(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)MONTREAL — Whatever Sharks coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Doug Wilson said in closed-door meetings that lasted more than a half-hour Sunday morning must have resonated with the team.The Sharks (13-10-5) ended their five-game trip with a win in Montreal on Sunday, snapping a four-game losing streak and ending a string of six straight road losses. The win came on the heels of a blowout loss in Ottawa that …
11 September 2012 Hundreds of South Africans turned out at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday morning to welcome home the country’s inspirational Paralympic team. In true South African style, the supporters waved flags, blew vuvuzelas and sang the national anthem as the team members entered the international arrivals hall. Placards displaying messages such as “Welcome back home Team SA”, and “Welcome back heroes” could be seen among the hundreds gathered at the airport. Team South Africa excelled at the London Paralympics, picking up 29 medals – eight gold, 12 silver and nine bronze – to finish in 18th place on the medal standings at a Games that may have shifted forever the perception of Paralympic sport. For their hard work and their efforts to popularise the country at the London Games, the team’s medalists received a cash injection from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc). Before the Games, Olympic medal winners were promised R400 000 for gold, R200 000 for silver and R80 000 for bronze, while Paralympic medal winners, because of the larger number of classifications and events compared to the Olympics, were promised R100 000, R75 000 and R40 000 respectively. But Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula intervened, saying the Paralympians deserved the same incentives as the Olympians. At the handing over of dummy cheques at OR Tambo International on Tuesday, swimmer Natalie du Toit was the top earner, receiving R1.4-million for her three gold and one silver medal, while swimmer Charl Bouwer took home R800 000 for his three medals. Sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who took home R700 000, told the hundreds of people who were gathered at the airport: “I never expected this huge turn-out, and I’ve never seen this overwhelming support in my lifetime.” Mbalula said South Africa was “very proud of this team, because if you don’t know perseverance, tenacity, exuberance and determination you know nothing, and this is what this team has displayed. “We call them Olympians, we call them Paralympians, these are real people, and these are the people who have made our country very proud among nations,” Mbalula said. Source: SANews.gov.za
The Rajasthan government’s new flagship Annapurna Milk Scheme for supplying milk thrice in a week to about 62 lakh children studying in the State-run schools is set to increase the burden on teachers, who are already performing a number of tasks in addition to their main work of imparting education.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched the scheme at the Government Model Senior Secondary School at Dahmi Kalan, near here, on Monday, barely five months before the Assembly elections due later this year. The scheme is considered one of the biggest ones initiated by the BJP government. Ms. Raje affirmed at the launch ceremony that the Annapura Scheme would lay the foundation for the State’s happy and healthy future. “Every child in the government schools will get fresh, pure and nutritious warm milk three days a week. This will improve nutritional levels among children and help increase enrolments,” she said.Women’s cooperativesThe Chief Minister said the women’s milk producers’ cooperative societies would be entrusted with the task of supplying milk to schools. “This will ensure good quality of milk, as mothers do not compromise on the quality of their children’s milk,” Ms. Raje remarked.62 lakh studentsUnder the scheme to be implemented with a budget allocation of ₹218 crore, about 62 lakh students in 66,506 government schools will be provided warm milk as part of the mid-day meals. Students till Class V will get 150 ml of warm milk thrice a week, while those studying in Classes VI to VIII will get 200 ml.Teachers of government schools will be involved in the purchase of milk from the milk cooperative societies and distribution to the students. With crucial questions on the flagship scheme’s proper implementation coming up, the Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh (Shekhawat) said while the schools were understaffed, the teachers would be “overburdened” with new responsibilities.“The milk will be served without sugar because no extra budget has been allotted for it. The teachers will be burdened with the additional work of storing and boiling the milk. It will affect the standard of education and may lead to dropout of students,” Shikshak Sangh spokesperson Prakash Mishra said.Perishable itemSince milk is a perishable item and there is an inadequate infrastructure in the schools, the teachers will be unwilling to take on the extra responsibility. Mr. Mishra said the scheme would in fact encourage privatisation of education, as the Right to Education Act was being violated “with impunity” in the State.
A railway court here has framed charges against Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol and actor Karisma Kapoor in a 22-year-old case of alleged chain pulling in a train at the Naraina Railway Station in Rajasthan during the shooting for a film. The two actors challenged the order through a revision petition in a sessions court on Wednesday.Mr. Deol and Ms. Kapoor, along with stuntman Tinu Verma and Satish Shah, had allegedly entered the station and stopped train 2413-A Uplink Express by pulling its emergency chain in 1997, causing its delay by 25 minutes. The film unit was shooting for a movie Bajrang at Sanvarda village near Phulera in Jaipur district. The Assistant Station Master said in his complaint that a few persons from Mumbai shooting for a movie in a nearby village had illegally stopped the train.After framing the charges under the Railway Act earlier this week, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Railways) summoned three witnesses for the next hearing on September 24. The actors have been accused of violating Sections 141 (needlessly interfering with the means of communication in a train), 145 (drunkenness or nuisance), 146 (obstructing a railway servant in his duties) and 147 (trespass and refusal to desist from trespass) of the Railways Act.The revision petition filed in the sessions court stated that the railway court had framed the same charges for the second time after its charges read out earlier in 2009 were set aside in 2010. A.K. Jain, counsel for Mr. Deol and Ms. Kapoor, contended that the September 17 order for framing of charges was against the law.
England won the toss and elected to bat first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the 3rd Test between India and England from the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton.Day 1 Highlights It was another run-marathon for England today. Gary Balance and Ian Bell piled up 142 runs for the third wicket. Both batsmen rattled the opposition with clinical strokes throughout the day. Gary Ballance was unlucky to be ruled caught behind by the umpire at 156 runs despite the ball hitting the thigh pad. Following Ballance’s dismissal, Bell continued the carnage but kept losing wickets at the other end. Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped Joe Root and Moeen Ali to bring some relief for India. But, debutant Jos Buttler stuck with Bell to add 106 runs for the sixth wicket. Bell completed his 150 before getting caught off Bhuvneshwar at 167 runs. Buttler carried on his innings and looked poised for a debut hundred before being bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. England declared at a mammoth total of 569 runs at the loss of seven wickets. In reply, India began cautiously only to lose Shikhar Dhawan after he was caught by Alastair Cook in the slip cordon. Team India have a huge task at their hands when they come out to bat tomorrow and it will surely take some batting for MS Dhoni’s men to get anywhere close to the total set by England. After how many Dhawan failures will Dhoni finally give up the politics and select Gambhir? #IndvsEng #Hardcore #@kki@n (@45Ankushrana) July 28, 2014That’ll be STUMPS ON DAY 2!!advertisementWith Cheteshwar Pujara(4) and Murali Vijay(11) at the crease, India end Day 2 at 25/1 after 14 overs.MAIDEN OVER by Woakes!! Chris Woakes will bowl the FINAL OVER of Day 2 for England. With Cheteshwar Pujara(4) and Murali Vijay(11) at the crease, India are currently at 25/1 after 12 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!! First change, Chris Jordan comes into the attack for England. Now #Butler is collecting da ball near his chest & #Dhoni was collecting it near his knees. That tells u a lot about #Ind bowlers! #IndvsEng Rohit Joshi (@emceeaarjay) July 28, 2014With Cheteshwar Pujara(0) and Murali Vijay(11) at the crease, India are currently at 17/1 after 7 overs.That’s a WICKET MAIDEN by Anderson!!Cheteshwar Pujara comes to the crease for India.James Anderson STRIKES EARLY for England!!6.3 overs: That’s OUT!! James Anderson has got Shikhar Dhawan out caught at the first slip. Dhawan was looking to push but gets an outside edge through to Alastair Cook who takes it comfortably. Shikhar Dhawan departs after scoring six runs off 17 balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for India!! With Shikhar Dhawan(4) and Murali Vijay(7) at the crease, India are currently at 11/0 after 3 overs.Bhuvneshwar Kumar has now dismissed 11 of the 14 English players this series except Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes & Chris Jordon #EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 28, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!! 2.4 overs: FOUR!! Shikhar Dhawan leans into the drive and creams it through covers for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Dhawan!! With Shikhar Dhawan(0) and Murali Vijay(7) at the crease, India are currently at 7/0 after 2 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end for England.With Shikhar Dhawan(0) and Murali Vijay(5) at the crease, India are currently at 5/0 after 1 over.FIVE RUNS off the over!! 0.2 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay leans forward and steers it through gully for the first boundary in the innings. BEAUTIFUL SHOT from Vijay!! Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay are out in the middle for India while James Anderson will start the proceedings for England. England will now have 14 overs REMAINING IN THE DAY to test the Indian openers at the helm of a MASSIVE TOTAL on board.That’ll be the END OF 1st INNINGS for England as skipper Alastair Cook has decided to DECLARE THE INNINGS!!So, NO DEBUT HUNDRED for Jos Buttler here!!163.4 overs: OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja has bowled Jos Buttler on a quicker delivery. Buttler was looking to pull but gets an inside edge back onto the stumps. Jos Buttler departs after scoring 85 runs off 83 balls with nine boundaries and three sixes. With Chris Woakes(3) and Jos Buttler(65) at the crease, England are currently at 545/6 after 162 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!161.3 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler leans forward and cracks the square drive for a boundary. With Chris Woakes(0) and Jos Buttler(53) at the crease, England are currently at 529/6 after 159 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!Chris Woakes comes to the crease for England.Ian Bell walks back to a STANDING OVATION from the Rose Bowl stadium!!advertisement158.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Ian Bell out caught at mid-off. Bell was looking to play through the line but holes out to Pankaj Singh who takes it cleanly at mid-off. Ian Bell departs after scoring 167 runs off 256 balls with 19 boundaries and three sixes. BIG WICKET for India!! With Ian Bell(163) and Jos Buttler(45) at the crease, England are currently at 517/5 after 157 overs.The only English keeper to score a 100 on Test debut is the person Jos Buttler replaced – Matt Prior (126* v WI Lords 2007) #EngvInd Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 28, 2014NINE RUNS off the over!! 156.2 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell rocks back and clouts the pull towards long leg for a boundary. Bell has SHIFTED GEARS here!!THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!155.5 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler flays the reverse sweep and gets a boundary past point.155.3 overs: SIX!! Jos Buttler shimmies down the track and smashes it straight down the ground for the maximum. MIGHTY BLOW from Buttler!! With Ian Bell(139) and Jos Buttler(23) at the crease, England are currently at 468/5 after 150 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!148.2 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler goes on the backfoot and cuts it hard for a boundary. With Ian Bell(133) and Jos Buttler(12) at the crease, England are currently at 451/5 after 144 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!143.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell hangs back and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. POOR LINE from Singh!! With Ian Bell(125) and Jos Buttler(11) at the crease, England are currently at 442/5 after 142 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!140.3 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler leans forward and drills it through extra cover for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK BOUNDARIES for Buttler!!140.2 overs: FOUR!! Jos Buttler dances down the track and thrashes it over covers for a boundary. Buttler GETS INTO ACTION!! With Ian Bell(121) and Jos Buttler(0) at the crease, England are currently at 426/5 after 138 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!137.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell leans into the drive and sends it through covers for a boundary. CLASSIC COVER-DRIVE on display from Bell!! With Ian Bell(116) and Jos Buttler(0) at the crease, England are currently at 421/5 after 137 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!Jos Buttler comes to the crease for England.Moeen Ali FALLS to yet another SHORT-BALL TRAP!!135.5 overs: OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Moeen Ali out caught at second slip. Ali goes a tad too early in the pull shot and gets a bottom edge through to Ajinkya Rahane in the slip cordon. Moeen Ali departs after scoring 12 runs off 28 balls with a boundary. With Ian Bell(114) and Moeen Ali(11) at the crease, England are currently at 418/4 after 135 overs.TWENTY ONE RUNS off the over!!134.5 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell hangs back and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary.134.4 overs: SIX!! Ian Bell skips down the track and smashes it back over the bowler’s head for another maximum. Bell is TAKING ON Jadeja here!!134.3 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell gets a big stride forward and drills it through extra cover for a boundary.What a way to SILENCE THE CRITICS! Bell RAISES HIS BAT to an ECSTATIC Rose Bowl stadium.advertisement134.2 overs: SIX!! Ian Bell picks the length early and sends it deep into the stands over long-on for the maximum. That’s 21st TEST TON for Bell!! With Ian Bell(94) and Moeen Ali(10) at the crease, England are currently at 397/4 after 134 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!133.2 overs: FOUR!! Moeen Ali reaches out and carves it over backward point for a boundary. A MUCH-NEEDED BOUNDARY for Ali!! I reckon, it’s going to be SHORT STUFF for Moeen Ali now!! With Ian Bell(85) and Moeen Ali(2) at the crease, England are currently at 380/4 after 128 overs.4 sessions completed and the 4th England wicket taken just now ..Ishanth wud be smiling that he dint play on this dead track! #IndvsEng Satish Kulkarni (@satishkulki) July 28, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!Moeen Ali comes to the crease for England.MS Dhoni’s ROTATION POLICY has FINALLY WORKED for India!!127.2 overs: That’s OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Joe Root out caught by the wicket-keeper. Root was looking to dab it towards cover but gets a thin edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Joe Root departs after scoring three runs off 25 balls. Another BLOW for England!! With Ian Bell(85) and Joe Root(3) at the crease, England are currently at 376/3 after 127 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!126.4 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell waits for it and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. EASY PICKINGS for Bell!! With Ian Bell(77) and Joe Root(3) at the crease, England are currently at 368/3 after 123 overs.Dis is really frustrating for #IND.Its seems 2 b #Eng are going 2 cross above 500 runs easily if dey go in this rate.#IndvsEng Shoubhick Pakrashi (@Shubhinoy) July 28, 2014SIX RUNS off the over!!122.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell rocks back and crashes the cut past gully for a boundary. TOO MUCH WIDTH from Shami!! With Ian Bell(71) and Joe Root(3) at the crease, England are currently at 362/3 after 121 overs.That’s a MAIDEN from Singh!! Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end for India. FOUR RUNS off the over!!Ian Bell and Joe Root are out in the middle for England while Mohammed Shami will start the proceedings for India.And, we’re back!! LUNCH: England batsmen were all over the Indian bowling attack in the first session. Gary Ballance took off from where he left the other day. Ian Bell too got in the groove and started playing positive strokes against the lacklustre bowling of the Indians. Bell notched up his 42nd Test fifty while Ballance also clinched his 150 as the duo added a crucial 142 runs for the third wicket. The Indian bowlers failed to find an inspiration in the early session but finally with some luck and help from the umpire, Rohit Sharma managed to get the breakthrough for India. There wasn’t much for MS Dhoni to be happy about as far as the Indian bowling is concerned but the welcome wicket of Ballance would surely cheer his team. Joe Root is new to the crease but he will be eager to build on the solid platform provided by the top three batsmen for England. On the other hand, India need to attack the new batsman to run into England’s middle-order before the end of second session today.Meanwhile in Southampton, Ballance a victim of one of the most bizarre umpiring decisions. A shame to be given out in such a way! #IndvsEng Harisankar Menon (@Nonemraknasirah) July 28, 2014With Ian Bell(68) and Joe Root(2) at the crease, England are currently at 358/3 after 119 overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Rohit Sharma will bowl the FINAL OVER before lunch for India. With Ian Bell(67) and Joe Root(0) at the crease, England are currently at 355/3 after 118 overs.Such a terrible decision.. Bad luck BALLANCE ..#IndvsEng Saikat Chakrabarti (@_saikat_) July 28, 2014ONE RUN off the over!!Joe Root comes to the crease for England.Team India FINALLY GET THE BREAKTHROUGH!!116.5 overs: OUT!! Rohit Sharma has got Gary Ballance out caught by the wicket-keeper. Ballance was looking to dab it down the leg side but the ball takes a deflection off the thigh pad and goes into the hands of MS Dhoni. The umpire has missed the trick there. Gary Ballance departs after scoring 156 runs off 288 balls with 24 boundaries. Ballance is ABSOLUTELY GUTTED with the decision!!Rohit Sharma comes into the attack for India. With Ian Bell(66) and Gary Ballance(156) at the crease, England are currently at 354/2 after 116 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!115.3 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance reaches out and slashes it through covers for a boundary. That was TOO WIDE from Jadeja!!TEN RUNS off the over!!114.6 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell hangs back and steers it towards third man for a boundary. 114.3 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance goes on the backfoot and sends it towards deep square leg for a boundary. That’s 150 for Ballance!! MSD needs to put on his THINKING CAP and make a FEW CHANGES quickly because the way it is going, England look more than good for a 550-run total!! With Ian Bell(60) and Gary Ballance(141) at the crease, England are currently at 328/2 after 112 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!111.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance rocks back and clouts the pull towards deep square leg for a boundary. EASY PICKINGS for Ballance!! With Ian Bell(60) and Gary Ballance(136) at the crease, England are currently at 323/2 after 110 overs.Life changes so quickly From ohh no ishant Sharma To why no ishant Sharma #IndvsEng Nishank Maheshwari (@nishank_91) July 28, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!!109.4 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell gets on top of it and swats it towards third man for a boundary. With Ian Bell(56) and Gary Ballance(135) at the crease, England are currently at 318/2 after 109 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!! 108.3 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell rocks back and crashes the cut wide of backward point for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT by Bell!! With Ian Bell(50) and Gary Ballance(135) at the crease, England are currently at 312/2 after 107 overs.This is just too easy for England right now. India just bringing their batsmen back to form. Where’s that energy gone boys?! #IndvsEng Sonal (@SonalHirani95) July 28, 2014TWO RUNS off the over!!Team India IN TATTERS here, they DESPERATELY NEED A WICKET!!106.2 overs: Ian Bell presses forward and punches it towards long leg for a single. That’s 42nd TEST FIFTY for Bell!! With Ian Bell(49) and Gary Ballance(134) at the crease, England are currently at 310/2 after 106 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!105.2 overs: SIX!! Ian Bell shimmies down the track and smashes it back over the bowler’s head for the maximum. SUPERB HIT from Bell!! With Ian Bell(40) and Gary Ballance(134) at the crease, England are currently at 301/2 after 103 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!102.6 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance waits for it and steers it past gully for another boundary. CONSECUTIVE BOUNDARIES for Ballance!!102.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance gets into position early and hoicks it over midwicket for a boundary. With Ian Bell(38) and Gary Ballance(121) at the crease, England are currently at 286/2 after 101 overs.India haven’t looked the same as at the Lord’s. Can’t just be due to one bowler missing. Lack of intensity has let Eng a window #IndvsEng Vikrant Gupta AajTak (@vikrantgupta73) July 28, 2014FOUR RUNS off the over!!100.3 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell leans into the drive and sends it past point for a boundary. That was TIMED BEAUTIFULLY!! What demons have gotten to @BhuviOfficial ? Day 1 he bowled wide outside the off-stump and today he’s drifting down leg! #IndvsEng #cricket Rohit Joshi (@emceeaarjay) July 28, 2014Stat Update: Last time England’s first three batsmen scored 50+ runs was back in August 2013 against Australia. With Ian Bell(33) and Gary Ballance(120) at the crease, England are currently at 280/2 after 98 overs.brakes needed on English men..!! X( #IndvsEng Ritesh Mody (@Er_TurkeY) July 28, 2014BIG OVER for England, TWELVE RUNS off it!!96.5 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance leans forward and drills it through midwicket for a boundary. That’s THIRD BOUNDARY in the over!!96.3 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance hangs back and clips it off the pads for another boundary.96.2 overs: FOUR!! Gary Ballance goes on the backfoot and flays the cut shot past backward point for a boundary. Ballance WON’T MISS OUT on those!! With Ian Bell(29) and Gary Ballance(106) at the crease, England are currently at 262/2 after 95 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!94.5 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. BEAUTIFUL SHOT by Bell!!EIGHT RUNS off the over!!93.2 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell waits for it and flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. POOR LINE from Singh there!!93.1 overs: FOUR!! Ian Bell goes for the drive and gets an outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary. BELL was LUCKY there!!A MAIDEN START for Pankaj!!Pankaj Singh will bowl from the other end for India.Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off with a MAIDEN!!Ian Bell and Gary Ballance are out in the middle for England while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start the proceedings for India on Day 2.Toss: England won the toss and elected to bat first against India.Changes: India have made two changes with Rohit Sharma and Pankaj Singh replacing Stuart Binny and injured Ishant Sharma. On the other hand, England have opted for three changes with Jos Buttler replacing Matt Prior as wicketkeeper, while Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan replace Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes in the bowling attack.Teams:England: Alastair Cook, Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Joss Buttler, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James AndersonIndia: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pankaj Singh