Brilliant Broad silences Brisbane boos

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneySTUART Broad took five wickets to put England in charge on the first day of the first Ashes Test despite a battling Australian rearguard that kept the hosts alive at 273 for eight at the close of play on Thursday.The England paceman’s first four wickets helped trigger an Australia collapse from 71 for the loss of a single wicket prior to lunch to 132-6 during the middle session.Broad, cast as the pantomime villain in Australia after his failure to walk at Trent Bridge earlier this year, then returned with the second new ball to bowl Mitchell Johnson for 64 and break his 114-run seventh wicket stand with Brad Haddin.Haddin, playing his 50th Test, was unbeaten on 78 when stumps were drawn with long shadows across the ground, and will resume on day two with Ryan Harris, who had scored four.Australia won the toss and decided to bat on a bright, sunny morning at the Gabba and the booing of Broad, branded a ‘smug Pommy cheat’ on the front page of the local Courier-Mail newspaper, contributed to a festive atmosphere.Opener Chris Rogers was the first victim of the bounce Broad managed to generate from the Gabba track but it was the dismissals of Shane Watson, Michael Clarke and David Warner around lunch that shifted the momentum firmly England’s way.Watson, whose preparations for the series were disrupted by a hamstring injury, looked like reaching lunch with his wicket intact until Broad intervened.The all-rounder pushed at a ball he could have left and edged it to Graeme Swann at second slip, swatting his bat in disgust at the manner and timing of his dismissal for 22.Australia captain Clarke faced just seven balls after lunch before he was making his way back to the dressing room with one run to his name after he popped a catch Bell at short leg.Opener Warner had looked dangerous in building an innings of 49 with some choice shots but he threw it all away when he swatted a Broad delivery straight to Kevin Pietersen in the covers.James Anderson then pitched in to remove debutant George Bailey for three runs before Chris Tremlett, the third England quick, curtailed a promising innings from Steve Smith for 31.Haddin, whose half century was his 13th in Tests, then combined with Johnson, recalled for his pace bowling than his batting prowess, to stem the flow of wickets.Johnson hit six fours and two huge sixes for his eighth Test 50 before Broad smashed his wickets asunder to complete his 11th Test five-wicket haul.England, who won the first series of this year’s double header 3-0, are chasing a fourth successive Ashes triumph and a first victory at the Gabba since 1986.All is not lost for Australia, however, and they could look to the corresponding Gabba Test in the 2010-11 series for some comfort.England were bowled out for 260 on the opening day but battled back for a draw, carrying the momentum from that recovery to clinch the series 3-1.last_img read more

Clubs raided, arrests made in tax probe

first_imgEnglish football clubs were raided early on Wednesday morning by tax officials as part of a wide-sweeping probe, with several men arrested for suspected Income Tax and National Insurance fraud.British media were reporting that West Ham United and Newcastle United were targets of the investigation.The London club did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment, while a Newcastle spokesperson said she expected to issue a statement “in due course”.West Ham issued a statement to local media, saying the club was “cooperating fully with HMRC to assist their enquiries”.The body responsible for United Kingdom’s tax collection said: “180 HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today.“Investigators have searched a number of premises in the North East and South East of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.“This criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to face the consequences.”HMRC said French authorities were assisting the UK investigation, that they have made arrests and that several locations have been searched in France.A French judicial source with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed to Reuters that a preliminary investigation has been opened and that operations were underway in France and in the UK.The source, who declined to be named, would not elaborate.last_img read more

Why spunks…

first_img…towards the US?Well…well…well! Guyana voted against the US (and Trump) on that country’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In case you’d imbibed too much in the Christmas party, dear reader, and missed the dust-up at the UN…here’s the scoop. Trump, being Trump, decided to jettison decades of US policy not to go along with Israel’s insistence that Jerusalem was the capital of the state of Israel, which they’d created after driving out half of the Palestinian population.Jerusalem, however, remained with a Palestinian majority, and in recent proposals to bring peace to the Middle East, the UN-sponsored “two-state solution” (divvying up  the state of Israel into Palestinian and Jewish parts) was acceptable to 165 countries, except the US and Israel. The Palestinians would make East Jerusalem into their capital.While the US is only one country, it’s the lone superpower standing, so all of this was turned on its head by Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem!The matter was brought to the 15-member Security Council, where even close ally Britain joined the 14-1 vote against the US decision. The latter, of course, used its veto to prevent a resolution being moved against it. Trump wasn’t moved – his stock rose in the domestic gallery he was playing to – he was sticking it to the UN, full of “furriners”! The counter resolution in the General Assembly, which Guyana and the other 127 countries voted for, doesn’t have any legal effect; it’s just sending a message to Trump.So the question arises: Why did Granger have his Government go along? Principle? Well, the book on Granger’s hero, mentor and model – Burnham — was written by Tyrone Ferguson. The title he gave it was “To survive sensibly or to court heroic death”! The point he made, of course, is that unlike Jagan, Burnham had no desire to “court certain death” by taking on the US so in the beginning. Once ensconced in power, it was a different story!In the matter at hand, US UN Representative Nikki Haley had warned countries – with individual notes – that the US was “taking names”! Of the 193 member countries, 8 voted with the US, 35 abstained (including TT and Jamaica) and 24 didn’t vote. The last two groups must’ve listened to Trump: “We’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” They wanted to “survive”.So, what gave Granger spunks? Well, Burnham got spunks after he got power, because the PPP was anathema to the US, and so the US had no choice but to put up with the PNC’s nose-thumbing.Is the PPP once again beyond the (US) pale?…against Opposition MPsClerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Issacs, sent out a missive defending the police invasion of the Parliament Chambers to eject Opposition PPP MPs. And what a strange defence it was – reminiscent of AG Basil Williams’s forays in the Courts of Law! He started out with:“Referring to an incident in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, the 24th edition of Erskine May Parliamentary Practice at page 457 states that the Speaker directed the Sergeant-at-Arms to remove a Member of Parliament who refused to comply with an instruction to withdraw. The Sergeant-at-Arms, “finding that force was necessary, brought in his officers… ” Well, excuse your possibly optically challenged Eyewitness, but didn’t that say the Sergeant at Arms “brought in his officers.” Issacs should check further and he’d find the Sergeant-at-Arms works with the “Office of the Parliamentary Security Director”.Then he refers to ejections from the South African Parliament. Yes, that happened, but did Issacs not read, “CON-COURT RULES POLICE MAY NOT REMOVE MPS FROM PARLIAMENT”??But why’s the Clerk suddenly so pro-active? Anything to do with mining concessions?…on curfewWho says the Public Security Minister has no power? He just relaxed the 2am curfew for the holidays!! Makes sense, doesn’t it?Just when they’ll be the most drunks on the roads!!last_img read more

Burnham’s policies had plunged Guyana into an economic abyss

first_imgDear Editor,As of late, laudable exhortations portraying Forbes Burnham as a prophet of so-called social cohesion in Guyana are risible, to say the least.Burnham was a megalomaniac whose policy plunged the country into an economic abyss. Aversion to everything British, and lacking thoughtfulness; large scale nationalisation, and replacement of qualified and able personnel with lackeys whose only qualification was their card-bearing membership of the PNC was more visceral than gravitas. During Burnham’s dictatorship, the economic, social and moral conditions of the Guyanese people can rationally be encapsulated as the darkest period of post-independence Guyana.This argument is supported by the following incontrovertible facts: The blatant rigging of elections for two decades was well documented by the British Granada Television. In this expose, non-existent Guyanese voters were deemed to be domiciled in cemeteries in Britain and other non-verifiable addresses.During Burnham’s time, systemic kicking down of doors of East Indian family dwellings was the norm, and this scourge led to mass migration of these hapless people. Far from being a person of social cohesion, Burnham and his ilk nurtured the concept of racial primacy based on the authoritarian idea of party paramountcy. This vile doctrine was so entrenched that it accelerated racial fear rather than racial harmony. Assault on the Rule of Law and coercion of judges made the independence of the judiciary a mockery to the point that one of the pre-eminent jurists, Akbar Khan, found it necessary to migrate.Dishonesty, manipulation, intimidation, and boldness in his opportunistic utterances prompted Sir Nigel Fisher (Duncan Sandy’s deputy) to characterise Burnham as “twisted as a cork-screw”. To intimidate the populace, Burnham harboured the crime fugitive Rabbi Washington, whose reign of terror was all-pervasive.In one of his pre-independence talks in London, Burnham used increasingly stringent language in his denunciation of the East Indian entrepreneurial community. Cheddi Jagan, when asked informally to comment on Burnham’s chutzpa, resisted with evasion and sophistry.All in all, the PNC under Burnham was the apotheosis of racial and social strife: and this perception remains haunted in the collective consciousness of the people. So much for social cohesion!The sycophants and apologists of Burnham cannot honestly palliate the wrongs of the Burnham regime. With cunning, they devise dubious claims of Burnham’s place in Guyana’s history. It is worthy to note that the present state of lawlessness, corruption, bribery, suicide, domestic violence, day-time robbery and violation of the Constitution is a continuum of an inherited past; and such moral squalor is only fascinating for its repugnance. Editor, to write of Burnham’s legacy would occupy volumes, and no effort to glorify the period of Burnham’s rule would find sanction in an informed and elevated mind.Respectfully,Albert Khanlast_img read more

Stadium bans for 88 Dortmund fans after combat cache discovered

first_img“The duration of the bans has been determined mainly by the age of the people, but also according to their past behaviour,” Hendrik Grosse Lefert, chief security officer for the DFB, said.The minimum nationwide stadium ban handed out was four months for the gang, who were found with flares, helmets and combat sport gloves.Dortmund were punished following the Leipzig incidents with the closure of its South Stand, which holds 24,000 spectators, for the next match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A gang of Dortmund fans were found with flares, helmets and combat sport gloves © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLBERLIN, Germany, Mar 2 – Nearly 100 Borussia Dortmund fans have been banned from Bundesliga stadiums nationwide for up to two years after police stopped them in possession of combat equipment, the German FA (DFB) said Thursday.The gang of 88 were stopped en route to a game at Darmstadt on February 11 and sent back to Dortmund, a week after Dortmund fans attacked women and children from visiting RB Leipzig.last_img read more

A wireless bondage

first_imgLET’S say you went to a restaurant. It’s your local place. You go there. The food is mediocre. The service is horrible. The wait time is ridiculous. The employees are incompetent. When you request to speak to a manager, they say they’ll get back to you. Weeks pass with no response. No one cares about your grievances. You really hate your experience there – you find it unbearable. You muster up some self-esteem, and you swear that you deserve to be treated better. You promise you will never go back. Ever. But in order to go to a new restaurant, you must pay $200 to the first. Now that all sounds silly if you’ve never had a cell phone. But if you have signed a contract with a cell-phone company, then you know what I am talking about. It’s gotten so bad that according to the Washington Post, Corey Taylor of Chicago faked his own death to avoid the fee. This is nothing new. But what is new is the iPhone. The iPhone makes my Blackberry seem like the Model T. Apple streamlined the cell phone. I’m not one for dramatic declarations, but it’s a revolution! The first time I played with one I got misty-eyed. It’s what us tech geeks have been waiting for our whole, nerdy lives. But iPhone debuted with AT&T wireless exclusively. Oh sure, a 17-year-old with a soldering iron unlocked it. And there are some other hackers who have figured it out. But for us mortals, we’re looking at our contracts and contemplating the dreaded fees so we can get iPhones of our own. And that’s the one reason the issue of being penalized for changing cell-phone companies has finally made its way into the national discourse. You could call it the butterfly effect. One little phone has brought to light unfair business practices. It could lead to changing the entire industry, and one day the world! The penalty is anti-competition. There is no fine line between price fixing and a fixed fine. The only way change will happen is if Congress passes a law. Sound extreme? Ask to talk to someone at your cell-phone company about it, see how fast they get back to you. Yeah, when government is more responsive than an entire profitable industry, things have gotten out of hand. Let us not forget that you couldn’t take your phone number with you to another provider until the FCC passed a mandate in 2003. That, again, was a punitive hit for changing carriers. It had nothing to do with technology, as the companies claimed. So the government had to step in and halt the practice. So what if Congress is all gummed up with partisan spats? Republicans have cell phones. Democrats have cell phones. Let’s give them something they can actually get done in the next year. When it comes to cell-phone contracts, give us liberty instead of a faked death! Tina Dupuy is a stand-up comic and a writer living in Los Angeles. She’s the author of the blog www.sardonicsideshow.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Any relationship that requires you to dummy up a death certificate to get out of it needs to be re-examined. We’re not talking about the IRS. This isn’t Los Angeles Parking Enforcement. This isn’t the DMV, where you are just stuck with the service. This is the highly touted private sector! This is the benefits of capitalism! This is a free marketplace, where consumers rule! (Cough.) So what’s with the fee? Purely punitive. You get punished twice for shoddy service. Once for having it at all, and a second for having the audacity to leave. Instead of improving service and prices, the companies dole out a fine for dumping them. As a consumer, you are forced to decide if your hatred for your cell-phone provider is worth the $200. How bad is the coverage? How outrageous are the charges? How angry are you that your phone records were given over to the NSA? The corporations should be penalized for bad service, not the other way around. The money is nothing more than a fine. The payment doesn’t benefit you in any way. The only thing you get from paying it is to get away from the company that caused your misery in the first place. In that respect, it’s more like extortion. last_img read more

Von Trapp family son dies at 91

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.During the 1930s, von Trapp studied cello and became proficient on several other instruments. He sang tenor with his family’s choir, The Trapp Family Singers, who won great acclaim throughout Europe after their debut in 1935. In 1938, von Trapp and his family escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria. After they arrived in New York, the family became popular with concert audiences. The family eventually settled in Vermont. During World War II, von Trapp served in Europe with the U.S. Army. After the war, von Trapp returned to his family’s farm in Stowe and resumed touring with the family choir. After the Trapp Family Singers retired, von Trapp helped to found a music school in Reading, Penn., called the Community School of Music. Several years later he brought his family back to Vermont and eventually settled on a dairy farm in Waitsfield where he farmed with his family until he retired in 1979. He spent the years after his retirement traveling and weaving, spinning, and crocheting. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Erika, and six children. He is also survived by three sisters and one brother.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTPELIER, Vt. – Werner von Trapp, a member of the musical family made famous by the 1965 movie “The Sound of Music,” has died, his family said. He was 91. Von Trapp died Thursday at his home in Waitsfield. The cause of death was not announced. The family confirmed his death, but declined to comment further. “The Sound of Music” was based loosely on a 1949 book by his stepmother, Maria von Trapp, who died in 1987. It tells the story of an Austrian woman who married a widower with seven children and teaches them music. Born in 1915 in Zell am See, Austria, von Trapp was the fourth child and second son of Captain Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead. In the movie “The Sound of Music,” Werner von Trapp was depicted by the character named Kurt. last_img read more

Datebook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THURSDAY Son Mayor Salsa Band, 6 p.m., AMC Walkway between Palm Avenue and San Fernando Road, Burbank. Back to the Future, 8 p.m., Universal CityWalk, Universal City. Free. Call (818) 622-1111.last_img read more

Premier League sides, including Chelsea, Leicester and Wolves eye Croatian star

first_img REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Chelsea are among a number of Premier League clubs looking at Croatian midfielder Josip Vukovic as they plan their possible summer business.The Blues have been hit with a transfer embargo lasting two windows but should be able to make moves in the summer if they appeal the punishment from FIFA. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED REPLY no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade shining Great victory. 3rd in a row. +3 ✔Next match —> Rio AveVamos Maritimo 💚❤ pic.twitter.com/SLKlS6CAZ7— Josip Vuković (@JosipVukovic44) January 20, 2019Christian Pulisic is already scheduled to join the club in July after they concluded a deal for the player last month with Borussia Dortmund.And as they attempt to ready themselves for their ban, Maritimo ace Vukovic is player they taken a look at.Benfica and Rangers continue to watch the player with his impressive form in 2019 seeing increased interest in his services.A defensive midfielder, he’s also been scouted by Leicester City, Watford, and Wolverhampton Wanderers, with a fee of around £4million thought to be enough to prise him away from the Portuguese side. REVEALED ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The 26-year-old joined the Primeira Liga side in 2018 from Olimpik Donetsk and has impressed, most recently in the club’s 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon.Vukovic has made 16 appearances this season for the team currently managed by former Portugal international Petit.Once a Croatian Under-19 international, he revealed to Portuguese outlet Record he still dreams of a senior call-up for his nation. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL STORIESlast_img read more

Top 10 ReadWriteWeb Quotes of 2011

first_imgTags:#2011 in Review > Best of 2011#web#Year in Review A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… scott fulton Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting An intern once asked me, what’s the difference between a “journalist” of my day and a “blogger” of his? I laughed and told him my day ain’t over yet. Then I followed up by saying that journalism is something I do on a blog, and there are many other things one can do on a blog, only a few of which I’ll allow.The thing journalists still do today is extract and present the viewpoints of people who matter more to the business they cover than the journalists themselves. Here now in living color are a handful of the most revealing, poignant, and on occasion, truthful statements made to ReadWriteWeb journalists in the year about to pass.#10After people finish college, they probably grow (in their professional capacity) about 10% a year – learning and earning double in 7 years. As a startup, you can’t afford to do it that way. You need to invest in them and get them to grow faster. Spending time with them is key.Auren Hoffman, CEO, Rapleaf, a personal data aggregation service, to RWW’s Marshall Kirkpatrick, September 8, 2011.#9I see the platform business being in a once-in-a-decade transformation. That transformation is driven by the move to cloud, to build social apps, mobile apps, real-time applications. Developers are saying, “Look, the ten-year-old technologies from .NET or Java Enterprise Edition weren’t really designed for this new world.”Byron Sebastian, CEO, Heroku, in an interview with RWW’s Scott M. Fulton, III, October 28, 2011.#8We’re faced with a real challenge of covering an entirely new coverage area. A lot of the tried and true methods don’t work anymore. I remember being a cub reporter and going in at 5 am to write up the police blotter. There are no media rooms in what we’re trying to cover. No one is faxing us things. There are so much less formal systems; everything’s out there but it’s an enormous mess. When someone walks down the street it doesn’t leave a path of 1s and 0s but when someone walks down the street on Twitter, it does.Nick White, CEO, The Daily Dot, to RWW’s Marshall Kirkpatrick, August 23, 2011.#7I think one of the real challenges was not knowing what the challenges were going to be and kind of uncovering a lot of new problems here that no one has solved in the past. So, it requires a lot of new solutions that no one has never thought up. It is a lot of hard work.Mat Marquis, principal designer, The Boston Globe, discussing the paper’s “responsive redesign” project with RWW’s Dan Rowinski, September 14, 2011.#6A lot of us are too willing to accept roles as consumers in society. I understand the economic reasons for that, but I don’t think it leads to a fulfilling life or a sustainable community. The best way out of this is to deconstruct what you’re consuming, or better yet to become a creator yourself. I’m trying to help people see their own creativity.Douglas Roshkoff, author, Program or Be Programmed, to RWW’s Klint Finley, May 26, 2011.#5There are literally 100 million people who are building software in one way, shape, or form. One of the things that we want to do, particularly in this world of connected devices and continuous services, is to say, how can we make our platforms and our tools desirable and relevant to the broader development community? At the same time… we absolutely want to keep in mind that there is a set of people who we call “the existing Microsoft developer base,” and we actually want to figure out how to move them forward into this new world. When you have a .NET or a .NET code base, how do you bring that forward into the new world? Do you want to run it as a Windows Desktop application, or into the Metro world? We want to make it easy for people to bring their skill set, their expertise, and their code forward into this new world.S. Somasegar, Senior VP, Microsoft Developer Division, to RWW’s Scott M. Fulton, III, September 14, 2011.#4The concept of journalism is going away. It is not enough to be a writer. You need to be a writer and an expert.Jason Calcanis, CEO, Weblogs, Inc., to RWW Managing Editor Abraham Hyatt, June 13, 2011.#3It’s astonishing to me that, when we see certain people with some of the quality that Steve Jobs undoubtedly had, we reject them out of hand because they stand against the tide. Their “hell-no-ness,” if you will, gets on our nerves. I dare say, especially if they’re women. And that’s a little sexist.Carmi Levy, contributing analyst, CTV News Channel, to RWW’s Scott M. Fulton, III, November 24, 2011.#2BROWSER SHOULD BE WINDOW TO INTERNET. IT NOT JOB OF WINDOW TO BREAK THING YOU LOOKING AT DEPENDING ON WHAT WINDOW YOU USE.@FAKEGRIMLOCK, GIANT ROBOT DINOSAUR MAKE COMMENT IN COMMENTS, AT JON MITCHELL, OTHER DAY IN 2011.#1It became too much of a tangle. At the end of the day the focus on what was important was lost, and what is important are the developers.Carlos Icaza, CEO, Ansca Mobile and former Flash engineer for Adobe, to RWW’s Dan Rowinski, November 9, 2011.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more