World Cup Twenty20: IPL helps opponents plot India’s downfall

first_imgIt has almost become fashionable for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be blamed for all the ills that plague cricket, all around the world.But in the case of India’s campaigns at every World Twenty20 since the billion-dollar league made its debut back in 2008, there’s a clear trend – opposition teams exploit their familiarity with the Indian players to plot their downfall.Take the example of India’s two tormentors in Friday’s game – Aussies Shane Watson and David Warner. They have played five and four seasons of the IPL respectively and the former admitted after the game that the fact that he was used to facing the Indian spinners helped his cause.”I have been lucky in a way that I have been able to play all those spinners in the IPL over the past few years, so I knew how they were going to bowl to me and how they were going to try to get me out,” the all-rounder said.Australia and South Africa are the two countries that contribute the maximum number of players to the league, apart from India, and almost every player from those countries talks about using his IPL experience against the Indians.George Bailey, the Australia skipper, has played just four IPL games for the Chennai Super Kings, but has seen the likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin and Lakshmipathy Balaji at close quarters over the last four years.”This game can be very fickle and you don’t decide on basis of one or two performances. I have tried to follow that while selecting the Australian team. I have learnt a lot there,” Bailey had said before the game. Chennai teammate Albie Morkel of South Africa is more blunt in his assessment.”Well, it certainly helps having played alongside these players. Since I have shared the change room with these guys, I will be able to give inputs to my team about them and vice-versa. But then, they will also need to make adjustments to stay ahead of everyone,” he says.That’s something the Indians seem to do very irregularly, which has led to a massive decline in their T20 record. None of the players in the squad of 15 – bar Ashoke Dinda and, to a certain extent, Ashwin – has used the IPL as a vehicle to the India shirt. That just goes to show that the league, which was supposed to be a showcase for Indian talent, has had the opposite of the desired effect.advertisementlast_img read more

MHA reviews Bezbaruah Committee report

first_imgNew Delhi, May 12 (PTI) The Home Ministry today reviewed the progress on implementation of the M P Bezbaruah Committee report on problems being faced by people of northeast origin in Delhi and other parts of the country.Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju chaired the meeting where representatives of various ministries and northeastern states gave presentations on different issues.The committees recommendations included legislative measures, special police initiatives for safety and security of northeastern people living in Delhi, NCR and other parts of the country, educating people about the northeast and addressing their grievances of accommodation.Rijiju expressed satisfaction on the steps being taken by different ministries for implementing the report.Over 435 boys and girls of northeast origin have been recruited by Delhi Police and are being given training. The meeting stressed on the need for special classes in Hindi for the people recruited from northeast in Delhi Police.The issues of tourism promotion, cultural and tourism festivals of northeast, films on northeast, promotion of sports and infrastructural facilities, enhancing of northeast programmes on Doordarshan, hostel accommodation in NCR for northeast students were also discussed in the review meeting.The representatives of northeastern states in Delhi informed about the logistics, educational and other related issues of their people.Rijiju asked the participants to take necessary action on the remaining recommendations for their implementation in a time-bound manner, an official spokespersonm said. PTI ACB GVS ZMN GVSlast_img read more

Mails and letters to the editor

first_imgIndia gets toughAugust 29, 2016Modi’s remark on Balochistan shows Pakistan the perils of tit-for-tat diplomacy. What’s Good for the GanderThough Pakistan demands that the principle of self- determination be complied with in Kashmir, it conveniently ignores such a demand for Balochistan (India’s New Rules of Engagement). Moreover, the Chinese presence,India gets toughAugust 29, 2016Modi’s remark on Balochistan shows Pakistan the perils of tit-for-tat diplomacy.What’s Good for the GanderThough Pakistan demands that the principle of self- determination be complied with in Kashmir, it conveniently ignores such a demand for Balochistan (India’s New Rules of Engagement). Moreover, the Chinese presence in Balochistan, with control over Gwadar port-and the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) line cutting through the disputed territories of Gilgit-Baltistan-can only encourage Pakistan to follow policies similar to the Han presence in Xinjiang and Tibet in changing the area’s demographics. It is no surprise, therefore, that Balochistan is progressively turning into a festering wound for Pakistan, since the locals have no stakes in its administration and gain no benefits from its vast resources. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of his Independence Day address has drawn the world’s attention to this contested area, which Pakistan is obviously not eager to discuss in public.H.N. Ramakrishna, BengaluruBy making a reference to Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan in his I-Day speech, Prime Minister Modi has, within two years, moved from one extreme to the other as far as relations with neighbours are concerned-from ‘neighbours first’ to ‘divide thy neighbour’. However, as the United States rightly pointed out, we must not read too much into this “rhetoric diplomacy”. While a weak prime minister like Nawaz Sharif may be forced to indulge in such tactics because he is politically hostage to the Pakistan army, even a relatively strong prime minister like Modi has domestic compulsions, such as elections to win and adversaries to overcome in Kashmir.Krishna Balraj Sahay, PatnaadvertisementAfter Prime Minister Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his I-Day speech, the trials of the Balochis could well acquire an international dimension. Like Nelson Mandela, who thanked India for its support in the freedom struggle in South Africa, Baloch leaders too thanked Modi for highlighting the Balochistan issue. Many people in Balochistan live below the poverty line and lack basic amenities like water, electricity, roads and healthcare. Modi can’t be faulted if he lends moral and diplomatic support to Balochistan’s freedom struggle even as Pakistan had once supported the Khalistan separatist movement in India. Sitting in Delhi, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit shows no compunction in dedicating Pakistan’s independence day to ‘azad Kashmir’ and inviting hardline Hurriyat leaders to Iftar. India should not only ease visa restrictions for Baloch separatist leaders who wish to visit India, but also raise the Baloch issue in the United Nations General Assembly.Kangayam R. Narasimhan, ChennaiThe plight of the Baloch people is turning from bad to worse day by day. It is ultimately the common people who are bearing the brunt of the tussle for supremacy in the region. The pictures we see on news channels and on social media every single day-of murdered infant and adult Balochis-make our hearts cry out in despair. Why are international organisations so helpless that they have become mute spectators to this ghastly violation of human rights and dignity?Hena Prasun , MumbaiFighting to CompeteP.V. Sindhu and Sakshi Malik’s achievements convey to other sportspeople that hard work and passion help you attain your goals. It can also inspire women to participate and contribute more in the field of sports. All those who competed and lost should take heart from these victories. Even if they didn’t win a medal themselves, the hard work and effort they have already put in do deserve every appreciation.Mahesh Kumar, via e-mailP.V. Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar have displayed a great deal of grit, determination, fortitude and focused energy to achieve what mattered to them and to get where they are today. Recognising these wonderwomen and overcoming the ‘analysis paralysis’ will open the door to the other budding sporting talents in our country.Praveena Thimmaiah, BengaluruIt was heartening to see top politicians welcoming the Olympic medal winners home. They have been showered with money and awards; but what about those who participated but lost? Those who did not win medals should be felicitated too, so they continue their quest for medals. Honouring winners alone will not give sportspersons the encouragement they need.Anshu Mathur, AhmedabadP.V. Sindhu’s silver at the Rio Games represents an epic human struggle. Against gender bias. Against politics that mars competition and kills competence. Against a state that can do no better than pay lip service to the pursuit of excellence. Sindhu’s feat is a triumph of the audacity of hope in a country that offers no support to sportspersons who are not proven stars. Chandan Das, via e-mailadvertisementlast_img read more

From DRS row to Jonny Bairstow’s headbutt: Cricket’s most controversial moments in 2017

first_imgJust a few days are left before we ring in the new year which is why it is the perfect time to take a look back at the year gone by in the world of cricket.2017 was filled with records, runs, wickets and also had its fair share of controversies to go with it. Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli once again lit up the year with the plethora of records he broke while Australian skipper Steve Smith wasn’t too far behind.Kohli capped off yet another brilliant year on the field by marrying Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma after four years of dating. Smith will end 2017 as the latest Australian captain to hold the Ashes urn after his team decimated England in the third Test at Perth to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead.But for once, let’s forget about the on-field stats, records and shift our focus towards the biggest controversies that took place on and off the cricket field this year.STEVE SMITH’S ‘DRS BRAIN FADE’ IN BENGALURUAustralia captain Steve Smith was involved in a big controversy on Day 4 of the second Test match against India in Bengaluru and he later tried to justify his actions and went on to concede that he shouldn’t have done what he did on the field.DRS – Dressing room review system? Smith tries to get some suggestions from the dressing room for a review https://t.co/2V488WaKEp #INDvAUS- BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2017Smith was wrapped on the pads by an Umesh Yadav delivery and umpire Nigel Llong gave him out LBW. Smith then consulted his partner at the other end, Peter Handscomb, before turning back to look at the dressing room for help with the DRS. Umpire Llong spotted that and immediately asked Smith to leave the field and denied him a review as it is against the laws of the game to consult anybody off the field for a DRS referral.advertisementSmith later said it was a brain fade on his part and he shouldn’t have done that. The incident made India captain Virat Kohli furious and he went on to say that he won’t be friends with some of the Australian players after the intensely-fought Border-Gavaskar series.ANIL KUMBLE-VIRAT KOHLI FEUDKumble quit as India coach two days after the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy, which Pakistan won in England in June. The legendary bowler resigned after his partnership with captain Kohli became untenable.The inspirational leader was appointed the coach of the Indian cricket team in June 2016 and during his one-year term, Kohli-led India won five consecutive Test series from June 2016-March 2017. Under Kumble’s guidance, India also registered ODI series win against New Zealand, England and reached the ICC Champions Trophy final.But shortly before the Champions Trophy got underway in England earlier this year, murmurs of a rift between Kohli and Kumble first appeared in the media. In the subsequent days and weeks, what unfolded was a messy sequence of events.There had been a total breakdown of communication between Kohli and Kumble. The players were far from happy with the coach’s headmasterly behaviour and there was absolutely no way the Cricket Advisory Committee, Committee of Administrators or the BCCI could have salvaged the situation. After what seemed like an eternity, Kumble stepped down as coach following a Champions Trophy final defeat to Pakistan.In his resignation letter to the BCCI, Kumble wrote that the “captain had reservations” with his style of coaching.CRICKET AUSTRALIA PAY DISPUTEAustralian national team players and the country’s governing body, Cricket Australia, were involved in a pay dispute which raged on for nine months and grew increasingly bitter as both sides took to airing their grievances publicly.At the heart of the disagreement was CA’s insistence that a two-decade-old model, under which players receive a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.The governing body said the model was outdated and claimed it was starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while the players’ union countered that it had underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years. CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) finally announced they had agreed a new pay deal “in principle” in August this year ending an acrimonious dispute that had threatened a tour of Bangladesh and the Ashes series.Australian skipper Steve Smith was at the helm of a successful negotiation as the players celebrated the solidarity of the 230 or so male and female professionals who went unpaid for a month until the conclusion of the dispute.advertisementBEN STOKES PUB BRAWL & SUSPENSIONJust a couple of months before the Ashes series, England suspended Ben Stokes and Alex Hales pending investigations into their involvement in an incident on a night out in Bristol.The ECB made its decision after video footage was published by British newspaper The Sun, purportedly showing Stokes – England’s Test vice-captain – throwing punches in a street fight.Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a pub. Hales, an opening batsman for England, was out with Stokes that night. News that Stokes had flown to New Zealand, his country of birth, later fanned speculation he could be set for a recall, despite England’s cricket board saying the trip was “private” and not Ashes-related.Australian media, however, suspected that it could be part of a plan to parachute him into the team for the ongoing Ashes series if the result of the police investigation comes out beforehand.JONNY BAIRSTOW’S HEADBUTTEngland wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow was also embroiled in a controversy after the Ashes series got underway for allegedly “headbutting” Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft during a night out in Perth in November.According to The Independent, the incident occurred between Bairstow and Bancroft outside The Avenue Hotel in Perth, when England were playing a warm-up match against Western Australia Cricket XI even before the Ashes series commenced.It is claimed that the incident went no further, and that police were not involved in the matter.The ECB later confirmed it had asked Bairstow for an explanation. Bancroft also said that Bairstow had given him a ‘friendly headbutt’ and both men played down the row.England’s disciplinary issues with its players didn’t just end with the Bairstow incident as a month later Ben Duckett was suspended from playing in the remainder of the team’s training camp in Australia and warned about his conduct after a bar incident in December.England’s Ashes tour was further plunged into crisis after batsman Duckett was suspended for pouring a drink on a senior England player reported to be paceman James Anderson after an argument in a Perth bar. The 23-year-old Duckett, who was stood down from an Ashes tour game, was also fined the “maximum allowable amount” for a Lions player.last_img read more

How Deepika unwinds

first_imgDeepika Padukone has embarked on an emotional journey as Malti in Chhapaak, which demands her to feel and live the life of an acid attack survivor touching upon all the adversities the victim feels. To unwind, she tunes into a web series every night.She’s currently watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to divert her mind. After bringing to screen the courage and valour of Rani Padmini in Padmaavat, Padukone personifies another tale of bravery and human spirit with Malti. Drawing instances from the life of Laxmi Agarwal, Chhapaak is a story of the strength and integrity of a woman.Read | Deepika Padukone flaunts killer abs in black sports bra and tights. Ranveer Singh heartslast_img read more

Filipe Luis to decide future after Copa America

first_imgBrazil’s Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis has said that he will decide his future after the Copa America amid interest from teams in Europe and Brazil.The left-back’s contract with Atletico expires on June 30 and in recent weeks he has been linked with Barcelona and Flamengo, among other clubs. The 33-year-old has also not ruled out remaining at Atletico, where he has spent eight of the past nine seasons, reports Xinhua news agency.”I have a chance to stay or leave,” Luis told a news conference here on Tuesday. “I know the doors are open (at Atletico). I already told the coaching staff that I will not say yes to any club before the Copa America ends. Any queries they have, they can speak to me directly.”I’m only going to tell you (journalists) where I’ll play when the Copa America is over.”When asked about the prospect of returning to a Brazilian club, Luis said: “I haven’t made a decision yet, but I would like to play again here and have this experience. Brazil loses out in some respects, but in others, it beats Europe. Which Brazilian kid doesn’t dream of winning the (Brazilian) Serie A?”Luis, who has long been an understudy to Marcelo in Brazil’s national team, is currently the first-choice left-back of Selecao boss Tite following the Real Madrid player’s recent struggles with form and fitness.Brazil will kick off the Copa America against Bolivia at Sao Paulo’s Morumbi stadium on Friday. The five-time world champions will also meet Peru and Venezuela in Group A.advertisementAlso Read | Copa America: Neymar’s absence could be blessing in disguise for hosts BrazilAlso Read | Neymar wants controversial Santos-Barca transfer trial to be held in BarcelonaAlso Seelast_img read more

Solari: Bale issue is an internal matter

first_imgSantiago Solari says he will deal with Gareth Bale in private after the Real Madrid forward reportedly left their loss to Real Sociedad early.Bale was not in the squad for Sunday’s 2-0 La Liga defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu as the Wales international is sidelined by a calf injury.But with Madrid slipping to a sixth loss of the league season, Bale was pictured driving away from the stadium with more than 10 minutes to go. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Although Bale starred at the Club World Cup with a hat-trick in the semi-final against Kashima Antlers, his La Liga form has been mixed.The 29-year-old has only scored one league goal since September 1 and has again been linked with a move away from Madrid.Solari, though, would not reveal whether or not Bale will be punished for leaving the Sociedad match before full-time when he spoke to reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey tie at home to Leganes.”The fact that Bale left the Bernabeu is something to be solved inside the dressing room,” Solari told a news conference.2018 has been a great year. Onwards and upwards and here’s to 2019. Happy New Year!  pic.twitter.com/EWmfsecMAW— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) December 31, 2018Solari was left frustrated by VAR after the technology was not used to award Vinicius Jr a penalty during his side’s defeat to La Real, which left Madrid fifth in the table and 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.And the under-pressure coach again hit out at the use of VAR ahead of Leganes’ visit for the first leg of their last-16 tie.”It all depends on the rules being more clear than the technology,” he added.”If the rules are applied in the same way then it doesn’t really clear things up.”Sometimes as a spectator, I don’t understand how it works. They will perfect it.”The other days they were not complaints, just us defending ourselves, which is our right.”Solari is unsure whether Brahim Diaz, who joined the club from Manchester City this week, will be available to face Leganes.”Brahim is fine, very happy to join Real Madrid,” he continued. “He made a great choice picking the number 21 [also worn by Solari at Madrid].”It will depend on administrative paperwork, I’d imagine.”last_img read more

Caught on stump mic: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed racially abuses South Africa cricketer

first_imgCaught on stump mic: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed racially abuses South Africa cricketerSouth Africa vs Pakistan: Pakistan cricket team captain, Sarfraz Ahmed was caught on stump mic making an allegedly racist comment against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during an ODI match in Durban on Tuesday. Akshay Ramesh DurbanJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 14:15 IST Sarfraz Ahmed was getting frustrated with Andile Phehlukwayo’s partnership with van der Dussen made he made the comment. (@OfficialCSA Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfraz Ahmed was caught on stump mic making a ‘racist’ comment against South Africa’s Phehlukwayo in DurbanSarfraz Ahmed is in danger of ICC sanctions over the comments made during the 2nd ODI between South Africa and PakistanSouth Africa’s Phehlukwayo hit an unbeaten 69 and picked up 4 wickets to help the hosts win the 2nd ODIPakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed is facing severe backlash on social media for his allegedly racist comments against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second of the ongoing five-match ODI series between the two countries in Durban on Tuesday.Sarfraz Ahmed was getting frustrated as Phehlukwayo and opener van der Dussen were stitching a match-winning stand for the sixth wicket after Pakistan had South Africa reeling at 80 for 5 in chase of a modest 204-run target.In the 37th over the chase, Sarfraz was caught on the stump mic saying: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” (Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?)Sarfraz made the comment even as Phehlukwayo inside edged a Shaheen Afridi delivery to deep fine leg and was running towards the non-striker’s end.Notably, the South Africa all-rounder enjoyed a lot of luck as Pakistan had handed him a reprieve only in the previous over via a dropped catch.Phehlukwayo also got an LBW decision against him successfully overturned after using the Decision Review System. Phehlukwayo remained unbeaten on 69 as South Africa gunned down the total with five wickets to spare and levelled the five-match series at 1-1.While on-air commentator Mike Haysman sought the literal translation of what Sarfraz had said, Pakistani cricketer-turned commentator, Ramiz Raja was heard saying: “Difficult really to translate that. It’s a big long sentence”.Sarfraz is in danger of facing sanctions from the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the match officials can initiate disciplinary action, which may fall under the ambit of the apex body’s anti-racism code.advertisementAccording to the “ICC Anti-Racism Policy for International Cricket- 1 October 2012”, The ICC and all of its Members should “not at any time offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage, vilify or unlawfully discriminate between persons based on their race, religion, culture, colour, descent, and/or national or ethnic origin (inappropriate racist conduct).”Watch video: Shoaib Akhtar reacts to Sarfraz Ahmed’s commentSarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman.. pic.twitter.com/Ocx74ry4IW Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2019This isn’t funny. Its pathetic and racist. https://t.co/J3OeIW4CuROsman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) January 22, 2019Sarfaraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo:”abbay kaale teri Ami kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aya hai aaj””black man wheres your mother sat? What have you asked your mother to pray for you today?”#SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/vw6yuE73OESaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 22, 2019Dear @ICC you should take strict against @TheRealPCB captain #SarfarazAhmed as he was calling @OfficialCSA player @andileluck19 “kaale ” which means black in english !! ?? Rasicm should not allowed at any cost . Check the video below #SAvsPAK #SayNoToRacism pic.twitter.com/2w1Jntmxf1Saimanikanta (@smktweetz) January 22, 2019Here’s what Sarfraz was heard saying to Phehlukwayo in yesterday’s #SAvPAK ODI.Not only racist, but also just a crap sledge. pic.twitter.com/krAbfjWQeeDennis Kohli (@DennisCricket_) January 22, 2019Those were racist remarks, Captain #Sarfraz! You should apologies for your words even if you think you were trying to be funny, clearly you weren’t. Go and seek apologies from #Phehlukwayo in the true spirit of the game.Shukriya!Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) January 22, 2019Never have taken to Sarfaraz for the way he shouts at his fielders openly, but racism was the last straw. Definitely not someone who should be leading an international cricket team. Ban should only be the start for his racist comments.Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 22, 2019Also Read | Rassie van der Dussen guides South Africa to series-levelling victory vs PakistanAlso Read | 2nd ODI South Africa vs Pakistan in Durban: HighlightsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! 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Nick Kyrgios beats Alexander Zverev to win Acapulco International

first_img Reuters AcapulcoMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 11:06 IST Nick Kyrgios defeated Alexander Zverev in straight sets in the final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNick Kyrgios stunned German second seed Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 in the Acapulco International finalWith the win, Kyrgios improved to 4-3 in career head-to-head meetings against ZverevKyrgios won his fifth career ATP titleAustralian Nick Kyrgios stunned German second seed Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 to win the Acapulco International in Mexico on Saturday for his fifth career ATP title.The temperamental Aussie, whose scintillating run to the final included wins over multiple Grand Slam winners Stanislas Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal, played free and focused from the outset and frustrated Zverev with a steady diet of drop shots.Former world number 13 Kyrgios, who has fallen to 72 in the rankings, converted three of his break point opportunities and sealed the win on his first championship point with a massive serve that was too much for world number three Zverev to handle.if you’re loving these drop shots from @NickKyrgios tonight!@AbiertoTelcel pic.twitter.com/0yXWnrG4YzATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 3, 2019Kyrgios struck first and emphatically when he broke Zverev at love in the fourth game of the opening set and consolidated the break to go ahead 4-1, triggering a frustrated Zverev to smash his racquet beyond repair on the hard court.THAT is how you save a break pointthe #AMT2019 final now on @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/dd4nT4gbeeATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) March 3, 2019The 23-year-old Australian opened the second set with a break but then looked like he may start to crack when he found himself staring down a break point in the next game and double-faulted, allowing Zverev to draw level at 1-1.But Kyrgios’ nerves held up and he broke again in the fifth game and then held steady the rest of the way as he collected his first tournament win since Brisbane in January 2018.advertisementZverev, competing in only his second tournament of the year after crashing out of the fourth round of the Australian Open, arrived in the final in solid form having not dropped a set all week but had no answer for Kyrgios.With the win, Kyrgios improved to 4-3 in career head-to-head meetings against Zverev.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Nick KyrgiosFollow Alexander ZverevFollow Acapulco International Nick Kyrgios beats Alexander Zverev to win Acapulco InternationalNick Kyrgios stunned second seed Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 to win the Acapulco International in Mexico on Saturday for his fifth career ATP title. The temperamental Aussie played free and focused from the outset and frustrated Zverev with a steady diet of drop shots.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Decision Released on Alton Gas Appeal

first_imgEnvironment Minister Margaret Miller released her decision on the appeal of the industrial approval for the Alton Gas project today, April 8. After review of the evidence, Ms. Miller concluded that the consultations with Sipekne’katik First Nation were sufficient. She also determined that the terms and conditions of the approval are sufficient to protect the environment. For clarity, the approval has been amended to require Alton Gas to meet all applicable provincial, federal and municipal laws, including any future amendments to them. In addition, the approval now requires the company to develop a communication plan for information sharing with Sipekne’katik First Nation on environmental issues that may require an amendment to the approval. The decision is available at https://novascotia.ca/nse/issues/alton.asp . The amended industrial approval is available at https://novascotia.ca/nse/ia/pdfdocs/2008-061384-A03.pdf .last_img read more

Robert Irvine And Sam Moore Join Code Of Support Foundation Advisory Board

first_imgCode of Support Foundation (COSF) is honored to announce that Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine and Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore have joined COSF’s Advisory Board.In recent years, Chef Irvine and the Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore have demonstrated their unwavering support of our nation’s military service members, veterans, and their families by creating awareness by leveraging their own celebrity profiles to engage the 99% of Americans who benefit from the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.“Chef Irvine and Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore’s respective passion combined with their steadfast commitment of engaging our civilian population is a true testament to Code of Support’s vision to bridge our nation’s civilian-military divide. We are thrilled to have Chef Irvine and Sam Moore join the distinguished ranks of Code of Support’s Advisory Board,” says Major General Alan B. Salisbury, USA, Ret., Chairman, and CEO of Code of Support Foundation.COSF Advisor Board Members include Medal of Honor Recipient COL Harvey (Barney) Barnum, Jr., USMC, Ret.; former 16th Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Gen Peter Pace, USMC, Ret.; former NFL quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins Sonny Jurgensen; and Men’s Basketball Head Coach for Duke University Mike (“Coach K”) Krzyzewski, among others.“Anytime I get to contribute something meaningful to the lives of our men and women in uniform, it’s an honor that adds purpose and value to my own life. When you get to do so alongside great people, it makes it a true joy. I am thrilled to join Sam Moore and all the wonderful members of the Code of Support Advisory Board and I am ready to work to improve the lives of the best and bravest among us,” says Robert Irvine.“I am honored to be able to continue my support of those who serve and have served in our military by joining the Code of Support Foundation’s Advisory Board and to support COSF’s efforts by bringing greater awareness to the contributions made by our nation’s service members and veterans who’ve sacrificed so much to ensure our freedoms,” says Sam Moore – Legendary Soul Man.Chef Irvine, a former member of the British Royal Navy, is a world-class chef and TV personality. In 2014, he founded the Robert Irvine Foundation to support veterans and veteran causes in need of assistance. The Foundation works to help those individuals and organizations that are committed to enriching the lives of military personnel (active, retired and veterans) and their families. A portion of proceeds from Robert Irvine Foods is given to the foundation in addition to public donations. Throughout the year, Chef Irvine can be found attending troop rallies held by the Gary Sinise Foundation as well as touring regularly with the USO. Maximizing his culinary skills, Chef Irvine visits with service members and their families while dishing up fine cuisine and providing cooking classes.Chef Irvine has been honored with three distinguished recognitions for his dedication to the armed services and our country’s heroes including being selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as this year’s Spirit of Hope Award winner. The honor recognizes those who go above and beyond to provide aid to those who serve our country. Chef Irvine is also a designated U.S. Navy Honorary Chief Petty Officer and a recipient of the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of Our Service Members.Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore’s Grammy award-winning voice has been heard around the globe, across multiple music genres connecting audiences of all generations for more than 60 years. Over the span of his critically acclaimed career, Moore’s music has been a universal and driving force to help bridge gaps among social divides. His recent artistic endeavor to bring greater awareness of the nation’s armed services and veterans has been met not only with rave reviews and standing ovations but has also re-engaged civilian audiences who have experienced an awe-inspiring sense of patriotism. Within the past year, Moore has performed exclusive renditions from his American Patriot album of iconic American classics for several veteran fundraisers including the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 Warrior Games in Chicago, Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free in Washington, DC, and Guitar Lessons for Heroes in New York.Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the ETAM Living Legend Award, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and in 2016 his star was permanently placed in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.To find out more about the Code of Support Foundation, click here.last_img read more

Emma Kenney Warns About Leaving Dogs In Hot Cars

first_imgShameless star Emma Kenney is turning up the heat this summer in a new video rant for PETA in which the 18-year-old actor reminds everyone that leaving a dog in a hot car is “basically like putting your pup in a toaster oven.”“A person would have to be entirely thoughtless, completely heartless, and utterly shameless,” says Kenney. “[W]hile you were safely inside ordering your obnoxiously long iced-coffee order, death could be knocking on your car’s scalding-hot door.”Temperatures can quickly soar in parked cars, and a dog trapped inside can die from heatstroke within minutes — even if the car is in the shade with the windows slightly open. “So, come on, people, please! Please leave your dogs out of hot cars!” Kenney concludes. “Or I might just lose my f***ing cool.”PETA urges anyone who sees a dog left alone inside a hot car to call local humane authorities or the police and stay on the scene until the situation has been resolved. If the authorities are unresponsive and/or the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment and remove the suffering animal from the car. PETA offers an emergency hammer for use in such life-or-death situations.last_img read more

14 MILLION VIEWERS IN FIRST WEEK MAKE CTVS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED JANN THE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement TORONTO (March 27, 2019) – Following its premiere last Wednesday (March 20), CTV confirmed today its new original comedy series JANN is the most-watched Canadian comedy this broadcast year. Following five days of PVR playback, the premiere episode of JANN currently has a cumulative average audience of 1.4 million viewers so far for its premiere and weekend encore broadcast (March 23). Building on its Wednesday night success on CTV, the episode has reached 2.8 million Canadians across all airings. It’s the biggest Canadian comedy debut since CTV’s THE INDIAN DETECTIVE starring Russell Peters.Becoming Bell Media’s most successful digital premiere to date, the debut episode of JANN was available during an extensive 16-day preview on multiple platforms including CTV.ca, CTV On Demand, Crave, CTV’s YouTube page, and more.“We’re delighted Canadians are responding to the comedic brilliance of Jann Arden with such enthusiasm,” said Executive Producer and Bell Media President Randy Lennox. “We’re thrilled that JANN gets funnier with each and every episode!” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook The series continues tonight (March 27) with the new episode “Go with the Flowga” at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, the CTV App, and Crave. At the same time, series star Jann Arden takes to the Canadian Screen Award stage tonight to host the CTV Gala Honouring Creative Fiction Storytelling, streaming live for free on CTV.ca and the CTV app beginning at 7 p.m. ET.JANN premiered to critical acclaim and social media buzz, including 25 million total potential impressions during the March 20 premiere, with #JANNonCTV trending on Twitter in Canada during the premiere episode.*What fans are saying on Twitter:@TorrensJonathan – Great debut @jannarden! Solid jokes + physical comedy + self-deprecation = All the makings of a hit! Congrats to you and your crew. #jannonctv #cdntv@marthaelmusic – #JANNonCTV So funny. Thank you @jannarden and congratulations on a great series!@davidLearoyd – #JannOnCTV @jannarden OMG I can’t stop laughing!@aintlifeswells – We are laughing so hard! Loooooving it!!!! #JANNonCTVIn tonight’s new episode, Jann (Jann Arden) is recording a “We Are the World”- style charity song about empowering young women. But when she learns she has merely a small part in the chorus of the single, with her voice drowned out by other singers, Jann demands a full solo part in the song. And she doesn’t care which of her managers, new or old, helps her get it! This episode guest stars Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Kiesza.Encore presentations of JANN air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.About JANNSet and filmed in Calgary, JANN was co-developed by Bell Media and Project 10 Productions and is produced in association with Project 10 Productions and Seven24 Films.JANN is executive produced by Andrew Barnsley and Ben Murray for Project 10 Productions, and Tom Cox and Jordy Randall for Seven24 Films. Jann Arden, Leah Gauthier, and Jennica Harper created the series and will also serve as Executive Producers with Jennica Harper Showrunning. For Bell Media, Chris Kelley is Production Executive; Sarah Fowlie is Director, Comedy Original Programming; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.center_img Login/Register With: Jann Arden Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Iran UN rights chief concerned over arrests excessive force following polls

19 June 2009The top United Nations human rights official today expressed concern over reports of the use of excessive force and violence, as well as rising numbers of potentially extralegal arrests, in Iran following last week”s contested presidential polls. According to media reports, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets, and Mir Hossein Mousavi has said he believes the vote was fixed in favour of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, while the incumbent said the vote was fair. “The legal basis of the arrests that have been taking place, especially those of human rights defenders and political activists, is not clear,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “What are the grounds for the arrests? Have proper warrants been issued in accordance with Iranian law? Why have some of those who have been arrested been denied access to lawyers and members of their families? And why is the whereabouts of others unknown?” she asked, urging the Government to guarantee that due process is followed to prevent fanning “the feelings of injustice.” Stressing that the freedoms of expression and assembly are fundamental human rights, Ms. Pillay hailed the largely peaceful and dignified massive demonstrations in the capital, Tehran. She voiced concern over reported violence by members of the Basij militia, which could be in violation of international and Iranian national law. “It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that militia members and regular law enforcement agencies do not resort to illegal acts of violence,” the High Commissioner said. “If they are perceived to be acting outside the law, it could provoke a serious deterioration in the security situation, which would be a great tragedy and is in nobody”s interests.” Also expressing their concern over the situation in post-election Iran today were five UN independent human rights expert who stressed that excessive police force, arbitrary arrests and killings in the wake of the recent elections thwart the freedom of expression and assembly. Violent clashes with security forces have resulted in the death, injury and arrest of several people, the experts said in a press release. Further, they noted reports that students and others who may have contested the election results have been attacked. “We are gravely concerned that the recent arrests and the use of excessive police force against opposition supporters may be a direct attempt to stifle freedom of assembly and expression in the country,” said Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression. He pointed to reports of online news services and social networking Internet sites have been blocked after election results were announced. “Human rights defenders are often the first target in situations as this one, but each State has a prime responsibility and duty to protect them against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action” stressed Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. For her part, Manuela Carmena Castrillo, the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, underscored that it is the Government”s “obligation to take all necessary measures to guarantee the right of everyone not to be deprived arbitrarily of their liberty and to have fair proceedings before an independent and impartial tribunal.” On the reported killings in Iran, Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, emphasized that “law enforcement officials should apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force and firearms,” while Mannfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, highlighted that “excessive violence may constitute ill treatment which contravenes international human rights law.” Earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is keeping an eye on the post-election situation in Iran. “At the same time, I have also taken note of the instruction by the religious leaders that there should be an investigation into this issue,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York.“In any country, when there is an election, the genuine will of the people should be reflected and respected in a most transparent and fair and objective manner,” he added. read more

UN health agency reports on spread of polio outbreak in Angola and

8 September 2010The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that the recent outbreak of polio in Angola is spreading into other, previously polio-free parts of the country and the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that the recent outbreak of polio in Angola is spreading into other, previously polio-free parts of the country and the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The wild poliovirus 1 (WPV1) outbreak that began in April 2007 has now been recorded in the DRC’s Kasai province, which borders Angola.In addition, a case was detected in Katanga province in the DRC’s southeast in June that was genetically linked to a separate virus traced back to Angola.Polio, sometimes called poliomyelitis, is a highly infectious and potentially lethal disease that spreads from person to person. Wild poliovirus could infect virtually everyone who is not yet immune through vaccination, and there is no cure.It has been eradicated in most parts of the world, but remains endemic in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria.WHO said that great strides made towards eliminating polio in Nigeria, which has seen a 99 per cent drop in cases this year compared to 2009. Also recording successes are West Africa, where no new cases have been reported since May, and the Horn of Africa, where there have been no polio cases in the past 12 months.Central Africa is now seen to be the greatest obstacle to efforts to eradicate the virus on that continent.WHO noted that there is a high risk of WPV1 spreading to other countries from Angola and the DRC due to the limited success of control measures and the historical cross-border spread from both nations.As many as 25 per cent of children are regularly missed during supplementary immunization campaigns in Angola, while in the DRC, no response activities have been carried out in the country’s volatile east since last November.Also, due to surveillance gaps, it is possible that there are more cases of WPV1 in the two countries, WHO said.Last month, the agency and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) called on national authorities and communities to get involved with a polio immunization campaign aiming to reach nearly 6 million children in Angola. read more

Ex BBC journalist sacked over Lanka report wins payout

A tribunal heard how Bandara resisted management pressure to cover the story, but eventually relented. The article was published online at 12.08pm, a tribunal was told.Despite a clean record in his 18 years at the company, after disciplinary proceedings, Mr Bandara was found to have been guilty of gross misconduct and given a final written warning. He had worked for the BBC for 18 years and had been a senior producer on the Sinhala service since 2000. Mr Bandara was in charge of publishing stories on July 23, 2013, the day after Prince George was born. A tribunal heard how Chandana, who has a Sinhalese father and Tamil mother, worked with a team who were mainly of Sinhalese heritage.Bandara was unsuccessful in his claims for race discrimination, but a tribunal found the final written warning was too severe a punishment, for an employee with such a good record, describing it as “manifestly inappropriate”. (Colombo Gazette) Mr Bandara claimed he was unfairly targeted because of his views on the Tamil people being persecuted by the Sinhalese-dominated government of Sri Lanka. But he decided not to prioritise the royal birth story, partly, he said, because it was the 30th anniversary of Black July, a brutal period which saw thousands of Tamil people killed in Sri Lanka. He was sacked just over a year later on August 15, 2014 after further allegations against his behaviour were made.Among several other allegations of misconduct, he was accused of making a derogatory reference to a colleague and shouting at others.The vast majority of these allegations were either proved or partially proved, but the tribunal ruled that the unfair final written warning, given for the dispute over the Royal story, played a large part in the dismissal decision. A BBC journalist has won a £50,000 payout for being sacked after prioritising a report on Sri Lankan politics over the birth of Prince George, the Telegraph reported today.Chandana Keerthi Bandara, 57, lost his job as a producer on a BBC Sri Lankan news service, and sued the BBC for unfair dismissal and race discrimination. read more

Term of Commission probing SriLankan Mihin extended

The term of the Presidential Commission investigating allegations surrounding SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering Ltd and Mihin Lanka, has been extended.The term of the Commission was to expire on December 31 but the term has now been extended till the 15th of February 2019 by President Maithripala Sirisena.

El Salvador seizes mining companys assets for payment

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – The government of El Salvador has seized properties, vehicles and bank accounts tied to OceanaGold because it says the company has not paid its legal costs after losing a decision in an international arbitration panel last year.Last October, the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes ordered the company to pay El Salvador $8 million for legal fees. The company had argued that El Salvador should pay nearly $250 million for not granting it a license to mine gold.This March, the country’s congress voted to ban metal mining to protect its water sources.In 2013, Australia-based OceanaGold purchased Pac Rim Cayman, which had initiated the arbitration process.According to a statement from the Attorney General’s Office Wednesday, the three bank accounts seized held US$198,904. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2017 5:17 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email El Salvador seizes mining company’s assets for payment read more

BrownsTexans Preview Capsule

CLEVELAND (4-6-1) at HOUSTON (8-3)Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE – Texans by 6 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD – Cleveland 7-4, Houston 5-6SERIES RECORD – Texans lead 6-3LAST MEETING – Texans beat Browns 33-17, Oct. 15, 2017LAST WEEK – Browns beat Bengals 35-20; Texans beat Titans 34-17AP PRO32 RANKING – Browns No. 20, Texans No. 7BROWNS OFFENSE – OVERALL (18), RUSH (9), PASS (23).BROWNS Defence – OVERALL (31), RUSH (28), PASS (29).TEXANS OFFENSE – OVERALL (12), RUSH (4), PASS (19).TEXANS Defence – OVERALL (8), RUSH (7), PASS (11).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Cleveland has lost four straight and six of seven vs. Houston … Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield and Texans QB Deshaun Watson faced each other in 2016 Orange Bowl. Clemson shut out Mayfield and Oklahoma in second half in 37-17 win. … Browns ended 25-game road losing streak last week at Cincinnati. … Cleveland posted consecutive wins for first time since 2014, when Browns won three straight. … Browns haven’t won two straight on road in same season since 2003. … Browns 2-1 under interim coach Gregg Williams. … Mayfield threw season-high four touchdown passes last week. … Following game, Mayfield gave former Browns coach Hue Jackson cold shoulder on field and said his return to Bengals fueled QB, teammates. … Mayfield has nine TDs with one interception in past three games. … Mayfield is first rookie in league history to post 140-plus passer rating in two straight games. … Browns have not allowed sack in back-to-back games for first time since 2007. … Browns RB Nick Chubb one of four rookies in history with rushing, receiving TDs in consecutive games. … Browns’ defence second in league with 27 takeaways, more than double last season’s total (13). … Houston is first team to lose opening three games and then win eight in a row. … Watson threw two TD passes and ran for career-high 70 yards with another score in win over Titans on Monday. In nine home games in career Watson has 24 touchdown passes with seven interceptions. … WR DeAndre Hopkins has six touchdown receptions in last six games. Hopkins has 1,065 yards receiving and 14 TD catches in 13 home games since start of 2017 season. … WR Demaryius Thomas had first two touchdown receptions with Houston last week after trade from Denver on Oct. 30. … Rookie TE Jordan Thomas has three touchdown receptions in last four games. … DE J.J. Watt had nine tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and forced fumble Monday. … Watt, who is tied for second in NFL with 11 1/2 sacks, had three tackles for losses, one sack, forced and recovered fumble and had TD reception in last game against Cleveland in 2014. … DE Jadeveon Clowney has 49 tackles for losses since 2016, which ranks second in NFL. … DE Christian Covington had career-high 2 1/2 sacks and two tackles for losses Monday. … Fantasy tip: Houston RB Lamar Miller had 162 yards rushing with 97-yard TD on Monday and could have another big game against Cleveland defence which allows 131.8 yards rushing a game.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

CJIA fees increase Initial expansion plans could have offset expenses –

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJIA increases security fees, introduces service charge for passengersApril 16, 2019In “Business”Govt’s decision to scrap initial CJIA plan will hamper Guyana’s progress- JagdeoAugust 15, 2018In “Business”CPL, Oil rush sends airport arrivals through the roofSeptember 25, 2017In “Business” … blasts Govt for not knowing of increase beforehandOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said had the coalition Government gone along with the PPP/C’s initial designs for the US$150 million Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Expansion Project, then there would be no need for the recently-announced increase in airport fees.The increase, he noted, could have an impact on the local tourism industry as well as traffic at the country’s main port of entry.Last week, the CJIA announced the increase in its Government-mandated airport security fees and the introduction of an airport passenger’s service charge. According to Caribbean Airlines, one of the international companies operating out of CJIA, this new development would see the fees/charges for a round trip raised to US$35, the equivalent of G$7315. Departing passengers will be required to pay US$17 while arriving passengers will pay US$15 payable in Guyana Dollars at the prevailing foreign exchange rate.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoThe CJIA had reportedly advised all airlines that these increases are to support improvements at the airport.However, Jagdeo said, during his weekly press conference on Thursday, PPP’s original plans were intended to use the CJIA as a mini-hub to access other major regions across the world, which would result in increased traffic at the airport.“You can often do what you want by increasing traffic; that is why the size of the airport matters. By increasing traffic, you don’t need to adjust fees because you operate now on volume… (Secondly) we would have had more freight, because with the larger aircraft coming in, it would’ve been a big boost to the non-traditional industries –- perishables and stuff. So the cost of freight to North America and Europe would’ve gone down. (The original design) was based on more airlines coming, more airlines and more passengers coming,” he asserted.This, the Opposition Leader added, would offset the cost of supporting the newly-expanded airport, which was done using a US$138 million loan from the China EXIM (Export/Import) Bank.“(The original design) was mainly on volume growth than a vertical increase of the fees, especially by that magnitude. That’s a huge fee… First of all, we have to get what we paid for at the airport and we’re not getting the type of airport we paid for… I believe that volume growth could’ve offset any repayment of the loan. But if they had to do a minimal increase, they should have at least had the consultations with (stakeholders) and the Government should have known about it,” he contended.An artist’s impression of the original designs created under the PPP regimeAfter taking office in 2015, the coalition Government redesigned the Airport Expansion Project reducing the air bridges from eight to four, among other things. Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had explained that this was done, in part, to limit cost overruns.Following the announcement of the increased fee and the introduction of a new service charge, there has been mounting local public and international pressure on Guyana. In fact, Minister with responsibility for tourism, Dominic Gaskin, said that this arbitrary increase would affect the industry, adding that Cabinet was unaware of the increase before it was announced.To this end, Jagdeo blasted the coalition Administration over the way it is managing the country.“It could impact tourism, but my point is… how do you run a government and the Minister responsible for tourism doesn’t even know and doesn’t agree with the increase in the airport fee. He is a member of the Cabinet and he said other members of the Cabinet don’t know too. This is what we have for a government,” Jagdeo stated.Meanwhile in response to the hike, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Tuesday protested the refusal of the management of the CJIA to hold talks about the adverse impact of the increases on both the passengers and the airlines.The global air transport body says CJIA’s continued refusal to cooperate with IATA on both the proper calculation and implementation of such fees and charges has now led to a situation where airlines have been forced to manually collect the additional amounts from both arriving and departing passengers.IATA called for immediate dialogue with the CJIA management and Guyana’s Ministry of Public Infrastructure on the implementation process related to the increase in the Government-mandated Airport Security Fee and the introduction of a new Passenger Service Charge at Guyana’s main airport. read more