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  • Illegal firearms, drug use worry Amerindian leaders

    first_imgNational Toshaos ConferenceAs the National Toshao’s Conference (NTC) continues, many Indigenous leaders and representatives on Wednesday voiced their concerns on the prevailing matters affecting their security. Some of the echoing calls made by leaders were the prevalence of illegal firearms, marijuana and heavy alcohol use which they believe has fuelled the increase of criminal activities in the hinterland communities.In this vein, many expressed the view that more gun licences should be given to Indigenous peoples to protect themselves, not only from criminals, but from wild animals as well. It was reiterated that jaguars are still invading dwelling places and eating livestock and dogs in Indigenous communities. In the absence of Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, senior Police ranks were on hand to address the concerns of the Indigenous (Amerindian) community leaders. Carl Lewis, a Toshao from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), indicated that illegal drugs and alcohol are passing through many communities. Lewis told law enforcement representatives that he wants atleast four persons from his village to be trained in security. It was also explained that many persons who commit criminal acts flee to neighbouring Brazil, since these areas are without Police protection and the borders are porous.Another Toshao, this time from Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), expressed that he feels like his life is “at stake” in defending himself with a baton.He too asked that members from his village to be trained in security defence. He also appealed for a firearm licence.The Port Kaituma Toshao added that youths in the village would exhibit tenants of dangerous behaviour when they use marijuana.“These youths could be very dangerous when the youths smoke up the bush,” he noted.As the leaders plea for assistance, the Mazaruni Toshao expressed that “95 per cent” of youths in his area are involved in alcohol and marijuana use and urged authorities to implement measures to curb these activities.In light of many Amerindians having lost possession of their firearms through Government’s Gun Amnesty Programme last year, the leaders called on the law enforcement authorities to issue firearm licences for their personal protection against crime and wild animals. A Police representative who responded to the questions on citizen security, however, explained that this regulation falls within the preview of the Public Security Ministry.Commander of F Division (Lethem and other Interior Locations), Senior Superintendent Ravindradat Budhram, however, encouraged the Toshaos to apply for the licences, given the many security concerns raised. He pointed out that the licences will either be approved or disapproved by the Ministry.“Residents can apply for firearms… you can apply now, go to the website and download it now… apply, is either you’re approve or not approved,” the Commander stated, even as many hinterland residents are still without access to the Internet.On the point of the licences, Norma Thomas, the Kamarang, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) Toshao noted that “We surrendered our illegal firearms and appealed for a licence,” adding that residents are happy about a road that was built, but want security since drugs are coming through this route.Community Development Council (CDC) Chairman in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) Ian Jacobis, also told the Conference of rampant drug use, especially in North Rupununi.“Drugs has become so dominant, people have no respect for elderly… a set of men every morning at the front of the road smoking where children take buses to go to school… the men have no respect for girl children,” Jacobis noted.He further noted that he tried reporting the matter to Police and petitioned that the matter be urgently addressed. Toshaos also made allegations of wrongdoings by some Police ranks who would reportedly demand money from Amerindians found with firearms in addition to facilitating some criminals escaping to Brazil.Responding to the myriad of concerns, Commander Budhram observed that Police ranks become corrupt after a time, as “they get familiar with people”. He noted that there are intentions to rotate ranks every three months but maintained that the possession of the unlicensed firearms is still outlawed.“We collected over 100 fire arms from Kamarang alone,” he stated, noting that about 24 persons were granted licences, while 42 applications have been received. Budram pointed out that some applicants did not submit identification cards and medical certificates.He conceded that drugs and firearms were found in the Kamarang to Kaikan areas. Budhram explained that while the setting up of more Police stations in many of the locations would be impractical, what he will do is ensure that there are more Police patrols in the villages. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

  • Man City’s fast start a pleasant surprise for Gundogan

    first_img“I was curious the way we would start the game and how it would go,” German international Gundogan told the club’s website.“I wouldn’t say that it was necessary to give us confidence, but the first weeks when the season starts, the important games start, you never really know what to expect. You don’t really know 100 percent on which level you are.“It was a great test for us, a last test before the Premier League season. At the end we feel ready right now and we can’t wait for the season to start.”Guardiola could even afford the luxury of leaving Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling out of his matchday squad at Wembley after their World Cup exertions.However, Sergio Aguero showed no hangover from Argentina’s early exit in Russia by scoring twice to take his tally for the club to 201.“We feel very lucky to have Sergio in our team, a striker like him,” added Gundogan.“On top of that even Gabriel (Jesus) with his ability and his quality. We have two great strikers and feel very, very happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fired up: Ilkay Gundogan says Manchester City can’t wait to being their Premier League title defence © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 6 – Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the English champions settled back into their stride by beating Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield in an ominous performance for the rest of the Premier League.Pep Guardiola’s men begin their title defence at Arsenal on Sunday, looking to back-up a record-breaking campaign that saw them amass 100 points to win the league by a 19-point margin from Manchester United.last_img read more

  • DD Gardening: Getting started despite Storm Doris!

    first_imgThis week storm Doris has battered our gardens, damaging flowers and toppling a few trees along its way. Many a daffodil was blown sideways and the gardens received a good shaking in the process, added into the wind there has been a real drop in temperatures – in the garden from the chilling wind, and in the polytunnel from the poor light levels with all the cloud about. A few weeks ago temperatures of 20C were common in the tunnel, but this week its been more in the 6C camp.However all is not lost! It’s still early in the season for sowing seeds and really getting going, but we can be sowing the odd bit of stuff – as long as you have either (a) large windowsills to sit everything on or (b) a glasshouse or polytunnel. Advertisement I stress the access to sunlight at this stage as getting things germinated is easy, but without the the right levels of light all you’d do is grow leggy seedlings which are of no use to man nor beast.This week during the ‘Get ready for Spring’ event in the Caw Nelson Community growing Space in Derry we started of sowing some Spinach, Peas, Beans and chard.These are all seeds which germinate at low temperatures, so are ideal for an unheated polytunnel. Seeds such as Peas and Broad Beans are ideal for sowing early as they only need temperatures of around 6C to germinate (most seeds are in the 15C bracket), and if you sow a batch now and then again in a few months you get a nice successional crop in the garden.However if you have a heated propagator, such as the fantastic Vitopod machine, then you can get seeds of Chillies and Peppers on the go now. These seeds need 20C to germinate, and the plants really benefit from the long growing season an early start affords them. Kept in a heated propagator for a few months these will get well established and if potted on will be great plants come May when they’ll really start to crack on. Advertisement Sowing seeds is easy, remember to start off with clean pots, good quality seed and proper Seed compost. Seed compost is generally a finer grade of compost and gives a better seed to compost contact and (surprisingly) is less fertile than regular compost. This low fertility makes for the creation of a better seedling and long term a better plant.Also this week we started to ‘chitt’ some of our seed potatoes, this is simply starting off your seed potatoes on a bright windowsill to get them motoring on, hopefully small green stumpy shoots will form and the potatoes will then be in great shape for planting in 4 weeks time!DD Gardening: Getting started despite Storm Doris! was last modified: February 26th, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare 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:GardeningGareth Austinstorm dorislast_img read more

  • NCS D-VI championship preview: No. 2 St. Bernard’s turns attention to No. 1 Kennedy

    first_img … It has been 31 years since Kennedy-Richmond won a North Coast Section title.It’ll be at least 32 years if St. Bernard’s has anything to say about it.No. 2 St. Bernard’s will head south to face No. 1 Kennedy-Richmond for the right to hoist a North Coast Section Division 6 championship banner, Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Benicia High School.St. Bernard’s advanced to Saturday’s section title showdown via a 35-7 dismissal of visiting No. 3 Middletown in its semifinal-round game last week.last_img read more

  • Slovenia outplay SA 4-1 in Davis Cup

    first_imgThat was duly secured in the doubles, with Rola and Kavcic teaming up to down Raven Klaasen and Nikala Scholtz 7-5, 6-1, 7-6. “We will now have to regroup and focus on the all-important tie next month against Russia. Playing Russia away in Russia will be rough, but once again we will do our very best to take on the challenge with everything we have.” The hosts surprised by not naming their number one player, Grega Zemlja, ranked 74th in the world, in their singles line up, but South Africa were without their top player, world number 21 Kevin Anderson, who had declared himself unavailable, and Izak van der Merwe, out through a long-term injury. Slovenia’s coach Blaz Trupej instead opted for 22-year-old Blaz Rola, ranked outside the top 200 in the world, and Blaz Kavcic, ranked 105th to play the opening singles on the clay courts. Facing them were Rik de Voest, ranked 162nd, and Ruan Roelofse, ranked 524th. ‘A tall order’South African captain De Jager said: “We always knew that playing Slovenia away in Slovenia was going to be a tall order. Despite us being as best prepared as we could be, the Slovenian team made the very most of their home tie advantage and really proved to be the better team this weekend. South Africa lost out to Slovenia for a place in the Davis Cup Euro-Africa Group 1 for 2014 when they went down 4-1 in Ljubljana on Sunday. They will have one more chance to retain their Group 1 place later this year. “It was a tough match,” said Klaasen afterwards. “We were up early a break in the opening set, but when they broke back they played a good stretch until the end of the second set. Then Nikala and I turned things around the third set.” Useful leadTrupej’s selections quickly repaid his faith as Rola comfortably outplayed the higher ranked De Voest 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, and Kavcic saw off Roelofse 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 to fire the hosts into a useful lead after the first day of competition. Another win would seal victory for the Slovenians. Slovenia, nonetheless, triumphed 4-1.center_img The showdown between South Africa and Russia will be a promotion/relegation tie. The winner of the clash, to be played from 18 to 20 October, will remain in Group 1, while the loser will be relegated to Group 2. 17 September 2013 “I would like to congratulate Slovenia on their emphatic win. South African captain John-Laffnie De Jager chose Nikala Scholtz to play the final match against Rola, who had been so instrumental in Slovenia’s win. The contest lasted only five games, however, before Rola withdrew with an injury while leading 3-2, which gave Scholtz the victory. ‘We got outplayed’South African Captain John Laffnie De Jager commented: “It’s very disappointing that we lost this tie, but we got outplayed by a better team. Well done to Slovenia.” SAinfo reporter With the result already decided, Slovenian coach Trupej opted to replace Kavcic with Janez Semrajc for the reverse singles. Still the Eastern Europeans kept winning, with Semrajc defeating De Voest 6-2, 6-4.last_img read more

  • Why You Have Not

    first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You have not developed the necessary mindset. You do not have an optimistic and empowered belief structure. Until you get your mind right, you will not have.You have not done the work. You have not taken the deliberate action, or you have not taken the disciplined action long enough to have. People who have, do.You have not developed the necessary skills. You have not worked on gaining the competencies necessary to have what you want. Level up your skills.You have not taken enough action. You have put your toe in the water and dabbled instead. You have not done enough to reach the tipping point. To have, you must act.You have not gone all in. You have not burned your boats at the shoreline. You have not given up your Plan B.You have not invested in yourself. You have not invested the time, the money, or the energy in the areas that would help you grow and produce the results you seek.You have not read the books. You have not taken the classes. You have not found a mentor. You have not done the work.You have not asked for help. You have not gained the assistance of people who could shorten your learning curve, make introductions, or in some way assist you in reaching your goal.You have not given up waiting to “be discovered,” waiting to be rescued, or waiting to be given something that you want. You have not given up the belief that you can’t have what you want because someone else has more.You have not had the courage to ask.You have not given yourself over to what you want.If you have not, then you have not embraced your real power.last_img read more

  • Iowa play-by-play man suspended for “King Kong” comment

    first_imgFernando had 11 points and 11 rebounds, including a go-ahead putback with 7.8 seconds left, to help No. 24 Maryland beat Iowa 66-65 on Tuesday night in Iowa City. In describing the game’s closing moments, Dolphin said the 6-foot-10, 240-pound African-American who was born in Angola “was King Kong at the end of the game.”This is the second time that Dolphin has been suspended this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe sat out two games after being caught on an open microphone criticizing Iowa guard Maishe Dailey in a win over Pittsburgh in late November. Coach Fran McCaffery called Dolphin’s comments about Dailey “inexcusable,” and this incident could further enflame tensions between the two.Jim Albracht will replace Dolphin for the rest of the season. Bobby Hansen, Iowa’s color commentator, will continue in that role. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Dolphin, a fan favorite who is also Iowa’s football play-by-play man, apologized in a statement released Friday.“During the broadcast, I used a comparison when trying to describe a talented Maryland basketball player. In no way did I intend to offend or disparage the player,” he said. “I take full responsibility for my inappropriate word choice and offer a sincere apology to him and anyone else who was offended. I will use this as an opportunity to grow as a person and learn more about unconscious bias.”Iowa’s athletic department released a statement supporting Dolphin’s suspension, saying it “values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all members of its campus community.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Maryland forward Bruno Fernando (23) drives past Iowa guard Connor McCaffery during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. Maryland won 66-65. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin was suspended Friday for the rest of the season for referring to Maryland’s Bruno Fernando as “King Kong” during a game.Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for Iowa’s athletic, announced the move just hours before the 21st-ranked Hawkeyes hosted Indiana.ADVERTISEMENT Dustin Johnson builds 2-shot lead in Mexico as Tiger Woods rallies SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

  • Cricket: Reason for India’s wild success in matches in Hyderabad? A Ganesha temple

    first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Courtesy: Business Line)It is common for someone to seek the blessings of the almighty when things aren’t going good. But is it believable that the upturn of events for team India in Hyderabad is a Ganesha temple? Yes you heard it right!The visit of the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal (Hyderabad) isn’t just another ground but a pilgrimage as you are greeted by a temple for Lord Ganesha. It is known to have been constructed in the year 2011 when both team India and IPL franchise Deccan Chargers were not winning any match in this ground.Following the arrival of Lord Ganesha to the cricket stadium, luck has shone bright on the home side. The first Test at this venue was in 2010 against New Zealand which ended in a draw after which the temple came up. The hosts registered emphatic victories in the next three games here.This trend of winning doesn’t look like being broken anytime soon as India sit comfortably in the driver’s seat vs Windies in the ongoing test match.Asked on how the temple came up at the venue, priest Hanumanth Sharma claimed that it was built in 2011 as “neither the Indian team nor the now-defunct IPL franchise Deccan Chargers was winning any match at this ground.” “It was proving to be inauspicious for the home team. Then it was found out that there was ‘Vaastu Dosham’ (problem in the building design, as per ancient Hindu architectural system),” he said. “Lord Ganesha is the God of Vaastu Shastra. You can check the records and after 2011, the Indian team never lost here,” Hanumanth said.Hemanth also grinned while admitting that MS Dhoni always came up to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha after each practice session.Also Read:Ind vs WI- 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Rahane-Pant stand propells India to pole position Advertisementlast_img read more

  • India vs England, 4th Test, Day 3: As it happened

    first_imgWelcome to our coverage of the third day of the fourth Test between India and England in Mumbai. (LIVE SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)16.40 IST: Murali Vijay: Pressure was huge, and again I backed my ability. I went back home, worked on my basics, and came strong today. I was getting out to short-pitched deliveries and there was a lot of talk about it. I was confident, and came out with an open mind. The basic thing was I did not think too much about the short balls. We had some momentum with us, the way Virat started was fantastic and the way he ended was even more amazing. The pitch has a lot of assistance for the spinners, hopefully our bowlers can get more. Always great to bat with Pujara and Virat.At Stumps on Day 3 of the 4th Test, #TeamIndia are 451/7, lead #ENG(400) by 51 runs (Virat 147*, Jayant 30* ) #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/DLnLRWCm2I BCCI (@BCCI) December 10, 201616.34 IST: STUMPS! An eventful day for India comes to an end. With two centurions leading from the front it was just about keeping up the momentum. After loosing Pujara just on the second ball of the day, Kohli and Vijay comfortably sailed over the first session with some quick-run scoring. India 451/7 at stumps, lead England (400) by 51 runsThe English bowlers will be disappointed as they could not bundled the Indians out in the final session where they could only get a single wicket. Again a bad day for England with the ball as they failed to capitalise on their chances. Jayant Yadav proved his point by sticking on with Kohli to take them through the day with just 7 wickets down. Kohli was sublime all through the day and looks like he has a plan to take the game away from the Englishmen.advertisement16.21 IST: Down the leg side, Jayant Yadav tries to clip it but fails to hit it. A huge appeal by the fielders and the umpire denies. They ask for a review but they have none left. Replays suggest there was a faint edge.16.06 IST: FOUR! Pitched outside off, Jayant Yadav goes for a hit and finds his inside edge flying behind the stumps for a boundary through fine leg.15.52 IST: NOT OUT! England go for a review as Jayant is not given out caught behind. The visitors are fairly confident though. Pitched up and outside off, Jayant Yadav goes to hit it but misses the ball. Bairstow appeals and the umpire denies. They have gone in for a review. The Ultra Edge shows that there was nothing hitting the bat. They have used up all the reviews now. India 411/7, lead England (400) by 11 runs15.45 IST: DROPPED! Root drops Jayant on 8. Pitched outside off and moving outside, Jayant goes to play for it and the ball takes the outside edge in process. A simple catch towards the left of Root is not gathered properly.Wankhede celebrates as @imVkohli brings up his 15th Test ton. This has been a batting masterclass from #TeamIndia skipper #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/N0xIy2CgNi BCCI (@BCCI) December 10, 2016Most Test 100s by Indian captains11 S Gavaskar (74 inns)9 Mohd Azharuddin (68)8 Virat Kohli (34)7 S Tendulkar (43)#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 10, 201615.03 IST: CENTURY! Well played, Virat Kohli! Fuller outside off, Kohli drives it through covers for a single. There was a fumble at covers and that allowed the run. He takes his helmet off and celebrates his ton. He has played an absolute gem here. He actually celebrated it well, with a leap, a pump of the fist. India 370/7, trail England (400) by 30 runsAP Photo14.51 IST: WICKET! Jadeja departs for 25. Jadeja runs out of patience. Rashid floats it on off, Jadeja again looks to play the big shot. The bat seems to have turned in his hands. It skies in the air, Buttler comes across from mid off, goes to his left and takes the catch safely. Replays show there was a puff of dust when the ball landed. India 364/7, trail England (400) by 36 runsVirat Kohli 500 runs in this series, 2nd time in his career (692 in Aus 2014/15)Sachin Tendulkar 500+ in a series: never!#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 10, 201614.35 IST: FOUR! Hit away! Shorter outside leg, Kohli picks it early, rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Superb placement, that.14.12 IST: TEA! India 348/6, trail England (400) by 52 runs. An eventful session of Test cricket. The honours are probably even, with India still trailing by 52 runs. England struck at regular intervals in the session as the spinners finally found their lines and lengths to induce the false strokes. The stand between the Indian skipper, who has looked solid, and Jadeja though eased the nerves for the hosts.advertisementBoth Kohli and Jadeja played their shots to deflect the pressure back on England. With the pitch breaking up, every run matters and hence the visitors will hope to wrap this up quickly and get batting. India will aim to delay it as much possible and try and sneak in a lead. It promises to be another exciting session.13.59 IST: FOUR! Pitched short by Moeen Ali, Jadeja camps back and punches it down the track towards mid on for a boundary. India 344/6, trail England (400) by 56 runs13.43 IST: DROPPED! Pitched outside leg, Kohli hits hard straight to the bowler and Rashid cannot grab that one. Tough catch for Rashid. Kohli dropped on 68. How costly will that be?13.39 IST: WICKET! Root bowls outside leg, Ashwin tries to hit of his pads but he gets his shot straight in the hands of Jennings who was standing at forward short leg. Unlucky Ashwin and a really good catch by Jennings. Ashwin waited for the third umpire decision but that was a clear catch and the ball was no where near the helmet. India 307/6, trail England (400) by 93 runs13.29 IST: WICKET! Parthiv Patel departs. Joe Root bowls outside off on a good length and Parthiv tries to go inside out over the cover region. In process he gets an outside edge which goes behind the stumps. The ball hits Bairstow’s shoulder and goes up in the air for an easy catch for him in the second chance. India 305/5, trail England (400) by 95 runsMost runs in 2016 in all formats (Tests/ODIs/T20Is)2400* Virat Kohli, ave 85.712399 J Root, ave 49.972186 D Warner2048 S Smith#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 10, 201612.55 IST: WICKET! Good review from England. Floated on middle and leg, Karun comes forward to defend but is hit on his pads. The players go up in an appeal but the umpire says no. Ali comes across to have a chat with Bairstow who is not sure why it is not given out. Cook confers, is convinced and goes for the review. Replays show the bat was very close to the pad, there is a doubt over deflection. The bat actually hit the pad and also the ball and hence there are a couple of spikes which caused the delay. The umpire concludes there is no bat there and three reds follow. Karun Nair again has to go for a low score. Moeen Ali has another wicket. India 279/4, trail England (400) by 121 runs12.44 IST: FOUR! Innovation from Karun! Floated outside off, Karun premeditates it early and reverse sweeps it through third man for a boundary off Moeen Ali. India 278/3, trail England (400) by 122 runsFIFTY up for @imVkohli in the 4th Test #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/57qp2rKuP7 BCCI (@BCCI) December 10, 201612.26 IST: WICKET! Vijay departs to a sharp catch! Floated outside off, Vijay looks to go down the ground but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He ends up hitting the low full toss back to the bowler. Rashid fumbles a touch and the ball almost pops out but he holds onto it. Vijay cannot believe his luck but he has to go. End of a fine knock by the Indian opener. India 262/3, trail England (400) by 138 runsadvertisement12.19 IST: Vijay slammed his second century of the series. (Read full report)12.11 IST: DAY 3, SESSION 2: Welcome back for the second session of play. India will aim to continue batting as long as possible. Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli stride out to bat.Well played #MuraliVijay???Gr8 balance,amazing timer of the ball & pleasing 2 the eye???Love watching him bat??? #INDvENG @BCCI VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 10, 201611.32 IST: LUNCH! India 247/2, trail England (400) by 153 runs. Vijay 124*, Virat Kohli 44*. Now that was an interesting session of Test cricket and India have won their second session in a row. Jake Ball struck with the second ball of the day, dismissing Cheteshwar Pujara but that was all that went in the favour of the visitors as both Vijay and Kohli held fort for the hosts with a fine century stand. Both of them have been keen on using their feet well to the spinners.Vijay got to his ton and looked a bit rusty looking to get going with the game. He survived a scare when he was given out lbw to Rashid but the inside edge saved him, albeit a review. India scored 101 runs in the session but will know with the trail still 153, they are a long way off from getting on top in this game.England will rue the indiscipline of their spinners. There were patches of brilliance followed by the customary bad balls. It was about this time that the visitors had collapsed a touch and will want to inflict something similar on India. They are still not out of it but need an inspirational spell to stay on top in this game. Do join us for the second session in a while.11.22 IST: NOT OUT! DECISION OVERTURNED. Bowled on the stumps, Vijay stretches forward trying to defend it and the umpire gives it out. The reviews show that bat was hit first. That seems to be a clear inside edge which the umpire missed and he has to reverse his decision. The bat and pad were really close. Vijay was quick to ask for a review and his confidence paves out. India 240/2, trail by 160 runsReuters PhotoCongratulations skipper @imVkohli – 4000 Test runs pic.twitter.com/DMDnjnoytF BCCI (@BCCI) December 10, 201611.01 IST: MILESTONE! Virat Kohli completes 4,000 Test runs, becoming the 14th Indian to achieve the feat. India 219/2 (74.1 overs), trail England (400) by 181 runs.@mvj888 celebrates as he brings up his 8th Test ton @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/064WqaskHL BCCI (@BCCI) December 10, 201610.52 IST: CENTURY! Murali Vijay slams his eighth hundred off 231 balls. He reaches the milestone with a single towards point region. He has played a well composed knock to get to the three-figure mark. India 215/2 (71.5 overs), trail England (400) by 185 runsVirat Kohli in 2016Tests: 1000*ODIs: 739T20Is: 641In all intls: 2380* runs in 2016#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 10, 20161000 Test runs in 2016 for #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/rkCcXXZXRR BCCI (@BCCI) December 10, 201610.39 IST: MILESTONE! Virat Kohli completes 1,000 runs in Test cricket in 2016. India 209/2 (69 overs), trail England (400) by 191 runs10.18 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli have put on a fifty stand for the third wicket. India 197/2 (64.4 overs), trail England (400) by 203 runs10.10 IST: FOUR! SUBLIME! Stokes bowls it full outside off, Vijay presses forward and unfurls a glorious drive through extra cover for a majestic boundary. A shot a cricket lover can make love to. Beautiful, just too good. India 189/2 (62.5 overs), trail England (400) by 211 runs09.51 IST: SIX! Vijay finally makes it. Floated outside off, Vijay this time dances down the wicket and lofts it over the bowler’s head for a maximum. Vijay held his bat very straight, but India are not shutting shop. India 166/2 (57.1 overs), trail England (400) by 234 runs09.48 IST: FOUR! Kohli playing with fire! Shorter outside off, Kohli rides the bounce and guides it past the gully fielder for a boundary. Cook won’t mind the shot, Kohli won’t mind the runs.09.45 IST: FOUR! Risky but needed? Shorter length outside off, Kohli waits for it and guides it with an open face through the gully region for a boundary.09.38 IST: FOUR! Kohli off the mark. Shorter outside off, Kohli rides the bounce and guides it past the diving fielder at point for a boundary. He did well to get on top of that one. India trail by 250 runsReuters Photo09.32 IST: WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara misses out on fifty. The move to open with Jake Ball today works. Angled on a length outside off, comes in sharply, Pujara lets it go but the ball wasn’t even bouncing and he has his off stump pegged back. That’s a poor leave but a brilliant start for England and Ball is delighted. Pujara has gone after a start. Replays show that the ball did brush the pads on the way to the stumps. India 146/2 (52.2 overs), trail England (400) by 254 runs09.28 IST: Game time! The players are out in the middle. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are out to bat.09.26 IST: PITCH REPORT – Sunil Gavaskar reckons that the pitch has not broken up yet. There are a few cracks which were bothering but they have held up well. The odd ball has spun a lot off the crack. The flatter trajectory has not allowed the ball to spin. Opines that Rashid can make a difference with Moeen keeping the ends tight. Mentions that the pitch will break up sooner than later given the history of the deck. Ends by saying that India will want to get as close to the England total as possible. Nasser Hussain admits that the England spinners were inconsistent and need to be a bit more disciplined and not let India run away with the game.Brief Day 2 Report: India’s batsmen made a strong start in their reply to England’s 400 all out on day two of the fourth Test, reaching 146 for the loss of just one wicket by the close.Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara put on 107 runs for the second wicket as batsmen enjoyed an easy, slow-turning wicket at the Wankhede Stadium that offered no hope to seamers and some assistance to spinners.England’s spinners were not able to control the ball as well as their Indian counterparts did. India’s spinners took all 10 English first innings wickets.At stumps, Vijay was unbeaten on 70 runs, while Pujara was batting on 47 not out. The hosts trail by 254 runs.The duo had come together just before tea when Lokesh Rahul (24) was bowled by Moeen Ali (1/44). Pujara and Vijay then added 84 runs after the break in a wicketless session for England. 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    first_imgMessi’s dribbling or Ronaldo’s screamers – Goal readers have their say Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:16 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Goal and UEFA Champions League sponsor Nissan asked YOU what makes the most exciting goals, which provided some intriguing results What makes a great goal? What type of strikes are the most memorable, which mean the most, and which echo loudest in history?Goal and UEFA Champions League sponsor Nissan wanted to find out, so we put that question to you, our users.The results were intriguing, and reflected the cultural and geographical differences between the way those of us around the world consume the beautiful game. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But there were some things on which a general consensus was found. For example, everyone loves a screamer – regardless of the adjective we use to describe them. Football is, after all, a universal language.Nissan Messi Ronaldo 11092017Thirty-one per cent of Goal users from around the world cited long-range shots as the game’s most exciting goals. Unequivocally the most exciting type of goal to our global users, however, were those that arrived via magical solo-runs, with 35% preferring goals of individual brilliance; ostensibly preferring Lionel Messi’s dribbles to Cristiano Ronaldo’s bullets.Our global audience also agreed that team play provided the best origin of any goal, with 40% stating their preference for a strike that arrived after a slick passing move.Having established what type of goal you find most exciting, we wanted to know who you love to see scoring. The idol was popular across the board, with 37% of global users saying they wanted to see the star of the show.And of course, almost everyone agreed that nothing is more exciting than a stoppage-time goal in a final.Goal Nissan GFX Late GoalsGlobally, there was also a consensus that great goals are best experienced live at the stadium – which was particularly interesting in Asia, where a massive 54% debunked the myth that football fans from the continent are more interested in games taking place on the other side of the world.Asian fans also voiced their fondness for experiencing excitement digitally and, in a region where individuals are championed more than anywhere else, they categorically backed the idol – with a region-high 43% of users backing the superstar.Indeed, there were some interesting results when we broke down our feedback geographically. Spectacular shots from distance proved the most popular among European users, while individual goals were most enjoyed among football fans from Africa – a region that has always cherished the genius of the game’s great dribblers. Goal Nissan GFX idolThirty-four per cent of readers in Africa – a continent accustomed to losing its brightest talent at an ever-decreasing age – however, said they wanted to see the ‘wonderkid’ find the net. Indeed, Africa was the only continent that preferred seeing a goal from a youngster rather than an established star.South America, meanwhile, the region which continues to produce football’s greatest individual talents, predictably lauded the solo goal most, with a whopping 45% insisting they were the most exciting type of goal.Interestingly, South Americans told us they valued no origin of a goal more than that which begins with a pattern of team passing – though at just 27% it was the continent most undecided. South Americans were unanimous, however, in their love of the soundtrack to each goal. Goal Nissan GFX team gameIn a continent where radio played such a huge role in the early development of the game, the region unsurprisingly boasts the most excited commentators in the world, and South American fans insisted those calling the action brought an extra dimension to those special moments. Back in the old continent, 41% of users in Europe – where the game is undoubtedly at its highest standard but still has to import its individual talent from South America – preferred team interplay to individual moments, stating their excitement around great passing moves and ruthless counter-attacks. The bigger the club, the more goals are enjoyed in Europe, it appears, where 22% said they liked nothing better than seeing the giants hit the net.last_img read more