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first_imgAs the Police, through community relations initiatives, continue to work to reduce youth inactivity and crime, 71 students are now certified in technical areas by the Leonora Technical and Vocational Skill Training Centre.This year’s batch received certificates in a number of areas, namely: data operations, general office administration, motor vehicle works, carpentry, electrical installation, welding and fabrication, metal work engineering and Information Technology.At the award ceremony at the Vocational Centre on Tuesday, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine praised the students for their outstanding achievements, cautioning that a lack of reading and reasoning skills has contributed to an uptick in crime.He posited that one’s youth was the prime period during which one should capitalise on opportunities.“If you can’t make the best of your opportunity and make the best of your youth, you will simply pass through life [as] a basin of water,” the acting Police Commissioner expressed.He also appealed to parents, stating that they have “every responsibility” to ensure that their children attain an adequate education.In his closing remarks, Ramnarine told the students that they should embrace a “positive attitude” in moving to their future paths.“To become someone, that one in a million; to stand out [and] be a good example in your community, to your family and the country, you have to have a positive attitude… you will be on the path of becoming a better person [in] equipping yourself to make a better contribution [to society],” the Acting Commissioner encouraged.Meanwhile, Commander Stephen Mansell, who initiated the technical and vocational programme in the region, noted that it was part of the Community Relations Programme that enlisted requisite stakeholders to reduce crime. These stakeholders include the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the business community and members of the public.“Our intention is to transform Region Three through community relations,” he stated, and observed that Amerindian communities, like Bonasika, and others should continue to benefit from the initiatives. Mansell also expressed the view that the work of the Leonora institute has aided in reducing the number of youth “hanging out on the street”.Principal of the Training Centre, Eon Nickelson, posited that the programme, which started in 2015, was established to give youths in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) the necessary training to “add to Guyana”. Although the number of graduates this year declined from last year’s figure of 94 to 71, the Principal pointed that enrolment for the next academic year was encouraging.This year’s outstanding students included Rannie Martin in the motor vehicle works programme, Tyrese Trats in carpentry and Kerry Sookra in welding and fabrication. Annette Sumbir was adjudged Best Graduating Student, as well as Best Performing Metal Work Engineering Student.The centre caters to students in the Region Three area, and the programme is collaboration between the Education Ministry and Guyana Police Force D Division (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo). This year’s graduating class ranged from ages 16-21. Additionally, mature students also enrolled in some programmes.last_img read more

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first_imgMid-year financial reportBy Samuel SukhnandanBased on all the macroeconomic indicators, the economy is still struggling or limping along; so says former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government Minister, Irfaan Ali. Instead of adopting counter recurring policies to turn this economic situation around; Ali said the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government seems comfortable “taxing the economy to death.”Ali’s comments come against the backdrop of the 2017 Mid-Year Finance Ministry Report. The former Minister pointed out that credit to the key traditional sectors declined distinctly, as the commercial banks respond to the slowdown in the economy and high levels of non-performing loans.The non-performing loans increased from $26.585 million at end of June 2016 to $29.945 million at end of June 2017. The ratio of non-performing loans to total loans was 13.1 per cent at end of June 2017, almost twice the level at the end of September 2014. Ali said given the low provisioning, the financial sector is standing at the precipice of immense uncertainty and signals that the economy is in distress.He noted that while the inflation rate was stabilised at 1.1 per cent, local consumers were forced to pay more for food, housing, transportation, medical and personal care, education, recreation and culture. To a large extent, the tax measures introduced this year are responsible for the price increases.Meanwhile, Guyana’s external overall balance of payments has deteriorated resulting in the reduction in the gross international reserves and import cover. According to the report, the overall balance of payments moved to a deficit of US$46.0 million from a surplus of US$12.1 million.This outturn was due primarily to deterioration in the current account which registered a deficit of US$100.1 million for the first six months of 2017, compared with a surplus of US$27.0 million during the corresponding period in 2016.Lower export receipts from the ailing sectors coupled with the notable growth in imports contributed to the deficit in the current account during the first half of 2017.The principal exchange rate (GY:US) continued to slide during the first half of 2017. The average buying and selling rates depreciated from $206.35 and $210.11 during December 2016 to $211.80 and $214.25 during June 2017. Ali said notwithstanding the draconian measures implemented by the Central Bank to stabilise the exchange rate, the principal exchange rate depreciated by more than four dollars; the largest decline in the exchange rate over the past two decades.He said it is noteworthy that the depreciation occurred because demand for the US dollar remained strong while the inflow of US dollars dwindled due to the poor performance of the non-gold export sectors.The Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) also made reference to the Private Sector credit which increased marginally by 1.8 per cent. However, there were notable contractions in credit to all the major sectors, except the services sector. Loans to the agriculture sector, declined by 12.6 per cent, while loans to the manufacturing, mining and quarrying sector, declined by 5.1 per cent and 7.1 per cent respectively.“The contraction in credit to the key sectors provides additional confirmation that our economy is unwell and suffering from a prolonged coma,” he added.In a previous comment, Ali noted that net foreign reserve plummeted from US$633 million in June 2016 to US$574 million in mid-2017; the lowest ever recorded in over seven years.“In other words, the APNU/AFC Government destroyed in two years what the PPP/C took to amass in seven years. Even more worrisome, external debt increased by US$53 million to US$1.200 million,” he added.Guyana’s economy recorded real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 2.2 per cent during the first half of 2017. This marginal increase was mainly driven by the expansion of the agriculture, fishing, and forestry sectors. The manufacturing, construction, and service sectors also made contributions.Growth in the agriculture, fishing, and forestry sectors was led by expansion in the rice and fishing industries attributable to favourable international prices, strong demand, and entry into new markets. Non-sugar growth declined from 3.1 per cent, in the first half of 2016, to 2.4 per cent during the same period in 2017.last_img read more

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first_imgAldi has announced that seven Donegal charities are the latest groups to benefit from Aldi’s new community support fund.Aldi’s Donegal stores’ staff have awarded Good and New Charity Shop, Nazareth House Fahan, Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital, Anam Cara, the Family Enrichment Centre, Alzheimers Society of Ireland – Donegal Home Support and the North West Hospice a €500 grant each.The donations were made in recognition of their tremendous work within the local community and to help support their vital services. The €500 grants were presented to Eamon McDevitt, Good and New Charity Shop, Sister Bernadette O’Gorman, Nazareth House Fahan, Ann McGowan, The Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital, Maire Teape, Anam Cara, Ann Sheridan, the Family Enrichment Centre, Alastair McKinney, Alzheimers Society of Ireland – Donegal Home Support and Bernie McNeely, North West Hospice.Commenting, Finbar McCarthy, Group Buying Director, Aldi Ireland, said, “We are delighted our Donegal stores’ employees have chosen to support such worthy organisations as they play a pivotal role in bettering the local community as a whole. Supporting the local communities our stores serve is something that we truly believe in and we are proud to be contributing to the important work done by charities and not-for–profit organisations across Donegal through our community support fund.”Aldi’s community support fund programme provides each Aldi employee with the opportunity to nominate a charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation within their local community for support. Nominated charities are assessed according to a defined selection criteria, with the organisation deemed the most worthwhile receiving a €500 donation from Aldi.Each of Aldi’s 128 Irish stores has been allocated an individual annual bursary fund and a “Charity Champion” assigned to co-ordinate the programme at a local level and work closely with the local charities and not-for-profit organisations. The programme aims to make a difference to the communities Aldi’s stores’ serve, focusing on helping develop Ireland’s youth, combat food poverty and improve the wellbeing of families.Local Donegal charities from all over Donegal awarded Û500 each by Aldi’s Donegal stores’ staff.Eamon McDevitt, Good & New receives a cheque for Û500 from Anna Cybulska, Aldi’s Ramelton Road, Letterkenny store “Charity Champion”. presentationsBernie McNeely, North West Hospice receiving a cheque for Û500 from Martin Love, Aldi’s “Charity Champion”.Claire Duddy, Aldi’s Dungloe store “Charity Champion” and Ann McGowan, Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital. receiving a cheque for Û500Ann Sheridan, Family Enrichment Centre receiving a cheque for Û500 from Edyta Piechowicz, Aldi’s Ballybofey store “Charity Champion”.Photo Brian McDaidSr. Bernadette O’Gorman, Nazareth House Fahan. receiving a cheque for Û500 from Aldi in the Charity Champion presentations.Photo Brian McDaidSr. Bernadette O’Gorman, Nazareth House Fahan receiving a cheque for Û500 fromDoreen Bourne, Aldi’s Buncrana store “Charity Champion”.Photo Brian McDaidMaire Teape, Anam Cara receiving a cheque for Û550 from Sean Cafferkey, Aldi’s Neil T. Blaney Road, Letterkenny store “Charity Champion”.Photo Brian McDaidAlastair McKinney, Alzheimers Society of Ireland – Donegal Home Support received a cheque for Û500 from Cornelius Gildea, Aldi’s Donegal Town store “Charity Champion”.Photo Brian McDaidDonegal charities get cash windfall from new Aldi community support fund was last modified: December 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe owner of a tropical butterfly farm is in a race against time to save hundreds of butterflies from freezing to death.Clive Alcorn of Tropical World in Letterkenny has imported the exotic winged wonders which come from around the world.But the businessman is now being forced to build a greenhouse within a greenhouse to protect the butterflies before his attraction opens this weekend. Clive revealed that the freezing Irish weather has already claimed dozens of the stunning creatures.“This time last year we were actually opening vents to let some cool air in.“It’s simply too cold for the butterflies as they turn from pupa. They need about 25 degrees of heat and it is simply not there.“We are trying to build a smaller greenhouse within a greenhouse so the butterflies can survive for the moment. “We have a large greenhouse but it is simply too expensive to keep heated all the time during the freezing conditions. It takes about six litres of oil an hour.“We’re now looking to build a greenhouse within a greenhouse so the butterflies can survive and the public can view them inside the smaller greenhouse.“Hopefully the temperatures will increase soon and we can release the butterflies into the open area,” he said.Clive, who opened Tropical World in 2011, imports his butterfly pupae from around the globe.They include the Scarlett Swallowtail from the Philippines, the Blue Grassy Tiger from South Asia and the Great Mormon from South Asia. Clive is still hopeful he can release 200 butterflies before he opens Tropical World this Friday and hundreds more throughout the season.“We’re hoping the weather will pick up but the forecast is for more freezing temperatures and snow but that’s Donegal and Ireland for you.“Hopefully it will turn and the place will come alive with some of the most butterflies on the planet.“It’s a great sight to see children running around being able to see these magnificent creatures close-up,” he said. BUSINESSMAN IN RACE TO STOP EXPENSIVE BUTTERFLIES FROM FREEZING TO DEATH was last modified: March 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:butterfliesfreezing weathertropical worldlast_img read more

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first_imgAn Garda Síochána have initiated a Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) Alert.An Garda Síochána are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 15-year-old Sait Canbullu.At approximately 1310hrs this afternoon, 13th September 2014, Sait Canbullu was approached by two males ( wearing balaclavas / ski masks) and abducted during an incident at the junction of High St. and Rowe St. in Wexford town. He was taken from the scene in vehicle described as a black saloon car with tinted windows. It’s understood the car travelled in the direction of Wexford Quays. Sait is described as 5ft4” in height, of average build, with black hair and brown eyes. When last seen he was wearing dark grey tracksuit and blue/grey Nike running shoes. APPEAL TO THE PUBLIC:  Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí on 999 or 112 Please do not approach those involved, instead immediately contact 999 / 112 or your local Garda Station providing as much information as possible.  THE GARDA CONFIDENTIAL NUMBER SHOULD NOT BE USED AS THE NUMBER IS NOT MANNED ON A 24 HOUR BASIS A photograph of Sait Canbullu is available by e-mail request from the Garda Press Office on pressoffice@garda.ie A further update will be issued within two hours if not sooner. GARDA CHILD ABDUCTION ALERT was last modified: September 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img4 December 2013 Former South African president Nelson Mandela is to be honoured with an official Opus, the definitive publication chronicling the life and times of the anti-apartheid icon, it was announced in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Half a square metre in size and weighing in at 37 kilograms, The Nelson Mandela Opus will tell Mandela’s story in a unique and definitive way, featuring the finest writers along with stunning images displayed on an unprecedented scale. The Mandela Opus will pay tribute to Madiba in the year of his 95th birthday, with the publication set to coincide with South Africa’s 20 years of democracy in 2014. Only 10 000 copies will be available worldwide, while derivatives of the Opus will be available to make the ultimate work produced on Mandela’s life accessible to millions around the world. “We are excited about the Mandela Opus, which is another way of taking Tata’s legacy to people all over the world,” Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela, said at the announcement of the project at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg on Tuesday. “There can never be enough ways of telling his story.”‘Unique not only in size’ The Opus collection is a series of the largest works ever produced on selected iconic stories, organisations and personalities, including Ferrari, Manchester United, Michael Jackson, Sachin Tendulkar and the Springboks. Opus, Matchworld and Africa Rising, in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the House of Mandela, will publish the The Nelson Mandela Opus, with award-winning journalist Ryland Fisher, a former Cape Times editor and author of the book Race, tasked with editing the epic publication. There exists an almost inexhaustible amount of subjects on Mandela, with hundreds of books written about him. The challenge, as Fisher realised as soon as he began to dig deeper into the legend that is Madiba, is what to leave out. “This is the biggest tribute that you can ever think of to pay to such a great South African, and part of the challenge we had was to ensure that the unique thing about the book not only be its size, but the unique elements in the book,” says Fisher. Fisher has gone to great lengths to find the untold stories of people’s encounters with the great man. “For instance, the chapter on the day of Madiba’s release is unique because we spoke to various people involved in different parts of his release,” Fisher says. “We also spoke to someone who was in the house with Madiba before he came out, we spoke to the person who drove his car, we even spoke to another guy who walked around on the Grand Parade with a gun hidden under his coat, looking for potential people who might want to take Madiba out.”Accounts of family, friends, international leaders The Opus will be filled with writings by a historian on Mandela’s history, looking at the economic, political and social situation in the world at each of the key points in Mandela’s life. While the book will explore his life in great detail, it will also include the emotional accounts of friends, family, comrades, and international leaders and personalities. “We’ve got this fantastic story about his family and how part of the family felt they were neglected because all the publicity and attention was on only one part of the family,” says Fisher. “When we did the interviews with family members, I really thought we would get a sanitised version of history, and people would not be open and honest with us. What we’ve got was actually amazing – we got the family members speaking, ‘warts and all’, really.” Celebrated South African photojournalist Benny Gool, who chronicled the life of Madiba, is the official photographer for the Opus and had to wade through thousands of images for the book. “We ended up with close to 20 000 images … and we are moving to a point where we will end up with a minimum of 2 000 images, and from there we will draw on whatever will end up in the book,” says Gool, adding: “What is nice about this book is that you can display images like I’ve never seen in a book.” The foreword to The Nelson Mandela Opus will be written by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. It will also feature special contributions by people such as Bill Gates, Naomi Campbell and Sir Richard Branson. It will include a personal account by South African President Jacob Zuma on his recollections of Madiba, while former US president Bill Clinton and Madiba’s fellow Nobel Peace laureate and former SA president FW de Klerk will also add their voices to the Opus. Poet Zolani Mkiva, who has been Mandela’s traditional praise singer for 13 years, has been tasked with ensuring historical accuracies in the book, particularly around traditions and Madiba’s heritage. “In a book like this that will be going global, what we want to do is mainstream the African heritage which he comes from,” says Mkiva. “You will realise that in terms of his early influences on leadership, his love for the community started from his grassroots, and we didn’t want to leave that out.” SAinfo reporter and Nelson Mandela Centre of Memorylast_img read more

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first_imgThe small war memorial near the burial site of India’s 1971 war hero Albert Ekka has become a place for people, especially those visiting from Jharkhand, to pay tribute to soldiers.On Monday, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Sudarshan Bhagat visited the site. On an official tour to Tripura, Mr. Bhagat, who is an MP from Lohardaga in Jharkhand, paid floral tribute and observed a minute of silence.Ekka, who hailed from Jharkhand, was posted with the 14th Battalion of the Brigade of the Guards in Tripura when he was martyred during the Battle of Gangasagar. The regiment, in fact, had many soldiers from Jharkhand while it was stationed in Tripura.Memorial restoredAround six feet high, the memorial at Sripalli, south of Agartala, was restored after Ekka’s wife Balamdeena, her son and other family members paid a visit on January 11 last year. The family, which had refused to accept the urn of the Param Vir Chakra recipient from the Jharkhand government, had asked to visit the burial site instead.last_img read more

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first_imgMembers of the Amateur Radio Society of Odisha got together at an uninhabited island within the Chilika lake to test their operational skill and technology to help the public during natural calamities such as cyclonic storms.The team had chosen this island as it is inaccessible by conventional telecommunication network. During their two-day camp at the island that ended on Sunday evening, eight licensed private HAM radio operators of Odisha experimented transmission of messages to the outside world through radio signals.‘Used solar power’ It was an attempt to simulate real-life situation during any natural calamity when all conventional modes of communication cease to exist. “To simulate such a situation, we remained cut-off from the outside world for two days and used solar power to operate our HAM radios. A bamboo pole was used as an antenna tower,” said Gurudatta Panda, one of the participants. Amateur radio operators can link up with other HAM enthusiasts through ‘short wave’ radio frequency.Contacted 130 operators During the event, these operators, despite their lack of infrastructure, managed to contact around 130 Amateur radio operators around the world. Around 90 of these were from different parts of India while others were from countries including Denmark, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. On Sunday morning they made contacts with HAM enthusiasts of neighbouring countries except Pakistan.According to ARSO members, the importance of HAM radios during natural calamities has not diminished in this era of advanced communication. According to them, during the Titli cyclone, Gajapati district was completely cut-off from the outside world for a few hours. During that time HAM radio with the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force became the main means of communication of the district administration with the outside world.A big help ARSO members feel that an increase in the number of Amateur radio enthusiasts in the State can be a major help to society in a cyclone and flood-prone State like Odisha. On Sunday, Puri district administration representatives arrived at the island to watch the experiments being conducted by the Amateur radio activists.“There are youths with technical education in electronics and telecommunication in all parts of Odisha who can take up Amateur radio as a hobby and help society at the time of need. In future, we may have HAM radio operators in all blocks of the State,” said Priti Ranjan Mekap, another participant.Apart from Mr. Panda and Mr. Mekap, other enthusiasts who participated in this event were Samir Ranjan Panda, Umakant Swain, Chandrasekhar Patnaik, Sunil Biswal, Tusharkant Mishra and Rajesh Kumar.last_img read more

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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Adrian MannarinoatpATP Paris MastersCorentin Moutet First Published: October 31, 2019, 10:38 AM IST Paris: Novak Djokovic defied illness to survive a scare against French lucky loser Corentin Moutet and reach the third round of the Paris Masters while Rafael Nadal saw off a plucky challenge from Adrian Mannarino.Top seed Djokovic, locked in a battle with Nadal for the year-end world number one spot, had to save two set points in the first set before beating the 97th-ranked Moutet 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 on Wednesday. The 32-year-old will play Britain’s Kyle Edmund on Thursday in the last 16 as he continues his bid for a record-extending fifth Bercy title.”I don’t feel health-wise 100 percent in the last couple of days, but it is what it is,” said Djokovic, who was struggling with a sore throat.”It affects your energy, your vitality on the court. Obviously it’s not ideal, but in these kind of circumstances you just have to accept it and do everything that you can to recover.”Nadal, who is guaranteed to usurp Djokovic at the rankings summit next week ahead of the ATP Tour Finals in London, beat home wildcard Mannarino 7-5, 6-4 to set up a clash with three-time Grand Slam title-winner Stan Wawrinka.Djokovic, who was beaten by Karen Khachanov in last year’s final, found himself in a spot of bother when Moutet broke his serve in the seventh game before saving four break points to seize a 5-3 lead.But the home hope saw two set points come and go in the following game, withDjokovic quickly taking advantage to break back and level the set.The Serbian took control as the opener entered a tie-break and Moutet smashed a ball into the crowd in anger as his opportunity for an upset looked to have disappeared, with his opponent cruising through the breaker.Moutet delighted the crowd with an outrageous ‘hotdog’ lob over Djokovic early in the second set, but the 16-time Grand Slam champion belatedly found his form.Djokovic did let one break slip after leading 4-1, but closed out victory on his first match point with a forehand winner.NADAL DOES ENOUGHNadal was not at his imperious best against world number 43 Mannarino, but did enough to win with relative comfort.The 19-time Grand Slam champion, who has never won the tournament but does hold a record 35 Masters titles, will hope to improve in the third round against Wawrinka after the Swiss beat Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5).Nadal, playing his first event since getting married earlier this month, can secure the year-end top ranking for a fifth time by winning the trophy on Sunday.”(It’s) not easy to come back after a while without being on the tour,” he said.”Tomorrow is another day, another tough match against Stan. Every day on this tournament is so difficult.”Mannarino kept Nadal at arm’s length for almost an hour in the first set, but the Spaniard took his fourth set point in the 12th game to forge ahead.There was a similar pattern to the second set, but again the second seed went through the gears when necessary and a sloppy service game from Mannarino sealed his fate.Earlier in the day, fifth seed Dominic Thiem booked his spot in the last 16 by edging out Milos Raonic in a marathon encounter.Thiem, who has lost the last two French Open finals to Nadal across Paris at Roland Garros, had to dig deep to get past Raonic 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 6-4 as the Canadian powered down 30 aces in a thunderous serving display.”It was unbelievable today, his serve,” admitted the Austrian.Thiem will face Grigor Dimitrov in the last 16 after the Bulgarian’s 7-5, 6-3 win over 12th seed David Goffin.World number seven Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his return to form with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 victory over American Taylor Fritz.He will take on Alex de Minaur in round three after the Australian’s 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/1) victory over ninth seed Roberto Bautista Ag last_img read more

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first_imgIndia thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs to equal their biggest margin of victory. (Scorecard)Sri Lanka 2nd Innings:300th Test wicket for @ashwinravi99 and #TeamIndia take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. India seal the 2nd Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mq56alEczD- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201713:00 IST: INDIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 239 RUNS to equal their biggest margin of victory. India have dominated Sri Lanka completely to take a 1-0 lead in the series.46.5: WICKET! D Chandimal (61) is out, c Ravichandran Ashwin b Umesh Yadav, 165/9- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201712:42 IST: NOT OUT! 45.2: R Ashwin to Lakmal, No run. Nothing on the Ultra Edge! India waste a review! Ashwin slides one down leg, Lakmal leans across to clip it away but it goes towards Saha who takes it by stretching both his hands to his left. Ashwin appeals but Saha stays put. The bowler says he has heard something and that prompts Kohli to use the DRS. The front foot is fine. Ultra Edge then shows there’s no bat involved.12:41 IST: Review time! There is a caught behind appeal against Lakmal is referred upstairs by Kohli. Seems like Lakmal is safe. Let’s wait and watch.12:39 IST: Harsh Bhogle on-air has got something to say. While all the talks have been about the men who have made comebacks, Harsha says Ishant Sharma has impressed one and all. He agrees he has done the job for his side in the past but then after being in the top drawer, he doesn’t take time to drop back. Now that he has gotten into the groove, he needs to do that on a consistent basis to cement his place in the side.advertisement2nd Test. 43.4: R Ashwin to S Lakmal (27), 6 runs, 159/8 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201712:31 IST: 42.4: U Yadav to Chandimal, FOUR! Inside edge and through. This one comes back in again and stays a touch low too. Chandimal just puts bat on ball and gets an inside edge which evades the leg pole and races down to the fine leg fence for a boundary.12:22 IST: Welcome back for the session which might in all likelihood can give us the result. India are just 2 wickets away to go 1-0 up in the series. How long can the current pair of CHANDIMAL and LAKMAL delay the defeat?At Lunch on Day 4 Sri Lanka are (205 & 145/8), India need 2 more wickets to win the Nagpur Test #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/R7Z0clRR7e- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201711:46 IST: LUNCH! Sri Lanka on the cusp of getting bowled out but just hang on to enjoy a delicious meal. It has been a sorry session for them as they failed to negotiate even a session of play where the talk was about batting a couple of days. That’s what surprises most of the cricketing world. Perennially, Sri Lanka are known to be fighters in international cricket but seeing them go down in a whimper is appalling to save the words.11:45 IST: FIFTY! 40.5: I Sharma to Chandimal, FOUR. Dinesh Chandimal gets to his 15th Test fifty! On a length outside off, he guides it past backward point by opening the face of the bat to get to the mark. Twin fifties for him in this game but it’s a little too late.2nd Test. 40.3: I Sharma to S Lakmal (18), 4 runs, 140/8 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 20172nd Test. 39.6: R Ashwin to D Chandimal (49), 4 runs, 136/8 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201711:39 IST: 38.6: R Jadeja to Chandimal, FOUR! Loopy delivery on the stumps, Lakmal comes down the track and hits it over mid on. Ishant Sharma runs backward but has no chance of getting to it and stopping the boundary.11:29 IST: 36.3: R Jadeja to Lakmal, FOUR! That is one way to play Jadeja. Seeing this floated delivery around off, Lakmal frees his arms and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.11:25 IST: WICKET! 35.3: R Ashwin to R Herath. Oh dear! Sri Lankans are going on a bit too fast for anybody’s liking here. Ashwin lands it around middle and leg, Herath looks to clip it away to the leg side for a run.11:22 IST: 35.1: R Ashwin to Perera, OUT! Yes it is wicket no 500 in international cricket for Ravichandran Ashwin! He bowls it flatter and quicker around off and middle, it just spins in a touch. Perera misses the attempted flick shot. The Indians go up in unison in appealing for LBW, which the umpire upholds after thinking. Perera isn’t convinced and has a chat with Chandimal before opting for DRS. Replays show that the ball would go on to clip the leg stump. Hence the on-field call stays. The visitors don’t lose the review though. This is Ashwin’s 50th wicket in this calendar year.advertisement35.1: WICKET! MDK Perera (0) is out, lbw Ravichandran Ashwin, 107/7- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 20172nd Test. 33.5: R Ashwin to D Chandimal (33), 4 runs, 106/5 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201711:15 IST: WICKET! 33.3: R Ashwin to Shanaka! This was always coming with the way Dasun Shanaka was playing. You lie by the sword and die by it goes the saying and seldom is it proved wrong. Shanaka was hell-bent on attacking the spinner and pays the price for doing so on this occasion. Ashwin tosses it around off, Shanaka comes down to belt it out of Nagpur. But he ends up getting more height than distance on it. KL Rahul has his eyes on the ball as he runs back and manages to hold to that. Not easy are these skiers but he doesn’t fluff it. The tourists are crumbling in a hurry here. Ashwin adds one to his wickets column.2nd Test. 32.2: I Sharma to D Chandimal (27), 4 runs, 100/5 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201711:08 IST: 32.1: I Sharma to Chandimal, FOUR. Edgy but Sri Lanka won’t mind these. Length delivery just outside off, Chandimal gets squared up in defense. Gets an outside edge that lands short of the fielder at second slip and races away to the fence.11:08 IST: 31.6: R Ashwin to Shanaka, SIX. And another one! Same area, same result. A maximum. Floated around off, Shanaka goes big over deep mid-wicket. This time it comfortably clears the fielder stationed in that region. 16 runs off this one.2nd Test. 31.4: R Ashwin to D Shanaka (11), 6 runs, 86/5 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 20172nd Test. 31.2: R Ashwin to D Shanaka (5), 4 runs, 80/5 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201711:02 IST: WICKET! 30.5: I Sharma to N Dickwella. Kohli fumbles but doesn’t let the chance go down. Dickwella, before the start of play today, spoke of playing as per the situation. He did to a certain extent but the pitch and the delivery have got the better of him here. Ishant lands it on a length around off, the ball moves away just a bit after pitching. Dickwella had to play at that and hangs his bat out. There is some extra bounce there which means that the ball takes the edge and goes to Virat at second slip who fumbles but takes it on the second attempt. Sri Lanka are withering away too soon. India 5 wickets away from the win. Sri Lanka 205 and 75/5 vs India 610/6d10:38 IST: WICKET! 25.2: R Jadeja to Mathews! Irresponsible shot from a senior player, says Simon Doull on-air! Pretty much sums up the scenario. Mathews and Chandimal are the experienced players in the side and everyone would look up to them to help their side to safety. But here is the former doing something he could have avoided. Jadeja tosses this outside off, invites Angelo to drive. The Lankan batsman falls into the bait and plays it aerially straight to Rohit Sharma at mid off, who gleefully accepts the offering. Another one bites the dust, India 6 wickets away from a win. Sri Lanka 205 and 68/4 vs India 610/6dadvertisement10:34 IST: 24.6: U Yadav to Chandimal, FOUR! Umesh Yadav is bowling too straight. I understand he is searching for the reverse swing but at the same time you need to get your line right. It’s on the pads, Chandimal shuffles across and flicks it through backward square leg for a boundary to end the over.10:33 IST: 24.5: U Yadav to Mathews, Direct hit and Chandiaml would have been a goner! Really poor call from Mathews, this! He punches this length ball towards Rahul at cover-point and sets off. The Indian opener attacks the ball and has a shy the striker’s end but misses. Replays show Chandimal would have been well short had that it. Risky!2nd Test. 22.1: U Yadav to D Chandimal (8), 4 runs, 56/3 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 20172nd Test. 20.6: U Yadav to D Chandimal (4), 4 runs, 52/3 https://t.co/wUkt7mobyc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201710:16 IST: WICKET! 20.4: U Yadav to Thirimanne. Straight to Jadeja! That’s a poor shot to be honest. Umesh Yadav picks up his first wicket of the Test match. He serves a full ball, sprayed wider outside off. Thirimanne could have left that alone but for some reason he tries to go after it. Looks to drive it away from the body but ends up slicing it straight to Jadeja at backward point who accepts a dolly. There’s a reason Lahiru Thirimanne has the WORST batting average amongst top 6 Lankan batsmen in Tests, minimum 1000 runs (22.63). Sri Lanka slip further. Sri Lanka 205 and 48/3 vs India 610/6d09:55 IST: WICKET! 15.2: R Jadeja to D Karunaratne. India have struck early this morning! The bowling change has done the trick for Kohli here but credit to Vijay for being alert here. Jadeja lands it around middle, it spins back in. Karunaratne isn’t to the pitch of the ball but still goes on with the clip. Gets it off the inner half and it goes straight to forward short leg who crouches and takes it. In fact, it hits him on the stomach but he manages to cling onto that one. These kind of catches are never easy. Murali Vijay is delighted as he lofts his arms and sprints in joy. A big wicket for India as Karunaratne is the one is in form of late. Sri Lanka trail by 371 runs! Sri Lanka 205 and 34/2 vs India 610/6d09:43 IST: The commentators on air analyze about Ashwin here. They have shown clips of the wickets that he has picked in the first innings. All the 4 batters, tried to play for the turn but ended up gifting their wickets on the straighter ones. Shows they played Ashwin in their minds rather than in reality.09:39 IST: 11.3: R Ashwin to Thirimanne, FOUR! Ahh… shot! Thirimanne doesn’t care how many times Ashwin has dismissed him. He sees the flight this time and decides to cash in on it. Shimmies down a touch, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over mid off. Nearly goes the distance. Well played!09:33 IST: 10.1: I Sharma to Karunaratne, FOUR! Not an ideal way to start the day! But Karunaratne won’t mind it at all! Sharma comes from over the wicket and drops it on a length on the pads. Dimuth moves inside the line and clips it fine down the leg side for a boundary. First boundary of the day for the visitors.09:24 IST: The umpires make their way out to the middle, followed by the Indians. The overnight batsmen DIMUTH KARUNARATNE and LAHIRU THIRIMANNE walk out to resume the battle.A bundle of energy, here’s wishing @ImRaina a happy and cheerful birthday. pic.twitter.com/wKZYEFD1N5- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 201709:08 IST: Russel Arnoold interviews Niroshan Dickwella. The Lankan wicketkeeper says that they are ready for today. Reckons that although they’ve been in the field for a couple of days, they are prepared mentally to bat for two days. States that his side is planning to take it session by session. Insists there are plans for the team as well as for individuals. Goes on to say that the batsmen can’t play their normal game as they have to bat out time. About his style of play, he feels that sometimes he can go in the middle and play his natural game but mostly he adjusts according to the situations. With experienced guys like Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews in the side and also with Dimuth Karunaratne, their in-form batsman at the crease, his job is more to support them he feels. Ends opining that although there was a bit of spin towards the end of yesterday, it is still a good track for batting.09:07 IST: PITCH REPORT – Sunil Gavasakar starts by saying Sri Lanka need to play for the survival. Agrees that they will be low on confidence but they have to come out with a positive mindset. Opines the visitors should go for runs but at the same time need to be patient. Simon Doull adds they need not play rash shots unlike they did in the first innings. Reckons this pitch has flatten out completely and the way the Indians batted is the proof of that. All the Lankans need to do is to put up a fight as the pitch doesn’t have too much of demons on it.09:04 IST: India will be flying-high at the moment. They displayed a tremendous batting show, got a lead of a massive 405 runs just shows how impeccable this side has become over the last few years. They will be confident of taking a 1-0 lead but the question is will they be able to wrap things up today or will they get a taste of their own medicine? The wicket isn’t that difficult to bat on, it’s all about mental strength. The hosts would know that they need to consistently land the ball in the right areas to reap dividends. We welcome you for the penultimate day of this Test. Meanwhile, Simon Doull is alongside Sunil Gavaskar for the pitch report…09:02 IST: Greetings one and all! It’s the first day of the week and many regard this as the ‘Monday Blues.’ If this is anything to go by, Sri Lanka will be the one facing it today. Two full days to go and to bat out against a quality spin attack isn’t easy by any means. Just to remind they are already one wicket down and the pressure lies firmly on them. Agreed, they have a few experienced batsmen in their ranks but who will put up a hand and bail them out or at least stand there and show some resistance.Hello and welcome to Day 4 of the Nagpur Test #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/IkobLIqcJL- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017Two days to go and only one team can win from here, unless Sri Lanka pull off something miraculous. They were made to toil hard for over two days and now it’s up to their batsmen to save them from the blushes. They trail by a mammoth 384 and it would be interesting to see if they can put up a good fight.India have completely dominated the second Test right from the first day. After bowlers put up a solid performance by bowling out Sri Lanka for a paltry 205, captain Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma all toyed with the visitors’ bowling attack and smashed a century.Kohli notched up his fifth double hundred and has equalled the record for most double tons as captain with Brian Lara.Vijay, Rohit and Ishant Sharma have all made impressive comebacks while the spin twins R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are back with a bang after being left out of limited-overs side in the last few months.last_img read more

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