Saturday, September 30, 2017

India vs Australia: Mohammed Shami and I Must Take More Responsibility in ODIs, Says Umesh Yadav

The 29-year-old is a much improved Test bowler than what he was a season ago but along with Mohammad Shami, he has fallen behind in the limited overs pecking order with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuneshwar Kumar being the first choice pacers in the ongoing series against Australia.

India speedster Umesh Yadav on Saturday admitted that being a senior bowler he needs to perform better in the death overs if he has to consistently feature in the playing XI in the limited overs cricket.
The 29-year-old is a much improved Test bowler than what he was a season ago but along with Mohammed Shami, he has fallen behind in the limited overs pecking order with Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar being the first choice pacers in the ongoing series against Australia.

It is a home game for the Nagpur-born player and he would be hope to get a game despite leaking 71 runs in 10 overs in his first game of the series in Bengaluru.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo threatens to quit Real Madrid unless they accept one huge demand.

Ronaldo was in court this summer over claims he owed the Spanish court money in taxes.
And Don Balon claim Ronaldo has made a demand to Florentino Perez and will quit the club if they don’t pay the fine.
Ronaldo may be asked to pay as much as £13m - but wants the club to stump up for it.
Ronaldo’s future was called into question this summer when reports from Portugal claimed he wanted to leave and to move away from Spain.
Ronaldo also told the court this summer that he wanted to return to England
But he then opted to stay put and helped Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night with a Champions League double.
He is yet to score in La Liga this term after picking up a five-game ban in the Spanish Super Cup for pushing the referee after being sent off.
And the 32-year-old has played just twice in the league so far with Real already seven points behind Real Madrid.
But he has four Champions League goals in two games and will come up against Tottenham next

Ronaldo was linked with a return to Manchester United and a move to PSG in the summer.
But PSG spent big on Neymar and have committed to buying Kylian Mbappe next year.
Manchester United are looking at Antoine Griezmann again for next season and would rather sign Ronaldo’s team-mate Gareth Bale due to his age.
Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are also though to have a rocky relationship following their spell together in Madrid, so his options could be limited if he did leave Madrid.

Bayern Munich fire coach Ancelotti after heavy European defeat

After a humiliating defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Bayern Munich have sacked their Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, the club confirmed on Thursday.
"Following an internal analysis in Munich on Thursday 28 September 2017… the club is to part company with head coach Carlo Ancelotti with immediate effect," Bayern said in a statement on their website.
Former player Willy Sagnol, the ex-France international who had been serving as an assistant to Ancelotti, has been named interim coach.
Pressure had already been building on Ancelotti with Bayern enduring an inconsistent start to the season before losing 3-0 to PSG in the French capital on Wednesday.
After that game the Italian was questioned by German media about his tactics and team selection, following his decision to leave Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mats Hummels on the bench at kick-off.
"The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put to them," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
"The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences. Sporting director) Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious discussion with Carlo today and informed him of our decision.
"Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision in the interests of FC Bayern. I now expect the team to have a positive development and top performance, so we can reach our goals for this season."
Bayern are currently third in the Bundesliga table after six games, three points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, before visiting Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
They have not been so far off the pace at the top of the Bundesliga so early in a season since 2010/11, when Dortmund went on to win the title and Bayern finished third.
Ancelotti, 58, led Bayern to a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title last season in his first campaign in charge after succeeding Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.
However, the Bavarians lost to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and to Dortmund in the semi-finals of the German Cup.
Ancelotti has also coached Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid.
Among the potential replacements being mentioned is Thomas Tuchel, currently a free agent after leaving Dortmund at the end of last season.

School librarian rejects books donated by Melania Trump

An elementary school librarian in Massachusetts has said she will reject a collection of books from First Lady Melania  Trump
Earlier this month, Ms Trump sent out collections of 10 Dr Seuss books to one school in each state to celebrate “National Read a Book Day”.
The White House said it worked “with the Department of Education to identify schools with programs that have achieved high standards of excellence.”
“I work in a district that has plenty of resources, which contributes directly to ‘excellence,’” she wrote. “My students have access to a school library with over nine thousand volumes and a librarian with a graduate degree in library science.” 
Instead, Ms Soeiro wrote, the White House should focus more on providing support to schools that are underfunded. 
“Why not go out of your way to gift books to underfunded and underprivileged communities that continue to be marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos?” she said.
Cambridge, where Ms Soeiro’s school is located, sits just outside of Boston and is home to two prestigious and world-renowned universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. 
According to CBS Boston, Cambridge Public Schools said in a statement that Ms Soeiro “was not authorised to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district” and counseled her on a policy against using public resources for political purposes

Tsunami carried a million sea creatures from Japan to US west coast

The deadly tsunami that struck north-east Japan in 2011 has carried almost 300 species of sea life thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean to the west coast of the United States.
In what experts are calling the longest maritime migration ever recorded, an estimated one million creatures – including crustaceans, sea slugs and sea worms – made the 4,800-mile (7,725km) journey on a flotilla of tsunami debris.
This has turned out to be one of the biggest unplanned natural experiments in marine biology – perhaps in history,” said John Chapman, an expert at Oregon State University who co-authored a study of the creatures published this week in the journal Science.
The towering tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on the afternoon of 11 March 2011, generated five million tonnes of debris from the three prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.
About 70% sank quickly to the ocean floor, according to experts, but countless buoys, docks, boats and other items with buoyancy were swept out to sea.
Between June 2012 and February this year 289 Japanese species attached to 600 pieces of debris washed up on beaches in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, British Columbia, Alaska and Hawaii, according to the study.
Some of the creatures – about two-thirds of which had never been seen on the US west coast – reproduced as they drifted eastward.
“The diversity was somewhat jaw-dropping,” said James Carlton, a marine sciences professor at Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. “Molluscs, sea anemones, corals, crabs, just a wide variety of species, really a cross-section of Japanese fauna.”
Although the rate of new arrivals has slowed, researchers were still discovering colonised tsunami wreckage on west coast beaches when their study ended earlier this year.

Only last year – five years after the disaster – a Japanese boat arrived in Oregon with 20 fish native to the western Pacific inside. Some of the fish can be viewed at an aquarium in the state, Carlton said.
The tsunami flotilla is a reminder of the threat that millions of tonnes of plastic pose to the global marine environment.
Most of the creatures found in the US were attached to buoys, boats, crate and other items made from plastic, fibreglass and other materials that do not decompose.
“I didn’t think that most of these coastal organisms could survive at sea for long periods of time,” said Greg Ruiz, a marine biologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, who co-authored the study.
“But in many ways they just haven’t had much opportunity in the past. Now, plastic can combine with tsunami and storm events to create that opportunity on a large scale
Experts say it will be several years before they can say if any of the creatures have colonised on the west coast, which might pose a threat to native marine life.
The creatures are not the only products of the tsunami to have generated interest on the other side of the Pacific. In April 2012 a couple in Alaska found a football belonging to Misaki Murakami, a Japanese teenager who had lost his home in the disaster.
One month later a Harley-Davidson motorcycle lost in the disaster washed up on a Canadian beach 4,000 miles away

North Korea-US war now areal possibility &warns influential Rusi think tank

There is a growing risk action could be taken by Donald Trump to 'resolve' the issue 'sooner rather than later'

 A war between North Korea and the US is now a “real possibility”, and would likely result in thousands of people being killed or injured, a respected defence think tank has warned.
War between the two countries would likely involve a full scale invasion of North Korea, and combat would be neither “surgical nor short”, the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) said in a report.
In the event of an attack by either country, the UK would only have a few hours “at most” to decide how to respond, it adds
The disturbing analysis, written by Rusi director general Malcolm Chalmers, says a war could be triggered by either Washington or Pyongyang, but it warns there is a growing risk action could be taken by Donald Trump to “resolve” the issue “sooner rather than later”.
“War is now a real possibility,” the report states. “With North Korea making rapid progress in its missile and nuclear programmes, time is not on diplomacy's side.”
The warning comes after North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho claimed the US President's threat that Kim Jong-un’s regime “won't be around much longer” amounted to a declaration of war and said Pyongyang had the right to take countermeasures.
North Korea has moved military aircraft to its east coast and begun boosting defences in the wake of the statement.
Pyongyang also threatened to shoot down American bombers flying near the Korean peninsula “even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country”.
The hostile rhetoric between the two countries has reached new heights as the two leaders have increasingly traded threats and personal insults.
Mr Trump last week dismissed the claim of a declaration of war, but warned if the US was forced to defend itself it would have “no choice but to totally destroy” North Korea, a country of 26 million people.
Mr Trump has repeatedly described Mr Kim as “rocket man”.
In response, Mr Kim issued an unprecedented personal statement in which he pledged to “tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire”.
The Rusi report sets out a number of ways a war could be started.
It says these could include a pre-emptive strike by Pyongyang if it believed the US was planning a surprise attack.
Washington could be provoked into an assault if North Korean test missiles were fired into the ocean near California or Guam, an American territory, it said.
An outbreak of war would be likely to involve an early large-scale US-led air and cyber offensive, the report said.
This scenario would likely provoke retaliation by Pyongyang against South Korea - where around 8,000 Britons live.
American bases in the region would also be a target, and Mr Kim’s regime would probably use conventional, chemical or possibly nuclear weapons.
That would mean a full-scale invasion of North Korea would be highly likely, the report said.
Though Pyongyang is known to have developed its nuclear technology faster than previously thought, even without the use of nuclear weapons, the casualties would likely reach into the hundreds of thousands, the report says.
A war would also have “far-reaching consequences” for the global economy.
Should the US launch a “preventive strike” on North Korea without South Korea's agreement, it would send a signal that Washington was willing to “sacrifice Seoul to protect New York”.
The report calls on the UK government to continue work to intensify international sanctions on North Korea and to support efforts to find a diplomatic solution.
The UK government must also urge the US to rule out preventative strikes and begin preparations for a range of military scenarios, the report says.
However, it adds the UK should not give the US unconditional support should Washington launch a surprise attack on North Korea, and said London must listen to South Korea and Japan.
The report states: “The UK government would have, at most, only a few hours to make clear how it stood on what would be one of the most momentous strategic shocks of the post-Cold War era.

Tiger Woods can walk away with head held extremely high: Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy believes Tiger Woods can walk away from golf with his head "held extremely high" if he is unable to return to competitive action.
Woods has not played since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic at the start of February and is currently recovering from a fourth back operation in the last three years.
And despite giving a positive update on his fitness just five days earlier, Woods acknowledged his career could be over during a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the Presidents Cup, where he is an assistant captain.
"Yes, definitely," the 14-time major winner said when asked if it was a possibility. "I don’t know what the future holds for me
Speaking after an opening 67 in the British Masters, McIlroy said: "Only he knows whether he can do it and he’s taking it very slowly.
"I spent a bit of time with him over the past few months and he’s waiting on his doctors to tell him when he can do things again. He’s going to take their advice and not be maybe quite as stubborn as he was maybe back in the day.
"But look, if he doesn’t play again, he’s been the greatest player that I’ve ever seen. He probably played the greatest golf that anyone in my lifetime has seen. I didn’t really see Jack (Nicklaus) play. Jack has a better record but I don’t know if he played better golf.
"If this is it, he doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone. He can walk away from this game with his head held extremely high and he’s done wonders for this game.
"I don’t think there’s a single figure in golf who did more for the game in terms of bringing different groups of people into the game, different ethnicities, different age groups, made golf cool in the 90s, when it really needed an injection of something.
"So he’s a legend of the game and if this is it, then everyone should just applaud what a great career he’s had. 

America's Cup 2021 rules reveal

We have Duncan Johnstone and Marvin France at the launch in Auckland and they will be bringing us all the information.

Some questions we are looking for answers to include

* Exactly where and when will the event be held?
* What will the boats be like - we already know they’ll be monohulls?
* What sort of buildup events will there be?
* How many challengers will be allowed?
* How many boats will the challengers and the defender be allowed?
* How big will the crews be?
* What will the rules around foreign crew members be?
* What will the rules around where you can build your boat be?
* Who will be in charge of the event?

Team NZ announces the protocol for the 2021 America's Cup, from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland.

Chief Justice urges South Africans to unite in identifying good leader

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, has pleaded with South Africans to unite in identifying good leaders for the country.

He was delivering the annual Bram Fischer Lecture at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.

Mogoeng says the country must reflect on the traits of anti-apartheid activists, such as Fischer to take the country forward.

“It is only when we unite that we'll get to the point where we identify leaders who will lead us as the constitution requires of them. So, I can only but beg in memory of Bram Fisher, who chose not to pursue money, position, power, fame or any other thing that we are in the habit of being captured by … please allow yourself to be captured by the desperate need to find ways of getting practical expression to our collective aspirations as the people of SA.”

Mogoeng has challenged South Africans to think about the impact of racial tensions on future generations.

He has called on South Africans to work together and set aside their differences.

But it was the love of money and misuse of power that he decried saying it made human life not matter anymore.

Outlining the values for which Bram Fisher lived and died for, the Chief Justice did not mince his words in lambasting those who only think for themselves.

He questioned where people were taking this country to.

Mogoeng says more efforts should be made to share wealth between races.

He has lashed out at the racial differences which continue to show up within black and white South Africans.

The Chief Justice said South Africa is in a fascinating phase. It has entered a stage which forces all of us to pause and reflect on what it is that matters the most.

He says South Africans have a brilliant opportunity to unite as we did before.

On land issues, Mogoeng Mogoeng says people have to use their intellectual capacity to workout strategies along land so that they can make progress.

He has also questioned the corporate sector for failing to implement equity citing differences on treating workers based on colour and class.

He has called for corporate to open to those who were disadvantaged.

The Chief Justice has also cautioned against those who go abroad and start speaking ill of South Africa. He says some of the statements made are damaging to the country.

South African man is jailed for having sex with a DONKEY after witch doctor told him it would make him a stronger man

A South Africa man has been jailed for having sex with a donkey after a witch doctor told him it would make him stronger.
Ntando Mankungwini, 23, ushered two donkeys away from their herd in a secluded area of Eastern Cape, South Africa. 
He had sex with one before the grandson of the donkeys' owner chased him away thinking he was stealing the animals.

Mankungwini today pleaded guilty to bestiality on 20 September.
He claimed he was encouraged to commit the act by a witch doctor. 
National Prosecution Authority regional spokesman Luxolo Tyali said the body welcomes the sentence.

UPDATE as FG Negotiates with the U.S On Looted Funds

MyAfrica Now – Fresh news report as the Federal Government has revealed plans to adopt a new approach to recover stolen funds stashed abroad.
According to report the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who briefed State House Correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, yesterday, said the approach was to negotiate directly with the Ministry or Department of Justice of the United States of America or other judicial agencies in the countries where looted funds from Nigeria were being kept, instead of hiring expensive lawyers.
He said other countries where the government has been working assiduously to repatriate stolen funds included the United Arab Emirates, Germany and Liechtenstein.
He, however, did not say how much money had been stolen from the country so far.
“It’s an ongoing thing, we have been discovering all the time because you see the sophistication that there is today in hiding money around the world is amazing, even western countries themselves have a lot of problems and it takes them a lot of time and they discovered about the Panama papers. Nobody knew about all those funds illegally stashed until you suddenly have the revelations under the Panama papers. So, it’s really an ongoing thing and then new ones coming up all the time.”
Asked what strategies were being put in place to recover the monies, the Foreign Affairs Minister said: “We cooperated with David Cameron when he was the prime minister of the UK to organise a global conference on anti-corruption. 
“You know for a very long period of time, it was not a priority for industrialised countries to worry about money flowing from developing countries into their banks because, as far as they are concerned, they have their own image of rulers of third world countries, so the president’s strategy was to put it on the front burner for them to buy into.” 
The president had consistently expressed worries that despite strenuous efforts to retrieve monies stashed away various foreign bank accounts in Europe and America in particular, their governments were reluctant to assist in repatriating them.
Buhari is unhappy that the foreign governments were introducing various technicalities, which have caused a slow down in the effort to recover the monies.
He is also alarmed that despite the anti-corruption war of his administration, some governments we reportedly demanding for firm guarantee that the monies, if retrieved, would not be re-looted by corrupt officials in the country.
Part of the president’s agenda at the just concluded 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York was to seek the cooperation of world leaders for the repatriation of the looted funds.

On why Buhari’s presentation skewed towards the international community, Onyeama explained that it was meant for a global audience, hence contained issues of global concern but, which also had implications for Nigeria’s wellbeing.
“First and foremost, he was speaking to the international audience on a global stage and the UN is there for global issues, so I think its absolutely in order because Nigeria is part of a global community addressing global issues. But he addressed all those issues covering also all the things that affect Nigeria as a country. When Mr. President came in, he outlined three priorities security, governance anti-corruption and the economy.
“On anti-corruption which is a priority for us he called on the international community to insist and maintain good governance and he himself talked about good governance being a priority for this country and wanted the international community to key into it because we are looking to these countries to help us get the stolen funds back.”

Biafra agitation: IPOB declares leader Nnamdi Kanu missing

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have officially declared leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, missing.
IPOB’s lawyer has subsequently filed a case in court seeking the government and the army to be compelled to produce the 50-year-old.

The army two weeks ago said Kanu was on the run after a clash between troops and members of the group at his family house in the south-east Abia State.
The group has been legally labeled a terrorist and militant organization after the government gazetted a court order it secured last week. The United States, however, says it did not recognize it as such – a move the government described as unfortunate.
Kanu until April 2017 held in detention for over a year and half on charges of treason. He was only released on strict bail conditions – most of which he said to have flouted.
He holds Nigerian and British nationalities is pushing for a separate republic of Biafra. The earlier push for a separate country was championed by Chief Ojukwu nearly 50 years ago.
The declaration of independence sparked a civil war which left more than a million people dead. President Buhari has previously said the unity of Nigeria was non-negotiable.

BLEARY-EYED Manchester United returned from Moscow at 4am this morning - and were still greeted by fans at the airport.

 Jose Mourinho,   carrying his favourite red travel pillow, saw his squad pick up another impressive victory against CSKA Moscow,  their fifth in a row and eighth in the last nine.

Romelu Lukaku poses with a fan at 4am after the Manchester United squad returned from Moscow.

Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all on target in a 4-1 win for the Premier League's second-placed side.
But with the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday, and rivals Manchester City and Chelsea showing strong early form, the Special One knows there is no time to lose.
Speaking ahead of the match he'd mentioned his team's fixture pile-up.
He said: "We have a game on Saturday. Liverpool are luckier than us, they play Tuesday and Sunday, we have to play on Wednesday and on Saturday at 3pm."
Mourinho's side got the first available flight out of Moscow and after a four-hour return journey, landed at 4am at Manchester Airport.
A tired-looking Lukaku, who has scored in every game but one since joining United, even stopped to pose with a fan.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is Manchester United manager and three-time Premier League winner with Chelsea, two-time Champions League winner with Porto and Inter Milan and former Real Madrid boss

JOSE MOURINHO has been dealt a major blow as Manchester United target Raphael Varane has penned a new five-year deal at Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old has committed his future to  Zinedine Zidane's side until 2022 to put an end to any speculation regarding his future

Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane has penned a new contract until 2022

The French international has agreed a new five-year deal at the Bernabeu Stadium

In a brief statement on Los Blancos' website, they said: "Real Madrid C. F. and Varane have agreed to extend the player's contract, which will see him remain at the club until 30 June 2022.

"Tomorrow, Thursday, at 2pm, Varane will appear before the media in the press room of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium."

He becomes the latest star to extend his stay with the reigning Champions League winners.

Isco, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal signed lucrative new contracts with Madrid, while youngster Marcos Llorente has also agreed a new deal, with Karim Benzema another Galactico to stay on.  

Varane - who joined the club from Lens back in 2011 - has established himself as key member in the starting XI alongside Sergio Ramos in the heart of the defence.

He missed the first three La Liga games of the season with a muscular problem, but has been ever-present since returning from injury

Oh Oh! Azealia Banks is alleging Cardi B did not write her hit song 'Bodak Yellow' but paid a ghostwriter with "her mouth and p****"

Cardi B's hit song, Badok  yellow made it to number 1 on the Billboard 100 chart earlier this week but not everyone is happy with her recent achievement.

While Nicky Minaj went online to congratulate Cardi, and Taylor Swift, whom Cardi B  dethroned to hit number 1 sent flowers to the rapper, rapper Azealia Banks chose to go to hate route.

First Azealia to Twitter to post a lengthy attack on the rapper.   She then went on to criticize the Music Industry for turning their backs on black women.  (Azealia, Nicky Minaj and Remy Ma) and hyping a Latina.

Azealia wrote "Charlemagne and black men in Hip Hop should have gotten me, Remy and Nicky a number 1 before they gave Card and Lggy (Azealia) one.

She added "but literally white guys buy black men away from black women and it's too cringe.

Then Azealia went ahead to accuse Cardi B of sleeping with a ghostwriter for raps.  She said Cardi did not write the hit song her self and could not even pay for it in cash but had to pay with her mouth and p****.

She said girl we know the n**** from Harlem who wrote the song.  The n****'s name is Paul.  He is friend with your boyfriend from jail.  They all call you smut  and say your ass is purple.