Ghana bow out of FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

first_imgGhana bowed out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a disappointing 1-1 draw against United States of America on Monday morning.It was a hard-fought match with limited goalscoring opportunities at either end in a blustery Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.USA commenced the day in top spot and needed only a draw to guarantee progression, but a point would have left the door open for France or New Zealand to leapfrog them at the summit.As it panned out, France’s 2-0 win saw the pair level at the top on points and goals only for USA to finish as group-winners on Fair Play criteria, having picked up one fewer yellow card.The goalscoring was compacted into two first-half minutes with Ghana breaking the deadlock on 20 minutes. Ernestina Abambila pushed a lobbed ball over the backline that seemed neither shot nor pass, but goalkeeper Casey Murphy could only fumble on to the frame of the goal and over the line.However, USA captain and attacking focal point Mallory Pugh again displayed her class with a smart equaliser. A driving run was followed by a perfect low shot for Pugh’s second of the tournament. Earlier, the lively Ashley Sanchez pushed a shot just inches wide of the post, and could also have netted midway through the second half after ghosting in behind the Ghana backline.The best opening of the second half, however, fell to Ghana with seven minutes remaining, but Sandra Owusu-Ansah stabbed her close-range effort over from close range.last_img read more

Sports Day in Canada comes to Nelson September 29

first_img“The community of Nelson has long since valued sport and recreation as part of their life style, so it’s a great opportunity to build upon that”.Participants will be able to try various sports, find information at sport booths and partake in fun old fashioned sport day games if they choose. Ribbons and giveaways for all participants. It’s a pleasure for the Sport council to host this event as it is always our intention to support, promote and strengthen community sport in any we can to further develop active and healthy living within the community.About Sports Day in Canada Sports Day in Canada, on Saturday, September 29, 2012, is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across Canada.Sports Day in Canada caps off a week of more than a thousand local events and activities, such as community-wide festivals, try-it days, open houses, games, competitions, meet-and-greets, tournaments, fun runs, spectator events and pep rallies, and includes a special television broadcast on CBC Sports.Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport, working with national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country.Sports Day in Canada is generously supported by Sport Canada, Subway Restaurant, New Balance Canada and B.C.’s Ministry of Health.For more information about Sports Day in Canada, please visit: To mark this year’s Sports Day in Canada, a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high‐performance levels, Nelson Regional Sports Council is hosting the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) and Try It day on September 29th 1 to 4 p.m. at Lakeside Soccer fields. “Sport can be a powerful and positive influence in our communities,” said Kelly Murumets, President and CEO of ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada.“Sports Day in Canada is a great opportunity for families and kids of all ages to celebrate their favourite sport or try their hand at something new – it’s all part of finding fun, easy ways to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.” Sports Day in Canada, on September 29, demonstrates that sport has the power to build community, fortify national spirit and promote healthy, active living. “When sport is focused on fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun, it can reduce crime, stimulate the economy and teach important life lessons,” says Karri Dawson, Director of True Sport Operations. The official day caps off a week of more than a thousand local events, and includes a special television broadcast on CBC Sports.Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport, working with national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country. Sports Day in Canada is a great way for the community to be active together for a day. Sport groups get to share their sport and participants get to try something new,” explains Kim Palfenier, Executive Director, Nelson Sports Council. last_img read more

Leafs looking to keep the streak alive during road trip to Spokane, Kimberley

first_imgIt’s not quite in the same category as the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers 35-game winning streak from 1980, but for a team that was taking on more water than the Titanic during November, a five-game streak most definitely feels pretty darn good.The Nelson Leafs have a chance to add to the streak Friday when the squad travels to the Lilac City for a date against the Spokane Braves.Saturday, Nelson takes a ride over the Purcells to meet the Kimberley Dynamiters before taking a few days off with the Christmas Holiday break.“I thought even when we were losing this team wasn’t that far off,” said head coach and Director of Player Personnel, Mario DiBella on the eve of the two-game road swing.“I felt this team had the skill set to compete every night.”Nelson owns the Braves, leading the season series 4-1 and outscoring Spokane 20-11.Kimberley won the only meeting, 2-1 against Nelson.The unbeaten streak has allowed the Leafs to climb to within three points of second-place in the Murdoch Division.Even when the Leafs were losing, DiBella said the losses were all by a goal or two thanks to a Leaf shot hitting a defender’s leg while the opposition would score at the other end of the ice on a fluke bounce off the end boards.Now the bounces are going the way of the Green and White.However, DiBella looks to leadership displayed by some of the veterans as a key to the turnaround. “There’s a silent confidence in the dressing room led by a player like Dale Howell, who is absolutely everything to this team right now,” DiBella explains. “He’s not only played well but he’s a great leader in the room.”Howell leads the team in scoring with 17 goals and 14 assists, a point better than Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt.Gorn solidifies the netminding positionThe Leafs have gone through goalies faster than hockey sticks this season, but the coaching staff appears to have found its one-two punch in Billy Gorn and Devin Allen.Since arriving in the Heritage City, all Gorn has done is win — undefeated in three starts.Gorn’s 2.67 goals against average would be good enough for a top ten position in KIJHL leaders, but the Edmonton native needs to have played in at least five games.“Billy has provided us we the experience we were looking for at that position,” DiBella said. “He’s come up with timely saves when the game is either tied or we’re up by a goal that has kept us in the game.”Roster set at 23 playersThe swinging of the dressing room doors prior to the December 1 roster deadline has the Leafs with 23 players currently on the roster.DiBella said there are three players on the injury list with pesky forward Sam Weber slated to begin play by this weekend.Still injured are defencemen Brenna Grocock and Dash Thompson.Next NDCC date, New Year’s clash against NitehawksNelson returns from its almost two-week break Friday, November 30 when the Leafs travel to Grand Forks to meet the Border Bruins.Next home date is New Year’s Eve when the Leafs host Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks at 2 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The game kicks off a 10-game home stand for the Leafs, which doesn’t play an away game until February 10 in Invermere against the Rockies.last_img read more

Academics unpack xenophobia

first_imgDelegates attending the conference. The call for xenophobia to endhas spread across the continent. Professor Gqola giving her address.Khanyi Magubane The outbreak of xenophobic violence across the country has prompted academics in South Africa to bring their minds together to try and get to the bottom of the social ills at the root of the violence.On 28 May 2008, the University of Witwatersrand’s faculty of humanities hosted a colloquium entitled “Violence and Xenophobia in Johannesburg: Critical responses today”. The aim of the colloquium was to discuss the underlying causes, contexts and consequences of the attacks on foreigners in South Africa.Dean of the faculty, Professor Tawana Kupe, says it was critical to host the gathering in a bid to offer intellectual leadership on the matter. “The situation demands that we as academics use our scholarship and expertise to engage in the search for short- and long-term solutions to these issues.”“This forum provided an opportunity for scholars from Wits University to offer a range of critical perspectives on these events,” said Professor Shireen Hassim, the deputy dean of research at the faculty of humanities. “Our aim was to stimulate reflection, debate and activism in the academic community and amongst members of the broader public.”A media perspectiveJournalists who have been covering the violence also attended the discussion to give an eyewitness account of the uprisings. Alex Aliseev, a journalist from the Star newspaper, spoke of how he witnessed the helplessness and trauma experienced by foreigners as they were forced out of their homes. Many of the immigrants were then forced to find temporary shelter at police stations.A visibly distressed Aliseev recalled journalists having to put their personal feelings aside to write the story and take the photographs, which have moved not only the entire country, but the world too.Professor Anton Harber, of the university’s school of journalism and media studies, analysed media coverage of the violence. He noted that in some publications, like the Daily Sun, the term “aliens” was constantly used to refer to foreigners.Harber also noted that when the violence first erupted the paper failed to use the story as its front page lead until several days later when there had been deaths and high-profile figures had been to visit the hotspots.He said the story angles taken by the Daily Sun gave the impression that the violence had been a long time coming and that foreigners had been a nuisance among the poor as they were all battling for the same resources.In stark contrast, the Star had almost from the beginning of the violence given priority to the victims of the story, and less attention to the attackers. The term “mob” was also used frequently in their coverage of the story, referring to groups of South Africans who carried out the attacks on the foreigners.Harber noted that even though the almost philanthropic coverage of the violence by the Star might have made the public feel better about themselves, the public also had to reflect on which one was really giving the true picture of our society.The scholars’ point of viewSeveral academics then took to the floor to give different perspectives on the cause, effect and possible solutions to the violence.Devan Pillay, associate professor at the university’s department of sociology, came out strongly against what he termed the culture of entitlement that some South Africans tended to adhere to. He said this contributed to the sentiments that foreigners were “stealing our jobs and our women”.Pillay said that poverty does not cause uprisings, but deprivation does. In addition, what is happening in South Africa is not really unique – it happens in societies where expectations are not met. This then gives rise to misdirected frustrations and politicians seemingly indifferent to the plight of the poor.Stephen Gelb, visiting professor of economics at Wits, echoed Pillay’s sentiments and spoke of economic inequality and its social consequences. He raised the pertinent point that inequality and poverty cannot be treated with the same medicine. Quoting a few statistics, Gelb gave a startling picture of the disparity between the rich and the poor in South Africa.According to his figures, the top 10% of earners in the country account for 51% of the country’s entire income, while the bottom 10% account for only 0.2%. While poverty can be addressed by means of job creation and offering social grants to assist those living below the bread line, this does not address the frustrations of the poor who still remain at the bottom of the ladder.Gelb says inequality can be addressed by empowering people with education, skills, land and houses, as asset ownership gives people opportunities to live a better life.Other scholars gave a legal perspective, asking whether our constitution ever made allowance for such a social catastrophe, while others brought the “elite” to order saying that they cannot absolve themselves from the crisis as the unbalanced distribution of power also contributes to the frustration of the poor.Feminist writer Professor Pumla Gqola, from the school of literature and language studies, said that the current spate of attacks is a culmination of xenophobic violence that has been taking place on a smaller scale in the country, without much resolution.She cited last year’s attacks on Somali nationals in Cape Town which, despite good media coverage, did not prompt government to come out strongly and condemn the attacks. She further noted that the “incomprehensible shock” reaction of South Africans is typical of the way that society distances itself from the plight of the victims.Gqola also noted that the attacks seemed to be divided along racial lines as immigrants of other races were not subject to the same treatment as those living in townships. It seemed, Gqola said, that South Africa had found its “throwaway people” in foreigners.She described throwaway people as those who are easy to violate. The immigrants are easy victims as they fall outside the protection of South African law and could easily be victimised. This, she said, raised questions about whether the country was kinder to immigrants that are well off, in stark contrast to those who are living in poverty.Tightening border controlOne of the most critical issues to the current xenophobic violence is the relative ease with which foreigners are able to gain access to the country. To this end, professor of anthropology, David Coplan, painted a picture of the “South African identity for sale” in his discussion entitled “Crossing borders”.According to Coplan, a lack of tight control at our borders and corrupt home affairs officials makes it easy for immigrants to enter the country without the proper documentation or using fraudulent documents. This has led to South Africa using millions of rands each year to deport illegal immigrants, many of whom eventually return to the country.The solution, says Coplan, is for government to start applying vigilant measures at our borders. One of the ways in which this can happen is to use improved IT solutions on the officials’ computer system. Whenever a foreigner arrives at the border, upon his or her passport number being entered into the computer, a history page detailing the number of entries into the country should show up. If a person has been deported previously this should aslo appear on the system, as well as any criminal offences. If a person is coming into the country on a work/study permit this should also be reflected.Coplan says that currently the government does not have the proper management of border controls and once the infrastructure has been established it might start alleviating the escalating problem of illegal immigrants finding themselves unprotected as they have neither the proper refugee status nor a permit to work or study in the country.Solutions mentioned at the colloquium included government taking responsibility for the outbreak of violence by providing the displaced immigrants with all the help they need. The government was also urged to educate South Africans on migration and learning how to co-exist in peace with nationals from other countries.Useful linksUnited for AfricaWits University Faculty of HumanitiesSouth African Human Rights CommissionCentre for the Study of Violence and ReconciliationSouth African Institute for Race Relations Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

Soil moisture decreases in China could have global implications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest An important agricultural region in China is drying out, and increased farming may be more to blame than rising temperatures and less rain, according to a study spanning 30 years of data.A research team led by Purdue University and China Agricultural University analyzed soil moisture during the growing season in Northern China and found that it has decreased by 6% since 1983.The optimal soil-moisture level for farmland is typically 40% to 85% of the water holding capacity, and the region’s soil is now less than 40% and getting drier. If this trend continues, the soil may not be able to support crops by as early as 2090, said study leader Qianlai Zhuang, Purdue’s William F. and Patty J. Miller Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and Agronomy.“The soil moisture declined by 1.5 to 2.5% every decade of the study and, while climate change is still a factor, this water depletion appears to be largely driven by human activities,” Zhuang said. “A 10% decline in soil moisture over the course of a century would have major implications for agriculture and the fresh water supply in this heavily populated area.”Around 40% of the nation’s population resides in Northern China, according to the country’s population census office. The region also accounts for 65% of the nation’s cropland, Zhuang said.“The drying of soil in Northern China has been well documented, but its causes and the impacts of agricultural intensification in general have been understudied,” he said. “This information is critical to improvement of agricultural practices and water resource management. The demand for food and water is increasing, but current practices to meet this demand threaten the future security of water resources. Unfortunately, with the growing world population, more and more regions could face the same circumstances of agricultural intensification for food security.”A paper detailing the results was published July 9 in Nature’s Scientific Reports journal and is currently available online.In addition to Zhuang, co-authors from Purdue include Yaling Liu, a former graduate student in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences who is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Tonglin Zhang, an associate professor of statistics; and Dev Niyogi, a professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and Indiana State Climatologist. Additional co-authors include Zhihua Pan, Pingli An, Zhiqiang Dong, Jingtin Zhang, Di He, Liewei Wang and Xuebiao Pan of China Agricultural University in Beijing; Diego G. Miralles, of the University of Ghent in Belgium; and Adriaan J. Teuling, of the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group of Wageningen University in The Netherlands.The team obtained direct observations recorded at 40 monitoring stations set up by the Chinese government within agricultural plots, and used available data of fertilizer use and crop types since 1983. The team also used satellite remote sensing of water content on the soil’s surface and terrestrial water storage, meteorological observations and measurements of river discharge in their analysis.The team also conducted a long-term study from 1983 to 2009 at two contiguous sites, one a pristine pasture and the other an agricultural site. The results showed a significant drying trend in the soil moisture in the cropland as opposed to a slight increase in the moisture of the pristine pasture soil.The results showed a consistent trend in the reduction of soil moisture that correlated with increased fertilizer usage and the proliferation of crops with high water demands, like maize.Fertilizer causes plants to grow larger and increases the number of leaves per plant. This leads to increased transpiration of water through pores on the leaves, called stomata. In addition, fertilizer use may aggravate soil compaction and soil salinity, which reduces the water holding capacity of soil and, consequently, reduces available soil water, Liu said.“Fertilizer has been overused in China, which accounts for 31.4% of the total global consumption,” Liu said. “Although the negative effects of using fertilizer in excess of the needs of the crop is recognized in the scientific community, it is difficult to reverse the farming practices.”While the increased use of fertilizer is not the only factor involved, the researchers found that it served as a broad diagnostic of the level of agricultural intensification. Other agricultural practices may also play a part in drying the land. For instance, newly developed crop varieties may demand more water and result in declining soil moisture, and increasing irrigation leads to rising withdrawals of surface freshwater and groundwater, she said.“The results of this study underscore the importance of developing strategies for sustainable agriculture,” Liu said. “Perhaps crops that require less water could be substituted, water-saving technologies like mulching, reduced tillage, drip irrigation and improved soil-crop system management could be employed more broadly and advances in agricultural technology could improve the situation. The Chinese government is very interested in this issue, and this work was an important step in the road to sustainability.”The National Basic Research Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Science and Technology Support Program of China, National Non-profit Research Foundation for Agriculture of China, NASA Land Use and Land Cover Change program, U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation funded this research.last_img read more

EU May Force Flash Onto Apple Products

first_imgTags:#Apple#Government#international#NYT#Op-Ed#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A new initiative, called the “Digital Agenda” is come from on high. Well, from the EU’s European Commission, anyway. The agenda could force proprietary systems, such as the iPhone, to open up to competitors. Officially known as the “Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions A Digital Agenda for Europe,” it is being spearheaded by EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes. In her former position as European Commissioner for Competition, Kroes was not shy about assessing fines on U.S. companies that were thought to have broken European anti-trust laws. Section 2.2.3 of the agenda makes the following statement. “The Commission will…propose legal measures on ICT interoperability by 2010 to reform the rules on implementation of ICT standards in Europe to allow use of certain ICT fora and consortia standards…Promote interoperability by adopting in 2010 a European Interoperability Strategy and European Interoperability Framework; Examine the feasibility of measures that could lead significant market players to license interoperability information to report by 2012.”Daily Tech interprets the move to include Flash. “(T)he EU may gain the power to force Apple to allow Flash onboard. It may also be able to finally force Apple to allow third-party devices — like Android smart phones, the Palm Pre, or rival MP3 players – to sync with iTunes.” The rationale for such forced opening of proprietary technology does not seem terribly compelling. The argument seems to be basically this: A “fractured” Internet is economically less beneficial for Europeans than one which is brought into line by a governing body acting in the interest of Europeans as a whole. Therefor, companies like Apple should allow other companies access to its systems. Many people find the exclusivity of some of these companies irritating, even counter-productive to the companies themselves. But the argument that they ought to open up because it would be better for Europe is hardly an argument at all. First, there is no guarantee that it would be better. An open digital sector would by no means necessarily be more productive than one in which companies exist in an antagonistic relationship to one another. Second, Apple, for all its irritating smuggery, is not the product of a governmental incubator. Why on earth does the European Commission believe the company ought to hand over its intellectual independence? Finally, popping the back off the iPhone wouldn’t make a difference to the economy of Zimbabwe, much less the whole of Europe. The belief, which seems inherent in the document, seems to be that economic growth can be legislated. Make the parts fit and more people will make parts. Maybe. But they run the risk of being the same parts, indifferently made. The idea that wealth can be so mandated, despite the competition and creativity necessary to produce it, seems fragile, at best. Neelie Kroes photo by World Economic Forum Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Perlas’ bid for gold ends in loss to Malaysia

first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Irving will wear no. 11 with Celtics Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pang Hui Pin split from the line for Malaysia with 16.2 seconds left but Allana Lim kept Perlas in the game with a layup four seconds after.Unfortunately, Saw Wei Yin was cool from the stripe as she drilled two pressure packed free throws to seal the win for hosts.Lim topped Perlas with 17 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Analyn Almazan added 11 markers and five boards in the losing effort.Afril Bernardino, France Mae Cabinbin, and Abaca all had seven points apiece.Silver is the highest the Filipinos can get with their 3-2 record, as they hope that Indonesia falls to Thailand and Singapore in the coming gamedays.ADVERTISEMENT There weren’t any comebacks this time. ADVERTISEMENT Perlas Pilipinas kissed its gold medal hopes goodbye in women’s basketball after a heartbreaking 60-56 defeat to Malaysia in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Thursday at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.Just like how they fought back late Wednesday against Thailand, the Filipinos again staged a huge rally in the fourth quarter. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter trailing by as much as 16, 43-27, midway through the third frame, Perlas tied the game at 54 with an off-the-glass three from Ara Abaca with 2:38 remaining.Perlas, though, failed to grab the lead and committed two turnovers in the last two minutes while Malaysia got a huge undergoal stab from Eugene Ting off an assist from Chong Yin Yin with 50.0 ticks to play to push Malaysia up, 57-54. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Perlas Pilipinas wraps up its schedule against Vietnam on Friday.Chong paced Malaysia in the win with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Yap Fook Yee had 10.The Scores:MALAYSIA 60 – Chong 12, Yap 10, Pang 9, Low 8, Rajintiran 8, Ting 8, Saw 4, Yaakob 1.PERLAS PILIPINAS 56 – Lim 17, Almazan 11, Abaca 7, Bernardino 7, Cabinbin 7, Dy 6, Resultay 1, Animam 0, Castro 0, Pontejos 0, Sambile 0, Tongco 0.Quarters: 13-12, 34-23, 47-38, 60-56. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

Jyotiraditya Scindia for stringent action against those who defame cricket

first_imgStrictest action should be taken against all those people against whom there’re sufficient evidences of breaching the “principles of sanctity of ethical values” and the trust of cricket followers, senior cricket administrator Jyotiraditya Scindia has demanded.Scindia, who chairs the finance committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was reacting to a spate of instances of alleged spot fixing by players and umpires, in India and abroad, that have come to light in the last five months.”It is a grave concern for me as a cricket-loving individual. And I think apart from administrators at the international, national, state, or district levels, every individual who is a fan of this wonderful sport, will be concerned,” Scindia told Mail Today in an exclusive interview here on Thursday.”At the end of the day, it is the sporting environment that holds the highest levels of ethics and morality for people in several walks of life. The spirit of sportsmanship that you learn on the field is something that you carry over to the many aspects of your life,” he emphasised. “And, therefore, it is a grave concern, and strictest action should be taken against people who are found violating principles of sanctity of ethical values.”Many people feel that unimaginably large sums of money on offer in cricket, particularly in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2008, has hit the game like never before. But Scindia, also president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, says that excess money should not be cited as a reason to take undue advantage to defame the game. He said that the BCCI has been prompt in taking action against anyone who transgressed the line.”We found certain instances in the IPL , where we took very, very strict action. And the minute you take action, the people will think 10 times before doing it again. Or those who will dare to do it will know what the repercussions they would face,” he stressed. Scindia, 41, was referring to the five first-class players banned for various periods by the BCCI in June for their alleged role in spot fixing or “loose talk”, thus bringing the game into disrepute.These players were banned on the basis of a sting operation by a television channel and then an inquiry by the BCCI. However, to be fair to everyone – and like it happened in the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal in 2000 – the BCCI didn’t get any irrefutable or hard evidence; only conversations between people and, in some cases, the video footage.Many experts feel that generally sting operations are dubious and only selected footage is shown. A member of Lok Sabha from Guna, Scindia is sure that the BCCI is doing enough to tackle the menace of spot fixing and other undesirable happenings, on and off the field. “I think we are doing quite a lot. And we are doing rather swiftly as well. We saw the example in the IPL,” he said, referring to the banning of five players.One of the five players, Shalabh Srivastava, the Uttar Pradesh pacer who had been banned for five years, has moved the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court to have his ban overturned. Sources say he feels he has a strong case against the BCCI as well as the sting operation.Scindia declined to comment on Srivastava’s case. As head of the finance committee, Scindia, the son of late BCCI president Madhavrao Scindia, was happy that the BCCI exceeded its own expectations and made a surplus of Rs 382.36 crore in 2011-12.”Our bottom line has grown by about 85 per cent, based on our projections, and we hope to continue that trend going forward. At the same time, with regard to our processes we try to be as transparent and accountable as possible,” he says. “We hope to continue that track record.”Scindia termed as “a good thing” a change in the BCCI constitution, enabling administrators of any zone to contest presidential election from 2014. “In democracy everyone should be allowed… I don’t see anything wrong with it.”Does he has a desire to head the BCCI some day? “I believe in service. In any walk of life – political, or sporting field, or otherwise – I believe in the process and the path to service. This is something my father instilled in me: that you must work hard, you must work diligently with clean and clear conscience, and leave the rest to God. And that’s what I believe in.”advertisementlast_img read more

9 months agoTottenham midfielder Dembele travels for Beijing Guoan medical

first_imgTottenham midfielder Dembele travels for Beijing Guoan medicalby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is travelling to Hong Kong today in order to undergo a medical with Beijing Sinobo Guoan. Spurs accepted an offer from the Chinese Super League club last week, reportedly worth £9m.Dembele, 31, would have become a free agent at the end of the season.The Belgian made 249 appearances in his six-and-a-half year spell in north London. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Venus Williams Fights But is Defeated at Pan Pacific

Venus Williams was defeated 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) at the Pan Pacific Open final on Friday. The veteran tennis player started out well, but her Czech opponent Petra Kvitova rallied to beat her.Williams, after coming back from illness and injury, is still fighting for her first title since last October.“I was probably a little tired,” said Williams, who also played in a three-hour match on Thursday. “But I don’t think it affected the match. She played two matches yesterday, so no doubt she was a little tired as well.”Kvitova won after Williams failed to close the match in the third set at Ariake Colosseum.The seventh-seeded Kvitova played tough in the tiebreak, by jumping out to 6-0 lead. Williams scored two points but Kvitova won in the third match point.“I am really happy with how I played today,” Kvitova said. “It was a very close match, and every game was up and down.”Kvitova will face fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany next, as she beat fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the other semifinal. read more