TOUGH MEET: Ibrahim (left) and Dalmiya in KolkataThe International Cricket Council (ICC) is fighting fires on many fronts these days. The legal tug of war between the ICC and unofficial sponsors in the run-up to the World Cup in South Africa is only one of them. With less than 60,TOUGH MEET: Ibrahim (left) and Dalmiya in KolkataThe International Cricket Council (ICC) is fighting fires on many fronts these days. The legal tug of war between the ICC and unofficial sponsors in the run-up to the World Cup in South Africa is only one of them. With less than 60 days to go for the Cup, there is one set of important documents still left unsigned. Without them the ICC’s showpiece event is in danger of becoming a show that could go to pieces. Indian cricketers have not signed the ICC’s player terms, raising objections to image rights and ambush marketing clauses. The last round of the ICC contracts saga before the Champions Trophy in September pitted the ruling body against Indian players who refused to sign contracts until some concessions were made. This time, to add to the ICC’s worries, the BCCI has joined ranks with its players. Of all cricketing nations, only India has not announced its shortlist of 30 probables for the World Cup.At the latest meeting between the two sides in Kolkata, Justice Ahmed Ibrahim and Dave Richardson of the ICC met BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and players’ representative, leg-spinner Anil Kumble. The ICC was told that its terms continued to remain unacceptable. In order to contemplate signing them, the Indians would require that the image-marketing clauses be cut back from six months to two months after the event and that restrictions on rival advertising hold only for the duration of the World Cup – that too only on the cricket channel broadcasting the tournament live. “Significant progress” was announced after the meeting, with the ICC going back to its official sponsors to seek their views on the matter.advertisementIt will be 10 days before another round of talking takes place but it would be fair to say that significant progress has definitely been made in annoying the ICC’s official sponsors.
Four stories in the news for Tuesday, May 21———FAMILY MOURNS CANADIAN KILLED IN HONDURAS PLANE CRASHA 32-year-old B.C. pilot who was killed in a plane crash in Honduras on Saturday was described as a happy child and spontaneous person by his father. Larry Forseth said Monday that the family is trying to “piece together” the tragedy. The Piper Cherokee Six plummeted into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from Roatan en route to Trujillo, a port city on Honduras’s northern coast. Larry Forseth says his son Patrick was a “very experienced” pilot who had trained at the Coastal Pacific Aviation school in Abbotsford, B.C., and had also flown for companies in Canada.———NEW ALBERTA LEGISLATURE SESSION WITH NEW GOVERNMENTThe Alberta legislature is to start a new session today with a lot of new faces and a new government in charge. Premier Jason Kenney and the 63 members of his United Conservative caucus are to be sworn in as legislature members and a Speaker is to be chosen. Former premier Rachel Notley heads up the 24-member NDP official Opposition. A throne speech is planned for Wednesday and a bill to repeal the provincial carbon tax is to be introduced.———OFFICIALS ORDER EVACUATION OF ALBERTA TOWNA northern Alberta town and a nearby First Nation are being evacuated due to the threat of an encroaching wildfire. Thousands of people are being told to leave High Level, as well as the Bushe River Reserve, via Highway 58 east of the communities since highways south and west have already been closed due to the blaze. The Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several days, but grew substantially from Sunday, when it covered about 25,000 hectares, to an estimated 69,000 hectares on Monday. Mayor Crystal McAteer said the evacuation is being co-ordinated in zones. People should expect to be away for 72 hours.———ARCTIC HUNGER GREW AFTER FEDERAL PROGRAM: STUDYNewly published research says food insecurity in Nunavut actually grew after the start of a federal program to fight hunger in the North. The study, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that the ability of northerners to dependably afford food on the table declined significantly when the Nutrition North program was being rolled out. In 2010, food insecurity affected about 33 per cent of Nunavut families. That number grew in 2011 to 39 per cent. By 2014, nearly 47 per cent of northerners couldn’t count on a regular square meal. That’s despite a budget that has increased 65 per cent, from $60 million in 2011 to $99 million in 2018.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The public hearings to determine who will participate at the inquiry into the death of former Nova Scotia soldier Lionel Desmond, who killed his family and himself in January 2017, will begin today.— Edward Downey, who has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her five-year-old daughter Taliyah Marsman, appears in court for a defence motion. His sentencing has yet to be scheduled.— Robert Andrew Leeming will appear in court today on second-degree murder charges in the deaths of Calgary woman Jasmine Lovett and her toddler daughter.The Canadian Press
Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday hoped that India will not be the “economic lifeline” to the “authoritarian” regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by purchasing oil from the Latin American country. Pompep’s comments came as Washington ramps up actions on Maduro’s regime, which is battling to hold onto power in the face of heavy domestic and international pressure. Venezuela is the third largest supplier of oil to India which is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The issue was discussed in a meeting with the visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, Pompeo told reporters at a news conference here, without providing insight into it. “We are asking the same thing of India as we are of every country: Do not be the economic lifeline for the Maduro regime. So we talked about (Venezuela) I certainly won’t characterise the conversations; they’re private conversations,” Pompeo said in response to a question. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs “In the same way that India has been incredibly supportive of our efforts in Iran, I’m confident that they too understand the real threat to the Venezuelan people. We had a good conversation around that,” Pompeo said. The Latin American country’s Oil Minister and state-run oil company PDVSA’s President Manuel Quevedo told reporters in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh last month that his sanctions-hit country wants to sell more crude oil to India. The US has slapped sweeping sanctions on PDVSA with a view to curb Venezuela’s crude exports and put pressure on socialist President Maduro to step down. Venezuela produces around 1.57 million barrels of oil per day, half of what it produced two decades back. With the US stopping imports from Venezuela, PDVSA is seeking to retain buyers in other big consuming countries such as China and India. At the news conference, Pompeo said the nations that support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are, by the nature of this “illegitimate” regime, carrying out the very foreign interventionism of which they accuse others. “Today, the United States is drawing a clear line between those who aid the forces of repression and those who give life to the Venezuelan people’s democratic dreams. There is no ambiguity here about the truth,” he said. Similar kind of warning to other nations was issued by US National Security Adviser John Bolton. “The United States will not stand idly by while foreign financial institutions facilitate illegitimate transactions that benefit Maduro and his cronies, and perpetuate the corruption that has devastated Venezuela,” he said. Earlier in the day, the Treasury sanctioned a Russia-based bank attempting to circumvent US sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA. It sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela, for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy, it said. “The illegitimate Maduro regime has profited off of the suffering of the Venezuelan people,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “This action demonstrates that the United States will take action against foreign financial institutions that sustain the illegitimate Maduro regime and contribute to the economic collapse and humanitarian crisis plaguing the people of Venezuela,” he said. In another tweet, Bolton asked international banks not to have relationship with the maduro regime. “Bankers: Do not help Maduro and his accomplices steal the assets of the Venezuelan people. The United States is watching. The world is watching. The Venezuelan people are watching,” he said. Maduro is facing a challenge from opposition leader Juan Guaido who declared himself acting president in January. The US views Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader and has imposed sanctions on the country’s oil sector besides taking other actions targeting top government officials.
Shimla: With the Election Commission (EC) cracking its whip against State BJP president Satpal Satti, Himachal Pradesh police on Tuesday registered FIR against him for making highly derogatory remarks against Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a public meeting on Sunday.The issue had already revoked a massive criticism in the state generally known for dignified political discourse and gentle behaviour. The development is likely to cast its shadow on the polls in the state, which still has more than a week’s time for the electoral process and filing of nominations. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’State Chief Electoral Officer Devesh Kumar told the Millennium Post that Baddi police, on his directions, have already registered an FIR against Satti under section 294 IPC. “Necessary action has also been initiative in the matter and a report has also been submitted to the EC,” he said. During an election rally at Nalagarh in Solan district, Satti, who is a three-time MLA, made obscene remarks against Rahul Gandhi over his ‘chowkidar chor hai jibe’ on PM Modi. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThough, Satti in a video, which had gone circular is heard quoting a comment made on the social media against Rahul Gandhi for calling Prime Minister “Chor”, crossed the limits to repeat the slur at Rahul Gandhi though admitting that what was written on the Facebook was derogatory. He claimed that one whose mother, brother-in-law (jija) and himself are on bail have no moral to call Prime Minister a thief. “If Rahul Gandhi can call the prime minister, who calls himself a Chowkidar (watchman), a thief then “I am also free to abuse him (Rahul Gandhi)”. The Congress was quick to protest against his remarks but Satti refused to tender apology saying he was simply quoting the Facebook remarks made by someone. The Congress filed a complaint with the Election Commission and held state-wide protests demanding arrest of Satti, also removal from the BJP president’s post by the party. Meanwhile, the issue also got a serious twist as a Congressman Vinay Sharma, who was Deputy Advocate General during the earlier Congress government, posted his video clip on his Facebook wall announcing a reward of Rs 10 lakh for ‘chopping off Satti’s tongue ‘. He also issued an open threat to Satti to deal with him if he did not tender an apology. On a complaint filed by the BJP, the Election Commission, during the day, ordered Deputy Commissioner Kangra Sandeep Kumar to order police action against Vinay Sharma. The BJP has also lodged two complaints with the police in Kangra and Shimla districts against Sharma.
Singapore: Singapore has reported its first ever case of monkeypox, brought in by a Nigerian man thought to have contracted the rare virus by eating bushmeat at a wedding. Symptoms in humans of monkeypox — which is endemic in parts of Central and Western Africa — include lesions, fever, muscle ache and chills. Transmission is usually via close contact with infected animals such as rodents and monkeys and is limited between people. It is not normally fatal but has been in rare cases. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe man who brought in the virus arrived in Singapore on April 28, the city-state’s health ministry (MOH) said in a statement late Thursday. The 38-year-old developed symptoms two days later and is currently isolated at an infectious disease centre in a stable condition, the ministry said. Another 23 individuals who had been in close contact with the man have also been quarantined and will be monitored for 21 days. “While risk of spread is low, MOH is taking precautions,” the ministry said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsOutside Africa, human moneypox infections had only been previously reported in the United States, Britain and Israel, according to the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Singapore, a tiny but affluent city-state dependent on external trade and tourism, has toughened measures against infectious diseases after it was hit hard by the 2003 SARS virus outbreak. The disease killed 33 people in Singapore, inflicted major losses on the economy and hit the number of international visitors.
Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and secondaries coach Jeff Hafley speaks to the media for the first time on National Signing Day on Feb. 6. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorComing into his third season, Ohio State junior cornerback Jeffrey Okudah will have his third different cornerbacks coach, working under Greg Schiano and Taver Johnson in his first and second year, respectively. As one of the older guys in the cornerback room, he said not having that level of consistency with his position coach has been “unfortunate.” But that did not stop head coach Ryan Day from talking up the new secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, a defensive backs specialist, who has spent his past six seasons in the NFL. “Coach Day told us, when he hired him, that he’d be one of the best coaches we have ever had,” Okudah said. “So far, it seems like it’s been the case.” In his first spring with the Buckeyes, Hafley has taken to heart the goals Day set for the defense in his introductory press conference: creating a high-energy, yet simple defense. With that in mind, Hafley combined the cornerbacks and safeties into one cohesive room, a room that would speak the same language, and one that would more effectively communicate and understand what is going on in the pass defense. Instead of mastering one single position, Hafley aims for his players to understand the bigger picture. “I want to teach these guys how to play the game,” Hafley said. “I don’t want them to just be pigeonholed into one position. I want them to play football and learn different positions because I think it will help us and I think it will help them in the future.” This is something Hafley has been integrating with Matt Barnes, the assistant secondary coach, neither of whom focuses on a single position. “From one individual period to the next, I have the corners, then I have the safeties, and I’m back with the corners,” Barnes said. “We are just bouncing around, it’s really by drill how we want to set it up.” So far, Hafley said this is something that his position group has bought into. He said the focus during the spring has primarily been on technique, learning the basics of the positions to create a fast yet sound secondary once fall comes. Hafley feels as though the training and the drills now, even if defensive scheme is not the major part of it, help define the ceiling of his position group later. “Spring is about creating a culture, playing with a great energy, and getting better at fundamentals and technique, which ultimately will win and lose you games,” Hafley said. For Hafley, the center of the culture has been redshirt senior cornerback Damon Arnette. From coaching the younger players in his room to jarring with redshirt senior wide receiver K.J. Hill after reps to punching junior wide receiver Jaylen Harris after a drill, Arnette has shown an ability to be a fiery leader in the room. “I haven’t seen any down from him,” Hafley said. “I see a guy who is doing everything right on and off the field, I see a guy who is giving it all he has, guy in the meeting room who is awesome.” Arnette is Hafley’s main example of the simplicity he expects, establishing a foundation for what he wants to become a fast defense that can consistently beat opposing offenses, but with a simple approach.Okudah said that is all Ohio State needs with the names the Buckeyes have at both safety and cornerback. “We are pretty talented enough to go out there and run basic things and just beat schools,” Okudah said. “If everyone is playing fast, the defense does not necessarily have to be complicated. You can just run simple things and just rely on speed and talent to beat teams.” Hafley does not focus on the struggles from this past season: the complex secondary approach that led to the Buckeyes allowing 245.2 passing yards per game, fourth-worst in the Big Ten. Instead, he looks at what could be, looking ahead at the talent and preparing them to be at their maximum potential by Aug. 31. What will a simple, yet fast secondary bring to Ohio State next season? Hafley does not know yet, and he does not want to speculate. “We will find out,” Hafley said.
Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that he has the “biological age of 23” instead of 33 and intends to continue with his playing career for another eight yearsIn a career that has spanned a total of 16 years to date, the Real Madrid forward has broken many records throughout the world and continues to show no signs of slowing down at the age of 33.Ronaldo has scored 50 goals for both club and country this season and is expected to play a major role in this weekend’s final against Liverpool in the Champions League.Yet the Portuguese has no intention of slowing down any time soon and revealed his plan to continue playing professional football until the age of 41.“Right now I have a biological age of 23,” Ronaldo told El Chiringuito, via Daily Mirror.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I’ve still got a long time left, I can keep playing until I’m 41. I’m feeling good, happy, I can’t complain. We are playing another final on Saturday and the fans are behind Cristiano.”The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has had to deal with constant rumours in his eight years at Madrid that the club will sign a new player that will eventually oust him from the team.Yet, he points out that he is still at Real: “I’ve been here for eight years and people always say 50 players are coming here but in the end, no-one comes.“In September people think lots of players are going to come but the ones who take us to finals are always the same ones.“The best players are already at Madrid. Bale, Benzema, (Lucas) Vazquez, (Marco) Asensio. They are all here.”
The Liverpool goalkeeper does not think this is a valid excuse to say his team lost against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions LeagueIn the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League Final, Liverpool was defeated 3-1 against Real Madrid in Kiev, Ukraine.During the match, goalkeeper Loris Karius made two mistakes that at the end cost the team goals and the trophy.He claims to have had a concussion after clashing with Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos, but the Spanish footballer has yet to apologize.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“No. I don’t think that he has got my number,” Karius was quoted by Team Talk.“He’s a hard player but I have nothing against him personally. I don’t know whether he did that on purpose, but that doesn’t matter to me in the end. Only one person knows and this is Sergio Ramos.”“I went down and thought: ‘What’s going on now?’ No reaction from the five referees. I felt the adrenaline rushing through my body and thought only about playing on,” he added.“A concussion was proven, and it harmed my spatial vision. The club asked me to go see a specialist. But again, I won’t use this as an excuse. I performed constantly throughout the whole season, so you can put it this way: under ordinary circumstances, I cannot explain those mistakes.”