IPL 2018: Gary Kirsten likely to join Royal Challengers Bangalore coaching staff

first_imgGary Kirsten is likely to return to the Indian Premier League next season for a second stint and this time with Royal Challengers Bangalore.According to ESPNcricinfo, Kirsten may join the RCB team management in the capacity of a batting coach.The former South African batsman and India coach in his first stint had coached Delhi Daredevils for two seasons in 2014 and 2015. Kirsten had signed a three-year contract but was removed on after two season after the Daredevils finished seventh and eighth respectively.Kirsten had coached India from 2008 to 2011 and finished a successful tenure with the World Cup triumph in 2011. In three years at the helm, Kirsten led India to series wins over Australia and England before drawing a Test series in South Africa. India had also reached on top of the Test rankings with Kirsten as coach.He also coached South Africa to number one in the ICC’s Test rankings before a stint with the Delhi Daredevils.In RCB’s coaching team, Kirsten will join the likes of Daniel Vettori, who is set to be retained by the franchise.The 50-year-old Kirsten is also making his debut in the Big Bash League 2017-18 season at Hobart Hurricanes. He replaced Damien Wright, who quit after Hurrcanes finished second last in the 2016-17 BBL season.The Hurricanes have failed to reach the semi-finals of the eight-team BBL since losing in the final three years ago.The franchise is also expected to retain captain Virat Kohli, currently the best player on the planet, AB de Villiers and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.advertisementDespite a star power in their ranks, RCB have never won the cash-rich T20 league. However, they have twice reached the final in 2009 and 2016.After riding high on Kohli’s sensational 973 runs in the 2016 campaign, RCB finished bottom of the table managing to win only three out of 14 contested matches.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Vladimir Putin revels in Russia’s unexpected form

first_imgThe lowest-ranked team in the 2018 World Cup, Russia were expected to struggle at the tournament at home. But with the round of 16 qualification after winning the first two matches, the World Cup is going better than even Vladimir Putin expected.This for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union that they have qualified for the knock out stage.Increasingly isolated on the global stage, the World Cup has so far helped Putin send a defiant message to his opponents that Russia is succeeding despite Western efforts to hold it back.Calls for a boycott by some Western politicians failed to gain traction, all Moscow’s organisation and infrastructure commitments have been met, and Russia’s 11 host cities have been flooded with international fans drinking, singing and dancing in the streets.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFor Putin, Russia’s runaway success on the pitch has been the icing on the cake.Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening match and secured a surprise 3-1 win over Egypt in St Petersburg on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Uruguay’s victory over Saudi Arabia meant Russia is guaranteed to qualify for the second round.”I think this success is very important, and all the more so because no one really expected it, said Maxim Trudolyubov,” senior fellow at the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large of Russian daily Vedomosti.”Putin is the kind of politician who wants victories,” he said. “For Putin, (politics) is a fight, a game, a gamble, a victory … and about showing everyone that Russia means something in the world.”advertisementRussia entered the World Cup ranked by FIFA as the tournaments weakest team and without a win on the field in more than seven months.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESo low were expectations, that a satirical song mocking the national side and questioning the financial sense of hosting the event went viral online, garnering more than 9 million views on YouTube. Our team is, lets be frank, shit, sings Russian comic Semyon Slepakov in the song.Even Putin seemed resigned to focusing his attention on victories away from the pitch, quipping that the winners will be the organisers when asked at an economic forum last month who would win the World Cup.SWEET VICTORYSince then, the Russian leader, who is a keen sportsman although not a footballer, was seen laughing and joking with FIFA head Gianni Infantino and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as Russia cruised to its big win in the tournaments opening match.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin had not been able to watch Russia’s performance against Egypt as he was on a plane back from a trip to Belarus, but he was told about the result by his staff as soon as he landed.”He reacted just like our entire country, very positively,” Peskov told a conference call with reporters. “It is a very sweet victory for everyone, very heartening, and so the president was also happy.”Some Kremlin-watchers, however, believe any political dividends Putin receives from Russia’s success at the tournament will be limited.Andrei Kolesnikov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center think-tank, said the World Cup was unlikely to generate the type of nationalist fever Putin has previously used to boost his popularity, such as after Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.”Nobody expected anything from our national football team, he said. So there is no reason for any patriotic hysteria.””The best (Putin) can do in terms of soft power is to organise the championship well without any unpleasant episodes, especially in terms of security, and just enjoy the sport. I don’t think that all that stuff means anything domestically.”And while the tournament has helped the Kremlin distract from some things it would rather go unnoticed – such as an unpopular decision to hike taxes and increase the pension age at home, or Moscow’s seemingly diminished role in the North Korean crisis – that may not ultimately be enough.Ned Pendleton, a 32-year-old England fan from London, told Reuters the well-organised and welcoming tournament would not help rehabilitate Moscow’s imagine in Britain, where the Kremlin is accused of poisoning a former Russian spy in a nerve-agent attack earlier this year. Moscow denies involvement.”They’re going to want to try and improve the image of Russia by hosting this tournament, and so they’ll make it as welcoming for the fans as ever,” he said while visiting Moscow’s Red Square on Wednesday.”But…that’s got nothing to do with international relations, like invading Crimea and poisoning people in Britain,” he said. “Its a PR exercise, the whole World Cup. It doesn’t change, for me it doesn’t change that at all.”advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Sadio Mané in line for surprise Liverpool return against West Ham

first_imgJürgen Klopp has said Sadio Mané could be a surprise inclusion for Liverpool’s visit to West Ham United on Saturday and he would welcome international duty for the Senegal striker.Mané has been sidelined for four weeks with a hamstring injury suffered during the last international week and had not been scheduled to return for Liverpool for another fortnight. That may yet be the case, with the 25-year-old returning to first team training only on Thursday and Klopp reluctant to risk a player who is not 100% fit, but the forward is being considered for a substitute’s role at the London Stadium. Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp “Sadio looked really, really good. We will see what we do with that,” said the manager. “Yesterday it looked like he is ready for at least 20-25 minutes but we have to wait to see how his body reacts to the session because for him it was pretty intense; not because it was intense but because it was his first football session for a long time. He did really well. He obviously didn’t miss his abilities or skills during the injury break, so that’s good.”Mané is scheduled to join up with Senegal after the West Ham game for their crucial World Cup qualifying double-header against South Africa. And, despite his lack of match fitness and injury problems while on international duty, Klopp believes it could benefit Liverpool for Mané to feature for his country.He explained: “We cannot ignore the situation of Senegal and say we don’t care if they play in the World Cup. It is not right and not nice. Sadio is not injured any more. Is he 100% fit? That is different. He has to go there and, if they can get the point they need, then maybe we can talk again [to the Senegal FA] and ask if it is necessary for him to play the second game and he can come back. That would be the ideal situation but we cannot decide it.“If Sadio can play I really think he should because it is good to get some rhythm, otherwise he would not have played for how many weeks. It would be nice.”Klopp was less impressed with Gareth Southgate’s omission of Daniel Sturridge from the latest England squad on the basis the striker is not starting regularly at club level. The Liverpool manager, who revealed Nathaniel Clyne has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a back injury, said: “If he [Southgate] now makes it like this then it could be difficult in the future if he sticks to this plan 100%, not for us but for England. When Daniel had a few injury problems he was called up because he is still the striker everyone thinks about. Now he is fit.” West Ham United v Liverpool: match preview Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Liverpool Share via Email Read more news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Safety of Delhiites especially women most important for AAP govt Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the installation of CCTV cameras has started across the city and asserted that safety and security of Delhiites, especially women are “most important” for his government. As per the government’s plan, around three lakh CCTV cameras will be installed in Delhi as part of a project to boost security in the city. The Arvind Kejriwal-led government has already begun work on the installation of 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Safety and security of our citizen’s esp women is most imp for us. I am glad that CCTV cameras are finally being installed all across the city in such a big way. Cooperation, support and participation of citizens has made it happen,” CM Kejriwal tweeted. In every assembly constituency, 2,000 CCTV cameras are being installed. People who want to get a CCTV camera installed on their house’s outside wall under a Delhi government project will have to give an “undertaking” to provide electricity for the functioning of the device. The government will give subsidy to such people on the power consumed by the CCTV camera, according to legislators of the ruling AAP in the national capital. As per the government’s decision, 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed across the city under the project, which aims to ensure women safety in Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators, in their respective constituencies, are distributing a form titled “undertaking” to people who want to install a CCTV camera on the outside wall of their house. The government will give the subsidy to such residents for the consumption of electricity in the functioning of the CCTV camera, AAP MLA Surinder Singh said. “There will be no burden on residents who want to get a CCTV camera installed on the wall of their house as the government will give subsidy for it. In the form, residents will have to mention their CA number or electricity meter number apart from their mobile number to avail the subsidy from the government,” Singh, the MLA from Delhi Cantt, said. Two thousand cameras will be installed in each of the 70 assembly constituencies here. Last month, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Labour Minister Gopal Rai and Urban Development Minster Satyendar Jain had launched CCTV camera project in their respective constituencies. Sisodia had said about three lakh CCTV cameras would be installed in Delhi as part of a project to boost security.last_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth Helps Share More Good Days In Partnership With Warriors In

first_imgThe MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein along with award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth hosted a MAMARAZZI event on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016.Denise Albert, Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Musen GersteinCredit/Copyright: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 ProductionsThe event was sponsored by breast cancer support initiative Warriors in Pink powered by Ford, and was held at the renowned The Carlyle Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side.The event was an impactful one with several heartfelt speeches; the first one from breast cancer survivor and Warriors in Pink “Model of Courage” Lorraine Elmo. She told the attendees about not only her own struggle with cancer but also her mother’s struggle with cancer and how difficult it was to explain it to her children. She explained how important it was in the middle of her cancer battle to keep up her spirits and give her last bit of energy to her children to ease their struggle, and the big role music had in helping her heal.The MOMS extended a wholehearted thank you to guests for attending this important event and for supporting breast cancer awareness month. Denise Albert took off her wig for the first time in public as Kristin Chenoweth had expressed a wish to see her without it.Kristin Chenoweth’s speech revolved around how inspirational it is to see Denise fight her cancer so fiercely and how Melissa is there for her through thick and thin just like a sister. She also went on to explain how during lower days, music helps to inspire and lift one up and how music has helped her get through the devastation of having both a mother and two aunts battle breast cancer. Said Chenoweth, “Music is the vibration that heals the soul”.Through the Warriors in Pink program, Ford is committed to helping those touched by breast cancer and has dedicated $130M to research, education and support services. Warriors in Pink (#WarriorsInPinkMOMS) also empowers people to take real action to help those battling the disease through the More Good Days initiative (#MoreGoodDays), which launched in 2015 to help lessen the burden on those living with breast cancer and bring them what they ultimately deserve – more good days.The MAMARAZZI event is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein helping to raise awareness about how to bring More Good Days to those living with breast cancer. Denise, currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, alongside her friend and business partner, Melissa, can offer insights from first-hand experience into dealing with the everyday challenges of fighting breast cancer and finding the strength within to continue the fight.last_img read more

Indian Foreign Minister and Malik discuss IndoLanka economic ties

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama met in New Delhi today to discuss Indo-Lanka economic ties.Samarawickrama was expected to discuss the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ECTA) with India. (Colombo Gazette)

UN mission in Central African Republic condemns attack on villages reinforces presence

“[We call] on Kaga Bandoro’s communities to remain calm and affirm [our] right to take appropriate measures to prevent destabilization of the situation, protect civilians in line with [our] mandate, and ensure the country’s territorial integrity,” the Mission said in a news release issued on Saturday. According to the news release, clashes broke out on 16 September between anti-Balaka and ex- Séléka groups in Ndomete and Kaga Bandoro, leaving at least six civilians dead and many, including an aid worker injured. UN staff premises were also looted in Kaga Bandoro, the release noted. In response to the situation, the Mission said that it has reinforced its military presence in the affected areas and deployed UN peacekeepers to strengthen the security situation. It also said that is also deploying a human rights team from capital Bangui to assess the situation. MINUSCA further noted that continues to monitor the situation and remains in contact with national and local authorities to stop the violence. More than three years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in the CAR amid continuing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. read more

GuySuCo not under Ministry of Agricultures purview – Holder

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder has said that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is no longer under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture; in fact it now falls under the ambit of the Ministry of Finance.The Minister offered this comment while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the opening of the National Dialogue on the thirty-fifth Regional Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean and Accountability of the FAO’s stewardship workshop held at Regency Suites, Brickdam, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported. Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder“GuySuCo is vested in National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL).  NICIL falls under the Ministry of Finance. In short, GuySuCo has been removed from the ambit of agriculture to the Ministry of Finance,” Minister Holder stated.Further, the minister explained that the decision to reopen two estates temporarily has nothing to do with government’s regret at its earlier decisions, but rather a matter of the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) which is the agency established by NICIL to pursue the privatisation of the sugar estates, exercising its options.“It has nothing to do with government per se. We have been informed that under the previous administration some big companies were interested in taking over the sugar industry. The government apparently didn’t go along with that, so these companies pulled out. Some of them are expressing interest. In short, it probably wouldn’t be for sugar but perhaps canned cane juice or something of that sort. I believe the Special Purpose Unit [SPU] thinks that if they attempt to divest an estate that is functional they will get a better deal than if it’s not,” Minister Holder explained.In May 2017, the Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates and sell the Skeldon sugar factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo. read more

Gekko Systems shifts focus to Brazil

first_imgGekko Systems, an innovative mineral processing company and modular plant designer has recently moved its South American focus from Chile to Brazil.  Gekko is a well-known gravity expert with its InLine Pressure Jig and concentrate leaching technology and also supplies energy efficient modular plants, taking advantage of new fine crushing technologies and pre-concentration. Gekko recently closed its office in Chile and has relocated its operations to Belo Horizonte in partnership with Brazilian-based company, Minetec. Diego Mielke, Minetec Manager, has been appointed the representative for Gekko Systems in South America and is responsible for Gekko’s sales on the continent. Mielke believes that, “Gekko Systems’ equipment is a good fit for the Brazilian market and that the team at Minetec is dedicated to support the current Gekko installation base and any new customers in Latin America.”Gekko Systems also operates in Peru via an exclusive agency agreement with Futuratech Technologies. The company primarily focuses on precious metals (gold/silver) and other minerals.  Nigel Grigg, Gekko Systems’ Business Development Manager, said, “the market in Brazil suits Gekko’s range of innovative mineral processing equipment and provides a more sustainable market for the future. Gekko initially set up its office in Chile, the strategy being to have access to the larger engineering houses and business conditions; however there was a disproportionate focus on very large copper projects and Brazil offered more opportunities to supply modular plants and equipment to a wide range of mid-tier gold miners.”last_img read more

Microsoft embraces Xbone name out of disrespect buys Xbonecom

first_imgWhen Microsoft first announced the Xbox One, people immediately jumped to the nickname of “Xbone.” The gaming audience began to adopt the nickname before all of the draconian policies were officially revealed, so the term came to be simply because it’s a funny and catchy way to shorten the console’s full name. Then, when the draconian policies were made clear, the moniker rang true, in that the Xbox was boned. Now, however, Microsoft officially purchased the domain Xbone.com, securing the last laugh.Major Nelson, otherwise known as Xbox Live’s Director of Programming Larry Hryb, recently stated on NeoGAF that he isn’t fond of the Xbone name. He feels the nickname disrespects the teams that put thousands of hours of development into the platform. He does admit the name is cheeky (which seems like a compliment in this context), but he doesn’t care for it.Apparently, Microsoft doesn’t care for it so much that they purchased the domain in order to prevent someone from using it in a clever way. There isn’t any word if Microsoft paid off whoever the previous owner of the domain is in order to secure the address.At the time of this writing, if you visit Xbone.com it redirects to a Bing search of the phrase “Xbone.” So, though Microsoft doesn’t like the name, the company has officially recognized it and given it life by purchasing the domain, then having it search for the nickname on Microsoft’s search engine. Perhaps the company is planning on using it for something later, but if it dislikes the name, this is certainly a weird strategy to remove it from the public consciousness.last_img read more