Usain Bolt’s 19-ball 45 sinks Yuvraj & co in friendly cricket tie

first_imgUsain Bolt blasted his way to a 19-ball 45 with five sixes including three off YuvrajSprint superstar Usain Bolt today wowed his Indian fans in his trademark style in a brief exhibition cricket contest against Yuvraj Singh in his maiden trip to the country.Bolt showcased his cricketing talent in front of an enthusiastic 6000-odd crowd who turned up at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to have a glimpse of the ‘fastest man on earth’ as his team beat Yuvraj-led side in seven-a-side cricket match.Team Bolt clinched a thrilling last-ball victory over Team Yuvraj in the match which had four overs for each team.The Jamaican, the first man to win six Olympic sprint gold medals, blasted his way to a 19-ball 45, studded with five sixes including three off Yuvraj, as his team chased down the 59-run target in the last ball off the match.Though the crowd was small by the standard of a Bolt event, the spectators showed their enthusiasm as they cheered at every shot the showman from Jamaica made, though the contest was meant for entertainment and not for any cricketing ability.Yuvraj Singh jokingly pushes Usain Bolt to win the 100-meter friendly raceYuvraj though had his ‘sweet revenge’ as he ‘defeated’ Bolt in the 100 meter sprint on the track, which culminated the spectacular event which was played in an electrifying atmosphere.Bolt, who holds both the world records of 100m and 200m, ‘allowed’ Yuvraj to win the race. As he went past the finishing line, Yuvraj celebrated the ‘victory’ in mobot-style which Bolt had done during 2012 London Olympics by imitating celebrated British long distance runner Mo Farah.advertisementTeam Bolt comprised his best friend Nugent Walker Junior and Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh among others while India’s 2011 Cricket World Cup winning hero Yuvraj had Aditya Tare (rpt Aditya Tare) among others in his team for the face-off titled ‘Bolt and Yuvi ? Battle of the Legends’.Team Bolt required 10 runs off the last two balls and the very first ball Bolt hammered part-time off-spinner Aditya Tare for a six straight over his head.With four runs required off the last ball, Bolt tried a massive heave but missed. Just when Yuvraj and his team started to celebrate, Ajay Jadeja, who hosted the match, played his part to the script of the entertainment value of the contest.Usain Bolt greets Yuvraj Singh during the friendly cricket match in BangaloreHe called a no-ball much to the delight of Bolt, who did not lose the opportunity to whack the free-hit out of the park for a six, helping his side pull off a win in the contest organised by sportswear giant PUMA. Both Bolt and Yuvraj are PUMA ambassadors.Batting first, Team Yuvraj made 58 in the stipulated four overs with Yuvraj and Tare scoring 24 off 14 balls and 30 off 11 balls respectively.Yuvraj blasted four boundaries and one six and Tare five fours and a six. Though Yuvraj was stumped early on, he continued to bat, courtesy the format where captains of the sides were allowed to play throughout their respective overs.Earlier, in the bowl-out contest, both Team Yuvraj and Team Bolt, drew each other, gaining three points each. But Bolt prevailed over Yuvraj in big six contest, clearing a good 70 meters mark, much to the delight of the Jamaican who could not believe to have beaten one of the biggest six hitters in cricket.last_img read more

Boxer Errol Spence stable with no broken bones after Dallas car crash

first_imgBecoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “Spence is awake and responding and his condition is listed as stable. He did not sustain any broken bones or fractures, but has some facial lacerations. He is expected to make a full recovery.”Spence was treated in an intensive care unit after his white Ferrari rolled over multiple times just before 3 am local time (0800GMT), Dallas television station KTVT reported, citing police.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manPolice said Spence’s vehicle was traveling at high speed when it went across a center median and flipped over several times, throwing the driver, identified as Spence, out of the car.Errol Spence Jr., center, celebrates his victory over Shawn Porter during the WBC & IBF World Welterweight Championship boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)“He is currently resting with his family by his side,” the statement said. “They want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes and are extremely grateful to the Dallas first responders who rushed to the scene to attend to Errol after the accident and the doctors who are taking care of him at the hospital.” “Praying for @ErrolSpenceJr,” Pacquiao tweeted.Another possible future foe is World Boxing Organization champion Terrence Crawford, who tweeted: “Praying for you champ @ErrolSpenceJr get well we fighters I know you will.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Spence, a 29-year-old southpaw, unified the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation titles two weeks ago with a split-decision victory over fellow American Shawn Porter in Los Angeles, improving to 26-0 with 21 knockouts.“My dad always tells me ‘this boxing thing is a part of your life but it’s not going to last forever. U still have a lot of life to live after that,’” Porter tweeted. “With that, I’m praying for @ErrolSpenceJr & his family because he has a lot of life to live and I pray he recovers quickly & fully.”Spence, a welterweight quarter-finalist at the 2012 London Olympics, made his professional debut in 2012 and won his first world title, the IBF crown, by knocking out Britain’s Kell Brook in England in 2017.Spence defended the title four times, beating American Lamont Peterson and Mexico’s Carlos Ocampo last year and American Mikey Garcia last March before his unification showdown triumph over Porter.There had been early talk about a 2020 fight between Porter and reigning World Boxing Association welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, the 40-year-old Filipino icon who stands 62-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img This photo taken from video provided by KDFW Fox 4 shows the scene after welterweight boxing champion Errol Spence crashed a speeding Ferrari in Dallas early Thursday, Oct. 10, 1019. (KDFW FOX4 via AP)Undefeated welterweight boxing world champion Errol Spence is expected to make a full recovery after sustaining facial lacerations in a one-car crash in Dallas, his management team said in a statement on Thursday.“Errol Spence Jr., IBF/WBC unified welterweight world champion, was involved in a serious, single-car accident in Dallas early Thursday morning and is being treated at a Dallas-area hospital,” the statement said.ADVERTISEMENT Bringing it home: Delle Donne, Mystics earn first WNBA crown MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

Virat Kohli demands ruthlessness from Team India in ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgIndia’s best chances of defending the Champions Trophy title next month will be if they do not burden themselves with the prospect, skipper Virat Kohli said on Wednesday.Kohli was part of the Indian team who trumped hosts England in the 2013 final at Edgbaston, and he said he recalled no creased foreheads in that victorious dressing room.The same carefree attitude has been the hallmark of the Indian team who are currently the number one Test side, and Kohli saw no reason why it would not work in the one-day format.”I think the first challenge is not to think that we are defending the title,” the 28-year-old told reporters ahead of the team’s departure for Britain for the tournament starting on June 1.”When we went there last time, we just wanted to enjoy ourselves as a young unit and we ended up winning the tournament and creating a team which has done so well so far,” he said.”Right now, the mindset is very similar – to go out there and enjoy our cricket, which we’ve done in the past couple of years. In Test cricket, we’ve been able to reach the top with that mindset, (along) with a hunger to win. We want to take it across to all formats.”WATCH FULL VIDEOKohli demanded from his team the kind of “ruthlessness” evident when they won 10 of 13 Tests on home soil last season.India’s batting mainstay also reminded his team that there would be little margin for error in the June 1-18 tournament featuring top eight one-day sides.advertisement”Because the tournament is much shorter (than World Cup) and you got top eight teams in the world, the competitiveness of the tournament is much higher, right from the word go,” he said.”In Champions Trophy, you need to be on top of your game from game one. If not, your chances go down pretty soon. I think that’s the biggest challenge in Champions Trophy.”India, who begin their Group B campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4, preferred experience over youth when selecting the squad, which includes former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and limited-overs stalwart Yuvraj Singh. (India look for second successive victory over Pakistan)Kohli predicted significant contributions from both the senior players.”They are so experienced that given the freedom to play their natural game in the middle order, they know better than anyone else how to build an innings, how to take the team out from difficult positions and how to win matches,” he said.”In the last series (against England), they batted freely and enjoyed each other’s company. When two of your greatest players play freely, it gives a lot of confidence to players batting above them.”last_img read more

Dipa Karmakar first Indian to win gold in Gymnastics World Challenge Cup

first_imgDipa Karmakar on Sunday clinched the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.The athlete, who is returning to action after a lay-off of nearly two years due to an injury, created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to clinch a gold at a global event.The 24-year-old from Tripura, who had finished fourth in vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win the top prize. She had topped the qualification with a score of 13.400.In her first attempt, Dipa had a difficulty score of 5.400 while collecting 8.700 in execution for a total of 14.100. She improved the score in her second attempt to 14.200 (5.600+8.600), giving her a total average of 14.150.Rifda Irfanaluthfi of Indonesia clinched the silver with 13.400 points while local woman Goksu Uctas Sanli took the bronze with a score of 13.200.Dipa, who is being accompanied by her coach Bisheshwar Nandi, has also qualified in balance beam finals by finishing third in the qualification with a score of 11.850.Dipa had suffered an Anetrior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury after the Rio Olympics and had undergone a surgery. She was initially confident of making a comeback at the Commonwealth Games but rehabilitation took more time than expected and she missed the Gold Coast event.Meanwhile, Rakesh Patra missed out on a medal in men’s rungs event finals as he finished fourth with a score of 13.650. Ibrahim Colak of the host country won the gold with a total score of 15.100 while Romanian Andrei Vasile (14.600) and Dutchman Yuri van Gelder (14.300) took the silver and bronze respectively.advertisementWorld Challenge Cup series is an important competition in the calendar of International Gymnastics Federation. There are six events in the World Challenge Cup series this year and this is the fourth leg of the season.Both Dipa and Rakesh have been included in the 10-member Indian gymnastics team for the upcoming Asian Games.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Indian girls beat South American combined team at Jr NBA World Championships

first_imgBy Saumojyoti Singha Choudhury Orlando (US), Aug 9 (PTI) Indian girls produced a stellar show to beat a combined South American team 40-37 in their final pool match to register their maiden victory at the Under-14 Jr NBA World Championships here. After losing their first two pool matches of the international bracket against Asia-Pacific and Europe respectively, the Indian girls came up with a spirited effort to eke out a close win at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex situated inside the Walt Disney World Resort. The Indians girls led their South American rivals in the first three periods 12-9 14-13 7-6 before losing the last period 7-9. For India, Sunishka Kartik scored 17 points as against 13 of South America’s Josefina Balatti. However, it turned out to be another disappointing outing for the Indian boys as they lost 49-56 to South America. As per the rules of the tournament, there are eight teams in the international bracket which have been divided into two pools of four each. All the eight teams qualified for the knock-out stages irrespective of the results and the pool outcomes are taken into consideration only to decide the placings. So, both the Indian boys and girls teams have automatically progressed to Fridays knock-out round. The US bracket too has eight teams and all of them will play the knock-out round irrespective of pool results. The winner of the US bracket and the international bracket will play in the World Championship match to be held on Sunday. Meanwhile, in tomorrow’s skill and three-point challenge contests, India will be represented by three boys and two girls.advertisement While Bhavik Garg and Dinesh Pal will be the boys representative in the skill challenge, Moumita Mishra will be the lone participant among the girls. In the three point contest, Jeevanshu Khatri will be the boys challenger while Sunishka will represent the girls. PTI SSC KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Virat Kohli fined Rs 500 for washing car with drinking water

first_imgThe Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has slapped a fine of Rs 500 on Virat Kohli after his domestic help was found washing the India captain’s car with drinking water.Kohli’s Gurugram residence in DLF Phase-1 has half a dozen cars and ABP News reported that the 30-year-old’s neighbours lodged a complaint, stating that thousands of litres of drinking water were being wasted in washing the vehicles by the cricketer’s domestic helps.The severe heat wave that has lashed North India this month has led to acute shortage of drinking water. Other houses in the area have also reportedly been challaned by the MCG for similar reason.Kohli is currently in England, leading the Indian team at the World Cup. India were the last team to start their campaign and their first game of the tournament ended with a six-wicket win over South Africa.Also Read | World cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Team India visit High Commissioner’s residence in LondonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rain washes out Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match in BristolAlso Seelast_img read more

Leroy Sané: ‘Pep told me to play like Messi – with freedom’

first_imgLeroy Sané’s welcoming demeanour suggests a young footballer enjoying his stellar rise at Manchester City. There is an intelligence in his eyes and a willingness to discuss anything – including Alexis Sánchez’s possible arrival this month – as he relaxes in a chair at the club’s training complex.Sánchez’s regular berth is on the left of attack, the area from which Sané terrorises defences. Yet there is no concern should the Arsenal forward, the subject of a £20m bid, join City during the transfer window and threaten Sané’s place in the starting XI. Share on Pinterest Manchester City Read more City are flying in all four competitions. They are 90 minutes away from the Carabao Cup final at Wembley as they take a 2-1 lead to Bristol City for Tuesday week’s semi-final second leg. There is an FA Cup fourth-round date at the winner of the Cardiff City-Mansfield Town replay. And next month the Champions League challenge is resumed with a last-16 tie against Basel.Sané, who has nine Germany caps, can look forward to an exciting summer at international level too, when Joachim Löw’s team defend the World Cup in Russia. His eyes sparkle when the notion of a clean sweep with club and country is put to him. “I think I’d retire – at 22,” he says and laughs. “One season and four titles with City and then the World Cup – that would be enough. If it happened, it would be an amazing year, but I don’t think it will happen. I hope but I don’t think so.”Sané’s haul of nine goals means he has equalled last term’s tally. He is City’s fastest player and the sight of him burning away from defenders is a joy of watching this Guardiola team. What fascinates most is how good Sané may become. He is a first choice but City’s manager speaks of how much Sané can improve.He agrees. “No player at the beginning of his career knows how good he can be,” he says. “It’s exciting and for me it’s a challenge to see how good I can be, how I can get to the best level. It’s really nice to see how it will go.” Facebook Pinterest Twitter But there is nothing troubling Sané and City at the moment. Instead, there is a buzz around the club. “We feel we can win some trophies so it feels special,” he says. “That’s why it’s special when you come to training. The games come around and you want to work hard, win the games. We’ve had a very good season so far. Many things can still happen and we won’t relax at all. To relax in the Premier League is not good.”While taking nothing for granted Sané would love to help City claim the title and then retain it, a feat only United and Chelsea have achieved in the Premier League era.“We always say we want to keep going on – we want to go as far as we can,” he says. “The final of the Carabao Cup, the final of the FA Cup, the Premier League; we want to go through and also to be in Kiev for the Champions League final.“It’s a dream for everyone. That’s why we are all working so hard. It’s very good for the team – everyone wants to win titles and improve.” Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Messenger Pep improves me a lot since day one that I was here. It’s quite impressive how he can help you to improveLeroy Sané Sané mentions “fun” more than once, and it is refreshing to hear an elite player talk of revelling in his high-pressure existence. “Of course I enjoy it,” he says. “Sometimes you’re so focused that you don’t even think about it. But you get confidence if you play well. When there’s a goal you’re happy, you celebrate. And through these things you feel much more like you’re having fun and so try to do more things, maybe score or make an assist – you feel the fun.”Sané’s sporting parents have been crucial to his mental approach. Souleymane, his father, played for Wattenscheid in the Bundesliga and for Senegal. Regina, his mother, was a gymnastics bronze medallist at the 1984 Olympics for West Germany.“They helped me a lot – they know the different sides of sport,” he says. “They could help me with different issues, special issues which they see similar [to their own experience] and could give me an example. It helped me to solve problems.” City ready to walk away from Alexis Sánchez deal amid United interest Topics “No, it doesn’t worry me personally,” the German says. “He’s a very good player. If he comes to us – I don’t know it will happen – he can help us. No player would say: ‘Oh I hope he doesn’t come.’ Every one of us is playing really well right now and everyone has confidence. But there are so many games – so everyone is going to get games.“If you don’t get challenged, then you can’t find out how good you are. Even if he is better, you can look up to him, learn and try to improve with him. That makes you a better player. Even if someone like that comes in and is in front of you – if he plays more – the target is to get in front of him in the first XI. So it makes you work harder.”City are at Liverpool on Sunday and Jürgen Klopp’s side know how good Sané can be. In September’s reverse fixture he produced one of his finest displays since joining from Schalke for £37m in the summer of 2016.After 57 minutes he replaced Gabriel Jesus. City were 3-0 ahead, Sadio Mané had been sent off for the visitors, and Sané was ruthless in killing off Liverpool, scoring twice to complete a 5-0 win. He says: “I try, like always, to help the team, and to score two goals was very good for the team and for me too.”City’s title challenge is a near-procession 22 matches in. Pep Guardiola’s team hold a 15-point lead over Manchester United and are a further three better off than Liverpool. Yet Sané knows the trip to Anfield will be a battle.“They have a very good team, good strikers,” he says. “[Roberto] Firmino, [Mo] Salah, Mané – quick players. They will look for mistakes from us and try to play counterattacks. That’s why it’s a tough game. It was an equal game at the start of the season because they also had chances to score the first goal.“They didn’t and then Mané was sent off, that was better for us. After we got the goal, we had much more confidence, they had a player less. The coach has also said it will be a tough game; it’s against Liverpool, they’re at Anfield and that’s why we are all looking forward to it.”Klopp is a long-time admirer of Sané. He had hoped to sign his countryman for Liverpool. “Yes, I was also talking with them,” says Sané, who made his senior debut for Schalke in April 2014. “Jürgen was calling me too, talking to me. That was before I joined City. He did a good job at [Borussia] Dortmund – I met him when he was there. He’s a good guy, nice guy – honest. He [has] worked well with Liverpool.”Klopp, who managed Dortmund from 2008 to 2015, wanted Sané to join the German club too. “Yes, there was a time when I was still in the academy that I could have gone there from Schalke but there was no thoughts at all to move to a rival,” he says. “I have no regrets at all. I’m very happy here. I have a lot of friends here, Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Kyle Walker. I really like it – everyone is a really good person, we have fun, a laugh.” Pep Guardiola’s declaration of trust is almost exposed by misfiring stars Leroy Sané enjoys scoring the first of his two goals in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Liverpool in September. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters Germany interviews Read more Share on Twitter Guardiola is harnessing his talent, making Sané a far finer footballer than on arrival. It is a feat the manager has achieved with virtually all of his squad and a key to why City are so dominant.Sané says: “He improves me a lot since day one that I was here. My complete game – how I play, how I have to move, in the space, when I don’t have the ball, when I have the ball. It’s quite impressive how he can help you to improve – it’s very good for the player and for the team.“I played against his Bayern Munich and I could see how they could play. It was amazing; it was not so comfortable to play against them.”Sané struggled initially after joining City until a discussion with Guardiola. “I needed a little time to settle, to know the Premier League, the people here, how they are and to know the players. I had to find my confidence. Pep told me to play with freedom like [Lionel] Messi, not like Messi – it’s impossible,” says Sané, laughing again. “Be free like Messi, have fun, do things like he wants from a striker like the end of the space [near goal] – take the option to shoot or give an assist.” Share on LinkedIn Paul Wilson Share on Facebook Jürgen was talking to me before I joined City. I have no regrets at all, I’m very happy hereLeroy Sané Reuse this contentlast_img read more

2016 QLD All Schools Underway

first_imgThe world’s biggest touch tournament is in full swing for the 33rd year, with over 400 teams and 5,000 students competing on the fields at the Whites Hill Touch Complex, Brisbane. Over 1180 games will be played through to Sunday 8 October with students from the Sunshine State battling it out for the 13’s, 15’s, 18’s Boys and Girls and 18’s Mixed titles. Results will be updated at the end of each day here, check out the day 1 results now.You can also download the Official All Schools Program for more information on this year’s tournament.Watch some of the activity from last year’s tournament below: Related Links2016 QLD All Schools 2015 Honour Roll 13 Boys – EMMAUS (Rockhampton)13 Girls- CHANCELLOR SC15 Boys- KEEBRA PARK SHS15 Girls- BENOWA SHS18 Boys- THE ROCKHAMPTON GRAMMAR18 Girls- CHANCELLOR SC18 Mixed- ST COLUMBAN’STo keep up to date with all the action, including draws, news and schedules, head to the All Schools website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

‘Unbelievable’ Alisson earns Milner’s star man pick

first_imgAlisson has been an “unbelievable” addition for Liverpool, says James Milner, with the Brazilian goalkeeper considered to have been the Reds’ star man this season.Jurgen Klopp invested £65 million ($84m) in luring the 26-year-old away from Roma during the summer transfer window of 2018.The No.1 spot had become something of an issue for Liverpool, with Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius failing to convince. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bringing in a man who topped the keeping charts in the Goal 50 has proved to be a shrewd move, with Milner among those happy to talk up the many qualities Alisson has added at Anfield.He told the official Liverpool FC magazine when asked to pick a standout performer for 2018-19: “It’s hard to pick out one player because everyone in the squad has done so well, not just the 11 who are starting.“We have made a lot of changes during games and a number of players have come in and done really well.“I think maybe one you could select is Alisson.“Coming to a new league is never easy. It’s a new lifestyle and you are also getting used to the weather and things like that, but he’s been unbelievable: from how he is around the place, to how good he is on the pitch with his feet and with the saves he makes.“Every single player makes mistakes and sometimes as a ‘keeper you maybe feel a bit different because mistakes often result in a goal, but if he makes a mistake it doesn’t faze him in the slightest and he remains confident and continues playing as if nothing has happened. That’s so important.“He’s been unbelievable for us this season so far and I believe that he’ll be a massive, massive player for us going forward.”Alisson has kept 13 Premier League clean sheets so far, with that return enough to have him leading the race for the Golden Glove.That return has been secured from just 22 games, with new-found defensive resilience having contributed significantly to Liverpool’s efforts this term.Klopp’s side currently lead the title race from defending champions Manchester City, with a four-point advantage held at the summit.Milner, Alisson and Co will next be in action on Saturday when Crystal Palace pay a visit to Merseyside. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Can’t-Miss Events at the 2018 Charleston Wine + Food Festival

first_imgAny time the words wine and food are paired together, we get excited. How could we not? It’s Pavlovian at this point, really. The mere thought of an item cooked to perfection or a glass of a fine French vintage get us drooling. It doesn’t matter what it is, even. It could be a basket of greasy fried pickles or it could be a  45-day dry-aged steak. It could be a Château Lafite-Rothschild or it could be a jug of Carlo Rossi (okay, maybe not jug wine). What makes the thought of both things better, though, is knowing that the two come together every year in Charleston, one of the best cities for food in the South, in the form of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival (CWFF).CWFF is back for its thirteenth run this February 28 through March 4 and is ready to blow the taste buds out of your mouth with an all-star lineup of food and beverage professionals from all over the country.For a series of events as epic as CWFF, it might seem hard to pick a favorite, but if we had to, it would be the Culinary Village (it is, after all, called the “heart and soul” of CWFF). Located downtown in Marion Square, the Culinary Village gives attendees a chance to eat and drink themselves silly. This year, the Culinary Village was designed as an ode to Charleston’s old Market Street food hall with “The Gourmetisserie.”  Throughout each session, the stage will be populated with a mix of music, chef demos, and engaging conversations that you can enjoy while you dig in, peruse the Artisan Market, or head out back to the Corkyard for a glass of vino. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now center_img Editors’ Recommendations Each ticket (those that aren’t sold out) provides access to a five-hour session of unlimited eating and drinking. If you’re an avid reader of The Manual, then you’ll recognize some of the names at the culinary village. They include, among many others, Jesse Houston of Fine and Dandy, Matt Bolus of The 404 Kitchen, and Anthony DiBenardo of Swig & Swine.Even if you don’t go to the Culinary Village, you can still easily get your fill of all things wine and/or food while attending CWFF. Every day, all day, there are seminars, lunches, dinners, and myriad other events that you can attend, all hosted by luminaries in their fields. Some of the events we’re most excited for are:Vermouth: Much More than MartinisImage courtesy of Charleston Food + Wine FestivalImage courtesy of Charleston Food + Wine FestivalHosted by Tad Carducci (co-founder of Tippling Bros., a New York-based beverage consultancy, and partner in Cocktail Courier), this seminar will explore how you can use this storied aromatized wine product in more than well, Martinis. Not only will attendees learn about the rich history of vermouth (and about the different styles), but they will learn the myriad ways that those different types of vermouth can be taken neat or incorporated into cocktails.Food in Focus with Hélène DujardinImage courtesy of Charleston Food + Wine FestivalImage courtesy of Charleston Food + Wine FestivalWho doesn’t want to shoot amazing food photography, especially when so much today depends on Insta-likes? In this seminar, Charleston-based food photographer Hélèn Dujardin works with three star industry professionals (Josh Keeler of 492 in Charleston; Steven Greene of Herons at the Umstead in Cary, North Carolina; and Colleen Hughes of Haberdish in Charlotte) to not only present delicious light bites and drinks, but the knowledge of how to best capture them on camera as well. This, considering the caliber of everything else going on, seems like it should be a required class at CWFF.Pecha Kucha + Choir! Choir! Choir!Image courtesy of Charleston Food + Wine FestivalImage courtesy of Charleston Food + Wine FestivalMuch like Ted and Tedx talks, Pecha Kucha is a chance for the food and drink world to come together to share ideas, inspiration, and more. Attendees will be able to munch on food truck delights and indulge in craft cocktails while industry professionals such as John T. Edge (Author of The Potlikker Papers and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance), Angela DuPree (operations director of Measure Up Training Program at One80 Place), and Scott Crawford (founder of Ben’s Friends and chef at Crawford & Son in Raleigh, North Carolina) take the stage. After the speakers, Choir! Choir! Choir! will finish out the evening.When Stars AlignImage courtesy of Charleston Food + Wine FestivalImage courtesy of Charleston Food + Wine FestivalFinally, if you can afford it (tickets are a mere $1,500 each), this is not a dinner to miss (we’re trying to find a place to sell a kidney to get into this one). This seven-course pairing meal features some of the best of the best in the culinary world. Throughout the night, you’ll be delighted by the talents of Sean Brock, Curtis Duffy, Gavin Kaysen, Steven D. Greene, Diego Muñoz, Angie Mar, Kevin Getzewich, and Robert Mondavi, Jr. If food means anything to you at all, then you know the gravity that each of these names holds. This is not a dinner to miss, if for nothing else than to spend the rest of your life bragging that you got to be at this meal.While many of the events are already sold out (and have been for months), there are still tickets available for others. In order to see what is still available, you’ll need to visit their schedule of events. 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. last_img read more

Concordia Maritime, Neste Oil Sell Jointly Owned Tankers

first_imgzoom Concordia Maritime and Finnish Neste Oil have reached an agreement on the sale of the two jointly owned Ice Class 1A panamax tankers, Stena Poseidon and Palva. The buyer is Transport Maritime St-Laurent Inc. and the tankers are expected to be delivered in April/May 2014.Stena Poseidon and Palva are panamax tankers with a deadweight of 75,000 tons and were delivered from Brodosplit Shipyard in Split in 2007. They are jointly owned by Concordia Maritime and Neste Oil. Both tankers have been signed to time charters with Neste Oil since 2007.“We are content to see this sale go through as it suits our strategic objective of focusing on our spot operated P-MAX fleet. The sale will have a positive result for Concordia Maritime and will be realized in the 2ndquarter”, says Kim Ullman, CEO, Concordia Maritime.Concordia Maritime, March 19, 2014last_img read more

Our grand finale Alberta couple celebrates third set of fraternal twins

first_imgThe Canadian Press RED DEER, Alta. — After three sets of fraternal twins, Pam and Taylor Armstrong are closing in on reality-TV territory but trying for a fourth set isn’t in the cards for the couple from central Alberta.“We are done. I said this is our grand finale. We’ll call it quits here,” laughed Pam Armstrong from the couple’s new five-bedroom home in Red Deer on Monday.The couple welcomed their first son Parker and daughter Emery nine years ago, girls Brynlee and Adileigh five years ago and the newest additions boy Maverick and girl Blakely three weeks ago.It was a special Mother’s Day for Pam Armstrong who said her four older children are thrilled.“They all made me special cards and told me all the things they loved about me, which was great. Then we spent some time with my family — my grandma and grandpa, my mum and dad, and some of my siblings,” she said.“I didn’t have to cook or do dishes or laundry, which was lovely. We avoided all of those things for one day anyway.”There had only been twins once in her family before when her grandmother gave birth to a set.“I say it runs in our family now.”Armstrong believes her work as a labour and delivery nurse before having children of her own helped her cope. And after two sets of twins, news about a third wasn’t a total shock.“We were very aware that this could happen but you don’t think that it actually would happen a third time,” said Armstrong, who turned 34 two days before the latest births.“It was kind of, OK, this is our reality. We’re going to do this again. I have had much opportunity to perfect my ways in parenting and mothering two babies.”Her husband took a month’s paternity leave from his teaching job in nearby Blackfalds, Alta. He said it’s definitely easier to cope the third time around.“I don’t know if I’d call us a well-oiled machine, but we know what we need to achieve. We don’t always achieve it in that well-oiled way. We run a few minutes late,” he said.“We’ll keep doing just the same old thing. Just keep on trucking. We’ve got a few more critters in the bunch now.”Tyler Armstrong said he realizes that the pressure will be on to produce something more than just a card from the kids when the next Mother’s Day rolls around.“I might need to produce something of merit for a few years here yet. That’s for sure.”— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Dynamo Helps Design Wallpaper Collection

first_imgPrince’s Trust Ambassadors Kelly Hoppen MBE and Dynamo have teamed up to create a magical new wallpaper collection.Dynamo and Kelly HoppenA percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Trust.The world-renowned designer, Kelly Hoppen, and Trust-supported magician, Dynamo, have created a distinctive range of illusion wallpaper, in collaboration with Graham & Brown.Using the newest printing technology, realistic imagery and clever design, the pair have created an optical illusion of depth, which forms a sense of additional space within the home.The collection will launch at the end of January and is available in two designs: 1. Enigma – a 3 dimensional effect giving protruding pillar effect 2. Paradox – which replicates an angled jutting wall of stone“I was thrilled to work with Dynamo, creating a unique and exciting design for people to enjoy in their homes,” said Kelly. “One of the reasons we wanted to work together is because we share the same vision to inspire young people to be creative and entrepreneurial.”Dynamo, who started his magical journey through the Trust’s Enterprise programme, added: “I’m thrilled with the results and even more delighted that part of the profits will go to The Prince’s Trust who were so key in helping me start my magical journey.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

Manitoba RCMP probe of Peguis trust fund dollar use on hold pending

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe RCMP in Manitoba has an open investigation into allegations involving the use of money from a Peguis First Nation land settlement trust fund, APTN National News has learned.The RCMP investigation, triggered by a complaint from a Peguis First Nation band member, is currently on hold pending the completion of a financial review launched by Indigenous and Northern Affairs’ audit and evaluation branch, APTN can report. The review is being executed by auditing firm Deloitte.The complaint filed with the RCMP involves the use of funds from the $64 million Peguis received as part of a 2006 treaty land entitlement (TLE) agreement. Some of those funds, held in trust by the Peguis Treaty Land Entitlement Fund, were used to launch a joint venture with the Manitoba Jockey Club to develop the Assiniboia Downs race horse track.Indigenous Affairs’ audit and evaluation branch opened an investigation in December 2015 after receiving allegations involving the misuse of the TLE funds from former Peguis chief Cindy Spence. The branch tapped Deloitte to lead the probe in early 2016.“The review is being conducted as a result of information received by the department’s audit and evaluation sector,” said a statement from department spokesperson Valerie Hache. “At this time, the review is ongoing and no additional information is available.”The time frames for the allegations sent to the RCMP and Indigenous Affairs correspond with Glen Hudson’s previous terms as chief for Peguis. Hudson was chief of Peguis from 2007 until 2015 when he was beat by Spence, whose campaign focused on the previous administration’s alleged misuse of funds. Hudson regained his seat in March by beating the incumbent Spence.Hudson has not been charged with any crime and no allegations against him have been proven in court.Hudson was contacted by Deloitte shortly before the election in mid-March, according to his lawyer Jamie Kagan. Kagan said he recommended Hudson reject a meeting with Deloitte. Kagan said Deloitte wouldn’t reveal the client who requested the financial review or provide any documents ahead of time.“I never heard back from them again. Either this is not a particularly good audit or something is fishy,” said Kagan.Kagan said he initially didn’t believe Indigenous Affairs (INAC) was behind the financial review.“It was during the election call, that is what made me immediately suspicious it wasn’t INAC,” said Kagan. “INAC is not going to mess around in the middle of an election.”Kagan said the federal department’s Winnipeg office told him they were not aware of any financial probe. Kagan said he did not, at the time, contact the audit and evaluations branch in Ottawa.When informed of the department’s statement to APTN last week, Kagan said he would be looking into it.“I would like to know when this so-called investigation happened and I would like to know when Deloitte was retained. To me this is all interesting in an artificial sense. The details are important,” said Kagan.As of this article’s posting, Kagan said he was still trying to get clarity from the federal department on the issue.Shortly before the March 24 election in Peguis, Kagan penned a carefully worded letter on behalf of Hudson addressing claims around the RCMP investigation and the department’s financial review.“We can confirm we have never been contacted by the RCMP in respect of former chief Hudson. We are not involved in any investigation and do not believe any such investigation exists. We understand this allegation to be false,” said the March 16 letter, signed by Kagan.“We have also contacted Indian and National Affairs Canada [sic] (INAC). INAC has confirmed that there is no investigation at all of former chief Hudson. These allegations are therefore equally false,” said the letter.In a subsequent interview, Kagan repeated his assertion that, based on the information in his possession, he didn’t believe the investigations by the RCMP and INAC existed at the time. This led him to believe the information about the allegations was incorrect, said Kagan.Kagan said he stands by what he wrote and is willing to litigate to defend himself and Hudson.“If your network is going to put on the air that there is a file open and here are all these allegations and they are going to put my name, my firm’s name or Hudson’s name associated with them, I can tell you there will be a response,” said Kagan. “If our letter is referred to as anything other than factually accurate there will be consequences to that. I know that every word of that letter is factually accurate.”As to the allegations, Kagan said he has no intimate knowledge of Peguis’ side in the Assiniboia Downs venture.“If you are talking about the Downs—which I don’t know much about and was not involved with at all. Interestingly enough I acted on the other side of Peguis on that matter,” said Kagan. “I don’t have information on Peguis and the transaction. A transaction closed and there are lawsuits outstanding related to that”Kagan represented former NDP provincial finance minister Stan Struthers who opposed the deal between Peguis and the Jockey Club.The Jockey Club launched a civil suit against Struthers and the province alleging a conspiracy to sink the horse race track. The suit was eventually settled out of court in 2014 through a deal between Manitoba and the club.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Government reiterates there is no threat to National security

“We recover various kind of ammunition very often as these were all hidden by the LTTE during the war. So the question of our national security being threatened does not arise,” Hettiarachchi said. In addition to the suicide jacket, police also discovered a stock of explosives and bullets which were hidden in a house in Chawakachcheri, in the north.The opposition has called on the Government to take responsibility for the “breakdown in security” and take control of the escalating crime rate. (Colombo Gazette) However, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi told Xinhua that the recovery was “nothing extraordinary” as such explosives and ammunition were hidden by the rebels during the war period. The Government today reiterated that there was no threat to the country’s national security despite allegations by the opposition that the LTTE may try to regroup, the Xinhua news agency reported.Opposition parliamentarian and former president’s son, Namal Rajapakse tweeted that the recovery of a suicide jacket and explosives from a house in the North earlier in the day raised questions if the LTTE was trying to regroup. read more

At General Debate Colombia encourages UN in efforts to solve Syrian crisis

“From this Assembly we reiterate our call for an end to the attacks and for a political negotiation that resolves the legitimate aspirations of all sectors of Syrian society,” he told 67th Assembly on the second day of its annual General Debate.Joint UN-League of Arab States mediation efforts have so far failed to end the conflict in the country, where over 18,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others driven from their home since an uprising against President Bashar Al-Assad erupted 18 months ago.“I would like to express our support to the new Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, and wish great success in his difficult task,” President Santos said. Mr. Brahimi took over the mission from former secretary-general Kofi Annan at the beginning of September.Addressing journalists after a briefing to the Security Council earlier this week, Mr. Brahimi said that while the situation in Syria continues to be “very grim,” a solution may be forthcoming. The Joint Special Representative recently returned from a trip to the Middle East where he met with President al-Assad to discuss the crisis. He also visited refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan, where he heard first-hand accounts of the struggles facing those who fled the conflict in their homeland.Turning to Haiti, which has been devastated by political instability, a massive earthquake, hurricanes and a cholera epidemic, President Santos called for continued full engagement. “If there is a country in our hemisphere that requires peacebuilding as a comprehensive task, it is Haiti,” he said. “Its recovery requires our continuous support in order to strengthen its institutions and productive capacities, to generate employment and reduce extreme poverty and to get the United Nations to work for development in this country. I invite you to persevere in this cause.”The Colombian leader also touched on talks his Government will be holding with rebel forces which have been at war with the authorities for nearly 50 years, as well as economic progress the Latin American region has experienced.President Santos is one of scores of heads of State and government and other high-level officials who are presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Demanding immediate ceasefire in Libya Security Council extends UN mission in crisistorn

Further to that text, adopted yesterday evening, the Council expressed grave concern about the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also referred to by its Arab acronym Da’esh), its supporters and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida and about the negative impact of their presence, violent extremist ideology and actions on stability in Libya. In a related provision, the 15-member body called on the Sanctions Committee it established in 2011 to consider requests for the transfer or supply of arms and related materiel to the Libyan Government for use by its official Armed Forces to combat ISIL and its supporters. The Council also expressed support for the United Nations-led political dialogue between the Government of Libya and all Libyan parties that renounced violence, calling on them to engage constructively with the initiative of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and UNSMIL chief, Bernardino Leon, with the purpose of forming a national unity government. Adopting the resolution by which UNSMIL was extended, the Council decided that the operation’s mandate should now focus on support to the Libyan political process and security arrangements. It would include human rights monitoring and reporting, as well as support for securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering its proliferation. Expressing deep concern at the threat posed by unsecured arms and ammunition in Libya and their proliferation, “which undermines stability in Libya and the region, including through transfer to terrorist and violent extremist groups,” the Council urged the Libyan Government to improve its monitoring of arms and materiel. Also by that resolution, the Council extended the expert panel on sanctions until 30 April 2016, and parallel to that, the authorizations on illicit oil exports. It reaffirmed that the travel ban and asset freeze, first imposed in 2011, also applied to individuals and entities determined by the Sanctions Committee to be engaging in or providing support for other acts that threatened the peace, stability or security of Libya or obstructed or undermined the successful completion of its political transition. Condemning the use of violence against civilians and civilian institutions and the continuing escalation of conflict, including attacks on airports, State institutions and other vital national infrastructure and natural assets, the Council called for those responsible to be held accountable. read more

How growing eucalyptus in Scotland could help solve climate change as animal

While farms struggle with the economics of cheap food, the UK’s thirst for biomass combined with government grants is turning some farmers into tree huggers. The boom in demand for wood pellets for biomass-burning power stations, such as the vast Drax power plant in North Yorkshire, has driven up demand for… It might be wind farms, batteries and Teslas that grab all the attention in Britain’s fight against climate change, but it’s in one of its oldest professions where the impact is being felt already. Tim Mack, the forestry manager for Elderslie Estates in Renfrewshire, hopes that they will embrace one tree in particular. He is attempting to pioneer eucalyptus as a forestry product in Scotland. read more

Some 3000 students have had their grant refused or cancelled

first_imgSTUDENT GRANTS BODY SUSI says some 3,000 people have had their grants either refused or cancelled for the coming academic year.In the latest update in how it is handling grant applications, Student Universal Support Ireland said it is more than two months ahead of last year’s chaotic handling of applications, which led to long delays for many students.SUSI received a total of 82,000 applications before the deadline this year, 59,000 of which were new applicants. Of these new applicants, SUSI said it expects to award grants to around 40,000 first-time applicants.So far, more than 10,000 grants have been awarded – a significant increase on this time last year when no grants had been paid yet –  while another 5,000 have been provisionally awarded pending confirmation that they have accepted their course. Some 2,000 students have been asked to provide additional information.SUSI said some 41,000 students are in the process of having their applications move towards final processing after they returned all requested documents to SUSI. The agency is now moving to process the remaining 21,000 applications from students who have submitted supporting documents, which is expected to be completed by the end of October when students will find out whether they have been awarded the grant or not.Students who have not yet returned documents – such as course acceptance forms or notices of assesment of income for self-employed people or farmers – have been urged to do so as soon as possible.SUSI was set up to process grant applications last year, but the new system was beset with delays and problems with processing applications. The office of the Ombudsman has said it is taking on more than 50 complaints relating to problems with SUSI.Students were “put through the mill” by SUSI > SUSI ‘working closely’ with the Ombudsman on student grant complaints > Almost 8,000 applicants turned down for grant by SUSI >last_img read more