.” The Security Council is expected to take up the Panel’s report in its consultations on Monday.
US trade deficit climbs 7.6 per cent in September; global economic slowdown hurts exports by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2014 6:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit rose in September, as a broader global economic weakness caused exports to fall.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade deficit rose 7.6 per cent to $43 billion in September. That marks the first increase in four months.Economic slowdowns in Europe and China appear to have hurt demand for American-made goods. Since September, the dollar has appreciated in value more than 4 per cent against the euro to $1.25, making U.S. products less competitively priced abroad.Exports fell 1.5 per cent to $195.6 billion, led by declines in shipments of industrial supplies, consumer products and capital goods such as engines and computers.September imports held steady at $238.6 billion for the second straight month.The trade gap has been tempered this year by the boom in U.S. energy production, which has reduced dependence on foreign oil and increased U.S. petroleum exports. So far this year, petroleum imports are 7.6 per cent below the level of a year ago. Part of that decline has come from falling oil prices, with crude imports costing 3.1 per cent less so far this year.Petroleum exports will likely fall in the months ahead, as oil prices have slipped below $80 a barrel from more than $100 a barrel in June.“The collapse in crude oil prices means that the trade deficit will narrow again before the end of this year,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.The politically sensitive trade deficit with China surged 17.6 per cent to $35.6 billion in September, an all-time high. The release of the new Apple iPhone likely fueled much of the 12.7 per cent increase in imports from China, just as growth in that economy has slipped and caused U.S. exports to fall 3.2 per cent.The deficit with China is on track to set another record for the entire year, creating more pressure for Congress and the Obama administration to take steps to curb what critics call unfair trade practices in China.U.S. manufacturers say that China is manipulating its currency for a trade advantage. They accuse China of undervaluing the yuan to make the goods it manufactures cheaper when they are exported, and American products more expensive in China.U.S. exports to the European Union also fell in September, decreasing 6.5 per cent compared to August as several nations on that continent are grappling with the risk of a recession.Through September, the trade deficit totalled $378.1 billion, compared to $363.9 billion for the same period last year. For all of 2013, the deficit totalled $476.4 billion, 11.4 per cent lower than in 2012. Many economists believe the trade deficit will rise slightly in 2014, as a stronger U.S. economy is drawing in more imports.The trade deficit is a drag on overall growth. That’s because U.S. producers are selling less abroad compared to foreign companies, while imports subtract from gross domestic product. Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist at Mizuho Securities, estimated that the October figures could reduce the estimate of 3.5 per cent annual GDP growth in the third quarter by 0.4 per cent.
“We are going to inform our people in Damascus, or we have already informed them about this, so hopefully, starting tomorrow, women and children will be able to leave the old city of Homs,” Lakhdar Brahimi told journalist at the Palais des Nations. “I hope that the rest of civilians will be able to leave soon after that,” he added, noting that the Government has asked for a list of the men’s names first.The UN, along with the International Red Cross and civil society organizations, has also been discussing humanitarian access to Homs, with an aid convoy on standby. “There is an agreement now from the armed groups inside that they will not attack a humanitarian convoy if it enters Homs,” Mr. Brahimi said. The city Governor was supposed to meet with his advisors and Damascus today to agree on access to the town which has been surrounded since last year by pro-Government forces. “We hope that something will happen tomorrow, Monday,” Mr. Brahimi said. He noted that despite a political agenda, the two parties felt “that you cannot start negotiations about Syria without having some discussions about the very, very bad humanitarian situation”.Well over 100,000 people have been killed and nearly 9 million others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted in March 2011 between the Government and various groups seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.More than 9.3 million people within the country need humanitarian aid, the UN has said, with over 2.5 million of them living in areas where access is seriously constrained or non-existent. The joint envoy met with both sides together this morning, then held separate discussions with each in the afternoon – a format that is expected to be duplicated tomorrow.In addition to humanitarian concerns, today’s agenda also included detainees, prisoners and people who have been kidnapped. “The Government has asked the opposition to give them the list of the people that are in detention in the hands of the various armed groups,” he said. “And the opposition agreed that they will try and collect the lists that have been asked from those organizations they have authority over or contacts with.”He noted that “there are unfortunately very many parties, and there are no contacts with some of them, and therefore we will not know who are the people being held by them and who died”.The talks are expected to continue tomorrow with the two parties making “some general statements on the way forward”.The goal of the conference is to achieve a political solution to the three-year-long conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the two sides for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué, adopted after the first international meeting on the issue on 30 June 2012, and since endorsed by the UN Security Council.The communiqué lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among others, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.Mr. Brahimi said he is happy that, in a general way, there is mutual respect in the talks.“God willing this mood that I mentioned will continue and that we will make progress gradually,” he said.
Brock University is saddened to announce the tragic death of Amelia Durocher, a first-year Accounting student who passed away on Feb. 18, 2019.Visitation will be held at Patrick J. Darte Funeral Chapel, 39 Court St. in St. Catharines, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.Flags at the University will be flown at half-mast on the day of the service.A vigil organized by some of Amelia’s friends and colleagues was previously held Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization site, 1860 Sir Isaac Brock Way, which is located behind the Quarryview Residences.Any students wanting to speak to a support counsellor should call 1-833-276-2533 . This line is answered 24 hours a day.