Indian skipper Mithali Raj hailed Harmanpreet Kaur’s brilliant innings of 171 not out as the “greatest knock by an India women player” and said that a “big performance” like that of her deputy was needed to beat a “champion side like Australia” in the Women’s World Cup semi-final.Harmanpreet blasted an unbeaten 171 off 115 balls — the highest score by an Indian player, male or female, in a World Cup knockout match — set the platform for a thrilling 36-run semi-final victory over the defending champions at the County Ground in Derby on Thursday.Rain had delayed the start of the match by 195 minutes and Harmanpreet came in at the fall of the second wicket in the 10th over with the floodlights on. She remained unconquered for 128 minutes, making 69.51 per cent of the 246 runs scored while she was at the crease, as India posted 281 for 4 — their highest-ever total against the defending champion — in just 42 overs.Raj, while addressing the post-match press conference, pointed to Harmanpreet’s knowledge of Australia’s bowlers, courtesy her stint at the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), which ultimately helped the Women in Blue plan for the semi-final.”I think the transformation (has come) after she played in the WBBL,” she said. “That exposure she and Smriti (Mandhana) got by interacting with other players has been massive. As I mentioned in the last press meet, for the Australia match, they were giving us more inputs about these players.””If more players are a part of these leagues where they exchange ideas and follow the routine of other players, being part of the meetings, it will only help improve the standard of women’s cricket, and it’s very beneficial for youngsters and players from Indian team,” Raj added.advertisement28-year-old Harmanpreet had earned acclaim in the T20 circuit by becoming the first Indian to be picked for the Big Bash League and the Kia Super League.But at the World Cup, Harmanpreet found herself coming in towards the slog overs and so struggled to get time in the middle.Before the semi-final, she had faced only 91 balls in five innings.The India skipper attributed Harmanpreet’s turnaround to her 60-run-knock, her first half-century of the tournament — that was the key in the middle overs against New Zealand in what was a virtual quarter-final.In the game against the White Ferns, it looked like India would reach 220 until Veda Krishnamurthy’s unbeaten 45-ball 70 lifted them to 265. Her partnership with Harmanpreet gave them the momentum and eventually they defeated New Zealand to set up clash against Australia.”The game against New Zealand, she had runs as well as Veda had runs. They backed themselves to make fifty and those runs gave them confidence,” Raj said.”Had they not scored those runs, it would have been a different picture today. All said and done, everything happens for a reason. It was needed, and this knock will give her confidence tomorrow when she is in a position to take more responsibility as a batter. She will be in better shape and experience to take along,” she added.The 34-year-old equated her team’s qualification to the World Cup final as a completion of a full circle that started in 2005.”I am speechless. For me, Jhulan Goswami, it is very special because we are the two players from 2005 who have been with the team and it feels like just going back to 2005. I am just too happy that girls have given us the opportunity again to be a part of the World Cup final,” she said.India will now face hosts England in what could be expected as a cracker of a final on Sunday at the iconic Lord’s.
The two-time Commonwealth Heavyweight champion Sangram Singh launched the KD Jadhav Memorial International Kushti Championship in New Delhi on Friday calling it a platform for the rise of Tier-2 and Tier-3 wrestlers.The championship will be a one-day event which will be held at the Talkatora Stadium on September 15. The competition will follow the rules of professional boxing with six round of three minutes each. The event will have five bouts and Sangram will be headlining the event with a fight against American Kevin Radford Junior.The others to take the stage will be upcoming wrestlers Yudhistir, Lubhanshu, Sherpal, Himanshu, Shravan and Pratik, along with two female wrestlers, Ekta and Akansha, who will take on each other.Sangram dedicated the championship to India’s first individual Olympic medallist KD Jadhav and said at the press conference, “The event provides me a good opportunity to pay a tribute to him.””When I read about KD Jadhav, I found out that he devoted his entire to the sport but eventually ended up living his life in anonymity. He didn’t even get pension. So, I thought of doing something for the upcoming crop of younger generation of wrestlers,” Sangram added.The 32-year-old is making a comeback to the mat after a year-long wait and hopes to inspire youngsters of the country and change the face of the sport.India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was also present at the event, along with Olympic boxers Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, and said, “I have always been an admirer of KD Jadhav.”advertisementHe lauded Sangram’s effort and said that he is glad that a championship is being held as a tribute to KD Jadhav.”We shouldn’t forget him and he should get the due for the services he did for the country. I must compliment Sangram for his efforts,” Bindra said.Bindra is himself a part of the Olympic Task Force which is responsible for chalking out a plan for the next three Olympics.”We have to provide more platforms for athletes in our countries. Events such as this (KD Jadhav Memorial International Kushti Championship) are needed to help sports grow and for the athletes to have a prolonged career,” Bindra added.KD Jadhav is independent India’s first individual Olympic medallist. In the 1952 Helsinki Games, Jadhav finished with a bronze in bantamweight category of wrestling.
India’s sprint sensation Hima Das admitted on Tuesday that she was surprised to get the Arjuna Award so early in her career.The 18-year-old athlete was earlier not recommended by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for the prestigious award as names like Jinson Johnson, Neeraj Chopra and Seema Punia were given more importance over her.However, such were Hima’s performances in the past one year – Gold at the World U-20 Championship, followed by three medals at the Asian Games – that the awards committee decided to add her to the list.”I am really surprised at getting the Arjuna Award. I didn’t expect my name will come. Honestly, I thought I will get in 2019 but not this year,” Hima told Mail Today.Unfortunately, Hima couldn’t share the happiness of winning the award with her family as she was on her way to Delhi when the news broke out. But it didn’t stop the athletics prodigy from dedicating the award to her father and mother.”I don’t know what my parents think about it because I couldn’t share the news with them. Last time I dedicated my Asian Games medal to Atal Bihari Bajpayee, so I want to dedicate this (Arjuna) award to my parents,” said Hima, who became only the third Indian behind Sachin Tendulkar and Leander Paes to be associated with sports brand Adidas on Tuesday.Hima Das also revealed her focus will be more on 400m for upcoming season as the track and field athletes will soon gather at the national camp in Patiala from first week of October.advertisement”I will be focusing on 400m as federation wants me to do that. I am ready to do whatever they want until I get to run,” she said.AFI’s deputy chief coach Radhakrishnan Iyer, who identified Hima Das during the open nationals in Kerala in 2017, clarified why it’s important Hima’s focus remains on the quarter-mile events.”Since we got her into the national camp in 2017, our focus has always been in seeing Hima excel in the 400m. Currently, we are aiming for a medal in Tokyo Olympics in relay and Hima is vital part of that,” he told Mail Today from flood-affected Alleppey in Kerala.The AFI deputy chief coach also said that Hima is capable of doing great things and the Arjuna Award is testimony to that. But he further added only hard work is the way forward.Remembering the time when he got her into the national camp, Radhakrishnan said: “She is a natural talent; without any training until 16, she was clocking 55 seconds in 400m when other athletes of that age touch that time after two years of training. Now she has clocked 50.79 at the Asian Games. Arjuna Award is the result of the effort she gave at the track.”I hope this award only encourages her to work harder because if she wants to win an Olympic medal, she has to breach 50-second mark, I believe she can do it because she has it in her,” coach concluded.
What time does the 3rd T20I between India vs Australia start?3rd T20I starts at 1:20 PM IST on November 25, Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd T20I between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Sony has acquired most of the rights of overseas cricket series and that is why they are the official broascasters of India vs Australia series down under.Sydney T20I: Krunal Pandya records best T20I bowling figures by a spinner in AustraliaWhere will the 3rd T20I between India and Australia be played?The 3rd T20I between India and Australia will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney from 1:20 PM IST.India vs Australia 3rd T20 Live Streaming: How to Watch IND vs AUS Match on Sony LivWhere can I watch the India vs Australia 3rd T20I live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com. While the match is set to begin on 1.20pm, Sony will start their pre-match show an hour before the match as the experts discuss the series ahead of the toss and after it.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 3rd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in.advertisementCAN INDIA SAVE THE T20I SERIES?Now this is a do-or-die situation for Virat Kohli’s Team India! They went to Australia as firm favourites in the T20I but were shocked in the first match as Australia sneaked a win by just four runs.Tactical blunders have been made, which resonates with what happened in England and while in England, it was the luck of the toss that was against India, rain has been the prime enemy of India in Australia.In the first T20I, rain arrived before Australia could finish their innings and with the DLS method coming into play, India’s target was revised and they had to chase 15 runs more than what Australia put up (158/4).Also read – Sydney T20I: India look to level series vs Australia after rain frustrationsIndia, despite Shikhar Dhawan’s excellent batting and some blitz from Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant, failed right at the end as Australia inflicted India’s first T20I loss in a run chase in none matches.The second match turned out to be even more unfortunate for India. Indian bowlers did a brilliant job to restrict Australia to 132/7 before rain made its way once more and Australia could not bat their final over.The rain kept playing hide and seek till the play was not possible and India were denied a chance to register a victory.Now Virat Kohli’s men have a task at hand as they try to level the series and go into the four-match Test series with a victory to show. India will need to avoid all indecisions and if there is one area India seriously need to brush up, it’s their fielding.India have been shoddy in the field to say the least. Dropped catches, missed run-outs — this has been the story so far and if India want to save this series and go into the Test with confidence, they will need to buckle up.Australia were branded as weak without their best batsmen — Steve Smith and David Warner — ahead of the series but they have shown the muscle to fight and India need to be at their A game to get one up against Australia.What are the squads for the 3rd T20I between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli(C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik(WK), Rishabh Pant(WK), Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar.Australia: Aaron Finch(C), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
The land formerly used as the 27 Flags golf course site in the Southbridge Business Park in Sioux City is the latest area to achieve certification through the Iowa Certified Site Program.Iowa Finance Authority director Debi Durham made the announcement at City Hall Monday and says the state will help Sioux City in attracting a manufacturing company to locate there and create new local jobs:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/CERT1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…… local level. ;08Mayor Bob Scott says the 120 acre shovel-ready site is ready for someone to build on it:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/CERT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………off I-29. ;17The 27 Flags property is near the newest water treatment plant and has access to Interstate 29 and a drop and pull rail yard served by Union Pacific Railroad.It’s Sioux City’s second certified site, following the 250-acre Bridgeport West Industrial Park that was certified by an earlier process and later sold to Seaboard Triumph Foods.This site is the 25th in the state to be designated as project-ready for industrial development.
Arsenal Former Arsenal chief Dein dodges Wenger future question as he recalls ‘Invincibles’ Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 02:51 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Premier League The subject of the manager’s future was diplomatically avoided at Soccerex by David Dein, who preferred to remember happier Gunners times David Dein cautiously avoided sharing his opinion on Arsene Wenger’s future as he reflected fondly on Arsenal’s Invincibles side of 2003-04 on Wednesday, joking that he would like to see that squad back at Emirates Stadium.Wenger weathered a storm of criticism to agree a new two-year deal in May, despite the team failing to qualify for the Champions League.Back Arsenal in 11/1 PL four fold Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But of the Premier League’s established heavyweights, the Gunners have been deemed 2017-18’s early crisis club, a chaotic end to the transfer window having been followed by a thumping 4-0 loss away to direct rivals Liverpool prior to the international break.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was allowed to move to Anfield and Wenger failed to complete a late swoop for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, with the expected sale of the unsettled Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City falling through as a consequence. Speaking at a Soccerex event on Wednesday to mark 25 years of the Premier League, former Arsenal vice-chairman Dein, who left the club in 2007, steered a cautious path through a minefield of divided loyalties as he indulged the audience with recollections of the remarkable team that went unbeaten en route to the title in 2003-04.”It was just fantastic,” he said. “It was poetry in motion.”We had world-class players in every position. Jens Lehmann, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry [Henry]. They had such confidence in themselves. “In 2014, I was hosting a dinner at the World Cup in Brazil. Gilberto Silva and Edu were my guests. I said to Gilberto, ‘what was it like playing in the Invincibles team?'”He said to me, ‘Mr Dein, I’ve thought about this and I’ll give you an example’. And he stood up for this. “He said to me, ‘when we were in the corridor waiting to go out on the pitch, we would all be in a line, with Patrick Vieira first, then Jens Lehmann, then Thierry [Henry], then Kolo [Toure]. “‘We would see the opposition opposite us. Patrick, just before it was time to go out, would give a knowing nod to Thierry and then it would pass down to Jens and to Kolo. We’d all give a nod and know we’re going to do it today, we’re going to beat the opposition. We would turn around to the opposition and see the sense, almost, of fear in their eyes. We just felt the confidence’.Dein added: “And from game to game, they didn’t feel they were going to get beaten.”Pressed tentatively on Arsenal’s diminished circumstances, Dein quipped: “We’d like that same squad back again, if you don’t mind.”As for the divisive subject of the future of Wenger, he replied: “That’s a loaded question, because whatever I say, it’ll make headlines tomorrow. “All I will say is he’s got a love affair with the club.”Sharing the stage in Manchester with Dein was Kolo Toure, a proud member of the Invincibles with first-hand experience of playing in one of Arsenal’s greatest sides.”It was unbelievable, I was so lucky to be part of this team, to be able to play with such players, I learned a lot from them,” he said.”They are great guys, we were a family. It was an amazing time. “Training was really hard, we had fantastic players all over the pitch, training was harder than some games. It showed the strength and quality of the squad. “For me, Bergkamp is the best I played with in my career, he’s incredible, I have no words to be honest, I have good memories, we used to go for dinner together.”Vieira used to organise parties in his house, we were always together, not only on the pitch. “Because we were so close we were able to fight for each other, back each other up, going to battle for them, we used to love each other. “That was the best thing that ever happened in my career.”
Manchester: After picking Ravindra Jadeja in the India squad for the semifinal clash against New Zealand, former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has now excluded the all-rounder from his playing XI for Tuesday’s clash to be played at the Old Trafford. The cricketer-turned-commentator, who had called Jadeja a “bits and pieces player”, was earlier trolled by many on Twitter, including Michael Vaughan for including the Saurashtra all-rounder in the squad. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Manjrekar, in a series of tweets, explained that India should pick players keeping the pitch and ground dimensions in mind. He said that as the match is likely to be played on a new pitch, Team India should go into the contest with a fresh mindset and should forget about the previous four fixtures. He also said that the team management should bring batting all-rounder Kedar Jadhav back in the playing XI as Indian spinners have not had much of an impact on the Kiwis. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “India could pick players specific to the pitch, boundaries and opposition. Get Kedar back in the playing XI and look at numbers of Indian spinners vs NZ before picking them. Chahal – avg 27.15, eco – 5.11; Kuldeep – avg – 21.00, eco – 4.84, Jadeja – avg – 73.00, eco – 5.61 (sic),” he tweeted. The 53-year-old’s comment about Jadeja as a “bits and pieces player” had not gone down well with the Saurashtra cricketer. “I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-overs cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had told IANS in an interview. Reacting to the comments, Jadeja had tweeted: “Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I’m still playing. Learn to respect people who have achieved. I have heard enough of your verbal diarrhea Sanjay Manjrekar.” Manjrekar did change his opinion on July 6 during the India-Sri Lanka game in which Jadeja featured, calling him a ‘street-smart’ cricketer.
Kolkata: A police constable was shot dead by some miscreants post-Thursday midnight at Chopra in North Dinajpur. The constable, identified as Sabbir Ali, was on patrolling duty along with other police personnel of Chopra police station when he was shot.According to sources, around 2:30 am the patrolling van carrying four persons including an officer and the driver was standing on State Highway 31 at Kalagaj More near Dolua primary health centre. While sitting inside the van, the mobile phone of Ali rang and he got down from the van to receive the call. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA few minutes later, all of a sudden, other police personnel heard a shot and got down from the van. They saw Ali lying on the ground, bleeding profusely. He was immediately rushed to Dolua primary health centre where the doctor declared him brought dead. Ali was shot on his head just beside the ear. Some local residents who had came out from their houses after hearing the gunshot claimed that two persons were seen running away from the spot. Questions were raised about the fact that why the other police personnel were not able to see anybody if the locals could. Ali’s family members are pointing fingers at his colleagues who were performing night patrolling with him. Later Ali’s body was sent to Islampur Sub-Divisional Hospital for autopsy examination. His family members demanded a videography during the autopsy examination.
New Delhi: Actor Sunny Leone, who is in the “best phase” of her life personally and professionally, says she enjoys having a small circle of friends. In her seven-year journey in Hindi filmdom, Sunny has created a name for herself. She often used to talk about being judged in the past. Does she still feel the same? “I have created a niche for myself with my own set of friends. I don’t really get out and party, so the circle is limited. I don’t know if I am yet judged, but back then also I was in a happy space and so am I now,” Sunny said. She married Daniel Weber in 2011, and together, they have three children. The couple adopted a girl child, Nisha, in 2017 from Latur and announced the birth of her twins Noah and Asher via surrogacy last year. Sunny finds it a little tough to maintain a balance between motherhood and work. “I have seen many parents maintain a balance. It is harder in my case, because every day is different. But once you become a parent, you automatically start strategising your schedule. “Looking at your child is the most beautiful feeling in the world. This is the best phase of my life,” she said. The 38-year-old actor made her Bollywood debut in 2012 with Jism 2 after which she featured in films like Ragini MMS 2, Ek Paheli Leela, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai, Mastizaade and One Night Stand. On the acting front, Sunny has been roped in for a horror-comedy titled Coca Cola. “The genre does interest me and I am excited to be a part of this project,” Sunny said, adding: “No one has a particular mantra with what will work and won’t work with the audience. For Coca Cola, I am sure we will match up to the audience’s expectations.”
Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa was today granted bail in the ‘Krrish deal’ case.Rajapaksa was arrested last week after being accused of receiving funds from the Indian company, Krrish group.
In line with Weir Minerals’ commitment to continually reduce total cost of ownership of its equipment, the company is launching the 2nd generation of the Warman® WGR® pump. Weir Minerals unveiled the next generation of the WGR slurry pump at an official launch day on Wednesday 11 October at its plant in Yateley, Hampshire, United Kingdom.The 2nd generation WGR pump boasts several innovative features including fully replaceable liners designed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation that provide a significantly improved performance over the first generation WGR pump. The liners and impeller are manufactured from premium Linatex® rubber and housed within robust casing halves. Enhancements to the casing design simplify maintenance and minimise downtime. Other new features include the introduction of an expeller gland seal for optimum performance, as well the option of having a low flow packed gland and the unique D gland seal.The rugged design of the WGR pump makes it ideal for use in the production of sand and aggregates, as well as other applications within mineral processing, coal preparation and power sectors and general industrial applications.Available in seven different sizes, from 35 mm to 250 mm, the Warman WGR pump includes:Wear components that are optimised using the latest technology;Impeller and volute liners designed to reduce turbulence and deliver longer wear life;High capacity bearings to withstand high loads;Large diameter expeller seal to protect against high inlet pressures;Replaceable premium Linatex rubber liners;Simplified wet end design with fewer parts for ease of maintenance;Lifting points added to aid safe handling of heavy castings;Axial impeller adjustment to maintain the gap to the throatbush, reducing recirculation wear.Harvinder Bhabra, Weir Minerals Europe’s Senior Product Manager for Pumps, said: “We have used the very latest technology to produce a pump solution that will be a leader in its class. Slurry pumps are central to modern extraction processes so must be reliable and cost-effective. Our 2nd generation Warman WGR pump combines exceptional performance, reduced downtime with added safety features and a lower cost of operation.” The improved Warman WGR pump will be released to the European market in October and launched worldwide later in the year.
These problems can have a significant long-term impact on the growth and straightness of the permanent teeth as healthy first teeth guide the permanent teeth into their correct position as they grow. Paediatric dentistry was the theme of this year’s RCSI annual scientific meeting, entitled ‘Small Beginnings, Big Outcomes’, attended by international speakers. Image: Shutterstock/Alan Bailey “Children who do not visit the dentist at an early age can experience significant setbacks in terms of dental health.” Source: Shutterstock/Max kegfireA recent study from the University of Michigan looked at smiling patterns of children relative to the presence of dental decay.The study concluded that poor oral health is significantly related to children’s smiling patterns, meaning some children were not smiling as much due to the condition of their teeth.Opening the conference, Dr John Walsh, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI said;“Children who do not visit the dentist at an early age can experience significant set-backs in terms of dental health.” http://jrnl.ie/3051358 Baby teeth guide adult teeth into their correct position and early loss of baby teeth can result in orthodontic problems later in life. 14 Comments Irish children’s first dentist visit is years too late, says RCSI “Research has shown that fixing decayed first teeth results in better sleep patterns for children and better performance in schools.” CHILDREN IN IRELAND are visiting the dentist for the first time seven years later than they should be, a conference in Dublin has heard.Children should have their first dental visit before their first birthday, but under the current national screening programme, eight is the average age for children’s first visit.This is according to Dr John Walsh, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) who spoke at an international dentistry conference in Dublin this weekend.According to Dr Walsh, by the time a child attends their first dental check-up, there can be substantial decay and damage already done to children’s teeth.This damage can result in a number of issues for the child’s teeth – including infection and swelling, which can often lead to discomfort, loss of sleep and difficulty in eating. Oct 31st 2016, 6:15 AM Paediatric dentistry was the theme of this year’s RCSI annual scientific meeting, entitled ‘Small Beginnings, Big Outcomes’, attended by international speakers. “Research has shown that fixing decayed first teeth results in better sleep patterns for children, better performance in schools, and most importantly, less orthodontic treatments later in life.“I would urge parents to take this on board, and ensure their children see a dentist as early as possible in their lives.”Paediatric dentistry is the main focus of the RCSI Faculty of Dentistry’s Annual Scientific Meeting, which took place this Friday and Saturday.Read: Your PRSI will now let you get a free teeth cleaningRead: How the sugar-trafficking food industry paid scientists to tell us fat, not sugar, was the real problem Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Monday 31 Oct 2016, 6:15 AM Share319 Tweet Email2 18,191 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Alan Bailey
Cleaning up weeds and bird sh*t can earn League of Ireland clubs over €20,000 John O’Sullivan, former Cork City chairman and Limerick CEO, on the importance of making fans feel welcome. Friday 10 Mar 2017, 11:57 AM Mar 10th 2017, 11:57 AM Share Tweet Email 24,678 Views 16 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://the42.ie/3280319 By John O’Sullivan Short URL LAST MONDAY MARKED the seventh anniversary of Cork City’s first game under supporter ownership.Eleven days after being awarded a First Division licence in 2010, we travelled to Derry with 13 players and earned a famous draw in front of a massive travelling support. It was one of my best nights in football. After all the challenges, it felt like we’d done at least a few things right. Cork City supporters at the Brandywell in March 2010 for their first game as a supporter-owned club. Source: Margaret McLaughlin/INPHOA week later I walked away from our first home game as a supporter-owned club with the opposite feeling. I felt we’d gotten the basics wrong. We’d lost to Waterford, had our captain red-carded and went behind to a questionable penalty, but none of that caused my unease.The first home game was a fantastic occasion. Our story was an engrossing one. It captured the imagination and the build-up to the game was fantastic. We had over 4,400 people in Turner’s Cross that night — for a First Division game — with kick-off delayed due to the crowd. The income from 4,400 fans established a strong financial position for the season given our very modest budget. Yet I felt we’d screwed up.About a half-hour before kick-off, with most of the key jobs done, I took a few minutes to stand back and watch the crowd streaming in. The buzz and the noise was incredible, but much of the noise was being generated by volunteers that I’d put in place. Supporters making their way into Turner’s Cross were greeted by a cordon of volunteers looking for money.Before supporters could get up the steps from the gate of Turner’s Cross, they had people in their faces selling programmes, selling scarves, selling membership of the supporters’ trust and selling raffle tickets. We had 4,400 people who had just parted with money outside the ground for their tickets and their first experience of the new ownership was a club with their hands out, straight away, looking for more. I felt embarrassed.Later I’d wonder how many of those who didn’t come back based it on their first impression of walking into the ground, rather than the result or the football. The initial experience when you walk into a stadium is vitally important and over my years working in football, my mind always went back to that opening night at Turner’s Cross. Consistently, we see infrastructure and comfort cited as reasons for low attendances at SSE Airtricity League grounds.Doing simple things well is vitally important. A lick of paint, clearing up weeds and making sure seats are free of bird shit are simple fixes. Making sure your ticket sellers and volunteers are welcoming, smiling and helpful is essential, especially when dealing with away supporters. A view of Dalymount Park before Bohemians’ game against Cork City last May. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOClubs in general don’t make enough of an effort to ensure the return of away supporters. When Limerick FC were in Thomond Park, we targeted that specifically and were successful. It helped, of course, that we had the venue to work from. We got it right pretty much straight away, with the visit of Shamrock Rovers to Thomond Park being viewed by those outside the club as our first big test.Before the game, we published information on the website for visiting supporters and we drilled into our own volunteers that the first interaction that the Rovers fans would have would be with them; that our job was to make them welcome so they’d want to come back for the second game later that season.On the night of the game I had lengthy discussions with the Gardaí, who had sent two public order units which would never be seen at a rugby match there. I eventually convinced them that their presence was antagonistic rather than helpful, and they agreed to stay out of sight.We made sure the bar was open despite protestations, that people were friendly, that the food was decent and that security was friendly. Any cans or bottles of beer we confiscated — there was a surprisingly large amount — were held back and returned after the match. We ensured a stack of programmes was available at the away stand.Chairman Pat O’Sullivan came over to mingle with the Rovers fans in the bar prior to kick-off and wish them good luck for the season. Despite having ‘experts’ telling us at every turn that our approach was wrong, we showed trust in the Rovers fans, ignored the rumours and guff about reputation. The trust was justified, as it would continue to be right through my time at Limerick. Limerick FC temporarily moved their home games to Thomond Park in 2013. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOI walked through the away section at half-time in that game on my way to the press box and was greeted by the late George Byrne, who had been at my table at the SFAI dinner a few months previously. He’d had a few and was enjoying himself. He thanked me for “not treating [Rovers fans] like animals” and leaving the bar open. We heard later that the Rovers AGM praised Limerick FC for their approach to the game.It’s as simple as treating fellow supporters and away fans as you’d like to be treated, and trusted, yourself. If every Premier Division League of Ireland club added 100 away fans to each home game over the course of a season, they’d add over €20,000 to their income.‘When people are putting you down it’s good to get one over on them’‘I wasn’t even thinking’ – Clarke on that ‘f***ing hell’ RTÉ interview
News Twitter Email New documentary film captures the history of the storied genre, with interviews from Brian Wilson, the Drifters’ Charlie Thomas, Lance Bass, and moreRenée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2017 – 3:14 pm The two best reasons to get into singing doo-wop? A sense of camaraderie and attention from the ladies, at least according to doo-wop singers such as the Drifters’ Charlie Thomas in a new documentary called Streetlight Harmonies.”The main thing was all the girls used to come to the best group. And we were the best group … they used to come and crowd and load up our corner,” said Thomas. “That was the most marvelous [part].”The documentary, which is directed by Brent Wilson, chronicles the history of doo-wop and some of its most famous singers from early street corners serenaders through successful ’60s girls groups, and how it impacts modern day music. Artists featured in the film include Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, “Little” Anthony Gourdine, N’Sync’s Lance Bass, and the Crystals’ La La Brooks.The film will premiere Nov. 14 during the Doc NYC festival in New York.Renée Zellweger To Play Hollywood Icon Judy Garland In New Film ‘Streetlight Harmonies’: New Doc Traces History Of Doo-Wop Facebook Relive Doo-Wop History In ‘Streetlight Harmonies’ streetlight-harmonies-new-doc-traces-history-doo-wop
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, June 2, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers between 1pm and 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 79. North wind 6 to 8 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.In The Community: The Town of Wilmington will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day from 9am to 2pm in the parking lot of the West Intermediate School (22 Carter Lane). The event is FREE for Wilmington residents. (There is a fee for disposal of tires.) Proof of residency is required. View the event flyer for more information. Contact the Wilmington Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 with any questions.In The Community: The Wilmington Recreation Department is sponsoring the 36th Annual Fishing Derby from 9am to noon at Town Beach. Participants must register in the Bath House. Prizes will be awarded for the Heaviest Bass and Heaviest Non-Bass in both age groups. The cost to participate in the Derby is $5 for those ages 18 and over, and $2 for anyone age 17 and under. Worms will be available for purchase. There will be shore fishing only – no boats. No fishing license is required for this event only. Rain date is Sunday, June 3.In The Community: Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons and cash prizes in the Wilmington Council for the Arts’ 38th Annual Art Exhibition. The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). The exhibition begins on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with a reception, refreshments and live music. The exhibition continues on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from noon to 4pm. The reception and exhibition are open to the public, and free of charge. Last year’s artwork can be viewed HERE.In The Community: State Representative candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury) is holding a Meet & Greet from 9am to noon at Donna’s Donuts (2106 Main Street, Tewksbury. Come have some donuts and talk about the future of Tewksbury and Wilmington!In The Community: Boy Scout Troop 126 of Wilmington is holding a Car Wash from 10am to 2pm in the Fourth of July Building Parking Lot (142 Middlesex Avenue). A $5 donation is suggested for each car wash.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.At The Library: The Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting several programs — Fiction Critique Group (9:15am), Drop-In Baby Times (9:30am) and Dads & Donuts (10:30am). Learn more and register HERE.Go Wildcats!: 4 WHS teams are in action. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Originally published July 10, 12 p.m. PT. Tags That’s a big leap in a single lifetime, and to mark just how far we’ve come in refining our view of the universe, NASA shared the above video visualization created with its data by science outreach project System Sounds. It shows when and where in the night sky all the known exoplanets were discovered. Note how quickly the pace of the finds picks up once Kepler starts making its contribution in 2010. Kepler went to sleep permanently in 2018, but its legacy has been picked up by other observatories like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which has already found over 700 new planet candidates in its first year in space.Next up, the European Characterizing Exoplanets Satellite (CHEOPS) is set to launch by the end of the year and NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is set to blast off in 2021. Both space telescopes will be able to do more than just spot exoplanets — they could help determine if conditions exist to support life upon their surfaces. Share your voice Requiem for Kepler? NASA’s pioneering planet-finder (pictures) 3 26 Photos Best places in space to search for alien life Comments NASA Space Sci-Tech It seems crazy now, but it wasn’t long ago we had no hard evidence of planets existing outside our solar system. Known as “exoplanets,” the first definitive discovery of one didn’t come until 1992. For many years after that, a trickle of distant worlds were added to the known exoplanet catalog. Only in the last decade, with the help of the recently retired Kepler Space Telescope, has the pace of discovery really increased exponentially. In June, the 4,000th exoplanet was confirmed. 30 Photos
Boduppal: Minister Ch Malla Reddy on Sunday advised TRS leaders and activists to intensify the membership drive so that the party flag could be hoisted on every house.Speaking as the chief guest at an event organised to felicitate the former MPTC members here under the leadership of former Ghatkesar MPTC member Manda Sanjiva Reddy, the Minister stated that tickets for the ensuing municipal elections would be given only to those who work hard and that there would no scope for lobbying. Also Read – Rajeev Nagar: Swachh Colony submits plea for encroachment-free footpath Advertise With Us Reddy called upon the cadre to ensure a record level of TRS members in view of the municipal elections. He observed that it is ‘our good fortune that a person like K Chandrashekar Rao is the State Chief Minister.’ KCR would remain in the hearts of the people thanks to the Kaleshwaram project and provision of water supply to each house under the Mission Bhagiratha’. Also Read – Hyderabad: TSPCB to distribute 70,000 clay Ganesh idols Advertise With Us TRS leader Marri Rajasekhar Reddy advised the party activists to take the government’s welfare schemes to every house. Sanjiva Reddy pointed out that the progress in the past was not much and that more needed to be done. He stated that confusion is prevailing following Boduppal becoming a municipality within six months of ZPTCs and MPTC members winning the elections. Reddy claimed that the desired progress could not be achieved due to lack of coordination. Among those who were present included MPP Sudarshan Reddy, TRS leaders Misala Yadagiri, Charla Anjaneyulu, Durga Dayakar Reddy, MPTCs Posi Reddy, Bommak Vijayamma, Enugu Shobamma, Shankar Yadav, Veerachary, Sharada, Ponnam Neelima, Padma Jayaram,Vijay Yadav and Chandar Yadav.
supreme courtDiscussions abound, but the government has maintained silence since the Supreme Court released on Tuesday, the full text of the verdict declaring the 16th amendment to the Constitution illegal.In observations on the verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has been critical of issues such as the absence of democracy, military rule, the role of the election commission (EC), state of governance, corruption and interference in the independence of the judiciary.However, the government gave no formal reaction to the apex court chief’s observations although, highly placed sources there said, it is embarassed.The ministers and ruling Awami League leaders have been asked not to speak publicly about the verdict, a few of them confirmed.Seeking anonymity, some ruling party leaders said they were stunned to see the observations in the verdict, especially in the ones on politics and political personalities.These AL leaders wondered if such issues were relevant for such an important judgement.On 1 August, the Supreme Court released the full text of the verdict scrapping the power of parliament to remove the Supreme Court judges.After the verdict was delivered on 3 July, the members of parliament criticised the judiciary during the session of the Jatiya Sangsad (national legislative assembly).Now, the ruling party wants to discuss the matter once again in parliament so that there is no issue of contempt involved, said some leaders who preferred not to be named.A ruling party MP, who is one of the critics, confirmed to Prothom Alo that these issues will be discussed in the upcoming session of parliament in September.While contacted, the public relations officer of the law ministry said law minister Anisul Huq will not talk on this.The verdict of the Supreme Court was hotly discussed among the people from various classes and professions. Jurists and eminent citizens also declined to remark on it, terming it sensitive.According to Tuesday’s full verdict, the Supreme Judicial Council is set to get back power to remove judges for incapacity or misconduct. The incumbent government introduced the 16th amendment of the Constitution to empower the parliament to carry out the tasks.In his observation of 799-page verdict, chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said, we are living in “a crippled society, a society where good men do not dream of good things at all; but the bad men are all the more restless to grab more bounty.”He said there is no monitoring institution to check misuse of power and arrogance. There is no check of balance, he said adding that “In such a situation, the executive becomes arrogant and uncontrolled and the bureaucracy will never opt for efficiency.”“Now power, not merit, tends to control all public institutions of the country,” the CJ observed.Regarding the army rule, the verdict says, “After independence, those unholy alliances of power-mongers twice reduced this country to a banana republic, where people are seen as commodity which can be bluffed and compromised at any unworthy cost to legalize their illegitimate exercise of power. They did not empower the people, rather they abused their position and introduced different bluffing tools (sometimes ‘gono’ vote, sometimes rigged election and sometimes no election at all!) as means to prolong their power game. Thus as an institution, the notion of ‘politics’ has been completely destroyed. Dirty political practices of those undemocratic regimes even to a great extent infected the civil politics.”On the observation of the chief justice, former vice chancellor of Dhaka University professor Emajuddin Ahmed said, “The observation echoes my statement. So there is nothing new to pass comment on. Almost all observations are correct”.The chief justice said, “Politics is no longer free, it is now highly commercial and money is in the driving seat which controls the course of action and its destination. Now power, not merit, tends to control all public institutions of the country.”Speaking to Prothom Alo on the observation, National University Vice Chancellor Harun-or-Rashid said, “The issue of politics has been simplified too much. Politics has its own stream.”He further said, “It is true that the influence of money on politics, and participation of businessmen in politics has increased. But, two mainstreams of politicians—Awami League-led pro-liberation forces and another force led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — are doing politics.”Expressing his disappointment in the observation, the chief justice said, “Even after forty-six years of independence, we have not been able to institutionalize any public institutions. There are no checks and balances, there is no watchdog mechanism at work, thus the people in the position are being indulged into abuse of power and showing audacity of freehand exercise of power.“The state power, which is another dimension of political power, is becoming a monopoly of a few now-a-days and this suicidal tendency of concentration of power is increasing. The greed for power is a like plague, once set in motion it will try to devour everything. Needless to say, this WAS NOT at all the aims and vision of our liberation struggle. Our forefathers fought to establish a democratic state, not to produce any power-monster.”Professor Harun said, “It is not logical to think that the today’s politics will be the same as our forefathers did. If we look at the global political practices, we shall also find changes there.”In his observation on the Election Commission (EC), the chief justice said the EC has not been institutionalised. The democracy cannot flourish unless the national election is held in a free and fair manner, he observed.The chief justice also said: “In the absence of credible election, a credible parliament cannot be established.”Former election commissioner Sakhawat Hossain considered the chief justice’s observation appropriate.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Sakhawat Hossain said the EC couldn’t work independently during the tenures of successive governments, including the incumbent one.So EC has not been a sustainable institutionalised organisation, he said, adding that the governments interfered in the activities of EC instead of assisting it.Citing an example, he said a total of 153 candidates were elected uncontested in the election of 2014. “It would’ve happened never if the EC were powerful.”About Article 116The chief justice said the 4th amendment of the Constitution changed the article 116; ‘Supreme Court’ was substituted by the word ‘president’. This amendment empowered the president for appointment, promotion, leave and discipline of persons employed in the judicial service.Though there is a provision for consultation with the Supreme Court in exercising this power, practically this consultation is meaningless if the executive does not cooperate with the Supreme Court.More so, this amendment is in direct conflict with article 109, which provides that the High Court Division shall have superintendence and control over all courts and tribunals subordinate to it.Learned Attorney General fails to comprehend that even before the Fourth Amendment, the 361 superintendence and control of all courts and tribunals were under the High Court Division and this provision ensures the independence of judiciary, but by this substitution of the word ‘president’ for the words ‘Supreme Court’ in article 116, the independence of the lower judiciary has been totally impaired, curtailed and whittled down.This amendment, therefore, violates the basic structure of the constitution and therefore this substitution of the word ‘president’ is ultra vires (beyond one’s legal power or authority) the constitution.Historic verdict: BNPSpeaking to Prothom Alo, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir lauded the verdict saying, “I think full verdict on the 16th amendment of the constitution is an important verdict in the history of Bangladesh. In present context it is a historic and epoch-making verdict.”Fakhrul further said, “The verdict has proved the incumbent government is an autocratic one. It [government] destroyed all constitutional institutions, and made the parliament ineffective.“The government would have stepped down had such a verdict been pronounced by the court of any civilized country,” the BNP leader added.* This piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza and Rabiul Islam.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Ed MayberryNews 88.7’s Ed Mayberry interviews Jai Shah with Hula PartnersThere’s new software that allows people to match their skills, knowledge, abilities and experiences to job requirements. The oil and gas industry can use this new application, called Kahuna, to determine whether someone is a good fit. But it can also help individuals translate skills gathered in one industry to apply them to those needed in another.Jai Shah is with Product Innovation and Development with Hula Partners, and he says this kind of software can help with the skills gap in the oil and gas industry. 00:00 /03:30 Share X
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Producers realize, she says, that more viewers are turning to a batch of e-mail newsletters available via smartphones as one of their first activities of the morning. “When you wake up, we want to be there,” she said.“GMA” is remaking itself for digital audiences as its main rival is testing similar methods. Today.com features verticals devoted to parenting, style and food, and also boasts a spot where viewers can buy items recommended by or featured on the program. NBC News has created a handful of original video series for the site and intends to expand those efforts. And a redesign is said to be in the works, according to a person familiar with the situation. “CBS This Morning” segments are often streamed anew on CBSN, CBS News’ streaming-video hub.The surge of interest in digital presentation comes as both networks realize “GMA” and “Today” aren’t just for morning audiences. NBC has found the audience for Today.com, for example, spikes at 8 p.m. ABC News expects to have plenty of content on hand to engage a different kind of audience, says Corn. “We have so much content and a two-hour program isn’t even enough for the amount of stories we have to tell, and the amount of information we have.”The battle for A.M. dominance has never been more fraught. While “Good Morning America” regularly wins the most viewers of any broadcast morning-news show, NBC’s “Today” earlier this year gave it a good run. Viewers showed interest in the new team of Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, and NBCUniversal’s coverage of the recent Winter Olympics helped boost the program. Since that time, however, “GMA” has moved back to dominance among viewers, though its NBC counterpart continues to win the more important demographic – the viewers between 25 and 54 most desired by advertisers.Meanwhile, morning audiences have a new spate of sources for news and information, ranging from a popular A.M. podcast from The New York Times to any number of e-newsletters from entrepreneurial ventures. Popular on Variety ABC and NBC are marching to new kinds of screens in the eternal battle between “Good Morning America” and “Today” for A.M. viewers.“Good Morning America” is revamping the digital extensions of the flagship ABC morning program, said Michael Corn, the show’s senior executive producer, in an interview. While “GMA’s” digital presence has long been a part of a larger alliance between ABC News and Yahoo, this new effort represents an attempt to give fans of the program a more closely aligned site. “We had a very basic approach to digital before this, a meat-and-potatoes approach,” says Corn.The new GoodMorningAmerica.com is being billed as a venue for “breaking news, entertainment and “heartfelt human interest stories. “ABC News will each day after 6 a.m. distribute a morning newsletter, “GMA Wake Up,” that offers top stories as well as inspirational and lifestyle content related to a number of different categories, says Terry Hurlbutt, vice president and general manager of GMA Digital. “GMA” viewers can expect to see the show’s hosts online. Co-anchor Robin Roberts is slated to take part in a streaming-video segment for the site that will feature guests coming to her dressing room and surprising her. The program’s other co-anchors, George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan, are expected to contribute to the site in similar fashion. Celebrities and newsmakers booked on the show may also make separate digital appearances, says Hurlbutt. Look for ABC to use the hashtag #GMAallday to promote the new site across social media.