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My improved fitness helped me win titles, says B Sai Praneeth

first_imgIndian shuttler B Sai Praneeth, who recently lifted back-to-back titles – Singapore Open and Thailand Grand Prix gold – feels key to his success lies in his improved fitness.”Winning titles is always great and very important. After Singapore Super Series, I immediately won my next (Thailand Open) tournament and I am very happy about it,” Praneeth told reporters at the Gopichand Badminton Academy today.”I have become more fitter. I have trained for long time.Before Singapore I trained for six weeks and after that I have trained for a month, and I think that is where my fitness level has increased. My fitness has improved and I am playing better,” he added.Asked if he felt any improvement in his game from last year, Praneeth said, “Only the fitness level. I need only fitness to win titles. Overall I have my game, I have good strokes, but without fitness those do not work. So if I am fit enough I think I can win many more titles. So fitness is the key for my game.”All coaches and everyone know that the only key for my game is fitness. So, I just need to maintain and improve it so that I can play well.”Praneeth admitted that he was going through one of best phases of his career at the moment.”Winning back to back titles…this is best phase till now. After playing India, Malaysia and Singapore (tournaments) and winning Singapore and Thailand tournaments, obviously now I am more confident,” he said.advertisementPraneeth said he was looking forward to the upcoming Indonesian Open and Australian Open before his maiden World Championship appearance in August.”I am prepared well. Now I have just four days left (for Indonesian Open). I am playing good and I am fit enough. I will continue my training and get ready for the upcoming tournaments.”World Championship is a very big event and I am really looking forward to it. For World Championship, I have six weeks time (after the Indonesian and Australian Open). That is good enough to prepare for the World Championship. If I train for five to six weeks continuously I think it’s good enough for me,” Praneeth said.Meanwhile, India national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand expressed his happiness on Praneeth’s performance, saying: “I am very happy that Praneeth has won his second tournament this year. He has performed so well and I hope this serves as a motivation for the future as well and we will continue to have more results from him in the next few months and years.”In fact in the last few days we had some great successes. At the Sudirman Cup championship also, our team had a very good outing. Very happy that we were able to beat Indonesia 4-1. All the players whether in singles or doubles have performed exceptionally well in the event. Very happy about the overall performance,” he added.last_img read more

Kunal Kemmu’s daughter Inaaya couldn’t recognise him. The reason is adorable

first_imgSoha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu’s bundle of joy Inaaya is a delight to behold. Her adorable pictures and antics have been taking the internet by storm for a while now.Recently, Kunal revealed an adorable anecdote about his daughter, that has left fans awww-ing.The actor had been sporting a beard for the longest time, as his look for one of his upcoming films required to him to have full face fuzz. After wrapping up the film, Kunal decided to get rid of it completely and rock a clean-shaven look. Only, Inaaya could not recognise him without his beard.”I was so relieved to get rid of the beard but guess what, when I came home clean-shaven, my daughter didn’t recognise me for a short while. Of course eventually, she realised that this ‘man’ is familiar and before long, I had safely ensconced her in my arms,” Kunal told a leading daily.On the work front, Kunal was last seen in Rohit Shetty’s comic caper Golmaal Again. Recently, it was announced that he will return in the Go Goa Gone sequel.ALSO SEE: Inaaya Naumi Kemmu is as adorable as cousin Taimur Ali Khan. These photos are proofALSO WATCH: Commitment is staying true to someone, says Soha Ali Khanlast_img read more

SGT. BLUFF WOMAN CHARGED IN STABBING

first_imgOne person was injured and another person taken into custody following a stabbing at a Sgt. Bluff residence Wednesday night.Sgt. Bluff Police Chief Scott Pack says officers were sent to 1593 Harrington Loop around 9:15pm:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/SBLSTAB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….domestic disturbance. :07Police found a male victim with a stab wound in the abdomen and a lacerated finger on his right hand, who was transported to Mercy Medical Center.Pack says officers arrested 50 year old Renee Carlson, the wife of the victim.Carlson was initially taken to Unity Point St. Luke’s but upon her release was taken to the Woodbury County Jail on willful injury and aggravated domestic assault charges.She’s being held on $15-thousand dollars bond.last_img read more

Zidane talks down Ronaldo v Neymar

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo v Neymar? It’s Real Madrid v PSG! – Zidane Jack Davies 21:40 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo 2017 Getty/Goal Real Madrid PSG Real Madrid v PSG UEFA Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo Zinédine Zidane Neymar The two superstars may be dominating the headlines but the French manager is insistent that the collectives should be focused upon Zinedine Zidane has played down the ‘Ronaldo v Neymar’ billing being given to the Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, insisting the tie will be more than just an individual battle.An encounter between the world’s most expensive player and the world’s best adds an extra layer of intrigue to what is already a mouth-watering match on paper.Rumours linking former Barcelona star Neymar with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu only serve to increase the anticipation ahead of the tie, which begins with the first leg in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Madrid coach Zidane is reluctant join in with that excitement, instead stressing the importance of the team effort, and not just those marquee players.”We talk about two great players but tomorrow it’s Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain, not Neymar v Cristiano,” he told a news conference.”We can talk about a player like Cristiano, who has done amazing things in the game and won five Ballons d’Or, but everyone can see Neymar’s quality on the pitch.”He’s a quality player but we don’t want to see a duel between Cristiano and Neymar, we want to see Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain.”This week’s #UCL fixtures!Excited?! pic.twitter.com/EWRbosxid2 — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 12, 2018 Zidane has come under pressure during a disappointing domestic campaign for Madrid, which sees them sit 17 points adrift of LaLiga leaders Barcelona having been knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes in the quarter-finals.But the former France international, whose future will be in serious doubt if Madrid cannot overcome PSG, rejected claims this week’s clash had the feel of a final.”All the games are important for me and the future doesn’t bother me too much at the moment,” he added.”It’s not a final for me. It’s a Champions League match.”We’ve got two legs and what we have to do is go out and play well. The rest I’m not too worried about.”We’ve got no pressure. We’re happy to play these games.”People want to see a good game and you’d have to ask PSG if they’re feeling any pressure.”last_img read more

Rishabh Pant can’t afford to waste chances, may lose spot to Dinesh Karthik: Harbhajan

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 09:39 IST Rishabh Pant managed just four runs from 10 balls in the first T20 vs New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh said Rishabh Pant cannot afford to waste his chances like he did in the first T20I vs New ZealandPant managed just four runs in 10 balls as he struggled to put bat to ball during his short stay at the crease”Pant has to understand his game and strengths and play accordingly,” Harbhajan saidIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said Rishabh Pant cannot afford to waste his chances like he did in the first T20I against New Zealand in Wellington as veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is breathing down his neck for the back up wicketkeeper slot.Harbhajan was extremely critical of Rishabh Pant’s shot selection that led to his early dismissal in India’s unsuccessful chase of 220 on Wednesday. Pant was bowled by New Zealand left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner when the wicketkeeper-batsman tried to play a reverse sweep.Pant managed just four runs in 10 balls as he struggled to put bat to ball during his short stay at the middle after coming in to bat at No. 4 in the T20I series opener. Despite it being his first international outing since the Sydney Test in January, Pant paid the price for trying too much even as the asking rate was constantly rising.India were bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs after a shoddy batting effort. The Rohit Sharma-led visitors suffered their biggest defeat in terms of the margin of runs.”I was a bit disappointed with his [Pant’s] shot selection. He tried to reverse sweep the fast bowler a couple of times. When you see a batsman playing shots like that, it tells he is not backing himself,” Harbhajan Singh told Sports Tak.”He has to understand his game and strengths and play accordingly. He has all the shots in the book. He should keep the reverse sweep as the last option but he should keep it as his last option.advertisement”Rishabh is a talented cricketer and that’s why we are backing him a lot. We know, he can be a big match-winner. But if he keeps wasting his chances, keeps on playing innings and keeps making such shot selections, then I feel, Dinesh Karthik may take his spot.”Dinesh Karthik is a proper batsman… he has been doing enough in the last few matches as well. So I think, Rishabh Pant needs to get going in the upcoming matches.”Meanwhile, Harbhajan also said India should play Rishabh Pant at No. 3 instead of Vijay Shankar in the second T20I, which will be played in Auckland on Friday. After having comfortably won the ODI series 4-1, India are facing a must-win situation as the upbeat New Zealand will be hoping to seal the series and render the Hamilton ODI on Sunday a dead rubber.”Rishabh Pant should play at No.3. When you are chasing a big total [like the game in Wellington], he needs to go inside the powerplay overs and get himself set. Once he is set, he is capable of scoring big,” Harbhajan said.He added: “But the team thought Vijay Shankar should play at No. 3. I think a mistake was made there. Rishabh needs to bat higher up the order. He has the game to make use of the powerplay but he needs to improve his game a bit.”Also Read | Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to sayAlso Read | Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: GavaskarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Harbhajan Singh Rishabh Pant can’t afford to waste chances, may lose spot to Dinesh Karthik: HarbhajanWorld Cup-winning India off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh also said India needs to play Rishabh Pant at No. 3 in the upcoming T20Is in New Zealand in order to give the youngster more time to settle in and then go for the big knocks.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Michael Hussey says he won’t share insights on MS Dhoni with Australia

first_img Press Trust of India LondonJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 17:55 IST Hussey says he won’t share MS Dhoni’s trade secrets with Australia. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMichael Hussey said there’s no chance he would be sharing insights about India player with AustraliaIndia take on Australia in their 2nd World Cup 2019 tie on SundayHe is a great competitor and keeps his composure better than anyone: Hussey on DhoniMichael Hussey feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni does not have “too many weaknesses” but even if he has, the Chennai Super Kings batting coach wouldn’t share them with in-form Australia ahead of their World Cup clash on Sunday.Having crushed Afghanistan and put up an inspirational performance against a rampaging West Indies, Australia is expected to be more than a handful for India when the two teams square off at the Oval.Hussey has played alongside Dhoni at CSK and as a coach, watched him from close quarters in the franchise.So, will Hussey share his insights on Dhoni with the Australian coaching team?”No chance. There aren’t too many weaknesses there anyway,” the former Australia batsman let out a chuckle as he spoke to PTI in an exclusive interview.However, Hussey is confident that Australia will have their plans in place for the former India captain.”All the teams do a very thorough analysis of all the players so I am sure that they will have their plans for MSD and all the Indian players.”Asked what makes Dhoni tick when he is just a month short of 38, Hussey said it’s the legend’s awareness of his strengths.”He is a great competitor and keeps his composure better than anyone especially under pressure. He is a very smart player, who is calculating. He knows his strengths and always sticks to them,” said the member of the 2007 World Cup-winning Australian team.Dhoni’s strike-rate has been an issue for some time but Hussey doesn’t find anything wrong with his strategy of taking some time before hitting the finisher mode.advertisement”Not only does he (Dhoni) play according to the situation of the game but also likes to give himself some time at the start of his innings to get settled. Dhoni likes to take the responsibility of being there at the end to finish off the innings or the game.”He feels that Dhoni’s mere presence and ability to take the game deep will keep the opposition on its edge.Of late, Dhoni has had difficulty in hitting out against quality fast bowlers like Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada and Jofra Archer (in the IPL) but Hussey reckoned that it won’t be a big deal.”He will know which bowlers are threats and which ones are targets in every team. The bowlers you mentioned can only bowl from one end.”Bumrah handles the pressure as well as anyone in world cricket: HusseyOn to things other than Dhoni, Hussey named Jasprit Bumrah, who started the World Cup with a terrific opening spell against South Africa, and Hardik Pandya as the two game-changers for India.”Bumrah will bowl all those difficult overs. We would see him bowl whenever India is desperate for a wicket, so there will be pressure on him but I think he handles the pressure as well as anyone in world cricket.”Hardik could be used as a floater in the batting order …or be used as that power hitter at the back end of an innings. I would not like to be bowling if Hardik and MSD are batting at the end of an innings,” he said.Australia has made a great start to their campaign and Hussey is happy to see the seamless integration of David Warner and Steve Smith — both making a successful return after serving ball-tampering bans — in the set-up.Hussey’s only worry now is how the duo will handle the boos from a partisan English crowd which has already made its presence felt.”They (Warner and Smith) seem to have settled back in well from the outside. They are well known by all the players and have done their time, everyone wants to move on.”The challenge for the team is how well they can handle the external distractions which will surely come from the English crowds and media.”Asked to pick his four semifinalists, Hussey said: “I think this is going to be one of the best World Cups in history, my guess for the top four would be England, India, Australia, and Pakistan. But I also think South Africa and New Zealand could be in there too.Also Read | ICC vs MS Dhoni: BCCI backs Mahi over Army crest on glovesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni wanted to honour the Army, says former coach on Balidaan badge rowAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Michael HusseyFollow Mahendra Singh DhoniFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Jasprit Bumrah World Cup 2019: Michael Hussey says he won’t share insights on MS Dhoni with AustraliaFormer Australia batsman and Chennai Super Kings batting coach, Michael Hussey said Australia will have plans for MS Dhoni and his teammates for the blockbuster clash between the two teams scheduled for Sunday at World Cup 2019.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

First Nations leaders mourn death of former chief of Grassy Narrows First

first_imgOTTAWA — First Nations leaders are mourning the death of a former Ontario chief.Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald says the Chiefs of Ontario are extending their deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister.Archibald says Fobister was a strong and outspoken leader for the northern Ontario community, adding he played an instrumental role in advocating for proper health care for a community that has been beset by the impacts of mercury posioning.Fobister fought to convince the federal government to build a treatment centre in Grassy Narrows, arguing it was critical for them to get the medical help they need closer to home.The facility has not been built yet but the office of Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan says it remains steadfast in its commitment to proceed with the project.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde also expressed his condolences, calling Fobister an advocate for the health of his people, their traditional territories and the rights of all First Nations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Djokovic rained out at Indian Wells

first_imgIndian Wells (United States): Ailing world number three Alexander Zverev crashed out of the ATP Indian Wells Masters, where Novak Djokovic’s third round match was suspended by rain with one game completed. Jan-Lennard Struff, ranked 55th in the world, notched his first victory over Zverev in five tries, breaking him once in the first set and three times in the second for a 6-3, 6-1 victory. “I’ve been sick for a week,” said the 21-year-old Zverev, who lost the Acapulco final to Australian Nick Kyrgios the week before Indian Wells began. “That hasn’t changed, unfortunately. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”I think I just got unlucky, I got a virus somewhere and that’s how it is.” Zverev, the owner of three Masters 1000 titles who has never made it to the quarter-finals at Indian Wells, said he would now focus on recuperating and preparing for the Miami Masters, where he’ll be hoping to improve on his runner-up finish to John Isner last year. “Now it’s about getting healthy and about recovering and preparing myself for Miami, because Miami is the tournament I do well in, history-wise,” he said. “Here I have always struggled.” Despite the circumstances, Struff was delighted to get a first win over Zverev. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Yeah, 6-3, 6-1, it’s amazing,” he said. “Played a good match. He was missing some shots today, but at the end of the day I’m very happy with that.” Struff next faces 13th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, who rallied from 4-1 down in the third set to beat US qualifier Marcos Giron 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Giron, 25, looked set to claim the biggest win of a career that has been hindered by two hip operations when he took a 4-1 lead in the third set. But Raonic, runner-up at Indian Wells in 2016, called on all of his experience to turn things around against the American, who had never won two ATP Tour matches in a row until this week. “He came up with the goods and definitely pushed me sort of to the brink there where I was getting a little bit frustrated,” Raonic said. “I just kept trying to plug away. There were two games that I had break chances to get back into the third, and I didn’t make it count. Luckily I made the last two count. “I’m proud of the way I competed today. That’s what got me through,” said Raonic, who fell to Struff in the first round at Dubai last month. World number one Novak Djokovic, playing his first tournament since grabbing a record seventh Australian Open title in January, completed just one game against unseeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber before rain swept across the California desert. The duo were sent to the locker room and with no break in the weather in sight organizers suspended play for the night, with the match to resume on Tuesday. The winner will face in-form Frenchman Gael Monfils, who rolled past Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-0, 6-3. Monfils won his eighth career title at Rotterdam in February, followed up that performance with a run to the semi-finals in Dubai. In other early matches, 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic defeated India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3, 7-6 (7/3). The Croatian veteran will face Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who beat France’s Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1.last_img read more

Scientists from UN health agency arrive to help Gabon fight latest Ebola

WHO has received reports of 10 deaths from the deadly virus among a total of 12 suspected cases, the agency said today, noting that like previous outbreaks, the cases have been confined to the northeastern region of the country. “WHO and its partners will work with the Gabonese authorities to contain the disease and to prevent any potential spread in local communities,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, Coordinator of Global Alert and Response at WHO headquarters in Geneva. “It is very important that there is an effective and coordinated international response to this outbreak.” Gabon’s first verified Ebola outbreak occurred in December 1994 in gold mining encampments, WHO said. Two other epidemics were confirmed in February 1996, when 13 people became ill after butchering a dead chimpanzee they had found, and later that year in October. read more

UN food agency starts feeding tens of thousands of floodhit Nepalese

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this week began feeding survivors of recent flooding in southwestern Nepal, nearly 80,000 people affected by extensive flooding who are believed to be cut off from regular access to food and shelter.“Over the weekend the country was again pounded by heavy rainfall, but we’ve been able to get enough food out to feed nearly 50,000 people for seven days,” said Richard Ragan, WFP’s Country Director for Nepal.Working with the Nepal Red Cross Society, WFP will provide rice, oil, lentils, and salt, worth some US$500,000, to feed people over the next month in four western districts of Nepal.“Our operations are underway and working with Nepal Red Cross we plan to make sure that food isn’t a problem for the victims of this tragic crisis,” Mr. Ragan said. “While much of the world’s attention is focused on the ongoing peace process in Nepal, it is important that we also respond to the very real and immediate needs of these victims of a terrible natural disaster.”WFP is also working closely with the Government of Nepal and the Red Cross to determine what kind of medium and longer term recovery needs might be necessary. The UN humanitarian agency anticipates that needs are likely to rise over the rest of this year as the districts of Banke and Bardiya are important rice producing areas for Nepal where flooding has washed away much of the upcoming crop.“If the government identifies the need for additional international support, we are prepared to help,” Mr. Ragan pledged.Since June of this year, the agency has also been working to feed 225,000 people in the remote parts of western Nepal affected by ongoing drought.But funds are low; only about 40 per cent of what is needed is available, and most of this came from temporary WFP sources. Tony Banbury, WFP’s Asia Director said it is “critical” that international donors step forward and provide resources necessary to make the agency’s continued assistance possible. read more

Much more than a lifeline for millions of households remittances can spur

“Remittances are vital for millions of families, helping them to address their own development goals, but we can help them do more and build their longer-term future,” said Gilbert Houngbo, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).Last year, 200 million migrants sent $481 billion to remittances-reliant countries. Of this amount, $466 billion went to developing countries and there are estimates that between 2015 and 2030, remittances sent to developing countries could cross $6.5 trillion.According to IFAD, after spending remittances on basic needs such as food, housing, education and health, a sizable amount – over $100 billion, still remains – presenting a large pool of resources, which can then be invested in financial and tangible assets such as savings or small business development that help families build their future.These productive activities can also create jobs and transform economies, in particular in rural areas, added IFAD.“Given appropriate investment options, customized to their circumstances and goals, remittance families will invest more and become agents of change in their communities,” urged Mr. Houngbo.The IFAD President’s call comes against the backdrop of the recent designation, by the UN General Assembly, of 16 June as the International Day of Family Remittances, originally created by the IFAD Governing Council.Proclaiming the International Day, the General Assembly also recognized the “transformative impact” of remittances, including those from migrants, for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and in supporting long term development strategies. read more

Humpback whale knew rescuers were trying to help when it was saved

first_imgSalcombe RNLI Lifeboat tasked to Blackpool Sands, whale appears to be entangled.— RNLI Salcombe (@RNLISalcombe) April 1, 2017 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. A humpback whale that attracted crowds of whale-watchers had to be rescued for a second time this weekend after becoming entangled in fishing nets.Lifeboat crews said the huge mammal knew they were trying to help and was “very cooperative”. Free Again!! Great team work RNLI Salcombe, RNLI Dart along with two Divers. pic.twitter.com/YdgSxrkHCj— RNLI Salcombe (@RNLISalcombe) April 1, 2017 30 minutes after being tasked to help in setting free a trapped whale RNLISalcombe volunteer crews training with Coast Guard air rescue team pic.twitter.com/xUZb3nHZgU— RNLI Salcombe (@RNLISalcombe) March 22, 2017 The whale is believed to have been travelling north, but had stopped in the area to make the most of feeding from plankton and small fish.Rescuers said the animal appeared to be uninjured after it was set free. A spokesman for the RNLI said: “Initially the divers thought they may be able to free the whale relatively easily.”However, the line was caught around the whale’s tail so it would have been extremely dangerous for the divers to be in the water if she whipped her tail back once free.” Whale rescuecenter_img The whale was caught up in fishing gearCredit:SWNS It’s like a scene from Mission Impossible, a crew member is leaning off the boat with a knife attempting to cut it free! Amazing! pic.twitter.com/ayHhqX6SNp— Henry Kirkwood 🦅 (@HenryKirkwood92) March 22, 2017 Just a week ago the whale had to be cut free on the Devon shoreline.And on Saturday it was caught up in whelk pot lines off a fishing vessel, prompting the RNLI to be called in. Dan Jarvis of British Divers Marine Life Rescue told the BBC: “Fortunately this time it was a much easier operation and with the experience we had from the last time, it was all done and dusted in about an hour.”The whale was quite exhausted, but they’re very intelligent animals, so I’d like to think it knew we were trying to help and was very cooperative.” Crew members in special orange overalls and plastic helmets worked to release the distressed whale, which was spurting sprays of water.The spokesman said: “The divers eventually freed the whale successfully by lifting the whale’s tail out of the water as far as the could, and cutting the line around it’s tail.”No injuries were sustained by the divers, and the whale also appears to be uninjured.” A larger lifeboat suitable for poor weather conditions was called upon to help out, and two more volunteers boarded the fishing boat.last_img read more

A truly fitting finale as Brian ODriscoll finishes as a champion

first_img“In the days of the big direct running, he might be the final bastion along with Gordon (D’Arcy) for the smaller centre who is a creator of play rather than a direct runner.”In no fixture has that been better illustrated than when Ireland play France (or when Leinster play Toulon next month): Mathieu Bastareaud, the man mountain who has given O’Driscoll some of the roughest rides of career, did so once again today. ‘ONE MORE YEAR,’ they chanted. And who could have blamed them.2013 seemed like a fitting enough number for Brian O’Driscoll to finish on.However,  aside from the magical interventions in the Millennium Stadium, the first five months of the year could only force you to think: ’No. It can’t end like this.’‘Not in the Amlin Challenge Cup, that’s not right.’‘Not battered and scarred in a disastrous Six Nations for Ireland.’‘There are records still unbroken, Brian.’‘Not in that Roman sin-bin.’‘One. More. Year.’ Yes!“There was a bit of bullying both ways really, going back quite a few months,” said head coach Joe Schmidt after BOD’s big leaving do against Italy last week. But as immense as the French 13 is, he could not outshine the man opposite him. Not today. It’s so rare in sport that a life’s work is given the ending it deserves, but that is precisely what O’Driscoll received today.“I’m so delighted to go out on this high,” he told RTE before the tears came flooding out at the mention of the last Schmidt team talk he would hear.“It’s exactly what you would have wanted, to have a second Six Nations medal around my neck.”His second Six Nations medal in his 141st and final international cap. Athletes are supposed to deteriorate with age, but O’Driscoll has continued to set a high bar. He has changed over the years; the creativity was always there, but young O’Driscoll’s speed and ability to operate purely as a strike-runner, naturally drew the attention away. What a difference a year makes. Source: INPHOHis instant control of the oval ball was previously best illustrated by a host of tries scored by picking a ball effortlessly off the turf while barely breaking stride. These days, as he freely admits, the tries have become more rare. He has scored only one for Ireland since 2011, but the frequency with which was he is assisting or creating scores never abated.The win in Paris showed another side of his game that makes him great – the man who revels in trench warfare. When there is no gap, O’Driscoll is the ball carrier Ireland call on to set a base, to make vital inches over the gainline and to set an attack in motion.When the opposition run (and France run at Ireland like few others can dream of) the 35-year-old body shakes off the pain of a briefly treated injury. He shakes off the memory of early missed tackles.He goes low on Bastareaud, he forces the error. And when the rest of the team is at panic stations, he is a calm head in a patched together Ireland backline.Whoever Joe Schmidt selects as his replacement this summer has an enormous task, because right down to the last minute of his 15 years in green, O’Driscoll has been pivotal to a nation’s hopes.‘One more year?’ His French interviewer asked after the glorious sound of the final whistle came.Absolutely not!There is no need. Records have been broken, frustration washed away, 12 months have brought medals to replaced the scars. Brian O’Driscoll bows out of international rugby at the very top.It’s how it was meant to be.Twitter reacts to Ireland’s dramatic Six Nations defeat of FranceOut of 10: How Ireland rated in this evening’s Six Nations victory over Francelast_img read more

Im just taking the year out chilling and concentrating on training

first_img By John Fallon IT’s NOT QUITE the life of a professional athlete but Tipperary hurler Ronan Maher is revelling in having taken a year off from study and work.The 22-year old graduated from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick last year and plans on going forward to do secondary school teaching next September, and in the meantime is enjoying concentrating on hurling.“My plan is to do secondary teaching so I’ve applied for a good few colleges for next year and please God one of them will offer me a position. I have an Arts degree from Mary I. I’m just taking the year out, chilling and concentrating on training.“I did my Leaving Cert when I was 17 and went straight to college and have been studying for the last four years and I wanted to take that break out and be fully tuned in going back to my post-grad, it’s a two-year course and I will be well prepared for that.“But I would have probably have taken the year out anyway if I wasn’t hurling and get the head back and refresh and concentrate on going back in.”The demands of underage hurling and the Fitzgibbon Cup have meant busy winters for the Thurles Sarsfields clubman, so the break from that has helped him as well.“From previous years I have been hurling club from U-21 up to Christmas and then you are brought straight back into Fitzgibbon and pre-season with the seniors. It’s a pretty hectic time of the year but I suppose this year I can concentrate on my county, do all the training, all the pre-season with them, all the fitness and all the gym.“It’s a big help, there are not teams pulling out of you here and there, you’re not trying to keep everyone happy and there is not as much pressure on you. It’s nice to concentrate on just the one team at the minute.”A loss away to Clare and a good home win over Waterford have set Tipperary up for Saturday’s showdown at Semple Stadium against Davy Fitzgerald’s high-flying Wexford.Maher was moved out to midfield against Waterford and revelled in the position, scoring 0-4 in the win, including a superb sideline.“I suppose naturally my favourite position is in the half-back line but I like the challenge of coming out midfield and I suppose the last few days it took a bit of getting used to but I thought I got on well and I came into as it went on and am getting used to it but you never know with Michael Ryan, you could be playing anywhere and that’s the challenge he gives you going out.“Wexford got off to a good start, they have two wins from two. They coming down to Thurles on Saturday night and it will be a tough challenge for us. They are physical, they are really fit and Davy has them in prime condition and we are awaiting the challenge.“They’re similar enough to Waterford with the running off the shoulder and they’re very fit at the minute. We have to track their runners and so on but we’ll concentrate on ourselves, on our own tactics, rather than dwelling too much on Wexford,” added Maher.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share92 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 14th 2018, 10:01 AM 15 Comments https://the42.ie/3851072 Tyrone star Tiernan McCann ruled out for the rest of the league with broken kneecapPlaying in a Connacht final 10 days after appendix surgery and swapping New York for Corofin Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 36,235 Views Short URL Follow us: the42.ie Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 3:05 PM ‘I’m just taking the year out, chilling and concentrating on training’ Tipperary defender Ronan Maher is focusing on hurling before he starts a post-graduate course in September.last_img read more

Four men who launched boat on River Shannon had been drinking and

first_img By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3107694 File photo of River Shannon Image: Shutterstock/Kwiatek7 Monday 28 Nov 2016, 6:50 PM File photo of River Shannon Short URL 7 Comments Four men who launched boat on River Shannon had been drinking and taking drugs One man died after the boat capsized. center_img 27,485 Views Nov 28th 2016, 6:50 PM Image: Shutterstock/Kwiatek7 Share24 Tweet Email1 THE CONSUMPTION OF alcohol and/or drugs played a role in a fatal boating accident on the River Shannon earlier this year, the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has found.In the early hours of Thursday, 4 February, four young men took a boat from Castleconnell Boat Club in Limerick and launched it into the River Shannon. The boat capsized and the men had to be rescued, with one later dying in hospital.In its report into the accident, the MCIB said the men “had been taking drugs and/or drinking alcohol since the previous afternoon”.“The river was very high and was flowing very fast due to the weather conditions of the previous months.“After a short period, they realised that the boat was taking on water and they could no longer control it properly. The men managed to guide the boat into the trees onto a spit of land … The boat was tipped over as it grounded on submerged rocks and was pushed into the trees and the men were thrown into the shallow water.The strong current forced the upturned boat against the trees and the leg of one of the men became trapped under the capsized boat and another man’s feet became trapped in undergrowth.“In very challenging circumstances and after an extended rescue operation by several emergency services the men were rescued. One of the men was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at Limerick University Hospital. Post-mortem results state that the cause of death was due to drowning.”In its conclusions, the report states: “The consumption of drugs and/or alcohol over a protracted period of time affected the judgement of the four men leading them to take risks that, otherwise, they would not have considered.It is possible that they may not have been aware of their limitations in ability to handle a boat and the assessment of the dangerous water conditions.It goes on to note that the men “lacked any experience of boats and boat handling” and had no safety equipment on board.Read: Man dies after boat taken from boat club capsizes on River Shannon Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Lippi gives his verdict on MilanJuve game

first_imgMarcello Lippi has given his verdict on the AC Milan- Juventus encounter and labelled Manchester United’s recent victory in Turin a fluke.“Anything can happen in a one-off game,” Lippi told Football Italia via La Gazzetta dello Sport.“Milan are improving, but they really need to have Gonzalo Higuain in the box, so they’ll hope he recovers in time.”Juve have dropped points only twice this season, a draw against Genoa and a loss to Manchester United with two late goals, but World Cup winner Lippi was not impressed by Jose Mourinho’s approach.“That win was a fluke. Manchester United defended for 85 minutes, could’ve conceded four goals, Juve hit the woodwork twice, then they won with a free kick and basically an own goal. Juve will be very angry at their first defeat of the season, especially losing it that way.“Massimiliano Allegri is one of the best Coaches in the world. It’s not easy to win everything he has, not to mention reaching the Champions League Final twice. I can say that as someone who reached four Finals and unfortunately only won one of them.“Allegri reads the game well and is smart with his substitutions. He makes sure everyone feels important and rotates the squad because a truly big club needs to have 20 first choice players.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“You can see the way he has developed and enriched Rodrigo Bentancur, teaching him to cover different roles in midfield.“Everyone loves Rino Gattuso, but he’s more than just a really nice guy. Grit is not enough at that level. His teams are organised, they try to play the ball. He has already done well against Juve and has everything it takes to be a fine Coach.”How would Lippi advise Milan and Gattuso to close down Cristiano Ronaldo?“People talk about building a cage for him, doubling or tripling the marking, but he might have three players around him and leave room for a teammate to score instead.“I worked with Zinedine Zidane, the essence of football, the greatest I ever had. Ronaldo is a goal-scoring machine and at the end of the day, that makes him more effective.“All Milan can do is play to the best of their abilities, stay solid, concentrated and hope Suso or Higuain can score.”last_img read more

Rummenigge believes Kovac has players on his side

first_imgBayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Niko Kovac has his players back on side after having discussions with some of the players following a poor start to the season.The Bavarians got a 3-0 win over the Kovac’s former club Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, as Franck Ribery scored a brace and Rafinha rounded things off late on.The victory was Bayern’s fifth in a row in the Bundesliga, suggesting an upturn in their fortunes in the league.The German champions go into the mid-season break six points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund and look certain to mount a title challenge when the league resumes next month.Rummenigge is of the opinion that talks with certain players have helped Kovac turn the club’s season around, despite having come close to losing his job.“Niko and the team are one again,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“There have been discussions with Niko and some players, which has led a bit to the team re-joining with the coach.”“It was important that we reacted well, which has made the team very well with the coach.”Meanwhile, Kovac revealed he was impressed with the way his team raised their game after a nervy start, accepting they made mistakes in the first 20 minutes.“It was a really good game of our team after the first 20 minutes, because we did not manage to stop the counter-attack or we made one or the other mistakes [early on],” Kovac told reporters.“After that, we raised what we wanted. We ran the ball fast with few touches, so the opponent did not get into the pressing. The last games were very good, that’s what makes Bayern the winner.”last_img read more

Immigration Vehicles Attacked Police deny Political interference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 12, 2016 – Police are investigating the damage over the weekend to two Immigration Department vehicles.  Magnetic Media was today informed of the vandalism which happened first on Saturday night, then on Sunday night.  One Immigration Department employee believes the damages are retaliation for them doing their jobs, especially in the Snake Hill area of Blue Hills.Police today also issued clarification in a media release in the hopes of ending rumors about those joint operations engineered to flush out illegal migrants.“The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) have recently become aware of rumors circulating within the Blue Hills area of Providenciales, that recent policing operations in and around Snake Hill were being conducted at the request of local political party.RTCIPF can categorically state that this is not the case and that recent operations in that area were intelligence led and carried out and authorized through an appropriate tasking and coordinating process that does not involve anyone from any political party.”Police Commissioner James Smith stated that, “the RTCIPF have operational independence and are not affiliated to any political party, in addition all operational decisions are made based upon current intelligence and all subsequent operations are duly authorized solely by a senior member of the RTCIPF.”Both Immigration vehicles were parked at the Sam Harvey Building, down town Provo. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Preview of ComicCons From The Bridge panel

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Comic-Con 2018 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, July 19, 2018 Preview of Comic-Con’s “From The Bridge” panel Posted: July 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A special preview for the film, “From The Bridge” is happening at Comic-Con Thursday night. It’s a documentary on the evolution of science fiction. The film’s writer and director, Spencer Lee, and Greg Grunberg, who will serve as a moderator for Thursday’s panel.For more information, click here. last_img read more

Faisal Khan Muskaan love story It all started with a phone charger

first_imgActor-dancer Faisal Khan, who had started his career with the Dance India Dance trophy, is no longer a child. Faisal is currently shinning playing his first lead as an adult in Chandragupta Maurya as well as juggling with Nach Baliye as he dances away with girlfriend Muskaan Kataria. Already having won two reality shows, Dance India Dance and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Faisal brings a lot of excitement and anticipation whenever he steps on to the dance stage!In the second episode of Nach Baliye, the duo was seen giving stellar performances on the song, ‘Banja tu meri raani”, with immense chemistry which lead them to a perfect score and a Hi-5!During a conversation with host Maniesh Paul, Faisal revealed that their romantic tale started with a phone charger, when Faisal lent his phone charger to Muskaan who was obscure about Faisal’s popularity as an actor.Their love story was very much encircled in their performance by their choreographer Omkar Shinde. Judge Ahmed Khan appreciated their performance saying that they set the stage on fire while judge Raveena Tandon added that the dance brilliantly and the right song was given to the right couple.Earlier, talking to International Business Times, Faisal Khan had revealed, “I have always either won the reality shows or have been the finalist. It is like my reputation is on stake. It is not going to be easy, because this time I am not doing it alone or with a professional dancer. I am going to dance with my girlfriend Muskaan, who is a complete non-dancer. I think it will be a little difficult for me but we are going to try our best and attempt to put in our best in the show, so that I can accomplish my hat-trick of winning the reality shows.”last_img read more