Sunil Gavaskar on Australia and New Zealand to meet in World Cup semi-finals 2007

first_imgSunil GavaskarICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2007Australia and New Zealand have moved serenely into the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup. This might be a premature statement to make with another fortnight of the Super 8 series still left to be played, but having won three out of the three matches,Sunil GavaskarICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2007Australia and New Zealand have moved serenely into the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup. This might be a premature statement to make with another fortnight of the Super 8 series still left to be played, but having won three out of the three matches in this stage of the tournament with one pretty easy game against a minnow left, the Antipodean neighbours should not have any problem to enter the ‘final four’ stage. What New Zealand in particular will be looking for is to carry on the momentum of their wins against the Aussies by winning their Super 8 encounter and top the group. What the Kiwis certainly don’t want is to play the Aussies in the semi-finals and so would be looking to finish either at the top or at the second rank after the Super 8 series.For some strange reason, in virtually every tournament where teams qualify for the semis after playing in different groups, it’s the team that finishes number one plays the team that ends up being fourth, while the other semi-final is played by the teams that finish second and third respectively. Perhaps, to make the semis more interesting, the number one team should play the number three team and the number two team should play the team that has finished fourth. The thinking is simple, and that is, the gap between the number one team and number four team might make that semi-final one-sided, so it may be better to play teams that are closer in terms of points, and that can happen with number one playing number three while the number two team could take on the number four team.Australian Cricket Team Aussies seem to be the strongest, but even champions can have a bad day.It may make little difference to the Aussies, who are steamrolling the opposition and playing a brand of cricket that has been unmatched so far. They simply seem to be too strong for the others and have hardly broken into a sweat in any of the matches they have played so far. Even champion teams have the odd bad day, and as Canas has shown in tennis by beating Federer twice in three weeks, the champion can be caught on the wrong foot. But it is crucial to catch them thus in a major event and not one of the tournaments. The Australians were found short in the tri-series at home and then in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in New Zealand, and they too will be hoping that if they do have a lousy day, it should be at the Super 8 stage and not the knockout stage that follows.Host West Indies are pretty much out of the tournament, having lost all three matches they have played so far in the Super 8 stage. They simply haven’t raised their game to the level required and have left their supporters pretty disappointed by the lack of application. None of the batsmen has fired in a big way and there have been no big partnerships that can propel the team’s scoreboard. For sometime now, the Windies bowling has lacked teeth, and it is evident in the manner in which their so-called quicker bowlers are getting carted to all corners of the field. Bangladesh did so well to beat India, but have done little of note since then, strengthening the belief that they are a ‘one match’ team and after that one win they go back to their losing ways. It will be interesting to see the result of their match against Ireland, for the Irish certainly are going down fighting, which can’t be said of the Tigers after their games in the Super 8 stage so far.After India’s unexpected exit from the tournament, there have been plenty of cries for the sacking of the senior players from the team, which is understandable in a youth obsessed country like ours, but if one takes a careful look at the big performers at the World Cup so far, one will find that those who have batted well or taken wickets are mainly from the over-30 age-bracket. What players like Sanath Jayasuriya, Matthew Hayden, Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting, Muttiah Muralitharan and Stephen Fleming are telling the world is that it is not how old you are, but how good you are that matters. The two players running neck and neck for the Player of the Tournament award are Sanath Jayasuriya and Matthew Hayden, showing that there is no substitute for experience. That’s food for thought, isn’t it?Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar will be writing an exclusive column for INDIA TODAY all through the World Cup.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sri Lanka beat Pak by 16 runs, reach final of T20 World Cup

first_imgSri Lanka produced a clinical bowling display to beat Pakistan by 16 runs and storm into the final of the ICC World Twenty20 here on Thursday.Following is the scoreboard of the first World Twenty20 semi-final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the R. Premadasa Stadium here on Thursday:Sri LankaMahela Jayawardene c Raza Hasan b Shahid Afridi 42Tillakaratne Dilshan lbw Umar Gul 35Kumar Sangakkara c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Hafeez 18Jeevan Mendis st Kamran Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 15Thisara Perera not out 11Angelo Mathews not out 10Extras (b 3, w 4, nb 1) 8Total (Four wickets in 20 overs) 139Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Jayawardene, 10.2 overs), 2-84 (Sangakkara, 12.5), 3-117 (Dilshan, 17.5), 4-118 (Mendis, 18.0).BowlingSohail Tanvir 3-0-11-0Raza Hasan 4-0-26-0Saeed Ajmal 4-0-33-1Shahid Afridi 4-0-28-1Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-12-1Umar Gul 3-0-26-1PakistanMohammad Hafeez st Sangakkara b Herath 42Imran Nazir b Mendis 20Nasir Jamshed lbw Mathews 4Kamran Akmal c Jayawardene b Mathews 1Shoaib Malik b Herath 6Umar Akmal not out 29Shahid Afridi b Herath 0Sohail Tanvir st Sangakkara b Mendis 8Umar Gul not out 2Extras (lb 2, w 9) 11Total (Seven wickets in 20 overs) 123Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Imran Nazir, 5.6 overs), 2-55 (Nasir Jamshed, 9.1), 3-57 (Kamran Akmal, 9.4), 4-64 (Shoaib Malik, 10.6), 5-91 (Mohammad Hafeez, 14.1), 6-91 (Shahid Afridi, 14.2), 7-113 (Sohail Tanvir, 17.4).BowlingAngelo Mathews 4-0-27-2Nuwan Kulasekara 3-0-15-0Lasith Malinga 4-0-19-0Ajantha Mendis 4-0-27-2Thisara Perera 1-0-8-0Rangana Herath 4-0-253Toss: Sri Lanka chose to batResult: Sri Lanka win, advance to finalMan of the match: Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)Umpires: Simon Taufel (Australia) and Rod Tucker (Australia)TV umpire: Ian Gould (England)Match referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)After managing a modest 139 for four on a slow Premadasa track, Sri Lankan duo of Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis stifled the Pakistan batsmen in the final overs to restrict them to 123 for seven.Pakistan needed 32 runs off last three overs which is considered to be quite achievable by Twenty20 standards but Mendis and Malinga held their nerves giving only five and four runs respectively of the 18th and 19th over.Nuwan Kulasekara, who bowled the 20th over, didn’t have any pressure on him as he gave only seven runs to sent the capacity crowd into a tizzy.Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath used the conditions to perfection as he recorded the best figures of three for 25 in four overs. Malinga gave only 19 runs in his four overs while Mendis was also impressive with figures two for 27.Chasing a target of 140 was a tricky one on the slow Premadasa track as batsmen often got confused whether to attack or rotate the strike.Imran Nazir was in his element as he tried to hit each and every ball out of the sight but failed to connect most of them before he dragged one off Mendis onto his stumps. Nazir made 20 with the help of three fours.Then it was Angelo Mathews who got Sri Lanka back into the game trapping in-form Nasir Jamshed leg before and then deceived Kamran Akmal with a slower one.From 57 for three, Pakistan soon became 64 for four, as Herath bowled Shoaib Malik with a classical left-armer’s delivery. He flighted one to invite Malik for a drive and the ball turned a shade after pitching to knock the batsman’s off-stump.Having got a reprieve at 24, Hafeez who till now was happy to play the waiting game, chanced his arms. First he pulled Mathews for a boundary and then reverse swept Herath.He followed it up with a straight six.But Hafeez finally departed for 42 when he was stumped trying to give Herath the charge.Shahid Afridi’s woeful time with the bat continued as Herath cleaned up in the next ball to register his third wicket.Pakistan were tottering at 91 for six at that stage and from there victory became out of question.Earlier, electing to bat, some scratchy batting by opener Tillekaratne Dilshan hampered Sri Lanka’s chances of putting up a big total as they managed only 139 for four in their stipulated 20 overs.While skipper Mahela Jayawardene had provided the right start with a 36-ball-42, Dilshan struggled throughout the middle overs as he managed only 35 off 42 balls.The Lankans managed 16 runs of the final over when Thisara Perera hit a couple of fours while Angelo Mathews also managed a thickish edge.Shahid Afridi, Mohammed Hafeez, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal got a wicket each but more importantly didn’t go for too many runs.The decision to promote left-hander Jeevan Mendis above Mathews and Perrera was baffling as the former played a lot of dot balls that added to the pressure on Dilshan.Jayawardene’s batting was a treat to watch. He perished trying to play the sweep shot one too many but till he was executing it with ease in the first 10 overs, there was no better sight.A shrewd thinker, Jayawardene saw that off-spinner Ajmal, with his doosras, leg-spinner Afridi and slow left-arm orthodox Raza Hassan were all spinning the ball away from him.In the circumstances, he found the reverse sweep as the safest option and he played it with consummate ease.He started with a slog sweep of Hassan and then got a couple of boundaries off Ajmal — first one was a lap shot over short fine leg and then a reverse sweep.Watching Jayawardene take charge, Dilshan, who had started off on a rousing note with two boundaries in the first two overs, played the second fiddle.The Lankan captain first reverse swept Afridi for a boundary and then in the bowler’s next over, the Lankan skipper hit him over extra cover for another boundary as it brought up the 50.Such was Jayawardene’s dominance that he scored 34 of the first 50 runs with Dilshan’s contribution being only 15.In the 11th over, Afridi finally got his man when Jayawardene shuffled across the off-stump to play another lap-shot but it didn’t have the power to clear Hassan stationed at short fine leg.Jayawardene’s 42 came off 36 balls during which he struck boundaries.New man in Kumar Sangakkara started on a positive fashion hitting three lovely fours but perished trying to be over-ambitious being holed out at long-on off Hafeez’s bowling. Sangakkara managed only 18.The home team reached 100 at the end of the 15th over but their struggle started after that.Dilshan and left-hander Mendis played too many dot balls in that phase which increased the pressure on the home team.In fact Dilshan’s struggle was to such an extent that it took him 31 deliveries to hit his third boundary having hit the second one in the second over.Umar Gul, introduced in the 16th over, bowled fast and full to both Dilshan and Mendis to make their life miserable.Mendis was adjudged leg before to a delivery that pitched on blockhole but TV replays showed that Gul had overstepped and the decision was reversed. Finally, Gul ended Dilshan’s misery with another fuller delivery that the batsman missed to be adjudged leg-before.The Dilshan-Mendis duo could add only 33 runs in the five overs they played together. Mendis was then stumped off an Ajmal delivery when he tried to give the charge after struggling for 18 deliveries to score his 15.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2016: Mumbai Indians now have a balanced combination, says Rohit Sharma

first_imgMumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma praised his team for displaying an all-round performance to outdo Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match which eventually helped them find the right team combination.Batting first, Bangalore managed 170/7 in 20 overs. Travis Head (37) was the top scorer for the side. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )In reply, leading from the front, Rohit smashed 62 off just 44 balls and Kieron Pollard’s quick-fire unbeaten 19-ball 39 helped defending champions Mumbai chase down the total easily as they posted 171/4 with two overs to spare to bag their second win of the season.”See, as a captain of the team, it is always important to get the right balance as soon as you can, because lot of domestic players – sometimes you know so much of international cricket we play, we don’t get to see them. So, it’s important you have got a lot of scouters who go and scout people and see how they perform and what their capabilities are. We have got a lot of inputs from our scouts and a lot of young players,” Rohit said at the press conference after the win at the Wankhede stadium here on Wednesday.”Luckily, we have a couple of practice games to see what these local guys can do – I mean local Indian players can do – and it’s important to get that combination right. Luckily, we have got such a great management who keeps giving inputs to use – how we can fit this guy into the team… We have got a nice and balanced squad right now and hopefully they can continue to play for a longer period of time and perform the way they need to,” he said.advertisementRohit also praised all-rounder Krunal Pandya, who with his off-spin skills in the 11th over of the Bangalore innings dismissed in-form batsmen Virat Kohli (caught at long-off) followed by AB de Villiers (stumped) to turn the match in favour of the hosts. (Mumbai thrash Bangalore by 6 wickets ) “He (Krunal) has been impressive, no doubt about that… even in the first game he played here against Gujarat Lions. He did not get wickets but bowled four overs for just 20 runs and, then he did it with the bat in (Sunrisers) Hyderabad, scored 49 off just 25 or 26 balls and again today getting those two big important wickets in the middle (AB and Kohli) was very crucial from the team’s perspective,” he said.”I think he is got something about him, he knows his bowling really well and he understands the conditions really well, so it makes my job easier as a captain. He sets his own field,” the 28-year-old said.The star opener stressed that he will open for his side for the rest of the matches in the tournament. Rohit came in to bat at No.4 against Hyderabad and managed only four runs before getting out.”I will, I will bat at the top of the order. As far as our batting is concerned, it looks more settled with Ambati Rayadu batting at three and myself batting at the top of the order and we wanted Pollard to get back in form as quickly as possible, and today was a perfect day for him. I think more or less I will continue to open for the rest of the tournament,” Rohit added.last_img read more

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India vs New Zealand: Without Kohli-Dhoni, Kuldeep-Chahal help India avoid dubious record

first_imgYuzvendra Chahal can bowl. He can crack up people with his replies to Rohit Sharma’s Instagram posts. The young leg-spinner is making Chahal TV – a series of chat shows for the BCCI website – which he hosts, quite popular.On Thursday in Hamilton, Chahal showed he can bat too. Like umpteen times in the past, a man with an MRF sticker on his bat did the rescue act, or at least tried to. Yes, it was the India tail-ender who had walked in to bat with the iconic bat on Thursday when Trent Boult & Co. were having fun at India’s expense at Seddon Park.Chahal had walked into bat when India were reeling at 55 for 8. Trent Boult was breathing fire and seemingly desperate to close out the India innings in the last two balls of his extended 10-over spell. However, Chahal denied Boult by keeping out two in-swingers, which had posed a lot of problems to the well-established names in the top order.Chahal was beaten, made to look ugly by the pacers and leg-spinner Todd Astle but he remained unbeaten on 18 and helped India avoid a couple of unwanted records. The 37-ball 18 not out also had a couple of eye-catching shots, including the one where he sat back and whipped a Colin de Grandhomme delivery to the backward square leg boundary.Chahal found company in his wrist-spin partner Kuldeep Yadav as the two, this time with the bat, made it difficult for New Zealand to get ahead in the game in the middle overs. The two stitched a 25-run stand to take India from 55 for 8 to 80 for 9.advertisementIndia’s lowest total in ODIs is 54!With the visitors already 35/6 in 14 overs, can New Zealand bowl them out for less than that?#NZvIND LIVE https://t.co/goloMnOKex pic.twitter.com/BN70WijOVyICC (@ICC) January 31, 2019India have time and again been exposed in conditions that are conducive to swing bowling. While their inability to deal with such conditions in red-ball cricket is a well-established concern, India have also been found wanting whenever the white-ball has done a bit.Trent Boult was getting the ball to move both ways despite the conditions at Seddon Park not even being close to a traditional New Zealand wicket. Yet, the India top-order was blown away.Colin de Grandhomme, a military medium pacer, finished with his career-best figures of 3/23 after removing India’s middle-order hopes for the World Cup, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik for naughts.Cut to December 2017, India were undone by the swinging white ball in their own backyard – Dharamsala. Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep had a field day as they shared six wickets between them and helped Sri Lanka bowl out the hosts for 112 despite MS Dhoni pitching in with an 87-ball 65.On Thursday at Seddon Park, India missed their crisis men – Dhoni and Virat Kohli. The Hamilton horror show can be seen as a one-off but India’s dependency on the top-order, especially captain Kohli has been a cause for concern for quite some time now.Rohit Sharma came up with an honest assessment of India’s batting performance against New Zealand, saying they failed to apply themselves and spend time in the middle.”I thought the wicket wasn’t bad at all. It was a very good wicket to bat on. It was about applying ourselves. Once you get in, things will start to look easier. We failed to do that. We didn’t apply ourselves, we played some bad shots as well,” Rohit had said.While India’s 92-all out was shambolic, it’s unlikely to set alarm bells ringing in the Indian camp for it’s a certainty that England is going to offer flat, batsmen-friendly wickets for the World Cup this summer.Also Read | Shubman Gill was nervous on debut but he has a future with India: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Entire team holidaying with Virat Kohli? Fans furious as India crash to 92-all outAlso Read | I am a different bowler when it swings: Trent Boult after destroying India in HamiltonAlso See:last_img read more

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Game Of Thrones 8: HBO removes coffee cup from Episode 4 after online uproar

first_imgThe much-talked about misplaced takeaway coffee cup in Game of Thrones has now been dumped by HBO a day after the latest episode of the series premiered.The humble cup on Daenerys Targaryen’s table created a stir and helped the fans smell some caffeine during an otherwise dull The Last of the Starks chapter.Social media brewed some of the funniest and snarkiest comments, and like a good sport the studio also participated in the meme fest, saying Daenerys had “ordered an herbal tea”, but was delivered a latte by mistake.But on Tuesday, the studio quietly erased the cup, the bringer of embarrassment and ire to the series which is already struggling to keep its fans happy as they near the end.In an under-the-radar move, the cup was removed from the shot on HBO Go (and, presumably, other streaming platforms as well) sometime overnight.The cup, which was assumed to be from Starbucks, actually came from the production’s craft services, The Wall Street Journal confirmed.The coffee chain, that got a free endorsement thanks to the gaffe on the popular fantasy series, also took the opportunity to promote its Dragon Drink, a pink tropical-inspired blend of sweet mango and dragon fruit flavours.”TBH we’re surprised she didn’t order a Dragon Drink,” the brand tweeted when the hashtag #Starkbucks started trending on Twitter after the episode aired.However, streaming service Hotstar in India, is still carrying the shot with the infamous cup, which is visible for full three seconds.advertisementAlso read | Game Of Thrones 8: Here’s how HBO reacted to coffee cup blunderAlso read | Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 leaks online hours before airingAlso read | Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 decoded: Dany’s huge loss to Jaime’s baffling choicelast_img read more

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Hectic Premier League schedule is killing a few managers as well as players

first_imgTopics Share on Messenger Tactical review of 2017: Pep Guardiola reasserts his version of post-Cruyffianism Read more Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest David Hytner Pardew is up against it and he knows it. There has been no detectable improvement in fortune since he succeeded Tony Pulis, though he rightly complained about being asked to play for a second time in 48 hours against relegation rivals who had had a week’s rest. Hectic bordering on stupid fixture programming can be accepted with a shrug, even by foreign coaches and players who are not used to it, if it is the same for everyone. If it is not, and it has not always been in the past month, there are questions to answer.Guardiola and City were the clear winners of the eight-game glut, with seven wins, 20 goals and a 15-point lead at the top of the table, even if their winning run ended at 18 at Crystal Palace. Roy Hodgson did his recovering reputation no harm with 13 points from the same period to propel Palace out of the relegation places, while Liverpool scored more goals than anyone and were the only team other than City to go through unbeaten.José Mourinho, as is his wont, gained more attention for press-conference posturing than results gained on the pitch, though behind all the bluster Manchester United were impressive in places, notably when winning in some style at Arsenal and Everton. They could not beat City, though, and neither could Tottenham. Chelsea’s next attempt comes early in March.Losers over the festive period included the Watford manager, Marco Silva, who in the space of just over a month has gone from being headhunted by bigger clubs to fearing for his job. Oddly Silva’s slide began on the very night in November that Sam Allardyce took a seat in the stand to watch David Unsworth’s final Everton selection beat West Ham 4-0. Watford went down 4-2 at home to Manchester United, and in the eight games since have managed to pick up a mere four points.Allardyce himself, initially smug at being invited to take over a going concern, is now alarming supporters with his unnecessarily barren brand of football. Arguably Allardyce’s best club opportunity has come along late in his career but it will be another short stay unless he can prove more flexible. David Moyes parks the bus at Spurs and canny West Ham swallow the keys Reuse this content Read more Read more Premier League Never mind what TS Eliot had to say about April, there can be little doubt that December is “the cruellest month” for Premier League footballers. This was especially true of the one just seen, which managed to cram seven full rounds of fixtures into its page on the calendar. If the New Year’s Day activity is included, which it probably should be as it marks the end of frantic festive programming before the much needed intermission for the FA Cup, the true figure is eight games played within just over four weeks.That is a lot and it is no wonder managers from Pep Guardiola to Alan Pardew have been complaining about unnecessary and sometimes unfair strain on sinews and squads. Most of the rest of football thinks it is a good idea to take a short break at this time of year, or at least thin out the fixtures a little to allow players to regain breath for the second half of the campaign. England has never been in favour of such slacking. For a variety of reasons to do with tradition, commercialism and misplaced machismo, it prefers to slog it out through the wind and the rain, perhaps believing that building an element of the Grand National into an otherwise slick and streamlined product somehow keeps it real and linked to a more rugged past.Most years the Premier League just about gets away with it, although there has long been a suspicion its players pay the price in summer tournaments. Occasionally the calendar invites abuse and is duly abused. Eight games represents over a fifth of the league season.A marathon that begins in August and ends 10 months later in May has just managed to bulge in the middle to the extent that 21% of the action has taken place while the nation was being distracted by holidays and hangovers.While in normal seasons this could be regarded as fun, with the Christmas shake-up sorting out some of the early runners from the potential stayers, this time it seems a bit pointless if the only challenge to Manchester City is going to come from avoidable muscle strains or desperate attempts to stop their leading performers. “The schedule is killing the players,” Guardiola said, diplomatically as well as reasonably. “These are the artists we come to watch and they need time to recover.”The schedule seems to be killing a few managers, too, or perhaps more accurately pointing up failings that already existed. West Bromwich Albion have not won a league match since August and, with only 16 goals to their name, they can only expect to be where they are in the table. Yet it was still impossible not to feel sympathy for Pardew when Andy Carroll rifled that last-minute winner for West Ham. Arsène Wenger’s referee paranoia will chip away at Arsenal’s conviction Sportblog Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp The last month has also included Arsène Wenger protesting far too much over some routine penalty decisions, Álvaro Morata proving a nervy finisher, Swansea losing their way to the extent of turning to their fourth manager in two years and David Moyes rehabilitating himself in a role that could easily have proved his last in top-flight football.The new year prize for telling it like it is went to Mark “who else are you going to get?” Hughes, whose Stoke career was hanging by a thread that was cut by Coventry’s victory on Saturday. It seemed a fair question. One might get a Pardew, who already seems to be taking too long to exert an influence, or possibly a Hodgson or a Moyes, who even in unpromising circumstances can produce uplift.No one is safe yet and no one is down either, though the pressure at the bottom comes from all three promoted clubs averaging a point a game or better to give themselves a reasonable chance of staying up. They all survived December at any rate and this season that was no mean feat. Share via Email featureslast_img read more

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ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Singled Out These 2 Teams’ Wins On Saturday

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.This past weekend featured several great showdowns, as the landscape of college football was completely turned on its head. Although many programs deserve praise for their accomplishments, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum believes two teams stood above the competition.Out of all the matchups that included ranked opponents, LSU’s victory over Georgia was most impressive. The Tigers were dominant on both sides of the football, defeating the Bulldogs by 20 points.Finebaum couldn’t help but congratulate LSU and coach Ed Orgeron.Just an unbelievable victory by LSU. What a job by Coach O.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 13, 2018LSU certainly made headlines with its win over Georgia, but the most surprising outcome occurred at Jordan-Hare Stadium.In the biggest stunner of the weekend, Tennessee defeated Auburn on the road. While the Volunteers are just 3-3 on the season, this victory is monumental for first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt.What a truly remarkable and seminal moment for Tennessee and Jeremy Pruitt.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 13, 2018The majority of favorites won on Saturday, but LSU and Tennessee rose to the occasion.With another weekend of SEC showdowns on the horizon, it’ll be interesting to see which teams catch Finebaum’s eye.last_img read more

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ESPN Releases Prediction For Notre Dame-USC Game

first_imgBrian Kelly yelling on the Notre Dame sideline.SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Notre Dame has put together an incredible campaign, but if the Fighting Irish want to clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff, then they can’t afford to lose their season finale.The final test awaits against the USC Trojans, who will try to play spoiler on Saturday night. With all the drama surrounding the job security of Clay Helton, this could be the final game for him as head coach.Whether it’s the quarterback play or defensive production, the Fighting Irish clearly have the better roster. There’s little doubt about which team will be the favorites entering this showdown.According to ESPN’s FPI, Notre Dame has a 76.0 chance of winning this game.ESPN FPI's Notre Dame football at USC prediction.If the Fighting Irish win tomorrow, then it’ll most likely place them in the playoff.However, there is also tons at stake for the Trojans. Falling to 5-7 on the year would mark the school’s worst season since 2000. Coach Clay Helton is also on the hot seat, and the result of this game could go a long way towards determining his fate.Notre Dame and USC will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET.The game will be on ABC.[ESPN]last_img read more

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ITF Supports Nautilus in Fight to Stop Boskalis’ Job Cuts

first_imgzoom The International Transport Workers’ Federation has decided to provide support to its Dutch affiliate Nautilus NL/FNV Waterbouw in the fights to stop maritime and energy company Boskalis from letting go “skilled seafarers and downgrading the quality of jobs,” ITF said.Namely, according to ITF, Boskalis plans to cut 650 jobs worldwide, including 150 in the Netherlands, and scrap 24 ships, despite making EUR 440 million profit in 2015 and EUR 148 million in the first half of 2016.Furthermore, ITF said that in the Netherlands, Fairmount Marine, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boskalis, is looking to replace permanent seafaring officers with lower paid nationals by outsourcing its entire ship management and crewing to Anglo Eastern.“Boskalis continues to make a healthy profit, so it is clear that this is another case of crude social dumping – using highly vulnerable workers to do skilled work for low pay,” ITF maritime coordinator, Jacqueline Smith, said.General secretary of Nautilus International Mark Dickinson said that they plan to continue fighting Boskalis’ proposal until the energy firm presents the financial data that the company says justifies its plan.In July 2016, Boskalis revealed its plans to take 24 vessels out of service in the 2016-2018 period through scrapping, sale and lay-up, which would result in the loss of some 650 jobs worldwide during the period.Boskalis said that the decision was made as the company published its fleet rationalization study that was initiated “in light of deteriorating market conditions and an expected prolonged period of low energy and commodity prices”.The company also said that the workforce reduction would be absorbed through attrition and redeployment, where possible.last_img read more

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Nowaste grocery stores not a garbage idea to help tackle food waste

VANCOUVER — Customers at a boutique Vancouver grocery store won’t find racks of individually packaged goods or rolls of plastic bags in which to lug their food home.The missing plastic and packaging isn’t an oversight. A carefully constructed supply chain allows Nada to sell hundreds of food products without single-use packaging and add little waste to landfills.The store’s owner is part of a wave of environmentally conscious entrepreneurs who are opening no-waste markets across Canada in an effort to help Canadians and the grocery industry reduce waste amid a global garbage glut.“There’s absolutely a huge demand for this type of shopping,” said Brianne Miller, founder and CEO of Nada, which opened its doors to the public about seven months ago.The roughly 215-square-metre shop stocks colourful produce; bins of bulk items like flour, confectionery and spices; vats of oils and vinegars; and other goods that customers can buy in any amount. Single eggs and sprigs of herbs? Sure.The shop encourages customers to bring clean, reusable containers from home to box the food. Shoppers who arrive unprepared can rifle through bins of free miscellaneous containers or purchase reusable packaging.Patrons weigh and label their container the first time they bring it, and that weight is deducted at check out.The few products from other companies sold in containers, like Earnest ice-cream or Avalon Dairy milk, charge a deposit fee. Those made in-house charge a high deposit fee, like $4 over the more typical $1, to encourage returns.Nada started as a pop-up to test the market and Miller soon determined it could be a viable business model in Vancouver. The shop is now on track to break even in the coming months, she said.She has already expanded the product offering and added a cafe that diverts what could otherwise become food waste from the market’s produce section to an ever-changing menu featuring soups and other dishes.Miller plans to open a few more stores in B.C.’s Lower Mainland in the next few years, but recognizes she faces some challenges.While the business model is a natural complement to the plastic-free trend that hit the mainstream last year with a widespread movement against single-use plastic straws, it seems to run counter to convenience culture. Time-strapped consumers are increasingly buying groceries and takeout meals online.One customer who stopped by Nada on a weekday morning said while she shops there every couple weeks, it requires some forethought. She must remember to clean her containers and bring them along, but that’s not an insurmountable obstacle.“It definitely means that you don’t necessarily have the same spontaneous shopping,” said Michelle Genttner, co-owner of soon-to-be opened Unboxed Market in Toronto.But the stores do their best to accommodate first-time shoppers or forgetful regulars.Customers will be able to rent or purchase containers from Unboxed, for example, or use available paper bags in a pinch.Miller hopes Nada helps to dispel what she calls the myth of inconvenience. People who often cook for themselves could likely purchase 90 to 100 per cent of their weekly grocery haul at the store, she said, rattling off a long list of what’s available including freshly baked bread and frozen perogies. Though the store doesn’t yet sell meat aside from some occasional frozen seafood.There’s also the added complexity of finding producers willing and able to work with a no-waste grocer’s standards.Many of Miller’s suppliers send their goods to the store in reusable containers. Some, like one local ice-cream maker, even changed their packaging to suit Nada’s ethos.But it’s not yet perfect and Miller plans to spend the next several months fine-tuning the system.One such no-waste store already closed after receiving much fanfare when it opened on B.C.’s Salt Spring Island in 2016. The Canadian Press was not able to contact Green’s former owner, but others in the zero-waste community said they’d heard the store struggled due to its remote location.However, that doesn’t seem to scare other entrepreneurs from joining the zero-waste movement.Linh Truong operates The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver, where she’s sold bulk beauty and household products into reusable containers for nearly eight years.About a year and a half ago, she expanded into the storefront next door with Kitchen Staples, which uses the same concept but with bulk foods. Consumers can stock up on condiments, beans, jams, dairy and more.At least one person a week contacts Truong for advice on opening their own no-waste market or asking to franchise her model, she said. She’s got no plans for expansion, but believes there’s room for entrepreneurs to create their versions in other communities and even buy-in from major grocers and brands.Some big companies are taking note of the trend. Loop, which will launch this spring in the U.S. and France, is an online shopping platform that will deliver products in reusable packaging rather than their typical single-use containers. It counts Haagen-Dazs, Tide, Crest, and Dove among its partners.“There’s a real blossoming of refill stores right now,” said Truong. Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

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Cyprus top UN political official cautiously optimistic about chances of progress

Speaking to reporters after briefing the Council, B. Lynn Pascoe said he was looking forward to next week’s start of substantive talks among the working groups set up under the agreement signed by the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on 21 March.Mr. Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said his discussions last week with senior officials in both Athens and Ankara also left him “really optimistic” about the outlook for Cyprus and the chances of ending the long-running dispute.“I think the entire world would be delighted to see Cyprus move forward on its negotiation,” he said. “We would like to see this settled as soon as possible.”In response to a journalist’s question, Mr. Pascoe said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would consider appointing a special envoy on the issue in the months ahead if the working groups make progress in the first phase. 15 April 2008The United Nations political chief told the Security Council today that he was optimistic that Cyprus could soon be reunified, but he also cautioned that the upcoming negotiations between the two communities on the Mediterranean island would not be easy. read more

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Bombardier Inc set to formally hand over first CSeries plane to Swiss

MIRABEL, Que. — After years of delay and big cost overruns, Bombardier’s CSeries program is finally getting off the ground with the delivery of its first aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines.The CS100 plane will officially be handed over to the European carrier at a ceremony later today at Montreal’s Mirabel airport attended by government ministers, suppliers and Bombardier employees.The aircraft, the first of 30 firm orders for CSeries aircraft by Swiss International, will leave for Zurich on Thursday morning and begin regular service July 15.Air Canada seals deal to buy 45 Bombardier CSeries passenger jets, worth $3.8 billionBombardier Inc slams Moody’s downgrade as Quebec investment is finalizedThe CSeries is slated to make its first passenger flights in North America on Wednesday with members of the news media as well as suppliers and guests invited aboard two one-hour flights around the airport.A similar flight took place June 3 between Dublin and Zurich. A test aircraft will also conduct passenger flights next month at the Farnborough Air Show near London.The 110- to 160-seat CSeries is two years late and about US$2 billion over budget. The first of the larger CS300 version is slated to be delivered later this year to Air Baltic.Montreal-based Bombardier has struggled financially as the CSeries ran into headwinds as the company began building its largest plane ever from scratch.It has finalized an agreement with the Quebec government on a US$1 billion investment in exchange for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries. The province will make two US$500 million payments, on June 30 and Sept. 1.Bombardier is also seeking a similar contribution from the federal government. However, Ottawa has reportedly pushed Bombardier to change its voting structure, something the founding family that controls the company through multiple voting shares insists it has no intention of doing.Government financial support has attracted the ire of Brazilian rival Embraer, which threatened to launch a challenge at the World Trade Organization after Bombardier signed large orders for the CSeries from Delta Air Lines and Air Canada.The company has secured 370 firm orders and 252 options and purchase rights for the two aircraft sizes. read more

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Hamilton girls aged 14 and 16 rescued in human trafficking investigation

Two Hamilton teenagers have been rescued by police following a human trafficking investigation in Brantford.Community Patrol Officers say they went to a hotel on Colborne St. and spoke with two young girls, aged 14 and 16, on Monday.“The officers identified the two young women as victims of Human Trafficking, being forced into the sex trade. An investigation, including officers from the BPS Child Abuse and Sexual Assault (CASA) and BPS Major Crime Units began,” said Brantford police in a news release.Police say the girls were being recruited and advertised to provide sexual services. Police allege a man and woman received cash in exchange for the services provided by the teens.Twenty-year-old Same Alemu, of Toronto, and 18-year-old Deja Clarke, of Brantford, were arrested at the motel and are facing several charges including human trafficking, and advertise sexual services.Both accused were held in custody for a bail hearing.Anyone with information regarding this investigation or if you are a victim or believe you may know of a victim of human trafficking is asked to contact Detective John Allan of the Brantford Police Service CASA Unit at 519-756-0113, ext. 2264.Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking has provided the following tips to help identify victims of human trafficking.Possible signs that someone is being groomed for sex trafficking include changes such as:Withdrawing from family and friendsBeing secretive about their activitiesHaving a new boyfriend, girlfriend or friend who they won’t introduce to friends and familySuddenly spending time with an older person or peopleStaying out more often and laterAbsences from school or a decline in school performanceWearing more sexualized clothingHaving new clothing, jewelry etc. that they can’t afford to buySuddenly having a new or second cell phone with a secret numberSigns someone is being ‘Recruited’ or ‘Groomed’The person is not allowed to speak for themselves and their activities are controlled by someone elseThe person is under 18 and involved in prostitution or sex workThe person is unpaid or paid very little to work, and seems to be treated poorly (long or unusual hours, not allowed breaks, forced to live in poor conditions, etc.)The person is repaying a large debt through labour or sexThe person seems fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid. They may avoid eye contact, seem fearful around police, etc.The person shows signs of abuse, such as bruising, cigarette burns, fractures, etcThe person has tattooing or branding symbols, particularly namesThe person doesn’t have their own things or money, and doesn’t control their own passport or other documentsThe person seems malnourished or lacks medical careThe person is moved frequently and may not know their surroundings wellThe person has been reported missing read more

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UN report spotlights ways to reduce potential devastation of natural disasters

From building terraced fields in the Indonesian mountains to reduce the severity of floods to constructing earthquake-resistant buildings in Japan to producing a radio soap opera in Central America with storylines about hurricane awareness, the UN’s disaster reduction arm hopes the report’s examples will serve as an inspiration and as a guide.More than 70,000 people died last year as a result of 700 separate natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods and cyclones, around the world, according to the Inter-Agency Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). Its new report is called Living with Risk: A global review of disaster reduction initiatives.These hazards cost $65 billion collectively and affected at least 600 million people – seven to 10 times’ more than the number of people affected by wars.Launching the report today, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland said the number of disasters is increasing – and the disasters are becoming more severe – because of the impact of human civilization on the earth.The amount of people at risk is also rising because population growth means more and more of the world’s largest cities and conurbations are located in prime hazard areas.But Mr. Egeland said the scale of human losses and damage to infrastructure and livelihoods has been reduced because countries are getting better at protecting themselves from disasters.He said the monsoonal rains that have caused deadly floods and landslides across South Asia this week have had a much smaller impact – while still extremely serious – than they would have had a few decades ago, when the region was less prepared.This is “for the simple reason that we now have enormously better preventative programmes” in place, he said.Mr. Egeland stressed, however, that international donors and aid agencies lag behind in recognizing the devastating impact that disasters have compared to conflicts.”The Bam [in Iran] and Algerian earthquakes [last year] killed 30,000 people in seconds – many more than” some wars have killed in a decade, he said, adding “it is much easier to get, unfortunately, assistance the day after an earthquake than it is to fund some preventative work” before a disaster strikes.The report also sets out strategies and priorities for countries and communities to consider when planning how to reduce the impact of natural hazards. These include setting up early-warning systems for disasters, managing land use more responsibly to reduce potential erosion and landslides and increasing construction of disaster-resistant buildings.A global conference on disaster reduction, to be held next January in Kobe, Japan, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the deadly earthquake there, is expected to further discuss these issues. read more

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Customers with all of Canadas five big banks can now use Apple

Customers with all of Canada’s five big banks can now use Apple Pay TORONTO – Customers with all five of Canada’s big banks are now able to use Apple Pay.The mobile payment service works with certain models of the Apple iPhone 6, iPad tablets and Apple Watch.The Apple tap-and-pay system was first launched south of the border in 2014 and introduced in Canada last November, but without support from the big banks until last month.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and CIBC (TSX:CM) began offering the system for their Visa, MasterCard and Interac card clients on May 10.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), TD Bank (TSX:TD) and Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) launched their Apple Pay systems for credit and debit cards Wednesday. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 1, 2016 4:41 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Valeant to sell its Obagi skincare business for US190 million to HK

Valeant to sell its Obagi skin-care business for US$190 million to H.K. group by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2017 5:40 am MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAVAL, Que. – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (TSX:VRX) has a deal to sell its Obagi skin care business to a Hong Kong-based group for US$190 million in cash.The Quebec-based company, headquartered in Laval, estimates its Obagi Medical Products unit will generate about US$85 million of revenue in 2017.The buyer is a fund managed by a limited partnership that includes China Regenerative Medicine International and Haitong International Securities Group, both headquartered in Hong Kong. read more

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Teens to take deep dive into world of science during Brock event

There’s no better way to get a taste of science at the university level than to get into the labs and experiment.And that’s just what dozens of students from Ontario high schools will do during the annual Scientifically Yours conference being held at Brock University Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10.The signature event will mark its 30th year by welcoming teens to campus to participate in hands-on activities meant to showcase potential post-secondary pathways and future careers in science-related fields.About 60 Grade 10 and 11 students from southern Ontario are expected to attend the two-day event, presented by Brock’s Faculty of Mathematics and Science.They will participate in fun and immersive projects that touch on various aspects of science. Past favourites will have students exploring what makes juice and pop drinks so tasty, building their own space invaders game through basic computer programming and creating a genetic profile of themselves to learn about DNA fingerprinting.New to this year’s lineup of experiences is a blood typing project that will have students learning about how blood is classified into different types, and how that information is used to solve forensic mysteries and identify donors during medical emergencies.The scenario-based activity will see students act out two different roles: the first as a detective who must use only science skills to analyze a crime scene and attempt to solve a murder, and the second as a hematologist who must find compatible blood types for a life-saving transfusion.Students will also get the chance to meet and mingle with a variety of scientific mentors during dinner Thursday night to learn more about their various careers and scientific fields, including environmental sciences, medicine, statistics, neurosciences, computer science and psychology.“For the past 30 years, Scientifically Yours has been sharing with youths the fulfilling and rewarding paths science can take you on,” said Senior Lab Demonstrator Christene Carpenter-Cleland, who co-ordinates the conference alongside Senior Lab Demonstrator Poling Bork. “The conference helps show high school students that pursuing an education and future career in science is within reach and that the staff and faculty at Brock are here to help them along the way.”More information on the event is available on the Scientifically Yours website. read more

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Accidental text from coachs 4yearold son among 47 Ohio State selfreported Big

Ohio State self-reported 47 minor Big Ten and NCAA rules violations in 2014, including one as the result of an accidental text sent by a football coach’s 4-year-old son.OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s son picked up his father’s cell phone when a recruit called on May 27, and accidentally sent an automatic text message in return. The university sent a letter of education to the football coaches after the incident in regards to NCAA texting rules and phone security.The NCAA did not review the case as part of its interpretations philosophy, which allows for flexibility when reviewing rule violations.This information is the result of three separate public records requests submitted by The Lantern.The most recent request spanned from Sept. 1 through Jan. 18. The records request showed 19 self-reported NCAA and Big Ten violations in the final four months of the year.Of those 19 violations, only two involved the OSU football program, and none involved the men’s basketball team.Apart from the accidental text message from Smith’s son, the only other football violation was for “impermissible on-campus contact,” submitted to the NCAA on Sept. 25. That incident involved coach Urban Meyer having “inadvertent contact with a junior college non-qualifier.” That junior college athlete was on campus without the knowledge of the OSU staff, according to the records request.OSU declared the athlete ineligible until he was reinstated by the NCAA. The records did not specify any actions by the NCAA.Eighteen of the final 19 violations of 2014 were for NCAA rules, and only one prompted punishment from the NCAA beyond what was handed down by the university. As reported by The Lantern on Oct. 14, the NCAA imposed two $500 fines on OSU after an ineligible men’s soccer player competed in two matches.Apart from the soccer violation, three violations had monetary consequences.A member of the field hockey team took part in 17 games during the 2013-14 school year even though she was ineligible. The school paid $5,000 in fines and declared the student-athlete ineligible for field hockey going forward.One member of the OSU wrestling team inadvertently received school books during Fall Semester because his name “incorrectly appeared on the institution’s book list.” The NCAA reinstatement staff said the student-athlete must repay the value of the books before being reinstated, which was the same decision made by the university in the case.Members of the women’s tennis team were required to repay $28 after the program provided them with impermissible per diem on two occasions.Since Sept. 1, 12 different OSU programs self-reported violations, with football, men’s soccer, wrestling, field hockey, men’s gymnastics and women’s volleyball reporting two each. The OSU athletics communication staff also self-reported a violation of its own for “impermissible publicity of voluntary summer workouts.”Through Jan. 18, OSU athletics had only self-reported one NCAA violation and no Big Ten violations.The NCAA violation was for impermissible text messages and phone calls, reported by the football program on Jan. 7. The violation was the result of six accidental one-minute phone calls and five text messages over a span of 10 months. The university prevented the football coaching staff from making phone calls for one week as a punishment, and the NCAA decided not to impose any further sanctions.The three records requests submitted by The Lantern showed eight total football violations in 2014, along with the first OSU violation of 2015.The first request was submitted July 8 and fulfilled Aug. 11, the second was submitted Sept. 23 and fulfilled Oct. 14, and the third was submitted Jan. 18 and fulfilled Thursday evening. read more

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Mike Tindall reveals garish Christmas suits he wears at Sandringham have Queens

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mike Tindall, husband of Zara, wears garish suits to Christmas at SandringhamCredit:JOE A garish, red patterned suit may not spring to mind as the first choice of what to wear to Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham, but Mike Tindall has said his festive attire has her stamp of approval.The former professional rugby player, who is married to Zara Tindall, the Queen’s granddaughter, said the monarch loves bright colours and encourages the family to wear them in happy times.”This year we opened presents on Christmas Eve – I wore one of these. “And just to give a little punch on Christmas Morning I came down in a different little set up.”The queen loves bright colours it’s why she wears all those amazing colours that she does wear, she thinks that dark colours are for sad times.”Speaking to website JOE, he also revealed that two years ago, when the Queen was unwell and he and his wife were recovering from a miscarriage, the three spent Christmas morning together. He explained: “Christmas, two years ago, [the Queen]wasn’t feeling very well so she didn’t go to church. We’d obviously been through what we’d been through with our pregnancy, which we lost, so we did our own little private just as a three. Mike Tindall, husband of Zara, wears garish suits to Christmas at Sandringham “I had a suit on like this and thought ‘maybe I should be wearing something a little bit different today’ but  I was trying to raise the mood.”Christmases at Sandringham are a world away from the festive celebrations he enjoyed in Otley, West Yorkshire, when he was growing up, he said.Mr Tindall revealed: “It’s quite a strange day as if you’re from up north…I usually spend the whole day in my boxer shorts or my tracksuit so by the time I’d have normally got up I’ve been to church twice, which is quite strange for me.”It’s completely different – I’ve never had to take as many outfits anywhere.”The Royals celebrate Christmas with presents and a turkey feast on Christmas Eve, because the Queen likes to give her staff the day off on the 25th.Mr Tindall added: “Basically she loves all the staff that she has working for us so she would give as many the day off that she can.”He also said the Queen watches her own speech on Christmas Day with her family. read more

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Dáil over TDs finish early for the week after opposition fail to

first_imgAs a result of the early finish on that bill, deputies were able to run through the rest of their business for the day and the week, adjourning until next Tuesday afternoon just before 3pm today. The sitting had originally been scheduled to run until 5.30pm.Afterward’s Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan said: “This is an important piece of legislation dealing with the redrawing of constituencies for the upcoming European elections, yet not one member of the Opposition saw fit to show up.”He accused the opposition parties of “hypocrisy” over their complaints about the government’s use of the guillotine when he said “the opposition benches are left completely empty for debates on important pieces of legislation”.Opposition parties have regularly complained about the government’s use of the guillotine on other legislation with all but a few non-government deputies staging a walkout last December when ministers proposed to curtail debate on the bill to establish Irish Water.Note: This story has been amended to include comment from a Technical Group spokesperson. First published 3.43pm WATCH: Fianna Fáil lead Dáil walkout after row over water services legislationRead: Absent TDs and unansweredquestions leave Micheál Martin criticising Dáil reforms‘The elephant in the room’: Government’s Dáil reforms do little to appease opposition Updated 4.35pm THE DÁIL ADJOURNED over two-and-a-half hours earlier than planned this afternoon leaving the government accusing the opposition parties of having failed to show-up for debate on four stages of the bill to redraw the European Parliament constituency boundaries.The Parliament Elections Amendment Bill – which redraws Ireland’s European constituencies in light of the loss of one seat in the Brussels parliament – passed through four stages in the Dáil without a vote or a single member of the opposition present in the chamber. After the bill passed without a vote, Fine Gael TD Derek Keating asked where the opposition is, but was told by Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett that there was no way of raising such an issue on a point of order.This led Keating to suggest that maybe there should be a way of raising the matter. “Maybe so,” Barrett agreed.A spokesperson for the Technical Group took issue with the government’s characterisation of the issue, saying the coalition parties had failed to fill their own speaking slots, meaning if opposition had shown they would be “speaking into a vacuum”. “We’ve said on a number of occasions we’re not going to keep the show on the road for the sake of it. The government, with a two-thirds majority, were unable to provide speakers for their speaking slots,” the spokesperson said. last_img read more

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