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Good results for local Long Track Skaters at Championships

first_imgIn Male T2T 12, Matthew Mitchell received Gold. Emerson Bigras also participated in this category but, after a good effort, was unable to grab a medal.Sidney Bennie picked up Gold in Female T2T 13.In the Male T2T, Nicholas Guliov won Gold and Dakotah Ruel, of Dawson Creek, won Silver. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 B.C. Long Track Championships were held in Fort St. John over the weekend.127 skaters participated in this year’s Long Track Championship, with 12 clubs being represented from across B.C.Long Track Skaters from the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club had a good performance at the Championships.- Advertisement -In the L2T B Male category, Kallum Dunn won Gold.Austin MacGregor received Iron in L2T A Male.Emma North won Gold and Cheyanne Key won Bronze in Female T2T 12.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Emotions got the better of me, says dropped Sterling

first_img“Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on,” Sterling said.“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.“This is why we play this sport because of our love for it — me and Joe Gomez are good, we both understand it was a five to 10-second thing… it’s done, we move forward and not make this bigger than it is.“Let’s get focus on our game on Thursday,” Sterling added.The Daily Mail reported that Gomez and Sterling had to be separated by teammates on Monday after a “physical confrontation”.The pair had also clashed on the field towards the end of Sunday’s match.– ‘Families have disagreements’ –England manager Gareth Southgate moved quickly to deal with the issue — arguably one of his achievements during his time in the post has been to erase the rivalries between members from different clubs which plagued previous England squads.The likes of former star defender Rio Ferdinand have spoken about how when they used to join the England camp he and Manchester United players would stick together and find it hard to mix with Chelsea or Liverpool stars.Gareth Southgate said Raheem Sterling had been dropped for Thursday’s game with Montenegro after his altercation with Joe Gomez © AFP / Paul ELLISSouthgate said in a hastily-organised press conference on Tuesday he would rather deal with the matter publicly now than let it fester till his usual meeting with the media on the eve of matches.The 49-year-old, clearly irked by how the information had leaked out regarding the set-to, said Sterling’s emotions had run over but “it is not the same for Joe (Gomez)”.However, he emphasised a line had been drawn under the incident.“I love all of my players,” he said.“We are like a family and all families have disagreements.“The important thing is for a family to communicate and work through problems.“I don’t expect as a manager to not have to deal with issues, that’s part of the job.“Our focus is now on moving forward.”Despite being dropped for Thursday’s match Sterling took part in England squad training — as did Gomez — on Tuesday.Sterling, who according to some reports had packed his bags but changed his mind when Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson intervened and persuaded him to stay, has been one of the stars of England’s qualification campaign, scoring eight goals in six games.A draw against Montenegro at Wembley will be enough to guarantee England’s place at Euro 2020.Sterling has enjoyed a makeover in his image in the past year with less biting observations of his perceived lifestyle in the press and more positive headlines regarding his public stance against racism.Six Chelsea fans were banned — one for life — after racially abusing him during a league game last season. He also suffered abuse along with England team-mates in their Euro qualifiers against Bulgaria and Montenegro.The 24-year-old silenced the critics over having a rifle tattooed on his leg by revealing it was his pledge never to touch a gun following his father being shot dead in Jamaica in front of his own father when the star was just two.He has been hailed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his campaigning against racism.“I’d go as far to say he’s the best statesman we have (for fighting racism),” Khan said in September this year.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez appeared to have made up after their altercation as they both took part in England training ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 12 – Raheem Sterling said he allowed his “emotions” to get the better of him leading to a brief altercation with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez that resulted in the Manchester City player being dropped for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro.Sterling admitted on Instagram on Tuesday he and Gomez “had words” when they met up at the England camp the day after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over defending champions City which left the latter nine points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s side.last_img read more

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Man City fan view: ‘We’re not Liverpool, we don’t give a s**t who leaves!’

first_imgEach week a leading band or musician takes our special Starting XI Q&A. And they don’t come much bigger than this week’s interviewee… Mr Noel Gallagher…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?He’s already been and gone at City… Mario Balotelli.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?Blue Moon by Elvis Presley.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Easy. The San Siro in Miilan.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?There can be only one… Mario Balotelli.Brit award or Premier League trophy?The Premier League all day… I’ve got enough Brits.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?It was all music stuff I’m afraid. The Jam, Sex Pistols.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Lionel Messi.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?Once A Lifetime by Talking Heads, Rock The CasBah by The Clash, too many to mention.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Carlos Tevez got us all jumping at City. As for players that left? None really, we’re not Liverpool fans, we don’t give a s**t who leaves!Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Easy… Wayne Rooney.What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?They’re ALL s**t!Noel Gallagher will be live on talkSPORT on Wednesday night (July 29) between 11pm-1am on the Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar. Don’t miss it!Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release ‘Lock All the Doors’ on August 28th. The track is the fourth single to be released from the hugely successful No 1 album ‘Chasing Yesterday’. For more details visit www.noelgallagher.com, and listen to it now on our Spotty playlist! 1 Noel Gallagher last_img read more

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TOURIST OPERATORS HOPEFUL AS FESTIVAL FEVER GRIPS DONEGAL

first_imgFestival Fever is set to drag Donegal out of the recession!Dozens of festivals planned for across the county over the summer months will see an influx of tourists spending money.And shops, restaurants, hotels and B&Bs are hoping it will be the spark to get the ball rolling again. Thousands of locals and visitors took advantage of a rise in temperatures at the weekend to flock along to the Seafest in Rathmullan and the Donegal Town Summer Festival.And head of tourism with Failte Ireland in Donegal, Paul McCloone, said we are already up on last year’s number.“We are already ahead of last year’s figures and that is good. But we still have a long way to go before we equal the visitor numbers of four or five years ago.“But we are on an upward spiral and it is slighty encouraging but much too early to say we are going to have a good season,” he said. It might be too early to crunch figures but there was no stopping people from enjoying themselves at Rathmullan yesterday.Thousands turned up for a weekend of old fashioned fun beside the sea combined with rescue helicopter displays, curragh racing, egg and spoon races and a tug-o-war.Among those who came ashore for the weekend was RTE star derek Davis – a well-known sea-farer.And more than 15,000 people flocked into Donegal Town over the weekend to hear such bands as Jedward, Ryan Sheridan and Aslan.This weekend sees more festival fever with the arrival of the Earagail Arts Festival at venues across the county featuring an array of talent. Festival fever is here – let’s hope it’s contagious!EndsTOURIST OPERATORS HOPEFUL AS FESTIVAL FEVER GRIPS DONEGAL was last modified: July 3rd, 2011 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:Earagail Arts FestivalPaul McLooneseafestlast_img read more

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Polling irregularities

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Someone remind us again, what was so bad about punch-card voting? Oh, yes, we vaguely remember grumbling after some election in 2000, something about hanging chads, Florida and the Supreme Court. But all that now seems like ancient history, whereas California’s dismal experience with electronic voting machines is ongoing. Following up on irregularities in the November special election, California’s Secretary of State’s Office has ordered one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of voting machines – Election Systems and Software – to fix serious flaws in its systems. And earlier last week, the secretary of state warned 17 counties about problems with certain Diebold Election Systems equipment. Both companies’ machines may be deemed ineligible for use in next November’s election. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake It’s a recurring story. In the spring of 2004, then-Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, citing the risk of breakdowns and tampering, briefly decertified the use of touch-screen voting equipment statewide. So far, the history of high-tech voting systems in California has been less than spectacular. And that brings us back to punch-card voting. After the Florida mess of 2004, courts and politicians were quick to denounce old-fashioned voting systems as evil, and glom on to some replacement – any replacement – as quickly as possible. But the problems of Florida were never a threat to California, where the standards for reading improperly marked ballots are far clearer. And just because something is newer doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Honest and accurate elections are crucial to the democratic process, and if electronic voting can improve our elections, then the state should embrace it. But for now, that remains an open question. Meanwhile, the state has spent millions ditching a reliable system in favor of a costly and problematic replacement. It’s enough to make you miss those old punch cards.last_img read more

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Historic day as plaque unveiled to Donegal war hero

first_imgAn official plaque has been unveiled to commemorate the late James Duffy, VC in Letterkenny.The unveiling of the plaque, organised by the Ulster History Circle, was performed by James Duffy’s daughter, Mrs. Nellie O’Donnell.James Duffy was born at Crolly in West Donegal on 17th November 1889 to parents Peter and Kate Duffy, and as a young baby was brought to Bonagee, Letterkenny where he lived most of his life. When the Great War broke out James joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Glasgow, and it was for his heroic actions in Palestine that he was awarded the Victoria Cross.Private James Duffy Reg. No. 6/17978 with the 6th Batt. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (10th Division) was cited – ‛For most conspicuous bravery at Kereina Peak, Palestine on 27th December 1917, displayed whilst his company was holding a very exposed position.Private Duffy (a stretcher bearer) and another stretcher-bearer went out to bring in a seriously wounded comrade. When the stretcher-bearer was wounded, James returned again to get another man. Both men went forward into the line of fire and the relief stretcher bearer was killed.Private Duffy then went forward alone, and under heavy fire, succeeded in getting both wounded men under cover and attended to their injuries. His gallantry undoubtedly saved both men’s lives, and throughout he showed an utter disregard of danger under heavy fire.’ He was 28 years of age. His citation appeared in the London Gazette 4th supplement on 27th February 1918. He died on 7th April 1969 at Drumany and is buried in the Conwal Cemetery, Letterkenny, and his VC is in the collection of the Inniskilling Museum at Enniskillen Castle, Co. Fermanagh.Chris Spurr, Chairman of the Ulster History Circle comments, ‛James Duffy made a long journey from his birthplace among the hills of west Donegal to the mountains of Palestine, and it was there that his valour brought him lasting honour. One hundred years after Private Duffy won the Victoria Cross, the Ulster History Circle is delighted to commemorate this heroic soldier with a blue plaque in Letterkenny.The Circle thanked the Ulster-Scots Agency for their financial support towards the plaque, and Donegal County Museum for their assistance.’All pictures by kind permission of Brian McDaid.Historic day as plaque unveiled to Donegal war hero was last modified: November 14th, 2017 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:james duffyletterkennyplaquelast_img read more

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Burt gardener earns national recognition with viewers’ choice award

first_imgAn Inishowen gardener said he was ‘delighted’ to collect the viewers’ choice award last week when he took part in RTE’s Super Garden. Paddy McDermott, 35, who recently showcased his ‘Family Togetherness’ design on the RTÉ show gained the most votes to be crowned Super Garden Viewers’ Choice Award winner.Paddy McDermott with his wife Lynn and daughter FiannaThe Burt man recently featured on the gardening show when he created a ‘Family Togetherness’ design for Kieran and Olivia Kelly from Letterkenny. McDermott competed against four other gardeners designers on the show but missed out on seeing his garden showcased at the Bloom 2019 garden festival in Dublin.Paddy McDermott (middle) competed against four other gardeners designers on the showSpeaking after collecting the award, McDermott said: “I know the support from all around Donegal and beyond has been amazing.“It is an honour to know that people chose my garden, I’m delighted.”This is what the Kelly’s garden looked like before McDermott’s transformation: Credit: RTÉThe garden is now completely transformed with a chill-out space with coloured beanbags for children with potted Bamboo for privacy.He also has a place for the adults with a raised patio under a wooden pergola with a nest seat to swing out under the lavender bed underneath. Paddy also brought in a Japanese Acer as his centrepiece that is surrounded by Japanese forest grass. A water feature is also positioned behind a glass panel on the back wall and spills into a stream running under the patio and can be seen through a reinforced glass panel in the patio floor.Credit: RTÉCredit: RTÉIt wasn’t all plain sailing for Paddy as in the weeks he had to complete the garden transformation he had bad weather including rain, snow and hail to contend with. He got there in the end and produced an amazing garden that has a little something for everyone.Burt gardener earns national recognition with viewers’ choice award was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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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All square atop the Big 5 standings

first_imgThe performance was far from perfect, but the result was everything Del Norte could have hoped for, as the Warriors defeated the Tigers 7-2 in Big 5 softball action at Arcata High Tuesday afternoon.The win lifts the Del Norte girls into a tie with McKinleyville atop the Big 5 standings, with each team off to a perfect 3-0 start early in the campaign.The visitors broke open a tight game with four runs in the top of the third and took advantage of too many Arcata errors and some solid pitching …last_img read more

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‘Woods women’s basketball wins opener

first_imgAshley Quigley, in her first organized game since playing for Arcata High in the 2016-17 season, led all scorers with 26 points as College of the Redwoods women’s basketball defended home-court on opening night, downing visiting Simpson University 77-71 Tuesday evening.“Everything felt very good tonight,” Redwoods head coach Jain Tuey, now in her third season at the helm, said. “We were feeling very comfortable on the court. We talked before the game about bringing out the excitement and …last_img read more

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South Africa resumes seafood exports to Russia

first_img12 November 2014South African will begin seafood exports to Russia after the Eurasian country granted twelve seafood companies licences to supply canned and frozen fish.This is the first since the late 1990s that South African fish will be exported to Russia on a commercial basis, said Felix Ratheb, chief executive of Cape Town-based Sea Harvest, one of the South African companies granted a licence.The other 11 companies granted rights to supply seafood are Abagold Ltd, Compass Challenger, GSA Trades Pty Ltd, Harvest Atlantic Peace, Irvin & Johnson Limited, Kaytrad Coldstore, LAVERNE, Marine Products, Pioneer Fishing Pty Ltd, Sea Vuna Fishing Company Pty Ltd and Viking Fishing Co Pty Ltd.Speaking to Reuters, Ratheb said Sea Harvest’s first exports to Russia were expected in early 2015 and would begin at about 500 tonnes a year, worth between R25-million to R40-million. South Africa’s total fish exports in 2012 were valued at R3.5-billion but this figure could increase if Russia becomes a major importer, according to Ratheb.According to the Russian Embassy website the legal platform for the Russian-South African relations in trade and economy was launched in 1993 with the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation.Other key treaties include the Agreement on Cooperation in Mining (1999), Agreement on Double Taxation Avoidance (2000) and Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (2000).South Africa is a leading Russian foreign trade partner in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Russian Embassy. Bilateral trade in the January to November 2013 period increased by 22.1% to US$998-million, compared to US$817-million from January to November 2012.Russia’s exports increased by 59.1% to US$260.5-million, from US$163.7-million in January to November 2012, and imports grew by 12.9% to US$737.5-million. Mutual investments between the two countries are also massive. Russian investments in South Africa reached over US$1-billion in the last year.Major Russian exports to South Africa comprise chemical and agro-industrial products, precious and base metals, coking coal, fertilisers, machinery, equipment, vehicles, tools, textiles, footwear and mineral products. On the other hand, South African exports to Russia are dominated by fruits, mineral products, machinery, equipment, vehicles, chemical products, precious and base metals, raw hides, textiles and footwear.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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U.P. to get its first conservation centre for vultures

first_imgUttar Pradesh is set to get its first conservation centre for endangered vultures. And a gau sadan (cow conservation centre) built by the State government may have led to the selection of the village site for the vulture conservation in Eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Maharajganj district, as per an official.The Jatayu Conservation and Breeding Centre would be set up in the Bhari Baisi village in Pharendra tehsil under the Gorakhpur Forest Division. Covering an area of five hectares, the centre would be developed on the lines of the Pinjore Conservation and Breeding Centre in Haryana, the nation’s first for vultures, the Uttar Pradesh Information department said in a statement.Uttar Pradesh Principal Forest Conservator (Wildlife) Sunil Pandey said more than 100 vultures were spotted in the Maghwalia range of the Maharajganj Forest Division in August.A committee of vultures was also spotted close to a gau sadan built by the State government, said Mr. Pandey in a statement.Since destitute animals are kept at the gau sadan and they die soon due to their age, it is natural for vultures to be spotted there due to the availability of the dead animals, said Mr. Pandey. “Due to this, Bhari Baisi village was selected [for the conservation centre],” Mr. Pandey said.Joint projectThe vulture conservation centre in Maharajganj would be a joint project of the Bombay Natural History Society and the Wildlife Research Institute. The BNHS has prepared a Detailed Project Report for the centre.Around 60% of the survey work was complete, Mr. Pandey said.As per the 2013-14 census, around 900 vultures were found in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh, he said.last_img read more

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Formula One reaches agreement for Miami Grand Prix in 2021

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Formula One said the plan is to race in the month of May. The deal must still be approved by Miami-Dade County officials Oct. 28.The Miami race would join the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, as U.S. races on the calendar. It would also give F1 a fourth race in North America, joining Montreal and Mexico City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Barcelona coach wants Real Madrid to play in Catalan capital Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco leads Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)MIAMI— Formula One has reached preliminary agreement to race in Miami in 2021, giving the global series a second race in the U.S.Despite an earlier push for a street race in downtown Miami that would provide views of waterfront racing, the Miami Grand Prix would instead be on a course running through the parking lots at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Matthew Wade the foghorn is finally silenced by England’s Jofra Archer

first_img David Warner hammered to new low thanks to Broad mind games Twitter Most simply walk past stony-faced. David Warner has taken to cheering back at the boos, both arms raised. Peter Siddle could be seen on Saturday waving and smiling happily at one extended heckle. Nathan Lyon, short of his best humour all Test, kept his response last night to one decisive expletive.Something was always likely to give. It was always likely to be something involving Wade, a gnarled, travelled, well-seasoned 5ft 7in pocket tug-ship Australian cricketer, and a foghorn in any team; the kind of sportsman who feels it is a part of his value to bark and carp and uphold general standards of on-field yap.A few years back, Wade caused a stir by turning on Ravindra Jadeja, informing him he was “useless” during a series where Jadeja became the world’s No 1 ranked bowler. He was described as “embarrassing” by Kepler Wessels after his relentless drone during the 2016 series in South Africa, and became a kind of in-house fire-starter when he got a game in that abrasive, gritty Australia vintage of Lehmann-Smith-Warner.Here Wade’s moment arrived with England on 248 for seven in the morning session and Jofra Archer at the wicket in place of Ben Stokes. Josh Hazlewood was bowling. Archer had barely faced a ball. Wade was at short leg.“Hit him on the helmet!” came the cry, which is, to be fair, some tactically sound advice. There was more of the same; followed, a little oddly, by some gabble about how Jofra might want to change Big Bash teams and leave Hobart, where Archer and Wade are teammates as it happens. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share via Email Pinterest Australia sport Share on Facebook Trevor Bayliss left hoping for another Stokes-like hero to save Ashes Analysing a short leg’s stump-mic waffle is among life’s more futile occupations. Nobody but Wade can say what, if anything, he meant by that. Perhaps it is a bit oversensitive to assume this was a “loyalty” sledge, a reference to the fact Archer has chosen to play for England rather than the West Indies.But it is to be hoped not. A pair of Australians have already been ejected from Old Trafford for shouting at Archer about passports. This is not really a laughing matter, or indeed a suitable topic in this country for sport-bantz. On Saturday Archer spoke in an interview in The Times about a passer-by in a supermarket ranting at him about immigrants and thieves. These are complex and sensitive issues. Stick to hit him on the grille, Wadey.Archer was dismissed limply a few balls later. However, he was energised when Australia batted, and when Wade appeared at the wicket in the middle of a sustained high-grade spell from England’s new-ball bowlers. Since you’re here… features Cricket Matthew Wade hits out during his innings of 34 as Australia declared on 186 for six and set England an improbable 383 for victory. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters Read more England cricket teamcenter_img Read more Facebook Topics The Ashes Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Matthew Wade enjoys a chat. As talk-show formats go this one probably wouldn’t make it past the proposal stage, even in the city of Partridge, Granada TV and feisty men of all ages with a liking for the sound of their own badinage.Not that this is likely to discourage Wade, who on the fourth day of this fourth Ashes Test helped dish up the most abrasive moment to date of a series that has up to now been peppy without slipping over the line into boorishness.It was probably coming. There has been something in the air at Old Trafford. Tours tend to drag on. Players get tired or grow irritated by the friction, the feeling of being assailed on all sides. Every day of this Test match a small crowd has gathered at the back of the pavilion to barrack Australia’s players as they come down the steps at the start of a session. Ashes 2019 Share on Twitter Reuse this content Archer had just taken out Travis Head’s leg stump with a 91mph nip-backer. As Wade marched out he dried his hands in the dust. Wade flexed and bent and sprang up, all gladiatorial intent. Archer’s first ball was blocked. The second one was a throat tickler that sent Wade somersaulting out of its path.And, for the next 10 minutes, it was teeth and toes, as Lockie Ferguson calls it: Archer aiming for both ends of the Wade physique, offering a word here and there, and cranking his speeds up to 94mph at times. To his credit, Wade never took a backward step. Although there was one very funny moment as he turned to take a second run, having brushed past the bowler on the first, only to find Archer standing square in his path glowering down. Wade made the required calculations, turned on his heel and scurried back.What to make of all this? Nobody was harmed in the creation of this on-field banter. Wade might want to watch the loyalty stuff, if indeed that’s what it was, when he’s talking to a mixed-heritage black Briton. Archer, for his part, has annoyed the Australians with his own loose chat between games.But it did get him going. Perhaps it helped Archer to forget himself a little, to get lost in the contest. Lest we forget, this is a cricketer who has played 30 first-class games, who is learning about every part of these contests of fine margins.He did get Wade in the end, drawing an edge to the keeper and running past with nothing more than a look as Wade marched off. By that stage Steve Smith had spun his strange, luminous brilliance around Old Trafford long enough to push the game, and most likely the series, beyond England’s reach.With any luck, Archer v Wade will fade into the background, an oddity in the middle of a largely good-natured contest. However, it was at best an encouraging riposte from a cricketer whose career is likely to revolve around managing his own tension, raising his levels at the right moment, blocking out the background hum; and in giving the right answer in his own way, as he did here on a day of rising drama all round. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Australia cricket teamlast_img read more

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Twitter deletes almost 5000 accounts linked to Iran

first_imgSan Francisco: In its bid to stop the spread of misinformation and hoaxes, Twitter has pulled down almost 5,000 accounts suspected of being directly run or linked to the Iranian government. The micro-blogging site said all the account sets were originated in Iran. “We believe Twitter has a responsibility to protect the integrity of the public conversation — including through the timely disclosure of information about attempts to manipulate Twitter to influence elections and other civic conversations by foreign or domestic state-backed entities. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “We believe the public and research community are better informed by transparency,” Yoel Roth, Head of Site Integrity, Twitter, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Twitter cracked down on a total of 4,779 pages and it took down at least 1,666 accounts in set one that originated in Iran. Cumulatively, these accounts tweeted nearly two million times. They posted global news content, often with an angle that benefited the diplomatic and geostrategic views of the Iranian state. Platform manipulation is a violation of the Twitter Rules, the company noted. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Twitter pulled down 248 accounts in set two and 2,865 accounts in set three. These accounts were taken down in set three employed a range of false personas to target conversations about political and social issues in Iran and globally. The micro-blogging platform has been regularly removing accounts, it suspects of election interference from Iran, Russia and other nations since the fallout of the 2016 US presidential election.last_img read more

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What a player Ganguly calls Kohli

first_imgPort of Spain: India skipper Virat Kohli scored a majestic hundred at the Queen’s Park Oval as the Men in Blue registered a comprehensive win over West Indies in a rain-affected second ODI. India defeated West Indies by 59 runs (DLS method), thus taking an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match rubber, the final of which will be played on Wednesday at the same venue. On Sunday, Kohli brought up his 42nd century during the course of which he went past former India skipper Sourav Ganguly tally of 11,363 runs in the list of leading run-getters in ODI cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The 30-year-old has scored 11,406 runs at 59.91 in 238 matches and is currently at the eighth spot in the list topped by legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar who compiled 18,426 runs in 463 matches. Soon after Kohli broke his record, Ganguly tweeted: “Virat Kohli another master class in one day cricket…what a player.” During the course of his 120-run knock, the Delhi lad also became the first batsman to complete 2,000 ODI runs against West Indies. The previous record was 1,930 by Javed Miandad, whom Kohli passed in his 34th inning against the Windies. The Indian skipper now has eight centuries to his name against West Indies. He also has eight tons against two other teams — Australia and Sri Lanka. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for scoring maximum hundreds against a single opposition — 9 against Australia. He had also scored eight hundreds against Sri Lanka. No other batsmen have more than seven centuries against a single opposition.last_img read more

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