SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Carlos Brathwaite’s boundary-studded half-century on yesterday’s rain-hit second day of the third Test against Australia carried deeper value than just fours and sixes.The audacious right-hander carved out 69 off 71 deliveries with seven fours and four sixes, and while the innings sustained West Indies’ fightback at 248 for seven at the close at the Sydney Cricket Ground, it also had a special significance.Brathwaite has dedicated his career to his mother, Joycelyn, who is a breast cancer survivor. And with the third day of the Sydney Test designated ‘Pink Day’ in support of the fight against breast cancer, the Barbadian’s knock could not have been more timely.”Mom messaged me and said the first 50 was for her. So, overnight, she was telling me that I have 35 of her runs, so get the other 15 today and then start over fresh for mine,” Brathwaite said yesterday.”I ended with 69 – so that’s 19 for me,” he added with a smile. “She not a ‘big’ cricket person, but she understands a bit about the game and she has been a tremendous supporter all my life.”‘Pink Day’ is an initiative of the McGrath Foundation – organised by fast bowler legend Glenn McGrath in honour of his late wife Jane, who died of breast cancer seven years ago.Ahead of the match, members of the West Indies and Australia teams posed for special team photos wearing pink caps and interacted with breast cancer patients and their caregivers.With first-hand knowledge of the struggle against the disease, Brathwaite made it his duty to speak to the visitors and offer words of encouragement.”Just to see someone who went through it and people that care for people going through it, I just felt the need to put my arm around them and say, ‘Thanks for the job you are doing’,” he said.”And then I went to the lady (with breast cancer) to say, ‘You are a fighter, you are a survivor, and just keep going’.”Brathwaite revealed that his mother was diagnosed during 2011, the year he made his debut for the Windies in Bangladesh. He shaved his head during that tour to show solidarity and sent the photos home to show his support.”She took it better than I did. I was the one stressing all the time, wondering if she was okay, crying at times, and she was always the one with a smile on her face,” he recalled.”Through the ordeal, I cried the whole night, slept away from home because I couldn’t manage to stay with her and watch her going through it. But she was really buoyant throughout, always smiling and cracking jokes.”She is a very spiritual person and she was always saying, ‘Just keep faith and God will come through for you’. And her ordeal showed me what God can do, and that is why I have the faith I have.”SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES 1st innings(overnight 207 for six)K Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 85S Hope c wkp Nevill b Hazlewood 9DM Bravo c Khawaja b Pattinson 33M Samuels run out 4J Blackwood b Lyon 10+D Ramdin not out 30*J Holder c Burns b O’Keefe 1C Brathwaite b Pattinson 69K Roach not out 1Extras (b5, lb1, nb1) 7TOTAL (7 wkts, 86.2 overs) 248To bat: J Taylor, J Warrican.Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Hope), 2-104 (Bravo), 3-115 (Samuels), 4-131 (Blackwood), 5-158 (K Brathwaite), 6-159 (Holder), 7-246 (C Brathwaite)Bowling: Hazlewood 15.2-5-37-2, Pattinson 16-3-67-2 (nb1), Lyon 35-12-78-2, Marsh 4-1-15-0, O’Keefe 16-5-45-1.AUSTRALIA – *S Smith, D Warner, J Burns, U Khawaja, A Voges, M Marsh, +P Nevill, S O’Keefe, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: C Gaffaney, I Gould; TV – M Erasmus.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran fell short in his first main draw appearance at a Grand Slam tournament as he lost to his more fancied opponent in the first round at Melbourne Park on Sunday. USA’s Frances Tiafoe beat Prajnesh 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 52 minutes to advance to the second round.Tiafoe will next be up against fifth seed Kevin Anderson while Prajnesh will return home and ponder over missed opportunities. Prajnesh had his opportunities in the first set and the second set, where he even broke Tiafoe’s serve but got broken back immediately to let slip the advantage.Despite having a good percentage of first serve in, Tiafoe won more points on his first and second serve while Prajnesh could not match those numbers. Also what went against Prajnesh Gunneswaran was his net play.Tiafoe won 88 per cent of the net points he played while Prajnesh won only 67 per cent. Also Prajnesh made more unforced errors than Tiafoe. @FTiafoe gets the win over Gunneswaran 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3 #AusOpen #gamesetmatch pic.twitter.com/TomlCR6UXU #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019Prajnesh had gone past three opponents in the qualifiers to make it to the main draw but could not go past the first hurdle.Gunneswaran is India’s highest-ranked singles player at 112 and he had said ahead of the tournament that India needed a system place in produce more and better singles players.”I don’t think there is any lack of motivation. We don’t have the system in place to produce players so no matter how much motivation is there we will not produce any players even if I make the final,” Gunneswaran told Reuters in an interview.advertisement”Somdev has been 70 and we had other players in the past who have been top 30 but that didn’t produce another 100 players.”Prajnesh had also made it clear that India’s search for quality singles players would not end anytime soon.”We need an entire system and infrastructure, from coaches to fitness trainers, a centre where the youngsters can go and play and develop and get better,” he said. “We don’t have that kind of a consistent system in India.”Also Read | Maria Sharapova beats Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in first roundAlso Read | Andy Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Amelie MauresmoAlso Read | Tennis going to be hot at Australian Open
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Arteta in Isco contact about Man City moveby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is in contact with Real Madrid midfielder Isco, it has been revealed.Isco has found himself frozen out at Real by coach Santiago Solari and could be on the move this month.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, has revealed Guardiola in now in talks with the midfielder – via a very close third party.He said, “Everyone knows that Guardiola loves Isco and 10 days ago, maybe less, a person of absolute confidence of the coach called Isco and asked if at this time he would be willing to take the step to go to the City. “The person who called him was Mikel Arteta.”However, despite his problems with Solari, Real are reluctant to sacrifice Isco midseason.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham hero Waddle fumes: Clean them out; get them out!by Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham hero Chris Waddle has blasted the players following their humiliating defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by the German giants, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. He told BBC Five Live: “Clean them out, if they don’t want to play for Tottenham get them out and get some people in who want to wear that white shirt.”I don’t think (Serge) Aurier wants to be here. He tried to get away in the summer, they wouldn’t sell him, got rid of (KIeran) Trippier instead.”They should’ve bought a right back and said ‘yeah, you want to leave, then you want to leave’.”At Spurs at the minute there’s too much going on, whether it’s (Christian) Eriksen or (Toby) Alderweireld out of contract. So and so wants a new deal, (Jan) Vertonghen wants a new deal – is he signing? Is he not? “You’ve got to say that it’s a shambles at the minute and they’ve got to sort it out quickly because that squad, even though I’m saying the defence is not good enough, it’s still good enough for the Premier League to finish in the to four.”So they’ve still got a lot to play for, it’s early doors. But they’ve got to do it now.”If they wait and say in January this is going to happen and he’s going to leave and he might not leave, the changing room becomes unsettled.”
ESPN/SmithFormer Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN last month after a series of controversial social media posts – and he’s made it clear that he isn’t exactly impressed with the network’s decision. One of his former coworkers isn’t exactly impressed with Schilling’s take on the whole matter.Stephen A. Smith, who is a lightning rod for controversy himself, took some shots at Schilling on the SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio show. He also challenged him to a debate regarding Schilling’s firing – noting that he’d need ESPN’s permission. Smith repeatedly mentions that Schilling’s unwillingness to listen to his employer is what lost him his job.“You (Schilling) want to sit here and have a debate about what really went on?” an indignant SAS asked. “Name the time and place and I’ll show up, with the permission of ESPN — of course. I guess listening to my boss makes me a bad guy. Well guess what? I’d rather be bad than stupid.”“I can’t stand people who worked for ESPN that depart from ESPN clearly harboring whatever bitterness they harbor and try to throw talent under the bus — like talent has something to do with them being gone,” Smith said on SXM. “I have nothing to do with it.”“Let me speak up on behalf of ESPN when I say this to Curt Schilling: …You are gone not because you have conservative views instead of liberal views. Your ass is gone because you did not want to listen,” Smith said on SXM. “ESPN tells me to shut-up, they’re my employer whether I like it or not. If I want to keep my job, I’ve got to shut the hell up.”Smith is clearly playing the company man card, for whatever it’s worth. It’s an interesting take from someone who has gotten himself in trouble with his employer before.Either way, we’d love to see this debate. We doubt it’ll ever come to fruition, however.[NY Daily News]
NEW YORK — The two communities that learned Tuesday they are about to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers.But there are plenty of differences between New York’s Long Island City and Crystal City in northern Virginia.Set within eyeshot of the nation’s capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.Rapidly growing Long Island City is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.Seattle-based Amazon, which set out last year to situate one additional headquarters, announced Tuesday that it was splitting its project into two.A look at the two communities:LONG ISLAND CITYIt’s already the fastest-developing neighbourhood in the nation’s most populous city, and Amazon could pump up the volume in this buzzy part of Queens.The addition of Amazon to the neighbourhood stands to burnish New York City’s reputation as a tech capital. Landing Amazon also cements Long Island City’s transformation from a faded manufacturing zone to a vibrant, of-the-moment enclave of waterfront skyscrapers, modernized warehouses and artsy-tech ambience across the East River from midtown Manhattan.“I joke that we’re experiencing explosive growth 30 years in the making,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership, a neighbourhood development group.But Long Island City also has been straining to handle its growth.Days before Tuesday’s announcement , the city unveiled a $180 million plan to address Long Island City’s packed schools, street design and a sewage system that groans in heavy rain. But those projects will just catch up with current needs, said area City Councilman Jimmy van Bramer.“I know that there are a lot of people cheerleading for this, but HQ2 has to work for Queens and the people of Queens. It can’t just be good for Amazon,” said van Bramer, a Democrat. After the announcement, he said Amazon had “duped New York into offering unprecedented amounts of tax dollars to one of the wealthiest companies on Earth.”Once a bustling factory and freight-moving area, Long Island City saw many of its plants and warehouses closed as manufacturing shriveled in New York City.The neighbourhood’s rebirth began in the 1980s, when officials broached redeveloping a swath of the waterfront, while artists were drawn by warehouse spaces, affordable rents and a building that is now the MoMA PS1 museum. Silvercup Studios — where such TV shows as “Sex and the City,” ”30 Rock” and “The Sopranos” have been filmed — opened in 1983.Long Island City gained a new commercial stature, and the start of a high-rise skyline, when the banking giant now called Citi opened an office tower there in 1989. But the area’s growth lately has been driven by residential building.Some 9,150 new apartments and homes have been built since 2010, more than in any other New York City neighbourhood, according to the city Planning Department . Thousands more units are in the works.The location identified by the state as the spot for Amazon’s new campus is currently a collection of low-rise industrial buildings and parking lots wrapped around a boat basin.New York has striven for nearly a decade to position itself as a tech hotspot.Venture capitalists poured $5.8 billion into New York-area startups last quarter, more than any other region except the San Francisco area, according to the consulting and accounting firm PwC . Established tech giants, including Google and Facebook, have been expanding their New York footprints.Still, landing HQ2 represents “incredible validation of just how far New York has come,” said Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future think-tank .Waiting for a subway, Long Island City community board chairwoman Denise Keehan-Smith could envision Amazon benefiting the neighbourhood.“But I think we have to be careful about it,” she said.CRYSTAL CITYIf any place in America can absorb 25,000 Amazon jobs without disruption, it may well be Crystal City, Virginia, where nearly that many jobs have vanished over the last 15 years.The neighbourhood in Arlington County is bounded by the Potomac River and the nation’s capital on one side, by the Pentagon on another and Reagan National Airport on a third.Despite its prime location and abundant transportation options, the neighbourhood has been hit by a massive outflow of jobs. The Patent and Trademark Office began moving more than 7,000 jobs out of Crystal City in 2003. In 2005, the Defence Department announced plans to move roughly 17,000 jobs elsewhere as part of a base realignment.Arlington County has worked hard to bring in new employers, and had some success. The Public Broadcasting Service moved its headquarters to Crystal City in 2006.Still, large swaths of the neighbourhood remain vacant. Among other challenges, the area has fought to overcome a reputation for outdated architecture.Crystal City is populated by ’70s and ’80s-era office buildings. The buildings are connected by a network of tunnels populated with food-court style dining options, hair salons and newsstands. The tunnels leave the ground-level outdoor streetscape sometimes looking empty.Brookings Institution urban planner Jenny Schuetz suggested the buildings may require an upgrade, or even replacement. But she noted that while people often associate tech companies with converted lofts or state-of-the art workspaces, many big Silicon Valley tech companies actually work out of ’80s-era office buildings.For all the talk about antiquated architecture, people who’ve actually worked in Crystal City appreciate its convenience and its worker-friendly features, including the tunnels.“I loved it here,” said Christine Gentry of Greenbelt, Maryland, as she ate breakfast in a largely empty food court. She works for the Patent and Trademark Office and preferred the days when her office was in Crystal City.“Everything is accessible here,” she said. “When it was raining or snowing or sleeting, I never had to go out.”Perhaps no place better illustrates the vibe of Crystal City than the region’s only revolving restaurant, the Skydome atop the Doubletree Crystal City. Diners enjoy a panoramic view of the D.C. skyline, completing a full rotation every 47 minutes.Sam Getachew, the hotel’s food and beverage manager, said the restaurant fits the neighbourhood’s retro atmosphere.“It’s huge draw,” Getachew said. “People come for the curiosity of it.”The only downside, he said, is that “when customers get up to go to the restroom, they don’t know where they are when they come back.”When Amazon announced its plans Tuesday, it said its footprint will extend beyond Crystal City into the adjacent neighbourhoods of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard, which have collectively been dubbed “National Landing” by the region’s economic development officials.___Barakat reported from Arlington, Virginia.Jennifer Peltz And Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press
OTTAWA, O.N. – The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics has unanimously adopted motions to summon Facebook executives to appear at the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy in Ottawa on May 28.Committee Chair, M.P. Bob Zimmer, says Facebook executives have repeatedly ignored requests to appear before the Committee and that it is Mark Zuckerberg’s and Sheryl Sandberg’s duty to answer questions from international lawmakers about the social media platform’s privacy and data practices.“Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly ignored our committee’s invitation to appear and personally give testimony regarding the handling of Canadians’ private information on his platform. He also refused to appear before the first meeting of the International Grand Committee in London, UK. It is clear from the motions’ unanimous support that our committee feels strongly that Mark Zuckerberg and his COO Sheryl Sandberg have a duty to appear before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy and answer questions from lawmakers representing over 372 million citizens worldwide.” Representatives from at least 10 countries, including Canada, will be participating in the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy, including Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Singapore, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team has brought back their canning and preserving sessions they share are designed for beginner and novice canners.With three different hands-on workshops, there is something to learn about canning, fermenting and pressure canning. Learn to CanCovers the basics of water bath canning and provides a broad overview of safe methods perfect for beginner or novice canners. $40 Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist ChurchLearn to FermentCovers the basics of the fermenting process including science and safety. This class is perfect for those that have never fermented or have been experimenting and would like to learn more. $35Thursday, September 12th, 2019 and Tuesday, September 17th, 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist ChurchLearn to Pressure CanThis class builds on the Learn to Can and specifically focuses on pressure canning. You will learn how to safely and confidently can low acid items like soup stock and meat. While Learn to Can is not a prerequisite, it is recommended that participants have a basic knowledge/experience of canning. Thursday, September 26th, 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church To view the FB event page to select the session you would like to attend and purchase tickets; CLICK HERE
NYON (Switzerland): Barcelona will meet Manchester United in the Champions League last eight in a repeat of the 2009 and 2011 finals which were both won by the Catalans, with the help of goals from Lionel Messi. Manchester City face Tottenham Hotspur in an all-Premier League clash, their first European meeting, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus meet Ajax Amsterdam, who are back in the last eight after a 16-year absence. Five-times European champions Liverpool, the fourth English representatives and beaten finalists last year, will face Porto in a repeat of last year’s last-16 tie which they won 5-0 on aggregate. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe semi-final pairings were also made with Tottenham or City to face Ajax or Juventus and Manchester United or Barcelona to meet either Liverpool or Porto. The draw had an unusual feel with neither Bayern Munich nor Real Madrid in the hat, the first time both European giants have failed to reach the last eight since 2005-06. Five-times winners Barcelona, who are in the last eight for the 12th successive season, will be away in the first leg after UEFA switched the order to avoid United’s home match clashing with Manchester City, who host Spurs in their second leg. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryTottenham and City will meet three times in 10 days in April with a Premier League fixture following hot on the heels of their second leg. “We have already proved last season against Real Madrid and Dortmund, this season against Inter or Barca away, that we are ready to compete,” Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said. “Then you need a little luck and team spirit.” Ajax, once a major European power who struggle to compete financially with clubs from bigger leagues, ousted Real Madrid in the last 16 and their tie against Juventus will be a repeat of the 1996 final, which the Serie A club won on penalties. They also met in the final of the old European Cup in 1973 with the Dutch side winning 1-0. “I’m neither happy nor sad. Ajax eliminated Madrid so they are no joke,” Juventus director Pavel Nedved said. “I liked them a lot against Madrid so we will have to be very careful. We will have to face Ajax with great commitment. I expect two great games.” Juventus are unbeaten in their last 10 games against Ajax, winning five of the last six. Porto, who won the competition in 2004 under Jose Mourinho, are confident they can spring an upset after last year’s mauling. “We have to keep dreaming and believe we can go further,” said midfielder Jesus Corona. “What can I say?” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, whose side knocked out Bayern in the round of 16. “It’s Porto, we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year. We saw the character and quality Porto have.” Chelsea were the last English team to win the Champion League in 2012. The two-legged quarter-finals take place on April 9-10 and 16-17.
Lucknow: Bollywood actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha’s wife Poonam Sinha joined the Samajwadi Party here Tuesday. “Poonam Sinha has joined the Samajwadi Party in presence of SP leader Dimple Yadav in Lucknow,” said the Samajwadi Party in a tweet. The party’s official Twitter handle also carried a picture showing Poonam Sinha joining the party in the presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav, an MP from Kannauj. Sinha is likely to be fielded from Lucknow seat against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is a BJP candidate, said party sources. Singh filed his nomination from the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat on Friday. Lucknow is going to polls on May 6 along with a total of 51 constituencies across seven states in the fifth phase of elections.