ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): West Indies were in full-blown crisis yesterday after Babar Azam slammed a record third successive One-Day International 100 to condemn them to a 136-run defeat as Pakistan pulled off an emphatic 3-0 series whitewash and sent the Caribbean side tumbling to number nine in the international rankings. The 21-year-old right-hander carved out 117 off 106 balls, while captain and opener Azhar Ali stroked 101 from 109 deliveries, two innings that powered Pakistan to 308 for six in the third and final ODI at the Sheikh Stayed Stadium – the first time in three years Pakistan surpassed 300 twice in a series. In the process, Babar became only the second batsman after South African Quinton de Kock to hit centuries in each game of a three-match ODI series and the third Pakistan player to score three successive ODI hundreds after Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar. Not for the first time in the series, a lacklustre West Indies never rose to the challenge and crumbled for an embarrassing 172 all out off 44 overs. Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin top-scored with a painstaking 37 off 70 deliveries, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite got 32 from 44 balls, and captain Jason Holder, 26 from 25 balls. They were 75 for one in the 18th over, but with the required run rate already building towards seven per over, no one stepped up to produce the innings needed, and the last nine wickets crashed for 97 runs. West Indies have now lost every game of the tour following on from their 3-0 whitewash in the preceding Twenty20 series, leaving their tour in turmoil ahead of the three-match Test series starting later this month. The defeat also saw them slip out of the top eight in the ODI rankings, with Pakistan replacing them. Opting to bat first, Pakistan benefitted from an 85-run opening stand between Sharjeel Khan and Azhar, who finally found the form he craved to lash his third ODI hundred. Azhar struck eight fours and a six in a lively knock, while the enterprising left-handed Sharjeel gathered 38 from 41 deliveries with five boundaries. Once Sharjeel holed out in the deep in the 15th over off left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, Azhar and Babar took the game by the scruff of its neck in a demoralising 147-run second-wicket stand. Azhar reached his half-century off 61 deliveries in the 20th over with a single to mid-wicket off off-spinner Sunil Narine and then required another 46 balls to raise three figures in the 38th over. Babar, meanwhile, with knocks of 120 and 123 in the first two games in Sharjah, extended his superb nick, racing to his first 50 off 48 deliveries before reaching his century off 95 balls in the 44th over. Azhar was eventually bowled by Holder in the 39th over, missing a swing at a slower ball, and Babar followed in the 46th over, bowled by a full-length delivery from slow medium Kieron Pollard as he failed to connect with an improvised stroke. In reply, West Indies at no stage looked the part. Brathwaite and debutant Evin Lewis put on 45 off 56 balls for the first wicket but neither really threatened.
Date: July 19 @ noonVenue: Liberia National MuseumThe Liberian National Museum presents ‘Liberia in 1932, photographed by Paul Julien’, an exhibition with photographs, film and text made by Dutch anthropologist Paul Julien who traveled through Liberia in August 1932. The exhibition was put together by researcher and artist Andrea Stultiens as part of a larger research into Julien’s work. Stultiens hopes that the Liberian audience will like the bits and pieces of the past presented by Julien, but also that they will be able and willing to add their stories to what they see.The exhibition will be opened on Saturday, July 19 at noon with the official program starting 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. During the afternoon there will be performances by The Small Town International Cultural Troupe and by Toni Kerdoe. Invited by Stultiens, Mr. Kerdoe is a story teller from Bong County who has added the story of King Quai Dokie to his collection of hundreds of Liberian stories. There will also be a regular sceening of Julien’s silent film footage from his visits to Liberia.Take Two by Flomo Theatre Another version of Julien’s film material, with sound based on interviews with prominent Liberian historians and additional contemporary film footage is made by Flomo Theatre and will be screened for the first time on July 26, Independence Day. Until then the original footage will be screened.The exhibition will be on display until August 19th and open daily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A resident of La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD), Danraj Persaud was late Monday afternoon unanimously found guilty of raping a 15-year-old girl by a 12-member jury at the Sexual Offences Court.When the jury foreman announced the verdict reached after two hours of deliberations, Persaud had little reaction, walking calmly of the courtroom, escorted by Police ranks.The girl was 15 years old at the time of the reported unlawful sexual penetrationGuilty: Danraj Persaudthat occurred in a West Demerara village. Justice Jo Ann Barlow delayed Persaud sentencing to November 27, 2018 after his lawyer, Maxwell McKay, requested a probation report. A victim impact statement and a plea of mitigation will also be presented to court.The incident was said to have occurred on October 23, 2013 and Persaud was 33 years old at the time. Attorneys Seeta Bishundial and Tiffini Lyken prosecuted the case over the last several days. Persaud was remanded to prison until his next court date.
The welcome reception at the Finn Valley Centre.Donegal Youth Council launched their Shake Up Sports initiative last Friday in the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar. Shake Up Sports is a major project that members of the Youth Council have been responsible for developing since the beginning of this year, with the first event welcoming 100 6th Class students from surrounding Finn Valley area Primary schools.Shake Up Sports gave each participant an opportunity to learn more about the importance of sport, with the emphasis on fun and activity rather than competition. The events, which they plan to roll out across the county in the coming months, have been developed by members of the Donegal Youth Council following consultation with young people, and they aim to offer young people the opportunity to sample alternative sports outside of those considered “mainstream”.Getting stuck into the athletics.Sports young people sampled on the day were Basketball, Futsal, Ultimate Frisbee, Tag Rugby, Martial Arts and Field Athletics.Trained adult coaches from Letterkenny Rugby Club, Killygordon Karate Club and Letterkenny Blaze basketball club worked with Youth Councillors on the day to deliver a fun and interactive event.Eamon Connaghan, from Convoy, is Mayor of the Youth Council and was really pleased with the event. “The feedback from the young participants on the day was really positive and you could see they were really excited about getting to try new sports”. The Donegal Youth Council is a group of 36 young people aged 12-18 years, who identify issues and promote projects to improve the lives of young people in Donegal. Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and is co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service.DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL ‘SHAKE IT UP’ IN STRANORLAR was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Everyone has their own reason for wanting to build green. A couple of years ago as a fun little experiment I asked people at Building Science Summer Camp what the most important aspect of Green Building was. I expected a pretty straight across the board “Energy Efficiency” answer. I wasn’t surprised to get health, global warming, durability, and forest conservation as answers, but I was surprised that I got them so frequently.That was before the Great Recession and the Big Housing Bust. Now, in hindsight, with energy prices skyrocketing, McMansions absolutely on the way out, and the housing industry looking for the next answer, what do _YOU_ think is the most important aspect of Green building? This week’s poll allows multiple answers because we at GBA understand that green building is not a one-dimensional topic. Please only vote for your top two topics. See Also: Green PrimerWhy Is Green Building Suddenly Such a Big Deal? Energy Use Is the Most Important Aspect of Green Building If you vote for the ‘Other’ choice, please leave a comment below to fill us in on your reasoning.What Is The Most Importyant Aspect of Green Building?online surveys
Spiders may not have what some men crassly refer to as their third leg, but they can’t get by without the real thing. New research reveals that, without a third set of legs, the male road tarantula (Eupalaestrus weijenberghi) can’t score a mate. The hairy South American spiders use their legs to create vibrations that can be irresistible to females, which live for a decade in contrast to his 60-day lifespan. But it turns out that all of his eight legs aren’t created equal. The third pair from the front is key to completing courtship, apparently because it is perfectly positioned to produce critical vibrations, researchers report in the August issue of the Journal of Arachnology. When they immobilized his third pair by tying it up with a bit of thread, she just wasn’t interested. The bondage experiment marks the first time that scientists have been able to document this leg of the tarantula’s sex life, they note.
Victory over Croatian giant Marin Cilic will also give him a 19th career Grand Slam title and second in three majors this year after sweeping to a fifth Australian Open in January following a six-month absence.“I was hoping to be in good shape when the grass court season came around,” said Federer who, for good measure, also pocketed back-to-back Masters at Indian Wells and Miami as well as a ninth Halle grass court crown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The first three, four months were just like a dream really. So this is something I was working towards, you know, Wimbledon, to be in good shape. I’m happy it’s paying off here now.”Federer admits his form in 2017 has surprised even himself after he shut down his 2016 season to rest a knee injury in the aftermath of his brutal five-set semi-final loss at Wimbledon to Milos Raonic. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ While ‘Big Four’ rivals Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal failed to even make the semi-finals, Federer has been reborn.He came into Wimbledon having radically pruned his playing schedule, skipping the entire clay court season.Wimbledon is just his seventh event of the year; 28-year-old Cilic is in his 15th.Federer, reveling in the spotlight of having played all his matches on Centre Court, has hardly been troubled on his way to the final.He has lost serve just four times and spent four and a half hours less on court than Cilic.Federer also boasts a 6-1 career record over Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion who has made his first Wimbledon final at the 11th attempt.However, Cilic’s game is made for grass and 12 months ago he led Federer by two sets to love and held three match points in an epic quarter-final which the Swiss superstar eventually claimed. ‘Roger’s home court’When Cilic won his only Slam in New York three years ago, he demolished Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals.“I don’t want to say it’s more relaxed going into it because I have a good head-to-head record against Marin, even though the matches were extremely close,” said Federer.“But it’s not like we’ve played against each other 30 times. You feel like you have to reinvent the wheel. Harden intent on winning title in wake of new deal Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ This combination of pictures created on January 29, 2017 shows Switzerland’s tennis player Roger Federer holding up his 18 Grand Slam titles. 1st row, from left : Australian Open 2017, Wimbledon 2012, Australian Open 2010, Wimbledon 2009, Roland Garros 2009, US Open 2008. 2nd row, from left : US Open 2007, Wimbledon 2007, Australian Open 2007, US Open 2006, Wimbledon 2006, Australian Open 2006. 3rd row, from left : US Open 2005, Wimbledon 2005, US Open 2004, Wimbledon 2004, Australian Open 2004, Wimbledon 2003. / AFP PHOTO / STFFive years after his last Wimbledon triumph, Roger Federer can capture a record eighth All England Club title Sunday and become the tournament’s oldest men’s champion of the modern era.With his 36th birthday fast approaching, the evergreen Swiss will comfortably succeed Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1975, as Wimbledon’s most senior champion.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s more straightforward, in my opinion. I think that’s nice in some ways. It’s a nice change, but it doesn’t make things easier.”Cilic is only the second Croatian man to reach the Wimbledon final after Goran Ivanisevic, his former coach, who swept to a memorable title victory in 2001.A win on Sunday would also make him the first Wimbledon champion outside of Federer, Murray, Djokovic and Nadal since Lleyton Hewitt triumphed in 2002.However, he has only won one of his last 12 matches against a top five player at the Slams, even if that was over Federer in New York three years ago.Cilic has fired 130 aces at Wimbledon this year and dropped just 10 service games.“This is Roger’s home court, the place where he feels the best and knows that he can play the best game,” said Cilic.“Obviously I’m going to look back, 12 months ago I was one point away from winning a match against him here. But it’s still a big mountain to climb.”Federer’s defeated semi-final opponent Tomas Berdych sees only one winner on Sunday.“I don’t see anything that would indicate Roger is getting older. He’s just proving his greatness in our sport,” said the Czech. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games He has 30 wins and just two losses this year and he has reached his 11th Wimbledon final without dropping a set.‘Unbelievably excited’Sunday’s match will be his 102nd at the tournament and his 29th final at the majors.“It makes me really happy, making history here at Wimbledon. It’s a big deal. I love this tournament,” said Federer, who has been tied with Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles since beating Andy Murray in the 2012 final.“All my dreams came true here as a player. To have another chance to go for number eight now, be kind of so close now at this stage, is a great feeling. “Yeah, unbelievably excited. I hope I can play one more good match. 11 finals here, all these records, it’s great. I’m so close now.”ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes
It was bureaucratic bungling on a grand scale. As the tumult of the IX Asian Games subsided last fortnight it became vividly clear that the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) never really knew how many guests it would have to put up. As a result most of the rooms,It was bureaucratic bungling on a grand scale. As the tumult of the IX Asian Games subsided last fortnight it became vividly clear that the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) never really knew how many guests it would have to put up. As a result most of the rooms it booked were not used. In the private hotels built with special concessions for the Asiad only 160 rooms out of the 872 kept aside for AGSOC guests were actually used.The new public sector India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) hotels which received preferential treatment from AGSOC were somewhat luckier – AGSOC used 523 out of the 576 rooms it booked in ITDC’s newly-constructed hotels. The AGSOC had reckoned that it would be needing 2,800 rooms in all for Asiad but in the event it needed only about 1,400 in all the hotels. Wild Estimates: On the face of it, there was little excuse for AGSOC officials getting their estimates so wildly wrong, AGSOC was under an obligation to provide shelter for certain categories of guests, ranging from technical delegates, sports officials, cultural troupes, the foreign press and VIPs.These were all people who would have planned their journeys in advance – not trippers who made plans on the spur of the moment. In the normal course of events, AGSOC should have known how many people to expect.Admits Jitendra Bhargava, AGSOC’s officer-on-special duty (accommodation): “Our demand was based on the estimates given by the technical directorate of AGSOC which fell short by over 40 per cent.”advertisementThe unfinished Capital Park hotel in central DelhiAGSOC officials, blame a combination of factors, ranging from adverse publicity about dengue fever and the Akali agitation to plain bad marketing, the inability of travel agents to bring in groups and uncertainty about the completion of hotel projects kept people away.Says Tarlochan Singh, director (publicity) AGSOC: “Till the last moment we were not sure about the actual room availability, and foreign guests wanted confirmed bookings.”Criticism: Understandably, private hoteliers were extremely annoyed. Says Narinder Suri, 39, executive director, finance, of Surya Sofitel: “We have been badly let down by the AGSOC. They kept saying that they would be sending us guests who never arrived. It was with great difficulty that we were able to organise over 170 rooms for the Asiad.” Adds Om Munjal, executive director of Siddhartha Hotels in a similar vein: “We are terribly disappointed with AGSOC. Some of the bookings they gave us at the last minute finally never turned up.” Officials counter such arguments on the plea that many of the privately run hotels were far from ready to entertain guests.Some guests moved from the Surya Sofitel, Hyatt Regency and Hotel Centaur because the facilities were hopelessly incomplete. Says K.P. Singhdeo, chairman of the Asian Games Accommodation Committee: “We would have flooded all the hotels with guests but unfortunately there were no takers for some of the hotels. Even hard selling on the part of my boys didn’t work.” Adds Bhargava: “People who came for the Asiad didn’t want to stay in the semi-finished hotels with limited number of five-star facilities.”There is little doubt that on this score at least AGSOC officials are on firm ground. Most private hotels opened temporarily only to avoid adverse publicity and the penalty clauses that the Government might have imposed had they not been ready.Even hotels like Meridien and Bharat, which made it in the nick of time, wrote to the AGSOC saying that they were in a position to provide 100 rooms each.Technically they may have been right but the heaps of mud and machinery that were lying at both sites were hardly calculated to help provide a congenial atmosphere for guests.In fact, it is no secret that the hotels were obliged to honour their commitments, even if symbolically, because they had received preferential treatment in the matter of loans from financial institutions, allotment of cement, foreign exchange and speedy disposal of their other needs. Admits a senior official of the Finance Ministry: “By writing a letter to AGSOC that a certain number of rooms we’re ready for Asiad, some of these hoteliers have been able to escape public criticism. It’s another matter that they have no guests for their rooms.”Unreal Estimates: Ultimately, the blame for the hotel fiasco must be shared by AGSOC and Tourism Ministry which made hopelessly unreal estimates about the number of additional tourists who would be attracted to India by the Asiad.Six months ago, the then tourism minister, A.P. Sharma told Parliament that Delhi would need 2,500 hotel rooms beyond the 3.801 already in existence. He also said that the 12 new hotels under construction would add 2,650 rooms in time for the Asiad. However, only 1,448 rooms were actually ready in time; but this did not prevent the ministry from recommending preferential treatment for the hotel projects.advertisementAs the Asiad loomed closer, ministry officials soon realised that they had been over optimistic in their estimates. In May 1982, AGSOC had booked 2,800 rooms. By mid-October the booking was scaled down to 2,100. In the end, AGSOC actually used only 1,180 rooms in the ITDC hotels and slashed their bookings with private hotels to just 300 from an original 1,150.Now that the Asiad is over, most of the private hotels have abandoned pretences and gone back to being the construction sites that they really are. Admits Subir Bhowmick, the general manager of the Taj Palace: “We are closed for renovation. To meet Asiad requirements, the rooms were temporarily done up.” Adds Mrs Suri of Surya: “We will resume our business only after two months.” The rooms in other hotels were being offered at less than 30 per cent of the actual room tariff of Rs 600.”As and when the new hotels do open, it seems only too likely that Delhi’s new innkeepers will have trouble keeping their noses above water. The actual turn of events during the Asiad appears to indicate that there will never be any real need for so many new hotels in Delhi. More than 80 per cent of the Asiad rush was accommodated in existing hotels or the projects which were started before 1980.And when all the 4,300 rooms are ready by 1984 there will be more than 7,000 rooms available in Delhi. Unless the number of tourists arriving in Delhi rises by at least 50 per cent, occupancy rates are likely to tumble to around 40 per cent.But as the hotel owners try to figure out how to make their great stone edifices paying propositions, the bureaucrats who once foresaw a roaring trade are busy thinking up explanations for having spent Rs 250 crore on projects which now hardly seem necessary.
Mumbai, May 20 (PTI) City-based NBFC Altico Capital has invested Rs 130 crore in two residential projects in the megapolis and the NCR.”Altico, with a focus on senior secured lending to residential projects in the real estate sector across Tier-1 cities in the country, closed two deals aggregating Rs 130 crore in NCR and Mumbai,” the company said in a statement.The NBFC has closed a Rs 50 crore transaction with Noida- based Lotus Greens group for a residential project named Arena I, which is part of a larger Sports City development in the city.In the second deal, the company invested Rs 80 crore in Mumbai-based Shree Sai group for a residential project named The Nest in Andheri West.”The funding proceeds for the NCR project shall be utilised for construction of the project, while Shree Sai will use the funds for refinancing the existing lender and for finishing the construction of the project,” the release said.The company, had in the recent past, funded the Lotus Green group for a 300-acre Sports City project in Noida, wherein it invested Rs 450 crore along with a co-lender.”We believe it will take some time for sales to pick up in NCR and therefore will be very deliberate in putting capital to work in this market. We will look at last mile financing for projects in advanced stages of construction and sales,” companys Chief Executive Sanjay Grewal said.He further said the company will also evaluate and fund projects wherein corporate houses such as Godrej have tied up, under joint development arrangements, with existing land owners and developers to market and construct projects under their corporate brands.advertisementAltico Capital is backed by financial sponsors including Clearwater Capital Partners, Abu Dhabi Investment Council and Varde Partners. PTI PSK DK ANU RYS
While many celebrities prefer to shun sadistic trolls, Abhishek Bachchan knows how to put the haters in their place. Over the years, Junior B has lashed out at anyone who has tried to make unsavoury comments about him, his wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya.Yesterday, Abhishek slammed a false news report for suggesting that he and Aishwarya had fought on their return from Paris. In response to his tweet, a Twitter user asked, “Not worked for last 3 years but has money for vacation ! How ?” Abhishek replied, “Because, sir, I have several other businesses that I run apart from acting and producing movies. Sports being just one of them.” Abhishek is the owner of Pro Kabaddi League team Jaipur Pink Panthers and a co-owner of Indian Super League football team Chennaiyin FC.In another incident, Abhishek responded to a person, who wondered why director Anurag Kashyap had cast him in his next film after having worked with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee and others.”Yay, he called me a film star!!!” Abhishek replied. When the person said what he had ‘meant’ to say was that Abhishek was the ‘son of a movie star,’ Abhishek answered, “Oh You ‘meant’ Chalo, I’ll consider it a Freudian slip.”In 2015, Abhishek lashed out at a Twitter user who brought in Aaradhya, while talking about the actor’s career. Abhishek said, “Don’t like my movies? That’s cool. Will work harder to make movies you like. Bringing my daughter into it is NOT cool,” he had written.On the work front, Abhishek will be seen in Manmarziyan, which will release in September.advertisementALSO SEE: It’s a family reunion for Abhishek, Aishwarya and Aaradhya in London PHOTOS | Aishwarya and Aaradhya celebrate France’s World Cup 2018 win in ParisPHOTOS | Aishwarya and Aaradhya are setting Paris on fireALSO WATCH | Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on daughter Aaradhya, Cannes 2018 and more