Parents revel in children’s success

first_imgParents revel in children’s successThe feelings, priceless, the emotions, bare for all to see.Such was the joy and pleasure felt by the parents of Jamaican West Indies Under-19 representatives and players, Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks, who returned yesterday at Norman Manley International Airport.The trio – Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks – were members of the West Indies Under-19 team, who captured the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last weekend.”Words can’t even explain how I feel right now,” said an elated Ancena Scarlett-Smith, mother Odean, whose warm embrace brought smile to his face on arrival.”I didn’t get to listen it,” she said of the final against India, which was held early last Sunday in Bangladesh.”However, somebody came over the house – at that time I was not awake as yet – and tell Odean father say ‘you know say them win’.”I flew up on the bed same time and start to scream and said, ‘Thank you Father!'” the St Elizabeth native continued.FEELING REALLY GOOD”I’m feeling good, really good, as even though the West Indies has been losing, his father and I really love cricket.”A fast-bowling all-rounder, Smith did not play in the final, but was a member of the team for their opening two matches against England and Fiji.This West Indies lost to England in their opener, but went on to defeat Fiji, a victory, which would spur a run of five straight wins and the regional side first hold on the premier youth world title.”I’m very happy and very proud and want to just give God thanks that they went and did it,” stated Kenute Frew, father of Michael Frew, who contested all the games for the regional outfit.”In the final, I was really tense during the West Indies batting as it (winning runs) was getting closer and closer and closer.”I was saying to myself, just as how they had bowled out India cheaply, if they would come and return the favour.”The Westmoreland native added: “I sat down in front of the TV for about five, six minutes (after the win), couldn’t move, as I was so overjoyed, knowing that I was seeing my son there making the country and the whole West Indies proud.”Leleith Crooks, the mother of Shahid, who was a reserve throughout, said he was happy to journey from St Elizabeth to Kingston to see the pride and joy.”I’m so proud of him,” she asserted. “I know that from he was small he was so passionate about cricket.”Sometimes he would say, ‘Mummy come throw two balls at me. Come on, you don’t want one day you can tell them say that you used to throw some balls at me?'””Well, it has come through, and I feel good to know that because of him, I am here today.”The West Indies defeated Pakistan in the quarter-finals and hosts Bangladesh in the semi-finals before going on to beat India by five wickets in the tournament decider.last_img read more

This Pakistan team lack ability to beat India: former greats

first_imgKarachi, Jun 5 (PTI) Pakistans 124-run defeat to India in the ICC Champions Trophy tournament has been described as “shameful” and “humiliating” by the countrys former greats such as Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, critics and fans alike. Having notched up 319 for three, India bowled out Pakistan for 164 to post a comprehensive victory at the Edgbaston. “Win and defeat are part of any game but the manner in which we lost to India on Sunday without a fight was very painful,” Imran said in a statement. He added, “Despite having lot of talent Pakistan will continue to fall behind India in cricket unless our cricket structure is revised.” Former captain Rashid Latif said, “Even if Pakistan had fielded its full 15 players I dont think the result would have been different. Such is the difference between the two sides now.” Shahid Afridi said the gap between the two sides is increasing. “While India has progressed a lot we are falling behind them,” he said. Another former skipper, Aamir Sohail, said while the media loves to present it otherwise the truth is this Pakistan team doesnt have the ability to beat the current Indian side. Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar lashed out at the players for showing no heart. “Who in their right mind would open the bowling in such English conditions with a spinner who can turn the ball. “The only way to beat India was to bowl them out for a manageable total by taking wickets. Yet, instead of attacking them with the new ball, we choose to contain them. This was poor captaincy and poor decision making by the team think tank,” he said. Akhtar also took head coach Mickey Arthur to task for saying after the match that it was his decision to play Wahab Riaz over Junaid Khan as there was no difference between Junaid and Hassan Ali, who played in the match. “It is astonishing that the coach does not see any difference between Junaid and Hassan. How can you compare them – one is a natural left-arm swing bowler and the other is a right-arm pacer.” The latest loss hurt the Pakistanis more than past defeats given the hype around the match and the tense relations between the two countries. Former captain Mohammad Yousuf said people needed to accept the reality. “They are a top side which is why they are number three in ODI rankings and we are languishing at number eight because of our poor performances.” Yousuf said that even though the Edgbaston pitch was excellent for batting none of the Pakistani batters showed the technique to make use of the conditions. “What happened is shameful. It is humiliating for us because we have played and beaten India many times. We used to dominate them.” Yousuf called for sacking Arthur. Former Test opener and ex-head coach of the Pakistan team, Mohsin Khan said if Pakistan continued to play the way they did against India they would face similar results against South Africa and Sri Lanka. “The coach has been a big disappointment as the team appeared to be without a plan while I am disappointed with the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed who appeared lost in the match.” Former captain Wasim Akram said Indias cricket had improved a lot due to the IPL and massive investment in the sport. “The bitter truth is we are lagging behind them in many ways and we are not producing fearless players. Before every Pak-India match there is a 50-50 chance for either side to win but on Sunday we just gave it away. It was a bad defeat.” He pointed out that India have many advantages over Pakistan as their captain is more mature and experienced as is their team. Akram said he was disappointed with the performance of the bowlers in the final 10 overs as they cracked under pressure. Viv Richards and Brian Lara, appearing on the state- owned PTV sports, said on paper India were always favourites to win the match. “Look at the other teams and their number three batsman. Pakistan is playing Babar Azam in such a big event at such a crucial position. They have got it wrong,” Richards said. Lara termed India as one of the favorites to reach the final after their dominating performances against Pakistan. An upset Saeed Ajmal said he couldnt understand what planning Pakistan ha done for the match. “Their appeared to be no direction and it made no sense at all to open the bowling with Imad and then given him the final over when India were on a rampage,” he said. PTI Cor AH AHadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

5th ODI Highlights: This is how Virat Kohli’s hundred helped India win series vs West Indies

first_imgHello and welcome to our live coverage of the fifth ODI between West Indies and India at Kingston. (LIVE SCORECARD)INDIA INNINGS:02.21 IST: THAT’S IT! INDIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS. India have cruised away towards yet another victory and they have successfully clinched the 5-match ODI series by winning it 3-1. After being put into bowl, the visitors were superb with the ball as they restricted the hosts to a below par total which was never going to be intimidating. However, West Indies thought else wise as they looked to recreate the magic of the last match. They started off really well with dismissing Shikhar Dhawan early. After Dhawan’s dismissal nothing looked going in the way of the home side. Rahane and Kohli laid a brilliant platform but the former could not capitalize on the start he got. The Indian skipper on the other hand with the help of Dinesh Karthik sealed the deal for the tourists with ease. The former went onto score yet another century while chasing which also makes him the player with the most number of hundreds while chasing. Dinesh Karthik also managed to get a half century under his belt. None of the West Indian bowlers looked to trouble the away side.02.10 IST: CENTURY! That’s century No.28 for Virat Kohli. India 190/2 (34.4 overs) vs West Indies (205/9)02.02 IST: FOUR! Ends the over on a high note! Full on middle, Karthik gets a touch across and flicks it through wide mid on. It’s in the same gap as earlier but this time around the timing is better and so the ball runs to the fence.advertisement5th ODI. 28.2: D Bishoo to V Kohli (79), 4 runs, 157/2 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 20175th ODI. 27.6: A Nurse to D Karthik (34), 4 runs, 153/2 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201701.33 IST: FOUR! Beautifully timed! Fuller in line of the stumps, Kohli makes room and drives it crisply through the extra cover region for a boundary.01.29 IST: FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Karthik slashes hard at it. Gets it through the backward point region. Rovman Powell runs to his right from third man but fails to stop it with a dive. The ball goes to the fence and the bowler is furious.01.25 IST: FOUR! Was that intentional? If it was then it was sensational. Quicker around off, Kohli plays really late at it. Gets a thick outside edge past the keeper. Beats the short third man fielder and races away to the boundary.5th ODI. 23.1: A Nurse to D Karthik (18), 4 runs, 121/2 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201701.13 IST: SIX! Get that ball says Kohli! Short delivery by Bishoo, Kohli camps back and just lofts that over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen. Enough of the waiting game.01.12 IST: FIFTY! Virat Kohli notches up his 44th half-century in ODIs. 10th one against West Indies. Full and wide outside off, Kohli just reaches out to it and drives it elegantly through the cover region for a boundary. Another brilliant knock while chasing and he will look to finish things off.5th ODI. 20.1: D Bishoo to D Karthik (7), 4 runs, 98/2 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201700.59 IST: FOUR! Top notch stuff! It’s a similar delivery. Full and angling in. Kohli covers his stumps and whips it beautifully over in the cow corner for a boundary. This shot is the sign of Kohli’s confidence.00.58 IST: WICKET! Bishoo strikes! Rahane looked nervy after the break and this has resulted in his wicket. It was a slider from Bishoo, which Ajinkya fails to pick. He prods forward to defend but gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger straightaway. Ajinkya Rahane fails to register a half century this time around. Can WI land some more blows to the visitors? India 84/2 (18.5 overs) vs West Indies 205/900.30 IST: FOUR! Slightly streaky! Served wide outside off, Kohli flashes hard at it. Gets it off the outer half and the ball runs past the backward point fielder for a boundary. Spoils a good over.5th ODI. 8.5: A Joseph to V Kohli (21), 4 runs, 49/1 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201700.09 IST: FOUR! It just gets better this time! Again a short ball but stays a bit low. Kohli shuffles across and swivels it through the square leg region for a boundary.00.07 IST: FOUR! After Rahane, Kohli is now adding up his pile! Fuller delivery around off, Virat just leans into the drive and drills it through the mid off region for a boundary.advertisement5th ODI. 5.6: J Holder to A Rahane (23), 4 runs, 31/1 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 20175th ODI. 4.2: A Joseph to A Rahane (10), 4 runs, 16/1 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201723.55 IST: DROPPED! Short and wide outside off, Rahane slashes hard. The ball rockets towards the fielder at cover-point. Bishoo gets low and his hand to it but fails to hold onto it. Rahane gets a life just like the last game. The batsmen run a single. How costly will this drop prove to be?23.44 IST: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan departs in the first over. Alzarri Joseph bowls a fuller delivery outside off, Dhawan checks into the shot. Plays a half shot as he manages to drive it straight to the fielder at short covers. Evin Lewis makes no mistake as he pouches it with ease. The West Indians are delighted. India 5/1 (1 over) vs West Indies 205/95th ODI. 0.4: A Joseph to S Dhawan (4), 4 runs, 5/0 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201723.40 IST: The players are back for the last innings of the ODI series. As usual it’s Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan to open for India. Alzarri Joseph to start the proceedings with the first new ball. He has a slip in place.WEST INDIES INNINGS:22.56 IST: WEST INDIES END ON 205/9! Another inspirational bowling performance from India has restricted the hosts to a below par total. The top-order gave the home side a good start but the scoring rate kept on dipping as no one except Kyle Hope could score at a good pace. Shai Hope, though kept ticking from the other end but hardly got any support until Jason Holder stepped out in the middle. They both stitched in a vital 48-run stand but the former lost his wicket in search of quick runs. However Shai Hope did manage to get to his fifty.West Indies were seen crippling at the end but thanks to a cameo from Rovman Powell, they have managed to cross the 200-run mark. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers as he ended with figures of 10-0-48-4. Umesh Yadav also supported him really well as he clinched three wickets as well. The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav kept the scoring rate in check but they were unlucky to go wicketless. The Windies will look to recreate a similar magic they did in the last game to pull off a victory here. Can the hosts emerge on top or will the tourists chase it down easily? Join us in a while to find that out.49.4: WICKET! R Powell (31) is out, c MS Dhoni b Umesh Yadav, 205/9 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 20175th ODI. 49.1: U Yadav to R Powell (29), 6 runs, 203/8 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201722.47 IST: SIX! Into the stands! Slower delivery outside off, Powell clubs it over long on for a maximum. For the first time he connects it well and gets the deserved result.advertisement46.6: WICKET! D Bishoo (6) is out, c MS Dhoni b Mohammed Shami, 182/8- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201722.37 IST: FOUR! Streaky! Slower delivery on the fuller length. Bishoo looks to drive it on the off side but gets an outside edge and the ball takes an outside edge past the keeper. The third man fielder fails to cut it off and WI pick an valuable boundary.22.29 IST: DROPPED! And that too by Dhoni! Served around off, spinning away sharply with extra bounce. Bishoo looks to punch it on the off side but gets an outside edge. It goes straight in the gloves of Dhoni, who fails to grab it. Now, that’s a rarity. The ball then lobs just ahead of Dhawan at first slip, who is guilty of not being alert and flat-footed. A reprieve for Bishoo.22.24 IST: Shami to Nurse OUT! Soft dismissal! 3-fer for Shami! Very full on middle and off, Nurse looks to dig it out on the leg side but ends up chipping it to Kuldeep Yadav at short mid-wicket. Shami has pulled things back for India in a great fashion. Nurse his latest scalp, gets out on a nought. West Indies 171/7 in 44 oversWicket! A Nurse departs for a duck as M Shami takes his 3rd wicket in this spell. Windies – 171/7 now #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) July 6, 201722.18 IST: Shami to Shai OUT! In the air… gone! Beautifully taken by Rahane in the end! Slightly behind length around off, Hope looks to pull it away but gets a top edge. The ball skies high in the air and is in the air for a long time. Rahane at deep square leg, looks to get under it, misjudges a bit in the start but keeps his eyes on the ball and adjusts beautifully. West Indies 169/6 in 42 overs 22.07 IST: Shami to Holder OUT! Short delivery outside off, Jason Holder stays in his crease and tries to make the most of it. Flat bats it towards the long on region. Dhawan the fielder there goes to his left and takes a good running catch to dismiss the dangerous Holder. A wrong time to lose a wicket. West Indies 166/5 in 41 oversM Shami is back into the attack and gets rid of J Holder who was looking very dangerous. A well played 36(34) nonetheless #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) July 6, 201722.06 IST: Shami to Holder FOUR! Holder is getting on a move on here! Fuller around off, Holder backs away on the leg side. Smashes it over the cover region for a boundary.22.03 IST: Kuldeep to Holder FOUR! West Indies 157/4 in 3921.58 IST: Pandya to Holder SIX! Brilliant… What a hit! Length delivery outside off, Holder shuffles across and just clips it aerially over the mid-wicket region. Times it so beautifully that the ball goes over the ropes for a maximum. West Indies 152/4 in 3821.56 IST: Kuldeep to Holder to FOUR! Full toss around off, Holder goes for the reverse sweep again. Gets it through the backward point region for a boundary.West Indies 143/4 in 37 overs21.47 IST: Pandya to Shai. FOUR! Lucky but much-needed! Short and angling into the body, Shai Hope goes for the pull. Gets a glove on it and the ball flies over the keeper’s head for a boundary.West Indies 135/4 in 36 overs21.42 IST: DROPPED! Floats this one outside off, Holder gets forward to defend it. Gets a thick outside edge and the ball goes towards the keeper. Dhoni fails to grab it and the ball hits him on his pads. A tough chance goes down.21.36 IST: WICKET! Jadhav strikes! Short and flatter outside off, Jason Mohammed camps back and swats it straight back to the bowler. Kedar Jadhav makes no mistake this time and takes the catch gleefully. Mohammed’s struggle in the middle comes to an end. Jadhav again provides India with a vital breakthrough, which he has been doing consistently for India in the recent times.21.02 IST: Kuldeep Yadav follows up a quiet first over with another tidy over. West Indies 88/3 in 21 overs21.00 IST: Ravindra Jadeja bowls a tidy 20th over. West Indies 87/3 in 20 overs20.55 IST: Kuldeep Yadav bowls a tidy first over, gives away just two run. West Indies 85/3 in 19 overs20.52 IST: Umesh to Shai FOUR! Back of a length delivery outside off, Shai flashes and flashes hard. Gets it through the backward point region for a boundary. West Indies 83/3 in 18 overs20.50 IST: Jadeja gives away just three runs. West Indies 79/3 in 17 overs20.44 IST: Umesh to Chase OUT! Umesh strikes gold! Roston Chase departs on a golden duck! Bowls it right on the money on a very fuller length, Chase cannot get his bat down on time and the ball sneaks through and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire is quick to raise his dreaded finger. Chase consults Shai Hope and opts for the review. Replays show that there was no bat involved. Ball Tracker also shows that it was pitched in line, impact was in line and it was also going onto hit the stumps. West Indies have lost their review and India have got a major breakthrough. Another disappointing performance from Roston Chase. West Indies 76/3  from 16 overs5th ODI. 15.6: WICKET! R Chase (0) is out, lbw Umesh Yadav, 76/3 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 201720.43 IST: Umesh to Kyle OUT! Kyle throws it away in search of quick runs! Back of a length delivery outside off, Kyle goes for a pull. Does not get the height on it as the ball rockets straight towards the fielder at mid-wicket. Dhawan takes a good catch and an important partnership between the Hope brothers comes to an end.20.39 IST: Umesh to Kyle FOUR!  Two in a row! Umesh bangs in short this time, Kyle Hope stays in his crease and pulls it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. There is no stopping these.20.39 IST: Umesh to Kyle FOUR! Length delivery outside off, Kyle punches it powerfully down the ground. Beats the mid off fielder and the ball races away to the fence.20.35 IST: Jadeja to Shai FOUR! Fuller in line of the stumps, Shai sweeps and sweeps beautifully through the backward square leg region for a boundary. West Indies 68/1 in 15 overs vs India Kyle Hope 38*Shai Hope 16* 20.32 IST: Umesh Yadav continues good work, gives away just 3 runs in the 14th over. West Indies 62/1 in 14 overs20.26 IST: Pandya to Shai FOUR! Fuller outside off, Shai Hope leans into the delivery and drives it beautifully through the cover region for a boundary. West Indies 59/1 in 13 overs20.25 IST:  Umesh Yadav comes back and gives away just one run. West Indies 54/1 in 12 overs20.20 IST: Hardik Pandya follows up the wicket-taking over by giving away four runs. West Indies 53/1 in 11 overs20.15 IST: Shami to Kyle FOUR! Beautiful… Simply beautiful! Full around off, Kyle drives it sweetly past the bowler. Beats the man at mid off and finds the fence to pick up back-to-back boundaries. 9 runs off the over. West Indies 49/1 in 10 oversFOUR! A terrific straight drive to end the Powerplay 1. End of over 10, Windies – 49/1 (K Hope 36*, S Hope 2*) #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) July 6, 201720.15 IST: Shami to Kyle FOUR! Crunched! That made a crackling sound off the bat. Length delivery outside off, Kyle opens up his stance a touch and punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary.20.08 IST: Pandya to Lewis OUT! Soft dismissal! Bowling change works! Pandya bowls it slightly ahead of a length outside off, Lewis looks to loft it over mid off but neither gets timing behind it nor gets any power. It lobs straight to Kohli in the ring, who makes no mistakes. First blood is drawn and Lewis has to walk back to the hut. West Indies 40/1 in 9 overs 8.2: WICKET! E Lewis (9) is out, c Virat Kohli b Hardik Pandya, 39/1 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 201720.04 IST: Mohammed Shami gives away just one run in the 8th over. West Indies 39/0 in 8 overs19.59 IST: Umesh to Kyle FOUR! Full and drifting down leg, Kyle Hope shuffles across and times his flick superbly. Gets it through backward square leg regiion to the fence. This is poor bowling from Yadav, seeing Hope timing his flick superbly before. West Indies 38/0 in 7 overs19.54 IST:  Shami to Kyle FOUR! A brilliant delivery and an even better shot! Full and nipping into the stumps, Kyle Hope nearly fell over as he shuffles across. Still manages to clip it beautifully through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. West Indies 34/0 in 6 overs19.49 IST:  Umesh to Kyle FOUR! Another one! Short outside off, Kyle punches it through covers. The fielder in the ring gives it a chase but fails to pull it back. West Indies 26/0 in 5 overs 19.48 IST:  Umesh to Kyle FOUR! Slapped away! Short and wide outside off, Hope stays tall and cuts it through point for a boundary. Change of ends not working for Umesh19.47 IST:  A change of ends for Mohammed Shami brings better result, as he gives away just two runs. West Indies 16/0 in 4 overs19.43 IST:  Hardik Pandya bowls a quiet third over, gives away just three runs. West Indies 14/0 in 3 overs19.35 IST: Umesh to Kyle FOUR! Easy pickings! Shortish delivery, angling down leg. Lewis shimmies a touch and tickles it fine past the keeper and to the fine leg fence. West Indies 11/0 in 2 overs19.34 IST: Mohammed Shami  keeps it tidy in the opening exchange. West Indies 3/0 in 1 overs19.30 IST:  The players have made their way out in the middle. Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope to open for the hosts. Mohammed Shami to start the proceedings with the first new ball. He has a couple of slips in place.19.09 IST: “Not a bad option to bowl first. We are unchanged as we go in today. We decided in the last game that we would go in with the same team over the last two games and that is why we made that change. Not a bad time to be bowling first, would look to restrict them to a low total. It is always nice to reflect what went wrong when we lose games. We are a team that always does that and the boys are keen to go out there and rectify. A hiccup here and there always happens and you have to take it in your stride. Definitely as a player you want to contribute in every game but you also have to understand that it isn’t going to happen every time. When you’ve played for a while you realize that. You have to respect the opposition and the conditions. In the end it is important for me to win matches. Even if I do not do well it is important for someone else to step up and perform.” – Virat Kohli at the Toss. 19.06 IST: Both teams remain unchanged.India: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed ShamiWest Indies: Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope(w), Roston Chase, Jason Mohammed, Jason Holder(c), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Kesrick WilliamsWI XI: E Lewis, K.A. Hope, S Hope, R Chase, J Mohammed, J Holder, R Powell, A Nurse, D Bishoo, A Joseph, K Williams- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2017IND XI: A Rahane, S Dhawan, V Kohli, D Karthik, MS Dhoni, K Jadhav, H Pandya, R Jadeja, K Yadav, U Yadav, M Shami- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2017 19.03 IST: West Indies win toss elect to bat. West Indies have won the toss and elected to bat first #TeamIndia #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/Xza7pfMwHG- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2017Toss, 5th ODI: Windies have won the toss and elected to bat first #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) July 6, 2017This is what Umesh Yadav hadto say before the final ODI in the five-match series.VIDEO: India pacer @y_umesh speaks about his process & a constant urge to improve as a bowler in each outing https://t.co/UpCYch196E #WIvIND- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2017West Indies have won 9 out of their last 10 ODIs at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, while India on the other hand have lost all their previous three matches at the ground.Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be turning 36 on July 7 (Friday) and what better present can there be a strong performance from the team to win the series. In the previous match, Dhoni racked up the dubious distinction of scoring the slowest half-century by an Indian batsman in more than a decade with a painstaking, snail-like innings of 54 runs which included a single boundary over 114 deliveries. Known for his hard-hitting batting in the closing stages and his ability to chase down challenging targets, Dhoni will be eager to produce another trademark high tempo innings and redeem himself.Calling all fans in Jamaica ???? ???Sabina Park???Thursday???Windies v @BCCI in 5th ODI ??9am (10 East Caribbean time)#WIvIND #Jamaica pic.twitter.com/1dGEB4YxJo- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) July 6, 2017Smarting from the defeat in the previous match, India will be eager for revenge and finish the series with a victory when they take on West Indies in their fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) here on Thursday.The visitors lost the fourth ODI by 11 runs in North Sound, Antigua after some extremely slow batting while chasing a low target of 190 runs.That defeat took some of the gloss off India’s dominating performances in the previous matches of the series which they currently lead 2-1. 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Indigenous heritage doesnt overrule other factors in adoption BC court

first_imgVANCOUVER – Aboriginal heritage must be considered when placing a child with an adoptive family, but it does not overrule all other factors in deciding their best interests, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled.The unanimous decision released Tuesday is the latest in the province to grapple with the issue of how much weight should be given to cultural identity when First Nations, Metis or Inuit children are being adopted.The case involves a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy who was taken from his biological mother at birth when cocaine was detected in his bloodstream. He was legally adopted by a couple who have cared for him since he was 14 months old.The adoptive father is non-Indigenous while the mother is Aboriginal, but not from the boy’s nation. They also have two other adopted Aboriginal children who are not related.The birth mother argued the judge who issued the adoption order did not adequately consider the boy’s heritage. But the panel of five appeal court judges ruled that Aboriginal background is just one of several factors that must be weighed.“The child had a strong emotional bond with the respondents’ family, including his two siblings, would likely suffer traumatic harm in the short term and lasting emotional harm in the long term if removed from their family,” Justice Daphne Smith wrote on behalf of the panel.The boy “wanted to stay with the respondents with whom he identified as his mother and father, ‘forever,’ ” Smith added.Last year, the appeal court ruled against a Metis foster mother who wanted to adopt a Metis toddler she had raised since birth. The Ministry of Children and Family Development moved the child to Ontario, where she is living with her biological siblings and their non-Indigenous adoptive parents.The foster mother and her husband have since moved to a different jurisdiction, where they are continuing to fight to have the little girl returned to them.The appeal decision released Tuesday references the ruling in the case of the Metis toddler. Although the facts of the two cases are different, both tangle with similar issues around the importance of Indigenous heritage and blood relationships.No one involved with either case can be named because of publication bans.In the case involving the 10-year-old boy, his grandmother asked the couple to care for him when he was 14 months old. About a year later, the grandmother asked them to keep him “in the old way,” which the couple understood to refer to a customary First Nations adoption.His biological mother began substance abuse recovery and her progress led the couple to allow her and the grandmother to visit overnight, the ruling says. On one occasion, the birth mom and grandmother asked for the boy’s passport, health card and Indian Status card to take him to the U.S.The couple agreed and gave them the documents. But when they didn’t return him for 10 days, the couple obtained a court order granting them interim sole custody. The order also restrained the birth mother and grandmother from communicating with the boy.The birth mother and grandmother have not seen the child since he was removed from the grandmother’s home by police.A judge later issued an order granting the couple permanent custody of the boy, which the birth mother appealed.Smith, the appeal court judge, wrote that a child’s Aboriginal heritage and cultural identity does not attract “super-weight” over all other factors when determining whether an adoption order should be made.Even if the birth mother’s interpretation of the law were to be accepted, the adoptive parents have done all they can to ensure the child participates in and learns about his culture, Smith wrote.“The evidence is clear that the child knows about his particular band and First Nation, and speaks with pride about being Aboriginal.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Padma Jamuna Surma to swell further

first_imgFlood ForecastWater levels of Padma, Jamuna, Brahmaputra and Surma rivers continue to rise, thanks to the onrush of waters from the upstream coupled with heavy rainfall.The swelling of the major rivers is causing occurrence of flood, for second time this year, in the country’s northern and north-eastern parts.Even the waters in the tributaries of Padma, Jamuna, and Brahmaputra are spilling over the adjacent areas, aggravating the situation.The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre has forecast that the water levels of these rivers will continue to go up in the next three days.The centre said on Monday that as many as 20 rivers of the country, including Padma, Jamuna, and Brahmaputra will, were flowing over the danger levels in the morning.Kangsha river in Netrokona was flowing the maximum 181cm above the danger mark.Among the major rivers, Jamuna was flowing 118cm above danger level at Bahadurabad ghat, and 100cm at Kazipara in Sirajganj; Brahmaputra was flowing 118cm above danger level at Chilmari of Kurigram; and Padma was flowing 16cm above danger level at Goalunda.Dharla river was flowing 131cm above danger level in Kurigram, Surma 97cm above danger at Kanaighat and Kushiara 82cm above danger mark at Omalshid in Sylhet.last_img read more

Rohingyas going nowhere as cash crunch looms

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 23 November, 2017 a Rohingya refugee woman walks with a child in the Balukhali refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia. Photo: AFPWith a repatriation plan in tatters and funding evaporating for a million refugees with ever-growing needs, Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar to Bangladesh face a grim future one year after the latest eruption of a decades-old conflict.Raids by Rohingya militants on 25 August last year across Myanmar’s Rakhine state spurred an army crackdown which the United Nations has likened to “ethnic cleansing”.Around 700,000 of the Muslim minority fled by foot or boat to Bangladesh, their villages ablaze behind them, in an exodus unprecedented in speed and scale.The crisis has heaped enormous pressure on Bangladesh’s impoverished Cox’s Bazar district, which already hosted around 300,000 of the stateless group.Myanmar says it is ready to take those who fled back.But it refuses to recognise the Rohingya as citizens, falsely labelling them “Bengali” illegal immigrants.A deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh to start sending them back has also gone nowhere, caught up in bureaucracy and mistrust, with fewer than 200 having been repatriated so far.Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week said it was up to Bangladesh “to decide how quickly” repatriation can be done, while insisting the “terrorist threat” posed by Rohingya militants remains “real and present”.Without safety, citizenship and compensation for homes and land torched or commandeered by the army since they fled, the Rohingya do not want to go back.- Funding crunch -But life in the camps, among the most densely populated places on earth, looks set to get harder.A UN-led appeal for around $1 billion to fund the refugees until March has yielded only a third of that sum.The slow response has alarmed experts.”Giving generally peaks in that first year (of a crisis)… then it’s much harder to fund,” Peter Salama, the emergency response chief of the World Health Organization (WHO), told AFP.Myanmar border guard police patrol the fence in the `no man`s land` zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh border as seen from Maungdaw, Rakhine state during a government-organized visit for journalists on 24 August, 2018. Photo: AFPWithout a major cash injection, “remarkable” success in controlling outbreaks of diphtheria, cholera and other diseases could be undone, he said, and provision of non-life saving help — such as family planning and mental health — will likely evaporate.”Bangladesh’s government really deserves more regional and international solidarity and support,” he added.The World Bank has pledged $500 million to help with infrastructure, health and education of the Cox’s region.But Bangladesh is tiring of its role as host and insists it will soon relocate around 100,000 Rohingya from Cox’s to a remote, flood-prone island.- ‘History of darkness’ -Myanmar has driven out its Rohingya since the late 1970s.”Our history is of darkness,” said Mohammed Kashim, 27, one of thousands of Rohingya refugees born in Bangladesh, but denied citizenship by both countries.”I have never stepped on Myanmar soil.”And he probably never will.First he must be “verified” as someone who belongs in Myanmar — near impossible given he was born outside the country.Refugees who are verified are required to take a ‘NVC’ card that does not grant them full citizenship or rights.Myanmar is unrepentant about last year’s crackdown and denies widespread human rights violations, murders, rapes and mass arson of Rohingya villages despite reams of evidence.But international pressure for accountability is mounting.Last week Washington hit four Myanmar military commanders and two infantry divisions with punitive financial sanctions over rights abuses and “ethnic cleansing”.The UN Security Council is set to meet next week to discuss the issue, while testimony is being gathered across the camps to press the International Criminal Court (ICC) into launching proceedings against Mynamar.”There is finally a recognition (in Myanmar) that they cannot merely outlast the opprobrium,” Aaron Connelly from the Lowy Institute think tank told AFP.But Myanmar is shielded at the UN by ally China, a permanent member of the Security Council. Meanwhile state media reported that the Myanmar military’s Commander-in-Chief was in Russia — another permanent member — on the eve of the anniversary of a crackdown he ordered.- Security high in Rakhine -Myanmar has remade northern Rakhine state without the Rohingya, redistributing land and building new security posts.It has built massive “transit” camps — some with room for 30,000 — for any returnees.Rohingya refugees fear without citizenship those camps will become permanent, like the ones holding 129,000 Rohingya since 2012.”We are citizens by birth,” said Nay Lin Aung, 35, among hundreds of Rohingya living on a patch of no-man’s land between the two countries.”We won’t go back as they (Myanmar) are not calling us with a sincere mind.”Inside Rakhine fear, tension and hatred are razor sharp.”Both communities (of remaining Rohinya and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists) have their worries now… so the government has reinforced security,” ahead of the anniversary said Ye Htoo, deputy administrator of Maungdaw district on a government-steered trip to Rakhine this week.last_img

Suicidal mechanic steals empty plane from Seattle airport

first_imgThis frame grab taken from footage filmed by bystander John Wauldron on 10 August 2018 with his Galaxy S8 at Chambers Bay Park and Golf Course in University Place Washington, shows an empty passenger airplane, stolen from the Seattle-Tacoma airport, making an unlikely upside-down aerial loop, then flying low over Puget Sound before crashing into the sparsely populated Ketron Island in the northwestern US state of Washington. Photo: AFPA young mechanic described as suicidal stole an empty passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma Airport, took it on an hour-long flight that included a hair-raising loop as F-15 fighter jets gave chase, then crashed, killing himself.Officials ruled out any link to terrorism in the incident, which took place late on Friday, and saw the man holding a conversation with an air traffic controller in which he seemed to apologize for what he was doing.Video taken by a bystander showed the 76-seat plane making a big, slow loop-the-loop, then flying low over Puget Sound before crashing into Ketron Island, a sparsely-populated area in the northwestern US state of Washington.The crash sparked a fire in the dense forest. Flames lit up the night as they spread from the burning wreckage to nearby trees. Officials said there were no victims on the ground.The stolen plane was a twin-engine turboprop Q400 belonging to Horizon Air, its parent company Alaska Airlines said on Twitter.The Pierce County Sheriff’s office ruled out terrorism.- Joyrider or suicidal? -“Most terrorists don’t do loops over the water,” said Sheriff Paul Pastor. “This might have been a joyride gone terribly wrong.”But Ed Troyer, who also works at the sheriff’s office, described him as “suicidal.”He was identified as a 29-year-old airline mechanic called Rich or Richard, who lived locally and had acted alone. His full name was not given.The sheriff’s office said the F-15s arrived minutes after the plane was stolen and kept the aircraft “out of harm’s way and people on the ground safe.”The fighter jets flew at supersonic speed, triggering a boom first taken to be an explosion, as they raced to intercept the plane.In a video statement, Horizon Air’s chief operating officer Constance von Muehlen said the plane was taken by one of its employees.”We believe (the plane) was taken by a single Horizon Air employee and no other passengers or crew were on board,” she said.The plane was stolen at around 8:00 pm (0300 GMT Saturday) and crashed 90 minutes later, officials said.President Donald Trump was briefed and the White House praised authorities’ quick response to the crisis.- ‘Bizarre’ -John Waldron, who captured the plane’s loop-the-loop on video, told CNN he was out for an evening stroll when he saw two fighter jets following a turboprop plane, initially thinking they were practicing for an air show.”So I started to capture video, just because I thought it was kind of bizarre,” he said, later realizing that the jets were chasing the plane.Then the plane “did a complete loop… I couldn’t believe he recovered.”He estimated that the plane, at its lowest point, was no more than 100 feet (30 meters) above the water.Then the pilot pulled the plane “pretty much straight up. And kind of at an angle. And almost stalled the aircraft. Somehow he got it leveled back off. And then made his way down toward the island.”Waldron said he had been prepared to “run and take cover.” He briefly turned away, then turned back and saw the explosion as the plane crashed.- ‘A broken guy’ -In a conversation with the control tower, the pilot, who identified himself only as “Rich,” came across as excitable, confused, and even apologetic.”Congratulations, you did it,” the control tower tells him, according to an audio feed aired on CNN.”Let’s turn around the air and land it and not hurt anybody on the ground.””I don’t know, man,” the pilot answers. “I don’t want to. I was kind of hoping that was going to be it, you know.”During the conversation, he says he had put some fuel in the plane “to go check out the Olympics” — the Olympic Mountains which lie about 100 miles (160 kilometers) away.But he later worried he was running low, saying the fuel had burned “quite a bit faster than I expected.”The control tower then pushes him to land at a nearby military base.”I wouldn’t want to do that. They probably have anti-aircraft,” he responds.”This is probably jail time for life, huh?” he later says, according to a recording published by the Seattle Times.”I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this,” he said.”I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now.”last_img read more

Air Transat announces departure of President Lemay

first_img Monday, November 12, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group MONTREAL — After five years at the helm of Air Transat, President and General Manager Jean-François Lemay will be leaving the airline.The announcement was made by parent company Transat A.T., which confirmed that Lemay will be leaving his role in a few month’s time following more than seven years in total at the company. Lemay will continue in his current role until Transat announces a successor.“We respect Jean-François’ decision to take on new challenges,” said Annick Guérard, Transat’s Chief Operating Officer. “I wish to acknowledge his significant contribution to the development and growth of our air operations in recent years, and express my deepest appreciation for his commitment and for the tremendous work he has accomplished.”During his tenure, Lemay oversaw a number of structure-enhancing projects for the air carrier, including reducing its air costs, establishing a new senior management team, driving growth through the insourcing of Air Transat’s narrow-body fleet, operating the so-called double flexible fleet, and transforming the fleet, which will consist entirely of Airbus aircraft by 2022. Sharecenter_img Tags: Air Transat, Departures Air Transat announces departure of President Lemay << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more