Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Though he failed to improve his standing in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Michael Christian Martinez is proud with his showing in the men’s figure skating given the circumstances he had to deal with.“With three weeks to prepare for PyeongChang and to be able to perform what I just did, that was just unbelievable,” he told INQUIRER.net in an online interview.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It may not have been enough to advance to the free skate round, where Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu claimed the gold medal, but Martinez was satisfied with what he was able to showcase.“A lot of people knew about it and very surprised that the fact I am back on doing my triple jumps again and be able to skate a clean program is truly something else,” he shared. “Usually it takes two to three months to get the jumps the way it was before, and need at least another two months of training to be able to prepare for a competition, but I only did it in three weeks.”With another Olympic experience under his belt, Martinez hopes that his showing would serve as an inspiration for the young figure skaters as he seeks to continue hoisting the Philippine flag in the Winter Games.“I really worked so hard for me to be able to do what I needed to do out there. I really am proud that I get to represent our country at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. To be part of this Olympic Journey is truly amazing,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Martinez, 21, wasn’t even supposed to make it to the Games after finishing eighth in the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, which served as an Olympic qualification last September.READ: Martinez finishes 28th, fails to advance to Olympics free stake roundFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut after the pullout of Swedish figure skater Alexander Majorov, he was given the last quota spot and earned his ticket to PyeongChang.Despite the short notice, Martinez still pulled off a clean performance, scoring 55.56 in his short program performance, which was only good for 28th place among 30 competitors. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
About 35 participants from tax administrations across West African countries are participating in the ongoing training.Babatunde Oladapo, executive secretary of the West African Tax Administrative Forum (WATAF), has challenged revenue administrations in the region to strengthen relations with the taxpaying public and simplify tax payment as part of efforts to boost revenue collection in their respective countries, a release from Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has said.Oladapo said the introduction of mobile tax payment services, e-filling platforms, radio and television programs are key ways to improve interactions between tax administrations and the taxpaying public.According to the release, he spoke on Thursday, Aug 30, at the close of a three-day training for taxpayer service officers from eight countries in the region.Key recommendations from the training include ways to simplify tax laws, automate tax filling systems, implement electronic tax payment services and create information centers to educate taxpayers.Mr. Oladapo encouraged all revenue bodies to introduce programs that will appeal to the minds of taxpayers and improve customers’ relations.The taxpayer service training, which was organized for revenue administrations in the sub-region, took place in Monrovia from August 29-31, 2018, and was hosted by the LRA.The training brought together about 30 participants from Ghana, Gambia, Togo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Benin and Liberia, where the participants discussed the importance of exchanging knowledge between and among revenue administrations.Participants also shared similar knowledge about ways to improve standards for taxpayers, who are required to pay their taxes.They then learned the importance of engaging taxpayers through outreach and sensitization, education and stakeholders engagement, to improve interactions between taxpayers and tax administrations.Meanwhile, LRA Commissioner of Domestic Tax Darlingston Talery, expressed gratitude to WATAF for organizing the training in collaboration with the LRA.Talery said it is important for tax administrations in the sub-region to introduce effective and efficient tax service programs in their drive to ensure revenue collection.He said that an effective tax administration needs a good and convenient taxpayer’s customs service program.The training was facilitated by PWC Nigeria and Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Only names that occurred five or more times were listed. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Ministry of Health has released a list of the most popular baby names for 2019. – Advertisement -All data was collected through the Vital Statistics Agency’s preliminary figures from January 1 to December 18, 2019. According to the Province, Olivia came out on top for the most popular baby name for 2019 in B.C., followed by Oliver, Lucas, Liam, Ethan, Noah, William, Benjamin, Charlotte, Emma and Leo. In 2018, the most popular baby name was Liam followed by Olivia, Emma, Lucas, Oliver, Benjamin, Ethan, Noah, Logan and Amelia. Overall, a total of 40,978 babies were born in B.C. in 2019; approximately 3,000 less than in 2018.Advertisement More information on popular baby names can be found on the Province’s website.
Club Lotto ResultThe draw for the latest club lotto took place on Monday night in the Abbey Hotel. There was no jackpot winner of the €2,000 jackpot with the number drawn: 4, 17, 20 and 23. Four consolation prize winners of €25 drawn were Lorcan McGinley (Dunkineley), Liam McCauley (Castle Street), Eilish Kelly (Malin House), and John McGlynn (Drimark). The jackpot now goes up to €2,100 for week 6. Streets of Donegak 5k Challenge‘The Streets of Donegal 5k Challenge’ in association with the Cleary Centre takes place this Friday (August 21st) in Donegal Town. The 5km is open to all from walkers, competitive runners, families, club members, couch to 5k groups. The walk / run start at 7:30pm with registration starting at 6:30pm at Dom’s Pier 1. The route is relatively flat course starting and finishing near Dom’s Pier 1 while going out towards the by pass on the Killybegs road before coming back into Donegal town via the by pass and in past Donegal hospital before finishing near the start line.Summer Mini Leagues The Summer Mini Leagues for 4 to 8 year old’s started continues every Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm with it consisting of small sided games for the hour. New players are always welcome. Parents are asked to use the front car park outside Tir Conaill and walk in with their child.CamogieUnderage camogie training takes a break for August, starting back on Friday 4th September. The president of the camogie association, Catherine Neary visits Tir Conaill Park on Saturday 5th September. There will be a number of camogie games on the day to mark her visit. Cul CampThe club hosted a football cul camp last week in Tir Conaill Park. Thanks goes to JohnWard and all the coaches for an enjoyable week for all the children, Karl Lacey and Hugh. McFadden for visiting the camp and to all the children for their good behaviour all week.U6 FootballWell done to all the boys and girls who played Naomh Conaill on Saturday morning in Tir Conaill. We had three teams on the day with 25 players all getting games. Thanks goes to Rory O’Donnell for organising food afterwards for all players, all parents that helped out on the day, and to all the children who played excellent football and behaved very well throughout.U8 Boys FootballThe SRB finals day for U8’s takes place in Ardara on Friday 28th August. U10 Boys FootballThe U10 boys football team held a home blitz last Saturday morning with Bundoran, Aodh Ruadh and St Nauls all attending. The boys had three teams on the day with all performing very well on the day. Thanks goes to Conor Breslin and Sean Meehan for refereeing on the day. The U10 SRB finals day takes place on Saturday week in Ardara.U12 Boys FootballWell done to U12 footballer Lee Murchan who played in Croke Park on Tuesday as part of the U12 fun day were one player from each club in Donegal is selected to play games and visit the GAA museum. U13 Boys FootballThe U13 league starts on Saturday week (August 29th) away to Naomh Conaill at 12 noon.U16 Boys FootballThe U16’s play Aodh Ruadh next Tuesday night (August 25th) at 7pm. Venue for the game is yet to announced with it likely to be in Ballintra. The boys had two good games in last week against St Nauls (6-10 to 2-07 win) and MacCumhaill (2-12 to 2-12 draw). Training continues on Thursday and Monday at 6pm each night.U21 men’s footballThe U21’s lost out to Naomh Conaill in Tir Conaill in a high scoring game with goals proving to be the difference.Senior Men’s FootballBoth teams lost out to Ardara at the weekend. The Senior Championship takes place this Saturday night in Tir Conaill Park with St Michaels the opposition. Throw ins are at 5:30pm and 7pm, all support welcome for both teams.Donegal GAAGood luck to Kate Keaney and the Donegal Ladies in their All Ireland quarter final against Armagh this weekend. Hard luck to Thomas McGowan and Jack Keaney who lost out to Derry U16’s in the Buncrana Cup semi final on Saturday.2015 Training Pitch Development DrawTickets for the 2015 Training Pitch Development Draw are out now from all senior club members. There a number of excellent prizes including All Ireland Final tickets, shopping vouchers, and an overnight stay. Tickets cost €5 for a single ticket or €20 for 5. All monies raised from this fundraiser go towards paying for the new training pitch in Tir Conaill which is used by all 24 club teams.Virtual Sod FundraiserThe virtual sod fundraiser is ongoing in the club with lots of members signing up so far. The cost of the virtual sod is €20 with all people signed up receiving a certificate and their name going on a large wall display in Tir Conaill. Contact Eamonn Gorrell (08766740053) or Deborah Rose (0879869192) if you wish to support the club in this fundraiser. All money raised goes towards the ongoing pitch developments in Tir Conaill.GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS WISH KATE KEANEY ALL THE BEST AHEAD OF ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: August 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Sport
A heartbroken father has vowed to spend Christmas Day searching for his son.Devastated Joseph Colhoun from Lifford has been looking for his missing son David since the 21 year old went missing on May 22nd last.Tragic David is believed to have swum across the River Foyle to get to his home after fleeing police custody in Co Tyrone when he was arrested for being drunk. Despite months of search involving hundreds of volunteers and search teams, no trace of David has yet been found.Heartbroken Joseph has revealed he could just not bring himself to get into the festive spirit or even put up as Christmas tree at his home.“There will be no Christmas in our house unfortunately. That’s just how it is.“How can we celebrate Christmas knowing David is at the bottom of the river somewhere. We just can’t. “I will fill my boat with petrol and I will go out in the boat on Christ Day on the river to look for David again. That’s all I can do for him now,” he said.Joseph revealed it will be almost a year since he buried his wife Josephine last January.“That will make it even harder knowing I have lost both of them.“If I can just get David back, or with is left of him, then I can bury him alongside his mother and I will be at peace.“That’s my Christmas and New Year wish rolled into one. That’s all I’m wishing for,” he said. FATHER’S CHRISTMAS DAY HEARTACHE SEARCHING FOR SON was last modified: December 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:David ColhounJoseph ColhounLiffordmissing
Jimmy Garoppolo is the NFL’s biggest Man of Mystery entering the 2019 season.Questions abound whether the quarterback will return to the unbeaten form from his December 2017 debut with the 49ers or if he’ll come back too rusty after last season’s knee injury.Here are five pressing questions:1. Is his knee ready?A titanium brace serves as a shining reminder of his left knee’s fragility, in the wake of last September’s torn anterior cruciate ligament. He has progressed well with no known …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers can get a good grip on manure using cover crops, says an expert with Ohio State University Extension.“Cover crops are an excellent practice to utilize nutrients from manure for growing grain crops,” said Alan Sundermeier, an educator in OSU Extension’s Wood County office. “Capturing the manure nutrients with a growing plant will keep the nutrients on the field and out of waterways.”Sundermeier, who’s also the director of that office, gave tips on getting cover crops off the ground — and then eventually back into it — as part of the North American Manure Expo earlier this month. The event was in London, about 25 miles west of Columbus.His talk, called “Establishing Cover Crops,” was one of four during the expo’s Cover Crops track. It was one of about 40 talks in 13 tracks during the event’s two days overall.The expo’s theme was “Returning nutrients to their roots.”Sundermeier said more and more farmers are growing cover crops — annual ryegrass, red clover, buckwheat and many others — for their benefits, which include reducing soil erosion and adding soil- and yield-improving organic matter.Typically cover crops are planted — then later are killed by winter, plowed under or both — in between rotations of grain crops such as corn and soybeans. But starting them can be a challenge, said Sundermeier, who said he hopes his talk makes it easier.“To be successful in establishing cover crops, producers need to match species selection to timing opportunities in the cropping system,” he said. “These opportunities may occur any time there’s sufficient soil temperature for growth — before, during and after the grain crop season.”Also, Sundermeier’s home county of Wood is in the Maumee River watershed, the heart of the battle to stop the harmful algal blooms plaguing Lake Erie. One of the causes of those blooms is phosphorus runoff from farm fertilizers and manure. So growing nutrient-grabbing cover crops can help in the fight, Sundermeier said.Horse manure was another topic at the event.“Over the years, more and more backyard horse owners have been stabling their animals in larger boarding stables,” said Les Ober, who’s an agriculture and natural resources program coordinator with Ohio State University Extension. “This concentrates a large number of animals on a small area of land.“This can lead to water quality issues if the manure isn’t handled properly.”Ober, who’s also a certified crop adviser, is based in northeast Ohio’s Geauga County. The county ranks second in the state for its number of equines, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures.In his talk at the expo, he covered what to do — and why — with what horses leave behind. The options, he said, include having the manure hauled away, composting it, or spreading it on the land.“The first two are expensive options,” Ober said. “The third one is viable only if they have enough acreage to spread it on and they’re willing to manage the manure properly.”His talk, which is called “Manure and Nutrient Management for the Horse Owner,” was part of the expo’s Small Farm Manure Management track.“Any time you manage manure correctly, it’s beneficial to the environment and water quality,” Ober said. “If horse owners store their manure in a storage facility, dispose of it properly and use all-weather turnouts in place of pasture during the off-pasture months, they’ll protect the soil and water on their farm.”For more information, go to manureexpo.org.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growing up in agriculture, Madison County farmer Christie Wilson thought she wanted nothing more than to get away from the farm when she became an adult, but fate had other ideas. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along with Wilson for the latest Cab Cam, brought to you by Fennig Equipment, as she planted soybeans along State Route 40 to visit about planting progress and how the operation has grown with the help of her innovative husband John.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) held their fifth annual Replacement Female Sale on November 24 at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company in Zanesville, Ohio. A large crowd was on hand to bid on 79 high quality females in the sale. The sale represented an excellent opportunity for cow-calf producers to add quality females with documented breeding and health records to their herds.Buyers had the opportunity to evaluate 79 lots of bred heifers, bred cows, and cow-calf pairs. The sale included 63 lots of bred heifers that averaged $1,949, 10 lots of bred cows that averaged $2,380, and six cow-calf pairs that averaged $1,925. The 79 total lots grossed $158,125 for an overall average of $2,002. This represents a $355 per head increase in price over the 2016 sale. Prices ranged from $1,300 to $2,900. The females sold to buyers from Ohio and West Virginia. Col. Ron Kreis served as the auctioneer.Erv-N-Del Farm of Louisville, Ohio consigned the top two selling lots at $2,900 each. The Lot 25 and 26 purebred Simmental bred cows sold to Rose Koehler of Lancaster. The Ohio State University Beef Center of Dublin sold two groups of three Simmental-Angus bred heifers at $2,600 per head. Fairview Farms of Logan purchased the Lot 63, 64, and 78 heifers and Samuel Bond-Zielinski of Freeport purchased the Lot 69, 73, and 77 heifers. LOR-MAR Simmental Farms of Prospect consigned the Lot 44 purebred Simmental cow-calf pair that sold for $2,500 to Josh VanHorn of Malta. Erv-N-Del Farm also consigned the Lot 28 Simmental-Angus heifer that sold for $2,500 to Terry Nicol of Milford Center. Haley Farms of West Salem consigned the Lot 29 purebred Simmental heifer that sold for $2,500 to Nick Fisher of Jackson, OH.The sale truly was an excellent opportunity for both buyers and sellers. Buyers were able to improve their herds by adding high quality females with known genetic and health backgrounds. Sellers were able to capitalize on steady prices for breeding cattle.For more information, contact John F. Grimes, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator at (740) 289-2071, Extension #242, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or at their website located at www.ohiocattle.org.
No money? No problem. Here are some quick tips on how to market your film on a small budget.Marketing your film is one of the most important aspects of the filmmaking process. Your film can be the most important independent film of the last decade, but without a good marketing strategy, you’re going to hamstring its potential. So, let’s look at some simple and easy ways to market your film on a small budget.1. Create a Marketing Materials PacketYou’re going to need marketing materials. This means you’re going to need to have a concrete brand for the film. Then you’ll want to build your materials from that branding. This includes cover images and profile images for all of your social media platforms, a movie poster for your film, and the imagery for your website and Facebook page.As Charles Judson at Indiewire shows in his piece on marketing materials for film, there are countless small pieces of material that you’ll need. If this is something that you have no experience in doing on your own, try to reach out to a local artist artist.2. Utilize the Internet and Social MediaThe easiest way to build your audience is to use the internet and its main outlets, those being a personal website and social media platforms. First, let’s create a website for your film. For that you’ll want to use WordPress, Squarespace, or Wix. I preferred to use WordPress for my film’s official site, because it gave me the most flexibility.Next, you want to utilize social media and its many platforms. For my film, I use Facebook as the primary launching point, then I use my personal Twitter account as a secondary site to keep content rolling. Find out what works best for you. That could be any combination of platforms including Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, etc.3. Generate Press ReleasesAnother really important way to market your film is to generate a press release. In the press release you want to give all of the most important information about your film in a very small sample size. You also will want to speak about yourself as the director and your past successes or other projects you’ve worked on.Raindance film festival has a great resource on their website that takes you through the step-by-step process of creating a solid press release for your film. Once you have the press release finished you’ll want to send that out to as many media outlets as possible. Also, look for websites or organizations that generate content that’s geared closely to your subject matter. That could be anything from Science Fiction to Civil War History, explore all available options.4. Create a Series of TrailersThe film production process is a long one, and you want to keep your audience engaged. One way to do that is to create a series of trailers. You’ll want to start out with something simple, a short 30-second teaser. It could be as simple as just having some dialogue and a logo reveal. Or you could take a principal character from your film and build a short trailer using footage that probably won’t make it into the film. Just be creative and continue to release trailers as you move through your production process. I would limit yourself to 3-4 trailers.Again, the first trailer or two are just to get your audience interested in the project. Then I would release another trailer once you have a bulk of your principal photography done. Keep it to around one minute long. Finally, when you’re in post-production, create your extended and final trailer. This one can be between a minute and a half to just over two minutes long.5. Get Listed on IMDbIMDb is a great resource. Whether you like it or not, it gives your film some extra credibility when marketing it. To find out how to get your film added to the site, head over to this resource page. Just note that an IMDB Pro membership will cost you $20 a month or $149 for a year. While this can be a steep cost, you are getting some pretty good benefits, such as networking opportunities with millions of other film professionals.Are these marketing quick tips helpful? Do you have some marketing tricks that came in handy for you and your film? Tell us all about it in the comments below.
Even as Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar pitches for an out-of-court settlement in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi issue, he said on Wednesday that he was yet to propose a compromise formula to the stakeholders.“Once the proposal comes, we will talk,” said the spiritual guru hours after he called on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at his official residence here.Sri Ravi Shankar is scheduled to visit Ayodhya on Thursday to meet the stakeholders.While there was no official word from the State government on the meeting, Sri Ravi Shankar described his visit as a “courtesy call” while talking to presspersons.He said he discussed with Mr. Adityanath various topics including “how we can bring peace in the nation, welfare of farmers, and cleanliness”.Later, in a tweet, the spiritual guru said Mr. Adityanath’s “efforts to address caste conflict, corruption and farmer issues are laudable”. This came a day after Mr. Adityanath welcomed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s efforts at mediation for an out-of-court settlement in the contentious issue.Mr. Adityanath on Tuesday said he welcomed the spiritual guru’s efforts, but maintained that a solution through discussion would be possible only if both parties consented to it.“Efforts at any level are welcome. But one side has always run away from the discussion table,” Mr. Adityanath said.“The problem is not that there should be talks, it is that both sides should mutually agree to hold talks [as the case is in the Supreme Court]. It can give good results but intentions should be good,” he said.Sri Ravi Shankar’s initiative to mediate in the case, however, did not get a positive response from the parties in the legal case.Sunni Board standZafaryab Jilani, representing the Sunni Central Waqf Board, dismissed Sri Ravi Shankar’s initiative saying it was done only for media attention and pointed out that there was no proposal submitted by him yet.“If he brings a solution, then there can be talks. If it is their solution that Muslims give up their claim for the Babri Masjid, it is not possible,” Mr. Jilani said.A solution through mutual consent can be reached only if both the disputing groups submit before the court their willingness to compromise, he added.The Vishwa Hindu Parishad also described the initiative as pointless, asserting that since “facts” and the Allahabad High Court judgment in 2010 had supported its claim for a Ram Mandir, any further negotiation would be irrelevant.“It is in our favour. So a Ram Mandir must be constructed at the site,” said Sharad Sharma, VHP spokesperson, adding that any negotiation could involve a climbdown by the Hindus and this was not acceptable to the outfit.After meeting Mr. Adityanath, he attended a meeting organised by the Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir Nirman Nyas, a less-known trust in Lucknow claiming to play interlocutor between the two sides.At the meeting were present representatives of the Nirmohi Akhara, a party in the suit, Digambara Akhara, Shiv Sena, Hindu Mahasabha and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Rajya Sabha member and founder of the Bajrang Dal, Vinay Katiyar joined them. Clerics Khalid Yusuf Azizi, Imran Hasan Siddiqui and others too were present.Referring to the various Hindu organisations assembled in his house, Amarnath Mishra, the convenor of the RJMNN, said it was the first time these leaders sat on a table to discuss the way forward for the construction of the Ram Mandir.
Five persons have been arrested on the charge of smuggling cattle and as many as 62 cattle rescued in Udhampur and Samba districts of the Jammu region, police said on Wednesday.A police team intercepted 55 cattle being taken on foot towards Kashmir without valid permission near the Sangoor Chowk on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Udhampur district on Tuesday evening.The cattle were rescued and suspects Hamid Khan and Mohammad Mashboor arrested. “Two of their accomplices managed to flee and efforts are on to nab them,” a police spokesperson said.Four more cattle were rescued from the nearby Jakhani Chowk in Udhampur on Tuesday.“The driver, Ghulam Rasool, was arrested and the police seized the vehicle in which the cattle were being taken,” the spokesperson said.In another incident, two persons, Bittu Ram and Vaid Parkash, were arrested after the police intercepted a Srinagar-bound vehicle at Mansar in Samba and rescued three cattle. “These were being transported without any permission,” the spokesperson said.In the past three-and-a-half months, the police in Udhampur arrested over 100 people on the charge of bovine smuggling and rescued 662 cattle. “The police had also seized 55 vehicles used for cattle smuggling,” he added.
They are calling it the Adarsh Part II. Subhash Chopra, a Delhi Congress leader, is in trouble over his grandiose renovation of the National Sports Club of India near Haji Ali in Mumbai. Chopra has created as many as 17 AC banquet halls. The clearances for the project came from none other than those who cleared the Adarsh Society file: P.V. Deshmukh, deputy secretary, urban development department; Mumbai municipal commissioner Jairaj Pathak; and former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh. A PIL in the Mumbai High Court pegs the scam at a little over Rs 200 crore.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli in action on the fourth day of the first Test in Galle, Sri Lanka, on Saturday. _ Reuters SHARE Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Indian skipper Virat Kohli in action on the fourth day of the first Test in Galle, Sri Lanka, on Saturday. _ Reuters Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot on the fourth day of the first Test match against India in Galle on Saturday. — REUTERS Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot on the fourth day of the first Test match against India in Galle on Saturday. — REUTERS Dimuth Karunaratne produced a rearguard act with an unbeaten half-century as Sri Lanka delayed the inevitable, reaching 192 for four against India on the fourth day of the first Test here today.At tea, Karunaratne was on 85, and Niroshan Dickwella was giving the opener company on 48.The visitors still need another 358 runs with five wickets remaining.Post lunch, Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis (36) continued their partnership for the third wicket. The two batsmen looked to play for time and cut out any aggressive strokes. They did capitalise on run-scoring opportunities, as this atypical Galle pitch didn’t provide much support to the Indian spinners. In all, they put on 79 runs.Karunaratne scored his 12th Test half-century off 81 balls. Overall, he faced 166 deliveries and hit 9 fours. In doing so, he brought up Sri Lanka’s 100 in the 27th over.In that same over, Mendis survived a DRS review off R Ashwin (0-58) for caught behind as Ultra-Edge didn’t show any deviation.Four overs later, Mendis was caught behind off Ravindra Jadeja (2-42) as the DRS review turned in India’s favour, this time an edge clearly detected off the batsman. It became a double blow for Lanka thereafter as Angelo Mathews (2) was caught going for a wild slog at backward point off Jadeja again.Karunaratne though held his ground and put on another 79 runs for the fifth wicket with Dickewella. The two batted out 22.3 overs until the tea break to defy India’s bowling.Earlier, Sri Lanka reached 85/2 at lunch. The hosts were set a mammoth target of 550 runs after India declared their second innings at 240/3 in 53 overs with skipper Virat Kohli (103 not out) scoring his 17th Test hundred.Starting at 189/3 overnight, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane showed an eagerness to score runs.It was obvious that the visitors were waiting for the captain to get to his landmark before putting Lanka into bat again. And to his credit Kohli didn’t waste any time as he reached his hundred off 133 balls in the sixth over of the morning. Overall, Kohli faced 136 balls and hit five fours as well as a six.In doing so, he equalled the records of former Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar (116 Tests) and VVS Laxman (134 Tests), who both have 17 Test hundreds. Kohli reached his milestone in only his 58th Test. The Indian declaration came after the very next over. It was the second highest target set by India in a Test after 617 versus New Zealand at Wellington in 2009.Kohli and Rahane put on 51 runs for the fourth wicket. In doing so, they became the 14th pair to put up 2,000-plus runs in Test cricket for India. Kohli also became the quickest captain to score 1,000 overseas Test runs, reaching the mark in 17 innings. He improved Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 19 innings.Chasing 550 runs then, Sri Lanka were reduced to 29/2 in the sixth over. Upul Tharanga (10) was dropped at second slip by Kohli off Mohammed Shami (1-32) in the third over. But the opener couldn’t make it count as he played on two balls later.Three overs later, Danushka Gunathilaka (2) was caught at square leg off Umesh Yadav (1—26).Then, Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis came together, and the duo improved on their failures in the first innings to put up an improved show. They added 56 runs for the third wicket on a track that was still not offering enough assistance to the spinners and defied the Indian bowling for 17.2 overs. Day 1: India make a strong start, reach 115 for 1 at lunch × 2/2 1/2 cricket Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot on the fourth day of the first Test match against India in Galle on Saturday. — REUTERS India dismissed for 600 on Day 2 Indian skipper Virat Kohli in action on the fourth day of the first Test in Galle, Sri Lanka, on Saturday. _ Reuters July 29, 2017 RELATED COMMENT COMMENTS
The nation erupted in joy and firecrackers were burst in the nook and corner of every street when India beat their arch rival Pakistan in the high-octane Champions Trophy match on Sunday.India displayed a clinical performance and out-classed their opponents at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.An elated fan said, “During the month of Ramadan, the God has blessed us Indian Muslims this victory. This is a proud moment for us. We defeated our enemy.”Another fan remarked that the Sunday night win would help boost the morale of the soldiers at the border.”Winning the match against Pakistan in such a tensed situation will boost the confidence of our Armed Forces at the border,” he said.”I am happy that India fought against Pakistan in cricket and won. I congratulate everyone for this win,” another fan said.The defending champions beat the Men in Green by 124 runs through Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) in the one-sided match.Chasing a revised target of 289 runs in 41 overs, Pakistan were bundled out for 164 runs with Wahab Riaz not coming to bat because of an injury he sustained during India’s innings.Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for India as he finished with the figures of three for 30 while Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya took two wickets each.Yuvraj was declared ‘Man of the Match’ for his brilliant batting performance.The Kohli-led side will now lock horns against Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval in London on June 8.
TweetPinShare0 Shares MOSCOW (AP) — The International Olympic Committee says it is exploring the legal options for a possible ban of the entire Russian team from next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a result of the country’s repeated doping scandals. Russia finished fourth in the gold medal table at the 2012 Olympics in London and third in the overall medal table. Its absence in Rio would shake up both tables. Here are five Russian stars who could miss out:Aliya MustafinaShe led the Russian gymnastics team which narrowly failed to beat the U.S. to gold in the women’s all-around in 2012 and also won individual gold in the uneven bars. While Mustafina has been plagued by injuries since, she bounced back with two European championship gold medals last month. Russia has arguably the world’s richest tradition of excellence in gymnastics, and if its athletes aren’t in Rio, the U.S. and China will benefit in the medal table.Yulia EfimovaOne of the world’s top breaststroke sprinters, Efimova spearheads the Russian swim team for Rio despite previous brushes with the anti-doping authorities. She bounced back from a drug ban to win 100-meter gold at last year’s world championships in a fiercely competitive race with her longtime rival, Lithuanian teenager Ruta Meilutyte, who would become the hot favorite for gold if Efimova is forced to miss Rio. Efimova missed four months this season after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium but was given a reprieve and won the 200 at her comeback meet in Los Angeles on Sunday.Yelena IsinbayevaThe world record holder in the pole vault and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Isinbayeva would compete at her fifth games in Rio, but she faces extra obstacles to get there. Russia’s track and field team is already banned from the games due to widespread doping, and Isinbayeva’s hopes rest on a successful appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She represented Russia’s athletes at a crucial CAS hearing on Tuesday in Switzerland and even posted a selfie online from inside the closed session. Her absence in Rio would help Brazilian, Greek and U.S. athletes, among others.Nataliya IshchenkoWith three Olympic and 19 world championship gold medals to her name, Ishchenko typifies Russia’s total domination of synchronized swimming — it’s won every Olympic event this century. If no Russians compete in Rio, China and Spain would fight for the two gold medals on offer. Russia is similarly dominant in another female-only Olympic sport, rhythmic gymnastics, where former Soviet nations Ukraine and Belarus usually compete for the silver behind Russia’s winners.Maxim MikhailovTop scorer when Russia won the men’s volleyball competition at London 2012, Mikhailov would be a formidable opponent in Rio. Host nation Brazil had to settle for silver four years ago but is fired up for a gold medal in front of its home crowd. The absence of the Russian team would make that mission significantly easier.