No rest yet for red-hot Romelu Lukaku, says Jose Mourinho

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first_imgRomelu Lukaku has started all of Manchester United’s games in the Premier League and Champions League but the Belgian strike cannot expect a break just yet, manager Jose Mourinho has said.Lukaku has hit the ground running since signing from Everton in the off season with six league goals in as many games. He has also netted three times in European competitions as United have barely missed the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Mourinho, who hailed Lukaku’s development since last working with the player during their time at Chelsea, said Lukaku must continue leading United’s line until Ibrahimovic’s return.”Without Zlatan, we cannot rotate the striker, especially because Marcus Rashford is playing also in other positions,” Mourinho told the club’s website (www.manutd.com).”So, until the moment we have Zlatan, we cannot think about giving rest to our number nine, the same way we give (rest) in other positions. We cannot do that.”Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 appearances for the club last season but injured his knee ligament in the 2-1 Europa League win over Anderlecht in May.The 35-year-old signed a one-year contract in the close season after surgery, but is not expected to return before the end of the yearThe Portuguese manager said Lukaku had taken his opportunities well.”I don’t want to speak about this progress. If I do that, it looks like we did something extraordinary in three months that he doesn’t have in the remaining years of his career,” said Mourinho.”I don’t think it’s fair. It’s just a global evolution; I think every step in his career, he got it, grabbed it with both hands.advertisement”It was always his dream to come to this level and since he’s arrived, I don’t think he thinks another thing other than success.”The manager said Lukaku was coping well with the pressure of playing for the 20-times league champions.United, who are on 16 points from six games on the back of Lukaku’s fine finishing, host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

Best bull tamer, rearer, to get cars as prizes at Alanganallur

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first_imgSalem/Madurai (TN),Jan 14 (PTI) The much anticipated bull taming sport of Jallikattu at Alanganallur in Madurai district on January 16 will see the best tamer and rearer take home cars as prizes. “For the world famed Alanganallur jallikattu, Chief Minister K Palaniswami will give away a Renault car as prize for the best bull tamer,” Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar told reporters in Madurai. The best bull rearer will take home a Hyundai car, to be given by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. The prizes will be given by the duo on behalf of AIADMK symbolising the two-leaves symbol of the ruling party, the Minister said. “It is a rain of prizes” he said, referring to winners in the Avaniapuram jallikattu held today bagging a host of prizes given by the local festival committee. At Salem, Palaniswami said he and Panneerselvam, along with state ministers and MLAs, would witness the jallikattu at Alanganallur. Palaniswami said he and Panneerselvam would jointly inaugurate the event. PTI VGN APR APRlast_img read more

T20 tri-series involving India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh preponed

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first_imgThe dates for the T20I tri-series involving Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh have been revised, and it will now be held from March 6 to 18.To kick off the tri-series, which will be played in celebration of Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence, India will once again take on the island nation in the opening match.The event was to run from March 8 to 20, as per the earlier schedule.The tri-series, to be called Nidahas Trophy, will follow a round robin format with all the three teams playing each other twice, and the top two progressing to the March 18 final.All the matches will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.Revised fixtures:MARCH 6: Sri Lanka vs IndiaMARCH 8: Bangladesh VS IndiaMARCH 10: Sri Lanka VS BangladeshMARCH 12: India VS Sri LankaMARCH 14: India VS BangladeshMARCH 16: Bangladesh VS Sri LankaMARCH 18: Final.last_img read more

Amit Shah to launch Yuva Udghosh programme in Varanasi Â

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first_imgVaranasi, Jan 19 (PTI) BJP chief Amit Shah will launch the “Yuva Udghosh programme” here tomorrow and address nearly 17,000 youths at the sports ground of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth.The programme focuses on enrolling youths, aged above 17, who will eligible for voting in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and UP BJP president Mahendra Nath Pandey will be in attendance at the event.Shah will inaugurate Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery there, a BJP statement read.The institute was envisaged by the Union government as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modis skill India programme to help youths get employment. PTI Corr KR GVSlast_img read more

La Liga: Pique equaliser vs Espanyol helps Barcelona maintain unbeaten run

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first_imgGerard Pique headed home a late equaliser for Barcelona against Catalan rivals Espanyol to earn his side a 1-1 draw in Cornella and maintain their unbeaten La Liga record on Sunday.The defender, whistled throughout after making provocative comments which upset Espanyol fans after Barcelona knocked their rivals out of the King’s Cup in January, buried Lionel Messi’s free kick.Ernesto Valverde had started the Argentine on the bench as he rotated his side but threw Messi on in the second half as Barcelona struggled to break down a stubborn Espanyol on a waterlogged pitch in driving rain.Gerard Moreno headed home Sergio Garcia’s inch-perfect cross in the 66th minute to give Espanyol hope of repeating their King’s Cup first-leg win over Barcelona but Pique had the final say to move his side provisionally 12 points clear at the top of the table.Barcelona have now gone a club record 22 league games unbeaten, surpassing the total of 21 they managed under Pep Guardiola in the 2009-10 season.”We were not able to take the three points but the conditions weren’t the best,” Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta told beIN Sports.”It was an entertaining derby. I wouldn’t say the pitch affected us too much, we adapted well.”There were waterlogged zones but we made a great effort and came back from 1-0 down.”Espanyol saw off their arch-rivals by one goal in the first leg of the King’s Cup quarter-final but could not repeat the trick here, with the visitors fighting back as they did in the second part of the cup tie.advertisementAfter eliminating Espanyol Pique mocked them, saying that following their move to a new stadium in 2009 they were now a team from Cornella, on the outskirts of Barcelona, rather than from the city itself. Espanyol later reported his comments to Spanish football’s anti-violence committee.However Pique was the winner this time, with his late goal frustrating the hosts in their bid to climb the table and move out of danger.(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

Odisha government to sponsor Indian hockey teams for five years

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first_imgThe Odisha government has announced that it will sponsor the Indian hockey teams — both men and women — for the next five years. This will be the first time a state is sponsoring a national hockey team.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also unveiled its logo that will don the new jerseys of Team India – Men’s and Women – hockey teams.The new logo on the Indian jersey is a summation of Odisha.The launch was graced by Patnaik along with Team India players, FIH and Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Dhruv Batra as well as legends of Indian Hockey including Dilip Tirkey, Dhanraj Pillay and Viren Rasquinha in New Delhi.”We are delighted at this association with Indian hockey and we thank Hockey India to have given us this platform. Hockey in Odisha is more than a sport. It’s a way of life, especially in our tribal regions, where children learn to walk with hockey sticks,” Patnaik said.”No wonder Odisha has produced India’s finest hockey talent. This is a first time a state government will not just be promoting a sport within its boundaries but will support and nurture the Indian hockey teams. This is Odisha’s gift to the nation,” he said.Odisha has produced hockey greats like Dilip Tirkey, Ignace Tirkey and Lazarus Barla. Odisha players now in the team include Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Dipsan Tirkey and Namita Toppo.”We would like this association to help widen the net for hockey in India and to ensure that all Indians get behind the national sports,” said the Chief Minister.advertisementMariamma Koshy, President, Hockey India, said: “We are committed to building and ushering Indian Hockey into a new era, which begins with the team gearing up for the 2018 Hockey World Cup. We are delighted to associate with Odisha government.”(Courtesy: IANS)last_img read more

Tata Motors unveils electric concept at Geneva Motor Show

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first_imgBy Munish Shekhavat Geneva, Mar 6 (PTI) Auto major Tata Motors today unveiled an electric concept with long range and class defining interiors as part of its plans to consolidate its green mobility portfolio. Built on a modified OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) EV architecture, the E-Vision Sedan Concept is capable of attaining a top speed of 200 km/hr. It can also race to 0-100 km/hr in less than 7 seconds, the company claimed. “We are committed to the mission of electric mobility and are working to build sustainable future,” Tata Motors CEO and Managing Director Guenter Butschek said at the world premiere of the model here. Tata group chairman N Chandrasekaran and group patriarch Ratan Tata were also present on the occasion. The concept is modular, scalable and flexible to address the range of performance attributes for long range travel with class defining interiors, Butschek said. “It powers our electric aspirations. It is one of the most definitive and aspirational product by an Indian OEM and will be a game changer, reiterating our commitment to offer world-class design, technology and drive the EV revolution to build a sustainable future,” Butschek said. The concept comes with both slow charging (AC) and fast charging (DC) options. Tata Motors however did not share details about the planned timeline for the introduction of the model. Sources, however, confirmed that the new concept would be presented to the board later this month while the production ready model based on the concept is likely to be introduced between 2020-22. Tata Motors, which marked its 20th year at the Geneva Motor Show this year, also showcased the H5X concept – a 5-seater premium SUV and 45X concept – a premium hatchback. Both H5X and the 45X concepts are globally benchmarked cars that will create future international business opportunities for Tata Motors. “Tata Motors is zooming ahead towards the introduction of a stunning range of vehicles beginning 2019, speeding up product changes and getting new products faster to market,” Butschek said. Tata Motors participated at the Geneva Motor Show for the first time in the year 1998 with the Indica as a prototype along with Tata Safari and Tata Sierra on display. A decade later in 2008 the automaker showcased its small car Nano internationally for the first time at the event. Last year, it showcased its start-up innovation ? RaceMo, a two-seater, Sports Coupe. PTI MSS MR MRadvertisementlast_img read more

Mohammed Shami thanks friends for “love and support” in dispute with wife Hasin Jahan

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first_imgIndia pacer Mohammed Shami has thanked his friends and loved ones for their constant support in the raging controversy in which his wife Hasin Jahan has accused him of domestic abuse.Shami took to Twitter to thank his friends for their love and support.”Thanks to all my friends for your love and support,” Shami tweeted.Thanks to all my friends for your love and supportMohammad Shami (@MdShami11) March 12, 2018Shami’s wife rocked the Indian cricket fraternity last Wednesday when she accused her husband of multiple extra-marital affairs and domestic abuse.WATCHIn a Facebook post, Hasin shared screenshots of Shami’s alleged chats with other women. Soon after, Shami denied the accusations on social media and said it was all a conspiracy to defame him.Shami has been slapped with non-bailable charges of domestic abuse and attempt to murder by Kolkata police following an official complaint by his wife.FIR registered against Shami and four other family members in Kolkata’s Jadavpur police station under several Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including section 498A, which amounts to cruelty to a woman by her husband or his relatives.The other charges recorded against Shami are under Section 307 – attempt to murder, Section 323 – punishment for voluntarily causing hurt, Section 376 – rape, Section 506 – criminal intimidation, Section 328 and Section 34.Meanwhile, Shami has denied all allegations, claiming someone is misleading his wife.”There have been many accusations which are increasing day-by-day. I don’t want to give an explanation about it and I want it to be investigated thoroughly. Hasin and her family have been saying that we will sit and sort out all issues, but I don’t know who has been misleading her,” Shami had earlier said.advertisementSHAMI TELLS AAJ TAK HE IS LOOKING TO SOLVE THE MATTER INSIDE THE FAMILYShami said he is a “law-abiding citizen” and will take all necessary steps to save the future of his family.”I am trying to resolve the entire issue within the family. I am ready for all the legal proceedings and I will do whatever I can to save the future of my kid and family,” Shami told Aaj Tak.Shami said he is hopeful of resolving the issue soon and demanded a thorough probe into the matter.”I am a law-abiding citizen and will answer all questions and hope everything be fine soon. I also want the proofs submitted are thoroughly probed. Everything was fine till a week ago and I didn’t what happened so suddenly,” he said.SHAMI READY TO GO TO KOLKATA TO SOLVE DISPUTEShami says he would like an off court settlement with wife Hasin after the latter said to the media on Sunday that the Indian fast bowler is “lying to save himself.”Shami has now come out and said that there would be nothing better than solving the issue by talking. He said that “only patch up” will benefit them and their daughter.”If this matter can be solved by talking, nothing can be better than that. Only patch up will do good for us and our daughter. If I have to go to Kolkata to solve the matter, I will. I am ready to talk, whenever she wants,” Shami said to the media on Sunday.KOLKATA POLICE SEEK SHAMI DETAILS DURING SOUTH AFRICA TOURKolkata police write to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asking for details of the Indian cricket team’s itinerary on their tour of South Africa.Police asked for details of the team’s itinerary, specifically that of Shami, and want to know whether he was on the same flight with the other players or was on a different one after they left South Africa.last_img read more

Ball-tampering row: Smith handed 1-Test ban, fined 100 per cent match fee

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first_imgAustralia skipper Steve Smith has been suspended for one Test by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following the ball-tampering sandal during the Cape Town Test.Smith has also been fined 100 per cent of his match fee following his admission on Saturday that he was party to a decision to attempt to change the condition of the ball in order to gain an unfair advantage during the third day’s play of the third Test against South Africa.(Steve Smith, David Warner step down as Australia’s captain and vice-captain)ICC chief executive David Richardson laid the charge against Smith under to Article 2.2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel which prohibits to ‘all types of conduct of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game’. Smith accepted the charge and the proposed sanction of two suspension points which equates to a ban for the next Test match and which will see four demerit points added to his record.WATCH”The decision made by the leadership group of the Australian team to act in this way is clearly contrary to the spirit of the game, risks causing significant damage to the integrity of the match, the players and the sport itself and is therefore ‘serious’ in nature. As captain, Steve Smith must take full responsibility for the actions of his players and it is appropriate that he be suspended,” Richardson said.(IPL chairman and Rajasthan Royals react after Steve Smith’s ball-tampering confession)”The game needs to have a hard look at itself. In recent weeks we have seen incidents of ugly sledging, send-offs, dissent against umpires’ decisions, a walk-off, ball tampering and some ordinary off-field behaviour.advertisement”The ICC needs to do more to prevent poor behavior and better police the spirit of the game, defining more clearly what is expected of players and enforcing the regulations in a consistent fashion. In addition and most importantly Member countries need to show more accountability for their teams’ conduct. Winning is important but not at the expense of the spirit of the game which is intrinsic and precious to the sport of cricket. We have to raise the bar across all areas.”Additionally, Australia opener Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee and handed three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play on Saturday.(Michael Clarke not ruling out return as Australia captain after ball-tampering scandal)Bancroft admitted that he breached Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3.” and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, and as such there was no need for a formal hearing.(Australian government wants Steve Smith to be sacked after ball-tampering row)The incident that led to the charges being laid took place during South Africa’s innings on Saturday afternoon when Bancroft was seen on television holding a foreign object while rubbing the ball, before hiding the object in his pocket, then inside his trousers.As soon as the incident was shown on the giant screen, the player was questioned in the presence of his captain Steve Smith by the two on-field umpires, Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong, who, along with third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar, later charged Bancroft.(Integrity of Australian cricket is laughing stock of world sport: Adam Gilchrist)The umpires inspected the ball at that time and elected not to replace the ball and award a 5-run penalty as they could not see any marks on the ball that suggested that its condition had been changed as a direct result of Bancroft’s actions. The umpires though agreed that Bancroft’s actions were likely to alter the condition of the ball and he was therefore charged under Article 2.2.9.Commenting on his decision, Mr Pycroft said: “To carry a foreign object on to the field of play with the intention of changing the condition of the ball to gain an unfair advantage over your opponent is against not only the Laws, but the Spirit of the game as well.(Cricket Australia CEO on ball-tampering controversy: It’s a very sad day for Australian cricket)”That said, I acknowledge that Cameron has accepted responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty to the charge and apologising publicly. As a young player starting out in international cricket, I hope the lessons learned from this episode will strongly influence the way he plays the game during the rest of his career.”ALSO WATCH:advertisementlast_img read more

‘Swachh Bharat’ internship: PM Modi announces summer internship for college students in Mann ki Baat

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first_imgOn Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his monthly radio programme, Mann ki Baat, announced a summer internship linked to the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign.PM Modi’s advice to internsGiving a call to students for joining the Swachh Bharat campaign during their summer vacation, he said three ministries of his government have launched the internship programme and it is an opportunity for those who want to work for the society, contribute positively and bring about a change.The best of the interns who have strived in schools and colleges with excellent work will be rewarded with recognition at the national level.Not just that, those interns who accomplish their tasks well will be awarded two credit points each by the UGC, Modi said.PM also talked about water conservationPM Modi also pitched for water conservation, saying it should be everyone’s responsibility and asserted that his government has spent Rs 32,000 crore annually outside the MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) budget and 150 lakh acre land have benefitted from it in the last three years.PM Modi on Indian athletesIn his over 30-minute address, Modi touched on a number of topics, including Indian athletes, especially women’s, achievement in the Commonwealth Games, people’s response to his call for fitness and also paid tributes to Prophet Mohammad and Lord Buddha ahead of the month of Ramzan and Buddha Purnima respectively.PM Modi praised the performance of Indian athletes in CWGModi also hailed the performance the Indian squad in the Commonwealth Games, saying they made every Indian proud and especially lauded woman athletes for their show.advertisementMany of them have come from small towns and overcome several hurdles to reach where they are today, he said.The internship is a joint initiative of the Union ministries of sports, human resource development and water.(With inputs from PTI)For more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Rishabh Pant’s 56-ball ton floors Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag

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first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly was in awe of Rishabh Pant’s epic hundred in the game between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday night.So much so that Dada went on to compare the innings with Brendon McCullum’s unbelievable century in the first game of the inaugural season when he was playing for Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore and had Ganguly as his opening partner. McCullum’s 73-ball 158 saw KKR thrash RCB by 140 runs at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on April 18, 2008.Pant’s swashbuckling knock reminded Ganguly of McCullum’s magic 10 years ago as the 20-year-old made everyone watch and applaud the talent that he possesses.Pant made full use of his unorthodox batting style at the Feroz Shah Kotla after several hits and misses in the previous editions.Pant’s innings was nothing short of spectacular as he slammed his hundred off 56 balls and then finished off with an unbeaten 128 off 63 balls.The 20-year-old Delhi Daredevils batsman became the second youngest to score an IPL hundred and registered the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in the IPL.Pant also became the youngest to reach 1000 IPL runs and was the first this season to breach the 500-run mark. In the process, he took the Orange Cap back from Kings XI Punjab opener KL Rahul.Pant’s hundred was the 17th by an Indian batsman in the IPL. This was overall the 50th hundred in the T20 tournament since its inception in 2008.Pant’s blistering knock was studded with 15 boundaries and seven sixes. The youngster impressed with his range of shots all around the wicket against Sunrisers Hyderabad who boast of the best bowling line-up this season.advertisementHe was particularly ruthless against Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as Delhi Daredevils stormed to 187/5 off their 20 overs.Delhi however, were completely outclassed in the second innings as SRH, led by Shikhar Dhawan (92*) and Kane Williamson (83*), reached the target with 7 balls to spare. Dhawan and Williamson were involved in 176-run partnership for the second wicket which saw SRH cross the finish line in a canter become the first team to qualify for the play-offs.But it was Pant’s batting which stole the limelight away from SRH’s win as he gave the crowd something to cheer for even though DD got knocked out of the competition.Former India batsman Virender Sehwag, now team director of KXIP, tweeted to doff his hat to Pant. Australia’s Aaron Finch was also mighty impressed with a special effort.Here are a few reactions on Twitter:Saw McCullum in 2008..rishab pant innings right up there .. what a knock @bcci.@DelhiDaredevils @ParthJindal11Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) May 10, 2018Really special innings from Rishabh. Those were not bad balls from Bhuvi in the last over barring the last full toss, but Rishabh Pant is really special and I hope he is nurtured well. #DDvSRHVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 10, 2018Delhi was waiting for thunderstorm so it come in ferozshah Kotla ground ! Superb display of batting by @RishabPant777 congratulations for first T20 #ipl hundredAmit bhandari (@Amitbhandari110) May 10, 2018Rishabh Pant becomes the first Indian to score a ton in this season’s @IPL. #CricketMeriJaan #DDvSRHMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 10, 2018A super explosive century from Rishabh Pant, against the bowling prowess of SRH! What a knock! #WhistlePoduChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 10, 2018Innings of this year’s #IPL. #RishabhPant. #Special.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 10, 2018What an amazing innings from Rishabh Pant. Incredible talent and skill!Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) May 10, 2018One handed sixes and hitting even good balls out of the park. This was as good an innings you will ever see in a T-20 match against the best bowling line up in the IPL, absolutely clean striking. Take a bow, Rishabh Pant #DDvSRHMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 10, 2018Rishabh Pant rightly hogged the limelight with a brilliant knock but it was a clinical performance from @SDhawan25 and Kane who not only went after the big shots but ran brilliantly between the wickets. Very satisfying win and looking to continue with the momentum #DDvSRHVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 10, 2018Incredibly special by Rishabh Pant #IPL2018Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) May 10, 2018Can’t believe what I just saw! Still remember the 97 he scored against GL last year. Unbelievable hitting from @RishabPant777. Great going my boy. Keep it up. #DDvSRH #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/AK3mpC29BxSuresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 10, 2018Absolute carnage stuff from @RishabPant777 tonight!! An innings of 128* off just 63 deliveries is a treat to watch. Way to go Champion! @DelhiDaredevils #DDvSRH #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/QsMEjWhePbR P Singh (@rpsingh) May 10, 2018last_img read more

Dawid Malan called up as cover for Tom Curran for first T20I vs India

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first_imgBatsman Dawid Malan has been called up as cover for injured England paceman Tom Curran for the first Twenty20 International against India on Tuesday.Seamer Curran, who last played for England in the one-day international win over New Zealand in March, is recovering from a side strain and is expected to be fit for the rest of the series.”Dawid Malan has been added to our IT20 squad for the match at Emirates Old Trafford,” the national team said on their official Twitter account.”He will cover for Tom Curran, who is still recovering from a side strain.”Malan, 30, has played five T20 matches for England, scoring 250 runs at a strike rate of 150.60. He has scored a half-century in all but one of his T20 appearances for his nation.After the three-match T20 series, England will host India in three ODIs and five Tests.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

India in England: Batting firepower in focus in clash of heavyweights

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first_imgThis will be a real test of firepower. India’s feared batting line-up against England’s daredevils. India’s penchant for tall scores against England’s ability to hit those massive sixes. It cannot get more exciting.When India take on England in the first of three T20Is at Manchester later tonight, it will all come down to who can hold their nerves in a run-fest. And a run-fest, it surely will be. For a few years now, England have flattened their pitches out and their batsmen have found the strike capabilities that so far alluded them.Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root make for scary batting line-up. These men made merry against Australia; they bullied a side at its weakest and rattled up the highest score in ODI history. Tall scores were chased down and in the T20I, England blasted past the 200-run mark as if that were par for the colours.Not so long ago, that was not par for the course, not for English teams.Virat Kohli promises sterner test for England after Australia seriesAnd then there’s the Indian team. Rohit Sharma, the only man with three double hundreds in ODIs and he very nearly became only the second man to score three T20I hundreds. Rohit was dismissed for 97 against Ireland in the first T20I of a two-match series which India won comfortably.Rohit was off-colour for Mumbai Indians in the IPL but he is a different beast when it comes to India colours. Shikhar Dhawan is prolific in the shorter formats and he loves batting in England.advertisementEoin Morgan hoping to use confidence from Australia series vs IndiaThen there’s the captain – Virat Kohli is forever up for a good fight. He does not have to prove anything but he never gives up the chance to lead from the front. Over the past few days, he has said the right things – the horror of the 2014 Test series does not weigh on his mind. He has since dominated England plenty times – over 600 runs in a five-Test series and then more runs in the ODIs (at home).Also read – Krunal, Chahar included in limited-overs squadsIn the Champions Trophy in England last year, Kohli was in fine form.But those were different conditions, similar to what India will experience over the next fortnight for the limited-overs phase. Come the Test series, and dealing with the red leather against James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be a very different game.Up for grabs!Which side will be adding to their trophy collection after our three-match Vitality IT20 series against India?#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/g2jQiDRiqbEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) July 2, 2018However, for now, the battle will be fought out between some of the most accomplished limited-overs batsmen in the world. India have in their ranks a revamped KL Rahul, an enigmatic Dinesh Karthik and the reliable MS Dhoni, who turnend the clock back as Chennai Super Kings lifted the IPL on their return.Also read – Harbhajan, Azharuddin raise serious questions on Yo-Yo testBut the real difference could yet be India’s famed bowling line-up. Not many Indian teams touring England could have boasted of THAT aspect as an advantage. But this Indian team can, even without Jasprit Bumrah. The world’s best ODI bowler was withdrawn from the T20I series after picking up an injury but Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahl and Kuldeep Yadav will be very, very diffcult to put away.Umesh Yadav, who was in fantastic form for Royal Challengers Bangalore and returned to play a T20I for the first time in six years, will also surely play. Meanwhile, India will look to pick their third seamer in either Siddharth Kaul or Deepak Chahar.It will be an interesting battle. For years, England stayed away from the IPL but their involvement in recent editions has proven to be beneficial.Buttler, in particular, was sensational for Rajasthan Royals, scoring 548 runs. He returned to England and carried his form in the Test, ODI and T20I format. Moreover, he knows India’s bowlers well and will feel confident against most of them.Still, India hold the edge. They have been remarkably consistent across formats since 2016 and they will present a far stiffer challenge to England than Australia did.CAPTAINS CONFIDENTVirat Kohli: “We believe in our abilities, and we obviously have a lot of Twenty20 experience. “We’ve just come off the IPL (Indian Premier League) and a couple of games against Ireland as well — where the team has looked great.”advertisement’Haven’t set myself targets, want team to play good cricket’ – #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli stresses on team goals rather than personal milestones before the start of the England tour pic.twitter.com/skPAJFCOp2BCCI (@BCCI) July 2, 2018″We expect England to come hard at us, and we certainly want to play some positive and hard-fought cricket,” said Kohli. “It’s going to be an exciting series, and we believe we have the side to put up a great fight — and if we win the crucial moments then anything can happen.””We believe we have the side to put up a great fight,” says #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli on the eve of the 1st T20I against England pic.twitter.com/Hj7KRnWgcKBCCI (@BCCI) July 2, 2018Eoin Morgan: “Generally it is a different challenge particularly when you play against subcontinent teams. It normally exposes sides like ourselves, South Africa and Australia to spin, reverse swing and other different challenges to that we are normally used to. But we are in the middle of our summer and we have played a lot of cricket. Hopefully we will be able to deal with it.”I don’t think it’s a case of putting it aside when there are huge positives to take from the Australia series. You can use a lot of that confidence and experience wisely. Having had a few days off and time to reflect on the series it’s something we can call upon and might need to in either series – T20s or ODIs – when our backs are against the wall.”last_img read more

EMBARQ and Partners Win Award from Harvard University for Metrobus Project

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first_imgPublic-private partnership recognized by John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentThis post originally appeared on EMBARQ.org.EMBARQ – the World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport – today receives the 2009 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership from Harvard University for its work in establishing Mexico City’s Metrobus, a sustainable transit project in one of the world’s most populated and congested cities.“We’re honored to receive this award,” said Nancy Kete, director of EMBARQ. “We always knew that creating a public-private partnership model was necessary to overcome the political challenges that often impede sustainable transportation.” Mexico City’s Metrobus is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system designed to reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and traffic while improving the quality of life for commuters.The bi-annual award, presented by Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, celebrates outstanding public-private partnerships that enhance environmental quality through the use of novel and creative approaches. EMBARQ helped create the public-private partnership with the Mexico City government to the make the transit project a reality.“Our goal was to pull the disparate groups together and help them find compromises. We wanted to show that cooperation was a better strategy than competition,” Kete added.In 2005, after several years of planning and development, Metrobus opened along 20 kilometers, or about 12 miles, of the central transport artery in Mexico City, Avenida Insurgentes. The route was extended an additional nine kilometers in 2008, and later extended by another 22 kilometers with the launch of the Eje 4 Sur corridor. It’s estimated the new buses transport more than 450,000 passengers per day.By introducing cleaner, more efficient buses, and convincing many commuters to leave their cars at home, Metrobus has reduced carbon dioxide emissions from Mexico City traffic by an estimated 60,000 tons to 80,000 tons a year. Also, due to the expansion of the system, a total of 839 polluting mini-buses that once traveled along the Metrobus route have been permanently removed from the roads, thanks to successful negotiations with former mini-bus owners and operators.Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard wants to extend the system to 10 lines from two. “If we make [the city] greener, the city will be able to survive.”EMBARQ worked on the project with three Mexico City government agencies – the Secretary of the Environment, Secretary of Transportation, and Secretary of Urban Development, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Biodiversity and Environment (CeIBA), a prominent Mexican NGO.Together, these groups established the Center for Sustainable Transport in Mexico (CTS-México), a not-for-profit organization that has provided on-going technical assistance to the Metrobus system from its inception through its expansion. The World Bank, Global Environment Facility and the Shell, Caterpillar and Hewlett Foundations provided significant financial support for the project.“Each partner contributed to the success of Metrobus in different ways,” Kete said. “By coming in from the outside, EMBARQ brought new ideas, international prestige, global best practices, and helped arrange financing. CTS-México has provided an experienced voice to support, assure and guide the city on a day-to-day basis. In the end, the public will hold the mayor and his senior staff accountable for the quality of transport in the city.”EMBARQ and CTS-México are now advising other cities in Mexico on developing their own BRT systems. One project launched recently is Guadalajara’s Macrobus, which opened last spring.“This model is transferable to cities throughout the developing world wrestling with the dual problem of moving people around in a highly congested area, while combating very high pollution levels,” said Henry Lee, director of the Environment and Natural Resources program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.Metrobus was selected from a group of 30 highly qualified projects from around the world that tackled tough environmental problems ranging from clean fuel adoption to nuclear waste cleanup. More than 20 experts from and outside of Harvard reviewed the nominations.To see the agenda of related Roy Award events, click here.last_img read more

Leading Companies Share Experiences, Solutions in WRI’s Corporate Consultative Group

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first_imgCorporate leaders in manufacturing, retail, entertainment, health, finance, and other sectors might not seem to have a lot in common at first, given their different industries. But no matter the business, sector leaders must all stay at the forefront of environmental trends as they unfold, in order to stay competitive, manage risk and find new business opportunities.That’s why, earlier this month over 60 of WRI’s corporate partners gathered at Citi’s offices in New York to hear about the latest sustainability developments and share challenges and solutions with one another.The annual MindShare Meeting – the signature event of WRI’s Corporate Consultative Group (CCG) – is a chance for members to come together in person to connect with their counterparts at other CCG companies (as well as with WRI experts).As the Manager of the CCG, I was struck by the sense of common purpose and supportiveness at this year’s meeting – not only between WRI and our members, but between the members themselves, many of whom are competitors or work in different industries. With 42 member companies from 8 different industry sectors, it’s interesting to observe the similar situations our participants face as sustainability professionals.For instance, most participants seemed eager to help their companies innovate and think more strategically about sustainability issues, but they recognize it can be challenging to prove the “business case” internally for each new idea, particularly if the idea is cutting edge or may have an uncertain or long-term return. Participants sincerely understood one another’s challenges and were eager to learn from each others’ successes.Some of the highlights from the 2011 MindShare Meeting:The event covered a range of topics: from how to approach corporate sustainability efforts in India, China and other emerging economies to how to think creatively about partnerships (both inside and outside the organization) that can help companies gain market share while addressing water shortages, high energy prices and other resource constraints.WRI officially launched the two new GHG Protocol accounting methodologies: the Scope 3 and Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standards. Many CCG members participated in the development process of these new tools.We kicked off the new CCG Ecosystem Services Focus Area. Craig Hanson, Director of WRI’s People & Ecosystems Program, provided an overview of our work on the topic and member companies gave examples of how they’ve started to integrate nature’s benefits into business decisions. (The CCG has three Focus Areas: Climate, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services. This structure allows individuals to tailor their CCG engagement around particular topics of most relevance to their work.)Kirsty Jenkinson, Director of WRI’s Markets & Enterprise Program, led a conversation over dinner with WRI Board Member and President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Frances Beinecke. Ms. Beinecke reflected on the journey towards workable climate policy solutions. In particular, she stressed the need for corporate leadership in the U.S., in lieu of a national climate policy.In the past year, the Corporate Consultative Group has added 11 new members, including our first 3 companies based in Asia: Energy Development Corporation, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources and the Samsung Global Environment Research Center.We are excited about this growing global network of formal corporate partners and look forward to the coming year. As an initial step, we’ll be delivering on some of the requests we received at MindShare for concise summaries and PowerPoints on issues relevant to business. We’ll also continue to connect WRI experts with members whenever our corporate partners have questions or require guidance on climate change, adaptation planning, GHG emissions accounting, water risk, and other issues.Companies are a key audience for WRI, and we value our corporate partnerships. While there are several opportunities for companies to engage or formally partner with the Institute, membership in the Corporate Consultative Group is the principal way for companies to stay up-to-date on our corporate-relevant research, analysis and tools across all of WRI’s programs. To learn more, visit www.wri.org/ccg or get in touch with me directly. Annual MindShare Meeting provides the latest environmental intelligence on greenhouse gas accounting, emerging economies, and more.Participants from 3M, Citi, Alcoa, Disney, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Kimberly-Clark participated in a MindShare 2011 breakout session. Photo: WRIlast_img read more

Committee on Climate Change Advises Northern Ireland to Harness Significant Opportunities to Reduce Emissions

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first_imgThis post originally appeared on November 2, 2011 on the UK Committee on Climate Change’s website.The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) will today advise the Northern Ireland Environment Minister that legislated emission reduction targets could be helpful to harness the significant opportunities to reduce emissions in Northern Ireland.The Committee was asked by Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister to provide advice on whether it is appropriate for Northern Ireland to enact its own climate change legislation, including the introduction of legally binding emissions targets. The 2008 UK Climate Change Act extends to Northern Ireland, requiring Northern Ireland to contribute to overall UK targets to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. It does not however specify particular targets or budgets for Northern Ireland.Fresh analysis published by the Committee shows that there is scope to reduce emissions across agriculture, transport, buildings, and the public sector by up to 25% from today’s levels in 2020 (i.e. a level consistent with the path to longer term required reductions).Many of the actions which could be taken to reduce emissions, could also save people money, and would enable Northern Ireland to reduce its reliance on carbon and imported fossil fuels, thereby reducing security of supply impacts. This would result in economic benefits in a world where carbon and fossil fuels are increasingly short in supply.In today’s report, the Committee said that the introduction of legislation could be useful in providing certainty to businesses and policy makers. If the Executive decide to introduce legislation, this should be focused on those emissions that lie directly in their control (i.e. in the non-traded sector), rather than those covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). There is also a question about precise timing, and whether it should be delayed until uncertainties about agricultural emissions are resolved in 2014.Whether or not legislation is passed, it is crucial that the Northern Ireland Executive now puts in place a set of policies and incentives to unlock potential from:Agriculture:Emissions from agriculture are the largest source of emissions in Northern Ireland at 27% of total emissions (5.2MtCO2e). Emissions could be reduced by 20% in 2020 (by 1MtCO2e) through the implementation of measures to encourage more efficient farming practices.Road transport:This is the second largest source of emissions in Northern Ireland, at 22% of the 2009 total (4.3MtCO2e). Average emissions per person via transport are higher than that of the UK average, reflecting a more rural dispersed population and less frequent use of public transport (e.g. for 8% of distance travelled compared to 17% in GB). Reducing emissions in line with the UK would result in a reduction of 25% by 2020 (1.2MtCO2e). Achieving this requires introducing more efficient low-carbon vehicles, using biofuels and by supporting Smarter Choices (an initiative which encourages people to use public transport more) and eco-driver training.Homes:Emissions from homes account for 17% of Northern Ireland total (3.4MtCO2e). Due to the limited gas network in Northern Ireland, the majority of homes are reliant on expensive oil as a source of heating, contributing to high rates of fuel poverty. Emissions could be reduced by a third over the next decade by insulating more solid walls and switching to renewable heating – doing this could also reduce numbers of fuel poor.Public Sector:The public sector accounts for 60% of employment and spending in Northern Ireland. There is an important leadership role for the Executive to play here in leading by example through the way it manages procurement, approaches energy efficiency and electricity consumption across its estate, and by investing in key industries under public ownership – including public transport and water.Power:There is a major opportunity for Northern Ireland to invest in renewable power generation (wind and marine) to help decarbonise the economy. Northern Ireland has a target to ensure that 40% of its power comes from renewable sources by 2020.David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee said:There are significant opportunities to reduce emissions in Northern Ireland. Legislating carbon targets could help efforts to reduce emissions, if supported by appropriate policies. Moving now to a low carbon path will be of economic benefit to the people of Northern Ireland in an increasingly carbon and resource constrained world.This post is the work of an Open Climate Network partner. The World Resources Institute is not responsible for the content or opinions expressed by the author.last_img read more

Innovating for Smart, Sustainable Cities: Q&A with Zipcar Founder Robin Chase

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first_imgThis post originally appeared on TheCityFix.com.2015 is a year of utmost importance for the global sustainable development agenda, and cities will play a pivotal role. Landmark global decisions over the next 12 months provide opportunities to unlock the potential of cities and improve quality of life for billions worldwide.TheCityFix sat down (for the second time!) with Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar, Buzzcar, and GoLoco.org and speaker at the upcoming Transforming Transportation 2015. The two-day conference will focus on how cities can advance environmentally sustainable and people-centered urban mobility solutions.Robin Chase is the founder of Zipcar, Buzzcar and GoLoco. Photo by Amit Gupta/Flickr 1) How have you seen the companies you founded – like ZipCar, for instance – transform mobility in the cities you’ve worked in?Zipcar has transformed not only the cities the company works in, but also the expectation and aspiration in most major metropolitan areas. Each Zipcar removes 15 personal vehicles off of city streets and out of city parking spaces. In fact, each personal car requires three parking spaces (work, home and retail), so you might also say that each Zipcar removes the need for 45 parking spaces. In addition, Zipcar members drive 60-80 percent less than people who own their own cars. Zipcar has proven that car-sharing can be as convenient and easy as owning your own car. So almost one million people have chosen to use Zipcar as of part of their multi-modal transport in cities across North America, in the United Kingdom and several other European cities.Parking requirements for building developments in cities around the world have also changed as a result of the real concrete shift around car ownership that Zipcar spearheaded.2) What makes a city-level issue like urban mobility so important to the fight against global climate change?Worldwide, transportation contributes to 23 percent of the world’s emissions and one single item—personal cars—makes up 60-70 percent of those emissions.We also know that more than 50 percent of the world’s residents choose to live in cities, and this is increasing every day. Cities are dramatically more energy efficient to live in than rural areas. We need to make living in those cities both economically and personally rewarding and continue to encourage the shift to this more efficient lifestyle. Providing easy, sustainable, low-cost access to jobs, education, retail and leisure activities is critical.3) What recent advances and innovations in urban mobility excite you the most right now?I’m most excited about two revolutions underway, both having to do with the rise of shared and distributed systems. There is the rise of collaboratively built, collaboratively financed and collaboratively consumed infrastructure and services. Think of Zipcar, Lyft, or Uber. All are made possible by individuals contributing their assets (their car) to meet other individuals’ demand for mobility. All forms of car-sharing, bike-sharing and taxi-sharing are part of this transformation in how we create companies and how we use assets. We are also seeing vehicles of all kinds start to become connected to the Internet, again transforming what is possible in terms of monitoring eco-driving, facilitating congestion and road pricing, ride-sharing—all kinds of real-time feedback loops that encourage us all to be more efficient as we move around.4) The theme of Transforming Transportation 2015 is Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity. For you, what does a city have to do to be considered “smart”?Smart is making sure that a city’s people and its assets are connected to each other and accessible; it is the only way we can be both efficient and provide access to all. We also need to make sure that data, processes,devices and spectrum are as open as possible so that entrepreneurs can innovate, companies and governments can coordinate, and we all transition as quickly as we can to a new sustainable world economy.For instance, data.gov is an example of the U.S. government’s effort to put as much public data as possible into formats that are accessible and useful for anyone. Wi-fi, which most of us use every day, is a free and open piece of spectrum onto which an enormous amount of innovation has happened precisely because it is free and open—in contrast to pieces of the spectrum that have been sold to private companies like Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, onto which we see little innovation. Our cell phones are also open devices in that we can add any number of applications beyond the ones created by the company that built the phone, for use on those phones. This openness is why we’ve seen the creation of more than 2 million apps in fewer than five years.5) If you could ask participants at Transforming Transportation 2015 to do one thing to build better cities, what would it be?Wherever possible, remove the silos between transportation, land use, building developments, housing and energy. We need to work hand-in-glove and stop having one part of our world work at odds with the other.LEARN MORE: Catch Robin Chase at Transforming Transportation 2015: Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity (#TTDC15) and learn more about the innovations driving sustainable urban mobility forward.last_img read more

Vijay waves to the crowd from Bigil set in Chennai. Watch video

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first_imgThalapathy Vijay, after a small break from the shooting of Bigil, has joined the team once again. The actor was recently spotted in Red Hills, Chennai, shooting a scene for the film, directed by Atlee.Soon, news about Vijay shooting in Red Hills reached the ears of his fans. They thronged to the area to catch a glimpse of the star. Looking at the videos that surfaced online, it seems like the actor shot a bike scene and appeared dapper in a black suit.As he gave multiple takes, his fans were constantly cheering him on. He even got off the motorcycle and waved to his fans amid hoots and whistles.Here are the videos from the shooting spot:#ThalapathyVijay #Bigil spot #Vijay pic.twitter.com/yd0T8LT5F9(@ilanchoorian2) August 4, 2019#ThalapathyVijay Respects his fans from the spot of #Bigil shoot, happening now in the outer ring road of Redhills.Every #Vijay Anna fans definitely gotGoosebumps pic.twitter.com/2GfK4tXyCSDr.G.Santhosh (@DrSanthosh17) August 4, 2019Director Atlee has planned to wrap up the film by the end of August so it can hit the theatres on Diwali 2019. The shooting schedule is going as per plan and major portions of the film have been completed already.As reported earlier, Bigil is a sports-based entertainer which will focus on Tamil Nadu women’s football. Vijay will be seen in two roles, as that of a father and son. While the father Vijay is a gangster in North Chennai, son Vijay will be coaching the women’s football team.advertisementBigil has a stellar cast including Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Kathir, Yogi Babu, Vivek, Daniel Balaji and Anandraj in pivotal roles.ALSO SEE | Bigil’s Singappenney out: Vijay song is an inspiring and motivational numberALSO SEE | #RIPActorVijay trends online. Cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran lashes out at Tamil youngstersALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Vijay hints at joining politicslast_img read more

CABELA’S SALE TO BASS PRO SHOPS LIKELY TO BE FINALIZED

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first_imgThe roughly $4 billion sale of outdoor outfitter Cabela’s to rival Bass Pro Shops appears ready to close after regulators approved the sale of Cabela’s credit card unit.The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it approved the sale of the credit card business to the Georgia-based bank Synovus.It’s not clear how many of the roughly 2,000 jobs based in Cabela’s hometown of Sidney, Nebraska, will remain afterward the deal is finalized.APlast_img

ODEBOLT MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE HOMICIDES

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first_imgAN ODEBOLT, IOWA MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF MOTOR VEHICLE HOMICIDE AFTER AN INVESTIGATION INTO A FATAL TWO VEHICLE CRASH ON MARCH 16TH IN IDA COUNTY.21-YEAR-OLD RYAN CHILDERS IS ALSO CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF SERIOUS INJURY BY MOTOR VEHICLE.THE IOWA STATE PATROL SAYS CHILDERS WAS DRIVING SOUTHBOUND IN THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF HIGHWAY 59 NEAR HOLSTEIN WHEN HIS VEHICLE COLLIDED WITH A NORTHBOUND VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 21-YEAR-OLD FRANCISCO NICIA GUERRERO.GUERRERO’S VEHICLE BURST INTO FLAMES.GUERRERO, 39-YEAR-OLD FELIPE DE LA CRUZ NAVA AND 25 YEAR OLD JOSE GONZALEZ GUERRERO, ALL OF DENISON, WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.CHILDERS’ PASSENGER, 20-YEAR-OLD QUEST HACK, WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED.INVESTIGATORS SAY CHILDERS WAS OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED.HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE IDA COUNTY JAIL.last_img read more

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