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Ind vs WI 2nd Test: Laxman, Darvid put India in command


first_imgSenior pros VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid struck half centuries as India ended the fourth day’s play at 229 for three in the second Test match against the West Indies being played at the Kensington Oval thereby extending their overall lead to 240 runs. Score | PhotosAt stumps, Laxman (72 batting, 171 balls, 6×4) having scored his second 50 of the match was batting in company of Virat Kohli (26 batting, 98 balls, 1×4, 1×6) having added 75 runs for the undefeated fourth wicket partnership. Dravid scored a slow 55 (171 balls, 3×4) while Abhinav Mukund (48, 6×4) was unlucky to miss out on his maiden Test half century.However almost all the Indian batsmen employed a sedate approach as the visitors could only manage 206 runs in a whole day’s play that saw 83.2 overs being sent down by the Caribbean bowlers.It will be interesting to find out as to when Mahendra Singh Dhoni decides to declare so that he can give his bowlers enough chance to take 10 wickets.India are 1-0 up in the series having clinched the first Test in Jamaica by 63 runs last week.Dravid and Laxman themselves put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket but it was their presence that helped two young Indian batsmen to play confidently.Both Mukund and Kohli played their first substantial innings of the tour as India produced 62, 65 and 75 runs for second, third and fourth wickets respectively.The day began ominously for the Indians who once again lost opener Murali Vijay (3) early as he edged a Ravi Rampaul delivery behind the stumps.advertisementVijay now has scores of 8,0, 11 and 3 from the series and would be very lucky if he manages to retain his berth in the final Test in Dominica (July 6-10). In fact it seems that he has blown away the chance to make it to the squad for England.India didn’t find the going particularly good thereafter though Mukund grew in assurance with every passing minute in the middle.Most of the concerns, strangely, revolved around Dravid who unusually struggled on a bouncy pitch and lived dangerously.He was also at the centre of an umpiring controversy when he flicked Darren Sammy to midwicket region and fielder Adrian Barath made a tumbling scoop to claim a catch.Several replays and after a five-minute hold up, the claim was rejected and Dravid, then on 10, could continue his innings. It was the 17th over of the innings, the 12th of the morning session with the visitors’ score reading 47 for 1.Even after the two umpires, Ian Gould and Asad Rauf, had resumed their positions, and the fielders and bowlers were back in their place, the third umpire Gregory Brathwaite kept lingering over the decision before ruling it in batsman’s favour.Mukund and Dravid then held steadfast to guide India to 62 for 1 from the session which duly lost an hour due to rain as has been the norm in this Test.The elegance of young Mukund was much in evidence as he always got behind the line of the delivery and played a few pleasing strokes down the ground. But for one occasion when a Fidel Edwards bouncer hit him on the helmet, the left-hander was usually in control. Mukund’s one stroke, a glorious cover drive off Darren Sammy, stood out from the morning session’s play.The southpaw fell after lunch, just two runs shy of his maiden half century, when he rose on his heels to an Edwards bouncer which still took his gloves on way to the wicketkeeper.Mukund batted for 153 minutes and hit six fours from the 81 balls he faced. He was a picture of dejection as he walked back to pavilion.Dravid now had his long-stand partner Laxman at the other end who withstood all that West Indies could muster from its four-pronged attack. Both took India to tea without any further loss at 143 for 2.Dravid fell in an uncharacteristic manner post-tea when he slashed at a rising delivery from Edwards and was puched by Ramnaresh Sarwan at first slip.The veteran batsmen batted for 221 minutes, faced 171 balls and hit three fours, two of which were steers past the slip cordon.Dravid’s departure brought the sparse crowd on its feet as they anticipated Edwards to make short work of Virat Kohli once again.The fielders began crouching around the bat and Kohli once nearly played into the hands of forward short leg as well but West Indies didn’t get the breakthrough they were looking.Kohli held firm even as runs were not coming and opened his score in pulled six off Edwards?even though it took 22 balls in coming.advertisementLaxman batted without a worry at the other end, going past Sir Garfield Sobers’ run aggregate of 8032 runs on the home ground of the most talented all-round cricketer the world has ever seen. Laxman was unfazed by anything the West Indies could throw at him, hooking Edwards in front of square leg for a boundary and then essaying a classic on-drive off Darren Sammy which gathered pace and hit the pickets despite a heavy outfield.A hapless West Indian team decided against taking the second new ball as both its premier fast bowlers, Edwards and Rampaul, were exhausted by a long day’s exertions.Rain did intervene during the day but not in the manner it had on two previous days. An hour was lopped off due to rain in the morning and then the middle session could begin after a 10-minute delay.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more


TV for social education is a fraud in India: P.C. Chatterji


first_imgFrom the “republic” Morarji removed the “pub”. And what do we have left? A relic.The Last Letter in SundayThere is an old saying: When you cannot avoid being raped, it is better to relax and enjoy it. The common man is trying to do just that.Kastur Chand Jain in the,From the “republic” Morarji removed the “pub”. And what do we have left? A relic.The Last Letter in SundayThere is an old saying: When you cannot avoid being raped, it is better to relax and enjoy it. The common man is trying to do just that.Kastur Chand Jain in the Letters column in the Indian ExpressI think Mrs Gandhi does not have the capacity to be authoritarian.Janata Party president Chandra Shekhar in New DelhiI am sure if tomorrow there is a landlord agitation or a tycoon agitation the communist parties will support it, as long as it is directed against the Government.Justice Krishna Iyer in SocietyWe have everybody here necessary to make a film – producer, director, cameraman and a leading hero.Rajneesh Ashramite quoted in SuperLaws are not something that God gave… They are not static or unchangeable. If the law is not good it has to be changed.Mrs Indira Gandhi addressing a lawyers’ symposiumI am a champion milker – I milk anybody.Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board, V. Kurien, in The Sunday StandardIf a prostitute were to say that she was a worker, she will be recorded as such and categorised as ‘other worker’.Yogendra Makwana’s answer in the Lok Sabha to a question of whether prostitutes have been indicated as beggars in the present censusThere is every possibility that India may dismember under the inevitable politics of this highly centralised, autocratic power.Romesh Thapar in Business IndiaadvertisementTV for social education is a fraud in India.P.C. Chatterji, former director-general of AIR, in The Illustrated WeeklyA politician is one who is highly specialised in political activity and tends to stress this role above all others.Chetkar Jha in SeminarIf emancipation of Harijans meant their elimination, it would yet take some time.Jagjivan Ram quoted in CurrentGavaskar is a great player but a useless captain… He is arrogant and a bad leader. India has suffered because of him.K.R. Wadhwaney, sports editor Indian Express in Surya IndiaAn autopsy on dead reports will be helpful only if the doctor who is performing it will have the courage to expose.Quark in Sunday ReviewWhenever a man moves into the heart, something in him goes feminine. He becomes more round, more soft, more vulnerable.From the Discourse Series of Rajneesh in Eve’s WeeklyCritics have set ideas about the kind of films they like and those they don’t. The rest of the time they are just showing off their language.Film director Saeed Mirza in Bombay-Compiled by Anita Kaullast_img read more


ISL: Kerala Blasters beat Delhi Dynamos in semi-final first leg


first_imgKerala Blasters rode on a strike from Kervens Belfort to defeat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in the first leg of their Indian Super League (ISL) semifinal on Sunday.Belfort scored the winner in the 65th minute as Kerala registered their sixth consecutive win at their home ground.The Haiti international picked up the ball in the Kerala half, made a long run into the opponent penalty box and dribbled past a defender before unleashing a shot which took a lucky deflection off Delhi defender Anas Edathodika and went in at the near post.Kerala will thus take a slender but important advantage into the second leg to be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday.Kerala were on a five-match winning streak at their home ground before this match and they seemed to be in good shape for this encounter.With Mehtab Hossain returning from suspension and Josu Prieto also back in the starting XI, Kerala were at their best.Delhi Dynamos too looked good at start with all players being available and they almost silenced the huge crowd in the first minute itself.A long hopeful ball from midfield saw Delhi’s Florent Malouda take aim but a clearance saw the ball fall for Kean Lewis. Before the Delhi Dynamos winger could try his luck, Kerala defender Cedric Hengbart deflected the ball away for a corner.A minute later, it was Kerala’s turn to give Delhi a scare. From a counter attack, Belfort ran the length of the pitch and set it up for an unmarked C.K. Vineeth.advertisementThere was Duckens Nazon to his left but the in-form India striker chose to go for goal and instead ended up hitting the side netting from close range.Delhi took time to show their attacking strength and top scorer Marcelinho Pereira went close in the 35th minute. The Brazilian did well to push his way past Mehtab Hossain and Didier Kadio, but Kerala goalkeeper Sandip Nandy proved equal to the challenge.Kerala thought they had scored their opening goal and the stadium erupted in joy just before half time when an attempted back pass by Delhi’s Marcos Tbar saw Belfort intercept the ball and put it into the net.But that celebration proved to be premature as the assistant referee ruled that Belfort had handled the ball while attempting to receive it.But Belfort was not to be denied in the second session.The 24-year-old striker picked up a pass from Cdric Hengbart near the centre line, ran quite a distance with the ball, sidestepped defender Ruben Gonzalez Rocha and unleashed a shot with only Delhi goalkeeper Antonio Doblas to beat.The attempt was not powerful enough but a deflection from the sliding Anas Edathodika was enough to catch Doblas on the wrong foot and the ball went in at the near post.Delhi’s response was strong with Malouda testing the rival goalkeeper and 10 minutes later, Kerala survived their biggest scare.A corner kick from Malouda saw the Kerala Defence head it out but the ball came back for Tebar who lobbed it into the six-yard box where Marcelinho headed it dangerously towards goal but Hengbart proved to be Kerala’s saviour by heading it off the line.The match was marred by violent scenes towards the the fag end when the referee denied Delhi what seemed to be a very strong case for a penalty.Kerala’s star defender Sandesh Jhingan brought down Marcelinho inside the hosts’ penalty box during second half injury time. But the referee did not find anything wrong with the challenge and showed a yellow card to Delhi’s Richard Gadze for protesting.That incident coupled with an off the ball foul on Marcelo Pereira by Kerala’s Didier Boris Kadio saw emotions boil over in the Delhi camp and the two sets of players indulged in a physical confrontation at the final whistle.last_img read more


Mourinho backs England in World Cup predictions


first_imgWorld Cup ‘Come on England’ – Mourinho backs Three Lions in World Cup predictions Ronan Murphy 22:00 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane England 2018 Getty Images World Cup José Mourinho England The Manchester United manager has chosen which teams he thinks will advance to the knockout stages of the tournament in Russia Jose Mourinho has made his predictions for the World Cup group stage, backing England to finish above Belgium in Group G.The Three Lions are drawn in a group including Panama and Tunisia, as well as Roberto Martinez’s Belgium, but the Manchester United boss believes Gareth Southgate’s side have enough quality to top the group and set up a knockout stage tie with Poland.Mourinho was asked to predict each of the eight groups by RT and cheered ‘Come on England’ when he got to Group G before choosing the Three Lions to advance as the top team from that foursome. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Argentina are also expected to top their group, with Mourinho tipping Lionel Messi to guide Argentina into the knockout stage.”I think the little fellow will finish first,” Mourinho said as he picked Argentina to finish ahead of Nigeria in Group D, meaning Croatia and Iceland both get knocked out in his prediction.Surprisingly, the former Real Madrid boss believes Spain will outperform Portugal in their group, meaning his home country will play Uruguay in the last 16.However, he hinted that Portugal could go some distance in the tournament, stating: “I will show later that I am totally Portuguese.”Mourinho had some trouble deciding who would progress from Group H, but eventually picked Senegal and Poland over Japan and Colombia as the two lucky sides to advance to the last 16 in Russia.last_img read more


2016 NTL – Day Three Wrap


first_imgIt was another massive day of exciting Touch Football action at the 2016 National Touch League on day three, with finals places determined across all divisions. Finals day on Saturday is shaping up to be an incredible day, with close to 12 hours of finals to entertain the crowd as well as our friends watching live from home. In the Mixed Open division semi finals at 10.50am, the Brisbane City Cobras and Sydney Mets will meet in semi final one, with the Sydney Rebels, vying for their sixth straight title, to meet the South Queensland Sharks. The Men’s T League will see the Cobras meet the Sharks, with the Central Queensland Bulls to play the Mets, with both games to tap off at 9.00am. Last year’s Women’s T League winners, the Hunter Western Hornets, will meet the Sharks in the semi finals in a replay of last year’s grand final, with the South Australia Heat and Victoria to battle it out in the other semi final, with both games to commence at 9.00am. The Women’s 27’s grand final will be played at 9.55am, featuring the Sydney Rebels and South Queensland Sharks, while the Men’s 30’s grand final at 12.40pm will see the Sydney Scorpions also face the Sharks. The Women’s 35’s is another division which has already determined its grand finalists, with the Hornets to meet the Sunshine Coast Pineapples at 9.55am. The Men’s 40’s division semi finals will see the Cobras meet the Mets, with the Hornets to play the Sydney Scorpions at 9.55am. The South West Queensland Swans and ACT Raiders will meet in the first Women’s 40’s semi final, with the Hornets to play the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones in the second semi at 9.55am. In the Men’s 45’s division, the Sharks will play the Cobras, with the Scorpions to meet the Raiders at 9.00am. The Sharks and the Hornets will meet in the first Men’s 50’s semi final, with the Scorpions to play the Pineapples, with both games to tap off at 9.00am. The Men’s 55’s semi finals will see the Cyclones and Raiders battle it out, with the Mets and Southern Suns to meet in the other semi final at 9.00am. The Senior Mixed semi finals will be contested by the Sharks and Cobras, and the Suns and Scorpions.Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels on finals day for the latest results and information: Website – www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksNTL Day Threelast_img read more


Hone in on your Shave with the Type 15 Safety Razor


first_imgThe meaning of the word “hone” is to refine, or perfect over time and the folks over at the razor company Hone are looking to refine and perfect the practice of shaving through intelligently-designed razors that not only make your skin feel nice and smooth, but also have a well-designed feel and the look.To them, shaving is “is a moment of reflection in an otherwise hectic life. A good shave prepares your face for the important day ahead and gives quiet confidence. Like any job worth doing well, choosing the right tool is important.”How did they come up with the right tool? They took the classic razor and turned it into an approachable and uncomplicated product that makes the daily ritual of shaving all the more worth it. They wanted the parts to feel like they belong together, so that you don’t get that awkward feeling that you get when you use a poorly designed razor. Each razor is CNC machined, giving it a specially sculpted feel that is nice on the hand. It’s also balanced, which puts you behind the wheel of the razor–no straying grazes that causes potential nicks. You can also pivot around the center of gravity. The Type 15 razor comes in solid brass, which means that it offers great thermal conductivity, has a substantial weight, and will change its finish over time. Type 15a comes in aluminum in either silver or black, along with the addition of a 100 mm option.There’s also a leather case in black and papaya that carries around your Hone razor in style. So what’s more satisfying than a great shave from a razor that will last for years to come? Pick up the Hone Type 15 or Type 15a–you know you’ll have it for the rest of your life.For more information, visit hone-shaving.com. Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Grow and Maintain Stubble The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Menlast_img read more


Fear stopped Olivia Wilde from making directorial debut


first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 16 (PTI) Olivia Wilde says the fact that she never went to film school held her back from making her directorial debut until she decided to take the plunge with “Booksmart” this year. The 35-year-old actor-turned-director has helmed the critically-acclaimed comedy, starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein. “Fear. For a long time, I was insecure that I hadn’t been to film school,” Wilde told PorterEdit when asked about turning director. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography She also said she would continue to act as she loves learning from other directors. “… Then I realised my career was film school, because I was shadowing brilliant directors, seeing different techniques and asking endless questions, and I continue to do that. That’s why I think I have to keep acting, so I can keep learning,” the actor said. “Booksmart” follows Dever and Feldstein’s characters, who, on the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends suddenly realise that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night. The film released last month.last_img read more


EOW registers cheating case of Rs 482 cr


first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police on Tuesday registered a case of cheating of more than four crore rupees.The investigating agency said that suspects in the case fled away with money of complainants on the pretext of providing property. Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary confirmed the news and stated that the investigation is going on in the case. Police said that the case was registered on the complaint of one Madhvi Sharma and others. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe complainants alleged that one Sandeep Chhatwal, in conspiracy with his associates, induced them to purchase flats in property and later, fled away after receiving a sum of Rs 4.82 crore from 10 complainants, police said. Later, neither the possession of the property was given nor the money was returned to the complaints. Police said that four suspects in the case promised that they would give the flat at a much lower price than one prevailing in the market if substantial amounts as advance were paid to one of the suspects. It was further promised by them that by the time possession would be handed over, the price would increase multifold. Similarly, other complainants had been enticed and allured into entering the agreement to sell. Police have registered a case under sections 406/420/120-B IPC has been registered at police station EOW.last_img read more


Quebec barber who went extra mile for autistic client invited to Parliament


first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec barber who got down on the floor to trim the hair of a young client with autism was applauded in Canada’s Senate chamber Wednesday, several weeks after a photo of him garnered worldwide attention.Francis “Franz” Jacob was invited to Ottawa by Sen. Marie-Francoise Megie for the Senate’s autism awareness day.Jacob, 45, made headlines last month for a photo that showed him lying on the floor of his Rouyn-Noranda shop as he cut the hair of a six-year-old boy named Wyatt.He explained to The Canadian Press at the time that Wyatt doesn’t usually sit still for haircuts so he bought a pair of wireless clippers in order to follow him around.Megie invited Jacob and Wyatt’s mother, Fauve Lafreniere, to meet with her and participate in a panel discussion on autism.They also visited an autism resource fair, lunched with Megie and were acknowledged in the Senate chamber.Jacob, who owns an old-fashioned barber shop in Rouyn-Noranda, about 600 kilometres northwest of Montreal, said being invited to Parliament was “a huge honour.”“I have my small shop, but receiving an invitation from your government to speak your mind about what you realize and what you did, and receiving some recognition, is quite a feeling,” he said in a phone interview.“I’ve never been that proud in my life of being Canadian.”Jacob says he’s received thousands of messages from around the world ever since the photo of him lying on the ground next to Wyatt was widely shared on social media sites.Despite having no formal training, he says he’s developed a technique that seems to work for children with autism and other special needs.That includes scheduling them at the end of the day so he can take his time and moving around the shop with them until they feel comfortable.“You can’t make decisions for those children, it has to be them who decide,” he said.Lafreniere, who accompanied Jacob to Ottawa, said she used the visit as an opportunity to discuss the need for more services for children with special needs.“What came out the most often was the amount of time it takes to get a diagnosis, and the time we lose before being able to help them because it’s really long,” she said.She describes Wyatt as a curious boy who loves to learn and play, and who sometimes needs a different approach.Lafreniere said she originally posted the picture online to thank Jacob and to let him know he made a difference in her life.“I never thought people would react to that extent,” she said.last_img read more


North American birders flock to NB tree after rare bird from Europe


first_imgMIRAMICHI, N.B. – New Brunswick has a rare visitor from Europe and it’s attracting bird lovers from across Canada and the United States.A European mistle thrush arrived in Miramichi on Saturday, and decided to stay.“This is the first record of this bird in North America,” said Peter Gadd, the man who spotted the bird in a tree on his property.“It is somewhat common in Europe and certainly people who have birded in Europe are familiar with it,” he said.Gadd and his wife, Deana, are active birders and are part of a program where they record sightings of birds who use their feeders, two days a week, during the winter months.Gadd said as soon as he saw it, he knew it was something rare.“It is somewhat similar to a robin. Being uncertain, I sent a picture to some birders in the province with more experience than I have,” he said Tuesday.Gadd said the small bird has taken up residence in a mountain ash tree on his lawn and the news quickly spread among the birding community, drawing more than 100 people in the first three days.“Some of the people here this morning are doing a big year where they will travel all over North America and see how many birds they can see. They are now up to about 760 birds. Four of those people were here this morning from Tennessee, Michigan, Florida and Iowa,” he said.He said anyone wanting to view the bird needs to be respectful and keep their distance.Gadd said the bird must have gotten separated from its flock and then been driven to Canada by strong winds and bad weather.He said that species of bird is very protective of its food supply and has already chased off a number of robins. He said it’s a hardy bird that should be able to survive the winter.“It’s a tough bird. It made its way across the North Atlantic so it must be a fairly resilient bird,” he said.“There isn’t much we can do. We can just hope for the best and make sure it has food.”— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more


HSUS To Honor Rob Thomas At 2017 To The Rescue New York


first_imgThe Humane Society of the United States will honor Sidewalk Angels Foundation, founded by Grammy Award-winning artist Rob Thomas and his philanthropist wife Marisol Thomas and luxury beauty brand Moroccanoil at its 2017 To the Rescue! New York gala.The gala, which celebrates The HSUS’ animal rescue efforts, including its important disaster response work in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, will take place on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street.The HSUS will honor the Thomases and their Sidewalk Angels Foundation with its Compassion in Action Award for making real change in helping those who have no voice, and recognize Moroccanoil with its Corporate Consciousness Award for making animal welfare and social responsibility its cornerstone.Saving, rehabilitating and caring for hundreds of thousands of animals each year, The HSUS and its global affiliate Humane Society International deploy responders across the country and the world to help animals at risk or suffering in puppy mills, dogfighting rings, large scale-neglect cases, and natural disasters. The organizations are in the midst of back-to-back disaster relief efforts after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands, and a series of earthquakes devastated Mexico.Sidewalk Angels Foundation is dedicated to providing critically needed funds and support to more than 20 no-kill animal shelters and rescues across the country and in the Caribbean, that help fight for the rights and fair treatment of those who can’t fight for themselves. The Foundation also works with homeless shelters that provide for the displaced by meeting the physical needs of people and their pets in crisis so that families in need are not forced to give up their pets.Rob and Marisol Thomas said: “Sidewalk Angels Foundation is honored to be receiving the Compassion in Action award from The Humane Society of the United States. It is truly humbling for our small grass roots Foundation to be recognized by one of the world’s leading animal advocacy organizations. The HSUS works tirelessly to confront cruelty and rescue thousands of animals every year, and has been an inspiration for us from the very beginning.”Rob Thomas is a singer songwriter who for the last 20 years has enjoyed success as the front man for the award winning, multi-platinum group Matchbox Twenty as well as a multi-platinum, Grammy award winning solo artist. Rob made history with “Something to Be,” his first solo effort, being the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since the chart had debuted. He has written songs for many huge artists, including Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Mary J. Blige and Seal. His collaboration with Carlos Santana was named the No. 2 Hot 100 Song of All Time and No. 1 of the Rock era. Overall, Thomas has contributed to sales of more than 80 million records. In 2004, he was the first-ever honoree of the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, created to recognize a composer in the early years of his or her career. He has won numerous BMI and ASCAP Awards, and has earned the Songwriter of the Year crown from both Billboard and BMI. Rob is also the Co-founder and Vice-president of Sidewalk Angels Foundation.Marisol Thomas is a philanthropist and animal rights advocate. She is the co-founder and president of Sidewalk Angels Foundation. In this capacity, Marisol is the driving force behind the foundation’s fundraising and advocacy initiatives across the U.S. A fervent advocate, she has worked with other animal advocacy groups to conduct major animal rescues throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. A native New Yorker, Marisol holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Prior to her work with Sidewalk Angels Foundation, she was a model appearing on runway, print and television. She currently lives in Bedford, New York, with her husband, Rob, and their two rescues, a Pomeranian named Samy and a Dachshund-terrier mix named Oliver, both of whom were preceded by the household’s “original angel,” Tyler, whose life and spirit continue to inspire the work of the Foundation.As a top luxury brand of cruelty-free hair and body care products, Moroccanoil has shown that a highly successful company can take a stand against cruelty in its manufacturing policies. The company also supports the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would ban animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S, and has been invaluable in helping to end cruel cosmetics testing on animals.Moroccanoil Co-founder Carmen Tal’s personal passion and love for animals has helped shape the company’s values and commitment to charitable causes. The company’s champion philanthropic effort is its INSPIRED BY WOMEN project, which highlights lifesaving animal rescue work. Furthermore, Moroccanoil continues to directly support animal relief and rescue efforts on a global scale.Guests will enjoy a three-course vegan meal prepared by Chef Chloe Coscarelli, a live auction, and exclusive entertainment by Thomas.This year’s gala is chaired by David Brownstein and Suzy Welch, along with Co-Hosts Georgina Bloomberg, Amanda Hearst and Stephen Read.The 2017 Leadership Committee includes: Ian Bass, Howard and Wendy Berk, Gale Epstein, Jennifer Faga, Janie Greenspun Gale, Linda Goddard, Cathy Kangas, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Jennifer Laue, Mary and Peter Max, Jennifer McCausland, Patrick McDonnell and Karen O’Connell, Judy Ney, Paige Rense Noland, Christine and Edwin Ordway, Lida Orzeck, Marian Probst and Debra ShoreThe Humane Generation: Friends of Finn Committee includes:Executive Committee: Amanda Hearst (Chair), Georgina Bloomberg, Tripp Callan, Anthony Cummings, Michael Katz, Stephen Read, Breanna Schultz, Courtney Stroum Meagher, Katie Sturino.Advisory Committee: Kensey Biggs, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Stephanie Riggio Bulger, Liz Dee, Liz Friedland, Dylan Lauren, Sarah Read, Lauren Schweibold, Hilary Sloan and Kelly VitkoMoroccanoil is sponsoring this year’s gala. The event is produced in partnership with Celebrity Event Planner Liron David of EventiqueFor more information, sponsorships, tables, and tickets, visit www.501auctions.com/totherescueny.last_img read more


Banana Republics new Hijab Line Sparks Debate on Muslim Dress Standards


Rabat – Banana Republic launched a line of hijabs on Tuesday, August 30. The American retail giant added four styles of plain colored and patterned hijabs, the head coverings some Muslim women choose to wear, to the “accessories” section of its website.Banana Republic’s joins other retail giants who are moving towards more inclusive brand depictions and clothing lines. In 2017, Nike released a sports hijab line, and last year, GAP released a promotional “back to school” ad campaign showing a little girl wearing a hijab.Banana Republic’s new product quickly sparked debate. Two of the high profile Instagram influencers, British-Moroccan model Mariah Idrissi and the founder of the online fashion label Haute Hijab, Melanie Elturk, criticized Banana Republic about two images used in the ad campaign. They pointed out that the brand’s campaign images for the hijabs did not necessarily meet the modest dress code requirements of hijabi women. The first image shows a woman wearing a hijab and a short sleeve white T-shirt. The second image shows a woman wearing a hijab and a grey dress with a slit up the side of the leg.Elturk shared the first images from Banana Republic’s website on her Instagram, writing: “While I LOVE that hijab is becoming more mainstream and applaud @bananarepublic for their efforts in inclusivity… I have to pause at the way it’s portrayed.”“There are guidelines to hijab outside of just covering hair,” she noted.“All it would have taken was a consultation with a Muslim brand or group to advise in order to do it right and respect our values. So while this excited me as someone who’s life mission is to normalize hijab in the mainstream, I also think it’s important we keep the essence of hijab intact for ourselves and our future generations,” she added.London-born model Mariah Idrissi, of Moroccan-Pakistani descent, also commented on the images. “I’m out here on… all these platforms to explain the importance of getting the right people to consult for brands that want to tap into the ‘Muslim dollar’ and then this happens. Why are these errors happening still?” she questioned. Idrissi made headlines back in 2015 when she became the first model to wear a hijab in a major international fashion campaign for H&M. Banana Republic has removed the two images in question from its website. The brand has not released a statement on the matter. read more


At UN Bolivian leader proposes alliance to save humankind


The provision of water and other basic services, including energy and electricity, are human rights, he said, also urging the protection of migrants.“Walls were built for cattle and sheep,” Mr. Morales told world leaders gathered at the Assembly yesterday, criticizing the erection of barriers in Mexico and the occupied Palestinian territory. “We cannot confuse human beings with animals.”Commerce can circulate freely but people cannot, he said, calling for an end to embargoes such as the one against Cuba put in place by the United States.The new alliance would also help to conserve the environment, the President said, speaking out against the selling of so-called carbon bonds. “How can Mother Earth be turned into a business?” he asked.The coalition must also promote equality and justice for all, which he said is the backbone for peace.Its final objective, Mr. Morales said, is to strengthen the United Nations by democratizing it, which he said would be a “difficult task.” 24 September 2010Bolivian President Evo Morales proposed the creation of a new alliance to save humankind by guaranteeing human rights, saving the environment and promoting equality and social justice for all during his address to the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment. read more


Thousands fleeing DR of Congo for Burundi UN refugee agency reports


The recent flare-up of fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sent thousands of people fleeing across the border to Burundi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today, voicing concern that intensified clashes could spell further displacement.Agency spokesperson Millicent Mutuli said the Congolese began leaving over the weekend when heavy fighting broke out in south Kivu between two rebel groups – the Mai-Mai militia and the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD-Goma).“We are increasingly concerned that there may be further displacement if the Mai-Mai offensive in the Kivu region continues,” she said, citing reports that the Mai-Mai militia intend to press on northwards toward the DRC town of Bukavu, on the shores of Lake Kivu, while RCD-Goma rebels say they will launch a counter-offensive to re-capture Uvira. “UNHCR is extremely worried that possible fighting for Bukavu or a counter-offensive for Uvira could lead to further population displacement into Burundi – which is itself fragile from years of conflict – or into south-western Rwanda,” she added.More than 5,000 refugees reportedly arrived in Burundi on Monday, added to the nearly 2,000 who crossed the border over the weekend, according to UNHCR. Many of the refugees who fled from Uvira are Congolese of ethnic Tutsi origin.UNHCR, which distributed basic supplies to the displaced families, is erecting large hangars to shelter them. Refugees reported that they would like to return home as soon as possible, but voiced fear that their homes and property had been looted. read more


Unemployed man launches roadside placard campaign


first_imgAN UNEMPLOYED FATHER of five has spent the last five days walking for hours up and down the road at Newland’s Cross wearing a sign around his neck – and says he won’t stop until he gets a job.Brendan Coleman has spent all of his working life employed in the sales sector and after losing his job last year he found he was unable to find new employment.He told TheJournal.ie that he had tried “all the conventional” means of applying for jobs, including online and the national papers, “to no avail”. Coleman decided that he would make a sign about his predicament and wear it at the busy Newland’s Cross junction.“This is my last route,” said the Wexford man. “It’s a gimmick. It’s a way of making people sit up and take notice.”Coleman, who is in his fifties, wears a sign that has his mobile number on it and the lines: To all employers – prove to me that you don’t age discriminate – employ me! I have 20 years sales experience.“I don’t mind,” he said of potential future jobs. “If I have to diversify, I don’t mind. A  job is what I’m looking for and I’m not going to apologise.”He has received a lot of support online, with his photograph being shared widely on Facebook. “It’s been phenomenal,” he said. “I have gotten 7 or 8,000 likes on Facebook. I got a text from someone in Australia who had seen me on Facebook.”He said the support “has renewed my faith in people”.Since Monday, Coleman has driven from Wexford to Newland’s Cross, where he takes up his position at 9am on a narrow concrete strip near traffic lights. Surrounding him are about eight lanes of traffic. He stays there, walking up and down, until at least 3.30pm.“It’s not easy. This is not simple,” he said. “”It’s not nice. It’s about keeping positive. It’s not saying ‘I’m not going to bother’.”He is married with five grown-up children and said his family are “totally behind me”.“I couldn’t do it without them.”He has had a number of employers contact him since he began wearing the sign. Coleman plans on continuing to go to Newland’s Cross with his placard until he is officially employed.“I’m going to stay as long as it takes to get a job.”Coleman said he doesn’t blame anybody for his lack of a job, and he knows it is hard for employers as well as unemployed people. But he is determined to do what it takes to become employed again.I’ve worked all my life. If I’m honest, yeah it was a culture shock not to be working. I wanted to be working. I’m hopeful I will get a job; I know I will and that’s the reason [I’m here].Read:  Numbers on the Live Register fall again in November, unemployment at 12.5 per cent>last_img read more


Trapattoni confirms Richard Dunne will miss Sweden and Austria matches


first_imgIRELAND MANAGER GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has confirmed that Richard Dunne will miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.Trapattoni revealed the bad news when he made an appearance at the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre in Drogheda tonight.The Italian will have to plan without the Aston Villa defender, who has struggled with injuries since Euro 2012, for the two matches later this month.Trapattoni said Marc Wilson, who has recovered from a leg break and is back in action for Stoke, and Everton’s Seamus Coleman will both be named in the Ireland squad for the qualifiers.The full Irish squad is due to be named at midday tomorrow.Earlier today, the FAI announced Ireland will play Georgia in a home friendly on 5 June.Wrong Georgia, Trap? Boys in Green line up un-glamorous friendlylast_img read more


Dinquiétantes tempêtes de sable en Iran


first_imgD’inquiétantes tempêtes de sable en Iran Des vents de sable de plus en plus violents, venus d’Irak, touchent l’Iran depuis plusieurs jours. Les tempêtes de sable n’avaient jusqu’ici jamais atteint une telle ampleur dans ce pays.   L’Iran est un pays habitué à être balayé par des tempêtes de sable à l’arrivée du printemps. Pourtant, depuis quelques jours, les vents de sable venant d’Irak sont inhabituellement violents. A tel point que les autorités iraniennes ont été contraintes de fermer les différentes administrations, écoles et aéroports dans certaines régions du sud, de l’ouest et du centre. Dans la capitale, Téhéran, une alerte à la pollution a même été lancée.  Selon Le Monde, le responsable de l’environnement du Khouzistan, à la frontière irakienne, a précisé que “le vent de sable qui a touché le pays est sans précédent, c’est le plus violent jamais subi par l’Iran”. Habituellement, le pays est protégé par son relief, mais les responsables iraniens imputent le problème à la désertification de la partie sud de l’Irak consécutive à 25 années de guerre et aux barrages construits sur les deux grands fleuves irakiens que sont le Tigre et l’Euphrate.Le 15 avril 2011 à 16:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Brazil the best team in the World Lukaku


first_imgBrazil are the best team in the world but Belgium can beat them says Lukaku, according to ESPN.Romelu Lukaku believes that he and his teammates have what it takes to beat Brazil despite referring to them as the best team at the World Cup.The Belgian striker is among the top scorers at this World Cup so far with four goals to his name. His sublime dummy against Japan was enough to put West Brom’s Nacer Chadli through on goal and the wide man made no mistake from six-yards out.Roberto Martinez’s men look very good in attack and Lukaku knows the game against Brazil will provide them an opportunity to show how far they’ve come.“For the past two years we’ve been playing with this system and we’ve improved as individuals,” Lukaku told reporters during the pre-match conference.“Tomorrow’s match against the best team in this World Cup will be a good test to see where we stand as a team.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.When asked about Neymar’s theatrics at the World Cup. He replied:“For me he’s not an actor, he has come against very tough players. He’s one of the best in the world and I’m excited to be going up against him for the second time.”Belgium go into this game as underdogs against the five-time world champions But Lukaku believes his teammates will play without fear or too much respect.“I think we have to savour the game as well as play without the pressure from the outside and give our optimal best for our country.”The Brazilians have the meanest defensive record so far at the tournament, but the Belgians will hope their attack proves too much for Thiago Silva and co tomorrow evening.last_img read more


Sinkhole leaks raw sewage in Hialeah streets


HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A sinkhole pumped raw sewage out on the streets of Hialeah, Wednesday morning.The sewage leak occurred near West Sixth Avenue and 40th Place.Officials said the sinkhole was caused by a sewer main break.Crews are working to fix the pipe and fill the sinkhole.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.