IPL Live: Chennai tops chart with 11-run win over Kochi

first_imgChennai’s incredible run at home continued as the defending champions defeated Kochi by 11 runs in their penultimate encounter of the IPL at at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Wednesday. Score | PhotosBengal glovesman Wriddhiman Saha’s gutsy unbeaten 46 helped CSK to a competitive 152 for five on a slow Chepauk track.The score was good enough for the bowlers who restricted Kochi to 141 for five despite Brad Hodge’s impressive effort (51, 42 balls, 3×4, 3×6) to notch up their ninth win in the tourney to move to the top of the table with 18 points.The IPL debutants Tuskers finished their campaign with 12 points from 14 outings.The CSK juggernaut at home keeps on rolling as it was their seventh victory. Ravichandran Ashwin was again the best bowler with miserly figures of one for 16 from four overs.It was Ashwin who kept the dangerous Brendon McCullum (33, 37 balls, 3×4) under wraps.McCullum was key to Kochi making a match of it and the Black Caps glovesman being kept quiet was half the job done.McCullum was finally out when he tried to give Shadab Jakati the charge but played all over it to get bowled.Tuskers’ chance went out of the window after that although Hodge tried his best which was too little too late.Earlier, Wriddhiman cashed in on the missed stumping from Parthiv Patel to guide Chennai Super Kings to a competitive 152 for five against Kochi Tuskers Kerala on a slow Chepauk track. Having not lost a single match at home, Dhoni’s men would like to keep the record intact.advertisementOn a day when most of the CSK batsmen frittered away good starts, young Wriddhiman (46 not out, 33 balls, 1×4, 3×6) answered the critics who questioned his selection for the tour of West Indies with a responsible knock.Along with Albie Morkel (13 not out), he added 36 runs in 3.4 overs to take the score past 150.For Murali Vijay (16, 11 balls, 3×4), this tournament has been about hitting some good shots, promising a lot but delivering very little in the end.In the third over from RP Singh, Vijay first hit a tennis bat like jab through mid-off, followed it with a deft flick past fine-leg and a lofted shot over mid-on. However RP came back with vengeance as he came round the wicket and fired in a yorker that uprooted his off-stump.Suresh Raina (19,13 balls, 1×4, 2×6)hit Sreesanth over deep mid-wicket region for couple of sixes before an ugly hoick off a full-toss saw a simple catch being taken by RP.However RP will be remembered for taking one of the finest catches of the tourney to dismiss the in-form S Badrinath (13, 10 balls, 1×6) as he dived full length at the deep midw-wicket boundary to scoop the ball inches above the ground. Brad Hodge was the bowler.Michael Hussey (32, 37 balls, 2×4) was a bit scratchy from the start and even rival captain Parthiv Patel’s blooper behind the stumps off Hodge’s bowling (he was on 26 then) didn’t help matters as he was holed out in the deep.Wriddhiman, who got his first opportunity to bat in the tournament was lucky when he rushed down the track off Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling while he was on 7. Parthiv who had a horrible day behind stumps bungled big time.Wriddhiman who is the back-up keeper for the ODIs and T20 took the opportunity as he spanked Jadeja for a six over deep mid-wicket. If that wasn’t enough the Bengal glovesman then came down the track to loft Muttiah Muralitharan as the ball crashed into the sight-screen.Skipper Dhoni who had couple fantastic outings with the willow however disappointed as he was caught behind trying to go for a cut shot. But Wriddhiman kept his cool as he hit RP over deep mid-wicket for his third six.With Morkel for support, Wriddhiman ensured that his team reached a fighting score.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Ind in Eng: Dhoni & Co must get their act together

first_imgOn December 6, 2009, India became the World’s best. It was the team which was at the pinnacle of Test cricket, but all the hard work to get to the top may go down the drain. India’s mission to dominate in whites looks set to come to a grinding halt.  India’s meek surrender at Trent Bridge in the second Test will convince few about the team’s invincibility and consistency. Former captain Sourav Ganguly says, “I’m fed up of hearing the time-to-recover theory. You don’t play for Indian then. Everyone knew what the series meant. It was an important series, the marquee series to decide the number one side in the world.” On paper, India may still be the No 1 side in the world. But where it matters most, on the field, India’s mission domination has come a cropper. As things stand now, India’s dubious No 1 status is fast slipping away if they don’t get their act together. If England win the current series 2-0, India will be displaced from the number one spot. They will just about manage to hold on to their number one spot if England win the series 2-1. However, a 3-1 defeat will mean the hosts will become the new number one Test side in the world. If MSD’s men miraculously come back to level the series 2-all, India can maintain their number one status. “Winning the WC, playing well in South Africa, winning in England in 2007 and the win against West Indies, it will all go down the drain. People will start saying you guys are not the number one side in the world. When there are tough conditions, when the ball swings, we are not good enough,” says Ganguly. The uncomfortable truth is that this Indian team just doesn’t seem to have the strength of character that merits their position at the top. Bad planning  Here’s an incisive look at how Dhoni’s men are paying a heavy price for some injudicious planning. The seeds of defeat were planted right at the planning stage. With Virender Sehwag declared unfit for at least the first few tests, K. Srikkanth & co never thought of including a third specialist opener. Abhinav Mukund has looked like a fish out of water against the English pace attack and with Gautam Gambhir injured, India sorely missed a third specialist opener. Rahul Dravid was pitch-forked into the role and though he tried his very best, for someone as meticulous as him, the deviation from regular slot of No.3 was hugely disruptive. Therein lies the baffling selection of Wriddhiman Saha. With him unlikely to play any part why wasn’t someone like Parthiv Patel, who has opened the innings and is more than a decent wicketkeeper, not included? On the bowling front too, an off-colour Harbhajan Singh has been persisted with. Harbhajan has so far picked just two wickets in two matches at an average of 143.50. So, why wasn’t Amit Mishra included in the playing XI. Mishra is an attacking leg spinner and certainly would have provided more variations. Munaf Patel was another choice waiting to be made. The 28-year-old bowled beautifully in the Caribbean and would certainly have proved more handy than Bhajji. So it’s not just a coincidence that England have looked more hungry, sharp and ready. They have planned well whereas India seem to have taken their No.1 spot for granted. Senior cricket journalist Sharda Ugra told Headlines Today, “You are not prepared?for a major series. Is this the way you go to Australia?” The English summer of 2011 could very well spell the doomsday for Indian cricket, because MSD & Co. are losing battle after battle without any solution in sight and that’s got to do a lot with the mentality of the team. While at Lord’s, they let England off the hook in the second innings letting the hosts progress from 62 for 5 to 269/6, at Trent Bridge, no lessons were learnt and from 124/8, England were allowed to make 221 in their first innings. The bowlers and the captain let the foot off the gas pedal which backfired in both the tests. But as far as the batting goes, well, the less said the better! The ever-so-mighty, fabled Indian batting line-up never really looked like a solid batting unit. Barring a few individual highs, the Indian guns have only fired a blank. Instead of being ruthless, the players are just going through the motions. The Ian Bell chapter just goes on to show that the Indians are not strong mentally. Why appeal in the first place if you are only going to withdraw it later? The Indians clearly need to learn the art of learning to play like a champion team. That’s why the Australians were at the summit for so long and were so good at it. It seems that the number one crown is proving too heavy a burden for Team India and the architect of so many of these triumphs, Captain Cool M.S. Dhoni, is not so cool anymore. No wonder the excuses are coming thick and fast. “For some of us this is like a seven-match series. We play three matches in WI and are playing four matches here without any real gap.” Halfway through what is perhaps the biggest series of India’s reign at the top, the team is tired. Test cricket is certainly the most demanding format of the game, but one expects the number one team to embrace that challenge, not hide behind it. “Dhoni shouldn’t make excuses by saying the team is tired. They are playing for India. Players are of age between 25-27-29. Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. have played so many Tests, but they aren’t tired. Dhoni shouldn’t belittle himself by giving this excuse,” says Ganguly. Fitness woes feature high on Dhoni’s list of excuses as well. “You have to look at the resources we had. We had to work with three bowlers,” says the skipper. With Zaheer out in the first Test and Harbhajan being hit by a mysterious stomach strain in the second, there’s no doubt Dhoni’s resources in the bowling department were depleted. But does that justify the poor show from the rest of the bowlers? Tired, hurt and two nil down and with no respite in sight, it seems very likely that Dhoni might just be making some more excuses for the rest of this miserable English summer. In fact, so shameful has been India’s batting performance that England’s bottom five have averaged almost 18 more runs that India’s top 7 and that too at a much better strike rate.  In fact, Team India has crossed 300 just once over the last five Test matches with their highest being 347 in the third Test against West Indies. It’s important to score runs and put them on board. India lack that from last series. The old failing against the short ball continues to dog players, who India claims are among the best in the world. But what makes it worse is that the captain was defending them.  “There will be days when we will be caught with short pitch stuff. We have done well in Perth, Durban and Barbodos,” he says. The likely return of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir should reinforce the batting unit. But the solution to India’s batting debacle isn’t that simple, what with Indian bowlers getting trounced by England’s tail – a bowling show that can best be described as lack-lustre, inconsistent and downright embarrassing.   Trent Bridge’s track was believed to have been bowler-friendly. However, unlike their English counterparts, the Indian bowlers failed to extract any support, resulting in a crushing 319 run defeat for the visitors. Listless bowling After troubling the opposition batting in the first innings, the expectations were high from the Indians. But the way they surrendered, especially to the English tailenders has taken everyone by surprise.  Praveen Kumar picked up four English wickets in the second innings, but ended up giving 124 runs at an economy rate of 3.44. His new ball partner Ishant Sharma also proved out to be a huge disappointment.  India’s most successful bowler this season was expensive, giving away 131 runs at an economy rate which he surely wouldn’t feel proud of. However, the biggest failure was Zaheer Khan’s replacement and India’s hero from the first innings S. Sreesanth. The Kerala express was most uneconomical of the lot, giving away 135 runs at a rate of five runs per over.   In the absence of their premier fast bowler Zaheer Khan, the Indian pace battery was completely outplayed by the opposition batsman, while Harbhajan Singh’s fitness issues didn’t help India either. Clearly, the listless bowling attack proved to be a complete failure.  With England gaining an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series, the Indian camp now have a formidable task ahead of their next battle at Birmingham. The only consolation being that Zaheer Khan could make a comeback to help the struggling bowling unit.    But, the big question is whether Indian bowling has the firepower to stop the English onslaught. Can Dhoni’s bowlers really help India script a historic comeback?advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Monaco sign €20m Henrichs from Leverkusen

first_imgMonaco have signed Benjamin Henrichs from Bayer Leverkusen.The 21-year-old right-back, who can also play on the left and in midfield, has signed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 side reached an agreement worth a reported €20 million (£18m/$23m) with €5m more in add-ons.The three-time Germany international made 76 appearances for Leverkusen’s first team after rising through their youth academy to make his debut in August 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Henrichs said he is excited to make the switch to Ligue 1, telling the club’s website: “I am very proud to be involved with AS Monaco, a European top club for many years. I will do everything to adapt quickly and help the team win many victories. I cannot wait to work with the staff and my new teammates.”He spent 14 years with Leverkusen overall, and left with best wishes from the German side’s sporting director Rudi Voller.”Benny has kicked the ball under the Bayer cross since childhood and celebrated great success,” he said. “We wish him all the best in his new life abroad.”Meanwhile, Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said he is expecting a lot from the versatile player.”Benjamin Henrichs is a talented defender with solid national experience and experience at the very highest international level. His arrival reinforces the quality of our workforce,” he said. “I am sure he will contribute to the good results of the team.” Monaco have had a busy transfer period, having already signed Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA and Willem Geubbels from Lyon among others after selling Fabinho to Liverpool and seeing Thomas Lemar join Atletico Madrid.last_img read more

Conte: Cahill injury not serious

first_imgChelsea Cahill injury not serious, Conte claims Tom Webber 02:54 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CahillConte - cropped Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Morata Chelsea v Leicester City Leicester City Premier League The Chelsea boss does not expect the defender to be ruled out for long after he injured his right hamstring Saturday The hamstring injury sustained by Chelsea captain Gary Cahill against Leicester City is not serious, according to head coach Antonio Conte.The Italian made just two changes from the side that started the EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal on Wednesday, with Cahill, one of those who returned to the first XI, hobbling off in the 33rd minute.Andreas Christensen replaced him in defence, but Conte does not expect the skipper to be ruled out long term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think he is with the doctor now, but it’s OK, I do not think it was serious,” he told the BBC. FULL-TIME Chelsea 0-0 LeicesterLeicester leave Stamford Bridge with a point despite going down to ten men #CHELEI pic.twitter.com/AtwzHC1fGX — Premier League (@premierleague) January 13, 2018 Leicester’s relentless pressing made it difficult for the Blues to create opportunities, even after they were reduced to 10 men following the second yellow card shown to Ben Chilwell.Eden Hazard was unable to make an impact before being replaced ahead of the hour mark, while Alvaro Morata did not have a single shot at goal.The result represented the first time Chelsea have drawn three straight matches 0-0 in their history, and Conte blamed fatigue rather than singling out the misfiring Morata.”I think we played with a lot of top players against Arsenal, and then again today against a very good team. I think a lot of our players were tired,” the Italian said.”In the first half Leicester ran more than us, they played better than us, but we knew we were playing against a good opponent, maybe the worst opponent we could have played in this moment. We suffered a lot in the first half.”I don’t think it is only Morata’s problem, also the other players, because we are not scoring goals, we are not conceding, but we are not creating chances.”last_img read more

Video: Lincoln Riley Tweets Message Before Oklahoma’s Season Opener

first_imgA closeup of Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley pumping his fist.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after the Oklahoma Sooners scored against the TCU Horned Frogs in the fourth quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The Oklahoma Sooners are only hours away from their season opener against the Houston Cougars. But before they take the field in Norman, head coach Lincoln Riley had a Tweet that he wanted all of Sooner Nation to see.On Sunday morning, he Tweeted a motivational video for the game and the upcoming season. Standing in the hallway outside of the locker room, he explained the privilege and responsibility that comes with playing for Oklahoma.Barry Switzer, Bob Stoops, Adrian Peterson, Sterling Shepard and Baker Mayfield were among the Sooner legends that Riley gave a shout-out to.The video ended with Riley folding up his script and heading into the locker room.You can see the whole chilling video here:Why not you – #LincUp21#OUDNA pic.twitter.com/dEZ6mqQO7e— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) September 1, 2019Riley’s message has already been very well received by fans and former players on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/CQkMPQ2MlU— Aaron (@_AaronMoore_) September 1, 2019Gave me chills coach. 🔥🔥— LaDamian Moses™️🌴🍿 (@SoonerBorn33) September 1, 2019How could any kid not want to play for you?? #BOOMER!!!— Andy Montgomery (@pc5408) September 1, 2019The Sooners head into the 2019 season as favorites to win the Big 12, and are considered national title contenders.Tonight’s game will feature the Oklahoma debut of quarterback Jalen Hurts, who joined as a transfer this offseason.In his first two years as Oklahoma’s head coach, Riley has had a number of accomplishments. He has led the team to back-to-back Big 12 titles, while producing a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and going to the College Football Playoff.But can Riley get Oklahoma to the next step in 2019?last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019 is Roger Federer’s best chance to win 21st slam: Mats Wilander

first_img Reuters LondonJune 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 20:00 IST Roger Federer will be eyeing his 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWimbledon is the only chance for Federer to win a Grand Slam: WilanderI’m not sure if Federer is able to win in five sets anymore: WilanderFederer is seeded 2nd behind Novak Djokovic and above Rafael NadalWimbledon is Roger Federer’s best chance to win another Grand Slam but, at 37, the Swiss maestro is no longer an outright favourite to prevail in multiple five-set contests over two weeks, seven-times Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander said.Federer, a 20-times Grand Slam champion and the world number three, won the last of his eight Wimbledon titles in 2017 and is seeded second this year behind top-ranked Novak Djokovic.Wilander counts Federer among his three favourites at the All England Club but expects Djokovic to be fired up after missing out on a second career Grand Slam following his defeat in the French Open semi-finals.”Wimbledon is (Federer’s) best chance… this is the only one that he has a chance to win,” Wilander, now a tennis analyst for Eurosport, said.”He’s not the favourite. Because of the five sets I think we don’t know how he’s going to react in a couple of five-set matches. I’m not sure if Federer is able to win in five sets anymore.”I would say it’s Novak and Roger and Rafa (Nadal), basically the same as always. I think Novak has the slight edge over the other two because of what happened at the French (Open).”Wilander believes the next generation of players, including Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime, can upset the ‘Big Three’ on their day, but lack the consistency to last through two weeks of top-level tennis.”Tsitsipas, I think is 1-1 against Federer,” Wilander added. “He’s only played the best guys a couple of times but then (the younger generation) don’t fear the merits of those guys.advertisement”I think they fear them because they’re (ranked) one, two and three in the world, but they are not intimidated by the name, so to speak. They can easily cause an upset just like what happened in Australia, with Tsitsipas beating Federer.”They’re just not good enough yet over five sets to consistently beat the best. There are maybe 10 guys that are 21 or 22 and under that can beat the top three in one match.”Wimbledon begins on Monday.Also Read | I know how to play: Serena Williams says she’s ready for Wimbledon 2019Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Tough draw for Nadal as Kyrgios looms in second roundAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Serena WilliamsFollow Roger Federer Next Wimbledon 2019 is Roger Federer’s best chance to win 21st slam: Mats WilanderRoger Federer will chase his 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2019, starting July 1. Federer has been seeded 2nd behind Novak Djokovic.advertisementlast_img read more

Drinking Japanese Matcha tea reduces anxiety

first_imgAre you leading a highly stressful life? Worry not, Japanese Matcha tea will come to your rescue as researchers have found it to have various health benefits, such as reducing anxiety. A recently published study done on mice found that anxious behaviour in the rodents reduced after consuming Matcha powder or Matcha extract. According to the researchers, the tea’s calming effects are due to mechanisms that activate dopamine D1 receptors and serotonin 5-HT1A receptors, both of which are closely related to anxious behaviour. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Although further epidemiological research is necessary, the results of our study show that Matcha, which has been used as a medicinal agent for many years, may be quite beneficial to the human body,” said study lead author Yuki Kurauchi from Kumamoto University in Japan. “We hope that our research into Matcha can lead to health benefits worldwide,” Kurauchi added. For the study, the researchers conducted an “elevated plus maze” test – an anxiety test for rodents – and found that anxiety in mice was reduced after consuming Matcha powder or Matcha extract. In addition, when the anxiolytic activity of different Matcha extracts were evaluated, a stronger effect was found with the extract derived using 80 per cent ethanol in comparison to the extract derived from only hot water. Matcha is the finely ground powder of new leaves from shade-grown (90 per cent shade) Camellia sinensis green tea bushes.last_img read more

BC murder suspects father reveals details of troubled life in book

first_imgVANCOUVER — The father of a British Columbia murder suspect has written a book that sheds new light on his mental health, explains harassment convictions involving his ex-wife and provides greater insight into the possible impacts the events had on his fugitive son.Alan Schmegelsky, the father of 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, sent a book to reporters this week titled “Red Flagged,” which he says is a novelization of actual events and fictionalizes some incidents.Bryer Schmegelsky is a suspect in three murders in northern B.C. along with his friend, 19-year-old Kam McLeod, and RCMP are continuing to search a boggy, remote area in Manitoba where they were last seen.The 132-page book, which Alan Schmegelsky said he planned to self-publish this week but now does not intend to publish for sale, reveals new details of his troubled life and his numerous encounters with police and courts.He said he sent the book to reporters to highlight how a “broken system” has shaped him and his son.“My son and I have been treated like footballs. It’s time for some truth,” he said.He writes that he was arrested by Victoria police on Aug. 4, 2008, his son Bryer’s eighth birthday, three years after his acrimonious split with the boy’s mother. In a rambling, profanity-laden recollection, he explains how he was sentenced to probation because he had no criminal history at the time.Court records show he was charged with criminal harassment in December 2008. He was found guilty of the lesser offence of disobeying a court order.He returned to court numerous times over the next decade.A new criminal harassment charge was filed in 2012 and a number of breach of probation charges were added in 2014. He was later found guilty of the criminal harassment charge and some probation charges.In 2016, he was found guilty of two additional criminal harassment charges, and in January 2018, he was found guilty of another criminal harassment charge and two breach of probation charges.It’s unclear whether his ex-wife was the target of the harassment in each case, but Schmegelsky said in an interview that at least some of the charges were filed because the boy’s mother feared he would murder her, saying he was schizophrenic and was not taking his medication. He denies these allegations.Schmegelsky writes in the book that a forensic psychologist diagnosed him as “delusional,” a conclusion he disagreed with. His lawyer described him as “autistic” at one point, he writes, and he was ordered to attend a crisis counselling centre but couldn’t afford to attend for very long as it wasn’t a government program.He said his son never attended any of his court hearings.The boy’s mother did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There was no answer at her door in Port Alberni, B.C., earlier this week and she has not returned phone calls to her home.RCMP and Victoria police said they could not immediately provide additional context to the court records. B.C.’s Prosecution Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Schmegelsky says he does not currently have a permanent residence and has been homeless for about two years, staying primarily in Victoria.He says in the book that the birth of his son on Aug. 4, 2000, was “an experience of a lifetime — the greatest.” He says the tiny infant became “embedded” in his heart in less than a second.“My life had just taken on a whole new perspective. I would do anything to protect him. Life was good.”He says in the book that his then-wife left him in 2005, taking their young son with her to start a new life in Port Alberni. Schmegelsky describes losing his son as “the worst heartbreak I ever experienced.”He has said that he did not see his son between the ages of eight and 16, at which age his son briefly lived with him in Victoria and they worked in construction together for a summer. He showed The Canadian Press recent photos and videos of his son on his phone.Herb Loomba, the owner of the Redford Motel in Port Alberni, confirmed that the elder Schmegelsky stayed there about once a month in recent years to visit his son and he last saw them together on the young man’s graduation.Alan Schmegelsky traces his pain back to the death of his father. He writes that his father received a tainted blood transfusion in 1985 and died of AIDS in 1990, but that his family was denied compensation because they filed the claim too late. The Canadian Press has seen a 2010 letter sent from his MP to the justice minister at the time asking why he has not been properly compensated.The manhunt for the two homicide suspects continued in Gillam, Man., this weekend as it’s been nearly a week since the last confirmed sighting of the pair.Police, aided by tracking dogs and drones, have been going door to door, checking every residence and abandoned building in and around Gillam as townsfolk maintain their own stressful vigil for the fugitives.The aerial search effort got a boost Saturday with the arrival of a Canadian Air Force CC-130H Hercules aircraft equipped with high tech thermal detection gear.In addition, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said that it had requested help from the Bear Clan Patrol, an Indigenous-led neighbourhood watch group, and was co-ordinating teams to fly to First Nations communities including Fox Lake Cree Nation, York Factory First Nation, and War Lake First Nation.Schmegelsky and McLeod are charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of B.C. lecturer Leonard Dyck and are also suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese.Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

AAP Congress will form alliance in the end says Delhi BJP leader

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay claimed Tuesday that despite the bickering between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, the two parties will form an alliance for Lok Sabha polls in the national Capital. The Congress and the AAP were fooling people with their allegations against each other, he said.”I feel both the AAP and the Congress are fooling people by levelling allegations and counter-allegations. Ultimately they will contest the elections in alliance,” Upadhyay, joint in-charge of the BJP for Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe claimed that the BJP will win all the seven seats in the national Capital. “The AAP had formed government in Delhi with the Congress’ support earlier too,” he said, adding that the AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal had once said he would never form government with the Congress support, but he later did a U-turn. “Both parties are involved in a friendly fight,” he said. However, the people of Delhi will not be fooled by them, Upadhyay said. Earlier Tuesday, the Congress said it had shown a “big heart” by agreeing to form an alliance with the AAP in Delhi, and the ball was now in the court of the Kejriwal-led party. A day earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal had indulged in a public spat over the issue.last_img read more

Niger Ban welcomes landmark inauguration of democratically elected President

7 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s inauguration of a democratically elected President in Niger, describing it as a “landmark achievement” in restoring constitutional order in the poor West African nation. Mahamadou Issoufou was sworn in as Niger’s President today during a ceremony in the capital, Niamey, following his victory in last month’s run-off round of elections.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban “commends the transitional authorities and the people of Niger as a whole for the peaceful and responsible manner in which they have implemented the transition.”Last year renegade soldiers stormed the presidential palace and ousted then president Mamadou Tandja, who was accused of anti-democratic practices by opposition figures and the international community.A military ruling council subsequently dissolved the then government and suspended a controversial constitution that would have allowed Mr. Tandja to remain in power beyond his stipulated term.In today’s statement Mr. Ban emphasized that the United Nations stood ready to support Mr. Issoufou’s Government and the people of Niger “as they embark on addressing post-transition challenges, including promoting national reconciliation and development, and consolidating stability.” read more

More boats from Sri Lanka reach Australia

Passengers remained on board the moored boat this morning waiting to be taken ashore. There are currently around 1300 detainees on the island. Within hours another boat arrived off the island and was this morning being escorted by the navy into Flying Fish Cove. Another boat with illegal asylum seekers from Sri Lanka reached Australia’s Christmas island last night, the Australian media reported today.The boat carrying 44 asylum-seekers, believed to be from Sri Lanka, was intercepted by officials from Border Protection Command and was escorted into Christmas Island’s Flying Fish Cove, The Australian reported. They also follow  the interception on Wednesday night of a boat carrying 93 Sri Lankan men, woman and children.They arrived as 130 survivors from the vessel which sank north of Christmas Island on Wednesday were also taken ashore.On Sunday, another boat from Sri Lanka arrived carrying 60 people while last week the island received 110 survivors from the boat which capsized last week in the seas between Christmas Island and Indonesia. It is unclear how many people are aboard the second boat or where they are from.The two new boat arrivals came as federal parliament broke up for its winter break with no solution to the deadlock over asylum-seeker policy. read more

Why Is Network Automation So Hard

The Changing Face of Network Strategy Scott Murphy June 19, 2019 Applications are changing the face of the network. Is your infrastructure ready? Moving ForwardWe must continue our education. We need to learn how to use our knowledge of devices and systems to design, build, and operate large networks using automation. Fewer human errorsConsistency of configurationGreater efficiencyStop doing tedious functions (automate them)Zero-touch provisioning See All in Enterprise Networking » We’re not software developers, and we may not have programming skills. There’s a software development methodology called pair programming in which two people work together to create software. A modification of this process that involves pairing a network architect with a software developer will allow us network engineers to learn new skills while allowing us to teach software experts how networks operate. Lastly, some of us are getting towards retirement and don’t want to learn something new (yes, I’ve heard that from network admins from time to time). I don’t have a good recommendation for these individuals. Maybe we can find something for you to do. Or maybe not… 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Extreme Networks Zeus Kerravala May 17, 2019 The company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes. If your network is truly unique, you should expect to have unique problems. But I’ll guarantee you that your network is a lot like many other networks across multiple industries. Some of the details are different, but the need to transfer files, carry on voice and video calls, and interact with applications are all the same. This is simply a larger instantiation of the pets vs. cattle analogy. Simplify network designs so that repeatable automation processes are easy to use. ‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. 8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. I can hear the response now: But my network is unique! Ok, so automation can break your network. There’s no denying that fact. However, we’ve never needed automation to break our networks in the past. We’ve been quite handy at making silly errors that created spanning tree loops or routing black holes, disabled interfaces, or crashed important network devices. If you’ve not made any of these mistakes, then you must be new to networking. Log in or register to post comments To counter our silly errors, we’ve created heavy-weight processes that we hope will help us identify mistakes before they get to the network. We use peer reviews and change review boards to help prevent big mistakes. We use configuration/back-out procedures to help us undo an error when it does happen. Change windows hopefully give us time to make the change, test it, and back it out if it fails to perform as we intended. networkautomation_774.png Lots to Learn Yes, there is a lot to learn. That’s what makes it exciting. The time to start is now. Join me at Enterprise Connect on Thursday, March 21 at 8 a.m. (yes, the start of the day) for my session, “Will Automation Break My Network Faster Than I Can Fix It?” It promises to be an interesting session, as we cover these topics and how to get started with automation. We also find that rumors about past problems persist. A good example is the rumor that you must configure the Ethernet interface duplex setting. The problem originated from some devices that didn’t implement speed and duplex negotiation correctly. Those days are behind us (well, unless you have some 20-year old devices in your network), so there’s no reason for this rumor to continue getting mindshare. Another rumor is that lots of bandwidth is a good replacement for prioritization of time-sensitive network traffic with QoS. To respond to this rumor, I’d advise that you go research microbursts and bufferbloat. Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus. Networks Are ComplexNetworks are a complex combination of protocols and technologies, often with non-obvious interactions that must be understood. But the speed of business creates time pressures that don’t allow for understanding all the implications. Plus, training from network vendors has traditionally focused on protocols and how to configure a single box at a time. The training labs typically have a few devices, focusing our attention on how the features and configuration commands work. We then apply that view to a much bigger network, where things are a bit more complicated. Why Are We Shy About Using Automation?We’ve broken the network before with a single command, and there’s nothing preventing us from breaking everything with automation. We are carrying a lot of old baggage of past mistakes into the future, but new tools require learning new methods to optimize their use. A good tool, used incorrectly, is worse than a mediocre tool used well. If you haven’t yet gotten your pass for Enterprise Connect, coming to Orlando March 18 to 21, there’s still time! Register now using the code NJPOSTS to save $200 off your pass!Tags:Best Practicesnetwork automationnetwork vendorspair programmingbandwidthEnterprise NetworkingAI & AutomationMonitoring, Management and Security Articles You Might Like We’ve developed design rules of thumb that allow us to build stable networks without needing to understand all the details and implications. Vendors give us designs that have been vetted in real networks and we need to use them. Use simple building-block designs for different parts of the network. Bandwidth is inexpensive enough that we can afford to use one or two designs for all remote sites. The same applies to data center pods – make them all the same design. Learn how organizations are switching their networks and devices from being pets to being cattle (see “The History of Pets vs Cattle and How to Use the Analogy Properly”). There is an interesting paradigm shift occurring with automation. It’s the switch from hardware infrastructure to infrastructure as code. We use software to create abstractions that decouple what we want to do from the implementation details. This makes us more efficient and we make fewer mistakes. That’s why we must transition to using network automation. Why Use Network Automation?Automation brings a lot of benefits: read more

Thailand meeting will review protection from chemicals UN agency

Their goal will be to develop a “strategic approach to international chemicals management” (SAICM), which Kenyan-based UNEP introduced last year and which was endorsed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August and September of last year.”While much has been achieved since the Rio Earth Summit 11 years ago, a lot more is needed to protect the environment and human health from the unintended effects of chemicals,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer.”Chemicals are found in virtually every man-made product. While their contribution to modern society and economies has been vital, we have become increasingly aware of the risks posed by certain hazardous chemicals.”One of the key objectives of SAICM is to show that chemical safety is a sustainable development issue, Mr. Toepfer said.The SAICM initiative will build on other international coordination mechanisms such as the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS), which finishes its weeklong “Forum IV” meeting in Bangkok this Friday, and the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals.UNEP said it was bringing together a broad partnership of UN agencies to oversee planning for the SAICM process. Previous UN achievements included a pesticides code of conduct, governing the field since1996, and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Chemical Classification and Labelling, approved in 2002.Meanwhile, “global chemical sales have increased nine-fold since 1970 and will continue growing, with production shifting increasingly to developing countries,” UNEP said.In 1998 the chemicals industry employed over 10 million people, it said, quoting from a 2001 report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). read more

South Africa gets help from UN atomic watchdog in probing nuclear smuggling

Earlier this year the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called for a “vital” upgrading of security to prevent nuclear technology from falling into the wrong hands through an emerging global network of sophisticated black marketeering in weapons technology. The Chairman of the South African Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Abdul Samad Minty, told a media briefing in Vienna, where the IAEA Board of Governors is meeting, that the probe related to the import and export of a controlled flow-forming lathe as well as production and possession of certain components associated with a centrifuge enrichment plant. Arrests have been made and police searches of companies and facilities have uncovered shipping containers associated with a centrifuge uranium enrichment plant, he said yesterday. Enriched uranium can be used to produce nuclear bombs. IAEA safeguards inspectors have placed the containers as well as other uncovered equipment under Agency seal, he added. The IAEA has long been concerned over trafficking in nuclear materials. “What we are seeing is a very sophisticated and complex underground network of black market operators not that much different from organized crime cartels,” IAEA Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei warned in January. “It’s vital that we keep making progress in combined efforts against illicit trafficking, and to keep upgrading security to effectively prevent sensitive nuclear material and technology from falling into wrong hands,” he added. read more

Third Syrian refugee camp set to open in Jordan at end of

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is assisting with preparations for new Syrian arrivals once Jordan’s third refugee camp opens on 30 April, a spokesperson today confirmed. The Azraq camp, located nearly 100 kilometers east of the capital, Amman, will eventually accommodate up to 130,000 people. Many of these are expected to be people recently crossing from Syria and refugees already in the country willing to be reunited with newly arrived families. “The opening will be timely as the past weeks have seen the numbers of people crossing the border increasing by 50 per cent to an average of approximately 600 daily,” said UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards, welcoming the Jordanian Government’s decision to open the camp. “This increase, combined with a lower number of spontaneous returns to Syria, is putting strains on Za’atari,” he added in reference to the the main camp hosting Syrian refugees in Jordan. Housing more than 120,000 – half of them children – Za’atari become the fourth largest city in Jordan and is also the world’s second largest refugee camp behind Dadaab in eastern Kenya.There are 584,600 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Jordan, the majority of them live in urban areas throughout the country and the remaining 20 per cent are in refugee camps and settlements. Nearly 2.5 million Syrians have fled to Jordan and other neighbouring countries since the conflict flared three years ago. The fighting killed more than 100,000 people and has injured some 680,000 others. More than 9.3 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced. read more

How Liverpool Built A Potential Champion

Seasons with Klopp 2015-16 only includes games when Klopp was manager.Source: Opta Sports In the round of 16, Liverpool got to face Porto and avoid a match against Real Madrid or Juventus. This increased the Reds’ chance of winning the Champions League from about three percent to about five percent. For the quarterfinals, Liverpool got a tough matchup in Manchester City, but most of the other remaining teams were also extremely strong, so the draw caused only marginal movement in Liverpool’s chances of winning the Champions League. Then the semifinal draw brought the greatest bounty, as the Reds avoided Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to face Roma instead. This increased Liverpool’s chance of winning the league from about 20 percent6The exact number was not available, so I extrapolated from the last number available before that draw. to 29 percent.The table to the left shows the net total improvement, in percentage points, of the chance SPI gave each team of winning the Champions League before and after the draw for each round. Among the teams that reached the quarterfinals, none benefited more than Liverpool. (And this calculation doesn’t even include Liverpool’s luck in the group draw, when the Reds were given the weakest of the eight groups.)Liverpool can winAs the table of team luck shows, Real Madrid has reached the Champions League final by facing a true gantlet. They got Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, Juventus in the quarters and Bayern Munich in the semifinals. However, the draw is not the only method by which good fortune may affect the outcome. Real would not have made the finals if Bayern Munich had not been extremely profligate with its chances. Bayern scored only three goals, but based on the chances the team got, we would expect them to have gotten 6.9 goals.But the way Bayern got all those chances bodes well for Liverpool. They pressed high and created turnovers. If Liverpool can execute its pressing game as effectively as Bayern did, the Reds should also be able to make trouble for Real Madrid. In this game, Liverpool’s defensive flexibility probably will be less help — sitting back and allowing Cristiano Ronaldo time to find space in the penalty area does not seem like the best option. With heavy metal soccer, Klopp may finally win a Champions League and bring a trophy back to Liverpool.CORRECTION (May 24, 2018, 6:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly described Real Madrid’s path to the Champions League finals this year. They played Bayern Munich in the semifinals. Liverpool had the luck of the draw in this tournamentChange in each team’s chance of winning the Champions League before and after the draws, according the Soccer Power Index, 2018 Sevilla+3 Direct attacks to final third conceded per match25.021.218.7 The Egyptian-born Salah was coming off a 15-goal campaign with Roma in Serie A, but the signs of even bigger breakout were there. Liverpool inked him for around $47 million in June of last year, which was then a club record, and 42 goals later, that deal is looking like an incredible bargain. Firmino and Mane both similarly showed their potential before their Liverpool signings: Firmino’s production for Hoffenheim in 2014-15 and Mane’s for Southampton in 2015-16 were among the best player seasons in the sample I examined, which included non-striker attacking players in the five biggest leagues over the previous three seasons.3Minimum 2,500 minutes played combined between the player’s domestic league and the Champions League and European League. Liverpool used data to identify players who weren’t just on a hot streak but who demonstrated repeatable skills, and those purchases have paid off in goals.Liverpool adjusted to improve its defenseJurgen Klopp has called his style of play “heavy metal” soccer. His teams focus on creating and exploiting transition opportunities, the moments when neither team has established possession or set its defensive structure. His teams press high up the pitch, closing down opponents even when they have the ball well into their defensive half. In Klopp’s first season with Liverpool in 2015-16, his team led the league with a roughly 52 percent success rate in breaking up new opposition possessions. This metric calculates how often and how successfully a team closes down its opposition early in the opponent’s possession, which reflects the degree to which they implement a pressing defensive style.4Pressing rate is calculated by identifying when a new possession begins, and then tracking if the team in possession either completes three consecutive successful passes or completes an attack (by taking a shot, playing a pass into the penalty area, or winning a corner). If the possession is stopped, whether by a turnover, a foul or the ball going out of play for a throw-in, that counts as a “press.” The next season, with a year of training under their belt, Klopp’s players stepped up their pressure, breaking up nearly 54 percent of opposition possessions early. Once again, this rate led the league. However, there were some drawbacks to this style: In both those first two seasons, Liverpool was relatively vulnerable to direct attacks. If the first line of press failed, the Reds often found themselves chasing back to stop a counterattack headed for their goal. This is measured by direct attacks into the final third of the pitch, which shows when an opposition team can break forward into dangerous areas.5Direct attacks are calculated as attacking moves in which at least 50 percent of the movement is directly toward the goal, meaning that if you draw a straight line from where the attack started to where it ended and then measure the total distance the ball covered over all the passes and runs in the move, the ratio between those two distances must be at least 0.5.This season, Klopp has drilled his team to drop the pressing intensity in matches where it’s not needed. While they still can press high, Liverpool can also sit back and absorb pressure, as they did to great effect in the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester City. This improved tactical flexibility has yielded results — reducing opponents’ goals, chances and successful fast attacking moves by a significant margin. The Champions League final seems immune to upsets. Real Madrid won three of the last five finals, with Bayern Munich and Barcelona taking the other two. And now Madrid is one win away from its fourth title in six years and third in a row. But this list of winners should not obscure that smaller clubs have come close. Atletico Madrid has taken Real Madrid to extra time twice in the last five finals, and Borussia Dortmund lost a nail-biter of a final 2-1 to Bayern. This year, it is Liverpool that has a real shot at upending a traditional power structure in the Champions League. And according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, a Liverpool victory would not even be that much of an upset: SPI gives the team a 47 percent chance of lifting the trophy on Saturday.How did Liverpool become a true Champions League contender? To a certain degree, this is unsurprising. For starters, Liverpool is no upstart, at least historically. The club has five European Cups and its revenues are among the highest in European soccer.1Ninth highest last season, according to Deloitte. But the Reds have played in the Champions League only four times in the last decade, and this season is the first time they have even reached the knockout stages since 2009. It took an extensive and highly successful rebuilding effort to get Liverpool to the cusp of a European trophy. The three key components of this effort were smart analytics, innovative tactics and the usual helping of good luck.Liverpool struck gold in the transfer marketThe engine of this Liverpool team is its front line. Manager Jurgen Klopp prefers a 4-3-3 formation with four defenders, three central midfielders, and a forward line with a central striker flanked by two wide attackers. Center forward Roberto Firmino and left forward Sadio Mane combined for 44 goals and 22 assists between the Premier League and the Champions League, while Mohamed Salah matched that production almost by himself with 42 goals and 14 assists.Every one of these players was acquired in the transfer market: Firmino in 2015, Mane in 2016 and Salah last summer. Hitting on star attackers in three consecutive transfers is a major accomplishment no matter what your budget, but it’s especially impressive for Liverpool, which cannot afford to pay as much as the world’s richest clubs — as was made evident when Philippe Coutinho forced his way out of Liverpool for Barcelona in January. To build one of the world’s most dangerous front lines, Liverpool had to look for relative bargains, which more or less ruled out peak-age players at the height of their powers. Further, with Klopp’s pressing style, the team had to avoid the typical lumbering center forward and look for players versatile enough to press high and interchange in the attack. They needed attackers who could play anywhere in the front line. To find these key pieces, the team turned to analytics.One of the simplest ways to identify undervalued attackers is with expected goals (xG) and expected assists (xA) — two metrics that estimate the quality of scoring chances, built from information collected by sports-data company Opta.2The model for calculating expected goals seeks to give a single estimate for the likelihood of scoring a given shot, and the estimates for each shot are then added up over a season to give an expected goals total. You can find further methodological details in previous writeups. The ability to get on the end of good scoring chances, or to create them with a telling pass, is more stable across seasons than the ability to finish off such a chance. Over the last three years, very few young players have put up big numbers in xG and xA per 90 minutes while playing on smaller clubs and getting the majority of their minutes from outside the center forward role. Liverpool found three of them. Klopp has improved Liverpool’s defense this seasonHow Liverpool has fared in three defensive statistics during seasons under manager Jurgen Klopp Liverpool got lucky tooIt is practically impossible to win a cup final without some good fortune. Liverpool, by using its resources smartly and developing more flexible tactics, put itself in position to take advantage of good fortune when it arrived. And this year, every time the UEFA drew teams into competitive fixtures, Liverpool benefited. Expected goals conceded per match1.030.970.86 Roma-3 Pressing rate51.753.749.5 Juventus-2 Barcelona+6 Defensive stat2015-162016-172017-18 Bayern+9 Liverpool+11 Man City+2 Real Madrid-11 Source: FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index TeamChange in chance of winning read more

Primary school kids MUST be taught the dangers of cyberbullying Govt advised

first_imgUpdated at 7.49pmA GOVERNMENT BODY set-up to set up to look at issues relating to the internet – including online bullying – has handed in its report to Cabinet.It makes a range of recommendations relating to measures to deal with cyber-bullying, and places a focus on educational initiatives rather than legislation changes.Amongst its recommendations, the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group suggests that internet safety and digital literacy skills should be a “core element” of the curriculum in the country’s primary and secondary schools. It says an inter-agency group should be set up by the Department of Education to decide how this should be rolled out.Additionally, the Group recommends that parents be given further training to make them aware of the risks of cyber-bullying and how to deal with them…“Training initiatives such as those developed by the National Parent’s Council should be expanded and further resourced,” the report says.The Group also says that two existing Garda schools programmes which deal with online bullying should be extended to include equivalent resources for parents.The only significant legislative change suggested by the group is the amendment of the 2007 ‘Communications Regulation Act’ to include ‘electronic communications’ within the definition of measures dealing with ‘the sending of messages which are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing’.Speaking at the launch of the report, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said the change was “not a major matter, but a sensible matter that we ought to do to ensure that electronic communications are captured”.It’s a clarificatory statement rather than a major change in the law. But yes, I am committed to it.The Group says it does NOT believe that criminalising cyber-bullying offences for minors is the way to proceed.ISPsAlong with the range of educational measures, the new report recommends that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and mobile operators be encouraged to include parental controls and services as part of their products.Rabbitte said he wanted to tackle the issue “on a collaborative basis with the industry”.The industry doesn’t have any interest in abuse or misuse of technology. I think it would be difficult for Government to take measures without the cooperation of the industry.The proposals were discussed at Cabinet this morning, and a group that includes officials from the Departments of Children, Education, Justice and Health was set up to implement the measures. It’s expected to have its work concluded within four months.Chaired by Dr Brian O’Neill of DIT’s School of Media, the six member ICGA Group was set up in December of last year, and held its first meeting in January before opening a public consultation process.Reacting to the publication of the report this evening, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals said it was “particularly pleased” that problems relating to cyber-bullying were being acknowledged.“The NAPD conducted its second national survey on cyber-bullying last February that showed an increase in people reporting to have been victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying,” Director of the NAPD Clive Byrne said.“It is clear that a thorough examination on the oversight of online content is long overdue and the publication of this document is a welcome first step.”First posted at 4.40pm.Read: Ireland ‘should consider laws that would jail cyber bullies’ >Read: One in seven children subjected to cyber bullying in last three months >last_img read more

President Trump says transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in

first_img….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 Posted: July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, July 26, 2017 ….victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017Trump’s policy, if implemented, would reverse that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who last year announced that transgender people could serve openly.Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego) filed an amendment Wednesday to the defense appropriations bill that’s intended to block President Donald Trump from barring transgender people from serving in the military. “I can’t think of anything more backwards than turning away a brave, qualified American who wants to serve in our all-volunteer military because of their gender identity,” Peters said. “There are already thousands of transgender Americans serving honorably and openly in our Armed Forces.”There is a former member of SEAL Team 6 — the most elite military unit in history — that came out as transgender.”In a Twitter post, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said “any American who wants to serve should be able to do so, regardless of gender identity.”Rep. Susan Davis expressed her support for the transgender community. “Trans Americans have been through so much to make a decision around their gender identity – a decision that most of us can’t even begin to understand,” Davis said.  “Trans Americans are courageous, they are brave, they are strong. They are exactly who we want fighting for our country.”Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, said Trump reneged on campaign promises to protect the rights of LGBT Americans.”Barring transgender people from the U.S. military is denying them the right to serve their country, and that is unacceptable and disgraceful,” said Atkins, a lesbian who previously served as Assembly speaker and as a San Diego City Council member.”Right now, thousands of transgender Americans are serving proudly, courageously and effectively,” Atkins said. “They should be allowed to continue to do so. Excluding talented and able-bodied people who are eager to serve only makes our country weaker.”Other local leaders declared their support for President Trump and the ban Wednesday. “The President’s decision was the absolute right decision,” Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) said in a statement. “National security should trump social experimentation, always. It’s about time that a decision is made to restore the warrior culture and allow the U.S. military to get back to business.”Last year, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended a ban on transgender service members. More recently, a delay was placed on new enlistments from transgender individuals until a decision could be made by the new administration.There are no known numbers on how many transgender people serve in the military but a 2016 RAND study estimates there are somewhere between 4 to 11 thousand transgender individuals serving either on active duty or the reserves.The San Diego LGBT Center in Hillcrest issued a statement that reads: “The notion that thousands of transgender military personnel should be summarily abandoned is hateful, dangerous and unacceptable. These are brave, dedicated people who have devoted themselves to protecting the democratic ideals of this country, often at great risk and at great cost to themselves and their loved ones.”The LGBT Center said military service members have enough to manage “without the fear of a witch hunt,” and are being threatened on the basis of something that has absolutely no bearing on their fitness to serve. WASHINGTON, D.C. (KUSI) — President Donald Trump says he is banning transgender people from serving in the United States military.In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, the president said after consulting with generals and military experts he has decided to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, citing medical costs and disruption as reasons for the implementation.center_img After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter President Trump says transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in US Militarylast_img read more

Presidential race takes center stage at 2016 Fantasy Fest

first_imgWhat a great week! #fantasyfest2016 https://t.co/2UORPxhxmI— Fantasy Fest (@FantasyFestKW) October 30, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Fantasy Fest took over Key West this past weekend, and this year, the race for the White House took center stage.A large parade, Saturday night, wrapping up 10 days of festivities. This year’s theme was “political voodoo and ballot box barbarians.”Super-sized heads of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were joined by a “Weekend at Bernie’s” float, a nod to defeated Democratic contender Bernie Sanders.last_img