Animal Rights Fliers Shock Italian Researchers

first_imgThe battle over animal experimentation in Italy took a nasty turn this week when anonymous activists posted fliers showing photos, home addresses, and telephone numbers of scientists involved in animal research at the University of Milan and labeled them as “murderers.” The leaflets, which appeared in the night of 6 to 7 January, triggered widespread condemnation in academic and political circles.The posters targeted physiologist Edgardo D’Angelo, parasitologist Claudio Genchi, pharmacologist Alberto Corsini, and Maura Francolini, a biologist. The texts say they are “guilty” of performing animal experiments; Corsini is said to “have tortured and killed animals for more than 30 years.” His flier ends with his phone number and the suggestion to “call this executioner and tell him what you think of him.”Although the fliers didn’t contain a specific call to violence, the implicit threat is unmistakable, Italian scientists say. Pro-Test Italia, an organization that seeks to defend and explain animal research, has likened the campaign to a witch hunt. “It’s unacceptable that those who work for the good of science and public health are called murderers by someone who publicly incites violence against them,” says Dario Padovan, a biologist and president of Pro-Test Italia.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Many politicians condemned the new tactic as well. “I wish to express my deepest sympathy and support to the researchers in Milan for the intimidation and threats they suffered,” Italy’s minister of education, universities and research, Maria Chiara Carrozza, tweeted yesterday. The University of Milan has filed a complaint and the city’s police department has started an investigation. “We will strengthen our commitment to the defense of research as a tool to improve knowledge and care for sick people,” Gianluca Vago, the university’s rector, told the newspaper Corriere della Sera.Genchi, one of the targeted scientists, tells ScienceInsider he’s not scared, but feels “uneasy” about the paper attack, which he says comes from “uninformed fanatics.”Animal research has been the issue of an intense political debate in Italy. The Italian government is expected to soon approve a bill that would put drastic limitations on animal testing, which has generated an outcry in the scientific community. In December, a row erupted when a 25-year old veterinary student at the University of Bologna posted a defense of animal research on her Facebook page, which triggered a torrent of verbal abuse. The student, Caterina Simonsen, suffers from four genetic diseases; without animal experimentation, she wrote, “I would have died when I was nine.” Her story dominated the Italian media for days.Last April, activists entered an animal facility at the University of Milan, released mice and rabbits, and destroyed experiments.“I disagree with any violent act against human beings or animals,” Michela Kuan, a biologist and a member of the animal rights group Lega Anti Vivisezione told ScienceInsider when asked for a reaction. But, she added, “there is a lot of manipulation of the facts in the media at this delicate time.”*Correction, 10 January, 10:35 a.m.: Dario Padovan is currently the president of Pro-Test Italia, not the coordinator of Pro-Test Italia’s scientific committee, as previously reported. This has been fixed.last_img read more

Champions League kicks off amid spot-fixing gloom

first_imgUnder the watchful eyes of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), the glitzy Champions League Twenty20 starts tomorrow with the shadow of the spot-fixing scandal, that has shaken the core of the game, looming large.Featuring the top three Indian Premier League teams and the top two each from Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the West Indies, the two-week event will open with IPL runners-up Mumbai Indians taking on Highveld Lions (South Africa).Organisers say the tournament will have strict anti-corruption measures in place to ensure that the menace of spot-fixing, which has led to the suspension of three Pakistani cricketers, does not find a mention in the event.Apart from Mumbai, the other Indian teams in fray are IPL champions Chennai Super Kings and third-place finishers Royal Challengers Bangalore.Australia will be represented by South Australian Redbacks and Victorian Bushrangers, while South Africa will have the Warriors and Highveld Lions in fray.Central Stags (New Zealand), Wayamba Elevens (Sri Lanka) and Guyana (West Indies) are the other three teams in the field.None of the IPL teams who competed last year could make an impression and the three teams playing this year would seek to make amends for the previous edition’s flop-show.Leading the pack would be Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai, which has a formidable line-up of big-hitters such as Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey, Suresh Raina, Albie Morkel and Justin Kemp.Their bowling line-up features leading Test off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and they will be favourites to advance to the semifinals from Group A, which also features the Warriors, Victoria, Wayamba and Central Stags.advertisementBangalore, who were there in the field even the last time around, have a stronger batting line-up to boast of with the ever-reliable Rahul Dravid, explosive New Zealander Ross Taylor and the versatile South African Jacques Kallis.The bowling has inspirational skipper Anil Kumble leading the spin department with Dale Steyn adding zing to the pace attack.Kallis normally plays for the Warriors, while Taylor pads up for the Central Stags but both the players were bought by the IPL franchise after paying a USD 200,000 compensation to their respective state teams.”The biggest challenge is how quickly you acclimatize to the conditions and the need to start well in the tournament,” said Kumble.Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai, on the other hand, also have a formidable look with their batting having the firepower of South African big-hitter JP Duminy and West Indian sensation Kieron Pollard.The bowling features Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh with Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga proving the support.”We have champions from all cricketing nations, so it’s as tough as it can get. It is competitive … and we have world-class players participating,” said Tendulkar.Mumbai grouped with Bangalore, the Highveld Lions, South Australia and Guyana.The team they face in the tournament-opener tomorrow, Highveld Lions, can be tagged as the underdogs. Banking on local support and some fireworks from batsmen such as Alviro Petersen and Neil McKenzie to match up to Mumbai’s might.The tournament would be played out in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Port Elizabeth, with the final on September 26.last_img read more

UP stuns La Salle in 5 sets, gets share of top spot

first_imgDorog then ended it all with a soft off speed kill for the win that put the Lady Maroons in a share of the top spot with the Lady Spikers with 3-1 records.“The way you saw the game, it was a game of minds, courage, and aggressiveness, and at the end of it all I believe we are more aggressive than our opponents and that’s why we were able to win,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu.“La Salle is a strong team and they’re not a team that’s easy to beat, they’re strong because their discipline. So I think we’re more aggressive than them tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Stuck in a fifth set tit-for-tat until the 8-8 tie, the Lady Maroons managed to get a vital three-point lead, 11-8, after Jessma Ramos’ ace.Those three points of separation was of utter umportance for the Lady Maroons as they eventually held on to win their first game against the Lady Spikers since the first round of Season 79.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMae Luna and Jolina Dela Cruz may have exchanged kills that tied the set at 12-all, but the Lady Maroons had late tricks hidden in their bag.Diana Carlos found the opening to give UP the 13-12 lead, just before Luna overshot her attempt that put the Lady Maroons at the 14-12 match point. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines pulled off a stunner and stopped De La Salle’s winning streak with a five-set win, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12, the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Justine Dorog said in the post-game press conference that their win needed heart, and play with heart they did.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img View comments Magnolia posts 1st win at expense of Meralco Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READlast_img read more

India’s discus thrower Seema Punia clinches gold at Asian Games

first_imgIndia’s discus thrower Seema Punia won her maiden Asian Games medal with a best throw of 61.03 metresDiscus thrower Seema Punia Antil ended India’s gold-less streak in track and field events on the third day of athletics competitions as she beat back a strong challenge from two Chinese rivals to bag the coveted yellow metal at the Asian Games on Monday.Seema ran away with the gold with a best throw of 61.03m in the women’s discus throw final while team-mate Krishna Poonia finished fourth with a below par 55.57m at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium here.Prior to Seema’s golden throw, women’s metric miler O P Jaisha and men’s 3000m steeplechaser Naveen Kumar picked up a bronze each to boost the country’s medal tally from athletics to eight from three days.31-year-old Seema, who did not participate in the last two Asian Games and who came here after winning a silver in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, took the lead with her very first throw of 55.76 before coming up with her best effort with a throw of 61.03m off her fourth attempt.China’s Lu Xiaoxin took the silver in 59.35m while her compatriot Tan Jian, who finished sixth in the last two World Championships, bagged the bronze with a throw of 59.03m.Seema, who became emotional during the medal ceremony, told reporters that she had been waiting for this moment over the last three years.”I am very happy to get the gold which I expected to win today. I have trained for this gold over the last three years.advertisementI had waited for this after missing the last two Asian Games,” she said.”I usually don’t perform well in my first throw. But I followed my coach’s instructions today to hurl the disc past the 55m mark with my first attempt,” she said.She said her silver medal in the Glasgow CWG “motivated me to go for the gold here.”Asked whether the damp weather conditions affected the athletes in any way, she said, “I wish I had brought two extra pairs of shoes.”Kerala-born Jaisha won the bronze in the women’s 1500m while army athlete Naveen Kumar stood third in the men’s 3000m steeplechase as Indians bagged three medals on the third day of the competitions in the blue-riband discipline.last_img read more

SPORT-IPL-RCB-BOARD

first_imgMohali, May 9 (PTI) Scoreboard of the IPL match between Mohali, May 9 (PTI) Scoreboard of the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, here today. Royal Challengers Bangalore: V Kohli c Vijay b Cariappa 20 KL Rahul b Cariappa 42AB de Villiers c Cariappa b S Sharma 64S Watson b Patel 1S Baby run out 33T Head c Vijay b S Sharma 11 S Binny not out 0 Extras (WD-4) 4Total (For 6 wickets in 20 overs) 175 Fall of wickets: 1-63, 2-64, 3-67, 4-155, 5-174, 6-175.Bowling: Sandeep Sharma4-0-49-2, Anureet Singh3-0-15-0, M Sharma 3-0-33-0, M Stoinis3-0-35-0, A Patel 4-0-27-1, KC Cariappa3-0-16-2. More PTI AT ATlast_img

Puyol Meets Refugees in Greece Ahead of “Clasico” (Photos)

first_imgTHESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Former Spain captain Carles Puyol posed for selfies and talked soccer with more than 1,000 refugees in Thessaloniki, Greece, before the “clasico” Spanish league match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.The refugees live in four camps near Thessaloniki and later watched the game on two giant indoor screens on the grounds of the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.Puyol, a former Barcelona captain, unsurprisingly predicted his team would do well in the top-of-the-table clash. He was right — Barcelona won 3-2.Migrants cheer as they watch retired Spanish soccer player Carles Puyol at the Greek northern city of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Accompanied by La Liga president Javier Tebas and Greek migration minister Yannis Mouzalas, Puyol attended the “Football Family Day” event, organized by La Liga, Spanish media group Mediapro and NGOs InterVolve and Open Cultural Center.A migrant watches a live broadcast event in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1,000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended the event as part of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcast of the Spanish “El Clasico” soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Migrants play soccer during an event at the Greek northern city of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended an event in the framework of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcasting of a soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Migrants react as Barcelona scores against Real Madrid as they watch a live broadcast event in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1,000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended the event as part of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcast of the Spanish “El Clasico” soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Migrants jubilate as they watch a live broadcast event in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1,000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended the event as part of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcast of the Spanish “El Clasico” soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)People cheer as they watch retired Spanish soccer player Carles Puyol at the Greek northern city of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended an event in the framework of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcasting of a soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Retired Spanish player and La Liga ambassador Carles Puyol, left, La Liga President Xavier Tebas, center, and Greece’s Migration Minister, Yannis Mouzalas attend a news briefing in Thessaloniki, Greece, Sunday, April 23, 2017. About 1,000 refugees residing in northern Greece attended an event in the framework of “Football Family Day” during which they watched a live broadcasting of Spanish first division soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on two giant screens. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)COSTAS KANTOURIS, Associated PressTweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette, Henrikh Mkhitaryan shine as Arsenal beat Southampton

first_imgArsenal cruised to a 2-0 win over disjointed Southampton thanks to first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at The Emirates on Sunday, taking them back into the top four in the Premier League.The hosts took the lead after six minutes in bizarre circumstances, Lacazette neatly back-heeling home a pass from Mkhitaryan while the rest of the Arsenal team were still appealing for a penalty after Lucas Torreira took a tumble.Arsenal doubled the lead 10 minutes later when Southampton keeper Angus Gunn, making his second Premier League appearance, cleared the ball straight into the path of Alex Iwobi.The Nigeria midfielder bolted forward and passed across goal to the unmarked Mkhitaryan, who thumped a low shot into the corner of the net.”The second goal was a horrible mistake where we don’t have to take such a risk,” a rather downcast Saints manager Ralph Hassenhuettl told reporters.The win took Arsenal up to fourth spot on 53 points, one point ahead of Manchester United who were held to a 0-0 draw by Liverpool at Old Trafford. Southampton remain a point below the safety zone with 24 from 27 matches.MISSED CHANCESLacazette should arguably have had a first-half hat-trick half but he was unable to take advantage of any of the numerous opportunities that came his way after his early strike.First the Frenchman had a glancing header from a Granit Xhaka corner saved, then he blasted over the bar from inside the six-yard box and seconds later he spun away from his marker but his shot hit Gunn’s outstretched leg.advertisementSouthampton, by contrast, looked a shadow of the team that won the reverse fixture at St Mary’s in December, registering only three shots in the opening half to the Gunners’ 11.Their best chance of the game had come seconds before Lacazette’s opener when Nathan Redmond was through on goal only to fire straight at keeper Bernd Leno.”(Southampton) have very fast players like Redmond, and they created good chances. I think Leno played well and helped us a lot,” Arsenal boss Unai Emery told reporters.Southampton brought on Charlie Austin in the second half to see if he could maintain his record of scoring against Arsenal every time he has faced them in the league, but the Saints were unable to get back into the game.The visitors brought on Michael Obafemi, who had only just returned from injury, but within 20 minutes he came off with a knock to his ankle.The Gunners stretched their unbeaten home league record to 13 games since they lost to Manchester City in their opener on Aug. 12.While they have now won their last seven league matches in a row at The Emirates, their away performances have been patchy.”At home we are feeling strong, but away we need to be more consistent,” Emery said.Also Watch:last_img read more

HOT TEMPERATURES BRING RISK OF HEAT STROKE

first_imgTemperatures in Siouxland are going to be in the mid-90’s by the weekend and health officials caution people to be prepared for the heat.Floyd Valley Healthcare Emergency Room Manager, Mary Jo Clark, says people may be more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke since our bodies have not yet adjusted to the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity levels.She says there are several signs that a person is suffering heat stroke.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HEAT1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..start to vomit” :19Clark says in order to beat the heat you will need to consume a lot of fluids.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HEAT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….makes you drink” :15There are two beverage types you should avoid.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HEAT3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..out of your body” :10The nursing supervisor in Le Mars says to take frequent breaks and to try to stay out of the direct sunlight during the peak afternoon hours.She says the type of clothing you wear can also help prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HEAT4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….keep you cool” :24The high temperatures and humidity predicted in the forecast will likely drive the heat index into the triple-digits this weekend.last_img read more

Who has won the most Copa America titles?

first_imgFollowing the group stage draw earlier this week , the countdown to Copa America’s 2019 edition has begun.Four nations participating in this year’s competition are yet to lift the title – including this year’s two invited nations, Japan and Qatar, the latter of whom will be making their debut in the competition .But who has been crowned the champions of South America the most times?last_img

I would swap the drama at Headingley for an Ashes win: Ben Stokes

first_imgI would swap the drama at Headingley for an Ashes win: Ben StokesBen Stokes had played a match-winning knock of 135 runs in the third Test to guide England to a one-wicket win over Australia in the third Test at Headingley.advertisement Asian News International LondonSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 14:24 IST Ben Stokes was handed England’s Man of the Series award for his performance in Ashes. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSStokes said that he would happily swap Headlingley innings in Headingley with an overall Ashes win.Stokes had played a match-winning knock of 135 runs in the third Test to guide England to a one-wicket winBen Stokes scored 440 runs with the bat and took eight wickets with the ballEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes who played a match-winning knock in the third Ashes Test has said that he would happily swap that innings in Headingley with an overall Ashes win.His remarks came after the conclusion of Ashes. The fifth match was won by England by 135 runs to level the series 2-2. However, Australia retained the urn as they had previously won the Ashes in 2017/18 season.This is the first time in 47 years that the Ashes ended as a draw. The last series which ended as a draw between England and Australia was in 1972.”There have been some incredible highs and some moments that I can hardly believe happened, but they did. I will always be able to remember what it was like being out there in the middle when we won the World Cup or won at Headingley. But as good a day as that was, I would still swap that drama at Headingley for an overall Ashes win, though,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Stokes as saying.Stokes had played a match-winning knock of 135 runs in the third Test to guide England to a one-wicket win over Australia in the third Test at Headingley.The all-rounder also had a successful World Cup campaign as he scored 84 runs in the final against New Zealand to help his side lift its maiden 50-over World Cup.The 50-over and super over action had ended in a tie, but England was adjudged as the winner as they had score more boundaries in the match.advertisement”All I wanted to do was have an impact in as many games as possible and help England win as many matches as possible this summer. Before England had played a game this summer we knew we had the World Cup and the Ashes ahead of us, and now we’re stood here at the end as World Cup winners and with a drawn Ashes series. Obviously we’d like to have won it, but we haven’t lost anything,” Stokes said.Aussie batter Steve Smith was given Australia’s Man of the Series award whereas Ben Stokes was handed England’s Man of the Series award for their performance in Ashes.Smith had an exceptional series with the bat as he scored 774 runs, scoring the most number of runs in a series this century.On the other hand, Ben Stokes displayed an all-round performance, scoring 440 runs with the bat and taking eight wickets with the ball.The first Test of the series was won by Australia by 251 runs at Birmingham.The second match at Lord’s finished as a draw and Stokes’s heroics in the third Test at Headingley helped England level the series at 1-1.However, Australia came back strongly in the fourth Test as they won the match by 185 runs to retain the Ashes.England will next take on New Zealand in a five-match T20I series and two-match Test series.Also Read | T20 captaincy stepping stone in my career: Quinton de KockAlso Read | Pressure mounts on Rishabh Pant as India look to draw first blood vs SAAlso See:For 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Ashes 2019 Nextlast_img read more

GOGL Still in The Red

first_imgzoom Dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) managed to narrow its net loss in the first quarter of 2017, reaching USD 17.9 million, compared to a loss of USD 68.2 million posted in the respective period a year earlier. In a what was described as “slightly weaker” market environment, the company’s total operating revenues stood at USD 83.8 million, compared to USD 45 million seen in 1Q 2016.Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased to USD 17.5 million from USD -14.2 million recorded in the respective period last year.During the quarter, GOGL entered into agreements to acquire sixteen dry bulk vessels in a ship-for-share transaction in exchange for 17.8 million shares and the assumption of USD 285.2 million in debt.Of the sixteen ships to be acquired, fourteen will be acquired from subsidiaries of Quintana Shipping, and two ice class Panamax vessels will be acquired from subsidiaries of Seatankers, an affiliate of Hemen Holding, the company’s largest shareholder.“The freight rate environment held up in the first quarter of the year, a quarter that is typically characterized by seasonal weakness. Demand growth was sufficient to partially offset seasonal weakness as well as the 13 million dwt net growth of the global fleet during the quarter. Against this backdrop, we believe that our acquisition of a large fleet of modern, high-quality vessels in a ship-for-share transaction was timely. The acquired vessels, averaging 4 years of age, which matches the age profile of our existing fleet, will further enhance our … commercial scale and increase our operational leverage. We believe these acquisitions will … position us well for further improvements in the dry bulk market,” Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS, commented.In mid-March, the company completed an equity offering at NOK 60 per share, raising gross proceeds of NOK 516.5 million (around USD 60 million) to provide financial support for the vessel acquisitions.“We will pay the full accumulated deferred repayments of USD 54 million of bank debt in the second quarter of 2017 by triggering the cash sweep mechanism put in place during our first quarter 2016 restructuring due to earnings levels in excess of those anticipated at that time. Also, following the delivery of the recently-acquired 16 vessels, we expect our cash breakeven levels to be further reduced. Given our significant leverage to an improving market and highly competitive cash breakeven levels, a sustained period of market strength will allow us to continue to deleverage the company’s balance sheet,” Per Heiberg, Chief Financial Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS, added.In the three-month period ended March 31, 2017, GOGL took delivery of two Ultramax newbuildings, Golden Virgo and Golden Libra, and two Capesize newbuildings, Golden Surabaya and Golden Savannah, and decided to postpone the delivery of six remaining newbuilds until 2018.On May 23, GOGL took delivery of the ninth bulker from the batch of the sixteen recently acquired ships. The vessel in question is the 179,200 dwt Q Anastasia which will be renamed Golden Anastasia.GOGL said it has issued 550,000 consideration shares to Quintana and associated companies in exchange for the 2014-built vessel. Following this transaction, the company’s issued share capital is USD 6,233,649.60 divided into 124,672,992 issued shares, each with a nominal value of USD 0.05.In its outlook for 2017, GOGL said: “The company’s results for the first quarter reflect rates obtained by favorable fixtures done in the fourth quarter of 2016 as well as a sustained rate environment in the first quarter of 2017. Based on these conditions, the board is pleased that the company is able to deleverage through paying down the full one-year deferred debt. So far in the second quarter rates remain above cash breakeven levels, enabling the company to deleverage further.”“The company has a strong cash position and limited cash funding of the remaining newbuilding program net of debt commitments…We expect to see continued volatility over the course of the year. A broader global growth is positive for the dry bulk trade and should be supportive to the market development. The current order book is at acceptable levels and new regulations should over time also keep scrapping activity up. However, new ordering of vessels is a threat to a broader recovery in the dry bulk market,” GOGL concluded.last_img read more

TORONTOS RIZWAN MANJI AND GENO SEGERS CAST IN BRADLEY WHITFORDS NBC COMEDY

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Geno Segers (Banshee) and Outsourced alum Rizwan Manji are set as series regulars opposite Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp in Perfect Harmony (fka Untitled Bradley Whitford), in NBC’s comedy pilot starring and executive produced by Whitford, from Lesley Wake Webster (Speechless), Jason Winer (Single Parents)and his Small Dog Picture Company, and 20th Century Fox TV.Written by Webster and directed by Winer, the comedy is about a rural church choir that gets the director it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy League music professor (Whitford) stumbles through their door. Geno Segers & Rizwan Manji (APA/Abrams Artists Agency) Login/Register With:center_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

RCMP reminding motorists that school zones are back in effect this Tuesday

first_imgDistracted driving is now a leading cause of injury and death. As a driver, your full attention must at all times be on the task of driving. This includes noting and obeying all speed limit signs, especially those in school zones. In addition, playground zone speed limits are in effect from dawn to dusk every day and are also 30 km/hr.Listed below are several common school zone-related offences, along with their associated fines:Speed in a school zone or playground zone: $196Fail to obey school guard or school patrol: $167Fail to stop for School Bus: $368Fail to yield to a pedestrian at crosswalk: $167For more safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe start to the school year visit BCRCMP or ICBC. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP is reminding motorists that with schools back in session next week, officers will be back out in full force patrolling school zones and crosswalks across the province.School zone speed limits are in effect from 8 am to 5 pm during school days and the posted speed is 30 km/hour.Police will be watching for speeders, and they won’t be handing out warnings. Tickets start at $196 and move up from there. With the anticipated thousands of children returning to class, their safety will be paramount. The RCMP is asking the public to be mindful that all school zones are back in effect next week and to be watchful for school children on their routes.last_img read more

Former NFF MP Muhammad Muzammil further remanded

Former National Freedom Front (NFF) Parliamentarian Muhammad Muzammil, who was arrested by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) last month, was further remanded till July 7.He was arrested after he appeared before the FCID to make a statement over alleged misuse of Government vehicles when the former Government was in power. (Colombo Gazette)

Rupert Murdoch defends his 50 years at the top of Englishspeaking media

Rupert Murdoch defends his 50 years at the top of English-speaking media before UK inquiry AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2012 11:01 am MDT LONDON – News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch defended his globe-spanning, half-a-century long media career Wednesday, telling an inquiry into U.K. media ethics that he never called in favours from the powerful people his papers covered.Speaking softly, deliberately and with dry humour, Murdoch parried one question after the other about the influence his dominant media operations had in lobbying lawmakers, favouring politicians or allegedly engineering sweetheart deals.The litany of denials by the 81-year-old media baron was long but confidently delivered.“I’ve never asked a prime minister for anything,” he said after being questioned whether he had asked then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to support his bid for the Times newspapers in 1981.Murdoch was being quizzed under oath before an inquiry run by Lord Justice Brian Leveson, who is examining the relationship between British politicians and the press, a key question raised by the phone hacking scandal that brought down Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid.Revelations of widespread illegal behaviour at the top-selling Sunday publication rocked Britain’s establishment with evidence of media misdeeds, police corruption and too-cozy links between the press and politicians. Murdoch’s News International have been hit with over 100 lawsuits over phone hacking and dozens of reporters and media executives have been arrested.Showing little equivocation, Murdoch batted away challenges to his ethics by inquiry lawyer Robert Jay.Asked whether he set the political agenda for his U.K. editors, he denied it.Asked whether he’d ever used his media influence to boost his business, he denied it.Asked whether standards at his papers declined when he took them over, he denied it — and threw in a quip about his rivals.“The Sun has never been a better paper than it is today,” Murdoch said. “I won’t say the same of my competitors.”The inquiry was set up by Prime Minister David Cameron following the scandal’s resurgence in July. Murdoch’s testimony was among the most heavily anticipated — not least because of his close links to generations of British politicians, both from Cameron’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party.Four hours into his testimony, Murdoch largely held his fire, making few concessions to his inquisitor.He denied that former Prime Minister Tony Blair of the Labour Party had consulted with him on how to discredit French leader Jacques Chirac in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He denied strategizing with Blair’s successor, Gordon Brown, on whether to call a snap election. And he denied lobbying Cameron on issues including broadcasting regulations, the ins-and-outs of which have since helped feed the scandal.He did allow having made a colorful joke reported by Blair: “If our flirtation is ever consummated, Tony, then I suspect we will end up making love like porcupines, very very carefully.”But he denied that his personal friendship with Blair had led to any favours, thumping the table to punctuate his sentence.“I never. Asked. Mr. Blair. For anything,” he said.Media-watchers have speculated that Murdoch would seek to inflict political pain on the Cameron’s Conservatives, rumours which gained force when his son James gave damning testimony about British Olympics czar Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday. The younger Murdoch released documents that suggested that Hunt had secretly smoothed the way for News Corp.’s proposed takeover of British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC, a lucrative satellite broadcaster.Hunt’s political aide Adam Smith resigned Wednesday, saying he was responsible for the perception that News Corp. had “too close a relationship” with Hunt’s department for culture, media and sport. Smith said he had acted without Hunt’s authorization, although there was immediate skepticism of how a special adviser could have acted so independently.Murdoch was co-operative, but there was a healthy helping of the phrase “I don’t remember,” particularly when confronted with potentially embarrassing anecdotes about remarks he’d allegedly made over the years.At one point, Jay quizzed Murdoch about a gleeful comment in which he took credit for smearing his left-wing opponents.“If I said that, I’m afraid it was the influence of alcohol,” Murdoch replied.Throughout the hearing, Murdoch attacked the idea that he traded on his political influence, calling it a “complete myth. One I want to put to bed once and for all.”So determined was he that at one point Murdoch seemed to claim he was totally blind to business considerations when deciding which politicians to back.“You’re completely oblivious to the commercial benefits to your company of a particular party winning an election. Is that really the position?” asked a skeptical-sounding Jay.“Yes,” Murdoch said. “Absolutely.”Murdoch’s testimony resumes on Thursday.___Online:Inquiry website: http://www.levesoninquiry.org.ukMurdoch’s witness statement: http://bit.ly/IDp5rc read more

Canadian dollar lower amid bigger than expected retail sales slide in December

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2014 6:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday amid data showing a bigger than expected drop in December retail sales and tame inflation.The loonie was down 0.28 of a cent to 89.82 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that December retail sales tumbled 1.8 per cent from November. Economists had expected a drop of just 0.4 per cent.However, the currency was off its worst levels of the session as the agency also reported that the consumer price index was up 1.5 per cent in January compared with a year earlier. That was slightly higher than the 1.3 per cent rise economists had expected but below the Bank of Canada’s target of two per cent.The data served to indicate to markets that the Bank of Canada won’t be moving on rates until at least a year from now.“We remain confident that the most likely path for inflation is a gradual shift towards the (central bank’s) two per cent target,” said TD Economics senior economist Francis Fong.“As such, we maintain our view that the bank will likely remain on hold until at least the second half of 2015 before moving off the sidelines.”The dollar had a rough week, sliding about 1.25 cents US.Analysts point to recent soft data, concerns over the global growth outlook — China’s in particular — a dovish tone on interest rates from the Bank of Canada and a potential delay in the Keystone XL pipeline decision.Elsewhere, there was also a commitment by Japan’s central bank to carry on with its extensive stimulus package longer than planned.The Bank of Japan’s minutes of its January policy meeting were released Friday. Board members said that in order to avoid any misunderstanding about the BOJ’s program of ambitious monetary easing, the bank needed to “provide a clear explanation that it did not strictly set this to end in two years.”As part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revival strategy, the central bank in April last year announced a policy overhaul that aimed to double the money supply and achieve two per cent inflation within about two years.The April crude contract in New York declined 55 cents to US$102.21 a barrel.March copper was ahead one cent at US$3.29 a pound while April gold bullion gained $6.70 to US$1,323.60 an ounce. Canadian dollar lower amid bigger than expected retail sales slide in December read more

Cuba takes General Assembly podium to call for deep UN reform

“The United Nations requires a profound reform and the defence of its principles. The Secretary-General should be an advocator and guarantor of international peace and security,” he told the Assembly on the fourth day of its 69th annual high-level meeting.“The Security Council should be rebuilt upon democracy, transparency, a fair representation of the countries of the South that are discriminated against among Permanent and Non-Permanent Members, credibility, strict observance of the United Nations Charter, without double standards, obscure procedures or the anachronistic veto.”He also called on the international community to respond vigorously to the UN appeal for help to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and condemned United States actions around the world, including its bombing attacks in Iraq and Syria “in contempt for the United Nations Organization.”Since Wednesday, speakers have taken to the podium in the UN’s renovated General Assembly Hall to address the 193 Member State on the theme of “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda” as well as urgent crises ranging from the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and South Sudan. read more

Drowning claims over 40 people every hour in needless loss of life

“This death toll is almost two thirds that of malnutrition and well over half that of malaria – but unlike these public health challenges, there are no broad prevention efforts that target drowning,” according to the Global Report on drowning: Preventing a leading killer.More than 90 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, the report said, and the highest rates for drowning are among children under 5 years of age.According to WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan: “Efforts to reduce child mortality have brought remarkable gains in recent decades, but they have also revealed otherwise hidden childhood killers. Drowning is one. This is a needless loss of life.”“Action must be taken by national and local governments to put in place the simple preventive measures articulated by WHO,” Dr. Chan said.The report recommends strategies for local communities including: “installing barriers to control access to water; providing safe places such as day care centres for children; teaching children basic swimming skills and training bystanders in safe rescue and resuscitation.”“At national level, interventions include: adoption of improved boating, shipping and ferry regulations; better flood risk management and comprehensive water safety policies,” WHO said. WHO – Global Report on Drowning Risk factors, preventative actions Key facts, drowning rates, leading killer of children In the first global report on the problem released today in Geneva, the UN health agency said: “Drowning is a serious and neglected public health threat claiming the lives of 372,000 people a year worldwide,” which translates into more than 40 people every hour.Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, whose foundation funded the report, said: “I believe that you can’t manage what you don’t measure – and there’s never been a comprehensive effort to measure drowning around the world until now.”“The more evidence we can gather, the better we’ll be able to tailor our prevention efforts – and the Global Report on drowning is a big step in the right direction,” he said.“Almost all water presents a drowning risk, particularly inside and around our homes,” says Dr. Etienne Krug, WHO Director for the Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “Drowning occurs in bathtubs, buckets, ponds, rivers, ditches and pools, as people go about their daily lives. Losing hundreds of thousands of lives this way is unacceptable, given what we know about prevention,” according to Dr. Krug.Alarmingly, according to a number of studies from high-income countries, deaths due to drowning may be considerably underestimated, WHO said. Official data do not include drowning from suicide, homicide, flood disasters or incidents such as ferry capsizes.The report also draws attention to the need to make drowning prevention an integral part of a number of debates, such as climate change which leads to increased flooding; mass migrations, including of asylum seekers traveling by boat; and issues such as rural development and water and sanitation. Improving coordination across these various agendas will save lives, according to WHO. read more

Security Council expresses regret over postponed electoral process in Somalia

Through a Presidential Statement adopted by the body, the Council’s 15 members welcomed the continued political and security progress in Somalia since 2012, underscoring the need to maintain the momentum towards democratic governance, with an inclusive, transparent and credible electoral process in 2016 as a stepping stone to universal suffrage elections in 2020.The Council noted the consensus decision of the National Leadership Forum (NLF) to extend the timeline for the parliamentary electoral process until 25 October, and the timeline for the presidential electoral process until 30 October, to allow for the implementation of technical modalities for an inclusive process.Further in the statement, the Council noted the NLF’s consensual decision to extend the current mandates of the federal institutions to respect this revised timeline.Also noting that this electoral process is “an historic opportunity” to deliver more representative governance to the people of Somalia and to reflect Somalia’s diversity, the Council welcomed the NLF’s decision on representation of minority clans and the Banadiri community.The Council urged all parties to take necessary steps to implement the provisions in the NLF communiqué of 9 August 2016, including the Government’s commitment to reserve 30 per cent of upper and lower house seats for women.The Council urged the Government to ensure the transparent and credible electoral process in a climate of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedoms of expression and association, and commended the establishment of an electoral dispute resolution mechanism. read more

The Oval evacuated as crossbow bolt is fired onto pitch from outside

first_imgCricket spectators at The Oval were urged to “take cover” after a “crossbow bolt” was fired on to the pitch, landing between players who were rushed away.Play was suspended in the County Championship clash when the metal-tipped “projectile” – said to be around 18 inches long – ended up in the ground just yards from players and umpires.  The match between Surrey and Middlesex was later abandoned.Armed police were at the venue as the ground was evacuated on Thursday afternoon amid a major security scare. The metal-tipped arrow that was fired into The Oval Among them was retired police officer Chris Phillips, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, who said: “I didn’t see what happened, but it’s pretty clear the bolt was fired into the ground by some idiot from outside.”It’s a bit of a shame for everyone, though to be honest it wasn’t a great day’s cricket.”  Fans stream out of The Oval amid the evacuation Armed police outside The Oval on Thursday afternoon He said: “I was sitting by the players’ entrance talking to a fan and all of a sudden I saw all of the players and the umpires run off the pitch.”I thought, ‘it’s not raining, what’s going on?’ and one of the Surrey cricketers, Rikki Clarke, said ‘somebody’s fired an arrow onto the pitch’.”Mr Lawrence said he thought it looked “like a crossbow arrow” and that nobody was sure where it had come from.”It was a very ghastly-looking thing,” he said. He added: “It could have done damage to everybody, it’s by the good grace it hasn’t.”Surrey cricketer Stuart Meaker described the projectile as a “metal tipped arrow” in a post on Twitter: Have taken refuge inside at #TheOval after a crossbow was fired into the stadium and stopped play. Surreal scenes. pic.twitter.com/tLEzfaao9R— Bradley Hatchett (@bradleyhatchett) August 31, 2017 Around 1,000 spectators were in the ground when the incident took place, along with 400 people attending networking events. Scotland Yard said it believed the object, reported to be either an “arrow or crossbow bolt”, had been fired outside the ground.Police are keeping an “open mind” about the motive, but are not treating the incident as terrorism-related. No one has been reported injured and no arrests have been made. Scotland Yard said it had been called to “reports that an arrow or crossbow bolt had been loosed into the Oval Cricket ground”.In a statement, the force added: “Officers, including firearms officers, are on scene. There are no reported injuries. Fans stream out of The Oval amid the evacuationCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph The object – reported to be either an arrow or crossbow bolt – is carried by a steward at The OvalCredit:David Rowe/Alamy Ms Edmondson said she was worried about staying in the vicinity of the ground, with the person responsible for firing the bolt still at large.As she spoke, a police helicopter flew overhead, apparently trying to spot the suspect in the streets and estates surrounding the famous ground, by now ringed by several patrol cars. Jeremy Lawrence, a Middlesex fan, saw players being rushed off the pitch shortly after the arrow landed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Players begin to leave the pitch after the ‘crossbow bolt’ was fired onto the pitchCredit:Surrey County Cricket Club But Nick Compton, the England and Middlesex batsman, shared a joke with his Twitter followers: Richard Gould, chief executive of Surrey Cricket Club, said: “Security is always close to our heart and we’ll of course review the situation to see if there are any further measures we can consider.”But we can’t build a wall high enough to prevent this kind of thing happening. These bolts can be fired hundreds of feet into the air before landing.” Speaking during the incident, a Surrey spokesman said: “We were about to bowl the next ball and the arrow appeared two pitches to the side of the pitch we’re playing on at the moment.”The umpires took it out of the ground and got the players off as quickly as possible. Everybody in the ground has now been asked to take cover, there is nobody out in the stands or out in the open in any form.”All the seating hangs over the concourse, so they’re all under the seating at the moment in the concourse area, which is fully covered.”The police are on their way. We don’t know much more at the moment. We’re not sure if it’s deliberate or accidental or whether it’s come from inside or outside the ground.” Oval evacuation Around 1,000 spectators were in The Oval when the incident unfoldedCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Armed police outside The Oval on Thursday afternoonCredit: Paul Grover for The Telegraph According to the competition’s official Twitter feed, the object was fired from outside the ground.It said: “Play suspended at Kia Oval after a ‘projectile’ was fired into the ground from outside. Fans urged to move indoors.”Middlesex County Cricket Club tweeted: “Play suspended at the Oval on advice of security. Players have left the field after a crossbow bolt landed on the square.”It later said: “Understandably, after the earlier suspension of play, the game at the Oval has been abandoned with the game ending as a draw.” Rachel Edmondson, 34, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, was among dozens of people attending a business networking session in The Oval’s suites who were suddenly asked to leave.”We were told a bolt or arrow had been fired into the ground and we had to leave and get out,” she sad. “It was really worrying. Something like that could have killed someone.” Well…we have just officially gone off the field because a metal tipped arrow just landed on the pitch!! 👀— Stuart Meaker (@SMeaker18) August 31, 2017center_img  An arrow which was shot onto the pitch is carried by a steward at the oval  Dan Norcross, the BBC Test Match Special commentator, said the object had landed between two players, around 30 feet (10m) from the strip.”To aim at a particular player is very, very hard to do, it’s about 150m to the nearest vantage point,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.”It’s a very difficult target for somebody who is trying to do specific damage and it feels more like an act of mischief. But it could have done serious damage – I’ve seen the tip and it’s very sharp and it was poking into the ground.”I can’t stress enough what a dangerous weapon this arrow was – 18 inches long with a long metal tip. It could so easily have hurt someone and it landed eight yards from about five players.” Spectators leave the County Championship clash  Play suspended at the Oval on advice of security. Players have left the field after a crossbow bolt landed on the square….. pic.twitter.com/V5fJADvuKK— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) August 31, 2017 Another spectator, who gave her name only as Jacqueline, said: “We were at a corporate networking event when we were suddenly told to leave and move to the England Suite. Empty field at the Oval  Players leave the Oval after an arrow was shot onto the pitch Now being evacuated from #TheOval after crossbow incident. Strong armed police presence 👀 pic.twitter.com/ztVoYjCzhB— Bradley Hatchett (@bradleyhatchett) August 31, 2017 Armed police outside the Oval ground after play was suspendedCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA “From there we made our way our with everyone else. It’s frightening on reflection, something like that happening at a cricket match.”Police were called to the ground in Kennington, South London, at 4.35pm. Middlesex were leading by 181 runs with three wickets in hand when players left the pitch.An announcement went out at The Oval: “On the advice of our security team, please take cover. We urge you to move inside.” Empty pitch at The Oval after fans, players and umpires were urged to take coverCredit:dcdulwich/Twitter “There has been a controlled evacuation of the ground and the match has been suspended.”It is believed that the object came from outside of the ground.  At this stage, the incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.”Officers from Lambeth are investigating. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.” Spectators leave the County Championship clash Credit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Mr Gould said bags were not routinely searched on entry for this kind of low-profile match, but said there was nothing to indicate the bolt had been fired from inside the ground.One player described the object as a “metal tipped arrow” that was fired on to the outfield, not far from the players and umpires. Police outside the ground amid the major security scareCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Another 400 people had been attending networking events at The OvalCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Compton and his colleague John Simpson were at the crease as the arrow landed on the field.The match was stopped after the first ball of the 69th over with Middlesex at 214 for seven in their second innings on the fourth and final day. Sir Robin of Loxley has just arrived at the Oval 👀 #bowandarrow 💪🙏🏻— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) August 31, 2017 The metal-tipped arrow that was fired into The OvalCredit:Surrey Cricket Club Outside The Oval, hundreds of spectators were streaming away from the ground, their day ruined by an apparent act of stupidity. Police outside the Kia Oval ground in London, after play was suspended Around 1,500 spectators were in The Oval when the incident unfolded Police outsidelast_img read more