Ja Rule taking heat on social media after NBA halftime show

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jeff Van Gundy set for final game of USA qualifying rounds Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:02NAZARENO 2020: ‘Small’ sacrifices, big blessings02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Another video shows Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo taking warmup shots while Ja Rule is still performing.Ja Rule responded to critics on Twitter, saying his sound “didn’t come on when it was supposed to” but he “rocked.” When the Timberwolves’ official Twitter account mocked Ja Rule , he responded by cursing the team, saying, “You won’t win a championship for the next 30 years.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJa Rule has been the subject of ridicule for his role in the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas. He recently told TMZ that he plans to create another music festival.center_img FILE – In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 file photo, Ja Rule speaks onstage during the “Follow the Rules” panel at the Viacom Networks 2015 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Singer and rapper Ja Rule is taking some heat on social media, after video posted online showed problems with his halftime show during the Timberwolves-Bucks game on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Video shows Ja Rule had sound problems at the beginning of his show. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)MILWAUKEE — Rapper Ja Rule is taking heat on social media after problems with his halftime show during Saturday’s Timberwolves-Bucks game.Videos posted online show Ja Rule had sound problems at the beginning of his performance. At one point he said, “Are we ready?” then said, “I guess not,” before his music eventually started.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View commentslast_img read more

More Forest Fires Started over the Weekend

first_imgTo report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca, or call our information line 1-888-3FOREST (1-888- 336-7378). The Prince George fire centre responded to 12 fires over the weekend, 10 of which were caused by lightning. Lightning caused one fire of note on the south side of Falling Creek, in a remote area approximately 45 km southwest of Chetwynd, on Saturday afternoon. The fire grew to 67 hectares on Saturday, but has not grown significantly since then. Steep terrain and gusting wind made access difficult for fire fighters. Crews worked with heavy machinery and airtankers, and completely contained the fire by Sunday afternoon. There are currently 70 fire fighters supported by four helicopters suppressing hot spots to keep the fire within its present perimeter. The rest of the weekend’s new fire starts occurred in the north-eastern region of the Prince George fire centre, and all remained small. All are currently being suppressed by initial attack firefighting crews. There are currently 24 fire fighters working throughout the fire centre on these small lightning fires. – Advertisement -The fire danger rating is currently moderate to high throughout most of the Prince George Fire Centre. The weather is predicted to become wet and cool through the week but the fire centre still urges people to be very careful with their fire use. The Prince George Fire Centre ranges from the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the north, to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south; and from the Alberta border in the east to the Skeena Mountains in the west. Geographically this area extends from Kinbasket Lake in the south to Endako in the west, north to the Yukon border and east to the Alberta border. Advertisementlast_img read more

Immigration deal struck

first_imgRep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said, “Unless the White House produces 60 or 70 Republican votes in the House, it will be difficult to pass an immigration bill similar to the Senate proposal.” Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., a former chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said he had grave concerns about the Senate bill. “It’s a pretty radical shift to go to an employment-based visa system as opposed to a family system,” Becerra said in an interview. “You will continue to have close family members separated from their loved ones because of this policy.” The bill includes a temporary-worker program, under which 400,000 to 600,000 foreign workers could be admitted to the country each year. Becerra said the proposal would create “a permanent underclass of imported workers to fill American jobs.” The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, D-Nev., offered cautionary words as well, saying: “I have serious concerns about some aspects of this proposal, including the structure of its temporary-worker program and undue limitations on family immigration. We need to improve the bill as it moves through the legislative process.” Kennedy has acknowledged that the agreement is not the ideal immigration bill that he would have written in another political environment. But on Thursday he said, “The agreement is the best possible chance we will have in years to secure our borders, bring millions of people out of the shadows and into the sunshine of America.” The deal sets the stage for a rare, and much needed, victory for Bush, who set a goal of establishing a new immigration system at the start of his term but saw it stymied by his own party. On Bush’s agenda As the governor of Texas, Bush had seen firsthand the challenges of border security and the lengths to which impoverished Mexicans were willing to go to enter the country illegally. He said “a rational immigration system” – one that would offer a temporary-worker program and a way for those who have set up working lives here illegally to become citizens – was a major part of his “compassionate conservative” agenda. But the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks derailed his plan, and by the time he set out to enact it in his second term conservatives were livid over what they called deplorably inadequate efforts to secure the border. That anger remains, and is seen within the Republican Party as a prime, motivating force for conservative voters in the next presidential election. When the Democrats took control of Congress in November, Bush said that at the very least the takeover indicated new hope for his immigration proposals. Earlier this year, White House officials had worried that neither party would be motivated to strike a deal, with Democrats disinclined to hand Bush a victory. The issue is complicated enough for the Democrats themselves, with liberals opposing various enforcement provisions under consideration and conservative Democrats opposing steps toward citizenship for those here illegally. But with the intense debate over the war taking center stage, the parties and the White House were more than open to working on an agreement that would allow them to claim an accomplishment on the domestic front. Defense, offense As soon as the agreement was announced, players on both sides of the immigration issue rolled out their defense and their offense. Tony Snow, the White House press secretary, defended the proposal in a television appearance on “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” whose host has become one of the most vocal critics of Bush’s immigration policy. Dobbs opened the program by calling the deal an apparent victory for “the pro-illegal-alien lobby.” He said the administration was “hellbent on creating a North American union without the consent of the American people,” and said the plan could “threaten national sovereignty and security as well.” John J. Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, denounced the bill from a different angle, saying it would create “a massive guest-worker program.” Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, D-N.D., said he would offer an amendment to omit the program. Negotiators emphasized that foreign-born spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens would continue to receive preference in the allocation of visas. Moreover, they said, family ties would be an advantage in the proposed new point system. If two applicants had the same skills and the same educational credentials, but one also had relatives in the United States, that person would receive the visa. The negotiators insisted that the legalization program was different from amnesty because illegal immigrants would have to pay fines and go through background checks. Local reaction Several California officials criticized the agreement Thursday, including California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles. Nuñez said he welcomed movement on what has long been a controversial issue, but has some concerns. “While I am pleased that after years of inaction, Congress finally is moving forward on the leading economic and humanitarian issue facing our state, I have serious concerns about some elements of the proposal,” he said. Nuñez cited provisions that authorize expansions of bracero-type guest-worker programs that fundamentally violate workers’ rights and “heavy-handed security provisions that violate constitutional and human rights of citizens and noncitizens alike, as well as damage U.S. relations with Mexico.” Nuñez urged congressional leaders and the California congressional delegation to oppose any legislation that divides immigrants into eligibility tiers; obligates return to home countries to apply; requires intolerably long probationary periods; imposes legalization-security triggers; separates families; and charges exorbitant fees and penalties. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich criticized the measure’s amnesty proposal, calling it “another blank check for taxpayer-subsidized services.” “The billions of dollars required to implement amnesty would be better spent on establishing teaching medical centers on the Mexican side of our border states … (to) reduce the incentive for individuals to come here illegally.” Antonovich said illegal immigrants and their children cost county taxpayers $440 million a year in welfare payments and food stamps alone. – Daily News Major provisions CURRENT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS They could come forward immediately and receive probationary legal status. Bill creates a new four-year, renewable “Z” nonimmigrant visa for those present within the U.S. before Jan. 1, 2007. Nonimmigrants may adjust status to lawful permanent residence once they pay $5,000 in fees and fines and their head of household returns to their home country. People under age 30 who were brought to the U.S. as minors could receive their green cards after three years, rather than eight. Nonimmigrant farmworkers who can demonstrate they have worked 150 hours or three years in agriculture can apply for green cards. BORDER SECURITY Hire 18,000 new Border Patrol agents. Erect 200 miles of vehicle barriers and 370 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. Erect 70 ground-based radar and camera towers along the southern border. Deploy four unmanned aerial vehicles and supporting systems. End the program in which illegal immigrants are released upon apprehension. Provide for detaining up to 27,500 aliens per day on an annual basis. WORKPLACE ENFORCEMENT Require employers to electronically verify new employees to prove identity and work eligibility. Increase penalties for unlawful hiring, employment and record-keeping violations. GUEST WORKERS (requires border security measures to be in place first) Create a new temporary guest-worker program with two-year “Y” visas, initially capped at 400,000 per year with annual adjustments based on market fluctuations. Workers could renew the Y visa up to three times, but would be required to return home for a year in between each time. Those bringing dependents could obtain only one, nonrenewable two-year visa. Families could accompany guest workers only if they could show proof of medical insurance and demonstrate that their wages were 150 percent above the poverty level. FUTURE IMMIGRANTS Spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and permanent residents would be eligible for green cards based purely on their family connections, but other relatives such as adult children and siblings would not. 380,000 visas a year would be awarded based on a point system, with about 50 percent based on employment criteria, 25 percent based on education, 15 percent on English proficiency and 10 percent on family connections. Apply new limits to U.S. citizens seeking to bring foreign-born parents into the country.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Senate negotiators from both parties announced Thursday that they had reached agreement on a comprehensive immigration bill that would offer legal status to most of the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants while also toughening border security. If the bill becomes law, it would result in the biggest changes in immigration law and policy in more than 20 years. That would provide President George W. Bush with a political lift and a tangible accomplishment for his second term, as well as a solid achievement for the new Democratic leadership in Congress. At the heart of the bill is a significant political trade-off. Democrats got a legalization program, which they have sought for many years. Republicans got a new “merit-based system of immigration,” intended to make the United States more competitive in a global economy. But the politics of the deal remain precarious. Democrats already are trying to tamp down concerns of Hispanic groups, who fear that the bill would make it more difficult for immigrants to bring in relatives from abroad. At the same time, Republican negotiators face blistering criticism from some conservatives, who say the bill would grant a virtual amnesty to people who had broken the law. Bush praised the Senate measure, which incorporates many of his ideas, saying, “I really am anxious to sign a comprehensive immigration bill as soon as I possibly can.” The bill goes to the Senate floor next week, where negotiators predicted that it would receive overwhelming support. One reason for that optimism was the symbolic partnership in evidence at the news conference where the package was announced by 10 senators, including Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., one of the Senate’s most liberal members, and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a staunch conservative who is chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., came off the presidential campaign trail to embrace the compromise, a potentially risky step because the proposal is unpopular with many conservatives, who are expected to play a large role in choosing the party’s presidential candidate. Unclear in House The measure’s prospects are less clear in the House, which plans to take up immigration in July. last_img read more

Rayon slows down Gor’s Confed Cup march

first_imgWith the result, Rayon move to six points, two behind Gor and will need to beat Tanzania’s Yanga by a big margin in their final group match and hope Gor lose away to USM. If Gor pick a point at USM and Rayon beat Yanga in Kigali by a margin of less than four goals, then Gor will be through.Gor came into the tie needing just a point to qualify for their first ever quarter final but it wasn’t just their day as Rayon travelled in hungrier to win.Gor were stunned at home just two minutes into the tie when Bonfilscaleb Bimenyimana struck the opener with a neat connection inside the six yard box connecting to a Djabel Manishimwe cross from the right.Gor Mahia midfielder Humphrey Mieno vies for the ball with Rayon Sport left back Eric Rutanga in a CAF Confederations Cup tie at the Kasarani Stadium on August 19, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluManishimwe had managed to skip past Wellington Ochieng before looking up and citing the run of his teammate before sliding in a low cross.Gor were exposed on the right side of defense with Ochieng yet to hit peak match fitness after returning from injury less than a month ago.He had been slotted on the right side of defense with head coach Dylan Kerr switching Philemon Otieno to left back in the absence of want-away Godfrey Walusimbi.But despite going down, Gor kept their search on and in the sixth minute, Kahata had an opportunity with a freekick from the right side but he curled it just over.Rayon were threatening with their pace and trying to take advantage of the Gor backline’s lack of it.Bimenyimana almost struck a second on the quarter hour mark when he rushed on to a long ball from keeper Abouba Bashunga, but Gor keeper Shabaan Odhoji was off his line to block though on collision with the lanky forward.The danger man once again came to the fore of a Rayon attack in the 18th minute when he was sent through by Francois Mugisha, but his execution after shouldering away Joash Onyango let him down as he shot wide.Gor Mahia forward Francis Mustafa celebrates with Jacques Tuyisenge after scoring against Rayon Sport in a CAF Confederations Cup tie at the Kasarani Stadium on August 19, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGor did themselves a world of favor getting back on level terms after 23 minutes when Mustafa shielded away a challenge from Abdoul Rwatubyaye before gliding into the box from a Jack Tuyisenge through pass and sliding a low shot past Bashunga.The sizeable crowd at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani burst into celebration and the noise levels reached deafening crescendo as Gor put themselves right back in chance to make history.The goal seemed to have awoken Gor’s fight as they played better, passed better and created spaces to run in.But, the weak defense line was almost exposed again when Ange Mutsinzi picked up a cross that fizzled across the face of goal from the right but his shot was blocked by Onyango before keeper Odhoji picked up.Gor continued to pile the pressure upfront, looking for that second goal that would inject some adrenaline in their feet. Four minutes to the break, Kahata came close with a header off a Goerge Odhiambo cross but it sailed straight to Bashunga.After the break, Gor started brighter but were stunned 10 minutes in when Rutanga struck a curling freekick from the right, dipping at the back post with keeper Odhoji well beaten.The Stadium was stunned to silence.Rayon Sport defender Abdoul Rwatubyaye stretches out to tackle Gor Mahia’s Mustafa Francis in a CAF Confederations Cup tie at the Kasarani Stadium on August 19, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tide of confidence now swung Rayon’s way as the Rwandese champions dictated the tempo and created more of the chances.In the 58th minute, the visitors almost scored the third when Bimenyimana swung in a header from a Mutsinzi cross, but Odhoji produced a fine save to pick the ball from the top right corner.Kerr rung in the changes, Ochieng brought off from his nightmare evening at right back and in came Lawrence Juma. The change saw a tilt in formation as Gor went three at the back in search of a goal.Samuel Onyango was brought in for Mustafa and was taked with running down the entire right flank in the new formation.Gor kept piling the pressure and would have won the game in added time but Mieno’s shot from inside the box was blocked on the line.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Francis Mustafa vies for the ball against Rayon Sport’s Abdul Rwatubyaye in a CAF Confederations Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on August 19, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 19 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia find themselves in a tricky situation in their hope of qualifying for the quarter finals of the CAF Confederations Cup for the first time ever after losing 2-1 at home to Rayon Sport of Rwanda on Sunday night at Kasarani.Eric Rutanga’s sublime freekick in the 55th minute proved the winner as Gor quickly moved from qualification favorites to needing maximum points at all costs in their final game away to USM Alger to progress.last_img read more

Businesses battle for coveted Donegal Enterprise Awards

first_imgSome of Donegal’s most successful small businesses will be hoping for a brilliant boost for Christmas on Friday 14th December when they compete for coveted titles in the 2018 Donegal Local Enterprise Awards in the Radisson Blu Hotel.Four businesses will battle it out in the start up category – Rhythm Nation, Ballybofey; O’Reilly Sports, Stranorlar; The Rusted Pixel, Letterkenny and Forrester Products, Letterkenny.In the Established Business section, there will be 11 businesses in contention for the honours. They are Welditz in Carndonagh; Shine’s Tuna, Killybegs; Yes Chef Catering, Killygordon; Signworx, Convoy; BizzPrint, Letterkenny; Efficient Renewables, Muff; Consillium Education, Letterkenny; Bolt On, Ramelton; McMonagle Marble, Mountcharles; MMG Welding, Killybegs and Robert Beirne Engineering, Killybegs.The 15 finalists for the 2018 Local Enterprise Awards were revealed earlier this week following a rigorous screening and judging process and the awards will be presented during a special end of year business-lunch in Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny.“The awards have been running for over 20 years in Donegal and we have a stringent process in place to make the short-list, never mind be named as a finalist.“The 15 businesses who have reached the final have all presented plans and faced rigorous scrutiny from a panel of judges, and can be justifiably proud of reaching this stage. All that remains is to see who will win the awards,” said Head of Enterprise, Michael Tunney. Stressing that the Donegal Enterprise Awards celebrate the diversity and strength of the small business community in Donegal and the role they play in our local economy, the Head of Enterprise said the final line up is just a snapshot of the geographic spread and diversity of small businesses in Donegal.“As a county our economy is dominated by small and micro businesses. The contribution of these businesses and the important role they play in providing employment and contributing to the sustainability of their local communities is often forgotten about or taken for granted.We had many more fine businesses who spent the time to apply for the awards, but who didn’t make it to the final stages and I wholeheartedly want to thank them for doing so and making this a truly competitive process.”Reminding businesses that the awards will be presented at the end of year luncheon in the Radisson Hotel, the Head of Enterprise said he was looking forward to seeing – not just the finalists – but many more small business owners on the day.“The awards celebrate the achievements and recognise the success stories of small business owners and I’m certain that there will be a great turn out on the day. It’s a great way to support the finalists in the awards, but also to meet others in business in an informal setting,” he concluded. Businesses battle for coveted Donegal Enterprise Awards was last modified: December 4th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:business awardsdonegalLEOlast_img read more

Foot traffic catches a break

first_img Rather than cutting into traffic lanes, Hall said, the proposed project calls for the purchase of a 5-foot-wide area of Triple-E Machinery Moving Inc.’s property, which is located along the block. John Ballas, city engineer and public works director in Industry, anticipates work will begin in about four weeks. It should be completed in three months, he said. The end result may not eliminate the hazard, but it will buy the city a little more safety when it comes to its pedestrians. “This will be a very positive step,’ said Gary Rapkin, Mountain View School District superintendent. “I think any time cities and school districts can come together to do something that provides for the safety of children and adults, they’re doing a good thing.’ Hall and Rapkin said they did not know of any pedestrian injuries or deaths related to the busy thoroughfare. — Araceli Esparza can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303, or by e-mail at araceli.esparza@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 At issue is a stretch of Garvey Avenue that serves as an on- and off-ramp for the 10 freeway. The zone is also a primary access route for students of nearby Madrid Middle School and Mountain View High School in El Monte. Seventh-grader Crystal Chavez, 12, described her walk to Madrid Middle School as “scary, because the cars are coming fast, and they’re right next to you.’ For Raul Salcedo, one of several crossing guards at the intersection, patrolling the student-versus-motorist traffic is not his biggest challenge. “From like 2:30 to 2:45 (p.m.), there’s like 500 kids coming this way,’ said Salcedo, 48. “The problem is not the traffic the problem is the space.’ Via the upcoming project, the existing 7-foot-wide walkway between Garvey southbound to Clora Place will be widened to 12 feet to leave more space between pedestrians and oncoming motorists. Pedestrians, mainly school-children, who walk along Durfee Avenue near the San Bernardino (10) Freeway can expect a little more elbow room during their travels. City Council members recently approved a sidewalk extension they hope will alleviate foot- traffic congestion that has become a safety concern for school and city officials in the last few years. El Monte and Industry will split the $250,000 cost of the project, said Dante Hall, El Monte’s deputy city manager for community development. “It’s a real good gesture from City of Industry,’ said Hall. “It really wasn’t their problem; their boundaries just happen to be in that area.’ last_img read more

Central Bank asked to encourage banks to assist Mica-affected families in Donegal

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has written to the Central Bank asking that they encourage the banks and financial institutions to assist the families affected by Mica defective blocks.The families are being asked to make a 10% contribution they will have to make to the cost of making their homes safe under the forthcoming Redress/ Repair Scheme.Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Deputy Doherty had submitted a similar request to the Minister for Finance through a parliamentary question. However, this was ruled out of order under Oireachtas rules as the Minister is not directly responsible for the banks.Senator Mac Lochlainn said “I commend the efforts of the Mica Action Group in Donegal who have been engaging with the banks and financial institutions to attain commitments on their contribution to the 10% of the cost of making family homes safe across the county.“The Government have confirmed that the homeowners must contribute 10% of the overall costs under the soon to be announced Mica Redress/ Repair Scheme. This 10% contribution will not be possible for many families who are already struggling to pay their mortgage on homes that are falling apart”.“It is therefore incumbent on the banks and financial institutions to step up to the plate and assist these families. At the very least, they need to supply interest-free loans but they should also cover some, if not most of the 10% cost.” He added that this is very much in their financial interest as these homes have dramatically reduced in value due to the presence of these defective blocks and the deterioration of the structures.He added “If they ensure that these homes are made safe by helping the affected families with adequate financial supports, then everyone wins.”Sinn Féin have now written to the Central Bank, requesting that they encourage and facilitate the banks and financial institutions to do just that.Central Bank asked to encourage banks to assist Mica-affected families in Donegal was last modified: December 16th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:banksdonegalFinanceMICAlast_img read more

Odisha villagers face a jumbo problem

first_imgVillagers along borders of Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts of Odisha have lost sleep for fear of 35 wild elephants that have been criss-crossing their localities. Though a dedicated trackers’ team is following the herd that strayed from the Dalma forest in neighbouring Jharkhand, villagers are apprehensive that the jumbos could veer towards their habitation.No casualityElephants in herds usually enter Odisha from Jharkhand and West Bengal during paddy harvesting season. Although no human injury has been reported from Balasore district, elephants have devoured paddy stored in backyards, trampled vegetable crops and fruits. Some thatched houses have also been damaged. As elephants move during evening hours, the district administration resorted to power cuts in order to prevent jumbos from coming in contact with live wire. It has added to the woes of people residing in the area. In some bordering villages, people are on vigil to ward off elephants.“We have been keeping tab on the herd. We have received information that the jumbos have entered the Kuldiha Sanctuary on Sunday. Now chances of elephants straying into human habitations have come down,” said Nilagiri forest ranger Sukumar Das.Elephants that migrate from Jharkhand annually use the forest patches of Nilagiri in Balasore district to enter the Similipal National Park. Sometime, they traverse through thickly populated areas keeping people on their toes.last_img read more


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ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli proud of ‘trusting, transparent’ dressing-room

first_imgVirat Kohli dispelled any fears there could be ego issues at play with younger players nudging past the superstars as India seek to defend the ICC Champions Trophy in England.In their tournament opener against Pakistan, India’s biggest match-winner in the packed home Test season, had to be left out to accommodate three pacers and two all-rounders. (Also read: After decimating Pakistan, red-hot India look to steamroll Sri Lanka)One of those two all-rounders – Hardik Pandya – was even sent out ahead of MS Dhoni, to hurt Pakistan further. The youngster obliged and blasted Imad Wasim for three successive sixes in the last over as India finished with a daunting 319/3 off their 48 overs. The bowlers, riding on the confidence of a phenomenal display, blew Pakistan away to secure a 124-run victory.But was it easy to tell Ashwin he would not play and Dhoni that he would be sidestepped by a young man, who was only a kid when he debuted for India?Kohli brushed aside any concerns and said the team was geared to move ahead together. “Ashwin is very professional and understands what the team demands. He is the first guy who said I don’t have a problem with the combination you are going in with.”And what about his predecessor, who watched from the sidelines looking at Pandya wallop those massive sixes? No problem there too, Kohli reiterated.The run machine is gearing up for the nets – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #CT17 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/ANefd0PIwzadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) June 7, 2017″The kind of understanding we have in the dressing-room is very pleasant. There is a lot of trust among the players. And I am not saying this to sound nice and correct.”If you guys ever experience the dressing-room atmosphere, you will see everyone trusts and believes in each other. If people react to it (team plans) differently, then that’s another matter. But everyone believes in each other and that’s the beauty of it.”Kohli, brash and often arrogant in his younger days, has carved out a world-beating team. He has blooded in young players but has inisted on the presence of Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, two old warhorses many thought were past their prime.But both men have responded brilliantly – when the team was in trouble against England in Cuttack, Dhoni and Yuvraj turned the clock back to smash scintillating hundreds. Against Pakistan on Sunday, India were appearing to struggle with Kohli in a bit of knot when Yuvraj came out all guns blazing, hammering a 32-ball 53 in a man-of-the-match award winning performance.Kohli would later go on to say he felt like a club-level cricketer alongside Yuvraj, whose counterattack left Pakistan stunned and dismayed.last_img read more