India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara sees no need to silence detractors

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara has been a completely different player to the one that toured Australia back in 2014, in terms of runs scored if not in any other aspect. After scoring his second hundred in this series, Pujara asserted that there has been no conscious effort to silence those who criticised him for his performances four years ago.”When I play international cricket, I don’t need to silence anyone. I just need to keep scoring runs and that is what I love to do. I don’t want to get into all such things. My job is to score runs and I will keep scoring runs, whether it is home or away,” Pujara said after scoring his 17th Test hundred.”Sometimes you do get criticised and you just have to accept it. But if you keep scoring runs and if India keeps winning, ultimately everybody is happy,” Pujara added.Pujara said that he learned from the mistakes he made in the previous tour in 2014, when he scored just one half-century.”When you play international cricket, experience makes a lot of difference. 2014 was my first tour to Australia. I had started off well. It was at Brisbane where I got a half-century. Overall I was batting well. I was getting out in 30s and 40s. It wasn’t as if I was unable to play here.”But it wasn’t a tour where I scored many runs. I learnt from my mistakes. After playing those matches, I knew what to expect here. That tour has helped me score hundreds this time,” he said.advertisementPujara, who has scored with 328 runs from five innings including two hundreds and a half century, is the highest run-scorer so far in the series.”It has been a good tour personally but the biggest thing is that this Test match is very important for us the way this series is pegged at 1-1. Everyone knows that the result of this Test is very important but at the same time we will focus on our game plan. My batting (form) has been good but it is also important to get 20 wickets,” he added.Pujara, who had called his hundred at Adelaide as a “special knock” – since it came in a winning cause, termed the Melbourne hundred as an “important knock”.”It is always good to score runs away from home. With the way this series is placed, I think this is an important knock. At the start of the series, the first hundred was really special because it helped us win the match. I hope the amount of runs we have we will be able to win this one as well. When you score a hundred in a winning cause, it makes the hundred really special,” he added.Also Read | 106 off 319 balls: Ricky Ponting questions Pujara’s slow approach at MCGAlso Read | India have enough runs, not an easy pitch to bat on: Pujara warns AustraliaAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara hits slowest of his 17th Test hundredlast_img read more

Jhulan Goswami back on top in ICC ODI rankings, Smriti Mandhana attains career-best points

first_imgIndia’s veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami Monday rose to the summit of the ICC women’s rankings for ODI bowlers following her influential role in the team’s series win over England recently.The 36-year-old Goswami, who last held the top spot in February 2017, finished with eight wickets in the series while helping her team reach second position in the eight-team championship that provides direct qualification berths to hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the 2021 Women’s World Cup.The latest rankings update also takes into account performances of another ICC Women’s Championship series in which defending champions Australia scored a facile 3-0 win over New Zealand to move closer to a direct berth as they are now at the top with 22 points from 12 matches.India are second with 16 points from 15 matches while New Zealand are on 14 from 15. Reigning World champions England are behind South Africa in fifth position, with 12 points from as many matches.Goswami, the most successful bowler in ODIs with 218 wickets, has inched closer to the record for the most number of days at the top. She has now been number one for 1873 days, with only retired Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick having spent more time at the top, for 2113 days.Goswami’s new-ball partner Shikha Pandey has gained 12 spots to reach fifth position after also finishing with eight wickets against England. It is for the first time in nine years that two India bowlers are in the top five after Goswami and Rumeli Dhar were in that bracket in 2010.advertisementStylish left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana, who is the leading run-scorer in the current edition of the ICC Women’s Championship with 837 runs, has consolidated her position at the top with a career-best 797 points. The last time Indians topped both the batting and bowling lists was in March 2012, when Mithali Raj and Goswami led the tables.In another important movement, Natalie Sciver has advanced 10 slots to reach a career-best fifth place after scoring 130 runs in the series, second only to Mandhana’s 153.Sciver’s previous best was seventh position, in July 2017. Her compatriot Danielle Wyatt has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 34th position.Other players to move up in the rankings update include Australia’s Alyssa Healy (up one place to 15th) and Rachael Haynes (up seven places to 21st) and New Zealand’s Sophie Devine (up two places to 10th) and Katie Perkins (up six places to 31st) among batters.Among bowlers, Jess Jonnasen of Australia (up two places to second) and Sophie Ecclestone of England (up four places to 20th) are the notable movers while the all-rounders’ list sees Sciver gain two places to fifth and Devine move up three places to seventh.In an upcoming series starting March 16, England would be looking to overtake India with a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka, who are at the bottom of the table with only one win from 12 matches.For Sri Lanka, captain and aggressive left-handed batter Chamari Athapaththu will be looking to get back into the top 10 from her present 11th position while former captain Inoka Ranaweera would be similarly hoping to improve her position from the 20th place which she currently occupies.Also Read | Not worried about stats vs England, hoping for a better show in 2nd T20I: MandhanaAlso Read | India thrashed by England on Smriti Mandhana’s T20I captaincy debutAlso Read | Kane Williamson likely to dethrone Virat Kohli as No. 1 Test batsmanlast_img read more

All Stars on NITV

first_imgBuilding up to the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership season, NITV has teamed up with the NRL to bring viewers a special Super Sunday of sport on Sunday, 1 March including a replay of the TFA All Stars versus Indigenous All Stars game.   Hosted by Djuro Sen, alongside expert commentators Petero Civoniceva, Bo de la Cruz and Justin Loomans, the coverage features a range of matches from the NRL All Stars tournament, culminating in a full replay of the Harvey Norman All Stars game. Super Sunday begins at 4.30pm and will include the NRL Touch Football game, followed by the Under 16’s New South Wales versus Queensland match and the Women’s All Stars clash. This is the first time these three matches will be broadcast in Australia. NITV Super Sunday4.30pm to 9.30pm, Sunday, 1 MarchMixed Touch Football – Indigenous All Stars v NRL All StarsUnder 16’s – NSW Indigenous v Qld IndigenousWomen’s Indigenous All Stars v Women’s NRL All StarsHarvey Norman Indigenous All Stars v NRL All StarsMore information at nitv.org.auRelated LinksAll Stars on NITVlast_img read more

Herrera won’t compare Mourinho & Solskjaer

first_imgManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says that the club are in a good moment under manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer following their 4-1 win over Bournemouth, adding that the players are enjoying themselves.Former Red Devils striker Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis until the end of the season earlier this month, having been allowed to take a sabbatical to Old Trafford by Norwegian outfit Molde.Since his arrival, United have seen a significant turnaround in form, with Solskjaer inspiring three emphatic victories in his first three games in charge, making him only the third manager to achieve the feat at the club after Mourinho and Sir Matt Busby . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Herrera got on the scoresheet within the first half-hour of the Solskjaer era, netting in United’s 5-1 win against Cardiff and notching an assist for Paul Pogba’s second goal against Bournemouth on Sunday.Speaking in the wake of their victory, which lifted United to within touching distance of fifth-place Arsenal, the Spaniard was effusive in his praise for the new man in the hotseat, though he refused to contrast the current mood of joy with his predecessor’s tenure.“We have won the last three games but I do not like to make comparisons,” the 29-year-old told the BBC’s Match of the Day. “I am very thankful to Jose for what he did to the club.“Now we are in a different moment and we have a new manager and that is it. We are in a good moment and everyone is playing very well.“Our attacking players are enjoying it and they are making it easier for the rest of the players.“Our manager told us on the first day, the best way to win a game when you are in the lead is to keep attacking and this what the club has always been about.“When you win and score lots of goals you want to play as soon as possible and I hope we perform on Wednesday against Newcastle as we have today.“We are still sixth but we should not be because of the quality we have.”United face Rafa Benitez’s Magpies to kick off their 2019 schedule before they host Reading in the FA Cup on January 5. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Petit reveals Henry advice Arsenal icon ‘didn’t like’

first_imgThierry Henry did not take too kindly to being told that he need to be “more humble”, says Emmanuel Petit, with the Arsenal legend failing to change his ways when moving from playing to coaching.Back when the Gunners were regular challengers for the Premier League title, two World Cup-winning Frenchmen graced the books in north London.Petit was of the opinion that Henry, who matured into a fearsome striker during his time in England, should change his ways slightly as he got older and more experienced. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? That advice fell on deaf ears and ultimately cost an iconic figure dearly.Henry flopped badly in a first managerial post at former club Monaco, picking up just five wins from 20 games, and Petit believes that is partly down to character traits which have not changed down the years.He told Paddy Power Magazine of a countryman he once enjoyed considerable success alongside: “Thierry was a tremendous player. “Everyone knows what he has done on the pitch. Now he wants to be a manager and his first job at Monaco did not go well – I think he is still a player in his mind.“You have to change the mentality – you can’t keep the player’s mindset if you want to be a manager. “The way you talk to players and control training sessions is very important. Even if it’s your first job, footballers will test you constantly.“As a player, Thierry was terrific and I hope he achieves the same as a manager. But I remember saying something to him at ArsenaI.“I told him, ‘Every time you score a goal, you should be more humble and try to have a connection with the fans, rather than living in your own world’. He didn’t like it.”Petit has also suggested that Henry’s personality meant that he was never as well received by the French public as he was by Arsenal supporters.One incident in particular held him back in his homeland, with an infamous handball episode seeing him dash the World Cup dreams of the Republic of Ireland in a 2009 play-off clash.Petit added: “He enjoyed huge recognition in England, but in France he doesn’t have the same image, especially after what happened with Ireland – the handball and then ‘comforting’ the Irish players after the final whistle.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

College Football Bowl Season Kicks Off Tomorrow: Here’s The Schedule

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)In less than 24 hours, the college football bowl season kicks off with a handful of games on Saturday afternoon. Five match-ups highlight the beginning of bowl season – and after two weeks off of football action – it’s about time our favorite teams are back in action.Only one ranked program is in action, but there’s still plenty to look forward to. Here is the five-game schedule coming up tomorrow afternoon and night:Autonation Cure Bowl: Tulane vs. Louisiana at 1:30 p.m. ET on CBSSNNew Mexico Bowl: Utah State vs. North Texas at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPNMitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State vs. No. 21 Fresno State at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABCRaycom Media Camellia Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPNR+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPNAfter Saturday’s action college football takes a two-day break as the NFL dominates TV’s around the country.last_img read more

Neil Gaimans The Sandman series greenlit at Netflix

first_imgLos Angeles: Neil Gaiman’s beloved Vertigo comic “The Sandman” is finally getting a screen adaptation. Insiders told The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix struck a huge financial deal with Warner Bros Television to adapt the bestseller into a live-action TV series. The news came over three years after New Line failed to turn the graphic novel into a feature film. Sources close to the development said the negotiation will result into the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has undertaken till date. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Wonder Woman” fame Allan Heinberg is set to write and serve as showrunner on the straight-to-series drama. Gaiman, who created the ongoing monthly comic, will executive produce alongside David Goyer. Gaiman and Goyer were both attached to New Line’s most recent attempts to adapt “The Sandman” for the big screen. Netflix and Warners declined comment as a formal deal has not yet closed. “The Sandman” follows a tale of horror, dark fantasy and mythology tale Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, and the Endless, the powerful group of siblings that includes Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium (as well as Dream). Gaiman’s previous works “American Gods” and “Good Omens” already got their screen adaptations at Starz and Amazon, respectively.last_img read more

Fake videos on social media posing risk to country says Jitendra Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: Cyber manipulators are circulating fake videos on social media which is posing a risk to the country, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said Thursday, highlighting the scenario after the withdrawal of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.Addressing the first National Conference on Cybercrime Investigation and Forensics, organised by the CBI, the minister said the study of cybercrime is important for India, keeping in mind that India has a huge population and that India has the second-largest internet users in the world. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He further said the nature of crime also evolves with the evolution of society, which makes it essential on the part of investigative agencies to evolve their techniques. “Speaking about the recent developments in the country, Dr Singh said that we are in the post-Article 370 abrogation scenario. He expressed concern over the fact that the cyber manipulators are posing risk to the nation by circulating fake videos on the social media, which needs to be addressed,” a government statement said. Singh said the thrust of the government has been on clarity in fight against terrorism and decisive actions have been taken in this regard. CBI Director R K Shukla said the conference is a platform for state police and enforcement agencies to share their best practices and to replicate them.last_img read more

Top UN official details terrible year for children in armed conflict

“The nature of conflict is changing and civilians are increasingly on the frontline. The toll on children is more brutal than ever,” stated Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.“Ferocious conflicts in Gaza, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Iraq and Afghanistan have led to high casualty rates and the displacement of a large number of people, especially children,” she reported to the UN Human Rights Council, which is holding its 12th session in Geneva.Ms. Coomaraswamy stressed that addressing impunity and holding perpetrators accountable must remain a priority of the international community to halt grave violations against children. On the positive side, she drew attention to progress made in some situations of concern where child soldiers were freed.She also commended the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 1882, which expanded the list of criteria of violations to include those who kill, maim, rape or commit other forms of sexual violence against children in wartime.“Action at the international level must, however, also be underpinned by accountability at the national level,” she urged. “That includes rigorous investigation and prosecution of those responsible for grave violations against children as well as reforms of national legislation for the protection of children in order to ensure compliance with international norms and standards.”Ms. Coomaraswamy called on all parties to conflict to make every effort to better protect children and to make protection of civilians an integral part of military planning.She also stressed the need to address protection concerns for children displaced as a result of conflict, including according them the right to education, the liberty of movement, the right to protection against sexual and gender-based violence and the right to basic services. 15 September 2009It has been a terrible year for children living in situations of armed conflict around the world, the top United Nations official dealing with the issue said today, stressing the need for the international community to address impunity and hold perpetrators accountable. read more

Asian stock markets mixed after Japan manufacturing falls short of expectations

Asian stock markets mixed after Japan manufacturing falls short of expectations BANGKOK – Asian stock markets were subdued Friday after Japanese manufacturing undershot expectations and worries about Syria’s civil war dampened investor spirits.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index shed morning gains after the government released figures that, while showing some strength, fell short of expectations.Manufacturing in the world’s No. 3 economy rose 1.6 per cent in July from a year earlier and 3.2 per cent from the month before. While that pointed to an economic recovery, analysts had expected to see a 3.6 per cent increase. Still, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said it foresaw further expansion in August and September.“If these forecasts are realised, industrial production momentum will climb to new highs,” analysts at Capital Economics said in a written commentary.The Nikkei in Tokyo fell 0.7 per cent to 13,369.49. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.1 per cent to 21,681.16. South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.5 per cent to 1,918.39. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.5 per cent to 5,117.50.On Wall Street, stocks posted modest gains Thursday, as some positive news for the U.S. economy outweighed worries about Syria. The economy grew at a 2.5 per cent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated. The government also reported the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits fell last week.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.1 per cent to close at 14,840.95. The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 0.2 per cent to 1,638.17. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.8 per cent, to 3,620.30.Lawmakers in the U.K. also refrained from authorizing British participation in action against Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus killed more than 300 civilians earlier this month. The U.S. government is considering a response.Benchmark oil for October delivery was down $1.28 to $107.52 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.30 to close at $108.80 a barrel on the Nymex on Thursday.In currencies, the euro rose to $1.3245 from $1.3237 late Thursday. The dollar fell to 98.14 from 98.32 yen.___Follow Pamela Sampson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pamelasampson by Pamela Sampson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2013 5:12 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

All Blacks respond to Ireland loss by thumping Italy 663

ROME — The All Blacks took out their frustration from losing to Ireland by thumping Italy 66-3 at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday. Yet, it was a far from convincing performance.Despite scoring 10 tries against Italy for the first time, there was a glut of sloppy errors by New Zealand.However, after failing to record a try last weekend in Dublin, coach Steve Hansen would be heartened to see 10 this time thanks to four for wing Jordie Barrett, three for fullback Damian McKenzie and one apiece to TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape and Beauden Barrett, who converted five. Richie Mo’unga converted the last three.Unbeaten in 14 previous tests against Italy, New Zealand opened the score early as Beauden Barrett offloaded for scrumhalf Perenara to slide over in the corner following some nice handling down the right.Italy responded swiftly with a Tommaso Allan penalty after Scott Barrett was penalized for not rolling away after the tackle. That was to be the last score for Italy, as the All Blacks stretched their lead when McKenzie ran between the posts after being released by Patrick Tuipulotu.There was an odd moment as referee Andrew Brace injured his knee and was replaced in the 24th minute by Pascal Gauzere.The officials, and the All Blacks, rolled on. McKenzie claimed his second try after a lovely left-foot grubber kick from Beauden Barrett.Another sensational play down the right saw hooker Dane Coles and McKenzie feature in an 80-meter move finished by Jordie Barrett.On the stroke of halftime, the Barrett brothers combined for another try as Beauden kicked out to the right for Jordie to score in the corner and 31-3.The second half began with two quickfire converted tries from Laumape and Beauden Barrett.McKenzie got his hat trick in the 53rd, connecting to replacement Mo’unga’s grubber kick off the left post.In the last seven minutes, Jordie Barrett grabbed the last two tries, the first after scooping a kick by Nathan Harris, to complete New Zealand’s biggest margin against Italy since 70-7 at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDaniella Matar, The Associated Press read more

10 SportsRelated Jobs Black Children Should Look Into Instead

Audio and Video Equipment SpecialistSports teams rely heavily on being able to review footage of games, individual players, schemes, tendencies, etc. Teams always seek people skilled at editing videos and breaking them down for easy, specific viewing. It also can be an entrée into coaching. Mike Brown, who coached the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers twice and Los Angeles Lakers, started as a video coordinator.Public Address AnnouncerHave an appealing voice, read fluidly and have command of an audience? Working courtside or in the press box as the PA announcer could be for you. It’s a coveted job and an important one that puts you right in the middle of the action. read more

Marine A Sgt Alexander Blackman denied bail over Christmas ahead of murder conviction

first_imgMarine A flag outside the High Court Show more Supporters of the imprisoned Royal Marine at Eastcide City Park in BirminghamCredit:John Robertson for The Telegraph Sgt Blackman during a patrol in Afghanistan in which an insurgent was killedCredit:MoD/PA Supporters of Marine A gathered outside the courtCredit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph  Sgt Blackman’s wife Claire at a rally in Parliament Square, London, in support of her husbandCredit:Nick Ansell/PA The court heard that the former marine had been offered a job, and that his wife was “a woman of strong character [who] can be relied on to exert control over him”.Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas said Mr Goldberg had emphasised  Blackman’s “otherwise exemplary service, the fact that he was given bail prior to trial, the fact he was allowed to handle weapons with live ammunition while on bail, the strength of his case on appeal, the risk he might have to serve longer in prison than the court orders on the appeal and the exceptional sureties that have agreed to stand for him”. Claire Blackman, the wife of Sergeant Alexander Blackman Giving his first interview, he told Channel 4 News: “Very sadly I feel that at a series of levels above Sgt Blackman that sort of leadership was absent.”Blackman, who was described in court as having been a “model prisoner” during his three years behind bars, was granted an expedited appeal hearing, set for late January, to establish whether military prosecutors will accept new evidence about his mental state when he shot a mortally wounded insurgent at point blank range, in 2011.The court heard that Blackman is appealing against his murder conviction on six grounds, arguing that it should be reduced to a verdict of manslaughter by diminished responsibility because of fresh psychiatric evidence. Marine A A Royal Marine who was jailed for murdering a Taliban captive will spend Christmas behind bars after the Lord Chief Justice refused to grant him bail ahead of an appeal against his conviction.There were cries of “disgrace” from the public gallery as the most senior judge in England and Wales ruled that Alexander Blackman could not be reunited with his wife for Christmas, despite prosecutors failing to raise any objections to granting the former sergeant bail.Claire Blackman, who had said that having her husband home for the festive period would be the “best Christmas ever”, said she was “disappointed” by the decision, which was described as “grossly unfair” by one former senior officer. Jonathan Goldberg, QC, acting for Blackman, also revealed that his claim would include allegations that the former marine’s legal team during his trial, in 2013, were incompetent.He was handed a life sentence of ten years, later cut to eight on appeal. Blackman, who watched proceedings via a videolink from HMP Erlestoke, in Wiltshire, applied for bail last week, but the hearing was adjourned until Wednesday, so prosecutors could consider whether they would challenge new psychiatric evidence. Colonel Richard Kemp, a former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, said the verdict was “very, very unfair” on the couple. He added: “They have been let down. I think it’s just wrong.”The verdict came as Blackman’s former commanding officer, Colonel Oliver Lee, revealed that he had warned senior officers about the behavior of the former marine’s unit.Colonel Lee, who resigned his post over what he called an “extremely bizarre” decision to prevent him from giving evidence at Blackman’s  court martial, said the unit was operating in “extremely challenging” circumstances which required “very strong leadership” to enable “exceptionally disciplined soldiering”. The judge added: “He also emphasises the appellant has been a model prisoner, that he has a job to go to and that his wife, a woman of strong character, can be relied on to exert control over him. He would bear with fortitude a return to prison.”But Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Sweeney, ruled that there were not “overwhelming circumstances” for allowing the former marine to return home, after prosecutors said they believed the new evidence did not back up claims that his conviction should be reduced to manslaughter, and that they  wished to cross-examine two eminent psychiatrists involved in the case.He also said that even if Blackman’s conviction was reduced to manslaughter, it was not clear that a fresh sentence would “definitely” equate to a prison stretch shorter than the three years the former marine has already served. In a lengthy ruling, Lord Thomas said: “Despite the powerful new psychiatric and other evidence, the question of whether a verdict of diminished responsibility should be substituted or a re-trial ordered is a matter of dispute on the part of the Crown.“In those circumstances the court cannot say that the merits of the appeal are overwhelming, nor can it say that there is any other basis upon which it could take the exceptional course of allowing bail in circumstances where it is able so substantially to expedite the appeal.“The practice of the court is always to expedite appeals, rather than release on bail. The court, despite the unprecedented nature of this case, bearing in mind the seriousness of the crime of murder of which the appellant has been convicted and the lesser, though extremely serious offence, which he seeks to have substituted can see no basis for departing from what is that practice.” Sgt Alexander Blackman Claire Blackman outside the courtCredit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph  Claire Blackman outside the court Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

NHS nurses told to dispose of clinical waste in patients own dustbins

A memo that was sent to district nurses from an NHS trust – which has a waste disposal contract with HES – tells them that “wastes that you have defined as non-infectious can be disposed of in the patient’s home waste bin” if they comply with a list that includes bandages, dressings, plasters, disposable gloves and aprons.It adds: “The waste should be wrapped in a plastic sack and tied. The wrapping should not be yellow or orange clinical waste colours – use [sic] such as thin opaque plastic bags, sandwich bags and bin liners.”Sara Gorton, head of health at the public sector union Unison, said: “Safety guidelines are in place for good reasons – to protect the people being looked after and the staff giving care.“If the advice on disposal is having to be altered because of contracting blunders the public will understandably be horrified.”Concerns about HES’s ability to fulfil its NHS contracts were first raised last year by a rival firm, Stericycle, which had bid against HES.Stericycle, which bid £479,999 for a contract that HES won with a bid of £300,000, claimed during a judicial review of the bidding process that the HES bid was “abnormally low”. District nurses are being told to dispose of bandages and other clinical waste in patients’ own dustbins in the wake of the NHS body parts scandal.A memo sent to carers tells them to use “sandwich bags and bin liners” to wrap up dressings, gloves, aprons and other clinical waste.The nurses are specifically told not to use yellow or orange clinical waste bags, which cannot be taken away with household waste.Bodily fluids, including blood, are to be flushed down a patient’s lavatory “for a temporary period” in what is described as “an alternative disposal process”.The advice was sent out after the Department of Health discovered that hundreds of tons of body parts and other toxic waste are being stockpiled by a contractor hired to dispose of it.Last night it emerged that concerns about Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) were raised almost a year ago, but ministers claim to have been unaware of the problem until August. Northern head office of Healthcare Environment Services Ltd, which has been found to be in breach of its permits at five sites in EnglandCredit: Lucinda Cameron/PA A criminal investigation has been launched into the failure of HES to carry out its legal duty to dispose of the body parts and other hazardous waste.Hospitals are now being told to store clinical waste on site while new waste disposal contractors are hired. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Northern head office of Healthcare Environment Services Ltd, which has been found to be in breach of its permits at five sites in England A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said it had asked NHS England to “urgently” look into the instructions issued by the Trust in question. The spokesman added: “The NHS sets strict clinical waste standards and the Government has not instructed any trust to deviate from those.”HES were approached for comment. read more

AFTER 8 YEARS Germany beat Denmark for the place in semifinal

Era of Dagur Sigurdsson in German handball brought success after only year and a half! Germany will play at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 semi-final after beating big rival – Denmark 25:23 (12:13) in decisive match in Wroclaw. Steffen Fath (6) and Fabian Wiede (5) led their team together with fantastic Andreas Wolff (12 saves) in the last part of the match. Mikkel Hansen netted seven goals for his team, who still have to wait for the result of the Spain – Russia encounter in terms of hopes for the semi-finals.STATISTICSSweden beat Hungay 22:14 to make Olympic hopes bigger.STATISTICSSTANDINGS:Germany 8Denmark 7Spain 6Sweden 4Russia 3Hungary 0 ← Previous Story SENSATION: Norwegian machines fight for the medal! Next Story → HANDBALL MADHOUSE: Crazy Croats silence Poland! read more

Gerrard hopes FC Ufa win redtape race

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard hopes FC Ufa win their red-tape race ahead of both teams UEFA Europa League playoff clash on Thursday.Gerrard hopes the visa issues facing the Russian club are resolved ahead of their tie on Thursday night.FC Ufa play against Dinamo Moscow today and will plead with the UK Embassy in the Russian capital to speed up their application.“We are actively engaged in trying to obtain British visas,” said FC Ufa President Gazizov, according to Daily Mail.“But everyone must understand it is a very difficult situation. After the game against Dinamo, we will go with our prepared documents to the British Embassy.”“We hope they are able to accelerate the process, but we will know for certain what is happening on Monday. We have been told even the accelerated process takes a minimum of five days, so that would not be enough time for us.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.Gerrard, though, doesn’t want any favours from red tape. He is eager for the chance to record another Europa League win and move to the brink of the group stage.“I heard about it just before the game and we will have to wait and see how that pans out,” said the Ibrox boss, speaking after Alfredo Morelos hit a hat-trick in yesterday’s 3-1 win over Kilmarnock in the Betfred Cup.“I hope they get them (visas) and I hope they come. We are in a good place, we are looking forward to the game and the challenge and we want Ibrox to be rocking again for another great European night.”Rangers suffered a blow when Jamie Murphy suffered a potentially serious knee injury at Rugby Park, but Gerrard was otherwise delighted with the display less than 72 hours after a successful trip to Maribor.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week 814 July

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 8 and 14 June 2017 were:BNP Paribas wins the Grand Prix at Employee Benefits Awards 2017Virgin Money sees mean gender pay gap narrow to 32.5%European court hands down opinion on unpaid and untaken leave for workersAustralian minimum wage to rise to $18.29 an hourCanadian construction union branch to introduce medical marijuana coverage36% believe wearables can enhance productivity in the workplaceHinkley Point C staff to receive interim bonus paymentsPinterest to introduce adoption and surrogacy benefitsPoll: 15% are examining the General Data Protection Regulation’s impact on benefitsAA to move final salary pension scheme members to Care arrangementlast_img read more

66 predict borrowing and debt management as main financial wellness driver for

first_imgTwo-thirds (66%) of employer respondents predict that borrowing and managing debt will be the main financial wellness driver for 2018, according to research by Nudge.Its The financial wellness playbook 2018 report, which surveyed 205 UK employers, representing a total of 1,516,733 employees, also found that 92% of respondents believe that a financial wellness strategy is best delivered as an ongoing financial education programme combined with access to appropriate employee benefits.The research also found:72% of respondents feel that levels of financial stress in their organisation are at the same level as 12 months ago, and 28% think it is greater than 12 months ago.65% of respondents predict being able to budget to live within income levels will be the main financial wellness driver for 2018. Other employee financial drivers foreseen for 2018 include affording childcare costs (57%), coping with the impact of Brexit on the UK economy (55%), saving towards financial goals (50%), and retirement planning (50%).30% of respondents already provide financial education, 17% are in the process of introducing it, and 49% are considering introducing a financial education programme.74% of respondents offer a workplace pension, but do not include it as part of an integrated financial wellness strategy, 77% do not integrate their childcare vouchers or support into a financial wellness approach, and 74% do not include their life assurance provision within a financial wellbeing strategy.94% of respondents believe that financial education should help employees better understand and manage their money, 71% think it should help communicate employee benefit options, 66% feel financial education is a means of better understanding their employees’ needs, and 52% think that financial education within a financial wellness strategy can help employees make more informed flexible benefits choices.85% of respondents view independence as important from a financial education provider, 83% want an inclusive provider, and 80% want accessibility, such as on-demand services, from their provider.73% of respondents view confidentiality as important from their financial education provider, and 68% think integration is important, to support their wider employee benefits strategy.77% of respondents think their employees require financial education on everyday finances, a further 77% believe their staff need education on savings, 77% feel their employees require financial education on debt and borrowing, and 74% think their staff need education around budgeting.Jeremy Beament (pictured), director at Nudge, said: “In 2017, the financial wellness market exploded with pensions, engagement and wellbeing [as] the major drivers. Although it’s positive to see such widespread understanding of why there’s a clear business case to improve employees financial wellness, the gap between this aspiration and the support organisations currently provide, remains wide.“A joined-up financial wellness strategy will comprise of a comprehensive financial education [programme] combined with access to relevant employee benefits. Each element should promote the others, cohesively making the strategy greater than the sum of the parts. Despite this, our research showed that [surprisingly] few organisations have created an integrated financial wellness strategy.”last_img read more

Man killed in Rajshahi gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what the law enforcers called a gunfight between two gangs in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi early Monday, reports UNB. Police identified the deceased as Fazlul Haque alias Fazlu, 48, son of Wahab Munshi. He was an accused in 10 drug cases, claimed police. A press released signed by senior assistant superintendent of police Abdur Razzak Khan, read that, being tipped off over a gunfight between two groups of drug traders at Rautha village around 1:45am over establishing supremacy, a team of police rushed to the spot. Police opened 10 rounds of bullet to bring the situation under control.The drug traders also attacked police, leaving four policemen, including officer-in-charge of Charghat police station, injured, it said.Later, police recovered Fazlul’s bullet hit body from the spot and seized a foreign pistol, a magazine, one-round of bullet and 55 bottles Indian Phensidyl.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

Cameroon police detain 4 activists

first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Greenpeace International says the arrests are in violation of Cameroonian law and are linked to their opposition to the oil palm plantation planned by the U.S.-based Herakles Farms.Herakles Farms, represented by a local affiliate Sithe Global Sustainable Oils Cameroon PLC, began operations in 2010 after signing a contract in 2009 that granted the New York-based firm a 99-year lease on rainforest property.Palm oil is widely used across Africa.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) – Greenpeace International says security officers detained four environmental activists opposed to the establishment of an oil palm plantation in Cameroon by a U.S.-based company.The group said late Friday that Nasako Besingi and three of his co-workers with the environmental group the Struggle to Economize Future Environment were taken from their office in the southwest town of Mundemba on Wednesday. It said they have been held since without charge.last_img read more