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CCJ ruling on gay Caricom nationals historical

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean Court of Justice has made a ruling that homosexual Caricom nationals have a legal right to freedom of movement essentially on the same terms as any other Caricom nationals. The CCJ made the decision following an application by well-known Jamaica-born homosexual, Maurice Tomlinson to the Court naming the governments of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago as the Respondents. The CCJ however refused Tomlinson’s application because he was unable to show that he had ever been or would be in danger of being prejudiced by the existence of the challenged provisions of the Immigration Acts of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago.The Jamaican through his prominent lawyers argued the immigration laws in these two states discriminate against homosexuals who are categorised as a class of prohibited immigrants.He argued that the mere existence of such a law prejudiced the exercise of his right to free movement as provided by Article 45 of the Treaty of Chaguaramas and the 2007 decision of the Conference of the Heads of Government as elaborated by the CCJ in the well-known Shanique Myrie case.The CCJ noted that both Trinidad and Tobago adhere to the freedom of movement laws, but nevertheless cautioned that Member States should strive to ensure that national laws and administrative practices are consistent with the right of free movement of all Caricom nationals, and this is a necessary component of the rule of law which is the basic notion underlying the Caribbean Community.The Court also emphasised that continuing inconsistency between administrative practices and the apparent meaning of legislation is an undesirable situation as the rule of law requires clarity and certainty, particularly for nationals of the other Member States who are guided by such legislation and practice.Tomlinson, an attorney is a prominent member of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans and/or intersex. Ten prominent attorneys were engaged in the case. Lord Anthony Gifford QC was the lead counsel for Tomlinson while Seenath Jairam SC headed a battery of lawyers for the twin-island republic, and Nigel Hawke led the Belize team of lawyers. Five judges headed by President of the CCJ, Sir Denis Byron, heard arguments.Sincerely,Oscar Ramjeetlast_img read more

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Concerts to heat things up

first_imgParnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. Thursdays at 7 p.m. from July 5 through Aug. 23. July 5 : California Jazz Band July 12: Sapadilla (reggae) July 19: Females of Motown July 26: Mariachi Divas Aug. 2: Hard Day’s Night (Beatles tribute) Aug. 9: Hot August Night (Neil Diamond tribute) Aug. 16: Cold Duck (dance music) Aug. 23: The Walk-Inz (classic rock) Central Park, 6532 Friends Ave. Mondays at 7 p.m. from July 9 through Aug. 27. July 9: Bobby Cochran’s ’50s Rock ‘n’ Roll Show July 16: Doo Rah Riders (country) July 23: The Answer (classic rock) July 30: Chevere (Latin) Aug. 6: Rat Pack Revue Aug. 13: Boogie Fever (disco) Aug. 20: Greg Wolfe Band (Rod Stewart Tribute) Aug. 27: L.A. Blues (rhythm & blues) Sorensen Park, 11419 Rosehedge Drive. Wednesdays with time to be determined. July 11: Identity Theft (’80s) July 18: Bad Boys Band (’50s rock) July 25: Friendz Band: (jazz) Aug. 1: Part of the Party (Top 40) Mayberry Park, 10201 Meyer Road. Thursdays with time to be determined. Aug. 9: Grupo Mezquite (Spanish country) Aug. 16: Sonsoles (salsa rock) Aug. 23: M.C.V. (Spanish rock) For more information, call (562) 464-3430. Montebello: Montebello City Park, 1300 W. Whittier Blvd. Thursdays beginning July 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 3: Hard Day’s Night (Beatles tribute) July 12: Cold Duck (dance music) July 19: Yari More (salsa music) July 26: Chico (dance music) Aug. 2: Raymond Michael (Elvis tribute) Aug. 9: Nation of Aztlan (Latin soul) Aug. 16: Montebello Wise Guys (big band) Aug. 23: Mariachi Divas Aug. 30: ACE (’70s & ’80s dance music) For more information, call (323) 887-4540. Santa Fe Springs: Heritage Park, 12100 Mora Drive. Wednesdays beginning July 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 11: Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Band July 18: Upstream (reggae/calypso) July 25: Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles Aug. 1: L.A. Blues (rhythm & blues) A special concert will be held July 26 from noon to 2 p.m. at Heritage Park. For more information, call (562) 868-0511. Pico Rivera: Smith Park, 6016 Rosemead Blvd. Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. July 8 through Aug. 5. July 8: Kelly Rae (Top 40 & country) July 15: Hard Day’s Night (Beatles tribute) July 22: Ace (Top 40, oldies) July 29: Sangria (Latin) Aug. 5: Chico (Latin) For more information, call (562) 801-4430. La Habra: El Centro-Lions Park, 201 N. Cypress. Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 28 through Aug. 9. June 28: L.A. Mambo Combo (Latin jazz & salsa) July 12: Scot Bruce (tribute to young Elvis) July 19: Mariachi Divas July 26: Kulayd (’50s & ’60s doo wop) Aug. 2: The Answer (classic rock) Aug. 9: Mariachi Los Palmeros For more information, call (562) 905-9700. La Mirada: La Mirada Regional Park, 13701 Adelfa Ave. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. from July 12 through Aug. 30. July 12: Hal Willis (Big Band) July 26: Running Wild (country) Aug. 2: Porterhouse Bob Aug. 9: In the Flesh (Blondie tribute) Aug. 16: Savore Aug. 23: Basic Boogie (disco) Aug. 30: Skinny Little Twits A special concert lineup will be held Thursday, July 19 at Creek Park, 12021 Santa Gertrudes Ave., featuring Opa Opa (salsa music), Dano’s Island Sounds (steel drum music) and Perfect Gentleman (vocal group). For more information, call (562) 943-7277. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Summer is synonymous with fun, sun and music. Area cities will be offering all three at each of their Summer Concert Series programs beginning later this month. All the concerts are free, courtesy of the cities of La Mirada, Pico Rivera, Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, La Habra and Montebello and Los Angeles County Supervisors Gloria Molina and Don Knabe. Grab your blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy listening to a variety of music from rock ‘n’ roll to reggae. Food and drinks will be sold at all the events by local groups to benefit each organization. Whittier: last_img read more

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Video: Joe Hart performs ‘scorpion kick’ during skills show

first_imgManchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has given Manuel Pellegrini a gentle reminder as to why he should remain between the sticks at the Etihad after taking part in a series of challenges.Teaming up with football freestylers Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch; the England No.1 showed off his skills and techniques in front of the Rio Ferdinand’s #5 magazine’s cameras.In a twist on the traditional crossbar challenge, the City man launched the ball from the half-way line to rattle the bar as well as performing the legendary ‘scorpion kick’ during this two minute skill set.last_img read more

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‘Theo Walcott MUST leave Arsenal for sake of his career’, talkSPORT told

first_img Do the futures of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere lie at Arsenal? Theo Walcott has ‘underachieved’ at Arsenal and MUST leave for the good of his career, but Jack Wilshere still has a future at the London club, believes former England star Ray Wilkins.Walcott has become the subject of frustration with fans as well as manager Arsene Wenger in recent seasons.The 27-year-old might be a regular name of the team-sheet, but he has failed to really deliver and fulfil his potential for the Gunners since arriving as a 16-year-old rookie from Southampton.His pace remains undoubtedly his strongest asset, although his end product still leaves a lot to be desired. He has scored nine goals in 42 appearances in all competitions this term, with only five of those coming in the Premier League.There have also been questions raised over Wilshere’s long-term future at the club after yet another season passed him by due to injury.And coach Wilkins, who made 84 appearances in a Three Lions shirt during his playing days, has given his opinion on who should stay and who should go.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Jack Wilshere must stay at Arsenal, but I definitely think Theo has to move on.“Theo has underachieved for the last couple of years and he is not getting any games for Arsenal at the moment.“He has got to play games to fulfil that potential he’s always had, but to get games you’ve got to force the manager’s hand, and I doesn’t look like that’s going to happen at Arsenal.“But Jack, on the other hand, he has got to stay. Arsenal have got to get him fully fit and playing.“I really want to see the Jack Wilshere we know and love, the Jack Wilshere who was crucial to England during qualification, playing at the Euros.” 1last_img read more

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New logo unveiled for A.V. Fairgrounds

first_imgLANCASTER – A squiggly red line depicting the highly stylized image of an antelope in profile is the new logo for the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The new logo replaces the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival’s 12-year-old logo of a leaping antelope as part of an overall effort to “brand” the fairgrounds and its many components. “While the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival is our signature event, it is not our only event,” fairgrounds board president Darth Eliopulos said. The new logo, designed by fairgrounds art director Bryan Mok, was described by Eliopulos as “bold, edgy and engaging.” Besides representing the head of an antelope, the new logo also incorporates the letters “A,” “V,” and “F.” Since moving to the new location, fairgrounds officials have continued adding new buildings. Last year, the 4,000-square-foot Van Dam Legacy Hall and Waste Management Community Hall opened. The 12,000-square-foot R. Rex Parris Show Arena is expected to be completed in time for the 2006 fair in August.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAs a venue, Eliopulos said, the fairgrounds are used year-round for fundraising events, trade shows, conferences, weddings, receptions, car and recreational-vehicle rallies and even boxing matches, as well as for the 11-day fair every summer. The fairgrounds often have two or three events going on simultaneously in different buildings, officials said. “Our community today is larger, more sophisticated, more diverse and certainly more active,” fairgrounds marketing manager Wendy Bozigian said. “Our challenge is to stay current with the changes, fulfill our community’s events needs and remain loyal to our fair’s agricultural heritage and traditions.” After 65 years at Division Street and Avenue I, the Antelope Valley Fair moved in 2004 to the new 135-acre fairgrounds west of the Antelope Valley Freeway at Avenue H. The new fairgrounds was a joint effort by the fairgrounds board and the city of Lancaster, which took over the old fairgrounds to free the site for homes, a park, shops and schools. last_img read more

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A.V. High almost at state mandate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe state imposed sanctions on Antelope Valley High School in March because of lagging test scores. Besides being required to have a 100 percent highly qualified teaching staff, the school was assigned a state trustee to oversee the school’s operation, and who has final say over day-to-day decisions. Cerritos educator Nadine Barreto was named trustee in August. When the sanctions were announced, about 85 percent of Antelope Valley High’s teachers were considered highly qualified under the federal No Child left Behind Act, meaning they were teaching in the subject in which they majored or minored in college and have either an intern, preliminary or clear teaching credential. Barreto said discussions are continuing between state and federal education officials on what to do about special-education teachers. “It’s still unclear as to where they fit in highly qualified, particularly special day class teachers who are teaching all content areas,” Barreto said. LANCASTER – Antelope Valley High School is close to meeting a state mandate that all its teachers possess the proper teaching credentials, but with some qualification. The teaching staff is 94 percent “highly qualified,” as defined by federal education reform law, but that does not include special-education instructors. “No one has ever defined how special education fits in with the federal definition of highly qualified,” Antelope Valley Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Tim Azevedo said. “The way special education is taught is in a contained classroom. They teach several subjects. A special day class teacher may teach three or four subjects throughout the day. If you apply the rules to the letter, you would have to have four to five credentials, which is not just realistic. The federal law only addresses how it applies to core-subject teachers who teach (such subjects as) math or science,” Azevedo said. The state sanctions did not specify a deadline when the school must have all its staff fully credentialed. “One of the sanctions was to have a plan to recruit and support meeting the 100 percent. Tim Azevedo has a plan in place. (Superintendent David) Vierra has been monitoring that,” Barreto said. “They have been recruiting, interviewing and looking for teachers who are fully credentialed.” The percentage of teachers with proper credentials was increased in part by new hires, and it helped that enrollment went down, officials said. Antelope Valley High has fewer students this year, probably due to the opening of Eastside High School, which is in its second year, and attendance boundary changes, Azevedo said. The district also offered fully credentialed teachers $2,000 more a year if they committed to work three consecutive years at Antelope Valley High. Three teachers transferred from other district schools to take advantage of that incentive. Teachers already on staff who qualified for the extra money are still in the process of applying for it. “It’s much better than it used to be. It’s close. We are still working on it,” Azevedo said. “It’s a lot better than it was and it’s positive growth.” Teachers who did not meet credentialing requirements were not forced to leave the school, Azevedo said. “We are working with the trustee for a process. Involuntary transfers are not something you want to do with any regularity. It does not help morale in certain areas,” Azevedo said. “We will work out a plan so that they might get credentialed.” The school still falls short of the “highly qualified” staffing requirement in the area of math teachers. “Across the state, that is a difficult position to fill. Math teachers who are highly qualified and have knowledge of content and instructional strategies, that is difficult – along with science positions – to fill,” Barreto said. Antelope Valley High was among the first six California schools to face more serious sanctions because its standardized test scores failed to improve consistently under the state’s Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program. Antelope Valley High and two other schools were assigned trustees. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Nonstop election season

first_imgWITH the votes all cast, we like to think it’s finally over. The electioneering. The insufferable TV spots. The relentless robo-calls. Dream on. Campaign season over? Not a chance in this land of the 365-day election cycle. Municipal elections are on tap for March 2007 – just four months away! The candidate-filing period began Monday, and already numerous politicians have put in the paperwork to appear on our next ballot. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’These nascent campaigns are just getting started – and there’s nothing any of us can do about it. So we deal. Nonstop politicking is a fact of life we Californians grudgingly accept, like earthquakes, mudslides and traffic jams. It’s the Faustian bargain of living in the Golden State. Never-ending gaseous politicking is the price we pay for never-ending gorgeous weather. Still, the politicians would be wise to grant a little rest to the election-weary. Don’t even think about calling us before New Year’s Day.last_img read more

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Ndombele and Davies in for Spurs, Mina to miss out for Everton?

first_img Brazilian Bernard will not play for a few months, however Getty Images – Getty How Everton could look 6 Spurs’ bad start is putting them at risk of not getting into the top four Two of the Premier League’s most under-achieving sides this season face-off on Sunday with Everton entertaining Tottenham.Both clubs have endured very frustrating starts to the season – the Toffees are hovering awkwardly above the relegation zone while Spurs are eleventh having only won three of their ten league games this season. Is this the team Silva will field against Spurs? Tottenham team newsDefender Jan Vertonghen is a doubt after picking up a hamstring injury but will be assessed for this weekend’s match.Erik Lamela is also out with a thigh injury while Danny Rose is suspended for one game after accumulating five yellow cards.Tanguy Ndombele is also set to come into the team having impressed a subsitute against Liverpool.Giovani Lo Celso is set to be on the bench, although Pochettino is unhappy with his call-up to Argentina’s latest squad. 6 AFP or licensors Getty Images – Getty So it’s not surprising that managers Marco Silva (Everton) and Mauricio Pochettino (Spurs) are under a lot of pressure.Everton and Spurs suffered setbacks in the Premier League last weekend too.The Toffees lost 3-2 at fellow strugglers Brighton in a game which saw Everton on the wrong end of a VAR review which overturned a referee’s decision for the first time in Premier League history. Getty Images – Getty 6 6 Everton are doing much worse than their fans would have predicted this season Pochettino is likely to call on Ben Davies to replace Rose Meanwhile, Spurs were beaten on Merseyside, going down to a 2-1 defeat at leaders Liverpool.There was brief respite for Everton, who booked their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Watford but Silva’s job is far from safe.Something will have to give when Everton and Spurs meet at Goodison Park. Below you can see the predicted line-ups for both sides, according to talkSPORT.com.Everton team newsThe club will make a late decision on Yerry Mina’s fitness after the defender came off with a knee issue during the victory over Watford.Silva said at a press conference on Friday: “He worked with the team this morning. It was nothing serious, what he has in his knee at this moment.“It’s just a matter of him having the conditions to support the pain he has in this moment. If he can do that, he can train and possibly he can play as well.”They will definitely be without winger Bernard, who sustained a knee ligament injury at the Amex Stadium, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin remains sidelined. Rose is suspended for the trip to Goodison Park Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network 6 6 Lo Celso picked up a hip injury while on international duty in September and has only made two substitute appearances for Spurs since.Pochettino said: “I am not happy but I accept because I defend the national team.“I always back the decision of the national team because I was a player and I know what it means when you play for your flag.”How Tottenham could looklast_img read more

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Stratford girls basketball beats Northland Lutheran for fourth-straight win

first_imgTigers open Marawood South schedule with 16-point victoryBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterKRONENWETTER — Savannah Schillinger made 9 of 11 free throws and scored 15 points to help the Stratford girls basketball team to its fourth-straight win, a 48-32 victory over Northland Lutheran on Friday night at Northland Lutheran High School.Macie Frueh added 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists, and Kaylee Hollatz and Andie Zuelke each had 10 rebounds for Stratford (4-0, 1-0 Marawood Conference South Division).Northland Lutheran is now 2-2 and 0-1 in the conference.Stratford ended up 21 of 36 at the free throw line, while the Wildcats made just six shots from the field and was 20 of 29 on free throws as the two teams combined for 50 fouls.Stratford plays at Wausau Newman Catholic on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com)Tigers 48, Wildcats 32Stratford 21 27 – 48Northland Lutheran 11 21 – 32STRATFORD (48): Savannah Schillinger 3-12 9-11 15, Taya Nett 0-2 0-0 0, Sammy Griesbach 3-6 4-6 10, Macie Frueh 4-15 5-8 14, Chelsey Gliniecki 1-4 1-4 3, Anna Goldbach 0-0 0-0 0, Kaylee Hollatz 0-1 0-0 0, Andie Zuelke 2-6 2-7 6. FG: 13-46. FT: 21-36. 3-pointers: 1-11 (Frueh 1-7, Schillinger 0-4). Rebounds: 40 (Hollatz 10, Zuelke 10). Assists: 11 (Frueh 5). Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Frueh. Record: 4-0, 1-0 Marawood Conference South Division.NORTHLAND LUTHERAN (32): Beka Edelburg 2 6-10 10, Hannah Kloehn 0 4-4 4, Mesa Haag 0 0-0 0, Sidney Moore 0 0-0 0, Halley Engelbrecht 1 4-8 6, Erin Gast 1 2-2 4, Hailey Russ 0 0-0 0, Melissa Neumann 2 4-7 8. FG: 6. FT: 20-31. 3-pointers: none. Fouls: 28. Fouled out: Edelburg, Haag, Engelbrecht. Record: 2-2, 0-1 Marawood South.last_img read more

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South Africa pays R2.9m for Dewani transfer

first_img9 April 2014 South Africa’s Department of Justice and Constitutional Development took no chances on Tuesday, forking out R2.9-million to transfer honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani from Bristol Airport in the UK to Cape Town International Airport. Dewani arrived at the Cape Town International in a private chartered jet, accompanied by a South African medical doctor, nurse and members of the South African Police Service and Interpol, shortly after 9am on Tuesday. He was then whisked off to the Western Cape High Court, where he was charged with kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice. The case was postponed to 12 May pending a medical examination to determine whether or not he is fit to stand trial. Dewani has been accused of orchestrating the murder of his bride, Anni Hindocha. He allegedly ordered local men to carry out a hit and make it look like a fatal carjacking incident. A substantial amount of money was paid for the hit, which occurred in Khayelitsha in November 2010. Three men have already been imprisoned for the same offence. Xolile Mngeni, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo were convicted of murder between 2010 and 2012. The men were sentenced to life imprisonment, 25 years’ imprisonment and 18 years’ imprisonment respectively. Dewani has been fighting removal from the UK, citing mental health problems, including severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Department of Justice spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the choice of a private aircraft was informed by the fact that Dewani’s medical condition needed to be constantly monitored and attended to. A commercial flight would have had the potential of compromising Dewani, which could have had an adverse effect on his pending medical examination. “We took into account the fact that there was undisputed evidence during the extradition hearing that he had displayed suicidal tendencies, and the South African government did not want to take chances,” Mhaga said. “It was therefore paramount that his return to the country was hazard-free, in order to ensure that he eventually makes that court appearance without hindrance.” Lieutenant Anwa Dramat, national head of the police’s Hawks special investigating unit, said: “We wish Dewani well as far as his health his concerned, in order for him to be able to tell his side of the story. Our investigating team is ready to resume with the trial. We hope the trial will bring closure to both the Hindocha and Dewani families.” Dewani is being detained at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town, where he will receive psychiatric treatment pending his trial. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Moon’s marvel: Gautam Gambhir calls for Sanju Samson’s inclusion in the Indian team after…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Zee NewsAdvertisementIn the wake of India being the first country to attempt a landing on the Moon’s south pole, Gautam Gambhir used it as an analogy to sell Sanju Samson’s skills with a witty tweet after Harbhajan Singh praised the Rajasthan Royals batsman for his match-winning knock.Image Courtesy: Zee NewsSanju Samson played a sensational knock of 91 off just 48 balls to steer the India A side to victory against South Africa A in his home town of Thiruvananthapuram. The batsman also proceeded to donate his match fees to the groundsmen who worked hard to ensure play during the rain-affected series.After seeing his display, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir united to praise the flamboyant batsman and even pushed him as a potential No.4 candidate for India. The Turbanator was the first to put out a tweet for Samson which was soon followed with a response from the former Indian opener.Check out what they tweeted:“Why not @IamSanjuSamson at number 4 in odi.. with good technique and good head on his shoulders.. well played today anyways against SA A.”  “Yes @harbhajan_singh on current form and his skills this Southern Star, @IamSanjuSamson can bat even on Moon’s South Pole!!! I wonder if they had space on Vikram to carry this marvel of a batsman. Well done Sanju on scoring 91 off 48 balls against South Africa A side. Yes @harbhajan_singh on current form and his skills this Southern Star, @IamSanjuSamson can bat even on Moon’s South Pole!!! I wonder if they had space on Vikram to carry this marvel of a batsman. Well done Sanju on scoring 91 off 48 balls against South Africa A side. pic.twitter.com/MwTZj6JaWh— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 6, 2019Read Also:Crunching the numbers: Virat Kohli reveals his loathe for maths after getting 3/100Watch: David Warner’s hilarious response to an English fan calling him cheat Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rally for seeking permission to hold bull-taming sport

first_imgChennai, Jan 8 (PTI) Scores of jallikattu supporters today organised a rally here seeking permission to hold the bull-taming sport coinciding with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, a week away. Separately, young volunteers, mostly college students, observed a day-long fast seeking urgent measures to address the farmers problems in the state following drought in many districts. At the Marina beach, hundreds of Jallikattu suppporters turned up seeking permission for holding it, against which the Supreme Court upheld a ban last year. The volunteers held banners and posters demanding that the sport be held this year. Most of them insisted that they did not owe allegiance to any outfit or political party but wanted the traditional Tamil sport to be conducted this Pongal, i.e the coming week. Folk percussion instruments and a decorated bull added to the scene at Marina. The Supreme Court in November last had dismissed the plea of the state government seeking review of its 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for jallikattu events in the state. Political parties including DMK have been pressing the Centre and state government to take steps to hold the sport coinciding with Pongal this year. At Chepauk, a group of volunteers sat on a day-long fast seeking measures to address the agrarian distress in the state following drought. In both cases, the volunteers, mainly comprising the young and educated, said they were drawn by online messages spread through Facebook and Whatsapp. PTI SA BNlast_img read more

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Haseeb Hameed cleared of serious hand injury

first_imgEngland opener Haseeb Hameed has been cleared of any serious injury after he was struck by a ball on his hand during his opening first-class game of the season for Lancashire.The 20-year-old sustained the injury in Lancashire’s clash against Cambridge University at Fenner’s and there were fears that he had again broken the little finger of his left hand that curtailed his tour to India.He withdrew from the match after facing just 23 balls in the game, which Lancashire went on to win by 340 runs.However, Lancashire revealed in a statement that Hameed was taken to the hospital following the incident and that scans ruled out any major damage to the bone.”Opening batsman Haseeb Hameed was struck on his left hand by Cambridge MCCU opening bowler Tim Moses on Day One at Fenner’s. The 20-year-old retired hurt and went for a scan yesterday [Sunday] afternoon,” the Express Tribune quoted Hameed as saying.”Haseeb has been reviewed by the club’s hand specialist this morning and scans have cleared him of any bone damage. He will be assessed over the coming days,” the county added.Last year, Hameed was ruled out of the final two Tests of the five-match series against India after breaking the little finger on his left hand which required surgery.The series also saw him make his dream debut, scoring 82 on his maiden senior England appearance in Rajkot before contributing an unbeaten 59 in Mohali where he batted down the order with his badly broken finger.last_img read more

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India announces 524 athletes for Asian Games

first_imgNew Delhi, July 3 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) today announced a 524-member contingent of athletes for the August 18-September 2 Asian Games in Indonesia where they will vie for medals in 36 disciplines. The contingent comprises 277 men and 247 women athletes. In the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, the Indian contingent featured 541 athletes across 28 disciplines. Eight new sports disciplines have been added where the country has shown promise. They are Karate, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Roller Skating, Sambo, Sepaktakraw, Triathlon and Soft Tennis. The other disciplines where India will take part in are Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Bowling, Canoe-Kayak (Sprint), Canoe-Kayak (Slalom), Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Karate, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Roller Skating, Rowing, Sailing, Sambo, Sepaktakraw, Shooting, Squash, Aquatics – Swimming, Aquatics – Diving, Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Soft Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Wushu.Athletics will have the highest number of representation with 52 eyeing for medals. In June, the IOA had submitted a provisional list to the Sports Ministry which had the names of 2370 athletes and officials. The final list has now been pruned down further to 524 athletes who have attained the qualification criteria in their respective disciplines.”The contingent has been selected keeping in mind the Indian Olympic Association’s long term vision of preparing and encouraging the most deserving athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics based on them attaining qualification criteria,” said IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta.The IOA has decided against sending the men and women football teams this time as they are ineligible under the existing criteria set by the Olympic body. The decision has led to a controversy with All India Football Federation calling IOA’s decision “myopic”. PTI BSadvertisement BS ATATlast_img read more

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Chalk Talk: To Clap or Not to Clap?

first_imgThere are many ways for the quarterback to communicate with the center in order to get the ball snapped. The standard type of communication is a verbal cadence. Some teams use a visual marker when in shotgun, such as an arm or leg motion.The craze that has been sweeping collegiate football, though, has been the clap cadence, where the quarterback’s clap replaces the traditional vocal snap count. Urban Meyer, head coach of Ohio State, was one of the first to use the clap cadence. Now just about every team in the Big 12, including Oklahoma State, uses it.Rudolph to Sheperd for the TD right at me! Watch my story on #okstate win on @FOX23 at 11:05. @Rudolph2Mason @bshep10 pic.twitter.com/BKVjq24nh9— Nathan Thompson (@NathanDThompson) October 4, 2015The clap cadence, just like any other snap call, has its advantages and disadvantages. Its biggest advantage is that it is audible in any situation. The clapping noise cuts through sound, allowing all eleven players to hear it at once. Additionally, because it is an aural cadence, all eleven players can keep their heads up and forward, including the center as opposed to everyone looking at the center to watch for the snap.There are ways to keep the defense from jumping the snap count, by either faking the clap motion or going on two. Many centers will snap the ball a couple of seconds after the clap, and use a “one” or “two” call to call for the snap that many seconds after they hear the clap (one is one second, two is two seconds, etc.) Aaron Rodgers talks about a variation of that at 1:40 here.Many people question the effectiveness of the clap count. Yes, the noise is louder and more audible than a standard vocal cadence, but it can get predictable unless teams truly utilize a variety of snap counts. Additionally, unless a quarterback is really good at selling it, faking the clapping motion really doesn’t do anything.Just like anything in football tactics, you have a trade-off; in this case, everyone can hear it, but the predictability is higher. Looking at the popularity of the clap cadence, it seems that the former is more important.Do you think this is an effective cadence? Or would you prefer a signal or vocal count? Leave your opinions below in the comments!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more