On 14th January 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed the UNESCO proclamation of World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 13th February every year as United Nations Radio Day, which was established in 1946 as World Radio Day.The objectives of the day are to raise among the public and the media greater awareness of the importance of radio; to encourage decision-makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; and to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.In 2018, UNESCO is dedicating World Radio Day to the theme of radio and sports. In his message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres outlined that even in an era of dramatic advances in communications, radio retains its power to entertain, educate, inform, and inspire. “It can unite and empower communities, and give voice to the marginalized. This year, with the Winter Olympics now underway, we can also recognise the many ways in which sports broadcasting brings people together around excitement and achievements.”In light of this year’s theme, he therefore encouraged everyone to celebrate both radio and sports as ways of helping people to achieve their full potential.Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, advocated making radio more independent and pluralistic in her message on the occasion of the 7th World Radio Day. She noted that Radio can help combat racist and xenophobic stereotypes that are expressed both on and off the field, as it allows a broad range of traditional sports to be covered far beyond the elite teams. It also provides the opportunity to nurture diversity as a force for dialogue and tolerance.“The fight for gender equality is central to this effort. According to the report of the Global Media Monitoring Project, supported by UNESCO, only 4% of sports media content is dedicated to women’s sport. Only 12% of sports news is presented by women. UNESCO is working to improve the coverage of women’s sports, to combat gender discrimination on the airwaves, and to promote equal opportunities in sports media. The task is immense,” Azoulay stressed. UNESCO also called on all radio stations around the world to showcase the beauty of sports in all of its diversity.In commemoration of the event, the Guyana Press Association (GPA) emphasized, too, that even today, radio is still hailed as critical to empowerment and education.The local body reaffirmed its understanding that it is through the coverage of traditional and grassroots sporting games that radio can reconnect people with their cultural heritage, while also promoting the freedom of expression and diversity through cultural expression.In their statement to commemorate the day, the GPA acknowledged that, in Guyana, there has been a continued decline in sports coverage on radio. The Association therefore expressed the hope of working with all stakeholders in an effort to bring about change, as it recognises that Radio, even in days of social media, still has the ability to empower the masses.Radio is the mass medium reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognised as a powerful communication tool and a low-cost medium. It is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor; while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.Radio broadcast in Guyana is reported to have had its founding in the late 1920s, when experimental shortwave broadcasts received from Daventry, England were initiated, not long after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was itself established in 1922.After broadcasting for a few hours each week, the shortwave service ended suddenly in 1931 due to economic constraints, and it wasn’t until 1935 that radio resumed when the Marylebone Cricket Club visited the colony, and local demand for cricket commentary prompted the establishment of radio stations VP3BG and later VP3MR.The two stations are said to have been the first two radio stations established in the English- speaking Caribbean, and became popular for their cricket commentaries, music, and religious programmes. Today, radio programming in Guyana caters to a diverse ethnic demographic which covers both AM and FM broadcast bands. Radio is still the most dynamic, reactive, and engaging medium there is, adapting to 21st century changes, and offering new ways to interact and participate. By listening to its audiences and responding to their needs, radio provides the diversity of views and voices needed to address the challenges we all face. Everyone should mobilise to make radio an increasingly independent and pluralistic media. We should therefore join forces to celebrate the potential of sports radio.
Twenty five youths in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) on Friday graduated from the Ministry of Social Protection’s Board of Industrial Training (BIT),The BIT training programme is aimed at empowering youths with the skills necessary to meet the future needs of local industries. During the six months session, the youths were trained specifically in Heavy Duty Equipment Operation.Present at the graduation ceremony were Minister within the Social ProtectionFrom left: Assistant Director of the National Community Development Councils (NCDC) Donald Ainsworth, Permanent Secretary of the Social Protection Ministry Lorene Baird, Minister within the Social Protection Ministry Keith Scott, Heavy Duty Equipment Operator Officer Earl Pestano and Executive Development Officer of Hope Foundation Ivor Melville along with the 25 graduatesMinistry Keith Scott, Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford, Deputy Mayor of Bartica Kamala Persaud, Assistant Director of the National Community Development Councils (NCDC) Donald Ainsworth, Permanent Secretary to the Social Protection Ministry Lorene Baird and Heavy Duty Equipment Operator Officer Earl Pestano.Minister Scott said that the graduation of the youths indicates that Bartica will no longer have to look to Georgetown for handouts. The Minister said that the youths are now equipped with the skills needed to further push the developmental process in the township.Minister Scott also encouraged the youths to form cooperatives as it is the best way to rapidly develop the town.Deputy Mayor Kamala Persaud lauded the graduands for completing the training programme. However she cautioned them stating that, “going forward I hope that you will constantly tell yourselves that the sky is not the limit your mind is, whatever you put your mind to you can achieve it and today is a testimony to it.”The Deputy Mayor urged the graduands not to take the opportunities they receive for granted. NDCD Assistant Director Donald Ainsworth expressed similar sentiments as Deputy Mayor Persaud and Minister Scott. He urged the youths to use the skills they have acquired to foster development in Bartica. “There is so much to be done to develop Bartica that your skill would be needed right here and I hope that you would commit yourself to enhance life here in Bartica.”The graduation of 25 youths makes it the third batch to graduate from the BIT training programme in Bartica. While the course only saw males graduating, the Heavy Duty Equipment Operator Officer Earl Pestano indicated that already five females have registered for the programme which recommences in April, 2017.
Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger will launch an appeal against a violent conduct charge for an alleged elbow on West Ham defender Winston Reid.The FA announced on Monday it had charged the German over the incident, which occurred in United’s 0-0 draw against West Ham on Saturday.Schweinsteiger stuck out his left arm and caught Hammers defender Reid in the throat as both players jostled for position in the build-up to a first-half free-kick.Referee Mark Clattenburg spoke to both players to calm them down, but did not see the apparent elbow and it was therefore not mentioned in his post-match report, which left the FA free to punish the midfielder retrospectively.Reid insisted on Saturday that the elbow was intentional, saying after the game: “He knows what he’s done – he’s elbowed me in the face”.West Ham manager Slaven Bilic also claimed the player should have been sent off, adding: “It’s a clear red card. A straight red without any doubts. It was a moment of madness.“He deserved to be sent off, but the referee told me he didn’t see it. Fair enough, I believe it. It was an elbow.”Schweinsteiger does not think his actions warrant punishment, however, and has informed the club he wishes to contest the charge.United have until noon on Thursday to lodge an appeal.The 31-year-old is facing a three-match ban if found guilty.Already hampered by a lengthy injury list, United cannot afford to lose the influential player for their upcoming games against Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke. Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger 1
A third defendant was Peter Babroudi, 27, of Glendale, a limousine driver who was hired to chauffeur Rosemary Bunch around at insurance company expense. Prosecutors said Babroudi lied that Rosemary Bunch had to be carried to his vehicle and had to use a wheelchair or special crutch. He pleaded no contest June 8 to misdemeanor conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, was placed on three years’ probation, and ordered to testify against the Bunches. A workers’ compensation appeals board judge awarded Rosemary Bunch the services of a limousine, prosecutors said. A judge also assigned her the services of a caregiver – initially for 32 hours a week, later for 40 hours a week – to do laundry, housecleaning and other tasks, prosecutors said. A videotape shot surreptitiously before an earlier court appearance shows Rosemary Bunch walking from her door to the limousine while the driver carries her crutch, officials said. In the video, the driver hands her the crutch at the courthouse, and she straps it on before going inside. Other videotape shows Robert Bunch working on top of a tall metal storage building at the couple’s home and climbing up a ladder, officials said. Robert Bunch built most of the building while he was labeled totally disabled, officials said. karen.maeshiro@ dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSAMOND – A Rosamond couple accused of milking the state workers’ compensation system for more than $1 million in direct payments, medical care and the services of a chauffeur and a housekeeper were each placed on three years probation Friday. Robert and Rosemary Bunch were ordered to pay a total of $114,440 in restitution and fines and each sentenced to 31 days in jail, for which they received credit for time already served. “I think they got a fair sentence. They were lucky in that they admitted wrongdoing in an early stage of the proceedings,” Kern County Deputy District Attorney David Wolf said. “Neither one has any criminal record. I think it’s fair. I think they have been punished and learned their lesson.” Rosemary Bunch, a Methodist Church employee until 1995, was declared permanently and totally disabled by carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia, and her husband Robert Bunch is on total temporary disability for a 1999 elbow injury at a cement plant, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe defendants, both 56, pleaded no contest to felony conspiracy to commit insurance fraud on June 9, three days before the start of their trial. Robert Bunch was ordered to pay $58,000 in restitution, and his wife $48,000. Restitution has already been paid from $230,000 in proceeds seized by authorities from the sale of their home. They were also both fined $4,220. “Once the court has taken all the fines, fees, and restitution out, they get what’s left over,” Wolf said. Both were out of custody on bail.
Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Images – Getty Ronaldo ultimately decided to join Inter Milan despite very serious interest from Rangers, according to his agent LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES Ronaldo would not have got near the Rangers team if he joined, as his agent claimed he almost did in 1997, according to Ibrox legend Ally McCoist.On the legendary Brazil striker’s 43rd birthday on Wednesday, talkSPORT unearthed an interview with Giovanni Branchini from 2016, in which he revealed the Gers were close to completing the transfer of the century.He claimed Rangers were one of three clubs chasing Ronaldo in ’97 when he was unhappy at Barcelona, and offered to sign him in a sensational deal worth £20million that stated he only had to play Champions League games and not in the Scottish Premiership. on target BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti GETTY Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked latest Ronaldo’s ‘translator’ said: “Glasgow Rangers are a great cub and have great players, like Gascoigne, Laudrup and Guttuso and I was happy to sign for them. Unfortunately I was told the number nine shirt was already taken.“I can’t remember his name now, but they told me he was a key member of the squad for making the teas and giving Gascoigne a lift to training. It’s a shame, but I’m sure he will win them the Champions League, just like I would have done.”Ally laughed: “Haha! By the way, you had me going there. I don’t mind telling you that you had me going for 15 seconds.” stalemate 2 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ But McCoist was having none of it when told about the news on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast and couldn’t stop laughing at the suggestion he could have been playing alongside – or more likely replaced by – the three-time world player of the year.After host Brazil read out Branchini’s comments with a grin, Ally replied: “What?!“Frankly, I can’t believe that.“Are you telling me Ronaldo could’ve signed for Rangers before Inter Milan?“He wouldnae have got a game!”The Sports Breakfast crew then played out a spoof ‘translation’ of a Ronaldo interview from the same year, in which he appeared to say he was happy to move to Ibrox… until he learned the number nine shirt was already taken. targets deals statement Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ally McCoist has joked Ronaldo would have been left warming the bench if he moved to Ibrox Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas rookie error Coisty is a legend at Ibrox, an icon who smashed scoring records during his glittering 15-year stay with the Glasgow club… but he is under no illusions who will win the fight if he was ever compared to the World Cup winner.He added: “Me and Ronaldo have got one thing in common now – size!“What a player he was.“Sir Bobby Robson had him at PSV and Barcelona and I remember watching Bobby on TV and he was raving about Ronaldo.“He was some player. He had this brilliant finish when he always rounded a goalkeeper with his pace.“If you put him through, 99 times out of 100 he’d use his pace to go round the keeper and stick it in the back of the net.”Listen back to Ally McCoist on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above
As you can see – using Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager technology, you can view your system’s power utilization in real-time using Intel Datacenter Manager and the administrator can implement the power caps to ensure your server rack stays within your required power limits. By utilizing the ‘actual’ power limits instead of nameplate power, you can increase your rack density thereby increasing your ROI, and decrease your TCO! Lets face it – everyone loves saving money!Many of us are familiar with this next scenario… it’s summertime, and the power company is announcing that the power grid is under strain. Personal homes start having their A/C cut-off to save the power grid from brown-outs… now your enterprise can help reduce those risks as well! Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager is a new technology that is available with the Xeon 5500 Series Platforms released earlier this year. Many of you have asked me questions via Twitter (@Toadster) about “How can I use Node Manager?” – so I wanted to present some simple use cases to simplify the explanation of Node Manager and how you can best use the technology in your own enterprise.First of all, let’s explain the growth problem at hand. As servers shrink in size, the density of each server ‘footprint’ is growing from a power perspective… a few years ago, a single 42U rack could hold about 21 servers (estimating 2U servers) – and usually hosting one or two apps/servers per physical server, depending on if you had single or dual-socket servers. In modern datacenters, that same 42U rack can hold 42 servers (1U each) with 2P per server – so you have an immediate density increase of 2X the # of servers, and 2-4X the number of sockets – which can equate to 16X the number processor threads per rack… one good thing is that Intel has been developing newer technologies to keep the TDP of each CPU roughly the same over the same time period between processor updates… where you used to have 2 or 4 cores, you now have 8 to 16 cores at the same thermal envelope!Knowing how much power your platform uses is a key factor in populating racks and rows in your datacenter. Prior to Node Manager technology, most Datacenter Managers would base rack population on ‘nameplate’ power – or the (W) rating on your power supply. That’s the ‘max’ power utilized by the platform, and what the PSU is rated for (worst case). See the image below… Over the next few weeks, I hope to post more blogs/videos:1. Single Node Power Monitoring & Management2. Group/Rack Power Monitoring & Management3. Thermal Monitoring & ManagementPlease provide some feedback, and post your questions and ideas for upcoming blogs!
Peter RoebuckDisplaying a rare mix of intelligence and combativeness more often seen on a battlefield, Sourav Ganguly’s team has brought down the mighty Australians. And it has been done not at a dust bowl in Delhi or in the searing heat of Chennai but under the beneficent gaze of St,Peter RoebuckDisplaying a rare mix of intelligence and combativeness more often seen on a battlefield, Sourav Ganguly’s team has brought down the mighty Australians. And it has been done not at a dust bowl in Delhi or in the searing heat of Chennai but under the beneficent gaze of St Peter’s Cathedral and with thousands of Australian supporters urging their side on. This was a mighty effort by a team that refused to be beaten, a team whose whole is greater than its parts, a team for a contemporary and confident country. If Kolkata 2001 will live forever in the memory as an extraordinary upset created by the inspired work of a few individuals, Adelaide will be remembered as the day India became a team. Perhaps, too, it will be for signalling the end of Australia’s run. Not that India can depend on replacing them at the top of the pile. It is one thing to topple a tiring and weakened champion, another to take its place on the pedestal.Really, it was a mind boggling victory. At stumps on the first day, a local newspaper had boomed, “We Cannot Lose”, and it scarcely seemed possible. Australia had reached 400/5. Was there a soul in India who did not lament? That night, a senior member of the touring party went for a walk along the Torrens river and sighed, “What about our bowling?” He need not have worried. Those same incompetents were about to dismiss an imposing batting order for a paltry total. Ajit Agarkar was about to become a hero … India was about to secure one of its most famous victories.Defiance lay at the heart of this performance, the defiance of men ready to reach deep into themselves like miners hunting for gold. They were searching for the strength needed to overcome the Australians, and they found it. India played without fear or an inferiority complex. Ganguly’s team did not gape in awe at the Australian powerhouses. ON A HIGH: Sourav GangulyIndeed, like Mohammed Ali meeting George Foreman, they found a way of turning aggression upon itself so that it became a weak point. Clever fields were set in the second innings, with men pushed back to stop the booming drives that have sustained Australia, withering statements of superiority that have sent bowlers running for cover. Suddenly, those shots were not bringing runs. Suddenly, there was this little fellow with big ears swinging the ball around and bowling maidens. It did not seem right. And so another Gulliver was brought down.Nor was it merely a matter of crafty tactics. Strong minds were needed because Australia is a hard place and many teams have been broken before a single ball has been bowled. In recent times, England and South Africa have appeared tense as they moved from the hotel to the ground, complaining about the newspapers and the conspiracy. Contrastingly, Indians have been relaxed, laughing about bad reviews and much else besides. Anyone arriving Down Under had better bring a sense of humour. Clive Woodward, England’s World Cup-winning rugby coach understood that. Informed by the locals that his team was boring, he replied, “Boring? You think that’s boring? My friends, you ain’t seen anything.” Likewise, Laxman only smiled when told that he could not handle fast bowling.Australian reporters have noticed the relaxed mood of the party and have begun to regret underestimating them. As India scored the winning runs, one experienced journalist admitted, “I’ve misread this lot.” The mistake can be forgiven. Not once in his long career had this practitioner seen Australia lose a home series; it had not even fallen behind since 1993-4. Moreover, India had not won a Test Down Under for 23 years. He was hardly going to tip the tourists. Down Under it works this way: respect has to be earned.BATTLE FIELD: Team effort won the gameIndia did not tiptoe into Australia. Ganguly’s team came ready for a fight. Australians are adept at sensing and exploiting weakness. Give them the proverbial inch and they will take a yard. Between them, Ganguly and Sandy Gordon, the team psychologist, realised the need to get on to the front foot. Ganguly said the Australians were vulnerable and his team believed him. After all he had beaten them before in the best series ever played. Significantly, too, he was prepared to confront the Australians, and the players watched him do it. It is the only way. Sunil Gavaskar, Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga understood this and their records speak for themselves.Stat Surf…No team had chased more than 100 runs in the fourth innings to beat Australia at home in 18 years. The last team to do so was New Zealand in 1985….Only three teams in the history of Test cricket have conceded 550 runs in the first innings and gone on to win the Test….Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman are the first pair to put up a 300-run stand against Australia twice. They are only the third duo to put up a triple century partnership in Australia….Australia have lost only a single Test at home under Steve Waugh’s leadership, the fifth Test to England in the 2002-3 Ashes series. They last lost a “live” home Test in 1998-99 to England. Ganguly has a way of instilling confidence in his players, including the youngest and the least considered. Not that he is a soft touch. When Virender Sehwag and Ashish Nehra, an infuriating pair, both ignored a shot demanding their attention, their captain stared and cursed like a man whose horse had fallen at the final fence. But he loves his players and is not afraid to show it. The team huddles have been crucial, reinforcing a collective will that has not faltered in the face of the most severe setbacks. Australia has underestimated the Bengali. It is hardly surprising as he has the hallmark of an outlook they crossed the oceans to avoid. But they have misread him. Ganguly is more a warrior than toff.Notwithstanding these attitudes, India could not have managed without the towering contributions from Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman. Spirit alone is not enough. Someone had to score the runs. Someone had to take the wickets. Cricket is a battle between teams. It is also a struggle between bat and ball.Dravid’s influence has been immense. Significantly, he has refused to judge himself in Australian terms, refused to accept that this tour was going to define his standing in the game. Accordingly, he did not panic after failing in the first innings in Brisbane. In hindsight, Steve Waugh’s surprise declaration on that fifth evening at Gabba may not have been the masterstroke it seemed, for Dravid took the chance to acquaint himself with bowling and pitch. He has been batting ever since.Dravid’s game has been in perfect working order. It is an unusual combination of instinct and intellect, geometry and poetry. At the crease he conveyed commitment and pride, and is clearly the best batsman on either side. Although they would never admit it publicly, the Australians were almost in awe of him. Already they regard him as a great player. It has come to this. Dravid is the most prized scalp in the Indian team.Laxman was hardly less compelling as he played the game on his own terms, demolishing the spinners and ducking the bumpers. Nothing petty can be detected in his game, for the Hyderabadi is a man for the big stage and the great idea. His partnerships with Dravid work because they are on the same wavelength, two cultured men devoted to their task and proud of their country. Newfound conviction can be detected in their characters.STEVE WAUGH OF NERVES: Underestimating India was a mistakeAs usual, the game also threw up numerous conundrums, most of them concerning Sachin Tendulkar and the Australians. Waugh’s team looked tired. Several danger signs have appeared in the past few weeks. John Buchanan, the coach, started the rot by suggesting that the laws might need to be changed to contain the Australians.The sporting Gods save their greatest wrath for those daring to take them for granted. Waugh’s stage-managed retirement and the waving of the red flags has also distracted attention from more urgent matters. Indeed, the summer has been described as Waugh’s last stand. It is nothing of the sort. Rather, it is Australia’s attempt to recover the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Sometimes, the Australians seem to forget it is not in their keeping. Waugh’s subsequent running out of Damien Martyn added to a feeling of unease.Tactical mistakes have also been made. In its past two Tests against serious opponents, Australia has been unable to defend a total in the fourth innings. Far from playing on the nerves of their opponents, making them sweat for every run, Waugh has set aggressive fields, crowding the bat and not seeming to worry about the flow of runs. Normally an astute judge of the human condition, Waugh has allowed his commitment to attacking cricket to cloud his thoughts. Of course, Australia has also been playing without its leading bowlers, but the same can be said of their opponents. Tendulkar remains caught between youth and maturity, attack and defence.Uncertain of his path, he has batted without conviction. Brian Lara and Shane Warne count among his friends in cricket, an indication of his youthful state of mind. Searching for weight and yet reluctant to abandon instinct, Tendulkar is struggling to find the path of cricketing adulthood. Perhaps he will learn from Lara, whose reincarnation is preferable in every way to the boyish brilliance seen in his early years. Tendulkar is a good man and this crisis of confidence may be precisely the dark period needed to force him to complete the long journey from prodigal son to a masterful father.Peter Roebuck is a former Somerset captain and leading writer on cricket.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
AdvertisementIndian captain Virat Kohli turned 31 on Tuesday. Wishes from a number of cricketers, both present and former from across the globe flooded in for Kohli throughout social media.Here are some of the wishes that Virat received on his birthday!Wishing you a very happy birthday Virat! Continue scoring runs and leading India with the same passion! All the best. pic.twitter.com/DhExlercwC— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 5, 2019 Many many happy returns of the day @imVkohli brother. Hope you have a year full of happiness, fun and cheer. 🤗 pic.twitter.com/0I776n5l6R— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) November 5, 2019 🎥 Premier League stars come together to wish @BCCI Captain @imVkohli a very Happy Birthday as he turns a year older! 🎂 🏏⚽️ pic.twitter.com/T59WxOVMM9— Premier League India (@PLforIndia) November 5, 2019 Wishing Indian captain a very #HappyBirthdayViratKohli.Keep going! #KingKohli #GOAT @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/Dzympg9GMr— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) November 5, 2019 Advertisement Many more happy returns of the day dear @imVkohli . Wishing you a great year full of happiness and sunshine! May you continue to set new benchmarks and experience ever more love and joy #HappyBirthdayViratKohli pic.twitter.com/KYg3CGHQei— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 5, 2019 Wishing you nothing but the best @imVkohli , here’s to a fantastic year ahead for you. May everything you have wished for and more come your way. Happy birthday 🥳— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) November 5, 2019 Happy birthday @imVkohli bhai 🤗Your dedication and commitment towards the game is a great example for us. Best wishes skipper 🙌🏻⭐️ pic.twitter.com/lM5SZnI19f— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) November 5, 2019 Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Chiku! @imVkohli may you achieve all the happiness and break every benchmark!! 🎂 pic.twitter.com/kI1T8rt1mT— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) November 5, 2019 Hope your special day brings you all that your heart desires! Here’s wishing you a day full of pleasant surprises! Happy birthday! @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/NHjLa37EaO— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) November 5, 2019 Happy birthday mere chotte veer @imVkohli modern generations batting master,I wish you all the success on and off the field.. May waheguru continue to bless you with everything..stay happy and healthy.. #HappyBirthdayVirat ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/VQxlESr9NV— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 5, 2019 Happy birthday chachaaa😬😬 @imVkohli always keep smiling 🎂 pic.twitter.com/i4s69d2ixS— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) November 5, 2019 May the ball always appear as big as this and may your batting always be like a F5 button, refresh everyone who is blessed to see it. Badalon ki tarah chaaye raho, hamesha khush raho @imVkohli #HappyBirthdayViratKohli pic.twitter.com/32sydYLeRg— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 5, 2019 Wishing a very happy birthday to @imVkohli. Best wishes and may you have some wonderful years ahead! pic.twitter.com/0T6QrZD4de— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) November 5, 2019 Many happy returns of the day veere. Keep growing! @imVkohli #HappyBirthdayViratKohli pic.twitter.com/0P4vRhGlLa— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) November 5, 2019 Getting a glimpse into his mindset has been refreshing & incredibly insightful. Happy Birthday to one of the fiercest competitors on the field, @imVkohli. Wishing you a year filled with happiness, health, and more success! pic.twitter.com/iSVBYaJ8jd— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) November 5, 2019 Many many happy returns of the day @imVkohli. Keep shining brother. 🤗 pic.twitter.com/3W12XuwmcU— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) November 5, 2019 Happy birthday, brother @imVkohli More runs, more power & more glory to you on your special day. Keep doing what you do. Best wishes, always! 😎👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/IjdNqwjNW8— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) November 5, 2019 Birthday wishes from friends are the real icing on the cake.Happy Birthday @imVkohli Here are some wishes for you from the RCB family. #PlayBold #HappyBirthdayVirat pic.twitter.com/hFE6RiRBCS— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) November 5, 2019 Happy birthday @imVkohli here’s wishing you a great year. God bless— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) November 5, 2019 Happy birthday young man. Enjoy the break and have a kick ass year ahead. God bless. @imVkohli #HappyBirthdayVirat #KingKohli pic.twitter.com/3k27eTLDKr— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) November 5, 2019 In 2012, when I played for RCB , watched Barcelona play on his laptop together. I thought he had something special about him but never knew he was going to become an absolute legend @imVkohli #HappyBirthdayViratKohli pic.twitter.com/baoFsOc5ev— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 5, 2019
zoom The latest attacks on Libya’s oil ports by Islamic State (IS) forces are likely to continue along the coast as militants further their ambitions in Libya, maritime security company Dryad Maritime believes.However, at this stage there is no evidence that this intent will extend to attacking vessels offshore, Dryad added.The prediction comes following an IS attack of the oil port of Zueitina on Sunday 9th January in three boats which was repelled by Libya’s Petroleum Facilities Guard before any of the craft managed to enter the port itself, leaving one of the boats ablaze.Islamic State forces launched land based attacks on the oil terminals of As Sidr and Ras Lanuf, some 90 NM to the west of Zuetina between 4th – 6th January. The clashes left 18 guards dead and more than 50 injured as IS rockets caused fires at seven oil storage tanks at those terminals, the fires were later extinguished.“The recent Islamic State forces’ raids on Ras Lanuf’s and As Sidr’s facilities highlight the threat that IS now poses especially to the east of their stronghold in Sirte. Dryad judges that as a result, the threat to commercial shipping and mariners near Ras Lanuf, As Sidr and Zuetina is now HIGH,” Dryad said.Until the Libyan military, possibly with assistance with an international coalition of forces can control this area, further attacks by Jihadists against port oil facilities are likely, the security firm continued.Dryad reiterated that all three ports are currently closed for trade. All shipping companies wishing to operate in Libya should only do so after receiving a comprehensive risk assessment to fully understand the potential threats to their crew and vessel, the firm warned.
CALGARY – Canadian cross-country skier Devon Kershaw was floored by the International Olympic Committee’s crackdown on Russia because he had zero faith anything would happen.The IOC punished Russia on Tuesday for the widespread evidence of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, banning the country from competing in February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Athletes from Russia who prove they’re clean can participate as “neutrals” without the Russian flag and anthem, the IOC said.“I’m flabbergasted that the IOC did anything,” Kershaw told The Canadian Press from Norway. “I mean, look at their track record.“I’d pretty much lost all faith in the IOC.”The three-time Olympian had led the charge for Canada’s first Olympic medal in men’s cross-country skiing for over a decade, finishing fourth in team sprint with teammate Alex Harvey at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A Russian duo won gold that year.“Those moments that were robbed, you don’t get them back and it doesn’t feel good to sit here and talk to you and think about were they doing something like that in Vancouver, when I was fourth? Probably,” the 34-year-old from Sudbury, Ont., said.“That stinks because that was the prime of my career. Before my facial hair was grey.”How the IOC’s punishment of Russia will impact Canada’s medal count in Pyeongchang is unclear because of the myriad of ways this could play out.Russian president Vladimir Putin might not allow any athletes to compete as neutrals, which equates to a boycott.Who will be allowed to compete as a neutral has yet to be determined. Athletes already banned can still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.No official from Russia’s ministry of sport will get accreditation for Pyeongchang and no coach or doctor found to have committed an anti-doping violation can be invited, according to the sanctions released Tuesday.Kershaw believes Russia’s sport leaders should bear responsibility for what happened in Sochi and the subsequent fallout.“It’s easy in Canada to point fingers and say ‘the athletes should know better’ but travel to Russia and see the living conditions these kids are growing up in,” Kershaw explained.“They make the national team . . . and then they come into this incredibly corrupt system with a bunch of coaches that have been there since, I don’t know, World War II?“They have so much power over the athletes compared to the western culture. If you speak up, you’re on the next bus to Siberia.”But Calgary curler Chelsea Carey was less forgiving. She wasn’t completely comfortable allowing Russian athletes to compete as neutrals.“How am I supposed to be convinced that they’re clean when every day there is a new scandal about a Russian athlete from Sochi who wasn’t clean?” Carey asked at the Olympic trials in Ottawa.“It’s tough as an athlete when you are following the rules and are doing what you’re supposed to do.“I’m glad that there is a sanction. They certainly needed to be punished for what they did. I think that the athletes have some liability there that they’re not necessarily being held to, which is too bad.”Former Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott has been an anti-doping advocate since her bronze medal in 2002 was upgraded to silver and then gold because athletes ahead of her were disqualified for doping.The chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athletes committee says the IOC struck a balance between punishing those responsible and protecting clean athletes.“It was the furthest they could go in terms of levelling a sanction and consequences for what became known about Russia and their doping system,” Scott said.“The system is being punished . . . the conspiracy is being addressed and sanctioned and if there are clean athletes who can prove they’re clean, they still have a chance to compete.”Six-time Olympic hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, who was elected to the IOC athletes’ commission in 2014, aligns with Kershaw in placing the blame Russia’s sport leaders and not the athletes.“There are no winners in today’s decision,” she said in a statement. “It is not lost on many clean athletes that Russian athletes who were part of this system may have had no choice but to comply.“It is also commendable and important to see harsher sanctions towards officials and entourage. The evidence overwhelmingly shows the power and influence these people took to control athletes and their outcomes.”The Canadian Olympic Committee told the IOC in October to impose “immediate and meaningful sanctions” on Russia ahead of the 2018 Winter Games.“The Canadian team will have the confidence that they’re competing on a level playing field,” COC president Tricia Smith said Tuesday.“This decision is critical in terms of the sanctions it took not just against the athletes, but to those who were responsible and in charge, morally and contractually.”The Canadian government supported the IOC’s punitive measures against Russia.“We support the International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, ensuring a clean competition,” Canadian Sport Minister Kent Hehr said in a statement.“I am confident that the IOC, the respective international sport federations and the World Anti-Doping Agency will collaborate with the Russian authorities to apply the appropriate corrective measures.”– Canadian Press reporter Greg Strong contributed to this story.