T20 Pakistan tour ‘off the table’

first_imgA proposed West Indies tour to Pakistan for two Twenty20 Internationals in mid-March is off the table according to ESPNcricinfo.The report said the West Indies Cricket (WICB) rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) proposal for the tour after receiving advice on security from the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).The two boards, however, continue to discuss the possibility of two T20 internationals in Florida on March 19 and 20, ESPNcricinfo said.It is understood, ESPNcricino said, that earlier this week, the West Indies Players Association wrote to FICA seeking advice on the current security situation in Pakistan. FICA reportedly gave WIPA the latest security advisory from its security consultants, Eastern Star International, who provide security for various international boards, including the Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket and the International Cricket Council.In the report, FICA warned that the risk level in Pakistan remains “at an extremely elevated state” and that “an acceptable level of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed”.last_img read more

Heartbreak and disbelief as Andy Murray announces retirement

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Your greatest impact on the world may be yet to come. Your voice for equality will inspire future generations.”That sentiment was echoed by Belgian four-time major winner Kim Clijsters, who like many could not help but be moved by Murray’s emotional announcement.“My heart breaks listening to @andy_murray during his press conference,” she tweeted.It is in his native Britain that the announcement will be perhaps most keenly felt.Murray’s status as the greatest British male player in several generations meant he carried the expectations of a nation onto the court. By meeting them, his impact transcended tennis.Many hoped he can muster the strength and fitness to return to the All England Club — where he twice won in fairytale fashion — for a career finale.“He deserves his moment to say goodbye at Wimbledon. He’s too important to Great Britain and Wimbledon history to not have it,” said Roddick.“He just needs to play any match for the goodbye he deserves.”US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish pointed to Murray’s famous determination, which helped him compete against stronger and more skilled players.“The @andy_murray that I know will absolutely make it to Wimbledon to play his final tournament,” he tweeted. “Not many with more heart, effort in the history of the game. Was always a pleasure to share the court pal.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Unreal results in a brutal era. Nothing but respect here. I hope he can finish strong and healthy,” he said.Murray’s failure to recover from a long-term hip injury has put his dream to win next week’s Australian Open almost beyond reach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSuch is the level of pain that there is speculation he may not be able to go the distance, much less set up a dream farewell at Wimbledon this July.Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro — who fell short against Murray in a memorable 2016 Olympic gold medal game — urged him not to throw in the towel. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting,” he wrote.“I can imagine your pain and sadness. I hope you can overcome this. You deserve to retire on your own terms, whenever that happens. We love you @andy_murray and we want to see you happy and doing well.”The sentiment was echoed by tennis’ women stars, who Murray championed — famously rebuking a journalist for glossing over American greats like Serena Williams arguing for equal billing on the centre courts.Indian star Sania Mirza dubbed him her “foreverfavourite” and a “#foreverachampion”.Legend Billie Jean King declared him a “champion on and off the court”.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: PBA Q&A with Blackwater rookie Paul Desiderio Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View comments Britain’s Andy Murray reacts as he leaves a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)Tennis ace Andy Murray’s tearful announcement Friday that he’ll be forced to retire this year prompted a volley of tributes to the man, fond recollections of a historic career and encouragement to serve up a fitting farewell.American star Andy Roddick led the tributes to the former world number one, describing his 11-time opponent as an “absolute legend” who is on the “short list of best tacticians” in the history of the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Walton still not ready to return

first_img Two-man game Jackson was asked about Kobe Bryant’s balancing act between taking over games and trusting his teammates. He did both in the fourth quarter Monday, scoring 11 points but also giving up the ball to Smush Parker for a key 3-pointer. “We really think that if we distribute the ball at the right time in the game when the focus comes on him, there’s some easy shots that people have,” Jackson said. “If he trusts his teammates in those situations, we’re really a difficult team to stop.” Page turner Jackson put off giving a book to each player on this trip, one of his annual traditions as a coach. He was unable to find a book that was out of print and went off on his players recently that they weren’t going to appreciate them anyway. “All you guys can do is play video games and watch porn movies,” Jackson said. Jackson added that he probably will hand out books on the Lakers’ four-game trip in March. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – Never would the Lakers have guessed when they left on this eight-game trip more than a week ago that they might arrive home with forward Luke Walton still struggling to return from a sprained right ankle. Walton suffered the injury Jan. 26 and has missed six games as a result. He hoped to return Monday against the Hawks, then talked about using a two-day break between games to get ready to play Thursday at Detroit. But Walton was unable to practice Tuesday and his availability is in question with the Lakers playing back-to-back games against the Pistons and Toronto Raptors. They will finish this trip Sunday at Cleveland. “He’s getting frustrated with the situation,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “It’s longer than he ever thought it would be. It’s just difficult for him to sustain it when you’re on the road like this and you’re trying to find a way to get out there and nothing seems to work right.” center_img Walton said Monday he woke up with the ankle feeling great. When he got on the floor at shootaround, however, Walton couldn’t shake the pain. The Lakers have had to scale him back from rehab work to treatment sessions. “I’m able to do more and more stuff,” said Walton, who originally was supposed to miss about a week. “I just can’t do the full-out running or the cutting yet. Until I can do that, I can’t play.” The Lakers have spent plenty of time this month worrying about sprained ankles. Kwame Brown was to fly to Indianapolis after practice to get a second opinion on his injured left ankle, which he rolled in a Dec. 31 game. Center Chris Mihm also is on this trip and was working out on an elliptical machine Tuesday. Mihm was supposed to be out for the season after undergoing a second ankle surgery but could return if his rehab continues ahead of schedule. “We’re certainly not trying to put any pressure on him to make a return this year,” Jackson said. “Just whatever happens. We hope that he has the opportunity but we’re certainly not counting on it.” last_img read more

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid star Figo to stand for FIFA presidency

first_img Luis Figo 1 Luis Figo has announced he is to stand against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.The former Barcelona and Real Madrid star, voted World Player of the Year in 2001, claims he already has the necessary nominations from five football associations to contest the election next May.Speaking in an interview with CNN ahead of Friday’s nominations deadline, the 42-year-old said: “I care about football so what I’m seeing regarding the image of FIFA – not only now but in the past years – I don’t like it.“If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal, not positive words. It’s that we have to change first and try to improve the image of FIFA. Football deserves much better than this.“I’ve been talking with so many important people in football – players, managers, president of federations – and they all think that something has to be done.“Last year was the World Cup, I was in Brazil and I saw the reaction of all the fans regarding the image of FIFA and I think something has to be changed. Change in leadership, governance, transparency and solidarity, so I think it’s the moment for that.”Figo will be one of at least four candidates in the election, to be held in Zurich on May 29.As well as the ex-Portugal star, Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and Dutch FA president Michael van Praag will also bid to stop Blatter from serving a fifth term in office.Former Tottenham and Newcastle ace David Ginola, backed by Paddy Power, announced plans to contest the election earlier this month but his attempt looks likely to be scuppered by FIFA rules on gambling.last_img read more

Palmdale’s much-anticipated water park splashing to life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2DryTown’s three water slides are named Rattler’s Revenge, The Wildcatter and Devil’s Punchbowl – the last of which lasts more than a minute, with riders swirling around a giant blue basin before plunging down the drain. Visitors can also float in inner tubes on the slow-moving current of a “river” called Big Rock River. The Little Miners Camp, for youngsters under age 12, has a rope bridge, slides and stairs standing in a foot of water and continually doused by fountains. Moms and dads can watch from lounge chairs under more than 50 umbrellas and shades set up around the park. A grill sells hamburgers, chicken and deli sandwiches, and an arcade has electronic games. Starting Saturday, the water park will be open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Labor Day. From 6 to 9 p.m., the park will be available for rent – starting at $3,000 plus food – by businesses or organizations. PALMDALE – Three 35-foot-tall waterslides, a 925-foot-long “river,” nearly 2,000 innertubes and rafts, and a playground standing in a foot of water go to work this weekend keeping Palmdale residents cool. The city’s $15.4 million DryTown Water Park opens Saturday, after a month of training some 110 staffers and lifeguards, mostly college and high school students, and one summer later than originally hoped because of construction delays from 2005 storms. “People are always at the gate looking in: `When are you going to open?”‘ recreation supervisor Pete Casey said Tuesday, as the park was opened to local news media. “There seems to be lots of interest. There was a lot of positive feedback from folks on the weekend during our training.” The western-themed water park is in the 33-acre Oasis Park, on Avenue S at 40th Street East, one of two “superparks” financed with a special tax that Palmdale property owners approved in 2002. The other was an expanded Marie Kerr Park, which gained a swimming pool and an amphitheater. The water park has room for 3,000. About 1,000 season passes have been sold so far. Daily admission for patrons ages 9 and older will be $12 for Palmdale residents, $15 for nonresidents. Tickets for Palmdale children ages 3 to 8 cost $7, or $10 for nonresidents. Palmdale seniors age 62 or older pay $7, or $10 for nonresidents. Military personnel tickets cost $10, for both resident and nonresidents. Season passes cost $53 for Palmdale residents, $64 for nonresidents. A Family Pack of four season passes costs $180 for Palmdale residents, $218 for nonresidents; passes for additional family members are $50 for residents, $60 for nonresidents. The $27.5 million Oasis Park opened its recreation center in October, with the 25-yard by 25-meter swimming pool opening to the public this weekend. The 16,800-square-foot recreation center contains a gymnasium big enough for a regulation basketball court or two smaller courts, a dance and fitness studio with wood flooring, a youth game area, a lounge, a kitchen and a multipurpose hall that can be divided into three separate rooms. Operating the water park is expected to cost about $1 million per summer, city officials said. Officials hope to attract 125,000 visitors a summer and to have admission fees cover the costs. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com (661) 267-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

MCGUINNESS FURIOUS OVER CLAIMS THAT HE ABUSED PLAYERS

first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness is said to be furious after being accused of “abuse of players” after asking a player to line out during his college exams.Dublin City University student and Donegal player Martin McElhinney got injured while warming up for a challenge game against Monaghan yesterday.McElhinney had been given time off for DCU’s game against Meath in the O’Byrne Cup because of upcoming exams. However he was called up to play for Donegal instead and picked up an ankle injury in Clones.DCU manager Niall Moyna has now accused McGuinness ofMoyna told RTÉ Radio: “Martin is in the middle of his examinations at the moment. I spoke to Martin this morning before we left, but I only found out at 5:15pm that the management team at Donegal demanded that he go play a challenge game against Monaghan today.“What annoys me is not so much that he had to play the game, but that it is in the middle of his examinations when we have purposefully given him time off. So he lost the whole day, went up to Clones, and turned on his ankle in the warm-up, and we didn’t have him tonight. “He wouldn’t have played tonight [for DCU] if we known he had played today [for Donegal], and I think there is something wrong there. We talk about player welfare and that is abuse of players.“I understand the pressure that inter-county managers are under, but to ask a player to go play a game the same day they knew he had a semi-final that evening and in the week that he is studying for his exams is an important issue that needs to be addressed.”Moyna wants GAA officials to look further into the issue of player welfare and wants to speak to McGuinness about McElhinney’s selection.“I didn’t get the chance [to talk to Jim McGuinness] and I would like to. Martin was extremely upset and really the players are a pawn in this. Martin McElhinney hasn’t signed a contract with anyone.“I don’t own him and Jim McGuinness does not own him. He is an amateur player, playing in an amateur organisation, trying to get an education and we should be facilitating that.” McGuinness is understood to be furious by Moyna’s reaction.“Jim McGuinness played a lot of student football and knows the demands on college players“He would never have put a player in a position that they thought they had to play. He’s is outraged by Moyna’s comments,” said the source.MCGUINNESS FURIOUS OVER CLAIMS THAT HE ABUSED PLAYERS was last modified: January 22nd, 2012 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)Tags:donegalJim McGuinnessMartin McElhinneylast_img read more

Cinque Terre – Monterosso-Vernazza — Geocache of the Week

first_imgTraditionalGCQNYZby CaniSciolti Location:Liguria, ItalyN 44° 08.443′ E 009° 40.568′ SharePrint RelatedUnderground — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 7, 2018In “Community”Masca – Los Gigantes – Masca – a real adventure — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 20, 2017In “Community”Der Turm – La Torre — Geocache of the WeekJune 26, 2019In “Community” Difficulty:1.5Terrain:3 On the west coast of Italy, stretched along the glistening Ligurian Sea lie the Cinque Terre, or Five Lands. Dating back to the 11th century, these picturesque towns have, by virtue of their isolated locations, remained protected from the outside world. To this day they remain accessible only by train, boat, or a rugged winding path that weaves up though the mountains and dips down to meet the clear blue water between the villages. Though cars are vietate (forbidden) in these colorful towns, geocaches are welcome. Among the twelve caches scattered along the winding trail connecting each town to the next is Cinque Terre – Monterosso-Vernazza, our Geocache of the Week. Image by team knautschPlaced in 2006, this cache is one of the oldest in Liguria, the Italian Riviera. Since the trail through the villages is a Parco Nazionale (National Park), there is a small fee to hike the trails during the busy summer months; however, cache owner CaniSciolti keeps the container in tip top condition for cachers to find year round.Ground Zero! Image by MappimanAlthough relatively straightforward, for this Traditional Cache it’s really the journey that counts. Each village has its own separate culture, traditions, and even dialect. So, while you could take the train to either Vernazza or Monterosso, the best way to earn this smiley is to brave the trail and embark on the scenic six hour hike to the cache.Though Venice boasts some famous bridges, we think the ones in Liguria are pretty great too. Images by geojammers and SlightlySarahYour strumenti del mestiere (tools of the trade) might need to expand for this unique cache. You’ll want to make sure you also pack a swimsuit for the crystalline waters in Vernazza. You’ll definitely need to save your appetite for the famous honey gelato in Corniglia or pizza in Monterosso. Finally, you’ll have to lace up your hiking boots to get you up the ancient stairs and down the winding trails. And of course, the most important of all —don’t forget to bring a pen to sign the logbook!Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Problems Mount for Novartis’s Hypertension Drug in Japan

first_imgAn investigative committee under Japan’s ministry of health has confirmed that data in scientific papers resulting from clinical trials of Novartis’s blockbuster hypertension drug Diovan were manipulated, several media outlets have reported today. In its interim report, the committee also called for further investigation to determine if Novartis’s use of the data to promote the drug constitutes false advertising that is prohibited by Japan’s pharmaceutical laws, according to NHK, the quasi-national broadcaster.The ministry of health launched its investigation in August after Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, in Kyoto, and Jikei University School of Medicine, in Tokyo, reported finding evidence of data fabrication in papers reporting the results of clinical trials of Diovan, known generically as valsartan, conducted after it received marketing approval in Japan in 2000 for controlling hypertension. Those clinical trials sought to study whether the drug also helped prevent angina and stroke. Both of the investigations found that a former Novartis employee helped the two universities’ research teams with data analysis, though that person’s link to the company was not disclosed in the papers. The investigations led to the retraction of several papers related to the trials. The lead researcher at the Kyoto school resigned; the Jikei team leader was disciplined. Three other universities that hosted Diovan trials have ongoing investigations.As in the previous probes, the health ministry panel could not conclude who bears ultimate responsibility for the data fabrication. Officials of Novartis, based in Basel, Switzerland, and Novartis Pharma KK, the Japanese subsidiary, have apologized and pledged their cooperation in the continuing investigation.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

India vs England, 2nd Test Day 1: India lose openers early on a green top at Lord’s

first_imgIndia’s Shikhar Dhawan leaves the field after being dismissed during the second test cricket match against England at Lord’s cricket ground in London on July 17, 2014. Reuters India lost both openers early to reach 73 for two in their first innings at lunch on the first day of the second cricket Test against England at Lord’s in London on Thursday.Cheteshwar Pujara (11 not out) and Virat Kohli (20 not out) were at the crease when lunch was called after a tough first session on a green track at Lord’s.Winning the toss, England captain Alastair Cook didn’t blink an eyelid before asking India to bat on a surface that was tailor-made to benefit the English bowlers.The ball swung right from the word go troubling the India openers Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Murali Vijay (24). Pacer James Anderson (1/11) and Liam Plunkett (1/20) were the two wicket-takers for the hosts.Anderson, who is staring at a two-match ban for allegedly ‘pushing and abusing’ India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, looked as if he was ready to have his bowling do all the talking.The pace spearhead provided England the first breakthrough with an outstanding delivery that pitched outside leg, forcing Dhawan to play at it and the southpaw nicked it through to third slip, a low catch taken by Gary Ballance.In the next over, Vijay also got a reprieve as he was dropped off Stuart Broad even before he could open his account. Keeper Matt Prior made a valiant dive to his right and got his glove before putting down what was a tough chance.advertisementVijay and Pujara then added 37 runs for the second wicket to stabilise the innings. But just when it looked that Vijay, who struck four fours, was growing in confidence the batsman edged Plunkett to Ballance for his second catch of the morning at third slip.last_img read more